Showing posts with label Family. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Family. Show all posts

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Retiring Stamps

What have I been doing for a week (since I last posted on my blog)????  Well, probaby like everyone else .... I have been at home!  I've been taking long walks, making more cards, eating too much .... you know how it is!  Mother's Day was last Sunday and what a different Mother's Day it was.  I had a bit of a pity party for myself Sunday morning.  I was missing my kids and knew I'd only hear from one of them and I was missing my mom although we saw her on Saturday and I did see Ashley via Zoom on Saturday too.  It was funny on Saturday.  We all met up at this restaurant that was closed and had our own tailgate.  Marianne and Greg came with their Chick Filet, Mom and Angela showed up with McDonald's, I had Jets pizza and salad and Sonny enjoyed a burger from 5 Guys!  I guess that's one good thing about the food situation - you can go to whichever restaurant you want and then just find a good spot in a parking lot to enjoy.  We were socially distant in the parking lot (brought our own chairs too!)  Mom has a mask but as long as we were masked, we didn't make her put hers on.



Before I show you some of the cards I've made, I want to show you our newest member of the family - Abigail!  She is one week and 2 days old!




The new catalog will be available June 3.  If you are a customer of mine, you will be receiving one in the mail.  If not, contact me and I can send you one.  Here are a few cards I have made with some of the retiring stamps.  If you see something you like, I would suggest you purchase it now before they are gone for good.



This Little Piggy is a really cute set.  I paired it with Under the Umbrella (which is NOT retiring)  The music notes are from Music from the Heart.

This card and the next two are made using Music from the Heart.  I am really surprised that this stamp is retiring.  It deputed in the last Mini Catalog and was inspired by Million Sales Achiever Dawn Olchefske.  

I will be keeping this stamp set to make cards for my music loving friends and family.  



Here is another jewel!  I love these dancing women.  Another great birthday card for your friends. 


Monday, May 4, 2020

Alternative My Wonderful Family

How do you like the colors in the strips of paper in my blog heading?  They are (as close as I could match them) the new IN COLORS!  I don't know what my favorite is yet but I'm leaning toward the Magenta Madness and Just Jade!  As a demonstrator, we will be able to put a pre-order in next week.  For sure I'll be getting the In Color cardstock and inks!

On the subject of being a demonstrator, I got this in today's mail!



Hard to believe I've been a demonstrator for 15 years!  It's funny because I never worked anywhere for 15 years!  The most I worked was for Coppell High School for 10 years.

I made several alternatives for the April My Wonderful Family Paper Pumpkin Kit.

This was a fun one to make.  I cut strips from Pear Pizzazz, Shaded Spruce, Soft Sea Foam and some green glitter paper from my stash and glued them down onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The important thing to do with this technique is make sure the first piece you glue down is straight on the page.  All the rest then will line up leaving a small gap in between.  After getting all the pieces glued down, cut the piece to 4" x 5 1/4" and adhere to the Mint Macaron card base. 

This one is really simple.  I inked the little leaves with Pear Pizzazz and using my dauber, put a little bit of Shaded Spruce on them.

I used one of the squares from Layering Squares Dies.  The tree is stamped on the base card with the frame adhered on top with dimensionals.  I inked the tree image with Pear Pizzazz and like the card above daubed a little Shaded Spruce on the stamp.  I sponged a little Balmy Blue on the tree.

I used the negative of the leaf punch out and sponged Pear Pizzazz and Shaded Spruce on the card.  I learned a new trick on this card.  I used the Tombow liquid glue and using my finger, spread the glue onto the negative leaf.  Let it dry -10-20 minutes and it will be a sticky template you can use.   


Friday, May 1, 2020

April Paper Pumpkin - My Wonderful Family



Wednesday night Sonny and I had a night out!  We packed the cooler and went upstairs to my craft room to play virtual Music Bingo via Zoom! (My desktop computer has a bigger screen.) That has become our weekly outing!  We play music bingo on Saturday and Wednesday nights at 7 pm.  Ashley also dials in so we get to see her twice a week!  So funny!  Next week they are going to try and set the Zoom app up to play trivia.  If anyone is interested in joining, let me know and I'll send you the details.

This month's Paper Pumpkin Kit is My Wonderful Family.  There are stamps for daughter, son, mom, dad, sister, brother ....  It is a good one for Father's Day and Mother's Day.  Here are a few cards I have made from this kit.


Stampin up april 2020 paper pumpkin my wonderful family | Cindy ...

This is the card that is in the instructions.  It opens with a "Z" fold.

This is the second card that is in the instructions.  The green flap opens down and the white piece with the tree opens up.

