Thursday, May 27, 2010

My Digital Studio Video Introduction

I wanted to share this video with you about Stampin Up's My Digital Studio program.  I hope you enjoy getting to know a little bit about this cool program.  Just imagine the possibilities.  You can load it on your laptop, and scrapbook anywhere, without a mess!

You can visit my online store by clicking here.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Craft Room Clean Out Sale
I have to make room in my craft room...so you get the benefit! 
I will have all sorts of crafting items for sale...for a BARGAIN!

Scrapbooking Supplies 
Paper and Card Stock
Stamp Sets
Sizzix Dies 
And More!

June 26th 2010 
At My House 
8 am to 5 pm

Please invite your friends to come! Need More Info?
Email me--carissawiley at gmail dot com

Itty Bitty Bits and More From The Summer Mini

I've been waiting all year for the opportunity to get into my craft room and really go for it.  Yesterday was my first day out of school.  I went into my craft room, sat down and.....nothing.  I wasn't feeling the creative vibe.  So, I walked away for a while and watched some t.v. and ate some peanut butter.  When I returned to my room, I was still struggling with finding my creativity, but I did manage to get this card made.  It is really simple, but sweet.

I used quite a few of the new products from the Summer Mini catalog.  I used the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set, the Sweet Scoops stamp set, Smooch Spritz (so much fun) in Vanilla, the punch pack and the Mini Vintage Tags.  There are some really fun and vintage inspired products in the summer mini, so be sure to check it out if you really like the vintage or shabby chic look.

I am hoping to get some more crafting done this week...although, I am completely out of Kraft card stock and I hardly know how to craft without that.  I also am planning a huge craft room clean out sale!

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Finally Finals

I just wanted all of you to know that my finals are tomorrow.  I am not really too nervous, but we will see how I feel in the morning.  That could all change in an instant.  I am really thrilled that I will be done for the summer after tomorrow.  I really cannot believe that I have made it through my first year of nursing school.  I only have one more year.  There are times that it seems like it is flying by and other times that it seems that it is crawling.  One thing is for sure, I have NOT had a single moment of boredom since I began nursing school in August.

I am planning on doing a lot of crafting in the next couple of weeks.  I have to make teacher gifts for all of my kids' teachers.  I am thinking of something similar to the cherry gifts that I made for my teachers.  I am planning on making another video Tuesday, so look for it Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning.  The uploads take a while, so sometimes I put them on overnight while we are sleeping so that the internet connection isn't all clogged up by my uploads (which really bugs my hubby and I try not to do that).

We have a lot of fun things planned for the summer.  My kids are thrilled that they get to go to a day camp here in our home town.  They've never really done anything like that before and they are really looking forward to that.  Also, we have a couple of trips to Lake Tahoe planned and a trip to see Mickey Mouse for the last time before our annual passes expire.  We will also be doing a lot of swimming at Grandma The Great's house (that's what my kids call my Grandma).  I also plan on having some marathon crafting sessions with my best crafting buddy, Breanne.  If you've been following my blog, you saw the video of us at CHA earlier this year.  Actually, it was a video of me laughing at her the whole time!  It still cracks me up (we had a fabulous time).  It's going to be a great summer.  I may even relax a little bit.  That will take some practice.  I am not very good at relaxing.

I hope you have had a wonderful weekend.  I have been studying...a lot...for finals.  I am on the final push now and I will get back to studying now.  Have a wonderful day!  And say a prayer for me tomorrow as I take my finals!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cherries Everywhere!

Here are the gifts that I made for MY teachers this year.  I am so thrilled to be in my craft room, I can hardly stand it.  I should be studying for finals, but I just really needed a day to myself, and what a better way to spend it than to make something to give away.  Truthfully, I think that's one of the best parts of my craft, I get to give it away. Each tin has a set of seven cherry cards in it and envelopes.  The tin also has a post it note holder, two cherry pens, and four Ghirardelli chocolate squares.  I bought the tins at Target in the dollar section.  What a find!  I just added a ruffle of red grosgrain and a black button to dress it up and give it some pizzazz.  I am really thrilled with the way these all turned out and I think my nursing professors and going to love them!  Finals are Monday.  I've been longing for summer and now it's just around the corner!  

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sweet Scoops, Sweet Set

I hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday afternoon.  I am studying, as usual.  I hate having all of my quizzes and tests on Monday, because it means I am holed up in my office most of Sunday getting ready for the day ahead.

This project was created with the new Sweet Scoops stamp set.  This stamp set was designed for kissing.  If you aren't sure what that is, watch the video and you will know exactly what I am talking about.  I used a Melon Mambo base.  I also used Pink Pirouette, which will be making its comeback as a regular color in July and Chocolate Chip, which is here to stay.

Stampin Up is getting to do a Color Renovation.  They will be discontinuing several of the colors that are currently in the line.  The good news is that they are bringing back some favorite In-Colors and adding a few new colors to their line.  I have posted the pdf files below which shows the new color lines (there will only be 40 colors instead of 48), as well as the discontinued colors.  Remember, you have until July to stock up on some of your favorites.  And make sure you have your re-inkers for all of you stamp pads...this will make them last a really long time!

If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them.  I am really excited about these new color collections.  They are so beautiful!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Fancy Flower Mother's Day Card

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Saturday is baseball day. Preston has a game at 11 today, so we will be headed out to the field soon.

I have a really quick and easy project for you for Mother's Day. No doubt, there are some of you who still need to whip up a Mother's Day card or two! I used the XL Fancy Flower punch (which is getting a lot of use from me). I also used the Messages for Mom stamp set. The flower was punched in Taken With Teal card stock, which is one of the colors that is retiring when the Color Renovation takes place. I would suggest that you get reinkers for all of your pads that will be retiring and stock up on some of your favorite card stocks. I am personally thrilled about the color renovation, but I will miss Taken With Teal. It's one of my favorites!

Yesterday was "Moms For Lunch" day at my son's school. It is a day where moms or grandmas, come and bring their child lunch and have lunch with them. The school is right across the street from a nice park, so they let you take your kids across the street and eat at the park if you prefer. My kids wanted McDonald's, so I brought them happy meals and we sat on a blanket to eat at the park. Thirty minutes in the sun, and I got burned on my shoulders! I am not surprised...that's kind of how my summer goes. We had a nice time. It was nice to slow down from my busy schedule and spend some time just talking to my kids.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mommies out there! I know you work hard to keep life balanced for you and your family. I hope you find some time to do whatever it is that you enjoy the most this weekend!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Wonderful Mother Fancy Favor Bag

Hello everyone! I finally got a chance to sneak away to my craft room and make a video. I wish I could have stayed there longer, but the school work calls. The good news is that summer break is right around the corner. I feel like the "Little Engine That Could" right now. "I think I can. I think I can. I think I can." I just keep on chugging along.

This week's project is a Mother's Day project. Mother's day is one week from today, so if you haven't gotten a start on it already, then you better get to moving!

I made these "grunge" flowers for a card I did at stamp club this past week and they were a hit, so I thought I would incorporate them into a project for my blog. They are a lot of fun to make and no two ever come out exactly alike. The heat tool really helps you get the shape that you want.

As for the rest of the project, it's very simple. You could whip these out in no time at all!

Have a wonderful Sunday. We are off to church this morning and then we will be home so that I can study for tomorrow's quizzes. I just hate that quizzes are always on Mondays. It leaves me very little time to relax on Sundays.

Enjoy your day!