Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Now I'm back...from outer space...

July has been a BUSY month for us, and I don't think I was really quite ready for it!! :)

In addition to the quilting, Harry Potty Movie 5/Book 7, and the continuing war with the Dust Bunnies, I got sick at the end of the week last week and had a not-so-hot weekend. Plus, it has been raining here in Houston. I mean RAINING - like, when the sun peeks through the clouds we jump around in glee and have wild parties. Or something like that.

Even though I've been under the weather (get it!?) I HAVE been stamping. I made the invitations for my little sister's baby shower...

First the shower was going to be all girlie, but then she wanted a couples shower, and then she changed it to a family shower. Yeah. So, this was the THIRD and oh-so-final design. Simple, since I had to make 40 of them!! (obviously I removed the date/location info for here - everyone else won't see a strange blank space). I used Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, and Almost Amethyst card stock. The photo is original (something I play around with), so no need to worry about copyright.

I got all the cards in the mail and was feeling quite proud of myself when I realized that OH MY GOSH! I had forgotten to include the little insert with the registry information and "bring a book instead of a card poem"!! YIKES!

So, I had to make another little note and I mailed those out...here's what I wrote:

While crafting and stamping invitations galore,
I hurried to get them in time out the door.

In my haste I forgot one important detail,
so with apologies please accept some more mail.

These little cards will help you shop 'til you drop,
for things Erin will needs once she pops!

And one more thing, please take a look,
Alyssa Joyce would love your favorite story book.

Keep Erin and Alyssa in your thoughts and prayers,
and get ready for the shower - can't wait to see you there!


What do you think?

I have been dreadfully negligent in visiting YOUR blogs in the past 7 days, but I promise I'll visit over the next few days. I have a stamp camp this Saturday I have to finish getting ready for (if you are in the Houston area and want to come, let me know!).

***** BLOG CANDY: No one had guessed the info yet! Keep trying! I want to send it out!! :)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Busy...

...I'm so BUSY, my head is spinnin'!

The summer is winding down and my list of Things I Will Surely Get Done This Summer Because I Get The Whole Summer Off And I Cannot Possibly Not Get Them Done is barely dented. But, I've done so many other amazing things (I should put them on my list just so I can feel that rush I get from crossing something off!!!).

Exhibit A:



I'm learning to quilt! I've been wanting to learn for ages, and I finally just jumped right in. Yes, this is a SIMPLE pattern (Rolling off a Log) (Don't you just love the names of quilt patterns?), but I'm doing it! Well, my mommy is helping me! (Remember, I really don't much like sewing. Or ironing. Turns out you need lots of both for quilting. We've added a border (all on our own - NOT part of the pattern! w00t!) and now we are working on the backing. It's so going to rock.

See, at the end of June we found out that my daughter (3) is red/green color deficient - she can't see them. So, red, green, and all the colors made from them (PINK!) look kind of like different swampy browns. Blue is her favorite color - with good reason! I knew I wanted to make her a blanket with daisies on a blue background and when I found the fabric I knew I had to make a quilt. And that is why I have a colony of dust bunnies forming an army under my bed. (They are strong against those who overuse parenthetical commentating!) Glee!


Exhibit B:


I've been stamping! And also scrapbooking! (I shall glue the bunnies down and sprinkle them with Dazzling Diamonds!)

This card was for a challenge to copy a card from one of the SU! Inspiration Sheets. I changed the colors and stamps and such (because you know I have to!) but the layout is basically the same. I used Cameo Coral - though it looks strangely pink in this picture. I think I'll give some Blog Candy to the first person who can tell me which Inspiration Sheet I used and how I changed the card (stamps/CS/etc). I'll post a picture of the candy later today. I'll keep the contest running until I get the right answer. Spread the word and the love!

Friday, July 20, 2007

What a week!

If you thought giving a crafter a stamp could lead to madness, you should try giving a crafter's geeky husband a new LCD T.V.... OH, the cables, wall mounts, new entertainment centers, GAH! High. Def. Drama!

Toss a sick toddler into the mix and you've got a recipe for FUN!

