Sunday, September 30, 2012

Brie News


Published last Wednesday, in Eugene's RegisterGuard newspaper...

A champ’s story, told in trophies

Stone dominates state’s amateur golf ranks just like the old days

Published: September 26, 2012 12:00AM, Midnight, Sept. 26
Winning doesn’t get old for Brie Stone, and yet as she gets older, she finds that she sees winning from a different perspective, cherishing the journey around the golf course rather than simply focusing on the trophy at the end.
You might remember her as Brie Del Bone, a juniors golf sensation who had won more than 50 tournament trophies by the time she got to high school, and who won four straight Midwestern League golf titles for Sheldon from 1995 through 1998.
Then, she practiced every day; now, living in Veneta, she plays perhaps once a week, with her husband, Jason, manager at Fiddler’s Green Golf Shop, and spends her days caring for their 4-year-old son, Spencer.
And yet she’s still gathering trophies.
Earlier this month, Stone won her third Oregon Golf Association amateur event of the year, the OGA Mid-Amateur, for golfers 25-and-older, at Glaze Meadow Golf Course at Black Butte Ranch. It was her third straight OGA Mid-Amateur title, unprecedented since the event was introduced for women in 1998. Earlier this year, she won the OGA Stroke Play title for the third time in her career, and won her second straight OGA Tournament of Champions title.
“When I was young, I won a lot, and I expected to, so I didn’t appreciate it quite as much as I do now,” said Stone, who turns 32 early next month.
“I definitely want to win, and I go out to win, but I guess I’m focused more on the journey than I am the result.”
In a way, this is the golf career that Stone envisioned for herself since she became inspired by the great career of Mary Budke, who dominated the Oregon amateur ranks in the 1970s. However, the road to this point was unpredictable.
After graduating from Sheldon, Stone played a season at Nevada, and in 1999 won her first OGA Stroke Play title. She transferred to Oregon State for the spring season in 2000, but withdrew from school after that quarter and never went back.
“It’s a long story,” she said, and one that she won’t discuss publicly. “There were a lot of things going on in my personal life right after I transferred. ... It was a tough time in my life.”
She won a second Oregon Stroke Play title in 2001, and in 2002 took a job as an assistant pro at Emerald Valley Golf Course, giving lessons, a job she held for about a year. In 2005, she was selected to join a group of golfers for a series of tournaments in China; she was then exploring playing on a West Coast satellite professional tour, but that folded, and she was talking of going to LPGA Q school but never got there.
The China trip wound up convincing her, finally, that she didn’t want a pro career.
“When I came back, I realized (the validity of) the initial feeling I had — that I wanted to be an amateur, and that I wanted to carry on women’s amateur golf in Oregon, and have a child, and have a family, and not be stuck on the road by myself,” she said. “I couldn’t imagine myself being that far away from family, and friends, and life, and what I was really looking for.”
She and Jason were married in 2006, and Spencer was born in 2007. Even through pregnancy, Stone said, she never really put her clubs away, and having regained her amateur status, she returned to competition in 2008. A year later, she won the OGA Public Links title and was second in the Mid-Am and Stroke Play tournaments.
In 2010, she won the first of her three straight OGA Mid-Amateur titles.
A plus-2 handicap, Stone said her strength is her ball-striking. She’s not a big hitter — she drives the ball about 230 yards — but accurate, both with the driver and irons, and as confident with a 7-iron as she is with a wedge. She said she might practice a bit more now that she and Jason have joined Shadow Hills Country Club, with its excellent new short-game area, but so far her weekly rounds with her husband have been preparation enough for winning tournaments.
“That has worked for me, in a weird sort of way, because it’s lowered my expectations, and I think that’s what got me a lot of times (in the past), because I expected to go out and win, or I expected to play my best, and I expected everything to go my way, and that’s just not the way things are going to go,” she said.
“And when you aren’t out there every day, and you’re not playing all the time, and you have other things you’re focused on in your life, you don’t necessarily expect to go out and play your best every time. Instead you just let it happen.”
After a bad round, Stone doesn’t find it necessary to “pound a million balls” on the range, figuring that she’ll figure it out by the next round, and she’s had just one coaching lesson in recent years, a helpful session on putting last year with Doug DuChateau of Precision Golf School at Fiddler’s Green.
The change in mental attitude is probably the biggest change in her golf game from when she was younger.
“I had the killer instinct when I was out there, but I didn’t have all the tools — that golf isn’t everything, and that a bad shot is just one bad shot, and it happens to everyone, and a bad round happens to everyone,” she said. “When I was in the hunt when I was younger, I could finish. But the problem was if I was not hitting the ball as well as I should, or things weren’t quite going the way that I wanted, I could press too hard; and that’s when things start falling apart in golf, when you press too hard and start wanting things too much.”
Stone’s final tournament of this season will be the OGA Players Championship, Oct. 20-21 at Columbia-Edgewater Country Club in Portland. In the future, she said, she’s considering trying to qualify for the U.S. Golf Association’s Mid-Amateur championships, and taking another crack at qualifying for the amateur berth in the LPGA’s Safeway Classic at Pumpkin Ridge.
In short, there’s a lot of golf ahead, for a woman who has played a lot since she won her first tournament at age 7.
“I like golf the same amount, but I’m more appreciative of golf now,” Stone said. “It never was a chore to come to the golf course, but now that I don’t get to do it as much, I’m just more grateful to be playing.”

