Mar 31, 2007
I was invited to join a Bella Swap on Splitcoast. My first swap! I'm very excited, and of course a little nervous too. The pressure to create something totally unique, that I'm sending off to someone else - several someone elses at that. However, on my last trip to the L.S.S (local stamp store) I did pick up some 6x6 packs of Basic Grey that I think will be fantastic.
Been so long that I ordered these bellas, that I'm not even 100% sure who I'll find in the box. Oh right, SuperBella! Apparently, she's been very popular among us Addictabellas and she was out of stock. Its okay though, because I'm supposed to be working on my card packs, not playing with Bellas anyways!
If you haven't caught the Bella Bug yet, please be sure to check out www.stampingbella.com I think they're so stinkin' cute, and Emily is so so nice!
Mar 30, 2007
This morning, as I was standing in the checkout line at Barnes and Noble, in walked one of my oldest and dearest friends. Its pretty sad that she lives in the next town and we hardly get to see eachother. But, we've both got two kids, and life is nuts. You know how the story goes....
We had such a nice time, sitting around the train table at the bookstore while our kids played. I have to say that the Little Man was on his best behavior ever! My "list" of things I "had" to do went right out the window, and we just chatted. It was wonderful.
I've addicted many of my college friends and daycare clients into stamping, and most of my playgroup friends stamp too (that's who hooked ME!)
In fact, I'm off to a stamp party tonight at my old room-mates house, and so many of my college friends will be there. I'm really looking forward to it. I'm sure I'll chat so much, I'll hardly stamp!!
Mar 29, 2007
Mar 28, 2007
Last week, I realized the reason he was having a fit, was because he wanted to take his blueberry mini muffin to nap with him. I thought, GROSS, but didn't want to fight. So, he laid down in his bed, popped the muffin in his mouth, followed by his thumb. Then said "YUMMY" with a big fat grin full of crumbs
He's been calling his brother "Gaka" for months. Then, yesterday, out of the clear blue, he looked over at him and said "Jack" in the cutest little voice. He was so excited, and so was I.
Then today, we went for a walk. It was sunny, but very windy, so I didn't break out the stroller, figured we'd just do a quick walk down the street rather than the whole way around the block. He's finally decided he will walk along holding my finger. It was great!! We toddled along looking for the moon, watching for birds, then he spied it. My shadow. And said with great amazement "MAMA!" Totally made my day.
He keeps reminding me that this too shall pass, and before I know it, he'll be big, like his brother, which is of course, a story for another day.
Then I got a surprise early delivery of SU products from my friend Erica, who added in a cute little bunny stamp as a present! Thanks Babe! You rock!
This week, I'm still expecting goodies from My Favorite Things, and hopefully a few new Bellas are coming to play as well. Oops, and attending an SU workshop given my former room-mate. Eeks. What is that rushing sound I hear?? MONEY right out of my pocket. HA!
Cindy Keery has created a watermark for me to use on my work and I'm so excited about it. Cindy was so patient with my rounds of tweaking, it is really so pretty, I just love it! If you need a watermark, be sure to check out her blog: http://imagine-dream-create.blogspot.com/ I've got to install a software program to apply it to my images, which requires me getting to use the computer without the little cling-on at my shins. So, you'll probably start seeing it early next week! Thanks SO much Cindy!!
Mar 27, 2007
Mar 26, 2007
Thank everyone for all your posts. Seems like many of us are stalking the shelves for more cuttlebug folders. And, that I better put my scalloped punches and Bellas under lock and key. And of course, I found a new thing off one of your lists that I think is so cool - Doodle Genie - recommended by Angel Wilde! What a cool idea!!
I'm making progress on the taxes tonight. BLEECH. So not fun, but necessary.
And, I made a new friend today! Can I just say how nice, and funny Kim is from My Favorite Things? I bought the super cute new princess set for some upcoming girl birthday cards I have to make. Being the mother of two boys, I'm always excited when I have something "girly" on my list of cards to make, or presents to buy. If you haven't already seen this set, please visit: http://mftstamps.com/
Okay, off to finish taxes so I can STAMP. I want to do the Featured Stamper challenge tonight.
I could really use some "naptime stamping" though because a daycare client just had an accident, and her "change of clothes" today consisted of a skirt, and shirt. No undies, no tights. Not SO helpful. She wasn't happy with the replacement pair from my son - green Chicken Little undies.
