Friday, October 23, 2009

an {apple} a day...

Well, that's been the habit of my dad EVERY single day for as long as I can remember.  And I have to say that I've become a believer in that old adage.  It's really served him well, so I'd also have to say that it's a very good habit indeed.  Not only has he been a very healthy man, but he's also about to celebrate his 73rd birthday in a few days.  What's really wonderful about that is that he and my mom are due to arrive here in about two hours!!  It's going to be a very short visit (just through the weekend), but we're going to celebrate my dad's birthday...something we haven't been able to do in quite a few years.

So in honor of him, I used a couple of really fun stamps from Something to Crow About {the Monthly Mix for September} by Lizzie Anne Designs.  I also used the current sketch over at Lizzie Anne Land, which just so happens to be something they're celebrating as well --their 100th sketch!  {With celebrations all around, me most definitely thinks some chocolate cake is in order! ;)}

And since I still have a few things to 'wrap up' around here before my parents brighten our doorway, I'll leave you with the card:

Nothing too fancy, but every bit my dad...right down to the gray stripes. 

Hope you're all going to be having a wonderful weekend and that you, too, will find something to celebrate.  ;)

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:  Grey Wool, Heavenly Blue, Cranberry, White Daisy (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  Complete Boy stack (My Mind's Eye)

Stamps:  Something to Crow About (Lizzie Anne Designs)

Ink:  Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko)

Other:  Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), ZigZag Stitch border punch (EK Success), Cranberry marker (CTMH), sewing machine, thread, foam mounting tape

Friday, October 16, 2009

birthday bash {4 U}

Happy Friday to ya! ;D

We're having beautiful weather here today {and all three inches of snow that we woke up to last Saturday is just a memory --too bad the freezing temps that accompanied it didn't leave a lasting impression...cruelly turning to brown all of the leaves that were just starting to show their most beautiful and long-awaited shades of yellow, gold, orange, and red}.  And the strong winds we had yesterday tugged at many of the dead leaves, giving them a premature push sending them floating through the air, torn from their branches.  Seems like we skipped a season favorite season.  And I was so looking forward to capturing a few pics of the turning leaves, and now it appears I'll have to wait until next fall.  ;(

Well, tomorrow is my Oldest Sweet Daughter's boyfriend's birthday and so I had another guy card to make.  Always a bit of a challenge, but always much quicker than my usual cards...and I liked LauraB's comment that "sometimes less is more" --makes it a little less painful knowing they get tossed in the trash. ;)  And Susan, did you notice I omitted buttons this time? lol

I used this week's sketch from CPS, the stamps are from Birthday Bash {by Cornish Heritage Farms}, and the paper is from BasicGrey's Marrakech collection.  I'm not sure what my preoccupation with Kraft cardstock is at the moment {and I'm not trying too terribly hard to resist it's beckoning call to me}, but I am lovin' it for guy cards lately...and I am even envisioning it as the anchor for some mass-produced Christmas cards.

I paper-pieced the candle and used a few different Spica glitter pens for the 'flame' and on the little tag:

I'm hoping my Oldest Sweet Daughter won't mind too terribly much that her boyfriend's gift is arriving before hers {you guessed it...I'm still not done with "the gift," --it was the source of a brief meltdown I had on Saturday, but I've recovered and am making progress, slowly but surely...determined to not let it get the better of me -lol}

I'll leave you with a few pics of our hint of winter wonderland last Saturday:

Our dog is such an affection-hound that she'll even shamelessly enjoy patiently endure having the kids bury her in the long as they're hands-on and she's getting some lovin' she's happy.  Silly dog!

And here's Youngest Sweet Daughter's little snowman (or snowgirl, I suppose...I was informed the greenery sticking out of the back of its head is a ponytail -lol!):

The temps are forecast to be warmer tomorrow and there's no snow or heavy winds expected, and so we're going to our first bonfire tomorrow night --should be a lot of fun!!  And then, after giving myself a week's vacation from it...physically speaking only {my brain has found it impossible to make the departure}, I think I'll torture educate myself by working on "the gift" some more. ;) 

So what are you guys up to this weekend?

