I’ve been BRAK’d

Even though I am a member of the RAK (random acts of kindness) group on SCS, I have not been participating for many months now. So, imagine my surprise when I received a BRAK (birthday RAK) in my mailbox yesterday. A wonderful SCS’r TracyLTripp sent it to me.

Not only did she send me the most adorable Bella card, she included a couple of goodies as well!
Isn’t she a sweetheart?!

Tracy, if you happen to read this…thank you again! This was the first card I received this year and it really made me smile!


Making Scallops from a slit punch

Sometime last year I remember when it was discovered that you can create a wonderful scallop from the Stampin Up! slit punch. I saw it being done all over the place and since I had the Slit Punch I thought I should really try that. But for some reason I never did. And that has nagged me…for a long time.
Last weekend I had my monthly stamp camp and this was a technique that I really wanted to teach. But for the life of me I could not find that darn tutorial. I scoured SCS looking for it. Spent all kinds of time looking here and there, but to no avail. Then, last week I was checking out the Ways to Use it Challenge that is posted every Thursday hosted by Julia S. And lo and behold, in her signature line was the Slit Punch; tutorial and history link. I could not believe it!!!! What are the chances that I would actually find it? The very same week that I had been thinking about it, wishing I knew how to find it. Of course I took it as a sign that I was MEANT to teach this….So here is the card that we did.

As you can see from some of my recent cards I am totally loving some of the In Colors from 2007-2008. I seem to be using Guava, Wasabi, Pomegranate, and River Rock all of the time. On this card I used the Guava with Chocolate Chip and the River Rock was an accessory. In the middle of each flower are Clear Stickles, which are my favorite by the way. They match what ever color you put them on.
I used Bud Basics for the main image and it’s coordinating wheel on the background with the retired French Script. Bud Basics is no Petal Prints but since that one had retired I was SO happy to see this set in the newest catalog. I used the Tab Punch to mount the sentiment and was so happy with the small but significant element that was added to the overall design.

This scallop is so easy to create that if you have the slit punch and have NOT done this…you MUST!!! It was so much easier than I thought it would be. And the ladies at stamp camp seemed to like it as well.

I think that today marks day 5! 5 days in a row that I have posted to my blog. That might very well be a record for me. And I think that the streak should continue. Do you think I can make it to 10?? I guess we will just have to wait and see on that won’t we….

Thanks for coming by! Happy Stamping!

Wow what a haul!!

Mr. Brown came yesterday!!! I have never paid extra to get on order expedited until last month when my mother-in-law was visiting and we wanted to make sure her stuff arrived before they left. If you have never done it…I cannot tell you how cool it was to have stuff arrive in 2 days vs. 7-9 days. If you have done this before….then you know EXACTLY what I mean when I say…Dang that is Cool!
So this month I had a rather large order to place. I had been saving my pennies from here and there, plus I had a couple of customers who wanted to order as well. I had no intention of expediting my order until the very, very, very last moment. But my need for instant gratification got the better of me right before I hit the submit button and I ended up paying for the 1 day option! What was I thinking!??!?!

Sorry, I digressed a little there…I had a point…Mr. Brown.
He came yesterday with said expedited order and what arrived was a box FULL of goodness!

In addition to the stuff my customers had ordered I was blessed with 4 packs of paper, my very first spectrum pad (Pumpkin Pie), the last of my 48 Classic Inks – Handsome Hunter & Elegant Eggplant, Sanded Background (pg 139), Priceless (pg 117), So Swirly Wheel(pg 117), Fabulous Flowers (pg 102), Frosty (pg 40), True Friend (pg 18 Holiday Mini), Boho Friend Wheel (pg 19 Holiday Mini), Supersize Snowflake (pg 6 Holiday Mini), the new Scalloped Punch (pg 183), Natural Hemp ( pg191), the hostess sets Party Punch (pg 18), Word on Word (pg 21) and last but not certainly least the Stampin’ Up! Coluzzle Cutting System Starter Kit (pg 184) which is an early birthday present from my mother-in-law mentioned above!!! **Thank You Suzi!!!!!**

The sets that are from the Holiday Mini are Die Cut, so they go together in a snap. I hope I am able to find the time this weekend to mount everything else and actually play with all my new goodies! Come back next week to see what I have done with it all!

Thanks for coming by and Happy Stamping!

Look at these Labels!!

I am not sure if you have noticed the new Color Index Labels on page 193 of the newest Stampin’ Up catalog but if not…it’s time to take note!

These come in a pack of 2. They are black lettering on a clear background. They are designed to place on the ends of your ink pads or use them to create a file system for your card stock. The cost was very reasonable at only $3.95 for the pair of them.

Since I only have classic ink pads in full size and only 1 Stampin’ Up Color Caddy I won’t be needing 2. I plan on sending the 2nd set to a friend who I now will really dig them.

These make it so easy to see at a glance what color ink you are looking for. On the top of the color caddy I plan on placing the Color Family Label on a white label, then adding it to the top of each column. But for tonight I am very happy with how this has turned out.

