Sunday, September 16, 2007

Obsessive by Nature.....

Okay- so here goes my very first attempt at solo blogging, no one is sitting by my side, but it helps that I just got off the phone with Clairey.....after about a gazillion attempts at posting on my own, I gave in and called her up. Then of course, when I tried it the one gazillion and oneth time, it worked and I had to say, "Honest Clairey, it did not work the first gazillion times I tried it....." Sounds so lame.....but listen, it has been a very technologically savvy week for me....I have uploaded a boatload of cards to my SCS gallery, and today with no help from ANYONE....I uploaded about 15 cards to my Yahoo group- PLUS, I actually took pictures of my cards this week that don't look like someone yelled BOO really loud behind me right before I took them......I am also camera challenged and Keith gave me a good lesson in which buttons to push where to take better pictures.....honestly can I tell you that I was taking like 28 pictures of the same card and maybe ONE wasn't all blurry and wrecked.....but NOW, I only have to take about 4....so how is THAT for progress?????Okay- so I love this new Double Line Doodle set - and just above this text is my most favorite card I made with it, and here below....is my most LEAST favorite......doesn't the card right below this text look like it could have been used on the set of
Honey I Shrunk the Kids or something? Like to scare the kids???? AT least it scares me.....but when you stamp - once in a while you have to try some weird stuff like this card.....if I send you this card you should ask yourself how much I really like you......????Anyway I just thought I would share the good and the bad.....good and bad is everywhere, we all have good things and bad things about us.....and when you love someone you take the good with the bad, right? So enjoy this card to your left and do not have nightmares tonite.....Okay- but this set, is the best set I just LOVE it, right up there with Heart Speaks.....and I was just going to say that I get pretty darn OBSESSIVE when I like a stamp set...I just can't seem to STOP making cards with it...even after I made that scarey one, I just kept on stamping......I would say to Clairey.....hey- don't let me make anymore cards with this set...okay? After this last card it's time to move on, but 1/2 hour later she would look over and I was already absorbed in the next one - cuz sets like this just spark my imagination and the ideas keep coming.....But the problem is we only have one basket and if you have 42 cards made with
the same set it gets kinda boring for everyone,,,,especially if by chance they don't like that set, or they don't like to color, you get the picture. But back to how good I feel about myself this week....honestly- this is me, and I am BLOGGING - all by myself.....no one standing behind me telling me what to do......I am sorta proud. Have you seen the movie "What About Bob?" where he is out in the middle of a lake sailing only he has so many neurosis and he is so paranoid and basically nuts and afraid of life but he has himself tied to the boat with like 7 life jackets on and he is yelling "This is me, and I'm sailing, I sail, I sail, way out in the water - away from the dock, I sail, I sail" WELL......I feel sorta like "Hey guys this is me, I'm blogging, all by myself, without Clairey, I blog, I blog....and for that matter, I download too!! And I actually found where I download to and I transfer my downloads to websites.......man Bill Gates is gonna be looking for me pretty soon for a high tech computer job..........I catch on so quickly!! Okay, so have I stamped anymore this week? I made one card -that's all...because I have been wasting untold hours on the Splitcoast Stampers website, uploading cards and looking at everyone else's cards......I am obsessive about this too!! Well since I basically about ran out of the new stuff I have stamped to upload, then that means this week it is time to STAMP......I have so many new ideas floating around in my head......I just hope I get off work early enough a night or two this week to stamp!!Here are two more cards I made with

this set, it kind of goes with pastels, really cute. Does anyone else love this set as much as I do? Why did that have to get rid of that other little Doodle set that was in the last mini before the big catty? And how about the Doodle Alphabet? I didn't even open the box yet and it was GONE......argh.... but that one little set that had the cutest little doodles, and it was like a $12.95 set -so weeny -they could have found a corner somewhere for it in the new catalog.......it's so sad when you buy one you love, don't even USE it yet, and then it's gone.......okay- I need to cheer up here......gee - how many more cards do I need to blab on for here?? I think there are still three more cards underneath this one,,,,I am running out of things to say....so maybe I will try to just arrange them at the bottom of this blog so you can look at them, or maybe if I type bigger I can fill up the space faster...yeh, that works for me....This next card is the one I made after this one - because I loved this one and was kind of stuck on the blue, pink thing.....with the apricot thrown in there......
they are cute, right?? And then I wanted to try one using that scallop punch that wasn't bizarre like the first one, so I made this one below here...........man guys I am truly running out of stuff to say here,,,are we almost at the end...cuz this is the LARGEST font and I still ran out of blab.......Okay- Just a little more to go

here, don't you just LOVE the white gel pen? If someone took my white gel pen away, I would have to stop stamping I think.......maybe not. But I would be broken hearted. Are we there yet?? Next time I'm not gonna be so darn obsessive and stamp 42 cards using the same set and then have to blab my way through them.....gee whiz.....will we ever get to the end of these cards????? Are you feeling as frustrated as I am??? I hope not......as these are meant to inspire you....next time I am not going to DL more then 3 cards and then I won't have to blab on and on and on and on.....are we there yet, oh shucks, this happens everytime at the end, the text just keeps pushing that last card down further and further....wait a minute.....let me try to bring it up here.......

PHEW!! THERE IT IS, THE VERY LAST DOODLE CARD.....and I have had it - it really is time to move on to a new set!! Next time, note to self, start with the big font, and make less cards......but I am feeling VERY VERY smart, as I have reached the end of a blog, and I did it, all by myself!! It ain't so hard......................................





