Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Every once in a while I start out telling a story or saying a phrase and it just reminds me of a song so I sing it and get it out of my system. ;) That being sung, last night was NUTZ!
We left Saturday morning to head out of town for a wedding in San Jose. We stayed at this really great hotel, Hotel Montgomery....if ever you head to downtown San Jose you MUST choose to stay there, it was great! Anyway, the wedding was kinda low key, the weather was perfect, the ceremony and reception were held on the 17th floor of the Silicon Valley Country Club. What shocked me the most was the food....it was horrible!!! I was expecting this fabulous meal and oddly enough I had to fill up on bread because the food was just gross! They had a mixed green salad served with blue cheese and shredded onions (who does that at a wedding?) and this very bitter vinaigrette. Luckily, they served a second course of lime sorbet to cleanse our palettes, but with those onions they should have just passed out some Listerine in shot glasses. The main course was either salmon, filet or chicken. My hubby got the salmon (I won't touch seafood and he loves it) and I got the filet. My mom and dad both got the chicken so I thought if my filet was too rare (very common) that could trade with them. The chicken had this peanut sauce drizzled on top with pine nuts.....again, who does this?!?! Those are VERY different flavors and just do not mix well at all!! The filet was rare, REALLY rare and was served with 2 sliced carrots and purple potatoes. I never knew there was a purple potato until this weekend, interesting but not very appealing. I have to take my hubby's word that his dinner was unpleasant since he never passes up seafood and he actually pushed his plate away after two bites and proceeded to eat my filet.
Ok enough about that, let me fast forward to Sunday. We slept in until 8am, mainly because I was up all night with a tummy ache and there wasn't a soda or antacid that would make it go away. So once again, bread was my best friend. By the time we got home that afternoon I was just exhausted, so I decided I wanted to just relax around the house and be lazy. WRONG! I totally forgot that I had to bake a cake for my final class on Monday and make two batches of icing in three different consistencies. And then I checked my email and completely forgot that SIYJ (Stamping in Your Jammies, a virtual stamp night by Paper Pretties) was Sunday from 6pm-9pm and I was NOT going to miss that! Ok, so it was 4:30pm so I had time to clean up my stamp table and whip up this cake and get it in the oven. WRONG! No eggs.....wait, let me correct that. I needed 3 eggs and there were 2. So, in my eyes...NO EGGS! So I waited until the SIYJ began, whipped up the first sketch challenge and then ran to the store. Got back, prepped the cake pans, took a photo of my card and then ran back to the computer and posted it. Next challenge, sewing!??! I don't have a sewing machine! Oh and can I tell you that Faux stitching probably takes LONGER than using the real thing!!! Ok, card....focus, you can do this. Layout design, done. Color choices, done. Paper choices....done. Cake....OH CRAP, NOT DONE! So I run back in the other room, finish mixing up the batter (luckily I did preheat the oven) and threw in my two cake pans. Ok, 25 minutes til those are done and 10 minutes left to cut everything and finish my card and post it. I run into the stamp room, finish up my card, run into the kitchen to photograph it and then back to the computer to post it (15 minutes late). BUZZZZZER....CRAP!
Ok, run into the kitchen, where are the toothpicks?!?! Ok, toothpicks found, cakes tested and they are done. Pull them out and set them on the counter to cool. What was I doing? Oh yea, last card challenge....back to the computer, what's the challenge? Ooooh colors, ok light green, light blue and light purple...got it. Only 25 minutes left?!?!!? I need an hour!!! Ok, focus, go back to simple and just stamp it! Ok, breathe....simple, simple, think simple. GOT IT. Stamp, color, punch, layer....I'm done! I'm 5 minutes late but hey, I finished. Run to the kitchen, take the last photo, run back to the computer and post.
TAH DAH! But what about the 2 batches of icing?
