Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Digital Template 'Village'

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Happy New Year's Eve, Stampers!

Yup, I came out of hibernation to participate in this weeks "Just Us Girls" Challenge. This week, the JUGS challenge was to create a project using a digital template ... and a bonus-challenge to use the color blue. For my digital 'Village,' I used two templates by Kelleigh Ratzlaff of Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs.

This l'il village also qualifies for this weeks "Pals Paper Arts Challenge," Anything But a Card. For all the deets on this fun challenge, clicky HERE.

To create my l'il houses and trees, I used beautiful digital papers created by Sugarplum Paperie for The Digichick Boutique. This kewl paper pack, Paper Daisies, is available for FREE on the Hybrid Chick blog. You can clicky HERE to snag the paper pack for your digital paper stash!

Using Photoshop, I created clipping masks and tweaked the hue and saturation a bit on the papers to create a bluish tone. For all the rest of the challenging deets, or to view the digital entries, clicky HERE to visit the "Just Us Girls" blog. For the ginormous view of my 'Village,' clicky on the photo.

Soooooooo, Sheila and I recently took Reid-the-Wild-Child to the West Palm Beach Zoo. According to the Wild Child, the highlight of our visit was the free-roaming peacocks. And, as peacocks are want to do, we spied several strolling around the Zoo grounds showing off their gorgeous plumage.

When we got back home, Reid couldn't wait to tell his Dad about his day at the Zoo:

"Hey Dad, guess what?!? I saw a Christmas tree come out of a chicken!"

Food for thought ...

Here's hoping that your 2010 is happy, healthy, and prosperous. See you next year!

~Hugs,

  • Digital Software: Adobe Photoshop
  • Digital Paper: "Paper Daisies" by Nicole Seitler, Sugarplum Paperie, Digichick Boutique
  • Digital Templates: "Gable Box" and "Terrific Trees" by Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs, Digichick Boutique
  • Tools: Aleen's Tacky Glue; SNAIL Adhesive by Stampin' Up!
  • Accessories: Homemade FlowerSoft-Stuff; Pinecones, Wooden Snowmen; Buffalo Snow Flakes
To purchase Stampin' Up! products online 24/7, click HERE.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas, Stampers!

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Happy Holidays, everyone!

As most of you know, I've been taking a bloggin' break due to some pesky health concerns. Hopefully, I'll be back to bloggin' full-time early next year.

And warm thanks to everyone who sent me beautiful cards, happy emails, and posted kind comments here. I so appreciate everyone of you and all your kindnesses!

I couldn't let the holidays arrive without posting "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Hannukah" wishes to all of you. May you all enjoy a very happy holiday season and a healthy, prosperous, and blessed 2010.

My holiday card was created with Whisper White and Always Artichoke card stock, patterned paper by BasicGrey, a sparkly snowflake ornament, and a glue-and-glittered brad.

The sentiment is from a long-retired Stampin' Up set entitled, "Christmas Foliage." I've always loved this set and am so glad that I held on to it for all these years ... it's so old, it's new again!

I miss all of you and hope to be back to full-time blogging soon. Oh, Sheila says "hello and Happy Holidays" to all of you, too. Yes, of course she'll be back, too ... whether she wants to or not.

~Hugs & Holiday Wishes,

  • Card Stock: Whisper White and Always Artichoke Card Stocks by Stampin' Up
  • Designer Paper: BasicGrey
  • Stamp: Sentiment from "Christmas Foliage" Set (Retired) by Stampin' Up
  • Ink: Always Artichoke Dye Ink
  • Accessories: Snowflake Ornament by Target; Brad, Unknown; Sea Green Ultra-Fine Glitter; Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Tools: Perfect Layers Tool (Retired) by Stampin' Up

Monday, October 19, 2009

Try It; It Really Works!

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Happy Monday, boy and girls!

Today's card project was created for SCS's "Ways to Use It" challenge, WT240, "Autumn Leaves."

For all the challenging deets, clicky HERE. To go straight to the WT240 card gallery, clicky HERE. For the ginormous view of my card, clicky on the photo.

I stamped my sentiment, from Stampin' Up's "Falling Leaves" stamp set on SU card stock, then die-cut a frame from Stampin' Up designer paper. I added two velvet leaves in fall colors and a knotted length of twine and mounted them in the center of the frame.

I ran some "Pumpkin Pie" card stock through the 'Bug in the "Distressed Stripes" embossing folder, then adhered it to my card base. I added some Stampin' Dimensionals to the embellished frame and adhered it to the embossed card stock. So easy, even I could do it!

