Dec 29, 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone!  2009, along with this decade, is winding down and another year (and decade) is about to begin.  Many blessings and much goodness to all of you!

This year I am sending out New Year's cards - actually I ran out of time to send out Christmas cards so this was my fall back plan!  They are done and tomorrow I will take them to the post office!

I used the Scor-Pal to emboss 3 lines at the top and the bottom of the card.  They are a little hard to see in the photo but the best place to look is the top left and bottom right in the photo below.  The copic colored kitty is from Winter Flurries - love this set.  The 2010 is stamped using Simple-Bet and the inside of the card is stamped with "Happy New Year" from Trendy Greetings!

Thanks for stopping by...


Today's Abundance

-Bright Sunshine

-Hot Chocolate with Marshmellows

-Family and Friends

-Dogs, Cats, and the backyard Birds

-New Opportunities

Dec 8, 2009

Lavender Sachets plus Gift Card

I designed these Lavender Sachets for a membership drive of a local Rubber Stamping Club.  The membership drive is over so I can now post them here! 

The muslin bags and gift card are stamped with Violette Palette Ink using the Watercolor Plants Stamp Set.  The "for you" sentiment on the card is from my often used Tag Tidbits Stamp Set.

Use these sachets to freshen up the sweater, coat, hat, or mitten drawers - even that gym bag can benefit from a lavender sachet!  Lavender also has calming effects so use at night, when you have a headache, or when you are stressed!

Thanks for stopping by...


Today's Abundance

-Not being on the road during the snow storm we are getting!

-The wonderful scent of lavender

-The pot roast in the slow cooker

-Sweatshirts and turtlenecks - they are so comfy on cold, winter days

-My neighbor who will be shoveling my snow in the morning

Dec 7, 2009

All I Want for Christms...

Once again good fortune has come my way in the form of winning another contest for The Angel Company!.  The theme of this particular contest was "All I Want for Christmas.'

I created a paper Tooth Fairy Pillow from our Reece Soar With It Collection.  Once I cut out a front and back, I brushed a coat of Modge Podge over each.  When the paper dried, I sewed it together leaving a small opening for stuffing.  For the stuffing I recycled some of those pesky plastic bags that seem to accumulate way too fast.  I sewed the opening shut.  I used the Crop-A-Dile to punch two holes in the top of the tooth for the Reece Ribbon so the tooth could be hung up!

Then, on the front I constructed a pocket with a flap for the safe keeping of the tooth and ultimately the goodie (a.k.a. money) from the Tooth Fairy.  A felt flower, button, and scrappers floss embellish the pocket flap! 

I printed out the letter to the Tooth Fairy, matted it, and adhered it to the pocket.

And on the bottom of the right "root", I added another tag that reads "All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth!"

It was a fun project to do.  And now I get to go shopping for free stamps!!

Thanks for stopping by...


Today's Abundance

-A nap

-Yummy Hot Chocolate on a chilly day

-A Sale in both of my ETSY stores - and

-Mint Chocolate Covered Mini Oreos

-A low key day

Dec 2, 2009

Diecut Snowmen with Lilly Anna

I am so excited about these snowmen and absolutely love the collection all done up in the greens and blues from the Lilly Anna paper collection!

This afternoon  I finally got in some good playing time with my new Gypsy!!  And as you can tell, I went crazy making snowmen - 10 to be exact!. 

These cute snowmen are about 4 inches high.  The base is cut from white cardstock.  the scarves, mittens, hats, vests, and sweaters are all from the Lilly Anna paper collection.  I used copic markers for the faces and some of the buttons.  The edges are lightly distressed with Beaux Arts Blue Palette Ink.  And, last but not least, I also used the Stardust Glitter Pen on the noses and buttons.



Today's Abundance

-The lab tech who knows how to take blood without pain

-Panera's Hazelnut Coffee

-My new Gypsy

-Hot chocolate with whip cream - so nice on a chilly night

-The flock of geese landing on the pond

Nov 23, 2009

Inspirational Tile Magnets

Craft Fair season is coming to an end!  I have only one more show to go and it'll be a wrap for this year.  The past six weeks have been hectic but exhilarating!  I had two awesome shows, a few good ones, and one dud!  The two awesome shows made a huge dent in my inventory so I have been busily making more in between shows. 

