Sunday, February 26, 2012

you {made} my day

Happy Sunday to you! ;D  Hope you're enjoying your weekend. 

We're having some glorious weather today, complete with beautiful blue skies, although it is {still!} a little windy.  The winds this past week have been horrendous, though I really can't complain since nothing here has been blown away...unlike the late-90s in So Cal when the ginormous and heavy 25' boat tent {we had bolted to the cement!} in our sideyard was lifted up and over a 7' block wall, landing in a twisted heap in our neighbor's driveway --not once, but TWICE!  Well, to be completely honest, the second time, our neighbors were spared the drama since the boat tent ended up flying backward, landing in a big wad in our backyard grass.  The drama didn't escape my poor family though, as both times occurred while my hubby and I went on ski trips {the ONLY times we had ever gone away without our kids!} and my parents were staying with the kids.  {It was so crazy that it's rumored my oldest daughter is still afraid of the wind...but I'll never tell.}

In the last few years I've become acutely aware that blue canvas skies I love so much are becoming more difficult to find, since our skies typically look something like this:

The above picture is what greeted me when I let my dog out Friday morning...if I looked to the west {tic tac toe, anyone?}.  If I looked slightly to the north, the below picture is what I saw.  You might think that all these trails were connected, but alas they were not --these groups of were parallel to each other, a handful of miles apart.  So sad that our beautiful skies are continually marred like this...nevermind the effects on the environment {and those who live in it}.  What's really strange is that I now notice these chemtrails in many of the movies I watch --I've even seen them in movies dating as far back as late 1970s!  Makes me feel like I've been living under a rock to not have noticed them decades ago.  ;(

Well, I suppose you didn't come here for a weather report, so I guess I'll get to the card. ;P

I made this one using this week's sketch over at Mojo Monday {ever get the feeling I really enjoy those sketches? lol}.  I weeded through a LOT of my stash in the hopes of finding a sentiment that read "thank you sew much" but never found one. ;(   And had my faithful old laptop not been having some surgical procedures performed at the computer doctor's office for the last few days, I would've opted to computer-generate my own.  But it was not to be.  So I went with a sentiment I found that included the word "made" in it, since this thank you is for a very special hand-sewn treasure I recently received --aren't handmade gifts the best?!

Oh, after seeing picture in Photoshop, I noticed I'd forgotten to color in the center of the flowers, so I fixed that right up with some Lavender Spica glitter pen.  Much better now. ;)

Well, it's time to get into the kitchen and make some bbq chicken pizza for dinner.  Man, do I sure wish I could have some too.   Oh well, I think my *new* pizza recipe tastes pretty good too...once you get used to not eating the familiar wheat crust.  All I can say is thank goodness for the Internet --sure makes finding recipes for special dietary needs a lot easier!  ;)

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

Supplies shown some {long-overdue} lovin':

You Made My Day

Cardstock:  White Daisy, Desert Sand (Close To My Heart)
Patterned Paper:  Green at Heart 6x6 collection (BasicGrey)
Stamps:  {} (Unity Stamp Company), Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Vintage Sepia VersaFine (Tsukineko)
Other:  Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Tags Trio die (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Scallop Diamond border punch (E.K. Success), button (Papertrey Ink), Liquid Glass (Close To My Heart), embroidery floss (DMC), sewing machine, thread, foam adhesive

Sunday, February 19, 2012

i only have {eye} for you

So have you all recovered from your chocolate overload this week?  My family had their share of it for sure.  {Even if you're still "suffering," I have to admit I'm more than a little envious --in order to deal with some health issues I started on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet a little while ago, and chocolate is one of the things I miss the most.  Maybe one day I'll enjoy green juices and smoothies almost as much...but that's a mighty big maybe.}  Chocolate-filled or not, I hope you enjoyed your Valentine's Day {or singles awareness day as I also heard it referred to -lol}.  ;)

I suppose this card should've been posted last week, but since I didn't make it until Tuesday...evening {I guess you could say I've not outgrown all of my "Last-Minute Lucy" tendencies --yet-- but it didn't matter a whole lot this time because I knew my hubby and son would be at a Scout meeting that evening}, here it is:

I definitely need to find the time to get to know my camera {but when?!?}, as my pics are never what they should be {yes, I meant to use an absolute}, and I tend to notice it more when I post them here.  I'm sorry.  ;(   For instance, the picture looks really washed out here and doesn't do the pretty papers justice, but in real life the colors on the card are rather candy-like, caramel-y and creamy looking {besides chocolate, I think I'm missing sugary things...and creamy things too}.  *BIG sigh*

