Friday, February 27, 2009

Yikes, That's Gotta Hurt!

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How exactly does one get and keep a green bough in their heart ... and survive?!? Sounds kinda messy ... and I'll betcha the singin' birds won't be the only things to come!

I kid, it's a lovely sentiment and I lurve that distressed-lookin' font.

ONward Hoarding-Card-Makers:

Today's card project was created for Splitcoast's current (SC217) sketch challenge. For a look at the sketch I followed, and all the challenge deets, click HERE.

In order to get all three nests in, I had to create a larger card. This measures 5" x 7" and that puts me w-a-y outta my 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" comfort zone.

The nests were stamped with Chocolate Chip dye ink, then colored in with Copic markers. I used Koh-I-Noor Woodless pencils blended with Gamsol to color the eggs.

For the rest of the details, check out the supply list, below.

Soooo yesterday, Sheila and I went to the Library ... me to pick up books, her to drop off.

"I have a complaint!" Sheila said to the library-lady.

"Yes, ma'am?"

"Well, I borrowed a book last week and it was just terrible!"

"What was wrong with it?" asked the librarian.

"My gosh, it had way too many characters and there was no plot whatsoever!"

The librarian nodded and said, "Ahh, you must be the person who took our phone book!"

No, seriously!

Now I'm off to create the March desktop wallpaper calendar ... just for you. Have a great weekend!

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: "Dark Chocolate" and "Kraft" by Papertrey Ink
  • Designer Paper: Jenni Bowlin Studio
  • Stamps: Nest, Sentiment, and Bird all by Oxford Impressions
  • Ink: "Chocolate Chip" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up
  • Accessories: Natural Jute Twine
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Nestabilties Die; Cuttlebug "Swiss Dots" A2 Embossing Folder; Copic Markers; Koh-I-Noor Woodless Pencils; Gamsol OMS; Dimensionals

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Embellishment Pile-Up ... But No One Was Injured or Kilt

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Happy Thursday all and one! So today being "National Pistachio Day," I thought I'd create a green card. Yeah, that's a lie.

I actually created this card for Splitcoast's "Ways to Use It" challenge, then forgot to post it. For all of the challenge deets, you can clicky
HERE. For the ginormous view of the card, clicky on the photo.

Since the challenge called for "piling" up embellies, I chose to pile all kinds o'stuff on my ribbon. So, if you're keepin' track of these sorts of things, I've got two layers of ribbon, and nine layers of flower parts.

TIP: Thread your button holes with thin strips of matching patterned paper ... I use a guillotine cutter so I get nice skinny cuts ... they look kewl and they'll always match your project!

If your interested in knowing what I used to make this thang, check out the supply list, below.

Soooooooo, yesterday Sheila asked me to run down to the hardware store with you.

Seems she found a broken vise grip in the trash (me? I don't even know what a vise grip is ... well, I do now ... but I digress). Anyway, her DH's birthday is coming up, so she decided to buy him a new vise grip for his birthday.

So we stroll into the hardware store and Sheila asked a salesclerk, "'Scuse me, do you have any heavy-duty vises?"

"Well, no, ma'am," he replied. "I gave them all up for Lent."

Give it a minute; it'll grow on ya ...

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: "Kiwi Kiss" by Stampin' Up
  • Designer Paper: "Lily Kate" Collection by BasicGrey
  • Other Paper: Vintage (1942) Dictionary Pages
  • Stamp: Tag by Time to Stamp
  • Ink: Staz-On Solvent Ink by Tsukineko
  • Accessories: A Pile of Prima's; Grosgrain Ribbon; Vintage Buttons; Natural Lace Trim; Button Brads by Making Memories
  • Tools: Die Cut Machine by Provo Craft; "Distressed Stripes" A2 Embossing Folder by Provo Craft; Flower Punch by McGill; Flower Dies by Provo Craft; Edge Distresser; "Threading Water" Border Punch by Fiskars; Dimensionals

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

May You Have Enough ... Stamps!

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Okay, so the stamp doesn't really read this ... but it should!

The stamp, by Close to My Heart, doesn't credit the author of this sentiment, but I really do prefer it this ^ way.

Now here's the real text:

I don't think you need me to tell you how I created this card. But if you're interested, you can check out the supply list, below.

So, yesterday Sheila got this idea that she HAD to go shopping in Boca Raton. We took I-95 southbound and weren't driving for 10 minutes when we had a flat tire. Scary stuff. Sheila eased the car over to the shoulder, go out, and opened the trunk.

