Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Lazy Day!!

Oh gosh, how much lazier can you get?  

I decided to take a mental health break, today and have done absolutely NOTHING except clean off my desk, delete some files on my computer, update some address entries in my e-mail address book......and chat with a few people on the phone.  

Now I am going to go read till dinner!

See you tomorrow!!!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Weekend and Garage Sale treasures

I got home Thursday afternoon, from my Funshop and errands, just before my company arrived, friends we have known for about 30 years. They live in eastern Oregon and came over to go to a sale up in Sisters, OR and to spend a couple of nights visiting us.

On Friday, they went to the sale and hubby went to work while I stayed home and caught up with the housework, laundry and got the Beef Stroganoff going for dinner.
Friday night, after dinner, we played Sequence (a fun game) and had ice cream and strawberries for dessert.

Then we watched the movie, "The Kite Runner". It was good but we had to read sub titles off and on.

Saturday, we got up early and went to a garage sale. I was excited to get 11 books for .10¢ each. I normally never find the authors I like to read but she had a bunch of them. I also got 6 pant hangers (with the hanging part that lifts up and out) for $4. They are really nice chrome and black. I decided to use them to store my ribbons rather than the boxes I had them in. You can see where the bar lifts up and out from the right side for adding the ribbons easily.

They will hang in the craft closet when I am not using them and when I DO need to have them out, I can hang them above my stamping desk. And, when I am finished, put them back in the closet out of the way.

I also got an adorable rack, but not sure what I am going to do with it. Any suggestions? But, for a mere $2, I couldn't pass it up ;-) The little dowels are not removable or I could probably think of ways to use this in my craft room, too.
My biggest find was a set of two Stanley Thermos'. My hubby has been looking for a stopper for his, the old kind, and never could find one. Both of these had the old kind of stopper in them, and they came with a cool carrying case with a handle and a little metal box to put in cookies, sugar and stuff like that. So now we have plenty of thermos' for future use. We'll probably take these on road trips with us.

Another fun find was two bowls with the Coke Polar Bear photo. The granddaughters will love

And, last but not least, I found a storage container to take dog food with us in the camper for .05¢. How cool is that? Ya just gotta love a bargain!!!

Then, to top off the weekend, my Sister called to tell me she had been cleaning closets and cupboards and she had 3 boxes of stuff that I could use or put in a garage sale. Our town has a yearly community wide garage sale in June, so I try to take part each year.

In the boxes were a lot of things I could make use of.....lots of Doilies, dinner napkins and place mats plus some really cool batten burg lace curtains that will probably match the ones in my master bathroom.

What a fun weekend to end the week!!

Did I say I love bargains???


What a week!!!

Wow, what a full week!!!! It started off, last Saturday, with a Funshop at my home. The hostess had a really busy week and so I offered to have it at my house to help her out. Actually, it's easier for me at my own home because I can run back to the stamp room if I need something ;-)

We did two projects, one being a 3x3 card holder with a 3x3 card
and the other being a bookmark.. I got the idea for the 3x3 holder from Scor-Pal We did a little card to match using the Swirl GWP and Landscape Palette. They got to use the Scor-pal to make their box.
We used Mia's Cottage paper and the Swirl GWP.

Look familiar?
I have gotten a lot of mileage out of this old girl. Everyone just loved her and who doesn't need another bookmark?

Then, at Tuesday's Funshop we did these two projects! Plus we made envelopes out of napkins and freezer paper and a card using napkins and saran wrap. Sorry, I didn't get photos of those.
They had a blast! Most of the ladies at this Funshop are golfers, so we made little post it note holders so that they could put them on their golf bag or key chain or whatever. Thanks to Kim Sears for the idea!

Finally, on Thursday, I had a Funshop in Bend. We made a 3x3 card holder and cards and used "Simply Divine" and different colors. We also made the cow bookmark.

It was a fun week!!! I am looking forward to this week to catch up around the house ;-)

Monday, April 14, 2008

An Udder Cow

I seem to have taken a long holiday ;-) Not really, it's just been crazy here! But, a FUN crazy!
While getting ready for a few FUNshops this coming week, I took a break and made a card using "An Udder Birthday". This set is just too cute! I keep going back to this set just because it makes me smile!
ThenI had to concentrate on the projects for last Saturday. We made a 3x3 card holder using Mia's Cottage designer paper, Sparkle, White and blue 3 Match Maker cardstock.

Included were a couple of note cards. The directions for these boxes and the note cards can be found at www.Scor-Pal.com

You will find a lot of fun ideas, there, for using your Scor-Pal. If you don't have one yet....you NEED one!!! :-) You know you can always get one for half off just for having a TAC Funshop or $100 order.

Another project we made were the cow bookmarks I shared earlier. Everyone can use a bookmark. I let them use the Crop A Dile (even though most of them had one, they were intimidated by them and one gal said she hadn't even taken it out of the package) to show them how easy it really is to use!

A couple of weeks ago, I had a FUNshop with my group of stamping golfers, so we made golf tee holders. The directions for these can also be found on the Scor-Pal website.

Have a great day stamping!!!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers-16

I just joined the Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers (SBS - 16).  It's official!!!  This is going to be so much fun!!!  I love visiting other blogs for inspiration.  I am in awe of the talent out there!

