Monday, December 6, 2010

December greetings and the heat is on!!!

I am happy as a clam and NO longer freezing my you know what off. Sorry I've been absent for so long but my life has been a whirlwind lately however I am still alive and kicking!! Thanks for all the nice emails my dear friends. I've been taking care of business which does not leave much time for blogging. Now that I finally have my furnace repaired its time to bring my car into the shop on Tuesday. Its always something in Tami's world.

I have tons of new cards to share with you however I have to bring them to the library to scan them so I can post a few. Take care now and please stay warm. Feel free to leave me a little love as God knows I certainly need it now more than ever. 'Tis the season for the crazies too. Don't you just love when people wig out over the smallest things and are just plain rude? I witnessed this yesterday in a coffee shop. "Geeze Louise" as the Minnesotans say. I say take a chill pill lady. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week. Tami

Friday, October 29, 2010

It's a chilley one!!

Brrrrrrrrrrrrr!!...only 29 degrees at 4:30 am. We had our first official frost last nite and it sure was cold and frosty when I took the trash out. I apologize for being a bad blogger but I still have no working printer to scan my cards. Plus I sent a whole bunch of them out this week. Here's a card my friend Wendy made last Sat. nite when a bunch of us stampers got together. I loved how her card turned out and thanks for photographing it Jan. Hope you all have a spooktacular Halloween weekend. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to have my cards to share with you soon. Tami :) Boo to you!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Happy Fall Y'All

Greetings friends and Happy Autumn. Finally got some fall stamping done so I have cards to share with you this week. My printer is still inoperable so my friend Jan took photos for me. I hope you are well. I had my annual Halloween party last Saturday night at Jan's and we had fun stamping the night away. I love Halloween more than any other holiday. How about you? What's your favorite holiday? Thanks for stopping by. So have you missed me or what?? Happy Stamping friends. Its time to turn the furnace on here in chilley MN. That's another story. Its always something I tell you. Have a great day. Tami

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Happy October!!

Just popping in to say hello and I hope you are all well. Don't these look yummy for a little fall treat? I found them on Etsy and sure wish I could bake some but that probably won't happen. I've been enjoying the beautiful fall weather here in MN and my yummy Honey Crisp apples. Thanks for stopping by. What is your favorite thing about fall? I love the beautiful colors of the season. Tami

Sunday, September 19, 2010

These boots were made for walking!!

This was one of my highlights of Scrapfest on Friday. I only went one day this year and got my fill. Thanks Grandma Jan for taking this photo for me. The gentleman was HOT from head/hair to toe and there were several men in their fancy pants inside of Archivers at the Mall of America. I know this might not be for everyone but it was a nice diversion from the sea of women at Scrapfest and total eye candy. Tami

Friday, September 17, 2010

Scrapfest Begins....October Afternoon!!!

I attended an October Afternoon Crop Thursday evening at Scrapbooks Too (Bloomington) with four of my gal pals. The crop was SO awesome and it was held from 5pm to midnite. I enjoyed meeting John and Kim (owners of October Afternoon). They have been in business for four years and are located in Apple Valley, MN. We are very lucky to have such a fabulous company in our state. Here are projects we completed at the crop.

I am caving and going to the Mall of America on Friday. I just can't help myself. I will have my friend Grandma Jan photograph our October Afternoon goody bag and share that with you soon. Its SO late and I need to get my beauty rest. Scrapfest really gets me on a high. Stay tuned my friends. It's only just begun. Thanks for stopping by.Tami

PS...Here's my ATC (Artist Trading Card) from Wednesday night at Smudges in Chanhassen.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cosmo Cricket has arrived for Scrapfest!!

Hello friends-
I don't have a working printer at the moment so I can't scan anything new to post. Sorry about that and I know I am a bad blogger. Tonight after our monthly ATC meeting at Smudges I hurried to Bloomington as I wanted to welcome Julie and Lindsay from Cosmo Cricket to Minneapolis (two of my favorite peeps in the industry). I always get really excited when its Scrapfest time at the Mall of America even though I won't be participating in a lot of things I am so grateful for the events I do get to attend. More on that later. Planning on venturing out to the BIG Mall of America on Sunday if all goes well this week. Unfortunately it started raining early today and hasn't really stopped all day. The forecast for the weekend is for a soggy and wet weekend. Oh well, can't control mother nature. I am off to clip some type of photo or image before I press publish. Hey I found a card I recently made. Thanks Grandma Jan for being the best photographer and for saving my you know what. Have a great rest of the week everyone. I will try my hardest to post again soon. I'd like to wish my friend Cindy a very Happy Birthday (on Thursday). Five of us will be attending a crop tomorrow evening. I am sure we will have a blast. Thanks for stopping by and I beg for a little love. Anyone??? Tami

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Happy September...a little Halloween treat!!

Hello friends. This was suppose to be ready by Aug. 31 but Blogger has given me lots of problems for two nites now. Recently made the Halloween card and the image is from the UK Pink Petticoats. I love that company. Notice the Tim Holtz tiny stapler. Had to run out and buy it after my friend Donna let me use hers! I got it at Michael's with a 40% off coupon. What kills me is you get a tiny amount of staples with it!! Geez Tim could you spare it? The stapler retailed for 15.99. Expensive little bugger but oh so cool and no regrets. I hadn't been inside a Michael's for like two months. I was weak and caved!!

