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July 2009

I'm in Chattanooga, TN!

Why am I in Chattanooga???!!!! Well, this is just another example of the beauty of being my own boss!!! Late Tuesday night my daughter, Kimberly, called me from Chattanooga. She had went to Georgia with her MIL to visit family and on the way home they had car trouble. They had to rent a car to get back to IL because her MIL's father was having heart surgery the next morning. Kimberly asked me to ride back to Chattanooga on Wednesday to pick up the repaired van, which I was happy to  get to do! We never seem to get to spend enough time together with her teaching job all school year and all of our summer activities. Kimmy is my "caffeine", and for those of you who have met her at the door at my Hostess Appreciation and other events, you know what I'm talking about!

Anyway, we were about an hour and a half from Chattanooga yesterday when we got the call that the service place had put the van back together and then realized they needed another new part which they wouldn't have until today! So we spent the night here in Chattanooga! We had fun though, which we always do when we're together (I LOVE my girls!). We went to Walmart to buy the essentials to get through the trip (we never mind shopping!). Here's a funny story: We had went through HBA and picked up toothbrushes, make-up, etc, then moved on to the clothes section. We picked out new underwear (an ESSENTIAL), jammies, and a cheap tote to keep it all in. We then picked out a few items to try on. I pushed our cart out of the way in an aisle near, but not in front of, the dressing rooms. We came out with our selections and headed for the checkout. While waiting in line, Kimmy noticed that we were missing our new totes. Upon further inspection, we realized we were missing our undies too, so back we went to round things up again! Apparently, some very dedicated store employee thought our cart was a "returns" cart and started putting things back! After we paid and left the store, we realized we didn't have our jammies either! Sheesh! Well, we wanted to go to a movie, so we didn't go back, we just slept in our t-shirts! (I know, that's probably TMI! lol!) We saw the movie, "The Proposal", and it was very funny! We debated between it and Harry Potter, which I haven't seen either, Kimmy had seen both, but we decided that Mark would go with me to see H.P. but wouldn't want to see a romantic comedy.

After a quick late bite at Cracker Barrell (my fav place to eat, it's the only place I can get home-cooked food without doing the cooking myself!), it was off to bed for us!

Since I'm posting, I thought I would check to see what pics I had stored on this computer and this is what I found, some cards from July events:

Enjoy every moment

Vintage orn 2

Scenic season

Simple snowflake


Well, there's more, but I need to finish getting ready so we can check out!


It's about time!

Fifth avenue floral
I decided it was time to show you what I've been up to! Yes, as many of you know from being at my parties this month, I HAVE been stamping & communicating with you via email, but just not posting here! I'm sorry, and I promise to try to do better!

This is a cool card I woke up one morning thinking about -have had some pretty good "mojo" going on lately! It really didn't turn out the way I thought it would when I started, but it's better!

This is a technique that has been popular on several blogs this spring and early summer, but I haven't seen anyone do it quite like this. Instead of the usual Shimmery White cardstock for this technique, I used Kraft! It worked just as well as when I've done the same technique on Shimmery White, and I love it!

What's this technique called? "Floating Reinkers"!

Here's how:

First I stamped the main flower from Fifth Avenue Floral on the Kraft with Whisper White Craft Ink and embossed it with White e.p. Then I created a mask for the flower with a Post-It note and masked it. I then stamped the smaller flowers around the big one with white craft ink, removed the Post-It and embossed the smaller flowers with white e.p.

Next I took my Aquapainter and made the areas inside the embossed big flower really wet. Puddly wet with water. It has to be very wet for this technique to work. Then I put a drop of reinker in a clean empty stamp box (I used a small one from a personalized stamp). I used Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo. I picked up some of the reinker with the tip of my Aquapainter and touched it to the puddled water on the flower. The reinker will "float" on the puddled water and will spread around. I put the Crushed Curry reinker on the areas of the flower I wanted to be yellow, then cleaned my Aquapainter tip and went back with the Melon Mambo reinker to fill in the remaining embossed flower areas. You need to emboss your flower so the floating reinker doesn't escape onto the other flowers. (Unless you want it to!) After I had the colors the way I wanted them I cleaned my Aquapainter tip again, dried the brush on a papertowel, and went back and "sucked up" as much extra water & ink as I could to help speed up the drying time. Now, you can just leave your flower to air dry for a few hours, but I'm not patient enough for that so I dried it the rest of the way with my heat tool. Some sponging around the edges with first Close to Cocoa and then Chocolate Chip give it an "aura of light"!

Well, that's it for today! Hope I've made up for my absence a little by showing off this gorgeous card! I hope to get some of these made for convention swaps, but we'll see how it goes!

Now I'm off to finish prep for "Red Hot Summer Stamping" at the Sam Mitchell Community Building in West Frankfort from 4-8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow at the Granada Theatre in Mt Vernon from 10-2 p.m. There will be 7 demos showing lots of new product and techniques, Make-n-Takes, food, and best of all it's FREE!



The 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog is Here!

0910catalog Here it is, the long-awaited, much anticipated NEW 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog! As an added bonus, this catalog (and the stamps & accessories it contains) will NOT expire until next June 30th! 365 days (and nights! come on, you know you take it to bed with you! The catalog makes great bedtime "dream reading"!) I'm so glad the cover is the lucious new In Color "Crushed Curry"! I am lovin' knowin' I'll be looking at that all year!

*****Note: the online link to the new catalog has not yet gone live, but I will be back either later tonight or tomorrow morning to post one here for you!*****************

Come to my Open House at my home today from 2-8 p.m. to pick up your FREE copy! You will also get to make a couple of free Make n Takes using new stamps & accessories from the new catalog, and enjoy my First Annual Ice Cream Sundae Buffet!

If you can't make it today, you can still get a new catalog from me! Just contact me at 618-237-6281 or email me at !

The next opportunity to stamp with me will be this coming Friday, July 3rd at 10 a.m. and/or 1 p.m at the "Simply Impressive" Beginner & Advanced Stamping Classes I will be conducting with my downline, Jan, at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Mt Vernon, IL. I will have FREE catalogs with me at this event, as well as at EVERY stampin' event all year!

Gotta run, I still have lots to do to get ready for Open House today!