If you are wondering why my blog posts have been a bit sparse, it is because my poor computer is bulging with all the stuff I’ve saved on it and wouldn’t let me add another thing until I cleaned up the hard drive. So I’ve been slowly sorting, trashing and saving to CDs. I think I’m at a point where I can upload some of the photos I’ve had waiting for my blog. I’ve got big plans to do this over the weekend. So stay tuned. What I really need to do is buy a back up hard drive so I don’t go into cardiac arrest when I get the error message “your hard drive is full.”

My poor Mac is bulging at the seams. Everytime I try to upload some photos it give me error messages that my hard drive is full…I guess sometimes you can have “too many” pictures of cards saved. So before I can post anything to my blog I have to delete stuff.

Deleteing isn’t what takes the time it is deciding what I can live without. Tonight I just decided to take a keychain disk drive and download as many card photos as possible from my desk top and put them on my laptop until I can weed though them. So I’m still making space—sigh.

I did finish my serendipity squares and made a card with them. Cross your fingers and click your ruby slippers together 3 times and repeat after me….yes Mac you do have room for a few more photos! Hopefully, by tomorrow I’ll have them on the blog.

I used earth tones, cooper and turquoise and stamped them with some Arizona type images…I like how they turned out.

It just occurred to me this evening that here I am up to my armpits in Stampin’ Up rubber stamps living in Goodyear Arizona the town that was essentially founded by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Sort of ironic. Couple that with the fact that most of my adult life has been spent working next to a flight line—it just sort of makes me wonder did I pick Goodyear or did it pick me?

I can sit on my patio and watch the F-16s of Luke AFB in the traffic pattern, and when I go out on the main street from my house I’m in site of the Phoenix Goodyear Airport. Life is good in the Valley of the Sun!

I picked the last lemons off my tree a few days ago and have them in a box (Stampin’ Up Box of course) to take to my classes to give away. I have just this little tree and it was amazing how many lemons it produced.

I just got a Pebble Creek Kare Bear Cookbook and there was a recipe in it for lemonade. I thought I’d give it a try with some of my lemons…and oh boy is it wonderful. You slice two lemons thinly, rinds and all. Toss them in a blender with 1 c of sugar and 2 cups of water, blend it into a slush. (I froze up a bunch of slush to have for later.) Put the slush in a strainer and pour over another 3 c of water, discard the pulp. Pour over ice cubes. I then took my glass and sat on the patio and congratulated myself for picking Arizona as a retirement location.

Tart&Tangy Stamp Camp

• Tart & Tangy
• Absolutely Fabulous


• Whisper White
• Old Olive
• Bashful Blue
• Real Red
• Pumpkin Pie
• Old Olive
•Whisper White Note Cards and Small Envelopes
• Summer Picnic Designer Paper

• Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Old Olive
Classic Stampin’ Write marker
• Real Red Classic Stampin’ Write marker
• Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write marker

Stampin’ Up! Accessories

• Stickly Strip
• Old Olive Wide grosgrain ribbon
• Real Red Wide grosgrain ribbon
• Clear Embossing Powder
• Stamp-a-ma-jig
Stampin’ Dimensionals
• 1 1/4 Circle, 1 38 circl, scallop, corner rounder punches

This is a special class on 15 & 17 Apr. In this class we will be making two of each of 5 designs for a total of 10 cards w/10 envelopes and an adorable box that will hold all 10 cards and their envelopes. The cards are Stampin’ Up’s whisper White Note Cards with envelopes (they are 3 1/2″ x 5″). Cost of the class is $45. Prepay prior to 28 March to reserve you seat and to give me enough time to order the supplies for the class.

In addition to all the supplies and tools needed to make the 10 cards/w envelopes and card box, the cost of the class includes your own Tart & Tangy Stamp set, and 3 Stampin’ Write markers (a $27 value).

Early Bird sign up: If you register for the class prior to 16 March you will also get your choice of a free classic stamp pad. Watch my newsletter and blog for further details.

The last Tuesday and Thursday of each month I hold a class that focuses on a technique/tool.

January: All about Chalk

  • We did 4 cards using various techinques using chalk, and everyone who attended went home with a chalk tip sheet that will keep them busy using chalks for months!

February: My Brayer, My Friend

  • I have a 3 page handout for students enrolled in this class of all sorts of things you can do with a brayer. I haven’t sorted out the projects we are doing yet but I plan to have the students do at least 4 and I’ll show them another 4. Then the homework will be to try out some of the other brayer techniques on my handout.

March: Rub on Everything

  • I’ve got rub-ons! and we will be doing all sorts of projects using them. In the class I’ll show you the easiest way to use this little sticky guys, and give you some tips on the proper storage and handling of them

April: Sticky Letters

  • When we are done, they won’ t be sticky! They will be glittery and beaded.

Each month I hold a card making session that is free to my hostess club members. I normally have two make and takes for them and then show them a technique. This month’s technique is Frosted Filters. This is the sample card I did to show how the filters can be used as a background, really easy and lots of fun. Click on the photo for more details.

Wanted Frosted Filter

I’ve been searching for an easy inexpensive way to photograph my cards. There was a recent discussion on SUDSOL about using a plastic bucket as a background for photographing cards and stamped items, I was intrigued.

I have two cats that use Fresh Step clumping litter that comes in large plastic buckets, so I have a ready supply of buckets! The openings are large enough the you can lay the bucket on its side and put your object to be photographed inside. You don’t need to cut any of the bucket. It is also flat on all sides so sits nicely on a table top.

Here is my photo for using this technique:

Starbucks Altered Bottle

I took it last night after dark using my Ott light and the internal flash
from my camera. I did put a piece of computer paper in the bottom of the
bucket to hide the plastic ridges. You can see the paper in my photo. I
haven’t tried editing out that line. I think I’ll try that if my software has that capability.

It worked pretty well except the bucket has labels on all 4 sides, that don’t peel off readily. It didn’t seem to matter too much but I bet the light would be better if they weren’t there.

Project details:

Starbucks frappe bottle.
This is a Valentine present for my DH.
Have to use sticky tape to make the strips adhere.

Used rubon around the cap. Can’t see in photo but there is a chipboard heart on the lid, mounted on a circle and scallop.

Colors: Pixie Pink, Whisper White, Green

Stamps: Kisses wheel, Happy Heart Day

Accessories: Tag punch, sm & lg, Eastern Elegance rub on, gold elastic cord, Sticky tape, eyelet, crop-a-dile, green organdy (ret SU), scallop punch, heart chipboard, 1 3/8 circle punch

Hi everyone, sorry for being AWOL for a couple of days. I was in Palm Springs at the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference. Everytime I go to a SU event it feels like one big party. My friend Cathy and I went and had a great time. We swapped, stamped, meet up with on line stampin’ buddies and learned all sorts of new stampin’ ideas. It is so worth being a SU demo just to be able to attend the events. The next big event is Convention in Salt Lake City in July.

I have been stamping like a crazy woman since I got back on Sunday last week getting ready for my classes both last week and this week. Also have been playing with some Valentine gift ideas that I’ll post on the blog as soon as I get my poor overloaded computer straightened out. It is giving me error messages that my hard drive is full! My problem is that I save everything! So I have to do some spring cleaning before it decides to completely freeze up on me.

I’ll be posting my Valentine Altered Starbucks cappuccino bottle soon, stay tuned.

I’m really excited, my Stampin’ Up! website has been completely revamped.  Lots of added features.

Please visit it and comment here to let me know if you see anything that I need to fix.


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