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Papercraft Star 114 - A key or a lock


I love the theme this week at Papercraft Star ...

A key or a lock !

I had imagined I would make something frothy and shabby, a key to a heart or some such thing.  Look at this gorgeous inspirational picture !

I even had the sweetest paper picked out, and then somehow, somehow, it turned into this !

I never know how these things happen, all thought out one way, and then turning out so amazingly different.  I really like it, but that haunting question remains ...

who made this anyway ?

I know you can come up with a gorgeous idea, all so sweet and locket-y, come on along with us at Papercraft Star this week, and link up your creation !

Card stock - Bo Bunny, Bazzill
Design Paper - Bo Bunny
Trinkets - Bo Bunny
Pin - Tim Holtz
Key, Jewelry cording - stash


Monday, September 24, 2012

The Kraft Journal - Challenge 89


The Kraft Journal challenge this week is "Clean and Simple."

Oh, these cards are so difficult for me.  I always have 42 things that would be perfect on them, and I have to slap my own hand to keep from adding them.

This card began as a Lunch Bag Kraft Notecard.  I rounded off the bottom corners, inked it, and added a sentiment sticker and a border of leaves.  It was finished off with Earthy Hemp Cord, one of my favorite items !

Join us this week at The Kraft Journal for this fun challenge !!

Cardstock and Hemp cord - The Kraft Outlet

Leaves - K & Co.
Sentiment - sorry, I do not know
Ink - Ranger


Thursday, September 20, 2012

A world gone away


Today's post is going out to 2 different challenges !

Frilly and Funkie - a fall palette


The Ribbon Carousel - fall colors

Card Stock - Bo Bunny, Coredinations
Design Paper - Bo Bunny
Flower - Prima
Leaves - Dollar Store
Sentiment - unknown
Punch - ek success
Raffia - stash

For those of you who were wondering whether my daughter Brie had her three-peat for Oregon's Mid-Am ...


I cannot find 2010

Brie is now the top ranked woman in Oregon, and we are hoping she will be named Oregon's Golfer of the Year next month !


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Papercraft Star 113


Papercraft Star Challenge 113 opens today with this inspirational picture ...

and a STAR theme !

I had a completely different idea of where I was going to go with this when I dreamed up this challenge ...

Why, oh why, do I always wander off into something so far off ??

Well, here it is for this week's challenge...

Another very simple card.  And I cannot get the Halloween out of me yet !

Stars are such an easy theme -  a sticker, a stamp, some paper, a die cut.  What kind of starry eyed things do you have ?  Whip them out, and join us this week at Papercraft Star !!!

