Thursday, November 27, 2008

Heart of Thanks

My heart is so full of thanks, sometimes I think it could burst. Not just today, but whenever I take the time to reflect on how my family and I have truly been blessed. Especially in these tough economic times, I'm reminded time and again that God has been and continues to be our provider. I won't bore you by running down the list of things that I'm thankful for, but I assure you it's long and ongoing (and you're all on it!). I hope that whenever you take time to think about your life, and how fleeting any of its components can be, that your heart is filled with thanks as well. What a blessing it is to God and to others when we have a heart of thankfulness, and it's really a gift to ourselves as well.

Stamping and creating cards and other gift items is one of the things I'm thankful for, and I know you guys can relate. ;) It may sound silly, but from the time I picked up my first stamp (almost seven years ago!), I knew I'd found my passion and my life (and our bank account -lol) has never been the same. And even sillier, sometimes when I'm stamping and my hubby is playing on the computer right next to me, I'll often thank him for indulging me in my addiction. (He's into guns; I'm into works well for me, and because of it, he can also appreciate what I'm feeling. When I say it works well for me and not us, it's because he would love nothing more than for me to drop everything and go shooting with him every time he goes. And while I'd like to indulge him in his fantasy, it's just not gonna happen...not when I could be stamping!) It's fun, relaxing, and rewarding (unless I'm not feeling particularly creative and I've GOT to get a card made right then...which happens more often than I'd like), and I just feel so blessed that I have the supplies to work with, the hands and mind to enable me to create, and a family who supports me in it (and loves me in spite of it -lol).

Oh, that's right, you wanted to see a card! I should have recognized that glazed look in your eyes a long time ago. Oh, dear. I'm so sorry. It's time to wake up now. Of course, you can always keep dozing and then see the card when you're done napping...unless your drooling shorts out your keyboard. ;) And you've probably got guests arriving soon and a delicious turkey dinner to finish preparing. Or maybe you lucked out and someone else got to clean their house for your arrival today! :) Whatever the case, I'll not keep you any longer. Here's the card I made for my parents, THE bestest parents I could've ever be blessed with (and, thankfully, this is the last Thanksgiving card with issues I have to share -- yippee!): This card uses the same designer paper as the card I shared yesterday, only this time I added an embossed layer using the Autumn Type folder. The sketch is this week's Sketch For You To Try by Jen del Muro (I {heart} her sketches!). Here's the sketch: My "star" embellishment was to have been a beautiful and dainty Grungeboard flourish that I'd glitterfied to be so purty, BUT when I went to put it on, it was shaped too much like the cornucopia and just didn't balance out right. No matter how I played with its placement, it just looked it's still sitting here patiently waiting to adorn something else. Which leads me to why this card has issues. Like I've mentioned before, I was pressed for time; so while the glittered Liquid Glass was drying, I'd adhered everything else to the card base. (And, yes, I've since made a very large mental note to NEVER adhere ANYthing to a card until I'm completely sure where everything is going...something I'm sure you already know.) So the ribbon bow here matches (somewhat) but wasn't at all what I was hoping for. I would've loved to have used the same ivory ribbon I used on the card I shared yesterday, but it was too wide and a bit too stiff to form the size bow I needed. And had I had time, I would've loved to have made some sort of little charm to hang from the bow, but alas, I didn't. ;(

Well, the time is quickly getting away from me. I've got a lot of cooking and baking to do today! I hope that you enjoy a wonderful day of giving thanks. ;)

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many Thanksgiving blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: Colonial White, Barn Red, Olive (CTMH), watercolor (Strathmore); Pattern Paper: Wild Asparagus "Family Roots" Floral, Dots (My Mind's Eye); Stamps: Heart of the Harvest (CTMH); Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Brown Bag, Barn Red, Autumn Terracotta, Goldrush, Olive, Smokey Plum, Cocoa, Bamboo, Parchment (CTMH); Other: Cuttlebug, Autumn Type (Provo Craft), ribbon (May Arts), waterbrush, Liquid Glass (CTMH), sand paper, foam mounting tape

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Does Your Centerpiece Look Like This?

