Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Grand Soiree Swap & RAK from Lori

Happy Tuesday! Here's a swap I did with the Great Swap Girls using one of my new favorite sets, Grand Soiree. I love how you can make the chandelier have a different look and feel by changing the colors and style of the card. Here the chandelier is embossed with Iridiscent Ice Embossing Powder, so it's very sparkley, but hard to see in the photo.

I also wanted to share this beautiful thank you card I received from my friend and downline Lori. Isn't it the cutest?! I love the colors and how she used the the Top Note Bigz die. I just noticed it has a similar ribbon treatment as my card above, great minds think alike, right, Lori?! hee! hee!

I was a little *tired* Monday, so let's hope today is better! I accidentally took a two hour nap from 6:00 - 8:00 pm last night. Yikes! And I missed the season premiere of Chuck, darn! I did catch Heroes, I love the change in Silar, but I've always been drawn to the bad boys!

Okay, gotta dash! Hope you have a great day! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Grand Soiree Cardstock: So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Whisper White, Parisian Summer DSP. Ink: Old Olive; Pretty in Pink Craft. Accessories: 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Horizontal Slot Punch, Iridiscent Ice Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Pretty in Pink Brad, Dimensionals.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Well Worn Alphabet Boo!

Happy Monday! Looks like I'm back to Halloween! I only had time to make one card at home this weekend (the horror! the shame!), so last night I made this because I wanted to use my new Martha Stewart Jack O'Lantern punch. Isn't he cute? It's hard to see, but he's even embossed. I had taken my Well Worn Alphabet to the crop, and as I was unpacking all my stuff, I thought it would make a good spooky card.

One last Monday morning share...here's a precious vintage flash card I bought back on my junking day with friends over at the White Elephant. I also found an awesome Santa Claus, PLUS Ms. Nguyen brought me another awesome Santa Claus one yesterday (a different size), totally made my day! "Jackie" is hanging on a metal display board my friend Lori gave me, and the board hangs on an old louvered bi-fold door. I need to get out the rest of my Halloween decorations this week, fun stuff!

Hope you have a great Monday! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Well Worn Alphabet
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black, Confetti White, GhostlyGreetings DSP.
Ink: Versamark.
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Black Brads, 5/8" Kiwi Kiss Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Martha Stewart Jack O'Lantern punch.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Crop Challenge Cards

This picture above started it all...isn't it beautiful? It's from the Holiday Home magazine by CK Media that I picked up at Michael's yesterday morning. We all decided to buy buttons to make this, how fun! Plus, the buttons were on sale for 32% off during the crop, so how could you resist buying a few scoops?!

Anyway, when it was getting close to midnight, it was time for another 15 minute card challenge! I found some small square pieces of Old Olive DSP, so we had to use that plus a button on our card. So here's what we came up with:

My simple dimple card with the new Winter Post set (available October 1 in the Holiday Mini!):

Lori's fabulous pocket card, what a great fall feeling:

Valerie's sweet little button flower card:

Beverly's great flower card, it's a precious little mini-size card (and she cut that great flower out of cute paper someone tossed into the donation bin!):

Gotta dash, still lots to do (and unpack, ugh!) before stamp club this afternoon. We had a blast at the 14 hour crop, but it does make for a long day! I love the new "happy hour" addition to our cropping, but I'm not sure three margaritas are conducive to getting a lot of scrapping done! lol!

Hope you have a great Sunday! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have you stamped something today?

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Saturday Cropping...

Happy Saturday! Here we are at our 14 hour crop! Luckily it happens to be located right next door to an establishment that serves refreshing beverages! Left to right: Margaret, Angie, Beverly, Lori, and Valerie. I've been here (at the Crop) since 10:15 and still working on the first 2-page spread. Hmmmm...I wonder why...

Here's a little Twigster to tide you over...

Hope you're having a great weekend! More tomorrow...
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Happy Thursday! It's a miracle...a scrapbooking page! lol! I actually made this last month for a Stampin' Up! contest. I hadn't entered a contest since I won the Artisan Award the year before, so I thought maybe it was time to challenge myself. I didn't win, however, as this page was posted to Stamper's Showcase on September 16th...and credited to Kathy Earhart! lol! I only noticed it on Sunday, but I emailed SU and it's corrected now with my name. So I didn't win, but that's okay, it was still fun to make and I watched The Transformers while making it...so in my head it's The Transformers page!