Soooooooooooo this weekend, Sheila and I and the DH's went to a mutual friend's dinner party. As all of us girls were hanging around the kitchen, the subject somehow turned to marriage counseling.

"Oh, we'll never need that! Ken and I have a great relationship," Shelia explained. "He was a communications major in college and I majored in theater arts. He communicates really well and I just act like I'm listening. Try it; it really works!"

Thanks for swinging by and have a great week!

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: "Chocolate Chip," "Pumpkin Pie," and "Very Vanilla" Card Stock by Stampin' Up
  • Designer Paper: Stampin' Up (Retired)
  • Stamp: Sentiment from "Falling Leaves" Stamp Set by Stampin' Up
  • Ink: "Chocolate Chip" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up
  • Accessories: Velvet Leaves; Brown Twine
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; "Distressed Stripes" A2 Embossing Folder; Spellbinders Frame Die; Stampin' Dimensionals by Stampin' Up; SNAIL Adhesive by Stampin' Up
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Friday, October 16, 2009

Delightfully Red Decorations ...

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Happy Friday, Stampers!

Today's card project was created for SCS's "Was To Use It" challenge, WT235, "Revved Up for Red."

For all the challenging deets, clicky HERE. To go straight to the WT235 card gallery, clicky HERE. For the ginormous view of my card, clicky on the photo.

I stamped my ornaments, from Stampin' Up's new "Delightful Decorations" stamp set, punched them out with the matching "Ornament" punch, and mounted them on my card base using foam dimensionals. The sentiment, from Stampin' Up's "Sincere Salutations" stamp set was stamped using SU's retired "Riding Hood Red" dye ink.

Soooooo, the other day I was hangin' out at Sheila's when Reid-the-Wild-Child arrived home from school. Sitting at the counter eating his after school snack, Reid held up his middle finger and asked us what it meant.

Sheila was so shocked that the best she could manage was, "Shame on you," followed by, "If anyone does that to you, just say, 'Shame on you' to that person."

Last night, Sheila invited the DH and I over for some of her world class ribs and while we were at the dinner table, Sheila's DH, Ken, let out a huge ... ummm ... belch. Sheila blushed and immediately scolded him saying, "Shame on you."

Reid-the-Wild-Child turned to his Dad, held up his middle finger, and exclaimed, "Don't worry, Mommy, I'll give Daddy the 'shame on you' sign!"

Thanks for swinging by and have a great weekend!

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: "Riding Hood Red" and "Very Vanilla" Card Stock by Stampin' Up
  • Designer Paper: BasicGrey
  • Stamps: "Delightful Decorations" and "Sincere Salutations" Stamp Sets by Stampin' Up
  • Ink: "Riding Hood Red" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up
  • Accessories: Gold Cord; Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Tools: Ornament Punch by Stampin' Up; Key Tag Punch by Stampin' Up; 1/16" Circle Punch by Stampin' Up; Star-Shaped Punch; Foam Dimensionals; SNAIL Tape Runner; Stamp-A-Ma-Jig
  • Finished Size: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
To purchase Stampin' Up! products, click HERE.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

It Was, Wasn't It?

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Happy Stump Day, Hampers!

Today's card project was created using a sketch from Clean & Simple's "Fall-to Layout," FTL63, and stamps from Stampin' Up's new "Falling Leaves" stamp set. For all the challenging deets, clicky HERE. To see the rest of this gorgeous stamp set, clicky HERE. For the ginormous view of my card, clicky right on the photo.

I stamped my background panel with Dusty Durango, Pumpkin Pie, Almost Artichoke, and Crushed Curry dye inks, mounted the panel on Dusty Durango card stock, and adhered it to my card base.

I stamped the sentiment in Dusty Durango dye ink, added a Stampin' Up Filigree Designer Brad, and mounted it on my card base using foam dimensionals. Clean and simple and ... fast!

So, yesterday Sheila and I took a ride out west to visit a mutual friend. Sue lives w-a-y out in the boondocks ... much more boondocky than where we live.

Sheila drove and insisted on taking a "short-cut." I find that Sheila's "short-cuts" are notoriously NOT short but she grew up out here so it's hard to argue with her.

On one dirt road, we saw a "Bridge Out" sign.

"Better turn around." I advised.

"Oh, no, I was out here last week, the bridge isn't out." Sheila countered.

We continued on but a few miles later, we came to a stop: the road was completely barricaded.

