Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Conundrum

I went to let my dogs out this morning and I can't help but wonder how it can be so dry, worst drought in NM in many years, and yet the weeds grow and are so nice and green.  Now how can that work?  They don't get watered as the grass died out long ago so it is not because we are giving the "yard" any moisture.  It's been a patch of dirt, more than a yard, yet the weeds grow.  Not even tall ones, they almost look like dandelions.  Well guess it is time to have Alek over to start cleaning up the yards for the spring and summer.  Then we will start putting water to the rose beds and flower beds once I get those replanted.   Already experiencing unusually warm days for this early in the year.  Some days it has already been in the low seventies but even the sixties is warmer than the average temperatures for the season.

That is my conundrum for the day!

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Wrap for the Holidays

Hi everyone, Kind of been out of touch the past month or so and so pretty quiet on the blog.  We were sick for about 3 weeks or more, Don and I, and so that really slowed me down.  Good thing I had not planned to hit the craft show circuit this fall as I would have not been able to fulfill my agreements and would have lost money!  I thank God He guided me around that dilemma!

Anyway, I need to keep this short, so I am going to give you a link today to something I did do with a group of ladies from all over the USA.  It was so much fun, and now that I have done this one, I just might start doing more videos, like so many other crafters are doing to share their product, creativity, and inspiration for others!

I have much to share with you all, but need to get cracking on preparation for my children's BSF duties for tomorrow and Thursday.

So be sure to click on the link below, and check out this group video for holiday ideas, and although it is kind of late for this year, you can tuck these away for other holidays and for next year!

Please let me know what you think, and all constructive criticism is appreciated.  I will be back tomorrow with pictures.

Kay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5r1Vir5Kn4

Don't forget go to www.ktscreations.stampinup.net to shop and take advantage of some really great sales, Stampin' Up is really doing some wonderful discounts.  The weekly discount ends today!  The Blowout sale is until quantities last, once gone so is the item!!!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Thanksgiving Ideas for our October Ladybug ink Blog Hop!

 
 
It is that time again for our blog hop.   The Ladybugs have been busy making cards for Thanksgiving.  You may have arrived here from Nichole Gonzales' Blog.  I can't wait to see what she has created.  She is so talented.   I hope you enjoy my creation. 
 
I received an order for more new Holiday Catalog items and have been anxiously awaiting to find time to put them to use.  Below is my contribution today.  I have tons more ideas so don't be surprised if you come back to my blog you will see more.  Or if you go to my Stampin'UP website www.ktscreations.stampinup.net you can find them there as well.  Plus you can check out all the cool sales we have going right now.
 
 

I love the Sweater Weather DSP (132184) and the Expressions Thin lit Dies (132171)featuring Thankful, Merry and Love.  Pretty much covers the fall, winter holidays don't you think!?  Another one of my standby sets of stamps is the Lovely as a Tree (128655-w) (127793-c) set, featured on the circle.  I then accented it with the acorn from the Truly Grateful Stamp (131730-w) (131733-c)in the Holiday Catalog along with the Burlap Ribbon (132140) I also used.  The DSP features Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, among other colors.  I really wanted to use Olive Green in this card so I used it for the "thankful" thin lit as well as the off-centered circle back of the tree.  I used Cajun Craze and Chocolate Chip ink for the tree and acorn as well as the new In Color Baked Brown Sugar.  I accented the Cajun Craze with our Crystal Effects, added linen thread bow to tie in with the Burlap Ribbon.  The base of the card and the circle for the tree is the Vanilla Naturals CS.  Oh, one other thing I tried on the tree was "thumping".  I used Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Crushed Curry.  Not totally pleased with the outcome as a couple of the colors didn't seem to come thru, but it was a learning process.  So I am not giving up on it.  I tried on 4 different trees, this one seemed to be the best.   I also used our Circles Collection, framelits (130911)

The next person up on the hop is Liz Kay, www.kraftasticmrskay.blogspot.com.  If you should get lost here is a list of everyone participating.  I love Liz's creativity as well.  Everyone in our Ladybug group is so creative, yet all very unique in their own style.

Also you have just a few days left to take advantage of Stampin'UPs awesome 25th anniversary special.  You can sign up as a demonstrator, receive all the benefits for only $25 and pick out one item worth up to $26.95 but not less than $25.00.   Call me, (505) 280-5687, no later than Oct 21 for details.

     

Thursday, September 12, 2013

LadyBug Ink Blog Hop

 
Good morning everyone!  Finally the end of the week.  Sure been a busy one!  Pondered for several days what I was going to do and now here are the results.  I am anxious to see everyone else's contribution, you most likely have landed here from Nichole Gonzales' blog.
 
 


I started with Cherry Cobbler Cardstock, layered 4 x 5-1/4 brushed silver cardstock,  I stamped the wreath (132748) with Versamark on to a 4 x 4 Cherry Cobbler cardstock, then mixed Iridescent Ice with White Embossing powder to cover the stamped image and then heat embossed the card.  I used the Circle and the Floral Frames Framelits.  I added Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the wreath and the Bubblegum Green Stitched Ribbon for the bow.  I took the Tea Lace Paper Doilies and sponged with the Cherry Cobbler.  The greeting  came from the More Merry Messages (126402) from our Holiday Carryover list.

