UPS Caves In

UPS has agreed to Governor Jon Corzine's request and will grant health benefits to NJ Civil Union same-sex couples. UPS stated that after receiving clear guidance from NJ, which recognizes same-sex couples joined in Civil Union equal to married couples, it will offer health care benefits to all its employees. Back on July 20th, Governor Corzine sent a letter to UPS requesting it grant all same-sex Civil Union couples this benefit, but UPS held it was contractual agreement with the Teamsters Union that prevented health benefits from anyone other than "married" couples.

This is still just the beginning of the same-sex marriage issue in NJ. Most couples joined in Civil Union are still not receiving the same benefits as married couples, per the NJ Supreme Court's wishes.

"Tote"ally Awesome Sis!!!!!!!

Ok so my secret sister on SCS is Vickie Y and she's so toadally awesome man!!!! (best impression of the little turtle in Finding Nemo!). I just got my reveal gift this morning and just HAD to share the awesome things she sent me.

I was just looking at that MM takmaker on a website the other day thinking "This is an awesome tool, I'll have to try it out" and she SENDS me one!!! She must be a mind reader or something. Also I got a silent setter, some stickles, an wonderful pink tote - it has SO many pockets you can't believe how much stuff you can stuff in there!!! - some ribbon, some hardware, a mini notebook, a lovely lovely Notebook with a pen attached to it, some velum envelopes, a shopping list with a magnet to put on your fridge, a Keepsakers scissor with a charm to put on identifying it as yours, Heidi swapp chipboard letters AND some silk flowers.

So I'm going to go enjoy my new goodies and try the tagmaker.

Have a happy happy weekend.

ONLINE, Brad Paisley

Give it a song by Brad Paisley (bear with the commercial)

Some projects I've been working on

We had our club meeting 2 weeks ago and I just got my goodies from my demo last night. I played around with some of the paper I got and made this card. I also mounted my Oh So Lovely set and OH is it lovely!!! I really really like the Purely Pomegranite and it's very close to Rose Red - the PP is a bit more red but overall the colors could work well interchanged. I also used some of my mini primas and dyed them with some of the reinker. They have different shades - purposely - as I used my aquapainter to spread the ink. I love how they turned out. I used a antique brad for the centres and then just added stickles ontop for some bling. The ribbon I used was from an order of organdy I got off ebay a couple of weeks ago.

I've also been playing around with a pattern I have for an album and made a mini album useing some patterned paper and some chipboard. Here's what it looks like. I think I'm going to be doing a tut on the site, but I'll have to get set up first so look out for that in a couple of weeks. It has some blank 3x3 sized pages on the inside that hasn't been decorated yet. I can't decide whether I want to make a mini scrapbook or just a mini book with some stamped images and phrases.

My next project is a little gum holder. My secret sis sent this to me at the beginning of the round and I've cased it several times now. It's such a sweet litte creation and fun and easy to make. Here's how it turned out.

Wahooo I'm a RAKKER!!

I'm so super excited because just last night I got my acceptance into the RAK group on SCS. I've been going through all the forums there and it looks like and awesome place. I can't wait to start sending out RAKS. I'm forever doing swaps and keep most of the cards in a binder but hey I make more all the time and so I need people to send it to!!! Enter the RAK group. There are 2480 members in it!! WOW what a number eh? I think a huge thanks has to go out to all the ladies who keep up that forum and all the hours they put in to keep up with it. So THANKS to the RAK group moderators and volunteers.

Well I'll be posting something else today. Thinking of a project I'm still working on so hopefully I'll have something.

Well you all have a great stamping day and lots of HugS

TIC #6

I love going over to Stampin Inspirations by Maria. She normally has some Inspirational challenges and this is the first one I'd like to ender. I'm a hoarder and I LOVE ribbon so I guess it's about time to start using all those pretties. When I saw Maria's challenge today I just knew I had to go through all my goodies and find something to make. So this is what I made.