Sighing heavily, Sheila turned around and retraced the route. That's when we saw this sign on the back of the first: "It was, wasn't it?"

Thanks for swinging by ... have a great day!

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: Stampin' Up
  • Stamps: "Falling Leaves" Set by Stampin' Up
  • Ink: Dye Inks by Stampin' Up
  • Accessories: Filigree Designer Brads by Stampin' Up
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Monday, October 12, 2009

What Width?

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Happy Monday, Campers ... hope your weekend was wonderful! Or, if your workplace is closed today for Columbus Day, I hope it's still wonderful!

Today's card project was created using the Cuttlebug "Autumn Type" embossing folder and rubber stamps from Stampin' Up's retired "Seasonal Whimsy" stamp set.

I stamped my focal image and the individual leaves using SU's "Dusty Durango" dye ink on SU card stock. I embossed the background card stock, cut my stamped images out, triple-matted the focal image, added some grosgrain ribbon, popped the leaves up on dimensionals, and finis! So easy even I could do it!

For the rest of the mind-boggling product info, check out the supply list, below.

Sooooo, this weekend, Sheila and I went shopping at Jerry's Art-A-Rama, a very cool art supply store. I wanted to pick up a couple of yards of artists' canvas, Sheila wanted ... hmmmm, what did Sheila want?

In case you didn't know, artists' canvas comes in two widths: 36 inches or 48 inches. I only mention it 'cuz ... it helps if you know this.

Anyway, I finally managed to find a store employee and asked her to cut me two yards.

"Certainly. What width?" she asked.

Before I could answer, Sheila piped up sarcastically, "Duh. SCISSORS!"

Okay, she's stayin' home next time ...

Thanks so much for swingin' by today!

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: Stampin' Up
  • Stamps: "Seasonal Whimsy" Stamp Set (Retired) by Stampin' Up
  • Ink: "Dusty Durango" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up
  • Accessories: 3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Cuttlebug "Autumn Type" Embossing Folder; Perfect Layers Tool by Stampin' Up; Craft Knife; Foam Dimensionals by Stampin' Up
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Boo to You ... A 15 Minute Project

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Happy Stump Day, Hampers!

Today's card project was created in a New York minute using paint sample cards, a 1 1/4" circle punch, and the Cuttlebug "Boo to You" embossing folder.

I mounted the punched-out embossies on my card stock base using foam tape, then stamped my sentiment and voila! Easy-peasy and ready to serve in just 15 minutes!

For all the exciting product info, check out the supply list, below.

So, if you've been following along here you know that Sheila is a Sunday school teacher. Periodically, she invites me to "audit" her lessons; this past Sunday, her lesson was about sin and Satan.

As we were leaving, I overheard two of her kids having this conversation:

"So, Billy, what do you think about all this Satan stuff?" Johnny asked.

"Well, you remember Santa? This could turn out to be your Dad too." Billy responded.

Omigosh, Mr. Alicandro ... is Satan!?!

Thanks so much for swinging by; have a great day!

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: "Whisper White" Card Stock by Stampin' Up!
  • Other Paper Product: Paint Sample Cards in Rust, Black, Yellow Ochre, and Lime
  • Stamp: Sentiment by studio g
  • Ink: "Basic Black" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up!
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Foam Dimensionals; 1 1/4" Circle Punch by Stampin' Up!
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
To purchase Stampin' Up! products online, clicky HERE

Monday, October 5, 2009

Back in Business ...

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Reports of my demise have been slightly premature!

I'm not dead, but I've been really sick ... and so has my computer ... but it looks like we're both finally back in business! I've missed all of you so much and thank you all for your concern, emails, and comments. You guys rock!

I'm planning on blogging again on a regular basis and I'll be getting around to all of your blogs as soon as possible. Thanks so much for waiting on me! Now all I have to do is to create some stuff!

Today's project is a Halloween-themed, vintage-inspired, altered paper bag album:


This is the cover ...


This spread is pages 2 and 3 ...


This spread is pages 4 and 5 ...


This spread is pages 6 and 7 ...


This spread is pages 8 and 9, and ...


This spread is pages 10 and 11.

If you'd like to take a look at more photos, the album is currently listed on eBay. You can check it out HERE. For the ginormous view, simply clicky on the photos.

A quick Sheila/Reid-the-Wild-Child story for you junkies:

So, Sheila and Reid came by the other day to check up on me. Reid was all decked out in his new soccer uniform ... shin guards and all.