Back to the card...background paper (Basic Gray) and I swiss dotted the black paper. Happy Friday. Going to spend the day crafting with my friend Sherry at Archiver's.

Thanks for popping by the 'ole bloggie. Tami

Monday, August 30, 2010

My first Christmas card!!

Hello friends

How are you? I must admit because I am rusty at blogging I totally forgot to post my card today. The products I used are from Kaiser, Anchor Paper, Archivers, Cuttlebug, Sizzix, Quick Kuts, and The Pine City Scrapbooking Co. The card took me SO long to get it to my liking but I am pleased how it came out.

My friend Ruth Ann has the new Basic Grey embossing folders and man do I want a couple sets.....(Santa Baby)!!! They are a must have and she purchased them at Joann's. I have been dreaming about them ever since she showed me them. The folders match the Basic Grey papers. Totally cool beans. Me wants bad.

Another wicked HOT day with that yucky humidity. We are going to have the same weather tomorrow but a few degrees cooler. I can't wait until the heat passes and am looking forward to fall. How about you?

Hope you had a great Monday. Thanks for stopping by. Tami

Sunday, August 29, 2010

A little birdie told me.........

Oh my goodness? I am going into shock myself because I'm back blogging!!! OMG!. Here's a card I recently made with my Cuttlebug (I dropped it yesterday at my front entrance -oops but it still works). Anyhow the card was an idea *I saw* while on a little road trip in Sioux Falls, SD this month. I just loved it and had to have it because I love to emboss paper. What do you think? Pretty cool hah. Why not give it a try with an embossing folder and a few stamps. The inside is really *butter* too it says treasure life. The designer paper is from K and Co. and was purchased at Michael's (8 x 8" pad).

The stamp set is from Close to My Heart and my BFF let me borrow her brand new set. Thanks Wendy. I will be back tomorrow with another card. Yes read my lips. I hope your Sunday has been sunshiney and relaxing. Its a beautiful windy day in MN with a nice HOT breeze. I appreciate you stopping by today very much. Tami

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Happy Birthday Nurse Sue!!

How do you do? This card (make and take from Smudges) left for Cape Cod today for one of my 'ole gal pals from MA. I hope Sue likes it and I know it will be a total surprise for her. Hope you are enjoying the summer. Haven't been doing too much stamping lately as its not fun in the heat for me. Recently went on a mini vacation (two days) to Duluth with a couple friends. We had a good time on the north shore but it went by so quickly. What have you been up to? Can't believe July is almost over. Thanks for stopping by. Tami

Monday, July 19, 2010

A DeLovely card for sis!!

Hello friends!! Did you think I fell off the face of the earth? Nope, I just melted from the excessive heat and needed to keep a low profile!! Man this summer has been a HOT one but I know its even hotter in other states so I really shouldn't complain. The heat is OK if you are near water. Speaking of water, I went to Lake Minnetonka on Sunday to check out something (friend of a friend's daughter's wedding). It was a glorious day and I even met a new friend at the lake and her adorable dog. Too funny. Lots of cute dogs and boats of all sizes there. Can't wait to go back this coming Sunday!!

I am mailing this card off to my middle sister. Sami's new dog Annie bit her early Friday while she was playing with Annie before work. Sami had to go to the emergency room and get seven stitches. Poor little sweet girl. I told her that because she is so sweet just like her older sister (me) that Annie had to take a bite out of Sami's mouth and find out just how sweet Sami really tasted. I have a picture of the inside of Sami's mouth with stitches and part of her lip but I don't think I should put it on my blog. Its kind of gross and I hope she doesn't get an infection.

Have a super week my friends. I will be busy again this week and am even going on a little road trip to Duluth with a couple friends. I can hardly wait to get out of town. Thanks for stopping. Hope you are having a nice summer. This card was made using Cosmo Cricket products from the DeLovely collection. Cheers and sunshine wishes!! Stay cool!! Tami

PS...I am sorry if you received this post numerous times. I had so many problems with blogger, AOL, and myself (proofreading skills). Yikes!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Sizzling HOT!!

Hope you all are surviving the heat wave. It is so hard to even sleep on warm muggy nights. I simply hate it. I made this card for my sister using Cosmo Cricket DeLovely papers (yes I can't get enough of the paper) and incorporated a photo my friend Jan gave me that I believe came from the Internet. Man how I wish I still lived in New England. I really miss the ocean and going to the beach. That was certainly the life and vacationing on Cape Cod. I must say I love how the card came out and it was a reminder of all the fun times we had in MA, NH and CT at the beach. I hope sis enjoys it. I used Stickles on the sun rays. Have a nice weekend. Stay cool in the pool and have lots of fun in the sun. I am headed to Pine City on Saturday on a little road trip with my friends. Fun fun fun but out of the sun sun sun. Tami

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Happy Birthday Mama Ellie!!

Here's a card I recently taught using Cosmo Cricket DeLovely. It went postal today for a VIP...Mama Ellie. Hope you are having a great week. TGIF!! Thanks for stopping by my poor little neglected blog. Happy Summer. Tami

Sunday, July 4, 2010


Hope you all had a great day. Here's a picture of me and just about the size of my fan!! We still have HIGH humidity whereby everything is sweaty Betty. I did make some delicious Cowboy Caviar tonight and it came out so good. Haven't been stamping too much lately as stamping and HOT weather don't mix too well with me when I have no air conditioning. Thanks for stopping by today. Proud to be an American even when times are tough. BIG shout out to Channel 2 today!! Tami

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy Independence Day

Wishing you a very happy July 4th. It was so HOT here on Sat. (92 degrees with high humidity) yuck. Sorry the photo I clipped for this blog is rather small but the heat has shrunk my brain!! Fireworks anyone?? I hope to catch some somewhere as I missed ours on Wed. Be safe and have fun this weekend friends. I am thinking watermelon right now or some yummy strawberries. Bang bang, pop pop!! Tami

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Little Miss Beach Bum

Finally the picture posted. This stamp line melts my heart. How about you? Do you own any PI stamps? I do and want more!! Have a great week and stay cool. Tami

Photograph by Candy!!

