Monday, May 31, 2010
This little chick is glad the holiday weekend is over! I am pooped! I came home today, hit the bed with the lap top and in about 10 minutes I was out like a light. I slept 2 and a half hours so I will probably be up awhile but that is okay as tonight the Retirement lists come out for Stampin' UP! and our new catalog sneak peeks! I am sure many demonstrators will be staying up late tonight as it is one of the most exciting days of the stamping year!
Speaking of stamper's Sue and Shari were in the stall today with their husbands. I discovered that where they stay when they are up here is their mother's place which is right down the road from Nancy's house, on 11th Ave. between Cypress and Hwy 21. They are a part of a group that I sometimes get together with that are stampers from all over the state. I haven't seen them for awhile and it was good to see them!
Lady Di spent most of the day with me today, and we had a lot of fun. She bought a bike today from Breeze for her grandson Tanner. Breeze comes riding over on it and we got quite the laugh at that to see this 70 year old man riding a little banana bike. He is such a nut! And later on he walked up behind Di and scared her to death. I don't know how many times she has about jumped out of her skin as she doesn't hear him coming. LOL It is pretty funny to watch, although I worry that one of these days she is going to have a heart attack. I don't think he was really trying to scare her today, but he walks pretty quietly and doesn't say anything as he comes up.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
It was even hotter today and it was pretty miserable to be out in but I am thankful that it wasn't raining. Di came down and spent the afternoon with me which was really nice. And, she even watched the stall for me so that I could go down and see Debby and Carol today. On my way down to see them, I hit the jackpot!! The crafting jackpot that is. I saw a big box of felt sitting on the ground at one of the spaces and I bent over to look at it and the minute I touched the felt the gal said I could have the whole box for $5.00! Wow....that was exciting! I quickly paid her, and left the box there to pick up on my way back. I picked up a few stamp sets from Debby after chit chatting a bit. Melissa Varga and Barb Cook stopped by there while I was visiting too. Both were surprised that I had escaped from Alcatraz....LOL The man with the felt woman, carried the box of felt up for me to the stall.
Sarah was down this afternoon and we had a nice visit and Jenna called this afternoon too. She was on her way to Madison as she had to work the closing shift at Olive Garden. She has a speaker phone so we talked for most of her trip from Milwaukee to Madison until she started entering the city. We decided that I am going to have to come to visit her in both June and July. The first trip we will get Diana moved into her new room and the second trip will be to get the babies room set up, and to buy what ever else she needs. Fun times, that is for sure! It is definitely going to be a busy summer.
I watched the Season finale of 24 that I had recorded after I got home today. Boy that was good. I am sorry to see that show end. I made a couple of card samples tonight for Nadine's party with Inspired With Nature. I think I will go to bed now. My back has been really tired today, and feel's weak. Not a good sign, kind of a warning signal for me to cool it so I better hit the hay! I hope you all had a good holiday weekend! Elaine
Saturday, May 29, 2010
I got a little cat nap in before Di called and woke me up. We chit chatted awhile, and then I started working on Father's Day cards. I had someone ask for one today and I didn't have any. I made 2 of this one, and 2 of another design that I will show you tomorrow. Well...I'd better hit the hay. Tomorrow is suppose to be another hot one! Elaine
Friday, May 28, 2010
This is the last project (I think) that I have to show you from the Years of Cards event. I really liked this one a lot, it was really fast and cute! The card itself is made with the Scallop Circle Die. You fold your card stock in half first then put the "fold", just inside the scallops so it does not get cut. The back ground was stamped with Itty Bitty Backgrounds, but when I recreate this card again, I will use the stamp set "Sprinkles" and it will even be cuter yet! The flower is made with the Sizzix Daisy Die, and the stem is the Sizzlet Little leaves. The verse is from Thank You Kindly, one of my favorite sets. Now I bet you have been dieing to know what the center of the flower is!?!?! It is a Pop Up Glue dot that we dipped into Fine Cosmo Glitter and then attached it to the center of the flower. Too Cute! Get a box for yourself so that you can try this! Have a happy Memorial Day weekend and stop down and visit! Elaine
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I had another doctor's appointment in Mauston today, and I stopped and picked up my new glasses after I was done. Then I stopped and picked up prescriptions and dropped some things off at the library. I also put up a flyer at the Administration building for my sister. She has their house by the lumberyard up to rent. So if you know of a good renter, let me know.
