Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas Card Share
Here's a card I made using the hostess set from the Holiday Mini
I have been a little under the weather this last week
so I have not posted!
I am teaching classes at our New Hobby Lobby
and I have been busy getting stuff done for those classes
and when I am feeling sick I sleep alot so It is
taking for a little longer to finish up my classes
I'll be back tomorrow with more Christmas card Pictures.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Meet Lucy
the newest member of our family!
Well I did it, got a new puppy and her name is Lucy
we call her LULU. After Jade passed away
I had no plans on getting another dog,
until my daughter Maddy and I were at Wal-Mart
and they were giving these adorable puppies away for Free
I just could not say No to that adorable face!
I knew my Hubby Jason was not going to be happy.
We went to his work and I asked him to come out
to the car and he said "There better not be a puppy in the car"
and there was Lucy with Maddy!
The minute he saw her face and smelled her puppy breath
he was in Love. Now I have lost my hubby to Lucy.
The guy is crazy about her, you would think we had another baby!
He hold's her, put's her to bed in her kennel and get's down on the floor
to play with Lucy! Is it possible to loose your man to a puppy?
The kids are so excited and King and Mossimo
don't seem to mind her either.
Sorry I did not post a tutorial today, My 2 boys
that have hogged the computer's all day. I plan on waking up early to
post some christmas cards I have been working on.

Stamping Stress Away

Monday, November 23, 2009

Case A Card Monday
Good Monday Afternoon!
Every Monday I showcase a card I case from somewhere
in the crafting world. Todays card is from
Dawn McVey and her awesome Blog "My Favorite Things"
Here is Dawn's card!
Dawn is a Great artist, I visit her blog daily for ideas.
Her cards are so much fun and simple yet elegant.
Thanks so much to Dawn for inspiring me.
I'm thinking that I might have to keep this card
instead of sending it out in the mail to someone special!
I might even try to get it published!!
If that's something I can do.
Visit Dawn's Blog and see if she inspires you too.

Stamping Stress Away

I'll be back tomorrow for Tutorial Tuesday!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday Tutorial...
on Wednesday!!
Sorry I am late, I was behind on this project but love the way it turned out!!
Today's Tutorial is one of my favorites
Stationary Box Holder for 10 cards & Envelopes
It's not my idea and I would love to give credit to the person who
passes this tutorial on to me but I don't know who it is!


1.Take an 8.5" x 11" piece of card stock
score at 5" and 6 on the 11" side
turn you card stock
2.Score at 2" and 2.5" at the bottom
of the 8.5" side of cardstock

3. Cut along the score marks at the bottom up
to the 2.5". Fold up this small flap and glue down

4. Put a 1/4" hole at 3" from the top and 1/4" from the outside edges and from
the inside scores. To be sure the the cards fit, put a card in each pocket
before punching the holes.

5. Put on the front a matching design for the stationary.

6. Run ribbon thru the holes starting from the right side hole
on the front and then go to the next hole weaving in and out.

7. Place the card and envelopes (5 of  each on each side) under the ribbon.

8. Fold up bottoms. Fold together and tie ribbon.

Have fun with project I know I did and It's easy to make!
I used my new paper from the Holiday Mini  Autumn Meadows
and my new stamp set Falling Leaves from the main Stampin' Up! Catalog.


Stamping Stress Away...

Monday, November 9, 2009

Case A Card Monday
Please excuse my picture, I have been using photobucket
and don't know how to crop my pictures.
I really need to go back to picasa!
Today's card my daughter Madeline helped
me put it together. I got the idea from a card I saw
in PaperCrafts Holiday Cards 2006!
I am a magazine junky and keep all my magazines
having to do with paper crafting & scrapbooking.
The card is on page 25.
Below are the instructions.

1. Make a 6x6 size card base.
2. Punch at least 5 circles using punches of different sizes from DSPaper
3. Sketch circle on card.
(I used creating memories circle cutter as my template).
Stamp Sentiment in center,
4. Adhere largest punch circles layering with smaller circle to form a Wreath.
5. Tie ribbon in bow, adhere to card

This card is so much fun once your done making it!!

