Friday, August 31, 2012

So Sorry...

Sometimes I don't need things to be easy I just know that it will work out in the end. This quote says that to me. In the King James Version it says, "For with God nothing shall be impossible." I think I like that even better. With my God all things are possible:) I hope you will rest in that promise this weekend.

So sorry to be missing for most of this week! This has just been one of those weeks! However, I will be back on Monday for sure but hopefully in time for the Sunday Night Chit-Chat! Sunday we are going to the Oregon State Fair in Salem so it will depend on what time we get back and how tired I am.

I have so much to share with you so be looking for more posts next week.

Have a great Labor Day Weekend--hopefully with family and friends. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

They Picked Me

I applied to be a member of The Cupboard Trilogy Design Team and guess what?!!! They picked me!! I have no idea what I am doing but I am excited about the opportunity. The initial commitment if four months and during that time I will either become extremely frustrated OR have my creativity reignited! I am thinking it will probably be the latter!

A big thank you to Jane and the rest of the team for choosing ME! Can you see me doing the Happy Dance?!!!

As a member of the Design Team, I will be designing (of course), visiting the blogs of those who submit challenges and...I'm not sure what else, but I will surely find out over the next few weeks.

Soooo, I hope you will come along with me on this fun new challenge!


Monday, August 27, 2012

Happy Homemaker Monday

Today it's time for Happy Homemaker Monday started each week by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. I hope you are having a great day--for a Monday that is:) So, here we go...

Weather...Today it is only 82 degrees (F) at 3:00 in the afternoon! I LOVE this kind of weather!!! The garden is loving it too--not too hot; not too cold:)

On my reading pile...Just finishing Morning Comes Softly by Debbie Macomber. The book is good but I really like her more recent writing better. I have the Annie's People series by Beverly Lewis on my reading pile. The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook and Shawls Two on the go! will be here this week!

On my TV...Working through the episodes of Numbers on Netflix.

On the menu this week...
Monday--Spaghetti with butter, garlic and basil; green salad; corn on the cob
Tuesday--Mizidra (finally cool enough to cook)
Thursday--Garbanzo Oat Patties, Baked Potatoes, green salad
Friday--Veggie hot dogs and potato salad
Saturday--not sure

On my to do list...

  • Clean apartment (for guests)
  • Make tea for my Kombucha "mushroom"--gotta feed Scoby Do:)
  • Exercise
  • Make and can salsa
  • Dry more peaches
  • Straighten the house
What I am sewing, knitting, crocheting or creating...Nothing at the moment but the Shawls Two on the go! book should reignite my creativity!

Homemaking Tips...Freezing herbs: 
  • Rinse
  • Drain
  • Chop
  • Pack herbs into ice cube tray cups
  • Slowly pour water into cups
  • Freeze for 24 hours
  • Put cubes into freezer bags
  • To use just put a cube or two into whatever you're cooking and you will have the taste of fresh herbs year round:)
Looking around the house...A little cluttered:(

From the camera...
The Hydrangeas are starting to bloom:)

On my prayer list...
  • 3 very special ladies each with various stages of cancer.
  • My hubby and his work.
  • My friends
  • My children
Bible Verse; Devotional...
"...'I have called you friends.' It is a friendship based on the new life created in us which has no affinity with our old life, but only with the love of God. It is unutterably humble, unsulliedly pure, and absolutely devoted to God." 
--from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

Thanks for stopping by for the Happy Homemaker Monday. 


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday Night Chit-Chat

My picture tonight is of a new cookbook I just ordered today from Amazon! I can hardly wait to get it! If you are one of my faithful readers you know we are in the process of becoming Vegan. We are just about there--just have the eggs to go. We do purchase organic, free-range eggs but those will be going soon too. One of the hardest things to give up is cheese--LOVE cheese! This cookbook was recommended to me by a friend so thought I would give it a go. I don't expect these recipes to taste like cheese, just give some substitutes that will be acceptable. I will share more as I try the recipes:)

With Amazon you get free shipping if you purchase $25 or more (unless the purchase is from a third party) so had to add a few more books to my order. I am very excited about the Shawls Two on the go! book I added. These will be fun projects to work on this winter. I think I would like to get some green yarn like in the picture to make that shawl--yummy!

