Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I have a Stamping Injury!

This is truly funny. I woke up this morning with a sore shoulder. Well, not really sore, but just feeling weird...kind of tired (and not because Elizabeth woke up screaming at the snow plow at 5:30 am). All morning it has been getting worse and worse. It grates when I move it, I have restricted movement and it really hurts when I raise it up a certain way. Let me tell you, driving home is not going to be fun. I finally broke down and took some advil. So...how is this a stamping injury you want to know?

Well, see, I went to Las Vegas. Then I spent Saturday shopping, taking Samantha to the doctor for an ear infection, etc., etc. I didn't get anything done for the PMS club meeting tonight, or the two baby showers this week, or my own Christmas Cards. So, for the last two nights I brought some stamping up to do in front of the TV...big mistake. I was sitting in a nice comfy chair, with a TV tray pulled in nice and close, but the tray was too high for me. I could stamp one card, then I'd have to take a break! I guess all that repetitive stress gave me a mild case of bursitis...which, you should all know, is a form of arthritis (you can take the girl out of The Arthritis Society, but you can't take TAS out of the girl LOL). Anyhow... they're laughing at me at work because I have a stampin injury. If you're a PMS member reading this today, I'm just not sure if I'll be able to make it tonight...ohhhhhh....the pain.....

Does Stampin Up! have worker's compensation?

Family Photos

I can't post the actual photos here because that would be copyright infringement...but, I can send you to Shari's website to see our photo shoot from Sunday evening...what fun! I love the one of the girls wrestling, with both their mouths wide open in laughter :) Isn't Shari a fabulous photographer?

www.sharitucker.com at the bottom, click on Client Area and then click on Hoveys.

Let me know which ones are your favorites...I have to choose tomorrow so I can get them printed for Christmas delivery :)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Vegas, baby!

I'm back from Las Vegas...whew...what a place! Everything is absolutely enormous! The hotels, the view...even the food! Here are a couple of pics from the trip. Beginning with the Marathon. Here's the Joints in Motion Team from NS/PEI. What a crew...they all did fabulous and we had a blast seeing the sights together.






One of the features of the Las Vegas Marathon is a huge contingent of "running Elvi"...yes, a couple of hundred runners dress up as the King himself and run either the half or full marathon. And as you can see, they like the camera...no, I do not know this man, he just saw me taking photos and decided to pose. I was at the 10 Mile mark of the half marathon, so maybe he just needed a break!
Other than the marathon, I did a lot of shopping...I did need a whole new wardrobe, ya know...I just lost 20 pounds! The outlets down there were great...but I think I'm allergic to this angora sweater I bought that I didn't realize was angora...no wonder it's so soft :)
We went to Freemont street one night to see the old fashioned Las Vegas. Saw the light show full of gambling enticements and girly girls on the canopy. Tried to get a photo with Chippendales...sorry girls, they wanted me to pay for that privilege...and ohhhhhh...they were just babies...ewwww. Not exactly how I thought I would react to seeing the half naked Chippendales on the street in person! LOL.
Vegas was fun, but it's not really a place I'd want to go again. I'm not a gambler...sorry...I'm a reformed gambler. I lost $2 on the slots while waiting for supper at Freemont Street. I was devastated and swear I'll NEVER do that again! :)
Now...on to Christmas preparations.



































Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Fun, Fun, Fun



Just a quick post with a couple of cute photos...




Here's Elizabeth making her one and only funny face...we see it a lot.




And here's the girls all bundled up to watch their first Santa Claus parade. They weren't cold...just bored. Elizabeth kept asking to go home...until Santa arrived, that is. Then she perked up and actually waved at him and said "Merry Kissmiss".

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

CASEing Fever


Just wanted to share a few cards that I've CASE'd (copied) from various places recently.

This one features Designer Series paper "Dashing"...did you know that the DS papers are on sale in November? Buy 3 get the 4th free! And there's free shipping all month as well. Time to stock up, I think :)

I also finally got out my Scallop Circle punch the other night and used it quite a few times. It really makes fun & easy embellishments.








More "Dashing" paper on this one...and a bit 'o paper piercing for detail & texture... I love the simplicity of this one.







Shhh...I used a retired wheel to make the swirly snow on this one...Whirly Twirly...but I think you could get the same effect from the Whimsy jumbo wheel. Oh...and there's that Scallop Circle Punch again :) There's a pink rhinestone brad in the centre of the snowflake, but it looks kinda silver in the photo. The rhinestone brads are a favourite of mine...they make great flower centers and just add a bit of bling to my projects.




And finally, this one is such a fun & unique color combo...Teal, Turquoise and Pink Passion, with a pink rhinestone brad in the centre, and paper piercing for detail. It took just a few minutes to put this one together.



