Monday, August 31, 2009


Follow me! The *supremely* talented and amazing Tonya has built me THE coolest, and MOST PERFECT site for StampInsanity! So here is what I need those of you who subscribe by RSS feed to do... because the blog (this one) will meet its demise shortly!

Visit the awesomeness of (sans blogspot) and subscribe to the RSS in the upper right corner of the page. That's all. I know - I ask a lot. But you will want to be getting the updates, previews and special SI info forthcoming! Like this IMPORTANT NUGGET:

***The official release date for the first two SIS sets has been pushed back to Wednesday, Sept 9!*** 09-09-09.... that's got to be lucky, or somethin', right?!

I cannot wait to share Morgan and Henry with you! And my smart alecky, ummm, wit. Yeah, wit. I'll go with that family-friendly version. :)

So, do your RSS subscribing, bookmarking, or choose your preferred way to keep up ~ because it's about to get interesting!

THANK YOU, T! You are unequivocally THE greatest human I have ever known! YAFA, chica!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Exciting News!

Cupcake_logo[2] Hey, y’all! I have some *VERY* exciting news! After a metric butt-ton of planning, praying, working, stressing (rinse and repeat about 224 times… LOL) and finally achieving… I am so excited to release my first line of StampInsanity Stamps! Henry© and Morgan© will be here for your viewing and stamping bliss on September 4th! Be sure to come back to see them in all of their awesomeness ~ especially to see the *amazing* Design Team and their first creations using SI Stamps! In addition to Henry and Morgan, I will be releasing a set called Otherworldly Loves, and this one is just funny. If you are a certified Paranormal Princess like me, you will love this one! Future releases will knock your socks off, too – be sure to come back to see what the hubbub is about! See you on the 4th for all of the release day festivities, and your chance to win goodies!

Until then, savor the StampInsanity!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

TTSVC#3 ~ Team Bill or Team Eric…

2tb-18 Welcome back to Twilight Tuesday Sookie/Vampire Challenge! After a break last month, we are raring to go – especially after the last few episodes of True Blood! This month, we are seeking your opinions and your creative genius to demonstrate which “team” you are on… Having mentioned TB, I have to remind you that this is the book series challenge – not the HBO show! SO – does Bill’s cool, calm Southern gentleman demeanor chill your jangled nerves, or does Eric’s magnetic, powerful aura flick your Bic…

*sigh* I am so in love with these two vampires.  Geez.  But while I love Bill from the story (ESPECIALLY the show!!), I am completely infatuated with Eric, er, Alexander Skarsgard!!  Now would be the appropriate time for me to plead Switzerland, but that’s a copout.  *GAH!*  So, yes, I remain Team Bill – and seriously, you can spare me the wet noodle treatment about some of his actions. I can meet you one-for-one with questionable Eric moves!  lol  They are both flawed, beautiful vampires.  So completely different that it is hard to compare and impossible to choose.    Alas, moving on, I have no project.  My computer is all but dead, and I cannot get to my files at the moment.  I am hoping to remedy that soon – let’s cross some fingers and toes, because I have some important stuff on there…  See my next post!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

TTIC43 ~ A Love Song For Edward & Bella


I love music! I relate just about everything I hear in songs to something. I just love it - I FEEL it! So my challenge is going to draw on that. I challenge you to think about the Saga as a whole, and then to decide in retrospect, what Edward and Bella's song should be. It can be a song about a particular part of their relationship, or their journey as a whole. Be prepared to explain!! This IS a variation of a prior challenge, so I ask that you try and go in a different direction if you participated previously! This will take some thought before project ideas even come into play - I better go start studying my iPod now...
Challenge Portion: Choose a song. Explain why it should be theirs. Share lyrics that are particularly poignant, if you can. Create a project scrapbook layout around this song.
Comment Portion: Do you have a theme song? One that seems to have been written *just* for you? Do tell! You can go as fun or profound as you are comfortable with - it is all good!


Yep, that was me. I wrote this challenge – and I was so excited by it, I wrote it up & passed it on to the Designers MONTHS ago! It was going to be SOOO easy for me, because I love music so. Yeah, a funny thing happened – I cannot find a song to save my mortal soul! ME! Someone who breathes music, cannot seem to come up with an appropriate song. Well, as I am writing, it is Thursday August 13 (last Thursday, as of posting day!) and I am dying here! It occurred to me that you might get a kick out of my creative struggles, so I thought I would share – and yes, that makes you weird. :) Joshing!!!

Anyhoo… here it is in a nutshell. I’m stumped. My choices are too Rock. Too gooey. Too teeny-bopper. Too edgy. Gah! Am I being too picky? Well, duh. This is serious stuff! What I *should* have challenged was a song that represents their relationship or something, because there is a metric butt-TON of great breakup songs, which would ROCK us into the New Moon movie hype. But NO. I had to go romantic. *gag* I. Am. A. Doofus. I’ll be back another day, and hopefully I will have a great Love Song for Edward and Bells. Let’s keep our fingers crossed, shall we? …in the meantime, “I’m not gonna write you a Love Song, ‘Cause you asked for it; ‘Cause you need one, you see…” Sara Bareilles <—She rocks!!

