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Sunday, August 26, 2007
It was a fun and busy weekend!!!!!!

Yesterday I went to the Scrapbook Expo in Chicago (St. Charles) and met up with a few other Angels: Awna, Dawnmarie, Pat G, Meri, Nancy, Angel, and maybe even a few more. It was great seeing these gals again and getting to know them a little bit more.

I worked in the Tessler Stencils booth with Awna and her son Branden. They were wonderful. I liked helping the customers, answering questions, and making sales. The cash register was a little intimidating for me ... thankfully Branden did most of that ... it brought me back to high school days ringing up items at Crate & Barrel - very manual.

I swapped out cards made for the TAC new card swap on Stamp Shack. These were my cards. I used the Hoppy Everything set again and put foam under the frogs belly to make him look as if he's hopping off the card. I love this little guy!

I really really thought everyone in this swap did such a great job. They were all so well done!!

Earlier in the Week I made this card for one of my old swapping friends Tatoolesa (from PCMB) who recently has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She has a wonderful blog detailing her struggles and her progress.

I used my Marvy scallop punch along with TAC stamps: Hip Hardware, Little Tidbits, and Love and Joy. I love how it turned out! It also worked well this week for the Stamp Shack challenge of using only B&W and one other color (I choose pink - for breast cancer awareness)

Thursday, August 23, 2007
Creating with Rocks

So what are you supposed to do when you are sitting in a house staring at Lake Michigan and wanting to go outside to the beach but can't because it is pouring? .... well this past weekend Chase and I decided to stamp and color .... both on Rocks and on Paper. It was actually a great way to pass some time ....

When the rain let up for a little bit we made our way down to the beach and gathered rocks for our project. The flat ones worked best, but Chase liked the BIG ones.

Chase liked using the glitter glue.

I liked using my stamps and inks. I also colored some of the images with my prisma alcohol markers. I love the way that some of them turned out.

Again it was so easy just using my stamps (on rounded rocks it was easier NOT to use a block) and Palette ink. For extra added color just pull out your alcohol markers ... or experiment to see what you like best ... maybe glitter glue is your thing ... there is no right or wrong! Just create!!!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Today we returned home from our late summer vacation to Michigan. It was a lot of fun although rainy. We stayed a few days at my parent's house on the beach and then went over to Detroit to catch a Detroit Tigers Game. It was a very fun trip ... but I think we are all happy to be home now and OUT of the car!

Here is Chase in front of Tigers Stadium. The Tigers are his favorite baseball team and they beat the Indians last night 2-1 putting them only 1/2 game behind the leader (the Indians).

We had a lot of time that we spent indoors since it was raining for a good part of our trip. I was prepared and brought stamps, inks, and papers. Here are two ATCs that I created on our trip.

This one is for a TAC ATC swap entitled "Kid's Birthday". I stamped "waves" using Reflection Blue ink and the flourish stamp from TAC's Hostess C set "spring dream".

The frog was stamped on green paper with noir ink using the stamp from "Hoppy Everything". I also stamped him again on white and cut out the eyes and attached. He appears to be "hopping" off of the card since I pop-dotted is body with foam and then adheared down his hands and feet.

This ATC was for a swap on PCMB entitiled "half inchies" these snowman squares measure 1/2" x 1/2" and we were to attach 6-9 of them to an ATC. I used TAC's mini sampler set and colored the snowmen's scarves with prismacolor markers.

I stippled the cardstock with Reflection Blue ink and stamped Let it snow in Reflection Blue as well. The half inchies were edged with black ink.

More rainy day projects will be posted tomorrow .... including ... stamping on rocks from the beach!

Monday, August 20, 2007
OK OK ... it's been a long time coming but I am finally entering the BLOGGER world! It's going to be very fun to link to a bunch of my stamping friends sites and sites that inspire me. It's also going to be nice to showcdase some of my latest and greatest creations. Please send me an email at if you have any questions or want more information.

Happy Blogging!

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