Thursday, September 27, 2007


Want a New Identity?

I was tagged by my friend Judy with this game. Just answer the questions and see what your "alternate" names would be!

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) - Cocoa Kia

2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fav. ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) Cherry Garcia Sugar

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) DSOU

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) - Blue Penguin

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born)- Lynn Syracuse

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) - Soude

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, favorite drink put “The”) Green the DP

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers)- Alvin Wilson

9. STRIPPER NAME : ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne, favorite candy) Amazing Grace Dove

10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) Caroline Otis

Pretty funny huh?? I am tagging these five, make sure you check out their blogs:

ribbon tying tutorial and a new floor

I have been neglecting my blog again but I had a really, really good excuse. A new mudroom FLOOR!!! For those of you that don't live in the north or are city dwellers a mudroom is where we enter the house, in our case through the garage, and shed our muddy boots and coats so as not to spread the mess to the rest of the house. Much needed since even though it feels like July outside snow (ick!) is not that far away. So they started laying the floor on Saturday and finished on Sunday but because the mortar had to be laid really thick on the stairs I wasn't able to walk on it until Wednesday morning. Not a big deal right? Wrong! The only way to get to my office is (you guessed it) through the mudroom. Needless to say I had a ton of emails to sort through yesterday and a workshop to input as well as all that nit picky little stuff that you need a computer for like paying bills.

Did a bit of stamping this morning and this is what I came up with.
What I used:
Autumn Harvest stamp set, Linen background stamp
Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, More Mustard, Bashful Blue and Whisper White card stock
Timber Brown Stazon stamp pad, Old Olive and More Mustard classic stamp pad,
Bashful Blue, More Mustard, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip re-inkers for watercoloring
Bashful Blue grosgrain ribbon, aqua painter, cutter kit distressing tool and a sponge

The main image is stamped in Timber Brown Stazon then watercolored with re-inkers and an aqua painter. I sponged the edges with chocolate chip ink then layered the image on a distressed piece of chocolate chip card stock. After I had cut out all of my pieces of card stock and had figured out my layout I stamped all of the pieces with the linen background stamp inked with more mustard classic ink pad. Including the main image but the ink was stamped off several times first. I then sponged and distressed all the edges before assembling the card.

This morning I am working on my Christmas cards and while I was in the process of tying 40 knots I remembered all the times that you (my customers and friends) have asked me how I get my knots to come out the way they do so I decided to do a tutorial for you.

When I tie a knot I always lead with one end. This is really easy to do if you leave the ribbon attached to the spool then cut when you are done, because it forces you to work with only one end of the ribbon. I generally start with my leading end coming from the right and crossing it over.
I then tuck the leading end under.

and clip it with the tweezers from the Stampin' Up! tool kit.

I then pull the end still attached to the spool, down and over.

pull the leading up

and tuck under

pull tight, but not too tight, this keeps the knot fairly flat and trim.

I was not able to get a really good close up of a knot but this should give you a better idea of how do it.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

gasp!!!! too busy to stamp

I have actually really been too busy to stamp. Since Matt left for college I have been redoing and moving around all of the kids bedrooms. Part therapy and part it just really needed to be done. This is of course in addition to the usual craziness around here. Well I am finally in the home stretch. Daniel's room is completely done. I just need to finish up the closet in Jessika's room. Ellie's room was the most labor intensive since I had a bunch of mismatched, salvage furniture that all got a major face-lift (multiple coats of high gloss enamel white paint). I only have the closet door and one more coat of paint on the desktop to do then the painting is done!! The big comfy chair is being moved into her room and I need to make a slip cover for it, since it is sooooo sorry looking now. Manny's room still needs some work but we haven't come up with a theme for it yet so it will have to wait until I have finished the other stuff. But anyway I took a break from all of that to stamp today. Just another quick card that I am going to send off to Matt at college. The horizontal strip on this card is river rock and I have to admit I am having trouble using this color. I have only used it a couple of times and need to use it more. I think it looks okay with these colors but I am not completely satisfied with the result but I will share it with you any way.
What I used:
Moose You stamp set, Whimsy jumbo wheel
chocolate chip, really rust, river rock and very vanilla card stock
chocolate chip classic ink
chocolate chip satin ribbon

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

stampin' and braggin'

First some stampin' then I will get to the braggin' portion of today's blog. What do you think? I thought at first that this was a rather odd color combination but as I worked with it a little bit I decided I really like it.
What I used:
Fabulous Flowers, Baroque Motifs stamp sets
Whisper White card stock
purely pomegranate, always artichoke and taken with teal classic stamp pads
purely pomegranate double stitched grosgrain ribbon
What I did:
I started with half a sheet of whisper white card stock folded in half for the body of my card. I stamped the large peony type flower in the lower left corner with purely pomegranate classic ink. I then stamped the flower on a large post it note. I cut out the flower and stuck it over the flower I had already stamped on the white card body. This is called masking and it is a handy little trick when you want you designs to overlap each other. Next I took the swirl stamp from Baroque Motifs, inked it with always artichoke and stamped twice, over lapping the flower. I then stamped some of the small flower from fabulous flowers with taken with teal classic ink. Removed the mask and I then stamped the flower three more times in purely pomegranate and once in taken with teal on a spare piece of white card stock. I cut out part of the flower making each layer smaller then the last, the smallest being just the very center of the flower on the teal layer. I curled the edges on each layer then attached them all together. I stamped "dare to be fabulous" in taken with teal and added the double stitched purely pomegranate grosgrain ribbon.

Now on to the braggin' portion of our program. My kids started school last week and I wanted to share a picture of my two that are in elementary school on the first day. Are they cute or what?
And since I am already bragging I thought you might like to see Jessi at the game she cheered at on Saturday. How did she get so grown up????

Monday, September 10, 2007

I'm back...

After a week spent rearranging my whole house I am back to stamping. I had a lot of fun playing around with the "Gamsol Magic" technique this morning and I thought I would share a little tutorial with you. Now I usually use Stampin' Up! © products exclusively but we don't carry everything, so this technique does use some different stuff. I used Prismacolor brand colored pencils but you can use SU's pure color pencils or any colored pencils you have in the house, to do this technique, and Mona Lisa brand odorless paint thinner but you can use Gamsol (or any brand your hubby has in the garage) odorless mineral spirits or paint thinner and I understand that baby oil and rubbing alcohol also work though I have not tried them. I use a rolled paper blending stump but you can try using a q-tip in its place.
What I used:
Give Thanks stamp set
basic black and basic gray classic ink
basic gray, rose red, ballet blue, confetti white card stock and rose red prints designer paper
basic gray taffeta ribbon and a large oval punch
First you need to gather together your supplies: a line stamp that you can color the image, neutral card stock to stamp your image on, a dye based ink to stamp the image with, colored pencils, a paper stump, sand paper, odorless mineral spirits.
Stamp the line image with a dye based ink stamp pad such as Stampin' Up! basic black.
Start with the lightest color first. I just lightly shade around the edges of the image.
Moisten your stump with mineral spirits (not dripping) and using a circular motion blend, smooth and draw out the color.
Clean your stump between colors on the sand paper.
Repeat process with each color, thinking about highlights and shadows.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

I have not abandoned you.

Sorry everyone I have been super busy. My oldest son Matthew left for college last Thursday and I have been dealing with my sadness and joy by switching around all the kids rooms and cleaning and painting them. I should be back to stamping by Monday. See ya then.