Tuesday, August 28, 2007

So I stamped....

...but I can't say it's something to write home to Mom about. I am going to put it up there. I do like the background. I am wishing my nestabilities dies were here cause I could have used them. Oh well, at least I got to play with my stamps today. I used a true thyme base layered with chocolate chip. The next layer is sahara sand and it is stamped with my swirls from priceless in true thyme. I stamped the flowers with chocolate chip and then I stamped my linen bg stamp in chocolate chip over the whole thing. The edges are distressed with scissors. I used my slit punch on the bottom right side to add interest. The flowers were made sparkly with stickles. The bottom right piece is punched with the mega and giga scallop square punches. (This is where my new circle nestabilities would have come in handy.) I stamped the sahara sand piece with true thyme and added stickles to add sparkle. The center is stamped in chocolate chip craft and clear embossed. I cut it out with a flower die from my cuttlebug flower dies. It was done on a chipboard coaster. I sponged the edges with true thyme and added stickles for sparkles. A small knot was added with my chocolate chip taffeta ribbon. The Thank you was stamped and then the h and k were stamped again in chocolate chip and cut out and glued on. The piece was finished with a chocolate chip taffeta bow. It isn't bad just not my best stamping. I guess the mojo takes a little time to find itself.

Have a great day and enjoy the possibilities!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Lost my mojo!

Oh my! My mojo is gone and I can't find it anywhere. I still have people living in my house! I am starting to get depressed. I want to stamp I really do, but I can't seem to get any energy together to even try! I want my house back. I want me time. Am I being selfish? I just want to stamp for a while and not have to think about anything else. There is no time left after I meet everyone else's needs. Sigh........ Please come back mojo, I need you.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Elder Rapp

I am adding a link to Elder Rapp's web page that I started for him. He is doing amazing! I can't believe he has been gone almost a month. Only 23 months to go! I am counting in Sunday's as they sound shorter. Andrea bought me a two year calendar to put stickers on each day. 22 days looks so tiny compared to the hugo mountain of days he has left. It's all good though as he is happy and learning lots. I love him and miss him, but I know he is doing incredible work for God and for that I am grateful! I hope to get some stamping done today. Wish me luck!

Friday, August 17, 2007


I am sorry for the quiet blog lately. I have company from out of town yet again. They have been here for a week and a half and I am not sure when they are headed home. I have no time for me. Today I have a killer headache and it has been going on since yesterday. I wish I could stamp as that is what relaxes me, but I can't. Not today. Have a great day and thanks for being patient.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Woo hoo I finally finished it!

I finally finished my card. This one took forever because I would work on it for a while and then life kept happening! It felt good to be creative last night and I love how this turned out. I wanted non-traditional Christmas colors. I decided to go with Blue Bayou and Groovy guava. I love the way this looks! It is so stinking cute! I started with my blue bayou base and create-a-cut scallop blade. I only used it on top. I stamped my cute lil polka dot background stamp in blue bayou. The next layer is groovy guava with my paisley background stamp with groovy guava ink. I pierced the left side with my paper piercer. I scalloped a piece of blue bayou designer paper and after attaching it added a piece of yummy groovy guava double stitched ribbon. It looks like a creamsicle! My stamped layer is on Stampin'Up! watercolor paper. I stamped my Baby Jesus is Born stamp with basic gray ink! I love this stuff, it is the new black! ;) I water colored using ink in my ink pad lids. I used groovy guava, blue bayou, soft sky, night of navy, creamy caramel, pretty in pink, bordering blue and chocolate chip. I stamped my swirl from priceless in the left corner with blue bayou. I pierced the edges and stitched it with linen thread for some texture. I used my scissors to rough up the edges and distress them. My new favorite punch, the photo corner punch, was used to do a piece of groovy guava and then I put it under the watercolor piece. It is stamped with the paisley background stamp as well. I used dimensionals to pop up the image to add more dimension to the piece. I think this is an adorable Christmas card and I hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Is summer over yet?

I will be truly glad when summer is over and I have time for me again. I have had a summer that won't allow for much stamping or relaxing. I am getting sick too! Grrrrrrr...... I have something in the works and hope to finish it today! ;) gotta get my fix! Hee hee we stampers are sick women! Have a great day and check back. It is going to be beautiful.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Autumn Harvest

