Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
This design uses the NEW Stamp Set "One of a Kind". See the flower threesome I used on the So sAffron and Purely Pomegranate to make the background? There is a NEW Matching PUNCH for them!! Also used: Not Quite Navy and Very Vanilla, both the Oval Punches, 1/2" Circle Punch, Stampin' Write in So Saffron, Purely Pomegranate Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon and Dimensionals. Enjoy!
Monday, January 21, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
I made this for a birthday present for a 6 year old friend of my daughters. Altering Notebooks is one of my favorite "altering" projects because it is so quick and easy and FUN! With the variety of stamp images Stampin' Up has - it is easy to create designs that are whimsical or classy or somewhere in between. I stock up on these notebooks when they are on sale at back to school time for 50 cents a piece. This one uses Regal Rose, Elegant Eggplant & Whisper White; Petals Jumbo Wheel (in Regal Rose Classic Ink) and retired Quirky Alphabet Upper (in Elegant Eggplant Classic Ink); the wonderful Scallop Punch, Pretties Kit and retired Elegant Eggplant 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon. I also used the Two Way Glue Pen to add Miss Muffet Ultrafine Glitter from CreativePlayStamps.com (Note: scroll down for a coupon for CPS that ends today 1/19!!) to the edges of the Scallop Punches AND (this is my favorite part of this design) to the edges of one of the Pretties Kit flowers! The Faux Suede "binding" was created by crimping a piece of Elegant Eggplant card stock, then gently peeling apart the paper (did you know paper is made of several layers?) you don't have to crimp the paper for this technique, but you do have to 'distress' the entire piece you plan to use by rubbing back and forth along the edge of a table or dull edge of your Craft & Paper Scissors.
I used the long retired stamp set Sketch a Party. Card Stock Colors used: Close to Cocoa, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy & Confetti White. Classic Ink: Bashful Blue & Chocolate Chip. Accessories: Stampin' Writes in Summer Sun & Chocolate Chip; Two Way glue Pen, retired SU! Star Eyelets, Crop-a-dile and Valentine Ultrafine Opaque Glitter(from CreativePlayStamps.com - see their coupon below!) Now to reproduce 7 more of these! :) Enjoy!
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Help us celebrate the arrival of our new designs! For a limited time, all stamp sheets are marked down to $10 each. With this coupon, you can get 3 for $25! Offer expires January 19, 2008.Valentine Red Glitter is also On Sale right now! I used it on the Heart Flower Garden design found in the December 2007 Archive.
Monday, January 14, 2008
I was at the Christian Mom's Retreat at Bishop Lane Retreat Center all weekend this past weekend and received my project inspiration there. It's going to take me some time to get it together, but I hope to get it done and post a pic of it here - it's a Prayer/Scripture Board. My goal is to get my January Scripture Card done first though, as this is the point of the entire idea! So many Scripture passages to memorize, so little time! :)
The second Challenge - or really inspiring idea - came from Angel, one of the Scripture Chicks (click on her name to visit her Blog) - and that was choosing ONE WORD to use as a guide for this new year. I look at it as a kind of Mission Statement in a nutshell. My word...
Riverside Websters II Dictionary defines a steward as: One who manages another's financial affairs or property.
The Catholic church, and I believe most (if not all) Christian churches teach that everything we have - our time, talent and treasure - is from God and IS God's and we are given these gifts to be good stewards of. Whether it is how we spend our time, how we use our talents or how we use our treasure (physical bodies, money, belongings, etc.) All has been given to us to use for His Glory, that all hearts would turn toward Him. some parts of Stewardship have been "easier" for me, while others have been much more difficult. In choosing this as my word this year - it is my hope to allow the Holy Spirit to bring further balance to how Stewardship is enacted in my life.
Here is a prayer I am using to this end, I hope many of you will also find it useful and meaningful:
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Click HERE for the Coupon!
Help us celebrate the arrival of our new designs! For a limited time, all stamp sheets are marked down to $10 each. With this coupon, you can get 3 for $25! Offer expires January 19, 2008.