Here's a little eye candy!!! LOL

Hey friends. Blogger gave me nothing but problems on Friday and Saturday nite so I couldn't post my class samples. How are you today?? Hope you are having a great day full of sunshine. I love my family and friends so much and I am so greatful for the little things in life. Its what matters most to me. Time to go sweep my front entrance and pick up the pieces from the horrible storms (no lie my plants are all hacked off from hail balls and horrific winds). I just want to cry but there are worse things that could have happened thank not good Lord. It was so beautiful out there on my little deck until Friday evening. Oh well...Mother Nature, I have BIG issues with you!! How dare you crumble my little world in just a few minutes. The beat goes on. Thanks for stopping by today. Its so humid here again. Yuck a do. What's a girl to do?? I feel like going to buy more plants but that's not going to happen. Should I just go look??? Finally Blogger just let me upload a photo after so many tries!!! Its so frustrating. I will try to post little Miss Beach Bum tonight. Thanks Candy for being my assistant photographer when Grandma Jan was not available. You rock!! Tami

Great day, great friends but not so great weather...

Have you missed me? Its been one heck of a week and I will spare you the details. Here's a card I taught this week and I love the stamp by Stampendous and of course the October Afternoon paper. I even purchased a watermelon last week. We had really bad storms on Friday night and my deck plants really got a beaten. It was so bad and the wind,hail, and heavy rain was unreal not to mention the thunder and lightening. Happy Sunday. I had a great Saturday with my friends. You know who you are and thanks so much for your kindness. I will be back again on Sunday with another card and that's a fact Jack. Thanks for stopping by. Its always nice to hear from you. Tami

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Cute as a Caterpillar!!

Great news and it made me blush a bit. My Cosmo Cricket DeLovely card I recently taught at Smudges was featured on the Cosmo Cricket blog today. Kind of fun. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week. Tami

I am still accepting signups for my classes at Smudges on Wed. Hope to see some of you locals there. I am offering the same class twice. See you there!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Lucky by Debbie Olsen

Today's card made by the ever so talented Debbie Olsen is very special to me and I hope its OK that I am posting it here. I love everything about her sweet card and its how I feel to have such an awesome father. I am one lucky girl. Happy Father's Day DAD. I love you lots and miss you SO much. Tami

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I watered my card and it grew!!

SEE previous post. I felt the need to water my card. Nightie night. Tami

How does your garden grow?

Hello friends. How goes the battle? Its super late now but I wanted to post a card I taught Wed. at Smudges. Had a great time with the ladies and it was also our monthly ATC night. Our theme was cold drinks and Ruth Ann did a fabo job leading our group. It was a great day but quite HOT and HUMID. I've been keeping busy with life and other personal issues (bills, car). I have new classes next week at Anchor Paper and Smudges, Tues. and Wed. respectively. I've certainly had my share of DeLovely Cosmo Cricket goodness lately but I never get tired of the paper line. Its perfect for summer and I love it all. I have lots of class samples to share with you. I even have my own personal photographer Grandma Jan!! Thanks girlfriend. I appreciate all your efforts and kindness very much. Actually we are going on a little roadtrip this Sat. with our other friend Chris. Woo hoo. Can't wait!! I shouldn't be going but I just gotta get out of town again!! Life is good when you have great friends!! Don't you agree? We are family (think of the song)!! : )

Its time to hit the hay. Sweet dreams and I wish you a very pleasant Thurs. Its going to be another hot one again today with high humidity...87 degrees yuck. I plan to post another card later on today so I hope you will check back Jack!! Thanks for popping by the 'ole bloggie and please feel free to say *hello* yellow and be a good fellow!! Such a poet and didn't know it. Tami Whami
PS. Smudges sells the Pure Innocence stamps and I love them. Total sweetness. I used this line on my card and I would love more of these incredibly cute stamps! A girl can dream right?? I now own the ice cream cone girl. Can't wait to ink her up in just a bit. Sorry for the long post.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Catch of the day...birthday boy Bret!!

Here's a non-Tami card for a very special man. I hope you and the wife have a fabo birthday celebration. Safe travels my friends and don't do anything I wouldn't do. HA HA!! Best fishes Bret and happy happy birthday. Many more to come so have some fun in the sun. Card made by Jessica/Lona and purchased by yours truly!! Tami

PS. For sure he's a GREAT catch and definately a SUPER match!! Get the boy some new wheels and he will squeel!! Me too!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Here Kitty Kitty!!

I sent this card off to a friend today and I purchased it from Jessica, another stamping instructor. I know bad me but I love Greeting Farm images and I like to support other artists when I am able. Why not spread the love? It was very humid today and I hate weather like this. I got trapped in road construction twice and it was brutal with NO air. I kept thinking about all the men laying asphalt in the wicked heat. Watching the Bachelorette now even though I'm a little old for the show. Gotta run as my friend Mary is calling. I have four classes this week so I hope I get some signups. Cheers my friends and thanks for stopping by the 'ole blog. Tami

Sunday, June 6, 2010

June classes at Anchor Paper & Smudges!!

