Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Ok, so we had a great time at the Halloween Carnival. The boy did great playing and winning prizes (not that any of them were too hard). We left around 6:15 p.m., which was sooner than I had originally planned. He said he was tired and ready for bed...WOOHOO!

I made a Christmas card last night. The random ones I am doing are going to my family in Wisconsin and Illinois. Since there are not many from home that I send to, I thought this would be a good plan. For everyone else, I have made the same card. I found it here. Great idea, not complicated, and very unique. Gotta love it!

For this card I started with a Bazzill cardstock base. The PP is inked, then the ribbon is tied in a knot and adhered to the card front. I stamped the image on the front with olive dye ink twice onto SU! Whisper White cardstock, the larger circle was cut out with a Coluzzle circle template. I then punched out the center of the second image with a 1 1/2" circle punch and used pop dots to adhere to the larger circle. I punched 1/16" holes and adhered the brads. The sentiment at the bottom is from Verve Visual's set Winter Wonder. The inside is stamped with a SU! Christmas set, not sure of the name. Once assembled, I added glitter glue to the green parts of the tree.

On another note, I was asked by the school to make some "pretties" to donate to a fundraiser they are hosting for one of the teachers on November 17th. She was recently diagnosed with cancer and has already left school for about four months to undergo treatment. Devastating! Anyways, they are hoping to raise money to help her family with medical and monthly expenses. I will know more details once I am able to talk to Cody's teacher and/ or the principal in the coming days. My heart goes out to them and I am so happy to see the school do what is right for her!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Oh, the Cooler Weather

It has been below freezing the last two mornings. Although I am enjoying the cool down, I do not like freezing cold! It's the whole reason I moved to Tennessee from Illinois.
This is a card I did over the weekend. I started with a black cardstock base that is covered with Basic Grey DP. I then put a red Christmas ribbon over the seam. I colored the image some time ago and mounted it on a scallop square cut on my WB. The image is adhered with pop dots.
The sentiment is stamped with red dye ink. It is from the Winter Wonder set from Verve Visual. I have really enjoyed the sets I got from them.
I still need to stamp something on the inside for it to be ready for the mail.
Our friends are busy getting to know their first grandchild. They called and are so proud of their daughter and the newest addition to their family. I can't remember all the baby deets, but he and mama are healthy and doing well. I am just thrilled for them!
Tonight is the Halloween Carnival at school. I plan to only stay an hour or so. The boy should get plenty of fun time within that timeframe. I purchased some prizes for his class, just some pencils and erasers. Should be a good time.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Great Finds

I forgot to take photos of the projects I completed this weekend, so goes this late post. I made two peek-a-boo boxes. They were printed on ivory cardstock and then cut out. I stamped the snowflake from a set by Queen & Co. with red dye ink. The box was then put together with red line tape, inside are peanut M&M's. The image is stamped with StazOn Jet Black ink and then colored with Prismas and blended with OMS; then punched out with a 1 1/4 " circle punch. The image is then mounted on Bazzill Bling that has punched out with a 1 3/8" circle punch; then it is layered on a scallop circle made with red textured cardstock. It is then adhered to the box top. The ribbon is tied around the box and tied into a knot.

I found some great finds at the LSS; they have a clearance center next door and everything is 1/2 off the original price. I got two Martha Stewart stamp sets, a package of Martha Stewart kitchen twine, a spool of ribbon, and two packs of silver brads. It was nice to see the Martha stuff in the clearance center, I had been eying the stamp sets for some time. I was in a hurry and didn't have a bunch of time to look around, I may end up going back in the next few days to see what else they have. Gotta love it!

Cody's school's Halloween Carnival is tomorrow night. He is totally excited about it and can hardly wait to go through the haunted house. He went through it all alone last year, so brave! He gets to play games and spend some time with his BFF, Luther. I'll try to snap a few of Cody in his TMNT costume. He was wearing it all day yesterday, and then again when we got home tonight.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Fluffles

This card is for a friend of mine who just sent us the sweetest card and a little gift for the boy since he got good grades.

