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!!!


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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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 :-)


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


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!


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!



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!


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!


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


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!


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.