If you like Graphic 45 paper, you will not want to miss this class. Tami will have four beautiful cards plus one bonus for you to make featuring Graphic 45 paper and other goodies. Tami can do incredible things with this line of paper. {written by Leslie}. Hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, June 9th
Two class offerings:
1pm - 3pm
6pm - 8pm

All class participant receive a 10% discount off items purchased the day of the class. Please bring your basic stamping kit to class.

Call Smudges (952) 974-9885 to reserve your seat.

DeLovely Cosmo Cricket Cards!!
Tami has whipped up some great cards using the new DeLovely summery paper line from Cosmo Cricket. You'll leave with 5 cards, sure to put a spring in your step for the summer!!

Wednesday, June 16th
1pm - 3pm

All class participant receive a 10% discount off items purchased the day of the class.

Call Smudges at (952) 974-9885 to reserve your seat.

Anchor Paper Plymouth
(763) 550-0926
Call the store to register for class and bring your basic stamping kit.

Le Feminine Graphic Cards
Make five femine cards using beautiful Graphic 45 papers and other very vintage lovelies.
Tuesday, June 8, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Thursday, June 17, 1pm - 3pm

Macho Macho Man
Make five stunning masculine cards using Graphic 45 papers and other manish card embellishments.
Thursday, June 10, 1pm - 3pm
Tuesday, June 15, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Summery Cards
Make five adorable all occasion summery cards using Cosmo Cricket and October Afternoon paper and other fun products.
Tuesday, June 22
Two class offerings:
12:45pm - 3pm
5:30pm - 7:45pm

Please email me with any questions or class suggestions.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Saturday Night Class at Lunds!!

Hi friends. Happy weekend!!

That's right...another Cosmo Cricket DeLovely Class at Lunds (Plymouth) this evening...Saturday, June 5. Class is at 7 pm and we are making five cards using a wonderful assortment of Cosmo Cricket DeLovely products...designer paper, chipboard, tiny types, ribbon, colored pencils, fun punches, Karen Lockhart and Pure Innocence stamps. The Community Room is spacious, beautiful and air conditioned. Lunds, Caribou Coffee, good is good!! Please email me and/or leave me a message by 3 PM if you want to join us. Thank you and remember to bring your basic stamping kit. Come early if you want to dine at Lunds or grab a beverage from Caribou. Hope to see you at Lunds for a fun evening. Tami

Card design by me and photograph by Grandma Jan. Thanks for stopping by today. Sunshine wishes. Do something fun in the sun and stay cool!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Hope all is dandy!!

Hi friends. How are you today? Here's a card I mailed off to my sister. Another one from a card kit which I really enjoyed making. I rescheduled my June Pine City classes and moved them to the end of the month for those of you who are interested.

Again, I have several card classes at Anchor Paper Plymouth (see the Anchor newsletter) as well as Smudges . I hope you will join me for a class or two this month. We always have a stamping good time.

Here are the ones at Smudges:
Graphic 45 Cards
Wednesday, June 9
1-3 PM or 6-8 PM
5 cards with envelopes

Cosmo Cricket DeLovely Cards
Wednesday, June 16
1-3 PM
5 cards with envelopes
It is very important you sign up prior to class. If I do not have enough signups I cancel the class prior to the actual date. Thanks for your understanding. Please email me if you have any questions. Thanks for stopping by today. Tami

Sunday, May 30, 2010

A quick Hello and Happy June!!

Hi friends. Hope you had a nice relaxing weekend. Here's a card from my DeLovely Cosmo Cricket Class which I'll be repeating soon at Smudges. I have lots of June classes booked at Anchor Paper (Plymouth) so check out their newsletter. Let me know if you have any questions by shooting me an email. Thanks Jan for photographing my card. I am loving DeLovely (the newest Cosmo Cricket line). Its perfect for summer and makes me so happy. I'll be back soon with another DeLovely card. Here's to a great and super cool week. Tami

Monday, May 24, 2010

Taking a blogging break

I will not be available for a few days. My classes are both on schedule for Saturday at Caribou Coffee and Sunday at Lunds. If you want to come please email me. I will get back to you on Thursday evening. Have a great week and stay cool friends. I added lots of June classes...check out my schedule (will update it soon) and read the Anchor Paper June newsletter.

Its so HOT here. The heat just about killed me on Monday and its going to be wicked HOT all week. No fun without air conditioning. Just in case you missed my previous post Grandma Jan was the blog candy winner!! "Congrats" Jan and a special thanks to all that participated. To me, you are all winners. I'm going to try and find something to post now as its late and I have to hit the hay or should I say enter the oven upstairs. Yuck. Have fan will travel!! Tami (photograph by Jan)

Finally....Blog Candy Winner!! No Chicken Dinner!!

"Dearest Patter,

Mom drew the name this morning and the winner is Jan in Savage, MN. The cards were all beautiful.

Love you!


Hi again my friends.

This was done fair and square. I can't believe it....go Grandma Jan!! Each person's name went into the drawing. My family and I would not have it any other way. Thanks so much for participating. I will do this again in July for Mother Ellie's birthday. Again thank you so very much. I am sorry for the delay but both Sami and I have been so busy. Happy Monday...the temperature is climbing. Yuck a doo!! Off to go teach more Graphic 45 cards. Hello air conditioning. I am going to miss Dancing with the Stars but will watch it online soon.

