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Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

Like everyone else I have been really busy with all the Holiday activities. We are spending Christmas with our DD and family. I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.

For all my stampers, I will be getting out the Jan. Newsletter after the first. You are going to love the new catalog. If you haven't ordered yours yet, let me know and I will hook you up. Be watching for the new class schedule.

Enjoy your day with your families spread lots of love and hugs with them all. Merry Christmas. :)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

More pictures from Hawaii

DH and I enjoying an evening out. The waves were awesome! and the view from our room was either the ocean or Diamond Head.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


We have the high speed internet now It took me a couple of days to get it hooked up, but now I can add pictures so much easier. Notice the pic of DH and I on the beach in Hawaii. We saw so many things and I really enjoyed the trip. We had rain everyday but sun too. Pearl Harbor was impressive and so were the waves on the north shore. While we were there they had a big wind storm and the waves got to be 60 ft and bigger. Now that I am home I need to get my Christmas cards done and in the mail. I also have to get Christams packages in the mail. I am so glad I did most of my shopping before we went on vacation. It is good to be home.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Day before the big trip!

Hey everyone, I have been so busy I haven't even been on line. We leave tomorrow for Hawaii. I think I am all packed, just trying to sit a minute and make sure I haven't forgotten anything. My DH promised he would take me to Hawaii for our 25th wedding anniv. Well we celebrated our 38th anniv this year and he is finally taking me. I am so excited. We will fly directly from Atlanta to Honolulu. It will take about 10 hours to get there. I have never flown that long before. My longest flight has been three hours. I have not flown since 9/11 either, so all the security stuff is going to be new to me.

A little update on what I have been doing. Last week my daughter and I had a few days for a mother daughter bonding time. She took me a Spa where we had hour long massages, pedicures and a manicures. It was wonderful. She is always so busy that this is a time for her to get away and relax, if you call making 80 Christmas cards, writing the Christmas letter, putting together a scrapbook kit about herself, getting eyes examined, picking out glasses, going to one of those food prep places and making 12 dinner entrees for her family and the Spa day.. relaxing. Well to her it was, because she didn't have to chase after the kids, or work. We had a great time. It is just so good to spend time together, not kids or husbands.

I got most of my Christmas shopping done this past week, I knew that this week in Hawaii would have put me behind on my Christmas shopping so I did it early. I have most of my cards made and just have to get that letter written and envelopes addressed. I think I am in pretty good shape.

I guess that will be it until my return from my vacation. Aloha everyone.

Friday, November 16, 2007

DSL @ grandma's house...hooray!!

Finally we are getting DSL. I have been wanting it forever. Do you know how long it ttakes me to look at some of your blogs? Dial up takes forever. It took DH a long time to argree to the upgrade. Maybe now I can load some more pic on my blog. DD is coming up with Cloe (my granddogger). She will be here Sun. We are going to scrapbook, make Christmas cards and shop. No kids and we were not suppose to have DH here either. But my DH decided to not go hunting. DD informed him not to expect me to cook any meals for him this week. This is mother and daughter time he needs to make himself scarce. Gotta love this girl.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Happy Birthday Papa and LJ

DH and youngest GS have their birthday this weekend. We got to spend time with with the Grandsons too. Oldest GS made the all star Soccer team and we got to see him practice. He sure is a great little soccer player. My SIL made a wonderful swing set for the little guy. It has a rope climbing wall, a rock climbing wall, two swings, a glider, and a 10 foot slide. He added a steering wheel, a periscope, and telephone to the platform above the slide. He added a sandbox under the the platform. Whenever my SIL makes anything it is top quality. This will last him forever. Even the older GS can still enjoy this. It has been a great weekend. I hope to have pictures to share soon.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

I'm so excited....

