Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Mom....

is tired.....

Just in case anyone missed is SOOO worth a listen!

The Mom Song from Northland Video on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

crazy weeks!

Things have been crazy the last few weeks...strep throat, shoulder pain and a dog with a bacteria caused by eating a wild animal! Yikes! ANyway here are some things I did this week on SCS:

The Ways to use it challenge was to make a quick and simple gift item...I whipped up this coffee gift bag topper in 15 minutes! WOW!

The sketch challenge from last week that I just got around to uploading...

This week's sketch challenge....I am loving my new Gina K stamps and nesties!

Sorry, but no more time for chatter...I have cookies to bake!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

getting ready

here are a few challenges I have participated in this past week on SCS...

This was for Monday's Technique Lovers Challenge to use this speckled background technique. I had no Simple Green so I improvised with Shaklee's Basic H cleaner. Worked good IMHO...
This was for the Ways to Use it challenge on thanksgiving to make a thankful card! Riley here is very thankful he didn't buy the crappy fake tree I did last year.... I had to get a new one yesterday....
This is for the sketch challenge from last Wednesday...Rox actually used one of MY cards as the sketch! I was so excited I had to make another....
So that's it for now....a few of my Mommy friends are coming over to make some Holiday gift card holders so I will post those and the tags I made at my class last week ASAP! Thanks for looking!

Friday, November 14, 2008

VSN starts tonight!

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Starting tonight VSN (Virtual Stamping Night) is back in action here on Split Coast Stampers! The theme is Come to the Cabaret and if you stop by you will find lots of fun, challenges and of course laughs! There is a great group of people who participate in this event and newbies are ALWAYS welcome! Here is a sneak peek at my challenge which is LIVE at 7pm...

Are you ready to ROCK???

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Here are some more things I made for the VSN Mini a few weeks ago...

This is for Michelle's challenge to "frame your star"...

This is for Kelly's challenge to be inspired by costumes from the movie Moulin Rouge...

This is for Vicki's challenge to be inspired by 1920's flappers and fashion...

I am having so much fun with the theme of this VSN! Hope you can join us for the main event November 14-15 here on SCS....Thanks for stopping by!

wow check it out

Here is an awesome contest going on from Suzanne at Scrapbitz...

Scrapbitz Contest

I'll be back with more of my VSN Mini creations...

after this brief intermission...

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Here are some challenges from last week...

Ways to Use it- Thursday
Use cracked glass or crackle paint effect
recipe: stamps- SU Provencal, PTI First Fruits
paper- kraft, tangerine tango, ruby red, vv
ink- creamy caramel, memento brown, black, copics
UTEE, versamark, ribbon, nesties

Sketch challenge 200- Wednesday
Color challenge- Tuesday  pixie pink, kiwi kiss, tangerine tango
Recipe: stamps- Unity stamps Stir it up
paper- tangerine tango, pixie pink, kiwi kiss (old olive)
ink- memento black, copics
ribbon, MS border punch, CB textile emb folder

Limited Supplies- Friday Use a stamp in a non-traditional way
recipe: stamps- SU Office Accoutrement (the flower for the turkeys feathers)
paper- pumpkin pie, old olive, ruby red, kraft, close to cocoa
ink- pumpkin pie, ruby red, old olive
ribbon, black pen

PS I did get out to vote today, took my 5 y/o with me. She was fascinated. It felt good to show her how important it is and how much it means to us as women. God Bless America...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

some VSN samples

Well, I finally can post some of the samples I had made for the mini VSN this weekend! These are the Christmas themed ones...

This is for Peggysue's challenge to make an accordion card...I thought these would be great as little Christmas gifts for my family with pictures of the kids inside and a ribbon to hang them as an ornament!
this is the inside...just needs some pictures!
Recipe: stamps- Papertrey Ink Believe
cardstock-  real red, old olive, unk red pp
ink- memento black
accessories- rhinestone, cotton puff, ribbon, swiss dots cuttlebug embossing folder, scallop edge punch

I made this one right after I finished the accordion one...This was for Kim's challenge to use scraps only! So I went with the red and green to make this tic tac Snowman card!
Recipe: stamps: SU merry & bright, Papertrey Ink Believe
cardstock- assorted scraps
ink- memento black, copic markers
accessories: rhinestone snowflakes

That's it for today! DH is recovering from shoulder surgery and my DD and I are battling a little virus so off to rest a bit! Have a great week!



Wow this woman can seriously sew! And she will be opening an online store! Sounds good to me...such cute reversible skirts and tops! Looking forward to checking it out on November 6th!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Marie-Therese Gown GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

OMG! This woman is absolutely unbelievable! I am so jealous of her sewing prowess! And to top it off she is GIVING the dress away! My daughter would freak out! It's just gorgeous!

Marie-Therese Gown GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Halloween fun stuff!

Here are a few Halloween projects I've been working on...

This card uses a technique I found on SCS technique lovers challenge...Stamp the background with a glue pad and use the same color glitter to cover...makes a fabulous sparkly background!

This was a quickie I had to make for my friend's son who is totally into Halloween and is dressing up as Frankenstein!

