Friday, June 29, 2007

a visit to the zoo

Today instead of stamping I took my kids to the zoo. We have a fabulous zoo here in Syracuse, NY and it is one of my favorite places to go. We have not been since last summer and today was a perfect day to go. The kids favorite things at the zoo are the elephants (of course) and the penguins. We saw Indy the male elephant today. We don't usually get to see him, so that was a treat. It was feeding time for the penguins. They are all hand fed. The kids really enjoyed watching the penguins begging and diving for fish. The bears enclosure is currently being worked on so they were not out but the Tamarin Golden Monkey just had twin babies last week so that was a real treat. We had a wonderful time.
Jessika checking out the fish tanks.

Manny liked the shark.

The penguins...

Tuesday, June 26, 2007


I am ashamed to admit that I have had this set for at least 10 months and have never used it. I have actually had multiple copies of it and have given them away to my customers. Last month my good friend Lisa mounted this set for me (she is an absolute sweetie and mounts most of my sets for me) and I still had not used it until today. I was moving it to my sell pile, which is huge by the way and getting bigger by the day, and decided that I should at least use it once before I let it go. The colors for the day are Marigold Morning, Cool Caribbean (both also retiring in a few days) and Pretty in Pink. The image is stamped with basic black classic ink on whisper white card stock. I used all three colors and an aquapainter to watercolor the cake. Then used a two way glue pen and dazzling diamond glitter to give it a little sparkle. Layer the main image and the cool caribbean strip with basic black card stock. A very simple and quick card.

Monday, June 25, 2007


My old PC and I were not getting along anymore and I decided that we need to spend some time apart, far far apart. He just wasn't reliable anymore, I need a computer I can count on. He was always crashing, would leave me hanging and then the final straw was that he wouldn't turn on anymore. So I bought a new Mac! Still trying to figure it all out so bear with me.

Today's project "a fond farewell" can be found by clicking the link. Sorry but even though I managed to upload the picture on the previous post correctly I can't seem to do it again. Today's challenge was a double challenge. First we are to make a card sized to fit in a business envelope. Secondly we are to use a retiring stamp set. I must say that I had trouble at first with the size of the card but I am not unhappy with the results. Petal Prints and French Script are my favorite retiring sets and the vintage violet and true thyme card stock will be missed as well.

the tassel was worth the hassle!

My oldest son graduated from high school yesterday. With highest distinction I might add. We were all soooooo proud of him. He is headed off to Messiah College in the fall. I am still having a hard time figuring out where the years went. I still look at him and see the baby he was superimposed over the man he has become. I know that everything before this moment was leading up to me having to let him go but... it is so hard. Trying not to cry because I know that he is a fine young man, stubborn and hardheaded, but bright with a strong moral base. He will do great! So I guess I have to look at it as one down and four to go!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

and even more new stamps

Sorry I have been neglecting my blog this week. Last day of school today and Matt graduates on Sunday so I have been super busy. The retired accessory list is out (if you didn't get it email me and I will send it out to you) and the new catalogs are on their way! Thought you might enjoy seeing another new set today. This one is called Double Line Doodle. Today's card is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 square.
What I used:
Double Line Doodle
Real Red, Barely Banana, Creamy Caramel and Whisper White card stock
Real Red, Creamy Caramel and Basic Black classic stamp pads
red gingham ribbon, sponge, real red, old olive and barely banana stampin' write markers, coluzzle oval cutter and corner rounder.

Monday, June 18, 2007

sometimes you just need a quick card

Super simple card today. I have made cards just like this dozens of times before. Some card stock, a scrap of designer paper, a little something, tie a ribbon and you are done. Ten minutes tops and you have something wonderful.
What I used:
chocolate chip and river rock card stock
brocade designer paper
baroque motifs stamp set
round fire rhinestone brad
chocolate grosgrain ribbon
Go ahead give it a try...