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:  Kraft (SU!), Moonstruck, White Daisy (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  Marrakech (BasicGrey)

Stamps:  Birthday Bash (Cornish Heritage Farms)

Ink:  Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko), White Daisy pigment ink (CTMH)

Other:  Classic Small and Large Rectangle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), black waxed linen thread (unknown), paper piercer (CTMH), mat pack (SU!), various Spica glitter pens (Too Marker), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), blending stumps (Alvin), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), pop dots, foam mounting tape

Friday, October 9, 2009

happy birthday {brother}

Hello again!  I decided I needed a longer break, so thought I'd share one more card I made recently.  ;)

This one was made using this week's sketch from Card Patterns, and it was sent to one of my {younger} brothers.  Ordinarily I don't make cards for him, but this year I did.  I made it very simple, though, because it's probably one that's already been tossed in the round file.  Oh, well.  I enjoyed making it and I hope he enjoyed receiving it.  That's what counts, right?

I broke into my Cosmo Cricket The Boyfriend mini deck and used a very small piece of Appreciation.  Sounds kinda funny.  A small piece of appreciation.  Maybe I should've used a generous piece instead. ;)  Okay, never mind.  I must be in a silly mood today. 

Moving right's the card:

Granted, it's a little on the bland side now that I look at it here {I don't think it looked quite that dull in person}.  And it's a guy card.  Well, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it. ;)   In hindsight, I probably should've put some wide dark blue grosgrain or twill or even cardstock behind the ric rac --SOMEthing to make it pop a little more-- Oh,'s too late now.  

The card base is Kraft, and the colored mats are pieces of CTMH's Honey and Juniper cardstock.  The background was made by using an image from The Rummage Bin collection called For The Men {by Cornish Heritage Farms} stamped in VersaMark.  And I added the waxed linen stitches for a little interest, but I think I should've used some sort of template for my spacing.  Next time. ;)  And the little tags were from another fun set by Cornish Heritage Farms called Tag!  You're It!

How's that for short and sweet? ;)  Seemed a little too short...cuz now it means I need to quit stalling and get back to work on "the gift." lol 

Did I mention that it SNOWed here yesterday? Pretty much most of the day, though none of it stuck...luckily.  Seems a bit toooo cold and a bit toooo early to have our first snow fall, but it was fun to watch and we enjoyed sipping on our warm beverages {I've been experimenting all week...tweaking the spices mostly...making my own chai tea latte, so that's been fun}.  We're supposed to be getting more snow over the weekend too, with lows dipping into the teens at night --BRRR!!  I think I'll be stayin' in and keeping warm and cozy...and hopefully finally finishing up "the gift" for Oldest Sweet Daughter, who's sick in bed with the flu today...1000 miles away and I can't do a thing to help her, but pray.  I don't even have a cute card made up that I could send her.   Again, bad mama, I know.  ;(

Okay, okay, enough already.  I'll quit stalling and get back to work.  ;)  I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

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:  Kraft (SU!), Juniper, Honey (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  "Appreciation" The Boyfriend mini deck (Cosmo Cricket)

Stamps:  For The Men, Tag! You're It! (Cornish Heritage Farms)

Inks:  Juniper (CTMH)

Other:  VersaMark (Tsukineko), buttons (BasicGrey and Autumn Leaves), hemp twine (unknown), hemp ric rac (May Arts), 3/4" circle punch, mat pack (SU!), paper piercer (CTMH), waxed linen thread (ScrapWorks), Crafter's Pick The Ultimate! glue (API), foam mounting tape

"...on Custard, on {Target}...."

Yes, I know, I changed the words a bit, but is anyone else hearing the faint {or not so faint} sound of Christmas music running through their head...or is it just me?

Well, hello there!!  Long time no nothin'! 

This poor neglected blog of mine.... 

And while I've been away, Blogger has apparently changed their formatting for writing posts!  Looks like a good thing, but until I figure it out I'm thinkin' I may be muttering under my breath a little...or a lot.  Seems that's just the way it is for me --things always have a way of taking a lot longer than what I think they should. ;(

Though I've not been posting recently {sorry}, I have been stamping {YAY!!}.  We've had several birthdays to celebrate in our circle lately and a few other card-worthy occasions too, so that's been fun.  And while I had to spend time making the cards {not that I minded -lol}, I'd told myself I wasn't going to take the time to post again until I finished making my Oldest Sweet Daughter's birthday gift {her 22nd birthday was a week and a half ago --Yikes!}.