Okay, this next part seems unbelievable but ... she took 2 cardboard men out of her trunk, unfolded them, and stood them at the rear of the car facing oncoming traffic. They looked soooo life-like except that ... they were dressed in trench coats exposing their nude cardboard bodies to oncoming drivers.

To my surprise, cars start slowing down looking at the life-like men. And of course, traffic starts backing up. Everybody is beeping their horns and waving like crazy. We were laffin' hysterically the whole time until ...

A Florida Highway Patrolman pulls up behind the car. He got out and started walking toward us. And ummm, you could tell right away that he wasn't thinking this was funny.


"What's going on here?" he barked.

"My car has a flat tire." Sheila answered.

"Well, what are those obscene cardboard men doing here by the road?" he asked.

Sheila responded, "Hellooooo, those are my emergency flashers!"


~Hugs,


  • Card Stock: "Tangerine Tango" by Stampin' Up; "Vintage Cream" by Papertrey Ink
  • Designer Paper: Stampin' Up
  • Stamp: "Treasure Life" Set by Close to My Heart
  • Ink: "Spiced Marmalade" Distress Ink by Tim Holtz for Ranger Industries
  • Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon, Antique Copper Photo Turns, Brads, and Frame Hangers by Stampin' Up
  • Tools: Edge Distresser; 1/16" Circle Punch by McGill; Scotch ATG 714

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Goin' Green ... A Fifteen Minute Project

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Hey, there you are, happy *Two Tips Tuesday!

Today's card was created for SCS's "Limited Supplies" challenge. This week the challenge called for using the color green ... and limited supplies ... to create your card. For all the challenge deets, clicky
HERE. For the humongous view of the card, clicky on the photo.

This card was created in a New York minute: I stamped my sentiment with Versamark, then embossed with white powder. Using dimensionals, I mounted the sentiment on a die-cut, paper pierced a border, then added some key-ute! chipboard stickers.

TIP: Create a paper-pierced border in seconds using repositional tape and a die. Here I've used the third smallest die from Spellbinder's "Label 1" collection to create my pierced border.

TIP: If you don't already have one, don't bother investing in a paper piercing tool ... use a push-pin instead!

Easy-peasy and ready to serve in just 15 Minutes!

Sooooooo, on Sunday, we went over to Sheila's for BBQ; yum!

Her ribs were delish and her DH asked, "What did you marinate this in?"

Sheila immediately launched into a long, drawn out explanation about how much she loves him, treasures her adorable children, and how life wouldn't be the same without him.

We all sat, spellbound, while Sheila just went on and on. Finally, she looked at each of us, then turned to her DH and said, "Wait. Did I misunderstand you? Ummm, what did you ask me, Ken?"

Ken repeated his question. "Ohhhhhhhhhh," Sheila said, "I thought you asked me if I would marry you again!"

So, Ken asked, "Well, would you marry me again?"

"Vinegar and barbecue sauce." Sheila answered.

I. Kid. You. Not!

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: "Kiwi Kiss" and "Pacific Point" by Stampin' Up
  • Stamp: "Cute & Curly" Set by Stampin' Up
  • Ink: Versamark Watermark Ink by Tsukineko
  • Accessories: White Detail Embossing Powder by Stampendous; Chipboard Stickers by Christina Cole for Provo Craft
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Nestabilities Dies by Spellbinder's; Curly Label Punch by Stampin' Up; Heat Tool by Marvy Uchina; Paper Piercing Tool; Dimensionals

*I just made that up ... 'cuz I jess loves me some alliteration. But since it actually is a good idea, I'll try to come up with Two Tips next Tuesday, (wait for it ...) too!

Monday, February 23, 2009

You're a Hoot ...

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Hey, there you are! Happy "International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day!" In honor of the day, I tried a dog biscuit and you know, they're surprisingly delicious ... and nutritious!

Today's card project was created for SCS's "Way to Use It" challenge. This week, you had to use stripes in your card. So I did. For all the challenge deets, clicky
HERE. For the ginormous view of this project, click on the photo.

A few details: the tree branch was fussy-cut from DP, the owl and the sentiment are mounted on dimensionals, and the leaves were glued down at their bases only.

For a change, I took a photograph of the interior of this card:

Inside, the branch and leaves were paper-pieced on Image Plus 110# card stock.

This weekend, Sheila and I teamed up to run errands and stuff. I was kinda surprised when I saw her dog, Trixie, in the car but whatever.

We were barely out of the neighborhood when we were pulled over by a Palm Beach County Sheriff.

When Sheila asked the officer why we had been stopped, the Sheriff pointed to Trixie.

"Ma'am, does your dog have a license?" he asked.

