Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Reason for the Season & CRAZY ONE DAY SALE!

Welcome to another fun Sketch Tuesday Challenge! Each week the Skipping Stones Design "Stamp Tramps" along with our Guest Designers for the month challenge you with a new sketch! If you've never participated before you definitely want to start now! Free sets are being given away each week and you could be a lucky winner!

Here is our last sketch for November #53 from our Guest Sketch Artist Shannan!

I decided to use the gorgeous Wise Men stamp set with this fun sketch! Keeping it simple with some basic Christmas colors, and a rustic feel. Love this stamp set and those gorgeous images!

Now, to help you in your gift giving take a look at the sale information below! This is huge, and you don't want to miss it!


FREE 4"X6" stamp set for every $30 Gift certificate (Limit 3)

For EVERY $30 gift certificate you buy, you get a stamp set of your choice absolutely FREE.

Here's how: Email Heather (madebyme33@hotmail.com) the number and dollar amount of the gift certificate(s) you would like to buy. Be sure to list the name of your free stamp set! LIMIT 3 FREE stamp sets per person. Heather will email you an invoice from SSD. Once the invoice is paid your new stamp set(s) and gift certificate(s) will be mailed within a few days. You can keep the stamp set and give the gift certificate, or the other way around! Anyway you look at it, you can't beat this deal.

Here's the catch: This sale only last one day!!! You must email Heather requesting your gift certificate on November 30th before Midnight!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Saying Goodbye...

Saying goodbye is a hard thing to do! Our friends are moving to Colorado today and I'm super bummed they're leaving! :( We got together over the weekend for a little going away party and it was so nice to be able to see them before they left. Melissa is expecting a baby girl at the end of March so we promised we'd be up in the spring to come visit them and the new baby!

We wish them all the best on their move and much success! We will miss the get togethers, parties, and tasting new wines together. (Well me at least, Jake doesn't like wine!) But mostly we'll miss their great company and the good conversations we had. Good luck guys, we love ya!

PS - Jake has been growing a mustache for MOVEMBER and although this is for a great cause (it raises awareness and funds for men's health and cancer), I can't wait until Tuesday when he can shave it off! ;)

Saturday, November 27, 2010


I meant to post this on Thursday, sorry!

Today I am thankful for many things....

I have a lot of things to be thankful for, and I wanted to share a fun list of those things!

10. Post-Its

I know it's silly, but I LOVE Post-Its! I use them so often that they have to be on this list! From grocery lists, to-do lists, and even card sketches or color combo ideas, I use my Post-Its!

9. Coke Zero

I used to be a huge Pepsi drinker, but wanting to cut the extra calories I switched to Coke Zero. I honestly can't go back to regular Pepsi now, but I can't handle any Diet...so Coke Zero it is! I've tried the Pepsi Maxx, but for some reason this is the one I prefer!

8. Books

How could this be a complete list of things I'm thankful for without books being on here?! I love diving into a great book! So, I'm thankful for those authors that pour their heart and souls into their work so that we can enjoy them.

7. Cheesecake

Raspberry to be specific! ;) Looove cheesecake! Not much more to say about this one, ha!

6. Wrestling

Brady at the Utah Summer Games. One of his pins during the season last year.

Jake coaching the high schoolers at one of their duals last year. He's the blue in the sea of black.

Gwynie, Jake, Brady and me at the Utah Summer Games, June 2010. Both Jake and Brady wrestled and each medaled in both styles (Freestyle and Folkstyle).

Jake (who would probably kill me if he saw this pic of him in a singlet on my blog, haha) in the blue, at the Summer Games. This is his "ankle pick" that no one can block.

Another Summer Games photo. Brady gets so determined and I'm pretty sure he's checking the clock and the score in this picture. ;)

Ok, maybe some days I'm not thankful for this (wink, wink), but I love that Jake is a coach and that my little guy Brady loves to wrestle. Jake does his regular job, and then coaches high schoolers and is the Director of their Freestyle club. I know he loves it, and that's why I love it, and I'm thankful that he has this opportunity. Plus, his pay for the season pays for our vacations...which leads me to....

5. Vacations

Daytona Beach, August 2010

We love vacations! Whether it's a road trip, a mini vacation, or visiting family, we love to travel! We got to spend 10 awesome days with my family this summer and had a blast! My kids also do amazing on road trips so we know we can just pack the SUV up and go just about anywhere with them! They're only 11 and 7 and are already asking when we can go to Paris and London, haha. I have a feeling we'll be doing some super fun vacations in just a few years once Brady is a little older! I'm so thankful that my family loves to travel and that we have the means to do so.