I used Pretty in Pink cardstock by SU. Stamped the Swirls BG on it and colored the hearts with the Pretty in Pink marker. I used my glue pen to trace all the lines of the BG and used glitter to pour it on. My focus image was stamped in Passion Pink with basic black stamped over it using the stamp from Lexicon of Love. The white background was stamped in pretty in pink using Bloomin' happiness just on the edges - I used the bottom part of the little dress to do this. The Gable green cardstock was stamped with Gable Green ink with the linen BG. I used the corner rounder for the scallops and paper pierced inbetween the curves. The ribbons were tied and then layered on the green with the knots in the same spots.

So there you have it. I hope you can see some of the bling on there as it's SO pretty IRL.

Thanks for visiting.

First ever Bella

Ok so here's the scoop. I got some super Bella images from mav1126 SCS (Vickie) and though I've never played with them before I thought I'd give it a whirl. So I took out my watercolor wonder crayons and colored her with an aqua painter. I put some blue shadow on her eyes but didn't think to put lipstick on as I wasn't sure. Anyhoo I dressed her up with some primas and some glitter pens and layered her on some ovals. I stamped the BG with my Dots and Daisies BG by Su and dotted the inside of the flowers with a white Sakure gel pen. Oh and the tiny primas in the centres are a bottle of minis I just ordered off of Check it out they have some GREAT prices on there. Today's discount is 48%. And it changes everyday but so far that's been the highest discount I've seen.

I hope you like her.

Jose Kicked My Ass

That's right: Jose kicked my ass! Jose Cuervo, that is! Went to my friend, Pax's last night to celebrate his birtday, and I had to resort back to my sophmoric college days!! (The reality is I never even did this in college). After having a couple glasses of wine, somewhere inbetween that and a beer, I ended up doing four shots of Jose Cuervo! Needless to say, I was feeling pretty good. My friend, who went with me to the party, and I left Pax's, and I must say my driving was excellent; slowed down appropriately when a policeman ended up behind us, and I did not even suddenly make a U-turn in the middle of the road when I missed a right hand turn I was supposed to take. On the ride home, my friend stated that he stays away from tequila because it gives him a killer headache. "That's because you're not a real man, and I am," I replied.

Well, this morning I realized what my friend was talking about. (I occasionally drink tequila in a cocktail or on the rocks, but, as I stated before about not doing something in college, I have never just drank shots of tequila). I woke up around 7:30AM this morning with a so-so headache. I stood up to make my way to the bathroom and I was leaning to the right as I walked! As I stood in the bathroom, my stomach started doing the "heave-hoe" dance. I waiting, expecting to loose all that was still therein, but didn't, so I made it back to bed and slept a couple more hours. Then I woke again, yearning a cup of coffee and something to eat, thinking I was probably hungry and eating would help. I walked to the kitchen, head pounding, and leaning to the left this time. I made 2 pieces of toast with a little jam and a cup of java. I ate about 2 bites of the toast before the "heave-hoe" dance started again. I tried to eat as much of the toast as I could, finishing about half a piece and downing about half the cup of coffee. I also managed to take 2 motrin, and back to bed I went. I woke again around 11:30AM. And this time, all was well! I ate a small bowl of cereal and went about my day!

Never again! Until the next time that is!!!! I remember those days on occasional when I was younger. The feeling of the room spinning and the stomach upping everything it could, then even what felt like the stomach lining! Gotta be the worst feeling in the world!

But thanks, Pax! I had a great time despite this morning. There were alot of laughs and joking going on amongst friends. It truly was what a birthday celebration is all about!

Flip Album

OK so I've been gawking at the awesome flip books that you talented ladies have been uploading to SCS. I just knew I wanted to make one too and finally sat down and worked on it for the last 2 days *that's why you didn't see me around much*. Anyhow so I've worked on it for 2 days and man it takes a lot of card stock but oh boy the end product is awesome!!!

