Saturday, June 18, 2016

SALE at You Have To Know About

Hello, Friends!

It's 2 am and I am wide awake.  One of the side effects of my medicine is that it gives you "Daytime Sleepiness."  This means when you are up and about during the day, I can pretty much guarantee that I will be asleep.  When you are sound asleep, like probably right now, I am wide awake.  This is not a fun side effect.

However, it did lead me to think of this.

There is a wonderful stamping store online that is having a huge sale right now. 

Oozak currently has 25% off of the stamps and dies that they carry.  The sale is only good through Monday, June 20th at 11 am EST.  

Randy, the owner, carries companies like My Favorite Things (which absolutely are one of my favorite things!), Lawn Fawn, Art Impressions, Avery Elle, Pink and Main, Sunny Studio and a lot more.  

The best part of the sale is that a lot of the companies will let you backorder items if Randy has sold out of them.  Of the four I listed, the only one that doesn't is My Favorite Things.  

He just got new supplies in today.  Have you seen the new piggies from MFT?  Think adorable pigs with sayings like, "Miss You Pig Time" and "I'm in Hog Heaven."

 25% off, folks!  

You can also preorder items from Neat and Tangled, Whipper Snapper, and other companies for...25% off!

Don't forget to check out his Ranger products.  They're 30% off!

Have you seen the new NUVO products by Tonic Studios?  I won some and the crystal drops and glitter in a blog candy giveaway.  They are super great quality and are currently 20% off.

This isn't the world's biggest store, but it is a sweet place to shop.  I highly encourage you to check it out.  Everything I've ever ordered has been in perfect condition and Randy is a great man to work with!  I've ordered things in stock and things that were backordered.  I always received my goodies and have had great experiences with this store.

Randy is a nice man, running this store on his own, to support his family, so I just decided that I wanted to try and help him out by sending this info to all of you.  

Orders over $50 have free shipping, so go as fast as your mouse can click the link to check out Randy's awesome stamping stuff.  

Tell him "Angela" sent you in the comments box.  

Why?  Well, because I'll think it's funny.  Randy doesn't know me well at all.  I'm just a customer he's talked to on the phone twice.  He certainly didn't ask me to promote his store on my blog.  But, wouldn't you think it was funny, and crazy weird, if you suddenly got orders that said, "Angela sent me" when you had no idea who Angela was or why she had sent you???

I also think it would be funny to send Frank's DNA to the doggie DNA people who are supposed to figure out what your mixed breed dogs are from looking at their DNA.  EVERYBODY knows what a wiener dog looks like, especially a 100% wiener dog.  I think it would crack the people up at doggie DNA to think someone was so, let's say...unintelligent, to send in their full bred Dachshund's DNA to have it tested.  If we ever win the lottery, I'm totally doing that just to give those people a good laugh.

This is why I need sleep, People!

Now go check out Oozak!
Tell 'em Angela sent you!
Then come back here and tell me if you found something you couldn't live without!

Happy Stamping
(and sleeping, you lucky dogs!)

Monday, June 13, 2016

I haven't forgotten and a tip!

Hello, friends!

I just thought that I would tell you that I haven't forgotten to post my card to show off.  I was in a lot of pain, even more than usual, when I posted to tell you my good news.  I was trying to think positive and focus on the fact that I had finally gotten to make a card and not the fact that my legs felt like they were on fire from over-using the muscles.  I think going up and down the stairs was okay, but getting up and down to create my card was not.

As it turned out, my "fire legs" lasted well into the middle of last week.  I tried going downstairs anyway, because I didn't want to lost anything I had gained.  I don't know if it made things worse, but it definitely didn't make them better.  It was also enough to let some little bug out there take hold because I haven't felt well ever since.  My system seems to be so worn down that it's easy for me to catch any little thing and then hard to get rid of it.  

On the bright side, the backdrop for my picture is ironed and the camera batteries are charged.  One good day and I'll have a picture for you!

Now for the tip!  Are you familiar with Evernote?  It's a program for your computer which you can also access on your iPhone or iPad.  It seems to have tons of different uses, but I've been using it to catalog my stamps and stamping supplies.  There is a free version and one that costs $25 a year, depending on how many items you want to enter into it each month.  I've been entering my supplies by company and then putting it into one of 3 divisions.  For example, I have

Stampin' Up Stamps and Dies
Stampin' Up Supplies (must haves like card stock and inks)
Stampin' Up Embellishments (like ribbon and buttons).

I've done this for every company of loot that I have.  Some require all three sections, like My Favorite Things and Papertrey Ink.  Others only require one, like Paper Smooches and Sizzix.  You can make as many sections, called notebooks, as you want.  