Friday, June 15, 2007

just a quick one

More new toys. This is just a quick little card. Wanted to try out some more of the new stuff. This set is called Pick a Petal. Do you like it?
What I used:
Pick a Petal and Hugs & Wishes stamp sets
See You Around jumbo wheel and handle
Blue Bayou, Purely Pomegranate and Whisper White card stock
Blue Bayou and Purely Pomegranate classic ink pads
corner rounder
What I did:
Stamped the flower petals (purely pomegranate) and center (blue bayou) on white card stock and cut them out. Stamped the greeting on white strip of card stock in blue bayou, then layered it on a piece of purely pomegranate. For the scalloped strip I first wheeled it with the See you Around wheel inked in Blue Bayou (I just ran it across the stamp pad) then created the scallop edge using the corner rounder punch with the guard removed. Then assembled the card.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

more new stuff

Have I told you yet how much I love this new stamp set? Okay I guess I have. Well here is another card using the Baroque Motifs set. I also used some of the more of the new colors.
What I used:
Baroque Motif and Elegant Expressions stamp sets
Whisper White, Blue Bayou and Soft Sky card stock
Soft Sky Prints designer paper
Blue Bayou, Soft Sky and Basic Black classic ink pads
Ice square rhinestone brads, wide white organdy ribbon, foam dimensionals
What I did:
I started with a 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 piece of Soft Sky designer paper. I chose the one that had a kind of brocade design. I inked up the flourish stamp from the Baroque Motifs set with Blue Bayou ink and stamped directly onto the designer paper several time. I then took the smallest flower stamp and stamped that on the background as well. This background is very subtle and does not show very well in the photograph but is beautiful in real life. The designer paper background is then mounted on a piece of Blue Bayou and then set aside. I then took my piece of white card stock and without reinking the stamp, stamped the flourish. Over the flourish I stamped the scripture (Psalm 42:8) in Basic Black. I then mounted the white card stock on a layer of Soft Sky and one of Blue Bayou. This piece is then attached to the background I set aside, and the wide white organdy ribbon it added. Then the whole piece is attached to a Soft Sky card body. The little emblem in the corner is stamped in Blue Bayou on white, cut out then popped up on layers of Soft Sky and Blue Bayou then attached over the top of the ribbon.

I recently received some new information on what will be contained in the new catalog. And I thought I would share it with you, so if you want to be surprised don't read the rest of this post.
We have at least three new product line:
Boho West (wanted stamp set, star punch, outlaw designer paper)
Corner Office (I am thinking office set from the Spring Mini along with matching designer paper and the spiral punch)
Tapestry (probably refers to the Baroque Motifs set and matching designer paper, I used yesterday)
New Stamp sets: (in addition to the ones featured in the preview catalog)
Fundamental Phrases
Ginormous Flowers
Polka Dot Background
Think Happy Thoughts
Sweet Sampler
New Designer paper: (once again in addition to the ones featured in the preview)
Cutie Pie
Simply Scrappin' Kits: (which now contain TEXTURED card stock and double sided designer paper)
Winter Bright
wide and narrow grosgrain
taffeta ribbon
new ribbon originals (district, theater, jersy and fairytale)
double stitched grosgrain in the new in colors
3/16 corner
scalloped circle
Pretties Kit (dyeable silk flowers, pearls, hat pins, beads and rhinestones)
Onboard clipboards
Don't your hands just itch you get a hold of one of those new catalogs? About 3 more weeks and they will be here!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

playing with my new toys!

This set is soooo much fun. Do you like the bling? Now I am not much into the girly stuff but I do love these rhinestone brads! Take note of the new colors Purely Pomegranate and River Rock as well as the new Brocade designer paper. 17 more days until the new catalog!
What I used:
Baroque Motifs
Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, River Rock card stock
Brocade double sided designer paper
Old Olive and Purely Pomegranate classic ink pad
Chocolate grosgrain, Fire circle rhinestone brads, foam dimensionals
On the home front Matt has left for his summer job as a camp counselor. He is only about 45 minutes away but he will only be home for graduation at the end of the month and his graduation party in July. When camp is over he will have less then a week before he has to leave for college. Thankfully he finally tackled his room and did a lot of his packing all ready. His bedding came the other day. Hard to believe he is all grown up!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Is this the best or what?

Okay, I am soooo in love with this new stamp set. It is called Baroque Motif and will be in the new catalog that is coming out in July. Do you love it too? This card was super simple. No special techniques just straight stamping. Cut out a couple of little thing layer them up and BAM done!
What I used:
Baroque Motifs stamp set
Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery and Cameo Coral classic inks
Chocolate Chip and Whisper White card stock
celery grosgrain ribbon and stampin' demensionals.
The fabulous color combo is courtesy of Emily over on SCS.

