Saturday, January 31, 2009

Starting my day off with a smile...

Do you ever find that when you run into an old friend unexpectedly that it leaves you with a smile in your heart as you remember all the fun times shared together? I've been experiencing that with Facebook. Unexpected high school friends will pop in and add me as a friend and it just brings back all the great times we had 'way back then'. None of the 'bad' memories have found me yet...thank goodness!!
Well this morning my day started off with a smile when I opened up an unexpected email from a cardmaking friend who I had lost touch with. As it turns out, this cardmaking friend is a man, John VanMulders. He had seen my cards in the new Just Weddings magazine and emailed a mutual friend to get my address. It was so nice to hear from him, what a great way to start the day. I'm still smiling.
By the way, if you want to have a look at John's gorgeous cards, pick up Just Weddings from Scott Publishing and you'll see them scattered throughout the magazine.

The cards I'm sharing today are for this week's sketches on 2 Sketches 4 You.

This is for Laura's Sketch # 18. I used Basic Grey's Sugared line of papers for both of these cards, Spellbinder's circle Nestie and Fiskars scalloped circle punch. I embossed the scalloped circle with the Cuttlebug Argyle folder. Then I smothered it with! The gems are from Kaiser Craft. Ribbon snap is from Melissa Frances and the sticker letters are from Making Memories. Ribbon is from the $ store.

This is for Rae's Bonus Sketch. Die cut circle with Spellbinders again, chipboard flower is from Magistical Memories. I painted it with MM paint and stamped with a script rubber stamp (?)
The paper flower is from the $ store, gems are from Prima, Rub on sentiment is from Deja Views and the ribbon is from Basic Grey.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a great weekend.
Have you found or been found by old friends on Facebook? I'd love to hear your stories.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

One Martini...Two Martini...

...Three Martini...Floor!! Couldn't help but think of that saying when I got this image (from a deck of playing cards) to use in the January same image swap we did at Cuppas and Cards. I love doing these types of swaps, it's always fun to see the great ideas everyone comes up with for the same image.

If you're ever looking for a small, friendly and fun card message board, pop in and have a look at Cuppas and Cards. This is a new home for our little cardmaking family. Many of us have been together in different locations for over 5 years but we always love to meet new cardmaking friends.

I used K&Co. (orange) and Bo Bunny (green) paper. Sentiment strip is from K&Co as well, purple flower and ribbon are from my stash, green flower is Sandylion, gems are from the $ store.

Thanks for dropping in. Hope you've had a good weekend.

Friday, January 23, 2009

'Orange' You Glad That It's Friday??

When our girls were little, they loved knock knock jokes. We'd get to hear them over and of their favorites was:
Knock, knock...who's there...Orange.Orange who?Orange you glad I came-a-knockin'? Yup, a classic!!

So when I came across this humor blog, it brought back some fun memories. I thought I'd share some cute 'why did the chicken cross the road' jokes-for adults!

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

Pat Buchanan
To steal a job from a decent, hardworking American.

The Bible
And God came down from the heavens, and He said unto the chicken, "Thou shalt cross the road." And the chicken crossed the road, and there was much rejoicing.

Colonel Sanders
I missed one?

Richard M. Nixon
The chicken did not cross the road. I repeat, the chicken did not cross the road. I don't know any chickens. I have never known any chickens.

Dr. Seuss
Did the chicken cross the road?
Did he cross it with a toad?
Yes! The chicken crossed the road,
but why it crossed,
I've not been told!

Ernest Hemingway
To die. In the rain.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
I envision a world where all chickens will be free to cross roads without having their motives called into question.

In my day, we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Someone told us that the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.

The fact that you are at all concerned that the chicken crossed the road reveals your underlying sexual insecurity.

Bill Gates
I have just released Chicken Coop 98, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your check book — and Explorer is an inextricable part of the operating system.

Did the chicken really cross the road or did the road move beneath the chicken?

Keeping with the orange theme to this's my card for Kazan's sketch #18 on 2S4Y and Caardvarks Polka Dot Challenge.

The paper, label and 3D flower sticker are from K&Co. (Brenda Walton scrap pad), Prima Chrystal flourish, Karen Foster rub on, QK scalloped border, ribbon from Offray.

Thanks for stopping by...hope you have a fun weekend.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Thanks x 4!

It was another cold and snowy day today. Perfect day for staying inside and making a few cards! Got some great news from 2 Sketches 4 You today. My Monday card was picked as one of the Fab 5, which is amazing considering how many talented ladies they have posting over there. Thanks again ladies!

Digging through my stash of paper earlier today, I came across a scrap pad of Brenda Walton paper from K&Co. I've had it for a few years and I'm sure I've come across it a dozen times, but this time I stopped and pulled out one fo these funky little frames. I needed a quick thank you card and this just seemed perfect. So I made one and it was so quick, that I made 3 more. I think these will be great to have on hand. The 'thanks' is a die cut from QuicKutz and is just perfect for these quick cards. The flowers are from Sandy Lion, the twine is from Karen Foster and the butterfly is from Jolee's.

