Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Some pages for you...

I am finally getting around to uploading some of my most recent pages for your viewing pleasure. My parents and sister came to visit me and Jesse last summer. I used those pictures in these pages. I know you will be seeing lots more from that trip. Maybe even some from my more recent trip to visit them.

Page Details:
patterned papers, cardstock, letters-Studio Calico:Soda Fountain kit

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patterned papers, cardstock-Studio Calico: Documentary
letters-Making Memories (glitter ones) and American Crafts (foam)
rubons-Heidi Grace (these are so old, but I love the way the colors matched)

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patterned paper, carstock, letters, ribbon, and tab sticker from Studio Calico: Soda Fountain
Awhile ago, I saved a piece from a pair of jeans thinking I might find a use for it. You can see it in the upper left corner

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patterned papers, cardstock, ticket-Studio Calico:Documentary
paper flower and I think the felt leaves-Prima
buttons-from stash
smaller blue flower-homemade with love by my Mom :)

I am trying to used up some of the kits that I have laying around. (Can you tell?) I hate to keep getting more and more stuff without using what I have. I am sure I am the only with that problem though, right? If you want to read the journaling, just click on the image to make it larger.

Random Fact: My favorite band is Tegan and Sara. I love the music they come up with, it is so inspiring to me. My blog name came from one of their songs.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Stampavie Design Team Call

Stampavie is having a design team call, and I thought I would put my name in the running.

I started scrapbooking 6 or 7 years ago. My mother was into it, so kept buying me stuff and eventually I started using it. It wasn't until a year or so ago that I started stamping and cardmaking. When I ran across some Sarah Kay images on the internet, I fell in love. These stamps really did change the way I made my cards. The images reminded me of some dolls I used to play with as a kid. I ordered some right away. Pretty soon after wards I ordered some Copic Markers and another obsession started!

Here are the cards I came up with:

Card Details:
Stamps-Sarah Kay image "Puppy Love;" Sentiment stamp-Studio G
Copic Colors- 0,W0, W2, C1, C3, C5, V01, V12, E00, E31, E33, Y23, R20, Spica #11 (for the key)
Papers-My Minds Eye, Bazzill cardstock
Ribbon-Amuse:Passion Purple

Card Details:
Stamps-Sarah Kay "Precious Moments"
Papers-October Afternoon, Bazzill cardstock, Kraft cardstock
Copic colors-0, W0, W2, B32, B45, G24, Y11, Y15, Y23, BV01, BV23, BV25, R20, RV11, RV34, E00, E31, E55, E57
Sentiment-October Afternoon sticker
Flower Rhinestones are from my stash-unknown

I think the second card is my most favorite card ever! I love how my coloring turned out and I love the way the finished card turned out, it goes together so well. I know there are so many great stampers out there and to even be considered for the Stampavie design team call is amazing. I know the right person will be chosen for the team. Cross your fingers for me!

Random Fact: I love zombies. I read zombie fiction, and often watch and rewatch the same zombie movies time and again. Zombies scare me so much, and I love being scared! I often watch them while stamping and scrapbooking.

Monday, July 20, 2009

New Magnolias

Hey everyone, I am back from vacation. I spent two weeks in northern New York with family, and come back to you fully revived. I learned out how to tear a tub out and walls apart. That wasn't the most fun I had, but I did enjoy working with my dad. As I have gotten older, I have come to appreciate my parents more. I love getting to know them now that I am an adult, it is such a different perspective. I also got to spend lots of time with my baby sister, Amanda. She got her permit while I was there. I am so proud of her! I even took her out driving, and if you can believe it I wasn't nervous at all about it. I always enjoy all of the time I get with my family, but it is always too short. :(

I put my order in for the Summer Kit from Magnolia a month or so ago. I was surprised to see it when I got back from my trip. This is my first time ordering one of their seasonal kits, and I am very happy with the kit. I will most definitely use all of the stamps. Here is the first card that I came up with.

