Saturday, August 16, 2008

My first attempt

at digi-scrapbooking... what do you think?As you all can see I just love Ali Edwards and what she does. She is enormously talented and watching her blog on a daily basis to see what she's done has inspired me to dip my toes in the digital scrapbooking pond... ok.. so it's a really big pond.. more like the OCEAN.. but whose being literal here...

I'm on the hunt for all information I can find about digital scrapbooking.. including..
what are the best programs to use
what are the best FREE websites to use
if I wanted to print them... what type of printer should I purchase, what types of supplies will I need.. etc. etc. etc.

Personally I'm on the hunt for the 'digital scrapbooking for dummies' book.. I think that would be a good place to start.. But please if you have any bits of wisdom on the subject you would care to pass on to me being a virtual 'virgin' on the subject.. PLEASE leave your comments here...

Have a faby-lous weekend.. I'm off to work on a few recipe cards for my swap.. TTYS,

Thursday, August 14, 2008

So true....................

Doesn't it seem like some weeks there's ... Never enough thyme... to stamp? This has been a crazy week.. Monday... EMG on both arms, both hands and my neck. Oi'... an hour and a half of electrocuting me.. then sticking me with needles... I didn't know how much more I could take.. Hopefully I'll have some results when I see my PCP next week. Tuesday.. delayed planes... Got home really late Wednesday... Oh the things we do to be beautiful.. Highlights and a hair cut.. Only to get home to find out that we think our fur baby was stung by a bee on her face. Thursday.. Late day at work.. Friday.. I think I may finally be able to start relaxing.
This was the 2nd card I made the day my mother sprained her ankle.. Here's a funny story.. My Mother 'refused' to walk on the crutches. I think she just didn't know how to use them. So my step-dad went and got her a wheel chair so that she could get around the house those first few days.. Long story short, the insurance company called her yesterday to say that they were not approving the wheel chair because it was not "Medically Necessary".. Well of course not. She had crutches. So this morning when she's telling me.. I tried to explain to her that no it wasn't medically necessary.. She says to me.. Well it was medically necessary cause I wasn't going to use those crappy crutches.. HMMM... Sorry Mom.. Use the crappy crutches..

For this card I used.. Cardstock... kraft, sage shadow and K&C DS paper.. Ink.. Stazon timber & various copic markers.. Stamp sets.. Sweet Herbs (SUP) Accessories.. buttons, cocoa grosgrain ribbon... Guess What.. My hydrangea tree is blooming. Last fall I saw a hydrangea tree and I knew I needed one in my yard. It must have taken hold cause look.. It's blooming hydrangea's...

I have two swaps to finish this weekend.. so stay tuned for a few recipe swaps... :)

Happy Stamping....

Monday, August 11, 2008

We interupt our normal scheduled programing..

to bring you this brief announcemnet..

HOW DO I STOP THIS THING??????????????????????????????

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Having a Ruff Day ???????

Have you been having a "RUFF DAY" lately? Sunday I had planned to spend a relaxing day puttzing around my stamp room, doing some laundry, a little cooking, a little cleaning. Well, we all know where our good intentions go.. LOL Around 4 PM my phone started ringing off the wall. Long story short after one of our many torrential thunderstorms lately my mother decided to take the garbage and newspapers out to the shed. Well, she never made it. She hit a patch of mossy mud and down she went. Her body in 1 direction, her ankle and foot in another. After an ambulance ride to the ER, x-rays and some heavy duty pain medication the ER PA (notice the sarcasm in my voice) who was reading the x-ray.. Nope not a radiologist or even a radiology PA, the ER PA said he couldn't see any fracture and off he sends us with her ankle wrapped in an ace bandage, air cast, pain medication and crutches... Now that's a RUFF day...

