Wednesday, March 15, 2017

One More Class!

Hi Friends and Family,

Just another quick update, I just turned in my last assignment for my 11th class. One more class to go and I'm done! Whoot! I received an email yesterday saying if I wanted them to process my degree, it would cost $150.00. Really? All that time and money I've put in this whole time and you want to charge me an additional $150.00? I need that persons job. $150.00 to look over your classes just to say yes, process the degree, lol.

Immediately following my last class, I have to take a pediatric advanced life support class (PALS), so I will still be studying, but I do see the light at the end of the tunnel. And that is amazing. So after that, I plan to come home from work and cut, glue, ink, color, stamp, die-cut, and glitter away my evenings! I cannot wait!

Thanks for hanging in with me,

Holly

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year!!!

Hi Friends and Stampers,

I am so sorry I have been a bad blogger for so long. I wanted to give you an update to let you all know that I am in my 10th class, Pathophysiology. After this, I have two more classes to go and I will be done with my BSN. So it's looking like there will be life at the end of the tunnel sometime in May!!!  So many people have told me this time has gone by really fast. But when I am missing making cards, stamping, coloring, and keeping up with the stampy world, I say, "Not fast enough."  I will say though, education is totally worth it!

Last month I started a new job, Director of Emergency Nursing. Yes, I am crazy like that. Jumping into one thing before I have had a chance to finish. But the opportunity was available and I needed a change. And a chance to use my new found knowledge. So the next few months will be a bumpy ride, but by Summer, my life should be back to smooth sailing. Or at least not so insane.

I miss you all and I miss commenting on your blogs and seeing your wonderful creations. I will be back, I promise.

Thanks for checking in on me,

Holly

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Very Pinterest Break

Hello Friends and Stampers,

Well here I am in my 8th class. So just four more to go before I can have my life back. Looks like mid Aprilish of next year. The thing about a year and a half of studying, is that it makes you appreciate the free time you do have.

Thank you my friends who check on me and inquire if I am okay. That means so much to me to know I have been missed.

So on my last break, I was challenged to make as many cards as I could in a week and a half! Wow. I was thinking I might break out ten if I was lucky, but I made 34 cards!!! Some were clean and simple and some more involved. None were my original idea, they were all seen on Pinterest or Facebook. lol.

So here is what I made mostly doubles and some triples of:



I made all of these from the MFT Zipper die. I loved the beachy striped one I saw and wanted to make something similar to it. 


I saw this SU set: Giggle Greetings used on Cre8tive Play and it inspired me to break mine out as well and play. 



I know I got at least one of these from CARDiology 's blog. I actually made that wood background from another S.U. wood background stamp. These were so fun to make. 



These are make it crafty digital images that I have had in my computer for a very long time. I saw Craftybit's remake of these images and had to print mine out and make some too.  The first one is very similar to her original because I love the hair she colored and the paper was perfect for her. 


Of course I had to break out some Lawn Fawn get well stamps, again, straight from Pinterest


These are some memory box dies I bought a little while back, I wanted to try out the fantasy film I purchased about two years ago and never used. Okay, in real life this stuff is amazing. I just cut loosely, crinkled it up and then glued it on and cut around the edges just a little bit. Oh I love the shimmer and shine this created. 

So that is what I did on my break and I had the best time making these. I also have a few Lawn Fawn color my world cards sitting on my desk, but I will share that on the next break. 

School is getting more difficult just to be able to concentrate on, but I am acing those classes, so I must keep up the intensity. They are five week, "all in" classes. With five chapters to read, more electronic reading, a paper to write, two small papers to write, and six comments.....per week. I am not a fast reader and I am a very thoughtful writer, so this is taking every bit of my time. By I wanted to climb on the blog and let you all know what I've been up to. 

I hope you are all doing well. 
Holly






Monday, July 11, 2016

My Fintastic Friends

Hi Stampers and Friends,

Last one today, maybe last one in a while....

Some Odd Girl - Under the Sea Mae
MFT - Wave Die
MFT - Blue Prints 16
Copic Markers
Memento Black
S.U. woodgrain background
White embossing powder
MFT Lush Lagoon ink
yellow brads from my stash


I just love this little Sea Horse! I have other Some Odd Girl stamps as well that are just waiting to get inky. I am not sure if I ever inked one of them up. So today I was rummaging through my stash and decided he would fit well on the left over circles I had from a previous card today. I also had a mishap sitting on my desk and decided to use it as the background. I inked whisper white craft ink on Kraft colored paper and it didn't work so well. So then I added white embossing powder and heat set it. Nope, not loving the result. So then I ran my Lush Lagoon over that and while it was not really suited for the project I had in mind, I decided to set it aside. Well, today I decided it would go well with the other colors and the little sea creature. And there you have it. 

Okay, time for me to clean up my mess and get ready for work tomorrow and School very soon. I had a wonderful day in my scrappy world. 

Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a kind comment. 

Holly

Splash!

Hi Friends and Stampers,

I saw a card last year and I was so excited about the image and the design, I had to make it myself. I had a few stamp sets from this company on my wish list. Then the unthinkable happened, The Alley Way Stamps announced they were going out of business and put all their stamps on sale. By the time I got there, these sets were sold out! ACK! I had the letter dies and the stencil by that point, but no stamps. Lucky for me, I was able to talk a fellow stamper out of hers, lol.  So today, I had a few things out and came across this stamp set and decided today was the day to ink it up.