Stamping Stress Away...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Halloween Card....
a little late!
I for got I had made this card! I used last years
Halloween Rubon's, Paired with Cast-a-Spell DSPaper.
I used a Mojo Monday card sketch
can't remember which one!
Stamping Stress Away

Thursday, November 5, 2009

November 2009
10,10,10 Class
Join me at my 10,10,10 class on November 10th
you will make 2 of each of these cards
Birthday, Sympathy, Friend, Thank You & Holiday.
Tuesday November 10, 2009
Class Fee: $10
10-1 AM
6-9 PM
My Stamp Studio
204 Lafayette Street
Locust Grove GA 30248
Please RSVP:

Looking forward to Stamping with you!
Melissa Tootle

Monday, October 26, 2009

Make A Card Monday!
Sorry I am so late in posting todays card.
I had every intention in posting it last night but was so tired
I went to bed. I found this awesome card at
Usually I will change the Paper & Ink colors
when I case a card but not this time.
I feel in love with this card just the way it was!
You have to forgive my ribbon tying, I really suck at
tying ribbon! I really need to practice because ribbon
is one of my favorite embellishments!
Plus I have soooooooo much ribbon!!
But who does'nt!
I hope you will enjoy this cute card.
I think it makes a great sympathy card. I always make
two, so I can keep one and mail the other!
I love this Stamp Set, it is my favorite sympathy set.
Card Recipe
Stamp Set: Thoughts & Prayers
Card Stock: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, DSPaper Cottage Wall
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Markers: Orchid Opulence, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: White Satin Ribbon

Join me tomorrow for Tutorial Tuesday.
It will posted on my BLOG at Midnight.

Stamping Stress Away...

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Friends Card....
using retired Stampin' Up! paper
I made this card a few weeks ago before
my precious Jade passed away.
She loved to sit a my feet while I stamped
I miss that so much! I never thought the death of my
dog Jade would be so emotional for me.
Don't get me wrong I am just as saddened by the passing
of my Grandma Dale. I use to send her cards with pictures
of my family on a monthly basis.
You just don't know what it meant to her!
Thanks for listening to me ramble on and on....
and back to this awesome card!!
I frequent this blog called,
Card Positioning System it has some great card sketches
I got the sketch for this CUTE card from
If you get a chance bookmark this website for future
card sketch ideas!!

I love this card sketch!
and really had fun making this card.
I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.
Have a great night and I'll see you back here
for tomorrow's Case A Card Monday!

stamping stress away...

I'm Home
from my trip to Minnesota!
Well I'm back from my Mom's and happy
to be home with my Babies, Hubby & Dogs too!
My grandmother passed away before I planned to
visit my mom for a girls weekend. My sister Abby
lives in LA and she came home at the same time...
I had a great time and hope we can try to do that more often!
Well my grandmothers funeral or as it should be said
celebration of life won't be until November 14th
so it looks like I'll be going home to
Minnesota next month for a few days!
I'm tired tonight but will be back tomorrow
with some cards to share!

Stamping Stress Away...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bag in a Box...
Christmas Style!
I have been playing around with some Gift ideas
for this Holiday Season. I have some craft fairs coming up in
October, November & December.
I learned how to make these cute Bag in a Box
last year. They are so easy and fun to make.
You can fill them up with candy.
Last Halloween I made these for the kids friends.
Tomorrow I will post the directions on my Blog.
I don't feel very Inspired today.
My Grandma is 91 and is very sick.
She has been in a coma since yesterday.
A few weeks ago she fell and broke her hip
and has gone down hill since then.
The Doctor and my Mom & her Sister's desided it was to
dangerous to put in a feeding tube.
She can not swallow, she has eaten or drank anything
in over 2 weeks. My grandma and I are VERY close.
I am her favorite Granddaughter. She calls me her "Duties"
Her house is a shrine to me! Pictures of me everywhere!
She has 11 Grandchildren 18 Great Grandchildren.
My sisters Abby & Ashley,
My brothers James & Eric have not had kids yet!
My children call her Grandma Cotton Top
because she has white fuzzy hair like a cotton ball!
My Aunt Katie said it will anytime now.
I am just waiting for a phone call with the bad news.
So it has not been a very happy week for me.
I am still morning the death of my dog Jade
and now my Grandma. I wish I was with her.
I am going to Minnesota on October 14th for a few days
to visit my mom. My sister Abby is coming from LA at the same time!
We will celebrate my Grandma passing at that time.

Sorry for all the bad news, Thanks for letting me share!
I'll be back tomorrow with a Color Challenge.


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Technique Tuesday
Magazine Holder Tutorial
This is the easiest tutorial I have come across
to make this cute card holders!
It only takes a few minutes to put these card holders together.
Melinda tutorial is great!
You can find it HERE
I plan on making a bunch of these for an upcoming craft fair.
I hope this tutorial will be helpful 
and help you with some holiday gift Ideas!
See you next week for another great Tutorial.