I didn't take a picture of my Copics while I had them out, so I will list them for you:
W0, W2, R12, R20, R32, R37, BG72, BG75, E00, E02, E33, Y21, Y23
I also used Spicas: 00, 02, 08

The patterned papers are Basic Grey and an old piece of KI Memories (the shimmery alphabet one). I have loved that sheet of paper to death. I have used it so much! I don't know if I like the way the wings turned out with the dots of spica colors, but I wanted to try something new. I just ordered some of the new Shimmerz paint, so I can't wait to get that and try it out on my wings. I have a bunch of fairy images, so that will be good for that.

Here is the other card I came up with:

Copics used on Tilda: W0, W2, RV11, RV32, R20, Y11, Y15, Y21, Y23, E00, E41, E47, E55, E57, B32, B34 and my colorless blender.
Copics used on the window: E41, E47, E55, E57, BG10, colorless blender and Ice Stickles.

I am very happy with the way this turned out. I hand cut Tilda out and then pop-dotted her on a window that I also hand cut. The window is from Stampin' Up, it is an older hostess set that is no longer available. I was very excited to figure out that it was the right size to use with these stamps. Again, I used some older Basic Grey papers.

All cardstock on both cards is Bazzill. The card bases are made with a sheet of bling. I love the shimmer to it. Both cards used sentiment stamps from Mona Lisa Moments. Upon posting this, I noticed the cat hairs on the cards. Sorry about that. I didn't feel like retaking the pictures. My little Pixie Cat loves to come into the hobby room, and climb all over my desk when I am working.

I should be getting a rather large order of Copics tomorrow. I am pretty excited about that.

I didn't do this on my last blog, but here is a Random Fact: My senior year in high school, I was the yearbook editor. The art teacher was in charge of the yearbook, and I loved working in that art room. I took so many pictures, did so many page layouts, and learned so much about my schoolmates. I really loved it. I think that really plays into the fact that I now like scrapbooking so much. Have a great week everyone. I promise to get back into the swing of blogging again, and post more frequently.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sugar Nellie-Diane Duda Blog Hop!!!

Hey everyone. Welcome to the Sugar Nellie blog hop featuring the brand new stamps from Diane Duda. Her style is very whimsical and fun. If you started on my blog, be sure to stop at the Sugar Nellie blog, that is were all of the fun began! If you came by my blog from Kim's blog, you are on the right track. I have also heard that there may be some prices, so you will most definitely want to check the other blogs out.

I was lucky enough to get one of these stamps in advance and play with it a little bit. There are some pretty talented stampers participating in this hop, so I am thrilled to be a part of it. Thanks you so much to Karen from Sugar Nellie for setting this up. Hopefully you all will like what I have come up with.

If you aren't familiar with Sugar Nellie stamps, you can find them at Funky Kits. Sugar Nellie is a Scottish company. These stamps are unmounted. This means you will need to either use double sided tape and put them on your acrylic block, or mount them on EZ mount which will then cling to your block. Remember that if you are an international customer you can only order up to 10 stamps per order. I have many of their stamps and have only good things to say about them. I love the way they stamp, they are some of the best quality stamps that I have used. Also, you will be able to order the new Diane Duda stamps on Friday, June 19. I know that I will be ordering some more of her stamps. I should also mention that the shipping from Scotland is very quick, I have had all orders arrive to me in around a week!

Like I said, I am so excited to have been a part of this blog hop. So on with it!

The stamp I received is called "Frog Prince."

Before I started stamping, or even scrapbooking I was really into oragami. I wanted to make a box with the stamp featured on the top of it. I tried to get the best picture I could of it.

And a couple more shots of it:

And last a card that I made to show the entire image.

All images are colored with copic markers. The ciao is R20, that is my usual for cheeks. I used some Sassafrass Lass scrapbook paper to put my box together. It is a very thick paper, so the box should hold up pretty well. I love the deep turquoise and the yellow together on those papers. The ribbon is from my stash, I was very drawn to my sheer ribbons with this challenge, huh? Here are the colors that I used for the box:

I used up some remnants from a Studio Calico kit for the card along with some ribbon that I had in my stash. I also used a bit of Stickles for the crown. And for the card here are the colors:

Be sure to continue the blog hop onto to Janny's blog.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by, enjoy the rest of the stops!