I feel like singing. I have been busy the past two weeks. I had a great Christmas card stamp camp on the 13th. Today I had my first scrapbooking workshop. My biggest group so far. I had 11 people there and I with 7 great orders. I was so nervous, it was not like holding a class in my dinning room. These ladies were great and we had a great time. We made a 4 x 5 inch (Soft Sky) brag books with 4 blue bayou pages. We used the med. flat cello bags as page protectors. We tied it together with double stitched Purely pomegranate ribbon. Stamped one of the images from In the Spotlight on the front and put a brad in the middle for accent. It came out really cute.
I had enough orders from some of my regular other stampers that I was able to put in a workshop order for myself and got to stock up on some CS.
I am sending out my first stamp by mail class this week. So all and all I have had a very good month.
I have a huge All Occasion swap that I will be working on next week. My fingers are aching already.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Card to share

This is a card I did at one of my technique classes.It was done with the Poppin' Polished Stone Technique. Hope you like it.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

How cute are they?

My DD just sent me this. I think this new puppy has more clothes than the boys.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

I am paper I knew I would be.

What scrapbooking item are you?

You are PAPER!You are an all natural basic person who likes to act as a foundation to others. You are willing to take a backseat in most of your relationships and let others take the spotlight, while you show your support and help them shine! Underneath it all, you are the one who makes it all happen. You are the focus and stability in any group, even if you are not the leader. Others look to you to set the pace and provide ideas for ways to get things done. But Paper Beware - sometimes you get a little edgy with the people who look to you for support and can give them some papercut remarks that can hurt their feelings. Remember to watch what you say, because you are best when leading by example.
Take this quiz!

"Quizilla | Join | Make A Quiz | More Quizzes | Grab Code" ETA I don't know what happened to the link, sorry about that.

Coffee Shop Stamp Class

Held my Coffee Shop Stamp class today. We used the Serene Sunflower stamp set and the pick a petal( I am loving that set). Every time I use it it is a big hit. We made Lady Bugs and a simple flower with it. I showed them how to do the rock and roll technique with the sunflowers. They really came out great. I will post the pictures to later, but I just wanted to say it was so nice to have a group rather than 1 or 2 people come to my class. Some of my regulars have dropped out so I am trying to reach some new people. The gals today really enjoyed themselves. Hopefully they will join me again.

Monday, September 24, 2007

My Monday plan

Good morning. I have decided that I need to add some of my art work to this blog. so today I am adding a card I did over the summer. I would like to add more pictures so I will need to get a little more organized. I am going to clean up my stamp room. I had a stamp camp last Thursday, but have not taken those pictures yet.

Today's card Hope you like it.

stamps: Cute as a Bug

CS: pumpkin pie, green galore, and Whisper White

ink: green galore, basic black, creamy carmel, and Choc. Chip

misc: black brads,

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Be careful with your tags

I deleted a previous post... I was reminded by a friend, that it gives out a bit too much personal info.. I didn't think of that when I did it, but I promise to be more careful about things like that. If you were tagged by me recntly, you may want to adjust your answers or even delete it like I did. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Starting to go stir crazy.

I have been laying low since coming back from the wedding. I am trying to get better, resting and taking the meds. I feel better today, but I canceled all my activities for today too. Tomorrow I am doing the demo at the coffee shop and I want to be up for that. I was going to make a big display to have at the shop, but I don't know if I will be able to get out to buy one of those display boards that are used for reports and science projects. If I don't, I need to find a way to show off my cards and other projects. I also want to have sign up sheets for classes and "chance" drawing box. I am going to raffle off a free class for someone and four of their friends. I thought it might get me some more customers. Being sick for the past three weeks has really made it hard to get ready for tomorrow. Hopefully today I can do it.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Held a class in NY

Just returned from a wedding in NY. While I was there I held a class for my niece- in- law. ( Hi Christy! ) We had so much fun. I showed her the new stamp set; "Pick a Petal" and some of the new in colors. They were a big hit and soon she will have her own stamp set, inks, and cardstock. Isn't it fun to introduce people to stamping for the first time? I have a very busy week ahead of me. Lots to get ready for. So there won't be much time for blogging until early next week. Happy stamping everyone.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Sept. Technique

Tomorrow my oldest will be 35. I don't know how that happened. It seems like just yesterday he was learning to ride his bike. Happy Birthday Son!

