Friday, July 31, 2009
But for the create n take tonight, we got a new paper pack, "Twitterpated"! Colors are Sorbet, Sweet Leaf, Chocolate and Crystal Blue. Sorbet B&T with tiny Chocolate dots, a striped pattern with all colors, a page with acorns, a brown plaid, a sweet leaf circle pattern and a pretty Asian-looking choc and cw stripe with choc vines and sorbet leaves. "Hello There" stamp set with a cool vine and leaves, mushroom caps and stems, a porcupine (cute) and three sentiments. Also a packet of brads with four colors (like the ones we got last book), except each color has bitty, normal and bigger brads! Cute chipboard buttons in colors and patterns to match the papers. We used all these tonight to make a two-page layout with a new WOTG guide. The guide includes patterns for three cards also. Still have a couple of layouts from the pattern books.
We are so sleepy!!! Can't wait till tomorrow!
p.s. thanks for your kind comments about the design team. I can't wait!!!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
If you don't already have the blog bookmarked, check it out here! As a Design Team member, I'll be showcases at least two new stamp sets each month right here on my blog, as well as assisting in tutorials and contests on the AI blog.
I've never done anything like this, and I'm so honored to be chosen as one of the new Design Team members. I am official an INKgirl. Now, how cool is that?
Thanks for putting up with me and my big head - teee heee!!
And remember - tonight at midnight check out CTMH's August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - right here!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
So tune in August 1 for 64 (gasp!) gals hoppin' with a cute new set. I'm also participating in Verve's 2nd Anniversary blog hop on August 1, so stock up on chocolate and your favorite beverage.
Now, let me get to bed so that I can create something to post tomorrow - oops, tonight!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Here's a card I made OMO (on my own - without a sketch). A new abbreviation, thank you very much! Again I used that luscious La Creme paper stack from DCWV. This time I added a couple of little flourish doo-dads that came in a coordinating set. Used my Nesties for both label layers, and added a couple of Kaiser pearls. Stamped saying fom Flourish. That's it - quick and simple!
Alan is watching a show with lots of snakes. Yuck, yuck, super yuck. Time for me to retreat back to the scrapbook room, I think.
Have a great weekend!
Thanks for stopping by and sweet dreams,
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
After four bites of yogurt and the realization I was not getting better, I wandered into Karen's office. She took over my job as Risk Manager about seven years ago, but she is a nurse and I don't have a clinical bone in my body. She took me over to get my blood pressure checked and Dr. Thomas determined I was having an allergic reaction to a medication he gave me last Wednesday. I am pretty healthy (in spite of being grossly overweigt) and don't take a lot of medication. Medication allergies run in the family, so I shouldn't be surprised. So she dropped me off at home around 10:00 and I slept until 6:00 p.m.!!!! I can't believe I slept the day away. I hate that! But I no longer have those symptoms. Am sleepy, though, believe it or not!
I don't recall using vellum on a card, although I had purchased it and was ready to go! I embossed it with the Cuttlebug Script embossing folder, then rubbed Cocoa ink over the letters. Used CTMH's Journaling Spots for the card (see, that might be the wrong name - my brain is not functioning!) and a couple of little baby pink conchos - aren't they cute?
Well, it's 8:24 p.m. and Alan is asleep. Believe it or not, I may go back to sleep despite sleeping all day. Good Lord. I hope I am up to posting more tomorrow. Thank goodness I took the time to create last night! Tee hee.
Thanks for enduring my musings, wanderings and probably typos - too 'out of it' to check.
Monday, July 20, 2009
This card is not my typical style, is it? But I really like it! The Mojo sketch had three patterned bands and four solid bands. I used Cloud Nine's Cocoa Mint paper and dimensiompnal stickers. Yum! Plus one of the most awesome stamp sets, CTMH's "You've Got Flair" - remember the July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop? Yep, same stamp!!!
See how the image shines? Copper embossing powder! Now, copper is my metal of choice. I really LOVE copper! My kitchen countertops have little copper sparkles in them. They make me very happy!!!