Monday, September 28, 2009

Case A Card Monday...
Sorry I am so late posting today.
The day just got away from me!
Here is card I cased from Big Sky Paper and Design
You can see here card HERE
I love this blog!! Great ideas!!
I used the Fifth Ave Floral Stamp Set
Basic Black card stock is the base of the card layered with
Pink Piroutte and Whisper White card stock.
I stamped my flowers in Black, Riding Hood Red &
Pink Piroutte ink.
I stamped Thank You from the Thank You Kindly Stamp Set.
I used White Satin Ribbon tied in a knot.
This is such an easy card to make.
Great if you need to make a lot of cards at one time!
I'll be back tomorrow for Technique Tuesday...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mojo Monday
last weeks sketch...
I am so late!! I have been meaning to post everyday this week.
My dog Jade has been VERY sick
and we had to put her down today.
It was the worst!!
My dog's are like my kids.
So my heart is aching . Jason and I took her to the vet
this morning. She was in shock because she had a bad
infection in her Uterus. They did not even think she would
make it through the surgery. So we did not want her to suffer.
This morning I let her out to pee, she never came back.
Jason and looked everywhere for her for over an hour.
We found her in the bushes just laying down.
Our daughter Madeline wants to be a vet so she has been watching
Animal Planet since she was a little girl.
She took the news about Jade and did not even cry.
I think she new when she went to school how bad Jade was.
Myles cried a little but Mac was a basket case.
Both Jason and I cried all morning until the kids came home.
We have been remembering all the wonderful memories Jade has given us.
She was almost 5 and we love & miss her.
I will share my recipe tomorrow along with lots
of projects I have been working on.
Blog Candy Winner...
 Since only 2 people left me comments
I have desided to send you both some paper!
Please email me your address so I can get it in the mail.
Thanks for the comments!


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Card Casing...
While blog surfing I came across the cutest card at "Sweetest Thing" Blog
and she also has a Sweetest Sunday Sketch Challenge
and I thought I would play along!
Yes my paper and stamp set are retired but I still like to use
my retired paper and retired stamp sets.
Because I love paper and collect it...hahaha
I find myself wanting to use my retired paper when I am creating a card or scrapbook page.
with the hope that my hubby will let me order some "NEW" paper!
Leave me comment letting me know what you do with your retired paper and stamps.
I will pick a winner and the winner will get an unopened pack of retired Stampin' Up! Paper.
USA residents only....sorry
I will pick a winner on Sunday Morning.
Please leave your email adress with your comment
My 10..10..10 Class
for September
Well I had my 10..10..10.. class this past Saturday
and the picture is of the cards we made!
At a 10..10..10 Class you make 10 cards with matching envelopes for $10
I had 2 women show up and we had a great time making cards.
They got to make 2 of each of these cards.
Birthday, Friend, Thank You, Sympathy & Holiday card.
I can't wait to do it again next month!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Just popping in to let you know that I am feeling so much better.
I ended up getting the flu and feeling just horrible, until yesterday
when I started feeling Great! Have lots of energy. Which I had lost because of my flare up. So I have been Stamping and will have lots to share tomorrow. I also rearranged my stamp Studio and am going to share my new Stamping Studio pictures with you!
So until tomorrow.......

Thursday, September 10, 2009

September Class....
Here is an upcoming class I am offering in my Fall Class Lineup!
You will get to make these 3 cards with matching envelopes and a cute box to hold them in.
$15 class fee

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Happy Fall!
The weather is changing and it's gonna be FALL soon!
I love the fall, the leaves are falling and changing colors.
I also enjoy making cards with the rustic fall colors.
Here are 2 cards I made last week using Autumn Traditions
DSPaper from Stampin' Up!
Here is the recipes:
Note of Thanks
Stamp Set: Thank You Kindly, Of the Earth (hostess set)
Card Stock: Soft Suede, Ruby Red, More Mustard
Ink: Soft Suede, Ruby Red
Assessories: Soft Suede polka Dot Ribbon, Button from Micheals
scalopped edge punch, DSPaper Autumn Traditions
Greatest Gift
Stamp Set: Of the Earth(hostess set)
Card Stock: Soft Suede, Elegant Eggplant
Ink: More Mustard, Elegant Eggplant, Black
Accessories: DSPaper Autumn Traditions