"No way, Officer," Sheila said, "Trixie isn't allowed to drive!"

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: "Tango Tangerine," "Baja Breeze," and "Kiwi Kiss" by Stampin' Up; Image Plus, 110#
  • Designer Paper: "Mocha Chica" Collection by Kim Hughes for Cornish Heritage Farms
  • Stamps: "Pretty Birds" Collection by Kim Hughes for Cornish Heritage Farms
  • Ink: "Chocolate Chip" by Stampin' Up
  • Tools: Decorative Edge Scissors by Fiskars; Key Tag Punch by Stampin' Up; Leaf Punch by Martha Stewart; Stylus by Fiskars; Dimensionals

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Cats are Kewl ... They Rule

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Hi, boy (hi Curt!), and girls. I got something for you to look at that will make you giggle and grin:



Dang, I love cats ... they are jess too kewl fer skewl!


Have a great weekend all and one!

~Hugs,

Friday, February 20, 2009

A Round Top Box Full O'Fun!

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Happy Friday, race fans! And happy "Frank's Birthday," too! Frank is my handsome and desperately darlin' son. And yes, it IS a national holiday ... on my planet, anyway.

So, today's paper project was created for SCS's "Try a New Technique" challenge. And it's a gift for Sheila ... as she's decided if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. So all these l'il catseye ink pads are for her stampin' stash. I just hope she doesn't decide to start bloggin', too! Lord knows I give her enough ammo to internationally skewer me too. Sheila's funny but I'm ... ummm, crazy funny too.

This is such a fun project ... and sooooooo easy, even a child I could do it! Just think of all the l'il packaging projects you can create using this kewl template. So, thanks Splitcoast, for yet another fun challenge. For all the challenge deets, and to download the .pdf round top box template, clicky
HERE. As always, you can clicky on the photo for the ginormous view.

I printed the template out on card stock from October Afternoon's "County Fair" collection and fussy cut the flowers and leaves to embellish my box. I stamped my sentiment, from SU, adhered it to a BBQ skewer, tied on some ribbon, and tah, dah! Easy-peasy!

So, in my new spirit of kindness to Sheila ... I kid ... she just hasn't done anything really stupid or really funny in the last 24 hours, so here's a l'il something that was published in the Palm Beach Post:

"We wish to apologise for the error in the Thursday, February 19, 2009, edition, in which we stated that 'Mr. Fred N ...." is a Defective in the Police Force.' This was a typographical error. We meant, of course, that Mr. N .... is a Detective in the Police Farce." We regret any confusion this error may have caused."

To live here is to love it here ...

~Happy Weekend,

  • Card Stock: "County Fair" Collection by October Afternoon
  • Stamp: "Make It Count" Set by Stampin' Up!
  • Ink: "Cote d' Azure" Palette Hybrid by Stewart Superior
  • Accessories: BBQ Skewer; Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Tools: "Curly Label Punch" by Stampin' Up!; Dimensionals; "Cutter Bee" Scissors

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Rose Red + Kiwi Kiss + More Mustard =

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This.

Happy Thursday all and one, and may I be the first to wish you a happy "National Chocolate Mint Day?" NOW we're talkin'! 'Cuz any day with 'chocolate' in it is a happy day in my book! And I know y'all feel the same way ...

Today's card project was created for SCS's "Color Combination" challenge. For all the colorful deets, clicky
HERE. As always, clicky on the photo for the ginormous view.

I created my flower ... and I use the term "flower" loosely ... by punching 1 1/4" circles out of old dictionary pages, added a center, lotsa l'il
punchie-thingies, and card stock leaves.

The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's "Cute and Curly" set. For the rest of the blah, blah, blah, check the supply list, below.

This is true:

Sheila's DH hired a painter to paint their house. Yup, you paint your house in the winter down here ... it's a heat/humidity thang. Anyway, Ken was really happy with the job the painter had done.

"You did a great job," he said and handed the man a check. "Also, in order to thank you, here's an extra $80 to take the missus out to dinner and a movie."

The painter thanked him and agreed to do just that. Later that very same night, the doorbell rang and lo and behold, it was the painter.


"Hey, buddy, what's the matter, did you forget something?" Ken asked.

"Nope," replied the painter. "I'm a man of my word. I'm here to take your missus out to dinner and a movie just like you asked."

Seriously; I was there!! And Sheila really wanted to go but ...