"Whoa, Big Guy," I enthused, "you look fantastical!"

Reid blushed.

"So, what's the name of your soccer team, Kiddo?" I asked.

"The Possums!" he proudly exclaimed.

"Ummm ... the Possums?"

"Yup! Know why?" he asked me.

"I give up."

"'Cuz we get killed on the road!" Reid explained.

Oh, I get it ...

Thanks so much for swingin' by today and for hangin' in with me! Have a great week!!

~Hugs,



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Friday, September 4, 2009

Holiday Wishes ... And Fishes!

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Happy Friday, Stampers!

I love, love, love this cute craft stamp from Janlynn's Stamps Happen, Inc.! This is one of their newest holiday craft stamps; to see THIS stamp, clicky HERE. To see the entire Stamps Happen holiday stamp collection, clicky HERE. For the ginormous view of my card, clicky on the photo.

I stamped my image three times; twice on DP and once on card stock, then paper-pieced the gift boxes over the image stamped on card stock.

I colored the cute l'il bird with Copic markers, matted it, and adhered some very old stripey DP to my card base. I added some Prima holiday flowers and holiday brads and finis! So easy, even I could do it!

For the rest of the joyful product info, check out the supply list, below.

Sooooooooooo, yesterday Sheila and her DH took the day off to do some fishing. Wait. That's not right. No, Ken took the day off to go fishing, and Sheila whined and complained so much, that he grudgingly agreed to take her with him.

All I had to do was pick up Reid-the-Wild-Child at the bus stop, bring him home, then stay with him till Sheila and Ken returned.

When they returned, Sheila looked miserable ... whereas I was fresh-as-a-daisy from two + hours with the Wild-Child ... yeah, right.

"Why so glum, Chum*? Didn't you two have fun?"

"Oh, everything went wrong, Deb. First Ken said I talked so loud that I would scare the fish. Then he said I was using the wrong bait, and then that I was reeling in too soon."

"Oh, well, you know how men are about fishing," I said.

"Yeah, and I guess I could live with that, but then, to make matters worse, I was the only one catching any fish!"

*A fishing pun!! Yeah, Sheila didn't get it either ...

Thanks for coming by ... and hey, why not go fishing with your DH this weekend!?!

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: Stampin' Up
  • Designer Paper: "Wassail" Collection by BasicGrey; "Candy Striped" by Provo Craft
  • Craft Stamp: "Christmas Bird and Gifts" by Janlynn's "Stamps Happen, Inc."
  • Ink: "Tuxedo Black" Memento Dye Ink by Tsukineko
  • Color Medium: Copic Markers
  • Accessories: Prima Flowers; Christmas Brads
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Please Pass the Alcohol ... Ink

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Happy Thursday, race fans!

The background for today's card project was created with alcohol inks stamped with a collage-style rubber stamp.

I stamped my image using solvent ink, added some metal and paper flowers, twill ribbon, and a die cut flourish-thingy.

For all the astounding product info, check out the supply list, below.

Sooooooooo, Reid-the-Wild-Child called me yesterday and asked me if I had any Rolling Stone CD's. Sheila, didn't have any so she suggested he ask me.

"Sure, I've got a couple," I answered. "and I think it's pretty cool that you like the Stones, Reid!"

"Well, sure, Auntie, I like old-fashioned music." he said.

"Whaddya mean, 'old-fashioned music'!?!"

"You know, music from the 1900's." he answered.

Brat.

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: Stampin' Up!
  • Stamps: Unknown (Unmounted)
  • Ink: Staz-On Solvent Ink
  • Color Medium: Alcohol Inks
  • Accessories: Twill Ribbon; Prima Flowers; Brad
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Spellbinders Die
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Eeeeekk!!!

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Happy Stump Day, Hampers!

Today's card project was created for my Halloween card stash using this adorable Fluffles image from Stampendous.

I stamped Fluffles on card stock, colored him in with Copic markers, then added lots of glittery sparkle with a Sakura Stardust pen.

For the rest of the spooky product info, check out the supply list, below.

Sooooooooooo, last night I was 'hired' to watch Reid-the-Wild-Child while Sheila and her DH went out.

As we sat coloring, Reid looked up and me and said, "Auntie, I know something about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy."

Wondering why Reid always manages to get me involved in these kinds of discussions, I cautiously asked, "Ummmmmmm ... what?"

He replied, "They're nock-a-turnal."

Yikes, that was close!