I stamped the image with StazOn Jet Black onto SU! Whisper White cardstock. I colored with Prismas and blended with OMS and paper stump. I inked the edges with dye ink.

I cut the PP and trimmed the corners with a circle punch, then the ribbon is tied around it. Then it's then matted with another piece of PP. I glued some purple rhinestones to the mat.

The sentiment is a rub on.

I have alot of running to do today. Have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

My Sister's Birthday

My sister has her 35th birthday on the 6th of November. I made this card for her last night; it took forever. I used SCS Sketch #93 for it. I started the base with black cardstock which was scored with Scor-Pal. Then I chose some Basic Grey paper, I think it's from Scarlet's Letter. I stamped the butterfly from SU! Priceless with red dye ink and then outlined the dotted lines with glue. Then I sprinkled some glitter on it. I love sparkle! I matted the butterfly with black DP which I trimmed with deco scissors; that piece is then matted with a tan textured cardstock. I folded the DP down and then stamped the polka dots with black dye ink; the dots are from su! Polka Dots & Paisley. Then, I trimmed a piece of black DP with deco scissors and matted the triangular fold. The clip is adhered to the card front with a brad. The sentiment is from SU! Smorgasborders, it is stamped with red dye ink and then the edges are inked. The flower is held together with a brad and then adhered to the cardstock base with a pop dot. I used DP inside the card and printed a quote on vellum; the vellum is adhered with brads. I sure hope she has a great birthday, she's been a little blue lately!

We are having some friends over for dinner this weekend. I showed her some of the boxes and other projects I have been doing, and she wants me to show her how to do it. So, we'll eat and then start creating; should be fun! Duke downloaded some lasagna recipes, maybe I'll try one for them.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThe boy got himself dressed this morning, normally he does an ok job of choosing matching clothes. But, TODAY he was wearing blue socks, blue gym shorts, and a black Star Wars long sleeve shirt- I wish that I had taken a photo! All I could do was say "NO NO NO!"

The picture above is from a summer ago when he decided to dress himself to go to the river. Does this ensemble scream "old man" or what??? Gotta love it!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Gift Box

I made this gift box some time last week. I stamped the penguin with StazOn Jet Black and then colored him in with Prismas, blended with OMS. He is mounted on a scallop square that I cut with my WB; then mounted on a square of SU! Whisper White. The box is made with red cardstock, I just rounded the corners and then tied with a 1/4" white grosgrain ribbon. The image was then adhered to the front of the box. I used the Scor-Pal to make the score lines. I don't have a particular purpose for this, but I'm sure that I'll find a use for it soon. Cody wanted me to fill it up with candy last night so that he could take it to school and show it off. Maybe these will be the Christmas goodies for his teachers. They are really nice in the way of presentation and not that difficult to make.

I will be meeting with my aunt later in the week for lunch. She called yesterday and all her company is back on the road home. Her hubby is sick with the same thing that I have; guess it's making its way around!

It rained all night and it looks pretty bleak this morning. It is so dark, made it difficult to get out of bed and head out for the day.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

House Mouse

Ok, so I got these House Mouse images in the acrylic version over the weekend. They are cute, but man, they are intimidating to color. I used my Prismas and blended with OMS and a paper stump. I inked around the edge of the image once I trimmed it. The image is then double matted with PP. A kraft cardstock base is covered in striped PP; it reminds me of those designer candy canes. I cut a slit in the crease of the card with a Fiskars craft knife, then threaded the sheer ribbon through and tid a knot. The sentiment is stamped with black ink; it is from the Winter Wonder set from Verve Visual . I used a sketch from Splitcoast Stampers; one of these days I'll remember to jot down which one I used. I also stamped a sentiment inside, it's from a SU! set.

