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Sunday, September 26, 2010

New Design For Hodge Podge!!!

Hi everyone, I wanted to share with you all a new company called Hodge Podge Shop that I am privileged enough to be on the Design Team for. They have a vast collection of
digital stamps in both black and white and in color.  Below is my first take on one of the stamps that I have made into a card.

I use my Sizzix Big Shot to emboss the backgrounds of the two different colored papers, then I colored in the Genie lamp with Zig Markers then using Holographic embossing powder, I heat embossed the entire image to give it the effect in the above pictures.  I do hope you like what I have done here.

Please go to The Hodge Podge Shop and shop around and join in on the challenges beginning October 7th! 
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Me and my shadow ~ the kitties!!!

Today was going to be just a lazy day for me, or that is what I would have liked it
to have been.  However, I had an early appointment in the morning and it just went from there. {That was actually yesterday the's now 3:30 am on the 15th so I have been up for a long time.} 

After my appointment I decided to get started with the numerous things I needed to get completed by certain deadlines.  I am involved in more than just the PBS_Swappers Group, I belong to several groups out there and it seems that I have signed up for everything that
seems to be going on in all of them, lol!  Well, I am so far getting what I need done for all
of them thus far, and I don't plan on getting behind with any of them.  I know how
important deadlines are and people counting on you to come through with what
you promised to do.  Yesterday I started and finished up a bunch of birthday cards, as well as took care of some things for the PBS_Swappers. Then I worked on a layout for  a "friendship page" swap.   So I think I accomplished a lot yesterday (to you all ~ same day to me lol).

I don't know if I have ever mentioned on here about the 4 kitties I have.  There were just 3 for the longest time, and then last October I got my "Shadow Angel", Jiggabear. She was a stray kitty and my kiddos called me in a bad spot having found her on a rainy & cold day in October.  So I took her in and she's just a blessing to me.  She follows me everywhere I go, hence my shadow angel.

Then there is Bandit who is the only male in this 4 Kittie bunch, he's such a scaredy cat that whenever Kristin is over Bandit will not come out for whatever reason.  Kristin is a huge cat lover, so she's not mean to him or anything, Bandit's just weird, LoL!

Then there is Boogers, I didn't name her however the name fits perfectly for her. She is sort of a carmel colored mixed patchy designed kitty. Here she is doing her best Super Kitty pose...

Last but CERTAINLY not least, there is my Spookerbear.  She is my baby and I just LOVE her to pieces.  She is Boogers mommy and is the oldest of the 4 here.  I call her "Big Momma" sometimes because the way she carries herself is with such EGO and I'M THE BOSS type of way.  Poor Bandit gets his butt kicked by her all the time.  Especially when Spookers has just recently been scolded for whatever, she immediately goes off on a cat and unfortunately Bandit seems to be the one closest.  However, with that being said, Spookerbear has a sense of when something is wrong or your not feeling well, I have
been sick a lot and every time she is right there laying next to me and cuddling with me. She does this also when your sad or crying and just down.
She's the only one of the 4 who will actually lay on top of me, lol.  Which let's face it,
that's ADORABLE!!!  She's actually sitting here right now on my desk as I type this
just watching me type and the occasional headbutt of affection to me from her.
Here she is sticking her kitty tongue out at me. 

This picture here is Spookerbear and her own kitty that she will take and play with
and carry in her mouth and cry EVERY NIGHT after she eats.  It can be cute but sometimes she get sooooo loud!  But I am use to it.

This is before Jiggabear came into my life, above is Spookers, Boogers, and Bandit snuggled on my bed all together, I just HAD to take a picture.
And below is also pre-Jiggabear, this is also in my room on a window seat for the kitties.
And I found something out one day about Spookers and Bandit...
THEY DO GET ALONG {sometimes}.
So there you have it, my Kittie collection, LoL! I love them all so much, they keep me company and sane.  

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Monday, September 13, 2010

A Big Thank You and a New Card

I belong to another group which is having a Harvest Fall swapping of cards, below is the card that I have made to send my swap partner.  I have also entered this into a contest on the same forum, different group though.  The group that the contest is Anything But Cute or the ABC group.  So this is my entry and I have killed two birds with one stone, lol.
I used these new chalks that I bought at the Creating Keepsakes Convention last Friday and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I am very happy as to how it turned out.  I then added a small fall orange colored flower to top it off along with the word Bliss which is a rub-on.

Now I wanted to thank Renee, Parsley, Sherry, and Kim for their comments and prayers for my nightmares.  I didn't have one last night so that is great!  I also fell asleep right here at the computer last night due to me not wanting to go to bed for fear I would have another one.  I guess my body said "NOPE CHRISTY YOU'RE SLEEPING" lol.

I will write more later or tomorrow.  Eric just got here and we are going out to dinner and to
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Nightmares...This is Getting old...REALLY FAST!!!