I will be sending out the September newsletter tonight. I am very excited about the upcoming classes (see side bar) I try to coordinate my newsletter with a posting on a technique.

Today's technique is Stamp Rolling .
1. You will need two complimentary ink pads - one lighter and one darker.
2. Stamp your image using the lightest color ink pad first.
3. Next, using a circular - rolling motion, roll just the outer edges of the stamp onto the darker ink pad and stamp on cardstock as usual.
4. You will want to clean your stamp after every use as you won't want the dark ink to get on your light ink pad.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Check out his eye!

Kind of hard to see in this picture , but this is my little GS first black eye. Of course it was the first day of preschool too! If you click on any of the pictures you should see a bigger picture.

just a couple more pics

I wanted to share a couple more pics with Y'all.

My daughter bought one of those carriers so she could keep the little puppy with here while she chases after her 2 year old. The puppy is 6 weeks old.

My new "granddogger"

Here is a close up of Chloe. My daughter is carrying her in a little doggie pouch. I don't know what they are really called , but isn't she cute. She is a Maltipoo. A mix of a maltese and poodle. She will only be between 8 and 10 pounds and I can see that she will be spoiled rotten.

Friday, August 24, 2007

I love new stamps

I have been with SU for 3 years now and guess what I received in the mail this week from my upline? "In the Spotlight" (level 2 Hostess set) I have it mounted already and as soon as I am feeling better I am going to play with it. Thanks Laura. I have been wanting that set, I am so excited. I will have two more sets coming on Monday. I ordered from the Holiday mini, one Christmas one and one fall one. I did not sell any of my retired sets so I need to do some rearranging on my shelves. I want to use the current one's in my classes and keep the retired one's for personal use. I probably should have sold some of the retired ones, but I have a hard time parting with them.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Stamping tonight!!!!

I haven't been able to do any stamping in over a week. I had my little grandson here for a visit. I took him home on Friday and came back today. I am a bit worn out, but I wanted to get some swaps done for tomorrow. I am using one of the new Christmas Wheels from the Fall Winter Catalog. It has been in the 90's for a couple of weeks now. Not exactly feeling like Christmas weather. Maybe it will cool me off to finish this. I have to do a Fall one too, I just don't have that many Fall stamps now. I will have to work on it..

Thursday, August 16, 2007


Sorry to have to do this but CSI is canceled tomorrow night. My DD has been sick this week. We have her littlest one here and she was going to come and pick him up this weekend. It looks like now I will have to run him home tomorrow. (Home being Columbia SC.) Still hoping to have my Technique Tuesday class next week. I have been so busy with the baby that I haven't had time to look at my computer too much. Things should be back to normal next week.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

No class yesterday

I was really disappointed that the class fell through yesterday. Hopefully the next one do better. I got my order today so I will be delivering tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007


Today is my first Stamping 101 Class. I have two ladies coming, one has stamped before but the other is a brand new stamper. What I prepare for this class I am going to share with my niece in law.. She lives out of state and wanted to try to get into stamping. If it goes well, I may start offering a class by mail for my out of state customers.
I finished the scrapbook for the car rally. It came out so good. Boy do I ever love the simply scrappin kits. I did a whole 6 x 6 album in one afternoon. I just ordered another kit as I am trying to get a scrapbook in an evening class going. I can't wait for it to get here.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Quick scrap book plan

I need to do a quick scrapbook of the car rally we went on a couple of weeks ago. I figured I would use a simply scrappin kit to put together a few of the pictures we took. I probably would have picked different colors, but time is short and this is what I have on hand. It is a retired kit, but I think it will work for this scrapbook. When I get it done I will post some pictures. I know I have said that before, but I need to get these pictures from my camera to the computer. It is an old camera, and a new computer. I am not really tech savy when it comes to these kinds of things.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Adhesive Embossing

