Sunday, January 3, 2010

TIME TO TOOT MY OWN HORN.........

When I was little, I always remember my mom saying, "Hey, don't toot your own horn, nobody likes a braggart..." - not sure what necessitated her saying that, but I learned from a young age not to brag so FORGIVE ME BECAUSE I AM ABOUT TO BOAST, BRAG, TOOT MY OWN HORN AND SHOUT FROM THE ROOFTOPS ABOUT SOMETHING I AM JUST SO PROUD OF MYSELF FOR THAT I CANNOT HELP MYSELF....(sorry mom) TODAY......TODAY,,,,YES, JUST THIS MORNING AS IN LIK 1/2 HOUR AGO.....I WAS NOMINATED FOR A BLOG AWARD. LEST YOU THINK THAT IS WHAT I AM BRAGGING ABOUT IT IS NOT. In actuality, I know that is nothing to really brag about as these awards are commonly shared among bloggers.....no....what I am BRAGGING ABOUT IS THAT I MANAGED FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME TO GET THAT ADORABLE LITTLE AWARD FROM HER BLOG TO MINE!! I EXCECUTED THIS PROCEDURE AFTER MUCH STUDYING AND CAREFUL PLANNING AND A WHOLE LOTTA LUCK!! YOU SHOULD HAVE HEARD ME WHEN THAT LITTLE AWARD SHOWED UP ON MY BLOG RIGHT WHERE MY
PICTURE USUALLY IS!! Had I not figured out how to move it down I would have LEFT IT THERE!!!! I actually moved the award to the right place on my blog!!! MY HUSBAND THOUGHT WE WON THE LOTTERY I YELLED SO LOUD WITH JOY!! He even came over to give me a hug because he could see something had brought me great JOY!! Anyway- for all you computer geeks out there, I can stamp, but I CANNOT do these simplest of computer things without great frustration and usually without success!! I probably will never be able to do it again, but hey, I did it once!!! Please don't be jealous of me all the rest of you computer losers like me.....just rejoice with me!! Okay, about that card we just went by.....I posted it on SCS yesterday and alot of people said Wow, another black magic card, and it is NOT black magic. That is emboss resist. The way you do that is you stamp the flowers on your white card stock circle. Color them however you want to color them. Now paint them with a versamarker and clear emboss. Now they are masked and you can stamp on top of them, or you can smear ink over them, (gable green in this case) and draw some white gel pen accents on top. Michelle Z did this with me a couple of years ago and I use it constantly now - it's almost as addicting as Black Magic!! So try it and have fun and let me know if you have any questions!! I promise to do a tutorial on it one of these days.....I promise.
Now here is a card that I created as a take on the featured stamper of the week over on SCS - mine is different but I used her beautiful layout... you can see this if you click on the side of my blog and hop on over to SCS and see my gallery and her card is linked to mine there. I love to watercolor and sometimes I am happy with my results and sometimes not so much. This time I was happy!! Anyway - back to the subject at hand about me not being able to download stuff and what do you think my next problem is?? The thing that goes along with getting one of those awards is passing it ON!!! And you have to link it to other peoples blogs, and my lips are freezing just THINKING about it........I think I need a little more experience like maybe 10 years or so....forgive me but the buck stops here, the award ends here...I can say I would give this award to everyone I have my blog linked to IF I KNEW HOW......I'm also supposed to tell ten
things about myself that you didn't know so here goes, at least I can do THAT much....(oh and it was a Laura Van Vleet I believe who was so kind to nominate me for this award......1.) I am blog challenged. No, you don't understand, I mean I AM REALLY BLOG CHALLENGED!!!. 2) I have 7 grand daughters and no grandsons and that's okay, I am BLESSED BEYOND MEASURE 3.) I love my golden retriever and my husband and kids and not necessarily in that order 4.) I work as an office manager for a very nice dentist and love it 5.) I play the guitar once in a while when I'm not stamping 6.) I love Jesus and HE loves me and 7.)Did I tell you that I not only won a major award but I MANAGED TO DOWNLOAD IT TO MY BLOG???? DID I TELL YOU THAT??? CAN YOU PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS????? OH HAPPY DAY.......Until next time, keep on stamping!!

