Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Stamped Candles & Tiles

These are some candles and tiles that we did at our last stamp camp. This was a simple stamped gift idea. I bought the tiles at Lowes. They are tumbled marble. Botticchino tiles I think they are called. I used stazon ink to stamp directly on the tiles and then put little felt circles on the bottom. The candles are done by stamping your images onto tissue paper and then melting the tissue paper into the wax by wrapping it around and heating it with your heat tool.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Turkey, Turkey, Turkey!!!

I took a long turkey weekend blog break.... In case you were getting used to my regular posting, I felt the need to explain my absence. I made my 1st turkey ever and it turned out wonderful, if I do say so myself. I ended up brining the turkey...Robin told me she was doing it and I had heard about it from The Pioneer Woman. She (P-Dub) did a whole Thanksgiving series on her cooking blog, but I didn't really pay attention until the day before Thanksgiving. Anyway, brining rocks! The turkey was so juicy and my in-laws were amazed. I also had to do the mashed potatoes and gravy. The rest was being brought by the guests. I really hate doing it that way, and I refuse to do it that way for our Christmas Eve dinner. I allowed it this time because I had never done Thanksgiving and it was kind of a last minute thing so I freaked out. The reasons I avoid the "bring a dish" with my in-laws is because everyone is late and the last time we did it my MIL showed up with Au Gratin potatoes, that she thought weren't safe to eat for some reason, and a bag of potatoes and told me to hurry up and make mashed potatoes. Potatoes seem to be a reoccurring issue with this family. I have other potato stories, but I won't get into them today…just the most recent one. So I was responsible for the potatoes and I like to do a mashed potato casserole type dish where I boil them, mash them and mix in a lot of sour cream, shredded cheese, some spices, butter, and milk, then I put them in a casserole dish and put it in the fridge overnight and bake it the day of the dinner. So I had used 10 lbs. of potatoes for this and had a huge pan of this stuff ready to go for our dinner. My MIL had called that morning for some reason and my husband must've mentioned the 10 lbs. of potatoes for some reason...Well she shows up late with her stuff she was supposed to bring, plus a pan of mashed potatoes. I just about lost it. I asked my SIL what this was about and that it was an insult that she doesn't think I can handle the mashed potatoes. My SIL explains that she got a call while she was at the Thanksgiving Day Parade in downtown Detroit from her mother freaking out that we wouldn't have enough potatoes. She made her go pick up more potatoes. ARGH! In the end I had more than enough potatoes with my pan and I made her take home her untouched pan of potatoes. Maybe that will teach her a lesson, but I doubt it.

So enough about potatoes… I did get a little shopping done and a little stamping. In case you were wondering I did go back and add stickles to the big flower in the Fabulous Flower card and I also went back and sponged the background on that True Friend card I posted last. I'm sure you were all loosing sleep about that.

I'm trying to carefully pick cards to show that I haven't sent to my Secret Sister. I once figured out my SS by seeing a card she had sent to me on her blog. So now I am extra careful.

I think this one is safe...
This card uses the Double Line Doodles stamp set from SU! The colors are Pixie Pink, Almost Amethyst, Basic Black, and Whisper White. I used my Marvy scalloped square punch and some ribbon from one of the retired Ribbon Originals sets.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

SU meets My Mind's Eye

This is a card I made using some My Mind's Eye paper from their Tres Jolie line, I think. I also think the paper is called Cest La Vie, but I could have those two mixed up.

The colors go so nicely with SU's Soft Sky, Certainly Celery, Ruby Red and Apricot Appeal or So Saffron would probably work too. I think I am going to add some sponging or something to the cardbase... It just needs something else.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Fabulous Flowers

Happy Tuesday! Ok, well it is kind of grey (gray? I always get confused on that one) here, but maybe this card will help to brighten your day.

I used Groovy Guava, Purely Pomegranate, Basic Black, and Whisper White. The flowers are from Fabulous Flowers and the Linen background was used on the cardbase. I added a clear rhinestone brad to the middle of the center flower. It is popped up with a dimensional. The ribbons are the black gingham and the Purely Pomegrante stitched.

I think I will go back and add some stickles to my big flower. I want it to sparkle some more.

I hate these days. I have a hard time taking pictures in the house. I turned up all the lights in the living room and tried some with the flash and some without the flash. Nothing works like outside natural light. Oh well.

