Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A LITTLE WHITE LIE.....

Oh my WORD,,,,I have NEVER been so FRUSTRATED posting a blog post in my LIFE!!!!! I had this all done, and my friend Ilina sent me an email telling me step by step how to make it post when I am on a business trip the day it's supposed to post......(it involved changing settings, etc.) and I did all that and then went ahead and posted it by accident so had to delete and start over!! arghhhh........ ANYWAY........back to the subject at hand.....would YOU believe I cut out all those cute little quilt squares by hand, 3/4" x 3/4"??? I didn't think so.....so I'm not gonna lie to ya, I did not realize that SU had discontinued that punch until one of my friends pointed it out to me....and my card was all loaded on the Yahoo site and ready to go for Tuesday.....so if YOU want to make this same exact card, you may just have to hand cut them all!! (LOL, harhar) If not, you can always use the smallest square punch we have now and have your quilt squares a bit larger. Here's how. Take some graph paper, I use SU's big graph pad and glue the squares down completely and securely on all edges. The graph paper will give your quilt more body and also help you to keep the design straight which tends to be the hardest part! Then use the Big Shot and cut the quilt out using the Top Note Die. Then put the entire piece through the Big Shot again using your favorite embossing folder. I love to use Petals a Plenty for a worn quilt look, but any embossing folder will give it a quilted look. That's pretty much it!! I used SU's new Deck the Walls designer paper and their brand new SEAM BINDING to make my bow. LOVE that stuff!!!! NEED MORE!!!!! I also used the Bells and Boughs Stamp set for the words and a Tags embosslit for the tag. Add their great new pearl bling and there you have it, a Christmas Quilt!! Hope you like it!! Now if this thing actually posts on the morning it is supposed to, you can thank my sweet young and beautiful friend Ilina....and if it doesn't, well, it just means I didn't follow the directions correctly, and if that happens, what else is new?? Happy Stamping everyone! See you next time!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

OH THE PRESSURE OF IT ALL.......

All I can really do is STAMP. When it comes to taking good pictures, I have taught myself and improved a LOT. Good old Picasa III. BUT, when it comes to downloading or uploading or whatever the process is, I am one lame dame. Please take note - the new catalog has finally appeared on my blog. It only took me 3 months!! How pathetic is that??? I ask you!!?? I still remember the first time I blogged without my niece looking over my shoulder, it was like a trip through the land of very large rodents for me......here I am blogging all by myself. HOWEVER, the whole schedule this to go up at some time tomorrow- it ain't happenin'. I will save it as a draft and get up at that magical hour of 5:00 am and make sure the darn thing goes up when and where it's supposed to this time!! Anyway.....this card is a vintage creation, so lots of tearing and sponging and dirtying things up....I used the stamp set "Peaceful Season" from the new mini....mostly because it's the only one I HAVE so far since my order is due Thursday, (another wonderful example of impeccable timing on my part....)and I used the Big Shot, wallpaper ef, oval dies, 1/2" circle for the scallops, the music wheel, markers, the stamp set Tiny Tags and the Tiny Tag punch, Vintage Brads, white gel pen, Black Stazon ink - a versarmarker and clear powder and heat tool so I could emboss the holly and then roll stamp on over it and sponge on over it....black satin ribbon, eyelet border punch, rhinestone bling, sponges and crumb cake ink for aging.....and I think that about does it!! Do you know how to do the emboss resist technique? You stamp and color just the way you want your main image, (the holly in this case) I drew some on top with a black marker for definition, and then I colored over the holly with a versamarker and then sprinkled clear powder on, embossed, and there you have it - emboss resist because now you can let an elephant stand on top of it or let you dog chew on it...(okay, well maybe not the dog thing) but that embossing is a mask and you can stamp on top now!! Have fun with this technique - I sure do!! And Happy Tuesday everyone, and when you see things like current catalogs on my blog, and new posts, and even posts that appear when they are supposed to, don't take them for granted!!! This little pea brain is working overtime to make all this happen just for you!! Until next time, share some technology with someone over 50 - they will LOVE you for it!! Blessings on ya!!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

MOTHER, I'D RATHER DO IT MYSELF!!!