Teacher Appreciation at Wee Care



Tomorrow during their lunch hours, I will be treating the ECE Teachers at Wee Care Developmental Centre (our daycare) to a card making "Staff Appreciation" event. Wee Care is a really special daycare that specializes in educating children with special needs. People often ask me why we're going there..."your girls seem normal" they say. Elizabeth has an undiagnosed developmental delay. It affects her social skills and language mainly, but she also has a motor coordination disorder. Yes, she seems quite "typical", but the delays are there. Wee Care has been a blessing for her. The teachers there have taught her so much more than I could ever hope to do as a stay-at-home-mom, which is why we decided to take her there in the first place. She has blossomed! I am sure she wouldn't be anywhere near ready to go to school next year if it weren't for Wee Care. So, that's why I'm doing this. That, and I think daycare workers are grossly underappreciated. I know that I could never do their job and I am very thankful that they do. Here are the two cards I'll be trying to cram into their lunch hours :)

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Playing Dress UP


Samantha loves to change her clothes and play dress up. She will go through 4 or 5 outfits in an evening if we let her...and most of the time I do because, what harm is she doing? Well, yesterday she got into her closet and found the stash of "babing suits" that I bought on sale for next summer and insisted on wearing a bathing suit all day. In case you weren't aware, yesterday was the day we were preparing for a tropical storm to pass through and it was very windy and cold! All day she wore nothing but her "babing suit"...actually, two or three of them throughout the day. But it really got funny when she came out wearing my boots with it. She also has a bit of a shoe fetish. She'll change her shoes 3 or 4 times with each outfit too. I fear we've got a shopper on our hands...only 11 years till she's a teenager hitting the mall!

Halloween Fun

All month, everytime I asked her what she was going to be for Halloween, Samantha said "A Princess." All month. Elizabeth insisted she would be a giraffe. So, when it came time to put the princess costumes on (I don't have a giraffe), they put up a fuss. "No I want to be a Hula Girl, Mommy" said Samantha. So, out came the extra pants, shirts, coats, etc...with Leis on top! Kinda cold that night for a grass skirt...but they looked cute. Every house we went to Elizabeth tried to get the grand tour...walking right in and looking everything over. After the first house they began the "Can we eat it now?" And then after a couple of houses it was "One more house Mommy, please." We only went to about 8 houses, but they ended up with quite a bag full of treats...and all they want to eat are the plain ol' suckers!



In our subdivision we get very few kids out on Halloween. I think we might have had 20 or so this year...and that's actually a pretty high number for our house. We're so far out from the main road, and the houses are so far apart that we only get the locals...it's not a place you drive to just for the trick or treating. Lucky for us! It also means that people usually give really good treats out here. One house gave my 2 & 4 year olds Lindt pumpkins and ghosts! Well, they can't possibly appreciate that, I said as I put them aside to enjoy as a treat when this diet is over :) After all, Lindt chocolates are my absolute favourite chocolates (If Santa is reading this...TAKE A HINT!)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Retired Stamp Sale!

The new catalogue is just around the corner...ok...well, not until after Christmas, but it seems like it's not that far away. I can't wait to get some new stamps, but I need to clean out the ones that are not receiving their fair share of play time. Here's my list...prices do not include shipping. Send me an e-mail if there's anything you're interested in. These sales cannot be counted towards workshop orders, sorry. These stamps are all retired and no longer available. Most are used, but still in great shape.

Expressive Flexible Phrases $45
Chaleureuses pensees (french hostess from last year, unmounted/unused) $15
All the Best $15
All Natural $20
All Year Cheer 2 $35
All Year Cheer 3 $35
Shape Ups $10
In Full Bloom $30
Love Matters $20
Word by Word BG $20
Wishing You $20
Seaside Sketches $25
Whirly Twirly wheel $5
In color '06 ink pads - Cool Carribbean, Marigold Morning, Cranberry Crisp, and Vintage Violet - $5 each.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Family History

Is anyone else out there into Geneology? I've been an amateur geneologist, on and off for about 15 years...my first project proved how a classmate and I were actually cousins in Grade 11. With the surge in the Internet, I've been able to access numerous websites related to my family geneology. There are so many generous "real" geneologists out there who will share their findings with you if you just ask. Anyhow...about 8 years ago, my research came to a standstill on my Chapman family line. It stopped in 1840. Just stopped. So I put it away, discouraged, and kind of forgot about it.

Recently Dave got interested in his family history and got me to help him fill in some of his family lines to prove he was related to someone. That got me going again and just last night I finally found someone who had George W. Chapman born in 1840! I nearly had a heart attack. It doesn't seem like it would be too exciting, but I'll tell you...when you've been searching and wondering for 8 or more years, it starts to get to you. I thought maybe he was adopted...or an alien, one or the other. Anyhow...there he is. So, in just a few clicks, I had 5 or 6 more generations of family history. I'm just a few more clicks away from finding out how I'm related to the much larger Chapman family of England and, come to find out, Germany...now that was a surprise.

If you're into geneology, I'd love to hear about the great internet resources you use...heck, maybe we'll be related...wouldn't that be fun to try to figure out?

October PMS Club Cards


These are two of the cards I did with the PMS Clubs this month...it IS time to get started on your Christmas cards, you know. After all, Halloween is next month!

