Monday, October 12, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I'm not sure if I am happy with the card. It is really not my style of cards. I think this is maybe the last SCS card swap I will do. I did 4 SCS card swaps, 1 for A Muse and then an image swap for a small stamp company in Pennsylvania. By the time you get everything put together and mailed, a lot of time is involved and then there's the expense of mailing them. You have to include a stamped return envelope with it too. The one I mailed today cost me over $5 in postage. That doesn't seem like a lot, however, if you're doing several, the postage adds up after awhile. They are fun. Now I just have to sit back and wait for the cards that will be mailed to me.
Here's a link to the card.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I am hoping this works. If this works then I will do the same for the cards we made at our August 29th Shoebox swap.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Well, about our card swap. There were 16 ladies altogether. We had 3 ladies drive in from Oroville, 1 lady came from Vacaville, 1 from Galt and 1 from Woodland. There were 3 from the Elk Grove area.
We had a holiday theme and some really awesome cards were made. The first prize went to Alex from Oroville with a Halloween card. Second prize went to Joyce from Elk Grove with a Halloween card and third prize went to Kelly from Chico with a cute Christmas card. I will put the pictures on Facebook, you can friend me if you care to look at the cards. Then there were 4 honorable mentions, 1 to Candice from Rancho Cordova for a Thanksgiving card, 1 to Jenni from Vacaville for a birthday card, 1 to Jo from Elk Grove with a very elegant Christmas card and the last honorable mention to Karen with a fun Halloween card.
Our potluck was so good. We had 2 long tables put together and it was overflowing with hot dishes, salads and desserts. Our next get together is October 24th. The theme hasn't been decided on yet, people are to vote on several options.
There was a boo boo or two that occurred, however, we didn't let them bother us and had a fantastic day. I was absolutely done in by the time I got home. It took me a couple of days to get things put away, I still have baskets that need to be put away in my clothes closet. I will evidently get it all put away. :))
Again, to see the pictures, friend me over on FB.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
This Saturday is the second SASS card swap and I am hosting it here at the mobile home park where we live. We will be using the clubhouse and 15 ladies will be participating. They are coming from around the Sacramento area including Oroville, Woodland and Vacaville.
These kinds of events are posted on Splitcoast Stampers which is a web site for stampers and other paper crafters. Its not necessary to be a member of SCS, however it helps in order to get updates from any events a person is interested in following.
If you don't know what a Shoebox Card Swap is, each one attending makes up a card sample and then makes up kits of all the materials needed to make the card. Everything is brought to the swap in a shoebox or basket. We spend the day making each others card and go home with, in this case, 15 cards. The theme is Holiday Cards so there will be cards for Halloween, Thanksgiving/Fall, Christmas and Birthday.
We have a potluck lunch too.
I'm excited to see the cards everyone has made.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Between those three classes, I made 12 cards and a gift box with matching tag. Some of the cards I need to finish up and then I can take pictures and post them here. All the classes were fun. There was actually 4 classes today, the one I didn't take was from 4 pm to 6 pm. Tomorrow Julie is teaching 3 classes. I am sure she was totally wiped out this evening. She didn't have a moment for lunch. She had gotten a breakfast sandwich this morning and nibbled on it when she could sneak a minute.
There is an empty store next to The Paper Garden so that's where the classes were held. There were 5 tables set up with 4 people per table. We had a couple of tables with 5 people.
In celebration of the release of the new 2009 AMuse Christmas stamps there will be Make 'n Takes all next week at The Paper Garden. I hope to be able to get down and do a few of them if not all of them.
Well, I am going to lay this ole tired body down and get some much needed rest/sleep. Talk to you all later.
Julie Ebersole, who is the lead designer for AMuse, is in Sacramento this weekend to teach several classes at The Paper Garden. I took a couple of the classes last year and so wanted to do it again this year. Julie is not only very creative, she is also a very entertaining person to be around.
Her first class is Julie's Favorites where she will share some of her favorite AMuse images, tricks, tips and techniques for simple, striking cards. (I took this off of The Paper Garden's newsletter). It is from 10am to 12 noon. The second class I am taking is AMuse Holiday Greetings and Wraps. It is from 6pm to 8pm. "These distinctive single layer cards and gift wrap with matching tags will feature the AMuse Holiday '09 release. Cards are designed for easy mass production without sacrificing style and flair".
