And the winners are…

Remember I recently posted the entries I sent in for the Stampin’ Up My Digital Studio contest??  Well, I’ve finally managed to get my memory back in line and am now put the link here so that you can see the winners and check out their creations.


I’ve been trying to get some crafting done in time for Valentine’s Day as I have 3 little monkeys in school now and that means loads of cards for their friends.  I could easily grab those little ones from the dollar store but where’s the fun in that??  So I grabbed some cardstock in the retired colours (hey, I love my kids and even like their friends, but why use current stuff on their cards when I have a mess load of older cardstock to use up?).  As a fabulous mom, I also have stamps with their names on them – saves me the agony of watching them scribble their names over and over getting messier as they go along.  Here’s what I made – 21 for K, 26 for H and 30 for S.

Then I grab those handy leftover bags from the Summer Reading Club medals, add candy, heart-shaped lollipops, and stickers and send the kids to school!

Like what you see?  Let me know!

I claim there ain’t
Another Saint
As great as Valentine.
~Ogden Nash


Contest entries

Hi all,

I’ve been a bad girl and haven’t posting in eons!  But as the snow gently drifts down, I’m suddenly feeling the need to post.

A while ago Stampin’ Up held an amazing contest for both demonstrators and customers alike.  The challenge was to use only My Digital Studio and SU downloads in order to create 2 scrapbook pages and a card.  I decided it was time to actual submit something.  well, I didn’t win but that’s okay.  I set a goal and achieved it and have some great work to show for it – if I may say so myself.    Now that the winners are chosen, I can go ahead and show you all what I made.

The first one is of K’s feet, well not her feet, but the cool shoes she picked out to wear when she started preschool this year.  We were down in Oregon and she was so excited about her sisters’ getting back-to-school shoes that she decided to find some for herself.  Turns out she has pretty good taste in shoes.

My second entry was designed around the colours and patterns of K’s purplish flowered pants.  We were at Fort Langley and I couldn’t tear the girls away from the adventure playground.

I didn’t have to do a card – the contest was quite flexible but I thought I’d push myself and submit the maximum.  So at the last-minute, almost literally, I threw a Christmas card together.  This evening, with the snow, can you pretend it’s still Christmastime when you look at it??

So that’s what I did!  If you like what you see, let me know.  I’m going to try to be a good girl and post more.  One of my girls has already told me that I’m on the naughty list for next year, so I have a lot to do to redeem myself before next Christmas!



Art has never been a popularity contest.
James Levine

No two alike

That wet, white stuff started falling from the sky today – ick!  If it would only stay on the trees and grass but not the roads and sidewalks, I’d love it like I did as a kid.  At least today, it was slushing out rather than snowing.

Once I had lunch, I headed to the basement to my new craft area to get my butt in gear.  I had an order for a few cards that I hadn’t managed to get made yet.  So, with the snowflakes falling outside, I started stamping them inside.  Add some glue and glitter and you have a batch of similar yet uniquely individual cards – just like those snowflakes!

For some reason, my second photo looks slightly pinkish!  Regardless, I think they look lovely – better than the weather.  So I stamped a smaller snowflake on the envelope flap and will send them off to my customer tomorrow.

Like what you see?  Let me know!

“Oh the weather outside is frightful”

Sammy Cahn

Hallowe’en Treats

I love, love, love Hallowe’en.  The kids look so darned cute in their costumes and get so excited about begging door-to-door!    Ever since S started preschool, I’ve been trying different ways to package treats for classmates.  Now that all three girls will be sharing, I set up my trusty assembly line in the basement and mass-produced over 90 little bags.  Yeah, I know that was overkill but I’m always paranoid that I won’t send enough.  Last year, H didn’t get one and was in tears that she had to give all of them away!

So, I pulled out my Big Shot, loaded up the Top Note die with a bunch of retired cardstock and got to work.  Then I pulled out an embossing folder and back into the Big Shot the Top Notes went.  Once I scored them and folded them over, I stamped the girls’ names on most of them and attached a cute little stamped pumpkin (from a retired set).  I put two pieces of candy in the Summer Reading Club medal bags that I’ve been collecting and stapled the decorated Top Note to the bag.

So what am I going to do with the other dozen that aren’t heading to a classroom?  Well, for you VPLers, I’m pulling an Eric Smith!  If you’ve read to the end of the post and come down to see my display table during lunch at the Staff Conference, let me know and I’ll give you a little treat!

Like what you see?  Let me know!


I’ll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween. 

Author Unknown


Last minute Christmas cards

Eek, yesterday morning I realized that there was only ONE day left before Christmas holidays and I had yet to make cards for the girls’ to give to their teachers!!  So once I cleared the empty beer bottles (yucky stuff), broken track light, screwdrivers and other assorted junk my hubby dumps on my craft counter, I got down to work.  I mounted my new stamp set, Holy Family, in about 30 seconds flat – I soooo love that Stampin’ Up now has die cut stamps, and got down to business.


I pulled out my lovely markers and using my blender pen set to work “watercolouring”.  I dug out a retired Simply Scrappin’ kit and used up the rest of the beautiful Real Red star patterned paper.  Fortunately I had just enough for the four cards.  The blue is Bashful Blue as I love the look of blue for Christmas.  I stamped the sentiment inside in Real Red to coordinate with the paper.

Hello world!

Welcome to Inks &  Thinks! This is my first foray into the world of blogs so bear with me as I learn to navigate. This will be proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks.

I did manage to upload my own header that I made with Stampin’ Ups new My Digital Studio which really and truly is more than digital scrapbooking. After Hallowe’en I made a quick scrap slideshow and emailed it off to family and friends. I’ve been working on my 2010 personalized calendar as I love to look at pictures of my kids when I’m at work.

I don’t plan on being a daily poster but do anticipate that perhaps, if all goes well, I can post once per week.