I'm home sick and recuperating from whatever crud I got. I haven't been this sick in years,but with the help of chicken noodle soup, tea & lemon, a great medical doctor and a great doctor of chiropractic, I think I'm on the mend. I still feel exhausted, but, I'm getting there. Each day is a blessing and each day I get better. I hope to go back to work next week (huh...did I just say that...?). Yes, I do hope to get back in the swing. It's no fun being sick.
Since, I've been home and since I need to feel accomplished in something, I have been working on cards for the May Stamp Camps. I'm very excited about all the new stamps & papers. An example of one of our cards we're going to make is posted above. I can't wait to show you all the rest of the stamps including the new accessories...like...SMOOCH SPRITZ!
I'm also going to have a special Recipe Card Class at the end of May and I think you'll want to make the cute recipe cards for yourself and all of your friends. I think they'll be so cute to hand out with a loaf of your favorite bread or a jar of pickles that you canned from your garden. I got the idea from another demonstrator and I just want to give you a sneak peak, so, that's what the picture is at the top of the post. It will be a lot of fun, but, you'll need all of your gear for this one!
Well, I think I'm going to go back and lay down. So, happy stamping my friends!
Well, I just posted another class on my Stampin' Up! Website. I hope you go there and take a look at all of the stamping opportunities coming up in April. I had a dream last night about a purse scrapbook that I made a couple of years ago, and I wanted to make it again and offer it as a class. Unfortunately the original purse was made with the Carousel Notes, which, Stampin' Up! no longer makes. So, I had to come up with my version using items available now from Stampin' Up! It has taken me all day to figure out the new dimensions and such...but...my prototype is done. Now, all I have to do is write the directions and I'll be ready for the class. I hope you can make it to this one...we'll be doing the purse in Spring and Summer colors, so, don't be put off by my choice of colors. I always use what I have, while I'm working out the details. Well, I hope to see you at one of the stamp camps or classes!
Well, I'm sitting here in the hotel, trying to recapture the day. I can't sleep. Randy's snoring like a "choo, choo train" and I have to let him get it out of his system before I try to go to sleep again.
We got a late start this morning because Randy and I both worked late on Friday. Instead of trying to get everything packed on Friday night by myself, after an exhausting day, I decided to wait until this morning to pack. So, we didn't hit the road until about 0845. It was just drizzling when we left, but as we traveled south, the rain became steady. It was a gray and rainy day until we got about 50 miles north of Nashville. We were tired and it was close to 1700 so we started making plans to find a hotel in Murfreesboro. The rain stayed away so we could walk to the Cracker Barrel down the road from the hotel. It felt good to stretch and get out for awhile.
I love our road trips. We enjoy each others company and we chat early on in the trip, then fall into a comfortable silence and just enjoy the scenary. We don't need to talk, I guess because we don't have to fill the silence with idle chatter, not like my Mom or his Mom used to do. We used to comment on that through the years, when both Mom's were alive. It seemed as if that generation felt it was "rude" not to talk. There never was a lull in conversation, and I remember when I was a teenager how I actually could answer questions that my Mom asked me, but then never remember that I did. Do you think that was selective hearing on my part? Probably. It's funny how pieces of your childhood seep into your memory at different times. I wonder if it annoyed my Mom when I did that...I think it did...but as a teen I didn't really care if I annoyed her. Now, it would be different. I wish my Mom and Randy's Mom were still here. I miss my Mom when I hear someone speaking Czech, and I wish I could somehow connect with them...if not by language...but maybe by learning what it's like living in another country. One of these days I would like to go there and find out what my Mom's country is like.
Well, the "choo, choo train" has gotten to the "end of the line" and finally is quiet, so, I guess I'll try to go to sleep again. Tomorrow is another day of travel. We should get to Heather and Don's by suppertime. I can't wait to see them and their new place.
Color Challenge: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum and Soft Suede
Picnic Parade Clear Stamp Challenge
Color Challenge: More Mustard, Basic Gray, Soft Suede
Challenge: Crystal Effects & Glitter
Challenge: Pastels Technique
Guess what I saw in my neighbors yard? Daffodils coming up! Ok, they are against the house and on the west side of their house, but, it's so nice to see the spring flowers coming up. Mine are still under some snow because they are in a more shady spot, but doesn't it give you hope for warmer weather?
