Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy Birthday Bijou, our family jewel!

Bijou, our dear beloved Boxer, is 5 years old today! She is such a big part of our family and we have so much fun with her. This year I was able to find a present for her that she would not destroy in 5 minutes. She loves toys that squeak and usually kills them quickly. The toy that I found is make from fire hydrant material and has two squeakers! I am happy to say that they toy is still intact! That is a major feat for a boxer with incredible jaws!

A Merry Christmas it was


A merry Christmas it was for our family! My kids and I started off by making cookies together, Jam Thumbprints and Black Forest Cookies. They are both very good in the kitchen but did not enjoy rolling all the cookies into balls. The end result was yummy!

It was requested that I make Baklava. Remembering how my Nana made it, making the phyllo dough from scratch, something I would never do. Making Baklava is a family tradition that I love to carry on. Only one of my sons eats it so I hope that he will continue the tradition.

We are fortunate that all our extended family lives in the same state, within a 90 minute drive. Christmas Eve was spent with my husband's family. The Swedish tradition is to exchange gifts on Christmas Eve. My kids always ask to open all their gifts then but I make them wait. We alternate opening gifts, youngest first. It is funny to see the bunch of us trying to remember who is older! It gets worse every year!!!

Christmas Morning is not an early one at our house. With teenagers in the house, morning wake ups are usually at a reasonable hour and there is time to take a shower and have a cup of coffee. There were a few surprise gifts for all - it gets harder every year. It was so much easier when a trip to Toys 'R Us would be all that was needed for my sons. Clothes, games, gadgets and books were the highlights this year. I was able to surprise my husband with a few things which is usually pretty hard to do. He has specific things he likes (triathlon related items) and most often I cannot pick them out on my own. But the tickets to see Fleetwood Mac and a new iPod Nano Chromatic were hits! I received a Cricut Expression which I cannot wait to use. My husband got creative with the tags, each one having a little story which was very sweet. It is the little things...

Christmas Day was spent with my side of the family. We had a Yankee Swap which is always a fun time! The gift that went around the most was a bunch of fuzzy socks that my 4 year old nephew desperately wanted for his 6 year old sister. It was very cute! He was not happy when his cousin took the socks but eventually he ended up with them. He is such a sweetie and really loves his sister.

Kids on both sides have changed so much this past year. My nephew Justin left for Marine boot camp before the holidays so we were missing him! Every year we feel the loss of loved ones who are no longer with us.

Now that Christmas is over it is time to look forward to the new year. 2009 will be a big year for us as a family. It is time to start looking at colleges something that I have a hard time grasping that my kids are that old already! Time flies!

Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Countdown

I'm not ready yet. Are you?

I have a lot of little things left to do. You know the last minute stocking stuffers and gifts that you just have to have! Of course nothing is wrapped. I am the queen of gift bags! I LOVE THEM! They save me every year.
For the past few years my husband, my kids and I give each other scratch tickets in our stockings. It is the only time of year that we play the lottery. We don't usually win much, the state definitely gets the better end of the deal. But we have a great time and we like to see how long it can last. Whatever we win buys more tickets. Obviously if we won anything more than a few dollars we would keep it but such has not been an issue.
I will be taking some time off from work over the holidays and will spend a fair amount of time in my craft room. My stamps and scrapbooks are calling me!
Now if the snow storms would not interfere with my shopping I would be all done by now!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Ice Storm UPDATE

We were extremely lucky to not lose our power. That cannot be said for the majority of my town and many of the surrounding towns! My friend Karen, who lives a few towns away, was not so lucky! She lost power during the first night of the ice storm! She lives in a very wooded area which caused trees to fall onto the lines. I do not know why we were spared this time, until 1998! The damage around town in incredible. Our town common looks like a tornado came through. I will take some pictures when I can. We doubt that school will be held for at least the next few days since one of our schools is being used as a shelter.