I just wanted to take a moment and introduce myself to my fellow Blogging Sisters.  My name is Char and I live in central Oregon.  I am a wife to David,  Mom to two grown Sons (Gene and Jim), Grandma to three teenage Granddaughters.

I was first introduced to stamping in 1996 when I had a D.O.T.S. (now CTMH) party.  I thought it looked like fun, but soon lost interest as the demonstrator lived 5 hours away and no one in my area stamped at the time.  I didn't know what to do with the things I purchased.  THEN I attended another party, where the demonstrator had us actually make some cards and I was hooked.  Then, in 1999, I signed up with The Angel Company (TAC).   

My hubby and I are owned by an Australian Shepherd, Annie, who jut turned 4 and four cats...Little Guy 12, Briley 12, Freckles 12 and Tinker Bell 9.

I love to stamp and do paper crafting,  read, crochet, knit, travel, garden and spend time on the computer.  Oh and of course, chat on the phone or visit with my friends.

It's going to be fun getting to know all of you!!


Black and White Swap

Yesterday, time was well spent cleaning and re organizing my stamp room.  It is still nowhere near where I wish it were, but at least I can get to the stamp table, now.   I promised myself that at 4pm, whether or not I was done, I would make a card for a Black and White swap I am in.   I also challenged myself to use papers from my scrap piles....which I now have under my desk so that they are easier to get to.  Oh my gosh, I have three Sterilite boxes full of scraps.  (I am not mentioning the huge tote out in the garage full of scraps....no won't mention that)

Anyway, here is what I came up with.  The card/background was already done (who knows how long it's been in there) and all I needed to do was just add a stamped image and embellishments.

I placed my scraps under my desk as a reminder to USE them.   When they are stuck away in a closet, I forget about them.  I am also thinking about making one day a week as SCRAP day.  I will ONLY make cards using the scraps from those boxes.   

Do you make use of your scraps?  Or do you just toss them?  Do you have a Scrap day set aside?  Inquiring minds wanna know ;-)

Have a great day!!!

P.S. If anyone can tell me HOW to remove that dang box around my signature, I would be forever grateful!!


Saturday, April 5, 2008

More to share

I am cleaning and reorganizing my stamp room, yet again!  I thought I would take time to share a card before I get fully involved in the process of cleaning and organizing.  Does it ever end?

This card was made using the "Simply Divine" set from TAC. Of course, I had to use my Cuttlebug embossing folder for the card.  I didn't have matching ribbon
so I just dyed my white organza ribbon to match, using the same ink I used to stamp my flowers!  

Ok, back to my stamp room!  Hopefully, I'll see some true progress after today ;-)

Friday, April 4, 2008

Limited Editions are BACK!!!

I am so excited!!!  TAC has decided to bring back the "Limited Edition" sets.  Customers can get these stamps for just $2.95 with a $30 purchase.
And, not only that....as a hostess, you will get one for every $100 in orders at your party!  As if CELEBRATION wasn't enough, TAC has now added these cute little stamps!   
Remember, CELEBRATION ends on April 30th.  Don't miss out on getting DOUBLE the hostess benefits and DOUBLE the half off items just for hosting a party!  Heck, you can even gather up orders and if it's over $100, that constitutes a party.  Order your own $100, yep...that counts as a party!

Did I say I love The Angel Company??

Another card to share!

Here is another card that I made during my Sister's visit. I love running my card fronts through my Big Shot, using a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  It just adds such a pretty touch.
With this card, I not only ran my card through the Big Shot, I then ran the layer through, as well.  Then, I used my Dove Blender to pick up color from a Palette ink pad and highlighted the flower and leaves.  And, then added a yellow brad to the center of the flower.

The ribbon, I picked up at Stampin Cat studio in Salem.  TAC carries the purple, but that didn't happen to match this particular card.  When I was in Salem,  I picked up several colors of this ribbon.  It's just sheer and pretty.  If you are in the Salem, OR area, stop by her store and tell her Char sent ya!

And, I am so excited!!!  TAC has brought back the Limited Edition sets.  I'll share in another post!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Day with Sis

My older Sis and I had two fun days together.  She came out to visit on Monday afternoon and we spent that first day just relaxing, reading, watching TV and visiting.   

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we stamped. I got about 12 cards finished so I will have a variety to share over the next week or so.  She got a lot made to add to her stash, as well.

Here is one of the cards that I did using one of the images from the April Stamp of the Month called "FriendlyGreetings", Toodle Loo Soar with it Collection cardstock and SWIC tags and 
Blue 2 Colored Cardstock.

This is a such a fun set!!  I have also made cards using the other images, too, but will share those later.  I think this SOTM will sell like crazy!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April Fool's...NOT

Oh if you only knew how much I love this day. It is one of my most favorite days of the year. APRIL FOOL'S DAY! I am a practical joker and love to play jokes on people.....but today is different. I am not playing a joke! No I wouldn't do that with stamps, of all things.

In case you are just joining in, I decided to have a drawing for a stamp set for making it one year at blogging. I gave my Sister, who is visiting, the honor of drawing the winner! She drew number 2 whose name is CATHY! I will e-mail Cathy and let her know she won...just in case she doesn't see this right away.

Thank you to all of you that took part in my drawing. It was so much fun that I have decided to do it more often! So, keep checking, you just never know when.

Now, we are off to stamp and I will share later.

Congratulations, Cathy!!