***Please note that after switching from several different hosts before settling on Blogger, the formatting of my pictures may not be as it was originally intended. I simply don't have the time to go back through years of posts in order to fix the orientation of the pictures. Sometimes a picture just shows a box of text in its place, but clicking on it will allow you to see the picture. Others, there may be no picture at all. I apologize.***

January 22, 2008

Check Below this Post for Newer Posts - STAMPS FOR SALE HERE

*************ETA I will delete sets to show that they're sold as soon as I can (some of you are writing in at the same time as others and I'm having to look in at the time stamp to be as fair as possible!) and I will keep this post at the top. Check below this post for newer ones with cards and other projects!!!!

I could use a little extra cash, and a little less to pack for our move, so here are the stamp sets that I have for sale now. All of these sets retired with the last catalog unless they have an asterisk next to them, in which case they were already retired. If you don't live in Del Rio, we'll figure out how much postage to add to your "order" based on how many sets you purchase. My goal is to use flat-rate boxes if/where possible. I accept PayPal (right now - if you really want something but don't use PayPal we can "talk"). Each of these stamp sets is MARKED DOWN from the original price. The page number refers to the Fall-Winter Collection 2007 Idea Book and Catalog. Sorry about the spacing of the "chart". I've yet to figure out how to get blogger to allow me to have extra spaces between words. :) Thanks, and this is a first come, first serve deal. Take care and happy stampin'!

PS - If you would like to see the images in a particular stamp set, check out the gallery on Splitcoast where they're listed alphabetically and in almost all of the stamp sets' galleries there is an index card showing all of the images included in the set. Newly added stamp sets in this color blue.

PG Name Price
137 Aida Cloth $13.00
145 All About U $22.00
54 Figures of Speech $18.00
36 Holiday Tag Team $23.00
154 It's a Date $10.00
132 Letter Patterns $14.00
100 Looks Like Spring $25.00
161 Monogram B $13.00 (negative image is mounted on 2nd side - 2-in-1!!)
97 Sassy Stems $14.00
152 Stamped from the Heart $8.00
*** Alphabet Soup (SAB '06) $10.00
*** Blooming with Happiness (level I hostess '06) $10.00
*** Delight in Life (SAB '07) $10.00
*** Journaling Fun (IB&C '05) $15.00
*** Love It (level II hostess '05 $18.00

*** Reason to Smile (level I hostess '06) $10.00
*** So Very (SAB '07) $10.00
*** Shapes & Shadows (IB&C '05) $22.00

*** Mini Messages (IB&C '06) $10.00

I miss Emma!

My oldest daughter has been with her grandparents since the 31st of December. I will not see her until we get our orders so that we can move out of this house and they are taking forever!! I am hoping to join Emma with my other 2 kids in them middle of February. My DH will remain here in Del Rio to finish out some training and then he will move to Oklahoma for four more months of training before we all meet up at our new house in Delaware in the middle or so of July.

Stamps: Doodle Alphabet (retired) Paper: Pretty in Pink paper from Hostess Level I Prints Pack, Shimmery White CS, Certainly Celery CS Ink: Black StazOn, assorted SU! markers Accessories: Regal Rose 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Sticky Cut Letters, Fine Cosmo glitter in Rose Pink

Anyway, I made Emma this card (above) to send with a package of some goodies to let her know (besides calling her 2-3 times every day) how much we miss her and can't wait to see her. I tried to make a card that Kristina would perhaps be able to confuse for her own. :) As for Emma, it's difficult to be apart, but she is having a BLAST at school (the same school I attended when I was young) and is doing really well under the Montessori method. She doesn't miss us that much because she is so busy and having so much fun, and OF COURSE she's getting spoiled by her grandparents and Auntie... :) To the left is a close up of the card. Emma LOVES pink, so I made sure each letter had some pink in it, and while the glitter on the "u" doesn't match well, it still met the criteria of being pink and I really wanted to try out my new Sticky Cut Letters from SU! with the accompanying glitter. I LOVE THEM!!!! The CS portion that is stamped on and has the ribbon is mounted on the Certainly Celery with dimensionals, but I couldn't get a good picture of that.

This picture to the right is a close up of the Shimmery White CS. I love to show how the paper does in fact shimmer when you look at it at the right angle. I also thought it was neat to see the glitter that I put on the flower over the "i". Close-ups are fun to do!