Valentine Red Glitter is also On Sale right now! I used it on the Heart Flower Garden design found in the December 2007 Archive.
So - what do you think of these two designs? The Lovely Lilac Wedding design was mine. the Tempting Turquoise/Only Orange design was my hubby's! This was THE FIRST SWAP I ever participated in after becoming a demonstrator 4 1/2 years ago! It was a Set Sampler Swap - meaning every swapper had to use the same stamp set so we could all have a set of great samples in different styles to show our customers. I am still pretty proud of my first swap design, and Steve's too! (Of course it was his ONLY swap design for me! lol Though he did design and stamp some soccer invites for his indoor team for a pizza party once.) I wish I could say my designs only got better from there - but I'm still trying to forget a few swaps from the past - if I find a scan of any of them, I'll share them even though it's not Halloween! ;)
So - let's take a vote! Leave a comment here as to which of these two designs is the better one. My hubby insisted mine was nice, but his was better. Settle this for us once and for all!
Monday, January 07, 2008
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Isn't he the cutest? This is my youngest, learning to stamp. In December, he came up to me out of the blue and said, "Mommy, I want to stamp," so matter-of-factly and with those beautiful blue eyes earnestly gazing up at me - how could I resist? I promptly cleared him a spot on my stamping table, showed him how to ink and then clean the stamp when he was done with it or the current ink color, and watched him stamp! He is 2 (won't be 3 until Feb.) He did FABULOUSLY, never left a stamp uncleaned AND put it back in the case too before he took another stamp! Of course, my 5 year old daughter couldn't *not* stamp too then (she's been stamping for about 2 years guided completely by the sound of her own stamping 'tap, tap, thump' - you know, the proverbial beat of her own drum in terms of colors and designs!) so I got her set up too, and then decided I should sit down myself and work on something (I think it was our Christmas Triptych Cards!) so I could *supervise*. Well, first time was teh charm, cuz he stamped again just yesterday and rarely cleaned a stamp, though he did put the still inked stamp back in the case - how thoughtful! lol Ah well, he is only 2... :)
Friday, January 04, 2008
1.) I am the baby of six kids, and though all my older siblings say I was spoiled - they were WRONG! ;) (I am, however, the BEST of the six - heehee)
2.) I met my husband when I was 15 on a Catholic Retreat Team. It was love at first sight for me, though I was so innocent and naive at the time I didn't know that's what it was. He dated my best friend for two years instead of me!
3.) I have a bachelor's degree in social work and a master's degree in public administration.
4.) When I was a young teen I was in love with Michael Jackson (this was well before all the plastic surgery!). One whole wall of my room was plastered with posters of him from Tiger Beat and all the other teen magazines!
5.) I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter series - we have all the books on CD and listen to them over and over. I can't wait til my kids are old enough to share them with!
6.) I am a Marriage Encounter(ME) child - my parents were involved in ME back in the seventies when it first came to the Chicagoland area. Steve & I made our first ME Weekend in Feb. 1999 (before we were blessed with any children), then again in Feb. 2007 and now we are Presenting Team for our local Weekends. (See the link on the left side of my blog for more info!)
7.) I am a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) very soon to be a Homeschooling SAHM!!
Thanks Patti - this was fun! Though it was hard to choose what to share!
Tag to these other 7 Bloggers:
1.) Elizabeth: http://www.mamastamper.blogspot.com/
2.) Kathleen: http://www.stampjourney.com/
3.) Paula: http://stampnscrapwithpaula.blogspot.com/
4.) Barb: http://www.barbstamps.com/
5.) Dannie: http://danniesdesigns.typepad.com/
6.) Kimberley: http://procrastistamper.blogspot.com/
7.) Sue Ann: http://nevertoomanystamps.com/
The rules are simple, share 7 random facts about yourself and then tag 7 other bloggers. I'm off to finishing preparing for my Valentine THO Workshop. Will post the projects, hopefully tomorrow! :) Thanks for stopping by... and I hope you are enjoying the last of these 12 Days of Christmas! Wise Men Still Seek Him...A Joyful and Blessed Epiphany to you and your families!
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