The towns that the rest of my siblings live in do not have power, though my sister got hers back yesterday, her power lines are underground so they were lucky. My father and one brother in the same town may possibly have to wait for a few more days. My other two brothers in the next town over may not have power back for weeks! I pray that power is restored soon.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Holiday ATC Swap Update

Holiday ATC Swap Update:
The ATCs have been arriving by mail and I must say what creative women you all are! I am really glad that I am in both groups!!! I cannot wait for you all to be able to get yours back in the mail soon. They are all so cute!
If there is anyone whose ATCs won't make it to me by the December 15th deadline, please let me know.
Group 1
1. Pamela - *received*
2. Karen - *received*
3. Tracy O. - *received*
4. Jenny - *received*
5. Kim R - *received*
6. Tinla - *received*
7. Tracy C. - *received*
8. Penny - *received*
9. Liz - *received*
10. Amy - *received*
Group 2:
1. Pamela - *received*
2. Karen - *received*
3. Jenn
- *received*
4. Connie - *received*
5. Tinla - *received*
6. Lynnette - *received*
7. Lyndsay - *received*
8. Dawn - *received*
9. Jenny - *received*
10. Livia - *received*
12/19/08 UPDATE - All ATCs are postal. I hope everyone enjoys them!

Merry Christmas and Happy New!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Ice Storm!


The day started out with lots of rain. By night time it had gotten a lot colder. There was an awesome light show of lightning that turned the sky a blueish-green. This was the makings of a huge ice storm!

All night we could hear trees cracking, hoping that it was none of the many that surround our house. I was woken up by the phone ringing - it was a state of emergency call from our town advising residents to stay home. School was of course canceled. When we looked outside, we saw the damage that had occurred during the night and there was more to come. Once we were able to venture outside, all we could hear was the sound of branches and trees falling.

Many areas of our town are without power and it could be days before it is restored. My father, sister and at least one of my brothers are without power. It will also be days for them before it is restored. We may have house guests!

We could not believe the foolish people who traveled down our road! Our street is very wooded with many, many trees overhanging the roadway. There were branches in the road and cars had to maneuver to avoid them.

The sun peaked out early afternoon and brought the melting we desperately need to avoid what is expected to be a windy, very cold night. With so much ice on the trees, wind would be devastating. I know hear the sound of chainsaws doing their job. I expect it will be a long night for many.
Ah! Life in New England!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Baubles

Last weekend a few friends came over to make Christmas ornaments. I realized that I had a few too many glass ornaments in my stash and it was time to use them up! These ornaments are very simple to make and came out beautiful.

With all that is going on with the economy this year, you hear a lot about making gifts instead of buying, especially all the swapping of gift certificates that goes on. I love this idea! I plan on making a few things for family members, like those triangle treat boxes. Fill them with goodies and what a great gift! Lots of awesome things can fit in those boxes.

For instructions on making these ornaments, click here.

Enjoy!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Success on Second Try

I like to think that I am a good cook. As a general rule I only make turkey once a year and try to do it really well.

For the most part I succeed but not this year. I always made my turkey the same way, using the turkey-in-a-paper-bag method that I learned during one of the cooking classes that I took at a local school and it always comes out good.

This year I wanted to try a different method and wanted to try brining again. So after looking at many recipes I settled on Alton Brown's recipe. His calls for brining over night using aromatics (allspice berries, candied ginger) and then cooking at 500 degrees for half and hour finishing at 350 until it reaches 161 degrees.

Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong! I am not sure which was the determing factor of where things went wrong. The smoke poured out of my oven while the bird was cooking at 500. I had to open windows to prevent the smoke detectors from heralding the swan song of burning food. My dog howls when they go off and it is hilarious! Sorry Bijou! I laugh hysterically when she does that because she is a very quiet dog and she really gets into it.

