Saturday, June 30, 2007

ATTN: Swappers...

My birthday is coming up and in honor of that momentous occasion, I'm hosting another A Muse ATC Swap over on SCS. PLEASE come join me!

Click here!


JulieHRR's What kind of stamper are you?

So, occasionally I run across articles in other people's blogs that I find super interesting. I'd like to share them with you. I'm pretty certain that most of my customers haven't read Julie Ebersole's blog. She is the queen. And the other day she posted this "What kind of stamper are you?"

I am truly a stampy stamper. I actually try sometimes to be the scrappy stamper and I fail miserably. Incidentally, I "stamp" cards and gifts but I "scrap (and not stamp)" in my scrapbooks. Hmm... I need to think about that some more. Interesting.

So, what kind of stamper are you?

Serving up some BRIGHT sunshine here.

Oh my goodness.

Things that were GREAT today:
* The SUN came out here in Austin, TX, where we've had RAIN, RAIN, and more RAIN for a long time now.
* Everyone, and I mean everyone at my house was happy today.
* My SU! catalogs came in!!!
* My SU! hostess club tonight was fun. Those ladies are such fun.
* Did I mention that it was Sunny here? :)

Anyway, I made some cards that make me smile and make me think of happy, sunshine and good things.

Card 1:
Lovely Lilac. Need I say more? Okay, one more thing... ribbon is May Arts from Jody.

Card 2:
Summer Sun... hehe... SUN, get it... "Serving up some BRIGHT *SUN*shine here".... I'm so punny... punchy is a better description. :/
More ribbon from Jody.

Card 3:

Tempting TURQUOISE! Ribbon by SU!

Card 4:

And then there is Gable Green. And that fabulous polka dot sheer stuff from May Arts and Starlitstudio.

And how come when I was a kid a LONG time ago, we had glitter glue but now it's "acid free", etc. (for scrapbooks) and it's called Stickles and it's FABULOUS? I mean, why did that take so long to "invent" or maybe the question I really want to ask is "Why didn't I think of that?" Go get you some of that stickles stuff... it's made by Ranger. That's what is on the center of each card.

AMAP Featured Store

Did you see the featured store over on the AMAP site? It's called Ink About It and it's located in Westford, MA. It sounds like such a fun store. I wish I could go there during the AMAP week and take some classes from Jenn Shurkus. Go read all about it and sign up for those classes, if you'll be in the area!

Friday, June 29, 2007

SU! Catalogs are HERE!!!

Oh, they are so pretty!

Contact me to get yours today!

(and yes, there IS a polka dot background stamp! Wohoo!).

Thursday, June 28, 2007

A Muse Challenge #9 - Card 6

Card #6 for the AMAP

Turquoise Ribbon is May Arts from TexasJodyLynn (Jody Morrow)
Stamps: A Muse
CS: SU! Chocolate Chip Pocket Notes, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Ribbon, markers

A Muse Challenge #9 - Card 5

Card #5 for the AMAP

Hot Pink Grosgrain Ribbon is May Arts from Cindy aka Starlitstudio
Stamps: A Muse
CS: SU! Chocolate Chip Pocket Notes, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Ribbon, markers

A Muse Challenge #9 - Card 4

Card #4 for the AMAP

Polka Dot Ribbon is May Arts from Cindy aka Starlitstudio
Stamps: A Muse
CS: SU! Chocolate Chip Pocket Notes, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Ribbon, markers

A Muse Challenge #9 - Card 3

3rd card for the ribbon challenge.

Isn't he cute? I just love Patch. And I can't believe that SU! Au Chocolate DS Paper isn't in the new catalog (so I hear! no, I'm not grumpy about not having mine, why do you ASK????).

Ribbon is May Arts from Cindy aka Starlitstudio

Stamps: A Muse
CS: SU! Chocolate Chip Pocket Notes, Very Vanilla, Au Chocolate DS paper
Accessories: Ribbon, markers

I left a sentiment off so it could be used for anything! He's just so cute!

Attn MA Stampers...

The one and only Jenn Shurkus will be teaching classes all over Massachusetts during the Amuse-a-palooza week.

Directly from the AMAP site:

A Muse Instructor, Jenn Shurkus, will be teaching the following A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA classes at the stores listed. Her classes fill up fast, so please call the stores for updated availability and to register.

For more info, check it out here.

Blog candy winner!

First, THANK YOU all for commenting and for ALL of the kind words. You have NO idea how important they were for me to read today. I'm usually a very happy person but today wasn't so happy... so again, thank you!

And the winner is... Sharon!!

With this post:
sharon said...

I love to see the pretty cards you make! Congratulations on all the hits :)

Sharon, email me your address and I'll get it out in the mail.

Oh, you probably want to know what the prize is... right?

It's a Stampin' Up! Color Combiner Book that I've made with my Bind-it-all. It even has the new In Colors in it! I hope you like it. I'll post a picture soon.

Holy Cow!

Geez, Louise! OMG!

Okay, so this so doesn't matter to me (well, it must a little for me to put in on my blog AND now to comment on it). But the other day, I added the stamping50 thing to my blog that ranks stamping sites. I just did it to see if I was even in the top 500. Seriously, thinking I wasn't. But anyway... I did and I entered in at 396! WOHOO. Today, I'm at 271!!! WOWZA!

BLOG Candy update... haven't forgotten... I'll do it today, I promise. I decided to enter that part of mommy-hood where we have our first sleepover (HERE that is). My nephew (6) spent the night last night. All of the boys were great but mom, here, is a bit tired!

More later...

WHERE ARE MY SU! CATALOGS?????? Okay, sorry... just had to get that out.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A Muse Challenge #9 - Card 2

Here's my 2nd card for the ribbon challenge.

Hot Pink Grosgrain is May Arts from Cindy aka Starlitstudio and Chocolate Chip is SU! (retired and GONE! :( )

Stamps: A Muse
CS: SU! Chocolate Chip Pocket Notes, Very Vanilla,
Accessories: Ribbon, staples, markers

Reston, VA Stampers...

A Muse instructor, Melinda Matzen, will be teaching the following A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA classes at Angela's Happy Stamper in Reston, VA! Please call Angela’s Happy Stamper to register (703-435-0051) or sign-up on their website.

The classes sound cool. Here is a description of them. I sure wish I could go!

Psst... hey you... BLOG CANDY!!!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

A Muse Challenge #9 - Card 1

HEY JENN - aren't you proud of me? I'm using my hoarded stuff. I figure I should clean out some of this stuff so I can get new stuff! :) We "are" actually supposed to use this stuff, right?