Okay, so enough about my purchases:) It is time for the Sunday Night Chit-Chat started each week by Carla at My 1/2 Dozen Daily. Check out her blog for the rules and what she has been up to.

I am...

Reading...Still nothing at the moment but ordered book two and three of the Annie's People series by Beverly Lewis. I already have The Preacher's Daughter (book one) so now that I have the others on their way I can start reading it:)

Watching...The guys are watching The Three Muskateers.

Listening to...The wind blowing outside, our English Bulldog snoring beside me and the movie playing in the background.

Cooking/baking...We had spaghetti, salad (fresh from the garden) and corn on the cob. I think it's the first real meal I have cooked in two weeks! Need to bake some bread but think I will put it off till tomorrow.

Happy I accomplished this week... It took 10 days for my swap cards to get from Oregon to Vancouver, BC but I was sooo relieved when they finally got there! That's not really an accomplishment but I did feel good about it:) I got the house clean on Friday and that felt really good. Also reconnected with an old friend which I had been meaning to do but kept procrastinating. Have you ever noticed that the longer you put something off the harder it is to do? Well, I just happened to see her in town, visited and set a lunch date. Felt good to reconnect:)

Looking forward to next week...

  • Having lunch on Tuesday with friend I reconnected with:)
  • Going to Oregon State Fair with Hubby and Son next Sunday--brunch first at Sweet Tomatoes then off to the Fair!!! We don't do the carnival rides but love the exhibits and vendors!
  • Getting my Amazon order! Love new books...especially cookbooks!
  • Picking lots of raspberries! Yes, we have Fall raspberries:)
Thankful for today...My health! Even though I have Fibromyalgia and have pain and other annoying issues, it is not life threatening and I can function like a normal person (whatever that is) about 85% of the time. I am also thankful for friends who keep me sane and feed my soul! Carla said she is thankful for her husband who works so hard for their family and I want to second that with my hubby! He works hard and manages our money so well! I appreciate all he does for our family:)

Well, that's it for this week's Sunday Night Chit-Chat! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will come back to visit tomorrow!


Friday, August 24, 2012

Open Sea Triple Time Cards

This card was totally CASEd from Ann Schach at The Stampin' Schach. I love the Triple Time Stamping technique I first saw on Dawn Olchefske's blog, DO Stamping with Dawn but really wanted to try it with the Open Sea stamp set. I really like how this card turned out and sent it to my brother for his birthday--Happy Birthday baby brother:)

For this card I used the following Stampin' Up! supplies:

  • Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla card stock
  • Night of Navy and Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pads
  • Other: Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine; Button from Springtime Vintage Big Designer Buttons (retired); Glue Dots; Big Shot; Square Lattice Embossing Folder
NOTE: Be sure to stamp before you emboss:)

While I "liked" the card above, I LOVE this one!!! For this card I used Midnight Muse card stock and Midnight Muse Classic Stampin' Pad. To me, this card is striking! I am pretty sure I will be making a few more of these to put in my stash! Makes a great "guy" card and those are really hard to do (for me).

Have a great day and a wonderful weekend! The Oregon State Fair starts today:) We will be going next weekend--probably Sunday! Speaking of Sunday, meet me back here on Sunday night for the Sunday Night Chit-Chat! See you then!!!


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Summer Smooches Gate Fold Card

Now, is this a happy card or what?!!! I love Summer Smooches!!! How can you not with all those happy colors going on?

This is a Gate Fold Card that I CASEd from Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty. I was perusing her One Minute to WOW! Video Tutorial list and there it was...Gate Fold Card. Mary's One Minute to WOW! Video Tutorials are great. If you haven't checked them out, now is the time!

For this card I used the following Stampin' Up! Products:

  • Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White card stock; Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper
  • Bold Blossoms stamp set
  • Classic Stampin' Pads: Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade and Island Indigo
  • 1/4" Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
  • What! No Dimensionsals??? Nope! Not a one! See, it can be done--even by me:)
So glad you came by to visit today! Have a great day!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Raspberry Tart Double Pocket Card

One pocket on the front
Where has this paper been all my life?!!! In my stash, of course. I purchased it on the Stampin' Up Clearance Rack  a year or more ago and I am just now discovering it:( I can be really slow sometimes! The Designer Series Paper is called Raspberry Tart and I paired it with one of the new In Colors, Gumball Green. Great contrast, don't you think?