I am looking forward to these classes. This year The Paper Garden will be using the space next to them that was vacated by the business occupying that space earlier this year. So the classes will have more students than the classes last year.
I haven't taken any classes for some time now so this will be fun. Hopefully I will see some ladies I got to know from other classes I've taken in the past.
I'll post the cards we make later. I'm off to get some breakfast and get ready.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Here is the link for a Shoebox Card Swap that I am hosting on August 29th here at the mobile home park where I live.
A group of stampers that are members on Splitcoast Stampers started this group back in April of this year. I wanted to extend an invitation to anyone that lives in the Sacramento area that enjoys making and receiving handmade cards to come join us. If you are not a member of Splitcoast Stampers, you may have to join before you can access this link. It is free to join Splitcoast Stampers. If you don't know what it is, it is a community for rubber stampers. There's all kinds of interesting things on there.
If you are interested in knowing more about the swap and don't want to go to Splitcoast to check it out, you can email me directly or leave a comment here. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
This will be a day of stamping and eating!!
Hope to hear from you!!
Friday, July 3, 2009
This is clear stamp by Rachel Ann Miller, a company based in England. I bought it from The Stamper's Corner in Elk Grove before we left on our trip. Haven't inked it up yet. The girl is holding a gift package in her hands.
This is a clear Sarah Kay stamp also from England. The girl is holding a basket of apples.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
We were going to be in Austin, TX overnight on our way back west. Gerry wanted to go to Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop which is Lance Armstrong's bike shop. We got to Austin about noon and went to the bike shop first. It wasn't all that exciting, just another bike shop. They have a small cafe and we thought we would have lunch there. It was nothing more than a Starbuck's kind of place and didn't have much in the way of lunch items. Gerry got a coffee drink and I got an Italian soda. He bought a bike jersey.
We then got back on the interstate and drove up to Salado which is about 45 miles north of Austin. It is a historic town with lots to see there, lots of neat shops too.
So here it is, Stamp Salado. It is located in what looked like to be someone's home at some time. It is rather small inside, however just packed with all kinds of goodies. I liked the way the shop was arranged. Stamps were grouped according to theme and there were lots of card samples.
I visited the one in Ft. Worth on my own. We had seen it on the Friday we were in town. We had gone to the Stockyards and were driving over to another part of town to eat at a Japanese restaurant Keith thought we might like. So the next day (Saturday) Gerry and Keith were going to go on a bike ride in the morning and after checking with Keith making sure I knew how to get there, I ventured off on my own. I had no problem finding it.
The stamp section was not very large with a very limited amount of stamps. I did find these stamps that I thought were nice. (I am not sure what happened to the picture. It was fine with I downloaded it to my computer, however for some reason I have a line splitting the images in two pieces).
They did have a nice selection of Cuttlebug embossing folders. This one has 5 different butterfly folders. You know I love butterflies!!!
We spent 3 days in Ft. Worth with our son, Keith. This visit was probably one of the highlights of our trip. We had an absolute fantastic visit. I've posted pictures of our visit in Ft. Worth on my other blog. Gerry and Keith went out on 2 days for a nice bike ride along the bike trail that goes along the Trinity River. I have some pictures to post on my other blog of those rides. We visited the Stockyards, the Japanese Tea Garden in the Ft. Worth Botantical Gardens and ate at some really fantastic places.
We had some thunder storms getting across Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. Entering Mississippi it rained so hard, we were doing 20 mph on the interstate with our emergency flashing lights going. The other cars on the interstate were doing the same. The windshield wipers were not doing much good.
We drove down to Destin, FL from Enterprise, AL to see the Gulf of Mexico. That part of the Gulf was beautiful, the water reminded me somewhat of Hawaii. Beautiful green and turquoise farther out from shore.
