Tuesday, February 26, 2008

February Stamp Camp

Well it was Stamp Camp once again - this past Saturday - I have another one this evening.

Here is a display of my cards...

Here is a display of the Sale-A-Bration sets that are available til March 17th. For every $50 purchase you make, you will receive a free Sale-A-Bration product.

Here is Jamie and Amy - hi girls, from tarte!!

Amy's Cherry card

and the inside...

Gloria ;) (such a cute smile)

I think these are Jamie's cards...

Amy's envelope card

Here is Tarte (that would be me lol) and Amy

Zena (hiding from the camera)

and Pam has told me NO MORE PIXS lol - even though I did get one with her new hair do - but I will be not post ;)

Okay see ya in March!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

artScape Part 2

A little tardy in posting pixs of the 2nd week class at artScape with Nancy & Maggie. Here is a diplay of my cards.

We made four cards.

We made a set of 3 cards using the Merci SAB set and then I provided a plastic box I purchased from Papertrey for them to present them as a gift.

Here is Maggie's cards:

Here is Nancy's cards:

Here is the Celebration set Thanks card:

Maggie's card:

Nancy's card:

Lastly, the purse card:

Maggie's card:

Nancy's card:

Table 52

Saturday night, we had dinner at Table 52 and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! It took 3 months to get the reservation ( had been back in November and that reservation took 2 months but worth the wait). Art Smith is the Chef and Owner and Oprah's former chef. The restaurant is located in a building that was originally the carriage house behind a mansion—both of which predate the infamous Chicago fire of 1871.

Courtesy of the chef, we had the deviled eggs with fried okra

and goat cheese drop biscuits. Here is the recipe. Then we had the Handmade Mozzarella, Arugula, Parma Ham, Roasted Tomato Sauce Wood-Fired Pizza. I had the Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Breast with Coconut-Ginger-Chili Sauce, Lo Mein Noodles and String Vegetables. It is a mixture of ground pistachios, fresh herbs and parmesan cheese encrusted on one side of the chicken breast saute├ęd with a ginger curry sauce. The Three-Cheese Macaroni is like a little bit of heaven and cooked in their wood grill oven.

Three-Cheese Macaroni

Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Breast with Coconut-Ginger-Chili Sauce, Lo Mein Noodles and String Vegetables, deviled eggs with fried okra, downstairs dining room

This is the light fixture that Art cooked under from 10 years in Ms. Winfrey's kitchen. It dates back from the 1920s. Art says "Every time (he) looks at that fixture, (he) think of [Oprah] and the light and all those wonderful meals at [her] table."

Upstairs Dining Room

I call these rock candy chandeliers

Upstairs Dining Room

For dessert, we tried Art Smith's Hummingbird Cake - Here is the recipe (to die for!) and the 12 Layer Chocolate Cake - Dilly-lish! What a treat after a 5 lbs weight loss ;) Now at 24 lbs woo-hoo!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Check it out!

See the great tip Patty's has on her blog today!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

He is Fierce!

Our Favorite Designer is Christian - Woo Hoo! He won $10K because he is Fan Favorite!!

Papertrey Goodies

My Papertrey goodies arrived.

I had done a

on Friday night at midnight when the goodies became available an dthey arrived last night!

I ordered

Aqua Mist Collection: $23
This collection included all of the Aqua Mist products (cardstock, ink & ribbons)

Spring Moss Collection: $23
This collection included all of the Spring Moss products (cardstock, ink & ribbons)

February Paper Collection: $12
This collection will included both the 12x12 & 6x6 Everyday Patterned Paper Collections.