A few details...the precious little girl, Lauren, is the niece of my good friends Lori and Robyn. When I made convention samples a few years ago, Lauren's parents were nice enough to give me a bunch of photos of her to use for my scrapbooking samples. She's a doll, and they take the cutest photos!

The contest was for scrapbook pages using "stamped elements", so I used the Pick A Petal set. First I cut out circles in the textured 12x12 Basic Gray cardstock. I stamped the images and then glued them underneath. Then, I sewed around the circles with my regular sewing machine...no easy feat. The page would barely twist around on the machine (poor planning on my part), but I liked the way it turned out. My favorite part, though, is that white strip with the scallop border. I bought strips that looked *exactly* like that at a scrapbook store, then realized I could recreate it with my SU supplies! Let me know if you have any questions about the page.

I'm off to bed, thank goodness tomorrow is Friday! Wheeee! Did everyone watch Grey's Anatomy? I swore I wasn't when I heard that nurse say she was pregnant with Derek's baby in the previews. If a doctor and a nurse couldn't practice reliable birth control, that was it for me! But I ended up recording it and watching it after Survivor (which kicked total a**!), and I'm so glad I did. My faith is restored in fictional doctors and nurses! =)

Thanks for stopping by! I'm getting behind on my Google Reader, but I'll be catching up tomorrow night, after Friday Night Napdown, of course! Hugs!

Stamps: Pick A Petal, Happy Everything, Upsy Daisy (the "you're"), Cute & Curly, My ABCs wheel.
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Whisper White, Garden Green, Pixie Pink; Textured 12x12 Basic Gray.
Ink: Basic Gray, Night of Navy, White Craft, Versamark.
Accessories: Scallop Border Punch, Rhinestone Brads, Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Curvy Label Punch, Coluzzle, Pretties Kit flower, Chipboard Flower, Heat & Stick Powder, Heat Tool, Green Chunky Glitter, White Embossing Powder, Dimensionals, Sewing Machine.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Party Hearty Swap

Happy Wednesday! Finished up earlier with stamp club, what a GREAT time we had! Love those girls so much and look forward to it every month. I don't know about y'all, but I really need my *girl time*! Most of us are going to an all day crop Saturday too, so how lucky am I?!

I'm running really late, but I had to watch Project Runway (see below if interested!), so here's a quick share with Party Hearty AGAIN! lol! I really seem to love this set! It's a pretty simple card, but the accessories add some nice details and these colors make me so happy. Thanks for all the comments on yesterday's post...I'm glad you liked the So Many Scallops card and I hope the fellow swappers do too!

So what did y'all think of Project Runway? Kenley is blowing it because she can't keep her mouth shut and take criticism! Ugh! Based on tonight's work, she should have been sent home. I think they only kept her because her *whole* body of work was better than Suede's (in my humble, buys-my-clothes-at-Target-and-Marshall's opinion, of course! lol!). Next week doesn't look any better from the previews, and it looks like they were all crying, what's up with that?!

Okay, off to bed! Last night I got more sleep and the kids did act so much better! It's amazing how that happens every time!! Looks like they'll be acting up tomorrow since I'm getting less sleep, humph! hee! hee! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Party Hearty
Cardstock: Old Olive, Red Riding Hood, Bashful Blue, Whisper White; Summer Picnic and Parisian Summer DSP.
Ink: Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Ruby Red So Saffron.
Accessories: Tab Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, 5/8" Striped Red Riding Hood Ribbon, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Vintage Brad, Dimensionals, Stapler.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

So Many Scallops

Happy Tuesday! It's a busy week...I've been getting ready for stamp club tomorrow night...so this seems like a good time to start sharing some swap cards! This is a swap using the So Many Scallops stamp set, which is the stamp set to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Stampin' Up! donates $2 from every set sold in addition to a $100,000 annual contribution. I'm posting the flier here too, in case you haven't seen the set yet. It really is one of my favorites, and who can resist it with the new Scallop Square punch too?!

Well, ta ta for now! I'm trying to get to bed earlier...I was a wee bit grouchy today! hee! hee! I did feel better after dh and I went for a walk earlier. I know I joked the other day about him making me...I'm not a fan of the great outdoors OR sweating, so the two together...ugh! I did feel bad a few weeks ago when I commented to dh afterwards, "Well, that didn't totally suck." And he replied with something like, "Wow, I really enjoy walking and talking with you." Ouch! I'm a monster! Then a few days ago I said, "Let's go now and get it over with." Again, he replies, "It's something you have to get over with? I like it." Ouch again! How did I get this man and why does he stay with me?! lol! But I think I'm coming around...slowly!

