August 29, 2008
August 28, 2008
So, I am supposed to choose 7 blogs that I love and give them this award. I follow about 100 blogs (in my spare time) and so it is hard to choose. Many of the blogs I read have already gotten this award so if it is a duplicate for them, that's okay, they will know they are really loved.
1. Patty Bennett - Patty's Stampin' Spot
2. Lori - My wooden Spoon (even though I NEVER win her giveaways)
3. Wanda - My Creative Corner
4. Laurie - Tip Junkie
5. Vera - Vera Stamps
6. Yvonne - Yvonne's Stampin' Place
7. Kimberly - Stampin' By the Sea
Have a great one folks!
August 27, 2008
August 26, 2008
Now, Go Make Something!!
Talk to you soon,
On a Personal Note: Well, school started Monday. Wow! I can hardly believe it. I seem to have a nice bunch of kids. They are always pretty good the first couple weeks. :) I am looking forward to the school year. Zoe is adjusting well to Montessori. Thank goodness. Her tears in the morning are hard to deal with. This year first period is my conference period so it makes the rest of the day really long. Last year 7th was my off time and so it is a huge switch. I will get used to it. We have a new baby in the family. That is exciting. Bailee was born last week to my cousin Kristopher and his wife Kaisha. Can't wait to meet her. Well, I'm spent and it is bedtime. Until later....
August 25, 2008
I bought some white bags 2 for $1 at Dollar Tree. Then I cut some pink cardstock 8x10. I also trimmed some chocolate paper and some new Bella Rose.
On the stamp itself intead of pressing it into the stamp pad, I used a little ink applicator dauber and touched that to the ink pad and then applied it to the rubber. I applied pretty in pink ink first, then red riding hood red (could there be a longer ink name?), and finally kiwi kiss ink.
I added some new brown stiched ribbon with a faux bow and attached the whole front to the bag. I added the little card and a baby sentiment. Hopefully the new mama will reuse this gift bag for sure.
So then, it is time to get Zoe ready. She is pretty quick. She loves to get dressed ususally and wanted to wear her pink cowboy boots. She looked so adorable. It was really time to go. Her attitude quickly became not so adorable. She was mad about something. I don't remember. Juice, or wanting to eat veggie tale fruit snacks or wanting to go get "neenuts" (donuts for those of you than don't speak toddler). She starts to become impossible and nothing is going to make her happy (have you ever known a 2 year old?) Then we are finally are on the way out and she squats and her eyes get wide. Do you know what she was doing? Well, I had to wait for her to finish her business. Finally we get out of the house, on the way out she had a "Monk" moment and had to go back and staighten the magnets on the refridgerator. *sigh*
We were late for church.
Talk to you later,
August 21, 2008
Here is what to do:
1. Emboss the flowers or other image on glossy cardstock with clear or white embossing powder.
2. Using a brayer, spread 1 coat of a lighter colored ink over the glossy card stock.
3. Cut or punch several sizes of circles from sticky note or other paper and place them over some of the embossed images.
4. Use the brayer again with a darker shade of ink.
5. Remove the circles and you will have a lighter area underneath.
6. Use a tissue to rub any excess ink off of the embossed areas.
7. Use the paper you made to create a beautiful card!
It was a fun technique. I had done steps 1 and 2 before but not 3,4,5 and so I definately learned something new.
I hope that group can get together soon for more sharing! I'll post some of the swap cards I got from that group later.
Talk to you soon,
On a Personal Note: I am too tired after going back to work to post much extra. I can barely keep up with a post a day. I am sure I will have to lessen it to like 3 per week or something. I just don't have enough time to stamp and show you creations! It is always hard getting on schedule. And, next week, when school really starts, I'll have to be there even earlier than I have been this week. I might die.
Anyway, life is adjusting around here. Zoe is enjoying school but comes home very tired and can be quite cranky. We try to give her a protein snack when she gets home (at the suggestion of my MIL) and that seems to help. Brett is loving his new job and that is such a blessing. I am so thrilled for him. This year I feel really cranky being back at work. There are a lot of changes and that is always hard to deal with but I'm not sure if that is where the crankiness comes from or not. I have so much to do to get ready yet we have had ZERO time to work in our rooms. We get a 1/2 day Friday. That is not enough! I hope these snarky thoughts go away. It is not possible to be a good teacher and incredibly grumpy at the same time.
Anyway, I am too tired to think of much more for this post. I'll be around. I promise!
August 20, 2008
This was a great card Angie! I can't wait to make some!
August 18, 2008
Sorry you didn't have a post today. I have been at the computer for an hour but I can't upload any pictures to blogger. So, it isn't much fun to post when I don't have pictures to show you. I will try again tomorrow. Inservice is kind of kicking my butt anyway and I am tired. I should have gone to bed an hour ago. Tomorrow is another day of lively inservice...I will survive this. I won't be able to try and post again until tomorrow evening.
In the meantime have a wonderful week and think stampy thoughts!
Talk to you soon,
Anyway, this is what I said last night...
Sorry my post is so late today. I had to work and then my new stamp club met. It was so great! I have really been looking forward to the club. We made a gift bag, a card and started a technique book. We put two techniques in it tonight.
I gave the girls a book mark with the new in-colors on one side and a calendar on the other. I got that idea from Gail Beezley in San Antonio. The technique books were fun to make. They are photo albums and I replaced the front cardboard decoration with my own decoration. I liked the way they turned out.
