Thanks to everyone who participated in the Our Craft Lounge New Release Blog Hop!  I ran my numbers through the Sequence Generator at Random.Org, and the winning number is 62:


Great card!!! I love how you added the little area to hold the gift card. I am thinking these are gonna come in handy. TFS!!!

CONGRATULATIONS Tanya!  Please email me your address and we’ll get the set out to you!

Good morning!  Today’s the day . . . Our Craft Lounge is releasing and giving away 24 new stamp sets today!!  WOO HOO!  I was so excited when my friend, Cambria, asked me to take part in the OCL Blog Hop; there was no way I was going to tell her no.  I was also really excited with the set she asked me to use – School’s Out.


My oldest daughter, Kate, graduates from college on May 11th and School’s Out worked perfectly for a gift card and envelope!  I started out with a crisscross card, that actually turned into the envelope.


Instead of using a single pull out, I made a card.


The card, when opened can either hold money or a gift card.  (Of course, Kate you won’t be getting a Starbucks card from us. – Just in case you see this.)


And there’s still room to leave a personal message!

  • Stamps:  School’s Out from Our Craft Lounge
  • Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Kiwi Kiss; BasicGrey Urban Prairie
  • Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black
  • Accessories:  Ranger Inkssential White Opaque Pen; Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities; Venture Foam Tape; Kiwi Kiss Ribbon; Button; Black Twine; Corner Rounder Punch

Here’s the list of everyone involved in the Blog Hop today.  You don’t want to miss seeing their fabulous creations and a chance to win the set they used:

Granny’s Secrets – Diana Gibbs
Beauty and the Beach- Jeanne Streiff
Summer Sweets – Heather McNally
Bubbles – Nancy Morgan
Oceans of Fun –Valerie Stangle
Sandy Sunsets- Vicki Garrett
Coastal Wishes- Denise Marzec
Garden Thoughts – Lila Holgate
Mice Friends- Holly McMillen
The Tribe – Pam Hooten
Flyin’ Birthday – Jacqui Lines

Let Freedom Ring- Marianne Walker
Bees Knees- Carol Halvorson
Nailed It –Debbie Corbari
Sunkissed – Deb Felts
Life’s a Beach – Joy Kennedy
Bring on the BBQ- Cindy Lawerence
Bookworm – Kendra Wietstock
Swingin’ By – Bethie Silaika
All About the USA – Roseanne Knowles
Dino-mite – Kisa Peters
Game On- Cambria Turnbow
Back 2 School- Amber Hillman

To win the set that I’ve used today, School’s Out, simply leave me a comment. The winners will be chosen Monday, May 4th around noon.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the Blog Hop today!

I hope y’all have enjoyed your weekend so far.  I’ve had my fanny parked on the couch for the better part of two days watching holiday movies!  Both the Family and Hallmark Channel have had some good ones.  I have made it into the studio oh two, three, four times, and most of what I’ve made, will have to wait.  However, I did start a few little note cards last night and finished them up earlier today.

OCL Going Gourmet Thank You

The images were colored with Copic Markers.  I used Spellbinders Labels One for the image panel and for the scalloped border.

OCL Going Gourmet Lets do Coffee

More than anything, I was playing around with little cards that could be used  in a set, each having the same layout with different images.  I also wanted to try my hand at a clean, simple design.  That is hard for me, and often takes more time than if I were in a distressing and sponging mode!

  • Stamps: Going Gourmet from Our Craft Lounge
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Memory Box Homespun; SU Basic Black and Riding Hood Red
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Ranger Archival Jet Black
  • Accessories: Copic Markers; Spellbinders Labels One and Long Scalloped Rectangles Nestabilities; Ribbon; Venture Foam Tape

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, I’m off to watch more movies and maybe go back to the studio!

Happy Thursday!  I’ve had such a productive morning and I sure hope it keeps me going the rest of the day.  My new coffee pot (my sister gave me a Bunn for my birthday) was not flowing well this morning.  This darn hard water here had already caused some problems.  I found the little tool to clean the coffee maker, and went to it . . . works like a charm now.  I did learn that you should always check the sprayhead first, little bits of calcium build up in there clogging the water flow and that truly was the whole problem.

While I was waiting for the coffee maker to cool down, I did check in on today’s Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use it Challenge.  It’s a fun one today – use pearls (any type of pearls, i.e., Pearl Ex, Perfect Pearls, Liquid Pearls, Pearl stickers, Pearl brads).  Well, I have every color of Ranger Liquid Pearls – WOO HOO!

I received a few days ago some new stamps from my friends over at Our Craft Lounge and have been wanting all week to work with them.  Today is my chance!


I used the cupcake from Life is Sweet and colored it with Copic Markers.  I used Circle Nestabilities for the background for the cupcake and used the Scalloped Long Rectangle to cut the scalloped edge along the bottom of the cross piece.  For my pearls, I decorated all the scallops with a drop of White Opal Liquid Pearls.

  • Stamps: Life is Sweet from Our Craft Lounge
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Basic Black, Pink Pirouette and Berry Bliss
  • Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Archival Jet Black; SU Pink Pirouette
  • Accessories: Copic Markers; Spellbinders Plain and Scalloped Classic Circles and Scalloped Long Rectangle Nestabilities; Ranger White Opal Liquid Pearls; Small Oval Punch; SU Pink Pirouette Ribbon; Venture Foam Tape

I’m heading back down to the studio since I feel so creative today.  Hope you enjoy your day and you feel creative as well!

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