May 23, 2009


Greetings! No, I haven't fallen off the edge of the earth. I never promised to post daily, so I am keeping that non-promise!

This afternoon we headed to the lake to putts around on the boat. Patrick and the kids "needed" to go fishing (aka: cast for a little while .... no fish at all!). Then we found a spot to dock and the kids went swimming. Next time I am bringing my bathing suit.

The sky was questionable the entire time. It just looked like everywhere but where we were was getting rain. And we needed it. So we headed home. About 3 minutes from the house the first GIANT raindrops hit. Somehow, the kids managed to get inside before the deluge. Patrick and I had to cover the boat. Complete drenching for both of us. Amazing.

I will need to post the pictures of the kids playing in the mud later. Nice collection of dirty stuff under the playscape. They smeared each other with it. Nice. It's great to have such neat and clean kids!

I hope your weekend is amazing and full of wonderful memories!

May 11, 2009


Greetings and happy day to all!

I am having fun playing with my blogging buttons. I know you can't tell what I am doing, but it's fun to discover new toys! Just smile and know that all is well with the learning curve! :-)

This post will exist tomorrow, so I must be writing it yesterday (that one's for you, Barb!). Never mind .... long story. Anyway, we made a card during Stamp Camp last month that I wanted to share. Crayon resist on glossy paper with black Stayz On ink. Then we added a little sponging with a Post-It note and had some fun! Here's the card:

Nobody believed the order I used to make this card happen. Stubborn stampers! (I love you guys!). Here's how I made it:

1 - stamp the image (Inspired by Nature) in StayzOn on glossy paper; use a white crayon to create space where the ink won't stick .... I made mine "shadow" the blades of grass
2 - punch out a 1-1/4" circle from a Post-It note and adhere the circle part where you would like the moon
3 - brayer over the whole thing with Baja Breeze
4 - sponge just over half-way up with Basic Gray
5 - sponge the top-most portion with Not Quite Navy
6 - remove the circle and replace it with the negative part of the Post-It (yep, now ya gotta get that part out of the trash!)
7 - sponge with So Saffron .... be sure to leave some white space so the moon looks more realistic

Now you just adhere the glossy piece to Basic Black and attach to a Not Quite Navy card, and all is well with the world!

Have a wonderful day and I hope to stamp with you soon!


May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Greetings, all! We just got back from Meridian State Park, which was great fun! The temps were a tad warmer than I would have liked (tent camping - no air conditioning!), but we had a blast. Best Mother's Day gift ever! Note to self - continue to add vacation time to hubby's calendar without asking .... it works well! :-)

Here's a picture mom took (thanks, mom!) while we were on a little hike:

I hope you have had an awesome day!


May 5, 2009


Mom's friend Mary is in the middle of some really scary and invasive breast cancer stuff. Just had her lungs drained for the second time in as many weeks. She is an amazing quilter and teacher, and a friend to many of mom's friends. This is the part of life that gets really scary. Well, maybe more scary for the survivors. She knows where she's headed!

The amazing part is that a group of ladies have organized a trip to be with Mary and have some girl hang-out time for one last week. It's darn bitter-sweet. They are so excited to be in the presence of this wonderful talent, but Mary's future seems to be dangling from threads.

Please join me with prayers for a great Mother's Day for the whole crowd - and may it be a wonderful, lasting memory for all who are joining in this special trip.

Thanks, and blessings to you all! ~Tricia

May 4, 2009

Pot O' Flowers

So I was reading on Stephanie Luman's blog (HERE) about the flower pot card she made. Too cute for words! Since I found the pattern, it seems that the entire Land O' Bloggers has also discovered her. She was featured during a splitcoaststampers challenge. Go Stephanie! Well, here is my take on her card:

(scroll down to the January 25th entry for directions)

Completely her idea, just tweaked so I could do it! My big learning was that you really do have to have the card bottom folded when you make the angled cut for the flower pot. Otherwise the edges don't meet nicely and it makes you say ugly words. Ask me how I discovered this little secret....... Never mind! :-)

Anyway, I thought this would be fun for Mother's Day. Mom, if you're reading this, now you know my secret! We won't be doing fresh flowers this year 'cuz we're heading camping. WAY fun! Mom is trekking along with us, and bringing her little dog. Ryan and Kristen are beyond thrilled! They get to spend time with grandma and Lilly and they couldn't be happier! Anyway, camping and fresh flowers from the store just don't seem right. So we'll do the paper version. That and a home-cooked campfire meal. Doesn't get a lot better than that!