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Another Birthday Card

Here is another image from the swap I did. I won't use all of the images I got, but I really like the Whiff of Joy stamps, and don't have any so this was a good opportunity to test some out. Now, I tried to make her shirt look white. I think it looks a little bit too gray, what do you think? Like I said before I am still learning. I do love my copics though! Here is the card:

And the colors that I used (the ciao one is R20):

I just got an order from All That Scraps. I love their store, they have very reasonable shipping and a great selection of items to pick from. So, I have a couple (okay more than a couple) of new stamps to play with. They are all fairys too! You can check them out here.

I will be a part of an upcoming blog hop for Sugar Nellie featuring new stamps from Diane Duda. I am very excited to be a part of this! I am hoping to get my stamp tomorrow. This will be taking place June 19, so be sure to check back then. But hopefully I will update my blog before then!

I would like to apologize for all of the wonky formatting, blogger is being very strange with adding pictures/spaces. Maybe it is just me though. Any tips?


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I stamp too

I just participated in an image swap at Splitcoaststampers, and thought I would use one of the images I received for a card for my nephew's upcoming birthday. Here is the finished card:

I really like it when other bloggers list which copics they use on their projects, so here are the colors that I used:

I haven't been stamping for that long, and I am definitely still learning. I started scrapbooking around six or seven years ago, and only started stamping a year or so ago. I have been pretty pleased with my results so far. With scrapbooking and stamping I take my time. I am a very precise person, and this drives my friend Dana crazy. When I am at her house for her monthly get togethers she says that she can't watch me! I have to like what I am working on or I will pull it apart until I do.

If anyone has any tips on getting better pictures of the finished projects, I would love to hear them. I used my 50mm 1.8 lens. (That is by far my favorite lens, if you don't have it and use a Canon, you really should invest in it. It is around $100)

Random Fact: I love the beach (really who doesn't though). I spent some of my growing up years living in North Carolina and absolutely loved living that close to the ocean. I always thought I would end up living in a beach house. There is still time though!

Sunday, May 31, 2009


I just turned 29 in April. For a birthday present, I bought myself a Canon Digital Rebel XSi. I had been wanting one for a few years, and finally talked myself into getting it. I had the extra money and Jesse kind of pushed me over the edge. He asked me what I would do with the money if I didn't spend it on the camera. I could only think of paying my credit card down, and that is no fun. So, I went for it and haven't looked back since. I LOVE MY CAMERA.

That picture is the first picture I took with it. I promise that I am getting better! Although, Gunther knows that his face is the money maker. He knows the way to look at me if he is getting himself into trouble. I mean, it isn't even a great picture, but how could you say no to him?

I also shot guns for the first time. Now, I am a lover and definitely not a fighter. Jesse didn't think it was fair of my to discount all guns having never really shot one. When his friend and him went to shoot one day, I went along to learn. I was very nervous, but Eric (the friend) was very patient and explained things very well. I even hit the target. I thought I did pretty well for my first time. Maybe some of the shooting in video games has been paying off! Don't get me wrong, I don't want to run out and buy my own. But I do look pretty cool.

My friend Leslie posted a random fact about herself, and I thought that would be a fun thing to add to my blogs. My fact is that I am a vegetarian. Most people that know me already know that about me though, so let me give you some background information. My entire life, I remember hating meat. My mother (who will deny this if you ask her) used to make me eat what was on my plate. I remember chewing up the meat, and spitting it back out into my napkin to throw away. I hated sitting there looking at that gross meat knowing I had to eat it. When I turned 13, I finally had enough and said "NO MORE MEAT FOR ME PLEASE." I have had a few bites here and there. Sometimes Jesse will have something that he really likes and I will take a small/minuscule nibble, but that is it. I don't eat fish either. For the record though, I wasn't spitting meat into my napkin for my entire childhood. Once I said no to the meat, my mom was very good about cooking something for every meal that I would be able to eat.

