Christmas Cards

Hope you’re all enjoying the holiday season. As promised, I’m uploading the four Christmas Cards I taught to Debbie Reid and Sandra Aquilar earlier this month. They also wanted to do the cute Christmas card I uploaded earlier.

I apologize for the quality of the pictures and I can’t blame it on the camera. Still no word from my new best friend, Kris Watanabe, who is diligently working on the website to get all the cards uploaded. The last time I spoke with her, she was going to contact me when all were uploaded. When I know something, I’ll post it here.

Cute Card Samples

Just this week I received four new card samples that I’m anxious to post. The first two are from Danelle Henry, the best Stampin’ Up rep out there, the fall wreath card is from my 86 year old mother-in-law, Elizabeth Harrison (hope I’m stilll stamping in my 80s!), and the last is a darling birthday card from Jaye Green, who knows I’m the queen.

And while I’m uploading photos of cards, I might as well upload a couple photos taken on Thanksgiving Day when Kristin and I went into San Francisco for our dinner at the Sheraton Palace. What a day!! What a meal!

More News/Photos/Cards for November 2008

It’s hard to believe that November is almost over! It’s been a fun, busy month and I hate to see it end. The last time I wrote in my blog, Tom and I were off to Missouri to visit his family for a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, that trip was cut short when Tom was asked to go to Equatorial Guinea ‘asap’. We returned a week early; he went to Africa and, on the 16th, Diana Diaz and I went to Nevada City via Chico to spend three days making Christmas cards. You wouldn’t believe the stuff we piled in to the car for our three-day Xmas card marathon! Now, ask how many we got made. Nada, zip, zero!!! I had made two versions of the same cutesy Christmas card using Radiant Pearls before we went, with the intention of making tons when we were there. - Didn’t happen.

I had also made another version of the cute and simple cat card that I posted here earlier in the month, but this time I used a dog. Took everything I needed to make about three dozen of them to sell at a local pet store. Made them all.

Talk about prioritizing! Christmas is right around the corner; I didn’t do a single one of those. On the bright side, Diana had brought seven unfinished angel cards that she had made last Christmas, so these seven were leftovers that she gave to me. All I had to do was paint, assemble and add the foil to the wings. She had done all the stamping, cutting, sizing, and dry embossing. My question to her was why didn’t she give me another couple dozen! It looks like seven people will get Christmas cards from me this year. LOL!

What did we do in those three days? Where do I begin? If you’ve never been to Nevada City in the fall, it’s a must-see place to go. The fall colors, rolling hills and quaint buildings rival anything in the New England states this time of year. Three days was simply not enough time to enjoy it all.  We stayed in a lovely lodge called the Harmony Ridge, located about five miles north of Nevada City. Everywhere you looked, the colors took your breath away.

As soon as we got up each morning, we’d head into Nevada City to walk the streets, shop the shops, try new restaurants, meet new people, try new wines and gourmet foods. Our favorite new taste items were the P’tit Basque cheese from the cheese shop and Frog Balls (spicy dill marinated brussel sprouts) from the local winery/deli. Among the streets and shops are numerous, quaint B&Bs. Our goal now is to see how many stampers would be interested in a gold country getaway next fall. We thought it’d be fun to get a bunch of like-minded girls together and head to the gold country via the local stamp stores. First stop would be Stamper’s Corner in Elk Grove, then the Folsom stamp store, a couple of nights in Nevada City, then on to Strike it Rich in Placerville. We’re going to start putting out feelers to see if this would interest anyone and, if there is interest, we’ll fine tune the plans, perhaps seeing if the stamp stores will offer us discounts for the day.

Once home, I had to buckle down and come up with some card samples for a class I’m teaching on December 8th. They want Christmas cards using Radiant Pearls. I have three of the four done, but that’s because my dear friend and fellow stamping bud, Kathy Yee, came over and gave me a full day of her time to help! She brought her laptop and enthusiasm, and together we came up with two more cards to add to the one I had already completed. She painstakingly typed up the instructions of each card onto her computer’s memory stick, helped cut, stuff & create. After the class on the 8th, I’ll post those. Additionally, she brought presents and cake for my birthday. What a friend!! The beautiful card below is one she made for me for my birthday (which isn’t until next month, but why celebrate a day, when you can celebrate every day??)

Another card I want you to see is one I  received from Julia Budd in England. She’s Stephanie Costello’s sister and she and Steph came here to play around the stamp table last month. I love her card, too, and want to share it with you all.

Hopefully, all these cards will join the other card samples on my website when Kris Watanabe finishes dealing with a family emergency. She had hoped to have it all updated by the end of this month, but had to return to Hawaii because her mom isn’t well. Now with the holdiays just around the corner and her family to care for, I’m not certain how long it’ll be before she’s done. In the meantime, I’ll continue to update my blog with happenings, photos, and cards.

You’ll notice that I’m now able to upload photos to my blog instead of links to the photos as I did previously. That’s because Tom got me a new camera before he left and I no longer have to go through the Kodak Easy Share program to grab them. Yay!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

Progress of Changes to Website

My wonderful, fabulous, brilliant web designer, Kris Watanabe, is back from Hawaii and is diligently working on getting up the card samples from my old site -  as well as new ones. Once Kris is done, you’ll also be able to click on the thumbnails of the cards to enlarge them, just like before. Be patient, though, as she has hundreds to do. She’s given me a ‘recipe’ that enables me to write in my blog, but right now that’s all I’m capable of doing. Kris is doing all the hard stuff.

