Sunday, January 13, 2008

If You Give a Girl a Stamp...

Happy Sunday!!

The winning name for day 6 is: Linda Peterson (post #23)!!!!!

Send my your address and I will get the goodies out to you.

I have one more package of goodies left. I am giving a bit more time on this one since it is the last one. I will draw a name by 9pm Monday night (EST).
The last question is...What are you most looking forward to this year?
Me? Because we have moved recently, I feel like I am still adjusting to life. I am looking forward to new opportunities. New friends, new stamping adventures, new ??? yet to discovered.
Leave a comment to this post to be in the running for the blog candy.

Instead of a card, I am sharing something I wrote. It is inspired by the children's book, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Joffe Numeroff. Hope you enjoy!
If You Give a Girl a Stamp
By Tracy Harp

If you give a girl a stamp she‘ll want to make a card…she’ll need an ink pad to go with it. She will spend hours pouring over colors trying to decide just the right one to buy. In the end she’ll decide she just can’t choose so she’ll buy them all.
Then she’ll remember she’ll need card stock to match the ink so she’ll quickly add four packs of assorted paper to her list, oh and white, vanilla, black and kraft!
Thinking about certainly celery, purely pomegranate, pale plum and pumpkin pie will make her hungry so she’ll go to the kitchen for a snack. While munching on cookies she’ll realize she needs ideas of what to do with the stamp. She’ll go to her computer and google rubber stamping.
She’ll find a site called Splitcoaststampers. Wow!! So many techniques and ideas and a gallery that never ends. She’ll spend hours gazing at beautiful cards and projects. Her eyes will become dry from staring at the computer screen. She’ll go to the bathroom for some eye drops.
On the way, she’ll pass her family sitting at the kitchen table waiting for dinner. She’ll quickly heat up some leftovers and try to pretend she hadn’t forgotten. While talking about the days events, her son will bring out the school pictures he had gotten that day.
That will remind her she wanted a digital camera to take pictures of her cards so she can start her own SCS gallery. She’ll convince hubby of all the reasons the “family” needs a new camera. He will finally agree and she’ll head to the store to buy one.
On her way home she’ll pass by Joanns and remember she needs an Ott-Lite to go with the camera she just bought. While shopping for a light she’ll see aisles of paper, punches, embellishments and ribbon. She’ll pick out a cart full of items but realize they don’t carry THE punch she saw used on a card she saved to her favorites. She’ll return home and go back to Splitcoaststampers to find out where to get THE punch.
Her search will lead her to someone’s blog where she’ll see a Starbucks bottle made into a cute candy container. That will remind her she has some bottles in the recycling bin so she’ll go to the garage to rescue them from the trash.
While in the garage she’ll see her son’s bike which will remind her she needs to buy a new helmet for his birthday. Thinking about birthdays will remind her she wanted to bake some cupcakes for him to take to school.
As she walks to the kitchen she’ll pass by the table and see the stamp. The stamp will remind her that she wanted to make a card and she’ll probably want some…


56 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to my son graduating grade 8 and moving on to high school!
Kristine
coombdav@aol.com

Amy said...

That story (If You Give a Girl a Stamp) was awesome! I am an elementary teacher, so I truly appreciate it.

What am I most looking forward to this year? Well, my husband and I moved, and I will be finishing my first year in a new school discrict (the largest in our state) so I'm a little excited about that.

Thanks again for the chance!

Melissas said...

This year, I am looking forward to spending more time with friends and traveling a bit. Thanks!

Tejal said...

I really love the little story! It is so true, especially of me. I started stamping exactly in the same way. I brought my first stamp set, then needed ink, then needed ideas, and so on forth..thankfully punches are not available in India nor are aisles of paper..so I'm saved on that front..but I'm getting there.

This year, I'm looking forward to healing my soul and taking care of my body and loving myself.

Thanks for a chance..

Annelies said...

I'm looking forward to my vacations. I hope to discover some new places abroad. Next week I'm going to Prague, in summer I intend to go to Italy and in between I hope to do some little trips to Paris or the Netherlands.

Viv said...

I just started a different job where I work, and I'm looking forward to making it a great change!

Michelle said...

That was the cutest story. I love those books, you should send it in to SCS to see if they'll put it on the site for everyone to enjoy. I am most looking forward to a healthy, happy year. This last year my health hasn't been that great and I wasn't happy at my job. So I'm looking forward to a healthy, happy year doing wonderful things with my family...and stamping and scrapping of COURSE!!!
Michelle
www.stampncreate.blogspot.com

Linda said...

I love this story---it so describes how my life is.
Thanks so much for drawing my name. My granddaughters are coming over this afternoon while their parents go out to celebrate their wedding anniversary. We are going to make them an anniversary card as a surprise.
Linda Peterson

Jennifer Hodge said...

I am looking forward to getting my life getting back on track....I have have had a bumpy last 8 years!

Cathy M said...