Cause for Celebration

Stamps: Cause for Celebration Hostess Set
Cardstock: Very Vanilla card stock, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, and Soft Sky textured card stock
Ink: Rose Red Classic Stampin' Pad
Ribbon: Fairy Tale Ribbon Originals
Accessories: Flower Fusion Accents & Elements, Silver brads
1 3/8 Circle Punch, Crafters' Tool Kit, staples

I tried my hand at this sample that is in Spring-Summer Collection 2008. I don't own the Dots Classy Brass template or the Coluzzle Cutting System so I added additional piercing at the bottom and used the 1 3/8 Circle Punch instead. I am sampling this card tonight at my stamp class. I love textured paper!

Milwaukee Regionals

Yeah I am so excited! I got in to Stampin' Up!'s Milwaukee Regionals - it will be Saturday, April 19th. I wasn't able to attend 2 years ago since I had broken my right wrist. But no stoppin' me this year ;)

Monday, February 18, 2008

Chin N' Scratch

Stamps: Absolutely Fabulous
Cardstock: Whisper White, Almost Amethyst, Absolutely Amethyst DSP
Ribbon: White Grosgrain
Accessories: Rhinestone Brad
Tools: 1 1/4 & 1 3/8 Circle Punch, 1 1/4 & 1 3/8 Square Punch, Paper Piercer, Mat

I watched Angie's Stampin' Academy tutorial and made the purse - isn't it cute?

Then I tried her Merci cards...

Stamps: Merci & Birthday Whimsy
Ink: Black Stazon & Soft Sky, Certainly Celery, Rose Red
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Whisper White & Soft Sky, Certainly Celery, Rose Red DSP

Ribbon: Purely Pomegranate & Soft Sky Double Stitched Ribbon, Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon

Tools & Accessories: 1/8 Hole Punch, Mat Pack & Paper Piercer, & Aqua Painter, Marvy 3"Square Scallop, Icicles, Stickles

St. Patty's Card

Here is a lil' St. Patrick's Day card I am working on - waiting for my lil's sentiment for the inside.

Lexi Daly

Have you guys checked out her blog? She has some amazing stationary designs.
I just ordered some great calling cards and notepads for myself and my cousins - aren't they cute?

Crazy week ahead...

Okay tonight I have Aqua Fit (lost 20 lbs so far yeah!!!), tomorrow night I can either see Vantage Point or Be Kind, Rewind at a free movie screening, Wednesday night I have my 2nd week of artScape stamp class, Thursday lunch I will go to Aqua Fit and skip yoga that night since...Thursday night I am seeing One Republic with Josh Kelley and The Daylights at the Metro with Shelly YEAH! and then Friday I have a coaching session at my health club, reiki and dinner with Lana at Park Grill. I was suppose to see James Blunt but sold those tickets on eBay. I have seen him 2x before so not the end of the world - I have too much going on!!! Last but not least, Saturday I have Aqua Fit at 9am, Stamp Camp at 11am and dinner with my parents at Table Fifty-Two - Art Smith's restaurant (Oprah's former chef) - took 3 months to get the reservations - I went last November at it is D-I-V-I-N-E! So by Sunday I will COLLAPSE LOL.

What Finger Are You?

You Are a Ring Finger

You are romantic, expressive, and hopeful. You see the best in everything.

You are very artistic, and you see the world as your canvas. You are also drawn to the written word.

Inventive and unique, you are often away in your own inner world.

You get along well with: The Pinky

Stay away from: The Index Finger

Thursday, February 14, 2008

artScape Class

Last night I had my class at artScape. I had two students - Nancy and Maggie and they were friends! We had a great time talking about our favorite shows - (Christian's design on Project Runway rocked last night!, relationships lol and card making.) They really inspired me on their twists on my cards and they really enjoyed the different tools and samples I had displayed.

Here are my displays:

Here are 2 of the projects we did - A Valentine's Day card and a Happy Birthday card:

This is Maggie's twist (without the ribbon):

This is Nancy's twist (using a different stamp from So Many Scallops SAB set)

Here are the other 2 projects we did - Embrace Life cards:

The girls flipped the Ginger Blossom paper over and used the other side - and instead of making a bow they used it as a layer.

Happy Valentine's Day!!