Since I have been home I have been busy setting up my new Stampin' UP! Demonstrator website. You will be able to order on line 24/7 from me. I have put a link on the side of the blog that you can click on to get to the new website. Their are lots of cool things on the website. Take a look and let me know what you think.
I just finished a salad a little while ago and I sure am feeling yucky now. It did not set well. See you tomorrow! Elaine
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Today I had another doctor's appointment in Mauston, plus they scheduled two more today. I was teasing the receptionists that I was just going to bring a cot along with me and stay. LOL They thought that was pretty funny. Kim rode along with me today, and she wanted to stop at Festival Foods to get a few things. We had lunch at Subway. I used my gift card that I got from Mom and Dad for Christmas again today. Thanks for lunch MOM! We stopped at Practical Cents when we got back to town and I found some pretty pink felt, brown and turquoise crochet cotton that I will use for running through buttons. I was especially thrilled to find the turquoise today as I need that to tie Mason's baby quilt. Once again, I found exactly what I needed at the thrift store, which I know is not a coincidence! :-D God is so good! After I got home I headed to the bed with the phone and laptop and returned some phone calls. Sandy Wellumson stopped over to pick up her stamping order and guess what she brought me!?!?!? Fresh picked asparagus! I made creamed asparagus over toast and it was so yummy! Thank you so much Sandy! It was a wonderful treat!! Beth was over to tonight and picked her order up and a few to deliver and we had such a nice visit as usual. We have decided that we are going to start a book club, and read and discuss inspirational books. Not any particular religion or necessarily religious books, just positive uplifting books and none that are fiction. We both feel that there is too much negativism in the world. Too many people hold on to grudges, are bitter, and are not living "in joy" like they could be. We both really want to become better people and have had many discussions about how to do that, books we have read, etc. It may just be her and I to begin with but if anyone wants to join us you are more than welcome to. Just let me know. Make it a great day! Elaine
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I needed to make a birthday card and I decided to use the new birthday set that I bought a month ago when Lady Di and I went to my doctor's appointment at the Spine Clinic. I had stamped the cake and cut it out and thought, now what am I going to do with it. I decided that I should find a sketch and follow it. So I went to the Mojo Monday blog and this is this weeks sketch. I knew what paper's I wanted to use, the retired SU Parisian Breeze paper's that were still laying on my desk. This card went together quickly and makes a great masculine card. I used Teeny Tiny Wishes and the curly label punch on the bottom of the card.
This is another card from the Year of Cards event. The card is Pale Plum with Chocolate Chip. It looks better in real life. The buttons were precut for us with the sizzlet buttons #5 die and the Big Shot. The scalloped border punch was used on the edges of the Whisper White card stock and the sentiment is from the Level one Hostess set, Picture This, that was in the Occasion Mini and it was punched out with the large oval punch. Another thing we used from the Occasion Mini was the A to Z background stamp and which we stamped on Pale Plum card stock and then we punched it out with the large star punch. A quick and simple card.
Monday, May 24, 2010
I got my haircut this morning and it sure feels great to have it shorter now that it is so hot out. The stamping order came in today and several people were here today to pick up their order's. I placed orders today for Stampin' Up! and Tastefully Simple, and worked on getting some things cleaned up and put away. There is still more to do, but it is a start. I worked some more tonight on the quilt. I didn't finish piecing all the blocks, I have them about half done but I did get 3 rows of the quilt sewed together so I am beginning to see how it will look. It is very bright and colorful.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Today's card is another project from the Year of Cards event. This one uses the stamp set Chic Boutique on page 63 of the current catalog. I had never really paid much attention to this stamp set but really liked working with it. There are some neat images in the set. Someone had put too much reinker on the sponge that we used on this card and I got way more than I wanted on it, so this card really has a distressed look, a little more than I wanted it to be. I am not too happy with it but oh well.
Oh and a little note for Lindacatherine. I answered the question you had, under the post Close As A Memory Sympathy card. Thanks for the nice comments you made. I hope this helps! Elaine
Saturday, May 22, 2010
First thing this morning, I had the pleasure of meeting Becky Gruenwald. We have been corresponding through email. Becky and her son came down to meet me today and she is very excited joining our stamping group. I keep telling her how she will love all of you...so don't let me down gang...lol....I know you won't! She has signed up to be hostess for October. If you would like to be the lucky winner of the month of November, or later....let me know! I work hard to make your party a success, and you get lots of goodies in return!