Love your poem. You are just to creative. I plan on making cards cards cards and stamping anything that doesn't move. Thanks for such a fun giveaway.
cmeyers@hughes.net

Melissa said...

What a great story! My son had to do something similar in school with that book and it's so creative what you can come up with!

The thing I'm looking forward to, is my daughter's referral from China. Although unfortunately, it's looking like it might not happen this year either. :( First we thought last year was the year. . .then maybe this year. . .now it's looking like it could be another year or even two from now. Anyways, I still have faith!

Sunnymommie said...

I'm looking forward to find a nice land in INd , so we can build our house....

Angel Wilde said...

I don't know if I am looking forward to it or not, but we are going to be moving this year again as they are closing the unit my husband is in here in GA. I AM looking forward to finding out WHERE we are moving to. We've been waiting for orders for months now!

mnhyrkas said...

Love your story! I'm a fan of the book too. Mind if I put a link to your blog on a stamping message board that I frequent? (cococat's cardmaking)

tyrymom29 said...

Im looking forward to getting Pregnant again ....I just had a TR and we are trying to have a baby !!! We are really Hoping for a 2008 baby !!!

sheila said...

Cute story. I know I can relate. I'm looking forward the a new niece this year. As a matter of fact, within the next couple of weeks. Haley Marie. I look forward to spending as much time with her as possible.

Anonymous said...

I am looking forward to FINALLY organizing my craft room and now that I am "between jobs", I have some time to do it. It will be wonderful to have things where they belong and can be found easily when I am working on a project.
Your story is adorable. I love those books and have read them to my kids and grandkids. Thanks!!

buzzy said...

I am actually looking forward to turning 40 this year! I will have all 4 of my kids in school. My biggest goal is to organize my home so I can actually spend time making stuff instead of wasting all that time on looking for it!

Your story is precious...thanks for the smile today.

Happy Birthday!

Buzzy (SCS)

Kathy W said...

Like you, I just recently moved. I'm looking forward to being unpacked and having everything in its place, finding a new teaching position so I have my own classroom, and meeting some new stamping friends so I can make cards and scrapbook with somebody. Thanks for the chance to win.

mikesgal said...

I am looking forward to seeing where my children's lives will take them this year. What a blessing as they get older to see where God leads
them. Also to see what they have learned from my husband and my teaching them about life in general.
mmoor49@columbus.rr.com

cmustopa said...

I am looking forward to two big things this year. My son is finally getting his PhD (in math, of all things), and my oldest daughter is getting married. Both this May! Oh, how these next few months are gonna fly!

Anonymous said...

I look forward to growing more as a Christian. I have been saved and had Jesus in my heart for 33 yrs. I am a preacher's wife but everyone needs to grow more and more every day. Each year I try to find areas to improve on. None of us have arrived -- so we keep working at it!!!
Sandy D

Lorie said...

In addition to watching my kids grow and change I am looking forward to going to Israel for 2 weeks this fall. We'll be going with a group from our church and I'm very excited to walk where Jesus and the disciples walked! :o)

suzanneck96 said...

I'm looking forward to getting in shape for my wedding renewal next year and making cards for save the date and invitations!

Pat S. said...

Hi Tracy!
What a great story...as someone once said...I resemble that remark :)

What I am looking forward to this year is starting a new job. I am retired and just finished my bachelor's degree. Don't know exactly what I'm looking for, but I'll know it when I see it :)

Susan Liles susiestampalot said...

BWAHAHAHAAAAAA!!! tracy, this is so perfectly me!! my motto for my life has always been, "if you give a mouse a cookie", so this makes perfect sense!! i think i will print it out and frame it for my studio, is that ok? pls. let me know...

Susan Liles susiestampalot said...

oh, i got so excited about the story: what i am most looking forward to this year--is it being simply a better year than last!! 2007 was NOT a good year for us. LOTS of black clouds over our house and family! it could have been worse, i know, but it just HAS to get better!

pineconegirl said...

That story is so funny and great. I am glad you've moved here and Now that I've found your blog I feel like I know you better than just our conversations at Buffalo Stamps.

I am most looking forward to studying "Process" - my word of the year, and how it realtes to my everyday life.
Marty

scrappinpeg said...

I loved reading the story (If You Give a Girl a Stamp).... It was Awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing!

What I'm looking most forward to this year is a new grandson that will be born in this upcoming February. (Just around the corner too!) We are sooo thankful that we didn't retire and move away as we had planned to do. We opted in the end last year to stay and later we found out the good news that we would have a grandson born in 2008. Our son and family lives just 20 minutes from us so this will be such a wonderfu joy!

Your story really put a smile on my face today! Thanks for a chance to win! Hugs to you!!!!
Peggy

Lori Mueller said...

This is going to be the year that I get myself organized, the house neat and decorated the way I've been wanting, and de-clutter! The latter is the most important. Right now, I feel so embarrassed when friends come over (they say I'm going crazy!) I also want to get more stamping and scrapbooking completed. A huge goal for me, but I'm determined to be focused! Thanks for the chance to win some blog bling!