This past Sunday, October 26th, I had a great group of ladies over for a class/play day to make a few easy, fall cards. Included were Elaine Hedge and her buds, Aprile Ebisui, Lynne Ono, Judy Dwelly & Pat Cline.  Elaine has been such an avid supporter of every teacher who has taught at Stamper’s Warehouse - and others, I’m sure - that I wanted to show my appreciation by having them over for a play day. I was also lucky enough to have Kathy Yee (a fellow teacher and my dear friend), Stephanie Costello (another artsy friend), and her sister, Julia Budd, who was visiting Steph from England. Julia owned a stamp store there for years, but now travels around Great Britain doing demos for Xyron, Cuttlebug, etc. So we all learned a few things from her, and had a great time visiting around the stamp table. Laughs were shared, stories told, a few calories ingested and recipes shared. I hated to see the day end and hope they’ll all be back. Below are the four cards we made:





On the previous Monday, October 20th, I had three of the “Modesto Gals” come over to play. Cindy Foster, who used to get a group of girls together for my classes at her home there, moved to Boise, Idaho this year, but was back visiting friends. She called a couple of the girls, Shari Secreto and Helen Boz, and arranged to bring them here for the day. Cindy keeps me up to date on all the newest gadgets that I MUST have.  She talked me into getting a Cuttlebug, and after they left on Monday, I was on the computer buying Nestibilities. They all brought their Cuttlebug machines, as well as their Nestibilities, and by the time they left, Helen had generated enough frame shapes of varying sizes to last me a good long while. We made the cutest cat card using both machines!  cat-card-using-cuttlebug If you live anywhere in Boise, you’re going to want to contact Cindy. She’s getting her stamp room set up and will begin teaching there soon. When she’s ready to go into business, I’ll give you all of her info.

On Sunday, October 19th, fellow teachers, Diana Diaz, Doraya Goeppert and Kathy Yee came over to make — Easter Eggs. NOT! What do four stamping teachers do when they gather around a table? They stamp, of course! Doraya showed us how to make a Halloween card using only punches dorayas-holloween-card , and Kathy showed us how to make an elegant floral card that has a 3-D camellia on it kathys-floral-card . Diana and I furnished refreshments.

This weekend I leave for Missouri to visit Tom’s family there and, of course, I’m taking supplies to stamp with his mom and sister. I’ll be in touch when I get back, or, if I remember, I’ll add to the blog while there. Kris says I MUST do this once a week. (Notice how people tell me what I must do - isn’t the Queen the one who is supposed to give the orders??)

Camp Counselor uniforms

You know those fabulous uniforms that all the camp counselors wore for the 2008 Stamp Camp? You know what I’m talking about - those bling-ed out comfy shirts that announces your addiction… Aren’t you jealous!!??  I mean, really now, can anyone NOT look good in these!?

Well guess what!?  After popular demand, we’ve decided to offer them for sale!  The hitch?  If you take any stamp classes in the future, you have to wear them - but with something that looks this good, why wouldn’t you??

The Queen and her First-In-Command with our fabulous "uniforms".
The Queen and her First-In-Command with our fabulous “uniforms”.


My first Granddaughter!

Of course I have to show off picture of my first granddaughter!  Isn’t she just adorable!!??



Here’s Ceaytie’s mommy, Kristin… beauty in the Royal lineage knows no boundaries….

Sonora Stamp Class

When I switched webdesigners, I had Kris make sure to grab all the photos from the old site to put on the new one…but she only saved the card photos - another week in the dungeon for her!

Here are some photos from the Sonora Stamp Class that I held awhile back…recognize anyone?

Photos of Stamp Camp

After months of planning a preparations, the Stamp Camp on Saturday, Sept. 27 was a huge success. Diana Diaz, Doraya Goeppert, Kathy Yee and I (the camp ‘counselors’) had lots of fun and, if the feedback is true, so did all the participants!

Myself, Diana, Doraya, and Kathy - the camp counselors

Here’s my table set up…the campers rotated through all 4 table stations throughout the day…

The Queen's Station

The Queen's Station


Holding Court...

Holding Court...

And of course all campers took home a goodie bag from the royal court!  The cello-wrapped item was the grand prize - one lucky camper got a bunch of goodies!  We gave this out first thing, so anyone that came late to camp lost out!  Just goes to show you…promptness counts in the Royal Court!

Goodie table

Goodie table

And here I am…the calm before the storm!

All bright-eyed and after picture on this one!

All bright-eyed and after picture on this one!

Punch card

This truly awesome geisha card was taught to me by Doraya Goeppert - and it’s done using punches only!

Geisha card by Doraya Goeppert

Geisha card by Doraya Goeppert

She is truly the punch queen, and you’ll love the Christmas Card she’s presenting at our stamp camp!

Stamp Camp, 2008

On Saturday, September 27th, I, along with Diana Diaz, Kathy Yee, and Doraya Goeppert, will be teaching a Stamp Camp from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.

Here’s a sneak peek at the project that I’ll be presenting:

My Stamp Camp 2008 Project

My Stamp Camp 2008 Project - a portfolio that opens to reveal four coordinating dry embossed cards - Great as a hostess gift over the holidays!