Monday, August 30, 2010

Cones & Cupcakes & Showers!

The Baby Mommas (Liz, love Ya) Shower was this weekend at my house.
Whew was it a packed House!
A center piece for any event is always Nice and a great way to do that is with Paper.
So instead of a diaper cake, I created, Cones and Cupcakes.
At first I wanted to make a diaper cake and use real baby items instead of wasting disposable diapers.
I know there is a way, but I feel once you roll them, that compromises the insides anyways.
 For the Stand
I used some thick cardboard pieces Stampin' UP!® uses to protect their products for shipping
...I knew I wasn't a hoarder just a recycler. 
A tube from one of our Decor elements, Some thicker (there are thin & thick) Skewers criss crossed and poked through the middle of the tube to hold the center platform, shims are needed to level. 
The top platform has the skewers glued on the bottom and just lays on the top.
Spray painted a chocolate color for future use, surprisingly it's very sturdy.
The cones are made using the Big Shot Scallop Circle die then run through a Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plate, shaped and glued, with rolled onesies, this inspiration came from a great Blog friend
Lorraine at Paper Vernissage, she does a different, but still adorable variation,
with a Great Tutorial you can see HERE
The cupcakes are rolled washcloths, hats, and burp clothes, since I do not have the Big Shot Die Perfect Settings I created a template for the paper cups or you could use real ones. But whats the fun in that?. 
 This inspiration came from Stampin' Connection a Demos Only Site and I did not favorite it, 
so PLEASE if you know and she's has a blog email me so I can edit,
her creation is way to Adorable not to link her.

After making the Shower invites, this tower,
and so much more (took pics only my SD card corrupted) 
I'm so Glad I did not get rid/sell all my recent retired papers and card stocks. 
Unfortunately I have tons so some has to go, but I will keep just a select few...
OK I'm a Hoarder!

Friday, August 27, 2010


on the card,
yep Stampin' UP!® has fabric coming out in the Sept 1 Release of the Holiday Mini
Three Fat Quarters of Awesome patterns per package and
instructions of adorable items you can do, without sewing.
They match some even more Awesomer (is that a word) Designer Series paper in the Mini.
There are 2 styles (bright & cute-vintage) with 3 different prints each to choose from, 
and this is only a small sample....
more to come with these fabrics.
Off to prepare for my Grand Daughters Baby Shower,
  and finishing all the Goodies I made for it, I'll show those next week....
After a quick visit the CKConvention visiting my area.
Have A Good Weekend.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Trying so Hard......

not to go directly to Christmas Showings,
skipping the all important Fall Themes.
It's just that the Christmas/Holiday stamps in the Main and Up coming Mini Catalogs are all so stinkin Cute!

My card, Dark & Dreary a new set coming out Sept 1 in the new mini.
Some News Print DSP, folded then ripped to create the holes 
and some distressed Espresso circles placed behind. 
See the eye's peeking out, that's the New Moonlight Smooch® Pearlized Accent ink, from the 
Main Catty p195, I also used it to outline the Happy Halloween at the bottom. 
I'm loving all the Smooch products Stampin' UP!® is offering,
I've actually used it on several of my cards in earlier posts and if I were a better 
Photographer you'd probably see it a little better.

Smooch of any type just adds that extra element to any card.
Have a Great Wednesday!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Paper Snipping/piecing Extreme

Extreme you say, for such a Simple card....
well if snipping each and every poinsettia from the same stamped image on Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
doesn't qualify as Extreme, maybe the hour it took me to do this simple looking card does.
Surprisingly I impressed myself that I could sit there that long, snipping away,
but the snipping was not the hard part, piecing was.
Butter & slicing images kept flashing in the air filled head, which made the snipping kind of nice,
cause who doesn't like snips like butter?