Hello again! ;) Are all of you (of my American friends, that is) ready for Thanksgiving? I hope you are, and in a world where it can be so easy to take things for granted, I hope you feel as blessed as I do.

I know Thanksgiving is a {hopefully constant} state of attitude of gratitude, if you will (I love that saying!)...but for the actual holiday itself, it seems so different this year for me because we're not traveling. I've always loved Christmas, but over these last several years Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday because I would get to be surrounded by all (or most) of my family without the added stress of 'the holidays.' We would just get together and share an extended time of wonderful food, laughter, fun, and games, and just enjoyed the closeness our family shares (thanks for always being such a gracious hostess, Mom!). Despite the mild grumblings of some, after dinner we would each sit down and write out our own list of things we were thankful for (I started a Thanksgsiving album about five years ago, and we've all been adding our 'thankful' pages to it each year). This year, however, it will only be the four of us. And while I'm still thankful for the exact same things that I would be if I were sitting at my parents' home in Arizona surrounded by all of those I love so dearly, tomorrow will just be a bit sad for me (in fact I'm feeling it already)...and the additions to our Thanksgiving album will be much fewer. The food should still be good though. ;)

Okay, enough of the poor-me thing. I think I'll thrill you with another of my Thanksgiving cards with issues. lol! This card is the one I made for my oldest daughter and I used THIS card by Michelle Wooderson as inspiration:

As you can see, it's still plain and simple, but I really like these papers and the Harvest Centerpiece image by Karen Lockhart is so pretty (I tried to link you to it at Ellen Hutson's online store, but I think maybe they're sold out for now...Oh! And before I forget, Ellen is having a really great SALE running now through Friday, the 28th, in honor of the store's second anniversary, so click HERE and check it out!). Now my coloring still leaves a lot to be desired, but the stamp is pretty enough to carry me on this one (I think anyway -lol). I would've loved to have added some stitching, piercing, and maybe Stickles or Pearl-Ex for some shimmer, but it just didn't happen. In my rush, I accidentally adhered the larger panel without adding the ribbon --I LOVE this ribbon!-- (again, I tried to link you to it --Stamper's Dream is where I got it-- but I think it must be sold out for now too), so it ended up as a bow where you see it. And I'm not sure why I didn't follow through with my thought to put some Liquid Glass on the hurricane, but I didn't. Simple can be good sometimes too; right? ;)

(BTW, and not that it matters, excuses for all of my plain-Jane Thanksgiving cards this are that my stamping time is really limited, I made them late at night, and I wasn't feeling well. And it doesn't help any that I'm likely the lowest stamper in history and I really struggle with making guy cards. Yeah, I think that's all I can come up with. lol)

Sorry to be so long-winded. I don't get out much. lol Well, I'll be back tomorrow with my parents' Thanksgiving card (so Mom, if you're reading this, don't peek at my next post unless your card has already arrived; okay?). In case you don't make it back here, I'm gonna go ahead and wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks so much for visiting me, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doing my part -lol!):

Cardstock: Colonial White, Barn Red, Olive (CTMH); Pattern Paper: Wild Asparagus "Family Roots" Floral, Dots (My Mind's Eye); Stamps: Harvest Centerpiece, Give Thanks (Lockhart); Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Parchment, Barn Red (CTMH); Other: Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Loew-Cornell), ribbon (May Arts), waterbrush, sponge (CTMH)

Around the World in Four Minutes?

A friend shared this with me today, and I thought it might bring a smile to your face so I'm sharing it with you too. ;) (NOTE: I didn't name it. lol)

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.