 Here is the Original: 

And here is mine:
All Washed Up - TAWS
Something's Fishy - TAWS
Versafine Onyx Black
Mini Splat The crafters workshop
MFT Bright Lights Alphabet
MFT Blu Raspberry ink and paper
Stampoholic


So the rules of casing is that you must link to the original creator and you must change two things. I am not sure who came up with the rules but I've seen them in a dozen or so places, so I'll just go with that. I changed the ink color and used a background base layer. 

I made a very important discovery while I was stamping up this image. First it is a negative image and it's very tricky to get it all inked up at once with a solid stamp, which is why I didn't attempt it without using my Stampoholic, because it did require two inkings. Second, I used a Colorbox black from MFT's and noticed it was not as vibrant as Simonne's. So I read her card list and saw she used Versafine, which I have had forever and maybe used it twice. So I thought what the heck, and I restamped it twice in Versafine ink and OMGosh what a difference! I even had to take a picture of this one. 


You can tell the difference, the bottom one is the Versafine. Wow, huh? Well, it excited me, lol. I have to share all my discoveries that I come across. I am sure someone somewhere else has already discovered this but you know, it's always good to share info. 

About the time I saw this killer whale image, I had already watched the Blackfish video that is circulating on line and on Facebook. I do not disagree with their findings and after some time, Sea World has recently announced they no longer plan to breed Killer Whales in captivity and will no longer catch young killer whales in the wild. This means no more Shamu shows when Shamu is gone. It is great for these poor animals, but not so great for those of us who were, are, and continue to be captivated by their presence and seeing them up close. It's almost a spiritual connection to be there and see them live and in person. I hope to get to see them again before they go. But like I said, after seeing and hearing all the evidence, it is the right thing to do on Sea Worlds part. Maybe some day, someone can build an infrastructure that would facilitate them swimming by to visit the crowds. I'm not really sure. I'm planning on using this image to scrapbook the pictures I have at Sea World with the kids. 

Why am I so wordy today? lol.  Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a kind comment. 

Holly




Sunny Wishes

Hi Friends and Stampers,

Well, I did not mean to spend the whole day stamping, lol, but I did. Last day of Stay-Cation and I made the most of it. I didn't even make what I originally intended, but you know, I go with the flow and before I know it, I  have three cards.

Kraftin Kimmie Stamps - Oceans of Love!
MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 16
MFT - Lush Lagoon Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black; Tangelo; Cantaloupe
Copic Markers N-1 through N-6
Gelly Roll White
Mini Splats Stencil by The Crafters Workshop

When I saw these Oceans of Love stamps, I was head over heels in love with the images. Apparently I was not the only one, they sold out quickly!  But I was able to get them on the second go-around. I'm really glad I did. Am I the only one still using brads? Since the enamel dots came out and sequins became all the rage, I have hardly seen brads being used. Well, I used some of mine anyway, they just went perfect for the port hole. This little guy makes me miss the beach even more.

I hope you are all having a fabulous Monday!

Thanks for checking in and leaving me a comment.

Holly

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Best of Luck

Hi Friends and Stampers,

Well, here it is, late at night and I am trying to get all my things done and get organized for class next week. I kept wanting to take a pic of this card during the day, but alas, it is so hard to find time, lol.

Carta Bella Old World Travel 6X6
Copic Markers


I actually made this on the tail end of my last break, but have not had a moment to grab a picture and get it blogged until now. I love this adorable image. The suit cases were a lot of fun to color up as well. I love these cut outline stickers and the making things with them. They shine and shimmer up really nice in real life. I know Krazy Kreations has a few kits as well, which is always fun to make because the kits have it all and you can just be mindless and have fun.

I have another week off of school but I have to go back to work next week. I hope to get inky every night between now and then. I tried to make a card and it bombed, so I will try again. A different design. Maybe someone else's, lol.

I have gone through over 5,000 emails. I'm down to just over 15,000 lol, but that is so me. And when I say I've gone through them, I truly have. No finger on the delete button pushing it over and over again. I have to look at and inspect each one. I do not want to miss a thing. I have discovered things I missed! Not just fabulous creations of other stampers and card makers, but dies and stamps, and papers oh my! lol.  I seriously missed seeing a few products that I am going to have to have, lol. I will have to add them to the wishlist. Which is growing longer and longer while I am busy doing school work. I do have a few pile ups here, things that couldn't wait, lol.

I am half way done through my BSN program!!! Six down and six to go!!! I almost gave it up with this class. After statistics, I was just burnt out and felt like I needed a longer break, but my counselor steered me in the right direction and I finished the class. I was also able to take a week off of work just after class and this has done me a world of good. The family packed up and went to see Grampa and Cyndy in Paso Robles, we headed to the beach for an afternoon, and we have gotten back to the gym. All things I wanted to do.

I hope to be able to do more blog hopping and see what everyone's been up to. I have made it to a few but not everyone yet.

Thank you for stopping in and checking on me,

Holly