Jan you BIG winner, I will give you your prize on Sunday when I see you in my Delovely Cosmo Cricket Class. I can't believe you won you lucky dog. Woo Hoo!! Congratulations and again thank you everyone. Tami "Patter"

You're sweet!!

Hello from HOT and HUMID MN!! Its so gross here. The weather hit 88 degrees yesterday and today they are saying its going to reach 91 but with the humidity it will feel like 97. Great no air conditioning.

I had a great action packed weekend. How about you? I was quite busy all weekend and didn't have a chance to call my family on Sunday. When I got home late last night there was no power in my neighborhood so I went straight to bed. It was so strange trying to feel my way upstairs to bed. I just emailed my sister again so I hope she will answer me so I can find out the blog candy winner. I am teaching the Graphic 45 classes today so another busy day. Not looking forward to going out in this yucky humidity but I have to. Thanks for stopping by friends and have a great Monday. Tami

PS. Sorry for the lousy and crooked scan of my *sweet* October Afternoon card but the original is now in Pine City for my upcoming June Afternoon Delight classes. That reminds me I have to update my June class schedule and send out more emails. Busy as a bee. That's me. Have a super duper week and stay as a cucumber (I got your number)!! : )

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Saturday...just a note!!

I'm off to take a class in Pine City that was planned long ago. Can't wait to get crafty with my girlfriends both days this weekend!! My friends are the BEST!! Its going to be close to 90 degrees on Sunday and Monday. Yuck...hate humidity. Here's another card I made from a kit I purchased at The Pine City Scrapbooking Store. I hope you have a lovely weekend and for sure I will post the blog candy winner on Sunday evening or Monday am at the very latest. I am so sorry its taken me so long but I've been swamped with things and haven't had a chance to call my family. I did get most of my outside plants all prettied up for the deck. Flowers make me happy and I want more!! Thanks for popping by. Tami

Friday, May 21, 2010


Happy Friday. Here's a card I taught recently at Smudges. Have a great weekend friends. Its going to be a HOT weekend. Keeping my post short for a change!! I am teaching a another set of Graphic 45 classes on Monday, May 24. The first one is at Smudges 12:30 PM and the second one is Monday evening at Lunds. If you are interested in attending either of these popular classes please email me ASAP. I do require a certain number of attendees in order to hold each class. Another busy week coming up. We are slated for heat and humidity. Yuck on the humidity! Catch you later. Tami

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A little cheer...

Good morning friends and happy Thursday. Today's going to be a fun play day for me and I can hardly wait to work on my outside plants and spruce things up a bit on the deck. The weather forecast is for more gorgeous weather and plenty of sunshine both of which make me SO happy. Sunshine wishes!!

Here's a card from yesterday's class at Smudges which I'll be sending to my sister and teaching again. I'm SO loving Pure Innocence stamps and October Afternoon papers. My Wednesday class went well and the ladies worked really hard on their projects. Can't wait for my next class at Smudges. Leslie and Trish are such nice women. Love them both.

Our ATC meeting was fun and we made several paper flowers. It was neat spraying them with assorted Glimmer Mist colors although my hands are still pretty stained!! Hope you all have a great day. I will NOT be participating in the garage sale. I am actually quite relieved and happy as its no picnic in the heat. I'll have my own garage sale some day and still plan to put stamps in a public sale next month. Can't wait for the weekend as I'll be spending some quality time with my girlfriends and another visit to Pine City on Saturday!! I appreciate my friends and am very grateful to have several wonderful people in my life. You are all so amazing and I feel so blessed. Its very comforting to know you can always count on your good friends through good and bad times. Thanks so much for your gift of friendship. Friendship is the greatest gift ever. A *special thanks* to all the wonderful people that support me with my classes. Its not always easy but I do enjoy it. Planning on bringing my car to the shop for repair on Monday. I'll mail the blog candy just as soon as I find out the winner and actually get the prize in my hot little colored hands. Thanks for the visit and do something fun today. Share the love. Peace. Tami

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Thinking of my MOM

Hi friends. I am beat from working hard on classes. I need my Mother. Anyway I am wicked excited to be teaching at Smudges today and seeing all the special ladies that frequently take my classes. They are the best and we always have fun at Smudges. I will be there all day as our ATC group meets in the evening and I still don't have my ATCs made yet not to mention last months. Yikes, I feel bad but that's life...busy busy busy. It has been really HOT lately which is unusual for MN in May but I'll take the gorgeous weather along with some much needed rest!! No rest for the wicked. HA HA.

Here's a card I made for *Mother Ellie* from a card kit I purchased in Pine City. Speaking of Pine City, my classes have been submitted and I am just waiting for the confirmation. You can stay overnite right in the back at the Pine City Retreat Center. I love going there and I can hardly wait for June to arrive. A working mini vacation. Happy Wednesday and I will post some of my class samples just as soon as I get a breather and can scan them all. Tami

I have not forgotten about the blog candy but honestly I have not had time to call sis. Sami is busy too as she hasn't returned my email. Hang tight. I ordered the prize so I am waiting for it to arrive. Thanks for your patience. TTYL gators.

Monday, May 17, 2010

A quick hello friends!!

Hello! Happy Monday.