18 comments:

Carol Dee said...

YIPEE, I will rejoice with/for you! I am so challeneged that I can't even manage to create a blog of my own! It has been suggested and requested several times. I must be REALLY challenged! Of course I blame it on the dinosaur of a computer ( Actually I think I am the dinosaur!) Again, CONGRATS on the well deserved award and getting it on to your blog, Woo-Hoo! Big Hugs...

Wanda said...

LOL...I will certainly rejoice with you, Karen! I haven't ventured into blogland yet because learning to put a watermark on my cards (even with help from tutorials, online advice, etc.) took me FOREVER! BTW, we have a golden retriever (it's actually my daughter's dog, but when she's home from college, Bear comes with her and we claim him, too). They are sooo lovable and sweet!

Sue said...

that is awesome Karen - Congrats!!! You so deserve it though - your cards are gorgeous:) I hope to one day get an award, but honestly, I just started my blog yesterday, so I have to practice for a while still - LOL. I'm glad you were able to download it too - that is a big step (I just learnt all that stuff too).
Congrats and warm hugs

Sherry said...

My Mom used to tell me the very same thing! I think it's OK to Toot your own horn every once and again though and getting a blog Award is something to be proud of so Toot away my friend! I have enjoyed you over at SCS and have now become a follower of your blog! Congratulations on your Award Karen you sure do deserve it, your work is FAB-ulous!! Oh, and btw you only listed 7 things!! lol!

Anonymous said...

I'll do the happy dance with you!!! A real accomplishment for you. Congrats! Love your new cards!
Gloria

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Beach Cat ! said...

I so had to grin when I read your explanation of trying to post the blog award. My blog is a continuing challenge to get my very old brain to wrap around new technology, so I rejoice with you to see that blog award sparkle on your sidebar.

Stephanie said...

Karen, congrats on the award and excellent job figuring out how to post it on your blog!! I'm very technology challenged as well, so I empathize with your struggles.

I want to say I came here today to check out your Black Magic tutorial and it is wonderful, I hope to use it with my Vintage Vogue flourish as you did today on SCS. What a wonderful technique and a brilliant idea to use the white gel pen!

I also read a few of your posts and can identify with your spiritual struggles. I was really touched by how you overcame many years of spiritual "drought" and it has given me some food for thought.

God bless!

Stephanie Perry

jovialjudi said...

LOL!!! I was so proud of myself for linking my gallery at SCS to my blog so I know how you feel! Good for you and Congrats on the reward and us actually seeing it!! Hee! Hee! Hugs! Judi

Corie said...

Congrats on the award. Your cards are beautiful, stunning, pretty -- just amazing. Love them all!!

Patti said...

ROTFLOL! You are one funny lady! I love your blog! I have another award for you on my blog! Let's see if you can do it twice....I'll be watching and waiting! LOL!
http://stampersize.blogspot.com

Margaret said...

Toot on, yay! This computer-challenged grandma certainly understands. Your cards are incredibly beautiful, and the coloring beyond amazing. I would just like to request you tell a little more about which set or ingredients or techniques you used. They are so gorgeous by the time you get done I have a hard time recognizing the stamps! Loved the black magic with white tutorial! Thanks so much.

Rayanna said...

Congrats on your award. I am a Creative Memories Consultant and enjoy scrapbooking very much. I also am really into Tatting. I started Scrapbooking in 2001 and Tatting in 2006. It is so much fun doing a hobby and then in return receive award for it. Congrats again.

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now. Keep it up!
And according to this article, I totally agree with your opinion, but only this time! :)

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Carole'Anne AKA Stampin Stressaway said...

This card is stunning
& congratulation!
you recieving such a wonderful award
how inspiring
GREAT job

Francie G. said...

Your creations are beyound amazing, Karen! I am truly inspired by your fabulous creations! I recently did your black magic tech! Just loved it! Thanks for sharing and for all the inspiration!

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"ahoy, I sail...I'm sailing...out on the lake with the deep, deep water..ahoy..." :) Congratulations - this made me laugh. Love you mom :) Jen