Thursday, July 31, 2008

News from Dallas

Well I made in to Dallas. It really amazes me that it is only a 3 hour flight but I go to Halifax at least once a year with Ian and that is 5 1/2 hour. I picked up my rental car and me and the GPS were on the road by 12:30. It took the satellite a while to acquire a signal at the airport as I headed out with all that concrete so I just drove out and headed for the 121 N to Grapevine. The exit I took so that I could pull over and program the GPS got me right in from of Joann's in Grapevine so I had to go in. I was amazed at how nice one of those superstores are. I wish we had something there as the merchandise was so different that Michael's. I picked up an Pioneer 12x12 Album that was $19.99 with 30% off that is black Leather but says 'Live, Love, Laugh'. I loved it.

My next mission was lunch and a Strawberry Lemon slush from Sonic. I feel in love with this fruit slush when I lived in Oklahoma but haven't had one now in 7 years! Didn't take long to find one with my GPS - I think I am going to call the voice Greta. Mabye some nicer name as she has been so helpful. Once I was feed and had my large slush I was off again to my first store. I hit up ScrapBarn in Carrollton, Stamp Asylum in Plano and Scrapbook Bunnies in McKinney. Each was about 15 minutes apart and I never left the concrete jungle of the DFW metro. On my way to McKinney I say that exit 37 took me to the Allen Premium Outlet Stores which was one thing I hadn't researched. So, I stopped there and looked around for awhile.... I found the cutest shoes at Naturalizer ..... leave it to me to still find the $40 shoes when everything else is $20! I also got a new pair of Arnette sunglasses at the Sunglass Hut and a present for my husband to say 'I'm sorry I went on vacation without you!'

A stop at the Super Target on the way back to the airport/Grapevine area for some munchies and I settled into my hotel for the night. I called Bev and she was amazed at how much I got in to one day and the numerous places I'd been and how she didn't even know about some of my stops.

I am heading to Imprints in Fort Worth today and then to the Grapevine Mills Mall. I think I have a stop at Bath&Body Works in my future. Then to the airport for 3:45 to pick Judy up. We are going to check in and then head out to Bev's to meet the rest of the DT and have our live release party tonight. This is definitely a great weekend, I think I have the best name for it too ...... Design Team does Dallas ..... good thing we don't have a Debbie on our team!

More to come later .... I'll post some pictures from tonight tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I'm Batty for You!

I'm on a plane to Dallas right now! I arrive at 11:35 am Dallas time and have a big day of shopping planned. I have laid out my plans but first, I think I might stop at Sonic and get a Strawberry Lemon Slush as I haven't had one of those since I lived in Oklahoma in 2001. I'll program in Sonic to the GPS and see where it finds the closest one.

I don't have a Hanna preview today but hope to have one later or on Thursday for sure. Instead, I have a card made with Riley from the suprise Riley release on June 20. I really haven't gotten much stamped with these guys as it has been a little busy with work and truth be told my stamp room was a mess until last week and I could find no creative juices in the mess.

About 6 of us from the Hanna Stamps Design Team will be together on Thursday for the Release party. We will have a few laptops going it should be fun ...... we are thinking PJs! I'll keep you posted on my Dallas travels - I'm meeting up with some amazing stampers ... I am going to have stars in my eyes ..... I mean Texasgrammy, BadSherry, Jeanne S, Kristi, Judyw and Jenn B! OMG! I'll have to take pictures as little old me is hitting the bright lights of the stamping posh!

Stamps: Witch Riley - Hanna Stamps, SU
Paper: K&C patterned paper, only orange, basic black, PTI white
Ink: Memento black, Copics
Accessories: felt bats from $1 store, Mike's ribbon,

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Pirate Hanna

It is such fun to see how everyone on the Design Team interpetes Hanna's outfits. I've see this outfit and many variations of the shirt and corset. This is my take or Hanna in her Pirate wear with her parrot friend on her shoulder ... Pirates says read and black to me. This is another preview of the 4 sets being release from Hanna Stamps on midnight Friday, August 1 (bedtime on the 31st).

Join us on Thursday night in the Hanna Stamps forum on SCS for the Release Party. A whole bunch of the Design Team will be in Texas that night and we will be joining in.

Stamps: Pirate Hanna - Hanna Stamps (released on Aug 1/08)
Paper: real red, basic black, PTI white, Imaginasce Fluer
Ink: Memento black, Copics, Whisper white craft
Accessories: red satin ribbon, Imaginasce flowers, Creative cafe glitter brads

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Teacher Hanna

There are 4 new releases from Hanna Stamps this Friday, August 1st. I can't believe Friday is August already - where did July go? That also means that the Hanna Stamps Design Team get together in Texas is this week too. I am so excited to be going to Dallas to meet a whole pile of the Design Team members. I leave on Wednesday am to do some American shopping before meeting up with everyone else on Thursday pm and Friday! I did get my release cards done this weekend as well as put together a whole bunch of Riley cards from some colored images I've had on my desk for a month.

This sketch was inspired by Kimmie for her Magnolia blog candy giveaway: KKMC1. I hope I made the deadline as it isn't midnight here yet.