One of my latest items for Craft Fairs are these 2"x2" Tile Magnets.  The inspiration for creating these came from two very good friends - Ellie Jacobson and Christine Pennington!! Both of them make and sell a variety of tile art work too!  So thank you for the nudge....

I call these my Inspirational Tile Magnets because I absolutely love these words!  They are great on the fridge to hold messages, to do lists, photos, groceries, errands, or whatever.  Use them at your office too!.  They have a very strong magnet on the back and stick extremely well.

These words are from the Flourish Trees of Hope stamp set!!

Thanks for stopping by....


Today's Abundance

-Good friends

-My sister

-A quiet day (it's been a nice change of pace)

-Dreams of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberries

-The mailman - lots of goodies were dropped off today

Nov 15, 2009

Blog Hop - Holiday Cards &Tags in 10 Minutes or Less

Stacy is hosting another one of her awesome Blog Hops for us!  Thanks Stacy!

The theme this time around is Holiday Cards and Tags in 10 minutes or less!  Per Stacy, the theme says it all!  The cards/tags must be assembled in 10 minutes or less, start to finish.

I love the tags that coordinate with our Soar With It Collections.  Approximately 30 tags are included with each collection.  For this blog, I used the Amelia Collection to make very simple gift tags.  I stamped Bourdeux Palette Ink using both Holly Jolly Stamp Set and the Vintage Santa Stamp Set on the tags. 

After adding a bit of cording I now have a uniuqe set of gift tags all set for the Christmas gifts!!

And have some fun blog hopping for other Holiday Cards and Tags that are made in 10 Minutes of Less!

Don't forget to check out these other amazing creations...

Thanks for stopping by....


Today"s Abundance

-The nice November weather - it makes up for the wet, cold October

-Craft Fair Season

-Wild turkeys walking along the freeway


-Mini Oreos dipped in melted Chocolate Mint Wafers  - yummy

Nov 1, 2009

Gratitude Blog Candy Winner!

Earlier this month I posted some Blog Candy.  And today is the day that the winner is announced!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to post a comment about Gratitude!  As I read through all of the comments, the Gratitude Quote that touched me the most was this one:

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.  Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.      Albert Schweitzer

I appreciate those who have touched my life in many ways - some in very big ways and some in passing.  Indeed, I have been inspired by so many over the years! 

And who submitted this quote?  Well, 2 people actually included it in their comments:  Happygifting and Patti J.  I will be sending both of you Gratitude Blog Candy!

Thanks for stopping by....


Today's Abundance

-Quality Time in my sewing room

-The fall colors - yes, there are a few brilliant leaves this year

-A 25 hour day (any way we could get an extra hour more than once a year?)

-Lavendar Sachets (I'm making some. They smell oh so good! Watch for a post soon)


Oct 25, 2009

The Denim Family

Like Denim? Then check out this treasury that I have created - it will be available on ETSY until approximately 6:00 pm on October 27. You will find 12 artists that have created awesome purses, jewelry, scraves, and more!  Mine is the Denim Messenger Bag in the upper left hand corner!

Thanks for stopping by...


Oct 18, 2009

Fall Harvest

Welcome to a Fall Blog Hop!  A number of Angel Company demonstrators have collaborated to bring you many delightful cards for your viewing pleasure!

This card uses the Fall Harvest set!  The greeting is from Booko Blessings! The paper and cardstock is from our Penelope Collection.  And, I used our new copics (Set A) to color the image.  How do you like the polka dot dress that I gave the little girl?  I'm having lots of fun learning how to use the Copics!

Here are the other participants in the blog hop!  Enjoy! 

Be sure to check out my Blog Candy too!!

Thanks for stopping by...

Today's Abundance

-Flocks of birds migrating south

-A good nights sleep

-A flower bed ready for new tulip and iris bulbs

-Pumpkins and corn stalks


Oct 14, 2009

Perky Penguins

Wow!! Three posts in one day - that's a record for me!!   My first set of Copics arrived today and, of course, I just had to break them out and play a bit.