This is one of the alternative cards I made.  I stamped the top and bottom background with the large leaf part of the tree.  I used the negative from the leaf punch out and sponged leaves with Mellow Moss ink and my dauber.  I didn't want to cover up the verse.  I punched the green leaf sprig out of Mint Macaron and the flowers from Rococo Rose.  The butterfly is a punch out from the PP kit.

I stamped the large leaf part of the tree on Whisper White cardstock in Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape, Mango and Melon Mambo.  Then I used the Circles Dies to cut out 9 circles.  Once I adhered them to my white cardstock, I ran it through the Quilt embossing folder.  I die cut "friend" from Lovely Words thinlits and stamped Happy Birthday from Well Said - all in Emerald Envy

I love this one!  Hopefully you are quarantined with someone you can stand to be with 24/7!!   No matter how much you love someone, being with them 24/7 can be tricky!  We have it worked out  here - Sonny goes to the golf course with his buddies 3-4 days a week; I take walks and hang out in my craft room most of the day before we meet up to fix dinner and watch tv at night.

Friday, January 18, 2019

My crazy life!

Well, it's been a while!  My life has been a whirlwind it seems like since I last posted on Inkie Fingers.  You have probably all given up on me!  Hope not!!

The last time I posted (October!) I mentioned that I was down in the dumps about some personal things going on.  Well that feeling stayed with me for a month or more.  My daughter (Ashley) had joined Stampin' Up in July so that she could go to Stampin' Up's 30th year convention in Florida with me.  We had big plans!  She was going to be in Orlando the week before convention and I made my reservations with that in mind, going a few days early to hang out with her.  Well, in October she got orders to deploy to VietNam for 8 weeks, leaving a week before convention.  I couldn't change my reservations so I just went and chilled for the extra days by myself!  My sister joined me a couple of days later and we enjoyed ourselves at convention.  We were able to talk to Ashley via an app of my phone so that made things a little better.  Convention was fun and we got to see some of the new items from the Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration.  I came home with several new stamp sets but would you believe, I still haven't used them!  I used one new set yesterday but that's it!  


In November, I had the family for Thanksgiving as I have done for 12 years now.  It was nice but we all were missing Ashley.  We were able to all talk to her via the app.  She and another soldier prepared the Thanksgiving meal for the group - about 35 people.  It was a challenge since there was no oven, just a large toaster oven and several burners to cook green beans, deviled eggs, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, mushrooms .....  They deep fried the turkey.  Her mission was to recover a soldier who had been killed during the VietNam war.  Unfortunately, they never recovered any remains before returning home in December.  But that was a story in itself!  When they left VietNam, they had problems with the airplane and had to land on Wake Island in the Pacific.  There is very little civilization on Wake except for a small military base where they stayed for 3-4 days before they could get another plane to pick them up and return to Hawaii.  She was more than ready to come home!  Luckily she got home before we arrived for Christmas (by about 5 days!)


 After Convention and Thanksgiving was over, I gave a wedding shower for my nephew's (Derek) fiance.  Ashley again was supposed to help with the shower as well as be there for it, but .... things don't always work our, do they?!  But, the show must go on.  We had a nice time and I think Morgan enjoyed it as well.  Sonny made a giant Jenga game for them and we played it at the shower.



In December, we flew to Hawaii and spent a month enjoying ourselves.  We just returned home this past Tuesday and I brought a cold home with me.  I feel better today but I was sounding pretty bad Wednesday and Thursday!  I will share Hawaii pictures in my next post.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

End of the Month Specials plus Party Pictures

As the end of the month is approaching (3 more days!), I wanted to remind you of the Stampin' Pad Recruiting Promotion.  During this promotion, new team members will receive a FREE assortment of Classic Stampin' Pads (your choice) with your Starter Kit!  That's an extra $67.50 of goodies.

People join Stampin' Up! for different reasons.  While some want to build a business with customers and clubs, most just want to be a part of the Stampin' Up! community and earn a discount on the products they already love.  There are so many great reasons to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  Not only will you immediately receive a 20% discount on the products you love, but you're eligible to earn a bigger discount with other benefits and incentives.  The Starter Kit is just $99.  You get to choose what products you want to add to your Starter Kit AND get free shipping (plus the assortment of Stampin' Pads mentioned above.)  AND there is no commitment to ever purchase anything again!

Another promotion that will end in 3 days is the Designer Series Paper promotion.  You can get one pack of select papers FREE when you buy three packs of select papers,   Here are the ten papers that are part of this amazing promotion:


  • Nature's Poem, #146338
  • Twinkle Twinkle , #146284
  • Under the Mistletoe, #146921
  • Animal Expedition, #146902
  • Best Route, #146897
  • Petal Promenade, #146913
  • Tranquil Textures, #146331
  • Garden Impressions, #146289
  • Tropical Escape, #146916
  • Wood Textures, #144177
Remember, Tuesday is the LAST DAY for these offers!!

