Sunday, April 28, 2013

Crop til You Drop . . . !!!

Hi Stampers!

Just got back from our spring crop retreat.  We've got a great group that meets twice a year, fall & spring, to get together and scrapbook for four days.  I love, love, LOVE these long weekends, because we all get our own table to spread our stuff out & don't have to put it away all weekend - but most of all, because of the fun ladies I get to hang out with.  I get pages and pages scrapped, and we laugh literally all weekend long!!

Here's me with some of my stuff, and my friends Rita (standing) and Debbie in the background:


Poor Deb broke her wrist several months ago & had to have surgery (see the sling?), but as you can see, that didn't stop her from coming along for our wild scrappy weekend!!  (As you can also see, I could give a hoot less about my hair & makeup on these trips - EEEEEKS!!!!)

This is one of my favorite pages this weekend:


I'm sure the kids in the photo with me were young enough to BE my kids, ha ha!!

Stampin' Up'! cardstock, in my opinion, is simply THE BEST when it comes to cutting out shapes on my Cricut machine.  The colors are vibrant, and the weight is just perfect.  As you can see on the above page layout, I tried to pull out some of the colors in the photo.  Can you guess any or all of the colors I used?

If you said Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Melon Mambo, Wisteria Wonder, and Perfect Plum - ding, ding, ding - you're the winner!  Would you like to come & check out how wonderfully our cardstock works in YOUR Cricut machine?  Give me a call or shoot me a text or email, and I'll be glad to meet with you to give you a little scrapbooking lesson!

Alright - I am EXHAUSTED - when we say "crop til you drop", we mean it.

Happy stampin'!

Jeni

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Killin' o' the Green(s) . . .

Hi Stampers!

I have a confession to make.  I am a murderer.

Wait, wait wait - CALM DOWN!!  Let me explain.

I kill plants.  Don't even have to touch them - just one look from old Green Eyes here (isn't THAT ironic??  green eyes???) and the poor things silently scream, throw up their little leaves in horror, and bite the dust.  Black thumb, much?

My mom, on the other hand, has the greenest thumb on Earth.  The woman is absolutely amazing.  The damn things just LOVE her - whether it's flowers, vegetables, greens - it's so irritating ;-)

Until now.

I've been experimenting with sprouting mung beans, with the help & instruction of one of my clients. Check it out:


This particular batch REALLY took off.   Baby Girl commented, "Well, Mom - at least you finally found something even YOU can grow!" Love that kid :-) One cup of  mung beans later, soaked and dampened daily, and I've got delicious, healthy sprouts to last me a week.

Green got me thinking of this card:

 
Can't mention friends without pointing out that one of the sweet perks of my job is working with our nutritionists.  I'm fortunate to work with some world-class RDs/LDNs - shout out to my friends Mark, Melissa & Elizabeth - you guys ROCK.  Oh, and hey - one of them literally DOES rock - here's a link to MarKus D's band -  Reverbnation: ReCover  Check them out!  That boy can make a guitar CRY, in a good way, of course.

Back to the food thing - our Ornish clients follow a specific nutritional plan which incorporates a plant-based, low fat, caffeine-free diet - so it seemed only right that, as their nurse case manager, I do as much the same as possible.

About one year later, I'm 20 pounds lighter, which is a definite bonus; BUT the way my body FEELS is simply astounding.  I will tell you, we truly are what we eat.  My skin is glowing, I have more energy, and my body quite simply feels CLEAN, inside and out.  It's glorious!

Well, the weather here has cooled down today, but it's still beautiful out.  I might just plant a little garden this summer - maybe some tomatoes, peppers, a little lettuce - who knows?  Since the bean sprouts didn't hate on me, I may just have some success this year!  Have a great weekend, my friends.

Happy stampin'!

Jeni

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Puppy Pee, Clapton, and Other Mishaps . . .

Hi stampers!