Summer used to be my favorite season until we started having hot summers! I am now 100% in love with fall! I love the colors and most of all the cooler temperatures. It is still a few weeks off, but these wonderful pumpkins are getting me in the mood fast! I heard a few people complain about more pumpkins over at SCS. Guess what?
I am pretty sure this is my new favorite stamp set. I love the style, I love that I can color to my hearts content, I love that I can mask them and do pumpkin scenes. I Hearts this set! So last night after getting it assembled which went pretty fast cause it is die cut, I set down to stamp. My first piece, I didn't love because I used sahara sand paper and it didn't love me water coloring on it. Sigh... I decided this morning to pull out a piece of yummy watercolor paper from Stampin'Up! I love the way this turned out. I hope you love it too! I started with a piece of chocolate chip as my base and put just the right side through my cuttlebug folder. I used the textile one. The next layer is the new Designer paper in Pumpkin Pie, it is as yummy as it sounds! I put a layer of chocolate chip behind the watercolor paper. At the top of the watercolor paper I tore it after I stamped and water colored the image. I used my new basic gray pad to stamp the images. It is softer than basic black. I never thought of it before, but this one is water resistant too! Happy! I used pumpkin pie, more mustard, chocolate chip, creamy caramel, soft sky, always artichoke and teensy bit of handsome hunter. The ribbon is pumpkin pie and didn't turn out as soft in the pic, but matches the paper perfectly. For some reason it photographed darker. It is so soft and pretty! I cut out the leaf images and layered them over the pumpkins. I decided my pumpkin needed something and had heard of using the cutter to just cut real thin pieces of cardstock. I wound it around my paper piercer and glued it to the pumpkin top with crystal effects. Copper brads finished the piece along with some paper piercing across the left side of the watercolor paper and in the corner of the pumpkin pie piece. I did the corner with a leftover piece of the pumpkin DP. I hope you like it! Have a great day and enjoy the possibilities!

Oh, I almost forgot! I am smiling big today. I got an email from my son in Brazil. He is doing fantastic! He loves Brazil, the language, the food, the MTC, all of it! What a relief to know that he is finding joy in his service to the Savior. I can relax now and know that he is ok!

Monday, August 6, 2007

Finally feeling a bit back to normal!

I don't know how to describe this last week except bittersweet. My son has been gone one week tomorrow! This week was the longest week ever. I find myself counting ahead three hours and wondering just what he is doing. I know he is in good hands! That isn't an issue with me. I know that God will watch over him and protect him. I just miss him. He has always been such a tease and now that is gone! I went through his room and boxed up the last of his stuff (he didn't get it all done), vacuumed, washed his sheets. His room is bare! He will be able to email us either tomorrow or Wednesday! I am living for the email! I wanted to stamp last week, but (sigh) didn't have it in me. I have a list of a bunch of Dirty Dare challenges sitting on my desk just waiting for me to get motivated! I will stamp this week!

The countdown has begun! I can't count two years in days as it seems huge to me right now! I have chosen to count it down in Sunday's. Only 103 Sunday's left and I will be reunited with my boy! It will for sure sound better once it's under 100! Have a great day and enjoy the possibilities. Check back, I hope to have something stamped today!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Dirty Dare Challenge

The picture Trudee supplied was beautiful. It is a little out of my element but I like the way it turned out. I tried to let the sparkle shine through and I think I achieved that. I used barely banana as my base for this card. The cuttlebug and embossing folder were used at the bottom as well as my create-a-cut. I am for sure on a scallop kick! I stamped the swirl from Priceless in the right corner. Using my sakura sparkle gel pen, I outlined the swirls and dotted as well. It is stunning in person. I used my sewing machine at the top and bottom of the soft sky layer. The dp is from Ellen Hutson's store. I used the sparkle pen on the banana stripes and dotted it. The brads down the left side are saffron and I glued a swarovski crystal to the centers with crystal effects. The ovals are cut with my mega and giga scallop punches. (I can't wait to get the new spellbinder dies!) I used my corners and borders oval set to do designs on the soft sky piece. I used scissors to distress the scallops on that layer. The whisper white layer is stamped with the corners and borders oval dots. I used the sparkle gel pen in the centers of the scallops to add some sparkle. I used my Vases in Vogue flower and stamped it in versafine onyx black. My heat tool was used to set the ink. Barely Banana marker dotted each flower, then stickles were added for some glitz. The thank you was stamped in Brocade blue. I finished the piece off with a piece of white organdy ribbon and a fancy hat pin thingy I found at Walmart. It has a Swavovski crystal bead added. I cut off the end and used my pliers from my Stampin'Up! tool kit to curl the end.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

He arrived safely!

My Mommy heart can be at peace now! I got a call from the missionary training center in Brazil. Jacob arrived safely and they told me they would take good care of him. I am relieved!

Now I am off to my stamp room to organize my ever growing pile of scraps and hopefully make something fun. I will try and post something fun in a few hours, check back!

Oh I almost forgot! My granddaughter turned two on July 30th and I have a couple of adorable pics of her, going to add those as well. Enjoy Princess Mykl!

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