Sunday, May 31, 2009

Whoo (heart)s U

Here's another card combining the Unity Stamp Co. So & So Loves stamp and the Hero Arts Whoo Loves You set. They just go so well together, eh?

See how I carved the sentiment (Who (heart)s U) on the tree? Tee hee.
I love, LOVE, LUH-UH-UHVE the new Cosmo Cricket Early Bird line. So adorably retro and sporting my favorite color combos at the moment. This particular paper is the "B" side of Cherry Pie.

The scalloped square is from Cricut's Storybook cartridge. The aqua background is the Cuttlebug Diamonds in the Rough emboss.

Details: Paper - Cosmo Cricket, The Paper Company, Quickutz, Basic Grey; Stamps - Unity Stamp Co., Hero Arts; StazOn ink; Zig Millenium pen; Cricut; Cuttlebug; foam square.

Thanks for looking!


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Woodland Love Note

I think this card is pretty adorable if I may say so myself.

I made it mainly for the Hero Arts weekly challenge of which the theme is "manly" this week. Do you think it's "manly" enough? The love squirrel image is from the Hero Arts Whoo Loves You clear stamp set. The trees image is the Unity Stamp Co. So & So Loves... single. The images are colored with ink and a blender pen.

The argyle background is a Cricut die cut. The argyle and colors were inspired by that gorgeous DCWV ribbon. The green diamond shaped brads were originally silver ones that I covered in Ranger Distressed Embossing Powder. You know, there's something quite powerful in discovering that you can alter the color on just about anything with a little ink or embossing powder. It opens up a whole new (and more cost-effective) crafting horizon.

Finally, this card follows this week's Mojo Monday sketch #88:

Details: Paper - The Paper Company, SU!; Ink - StazOn, SU!, VersaMark, VersaMagic; Stamps - Hero Arts, Unity Stamp Co.; Cricut die cut; SU! circle punch & brads; Ranger Distressed Embossing Powder; DCWV ribbon; foam square.



Check out this blog candy!

Beatriz over on Iralamija is giving away some awesome blog candy Sunday night in celebration of her 500th post! Head on over to her blog HERE, take a look at her amazing, beautiful, and sweet creations, leave her some love, and become a follower! I look forward to her blog posts hitting my inbox. They never disappoint. Such talent!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Plum Star Search Week #3 challenge (bling!) - Every Artist

(Voting begins today!! Please private message your vote for this layout at THIS LINK.)

For those of you who haven't been by before, I'm participating in the Vintage Plum Star Search 5 week challenge to find their July guest designer. This is week #3 and the challenge is "All That Glitters." For some reason this challenge threw me for a loop. I didn't want to end up overdoing the bling. It took me until Wednesday to identify my subject matter and then another day to figure out the direction. This one's been slow going but I think, in the end, it came out pretty cool.

The ideas began with a quote I happened upon: "Every artist was first an amateur" by Ralph Waldo Emerson. My daughter has recently been watercoloring with purpose (ie making pictures instead of sloshing muddied colors onto paper) and this was a current fav of mine:

So, I thought I'd build a layout around this pic. Well, as you can see, ideas evolve and the process of painting that picture became the focus of the layout. I am sure the artwork pic will make its way onto a layout of its own for the facing page in the scrapbook soon.

I felt it was only fitting that my background for the layout be watercolored. So, I dug out this Rusty Pickle Pop Star paper (below) and the Crayola waterpaints, and my daughter and I sat down for a joint watercoloring session (in which she created a gorgeous multicolored "sunflower", but that's a pic for another post...).

I wanted the quote to mimic the lettering already on the paper so I freehanded it as best I could and then included a couple swirls, too.

~flower detail~

Of course, the challenge was to bling a layout so out came the Stickles. I also included a Heidi Swapp bling flower and blinged up the Making Memories mini bulldog clip.

Finally, the fancy frame was cut using my Quickutz Silhouette machine on white paper. I brayered it with some Ranger Distressed Ink, doodled a border like the one on the paper, and then blinged that up, too, with more Stickles.

~frame detail~

I'm hoping I didn't go too far with the bling as had worried me to temporary inaction.

If you like what you see, PLEASE VOTE FOR ME beginning Sunday, May 31 through Monday, June 1. I'll post the link where to vote on Sunday morning.