This is a great technique to add variety to your embossing. You can use any type of adhesive that will give you the look you want. I like to use sticky tape since this is something I can demonstrate in my classes. I have used it as a replacement for ribbon on my cards. Place the adhesive onto your card stock wherever you'd like to emboss. Then sprinkle embossing powder on the tape. Heat to melt the embossing powder. You'll see amazing results.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Open House Last Night

Had my Open House last night. Unfortunately, only 2 guests. We had a great time non the less. I had a new stamper there, who was very excited about learning to stamp. I sold one of the Punch Box sets. That was pretty cool. I offered a free class to anyone ordering by August 15th. I don't think that is what sold her though. She actually got to use the punch at class and she fell in love with it. Just love it when someone gets excited about the things that excite me. I also have been asked to teach a class at the Coffee Shop near me. That will be fun and hopefully keep me in stamping money :o).

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Getting ready for My new catalog Open House

I have a very busy couple of days ahead of me. I have been planning my open house, but I haven't done any of the prep work. I plan on doing that today. I am going to demo three projects, plan a make and take it that will be self directed and make up some tickets for a raffle that will take place during the evening. I asked for RSVP, but only heard from two people. I hope that I can get some new customers. I am using the new punch, the Pick a Petal stamp sets and one I haven't really decided on. I want to do something with a scrap book page as I want to try and get some people interested in scrapbooking too.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Hooray for dial up service!!!

I was just visiting Jan Tink's blogsite and she had a link to a great video lesson for tying a knot for your cards. Now normally I hate that I have dial up service instead of DSL. but in this case it was great to have this video load so slowly. I got to watch how to do this is slow motion. There were pauses as each little snipet of the video loaded, allowing me to absorb what she was doing. I really have it down now and wanted to share it with you. Here is the link
LMK what you think.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Technique Tuesday @ Grandma's House

Today is my Technique Class. It is my first class since coming back from vacation. I seem to be running in circles this morning as I get ready. I recently participated in a great technique ATC swap and got lots of ideas. I will be using two of them for this class : Faux Diamond Dust I first saw this on SCS, but the ATC was done by Kelly Acheson (Thanks Kelly) and Poppin' Polished Stone Technique done by Michelle Walther (Thanks, Michelle). I will post pictures later today, if I can get them from my camera to the computer :)

Friday, July 6, 2007

My Boys Are Coming

My grandson's, their mommy and daddy are on their way for a visit here this weekend. We haven't seen them in almost two months. That is entirely too long between visits for this grandma. The older one will be staying for a week. I can't wait.
I got my July newsletter out this afternoon. So I felt like I have accomplished something. I'm only holding 2 events this month. I am trying to ease back into my routine. I am hoping that my Open House will spark some interest with new people. I need some new customers. KWIM?
I am also going to start holding a Stampin 101 Class and my regular Technique Tuesday Class. Once a month I am going to hold a CSI Night. No I am not doing any forensic stuff. It is a Crop and Stamp Invitational. It is a night for friends to come and work on their own projects. It will be by invitation only. I am hoping that I can give out several invitations to this event. We will see what happpens.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Grandma's home!

Greetings from NC. We arrived home last evening. It is so good to be home. I couldn't wait to get to the post office this morning, to get all the mail we had held while away. I felt like my little friend Cole did when he saw his motorized car on his birthday. OMG, OMG, my new catalog , me new catalog! It was on the bottom of the pile. I couldn't wait to open it up and see for myself. I love it. The colors used on the cover were great. I love then ew layout. I have only made one quick trip through it, but I can already see my wish list is going to be really long. The new ribbon, the new paper the new embelishments, textured cardstock. I could go one, but you have to see it for yourself. Contact your favorite SU demo and get your own copy. It can be viewd on line at , but trust me you are going to want to have your own copy.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Confession Time

We have a wedding to go to this weekend. I "bought" a card to give the bride and groom. When I told my DH, he was shocked. He couldn't understand why I did't make one with all the stamps I have. I tried explaining that I didn't have the right stamps and paper to do the job I would like to do on a card. He says he handmade one is better, so here's what I did. I took the "bought" card apart, and used part's of it on a card I made at my friend's house. I really liked the sentiment on the "bought" card. So I combined the two to create a handmade, one of a kind card. I used textured cardstock and embossed a floral background in gold, over it. I looks like golden lace. I added some embossed hearts and the sentiments and I was done.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

vacation is almost over.

