Yep, I'm ready for snow! I do have to run out and get some milk, I guess, to be totally prepared. I'm looking forward to having a good excuse to stay in the house!
I had a great time with our community service project yesterday. Of course, when I reminded Mike & the boys that I was doing community service and wouldn't be home, the boys asked, "Geez, Mom, what'd you do?" Ok – what kinds of miscreants are they hanging out with???
But, back to the project – we helped about 370 families have a nicer Christmas! Families were given food, a turkey, and gifts and Christmas stockings for their children. It was so rewarding to be able to help – and very humbling to see how the community opened their hearts and gave to others, even in these hard economic times. In addition, while full time employees of the school get paid for community service days, the two part time employees who helped gave up their day's wages, which was truly a sacrifice. I know all the volunteers will be truly blessed for their efforts!
Here's a technique we learned at the Front Row Regional. Actually, Mom and I learned it; everyone else left before disc 2 started. It's a little hard to explain without pictures, and I can't take pics in my messy stamp room, but I think you'll be able to get the idea.
Take refills and color over the image. I used Old Olive for the stem and Orchid Opulence and Pretty in Pink for the flower. Then, lining up your stamp with the marks on the felt, ink the stamp and — voila'! A custom stamp pad. You can get about 10-12 stampings out of one "felt inking." Cool, huh? And I also found out that you can wash the ink out of the felt.
Here are the other supplies –
Stamp sets: Sincere Salutations, Kind & Caring Thoughts
Ink: Orchid Opulence, Pretty in Pink classic; refills: Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Orchid Opulence; Jet Black StazOn
Paper: Orchid Opulence, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink card stock; Shades of Spring DSP
Accessories: Stampin' Sponges. 1/8" handheld circle punch, mat pack, paper piercing tool, Pretty in Pink epoxy brads, silver brads
Off to get milk! Snow reports are already coming in…