Monthly Archives: November 2009

Recent Findings: Woodgrain Embossed Cardstock and A Ribbon Iron

I think I may have found the PERFECT woodgrain paper after stumbling upon Heidi’s Card!

I noticed that her cardstock was woodgrain EMBOSSED!!! So, I googled it and stumbled upon these:

You can purchase yours HERE!

******My Next Finding******

Do you suffer from wrinkled ribbon??? I DO! I store mine in big bins, so it gets all wrinkled! Well, I went to purchase a ribbon iron and they were out of stock…

SO, I was doing some thinking and decided to try using my flat-iron!

That’s right, my hair FLAT-IRON, and IT WORKED!

Here are some tips:

  • Heat your flat-iron on a low-medium setting depending on the type of ribbon.
  • First, try it on your ribbon scraps.
  • Do not PULL the ribbon through, as you would your hair. Just take the ribbon and iron it in sections. If you pull, it might ruin your ribbon by pulling individual strands.

My Card made Fab 5!

Write what you're thankful for inside!

My place card made it in the Fab 5 over at 2S4U!!!! This is the first time I’ve been recognized in any of their challenges 🙂 So, it’s a good day for me!

Also, don’t forget the Torendi Sale!!!!

20% off of everything

Just enter THANKS upon checkout!

And, don’t forget your chance at a ticket to CHA!

Get these new rub-ons!!!!

Torendi Store Coupon Code!

Etsy Inspired #64

This week's EIC is brought to you by...

This week we draw inspiration from a shop that is full of color and texture:

Click here to go to the shop

Here’s my card:

Grateful Thanks


  • Papertrey Ink Stamps, Cardstock, and Vellum
  • Staz-on Ink
  • Fiskars Apron Lace Border Punch
  • American Crafts Ribbon
  • Studio Calico Ribbon
  • Tim Holtz Staples
  • Labels Four Nestabilities

If you play along this week, you could win one of 3 prizes and here is one made by The Barefoot Weaver, herself:

Flower Pin

For more details, go to The Etsy Inspired Blog!

The Boys at Thanksgiving

How was your Thanksgiving?

Ours was full of stress (yes, cooking for my family can still be stressful with two toddlers), laughs (CJ told his first knock-knock joke), and love!

Here are some pictures from the day. They managed to dig into the food before I could get that “money shot”!


CJ, stained shirt and all!

Liam posing

Chris cutting our turkey

Today, WE ARE NOT braving the sales! Instead, we’ll be Chris and Tiff Plus 5! Our friends will be braving the crowds while we watch their three sweeties 🙂


Moxie Fab World: Christmas In The Old Country

It’s another Moxie Fab World Challenge!!!! The Gnome was my inspiration for this challenge! I also played off of the light blue colors!



It’s been a while since I played with my Odd Bird Planet Gnome stamps! The paper is Making Memories Thanksgiving paper from this season.



Would you like to be a Torendi Employee for CHA??? Discount code too!!!!

Who’s ready to shop!?!

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year and of course Torendi is going to be involved! We are offering 20% off EVERYTHING in the store! That’s right, ANYTHING! Imported itemsstampspaper packs, and even our new kawaii rub-ons!

Friday November 27th – Sunday November 29 just use coupon code THANKS and the 20% off will automatically be taken off your purchase.

So who wants to go to CHA??? The Torendi girls need your help! We want to “hire” you to come and walk the floors of CHA with us in January and help us decide on what is “trendy” enough for Torendi to stock up on! How do you apply? SIMPLE! Everyone who makes a purchase between NOW and December 21st will automatically be entered for a chance to go to CHA*. Make two purchases, double your chance and so on. It’s just that easy! Our new “employee” will be announced December 22nd, just in time for some extra holiday cheer!

The CHA “VIP” will also get a guest spot right here on the Torendi blog to tell everyone about the experience, new products, and all the Torendi fun! 😀

*(Torendi is not covering airfare, hotel, meals or any other travel expenses. We are just providing you a pass to get into Winter CHA to have some fun with the torendi team!)*

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #19

Click here to go to the challenge!

Here’s Dawn McVey’s most recent Color Challenge inspired by The Pioneer Woman. She and her BFF, Nichole (PTI Goddess), attended The Pioneer Woman’s Book Tour! How cool is that? I got a little glitter happy with my card!!! How do you like those Labels Four??? I LOVE THEM! I bought them from ucutathome with a 40% VIP coupon, which they hand out monthly via email! They have fast delivery too 🙂

So Sweet of you!


  • Stamps: PTI Signature Greetings, All Night Media Woodgrain, and CTMH Spot-on Backgrounds
  • Cardstock: PTI
  • Martha Stewart Glitter
  • Versamark and Perfect Match Ink
  • Scor-tape
  • Labels 4 Nestabilities
  • Foam Tape
  • Sakura Quickie Glue Pen

*Tip: The brown glitter was intended for the scor-tape, not the entire versamarked woodgrain background. It was an awesome “mistake”! I just set the glitter with some aerosol like hairspray!

2S4U and CARDS Blog Challenge

For my card, I combined 2 challenges, 2S4U and the CARDS Blog Challenge to use 5 buttons! I was instantly drawn to Sarah’s interpretation of the sketch and made a place card for our Thanksgiving table. If you open the tri-fold card, you’ll see a journaling space for one to write what they are thankful for!

I also used fabric and Mod Podge! If you’re interested in Mod Podge, GO HERE, today they have a feature on Yours Truly 🙂

Place Card for Thanksgiving Reflections


Write what you're thankful for inside!

Fabric, Mod Podge, Cuttlebug 🙂


Over The Top! Award

Thank you, Sarah, for choosing me! And, for being such a great friend!

Here are the rules:
Answer the following questions using single word answers.
To pass the award to 5 other people and let them know.

  • Your cell phone? A POS….
  • Your hair? Sassy
  • Your mother? Chamorro/Beautiful
  • Your father? Chamorro/Fit
  • Your favorite food? Candy
  • Your dream last night? Card Sketches…no joke
  • Your favorite drink? Double Short 2 Pump Classic Syrup Cold Breve Latte
  • Your dream/goal? To be a Paper Crafts “Go-To” Gal or a CARDS “Guest Designer” and to DT for a paper company!
  • What room are you in? Studio
  • Your hobby? Paper Crafting
  • Your fear? Losing my children
  • Where do you want to be in 6 years? In Germany
  • Where were you last night? A Wreath & Tree Auction
  • Something that you aren’t? Shy
  • Muffins? Pumpkin PLEASE!!!
  • Wish list item? My Dad Canon w/macro lens 😦
  • Where did you grow up? All over, I’m an Army brat and wife!
  • Last thing you did? Laundry
  • What are you wearing? PJs
  • Your TV? hubby is playing xbox 360
  • Your Pets? Two loving dogs
  • Friends? Beautiful
  • Your life? Charmed
  • Your mood? Optimistic
  • Missing someone? Terribly
  • Vehicle? A freakin Pontiac Aztek and I LOVE IT!
  • Something you’re not wearing? ummmmmm…..a bra! TMI!
  • Your favorite store? To look or to buy….Look (Pottery Barn), to buy (two peas in a bucket)
  • Your favorite color? Grey
  • When was the last time you laughed? Two seconds ago
  • Last time you cried? Yesterday when I crossed the 5K finish line
  • Your best friend? Hubby
  • One place that you go to over and over? To Bed
  • Facebook? Yeah baby
  • Favorite place to eat? The Melting Pot

I seriously cannot keep my nominations to 5! So, if you haven’t received this award, feel free to consider yourself awarded!!! Iheart ALL my readers 🙂