Umm, Snipping..... counting the times "snipping" is said yet?
Can you feel what I'm leading up to?
If you Paper Pieced Extreme like this, would you take this well used tool
for granted again, or fall deeply in love with the best scissors out there.
Yes, Stampin'Up's! Paper Snips p.199
Snip needs his own post, I think, after an Extremely well  done job.
His precision-ground tip can get into the tiniest of places.
He normally sits by my side, patiently waiting and keeping me company and as of late becoming
great friends with some bling...that's another post.
Well snip, "I Love You Man"
This ones for you!
Please Please Please, give Snips Brothers a good home, they will never let you down!
Contact me to find out more about Snips brothers or other relatives.

Click Pic for a better View

The Card....
a mini "sneak" single a la carte Stamp called Christmas Post Card,
mini "sneak" glass glitter, mini "sneak" 1/2 seam binding ribbon in Artichoke.
All ready on Sept 1 for a Good Home.
Drop me a line if you need a Mini Catalog.

Friday, August 20, 2010

A Totally off the wall Post...

I love summer laundry, if your like me and do it once a week, summer laundry seems to take less time and get done faster, probably cause there's less of it. Thinking I need to move to a always warm state.
I tried doing a load here and there soooo many times, Just does not work for me. 
Always made me feel inadequate to meet "those" that never seem to have a basket laying around somewhere, but then again I never checked their closets.
I found out from the head guy that this is OK, he says "do what works for you."

Working still on organization, but almost there. 
Forgetfulness, the reason I have calenders everywhere. Now working on timing.
Yep bring some more info for you about Adult ADD...
just in case...You ever meet me! JK I'm not so bad, I think....

Common adult ADD / ADHD symptoms: Disorganization and forgetfulness

When you have adult ADD/ADHD, life often seems chaotic and out of control. Staying organized and on top of things can be extremely challenging—as is sorting out what information is relevant for the task at hand, prioritizing the things you need to do, keeping track of tasks and responsibilities, and managing your time. Common symptoms of disorganization and forgetfulness include:
  • poor organizational skills (home, office, desk, or car is extremely messy and cluttered)
  • tendency to procrastinate
  • trouble starting and finishing projects
  • chronic lateness
  • frequently forgetting appointments, commitments, and deadlines
  • constantly losing or misplacing things (keys, wallet, phone, documents, bills)
  • underestimating the time it will take you to complete tasks
 Cognitive-behavioral therapy – Cognitive-behavioral therapy encourages you to identify and change the negative beliefs and behaviors that are causing problems in your life. Since many individuals with ADD/ADHD are demoralized from years of struggle and unmet expectations, one of the main goals of cognitive-behavioral therapy is to transform this negative outlook into a more hopeful, realistic view. Cognitive-behavioral therapy also focuses on the practical issues that often come with ADD/ADHD, such as disorganization, work performance problems, and poor time management.

My Card....
Love the Bird house looks I'm seeing everywhere, this set Aviary-116956
My Background was super easy to do using the clear set.
That super groovy wave...a new die coming soon in the the Holiday Mini, September1,
wait till you can see what it does to fabric.
Have a Good Weekend!....Not doing Laundry☺

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Crash ALREADY!!!!

Another Splitcoast Sketch. ♥ them!
View here
Takes the guess work out of creating... more like me looking like the thinking man at some card stock and stamps, laying there looking nice, pretty, and untouched on my desk.
A Short post...
been doing some major copying of all pics and files I want to keep, form this computer, I know, 
and secretly hope is going to crash. Cannot fix what is not broke, YET!
Where's the sledge hammer?

Monday, August 16, 2010


Mushrooms Mushrooms every where....I love Mushrooms!
The family and I took a 2 mile hike this weekend around a local lake and the fungi were everywhere.
I snap so many pictures of so many different varieties that every color on this card had a matching mushroom
The pics soon to be on some scrap pages.... I hope.
I have come up with an awesome Scrap Class using one of the Simply Scrappin Kits, but to make it different I made sure there was an Awesome technique to each page.
So that's a little tidbit on what I'm up to, now that hubby is back at work, I feel I can get a tad bit more accomplished in the stamp room.
He's more exhausting than the kids!!!