Hopefully with my new system I will be able to spend less time, significantly less time looking for the color that I want and much more time actually stamping with it!

Thanks for coming by!!! Happy Stamping!!

There’s a new man in my life

I wasn’t really sure how to break it to my friends and family, much less my stamping family but it’s time I admit I have a new man in my life.

In case you have not met him yet…this is BeeraFella. Isn’t he awesome!!! I purchased him from one of my favorite stamp websites www.stampingbella.com. When he was first released I knew I had to have him. I married into a family full of men. There are 6 brothers, no sisters and a few of them like to have a beer now and then. So does their dad. So of course this guy was for me.

I made this card for one of the brothers who have birthdays within a few days of each other. This card is one of the 2. I used the newly retired SU! background Crosshatch as well as little pieces and the round tab punch. The main image was colored with the Watercolor Crayons and some Gamasol.

There are many Fellas out now and I need to get them all…but I think this guy is always going to have a soft spot in my heart since he was my first.

Thanks for coming by! Happy Stamping!

2 days in a row

I tried to do the SCS Color Challenge tonight but I just couldn’t make these 2 colors work (CC128) together. This is not the first time I’ve worked with them, so I decided that I would post one of the other cards I made since my last Blogging effort that I AM happy with.
This card was made for my DS’ 3rd birthday party back in June. The Mickey ears I created from a pattern that I found on the Disney website and enlarged on a copier. All stitching is done with a white gel pen. I downloaded the Walt Disney font from the internet and printed all of the text inside and out on heavy duty copy paper. The card base is Whisper White and embossed with the Swirl Cuttlebug folder.

Of course I made matching Thank You’s after the party and we did get so many nice comments on these cards. Some members of our family have saved every single card I have made for them, which really makes me feel great!

I hope you enjoy the cards and they give you some inspiration – Now go and stamp!

For my friend Barb…..

I had no idea it had been so long since I Blogged..and honestly I did not think anyone cared. I mean, I am no great stamper and my cards are just OK. But tonight I got an email from Barb
who took the time to send me an email and tell me to get off my a$$. So, Barb – this entry is for you.

So much has happened since May. I could keep you for days filling you in, but how about I start with a card! If you know me at all, you know we moved to a new house in March of this year. Our new house is twice as big as the old and the yard is about 5 times the size. And for some strange reason I just don’t have the same time to stamp as I used to. But in the last month I have been making time to stamp and here are a few cards I have created.

This first card is a card I made for Rachel, one of my very best friends. We met early last year when my children started attending the daycare that she ran. We hit it off the moment we met and were pretty much inseparable from then on. Well, yesterday my Miss Rachel moved to Boise ID. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever been through. And I wanted to make something very special for her. For this card I used some of the new In Colors. Groovy Guava is one of her favs so of course I had to use it. I also used Chocolate Chip and River Rock. I used my Cuttlebug for the Chocolate Chip section and the Baroque Motifs stamp set (another one of her favs). The 2 ribbons are the Guava and River Rock double stitched ribbons and the small image in the right corner is raised with a Zot. It took all I had to not let the tear drops fall on the card as I created it but I am so happy with how it turned out.

This next card I made last week, just trying to find my MoJo.

I am really loving most of the In Colors for 2007. Especially the colors in this card. I had just received my last Great Rewards order for 2006 and used my points for the Cutter Tool (LOVE IT!!) and a square punch. I remembered this layout from a Sketch Challenge and had to try it with my new punch.
I used the Perennial Favorites and French Flair stamp sets. The ribbon is the River Rock double stitched Grosgrain and the Horizontal Slot punch was used to offset the ribbon.
The butterflies are done in Guava and Pomegranate.

The last card I will post tonight is actually 2. These are Christmas (yes, Christmas) cards that I have designed for a customer of mine that has been purchasing cards to use in Marketing her personal consulting business for the last year. This will be the 3rd set of card she has ordered from me so far. I have had a lot of fun designing these for her and hope that I am not too burned out after making these so that I will also make some for myself.

These cards use the same colors and stamp set, just different layouts. For these I am using the rest of my stash of Cranberry Crisp and matching grosgrain ribbon. Of course I had to throw in an In Color so for this I choose the Wild Wasabi, as well as Chocolate Chip nd Clost to Cocoa. The images are colored with some non SU watercolor pencils and a blender pen. I am going to try a few with the Aqua Painter and Gamasol as well just to see how they turn out. I really think Gamsol makes the colors pop!
The background on the first card is the new SU background called Sanded.
My customer has ordered 20 of each of these cards so I know that will keep me busy for the next couple of weeks.

Lastly I figured I should share with you my other new ink. And it isn’t Classic or Craft. Dye based or pigment. It isn’t Copic Markers (even though I would really like some of those!!) or the much talked about Papertrey Inks. No, this ink is a little bit different.
This is NOT the most flattering picture of my waist but I LOVE my new ink. I have been thinking about the design and placement of this tattoo for a long time. About a month ago, a good friend of mine offered to take me and have this done as my early birthday present. I will try to get a better pic of it soon but I have to say in person it just looks awesome! The design is so crisp and clear and the colors are just vibrant!