Saturday, June 9, 2007


The man has arrived. The man in brown that is! And brought me a box of brand new toys. I thought I would share them with you before they become scattered all over my studio. Unfortunately I don't have time today to do anything with my new toys, maybe Monday I can make something wonderful with them. But now I have to go be a grown up. I have an adoption event to speak at, house work that needs to be done, a child with 4 lacrosse games this weekend (in Oswego of all place) and another child that need to be picked up from his summer job 40 miles in the opposite direction (in Moravia).

Friday, June 8, 2007

stalking the UPS man

I am waiting ever so impatiently for the UPS man to arrive and bring me my new toys. One of the perks of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is that we get to pre-order the new catalog stuff before anyone else. I quite literally was up at 2:30am last Friday to place my order. I didn't actually get up specifically to place the order, I need to use the bathroom and since I was up and it was after midnight mountain time, well you get the picture. Fast forward to today. My new colors of card stock, ink pads and rubber stamps are sitting on my UPS man, John's truck. Sometimes he is kind and delivers them early when he is doing the commercial deliveries but evidently not today.

Here is the card I made this morning. I don't have time to give you all the detail because I need to go deliver my oldest Matt to his summer job and he just called me to pick him up at school. He just finished his last final exam.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

the challenges of chipboard and Daniel's triumph

Okay I have to start out today bragging on one of my kids. My second son Daniel the athlete of the family, though it looks like Manny will be following in his big brother's footsteps, loves Lacrosse. His modified lax team did very well this year only losing two games to very tough teams. Summer LAX is now starting which usually involves weekly games and driving to weekend tournaments. We were notified last night that Daniel has made the Upstate Lacrosse League Select team. The 60 best 8th grade players in the league play on these teams and it is quite an honor. We are very proud!
Now on to stamping business. This is my project of the day. Today's challenge involves using chipboard. What is chipboard? Chipboard is a heavy cardboard, like what cereal boxes are made out of but much heavier. Currently this stuff is one of the hottest paper crafting embellishments on the market. It comes in letters and all sorts of shapes and sizes. The chipboard I used is from the Onboard Accents collection. You can very easily make this chipboard any color by dragging it across any color craft pad, the spots work very well too. You can cover them with designer paper, emboss them, distress them. They work great on cards or scrapbook pages and I am really excited that it looks like Stampin' Up! will have a whole bunch of new chipboard in the Fall/Winter Catalog. I can't wait to get my greedy little paws on some.
What I used:
Blossoms Abounds stamp set, Weathered background stamp
Rose Red, Going Gray, Confetti White card stock
Rose Red, Always Artichoke, Going Gray classic ink pads
Rose Red craft ink pad, sponge, clear embossing powder, heat tool, wide white organdy ribbon and OnBoard Accents chipboad, stamp-a-m-jig, foam dimensionals.
What I did:
This is actually a pretty quick card. Inked the weathered background with rose red ink. Stamped the background first on the rose red then on the confetti white, without reinking. The solid flower image in inked with rose red classic ink stamped off first. The highlight flower stamp image is also inked in rose red. I used the stamp-a-m-jig to line up the images. The stem and leaves are stamped in always artichoke, the leaves have been stamped off first. I sponged gray around the edges of the confetti white. The main image is layered on rose red and going gray. I attached the main image to the rose red background with foam dimensionals. The inked up the chipboard accent with rose red CRAFT ink then embossed it with clear embossing powder. I stamped "my friend" with going gray on a scrap of confetti white and attached it to the back of the chipboard. When I stamped "my friend" first I masked off the "my" with a post it note, inked the stamp, removed the post it note and stamped. Repeated the process with "friend" to separate the two words. Then ran the white organdy ribbon through the chipboard and around the rose red layer. Attached the whole thing to a going gray card body.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

cracked glass and the sketch challenge

My club hostess this month has requested that I teach the cracked glass technique, so I have been playing around with it. The supplies were on my counter and being lazy by nature I figured I would use the same stuff for today's sketch challenge. This is not the project that they will be doing but it will have some similarities.
what I used:
Blossoms Abound stamp set and Weathered background stamp
Chocolate Chip, Vintage Violet, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla card stock
Creamy Caramel, Vintage Violet, Always Artichoke classic ink pads and a Versamark stamp pad
glassy glaze embossing powder, sponge, vintage brads, stamp-a-m-jig
how I did it:
The first thing I did was ink the weathered background stamp with creamy caramel and stamp the background on the vintage violet background piece. Then with out reinking I stamped the same background on the piece of very vanilla. On the main image the lilacs are stamped in vintage violet and always artichoke. For the more solid of the flower stamps I inked the stamp then stamped off on my scrap paper first. Then stamped both flowers without reinking. The detail part of the flower image I lined up with the stamp-a-m-jig then stamped and repeated on the second flower without reinking. The branch and leaves were stamped for one flower then the other without reinking. The solid leaf stamps are stamped off first then stamped over the leaves that I already stamped. I then used the cracked glass technique on the main panel. I follow Beate Johns tutorial on Splitcoast. The main image is layered on always artichoke and chocolate chip. The "my friend" words are stamped in vintage violet then sponged with creamy caramel, layered on chocolate chip. I added vintage brads and attached the panel with foam dimensionals. All the layers were assembled then attached to a chocolate chip card body.