I promise next blog will be better. I am thinking about keeping a notebook with me so I can longhand some blog entries from where ever the mood strikes me. I feel a lot of pressure sitting her and typing as I go.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Books of 2008

Hey! For the past few years, I have kept track of the books that I read throughout the year. It is fun to look over the lists and see if and how my tastes have changed. Near the end of the year (2008) we had some serious problems with our computer that I had my list saved on. This meant that I couldn't retrieve my list. Since then, I tried to remember all of the titles that I still had to add to the list. I am pretty sure that I missed a few of them. When I finally got the file open again, I almost jumped up and down! Really, I was that excited. Without further adieu here is the mostly complete list of books from 2008:

1.War Slut by Carlton Mellick III
2.Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati
3.Dawn on a Distant Shore by Sara Donati
4.Teeth and Tongue Landscape by Carloton Mellick III
5.Lake in the Clouds by Sara Donati
6.Fire Along the Skyby Sara Donati
7.Queen of Swords by Sara Donati
8.Eastern Standard Tribe by Cory Doctorow
9.What is the What by Dave Eggers
10.Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne
11.Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
12.Monster Island by David Wellington
13.Adolf in Wonderland by Carlton Mellick III
14.Antarktos Rising by Jeremy Robinson
15.Monster Nation by David Wellington
16.Plague of the Dead by ZA Recht
17.Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
18.New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
19.Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
20.Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
21.The Dead Girls Dance by Rachel Caine
22.Thunder and Ashes by Z.A. Recht
23.Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
24.Jinx by Meg Cabot
25.The Touch of Twilight by Vicki Pettersson
26.Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall
27.World War Z by Max Brooks
28.Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk
29.Anahita's Woven Riddle by Meghan Nuttall Sayers
30.Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
31.Cybernetrix by Carlton Mellick III
32.Sausagey Santa by Carlton Mellick III
33.Down the Road: A Zombie Horror Story by Bowie Ibarra and Travis Adkins
34.Down the Road: On the Last Day by Bowie Ibarra and Travis Adkins
35.Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
36.As the World Dies: The First Days by Rhiannon Frater
37.Apeshit by Carlton Mellick III
38.Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy
39.The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore

Some of the best books of the year for me included the Wilderness series by Sara Donati. I have since recommended it to my mother, my neighbor, and my friend Leslie. After sending my mother the first book in the series, she demanded that I send the rest of the books to her. (And she didn't even make me homemade donuts when she was here, sheesh.)

Anyone who knows me, knows that I like zombies. I think my obsession has gotten worse. I search for new books to read on them. I recently found a website devoted to all things undead. I like to be scared and zombies scare me. Sometimes so much so that I fall asleep with the light on. I read so many zombie books last year. The best was the first that I read of the year, Day by Day Armageddon. Very good stuff. If you pick up any zombie book, let it be this one. Edge of your seat kind of terror. I even had an unexpected zombie siting in The Stupidest Angel. Everyone wants in on some zombie action.

I also really enjoyed What is the What. If you have ever read anything by Eggers, you know how it can be. The guy really likes to hear himself talk. I say that and I still love his stuff. This was very different from A Heartbreaking Work. It is still his style of writing, just more raw, more real. It is about the Lost Boys of Sudan, one in particular Valentino Achak Deng. I laughed, I cried, and I was embarrassed that I hadn't known more about this before reading it. Don't get me wrong, it is a fictionalized biography. I hope that the worst of the story was the made up stuff. It defiantly gave me some perspective on my own life.

There are a lot of young adult books on my list. I like to send my sister and my neice books that I think they will like. I don't read them all, but I read a lot of them. I like to make sure that they are something I think is appropriate for them. Most I send on to them, but some I don't.

And now I get to start a new list. I have already ready 4 books this year. Almost done with the 5th. Currently I am reading Autumn by David Moody, it is a zombie book. It is being made into a movie, I think to come out late this year. Anyways, I had to read it before seeing the movie. I also hear that Tegan and Sara are having a series of book written about them. I am very excited to read those. They are some very talented women, so they should be good.

That is all I have for now. If you have any book recommendations, feel free to send them on to me. I am always looking for a good book.

Thanks for reading.
April :)

PS: As previously stated, I am not a very good blogger. I cannot apologise every time I update this blog, so just know that I have been hanging my head in shame knowing that I desperatly needed to update it. Hopefully it was worth the wait. I do love to talk about books, so this blog has been in the works in my head, now finally down on vitual paper.