Paper: Cocoa Mint (Cloud Nine), Chocolate Cardstock (CTMH)
Stamps: You've Got Flair (CTMH)
Ink: Chocolate (CTMH), Versamark
Other: Ribbon (Martha Stewart), Copper Embossingn Powder (JoAnn's), Craft Heater (CTMH), Cocoa Mint Dimensional Stickers (Cloud Nine)
Today is the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Remember where you were? We were on our annual summer vacation to Virginia ('back home'). Every year that I can remember, we piled in the station wagon (it was always a station wagon - the precursor to the SUV, right?) and head north. Now, my dad had to leave at 3:00 a.m. He wanted to get some miles behind us before the traffic got bad. Looking back, he probably wanted to get those miles behind us before we starting "fussin". Teresa was the prissy older one (4.5 years older than me - a century in kid years) who tried to be our second mother. She will kill me if she reads this....tee hee. Anyway, Sonny and I would usually play the road trip games together. He is five years younger than me, but we probably played together more. Jeannie was the baby (yes, five years younger than Sonny). Lord only knows how we made it without killing each other!
Anyway, I was lucky to have a cousin (Pam) the same age as me, so I usually got to stay at Ada Marie's house. Ada Marie is Pam's mom-remember her? "God love that young'un!". That Aunt Ada. So on this particular trip, the whole family was at their house, preparing to watch this momentous moment on television. Ada and her husband Jim Ed were the rich side of the family. They had a huge double-wide trailer with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a family room, den AND a living room! And a trash compactor! No one in the family had ever had one...and has never had one since! Jim Ed bought and sold large equipment (tractors and such) and those children got anything they ever wanted. They bought me my first Barbie, although it was not technically Barbie, it was her younger sister Skipper. My only Barbie was a 'used' one from Teresa's friend. Pam had at least a dozen Barbies. We had SUCH fun playing Barbie!!!
So this time we gathered in the den to watch the moon landing. Well, I should say that the grownups gathered in the den. We were off playing some important game (probably 'Operation') till my dad hollered "You young'uns get in here and watch this! This is history here!" So with a plethora of sighs and eye rolls, we slumped into the den and watched and listened to Neil Armstrong. Do you remember? Remember the long delay and the jumpy video? All black and white. Did you keep your eyes peeled for the man in the moon? Were you afraid the astronauts were going to sink into the moon? My heart was beating out of my chest, waiting to see some space alien jump out and grab the astronauts. What a moment! I'm sure my dad's heart was beating out of his chest with pride. He worked at the space center his entire adult life, and he was the expert. This made us experts of sort, at least to our hillbilly cousins!
Since then we have watched dozens, maybe hundreds of space launches, landings, walks....remember the first space walk? We were lucky to grow up in central Florida!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Here are a couple of layouts I made with CTMH's "Workshop On The Go" program, using one of my favorite papers, "Notebook". Aren't they great? No, I didn't place a dirty coffee mug on the layout - ha - it's the paper! That is me (above) in the black velvet dress, right after we moved to Florida. Then with my sister in the right page. This is probably the last year I was shorter than her - tee hee! She is five years older but much, MUCH smaller! In every way - trust me! Oh well. See how the grass had not even filled in the Florida sand?
I was just three when we moved here from Virginia, so I don't remember, but apparently we drove down in this big ol' black Cadillac (pictured here). Teresa and I slept in the back seat, on top of a big console tv! Remember how huge the consoles were, with the small picture tube? Ah, those were the days!!! My parents were brave, though, leaving all of their family and friends in Virginia to bring us to Florida, the promised land - tee hee. My dad had contracted pneumonia and was given marching orders to better weather. And we've been here ever since!
RECIPE (All CTMH):
Paper: Notebook Level II
Ink: Desert Sand
Stamps: Shining Star
Other: Hollyhock Twill, Colonial White Brads, Notebook My Stickease(R), Notebook WOTG Guide
I had so much fun with the girls today that I am inspired and in a creative mood!!! However, most of my stuff is still packed, and the rest of my room looks like a cyclone went through it! I am going to have to spend some time tomorrow straightening up before I make anything else, I
Thank you so much for all of your kind comments. It means more to me than you will know! I must say that I have been having issues again posting to other Blogger accounts. Am I the only one?
What have you been doing this weekend? Is your mojo 'on'?
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
There's a challenge over at The Cuttlebug Spot this week and I thought I'd jump in. I've been neglecting my little green bug lately and it needed some well-deserved lovin'!
The challenge was "all about the inside". The goal was to focus on the inside of the card. So I cut a window in the front of my card with my bug and my Nestibilities. Then embossed the front with the Cuttlebug sticks embossing folder. It was the first time I had used it, and I like the look! I sponged a little Cocoa ink on the 'sticks'.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Well, this is my card for today's Mojo Monday sketch. With no mojo in my soul, I decided to test the CTMH motto of "faster, simpler, easier!" and use my products to accomplish this goal. Success!!! No stamping, very little cutting. I used our Journey Journaling Spots for the three elements on the front, then the All-Out Adventure Rub-Ons for the compass image and the two words on the Journaling Spots (just $2.95 for 36 images!). Talk about fast, simple and easy! It took me more time to think about it than to do it! WOOhooooOOOO!