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: "Kiwi Kiss" and "Rose Red" by Stampin' Up; "Mustard," Unknown
  • Other Paper: Vintage (1942) Dictionary Pages, Personal Collection
  • Stamps: "Spot On Backgrounds" Set by Close to My Heart; "Cute and Curly" Set by Stampin' Up!
  • Ink: "Rose Red" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up; Versamark Watermark Ink
  • Accessories: Crystal Pearls
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; "Curly Label" Punch by Stampin' Up; "Labels 2 Dies by Spellbinder's; 1 1/4" Circle Punch by EK Success; 1" Circle Punch by Martha Stewart; Small Flower Punch by EK Success; 1/4" Circle Punch by Stampin' Up; 5/16" Circle Punch by Provo Craft; Stylus by Fiskars; Dimensionals

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Hoppy Easter ... "Clean and Simple"

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Happy "National Battery Day!" So, I thought I'd tell you what my favorite battery operated gadget is: my hurricane-stash-itty-bitty color TV! All 3 inches of it! And you thought I was gonna say ... something else, didn't you?

Today's card was created for SCS's new "Clean and Simple" challenge. This week, the challenge called for the use of one button. Just one. Not two. One. For all the details of the challenge, clicky
HERE. And for the ginormous view of the card, you can clicky on the photo, above.

This simple l'il card needs no explanation but I did want to mention how much I love this old stamp set from Stampin' Up. The images are so fun and spring-like ... so I'm warnin' you, you're gonna be seein' more of this set. Oh. The set is l-o-n-g since retired, originally offered in 1998, and is called ... ready? "Hoppy Easter." Didn't see that comin', didcha?!? For the rest of the deets, check out the supply list, below.

Soooooo, on Sunday, the DH and I attended Church and after, decided to stop by Sheila's Sunday School class.

The cutest l'il girl was wearing a particularly pretty dress and, as she sat down, Sheila said, "That is a very pretty dress, Melissa. Is it your special Sunday dress?"

"Yes," Melissa answered, "and my Mom says it's a bitch to iron."

I. Kid. You. Not!!!

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: "Stampers Select" by Papertrey Ink
  • Other: Blue Paint Sample Card from Lowe's
  • Stamp: "Hoppy Easter" by Stampin' Up!
  • Ink: "Indian Corn Blue" Dye Ink by Close to My Heart
  • Accessories: Prima Flowers; Vintage Button; DMC Embroidery Floss
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folder; Nestabilities Dies by Spellbinder; Dimensionals

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Celebrate You ... or, You; Celebrate!

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Hey, there you are! So, today is "Champion Crab Races Day" ... and if you have crabs, I hope they're all champions. Or win races ... something ...

Today's card project was created fast using stamps from SU's "Party Hearty" set and more of that yummy Riding Hood Red grosgrain ribbon.

I stamped the sentiment, from Papertrey Ink, on card stock then ran it through the 'Bug with a die from the "Tiny Tags" collection. For all the blah, blah, blah, check out the supply list, below.

Soooooo, on Sunday Sheila and I went downtown to an art show at the Norton.


One piece was a huge canvas that was black with yellow blobs of paint splattered all over it. The next painting we looked at was a murky gray color that had drips of purple paint streaked across it.

Sheila walked over to the artist and said, "I'm sorry, but I don't understand your paintings."

"I paint what I feel inside me," explained the artist.

"Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh," Sheila said, "You should try Tums."

I. Kid. You. Not.

~Hugs!

  • Card Stock: Bazzill Basics; Close to My Heart; "Stampers Select" by Papertrey Ink
  • Stamps: "Party Hearty" Set by Stampin' Up; Sentiment by Papertrey Ink
  • Ink: "Riding Hood Red" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up; "Indian Corn Blue" Dye Ink by Close to My Heart
  • Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon by Stampin' Up
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Nestabilities Large Classic Circle Die by Spellbinder's; "Tiny Tags" Die by Provo Craft; Embossing Folder by Provo Craft; Dimensionals

Monday, February 16, 2009

Imagine ... That

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Happy Monday! So today is "Do A Grouch A Favor Day." How kewl is that? So, do me a favor ...

Today's card was created using a chipboard heart, a bit of natural jute, some unidentified patterned paper, and a Heidi Swapp clear stamp. Oh. And acrylic paint, Crackle Medium, and white embossing powder. Easy-peasy! For all the deets, check out the supply list, below.

So, this weekend Sheila and I went to her son's soccer game. While we were walking through the dozens of soccer fields to find Reid's game, Sheila noticed a girl standing by herself on one side of a playing field.

Sheila walked up to her and asked if she was all right. The girl said she was. Later, however, we noticed that the girl was in the same spot, still by herself.

Approaching her again, Sheila offered, "Would you like me to be your friend?"