I made a set of notecards with the Perky Penguins stamp set.  The coloring is my first attempt at using the Copics.  And the trim on the hat sparkles after using the Stardust Glitter Pen!

I absolutely love these things called Copics!  They are so easy to work with and the results were fantastic.  Now I have to rearrange the budget to get some more sets!

Thanks for stopping by....


Today's Abundance

-Mr. Brown, a.k.a. UPS - he brought me my copics


-The Angel Company, for many reasons, but today it is for offering the Copic Promotion

-My sister

-A day with minimal interruptions

Joy for Juilette

The Vintage Plum Embossing Powder goes so well with our Juliette Paper and Juliette Cardstock Collections! 

This card is super easy to make.  Start with cardstock and add a layer of coordinating designer paper.  Emboss the Ornamental Joy stamp with the Plum Embossing Powder and add a couple more layers.  Add the flower, brad, and scrappers floss and you are done!

The ladies in this Christmas Workshop were thrilled with this card!

Thanks for stopping by...


Today's Abundance

-The sun is peeking out - hopefully it will stay!

-Cranberry Butter

-Chicken Wild Rice Soup - so glad it makes a ton, love the leftovers

-Fabric - gotta go play with the bargains I found yesterday

-Today - isn't everyday an abundance!

Blog Candy!

I've been busy, busy, busy!!  In early October I was at a quilt retreat for 5 days.  It was "perfect" weather for sewing as it rained just about the entire time we were there!.  One day it was raining sideways - the wind was that strong!

Then I have also been prepping for Craft Sales.  My first two are done - one a great success and the other so, so! Now I have another half dozen or so to do for the remainder of the year!  It certainly is Craft Sale and Craft Boutique Season!

Well, onto the Blog Candy!  As we head towards Thanksgiving I find it is always a season to be extra grateful and extra thankful for what we have.  So, for this giveaway, simply add a quote and the author about gratitude, abundance, blessings, and thankfulness as your comment!!  I will pick my favorite and that will be the winner.

The blog candy includes:

  -Lap of Luxury Designer Paper Pack from The Angel Company - 8x8

  -2 Rolls of Double Stick Tape from the 3M company

  -2 bags of brads

  -Purple Scrappers Floss - my favorite embellishment

  -3 Stamps from The Angel Company - a birthday set, a New Years set, and a Frog Set

Please post by October 30 and I will announce the winner November 1!

Thanks   rita

Today's Abundance

-Dedicated time to quilt at the quilt retreat

-The frosted green leaves in the morning after the early snowfall

-Crisp, cool mornings - I love fall (well, if you can call snow in mid-October fall!)

-The mist over the city lake while the ducks slowly swam around

-The promise of 60 degree weather this weekend - hope the weatherman is right

Sep 28, 2009

And The Winner Is......

Thanks you to everyone who took a peek at my ETSY shop over the weekend during the Fall Business Women's Online Expo hosted by Dee from Runako Designs.  Please stop by again!  The coffee is always on!!  LOL!!

And Dee, thank you so much for organizing the event.  It was a lot of fun.  And the creativity is just so awesome on ETSY!

And now for the winner of my $15 Gift Certificate!  It is...    Earthbound Creations!  

Have a great day...


Today's Abundance

-The mess in my sewing room - it means I got to play in there for the whole afternoon!

-The red sumac - one of my favorites in the fall

-Book Club

-Cardio, Balance, and Strength Class

-The flexibility of very large tree limbs during the strong winds we've been having - I think it's a life lesson from nature

Sep 25, 2009

Fall Business Women's Online Expo

The Fall Business Women's Online Expo is today!!  Please stop by my booth (#4) today and those of fellow vendors.  You can find all of the participants by visiting our hostess Dee at Runako Designs.  

A little about me:  My name is Rita.  I am a multi-crafter in that I love to stamp and I love to scrapbook and I love to quilt and I love to do many other crafts!  So in my shop you will find a wide variety of items.

Here are a few of my shop favorites:

This is my Felted Wool Coin Purse that is handstitched!  It is my latest addition and I am in the process of making more in different colors.