I'll be back in a little bit with my card share for you...after the kids finish up their school work for the week. ;)

I'm not sure what's up with my signature these days, but has anyone else been having their signature doing a disappearing act? Weird.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Give Thanks for Guys

Okay, I'm back! (Is anyone still out there? lol)

Well, as promised, here's the Thanksgiving card I made for my *other* older son...the one who is sentimental and actually keeps all of his heartfelt (and often homemade) treasures from family and friends (isn't that cool?!). I put a little more time into this one (translated: it was late and I wasn't feeling particularly inspired so it took me longer -lol...and I added more layers than the card I shared yesterday and fussed with the sponging a lot more), though it's still very simple. This card has some issues, but I didn't have time to deal with them (times like these are when Last-Minute Lucy regrets not being more on the ball). The designer paper isn't really my style, or maybe it's the ribbon choice I don't like?, but I kept having to tell myself It's a 'guy' card. Note: This American Crafts ribbon turned out to feel more like paper than ribbon, though it made no claims to be paper. It was very thin and flat and didn't want to be shaped into a bow very easily (I think it took me about five minutes to get it to look like it does -lol). And from the picture here it looks like it doesn't blend with anything on the card, but it really does...the pattern paper on the lower half has thin little green semi-circles on the upper outer edges of each acorn design (just trust me on this).

And with the large turkey images on the top half of the card (that are mostly covered up), I considered making a sentiment on the computer to read something ultra-creative like 'hey, turkey' or something equally lame, but then decided I'd better grow up and go with the beautiful Give Thanks verse (after all, this card was for one of my kids...what kind of example would I be if I poked fun at Thanksgiving? lol). And when I finished, I can't tell you how happy I was to be done with my 'guy' cards. ;) I was just having a really tough time with these Thanksgiving cards. Not sure why. Maybe cuz I hadn't stamped in so long?? Maybe because I know that I can't be all froufy (is that a word?) and detailed on guy cards (or is it that I don't know how to make a "good" guy card?)?? Maybe because it was late and I was coming down with a head cold? I dunno. Regardless...they are what they are, and they've already gone postal. Now I can just sit back, relax, and groan to myself (and to all of you -- sorry!). I sure hope my mojo comes back soon...and stays for a while...because I've got quite a few projects I'm wanting to do for Christmas! And none of them are for guys!!!! ;P (I love my guys, don't get me wrong...I just have the hardest time making cards for them.)

Anyway, enough of the blabbing. I'll be back tomorrow with another Thanksgiving card (non-guy!, but still 'simple with issues' -lol). If you can put up with me, maybe I'll see you then? ;)

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: Bamboo, Garnet, Olive (CTMH); Pattern Paper: Fall Harvest specialty paper pad (K&Company); Stamps: Give Thanks (Our Daily Bread Designs), Harvest Wonders (CTMH); Ink: Timber Brown (Tsukineko), Chocolate, Garnet, Autumn Terracotta, Goldrush (CTMH); Other: rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), ribbon (American Crafts), sponges, glue dot (CTMH), foam mounting tape

Monday, November 24, 2008

Planet Sketch for One of My Guys

Happy Monday! ;) I haven't had much stamping time lately, but over the weekend I did manage to whip up a handful of Thanksgiving cards. My first ever! That's because I've always spent Thanksgiving with my family...until this year. ;( With a fairly large family and having kids who are young adults now, trying to juggle all the details for long-distance traveling, time off from work, gas prices (thankfully, they're on their way down!), and all of the other little things that crop up, circumstances were such that it just wasn't going to work out for us this I HAD to send cards, right?!

Well, even though it was my intent when I started out, I didn't end up being a "smart stamper" this weekend. All of the cards are one-of-a-kind, and they're all VERY simple...and since two were made for my older boys, I think you'll agree with me when I say that I'm glad there's no more of these puppies floating around out there! And I'm certain that at least one of them will end up in the 'round file' before long (and this time I won't even think of whining about it -lol).

So, here's the one voted most likely to end up in the trash before Christmas (I'm not being hard on myself here, just realistic; I know my son....):

I used THIS sketch from Paper Craft Planet, but obviously left it unadorned and rather plain. I thought it was a fun sketch and think it has a lot of potential so I'll no doubt be re-visiting it again...just not when the end product will be given to this particular son of mine. ;) I sanded and sponged some ink over the dry embossed piece, and I also sponged some ink around the outer edges of the card, though I don't think any of it's visible from the picture. There's really nothing else to tell you about this card, but if by chance you happen to have a question, please feel free to ask.

