Friday, December 17, 2010

all good things most come to an end.....right???

Well that's what they say anyway....who ever "they" are, right???  So we will just go with it for this post.

My time on the Pink by Design design team has come to an end.  (sniff, sniff)  Sarah and the rest of the girls on the team were great to work with. 

Here is my card:

On my card I used the "happy love day" from Pink by designs Love always set.  I love this set!!  Can't wait to use it more once Valentines day gets closer. 

Paper is by Stampin' Up, ribbon is Bazzill, the monekys are part of the Changito the Monkey line from Stampendous stamps.  

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holidays. 

See you in 2011!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

SUPRISE!!!! Today is Kathy's SUPER SECRET SURPRISE Birthday Card HOP

  To celebrate Mrs. Peachy Keen's birthday we are having a fabulous birthday card hop!!  First let's all wish Kathy a Happy Birthday!  Lucky for me I have been fortunate to meet Kathy in person several times (we only live about 20 minutes apart) but I have to say she is as sweet as you think she is!!!  


At the bottom of this post I will list everyone in the hop, and the link to the next person in the hop.  There is a fabulously talented line up, so you will not want to miss any blogs!!

Here is my birthday card for Kathy:

Peachy Keen Snow cuties used on both candles.  (love that set!!) 
Dancing Candle cut file is from, her stuff goes so well with Peachy Keen Stamps

Close up of their adorable faces!!  
Are those not the happiest birthday candles you ever seen???

Here is the inside of the card.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!!  Be sure to sign up as a follower if you are not already.  
The next blog in the hop will be Lauren at-

Here is a list of all the blogs in the hop:

Angelica & Adrianne -
Viv -
Kim -
Lorie -
Heidi -
Janice -
Joanna -
Nikki -
Erin -
Emma -
Ruthie -
Samantha -
Lisa -
Jessica B. -
Abby -
Gaby -
Dobea -
Theresa -
Jessica K. -
Glorajean -
Liz -
Jessica M.-
Jenny -
Kimmy -
Sandra -
Sarah -
Mandy -  <-----You are here!  Lucky  :)  ....LOL!
Lauren -
Raven -
Janis -
Momo -
Paula -
Corri -

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Holiday Cards and Gift Blog Hop


Happy Saturday everyone....are you ready to get your "hop" on???  Well of course you are!! 

When you are ready to go to the next blog in the hop either click the picture above or here is a link to Nikki's blog  And if you need to start over here is a link to the first blog in the hop

I know it is a super busy time of the year for everyone, so I will keep this short and sweet. 

Patterned paper is by Basic Grey Jovial
Background paper was made by lovable old! No but seriously, it is just SU! kraft cardstock, stamped with a cheapie damask stamp from HL using Tim Holtz distressing ink in walnut (stamped off 3x) then sprayed with iridescent gold by tattered angels.  I don't *love* gold...but it just seemed to go with this card. 
SU! ornament punch, SU! satin ribbon
$1 stamp from Micheal's....this just goes to show you don't have to buy all those expensive stamps to make nice cards.  ;)

Thanks for stopping by, and if you are not a follower already....make sure add yourself.  I do giveaways all the time, and I would hate for you to miss any :)  

Enjoy the hop!!! 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Whoo hoo I am a Peachy Keen Guest Designer!!

In case you have not had the privilege to see Peachy Keen stamps or use them, here is a link to their store....go ahead fill up your cart, you will be glad you did!!!  I absolutely adore their stamps for several reasons...the images are ADORABLE, the quality of the stamp is the best, and I happen to be lucky enough to live only 20 miles from Peachy Keen headquarters so I have had the honor of meeting most of the Peachy Keen family...and they are the SWEETEST people you will ever meet. 

The challenge this time was to make an encouraging card.  That's not too hard with all their adorable, cheery smiley stamps.  Here is my card, I hope you like it!!!

I used the faces from Snow Cuties and Funshine faces.  They are some of my favorite sets!! 
The paper is all Stampin' Up. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with their family, it's one of my favorite holidays.  

Friday, November 19, 2010

Pink by Design ---- Design Team Day :)

Ok,ok I know last time I said that Bountiful blessing was my favorite Pink by Design set to date....but this is my new fave!!!  If you have not ordered Scripte year me you will want this set!!!  So versatile!!  Click here to order this set

Papers are from Imaginisce's Enchanted line
Flower is an Imaginisce rolled posie.  

