{nerdspecs gets crafty}

~ adventures in rubber stamping & scrapbooking ~

Wednesday, August 27

Inkin' of You

Another peek at a card we'll be making in tomorrow's class! Not the best photo, but it was a quick one. I just love this octopus!

Sweet Summer
Thursday, August 28 - 6:30-8:30
Smudges Rubber Stamps

Monday, August 25

Sweet Summer

I'm teaching again this Thursday at Smudges - join us!

Thursday, August 28 - 6:30-8:30pm
Smudges Rubber Stamps

Here's a sneak peek!

Friday, August 22

Teacher Gifts

Can you believe summer is almost over? I don't know about you, but we're trying to cram in all sorts of fun stuff in these last days before school.

Speaking of school - did you see this? Jenn pulled together a feature for the A Muse blog - teacher gifts! I love making little treats for Lily's teachers, so I was all over this.

I call these dollar spot gifts! Everything was $1 - stamp from Target, hand sanitizer from Bath & Body Works, bookmark from Michael's ... even the bag itself was $1. Decorate the bags with some A Muse goodies, add some fun crinkle shred (left from Easter clearance) and you have a super cute budget-friendly back-to-school teacher gift. :)

Wednesday, August 20

Sneaky Peek!

My super cute hubby is celebrating his 28th birthday today. Happy Birthday Geoff!

I whipped up this card for him late last night, and it also doubles as a Halloween Sneak Peek. How cool is that? :)

Only one Sneak Peek on this card though ... the skull & crossbones. Love them! So perfect for BOY cards, any time of year.

Can't wait to show you some more of this fun Halloween release. Don't forget to check out the other A Muse Instructor and Designer blogs! Lots of sneakies out there for your peepers. :)

A Muse: Stamps (Skull & Crossbones, You Rock), Twinkle Stickers (Micro Dot), Cardstock (Surf Solid, Lime Peel Solid, Blueberry Kitchen 4-bar), ribbon (Black Sheer)
Ink: Palette (Noir)
Punches: EK Success (1 3/8" circle), Marvy Uchida (extra jumbo scallop circle)
Other: generic black & white cardstock, 3M foam tape, Diamond Glaze

Monday, August 18


Just had to share these! So much fun. Go here to make some of your own!

Wednesday, August 13

Last One!

Final sneak peek for tomorrow's class - hve you signed up yet?
Join us! Smudges - 952-974-9885

The frosty looking stuff on the oval and coconuts is actually glitter - I snapped the picture before it dried, thus making it look frosty and not sparkly! :\

{this card was inspired by Julie!}

Tuesday, August 12

Another Peek!

Here's another fun card we'll be making in class on Thursday. I just love these mushrooms - and this color combo!

Don't forget to call Smudges to sign up ahead of time - 952-974-9885.

Monday, August 11

Bloggy Thing

I've seen this on a number of blogs lately, and thought it was fun. It's hard to use only one word! I wasn't tagged, so I'm not tagging anyone. Feel free to cut & paste to your own blog, or in the comments!

1. Where is your cell phone? DESK
2. Where is your significant other? HOME
3. Your hair? BLONDE
4. Your mother? STRESSFUL
5. Your father? LOSER
6. Your favorite thing? CONCERTS
7. Your dream last night? NONE
8. Your dream/goal? HAPPINESS
9. The room you're in? CUBE
10. Your hobby? CRAFTS
11. Your fear? FAILURE
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? HOME
13. Where were you last night? DINNER
14. What you're not? BORED
16. One of your wish list items? SHOES
17. Where you grew up? OAKDALE
18. The last thing you did? LUNCH
19. What are you wearing? JEWELRY
20. Your TV? OLD
21. Your pet? NONE
22. Your computer? OVERUSED
24. Your mood? STRESSED
25. Missing someone? YES
26. Your car? BLACK
27. Something you're not wearing? DRESS
28. Favorite store? TARGET
29. Your summer? BUSY
30. Love someone? LOTS
31. Your favorite color? MANY
32. When is the last time you laughed? LUNCH
33. Last time you cried? QUESTIONABLE


If you haven't signed up for my class this week at Smudges ... what are you waiting for? :)

Summer Fun
Thursday, August 14 - 6:30-8:30pm
Smudges - call 952-974-9885 to sign up
$22 / 5 cards & envelopes

Wednesday, August 6

Queen for a Day

Just sharing a quick card I made for my cousin's birthday last month. Can you tell I'm a little slow in uploading pics from the camera? hee hee

Pretty simple ... and I totally love it!

