Thursday, August 30, 2012

Aching Fingers & Toes!

Hi Friends!
WHERE has this week gone? I have been SOOO BUSY cleaning! I KNOW that doesn't sound very interesting! Sometimes, I just DON'T want to do my "Spring Cleaning!" So, I dive into the "Spring Cleaning" in the fall! It's SO NICE to have a clean house for the Holidays! I mean REALLY CLEAN ! I have been cleaning ALL DAY & falling into bed at night for the last few nights! My WHOLE BODY aches! My fingers & toes included! Have you ever cleaned mini-blinds???? Then you know what I mean! I LOVE the saying, "Thank God for company!" It's SO TRUE! Sometimes, you just need a little incentive! Cleaning tips? I've got them! Start with the hardest, biggest job FIRST! For me that would be the rafters & walls & windows, working one room at a time!  Murphy's Oil Soap & Simple Green; Start at the top & work your way down; Start at one end & work your way around;  Have a husband who knows to stay out of the way! My SWEET husband KNOWS when I'm cleaning to stay out of the way! If there's ever a time I get cranky, it's when people are keeping me from my cleaning! WHO enjoys cleaning???? NOT ME! But, if I have to do it, STAY OUT OF MY WAY! LOL

Because of all my cleaning, it hurt to even write a little note to go with my son's card this week! (Thank goodness I did a little extra card last week!)  OUCH! AND  I haven't had much time to think on a post for today! But, NEVER FEAR, I do have SOMETHING for you---! I won some "blog candy" over at: A NEW blog to  me! I don't know what it is lately---I've RARELY won much of anything in my whole life! But,  I won a "Sermon Note Keeper notebook!" What a NICE little book to take notes in when you're at church! THANK YOU PATTER!  Soooooooooo, I thought to send Patter one of my Paper Tea Cups! (Patter has Challenges going  on...just in case you're interested! Check it out! )

This time I used SU- Bordering on Romance stamp set. Here's what I did, I created a "Master Board" first for my card!
I stamped the card stock first with the larger image of the stamp set, scattering them about.
Next, I stamped the next smaller stamp around on the paper. Up-side down too. That way the paper can be used in either direction. (Notice I stamped up side down with the larger stamp image too.)
Now, fill in the rest of the space with the smallest stamp in the set. Turning it upside down too.
Now, I don't know about you but, my blender pens seem to dry out all too quickly! So I keep a little bit of water in a dish to dip my blender pen in. I also have one blender pen for Cool colors & one for Warm colors. That way I don't mix colors I don't want mixed. When coloring a Master Board, I do all of one color at a time. (Yes, I do find sometimes I miss a leaf or petal. No problem! )
What do you think? Basically, you're creating your own Designer Paper! (See how easy that is! AND with out alot of expense! It just takes TIME!)
Here is my card made with the Master Board:
I used the sketch from SCS- SC399. AND I entered this card in the Moxie Fab Challenge on MOVEMENT in Card Design! Here:  Be SURE to check it out!  The only thing I think you can't really see would be that I popped the flowers up on dimensionals on the lower right hand corner. Very simple but it will match my TEA CUP!
I used the same techniques I used before on my tea cups. (I don't think you want a re-cap of that. If you are new to my blog, you can scroll back to find the techniques used where ever I focus on a Tea Cup.) AND look at that Walmart Ribbon! It matched PERFECTLY to my SU ink, Orchid Opulence! Even the Certainly Celery!

Now here is the Gift Combo:

For those of you that are interested, I still haven't heard from the Copyright Office! Hang in there with me???? I don't think it will be much longer! AND when you see what I've done, I THINK you will be PLEASED!

How about you leaving me a comment on HOW WOULD YOU USE THIS PAPER TEA CUP? I'd LOVE to hear!

Soaking my aching fingers & toes!

