July 30, 2007

Taking A Break....

Hey All....

Did you notice that I didn't post any challenges yet?! That's cause I'm going to take a break from doing a challenge this week. With my "Big Candi Pieces Giveaway" going on, I didn't want to confuse myself. That's so easy to do!!! I can't believe that August is just 2 days away!!! My oh My!!!

This week - I am looking forward in receiving SOMETHING from TAC. I am anxiously awaiting my starter kit, and my 1st order. Hahaha... here we go again, eh?! I still haven't heard from my sister if she received the starter kit. She's in California, and is receiving the starter kit for me. TAC's starter kit is $150 and $65 shipping to Hawaii. BUT.... because I've got my sister in Cali, I'm having the kit sent there, for $20 instead, and then she's going to send them to me via USPS Flat Rate $8.95 (maybe in 2 boxes), which'll still cost me 1/2 of the shipping fees that would've cost me to send directly to me. All orders thereafter are 10% shipping within the USA, and will be shipped directly to me. I wouldn't be surprised if my 1st order was received before my starter kit. Infact, I would be soo happy if ANYTHING arrived. hahaha...

Anyways, I've been creating some Joy Fold Cards. You can get the tutorial off of Beate's website, but if you'd like for me to do a tutorial for here, let me know.... I've had several people ask me to do a tutorial on the Memo Pad Holder that I posted a couple of days ago. So, I'll be working on that. So here are my Joy Fold Cards...

This card was created for one of my customers. I used my Trio Bees stamp from Stampendous again, the doodle flower, ds paper and cs are all of SU!, and ribbon is from Walmart. After stamping them all, I wanted to add some glitter.... GF Ms. Dawn would be so proud of me!! (you like them sparkles?!) Tee hee...

As you can see... the doodle flower on the bottom left of the card is what is holding the card from opening. I love creating these type of cards, as they are simple to do, and yet it looks so complicated on the receiving end. I also found that I am using scraps for these cards. You can make them any size - but the card base for both my cards shown here are the standard 4-1/4 x 5-1/2. When you find out how to create one, you're going to totally love yourself, and want to make them over n' over again. I guess you could say I was in a "loving myself" moment yesterday. Here is the card open.

I made one more last night, just because I was in the "loving myself" moment. No reason for this card yet - but I could possibly use it for my wedding anniversary card to Charlie in September. We'll be making 13 years or loving n' cuddling! Oh My!!! That's almost as long as I've been stamping. Well... he's the one that actually got me into it, anyways. We were trying to find a hobby for ourselves... he was into collecting anything sports... cards, shoes, jerseys, etc., etc., I got hooked on Rubber Stamps!!! My girlfriend Bernee n' I (hi Bern!!!!), we used to stamp ALL NIGHT up at the Kamehameha School Girl's Dorms (she was a Dorm Advisor). Even tho' it was known that those buildings were haunted - we'd stay up all night. We've even had a few freaky moments, but Bern, she was so used to it - she was good at making us feel right at home, and taught us how to love all the spirits around us. Man, those were the good ol' nights.... All the fun things we found out about stamping, and the feelings we got ourselves. Felt like we were artist's, ya know?! Picasso or something.... always gooing n' ahhhing over what we made ourselves! haha....Learning new stuffs... EMBOSSING was our favorite!!! We would emboss EVERYTHING!!! I used only use glossy paper back then, and embossed every single image. It was better for me, because the colors would never run. MASKING... I had an envelope of stamped images, already cut and ready for masking. Oh the memories... now, Bern lives in Seattle with her hubby Danny & doggie Halo (they are also Chazz' God Parents), and stamping is just stamp... layer, coordinate colors. Simply Sweet. I hardly even take my enbossing gun out. I love it... but miss the good ol' ways of stamping too. I'll have to try that - just for ol' time sakes... Hmmm... maybe that could be a challenge?!

Well, as you can see - in between the blabbering I've done, I have posted my 2nd Joy fold card. The "bugs" stamp is from Whipper Snapper, "i love you" is an old stamp from somewhere, DS, CS and stamp on the bottom left is of SU!, Ribbon of Offray.

Thanks for popping by reading n' checking out what I've got.... have a great Monday!!!

Hugs n' Aloha,
Jen