Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Here is a card I made a while back. I don't think I shared it yet, but if I did you can enjoy it again!
The patterned paper for this card is from Scenic Route Paper Co. It is called Broadway and is from the Rockland line.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
click on comic to get a more readable version.
Life is good, just extremely busy.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
I originally found the blending site of off this blog--Adventures in Carpooling.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
The stamps on this card are from Elzybells. I just love this cute little juggling penguin and his igloo! The designer paper is from SU's Christmas line last year--I am still trying to use it all up. The ric rac is tied together with DMC floss thread. Come back later in the week to see a card with these stamps and a lot more of that DMC floss (think sewing).
Friday, November 23, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
I compiled all the answers and here is what we have...
The Night before Christmas
'Twas the eon before Christmas, and all throught the hobbit hole,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a shark.
The mittens were hung by the armoire with care,
In hopes that St. Georgia soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their chairs,
While visions of sugar-noodles danced in their toes.
And third cousin's brother-in-law in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to the dishwasher to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
kicked open the shutters, and jumped up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave the luster of mid-Renaissance to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear?
But a pretty McDonalds, and eight tiny dogs.
With a little old driver, so lively and bumpy,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Georgia.
More rapid than hyenas his dogs they came,
And he whistled, and ran, and called them by name;
"Now, Dasher! Now, Abraham! Now castle and Vixen!
On, Johnny Appleseed! On Duck Billed Platypus! On shirt and Blitzen
To the top of the Porch! To the top of the scrapbook room!
Now sneeze away! sneeze away! sneeze away all!
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof,
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the armoire St. Georgia came with a bound.
His eyes--how they decided! His dimples, how crunchy!
His ears were like flowers, his spleen like cream of wheat!
He spoke not a word but went straight to his work,
And filled all the mittens, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his rib aside of his patella,
And giving a nod, up the armoire he rose.
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whisper,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exlaim, as he drove out of sight,
"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good eon!"
to see this or other crazy libs, check out http://www.rinkworks.com/crazylibs/
Sunday, November 18, 2007
These are not my kids, but they are both very near and dear to my heart.
Here is a close up of the corner so you can read the journalling and see the flowers (they are from a punch).
Friday, November 16, 2007
So I am in the mood for a little fun so I am taking this idea from my friend Stina's blog. See my side bar for a link to her blog.
We are going to do a mad lib together (actually the website I took this one from calls it a crazy lib) If you would like to join in the mad lib fun, please leave a comment with the number of the blank you are filling, and your choice of any word that fits that description... please, if you don't know what an adjective is, don't try and guess. :) Feel free to fill in multiple spots (I don't know that there are 36 people that actually read my blog), but don't hog all the words. And please try to keep it clean. I will try my best to update the ones that are taken...
3. noun --scrapbook room
4. noun, plural--flowers
7. Adjective --crunchy
8. Verb, Intransitive, Past Tense--ran
9. Verb, Transitive, Past Tense--kicked
10. Verb, Transitive, Past Tense-- jumped
11. Verb, Intransitive, Past Tense--decided
12. Verb, Intransitive, Past Tense--sneezed
13. Animal --Shark
14. Animal--duck billed platypus
15 Animal, Plural --dogs
16 Animal, Plural --hyenas
17. dwelling --Hobbit hole
18. Body Part--spleen
19. Body Part--rib
20. Body Part --patella
21. Body Part, Plural --toes
22. Body Part, Plural--ears
23. Time Period --eon
24. Time Period --Renaissance
26 Relationship--third cousin's brother in law
27. Person --Johnny Appleseed
28. First Name--Georgia
29. First Name --Abraham
30. Food, singular --cream of wheat
31. Food, Plural --noodles
32. Article of Clothing, Plural--mittens
33. Furniture --armoire
34. Furniture --dishwasher
35. Furniture, Plural--chairs
Thursday, November 15, 2007
"If you haven't got all the things you want, be grateful for the things you don't have that you don't want." Unknown
"The most flammable kind of wood is the chip on the shoulder." E. Joseph Cossman
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." Thomas Edison
And a card...
stamps: Close To My Heart (Rustic Flowers) and Stampin' Up
paper: Rose Red, So Saffron
ink: Cool Caribbean, So Saffron, Close to Cocoa, Rose Red, Certainly Celery
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Photo Corner Tutorial
Step 2: Cut the square piece in half from corner to corner. This gives you the two pieces that will be your two photo corners.
Step 5: Take your scissors to cut across from corner to corner (you will cut off corners A, B, and C by doing this)
Sunday, November 11, 2007
-mail--I got a letter from a friend who is teaching in Pohnei.
-big smiles from my 7 month old pal and hugs from his 6 year old sister.
-phone call from my cousin after I called and left her a message wishing her a happy birthday 9 days early (oops ;) ).