*This post was one of the Blogs Featured on The Moxie Fab Blog Roll! *  

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Hi Friends!
Well, I THOUGHT I had this post for this week all ready to go BUT, I felt it was an ALL OVER THE PLACE post & I just wasn't happy with it! NOT TO MENTION, I thought one thing I might just save for in a few weeks! SOOOOOO, I thought I'd show you what I made our son...

When  our son  first went off to college, his Freshman year, I made him cards EVERY WEEK! With everything he'd been through in his Public School years, I wanted him to know we were here for him even though, he was in College! AND that we loved him & missed him! We were blessed in that he had two roommates & one in particular befriended him! His second year, is when we REALLY NOTICED him coming out of his shell! That year I changed things a bit & sent him ATC's! Here is one of the ATC's I sent---it is the inspiration for some of the "card" I made today to send our son this week!
Our son LOVES Snoopy! (I have used these stamps & REUSED these stamps in SO MANY  WAYS!!!! I thought my mind was out of ways to use them! ) LOL
I saw this little thing that our son had gotten in a pack of trading cards----
and my mind was at work!

It's called a ''STAND-UP CARD."  Here it is:

I thought it would be SO CUTE with the Snoopy Image! Here's what the "inside" looks like:
AND it mails FLAT!

This is how I made this cute little "Stand-Up Card."
*The Base measuring, 5 1/2" x 3 1/4".
* Score at 1/2" on each end (on the long ends-see image below.)
* Stamp main image on one of the score lines. This will determine which end will be the "front."
*Stamp the sentiment on the lower 1/2" edge under the main image.
* Stamp stars- masking the main image as needed.
* Here's a use for the EXCESS RUBBER you have when you  punch out your stamps from the sheet of stamps you get. Cut out squares, rectangles, whatever shape you want with what you have ! Using a mask for your main image again & using a Kaleidacolor Ink Pad, stamp the background.
* Using an X-acto Knife, cut around the main image; only to the score line at the bottom. Don't be too detailed in cutting!  
* As you hold the main image out of the way, Score again at 2 3/4".
* Fold score lines.
* On the 1/2" pieces on either end - cut about 3/4 of the way up, at 1/2" in, on each side.
* Color in the main image.
*Stamp a message on the inside if you like.
* Put your Stand-Up card together!

This is an additional picture to show where the score lines & little snips are: 
(Just remember, those little snips are on the opposite end of what I'm showing you too! ) Your image CAN BE BIGGER! It could overlap the center score line--just make sure you cut around the image before scoring the center!

Here are the stamps I used:
Snoopy Images- Stampabilities.
Sentiment on first card front- CHF- Kim Hughes- Supah Star.
(Sentiment on second card front- Hand written.)
Sentiment on the inside of first card- Tweety Jill- Vintage Valentines.

As I was putting this little card in an envelope to mail off---the thought came to me, these would make  SUPER VALENTINES! OR I can even see a GINGERBREAD MAN for Christmas with this! (Think of the SU Holiday Catalogue....Scentsational Season....!)   
I couldn't leave you without telling you what I found!
Just a little something for "Tea?" 
Do you remember the Berry Coolers I did awhile back? Take a look here:
Well, I discovered these Soy Milk Drinks that remind me of them! AND, OH ARE THEY GOOD!!!!!!!

Hope those of you that can't have dairy give them a try! MAYBE, for "Tea" this week! OR if you just want a quick "Tea...!"

Let me know if you enjoyed this post this week!?! I LOOOOVE to hear from you! AND I DO read ALL comments & will try to visit your blog if you have one & leave you some love too!

Have a little Tea & Ink this week!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

My Confessions & A Midnight Muse Romance!

Hi Friends!
I HOPE you don't mind if I am still using the same old stamp set! I LOVE this set!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Elements of Style! I HOPE SU keeps this set A LONG TIME!!!!!!!!!!!! It's one I think all Paper Tea Cup lovers should have in their stamp collection! (It's SOOO English China!)

