Archive for April, 2009


Posted by Catherine on April 27, 2009


WOW!  I don’t know when a week and a half has sucked MORE than last week’s week and a half! 

Apparently, my body was trying to tell me that I was doing too many things at once and since I wasn’t listening, it pretty much resorted to the only way it knew how to slow me down.  It let an evil, dirty, cootie-filled virus in! UGH!  My body is so vindictive, I tell you…

Aaaanywho, it’s not really as dramatic as I’m making it sound, but less dramatic is boring, no?  Okay, I’m kidding, any kind of illness is nothing to poke fun at or dramatize.  I know there are a lot of people who suffer more and for a lot longer than the week and a half that I had to go through, and I shouldn’t down play that.  I ended up with a viral infection and needed to take a bunch of different medication for it – which I have a theory about!  The medicine said that it was supposed to minimize pain, etc. but what it REALLY does it knock the be-jeebies outta you so that you’re all conked out and don’t notice the pain.  To kill the virus effectively, I had to get the medication in my ASAP and I had to take it three times a day, so I would wake up, take my medicine, pass out and wake up at lunch to take more medicine only to nod off again to wake up just in time to take MORE medicine at dinner time! *LOL*  When my doctor said I’ll probably be down and out for a week, I was kind of secretly all pleased and stuff because I thought it meant I would have a free week off of work to play in my scraproom! HA!  (Don’t judge, I know some of you wish you could just call in sick so you could play in your scraproom uninterrupted).  Yeah, I was pretty wrong about that and my mojo went right along with my yucky cooties!

But I’m happy to announce that I am now icky virally cootie free! 

Today was my first day back to work and I absolutely got NO blogging or blog-hopping done!  UGH, I know?! Can you believe it?  I actually had to go in and WORK today!  Un-freakin’ believable, I tell you.  It was a travesty!  Either the stuff I do at work is more complicated than I thought, or I am clearly not operating under the KISS principle (Keep it Simple, Stupid).  None of my work got done and I came back to lovely piles of work all over my desk. 

Anywho, I just took the last of my medication and starting to get all loopy, I have to keep scrolling up to re-read what I just wrote and figure out what the heck I’m talking about, so I’d better get some sleep and I’ll be back in full force tomorrow!!!


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All around the world…

Posted by Catherine on April 19, 2009

She sails on the waters of The Nile, she has palaces and pyramids and she walks like an Egyptian because she IS an Egyptian!  I would like you all to meet PRINCESS CLEO!

I was originally going to call this post "A Peek in Cleo's Room" but it kind of sounded creepy and voyeuristic, so I just left that part out. But essentially, the idea I was going for was to see Cleo through some sheer, shimmery-like curtains inside her palace! While I was heat-setting my Distress Embossing powder, I took my heat gun to my ribbon and actually ended up liking the results, the curtains look more...wind-blown-like that way...

I’ve seriously got Walk Like an Egyptian stuck in my head now because of Hint #1! *LOL* But ooooh my goodness, don’t you LOOOOOVE her?!  Spoiled and sassy, this Princess is just lounging around knowing how FABULOUS she is!  So the BEST part???  Princess Cleo is the FIRST of the series of INTERNATIONAL PRINCESSES! *SCREAMS*

yes, Yes and YES!  Marti has OUTDONE herself to the max on this one!  I mean, we love the regular ol’ Cinderella fairy tale princess and everything, but with the INTERNATIONAL PRINCESS series, we’re goin’ around the world people!  I wonder where in the world we’ll find our next princess! *giggles*

Okay, so if you MUST have Princess Cleo NOW, Marti’s got you covered.  She understands that NEED and NOW always go hand-in-hand, so if you’re wanting to take a walk on the Egyptian side this weekend, head on over to to get Princess Cleo as a digi stamp for $2.50 US!  She’s available to the now, Now, NOW generation for the next three days only, and then after that, she will rule over all in RUBBER!  Got it?

Alright, for the next stop on our bloggity hop, you will definitely want to head down the Nile and stop on over at JULIA’S BLOG!