The girl hesitated, gave her a v-e-r-y suspicious look and said, "Okay."

"So," Sheila asked, "Why are you standing here all alone?"

"Duh," the little girl said with great exasperation, "I'm the goalie!"

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: "Dark Chocolate" by Papertrey Ink
  • Designer Paper: Unknown
  • Stamp: "Imagine" (duh) by Heidi Swapp
  • Ink: Versamark by Tsukineko
  • Accessories: White Detail Embossing Powder by Tsukineko; Natural Twine; Heart-Shaped Chip Board by Cosmo Cricket
  • Tools: Crackle Medium by Delta; Fluid Acrylic Paint by Golden; Photo Corner Punch by Stampin' Up; Heat Gun; Dimensionals

Friday, February 13, 2009

You're in My Heart ... But Not the Budget

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Hey, there you are! So happy Friday, and happy "Get a Different Name Day!" I haven't decided yet what I'll change my name to ... I suffer from option paralysis. But I'm definitely leanin' toward "Broke" ... err, I mean "Brooke."

Today's final-Valentine-of-2009 was created for the Caardvarks "We Heart You" card challenge. For all the challenge deets, clicky
HERE. And you can clicky on the photo for the ginormous view.

To create this card, I used SU "Pink Pirouette" card stock, a Grunge Board heart, some vintage (1897) ephemera, a Prima flower, a 'ghost' bracket from CTMH, and a few other goodies.

I stamped my sentiment, from Close to My Heart, available
HERE, on CTMH patterned paper (available HERE), with SU "Chocolate Chip" dye ink.

For the rest of the blah, blah, blah, check my supply list, below.

Soooooooo, Sheila's birthday is coming up and all she can talk about is getting diamond earrings.

"Why?" I asked, "don't you think that's a pretty frivolous gift? I mean, people are having a hard time paying their bills and putting food on their tables ... if you ask me, I think it's a ridiculous idea."

"Oh, it's frivolous all right, prolly ridiculous too, but it's all I want. The DH doesn't even have to wrap the package ... or take me out to dinner ... just give me diamond earrings and I'll be happy."

So, later, the DH walks in and Sheila 'reminds' him her birthday is coming up.

"Oh. Okay. What do you want?" he asked.

"Diamond earrings! You don't even have to wrap the package or take me out to dinner ... I just want diamond earrings." Sheila answered.

"Really?" her DH responded, "'Cuz I think diamonds look tacky on younger women."

"Ohhhhhh." Sheila said, "I'll make reservations for dinner then."

Does he have her number or what?

Have a great weekend, my imaginary friend!

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: "Pink Pirouette" by Stampin' Up
  • Designer Paper: "More to Adore" Collection by Close to My Heart
  • Ink: "Chocolate Chip" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up
  • Accessories: Tim Holtz Grunge Board Heart; Ghost Bracket by Close to My Heart; Prima Flower; Vintage Ephemera, Personal Collection; Pink Brad; Metal-Edge Shipping Tag; Metal Flower, Unknown; Natural Lace Trim
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine by Provo Craft; "Distressed Stripes" Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Daisy Punch by Marvy Uchida; "Threading Water" Border Punch by Fiskars; Fluid Acrylic Paint by Golden

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Celebrate Love ... A Blog Challenge Entry

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So, happy "National Plum Pudding Day!" And what the heck is plum pudding, anyway? Well, if you find out, please let me know too. I certainly don't want to miss out on a Holiday that includes dessert.

ONward Hoarding-Card-Makers:

Today's super-simple card was created for The Cuttlebug Spot's "Celebrate Love" challenge. You can visit the blog, and see all the challenge deets,
HERE.

To create my background, I used the "LetterPress" technique, inking up the inside of the embossing folder with ink, then running it through the 'Bug with card stock.

I stamped my sentiment with hybrid ink, cut it out with a Nestie, then mounted it to my prepared background.

I added a MS bird punchie and finis! Easy-peasy and ready to serve in just ... oh, let's say 30 minutes!

So, yesterday, Sheila called to tell me her barn was on fire. Why she called me before she called the Fire Department, I'll never know ... but she did.

Once the fire was out, she called the insurance company ... on speaker phone:

"We had that barn insured for fifty thousand, and I want my money."

The agent replied, "Hold on just a minute, Sheila. Insurance doesn't work quite like that. We will ascertain the value of what was insured and provide you with a new barn of comparable worth."

There was a long pause ... then Sheila said, "Then I'd like to cancel the policy on my husband."

