12/31/07

Happy New Year!

I just wanted to wish each and every one of you a very Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year! It seems like this year has gone by in a flash. Maybe what they say about time being relative is true because as I get older the years seem to go by a little more quickly. 2007 was a good year in many ways for us, even with the ups and downs. I am so grateful for my wonderful children, a sweet & thoughtful husband, my friends, my health, our snuggly little house, two sweet (most of the time) kitties and so much more. Thank you for taking the time to read my little blog and I hope the new year finds you all in good spirits and good health. Party on, people. Cheers!

12/27/07

A couple of new cards

I gave my husband a Lowe's gift card - with Jimmie Johnson on it, of course, he's a big fan. At the checkout the cashier noticed Jimmie Johnson on the card as well as on the hat I bought and asked if I was a fan. I said, "No, my husband is - I like Tony Stewart". She covered her ears and laughed. For those of you who don't follow NASCAR - Jimmie Johnson drives the Lowes car and Tony Stewart drives the Home Depot car. Can you see the conflict here?? Anyway, I had to make something to put it in and I found the instructions for this gift card holder on Julie's blog - Paper Pleasing Ideas - but I left off the belly band and just used ribbon instead. I am lousy at bow tying so the belly band would have worked better, I think. I used a Lasting Impressions stencil and gold embossing paste for the tree and sprinkled it with glitter while it was still wet. Super easy!


The inside of the card - the tree and holly are Stampendous Class a Peels:


And this is the birthday card for one of my fellow addicted stampers in our Friday Night Stamping group. Apparently it was a challenge on SCS but since I don't participate in those, I saw it on Artistic Avenger's blog and just changed it up a bit to suit the occasion. I will be making more of these, I really like this design! The colors are much better in person, the brown is much richer. I really need to learn Photoshop a little better! I also entered this card in a chance for blog candy at StampingDiva's Stampin Up blog!

The stamp is an SU from the Riveting set and the scallop circle is an SU punch. I used my ScorPal to score the channel for the ribbon - that is an excellent tool, I really love it! I used it to make a box the other night but it was just out of scrap cardstock. It was really easy to use - I am impressed. When I make a pretty box worthy of public viewing I will post it here.

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and didn't overdo on the goodies (like we did).
We usually stay home
for New Years Eve, out of the craziness, and watch Dick Clark in NY - what are your plans for New Years Eve?

12/22/07

Ribbon storage

A thought occurred to me the other night - why can't I store my extra ribbon the same way I store brads and eyelets? So, I tried it. I have alot of ribbon that I bought from my LSS and other places that didn't come on rolls. I had it stacked on top of my rolls of ribbon and it was just getting a little out of hand. I can't stand messy, things must be contained. I had some more of the little zipper bags so I gathered up my unruly ribbon, corralled it into the bags, punched a hole for hanging and Voila!, organized ribbon!



I hung the bags on binder rings and hung those from the ribbon rack using paper clips. Sophisticated, no. Functional, very. Now that I think of it I could have dispensed with the paper clips and just fastened the binder ring over the wire rack - duh! Ah well, it's done now and if I need to change it, I can certainly do that. I also moved my plastic boxes of stamps back to the shelves above my worktable, too. I just think they are better there, where I will see them (in my face!).

I do have a couple of more cards to post, but I need to give them to the recipients first, just in case they read my blog. All of my Christmas cards are in the mail and I have gotten some awesome ones lately, which I will have to photograph and post soon. Have a wonderful evening and I'll be back.....you've been warned.

12/21/07

Tagged

It would seem that I have been tagged by Laura (Stampmouse) and I have to reveal 7 interesting (hopefully) things about myself. Hmmmm. Ok, here goes:

1. I can pick up small things with my toes. I can even write fairly legibly with them. Odd, I know.
2. I can write backwards (too much time in high school spent not paying attention).
3. I am a native Floridian - Minorcan, actually - born and raised in St. Augustine. Salt water in my veins. I've been up here for almost 4 years and really love it, but St. A will always be home.
4. I love to swim in the ocean but won't get in a lake. Grass, frogs, snakes, whoknowswhat is in there!
5. I am terrified of the dark, we have night lights all over the house and candles for when the power goes out. I hope I never go blind.
6. I can do different vocal accents - New Yahk, New Joisey, Bahston, Minnesewta, even a fairly good British accent, both upper class and Cockney.
7. I am totally lousy at history - and don't care!

