Thursday, July 16, 2009

bitty baby {blessings} and other memorable scents

Hello, and Happy Friday to ya! ;) Well, it's still Thursday for me because I haven't called it a day yet, but since it is after midnight here, I guess technically it is Friday now. I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead.

For a change I thought I'd share my card first and THEN get onto the blabbin' part of my post. That way you don't have to sift through all the words to see what you came here for. ;)

Here's a card I made for one of my {much} younger friends who recently had a baby girl:
I used THIS card by Debbie Olson as my inspiration (hers is definitely much cuter). I'd been planning this for days. I had my Bitty Baby Blessings stamp set all ready to go and set out to pretty much CASE her adorable bib card, but was quickly disappointed to discover that my Petite and Classic Oval Nesties dies were identical in size (BOTH sets were quite a bit smaller than what Debbie's photo tutorial showed, so I'm guessing they're both Classics...and the same goes for another set of Petite Nesties that I have, which really bums me out because the Petite sets are sold in 4-packs and they aren't cheap...not to mention that I purchased them last online fall and I highly doubt I can exchange them now, especially since I just got rid of the packaging a couple months ago when my mom was here helping me to organize them into a CD case --remember that?). They must've been labeled incorrectly. Woe is me. ;(

Anyway, since I had wanted my card to be bigger than the biggest Classic Oval Nestie would afford, I decided to go ahead and go with it anyway and just use it as the focal point on a card base. So that's what I did. The paper is some from American Crafts that I bought a few years ago (I don't think it's something I'd choose to buy today --good reason not to hoard paper), and I glam'd it up a bit by tracing over the flowers with my Gelly Roll Clear Stardust glitter pen. Not sure you can see it here though, but it did add a nice touch (at least I think so). And as I was writing down the supplies I used for the card, I noticed the name for the striped paper on the bib is ironically called "Bib" -lol --what are the odds?!

Does it look funny that the bib is angled? Noah and Chloe both preferred it crooked to straight, so I went with it. At first I agreed with them, but then after I actually adhered it to the card (AFTER the bunny was attached), it seems weird and looks like it's ready to hop...or fall...right off the card. Oh, well. It's too late now. I'm hoping the fact that the bunny's all nice and fuzzy (Fun Flock) will make up for the cock-eyed positioning. ;)

Here's with the bib open: I'm sure I could've/should've spiced that up, but I didn't...just stamped a sentiment from the same set.

I thought that little bunny was so cute, so I added him to the inside of the card too, but this time it's sitting straight. ;) Reminds me a lot of a bunny I had growing up...Fluffy was her name. She looked just like this but she had red eyes...that's kinda weird now that I think about it...Do all bunnies have red eyes? And now for a little non-card related chit-chat...if you're not asleep yet. ;) I'm actually ready for bed myself, but something happened this week that I thought I'd share.

For the first time in my life, I cracked open, not one, but two ROTTEN eggs when I was cooking the other day. From the same carton. Organic Large Grade A brown eggs. The same kind I always buy. And they weren't old. But they were ROTTEN...really ROTTEN...shells with some darker and bigger than usual splotches (which had me really suspicious after I encountered the first one), a dark grayish green-colored yolk, the white was runnier than usual and shot out at me when I cracked open the shell and it went all down my shirt (yeah, it was lovely), and it stunk to high heaven. It smelled like VERY FISHY fish, but maybe even worse...not even like sulfur, which I'd always referred to as smelling like rotten eggs. Little did I know. It was much worse than that. Can you say completely disgusting?! I'm not a wimp when it comes to gross, but this was one of the grossest, most disgusting things I've ever come across in my entire life (and I'm older than 13...quite a bit older in fact -lol). No exaggeration. On the age thing or the smell. ;)

Okay, so the the following night, I was making eggs for dinner (it was a rare occasion, but they're quick, easy, and very everyone loves them, but me -lol), and I had a "going bad" egg contaminate the other good eggs that were already cooking in the pan -- it looked fine at first but when I poured it from the bowl to the pan (this experience made a GOOD case for ALWAYS cracking your eggs into a separate bowl BEFORE adding them to your other recipe ingredients), the white was more like water than real egg white...ran all over the pan, and it had a little 'off' smell to it. Not sure why I didn't pick up on that before adding it to the pan, especially since I was already suspicious, but it didn't have the splotches.... Anyway, I had to toss all the eggs in the pan (and the few that were left in the carton --didn't want to take another chance), thoroughly wash the pan, and start over with a new (and a different brand -lol) carton. I must've been so disgusted by this that I even dreamt about rotten eggs that night. No kidding. I think I'm phobic now.