This card was CASEd from Patty Bennett at Patty's Stamping Spot. I had brought out this package of retired dsp for Kelley to craft with on Monday and when I got to looking at it I knew I wanted to try Patty's Double Pocket Card.

One pocket on the inside
For this card I used the following Stampin' Up! products:

  • Paper: Gumball Green, Rose Red and Whisper White card stock; Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper (retired)
  • Stamp sets: Tea Shoppe and Loving Thoughts
  • Eyelet Border Punch (retired)
  • Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate and Dimensionals
Patty used the Two Tags Bigz Die which I don't have so I just made my own bookmarks to go in the pockets. 

This card is super cute and super easy! A great way to use some of your favorite Designer Series Paper!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you had a good time and that you will find the time to do some crafting soon. 

Have a great day!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Paper Crafting Fun

Yesterday I got to spend the day with my favorite 10 year old, Kelley. Since I know several 10 years olds, you might ask what makes her my favorite. Well, I have known her since before she was born. I baby sat her as an infant and toddler. She and I have a special bond that the years just seem to make stronger. AND, she loves to craft! 

Today I am showing you Kelley's  paper crafting from yesterday. She was a card making machine!!! Every time she comes to visit her skill level improves:)
Above card opened up

For this card we used the card template from Dawn Griffith at Dawn's Stamping Thoughts that my Happy Stampers made in July. I already had the base card cut out of Tempting Turquoise card stock but Kelley did all the stamping and decorating! For this project she used Summer Smooches dsp and Bold Blossoms stamp set. 

She remembered me making a wedding card last summer and wanted to try it for herself. Again the idea came from Dawn Griffith at Dawn's Stamping Thoughts (the links take you directly to her video tutorial). I think she did a great job, don't you? She was itching to use the stamp from Creative Elements that she wrote "Contrats" in! She really enjoys the stamps!

She was having a great time punching out hearts so I cut her a base for the Tri-fold Card in Perfect Plum. She used Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Pool Party and Island Indigo card stock for this card--no stamping necessary:)

I was having a hard time getting a picture of this card without the glare. It must have been the black because I was taking the picture in the exact same spot and with the same lighting as the others. Hmmm. Kelley was particularly proud of this card. She eyed the Blossom Builder Punch and started to think of the possibilities. She used 4 layers of petals with a dimensional between each level. I think this card stock was Raspberry Ripple but it could have been Rose Red--sorry I can't remember but either would work good for this card. The white dot in the middle is actually a Large Basic Pearl.

Last but not least, is this adorable Birthday Card. She used Island Indigo as her base. Her stamping was done on Whisper White using Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade and Pretty in Pink Classic Stampin' Pads. The cupcakes are from the Carry On Hostess stamp set and the sentiment is from the Perfectly Penned stamp set. She put different colored brads in each corner.

So, if you have every thought you couldn't possibly make your own cards, just see what a 10 year old can do! I am really looking forward to next summer when she will be able to visit again. We usually get a few crafting days in per summer:)

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you were inspired:) Tomorrow I have a card of my own to show off! Have a great day!


Monday, August 20, 2012

Happy Homemaker Monday

Whoo Hoo! I made it for Happy Homemaker Monday! I'm not sure how happy a homemaker I am this morning but participating seems to get my week off to a good start! 

Happy Homemaker Monday is launched each by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Check out the cool "pantry" they made to go beside their refrigerator! WOW! Makes me wish I had a bigger space beside mine!

Sooo, let's get started...

The weather...69 degrees (F) as of 9:00 a.m. That is about 6 degrees cooler than it has been at this time of the morning for the last week. So hoping for a little cooler day. Maybe 95 instead of 100?!!!

On my reading pile...Need to start No Eye Can See by Jane Kirkpatrick--2nd book in the Kinship and Courage Series. But just got The Preacher's Daughter by Beverly Lewis. Hmmm...which to start first?!!!

On my TV...Might try to find a good family film on Netflix today to watch with my favorite 10 year old who will be visiting me today:)

On the menu this week...
Anything that requires little or no cooking until the weather cools off a little bit. I'm thinkin' lots of sandwiches and tacos! We are not used to heat in this part of the country so only have a very small room air conditioner that can't keep up when I'm cooking and baking.