Thanks so much for stopping by! All of your super sweet comments from the last post really made my day! Hope your week is going well and you're not feeling too grouchy...try walking! hee! hee!

Stamps: Say It with Scallops
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Bella Rose DSP.
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink.
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, 5/8" Pink Pirouette Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Square Scallop Punch, 3/4" Square Punch, Dimensionals.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Party Hearty Pop-Up Spiral Card

Happy Monday! Here's my attempt at a pop-up spiral card. I worked on this yesterday for a possible stamp club project, but it just wasn't happening for me. This was my second attempt too, ugh! So now you see why I went with the spider web card! lol! For a great tutorial video on how to make these, go here on Jenn Dierk's wonderful blog! Here's the inside:

I finished up another set of Holiday Mini catalog swaps this evening (after walking with dh, MY idea even!) to mail out tomorrow. That's the 5th set of swaps I've done this month, what was I thinking?! hee! hee! I can't wait to get them all back, they're coming from some really fabulous stampers! I should be able to start sharing the ones I made soon too.

Hope y'all had a wonderful Monday! They can be pretty rough, I find! I'm not sure about this new teaching gig this year, but considering how much more free time I have, I dare not complain, lest lightning strike me dead!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I always love hearing from you! Late Monday hugs!

Stamps: Party Hearty
Cardstock: Real Red, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Real Red Patterns DSP (hostess pack).
Ink: Real Red, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Old Olive, & Pumpkin Pie markers.
Accessories: Circle Punches (3/4", 1", 1 3/4", and 1 3/8"), Bashful Blue Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Spooky Week Day 7: Eek!

Happy Sunday! Here's the final installment of my spooky week, a little "eek!" card with a glittery spider web! I got the web idea and pretty much cased this fabulous card from Tobi Crawford. She has a great tutorial, so go check it out! I used a different glue and my SU chunky glitter, but I do love the look of hers with the finer glitter.

This will be another project for Stamp Club this month, which is coming up this Wednesday night and next Sunday. I'm sad to say I was not feeling the creative mojo this weekend, so thank goodness I had starred this project from Tobi in my Google Reader, thanks Tobi!

Also, did ya notice anything new with this post?! I've started going through and adding labels to all my posts. I never really knew how to do it and was shocked to find how easy it was. I knew the time had come when I got a nice email from a gal this weekend with a question about a mini album. I could not remember which mini album it was or where or when it was, etc so I had to go searching, ugh! lol! So I think the labels will come in very handy. I've currently done 175 posts out of 356...so a few more to go, but I'll get there!

Hope you you had a good weekend! Oh, a few people asked about the movie Burn After Reading...it was pretty good...and not dark and depressing like No Country for Old Men. From the previews, I thought it would be funnier and it seemed kind of slow at times, but I wasn't feeling great, so maybe it was just me. And this is very shallow of me, but it was weird spending 2 hours watching George and Brad and not finding them attractive at all! I guess they really can act! hee! hee!

Thanks for stopping by! Have you stamped something today?

Stamps: Eat, Drink & Be Scary Cardstock: Kraft, Ghostly Greetings DSP, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White. Ink: Staz-On Black. Accessories: Big Shot, Go Go Alphabet, BlackGrosgrain Ribbon, Black Chunky Glitter, 3/4" and 1" Circle Punch, White Glue.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Spooky Week Day 6: Halloween Frights play Scrabble

Happy Saturday! This Spooky Day 6 is running a day late, sorry! By Fridays I'm just so pooped and I took a 2 hour nap then watched the movie No Country for Old Men with dh...not exactly a happy little show...so I got no stamping done. My students always can't wait for Friday Night Smackdown (wrestling, ewww!), but personally, I can't wait for Friday Night Napdown! That's what I call it, hee! hee!

So anyway, after getting coffee with dh this morning, I came home and made this little card using Beate's Weekend Sketch #58. I got these Scrabble tiles awhile back on my junking day with friends at Junkadoodle. I always buy them when I see them because they're great for my students to use. I couldn't help but pull just a few out to make this card, though!

Okay, guess I better get moving! Dh and I are *planning* to go see Burn After Reading (ironically, another Coen Brothers movie, but hopefully a little lighter than last night's choice!) if we can get our lazy b*tts moving! lol! We planned on going last weekend, but with the wind and rain, etc we just holed up inside all weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? The weather has been AMAZING in Dallas this week, and from what I've been reading on your blogs, it's been pretty nice all over. I hope everyone suffering from Hurricane Ike fallout has their power back on and is getting the help they need.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have you stamped something today?