4. Hobbies

I love, love, love papercrafting! I am so thankful to be on a team with SSD and be surrounded by awesome people in that group! I also love writing articles for Craft Critique. It combines my love of writing along with my passion for crafting. Two happy little worlds combine! I'm also thankful for blogging and all the awesome peeps out there like you! Thank you for stopping by my little blog and thank you for your sweet comments that are so kind and encouraging!

3. My job

If you're one of my friends on Facebook then you know how much I love the company I work for, and the people I work with. I'm so fortunate to have a job I love and one that I truly enjoy doing.

2. Friends

Nick, Brooke, me and Jake - May 2008

Steph, Melissa, Sharon, Mel, Kelly, me - Halloween 2009

Me, Steph and Mel - Halloween 2010

I have the best friends a girl could ask for! There have been so many things happen to each of my girlfriends recently both good and bad. I am so thankful that I could be a part of their lives to help share the burden or celebrate the happiness with them. I cannot imagine my life without any of these girlies!

1. Family

Uncle, Josh (brother in law), Laci, Dad, Kyle (bro), Mom, Shae, me, Jake, Brady and Gwynie

My side of the family when we were in Florida. Not to leave Jake's family out, we just haven't had a group pic for awhile. ;) I'm the oldest of my siblings and I love these guys so much! (PS - we were on a slant, Jake is actually a little taller than me not shorter like he looks in the pic, ha)
My sisters....We laugh so hard when we're together! And we all fake smile after we've been drinking a little bit (ok a lot). ;)

I am so thankful for my family. I am who I am because of them. My parents are so amazing and my siblings rock. Jake is the perfect guy for me, and my kids are the freaking coolest kids ever. Seriously. I wouldn't change a single thing about any one of them.
All in all, I have a lot to be thankful for.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Commit 2 Paper October Pages

Wow, where did the time go?! I never posted my layouts from the Commit 2 Paper October kit!

You can check out the Gallery to see what the other Inspiration Squad girls did with this kit. I did something different this time, and decided that I wanted to use ONLY 4x6 photos with these layouts. Make them quickly and not trim down any photos. It was a challenge in some cases, but so simple in others. The "Family" layout is my definite fav from this bunch. :)

All past kits are now only $10 each! Crazy deal right? These kits are so awesome, you should totally look into it!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Crafters Companion Article

Hey everyone! I had an article go up today at Craft Critique (7am CST I believe) for a review of some awesome products from Crafters Companion. Be sure to check it out because there is a giveaway for commenters on the post! Good luck!


Welcome to another fabulous Tuesday! It's a short week here in the US with our upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and I'm feeling super thankful today! Thankful for this super fun hobby that I get to share with awesome peeps like you gals, and thankful for so many other things. :)

Anyway, it's Tuesday and you know that means another Skipping Stones Design Sketch Challenge! Did you know you can win stamp sets or discounts on stamp sets by participating in our challenges?! Check it out, you may be a winner for playing along in our fun sketch challenge!

Here is another rockin' sketch from our Guest Sketch Artist this month, Shannan Teubner.

Awhile back our DT member Brenda posted on her blog a challenge to do something out of your comfort zone, to break some of the "rules" you have in crafting. Well, I finally did it on this card! I'm normally not a fan of white and kraft together. No clue why, but usually don't mix the two. I actually really like how these colors came together and it felt good to "break the rules" I imposed upon myself. ;)

The snowflakes from Sassy Snow were embossed in clear ep, and then I rubbed the white craft pad over the cardstock. Wiped away the ink from the embossed snowflakes, and then added some dots from Garden Stamp Kiss over top of the snowflakes.

We actually got dumped on with snow on Sunday and are expecting another 8-15 inches today and tomorrow...so I guess I'm all in the wintery weather mode with this card! Notice the white trim? That's some more from the Winter Wonderland pack of trims from the super sweet Lesley of Christopher Pines.

Now how about some SALE info?! Starting today....it's PINK TUESDAY!

For every $25 you spend you get a $5 gift certificate ....The Gift certificates are good for 1 year, and you can use them starting Black Friday.... You can add up the gift certificates and give them as a gift, or buy stamps as a gift and keep the certificate for yourself!!! The certificates will be mailed with the stamps. However, if you would like to use the certificate before you get your stamps just email Heather and she will be sure to refund the certificate amount off of any purchase made Friday or later.

As an added bonus EVERY Pink Tuesday order will receive a limited edition 3"X 4" stamp set absolutely FREE!!! That is a $7.49 value!

SSD stamps make the perfect gift for the crafters on your list! So...give the gift of laughter this Christmas with SSD stamps.

We have gift certificates available in any amount. Just email Heather with the amount you would like and she will send you an invoice. The gift certificate will be mailed to any address you like! If you would like a gift note enclosed with your certificate just let her know.

Gift certificates of $30 or more will come with a FREE 3"X 4" or Larger stamp set. That way you have a little something to wrap up and present with the gift certificate!!!