There you have it. Not all that interesting, I'm sure, but hopefully entertaining. I am supposed to tag 7 others, but since it is the holidays and people are busy, plus so many have already been tagged I will just say Merry Christmas!

12/19/07

What do you think?

After a minor meltdown trying to edit stupid templates I finally made it work, dammit. It kept resizing the banner and I didn't want it to! Anyway, now I know what to do and might change them every so often, just to keep it interesting.

Why do the holidays have to be so stressful??? Both of us have been cranky all day and I thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown over a silly blog header - what's up with that? I have every reason in the world to be perfectly happy - a loving (and patient!) husband, wonderful friends, a kitchen full of new appliances, our own home (ok, well, the bank lets us live here as long as we pay the mortgage, but it's ours), food to eat, clothes to wear, cars to drive, more stamping stuff than I will ever use (ignore that remark, sweetie) so I just need to get over it and enjoy my wonderful life. I'm working on it. Maybe the one meltdown is enough and I have gotten it out of my system, at least I hope so.

Thank you for letting me ramble and I hope you all have a peaceful and pleasant holiday season. I'm going to try my best to do the same. Cheers!

12/17/07

I've been ELFed!!

No, not with the cute little dancing elf, some wonderful elf has sent me an anonymous package!! No name or return address and DH said it wasn't him (he didn't even know what a ScorPal was). Anyway, in the package was a brand spankin' new ScorPal !!! How cool is that?? I have had my eye on those for a while and now I have one. I am excited - can you tell??? I had to score one card immediately and it works beautifully. I hope to get some more time tonight to play with it, but we just had new appliances installed today and I need to learn how to use them.

It was an adventure, to be sure, but it's all good now. We had to cut some of the countertop to make the fridge fit because the idiots that built this place (don't get me started) didn't leave room, and the microwave installer (it's an over-the-stove kind) broke the turntable and did some other bad/stupid stuff but DH managed to get part of the install price refunded so we're cool with that. He also drove over and picked up a new turntable - he's such a sweetie for doing all of this for me. The fridge is huge and has the freezer on the bottom (yes!!) and the stove is awesome. It's also a convection oven, which I have NO idea what to do with, hence the reading of the manuals.

Sorry, but I have no new cards to show - maybe later in the week.

12/14/07

A message for my new sisters...

I just wanted to say welcome to you all and I look forward to seeing more of your creations soon. Also, please don't feel like you have to always leave a positive comment on any of my stuff. If you see something that could be improved, please say so. It's true that I will usually only post cards that I am happy with but a fresh pair of eyes can see things I may have missed. I know we are here to support and encourage one another, but part of that - for me, anyway - is knowing how I can improve my skills. I may or may not take your advice but just be assured that it is always welcomed!

And that's all I have to say about that. I am off to bake cookies - since the cookie swap is tonight I guess I better quit yapping and start baking.

12/13/07

The Sisterhood

I am a brand new member of the Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers and am supposed to tell you a little about myself. There is some of that on the left in the About Me section and I will try to fill in a little more here. I have been stamping for over 5 years (I don't honestly know how long, seems like forever) and hope that I am getting better with age. I love it here in NC but was seriously homesick for the first year over in Asheville. Since moving over here I have met some truly wonderful women and am proud to call them my friends. I will always be a Florida girl at heart, but life is good here in NC!

My wonderful hubby (Hi, Honey!) is very understanding and supportive of my *hobby* (addiction/habit/obsession) - I sure do appreciate him :-). I'm not sure if he's happy for me that I have a hobby that I enjoy so much, or that my spending so much time in my crafting room gives him some peace and quiet of his own (and he gets to watch the Military Channel undisturbed), but either way I am grateful.