The first is with the new set Star Studded Season from the Holiday Mini. I love it because it's not a traditional color comob. It uses More Mustard, Always Artichoke and Rose Red.




The next one is beautifully simple...just some layering and a little bit 'o embossing powder makes the snowflakes really pop. And the great thing about this card is that you can do it in just about any color combo you have on hand.

We also did a flowery card, but I used my sample before I got a photo...duh!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Christmas Stamp a Stack 2

If you missed the first Stamp a Stack and want to get in on the fun, here's your chance. I've got four completely different designs for holiday cards ready to go on November 3. For just $30 you get to make three of each design, plus one "gift box"-type item. I'll even include lunch, drinks and snacks, door prizes and extra goodies in your bag. This is stamp as you go, so all instructions are in your bag when you arrive, but I'm always there to assist if they aren't clear. There is limited space for this event, so please RSVP right away if you'd like a seat.

PMS Club SWAPs for October






So...I made it through a whole club meeting without forgetting anything related to the projects...all I forgot were the swaps I stayed up until nearly midnight doing. Sheesh...doesn't this baby brain ever go away! Well ladies, here's the swap card you'll be getting when your orders arrive :)





And here's a card I'm giving to someone as a thank you. I actually made this card over a year ago...inspired by a magazine layout. I posted in my meager gallery over at Splitcoaststampers and it got picked up as the layout challenge that month! I was flabbergasted. Anywho, I needed a thank you card tonite and this one fits the bill.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Christmas Stamp A Stack Cards

Here are the cards we did at today's Christmas Stamp A Stack.


This one was CASED from splitcoast stampers (as per my usual). It's a really cool combo of Soft Sky and Chocolate Chip. Stamps are from The Snowflake Spot. The ribbon in the new Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon...I didn't like it until I used it on this card. With the sheen it has, it almost looks like the soft sky is intertwined in the ribbon...it's a perfect match.





This one is a really simple, quick and elegant card I found on splitcoast last year...I just didn't get around to doing anything with it until this year! It's done with Mellow Moss and Always Artichoke.









This is my version of the "snowflake wreath" that is all over splitcoast. To match with the Dashing Designer paper, I used Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss and Old Olive for the wreath. One quick tip...start by stamping the snowflake in a 4 point diamond. This will help you get the wreath centered before you add all the layers of colors.




And finally...a card that I DID NOT CASE from splitcoast! Can you believe it? When I got the new Snow jumbo wheel there were so few samples in the gallery (and still are) that I was FORCED to come up with something on my own. Sigh...a demonstrator's work is never done :) A tip for this one...use regular ol' Whisper White craft ink, not Staz-On white...it works better.

Ok. I finally did it.

I finally created a blog...now what? Guess I'll have to start by scanning some Stampin Up! cards to include...

Friday, October 12, 2007

Cards for Sale


I have the following cards for sale, but I can also create customized sets for you! Just let me know what you're looking for and I'll find it :) All my cards include an envelope and shipping to you. They are made from top quality cardstock (mostly Stampin Up!), inks and supplies. Unless otherwise noted, each card is one-of-a-kind...you don't get that at Hallmark! To buy any of these cards, or to enquire about custom-made cards, please e-mail me at ahovey@eastlink.ca.







Simple Christmas Card $2 each









Image by Bugaboo Stamps
$4
Image by High Hopes Stamps
$4
Image by Whimsie Doodles
$4

This card is fully customizable in your choice of colors and sentiments
$3 each, set of 6 for $15 (set must all be same colors)
Images from Stampin Up!


Froggy Card $4
Image & Sentiment from Tiddly Inks


$3
Maya Fairy by Paper Makeup Stamps
Shear Sheep image by Doodle Pantry
$3



Remember $4
Image by Stampin Up!
Snail Tac Toe $4
Images from Paper Makeup Stamps

This card is fully customizable in your choice of colors $4 each

This card is fully customizable in your choice of colors and sentiments
$3 each, set of 6 for $15 (set must all be same colors)
Images from Stampin Up!
Baking Tilda $3
Image by Magnolia Inc.

Little Girl Happy Birthday $3
Image by Inktegrity
Kat Fairy $4
Image by Paper Makeup Stamps


This card is fully customizable in your choice of colors and sentiments
$3 each, set of 6 for $15 (set must all be same colors)
Images from Stampin Up!
This card is fully customizable in your choice of colors and sentiments
$3 each, set of 6 for $15 (set must all be same colors)
Images from Paper Makeup Stamps and Stampin Up!
Snail Mail $3
Images from Paper Makeup Stamps
This card is fully customizable in your choice of colors and sentiments
$4 each, set of 6 for $20 (set must all be same colors)
Images from Stampin Up!


Baby Boy Card $5
This card can also be done in other colors
Images by Paper Makeup Stamps and Stampin Up!

Happy Bird-day $4
Images from Paper Makeup Stamps

Birthday Card $4
Images from Stampin Up!