Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sample Cards for Iris Folding Class

Janet Bradshaw and I are scheduled to teach a tea bag folding and iris folding class in Temple on June 13th. I just finished my samples. The Texas was made with a template that Janet made on her Cricut and the heart was made using a die cut from Quickutz and making your own template. I hope this class makes because it will be a fun one to teach.

Mother's Day Pictures & Kenny's Grad Announcements

Hello. Happy belated Mother's Day! We had a great day shopping for plants, having lunch, riding on my new lawnmower, finishing Kenny's graduation announcements and just spending time together!

I got the perfect combination of Mother's Day gifts. Tom bought me a scroll saw for my rubber stamps and a riding lawnmower to stroll around the yard and get the grass mowed at the same time. Maggie got me the colorful plants and Kenny got me the bloomin' cactus behind them in one of these pictures! That's just about me in a nutshell!

Kenny and Maggie had fun taking pictures and being goofy!! Just the way I like them!

Maggie designed and made Kenny's graduation announcements for me. I helped her a little bit!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Happy Mother's Day Card

Happy Friday! Life is good over here.
I just got a new order from Scrapbook Haus and putting it in the mail today.
Finished a Mother's Day Card for Tom's mom.
Working on my class at Wendaful's in Temple for tomorrow.
Joyce and I will be teaching a "Christmas in July" class at Scrapbook Haus on July 25th!
Maggie will finish semester classes today and begin studying for finals. Last final on the 19th. Kenny just completed two AP Exams this week and has two more to go next week. Then it should be smooth sailin' to graduation!!
Tom begins the first half of his 2 month PAID sabbatical June 1. He can't wait!!!

I absolutely love this JAM'N Stamps Iris stamp. I know you've seen one card with it. But I just wanted to make another and give it to Tom's mom. I know many who don't get along with their mother-in-law. This is so not the case with me. Tom's mom is awesome and we've had a great relationship for 22 years. She is kind, caring and thoughtful and I'm blessed to have her in my life!!
Happy Mother's Day! Marg!! Love, JS

Monday, May 4, 2009

Scrappin' and Stampin' Room

Good Monday morning! I love this cool morning. All my windows are open - at least for a few hours. Last week, I made an effort to clean up my scrapbooking room. It is a process. I'm still mulling through my papers and trying to organize them, but I thought I should take pictures of the room before I mess it up again!

I'm also working on some cards that a friend of mine ordered. Since she ordered 100 cards, I wanted to make the majority of them simple, but always with a touch of sparkle. On the flag, I used one of the Cuttlebug strips for the first time on the card and envelope. I stamped white cardstock with our Texana Designs flag stamp and embossed it with Ranger denim. I painted the red part of the flag with Twinkling H2O Garnet and the flagpole with my Pearlescent Watercolors Gray. And for my touch of sparkle, I added one tiny red star. These are cool little peel stickers made by Stampendous!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

House Mouse Stampin'

I love House Mouse stamps. They were some of the first stamps I ever played with. My first calendar set was made with House Mouse stamps. They are cute and fun to paint. I've been cleaning up my scrapbooking room (pictures to follow in another post) and ran across my rather large bag of House Mouse stamps. I decided to take a break from our Texana Designs stamps and make a few card with the House Mouse stamps. Here are two and I have a few more I want to paint.

I stamped them with VersaMark and Black Memento ink (I agree that Memento is the best ink to use with Copic markers) and embossed with Ranger Clear embossing powder. I'm not the best painter and embossing the image helps stay inside the lines, but I still slip from time to time (no looking too close!!). Ugh! It drives me crazy, but not crazy enough to start over!! I just received the new "Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink in all eight colors. They are beautiful. I painted the umbrellas and noses and outlined the flowers with them. I used Core'dinations Paper with the Cuttlebug and some bling.

Maggie is coming over today to help with Kenny's graduation announcements. I always welcome her visual gift!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


This is a picture of us last fall at a reception for Commended National Merit Scholar recipients. Kenny was a recipient and we were very proud of him. Today, we received more good news. Kenny was accepted into the Honors Program at UNT in Denton! Way to go Kenny!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


I've been thinking a lot about my Mom today, this week and this month. Actually, I probably don't go a day without thinking about her - having some special memory of her, but this month was the 6 year anniversary of her death and Mother's Day is approaching. She died the day after Easter with her entire family with her. It was truly a holy moment and I know she left this Earth knowing how much she was loved. She was an extraordinary human being, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, daughter, friend, and wife. Her sweet, loving spirit truly matched her physical beauty. She was funny, kind, strong, compassionate, loving and she and my Dad lived every day to the very fullest. She lived with kindest and dignity and she left this world thinking about others. I learned so much from her and received so much from her. One thing I shared with her (when I was in my twenties) was my love of plants and flowers. Boy did I reap the benefits of that one!! She loved her rose gardens and a variety of other flowers. Weekly, my Dad would send me a picture through e-mail when another flower bloomed. I loved it!!

This card is for my Mom and her rose gardens!

(Thanks Libby for the loan of the stamp!)