I. Kid. You. Not.

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: Bazzill Basics; Stampers Select by Papertrey Ink
  • Stamp: Unknown (Unmounted)
  • Ink: "L'Amore Red" Palette Hybrid by Stewart Superior
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine by Provo Craft; Large Rectangular Die by Spellbinder's; "Heart Block" Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Bird Punch by Martha Stewart; Dimensionals

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Because You're Special ... and Have Some Vintage Bakery Twine to Share

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Hey, there you are! Allow me to be the first to wish you a happy "White Tee-Shirt Day." Well, it's also "Don't Cry Over Spilt Milk Day" ... go on, pick one and move on.

Today's card project was the result of me finally cleaning up my work table ... hence, there's l'il bits and pieces of every card I made in the last few days consolidated in this one. Almost like left-overs ... without the heartburn ... sorta.

I ran some dark navy blue card stock through the 'Bug in the "Birds and Swirls" embossing folder, and ran a scrap of "Riding Hood Red" card stock through my paper crimper.

I stamped my cute l'il sentiment stamp with "Riding Hood Red" dye ink on SU card stock, trimmed it closely, then mounted it on dimensionals. I added some vintage bakery twine, an SU double-ended swirl clip, some red Crystal Pearls, three cream-colored eyelets and finis! Easy-peasy!

So, those of you who talk to me regularly know that we've been having all kinds of Internet and cable issues for the last week or so. We've tried everything to fix it ... the DH personally examined every square inch of wire in our home. Nada.

We called Service and scheduled an appointment, but when they finally arrived, everything worked just fine. Go figger ...

As soon as they left, of course, everything went back to normal: nothing worked.

This time, I decided to make the call. So, naturally, within seconds I'm on 'hold' ... and heard this message: "We apologize for the inconvenience and realize that you are still holding. Please do not hang up, as this will further delay your call." It's no wonder nothin' works ...

PS: As for the vintage bakery twine ... does anyone have any that they're willing to part with? I'm almost out and NEED more ...

~Hugs,



  • Card Stock: "Riding Hood Red" by Stampin' Up; Navy by Bazzill Basics
  • Stamp: "Because You're Special" by Inkadinkado
  • Ink: "Riding Hood Red" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up
  • Accessories: Vintage Bakery Twine; Double Swirl Clips by Stampin' Up; Cream Eyelets, Unknown; Red Crystal Pearls
  • Tools: Paper Crimper by Marvy Uchida; Dimensionals

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Hugs & Kisses ...

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Soooo, happy "Umbrella Day!" Hey, I don't write 'em, I just repeat 'em. Now, be sure to poke someone with your umbrella today, okeedokee?!?

Today's last-minute Valentine was created
super-fast. Really! I stamped the "Lace Heart" stamp on Stamper's Select card stock with "Riding Hood Red" dye ink, and cut it out trimming closely.

The "Kisses" sentiment was stamped with Versamark, embossed with Tsukineko Detail Embossing Powder, and also cut out.

I created the ampersand and "Hugs" text with the 'Bug "Olivia" die set, punched the lacy trim with MS's "Doily Lace" border punch, and created a scallop border with Kraft card stock and my slit punch. I used the Crop-a-Dile to set nine white eyelets in the scallop border and finis!


Soooooo on Sunday, Sheila and I decided to go thrift-store shopping. In one store, we were browsing through a display of country-style musical instruments.

After looking over the flutes, dulcimers, and recorders, Sheila picked up a shiny, one-stringed instrument she took to be a mouth harp. She put it to her lips and, much to my amazement, twanged a few notes on it.

After watching from a distance, a clerk walked up and said, "I hate to tell you this, Honey, but you're tryin' to play a cheese slicer."

I. Kid. You. Not!

~Hugs,


  • Card Stock: "Riding Hood Red" by Stampin' Up; Kraft and White by Papertrey Ink
  • Stamps: "Lacy Heart" by Stampin' Up; "Kisses" by Inkadinkado
  • Ink: Versamark Watermark Ink; "Riding Hood Red" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up
  • Accessories: White Eyelets
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Cuttlebug "Olivia" Alphabet Dies; Martha Stewart "Doily Lace" Border Punch; Slit Punch by Stampin' Up; Crop-a-Dile by We R Memory Keepers; Quicky Glue Pen by Sakura; Cutter Bee Scissors; Dimensionals

Monday, February 9, 2009

Kindness Comes in Many Forms but Always with Chocolate ...

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Happy Monday ... and happy "Toothache Day" too. Quick: name one thing that could make a Monday any worse? Why, a toothache, of course!

This card was created in a flash using Prima flowers, pink brads, pink buttons, and some fuchsia embroidery floss. As always, you can clicky on the photo for the ginormous view.