The turkey looked ok and after adjusting the temp I watched the thermometer to insure that the bird was not over done. Well, overdone would have been better than what I ended up with. Mind you that two thermometers said it was done, but after the over-the-right and through-the-woods to grandmother's house we go car ride with turkey in tow 60 minute car ride, I was not happy to find that while the breast meat "seemed" to be done it could have used a little more time and the dark meat was a little underdone (slight understatement). Anyway, we ate the breast meat which was slightly chewy. This may have been due to the cooking method or just not the best turkey. Who knows! The rest of that bird is destined for soup.

So to make amends for my failure I decided to try again today to make an awesome turkey. Success the second time!!! I bought a Bell & Evans 13 pounder and brined it for about 4 hours. It would be better brined longer but we were going to my sister's for another Thanksgiving dinner with turkey in tow so overnight was not an option. I made a mixture of butter, fresh thyme, garlic, salt and pepper and stuffed it under the skin. I coated the bird with canola oil and in the oven she went. It cooked it at 325 degrees until the thermometer read 162.

It was yummy and there was a lot more meat on this bird than the one I got from the turkey farm and they were basically the same weight!

So lesson learned! I will document what went right and no repeat my first attempt.

Here is a pic on the second attempt. My kids said the herbs under the skin looked like mold. Humorous family I have! They laughed when I said I wanted a picture and said they would have a funny story to tell at my eulogy some day when the picture collage had a picture of my turkey. HA HA HA, very funny Dorinda!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

This time of year is for remembering all that you have to be thankful for.

I am thankful for my family and friends. We are fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful people who make our lives just that much better. My husband and sons are the loves of my life and I cannot imagine what it would be without them. So this day is going to be spent with them and other loved ones and we will remember those that are no longer with us.

For our Thanksgiving table I have made this treat bags filled with yummy Hershey kisses. The template can be found here. Fun and easy to make!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Images: A Muse, Inkadinkado

Saturday, November 22, 2008

In the Holiday Mood

Christmas is my favorite time of year and spending it with family and friends is the best part. I made this card focal image as part of an A Muse ATC Swap and wanted to turn it into a card that signifies what the holidays mean to me. The A Muse Addicts Forum has a monthly home page contest and this is my submission. The theme is something that depicts what warmth means to you. This is it for me - spending the holidays with loved ones.

Enjoy!

Images and Sentiment - A Muse

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Classes, classes and more classes!

I have been taking a bunch of classes at Ink About It lately. It was so much fun being able to take 3 classes last week with Linda Carnell, owner of A Muse Artstamps, and Julie Ebersole, Lead Designer for A Muse. They are two very creative ladies! The cards were fun and the techniques we learned I will definitely put to good use. IAI had their annual Customer Appreciation Night last Friday with Linda and Julie being the guests providing the Make-and-Take of this wonderful mini treat bag. It is a great place card for the holiday tables. I plan on making some for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Last night was Jenn Shurkus' Holiday Tag Class. We made 30 gift tags and boy, were we busy! Jenn, better known as the bucket nazi, put aside her usual rules and gave us parts of other buckets to keep us from getting too far behind. Great tags were made and I will make sure that they are not attached upside down as one of my darling sons did last year to my first homemade tags!!!

Tonight is the last of IAI's Christmas Card Challenge. Hard to believe we started making Christmas cards in March and now the last class is upon us. Time just flew by! I love the designs Lori Champine, one of the owners of IAI, comes up with. It will be hard deciding who gets what card. I, of course, will take pictures of all of them. IAI has a new blog, check it out here. Lori and Linda have such an awesome store.

Anyway, the holidays are fast approaching. I found a bunch of radio stations already playing Christmas music which I love and look forward to decorating my house. This is my favorite time of year! I love the sights and sounds.

Bye for now! I hope to post pictures this weekend.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Holiday ATC Swap - ** FULL **

Come one, come all to participate in my A Muse/Elzybells/Saltbox Studio Holiday ATC Swap.

Details:

To participate, each person is to make 10 ATCs. Only A Muse, Elzybells and Saltbox Studio stamps can be used. You will get back ten including one of your own. Splitcoaststampers has a great tutorial on making ATCs. See here.

