Thursday, July 31, 2008
Hope your day is off to a great start! Can you believe that it is the last day of July? Where is the time going?
As you can see...I did make it into my stamp room yesterday...but I did not get much accomplished. Once I was ready to clear off a spot on my table to stamp, I got a call from Josh. He informed me that he was just in an accident (WHAT!). He works for a rental car company and was in one of their cars. Luckily he did not get hurt/and it was not his fault. That sent my stamping mojo right out the window (Kids!)
I have been wanting to use this My Mind's Eye paper that I received as a gift from one of my friends. I finally decided to break open the package and cut it up. It went nicely with SU's Pumpkin Pie cardstock. I also had to use my new scalloped punch...I have a feeling I will be using it quite a bit, lol!
Have a great day...thanks for visiting my blog!!
Supplies used (SU! unless noted): Papertray (PTI) stamp set; Pumpkin Pie/Aqua Mist (PTI) cardstock; My Mind's Eye Patterned Paper; Chocolate Chip ink; Chocolate grosgrain ribbon
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I have been so busy this week that I haven't really had any quality time in my stamp room *sad face* I do hope to get in there today! But with Ashley's wedding quickly approaching in October (and in between invitations/favors/reception decorating/showers/and all the other stuff I am forgetting (argh!) ...I am sure there will be days I have nothing to post (and I am sure you won't want to hear my anxiety crazed stories, lol!)...just giving you the heads up.
So when I got home from work yesterday, I wanted to start working on my indoor lighting lesson...and since I didn't have a willing model (see photo to the above)...
I grabbed this cutie (see below)...Thankfully this guy didn't mind that I snapped 40 pictures of him in every room in the house so I could practice my white balance and ISO settings.
Here he is sitting on my living room couch...doesn't it just make you smile?
Hope your day is Wonderful!
Thanks for visiting!!
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*And Happy Birthday Nate!!!!!*
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Ashley had fun with her friend Lindsay last night...they did make some progress on the invitations (Ashley thought they would be done last night, lol!). I told her that was an unrealistic goal. I don't think she realized how much work is involved in making that many (at least the cutting and scoring was already done for her).
I hope your Tuesday is Terrific! Thanks for visiting!!
Supplies used (all SU! unless noted): Spiral Bouquet (PTI) stamp set; Fall Flowers Designer paper; Whisper White/Old Olive cardstock; Chocolate grosgrain ribbon; Chocolate Chip ink; Scallop punch.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Today will be a quick post...I have a few things to do before I leave for work today.
Ashley's friend (and Maid of Honor), Lindsay, will be coming over tonight to help assemble invitations...she also just got transferred to Texas, and will be moving there on Friday. I wanted to make her some cards to take along, in case she wants to write to her friends (or mom). I cased one of my own cards from a few weeks back (since time was an issue). I just made them in different colors, so there would be a little variety. I hope she likes them.
Thanks for visiting!
Supplies used (SU! unless noted): A Beautiful Thing/Warmest Regards stamp sets; Whisper White/Chocolate Chip/Ruby Red/Lemon Tart (PTI)/Summer Sun (PTI)/Berry Sorbet (PTI); Soft Sky; Lemon Tart (PTI)/Berry Sorbet (PTI)/Soft Sky/More Mustard/Chocolate Chip/Ruby Red ink; Chocolate/Lemon Tart (PTI)/Berry Sorbet (PTI) grosgrain ribbon; Stardust Stickles (unknown) on flower centers
Friday, July 25, 2008
and made a yummy blueberry coffee cake (which I am sharing the recipe...yum!). I learned how to make this from my grandmother. She always had something yummy in the house to serve with coffee (we are Swedish). growing up, I lived almost next door to my grandparents and my "Mor Mor" (grandma in Swedish), always included me in the kitchen (which she knew her way around I might add). I am so thankful she taught me how to bake and cook. I hope you enjoy the recipe.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Hi all...I am so excited that I have today off:D I took it off so I can start cutting the paper for Ashley's wedding invitations...can you believe it is already the end of July? She wants to mail them out some time in late August, so it is time to get started! I also have to do a couple of errands to run, but I did make some process on my ever growing to-do list over the weekend! That felt good! I just love crossing things off! I even had a few moments yesterday to update my blog.