Needed some SERIOUS mojo to finish the last card for my Calendar Club meeting this Friday!  Bad part is, I kinda can't remember what they told me last month they wanted to make - I THINK one request was for get well cards - hope so, anyway ;-)

Don't you hate when you KNOW you have a particular thing lying around somewhere but just can't remember where you put it?  That proverbial "safe place", right?  (No smart comments about my age, gang.)  I wanted to use some of our super-versatile First Edition Specialty DSP on this card, but darned if I could find the package.  Finally remembered it was in a box on my craft desk (yay), but wouldn't you know I stepped right in a puddle of puppy piddle getting to it (boo)??  Wet socks - YUCK.  Of course I'd just put them on, too >:-(

Yep.  We've got a new baby in the house.  A cute little blonde - no, not another kid (PUH-lease!!!).  An adorable American Eskimo mix we adopted in January.  Layla's her name, and unexpected presents is her game.  The kids have even come up with a song for her:

"Layla . . . got me on my knees, Layla . . . cleanin' up your pee, Layla . . . "

Personally, I think Eric Clapton does it a little better:


Here's an interesting Wikipedia link to the story behind the song:  Layla  Kinda worked out for him, kinda didn't.  Oh well.  Such is love :-)  Or as Mick Jagger says, "You can't always get what you want . . . "  Alright, alright - Clapton got her for a few years, anyway . . . :-P

Oh wait . . . I guess you want to see the puppy:


She looks sweet and innocent, doesn't she?  Don't turn your back.  You might just wind up with wet socks (or worse!!!!).

So.  Back to the card.  Can't promise my pretty little Get Well number will mend a broken heart, prevent divorce, or even keep your socks dry -  but I did find a little mojo and I'm pretty happy with how this turned out:


Since this needed to be for a guy or a girl, Always Artichoke seemed like a good choice here.  Plus I have the lovely AA Seam Binding ribbon, and you've gotta have some ribbon, right?  The First Edition DSP makes a nice neutral background, while the hearts folder from Adorning Accents adds a little texture.  Perfectly Penned is another favorite stamp set - the font is just elegant enough here without being "frou frou".  Came together nicely, don't you think?

Ah, spring!!  My wish for you today is someone to love, beautiful music to dance by, and dry socks (ha ha!).  I'll be busy for the next little while, so may not be posting for a couple of days.  Have a lovely weekend, my friends.

Happy stampin'!

Jeni

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Keep Calm and All That Jazz

Hi Stampers!

Man, I was a little fired up at work yesterday.  Nothing crazy, but we've had some staffing issues over the past year or so, and things are finally settling down.  But DANG.  Just because *I* happen to have the BEST team members (just my humble opinion, of COURSE), it seems like the powers that be are just ALWAYS trying to poach my peeps to teach other classes or some such nonsense.  (HEY.  Hands off!!  We've got enough other staff now that y'all don't need to be stealin' mah babies!)

So I was typing an email gently pointing out that certain events had already been handled, and there was no need to be using MY folks for other tasks (nicely worded, of course - don't worry, Mom!) and two of my said awesome team were having a bit of a laugh at my expense - because my actual email and the fast and furious way I was typing just did NOT go hand in hand, shall we say??  Of course, everything worked itself out, as usual.  Have I mentioned I'm a bit possessive?  Have I mentioned we have an absolutely AMAZING staff where I work?  Yes, yes - that goes for the "uppers" too.  I'm not just partial to MY team peeps :-)

Thinking about this now has me laughing at MYSELF a little too (shoot first, ask questions later much??), so here's one I pulled from the archives.  "Keep Calm and Carry On" and all forms of it - memes, whatever - is one of my favorite sayings.

This card was created a couple years ago for a Split Coast Stampers CAS (Clean and Simple) challenge.  I hadn't blogged it previously since, at the time, the sentiment wasn't an SU! stamp.  However, the Keep Calm set is a hostess freebie this year, so, even though my original stamp wasn't from Stampin' Up!, it exactly matches our set (ssssssshhhhh, don't tell on me!!!).  . . . aaaaaaaannddd (drum roll, please!! it ended up being a challenge favorite that week on SCS (July 3, 2011).  Yay, me!!


 

I love the combo of Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, and Very Vanilla - so rich!!  When the Medallion background stamp retired, it was just sad.  (SUCH a great bg stamp!!)  I used a little Basic Black grosgrain ribbon for elegance, and a few Basic Rhinestones & Basic Pearls to add a little sparkle.

Anyhow - pip, pip, cheerio and all that jazz - with a "veddy proper" queen's wave good night to all :-)  Don't forget your best British manners when emailing at work, or anywhere else, for that matter - once you hit that "send" button, well - you know . . . . !!