On my to do list...

  • Make and can applesauce
  • Make and can salsa
  • Make and send 3 encouragement cards
  • Send cards to hubby's clients
  • Catch up on office work (hubby's files) 
  • Laundry
What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating...
  • Crocheting another pineapple doily
  • Getting ready to start some Doily Potholders to use as Christmas gifts
  • Always making cards--sent off swap cards last week and making encouragement and thank you cards today
Homemaking Tips...Here's a tip I just learned from Creative Homemaking--Did you know you can use plain white vinegar in the Jet Dry compartment of your dishwasher and have spotless dishes? What! I don't need to buy Jet Dry anymore??? Amazing!!! White vinegar is sooo much cheaper!

Looking around the house...Dog toys everywhere! They do love their toys:) Books and magazine piled on hubby's side table. A fine layer of dust on everything--we open our windows at night to cool the house off so dust gets on everything:(

From the camera...

I always seem to have pictures of my son's very spoiled and much loved English Bulldog Rocky on the camera! How could I not take pictures of his cute little mug?!!! He provides lots of laughs for us!

On my prayer list...Two friends with Cancer:(

Bible Verse; Devotional...
"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" Romans 11:33 (marked in my hubby's grandmother's Bible)

Thank you for stopping by for Happy Homemaker Monday! I will be crafting with my favorite 10 year old today so will show you some of our projects tomorrow! Have a great day!


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday Night Chit-Chat

My picture is of a card I received in the mail last week from Alison Plummer from France. I participated in an RAK Swap and Alison is the one I was partnered with for August. What a great card and so fun to get mail from France:) Believe it or not, it was even fun mailing a card TO France!

Well, it's time for the Sunday Night Chit-Chat. We are started off each week by Carla at My 1/2 Dozen Daily so be sure to check in with Carla to see what she's been up to.

I am...

Reading...Nothing:( Need to start the second book in the Jane Kirkpatrick series I started, The Kinship and Courage Series.

Watching...I watched the Snows of Kilimanjaro on PBS this morning and we watched Soda Springs this afternoon but don't have anything planned for tonight.

Listening to...Our wind turbine making power for our home:)

Cooking/baking...It's hot so haven't been doing much real cooking. However, I filled our food dryers with peaches today and we started our first ever batch of sauerkraut (shredded 17 pounds of cabbage)!

Happy I accomplished this week...I can't think of anything special I accomplished but I got the things done that needed to be done and remained sane:) I guess that in itself is an accomplishment!

Looking forward to this week...A special day with my favorite 10 year old:) She loves to craft and so do I! We will spend the whole day crafting, playing with the dogs and maybe watching a movie on Netflix. 

Thankful for today...The sauerkraut is finally started. It was a total unknown for me and hubby took the lead on the project but it is in the crock and hopefully will turn out. We will know in 4-6 weeks!

*Bonus Question*

As a famous athlete, you are offered a $500,000 endorsement to promote a product that you dislike and would NEVER use. Do you endorse it?

No, no, absolutely not! I could never endorse something I didn't really think was the best product of it's kind out there.  

So, that's it for my Sunday Night Chit-Chat! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will visit again tomorrow.


Friday, August 17, 2012

Blossom Punch Flower

Finished flower on a pizza box with belly band
This post will be a little picture heavy today so be forewarned! 

As I said in the previous post, this flower is made using the brown packing paper that comes in boxes when you order stuff, as opposed to those nasty styrofoam popcorn things! We heat with a wood stove so in the winter we use the brown paper packaging paper to start fires but in the summer, what do you do with it? Well, thanks to Brian King at Stamp with Brian I found at least one thing I can do with some of this paper!
When the paper comes it looks like this. It is just wadded up in the box to protect the contents. And a big wad it is!

So, I took my Blossom Punch (Brian used a Big Shot Die) and punched out 8 blossoms.

Now, I took the blossoms and stacked them on top of each other alternating them.

Now, using the Stampin' Pierce Mat and the Paper Piercing Tool, poke a hole right in the middle. Then put a small brad through the hole. It doesn't matter what kind of brad or what color it is because it's not going to show.

Now that we have the brad through the middle the fun begins! Start with the top layer and smoosh the petals toward the center as tightly as possible. Continue on with the next layer and continue until you have a squished little ball.

