Monday, November 17, 2008

Finally, the last of the Stamp Camp

Sorry it's taken me so long to finish this. These are the final 3 projects that we did at last weeks Stamp Camp.
I know the candy bar thing is not "new" but this was honestly the first time I had done one. I love the way the crimper "seals" the ends. Plus, this gingerbread man is TOO CUTE!!! We have used just about every image from this set (hostess set) and I know I NEED it!! But, the most amazing thing about this project is that after a really bad week that left NO CHOCOLATE anywhere in the house, this managed to survive. But, I guess now that I've shown the pic, I can EAT IT!!!!

The coolest thing about the bag is that it used a ballpoint GLUE pen!! I had never tried one of those before. It's pretty awesome! We were able to "draw" glue lines & then glitter them. This pen became my new MUST HAVE. Unfortunately, it's not from SU. I did find it at Archivers this weekend. LOVE IT!!!

And last, but surely not least, the album. First I want to say that I do NOT like this DSP. Orange & brown are NOT snow colors. They do not invoke feelings of winter, snow, Christmas or anything else this line is supposed to convey. But, the IDEA was TOO DARN CUTE!!! So simple, so quick (everything was pre-cut) and so WOW!!! I think my mom needs one of these for the school pics of the g'kids!

Now, to work on Christmas Cards. At least to come up with a DESIGN for the cards.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Sue's SU Stamp Camp

I felt today called for alliteration. My Florissant buddy Joan guilted me into going today: she wanted to go & had no one to go w/her (the rest of the Flo entourage was otherwise engaged) and since Sue was originally MY SU Demo, I felt I had to go. Boy am I glad I did!! We made 10 projects. Some will be posted in later days. It took us 5 hours & I'm a pretty speedy stamper!! Oh what fun we had!! Sue, you ROCK!!!!

Just an FYI, my buddy Joan LOVES to stamp a "hint" on the outside of the envie. When she does, I feel I have to also!

In addition to all this fun, I WON an attendance prize. Woohoo!!! This is what I chose. I'm going to try to convince DH I need to go to Sue's Stamp a Stack next week!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

How goofy is this?

Ok, Friday was Halloween & it was Crazy Sock Day at our school. Since I work behind the counter, no one could see how crazy my socks might have been. So, I had the brilliant idea to put the sock on my head.

Since I work with elementary students, I got lots of laughs & lots of questions about WHY there were socks on my head. And more than a few people wanted to know if I was supposed to be a puppy. To be fair, I felt like Goofy, the disney dog. (Although, I really felt GOOFY too!! LOL)

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!!!

My kids don't ToT anymore and we don't go to the parade (hate crowds & the long wait for it to start!) and I stopped handing out candy at my house (protest for the bus loads of kids that come to my neighborhood & don't LIVE HERE!!)

But, as an ode to the holiday, I made up these cute (I think they're cute) little goodies for my co-workers. In case you can't tell, there are Cheetos in the bags.

Maybe later, I'll post a pic of what I look like going to work today. Maybe. If it even "works"

Friday, October 24, 2008

Whoa, where have I been??

Wow, it's been a LONG time since I've posted here. Since the last time, my niece, me, my brother, my MIL & my son have all aged another year, my marriage hit the 19 year mark & the entire economy has upended. Hmmm, is that my fault for not posting?? Awesome responsibility there!! Clearly, I need to get back in the habit of posting.

As a start, here are more pics of the card & album I gave to Anna. Anna has worked w/me at East Elementary since I started there 3.5 years ago! She is a fabulous worker & a super-duper nice person! I'm really going to miss her!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

More updates soon, I promise

Somehow, life's gotten away from me again! The good news/bad news is that school starts tomorrow. I'll have less time but be on more of a schedule so less wasted time. I hope to be able to update this thing at least a couple times a week if not daily. I also am planning some blog candy. Ok, ok, ok. I'm really just cleaning out & up my scrap closet & am finding stuff that I don't need (or somehow, have 2 of!) Plus, I have the new SU catty & went to a make & take deal yesterday. I have pretties to post & my friend Debi decided to host a class where we are gonna make something COOL!! Can't wait!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Catch-up From July -- Part 1

I have been really busy this summer. Since the weekend BEFORE school got out until now, I've been on 5 driving trips, 6 states, 6 hotel rooms and 2 huge storms away from home! I'm tired!!

Now, it's back to school time already. Becca's sign up for volleyball and Nick's going to start Jr. High at Bethel (same Christian school that Becs has been going to for 3 years now). I'm still working in the Alton public school system so our days off will still be different (Spring Break is the biggest difference & PITA!)

So, 3 weeks ago, we went to Des Moines IA. I love the state of IA and would move to Dubuque in a HEARTBEAT! Des Moines was ok but not an overly friendly place. We stayed in what we now call the "Target Hotel". Very contemporary & very RED! I didn't think red was conducive to rest; why make a hotel red??? I swear, we were at a Target & they had a employment computer right near the check out. The screen saver was the EXACT carpet from the hotel!! Weird.