The picture below this is of the gift I made for a friend using Beate's WSC #31. I thought it was the perfect layout for this address book. I love making altered address books, especially with this set because I feel like the sentiment is just right for an address book. Too bad making them is so time-intensive (if you want it to be sturdy, I guess)! Anyway, enjoy and until next time (not sure when that will be - don't forget to subscribe so you will know!!). Happy stampin' and best wishes!! Here's the actual address book:

To the left is a close up of the Shimmery White CS and part of the stamped image. A note about the project - the Shimmery White layer of CS with the flower image is mounted on dimensionals on top of the Perfect Plum CS and the entire 3 layers of the sentiment image are mounted on dimensionals on top of the strip of Artichoke and Plum CS. Hopefully this makes sense!
Stamps: True Friend Paper: Always Artichoke Prints DS paper, Always Artichoke, Perfect Plum and Shimmery White CS Ink: Always Artichoke, Pale Plum, and Perfect Plum SU! markers
Accessories: "Olive" organdy ribbon (retired) - matches Artichoke well, "Elegant Eggplant" 1/4" grosgrain - goes well with Perfect Plum, White Taffeta ribbon, Pewter Jumbo Eyelets, Ice Circle Rhinestone Brads in Pale Plum color, Crop-a-Dile, Dimensionals

January 19, 2008

A Warning....

I keep typing and re-typing this post. I've decided not to get personal as this is a very "public" forum. I will be a less than regular blogger after this post. I will continue to check on my "for sale" stamp sets because I really do need to relieve myself of them, but when I move in the middle of February I will not be able to post as often as you might like. I hope that my blog is interesting enough that you will want to use my Feedblitz subscriber in the sidebar to receive updates so that you won't have to waste any time checking in for days, weeks, or (hopefully not) months without any new posts. I'm no Beate and never will be (though I dream about it often!), but I hope that my stamped projects and other posts at least bring something to your day - even if it's the thought that "oh my gosh, I can't believe she stamped that much less posted it for everyone to see!!" :) I will, of course, continue to check EVERYONE ELSE'S blogs as much as I can, but I cannot pretend to be a regular blogger any longer. I've tried for a while now and it's just too stressful with everything that's going on in my life. I wish I could say that the moving is the stress, but that's the easy part! Now that I've said it, at least I don't have any higher expectations placed on my blog than need be. So, please subscribe (use Google Reader if you'd rather) so that when I do get a chance to post I'll still know that you're out there :) I hope to finally be settled and maybe back into semi-regular blogging after we've moved to Delaware in June/July. Until then (or my next post, whenever that is) - take care!!!

PS - BUY MY STAMPS - a not so subtle hint... ;)

January 18, 2008


I think if they had left off Lewinsky, we still would have known who the candidate was. Too funny!

And another e-mail I got this morning from my mom. Check out the whole story on Snopes.com (link below the story) - it's a good one!!!

Great Quote

Florida's got it right. Bravo for Sheriff Judd!!!


Some "dirtbag" in Polk County Florida who got pulled over in a routine traffic stop ended up "executing" the deputy who stopped him. The deputy was shot eight times, including twice behind his right ear at close range. Another deputy was wounded, and a police dog killed.

A statewide manhunt ensued. The low-life was found hiding in a wooded area with the first deputy's gun. SWAT team officers fired and hit the guy 68 times.

Now, here's the kicker:

Naturally, the media asked why they shot him 68 times. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, told the Orlando Sentinel:

"That's all the bullets we had!"

(Talk about an all-time classic answer!!!)

For "the rest of the story," see: http://www.snopes.com/crime/cops/judd.asp

Stamp Club Project

This is the project that my stamp club ladies asked to make for January. It was inspired by this one that I had previously made and they saw it on my refrigerator. They wanted it to be as close as possible to the original. Minus the heart I think it's close, but after the fact I think it could use a "little less." It was fun to make though!

January 15, 2008

Christmas Items - Third Post

These were the only 3D items I made this year. The first picture is of an ornament made from the left-over tins from this project. The second is one of those Tootsie Roll banks that Wal-Mart has/had around Christmas-time. I used them for a Stamp Club project and also had this one to give to a friend as a gift. For the Tootsie Roll bank I used the Scratch n' Sniff embossing method that SU! shared with its demonstrators in a past issue of Stampin' Success and it DID NOT work well. I don't recommend it with unsweetened pudding. I think if you use Crystal Light, or maybe even sugar-free Jell-O it might work better. The pudding granules were too clumpy and didn't make for good embossing. You can see in the picture what I mean.

Christmas Items - Second Post

Here are the only two Christmas cards I made. The first I mailed to my great aunt. The second went in a package to my sister-in-law and her family. Each year my husband's family members have one family to "gift" and this year we had his sister and her family. I figured I needed to include a card. I had no time this year to make any to send with our normal letter, so we're doing one at a later date this year. Maybe Thanksgiving? :) These were CASE'd off of several cards like this on SCS. I love this stamp set!!!

Christmas Items - First Post

Better late than never, right???? I sure hope so because I took the time to take the pictures, but didn't have time to upload so you'll get to see some stuff from Christmas on here. Just change the parts/colors that make it for Christmas and you can use it anytime!!! So, here's my Christmas collection with some commentary but sans the normal info. I will try to group the projects in different posts so that the labels apply to the pictures better. If you can't figure out what I used somewhere, leave me a comment about it and I'll let you know. Thanks!

These are some gift card/certificate holders that I made. I used a 4 1/4" x 10 " piece of CS and just made up my own score lines and ended up with these. They're super cute and super quick/easy to make.