I am looking forward to getting to know all of you better and thanks for reading this far :-)

Last of the Christmas Cards

These are the last two Christmas cards for this year. The first one is really simple but I like it. I stamped the verse, punched it out with the SU scallop circle punch and layered it on to a red circle and a green scalloped circle. The tiny holly stamp at the top is in one of the Papertrey Borders and Corners set and I added some dot sparklers for the berries. Tiny little buggers - that was alot of fun! I cut a piece of polka dot paper a little narrower than the card, stuck it down and popped the main image up on some pop dots - voila! Christmas card, done.


The tree is a Hero Arts stamp, embossed with Egyptian Gold and dot sparklers added for ornaments. I used an older Hero Arts stamp for the background of the main card - it's swirls and stars. The Encore gold ink takes a WHILE to dry (if it isn't embossed) but it is a wonderful gold ink and I use it alot this time of year. I only made a couple of these because I didn't really like how it turned out and couldn't figure out what else to do with it.

That's it for me today - I'm off to the grocery store for cookie ingredients. Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

12/12/07

Some things I miss

Who is this handsome devil and why does he look so crazed? Well, this is my darling son, Geoffrey, who just turned 25 years old last Friday (everyone say Happy Birthday, Geoffrey!). The reason for the manic look in his eyes is that he is taunting his mama with Publix Peppermint Ice Cream, which I cannot get here in NC!!! Yes, there are no Publix stores here and no good peppermint ice cream at all. I did find it once at Ingles in Asheville, but not over here. Edy's makes some but it is not the same at all. I miss them both - him and the ice cream (yes, I miss him more!) He is in St. Petersburg, Florida and works as a graphic designer/web programmer and is awesome! I love you, sweetie!



I did get the last of my Christmas cards finished up today and will post photos tomorrow. Well, they are mostly done - I still have to stamp and emboss the verse on the inside and then sign and address them all, of course. That's the part I like the least. It has to be done, though, right?

I'm off to watch Criminal Minds and CSI . Geoffrey - WE have DirectTV - HA!! His cable hasn't been installed yet and these are 2 of his favorite shows. Payback for the evil peppermint ice cream photo :-)

12/10/07

Not feeling much like Christmas...

here in NC! It was 80 degrees today - it was wonderful! It is all supposed to change this weekend so I am enjoying it while it lasts. I did get a few more cards done, and some halfway decent photos taken. I don't know why they look fine in the camera but when I get them into Photoshop they look awful. Well, not awful, but alot darker than they looked in the camera. The first one is almost an exact CASE from Eleanor's Stamping Blog. I saw it and had to make it, period. I changed it up a little but not much at all. I colored the main image with Copic markers and embossed it with Diamond Sparkle, used red Stampendous Dot Sparklers for the holly berries and in the center is some really cool ruffled ribbon I found at Michael's. Other than that, it's the same card! I love this one so much I don't even want to give it away! I should have just made all of my cards like this and quit. But oh, NO, not me. Guilt got the best of me and I have to at least ink up those new stamps!



This is a variation on one of the Great Impressions Stamp of the Month Board cards. I used a different verse (Penny Black) and added Stickles for the holly berries (I love sparkly things!). I am a total dork when it comes to tying bows, but this is the best thing since sliced bread - it's called a Bow Easy and I got it at my LSS. It takes a little practice, but once you get it your bows are perfect! There is a video on how to use it here but it goes by really quickly, so you may need to watch it more than once.


Stampendous again, in blue and white. I am still not good at this combination but I'm trying! I may try this one again and use gold ink and embossing powder instead of the diamond sparkle. I like these but they don't make me go yippee, KWIM?



Hero Arts tree, same embossing powder and blue dot sparklers this time. More blue and white, with a little silver thrown in behind the sentiment. Hmmm.