Well, it's time to get dinner on the table, so I'll be back tomorrow to show you another 'guy' card. That's the plan anyway. ;) Hopefully you haven't lost respect for me after seeing this one and you'll be back to see the others? lol

Enjoy your evening, thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: Colonial White, Barn Red (CTMH); Pattern Paper: unknown (it was part of a fun freebie pack of 6x6s from Eclectic Paperie!); Stamps: Happy Thanksgiving (Inkadinkado), Season of Change (CTMH); Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Cocoa, Olive, Bamboo, Barn Red (CTMH); Other: oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Houndstooth embossing folder (Provo Craft), ribbon (American Crafts), brads (Making Memories), sponges (CTMH), sandpaper, foam mounting tape

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

CASEing the Garden of Life

I simply adore Michelle Wooderson's style -- Is it because of her clean, fresh crafting style? her sharing of recipes? her fun and giving nature to make darling, often edible, homespun gifts to hand out to family, friends, neighbors, and teachers? her home's beautiful stone fireplace with the huge wooden mantle? her love for quilts and shabby vintage home decor? or maybe because she has Longaberger baskets? I'm pretty sure it's all that. ;) I don't even know Michelle, but since her tastes and mine appear to be so similar, her style and friendliness just draw me in and I love seeing what she's created.

What I especially marvel at is how she can create such darling cards for mass-production. She's what I have dubbed a Smart Stamper. I'm sure there are others out there, but she's the only one I know of. In contrast, I'm what I'd call a Slow Stamper, though one who desperately longs to be a Smart Stamper. ;) Sure, I've done swaps where I've had to mass produce, but never on a regular basis. Heck, I'm usually struggling to find the time to get a card or two knocked out each week. Now I'm not necessarily wanting to make 20 of the same card, or even to "smart stamp" more than once in a while, but making more than one card at a time so I a few extra in my stash is what I'd love to learn how to do (of course I'd actually have to have a stash in order for that to be possible -lol).

So, in my effort to graduate from s-l-o-w to SMART stamper, I thought I'd try CASEing some cards I'd seen on Michelle's blog a while back (you can see my inspiration HERE). As a rule I don't CASE others' work, and I didn't totally CASE these cards...but since I had bought this Garden of Life set when it first came out and hadn't used it yet, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to ink it up. While I was happy with the cards, they didn't just come together in a snap like I'd hoped they would. Guess I still need more practice. ;) Here's what I came up with:
Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you'll come back again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Many Blessings card:
Cardstock: White Daisy, Black (CTMH); Pattern Paper: "Wild Flowers" and "Bluebird" from the Urban Prairie collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: Garden of Life (Papertrey Ink), Polka Dots (SU!); Ink: Sweet Leaf, Honey, Black (CTMH); Other: button (craft store), craft seam binding (Martha Stewart), grosgrain, stipple brush (CTMH), narrow yellow trim from the Oh, Baby! collection (BasicGrey), embroidery floss (DMC), staples, foam mounting tape

Many Blessings and Happy Birthday to You cards:
Cardstock: White Daisy, Black (CTMH); Patterned Paper: "Hayfield" and "Bluebird" from the Urban Prairie collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: Pretty Pattern backgrounder (Cornish Heritage Farms), Garden of Life (Papertrey Ink); Ink: Twilight, Sweet Leaf, Desert Sand, Black (CTMH); Other: 1/2" circle punch (SU!), button (craft store), grosgrain (American Crafts), embroidery floss (DMC), stipple brush, Liquid Glass, gingham ribbon (CTMH), staples, pop dots, foam mounting tape

Much Appreciated card:
Cardstock: White Daisy, Black (CTMH); Pattern Paper: "Wild Flowers," "Harvest," and "Bluebird" from the Urban Prairie collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: Garden of Life (Papertrey Ink); Ink: Sweet Leaf, Honey, Black (CTMH); Other: button (craft store), craft seam binding (Martha Stewart), grosgrain (CTMH), embroidery floss (DMC), staples, foam mounting tape

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Appealing Cookies went Postal

I hope you all had a nice weekend! I did, but unfortunately it was too full for me to get any stamping in. I did finish up some tags for a swap I'm in, though the stamping was done previously so it was mainly assembly that was left. I'm not going to post that project just yet because I don't want to spoil it for anyone in the group (assuming any of them read my blog -lol!).

