Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Featuring Megan and Lisa

Back in February, I added a TP Mini Album Tutorial and Megan wrote and asked me if she could post the link on a message board where she had uploaded a photo of the one she made. Of course, I said OK...as that just means that many others will get the opportunity to see how fun these little guys are to make.

Here is the cute one she made for her Mom for Mother's Day. I think her Mom will be very pleased, don't you?

So often I never hear back if someone uses an idea or something they got from my blog, so when another gal, Lisa,l shared, I asked both of them if I could feature their albums on my blog.

Here is Lisa's adorable TP album. I think that both of them did GREAT!!!!

At the last class I gave teaching these, two gals made them with doggie designer papers and are going to add the photos of their dogs. What a fun way to carry your pet's photos around with you.

I had made one for our Vet...after she had taken care of one of our cats and included photos of Freckles.

I have made them and put calendars on the inside.
Be creative....let's see what you do with them!

Hugs,
Char

Friday, April 24, 2009

SURPRISE A COMING


OH GOSH....I am so excited, I can hardly stand it, but I can't SAY a word until all the details have been worked out.
Someone AWESOME is coming to Northwest!!!!! And, you will have a chance to be in on it.

That's all I can say, I can't say no more!!

Just know, you WILL want to take part!! So, be checking my blog for further details, as there are a limited number of spaces available for this event.

BIG HUGS,

Char

Friday, April 17, 2009

Fun Contest


Hi everyone,

What a beautiful day here!! I hope everyone else is enjoying this lovely Friday, where ever you may be. Even if it's not beautiful where you live, be thankful that Spring IS on it's way. ??

I have to laugh, as we have had snow, hail and rain this past week not to mention freezing temperatures so I always put a question mark after saying Spring is here.......but then this is Central Oregon at it's best!!

I would love to feature the work of my customers on my blog. If you would like to participate, send me a photo in .jpg format, of something you have created using TAC stamps and papers and I will post it on my blog!!

It will be fun to see what you come up with.

Have a great day!!!

Hugs,
Char

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter.

We had a quiet day, today, with just us and the dog.

Of course, not having kids around during the holidays is sort of boring so I decided to improvise and hid dog treats throughout the living room, dining room and kitchen. :-)

Annie had a hoot running all around searching for the treats!

I make them every few months and then freeze them in freezer bags. I give some to my Son's dog and my Sister's dog, too. They all like them.
















Annie thought it was a hoot and enjoyed the search, immensely! In fact, you could tell she didn't really want it to end :-) She kept running around 'searching for more'.


I also got a beautiful bouquet of Daisies from my hubby. I just love daisies....they are such happy looking flowers.

And, this was such a thoughtful treat! I like Easter Lilies, too....but Daisies are my absolute favorite of all!

Hope you all had a wonderfully blessed day doing whatever it is that your family enjoys doing on this day!

Hugs,
Char


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

April SOTM

Floral Vines - April SOTM
April 1st - April 30th, 2009

When you purchase $30.00* in merchandise, Floral Vines (Retail Value $12.95) can be yours for a special price!


Floral Vines • TAC-3052
set of 4 • special price $9.75 (retail price $12.95)
• Net total before shipping and handling and applicable tax.
• No other discounts apply.
• Some assembly required.
• AngelNet orders must be received by 12:00 midnight CST on April 30th, 2009. All other orders must be received by 5:00 pm CST.
Spring Into April Rewards
April 1 - April 30, 2009

Hostesses!
For every $250 in workshop* sales - a hostess may choose one (1 only) of the Spring into April sets FREE!

Customers!
For every $30 in net purchases* - customers may purchase one (1) each of the Spring Into April sets at their special price (See stamp sets for special price)!

For New Angels!
In addition to receiving a complimentary, current Stamp of the Month (SOTM) - new Angels will also receive the Spring Into April Sets for FREE!

For Our Angels!
Keep track of your total net sales during Spring into April (April 1 - April 30, 2009)! You can earn the Spring Into April sets based on your sales!

Angels, please visit Angels Only and look under Flyers for more information on how you can redeem your Spring Into April Rewards.

Because being an Angel is just more fun!™








Friends T-3099 • set of 5
special price $5.00 • retail value $8.95









Forever Friends T-3098 • set of 7
special price $7.00 • retail value $12.95










Sweet Thing T-3097 • set of 6
special price $7.00 • retail value $12.95

• Customers may purchase one (1) each of all three (3) sets with a $30* purchase.
• Customers may also purchase the current SOTM with the same $30* purchase.
• *Purchase before shipping/handling and applicable taxes.
• Spring Into April stamp sets may not be made available for purchase again until 2010.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Technology, what would we do without it?

What would we do without technology? I mean, we have so many 'things' at our beck and call to get through each day.

We coffeepots that all you have to do is plug in and leave the room and come back in a few minutes and it's ready. You don't have to percolate it on the stove or worse yet...over an open fire. We have lighting with the flip of a switch, electricity to run our refrigerators and stoves, various household appliances and even the hot water heater.

Where am I going with this, you ask? Well, Saturday we decided to do a thorough vacuuming of our living room and rearrange the furniture. What a great feeling to have a room 'different' for a few months, don't you agree?

Everything was going well until I decided to go ahead and vacuum the rest of the house (even tho it had just been done the day before). On the last room, all of a sudden.....ROAR!!!!! The vacuum cleaner about blew my ear drums out. Since DH was home, he decided to take the entire thing apart and find out why it was doing that.