Have you tried the pearl pens by Viva decor??  Omg....they are fabulous!!!  
See the little pearls going down the ribbon, those are done with the Pearl pen.  
They can be hard to find in the US right now, I bought mine from Terri at Stamps Alive.

Be sure to check out what the other designers did this week:

Monday, November 15, 2010

And the wiiiiiiiiiinnnnnner is...............


Saundra said:

Luv Scrapping Together said...Love the card. I really like how you put together the tree.
Thanks for sharing!

Thanks to everyone that commented, I read all of them :)

Remember the stamp sale here later in the week, and for those that have been following for awhile I promised big changes .......and they are coming.....PROMISE!!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Imagine Nation Blog Hop 2!!!

Be sure to stop back next week....after being a demo with Stampin' Up 6 loooooong years I have officially retired and I have LOTS of goodies to sell.  Several items are from the current catalog....others are hard to find stamp sets.  Everything will be priced to sell!!!!  Make sure you are a follower so you don't miss any new sales. 


Now onto the blog hop.....

Here is my card. I used 2 of the patterns from the Imagine more cart to make the tree.  Used my SU! scallop edge punch, and then glued all the layers together as shown below. 

The put it in the trimmer and cut a triangle...and tah dah....I had a Christmas tree :)

The punch at the bottom is the MS Vintage doily edge punch (love it!), sentiment is Unity, the birdie is a button I had laying around, misc snowflake stamps and SU! whisper white ink. 

Now let's talk blog candy.....wanna see what you can win????

That's right you can win this iRock!!  A friend recently gave me one of these, and I fell in LOVE with I thought I would pay if forward and give one away.

In order to be entered in the drawing.....please leave a comment on this post AND make sure you are a follower.  Winner will be drawn Sunday night, and I will e-mail the winner.   

Now on to the next blog on the hop..... click the image below and it will take you right to the next blog in the hop.


Friday, November 05, 2010

Gobble Til You Wobble.....Pink by Design

It's Friday and you know what that means.....time for another Pink by Design - Design Team project.   This week I used the sentiment "gobble til you wobble from the Bountiful Blessings Sentiment set.

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to take a peek at the other designer's projects:

Friday, October 22, 2010

Apple of my Eye - Pink by design DT

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have a 12x12 layout using Pink by Design Bountiful Blessings sentiment set.

 (sorry about the lop sided tape let loose on me when I took the pic.)
The fun circles on the side are a cut from designer calendar cartridge, the tree trunk was cut by hand and the tree is done with SU! scallop punch and a small cuttlebug scallop circle die.  Patterned paper is Apple Cider by Imaginsce.  Title is done with thickers. 

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Pink By design - Bountiful Blessings

This is such a great stamp set, I had a hard time choosing a sentiment to use this week.  I know this set will get a lot of use!  It's one of my faves!

Products used:
Ek border punch
SU! cardstock & punches
Copic markers

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pink by design - Shop-a-holic


As you may have read Mandy is super busy with her new job, and asked myself and a few of her other scrappy friends to take over her blog until she can get back to being crafty.

Today is Pink by design - design team submission day.  Yippee!  Part of the challenge was to use this fabulous paper Sarah had 3m sent to everyone on the design team call  Post-it Craft.  The entire back side of this paper is similar to what is on the 'sticky' part a post it note.  I am loving using this in the Cricut!!! It cuts perfectly.

This is going to be post that is heavy on pictures...and light on words.  I don't have the same 'way with words' that Mandy does.

Here you can see the back side of  3m's new Post-it Craft paper:

I am a huge fan of Cricut Design Studio.  I get all my cuts arranged on the screen, lay my papers down to match, and one run through the cricut...and I am done.  (the orange colored paper is the front side of the post-it paper)

I cut this shape from Storybook cartridge at 4 inches. 

 Peeled up the paper off the adhesive backing..

 I decided to use this cut as a mask. You can see in the picture below I put the mask on top of the red cardstock and sprayed it with black Maya Mist from Maya Road. Once it was dry I peeled up the mask leaving the beautiful design you will see on the card below.