January 14, 2008

Some Cards, and I was Tagged.....

Since I've been gone for so long I'm sure I don't have many readers left (unless you took my suggestion and added me to your Google Reader so you weren't wasting your time checking every day). I used to faithfully blog 6 days a week, but life has had other plans for me lately rather than blogging. For the few of you who remain, I'm going to try to post several times a week again, and here are THREE cards and some tag for your viewing pleasure. I'd love to hear who's out there - leave me a comment if you've got the time!!

This card was the first card I have made since BEFORE Christmas. I wanted to play around with my new stamps/paper/rub-ons that I got in my pre-order from the new SU! catalog. I LOVE this paper. It is pretty in the catalog but even more gorgeous in real life! I took a close-up for fun to show the glitter that I sprinkled on top of my Crystal Effects. Makes me look like a sloppy stamper when you get this close!!! :) You'll want to click on the image to expand it and REALLY get up close. QUESTION FOR YOU: I got an e-mail saying that the coordinating colors for this Bali Breeze DSP are Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Taken with Teal, and ROSE RED. I think it should be Purely Pomegranate, not Rose Red. Does anyone know for sure?????

Stamps: Time Well Spent
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Taken With Teal, Purely Pomegranate, Black StazOn
Paper: Bali Breeze Designer Series Paper, Textured Pumpkin Pie CS, Purely Pomegranate, Taken with Teal and Whisper White CS
Accessories: Eastern Elegance Rub-Ons, 1 3/8" square punch, Purely Pomegranate Double-Stitched ribbon, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Blender Pens

This card was my second attempt at using my new stuff. Personally I like the simplicity of it.

Stamps: NONE
Paper: Bali Breeze DSP, Taken With Teal CS
Accessories: Eastern Elegance Rub-Ons, 1 3/8" square punch

This was the last card I made today. Did I mention that it took me from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. to finish all three? With my two little children needing me all throughout the day, they were constant works in progress. Neither one of my kids let me sit down and just get these cards done. None of them were complicated. Something Sarah said about this card was REALLY cute though. When I was embossing the flowers she asked me, "Mommy, why are you putting sugar on that?" Perhaps it was because I use Ziploc sandwich containers for my EP making it look like food, or that I stamp at the kitchen table, or that it actually DOES look a lot like sugar, or all three. She sure made me laugh though.

For this card I stamped my detailed flower image on some of the Pumpkin patterned paper in the Bali Breeze collection and then stamped the solid image flower over the top of that, embossed it with Clear UF EP, and then trimmed out the flowers. They are mounted on two different heights of dimensionals and one of the flowers is flush with the base of the card. Anyway, the info on this card:

Stamps: A Beautiful Thing
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Purely Pomegranate, VersaMark
Paper: Bali Breeze DSP, Purely Pomegranate and Taken With Teal CS, Pumpkin Pie textured CS for Build-a-Brad
Accessories: Clear Ultra Fine Embossing Powder, Fire Rhinestone Brads (circle, pink), Corner Rounder punch with guide removed for scallops, Crop-a-Dile to punch holes in scallops, Build-a-Brad in Pewter, Purely Pomegranate Double-Stitched ribbon, dimensionals, hobby blade

So, I was tagged by Jennifer. Check out her blog by clicking on her name. Since it took me so long to answer the tag I'm sure everyone in blog-land has already done it. If you haven't done this tag yet, feel free to consider yourself tagged by me!

Here's what you need to do:

• Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
• Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog, we all want to know them.
• Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
• Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Have fun!

My "weird" answers:

1. I eat candies that have different flavors (ie. Skittles) in a certain order, from least favorite to most liked. For example, I would eat them like this: Lemon, Lime, Orange, Cherry, Grape. If there weren't even numbers, I place those at the front but add them in in the order mentioned above. So, it would go something like Lemon, Orange, Grape, Orange, Grape, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Cherry, Grape if those were the flavors I had. Sounds OCD, but I do it so that the very last taste I have in my mouth is my favorite.

2. Another OCD-sounding tidbit. I always make the price of gas that I get end in either a 5 or a 0 in the pennies spot. So, I would get $10.90 or $10.95 for example.

3. I didn't eat red meat for three years, and for the first year of the three I didn't eat any meat. I kind of don't like the idea of eating FLESH. I do like the taste of meat though.

4. The only fish I really care to eat is "fake" fish like what you get at Long John Silvers, or the fish sticks you can make at home. Gross, I know. I also like Tuna. I don't eat the aforementioned fish hardly ever and mostly ate Tuna in college.

5. I'm 1/2 Iranian and 1/4 Cuban.

6. I don't like groups that total an odd number. When I make name frames though I DO like odd numbers better than even for the number of letters in the frame. I know, another OCD trait.

7. I have lived in Colorado, Wyoming, Georgia, and Texas, all in 7 years. If you add in me living in Kentucky in the near future from Feb-Jun and Delaware after that, it will be all those places in 8 years.