Michelle said...

I am looking forward to becoming a healthier "new me!"

scfranson said...

I'm looking forward to a vacation by Lake Superior.
Claudia
scfranson@charter.net

Brenda said...

What a cute story...TFS! I'm looking forward to (hopefully!!) building our home this year! Thanks for this chance to win!
~Brenda H.

Linda SS said...

That story is the cutest! Since I don't have anything big coming up, I look forward to each and every day that God blesses me with. Just savor the moment because life passes by so quickly. Besides the stamping, I hope you continue to write...you have a real talent for it:)

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to settling into our first house ... trying to decorate and everything.

Glorie

Diane said...

What a great story!
This year I'm looking forward to a new grandchild in March -- our second. Can't think of anything better to look forward to! We're so excited!

Sue said...

Hey Tracy . . . you never cease to amaze me with all your many talents! A writer too! I really meant to get a card out to you but since I didn't . . . HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you have a great one!

I think I am most looking forward to a month-long trip our family is planning on taking out West - Colorado, Wyoming, Oregon and northern California, are on the itinerary so far!

JenMarie said...

I've recently moved as well! I'm looking forward to a new year in a new place....more stamping, exploring the new area, etc.
Already found an Archiver's, a huge JoAnns and an awesome stamp store Rubber Stamp Fantasy!

Laura said...

Totally cute, and the absolute gospel truth! Love it...I'm still giggling!

Pat said...

I am looking forward to bringing some stability into my life. During last year my life has been turned upside down and it's time to take control and change those things that are able to be changed and accept those that are not and move forward. Thanks for sharing!

Pat

Gina Wrona said...

I just want to be able to survive this 2nd winter layoff with my husband and sell all 7 AKC Lab puppies that were born Dec 7th, 2007, they just turned 5 weeks old and will be ready to go to new loving homes Feb 1st. I really thought this was going to be a blessing coming unexpectedly during his layoff, but here in Michigan nobody seems to have the money for a purebreed lab, kwim?

If you can refer anybody to me, just email me at CtBigRedDog66@aol.com and I'll send you the info. Thanks!

Denise... said...

We NEED a published book with this story. It's perfect. What am I looking forward to? Let's see...watching all three of my children (still at home) playing basketball and seeing if I can possibly not have conflicts!!!

Pegg S said...

What a great story!! I'm looking forward to a fresh start this year. Last year was riddled with health problems for my loved ones and other "issues".... So I'm going to have fun this year, enjoy myself and have a positive attitude!!

Anonymous said...

Hey there,
This is only about the 3rd time I've visited your Inky Doodles site. What a great idea to stimulate conversation and feedback! Ah, for this year...first of all I'm sooo looking forward to this coming weekend(HEHE)...and beyond that, I'm hoping to redecorate a couple of rooms that truly need a facelift!! (I just have to convince Dan of that!)
Take care,
Mary Kennedy
dkenned2@rochester.rr.com

teryl said...

What a FUN story!
The thing I'm looking forward to most in 2008 is building our dream home. We're supposed to start in March--I can hardly wait.

Teryl
scrapnsolutions@mail.com

Cat said...

LOVED your short story - saw it on SCS :) this year, i am really looking forward to purging my home and leading a simpler lifestyle. my husband and i have been working on the house for nearly 2 months (all my friends have gotten on the wagon too!) and i'm embarrassed by all the unnecessary stuff we've collected (not stamps, mind you!).

Anonymous said...

Cute story!!! I love those books.

I am really looking forward to my husband finally being done with school in August. More time for us to be together and spend time with our five kids. Can't wait!! Thanks.
Julie

Debbi (no 'e' on the end) said...

I absolutely love your story...it is so very true. Thanks for sharing it......I will definitely show it to my hubby. This year I am looking forward to the Cards for the Troops project to reach more of our soldiers, Marines, sailors & airmen all over the world.

Anonymous said...

I am really looking for ward to losing weight and to have a lot more time to stamp--Perhaps if I keep myself busy in my stamp room I will stay away from food- Thanks--Karen Naber (hpnaber@msn.com)

Anonymous said...

I am looking forward to the blessing God has sent to my family. The birth of my 4th son, due to come in April!!!
Jenn (SCS: silver1sx)
mj5lund@yahoo.com

Bethanie said...

I'm looking forward to the night my 6 mo old sleeps through the night!!!
~Bethanie

Fiona Whitehead said...

This is great - can I display it on my blog please?

Pat said...

Your story certainly put a smile on my face, but the sad thing about it, is that it is too true! I'm looking forward to a new grand baby in the next few weeks. We don't know what it is, but are anxious to find out!

Anita said...

I just saw this on someone else's blog, and she had linked it back to you, so had to say, thank you! This is so hilarious, and so true! Good thing my children were all grown and gone from home when I started stamping!

Anita Van Hal
stampn@westriv.com
http://www.anitastamps.com

SassieStamper said...

Wow. I love this poem. You describe every stamper out here.

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