SSD DOES Exchanges: you don't even have to go stand in line!

Give the gift of laughter this Christmas. You don't have to worry if they will like the stamps or not, as they can exchange the stamps for anything in our inventory. We are ALWAYS more than happy to exchange any stamp given as a gift. Just mail your New in package stamp set with a note saying what stamps you would like to have. We pay the return shipping at no extra charge.

PS - Funny Coffee Volume #1 is back in stock!!!!

Make sure to visit the other "Stamp Tramps" to see what they created, or visit the SSD Blog!
Amy Tsuruta
Ann Kranitz
Barb Turpin
Brenda Weaver
Gladys Chia
Jennifer Ingle
Tammie Beaton
Wendy Jordan

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Time to announce some winners for my blog giveaways from last week! Up for grabs was an assortment of trim from the awesome Lesley of Christopher Pines, and then a set of 3 Christmas SSD stamps!

Random.org helped pick the winners today!
The winner of the trims is:

Karen L
Oh my goodness! What a super giveaway! Just discovered this blog hop and having the most fun seeing what everyone did with this cute stamp set. I love the Swirl and snowman sets!!I am a blog follower!

(Karen's actual winning comment was her second entry where she tweeted my giveaway, but I think this first post was more fun to share instead, hehe)

And the winner of the three stamp sets:

Lillian Child
I am already a follower (love your blog)!! Thanks so much for the chance at this FABULOUS new set - it's so much fun! LOVE your card creation, Kandi!

Congrats winners! I'm so excited for you! Thanks so much for your sweet comments as well! Make sure you send me links to your projects, I'd love to see what you created! :) Please email me (kandipants 21 at gmail dot com) your address so that your goodies can be sent! Lesley will send the trims directly to you, and I'll be sending the stamps.

If you weren't a winner today, I'll be planning another giveaway veeery soon (think the first week of December, mmmmkay?) so make sure to keep an eye of for that!

Thanks everyone for such a fun blog hop! I'm in the midst of planning a fun project that I'm hoping to work on over the Thanksgiving holiday. We're visiting some of my family in Idaho and I'm crossing my fingers that I get an hour or two to work on it. :)

Do you have any fun Thanksgiving plans? I'd love to hear them!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

More goodies!

Please scroll down for my Skipping Stones Design blog hop release post! There are THREE FREE stamp sets up for grabs along with some amazing ribbons and trims!

I wanted to let you know about an awesome giveaway from my cute blogging friend Sammye Jo! She is giving away a collection of Echo Park papers called Little Boy! Check it out HERE!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Martha Stewart Articles!

Hey guys! (Scroll below for the SSD Blog Hop and 3 FREE Stamp Sets giveaway!)

I had two articles go up today at Craft Critique and the awesome peeps at Martha Stewart Crafts are doing a giveaway on our articles this week! Make sure to check them both out and leave a comment on an article to get a chance to win!

Martha Stewart Crafts Vendor Spotlight Review - Part 1!

3 FREE Christmas Stamp Sets & Sassy Snow Release!

Wow are you in for a treat today! If you just happened upon my blog today you're right in the middle of a super fun blog hop! You'll want to go back to Skipping Stones Design to start at the beginning to help celebrate the release of Sassy Snow! If you came from Barb's blog then you are in the right place!

What else makes this blog hop snow much fun? Besides the release of an incredibly cute stamp set, I have THREE FREE stamp sets to giveaway to one lucky winner for an early Christmas present! ;) Also, this week we're being sponsored by the Etsy store Christopher Pines and we have a giveaway! We were all given a pack of Winter Wonderland ribbons and trims with gorgeous silver, white and gold colors to use on our cards this week. It is all so beautiful and you can win one of these packets for yourself! (More info on both giveaways below)
PS - FREE SHIPPING this week on ALL purchases to celebrate the release of Sassy Snow! Enter FREESHIP at checkout! Also, we are running specials on Christmas Swirls and Fangs or Fur for $11.99 so if you were to combine those two sets with the free shipping you could save big!

Sassy Snow is an adorable snowman (ahem snow-woman) stamp set sure to delight your recipients during these chilly winter months! Sassy Snow has two adorable snow man/woman images along with some great sentiments for this time of year!

We're using this sketch from our talented Guest Sketch Artist Shannan Teubner for our weekly Tuesday sketch!

I've done a few cards with this set before and I just love this cute guy below! Paired with some embossed white snowflakes, and some gorgeous seam binding from our Winter Wonderland pack, I love the crisp and clean feel of this card!

Now how about some FREE Stamps and some FREE seam binding and trims?!

Here's how to win and increase your odds of winning!

1. Become a follower on my blog and leave a comment. (1 entry)
2. Post my giveaways on your blog and comment with your link on this post. (1 entry)

So what's up for grabs?