Well, we have not heard from our friends about their grandchild yet. Maybe it was too late to call or maybe she hasn't given birth yet. Got my fingers crossed for a safe delivery and a healthy baby and momma.

We are expecting lots of rain over the next few days; we sure need it. I thought it would be freezing cold this morning, but it was quite warm. Maybe the calm before the storm; the wind was whipping through the trees and it sounded awful outside. The wind really scares me, we had a tree come down on the house when I was pregnant and now I find myself praying every time the wind blows that it doesn't happen again.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Welcome Baby

Duke's friend's daughter is going to the hospital today to have labor induced. Hopefully, this means that a baby will follow shortly. They are having a boy to be named Jacob. This is the card that I made for them. I used a kraft cardstock base, scored with my new BFF Scor-Pal. Love it! I covered the front with PP. Then I stamped the image on SU! Whisper White cardstock with StazOn Jet Black ink. I colored in the image with Prismas and blended with OMS and a paper stump. Then, I masked the baby's legs and hands and sponged with blue ink. The fabric tab is adhered to the image and then the image is double matted and mounted with pop dots. The cardstock strip is matted with more cardstock, I stamped the sentiment and then a few flowers with Bazzinks. I tied the ribbon and then added a diaper pin.

The inside is finished with PP. A quote was printed onto vellum and adhered to the PP with brads. The holes for the brads were punched with my CAD. The quote is:
'Babies are God's proof that the best things do come in small packages.'

All that was left was to sign the inside and then deliver. We are getting them some diapers and some Paladin. Palaldin is super fantastic diaper rash cream, we love it. You can't find it in the stores here, but I have ordered some and am having it delivered to her parents' home. I can hardly wait to see pictures and share in the excitement of a new person to love. I truly am very happy for them.

It was a little nippy this morning when we left for school/ work. The boy had to wear pants and a hoodie. I really like the crisp air in the morning, I'm so glad that the cooler weather has come.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Halloween Treats

Cody stamped the images some time ago. We used the Queen & Co. Halloween stamps; stamped with pigment ink. The image is mounted on punched circles of Halloween paper; then with a scallop circle punched orange cardstock. The paper is from The Paper Studio, I love it. So festive and such good quality. The inside has 4 smiley gumballs. The ends are crimped and the scallop circles are adhered with glue dots. His class should like them. He'll take them so they will have them for the party later this week or early next week.

We went for a drive late this afternoon. The leaves are changing and then just falling off. Not sure there will be many left if the rain comes that they are predicting. It is quite sad to see, but we didn't get enough rain during the summer.

Cody and I went to HL on Saturday. They had clear stamps on sale, I picked up a few sets. I also found a few things in the clearance bin; rub-ons, fabric tabs, stamps. I had intentions of getting lots of stamping done today, but the congestion I had in my head has moved to my chest. I am miserable. I stayed in bed until about 11:30 a.m.- totally not like me.
I bought Transformers for Cody on Saturday; it's his surprise for doing so well on his grade card. What a great movie! The special effects are like nothing I have ever seen before...WOW! If you get a chance to watch, do. Cody has watched it about four times already.

A friend of ours that happens to also be our neighbor, has opened a restaurant. A small place that has burgers and such. We stopped tonight and got some cheeseburgers; they were great. We wish him success in his venture and it's nice to see him doing something he loves.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Triangle Fold Card