I also spent part of my weekend baking some more cookies for our troops -- this time for a very young soldier named Brandon and his troop. (I have a son his age!)
This was my second time being on Donna's team for Operation Baking Gals. Their logo just cracks me up! They are growing by leaps and bounds, but OBG is always looking for a few good {wo}men (sorry, couldn't resist ;)) to bake a batch of homemade treats for our troops. The more bakers they have, the more troops they can reach with our homebaked hugs from home. If you're interested, just click on the OBG link and you can check it out. It's really easy to get signed up, will help our soldiers feel loved and appreciated, and who doesn't like to bake cookies? Mm-mmm, good! My family has been benefitting because I've been making double batches and there's always a little bit left for us. Of course if I can't get a better handle on my self-control, I'm gonna need to start making something that I don't like to eat (or buy bigger clothes!). This time I made Snickerdoodles. Don't they look good? (They are!) ;D
In the photo directly above, you can see the packages just before I put the finishing touches on them. I think there's about four or five layers of cookies in each container. The photo directly below is just before I sealed up the box. And in case you're wondering what the little moist spots are under the top layer of paper towel, they're little pieces of apple peel to help the cookies make the long trip without going stale before they arrive (one of the tips OBG provides).
I hope they like 'em.

So...with the tags and the cookies off my plate (literally speaking with regard to the cookies -lol), I had some time for reading. Just kidding! If I'd had free time I'd have been stamping!! ;) However, I do read in the morning while I'm doing my workout on the stair climber (keeps my mind off what I'm doing! lol). Other than reading the Bible with my daily cup of hot tea, I find it's the only time I have during my day to read. I have a fairly big stack of Charles Martin books waiting for me, so I'm trying to burn through my current read: John Grisham's The Appeal. Since my background is in the legal field, I suppose it's natural that I'm a big Grisham fan, and with the exception of Skipping Christmas (and I really liked the movie), I've read all his books. Which brings me to why I even mentioned this in the first place....

My friend Jeanne tagged me with "A Different Kind of Tag" the other day. It goes like this:

1. Get the book on your nightstand (or whatever book you are currently reading).
2. Open it to page 56 and find the 5th sentence.
3. Post the next couple of sentences on your blog, along with these instructions.
4. Do not go and find your favorite book, it has to be the one you are reading now!
5. Tag 5 other people to do the same.

So, here's what I can tease you with from The Appeal:

"But he was a professional. He served his client as well as his client would allow, and he never failed to do what Kurtin instructed him to do. And he would gladly do it all over again because Krane Chemical had paid his little firm over a million dollars to date.

He and Kurtin shook hands at the front door. Both knew they would speak by phone before the day was over. Both were quietly thrilled by the departure. Two leased vans hauled Kurtin and ten others to the airport, where a handsome little jet was waiting for the seventy-minute flight, though they were in no hurry. They missed their homes and families, but what could be more humiliating than limping back from Podunk with their tails between their legs?"

It's an interesting read (for me anyway) with a plot that is probably a lot more fact than fiction. If you haven't read it already and you're looking for something new, give it a try. I think you'll like it. ;)

Here's a shot of the cover:
Since Jeanne's already been tagged and has tagged some of my other favorite "victims," I'm going to choose:

Mary Ellen
Tanis (Does this count as a payback? ;P)

So...what are YOU reading? ;) If you feel like sharing, please leave it in a comment here.

I'm about to be late for my son's orthodontic appointment, so I gotta git!

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. I'll have a card or two to share with you next time. Until then, many blessings to you!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sharin' the Love and a Card

I used to say I didn't like surprises, but now that I'm older, I'm changing my mind about that. ;) Since I don't have a lot of blogging time these days (or time to comment on all the beautiful artwork I see when I do have time to blurf), I have to make the rounds sporadically and often times I miss out on when people need prayer, have an exciting announcement, or when they're offering up some tasty blog candy. Well, today as I was catching up on Stacy's blog, I stumbled upon a post from well over a week ago where she had received an award and I was among those she wanted to share it with. So here it is: What a sweet surprise that was (thank you, Stacy!)! BTW, she's also offering up some calorie-free blog candy right now, so you will want to go check it out here {NOW}!