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: Stampin' Up!
  • Designer Paper: "Haunted" Collection by Cosmo Cricket
  • Stamp: Stampendous
  • Ink: "Tuxedo Black" Memento Dye Ink by Tsukineko
  • Color Medium: Copic Markers
  • Accessories: Satin Ribbon; Skeleton Brad; Silk and Paper Flowers; Vintage Buttons; DMC Embroidery Floss; Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Spellbinders Die; Scotch ATG 714 Adhesive; Foam Tape
  • Finished Size: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Monday, August 31, 2009

Happy Harvest ...

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Happy Monday, Stampers!

Today's card project was created for my Thanksgiving card stash using stamps from Papertrey Ink's "Vintage Picnic" set.

I stamped my image and sentiment in one of SU's new In Colors, "Dusty Durango," colored it using Copic markers, then cut out the focal point using a Spellbinders die.

For all the fall-like product info, check out the supply list, below.

Sooooooooo, this weekend I was over Sheila's, sitting in her kitchen leafing through a magazine. As I was flippin' through it, I noticed an article entitled, "Men's Secret Fear About Their Working Wives."

I slid it across the table to Sheila for her take. As her DH just happened to be nearby rooting through the fridge, she decided to get a first hand account.

"So, Ken, what's your innermost fear about my working?" she asked her husband.

"That you'll quit." Ken replied.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: Bazzill Basics Textured Card Stock; PTI; Stampin' Up!
  • Designer Paper: "Ambrosia" Collection by BasicGrey
  • Stamps: "Vintage Picnic" Set by Papertrey Ink
  • Ink: "Dusty Durango" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up!
  • Color Medium: Copic Markers
  • Accessories: Vintage Buttons; Satin Ribbon; Heart Stick Pin; Vintage Twine
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Spellbinders Dies; Scotch ATG 714 Adhesive; Foam Tape
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Friday, August 28, 2009

Clean and Simple in Brown and Red ...

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Happy Friday, campers!

Today's card project was created for SCS's "Clean and Simple" Design Team search. Designers must create a card following a sketch, a color combination, and/or an autumn-themed holiday. This card was created following the monochromatic challenge.

For all the brown-with-some-red deets, clicky HERE. For the ginormous view of my card, clicky on the photo.

I stamped my flower image with the help of a SAMJ twice in Chocolate Chip ink and once with Riding Hood Red ink on Kraft card stock. I stamped my sentiment, added three vintage buttons, and finis! So easy, even I could do it!

TIP: For even placement of stamped images, draw a straight line in pencil, stamp, then erase your pencil marks.

For all of the tres exciting product info, check out the supply list, below.

Sooooooooo, yesterday Sheila decided it was time to teach her niece, Bailey, how to drive. On their way, someone decided they needed to take me along for the ride.

Since my Momma didn't raise no fool, I jumped in the back seat, leaving Sheila to ride shotgun up front in the death seat.

We circled the neighborhood, then once Bailey felt comfortable, we headed into the Village.

At a busy intersection, Sheila said, "Turn left here, Bailey. And don't forget to let the people behind you know what you're doing."

Bailey turned to me sitting in the back seat and announced, "Deb: I'm going left."

I'm still giggling!

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: Stampin' Up
  • Stamps: Flower from "True Friend" Set by Stampin' Up; Sentiment by CTMH
  • Ink: "Chocolate Chip" and "Riding Hood Red" Dye Inks by Stampin' Up
  • Accessories: Vintage Buttons; Natural Twine
  • Tools: Stamp-A-Ma-Jig
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 4 1/4"

Thursday, August 27, 2009

What a Lovely Day for a Scavenger Hunt!

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Happy Thursday, race fans!

Today's card project was created for SCS's "Clean and Simple" Design Team search. Designers must create a card following a sketch, a color combination, and/or an autumn-themed holiday. This card was created following a sketch.

For all of the sketchy challenge deets, clicky HERE. For the ginormous view of my card, clicky right on the photo.

I stamped the Season of Friendship tree with Chocolate Chip dye ink, added the leaves, the sentiment, and the bird from the set, tied on a ribbon, and added a scalloped border.

For all of the clean and simple product info, check out the supply list, below.

Soooooooooooooooo, yesterday Sheila and I teamed up to do some errands and grab an early dinner. Since Sheila's DH had an after-hours glass job, we left Reid-the-Wild-Child with Chrissy, a new sitter.

Sheila was a teeny bit nervous about this new sitter and called home to see if everything was okay. Apparently it was. So far, so good.

When we got back to Sheila's though, Reid was nowhere to be found.