*** UPDATE ***

*SCREEEEEECH* OH MY GOODNESS!  I am SOOOO SORRY EVERYONE!  For the blog hop, all posts were supposed to be published at 12:01 AM, well guess what stupid me did!?!?  For some reason, I had scheduled it to go up in the PM! *embarrassed*  Eeeek, hopefully the PDD Playgroup girls will forgive me….!!!!  Okay, on with it because no matter what happened, I can assure you, this royal princess is ALWAYS worth the wait!


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Hint, hint, pass…(Round 2)

Posted by Catherine on April 17, 2009

…oh ladies and gentlemen (are there really gentlemen who visit here???) we are NOT even close to being done!  We’re just gettin’ STARTED, baby! w00t!

Now that you’ve seen the first stamp of the first series (the series is all about bugs and picnics…nothing says summer like BOTH!) we are revvin’ up to roar into the first stamp of the SECOND series!!!

If you haven’t had a chance, please check out JULIA’S BLOG for the first hint of the series and make sure to leave a guess so that you can qualify for a chance to win a digital stamp of that release!  If you’ve already seen Julia’s aaaaawesome hint yesterday, you can mosey on over to KELLY’S BLOG and see hers and then guess, guess, guess!  One guess on each hinting blog will give you one entry to win the DIGITAL STAMP! Truuuuust me…you’ll WANT this one!!!  Hmmm…I said that about the last stamp we released…but it’s true!!! You’ll want them BOTH!!! And I’ll say it again for the third release too!

So go on and have a peek at those hints and have yourself a wonderful weekend!  Don’t forget we’ll be blog hoppin’ again on the 19th!  See you back here soon!



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Pez-a-Doodle Designs: Stamp Release #1 – BLOG HOP!

Posted by Catherine on April 16, 2009

…Hel-looooooo everyone!

Today is THE day!  I thought it would never get here, I guess the wait wasn’t too bad though because I was having so much fun reading everyone’s guesses on the hints!  There were some reeeeally good ones, so good job at your guessing skills, or good job on my hinting skills! HAHAHAHA…

So this is the FIRST stop on our FIRST PDD Playgroup Blog Hop!  Let me just tell you that I am having so much fun being a part of this Design Team, it’s crazy!  It doesn’t even feel like work or assignments or anything and I’m making SUCH good friends.  I’ve never been a part of such a great bunch of ladies.  Soooooo nice and encouraging! *hugs* Okay, that was a PDD group hug moment, now I’m getting on with it!  I know that’s what you’re thinking anyway, right?!

Oh, right, I just remembered a few things I want to touch on before I get on with the show (I’ll make it quick, I promise!)  So as the girls and I have already mentioned before, Marti is set to release THREE new SERIES of stamps.  So what that means is within the next few weeks the three stamps we are unveiling will be the first of each of the three series.  So this reveal here will be the FIRST stamp of the FIRST SERIES!  In short, what I mean to say is that there is SO MUCH MORE awesome stamps COMING! *squeals* I tooooold you Marti’s got so much fun things in store for us!

So without further ado, I give you:

Picnic Bug

Picnic Bug - Bee

If you’re in need of a quickie blog hoppity-hop, the next place you’ll want to hop on over to will be SANDIE’S BLOG.  You definitely won’t want to miss having a peek at her creation and take on the stamp release for today!  So if you’re on your way, thanks so much for stopping by and if you’re needing this little guy in a big way, he is available as a DIGITAL STAMP for $2.50 for THREE DAYS only, or if digital just isn’t your “thang” he is of course available in good ol’ rubber over at Pez-a-Doodle Designs.  If you’ve got a bit more time to hang out with me, please don’t let me stop you and keep on reading!


So many of your guesses were so close, weren’t they?!  I loved how there were insect cook-out guesses, picnics and so forth!  So TA-DAAAA!  There he is – at least I think it’s a he.  He’s a he to me!  The beauty of stamps like this is a regular ol’ stamp can change in so many different ways depending on your mood.  For right now, he’s a bee…on a different day he can be a she with the right embellishments or a change of colour in the kerchief….he can be blue, purple, green, mulitcolored, he can be sitting inside, outside, it can be sunny, raining…I LOOOOVE the versatility of stamps and I LOVE the versatility of THESE stamps!