Okay, now that I've shared that with y'all...I bet you're in the mood for something that calls for eggs, right? lol Not me. I know I can't avoid them forever, but I think I'll enjoy my pass on them for at least the duration of our upcoming trip to visit the older kids, my parents, and some friends. ;) Or not. I just realized I'm planning to make some zucchini bread tomorrow for the drive. (Kinda weird, but ever since we left CA a few summers ago, traveling back and forth when moving...twice (UGH!)...and subsequently from where we now call home back to CA to visit, I've made zucchini bread --with lotsa chocolate chips-- to take along as a snack in the car. It's kinda become our traditional "traveling" food now and the kids really look forward to it.) Anyway, I guess I'm gonna have to tough it out when cracking open the eggs...that's one way to deal with (and hopefully conquer) my newly discovered phobia. Gotta be brave for the kids, right? lol I just hope that NEVER happens again.

Well, I've got a LOT to do between now and when we leave on Sunday --I'm tired just thinking about it all-- so I won't be on the computer much for the next couple weeks. I know I'm going to be missing out on a lot of great work, so that's a bummer. I may be able to sneak in a post or two before I get back home, but don't hold me to it. ;) I know the limited time we have for this trip is going to pass by far too quickly. ;(

So, as always, thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. And if you're among those who pray, the kids and I are going to be logging over 2,000 miles in a little commuter car (as opposed to my big and much safer Suburban), so I'd truly appreciate your prayers for a safe trip for us (thank you!). Until then, good night, and many blessings to you!

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

Cardstock: Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo-Wiggins), Amethyst, Baby Pink, White Daisy (CTMH)

Patterned Paper: The Goods "Bib," "Little Bo Peep," and "Blankie" (American Crafts)

Stamps: Bitty Baby Blessings (Papertrey Ink)

Ink: Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko), Baby Pink (CTMH)

Other: Classic Standard and Scallop Oval Nestabilities dies, Tags Trio dies (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder (Provo Craft), heat tool, water brush, grosgrain (CTMH), button (Papertrey Ink), embroidery floss (DMC), Fun Flock (Stampendous), Gelly Roll Clear Stardust glitter pen (Sakura), sewing machine, thread, foam mounting tape

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

do you {really} wanna know? i do

I must live in a cave. It came out last month and I hadn't heard about this movie, Food Inc., until now...and now I can't wait to see it. Chipotle Mexican Grill is even endorsing it (and our entire family LOVES Chipotle!). And after watching the trailer and another 'snippet' as Gavan Murphy (of The Healthy Irishman fame) called it in his recent post, I think most people would support the film and its ideology if they saw it too. If you click on any of the links I've provided here, you can watch the film's trailer and the 'snippet' and learn more about this. It's downright scary, but very full of truth...even though it's an ugly truth. (Yeah, I went a little overboard on the links, but I didn't want to take the chance that you'd miss it. lol)

Anywhoo...I just thought I'd pass this info along. Wow. My second PSA ever, and both within a week. Don't worry, I seriously doubt it'll become a habit. ;) Not that you don't want to be well-informed're just hoping to get your news flashes elsewhere. I know.

Oh, and while I'm blabbin' on, I think it might be a good time to mention that I finally took the plunge into Facebook today. lol I've been trying to avoid it because I need another time zapper like I need a hole in the head, but I've had several "friend" requests over the last couple months so finally decided to check it out (and be allowed access to see some great pics). OMW, it's a whole new world out there...with LOTS of familiar faces (who knew?!)! Imagine my surprise when I found my daughter on there! lol Not sure what took me so long (to join the 21st century, as I was welcomed by one of my stamping friends). Oh, I remember now...I live in a cave. Good thing the sun is beginning to shine in here a little. ;)

I hope to be back tomorrow to share a card I made yesterday...which reminds me (while we're blabbin'), I didn't mean to make it sound like I was critically injured on our camping trip. I'm just about all healed up now, but I thank you for your sweet comments of concern.

