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What’s that???

What?  You really like my CAS card I just posted, and you are going to leave me tons of wonderful comments raving about it, BUT there was something else you wanted to know???  😉  Oh….you want to know who wins the fabulous Boot Loot?????

Oh, okay….I guess I’ll tell you.  I used www.random.org and it drew #24!!!  So, congrats #24!!!!

Oh, you don’t want to count and figure out who that is, you would rather I just tell you????

Well, after subtracting sub-comments to get the final number for Random.org to draw from, and then counting out to the 24th comment, you come up with:

Deb B (Debadoo)
who said:

Love love love your card!! And what a generous giveaway. Love the boot loot name too. My moment also involved embossing powder. I was very new to stamping and trying to complete a swap, running out of time, and it was very late. I needed copper brads and we didn’t have any. I recalled reading about using copper EP to make them, but the versamark was causing it to come off the brad. So I go to SCS, and posted my problem. Soon I had answers galore. Before I read the one that said just heat the tip of the brad, dunk in powder and heat, I read the one that said melt the powder first til it’s liquid, then dip the brad in the liquid. Well that made sense. Before I continue, let me firmly state that I was very sleep deprived, and had never seen one of those melty pot things for utee and the like. So I dump some ep into one of those paint pallettes with the little wells, aim my heat gun at it (to melt it of course). Yanno how when you’re fixin to do something really stupid, you realize it a nano second before it happens but it’s too close to happening to stop it. To the lady who sends her construction worker hubby to work covered in glitter, don’t feel too bad, I send my son to the Army covered in it all the time too. He let me know that glitter is NOT ever the uniform of the day.

So CONGRATULATIONS DEB!!!!  Please e-mail me your snail mail address at mariemc01@gmail.com

I loved each and every blooper that you shared with me.  I’ve had my share and they do make for funny stories – especially with those who can understand 😉

Take care and have a great day!!


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CAS #3


Well, this is the card you’ve all been waiting for!  I know you didn’t just want to know who won the Boot Loot!!  😉  LOL  This is my favorite of the 3 cards that I submitted for the CAS DT Call over at SCS.  A great team was chosen for this season’s DT, and I know everything that they create and share with us will be fabulous!

So, I hope you like this card as much as I do!!  Have a fabulous day!!!

All supplies used are SU! unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: Medallion BG, Hugs & Wishes
Paper: Kraft, Soft Suede and Ruby Red CS
Ink: Soft Suede Classic Ink
Accessories: Scallop Edge punch, sewing machine, white thread

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Well, as you’ll see from this previous post, this is my middle card of the 3 cards that I submitted for the CAS DT Call.  I’m showing them to you in my order of preference from least favorite to the one I liked the most.  Check out the CAS (Clean and Simple) challenges here over at SCS, and PLAY ALONG!!!!!

I will reveal the 3rd one when the Boot Loot Winner is announced on Tuesday, September 15th.

All supplies used are SU! unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: Great Friend, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay Textured CS
Ink: Bermuda Bay Classic Ink
Accessories: Perfect Details Texturz Plate, Big Shot, Circle Scissor Plus and Glass Mat, Scallop Edge punch, 5/8″ Satin Ribbon, Paper Piercing Tool, Paper Piercing Template, Paper Piercing Mat, Stampin’ Dimensionals

So…speaking of Boot Loot…..I still remember when I had the contest where I  gave away some goodies to come up with that name for “my” Blog Candy.  You all had some great and funny suggestions!!  I love the name Boot Loot, and hope it’s not confusing to anyone.

Could I drag this out any longer??? 😉

What I will be putting up as Boot Loot, is THIS:

Sweet Treat Boot Loot 1Sweet Treat Boot Loot 2

If you can’t quite tell by the pictures, you win:

1) the stamp set Sweet Centers
2) a set of 12 Sweet Treat Cups
3) a 1-3/4″ Circle Punch!!!!! 

All that you need to make treats for your friends and loved ones all year round!!!!!!!!