But, when I got online this morning I was so surprised to see that Gena of My Stampin' Garden was sweet enough to nominate me as a Rockin' Girl Blogger!! Such a nice way to start the weekend! Y'all go visit her and give her some love!!

Now *I* get to nominate 5 rockin' girls. (And believe me, it's HARD to nominate just 5. First of all, many gals have already been nominated. Second, I read a LOT of blogs! (I'm limiting this nomination to mostly Stamping blogs - my blogroll of NON craft blogs is over 100!!) So, if you haven't been nominated yet, and you want to be, consider yourself nominated by me. )

The Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket awards go to....

1. Jamie at Dreaming [BIG] Dreams - she's not a stamper, but you'll love her. She is a sweet woman of God and just adorable. She really does WANT to be crafty, so maybe with some encouragement she can join us! :)

2. Kristine at Ink Something! - I don't know what it is, but she always inspires me.

3. Ally at Ally's Inky Hugs - she sent me THIRTY Bella images, come on!! She is generous and too cute.

4. Natalie at My Amazingly Blessed Life - her stories of love and loss will make you laugh, cry, and just wish you were lucky enough to know Natalie and her family outside of the Blogosphere. She is precious!

5. Heather at {Witty Title Here} - if she ever really names her blog I will stomp my feet and pout. She is so funny and she comes up with some really clever layouts.

(P.S. I made the image sparkle, so please right click and save as a .gif to your hard drive and don't just link back here or to my photobucket. Thanks!!)

Monday, July 16, 2007

If you give a crafter a stamp...














If you give a crafter a stamp,
she's going to ask for an ink pad.











When you give her the ink pad, she'll probably ask you for some card stock.









When she's finished, she'll ask for a paper cutter.









Then she'll want to cut more card stock to make sure her card has several pretty layers.












When she cuts more card stock, she might notice her image needs some color.

So she'll probably ask for some markers.











When she's finished coloring her image, she'll want a sponge to ink the edges.

She'll start inking.












She might get carried away and ink every piece of card stock on the table.

She may even end up inking some designer paper as well!












When she's done, she'll probably want to add some embellishments.

You'll have to give her a box of ribbon, eyelets, and the Crafter's Tool Kit.















She'll dig in, tie some ribbon and pierce the paper a few times.












She'll probably need some adhesives.

So you'll get her some glue and tape, and she'll ask for some bling.

You'll bring her some Dazzling Diamonds.

When she looks at the glitter,
she'll get so excited she'll want to use
it on her card. She'll ask for some 2-way glue.

She'll add glitter liberally.












When the card is finished, she'll want to add a sentiment.

With a stamp.










Then she'll want to take a picture of the card to share on her blog.

Which means she'll need a camera.

She'll take a picture of her card and stand back to look at it.




Looking at the card will remind her that she needs to send a RAK.

So...

She'll ask for an ink pad.

And chances are if she asks for an ink pad,
She's going to want a stamp to go with it.




(Parody based on the brilliant "If you give..." books by Laura Numeroff.)

Friday, July 13, 2007

My first Bella

Ally, of Ally's Inky Hugs, is not only creative and funny she is so darn sweet! A couple of weeks ago we were emailing back and forth and she found out that I don't own any Bellas, which in today's stamping world is pretty much like saying I don't own any ink. So, out of the kindness of her heart - and even though she was packing her universe to move, she took time out of her already insane schedule to send me a card and a stack of THIRTY stamped Bellas. Isn't she amazing?

As soon as she gets settled into her new place I'm going to use one of the Bellas she sent me to make her a thank you card. (So, Ally, send me your new address once you get a chance to sit and breathe!)