Well, I did it. I found a song – not a perfect one, but a really good one! It is called The Luckiest, by Ben Folds. I figure that we all can agree that being teenagers madly in love eternally is pretty lucky! :) I can envision Edward playing the piano and singing this to Bella. You should be hearing Ben singing now - he's just so soothing. Love him! Anyhoo... onto my project. (I will post the lyrics below!)

Now, given my logistical issues with creating (roughly 85% of my cr – uh, stuff off being lonely in the storage facility and all) I am really happy with this.  I managed to scrounge enough pieces of like colors to make it work.  IMHO, that is.  :)  I *DID* have a snafu with the title bar… I packed away my Cricut cord!  GAH!  So I added that by computer.  Sue me.  It’s kinda fun to have to work outside the box – and improvise.  Working with what I got… my own little Limited Supply Challenge!  LOL   …however… I did just notice that this is incomplete! Holy cow.  I guess that catastrophic and final computer meltdown threw me off (another rant for another day!)…  In the center, I meant to add “A Love Song For Edward and Bella” over the shadowed musical notes I stamped on there.  Save me!   Gawd.

As promised, here are the lyrics ~ I warned you, these are not particularly profound, but they work literally and metaphorically.  I dig it – hope you do too! (Jac~ I am lookin’ at YOU, girlfriend!)


I don't get many things right the first time
In fact, I am told that a lot
Now I know all the wrong turns, the stumbles and falls
Brought me here

And where was I before the day
That I first saw your lovely face?
Now I see it everyday
And I know

That I am
I am
I am
The luckiest

What if I'd been born fifty years before you  (*wink*)
In a house on a street where you lived?
Maybe I'd be outside as you passed on your bike
Would I know?

And in a white sea of eyes
I see one pair that I recognize
And I know
That I am

I am
I am
The luckiest

I love you more than I have ever found a way to say to you
Next door there's an old man who lived to his nineties
And one day passed away in his sleep
And his wife; she stayed for a couple of days
And passed away

I'm sorry, I know that's a strange way to tell you that I know we belong
That I know
That I am

I am
I am
The luckiest

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And as always, our Design Team has fantastic projects to display for this week’s challenge - please go and check them out!

Beth ~ Dani ~ Eve ~ Jen ~ Julie ~ Margie ~ Rebecca

with Guest Designers:

Alison ~ Donna ~ Jacquie ~ Erica (subbing for Margie!)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Special Wednesday Challenge ~ Club Scrap Part Deux


As promised, another Special Wednesday Challenge! This is the second half of last week’s Club Scrap sponsored challenge, and we were challenged to make anything but a card – with the theme The Men or Women of Twilight, depending on which kit we were given. I received the Geared Up Flag Book kit, and was totally going to make an album “by Edward” of the cars in his life. Alas, I seem to have lost a piece of the kit along the way, and had to improvise. whole After some serious scrounging for a piece of (beat up) black 12x12 paper, I was able to use some of the pictures I printed! I figure that being the gearheads they are, and the fact that they are immortal and all… they probably would keep some sort of momento of their cars through the eras… Now, about this PAPER! Wowzers. The texture and depth of color is awesome! It was hard to make myself cover any of it up! (FYI – the paper behind the Volvo and Porsche is not CS) Gorgeous materials. You can see more of their fantastic product line on their website.


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We have a few other designers working with CS kits: Please visit Dani ~ Eve ~ Rebecca ~ Alison ~ Erica and show them some TwiLove! Peace Out! :)(:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Happy Twilight Tuesday!

Hello, Twilighters! ‘Memba me? I bet not – I wonder if I even remember how to post! Sheesh. I don’t know about you but this summer has effectively kicked my butt. I am counting down the days until school so I can REST! Funny – I always thought that was what summer VACATION was for… I was SO wrong. Just a quick note explaining my absence – avoiding a long and boring story… the bottom line is that I have had to pack up my WHOLE craft room. OMLV – what a job that was. It is now lonely and safely tucked away in a storage facility. I swear I am positively twitchy with it so far away! SO… in addition to only having super basic tools and extremely limited supplies on hand, I also have no tables to work on! Well, I technically have tables – living room, dining room, etc – but prospective home buyers don’t really need to see my creative process! (ie, MESS) It is a major downer to not be playing regularly, but as time and space permit, I will get some challenges met.

Anyhoo ~ I just wanted to pop in and make sure you remember to bookmark me, subscribe or follow my blog because there is some STRAIGHT UP AWESOME things about to appear here! Seriously. Profoundly cool. With fangs. (…and so much more!)

Also, this week’s TTIC is one of my favorites so far, and I don’t have my toys to play! Erica has issued a GREAT one. Rock on, Erica! I can’t wait to see what people do with your Unlikely challenge! :)

TOMORROW! Tomorrow! (I will spare you the ‘love ya, tomorrow’) Ah-hem… as I was saying, tomorrow is a Special Wednesday Challenge, in which I AM participating. I know, I just totally made your day, didn’t I? *sigh* It’s a gift. You will totally want to see this. Very different for me. And on that note – see you tomorrow!