Thursday, August 31, 2006

Go Nuts!

Go Nuts!
Originally uploaded by Buckeye.
Here is a card that I made for my boss. She had surgery on one of her wrists today, so as I was looking at all of my stamps, I saw this little Bugawumps guy standing on his hands. I thought, "there's no way she could do this right now." And thus, a card was born. Front sentiment says "Go Nuts". Inside sentiment says, "You'll be back on your wrists in no time". She's a Buckeye fan too, so the card is very appropriate. I've said it before, and I'll say it again...I love it when I can combine stamping and football!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Bookmark Swap

Bookmarks~different media used
Originally uploaded by Buckeye.
These didn't take to long to make, thankfully, as I really have a ton of things to do. I decided to use just the one image by Stampotique, stick with the same color scheme, but play with different media. Kinda fun, not to have to worry about colors and layouts for a change. I do believe I am best with color pencils.

Ready for the mail!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Reason Why I Work Where I Do

Thought I'd make a banner for this blog depicting the reason why I work at OSU. Season tickets! Aren't they beautiful?

Go Buckeyes!

Monday, August 28, 2006

A Little Background

Salt Technique~ATC
Originally uploaded by Buckeye.
Here is one of 11 ATCs I put in the mail today for a Hodge Podge swap over at PCMB. I was to do the salted background technique. If you want details on how I made it, just click on the picture, which will take you to my Flickr account.

I think I must be losing my mind, or else, I have a lot on my mind right now. When I went to mail these, I weighed the envelope and the scale indicated that it would cost 87 cents to mail. So, I slapped on two 39 cent stamps and dropped the envelope in the mail.

I am losing it!

Speaking of losing, I will not jinx myself by saying this, but have you checked out the sidebar? Doing great with eating right now, and even showed a two pound loss over the weekend.

Didn't get to go to Curves tonight though. Does a tornado warning count as a good excuse? Yeah, I thought so too. Probably my best one yet. Now I must figure out how to go Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of this week. And well, I've got something way bigger to do this Saturday than go to Curves. :)

Stay posted for a new blog banner I plan to create within the next couple of days, along with some pictures of some bookmarks I need to get busy on.

Until then, take care and thanks so much for visiting.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Open Practice Under the Lights

Open Practice
Originally uploaded by Buckeye.
Last night we attended the open practice in the 'Shoe. It was the perfect night for hanging out on campus. M and I had dinner at Adriatico's and then walked over to the stadium. Football is in the air, I tell you. It is here!

I uploaded a gob of pictures over on Flickr, and even took the time to put them into a set. You'll see some pictures of Mirror Lake, the Stadium, MY 2006 seat, me, and the #1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. Hope you'll take a peak.

(Stampers, bear with me. There are just 11 mere days until Kickoff and there's hype everywhere about my Buckeyes. I'm bouncing off the walls with anticipation and excitement.)

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Wild,Wild, West Swap

Wild Wild West
Originally uploaded by Buckeye.
I am getting ready to send the 10 cards I made for a "Wild, Wild, West" swap over at PCMB. I have been sort of a collector of southwest images because I always envision making southwestern-like cards for Christmas if the Buckeyes ever find themselves playing in the desert (which will hopefully be the case this year!).

Anyway, I learned a lot with this swap. I focused on colors, meaning what colors look nice with other colors. Once again, I found layouts challenging since I always have a main image on which to focus. I learned that having a main, big focal image is just fine, but I can use background stamps on some of the frames to add more interest and depth.

I invite you to check out all 10 cards over on my Flickr stream .

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Goodie! Goodie! It's Stampaway!

Stampaway Goodies
Originally uploaded by Buckeye.
Saturday was like a holiday for many rubber stampers in the area. It was the annual Stampaway convention in Cincinnati.

I loved every single minute of it. I arrived at around 9:30 am and left when they were closing at 5:00. I didn't even break for lunch, and took very quick restroom breaks (LOL!).

This is my third time attending Stampaway and I was surprised at how my purchases seem to shift from my previous two Stampaways, from buying lots of stamps in the past to this year buying more supplies than I anticipated.

All, in all, it was a great time. Some of the masters (in my book anyway) were there like Joyce Hazen from A Stamp in the Hand, Kathie Seaverns from Just for Fun, Pat Niemuth from Northwoods, and Laura Jacobs from Bugawumps. I could just watch them create for hours, and it turns out that is exactly what I did.

Joyce made a beautiful sample card for me. I will try to post a picture of it in the next couple of days. Pat Niemuth and the whole crew from Northwoods are just the friendliest, most generous company around. I walked away from my day with three FREE rubberstamps from them. Kathie Seaverns is just so approachable with questions, and well, Laura Jacobs is just my coloring hero. I want to learn from her and hope to someday be fortunate to take a class from her. I just love how she is a master of bright, fun colors, and her little bug creatures are just adorable.

My bank account is happy Stampaway only comes once a year, but I left so happy and fullfilled as a learner. That's what I love most about it. Next year's date is already on my calendar!

Be sure to click on the photo to see lots of notes on all my loot!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Finally! A Getaway!

Best Boat Ride Ever!
Originally uploaded by Buckeye.
I was able to go on vacation this past weekend!

I think M began to realize that I really needed to get away before the craziness of work and football season starts up again.

We decided to go to Niagara-On-The-Lake because two years ago I fell in love with Whirlpool Jet Boats.

So we rode the boat twice, went swimming one night at the hotel, drove up to Toronto one day,took a tour at a winery (who knew Icewine was so yummy?) and walked around the Falls one day. All in all, a quick trip, but very much what I needed. And hey, you can't really say you've had a summer until you get wet...

...and I got wet! I am the first person in the second row of this picture. M is to my right.