Stamps: Halloween Frights
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White, Ghostly Greetings DSP.
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Staz-On Black.
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Black Hemp, Black Eyelets, Scrabble Tiles.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Spooky Week Day 5: Halloween Frights

Happy Thursday! It's almost Friday! Whoo! Hoo! Here's a simple little card using another new Holiday Mini Catalog set called Halloween Frights (available October 2nd). Did I *need* another Halloween set? Not really, but I thought these little images were so cute!

I used the "hal•low•een" stamp from the other new Halloween set Eat, Drink & Be Scary" with the Curvy Label Punch. I love definition stamps like that, they must appeal to the teacher in me! I also used the Curvy Label Punch for the photo corner...just punch your Curvy Label shape first, then put that piece inside the Photo Corner Punch and line it up and punch. So easy and a new look for your photo corner!

Okay, I'm off to bed...don't know why I'm so tuckered out this week! I actually stamped this card last night, thank goodness, as earlier this evening dh and I went for a walk (he made me, lol!), I took an hour nap, I graded 120 math tests, and all of a sudden it's 10:30 with no time to stamp! lol! I'm not complaining, though...I've done more stamping the last 4 weeks than I did during the last 2 school years combined!

Thanks so much for stopping by, I love hearing from you!

Stamps: Halloween Frights; Eat, Drink & Be Scary.
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black, Whisper White, Ghostly Greetings DSP
Ink: Staz-On Black, Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie.
Accessories: 3/4" Circle Punch, Curvy Label Punch, Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Black Brads, Photo Corner Punch, Dimensionals.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Spooky Week Day 4: Eat, Drink & Be Scary Peek-a-Boo Card

Happy Wednesday! Today's card....beware! When you slide open the hat:

Yikes! It's a spider!

Lizards and frogs actually terrify me more than spiders, but they weren't included in this stamp set! lol!

I hope everyone is having a great week! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have you stamped something today?

Stamps: Eat, Drink & Be Scary, Halloween Frights (stars & swirls behind witch hat)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, Ghostly Greetings DSP.
Ink: Staz-On Black.
Accessories: 5/8" Kiwi Kiss Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Key Tag Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, My Way Arrow Punch, Big Shot, Go Go Alphabet, Copper Brad (retired).

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Spooky Week Day 3: Top Note Treat Holder & Tutorial

Happy Tuesday! I worked late and came home and had to come up with something for Spooky Week Day 3 (because that's the stupid demand I put on myself, lol!), but I'm pooped and kicking myself right about now! lol! (And by the way, I put that black chunky glitter on the witch hat with Crystal Effects and it looked a lot better before I *impatiently* picked it up and attached it before it was dry! doh!)

Anyway, I had this idea the other day...to take the treat box holder I showed on Sunday that I had modified from Jen del Muro's great pizza box tutorial...and turn it into a box inside the Top Note Bigz Die. Doesn't it remind you of those "Lifesaver book" things you used to get for Christmas when you were a kid? Of course, I had to put another Reese's peanut butter cup inside, now I have two! Bwahaahaaa!

So here's a quick tutorial...below is the first one I made tonight and I HATE it, which is why you see another one, the Kraft one, above. But this Basic Gray one is the one I took pictures of while making it for the tutorial, so oh well, they can't all be works of art, right?! This photo shows how it looks from the side, where you can see the treat box part.

Here are your cutting and scoring instructions (click to enlarge if necessary):

After scoring, cut the little score lines on each side up to the 1" mark to make your flaps:

Instructions for running your card through the Big Shot with the Top Note Bigz Die, it comes out looking like this:

Then cut it in half on the score line:

After your treat box is all assembled and closed with treat inside, put Sticky Strip on top and bottom of box:

I used Jumbo Eyelets to run the ribbon through, and I attached the ribbon with some Sticky Strip along the back "spine" so the ribbon would always stay with the box!

Variation...on this Kraft one, I did the ribbon a little bit differently...

I attached the ribbon on the inside, so put down your Sticky Strip first:

Then attach your ribbon:

And again, after you attach the treat box inside, it looks like this when open:

Hope you like this little Top Note treat holder! I did this really quickly, so please let me know if something doesn't make sense or if I forgot something!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! Have you stamped something today?