Hope you enjoyed this card.  It was really pretty simple to make.  I will probably make some more of this and I would also emboss the greeting with Cherry Cobbler Embossing powder.  But it  was getting late and needed to get it posted.

Now you will be off to Liz Kay's Blog, Liz Kay www.kraftasticmrskay.blogspot.com, to check out her contribution.  See you next month.

To order the products from my online store you can reach it at www.ktscreations.stampinup.net!

Nichole Gonzales Jaramillo http://nicholesu.blogspot.com/


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Taste of Stampin'UP

Announcing a new monthly event.  I meet a lot of people through my day around Albuquerque and in my travels meet some of the nicest people.  And you know what I find is really strange?  Most of those people have never heard of Stampin'UP!

So I have made up some little goodie teabag holders to introduce my monthly Taste of Stampin'UP event.  It will be held once a month for 3 hours.  Any one who receives one of those goodie bags is invited to attend this event to come make a simple mailable card so they get a good taste of the fun stampers like myself, friends and fellow demonstrators all experience on a daily or at least weekly basis!  You will be able to pick up a schedule of upcoming classes

Now here are the details.

Event:   Taste of Stamping  (no cost)
Day:  Every month on the last Saturday, starting August 31.
Time:  10 AM  - 1 PM
Where: My House,  400 Fenwick PL SW, Albuquerque, NM
RSVP:  EMail. Text, or phone  See all info on my home page.
Can I bring my friend?   A-B-S-O-L-U-T-E-L-Y

What do I receive for this "no cost" event. 

  • A welcome to my home. 
  • An opportunity to receive a catalog. 
  • Learn all the great ways you can find your creative vein (painlessly) for we all have one!
  • You will make at least one simple, mailable, stamped greeting card to take home. 
  • I will have some of the new items I have from the new annual Idea Book and Catalog as well as the new Fall/Winter Holiday Mini.
  • Some sort of snack
  • Learn how to get product for free or at a discount.
  • Find out more about the Stampin'UP business opportunity
  • The best part you come, make your card, check out what you want, leave when you want.
  • Of course I hope you will choose to stay and just visit so we can make a new friend or two.  
  • Stampers are friendly people!
  • By the way we like to party and to eat!
Now if you are one of my current class attendees or have previously attended my classes, feel free to invite your "virgin" stamping friends to attend this event, you can come along for their moral support!  They will receive one of those goodie bags in addition to making a card! 

All that said, this would indicate why I need RSVPs.    I do have some fun events coming up for new stampers who want more than just a taste, but need more knowledge.  I will be holding some on techniques for the more seasoned Tasters.  Also some on new product.  Sales, yes I will be having sales!  So stay tuned and join the fun.

I hope many of you who are receiving my little bags are checking my website and blog in order to learn more about this wildly fun activity.  I look forward to hearing from you soon
kt  

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

More recent creations!

In spite of all the activity we had going on around here this past week, I have been able to do a little creating.  I believed I mention earlier I had made some tags for a church project for a nearby elementary school.  I made an extra so I could show you how it came out.  The ones I made last week had ribbon attached to one of the corners so they could be easily attached to the backpacks with supplies the church delivered last week.  The one I made I didn't do that I simply put ribbon as an accent on the card, other than that this is identical to the original ones made last week.
 
 
The card was 3 x 3 inches.  I used the Naturals White card stock cut 6 x 3 inches, scored at 3 inches.  The beautiful paper on the front was cut at 2-7/8 inches square.  Thought the numbers would be so appropriate for the elementary age level.  I wrapped the 1/4" stitched grosgrain basic gray ribbon around the square.  I stamped the For You from the Chalk Talk stamp set with Basic Gray Ink Pad, punched it out with a circle punch and then attached it with a Dimensional to a punched out scallop circle in Gumball Green card stock.    The completed sentiment piece was attached over the ribbon with adhesive over the ribbon in the center.  The inside sentiment comes from Occasions Alphabet stamped in Basic Gray Ink pad also on Bubblegum Green card stock and was punched out with a scallop circle punch and adhered with our Snail Adhesive..  Really quick and simple to make. Stampin'UP does carry envelopes to fit this size of card.  Makes for a nice note to leave on a co-workers desk, insert for a gift, or a quick thank you note for a job well done. 
 
Now my next project was for our Lady Bug Ink groups monthly swap.  We were to use something from the brand new Holiday Mini.  I really haven't latched on to this newest catalog as quickly as I typically do, but there are tons of great ideas in it and the more I look the more I can see I am going to want.  I happened to be at a group recently at another demonstrators house and she had us making items using the new Expressions Thinlits Dies.  They are on page 36 of this recently released catalog.  You can go to my website and view the catalog on line.  I also used the new Wonderful Wreath stamp on page 34 in the same catalog.  Colors used, Real Red Stampin'UP Marker, Real Red Card Stock, Real Red 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Whisper White Card stock, Gumball Green Designer Series paper also from the Birthday Basics pack.  The Paper Doily sizzlits used with the Big Shot to create the doily embellishment behind the wreath which was cut using our Circles Collections from our Framelits Collection.
 
