June 28, 2008
The Big Read" reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed.”
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading, or were forced to read at school and hated.
5) Reprint this list in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 and force books upon them ;-)
6) Amy's adding...I didn't read it but I saw the movie...mark with an astrick!
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien*
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 The Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling*
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott*
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (did not love it)
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (read in school, so boring)
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll*
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen*
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen3
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (kind of duplicates #33)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres*
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown*
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan*
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen*
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58??? It wasn't on the list I copied
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez*
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas*
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding*
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens*
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker*
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons7
8 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens*
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple, Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro*
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine de St. Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas*
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl*
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
28/100 - Not bad...How'd you do?
June 27, 2008
I used the thumping technique on these cards. What a simple way to add some life to a background stamp. Just ink up your stamp, take a marker in a bit of a darker color (or a contrasting color could work too I guess) and tap the brush side of the marker randomly on top of the lighter colored ink. Here is a link to the tutorial on SCS.
Hope you enjoyed those. They are easy to make and I do admit that the little Fresh Cuts background made them painless and quick. (As I mentioned yesterday, I was getting a bit anxious to finish this project - the stationary box.)
Talk to you soon!
June 26, 2008
This card uses sidekick sayings, a hostess set from the last fall/winter catalog. I really like the set and have used it for similar layouts before. I like to put some stickles on the little flower. It is hard to see it in this photo.
Then I made some tags for the tag section of the box. I don't really know that these will be used by my gramma but they were fun to make. Very simple. Some are tag shaped and some were round.
Next we have the "Fabulous" card. I really like this stamp set a lot but am not real sure how I feel aobu this card. It is alright but not my favorite creation with it. Hopefully gramma will know someone fabulous to send it to!
Well, hope you all have a great day. I get to meet my newest niece today!!!! yay!
Talk to you soon,
This card was a fun one to make. In real life it actually looks better. Once I saw it in the photo I realized that I could see the glue that I used a bit. Hmmm. I am showing it to you anyway. Again, I was inspired by a card from my friend Deborah at My Little Crafting Corner. It was not very hard. They are 1 1/4 inch squares that are halfed and stacked.
Again on these two we have river rock, rose red, regal rose, and the ginger blossom paper. One the second I used "Happy Everything".
Talk to you soon,
June 24, 2008
Anyway, you should try this little idea! :)
Talk to you soon!
Paper: River rock, rose red, regal rose, Ginger blossom DSP
On a Personal Note: It is ridiculous that it is 1:33 in the morning and I am up typing this post and watching Monk. I have been staying up so late this summer. My night owl alter ego has been able to come out and soar. I always tell Brett I am just going to stay up for a bit but before I know it it is 1:30 am. ** sigh **
Talk to you soon,
Stamps: Delight in Life
June 23, 2008
June 19, 2008
June 18, 2008
There will be images, phrases and art images. They will be chocolate or white and in large or small sizes.
This is exciting!! Customers can order these starting July 1, 2008!!
Here is the brochure so you can check it out:
Décor Elements Catalog
This is just he beginning of the Home Decor Line, I can't wait to see what comes next!! I'll keep you posted!
Talk to you soon!
Anywho, she lives in Texas and his family is in many states. Her mom still lives in Kansas where we grew up. Many of our family members, including my grandparents live in Colorado. Kasi really wanted my grandparents to be at the wedding. (We luckily have a very close family). Well, she knew if her wedding was in Texas my grandpa probably wouldn't be able to come. So, she chose to have it in Kansas. EVERY family member, except her parents, had to travel to get there. So her mom, my Aunt Laural, made fabulous welcome baskets for everyone's hotel rooms. They had homemade cookies, sunflower seeds, a visitor's guide to town, beef jerkey and other goodies. My Aunt asked me to make some cards for the baskets. That was a fun task. Of course I wanted to use a sunflower for our little Kansas town (and I do mean little town). I had recently used similar colors for a sympathy card and just continued with the same idea. Most cards are a little differnt from each other. It was more fun that way. So this is what I came up with....
Stamps: Give Thanks (I'm sad it is retiring)
Colors: old olive and summer sun, only orange
Accessories: Old Olive ribbon, pumpkin pie ribbon
non stampin' up: water color paper, hardware (biglots), dark brown grosgrain ribbon (biglots)
This second card is what I made for her Thank You cards. I just wanted to keep them simple because I made so many (50 - she probably needed more). Her base color was olive so I used old olive on these and cuttlebugged the background with swiss dots and textile. I used the monogram stamps from Martha Stuart. They are the only stamps I have of hers. They were on sale and I like them alot. When I made the protype for this card I punched some scallop circles for behind the J or a bigger round layer but then when I made the cards I forgot them! So silly. They still looked okay.