Remember last week...when I said that the ABC news team asked Josh some questions? Well, we saw him on the news...They even said his name, which he thought was pretty cool:D I am happy to report that they didn't get any footage of me in the background in sweating my walking gear, lol!
I finally had an "ah ha" moment with my photography class over the weekend! I think I figured out how to work manual without my instructions! I still have tons to learn, but it was nice that it finally sunk in!
Today's card is similar to one I have made before, but I just love this layout! Ashley needed several thank you cards, so I whipped up a few designs for her on Friday. This one is for the guys (hope it isn't too girly).
Have a terrific day! Thanks for visiting!!
Supplies used (all SU! unless noted): Lots of Thoughts stamp set; Whisper White/Old Olive/Bashful Blue cardstock; Summer Picnic designer paper; Pumpkin Pie/Bashful Blue ink; Nestabilities squares/scalloped squares; Orange striped ribbon.
Friday, July 18, 2008
It is finally here!!! yeah! Here is a card I made a few days ago. While I was putting it together, Ashley was sitting in my craft room with me, and said it looked organic. I suppose it does (and it is green, lol!).
I have so much to do today, I hope I get it done! I keep telling myself...one job at a time! I also want to get some stamping done (I think I will do that first for an hour or two or five, lol! the housework will always wait for me).
last night Ashley and I were getting ready for our walk and Josh said he wanted to come along (and ride his new bike). So the three of us were walking having a great time, sweating (108 degrees at 6:30 pm) and talking. We turned the corner where we walk by the back of their old high school and we saw a news van in the parking lot...I joked that we were going to be on tv. Well, they saw us waking up the street and the reporter and camera guy were walking toward us (all I could think of was...I look horrible in my workout clothes and my hair is tied up and sweaty). Am I vein? They wanted to ask us questions about graffiti. I politely said I didn't want to be on tv (surprisingly I do not like to be the center of attention). Of course Josh said he would answer the questions. He is such a ham! So I am not sure when it will air, but if you are in the Phoenix/Chandler area and get Channel 15 news...you might see Josh giving his opinion on teenagers and graffiti. We laughed the rest of the way home from our walk...now that we are related to a famous person and all!
Enjoy your weekend!!!
Supplies (all SU! unless noted): Text Box (PTI) stamp set; Whisper White/Old Olive/Kraft Cardstock; White (craft)/Old Olive ink; Olive Grosgrain Ribbon; Notch punch; Crystal Effects (on leaves)
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I also got Lesson 3 completed and posted in the class gallery...whew! that felt good. I am learning so much about my camera! So Fun! I am hoping it will become easier the more I do it, because it takes me a few minutes to meter and get the settings right before snapping a picture. Luckily my family is pretty patient with me! I have been taking pictures of things around the house...this is my cookie jar that houses my favorite WW snack...Tootsie Rolls (9 rolls = 2pts).
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
This will be a uneventful post...nothing to exciting happening at the moment. Just the usual stuff: work, family, Ashley's wedding plans, etc.
I am planning on some time in my stamp room today *smile* Ashley needs some thank you cards.
I also hope to get a decent picture for my "Oh Shoot" lesson 3 post. I was playing around in manual mode last night...I was totally in the dark (really I was, the lighting was awful, lol!), I haven't even read my class notes yet. Once I figure it out, I will post my picture;D
I hope I am not boring you with my Petals & Stems set...but when I get a new stamp set, I kind of go a little overboard with it. For some reason it looks as though my squares don't line up...but IRL they do (trust me). I sure will miss soft sky and groovy guava! I have to make sure to place my SU! order soon to stock up so I can hoard it, lol!
Enjoy your day, and thanks for visiting!
supplies used (SU! unless noted): Petals & Stems (Verve) Papertray (PTI) stamp sets; Soft Sky/Groovy Guava/Whisper White cardstock; Groovy Guava/Soft Sky ink; Square punches/Corner Rounder punch; Double Stitched Sky Ribbon
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I am so glad I am over that hump!! I was so unmotivated yesterday, and when I got home I had lots of stuff that needed to get done. Oh well...today is a new day!