Doesn't look like much, does it?!! Now you start unfolding the petals starting with the outside layers but leaving the last three layers pretty tightly squished. Tada! You have a very cute flower that you can use on cards, boxes, bags...use your imagination!!!

Finished Blossom Punch Flower

I hope you enjoyed this mini picture tutorial and I hope you will try making some of these fun flowers. Corinne at Stamping with Roxy has a video tutorial on making similar flowers with Scallop Circle Punches (all 3 sizes) and card stock). Corinne's videos are very funny so if you haven't watched them, go take a look!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and be sure to check back with me on Sunday evening for the Sunday Night Chit-Chat:)


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Blossom Punch Flower Tease

I have a super busy day today so tomorrow I will show you how to make this super cute flower out of the packing paper from my last stamping order! I can think of so many uses for this adorable flower; perfect for Fall. So I hope you pop back in tomorrow so I can show you how to make the flower for almost nothing (after you purchase the Blossom Punch, of course!)

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by today!


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Perfectly Preserved Thank You

Customer Thank You cards for August
My 16 swap cards got off in the mail yesterday. I sure hope everybody likes them as much as I enjoyed making them! I can hardly wait to see what I get back but you can be sure I will share with you! My swap card to France went out last week so am anxiously awaiting that one as well.

The Man in Brown is supposed to make a visit today bringing our last Happy Stampers Club order. Can you see me doing the Happy Dance?!!! It's always like Christmas going through the order and getting it ready for delivery! If that's work, I don't ever want another job:) 

For my customer Thank You cards this month I used my new favorite Stampin' Up! products--Perfectly Preserved stamp set, Cannery Set Framelits Dies and Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper! Surprise!!! 

This card was totally inspired by Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty. Thank you Mary for this great layout! Mary used a single pear on her card but I really like the jar and topper so had to include them on mine. I would never thought of using Sahara Sand as a base for the Orchard Harvest dsp but when you look, sure enough, those little acorns are Sahara Sand! Mary and her sharp eye figured it out!

For this card I used the following Stampin' Up! products:

  • Paper: Sahara Sand, Island Indigo and Very Vanilla card stock; Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper
  • Stamp sets: Perfectly Preserved and Perfectly Penned
  • Classic Stampin' Pads: Early Espresso and Lucky Limeade
  • Other: Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Cannery Set Framelits Dies
Thank you for visiting me today! I am humbled by the fact that so many people choose to stop by each day to see what's going on in my little neck of the woods! Well, actually there are no woods here, just sage brush! But you get the idea:) 


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Perfectly Preserved Raspberry Ripple Tri-fold Card

WOW! That title is a mouthful but I wanted to distinguish it from the post I did HERE using the pear from this fabulous stamp set! 

The inspiration for the Tri-fold card came from my up-line Linda Gutierrez. Her blog is Stamping Year Round and check out what she did with fabric Yoyos! After you see these projects you might just want to get in on the great fabric steal Stampin' Up! currently has going--Discontinued Designer Fabric Bundles for only 99 cents each! Each bundle includes 3 extra wide (27" x 18") fat quarters in coordinating fabrics. When was the last time you purchased even ONE fat quarter for under $1 and this offer is for THREE! This is one of those offers that when it's gone, it's gone so if you want to order some fat quarters email me today!

I FINALLY got all my swap cards done and ready to mail today. I don't know how the stampers do it when they have 50 or 100 swap cards to make! I only had 16 and felt like I was running a marathon!!! Did I tell you that I accidentally signed up for two swap places:( Oh well, that means I will get twice the number of cards back! I made the card with the pears for one group and the one above for the other group. I do have to say though that I love, love, love this stamp set!!! And the coordinating Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper! 
card open

For this card I used the following Stampin' Up! products:

  • Paper: Raspberry Ripple, More Mustard and Very Vanilla cardstock; Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper
  • Perfectly Preserved stamp set
  • Classic Stampin' Pads: Raspberry Ripple, Lucky Limeade and Early Espresso
  • Other: Dimensionals (of course), Linen Thread, Big Shot, Cannery Set Framelits Dies
closeup of the adorable jar

Currently my top three Stampin' Up! stamp sets (in order) are:
  1. Perfectly Preserved
  2. Tea Shoppe
  3. Creative Elements
But that could change depending on the day and my mood:) I love stamping and I love being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator! My customers and my team members are the best ever!!! I love the support I get from other demonstrators who have nothing to gain from helping me. Currently Stampin' Up! has a promotion called  The Spooktacular Project Kit Offer. When you sign up as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for only $99 you get $125 in Stampin' Up! product of your choice PLUS a $60 Halloween Project Kit! 
I would love having you as a member of my team. Email me today if you are interested.

Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by to visit. 


Monday, August 13, 2012

Creative Elements Shutter Card

This morning I gave you the picture on the left as a tease for this post. Last month I posted a Shutter Card very much like this one HERE but made a few changes that I really liked so wanted to show them to you. In this picture you can see that I layered the flowers--the center one has three layers and the one on the right has two layers. The third flower is just a single layer. This Shutter Card and the one in July were inspired by Dawn Griffith of Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.

To make this card I used the following Stampin' Up! products:

  • Paper: Midnight Muse and Very Vanilla card stock; Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper
  • Stamp sets: Creative Elements, Occasions Alphabet and Messages for Mom (retired--for sentiment)
  • Classic Stampin' Pads: Midnight Muse, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede and Summer Starfruit
  • Other: Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Pearls
On the right hand piece where the sentiment is, I used the flower stamp with Soft Suede ink to create a watermark effect by stamping off the image before stamping it on the card stock. The next picture shows a closeup of what I'm talking about.

I am so enjoying this style of card AND the Creative Elements stamp set! I hope you don't get tired of them. 

Tomorrow I will have my new swap card ready to show! I need to get them in the mail tomorrow!!!! 

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Creative Elements Tease

I don't have time this morning for a long post so thought I would give you a little tease. The card is one I did last month I think. Anyway, I stepped it up a bit and want to show you what I did. So I will be back later today to show you the whole card and give you the details:) 

Have a great day!!!


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunday Night Chit-Chat

Welcome to the Sunday Night Chit-Chat! For my picture I decided to use one I took of my son's dog Rocky (both of them live with us). He was sleeping on his back on the sofa so I went to get the camera to snap a picture but when I came back he had rolled over. He gets all self-conscious and embarrassed when I try to take pictures of him. It's really funny! Why do I have a sheet on my sofa? Well...English Bulldogs cannot lift their tails when they poop so we have to make sure he is clean. Just in case, we protect the sofa with a sheet. 

If you are new to the Sunday Night Chit-Chat, go to Carla's website My 1/2 Dozen Daily for directions and see what Carla's been up to!

I am...

Reading...Just magazines at the moment. My new Weight Watchers Magazine and the new Stampin' Success just came yesterday so am enjoying them:)

Watching...The Glades on Netflix while I was filling the food dryers with peaches.

Listening to...Rocky snoring and the air conditioner humming.

Cooking/Baking...Today I made Gazpacho and corn on the cob. Tonight, after it cools down a bit, I plan to make Russian Teacakes and Mini Pecan Tarts for a friend who dearly loves both.

Happy I accomplished this week...Everything on my "must do" list got done! None of the extra things but the needed things got done. That doesn't always happen.

Looking forward to this week...A social gathering on Tuesday and a visit with a special friend on Thursday. I am excited about getting some cards made for a swap I joined. Love making cards...especially when I get in the zone:)

Thankful for today...all the delicious fruit and veggies in our garden! It doesn't get any better than garden to plate:)

When it comes to shopping for clothes for myself, what item do I have the hardest time saying "no" to...SHOES!!! I love, love, love shoes! I have sooo many pair but still want to buy more! I need to get rid of several pair of dress shoes that I used to wear to work because I just don't wear them anymore. 

Thanks for stopping by to share the Sunday Night Chit-Chat with me:) I am always sooo glad you came!


Friday, August 10, 2012

Double Pocket Tea Shoppe

If I were any later with this post it would be tomorrow!!! Sorry about that! I have had a busy day and just got the opportunity to sit down to blog.

Tea Shoppe rides again! I LOVE the Tea Shoppe stamp set and will likely use it several more times this Stampin' Up! year! A big thank you goes out to Judy Rozema of Joy in a Jar for a wonderful picture tutorial for making the Double Pocket card. I decided to use the retired Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper from the last Sale-a-bration since I had a full package. 

