Saturday, January 31, 2009

It's Cold in Hollywood...

But Rod the Bod managed to warm us up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The concert was at Hard Rock Live! Very cool place, not too big, just perfect!
Pure sex appeal!!

We all signed up for the Players Club at the casino and they gave us $25 vouchers to use to gamble with, I used that and won $37.00 more dollars!! Pretty good huh? I spent it on a Rod t-shirt and something for Rachel but that's cool right??

Tomorrow I guess I am going shopping for a sweater! Then out to Hollywood, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, sight seeing!
Can't Wait!!!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Fun Challenge #20, wow!

20?? That's a lot of Friday Fun!!

Today Kath is our Hostess and she challenged us to use 3 different patterns on our cards! Very Kath-like, don't you think? She is so awesome with patterns and papers!

This does have 3, you just cant tell very well...The paper is Father Knows Best from Papertrey Ink and the sun *rays* is acutally a really light yellow circle pattern that wouldn't photograph well.
These stamps are from the new Unity kit Beach Days and Sun Rays.

Check out the Friday Fun girls cards here:
Sara - Expressions of a Creative Mind

This card should make you all think of Miami....warm....with flip flops on :-)
Have a great weekend, be back Monday!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hip Hoppin New Stuff!

Happy Hip Hop day everyone!!

Glad you could hop on over from Jen's blog!! I am sure she has some totally fabulous scrappiness there for you to see, huh???

Both of these cards are made using the new kit Beach Days and Sun Rays! A very fun kit with TONS of stamps in it!!

Make sure you check out the Unity blog for all of today's specials and new releases!! You don't want to miss anything!!!
Your next stop on the blog hop is the super creative Christi!!
Today I'll be flying down to FL to my parents house!! Me, mom and my sister are going down to Miami to see ROD STEWART!!!! Oh and to spend the weekend on the beach!! I have my pedicure and my flip flops...I am so ready!! Say a little prayer for me that I make it for the flight...I am a bit of a bad traveler and tend to get sick....UGH!! Its only 1.5 hours so I should be ok, right??
Have fun Hip Hopping in the Unity SCS Forum!! The party there starts at 12:00pm EST and goes until the heads hit the pillows!! You won't see me around but i'll be there in spirit ;-)
Hip Hop!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

It's a Sad Day

Don't laugh but I have spent over an hour crying about my tivo being dead...

We have Directv and the reciever had built in tivo, with the little tivo man on the front of it...tivo has been my very favorite part of my life for like 8 years...well, pretty darn close to my favorite thing. Anyway, my bedroom reciever died so Directv sent us 2 new ones (the one in the living room is really old, too so needed to be replaced or so they said). Well these new ones are "DVR"s but not with my little tivo man on it and not with the same features and you dont use it the same way. No "season pass", no "to do list"...I am seriously distraught. I called them and said to send me the old ones and they said they don't make them anymore...?$%!?&$!?$#$
Mike came in my room and saw me crying on the bed holding my old remote control, yes I am serious, and he had an idea, so there may be hope at least for the bedroom. He said since the one in the living room isn't dead, just old, we can put that one in the bedroom and at least i'll have my tivo man in there at night. I don't know, do I just move on with the future or hang onto my tivo man...??? I don't know.
I just can't beleive it. Why change something that is 100% complete perfection??????

Monday, January 26, 2009

Rubber Romance News!!

I have some very cool news to share with y'all!!

I was asked along with my very good friend Kim (and someone else VERY fun joining us next week) to be on the PCP Rubber Romance Group Design Team!!

Every week we're going to do a challenge and upload it to the gallery there.

This week, the FABULOUS Sara challenge us to use something recycled on our card. I took this little crystal bead and the grey ribbon off of a swap card I recieved sometime last year and used it here on my card!

Stamps: Rubber Romance "Gossip Time"
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Basic Black, PTI Stampers Select Whte, Going Gray
Ink: Black, Regal Rose, Going Gray, Blush Blossom

Don't forget to check out the Rubber Romance group and play along with us using Keyword RRC1!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday Fun Challenge #19

Sherry is our challenge hostess today!