Details: Paper - Rusty Pickle, The Paper Company; Crayola watercolors; Ranger Stickles & Distress Ink; Quickutz Silhouette die cut; Cricut die cut (photo corners); Making Memories bulldog clip; Zig Millenium pens; Heidi Swapp Bling; K&Co rhinestones; foam squares.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by, taking a peek, and for all the great feedback. I hope you'll keep coming back!


p.s. I apologize for the less-than-stellar qualilty of the photos of the layout. I intended to try to get a few more shots of it in morning daylight tomorrow but unfortunately the layout fell victim to a shifting chair and a flying cup of coffee. :o( It's still in tact but with a few extra "splashes" of a non-coordinating color and the fancy frame got ripped a bit but I glued it back together. Guess now the layout has an "antiqued" feel (and coffeehouse smell) to it.

Hip Hop Hangover Part 2 - Good Times

OK, so I came up with one more Unity Stamp Co. card worthy of Hip Hop Hangover! This one uses an image from the October KOTM.

The martini glass and olive are Cricut die cuts. The bubbly background is a resist using a Hero Arts stamp. The color scheme on this card was also inspired by Moxie Fab World's citrus challenge (hence the martini being yellow and therefore I figure a "lemon drop" martini):

Details: Paper - The Paper Co., SU!; Ink - SU!, StazOn, VersaMark; Stamps - Unity Stamp Co., Hero Arts; Cricut; Diamond Glaze; SU! embossing powder, punch & brads; piercing tool; foam dots.

Good times!

Good Friday!
Good weekend!



Thursday, May 28, 2009

Unity Hip Hop Hangover

Happy Friday everyone!

I feel like I got a bit of my creative mojo back today. After this post it's back to my craft room to work on my Vintage Plum Star Search week #3 challenge - "All That Glitters". I gotta tell you, I've been feeling stumped about this one. It's so easy to go overboard. I'm hoping my great creative flow with the following two cards carries over! Check back Saturday for the post of my "bling" creation - see how it turned out.

Both of these cards sport images from Unity Stamp Co.'s May Kit of the Month. It's just so darn cute!!


Both images were embossed and then colored with Stampin' Up! ink and a blender pen. Then I cut each image out. The patterned paper is Basic Grey's Urban Prairie.

The layout of the card is inspired by the Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge sketch #69:


This image is also colored with SU! ink & a blender pen. The edges are sponged on. The herringbone (sp?) background is Cuttlebug. The base paper is Certainly Celery and then I sponged Wild Wasabi over it. The I Cuttlebugged it and sanded the embossed areas to reveal the Certainly Celery color underneath.

The color combination for this card is inspired by Moxie Fab World's citrus color challenge this week.

Detail (Enjoy your day): Paper - Basic Grey, The Paper Company; Ink - SU!, StazOn; Unity Stamp Co. stamps; Stampendous embossing powder; SU! Blender Pen; foam squares.

Detail (Hello): Paper - SU!, The Paper Company; Ink - SU!, StazOn; Unity Stamp Co. stamps; Cuttlebug; SU! blender pen; make up wedge; Offray ribbon.



Wednesday, May 27, 2009

So, how was YOUR day?

That was cathartic.

Cheers to a better day tomorrow.


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Hero Art Go Green Pt. 2 - Celebrate!

Here's another offering for the Hero Arts Go Green challenge this week.

May 2011 issue

The large Chinese lantern is made from a recycled ribbon spool. (I knew saving all these would benefit me someday!)

The adorable doll, lantern, and flowers stamps are Hero Arts (CL297). The parasol is from the Cricut Happily Ever After cartridge. It's hard to see it in the pic, but the doll's jacket and the large lantern are stamped with gold flowers. The tassle on the lamp was white ribbon - I separated it then colored it with gold ink, too.

The layout for this card is from the Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge sketch #69 this week. I flipped it and rotated it 90 degrees:

The color palette on this card also works with kwernerdesign's color challenge this week:

Details: Paper - SU!, The Paper Company, Hot Off the Press; Stamps - Hero Arts, g Studio; Ink - StazOn, SU!, Tsukineko Brilliance; Cricut; Cuttlebug; thread; ribbon.

Thanks for looking!


p.s. - Don't forget to vote for me for the Vintage Plum Star Search "medium madness" challenge. See this link HERE for my layout and the voting links. Voting continues until Monday early evening. I rely on your votes! Thank you!!

Hero Arts Go Green challenge - You're a Tweet-heart

This week, Hero Arts issued a challenge to "go green" with our cards and projects - to use at least one repurposed/recycled material.