For challenge #9 for the AMAP site, make a card with ribbon! OOOH... and I just got all this May Arts stuff from Cindy aka Starlitstudio and from Jody (TexasJodyLynn)! Thanks girls! Love that stuff!

Here's card #1:
Stamps: A Muse
CS: SU! Chocolate Chip Pocket Notes, Very Vanilla, AU Chocolate DS
Accessories: Pink&White sheer polka dots from May Arts

A Muse Challenge #9 - RIBBON FUN!!!

Okay, who doesn't use ribbon on their cards? Well, okay, I don't sometimes but most of the time I do! And that is this week's challenge over at the A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA site. Check it out and go play! You could win stuff for FREE! What is better than the FREE stamps???

Pull out your ribbon stash, your challenge this week is to use ribbon on your design! You may use your choice of ink, papers, colors, stamps (please use at least one A Muse stamp if possible), embellishments, etc.
Go do it! How fun!

10,000 hits are upon us...

Well, almost. AND I can't FREAKIN' believe it. Wasn't I going to quit this recently? Well, I'm glad I didn't and thank you for your support.

NOW, it's time for blog candy!

Here's how it works this time:

Register with A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA and tell them I sent you (Geeta Suggs), you get 20 entries.
Everyone else gets 1 entry.

Leave a comment here about your favorite thing about my blog (and yes, you can say blog candy. HA!).

The prize... well, it's a surprise (because I haven't finished it yet) but it has to do with Stampin' Up! I promise you'll like it.

Leave a comment by Thursday, 9am Central. I'll pick one on Thursday.

THANK YOU very much for coming and reading about my journey.

Much love.

Wowza! Ambassador Weekly Winner!

This week's AP Ambassador Winner is Katie Stillwater. She won because she reported the most cards made last week. She made 28! Can you believe that? Here is the full story and what she won!
Congrats Katie!

Monday, June 25, 2007

AP Challenge 8 Winner

I have to admit, challenge 8 was challenging to me. Silly cards are hard... mainly because I don't know who to give them to! I need to work on that. Anyway, Ericka won the random drawing for challenge 8. Go check it out. She won some summer A Muse stamps! WOHOO. Congrats Ericka.

More simple cards...

I've been working on a project that I'm not done with yet but I'm totally frustrated. It involves glue (or Modge Podge). Yeah, not a big fan of either of those. So, I needed to break my frustration and again, get back to the basics. I made more simple cards with my A Muse stamps. I'm going to package them up and sell or give as gifts. I still have more of those Judikins glossy notecards, so I used them. I uploaded all of this batch to my gallery over on Splitcoast.

A Muse Instructor Workshop

Do you live in Plymouth, MN? Yes, then check out Artsy Tartsy. A Muse instructor, Tami Wood, is teaching a bunch of classes there for Amuseapalooza. Here are the details.

Embroidery Engineer!

Many of you knew me once as Embroidery Engineer. Yes, you heard me. Back before stamping took over my life, my dear husband gave me an embroidery sewing machine for Christmas. That following May, I decided to start a small business by word-of-mouth (mainly friends and family) that I would do for one year to see if I could recoup the price of the machine. Well, long story short... by Christmas that year, I fulfilled my goal. And then on Christmas Eve, I stayed up until 4am, sewing our presents for our families. I only worked on the business during nap time or at night and I had orders until Christmas Eve! I got completely BURNT OUT and decided to take some time off from it. Uh, well, four years later, I'm still burnt out on it (and stamping took over!). I do occasionally still make gifts that I give to people but I don't take any more orders (and I still get asked too!).

Well, here I am seeing all of these beautiful things people are doing with their sewing machines and PAPER. I can't hardly stand it. I mean I still don't want to sew but the sewing on paper looks so cool. So, I tried to appease myself with faux stitching for a year or so. And that worked... until Cami came a long. Have you seen her stuff? She claims that she wasn't a good sewer but I don't know about that.

Recently, she posted how she got this cheap, small machine and how wonderful it is. One of my problems with breaking out my machine, is that it's a really expensive computerized thing and if I screw it up, then it'll cost a lot to fix, etc. And I know that paper sewing dulls your needles, etc. So, I just can't do it. But then... she posted last week that this machine was on sale (AND free shipping, too!). How can I pass that up? My b'day is coming up and my mom always asks me what she should get.... :)

The Janome Sew Mini came in on Friday. I hooked it up last night and just tested for a sec. Didn't have much time to play with it but here is my test sample. I tried 4 things. I'm so excited. I love it when things work right out of the box! (well, after I filled the bobbin and threaded, etc!). Now, just to figure out what to sew!

And the embroidery engineer became the crafty engineer that stamps ... and sews. :P

My 3x3 card swap

So a while back I started an A Muse 3x3 card swap over on Splitcoast. Well, I finally got around to making "my" card. I use this size ALL the time for gift bags. When giving gifts to kids, I just need a quick card that says From my son inside so these are the perfect size.

Stamps are from A Muse.
Ink: Palette Noir
Accessories: Giga Scallop Punch Square; black glaze pen; SU markers!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Did you see the Mystery Prize in the A Muse letter?

Do you get the a-muse-letter email? Do you subscribe to it? Go subscribe at here. They revealed the mystery prize this week and it is SO cute. I want it! So, go subscribe to the newsletter, then go play challenge #8!

From the AP site...

We revealed the mystery prize for Challenge 8 in the a-muse-letter email, did you see it? It is an awesome prize - EIGHT wood-mounted A Muse stamps! There is still time to enter, so go stamp and post your silly celebration card before Sunday at midnight! If you don't find a silly holiday that inspires you, make one up!

AP Ambassador Contest Random Drawing Winner

Whew, that's a long title. Basically, this is the contest I'm working so hard for! We're into week 9... only 2 more weeks left! And this week they picked a random winner from those of us doing the contest:

How cute is that purse????

We picked a random winner from the Ambassador registrations today! The winner receives: Popsicle Pink solid notes, Polka Dot purse stamp, and Popsicle Pink Paisley and Polka Dot tags!



AP Weekly Winners

Over on the AP site, they have picked MORE random winners. Check it out!

Woo-hoo! More random registration winners to announce!

Prize 1: Marvy-Uchida Super Scallop Heart punch


Zoe Farmer!

Prize 2: Colorbox Queue Pigment Inks – Wood Grain & Deep Sea


Nicole vanSenus!

Have you registered yet? Go do it... free stuff and tell them I sent you! THANKS!

Friday, June 22, 2007

New Catalog info!!!!

ETA - Okay, I've added the list of which mini catalog sets made it in. As for the accessories, I will list stuff that hasn't been found so if you want to get it out of the current IB&C, order it quickly! There do seem to be lots of new embellishments, ribbons, etc. If you have specific questions, please contact me and I'll try to find out the answer! Special thanks so out to Aimee for spending her day telling us all about it.

