Monday, March 29, 2010


Supplies: Canson Acrylic Paper; Golden Fluid Acrylic Paints; Versamark Ink; Stampin Up Embossing Powder; Sharpie Paint Pen; Stamps by Darkroom Door, Impression Obsession, Stampin Up; Ranger Paint Dabber; Metallic RubOns; Fiskars Corner Punch; Vintage Buttons.

I got messy this weekend with these ATCs and a few projects for the magazine.  These are for a swap with a wing theme I'm hosting.  I made the backgrounds with a palette knife and leftover paint smeared around.  It mixed and messed while I was working on it, then I set it aside for about a month.  This weekend when I wanted to get my ATCs going I cut it apart and got to work.  I love making backgrounds like this when I'm cleaning up.  I always have a little pile of clean up backgrounds.  They usually work better than a background that I try to make for a project.

We had a wonderful time at Disney last week and I'm still working tons and tons.  I took today off to go meet a friend for tea and go to yoga.  It's been 2 weeks since I went and I really need to go get centered and balanced and strong.  Yoga isn't for sissies, it works muscles I never knew I had and the peaceful feeling at the end is better than chocolate.  Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Supplies: PSX Image Stamp; Rubber Stampede Sentiment Stamp; Memento Ink; Distress Ink; Copic Markers; Fiskars Edge Tearing Tool; Topographic Map; S&H Green Stamp.

First I've got to say a huge, monstrous thank you for all the love from the blog hop.  Wow, I didn't even offer any blog candy and I still got lots of love.  I read each and every comment and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to share in the hop.

I've been working like a maniac lately.  This happens every spring.  The retired teachers who got a golden handshake deal for subbing have put in their hours and the teachers are tired and going to lots of trainings and meetings. I've been subbing almost everyday.  I've taught elementary school, middle school science, wood shop and PE, and high school foods this past week.  I'm really enjoying all this time out of the house and the extra money for summer fun is always good.  Hopping around to different schools and grade levels is a challenge and keeps me on my toes.  I just need to sneak in a little yoga and all will be good.

Today is a teacher inservice day; no school for me or the young man.  We're running away to the happiest place on earth.  I need to go wake him up so we can ride Space Mountain!  Hope your having a beautiful spring day.  Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Welcome Spring

Supplies: Graphic 45 Patterned Paper; Stampin Up and Hampton Arts Stamps; StazOn and Ranger Distress Inks; Vintage Sheet Music; Grosgrain Ribbon and Pin; Button and Waxed Thread.

Happy first day of Spring.  I'm participating in the OWH blog hop today. I love this organization that was started by a dear online stamping friend who has the most giving heart. OWH spreads a bit of cheer and love to those who give so much to us.  I send in cards a couple of times a year from my stash of ever growing stamped cards that get sent out to soldiers overseas who then send them back home to their loved ones.  My cousin's son and our dear friends' son are both currently serving overseas.  I hope they can send a beautiful card from OWH to their lovely wives.  

If you'd like to get involved with sending cards, here is the link with all the information you need to get started along with shipping addresses and important do's and don'ts to make it all run smoothly. Here's a link to the top of the hop, if you started in the middle.   

Next stop on the hop: Kelly's beautiful blog.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy Almost Spring!  These ladybugs are warming themselves down at the bottom of our property before their flight off to other places.  I've seen them other years in the woods, but this is the first year that they are right here in the backyard.  It's so exciting to see them all clumped up like this.  There must be many many thousands of them.  Makes me happy that they chose our place to hang out before they take off.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The package was delivered this afternoon.  ahhhhh, now I can relax.
Update on the package: it's back in Portland, OR.  Anybody want to take a guess where it goes today?  Thanks everyone for sharing your stories; misery loves company.  The absolute deadline for it to arrive there is Friday.  I'm still hopeful that it will get there on time, not convinced or certain, but hopeful.