I have made a really important decision. Mother, I'd rather do it myself....is going to be my new motto. I am so darn blog challenged that yes, it's OCTOBER and I FINALLY got the new catalog uploaded to my blog...and with some wonderful step by step instructions from one of my sweet downline, Ilina Crouse, (who also happens to be an awesome stamper...)I was successful in getting it onto my blog ALL BY MYSELF.....and THEN, while I was AT IT, I also FINALLY successfully downloaded the emblem or badge or whatever you call it from the design team I am on with other SU demonstrators.....AND an old award I had laying around that I didn't know how to download, or upload, or what-ever.....it's now all on the side of my blog and Mother, I did it all by myself!!!! My smart alec son-in-law said, "Tell us again, did you do it all by yourself???" The younger generation just does not understand how jazzed we over 50's can get when we actually pull something of this magnitude off by ourselves!! Anyway, I thought I would clarify what this whole design team thing is about. We were not chosen by Stampin'Up! to be on a design team for them. We were chosen by Cindy Coutts, who is a demonstrator herself, and she started a blog for SU challenges only, (which you can NOW REACH by pressing the icon to your left which I downloaded, uploaded, pasted, whatever in there all by myself, did I mention that already??) You can play in these challenges along with us, and we just design some cards for your enjoyment and then present the challenge, and you come back to your blog for card details,,,which are not my forte, but I try. I blab, I don't instruct. :) Every other Tuesday we will bring a challenge and samples your way. Watch for a post this Tuesday!! Okay, so I've been thinking lately what a person of rituals I am. Darn Darn, Darn, I just wiped out a card....oh well, 3 cards today, not 4. Unless of course I manage to wipe out another one before I get thru this. Anyway- back to rituals....do you ever play that dumb game where you say if the shredder at work stops before I shred everything, something terrible is going to happen? Like you'll
break your mother's back or something? Sorta like you can't step on the cracks in the sidewalk? Well I was thinking how sometimes when I am enduring my morning torture routine on the eliptical machine, (I've lost 10 pounds and several inches in the last 5 weeks) I will pretend that I am running from something that is going to land on me and crush me, like a giant tree, or some such thing.....and it will make me keep on going when I just wanna be off that thing and done. But then, when I really want to get my best mileage or time or whatever, if I just pretend that I am running from that same thing that is about to fall on top of me, but I am holding one of my grand daughters in my arms.....I get a spurt of energy that takes me thru to the end and I forget my pain. Isn't that kind of a cool principle? Love is such a powerful emotion.....know what I mean? I would throw myself in front of a train for any one of these precious girls. And since the middle of August we have had five of our seven right around us, like within 3 miles of our house, 5 grand daughters, 6 years old and under!! Friday night I babysat all 5 by myself!! It sorta happened by accident. I told Mike and Jenna I would babysit Layla and Brooklyn cuz it was Jenna's BD and they were going out. Okay, two, no problem. Then Davis and Jen said can we borrow your pickup and run to Ikea for some stuff and possibly leave the girls, we'll be right back and I said, sure,,,,they'll be back before I get Layla and Brooklyn, NOT, so now I have Tovah, Lami, Layla and Brooklyn all at one time. The three older girls had what I think was their first fight while I was trying to feed Brooklyn, and all of the sudden there is a knock at the door and it's Bekah and Jon, with Olivia in arms....and I say how nice, did you come for a visit? (seeing HELP on the horizon here) and they say, "No, Jen said we could drop off Olivia and she would watch her because we're meeting some people from church..." Ahh.....so you think I can handle FIVE, eh???? Guess what?? I could! I did!! Bekah and Jon kept saying we can't do this to you and I was like, Go, I can handle it - it's fine, it won't be long, etc etc etc, then after they left I was like, "what was i thinking???" It was okay!! I was only a little bit rattled by the time Jen and Davis arrived back home, with multitudes of apologies when they saw Olivia and realized I was alone with 5!! It was okay, these days are numbered...
I won't be privileged enough to have all five around me after mid January for a very long time. Jen, Davis, Tovah and Elami will head for some islands off of Africa for 3 years.....and I will think back to the night I had all 5 by myself and I will wish, wish, wish with all my heart and all my might that I could have them all back again......I know I will! So bring it on!! Precious days for precious memories. Precious girls,,,,,and yes, I think I could run 100 miles an hour to miss that tree for one of these precious girls. So if you notice that all of my cards are girlie cards.....it's hard not to think girls around my house!! Girls rock!! Grand daughters make the world go round!! Anyway - I will keep plugging away on my eliptical and I have promised myself that when I reach my goal this time I am NOT going to let myself put that 20 back on AGAIN.....I am going to try to change my lifestyle, keep exercising, eating right, etc.....and make THAT a ritual!! Thanks for listening to my blab.....keep on stampin.....keep on telling those ones around you how much you love them, and thanking God for every opportunity to be around them - even if it means babysitting for 5 - 6 and under by yourself!! Mother, I'd rather do it myself!! Until next time......