I have been making table runners from Moda's "Peace on Earth" fabric collection.  This is one of my favorites - I love the spiral effect.  The shop includes 2 other table runners of different designs with this fabric collection.  I am also making Ditty Bags with this collection too

So what is a Ditty Bag?  This is a Ditty Bag!  It is a small bag to carry whatever in your purse, tote, or backpack.

Free shipping for everything in my shop this weekend - just enter "EXPO" in the comments!  Offer good through Sunday September 27.

Please leave a comment for this post!  If you do, you will be entered into a drawing for a $15 Gift Certificate to my shop. If you start to follow me - Rita Wetzel - on Twitter and Facebook, you will get an extra entry for each. Already follow me?  Just let me know in your comment and you'll get extra entries too!  Must be completed by Sunday September 27.  I will announce the winner on the 28th 

Thanks again for stopping by.  Be sure to visit my shop.  And please visit the other vendors too!!


Today's Abundance

-Sighting not one, but two, flocks of turkeys

-The nice rain we had today

-Dee, the host of the Fall Expo

-A day of crafting

-My pesky cat

Sep 22, 2009

All Things of Nature

All Things of Nature is one of my all time favorite stamp sets! I also used one of the Edge Designs stamps to help frame the beautiful bird on this card!

The images are embossed with Versamark and Black Embossing Powder. The image is colored with Aqua Color Crayons! (I can hardly wait until October when we start carrying the Copic Pens for coloring!!)

Other supplies include the Amberly Grace Designer Paper and cardstock. I distressed the edges of the paper with sponges and Black Palette Noir Ink.

Thanks for stopping by...


Today's Abundance

-Priairie Grass

-The 1st day of fall - my favorite season



-Fresh, crisp air in the morning


Sep 15, 2009


Aren't these penguins adorable!  This is the penguin from Wild for You!  After stamping the first penguin (the one in the middle), I then used the masking technique to stamp the remainder.

The sentiment - You Are Friends - is from Linear Sentiments.  I used a black Tombow Marker to ink up the words in the You Are Friends image, leaving off the lines above and below it.

The pink background paper is from Uptown Girl.  The ribbon is from our Black and White Ribbon Collection.  It is attached with a jewel brad.  And, yes, there is some scrappers floss attached to the brad too!

Thanks for stopping by.


Today's Abundance
-Beautiful fall flowers
-A good day with the sewing machine
-The cat (inside) watching the squirrel (outside) - the tail goes back and forth, back and forth, back and forth
-We don't know the details yet, but upcoming Angel promotions will include copics - can't wait to see the details
-Stuffed toys

Sep 12, 2009

My Hero Mini Album

I started this yesterday, 9/11, as a way of not forgetting the day that changed the course of America.

The album theme is My Hero! It is embellished with coordinating military die cuts associated with the Army. Die cuts included: Saluting Man, Stars, Eagles, Liberty Bell, Dog Tags, US Map, Convoy Truck, and Helmets. Phrases include: My Hero, Let Freedom Ring, and USA.  

Photos go on the right hand side of each page. The left side has the die cuts and journaling boxes.

The key ingredients for this mini album are the Teabreak Chipboard Album, Just Like Dad Paper Collection, Navy Cardstock, and the Stand and Salute Cricut Cartridge. 

I cut down the spine of the chipboard album to get individual  pages.  Then I bound it with the Bind-It-All,  This allows the album to expand in thickness as embellishments, memorabilia,  and photos are added.

Thanks for Stopping By...


Today's Abundance

-A lazy, relaxing day

-Time to read

-My Cricut

-Ice cold water

-The cats - they are napping again!

Sep 10, 2009


I'm still stuck on pink and black today! This flamingo is one of our Exotic Birds! I colored the bird and greenery with H2O Pencils and the Tombow Blending Pen!

The greeting is from Label Lingo again - the fantastic Level D Hostess set!

Other products included are: Toodle Loo Cardstock Collection, Black Cardstock, and Black and White Ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by...