Made this card last night. I love the Changito Monkey by Stampendous. He is adorable. He is stamped with StazOn Timber Brown onto SU! Whisper White and then colored in with Prismas and blended with OMS and a paper stump; the edges are inked. I matted the image on a piece of PP from Cosmo Cricket, the edges are inked. The card base is a chocolate color and the triangular pieces are PP from Cosmo Cricket. I used satin ribbon to tie it. The tutorial for this card is here.
Let me just say that the scoring of this and other paper is soooo much easier with the Scor-Pal. I loved how easy it was to get a straight crease and it looks so good.
The boy has a field trip today, but it is raining so hard right now; they may not get to go. Anyways, Duke is a chaperone and I wish with all my heart that I could be there to experience it with them, but I must work. I am so glad that Duke is able to participate with Cody. He wasn't able to do it with his other children because he worked so much. The life of a detective is unpredictable. In any case, Cody came along much later in his life and he appreciates him so much more; at least the time that he spends with him. Poor guy goes to work tonight, so I'm not sure this was a good idea. Should be fun and I can hardly wait to hear about it.
I finally got my home PC back from being repaired. We told the guy "no hurry", and he really took it to heart- he's had it for about 5 weeks. I gave it a big hug this morning and I'll hook her up tonight when I get home. I sure have missed having it there. I have my laptop, but it's not hooked up to a printer or some of the other things I need, so it has been really inconvenient to have the PC out of the home.
My boss recently bought a house that we have his business in. Well, there is a building that used to be a beauty shop on the property and his daughter/ business partner has convinced me that I need to get some cards and other projects ready to sell...that I can use that building. She is also going to be using it for a drop off site for supplies for soldiers. She has adopted about 115 soldiers and they each need something. She is also very active in the VFW, she does their newsletter and is on the recruitment committee (I think!). It seems like every month we are adding more soldiers to the list and now we have decided to help more by providing a place where people can drop off supplies to send to them. I hope that we are successful in getting these men and women what they need and want; making their experience a little more tolerable. They need to know that we think about them and support their choices. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Scor-Pal Creation


Ok, so I was excited once my house was cleaned up last night so that I cold use the Scor-Pal. Man, it makes scoring a straight line sooooo much easier. So, far it gets a big thumbs up from me.

So, the boy made the A-B Honor Roll and we celebrated last night and I'll be taking him to the movie of his choice this weekend. I am so proud of him. Of course, he was singing and dancing (Uh huh, I rock!); he is too cute.
We made this nugget box for Tiffany, his friend. She made the Honor Roll too, for 3rd grade. I also made two more, one for Cody and one for his BFF Luther...no picture of those since the boy put them in his backpack before the photo op. I just put a few nuggets in them for snack time.
Duke's going to chaperone the field trip tomorrow. Should make for lovely conversation at dinner tomorrow night. My man with 18 first graders, I'd love to see it in person. Of course, he'll be better at it than I would. Believe it or not, I am not a big kid person. Love kids, just can't do long periods of time with lots of kids. Gives me a headache and makes me cranky. Does that sound bad???
I sure wish this head cold would leave my body. I thought I was on the road to recovery, but I seem to be feeling worse.
We have had to find a new home for Ziggy. We just can't get him trained; and with winter coming on, it'll just be too much to worry about. He is still making messes in the house and an all around nosey ned. During the winter, he'll have to stay inside because he is so small and it may be too cold to leave him outside for the day. He's going to a retired fella and his wife, they are home all day and hopefully will have a better time getting him trained. I am sad to do it because we love him so much, but this breed is not a mix for our family.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Verve Visual

On Monday, I got the Verve Visual stamps that I ordered on Friday. Great experience, I love it when you get almost instant gratification. I made this card with the sets that I purchased. Both are so beautiful. I stamped the snowflakes onto SU! Whisper White cardstock with Colorbok pigment ink. I used some blues and a silver, then heat set with a heat gun. I then sponged lightly over the top of the images with a blue pigment ink and heat set once more. The Bazzill Bling cardstock is embossed using the Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder. An eyelet was set with my CAD and then I threaded some white sparkly ribbon through the hole. I stamped the sentiment and the snowflake circle border with pigment ink and then heat set it. It was punched out with a 1 3/8" circle punch, some Bazzill Bling cardstock was punched with a 1 1/4" circle punch, and the scallop was punched with my SU! scallop circle punch. I mounted the scallop circle with pop dots.

