Whew! It’s been a day! I had a chiropractor appointment bright and early this morning. I am about at my whit’s end dealing with this back stuff so I am trying something different. He seemed like he knew what he was talking about. Meaning, he knew exactly what was wrong – found the source of my pain right away, and explained it in a way that made sense to me! So, we’ll see if this makes any headway. I am tired of being stuck during a cortisone shot fishing expedition! No fun.

I had a great time at the Gwen Stefani concert Saturday night (thanks Dad!). Matthew politely suffered through it with me, thanks hon! I didn’t care for the two opening acts that much, but Gwen puts on a fabulous show. The absolute best part – she announced her next album would be back with No Doubt! This makes me really happy! I can remember almost melting my Tragic Kingdom cd on a road trip with my friend Kaycee back in college. Ahh…..those were the days! Anyway, I like her period. But I love No Doubt! So that was really cool news, I’ll be stalking them to find out about a concert near here! Cause let’s face it….I am way too old to be sitting on the lawn!

And a few more questions answered from last month:

1. I know you are now on a design team, but am wondering if you have ever submitted to any magazines or publications?

Well, I had one of the very first cards I ever made published in Take Ten by Stampers Sampler. Then later, one of the cards I had sent in at the same time was used in Stampers Sampler. But that is the only time I have ever submitted anything for publication. Mainly, I just hate the idea of the item not being used. I would much much rather gift it to someone else, sell it to someone who will use it or whatever. Plus, I don’t feel like I am very original and I wouldn’t want anyone to think I stole their idea for publication!

2. I am curious about your favorite stamp company (other than SU!). Which would you choose, and why?

Gosh, that’s a hard one! I have a few, and it depends on what you are looking for!

Cute stamps with ‘pun’ny sayings: GinaK Designs

Fabulous sentiments in the best fonts: A Muse Artstamps

Birds, flourishes and lots of cool French sayings: Just Johanna

But I am also loving my new Fancy Pants stamps and my new PaperTreyInk sets as well!

so that wasn’t really one, was it?!!

3. Are you saving your pennies to go and visit Kimberly overseas when she is living there?

We shall see! I will miss her and the girls SO SO much! (I guess Keith too, lol!) But it would be terribly expensive for all 5 of us to go, and I don’t know about being able to get away from the boys to go alone. But I’ve never been out of North American before and it would be awesome to go to China as well as see them! We shall see!

4. I’d like to know how you come up with ideas for your cards. I usually see one that someone else did then put my own spin on it. I love making cards but have a really hard time coming up with my own designs.

Gosh, are any of my ideas my own?!?! Rarely! I use elements of someone else’s card or a challenge idea to get started and then I just go from there. Sometimes it is really easy and it just comes together. Others, I can agonize over the smallest details and it just doesn’t seem to ‘work’, kwim? I get started by just choosing one thing I want to try or a challenge or a set I want to work with and go from there!

5. How did you become CC hostess on SCS?

well, roughly two years ago, Kimberly decided to start this weekly challenge dealing with a color combo. A year later, she was burnt out and asked me if I wanted to take over. That’s it!

6. What is your favorite type of ink to use?

Stampin Up’s Classic inks. I use those nearly every time. Sometimes I’ll use the SU craft ink, but not often. I almost always use Stazon brown and black for the sentiments or images to be colored or whatever. I am anxiously awaiting my Versamagic Dew Drop inks, and I’ll be sure to share my thoughts on those!