I am making good progress on the baby quilt. 40 square out of 60 are sewn and squared up, ready to be sewn into the top. So I only have 20 to go, and I will be able to start putting the top together. I have a list a mile long to do before the Milwaukee trip and the shower, and am not quite sure how I am going to get it all done with 2 more doctor's appointments added to this upcoming week, one the following week and maybe more will be added, but it all will get done some how! I may have to do some improvising to my list and simplify some things! Hope your weekend is going well! Me
I just received this information from Karen Sherrell. If you are interested in car pooling with her, you can email her at
Thanks for sharing Karen! Elaine
SHOULD BE STARTING JUNE 14.
MONDAY, 5:30 TO 6:20 PM;
WED, 5:30 TO 6:20 PM
THUR, 4 TO 5 PM
I DON’T KNOW HOW LONG THE SESSION RUNS. I THINK THE COST FOR OUT OF DISTRICT PERSON MAY BE $35. YOU CALL THE NUMBER 847-6603 X 3305. TIARA DELAPP IS THE SWIM DIRECTOR.
THEY ALSO HAVE ADULT LAP SWIMMING AND LESSONS. YOU CAN GO ON THEIR WEB SITE… www.mauston.k12.wi.us to see the flyer.
I’M PLANNING ON GOING AT LEAST 1 TIME PER WEEK MAYBE 2 X. I CAN’T DO THURSDAYS BECAUSE OF DRIVING.
I’M LEANING TOWARD MONDAY NIGHT & MAYBE WED PM.
ANYONE INTERESTED IN LET ME KNOW.
Enjoy your friends! Boo
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I believe this stamp set is correctly named. The people that serve our country definitely have a lot of courage, and they have my utmost respect. We have them to thank for living in the world's greatest nation, a land of freedom. God Bless America!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I made 4 sample cards last night after my nap for Nadine's party. They turned out very pretty, I think you gals will really like them. Today was kind of a rest and relax day. I slept in late as I was up late last night. I paid bills today, and worked on the computer, and made some trades. I ended up turning on the air late this afternoon as it was getting too warm in here. I went upstairs to sew and the sewing room was 85 degrees! I had the door shut though and in the ten minutes I was up there it already went down two degrees. But I decided to set up a table in my stamping room for sewing as I only have a couple of weeks to get the baby quilt done. So I moved a bunch of stuff around in there and in the bathroom and the machine is now all set up. I need to cut some strips and then I will be able to start sewing. I know I will get a lot more sewing done in general with a machine set up on this floor. It will be comfortable temperature wise and the problem with being upstairs during the day time is that I can't tell if someone has stopped over as I don't have any windows that face the driveway. The one window I do have in the sewing room, faces the street, and by the time you see them from that window, they have left. So this should work out better for now. Well, break time is over for me! Have a good one! Elaine
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Hello! I didn't get a chance to post last night so I will do a quick post right now. Yesterday, Carol came over in the morning and we made these tags to put on the flower plants that the Board of Education will be giving to the Sunday School teachers for teaching this year as a thank you gift. Then Carol took me out for lunch to Bar and Bowl and we had a nice lunch and visit. After I got back I did some work on the computer, took a nap, then went to fibromyalgia support group. I was only home a few minutes and an old friend from school stopped in for a visit. Her name is Kim (Hein) Harris. We went all through school together, and sunday school. We sat and visited and she was just going out the door when Beth came over to finalize her party. So we did that, and visited, and after she left I got the stamping order put in, and then Colleen was iming me and I think I finally got to bed around 1. Today I had an eye doctor appointment in Mauston and Kim rode along with me. I got my new glasses all picked out and then we went to the new China Buffet for lunch. We stopped at Better Buys and picked up a few things, a garage sale on the way home (I didn't find anything), and we just got home. Time for me to hit the bed for awhile. Have a good one! Me