Happy stampin'!

Jeni

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Delight-ful Weather We're Having!

No particular thoughts on the mind as I type this post.  I'm sitting here watching "Mrs. Doubtfire" after a pretty awesome day.

Was supposed to work til 7:30 p.m. but found when I got to the office that there'd been a little miscommunication regarding me covering another co-worker and <insert happy dance here> I WASN'T NEEDED til that late!!  Texted my manager and asked if I could take a half day PTO & voila!  She was agreeable - WOOT!!!  Off I went at 3 p.m. & did a little bumming around - craft store, Five Below, grocery store . . . then headed home, took a walk, and settled in to a great Robin Williams movie that never fails to make me laugh :-)

As a "woman of a certain age", this "hot flash" scene always makes me howl:


Since the weather was so delight-fully beautiful while I was out & about on my walk, I have a card for you today using a color I hardly ever use, Daffodil Delight.  Not sure WHY I don't use it much, guess bright yellow just isn't usually my thing.  This is a great spring-y card though - hope you like it:

 
Not sure why the edges cut off here, but it IS a standard-sized card, trust me!  I used some of the Summer Smooches DSP to punch out the flowers & highlighted the Daffodil Delight with Chocolate Chip.  Gives it a little of a sunflower look, no??  Love the Four Frames & Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp sets - they're practically indispensable!  That paper "ribbon" is another punch - I think it might be retired, but too lazy to get up & look for my SU! catalog right now :-)
 
Well, back to my movie!  Just got to the part where Mrs. Doubtfire has torn the hood ornament from Stu's car . . .
 
Happy stampin'!
 
Jeni

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Rembrandts, Thankfulness, and Other Morning Musings

Hi Stampers!

I've mentioned before how much I love my job.  Not only because of what I do, which is nurse case management (SO much nicer than slapping bedpans around and chasing crazy naked old people down the hall in the middle of the night - yes, it's happened, and no,  it's NOT glamorous), but because of the people I get to go in and play with every day.  Because (oh, the joy!!!) my work is really more like play to me these days.

I'm not saying we sit around and goof off - heck no!  There's paperwork up to my ears, interviewing clients, teaching wellness classes, coordinating lectures, filing, chart review, being kinda like the team captain  . . . . you get the picture.  I ALWAYS have something that needs to be done.  But my co-workers - my co-workers are just the absolute icing-on-the-cake of my day.  I love something about every single one of them.  They are just the most awesome, amazing team EVER. . . . and YES, I do tell them every single chance I get how much I love them all and am grateful to work with them.  You've gotta tell the people in your life what they mean to you - we are never guaranteed tomorrow, my friends.

That being said, have you ever had the pleasure of working with one special person who becomes, like, your BEST work-friend?  The person you think, "Wow, where have you BEEN all my professional life??"  Because you know - you just KNOW - if you'd have met in grade school or high school, they'd have been the one person you'd have been getting into some SERIOUS trouble with!!  Nothing especially bad, but you could totally see getting hauled into the principal's office at least once a week for cutting up and being completely silly :-)  I've got one particular co-worker who is THAT PERSON.  We just "get" each other.  My day gets exponentially better just knowing we'll be working together on any given day.  Do we get along ALL the time?  Of course not.  But even when we disagree or get completely aggravated with each other, it's okay.  We know we're eventually gonna catch each other's eye over something ridiculous and just bust out laughing and it all will be well again.

Here's a little video of the Rembrandts, with the theme from "F.R.I.E.N.D.S."  It just about perfectly sums up how I feel about my work peeps, especially my "bestie":


I came up with a little card this weekend for my Calendar Club and it was with the thought of my wonderful co-workers/friends.  They go above and beyond every single day, and I am so grateful for them:

 
Bashful Blue is one of the retiring colors this year.  I'm not really sorry to see it go - it's always been a little too "baby blue" for my tastes - so I tried to man it up a little here with some Basic Gray ink :-)  I've had the Distressed Dots background stamp gathering dust on my shelf and FINALLY inked it up - man, I will be using this a lot more now!  Isn't it great?  Such a simple touch, but it just makes this card pop.  The stamp sets Pretty Postage and One in a Million are also just perfect here for what I was feeling when I created this little cutie.  As always, you know I can't leave an edge unsponged, and I love how it makes the little stamps (cut out with the Postage Stamp punch) jump off the edge there.
 