 
That is it for today.  I will have something else to show you probably on Friday.   Saw this cool idea demonstrated online earlier in the week and can't wait to show it.   In the meantime go to my website and check out the catalogs, or if you would like one contact me by phone, 505-280-5687, or email, vjantz70@gmail.com.
 
 
Until next time,  kt
 
 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Catch Up Time, Weird Summer



Kelly, Andrew, Brenda, Emily
Visit to Balloon Museum



Our summer has been kind of weird.  The beginning of June started out and we wanted to spend some time with our two daughters and make it a puppy kind of day and took our total of 3 dogs to the dog park with the girls.  It was a really nice time and we were enjoying watching the dogs, Ava (Brenda's min-pin), Bailey, and Tripper (shitzus) interact with each other and the other dogs at the park.  One of us, however, decided it might be fun to race our youngest daughter.  She was running with our dogs so as to get them some exercise.  This person was not myself, nor was it our older daughter, yep you got it right my partner in life and in the business, my husband Don.  Mind you he is right at twice our younger daughters age and had no business taking her on, without appropriate shoes, or warm up, I might add.  To make a long story short he managed to pull both his hamstrings.  This resulted in about 6 weeks of work missed and a lot of pain for him.

A few days later, we received a call from younger daughter, she had just wrecked our second car which was to have ultimately been her car.  Thankfully she was not hurt, but the car was totaled. No one else was involved.  God's hand of protection was truly over her on this one. Another long story but ultimately a good end.  Car was 100% covered by insurance with some cash left over and thankfully we had some gap insurance which also kicked in.  She was able to get herself a different car.  It is a really nice  Nissan Altima, used, beautiful shade of blue, very nice and clean interior, and she likes it a lot.

So, June was quite the month!  Don finally was released to go back to work and he is back on a limited schedule, and if I have my way, it will stay that way, no more than 20 hours a week, but we will see, he tends to push himself much harder.  I wonder if I could get our Doctor, to make it a permanent status?  Hmmm, I might have to try that one.  He had a sinus infection earlier in the summer which he claimed was all better, never believe a man regarding his health!  This past weekend he has not been feeling well and woke up today (Sunday) with his face all swollen and his eyes almost closed.  Here we go again.  This time I think we will be seeking antibiotics this time.

Now to make the summer an equal opportunity summer I also had to have a little drama.  It was an expected event but it did take some time out of the joys of summer activity to some degree.  I had a cataract removed from my left eye. The right one had been done some years ago, the left finally got to a point where I was just too tired of putting up with it and the doctor said it was time.  So see I got a little bit of the action, although nothing goes totally problem free, right?  Wrong!  Not only did a little blip in the surgical procedure happen but also a scratch on the cornea, so this extended my time of healing by a few days, but not terrible.  Hope to get a refraction in couple of weeks so I can get a new lens for that particular eye.

So let me end this with a more positive story.  Our daughter Kelly and her son came to visit this past week.  What a joy to have happen.  Her birthday is this week, so we celebrated multiple birthdays, hers included, as well as her son's 9th birthday was earlier in July and her youngest sister had her birthday at the end of July.  Kelly also graduated from college with a degree in Business Administration.  She remarried an old sweetheart from her youth in April, so another celebration.  We are so pleased with this last event.  He is also from Albuquerque so naturally he was with her.  We feel like this is a truly unselfish man and has not married her for his own selfish needs.  He had family activities to resolve while they were here, so that was the primary reason for their coming. 

As a teenager we had concerns regarding this young man and as she did so often she moved on quickly to a different guy.  I think they had to go the way their lives went to be ready for each other and for us to be ready for him to be in her life!  There is a story there, but not for here!  He has been a wonderful influence in Andrews life since Andrews dad is not able to be involved in his life.  And it is so nice to see Kelly so happy.  Kevin loves her unconditionally and he loves Andrew.  Andrew loves him but still makes it clear to those in his life Kevin is not his dad.  Which I think is pretty appropriate for a 9 year old.   

Kelly has carried the weight of raising 3 boys pretty much on her own for several years.  So now it is just Andrew and having Kevin involved is making it so much easier for her.  The oldest one, David, graduated from college, last year and is starting his masters this year, Doug, graduated from HS this year and is on a grand journey with an International Christian Youth ministry out of England and will travel the world for the next year.  Colorado Christian University has a financial package including scholarships etc. waiting for him until next year, so his life is pretty well on track.  On an overall basis the boys have done quite well in spite of the absence of their father for the past 7 or so years not to mention all the negative media and dark cloud which has hung over them the past 15 or so years because of his circumstances.  He still lives in denial, one of not having committed the crime and two he will be out of jail any day.

Oh, and I almost forgot, there was some other good news for her.  She was offered and accepted a new job which she will be starting later in the month.  Things are good in her life.

This has been our summer and what a grand climax.  Now perhaps I can get back to working my Stampin'UP business more regularly, one can only hope!  I believe God slowed Don and I down to rethink our lives, and to remind us He is always with us and he is always in control. God is good, yes he is, always good!

Later,

Kay