Thursday, March 29, 2007


Alright, I finally admit it- I'm an ADDICT! I can't take it anymore. Today, I was at ACMoore picking up some last minute things for Stamp-a-Stack on Saturday- which is why I haven't posted anything in about a week- I digress............... I had my 50% off coupon in hand, it was mobbed at the register (as usual), Ryan was driving me NUTS to get yet another Pez dispenser- this time for a character in the Meet the Robinson's movie, which I might add he hasn't even seen yet- I digress again.....................I ask the cashier if you can use the coupon on the Cuttlebug machine. Some say okay, and some say no. It wasn't like I was looking for it or anything.......I was just wondering.......................she said YES!!!!! So, guess what I bought today?! Yep! You guessed it! A Cuttlebug! And I got it for only $45!! What a deal!! Now what?! I don't have any embossing folders yet, no dies to use with it.............I hope it's not gonna be another thing to sit on my bookcase and look pretty- I have enough of those!!! I need help....................

I'm so busy preparing for Stamp-a-Stack and working that I haven't had any time for anything else. Hopefully on Sunday I'll upload some of the pictures of the cards the girls will be making on Saturday. I have two Flag Football games to go to also.....UGH! Baseball practice has started for the boys also.......................don't they understand how all these activities are cutting into my stamping time?! Just kidding! I love going to their games and watching them play. This year I'm coaching Ryan's T-ball team with Joe.
I also have some great recipes I want to share with you also, so I'll be posting them this weekend, too. I hosted Bunco last Friday night and I had a Pajama Party theme- everyone wore their jammies and I made Breakfast/ Brunch foods -YUMMY! We drank A LOT of Mimosas, though......................which I paid for on Saturday- UGH. But it was fun! You only live once, right?!
So keep an eye out for those recipes and pictures of the Stack cards. I'll be posting them over the weekend! Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Thursday, March 22, 2007


Yes! That is correct- that is me and JON BON JOVI (and part of Ryan)at the Philadelphia Soul game
tonight!!! It was awesome!! Did I mention how much I love this guy?! We love going to Soul games- we blast Bon Jovi all the way to the Wacovia Center and it's a fun night full of action and excitement. This year, we bought the boys season tickets also and they are enjoying every minute of it. Jon is at every game and he signs autographs and chats with all the fans- he and Ryan had a great conversation tonight ( as you can imagine, with Ryan! He LOVES all Bon Jovi music and any sporting event so he had a lot to say! It was so cute!)
Preston got to shake his hand and got his autograph, too! He was on cloud 9...................(me,too *wink!)

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I don't have any pictures to post today. I've been so crazy lately with everything going on here. I am hosting Bunko tomorrow night so I'm trying to make my grocery list, pull out my recipes, clean my house, and everything else. Tonight is the Home Opener for the Philadelphia Soul (Arena Football) and we have season tickets. We bought the boys season tickets for their birthdays last year because they love it so much. In the past, the games have all been on Friday nights or Sundays. Needless to say, Joe and I were disappointed when we saw that they have a few games on weeknights. My guys still go to bed by 8:30 (at the latest), so i hate them being up late on a school night like that. Well, the organization must've received a lot of complaints because they've made arrangements to have certified teachers on the concourse of the venue two hour before every game to help with homework! That doesn't necessarily solve my bedtime issue, but I think it's a great effort on their part. I'm also trying to get ready for my Stamp-a-stack next Saturday and I still have 600 card kits to cut! Plus, baseball and flag football are starting this weekend. here's my weekend at a glance:
Sat.- 9am-12 noon, Stampin'Up! Downline meeting-me
8:30 Am- boys have flag football practice
10:30 Am- Preston has baseball practice
12:30 Pm- Ryan has baseball practice- I have to scoot over form my meeting because I am the coach for this team
5Pm- Fundraiser dinner at church
6:30pm- 8:30 pm- Preston has a birthday party
Sunday- Flag Football games at 1:30pm (Ryan) and 4Pm (Preston)