So without further ado here are the pics of my labour.

Cover or flipbook.

First two pages.

Flip open right side.

Flip open middle section to right.

Middle page opened to left.

Both flaps open and middle flaps opened as well.

First time at a club!!

Oh boy did I ever have a fun night last night!! I went to my very first club meeting. This is the first club meeting my SU demo is holding and it runs for 6 months. So once a month I get to go play with some new goodies and bring home TRHEE projects and just have fun stamping with some friends!!!

We started the evening with the hardest project, but I got to play with the crop-a-dile. It's sure nice for punching, but I'm not so sure I'm sold on the way it crimps the eyelets. So I guess I'm going to be sticking with my little craft hammer and punches and eylet setter. I also got to play with some of the new in colors and I'm getting some Purely Pomegratenate on my order. I just love that color. Hoping I can order up enough paper before Jan so I don't run out!!! LOL.

We made a mini clipboard from a coaster and covered both the back and front with the new double sided desinger paper. Good stuff!!! I think the patterns on the new DP is so pretty.

The last project was useing the jumbo petals set. We rocked and roll the colors in Elegant Eggplant and Soft Sky. Those two work really well together. The brad in the centre is from the new rhinestones.

In Full Bloom

So I've been a bit busy doing NON stamping stuff this weekend and didn't get to post anything. Also I had an aweful day yesterday, starting with a huge headache and somewhere in the middle locking my car keys in the trunk - which cost me like $50 to get a locksmith out there to open it in like FIVE!!!!! seconds. So it wasn't one of my best. Figured I'd better stay away from sharp objects as I'm liable to cut something.

Well I did stamp a card on Saturday and love how it turned out. It's not very clear on the picture but I used some watered down lumiere and pounced it on the background of my focal image with some scrunched up plastic wrap. The bottom part of the background was done with two diamond shaped leftover rubber pieces from putting together stamps and made into the print pattern BG. I used some pearlex on it.

I am also so in love with my square steps punch and love useing this.
This is a total CASE of Diane Pappas' card on SCS. I can't find the exact card as I didn't save it but all cudos to Diane.
Well I hope you have a wonderful Monday and STAMP STAMP STAMP!!!!!

A Victory Over Local Discrimination

It was reported today by The Press of Atlantic City that Millville Police Chief Ron Harvey announced his retirement on Thursday. The 55 year old chief was among three Millville Police officers, Sgt. Michael Harvey, Chief Harvey's son, and lieutenants Edward Zadroga and Thomas Rominishin, currently under investigation for alleged discrimination against fellow officer Robert Colle, who is gay. Although the specific allegations have not yet been made public, Colle believes he has been mistreated simply for being gay. In June, the officers named in the discrimination allegations filed a petition in court to not be subject to disciplinary action because of the mistreatment of Colle. This hearing goes to court in the fall. Chief Harvey has been on medical leave and was scheduled to return to work July 30th. He has now said, in the midst of the discrimination investigation, that he will not be returning to the force.

Although I do not know Colle very well, I have had the opportunity to meet him. I want to applaud Bob for not allowing the Millville Police Department to treat him or any other gay individual, in a disrespectful manner. Millville is a small town that still has alot to learn about treating people fairly.


Well I'm SO excited because I'm hosting a swap on SCS called Natural Beauty or Terrific Tulips. If you're interested go have a look here. I just got the Natural Beauty set from my demo at her open house. I've always liked it but it was kinda low on my list of MUSTHAVES. Well now I'm SUPER glad I picked it up.

I also just got my new Perfect layers tool and can't wait to go try it out. I'll post a project a bit later in the day.

So now I gotta go stamp. Hehehe.

See ya's all later!!!

Ok so I promised to show you how the perfect layers tool works. It's GR8. I really love how easy it makes it for you to perfectly mount your focal points. So here's the card I made.

