Friday, August 31, 2007

Another flower card

This is a card I put together while coming up with swap ideas. This would have worked out fine accept for the fact that I couldn't resist using my Papertrey Ink stamps for the circle. So, since it was a Stampin' Up swap I would out of luck, but that is okay because now I have an extra one to post on my blog.

It is Friday night and I just found out that Matt is going to be working late tonight and I was dissappointed. I have been waiting for him to come home so we could do something Friday nightish, but I guess that plan has been averted! bummer. I guess I will have to stamp! I guess that is not such a bad thing after all!

The supplies for this card are as follows:
Stamps: True Friend, Papertrey
Paper: real read, wild wasabi, whisper white, bashful blue
Ink: real red, bashful blue, regal rose, wild wasabi
Accessories: bold bright brads, ticket corner punch, scalloped punch, 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 circle punches, wild wasabi double stitched ribbon

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Dear Friend

This is a little something that I put together trying to create something for the sketch challenge at Splitcoast today. I couldn't quite get it together so I decided not to mess with something I liked even if it doesn't fit the sketch. I am also trying to come up with something for my second swap card.

I really like these colors together! I stole the idea from page 45 of the Stampin' up catalog. They use these colors in the Winter Bright simply scrappin' kit that, no, I haven't purchased yet. I still have a wish list of stuff I have yet to order, but am wondering if I should just use what I have? Isn't that the age old stamping addict's dilemma? I am sure a few of you out there struggle with this question all the time!

Stamps: All Holidays, True Friend
Paper: wild wasabi, apple cider, real red, bashful blue, regal rose
Ink: bashful blue, real read, regal rose stampin' up markers
Accessories: bold brights brads, gingham ribbon, circle punches 1 1/4 and 1 3/8

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A True Friend

This is a card I designed today for a Holiday Mini swap and I am in. Does it seem like swaps are all I have been doing lately? It does to me, but I really like them. The weather is a bit dicey here today. It is very dark out and for the second time today is pouring rain. I have heard weather warnings throughout the day. We have just gotten rain, rain, and more rain in Southeastern Minnesota lately. I don't mind, but I feel for those who have had damage to their homes and whose homes have been destroyed throughout the severe weather!

Stamps: True Friend
Ink: really rust, perfect plum markers, wild wasabi classic ink
Paper: river rock, really rust, wild wasabi, Apple cider dp
Accessories: silver brads, wild wasabi double stitched ribbon, aqua painter

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Some Vacations Pics

Thought I would post of few of the pics that actually have people in them! This is me in front of my first dorm room in Greeley, Colorado. And the one outside is outside of the dorm. I lived in Belford Hall back in 1993. When we went in to visit a girl moving in asked me what room I was in. I thought that was funny since it has been 14 years since I was living in that dorm!

Back in action!!!!

Well folks, we are back! Back from our week and a half journey across the Midwest! We had a great time together and are a little bummed out to be back in the swing of things getting ready to go back to work tomorrow. We stopped in Omaha on the way home and saw Matt's brother, sister-in-law, and niece, and parents. We ate dinner with Matt's parents are the Cheesecake Factory. That was good! I have always wanted to try their cheesecake and try it I did!

Matt downloaded pictures off the camera today from vacation and there were 258! Yes, 258 and there were about 10 with people in them. He was obsessed with taking pictures of the mountains. He just loved it so much there. I wasn't as interested as he was so I sat in the car and knitted while he got out and took pictures of the mountains. It was a good arrangement!

This is a card I did for the featured stamper challenge this week! It is nothing too special, just a quickie to get me back in my stamp room!

Stamps: fresh fruit, paper trey
Ink: almost apricot, certainly celery, close to cocoa
Paper: close to cocoa, whisper white
Accessories: marvy circle and scalloped circle punches, word window punch, slot punch,
apricot ribbon from stampin' up

Thursday, August 23, 2007

On our way home

Well, Matt and I are packing up right now and getting ready to start making our way back from
Colorado to Nebraska and then Minnesota. We have had a great time but we will be glad to get home too. We have had 6 great days of site-seeing, eating, and hanging out here in Estes Park, Boulder and Denver. We have seen our share of wildlife and mountains, that is for sure.

Just wanted to update to let everyone know we are alive and well and will be home soon!!


Sunday, August 19, 2007

Me? The featured stamper? Are YOU sure?

Matt and I are having a great time on our vacation in the mountains. We decided that today would be our day to do absolutely nothing. We got some groceries yesterday so we didn't even have to go get coffee.

So, I lazily turn on the computer and log on to the wireless account and go to my blog to do an update. I had an unusually high number of comments so I went to read them and I found out that I had been selected as the featured stamper on splitcoast stampers! I couldn't believe it! I wish I was home so I could have beefed up my humble gallery. Had I known that everyone would be looking at it! Sheesh!

Well, I am honored and oh so thrilled! Thanks for picking me, Beth!

Friday, August 17, 2007

We made it!