I have a few more done, but need to get photos of them. If any of you Stamper's Alley ladies are reading this... one of these just might show up in your mailbox - you've been warned. If it does, just act surprised, ok? I am working on a new set of cards tonight and then I need to move on to treat boxes and the cookie swap this Friday. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!!

12/5/07

Ok, so I'm a little odd...

My new favorite Christmas song



Yes, I am a little odd but I just love this strange little song! Enjoy!

12/3/07

Sparkly Snowmen

Just a few snowman cards for Christmas. I had some help finishing these up from the kind ladies at Stamping Critique. I always have trouble with blue and white snowman cards and was about to just give it up and move on to red and green again, but they gave me some good ideas and I am happy with how they turned out. It doesn't show up in the photo but the snowman is embossed with my favorite Diamond Sparkle embossing powder and he is very sparkly! I put a line of glue on the curve where the papers join and sprinkled glitter on it to mask the edges and it is very sparkly, too. It seems that Christmas is the only time I use a lot of sparkle on my cards, I just can't get enough sparkle! I may make a few more and maybe even a couple using red and green with a different focal image. I made two of these to use up both pieces of the embossed image and it worked pretty well, I think. I used the Creative Memories wavy trimmer to cut the paper.


Stamps: Hero Arts (snowman), Verve Visual (verse), Papertrey Ink (scallop frame)
Accessories: Stardreams navy and white paper, Encore Blue Metallic ink, Judikins Diamond Sparkle embossing powder, Cuttlebug snowflakes embossing folder, Marvy scallop circle punches, Stampendous glitter, Creative Memories wavy trimmer.



Wizards in Winter

This is a guy in Union County, NC that decorates his house every year and coordinates the lights to music, it is awesome!!



This one is Wizards in Winter by the Trans Siberian Orchestra.

To see more go to:

Lake Park Lights

Enjoy!

11/29/07

Trying to keep up





Just a few more Christmas cards from last year that I totally forgot I had! I actually have enough left over from last year that I really don't need to make any more for this year, but I want to anyway. I have new stamps for this year and am bound and determined to use them!

Now, to get Miss Kitty off of my stamping table....


She is a sweet kitty and like most kitties, feels the need to put herself in the way of most anything. We love the kitty, though. She is more my husband's kitty than mine - she comes running when she hears him come in the back door.

And speaking of kitties, is this not the cutest kitty you have ever seen??


This is Simon - our other kitty. He is the perfect lap cat (when he's not getting into trouble) and loves to be held and snuggled, unlike some *other* kitty we know.....uh huh, Miss Kitty is not a snuggler at all. Simon is my sweetie cat.

Ok, enough mushy cat stuff...on to making some cards while I wait for the DirectTV guy to bring our new HD receiver so we can get the most out of our new HDTV! CSI in HD - woohoo!!!

11/27/07

At last!

I finally completed another new Christmas card. I don't know why I am having so much trouble focusing on making my cards this year. I had Halloween and Fall cards done and ready to mail way early and I am letting Christmas creep up on me. I need to make things for the girls at my husband's office as well and I haven't done that yet either. Well, at least I did get two cards done so far and I made several of each one. I have alot more stamps I want to use so I better quit blurfing so much (yeah, right) and get with the program!
Stamp: Savvy Stamps
DP: Basic Grey
Punches: EK Success 6 petal Whale of a Punch, Marvy Extra Jumbo Scallop Circle punch
Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls embossing folder
Green suede paper

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11/26/07

Weight Loss Buddies Needed

Go to Angelosity's blog for more information. Having a buddy to talk things over with just might be the motivation you (and I !) need. Check it out. I haven't joined up yet, but I sure do need to get rid of some of this junk in my trunk!!