I used a Bravo Burgundy cardbase *again* and Going Grey. I used my linen BG on the going grey layer and punched a hole with my new word window punch (more fun with this punch in a later entry). The focal point was stamped in black stazon and colored with watercolor wonder crayons by SU. I cut it to size and layered on bravo burgundy, matted at 1/16" and matted that at 1/2". So if you don't have this nice little tool it's about time you put it in your next order!!

Happy stamping.

Case of the Catty CASE

Ok so I was paging through my brand spanking new catty last night and saw this cutey card on pg 146. I don't have that set - yet :-D - but made do with what I had. So here it is. I used Bravo Burgundy for the card base, Kraft, Going Gray, Whisper White and a non stampin up green that looks alot like Always Artichoke. It's a pretty simple design, nothing fancy and quick to boot. I used my brand new linen BG (yeah yeah I know, it's been out for a YEAR and I only get it now) on the Bravo Burgundy and it turned out great. So what do YOU think.

Scatter sunshine

Well I finally sat down to do some stamping and this was a quicky project.
I saw this really neat card on SCS and of course had to CASE it. I changed the colors and the sentiments and this is what I came up with.
I used the Scatter Sunshine Jumbo wheel from SU with classic black ink (also SU). Colored all the flowers with Pumkin Pie and then added some stickles to the centres. The ribbon is Ofray organza and the papers are non SU. Then sentiments are all from the set "Warmest Regards" and I used them all apart from the Happy Holidays one.

Here's all the cards I made with the wheeled pieces.

I like how they turned out and will definetly try some more wheeling!!

Hope you enjoyed this post.
Good morning everyone. I didn't stamp anything yesterday and I'm just DYING to get in my stamp room and lay some rubba, but hubby is sleeping down there as he works midnights and I can't get my grubby little hands on my stuff , waaaaah. Well anyhow I've been browsing SCS and love some of the new cards that all the wonderful stampers have come up with. My favorite these days are DP coupled with stamps and I'm definitely going to be using my DP a lot more now.

Well hopefully I'll be able to post some creations on here later today. Look back and find some goodies.


First time post on blog

Well I've been admiring all the wonderful blogs out there and decided I had to start one too. I'm hoping to post at least once a day but who know. Life might get in the way sometimes.

I'm mostly a Stampin Up fan, but have some stamps from other companies too. My latest aquisition is a Rhonna Farrer Swirls stampset that I got at Wal-Mart. I just LOVE the swirls and would love to get her Flourishes as well.

Here's a card I made this weekend with her stampset and some SU supplies. The background Paper is Magnolia by MME. I love that paper, so much color and all of them coordinate. The swirls are stamped on a window sheet with Black stazon and colored with Pearl Ex and Future floor wax. I stamped some flowers from the set Delight in Life *SU* on DP and cut it out. Then I used my stulus on the back and dry embossed them to make them pop. I finished off the card with some eyelets by MM.
So I hope you will enjoy my post and more to come.

Do Your Part

Did you answer the call? I am talking about the call from Live Earth to make your pledge to answer the SOS to help save our earth. I watched much of the entertainment and info yesterday. It was on 3 channels for awhile, and I was switching between them to watch what I liked. The rap crap as I call it, had to go. And when 2 of the channels had Kelly Clarkson and Madonna on at the same time, I had to tip my hat to Diva, Madonna. Sorry Kelly, I like you, but Madonna is still just a bit better in my humble opinion.

In addition to suggestions given during yesterday's broadcast, I have come up with some idea of my own to save our planet:

1. Instead of just waiting until I have a full load of clothes to wash, I will do one better and not
wash my clothes until after I have worn them 3 times or more; my bedsheets will not be
washed for at least 1 month;
2. I will reuse all my toilet paper;
3. I will take my used napkins and lie them out to dry, then reuse them a 2nd, maybe even a
3rd time;
4. I will only get the newspaper every other day because the news isn't worth reading anyway;
5. I will wait until my trash can is about to overflow before compacting it and taking it to the

Honestly, I have made my pledge to do my part. I have changed some lightbulbs already with the more energy efficient ones. I vow to change more. I will honestly do only full loads of wash, and use only papertowels that are recylced. I will try to eat less meat, saving grain used to feed the animals we eat. (Sorry, I cannot go vegetarian as I like my meat too much). And when I get ready to purchase my new car in 6 months to a year, I will seriously look at the Toyota Prius. In addition, I will try to use less heat/ac.