  • No more cord
  • No more organdy ribbon
  • No patriotic sets
  • No window sheets
  • No pearl-ex
  • Crop-A-Dile!!!! (YAY!)
  • New snowflake punch (not the reverse kind we have now)
  • Snow flurries (okay, this is a stamp set from the holiday mini) made it in!
  • Lots of sports sets
  • Masculine set - Fly fishing or something like that
  • POLKA DOT BACKGROUND - I'm a bit excited about this one... trying to find out more details!

No, I don't have the catalog yet nor have I seen it. I'm getting this from Splitcoast right now. I'm going to try to get a list going. Please email me if you have questions.

12x12 Cardstock
12x 12 CS....individual packs of 20 sheets for $7.50 come in....
real red
lovely lilac
brilliant blue
chocolate chip
more mustard
pumpkin pie
old olive
brocade blue
always artichoke
so saffron
reg rose
rose red
pretty in pink
cert celery
mellow moss
sage shadow
all others must be purchased in an assorted pack

Embossing Powders:
iridescent ice
hologram highlights
glassy glaz3 enamel
they come in half oz., except for glassy glaze enamel is in 1 oz.
all $4.75

Standard ink cartridges:
glor. green
real red
pix pink
brill blue
tempt. turquoise
choc chip
close to cocoa
pum pie
ballet blue
hand. hunter
always artichoke
so saffron
bravo burg.
cert. celery
bash blue
lav lace
basic black
Standard ink $5.25

Jumbo ink cartridges:
glorious green
real red
lovely lilac
brilliant blue
more mustard
ruby red
old olive
ballet blue
night of navy
hand. hunter
bravo burg
perfect plum
pretty in pink
mellow moss
bashful blue
basic black
$7.50 for jumbo cartridges

1/4 " Grosgrain: 15 yards for $4.95
Basic Black
Whisper White
Very Vanilla
Pumpkin Pie (new)
More Mustard
Apricot Appeal
Pretty in Pink
Real Red
Bravo Burgundy
Elegant Eggplant
Night of Navy
Tempting Turquoise
Bashful Blue (new)
Certainly celery
Mellow moss
Always artichoke (new)

5/8" Grosgrain: 15yds for 7.95
Chocolate Chip (not in 1/4")
Very Vanilla
Bravo Burg.
Real red,
regal rose,
brocade blue
cert celery
old olive

Palette o' Prints papers....available in these colors....
lovely lilac
almost amethyst
soft sky
temp. turq
brill. blue
blue bayou
always art.
old olive
cert celery
river rock
so saffron
more must
close to coco
pumpkin pie
groovy guava
rose red

Taffeta ribbon: 10 yds. for 6.95 3/8 in.
Whisper White
Very Vanilla
Choc. chip
Basic gray
mellow moss
bashful blue
pretty in pink

Mini Catalog sets: (yes = in the new catalog; no = not in the new catalog)
A Merry Little Christmas – holiday......NO
Alphabet – wheel – winter..............NO
Arachnaphobia – wheel – holiday........YES
Basics Outline - jumbo wheel - summer....YES
Best Bar Codes – spring........NO
Best Fiends – holiday........(DON'T THNK SO...JUST ALPHABET SET )
Big Blooms – spring.............NO
Big Pieces – winter....YES
Bud Basics – summer.....YES
Buds – jumbo wheel - summer.....NO
Bundle of Joy – spring...YES
Bunny Hugs – spring.....NO
Butterfly of Happiness – winter....NO
By Sea – summer (NO...JUST "BY LAND")
Carte Postale – winter......YES
Clowning Around – summer...NO
Cowboy Kid – summer...NO
Crab & Company – spring...NO
Doodle Alphabet – spring...NO
Doodle Numbers – spring...NO
Doodle That – spring....NO
Edgy Eloquence – summer...nO
Fancy Flexible Phrases –
Flip Flops – wheel – summer.....NO
French Flair – winter....YES
Glorious Gift – spring......NO
Going My Way – jumbo wheel – summer......NOPE
Happy Thoughts – winter......NO
Heavenly Peace – holiday....NO
Holiday Trim – holiday.....NO
Jolly Holiday – holiday....NO
Jolly Trees – wheel – holiday....NO
Just Between Fiends – holiday...NO
Just So Sayings – spring....NO
Laundry Notes – summer.......NO
Leave a la Carte – jumbo wheel – winter.....YES
Like it a Latte – winter.....NO
Love Matters – winter......NO
Nature Prints – summer.....NO
Off the Chart – spring....NO
Office Accoutrement – spring...YES

Ornamassortment – holiday....NO
Pattern of Friendship – summer.....NO
Perennial Friendship – winter....NO(JUST PEREN. FAVORITES)
Perfect Ending – holiday..........NO
Petals – wheel – spring....YES
Polka Dots & Paisley – spring....YES
Polka Dots & petals – spring....YES
Polka-Dot Posies – summer......NO
Quick Cards – holiday.....NO
Sandy Shells – wheel – spring.....NO

Sassy & Seasonal – holiday....NO
Sheltering Tree – summer......NO
Shore Thing – summer........NO
Small Sayings –winter......NO
Snow Flurries – holiday.....YES
Spunky Alphabet – summer,,,,NO
Spunky Numbers – summer...NO
Sweet on You – winter.....NO
Tagger’s Dozen – winter...YES
Taking Shape – holiday.....NO
That’s Nice – spring...NO
The Wheel Thing – summer......NO
Think Big – holiday......NO
Thoroughly Thankful – holiday......YES
Trees Three – winter......NO
Wish You Were Here – summer......NO
Wishing You – holiday..........NO(JUST "WISHING YOU CHEER")
Woodland Cottage – winter......NO
You Make Me Happy – spring......NO

More stuff as I find it! Check back on this post!!! Leave comments :)

This is the right swap card.

I'm not sure I'm supposed to show it but I'm going to go ahead and do so. :)

This card is for the A Muse FULL card swap I signed up for on Splitcoast.

Measurements: 4.25 x 4.25
CS: all SU! (dots from the palette o' prints)
Stamps: all A Muse
Accessories: Jumbo Scallop Square, May Arts ribbon; POP dot amethyst paper; FLOCK on the pjs!

Now, it's all cuddly soft, just like baby pjs!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Stampin' Up Retiring Workshop

Tonight was my annual SU! Retirement party. We did 3 cards, as usual. I like the number 3...