Here is the my first Bella card, courtesy of Ally's generosity. I had a lot of fun coloring her with my SU! markers, inks, and blender pen. I don't have any of those nifty skinny oval stamps, so I just punched a small oval and used the negative space as a stencil to sponge the grass. I used Rose Red, Bordering Blue, and Apricot Appeal on the card - I don't know what it is about AA, but I just love that color as an accent. I've been using it a lot lately. My eyelets got a little wonky (I was hammering while yammering on the phone - big no no!), and I'm not crazy about my off-center scallops at the bottom - but I still like it. :)


Materials (SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: Rose Red, Bordering Blue, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White
Patterned Paper: Rose Red Prints Designer Paper
Stamps: Cosmobella, Tagger's Dozen (sentiment)
Ink: Basic Black, Rose Red
Other: White ribbon (u/k source), square scallop punch (Marvy), SU! markers, Blender Pen, Sponge dauber, eyelets, Stampin' dimensionals, corner rounder punch, small oval punch

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Fall-Winter 2007 Catalog CASE #1

One of the great things about Stampin' Up! catalogs is that they are also Idea Books. There are great cards and projects on practically EVERY page of the book. To make things even easier, they have the recipes for each project in the back of the book. How awesome is that?! Using the catalog to build your cards and projects, or just to get a started idea from, is a great way to get your creativity flowing!


Sometimes, though, you might like a particular layout of a card, but not the color scheme. So you can mix and match to come up with your own variations of the ideas in the catalog. I thought I'd share some of my Catalog CASEs with you. (For those who don't know, CASE stands for "Copy And Share Everything!)

This first example comes from page 14 of the catalog. I used the same layout and stamp set, but I played with the colors and added Prints Designer Paper - similar to the card on page 55.




What catalog CASEs have you done? I'd love to see your variations!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Pretty Princess CASE

When I saw these little cuties at Heather's place last week, I knew the idea was perfect for the birthday party we were going to this weekend. I hadn't used this set yet (NOT neglected, just recently purchased because I didn't want to lose it since it was retiring!) and I had a lot of fun with it - as always when I get to use girly girl colors and lots of sparkle!

I did the inside of the card a bit differently from a traditional triangle fold card so that when you open it, she isn't sideways. See...

It's hard to see, but the "Happy Birthday" sentiment is stamped in white craft ink on a little removable bookmark. Lots of dazzling diamonds on the crown and the wee princess - one can never have too much bling on one's crown. When the 4-year-old birthday girl saw it she squealed, so I think she approved. :)

Materials (All SU!)

Card stock: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise
Stamps: Pretty Princess (retired)
Designer Paper: Petals & Paisleys
Ink: StazOn Black, Craft White
Other: Blender Pen, SU! Markers, Corner Rounder Punch, Turquoise Grosgrain Ribbon, Large Oval Punch

Saturday, July 7, 2007

And the winner is....

Jan Scholl!

You can see some of her great cards at her blog, Paper Tango. Jan, email me with your contact info so I can get your goodies into the mail. :)

Congrats to Jan and huge thanks to everyone who played along! Some of the sets y'all haven't been using are sets that are *I* never use either. So, I am going to play with the Big Blossom from SAB and see if I can come up with SOMETHING.

My own very neglected set is All Wrapped Up. I thought it had tons of possibilities...and then I never used it. I HAVE used the accessory stamps, though! A product I have very badly neglected is my pastels. I've never even opened them. Shameful, huh? I guess I better start looking for good tutorials - feel free to guide me. :)

I really like that I am getting to meet so many new and talented people through this little game - so I plan to do it every few weeks. Check back soon for your next chance to win. Happy Crafting!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Tagged to Toot

I was tagged by Cheryl of Engineered Expressions to toot my own horn - which I am really not very good at, but I will give it a shot. :) (BTW, go check out her site - she has some nice layouts!)

1. I am really good at my job - I'm a special education teacher specialized in behaviorism and working with students with all levels of autism. I LOVE it!! I write fantastic behavior plans. :)

2. I have a phenomenal memory - it drives my husband crazy!

3. I can crochet and like making baby blankets.

4. I have naturally rosy cheeks and seldom wear blush.

5. I love to sing (notice: did not say CAN sing) and as such know a ton of songs. I know more kids songs than anyone I've ever met. It's great fun for my own kids, niece, newphew, and my students. I can pretty much think of a song for any subject - so they love to test me.

6. I am pretty computer literate (I code my own family blog) and have done some nice banners and such for people. This is one of my favorites:

7. I have been an SU! demo since the end of November 2006 (literally - like the 2nd to last day!) and I already have one person in my downline (Hi, Holly!) and I've passed the $6,000 mark in sales!