It's only two years old...but it was a cheapie....less than $100. BUT...it's been one of the best vacuum cleaners we have ever owned. A Bissell. The suction on it is great and boy does it get up the dirt and pet hair. That...we think was it's demise. Although we clean it out frequently.....somehow some of that dog hair made it to the motor....and the rest is history.

So, now, we are looking at a new vacuum from Bissell. It's called the Pet Hair Eraser. How appropriate. :-) It is twice as much as the original vacuum but we feel it's probably a better choice. Can't go too long without a vacuum.

http://www.bissell.com/Products/c/uprightvacuum/p/3920/product.aspx

Now, onto the rest of the day! Bear with me ;-) My computer has been acting wonky lately so we decided to 'blow out the dust'. We do this about 2-3 times a year, just as basic maintenance.
I do have to add that my computer is LOUD. It's been that way basically from the get go but I just put up with it because 'it is what it is'. But, it can really drive me nuts sometimes especially when it 'powers up' for some reason and really gets noisy.

Ok....so we take off the cover and I proceed to dust it with a new stipple brush (that makes this a stamping post, right?) and get a lot of dust out. Then, since we can't suction the dust out with the vacuum....DH goes and gets his compressor and we blow out the dust with that. BUT...we see a third cooling fan that we hadn't noticed before...and it is really full of dust....so we get that cleaned too.

Then, it's back to plugging everything back in and it takes FOREVER to load up and I start thinking...UH OH...we did it now! We were too exuberant in our cleaning efforts. BUT....it finally gets loaded and I wait and wait.....it's too quiet...something is wrong. NO....it all works....it's just QUIET!!! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.....the cooling fans must have just been croaking for air and they were working overtime? Could dust do THAT? I don't care.....I am just so happy that my computer isn't making me deaf any more. And, I think we will make this a priority to clean it more often....more than twice a year.

So, down ...one vacuum.....but UP one quiet computer....I guess that's a good trade off, huh?

Back to my card making.....I'll have something to share tomorrow ;-)

Have a great Monday!!!

Char

Friday, April 3, 2009

I love FUN mail time!!!

I recently entered a blog candy contest over at Kendra's Card Company and I won two sets of Hanna Stamps!!! It's my very first Hanna stamps ever.

I received one adorable teenager set, on the left, but don't know the name of it as I couldn't find it on their site.

The one on the right is called "For the Soul".

I plan on having fun with these in the next few days. The one on the left....the teenager set....will be fun to use for my two teenage granddaughters.

Check out Kendra's site here http://kendrawietstock.blogspot.com

I have been busy stamping and coloring in some images so that I have a few cards to show next week.

Have a great weekend!!!

Char

Thursday, April 2, 2009

April Showers

Well, after last month.......coming in like a lion and going out like a lion...I am wondering if April Showers will bring May flowers ;-) I am beginning to see signs of WEEDS.....but no flowers yet.

I am trying so hard to 'enjoy' each season but where I live...we don't really have the four seasons like elsewhere in the US. We seem to have Winter and August! :-) Really not that bad, but sometimes it seems like it. Winter just seems to last a long, long time!

YES, I am still waiting for spring. But, one morning I will wake up and we'll be enjoying SUMMER! It's just the way it is here.

So, my thoughts, now, are on summer activities and what to do when my Granddaughter comes to visit for a few weeks. I am making a list of fun things to do while she is here. We don't DO 24/7, but I like to have a variety of ideas on hand so we don't get bored either.

We don't have a zoo or a lot of the other things you can visit....here in our community or even within an hours drive.....so I am asking for help with ideas.

Here is my partial list of things to DO while she is here (of course, we may not do EVERYTHING on the list but at least it's a variety).....see if you can add to the list and come up with some fun ideas for us to do.

It would help for you to know she is 17 and special needs.....so things that a 5-10 year old would enjoy....she will enjoy. YET....she enjoys a lot of things teenagers enjoy, too. This is why it can be difficult at times.

1. Camping
2. Scrapbook our time together
3. Plant a garden
4. Library
5. Tea Party
6. Shopping (this is a given!!)
7. Bowling
8. Hiking with her Dad
9. BBQ
10. Fair
11. Horse show of some kind. She loves the Draft Horses....it was our yearly thing to do...but now they have cancelled the show.
12. Stamp
13. Your Turn!!

Thanks so much for all your ideas!!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Fool's Day

And, no jokes from me!!!

Now, that is a first! I LOVE LOVE LOVE April Fool's Day. It used to be my favorite day of the year. Being a practical joker, what better day to celebrate, right?

But, I guess either I have run out of practical jokes or everyone 'expects' me to play one on this day....so now I can rarely find anyone to surprise :-) Bah Humbug...oh wait...that's my other favorite holiday ;-)

I have to tell you that I absolutely LOVE the little Lamb in the Fresh Spring Things set. I am just really disappointed that the promotion was cut short because they ran out and I don't know when they will bring the stamp set back but I still have to share some cards I made with them.

I have been asked what it was I used on the lamb. It is white Liquid Applique. I used a black Glaze Gelly pen on his little hooves. Both are sold by TAC.
The papers I used on the card are from TAC's Gentle Beginnings pack. It is an 8x8 pack of 36 sheets. It comes with 6 different designs and 6 different colors. The Purple and Greens are my favorites.

The bow on the card is purple....not black. Not sure why it shows up black. I used two different scalloped circle punches, the Mega and Giga. Then, the Super Jumbo circle punch.

I am off to play with my Little Cupcake set now.

Have a fun filled day!!!

Hugs,
Char