The best part of DM? Meeting up w/Cindy & Tracy at Archivers!!! TWICE!! Meeting up with a Shackie is just the BEST!! Putting a face w/the screen name and feeling like you really KNOW someone now. Not just an Internet acquaintance!! So very cool. We shopped & stamped & Cindy let me borrow her oval Nestabilites to work on ATC swaps. Oh, it was so much fun!!

When I was not w/"the girls", the kids & I got to do some fun things. Usually, when we go on audit trips with Scott, we have no vehicle. But, because of the number of miles he had to drive to GET to DM & then the amount of miles he had to travel WITHIN IA, he rented a car once we got there. The kids and I went to see a matinee showing of Wall*E. Nick & I loved it. Becca, who didn't think it would be that good to begin with didn't think it was super. She didn't hate it. She's 13, need I say more??

That same night, we went, along with Scott to go see Indiana Jones. It was an ok movie, not nearly as good as 1 & 3 but much better than 2!! I think Harrison Ford may have moved out of the "doable" category.

The kids and I also did some back to school shopping. Nick has to wear polos & khakis and needed more clothes. We found him 6 acceptable (to him) polos. When I got back to the hotel, I had an email from the school: stripes are now acceptable. We went back to the mall & bought him a striped polo (from Holister. ACK!!) Becca found a hoodie she liked (the "hip" stores don't cater to "round" teens!)

The best part of Iowa? Diet Vanilla Pepsi. They do not distribute DVP in the St Louis area. They have it in Bolivar MO, Jackson IL and Des Moines IA but NOT StL. So, I stocked up (forgetting that I had to pay a deposit on aluminum cans. Oh well).

More from July tomorrow

Sunday, July 13, 2008

I must be the worlds WORST blogger!!

I haven't posted since we were in Cape Girardeau. Now, we're in Des Moines IA. LONG trip up here but I slept most of it; got a headache from trying to read online stuff in the car. Dh got a new interent connection card thing & now, we can surf from anywhere. But, alas, I can not as I get car sick doing ANYTHING in the car but sleeping.

Some time in the next 3 days, I'm gonna meet up w/Shackies Cindi & Tracy. We're gonna meet at a LSS and PLAY!!! Woohoo!! I can hardly wait. Plus, dh will have to mind the kids while I get to play. Not the way these trips usually work out. Usually, it's me in the hotel with no car w/the kids for 4 days while he goes to work. I guess that IS the whole point but, it's gonna be fun for me to get to go somewhere!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Sorry, Suzi's out of the office, leave a message

Right now, we're in Cape Girardeau MO. Dh has audits and we tagged along. There is nothing really to DO in CG and I don't have a car so I don't know if I can call it a vacation. A vacation from COOKING so that works.

Anyway, today I have found 2 really cool techniques that I want to do when I get home. Being that I'm of a "certain age" I will NEVER remember them when I get home. So, I'm going to link them here. When I get home, surely I will remember to check my blog, right??

Home-made Dew Drops

Tab Punch Cup-Cakes

This isn't a technique site but, something I still want to save. I'm DYING trying to find a scrap/stamp retailer in this town! I can't possibly go home w/o new scrap supplies, right?? There is a s/b store in Sikeston but, as it's 30 minutes away, I want to make sure it's open. I called the number, not a working number!! ARGH!!

Scrap stores Nationwide

Friday, June 27, 2008

More ATCs

I still have a couple more ATCs that I havne't shown. These are both for swaps at the Shack. I am currently working on some more but, I've got them all packaged up to work on while on Vacation next week.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Tower Drop

Here are the pics from my dad. Unfortunately, he shrunk them down so small to email them to me that I can't make them bigger. Sorry.

I have no idea who the blonde is. Despite the look on my face, I am NOT happy! Happy to be down maybe and alive, but not happy with the ride. By the way, we went on a water ride just before this pic & my shirt is still soaked!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Vacation Snaps

Sorry, still no "craft posts" but here are some pics from my vacation. No shots of me falling off the tower thing (still can't believe I did that) but somewhere, there's one of me in a swim suit.

Days 1 & 2, Great Wolf Lodge, Mason OH

Day 3, Cincinatti, OH & Newport KY -- walking tour!

Day 4, Kings Island
Not many pictures here. I forgot to charge my camera battery & it died BEFORE I fell from the tower. Look how high it is!! ACK!!! Still scared even after the fact!!

Day 5, Newport Aquarium

No, my prince did NOT appear. Dang it!! Maybe I need to look for frogs wearing crowns??

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I live in Southern IL, near StL. I've been married to Scott for 26 years and we have 2 kids: Becca 21 & Nick 19. We have a kitty named Jack. I work as a medical biller. Scott is an auditor & travels about 2 weeks of the month.