Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
DAWN! Hellooooo Dawn, I wonder if you're still awake and checking in to see if you won? Well, you did! You won set #2 of the blog candy! The "It's A Jungle Out There" set from My Favorite Things! CONGRATS!!!
I'll head over to your blog and leave you a message there.
And now...I'm finished packing for the crop - way too much stuff, I'm sure! Keep adding your comments for set #3 in the post below :) Good luck, everyone! Have a fantastic weekend :) I'll be back on Sunday night!
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Friday, September 28, 2007
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Malieta!!! Malieta, you are the lucky winner of the first piece of blog candy this week! You will soon be the proud owner of the "How Sweet It Is" set from My Favorite Things Rubber Stamps! CONGRATULATIONS!!
So....what's next? Well, I'll be drawing the winner of Set 2 (It's A Jungle Out There) tomorrow, and later today....a sneak peek of Set 3! And more BLOG CANDY!!
Happy Friday everyone! Be back later!
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Thursday, September 27, 2007
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007
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Woo hoo! We're heading towards October 1st which means the release of 5 new sets of stamps from My Favorite Things! I have been lucky enough to have been playing with the new sets for several weeks now, and they are so much fun, in particular for those of you who enjoy coloring your stamped images :)
Check back later today for a sneak peek of a card using one of the new sets. The set is called "How Sweet It Is"...
Oh! And one more thing! There will also be some BLOG CANDY available! See you later today!
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Here are our new additions! They are 10 weeks old and we decided to get them this weekend from the Cat Care Society in Denver (see the post below about Pickle). The shelter is a cage-free facility just for cats, and it's the best-run (and cleanest!) shelter I've ever been to. The staff and volunteers over there are doing an awesome job taking care of the cats.
It's been a while since we had cats this little running around, and you can imagine what Tasha things of them: something along the lines of "Yahoo! New playmates!" :)
Aspen (on the right) is named after the patches of yellow/gold aspen trees that we've seen in the last few weeks dotted among the green trees here in the mountains. Bailey is a town near here which sounded like a cute cat name and still went along with the mountain theme.
Sally, our other cat, is doing pretty well with them; they have all checked each other out and everyone still has their fur intact, so that's a good sign :)
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Monday, September 24, 2007
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I got a nice surprise in the mail on Saturday: the October issue of "Scrap & Stamp Arts" with 2 of my cards inside! One is a Halloween card made with Hero Arts stamps, and the other is in the Reader Gallery and is made with stamps from The Cat's Pajamas Summer line. Woo hoo!!
We all went to Nattie's piano recital in Evergreen on Saturday; there were about 8 students playing piano or violin. Nattie has been very secretive about her practising; she wouldn't let us listen to her, and to be honest we were getting a little worried. No more after hearing her play on Saturday; she did an amazing job! We were very proud of her and the progress she has made since starting lessons with Monica 4 months ago. She had taken piano for a year in California and did really well but the lessons were group lessons; she seems to be doing much better in an individual setting.
Working on a paper for school today, then mailing off some layouts for one of my CJ groups (we're doing some "Challenge Swaps" during our downtime between CJ's), and working on other cards for swaps. Phew! Busy day! But at least I have an incentive to finish that school paper, right?
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Sunday, September 23, 2007
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Friday, September 21, 2007
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Thursday, September 20, 2007
One of our cats, Pickle, has been missing since Tuesday night. He is...how can I put it...an adventurous cat, and even though we are super-careful about keeping doors closed, he somehow squeezed through a crack in the door and got out. Instead of heading for his usual spot under the deck he must have gone off somewhere else and so now he's had 2 nights outside with temps in the 30s/40s. We still have mountain lions and bears out and about at this time of year, and we haven't heard him yowling stuck up a tree or anything like that, so right now it doesn't look good.
Today I'll be calling all the shelters and putting up posters; we've called the neighbors so they know who to call if they find him. What's sad is that last week he managed to get his collar and tags off, so he doesn't even have those on right now. Please keep him in your thoughts!
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
What a great mail day. I got them! I got them! (big smile) yipppeeee!!!! THANK YOU!! You certainly made my day. I received your lovely Candy RAK in the mail. Thank you so very much for the cute set of Cat's Pajamas clear stamp set. They're adorable and I appreciate your kindness and generosity. I had never seen TCP before finding your blog! And there is even a penguin in the set too. Thank you also for your pretty card, with huge prima.
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Monday, September 17, 2007
I've been tagged by Alma! Here goes :)
1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) Boris QX56
2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fav ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) Vanilla Milano
3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) T-Arm
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Blue Cat
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Hitchin (no middle name for me!)
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) Armto
7. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, favorite drink put “The”) The Red Mai Tai
8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) Percy David
9. STRIPPER NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne, favorite candy) Paris Mini Eggs (!)
10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) Ann James
LOL!! So now it's your turn! Maureen, Liz, Heather, Christine, Sue, and Sabrina - consider yourselves tagged :) Just copy and paste the above information on to your blog, change the answers to reflect yourself, and tag some fellow bloggers!
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Saturday, September 15, 2007
- Cover chipboard with patterned paper, ensuring that all sides are secure. Punch holes (lacing cards already have holes so you can see where to punch).
- Sand edges of paper to smooth and distress paper.
- Use alpha stickers if desired, to spell "Winter".
- Attach matted photographs.
- Stamp images on white paper, color and cut out. Attach to cards as required.
- Decorate with Stickles to add sparkle.
- Cover reverse side in similar method, using other set of patterned paper.