It was hard to pick just 3 of my favorite retiring sets... I am "losing" 63 sets this year. But on the bright side... SO MUCH MORE SHELF SPACE FOR NEW STUFF! YAY! Do you see that silver lining? ;)

Card One - Masculine theme
Stamps: Classic Pickups (retiring), Crosshatch (retiring), Birthday Greetings
Colors: Cool Caribbean (retiring... boo hoo), Basic Black, Silver
Accessories: Silver cord (retiring)

Card Two - Ah, the roses
Stamps: Roses in Winter (retiring); Warmest Regards (hostess set- retiring)
Colors: Really Rust, So Saffron, Old Olive, Whisper White
Accessories: Mustard grosgrain ribbon (retiring)
Technique: Rock and roll

Card Three - Okay, I've used this set a bunch.
Stamps: First in Fashion
Colors: Pink Passion, Basic Black, Whisper White (Basic Black Craft Ink)
Accessories: Crystal Clear EP (retiring), Pink Passion Marker; Piercing Tool (from toolkit), grid from toolkit; White Signo Gel Pen, Black Gingham ribbon

Oops... it wasn't an ATC swap, blockhead...

The other day, I worked on my stuff for a swap that I joined on Splitcoast. Well, I went to look up the host's address, etc to get it ready to send off. Uh oh. I made 7 ATCs and it was for 7 full cards. WHOOPSIE. No big deal, I'll just make my ATCs into full cards. Yeah, no. That wasn't going to work. Oh well... I love the ATC size to use for inserts in gift bags and packages and lunch boxes!

So, here is my blooper....

Stamps by A Muse; Markers by SU!, Stickles by Ranger, Ribbon by SU! (retired!), Cardstock by SU!, Ticket corner punch by SU!, staple by staple maker ;)

Strano Designs - Featured Sponsor

Strano Designs is the featured sponsor over on the AP site. They have FABULOUS ribbon. Check them out at Go read the story of how they started. It is a husband and wife team that opened up the store. How cool is that?

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Took the night off...

You so won't believe what I did tonight. I saw the Dancing with the Stars tour here in Austin. Can you believe that? I never even watched the first 3 seasons. But I was hooked when Apollo joined Season 4. He isn't on tour with them though. He has to practice for the Olympics! Anyway, Joey Fatone, Joey McIntyre, Joey Lawrence, and Drew Lachey were the stars, along with the professional dancers from the show. The band was phenomenal. And the stars are all singers. Go figure. They danced and they sang! Anyway, it was a great evening and I'm glad I got to get out with my girlfriends to see it!

Maybe I go finish prepping for my workshop tomorrow night, huh?

Jenn Balcer game - WINNER

Thank you all for playing my little game to honor my dear friend and upline, Jenn. Jenn found us and posted her one word reply:
Jenn said...

Touched. picked Katydidnt. Congrats Katy! Her one word was "Sunshine". Katy email me please!

I compiled the list and there were very few duplicates. It's a GREAT list:

Amazing, Amazing, Appreciated, Artistic, Awesome, Babealicious, Bold, Bomb, Brilliant, Bubbly, Bubbly, Busy, Busy, Caring, Committed, Committed, Creative, Creative, Crisp, daBomb, Extraordinary, Exuberant, Fabulous, Famous, Fantabulous, Fantabulous, Fantabulous, Fantastic, Fun, Generous, Generous, Generous, Genuine, Giving, Hardworking, Helpful, Helpful, Helpful, Hilarious, Humorous, Hysterical, Incredible, Incredible, Insane, Inspiring, Inspiring, Inspiring, Involved, Kind-hearted, Likable, Loved, Mesmerizing, Miraculous, Multi-talented, MyHero, Ontheball, Organized, Original, Patient, Patient, Perfinkalicious, Perky, Phenomenal, Queen, Responsible, Rockin’, Rocking, Rocks, Sassy, Scintillating, Splendiferous, Style, Sunshine, Supah!, Super, Superb, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Supermom, Superwoman, Superwoman, Superwoman, Supportive, Supportive, Sweet, Sweet, Talented, Talented, Talented, Thoughtful, Thoughtful, Tolerant, Unbelievable, Unique, Versatile, Vivacious, Wonderful, Wowsers

So, Jenn, thank you for all that you do. You are truly all of these things. Much love.

Stampin' Up! Retiring Accessories List now available!

I've posted the list at the top of my blog. I'll update it daily as supplies are limited and subject to availability. Please contact me if you have any questions!

Here is the info. directly from SU!:

As we bid a fond farewell to this year's retiring stamp sets, we also say goodbye to our retiring accessories. Products are usually discontinued based on current trends or lower product sales to make room for new and exciting products. Please keep in mind that

  • Discontinued accessories are available until June 30, or while supplies last.
  • Quantities are limited to stock on hand, so once they're gone, they're gone! We will update the list daily by 6:00 PM (MT) to reflect item availability. Items can move quickly.
  • This is the last chance to stock up on 2006-2007 In Color ink, card stock, and ribbon.
  • Stamps and Stampin' Around wheels will be available through June 30.

In addition to discontinued items, many years we also have a number of items that are being offered in a different quantity or assortment in the upcoming catalog. This year, we're offering the following items differently in the Fall-Winter Collection 2007:

  • Select individual color packs of 12" x 12" card stock
  • Confetti White & Kraft Tiny Takeout boxes & tags
  • Select embossing powder colors
  • Select 1/4" grosgrain ribbon colors
  • Corner Rounder punch
These items appear on the retired list and will be retired in their current quantity or assortment, but you will be able to purchase these or similar items in a different configuration, quantity, or assortment in the Fall-Winter Collection 2007.

A Muse Challenge #8 - Card 1

Silly is as silly does. ?? Okay, it's really late here and I'm punchy at this point. HAD to make one card for this SILLY challenge. According to this site, today (well, Tuesday the 19th) is/was Garfield the Cat day. So, in honor of that, here you go...

I'm so not sure who to give this too. I mean, what do you do with a card like this? AND it's now already an obsolete/late card!

Fun to make though. And silly...

A Muse stamps; Karen Foster snap stamps
SU! Paper - pumpkin pie, basic black, whisper white
Ink - Palette Ink Noir
Pumpkin Pie Marker by SU!
Sakura Orange Souffle Pen

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

A Muse Challenge #8!!!!

Can you believe it's week 8 over there on the Amuseapalooza site? Well, I've been checking their blog ALL day and it's finally up... Challenge 8!

This week we are getting wacky! Your challenge is to create a card design for a non-traditional celebration. Did you know that Friday is "Take Your Dog to Work Day" and Saturday is "Let it Go" day!? How about a "Congratulations on Cleaning your Stamp Space" card - LOL! So many silly possibilities, so have fun! You may use your choice of ink, papers, colors, stamps (please use at least one A Muse stamp if possible), embellishments, etc.