-stamping time--I have been pretty busy, but I have had some extra creative stamping time.
-good friends that take the time to just listen.
-getting to visit the eP warehouse--that place is so cool!
What has made you happy lately?
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
I took my sewing machine out last week to make a few Barbie outfits for a little friend of mine. Since it is sitting on my desk I have been using it on cards also. You have to look closely in the picture, but I used the machine needle without thread to go around the outside of the Chocolate Chip layer and then I did a waved line at the top and bottom of the same layer.
stamps: A winter song (Elzybells)
paper: My Minds eye, Chocolate chip, Whisper white
ink: Basic Black, various SU! markers
technique: paper piecing, sewing
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I got to take my niece to the zoo. We went with my parents. She is at such a fun age! I love talking to her. I think her favorite animals that day were the elephants and the giraffes.
Meeting my SCS friend Debra is an experience I have waited a long time for! This lady is so sweet online and even more so in real life. We decided to meet up at an apple orchard since I was going to one with my family that was halfway between my parents house and her house. She helped my family pick 550 lbs of apples! (My family makes their own applesauce)
And here is a pic of 2 of my cousins and me. Can you see the family resemblance?
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
As I have been thinking about this a song I learned a few years back keeps coming to mind. It is called Knowing You.
All I once held dear built my life upon
All this world reveres and wars to own
All I once thought gain I have counted loss
Spent and worthless now compared to this
Knowing you, Jesus, knowing you
There is no greater thing
You're my all, you're the best
You're my joy my righteousness
And I love you Lord.
Now my heart's desire is to know you more
To be found in you and known as yours
To possess by faith what I could not earn
All-surpassing gift of righteousness
Oh, to know the power of your risen life
And to know You in Your sufferings
To become like you in your death, my Lord
So with you to live and never die
(I think the song is by Graham Kendrick)
So take the time to hug your loved ones a little tighter tonight (or give them a call if they live far away), be thankful for what you have, and remember to build your life on what (who) really matters.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I know that some people dread going to parties for different things (pampered chef, tupperware, cookie lee), but I love going to them. I have to admit I am not usually a big buyer, but I love looking at all the new stuff and I usually end up finding something I can't live without. I am one of those dorks that thinks tupperware is cool.
Any local friends that are reading this--if I didn't invite you it wasn't on purpose. So come on by if you are free tonight! ;)
Monday, October 15, 2007
A couple of months ago I got to go to a Women of Faith conference. I only went to the Friday session, but it was so relaxing and uplifting! I didn't get to hear Anita Renfroe's Saturday talk, but this lady is hilarious! Here is a song she sings about all the things moms say in a 24 hour period. Make sure there you aren't drinking anything when you watch it or you will spew it out.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Both of these cards use Pollen Dust by Fancy Pants (the sentiment is not from that set.) Fancy Pants has two relatively new 12 x 12 sets that you have to check out if you haven't seen them yet. They are called "In my words" and "From the Garden"
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
I am posting this song in honor of my Cubbies. So sad that they are out of the playoffs. Being the true fan that I am I have to say next year will be the year! Actually next year will be 100 years since they last won the World Series in 1908--that would be cool! Although part of being a Cubs fan and part of their charm is that they always lose...
Monday, October 08, 2007
Here is a card I made before vacation. The cupcakes are from the SU! set called Figures of speech. It is a set with small images with words formed around the image in either a circle or square shape. I was having trouble inking just the cupcake so I tried something a little different with this set. I cut the images out and made them into unmounted images that I can use with my acryllic blocks. I left the word circles/squares on the blocks to use them mounted. I should take pictures--it actually worked quite well and I like how it all turned out.
sets: figures of speech and paisley (Stampin' Up), snap stamps (Karen Foster)
ink: rose red, basic black ink pads and pretty in pink, so saffron markers.
paper: whisper white, pretty in ink, rose red
Friday, September 21, 2007
I often hear people talk about what they would change about themselves whether it is their physical appearance or other characteristics. Some of us put a lot of time and effort into changing how we look or how we act. I am not saying there is anything wrong with trying to change for the better. But my weekend question for you is what is one characteristic you have (not physical) that you would not change about yourself. What is something you like about you?
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I thought I would share a few more simple cards today. I got the idea for the one of the right hand side from a papercrafts magazine. I made the one on the left to match it. I think this paper would be really cute to make a whole set of matching cards with. I used up the whole sheet making cards and I was actually sad to see it go!
- Paper: My Mind's Eye, Close to Cocoa and Whisper White-Stampin' Up
- Ink: Close to Cocoa
- Stamp: It's Your Birthday
- other: Primas, brads (Bashful Blue, Stampin' Up)
On another note...only a few more days until I get to see this smiling face!