Last night, I hostessed for my friend who is my SU Demo. We made a cute card with one of the Simply Sent kits, and then we made a post-it note holder for the fridge with a matching pen. Real cute. I of course, ordered the bundle, and the Bundle of JOY! I'm so excited. Used the discount on the bundle to get Doodle This. Can I just say that I'm so bummed I didn't already have it in hand this past weekend. Jen on www.iheart2stamp.com is doing this really cool challenge whereby she picks a stamp set and you design two projects and link back to her site. I was so sad I didn't have the set of the week. Maybe next week.
When I finally catch up on what has to be done around here, I'm going to do yesterdays "Featured Stamper" challenge featuring Kendra Giles! I love her work (you can find a link to her blog on the bottom right under my "Blog Stalking" links) Okay, off to do the boring stuff so I can get back to the fun stuff!!
Mar 24, 2007
I got all hyped up reading everyone's posts lately about their great finds at Michael's so drove out first thing this morning. Harumph. Blah. The stamp shelves had been ravaged and the only thing I found on my "list" was the Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet.Mostly walked around aimlessly.
Drove across the street to Joann's and the embossing folders I was looking for were totally sold out. Boo!! So, then packed the little guy up for a trip to the LSS. Its always a good thing to bring him because he assures my trip will be quick.
So, here are the goodies I've collected on a busy morning! This give away is called "Black and White and FUN!" This Blog Candy contest winner will receive the following:
- Three Making Memories black and white "Sweets" embellishments
- Four pieces of Cuttlebugged scalloped flower chipboard
- Assorted pieces of double sided paper and pretty in pink Cuttlebugged to fit onto chipboard flowers
- One Giant Paperclip
- Double sided paper, enough to to make two card fronts - black and white polka on one side, light pink pattern on the other
- Black and White Polka Dot ribbon
- Sakura Stardust Pen - because I just love mine, and I think you will too!
To enter, please leave a comment on this post answering the following question: "What's on your 'List' of goodies you'd like to own?" and I'll randomly pick a winner (with the help of Random.org) by 8pm EST Monday night.
Mar 23, 2007
So, I watched OLTL and ended up taking a nap myself. It was wonderful! Tonight I made a pink version of the cool caribbean card I posted the other day and finished what was left of "Screaming Crying Lady" on TiVo. Love it. (I mean both the card, and TiVo.)
Tomorrow morning, my youngest and I are going to make a trip to Michael's to go "goodie shopping." And, later on in the day, I'll post a new blog candy contest to celebrate my first 1K posts! Thanks for dropping by, and sorry that instead of any eye candy for you today, I just slept. But sometimes, you really just need a nap.
Mar 22, 2007
The brides colors are rose and sage, I pulled Mellow Moss and Regal Rose, but the regal rose just shouted at me today. So, I switched it to pretty and pink, which I think blended much better. The moss background is stamped with french script, the pretty in pink is cuttlebugged, ticket corner punch and mounted on pop dots. The dress is stamped in stazon, colored with SU markers, then given some sparkle with my sakura stardust pen. Cut with the mega circle punch, then mounted on a moss scalloped circle which I punched to add the eyelet effect. Ribbon is my very favorite from Cindy's Starlit Studio on Ebay. I've used it on nearly every project I've done since I found it. Almost forgot, slider die is created on my cuttlebug and is stamped with the sentiment from Noteworthy. I wanted to make a cute little tote or something to give it in, but after all the work to put these together tonight. I'm going to do dishes and go to bed. Um. Dishes might even wait till the morning!
While I know other bloggers are celebrating huge milestones with their blogs, everyone needs to start somewhere right? As I check out my counter, I'm nearing my first thousand views. Which, for a newbie is very exciting!
I'm going to head to Michael's this weekend in search of some new goodies for me. Nothing in particular, just want to browse. I'm sure you know what I mean. And, while I'm there... I'll be looking for some goodies for YOU! Stay tuned....
A friend of mine actually called today to say that if she didn't know better, she'd think I was on drugs because I've got so much going on! I've neglected laundry today, so I better go throw one in...and drag the vacuum upstairs to finish the job....