I guess it's time for a CONFESSION too! I am a "Penny Pincher" when it comes to my crafting! I ALWAYS look for the BEST PRICES! (Or TRY to!) And yes, I buy regular old COPY PAPER for my cards & 3D items! I KNOW I need to buy some of "THE GOOD STUFF!" AND the printed Designer Papers? I buy VERY LITTLE of it!  I think the price is a little much, at least for me! Every so often, I will splurge! Or get some with the Hostess Gifts/Dollars or if they come in a "bundle." Don't get me wrong, I LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!! The COST is what gets me! Once it's used, IT'S GONE! I go for the STAMPS!  I've heard people say you can copy the papers, but then there's the INK COST,  AND I would think there is a COPYRIGHT on those papers too!

With  my "Penny Pinchardness," I made this Tea Cup & Card for another one of my friends who is having a Birthday! (She's already received her package!) Blue is one of her favorite colors! With that, I HAD TO pull out the MIDNIGHT MUSE & play!!!!!!!!! I like to see what certain ink colors do! And what they do when used with other colors! So sometimes, I stamp first on a scrap piece of paper & go from there. If I like the results, then I go with it! Look what happened when I stamped with Midnight Muse & added Certainly Celery! AND what happened to the Midnight Muse when it's watered down a bit!
Aren't the colors GORGEOUS? WOW!!!!!!!!!! I THINK I'M IN LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I guess I should continue confessing, but I think MAYBE, you've already guessed.... I DON'T buy the coordinating ribbons, buttons,  etc. either!  (There it's out!) I buy my ribbons from WALMART! (That's the only store with decent prices & a good selection & fairly close! NO REAL "Craft" stores here where I live or ANY WHERE CLOSE! ) So, I took the Satin Ribbon I had- Light Blue & used my Re-inker & colored it with Midnight Muse! I pinched off the excess ink, running my fingers down the ribbon. (Anybody like  BLUE FINGERS? LOL)  Then I used my Flat Iron (for my hair) & ran the ribbon through it till it was dry. (The flat iron is one of those that will remove the wet! It's a Remington Wet 2 Straight. Yep, I need to clean my iron now! ) Since I didn't have the colored card stock of Midnight Muse either, I sponged the Midnight Muse onto the white  (copy) card stock with a make-up sponge, moving in a circular motion. (LOVE these new ink pads for this! You really only need color the parts that will be showing!)
Here is my MIDNIGHT MUSE TEA CUP! (I'm IN LOVE! I THINK THIS is my FAVORITE!!!!!!!!!!!! )
I used the SAME TECHNIQUES as before, using a blender pen to add ink from my stamp pad, Embossing with the SU- Elegant Lines Folder, Gold Krylon Pen, & MS- Crystal Fine Glitter, SU- Cellophane bag. The ONLY difference, I used the SU- Lovely Little Labels & Little Labels Punch Pack for the tag. Handwriting "Happy Birthday." I got just a little Midnight Muse on my fingers from the stamp & edged the little label.

Now for my card! I am REALLY PLEASED with how it came out! For a sketch, I was inspired by SCS- SC395. My card is a little DIFFERENT from the sketch. I did the same thing with the card as I did with the Tea Cup, EXCEPT I sprayed the image with Tattered Angels Shimmer Spray-Pearl,(Hm mm, that would look GOOD on my Paper Tea Cups too!) AND I used Soft Sky on the background of the image. (Remember that color?)  I also added a Charm (From Walmart! ) & edged it with the Gold Krylon Pen, as it was silver! (If you get the gold ink on the cameo--just use a little alcohol on a Q-tip & rub it off!) AND using one of my B.D. goodies, I used the SU- Framed Tulips Folder.
Here is my card! I have to say, I think it has a little Asian flair with the three panels (popped up on dimensionals)--- makes me think of Asian Screens.  
What do you think? Again, there's JUST SOMETHING about the GOLD!!!!!! I LOVE the elegance it brings to a card! Krylon, if you're listening, we need a FINE POINT GOLD LEAFING PEN too!
Here's the Gift Combo:
It's Romance for me! (Would you believe, I used to HATE BLUE????)