Before I jumped in the car rushed off to the ER I did manage to make a set of Ruff Day cards using the last of my new Penny Black stamps "SOO Sorry".. This little fell'a is just the cutest..
For this card I used..
Card Stock.. Real Red, Basic Black and Confetti White (SUP)
Stamps.. Soo Sorry (Penny Black) and a misc doggy stamp I picked up in Mike's..
Ink.. Noir Pallette Ink, Basic Grey (SUP_ and various Copic Markers
Accessories.. Tag punch, black & white gingham ribbon (or) white sheer ribbon, Anne Griffin Glass Effects.. I know I know I seem to be using a lot of the crystal effects, glass effects lately.. But I just love the look.
I will say though that I noticed that when using the copic markers on the confetti white card stock vs. my whisper white card stock (both SUP) the markers tend to bleed more with the confetti white.. This is just something to keep in mind when choosing your card stock for your projects..
Here's a quick shot of the inside...
Well, I hope you're all having a spectacular week.. The weekend will be here before we know it..
Happy Stamping,

Monday, August 4, 2008

Enabler Alert... NOT

Disclaimer.. what I'm about to say in this post is my own personal opinion based on my own personal experience. I do not work for nor am I paid by any of the companies below. This is just 1 stampers opinion... :)

I am often asked (since I am one of the queens of stamping supplies.. LOL) to help enable my stamping friends and pass on where and what to buy.. I am very quick to pass on the AWESOME websites and my own personal top must haves.. But occasionally (lucky it's more like in-frequently than occasionally, but I will stick with occasionally).. I come across a website that I have to say "Run like the devils chasing you".... and save yourself the headache ... sadly, that time has come again..

When Shannan posted THIS CARD using this adorable Quotopia set.. I went to the website "The Purple Turtle Shop" AKA.. Inque Boutique.. and grabbed myself a set.. I'm sorry to report, that was a bad move on my part.. I won't go into all of the specifics but I will say that their customer service is seriously lacking. After not receiving my order and multiple emails and phone calls with no response to either.. (at the time of this posting .. still no response.. I actually had a customer service rep on the phone who assured me she would call me back within a few minutes... Well, some 3 1/2 days later I still had not received that returned phone call)... I have decided to cancel my order with them and cease doing business with The Purple Turtle Shop.. I feel it's my duty that if I'm going to refer you someplace it had better be a place I will personally buy from... And this is not one...

However, on a happier note.. I will pass along a few websites that put their customers and the service they provide their customers first and foremost..

Dick at HM Stamps... He is A++ Awesome. He quickly responds to emails and orders (when I say quickly.. if someone responds that very same day, that to me is quick service).. He mails your orders quickly, and even asks you to let him know when you receive them. This is definitely someplace you need to shop for your Penny Black and House Mouse stamps...

Next is Unity Stamps.. Angela is Superb.. I have never had bad service from Angela and she will go above and beyond to ensure you're happy with your order. and

Finally.... 7kidscollegefund... Love that name. I wonder if she really has 7 kids... Her prices are comparable.. Shipping is super fast... I'm a got to have it now er.. so when I get my stamps just a few days after placing an order.. That puts them at the top of my list any day. I love the gelatins embossing powders I got from here.

So run don't walk on over to HM Stamps, Unity Stamps and 7kidscollegefund and check out what they have..

Friday, August 1, 2008

Late night out on a 'work' night

anyone who knows me, knows because the alarm goes off at 4:30 AM I tend to head to bed early.. but last night I was out wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy past my bedtime. What would you ask would drive me out of my house and away from my bed... The premier of ...... drum roll please...

Me and my BFF's each won 4-packs of tickets to last nights premier showing... So we took our friends and family and off we went... OMG it was AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!! definitely well worth not getting home till 10 PM .. 2 hours after my be-witching hour.. LOL I definitely give this movie 2 thumbs up and is well worth cost of the movie, popcorn, and a drink.... Run don't walk to your nearest movie theater. I believe the release date is next Wednesday August 6th..

so being that I didn't get to bed until wayyyyyyyy past my bedtime, and I need to start thinking about getting ready for work soon (which means I probably should be sleeping right now.. LOL) today's post will be a short one. Here's a quick card I made for my BFF to celebrate that she had lost well over 100 lbs. This card is a little different in the fact that the close to cocoa background is exactly that... the background. It's the pretty in pink portion of the card that opens.. Just a little different design to spice things up a bit.
For this card I used..
Cardstock.. Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink and Very Vanilla (SUP) along with Basic Grey DS paper
Stamps.. Oh so Lovely (SUP), sentiment from PTI
Ink.. Chocolate chip & Close to Cocoa (SUP) with various copic markers
Accessories.. misc. pink ribbon, corner rounder (SUP)
Have a wonderful Friday everyone,
Happy Stamping,