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Today's card, (I bet you thought I would NEVER get to that....hee hee) was really fun to make. The main image "Stitched together with Love" with the rick rack border, is from a stamping set Lady Di got the last time we went to Madison that I absolutely LOVE! The tape measure is from a strip of pattern paper out of the package of paper I got called Material Girl by Cosmo Cricket. I had seen a lot of cute projects made with these papers and was tickled to find it at Archivers. There are some benefits of having to go to doctors appointments! I used some other pattern paper for the background. I used a zig zag stitch on my little sewing machine and sewed kind of wonky around it which adds to the charm. :-D I punched out a little scallop border to go under the tape measure, and matted the focal image on a scalloped circle. I felt it needed a little something more so I stamped spools of thread directly on to the pattern paper from K & Co. with a little SU stamp that I had in my collection. That was just what it needed and the finishing touch. I have quite a few sewing stamps. You will be seeing more of them as I play with this paper. I will be able to make zillions of cards with this pack of paper as I have so many stamps that coordinate with it. And tight wad me will hoard it and use little bits of it here and there to make it last a long, long time! And then of course while I had this stamp set of Lady Di's, I stamped 60 images with it, so that will stretch it even further! As you know, I never do anything in a small way! I was talking to Di tonight on the phone while I was stamping them and she was laughing when I told her I had 50 of them stamped before we hung up. Nine pm is the witching hour...and she calls her sister Judi and they talk every night between 9 and 10. Some times I have something really, really, important to tell her, and it kills me to have to wait till after ten o' clock to call her!
You will get a kick out of this....remember how I told you yesterday that I fell asleep watching Dancing with the Stars after I got home, well the same darn thing happened today. I thought I was doing so good as I had stayed awake through about 3 dances. Well, I was down for the count again today. I woke up and their was only 3 seconds of the show left! When I rewound it to the last dance I remembered, I had slept through 45 minutes of it! Ha ha! I did get it watched after that. Now that I have written a book when I should be cleaning around here....I will say bonvoyage....and head to bed! Make it a great week! Elaine
Saturday, May 15, 2010
It sure was a beautiful day today. I wore two sweatshirts and was comfortable all day. I did throw my rag quilt over the chair as the chair tends to be cold. There were lots of vendor's today and lot's of people walking around the grounds. It was fun to see old faces from last year. Tammy Renner stopped in for a visit after she got done with work. It was good to see her! Stop down and see me. I would love to have you come and visit! Hugs! Elaine
Friday, May 14, 2010
Boy, there have really been some good tv shows this week...24, Grey's, and Private Practice were fantastic I thought. I watched them today. Sure do love the DVR, and not having to watch commercials, or worrying about the phone ringing and missing something. It sure is a wonderful invention!
Today's card is with the stamp set Things I love. So many creative uses for this set. I just got it during Sale-A-Bration and love it! I am sure you will be seeing a lot more of it!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Today I had a doctor's appointment in Mauston. After the appointment I stopped at the thrift stores. I walked out empty handed at the one store and the other one I found a few pieces of felt and some baby clothes for the baby. I found the cutest blue and yellow button down shirt in a size 12 months. I think I will make a little tie to match. I bought a pattern for one on line about a month ago. I can just see Jenna taking little Mason to church in it. She will love it! I also found a little pair of baseball bibs, and a sleeper. Then I went to Walgreen's and picked up 2 bottles of Soft Scrub and 2 bottles of Soft Scrub spray cleaner. They had them on sale for buy one get one free. Plus I had a buy one get one free coupon, and 2 - $2.00 coupons so I got all four bottles for a little over a dollar, and most of that was sales tax! A good score! I sure wish we had a Walgreen's here. They have some great sales. I dropped off library books after I got back to town and headed home. I haven't really accomplished anything since I have been home except for doing some things on the computer, I talked with Sarah, and I made supper. I just don't have much zip today. Oh well...there is always tomorrow!
Tonight was Beth's stamping party and we had a fun time as usual. She made some awesome food! I am totally in love with the grape salad she made and definitely need to get the recipe for it. It is to die for! Every thing was yummy....but that was my favorite!