I then made this tin for my aunt. We will have a lunch date some time this week or next week, so I wanted to give her something special. I have not seen her in some time and it will be great to catch up with her and spend some more time with her. I now work about 1/2 mile away from her house. I keep telling her that she needs to cook me lunch everyday, she's a great cook. Unfortunately, she just laughs at this request.

I used the SU! Smorgasborders stamp set yet again. This time I sponged the background of the label to add a little interest. The polka dot ribbon is American Crafts. The sentiment is from a set from My Sentiments Exactly. I sure hope she likes it!

Grade cards come out today. I am anxiously awaiting Cody's grades and the excitement that will ensue! I know that he has done well, it will just be great to have him realize that all the work we do at school and at home is helping him get ahead. He gets so frustrated sometimes with me and the whole "let's read" mission I am on, but in the end, I know that it is for his own good. Hopefully, he will realize this soon enough.

Oh, I also received the Scor-Pal I ordered way back in August. They were on backorder and it finally shipped out the last of September. Thanks to my fabulous local PO, the darn thing was delivered to the wrong house. Needless to say, over a week and a half later I am a darn happy gal since I have it in my paws! Got lots of things planned for this tool and I hope it makes scoring cards easy!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Boss's Day

Here is the tin that I made for my boss. He is the Broker for the Real Estate Office that I work for. We have a small office, but a great staff. We all pitch in and do everything! It's nice when no one is afraid to get their hands dirty.

I found the tin at Specialty Bottle. I used SU! Smorgasborders again for the labels that go around the nuggets. I chose the kiddies, because that what I feel like we are sometimes at my office! Then it is tied with a baby blue gingham ribbon from American Crafts. The image is from SU! Priceless, it is stamped with Colorbok pigment ink and then heat embossed. I used my scallop circle punch yet again...I love that thing! The scallop is threaded through the ribbon with gold stretchy cord.

My boss isn't a big chocolate eater, but sometimes there are emergencies...now he is prepared!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Chocolate Surprises

I made this nugget tin for Cody's teacher, Miss Hurst. He is super excited to go to school each day and all he talks about is how much he loves Miss Hurst. Grade cards come out on Wednesday, I know that Cody has done well. I just hope that he was able to bring up his math grade to get either an A- or a B+.
I used SU! Smorgasborders for the address labels that wrap around the nuggets. I used Bazzill ink pads for the images. I wish that I had sponged the background before stamping. Anyway, I got the tin from Specialty Bottling Co. I tied green polka dot ribbon around the tin and attached the scallop circle with some gold stretchy cord. The sentiment is stamped with Bazzill ink, it's from a set I found from My Sentiments Exactly. I punched a hole and attached an eyelet to thread the cord more easily.

This card is for my boss for Boss' Day, October 16th. He's a great guy and he works so hard; he makes it a pleasure to go to work. I enjoy my job most days, but I especially enjoy working with someone who gets right in there with you.

I colored the stamp with watercolor markers and then stamped onto SU! Whisper White cardstock. Without reinking, I stamped twice more. I then used a sponge to apply the brown ink to the image. Sketch SC126 from SCS for the layout. The PP is matted with tan cardstock and then adhered to the chocolate colored card. The image is double matted and then I tied a sheer ribbon around it and adhered to the card front with pop dots. I used my CAD to punch holes on the right for the chocolate colored brads.

With the card, I decided to make another nugget tin for my boss to enjoy. Hope he has a great day!

