Blogging Fun – damentals

I had said or rather told myself that this blog would be devoted solely to my crafting, but WordPress has a couple of different ideas. To help me learn how to put together a blog they have given me little “tasks” .  Today’s , well not really today’s, task is to write a post based on the prompt found in the Daily Post.  The prompt was “Notorious”.  Several things and people come to mind when I hear or see the word Notorious. For example Duran Duran singing, “No, no, Notorious notorious” , The Notorious BIG dressed in a bespoke suit wearing a fedora. Recently however it brings to mind a tiny, almost frail looking, woman in black robes wearing glasses and a lace collar. None other than Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, affectionately known to her legion of fans as The Notorious RBG.


What makes Justice Ginsburg notorious? Her detractors would say falling asleep at what most would consider inopportune times. Lets get real people, if you’re bored you’re bored and it really doesn’t matter who is speaking.  I want to meet that rare individual that can say they have never dozed off for a minute or two while listening to someone drone on and on about something they cared absolutely nothing about. If you can find them I will personally draft, sign and circulate a petition to Pope Francis to start the sainthood procedures.  So forget the whining about her taking a little nap.  If you want to know the real deal ask those that look up to her, the little girls that say I want to be a Supreme Court Justice when I grow up because of her. The young female lawyers that think “RBG has a point, why can’t there be a nine female justices Supreme Court, no one ever complain about there being a nine male justices Supreme Court.” Google Ruth Bader Ginsburg quotes and prepare to be blown away by her intelligence and candor.  Justice Ginsburg is a straight shooter and if you don’t like it , too bad. She is the definition of Notorious and long may she reign. And you know what? I’m even willing to bet that when she’s not too busy trying to apply the words of the framers of the Constitution to today’s issues she probably likes to craft.

Graduation Season

After teaching school for close to 30 years I’ve seen quite a few graduation seasons come and go.  I’ve seen my daughters, niece and nephew graduate from high school and thought good thoughts on the days that they graduated from college. I also had to decide if I would or wouldn’t walk when I received my Masters degree, I didn’t.  However watching these young people who I taught or just knew when they were in elementary school is a different experience. In my mind they are still little and it doesn’t matter how many pictures their parents post on Facebook or “The Gram”, I hear a name and I think of how they were way back when.

This graduation season is hitting a little closer to home since my grand-niece is a high school senior. I received the invitation and she included her year book picture and I thought “Who is this gorgeous young woman?” This couldn’t be my little Katia, the little girl whose mother I use to tease about her name being soooo long that it would take up two lines on kindergarten paper. However it was and she is so gorgeous and self-assured. She makes me so proud to just be related to her. I know college is just another adventure waiting for her and she’s going to conquer it and not break a sweat.

A special girl, excuse me, young woman like Katia deserves a special card and I so hope she likes the one that I made for her. Do you think that she’ll like it?



Colorful Seasons

I really enjoy looking at the work of other stampers like Brian King, Shawn de Olivera and Amy Koenders, just to name one or three.  Checking out the work of more experienced stampers can be, at least for me, inspirational.  A few days ago Amy, who’s blog is Stampin With Amy K, posted an absolutely stunning card using the Colorful Seasons stamp bundle. If you’re unfamiliar with Stampin’ Up and its terminology you’re probably wondering “What’s a bundle got to do with card making and why did this Amy person use one?” A bundle, in card making well Stampin’ Up card making,  includes a stamp set and another product typically a framelit of thinlit set (don’t even ask)  that is used with a Big Shot die cutting machine. Disclaimer there will be photos in a later post.  When they are purchased together as a “bundle” you spend less than, . . . man this is easier to explain in person. Besides the bundle wasn’t, and isn’t the point of the post, so forget the bundle. The point of the post was Amy’s ah – mazing card, which is gorgeous. I periodically have taste that is totally unique to me, but Amy’s card is so stunning and she makes it sound almost easy. Everyone who saw it and left a comment thought it was as gorgeous as I did. So check it out, I cleverly hid a link under the words Amy’s card, and see if you don’t agree with me.  I was definitely leaning towards this bundle, but Amy’s card has changed it from a maybe to a it must be mine.

Make a Card, Send a Card

I am posting a photo of the card I shared with my family members in April. I know you’re thinking “Ah, Miss Hammie it’s May , why are you showing this to us?”  Today I was watching a FB Live video by Stampin’ Up’s CEO Sara Douglass in which she issued a new challenge, she likes challenges a lot. While we all, you included I hope, love making cards we often skip the next step, sending the card.  I have to admit I’m guilty of  this. The reason I decided to start my blog was to share my handmade cards and other paper crafting projects, but let’s be honest the easiest way to share your cards is to send them to friends and family. That’s what Sara’s challenge was about, not skipping that next step.  She asked that we post a photo of our cards with the hashtag  #MakeaCardSendaCard and then to send them. So I’m  going to stop over- examining and finding fault with my cards and other projects and start sharing them. I’m going to share them here, on FB, Instagram and Pinterest. I’m going to start participating in blog hops. First things first though I’m going to buy some stamps and mail cards to my friends. I think I forgot something, let me think? So now you understand the photo, right?  I made it and I sent it.



And so it begins

This is the post excerpt.

This is my very first post and the stock photograph seems quite appropriate. Why?  It feels that way because I feel like I’m in the middle of the ocean without a captain at the helm or Google to tell me what to do, that’s why!  So what to do to actually start? An introduction perhaps.  I am Miss Hammie, actually it’s Robbye Hamilton, the Miss Hammie story is a tad long and best saved for another time.  I’m a retired elementary school teacher who enjoys crafting. Lots of people tell you they love  crafting,  I love my family and my dog I enjoy crafting. I sew a little, I crochet and I do paper crafting.  This blog is going to spotlight my paper crafting. That simply means I’ll be posting photographs of different projects and telling you the why’s, why I made it, why I’m sharing it, why you should make one too and listing materials used and how to’s.

So here’s my personal invitation to come along on this journey,  I did mention I’ve never blogged before right?  First time blogger with a tendency to be a tad snarky and sarcastic, to borrow from the great Bette Davis “Strap yourselves in, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride”, but it’s also going to be fun otherwise why bother.