So, despite the ho-hum photo, I did have some fun making this card.  I grabbed a {previously unloved} paper pack and a goofy image and got to work, using the current Mojo Monday sketch as my inspiration.  I glam'd up the cute little monster a bit --and if I had a brown "eye" {or two}, curled my hair like that, wore lipstick and big hair bows, and felt comfortable sporting only a big smile and a pretty handbag, well, she just might look a little like me -lol.   Here's a closeup:

Because the focal image is rather large, I think the scallop mat would've looked better had it been bigger but I decided not to use a larger one because it just seemed rather feminine for a 'guy card.'   Oh, well.  I was a bit pressed for time and it is what it is....and that pretty much goes for all my cards. ;P  But in the spirit of blogging, I thought I'd share anyway. 

What did you do for Valentine's Day?

P.S.  Jeanne and Mary Ellen, thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment on my last post --while I was surprised you were still with me, I wasn't surprised by your sweetness. ;)

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

Supplies shown some {overdue} lovin':

Eye for You
Cardstock:  Cocoa, Cranberry, Colonial White (Close To My Heart)
Patterned Paper:  Crazy Love 6x6 collection (Bo Bunny)
Stamps:  Monsters Ink (My Favorite Things), Borders & Corners Heart (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Timber Brown Stazon (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger), Cranberry (Close To My Heart)
Other:  Small Circle die, Petite Scallop Circle die, Tags Trio, Labels One (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), gifted paper piece using unknown border punch (Martha Stewart), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), OMS (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), VersaMark (Tsukineko), clear embossing powder, heat tool, sponge, Liquid Glass (Close To My Heart), Chocolate and Lipstick Spica glitter pens (Too Marker), sewing machine, thread, foam adhesive

Sunday, February 12, 2012

passion {renewed}

Yep, it's really been over an entire year since my last post.  :-/  Not really all that surprising for me, since my posting in 2010 has typically been somewhat spotty.  Daily life tends to dictate my priorities, so it's always been a challenge for me to find enough *spare* time to create cards and do other crafty things --which I LoVe to do -- but after not making more than a small handful of cards last year {pitiful, I know}, I've decided that "all work and no play" definitely makes me a dull I'm going to do my best to remedy that this year.  ;D  And everyone enjoys receiving a handmade card, right?  I figure it's the best way for me to (1) have fun, (2) be productive, (3) make others smile, and (4) be frugal {a necessity for me for the foreseeable future}.

I've already made a few cards this year {which I'll probably be posting soon}, and it's been so much fun to get back into it!  A little slow going, but still fun.  I've really missed it.  Plus, I've got sooooo many supplies that need some lovin' {you'll see what I mean as time goes on -lol}.'s my attempt to play along with the sketch challenge over at Mojo Monday this week { though my "mojo" is apparently toying with the idea of remaining on hiatus a bit longer...and it's been sooooo long since I've posted that I've completely forgotten how to work with my watermark, so please overlook that too --help!}:
The ribbon looks like it doesn't match, and the embossing on the sentiment piece looks off too, but I think it's just my photography *skillz* {a-hem...they're still rather lacking} --it really does coordinate in real life. ;P

I had a lot of fun with my sewing machine on this one --not sure you can tell from the pic...or if my son will even notice when he's got the card in his hands...but I added some extra stitching around the {partial} stars in the smaller background focal panel.  It didn't make a huge difference in the scheme of things, but it was fun and I thought it added some interest on an otherwise plain panel.  {Like it really matters on a guy card. lol}

Anyway, it feels good to be back!  ;)

Well, that's it from me family's waiting on me so we can all watch a movie together.  Enjoy what's left of your evening and I hope you have a wonderful week.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon --I plan to be making cards and posting them a LOT more often.  Until next time, many blessings to you {if there are actually any of *you* still with me -lol}!

Supplies shown some long-overdue lovin':
Happy Birthday

Cardstock: Cocoa, Sorbet (CTMH)Patterned Paper:  Complete Boy 12x12 collection (My Mind's Eye)

Stamps:  Mat Stack 2 Collection (Papertrey Ink), Happy Birthday (CTMH)
Ink:  Vintage Sepia VersaFine, Antique Linen (Tsukineko), Sorbet (CTMH)
Other:  VersaMark (Tsukineko), clear embossing powder, heat tool, sponge, Cocoa grosgrain ribbon, Liquid Glass (CTMH), Stars embossing folder, Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Mat Stack 2 Die, Mat Stack 2 Layerz Die (Papertrey Ink), Small Pinking Circle die (Spellbinders), Cowboy Dew Drops (Robin's Nest), sewing machine, thread, foam dimensional tape, sandpaper