Well, we just got into our suite at the Wildwood Inn in Estes Park, Colorado. This place is gorgeous. The view of the mountains off our balcony is beautiful! We were shocked at how much activity there is going on in this tourist town. I don't think we realized that it had half as much going on as it does. Although, we like our room so much we are wondering why exactly anyone would want to leave? Lol! I like having wireless access so I can stay connected to our world, but yet be in such a beautiful place.

I went to college at the University of Northern Colorado my Freshman year of college in Greeley, Colorado. I only went there for one year as I transferred to a school closer to home, but it was quite the experience while it lasted. Greeley happened to be on our way here so we stopped by and checked out my old dorm. We even got to go in. That was sooooooooooo fun! We even stopped by the old coffee shop I used to go to where I had my first Iced Mocha fourteen years ago! I had to have one. It is called Margie's Java Joint. It was exactly the same! No one was there but school starts in a week so I think we will go through on the way home and check out the University Center and pick up a sweatshirt or something.

Well, we will keep you all posted during the week and give a report of the different things we find to keep ourselves out of trouble! Have a great weekend!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Our Wedding Day

Since our 6th wedding anniversary is coming around the corner and we will be on vacation at that time I thought I would post a picture from our wedding day and tell a little bit about it. We decided to quasi-elope for our wedding. We got married on the beach in Lake Tahoe and what a great decision that was! We had eleven guests and most of our guests stayed with us in a house there. We had a great time making meals together and getting the wedding preparations done together. The only snafu was that I broke my toe the morning of the ceremony but it didn't interrupt the fun too much. We had our reception on a dinner boat. That was as great time too!

There was very little stress involved in getting married on the beach with eleven guests. Another great decision I made was marrying Matt! He is really the best partner I could ask for! Here's to another six great years!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Garden Silhouettes

Well, I am certainly glad it is Friday, that is for sure! I have been trying to get my mojo restarted this afternoon. I haven't had as much motivation to get in my stamp room lately. I have so many new toys from the new catalog to play with so I thought I had better get busy.

On the house front, the decorating is really coming along. The painting is officially done. The furniture should arrive in early September! I can't wait! Matt and I are also getting ready to go on our vacation next week. We are going to be gone for a week and a half and will be staying in Colorado in the mountains together for a week. We always try to spend a week alone together every year. We choose this week because it is Matt's birthday and our wedding anniversary. We will be celebrating our 6th year of marriage on August 25th! The time has flown!

Well, back to stamping! The supplies I used for these cards are as follows:
Card #1
Stamps: Garden Silhouettes
Paper: river rock, mellow moss, whisper white
Accessories: hodgepodge hardware kit, tab punch, mellow moss grosgrain ribbon
Ink: river rock, mellow moss
Card #2
Stamps: Garden Silhouettes
Paper: Uptown dp, so saffron, whisper white
Ink: wild wasabi, almost amethyst marker, basic black
Accessories: wild wasabi double stitched ribbon, aquapainter, hodgepodge hardware brads

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The best book ever!

I have had this book on my blog for a while, but I decided I needed to actually make a blog entry devoted specifically to it. This book has been now recommended to me three times and it was not until the third time that I decided to actually read it. This book is AMAZING! Anyone who is married or in a long-term relationship MUST READ THIS BOOK! REALLY! I am a relationship sort of person. I am studying to be a therapist so these books are right up my ally, but people in my life who are not like me and not necessarily into this sort of thing have found this book to be life-changing so you really must read it!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

2nd swap card

This is the second card I made for the demonstrator swap I participate in. The new papers from Stampin' up are right up my alley! They are just the kind of colors that I like! This set is a hostess set. I am having alot of fun collecting the new hostess sets this year.

It has been nice to have some time off this summer to be able to spend some time relaxing on my deck and/or in my new and improved stamp room! I still need to post pictures of my stamping space!

Stamps: sidekick sayings
Ink: almost amethyst, wild wasabi, so saffron markers
Paper: almost amethyst, uptown dp
Assessories: wild wasabi ribbon, earth elements brads

Swap cards

I must first start by apologising for the neglect my blog has been getting recently. I am not quite sure what has been keeping me so busy. I had a swap to prepare for and my mom came and we redid the deck so that distracted me a bit as well. But, all in all, the summer is flying by as it normally does here in good old Minnesota.

I am posting a picture of my recent swaps. It was a new catalog swap so I was to use stamps, ribbons, and papers that were new in July. That wasn't too hard to do as the new stuff is absolutely fabulous! I am loving the papers and ribbons the most.

This card is using the following supplies:
Stamps: boatloads of love and loads of love accessories
Paper: cutie pie dp, rose red, watercolor paper, whisper white, and wild wasabi
Accessories: wild wasabi double stitched ribbon, soft subtles brads, scallop circle punch and
aquapainter, circle punch
Ink: purely pomegranate, bashful blue, almost apricot, wild wasabi, basic black