As I was thinking about Spring, I also thought about Easter and how fast it's approaching. Yesterday I was working on some Easter Basket favors for my demo group and I was having so much fun with the "In Colors" paper from Stampin' Up! I decided to make the baskets from those colors because they are so bright and cheery! I also filled them with bunnies made from punches and the Pick-A-Petal stamp set. Some of my stamp campers made these little bunnies last year. They're so quick and fun to make! The basket is made from the small envelope sizzix die. I got the pattern off of the Stampin' Up! web site, and I thought it was a clever idea for the use of that die. I wish we had time this month in Stamp Camp to make them, but, our focus was on Coaster Squash Books. Hopefully, I'll be able to show them how to make these boxes in the future.
Coaster Squash Book
Speaking of the squash books, I've had a lot of requests to have another class, so, watch for future classes to make these little books. They are so much fun and make great gifts for your loved ones.
Well it's football time again...the most sought after TV drama will enfold itself tonight. The Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints will duke it out in front of millions of viewers. I love football...not necessarily professional football, but it will do. Especially during the Super Bowl. I generally like to watch college football because I think it's more exciting because the kids are so excited about the game. I've only been to one college football game, and it was a few years ago when Mark was at Purdue. It was a lot of fun.
Football is one of the topics of conversation with my boys, we talk about some of the plays and commiserate about the bad ones. It's a link I have with my boys...sports. They love the Redwings and follow them religiously when they're playing. They also love the Bears, and debate with their Dad about the Lions. Ben is in Seattle now, so he's interested in the Sea Hawks, and Mark is in Chicago...so he watches the Bears and Blackhawks. In the summer we are follow some of the baseball teams, and of course, Randy & I still follow the St. Joe Bears VS Lakeshore Lancers.
So, what are you going to do this evening? Are you going to watch the game? Or, will you be doing something else? I might stamp/scrap during the game to keep my hands busy because I don't want to place high calorie items in my mouth. I'm still trying to follow my Healthy Living Lifestyle plan. I don't want to destroy it, now. I've been doing pretty good on the plan.
Well, I hope you have an awesome Sunday with family or friends and let the best team win today!
Snow Much 12 x 12 Pages (all supplies are from Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla 12 x 12 (2); 5 x 5 1/4 (1); 2 3/4 x 5 (1); 3 1/4 x 8 1/2 (2); Certainly Celery 2 1/2 x 2 3/4 (6); 2 1/2 x 5 (2); 2 x 5 1/4 (1); 3 x 5 1/4 (1); 1 1/4 x 12 (2); Soft Sky 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 (2) Spring Silhouettes Designer Series Paper: 1 x 12 (2); 3 1/4 x 8 1/2 (2); 1 3/4 x 5 (1) Title: Soft Sky Cardstock "Snow Much" 2 1/2 x 11 (use any die cut system to cut your title from the cardstock) Ink: Soft Sky Stamps: Snowflakes Accessories: Chunky Glitter; Snowflake punches small, medium, large; SNAIL; Tombow Liquid Adhesive; Scallop Edge punch
1. Build your page by adhering the 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 Soft Sky to the 12 x 12 Very Vanilla. Justify the right edge to the edge of the right edge of the Very Vanilla on page 1; Justify the left edge of the Soft Sky to the left edge of the Very Vanilla on page 2. 2. Adhere the DS 3 1/4 x 8 1/2 to the left side of page 1 and the right side of page 2 butting against the Soft Sky cardstock. 3. Scallop edge punch the 1 1/4 x 12 Certainly Celery. Adhere to bottom of both pages, butting up against the previous pieces of paper. 4. Adhere the DS 1 x 12 paper to the top of each page, butting up to the Soft Sky and DS paper. 5. Adhere three of the 2 1/2 x 2 3/4 Certainly Celery to the top of the Soft Sky on page 1. Adhere 2 1/2 x 5 to the left side of the Soft Sky under the 2 1/2 x 2 3/4 inch square. 6. Adhere the DS 1 3/4 x 5 to the 2 x 5 1/4 Certainly Celery. Adhere 2 3/4 x 5 Very Vanilla to 3 x 5 1/4 Certainly Celery. Adhere the Very Vanilla & Certainly Celery below the two squares and adhere the DS & Certainly Celery below that (see photo). 7. Punch snowflakes from 3 1/4 x 8 1/2. Glue to page 1. Glue Chunky Glitter to center of each snowflake. 8, On page 2 adhere 5 x 5 1/4 to the left side of the Soft Sky. Adhere the title to this piece as shown. 9. Adhere the 2 1/2 x 5 to the right of the previous Very Vanilla. Adhere the remaining 2 1/2 x 2 3/4 squares to the bottom of the Soft Sky. 10. Punch snowflakes as before, and adhere. Add glitter. 11. Stamp small snowflakes under the title of "Snow Much" in the Soft Sky ink. 12. Crop your pictures and add to the mats.