On this card I recycled my seriously ink-y stamping blotter sheet for the background:

This uses the uber-cute Hero Art clear stamp set "Whoo Loves You" (CL309).

March 2011 issue

This card also uses the Weekend Sketch Challenge sketch:

I thought it only appropriate that the card should get "natural" with kraft paper and twine.

Details: Paper - The Paper Company, SU! blotter sheets; Ink - SU!, Ranger Distress Ink, Staz-On; Hero Arts stamps; Cricut Storybook cartridge; foam squares;twine.



p.s. - Don't forget to vote for me for the Vintage Plum Star Search "medium madness" challenge. See this link HERE for my layout and the voting links. Voting continues until Monday early evening. I rely on your votes! Thank you!!

Vintage Plum Star Search voting lines are OPEN! Vote for me!!

The Vintage Plum Star Search voting lines are open until Monday early evening. If you like my layout, please vote for me HERE! (You must private message Ed McMahon your vote for "heidimyers" or the "Attempt the Impossible" layout. The private message link is at the bottom of Ed's post - looks like a little person with a speech bubble.)

Here's the layout I did for the "messy medium" challenge:

See this post here (or scroll down 3 posts) to see the original post for this and all the details about how and from what this layout was made.

The VP Star Search contest is 5 weeks of challenges to pick their July Guest Designer. How cool would that be?

Thank you all for supporting me in my journey into creative endeavors! It's been so much fun so far and I can't wait to continue the journey. I feel like I have so much more to learn, try, become, and offer you.


Saturday, May 23, 2009

A Little Rain Must Fall - Mojo Monday 87

This card was made for a friend who is going through a rough time right now. The inside reads, "Into every life a little rain must fall. That's what makes the flowers."
May 2011 issue

I love how the wellies, umbrella, puddle, and raindrops look with the Diamond Glaze.

This week's Mojo Monday sketch:

Details: Paper - The Paper Company, Basic Grey; Ink - SU!, Ranger Distress Ink; Unity Stamp Co. stamps; Fiskars border punch; Cricut Storybook cartridge; Diamond Glaze; Creative Memories circle cutter; foam squares.



Can you hear it?

The cheesey 80s violins? No? It's just me? Ahhh, come on, Eileen!

Happy Saturday!


Attempt the Impossible - Plum Star Search challenge #2 - Medium Madness

It's week 2 on Vintage Plum Star Search and the challenge this week was "medium madness" - to use various medium other than the usual ink and paper. You can see my post in the Vintage Plum gallery HERE.

VOTING STARTS TOMORROW, Sunday 5/24 and ends on Monday 5/25. If you like what you see, please VOTE FOR ME. I'll post the link for voting tomorrow when it comes up.

(Hey, does anyone out there in cyberland know how to make the pictures so that you can click on them and see them bigger? I can't seem to find a setting for this anywhere. If you know, please leave me a comment! Thanks!)
On to the techniques used.

The background paper is swished with Making Memories paints and then swiped with Delta Texture Magic (kind of a colored spackle) using a palette knife. Then I smooshed a paper towel over the wet paints to create a bit more texture. The yellow and red swooshes are "painted" on with a toothpick and then swiped with my finger.

The Tim Holtz stamp is embossed. "to be all that is possible, we must attempt the impossible. to be all that we can be, we must dream of being more."

The moon, earth, and some of the swooshes are drawn on with gray, white, and black pens. I think this is the first time I've drawn on a layout with a pen - other than writing or outlining an image.

There's also a sort of corner frame drawn on in pen in the lower left corner, too. This was inspired by THIS LAYOUT over on

The rocket form was cut out of chipboard (I used a fruit snacks box, I think - repurposing!). Then I created another form out of an aluminum serving tray (repurposing!). The aluminum is embossed using various metal working tools such as a ball & cup, a Ten Seconds Studios texture plate, and free doodling using a teflon "pen". The aluminum was then adhered to the chipboard rocket. I backed the windows with reflective metallic paper by Best Occasions. The rocket was then swiped with Metallic Rub-Ons paste with my finger. Some of the diamonds are done in a green paste but you can't see it very well on the pic.

I am having so much fun with these challenges! The huge bonus would be to win the overall challenge and get to be Vintage Plum's July guest designer. I need your votes to win!

