Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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Monday, July 28, 2008
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Friday, July 25, 2008
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Thursday, July 24, 2008
If you haven't noticed the blinkie over on the left, I wanted to let you know that Alma's throwing a big sale this week over at The Cat's Pajamas! Yeah! 25% off EVERYTHING on her site from July 25th - July 27th. Click HERE to check it all out!
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Here are Nattie and Jamie having a "small" (yes, this was the small size!) shaved ice on Monday afternoon in Kona :)
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008
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Nattie and I are sitting in Kona airport getting ready to board. We're flying through the night and will get back to Denver (via L.A.) around 9.30am Wednesday.
The four of us had an awesome time! We did some exploring, some shopping, and spent lots of time at the hotel pool and beach. We're ready to see our furbabies though!
Thanks for all those "happy vacation" wishes! Talk to you all soon!
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
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Monday, July 14, 2008
Tomorrow morning (well, actually in the middle of the night!) we're heading off to the airport to fly to Hawaii! Yeah! It's kind of funny, because Nattie and I are flying with one airline and Iain and Jamie are flying with another. Iain had enough frequent flyer miles with both airlines for 2 tickets, so we're using them all up!
We're staying at the Marriott Waikoloa Beach Resort and Spa. Looking forward to the change of scenery and hanging out with Iain and the kiddos for 7 days! All that's left to do here is the last of the laundry. We took Tasha to the boarding place this afternoon and our neighbor will take care of our furbabies :)
See you in a week!
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Saturday, July 12, 2008
Take Nattie to Kohl's for a few more pairs of shorts
Squeeze in some cardmaking time - for next week's TCP Tuesday card
Hair cut and color for me; hair cut for Nattie, Iain and Jamie
Today's card's ingredients - patterned paper: Bo Bunny; stamped image: Stampendous; sentiment stamp: A Muse. Colored with colored pencils and Gamsol.
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Friday, July 11, 2008
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Wednesday, July 09, 2008
2. What's up for the second half of summer? Got any plans? Anything that you want to do that you haven't done yet? We leave for Hawaii on Tuesday for a whole week! Woo hoo! The kiddos also have one more week of art camp before the end of summer break. Then, of course there is registration/orientation for school (Nattie starts middle school this year). Apart from that I plan on letting them enjoy those last few weeks before the return to school...
3. What's the bestest thing about summer? What's the worst? The best things are simply being able to take it easy. I make a point of not scheduling too many activities for Nattie and Jamie; they need to have time to just be kids and enjoy the break: sleeping in (well, if 9am counts as sleeping in), having the occasional day in jammies, playing outside, and staying up later. The worst things are the bugs and allergies! Those bugs seem to think I am a feast in the summer! LOL!!
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Sorry for being a little late, but here's my card for the TCP Tuesday sketch that was posted yesterday. I made a bright and cheery Get Well card using TCP stamps - you can see the stamps here. The patterned paper is by Autumn Leaves, and I paper pieced the bowl and the spoon using the patterned paper. I also added some shading with my Copics and faux stitching with my Signo white gel pen.
The kids and I are heading out to see Wall-E this afternoon. Have a great Wednesday!
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Tuesday, July 08, 2008
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Monday, July 07, 2008
The scalloped circles I use on many of my cards are some of my favorite shapes to use in cardmaking. The style really dresses up a card without too much effort. Sometimes I use the Marvy punches (Mega and Giga sizes - the pink and purple ones), and sometimes I use the Nestabilities dies in my Cuttlebug machine. Overall, I prefer the Nestabilities because there are more sizes of the die available which means that you can customize what size of circle you want to cut in relation to the stamped image. I have seen the Marvy punches in Michael's and JoAnn's, but to be honest the supply doesn't seem to be very consistent so it often depends on sheer luck as to whether or not the punches will be in stock. Here is a link to an online seller of the punches, and here's one place where you can check out the Nestabilities dies.
On one of my recent TCP Tuesday cards (I've posted it again here on the left for you to see), I used a scalloped circle and then used a plain hand punch to add punched holes around the edge. I really like the effect it made!
Another question that has come up is about my coloring materials. The images that you see colored more boldly on my cards are most likely colored with my Copic markers that I got through My Favorite Things; I also like the PrismaColor markers (PrismaColors can be picked up individually or in sets at Michael's - a great deal with a coupon!).
I also use a technique with regular colored pencils (not watercolor ones), Gamsol (a.k.a. odorless mineral spirits) and blending stumps. I found out about this technique from a tutorial by Cecilia Ross on Splitcoast Stampers - here's a link for you to check it out since it explains the process way better than I could! I love the style of this method: it's a little bolder than watercoloring, but not as intense as the markers.
Have fun! I hope this information helps!
ETA: you can find the Odorless Mineral Spirits at Michael's near the artists' paints: it is made by a brand called Mona Lisa. Happy shopping!
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I made this card over the weekend and have it listed on my Etsy store. I had my first customers yesterday! Yeah!
The stamp is by Stampendous, and for extra dimension I stamped the flowers twice and added an extra layer to the petals part with pop dots. The little flower charm is one I had in my stash :) Patterned paper: Sweetwater.
It is pouring with rain here! I feel like I'm back home in Scotland :) Have a happy Monday, everyone!
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Sunday, July 06, 2008
I was tagged by Lindsay! Here we go...
Each player answers the questions themselves. At the end of the post the player then tags 4 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment letting them know that they've been tagged and ask them to read you blog. Then you let the person who tagged you know when you posted your answers.
Ten Years Ago:
That would be July 1998! Wow! I feel old... :) We were living in Vallejo, CA. Nattie was almost 2 years old! I was 26 and Iain was 32. We were youngsters - LOL! I think around this time we started trying for a second child, although it took until March 2002 for Jamie to arrive :) We had just 2 cats: Pebbles and Charlie, who are no longer with us :(
Five things on todays to-do list:
1. Finish this tag
2. Finish and put away laundry
3. Go out for dinner with my hubby! Yeah!
4. Go to the gym (done!)
5. Getting the basement and Nattie's bedroom cleaned up for her friend arriving tomorrow from CA
Snack I Enjoy:
British crisps (potato chips)
Things I would do if I was a millionaire:
Pay off our debts, family members' debts, pre-pay for the kids' tuition, buy a holiday home :)
Places I have lived:
This is a long list :)
Hitchin (nr. London), England
Dalgety Bay, Scotland
San Diego, CA
Rancho Bernardo (north San Diego County), CA
Murrieta, CA and now
4 People I am tagging:
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Saturday, July 05, 2008
As I'm sitting here typing this there are big hailstones falling outside! Strange July weather! Hopefully it'll alleviate some of my allergy symptoms; I've had a rough time of it over the last couple of days. Ugh!
Today's card is made with a stamp I picked up in CA; it's by A Muse and I really enjoyed coloring it with my Copics to match the paper from My Mind's Eye (Garden Party - My Sunshine Collection). Have a great Saturday!
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Friday, July 04, 2008
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Thursday, July 03, 2008
This sweet little butterfly is one of the latest releases from Queen Kat Designs. The images were designed by Lindsay, one of the DT members. Congrats, Lindsay!
For the card on the left, I used Basic Grey's "Phoebe" line. The other card is made with Bo Bunny paper - so sunny and cheerful!
This morning I'm taking Jamie to his swimming lesson - he's doing so well this week! Then, this evening after Nattie's piano lesson we're going down to Littleton to see some fireworks - yeah! I hope you have a happy 4th of July weekend - what are your plans?
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