Monday, March 15, 2010

The post office makes me crazy.  Seriously.  I packaged up my beautiful finished Graphic 45 project with loads of bubble wrap, paid over $10 to get it there super speedy with delivery confirmation.  I mailed it first thing on Friday morning.  I've been checking everyday to see where it is.  It was in Portland, OR yesterday morning and that's where it's supposed to be delivered.  So, I'm thinking good it will be delivered today.  I check this afternoon and guess where it is?  You'll never guess.  It's been sent to Vancouver, WA and this is the message they give me:  

"Your item was misrouted.  the error has been corrected and every effort is being made to deliver it as soon as possible.  Information if available, is updated periodically throughout the day.  Please check again later."

They had it in the right city and then sent it to a whole other state. And they wonder why the post office is losing money.  I knew I should've used UPS or Fed Ex.  Dang.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I'm still in a flurry of scissors, glue, ink, and collage here working away on my Graphic 45 project. I wish I could show it to you, but I need to wait a bit. I'm taking pictures to share later. I feel like a spy. "I could show you, but then I'd have to kill you."  I'm driving my family crazy with what do you think about this and that. The kitchen table is completely out of commission. It's been a labor of love, though. I can tell you I've used papers from 4 different lines together. That's one of the things I love about this company, everything goes together beautifully.  Of course I've raided my stash of vintage stuff as well as a stamp or two.  Ok, that's probably too much info already.  Thanks so much for all the support on this exciting opportunity.

This is one of the cards I submitted in round one of the submissions to Graphic 45.  I think the butterfly is Lost Coast Designs, but I'm not completely certain.  It's colored with Copics and of course the patterned papers are Graphic 45.  The ribbon is May Arts.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Just a silly card for you today.  It's been a rough winter here and I'm thinking this sentiment could apply to any of us by now.  We got a tiny little nothing storm last night according to the weather guessing people.  Well, it looks like a danged winter wonderland this morning.  Probably a foot of new white stuff on the ground.  I really want more sand in my life not more snow.  The good news is hubby and I ran away to orange county on Friday to have our taxes done and I made him take me to the ocean so I could drink it all in to sustain me through the rest of the winter. We even had lunch right on the pier at Dukes.  I don't think we stayed long enough.

Thank you for all the well wishes on round 2 of the Graphic 45 design team application. I'm over the moon excited.  The kitchen table is covered with paper and bits and baubles for my final project.  I had it planned out, but was afraid to jinx myself by starting on it early. I'm planning to crank up the music while I'm cutting and gluing and basically making a happy mess.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies: Graphic 45 Patterned Paper, Club Scrap Image Stamp, Hampton Art Sentiment Stamp, Mango Lemonade Memories Mist, Versafine Ink, Postage Stamp, Brads.

Friday, March 5, 2010

I'm doing a little happy dance this morning.  I can't believe it, somebody pinch me. Go take a peek at this, that's me on the list. Seriously.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I'm playing in a new to me challenge today.  Over at Think Monday-Think ATC this week it's an orange challenge, the perfect color for this dreary winter weather.  I hope they don't mind that I'm playing on Wednesday. I used a whole bunch of scraps from prior projects still on the table for this one. The focal image is a Cat's Life Press Stamp.

 I hope you're having some sunny days. Thanks for stopping by today.

Monday, March 1, 2010

I've been playing around with ideas for upcoming classes.  The last classes I did were tag books and were so much fun that I want to go there again in a new way.  This is the naked uninked version of what I want to use for the new classes.  Just about everything you see here is a vintage find from my large stash or goodies.  I actually have enough to sell extra kits this time.  I'll list them here first if I have any leftover from the classes.  The next class I'm scheduling will be a spray ink class, I'm just waiting for confirmation on the date. Can you imagine this little book all sprayed up and sparkly or would you rather see it distressed and grungy?  Maybe a combo of the two.  I'm excited about teaching this one.

Thanks for stopping by today.