Monday, August 29, 2011

Paper Pretties Whatnot

Hi All!!!

Well this weeks challenge is Back to School!  Thank goodness for this cute image to help because I was at a loss for ideas!  I did add on a library clip because I'm a college student so for me back to school is synonymous with tons and tons of library hours studying!

I also added some crystal effects to the blades of the scissors and the big red apple!  For more eye candy and to see all of the images released today visit the Pretties Challenge Blog!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Dirty 30....30 things to do in my 30's

Today is my 30th birthday and instead of worrying about getting older I have decided to look to the future as an adventure and have made a list:

30 things to do in my 30’s

1.       Try to make dirty dozen design team

2.       Design for Kraftin Kimmie Stamps/Taylored expressions/there she goes/The Greeting Farm

3.       Get to goal weight

4.       Learn healthy habits to stay at goal weight

5.       Try one daring/unusual/out of the box thing a month

6.       Try to do as many stamp challenges as possible

7.       Keep a 3.5 GPA or higher through graduation

8.       Work on my French and try to be fluent

9.       Learn sign language

10.   Complete wedding/Disneyland/Paris/cruise scrapbooks

11.   Work on settling my past and to move forward

12.   Start a family

13.   Travel to Europe as many times as I can

14.   Travel to New York

15.   Complete my PhD in History

16.   Buy a house

17.   Work on being a better friend

18.   Take cooking lessons

19.   Become a teacher

20.   Make decisions my children can look up to (when I have them)

21.   Rescue more dogs

22.   Volunteer more

23.   Become more outgoing

24.   Be a better wife

25.   Try to show my family how much they mean to me in both actions and words

26.   Try to use more of what I already have instead of adding to the clutter

27.   View each day as a gift and try to make the most of ever moment

28.   Don’t worry about the number of each birthday but look forward to the memories you are making

29.   Read more and remember to take moments for myself

30.   Don’t deny yourself the happiness and joys of life for things that won’t matter in the long run!

The last image is a poem that my high school economics teacher handed out on the last day of school of our senior year.  I have looked at this poem many times over the last 12 years and it still resonates with me!  It is called comes the dawn.

Here is the full text:

Comes The Dawn
Author: Veronica A. Shoffstall
After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
And company doesn’t mean security,
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises,
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child,
And you learn to build all your roads on today,
Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans,
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn
That even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure...
That you really are strong,
And you really do have worth.
And you learn and learn...
With every goodbye you learn.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Lulu's fix

Hey all!  OK so I have not stamped in over a month (Pause for gasp).  Yes, you heard me correctly...a month!  We moved so I had to pack up my stamp room and we downsized so I no longer have my own room like I had before but I share my stamp space with my husbands now defunct man cave.  To put this into perspective four years ago I met my husband and I had just started this hobby and when I would come and visit him on the weekends (we lived an hour from each other) I would bring ALL of my stamp stuff with me and that fit into a rolling case and almost a year later when we moved in together I was still stamping out of a cardboard box in our dining room.  then we moved and I had my own room.  2 and a half years later I am back to sharing but now my husband has 1/4 of this room and the closet and I have 3/4's of the room with wall to wall shelving.  As we were unpacking he looks at me and says "what happened to the cardboard box???"  Neither of us realized how much I have accumulated until we had to pack and unpack it all!  the reason for my story is because of the smaller space it was harder to find boxes to be able to stamp so i was putting it off and putting it off until (gasp again) I had a card due this weekend and I had no idea where my ink was packed let alone where my stamps were.  they have been safely rescued and I was able to put my desk together enough.  I still have boxes to go through and lots and lots of stuff to organize.  I also have realized stamping is like almost anything and you need to practice and I realized that as I was a tad rusty with this project!

UGH I am rusty!  I used Stamping Bella Lulu's morning fix!  ADORE this image!  I also was lucky enough to receive a HUGE box of yummy stuff from the store!  My birthday is Sunday and since it is a biggie (the BIG 3-0) I told hubby all I wanted was an excessive allowance to spend on whatever stamp stuff I wanted.  After the above conversation he looked at me kinda crazy but agreed and I ran, not walked, to the store site to take full advantage of the Summer Sizzler sale!!!  My order arrived yesterday and I was pulling out soooooo much stuff!  I stocked up on my lala's, kraftin kimmies, and nesties!  hurry and take advantage now because these prices are simply fabulous!

also scroll down for the HUGE blog candy celebrating the brick and mortar store!!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Blog Candy!!!!!

One Crazy Stamper is opening a brick and mortar store. And we will be celebrating on the blog by giving away prizes galore during the month of September!!  You won't want to miss this. 

To kick things off we are giving away
Your Next Stamp's entire September Release!! (release date 9/10/11)
That's 18 high quality rubber stamps, worth $175

To enter
1-Add your name into Inlinkz on OCS blog and you are in the drawing for this fabulous prize &
2- Be a follower of OCS
*** For a 2nd entry- Post our blinkie above and put it on your blog. Link it to  Add your name into Inlinkz a 2nd time.

We will draw a winner Sep. 26th on the blog. Be sure to check back frequently during the month of September!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Paper Pretties Whatnot

Hi All,  Well I was soooo busy creating, creating, creating that I realized I kinda cheated on this weeks challenge!  I loved this little guy tons and I got caught up in coloring!  Visit the Paper Pretties Blog for all the images released today and all of the eye candy!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Kenny K Cheers!

Hi All!

I am LOVING these Kenny K images!  They are so fun to color and the girls are sooo sassy!  A lot of the masculine images out there are for younger guys and boys but I love that this image is perfect for the older guys in our lives!  I kept this card simple and just added some linen thread with the button.  I wanted this card to be masculine so I did';t add to many frills to it. 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

happy Birthday Jackie!

Hi All!  It is our very own Prettie girl Jackie's birthday!!!!  And it is ALSO a challenge for the digi team!  View our awesome new digi's and wish Jackie a BIG ol happy, happy birthday!!!

Visit the Paper Pretties Blog for the blog hop line up and the next stop from here is Melissa!


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