Wow! Okay, now I have to tag people... I'm going to call out these gals because I think they are quite sweet and talented and I want to learn more about them. :)

1. Kristine (Ink Something!)
2. Kate (Expresso Yourself)
3. Ana (Ink A Stamp)
4. Ally (Ally's Inky Hugs) (when she's all moved in, of course!!)
5. Lorie (Live-Love-Laugh)
6. Dawn (Dawn's Stamping Thoughts)

Can't wait to see their toots! (Sorry if you've already been tagged!) If anyone else wants to play, that's fine, too. I got tired of posting links. Lazy, huh?

(Don't forget about the BLOG CANDY offer down below!)

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy Fourth!

(BLOG CANDY offer down below!)




Materials (All SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: Regal Rose, Whisper White, Bordering Blue
Patterned Paper: Regal Rose Prints Designer Paper
Stamps: Pick A Petal

Ink: Bordering Blue
Other: White Signo Gel Pen, Crafter's Tool Kit, White thread (unknown source), 3/4" circle punch

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Daddy's Little Brag Book

(BLOG CANDY offer down below!)

For Father's Day I wanted to make my man a little photo album of the kids - but it could NOT be, in any way, girlie. That meant no pink, no ribbon, no flowers, and for goodness sakes NO glitter! :)

This is what I came up with. I've been meaning to post it, but he had already taken it to work and proudly displayed it on his desk. So cute, huh? It makes use of badge holders, which is really cool because there is another tutorial on SCS right now for a Badge Holder Minibook. Try out both ways and email me your results - I'd love to see them!

I'm starting the images here with the 2nd page of the album because the first page is supposed to be of my husband with both kids, but we haven't quite gotten that photo yet. I did some of the embellishing on the card stock behind the photos, and some of it on the badge for more dimension. There was SO much more I wanted to do, but I had to force myself to keep it simple so my husband wouldn't be afraid to leave it out in plain sight!

ed: I used the Crop-A-Dile to punch the holes through the sheet metal base...I guess you could use a drill if you don't have a Crop-A-Dile, but now that SU! has them - whee! :)




Materials (Mostly SU!, other's listed)

Base: Sheet metal frame (
The Scrapbook Village)
Card stock: Wild Wasabi, Sahara Sand, Basic Black
Ink: Wild Wasabi, StazOn Black, Basic Black
Stamps: Looks Like Spring, Tiny Talk (SO sad it's retired!), Doodle Alphabet, Polka Dots & Paisley, Doodle This, Three for You, Halloween Backgrounds, Canvas BG
Other: Badge Holders and binder rings (
Office Depot), Blender Pen, Slit Punch, Crop-A-Dile (so glad SU! offers it now!), Sponge, Mini Glue Dots, Making Memories "Best Friends" Tag, Tab Punch

Monday, July 2, 2007

Blog Candy!

I have never personally won any blog candy, and I've never offered any - so this is a whole new experience for me! I LOVE giving door prizes at my workshops and Stamp Camps because it's so much fun to see how happy people get when they win something. So, hopefully this will bring someone a bit of stamping fun!

For my first ever blog candy I'm totally copying Kristine, from Ink Something! Thanks, Kristine!! She had the great idea of sharing some unused stamp sets with others - instead of trying to resell them, she's offering them as candy (go check out her stuff - it's fun!).

Doesn't this happen to everyone? You want something - MUST have it! You save, maybe you even manage to get it on sale. And then...you never even open it. Yikes!

My Blog Candy is 2 great retired SU! Stamp Sets - Little Layers (which I totally LOVED and then never used!) and Suitable for Framing (another cute one that I just never managed to use!). Both are cut, mounted, and unused. I'm also including a new pack of Stampin' Up! assorted card stock in the awesome new In Colors.

All you have to do is leave me a comment with your name, where you are from, and answer the question: What stamp set (SU! or other) or product did you buy with full intention of using it forever...and then it just sat all alone and forlorn! :)

I'll use a random number generator to draw the winner on Saturday, July 7th, at 7:00am CST.

Best of luck!!

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