See you there !

Card stock - Recollections
Design Paper - Bo Bunny, Basic Gray, Authentique
Stamp - Inkadinkado
Sentiment - Reminisce
Ink - Ranger
Embossing, ribbon, button, cording - stash


Monday, September 17, 2012

The Kraft Journal - Challenge 88


The challenge at The Kraft Journal this week is ...

Lavishly Layer !

 The card began with the Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock, and design paper from the Kraft & Black Card stock pad.  More design paper was layered on top, some Gypsy Market seam binding and a pocket made from the envelopes included in the Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock packet.  The tags, Small Kraft Shipping Tags,  are backed with more Kraft & Black Card stock pad paper, and finished with the same seam binding and  Earthy Hemp Cord.   I added some stamps, some distress embossing, stickers and ink to just about everything remaining. !!
Layering is always so much fun, it gives your project more pizazz and depth.
This is a good time to link your layered project up over at The Kraft Journal - hope to see your creations there this week !!

Cardstock, design paper, seam binding, envelope, hemp cord - all from The Kraft Outlet
Other design paper - Authentique
Embossed skull & paper clip - Tim Holtz folder
Trick or Treat sentiment - K & Co.
Houndstooth brad - Bo Bunny
Stamps - Studio G, Inkadinkado
Ink - Ranger


Friday, September 14, 2012

She seemed an angel


Today's post is going to IBSIC
using this sketch !

my card ...
mostly a hodgepodge of scraps ...

Woke up this morning to find our local paper had done a story about my daughter, what a lovely surprise !  She is on her way to Black Butte Ranch in central Oregon, to defend her Oregon Mid-Amateur title.  She has won the Mid-Am two years in a row, will she make it a third ??

Card stock - Coredinations
Design Paper - Recollections, Bo Bunny
Flower - Prima
Sentiment - Crate Paper
Bling and Rafia - Michaels
Punch - ek success


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Papercraft Star 112


The theme this week at Papercraft Star is

Birdcages !!

I am ashamed to admit that there are a dozen birdcages strewn about my house, not a bird in sight.

This week I am the featured designer, and here is what I did with my goodies from theHouseAcrossTheBay
149 these are two of 8 4.25" designs

This is very very soft to look at, the picture here is not faded, and may in fact be even brighter than the card !
I used a lovely white ink to soften all the edges.

I know you have a bunch of birdcage paper, or stamps, just as I do - why not pull it out and join us this week at Papercraft Star ?  You could win these digital papers, or your choice from our sponsor - hope to see you there !!!

Digital papers - theHouseAcrosstheBay

Card stock and dots - Bazzill
Design Paper - Websters Pages
Ink - Mixed Media Colorbox
Pearls - Recollections
Button, ribbon, cording - stash


The Kraft Journal - Wednesday's tutorial


Don't forget to pop in over at The Kraft Journal and link up your card for this week's challenge,  Autumn Colors.

Here is my tutorial from The Kraft Journal this week.  I am discussing cards for men.  

Everyone seems to have real difficulties with these types of cards.  Today I have some help for you with size, colors, themes and shapes/angles.

Sizes – Keep to the standard sizes or larger, as the smaller ones tend to appear dainty 

Colors – Over the years, studies have shown that men like blue, green and black the best.  Gray and brown also work well with almost any splash of color.  Consider using a darker color for your card stock.  Conservative seems to be his thing !

Themes – Avoid themes in design paper and stamps that don’t reflect his interest.  Too often commercial cards, and some paper “for men” act as if every man is interested in golf, grilling, plaid, mowing the lawn, or watching tv.  Very few men wear neckties on a regular basis, but Father’s Day cards haven’t noticed !  Yes, it may take a little extra work coming up with something he really enjoys, but if you need something quickly,  you can always rely on a neutral theme, like the card below.

Shapes/Angles – Keep a male card simple in shape.  A standard rectangle card is just dandy for him, and the extra work you expend on a fanciful shape will not be appreciated.  Right angles are pleasing to his eye, as is texture.