"Oh, I think he went out to the workshop." the baby-sitter answered a tad too vaguely when asked where the Wild-Child was.

"You think he went out to the workshop?!?! You THINK he went out to the workshop?" (Sheila repeats things when she's upset.)

And Sheila was really upset ... with good reason. We ran to the workshop, but before we got there, here comes Reid up the driveway ... with a shopping bag in hand.


"Where have you been?" Sheila cried. "What have you been doing? Where have you been?!?"

"I'm on a scavenger hunt, Mom." Reid calmly replied. "And I still need a box of wild rice, a pork chop bone, and last Sunday's newspaper."

"WHAT?!? WHAT?!?" Sheila exploded, "What on earth are you talking about?!? What do you mean, 'you're on a scavenger hunt?'"

"Oh, well, Chrissy's boyfriend, that's Jason, he sent me on a scavenger hunt. And I'm doing really good, Mom!" Reid answered proudly, holding up his bag.

It was right about then that Sheila went a little berserk. And since I'm afraid of blood, I thought it best to leave. I'm certain that Chrissy won't be back ... I just hope she's still alive!

Thanks for stopping by; have a great day!

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: "Riding Hood Red" (Retired) and "Very Vanilla" Card Stock by Stampin' Up!
  • Stamps: "Season of Friendship" Set by Stampin' Up!
  • Ink: "Classic" Dye Inks by Stampin' Up!
  • Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Tools: Scallop Border Punch by Stampin' Up; Stamp-A-Ma-Jig
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Monday, August 24, 2009

Birthday Wishes in Soft Suede Flannel ...

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Happy Monday, Stampers ... hope your weekend was fabulousness!

Today's card project was created for SCS's "Clean and Simple" challenge, CAS28, to create a masculine card. What's more masculine than flannel, I axe you? For all the challenging deets, clicky HERE. To go straight to the CAS28 card gallery, clicky HERE. For the ginormous view of my card, clicky on the photo.

I stamped my flannel background in Soft Suede ink, tied on some weird cotton trim I found in my stash, then stamped my sentiment, cut it out with a Nesties die, matted it on Soft Suede card stock, then mounted the whole shebang on the card base using foam tape.

For the rest of the warm and fuzzy product info, check out the supply list, below.

So, hey, I wanted to mention to you guys that if you're interested in purchasing Stampin' Up! products, and who isn't, you can buy 'em from me! Clicky HERE to go to my Stampin' Up! online store. Once there, click on "Shop Now," and you're on your way to stampin' heaven!

Soooooooo, this weekend, I went on my semi-annual trip to Publix-Where-Shopping-Is-A-Pleasure-But-Where-There-Are-No-Shopping-Carts.

As I was walking out to my car, people were lining up to get my noisy and wobbly grocery cart.

After I unloaded the cart, I offered it to the first person in line, explaining, "it wobbles like crazy and it makes an awful racket, but it works."

"That's okay," the nice lady said, taking it. "I have a husband at home like that."

Hey! Me too!!

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: "Very Vanilla" and "Soft Suede" by Stampin' Up!
  • Stamps: "Flannel" Background Stamp (Retired) by Stampin' Up!; Sentiment from "Sincere Salutations Set by Stampin' Up
  • Ink: "Tea Dye" Distress Ink by Ranger; "Soft Suede" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up!
  • Accessories: Cotton Trim by Joanne Fabrics; Antique Copper Ribbon Slide from Antique Copper Hodgepodge Hardware (Retired) by Stampin' Up!; DMC Embroidery Floss
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Nestabilities Dies by Spellbinders; Inkssentials Ink Tool; Tim Holtz Distressing Tool; Foam Tape
  • Finished Size: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Friday, August 21, 2009

My Florida. Okay, it's Not ALL Mine ...

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Just a tiny l'il section of it!

Today's paper crafting project is a vintage-inspired paper bag album full of original ephemera that I recently created. The theme is, not surprisingly, Florida!

This album is currently up for bid on eBay. If you'd like to check it out ... and see more photos of the album, click HERE. You can also clicky on my photos for the ginormous view.

So, you've seen the cover; here's the rest of it:


This spread is pages two and three ...


This spread is pages four and five ...


This spread is pages six and seven ...


This spread is pages eight and nine ...


And this spread is pages ten and eleven.

As you can see, the album is filled with all kinds of vintage ephemera including original photographs, v-e-r-y old linen "Moonlight over Florida" post cards, old game cards, and other assorted old thingies.