Today's Abundance

-The new stop sign on the corner that will slow down traffic

-Paper Play Time


-More delcuttering

-My favorite season - fall - it's almost here

Sep 9, 2009

Pink and Black Polka Dots

I am a conflicted crafter!  I love paper and ink!  And I love fabric!  Each and every day I have to decide which medium to work with!  Couldn't make up my mind today so played with both!

 I played with fabric first and made this Quilted  Pink and Black Polka Dot Ditty Bag.  The Prairie Points (a.k.a. triangles) with the button add such a nice touch!

Then I pulled out the Uptown Girl Paper Collection and Toodle Loo Cardstock Collection to make this 3" x 3" gift card.  The polka paper goes so well with the ditty bag!  And Lingo Labels (Level D Hostess Set) was used for the sentiment.  I used Black Noir Palette Ink and Transcendence Embossing Powder. 

Put them together and you have a perfect gift for someone special!!

Thanks for stopping by...


Today's Abundance
-A short spell of rain
-Black and Pink
-Twitters, Tweets, Facebook
-Fresh Corn on the Cob
-A nice, relaxing walk

Sep 5, 2009

Vintage Santa

Yes, I know it is only Labor Day! However, Mr. Brown (aka UPS) delivered some stamps yesterday that were released in the fall Inspiration Avenue publication! I just couldn't resist playing with them tonight!

The stamp is Vintage Santa. I used Burnt Umber Palette Ink and Transcendence Embossing Powder on the image and greeting. I colored the image with Aquacolor Crayons.

And the paper - that's the Willoughby Paper and Cardstock Collection along with some Ivory Cardstock!

Have a safe Labor Day Weekend!

Thanks for stopping by...


Today's Abundance
-A low key and relaxing day
-Two finished table runners
-A nice long walk around the neighborhood
-One more box of craft supplies organized (but oh so many to go yet)
-A day of playing with fabric and paper/ink - how much better does it get than this

Sep 2, 2009

Hats Off To You!

Have you ever tried to stamp on fabric? If not, give it a try as it is another possibility for your cards!

This 3x3 card features the Rustic Chic paper collection from The Angel Company along with the Hats Off stamp set.

I stamped the image with Burnt Umber and then used PrismaColor Pencils to color the image and shade the edges of the muslin fabric.

The card is embellished with brads and the new Turquoise Scrappers Floss. And the new Corner Chomper does wonders in rounding corners through multiple layers of cardstock and paper - it's an awesome tool!

Thanks for stopping by!!


Today's Abundance
-My sister's happy dance - she won a really nice gift certificate
-Good progress made on more Halloween Table Runners
-Hardy indoor plants that survive being ignored (they finally got watered today)
-A nice chat with one of my downline
-The electric bill - with the nice weather this summer it hasn't been an outlandish one

Aug 31, 2009

Paper Rita

A couple of years ago, I participated in a traveling paper-self round robin. We each created "ourselves" out of paper. Our paper self was then sent to each participant who took pictures of their environment and day-to-day activities with our Paper Self tagging along! It was a hoot!

I found my Paper Self hiding out in one of my storage containers and thought I'd showcase her today!! She is fashioned out of Uptown Girl Paper, brads, buttons, scrappers floss, wiggly eyes, and gems! As you can see, the arms and legs move - I attached them to the body with brads!



Today's Abundance
-A weekend of stamping and scrap booking with good friends
-Absolutely fantastic weather for August - it's almost like fall
-Artichoke Dip with Peta Chips
-Blueberry French Toast Bake
- A nice dinner with Yuki and Zip from Texas

Aug 23, 2009

Rustic Chic Birthday Cards

Later this week I am hosting a Birthday Card Stamp-A-Stack workshop! We will be making 3 each of 4 different cards for a total of 12 cards. I added a new twist to this stamp-a-stack - all cards are 3.75" x 8" - cards that fit a legal size envelope.

Rustic Chic is featured patterned paper for all of the cards.

The August Stamp Set, So Squirrely, plus Gerbera Daisy, and Inspirational Sayings are used on these two cards.

Embellishments include Scrappers Floss, brads, and ribbon.

Happy Thoughts and Love and Laughter are the two stamp sets for the last 2 cards.