Stamps: Teach Hanna - Hanna Stamps (released on Aug 1/08)
Ink: Memento black, copic markers
Paper: Basic Grey Europhia, kiwi kiss, pink pirouette, red riding hood, PTI white
Accessories: Basic Grey Europhia glazed brads and brads, SU old olive twill ribbon, Bazzill flowers, nestabilities

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Super Billy

Oh boy, I have no cards in the stash to show anymore now that I have this one up..... good thing I plan to stamp on Saturday and perhaps even on my Friday off.

This is another Billy stamps from Pink Cat Studio. I colored him with copic markers and put the card together at Nancy's during a Calgal event.

A big congratulations to my fellow Calgal, Allison on her 'condition'. I am happy for you and Brad on your new WJ and hope the 2 existing WJs are happy to be having a new bro/sis on the way.

Stamps: Billy - Pink Cat Studio, Happy Birthday - from Nancy's stash
Ink: Memento Black, Copic markers
Paper: wild wasabi, real red, basic black, wild wasabi designer paper from hostess sampler
Accessories: Doodlebug sugar coated brads

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Silly Kids!

I don't have any cards today but a few pictures instead. My brother and his family were through Calgary on July 4th on a family vacation. I meet them Friday morning and we went to the Calgary Zoo together. This first picture is me and my nephew Cooper aka Coops. I never smile with my mouth open so I suspect I was saying cheeze with Coops. This is also my new hair cut however you can't really see the length or color that well in this picture.

I couldn't leave Katelynn aka Katie out of the picture so this is a picture of Daddy's girl. The Daddy would be my brother, Brent. Yes I know we look alike and that his kids are adorable!

And the last picture I have is a picture that my sister-in-law took of the kids when they were in Drumheller at the dinosaur museum. This picture shows their gorgeous red hair and I thought Katelynn had quite the outfit on here.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Billy and his pal

My nephew Hunter turns 2 on Friday. I am seding this card out to him for his birthday. I colored 'Billy' aka Hunter with copic markers. I love these Pink Cat Studio stamps.

We started working on our yard this weekend as we have finally gotten the go ahead from the surveyors and city that the lot was at grade.... well almost we had to build a front flower bed to help direct the drainage then we will get a grading certificate from the city - then grass is next. I have some pictures to show you once we are done. We have a few hours of work left hoping it doesn't rain too much this week so we can get it done.

Stamps: Billy - Pink Cat Studio, Happy Birthday - from Nancy's stamps
Paper: wild wasabi, real red, so saffron, real red designer paper, staples 110# white
Ink: Memento black, copic markers
Accessories: Limeade Doodlebug sugar coated brads

Friday, July 11, 2008

Pumpkin Rose Fresh Cuts

I really like this new set by SU that was a sneak peek for June. The laser notes are nice little cards but I fill limited in what I can do with them. I'd like to use the stamp set more and see what I can come up with.

This is the 3rd card and the last one that I have to show you from the class I did in Saskatchewan and June Stamp Club.

I am looking forward to the weekend as we can finally get started on our yard. This weekend we are buying the materials and starting to build in the flower beds for the front yard. I am sure I will be sore next week.

Supplies (SU ONLY)
Stamp set: Fresh Cuts - will be in new catalogue
Paper: Laser cut note by SU
Ink: pumpkin pie, whisper white craft
Accessories: rose red felt flower, more mustard brad, white embossing powder

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

She's a Beauty Queen

Here is a card I made at Nancy's during our last Calgals. I had the images all colored but put together the card there. Nancy helped by giving me the paper flowers.

I am sorry its been almost a week since I posted. I haven't spent much time at home or on the computer over the weekend. Ian and I spent Friday and Saturday on the Stampede grounds watching the Chuckwagons one night and the Rodeo the next day. I am fighting off a cold right now too.

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far.

Stamps: Pink Cat Studio, Sentiment - MFT
Paper: Scarlet Letter - BG, basic black, real red, staples 110# white
Ink: Palette Noir, copic markers
Accessories: real red striped ribbon, paper flowers, Imaginasce black tie brads

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Hanna's chilling out .....

Hanna needs to relax and get ready to enjoy summer. This is another preview of one of the four sets being released on Friday.

I am so glad that I only have a 2 day week - Stampede starts tomorrow in Calgary. I am looking forward to some good times.

Hopefully, I will make it to the Hanna Release Party tonight but I am not sure as my brother and his family may be coming for dinner as they are going to be in Calgary.

Regardless, I'll be back with a new card tomorrow.

Stamps: Lazy Days - Hanna Stamps
Paper: SU pretty in pink, gable green, Doodlebug glittered paper
Ink: Memento black, copic markers
Accessories: Mike's ribbon, Prima flowers, Jesse James glitter dots, Doodlebug brad (limeade)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Hanna's getting married!

First, a sorry to my readers as I've had no creative juices so I haven't gotten my sneak peeks done until Tuesday night and I am so late to the party as the rest of the Hanna Stamps Design Team has been so busy.

Anyhow, here is my first Hanna sneak peek for the release this Friday, July 4th. There will be 4 sets released that day. This set features 'Bridal Hanna' - I'll have another one for you on Thursday and Friday.

There will be a Release party on SCS on the Hanna forum.

Stamps: Bridal Hanna - Hanna Stamps
Ink: Memento black, copic markers
Paper: Doodlebug glitter paper, Bazzill brown, SU pretty in pink
Accessories: Doodlebug ribbon (white), Bazzill flower, Doodlebug brads (cupcake)