As soon as I saw the new Summer Mini catalog and saw this set, I was like "yes, there's my next Learning how to Watercolor Class". I have been doing one a quarter I guess now, this one will be the third class, each time the class is a different stamp set, but the techniques are the same. Learning how to watercolor with the ink pads/refills, the watercolor pencils and the watercolor wonder crayons.
As a Demonstrator I am able to order from the mini catalogs a month in advance to be able to play with stuff so I can teach how to use it when it is current for my customers. If you are interested in becoming a Demonstrator, ask me how you can pick a free stamp set at any price for joining my team before April 25. This is an incentive from me only and not Stampin' Up!
My set came the other day, and even before it did I knew I wanted to use this set in my 10/10/20 Birthday class, and what I love about the SU! catalog is that the stamps are shown in actual size, so I was able to design the card before the set came cause I knew the sizes of the paper. Cool eh?
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz, Not Quite Navy, Watercolor paper, Springtime Vintage DSP
Ink: Jetblack Stazon, Pear Pizzazz, Not Quite Navy, Sahara Sand, So Saffron
Misc: Vintage trinkets, Baja Breeze Seam binding, Petal Cone Die (to get fish tail banner), Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, scallop border punch
If you are interested in coming to classes in my studio make sure to sign up for my newsletters (its off to the left hand side of my blog). If you don't live in Arizona, I do have a 7 page PDF on learning how to watercolor using the ink refills.
Ok, look away if you have not watched American Idol cause here I go….
So my BFF Tracy who sees the show 3 hours before me texts me and she tells me to make sure I am wearing my Poise pad for the show, later I would be wishing I wore a barf bag instead, but lets not rush ahead and spoil things shall we?
Russel Brand (who ironically yesterday I said I wanted to see Arthur and he is the star of the new movie). He was on it and giving the Idols tips on being sexy and performing and stuff, he was hilarious. When he was talking to James it was funny, and my gosh he makes Paul look fat, but I love that accent and his overall innocent like goofiness.
You will remember that I guessed Pia, Stefano and Haley would be the bottom three last night.
So first up:
Lauren, Casey & Stefano. I loved the chatter about Kelly Clarkson twittering Casey and he was not saying what he would twitter her back, it was cute. Lauren looked beautiful tonight, she seems to be growing up before our eyes. Randy looks like he is wearing a pair of 3-D glasses you get at the theater, but there I have strayed from Stefano…no matter, he was bottom 3.
Then Constantine Marshmallow or something like that from a few seasons ago sang, and I might not have recognized him, his hair is quite a bit longer, and he does look older. Must be all that touring. I didn't care for the song choice, I guess I was hoping for something more rock-ish.
Then it was the next three:
Paul, Scotty & Pia:
Now Jeff and his friend from work had a Bic Mac lunch bet going and Lee said Stefano would go and Jeff said that Paul would go, so when Stefano got bottom three the first round, Lee texted Jeff and said Big Mac combo or something like that, and Jeff laughed. So this was Jeff's chance of at least getting a free lunch. I said "its' gonna be Pia" and he was like "no way" So of course Scotty was safe first, then drum roll please. Paul was safe too. Pia sat down with Stefano, and the audience was like hmmm??? even the judges were making faces.
Then we had Haley, Jacob & James:
My James was safe..well duh of course he is…So if Haley was bottom three I would have guessed them all right. But surprise, Jacob was bottom three, again the audience was like what??? Again the judges faces fell. Jeff said "well look at his sweater".
Then we had to be entertained again. Ryan had said Iggy Pop and really I was like maybe I had heard of him but would not know what he looked like at all. Then this old tanned leather skinned, droopy boobs man came on stage, how did I know he had droopy man boobies? Did he have like a vest on and one fell out, or like a fish net shirt? NO!!!! He had no danged shirt on at all. This is where I really wish I had of maybe wrapped the poise pad around my mouth instead of where it is intended. I think this guy needs to change his name. Prince did it. Hasn't P. Diddy, been like 5 names now? I say his new name is (here he bows in front of me and I take the sword and tap on each shoulder) "I hereby name you Icky Grandpop, now go put on a shirt".
