Thursday, December 27, 2007

Hope your Holiday was Very Merry!

Can you all believe that another Christmas was here and gone? I don't know about you, but once Christmas is over -- it really feels like winter should be over, too! But, nope, here, north of Chicago - winter will be hanging on for many more months. In fact, it has barely even started yet!!

I did get my new TAC catalog in the mail!! Yipppeeee!!! My own personal Wish List (I like to call it my NEED list...) gets bigger each time I flip through the book. I will have some catalogs available for purchase, by the let me know if you are interested.

Meanwhile, we have been super busy here with my Christmas gift from hubby. May I introduce to you...Blitzen!!!! Here he is with The Fabulous Miss Roxie. He is a 4 month West Highland Terrier. And, I luv him :)

Soon, I will have more stamping creations to share. In the meantime, I have a puppy that needs to go outside.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Well, the holiday cards are almost all mailed. I am down to just addressing them, as I have gotten them all made. Can you believe it? I finished my goal of making over 60 Christmas cards? Yowsers!!

I have only received 6 Christmas cards. Remind me again why I sent out so many cards??

Life has been out of control busy. I have been in full panic mode getting my house cleaned for my sister's holiday visit. Honestly, I don't know why I am stressing sooo bad, it is not like her house is perfect...but yet, worry and obsession are two of my favorite hobbies. Wait -- don't think that I am saying that my sister is a slob, she just has 5 kids, 2 dogs, 3 cats, and she is a working mom. So, while her house is clean, like mine, it is not Martha Stewart clean, again, like mine.

When I was growing up, my mom worked. For many years, until her passing, my Nana would come to stay with us over the summer and again in the winter. She was Dad's mom, and she was there for us after the divorce. My dad is an alcoholic. Many years after the divorce, he stopped drinking, and got remarried....but that is a story for a different day.

Nana was a dynamo of a woman. She always made you feel as if you were her favorite. She would send you out to the icecream truck with a $5 bill, and pretend like she did not know what you were talking about when you tried to give her back her change. She made monster meatballs, overly tart apple pies, and told stories about her life in Providence. As the youngest in my family, she spent a lot of time with me, while sister and brother were out doing their thing, and Mom was working. It was only recently, that I found out that my sister (who we all think of as the family historian) never heard many of these stories. Her best story, was when her family came over from Lithuania. They came over in the lower level of a ship in the early 1900's. They, like supposedly many other immegrants, scraped together their life savings to come to the US, seaking a better way of life. To save money, her infant sister was packed inside a barrel. HUH??? Yep, packed inside a barrel. There were airholes, and they brought her out all of the time, just hid her, enough to make her their little stow away.

I lost my grandmother when I was in highschool. I think about that story from time-to-time. I realize that despite any hard times, I have never had to hide my baby in a barrel. I have never had to pack up a few meager possessions, and my family to go across the globe in search of a new life. I am grateful for her parents that took the chance, and my Nana who was a very strong woman.

I know that Thanksgiving is long since over, but Christmas break is almost here. Twenty years ago, that would have meant that Nana was coming soon. I looked forward to that, almost as much as I did Christmas Day.

So, while you are all taking time with your families this Christmas -- take the time to remember the ones that are no longer with you. Enjoy those happy memories, and eat some extra pie, just for them!!

In the meantime, I better post a card for you. This is one of my favorite designs of my Christmas cards...this was a limited edition (only 5 made). I had forgotten that I purchased this stamp for my cards....once I remembered, I had almost 60 cards made. Not wanting this stamp to sit unused for another year, I whipped up a few additional cards....Isn't it adorable??

Friday, November 9, 2007

November? Already?

Can someone please explain to me how it is November already? And...not just the first -- but today is the 9th? Hmmm. I just do not understand how the time is just getting away from me so fast. I need to borrow Mr. Peabody's Way-Back Machine and back up enough to feel like I am getting things done.

That big box of TAC goodies came in, and that is partly why I have not been here. I was rushing to get the Thanksgiving cards made. I have already received a card in the mail from my sweetest there is, of course, that added pressure of having to actually mail the cards that I have been making.

I have been playing a lot with the TAC set Count Your Blessings & would love to share:

and a few close ups

please leave a comment and let me know what you think!!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Hey Faithful Readers! (or, is that "Reader"??)

I am really trying to ink up some of these delightful stamps that I have here, before my big box of TAC goodies gets here! You know, to minimize some of the guilt :)

This card features 3 stamps from Eat Cake Graphics. This & A Muse are two of my favorite companies...Honestly, if money were no object, I would truly own everything from both of these companies. The stamps used are Lilly Puddlesworth, Ryan Relaxes and Little Phillip's Ready for the Water. Hubby was trying to help me come up with a good quote for the inside...We could go with something sweet like, "We Miss you when you are not here...".

