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!