Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ok, I have to be a bragging mom for a moment, indulge me. My 15 year-old, Nick made dinner Monday night. He is so adorable. He made fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and country gravy. Jake is usually our fried chicken-maker, but he wasn't home so Nick and I came up with this simple little recipe. I think it turned out great so we took some pictures! The dogs could smell the yumminess and would not leave the kitchen!
Just a quick post today because I have work to finish up. Here is a card I made for a friend who has a friend who lost her dog. So sad. I hate that we have to lose our precious doggies. I love mine to pieces and I would be so devastated if I lost them.
If you want the recipe for the chicken or info on the card, post a comment for me and I will email you!
Have a great day!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hello Bloggers!

I know I have not been good at posting lately and I apologize! Late winter/early spring is just not the best time of year for me! I get so spooled up about taxes and the chore of doing them with 3 businesses that I become kind of a hermit! It is also the birthday extravaganza in my family - which means 90% of my family members have a birthday in January, February, March, or April! I get a little overwhelmed, okay!
The post from yesterday with the Hero Arts Blog link was me attempting to do computer-y stuff. My friend Richele Christensen, a very talented artist, teacher, and designer was a guest on the Hero Blog today! Yay, Richele! When I grow up I want to be just like her! Check out the link and see what she has done. One day soon she will be a name every stamper/paper artist will know! You just wait and see! You go, Girl!

I just wanted to say thanks to my students from my Take 5 class last Tuesday night! You guys, rock! I was having a creative block trying to design for my next round of classes and your feedback and generous spirits and wonderful compliments really gave me the boost I needed to finish up my classes! Thanks so much for your feedback!

I have to share a couple of cute cards I made in the last few days. The first one is for a friend that is fighting the fight of her life against cancer. She is a wonderful artist and mentor , not to mention just a really interesting and intriguing person. She was a little down yesterday and I wanted to let her know I was thinking of her. I used the Hero Arts clear design Printed Flowers set and stamped on patterned paper and cream cardstock with matching ink colors. The paper is a set from K&Co.

The second card is one I made tonight for my friend's daughter. She is turning one tomorrow! I was there when she was born and she has become a special little someone in my life! Her whole nursery is decorated in pink and brown with polka dots so that's where I started with this card and it grew from there! I have never seen this child in anything but pink!

Just one quick Hankie story and then I'm off to bed. Okay, so I have been working hard trying to get my classes ready for the next session, right? I know I have posted about it a million times. Anyway - I had a brand new baggie of art flowers sitting out and Hank was having a moment, and he came in and took a mouthful of flowers and ran off! Of course he took the two colors I had just picked out to embellish a card with! Needless to say, they were quite ruined when I recovered them from the back of his throat! Hankie, Hankie, Hankie! So here is a pic of my flower eating pup!
He looks so innocent, but don't fall for it! He loves paper! And like every other 2-year-old I know, he puts everything in his mouth! Unless my craft cave is really clean, he is not allowed in! Sorry, Buddy!
Okay, I'm off to bed. Sooo tired!

Monday, April 20, 2009

A Touch of Summer

Ahhhh.... I love the warmth of summer sun! I am such a California Girl! I hate the cold! I am so happy that the sun has been out and it has actually been warm! I am wearing shorts right now! I just need to get my lily white self out in the sun to get a little color!

I posted my new classes for the next session over to the right today! Pictures coming soon! Registration will begin at the end of this month, or as soon as you get your newsletter if you are on The Stamp Art Shoppe mailing list. I look forward to seeing you in my classes!

I feel so honored! Two different people featured my work on their blogs! Here are the links to their blogs so you can check them out! and

Thanks for the features, ladies!

Have a great day!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Easter Bunny is Coming!

Hello out there! I found a cute stamp the other day that gave me inspiration! I love when that happens! I decided to try and stamp it twice, once on a plain background and once on patterned paper. I cut out the main images from the patterned paper and adhered them to the plain background. The results were great! I think I will be looking for more stamps to do this way! I was sharing my idea with my students last Thursday and I just wanted to share the picture so you all can see the result! Let me know what you think!

I also tried my hand at coloring with Copic markers this week. New love! So much fun to shade and blend! They are just incredible colors as well. I have always loved art supplies. As a kid I had every kind of marker and I hoarded them and doodled my brains out! I guess nothing has really changed! At least I am consistent! Here is an image that I had fun coloring.

The pastels are so soft and pretty! These two sets of tags are for sale on Etsy as well as one more set with chicks. It is getting a little late to sell Easter stuff, but I thought maybe someone would like them.
My kids are off school this week for spring break. We don't have any plans to go anywhere, but Dave is out of school as well and I am hoping to have some family time that is so much needed around here. We are going to a family reunion on Saturday so that should be fun. We are taking Nick's girlfriend Michele is going with us. I am excited for her to meet Dave's sister and family. The cousins love each other so much!
I have to figure out what to bring for the potluck. Hot food is out because we will not have the boathouse to heat things up. Cold food is an obvious solution, except my hubby and kids don't like much cold potluck food. I try to bring something that my family will eat, but my choices are very limited! I have to try and make it low cal too. Don't want to screw up the diet! I'm gonna call Dave's cousin tomorrow and find out if there is something he recommends and also if we should be bringing toys and candy for the kids for the egg hunt. Dave and I went a little crazy at Walmart today buying stuff for our kids! It is so much fun! I am looking forward to dyeing eggs this week and maybe making cookies or cupcakes to decorate! I am getting excited already! I have to make some special tags from the Easter bunny as well!
Well I am pooping out. I better get to bed. I have been staying up way too late getting samples made for my classes! I am not even halfway done! I am going to get more done tomorrow tho. I don't have too many things going on. The kids will be home and that always means more interruptions, but I think I will be okay if I don't get too distracted! Okay, I'm saying goodnight! My allergy medicine is kicking in! Take care!