Each Holiday ATC must have at least two layers and at least one embellishment (ex. ribbon, glitter, buttons, etc.).
Please sign and number each of your swaps and put them in a Ziploc bag to ensure the elements do not adversely affect them during their postal journey. Your bag should be marked with your name and your group number.

A SASE must also be included and 1 extra stamp (it’ll be returned to you if it’s not needed).

The due date is December 15th.

Provided that I receive all ATC's by the 15th the packages should be received by Christmas (of course, depending on USPS holiday delivery schedules). Please sign up by posting a comment on my blog. I'll add names to groups as people sign up and will email each person my mailing information.
* More groups will be added when needed.

NOTE: 11/24/08 All spots are now taken and no new groups will be created.

-- Pamela

Group 1
1. Pamela - *received*
2. Karen - *received*
3. Tracy O.
4. Jenny - *received*
5. Kim R - *received*
6. Tinla - *received*
7. Tracy C.
8. Penny - *received*
9. Liz - *received*
10. Amy

Group 2:
1. Pamela - *received*
2. Karen - *received*
3. Jenn
- *received*
4. Connie - *received*
5. Tinla - *received*
6. Lynnette - *received*
7. Lyndsay
8. Dawn - *received*
9. Jenny - *received*
10. Livia - *received*

A few people have signed up for whom I do not have an email address. For all that have signed up please send an email to me at attemptedcreativity@comcast.net and I will send my mailing information.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

This time of year makes me think back on what has happened this year, good and bad. The family that I miss dearly, especially my mother and grandmother. I am also thankful for so much. For my wonderful family, old friends and new, people that I have never met IRL but whom I consider friends.

In celebration of the upcoming holidays I made this Thanksgiving card.
Images: A Muse
Ink: A Muse, ColorBox & Memento
Copic markers
Notecard: A Muse
Cardstock: Neenah & Bazzill

More Birthday Greetings

Here is a card I made for my niece Jenna.

I love Memory Box stamps and thought the Penguin set was so cute! I even got to meet Dave Brethauer when he taught at Ink About It! That was a great class.

Images: Memory Box
Sentiment: A Muse
Copic Markers, Spica Pens, Memento Ink

Happy Birthday October Addicts

Happy Birthday to the October A Muse Addicts. One year older and another year better! I love using the Stampin Up Spots to make a colorful background. You can mix and match the colors in some great combinations. Here are two of the cards that I made. I forgot to take a picture of the third design before sealing the envelope. That happens a lot to me!





Images: A Muse
Ink: Memento, Stampin Up
Paper: Neenah, SU
Notecard: A Muse
Stickles

A Muse Christmas ATC Swap

I recently participated in an A Muse Addicts Christmas ATC Swap. This was the first time I had participated in an ATC swap and it was a lot of fun. Here are my ATCs.

Celebrate the Season:


Eat, Drink & Be Merry!

Images: A Muse

Dare to be Fabulous

When I saw the Stampin Up Fabulous Flowers set I knew I had to have it. I have this thing for flowers (you should see all my flower related stamp sets!). This set is so fun to work with. I have just started with it and have a lot of ideas to try with it. For this two cards I tried two different methods of inking the stamp: brayering on the ink and the traditional method of ink pad to stamp. The color vibrance differs with the two methods. Both great in their own way.

Enjoy!

Inkpad to image:


Brayered image:


Images: SU
Ink: Kaleidoscope, Brilliance
Cardstock: Bazzill, GP, The Paper Cut

Bouncing Brayer Technique




The Bouncing Brayer technique is so fun to do. I love the way it comes out and it is so easy to do. With some glossy cardstock, image stamp, brayer and multicolored ink pad you can do this.

