Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Home Sweet Home

Good morning everyone, I'm back! What a trip! New York was very interesting. I loved visiting, but would not be able to live in all that chaos. Wow! Me and my girlfriends were able to jump off the bus at one point and go to Saks Fifth Ave and we had just enough time to do a makeover with Laura Mercier Makeup. What fun that was. Those artists in NY really know their stuff. It was awesome to be able to see all the landmarks that I've heard about all my life- Time Square, Madison Sq Gardens, Rockafeller Center, Central Park, Ground Zero, Saks, Statue of Liberty .......I have over 700 pics to sort through. I'm not going to post 700 pics, but I picked 3 for you today.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hailing from Toronto

Hey Everybody,
I didn't think I would have time to blog on my trip, but we are waiting on the bus to leave so......We're in Toronto. We have seen Niagara Falls (really beautiful). They are having a Summit here this week and the whole city is a mess. 15 Presidents or Countr leaders are coming in (including Obama) and we aren't able to tour the city at all. Oh well! Off to NY area today. It will take all day to get there though. Gotta go!

Friday, June 18, 2010

NewYork! New York! Here I come!

Good AM to all,
So I'm off to NewYork via Canada. We leave around 2:00. I'm very excited but also sad to leave my home (which includes my DH & my little baby April(poodle).

We got home last night and our A/C has gone belly up! No problem! It's only going to get to 95 today. What??? It's about 85 right now in the house. But the humidity outside is worse than in here, so........Hopefully it's getting fixed this afternoon. Isn't that the way it goes when you're leaving town.

I won't be on my blog for about 2 weeks, so please don't think I've stopped publishing. I'll be back. Hope everyone has a good rest of June.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My first Official Class Attendee

Hello All,

I am so excited! My first person officially signed up to take my first 3 classes. I know there are others coming, it's just still early and they haven't taken the time to sign up! (pay up!) They will.

I'm frantically getting all kinds of little things done around here so that while I'm away in NY, he won't have too much to do around the house. I just found out that I needed a congratulations card for some friends that got hitched last month that I didn't know about. (not very close friends huh!) Here is the card I made for them. It's a digi by Karen Doodles and I love it. The faces are so realistic looking. I find a lot of wedding stuff has goofy faces and I like wedding pics to be more realistic, therefore, this is Perfect. Yes, I mean to give them a DARK Skin Tone as they are African American. Done in Copics and some various CS and Bling I have lying around.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Loralie Designs Card

Well, I found time to make a card with my new stamp. This is a stamp by Loralie Designs. I think her line of 'ladies' is really cute. I colored it in copics. The BG paper is Beacon Street by Daisy D's Paper line. The maroon piece is embossed with a Sizzix EF. Hope you like it. I have to say I was a little disappointed with my new stamp. On the front of the package, you'll see on my last post that it showed her as a Bride with a veil. That is why I bought this one because I love doing brides. But the actual stamp had a hanky type of hat on her and no veil. I am bummed about that. She' still cute though!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Shows Over

Hey Everybody, I just got home from working the weekend at the Rubber Stamp Show in Collinsville, IL. I did demos for the Rubbernecker Booth. I met a lot of really really nice ladies. I even managed to shop for about 10 total minutes. In that time, I picked up something new that just came out, Pan Pastels from Bugawumps. I'm really excited to try them out (maybe tomorrow, I'm exhausted). They are a creamy chalk and I grabbed some special applicators that I hope I can master using. I also bought ONE stamp. I know! Just ONE! But it's a doozy (is that how you spell doozy?) Anyway, it's "Fairy Tale Romance" by Loralie Designs. She has this small line of rubber stamps that are over sized (compared to what I normally use)
and her artwork for the stamps is fabulous! I will post some cards here soon! I did a quick scan of the insert that comes with it. Have any of you ever used any of her stuff?
I am leaving for New York come Friday though, so I'm not going to have much time to play with my new stuff! It will give me something to anticipate when I get back home.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Puppy Love

Hey everybody, Here's the last card I finished during my sleepless night. I finished it about 5:30 am. Done in copics using a digi from WinkWinkInk. The die cut paper is Flower Child White by Pop Culture. I rediscovered a Sentiments book that I bought several years ago. I'm going to start using it for my cards. It actually has some really cute stuff and I think it will actually inspire a card when you know what the sentiment is going to be in advance.
I was able to catch 2 naps today so I probably won't be able to sleep tonight either.