 Here is the finished card.  It is a 'tall' card measuring 9"x4", and will fit in a letter size envelope.  I used the stamp "Well behaved women rarely make history" stamp from the Pink by design Shop-a-holic set.  Such a fun girlie set!!!

 A few more pictures that show off all the details of this card -

Accessories used -
Satin ribbon, tulle, bling, black & pearl glimmer mists, Swiss dots CB folder.

If you have questions about anything you see here, you can e-mail

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A small change at the Polka Dot Spot...

As some of you know I recently started a new full time job, that is consuming 99% of what use to be my 'creative time'.

I feel I have an obligation to share fabulous projects with all of my loyal followers, and I don't want to leave you with a dried up blog that never gets updated.  Lucky for me (and you) I have SUPER crafty and talented friends that will be taking over the Polka Dot Spot for me, until things settle down after the holidays.   While I will miss you all over the next few months, I don't think you will disappointed in the fabulous projects you see here, and having a little variety might be a nice change.  

I will let the girls take over from here and introduce themselves as they post their projects over the next few months....

Monday, September 20, 2010

And the winner is.........

Tracy (Jedi ScrapMaster) said...
I just started following your blog and can't wait to see what new things you come up with!

Tracy I will send you an e-mail to get your address.   Thank you to everyone that entered.  Be watching for another giveaway very soon!!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

BLOG candy -o- rama!!!

So it's been a crazy busy week for me, I don't know how Joy and Melanie can do this blog stuff everyday.  I am exhausted!!  But to celebrate a GREAT week, I am going to give away a super prize.  All you need to do to be entered is leave a comment on this post, and make sure you are a follower.

Also, my bff Liz is giving away a fabulous prize swing on over to her blog to register to win that also.  She is an amazingly talented will be in awe--promise!  Here is her blog....Skittles & Scrapbooks

Ok here is what I am giving away.....5 brand new Stampin' Up ink pads, and a brand new SU! Stack & Store Caddy  (luv these!!)

In the morning I am going to update this post with projects I have done this week on , just in case you missed them.  But for right now, blogger is being ridiculously slow I am heading off to bed.  It is almost 2!!

Edited to add pictures of my projects from being guest designer this week @

Friday's project:

Thursday's card for my lil sis:

 Wednesday's layout:

Tuesday's layout:

My layout from Monday is in the post below :) 

Thanks again for stopping by.  I have a lot of exciting things coming up, that I can't give any details about...but believe me you will want to stay tuned....

Monday, September 13, 2010

Lucky, lucky me!!!

I consider myself honored to call Melanie & Joy from Everyday Cricut friends of mine, and I have been fortunate to be asked back as a guest designer on Everyday Cricut.  If you haven't stopped at their blog yet, make sure you do because they are giving away the new "Country Living" cartridge this week. 

I am going to make good use of my time as a guest designer, and do as many scrapbook pages as I can.  Because if you are anything like me, you are sooooooooooo far behind on your scrapbooks.

Here is my first layout:

  All of the paper in this layout is from the DCWV  'Guy' stack.
I recently received a pack of the 3m's new craft post it paper...this stuff is amazing in the cricut.  It cuts like butter, and the entire back side is repositionable adhesive.  So it's perfect to use it for a mask like I did in this layout.  I cut a heart from the simply sweet cartridge, and then peeled of the backing....attached it to the cardstock...spritzed the cardstock with 'leather' glimmer mist from Tattered Angels.  Then peeled the heart off, and had a perfectly masked heart shaped.

Title was cut using Simply Sweet cartridge @ 1.5"

   The pointy finger is from Graphically Speaking cartridge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Hey Cupcake!

Hey all, today is Pink by Design - team day.  Here is my card I made using Sarah's Rock On sentiment stamp set.  Here is a link, if you would like to order a set for yourself :  Pink By Design Store.

Let me apologize for my's not the best quality.  I may re-take pics when I get home from work in the natural light.  The light from my studio didn't do the card any justice.  

Products used:
Pink By Design - Rock on stamp set
Sweet treat cartridge

My minds eye – quite contrary line
Stampin’ Up ribbon & glitter
Glimmer mist and liquid appliqué

This cupcake is from the sweet treats cart, I took the top part of the cupcake covered it with liquid applique, heated with my heat gun.  Then sponged on SU! rose red ink, and sprayed with bubblegum glimmer mist.  This is waaay cuter in person.  Thanks for stopping by! 