***anyone else exhausted yet?***
So I decided to just use the canned stuff, can you believe it?!?! I threw it in my Kitchenaid, added some meringue powder and slapped it onto my cake. At least I did add some raspberry filling to the middle so hopefully no one will notice the fake frosting on the top, right? WRONG....it's gooey!!!! The whole point to adding the powder was so that it would harden up so I could smooth out the creases and lumps and take it to class. So, my class tonight should be very interesting to say the least. But I've learned a lot...I love stamping more than baking, I can't function in a messy stamping OR baking area, simple is still cute (especially when you only have 10 minutes and you've lost your mind completely) and lastly, I NEED to get my hands on that mini sewing machine!!!!! :)
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Oh, did you want to hear who won? Ahh that's right, I knew there was a reason I was meeting up with Scott today. Let's see, what did he write down on this napkin???
#44!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS DENISE!!!!
Denise... said... I subscribed...and I am hoping and hoping that I get picked. I don't have any bellas!!! Love the blog...always great inspiration. Thanks so much!
I have truly enjoyed spreading the fun and candy around this week and I have already started to get together some more fun goodies. I have a bad habit when I go to the craft stores, I pick up one for me and one to give away. It's just such a good deal I must share it, right?!?!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Jillian... pick me, pick me, pick me. :) Love your blog, it's 1 of my to do list for daily blog checking.
Tbreanna, send me your addy so I can send these lovely ladies to their new home.
TOMORROW IS THE BIG DAY!!!! Make sure you ALL check back to see who the grand prize winner is.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
So congrats to Wednesday's Winner!!! CHATTERBOX!!!
Hi, I subscribed to your blog a week ago - simply because I LOVE your sense of humor, down to earth (ok, my earth)chatter, and your creative projects. Some day's I just need a little inspiration - and this blog sure has helped me out of my mini slump. BUT... when I saw your bellas in the candy package...OMG! I didn't even know what a bella was... I have a new mission...Bella collecting!Thanks for sharing your ideas, not sure my husband is going to like my new hobby though.
Chittery Chatterbox...send me your info missy!!!! :)
Some updates & notes: I was incorrect in my previous post stating that Aug 20th was the last day to sign up for the Sept bella box. Christie over at Paper Pretties has moved all the dates back to normal so you have until the end of each month to sign up for the next month's box, which is great! Not to mention the fabulous discount at the Paper Pretties Corner Store just for being a subscriber! ;) Also, yesterday's winner Whimsey, well her name is Michelle...not Ida. So I apologize Michele for changing your name...although you did offer to let me call ya Lula so I might just have to take you up on that!
2 more winners are in the making!!! Be sure you check back to see if it's you!!!!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Ok, now to the good stuff..............*drumroll please*
Tuesday's mini-bella-blog-candy winner is......................................
I LOVE the cake pan and the results-how stinking cute is that!!!!! I subscribed to your blog a week or so ago - can't remember how I came across it, but I love your work!
August 18, 2007 8:01 AM
Ida, send me all your details and so I can send you some goodies. :)
My hubby is going out of town starting tomorrow on business so I'm hoping to get a LOT of stamping done. No more cake talk until next Monday....I promise!!! *fingers crossed*
Monday, August 20, 2007
I subscribed and then almost forgot to come back and comment. I don't own a single Bella and Have wanted to play around with one for a while so I would LOVE to win those bella images. PLEASE pick me. :-)
So when I explained how it actually works and that I only have one package of blog candy stuff, my wonderful husband says ..."So make more stuff!"..... So I am!!! Starting today, I will be announcing a mini-bella-blog candy winner each day until the grand finale (Friday)! These winners will receive 15 bella images, including all featured Bellas from the Paper Pretties boxes...Jammybella, Diplomabella, Cruisabella, Veggiebella, Expectafellabella...and whatever other bellas I feel like throwing in. ;) Which reminds me, today is the cutoff for the Sept Paper Pretties Boxes so be sure to head over there and sign up!
Check in here daily cause you might be a winner!!!
Friday, August 17, 2007
This weekend we are taking a little trip to San Francisco to wander around, do a bit of shopping and consume way too much yummy food in celebration of our Holla-versary (yes, there is QUITE a story behind that). So I have requested that Scott (my dh, I figured I'd give him a proper name finally) refrain from buying me flowers and instead buy me this!!!!