The best part about Evernote, for me, is that you can tag your items to search for them.  So, after I have entered and tagged all my stamps with wiener dogs, for example, Evernote will pop up with a picture I copied and pasted and information about each stamp set with a wiener dog.  I'll be able to find all my word dies to see if I have one that says "Get Well Soon."  I'll be able to see all of my colors of blue card stock.  I'll be able to find every stamp set with a religious sentiment in it.  I love that as I list patterned paper that matches card stock colors, I can put those colors right in the note.  No more trying to figure out what those colors were, searching through old catalogs, or looking for the information online.  When I'm done, it will be at my fingertips!  I can also search by color, like Real Red, to see all my patterned paper with Real Red in it.  AWESOME!  Anything I took the time to tag, I'll be able to find from my computer, my phone or my iPad.  I can also look to see if I already have a certain item already so I don't ever make duplicate purchases.  That hasn't happened often, but every once in a while I forget (usually when there's a fantastic sale online and things are going quick).  When you've been stamping and collecting stuff for way more than 10 years now, this is an invaluable resource.   I'm finding it's also easier to pick out what I no longer want to keep.  As soon as I'm able, ebay is going to be very busy with some great items that I just don't use or want anymore.  

I will say Evernote takes as much time as you want to put into it.  Since it feels like I have all the time in the world right now, it was a good time for me to do this.  However, if you just wanted to catalog a few things, you could work for 15 minutes a day or do a set number of items a day and make significant progress!  
I know other stampers found this resource long before I did, but I highly recommend it.   I'm also using it for insurance purposes.  Eventually, all these stamps end up costing a lot of money, so making sure I can prove I had all these goodies with Evernote and some pictures is a wise thing to do.  Although we all pray we will never be in a situation to need that information, it is good to have.  Check it out and if you have any questions, I'll try to answer them.  I'm still new, so I'm not a great source of information, but I'll do my best to help.  

Keep watching and very soon I hope to have a card to brighten up your day on my blog for the first time in a long time!

Until then, do some stamping for me and if you have a blog, let me know so I can follow you!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Hello, Friends!

Hello, Friends!

Remember me?  It's been a long time, huh?  Not because I wanted it to be, that's for sure.  After my card making spree one Sunday night in February, I was hoping that I'd be stamping like that all the time in the near future.  

Unfortunately, I am the perfect example of "the spirit is willing but the flesh just won't do what I want it to do."  In my head there are thousands of cards waiting to be stamped, die cut, Copic colored, Zig Marker watercolored, embossed, tied with ribbon or twine, and that have a couple of buttons thrown on for good luck.  (Remember I said thousands of cards.  One card with all of that might be a little over the top!)

So here's a health update.  Spinal fusion surgery has come and gone over a year ago now.  Two knee surgeries have come and gone as well.  I pretty much had to lay in bed after each knee surgery until that knee was healed because I couldn't walk "right" and walking wrong made my back worse immediately.  That ended up with me being in bed for about 6 months.  Trying to come back from that is hard!  The first time I went downstairs in our house and then came back up a couple hours later was one of the hardest things I have ever done.  It doesn't sound hard, but it wore me out so much, I laid down in my bed, shut my eyes and instantly fell asleep- no exaggeration!

As hard as it was, I kept doing it.  At first, I could only do it every other day.  I would go downstairs one day and be so tired, I would have to recover the next day.  It's been a lot of work, but I can now go downstairs everyday.  This past Saturday, I even did it twice in the same day!  Trust me, this was monumental!  When I get downstairs, I can only sit or lay down on the couch right now, but I am trying to build up my stamina.  With time, I pray that I will get to be more and more active while I am down there.  

This leads me to another monumental moment that happened on Saturday.  

I made a card all by myself!

It is very clean and simple.  I painted a watercolor wash with my Zig Markers and aqua brushes on watercolor paper, put a cover plate die cut on top of it and added some sequins for an embellishment.  I know that's not much but the main point is that I did it myself!  My poor parents didn't have to go get any supplies for me!  That's how I ended up going up and down the stairs twice on Saturday.  I had to get my Zigs that were in my bedroom.  I also had to get watercolor paper and card stock, the die, cut the paper, run it through the Big Shot and then make the card.  I know to those of you who can do anything you want any time you want, this doesn't sound like much, but for me it was a very big deal!!

So where is this masterpiece that I was going to enter into two challenges like the good old days?

Well, by the time I was done, I was way too tired to take a picture.  I had hoped I would have the energy to take it today (Sunday).  After the stairs and getting up and down on Saturday and then not sleeping on Saturday night because of the pain, I was too tired to take a picture today, too!  I went downstairs but I was just too exhausted from the day before.  You know you're worn out when you're too tired to take a picture and load it in the computer!  But, just like the first time I went downstairs, I will keep pushing it until I get to the point that I can make a card and take a picture of it within 24 hours! 

Because the pain in my back has never improved, even after surgery and even after fixing both of my knees, we continue to pray that as I build my muscles back up this will finally help my back.  Eventually, I will do water therapy, but I have a long way to go before I can get there.  Right now, by the time I got to the pool, I'd be way too tired to do the exercises, not to mention getting back in the house!  