On a Personal Note: Here are some of my favorite pics from the event. For all of the pictures you can see the album at KODAK HERE.
Talk to You Soon,
June 17, 2008
Summer is finally here and I have a lot of great things planned!
These classes will all be at my house. Call me to register or email me!
Have kids at home for the summer? Bring them along. I will have a "mommy's helper" here to help with the kids during the classes!
18th - Open house/ technique class -
Come just to play and work on a project or come to learn something new. This would be a great time for beginners to get started and get help!
Cost: If you bring your own things just to hang out and stamp this is free. If you would like to work with my paper and supplies please bring $3. I will have a couple of new techniques that we can try out together.
Supplies: Whatever you want to work on - Scrapping or Stamping! Your technique binder.
Specials: Any orders placed today over $25 receive a 5% discount.
Time: Any time you can come by between 10 am - 4 pm.
24th - Tart and Tangy Tuesday!!
One of my favorite new sets is "Tart and Tangy". It has 4 small stamps, a strawberry, an orange slice, an apple and a cherry. You would be amazed what we can do with this set, some punches and some fun paper! We will make 8-10 cards including a note set in a box and a beaded pen.
Supplies: adhesive if you have your own
Specials: $5 off any order of $25 or more
Time: 1 pm - 4 pm
9th - Recipe Box Class (limit 9)
I found the cutest boxes, bought the recipe card set, and want to make boxes! If you don't want a recipe box you could use yours for cards, scriptures, or whatever you wish. You will choose which paper you want to use from the catalog and will take home the extra that you don't use.
$15 with SU designer papers and you keep the extra (I need at least $10 by the June 30 so I can order paper)
$10 - Split a pack of paper with a friend and you still take home extras
$7 - Bring your own 12 x 12 designer paper
Task: email me a recipe before the class and choose paper
Supplies: Bring a personal paper trimmer if you have one.
Time: 1 pm - 4 pm
16th - Open house/ technique class - (See June 18th for description)
23rd - Christmas in July
Get a head start on your Christmas cards! We will make 20 cards in 4-5 designs.
Supplies: Please bring your own adhesive
Specials: place and order and receive 10% off!
7th - New Catalog Open House!!!
The new catalog will be out in August. I will get a copy at the Stampin Up Convention and want to be able to have an open house to show it off and show off any new items that are introduced at the convention. We will make 2-3 items.
Time: 2 pm and 7 pm
12th - New Stampin' Club Begins! (Girl's Stampin' Night Out - GSNO)
To join you must commit to a $25 monthly minimum purchase and you will receive the hostess benefits once between August - January. We make 2-3 items each month. Limit 6 members.
Location: My house
Date: 2nd Tuesday of the Month
18th - New Stampin' Club Begins! (Stampers 6) 1 Spot left!!!
Location: Spring Branch area (Fondren and I-10)
Date: 3rd Monday
This second card is also great. In fact, I had seen one on Beate's blog because she sent one to her too and I saved it because I wanted to CASE it. Then, I got one of my own. So funny huh? I loved the way she used the Time Well Spent flowers to make a background. I loved it. This is from Heather at Ribbons and Ink. She also included such a nice note. Thanks Heather. I really appreciate you thinking of me. It made my day!
On a Personal Note: Things have been going well. This is my second week of summer and man is Zoe a ton of work! She requires a lot of activity to keep her busy. So, Brett and I made a schedule so that I don't go crazy, because when she is bored she is fussy. :) So, we go to a 30 minute "creative movement" dance class on Mondays. We are trying to find a gym we like for gymnastics class on Tuesday and we also go to the store. Tuesday afternoons is pool time. (Today with her long nap it will be Tuesday evening pool time and daddy will get to go). Wednesday I have my stamp classes or open houses, Thursday morning is pool time and I haven't dedicated anything to Thursday afternoons yet. Friday is Mommy's Day OFF, I mean, OUT. This SAHM thing is a ton of work. Thank goodness I have a job! (I may be kidding but I'm not sure yet).
Next Thursday we leave for Illinois. I get to go with Zoe for a week and Brett will come for a few days and I'll go home with him. Then Zoe gets to stay in Illinois with gramma for another week. She is gonna have a blast. Then I'll go get her.
Then we have a couple more weeks of our routine and then I am taking a trip to Salt Lake for the Stampin Up convention for a few days. It'll be weird to be away from Brett and Zoe but I am looking forward to going.
Well, that is all for now. Hope everyone is well and...
Talk to you soon!