Details: Paper - The Paper Company, Best Occassions metallic paper; Pens - Zig Mellenium, American Crafts The Ultimate Gel Pen, SU! marker; Making Memories paint; Delta Texture Magic; Metallic Rub-Ons paste; Tim Holtz clear stamp; VersaMark; SU! embossing powder; ten seconds studios metal working tools and texture plates; Quickutz Silhouette rocket die cut; aluminum pan; palette knife; toothpick; paper towel; glue dots; foam dots; spackle (to help the rocket embossing keep its form).

Thanks for looking!

Thank you all for supporting me in this!


Friday, May 22, 2009

Little Birdie Thank You Card - TECC69

Someone is getting this adorable little card in the mail soon!

I used the Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #69 sketch for this one.
The birdie stamp is Hero Arts. "Thank You" is Stampin' Up!. The Cuttlebug folder is swiss dots. The flower center is a craft mini pom pom which was colored with yellow ink.
Details: Paper - SU!, The Paper Company; Stamps - Hero Arts, SU!; Cuttlebug; Ranger Distress Ink; Fiskars border punch; unknown chipboard flower and pom pom.
Thanks for looking!
p.s. OK I'm not sure what's going on with the formatting here. I assure you there are spaces between paragraphs but they're just not showing up. Sorry for the poor readibility.

Brayered sunset & cattails

The format of this card was CASE'd from the uberly talented Patty Bennett (HERE).

The cattails and grasses are from the Cricut Wild Card cartridge. (I'm tellin' ya - if you only buy 2 cartridges ever, get Wild Card and Storybook. They are both so versatile!)

It's hard to tell from my pic, but the cattails and grasses are shaded with Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.

I left off a sentiment because I figured this card could be be good for Father's Day, a guy's birthday, encouragement, or even sympathy.

Details: Paper - SU!, The Paper Company; Ink - SU!, Ranger Distress Ink; SU! ribbon; Cricut; Creative Memories circle cutting system; brayer.



Thursday, May 21, 2009

Unity Hip Hop Hangover (post #2) - Heroes & Stampin' Out Alzheimer's

I'm am so excited to be taking part in Unity Stamp Co.'s Hip Hop Hangover for the first time! This week's theme is Heroes in honor of Memorial Day this weekend.

Here's my card in honor of this holiday and the heroes to which it pays homage.

The card is shaded with ink as is the white ribbon to give it a patriotic feel.

Details : Paper - Stampin' Up!, DCWV; Stamps - Unity Stamp Co. ("where the is"), Sugarloaf (flag); Ink - VersaMark, VersaMagic, Ranger Distress Ink; Ranger Distress Powder; Cricut Wild Card cartridge; Joann's ribbon; Stampin' Up! punch.

"Hero" can be a very subjective and very personal designation. My hero is my Grandpa who passed away this past March, a victim of Alzheimer's. This man served our country in WWII, raised a family selflessly, then raised the next generation just as selflessly (me). He was a hard worker, never complained, and was the most sweet, loveable, and smiley guy you ever met. It's so unfair that not only the last 4 years of his life, but the memories of his life and family, were ripped away from him by this horrible disease.

This upcoming week, May 25 to June 1, the team over on the Paper Craft Planet website are hosting an online stamping and scrapbooking event to help raise awareness and donations for Alzheimer's Disease. They're setting up a site,, where you can participate in various paper craft activities and challenges all week long. Over 30 sponsors have generously donated prizes for the week's festivities. Any size donation - 100% of which will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association - will grant you access to the website.

To show your support and increase awareness you can proudly display the Stampin' Out Alzheimer's widget like the one in my sidebar. Simply click on "add to site" for the html code. You and your visitors can make donations to the cause by clicking on the "Give" button. They're already close to achieving their goal of a $2500 donation, but wouldn't it be great to exceed that?

Hope your Memorial Day weekend is happy, memorable, and safe.

Thanks for stopping by!


Unity Hip Hop Hangover! (post #1)

I'm so excited to finally have been able to participate in Unity Stamp Co.'s Hip Hop festivities over on the Split Coast Stamper's website!

This first card is for the Oh My Word! challenge - to make the phrase the feature. The phrase, love text circle, and dragonflies are all from Unity's May Kit of the Month.

I love the way the pink embossing powder looks on the green cardstock. I got my color and design inspiration from a container of cotton candy my kids got for Easter:

This card also satisfies Bitten By the Bug's challenge this week to use the Storybook frame Cricut die cut.
Hey, guess what?!! I won the HH Oh My Word challenge with this one!! Yippee!! I won the HUGE Believe stamp!
Details: Stamps - Unity Stamp Co.; Paper - SU!; Ink - SU!, VersaMark, Zig Emboss Writer; Cricut Storybook cartridge; foam squares.

