June 28, 2008

Are you Well Read?

I saw this little list on Shannon's Blog, Live, Laugh, Love and Stamp.

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

3x3's for Stationary Box

I know that Fresh Cuts is the hotest thing right now and I haven't even really used it until the other day. I didn't buy it. I know, I know, what kind of demonstatror am I? Well, I just didn't LOVE it and don't buy every little thing that comes along. My upline bought it and let me borrow it ofr a few days. I don't have the die cut notes but I thought that these little 3x3's came out well even without the. My favorite is the first one above with the sahara sand branch on the side. (Another bad demo confession, I didn't buy river rock ink. I love the paper but isn't the ink almos the same as sahara sand?)

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


As you read this post Zoe and I are flying to St. Louis to meet gramma and then driving to Illinois. I love being able to publish posts whenever I want to. Here are a few more pictures from the stationary box for my gramma. Some of the cards are extra simple because.....well, you want the truth? I was tired. I had made several and was ready to be done with the box. Is that horrible of what? Here are a couple of the last cards I made.
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,

No real title for this post...

These are the next two cards that were in my stationary box. When my grandmother asked for cards she wanted at least some that she could use for any occasion. Maybe this first on looks boring but I liked the simplicity of it. I don't have the 5 petal punch but a friend does and after borrowing it for a few days I think I need to get it. Is this card too boring????
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

Ginger Blossom Inchies

These were the first two cards I made for the stationary box I showed you in my last post. My friend Deborah from My Little Crafting Corner once had posted some cards using just little scraps of her designer papers. I loved the idea and put it into use with these two cards. I cute 1 inch squares and just started to arrange them. These are 2 of the 5 cards in the stationary box. On the first card I wanted to cover a large area in the middle of the squares but the paper was bigger than the stamp I wanted to use. So, I thought I'd use 1/4 inch squares to fill the space. I loved it. :) On both cards I used Groovy Guava for the base. I will miss this color. Have I mentioned I am hating to lose this year's In Colors? The River Rock is on both too. On the top one I used Rose Red and some Vanilla. The sentiment on the first is from "It's Your Birthday", which is retiring. I hate it when my sentiment sets retire. Grrrr. They are useful and I especially like this one. On the second I used the "Celebrate" set.

Anyway, you should try this little idea! :)

Talk to you soon!

Last Monday's Mojo...

This the Monday Mojo #42 sketch challenge from Poetic Artistry last week. I rarely get a chance to do sketch challenges and I finally did one. I save them on my computer in a folder of sketches but this one I liked and had to do. I thought that this paper lent itself to this type of layout really well. Usually when I see this sheet of paper in the Ginger Blossom pack I just feel confused about what to do with it. But, this I really like.

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

Stationary Box

I saw a tutorial on Jackie's awesome blog and loved it and had to try it out. I am not very good about taking challenges or trying out tutorials. I always want to and save them on my favorites list in Google Reader or save the photos on my computer but rarely try that stuff. But, this was so great and last week for my open house Jenn came over to play and we thought we'd try this. It was pretty easy. If you'd like to try it the tutorial can be found here at Addicted to Stamping. The hardest part was making all the contents of the box!!

So, today I am going to show you the box and I'll show you some of the contents over the rest of the week. I haven't done much with the outside of my box yet and I need to. It is a little drab. I worked my tail off finishing the inside and so I haven't paid much mind to the outside. I have to do some work on the outside because Zoe got some green ink on it when she was "helping" me stamp. In Jackie's template she suggests an address book but I made mine a birthday calender instead and made each page of the little book a month. My grandma just asked for some cards from me so I think I'll send her this set. She'll be thrilled. (At least she better be...LOL). I love the Ginger Blossom DSP from Stampin Up and so that is what I chose to do with this box. It is a paper that seems so nice and caring. (That does sound a bit corny huh?) I'll be sad to lose this pattern of paper from the catalog but it will go since it has an in color in it that is retiring. I am really going to miss this year's In Colors. **Sigh**

I'll be back later with more about the goodies in the box!