- Attach cards together with embroidery floss; attach ribbon at top of project.
- Hang and enjoy!
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Friday, September 14, 2007
I am so excited! Tomorrow is our 14th anniversary and (since I'm so impatient) Iain and I exchanged cards/gifts tonight. We gave each other the traditional funny cards :) and I gave Iain a gift certificate to the Boulder Running Company and also the DVD of "Extras - Season 2" (starring Ricky Gervais; a really funny show on HBO). And, of course, the box of Iain's favorite See's candy - the caramel patties.
I was thrilled when I opened my card and found the confirmation for tickets to see Elton John's Red Piano concert at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas in November!! WOO HOO!! I have been a fan of his for many years and seeing him live is one of the things on my "list of things to do before I die". I think he's a musical genius and can't wait till November!!! I'm a lucky, lucky girl!!!
Is it November yet?! (See, there's that impatience kicking in again!) LOL!!
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Thursday, September 13, 2007
Ah...almost the end of the week! My hubby arrives home tonight after 5 days in Colombia :) I think that tomorrow I'll have to take both kids to get checked out by the pediatrician - they've both had colds for over a week, which is typical for the start of the school year, but now they have both developed coughs and it doesn't seem like the coughs are going away any time soon. It doesn't do any harm to check, right?
This morning I met up with two of my neighbors and we walked our dogs together. I can't believe how much faster the time passed! Tasha was a bit distracted by the other dogs, but overall she did really well. We're going to meet up again tomorrow morning and make the most of this great weather - the mornings are just beautiful right now! Temps in the 40s/50s, so it's perfect for walking.
I started a new class with school this week - Juvenile Justice. It's only been a few days, but I find the reading really interesting. There are so many factors that can affect kids and the decisions they make over time - as juveniles and as adults.
Not too much else going on today: grocery shopping in a little while, then a little school and - alright - a little cardmaking or circle journaling :) Today's card is another one made with The Cat's Pajamas' Winter line of stamps. Don't you just love Skating Poochie with his winter sweater on?
Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day!
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007
I have been a member of a new Circle Journal group (30-somethings) for a few months now, and through this online group I met Sue, who lives down in Castle Rock - about an hour from Conifer. Today we met in person! I drove down to Sue's house, and we hung out there for a little while: she showed me her lovely home, her (very tidy and organized) scrap room, and her amazing photographs of the beautiful outdoors here in CO. I had brought a few magazines to show her my published cards, and showed her the ATG adhesive gun :)
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
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Monday, September 10, 2007
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It is so damp here this morning; we woke up to fog and drizzle - I feel like I'm back home in Scotland! LOL! And in the spirit of wet weather, here's a "shower" card :) This one is made with stamps from My Favorite Things (the set is called "Shower Time"); patterned paper is by Fancy Pants. I pierced holes around the scalloped punched shape and stitched around the edge, threading beads on as I went. A bit time consuming (I decided after I'd done 3 beads!), but the effect is worth it for a special occasion card :)
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Saturday, September 08, 2007
These are some invites I made a couple of weeks ago when Iain and I thought we were going to have a Labor Day BBQ with the neighbors. I worked hard making a dozen invitations and then we changed our minds - well, I should say Iain decided he didn't want to grill for that many people! LOL!
We ended up having just drinks and appetizers, and I gave the blank invitations away on Two Peas to someone who could use them :) They are so cute, I should have just sent them to the neighbors anyway! Ha ha!
Stamps by The Cat's Pajamas. The white pen is a Uniball Signo. Happy Saturday!
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Friday, September 07, 2007
... isn't that a great name for a rubber stamp company? And I am so lucky to be on their DT :) I received a package of goodies last week from Kim, the owner of MFT, and I have had tons of fun playing this week! The card on the left is made from a set called "Hot Stuff", which can be found with the other MFT stamps right here. Happy browsing! (Patterned paper is the "Bohemia" line from My Mind's Eye)
The blog challenge on Two Peas today definitely applies to me: "do you tend to stay up late to scrap more if your DH/SO is away?". I do this often: if it's during a school class, I'll sometimes be up working on assignments (although I'm hoping to do that work during the day now that the kids are back in school). Quite often I'll work on circle journals at night; the peace and quiet seems to be effective for my thought process!!
Ran some errands this morning: Nattie is going to a friend's birthday party on Sunday, and she thought the best thing to take as a gift would be a Barnes & Noble card - sounds good to me! Also went to Target and spent way more money than I should have :) Picked up an Earl Grey tea from Starbucks and then headed home to a couple of hours of quiet before the kiddos get home!
We were all pretty late getting up this morning - it was a bit of a rush to get the kids fed, prepared, and out the door! I think we are all ready for the weekend :) Have a great one!
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Wednesday, September 05, 2007
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Sunday, September 02, 2007
Been spending some time stamping this weekend! I really like this card - it's nice and simple! Patterned paper from 7 gypsies and stamp by Stampendous! Then I used my Prismacolor pencils + Gamsol to add some color. I think that the blue around the edge of the image makes it look a lot more realistic; better than having the flower floating on the cardstock. I used pop dots to make the whole panel stand out from the card front, and also on a second image of the flower :)
We have had a whole weekend of doing.....nothing much! Iain always takes a couple of days to recover from jetlag after a S. America trip, and Jamie isn't feeling too hot today, so we are taking it easy. Tomorrow will be busier - we have the neighbors coming round for drinks and appetizers!
Have a great long weekend, everyone!
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