Well, I'm not done with it yet {I did mention things always take me a lot longer than they should, right?}, but it's coming along...and I would've added 'nicely' to that, but I hit a wall yesterday {though I patiently worked my way through it last night} and so I'm at a spot that's a bit intimidating for me and thought I'd take a bit of a breather. 

I've had several little obstacles to overcome along the way --remember I'm S-L-O-W to begin with-- and because I'm a visual learner, I guess it hasn't helped any that my instructions seemed poorly done {to me anyway}.  It's not paper-related and it's a new-to-me project, but when I asked her boyfriend for gift ideas, his response, while very sweet, not only took me by surprise but definitely took me on a creative journey I hadn't planned {and I should also include a sincere thanks in here, too, to my friend Kathy for the bright great project idea -lol, though I have to say she's been very helpful to me too --thanks, Kathy! ;D}.  And once I finally get it done and show you what I'm talking about, I'm sure you're all gonna have a good laugh at my expense {you'll no doubt be rolling your eyes and thinking, It took you HOW long?!?}

SO, because this project is taking quite a bit longer than I anticipated {again, so sorry, Sweetheart}, I thought I'd go ahead and share a card today anyway.  ;)

This birthday card was really fun to make, even if it ended up being sent without a gift.  ;(  Bad mama, I know.   I am thankful that I have a very patient and understanding helps to ease my conscience a little. 

Here's the background scoop on this card {literally -lol}:   A few months ago my Oldest Sweet Daughter accidentally mailed me one of her cute notecards {from Target}....blank!  I think she must've been in a hurry that day. lol   I'd thought about returning it to her so she could actually really use it but then decided I'd find a way to use it on a card for her {even though it was a bit scarred up from the 1000-mile journey --just gives it some character, right?}. ;)  So, the flowered design 'paper' that you see in the background here was the front of her notecard and the polka dot pattern was the back side.  The real irony to this little plan of mine is that she didn't recognize it!  {Yes, sometimes the method to my madness is lost on others...I'm used to it.}   Here is what I came up with:

Now Oldest Sweet Daughter's had a thing for cows for a LONG time {though NOT real cows...which I discovered only after I took a ton of cow pics to show her one time -lol}, so I knew I wanted to use darling Custard image on her card.  Isn't she the cutest?!?  Although, now that I think about it, it's entirely possible that she's outgrown the cow thing and just hasn't had the heart to tell us (the younger kids send drawings of cows on most cards they make her -lol).  Guess I'd better ask about that before buying any more of these sweet bovine images --and there are quite a few of them out there...assuming you like that kinda thing, of course.  ;)

Since the card front itself was kinda plain, I tried to enhance it with quite a bit of shimmer --Cryogen White cardstock, Coal Shimmerz on the cow's spots, and some Spica glitter pens and Star Dust Stickles {my favorite!} on the flowers.  I'm not sure if you can see it or not {as always, if you click on the pic, you'll get the ginormous version}:

Oh, and I used the then-current Sketch 33 from Card Patterns {LoVe their sketches!}.  I even made another card using this sketch, which I'll be sharing soon, because I liked it so much.  Fun, stuff!  ;D  I couldn't find a good place for a sentiment on the front, so I just added it to the inside {which is a good thing, because it's handwritten...and just a bit corny like me -lol}:

And I included a little pull-out mini card {using a stamp set from Cornish Heritage Farms} inside for our personal sentiment to her:

Well, I'm off now for another session tackling "the gift" --wish me luck, ladies!  ;)

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

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

Cardstock:  Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo-Wiggins), Black, Amethyst (CTMH)

Stamps:  Custard (Sugar Nellie), Birthday Bash (Cornish Heritage Farms)

Ink:  Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko)

Other:  notecard (Target), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Classic Small and Large Squares Nestability dies, Classic Scallop Large Nestability dies (Spellbinders), black gingham (May Arts), (ret.) grape grosgrain (CTMH), Star Dust Stickles (Ranger), Coal Shimmerz (Shimmerz), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Pitch Black, Lilac, and Lavender Spica glitter pens (Too Marker), flower punch, 1/4" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch (SU!), staple, pop dots, foam mounting tape