Here's what I used to make Stephanie's card:
Die Cut Blooms, Candy Land DSP (Designer Series Paper), Whisper White Organza ribbon, Button Latte Designer Series Buttons, 5-Petal Flower Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Chocolate Chip and Kiwi Kiss paper

I hope your Mother's Day weekend is grand ... especially if you're the mom!

Here's to Gettin' Inky with ya!

May 3, 2009

Crimped Envelope Butterfly

When I first read about crimping an envelope to make a card, I just didn't get it. Then I tried it - and it was fun!!! Start by licking the envelope closed - really! Then chop off 1-3/4" from the end. Scary, I know ..... just bear with me! Then you can stamp and decorate your envelope bottom with ink - no accessories just yet. When it's done to your satisfaction, send that puppy through the crimper. Wheeeee! Now the bottom of your envelope houses a little inserted card and the whole thing slides into the "lid." Such fun, such fun!!!

Now go Get Inky and try it on your own! Have a joyous evening and I look forward to stamping with you soon!

May 1, 2009

May Stampin' Specials

Oh my gosh - I can hardly believe it - Stampin' Up! must be going crazy. Why, you ask? They have THREE specials running this month! Isn't shopping (for stamps 'n things) great fun?! HERE is the quickie flyer info, or you can read below. Do enjoy!

So here's what's going on in the world-o'-stamping:

Special number one - Designer Series Paper (DSP) OR 12x12 textured cardstock - Buy 3, get one free!

Special number two - Purchase a sneak-peak item from the upcoming 2009/2010 catalog at a 20% discount! The Jumble Alphabet set will be available all month for $35.16, instead of the $43.95 we will all see when the NEW catty is released on July 1st (!!!!!!!!!!!!). Click HERE for the link to see what the set looks like.

Special number three - Become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for only $75!!!!!! Yep, you read that correctly - seventy-five bucks! Included in your starter kit is Schoolbook Serif Alphabet Set ($42.95), Simply Scrappin' Petal Party ($19.95), Earth Elements Assorted textured cardstock (12x12) ($11.95), and a Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad ($7.50). But it gets even better .... you also get all the "normal" business supplies, PLUS, if you want to substitute any of the above for like items, you get to do that!

Even those of us without a math degree can tell that the price to join ($75) is lower than the price to purchase all the above ($82.35+tax+shipping). So ..... now is the time to join if you ever even contemplated it!

What? You don't want to be a demonstrator, but you would like the discount for awhile? GREAT! Stampin' Up! allows (and welcomes!) that! Your first order (over $150) as a new demo gets you a 30% discount instead of the usual 20%. That's reason enough for me! If you would like to continue feeding your stamping habit, you have a $300 quarterly minimum for your first full quarter. So as long as your sales between now and the end of September are $300, you will continue to be active.

You could join me in Salt Lake City in August for SU! Convention!!!!!! Think of the fun - stamps, ink, inspirational speakers, more free stamps, projects to make, swapping cards with fellow demonstrators - I can hardly stand it!!!
To join my team and have fun while Gettin' Inky, visit my website and use "StampWithTricia" as the password for your starter kit. Feel free to contact me if you would like more details! I personally can't believe that SU! is really offering this awesome opportunity for only $75. Think of the discounts! Think of the fun!!!! Think of all the trouble you can get into with me!!!! Oh, maybe I shouldn't have said that part. Hmmmmm. Anyway, you get the idea!

Hope you have a blessed day, and I look forward to stamping with you soon!