Monday, September 15, 2008

Spooky Week Day 2: Boo Bag

Happy Monday and Happy Spooky Week Day 2! How do you feel about a Boo Bag filled with popcorn? I thought about putting black licorice in there, but I knew we wouldn't eat it and it seemed so wasteful, but then I ended up burning most of the popcorn anyway! Doh!

Okay, before I go any farther, I have to say a big thank you and give credit to Mel Stampz. While checking out her blog today, I remembered she's doing a 13 Days of Halloweenie, go check it out now! It must have been in my subconscious and popped out when I thought of this spooky week thing. I can't begin to compare with the fabulous projects she has, if you haven't seen her, you don't know what you're missing. She has the MOST creative ideas and gets soooo much done, including complete tutorials, I have no idea how she does it! Plus, she's always super nice and supportive of other bloggers too, she really is the best! You for sure don't want to miss the Skeleton Stick Puppets and Theater (yes, it's a card!) and the Skeleton and Coffin Box!

Here's a few details on my bag in case you're interested. I used the Big Shot and Top Note Bigz Die inside a paper bag, and I first got this idea when I saw it here on Splitcoast by Angela Riddell. You just carefully place the Top Note die inside the bag and run it through the Big Shot. I placed a piece of transparency over the Top Note window to seal it up. There are so many things you could put in here, it would be a precious gift for someone!

Now for the BOO letters...I used my Big Deal Alphabet and black cardstock. I don't like cutting out letters with an exacto knife, so here's what I did. I stamped the letters in Versamark on Black cardstock, then covered them with Heat & Stick Powder and heated them with the Heat Tool. Next, I used the 3/4" circle punch inside the "b" and the 1" circle punch inside the "o" to pop the middle out! To make the "o" a perfect circle, I then punched around the outside of the letter with the 1 3/8" circle punch. After punching, I poured on the Black Chunky Glitter and heat set it. I did one letter at a time, working quickly. The Heat & Stick Powder method is really not the best with the chunky glitter, you can also use Crystal Effects (like Diamond Glaze) or even the Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive that my friend Suzy introduced me to.

Lastly, I didn't get a very good picture of the upper corners, but I used the Curvy Label punch to get this shape.

Yikes, it's getting late and I *should* get to bed. Who thinks I will? Who thinks I won't? Hee! Hee!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have you stamped something today?

Stamps: Halloween Frights from the Holiday Mini, Cute & Curly, Big Deal Alphabet.
Carstock: Kiwi Kiss, Confetti White, Basic Black.
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Staz-On Black, Versamark.
Accessories: 5/8" Kiwi Kiss Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Curvy Label Punch, 1/8", 3/4", 1" and 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Heat & Stick Powder, Heat Tool, Black Chunky Glitter, Big Shot, Top Note Bigz Die, Dimensionals, brown paper bag, transparency.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Spooky Week Day 1: Eat, Drink & Be Scary Treat Holder

Boo! I've seen so many great Halloween projects lately, I decided it was time to break out my new Halloween sets! I *tried* to control myself and only bought two new Halloween sets, both from the new Holiday Mini Catalog that goes into action October 1. This is the first set: Eat, Drink & Be Scary, a set of five for $18.95.

To make this little treat holder, I based it on the mini pizza box from the fabulous Jen Del Muro. At first I made it just like hers, then I had the idea to make it smaller to hold my most favorite treat in the world...the special holiday editions of Reese's peanut butter cups. Yummmmm!

I actually *guessed* at the size based on my experience with them (which is VAST!), then went to Walgreens later to buy (okay, two, I ate one!) and sure enough...it fit perfectly!! lol! I want to make these for stamp club this month, but it will be risky with buying that many treats. I'll have to go 15 minutes before club starts to buy them, so that I'm returning to my house at the exact same time the guests are arriving...otherwise the treats will never last!

I put the link to Jen's pizza box tutorial up above, but the size I modified it to is 5 1/2" x 8". (This way you also get 2 boxes per sheet of cardstock.) I scored the long way at 1", 3 1/2", 4 1/2", and 7". Then score the other sides at 1" and cut like Jen does. Let me know if you have any questions about that.

Okay, I better run and get busy with some more Spooky projects to show this week! I was in a fog yesterday, like a big lump, and did nothing but read 300+ blog posts from my Google Reader (I'm caught up now, ha!) so I decided this would be a great pressure to put on myself to get me moving! I'm not right, ya know, dh tells me that all the time! lol!