Thanks for looking!!


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Blog Candy Winner!

The winner of the Stampin' Up! Big Blossom stamp blog candy is Susie! Susie - send me you snail mail addy so I can get that out to you!

Thank you all for voting for me on Vintage Plum. The next round of voting begins this Sunday 5/24. This week's theme is Medium Madness - to use a variety of medium on your layout, beyond paper and ink. How fun is that?! Let's get messy! Or, as Rachel over on Vintage Plum put it, I can wait to get "...rockin' it kindergarten style!"

I have an idea brewing up. Check back here later this week for the reveal. :)


Sunday, May 17, 2009

How Old Would You Be? - Caardvarks & Mojo Monday Challenges

This card satisfies the challenge on two sites today - Caardvarks Unity Quote challenge and Mojo Monday's week 86 sketch challenge.

The Caardvarks' Unity Quote challenge was to make a card with a quote on it - if you're not familiar, Angela from Unity Stamp Co. loves to collect quotes, especially those she can design into another stamp. I Unity Stamp Co.!! I am finally a proud owner of one of their sets - Tiny Trinity - which I used on this card. The quote says, "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are? - Satchel Paige". Seriously, think about it! How old would YOU be? Up until this past year, I think I would've been someone in their 20s. (I'd even gotten carded about a year ago!) Now, I'm not so sure. I feel and think I look more my age nowadays (38 *gasp*).

The Mojo Monday sketch challenge was to use this sketch:

Details : Paper - The Paper Company, Stampin' Up!, Die Cuts With a View; Ink - StazOn, SU!; Stamps - Unity Stamp Co., Inkadinkado; SEI buttons; Fiskars border punch; Michaels ribbon; DMC floss; blender pen.



(Don't forget to vote for me for Vintage Plum Guest Design Team - go to THIS POST HERE for details - and blog candy!)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

VOTE FOR ME for the Vintage Plum Star Search Wk 1 layout!!

OK, everyone! The voting lines are O-P-E-N for the Vintage Plum Star Search week #1 challenge. Here's the layout I submitted for this "fussy cutting" challenge:

See 2 posts below (or click HERE) to see all the detail shots and layout information.

Remember - the Plum Star Search challenge is a 5 week challenge to find their July Guest Design Team Member. What an awesome opportunity.

Sooooo...please, PLEASE, PUH-PUH-PUH-LEEEEASE go vote HERE...What you need to do is PRIVATE MESSAGE Mr. Ed McMahon that your vote is for "heidimyers" (Heidi Myers). Voting goes from today, Sunday, May 17 through tomorrow, Monday, May 18th at 8pm CST.

To private message Ed, once you are redirected to the Vintage Plum thread, you'll see an icon at the bottom of Ed's post of a little person with a speech bubble. Click that icon and you'll get the private message form.

Don't forget that you must be a member of Vintage Plum to vote. To become a member, go HERE.

And, for a little incentive to vote, I'll be giving this yummy blog candy to one lucky person who votes for me:

Remember this stamp? It's a Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration stamp from 2 years ago. It's one of my absolute favorites! It's HUGE and great for scrapbooking. I think the flower is almost 6" high! I've shown it next to a $1 bill to give you an idea of how big it is. (And, no, the $1 isn't part of the candy. LOL!) It's a great size for the "kissing" technique, too. (Inking the stamp then pressing another smaller detailed stamp to it, which removes a bit of ink and gives the stamped image a cool patterned look.)

All you need to do is:

1. Go VOTE! (Voting ends tomorrow, Monday, May 18th at 8pm CST [7pm MST]!)

2. Leave a comment on my Fussy Cut gallery entry HERE that you voted for me.


3. When you are done, come on back here and leave me a comment that you voted for me! Easy peasy!

I'll randomly pick a winner by Wednesday 5/20 from those who complete the steps. :o) (My own little 3-step program. LOL!)

Keep an eye out here later in the week for my Plum Star Search Week #2 challenge layout! The theme is "Medium Madness". Gotta bust out the paints, dimensional putty, mists, inks, etc. for this one. Excuse me while I go rip my scrap room apart to discover what I have to work with!!