OK -  enough business - on to some fun pictures from my Mom's 90th birthday party!  She was surprised but she really enjoyed herself!

Beautiful cake from Publix

We asked for donations to Camp Dogwood (a Lions Club camp for the visually impaired.)  I decorated Mason Jars and scattered them around the tables for donations.

My brother, Lee and my daughter, Ashley.  I think they were trying to see who was the tallest!

Not 90 candles but enough that she had a hard time blowing them out!


Mom and Sally, her sister-in-law (my dad's sister.)  They don't get together nearly enough!

Mom and her niece, Candy (mom's brother's daughter)

Lee, Marianne, Mom, Me and Angela

Mom with Marianne's Girlfriend (Sharon) and Sally

The grandchildren that were present + Morgan (the future granddaughter in law)
We were missing my son, and my brother's 2 children.

Greg and Marianne, mom, me and Sonny

Mom with Candy and Mark

After the party, the family and close friends went to a local BBQ restaurant.

We didn't have a kids table at the restaurant, but most of the kids were at the end of the table - away from the old folks!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Ribbon of Courage

Hope you had a great 4th of July.  Ours was pretty quiet this year.  My mom stayed with us Friday and Saturday nights and I took her to Camp Dogwood on Sunday afternoon.  This is a great summer camp right on the lake (and about a 10 minute drive for me) for the blind and visually impaired.  This is mom's second year to attend and I hope she enjoys it this year as much as she did last year.   Although she got off to a rocky start.  She found out last week that her friend and roommate was not going to be able to come per doctor's orders.  She was not so sure about rooming with someone she didn't know!  When I got her registered, one of the counselors, Jeff, came up to her and welcomed "Miss Becky" back.  He told her he was not her counselor but he was going to take her to her room and get her settled.  Along the way, they met up with her new roommate who seemed very nice to me. Jeff told mom he was saving a place for her at dinner that night.  He told us that mom was the best camper he had ever had!  And mom told me Jeff was the very best counselor.  He took her tubing last year and she was quite impressed with him.  She was supposed to do archery today - that should be interesting!  A blind person trying for the bulls eye!

Saturday night we drove into Mooresville to have dinner at a restaurant on the lake where we hoped to watch the fireworks after eating.  Well, we waited for 2 hours - until 10 pm! for the fireworks show with nothing happening!  It had been raining earlier in the evening so we figured it was too wet for them.  So, we returned home.  I called on Sunday and was told they have rescheduled them for next Saturday, July 8!  Strange!!  Last night we planned on going to Mooresville again for the YMCA's fireworks.  Well, it started pouring down rain about 6 and when we went outside to get in the car around 8:30, it was still raining so we went back in the house.  I think they did have the fireworks around 9:30 but we weren't there.  So tonight, we just watched the fireworks on TV from New York!!  Better luck next year - or next Saturday!!

I had time today to play with a new stamp set - Ribbon of Courage - that I knew I had to buy as soon as I saw the new catalog.  This stamp set was inspired by Million Dollar Achiever Patty Bennett in memory of her mother.  



This card uses a technique with Glossy Cardstock again similar to the Oh So Eclectic card I did last week.  I sprayed the glossy cardstock with the spritzer filled with alcohol.  Next I dropped 2-3 drops of reinker (Peekaboo Peach and Bermuda Bay) and let it run.  To help it spread around, I sprayed more of the alcohol.  I used a tissue to pick up some of the ink that pooled along the edges.  I love these colors together!  Who would have thought?!  I stamped the hearts with Archival Black ink and used markers to color the flowers and Wink of Stella to make them sparkle! 



This next card made me think of my sister, Debra.  I miss her every day!  She was actually my step-sister (we shared a dad) and we didn't get to know each other until the mid 70s when I moved to Texas where she and my dad lived.  There was about a 10 year gap in our ages (I'm the oldest!) but that didn't matter. We both had a daughter and a son that were the same age (within a few months) and we used to take family camping trips together.  She was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer shortly after I moved to Washington state (2003).  The last trip we took together was when she and Jack (husband) came to visit us at our new home in Washington.  The 4 of us went to Victoria, Canada for a few days and had such a good time.  They were supposed to come visit us in NC for Thanksgiving but sadly, that was not to be.  She died at the age of 50 (too young!) November 16, 2007. Can't believe it has been 10 years.

We had this picture made shortly after her hair grew back in from the treatments.


OK - back to the details of the stamp set.  I used the new in-color, Powder Pink with Basic Black card stock and love how it pops!  I stamped the ribbon with Memento ink and used my blender pen and the ink pooled in the lid to color the image.  The ribbon is cut out and a pink ribbon is cut out with the thinlet in the set and raised with dimensionals.  I love the sentiment.  It is so true - Live every moment - you never know when it will be your last so Live, Laugh and Love!


