Monday, September 29, 2008

Autumn Cards

I made these two cards with the same stamp. With our national economy crisis, there was
some talk on the Gingerwood board about what we stampers would do to economize. One thing I know I can do is use things I haven't used in a while or haven't EVER used!! This stamp falls into the last category. It is a PSX stamp from (hold your breath here!) 2003. It really is a very lovely image. I don't know why it has never seen ink! The pictures don't do either card justice. Maybe I'll retake them and post them again. I seem to run in cycles with my photographic "abilities". Speaking of the scary state of the world, I must remember where and with Who my security lies! There is a scripture, in Psalms I believe, that talks about all of the Psalmist's expectations are in the Lord. Isn't that a wonderful thought? A dear sister in Christ who has lived many years more than me always reminds me "when things seem to be falling apart, they are just falling in place for the Lord's timetable". I'm holding on to Him and to that thought! I'm also looking up for His soon return. Blessings to you and keep looking up!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Ham Days

Ham Days featured country ham and was a little more "upscale" than the Apple Fest. The craft booths were more high end, etc. We came home from there and I was beat! Took a nap and didn't do much the rest of the night. Today, Sunday, I have been stamping a lot! I have eight cards to take pictures of and post!

Busy week and busier weekend

I haven't posted recently. It's been busy at school and I come home just worn out. This recovery thing has a time frame of its own. My little second graders are shaping up nicely! I worked 4 and 1/2 days this week. Took off Friday afternoon to go about 2 hours away to the little town my son goes to college in. We met my mom and stepfather there. I slept on the way over and Chip drove. Aren't you glad I wasn't driving!? We met up with them and drove another hour to Casey County for the Apple Fest. It was truly a slice of rural Americana. Lots of people., lots of music (bluegrass and country gospel), lots of junky food, and lots of craft booths. There was a parade where tractors and pageant contestants of all ages were featured prominently. When we got back to our motel, our son and his girlfriend came over to visit. We sat around the pool and talked and laughed until late. The next day we went to Lebanon, KY for the Ham Days.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Bold Birthday

I made this card using a stamp I've had since 1999! It's made by Stampendous and it's a great image when I need to come up with an idea quickly. The dots on the left are from a My Favorite Things set. The ones on the right and the sentiment are Impression Obsession. The cardstock is Bazzill. I used copic markers to color the image. There is definately a learning curve with those, but I'm starting to like them!
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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Fun Thank You

This is a thank you card that I made using Junkitz paper.
The thank you and the design around it were stamped using markers. They are from a clear set by Impression Obsession. I made several of these because they were so fun and easy.
It is really windy, windy here in Kentucky today. I can't even imagine what those hurricane winds were like! I had to run to the grocery this afternoon and a cart came flying (ok, blowing!) across the parking lot and knocked me down. I've hurt my elbow and I really pray it's not broken. It's on my stamping arm! It was so hard that I thought someone had pushed me or run into me. No, just an unmanned cart. It was so crowded in the store you would have thought we were getting ready for snow! Here in the Bluegrass even a hint of snow causes a major run on the grocery stores! Well, I'm off to do progress reports for my students. I dread those. I agonize over the comments because I know what it feels like to be the parent receiving them! Hope your weekend finishes well and keep looking up!
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Why I Stamp

I have seemingly unrelated story that explains why I stamp. Following is the EXACT wording of a note I received from a parent whose child was absent yesterday (and today): "Little Susie's"
head is 3x's its normal size. Allergic to something. I am not kidding, this is actually what I received!!! I'm picturing beach ball size, aren't you? Guess that explains why she wasn't at school today! So, I stamp to preserve my sanity or what's left of it! Have a great week and keep looking up!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Hero Arts background card

I made this card with a Hero Arts backgrounder that I bought last April and have never used! I cased the idea from a HA flyer I had, but changed it up a bit to suit me. Its hard to tell, but the big flower on the lower left, the butterfly, and the just for you sentiment are mounted on a pop dot. I chalked the background and used stick on jewels and stickles to make it sparkle. Hope you had a great weekend!
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Friday, September 5, 2008

Friendship card

This is a card I made "just because" but I am using it as yet another thank you card. I used my nestabilities to cut the ovals. The little stamp set comes with the tree trunk, lots of little branches, several kinds of leaves, some fruit, the owl, and the sentiment. I believe it is made by Impression Obsession. I stamped the tree, branches, verse, and owl with staz-on ink in timber brown. I used two shades of ink for the leaves and then stippled the white cardstock to give it a softer look. The green strip on the left is made by K and Company. I was really pleased with how this card came together and plan on making some more! Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by to take a look!
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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Thank you card

This is another thank you card I made to send to someone who blessed us with a meal after my surgery. I've been needing to make a lot of thank you cards! I cuttlebugged the darker purple paper. Again, I don't know who made the image.
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Maggie and Ellie

Here's a photo of my oldest dog, Maggie, and little Ellie doing what they do best!
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My Oldest

I thought I should post a picture of my oldest son, Jud. It's not real great because of the glare on his glasses. This was taken at a family function.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I made this card for a friend. I don't know who made the stamp. I went "back to stamping 101" and used a Kaleidoscope pad to stamp the image. The paper is Bazill bling. The flower and leaf are so cool - really sparkly and sort of transparent. The brad is glittery too.
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Another Jake Picture

Jake is home for a very brief visit. He works at a non-profit camp for disadvantaged children. He is in charge of overnight wilderness camping and the music program. He loves everything about it! The kids love him! This is his last year of college and then he will work for the children's foundation full time. I need to figure out how to import and/or post more than one picture at a time from Picasa. Oh well....
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Two of My Favorites

This has nothing to do with paper crafting, but here is a picture of my youngest son and my youngest dog. (Jake-boy and Ellie-dog)
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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Paint can survival kit

Here is the lid to the paint can in the previous post.
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Finally Able to Stamp

I had surgery six weeks ago and haven't been able to make it down to my stamping "room" in the basement. The stamp lair may be more like it! I made this paint can for my new co-teacher and filled it full of things she might need in an "emergency", like chocolate and tylenol! I think it turned out really cute. AND I think I've finally figured out my husband's camera enough to get a decent picture.
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