Here's a Challenge! Take a second look at a color you hate! Find a different hue/intensity of the color that you do like,  then make yourself a card or 3D item using the color!  

Wishing I could have this written in MIDNIGHT MUSE, & edged in GOLD!
It's a Midnight Muse Romance, 

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Hi Friends!
As I type this, I know I SHOULD BE doing housework, but am drawn here to talk to you! You know what time of year it is....BACK TO SCHOOL time! My husband tells our kids, " It's the MOST WONDERFUL  time of the year!" Boy, does that get them! LOL

Our kids are well above Elementary school now. Our oldest, our son, is going to be a Junior in College & our daughter a Senior in High School. I have to say, the trying years are when they were younger. They were hard to keep up with! (Thank goodness we were "younger" then!)

We have been homeschooling now for eight years this fall. I never thought that would be the route we'd go but, circumstances led to it. Our son was diagnosed with ADHD when he was three years old. (You talk about not being able to keep up with someone! WHEW!) I would be  laying on the couch with morning sickness with our daughter & he'd be running the length of the living room trying to destroy things! (So much for laying there!)

Our son's  Kindergarten year was FULL of trouble! NOT him causing trouble, but others.... It was AWFUL!!!!!!! Three to four  times he came home with bruises on him. Being a concerned mother I'd check with the teacher....she didn't want me ANYWHERE AROUND!!!!!!!!!!! I volunteered.... All the schools ask for volunteers, right? Well, they didn't want ME! I was only asked to volunteer ONCE and that was for a Book Fair. I DISCOVERED, they only wanted volunteers to raise money & KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT!  Once I drove up on the property & I saw my son out in the field with some of the other boys. The boys had a rope around him & he was struggling to get loose. By the time I got the car parked the bell had rung. That night our son had night terrors! I'd NEVER seen him like that before & we ended up taking him to the Emergency room. Remember, the school wouldn't let me volunteer...I was also told if I showed up "unannounced,"  they would escort me off the property! I couldn't understand what the problem was! I was a mother who was concerned about what was going on in the school with my son! What had I done? Well, I don't remember which incident brought me to  call the school (as I remember back) but,  I  said I was coming in to observe the classroom & hung up! That afternoon (being  our son  only went half-day), I went & sat myself down in the classroom. The teacher was surprised & asked if she could help me. I told her I had called, had they not told her I was coming? No, they hadn't told her! I stayed! The kids were "tattling" to me, what they thought was bad behavior rather than doing their work while I was there. My son struggled to get his work done & was the last to get his paper in. (I dare say some of the bruises my son got were from the kids kicking him from under the table!) When we got our sons paper back, there wasn't one sticker on it for a job well done but, the other kids had stickers! At recess time, I watched my son. He climbed to the top of the slide & sat there in the little covering at the top,  watching the teacher. I believe my son was afraid of the teacher & I told her so.

 Things got so bad that he began to wet his pants.  There were other incidents too, & incidents that involved how this teacher treated some of the other children! (I DID tell another mother about one incident I saw  & she let the mother know! The mother WAS UPSET at the coldness of the teacher!)  I couldn't get ANYONE to help me! The principle, a man, tried to intimidate me... At the end of the school year there was a picnic. I volunteered but, was told they had enough volunteers!  I didn't find out till later that only one mother & her mother, (they ended up grilling hot dogs, she's the one who asked why I wasn't there); the teachers' daughter & the teacher went to watch all those kids at a park where there was a large pond. I LEARNED when a teacher DOESN'T want the parent around....THERE'S A PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I transferred my son OUT of that school! Here's something else WEIRD! The kids were told they could only use, girls- two squares of toilet paper & boys- one square! Hm mmm! Like I said, WEIRD!!!!!!!!