Sooooooooo, yesterday Sheila asked me to come along while she brought Reid-the-Wild-Child to the dentist. I think she thought we we're gonna be able to sneak off and shop while Reid was being dentified. No such luck.

And as my luck would have it, Reid insisted that I come in with him ... NOT his Mommy.

And as Reid's luck would have it, the dentist discovered a cavity that needed to be filled.

"Now, Reid," asked the dentist, "what kind of filling would you like for that tooth?"

Without hesitation, Reid politely replied, "Chocolate, please."

Hey, maybe I AM his Mommy after all!

~Hugs,

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Best Witches ...

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Happy Stump Day, Hampers!

Today's card project was created for SCS's "Clean and Simple" Design Team search. Designers must create a card following a sketch, a color combination, and/or an autumn-themed holiday. I chose to create a card featuring my favorite autumn holiday: Halloweenie!

I stamped my pumpkin in hybrid ink, colored it poorly using Copic markers, then over-stamped the sentiment in Distress ink.

For all the spooky product info, check out the supply list, below.

Soooooooo, Sheila's DH, Ken, called me last night to ask if I'd create an "anniversary-slash-birthday" card for him to give to Sheila.

"Ummm, Ken, I can make a birthday card ... or, I can make an anniversary card. Do you want me to make one of each?" I asked.

"No, that won't work, Deb. I need a card that covers both events ... we're celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of Sheila's twenty-ninth birthday."

Alrighty, then ... that I can do!

Thanks for stopping by ... you rocketh!

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: "Basic Black," "Dusty Durango," and "Very Vanilla" Card Stock by Stampin' Up!
  • Designer Paper: "Haunted" Collection by Cosmo Cricket
  • Stamps: Pumpkin Dollar Stamp by Michaels; Sentiment Stamp from "Haunted" Clear Stamp Set by Cosmo Cricket
  • Ink: "Orangerie" Palette Hybrid Ink by Stewart Superior; "Black Soot" Distress Ink by Ranger
  • Color Medium: Copic Markers
  • Accessories: Satin Ribbon by May Arts
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine by Provo Craft; Nestabilities Dies by Spellbinders Paper Arts; Stamp-A-Ma-Jig by EK Success; Foam Tape; Scotch ATG 714 Adhesive
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Monday, August 17, 2009

Because ..... I Said So!

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Happy Monday, all and one!

Today's card project was created for last week's SCS's "Clean and Simple" challenge, CAS27, to use some bling on your clean and simple card. For all the challenging deets, clicky HERE. To go straight to the CAS27 card gallery, clicky HERE. For the ginormous view of my card, clicky on the photo.

I lurve this dandelion stamp; isn't it purty?!? I stamped the purty dandelion with dye ink and added some self-adhesive faux gemstones and cut it out using a deckle-edged die. I added the sentiment, matted my image, and tied a ribbon around my card base. Easy peasy!

For the rest of the mind-boggling product info, check out the supply list, below.

Sooooo, this weekend Sheila's Dad took Reid-the-Wild-Child to the Palm Beach Zoo.

After a few blessed hours of quiet, Reid and his grandfather came home.

"Did you thank your grandfather for taking you to the Zoo?" Sheila asked.

Reid didn't answer.

She asked again, "Reid, did you thank Gramps for taking you to the Zoo?"

Still no answer.

Then Sheila kinda lost it: "You answer me right now, young man! DID YOU THANK YOUR GRANDFATHER?!?"

"Yes," Reid whispered.

"Well, why didn't you say so?"

"Because he told me not to mention it!"

I've been listing stuff in my eBay store like a crazy-woman. For a look-see without goin' all the way to eBay, check out my eBay store widget on the right sidebar! What won't they thin' up next?!?

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: "Dark Chocolate" Card Stock by Papertrey Ink; "Very Vanilla" and "Pink Pirouette" Card Stock by Stampin' Up!
  • Stamps: Dandelion by Hero Arts; Sentiment by Papertrey Ink
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip Dye Ink by Stampin' Up!
  • Accessories: Faux Gemstones by Hero Arts; Pink Pirouette Ribbon by Stampin' Up!
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Nestabilities Deckle-Edge Dies; Foam Tape
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Friday, August 14, 2009

That's Me: Merry and Bright ...

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TGiF Stampers!

Today's holiday card project was created using this brand-spankin' new craft stamp from Janlynn's "Stamps Happen, Inc." You can see this adorable craft stamp HERE.