So thanks Barb, for getting me back to my Blog. I guess to have readers you have to actually post and from time to time offer some goodies (can you say BLOG CANDY!) for people to keep coming back. I think it’s time for me to put something fun together!

Meow Meow!!

Some of you might remember our cat O’Riley. We adopted him last summer from a local shelter. He was an young adult orange tabby with the coolest personality. We really enjoyed having him as part of our family…but the silly boy must have been a wanderer. Cuz…he kept running away! The last time was a few months ago and I had resigned myself that we just were not destined to have a cat.
But I am a total cat person. I just kept having this nagging voice telling me that we should try again. I knew we didn’t want a kitten….I already have 2 kids, I didn’t need 2 more. I didn’t want a cat that was older and already set in it’s ways. I needed to find a cat that was still young, good with people, especially kids. No health problems, already fixed and current on shots. Seemed like a lot to ask. So, I checked with the local pet rescue places and they actually did not have any cats they thought would fit our family. I knew I could go to the county shelter and rescue one there but I thought to myself…..maybe I can rescue one before it ended up there.
Which is what took me to Craigslist. Anytime I need anything that is one of the first places that I check. I contacted a number of people before I found a cat that really seemed like it would be a good fit. The catch was…..he had a buddy…and their owner really wanted to keep them together. Now, I have always thought that cats should be in pairs at least so I didn’t have a problem with this. DH was not thrilled when I brought the idea to him but because he is such a great guy, and he knew how much I really wanted a cat so he agreed to go check them out with the kids and I. We had to drive about 40 minutes to get to their home……….but I think it was worth the trip.

So these are our new boys…..

They of course have names – they were named after a classical music composer (Can’t remember who) who had 2 alter egos. Florestan and Eusebuis….which are very hard names to not only remember but to pronounce. So we are going to have to try to come up with something a little easier. We are thinking for the white/orange one we will just shorten it to Stan. But for the silky grey one….not really sure yet.

So far Stan has adjusted really well. He is out and about checking out the house. He loves to have his head rubbed and has the loudest purr. Now his buddy..is MIA and we kind of expected that. We were told he is very shy at first but will warm up quickly and actually be the one who is the big love. Hopefully we will see him tomorrow but for now we are just going to give him as much time as he needs.

So that is our exciting news for the day. Thanks for coming by to see what is going on with us!!

Ever had a Bat??

Last night I was cleaning up my stamp area. I have been a busy girl with some Challenge cards and D’s birthday invites and my table was a huge mess. I don’t create well that way….I am way too organized. So I had this huge pile of cards that I can use for RAK’s, birthday’s etc. but I needed a place to store them. Since the move I have not been able to find my box I usually use. I walked out to the garage to grab one of the many empty shoe boxes I keep for reasons just like this.
I was about 10 steps in and was almost dive bombed by this flying animal. It was flying in a circle and at first I thought it was one of the annoying little starlings that have made a nest in my attic. But as it made it’s 2nd pass at me I realized that it’s wingspan was way to long and the shape just didn’t match one of those little birds. It took maybe 1/2 of a second for me to realize what was going on……and by that time I was running for the door.
I have never seen a bat that close to me except at a zoo when it was behind a glass wall. I came flying into the basement trying not to scream and wake the kids……”It’s a Bat!! It’s a Bat in the garage!!!” My husband was on the couch and just kind of looked at me. “What?” he says.
I took a few deep breaths and told him again….and of course I was not going to go back out there to show him what I had found. Luckily he was able to just open the garage door from the outside and the little bat flew out and away. I have no idea how, or when he got in there and I have no idea how many of his friends live around here. But be sure that I am on the lookout now. I know there are bats everywhere. I am used to seeing them at dusk when we are out camping. I’m just not used to seeing them in my garage!!

How about a card?

I’ve made a few cards in the last month for challenges and such that I have not posted here. So I thought tonight that I would share one with you. All products used are Stampin Up! unless otherwise noted.
This card was created for a Limited Supply Challenge. I am afraid I don’t remember which one and cannot look it up at the moment, as SCS is down for maintenance. But I do remember that the challenge was to make a masculine birthday card using a non-masculine set.
The card base is Old Olive, stamped with Print Pattern. The main image is stamped on Whisper White. I colored the image with watercolor crayons and blended with the Aqua Painter.
Then it is mounted on black and More Mustard. I used a CM corner rounder as well. The sentiment is stamped in Mustard, mounted on White. I used a black pen for the faux brads and mounted on black gingham ribbon.

I think it turned out really well. I was not sure where I was going with this when I started it but I do think it ended up being fairly masculine.

Thanks for stopping by. I am planning on doing quite a bit of stamping this weekend so hopefully I will have lots to share with you!