Friday, September 7, 2007

Heart Speaks

Since this is my very first blog, am I supposed to introduce myself or anything? This stuff is all new to me.....and after watching my niece Clairey make this all happen for me......I'm not really sure if this might be my first and LAST blog........ since when she goes home.....well....let's not think that far ahead. Anyway- I am blogging my latest creations.....and I wanted to share a little bit about how I came to make them. Since my move to Ohio about a year and a few months ago, my passion for stamping had waned....mostly because with my new job I am kind of a noodle when I get home, and my passion for anything is like, well, like a noodle. One night when I was feeling absolutely exhausted I called my kindred spirit friend Tinabeana to kind of cry on her shoulder. Seems these days with our empty nested menopausal mood swings, we do that to eachother a lot. As I bellyached about how I had no energy for stamping, she started in with one of her lectures......come on Karen, it breaks my heart to hear you talk like that....and as she spoke I thought how can I just let this love of stamping slip away because I'm tired? So as she spoke I snuck up to my stamp room and by the time she was through with her pep talk, I had made a card like the one above, well something like it. I stamped that night until I had made around 8 cards with this new set, Heart Speaks, that's a good set for me to have been stamping with, as Tina was speaking her heart to me, and I was feeling her energy giving me the shove I needed. What would we do without friends like Tinabeana to push us back where we belong?? The next day, you know how it is, I dragged those cards around with me and I kept whipping them out and looking at them over and over again. I took them to work to show my co-workers and let them tell me which one to use for a swap I was doing hosted by Kirsten Smith. They voted on the one above. I took them home. I slept with them by my bed that night so I could look at them again in the morning. I went to work, and came home at 3:00 to let the dogs out.....(I was dogsitting for my daughter Rebekah's golden retriever Moseley, and of course we have our own golden, Luca.) I dragged those cards out again and looked at them again. I put them in a zip lock baggie and left them on my kitchen counter, and headed back to work again. Three hours later, I came home exhausted. Have I ever told you about Moseley? He is kind of a rascal. I love him anyway, but he is a rascal. Luca is not such a rascal. If you had a big fat hamburger sitting on the kitchen counter he might eat it, but not a zip lock baggie full of cards. YUP, you guessed it, when I came home,,,,there were my 8 cards.....only 1 was still intact - the red one and my least favorite......all the others were in pieces on the kitchen floor......and I sat down on the floor and cried. Moseley had taken the bag off the counter and eaten my cards......and that was as mad at Moseley as I have ever been. The first day, when he ate my curling brush, I didn't get that mad. And the second day, when he ate my socks, no big deal. The third day, when he ate some mail off the table, it's okay, maybe he ate some bills. But the fourth day, when he ate my cards.....that was NOT okay. I stayed up until 3:00 am that next morning remaking all of my cards. Some have salvaged pieces from the ruins, with what I call the Moseley technique, cuz you can still see his tooth marks in them.

You know, in the end, they were only cards, and I could recreate them. You gotta love Moseley. He's just the most lovable dog...most of the time. But back to Tinabeana.....isn't it just so cool how friends can kind of set us straight when we need it most?? I've been all excited about stamping since....and though I still don't have the time I used to have, I am dreaming up cards in my head like the old days.....and I feel like I found a lost friend. Here are some of my other creations from Heart Speaks....I am now trying to decide what should be the next set I play with.....there are so many that I love and so little time!!


This one I used the new polka dot dry embossing thingamajiggey.....don't you just hate to dry emboss? I do, but I love the look so much that sometimes I just have to do it....but the ultimate punishment would be if my coworkers voted on doing THIS one for the swap.....that would have been the pits and I think I would have said thanks for your votes but NO. I want a Cuddlebug or whatever you call those things that do this for you.....those are just the coolest thing....but since I rarely actually SEND cards....and I can't put cuddlebugs in my sample basket....what would the point be? I'll have to settle for the occassional dry embossing......when I forget how much torture it is. Does anyone else hate to dry emboss as much as me??This next one below was one of my favorites too....when Moseley ate this one he spit out the pearls from the pretties kit......they were all over the floor. He is such a rascal. One day I shut him in my kitchen, went out my back door and had




this feeling that he was already getting into something, so I ran around and came in my front door and snuck up on him, and sure enough, he was counter surfing and I just caught him before he wolfed down a whole loaf of bread. The last few days I had him, I just threw him a flip flop when I went to work, it was a small price to pay so I didnt' have to wonder what he would eat that day....I just had to kiss off those flip flops. I didn't like them much anyway. I just love those new background papers.....I am so random, I never make paragraphs, I never pause for a breath, I think I am going to be an awesome blogger. All this blogging though, means even LESS time for stamping.......how am I going to handle this? This next card I made is for Tinabeana - cuz it says "When friends get together, hearts speak without words" and I want to say to my precious friend Tina, "Even when friends DON'T get together, hearts speak without words" - Thanks for the push Tina....love you!! Here's the card that makes me think of you......

So anyway...........this is the end (almost) of my very first blog entry. Clairey helped me make a blog, set up a Yahoo group with my longlost neglected downline....she's gonna help me with an SU website, try and DL some cards onto Splitcoast.....make a signature thingey after my name with a link to my blog(that's gonna be so cool......) Even the simplest things on the computer do not come easy to me......this darn blog thing is getting me so annoyed I could scream. Everytime I try to wrap text around a card I delete the card......yeah Tina, the card I mentioned - it got bumped down about four miles but it's here for you at the end of this blog......just like YOU, always there for me in the end. Time to move on, we still have lots of work to do. Next time I blog it should be REALLLLLY interesting, as Clairey will not be by my side. Good night you guys.