Is my life crazy for the next four days??? Nuff said!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Crabby birthday

Here's one of the other cards the girls will make this afternoon! This was an awesome technique for a different style opening that was shown at Leadership in January. I followed the directions on Beate's blog and it was super simple! It looks harder than it actually is! I used the Crab & Company stamp set, featured in the Spring mini and some more of that fabulous Designer Series paper from the Polka Dots & Petals collection. I colored the crab image using Blender Pens and the puddle of ink in the lid of the ink pad. I first colored him all in using Cool Caribbean ink, then I added more color where I wanted it using Taken with Teal. I gave him googly eyes cause he just asked for them! To create the opening, you use the 1 1/4" circle punch and a half-circle where you want it to go (it's easier if you turn the punch over so you can see where you're punching!)on the top fold of the card. Then stamp your desired image (in this case, the cake in the shell) onto a scrap of cardstock and punch that using the 1 1/4" circle punch. Cut the layer using the 1 3/8 circle punch and put a Dimensional on the back. Hold the card closed, remove the paper backing from the Dimensional and place the punched out circle onto the card so that the outer edge covers the half circle, thus creating a secure closure. Make sense? I promise, it's alot easier to do than it is to explain! But head on over to Beate's blog and check out the tutorial- it's wonderful!

Oh my gosh! I just realized that I haven't posted anything since last Monday! Are you still there?? I spent last week trying to finish everything up for Stamp-a-Stack on March 31st. I was busy with registrations, measurements, and trying to figure out how many supplies I need for everything. I was supposed to have my Birthday Blowout class on Friday night, but I had to re-schedule because we had some nasty weather! I'm going to be having it here, this afternoon, so I figured it was safe to post at least two of the cards we'll be making. Here's the first one. It uses the Cute as a Bug stamp set- which is adorable! It's been around a while now and I have to admit that I haven't used it quite some time. I stamped the Dragonfly onto a Giga Scalloped circle punch, then I layered it onto a bigger Rose Red square that I cut out using my Coluzzle (another untapped resource that I don't use often, but it's GREAT!) I used the new Designer Series paper, Polka Dos and Petals that can be found in the Spring mini catalog and I finished it off with three brads along the bottom.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Okay! So, remember on Saturday when I told you about Jody Morrow's Prima Share? WELL! Mine arrived today!!!! Remember that seen in that movie ( the name escapes me right now) where Demi Moore is rolling around in the money??? That's what I feel like doing- these Primas are GORGEOUS!!!! I don't even know how many bags of them there are in this box, but they are so pretty!!! I can't wait to start playing with them! I swear, this is the BEST way to get gives you a perfect sampling of all the different kinds. You should really think about joining Jody's Prima Share - she ships them PRIORITY! You get them super fast!!! Aaahhhh.......the rush of instant gratification!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Prima Share

I don't know if any of you know who Jody Morrow is, but she's this awesome Texas gal who does all kinds of Shares. by Shares, I mean ribbon shares, prima flower shares, all kinds of shares. She orders an enormous amount of various ribbons and you can get a piece of the "share". I participated in a ribbon share about a month ago, and a few weeks ago she did a Prima Flower share. I missed out on that one, but she's hosting another! Since I'm now an Addictabella (and we all know how they beg for Primas!), I got in on the latest share for the Primas. I'm in for the full share, so that means I'll get an assortment of all the Primas Jody orders- WOOHOO! Space is limited so hop on over there and see if there's any room left! Happy Saturday everyone!

Friday, March 9, 2007

bunko Jammybellas

Here's the finished product! I wasn't thrilled with the first version, so I made a few changes (I added a few more layers, and another Prima) and I'm much more pleased with this version. I plan on dropping these off to the girls sometime this weekend. I still have a nasty sinus drip and it's giving me a headache this morning. I'm sure my dentist appointment this morning won't be helping my headache, but whatta ya gonna do? Joe is off this weekend and the boys have baseball tryouts on Sunday so I'm not expecting to get much stamping done, but that's okay. Joe's only off one weekend a month so we try and get as much done as possible during that weekend and we usually try and go on a date also- *wink*. Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, March 8, 2007


OK! I just put this together! I *love* my Prima flowers (even though I hardly use them cause I'm such a hoarder and just like them looking pretty in their glass bottle on my shelf *wink). But these Bellas beg for the Primas!! I may have to get some more to go with them............*sigh.