So much going on right now in my little world. I will try and spare you the details!! Today's card is one from a card kit and was sent to my friend in CO. I will be announcing the blog candy (isn't that DANDY?) winner soon after I speak to my family so no worries. A BIG thanks to all that participated. It meant the world to me and I know Sami and Mother Ellie will certainly enjoy the cards. The winner will be posted on my blog and hope to get the prize out as soon as possible. I am swamped with class preparations (designing and kiting) which is a good thing but hard on my hands (handling all the paper and washing my hands so frequently). I also need to make two sets of ATCs and come up with a project by Wed. evening for our ATC monthly meeting. Yikes. Then there's the garage sale. Oh my goodness. I am feeling stress just writing all this. I am not sure if I will be able to pull everything off?? We shall see. My poor little red car has been misbehaving again and I'm freaking out over it. Its hard to get places without reliable wheels. Both of my classes this week are planned as scheduled on Tuesday evening (Anchor Paper) and Wednesday afternoon (Smudges). You still have time to sign up -or- you may order the class kits. I am very pleased with my class samples. Have a good week peeps filled with lots of sunshine. Our MN weather has been simply beautiful lately. The forecast for this week is more gorgeous weather and I'll take it thank you very much. Sunshine makes me very happy. I need to transplant my patio flowers and plants before they die. I got another visit from the flower fairy yesterday. WOW!! My friends are the BEST!! I hope you all have a super week and thanks for the visit. Why not sprinkle a little love my way doves?? Sure could use some more *sunshine* to get me through this busy week. Tami PS. I did not go to the Rubber Stamp Expo. Miracles do happen to those that believe. How was your weekend? Sorry for the long post but I guess I'm making up for my lack of blogging and its kind of my way for destressing a bit. If you received this twice its because I forgot to proofread the first one before I pressed "publish post".

Friday, May 14, 2010

Two great classes next week!!

Graphic 45 at Anchor Paper Plymouth Tuesday, May 18 at 5:30 PM

October Afternoon at Smudges Wednesday, May 19 at 1:00 PM

Please EMAIL ME now if you want to attend either of these fun card classes and I will get you signed up. We always have a great time stamping and chatting. I am making up the card kits this weekend so hope some of you locals can join me. I am in LOVE with both of these fabo paper companies!! Can you say yummy beautiful papers?? Both classes are available as a "class to go" if you can't make the actual class.

Today's card is one I'll be teaching in the Graphic 45 class Tuesday evening at Anchor Paper. Both stores offer a 10% class discount so that's always a nice bonus!! Happy Friday my friends and thanks for stopping by. Tami

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sweet Annie

Here's Annie (Sami's new Carin Terrier). Isn't she just a little cutie pie? I think so and Sami just loves her to pieces. I found out today Sami was rear ended Monday evening on her way home from work by a car with two young male drivers. She drives a brand new Toyota Rave 4 and it was mucho buckaroos. I feel so bad for her. Sami is now driving a rental and even has to pay for part of the rental fee which is such a joke. I had to do the same long ago when I needed to rent a car for work. Life is not fair and full of unpleasant surprise. I am just so grateful she is not injured.

I have good news to report. I now have HOT water again and life is good. Today's service call did the trick but now I have another bill to pay. I will NOT be going anywhere this week including the Rubber Stamp Expo. No way Jose. I am going to continue to clean and gather up stuff to sell at a garage sale next week. Garage sales are NOT my thing but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!! I'm planning to participate in another stamp/scrapbooking sale in June. So much work getting ready for garage sales but that's the breaks. Thanks for stopping by and happy Thursday. Hope to post a new card soon. Tami

Look at this beauty made by Sandy!!

Isn't Sandy just dandy? The card was a bonus card from a Graphic 45 class I recently taught at Smudges. Sandy made this beautiful card with the Karen Lockhart butterfly stamp available at Smudges. Sandy was very lucky to take a class with Karen Lockhart at Smudges last year. Love how she colored the butterfly with colored pencils. Thanks Sandy for doing your homework and sharing your beautiful card with us. Happy Tuesday everyone and thanks for the visit. Tami

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Updated May Class Schedule...Read all about it!!

New Classes are on the 'ole blog. I was finally able to update my May classes without any troubles with Blogger. Whew and doing the happy dance!! I hope you locals can join me for a class or two this month!! Smudges is now carrying Cosmo Cricket products and I am happy as a pig in you know what!!

Who's going to the Rubber Stamp Expo this weekend at the State Fairgrounds?? Leave me a comment and let me know if you are planning on going. I can't decide what to do but the right thing would be to stay the heck home and gather *stuff* for an upcoming garage sale next week and another new/used stamp sale in June. Then I can worry about *bringing* in more new *stuff*!! Can anyone relate to my situation?? Thanks for popping in today. Tami

Here's a cute picture of Sami's new doggie Annie. Isn't she sweet? I think so and I'm really happy for middle sis. Wish it was me!! Later.


Hi there. I had major technical difficulties last week with Blogger so I was unable to update the 'ole blog hence TEST post!! I had a great weekend. How about you? Before I forget Happy Birthday HT and to my DAD. I hope you both have a great birthday celebration. Cheers and many more to come!!