We ended up across town. We stayed at that school the whole time our son was in elementary school & he flourished & I got to do ALOT of volunteer work! From tutoring to running copies, helping on field trips, etc.! Then at the end of Sixth grade a teacher pulled me aside & told me there was a problem...We went back to the Pediatrician & our son was diagnosed with Aspergers. Aspergers is the high end of Autism. It stunts social interaction & you get alot of immature behavior, the children focus on action hero's.... & are VERY SMART! But, there is that problem of interacting with others their age. They feel closer & would rather be with adults than their peers. Leaving Sixth grade our son received the "Presidential Award!" We were SO PROUD of him! He had come a LONG WAY from Kindergarten! I had also found out that our son's Kindergarten teacher was the head of the Teachers' Union. INTERESTING!!!!!!!!

Two weeks into Junior High, Seventh grade, a girl punched our son in the nose in the cafeteria! Our son tried to shield himself from her with his lunch bag. I was called & told there had been a "scuffle" & our son wouldn't talk to the Vice Principle but, was only concerned with getting to class. (That's our son! Even with all the mess in Kindergarten  he wanted to go to school! He was a SPONGE! His LOVE OF LEARNING surpassed ALL!  ) The Vice Principle told me if there were another incident, our son would be suspended! When our son came home, I was able to get the story out of him as to  what happened. He had accidentally kicked the girl when he sat down at the table---you know those picnic type tables they have... I asked if he had apologized for kicking her. He said, "Yes." I called the Vice Principle & let him know what our son had told me. The Vice Principle said, our son would still be suspended if it happened again. I said, our son WOULD DEFEND HIMSELF IF NECESSARY & they didn't want that either! Are you kidding? The  kids aren't even allowed to defend themselves? I told him AGAIN, OUR SON WOULD DEFEND HIMSELF! And he said, our son would be suspended then! They don't care or don't want to be bothered with what is right or wrong!   We even had our son going in early, before the bell rang to help set up in  the cafeteria,  to keep the kids separated as they were ousting him in the morning waiting for the bell...things were getting a little touchy! This behavior was done right in front of me & they let me know they didn't want me to talk to the kids!  Things seemed to go OK after that, as far as we knew.

Two weeks into Eighth grade-----our son came to me on a Sunday morning as I was making breakfast & told me another student had told him, "You'll be dead in seven days." This incident happened on that Thursday. I took him into my husband & we told my husband. My husband called the Police & they came over & we filed a Police Report. Of course, we didn't send our son back to school on Monday morning. The only reason our son hadn't  told us earlier, is because he was TRYING TO BE BRAVE & GROWN UP, he had gone  to the Principle & told him IMMEDIATELY! Then on that Friday, our son saw that the boy was STILL IN SCHOOL! Our son KNEW, NOTHING was going to be done & the fear was too much for him to carry alone anymore! I called the school Monday morning & let them know  our son WOULDN'T BE IN SCHOOL that day, due to what had happened the week before! The Principle called back IMMEDIATELY & my husband took the call. The Principle INSISTED on our son returning to school! My husband told him our lawyer said he didn't have to return & we were afraid of what would happen to our son! The principle said he did HIS "OWN INVESTIGATION!" (He hadn't even filed a report with the police!) AND he didn't want us to talk to ANYONE ELSE about what had happened!  We ran back & forth for awhile picking up, dropping off  our son's assignments... all the while, EVERYONE at the school would smile at me & be OVERLY FRIENDLY! I couldn't take it anymore & asked my husband to take it over. He did! ( I couldn't take the friendly to my face, stick me in the back with a knife behavior!) Even the school counselor wouldn't help!  I felt the kids needed to know there was a  difference so they could LEARN COMPASSION!  ( This was about the same time a boy had been featured on National News with Aspergers & how everyone rallied around him; a basketball player.... The kids knew there was a difference & they had compassion...I heard after everything was over, the counselor  had come down with Cancer! Hm mmm, when you mess with one of God's children.... you're walking on shaky ground!)