Is this the only rock legend that they could find to perform on the show? Half way through his running around, and some weird old dancing (now I see where Paul gets his moves), he sat at the side of the stage and I thought he might be having a stroke but then his "medicine" (I think he has glacoma) kicked in and off he was again skipping and singing all over the stage. The song he sang, I think was "I'm a Wild One", I say think because he only said those lyrics 100 TIMES!!, how about I'm an Old One.
I need to Youtube and see what he was like in his earlier years, but maybe they didn't have videos then. I say to the American Idol people that find the entertainment maybe listen to these people before you have them on, and at least make sure they wear a danged shirt or at least a bra already.
Then there was a commercial maybe, by this time I was blind a little bit and had to get a drink of water and be hydrated.
Then we knew who was going home, and it had to happen sooner or later. It was Pia. So long, beautiful. And the audience booed and the judges jawed hung to the floor, and I am like well gee isn't it three strikes your out in baseball? How many dang times did she have to be told to take over the stage, move around and not just sing? And every week, she would say next week I'll do it, and again this week she said next week, well sorry next week aint gonna happen.
Now don't get all mad at me Pia lovers, cause I have never said she could not sing, she has a beautiful voice, and is gorgeous, but she was not an entertainer or a performer and you need to be. I am sure someone will snatch her up and she will make an album, I also see her as the next Cover Girl or Maybeline, or whatever make up girl, cause man if using a certain kind of make up makes you look like her, I'd buy it.
So there you have it, all wrapped up with a pretty little Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon on top!
Have an awesome Friday and thanks for stopping in!
Love your card as usual! :^)
But I was LOL about your comments tonight–especially about Iggy Pop. He is a year older than Steven (and my Gary) and he looked ANCIENT! I agree, btw, that he should have had a shirt on. I think the only reason he performed tonight is that the other "talent" bowed out. HAHAHAHAHA–the joke's on us!
And I am also glad that Pia is gone. I am tired of watching a Stepford wife. I think she would make a great back-up singer–her voice is beautiful–and that way she wouldn't have to worry about moving around on stage!
I will once again say you need to be a writer of something other than just your blog….i was laughing so much i needed the poise! And for some stupid reason, now I can't wipe this silly grin off my face….
Patty Chenail says
You are an amazing writer! I couldn't have summed up your American Idol chatter any better! It was time for Pia to go and I personally am hoping that jacob is next! Randy, Jo Lo and Steven have gotta stop catching flies! Close your mouth guys… we need someone who isn't boring! WE are tired of Mariah, Celine, and the other dozers.
I personally LOVE James, Lauren, and Scotty. If you ask me, the most faithful music fans are country music fans. With this in mind, I think the final show will come down to Lauren and Scotty!
Your bitty button girl ~ Patty
Patricia Gessner says
This is really pretty Diana.
Jacqui Lines says
Dana Wilkerson says
OMG! I laughed out loud at least 5X when I read your post! Di…you need to take this show on the road! YOU my friend are hysterical! Thanks for the chuckle this morning : )
I so agree about why Pia was booted! I have seen over the years that when the kids don't listen to what they are told that America doesn't like it! And they end up getting the big ol Boot! I am not sure who I like the best this year, there are so many good ones. I do hope Stefano goes next though!
Diana, I simply love your watercoloring and this card really exemplifies that!
I was not home last night due to my stamp camp, so I did not get to see Idol. Thanks for giving us the 411 on the show. I was not surprised at all that it was Pia.
I missed Greys also. Did you watch it?
Have a wonderful weekend!
Sandi MacIver says
awesome card Di, love your coloring, you are definitely the Watercolor Queen
Sandy Scott says
I got hooked on your blog for your stamping talent, but I am a bigger fan during Idol!! I always look forward to your reviews and pretty much agree with you all the way. During the show I am wondering what Diana thought of that! I so agree about the horrible entertainment last night. I thought the old man boob guy was like a pants on the ground or you are my brother kind of spoof thing. Gag me. I wonder how some of those people get famous and think they would'nt even make it on Idol. Sheesh. Jacob and Stefano and Haley have all got to go next. Then Paul and Scotty. Scotty will get a recording contract and do better than a lot of previous Idol winners have but he sounds so much like a lot of current artists and sounds so the same all the time. I do appreciate that he is so mature and polished and doesn't try to be someone he is not. Jacob has a beautiful voice but…. Keep the reviews coming!!