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

Sunday, July 12, 2009

good {times} and rock bites

Hello! Thanks so much for all of the sweet comments you've been leaving for me lately. I can't tell you how much I appreciate them/you...especially when I know (all too well) how many things are vying for our time and attention. It means so much that you take the time to stop by. ;)

Our camping trip was a lot of fun, even if we did have rain EVERY single day...a little more than we expected it would too. We even opted not to go down the mountain and watch the fireworks show in Estes Park because of the threatening skies and cold temps. Guess that's a big part of what makes that area so green and beautiful...and I think it may have also helped to keep the mosquitoes at bay, so that was definitely a good thing. So even though some of our plans were frustrated, we didn't let the rain didn't dampen our spirits...each afternoon the guys would take the kids geo-caching and we ladies got to hang out without any responsibilities in their absence. Evenings were spent playing card games. And we did get in a little hiking and biking. All was good. Until the last five minutes of the trip.... It went something like this:

Son let Dog lead him on walk amongst big rocks near campsite while Hubby finished hooking up the trailer. (Dog thinks she's the boss; Son doesn't let her know otherwise.)

Ever-vigilant Daughter kept her eagle eyes on them from her vantage point on another rock pile while Mom was inside the trailer changing from tennies to flip flops in anticipation of the ride home just minutes away.

Dog spied a chipmunk and thought she should chase it. Something she'd been dying to do since we arrived three days earlier. Too bad it was on rocky terrain --big, rough, hard, sometimes slippery, moss-covered, and very unforgiving rocks.

Dog's sudden enthusiastic lunge caused Son to stumble...outside of Daughter's visual field.

Daughter loudly calls out Son's name.

Mom's ears perk up.

Son doesn't respond.

Daughter calls out to him again, asking if he's okay, while quickly climbing to area where Son was as she answers Mom's inquiry that Son fell.

Time stands still and Mom's blood instantly runs cold as her mind switches gears and entertains a number of frightening scenarios while tearing out of the trailer, running, full speed ahead, through the woods toward Daughter's voice. As Mom bounds up the first boulder, not thinking...or caring...that she's just broken her first rule of the weekend (NO flip flops on the rocks!), her flip flop (on the first and only foot on said boulder) with ZERO traction, slides two feet down the damp (translated: slick) moss-covered rock...bringing Mom and all her momentum down with it. Not in the plan.

Mom instinctively uses her palms to brace herself for the inevitable boulder body slam (no, it's not a new dance). When the clock starts ticking again and Mom's blood is definitely heated and flowing, Mom feels a stinging sensation and accompanying pain calling to her from several areas of her body (determined at a later time to be a baker's when it was draining all the pleasure from her long-awaited shower --and I know that sounds kinda bad, but you know what I mean -lol!).

As Mom backs off her impromptu incline bed, she realizes that her other foot is no longer wearing its flip flop. As she reaches to put it back on, she is relieved to hear both Daughter and Son and calls out to see if Son is okay.

Daughter calls out that he is.

Mom climbs up and around the mean mountain to reach Daughter, Son, and Dog, thankful that no one {else} is hurt and recalling exactly why she incorporated the NO Flip Flops on Rocks rule.

Son, didn't fall. He did get a little scraped up, but thankfully was fine...other than becoming squeamish after seeing Mom's trembling, bloodied hands. lol Bless his heart, through all that, he didn't let go of Dog...cuz Huskies are prone to run and not return and we do NOT let ours off leash in public under ANY circumstances (no need to tempt fate here, cuz we're all quite attached to her).

The whole gang walks back to the campsite where Hubby, completely unaware of all that had just taken place in those last few minutes, is ready to go home. After he bandages Mom's hands.

Mom thought it was also a good time to let Son know that she'd do it all again. Although it doesn't compare, it reminded her of what Jesus' pierced and bloodied hands did for each of us on the cross...and He'd do it all again. Thank goodness He doesn't have to.

Okay, so here's the card I set out to share with you. lol I made it for my parents a little bit ago, because we always have such good times together. ;)

I used some Wild Saffron papers, a cute little Unity image and sentiment, and some glitter pen for sparkle (that doesn't show up in this photo). I think I was long-winded enough tonight, so I'll just leave it up to you to ask if you have any questions on the card.

My hands are healing nicely and I'm hoping to get in some stamping time this week. ;)

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

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

Cardstock: Cranberry, Colonial White (CTMH), Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)

Patterned Paper: Wild Saffron collection (K&Company)

Stamps: October Kit of the Month, "Thinking About the Good Times" (Unity)

Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)

Other: Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), blending stumps (Alvin), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), Tags Trio die (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), ribbon, sponges (CTMH), button (BasicGrey), embroidery floss (DMC), photo corner punch (SU!), green Spica glitter pen (Too Marker), foam mounting tape

Saturday, July 11, 2009

{check} this out!

Sorry this isn't stamping related, but I guess it could be (if you want to have money left in your bank account to use for more stamping supplies -lol). My mom just shared this with me (thanks, Mom!) and I thought it was something EVERYONE needs to be aware of. If you've never heard of check washing (and I hadn't), please take a few minutes to watch this AMAZING video. It's a good that you may want to pass on as well.