I hope you have F.R.I.E.N.D.S. who brighten your day, too, whether it's at work or outside of work.  Enjoy the week and keep on creating!
 
Happy stampin'!
 
Jeni

Sunday, April 14, 2013

BIG Bouncing Baby Boy!!

Hi Stampers!

Since I wrote about the Baby Girl the other day, I guess I'd better devote some time to the Older One, the Boy.  He's been out of college almost two years now - unfortunately, he falls into that statistic of "underemployed".  Has his BA in Criminal Justice, but is working as a security guard.  Well, at least he IS working, right??!

The Boy is our late bloomer.  That's okay.  He's always been the "slow and steady wins the race" kid.  It might take him a while, but he isn't a quitter.  Ten years of football, and he wasn't ever a starter or even got a whole heck of a lot of playing time, but this football mama enjoyed every second he spent on the field.  I think it's what got him through college, to tell the truth.  He chose a Division 3 school not just for their fantastic Criminal Justice program, but because he could continue to play football.  It was nice, because he went into college having a ready-made group of friends and was blessed to have coaches and an advisor that really kept him in line, grade-wise.

 
I think as a woman, it's a strange thing to give birth to a male child.  A daughter, you can understand.  The little mood swings, etc. - but with boys, I dunno.  You just don't ever really know what they're thinking.  . . . and then comes that moment when they mysteriously morph into a young man, growing taller than you, hairy, muscle-y, all that stuff.  I can still remember the first time I noticed my little boy had that grown man thing going on.  It's just WEIRD.  But no matter how big they get, they're always still your little guy, in your mind's eye and in your heart.
 
Anyhow, here's today's card, a sweet little baby boy number.  Again, I've made use of my favorite Crumb Cake cardstock, along with a circle punch and the Every Little Bit & Petite Pairs stamp sets:
 


I did some faux stitching using the pen end of my Soft Suede Stampin' Write marker & trimmed this fussy-cut onesie card with some cardstock strips in Soft Suede.  Mini Brads look like little snaps.  I CASEd the template for this card from the internet.  Isn't it adorable??

Well, the sunshine is calling me so I'm gonna try to soak some up while it's still daylight.  Hope you're having a fantastic weekend & enjoying the nice weather!

Happy stampin'!

Jeni

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Sweet Baby Girl

I turned around for a millisecond, and my baby girl grew up.

We're taking the younger of my two to college orientation today.  I'm not as freaked out by this as I was when we took the older one back in 2007.  Not because I've been through it before, although that's probably part of it, but because this child seemed to have exited the womb already possessing all the wisdom of the universe.  Yep, this would be the 18 year old I've already discussed :-)

She's always had a perfectly formed personality.  From the time she could talk, her sage observations have simultaneously had me roaring with laughter and stunned with her razor-sharp common sense.  When my mom was in the process of moving several years ago, and she was around 5 or 6 or so, there was a bag of candy in one of Mom's bottom buffet drawers.  The baby kept seeing this candy and one day, she said to Grandma, "I'm tired of seeing that bag of candy in that drawer, Grandma."  Mom asked her where she'd rather see it.  Reply:  "I'd like to see it at MY house."

Thinking about my sweet baby girl, who is now a poised and lovely young lady, sets up today's card. I CASEd this one from the internet:


This is the Scallop Circle die, cut in half, trimmed, and detailed with various punches.  So cute :-)

Well, they're downstairs hollering for me to get my butt moving.  Off we go . . . I'll try not to cry.

Happy stampin'!

Jeni

Friday, April 12, 2013

84,000 Tabs Open . . .

Sometimes at work, my peeps will ask me, "What's wrong?" and I go, "Huh?  Nothing, why?!"  They tell me I get this look on my face like I'm upset or worried or a million miles away.

What's actually going on is my brain is kind of like a browser, and I usually have about 84,000 tabs all open at the same time - and I'm going through them one by one.  I've also been known to describe my thought process as boxes or compartments.  (See, that's how old I am - now if I describe them as "tabs", the youngsters understand too <smile>)  If something's bothering me or I need to sift through a problem and don't have time to do it or it's not the appropriate moment, I stick it into its own little compartment and deal with it later when I can really chomp on it.