BAhahahahaha, well I hope you're happy with yourself…does it make you feel good to know that I laughed out loud and dribbled coffee all down the front of my shirt? Huh, does it??!! LOL – Icky Grandpop! I was wondering too why he took a break and sat on the stage like he did, I thought for sure something else would happen there.
I love your Idol commentaries, and I'm right there with you cheering for James, he's very entertaining. I also enjoy Casey and Lauren. I wish she would kick it up a notch, I know she can do it. This has to be one of the most intense seasons ever, I am glued to the edge of my seat every week!
Oh one more thing before I go change my shirt, the card is a keeper, very nice! : )
That Icky gave me the creeps – had to turn away! I was hoping that Steven T would come up on stage – now that would be entertaining! I'm sad to see Pia go – she has such a beautiful voice – but ya can't just stand there. And I'm always amazed at how shocked the judges always look – don't they know somebodies gotta go home?
Julie Leblanc says
I'll bring my laptop to convention and I'll teach you how to do "kewl" stuff with MDS (get your questions ready, I know you'll be busy signing autographs and all, lol)and you show me how to colour :-)Deal! At least think about it!!! mwah!
OMGoodness – I am still ROFLMAO after reading this! You are so darn funny and so spot on with your take on the show. Thank you for giving me a big laugh. Its no wonder I come to your blog first every day!
Dee in N.H. says
Gorgeous card Di!! And I LOL'ed at your review of the show! Last night I was saying Icky Pop!
And See Ya Pia! Too bad she didn't listen….
Susan Carlson says
Love the card! You make watercoloring look so easy.
I've given you the Stylish Blogger award. Congratulations!
Tandra Boyer says
FYI–Man boobs = MOOBS!!!!!! bwah-hahahaha
Dats what dey calls 'em! hee hee
I need the poise pads whenever I read your blog about A Idol!!!
Thanks for all the laughs!
I guess Icky Grandpop USED TO BE pretty cool in the rock world. He always grossed me out, and MORE so on Idol. I DO NOT understand what the producers are thinking…*rolls eyes*
Cheryl Chavez says
OMG Diana, you are so funny…I look forward to your daily reviews and of course, your creations….Blessings….C
Marilyn (mlj-mlj) says
Fabulous card! You're watercoloring is beyond compare.
Sue Sansoucy says
Di, I am such an admirer of your cards. And today you don't disappoint. Your watercoloring is just lovely and your sense of humor brightens my day! Thanks so much.
Shelly Whelen says
I agree with your AI comments! LOL I felt a little sorry for Stefano… I doubt the judges would have reacted so dramatically if he'd been the one to go home either the Casey week or last night. About Jacob's sweater! HAHAHAHAHA… Chris (my husband) was saying that he was in the bottoe three because of the sweater…. my comment was that I HAVE that same sweater. The judges are going to all be shocked for the next 7 weeks, because all of the top contestants are really very talented. It's going to be a personality/entertainment contest now, I think.
I LOVE the card, too! Happy Weekend and thanks for sharing.
Patsy Behrendt says
I read your comments for American Idol and while I don't always agree with you, I still like your cards!! I kept telling my hubs that Pia was going soon and he would argue Oh no! She is so talented! She reminds me of Katherine McPhee! I thought Katherine was a much better singer than the grey haired guy that won but he built a fan base by connecting with the audience! She held herself back like she was very standoffish and cold. This AI is as much a personality contest as it is a singing competition! I love Lauren and Scotty. He is just a cutie and she is a hoot! The only 2 I really want to see gone are Casey (he grosses me out), Haley (she should try singing and not being a sex kitten!) oh, and Stefano (ok, that is three!) One reason I want to see Stefano leave is to see J Lo break down!!! Bet they wished they hadn't used that "get out of jail" card so soon!
Oh, James is really growing on me after this week!!
Jo Eades says
OK, I now realise that I cannot read your AI commentary whilst I am at work. It is too hard to answer the phone whilst trying not to laugh out loud.
I don't watch American Idol (insert GASP here)but I just have to tell you that your Iggy Pop story was so dang funny that I had tears on my cheeks and was laughing so hard my husband came to see what was so funny! Thanks for the giggles!