So easy: I layered pink Prima's in a heart-shaped pattern on SU "Rose Red" card stock, then cut the shape out, leaving a small border. Then, I adhered the whole shebang on "Pink Pirouette" card stock and stamped my message using "Rose Red" die ink.

Finally, I added some hot pink Crystal Pearls to the centers of the flowers and attached a scrap of grosgrain ribbon. Easy-peasy!

I chose to use Prima flowers but you could recreate this concept using buttons, Dew Drops, punchies, alphabet stickers, pocket change (nickles, dimes, quarters, fun!), or decorative brads. Practically anything would work.

Try it; I'd love to see what you come up with!

So, this weekend Sheila and I hooked up with Sheila's younger sister, Jill.


Sheila asked Jill, "Is something bugging you? You look anxious."

"Well, my boyfriend just lost all his money and life savings in the stock market," Jill explained.

"Oh, gosh, that's too bad," Sheila sympathized. "You must be feeling pretty badly for him."

"Yeah, I am," Jill answered. "He'll miss me."

Like sister, like sister ...


~cHeERS!

  • Card Stock: "Rose Red" and "Pink Pirouette" by Stampin' Up
  • Stamp: "Heard from the Heart" Set by Stampin' Up
  • Ink: "Rose Red" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up
  • Accessories: Prima Flowers; Vintage Buttons; Crystal Pearls; DMC Embroidery Floss; Grosgrain Ribbon; Brads
  • Tools: Cutter Bee Scissors; Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

Friday, February 6, 2009

Patriotic ... Cupcakes?

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TGIF and hey, happy "Lame Duck Day!" And don't be shy about ordering this at your favorite Chinese restaurant; it's every bit as delicious as regular duck. No, really!

Today's card project was created for my niece's birthday ... she loves cupcakes, but then, who doesn't? 'Course they're not chocolate cupcakes, but even blue cupcakes are better than no cupcakes, right?


The cuppies are popped up on dimensionals and I cut small slits in the 'frosting' for the candles ... keeps 'em from just sitting on the top looking unrealistic. Inasmuch as red and blue cupcakes look realistic ...

For all the blah, blah, blah, see the supply list, below. Oh. And I put all kinds of cute 'stuff' inside the card too but I'm not even gonna start photographing the insides of my cards! Takes me just about for-evuh to get one of the outside that I like.


Sooooo, yesterday Sheila dragged me along on her New Insurance Company quest. Her current carrier, State Farm, is pulling out of Florida and Sheila was conducting "interviews."

During the Q & A she asked, "Suppose I take a life insurance policy for my husband today and tomorrow he dies? What will I get?"

The agent eyed her suspiciously and replied, "Probably 20 to life."

Yikes!

Have a great weekend ... cuddle with a friend and stay warm ... I don't know about you, but we be *freezin' down here!

~Hugs,


*I realize that our Freezin' Index is w-a-y higher than northern folks', but still ... brrrrrr!

  • Card Stock: Bazzill Basics; Papertrey Ink; Stampin' Up
  • Designer Paper: NONE; again
  • Stamps: "Party Hearty" Collection by Stampin' Up
  • Ink: "Riding Hood Red," "Baja Breeze" by Stampin' Up
  • Accessories: Rope Twine by Stampin' Up
  • Tools: Slit Punch by Stampin' Up; Paper Corrugator by Marvy Uchida; Dimensionals, Unknown; Craft Knife by Olfa

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

This is Not a Bunny Tree; It's a Tree with Bunnies ...

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So, today is "Create a Vacuum" Day ... strange, I thought nature abhorred a vacuum. No. Wait. I know: it's me who abhors a vacuum!

Today's card project was created super-fast using a Nestabilities Large Scallop Circle die, scraps of designer paper, and a couple three MS punches. I stamped the Kraft card stock with SU's "Canvas" backgrounder and watermark ink, then free-handed the tree, drew in the ground and added some cheesy-lookin' grass clumps with a drawing pen.

I created a scalloped border with a slit punch and adhered it along the side of the card and finis. Easy-peasy-bunny-squeezy!


Soooo, I'm not quite sure what's goin' on with Sheila ... maybe she's gettin' sick, 'cuz she didn't do or say ONE ridiculous/hysterical/off-color thing all day yesterday. Gosh, I hope she feels better fast; I really miss the free entertainment!