This was one of the projects we made tonight. We used the stamp set Simple Birthday Thanks. I decided to make a hinged card with it to show them that you could use the set to make a shaped card with it. It can also be stamped and used on a card front. Another cute thing to make with it would be to attach a box behind it with a cupcake in it, or you could make a bunch of the cupcakes and string them together like a banner. Lots of cute things you can do with this baby. The verse is from the stamp set Birthday Bliss and was stamped twice, once in Melon Mambo and a second time in Bermuda Bay, then mounted on Close to Cocoa card stock. There are dimensionals behind it so that it pops out and it also holds the top of the cupcake in place. The cherry was stamped twice, then cut out and adhered to the top of the cupcake. The one on the outside has crystal effects on it to give it a nice shiny look and the sprinkles are made with the 1/4" circle punch and glued on. A brad is attached on the left side to make the hinge on the card.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
I was working on stuff for the baby shower today. I combined all the emails that Jenna had emailed me with addresses onto one Word document, looked up a few, and then printed out a copy so I could address my envelopes. I got those all done so once the invitations are done, the envelopes are all ready to stuff. I sent a copy of it to Jenna so she will have it to write out her thank you's. I made a few phone calls to line up some food and worked on getting the rest of my cutting done as you can see from the picture above. My focal image is all done, cut, and glued. Now all I need to do is design the card, print the inserts and then I will be ready for assembly work.
I also talked with Carol today and I just got off the phone with Jenna. She called to wish me a Happy Mother's Day tonight as she won't have time tomorrow as she has to work. Mother's Day is Olive Garden's busiest day of the year. She said last year they served over 900 just during the lunch shift between 11 and 4. I can't begin to even imagine that. Have a great Mother's Day! Elaine
Friday, May 7, 2010
The date for the June stamping event has been changed to Monday, June 21st at 5:30. Nadine Ashworth will be the hostess. I decided that I'd better move it back a week as Diana and Brooke will be here. So in June it will be the 3rd Monday of the month. Please mark your calendars now! Thanks! Elaine
I just finished making some Thin Mints, and I have a casserole in the oven for supper. I might do some other baking tonight. A good time to do it while it is cool. I am sure hoping that the weather forecast changes. It is not looking good for the flea market tomorrow. Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all of you mother's out there! Elaine
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I bet you thought you would see a finished baby shower invitation today!?!? NOT! LOL I did get them all colored though.
I have found it is best to work on whatever the mood strikes me that day and today I felt like sewing. I love to hand stitch. Some days my hands are too clumsy due to my neck problems, but some days I can. So today I made these pincushions. I love how they turned out. So cute! I left the tops loose so you can take them off and fill the bottom with pins, button's or whatever your little heart desires, or leave them just as they are. Let me know what you think of them by leaving a comment! Elaine
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Hello! A lot of times when I blog I tell you about what I am working on that day but the pictures that I post are of something that is I have already made. Today I decided to give you a peek of my world today and what it is like when I make things in quantity. I am working on the invitations for Jenna's baby shower. I am using a set that Jenna bought for me. I had this on my Christmas list a couple of Christmases ago as I thought it was adorable (and the other stamps that are in the set) and felt it would be a good set to have in my collection for producing cards. In the next picture it shows how I stamp it over and over, 4 sheets full for a total of 32 images. I am not sure exactly how many I need yet so stamped a few extra just in case, and will make any left over images into regular cards. I am going to paper piece the dresses and the next picture shows all 32 dresses in a pile. I have a drawer that I keep smaller designer paper scraps in just to use for paper piecing. It really saves time to have them all sorted that way. I could quickly pick out patterns for the dresses. It was funny when I was looking through them as I was stamping as there is an orange print with tiny dots on it and I was thinking...I don't dare use this one....Jen would never wear that! She'll kill me! And what is funnier yet is that she will never even see them after they are all made up! I am sure the stamper's will recognize a lot of these paper's as we have done projects with them. In the last picture it shows one of the dresses cut out. I have to cut around that skinny little arm which is some precise cutting. You have to work slowly and pay attention to make sure it is perfect. This was my work up till about 2:30. Then I was ready to move to the bed, with the bed table and color and watch TV. I have one sheet completely finished coloring, and the other 3 are in various stages. I also did some cutting to mix things up a bit. Mom stopped over for a visit and I had a nice long break from it all. Back to work, I hope you enjoyed the pictures! Elaine
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Not much new around here. I started the baby quilt last night and got 10 blocks done. Today I was picking up some things around here, did some paper work, made Meat-za-Pie, and Breezy mowed the lawn. Jenna was off today and I spent several hours on the phone talking to her. I think I will go play in the stamping room for a little while before heading to bed. See ya tomorrow! Elaine