11/25/07

Thank You

I did find a little time for stamping over this holiday weekend. We went over to a friend's house for Thanksgiving dinner and had a wonderful time. I thought I'd make a nice card to thank them for sharing their home and their Thanksgiving with us - this is what I decided on:


It's a total CASE (yes, another one) from here. Too cute! The turkey is made with the SU scallop circle punch. His feet and wattle (isn't that what you call his wiggly chin thing?) are made with EK Success Paper Shaper flower punches. The Thank You is from a Michael's $1 clear set and the border around it is PaperTrey Borders and Corners (rectangles) set. I also used a flower from one one the $1 sets to stamp on his "feathers" with Versamark - just to add a little interest. Behind the turkey is the Baroque Motifs large swirly stamp, stamped with SU Marigold Morning.

As for the early Merry Christmas, we stopped by HH Gregg this afternoon just to check prices on 42" flat panel TVs and ended up with a new camera (for me, thank you, sweetie!), new bed (at last!! ours is only about 18 years old, practically brand new!), a new 42" LG HDTV, AND a Bose surround system....for a whole lot less $$ than we thought. So, on Christmas morning hubby will be opening a package of underwear and socks, and maybe if I get lucky I will get some candy. It's ok, we always do this and at these prices we couldn't resist. I did leave the totally cool - and huge - refrigerator there, it could have been worse!

I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend and have recovered from their turkey and pumpkin pie comas :-)

11/22/07

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. I have much to be thankful for this year and hope that we all will remember our troops that cannot be home with their families this Thanksgiving Day - may they come home soon and stay safe until they do.

Well, I did finally find a little time to stamp and this is a total CASE from either someone's blog or SCS - I need to be more diligent about where I get ideas so I can give credit, sorry. If you recognize this please let me know and I will be glad to give you the credit you deserve!

Merry Christmas - Savvy Stamps
Holly - Printworks
Patterned paper from Hobby Lobby
Marvy scallop circle punches
Punch Bunch corner punch

11/18/07

Renaissance Festival

Still no new cards to post but I do have one cool thing:













We went to the Renaissance Festival yesterday in Huntersville and it was wonderful! This is a photo of the Green Man - this guy was dressed like a tree and walked around the festival. It was awesome to see! I blurred the girls faces because I don't know who they are, this was the only opportunity I had to get a photo and they just happened to be in it.

So many people come to the festival dressed in period clothes, too. I have wanted a full length cape as long as I can remember and they did have some there but the prices were way outside my budget. So, my sweet hubby took me to Hancock Fabrics and I found a pattern and some nice fabric - on sale, too! I think I do need some lining fabric, though - I wasn't going to line them, but it would be easier to line them than to sew a hem around those really long edges. Now I will see if I remember as much about sewing as I think I do, after over 20 years of not sewing! He also bought a beautiful red rose for me from one of the vendors at the festival - he's such a sweetie.

I'm glad we had the opportunity to go, it was mucho fun. Food, shopping, entertainment, and
even the village idiot. My favorite was the Ded Bob Sho. No, I didn't misspell it, that's the real name of it - he's a dead pirate skeleton. You had to be there, it was hilarious. We didn't get to see the jousting or all of the shows, we got there a little late in the afternoon and they close up at 5pm. Anyway, if you get a chance to go to one, I highly recommend it! We will be going back next year for sure.

I am going to try to get to some Christmas card stamping today. I have been browsing your blogs and SCS and have a ton of good ideas (thank you all very much!), some new stamps and papers and I should be good to go. Wish me luck!

11/12/07

Just a few organizational ideas

Since I can't seem to get any stamping done, I thought I'd just share a few organizational ideas. The first 2 photos are of my tool caddy carousel that I made last year. I needed something to put all of my most-used tools at my fingertips and couldn't' find exactly what I was looking for, so I made it up! I found some kid's plastic cups and the Rubbermaid turntable at Wal Mart and luckily the cups fit perfectly around the edge of the turntable. I fastened them together with little binder clips, and Voila! - tool caddy.















This is the way I store my brads, eyelets, rhinestones and other small embellishments. I can't claim credit for this though, I found it here.

The take up so much less space and are easier to find, I think. I find that I use them more when they are more accessible.