Ink up a brayer in your favorite Kaleidoscope or multicolored ink pad. Now 'bounce' the brayer on the glossy cardstock making sure that you do not roll it on the cardstock. Keeping boucing the brayer along the cardstock to get the desired effect. Let ink dry and then stamp your image onto the cardstock in a coordinating color. It's that simple!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to all!

I miss the days when kids came Trick or Treating to my house. My kids are too old for it now (not at 16 is old!) and there are not many little ones who live near us anymore. The kids across the street go elsewhere to gather their candy loot. Kids prefer to go to the big developments now. Thus my lonely pieces of candy sitting in my Halloween basket will get eaten by my family. Oh well! At least I have pictures to look back fondly on.

Now for the ATC's that I made for Lee Anne's A Muse Addicts Halloween Swap. Since we have all (or almost all) of us have received our packages I can post the cards that I made.

Enjoy!




Images: A Muse

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Life has a way...

of getting in the way. I have been so busy lately! With no free time to myself I have been unable to spend time in my crafty space. This week I have been staying at my sister's house with my niece while her parents are away. You know the best of intentions.... I brought some supplies with me to work on some stamping but alas, it has not happened. Between working remotely and spending time with my niece I have not been seen my stamps. I hope to get some quality stamping/scrapbooking time this weekend! Here's hoping!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Where? Oh Where has my blog gone???

Oh where, oh where can it be????

I have been remiss in keeping up with my blog. I have been working on a bunch of ATC swaps for the A Muse addicts which I HAVE to finish up by Friday so I can get them postal. The theme is Halloween (of course!) and I am having a lot of fun with them.

On the family front, my sons are doing well with their driving lessons. For anyone approaching this milestone with their children, let me tell you that having no control is a lot to deal with. For the majority of our children's lives we have been in control but once they get behind that wheel you QUICKLY realize that facade is gone! It is slowly getting easier. The impression of my right foot in the carpet on the passenger side is starting to fade from all my attempts to press that non-existant brake petal. What fun!

We have made plans with our friends in NC for our OBX trip next summer. Four of the boys will be starting their senior year next year so it will be a big celebration! This may be our last big bash before all of them go off to college in 2010. I cannot believe where time has gone! When my sons were very little I remember figuring out what graduating class they would be and 2010 seemed like a long, long way off.

Little did I know how quickly it would go by!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A Muse Ribbon Share

Do you love A Muse ribbons? If so, there is a Ribbon Share going on at the A Muse Addicts Forum that you should take a look at!

The details....
4 yards of 12 colors of the stitched grosgrain for $26 - check here for colors.
4 yards of 14 colors of the sheer for $30 - check here for colors.

This is a great deal! For more info check out the A Muse Addicts Forum here. Hurry! Time is running out.

Gone Digital!

I have not been posting in my usual timely manner. I have been busy with outside activities and have not found the time to blog. I have been making cards and scrapbooking. One thing new in my life is that I finally made the leap to digital scrapbooking! I have been thinking about it for a while and my friend Karen finally gave me the push to do it. I considered PSE and Creative Memories StoryBook Creator. I decided on SBC for many reasons, the least of which is its ease of use. For now it meets my needs and assume that I will eventually use PSE.

I am excited on how quickly I can create layouts. One of my biggest problems when scrapping is stressing about layouts. I am a type-A personality and want it to be perfect. Anyone who is crafty knows that perfection is something we all strive for. So for now SBC is my way of alleviating stress. No more pulling apart pages because I have how it turned out. A few mouse clicks and all is right with the world!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Thursday's Sketch Challenge

Tracy has another sketch challenge for this week. I just squeaked under the deadline for this week's challenge! I am still trying to get back into the groove of things after vacation and I am finding it hard.

This card came together quickly since Boris seems to be my go-to stamp lately. Maybe it was all that Halloween postings on the A Muse Addicts forum that got to me or maybe it is all the Halloween decorations (and candy!) in the stores.