I'm hoping to have something stamped to share with you later today, and I hope you're enjoying your Saturday! ;)

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

Sunday, July 5, 2009

you {so} deserve it

Yep, she does! And I'm gonna brag for a minute. Oh, and maybe I should warn you that it's kinda one of those 'bursting heart' posts. lol

***Remember, I'm still not really here --still camping and no doubt having a great time...even without electricity (but I AM definitely looking forward to taking a really long, hot shower and feeling clean again! lol). ;) Hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend!***

Okay, so back to the braggin'....

This special girl of mine just finished a grueling semester at college, taking a full load of classes while working an average of 60 hours/week (at her 40-hr per week, very demanding job...yeah, they seem to think she's super human...and by literally doing the work of three employees, she obviously isn't doing much to dissuade them)! There were times that she had computer problems (which caused big issues with some of her assignments), times when she got only a couple hours of sleep at night, times when she kept going even though she was sick from all the stress and fatigue, but she kept pushing forward. Monica apparently went above and beyond what her classmates did because she found favor with her teachers and they commended her time and again on the quality of her work, and one teacher in particular even went so far as to copy EVERY assignment she'd handed in to keep as a shining example to show her future students.

If you're still with me (thank you!) and are getting the impression she's sharp as a tack, you're right. She takes after her mama. lol Well, actually I'm pretty sure she's running circles around me and the pace I kept at her age. She knows what she wants and she's making a mad dash to get there. That pace would kill me...and probably most others her age! But after focusing more on her job than school for the last few years, she's more determined than ever to get through school as quickly as possible and is doing all she can to get there. And I know when she finishes, she's gonna make a wonderful teacher! Of course, she'll be a wonderful asset to any profession, as she's already proven in her current employment situation. (Ya know, I'm pretty sure it's cuz she takes after her mama. ;P)

I'm just so proud of her and how she keeps on going, even when she feels like crying cuz her days can be so challenging...and especially so for a 21-YO. So as a token of my admiration of her perseverance, hard work, dedication, and impeccable work ethic (and knowing how much she loves ice I said, she takes after her mama! -lol), I thought this Who's That Girl? image from My Favorite Things' Here's the Scoop would make a perfect presentation for the Cold Stone gift card I sent her. I paper pieced the chair (all except for the flowers) and I used Prismacolor pencils for the rest...having to mix several colors to get the color of her top to coordinate with the greens in the papers I used. Doesn't sound like a big deal, but I'm not all that experienced with my coloring, so it was a big deal for me. Oh, and I tried my hand at the faux wood floor trick for the first time too (I know, call me progressive...I think I've only been seeing others do it for a couple of years now -LOL!!). Not sure what I was thinkin' that night (oh, that's right, I wasn't -lol)....

The design was inspired by Card Patterns Sketch 19. (And, you guessed was current at the time I made the card.) I would've shared it sooner, but I hadn't mailed it off yet and was afraid Monica would see it and recognize herself -lol. It really would look just like her, except that she never has time to sit and relax like that. ;P (Did I ever tell you she takes after her mama? lol)

I like the sketch a lot but had a bit of trouble calling it quits because I popped out the bottom edge of the top portion so that it would resemble a window awning (you know, from the outside looking in), so I guess the trouble was with me and not the sketch. It just feels like it still needs something across the top there, but if I wanted it to look like an awning, I couldn't add anything to liven it up. I guess I could've added a sentiment directly onto that paper, but I didn't have anything I wanted to use that would fit. And my stitching got a little wonky up there, but I think it was because I'd glued the two layers together before I decided to stitch on there. Oh, well. Just don't look too closely.

The inside isn't anything fancy,but it holds the goods and reads "You So Deserve It" (a sentiment from a BC Dzyns set, And Then I Said) --actually, she deserves a whole lot more than that, but that's a whole 'nother story.

Oh, and all the 'she takes after her mama' stuff...I may have been jokin' with ya a little there, but for the most part it's true. She really does; she's just better version of me. ;) And much prettier too --see:This is a very poor picture (of a picture, recaptured by a cell phone no less --long story...has to do with my moving twice within a year and not being able to get to a lot of my things) of us taken right about three years ago, just before I left California (and, with it, my older kids *sniff sniff*). Even though I have no idea why my bangs look like a blotch on my forehead in this picture (and I don't know how to correct it digitally or I would have -lol), I don't have any more recent pictures of us together...that I'd be willing to publicly embarrass myself over...and this is one of my very favorite pictures of the two of us -- it's even the wallpaper on my cell phone. ;) Makes me smile to see her sweet face and remember that fun day we had together, just the two of us.