Got any SILLY ideas? :) Leave me a comment here!

Not a workshop card.

Well, still working on those SU! Retiring workshop cards. I can't show them yet. I have 2 of the 3 done. Got the first one done. Like it a lot. Then I move on to the 2nd one. It's a similar card to the ones I've posted before. But as I'm doing it, I realize (again - I've had that exact thought before about this set!) that it takes A LOT of coloring. Hmm. Not a great idea for a workshop, especially with card #1. Which set am I talking about? Totally Cool. I do like this set. So many options to make it all sparkling and such. But in the end, too much coloring, not enough time. Then I just punted, used one of my favorite sayings from A Muse and decided to keep it for my stash. Doesn't it look "cool"? Hee hee... Cool Caribbean, Black, White, Tempting Turquiose - all CS from SU! There is stardust glitter all over it.

Simple and Elegant.

Last night I was trying to come up with some cards for my SU! Retirement party later this week. Talk about stamper's block. Pffft. So, I started cleaning up my stamp room and boy, did it need it. Some would call that procrastination and yes, they would be right but I thought creating needed a *clean* start. HA! Okay, got that semi-done. Then what? Still nada. Jenn even helped me narrow down what I wanted to show (she's Helpful, that Jenn Balcer!). Next, started opening drawers. I found all kinds of stuff in my stash (Jenn would be so proud). Among the horded stuff, I found 4 packages of Judikins Kromekote Glossy Notecards. I used to make family notecards as gifts - you know, the kind that say John, Mary, John Boy, Sally over and over and over on the front. I think Current probably still does them. Anyway, they were a big hit but I'm over that stage of my life.

So, stash. Right. Well, my friend and downline, Evalyn, recently told me how she loves the look of stamped images on Glossy CS. I use glossy CS all the time but for techniques, like crayon resist, starburst, etc. Not just for regular stuff! She said, "I love the look of markers on glossy". WOW!. How could I not have done this? Isn't it that simple? So, in all my creative-block-ness last night, I decided to use some stash (GOOD!) and do some simple cards. Hey, isn't the A Muse
slogan: Think Simple, Think A Muse?

I posted a bunch of them in my gallery on Splitcoast. Check that out if you get a chance. I saved a few for here so that you get the idea.

I love the crisp, clean look. I figure I'll give a set of 4 or 6 as gifts.
The SU! markers look good on glossy. Who knew? I'll have to use that some more. Clean and simple.

AP - Scavenger Hunt Winner!

Kaylyn Conover come on down! You're the next winner on the A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA!

Can you believe it? She won all of those great prizes! WOHOO... Congrats Kaylyn!

Monday, June 18, 2007

AP - Scavenger Hunt! Ends tonight!

Have you played? Do it! Now! You might win this fabulous prize:

A Muse Challenge #7 - Winner

Congrats to Emily, who won challenge #7 over at AP. Here are the details!

She found us! - Jenn game update.

Thanks to everyone that played. It's still not to late for you to play, I'll draw a random winner after midnight tonight.

Jenn found us and left her own comment on that thread. Check it out.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

My 5 year old made these!!!!

Happy Father's Day!

Ours was not as good as I had planned, mainly because I was up from midnight to 4am this morning every 45 mins to 1 hour, with our baby (okay, so he's one and a toddler, as my 5 yr old always says to correct me). Then both boys were up for real at 6 am. As usual. So, I was worse than hung over. At least "getting" the hang over would have been more fun. Anyway, he's fine but he had gas and SCREAMED (he's so not a screamer but he proved that he does, in fact, know how to do it.). Didn't you hear him? Anyway, it was an unusual day and we ALL had to take a nap this afternoon. So, we are going to redo Father's Day another day this week.

BUT, it yesterday was a VERY proud day for this mother of a "not-so-interested-in-arts-and-crafts" boy. First, he WANTED to make his daddy a card. Second, I had enough patience to do that with him. And he did AWESOME at it. I seemed to have missed the part where his artwork went from squiggy line to color mostly btw the lines. I'm so proud. All I did on his card was cut the paper and punch the holes. He seriously did everything else. Now, remember, he's not into arts and crafts and he *just* turned 5 last week. He picked out the colors too. And the cape has red stickles on it. I'm just so proud. Stamps from A Muse.

Since he was on a roll, he wanted to make my father-in-law (he calls him Grandfather) a card, too. On this one, again I helped with the cutting, the snaps and the writing on the banner. My FIL is a retired Air Force Fighter Pilot, thus the airplane! And there is green stickles all around it. He was tracing the outline of the plane. Stamps by A Muse and SU!

Finally, I had an "silly/joke" card, I wanted to make my husband. Stamps by A Muse. It basically says, take the day off! He chuckled. That's red stickles around the lawn mower for the "don't" symbol.


Am not! So, yes, I'm still an SU! demo. And yes, I'm still interested in SU! One of my downlines told me the other day that I was a traitor (all in good fun, of course!) because of all of my A Muse stuff. Well, I'm just trying to win (along with many of you TALENTED ladies) the AP contest. :) So, friends, customers, downlines, etc., never fear, my pre-order from SU's fall/winter catalog is on the UPS truck headed this way. I'll have it soon and show you some of the creations from it! Hang tight. But meanwhile... go play the A Muse Scavenger Hunt game or leave Jenn Balcer a comment for her surprise thank you!.

AP - Featured Store - Scrapbook Friend'z

Here is another featured store on the AP site. It's called Scrapbook Friend'z and it is located in Bloomington, IL. Are you going there for their AP party? Sounds fun. Wish I lived closer...

AP - Featured Store: Pad to Paper

Another featured store over at the Amuseapalooza site - Pad to Paper. It is located in Hilmar, CA. Is it close to you? Check them out for their AP festivities!

Saturday, June 16, 2007


Have you played yet?

Interestingly enough, she hasn't found this yet... ssshhh... don't tell her! But leave a comment. She'll find it soon, I'm certain.

Look at all of these SWAPS!

Look at the result of this ATC swap! WHOA! Awesome cards ladies! Thanks for playing.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

My friend, Jenn Balcer!

Okay, ladies, I've been wanting to do this for a LONG time but never got around to it.

Many of you know that Jenn is my upline. Well, although we don't even leave in the same town, she's ALWAYS around. I feel like she lives next door! I just adore her. She's so wonderful, creative, funny, helpful, inspiring, etc. And well, just plain nice. So, I've been a SU! demo under her for 2 years now come July 1st. So, I wanted to say thank you to her by playing this game. BUT I need your help....