I am still not feeling well, but I am feeling better than yesterday. Yippee!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Feeling Lousy

Cody and I went up to the Foothills Parkway, it is only a few miles away from our house. He made the comment a few weeks ago that it is soooo beautiful and he wanted to go back. I meant to take the newspaper with me, but of course, I forgot. I did manage to snap a few pictures however. The leaves have not changed enough to notice, I'll have to go back next week and see if it looks any different.
I made a few cards today and also stamped and colored a few images. I stamped a Christmas Penguin and colored him with Prismas, then blended with OMS and a stump. I cut them out and then cut a scallop square with my WB. I'll post them later.
I stamped some snowflakes with pigment ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. This card was made with one of the snowflakes. I got the image as part of a set from HL. I used a sketch from SCS; I believe SC 129. The card base is light blue, then I matted PP with Bazzill Bling. I then tied some satin ribbon around the mat. The image is then matted with PP and more Bazzill Bling. Both mats are then adhered to the card base.
I used sketch SC 36 for this card. I used a chocolate brown cardstock base and then tore the edge of a pretty piece of PP. It is adhered to the card front and then a brown satin ribbon is tied in the middle. I stamped the sentiment with a set from EK Success that I got from HL last week. It is stamped in StazOn Timber Brown. I punched out the sentiment with a 1 1/4" punch, it is layered on a 1 3/8" punched circle from PP. Those pieces are layered onto a scallop circle. The scallop circle is then adhered to the card front on top of the ribbon. I really lke the look of the satin ribbon, it adds a touch of elegance and formality.

I plan on getting back into the craft room once I have dinner in the oven. Today I am making some pork chops with cheesy scalloped potatoes and green beans.

I am hoping that I will only be sick one more day. I am feeling stuffy and sluggish, but better than yesterday. I am crossing my fingers that it means that I am improving each day.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Just a Little

Just a little something I made this morning. I started with a pale pink cardstock covered with PP that I used a small circle punch to imitate the ticket corner. Just did it on the top and bottom right side. Then inked a piece of textured cardstock and adhered PP. The image is from Corie, I colored it with Prismas and then blended with OMS and a stump. I will add some shadow later. I punched a hole in the top left of the matted image and then tied the bow with orange ribbon. I added a line of orange primas down the seam between the papers.

I am not feeling well and have not been doing much but going to work and then back home. I am medicating myself so that I can at least make it to the weekend. I think it's a sinus infection, I'll need an antibiotic...gotta see the doctor.
Crazy day at work today. We moved the office and finally got internet today. We have yet to get our phone system and fax line working, but I have my fingers crossed that it'll happen tomorrow. You never know how much you use this stuff until you can't use it! Not that I have missed the sound of a ringing phone, but I am sure you know what I mean.
Our office is just about 5 minutes away from my favorite aunt. I have already called her to set up a lunch date next week. It is great to have her so close, she's a great cook and always has something to say. Love her. Can hardly wait to see her and spend some time with her.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Surprises

Well, the office move didn't happen today. At least the office didn't move, but some of our other furniture made its way to the new place. I can hardly wait to get moved, but the packing and unpacking is for the birds.
This is the card that I made tonight. I used a light blue cardstock for the base. The flowers are from SU! Priceless and is stamped on SU! Whisper White cardstock with navy and light blue pigment ink from Colorbok. I also heat embossed each image with clear embossing powder; then each was punched out with a square punch and the corners were rounded and inked. I embossed Bazzill Bling textured cardstock with the swirl Cuttlebug embossing folder using my wizard. I used a 3/4" circle punch on the PP to replicate a ticket corner. The PP is adhered to the card front, then the embossed piece is adhered. The ribbon from American Crafts covers the seam. I stamped the swirl from SU! Priceless on the metal rimmed tag, then heat set with a heat gun. The sentiment is from a Clearly Wordsworth set and is also heat set. The tag is then fastened to the knot in the bow with gold stretchy string.