Still curious as to why I'm so excited over this funky cake pan??? Well, this is what it looks like when you're done!!!!!!Tell me this is not the cutest cake ever!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?! I LOVE IT AND I MUST HAVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
And of course the items shown at the top; 2 gellyroll clear stardust sparkle pens (LOVE THESE!!), primas, colored staples, (2) clear mini-stamp sets and (2) clear acrylic blocks.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sign up as a demonstrator between August 10 and September 30 and with the purchase of your Starter Kit, you'll get to pick the family of your choice-color family, that is-of Classic Stampin' Pads FREE. That's a $57.95 value! And we've designed our exclusive coordinating color families (including our In Color collection) so that every color fits in. After all, it's all in the family!
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Isn't it just fantastic!?!?! The artist is Michele Boyer, you can check out her blog here for details. PLUS, she's giving away this very set and some other goodies along with it! This is one of the new sets just released by My Favorite Things and I just love it. I never win anything, but I HAD TO HAVE IT!!! So needless to say I ran right over to the Paper Pretties Corner store and bought it. (ooh, and if you're a subscriber to Paper Pretties then you get a discount in the store too!! so....I bought a few more things. Shhhh, don't tell the DH!)
Isn't this card just too clever?!?! Kudos to Michele for being so creative...I love it!!!
Your Name: Jillian
Famous Artist/Band/Musician: Justin Timberlake
4 letter word: Jump
TV SHOW: JAG
City/Town: Jericho, New York
Boy Name: Jack
Girl Name: Jessilyn
Something you wear: Jeans
Celebrity: Julia Roberts
Food: Jelly Bellies!!!!!!!!!!
Something found in a kitchen: Jelly
Reason for Being Late: Just forgot...
Cartoon Character: Johnny Bravo "yea baby"
Something You Shout: JERK!!!!!...especially while driving ;)
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
So to kick off this fabulous news I have created a new card using the Paper Pretties August Bella...VEGGIEBELLA! Isn't she just fab!?!?!? And the Corner Store has tons of great cardstock, patterned papers and even some great phrasing stamps to go along with your stamps!!!
Make sure you check back often, there will be some Bella blog candy posted soon...and no one wants to miss out on free bella stuff!!!! ;)
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
I love getting my monthly Bella Box!! The best part about the Paper Pretties boxes are that they come pre-cut and ready to assemble and there are photos of various sample cards with each month's kit available online in the Members section, so you can view them anytime! So my brain doesn't feel fried just trying to come up with a card layout...it's already done for me! Go here to check out the available boxes http://www.paperpretties.net/
Once I get one or two of those made, I tend to break out of my box and switch it up a bit. Add a punch here or there, change the layout, remove an item....
I used my Prisma Pencils & Gamsol for coloring....added a bit of Doodle (can't get enough of that with the Bellas!!!) and just simplified it a bit so I could give it to anyone for their birthday....guy, girl, teenager, etc. I got a total of 9 cards of out my card box supplies, even though they include enough goodies for 6 you can actually stretch the supplies to get quite a few more. :) There are a few different boxes available and various stamp companies you can choose from, PLUS you get a discount on everything in the store when you're a subscriber! I just ordered some new MFT stamps from there and can't wait to get my hands on them!!!
There is some big news on the way so keep checking back during the week!!!
Thursday, August 2, 2007
You can hardly see it in the photo but we used the retired Cloud Stencil to make a bit of a castaway scene. I used the layout from the Paperpretties limited edition samples....I love keeping it simple!! And I love the new textured white cardstock!!!! It really adds to the card without over doing it.
This design was from a fellow SCSer and I just switched up a few things but overall it was already darn close to perfect! And I'm absolutely in LOVE with the new Polkadot Background stamp from SU. By far my fav thus far. :)
And of course, the Love Boat....sadly the glitter doesn't show up at all in the pic but it's on the clouds and the water so it sparkles. I just love to watercolor with this set...so many options. I can't wait to use more of the Loads of Love accessories with this new Boat set!!! They just match perfectly!!!