Here's the game...

Leave a comment on this post using only ONE word to describe Jenn. That's it.

You don't have to *know* her to play. If you subscribe to the Splitcoast newsletters, then you know her. She puts that together. If you have ever looked at the gallery on Splitcoast, she has organized it. If you have ever had issues/problems with something on Splitcoast (can't find something, etc.), I'm sure she's replied to your post, etc. She's everywhere.

As many of you know, I call her my own personal stalker (in a good way - hmm, is there such a thing? LOL!). Anyway, let's see how long it takes her to find this. So, Jenn, thank you for all that you do!

Comment by Monday, June 18th and I'll randomly pick a winner using the thing. I'll send the winner something (not sure what yet, but something!)

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

A Muse Scavenger Hunt!!! Come play!

Oh my goodness! I'm so excited.... it's a Scavenger Hunt game!!! Oh boy! Oh boy!

Here's how YOU can play (AND possibly WIN FREE STUFF!!!!):
  1. Go register at, if you haven't already. If you haven't registered, please tell them I sent you! Thank you so very much!
  2. Go to this link to find ALL the details about the Scavenger Hunt, including what you have to find and what the prizes are
  3. Then submit your answers here. Only one entry per person and you have until Monday, June 18th.
RUN, don't walk... or should I say CLICK FASTER. GO... NOW... DO IT.

Even more A Muse ATC Swaps!!! WANNA JOIN?

In order to fulfill another requirement for the Amuseapalooza Ambassador Contest, I'm hosting an ATC (artist trading card). PLEASE join me. It'll be loads of fun!

I've not done ATCs before so I thought it would be a great learning adventure! If you haven't done them either, here's a great tutorial on them.

I would like to host a few swaps to fulfill a requirement for the AMUSEAPALOOZA Ambassador contest.

I'll add groups if there is interest.

Description: ATC (2.5inx3.5in)
Quantity: 6 ATCs per group - you will get one of yours back. (if you join more than one group, you must make a different design)
Vendors Products: Please use at least 1 A Muse stamp, NVR on everything else
Quality: 2 layers and 1 embellishment, your *best* work
Recipes: Recipes are not required but are certainly welcome.

Please put your swaps in a ziploc bag and mail them with a self addressed stamped envelope. For postage mail your envelope via First Class Mail, inside please have the same amount of postage on your SASE that it cost to mail your swaps to me. No metered strips. If you sign up for more than one group, please put your SCS name, Real name and group number on the bag.

Your swaps are due to me by Monday, July 2nd. I will swap them all out on Tuesday, July 3rd. Any not received by July 2nd will be returned unopened.

Wanna join?

Group 6
1. Me
2. Angela
3. Amy
4. Michelle
5. Teri
6. Evalyn

Group 7
1. Me
2. Angela
3. Veronica
4. Jennifer
5. Amy
6. Michelle

Come on, join me. It's super fast to make these! AND they are great for tying to gift bags, etc.

Amuseapalooza Featured Sponsor!

You know those scallop punches that are all the rage right now? Well, they are made by Marvy Uchida. And Marvy Uchida is the featured store this week over on the amuseapalooza site. Check it out. They make all kinds of stuff besides those punches!

One last Boris. - Challenge #7 - Card 6

Boris has gotten lots of mileage, hasn't he? Good stamp.

Well, it's high time to get those thank yous out. First step, must make the thank yous.

I'm back to trying simple and elegant and clean cards for a bit. So, here's the very simple card for the very generous people that gave my son lots of stuff for his birthday.

White Cardstock from SU!, Boris from A Muse Artstamps, Thank you from A Muse Artstamps. Colored in with the SU! markers. And bubbles (aka glitter) coming out of the flask... "beware, she's gonna blow"! hee hee hee

Dog Sitters (Challenge #7 - Card 5)

For this past week's vacation, two neighbor kids split the task of taking care of our dogs. So, last time I made a card for the boy that took care of them. It had money it in. But since he's of that age that says smart-alec stuff... he says to me "Oh geez, just what I wanted ... a card". Oh joy. To be pre-teen. Humph. I told him not to throw it away before he opened it! Sheesh. Anyway, I had to make 2 cards for the dog caregivers... this time a girl and the same boy.

Here's the card I made for the boy: Simple... boring. Sufficient.

Here's the card I made for the girl. She likes arts and crafts, etc. So, I added some glitter to the scallop and the ribbon is from May Arts. She'll like it.

The dog is Patch from A Muse, as is the dog house. The sentiment is from A Muse also.

A Muse Challenge #7 - Card 4

Super Bella! Go bella, go!

Stamps from: A Muse art stamps and Stamping Bella
Paper: SU!
Inks: Palette Noir, Peerless Watercolors
Extras: Glitter(cape and boots), May Arts Ribbon, Cuttlebug bubbles embossing folder

A Muse Challenge #7 - Card 3

Orange and Yellow and Pink, Oh MY! Jenn's influence, I'm sure...

Stamps from: A Muse art stamps and Stamping Bella
Paper: SU!
Inks: Palette Noir and Peerless Watercolors
Extras: May Arts Stitched Ribbon (pretty), Fruit Punch Stickles (on her shirt)

A Muse Challenge #7 - Card 2

Card # 2 for this week's challenge: You Rock!

Stamps from: A Muse art stamps and Stamping Bella
Paper: SU!
Inks: Palette Noir and Peerless Watercolors
Extras: Stardust Glitter Pen (guitar and boots), Punches from SU!

A Muse Challenge #7 - Card 1

Here's my first card for this GLITTER-Y challenge:

Stamps from: A Muse art stamps and Stamping Bella
Paper: SU! and dotted paper from LSS
Inks: Palette Noir and SU! White Craft, Peerless Watercolors
Extras: White Signo Gel Pen, Stardust Glitter Pen

More A Muse cards...

Well, I just got around to finishing those Bella/A Muse cards that I took on my first vacation. I uploaded them to my gallery on SCS here. Check them out. Now, I think I'm set on birthday cards for the moment.

Congratulations ERIN!!!

Erin won the Secret Squares game! WOHOO. Congrats Erin. Check it out.

Secret Squares - FINAL round

If you are Erin, Lori B, or Patti, head on over to the amuseapalooza final round of secret squares. Go guess for the whole lot of prizes. I'm nervous for all of you. Good luck to you. Place your vote before Wed. night!

A Muse Secret Squares Round 4 Answer

And then there were 3...

Becky, from A Muse, was holding the prize in Round 4. That knocked 4 contestants out of the game. Now, it's down to 3 for the final round. Congrats Erin, Lori B, and Patti to for making it to the finals! WOHOO! More details here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

I swear Dogs can smile!