Duke's visit with the doctor went as well as can be expected. Of course, he didn't talk to her about the things he needed to, but his arthritis meds were changed. Hopefully, these will work and help him be able to function day to day.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

A Lazy Weekend

I have just been lying around this weekend. I did get SOME cleaning done, but nothing like I normally do, but cleaning nonetheless. I always like the way the house smells after it is clean; not that it lasts long!
I made another 3x3 note card; sorry for the repeat layout. As I was cleaning and organizing my craft corner, I found them. A package of 10 with vellum envelopes. I cut some PP and adhered to the front. Then adhered a strip of coordinating PP with ribbon/ fiber tied around. I punched the scallop with the SU! scallop circle punch out of green cardstock. The red cardstock was punched with a 1 3/8" punch. I stamped the image with the snowflake from the Queen and Co. set that I got last week. I used Colorbok ink and then heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder. The image was then punched out with a 1 1/4" circle punch; all layers were then adhered together. I used a large pop dot to adhere the scallop layers to the card front. The colors are not true in the picture, but you get the idea. Anyone know how to get a good picture of the embossing?

I went to HL yesterday and picked up some stamps; they had them at 30% off this week. I also browsed the clearance bin and hit the jackpot. They had several sets marked down significantly and I picked them up. I also picked up some fall decorations for the house, they were 50% off and there were a few things I couldn't leave at the store. *Got a set of tree/ foliage stamps from Hero Arts for $6.00- great find! The Clearly Wordsworth stamps were $6.99; the sentiment and individual holiday stamps ranged in price from $1.18 to 3.35 each. The others I believe I found in the holiday section and they were subject to the 30% off discount as well. You can get pretty lucky when you go; I just wish I lived closer. As it is I have to drive for about a half an hour to get there. I just always pray that they have what I am looking for when I go.

Yesterday, I was asked to repeat a meal that I made a couple of weeks ago. I cut up strip steak and seared it with olive oil and then simmered with brown gravy from a jar. This time I also sauteed mushrooms and onions separately. I also made sour cream mashed potatoes, cole slaw, and corn. It was delicious and we ate until we were stuffed and miserable.

Cody picked up some Halloween gel window clings. He put them everywhere! I cleaned the front door so that he could place them there, and now the window has all these little fingerprints because he has moved them too many times. He also got a little rough with them and has severed a few of them.

Our office is moving again tomorrow. I am not looking forward to the move, but I am excited about having a little more space. Of course, I thought I was going to have my own office, but that idea has been nixed! It will be nice to have a full size kitchen and more than one bathroom. And, it's alot closer to the banks and other businesses that we need to be near.

Friday, October 5, 2007

So Excited

Woo Hoo! My two boys might be going camping this weekend, which means that I will be home alone! What to do with myself?! For one, we need lots and lots of stuff for the craft fair, we don't have near enough AND it's only two weeks away.

Here is a note card that I made last night. Can you believe that I slept all night long??!! I used black cardstock for the base and then used a strip of Cosmo Cricket PP that I inked with brown ink. I love their papers! I stamped the snowflake onto white cardstock with Colorbok pigment ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder. I punched out the snowflake with a 1 1/4" circle punch. It is layered on a 1 3/8" circle that I embossing the same way.I punched the other side of the PP with the SU! scallop punch. I tied the ribbon around the entire card and then layered the scallop with a foam square.

The snowflake is part of a set that I got yesterday at my LSS. It is from Queen and Co. Very cute images. I took a pic, but the glare was awful. I picked up three as they were about $6.00. Not too bad. They will come in handy for the gifts I have planned for Cody's class as well as little note cards.

The kiddo has four days off from school for his Fall Break. He wants his little friend to come over, maybe he'll get to go camping with them this weekend.

I stayed up late to watch Grey's Anatomy last night. Man, I love that all my shows are back on. Just wish that I wasn't such a senior that I want to go to bed early! I'm not that old, I am just mentally exhausted at the end of the day!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

A Few More Cards

Well, I got creative last night and then again this morning. I made two criss cross cards; I know you must be sick of seeing them by now. I promise, no more for a bit. This one is from this morning. I covered the base in PP, then cut the partial circle by tracing around a CD. I inked the edges and then adhered. I stamped the image from Stampabilties with StazOn Timber Brown and then colored with the fabulous Prismas! I blended and then added the two mats. I used the CAD to punch the holes for the brads. Ya think it needs ribbon??? I might add glitter glue as well!




