June 14, 2007


Sorry, don't have a project to post today - I have been ferrying back and forth to the airport picking up everyone coming in for the ceremony tomorrow! I can't believe I am actually going to retire....I don't think it has hit me yet. Soooo, I am off AGAIN to the airport in a couple of hours to pick up my last houseguest and then off to bed I go because tomorrow is going to be a LONG day!!! Toodles!

June 13, 2007


Today was a REALLY busy day - we had practice for the retirement today and all I can say is I am glad we are practicing again tomorrow! I am sure by the time Friday gets here everything will be perfect, but today it was not even close!! I am at the point where I want the retirement ceremony to come and go - I am ready to be DONE!!! I am going on vacation and then will have a little time to just relax (can you stay scrapbooking and stamping) before I pack up the house here in Florida and head off to California to start my life as a retiree! I am really looking forward to getting settled there so that I can start my SU! business and share my love of this craft with everyone around me!!! So, I decided I needed to share another monkey card today - I know you are probably sick of them by now but I promise this is the last one! I really like this one - it was my personal favorite! I hope you like it as much as I do - the recipe is listed. I made this one for my guest speaker on Friday - I wanted a little more masculine feeling and the rich regals seem to say that IMO. So I decided to go for it and I think he will like it. He used to be my boss and I have really missed him this last year since he transferred but he is flying in from Washington DC just to speak at my ceremony. So, this card will accompany some really nice cigars as a thank you from me to him! Enjoy!
Card Recipe:
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Really Rust, and Summer Sun
Stamp Set: Monkey Business
Inks: Chocolate chip and Summer Sun
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Antique Gold Brad, Dimensionals, Corner Rounder, Giga and Mega Circle Punches (Marvy Uchida), yellow stickles, Paper Piercer

June 12, 2007

The Grand Speech and Another Monkey Thank You

Well, I finally finished my retirement speech that I will be giving on Friday! It was a lot harder to write than I thought it would be. There is so much you can say, but you want to narrow it down so that what you do say is meaningful and not lost in a long speech. So, I think I have it down to about ten minutes, which in my mind, is plenty long enough! I am looking forward to it being over - it's a lot of work retiring! But, I am getting excited because my husband (who has already been in CA for six months since that is where we are building our new home) my mom, and my best friend are all flying in on Thursday - whooohoooo! I can't wait to see everyone! Then, the ceremony on Friday followed by a big party at the house. Then, next week we are going on vacation and taking the kids to Disney for four days so it will be a busy two weeks.

So anyway, on to the card: it is another monkey card that I made as a thankyou for one of my staff members. I had fun making this one and I think it turned out really cute! (all products SU! unless otherwise noted). I used Old Olive Cardstock as the base, then used my ticket punch on Whisper White Cardstock and mounted it on to Summer Summer Cardstock using the punch again. I sponged old olive ink on the whisper white cardstock and then stamped the monkey from Monkey Business in Chocolate Chip. I stamped the trees and leaves from the Three Trees Set using Chocolate Chip and Garden Green ink. I then stamped bananas into the trees using Summer Sun Ink. The sentiment is garden green and part of the Monkey Business Set as well. I hand colored the grass in garden green maker because I thought it added personality (mine!) to the card. Lastly, I added a chocolate chip piece of ribbon because I feel no card is complete without at least some ribbon - LOL! I hope you like my little monkey card!

June 11, 2007


I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! It was really busy for me trying to get organized for my retirement next Friday. I spent time making some thankyou cards and then went to a wedding (my friends daughter) which was gorgeous! Anyway, still have a lot of running around to do but wanted to post one of the cards I made with one of my favorite SU! sets Monkey Business. I am soooo glad that set is not retiring because I foresee me using it a whole lot! Anyway, on to the card: (ALL products used are SU! unless otherwise noted) Sorry for the poor picture quality - my new camera is on its way, my son has my standby, and so I am using my old one. Anyway, I made the card base from old olive cardstock and faux stitched the edges in chocolate chip marker and using my paper piercer. I then cut 2" strips of chocolate chip cardstock and adhered them to the base. I punched my giga scalloped circle out of summer sun cardstock, stamped my monkey in chocolate chip ink and adhered the whole thing with a chocolate chip brad. Using my new (I could not resist) rectangle scallop punches, I punched the larger one using chocolate chip cardstock and the smaller one out of summer sun cardstock. I used dimensionals to adhere the smaller rectangle to the larger, stamped the sentiment in garden green ink, and added a small piece of maize ribbon. Then, I stamped bananas on to the strips and outlined them using yellow stickles. This card was easy and fun to make! It is really cute IRL - I wish the colors showed up better here. I hope you like it! I will try and post another one that I made later - if not, it will be tomorrow!