One more week of vacation and then I can get home and retrieve all my mail. I am looking forward to pouring over my new SU catalog. I have been reading some of the spoilers on SCS, but what I need are pictures in the actual catalog. I have been doing a lot of thinking about SU while on vacation. I want to do more scrapbooking. I am hoping to find some like minded people in NC who would like to spend some time each month scrapbooking with me. I really enjoy teaching card making, but would like to also get some people excited about scrapbooking. I got so many scapbooking kits while at the CKC in Buffalo. I am anxious to match them up with picures. Hope you are all staying cool and hydrated.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

What to do????

I need to order $65 more this month to make my quarterly requirement. I want to see the new stamps but I have to wait until I return to NC the first week of July. I can place an oreder to arrive after I am back to NC or I can order now and have it delivered to me here at my friends house. I don't think I can have a demo order delivered to address other than my home one. So do wait to place an order or do I just spend the $65 on stuff that can be sent here in NY?

Thursday, June 7, 2007

I haven't fallen off the face of the earth!

We are now into the 2nd week of our vacation. After a wonderful weekend at the CKC in Buffalo, I am recovered enough to tell you about it. My pedometer registered 18,000 steps for Friday and 16,000 for Sat. So my goal for Sun. was to keep my steps below 1000. LOL. We were busy from 8:30 AM till 11:30 PM. My feet and legs were killing me from all the standing and walking. I saw a lot of great product at the vender faire. We worked at the American Tradtions Design booth with Judy Joyce. She has some wonderful paper and kits. I enjoyed watching her demo some neat embossing ideas with decals and rub ons. I have a ton of scrapbooking ideas floating around in my head. We also worked at the crops both Fri. and Sat. I have really been bitten by the srapbooking bug again. I can't wait to get some pages done. I made an explosion album with Patty on Monday. That was great fun. I had to go out and buy some special grandson paper so I can make another one just for my boys. I am heading off to Booneville NY tomorrow to visit friends and to teach a class (maybe.... that is if any one signs up for it.) We'll be back on Monday.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

We made it!

We arrived, safely, in NY at about 5:30 PM last night. It was a long 12 1/2 hour drive. I am still trying to recover. I dropped all my stamping stuff at my friend's house last night. I do all my stamping at here house when I am there. She and I will leave in the morning for the CK convention in Buffalo. We decided to stay in a hotel for two nights so that we didn't have to drive back and forth for each day. I'll tell you all about it when I get back on Sunday.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

3 More Days until Vacation!

My to do list is slowing getting done. Yesterday , I went to the post office to stop mail, the vets for Flea and Tick meds for Chessie, the bank for money, and then out to lunch with my Red Hat Friends. Today I finished the Art Schedule and Supply list for summer sunday school, and a mock up of a passport for the "Journey With Jesus", that the kids will take this summer in Sunday School. It came out quite cute. I used The big fish from S"U Fishy Friends, between the words Passpot and Journey With Jesus. It will be easy to duplicate by K-3rd grade children. I had to get it done before I leave for vacation.
Still more to be done, but I am chipping away at the list.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!

I am trying to plan for 5 weeks away from home. I have to pack stamping stuff... a girl's gotta stamp, right? I have take stamps for teaching a class while I'm away and for a bunch of all occasion stamps. I just can't take them all. For some reason DH needs to take his stuff too. I just think I need to have more room... I want to work on some of my Christmas gifts. I am making card holders and sets of all occasion cards for my family. I thought if I started now I could get them all done before summer is over. I went through all the card fronts I had from swaps, and most of them are made from retired sets. I can use them too, so I should have lots of cards done by the time I am back in NC. I am going to share the card fronts with my dear friend Patty, so we can both have a bunch of ready made cards.