Notice the 1 1/4 Grosgrain Striped Ribbon on my card,nope we don't sell that, I just changed it up a bit. 
So can you using the pen side (it spreads) of your SU Markers or your Favorite , a small line in the vanilla part and 
WA LA Something different!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Significant Others.....

He's on vacation.....
Wants to go and do anything and everything that's outside, in Extreme Heat and here where I live 
very High Humidity. 
How about  staying in and Scrap Booking with me, Honey?
Huh, fat chance...he has made me some cards though, of which I will show you soon.

Fishing...I really do like to, but he thinks it needs to be an all day "adventure"
 I refuse every time now, "Get a Boat with a Potty", I say, 
"Whats wrong with hanging over the side", he says.
Um mm...
"Imagination at Work here" 
Snakes, picture this...... biting my Tushy,
I actually have more pictures running through my head with this one, but I do not think I'll pass those on, 
have the camera ready.
Snapping Turtles, they get huge here, these might drag me in, get the camera ready.
Any kind of creatures with any type of curiosity and my Tushy do not mix.
Nope hanging over the side is not an option.
These are still moments I would love to get pictures of, as long as it's not me.

He did take the kids off to a Sports Museum yesterday, and then to the boat place to "browse"
Needless to say 30,000$ to start, is a little more than I wanted to spend on a Potty.
So I Scrap Booked...and now have an awesome class to come.
Keep an eye out on my events, need to finish the details first.
Need details on my card, Contact Me.

Off to see what he wants to do today!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sketches & Awards

 Card Sketches have become a Great Friend Lately,
they take the guess work out of where to place elements on a card.... Here is a PDF of the latest 
Splitcoast Sketches I have Printed out!
Several cards lately have the layout on this card, it's easy and can be one layer or more.
I like less layers only cause I'm thrifty (stingy) when it comes to my Card Stock 
and they are so much easier to send in the mail.
This Card uses Studio Sketches 122222 Clear ( If you want the wood mounted number, let me know) &
Baroque Motif- 113490 Wood. Also the new Vintage trinkets 118764, why would you buy Safety pens,
well they also come with some adorable little buttons (check them out on the Itty Bitty post flower)
and good luck trying to find them in these colors (Antique Gold, Antique Brass & Pewter),
I've I said I'm cheap oops Thrifty!

I have been slack on the awards I have received lately and some not so lately...sorry Jean!
There are rules to follow when it comes to receiving them but unfortunately I'm out of time, so I will link to the actual post if you would like to read about these Blog Awards....

Jean Fitch At Rogue Thoughts Gave me this Sun Shine Award back in April

And Katie at KB Stamps Gave me The Stylish award
I love these 2 ladies 
Jean has been with me since I started Blogging and we have emailed back and forth, here and there. She Lives in Oregon.... Look her up if your in need of a Demo there, It's Jean Fitch
Katie and I have Become Good Cyber Friends on Face Book I love hearing what she has been up to and quite frequently keep getting her or me to Fly across country to go to each others events, she lives in 
Seattle Look her up if your in that area and need a Demo. It's Katie Brooks
You can find both these ladies by going to the Stampin' Up!® Web Site
and clicking Find A Demonstrator

Now if You are in the Va Beach or Surrounding Areas and need a Demo 
I'm here and you have Found Me!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Yep ....Happy Birthday Alex!

Yep there is Glitter on Your Card...Good thing it's Glass.
OH! and another thing that Glitter will age, just like you from here on, it's all Good though! "Snicker☺"
Your, LIFE is what you make it....LIVE it Up..LOVE it/him Hard...
I Love You!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Itty Bitty is still HERE!