Monday, August 4

Birthday RAK Attack!

I received some of the cutest cards from fellow Addicts - just have to share!

Thanks everyone!!

JoAnn Fannon and Kat Green

Adelina Starace and Jennie Moczan

Connie Heitner and Rhonda Maynard

Dawn Stein and Janice Spry

Lori Barnett and Kim Linley

Pamela Fredrickson and Susan Nakata

Sunday, August 3

Quick Tip!

I had a few people ask how I did the banner on my Grey's Anatomy challenge card from last night. I took a tip from Emily and used a square punch to make the points. Thanks, Emily! Great tip - never would have thought of this myself. ;)

The entire banner idea was inspired by this card by the QUEEN herself!

Saturday, August 2


That was FUN! Thanks to the FAB 4 for all their work - Geeta, Jennie, Michelle, and Rhonda. Great job on VMAA #3 ladies!

Thought this would be a fun photo to share with you. As I finished each challenge, I put that card on display - here's what I have to show for 2 hours of stamping challenges. Not bad, huh?

(don't you just love my little chick display stands? tee hee)

VMAA #3 ... Friends

Bonus time! Surprise!

Julie's challenge was to make a humorous friendship card. I love her humorous cards ... they crack me up!

I made this for my best friend. YES - that's right! My best friend Candice is three months pregnant. Surprise! :) Soon we'll be Auntie Lyndsay and Uncle Geoff. So excited about this news. It's been an emotional couple of months since Candice and Shaun found out, but everyone is all aboard the baby train now and super excited.

So this card's for Candice! She's amused (no pun intended) by the prego stamp and the prego chick - she's going to love this!

And can you tell I'm loving my new SU! scallop circle punch? (Thanks for hooking me up, Theresa!)

VMAA #3 ... One Tree Hill

This challenge was all Jennie ... my One Tree Hill sister! :)

The challenge was to use just one stamp. I thought that would be super easy ... but it stumped me a bit! I ended up using the Happy Day sentiment ... because any day with One Tree Hill is a happy day! Right, Jennie? ;)

Here's my card:

VMAA #3 ... LOST

Rhonda's challenge was a LOST theme. Use all your favorite goodies, only the ones you'd have with you if you were stranded on an island. Ha! So funny.

I could never pick just one favorite A Muse stamp, so I decided to use my very first A Muse stamp ... Flower Drinks! So fun to use this stamp, because I haven't in a very long time. It truly was LOST ... had to dig around for it!

Other favorites I used were twinkle stickers (and lots of 'em), Popsicle Pink Kitchen 4-Bar note, Surf solid, black grosgrain stitched ribbon, foam tape, glitter, Copics, and my new Fiskars threading waters border punch! I love this punch ... even though I covered up the tiny holes with twinkle stickers. ;)

Here's my card:

VMAA #3 ... Grey's Anatomy

Geeta loves Grey's! Her challenge was to make a card about loooooove ... :)

Here's mine! This was my first attempt at a "banner" ... what do you think?

VMAA #3 ... Passport to Europe

Our first VMAA challenge tonight was to use this photo as inspiration:

Here's my card!

Can't wait for the next challenge! Be back soon ...

Ready ... Set ... Go!

I've cleaned up my workspace a bit ... getting ready for tonight's VMAA #3!

It's my first time participating, and I'm super excited. Please join us!

Just visit the Addicts site - it's quick and free to register, if you're not already part of the group. A Muse Addicts

PS - I received lots of lovely birthday cards from some talented Addicts. So much fun! I'll post pictures and thank-yous soon.