Hope you're having a great Sunday! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Eat, Drink & Be Scary
Cardstock: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, and Ghostly Greetings DSP.
Ink: Staz-On Black, Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie & Basic Black markers.
Accessories: Blender Pen, Small and Large Tag Punch, Striped Kiwi Kiss Grosgrain Ribbon, 1/8" Circle Punch.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Twigster Tree with Big Shot Birdie

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and is safely secured away for the arrival of hurricane Ike. I didn't get a chance to stamp last night so thought I would share this card I made several days ago. It's the cute little tree from Mr. Twigster with the addition of the little birdie from the Stampin' Up! exclusive Birds & Blooms Sizzlits Die 4-pack. Isn't she cute?! I also used the fabulous new Frosty Day DSP from the Holiday Mini Catalog. I know the colors aren't your "traditional" Christmas colors, but that's what I LOVE about them! So fun!

And here's why I didn't get to stamp or post last night...I went to a sporting event! Our two charter schools have sports teams this year! It's a big step for us...the last several years have focused on academics, but as the students have improved significantly and the school income has improved, we added some sports this year. The students are so excited, it's awesome!

So I went to two girls' volleyball game series last night at the YMCA by downtown Dallas. I admit I wasn't too excited at first because I'm always so tired by Friday night, but it was an absolute blast! I haven't been to a sporting event since high school and college, and I totally forgot how exciting it can be! It was a small crowd (we were LOUD though!), but I think attendance will continue to grow as word gets out. Anyway, here's a *bad* picture I took from my iPhone.

Okay, I better get moving...think I need to make a coffee run to get going this morning! There are some good movies on Turner Classic Movies today (if the power doesn't go out!)...My Favorite Wife at 9:30 CST and Doctor Zhivago at 1:30 CST...those are some great stamping movies!

Have a great Saturday! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Mr. Twigster, Merry and Bright
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, and Frosty Day DSP.
Ink: Staz-On Brown, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Bashful Blue.
Accessories: Border Scallop Punch, Bashful Blue Button, Linen Thread, Big Shot, Birds & Blooms Sizzlits Die, Dimensionals.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Mr. Twigster Trio

Happy Thursday! Thanks so much for all your comments on the Winter Post Trio from yesterday! I decided I'd try this trio business again...and even though I told myself I wasn't going to get obsessed with using new Holiday Mini Catalog stuff (I have other new sets getting po'ed because they're being ignored!), I couldn't help but using Mr. Twigster again. He's just the cutest snowman ever! I liked Laura's comment about "them possibly being the perfect man!" Too cute!

So here's the first card, using scraps of course, and I pulled out this card base already made and cut out of Sahara Sand, a color I haven't used FOREVER! The size is 6 1/2" x 3 1/4". He's stamped with Staz-On Black ink and colored in with Baja Breeze using an Aquapainter. Oh, and I remembered to "ground" him (thanks, Donna!) using Sahara Sand ink! *wink* I also used another Red Riding Hood snowflake from the Little Felt Flurries...since you get 69 in the package, I'm actually feeling like I can use them instead of hoard them! lol!

More of the same for the second card, but I added Not Quite Navy and used the Splitcoast Sketch Challenge #193. I decided I wanted to color in the Twigster with White Craft Ink and the Aquapainter, I just love that look! I like to call this the big-a** ribbon card! lol! It probably didn't need the photo corner punch up there, but I poked three holes and they were crooked, so it had to be covered up! Doh!

Lastly, I just realized I cheated and Mr. Twigster isn't even on this card! Double doh! But it's the same color scheme, so what the heck. I hadn't used my Join in the Cheer Decorative Strip Big Shot die yet, so I gave it a try. Same as last night, my last card is pretty simple as I start to fizzle out! lol!

I need to go hit my Google Reader for at least 30 minutes...it's up to 206 now! Yikes! I also need to use this to help the blasted sinuses. (I'm afraid this hurricane Ike is going to be a doozy!) Does anyone else have one? It's not pleasant, but it really helps. Speaking of which, I would never do something personal like that while talking on the phone to someone, but I do have to admit while talking to Lori on the phone last night, she busted me with "Are you using your PedEgg right now?!" How embarrassing! But hey, we talked 52 minutes and when this multi-tasker realized her feet were in desperate need of attention and the hours of the night were limited, what's she to do? lol!

Thanks so much for stopping by! You always make my day!