Her challenge is to make a Valentine for a friend, non-romantic.
I got my new Papercrafts magazine yesterday in the mail and found this cool layout by Julie Ebersole. Looks easy enough right? Well, it took me over an hour to make one skinny little card...needless to say cutting at an angle is not my forte...but I got it done...then smudged the white ink...then redid it and smudged the white ink again...then said "too bad!" and took the picture anyway...this is what I get for stepping out of my cozy comfort zone ;)

Stamps: Love Songs by PTI
Cardstock: Kraft, Stampers Select White, Dark Chocolate by PTI and Pretty in Pink by SU!
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink by SU!; Snow White by PTI

Check out the Friday Fun girls cards here:

Sherry - Stamping When I'm Not Working

Kim - Papertastic Creations

Kath - Blame it on the Mojo

Sara - Expressions of a Creative Mind

We'd love to see what you make this week so use the keyword FFC19 if uploading to SCS or link your blog here!! Can't wait to check you out!!
Have a great day...TGIF!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hip Hop On Over!!

Howdy Hip Hoppers!! Thanks for joining me from Christi's blog today!! Glad you made it:)

It's a great day here in VA! It's above 40 degrees so I am happy! I was beginning to think it was Winter or something with these 20 and 30 degree temps...BRRRR!!

This little card should make us all think of Summer or at least of Spring!

These stamps are from the Little Buggers kit! This is one of the newly *shrunken* kits, lol! They are now the perfect size for adorable cards as well as scrapbook pages!!

Be sure to join us for Hip Hop chat time in the Unity SCS forum....starting at 12:00pm EST...I am sure there will be some prizes, fact I KNOW there will be and I know what they all are....;) You don't want to miss them! Especially since the bosses are traveling to CHA in CA...and the DT is in charge....there could be some craziness happening!!
Now it's time to hop on over to Jen's blog to see what fabulousness she has for us this week. It promises to be an adventure whenever we visit Jen!!
Thanks for hopping by!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Unity Card and a Rubber Romance Card

This card was made for Heather's VSN Challenge: The Four Somethings
I used a sentiment from the Unity kit This is The Time and the house from the January Kit of the Month Love Etc.

This card is for Sara's VSN Challenge: Chocolate Box of Love
Both stamps are from Rubber Romance

See you tomorrow for HIP HOP!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

VSN Scrapling

My good friend Frances (Stampowl) hosted a VSN *Flirtation* challenge on Friday night! Her challenge was to make a scrapling! You can find her challenge HERE

These little cards are just perfect for Valentines Day! I hope you'll make one too!

Papertrey Ink: Love Songs stamp set, Raspberry Fizz CS, Patterned Paper and Ink., Stampers Select White CS
Stampin' Up! Punches: Scallop Circle, 1 3/8 inch circle, 1 1/2 inch circle, Scallop edge

I'll be back later with some more VSN creations!

Monday, January 19, 2009

A Lovely Award

My Sassy friend Kim gave me this wonderful award!! I love getting awards!! Thank you Kim!
Speaking of Kim...she hit 20,000 posts on SCS on Saturday night!! She is now the Sassy Sarcastic Stamper!! Love that girl!

Here are the rules...Post this AwardLink back to the ladies who give it to youNominate 7 deserving ladies!
Leave them a comment you awarded them.

I'm going to nominate the following girls:

Be back later with some VSN creations!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

How To Make a Card Sketch Using MS Word

I was asked to do a tutorial (by Kath) of how I make my sketches for cards (like THIS one) without Photoshop or any Photo software. I use Microsoft Word and it's easy as pie and takes just a few minutes.

I hope this helps someone else out there to make sketches.

First you need to open a blank Word document.