Here is the sketch:


And my rendition:

Papers: SU, K&Company and A Muse
Ribbon: A Muse
Stamps: A Muse and Inkadinkado
Ink: Memories
Staedtler Water Color pencils

First Day of School

Today is the first day of school for my sons! They are *gasp* JUNIORS this year!!! I cannot believe it. Where has time gone? I, of course, took the prerequisite first day of school pictures. I have done that every year since their first day of preschool. How that front door keeps getting smaller each year! This year will be a busy one for M. and J. We will start the college campus tours to get a feel for where they might want to go. Right now it looks like they will stay in the New England area but honestly who knows! It is still hard to believe we are at that point of making these choices.

We are already planning to meet our friends next summer at OBX to celebrate the Senior year. Four of the boys will be soon-to-be seniors by then and this may be the last time we all get together before they go off to college. Hard to imagine!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Celebrating with Victoria

Victoria, a sister A Muse Addict, is celebrating a milestone in her fight against Hodgkin's lymphoma. She finished up her chemo and will begin radiation treatment in a few weeks. This card is made for her to let her know that all of us A Muse Addicts are celebrating with her and thinking of her! We are pulling for you Victoria!

Sketch Challenge with Boris

Tracy has another challenge this week using the 4 bar notecard. This one was a little more challenging. I am enjoying the challenges. It takes the guess work out of trying to come up with a layout. That is something that can take me a while to figure out. I overthink things many, many times.

For this card I used my new MS Drippy Goo punch. I just love it! There are so many things you can do with this one. It is not just for Halloween!



Stamps: A Muse
Cardstock: SU, CM, Notecard: A Muse
Spica, Copic, Colorbox and Memories Ink, Art Glitter, Ribbon: Creative Impressions

Thursday, August 14, 2008

What's Brewing

The AMAC Stamp of the Week #28 choices were Classic window and Boris. Being that it is getting closer to Halloween and that I just added Boris to my collection guess who I chose? BORIS, of course!

Images: A Muse
Ink: Colorbox, Memories
Copic markers, SU Word Window punch
Paper: SU, K&Company

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

In One Word

I saw this on Novell's website. Each question must only be answered in one word. It takes thought to come up with one word for many of these questions. Try it out!

1. Where is your cell phone? DESK
2. Where is your significant other? RUNNING
3. Your hair? BROWN
4. Your mother? MISSED
5. Your father? WIDOWED
6. Your favorite thing? READING
7. Your dream last night? FUZZY
8. Your dream/goal? HEALTHY
9. The room you're in? OFFICE
10. Your hobby? CRAFTING
11. Your fear? FAILURE
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? RETIRED
13. Where were you last night? GYM
14. What you're not? BORED
15. One of your wish list items? COPICS
16. Where you grew up? MASSACHUSETTS
17. The last thing you did? RUN
18. What are you wearing? CLOTHES
19. Morning Person or Night Owl? OWL
20. Your TV? WIDESCREEN
21. Your pet? BOXER
22. Your computer? LENOVO
24. Your mood? HAPPY
25. Missing someone? YES
26. Your car? MINIVAN
27. Something you're not wearing? PERFUME
28. Favorite store? CB
29. Your summer? RAINY
30. Love someone? YES!
31. Your favorite color? PURPLEBLACKREDPINK
32. When is the last time you laughed? TODAY
33. Last time you cried? UNSURE

Monday, August 11, 2008

August Celebrations

These are a few of the cards I made for family members. In my extended family there are many celebrations this month. Birthdays and wedding anniversaries are to be celebrated! My mother-in-law just celebrated her 79th birthday! She is a wonderful woman and I am so lucky to have her as a MIL. My oldest brother and his wife will be celebrating 21 years of marriage next week. It hardly seems possible.