Note the general neutral theme, a kraft card stock, right angles, texture, standard size, and simplicity.

Next month I will cover paper, stamps and fonts.  

Card stock, hemp and corrugated paper - The Kraft Outlet 
Design Paper - Bo Bunny
Stamps - TPC, Inkadinkado
Stickles - Ranger
Button - stash 


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Bring a nickel


City Crafter Challenge is one challenge I don't get to play as often as I would like to !  But this week, their  challenge is Polka Dots, and I want to be one of their first entries !

Polka Dots are a recurring theme in my work - they just seem to fit about everything don't they ...

I believe I have mastered that polka dot challenge !  

I have been working on holiday cards for a bit now - and having a 4 year old grandson means Halloween is a big huge deal.  He chose some Halloween paper plates and napkins for his lunches and snacks from now until then.  The napkins have pumpkins piled on top of each other and he said to Dom

Oh look Pop - an Eiffel tower of pumpkins !

and yup that is what it looked like too ...

Fall is just around the corner, and I can't wait !!!

Card stock - Coredinations
Design Paper - Bo Bunny, My Mind's Eye
Spider Fangs label - K & Co
Little Letters - Cosmo Cricket
Edge punch - Martha Stewart
Ink - Ranger
Ribbon - hand dyed Hug Snug seam binding
Tag pin - American tag company


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Papercraft Star 111


I am not a girly girl, and neither is my daughter.

But every so often I create a girly kind of card, and once in awhile I give them to my daughter for her birthday.

Papercraft Star has a "girly" challenge this week.  I always think of that as being lacy, frothy, pink, something like that.

Here is our photo inspiration !

My card isn't quite that shabby chic, but since it is for my daughter's birthday this year, well it should do just fine for a girl.

One thing I did on this that is a little different is that I put correction tape around the flowered paper, and then scraped some of it off.   I also sewed in a couple of unusual places.

Everyone has a card within them that screams GIRL !

Join us this week at Papercraft Star - we are all girls there !!

Card stock - Bo Bunny
Design Paper - Authentique
Sentiment - Authentique
Brad and little flower - Bo Bunny
Ribbon - Hug Snug seam binding
Pearl "ribbon" and string - stash


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

But I can't hear what you're saying


It has been a few days since I made something just for fun.  Well of course, making things for design teams IS fun, but today is just for a change!

JUGS has a great and simple sketch ...

and City Crafter Challenge is monochromatic ...

and my card ...

I have never received a Halloween card, have you ?
Sure have given out a bunch of them though !!

Card stock - Recollections
Design Paper - My Mind's Eye
Brads - Bo Bunny
Sentiment - Reminisce
Pearls - Recollections
Stickles and ink - Ranger
Ribbon - stash


Monday, September 3, 2012

The Kraft Journal - Shape it Up !


This week our theme at The Kraft Journal is
Shape it Up !

 I don't do shaped cards very well.  They always turn out looking like a poorly skilled child has done them.  So, this week I decided to make a little teeny treat box for Halloween - square is a shape, right ?  At least it is 3D, lol.

The box was made from the Kraft & Black Card stock pad, with the center cut out and covered from the inside with clear craft plastic, and some design paper. The lid has sequins around the edges.  The little box was completed with some scary spider stickers, and Gypsy Market seam binding.  The stained grungy tag was made more grungy with some ink, and a stamp, some tape, a crow brad were added, along with Gypsy Market seam binding, and Earthy Hemp Cord.

 I love that little r.i.p. stamp.  The box I made using a scorer, wow, that went together in about two minutes !  The quality of the paper in this card stock pad is really top notch, and lends itself to a box beautifully !

From the Kraft Outlet - the card stock, the seam binding, the tag, and the hemp cord

Orange card stock - Recollections
Tape - Tim Holtz
Crow brad - My Mind's Eye
Stamp - Inkadinkado
Spider stickers - Stampendous
Ink - Ranger, Mixed Media Colorbox
Sequins - Recollections