Thursday, February 24, 2011

Shocked and Amazed!!

This afternoon at work I did a quick check of my emails and to my shock and amazement there was a message from Linda Aarhus informing me she had awarded me the...
I sat and read the email several times before it actually sank in and I am still in disbelief that my little blog would ever be worthy.  Knowing all the hundreds, thousands even, of amazing blogs out there in cyberspace I never imagined I would be considered among them.  So a HUGE thank you to Linda!!  Please check out her blog Polka Dots and'll be glad you did!

Now, as a recipient of this award, I have some business to take care of.  The first is to pass it on to eight other blogs I have recently discovered.  So, here is a list of eight great blogs well worth checking out:

I'm also supposed to list eight tidbits of personal info about goes!

1)  I've been stamping for just a little less than 2 years but have LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!
2) I just became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator this past July but have also LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!
3) I am a full-time high school music department head which seriously interferes with my stamping time...except during summer break (only 4 more months to go!)
4) I am married to a super guy whom I met online before Internet dating was the "in" thing to do.  Interestingly, my brother also  met his wife online about 4 years later!
5) I am mom to the smartest 3 1/2 year-old-ever (ok, I might be a bit biased!).  He is the  light of  my life and is my best stampin' buddy!
6) Although I am a musician I rarely listen to music myself!  After listening to teenagers wail on band instruments all day long the last thing I want to do is  listen to more music.  In fact, all I want is peace and quiet, which is why I LOVE my stampin' corner...all I hear there is the click-click-click of my to any stamper's ears!
7)  I am addicted to the Young and the Restless and have been for the last 25 years!  (pathetic, I  know!)  Oddly enough, the storyline hasn't changed!
8) I love to cook and entertain.  I've been told many times I should be running my own answer..."Can't...too busy stamping!"

Now, on to more pressing's card!!  Actually it is a card and gift bag ensemble I did this week.  I am currently working on designs for my April classes and really like the bright, spring-like colours in this set.  See what you think...
Gift ensemble using Summer Garden DP, So Swirly (retired) wheel and Punch Bunch and Pocket Silhouettes stamp sets.

Just the bag...I made matching tissue with my So Swirly wheel

Cloe-up of focal image on bag.

Cute little gift tag from the Punch Bunch SAB set

Matching card and envelope using So Swirly wheel and Pocket Silhouettes set (on of my fav's)

I carried the butterfly theme from the bag inside the card with the Flight of the Butterfly set.

When I envisioned this set I had thought I would use a brighter ink colour for my wheeled images; however, much to my dismay, the only reinker I had in the colours from the Summer Garden DSP was old olive!  I was a bit worried it would be too dark, but I actually like the darker wheeled image to off-set the brightness of the DSP.  I also love the velllum simple to make with my Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die and my Big Shot!  Add a little colour with some ink and sponges and viola...a pretty accent!  I don't know yet if this set will make my April line-up, but I most certainly will find someone to gift it to!


  1. Love the butterflies! following from Stampin' Connection! I'm Chio,



  2. Such cheerful colors. Your bag is beautiful with that butterfly. Great job.

  3. The card and gift bag is so beautiful!I love the velium butterflies.

    Thanks so much for awarding me the Stylish blogger award! I didn't think I would ever get that and two people gave it to me. Amazing!

    I'm following your blog now. :)


  4. Hi Leena, Thank you for visiting my blog. I really like this card and gift bag. I also love Pocket Silhouettes and Baroque Motifs. I think I must try the color combo you used.

  5. Hi Leesa~

    Great blog and love your projects.Following you from Lorraines stampin corner.

  6. Hi Leena. What a great blog you have. I've been a follower for sometime now and I see you've signed up to follow my blog too. That's so great! You shouldn't be amazed that Linda passed along the Stylish Blogger award to you........ you've got a truly incredible blog and such great creations. Bask in the light girl!

  7. Wow, wow, wow! These are gorgeous! I especially love those butterflies. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment, I'm now following yours :)

  8. Congrats on your award! You deserve it!

  9. Leena, thank you so very much for the wonderful award! I'm incredibly flattered that you thought of me as a recipient! I enjoyed reading more about YOU!

  10. Vellum butterflies, wow, what a great idea! I love the way they look with the sponged color. Thanks so much for sharing this neat technique!


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