Happy Birthday Craig:













CASEd from a card made by stampngokaren on SCS.
Stamps, ink and paper: Stampin' Up, stickes, Spica, Ribbon Creative Impressions

Happy Birthday Marilyn:

Stamps: Karen Lockhard, Stampin' Up
Paper: Bazzill, SU
Ink: Memories, Prismacolor Pencils

Happy Birthday Larry:

Stamps: SU, Sentiment: Claudia Rose
Ink: Memories
Papers: SU, Copic markers, Spica

Cheers to John & Julie:

Stamps: A Muse
Paper: A Muse, SU, Bazzill
Ink: Memories, Colorbox
Art Glitter, Glimmer Mist

Friday, August 8, 2008

Tracy's Sketch Challenge

Tracy is hosting her first sketch challenge.

I love sketches! It takes the guesswork out of coming up with a layout.

Here is the sketch:











And here is my card:

This card came together quickly. That is the beauty of sketches!!!

Images & Paper: A Muse
Ink: Memories

Playing Around with Stamps

I was cataloging some of my new A Muse stamps last night. I stamp an image of every stamp on a 2.5 x 3.5 piece of paper and put them into a baseball card sleeves for reference. It is an easy way to keep track of what I have.

While doing this I was seeing all kinds of different layouts that I could do and different uses for some of the stamps. In this card the stems of the flowers is actually a stamp from the Tag Team clear set and the flower blossom is from the Nature clear set.

I am not sure that I love how the card came out but I love finding other ways to get the most out of my stash.


Stamps & Notecard: A Muse
Cardstock: SU
Ink: Colorbox
Stickles, Nestabilities

Jenna & Max - Best Friends to be

My niece Jenna just adopted a dog. She was wanted one for a long time. Max came into her life from a family who could no longer keep him. He is about a year old and has lots of energy. I have not met him yet but she has sent me pictures and he is a cutie!

Like every relationship there are bounds to be ups and downs and an adjustment period for everyone involved. Adopting a new pet is no exception. I am sure that given time, love, patience, training and understanding those two will forge a long, loving relationship.

Congratulations to Jenna & Max. I cannot wait to meet him!

Monday, August 4, 2008

The Brillante Weblog Award


Tracy from Eat, Sleep, Stamp blog has awarded me the Brillante Weblog award. Thank you Tracy! I am flattered.

Now for the details and rules of the award:
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the girls you’ve nominated.

So here's who I am nominating:
All of the blogs from these talented ladies provide inspiration on so many levels. Congrats Ladies!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Friends are life savers

The bonus VMAA challenge is about friends. The challenge was to make a funny friends card. Here is my take on friends being life savers!

Friends should save you from wearing a horrible bathing suit and from diving into a too small pool!

One is a lonely number except...

when it comes to stamping! It is amazing what you can do with just one stamp. The fourth VMAA challenge is to make a card using only ONE stamp. It can be used as many times as you want. Here is mine:

GOT MARGARITAS ANYONE???

My favorite things

The third VMAA challenge is all about favorites. Make a card using one of your favorite A Muse stamps, your favorite ribbon, your favorite color or A muse notecard, your favorite layout, your favorite accessory, your favorite punch, etc. Use as many of your favorites as you can!!

The layout that I used is now my favorite. I used it for the first time last week and love how it came out. The Gerbera Daisy stamp represents both my favorite A Muse stamp but also my favorite flower. I love the combination of pink and black together too!

What has love got to do with it?

The second VMAA challenge was to make a card that has to do with love, any kind of love. I chose to make a card that shows the love friends, especially best friends, have! Everyone should have a best friend!

Passport to Europe

The first challenge is entitled 'Passport to Europe'. The photo at left is the inspiration piece. Below is my take on it entitled 'Life's Simple Pleasures'.

The count down begins...

VMAA begins in 50 minutes. I am looking forward to all the challenges that the Fab 4 are going to throw at us. It should be lot of fun!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

VMAA is almost here

This coming Saturday will be the 3rd VMAA (Virtual Meeting of the A Muse Addicts)! I am so looking forward to it!