What do you have to do?  Well, I have been in a wonderful mood since my husband has been home (I get him for about 4 whole weeks before he leaves again!!!!) so I thought I would hold a contest that would continue to bring smiles to everyone by having people tell me their funniest stamping/crafting blooper.  I will draw the winner at random (using random.org) at 8:00 pm on September 14th.  I will announce the winner on Tuesday, September 15th.  You do have to be a US resident to enter and win (because this is current SU! merchandise, and those are SU!’s rules) so I’m sorry to those outside of the US.  😦

I will share something funny that happened to me once.  For those of you that use glitter and embossing powder a lot, you probably do what I do.  I store them in Ziploc sandwich containers so that I can just dip my CS into them and not have to worry about getting glitter/powder all over the place.  Well, one day when I was happily blinging some things up with some Dazzling Diamonds glitter, my darling daughter Sarah who was probably 2 at the time, comes over to peek up on the table, puts her little hands up on the edge, but mistakenly puts them over the edge of the glitter container which then flipped it up and down onto her little face/head.  She was COVERED in Dazzling Diamonds!!  While glitter was a bit of a fashion statement a few years back (remember all of the creams/lotions/gels with glitter in them???), glittery tears (literally) were not.  It didn’t hurt her, but it filled her eyes and I was so worried that even though Dazzling Diamonds is pretty fine, it would scratch her eyes or something.  I took her to the bathtub, rinsed her off, and did my best to rinse her eyes.  That, along with her blinking removed just about all of the glitter.  For the next few hours there would be little spots of glitter that were blinked to the corner of her eyes, but I was happy and lucky to discover that no harm was done.  She also had glitter in her hair for quite a while.  It settled on her scalp and lots of scrubbing never got it all out at once.  🙂 

So….what’s your stamping blooper?  Share away and spread the word.  I know that this is a very popular stamp set and I’m sure your friends would like the chance to get it and everything they need to make some “Sweet Treats” for the holidays. 

Good luck!!!

PS – I will continue to post between now and next Tuesday but will link to this post in any subsequent posts before the announcement of the winner.

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Blog Tour

Welcome to stop #6 on the Stampin’ Addicts Happy Holidays Blog Hop!  The Happy Holidays Blog Hop will feature sneak peaks of the different stamp sets and accessories available in the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog.   This catalog is available to purchase from on September 1st, and the ladies in this hop are going to make you want to buy everything in it!!  There are 40 jam packed pages of the Holiday Mini Catalog that will fit any of your fall/winter holiday needs; from jewelry to Halloween treats, Christmas gifts and Fall cards, this Mini Catalog has just what you need! 

If you have been following the blog hop in order you’ve just seen Sarah’s fabulous creations at Lily’s Ink Pad featuring the new “Haunting Hill” Jumbo Stampin’ Around Wheel.  Aren’t the images on that wheel just perfect for everything spooky?!?!  This hop is a continuous circle, so no matter whether you start here with my blog, or are following the links to the next blog on each person’s post, you’ll be able to see it all.  Let’s get started!!!


Well, here is a non-Halloween use for the GORGEOUS new Night & Day Specialty Designer Series Paper, that can be found on page 11 of the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I have been begging Stampin’ Up! for black and white Designer Series Paper (DSP) FOREVER, and boy did they make me happy!!!  This paper is SO versatile, and does not have any Halloween specific images on it, so it works fabulously for just about anything shabby chic, elegant, traditional, or _______ – fill in the blank with your style of stamping.  My projects are all a Basic Black, Whisper White, Basic Gray and Melon Mambo palette and these colors were just what I wanted for this little gift set for my daughter’s new 1st grade teacher. 

You will see that I used the YUMMY new Shimmer Paint, in Frost White (pg 27), on top of the DSP or the Melon Mambo CS on two of the projects.  When you paint it (using a sponge) on top of the Basic Black patterned DSP (this is the pattern I kept in each of the four projects to tie them all together), it turned it a lovely shade of Basic Gray.  Be sure to click on any photographs that you wish to see close-up and personal – it really shows you the shine of that Shimmer Paint.   A little bit of this Shimmer Paint goes a LONG way.  I used about four drops to completely cover each of the 3 flowers on the little matchbox candy box (front center in the above picture) and to sponge the edges of the Melon Mambo flower on the pencil/pen holder.