I just love my Rubber Romance Diva Stamps! This witchy one was a quickie and the glittery PP makes it awesome!

The was for the Technique challenge this week on SCS...make a mini pizza box. So easy and so fun! I think I'll do some more and put some 3X3 notecards in it as gifts for the holidays!
Here is a side view... BTW I used stamps from PaperTrey Ink set called Spooky Sweets II

Yummy mini cinnamon buns!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 27, 2008


So sorry it has been sooooo long since I have updated! I was having major issues with blogger since I update my Mac!
So getting back into the swing of things here are a few of my favorite things I have made recently...
This card was for a VSN preview on SCS...make a card based on music that inspires you! Elvis always is on of my favs...he's a classic!

Recipe: Elvis stamp - Cornish heritage Farms, unk sentiment
CS- kiwi kiss, tangerine tango, baja breeze, black, ww  ink- versamark black
cuttlebug embossing folder, ribbon

This was a request from one of my friend's MIL's...she needed an anniversary card for her son...I forgot how much I love to do the faux postage technique!

Recipe: stamps- SU:flowers for a friend, $1 Mike's sentiment
CS- more mustard, vv, SU DP    ink- black, more mustard, real rust
ribbon, pinking shears

This was another anniversary card I made for my friend's MIL...I used the sketch from the weekly sketch challenge on SCS...Roxie always gives great ones! This was a challenging one for me because I had to do a little measuring (yuk).

Recipe: stamps- SU Life's Special Moments, $1 Mike's sentiment
CS- SU DP, real red, always artichoke, basic grey, ww  ink- real red, always artichoke
rhinestones, white gel pen, copic markers, ribbon

Thanks for stopping in! I will be updating weekly! Promise!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Blog candy winner!

Sorry for the delay! I was away with my family in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of NY again...'oy the rain though!


My very advanced system of winner choosing (my DD picked it out of a hat remember...) has chosen NUMBER 10 ! ! !

So Wendy...send me your snail mail and you will be receiving this awesome celebration set!
Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

another preview!

Here is another preview of the newest release from H & M stamps...I also did the color challenge today on SCS...use a neutral and one of the SU retiring in colors...
I used black, white and wild wasabi.

This is a square spring card for the Technique lovers challenge on Monday...I love this Martha Stewart just describes my house perfectly! The cool brads were sent to me by my DSS secret sister.

So, it's the beginning of August, and I took my DD to her first cheerleading practice...and the boys were ALREADY practicing for football! That's just crazy to me! I STILL HAVE MORE SUMMER LEFT!
I'll be up in the mountains of  NY state on Friday, my family has had a vacation home in Lake George for years, so this is it...the last hurrah of the summer! wahhhh! I hate winter! Anyway...we'll be leaving on Friday but I'll be sure to get the winner of the blog candy before I leave! Get your entries in now! on the post labeled PREVIEW & BLOG CANDY!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

more previews!

These are some previews of the new sets to be released on August 10 from H&M stamps...They are called Hoorah and Hoorah sentiments.

I used watercolor pencils to color this one...I didn't want to do the camo green again...I hope somewhere someone is wearing brownish fatigues and likes this!

For the BG on this one I used my newest favorite technique...polished stone! I used old olive, creamy caramel, gold and Ranger butterscotch. I think it made a rather cool camo style! And how is it possible that I actually HAD a camo print ribbon! YIKES!

For this I searched through my scraps and came up with this lovely paper from CTMH...and dontcha LOOOVVEEE grungeboard! The star is from my big ol' pack of grungeboard...I inked it with the leftover from the polished stone!

Since I have no family or friends in the military, I am sending these to someone on SCS who collects cards for the troops along with a pile of other cards.  God Bless them all!

Don't forget about my BLOG CANDY on the previous post! You have until midnight on August 7th!

Friday, August 01, 2008

Preview and Blog Candy!

Happy Friday! Here is my first preview card for H&M stamps newest release! These sets are uber-patriotic, one is all images and the other is the matching sentiments. Great for scrapbook pages and cards for our troops! 
Here is the official kick off from Heather:

"H&M Stamps has a new release coming up on August 10th, and today is the start of our Sneak Peaks. We are doing something different this month and are dedicating it to the military, thier families and the people who serve and protect us each and every day. We want to thank everyone who risk their lives every day so that we may live a better life, but we also want to remember those who gave their lives fighting for us, especially those during 9-11. The anniversary is coming up next month, and seeing how I was in the Army myself during this time and remember how it affected me and still affects me, I couldn't think of a better way to do a tribute. H&M Stamps is releasing only 2 new sets this month. For every customer who purchases both the sets available this month, we are donating $5.00 to the military, their families as well as other's all accross the US. Education should be a right and not a priveledge, so the $5.00 being donated will go to purchase back packs for education to those military families that can't afford it as well as Katrina victims and others who need supplies as well. Every little bit helps, so if you would like to donate, please send pay pal donations to"

Oh, yeah....I did say BLOG CANDY, right?