A friend had this on Facebook last week.  Girls, I KNOW you get it:

 
Because that's how we are.  Multi-tasking, thinking about 84,000 things all at the same time, keeping our loved ones always on the fringe of our perception - you get the picture.  I'm sure men do something similar, but being more direct, I'd wager to say they've got ONE browser tab open at a time and deal with that one before they click and open the next one.  They're pretty sensible that way :-)
 
SO, amongst the 84,000 things I'm usually thinking about, one of them is the fact that in a VERY short time, I will be having my 50th birthday.  Guess it's not so bad, just a number after all.  But is it just me, or have the last couple of decades changed faster than any of us imagined?  Cell phones, computers, all this social media stuff, the internet, being able to open 84,000 tabs at a time on the browser . . . . I know this will make me sound even older, but when I was a kid, stuff like this seemed light years away - like something on Star Trek (one of my FAVORITE shows, by the way!)
 
Anyway, with the big birthday on my mind, today's card is a vintage-y little number we did at Calendar Club recently.  I just love easel cards and I think my gals do too.  This one uses the Labels Framelits, Apothecary Accents & Bring On the Cake stamp sets, and the Modern Label punch:
 
 
Crumb Cake is my absolute FAVORITE neutral.  It just goes with everything.  Lately, all I use are Crumb Cake envelopes, too - again, it just goes with everything!  I've paired it here with Lucky Limeade, sponged the edges to add some dimension, and blinged it a bit with some Basic Rhinestones for a little sparkle.  The background was stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla cardstock - just dark enough with the Crumb Cake to look rich & elegant.  Wouldn't this brighten up any birthday girl or guy's day?
 
Anyhow, I hope YOUR brain browser tabs aren't too overwhelming today, and you all have a great weekend planned for yourselves.  What??  You're not doing anything?  Well, just hop on over to my website & do a little shopping, check out my Events schedule, or give me a call to set up a private class with you and a few friends!  I'd be happy to plan a little stamping party for you & YOUR peeps to see all the beautiful things you can do with Stampin' Up!
 
Happy stampin'!
 
Jeni


Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Whiter Shade of Pale

I love listening to classic rock.  It brings back memories of middle school and that time in my life when there were no worries about money, responsibility, yada yada yada.

My family had a cottage in the mountains where my mom & brothers & I would spend just about all summer.  My mom lives up there now, right on the Allegheny River.  Talk about a privileged childhood - we were blessed to have access to a boat we used to fish & waterski with, a motorbike to ride the trails in the woods on, and great friends to hang out with day & night.  Our gang was out from daylight to dark, hiking & 'biking the trails and swimming & boating in the river; and when the days were too hot or rainy to be outside, we hung out in our friend's trailer listening to Fleetwood Mac, Paul McCartney & Wings, the Beatles, and other "oldies".  One of my favorites was always Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade of Pale.  Never really understood the lyrics, and I was only about 4 years old when it actually came out, but it's just a cool song.  (Hey, it's probably about drugs, but what did I know, sheltered child that I was??)

 
This card was done for a Dare to Get Dirty challenge last year on Split Coast Stampers, to do a white-on-white creation.  I think I may have blogged this one before, but it's so pretty, I thought it deserved a re-run :-)
 
 
Everything used here is Stampin' Up!, but the Sweetest Stem die & the Flower Burst die are retired.  I used 4 different embossing folders to add texture to the card front and for the larger oval.  A touch of blue finishes it off.  Later, I ended up covering the "J" with a different sentiment when I needed a card for a friend :-)  This may be one I re-create one of these days, though - kinda forgot how much I liked it!
 
I think I'll settle back this coming weekend, look up some videos on You Tube of my old faves, and stamp something.  How about you?
 
Happy stampin'!
 
Jeni



Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Smiles, Screaming Goats, and Other Nonsense

Hi Stampers!
 