 We decided to Home School our children! Even though, our daughter was in Elementary School & doing well, a different school, we figured if they couldn't keep our son safe, they weren't going to keep our daughter safe either!They had ACTUALLY TOLD US, they couldn't keep our children safe! When we looked through our son's notebooks later we found where another child had written DISGUSTING, AWFUL things to our son during class. It had been some sort of round circle type of activity. Our lawyer told us we COULDN'T sue because nothing had happened to our son. Another words, because we were smart enough to  pull him out of school BEFORE anything could happen, we couldn't sue!

It took me awhile to get things in order but, by the end of the year I had a letter written to the Superintendent! It turned out she FIRED the Principle! He just moved on to another school in Northern Ohio. (We were living in Ohio at the time.) Another Principle took over for him & he called (under the direction of the Superintendent),  trying to talk us  into having our son come back to school, all the while he was saying what a GREAT Principle the other man had been, & NO MENTION as to whether the other child had been disciplined!  We weren't about to have them go back into the Public School System!  Home schooling was hard for the children at first; they had to be "unschooled."

Now, with us being in our LAST YEAR of High School with our daughter & our son doing SO WELL in college,  you can see why I'd make a BIG DEAL out of this time of year for them! Did I tell you, our son is a MATH MAJOR????? On the DEANS' LIST????  AND he's even in the NATIONAL MATH HONOR SOCIETY???? (He didn't get it from me!!!!!!!!!!! Remember Math ISN'T my favorite subject!) LOL

I could NEVER recommend the Public School System to anyone after what we've been through. (AND I didn't even tell you everything!)  I WOULD recommend Home Schooling! We use Alpha Omega Curriculum if you're looking for curriculum to use for your child(ren). It is a FULL curriculum & you can purchase it through Christian Book Distributors.
Our children are PRECIOUS to us!!!!!!!!!!! I believe you think your children are too! We NEED to start thinking like our Pioneer Fore Fathers in MANY WAYS!!!!!! AND I think PARTICULARLY in the area of SCHOOLING!

NO ONE will do better for your children than you would! NO ONE knows what your children need more than you do! YOU are your childrens' BEST TEACHER & ADVOCATE! Even Kevin Costner believes this! (Normally, I don't know one "star" from the next! SERIOUSLY!!!!!! I DON'T FOLLOW Hollywood AT ALL!!!!!!!!!! ) I heard him say, his children go with him on EVERY movie set, EVERYWHERE he goes, because he doesn't want someone else raising his children! (I believe this was on a Trailer to the movie, The Hatfield's & The McCoys.) If Hollywood feels this way, I think we should be re-thinking our way of schooling our children!

Here are the cards I made for our children this year to encourage them in the coming year! I know they're older & these look like kiddie cards but, I think the kids will still enjoy them! NOTICE the PUNCH ART???
Here is what I did: I created a collage back ground with a CHF Scrap block-Vintage Ledger, adding script from CHF Supah Star Stamp set, also using Stampintons- French Dictionary set &  A B Seas Alphabet Stamp set. I wrote in pencil the basic subjects here & there. All punches are  SU. I also added paper clips, Bakers Twine, & colored staples. For the INSIDE of my cards: I typed Ecc. 9:10a "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might," on a lined index card & punched the side with SU- Spiral punch, stamping an A+  in the lower right hand corner & layering it on royal blue card stock.  The punch art was FUN! Here are the recipes for both the little girl & the little boy! Here is the little GIRL first:
Here is the little BOY:
I used the Peachy Keen Stamp set- PK-490 Everyday Character Face Assortment.  They have SUCH CUTE faces! If you check out their stamps you'll see they have SUCH A VARIETY of faces for not only cute little people/kids, but snowmen, critters, etc.! I'm NOT MUCH into "CUTSEY" but, these little stamps are a MUST if you do punch art! I noticed, with the Peachy Keen stamps, they are curved so you won't get the edge of the stamp when stamping! (A NICE little touch!!! AND they're made here in the USA! )
NICE assortment, huh? Flipping the package over----
You can see what you'd get!
You can get your Peachy Keen Stamps here:  OR you can do like I did, & get them through & even use their coupons!