Next you will need to insert a shape to use.
You can do this by using the “Drawing” toolbar.
To add this toolbar to your toolbars, right-click in the toolbar area and choose “Drawing” this will add it to the toolbar area (PIC. 1).
It always adds mine to the bottom…I don’t know why. I don’t know if yours will be at the bottom or top…

Now go to the toolbar and choose a shape for the bottom layer of your sketch. You choose a shape by clicking on it in your Drawing toolbar.
I normally choose a rectangle which you can make into a square or long rectangle by changing its size vertically and horizontally (PIC. 2).

It will say “Create Drawing Here” on your screen in the Word Document (PIC. 3).

Click in that screen and it will put your shape there, now you can drag it to the size you want it to be (PIC. 4).

Then to differentiate each layer you can change the color of that layer by “right-clicking” on it and choosing “Format Autoshape” then select from the drop-down arrow a “Fill Color” to use, then click “ok”. This should change your shape to the color you chose. (PIC. 5)
Repeat the steps above to continue selecting shapes and layering them one on the other until you have a sketch you like. (PIC. 6)
You can move the layers onto each other but clicking on one that is towards the bottom will move it to the top so beware of that when clicking around. I like to just start at the bottom and work my way up only moving top layers to where I need them before.

A Few Helpful Tips:
- To make little spots for brads, eyelets, spot for a sentiment, etc., I use the “Stars and Banners” choice on the shape menu.
- “More Autoshapes” will take you to your Clipart library and all the shapes available there. There is most likely a Christmas tree, music note, shapes you can use for flowers, half-circles and more.

I hope you like my 1st ever (probably last, lol) tutorial and that its helpful to you!

See you tomorrow with more of my VSN creations to share!

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Today was the SCS VSN Mini!!

All of the VSN Mini Challenges are posted now!!
This is one of my cards for tonight. You can find the challenge HERE along with 11 other FABULOUS challenges!
This card uses the Unity kit called Something Within

You can still play any or all of the challenges and upload your cards to SCS until Sunday at 10:00pm EST. The SCS No Uploads on Sunday rule does not apply to VSN weekends!! It's an SCS holiday!

This challenge is HERE. I used the Gratitude=Joy kit for this card and the sentiment from the October Kit of the Month.
What a fun day and night we had! I really hope you will join us for these challenges and for the What's Love Got To Do With It VSn next month, Feb. 20-21! 2 whole days of challenges, NON-STOP! Be warned's HIGHLY ADDICTIVE!!

I still have a sketch creating tutorial to post and I will do that tomorrow!! I just had to tell you about VSN and how much fun it is and how much fun is still going on RIGHT NOW!! Oh and I have more VSN creations to show you in another post too! Have to hit the hay....I stamped all my oomph out of me!!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Friday Fun Challenge #18

This weekend is the VSN Crush!! You HAVE to be there, you just have to! You will not believe the fun challenges all the Lovely hostesses have in store for YOU!!!

It starts tonight with a SUPER Fabulously SASSY Hostess and a Flirtation Challenge to get you warmed up!! I can't wait for you to see who it is...and what her challenge is!!

See you there!!
This weeks Friday Fun challenge is a sketch created by me:) Tomorrow I am going to post a VERY simple tutorial I made for making sketches using Microsoft Word for anyone interested!

This is the sketch I came up with:

And this is my card I made:

I used the Unity Janurary Kit of the Month Love...ETC. and cardstock, ink and designer paper by Stampin' Up!

Check out the Friday Fun girls cards here:

Kim - Papertastic Creations
Sherry - Stamping, When I'm Not Working
Kath - Blame it on the Mojo

From this week forward Sara is going to be joining us and playing along with our Friday Fun Challenges. Look for her post on her blog later today...she'll get to it after work...I kinda gave her short notice, lol!

We would LOVE for you to play with us!!! If you do, use the SCS Keyword FFC18 or post your link here in my comments section!

I hope you like my sketch and I can't wait to see what you make!!

Have a great day!!

I *LOVE* Hip Hop!

Can you feel the love this week on your Hip Hop journey???