The crafting purchases, I think I've got a problem. Eesh. Last night I ordered the PaperTrey set. How could I not. Its only $15, and there are 100 possible combinations (really. Check the set out, it LISTS the possible combinations you can make) and all the cards I've seen with it on SCS are fantastic. Seems very versatile.
Then, because I subscribe to her blog, and couldn't help myself. I signed up for the May Arts Polka Dot ribbon share with Jody. If you love ribbon, like I do, you've got to subscribe to her site to see all the goodies she gets.
Of course, I'm also hostessing a Stampin Up party for my friend Erica. I don't want to pass up the opportunity to get a 1/2 price item out of the spring mini.
Cling-on 22 month old hanging on to my shin at the moment. We're fleeing to the post office to put Nancy's Blog Candy goodies into the mail! And because we all have MAJOR cabin fever.
More later. With photos this time.
Mar 21, 2007
Nancy, please contact me via email (you can find it on my profile) or PM me on scs, my name is basilefamily with your snail mail address and I'll get those peeps, cuttlebug pieces and stamped images out to you!
Thanks to EVERYONE who played. Looking forward to making new blog friends, having lots of visits, and visiting your sites as well. If you blog, send me your details, and I'll be happy to link you. I'd love to have you link to me too!
I also wanted to send an extra special thanks to my subscribers! Totally makes my day! Looking forward to getting to know you!
I'll be offering another blog candy at 1K posts. Stay tuned for details.
Mar 20, 2007
Mar 19, 2007
All you have to do is leave a comment on the post below mentioning the candy.
I'll also include some stamped images, and a few pieces of "Cuttlebugged" paper for you to use in any Easter cards or tags you'd like to make. I have the Bunny Hugs set from SU as well as the Amuse Little Bunny and sentiment "to one of my favorite Peeps."
I made these yesterday and they are SO tasty. Sugary, good. YUM! Gotta love peeps!
Mar 18, 2007
Mar 16, 2007
Mar 15, 2007
My first package of Easter cards will be making its way to a very dear friend from high school. The Easter basket card which I made with the spring showers paper is literally my favorite card I've made yet. I love the yellow polka paper, and I love the scalloped frame around the basket (a cool trick I learned, guess where. Splitcoast!) I'm pretty sad to see it go, but I've got enough material left around here to make a few more. I'm just happy to see it go to a good home... sniff sniff.
Do any of you hoard your most favorite creations? My aunt told me that she saved the cards I gave her as a Christmas gift. She was afraid to give them away, that people really needed to RATE to get a card. Now that she knows she can get more, she'll send them more freely. What a compliment!
So, to any stalkers out there...here is a question to draw you out.... what is your favorite item that you've created to date?
Mar 14, 2007
In other news, I feel old. After a few beautiful days, with walking the kids around in a double stroller and chasing my 22 month old up the top of the swingset...I wrenched my knee. I have no idea what's up, except that my knee really HURTS! I'm laid up on the couch, with an "adult beverage" and now that I've posted this, I'm off to bed. Thank goodness for TiVO because I know I'll certainly fall asleep before Lost!
Mar 13, 2007
Today's Splitcoast Color Challenge outlined five specific colors to use, and let me say, these aren't colors I'd use on my own. I actually HAD all the colors, I just wouldn't have put them together. However, after fooling with scraps of paper for what seemed forever, I think it came out pretty cute. Now I'll have to ink that Bella up and put her ins some cutesy clothes, something Lillyesque.
Giftabella is going postal tomorrow to one of my daycare clients turned friend and fellow stamper! Happy Birthday Janine!
A few of Bella's sisters were ordered today, soon you'll be meeting many more of these cutie chicks. For more information check out the link to Stamping Bella on the right hand side of the page.
This card was inspired by the MANY beautiful cards using this set lately on Splitcoast Stampers. Background is paisley using craft white ink, on bashful blue cardstock. Yellow layer was run through my cuttlebug using the flower embossing folder. The sentiment is from the So Very set from the Sell-a-Bration catalgoue. Till my new Round Tab punch arrives (later in the week!!!) I've been using a corner rounder to mimic the effect. Ribbon is from Cindy's eBay store Starlit Studio. I've GOT to go buy more of this stuff today. I've decided that it adds just the right touch for baby and Easter items. Enjoy!