I hate living out of a suitcase for a month, but that is what I am in store for beginning next week. We always go back to Rochester, NY to visit family this time of year. I usually get bored after a couple of weeks. This year I planned some special things for me to do. I am going to the Creative Keepsakes convention June 1st and 2nd with Patty, I am teaching a class in Booneville on June 9th. I am going to a card club group with some friends I use to stamp with when I lived in NY. We have a wedding to go to at the end of June. I am going to try and see Tracy Harp while I am there. You can find her blog on my side bar. She is a very talented stamper. Then there are all the family and friends that we want to see. I should be pretty busy this trip. Whew! I 'm already tired and I haven't even left yet.
Time to get back to packing ...

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

FYI not only has postage gone up this week, but there are new regulations about envelope size. You have to keep the thickness of your envelope, 1/4 inch or less, otherwise it will cost you an addtional $. 80. WOW!
I just read a tip on SCS. If you have a Fiskars paper cutter, the guide that holds the blade is 1/4 inch, if yor envelope fits through that slot, you will be OK for the $ .41. I thought that was good to know and wanted to share it with all of you.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Need some ideas for your scrapbooking?

Here is a site with some great ideas. Chris is also offering a chance for blog candy if you leave a comment. Please mention my name if you do; as I will get a chance too. Thanks!

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

May Technique

My May Newsletter : "Scrapping and Stamping with Gail" has gone out and as promised I am posting the May technique on here my blogsite.
Stamping on Candles
Stamping on candles is a wonderful way to add something special to your decorations for that special event: whether it is a birthday, a shower, graduation or a wedding.
1. Stamp your image on white tissue paper. ( you may color the image if you wish)
2. Cut out the stamped image fairly close to the edge.
3. Place the image you cut out onto the candle. You can wet the edge slightly to keep it in place.
4. Pre-heat your embossing gun for 30 seconds and wave it over the stamped image. You will see that the image melts into the wax. Add a ribbon and you are all done!

SU's retirement list........

I just printed off the retirement list. I am sitting down with a cup of coffee and my red pen to mark my IB&C. It is such a ling list I am expecting to lose a lot of stamps. It makes being a hobby demo very hard. I'll check back later with the number. If you are reading this, how about posting a comment here about the number you have lost.
ETA 36 set and 7

Friday, April 27, 2007

Our Chesapeake and our youngest grandson enjoying some quality time together.

If your dog was a teacher you would learn stuff like:

*When loved ones come home, always run to greet them. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.*Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.*When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.! Let others know when they've invaded your territory.*Take naps.*Stretch before rising.*Run, romp, and play daily.*Thrive on attention and let people touch you.*Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.*On warm days, stop to lie on your back in the grass.*On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.*When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.*No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and right back and make friends.*Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.*Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.*Stop when you have had enough.*Be loyal.*Never pretend to be something you're not.*If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.*When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

People I would like you to visit

I need to tag a few people, so here goes :
Amy at:, becasue she thought we didn't read her blog!
Kat at:, becasue she is a nurse in labor and delivery, what an awesome job that is!
Melinda at: , because her brother trained at the army base in SC near my daughter.!
Tracy at: , because I know her and she has the cutesest little boys!
Maria at: she is from Hawaii. I will be going there next Feb. for my 60th birthday!
Jan at:, becasue she is so funny!
Emily at: becasue she has just done something cool with her hair!