Will you do your part as well?

No Blood Donation

Today at work, someone walked by a group of three or four of us and said the blood donation mobile was out in the parking lot if anyone wanted to give blood. I commented that I cannot give blood. One of my coworkers said, "Get out," another said, "You'll pass out," and another said, "You're just scared." I further stated, "No, I'm serious. I cannot give blood." Now my lifestyle is no secret at work; most, if not all of my collegues, know I'm gay. Finally one woman asked me, "Why can't you give blood?" I said, "because I'm gay and they won't take a gay person's blood." Her response was, "You gotta be kidding me! In this day and age?!"

Yes, it's true! The American Red Cross will not allow a gay person, well actually, "if you are a man and have had sex with another man, even once." to donate blood. Even in the year 2007, gay men are excluded from donating blood. The Red Cross checks blood after it's been collected, and if not able to be used due to infection, discards that blood. Even so, a gay man cannot donate. Even during a catostrophic incident, such as Katrina, when blood is desperately needed, the Red Cross will not take the blood of a gay man.

Discrimination? Perhaps. Can't a woman be HIV+? How many men lie about not having any sexual encounter with another man? Maybe it's time the Red Cross move into the 21st century and change its policy.

Proud To Be An American? YES, But......

Yesterday I saw a bumper sticker on the back of a pickup truck that read, "IF YOU CAN READ THIS, THANK A TEACHER; IF YOU CAN READ THIS IN ENGLISH, THANK A VETERAN." My first thought was what would be so bad if I was reading that in another language besides English? And wasn't' it some European who developed English, not the Americans? So what does me being able to read the bumper sticker in English have anything whatsoever to do with anything. Was the bumper sticker insinuating that I have all the liberties afforded Americans, one of which is to read English, because of the sacrifice of a Vet? Or did it mean a US Vet brought English over to America sometime ago? But it couldn't be that because the British I believe, brought over English. And it certainly were Vets that fought the British to gain our Independence, but the British still speak English today, so what's that got to do with America? Or, could it just be the arrogance that Americans have thinking we are the only worthwhile country in the world that speaks English? Ahhhhh............I think I have my answer.

This Fourth of July 2007, US Independence Day, I will state vehemently, "I AM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!" I love my country and the freedoms I have here. I can freely write what I write here without fear of being arrested. I can bash my president, the imbecile that he is, without fear of the gestapo rushing into my door. But there are many freedoms, which I have discussed in other texts, that I do not yet have. But as a proud American, I also realize that I am not better than anyone in any other nation! I am not so arrogant to believe my way of life is the best necessarily.

Americans are really fed a lot of good old fashioned HOGWASH! Instead of being taught as children that we are part of the world community, we are told time and time again that America is the only way of life, that Americans are somehow better than anyone else in the world, and that if you do not live as America says you should, you are somehow less a person. I often wonder if other children in other nations are taught to be so adamant about just how good they are. Well, I know the Soviet Russian kids were, and of course, the Nazi youth were! MMMMM.......are we as Americans no better than Soviet Russia or Nazi Germany? Why, yes, of course we are.....because we're Americans! That makes propaganda and brainwashing OK then.

PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN???? YES. But also proud to be part of this great big old world! Proud to admit that I am no better than anyone else, maybe just luckier because I happen by chance to have been born into a free society. So......should I thank a Vet, or should I just thank God, or Fate, or Karma, or whatever it was that put me here?