Friday, November 26, 2010

TodaysMama and Gamestop -$1000 ++++ giveaway

Here is an amazing giveaway from TodaysMama and GameStop. 
Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme
TodaysMama  and GameStop are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.
1. What is your holiday wish for your family?                                                                                                                  My holiday wish for my family is health, several members are having health issues now and I want nothing more than everyone to be healthy!!
2. What is your Christmas morning tradition?                                                                                                          My niece and nephew wake us all(my parents, their parents, me, my daughter, my aunt, my cousin and her partner) around 7 and they hand out presents to everyone. Then we go around in a circle and take turns opening - letting the two little ones open more often as they have way more presents than everyone else,. After presents we do our stockings, my mom and dad still fill stockings for my sister and myself:)
3. If you could ask Santa for one, completely decadent wish for yourself, what would it be?                     My own home! Currently my daughter and I live with my mom and dad until my disability is approved(hopefully soon and hopefully I will not have to appeal). I am so grateful for them taking us in. 
4. How do you make the holidays special without spending any money?                                                                         We play board games, do christmas baking and make crafts. 
5. What games did you play with your family growing up?                                                                                         We played ALOT of Yhatzee and Rummy. My sister got so she refused to play with me because I would ALWAYS Not so much anymore though. 
6. What holiday tradition have you carried on from your own childhood?                                             Opening one present on Christmas Eve(usually a robe or PJs)   and having Pillsbury Orange rolls for breakfast Christmas morning. If Pillsbury ever quit making these, we may have to cancel Christmas. 
7. Where would you go for a Christmas-away-from-home trip?                                                                            I would love to have Christmas in a fancy lodge-type home in the snowy mountains of Colorado.
8. Check out GameStop  and tell us, what are the three top items on your GameStop Wish List this year?   A Super Mario Bros. Bundle Wii w/DSi XL - ours, along with all of the games and gear was stolen in a home robbery :(, Just Dance for Wii, and Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock Super Bundle!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Whats on Your Work Desk Wednesday and the Butt Nipping Cat

I have not posted a Whats on Your Workdesk in forever. Seems like every time I remember - it's Thursday.
Anyway you can tell by the pictures I am in full force Holiday crafting mode = my desk is sooo messy, but thats how I thrive. The black ball of fur is Dea, she loves to sleep in my craft chair and when I am sitting in the chair she stands up on her back paws and gives my butt a nip in hopes I will get out of the chair -too funny :-).
Hope you all are enjoying your holiday crafting and getting lots done. Thanks for looking at my mess!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Haul and Review of the One of a Kind Rubber Stamp and Scrap Show in Madison, Wi

I spent the weekend in Madison, Wi  at the One of A kind Rubber Stamp and Scrap Show. This was my second year attending, and I really had a nice time. This show is definitely more focused on the stamper than the scrapper - which fits me perfectly.  I passed on classes this year, just nothing that sounded fun and also I felt they were a little pricey for what was offered. Last year I took a class from Wendy Vecchi, this year she demoed for Stampers Anonymous but did not have a class -bummer but she said the show producers wanted to much and it would have made the cost of the class prohibitive and she did not want to rip off her fans and customers - yeah Wendy!
I found plenty to spend my money on - including a Netflix type service for rubber stamps which I am so gonna try - Raisin Boat! They have tons of great quality stamps(I purchased one!) and big variety. When I get my first stamps from the rental program I will do a post all about it.

Here is my video of all the goodies...thanks for watching!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Bombshell Stamps New Blog Contest

Bombshell Stamps has a new blog and is giving away 2 stamp sets to celebrate. Check them out, they have the most fantastic pin up girl stamps and vintage car rubber stamps, rocka billy, cowgirl - all high quality red rubber and great customer service. Here is a card I made using one of thier stamp sets.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Week 21 - Perfect Distress

Here is my entry for the CCC Week 21  -Perfect Distress. My trees are inspired by Wendy Vecchi's tree she  made for a configurations project here. 

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

One of a Kind Rubber Stamp and Scrap Show - Madison, WI

Just wondering if anyone is going to this show? I went last year and it was cool - it was my first convention, it;s not to big but still some neat stuff and good deals (also an excuse for a long weekend in Madison with my sister and her family). They had Wendy Vecchi there and I was able to take a class from her. This year there does not appear to be any "BIG" names and Stampers Anonymous doesn't have anyone doing any classes for them - but at least they will have a booth., Last year there were quite a few vendors with some really good deals on unmounted red rubber stamps, so I will hit those up for sure. I am thinking about taking a class from Stamp Zia, her work is just beautiful and by watching her demo last year it looks like she uses alot of techniques that could be applied to many styles of papercrafting. Anyone ever took her class?
I took my neice one day last year and will again this year - she is really excited, shes my craft buddy as my daughter does not enjoy crafftig at all :(

Friday, November 5, 2010

CCC Challenge 20 - Extreme Sport Canvas grouping for Sam

Boys are hard to craft for. I have a nephew who is 9 and his sister is 7 - niece loves all things crafty and made by Auntie - nephew, well he liked the Star Wars box I made for him, but probably could care less about the frilly girlly name banner I made his sister. When I go up I always have something I have made for my niece and try to come up with something for nephew - struggle! struggle! struggle!. This time I think I nailed it - I had found these vinyl silhouettes by Little Yellow Bicycle that were boys skateboarding, biking and other extreme sports and some canvas tags with cool sayings on them and knew it would all be perfect. Then I painted up some 5 x 5 canvas's to match his room  and went to work making them look well, grungy. I but the vinyl cutouts on cardboard or sturdiness and popped them up from the canvas's.  I used the Industrial Grunge technique on his name. I really think he will like it.