About 6 months ago I signed up to work at our Rubber Stamp show that is being held about 1 hour from my house. I'm working for Rubbernecker. I'm kind of excited. I really love the stamp shows more than the actual Scrapbook Shows. I just get kind of crazy to see all those stamps in one place. So, I'll hopefully be back on Monday. Goodnight!

It's 2:46am and I'm still AWAKE!

Help, I can't sleep! About once a month I have several nights where I can't sleep. Might as well make good use of the time (vs laying in the dark listening to my stomach growl like a lion cause I refuse to eat this late or early). Here are two cards I just popped out.

This first one is for some friends Anniversary next week. The image is from KarenDoodles who I just discovered today(oops! Yesterday.) I really like her images (still love you Tiffany). I cut out the fence the other day from my Cricut Pagoda cartridge and it just didn't work on that project. But was perfect here. Colored in Copics and I almost always use Pearlescent Chalk by Pebbles for my BG. The cardstock is my favorite way to do cards-I buy boxes of pre-done CS & env by DCWV or Bazzills. It really speeds up the process. Most of the time I have 40% off coupons and grab them at HL for around $6 for 40 or 50 cards per box. What a deal!

This second card is for a client. My husband does remodeling and has been working for a really sweet couple. The gentleman keeps on making lunch for our guys. He loves any excuse to BBQ. Not that many customers do this, so he deserves a handmade card. This image is also a KarenDoodles digi. I used a sizzix embossing folder for the brown paper on top. Colored in Copics of course.

Well, I'm still hungry! See ya'll on the morrow.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Balmy Wednesday!

Hello there, it's typical St. Louis style weather today. Not toooo hot, but the humidity is killer. I don't even want to go outside. So, what's a girl gonna do instead? Make a card of course!

Here is a card I did up using another Tiffany Doodles design. I really had to think about this image. I just couldn't come up with a way to use it. However, I think this is going to work. I colored her in copics and then put a layer of Clear Glossy Accent over the sunglass lenses and let them dry. It's very realistic in person. I think I'll send her to one of my friends that is not such a "girly girl". This girl looks kind of sporty to me.

Monday, June 7, 2010

2nd Entry for the TiffanyDoodles Challenge

Hi, my husband has been gone all evening, so I thought I would do another card for Tiffany's challenge. This time I actually used one of her images. LOL It is again done in Copics. The CS is Fairy Princess Wands -Blue by Cloud9Design. The rest is just plain old CS. I used my Cricut Wild Card cartridge to cut out the swirly streamer and the sentiment.
I followed the layout design by Jenyfur at

Tiffany Doodles Blog Challenge #1

I am going to try and do all of Tiffany's challenges this year. I really love your images Tiff.

Here is my submission for Challenge #1. I used a digi image I bought from MyGrafico done in Copics. The CS is Kalia by sei. It is two sided, so I used both sides for the card. In order to satisfy the layout design from Jenyfur at, I added the flower and the little punched butterflies.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Busy Busy Busy

Hey everybody,

Man, it's tough to take the time to Blog right now. I'm getting stuff ready for my classes and I'm going to New York from the 18th-27th of this month. I am making lot's of stuff using my Copics, but it's all for the class and not in Card form. I've had to make a swatch book just for the class as I really don't want a ton of people touching my own as it will wear it out too quickly. Then I made a smaller purse size for all those people who say to me "What are Copics?" I whip out my little purse sample book and show them.

I've been advertising in the newspaper, but also trying to send out personal invites to people whom I think will benefit/enjoy the class. It's really hard to let people know about the classes when you're not working from a Scrapbook Store Front. I've posted flyers everywhere I go.

I also made a Graduation Cake for a young friend of mine last weekend. Here is a picture of the cake.

Of course I used my Cricut. I made a template of the girl silhouette from the Beyond Birthdays Cartridge. I then used the Wild Cards cartridge to make the diploma, cap and words.

I put wax paper over them and used Color Flow icing to outline and then fill them in. They turned out really nice. My friends loved it.