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Mojo Monday......
& a Halloween card!
I just LOVE Mojo Monday's
and there is nothing better then a new sketch to start off the week!
For my card I used some retired Stampin' Up! Paper with a Halloween theme.
I don't have alot of Halloween stamps and you would think I would
since Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.
With me being sick, I have not had any workshops or classes in months.
And that means I have no extra money for stamps!
Today is my last day of steroids and I am hoping to start feeling better soon.
I am having a 10...10..10 class on Friday.
You will make 10 cards...2 each of 5 designs.
Birthday, Friend, Sympathy, Holiday and Thank You cards.
all for $10.
I offer this class monthy, it's a great way to make cards!
I'll be back later with some more cards I have been working on!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

More cards.....
Here are some more cards I am working on.
Steroids are kicking in with lots of side effects...
I hate the side effects and only have 5 more days of medication!
I'll be back tomorrow with recipes.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Very Thankful....
for my health!
Okay so I have been gone for 2 weeks
recovering from a bad MS flare up.
I am so thankful that this only happens once every year!
I feel so blessed that god has blessed me with a Great
Family and Supportive Friends!
Thank you for all the prayers and wonderful comments.
I have started taking the dreadful drug....
and it's actually making me feel better!
Usually the side effects are worse then the flare.
So I am going to be back to stamping and posting on my BLOG!
Here is a card I stamped yesterday using the RMHC stamp set
on the back cover of the current Stampin' Up! Catalog!
Tomorrow is MOJO MONDAY
and I will be sharing my card using there sketch!
Card Recipe
Stamp Set: Very Thankful
Card Stock: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Whisper White
DSPaper Cottage Wall
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Polka Dot Ribbon Rich Razzleberry
Spiral punch

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Very Thankful..
for a Sketch Challenge
from Splitcoaststampers!

I am so thankful that I can STAMP!
I discovered stamping back in 2001.
I had only seen a Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog
and knew I wanted to learn this new found hobby
called Rubber Stamping.
I use to love to buy cards and spent a fortune
on them....then someone said I could make my own cards.
So I sign up as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
and my hubby Jason and I learned to Stamp together.
It was so easy for us to Stamp together
when the kids were younger
then the kids got older and we don't have time to
stamp together anymore.
Tonight Jason was doing school work
and the kids were watching TV
So I snuck into my stamp studio
and made this cute card!
Using Very Thankful....
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Stamp Set, it's another one of my new sets.
I used the Splitcoast Sketch Challenge (SC241)
Card Recipe
Stamp Set: Very Thankful
Card Stock: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence
Dspaper Cottage Wall
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Ribbon,
Orchid Opulence Markerinspire.create.share

Friday, August 14, 2009

I'm Back......
Still having MS Symptoms...but feeling better
without Steroids....YEAH!!!

So I started feeling better a few days ago.
My right side of my body is still numb & I am VERY tired
So I just rest when the kids are at school.
I was able to sit in my stamp studio and stamp some cards!
The first card I found in my pile of cards..I don't
think I have shared it with you before.
If I have sorry!
The next 2 cards are using some of my NEW Stampin' Up!
In-Color card stock, Dspaper & Ribbon!
I also purchased the Upsy Daisy stamp set on pg 95.
It's not new to SU but new to me!!
I plan on posting everyday so come back tomorrow
and I'll have something to share with you!
Remember to ....

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sorry I have been gone...
don't really know when I will be back!
I am really sick with an MS Flare up. I feel like crap.
I don't even have enough energy to stamp.
Just posting this is hard.
I go to the Doctor on Monday hoping to get some drugs to help.
The picture above is of my dog Kingston....
he comes home everyday with a bone he steals
from other dogs in the neighborhood!
I guess he stole this from a DINOSAUR!!
Can I ask for a favor?
Please say a prayer for me.
Hoping to be back soon!!!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Garden Whimsy
out from the dust to play!!
Well I have not played with this stamp set in a very long time!
It was looking kinda lonely along with my other neglected stamps.
I have been too busy this week to post....Sorry!
my kids start school on Monday!
WE had 3 open house's, football practice and hair cuts!!
Today we are off to tackle Walmart for some school supplies......
YEAH!! Just what Jason and I want to do.
I'm sure I will have a meltdown at Walmart...
happens every time....
that's why daddy goes with us!!
Yesterday was Jason's last day with Toyota
He starts at Applebees on Tuesday.
Hope he will make more $$ waiting tables...
anythings better then $100 a week!!
I will be busy working my Stampin' Up! Business this next week
Determined to make $$ doing what I LOVE Stamping!!
Card Recipe
Stamp Set: Garden Whimsy
Card Stock: Rich Razzleberry, So Saffron
DSPaper Razzleberry Lemonade
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, So Saffron
Accessories: Eyelet Border punch
I'll be back tomorrow with my August Class Schedule
and upcoming Class Pictures!! You won't want to miss it!!!
Have a Blessed Day!
Remember to Stamp the Day Away!!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Mojo Monday!!
A great way to start off the week....
With a challenge of course!
I love mojo Mondays but have never been
organized enough to actually join the challenge.
If you get a chance to play here is the link
My kids start school next Monday....
where did the summer go??
I have been frantically doing laundry
cleaning my house, getting the kids ready for school.
Tonight I took 1/2 hour in my stamp studio to make this
cute card!! and it was so relaxing to shut the door
and have some ME time.
Gotta love ME time!!!
Enjoy my card!
Card Recipe
Stamp Set: Upsy Daisy
Card Stock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White,
DSPaper Razzleberry Lemonade
Ink: Melon Mambo
Accessories: Photo Corner Punch, Flower Brads
Have a Blessed Day & Stamp Something