It's that time again! I just sent the invites out and I hope you can make it to one of the stamp camps. We are making cards that you choose from my swap box. I love it when I don't have to decide what to make. My creative juices need to rest every once in a while.
A couple of days ago I gave you a sneak peak of one of the cards, now I'm going to give you another one! This card is from the new Vintage Vogue set. I love it, and I didn't have any problems with the new clear stamp blocks. In fact it made it easier to stamp. I might just get used to this!
Ok, now it's been exactly two weeks since I've had any cookies, cake, ice cream, pie or carbs made of white flour. So, how am I doing, you ask? Well, not bad, but I'm still craving the sweets. I know I'm going to be able to loose some of the craving for it, but, WHEN?
I got weighed yesterday, and I lost 5 pounds. That's good, since, I'm trying to follow a sensible diet, not a crash diet. I want my eating habits to be changed forever, not just during a diet...oh...I shouldn't say DIE-t. It conjures up pain and agony for me. Ok, I'll think of it as a "Healthy Lifestyle Change", and I'll feel a lot better once I make the changes I'm trying to accomplish (thank you Dr. Tara).
So, now I'm thinking healthy and health. What is real health?
Well the Random House Dictionary says, " 1. n. The general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor. 2. Soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment. 3. A toast to a person's health. 4. Vigor, vitality."
That's what I want to achieve..."Vigor, Vitality, Freedom from Disease or Ailment!" But, do I have to do it the hard way? Isn't there a magic bullet to make it all happen? Does it have to be painful? Or frustrating? Or depressing? Of course it doesn't. It's about being just 1% better each and everyday. It's about surrounding yourself with people of like minds and resolutions. It's about prayer and asking God to help me through those tough times...not to take the tough times away...but to give me the strength to rely solely on Him.
Ok, so I talked myself out of my "poor me" funk and onward to VITALITY! YAHOO! I can do it...Yes I can...YES, YES, YES!
I feel better. So, now, I can get down to the reason why I have this blog, namely, to share what I love with others. Yes, you know what I'm going to say...stamping and scrapbooking. I've been working on the cards for our February stamp camp and they are turning out beautifully. The group picked out some samples from my swap box and decided they wanted to make them for the next camp. I want to share one that we'll be making. It's a beautiful card designed by our own Nancy Brown.
I loved this card when she swapped it with me, and I'm glad I get to make it with my stamp campers. It uses the Big Shot and Flowers Layer #3 Bigz Die (there's that word again...oh...it doesn't have a "t" attached...so...no worry...Phew!). We'll be making two of these beauties, and although I placed a "Get Well" greeting on it, any greeting would fit the card. I'm also using the Designer Series Pattern Pack III paper that is given to Hostesses when they have a workshop. It has some beautiful patterned paper in Ruby Red, Mellow Moss, Sahara Sand, Really Rust and Night of Navy. I used the Mellow Moss and Basic Black cardstock on this card and the Mellow Moss pattern paper for the background. I can't wait to use the other colors in this pack. The card is very simple to make, although you have to run the cardstock through the Big Shot a few times to make the flower. Well, here is your sneak peak of the card for February. I hope you can come to camp and learn how to make it.
I love this triangle tri-fold card. It is easy to make and has a wonderful "WOW" factor associated with it. Would this make a nice card to send to one of your friends?