But, we are really thinking that Little Phillip is waiting to talk about Ryan, as soon as he floats away. Perhaps he is suffering from his Momma stuck him with the plain innertube...when everyone knows that the Spotted-Floaty-Critter is da bomb!!

Lemme know what you think...What does this card say to you?

Sunday, October 28, 2007

I'm Back.

Sorry to all of my faithful readers {and, Karen, you know who you are :oP } I just was so overwhelmed between Logan hitting the big 3, potty training, working, and having Zach in 8th grade...that I really just have been horrible about posting.

I will really be better about it. I promise. I will try. I hope.

I have even been bad with my stamping....I have soooo much untouched "rubba" that I got from joining The Angel Company. They are such gorgeous stamps, that I really should be ashamed. Soooo, I have finally challenged myself to get using the pretties!!!!

Here are two cards that I have made this weekend. They both have used bleach to get the white color. Both the Tiger Face & Gerbera Daisy were stamped and embossed in black. Then I broke out the bleach pen. I have done it before with straigh bleach, and a paint brush -- and got the results much faster...but, I am out of plain bleach -- so I am working with what I have.

I used my SU! watercolor crayons and an aquapainter to color the green of the leaves and stem. The blue paper look a little wonky in the picture, with the added dimention of the brads, the paper is scanning a little goofy.

by the way -- the new TAC catty is coming soon!!! Drop me an email at, if you would like to order one for you!! Thanks!!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Cowboy Card

Well, it had to soon as I got the harddrive replaced on my laptop - it died again. Toshiba thinks that it is the motherboard. So, it will cost more money. Of course it will!

We went ahead and got me a new laptop! Yippee!! This is super sweet, a 17.5" screen -- very swanky! I lost everyone's email, drop me a line at, if you ever want to hear from me again. :) Now, I just have to get more familiar with both Windows Vista and the feeling of having a full size keyboard. Until then, prepared for typos...

In the meantime, here is a card that I made with the new box of goodies that I received as my starter pack from The Angel Company. When I chose him...I thought that he was cute. Now that I have used him...I am in love. I want to have more reasons to use him. I want to plan cowboy parties. I want to go to the rodeo and travel to Texas. I want a big strong cowboy, with his own set of spurs...Wait...maybe that had nothin' to do with stamping...

Friday, August 10, 2007

It's ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!

My laptop...I mean!!

Yes, Lappy was out of commission for the last few days. I installed a new hard drive (almost all by myself even!) and reinstalled the software...and he is now as new as he was in 2004. Minus all my pictures.

Still working on recovering those, but I do not want to depress us all by going there. Yep, all the pictures from Guatemala & meeting our son for the first time. Please, just cross your fingers and your toes for us. I have not given up yet!!

In the meantime, I got some of the greatest new stamps from Eat Cake Graphics. Wow, Holly over there, is as sweet as she can be!! Her designs are fun, fun, fun!!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Wanna Play Doctor?

Whooo!!! Two posts in one day!! Amazing!!

Well, yesterday was busy around here. Not only did I get my new racks hung for my A Muse stamps (c'mon, you have to admit, those are too cute to put away in a box...), but I also got an order from Ebay of 4 stamps. And, shhh...I stopped by a stamp store at my lunch hour and brought home a couple more.

I am out of control.

But, hey, at least I am using them. Right? Of course I am!! Here is the fun card that I made for hubby!! It is a tri-fold card, so there are three pics to view.


Stamps by A Muse...WW crayons by SU!...Embossing powder, is a custom color of 2 blues and a silver I mixed, patterned paper by Rob & Bob Studios, white & green cardstock from Office Depot (I forgot the brand...) and blue cardstock is from the Bazzill Bling collection.

New A Muse Storage

Even though, I was just a SU! Demo....and I will be *officially* faxing in my TAC paperwork today...a big piece of my heart belongs to A Muse.

There is a new fun thread over at SCS dedicated to A Muse, and some great girls there have even formed an A Muse fan club on Yahoo.

I wanted to share the new fun storage that I picked up this weekend for my little A Muse collection. (warning, I know 4 other stamps snuck in there...but, hey....). I got these little wire desk organizers from Target. I think that they were around $8. Don't-cha think that this is their true calling in life??

Sorry about the brightness, these are hanging right next to the is a better close-up. you see the big problem? Yep! There is still space left open!! What am I thinking...must get shopping :)

Sunday, July 29, 2007


Well, I did it...I finally am jumping (no, make that crawling and sneaking...) into the world of bloggin'. Whew! Between the kids, the dogs, DH, full time work, being a TAC angel, Ebay, scrappin' and stampin' -- well, why not add a blog?!?

Please watch here for more interesting posts, shared crafting, and the occassional yummy of blog candy!!

In the meantime...let me share a card...

This was made for a swap over at SCS last month. The stamps, Lady Diver and Pool are two of my favorites from A Muse.