I'm so glad you hopped over from Jen's blog, Shut-Up, I am, lol ;)

Today I have 2 cards that are all lovey-dovey and stuff to show you. I showed Mike and he said "What's wrong with you, you hate hearts!" and I said "I know but I love these doggone stamps!!"

These are som CA-UTE Valentine's Day stamps, just what you need in your collection!!

My 1st card uses the new kit called Love Birdies and some pretty ribbon sent to me by my friend Lindsay (thanks!!)
My next card uses the new kit Be Owl Mine, what a cute name huh??? Isn't he an adorable little rolly-polly owl?? See I am turning into a softie, what is wrong with me? It's these stamps, I'm telling you!!
Oh and in case you were wondering this is your LAST STOP on the blog hop!!
That means I have BLOG CANDY!!
If you want to win this new perfectly put together kit Something To Say then leave a comment here and I will announce a winner later tonight in the HIP HOP Thread on SCS. You do not have to be present to win;) But who wouldn't want to be??
Join us from 12:00pm EST til 10:00pm EST in the Unity SCS Hip Hop forum for lots of games, prizes and a whole lotta' fun!!

See you there!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

love, etc...Card & Blog Candy Winner

Here is a wild and crazy, bright card I made with the Unity January Kit of The Month, love, ETC...

This morning I took all the names of people that left comments blog for the blog candy, put them is a box that happened to be on my desk....and then had my good friend Shelby reach in a pull out a lucky winner! (Thanks Shell!)

THE LUCKY PERSON IS......................................

Aunt T said...
I'm pretty sure that it's Angela :)
Thanks for the chance to win.
Happy Birthday Angela!
January 12, 2009 7:26 PM

Congratulations Teresa!!!!!!!!!!! Please email me at so that I can get your BRAND NEW Shine On kit sent to you!!!!

Thanks for everyone that played and left their wishes for Angela.

Here's what Sweet Angela said when she read all your posts:

Angela said...
How sweet and amazing are you? THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR the wondeful words that you have written. I can't take any credit as I believe 100% that you were gold from the very start! However- THANK YOU SWEET JIMMI for everything that you do and all the effort you have put into Unity. I appreciate it so very much!

HOW LUCKY AM I??????? Pretty cool, huh!?!?!?!?!?!

Have a wonderful day today. Tomorrow is Hip Hop and I can't wait to show you what I made!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

In 35 Years...


I saw this cool post on Shannan's blog this morning and thought I'd try it too.

You mark each item in blod if it's something you've done in your lifetime.

So in my 35 years.....I have:

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise(Casino Day Cruise??)
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving - I REALLY WANT TO!
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

If you do this, link it here, i'd love to see your post!!!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Birthday Blog Candy!!

Someone very special is having a birthday tomorrow. It's not me!

This person has made this past year really exciting and new for me! She gave me a lot of faith in myself and my talents, she's encouraged me to be a more positive, better person.

In her honor I am going to give someone this new Unity kit SHINE ON!

This card is your hint:



Friday, January 9, 2009

Friday Fun, Hip Hop Hangover & JBE034

Today's post is our Friday Fun Challenge hosted by Kim this week! She challenged us (AND YOU!) to make a card with bright colors! I hope this is bright enough!!

This week our keyword is FFC17, if you play along use that in the SCS gallery and come back and link your card here, too. We'd love to see what you make!

This is also for the Unity Hip Hop Hangover! We had so much fun Hip Hoppin' yesterday and last night!!

And I used the sketch found HERE for the Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge.

Talk about multi-tasking;)
(OH! and I am getting better with my camera, yay!!)
I used the Unity kit Cuter Than Most to make my card. I have had this kit for a while and finally inked it up, isn't it cute?

Check out the Friday Fun girls cards here:

Kim - Papertastic Creations
Sherry - Stamping, When I'm Not Working

Thanks for stopping by!! Here's a little treat for you (Good today, Jan. 9th, 2009):