Here's the Make and Take card I taught at Smudges on Saturday using Crafty Secrets stamps and October Afternoon Paper. I really love the stamp set and of course the beautiful October Afternoon papers. It was raining so hard when I returned home late last nite from my little Northern MN road trip. Now its time to face my inoperable HOT water heater problem. I tell you its always something. I have lots of wonderful classes coming up this month so I hope you locals can join me for a stamping good time. Thanks for the visit and a special HELLO GIRLFRIEND to CS!! Tami :)

PS. Thanks everyone for the emails and for participating in my blog candy. Sorry no picture of the candy as promised but my camera still has dead batteries and to be honest I haven't pulled the blog candy yet. My sister is going to love all the surprise cards and she knows nothing about this. My MOM told me on Sunday Sami received "a cute card" from Sherry. Thanks Button lady!! Its very early and I just woke up on the sofa. Hate when that happens. Have lots to do this week including transplanting my jumbo pansy packs now that *the snow storms* from last week have passed. HA HA on that one!! I was at the PINE CITY Scrapbooking Store on Monday. Can you say yummy and total eye candy?? Yes I was BAD. Its the story of my life. Guess I'm chatty Tami again!! Have a super duper day peeps.

If you want to know about my fabo blog candy see previous blog posts. You basically have to email me now and tell me you are going to make a card for my sister Sami to congratulate her on her newly adopted doggie *sweet Annie*but you must act soon as the deadline for mailing a card is this week. Again, a BIG thanks to all who are participating. It means so much to me!! That's what friends are for right?? You all totally rock.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Short and sweet!!

Here's a super cute Cosmo Cricket (Garden Variety)card I recently made. Very busy again this week!! Hope this post isn't too long!! Tami

PS. There's still time to sign up for my first Cosmo Cricket class at Smudges tomorrow Wednesday, May 5 at 10:30. Email me or call Smudges if you want to join us. We are making five sweet cards using a wonderful assortment of Cosmo Cricket goodies!! Can't wait. See you then. Happy Tuesday and thanks for peeping in friends. : )

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Make and Take from We're Stamping Mad

I made this card at a paid Make and Take on Sat. while out with my friend Ruth Ann. We had a great day and visited two stores. Our first stop was the Stamp Garden in White Bear and they had a very lovely Make and Take. What a classy store Dawn has with such beautiful card samples. They even tie their cards down with jute. I couldn't believe it. How very sad they have to do that. Guess it takes all types. Hopefully no one snips off any samples. It was great seeing lots of people I haven't seen in a very long time.

Went to Archiver's and a few other places on Sunday. I know BAD me. I can't seem to get a grip on my bad habits. I swear its the coupons that rope me in. Anyway I have edited my original post as a few people made comments I *chat* too much. Well...that is true but there are worse things in life. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Wednesday. Tami

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Happy May Day!!

Wow, I can't believe its the first day of May. Did anyone get a May basket on their door? We used to do this when I lived in New England. I feel I got one as my birthday celebration continued. My friend RA gave me four of the new Tim Holtz inks and some neat owl ribbon for my b-day. I love the card she made me too. I will post it this coming week with her permission. It is gorgeous and I love anything made with embossing folders. RA showed me her newest collection of embossing folders and what a pretty continer she has from Joanne's she stores them in. I have to have it. Yikes there I go again. Bad Tami.

I got my haircut this morning and I absolutely love the cut. Thanks rock girl. RA picked me up and we headed to Caribou Coffee. I had the best day at The Stamp Garden (White Bear Lake) and then We're Stampin' Mad (Osseo). We didn't make it to Smudges for their Make and Take but we wanted to. Sorry Leslie, Trish and Connie but we just ran out of time. Reminder, I will be doing a Make and Take next Saturday at Smudges from 12-3 PM so mark it on your calendar now. I worked on my sample card last nite and playing around with some October Afternoon paper. I am very excited for next week. Cosmo Cricket class on Wed. at Smudges 10:30 am. Email me if you want to come. I am taking a class on Thursday nite with two friends at Archiver's Unity/Cosmo Cricket. Can't wait!! Can you say yummy and what a nice marriage. I do not own an Unity stamps but I know they are quite popular.

Last stop was a late lunch at Panera. I was on cloud nine. I had the BEST day seeing lots of old friends and students. I was SO nice seeing Chris, Debbie, Patti Jo, Julie and the other girls working at We're Stampin' Mad. I could go on and on because there are lots of nice ladies out there. It was fun meeting Jennifer. I have to visit her blog now. Anyway, I am pooped out from all the excited so I will be lazy tonight and watch a movie. I only bought like five small items today. I was really good. Paper (Graphic 45, a frog stamp, Hero Art MAN bling, and a tube of Flower Soft) Not bad for me. Thanks for stopping by. Today's card is from a card kit I bought at the Pine City Scrapbooking Store by We R Memory Keepers. I hope I got the vendor correct. I jazzed up the card a bit. I will be mailing this card to Sami to thank her for my birthday gifts and to congratulate her on Annie. Annie her new doggie slept with her last nite and she just loves her. Remember I am giving away blog candy in a couple weeks. You just need to mail her a card and your name will go in the hat. SO far wicked Lindsay in MA is the winner!! Hope you are having a great day. Tami PS. Please excuse me for not highlighting or proofreading anything. I am too darn tired and yesterday I broke my old glasses. Luckily I have a new backup pair but I have to get them adjusted becasue they fall down on my nose. Sherry I was *naughty* yesterday. I went to Target (my hairdresser had just left so no haircut on Friday) after Anchor Paper. Do you think I shopped at Anchor after I dropped my class board off??? Hmmmm....NO, not me. I am watching the Kentucky Derby now and I love it. Today it was so windy and an overcast but I had the best day ever out and about. It was SO great sitting down and being a participant. Loved it so much CHRIS....thank you so much. I need to get out more!!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Pops!!

