Saturday, June 23, 2007

A couple TAC cards

I went to a TAC gathering last night at my friend Paula's house. Awna (the TAC demo and another friend of mine) designed a couple cute cards for us to make. I am in awe of anyone that can color. I don't know what it is but when it comes to coloring stamped images, I just am not that good at it. As a kid, I loved to color in coloring books but as an adult, I just am not impressed with my coloring skills. Also it didn't help that last night I was feeling a bit shaky for some reason--not a good thing when trying to color detailed images!

I was so proud of myself that I did not buy anything at the gathering. It isn't that I didn't want to but financially, I really shouldn't be spending money plus I made myself a promise not to buy new stuff until I use some things that I bought a long time ago and never used.

Let me tell you, it wasn't easy not buying the Haute Couture stamp set that we used for the second card. This set is retiring plus since it is retiring, the price was discounted. When TAC first came out with this stamp set, I just thought it was OK, not really my style, but the more of Awna's artwork that I see with this set, I really, really like it. It was so hard not to buy the set last night but I'm sure if I really want to make some cards with it, I can sweet talk Paula (she is buying this set) or Awna into letting me use their sets.;)

I'm a Slacker!

I know I promised to post more cards a couple weeks ago but when it comes to using a camera, I put it off as much as possible. A photographer I am not. It doesn't help that DH got a new Cannon Powershot S315 a couple weeks ago and I haven't even touched it yet. He told me that this camera was going to take a lot of learning to use--not something that I want to hear. I'm not good with regular digital cameras and now I have to learn how to use a fancy one.

I still have the Kodak camera that my sister passed on to us when she got her new Kodak but my rechargeable batteries barely hold a charge anymore. I really need to get out and get new batteries so I can continue to use that one.

So today while I was scanning a couple other cards that I want to post, I decided to scan the ones that I made a couple weeks ago instead of taking a picture with the camera. They are shadow box cards to they don't look the greatest when scanned, but that is the best I can do right now. Here they are:

For these cards I used:

Stamps: CTMH Life is so Good, Birthday Script
Paper: Sunkiss Yellow, White Daisy
Inks: Key Lime, Spring Iris, Hollyhock, Sunkiss Yellow, Sunny Yellow, Grey Wool, Heavenly Blue
Accessories: White brads, silver brads, white organdy ribbon

It is hard to see but on the inside, I lightly sponged heavenly blue ink using a piece of paper with the same size oval cut out as the front for my mask.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Simple Graduation card

I made this quick graduation card today for my DH's coworker's son. I really don't have any graduation stamps (it is extremely rare that I know anyone graduating so why buy graduation stamps!) so I decided to use the high school initials and the school colors. I hope the ribbon doesn't make it look too girly.

I forgot to scan the inside of the card but I stamped "congrats" in blue and then had a graduation cap stamped in orange and slightly above and to the right of the "s" in "congrats."

Orange and blue are definitely two colors that I wouldn't normally put together but they are the school colors--thank God I didn't go to that high school (I can't believe I will be going to my 20th class reunion this year!) because I really do not like the color orange!

For this card, I used:

Stamps: CTMH Rustic Alpha, The Works Alpha, Geometric Thoughts
Paper and Ink: CTMH orange, star spangled blue, white daisy
Ribbon: CTMH Dutch Blue grosgrain (I think this ribbon matches star spangled blue better than Dutch Blue)

I did make two more cards today after the graduation party but I will have to post them later. They are shadow box cards so I couldn't stick them in my scanner. By the time I got home it was too dark in my house to take good pictures.

Friday, June 8, 2007

I've been tagged!

I've been tagged by Awna. You can check out her blog at

Yourself: uninteresting
Your Partner: Jeff
Your Hair: too thick
Your Mother: Betty
Your Father: deceased and deeply missed
Your Favorite Item: can't think of one right now
Your Dream Last Night: don't remember
Your Favorite Drink: water
Your Dream Car: something with room for more than 5 people
Dream Home: one with a stamp room
The Room You Are In: living room
Where You Want to be in Ten Years: too far away to think about
Who You Hung Out With Last Night: my kids
You're Not: outgoing
One of Your Wish List Items: more stamps (Papertrey and Gina K Designs)
The Last Thing You Did: took my dds to Wendy's
You Are Wearing: shorts and a t-shirt
Your Favorite Weather: warm and sunny but not hot
Last Thing You Ate: Pringles
Your Life: boring
Your Mood: varies
What Are You Thinking About Right Now: answering this
Your Car: red
What Are You Doing At The Moment: typing my answers
Relationship Status: married
What Is On Your TV: Looney Tunes DVD (kids are watching)
What Is The Weather Like: rainy
When Is The Last Time You Laughed: don't remember

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Sympathy Card

Just before I went to get my haircut today, my sister called to tell me that my hairstylist's mother had died (my sister works where the hairstylist's DH works). No one ever called to cancel my appointment so I went to my appointment and the hairstylist was working. There is no way that I would have been able to work after my dad had died.

I already had planned to go to my sister's house afterwards to do some stamping so I just changed my stamping plans and made my hairstylist a sympathy card.

For this card I used:

Stamps: CTMH's Sweet Flowers, Comforting Thoughts

Paper: CTMH's Simple Pleasures, cocoa, bamboo, colonial white

Inks: CTMH's cocoa, bamboo, twilight, desert sand

Ribbon: CTMH's cocoa grosgrain

For the inside of the card, I did reverse masking and sponging:

I am getting myself into the habit of making more than one of the same card when I make a new design so after I completed this card, I made three more. For the last card, I didn't want to cut a new sheet of the B&T paper so I used a different piece of B&T from the Simple Pleasures kit:

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Taste of Home Magazine

This is totally not stamping related but I wanted to see if anyone was interested in getting (or renewing) a subscription to Taste of Home Magazine, Simple & Delicious or Every Day with Rachel Ray.

I am a Taste of Home Entertaining Charter Consultant and I am offering discounts on subscriptions to these three magazines but only for this week. A one year (6 issues) subscription to Taste of Home is regularly $12.96. I am offering it for $11. A one year (6 issues) subscription for Simple & Delicious is regularly $12.96. I am also offering it for $11. A one year (10 issues) subscription to Every Day with Rachel Ray is regularly $18. I am offering it for $16.

If you are interested in a subscription to any (or all) of these magazines, please contact me by June 8.