On a Personal Note: Summer is going well. Zoe has been loving her dance class. It is so fun to watch her. She really tries hard to please Miss Mary, she does what she is told and today was helping another little girl follow directions. It is cute. I really am a lucky mommy. She is obedient (most of the time) and happy. If we stick with the class she'll actually get to have a recital. That is so exciting. I started dance at a young age and loved the recital part. I hope she'll continue to love it!
This year I have been amazed at how comfortable she is in the water. She just puts on her floaties and has no fear. (Kind of scary for mommy). She floats in the water and just acts like it is no big deal that she can't touch the bottom. She jumps off the side of the pool (after she saw the big girls do it) and doesn't really mind getting her face wet. People always seem surprised that she is just a little over 2.

We leave Thursday for Illinois. I always look forward to going. My MIL is a great lady and I never feel out of place there. We'll go for week but when Brett and I come home Zoe will stay for another week for some alone time with Gramma. They both love it. My SIL Beth just had her second baby, Anna, and I can't wait to meet her. Brett's brother Bart and his wife Tracy will also be there and they have a 6 month old we have never met, Abby. That is so crazy that we don't know her yet. I can't wait to meet these beautiful new nieces and see my other niece and nephew. It is so nice to have them; as an only child I often wondered if I'd ever get to have nieces and nephews. I love my Aunts so much and wanted to be an Aunt myself one day. I have to admit I am not very good at it yet. It is hard when we all live so far apart. I hate that. Maybe one day life circumstances will change but for now it is what it is. God's plan is a huge mystery to me. But I am assuming he has one and He'll let me in on it sooner or later, right? (Jeremiah 29:11)

Talk to you soon,

June 19, 2008

Monkeying Around!

I was playing with my Clear Dollar Monkies again and came up with this card. I used the cuttlebug and the widest Stampin' Up Twill Tape. I have had the Twill Tape for a long time but have not really known what to do with it. So, I stamped on it! I wish it would have been darker. Not sure how to accomplish that.

Anyway, just wanted to share this little monkey with you!

Stamps: Monkey Madness - Clear Dollar Stamps
Paper: Chocolate chip, YoYo Yellow, Close to Cocoa, (confetti cream, non SU)
Accessories: Cuttlebug, SU Twill Tape, brads (OTC), paper piercer
Talk to you Soon!

June 18, 2008

New Stampin' Up Products

EXCITING NEWS!! Stampin' Up has introduced a new product. It's called Décor Elements. These are self-adhesive, vinyl wall art that you can easily put on yourself and they are removable.

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!

Kasi's Wedding!

My cousing Kasi was May 24th. I don't have brothers or sisters and Kasi was always the closest thing I ever had to a sister. I lived in the same town with her for the first several years of her life. It was hard to leave her and her brother Kent when we had to move. Seeing her get married was great. She married a man that loves her incredibly and will be an incredible step father to her 3 year old son.
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.

Kasi and my Aunt Laural before the wedding. Me, Zoe the flower girl and my mom at the reception.

Talk to You Soon,

June 17, 2008

Summer Schedule of Classes

Summer Classes!

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.
I'll have sandwich supplies for lunch! Bring a snack if you wish!

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.
Cost: $12
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.
Cost Options:
$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.
Cost: $20
Supplies: Please bring your own adhesive
Specials: place and order and receive 10% off!
Time: 1pm-4pm

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.
Cost: Free!
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

Long overdue RAK thanks!!

Last month I received two fabulous RAKS from the SCS blogger-RAK club. I was honored and the cards are so fabulous.

The first card is from Tammy at Stamp with Tammy. She has a great blog, I follow her on my google reader. I really need to get square punches, can you believe I don't have them? Very cute. Thanks Tammy, it really added some sunshine to my day, during a horribly busy time of the year!

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!