We have 2 dogs. Two papillons. After leaving them a couple of weeks ago, when we went to the Caribbean, they wouldn't leave my side. Then we leave again for a week. Today, they are stuck like glue on me. But they are smiling. Dogs smile. Right? I think so. What do you think? (mind you, then need a bath so pardon the fact that they look dirty!). Dogs are so much fun. They love you unconditionally, even if you leave them for a week! And even if your 1-year-old forgot about them and is fascinated with them and chases them around the house. The funny thing is they act like they haven't seen each other for a week. They are so rowdy that they are playing and playing and playing with each other!

Anyway, just wanted to share these happy dogs. They make me smile. It's good to come home to them.

Blog Candy Winner and Answer!!!

And the blog candy goes to...


Congratulations. Please email me your name and address and I'll get that out to you this week!

So many of you were correct... in guessing where we were. We spend a week in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. We flew into Bozeman, MT (nice, cute airport!), then drove to West Yellowstone (cute little town!) and stayed there for a couple of days, while touring Yellowstone. Then we drove to the Tetons (which is where we took a wrong turn... the road to Dubois not to the Tetons!) and we stayed at Teton Village in Jackson Hole.

Now, we're home. If you need to find me, I'm the one under all the laundry. :)

A Muse Challenge #7!!!

WOW! Jenn, my upline and dear friend, would LOVE this challenge. Wouldn't you, Jenn? :) She loves all things that sparkle!

Time to get the sparkle on.... Here's the challenge:

Time to add a little sparkle! Your challenge this week is to use glitter on your design! You may use your choice of ink, papers, colors, stamps (please use at least one A Muse stamp if possible), embellishments, etc.

A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA products are on the road!

I wish they were coming to my house! or somewhere in Austin. Check out all of these boxes!!! Oh boy!

A Muse Challenge #6 - Winner

The winner (picked randomly from all the entries) for Challenge #6 is Beverly Todd. Congrats Beverly! Check out this thread to see more info!

A Muse Weekly Winners

Did you register yet? Over at Amuseapalooza? No? Why not? It's free AND they are giving away stuff all the time... just for registering. If you want to put me as your referrer, that would be awesome!

Anyway, this week's winners just for registering are: Aline Jahn and Val Shimodaira. Check out what they won here. Congrats ladies!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Another A Muse ATC Swap

Remember this post? Well, I'm posting it again because I've got more interest from my local stamping buddies (they all signed up for 5!). So, I'll put those groups here instead of on SCS. If you're interested in joining, please let me know and I'll make more groups!

Group 1
1. Me
2. Amy
3. Michelle
4. Veronica
5. Jennifer
6. Teri

Group 2
1. Me
2. Amy
3. Michelle
4. Veronica
5. Jennifer
6. Teri

Group 3
1. Me
2. Amy
3. Michelle
4. Veronica
5. Jennifer
6. Teri

Group 4
1. Me
2. Amy
3. Michelle
4. Veronica
5. Jennifer
6. Teri

Group 5
1. Me
2. Amy
3. Michelle
4. Veronica
5. Jennifer
6. Teri

Secret Squares - A Muse Style - Round 4

So, those 7 people... now they move on to round 4 of secret squares. And whomever, guesses correctly this time will get the whole prize bucket - all the prizes from Round 1, 2, 3 and 4!

Congratulations to Angie, EJ, Erin, Erin Vandervelde, Kristin O, Lori B, and Patti, for getting to this round. Each of them gets to play this round by tomorrow night at midnight. So, get on over there and give 'em your guess. Here are the details.

Amuseapalooza Secret Squares - Round 3 Answer

And then there were 7...

7 people have guessed correctly for Rounds 1, 2, and 3. For Round 3, Jennifer and Heather were each holding one stamp - Superhero and Superwoman.

For more details, check here. Were you one of the 7?

Blog Candy - more hints....

Don't forget that you have until Monday night at midnight, Central time to post on this thread to be entered for my current blog candy.

Here are probably some dead giveaways as to our whereabouts...

Yesterday, we went on an "excursion" (don't want to tell you everything!). On the "ride" back to our car, my "just-turned-5" year-old because the LIFE of the party. He entertained the entire wagon full of people. As my husband said, his middle name should be "HAM". Good grief. The best line of the evening was... "My daddy makes a whole lot of money!" What? Where did that come from? Anyway, he's such a charmer that one. I really need to pay attention... especially 5-7 years from now :( . This boy gets ALL kind of free stuff, etc. just for being "charming". One time, when he was 2 years old, we were in San Antonio for a long weekend and we said at a fancy schmancy hotel... he batted his eyes and was very polite to the lady that was checking us in and she upgraded us to a suite. So, anyway, last night, he's just talking and talking (getting him to stop is the real trick!), and finally the wagon driver says "do you want to drive the horses"? EVERYONE and I mean everyone, including US - the parents, said, Um, shouldn't you be asking us if we're okay with a 5 year-old driving 2 horses? Anyway, that was the highlight of his trip. So, here's him driving.... (as you know I don't ever show my kids or say their names - I am uber paranoid about them getting taken - but that's a different story altogether). But he's not actually facing the camera so I should be okay with that. Right?

The next picture was taken after a mile hike! The hike wasn't too bad except that it was all uphill on the way to this point. And the 1 year-old was carried in the backpack. But it was worth it for this view. This picture was actually taken by my 5 year-old with my digital camera. He's getting better and better at it and he's obsessed with taking pictures. He got that from me :)!

Saturday, June 9, 2007

A Muse Challenge #6 - Card 1

Okay, since I'm on vacation WITH the kids this time AND don't really have any of the "stuff" to do the Amuseapalooza challenge this week (Details here), I had to be clever and fast and make something work. The challenge really is about heat embossing but they relaxed the rules to include glaze pens or dry embossing. Hey, I can do dry embossing w/o any of the "stuff", right? Okay, so that was a challenge in of itself.

Just for fun, I'm going to take you on my journey to get this ONE card made for this challenge.

First, I had to come up with a template to dry emboss. I had to make up a template that had straight lines because I don't have anything curvy with me (like punches). So, I thought I'd make a checkerboard pattern. So, I used my paper cutter and some Math and cut out very carefully the pattern shown.

Next, I had to actually emboss it. Hmm, no wax paper to make it slide better... oh wait, NO embossing stylus. Huh. Now, what? Oh, wait a moment... my son's Pixter (that we brought for the airplane and long car rides, etc.) has a stylus! WOHOO! Oh boy! Oh boy! It ALSO serves as a light source! PEACHY KEEN BILLIE JEAN! Seriously, you have no idea how excited I became at this idea. I feel like I'm roughin' it here without my embossing stuff! THE HORROR...
The dry embossing isn't the greatest with this method but it certainly works in a pinch. The embossing isn't as clean as I would like so I just put my main focal point over the part that doesn't look great. Anyway, I thought it was clever and I still got to participate in this week's challenge.

