Have The Torrences Gone Crazy?!?!?

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Sep 2, 2007 in Our Goldendoodle Puppies

Kind of a rhetorical question, I guess – I KNOW we’re crazy!

Why this time, you ask?  Because we’re thinking of getting another goldendoodle puppy, that’s why!  Let me explain…

We’ve been puppy-sitting Andrew’s other dog, Bella, all week while her family is on vacation.  Bella is also a goldendoodle just a few months younger than Daisy.

They are SO cute playing together!  They’re like their own little pack – they eat together, sleep together, go outside together – and there’s nothing like two furry creatures climbing into bed with you in the morning, either (and I don’t mean my children).

I took a few photos of the two dogs together…

Bella and Daisy - good

Daisy and Bella-2


Bella and Daisy sleeping

So anyway…Mike and I started talking about how we might like to get another puppy…and before I knew it, he was on the Internet and put a deposit down on another little doodle!  This one’s a boy and is about 4 months old – we found him at the same kennel where we bought Daisy. 

And as of right now, we’re scheduled to pick him up on Labor Day…

So are we crazy or what?


Some Cards and Scrapbook Pages

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Sep 2, 2007 in Cards, Crafts, Scrapbooks

I made a few cards for my workshop last night – thought I’d share them really quick.  Most are based on projects from the Stampin’ Up! demo website – altered slightly to accommodate my supplies and tastes. :)

Thank You card

This card uses the stamp set In the Spotlight and uses So Saffon, Purely Pomegranate, Old Olive and Bashful Blue.

Snail card

This card uses the stamp set Garden Whimsy and Soft Sky, Groovy Guava and Blue Bayou.

Tiny card

This card uses Double Line Doodles is watercolored and is 3″ X 3″.

I think I actually used all of the new In Colors in these three samples.

I also put together a few scrapbook pages, playing around with the new hostess Simply Scrappin’ Kit and a few other supplies.

Andrew and Daisy scrapbook page

I LOVE those photos of Andrew and Daisy!

Family scrapbook page

For this page, I was playing around with stamping on acetate as a photo overlay.  I used the Priceless stamp set, Groovy Guava, Soft Sky and River Rock.  It didn’t come out quite as I planned it, but it’s an okay page.

Now go create something of your own…


Some Back-to-School Crafts

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Sep 2, 2007 in Crafts

Between running after two dogs, camping, attending various meetings, hosting a workshop, trying to keep up with my laundry, holding a crafty yard sale and trying to keep my kids entertained during the summer months, I had a few minutes to work on a few crafts.

Here are some cute back-to-school items…

This is a little french fry box (use a pattern or trace a clean box) that I embellished – it would be cute to hold a little box of crayons or other school supplies.

Crayon Fry Box 

I also made a little pencil case from some Old Olive cardstock…

Pencil case

And here’s a cute bookmark made from one of those giant paperclips you can find at office supply stores…

Paperclip bookmark

Another cute idea is to take large laminate chips (countertop samples you can find free at home improvement stores) and turn them into little mini-clipboards.

Laminate clipboard

Cover the back of the chip with paper (Stampin’ Up! Outlaw, in this sample) and trim it to size.  Then add a little binder clip at the top, tie on some ribbon and a tag and you have a sweet little gift, perfect for a party favor, to hold a favorite photo, receipts, sticky notes, business cards…whatever you’d like.

As a side note, I also use the smaller laminate chips as gift tags – here’s one on a Christmas box…

Christmas box with tag

I have some more little projects to share…I’ll put them in another post…


Recovering From My Yard Sale

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Sep 2, 2007 in Crafts, Our Goldendoodle Puppies, Yardsale Finds

My ‘crafty’ yard sale was great – I made over $900!  Surprisingly, the biggest sellers (quantity-wise, not price-wise) were my card samples.  I started with 6 plastic boxes of cards – probably about 500 cards in all – and sold every single one of them!  Between the cards, retired stamp sets and the other items I sold, I finally have a little more space in my craft room again. 

But the yard sale was a TON of work and both days were EXTREMELY hot and VERY humid.  It took me a whole day just to recover from near heat exhaustion from hauling things out to the yard and back and sitting out in the sun all day.

Next I have to get ready for a workshop scheduled for this Wednesday.  And it’s sure going to be an interesting week with TWO goldendoodle puppies running around.  We’re watching Bella while Andrew is at the shore with his dad and step-mom.  And so far, the dogs are running around like crazy, playing with each other like two bulls in a china shop.  It’s so cute to watch, though – and I’m sure as the week goes on, they’ll get used to each other and calm down – at least a little bit, anyway.

Oh – and I found out this week that I’m going to be a make-and-take helper at the Stampin’ Up! Regional Seminar in Philadelphia in September!  I’m excited about that – you know how I love to be involved in things (being a control-freak and all).

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