RECIPE (all CTMH):
Paper: Moon Doggie, Cocoa and Colonial White Cardstock
Stamps: None - tee hee
Other: Journey Journaling Spots, All-Out Adventure Rub-ons, Twill, Natural Hemp
Speaking of rub-ons. We have three different styles. Each style comes in a package of three sheets - identical except for the color. You get a sheet of white, black and chocolate. And they truly rock! They rub on very smoothly without that nasty shadow around them. I have rediscovered them. They work super on acrylic, too!
Good grief - we had some heart-stopping thunder this afternoon! The electricity went out twice - then BOOM!!!! It came right back on, but needless to say....no shuttle launch today! These summer afternoon thunderstorms have been nonstop. What's the weather like in your neck of the woods?
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I also made cards for the Verve July challenge. Here is my favorite! We had a specific sketch, plus we had to use scoring. I used the Perfect Day papers. I love the Sorbet Damask pattern! It's double-sided; you can see where I used the darker and the lighter side of the same paper. I went overboard on the Sparkles, but I wanted it to look like tufting.
Did you have a good weekend? It was cloudy here most of the weekend, but we took my mom to lunch today. She is a hoot. We hear the same stories over and over again, but that's probably good - will help us remember them later on ;-)
Paper: Perfect Day, Tulip and Sorbet CS (CTMH)
Stamps: Kindred Spirits (Verve)
Ink: Tulip (CTMH)
Other: Sparkles, Sorbet Ribbon Round (CTMH)
Saturday, July 11, 2009
This is a card that I made for a Verve sketch challenge. This is one of those DCWV paper pads that I bought last weekend....like I need more paper....hell-OOOOO!!! It's called "La Creme" and about half of the papers are flocked! The strips along the top and bottom are flocked, as is the matching tri-color strip in the center.
This card uses a technique called pastel popping, I think. You stamp an image with Versamark, then go over the image with chalk. Gorgeous!!! I have a new favorite technique!!! It was super easy, too. Wherever you see blue or green, that is the popping.
Paper: La Creme (DCWV), White Daisy Cardstock (CTMH)
Inks: Versamark, Black (CTMH)
Other: Organdy Ribbon, Pearl (Kaisercraft), Nestibilities (Spellbinders), Chalk (CTMH)
What are you doing this weekend? I am hoping we will have some sunshine so I can get some exercise in the pool. We have had nothing but clouds and rain for a couple of weeks. It looked sunny for about a minute last weekend. Oh well. I have more stamping to do, anyway...tee hee! Enjoy your weekend!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Here's another super simple card. This is one of two cards we will be making at the Senior Center this weekend. It will be my first time teaching people I don't know, as well as those who have likely never stamped nor made cards. They just put up my flyer Monday, so we'll see if I have any takers. It might be nice for my first class to be small!!!
Paper: Bella Paper Packet, Smokey Plum, Olive and Colonial White Cardstock (CTMH)
Stamps: Happiness, Say It With Style (CTMH)
Ink: Smokey Plum, Olive (CTMH)
Other: Colonial White Ricrac (CTMH)
Well, I am sad to say that my beloved Dodgers lost last night. But....I get to watch them again tonight! Miracles of all miracles! I usually only see them five or sixe times a year! Perhaps the fact that they still have the (a-hem) best record in baseball is influencing the amount of air time they are getting! WOOHOOO!!!!
Are you guys watching the Bachelorette? It is one of my guilty pleasures. I enjoy "vegging" out and getting lost in silly tv shows while I am creating. Anyway, I am looking forward to seeing the next show. And SO glad she finally had the opportunity to see Wes' true colors!!! What a total dorkface he is. Ugh, ugh, UGH!!!!
Off to cheer on the boys in blue,
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
My beloved Dodgers are on television tonight! Unfortunately, they are behind 4-2. The game is only half over, though, so I am not ready to concede - tee hee!