Spazzgirl tagged anyone reading her blog

Now is my chance to list 7 things about me.
1. First and foremost is my greatest role in life: Grandma to two wonderful boys.
2. My first job was a waitress at the White Tower. I received great training there and loved meeting new people everyday.
3. We retired to the mountains of NC, where life has become so busy, I wonder how I have time for all I do. I volunteer at Hospice twice a week, and the Library once a week, I teach stamping classes once or twice a month, I teach Sunday School every week. I lead a chapter of TOPS every week. I go out to lunch with my Red Hat group once a month. We try to visit the grandchildren at least once a month. My husband and I are members of the British Car Club, and Friendship Force. We had to retire, how wold we ever have time for all our activities?
4. We Took a trip to New Foundland in 1975. This trip required an 8 hour Ferry trip from Nova Scotia. That Ship rocked and rolled for 8 long hours. I got sooo... sick! I told my husband I don't care how we do it , but I will not take a Ferry off this Rock. We flew home instead. (Little did I know at the time, but part of my problem was I was pregnant.
5. I was a college drop out. After 3 months of college, I decided it wasn't for me and got a job with the telephone company as a long distance operator.
6. I did go to college later in life, after my children were in school. I started out working in the school as a teacher's aide, but decided that I would rather be the one at the head of the class. My son and I graduated the same year, he from high school and me from college.
7. My mom was my hero . She got her GED and enrolled in nursing school and graduated at the top of her class. Watching her study at the kitchen table each night was an inspiration. Mom died of lung cancer 17 years ago, I miss her very much.

Monday, April 23, 2007

I held a stamp camp on Saturday. After we finished I realized I had called it a stamp camp and it was really more of a scrap camp. We did no stamping, but we used scrapping kits and accent tins to create an explosion card, a photo folio, and an altered altoid tin. My daughter was visiting this weekend and joined the class. It was fun to show her what I get so excited about. I am in a couple of swaps and I am teaching a technique class this wek, so I will be busy stamping all week. That is after I buy groceries, plant some sunflowers, and plant the beautiful yellow rose bush my daughter gave me this weekend. Lots to do so I had better get started. Have a great day everyone.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

How I started

I was first introduced to Scrapbooking at a CM crop (1997). With the impending birth of my first grandchild I knew I had to scrap his entire life. Thus my first scrapbook. About 5 years later I was introduced to Stampin' Up! It was love at first site. When I moved to NC, SU was my first way to meet new people. SU is very popular here in NC. I soon became a demo and have been happily stamping and scrapping ever since.

Greetings from Grandma's house

Well the grandsons are back home now, I am trying to recover from the cold I caught from the youngest one. We had so much fun with them. I love being able to spend special time with each of them. In case you didn't know, I love being a grandma. Truly one of my greatest blessings.

Check out my blog roll. I added several new bloggers to the list of places I visit. There are really some talented ladies out there. They inspire me to be more creative with my blogsite. I will have to post the cards and projects I do at my stamp camp and technique class in the next week.

We made some great projects at the demo meeting this week. It is always fun to get together with other demos and share ideas. My Sunday Stampers is a great group of fellow SU demos.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Grandma's House Has Been Crazy

It has been impossible to get any stamping done with a 2 year old around. I am under the gun because our monthly demo meeting is at my house tomorrow. I had to work on the swaps today. I made two cards: a non pink Mother's day card (a request by one of the demos) and another card to show off one of the punches from the Spring Mini. I have been lost for ideas this week, so I visited Maria from Hawaii's site and got some inspiration from her card challenges. Check her site out if you haven't been there. She has lots of great challenges. I also have to design an altered Altoid Tin for tomorrow's meeting. I am going to show the girls how to do one. I want to use the Accents & Elements from the Spring Mini too. I thought it would be a good way to showcase items from the Spring Mini. I've never made an altered Altoid tin before, but how hard can it be??? I'll let you know.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

This week at Grandma's

Just letting you all know that I have my youngest grandson here all week. He is 2...enough said, I will be too busy to post anything most of the week. I will try and check out what others post on their blogs. Have a great week!

Friday, April 6, 2007

Stamping going on at Grandma's House.

My grandson wanted to stamp today so he is making some calendars for himself. I showed him the one's I had from a CD calendar swap I was in. He doesn't want my help, just my stamps and inks. He has been stamping away for an hour now. I love that he likes to stamp too!