Only a couple more days until Thanksgiving. My in-laws are coming over this year. I've never cooked a turkey before and we have a 23.78 pound butterball thawing. Argh! I think we are going to have 20 people total, 7 of them kids. We live in a 1100 sq-ft house with no dining room. Good thing the living room is big and we can rearrange the furniture to fit a few banquet tables and chairs.

Monday, November 19, 2007

One Sheet Wonder Stamp Camp Projects

Here are the cards from the last stamp camp my upline and I did. For my set the participants got to choose if they wanted to use the In the Spotlight stamp set or the Snowflake Spot. The colors were Not Quite Navy, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Naturals White, and Whisper White. My upline used the same template, but different colors and a different stamp set. We found a great template on SCS that had the OSW sheet as well as the layers that you just printed out on the appropriate cardstock. It was a lot of fun.

I got quite a bit of stamping done on Friday while the kids and hubby were gone and at night at my pal Crystal's house. I just need to take pictures of that.

Here are some funny kid stories for you. First was Madison last week while we are waiting for the bus. She told me to watch for the bus and she would keep an eye out in the other direction for the neighbor girl Adriana. Then she says "Adriana's a whore". And I said WHAT!?!" and she said it again. I went on to tell her she should never say something like that and where did you hear this. She says "ya know the pirates say that" and I say "I don't care what the pirates say, you should never say that word. It is a bad word." Then she says "ya know like A whore matey!" and I said "AHOY! aHOY!!! HOY!!! HOY!!! HOY!!!" Phew!
This morning Carter and Morgan are in bed with us when I went to get in the shower. That is nothing new. They both end up there at some point during the night. After my shower I was in the kitchen making Carter's lunch and Corey comes in and brings me Morgan. He said she fell out of bed. She wasn't crying or anything. And she was walking around ok and smiling. But after Carter got up I told him that he needed to watch his sister if they are both in the bed. He said "I was watching her. I watched her fall out of the bed." Then I told him that if it happens again he should try and stop her. He said "I did try. I told her not fall out of the bed, but she didn't listen." **sigh** Ya gotta love 'em.

Friday, November 16, 2007

A Cute Treat & Drunk Sheep Revisted

So I went to the dollar store and they had the little labels I needed for my Hershey's Nuggets, but they also had these 2x4 inch labels. And I wondered if they could be used for some sort of candy wrapper. Well lookie here... They work pretty good on these Reese's PB Cups. I haven't broken into the halloween candy to see what else they fit. But I am sure they would work on some more stuff.

And here are my drunk sheep revisted. I cut apart my sentiment and added it to the side. Now I feel better about these.

Thursday, November 15, 2007


I forgot about the sale starting tomorrow at The Cat's Pajamas. Here is the email I got...

Hungry for a great deal?Fill up your shopping cart with some Cat's
Pajamas<http://thecatspajamasrs.com/> goodness and get 25% off
everythingwe've got!Come and get it while you can, 'cause at Midnight, November
18th, thisSALE <http://thecatspajamasrs.com/>will be the like the Turkey
the day after Thanksgiving, so done.Fine Print: This sale is for internet orders
only. Mail orders will bereturned. Shipping is based on order totals prior to
discount. Only one discount given per order. Discounts cannot be combined.
Salebegins 12:00 AM PST 11/16/07 and ends 12:00 AM PST 11/19/07.

Drunk Sheep

This is an ATC I did for a swap I signed up for. I actually signed up for 2 different ATC swaps that I need to use The Cat's Pajamas stamps for so I haven't decided which one to send this one in for. After I finished all of these I wished I would've moved the sheep a little more to the right. Oh well.

I'm not quite sure where I was going with this. If I had more room I would've added the "one martini, two martini, three martini, floor" sentiment. Maybe I can fit it around the side. I will look at this one again.

The papers are SU! Brocade Blue, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White. I used some Wild Wassabi stitched ribbon and some Brocade Blue brads also from SU. The sheep and the think drink stamp are from The Cat's Pajamas and the oval is the A Muse skinny oval. It is stamped in Wild Wassabi. I colored the drink in with my Rose Red SU! marker. It is pretty close to the Pomegranate. I added a little A Muse bling to the drink and I used some liquid applique that I heated to make fluffy on the sheep.