Speaking of the pencil/pen holder….  I used some sticky strip to adhere the DSP to the clean and de-labeled vegetable can.  I then used my Scallop Edge punch to punch the Whisper White border for the top, along with my Paper Piercing Tool (which you can now buy SEPARATELY – YEAH!!) and Paper Piercing Mat.  I adhered it using more Sticky Strip.  I then used my lovely Big Shot to run some Melon Mambo CS and the Night & Day Specialty DSP through with the Flower Layers Originals Die.  I then misted the two flowers and crumpled them up and then flattened them back out and dried them using my Heat Tool.  I followed the drying with some sponging of the Frost White Shimmer Paint on both of the flower layers, just along their edges.  Next, I stamped the lovely “B” using the Lovely Letters Alphabet and some Black StazOn ink on Whisper White CS.  I punched the “B” out using my 1-1/4″ Circle Punch.  All of these were stuck together using mini glue dots and dimensionals (to attach the “B” to the flowers) and some dimensionals to adhere the flower to the can.  Lastly, I ran my Sticky Strip around the bottom of the can and tied some yummy 1/2″ Melon Mambo Polka-Dot Grosgrain ribbon as the final touch.  Behind the can, you’ll see the bag that I altered to match my gift set.  I used some of the Specialty DSP along with my Baroque Motifs stamp set to color coordinate my little white gift bag.  I stamped onto some Whisper White CS cut to fit the front of the bag since it’s easy to stamp on a bag and get areas that don’t stamp due to the creases in the bag. 


This card was a fun one to make.  I used my trusty Big Shot and a new Sizzlet die from the Mini Catalog (pg 21) called Merry Details.  I once again found a use rather than the intended for the product in the Mini Catalog.  This die has some absolutely adorable Christmas trees and a snowflake on it, but I chose to use the little birdie.  I paired it with running some of the Night & Day Specialty DSP through my Big Shot using the Go Go Boots Alphabet dies to create the word “hello”.  Where, you might ask, did I find an epoxy button to match the DSP perfectly?!?!  I made it!!  I used my Crystal Effects to cover a little corner of the DSP and let that dry (overnight – I’m too impatient to sit there and watch it dry for hours) and used my 1″ Circle punch to punch out the “button”.  I attached some Whisper White grosgrain to my button, added it to my 1/2″ Melon Mambo Polka-Dot Grosgrain ribbon treatment that was already already tied onto my Scallop Edge punched Specialty DSP that was adhered to a paper pierced and distressed layer of Whisper White CS for an easy and eye-catching element on my card.  The background of my card is also a piece of the Night & Day Specialty DSP.  Aren’t you just loving it?!?!?


This last little creation is my favorite.  It’s the first time I used my Matchbox Bigz XL die, and I love this little box.  Did you know that in addition to 10 absolutely fabulous sheets of Designer Series Paper in the Night & Day Specialty DSP pack, you also get TWO sheets of printed window sheets?!?!?  That’s right!!  That’s why they added the word “Specialty” to this gorgeous pack of papers.  As you should be able to see, the clear window sheet in the paper pack was used to make the sleeve for my little matchbox so that my daughter’s teacher could see the sweet little m&m’s waiting for her inside.  I used my Scallop Edge punch on the DSP, and my Eyelet Border punch on the Melon Mambo CS.  Some Whisper White and Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon was also used, in addition to a 5/16″ Jumbo Brad in Whisper White.  The most fun I had though, was creating my layers of flowers.  I used my Big Shot to use 2 of the dies from the Sizzlits 4-Pack of dies called Birds & Blooms.  It is yet another SU! exclusive die.  I also used a sponge and some of that beautiful Frost White Shimmer Paint on each flower that used the Night & Day Specialty DSP.  It turned it a beautiful shade of shimmery Basic Gray.  I just love it and hope her teacher does too!!!  What do you think?

Well, I hope that you enjoyed my projects and were able to follow along with how I made each of them. As usual I would love to hear what you think, and don’t forget to use one of the links to the right to subscribe to my blog for e-mail notification of my new posts.  I have a BIG Boot Loot (aka Blog Candy) contest coming up and subscribers will be the first to know about it! 🙂  Also, don’t forget to start your wish list now to order these fabulous new goodies on September 1st and make sure you check out what Holly has in store for you at Ink Paper Stamps for the next stop on the Hop. Please click on the arrows below to help you find the previous or next participants on the Blog Hop. 


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First, drum-roll please………………

Random.org gave me number 23 and that is LaRee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Congrats on winning the Boot Loot that I am offering in honor of my DD’s 6th birthday.  I am excited to say that LaRee is one of my dear friends, so I know where you live and obviously you won’t have to e-mail me.  I think in my Boot Loot contests I’ve only had a person I actually know outside of blog-land win more than once or twice.  I must admit it’s fun to see someone I know win!!!