Now, I wanted to make something 3D for the kids too! Something to hold a little SWEET LOVE! CHOCOLATE! Here's what I did!  
Aren't they CUTE! Little Paper Back Packs! I used the SU- Stamp in Around stamps, Watercolor Joy & Texture.  Looking at them, I WISH I had some LARGE ALPHABET STAMPS! AND I thought they were lacking something! Sooooo, how about a little Back Pack "CHARM???" Anybody, saying "Shrinky Dink?" NOW, look at them!
Here's where you can find the instructions on how to make the Paper Back Packs:
What do you think? These were SOOO MUCH FUN to make! I think the kids in your life  would LOVE them too!

One last bit of information that will be helpful to ANYONE who is thinking of  or already Homeschooling is, JOIN HSLDA ( Home School Legal Defense Association)! Check here for more information:  If you ever have any troubles with your school district etc., they're there to help you! If you're a single mother who is homeschooling & just don't have the money to join, I believe they have a program for you too!  AND this group isn't just for the U.S.A.! They work World Wide! It isn't "insurance" but, they will help you with all the legal stuff that might pop-up! They are Advocates for the Homeschooler!

Be sure to get some ink on your fingers this week! Might I suggest BLUE????
See you here next week for something SPECIAL made in BLUE!

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Hi Friends!

I don't know about you, but I KNOW I am NOT an organized person! I TRY to be, but lack greatly in the skill! When I organize, I USUALLY loose things! And I find it hard to stay on top of things, even when I try my hardest! It's a VICIOUS CYCLE! One has to be quite disciplined! And I....well, let's just leave it there, shall we? Before you loose what ever confidence you do have in me! LOL  Anyway, I wanted to share with you one of my "GREAT IDEAS!" (Or so I was told by a fellow blogger when I mentioned it on her blog!) So here goes.........!

Do you find that you just can't remember all the sentiments you have,  amongst all  your rubber stamps? I do! I don't have a great number of rubber stamps either! (Or at least not as many as others!) Some of the stamps are just verses without any kind of image, some verses with images, some verses set into an image, like a frame of some sort or coordinates with a punch. How could a person remember ALL those sentiments? I forget what images I have! I forget the punches I have! So, I came up with a system that I think you might like to try! Many like to "organize" or catalogue the colors of markers, ink pads, fabric/ribbons, punches, etc.! But, the area that is forgotten about is  our SENTIMENTS! I don't get rid of my stamps, even when the companies move on to new stamps! To me, they are an investment! One day, we would hope not but, others will forget those images & sentiments that you have sent them and of course, you can use them differently! They can be reused! (One of the best aspects of stamping! Which we quickly forget when the new catalogues come out! )  And of course, there are some stamps one can't possibly part with!

First of all, here is a list of SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED:
* 4"x 6" Blank Index Cards ( I always like to have several packs on hand.)
* 1 Recipe Box to hold those cards (Or as many as you need.)
* Packet of Removable Index Tabs, by Post It. (I like large ones & small ones.)
* Sharpie Fine Point Marker (Black, Fine Point.)
* Pen
* Highlighter(s) (You could color code if you like.)
* White-Out (For those occasional mistakes.)
Here's a picture of the Removable Tabs:

Using the Large Removable Index Tabs, mark each as follows with your Sharpie (Fine Point.):
* Card Sketches
* Sentiments
* How To's
* Special Creations
( As you can see I use this box for more than Sentiments! AND you may find you want to add to this list to  your personal taste. At one time, I even kept my Pen Pals in this box. Name, address, B.D., Cards sent & received....)