Only one card for this week's challenge though. You can see why.

And finally the card... it has the A Muse sentiment and the Superbella. I think it turned out pretty well even though I didn't much like my dry embossing or coloring job. Pretty good for being on vacation and making it in a hotel room, right?

Friday, June 8, 2007

SU! In Colors 2008 - Sharon Harnist's comparisons!

Are you ready for the new Stampin' Up! catalog? I am. It comes out July 1st. Hopefully, I'll get my hands on some catalogs before then to share with my customers. A friend of mine over on Splitcoast, Sharon Harnist (StamperSharon on SCS), has the best color comparisons on her blog for the new Stampin' Up In Colors. Check it out and let me know what's your new favorite In Color. I think I'm going to like Sky Blue and Purely Pomegranate. Okay, and Wild Wasabi. Sharon is also giving away a BUNCH of stuff for leaving her a comment on what your favorite new color is. Just leave a comment here, no strings attached. How cool is she? I've always admired Sharon's work and I got to meet her at the first North Texas SCS Gathering back in 2005. Such a sweetie! Thanks Sharon for sharing your artwork and for posting the comparison guide for the new In Colors!

Seriously need some A Muse stamp stores in Austin!

You know, every week a different store is featured on the amuseapalooza blog. Every week it's some really cool stamp store somewhere REALLY far away from Austin, TX. So, Linda if you see this... come to Austin! :)

But seriously, this week's store is in Victoria, B.C., Canada. It's a place called Stampers! Here are all the details about it. If you live in the area, you should check out the stuff they're going to do during Amuseapalooza week!

It's up! It's up!

It'll be gone tomorrow, so check it out now! I'm talking about the A Muse sneak peek:

Thursday, June 7, 2007

BLOG CANDY just for fun!

Okay, here's how this is going to work:

Leave your comments on this post by Monday, June 11th at midnight Central. I'll pick a winner on Tuesday morning.

The winner will be picked using a Random Number Generator from BUT you may get more entries in the hat by doing any or all of the following:

* If you register with AMUSEAPALOOZA and tell them that I sent you (Geeta Suggs), you will get 10 entries for the blog candy (if you already registered with them and have me as your referrer, let me know that here and you'll still get the 10 entries)
* If you sign-up for my A Muse ATC Swap over on Splitcoast, you will get 10 entries for the blog candy (I'll add more groups if need be)
* If you guess correctly where I am this week based on these posts: here and here, you will get 3 entries

The blog candy: (sorry no picture of the goodies because I'm not home to take it!)
* 12 - 4" square coasters
* an assortment of May Arts ribbon (1 yard of 5 different ribbons)
* 5 gel writer pens
* 5 small white gable boxes
* 10 white small bags (think thin popcorn bags)
* Stampin' Up! Riveting Hostess Set Unmounted

Good luck and tell your friends!

Tomorrow is Friday!

Don't forget about this.

Get yer t-shirts!

I've been wondering how to get these shirts. Now, they are available for purchase. Get your 2007 AMUSEAPALOOZA t-shirt today. Here are the details:

Now you can purchase your very own A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA t-shirt in your choice of size and color (pink, green or grey). Shirts cost $18 and include free shipping. Shirts are made available through, a reputable Seattle company. Click here ---> to order!

My aunt lives in Vancouver!

I should go see her but I can't really. If I did have a chance to go there, I would go July 9 or 10th and see Julie Ebersole (JulieHRR in the flesh!). She's teaches some super-uber classes at I'm Impressed in Vancouver. Here are more details. If you live in the area, check it out. And then email me and tell me all about it. I'll try not to sound too jealous in my reply back to you ;).

Secret Squares - A Muse Style - Round 3

Are you still in the game? Man, the prize stash is huge now.... I hope you are!

Now, round 3 is up here. Time to guess again... remember to post your guess as to who is holding the prize over on the amuseapalooza blog and do it before Friday (tomorrow) night!

Secret Squares Round 2 answer revealed!

Have you been playing the fun Secret Squares game over at AMUSEAPALOOZA? Well, they posted who was holding the prizes for Round 2...

If you guessed Emily or Heidi, then you move on to Round 3.

For this round, the secret prize was a
Background bonanza including: Scalloped frame, Big bl, Sm circle & Paisley bl stamps!

Oh boy! The prize stash is growing!

Secret Squares - A Muse Style - Round 2

Round 2 happened yesterday over at Amuseapalooza. Are you playing? Who did you think had it this time? And can you believe the prizes they are giving out over there?

Check it out! Run, don't walk!

Secret Squares - A Muse Style - Round 1

I'm a bit behind here in never-neverland about posting all the stuff happening over at AMUSEAPALOOZA.

Earlier this week, they started a game... Secret Squares. One of the nine super cool ladies was holding the prize for round one: the Flower Shop and Gerber Daisy stamps.

If you guessed the correct person, you get to go on to Round 2 and pick again. The prizes get added to a pile and at the end of all of the rounds, whomever guessed correctly all the way, get the whole caboodle!

I guessed Heidi and got knocked out in Round one. Did you guess correctly?

Okay, this REALLY isn't Texas....

All I can say, is I'm so happy to be blogging today. I do have to say that I am very thankful for my husband. I don't think we would have made it to today without him yesterday.

So, yesterday morning we decided to be a little adventurous and pack up our stuff and go to a new hotel in a different area. Along the way, we took a slight wrong turn and 45 miles later, we realized it! The only problem was that 40 of those 45 miles were spent climbing (and descending) a mountain. No problem there you say... Uh, well, there was a blizzard on top of that mountain. I'm completely serious. Of course, our 5 year-old thought it was COOL (HA! no, really no pun intended). So, we turned around and went back through the blizzard. We are truly blessed for many things, especially our children, who even when the situation is foobared, they still manage to laugh and giggle and tell jokes. But even though they were really good kids for most of the trip, 8 hours AND a blizzard was too much for any of us... Let's just say, when we got here.... I ordered room service and everyone! went to bed.

This is the view from the passenger seat through the windshield.... CRAZY, eh?

Here's another shot of the side of the road as we drove by:

Any ideas on where we are?

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Hey, this isn't Kansas? Where am I?

Oh wait, I'm not from Kansas anyway. Well, this sure isn't Texas.

Any guesses? And those of you that know, don't say it! :)