And just between us, I think that Stamps Happen holiday craft stamps are among the most wonderful holiday stamps available! To see the rest of the gorgeous Stamps Happen holiday stamps, clicky HERE.

This quick card design is perfect for assembly line card-marking. You could easily put together 20 or 30 of these cards in just an hour or two. Seriously!

I paper-pieced my 'present,' but you don't have to if saving an extra step is important to you. It's adorable either way.

For all of the exciting product info, check out the supply list, below.

Sooooooooooo, last night Sheila and I went out to our favorite restaurant for dinner. We had to wait for a table, so we took a seat at the bar.

A very elderly gentleman, well dressed, well groomed, wearing a great-looking suit ... with a flower in his lapel and smelling slightly of after-shave, walked in and sat down next to Sheila.

After a moment, he turned to her and said, "So, tell me, do I come here often?"

Have a fantastical weekend!

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: "Always Artichoke" Card Stock by Stampin' Up!
  • Designer Paper: "Figgy Pudding" Collection by BasicGrey
  • Craft Stamp: "Merry and Bright" by Janlynn's Stamps Happen, Inc.
  • Ink: "Tuxedo Black" Memento Dye Ink by Tsukineko
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine by Provo Craft; Nestabilities Dies by Spellbinders; Spiral Punch by Stampin' Up!; Corner Rounder Punch by CarlaCraft; Foam Tape; Scotch ATG 714 Adhesive
  • Finished Size: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Monday, August 10, 2009

Reports of My Demise Have Been Slightly Exaggerated ...

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Happy Monday, stampers ... hope your weekend was fantabulous!

I'm so sorry to have 'gone missing' on you, but last week was just crazy! My eBay store, with approximately 200 listings, somehow went kaput. Everything simply disappeared and after hours of phone calls and emails, I learned I had to relist e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g! Which really gave me pause as I've been thinking about closing the store for some time.

However, my inventory of 'stuff' is huge and since I'd like to get it gone, I ultimately decided to relist everything and once done, have a huge sale. And no, I'm not yet done ... and I've added another thirty listings of stuff I've been meaning to list, but never did. Not to mention dozens of stamps I've decided I really don't need anymore ... I know, shocking! If you're interested, you can check out my new, improved eBay store listings HERE.

Today's card was created for last Monday's SCS's "Clean and Simple" challenge, CAS26, to use stitching on your card. For all the challenging deets, clicky HERE. To go straight to the CAS26 card gallery, clicky HERE. For the ginormous view of my card, clicky right on the photo.

I colored my old willow tree stamp using Brush Markers, then stamped on SU's "Very Vanilla" card stock. I mounted my stamped image on card stock, then punched holes around it's perimeter; I added stitching using DMC embroidery floss.

For all the mind-numbing product info, check out the supply list, below.

Soooooooo, this past weekend Sheila and I went to our "All Girls - All Night - All Poker" card club. We used to play once a month, but with the kids home from school and family vacations, we haven't been able to get together to play in months.

Because I'm clumsy, I usually awaken the DH when I come home late from All G. All N. All P. night's. But knowing he had a very early service call, I decided I'd quietly slip into the house and undress in the living room. Yes, I'm very weird. Anyway, purse over my arm, I tiptoed neck-id into the bedroom.

The DH woke up, sat up, rubbed his eyes, and said, "Dammit, Deb! Did you lose EVERYTHING?"

I'm hoping to get back to regular posting again soon ... I just received the kewlest new holiday craft stamps from Janlynn's "Stamps Happen!" I just need to finish up in my eBay store, dust off my ink pads, and start stampin'!

I'll be back to visit all of your blogs a-sap ... and thanks for being the. best. imaginary. stamping. friends. evuh!

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: "Bermuda Bay," "Chocolate Chip," and "Very Vanilla" Card Stock by Stampin' Up!
  • Stamps: Willow Tree by RootStamps; Sentiment from "Bella Blossoms" Set by Stampin' Up!
  • Ink: "Chocolate Chip" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up!
  • Color Medium: Marvy Brush Markers
  • Accessories: Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon by Stampin' Up; Vintage Buttons by Papertrey Ink; DMC Embroidery Floss
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine by Provo Craft; Cuttlebug "Distressed Stripes" A2 Embossing Folder by Provo Craft; Mat Pack by Stampin' Up!; Paper Piercer by Making Memories; Scotch ATG 714 Adhesive; The Ultimate Glue by Api; Glue Dots by Mini-Glue Dots; Foam Tape