I was thinking about smiles yesterday.  Give one, get one - it doesn't matter.  Goofy smiles, shy smiles, mischievous smiles, the kind that communicates volumes without a word being said, sticky little ice cream smiles from your kids, and on and on and on.  Smiling so hard your face hurts - have you ever done that?  Isn't that one of the best feelings?!  I've had days that have been so good, I felt like I couldn't STOP smiling.  MOST excellent :-)
 
One of my friends, Deana, and I were talking at work last night about being childishly silly and laughing til your sides hurt - and how it's even funnier if somebody else doesn't "get" it and looks at you like you're a moron.   THAT is one of my most favorite things to do, and my three younger brothers and I excel at it :-)  I was at a scrapbook retreat in February where another girl and I kept busting out into giggles over this Taylor Swift video:
 
 
Just when it would get really quiet and we were all scrapping away studiously, one of us would look up and go, "BWAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!" (like the goat). Oh my. Yeah, this would be about the time my daughter would say, "Mom, what are you, like, FIVE???"  But hey, laughter's good for the soul, plus a good belly laugh massages your insides!!
 
Today's card is one I pulled from the archives.  Unfortunately, the stamp set You're My Type is retired, but I wanted to feature this today because I hope you all have a certain friend or family member who IS "just your type".  Someone you can laugh hysterically with, someone who communicates a thousand words to you with just a smile, someone who just "gets" you :-)


 
 
Happy stampin'!
 
Jeni



Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Do I HAVE to Be a Grown-Up????

My daughter, who is 18 and of course, the font of all wisdom, often asks me rather testily, "Mom, what are you, like, FIVE?????" usually when I'm cackling like a demented hyena at something no adult in their mature mind would think was even REMOTELY amusing . . . and while I don't SAY it out loud, I think, "Why yes - yes, I am!!"  In my mind, anyway.

Think about it!  Wasn't being five years old about the BEST time in your life?  If you were in pre-school or kindergarten, you got to play with all the neat toys in the classroom that you didn't have at home, got milk and cookies for a snack, and got to take a nap on one of those way-cool little nap mats.  How could you beat that?!  If you were a stay-at-home-til-first-grade kid, you most likely got to hang out with your mom or grandma (who were probably terrific cooks/bakers and always had time for a good hug), played outside all day, got grubby-dirty, ate an amazing home-cooked supper, and crawled in bed at night exhausted but content.  Right?!

So when I saw this list recently, it really cracked me up.  Because, face it, being an "adult" isn't so very cool now that we're here :)

**** 23 ADULT TRUTHS ******

1. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger. 


 4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least "kind of" tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Light than Kay.

17. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front.

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

22. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

23. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important. (Ladies   .....Quit laughing.)


Therefore, being in a "five year old" kind of mood, here are today's cards:



Simple and easy, but see how the embossing folders add dimension to these babies?
The stamp set is Dinoroar, and it's SO cute for kids' cards!
As always, if you see something on my blog that you just gotta have, head on over to my website to order :-)  Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week . . . well, you get it!
Happy stampin'!
Jeni

Monday, April 8, 2013

A Little Happiness

Hi Stampers!

Quick post before heading off to the salt mines :)

Actually, my job is pretty awesome.  I'm a nurse case manager for a wellness program, so instead of focusing on the "bad", I get to focus on folks who want to improve their health.  Sweet gig with a lot of great co-workers.  Happy's the word when I'm driving to work Monday through Thursday - I know, right?  Weirdness :)

Anyway, with that in mind, here's a simple black and white card we did at my last Calendar Club:


 
This week, I'd like to focus on embossing folders and background stamps - two things I tend to forget I own, but they can really make a card "pop".  Those polka dots just BEG to be touched.  The layered Labels Framelits are one of my favorite sets.  So easy to stack shapes for an impressive card front!  I used the Modern Label punch for the Happiness stamp & cut one in half to set it off behind in black.  Apothecary Art backs that up, and a little bling with Basic Rhinestones, and there ya go!
 
Speaking of happiness, after yesterday's rollicking saga, today's resolution is to just "be".  Be happy, be calm, be confident -  and most of all - MYOB - wish me luck :)  Maybe by the time I'm a hundred, I'll have figured this stuff out . . . . lol!!!
 
Happy stampin'!
 
Jeni

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Where's Dr. Evil When You Need Him?

I have a gift.  Well, actually it's more like a curse.  Want to bet I can pi** off everybody in the room in about 1.5 seconds flat?  Yep.  You'd win that one.

So what's this curse?  Over-thinking.  Oh, and worrying needlessly.  Right about now, those who know me well are nodding their heads and going, "Uh huh, you got THAT right!"