Well, I am pretty much out of projects to share so I need to get busy stamping while I am off tomorrow. Please, please, please don't let any of the kids be sick. I want them all to go to daycare/school so I can have a day of peace to myself. Even if something happens I still get to do some stamping at Crystal's tomorrow night. But I usually do more talking than stamping when I am at Crystal's.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I'm on a roll!

Look at all these posts in a row. What has gotten into me? I've been meaning to blabber and go on about what I have been up to lately in the last few posts, but I when I went to post I forgot to blabber. So today I get to blabber before I post the card.

I have been busy lately. Not stamping, but helping to organize a SCS stamping get together in Michigan. I've been to two others of these and we were due for another so a couple gals and myself took on the planning. We have had an overwhelming response. Over 50 registrations. Too bad we can't fit more, but we are going to be tight as it is. Next time we need to get a convention center or something!

Tomorrow I will try to show you an ATC I made for a swap that uses The Cat's Pajamas stamps. I just got a message from them about an upcoming sale. I don't think it starts until the 16th so I will post the details along with my ATC tomorrow.

And now for the card. This is the last one I have a picture of so I have to get busy again or I won't have anything to post. I'm off work on Friday and plan to be stamping all day. Hopefully, the kids will all be healthy and I will be able to do that. Knock on wood.

Sorry this picture is a little out of focus. Not sure what happened. Anyways, this is the Artfully Asian set by SU! I also used the Sanded background in Vanilla craft ink on the Chocolate Chip. The other colors are Rose Red, Brocade Blue and I added some Always Artichoke.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Baby Wipe Boot

Here is a nice bright card for today. On this card I used the baby wipe technique on the boot. The stamp set is Flower Filled. I also used the Linen background on the Cool Carribean card base. The other colors are Pixie Pink and Almost Amethyst, and there is some Certainly Celery ink and ribbon on there.

Monday, November 12, 2007

A Winner and Another Card

First off, I went to one of those random number sites and the number that came up was number 11. That would be:

Crystal (SCS happy2stamp4ever) said...
ooohhhh!!! LOVE the candy!!! I
LOVE that barn stamp - DH is a dairy farmer (PERFECT!!), and I absolutely LOVE
ribbon! And the little expressions are so cute & perfect, too!!PICK ME, PICK
ME!! =)

Congratulations! Send me an email with your mailing address and I will get this out to you. stampsnmore@hotmail.com

It is Monday so I decided to share this Grumpabella card. The patterned paper is from Joann's. Not sure what the brand is. The card base is Cameo Coral. The cuttlebugged strip is Chocolate Chip. I used a Wild Wassabi mat for the main image. And grumpabella is stamped on the Sahara Sand paper. I added some stickles to her rollers, her slippers, and her coffee cup. There are three square brads from who knows where and some stitched Chocolate Chip ribbon from one of the retired ribbon origionals packs from SU!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Here Kitty, Kitty!

This is a card I made for a swap a month or two ago. We had to use Cool Cat and I think she had to be any color but black. So I decided to make her pink! Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip. I used my Marvy circle punches for the main image. I added some sparkle to her wiskers with my Sakura glitter pen. The background is the On the Spot background. And the pink ribbon is from the Flirty Ribbon origionals that was in the Winter Mini catalog last year.
There is still time to enter the blog candy drawing. Scroll down!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

I never knew...

That I had this Microsoft Office Picture Manager on my pc. It is a quick way to crop and do an auto fix on my pictures. Wow. You learn something new everyday, right?

So here is a picture I just croped and made a little brighter. This is an old card I came across and I guess I never shared it.

This card uses the Polka Dot & Paisley stamp set from SU and the colors are Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise and Certainly Celery. The ribbon was from one of the ribbon origionals packs. I think it was called flirty and was in the Winter mini last year.
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Monday, November 05, 2007

Blog Candy is FINALLY Here!!!!!

Sorry it took so long. Here is a pick of the goodies. To enter the blog candy drawing leave a comment on this post. It can be anything. I don't really care. I will do the draw next Monday. Leave your comment before midnight EST on Sunday the 11th. And I actually took some pictures of some cards so you may have something to look at soon.

The winner of the blog candy contest will get a mini lunch tin to alter, some ribbon, a couple of NLA GinaK Designs stamps and some preinked baby themed word stamps. I think they are by Just Rite Stampers or something like that.