We did some sightseeing in Louisiana, visiting a plantation, going on board the USS Kidd anchored on the Mississippi River and driving north along the Mississippi River to the town of St. Francisville. We took a ferry ride across the Mississippi River and then drove down on the west side of the river back to Port Allen where we were staying. We also visited an Acadian Village in Lafayette, LA that was on our way to Houston.
Leaving Lafayette we drove down to Holly Beach, LA and followed the coastal highway along the Intracostal Waterway into Texas. While in Webster (Houston) we toured the Johnson Space Center at NASA and drove down to Galveston Island where some of the destruction left by Hurricane Ike could still be seen. The gulf along Galveston Island is not as pretty as it was in Destin. We took another ferry ride over to the Bolivar Penisula which is across the Intracostal Waterway and Galveston Channel. The destruction left from Hurricane Ike was pretty intense there. It was a long 2 plus hour ride back to Houston from there so we turned around and got back in line to take the ferry back across to Galveston. That was a very long day.
In Austin we stopped at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop (Lance Armstrong's bike shop). Gerry bought a bike jersey there and we got our grandson Nathanael a LiveStrong hat. From there we drove about 45 miles north to the historic town of Salado to go to Stamp Salado. An AMuse Art Stamp design team member who lives in Austin told me about the shop. This was the neatest shop. I will have some pictures to post in a later post.
Our visit to Enterprise, AL was the top highlight of our vacation. My grandson's graduation was fantastic. There was a slight delay in starting the ceremony to wait for a thunderstorm to pass over. After the rain stopped, a beautiful rainbow appeared. Our visit there in Enterprise was great and we were happy we made the trip to be there for his graduation. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I got to spend with Denise (my daughter). It was fantastic "mommy/daughter time". Also got to spend some quality time with Rebekah and Nathanael (grandchildren) and Stephen (son-in-law) spoiled us at the coffee shop. And got to know Britta (grandson's girlfriend) a little better. She is a sweet girl!
So it's back to a somewhat normal routine. We've had lots going on since we got home and it doesn't look like it will slow any time soon. We've had two memorial services to go to, I am planning Gerry's 70th birthday party for later next month (our Southern California girls from LaPuente will be in town) and I am hosting a Shoebox Card Swap here at our mobile home park the end of August. And somewhere in between all of this, I need to get back to my craft table and get some cards made. Oh, I'm also going to be taking a couple of classes the middle of July with Julie Ebersole at The Paper Garden for AMuseapalooza week. This is when AMuse Art Stamps releases their new holiday stamps. I'm looking forward to these classes because the Shoebox Card Swap is a holiday theme and I need some new stamps/ideas for that event. :))
Thanks for sticking with me and I hope to not be so absent from this blog. :))
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I am anxious to get home and back to stamping. Its been too long since I inked up stamps!!! Hope to visit Stamp Salado in Salado, TX tomorrow. It is about an hour north of Austin. Geeta, A Muse Design Team member, who lives in Austin told me about the store. The town of Salado is a historic town so it should be interesting to visit.
The plans are to get home on Saturday June 13th. The trip has gone well. Had a great time with Denise and family in Enterprise. Check out my Betty's Ramblings blog to see what we've been up too. http://anewdaywithbetty.blogspot.com I have tons of pictures to download to that blog and am way behind in doing that.
Be back soon!!
Friday, May 15, 2009
I will be blogging our trip over on my other blog if you care to follow along. http://anewdaywithbetty.blogspot.com/.
I have a few cards to post which I will do next week sometime.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The next card was given to me by Michelle. She named my blog and is so very special to me. It is simple yet a beautiful card. She tied the ribbon so the ends would be the leaves for the flowers. She used 3 different size flowers with a yellow brad in the center.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
What I can show you are a couple of cards I received this past week. The first card is from a Stampin Up demonstrator that I met at the card swap last month. I ordered a couple of SU products off of her website and she sent this card.
The card base is white and the layers are a turquoise and mustard yellow. They are SU cardstock and unfortunately I don't know what the names are. I love the combination. It may be difficult to see in the picture, on the yellow layer she embossed some beautiful roses (click on the picture to enlarge and you may be able to see it better). The ribbon is the matching turquoise with white strips. And she stamped the saying in the matching ink. Beautiful card.