Now, on to Card Patterns Sketch #12, which you can see HERE.  Card Patterns has the pleasure of letting you know that our sponsor this week is Unity Stamp Company!!!  They have some incredible stamps, kits and other stamping supplies that you can check out on their site and you can enter your sketch on the CP blog using Mr. Linky for your chance to win a great prize from them.  Swing on over to the CP blog to check out the sketch and the amazing cards by the rest of the DT and our Guest DT member.  Don’t forget that entering your sketch also puts you in the running for being selected as a Guest DT member with one of CP’s future sketches!!!


I hope you like my card – it’s for my daughter’s teacher.  Teacher appreciation week is coming up, so I thought another apple card was in need to start the little bundle of gifts we’re going to be giving my DD’s teacher.  I had fun making it and using my Prismacolor pencils again.  It’s been a LONG time!!!  The card-base is 6-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ when folded, so it’s a little bit abnormal in size.  I don’t really like the 6″ x 3″ size, so I made it a half inch bigger and started with a 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ square.  Just FYI….

All items used are SU! unless otherwise noted.

Stamps:  ABC Images, Teacher’s Apple
Paper:  Kraft, Kiwi Kiss and Whisper White CS, Chocolate Chip Textured CS, Washington Apple DSP
Ink:  Black StazOn
Accessories:  Prismacolor Pencils, Baby Oil, Blending Stump, Scallop Square punch, 1-1/4″ punch (I trimmed a tiny bit off of the squares to get them to look a little better on top of the scalloped squares), Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, 5/16″ White Brads, Vintage White Button (PTI), Linen thread, Paper Piercing Tool and Template, Stampin’ Dimensionals, mini glue dots

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So, today is my oldest daughter’s sixth birthday!!!  I can’t believe how the time has flown by, and now I have a child that is six years old!!!!!  I just love her so, so , so much!!   We are so blessed to have her as part of our family.  She is sweet and cares so much about the feelings of others.  She tries so hard to please everyone and she is just so smart.  She is such a beautiful little girl who makes my heart melt when she runs around the house making up songs and dancing like a princess or writing sweet things about others in her “book” and draws such adorable pictures of them too.  I love her!!! 

In honor of her birthday I thought I would post my boot loot (aka BLOG CANDY, PRIZES, FREE STUFF, MY EXCUSE TO PURGE SOME STAMPING SUPPLIES/ITEMS) drawing today.  The contest will end Friday night April 24th at 11:59:59 Eastern Standard Time.  I will announce the winner with my post for that week’s Card Patterns Sketch.  It will be posted at 9:00 am. 


Here’s how the contest will go.  I took a picture of the beginning 3 items in the Boot Loot and that’s what you see above (sorry, it’s not the greatest picture).  They are:
1.  Thickers stickers
2.  Yummy SU! Sale-a-Bration ’09 new, unmounted stamp set
3.  Patterns II paper pack from SU! – new and unopened 

For every 10 people that enter the Boot Loot drawing, I will add another prize and will start adding them below here with a picture (if possible).  I will tell you that I will be cutting any paper packs I add as prizes into 6×6 pieces for shipping purposes.

Added prizes so far – 1 for every 10 people that leave a comment:

Epoxy Buttons (for hitting 10 comments), 16 4×4 Alterable Coasters (for hitting 20 comments) and not pictured – a package of SU! Rub-Ons (for hitting 30 comments):









The RULES:  Only one entry per person, please – just leave a comment here telling my DD (Emma) happy birthday, and you’re “entered” to win.  Obviously, you are encouraged to share the link to my (new) blog with your friends via e-mail and your own blog so that the entries will go up and the prize will get bigger.  You must enter before 11:59:59 pm EST on Friday, April 24th in order to have your name go in the drawing (random.org will be used) to be the winner of the prize.  I will announce the winner at 9:00 am on Saturday, April 25th.   My purpose for this Boot Loot is two-fold.  I hope that people will see that my blog is moved, and will now come visit me here at my new blog instead, and I also thought it would be a super fun way to celebrate my DD’s birthday, with YOU!!!! 

Good luck!!! 

PS – At the end of each day I will check the # of posts to select items and photograph them and I will update this post with pictures of the added prizes the next day.

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Boot Loot Coming…..

For those of you who have followed me to this blog, you’ll know that Boot Loot is also known as Blog Candy, or a PRIZE throughout the rest of blog-land.  So….keep your eyes peeled and the Boot Loot will get bigger the more people that enter.  I thought this would be a fun way to get people to change their links to my blog and such since I recently moved.  I’ll post the Boot Loot on Tuesday.  Until then….

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