Sunday, July 26, 2009

New Catalog Artwork!!
Rich Razzleberry....
Thanks for all the positive comments I received from my
last post. Last night I was able to sit in my studio
and create this cute card. It felt so good to stamp again!
I just love the new in-color Rich Razzleberry ink and card stock.
Card Recipe:
Stamp Set; Very Thankful
Card Stock: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: DSPaper Cottage Wall, Eyelet Border Punch
Rich Razzleberry Ribbon
I'll be back tomorrow with some more
Artwork featuring my new stamps!
Have a Blessed Day

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sorry No Pictures Today...
I want to talk about my blog and the negative comments
someone is anonymously leaving.
I am going to get very personal here.
I am not the most positive person in this world
but I am trying to change my attitude.
I have some really bad stuff happen to me in my 35 years I have been in this world.
Everyday is a struggle for me. But I just take one day at a time.
Because I am working on changing, I am trying to only put positive
thoughts in my life. This blog is a place where I can share my artwork
which is a positive outlet for me.
So I am asking for everyone to ONLY leave positive comments Please.
This will help my changing & healing process.
and keep me sane!!!
Thank You
Yesterday I had a visit from UPS and I will have some cards
to share with my viewers later today.
Have a Blessed and Wonderful Day!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Collage of Cards...
Here are some different cards I've
made over the last few days!
Nothing major just using what ever
is in front of me!!
Hope you will enjoy.
I'll be back tomorrow ....

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Scrapbook Meetup....
2 page Layout
We had so much fun last night at our weekly Scrapbook Meet Up!
We talked about everything possible
shared stories & had a blast!!
Here's the 2 page layout I finished....
it took longer then I planned.
I had so many pictures of the kids swimming in
the pool and really did not know what do
with all those pictures. So I cropped them way down!
The Scrapbook Kit I used is Stampin' up!
But it is retired. It's called Party Pieces.
It was from the 2006-2007 SU catalog!
I also used chipboard letters
I had to trace them on DSPaper and cut them out!
The pictures for this layout were from a vacation we took
with my Dad & Step Mom Linda!
The kids were really little.
Madeline was 5, Mac 4 & Myles was 2!!
from 2002!!
So you can see I am REALLY behind
on my scrapbooking but who isn't!!
Scrapbooking these pictures makes me miss
my kids when they were little!
& how they grow up so FAST!!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Card Box
& Video!
for standard size cards!!
Hello!! Sorry I was gone for so long....
the summer is just so much fun with my boys!
Madeline is in MN visiting my mom & I miss her!
Today I want to share with you this cute card box I found on YouTube.
I just love that we have video at our finger tips with great directions!
Yeah for technology!!
Stampin' Up! now has a YouTube Channel!!
I have a link to all the videos on the top right side of blog!
Here is the link to the video to make this cute box!
If you get a chance view it and make a card box too
please leave me a comment!!
Stamp Set: Great Friend
Card Stock: Baja Breeze, Parisian Breeze DSPaper
Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Scalloped Edge Punch,
1 inch double stitched Ribbon in Chocolate Chip

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Fifth Avenue Floral!
I Love this stamp there a Stamp Set I hate??
When SU first came out with this image it was for
Decor Elements! It is called The Manhattan Flower!
I have always seen people apply this Docor Element to there car!
Too Cute especially on a Volkswagen Bug!
I am so excited to let you know this stamp set is in the new catalog!
Card Recipe:
Stamp Set: Fifth Avenue Floral
Card Stock: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White
DSP Urban Oasis
Ink: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black
Accessories: Scalloped Oval Punch