                    So it's around 1 AM now, and this is the FOURTH TIME in 4 days now that I have been awaken by night a nightmare. The other night if you can believe it, I woke up twice from two different ones.  Every nightmare has been different and last night (Friday night) I didn't have one, slept great, but this is getting old really fast.  This is one of the reasons that I use to NOT sleep in the first place because of having nightmares.  I now just feel like saying to heck with sleep for this night and staying up for the duration.  Eric is even with me tonight, but I just don't want to go back to sleep now with the possibility of having yet another one tonight.  Thursday evening was when I had two in a row and that has never happened to me before and I really don't want it to happen again.  They just all started again on Wed evening and again, this is the first time where I have had them THIS MANY times in a short span of time.  
The dreams themselves I barely remember, but what I do remember of them is that they were all completely different, not even a theme similarity or anything.  So I do not have a clue as to what is going on with me here lately to have caused this TERRIBLE disturbance in my sleep.  I am a baby though, I get scared unfortunately to easy and it sticks with me for a while too.   So I have that against me.
I just got in the mail 2 boxes of things from two places today that I have been waiting for so I will dig into those and play around and just create some things that I need to work on anyway now.
If any of you have some type of advice or "nightmare remedy" PLEASE let me know what it is and I will try anything to stop these again from haunting me every single night.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wanted to share with you all about a new swap going on

My newest blogger friend Parsley at Seasons Of My Mind is having a GREAT swap going on now.  You have until October 8th to sign up for this.  Please follow the link I have
provided so that you can all get in on this FANTASTIC SWAP. 
Thank you Parsley for having this and putting it all together!

Tomorrow and Saturday I am attending the CKC {Creating Keepsakes Convention} in downtown Cincinnati.  This is  my first ever convention and I am just thrilled to be going.  I am signed up for two classes for tomorrow.  One is called "Boxer Palooza 2010" and they are a manufacturer located in Portland Oregon owned by a mother/daughter team.  The second class I am taking is called "Cards for a Year"  which is sponsored by Crafter's Companion.  In this class we will make 6 cards, 1 envelope, and 1 gift box + will be given materials to make 6 more cards at home.  I CAN'T WAIT!!!

Still am stalking the mailman for my Slice prize whatever it may be, lol.  I'll let you know
        what it is and how the convention was. 

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Two new Cards and some updates!!!

Good evening everyone, I wanted to share with you two new photo's of two new cards that I created today.

This is the first card I made for Eric...He'll receive it tomorrow, I hope he likes it.

This card is now on my Etsy site.  I tried a new technique in which the
card stock is woven almost like that of a basket.
I used a fairy stamp that I received from Prima and heat embossed it with
red embossing powder.  The designs surrounding the fairy are also heat
embossed but in gold.

I have been so busy lately with things that have recently changed in my life.  I don't know if you knowmy friend Sherry, a lot of you do.  She today gave me ownership of her Yahoo! group called the PBS_Swappers. I am so honored by this and look forward to the new adventures and new friends that it will lead me to.  I am very excited about this and have every intention of keeping with the same intentions that Sherry had for this group. So I have been doing a lot with that lately, which is why I haven't been blogging to much.  I am going to try and change that.

Oh, something rather big happened to me last week.  I have a Slice machine and have had it for about a year or so I guess, well I went to to register it {finally} where they say that for registering your product will get you entered to win their monthly prize.  Yeah yeah yeah, I NEVER win anything.  So I really didn't pay much attention to it.  When last week I received an email from Making Memories informing me that I was one of the 5 monthly winners and that I will receive $100.00 worth of Making Memories product!!!  So I hesitated a minute and even emailed the woman back and had to ask if this was a joke or not, lol.  She had a Making Memories email address
and they even had my home address stating that that's where they will be sending
the prize.  So she emailed me back and said it was NOT a joke and congratulations!!!  OMG!!!  I have been stalking my mailman now for a week, lol.  I can't hardly wait until it gets here to see what they sent me.  I will post pics and a blog about it when it gets here, {which I hope is soon}.

Well, I am off to now stalk all of you...LoL! Watch for comments!  I have a lot of catching up to
do now...

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Two new pictures of me & Eric!!!

I just wanted to share with you all two pictures of Eric {my FANTASTIC boyfriend} and me.
These were taken down at Riverbend Music Center July 21, 2010 at the Rockstar Energy Drink
Mayhem Festival.  Was a great show but as you can tell {at least by looking at me}, it poured down rain on us most of the day. 

I just received these two pics from Tami who also went with us to the concert.
I just love Eric to death and wanted to share these pics.
I will try my best to write more by Tuesday...I promise :)  I will also stop by all your blogs and see what you all have been up to lately.  I feel like I've missed out on so much of what is going on with you all.

Have a GREAT Labor Day!!!!

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I'm Sorry I feel like I have been neglecting you all...

          I have sooooo much going on now and my plate is overly filled with projects and 
just everything you can imagine.  I just wanted to really quick let you all know that I am going to make a STRONG EFFORT to visit all your blogs tomorrow and see what you all have been up to lately.  
In the meantime, here are two cards that I have created.  I made them yesterday and the one does not have an inside it yet but I am going to work on that tonight. (and we all wonder why Christy never sleeps!) LoL!                                  

I have been introduced to digital stamps and this is one that I colored in with Zig markers and then it still needed something more, so I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I am so tickled with it.  It is on a card that was put through the Sizzix Texture Boutique and then lightly chalked with a light purple.

This is what is on the inside of the Puppy card

This is a regular stamp that I painted in with acrylic paints and I think it turned out beautifully.

This is an up-close look at the painted stamp.
This card has yet to have an inside yet, although I already know what I am
going to put I just haven't got to it yet.

Let me know what you think :)
I miss you all!

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