I have no idea what the official 'rules' for this particular award are, but in the spirit of sharing the love I'd like to send this award out to a small handful of other sweet ladies whose blogs (and personalities) never fail to inspire and encourage me (and right back atcha, Stacy!). I love how, through stamping and blogging, I've met some of the most wonderful (and talented) ladies. My list could go on for days (have you seen my sidebar?!...and that's not all of them! lol), so if you happen to stop by and don't see your name listed, please don't be offended, just consider yourself on my very long honorable mention list. ;)

Mary Ellen
Patti (I miss you)
Stacy (the "other" Stacy -lol)

(Just it just me or has anyone else noticed that this award that is circulating the blog world lately is missing a letter in its title? It's something I can't help -- in my court reporting school and legal secretary/paralegal days, I used to edit a lot of court documents, etc., and my eye is just trained to pick up things like that --just don't ask me about the time I *almost* sent out a letter on behalf of one of our clients containing "fowl language" -lol! It's automatic for me and can come in handy at times; other times, it just makes me feel really anal. UGH! Hopefully, I'm not alone in this. lol)'s another masculine birthday card to share with you (the last one for a while, I'm pretty sure). This one I made a little while ago for my wonderful hubby using the Checklist stamp set and Good Times pattern paper by Close To My Heart: Pretty basic (cuz guys just don't really care, ya know?), and fairly plain (again, cuz guys just don't really care). He liked it -- and that's all that really counts, right? ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy boosters (just doin' my part - lol!):

Cardstock: Colonial White, Chocolate, Sweet Leaf (CTMH); Pattern Paper: Good Times (CTMH); Stamps: Checklist, Say It in Style (CTMH); Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Chocolate, Sweet Leaf (CTMH); Other: word window punch (SU!), embroidery floss (DMC), paper piercing needles (Making Memories), ribbon, sponges (CTMH), foam mounting tape

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Dad, You Take the Cake!

Just a quick post here...I've got a swap I need to get working on. I hope you're all enjoying your weekend. Oh! Aside from it being the first day of November (can you believe it's November already?!), today is my most favorite day of the year (well, okay, that is an exaggeration, but only a slight one -lol)...Daylight Savings Time ends so we get an extra hour of sleep tonight!!!! Gotta love that! ;D So don't forget to set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed tonight or you'll miss out on that wonderful and rare gift of a little extra sleep without a penalty (and you'll be an hour early for church in the morning)!

Okay, I made this card for my dad's birthday earlier this week, using the design from a card I stumbled upon while blurfing as my inspiration. While I'm not sure this card really "looks" like my dad (the dp does remind me of him a lot, but the brads might be just a little on the flashy side for his style...WAIT! -- Mom, does Dad actually have a style? lol), and I wish I'd added a little bit more red in the way of layering (don'tcha love hindsight? ugh), I called it good and mailed it to my pops. I *always* have a hard time with 'guy cards,' but I think this one turned out okay. Oh, and the headless lady is supposed to be me...even though I definitely do not have her figure (darn!)...and the cake is chocolate, my dad's favorite (well, one of his favorites anyway -lol). ;) Also, just a quick reminder to make sure you do your homework and then get out and exercise your right, responsibility, and privilege to vote on Tuesday (if you haven't already)! Here's a little video to help put things in perspective (IMHO):

Thanks so much for coming to visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: White Daisy, Outdoor Denim, Grey Wool (CTMH); Pattern Paper: "Buckle" from the Boxer collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: You Take the Cake (My Favorite Things); Ink: Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko), White Daisy Pigment (CTMH); Other: classic rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Silver Pearl embossing powder, heat tool, Liquid Glass (CTMH), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Loew Cornell), brads (Making Memories), embroidery floss (DMC), foam mounting tape