Friday, October 31, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
If I were actually able to visit Cindy I would bring my cookies in this box which was inspired by the teapot. It's a mini pizza box and you can find the template at SCS. I used the Pick a Petal Stamp set and then got out one of my ribbon boxes and came up with this ribbon flower to put on top. The center is a brad from the Stylized Silver Hardware that SU has. I added some polka dot ribbon around the edge of the box. The box itself is big enough to hold four Oreo's.
I wanted to show you the ribbons from above. All I did to make it was to cut the ribbons all to the same length. Then I slightly ovelapped them in the center so I could poke the brad through and have two "petals" on each side of the brad. It's stuck to the top of the box with sticky tape.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
For the Not Quite Navy base of the card I used a background stamp called Sanded. I think it gives it a rustic look. Then I stamped the Creamy Caramel piece with the snowflake stamp in Not Quite Navy solidly and also stamped off once, and then added Creamy Caramel snowflakes. That piece and the layer behind it were sponged on the edges with ink in the same color as the card.
I cheated just a little here with the star image, stamping it in Brown. Then I used NQN and CC to color it with my aquapainter. I added a vanilla taffeta bow to match the vanilla background of the star. I am really pleased with the way this came out. What do you think? Is it worthy of a Christmas Card?
Sunday, October 19, 2008
There was a house not too far away from this shack and perhaps they were using it as storage. Or maybe there was a hermit (or the Jersey Devil) living in there. Whatever the case, I think this humble little building has a sense of beauty all it's own. I hope you enjoy the pictures.
Friday, October 17, 2008
This week I had a conversation with a fifth grade teacher:
"I'm thinking of getting a pet for my classroom. Can I have a pet in my classroom?"
"Just kidding. What kind of pet were you thinking of?"
"Something soft and cuddly. My doctor has a cat in his office. How about a cat?"
"I don't think so. Get a hamster or a gerbil?"
"No, they remind me of a mouse. Maybe I'll get a turtle."
"You can't have a turtle because they carry salmonella. Ask the nurse."
"Oh no? No turtles?"
"Yes, no turtles. Why don't you get a hedgehog?"
"A hedgehog! Hedgehogs aren't soft and cuddly. They have spikes."
"And a turtle is soft and cuddly? Get a fish. Someone here had a fish tank they were giving away."
"I want to give the students a responsibility. I don't think fish are enough of a responsibility. Are you sure I can't have a cat? Even if I keep the door closed? My doctor has a cat and they keep it in the office with the door closed."
"Oh yeah. I bet your doctor has mice, or he had mice."
"No. He doesn't have mice. They have a nice cat that stays in the office."
"Wait a minute. What kind of a doctor keeps a cat in the office?"
"You weren't supposed to ask that question." (She says as she's backing out the door.)
"Oh no? Come on. What doctor are you talking about?"
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I wish this would have photographed better because it does really look a lot better in person.
Organic Grace is the name of the stamp set that I used. Inside I stamped "You Are One of a Kind".
Yep, that's my boss - one of a kind. Enough said.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I must admit that one of the first things that I do when I get to work on Tuesday mornings is to check out the teapot of the week. Then I have to try to think about what I have at home that will do. It wasn't until much later in the day, when I got home and started going through the box(es) that I had a lightbulb moment with this one. The stamp set that I used for the main image is called Embrace Life. I watercolored the big flower and cut it out. The sprays on either side were stamped and colored with markers. I tried to keep that clean white line in all the flower petals.
Up on top I used a stamp from the Frames With a Flourish set. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to line the images up. A great hint that I came across on SCS is to use vellum cardstock as the image sheet when using the stamp-a-ma-jig. Let me say it works great. It has just enough stability not to buckle and you can see through it with no problem. Kudos to the person that came up with that!
I need a couple of birthday cards this month and I think I'll be using this one for just that purpose. Hope you like it!
Monday, October 13, 2008
I used four stamp sets for this card: Lots of Thoughts, Give Thanks, Season of Friendship, and Itty Bitty Backgrounds. The pumpkin and the basket of leaves were watercolored, the leaves were done with markers. The base is Kiwi Kiss - maybe a little bright, but it really pops the colors. You know what's missing from this scene? A rake!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
In a nutshell, because it is so late - They are a lovely couple. The wedding was beautiful. It was a gorgeous day. The reception rocked. I danced my ass off at the reception, but unfortunately it followed me home!
This is the card I made for them. The little silver heart charm says "Love". You can't see from the picture, but the center of the flowers have a bubble of dazzling diamonds.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I love the 3-D roses on the teapot and saucer. Don't you? Believe it or not, I do not have a "true rose" stamp. The closest one that I could come up with is the flower from the Bella's Bloom set which I stamped in Pretty in Pink on watercolor paper. I used my aquapainter to highlight the edges of the petals in Regal Rose.I think I went a little overboard with the background flowers. They are from the other Bella set. And......... I don't have any really good rose leaf stamps (that's one thing that I would like to see more of with the SU flower stamp sets - leaves that go with the flowers!) so I used some 5/8" Old Olive grosgrain as the leaves. This card has all SU product in it's ingredients.
Check out Cindy's glob for her take on the teapot and please check out the Color Girls in the left sidebar for their take on the color challenge this week.
On a side note - I went for my yearly Mammogram today. I hope that every woman reading this has done the same this year. I went to a Basket Bingo last year with over 150 women present. We were asked to stand if you knew someone who had been treated for breast cancer. There was no one in that room that remained in their seat. And not enough of us were able to sit down when asked if we knew anyone who had lost their battle with breast cancer. We need to change that. Go get squished!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I used my Eastern Blooms stamp set. I love that big flower! The background was stamped in VersaMark on Tangerine Tango CS. The scalloped piece is out of Kiwi Kiss CS and I used Summer Picnic DSP in the square which has two layers backing it - Kiwi Kiss and Real Red. I was pleased with the bow which is from the striped KK grosgrain and tied with white organdy.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Twice within the last month I have heard of shaving incidents from people that I know. One woman was very upset that she had missed the church ceremony of her nieces wedding. She had gotten into the shower and was doing the customary clean up job and decided to shave her legs. She said she really didn't even need to shave her legs because they weren't going to be seen unless someone were crawling around on the floor. But she went ahead with it anyway and, oops, there was a little bit of a varicose vein sticking out and, you guessed it, she nicked it. Well, it didn't dribble, it didn't trickle, it pulsed, shooting blood out uncontrollably. She tried a band-aid. Didn't stop. She tried direct pressure over a clean band-aid. Didn't stop. She tried an ice pack and direct pressure over another clean band-aid. Didn't stop. The clock was ticking. She wrapped up her leg and quickly got dressed, the leg still bleeding, and had to call her husband to break the news to him that they were going to the emergency room. They did stop the bleeding there with a little cauterization, but the ceremony was over by then. Damn that razor.
Oh yes, the second person. Well, someone very close to me got a phone call from their boss who was supposed to be in early so he could cover for the office staff while they attended an early morning meeting. The boss lives an hour away. The meeting had already started. The message was that he hadn't left home yet because he had cut his forehead shaving and it wouldn't stop bleeding. I won't go any further or I might get this person fired.
So, will you file this in your "good excuses to be late for work file?"