New Bellas & Little Monkeys Storage System!

Well, here it is about 2:00 a.m., the middle of the night. and I am writing my blog.  This is actually my usual time for writing.  So if things are a little quirky or don’t make sense the fact that it’s waaay past bedtime could have something to do with it.  However, at this time, nobody is calling my name for anything, the dogs are snoring and even my phones aren’t ringing.  This is the most peaceful time of my day and I cherish it. How about it…are there any more night owls out there like me?

Anyway, I had to make a card for our daughter’s birthday party which is this Sunday.  Since I am not going to mail it to her I went outside of the traditional 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 size card I usually make.  This card is 5 x 5 which gives you quite a bit of room to decorate versus the smaller cards.  Not that it matters much to me since I still consider myself lucky just to complete a card.  Another problem with making different shaped cards is where do you get the envelopes to fit them.  I bought a tool at Archiver’s that helps you make envies any size you want them and it also helps you make your envies in what I would call a 3-d effect pattern.  It raises the sides of the envies about 1/8″ deep all around (great help for mailing cards with embellishments on them).  I have already made a few of my own envelopes and it is quite simple to do.  I just used my white cardstock paper and used red double sided sticky tape on all of the seams.  I wish I had thought to take a picture of one of them before I mailed them out but I didn’t.  Maybe next time.  All I can say is that I get my white cardstock (Georgia Pacific) from Sam’s Club for $7.22 for 250 sheets of paper.  This paper makes the most durable envelope I have ever seen.  This is my Daughter’s B-Day card and as I said it’s 5 x 5.  The shopping is so her, and that’s exactly what she has asked for…money to shop.






This card is for the Whiff of Joy card Challenge for this week.  The only stipulation is to use fall colors on this card.  This card is stunning in person but unfortunately my camera does it no justice.  Either it’s too old or I have let the grandchildren drop it one too many times.

The second photo shows the colored leaves that I put on the inside of the card.  It was just so brown it needed something.  This card has been made with SU Chocolate chip, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and the DP was from a matstack of Debbie Mumm.  Everything was colored with my Copics with the exception of the inside of the card.  That was done with my SU markers on a stamp so that I could just huff on it to make it stamp (oops so was the grass on the front of the card).















I have included pictures here of my Little Monkeys Storage System for all of your loose acrylic stamps.  It is an awesome way to keep them organized without having to dig through drawers for them.  The set comes with 6 cards and sleeves that measure 8×8 and I ordered an additional set of 3 sleeves.  I can already see that I will need more but what a wonderful way to keep everything organized

and easily accessible.[

I hope all of you are having a blessed week and I will try my best to have a great one too.  Before I forget, I would like to thank Kim for sending me her awesome blog candy…yes I was the lucky winner of that one.  Thank you to Debby for the awesome Halloween card (with scent – yummy) and thank you to Jacquie for another one of her awesome cards.

As I have said over and over Bellas are the best!!!

Hugz to all 🙂


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Blog Candy Alert!!!

I have come across a new blog for Karin http://karinhoeve.blogspot.com/ where she is having birthday card and Christmas card challenges.  It sounds like great fun to me, even though I never get in on challenges.  I’m hoping it will motivate me to have some cards on hand when I need them.  Here is the sketch for her first card challenge and her take on it.  She will be posting her sketch on Mondays and if you enter twice in a month your name will go into a drawing for a small prize.  I hope some of you will join me and also decide to participate in her challenge.

Right now Karin is also holding a blog candy until Monday, October 13 for a wonderful WoJ holiday stamp along with embellishments and paper.  Good luck to all…but I hope to win ~smile~.

Well, these are the best I could do with pics of this card.  The pictures aren’t so great but I did try (it is almost 3:00 am too so maybe that’s part of the problem).  The card looks much better in person, which is why I took 2 pictures trying to show you all of the colors of polka dots on the DP.  Very cool paper…

Hugz 🙂



New Cards & Blog Candy Too!

I just have to write and let all of you know about Jacquie’s blog candy going on right now until October 15.  She has been such a blessing for me to get to know since I have joined the bellas.  I live with more than my share of migraines and somehow she knows when I am at my worst and one of her awesome cards will just show up at my door.  Today I received her Happy Hopper card and I can’t look at it without smiling from ear to ear.  Now tell me you wouldn’t smile every time you looked up and saw this adorable card looking at you.

She sent me this card…again just beause.  I love Halloween so this card is awesome and it came on a migraine day!

This is the first card she sent me…because I had a 4 day migraine.  I know the picture isn’t very good but you can check out her blog and see better picture of all of these cards.  Now you get the picture right?  Jacquie is the greatest and therefore her blog is awesome so hurry on over and check it out.

Now, believe it or not I actually made a couple of cards before I was put out of commission with this last headache.  Two of them are the new Whiff of Joy stamps and one is a stamping fella from a swap…he is for my BIL’s birthday.  I haven’t done too many guy cards, unless you count 4 year old guys, and I find them very intimidating.  Does anyone else have that problem or is it just me?

That’s it for my cards for now.  We just celebrated hubby’s bday and he was quite upset that I bought him a card so he says I still owe him one.  I just finished my granddaughter’s (and forgot to take a picture of it), darn it, my SIL below, my BIL above and still have to make my daughter’s, hubby’s, and SIL within the next two weeks.  No time for headaches!!!

I hope all of you are doing great and getting ready for Trick or Treat.  It’s one of my favorite times of the year and I look forward to it for weeks.  Until next time-Take Care & God Bless!

Hugz 🙂