This is just about the quickest card you could ever make. I used CTMH's HeartFelt(R) Whimsy Die-Cuts, That's Amore paper pack and a couple of brads. I even used a pattern from the extremely awesome "Wishes" book, so I didn't even have to think! Just read the measurements, snip snip, zip zip (tape - ha) - and there you go! This will be one of the cards for my August card class. The gals will be happy - an easy one! ;-)
Three weeks from today I will be headed to the other side of the country - California! - for CTMH's Leadership soiree. I am SOOOOO excited!!!! I just finished some super-cute roomie gifts for the other gals from our central Florida unit who are going. Oh, joy joy JOY!!!! Then next year is Convention - the most fantastic time of your life! Want to go? Sign up to be a consultant! All consultants are invited to Convention...I've been saving my money since last July! Most of my downline are hobbyists....you don't have to sell a lot to maintain active status with CTMH! And this month, you can sign up and receive lots of extra stuff free (read about it here)!
Well, I have no boring stories for you tonight.....my eyes are darting back to the Dodgers!
Monday, July 6, 2009
You need to click on the photo to enlarge it and see just how adorable this paper is! Now mind you, I have enough paper to wallpaper the White House. Hm..........ha!!! Anyway, I went to JoAnn's yesterday just to get some new cutter blades. Yeah, right!!! It evolved into one of those shopping trips where I saved tons of money 'cause everything was on sale! HA! They certainly know how to enable our craftiness, don't they? Well, in this case I am happy with my purchases! No regrets!
This paper is The Green Stack by DCWV. I will admit to you (because you know you can relate!) that I also bought DCWV's Latte Stack and their La Creme Stack. Now, the La Creme Stack is right up my style alley. Which is one reason I bought the other two. I don't do a lot of cutesy stuff, but GOOD GRIEF - this Green Stack is sooooooooooooo CUTE!!! I am happy, happy, happy!!!! I used my cute little Verve saying "Hey there, Sunshine"!
Paper: The Green Stack (DCWV), Twilight Cardstock (CTMH)
Stamp: Hey There Sunshine (Verve)
Ink: Cocoa (CTMH)
Other: Brads, Flower (OTC), HeartFelt(R) Whimsy Die-Cuts (CTMH), Sassy Strands (CTMH) Buttercup RicRac (CTMH)
So have you recovered from the weekend? I was not happy to roll out of bed and go to work today. When I got there, I discovered that I was the only one in the office!!!! Now, plenty of people in the company were working (over 1000 employees), but we have an office suite with six gals. Needless to say, I was able to breeze through my e-mail and phone messages with super speed.
Now, I fully expect several of you to run out this weekend (if you can wait that long) to get this cute little paper packet. The trees remind me of the CTMH Treetops stamp set. There are also owls and a little chipmunk or groundhog (maybe someone can clear that up for me ;-).
I'll be back later with a little somethn' somethn'. ;-)
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Now - have I got a deal for YOU!!! tee hee. Do I sound like Monty Hall from Let's Make A Deal? "Carol Merrill, what's behind door #3?" I used to looove that show when I was a kid! But I digress. During July, anyone who signs up to be a Close To My Heart consultant gets to choose five cool items FREE!
It's already an extremely great deal, without the special! I originally signed up to get a great (and I mean GREAT) discount on my scrapbooking products, but I was so overwhelmed by the wonderful products that I've been able to develop a nice little side business!
The basic consultant kit has $300 worth of products and supplies for just $99! If you want, you can add one or both of the bonus packs for even more products and more savings. The scrapbooking bonus kit is just $60, but you get $180 worth of products! Then the cardmaking bonus kit, which is just $50, has $150 worth! You can see the contents of these kids in the Idea Book Summer 2009 here.
But wait - there's more! (tee hee). During July, when you join my team, you can choose five of these items - that's up to $98 in extra stuff FREE - and the tax and shipping for the free stuff is on the house! WOOHOO!!!! Choose FIVE of these awesome items:
- My Acrilix "Thank You" Stamp Set ($22.95) - I used this in the blog hop today!
- Magic Moments Scrapbook Kit ($34.95)
- Basic Textured Cardstock Combo Pack ($14.95)
- Life Delights Memory Showcase Kit ($12.95)
- My Originals "Hello Birdie" Card Kit ($12.95)
- Creative Basics Silhouette Collection ($8.95) - coordinates with the card shown above!
- HeartFelt Whimsy Die Cuts ($9.95) - my favorite new product!
- All-Out Adventure Rub-Ons ($9.95)
- Window Charms Squares ($9.95)
Good grief! I wish I could join again this month! Do you realize that if you purchased the basic kit, both bonus kits and chose the first five free items, you would spend $209 plus tax and shipping, but receive over $725 in products!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!! What a great time to start your business.....start scrapbooking and cardmaking.....you get the idea!!!
I'd love to have you as a member of my Young Hearts team. We have teams with members all over the country....so easy with blogs, e-mail, and cell phones! Why wait any longer? Start today!!!