Thanks for dropping in tonight.

Friday, January 16, 2009

It's Friday!!

Love Friday!! I've been industrious this morning, all my chores are done, so now I can play. Love that!It is SO cold outside. Everyday seems to get colder and colder. I don't want to leave the house. Brrr....There is definitely something to be said for hibernation!
My card today is based on CPS Sketch # 99 and Cuttlebug Challenge (#14) Blog
I'm using more of the Scrapworks paper. Love the warm, bright colors of this paper.

Flowers are from Petaloo, brads and ribbon from $ store, script Cuttlebug embossing folder, QuicKutz label die cut, Fiskars treading water punch, MM letter stickers, Studio G sentiment stamp, K&Co. rub on branch.

My song from Blipfm today is taking me back to the 80's...does anyone remember The Cure? Even if you don't, this is a great Friday song!! Almost makes you want to get some leg warmers and dance the night away.......Almost! '>Friday I'm in Love

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Be Mine...

Next big cardmaking holiday?? I guess if you don't count Ground Hog Day, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Lol!
When the girls were little, Valentine's Day was huge at our house. I made Valentine shaped cakes, cookies and pancakes and used my heart cookie cutter to cut hearts out of their toast. Then there were the cards they brought home from school in their heart shaped, hand made, hand stitched, heart mailboxes! They loved reading each one, especially the ones with a candy attached!
Now, the day is more relaxed, but I still occasionally pull out my cookie cutter and make heart shaped toast in the morning!

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper and sticker: Scenic Route
Ribbon: Offray
Acrylic Tag: One Heart…One Mind
Jump Rings: Making Memories

Thanks for stopping by...

Monday, January 12, 2009

Monday, Monday...

I think that was a song, way back when. Not a bad Monday here, as far as Mondays go. I got to play with my new QuicKutz label die cut and try out Laura's sketch # 17 on 2S4U. I also got to use this new paper from Scrapworks-feels like spring doesn't it?? The only thing that feels like spring here though, is that the sun is shining. Otherwise it's colder than heck!! Oh well, it won't be long, right?!
Ribbon is from Michaels, flowers are from Petaloo, crystal flourish is from Prima, sentiment is from Deja Views.

Ok...I remember the song now-from the Mama's and Papa's...c'mon, everyone join in...Monday Monday, so good to me...Monday Monday, it was all I hoped it would be...

(hope I didn't hurt your ears...I can't carry a tune! lol)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday Night...

Not sure that I have anything to talk about tonight. Just spending some time on the computer catching up with my on-line friends and blog surfing. The house is quiet. The girls are doing homework (?) or whatever in their rooms and Dh is watching a boating video (?)!! So here I am. I've spent some time catching up with all the girls on our new website Cuppas and Cards and not much else...boring eh?! is a card using SEI's Poppy line, finished inside and out.
Hope your evening i more exciting than mine!!

Friday, January 9, 2009

'Tis Friday!

I love Fridays, especially when I'm off work, then I really love them! And today the sun is shining (it's still cold) but the sun makes the day seem even nicer. What are you up to today? I've started the laundry and the cleaning, dropped the 'hound' off at the doggy beauty salon for a trim and am catching up with the crafting world. Hope you're enjoying your Friday doing what makes you happy.
Today I'm sharing a card for CPS Sketch #98 and Basic Grey Valentine Card contest. You can find the info on the card contest in their January news letter.
I've used Basic Grey's Sugared line of papers, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Prima flowers, MAMBI rhinestones, paper frills from Doodlebug, rub on from QuicKutz and twine from Achievers (thank you Barb!) I've distressed all the edges, and I gotta tell you, it was a kind of therapeutic. If you even need to de-stress in life, try distressing some paper. It really works!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

...And We Start Again...

Here we are at the start of another year. Wishing all of my friends near and far, all the best in 2009. May it be a happy and creative year!

So here's my first card of 2009. This is based on Laura's Sketch #16 at 2 Sketches 4 You
I don't usually gravitate to bright colors, but in January, I seem to need as much color and sun as I can get. I love how this all came together, not sure who it will go to yet. It may just sit here on my shelf to brighten things up for a while.

The patterned paper is Poppy from Sei, chipboard bird is from Maya Road. I painted it white and added scrapbook glitter from Making Memories while the paint was still wet. Flowers are from Prima, gems are from Me and My Big Ideas and $ store, rub on sentiment is from Deja Views, paper ribbon is from Daisy Bucket and so much fun to play with.

Thank you for all of your visits and chats in the past year. I'm looking forward to another fun year...and finally in my 'real' studio here at home.