Friday, April 24, 2009

Darn Camera

So, my camera battery is officially dead, and I can't find my charger. Grrrr...bc I have alot card pictures on that! So, bc it has been soooo long since I posted, I had to just take an card I had previously uploaded to photobucket.....even though it is a Christmas card! This is one I made for my upline Cindy's color challenge back in December- Old Olive, Real Red, Chocolate Chip. Sorry the pic isn't the best...I didn't have a blog to post it to at the time!

Stamps- Snow Swirled, Many Merry Messages
Paper- Whisper White, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Real Red
Ink- Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Real Red
Accessories- Dazzling Diamonds, Scallop Border Punch, Real Red Striped Ribbon

Friday, April 17, 2009


I know I'm a new blogger, but I have already went MIA :( I'm sorry, but I have a pretty good reason..

On Saturday, in the middle of scrapbooking (which is a challenge for me normally!), my tooth started to hurt. I didn't think much of it, my teeth are sensitive from brushing too hard as a kid, I have worn the enamel down. But by Easter afternoon I was on Orajel, 4 Advil and still crying on the couch in pain.

I called every dentist in NH until I found one to take me on Monday, and immediately discovered that I had a huge abscess in my tooth. I had to go for an emergency root canal. I went to the endodontist right away. The infection was so bad that they had to stitch a drain into my gums to get it out. And apparently novocaine and similar meds do not take as well in infected tissue, so I had three shots before I was numb. The drilled out the problem but could not complete the root canal. I had the drain out yesterday (and they almost couldn't get it out, and thought they had to anesthetize me again, but finally did it.) The put in a temporary filling but I have to go back to have the root canal finished and then to the dentist to have a crown put on. And we discovered that the dental insurance we enrolled in when Chad got this new job last year...apparently is nonexistent. So we have to pay all of this out of pocket...almost as painful as a throbbing face. I do have some pics of things I made with SAB stuff and I am making cards tomorrow night, so I hope I have something for you soon! least I scrapped 34 pages on Saturday :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Plaid, Argyle and Stripes, oh my!

Here are some cards I made for a friend of mine, Stacy. Her son Nick is being confirmed in May, and she asked me to me to make her 60 invitations. She found the general layout on SCS, but I'm not sure who the original creator was..if you do, LMK! And then she asked me to make 40 thank you cards for him to give out as well. I decided to keep the paper and colors the same, just change up the layout a teeny bit. It didn't turn out exactly like I planned, but what I had envisioned wouldn't fit right, so this is what I came up with. Making 100 cards needs them to be CAS (clean and simple). Though...any cards that required me to punch 300 holes and set 300 brads...aren't really that simple! :)

Stamps- Sincere Salutations, non SU praying hands stamp
Paper- Manchester DSP, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink- Chocolate Chip
Accessories- nonSU gold brads, Photo Corner Punch, dimensionals

Thank you cards:
Stamps- Much Appreciated (retired)
Paper- Manchester DSP, Kraft, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze
Ink- Baja Breeze
Accessories- nonSU brads

Blog Giveaway!

Hey, everyone! Just a quick post to let you know about some blog candy on my friend Tamra's blog, Front Porch Reviews. It's a really pretty beaded necklace..check it out!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

My first solo cards!

Now, don't laugh TOO hard. These are the first card designs I came up with on my own, those so many years ago. I like to think I have improved muchly! Sigh, I wish they would bring back Baroque Burgundy and Forest Foliage. I like them a lot better than their replacements, Handsome Hunter and Bravo Burgundy.

Stamps- Lovely as a Tree, not sure of the Christmas stamp
Paper- Forest Foliage, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand
Ink- Night of Navy, Forest Foliage
Accessories- non SU glue pen and glitter
Techniques- Sponging and Tearing

Stamps- City of David
Paper- Baroque Burgundy, Brocade Blue, Very Vanilla
Ink- Baroque Burgundy
Accessories- Key Tag Punch
Techniques- Tearing and sponging

Monday, April 6, 2009

My Stamping Story

I have some stamping cousins (Chelly, Carla, and Candy. They are sisters, can't you tell?) that have always gave out b-e-a-utiful cards. It NEVER ocurred to me that I could make cards like that. I don't have an artistic bone in my body, though I am realizing that some bones, like maybe my pinky toe, may be slightly more creative than I originally thought.

In June of 2005, my son Asa was stillborn. Through my faith in Jesus, I managed to hold up better than expected, but it is still a heart wrenching experience. My cousin Chelly, who had also lost a child realized I needed to get my mind off of things and get out of my house. She was going to a stamping class and invited me along. I was a little nervous, I had never stamped, but wanted to give it a shot. Little did we know it was an ADVANCED class. Yikes!!! I spent the whole night wondering what on earth was this "dimensional" thingy everyone kept talking about was.

But I had a great time, made amazing cards and was soooo proud of myself. I stamped here and there after that at workshops, and later at home with supplies Chelly donated to my meager stash. My card progression went from to some where at junior high level :) Here are the cards I made at that very first class with (my now upline) Cindy Lawrence.

Brand New Blog!

Hey, everyone! This is my venture into the blogging world. I am not that disciplined, so who knows how often I will post, but I'll give it a go! My name is Kristy, and I have been a Stampin' Up! demo for a year now. It has been a great time, and I like to say I am learning lots of new things. I am not a pro by any means. I am no expert on watercoloring, cannot get the chalkboard technique to work how I'd like it to, and have no idea how to do polished stone. I mainly make cards. I would really like to start scrapping more and learning how to make altered and 3d items. This is the blog for the simple stamper...I hope to grow as a stamper, learn from other bloggers, and let everyone know you don't have to be perfect to love stamping and make great cards!