Thanks for stopping by and I'd love to hear your organizational tips!

11/11/07

Procrastination...

I have new stamps, paper, and punches and even some translucent embossing paste, but I haven't started my Christmas cards yet! I even caved in and bought 2 Martha Stewart border punches. I am so NOT a Martha fan, but my wonderful friend Marsha suggested that I just think of them as EK Success punches, since that's who manufactures them. Apparently that works for me. Yes, I am easily influenced and enabled.

As for my Christmas cards, I am still sorting out the perfect design in my head - and browsing all of your wonderful blogs for inspiration as well. Sometimes I wonder if it isn't more about the shopping and less about the creating or is that just me?

I really enjoy seeing everyone else's beautiful cards and creations but at the same time it gives me a bad case of the Iwannas. You know what I mean....I wanna have that stamp, I wanna have that paper, I wanna order that new stamp set, I wanna......! I need to stop shopping and start creating! So, in lieu of any new ones, here are some more reruns from last year.
























Thanks for stopping by and I hope to get to stamp soon!

11/5/07

Christmas is coming

This is a Christmas card I made last year and if I can find that background paper again it just might be one for this year as well! Who really remembers which card they received, and from whom, last year, huh? I can't remember what I had for lunch yesterday! Well, maybe I'll play it safe and make different ones this year, but I do love that stamp. I'm pretty sure it is from Stampendous.











And thanks to Kurtis Amundson I made a watermark! You can find that tutorial here. If you are wondering about the ShortWizard thing, it's just something I dreamed up (literally) a long time ago and still use from time to time. I am also known to some as the Princess of No Patience (PoNP for short) since I am not terribly patient sometimes, although I am getting better at it. Someday maybe I will have enough patience for Iris Folding and Quilling, but not yet.

I hope you are all enjoying some lovely Fall weather like we are having here in NC. Not alot in the way of Fall colors due to the drought but the weather has cooled off nicely. It looks like we may get to crank up the fireplace later in the week!

11/4/07

The pressure is on now...

Wow, I can't believe I already have comments - it's been up less that 24 hours! Thank you for your kind words :-) Now the pressure is on to keep it updated and show you things that will hopefully be interesting. I did take some new photos of my craft room/studio this afternoon. I am lucky enough to have my own room, and my husband has his for his computer stuff, although when the kids come to visit they are relegated to the couch in the living room but hey, that's life! They don't seem to mind and that way they can't sleep all day either. So without further ado, here is my space:































I used to have all of my stamps out on the shelves over my work table but I decided to put them into the SU-type boxes and store them on the bookshelf instead. So far it's working well. My ribbon storage is just a rack from Home Depot that was meant for a kitchen pantry door.


I also used to have all (ok, most - they wouldn't all fit) of my punches in Punch Pals that hang over the door but I like them out on the shelves better. I have my border punches in an over-the-door shoe hanger on the inside of the closet door but the rest are on the shelves. And yes, I have too many but who's counting??


I need to get my brand new Janome (thanks for turning me on to this, Cambria!) sewing machine out and stitch on a few cards, too - maybe for Christmas cards. I hope I can use the Sulky thread, it's so pretty and sparkly.


I have some more photos but I will save those for another post. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I hope everyone remembered to turn the clocks back last night.

Fall colors

A couple of cards I created for my husband to send to a co-worker who is having some health issues

OnyxXpressions stamps

11/3/07

More Halloween Cards

Just a few more...


Penny Black, Hero Arts, Inkadinkado, Great Impressions

Halloween cards


I love Halloween and this is the first year I have actually made and sent Halloween cards. Fluffles is just too cute! He is colored with Tombow markers and the verse is a Great Impressions stamp. I know I need to move on to Christmas cards soon but I'd rather just make more Halloween cards!

Welcome

Since I spend way too much time browsing other people's blogs I thought it was high time I started my own. I am still working on a cool, artsy header and may change the title from time to time, so bear with me - this is a work in progress.