Thank you all for supporting me. I'm having so much fun sharing my cards and layouts with you. If you like what you see and would like to receive regular email updates of my entries, hit the "Email Me" link on the right, upper sidebar and shoot me an email to be added to my subscription list.


Smile - BBTB, Hero Arts "Dots", TECC68

Thought I'd hit a few challenges in one card tonight.

Bitten by the Bug's challenge is to use the smiley (or frown) face on the Wild Card Cricut cartridge. The Hero Arts challenge is to use dots or circles. And the Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge is to use this sketch (which I rotated to the right 90 degrees):

Details : Paper - Stampin' Up!, Die Cuts With a View, The Paper Company; Ink - VersaMark, SU!; Hero Arts stamp (dots); Stampendous embossing powder; Cricut Wild Card & Accent Essentials cartridges; ribbon & butterfly unknown.

*** Don't forget tomorrow (Sunday) I'll be posting some yummy blog candy (see post HERE for a sneak peek). All you'll need to do is visit the Vintage Plum website and VOTE FOR ME in the Plum Star Search week #1 challenge. Come back Sunday for that opportunity!!! ***

Thanks for looking!


Friday, May 15, 2009

Vintage Plum Star Search Challenge #1 - Fussy Cuts

I am having so much fun participating in Vintage Plum's Star Search Challenge. The talent on this website is amazing, the product is adorable, and the message boards are so much fun to read!!

The Plum Star Search Challenge is an awesome opportunity to become Vintage Plum's July Guest Design Team member!! We have challenges every week for 5 weeks and each week Vintage Plum members get to vote on our offerings. The winner each week gets a prize and then the person with the most cumulative votes at the end of the 5 weeks gets the July Guest Design Team position.

So PLEASE go - become a member on the Vintage Plum website and VOTE FOR ME!! You can find my week #1 submission HERE in the Plum Star Search gallery.

The voting happens every Sunday & Monday for the next 5 weeks...mark your calendars! (**BLOG CANDY ALERT!! See below for info.**)

OK, so on to my week #1 entry. The challenge is fussy cutting. Here's what's fussy cut on this layout: "imagine", the circles border on the left, individual circles that are popped up on the border, the triangles in the "wheels" in the top right corner, and the flower accent in the bottom right corner.

May 2011 issue

The stamped images are embossed and then shaded with Stampin' Up! inks and a blender pen.

I've tried to show in these detail pics the amount of fussy cutting on the stamped images. McSteamy better make room for me at Seattle Grace with the amount of "precision" cutting I did. LOL!

Since the theme of the layout focuses on my son's learning to ride a bicycle without training wheels, I tried to reinforce the wheel theme with lots of circular elements. This detail pic shows all the popped up and dimensional circular details along the side border.

I thought the colors in the paper and the stamped images nicely compliment the bright colors in the pictures. The layout uses Basic Grey's new Lime Rickey collection (can you tell how much I love it?!). The "wheel" accents in the upper right are inspired by BG's print ad for the collection:

The "today you" label stamp at the bottom is an Ali Edwards set by Technique Tuesday. I love the whole set but I mostly got the set for the little border stamp that says, "THIS MOMENT, THIS STORY, THIS DAY, THIS EXPERIENCE, THIS LIFE." The date stamp is a Heidi Swapp stamp - isn't it amazing how similar the "handwriting" is in both sets?

The journaling says, "TODAY YOU decided you were done with training wheels. You set your mind and achieved your goal. With determination like that, you can do anything you can IMAGINE."

Finally, here's a pic of my son "proudly" displaying the finished layout. Is that not the epitome of a hurry-up-Mah-ah-ahm-and-take-the-picture look? There was a much more interesting and pressing Buzz Lightyear Nintendo 64 demo competing for his attention.

Details: Paper - Basic Grey, Stampin' Up!, The Paper Company; Ink - Stampin' Up!, Staz-On; Stamps - Autumn Leaves, Technique Tuesday, Heidi Swapp; Brads - Stampin' Up!, SEI, unknown; Crop-a-dile grommets; Zig Millenium pens; Stampendous embossing powder; foam squares and dots; Cutterbee precision scissors; Stampin' Up! circle punches; Crop-a-dile; bone folder (to set grommet prongs).

Remember -I need your votes!


Check back here on Sunday for the link to my layout waiting for votes over on Vintage Plum. I'll be giving away some yummy blog candy to one of the lovely people who so kindly vote for me. Here's a sneak peak at the candy (look familiar?)...

As always, thank you so much for looking!