Embellishments include Jumbo Eyelets and ribbon.

Happy Stamping and Scrapping


Today's Abundance

-Inspiration Avenue

-Freshly Mowed Lawn

-Yummy Turtle Brownies

-A beautiful Augusts day - it was almost fall-like

-The anticipation of crisp mornings, evenings, and fall colors

Aug 18, 2009

Super Sweet Puppy Dog

Well, I've been playing in the sewing room again!! And thus, this super sweet Puppy Dog came to life!

It is made of cuddly fleece and is stuffed with polyester crafters stuffing.

The eyes and nose are the kind that screw into a heavy plastic holder on the inside of the puppy - they aren't sewn or glued!

Check out my ETSY site for this puppy dog and other creations!


Today's Abundance

-Catching up with a good friend

-A nice walk

-A beautiful sunny day with nice temps

-Swap cards

-Progress with ribbon organization

Aug 16, 2009

New Catalog Stamp Blog Hop

There is another blog hop going on!! It is all about new stamps in the Angel Company Catalog that was released in late June. I am using Sunday Stroll. I used the DCWV Scalloped paper and Rustic Chic papers. The Stardust Clear Glitter Pen is greate for some highlighting! Then add a few brads and some scrappers floss and this easy-to-make card is done!

Check out more creations from fellow Angels:




Laurie U








happy stamping and scrapping


Today's Abundance

-A nice rain overnight

-A great afternoon with Christine, Ellie, and Julie

-Realized in time that this blog post was due today and not the 19th!!

-Chicken Salad - recipe compliments of Chris F.

-My sewing room - it is almost ready to sew in again!!

Aug 6, 2009

Toot!! Toot!!'

Gotta toot my own horn a bit! I entered a monthly contest for The Angel Company's demonstrators with a theme of Back to School! Not only did I win the contest, but the company is showcasing it on their home page during August!

Be sure to click on the lower right hand corner (on the actual home page) and enter to win a Toodle Loo Collection (paper, hardware, ribbon) and the Level D Label Lingo Hostess Set. This is what I used to create the Back to School Backpack and books!

Happy Stamping and Scrapping


Today's Abundance

-A great day visiting with a wonderful friend

-Chocolate Chip Cookies


-Time to read a good book

-The tutorial that inspired my contest winning entry

Aug 4, 2009

And The Winner Is.....

Thanks to every one who participated in my blog candy giveaway! I have found some new wonderful blogs that I will be visiting on a regular basis!

And now, the drum roll please.....

The winner of my blog candy is none other than.....




Penni - visit her at Lazy Cats Cards

Penni - please send me your address to and I will get your candy in the mail!

Happy Stamping and Scrapping everyone,


Today's Abundance
-The kind words I've received on my blog
-The new blogs that I've recently discovered
-The bedroom is finally de-cluttered!!
-Emails from a good friend keeping me uptodate where she's at on her vacation - keep having fun Y & Z
-Another nice summer day

Aug 2, 2009


This card was inspired by the Friday Challenge on SPCC. I haven't decided whether or not I it...but here it is!

This card has 3 stamping different techniques:

  1. I used Tombow Markers on the Sprigs Stamp - green on the stems and pink on the flowers. Remember to "huff" on the stamp before stamping on the cardstock! (This restores any moisture that may have been lost during coloring the entire stamp,)

  2. I used the 3rd Generation Stamping Technique on the greeting. To achieve this, stamp once, move the stamp slightly and stamp again and then move and stamp one more time!

  3. The background stamping on the cardstock uses the stamping off technique. I inked the stamp with the marker, stamped on scratch paper once, then stamped a couple of times on the cardstock.

Other supplies for this 5" x5" square card includes Kraft Cardstock, DCWV Scalloped cardstock, scrappers floss and foam tape.

And remember I also have Blog Candy...check the July 31 post!!

Happy Stamping and Scrapping


Today's Abundance

-Great mowing and weeding weather early in the day

-Thunder and lightening off in the distance - maybe we will get some rain

-Time to play with stamps

-Grocery shopping - I missed the crowds!



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