I made this one last night with some very bright paper. Maybe too bright! I used a slt punch for the corners of the card. I also used a new stamp set from My Sentiments Exactly, called Joy. The flower and the sentiment on the note card itself is from the set. I really enjoy making these cards if I haven't said that before!


One last one for today. Yep, another criss cross card. I used the SU! Priceless set for this one. Instead of attaching a tab, I used a loop of ribbon.

In my morning round of blog stalking I came across this request. Hug your children close and please help if you can!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

B & W Quick Card

Got this one done this morning before work! I used some PP left over from other projects; gotta use them up! I cut a black cardstock mat for the middle of the card and then glued ribbon to it after tying a knot in it. I attached a circle tag with floss. I stamped sweet on the circle tag with white StazOn ( you can't see it because the darn thing flipped over). Then I stamped the SU! tag, trimmed it and then matted it with black cardstock.
Might send this to Duke's aunt. The last one I sent came back to me. She called last night and I got her "new" address. She claims she hasn't lived that the other one in 11 years...she's mistaken. I mailed Cody's birth announcement six years ago; but, oh well! Anyway, she goes in for a pacemaker on Thursday, so I want her to know that we are thinking about her.
Got some much needed sleep last night, didn't wake up until about 6:00 a.m.--yippee! I think it's because it's starting to cool down and I always sleep better with cool air in the room. I am loving the cool down and the crispness in the air. I think this might be my favorite time of year.
Cody is loving the book reading project his teacher has them doing. Can't wait to see what he brings home tonight.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Black and White

Here is a quick card that I made when I got home from work. I started with a black cardstock base and covered it wth PP from ScrapWorks. Then I cut another piece of PP from the same stack and placed it on the bottom of the card. I covered the seam with black cardstock. The ribbon is centered on the black cardstock strip and is adhered with 3M glue. I used the SU! scallop punch for the ivory layer and then punched a 1 3/8" circle and adhered. The flower is from the SU! Priceless set, it it punched out with 1 1/4" circle punch and adhered with a foam square. I stamped the sentiment with the SU! Petals and Paisley set and punched out with a square punch. It looked a little too big, so I trimmed it down. The black mat is punched out and then trimmed down as well. I used the CAD to make a hole for the brad; then tied the ribbon and adhered to the card front.

I have felt odd all day. Also, I have been running a low grade fever for most of the day. Hope this is not the onset of an illness. I rarely get sick, but these past few years, it seems that it happens a bit more frequently. Maybe because Cody is in school; kids get EVERYTHING! My throat was sore, but I figured that was from *ahem* snoring.

I didn't realize that I snored until about 1 month after Cody was born. The hubby, the baby, and I were asleep (from exhaustion) on the sofas. I was alseep, but the kind of sleep where you can't move, open your eyes, literally paralyzed but you can hear everything. Well, I hear the awfulest (sp?) snoring sounds EVER and was praying that Duke would wake up and stop. Man, it was annoying!! In any case, I mustered the strength to open my eyes a sliver and noticed a figure in the doorway (the front door is glass) and realized that the awful snoring was coming from....ME! Talk about embarrassed! Duke was staring at me and I hopped up off the couch and exclaimed...was that me??!! Of course, it was. Not proud of it, but when you snore so loud you wake yourself up, you might have a snoring problem! I would have never believed him had he told me.

The leaves are already changing here. Well, not changing so much as falling. They are turning an awful golden color and then just falling to the ground. We simply have not had enough rain to get the foliage that we normally do. I hate it because the area benefits from tourism dollars during this time of year, and this is not a good sign that people will still make the trip if there is nothing to see.

Cody has to read a book a day for the next few months. He already had his second book down pat and read it to me in the car ride home. He has to read to his parents and then the teacher the next day. I think it is a fantastic project and am so happy that he is enjoying it!

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