Sunday, August 17, 2014

Woman, Without Her, Man is Nothing ;)

Hi Stampers!

Here's a quick card I created for my friend Cathy, whose boyfriend I blogged about yesterday.  The past nine months have been killer for both of them, getting ready for the art show.  I hope she had a good long rest today :)

Funny the time frame on that - this was his "baby" and she sure carried it along, offering a shoulder, an ear, whatever it took - but most of all, her heart.  Seeing the two of them together on Friday made me smile.  The event was his, and he had the spotlight of course; but she possessed the quiet grace to simply "be there", making sure everything ran smoothly and just letting him shine.  Did my cynical old heart good to see these two soulmates together in their creative element.  Anyway, here's the card I made for her today:

 
I wanted to make her card similar to his, but reflect something of all the work she's done over these past nine months.  Cathy is a sunshine-y soul for sure, and I hope it indeed comes back to her.  She's a talented musician in her own right, a wonderful music instructor, a bad-ass singer who fronts a cool rock band, a terrific mom, a devoted daughter, and a loyal friend.  The sentiment inside reads, "Fabulous is What You Are" - perfect!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hey Now, You're a Rock Star

Hi Stampers!

My friend Cathy's boyfriend had his first art exhibit yesterday, a lifelong dream come true; and I had fun behind the scenes helping to schlep stuff around.  He's also big in the music scene, so it seemed like a good time to bust out a new stamp set, Be the Star & my new Stars Framelits to make this "Congratulations" card for him, which I'll mail out on Monday:

VERY hard to see in this photo, but I used our new Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper for the mat and the smallish stars.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE using White Craft Ink on Basic Black cardstock for that chalkboard look, too; and popped up my cut out stamped star images with some Dimensionals.  Blackberry Bliss for the card base will pick up the pale grey/purplish wall color in his studio nicely, if he chooses to prop my little card up in there, too.
 
I forgot to snap a pic of the inside before I wrote a note & sealed it up, but I used a stamp from Work of Art as a sentiment inside - "You're a Fabulous Work of Art" - seemed appropriate for this super-cool artist of many media and talents :)
 
I think he'll enjoy it.

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Happy stampin'!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Guest Stamper . . . My Daughter :)

Hi Stampers!

Today I have a card created by my lovely daughter, Rachel, who's going into her sophomore year at Slippery Rock University.  One of her friends is celebrating both her birthday and her first wedding anniversary soon, so Rachel wanted to make her a "birth-iversary" card (that just makes me laugh!!).  Her friend is also going to the beach soon.  Here's what she came up with (I helped with the "sand", made from our new Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper & sponged with Baked Brown Sugar ink):

 
Wondering where she got the "happy birthiversary" stamp?  Clever girl!  She used two stamps from Teeny Tiny Wishes & combined 'em!
 
Happy stampin'!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Friends Who Know

Hi Stampers!

I love the "Friends Who Know" single stamp.  It makes me laugh every time I look at it, because I sure have a few friends that come to mind ;)

The mojo is really stalled, but I did manage to find a little and created this Blackberry Bliss beauty.  Blackberry Bliss is one of the new In Colors, and it's SUCH a rich, deep shade of purplish.  The photo just does not do it justice.  The mat is our GORGEOUS Brushed Silver cardstock, and I also used my Stampin' Dazzle Marker in Silver to color in the word "FRIENDS" - but it's super-hard to see in the picture:

 
I also wanted rhinestones, but in COLOR, so had to do a little experimenting.  First, I tried using my Stampin' Write marker - but then when I touched the rhinestones, the color came off on my fingers.  So I tried putting a little drop of clear nail polish over top - but then I "lost" the facets of the rhinestones & they just looked like little blobs.  So then I thought I'd try my Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities - the darkest shade seemed like it would - well, blend (ha ha ha!!).  Here's a little close up photo:
 
 
See how the rhinestone on the bottom right-ish looks like just a round colored thing?  The larger one is colored with the Blenda.  Much better!
 
. . . . and here's the inside of the card (I almost ALWAYS forget to stamp inside):
 
 
 If you'd like to order any of the supplies I used for this card, just click on the link below:
 
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So, like I said, trying to get back into the stampin' swing.  It's really hard because when I have time off, all I want to do is sit around or nap - but hey.  It's a start :)
 
Come back tomorrow and check out my guest stamper - daughter Rachel, who made the CUTEST card for a co-worker's birthday/wedding anniversary.  What she came up with just totally cracked me up!!
 