I have an organization tip for you.  I have always kept all my framelits and thinlits on a magnetic sheet and in their plastic envelope.  I filed them all in a basket in alpha order.  I often would not remember if a set had a matching die or not.  So now I am putting the dies in the box with the stamp set.  I have adhered a green sticker on the sets that have matching dies and written how many dies are in the set on the sticker.  That way, I can quickly count them to make sure I haven't misplaced one of the dies before putting the stamp set away.  I still have framelits in my basket - the ones that don't match a stamp set like the Stitched Shapes, Ovals, Circles, etc.  Maybe this will work for you.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

She may ride forever above the streets of San Francisco!

Where have I been you are asking!  A little bit of everywhere!  I left NC on Oct. 24 headed to San Francisco.  What a day that was!  I had a short (I thought) layover in Detroit (arrived at 11:30 for noon departure) but when I landed, I had a message that my plane was delayed a bit.  When I got to the gate, they were offering $500 in vouchers for volunteering to take the 5:30 flight to San Francisco.  No, I didn't want to leave that late.  Ha, ha!  Should have taken them up on the offer.  Was able to get on the plane around 2 p.m. - taxied away from the gate a bit only to have Traffic Control call the plane back to the gate and we all departed!  There were bad winds from the south for San Fran and some of the runways were shut down.  We ended up being able to leave around 4!  When I arrived in San Francisco and collected my luggage, I took the airport train over to the BART station which is their rapid transit system.  I had decided to take this route to the hotel instead of a $60 taxi.  Got to BART, bought my ticket ($8) and boarded the subway.  After getting seated, they announced there was a train ahead blocking the tracks so we had to get off the train and go to another one on a different set of tracks!  Finally I'm on my way on the second BART train and when I arrived at the station, I could not find my ticket (that I needed to get out of the station!)  Think I put it in my pocket and it must have dropped out when I pulled my phone out!  Thought I was going to be like the old Kingston Trio song, "Charlie on the MTA" - instead it would be - Sharon on the BART!  The song's lyrics tell of Charlie, a man who boards an MTA subway car, but then cannot get off because he does not have enough money for the exit fare.
When he got there the conductor told him,
"One more nickel."
Charlie could not get off that train.
The song goes on to say that every day Charlie's wife hands him a sandwich "as the train comes rumbling through" because he is stranded on the train. 
He may ride forever
'neath the streets of Boston
He's the man who never returned.
 
I ended up going to the Security Office and they let me through the gate!  Ashley was waiting for me - with a sandwich (not really! but she was waiting.)

We headed off to the Marriott, Union Square, just a short 2-3 blocks away and then on to have dinner and a well deserved cocktail!

Notice the bags under my eyes!!
Before I started on my little adventure, we met the family at a restaurant in Huntersville on Saturday (10/22) night (my birthday) to celebrate mine, Sonny's and Greg's birthdays.  Sonny and I had just picked up my brother-in-law (Jack) from the airport and he was able to join us too.  Fun!

Marianne and Kim

Sonny and I

Mom and Angela

The boys - Greg, Jack and Sonny

I'll be sharing more pictures of my trip in the next few days!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Versatile Swirly Bird

I am sorry I have been so lax in writing in this blog.  I have been super busy working on bags, boxes, goodies, etc. for the September Quarterly as well as my own swaps!  I have all my swaps finished except for the Holiday one which I can't do until I get my pre-order some time next week.  I've got another week to get my part done before I leave for Hawaii and leave the details in Marianne and Debbie's capable hands.

I have a few Swirly Bird cards to share with you today.  I got both of them in a swap last month.  The first one just goes to show you how versatile this set is!!  I just love the swirly snowman, don't you?!!


For this next one, it can be used for any occasion.  But couldn't you see this card done in red and black and be a Disney themed card??!!!  Love it!!


I made this next card using the pieces in the Swirly Bird set to make a sailboat!  I stamped the sails onto Vellum and used my bone folder to rub the back of the striped sail so it would puff out a bit.  Makes a great male birthday card!



I had a bit of a scare today.  Mom, Marianne and I went together 2 weeks ago to have our annual mammogram done.


I got a call on Monday that I needed to come back to the Imaging Center for another mammogram and to talk to the radiologist.  So I went back today.  For my second mammogram, they did a 3-D image.  I was told that a small spot had showed up and it was still there with the 3-D so they sent me to have an ultrasound.  The radiologist came in and looked at it and explained to me that all was ok.  But what was showing up is called duct ectasia where a milk duct has widened and perhaps has become clogged.  In the mammogram, the ducts could be crossing each other and causing a shadow which looks like a spot.  There is nothing to worry about - whew!  You can imagine what was going through my mind as I was laying on the table while they did the ultrasound!