Monday, September 17, 2007
On to my topic for today though...Today my friend Jami stepped up to the daunting challenge of cleaning out one of her closets that really needed a lot of work. Check out her blog to read about her day and make sure you read the quote she shared! While encouraging Jami that she could do it I was inspired to do some cleaning of my own. As I have shared before I don't have a lot of storage in my house. The place where I have the most is actually under my bed. My bed is a loft of sorts, about 4 feet off the ground. Under my bed I have my Christmas decorations, luggage, tools, a space heater, out of season clothes, a box of children's books, a sewing machine, a 3 drawer unit for extra office supplies, stamping stuff, and sewing stuff....and a few more items. I also have a box of junk with items that I just don't know where to put.
I decided to reorganize the space under my bed today. It wasn't necessarily messy, but it was VERY dusty under there. I took everything out and dusted each item, vacuumed underneath, combined a few boxes and put everything back. It looks so neat and organized now. And for those of you that read my blog regularly I know I promised pictures after my "clean sweep"...well I am not quite finished yet...soon though, very soon!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
So my question is more of a "tell me a story" kind of thing. Do you have a bad haircut experience? I will tell you about my worst one on Monday.
Monday Update: Now when I tell you this picture it through the eyes of a young teenager (everything is a little more traumatic then ;) ). My mom and I tried out this new place to get our hair cut that was pretty inexpensive. I had just recently gone from long hair down to my butt to shorter hair, maybe shoulder length. So I had never had anything other than straight cuts pretty much--so no layers, no fancy stuff. Okay, so the lady cut my hair regular and then took out one of those scissors that thins your hair (at least I think that is what it is supposed to do. It cuts some of the hair, but not all of it) and without asking if I wanted that started using it. Only she didn't do it at the bottom of my hair she did it about an inch from my scalp. I don't know if this technique works on some people's hair, but what I ended up with was a grouping of hair at the top of my head that was about an inch long and liked to spike up out of the rest of my hair. So I had shoulder length hair and then some spikey hair that stuck straight up. I think I cried. Needless to say we never tried that place again ;)
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
This song is called "I'm Not Who I was."
I saw an interview with Brandon Heath who was talking about how he wrote the song. He said he was looking at a box of old photos and a memory came back of a person who had hurt him in the past. So he wrote the song as if it were a letter to that person.
I think we all have people in our past who have wounded us deeply. (And if we think about it we probably can think of a time when we were the ones that caused someone else pain) Forgiveness isn't easy. And even when we forgive we sometimes still feel the sting of the hurt.
My favorite line is "The thing I find most amazing about amazing grace is the chance to give it out, maybe that's what love is all about."
Is there someone you need to extend grace to?
Sunday, September 09, 2007
So when will I start appreciating looking younger?!?!?!?!
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Here is Card #4. I saw a layout like this on a blog and even e-mailed the author to see if it was their layout and now I can't find the e-mail or the blog...grrrr. So if it is yours please tell me so I can give you credit.
I made all the circles for this card using my circle coluzzle--it makes cutting circles so easy!
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
I had friends that invited me to hang out on their boat with them for the day. If I was a boat person I could tell you what kind of boat they have, but I am so not interested in that kind of stuff. All I can tell you is that it was so much fun! We hung out on the boat, swam in the water near the boat and kayaked. Then when it was time for dinner we took the boat up the coast to Long Beach for dinner. I walked up to the front of the boat and stood with the wind in my hair while we were going. What a free feeling! I had the "perfect" California day.
Can I just say how thankful I am for my friends out here? I am thankful for the families that have taken me in and embraced me as their own. It is kind of like I have a California extended family. It means the world to me to have people who care about me like that. Please don't underestimate the magnitude of acts of kindness like that.
Friday, August 31, 2007
So my question to you is:
What is your favorite wedding gift to give?
Do you always go off the registry? Do you give money or gift cards? Or do you get creative? Help me out!
Thank you to everyone who helped me out with wedding gift ideas. I always love hearing other people's opinions and thought processes behind those opinions so THANKS! I decided to go with a gift card. I know how much other friends of mine appreciated all the gift cards they got and how fun it is to have "fun money" to spend on something special.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
I got the patterned paper for this card from Joy and Daisy and it is soooooo rich and shimmery and nice. The picture totally doesn't show how cool it really looks. It is called Cute Cakes-Shimmery-striped Decor by Heidi Grace. The paper itself is shimmery and then some of the lines and dots are embossed clear and glittery--you definitely have to see it in person!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
So to all my non-stamping friends or family let me know if you are interested in purchasing handmade cards from me.
paper: Fancy Pants--Kewl-Sublime, Stampin' Up--Pale Plum, Real Red, Confetti White
stamps: Stampin' Up!-- Tags and More, It's Your Birthday
other: brads, Mat pack, white gel pen, aqua painter and SU! markers, ticket corner punch