For this card I used the following Stampin' Up! products:

  • Paper: Lucky Limeade, Pool Party and Very Vanilla card stock; Everyday Enchantment dsp
  • Tea Shoppe stamp set
  • Classic Stampin' Pads: Early Espresso, Pool Party and Lucky Limeade
  • Other: Dimensionals, brads, quilted early espresso ribbon (retired from last year's holiday catalog), Sticky Strip
There is another style of Double Pocket card I want to try next week so hopefully I can get that done to show you.

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you come back to visit for the Sunday Night Chit-Chat!


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Oh Baby!

These cards turned out sooo super cute! I have been wanting to make one for some time so when one of my Happy Stampers requested a baby card as one of our projects, it was the perfect opportunity to try it. My thanks go out to Becky Jensen at Stamp That for the great picture tutorial. The ladies had the choice of Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue or Daffodil Delight for their Baby Onesie Card. one chose blue! Must not be any new little boys on the horizon.

The cards above were stamped with ducks on the yellow one; hearts and bears on the pink one. The one below was run through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. A word of caution is you decide to make the embossed card: make all of your cuts before you run it through the Big Shot. Dry embossing breaks down the fibers in the paper so if you cut after embossing you might not get good clean cuts.

I have two baby afghans made so these cards will go perfect when babies arrive to give them to.

For these cards I used the following Stampin' Up products:

  • Daffodil Delight, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White card stock
  • Baby Bundle stamp set
  • Daffodil Delight and Pretty in Pink Classic Stampin' Pads
  • Punches: 1 3/8" Circle, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle, Scallop Edge Border, Circle from Itty Bitty Punch Pack
  • Other: Basic Pearls, Eyelets, White Grosgrain Ribbon (not Stampin' Up!)
Wait till you see tomorrow's card! Sooo pretty!!! But then again it's using one of my favorite stamp sets...Tea Shoppe! I will definitely sneak the Tea Shoppe in any time I get the chance:) 

Have a great day!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Summer Smooches Notepad Case

My Happy Stampers meet TONIGHT and I am sooo excited for them to see the projects I have for them! As promised, I will tell you which one of the Matchbook Post-it Holders I decided to use...both of them; well sorta! I decided to use the Lucky Limeade and Island Indigo but give the ladies a choice of which stamp set to use to decorate it! Now, how smart was that!!! I love choices, don't you? For the other two stamping club projects you will just have to wait because I don't want to spoil the surprise for the ladies:)

I am sure you're asking yourself what's up with that BORING picture Kat has up today?!!! For the last several months I have been giving the "hostess of the month" at stamping club a notepad case (when I remember to BUY the cases to make them). I found the idea and instructions on Jill Olsen's website Stamping Jill. For the video tutorial click HERE

The notepad case is made using:

  • one of Stampin' Up!'s Clear Mount Stamp Cases (4 for $5.95)
  • a piece of 10 1/2" X 7" piece of double sided Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper
  • a 5" wide note pad and you can either put an envelope inside to hold receipts or a Post-it note pad. Now, just a note about the notepads...take your ruler with you when purchasing the notepads. Staples sells one that says 5" X 8" but it is in fact 5 1/8" and won't work. The notepads at Office Max and Office Depot are the correct size but measure to be sure. They come in a package of 12 but since you want your notepad to be 7" long, not 8", you will need to ask them to cut 1" off your notepads.

Notepad Case closed

Since the notepad case looked a little BORING, I decided to add this little flower using the Blossom Punch with Lucky Limeade and Rich Razzleberry card stock. I topped it off with a button from the Brights Collection.  Now, what do you think my "hostess" will think of that?!!!

Are you curious to see the inside? 
Notepad Case open

See? Pretty paper on the inside too (thanks to double-sided dsp)! A full pad of Post-its won't fit with the notepad so I just peeled off about 2/3 of a pad to put in the case. I took a 2" x 5" strip of the same Summer Smooches dsp to wrap around the top of the notepad. I used Sticky Strip to adhere it. 

If you watch the video tutorial by Jill Olsen (Jackie Bolhuis is demonstrating the project on this video) you will see that you can really gussy this up. I will try to do one soon to show you what I mean. These notepad cases make wonderful gifts so I hope you make one soon.

Well, I'm off to get ready for my Happy Stampers Club! Have a wonderful day!