~cHeERS,

  • Card Stock: Papertrey Ink
  • Designer Paper: K&Company; We R Memory Keepers
  • Stamp: "Canvas" Backgrounder by Stampin' Up!
  • Ink: "Chestnut Roan" Fluid Chalk Ink; Watermark Ink by Tsukineko
  • Tools: Drawing Pen by American Crafts; Leaf, Butterfly, and Bunny Punches by Martha Stewart Crafts; Slit Punch by Stampin' Up!; Dimensionals, Unknown; Die-Cut Machine by Provo Craft; Large Scallop Circle Nestabilities by Spellbinder's

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Keep Your Shirt On ...

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Geez, I remember when that was just about my most favorite thing to say ... 'course I was like 12.

Soooo, check out the l'il tropical-ish 'shirt' I made ... how cute is that?!? I stamped it with teeny palm trees using dye ink and added some itty-bitty buttons. Lemme just say right now how hard it was to tie floss through those itsy-bitsy buttons. Doing that prolly took longer than makin' the whole card! What we won't do for our art ...

The sentiment is from Close to My Heart but has since been retired. Why do they retire all the kewl stamps, Mommy?

I stamped some kinda weird pattern on card stock then punched it with a spiral punch. I tied raffia around the card stock and through the punched holes and added three l'il tropical-ish beads to one strand. Easy-peasy ... 'cept for threadin' those eeny-weenie buttons.

So, I've done some research in an effort to learn a bit more about the "Economic Stimulus Payment" program. This is a very exciting new program that I will explain using the Q and A format. 'Cuz you're pretty and nice:

Q. What is an Economic Stimulus Payment?

A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.

Q. Where will the government get this money?

A. From taxpayers.

Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?

A. Only a smidgen.

Q. What is the purpose of this payment?

A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.

Q. But isn't that stimulating the economy of China?

A. Shut up.

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: Bazzill Basics; Cut Card Stock; Papertrey Ink
  • Designer Paper: Artic Frog
  • Stamps: Some Kinda Weird Pattern and Weenie Palm Trees by Simply Chic; Sentiment by Close to My Heart
  • Ink: "New England Ivy" Dye Ink by Close to My Heart; "Chocolate Chip" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up
  • Accessories: Natural Raffia; Seashells and Fish Beads, Unknown; Itsy-Bitsy Buttons by Unknown Button-Maker
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Nestabilities Long Rectangular Dies; Spiral Punch by Stampin' Up;


Monday, February 2, 2009

Here She Is: Miss February!

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Awww, isn't she cute?!?

As threatened promised, here's your February desktop calendar. It's my l'il Valentine to you 'cuz you're pretty and nice and everything.

Because of the size of this wallpaper, and the limitations built into the "Minima" style blog, the view is distorted. You really need to click on the image to see if you want to take it home with you.

I use the calendar as my desktop background, but you can print it out and hang it on the wall in your studio. Or, tape it to your glove compartment ... (hey, does anyone actually keep gloves in their glove compartment? ... lemme know ... I took a survey and no one in Florida does ... but then, we don't own gloves either).

Or, you can stick it in your gym locker, or tape it to the ceiling over your bed so's every morning you'll know exactly what day it is ... preventing you from getting up early on a Saturday by mistake. Or stick it on your fridge, or ... well, basically you can stick it anywhere. Oh, but not there!

Here's how to snag it: click on the image, and then when the new window opens, right-click on the image and choose "save," or "save picture as." Remember where you saved it, then find the image on your hard drive. When you finally find it again, right click on it and chose, "set as desktop background." Ta-dah!

If you have any problems getting this to fit your screen, I'll try to help you but no guarantees. Remember: I don't know what I'm doing. This fits on my computer screen perfectly as is, but if it gets all wonky on yours, I'll prolly have to email you the file.

And don't be afraid if it looks like it's missing a line or a number, 'cuz once you download it and send it to your desktop it looks perfectly fine. Must be some Photobucket/Blogger image glitch/trick.

Okeedokee then. This weekend Sheila and her DH came over to hang out at our house. In the family room, the TV was on and scientists were discussing the Meteor Crater in northern Arizona.

"Oh, I want to see this!" Sheila said. No; we never ask why ... that always leads to trouble.

Anyway, we all trudge into the family room to watch the show with her.

The narrator was describing the Meteor Crater and how it was formed while we watched aerial footage of the Crater and the surrounding area.

So, now we all know, whether we wanted to or not, that the Meteor Crater was formed when a lump of nickel and iron, roughly 150 feet in diameter and weighing 300,000 tons, struck the earth at about 40,000 mph, scattering white-hot debris for miles in every direction. And that the hole measures nearly a mile across and is 570 feet deep.

"Wowza," Sheila exclaimed,"It just missed the highway!"

I. Kid. You. Not.

~Hugs,