As many of you know I am a Paramedic and my DH is a NYC Police Officer. We were both in Manhattan during 9-11 and worked very closely with all the other members of service and lots of reservists. All I can say is they are some of the bravest and most selfless people I have ever known. Everyone who lent a hand that day and the weeks that followed is on my HERO list!

All you have to do is comment on this post and let me know about a hero in your life.
You will be entered into a drawing for a set of stamps from H&M called
 Celebrate The Day. 

I will choose a winner with a very high tech system (my 5 y/o will pull the name from a hat) on August 8th. GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

For the troops!

In honor of H&M stamps new release (which will be on August 1st) the designers have been given some blog candy to give away...thanks to Heather! You can check out Heather's blog here for all the new stuff going on at H&M. You can also visit the other designer's blogs and the design team blog for even more chances to win!


Since this is a military dedication month, Heather has generously set up a collection to help the troops. For everyone who purchases both of the new releases, $5.00 will be donated by H&M stamps!

You can make donations via H&M stamps...just send your check or MO to:

H&M Stamps
C/O Help the troops
2303 E Golf Course Rd NE
Alexandria, MN 56308

Check out my blog for a sneak peek at H&M's new releases and for the blog candy info on Friday, August 1st...see you then!

Monday, July 28, 2008

busy weekend!

Well, I had a very busy stamping weekend! Right here on Splitcoaststampers, my virtual home away from home, it was a VSN Mini on Friday night, some challenges I did for the week and this whole week was the Dirty Dare 08. That is a bunch of awesome challenges set up by members of the dirty dozen right here on SCS.

This was for the Limited Supplies Challenge this week...a tough one! Limited layers, no markers or coloring things, no Cuttlebug, no other embellishments except for ribbon or twine...only ink and stamps! Yikes! Well, thanks to my Mother-in-Law I now can make awesome clouds with the help of a scallop punch! So there is my balloons in the sky!

This one was one of my favs from VSN Mini...the polished stone technique. I just love how the paper looks like an actual piece of stone or marble! This beachy themed card went perfect with the subtle colors in the polished stone.

This was another fav of mine from the use only what was left on our workspace at the end of the night! Well, mine was a total mess and I knew I was going to do some kind of quilt or patchwork when I saw a few scalloped squares lying around. And my Martha stamp was a hit!

So that was just a few...I'll try to post some more tomorrow!

PS *** update on the doll beds....I put them on ebay for  a 7 day takers! Not even any questions asked! :( So I relisted it, lowered the shipping and figured I'd try one more time! We'll see...
If you want to inquire about one, please email me directly at

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Color challenge and Magnolia Stamps

This was for the color challenge this week on SCS...soft sky, river rock and very vanilla. How soft and pretty are these colors?!

recipe: Saltbox studios stamps, soft sky, river rock and river rock DP, CB embossing folder, memento black ink, prismacolor watercolor pencils.

Check out Magnolia Stamps! I just love these cuties! They are from the Sweden and they are just adorable! I did a swap with my friend Denise in England and got a bunch of them but I still want MORE! You can check out Artfully Ila HERE....she has some to give away (lucky girl!).  When I actually get some I'll certainly post....Have a great week!

Monday, July 21, 2008

giving it a try....

So I have been making these doll beds for friends and I decided to try to sell them on ebay. I can do any colors and will ship them unassembled to save on shipping rates. You can see my listing here
And here are some pictures of the last one I made....

You can also email me ( for any custom orders or questions....


Wow! This summer has been crazy! Trying to occupy 2 kids all day is getting to be a challenge! They love the pool but sometimes I just wanna stay home and relax...RELAX is not a word in my children's vocabulary!

Anyway here are some cards I have done recently for some challenges on SCS...

recipe: pp-DCWV, real red, kraft, bashful blue, PTI white; studio G stamps, ribbon, brads

recipe: ww, so saffron, almost amethyst, wild wasabi
stamps: bloomin' beautiful, french script, canvas; dew drops, ribbon, CB embossing folder

recipe: SU DP, kraft, creamy caramel, wild wasabi, ww
stamps- best of cluck; ribbon, * wood grain technique; distressing

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Happy 4th Weekend!

Just wishing you all a Happy and Safe Holiday Weekend! Here are some pics I took last night...Gotta Love NYC on the 4th!

Friday, July 04, 2008

First look...

Here is a look at some things I have made with the new stamps to be released on July 10 from H & M stamps!

I just LOVE these delicious looking ice creams! To me, ice cream just screams SUMMER!
recipe: Stamps- H & M;  CS- PTI white, only orange, pink passion; ink- memento black tuxedo, copic markers; ribbon, Cuttlebug folder

I just recently got back form a camping vacation so when I saw these stamps I just about fell outta my chair! Now I just have to get some pictures developed to scrap! This card is going to my friend who organized the camping trip for us! (wink wink BFF)
recipe: stamps- H & M stamps; CS- true thyme, kraft, PP-unk from Michael's; large eyelets; distressing, spongeing

Isn't this bear just the cutest? I have more ideas for him on some baby cards...stay tuned!

recipe: stamps- H & M stamps; CS- wild wasabi, PTI white, PP- K&CO; ribbon, spongeing, tiny cotton puff