Stamping will actually help build my muscles as I sit, use my arms, and get up and down a few times for more supplies.  I have lots of stamps that I have continued to collect over the three years that I have been fighting with my back that are just begging to be inked up!  I've been blessed to get stamping gifts to encourage me to keep going during all of this.  I have stamps that were brand new to the market when I got them that would be considered old now because they've had to wait so long!  When I can really stamp and post again, you'll see a wide variety of stamp companies and years represented.  I'm a little worried to see if I remember how to use my Copics because it's been 10 months since the last time I used them.  One of these days, my back will cooperate and I'll find out.  

Now I know what you all are thinking!  

"Yeah, yeah, yeah.  What about Frank???"

Frank will be 15 on June 30th.  He's suffering from some of the effects of being a "little old man dog" but he is still our sweet, smart, funny little wiener dog.  I'll share some pictures of him, too, so you can see his white face and white feet.  He's no longer just a red dog, but now is definitely a red and white dog!

This has been an incredibly rough time for lots of different reasons but I continue to try and be hopeful and positive.  Being wrong about the people that you thought would be there if something like this ever happened has been 100 times worse than dealing with the physical pain I continue to be in every day.  Some days I fail miserably and think about all the negatives in this situation, but most of the time I can keep my head up and keep moving forward.  

Hopefully, I will have cards and pictures of cards for you to see soon.  I missed both challenges I made my card for, so I will take time to recover and maybe even get to make another card to share with you!  I have learned that there's a fine line between pushing too much and getting too tired and ending up sick vs. pushing the right amount and building back up.  I'm right at the almost too tired amount after going downstairs again today.  I wanted to go ahead and say, "Hello" even though I didn't have a card to share, though.

Please continue to keep me in your prayers.  Building back up is so hard but it will all be worth it as I can get little tiny parts of my old life back.

Until we talk again...

Happy Stamping!

Monday, February 15, 2016

PTI 9th Anniversary Thank You Card Challenge

Hello, Friends,

This is my third and final card I was able to make for Papertrey Ink's 9th Anniversary Challenge.  I made this card for an awesome card challenge- to make a Thank You card and send it to the PTI Warehouse Staff.  This wasn't my original idea but I left the other stamp set I was going to use upstairs.  Once I go down, there's no way I can come back up unless I'm going to stay.  Since all my supplies were downstairs I had to come up with a new idea.

Since the "Morning by Morning" stamp set is one of my favorites, I decided to use it instead.  My Dad has always liked Morning Glories so I knew I wanted this stamp set when I saw cards being made with it on Pinterest.  This stamp set was one of my very first PTI sets which led to other stamp sets and dies.  I have their assorted cardstock pack which seems like great paper.  I don't have any of their ink pads but I have been told by other customers that they are great.  

For my card, I used Memento Inks which have matching markers.  I added a little bit of extra color using the markers that matched the inks I used.  I'll add all of those products later this week.

It was crazy hard to make these cards tonight.  It will be a while before I get to make more because these were so hard.  However, I was determined to not miss out on another thing due to my health problems.  That being said, my back is absolutely killing me and my arm muscles feel like they are on fire.  Those muscles got quite a workout stamping compared to my regular routine.

By the way, don't you love that sentiment?  It's from the "Beautiful Blessings" stamp set.  If I remember right, I got it at the same time I got the "Morning by Morning" set.  Papertrey Ink has some awesome sentiment stamps.  I encourage you to check them out.  

I'll be back again as soon as I can.  Be sure to check out my other posts from late Sunday night and early Monday morning!

Happy Stamping!

PTI 9th Anniversary Paper Crafting Alphabet Challenge

Hello, Friends!

It's now Monday morning because it's 12:10 AM.  I made this card for Papertrey Ink's 9th Anniversary Paper Crafting Alphabet Challenge.  Each letter of the alphabet had a specific task.  Using the first three letters of your first or last name, you were to make a card with those 3 specifics.  I have included the list below so you can see how fun it is.

I used my first name which gave me the following directions:

A  add a border
N  try a new product that you purchased but haven't used yet
G  add a touch of gold.

The first two were no problem.  The gold touch is not something I usually use on my cards so it was a stretch for me!

For my border, I used the Papertrey Ink stamp set "Tin Types."  It was so easy to use!  I stamped it once in brown ink and then moved the design to stamp it again in gold ink.  I love the little pattern it made for a border at the bottom of my card.

For my new product, I had never used my Papertrey Ink stamp set "Background Basics: Tin Types" or the 2015 Anniversary stamp set "Petite Pots."  You're going to see a lot more cards with these stamp sets, I promise!  The tag was a PTI die I hadn't gotten to use yet called "Tag Sale: Quilted Die."  As you know, the reason I have all of these new goodies is because I haven't been able to stamp since August 2015 because of all of my health problems.  

For my touch of gold, I achieved it by stamping my border in gold ink and including gold ink in my ribbon on the tag.  

I'll add all the details of the other products I used later this week.  Because I did sooooo much more than usual stamping 3 cards in 1 night, my arms and back are killing me!  The only way I was able to do it was with God giving me the strength and my parents getting the products I needed for me!

Happy Stamping!
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