If you are in the Houston area, the Spring Branch club has one spot and the Katy Club has 2. I'd love to have you join. Each month we make 2-3 projects, learn new techniques, and one lady is the hostess for the month. Each member commits to spending $25 on product. It really is a fun way to build your stampin' supplies!
Talk to you soon,
August 16, 2008
August 15, 2008
So last Saturday, we explained the game to Zoe and Brett, Mom and I chose Pete. Zoe starts eating the Cheerios. Brett asks my mom (who is famous for buying things on Ebay, at garage sales and GoodWill), "Is this a new game?" We weren't sure why he asked, mom said yes, and Zoe kept eating the Cheerios. Finally, she finds Pete and we say, "Don't Eat Pete!". Zoe smiles and laughs a little and then bursts into tears. It really was funny and I wasn't sure whether I should laugh or feel bad as she was clinging to gramma.
So, we tell Zoe that it is going to be okay and daddy is going to try it too. He seems hesitant and we aren't sure why. I am giving him looks trying to tell him to just do it, my mom was excited to try this game with Zoe. He asks my mom, "Where did you get this game?" I am trying to see if my mom is offended and not sure how to intercede. Then Brett points to the box that the cheerios are in (they are attached to the game book) and there is a sticker that says, "January 2001". I giggle and show it to mom, hoping she isn't going to be offended, and she giggles too. She says, well, I got it on Ebay. It was pretty funny. So what does Brett do? He goes on to try not to eat Pete of course. He did very well and when we shouted "Don't Eat Pete" Zoe cried anyway because we were yelling at Daddy.
That was the end of our Pete Eating that day but we did try again Sunday and Zoe liked it better, kind of, she still got pouty and I thought she was going to burst into tears but she held off for a couple of rounds before she finally lost it again.
But, what a dad to eat stale cheerios anyway just to soothe his daughter and show appreciation to his Mother in Law for a gift she brought. :)
Gotta love that guy!
August 14, 2008
She used the new Dreams DeJour Set and a layout from SplitCoast Stampers. I love the layout but haven't been stamping enough lately to even try it out! She used the new scallop punch and the new Bella Rose paper with Riding Hood Red and Kiwi Kiss. I love it. Thanks Jen!
Today I am back at my high school in inservice. (Have you been hearing this a lot from me? I have 9 (!) days of inservice before school actually begins this year. Isn't that nuts???) We have a new principal so I am looking forward to meeting him. My classroom is a crazy mess and who knows when I'll get in there. But, no time to worry about that now. :0
Talk to you soon,
August 13, 2008
Talk to you soon,
August 12, 2008
This would be a fun little gift for someone, especially after a shower or wedding when they will need "Thank You" cards. If you are in my stamp club don't be surprised if we make these sooner or later!
Talk to you soon,
August 11, 2008
I used the Bella Rose paper because I love it and knew she would too. Her name was too big for the alphabet I wanted to use so I just punched out a K for Karen and used some cell phone bling to put a butterfly on this side. I didn't want the back to be just paper so I used the new scallop edge punch and added some more sticky rhinestones. I'd like to see Stampin' Up carry these little things. But, these I got for a dollar from Michaels and they are intended for cell phones. Then I used the word window punch to make two tags that said "Gramma's Things". I really loved the way it turned out. I had to teach myself how to use the word window punch when the phrase is longer than the window. It wasn't hard - simply trim the paper thing enough to thread through the punch with half under the blade and the other half sticking up through the punch hole. Punch one end and then the other. Maybe I need to take pictures of this if you don't get it. I realize it isn't the easiest thing to describe.
Well, I want to hang out with mom so I'll let you go. Talk to you soon,
August 9, 2008
I have to tell you that while we stood in line for the Memento Mall at convention last week we browsed through the new catalog of course (which I received boxes of today!!!). When I saw that Tart and Tangy had made the catalog I was thrilled and let out a shriek of joy in the line. I felt a bit silly later but I was so excited. This simple little set is truly one of my favorites.
You may remember the stationary box full of cards I made for my gramma. Well, I am sending it home this weekend with my mom. I didn't want my mom to go home empty handed so I made her a little card set too.
When I finished the cards I wanted to put them in a cute box and so I made one. That is the picture at the top of the post. I used wild wasabi for the bottom of the box and a transparency sheet for the top. They fit the cards perfectly but oops, the envelopes were too big. I'll know better next time.
These cards were truly very easy. I used scrap paper and had a lot of fun with them.
Talk to you soon,
August 8, 2008
August 7, 2008
I was really amazed how it all works. It was probably my favorite part of the tour. We also got to go through the area were the call center is. One of the neastest things is the demonstrator support staff has lots of little cards on their desks that demos have sent them. They keep them out. Isn't that the coolest? They were very nice people. Here is an example of a desktop card I saw. I figured I should put in something crafty so here is something from one of their desks.
On a Personal Note: I am so excited because I get to pick up my mom tonight at the airport! Yay! She will be here for 5 full days. I know she is so excited to see Zoe and we will have a great time. She and Zoe always just laugh and laugh. It is the best! It has been so hot here and she is from Colorado so I doubt we will be doing too many outdoor activities. I think we are going to do some work in Zoe's room. It might be time to go from the crib to the Big Girl Bed! Wow huh? Oh, and this is great, today Zoe told me she wanted to go to school. That is great because next week she is going to start going to the Montessori School. I am a little nervous about sending her off but I am sure she will really thrive there and love it. It is just hard to make such a big transition. I'm sure I'll be fine, I mean, I'm sure SHE'LL be fine!