Using the Smaller Removable Index Tabs, mark as follows: (I alphabetized this list JUST FOR YOU! I hadn't done it for myself! I'm finding just typing this out is helping me to get this little box of mine, even MORE ORGANIZED! Things in their PROPER PLACES! These go under Sentiments. )
* Animals
* Baby
* Birds
* Birthday
* Butterflies
* Christmas
* Dad
* Easter/Spring
* Fall
* Friendship
* General Sentiments
* Get Well
* Mom
* Patriotic
* Scriptures
* Sewing
* Summer
* Tea/Food/Kitchen
* Thank You's
* Valentines/Love
* Wedding
* Women's Issues
* For  Card Sketches- I draw sketches I like, along with information about where I got it. I can get
   several on each side of the index card.
* For  the Sentiments- I write the sentiment/draw a picture if need be OR you could stamp the image
   on the card. (I draw them out to get more on the card.) When drawing your own example of the
   sentiment---whatever type it is (whether it's the sentiment only, one with an image or punch...)
   write/draw it out as you see it, it doesn't have to be perfect.  This helps when you're picking out the
   sentiment!  I then add where they can be found; What stamp set they're in: SU, Oxford Impressions,
   Hero Arts, etc., you could even add where you put it-- Box A, under the bed, in the bedroom
   closet, etc. ( for those who don't have a lot of space;) I also have a card where the sentiments
   AREN'T STAMPS but, would have to be written by hand or typed on the card.They are filed under
   their respective topics. Many times, the sentiments will go under several topics. Make sure you put
   the TOPIC at the top of each card, so you remember which category it goes under after you've
   removed it! (This is where you use your highlighter; color coding if you like.) Here are a
   couple examples for you. As you can see, I used White-Out & it ISN'T PERFECT!

( Ok, I don't know WHY this does this to me----SORRY for the large gaps & crooked pictures! Sometimes, I line them up nicely & they come out crooked! Trying to fix it & it just gets WORSE! EEEK! :/ QUITE ODD!  Just laugh WITH ME!!!!!!!
* For the How To's- this is where you put the parts of mixing your own Shimmer Spray, Tips &
   Techniques, etc.

* Special Creations- I record things I've found on the web that I like! How to make a particular
   flower, or card, clippings of magazines that have things I believe I could make,  etc. I draw out
   each step if need be. Basically, this is a Pattern Area.
You can add other topics too like: Sympathy,  Punch Art-this one I'm planning on adding, Blogs you follow, Stores you like to shop, down to what products you like to purchase & where! This would be GREAT to keep a log of where the BEST PRICES are!

I keep my little box right here on my desk for easy access while I'm crafting. As I get my stamps I record the sentiments. Of course, as your stamp collection grows, so will your file! You could even decorate your box to your own taste! I'm just an "old fashioned" girl! I like to have a HARD COPY of these things!

You tell me, did I miss any topics? What topics would you add? Please leave me a comment if you like this or if you have a topic you think I should add!  THANK YOU to those who  leave comments! I LOVE reading them! And for those who are new to my blog, I'll  try to visit your blog if you have one & I'll leave you a comment too!   I HOPE this helps you & makes your crafting just a little easier & more FUN!

Here's some PRETTY to look at! It's hard to leave you with just "Office Stuff!" These are cards I'm sending to some "old" friends I had awhile back! Just MAYBE  they'll come for a visit!

HOPE you like these! I used SU- Hello Doily, White Embossing Powder, Tim Holtz- Antique Linen Ink,  SU- Punches, Rhinestone in the center & MS Crystal Fine Glitter, CHF- Front Sentiment. A little CAS for me! I LOVE IT! Makes me think of a large doily my mother had  & that I used in my wedding.

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Until next time, find some time to relax with a cup of your favorite tea!