Whew...I think this was my most long-winded post ever! Sorry, ladies (but I did warn you -lol). I'm definitely NOT going for a record, so I'll be a LOT more brief in the future. Or at least I hope so! ;)

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: White Daisy (CTMH), Sweet Blush (Papertrey Ink)

Patterned Paper: Two Scoops collection (BasicGrey)

Stamps: Here's the Scoop (My Favorite Things), And Then I Said (B.C. Dzyns)

Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko)

Other: Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), corner rounder punch (EK Success), slot punch, word window punch (SU!), Aqua Mist ribbon (Papertrey Ink), button (Autumn Leaves), embroidery floss (DMC), Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder (Provo Craft), Petal Pink Liquid Pearls, Scattered Straw Distress Stickles (Ranger), black My Legacy Writer (CTMH), silver Spica glitter pen (Too Marker), sewing machine, thread, foam mounting tape

Thursday, July 2, 2009

{anniversary} wishes

Can you believe it's July already?!?! I was supposed to have been making Christmas cards since January. One a week, I told myself. And here it is, the year half over, and not a single Christmas card made. ;( How are yours coming along? Have you started yet?

Okay, on to the card....

This one was made for the friends we're camping with. It's their anniversary tomorrow, so I thought it would be nice to have a card to give them. And, yes, I seem to be stuck in a color rut of sorts (could be because I'm using my beloved K&Company stacks so often??), but for the time being, I'm happy here. ;)

I used Julee's current Mojo sketch --hey, that's two Mondays in a row where I made a card on the day the sketch came out! Woo hoo! Boy, I AM lovin' summer! ;D Too bad I can't keep up this stamping/blogging pace all year long...though I think my family would get a little fed up with me. I have NO idea how some of you ladies juggle it all, all the time!

Not sure you can see it (maybe if you click on it to get the ginormous size?), but the card has all sorts of sparkle to it --the patterned paper is very glitter-fied, the white cardstock itself is shimmery, and I added touches of glitter pen to that sweet li'l stamped bird. Not quite what I normally think of in terms of anniversary cards, but I think Kathy will like it (she loves K&Co too!) for her hubby, well, I'm not so sure (but that's okay --guys aren't really expected to! lol Am I right?). At first, since they're camping on their anniversary AND over the 4th of July weekend, I toyed with the idea of going with some fireworks (after 15 years together, I'm pretty sure it still applies -lol), but I thought better of it (for this year --lol)...or maybe a cute little trailer image I've been itching to use, but it wasn't working with the sketch. So I opted for the cute li'l bird. ;) Funny what can dictate a card's direction....

Speaking of direction...I just thought I'd rub it in again that we're several thousand feet in elevation higher than home (translated: much cooler!) where we're camping near breathtakingly beautiful Estes Park, going on hikes, bike rides, enjoying campfires, dinners hot off the grill, and roasting s'mores every night (YUM!), and hangin' out with friends --yeah, life is good. Oh, and here's the best part: living without electricity, showers (GROSS, I know!), cell reception, or Internet access. Just kidding (about the 'best part' part, that is --will I survive?! lol). And I'm very likely trying to hide from mosquitoes galore (me nooooo likey!) and the requisite daily afternoon thunderstorm....but at least they don't have tornado warnings up there (that I know of), unlike where we camped last time. Aren't you envious? ;) I know just what did it, too --it's the part about not showering for over three days, right? lol

Well, I hope you all have a safe and happy 4th of July tomorrow (and that you're not taking the luxury of showering for granted -lol)!

As always, thanks so very much for the visit and the sweet comments you leave for me --you make my day that much brighter. I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

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

Cardstock: Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo-Wiggins), Hollyhock, Creme Brulee (CTMH)

Patterned Paper: Wild Raspberry collection (K&Company)

Stamps: bird and branch from 'Sending Happy Thoughts' (Hero Arts), sentiment from 'Wonderful Wishes Remixed' (Verve), Heart Notes (Memory Box)

Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko)

Other: large and small classic standard and oval Nestabilities dies, large and small classic standard and scallop square Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Aqua Mist Vintage Buttons (Papertrey Ink), embroidery floss (DMC), satin ribbon (May Arts), Gelly Roll Stardust clear glitter pen (Sakura), pink Spica glitter pen (Too Marker), sewing machine, thread, foam mounting tape, glue dots, mini pop dot