For more great projects stop by the rest of the desgin team members blogs:

Sarah at
Paula More than favors
Theresa The Scrapbooking Queen
Ashley at Her Creative Path
Kristi at Little Paper Sprinkles

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

And the winner is.......

Drum roll please......

Manhattan Mandie said...Your page is GORGEOUS, Mandy!!! That zebra paper is YUMMY!!!

Mandie, I will send you and e-mail and let you know how to redeem your gift certificate. 

thank you to all that entered and for all the sweet comments. 

For those that asked, my surgery went well.  It was suppose to be out patient, but due to some complications I ended up staying in the hospital. YUCKO!  Today is the first day, that I am starting to feel like myself.  I hope each day gets better and better.  Thank you for all the well wishes and prayers.  

Friday, August 27, 2010

New Layout using Pink by Design stamps and Blog Candy....

First things first, to celebrate being part of Pink by Design - design team  I am offering up some pretty cool blog candy.  All you need to do is follow my blog and leave a comment.  What will you win, you ask....
How about a fabulous gift certificate from....... 


Also the other girls on the design team are having give be sure to stop on over by them too.

Ashley - Her Creative Path

Kristi - Little Paper Sprinkles

Paula - More than favors

Therea - The Scrapbooking Queen

Ok, now onto the layout I created using the Pink by Design {Rock On} stamp set.  If you haven't tried these photopolymer stamps yet....take it from me a 'red rubber' snob....they are amazing!

If you are anything like me when I see a sentiment stamp...I think card.  Sarah did such a great job on choosing sayings for her stamps...that I had a hard time choosing...there were so many options.

Here is a link to the Pink By Design Store: .  Sarah also just announced that Oh My Crafts! will be selling her stamps.  Yay!!  :)

Enough chattering and enabling from me, here is my layout....

Products used: Pink by Design Rock on Stamp set, Bazzill cardstock, Rock Princess Cricut cartridge, Glimmer Mist (pearl), black glittler paper (target), bling, Crystal effects, Tim Holtz tiny attacher.

See the yummy glimmer mist.  Gotta love some sparkle!!  These little embellishments were made by stamping 3 images from the Rock on set and coating them with crystal effects.  The circle punch is from Stampin' Up.
One of the many fantabulous sentiments in the Rock On stamp set.  Because the stamps are photopolymer I was able to curve them on my block before the sentiment a wavy look.  Then I added a music note at the end.  Attached it to the Layout with the tiny attcher and dimensionals (from SU! far the best dimensionals on the market!)
Here is a close up of the title.  I cut the crown and bow from the black glitter paper and blinged it up a little :)   The zebra paper in the background from (Hobby Lobby) was crinkled and inked up with SU! lavendar lace ink. 

If you have any questions please let me know.  I will be away from my computer for the next couple of days while I recover from surgery, but I promise to answer your e-mails as soon as I can.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Back from CHA....

Hey everyone, didja miss me...huh did ya!?!?  LOL! 

We have officially moved into our new home, my scraproom is not finished but I have it set up so it's functionable---which is good enough for me.  ;) 

Last week I had the pleasure of going to CHA (craft & hobbie association trade show) I got a sneak peek of all the new products coming out for scrapbooking and card making.  Now I had a lot of favorites, but there is one little fun tool that really stuck out to me.  I thought I would share it with you all...

It's called Sew Easy, it's made by We R Memory Keepers....and I am in love.  Not run off to Vegas love, but you know what I mean, right???

The initial tool will retail for $7.95 and the interchangeable thingies (yes, that is a technical term) will only be $2.50.   Sweet deal right!?!?  I though so.  So you want to see pictures, right.  Of course you do.

But before I show you pictures, I just want to say I played with this cool little tool at CHA for awhile.  I know it says pierces on the packaging...but the wheels are plastic and they "dent" the paper but they do not pierce it.  They are more of just little guides.

Are those stitches super cute, or what?  I know some of you are super D duper sewers and would have no need for something like this....but I am not that girl and this is just what I need. 

I promise to start posting projects again very soon.  Pinky promise ;)