Thursday, January 21, 2010

Blackberries and Blog Awards.....

Okay, so why did I think that just because I now can efficiently download blog awards...that I would know what to bloomin DO with a BLACKBERRY??? The unadulterated success, the heady feel of meeting the challenge of actually downloading my FIRST, and now.... check it out....SECOND blog award.... Yes, there are TWO now.....my head got bigger then it should have.....and I went phone shopping around that same time. NOT a GOOD COMBINATION!! My kids, specifically Bethany and Michael and their spouses, Brian and Jenna had been telling us we needed to get blackberries so we could all instant msg eachother. Okay- more on this later while I quick tell you how I made the above card....which was made with SU's new set called ELEMENTS OF STYLE which they gave us at Leadership when we thought we had opened all of our presents...YIPPEE I love this set and all THREE cards in this post were made with it.....Anyway,,,I stamped the image in black stazon ink on white cardstock and then I used markers to layer and blend color. Then after it was all colored the way I wanted it, I covered all of the coloring with a versamarker. Then I put clear powder on top and clear embossed. Next I took stampin' sponges and smeared the bashful blue on top - VOILA!! That's all she wrote. Okay - back to the story at hand. When I went to Leadership my friend Tinabeana took my phone charger home.....I texted her from the airport as my phone was taking it's last breath...."Did you by any chance take my charger home with you???" To which she replied, "I don't think so honey...." Famous last
words.....She did. So when I got home I thought about the fact that my phone was old, and it was cool when I got it new, but lately I had not felt so cool with it. So what would make me cool??? Listen to my kids and spring for a blackberry.... YES- that would make me COOL again. So Keith and I were off to the Verizon store....shopping for blackberries which is a lot like giving a child a computer and actually they would probably have a lot better idea what to do with it then Keith and I did!! I have to say, I was a pretty fast texter on my old phone. NOW, it takes me 20 minutes to find out where to even send a text and 20 more to pull up the right person!! This card to the left, made with the same great new stamp set only done in black and white....and cut out and raised up...with a red ribbon to punch it UP!! Okay,,,so after acting like we knew what we were talking about sort of, we purchased Storm 2 blackberries. Buy one get one free. Now is the time. Only after 2 weeks now, I am only texting at about 5 words per hour. I have to study it for four hours everytime I want to send a text to someonew new.....I know how to TALK on the phone but i have no idea how to use the speaker phone,,,which kept turning itself on and off tonite as I was talking to a friend. ugh. so frustrating!!! Okay, so the first or second night or both that we had them......yes.....oh my.....we were going to instant msg our kids.... 6 way....we could all talk to eachother....wow.....The other night my daughter Bethany texted me to say, " R u watching American Idol?" and I sweetly replied, "This is how lobng it took me to figureouwhy my ozkochewas buzzong" Oh yes, makes sense to me......My son says "Goodnight, Love you" and I reply, "Goodboggy, love you too." These are actual conversations we had on our blackberries.....It is so doggone frustrating......and I just YEARN to have my old trusty uncool phone back.
I'm thinkin like maybe I could carry the blackberry around so everyone THINKS I am cool....but when I want to make an actual phone call, or send an actual text, I could use my own phone if Tina ever sends my charger back......that would be cool - or at least the appearance of cool....hmmmmm........gotta think on that one. Cool is not all it's cracked up to be. Do you like this 3rd card to my left?? Do you think I love this new stamp set which will be available in May?? Well.....I am thinking that I really am cool.....after all, I downloaded not one but TWO blog awards and got them in the right place.....so hey.....that's cool enough maybe, eh??? Thank God for the blackberry 30 day money back guarantee.....I am hanging in to see if I need to take Verizon up on that one or not.....maybe blog awards are as cool as it's gonna get for me for a while....oh well, until then, It's time for me to go to bed....Until next time.....Goodboggy everyone!!

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!!