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Another busy day at Grandma's house

I volunteer at Hospice in the Bereavement department one day a week. Today was my day. I also had my weekly TOPS meeting tonight. We had installation of officers and awards tonight. I am the leader so I had a lot of prep work to do for the celebration. I think it all went well. Tomorrow is my Library volunteer day. One of the best things about being retired is being able to do this volunteer work. I really enjoy it.

The poison ivy is doing much better, the itching is gone and the rashes and redness are much better. I want to plant some flowers with my grandson on Friday, Hopefully I won't get into any more poison ivy. I will look very carefully before I choose where we plant the sunflowers. Have a great evening everyone.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

All's Quiet at Grandma's House Tonight

My grandson is sleeping and I am spending some time working on my Stamping Newsletter for April. I just finished it and sent it out to my customers and my family. I use Microsoft Word and it is usually just my own creation. I have thought about using one of the on line places like Constant Contact to send it out, but have yet taken the time to set it up that way. Do any of you use the on line marketing places to send out newsletters?
I want to start sharing some techniques that I have tried. I like trying new ones and trying some of those that have been around for awhile. I will try to post a picture of one I have done. I scan several sources looking for techniques to try. I will try to give credit whenever I can. Most techniques I have used are not my original ideas. I do try to use them on cards that are my own design. I found this technique in "Eileen's Technique List" that I downloaded a couple of years ago.
"Serendipity Technique "
1. Using pigment ink, color, scribble, mark and or paint on your background paper. You want this to be a mess, with no rhyme or reason - be bold - use colors outside your comfort zone.( You may use gel pens, markers, pearl ex anything you want to). When you are satisfied with your colorful mess, go to the next step.
2. Randomly stamp image on the background paper with you black ink. Once you are happy with the amount of stamping, add your clear embossing powder and emboss the entire sheet.
3. Take entire sheet and cut into squares and play with the patterns until satified. Attach to your card.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Poison Ivy, YUCK!!!

I love gardens especially in the Spring when everything is coming to life again. My Azealas are beginning to show their colors. One of the things I liked about this house when we bought it was how nice the gardens are. The weather was so nice last week that I decided to pull some weeds and do a little trimming around these beautiful bushes. Unfortunately for me, I think I came in contact with some old poison ivy vines. I have broken out in rashes everywhere. I don't do poison ivy very well. I am headed off to the doctor later this morning to get something for this terrible itching.

More later .........

Just returned from the Doc's. He gave me a shot, some samples for antihistimines and a script for steriods. I should be feeling better in a couple of days. I can't wait.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Another visit at Grandma's house.

Welcome to my blog. I am slowly learning my way around this site. I have added a photo today and some links to some of my favoite blogs. The picture is about 9 months old, but I just love it. Landon loves getting in grandpa's MG. I will add a picture of my oldest grandson later today. Grandpa and I are getting ready to have the boys stay with us next month.. Time for some spoiling that is for sure.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

I am a snapdragon

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

Thanks to Melinda @Endless Embellishments I just found out I am a snapdragon. No wonder I have always loved those flowers... they are family!!! It is Spring here in the mountains Can't wait to do some work in my garden.

My technique class went well on Monday. We did the faux metal technique that Jaron showed at the Atlanta Regional. It was also in the SU Stampin Success magazine. I still haven't figured out how to post pictures, but I am working on that. I need to take pictures of the cards we made.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

What's happening at Grandma's house?

I should be getting ready for the technique class I am teaching tomorrow, but instead I am starting this blog. I am going to try and use this blog as a teaching tool for my stamper's. I have a faithful few that come to my classes and a couple who have visited from out of town and joined one of my classes. I hope that I can encourage more people to scrapbook and stamp. As soon as I figure how to add pictures I will start to include them with my posts.
Spring is starting to bust out all over the mountains here in NC. It is the most beautiful place to live. We have been here 3 1/2 years and we just love it. Of course one of the other pluses is, having our grandson's only 3 hours away now. They are the joy of our life and we are looking forward to spending as much time with them as we can.
I am keeping this short so that I can really get things together for my class tomorrow, maybe by then I will have learned how to post photo's from my camera.