What is VMAA, you ask? Well, it would be great to get together with a few hundred (thousands maybe) of really creative people who share the love of A Muse stamps that I do. But this being a global 'addiction' it is not possible. So what do we do??? We do the NEXT best thing. We will all meet on the A Muse Addicts forum (www.amuseaddicts.com) this Saturday, August 2nd at 9:00 p.m. EST and have a meeting!

VMAA will be a time to test out your stamping skills but more importantly just have FUN with your fellow A Muse buddies. The FAB 4 (Geeta, Jennie, Rhonda and Michelle) will post challenges and we'll have a time limit to do it in. And of course there will be prizes!

Check out the A Muse Addicts forum for more information on the current VMAA!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

More Celebrations...

I am enjoying the recent card challenges. I made this card with two challenges in mind. The first being the continuation of the A Muse Addicts Weekly Challenge, #53 Let's Celebrate and Heather's Share Your Spark Friday. The theme for Share Your Spark Friday is to make a shaped card. I used my Nestabilities to make the mat for the image and shaped the card using a larger die. I just love them!

Ink: Memories Black
Image and Sentiment: A Muse & Art Impressions, Paper: A Muse & SU, COPIC markers, Ultrafine Glitter, Marvy Markers

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Celebration Continues...

The next card for the celebration is 'Cheers to you!'.
Stamps: A Muse
Ink: Memories Black, Colorbox White
Notecard: A Muse
Cardstock: Bazzill, SU
Nestabilities, Ultrafine Glitter, Glimmer Mist

Let's Celebrate!

The AMAC Weekly Challenge #53 is "Let's Celebrate!". This week we are celebrating one year of A Muse Addicts!! Woo hoo!! So it seems only right this this week's challenge would be to make cards that celebrate something!! It can be anything you want, a birthday, a new baby, a wedding, a new job, friendship...anything you feel like celebrating!!

My first card is to celebrate a birthday!


Stamps: A Muse
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black, Colorbox
Notecard: A Muse
Cardstock: SU
Copic markers, Ultrafine Glitter

Anything is possible....

With enough caffeine!

Here is another card for the Stamp of the Week challenge #25. I love the Coffee Clear Set from A Muse and could not wait to get my hands on it. FINALLY!!!

Here is my first card made with this set:

Stamps: A Muse
Notecard: A Muse
Cardstock: SU
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black, Colorbox
Coloring: Copic markers and Spica Pens, Glimmer Mist

Monday, July 21, 2008

A Muse Addicts Rock!

The A Muse Addicts group turns 1 this week! To celebrate this occasion the stamp of the week challenge involves using one of the following four stamps: Rock star, Vespa girl, Elyse or the
Coffee break clear set (the whole set!!). I chose Geeta's favorite, Rock star!

I recently added this stamp to my growing collection and this is the first time I have inked it up.

You Rock A Muse Addicts!

Stamps used - A Muse: Rock Star, Retro rectangle and You rock, Stampin' Up: Print Pattern
Inks - Colorbox Silver, Memories Black Ink
Markers - Marvy, Spica
Embellishments - Red Ultrafine Glitter, Clear Embossing Powder
Paper - Notecard: Memory Box, Cardstock - Bazzill, Stampin' Up

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Get Wild!

The AMAC Weekly Challenge #52 is called Get Wild! A Muse has SO many animal and bug and wildlife stamps, this week we are going to get them out and use them!! The challenge this week is to use A Muse stamps and make a card that has something *wild* on it!!

I love the Lion stamp and the sentiment that goes so well with it 'have a dandy-LION of a day!'.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Monochromatic Seattle Girl

I have recently started participating in Heather Meeson's Share Your Spark Fridays challenges. This week's challenge is to make a monochromatic card.

I have to say that this card came together in the record time for me. The color I chose, Colorbox Smoke Blue, matched the theme of the card perfectly.


Stamps used: A Muse - Seattle girl, Rain, Skinny Oval and Memory Box - Cloud. Notecard: A Muse, Cardstock: SU Whisper White.