Available as a DIGITAL STAMP for $2.50 (THREE DAYS ONLY!)

Available as a DIGITAL STAMP for $2.50 (THREE DAYS ONLY!)

Here’s a bit of a closer look at things and I’ll give you a lowdown…

Starting today, if you must, must, must have this little guy NOW (I’m a NOW kinda girl, so I would definitely understand – and besides, he’s so CUTE he is a NOW kinda thing to have!), Marti is offering him up for those who are digitally inclined.  Starting today, for THREE days only, he will be available on as a Digital Stamp for $2.50 as a release special!  After three days, he comes off the www and it’s rubber only.  I’ve got him in both forms and there are so many advantages to BOTH!  Digitally means he can be ANY size you so choose, he can be flipped and rotated and he can be “stamped” in whatever ink colour you are feeling as well and like I said before, you can have him NOOOOW! 

I know there are some people out there that still love to have that RUBBAH in their hands and he is also FABULOUS in good, ol’ fashioned red rubber.  He comes beautifully packaged and he inks up so NICE and CLEAN and I’m tellin’ ya, to stamp him, I didn’t need anything fancy or extra in terms of foam under my paper, etc., etc.  Just threw on a bit of Aileen’s tack it over on him and just stamped away.  In terms of stamping, less work is more for me, ya know?  Along with the rubber, he also comes with three accessories.  If you look closely at the yellow background panel, you’ll see a smaller size watermelon and a teeny tiny leaf.  He actually comes with a leaf BORDER (I was bad and cut ONE one leaf off of the border so I could have a single teeny tiny stamp to use for my gackground) and he also comes with a larger size watermelon.  I used those extras to stamp all over my plain yellow cardstock to make a random background paper.

As you can OBVIOUSLY see, I can go on about these stamps until kingdom come, but I’m going to stop myself right there as I’m sure you’re itching to get hopping!  The next stop on your PDD BLOG HOP is SANDIE’S BLOG to have a look at her take on the wonderful stamp!  Once you’ve completed your blog hop and you STILL haven’t gotten enough and have caught the Pez-a-Doodle ‘bug’ please be sure to stop on over to the rest of the Playgroup’s blogs to see their creations.  We were all very excited for the start of the new releases, and I guarantee you the excitement for each of the releases coming is just going to get bigger and better!

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget abou the next two releases coming up next week!  You’ll definitely want to check JULIA’S BLOG today for the FIRST of the three hints going on for the NEXT series!  Again, if you guess at each of the three hints over the next few days, you’ll qualify for a chance to win a digital copy of the upcoming release!  If you fell in love with this series, I even MORE than guarantee that you’re going to positively *SQUEAL* over the next series!

All hyperlinked products and materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamp: Bug Picnic – Bee – Exlusively from Pez-a-Doodle Designs
Ink: Memento Ink, Brilliance Dew Drop Ink
Medium: Copic Markers
Paper: DCWV Blossoms & Butterflies, Creative Memories Pastel Cardstock
Embellishments: *New* Pez-a-Bling Embellies, Stickles, Perfect Pearls
Tools: Versamark, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Embossing Puff


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Hint, hint, pass…

Posted by Catherine on April 15, 2009

…head on over to Sandie’s blog for the next and also LAST hint for this NEW RELEASE!

*screech* We’re almost to the first finish line folks…I’ve been looking through the guesses and some of them are veeeeery closer! *giggles*

So as a reminder, here’s how today and tomorrow will go.  Today is the last day for hinting.  If you’ve had a guess at the first two hints, make sure you have one more guess over at Sandie’s hint for a chance to qualify in the digital release of stamp that we are hinting at!  Then TOMORROW is RELEASE DAY and we’ll be kicking it off with PDD Playgroup’s FIRST BLOG HOP!  Yay!

The blog hop will start RIGHT HERE and I’ll direct you to the next hop and off you’ll go!  You’ll be able to see the actual stamp in full and see all the different creations we’ve made!  You’ll be ending at Marti’s blog and she’ll give you all the lowdown on her wonderful first release and will give you MORE information on the NEXT release!  You don’t want to miss it!

See you all back here tomorrow!



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