I made this card for my best friend Sue (hope she isn't reading today!). Her birthday is 7/18 and I think she is going to be 29 just like me *wink* I used my new Verve set...which I am having fun with I might add!! I paired it with my Paper tray set (love those acrylics!). Hope she likes it;D
My photography lesson this week is turning the camera to manual...I am a bit scared, lol! I hope I have time to read the material today, so I can start some of my practice shots. It is so nice to have a digital camera...I cannot imagine using film, having to wait to get it developed, and having to throw out the bad pictures. I love the instant pictures and the delete button is my new best friend, lol!
Be sure to check out the Papertrey website today...it is that time of the month again:D
Supplies used (SU! unless noted): Petals & Stems (Verve)/Papertray (PTI); Lemon Tart (PTI)/More Mustard/Whisper White cardstock; More Mustard/Chocolate Chip ink; Summer Sunrise Polka Dot Ribbon (PTI).
Monday, July 14, 2008
Here we are again...back to Monday.
I made this card for Ashley's birthday;D I used my new set from Verve. I am having a lot of fun with this one! I was glad to get a few minutes over the weekend in my stamp room. While reading Tracy's blog the other day, she used this color scheme: Regal Rose/Pretty in Pink/Whisper White/Sage Shadow. I really like these colors together, so soft and pretty.
I hope you all had a great weekend. My just flew by! Friday I finally used my new shopping bags from Envirosax I wasn't sure how I would like them...but I am happy to report I LOVE THEM!!! I got double the stuff inside the bag and they are very durable so you can really load them up (the check out girl even said they were cool). I think I am going to get another set, since I did need to use some of the plastic bags.
Saturday night we went to Benihana to celebrate Ashley's birthday. We had a lot of fun;D and ate way too much. Then we came back home for some cake and presents. I think it was a success. I posted a fun picture from the restaurant of the birthday girl...she is crazy!
I tried to take some of the pictures with the aperture setting (I am weaning myself off auto, lol!). I am happy to say, this one was not on auto! After I cropped and added some photo actions (just found out about these and love them!). I was happy with the end result. Now I just need to get motivated to do some scrapping!
Enjoy your day! Thanks for visiting!!
Supplies used (all SU! unless noted): Petals & Stems (Verve)/Papertrey (PTI); Regal Rose/Whisper White/Pretty in Pink/ Sage Shadow cardstock; Pretty in Pink/Regal Rose/Sage Shadow ink; Square Punches; Pink Grosgrain Ribbon (Michael's)
Friday, July 11, 2008
I am sorry to report that I do not have any stamping to share today *sad face* I have just been preoccupied with other stuff this week.
I thought I would post one of my practice shots from my photography lesson on aperture. I collect Willow Tree figurines, and decided to snap some pictures of them with an open aperture. I love how the background gets blurred to bring attention to the focal point. I know I still have lots to learn, but I have been looking at photographs with totally different eyes.
Mike has today off, since he has been working M-Th 10 hours per day, that way he saves a little $ on gas. So I am sharing my day off with him;D Maybe I will take him out for lunch. Then back home for some stamping time! I have several cards I NEED to make today!
Make sure you check out the sneak peaks from Papertrey on Nichole's blog...the July stamp sets look really fun, I think I may need to buy one or two (or all of them, lol!)!
Have a terrific weekend!!!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Thought I would post my July desktop;D You can download one for free here. They are so easy to make, just open in PSE or other photo program and drop you picture behind it. I used a picture of my cute kids...just converted the original to Sepia tone, since the original photo would not match the background.
I am still having printer issues...so I decided to take a break from trying to figure it out! Yesterday I got an email from the bank stating that there was some unusual activity in our checking account. I immediately investigated and noticed several charges for online gaming websites. Luckily I caught it, because they said there were several more charges in pending status. I had to cancel my debit card (which is the pits!) and wait 5-7 days for my new one. The bank is monitoring our account and depositing the charges back to us. I am trying to rack my brain of my recent purchases (not sure if that is how it happened?)...I am usually pretty careful with online purchases. I am glad it all worked out!