I'm not missing

I know I haven't posted since the's been kinda yucky 'round here this week! We've all been fighting some sort of sinus infection/cold/virus thing and I've been sleeping- ALOT! I actually cancelled all of my appointments on Monday night cause I felt so awful and all of my clients will tell you I never do that! I've been in bed at 8pm almost every night this week. Plus my car is in the shop - UGH.; It's just been one of those weeks! All the stamping I have done recently is for Stamp-a-Stack (Mar.31st), so I can't really share any of that stuff. It is, however, my turn to host Bunko this month and I've decided to make the invitations for that. I'm making everyone wear their pajamas to Bunko and I'm serving breakfast/brunch foods and beverages- can you say Mimosa ? YUM! I'm gonna work on the invites and I'll post a pic of my creation later today.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Baby Shower

Here's the little gift card I made to go with my shower gift. One of my clients (and I use the term very loosely since most of them have been with me for so long that their more like family) is having her first baby. I'm so fortunate to have my clients (again, loosely) in my life-most of these women have known me for fifteen years or more. They were with me through the births of both of the boys-many of them at my baby showers. And they've also been there through some difficult times in my life. I cherish them and love them all deeply. Anywho.... Robin's shower is this afternoon, and I used the little gift cards and envelopes that Stampin'Up! sells. They are super cute and super simple! This went together in just a few minutes!~ there's not alot of room for embellishments on these tiny cards, so I had to make a "fake" layer. I punched a giga square shape out of cardstock and used the negative image for the square around the teddy bear. I finger-daubered Barely Banana ink all around the stamped image (with the template in place) and then lifted it off- viola!

Friday, March 2, 2007

another card

So, here's another card I made earlier this week for my cousin Christine's youngest daughter, Kate. I used the *now retired* Simply Sent kit. I have to confess, I bought it just for the letter "K" and this is the first time I've used it. I'm so guilty of not using all the things I buy.............*sigh*...........Anyway, didn't this come out cute?! I didn't want to post it till I knew my cousin had received it (they live in Boston) and she got it yesterday. Happy Birthday Kate!!!

A birthday

So, it's a busy weekend around here this weekend! Tonight Joe and I are taking the boys to the Phantoms (AHL)'s Dr. Seuss night there and they're so excited to go! Then, tomorrow, I have a baby shower in the afternoon and Joe and I have a 40th birthday party to go to tomorrow night. I made this card for the birthday party using an old retired Stampin'Up! set called Over the Hill. I borrowed it from one of my downline (thanks, Julie!) I think I'll make some extras so I have them lying around. Even though I'm not anywhere near 40 yet (LOL!), you could always use some of these. My sister-in-law will be 40 in May, so maybe I'll make a nice girly one for her!
P.S.- sorry about the double watermark- I'm still learning how to use my program and I messed it up and now I don't know how to fix it!

Bad Press.....

With all the bad press/tv coverage that pit bulls have been getting lately, I thought I'd post a picture of one of the sweetest pit bulls you'd ever meet. Her name is Lulu. We've had her for almost 6 years now and, I have to say, she's the BEST family pet we've ever had!! She's never so much as shown her teeth or growled at anyone. Be warned, though, she has a LICKER license!! She'll lick you till your chapped if you let her! She loves EVERYONE. I find Lulu in all sorts of strange places...............she follows the sun around our family room to nap all day (yeah, she's got it rough!) These pictures were taken yesterday and she was so annoyed with me that I was disturbing her nap. She kept sighing and closing her eyes like it was just killing her to have her picture taken!