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~ adventures in rubber stamping & scrapbooking ~

Thursday, August 24


My dear friend Lena (who owns Stamping Bear) told me that I have two cards on page 96 of Take Ten Autumn 2006! I'm not sure exactly which cards they are, but I know they are from a DPOV swap that our online stamp group did about a year and a half ago.

I haven't submitted very many things to publications - only a few to Stamper's Sampler when we've done swaps in our online stamp group. I really should submit more - have to make time for that!

Monday, August 14


I was supposed to have two classes at Pretty Paper this coming Saturday (August 19) - Monogram Madness and Holiday Dazzle. We'll be rescheduling those for a few weeks into September. Along with more classes for September/October - watch for more Christmas classes, and probably some Halloween and Thanksgiving classes! I'll have those dates finalized this week.

In the meantime, here's a sneak peek at a holiday card ready to be taught in the Holiday Dazzle class. :) (sorry for the icky digital pic - still working on getting our scanner to function properly!)

(All stamps by A Muse, Notecard/Twinkle Stickers by A Muse, Ancient Page ink, Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, May Arts ribbon, Marvy marker)

Friday, August 11


I know a lot of my crafty friends can help me here.

I'm absolutely intrigued by digital scrapbooking. I've spent hours drooling over kits on different sites, and digital pages that people have created.

I'm at a loss though. Where do I start? What program(s) do I need to have on my computer?

Please help!

Thursday, August 10

Looking Better ...

You must have all been sending me good vibes, because the new paint color in the craft room looks *fabulous*! Cloudless by Behr. It took two thick coats of primer, and two coats of paint to cover up the school-bus-yellow, but it worked! My dear friend Patty helped me, and we had a blast. You should have heard us squealing when we saw how gorgeous the color looked on the walls!

I braved IKEA alone on Saturday and found almost everything I had post-it flagged in the catalog, except the bookshelf. They had every other color and size, of course. I did manage to spend almost $200 anyway, but $140 was paid for with birthday gift cards from Geoff's parents and brothers. Hooray!

I called the number they gave me, and on Tuesday they said they had 4 in stock. Only FOUR! I left work an hour early to drive out there before rush hour traffic, buzzed through the entire store and down to the warehouse, to find TWO remaining bookshelves. I don't think I've ever lifted such heavy boxes so quickly.

I also picked up two tabletops ($9.99 each) and some adjustable legs ($14 each) to make new craft tables for me and Lily. My mom paid for Lily's craft table parts, so that was nice. Hopefully these tables will fit nicely in the room. I went for the adjustable legs because I want mine taller, and Lily's shorter, but wanted the tables to match. Plus, I can raise Lily's table as she grows! Well worth the tiny investment. The tabletops are white, and the legs are silver, so they will look nice in the room.

Now, to get Geoff to assemble everything. ;)

Oh! Our new couch and Lily's new bunk bed were delivered this morning. Geoff called and said they look great. Can't wait to get home to see them! Our house is coming together, slowly but surely.

YES, pictures will be coming. As soon as I find the cord to my camera so I can upload them. :)

Friday, August 4

More planning ...

I'm loving the wall clocks in Donna Downey's CafePress store! I will be ordering one, after I decide which one. I think my favorites are this one and this one. I wonder if I could take the clock apart and spray paint the plastic case silver. Hmm.

I really like the throw pillows too, but I have no place for a throw pillow in my craft room. Yet. :)

Or I could get some prints of a few of those and frame them. Ooh!

Rhonna Farrer has some fabulous things in her CafePress store too. I especially like the peace, live, laugh, love and enjoy the process designs.

Oh don't even get me started on this store! I totally dig the follow your heart, i am, rockstar, be an original, be you, and dream big designs. LOVE them!

Any other cool CafePress shops I should check out?

Looking better ...

Thanks for all of your kind comments to my previous frantic post. I've been agonizing about it for days. I keep looking at it, and I'm just feeling worse about it as the days go by. So, it's going away this weekend. Don't worry, I'll get some awful pictures to share with you before we paint over the yellow.

My friend Patty is coming over after work tonight and we're going to Home Depot for primer and new paint. I found some pretty blue/turquoise colors on the Behr website that I think will work - Rivers Edge or Cloudless. Just have to see what the colors look like in the store vs. the computer. We were going to try a glaze or technique over the YELLOW, but the more I look at it, the more I just can't deal with it.

I'll do blue with white and silver accents. Maybe some pink. This room inspired me when a friend linked to it a few months ago. I just remembered it when I was looking at paint colors online yesterday - Rivers Edge is what she used on her walls. Isn't it a fabulous room? I feel creative and inspired just looking at the pictures.

Some things I am looking at ...

two of these
with one of these in the middle


one of these ... I can't decide.

shelves like Heather.

I was going to make an IKEA trip this weekend, but Lily really wanted to go with me. She's with her dad this weekend, so I think the IKEA trip will have to wait until next weekend. I suppose that's a better idea anyway - by then we'll be more settled into the new place and I might have a longer shopping list for IKEA by then. :)

Tuesday, August 1


We're in the process of moving, as you all know.

At Home Depot on Sunday, I made a quick decision to paint the craft room bright yellow with chocolate brown bands across the walls. I read that YELLOW stimulates creativity and intellect. So ... I chose yellow. Last minute.

I don't normally do last minute decisions.

I went to the new home today to have lunch with Geoff and his mom (who doesn't work, and is helping him paint) ... and the craft room was yellow. YELLOW! I know I picked out the color, but IT'S SO YELLOW!

I don't know what to think of it yet. Geoff told me to give it a chance, let two coats dry, wait to see the chocolate bands across the walls, wait to see furniture and accents/wall hangings in there. If I don't like it, he'll help me paint it again.

You guys ... it's just so ... YELLOW.
Like yellow-line-in-the-middle-of-the-road yellow.

Yikes. What have I done?