I was also able to finish my 2nd lesson in my Oh Shoot class. This week it was on Aperture. I am learning a lot and having a lot of fun practicing different things with my camera...who knew taking it off auto would be so fun! The best thing about digital cameras, is that you can just delete the bad pictures (which I do quite often). I am also thinking of buying some photo actions for PSE...I really didn't know much about them until Candice (our instructor) gave us a website and discount to buy some. They seem pretty cool and who can resist a sale? You can find them here if you are interested
Have a great day! Thanks for visiting my blog!!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
There is nothing like computer issues to get me in a bad mood! We had to replace our printer yesterday, and since I have a Mac laptop, I always have trouble getting it to play nice with the other computers/printers on the network. I am the type of person who will work on something until I figure it out...well I had to take a break from it last night because I was getting really frustrated! Hopefully I will have a fresh set of eyes to look at it today! It is probably something really easy too!
Here is the gift set I made for Ashley's gift card/candy... (I used a new stamp set I got from Verve)we celebrated her birthday at work on Monday. Of course I had to make everything match;D I used the template by Diana Gibbs (who is in my sideline, I might add)for her box in a bag, she is really talented and makes really great projects!
Today I am hoping to catch up from my relaxing/movie watching weekend...lots of housework...not sure if I will get to the grocery shopping though...looks like it will be grilled cheese for dinner.
Enjoy your day...thanks for stopping in!!
supplies used (SU! unless noted): Petals & Stems (Verve) stamp set; Soft Sky/Basic Black Whisper white cardstock; Designer paper in Soft Sky; Basic Black/Soft Sky ink; Slit/Tab/Notch punches; Black Ribbon (Michael's)
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
I hope you have something fun and exciting planned to celebrate;D
Ashley and I are off to As You Wish this morning (I hope I remember my camera!), after I make blueberry pancakes for breakfast...yum! Then we will probably all hang out at home. I am not sure if Mike and I will go to the fireworks tonight (we are getting to be old farts!), I don't like all the traffic, people, heat (112 degrees for today).
However, I am hoping to get some photography practice in this weekend! Hopefully my family will cooperate, lol!
I love these polka dotted boots in Papertrey's Green Thumb stamp set, and don't you just love the sentiment? You can deal with anything if you have the right shoes...(that is for sure, lol!). I wish I lived somewhere so I could justify having a pair...I would look pretty silly wearing these here in the desert...don't ya think? Of course I used Berry Sorbet (love that color!), and Wild Wasabi. The color combo kind of reminds me of a watermelon;D
Enjoy you long weekend! Thanks for visiting today!!
Supplies used (SU! unless noted): Green Thumb (PTI) stamp set; Berry Sorbet (PTI)/Wild Wasabi/Whisper White cardstock; Berry Sorbet (PTI)/Wild Wasabi ink; Wasabi Double stitched ribbon
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Supplies used (All SU!): It's Your Birthday/Let's Party (retired) stamp sets; Wild Wasabi/Soft Sky/Blue Bayou/Whisper White cardstock; Wild Wasabi/Blue Bayou ink; square punches; double stitched wasabi ribbon
And this is what my craft table looks like these days. Can you believe it took me about 2o minutes to figure out how to change my lens? Once I got it, it was pretty easy...I was just afraid of breaking something.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Whew...I am tired today! As you know...my new favorite show is Jon and Kate Plus 8 well last night Ashley talked me into staying up to watch it with her (of course she doesn't get up at 4:45 am!). *oh yeah...random note* Nate (Ashley's Fiance') is from Lancaster Pennsylvania, and his sister lives on the same street as Jon and Kate isn't that cool? (I want to go and visit them! So Kate can be my new BFF, lol!). I am going to need some extra coffee this morning.
There was a slight glitch with the uploading of our Oh Shoot lesson, and the assignment didn't post until later in the day, so I was unable to do my homework *sad face* I hope to get caught up today! Plus my new lens arrived in the mail yesterday *happy face* So I will hopefully have some pic's to post this week.
I had not used my Always stamp in a while...and found it buried under a pile of other stamps (I think it was feeling lonely)...so out it came, and got inked up. I am just warning you I am on a Berry Sorbet kick lately...I LOVE that color! I also had to use my new square nestabiliets;D
Thanks for visiting and have a Terrific Tuesday! It is a short week this week...hooray;D
Supplies used (all SU! unless noted): Always stamp set/Friendship Blooms (retired); Kraft/Whisper White/Berry Sorbet (PTI)Cardstock; Berry Sorbet ink (PTI)/Creamy Carmel/White (Craft) ink; Kraft Taffeta Ribbon; Nestabilies (squares); small circle punch