Saturday, May 26, 2007

I'm here in Ireland!

I've been here a week so far and it is beautiful!!! WE have the day to ourselves today...no touring on the bus. It is a much needed break. Of course it is pouring rain today, but we haven't had much rain up until this point. I'm sitting in an internet cafe on the Dingle Peninsula............I have been able to access a computer from every stop on our tour and it has been wonderful to be able to connect to Joe and the boys while I'm away. Most of the computers in the cafes have little cameras on them so they've been able to see me while we're instant messenging back and forth. Like I said before, the weather has been beautiful up until today.......very sunny, and warm- we've actually gotten a little sunburn a couple of days! It's made for wonderful sightseeing- especially on the Dingle Peninsula yesterday, where we took in the views of the Blaket Islands..it was stunning! I'll be showcasing some of the pictures I have taken as soon as I return home. Tomorrow we head to Galway for 2 nights, and then onto Northern Ireland for a few days. The time difference is 5 hours (ahead) so it has been a little tough getting adjusted. I kept my watch on home time, though, and my mom switched hers to Ireland time. That way, I can just look at my watch to see what's going on at home. Yesterday I received a text message from Joe that had a picture of Ryan in it- missing a tooth! He lost his first tooth yesterday..........sniffle, sniffle! I hope the Tooth Fairy came in my absence! Joe is doing a great job holding down the fort at home and I'm so proud of him. I miss them so much my chest hurts, though. Well, I'm gonna sign off- it's still very early at home and I doubt the boys are up yet, so I'll be checking bakc in at the internet cafe later today- there's not much else to do since it is raining. Have a wonderful week and I'll be back to update when I return home!

Friday, May 18, 2007

I'm off!

Tomorrow I'm off to Ireland with my Mom. We leave from Philadelphia on a shuttle at 2pm and fly out of JFK in NY at 9:40. I'll be gone for two weeks (I come home late on June 2nd), but I promise I'll be posting lots of great stuff when I return, so stay tuned!!! I've got lots of great stuff planned for June!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

My head is spinning....................

Well, I leave for my trip in 3 days- I can't believe it! I'm nervous and excited all at the same time. I'm gonna miss all my boys so much that I can't even think about it.

Last weekend was very hectic with my brother-in-law's graduation and all of the family being in town, but it was GREAT! We took in a baseball game and had a ton of fun at the graduation party! Here's a picture of Joe, Nicholas and I at Rowan on the morning of his graduation.


There's also A LOT going on in the Stampin' Up! world. There's so much information to process during the months of June and July, both as a demonstrator and a customer! As demos, we're able to view the brand new Preview Brochure online this week. I've included a link here. Customers will be receiving a copy of this brochure in the coming weeks. It's pretty amazing! Demos are able to pre-order anything from the brochure during the month of June, so I'll have to take care of that when I return from my trip. I already pre-ordered a couple cases of the full-size Fall/ Winter Catalog that will be available on July 1st so that's out of the way! As you look at the Preview brochure, you'll notice that there's been a price increase. it seems to be about 5% across the board on stamps, inks, and everything else. Even thought the initial sticker price can be shocking, I still think Stampin'Up! offers the mot bang for your buck. I'll be showcasing many of the new stamp sets and accessories during the month of June at my Stamp Club meeting and my Punch Class on the 22nd. I'm anxious to see them in person!

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Mother's Day

I'm trying to whip up a couple of cards for Sunday so I'm not trying to do it at the last minute. My brother-in-law is graduating from Rowan College this weekend so it will be a busy one! I used some colors I don't use too often- Ballet Blue, and marigold Morning. For the flowers, I used Pumpkin Pie and Rose Red. I used Regal Rose and Marigold for the flower centers, which I put on Dimensionals and added some Dazzling Diamonds. I made my stems using the sentiment that comes with this set. The last thing I did was stamp the sentiment again across the top- CROOKED! UGH- I hate when that happens. It's only stamping, right?!

The card box

Here's the box I decorated to match the set of blank cards I'm giving my sister-in -law for her birthday. I bought a bunch of these boxes in the fall from Papermart.com and I made them for all of the boys' teachers for Christmas. They are the perfect size for a standard-sized card and they hold anywhere from 10-12 cards and envelopes, depending on the embellishments. I cut two strips (2-1/4 x 11) to cover the sides of the box lid, and two strips (1-3/4 x 12), which I scored at 3/4" and folded over the top and sides of the box to cover the top a little. I didn't actually cover the entire lid of the box with cardstock because I was putting a card-front on it. Make sense?




Monday, May 7, 2007

Another Bella

Has it really been a whole week since I posted anything?! Boy, I am a bad blogger!!! On another note, my brother-in-law, Nicholas, is graduating from Rowan this Friday and Joe's other brother and his wife , Kathy (the birthday girl!) and their three kids will be here. Since this is a milestone birthday for Kathy I thought I'd make her something special. She's a realtor down in Florida and I bought this Sellabella just for this project! I used Cool Caribbean cardstock (soon to be retired!) for the card base. The layers were in chocolate chip, and the images were stamped on Naturals Ivory so that I could use the aquapainters and the ink pads to color the image. The printed cardstock is from Paper Salon. I made her ten of these blank cards so she can use them for whatever she'd like, and I'm putting them in a card box that will have one of the card-fronts on the top. I'm also gonna make her a notepad and cover today (hopefully!) I'll post the pictures of that when it's finished.

Another busy week..................we have something goin on every single night this week and I'm trying to get the kids' clothes switched over before I leave on the 19th for Ireland. I'm trying to get things ready for Joe- I made him a calendar using Google that has all the boys' activities for the two weeks I'm away. There are 6 baseball games, 2 flag football games, swim team sign-ups, a student council event (Preston is one of the third grade representatives), he's a guest reader for kindergarten one morning, and the construction guys will be here gutting and re-doing my mom's bedroom! I actually think I'm relieved I won't be here those two weeks!!!