My Dad's birthday is coming up in May and I want to send him this card which just happens to be a card I am teaching Let's Get Graphic (Graphic 45 papers and tags)at Anchor Paper Plymouth Thursday, May 18 at 5:30 pm. Additionally, I bought my Dad a card from my friend Sherry as he loves golf and I just couldn't pass up her Graphic 45 card!! This year he will get two birthday cards because he is SO special and an avid golfer. He eat, sleeps and dreams golf. I am up late again taking care of business. I have a very busy Friday planned and will be dropping off my Graphic 45 class board at Anchor Paper . Finally getting a much needed haircut!! Looking forward to May 1st as its National Scrapbooking Day and lots of stores are having specials and Make and Take events. I am planning on joining my friend Ruth Ann for a little fun around town minus my wallet!! Yah right on that one!! I must be good as I've been very bad in April. NO BIG surprise there.

Next up...I feel like doing some blog candy again because I am almost at 20,000 blog hits and my sister Sami is adopting a new doggie today Annie. She and my Mom are driving over two hours to MA to pick up Annie. Sami had to go through an extensive adoption process for Annie who is a rescue dog and was even interviewed by a woman at her home. WOW but I totally understand why. I am SO happy for her and she certainly deserves to get another dog after losing Yoda last year. If you want in on my blog candy just mail Sami a happy dog card or any card for that matter. Just leave me a comment here and I will email you her address next week. The deadline will be in two weeks May 15 to get a card to her. You could possibly win a very nice prize . If she gets over 20 cards I will give out a second prize. I will have Sami put all the names in a bowl like last time and have Mother Ellie pick the winner on Sunday, May 16. Prize will be mailed out the following week or if you are local I will get it to you. Last time I did this Armie in Alaska won. We (my family and I) play fair so its a good chance to win some nice blog candy!! I will gather up the loot and have one of my friends photograph the prize(s) for me to post on my blog just as soon as I can. Thank you so much in advance if you do participate and I know this will certainly brighten Sami's day. Who doesn't love to receive happy mail and let's face it we all have lots of cards and supplies. Thanks fo stopping by today. Have a great Friday and a lovely weekend. Its raining here in MN. What are your plans for the weekend?? I plan on just *looking* and being a good girl. I will let you know how things go on Sunday so stop back then. Tami : p

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Thursday friends. I have my challenge card done for our little Smudges group. I wanted to use this beautiful *virgin* perfume bottle (Postmodern Design), the lovely Graphic 45 paper and other rich papers from Anchor Paper. I love working with the gold foil stickers. Easy peasy when you use tweezers. I want to thank my BFF Wendy for the clever *doily* idea. We had lots of fun collaborating on this *bonus card* Tuesday evening at Smudges during the Graphic 45 class. Group 2 cheated!! Ha ha Group 1!! Its always a blast at Smudges and speaking of that fabo store I better get my butt up to bed and get some much needed shut eye as my chauffeur Sherry will be picking me up at 9:30 today for some yummy Caribou Coffee and then onto our playdate at Smudges . Don't you wish you could come out and play with us?? I hope you like my card. I am very pleased with it and most importantly I have Mother Ellie's Mother's Day card made and will mail it next week. Thanks for the visit and what's up with hardly anyone leaving me any blog love? Its all OK because I can count on my regulars...Amy, Candy, Sherry, Jan, Mary. I'd like to hit 10 comments someday just for the thrill of it but for now I will live. Ha ha!! Have a beautiful day and make some art today. Tami

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Happy Birthday Grandma Jan "Miss Bossy"

Everyone is crazy over this card and now Jan the birthday gal is the proud owner. "Miss Bossy" picked her own birthday card from my stash. I made it in Jessica's card class in Pine City. The Penny Black image was colored with colored pencils. I do NOT know how the yellow flower was made as it was in the kit and I forgot to ask the teacher. Have a great day friends. I am still very busy which is a good thing. More crafty goodness this week so check back. I am working on crafty things for May so stay tuned. What are your plans for the weekend? I think I will stay home. Right??!! Who am I trying to kid. Tuesday evening we had a great time at Byerly's and Smudges making Graphic 45 cards. Oh la la. I have the best friends and we got our craft on. I will share. Thanks everyone. Tami

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Hello and how do you do??

Had a blast at Lunds Sat. evening with the chicklets Cosmo Cricket style!! Its always a real treat getting stampy with my friends. Its very late and I need sleep before my big coffee date with another crafty chick Sherry, the button woman. Anyway here's my card, short and sweet. Have a great Sunday and if you attend church please pray for me. Thanks for stopping by as always. I will share a little late night humor with you but its really not too funny and thankfully the Lord was watching over me. It was raining and pretty wet when I got home Sat. evening and my eyesight with glasses is not the greatest. Anyhoo for some strange reason I had troubles backing up into my side of the driveway (I share with my neighbor). Well low and behold, bam...I backed right up into my BIG garbage can which smashed into the garage door. I was SO tired and SO scared to get out of my car and look at my poor garage door. Whew no damage that I could see but I will have to recheck it later in the daylight. Then I had to unpack all the crafty junk in my trunk...can you say SO much stuff!! It ain't easy being me!! Have a pleasant day. Tami PS...Dang girls where is the LOVE??