Happy stampin'!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Explaining My Absence . . .

Hi Stampers,

Since March, I'm sure you've noticed my posts have been few and far between.  Missing mojo is part of it, but here's the real reason.

In March I went for a routine physical because we had to change doctors due to insurance changes.  Routine physicals mean routine bloodwork.  Mine came up a little wonky.  I won't bore you with the details, but as a nurse and the child of a dad who passed from leukemia in 1968, I knew they were of concern.

My doc repeated it a couple more times, weekly, and it was still coming back "off".  No signs or symptoms of anything, so no worries . . . but to be sure, he sent me to a hemeoncologist.

More bloodwork through April and May, still abnormal.  So May 29th, I had a bone marrow biopsy.  Checked back in with doc on June 12th for those results.  The good news:  not leukemia.  The bad news:  it was still considered abnormal enough that she wanted it sent off to another lab for more testing.

Flash forward to this past Monday - the results are in!  Negative on all the things she was testing for.  However, a couple cells in their random cell count showed an extra "X" chromosome (but not cancerous) - see, I TOLD you I am a princess :)  That extra "girly" chromosome proves it (ha ha).  Have a couple elevated T cells too, but negative for anything auto-immune.  SO - she's sending it off to Mayo Clinic just to be sure they're not missing anything, I have to have monthly bloodwork done for a while, and my next appointment is in November.

WHEW.

To say my mind has been occupied elsewhere these past several months would be an understatement.

The only "symptom" I've ever had is a nagging tiredness, but anyone who knows me knows I'm too da** stubborn to give in to that.

Anyhow, for anyone who's still interested enough to keep checking into my blog, I promise to get some new projects up here soon.  I've got new goodies from the new catalog that I haven't even had the urge to play with yet, but plan to get into next weekend FOR SURE!  This weekend, I'm going to be searching Pinterest and my fellow demonstrators' blogs to get some ideas to get the creative juices flowing.

Hope your weekend is fun and CRAFTY!!!

Thanks for following me :)

Happy stampin'!

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hamburger Box Critter - Rhino!!!!

Hi Stampers!!

The new Hamburger Box Die makes some of the sweetest little critters EVER!!!

I held a class today and we created these six cute little critters that I CASEd from Betty Traciak and Jenn Van Wart, fellow SU! demos:

 

While I was making my class samples, my daughter asked if I could make a rhinoceros.

Now, I rarely come up with anything original, but together, we created this little cutie:

 
What do you think?!  Pretty great collaboration, if I do say so myself :)  Made even sweeter by the fact that my soon-to-be 20 year old hasn't been into crafting with me for quite a while now . . .
 
#happymama
 
Happy stampin'!

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Lovely as a Tree & Work of Art

Hi Stampers!

Really sorry I haven't blogged lately - my laptop has been acting up and OF COURSE this laptop is where I store all my photos.

Anyway - I came up with this simple card last week using Lovely as a Tree (old classic) and Work of Art (new set):

 
This card literally came together in MINUTES!!

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Happy stampin'!

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Work of Art Found Me Some Mojo!

Hi Stampers!

As you are probably well-aware (due to the non-existence of postings this month!!), my mojo has just been AWOL.

However, the other night I made myself sit down in the studio and FORCED my hands to stamp some cards.  They're not my best work, but at least I stamped.  I guess maybe sometimes you have to just make yourself create some art and see what happens:

 
I'll blog them individually this week.  These are a sneak peek of the Work of Art stamp set I received at the Catalog Premiere.  I tried to have some fun using it with other stamp sets in some funky ways.
 
Happy stampin'!

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Woo Hoo! New SU! Catalog :)

Hi Stampers!

Mr. Brown (UPS, for those of you who are uninitiated) just came to my door with my three boxes of NEW 2014-15 Stampin' Up! catalogs that I earned for FREE through Great Rewards :)

 
Yes, you see them - that's TWENTY FOUR brand spankin' new, shiny, happy catties in that box.
 
Is your name on one of them??  Message me to save you one, if you're not already on my customer list!
 
My new catalog open house will be held towards the end of this month . . . stay tuned for details!
 
Happy stampin'!

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