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

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Cutest L'il Jailbirds ... Ever!

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Aren't they?!?

Today's card was created for my Hallowe'en card stash using this adorable "Jailbird" stamp from Inkadinkado. Too cute, no?!? For a ginormous closer look, clicky on the photo.

I stamped my image twice on card stock, then paper-pieced the middle 'jailbird' on the original stamped image. The sentiment is part of the stamp and jess I love that spooky-kewl font!

I added some old patterned paper from my half-vast collection of patterned paper, some black rick-rack, and three foam spiders. I added the l'il gold flat-back pearls for 'eyes.'

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

Sooooooooooooo, this weekend I was out with Sheila when we got pulled over by a traffic cop. Sheila tried to talk Sheriff R. Landon out of the ticket, but he wasn't impressed ... and Sheila got an expensive ticket for speeding.

When we got back to her house, she pulled out her checkbook to pay the fine.

"Wait! Don't you want to fight that ticket?" I asked.

"Of course not," Sheila replied. "I just want this out of the house before Ken sees it."

"Doesn't Ken pay the bills with this checkbook?"

"Good thinking, Deb!"

So Sheila wrote out the check, made payable to "Cash," then scribbled on the memo line: "One Pullover, $125."

~Hugs,

  • Card Stock: "Summer Sunrise" from Papertrey Ink; "Tangerine Tango" by Stampin' Up!
  • Designer Paper: KI Memories
  • Stamp: Inkadinkado
  • Ink: "Tuxedo Black" Memento Dye Ink by Tsukineko
  • Accessories: "Medium" Black Rick-Rack by Wrights; Foam Spiders, Unknown; Gold Flat-Back Self-Adhesive Pearls by Michaels
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine by Provo Craft; Nestabilities Die; Foam Tape; Scotch ATG 714 Adhesive
  • Finished Size: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"