In my personal life everything is pretty much status quo. Jeff is back from Florida. The kids are still in school, Matthew and Daniel will be done next week, the younger kids on the 21st. Have a big wedding card order that I am working on. And I currently working on my outline for an adoption seminar I am speaking at this weekend. The seminar is aimed at finding homes for 35 youth in our county who are waiting for permanent homes. When I agreed to do it Jeff made me promise not to bring anymore kids home, hope I can keep my promise.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

I have been tagged

My dear friend Amanda tagged me today. So in return I am tagging some of the blogs that I read. So go check them out.

This is the one word answer tag.
Yourself: busy
Your Partner: patient
Your Hair: messy
Your Mother: fussy
Your Father: funny
Your Favorite Item: paper
Your Dream Last Night: forgotten
Your Favorite Drink: diet pepsi (two words, I know)
Your Dream Car: Mustang
Your Dream Home: clean
The Room You Are In: studio
Your Fear: debt
Where You Want to be in Ten Years: sane
Who You Hung Out With Last Night: kids
You’re Not: boring
One of Your Wish List Items: Stamps
The Last Thing You Did: lunch
You Are Wearing: clothes
Your Favorite Weather: fall-like
Your Favorite Book: Dragonsong
Last Thing You Ate: pretzels
Your Life: chaos
Your Mood: good
Your Best Friend: Trish
What Are You Thinking About Right Now: to-do-list
Your Car: minivan
What Are You Doing At The Moment: multi-tasking
Relationship Status: married
What Is On Your TV: Backyardigans
What Is The Weather Like: storming
When Is The Last Time You Laughed: 12:10

Monday, June 4, 2007

monochromatic flowers and what Manny did this weekend

Friday's bonus Limited Supply Challenge over on Splitcoast fit in well with my plans to create more cards using soon to be retired colors and stamps. The challenge was to use a monochromatic color scheme and retiring or retired flower stamp sets. So of course out came the Petal Print stamp set. I love the soft look of the flowers in this set.
What I used:
Petal Prints, Elegant Inscriptions stamp sets and Linen background stamp
Marigold Morning, Pumpkin Pie and Confetti White card stock
Marigold Morning and Basic Black classic ink
Always Artichoke Marker
tangerine grosgrain ribbon
sponge, Q-tip
How I did it:
For the main image I inked the flower stamp with Marigold Morning classic ink. Then I used a q-tip to wipe the ink off of the stem part of the image and inked the stem with a Always Artichoke marker. I stamped the image several times before reinking. Then repeated the process two more times. The Romans 12:12 verse is stamped in Basic Black ink right over the top of the flowers. The edges are sponged with Marigold Morning ink then the image is layered on Marigold Morning and Pumpkin Pie card stock. The card body is Marigold Morning as well. I stamped the card body first with the Linen background stamp then with the leaf stamp from Petal Prints both inked with Marigold Morning classic ink. I cut a small slit in the fold of the card body and tired a piece of tangerine ribbon around the card body. The main image is adhered to the card body with foam dimensionals.
Having two sisters can sometime be a major pain for Manny. First of all they are always bossing him around and second they always hog the swings in the backyard. I got so tired of listening to them fight over the swings. So Manny and I set out to Home Depot Saturday morning to fix the problem by buying a third swing for our swing set. While we were there they had one of those kids workshops going on. Manny was looking with envy at the kids walking around the store with wooden bi-planes in their hands so, since we were not in a hurry, I figured why not give it a try. Thank you Dad for teaching me which end of the hammer to hold and how to use glue and sandpaper. Manny and I had a great time and did, even if I say so myself, an excellent job. Doesn't he look cute in his Home Depot apron? Next month they are doing memory boxes, think I will take the girls...