One winner will receive the seam binding giveaway, and one winner will get the three stamps sets pictured below - Wise Men, Sassy Snow and Christmas Swirls! All are Christmas stamps sets just in time to make your Christmas cards! :)

ETA: Commenting will run until Sunday 11/21 at midnight MST. I will pick a winner and post on Monday 11/22!

I can't wait to hear what you think about the newest stamp set! Your next stop on the hop is to our amazing Guest DT member Jessica !

Here is the master hop order in case there are breaks along the way. Happy Hopping!

SSD - http://skippingstonesdesign.com/
Shannan Teubner - http://withfeathersandsequins.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Ingle - http://justjingle.blogspot.com/
Gladys Chia - http://gladyschia2010.wordpress.com/
Ann Kranitz - http://stampwithme-ann.blogspot.com/
Brenda Weaver -http://sweetpapertreats.wordpress.com/
Barb Turpin - http://barbsboys123.blogspot.com/
Kandi Phillips - http://kraftykandikrafts.blogspot.com/
Jessica Morales - http://www.kinderstampo.com/
Sammye Jo Singer - http://www.62cards.blogspot.com/
Wendy Jordan - http://papertherapy-wendy.blogspot.com/
Laurel Seabrook - http://www.want2scrap.blogspot.com/
Amy Tsuruta - http://tsurutadesigns.blogspot.com/
Tammie Beaton - http://alwaysinking.blogspot.com/

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Special Sale!

Whoa, check it out! 3 stamp sets on sale!

3 Special Sets on Sale TODAY!!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


You never know what to expect when your husband tells you, "I have a project I need you to do tonight." Um....ok? Turns out it was a card, easy enough right? Well kind of.

As I've mentioned a time or two, Jake is a high school Wrestling coach (and still works his regular job too). Well, a Mom of two of his wrestlers went in for surgery yesterday to have a masectomy when they'd already done the same surgery two years ago on the other side. Jake wanted a card to have the team sign for her, but I knew it couldn't be too fussy because it's a bunch of high school boys giving her this card, and it needed to be large enough to fit 35+ boys' signatures.

So enter the card I made in about 3 minutes....super simple and really plain, but a 5x7 card that's perfect for the boys to give her.

I'd already picked out a card I'd made previously with this set (Cancer Shmancer) to give to her, but I'm so glad the team will have a card for her as well.

PS - I did a Tips & Tricks Thursday post over at Skipping Stones Design today so go check it out!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

SSD #50 - Wish!

Wow, 50 sketches! Crazy!

Well it's Tuesday and you know that means another sketch at Skipping Stones Design! We've had the fabulous Shannan Teubner as our Guest Sketch Artist this month and we have another awesome sketch from her!

The DT is using the set Christmas Swirls and I love how elegant this set is, but how fun it can be with bright colors!

I love these non-traditional colors for Christmas and it was so fun combining them all together! The ornaments were embossed in white and layered for the circle portion. I stamped the word "Wish" repeatedly to create a fun background for the tag at the bottom, and included the matching sentiment at the top.

Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue
Ink: Old Olive, VersaMark
Stamps: Christmas Swirls
Misc: corduroy buttons, Red dotted grosgrain ribbon, floss, ticket corner punch, white ep, Fiskars Apron Lace punch

PS - Spend a minimum of $33 and get 33% off of your entire purchase! Enter the coupon code: crazydiscount at checkout. This offer expires TONIGHT at midnight!!!

Make sure to visit the other "Stamp Tramps" to see what they created, or visit the SSD Blog!

Amy Tsuruta
Ann Kranitz
Barb Turpin
Brenda Weaver
Gladys Chia
Jennifer Ingle
Tammie Beaton
Wendy Jordan

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

SSD #49 - For the Holidays

Wow, it's already November! I can't believe it!

It's Tuesday so you know what that means....Skipping Stones Design Sketch Tuesday! Our fabulous Guest Sketch Artist this month is Shannan Teubner!

Here is our first sketch!

And here's my take on the sketch! You might not recognize this little guy, but he's from Funny About Men! I love that he can be used for the "funny" cards, but there is a Holidays sentiment to add in when you want a Christmas card!

Wouldn't this be so fun to give with a plate of gingerbread cookies?

PS - This week only: Spend a minimum of $33 and get 33% off of your entire purchase! Enter the coupon code: crazydiscount at checkout. This offer expires Tuesday November 9th at midnight!!!

Make sure to visit the other "Stamp Tramps" to see what they created, or visit the SSD Blog!
Amy Tsuruta
Ann Kranitz
Barb Turpin
Brenda Weaver
Gladys Chia
Jennifer Ingle
Tammie Beaton
Wendy Jordan