Unfortunately the stamp set is retired But.....
How about a wheel, there's 2 actually, The standard one used on this card called Sandy Speckles-117651
or the jumbo one called Texture-116685.
Just use them like you would a stamp, or roll em, what ever your day calls for☺
OK so don't look to close at my flower, kinda did not turn out the way I wanted,  sure was not going to waste it though. It's one of the new Paper Daisies-119243. They color, stamp, and dye nicely.

I'm making this short...Actually I try to make all my post's short, sometime I achieve that)
for tomorrow is Alex's 
Homecoming/21st Birthday Combo Party.
I think I typed that with sarcasm!
Don't get me wrong,
I plan to Party and Have lots of Fun for this Great Occasion
 That right there is my problem....Aspirin anyone? 
Check out some awesome Pics....

That's my Oldest Baby...not the guy on the right.
Glad he's home safe!
Have a Great Weekend!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Gotta Love Your Friends!!!

Lorrie R.(top) and Susan T. (bottom) Created these Beauties...
A small sneak of a Level 2 Hostess set and some Awesome DSP From the Holiday Mini
Starts September 1
Susan and I received the set, DSP, some new Glitter, and a ink pad as a huge free surprise at the end of convention. The set has Lorrie's style all over it, so I made sure she got to play. And of coarse she did some other Amazing Creations, I hope to get Pics of soon.

That's what I have to say about this up-coming mini.
Trying to figure out the Budget and what to omit from the Kids Christmas Wish Lists,
So I can have it all!
Just Kidding
It's that GOOOOD......."A Budget Rearranging Gotta Have it All Mini!"
Think Stampin' UP!® will change the Mini name to this?☺

If you would like a Holiday Mini, Contact me.
I will mail out Aug 30 or Deliver FREE, so you will have this HOT little "ABRGHIAM!"
in time to place your first order on Sept 1.
More Sneaks to Come.
Enjoy your Wednesday!

Monday, August 2, 2010

More one of a kind....Clear choices.

The last 2 of my One of a Kind Convention swaps...
Using Confetti-116960 and Holiday Happiness-120792
Both in Clear, of which is is an awesome choice you have in selecting some Stamp sets in the New Catty!
Holiday Happiness in clear is a must have, because the price of clear is cheaper, the precision of getting it right, is Right ON no Stamp-a-Majig needed. 
And it's a simple set that can be used for all those Christmas Cards you will need.
I have some Christmas Card Classes coming Up...more details to come.

Click HERE for an Informative Video on the Clear Selections.

The reason on Why it's hard for me to do swaps
Adult ADD,
I always joked I had it and had thought I was losing my mind or has some kind of early-on Demetia,
but as of January of this year was finally diagnosed.
Yes I take medication and have changes my diet (feingold), exercise, there are several ways to help combat it.
Below is a little tidbit to check out.
I actually have at least 3 or more symptoms in each 6 category's (Hyper-focus, forgetfulness, restlessness....there are actually more than 6)  and you can click HERE to read it all.
BUT! Please see your Doctor and Psychiatrist for an accurate medical Diagnosis....
Your Computer and it's sources cannot.

Common adult ADD / ADHD symptoms: Trouble concentrating and staying focused

Adults with ADD/ADHD often have difficulty staying focused and attending to daily, mundane tasks. For example, you may be easily distracted by irrelevant sights and sounds, quickly bounce from one activity to another, or become bored quickly. Symptoms in this category are sometimes overlooked because they are less outwardly disruptive than the ADD/ADHD symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity—but they can be every bit as troublesome. The symptoms of inattention and concentration difficulties include:
  • “zoning out” without realizing it, even in the middle of a conversation.
  • extreme distractibility; wandering attention makes it hard to stay on track.
  • difficulty paying attention or focusing, such as when reading or listening to others.
  • struggling to complete tasks, even ones that seem simple.
  • tendency to overlook details, leading to errors or incomplete work.
  • poor listening skills; hard time remembering conversations and following directions. 

Now You Know Why!
Happy Monday!