As you can see, there is a nice place to write a sweet note to your friend.
Have you ever wondered how to make friends and to keep them? Well, over the years (and I mean many) I have developed a strategy to maintain my friendships. It can be very difficult because we are so busy, but it can be done.
1. One of the most important things to do is to be honest and truthful about all things. A friend should be someone who knows you inside and out, and accepts you for who you are. That kind of friendship takes years to develop and you must work at it!
2. In order to know your friend well, you must spend time with them, hence, stamping! Or spend time doing something you and your friend like to do. For instance, I have a wonderful friend who helps me to maintain my relationship with God. She is deliberate in her own relationship with God, and she helps me to be the same. We pray together and attend bible classes together. She also likes to stamp!
3. Friends must communicate, and it shouldn't be a one way conversation. I learned this the hard way. I'm not a phone person. I like to write and I'm pretty quiet outside of my working environment. I get focused on a subject and forget anyone is around or needs my attention. Well, I hurt my friend because I never called her outside of work. Her communication style is the phone. Mine is writing. So, I had to adapt my communication style to meet her needs. Once, I figured that out our friendship grew.
4. Speaking of communication, it's important to listen. Sometimes you're the sounding board for an issue. You don't always have to solve your friends problems, although, that's what most of us want to do. Listening is an art. Your friend is talking, but she/he is using more than words as the base for conversation. She/he is also using body language, facial expressions, intonation, speed of speech, emphasis on words and hand gestures. Look at the whole picture when your friend is talking. You might see pain, love, happiness, sadness, anxiety, worry, or any other emotion you can think of.
5. Lastly, support your friend in their decisions. My friend has supported me through some of the toughest times of my life. She did this, not by solving my problems, but by just being there. Being there is, just that, "being there". Holding my hand...giving a hug...or giving me a knowing "look" across the room.
Well, I hope some of these ideas are helpful, and I hope you develop a special friendship with someone. And speaking of friendship, I want to share with you a card that we'll be making at stamp camp this month. I posted one previously, but I want to post another to whet your appetite. It is all about "love & friends" because we're getting ready for the month of love, that is, Valentine's Day. The card is made with the new Stampin' Up! glitter designer series paper called "Sending Love Specialty" and Hello Again stamp set. It is so pretty!
Well, I hope you can come to stamp camp to make this card and to make lasting friendships! I can't wait to meet you, so, "come on over and have a stampin' good time!"
Sidney's not sure of what Randy is doing, and she's staying safe near the deck.
Sidney finally cooperated so I could get a picture of her...doesn't she look pretty? She just got groomed on New Year's Eve.
My snowMAN! Ain't he cute!
It's so beautiful outside! We got about 15 inches of snow yesterday and it's still snowing today. We're supposed to get at least 3-6 inches more today. It's that fluffy lake effect snow that's so beautiful. I love the cozy feeling of winter. I'm just glad this snow came when I didn't have to get out to work at 0630 in the morning. As I write this, I'm enjoying the winter birds coming to my feeder. I've seen many cardinals all with their feathers fluffed up against the cold. It's only 17 degrees out, and they really need to keep warm. We also have suet hanging for them, and I've seen some Downy Woodpeckers enjoying it this morning. The birds are so interesting to watch and it's really fun in the winter because they really stand out in the snow. I love the birds! Wish I could hold one!
I think I'm going to work on some more scrapbook pages today. I've finished 12 pages during this long weekend. I have almost all the holiday pictures done. I still have to pick up the New Year's Eve pictures to work on, but in the mean time I'll work on the 2009 pictures. I'm thinking about birds this morning, and it would be nice to incorporate them into my scrapbook pages. I also need to do a page on resolutions, yet and I could include a bird theme into it. It'll be fun working on them today--I can't wait!
Randy is getting ready to blow snow again...so guess what...? I'm sitting here at the computer like a queen in her household...no...I'm not going out there today, but I did yesterday and shoveled for awhile. Today my back hurts, so, I guess I did a little too much. I'm spoiled by the greatest man on earth!
Well, I better get to scrapping or I won't get anything done! Enjoy the pictures from our yard...and I hope that you're in a warm place while you read this.