See, I like to "fix things".  Only problem is, most of the time, things don't NEED fixed.  . . . and even if they do, who died & left ME the great fixer-upper?  Yeah.  Remember the one Austin Powers movie where Dr. Evil kept telling Scott to "Zip it!!"  I need somebody to tell me that - like, EVERY DAY!!!

My mom says I'm a people-pleaser.  She's right.  I ALWAYS think everything is my fault.  If somebody is upset about something, I go into this nervous fit and try to appease, mend, soothe, cuddle, talk, problem-solve . . . well, you get the picture.  Or say one of my friends doesn't reply to an email or text, like RIGHT NOW, again with the nervous fit . . .  Are they mad at me?  Did I offend them somehow?  Maybe they don't like me any more!  Shoot, what am I, five years old?  (Wait, that would be insulting kindergartners - even THEY know better :)  Five-year-olds forget about stuff in about ten seconds and move on to the next little thing and go play with THAT for a while.)  Me, I'm like a dog with one bone - poke, poke, poke; chew, chew, chew.  Not only that, but it's pretty immature and self-centered to sit around thinking like that.  Good gravy!!

Speaking of dogs, there's another lesson.  Dogs are the BEST friends.  They just kind of settle in, but when you need 'em, there they are.  Not that I'm a dog, but to all my family & friends, I resolve to just "settle in" for the future - y'all ALREADY know I'm here for you - I don't need to keep sticking my nose in your hand, figuratively speaking :)

SO.  What have we learned here, Jeni??  Um.

1)  The world doth not revolve around thee.  (Who do you think you are, anyway?!)
2)  The only person worrying about this stuff is YOU.  Get a grip, girl.
3)  Pay attention to your favorite saying, and for God's sake - "Keep calm and carry on."
4)  Patience is a virtue.  Give stuff 24 hours and if it's not okay, maybe it wasn't to begin with, and SO WHAT????  Let it go.
5)  Keep annoying your friends and one of these days, one of them is gonna slap you upside the head.
6)  Well, no - they wouldn't really do that (I hope!!) - but chill out, woman!!
7)  "The people who matter don't mind, and the ones that mind don't matter."
8)  Walking is good thinking time.  Need to get back to the daily walks!!
9)  Stop saying things to people that maybe only YOU need to hear.
10)  Sometimes it's best to just let things lay.

Most of all, stamping something every day is good therapy.  I'm gonna start doing that again, as much as possible.  This blog is seriously neglected!  Hey, even if it's only me reading it, it's cool :)  Creating makes me happy :)

So, with that in mind, I made a card today, with the idea of "Keeping it simple".  This little cutie is suitable for a guy or a girl, and I used the new Pop 'n Cuts Dress Die.  Very versatile, that die!  I cut the little dress form legs off & used the Labels Framelits inside.  Loving the chalkboard technique, too.

Oh, and don't forget there's FREE SHIPPING until tomorrow evening!  Everyone who places an order of at least $25 during this promo will get a pre-cut kit from me to make one Pop 'n Cuts card, so you can see for yourself how seriously CUTE this die set is.

OK, here's the card.   Let me know what you think & leave me a comment!


How about that Natural Composition Specialty DSP?  So pretty for a card front using this die!
Do you LOVE how the card front "tucks" into the pre-cut slots??
I miss Mocha Morning DSP - had to grab a few more packages when it was on the Clearance Rack.
I wish they'd bring it back - one of my favorite DSPs ever :(


So here's where I cut off the little dress form legs
& popped up my Framelit on the dress cutout itself (underneath).
Just proves how versatile this die is - even if you don't want to do a "dress" card,
see how you can use it to make a pop up card using another shape?  Too cool, huh????
Amazing Family is a GREAT stamp set - I sure hope it carries over when the Spring catalog is done!!

 
Again with the Mocha Morning DSP - I know, retired!!
The Four Frames stamp set is so versatile, and Language of Friendship was PERFECT here.
 
 
Well, if you've read this far, thanks for putting up with my little dissertation today :)  Yeah, guess it's still "overthinking" and not sure I'll EVER stop being a worrywart, but the sun's shining, I took a good long walk, I stamped something - so that's a GOOD DAY :)
 
Happy stampin'!!
 
Jeni