Friday, November 30, 2007

Thomas Kinkade card #1

Over the next few days I'm going to share cards I've made recently using the fabulous stamps from Cornish Heritage Farms.
They all feature designs from Thomas Kincade.
While I'm not the talented card maker like some of the sites I've seen, they do make great visuals.
This card was made for a freinds grandson that was turning 12. She said one of his hobbies was fishing.
I used the TK stamp 'It Doesn't Get Much Better' . I used Stazon Brown, mounted the design on a piece of brown corrigated/crimped paper that was layered on a piece of designer paper (sorry can't remember the company). The edges of the designer paper was inked with brown Stazon then glued to a piece of brown cardstock. The little bottle caps are from Lil Davis. I stamped the "Make a wish" (one of the Studio G-Michaels stamps) onto a vellum tag & tied with twine.
Check out Cornish Heritage Farms to see more TK stamps and check back her over the next few days for my other cards.
BTW, I highly recommend buying from CHF. Their customer service & products are first rate!
Til later....................

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Luxe me baby

Luxe is having a give away and I'd LOVE to win. Check out their site but don't enter......more chances for me!!!

Back on schedule

Man it was rough when the alarm went off this morning. It's been off for a week and now that DS (YEAH!!!!!) is back, we have to get up for school. I woke up 40 minutes early and was afraid we'd forgotten to reset the alarm. I didn't realize until I was telling the story later that I checked the clock and went back to bed. NEVER checked the alarm. LOL. Fortunately my DH is on the ball and it rang as required. ARG!!

It was great to see the DS after the long Thanksgiving break. He still had hair!!!! That's a running "fight" we have with his dad, he always cuts his hair to "shorter than military" when he goes over there. The boy has finally decided he is old enough to decide the length of his hair and has been refusing to get it cut. WTG!!!! It really looks cute and since it was soooooooooooooo short before, it hasn't gotten to long yet. Maybe I can actually take him to our hairdresser and get a regular hair cut soon.

Speaking of the DS, I swear his feet looked longer. Poor boy has really flat looking feet and maybe that's why they look so long. He isn't complaining about his shoes not fitting so I guess we are good for now.

I haven't had a chance to post any of the cards I made over the weekend. I plan to do that soon. The week is already getting away from me and the weekend is full of plans. I'm dragging the DS to help out at my work Christmas party for our Medical Foster Kids. I want him to see how lucky he is by meeting kids with real "issues" Hope it works better than the whole "Anne Frank" thing. Maybe the seed is planted and will sprout one day. I always tease his sister that she has no Empathy. She says she does, she just has no time for people that complain! LOL.

Speaking of the DD, she finally emailed me her Christmas list. Anyone want to take # 7 for me...."Pay off my credit card". Good grief! She amuses me.

Hope everyone is doing well. My sister is on her way back to the land of the living. We have several people at work that are out sick today. We are still thinking of doing a "Cleansing" on our row. Anyone know a good "witch doctor"? Semi-serious.

Til later....................................

Monday, November 26, 2007

Moody Monday

I'm moody cause after spending 4 days with my DH I had to leave him this morning and head back to the "real world". Bah!!! As promised I did not leave my house or my PJ's except for a couple hours Saturday when I went to K-Mart to fill a RX. I also stayed off the computer for the most part so that I didn't get sucked into the vortex of blogs/emails etc. I did go on line Thursday and ordered something but the rest of the time I stay planted at my craft table. What did I make???

I made a 8 x 8 album, a decorated tin, and .....................44 cards. Yep...44 cards. 10 were from a kit but the other 34 were from my own little hands.

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. DS isn't due back until tomorrow after school. Really miss the little guy.

Hope my sister is feeling better. How yucky to be sick all weekend.

Til later...................

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Pre-Holiday posting

Not sure how much I'll post over the next few days. Considering the amount of postings by my other "blogging friends" I guess no one will miss me. I thought I'd pop by and say hello and wish you all a Happy, Safe Holiday.

I may post a card tomorrow but can't count on it.

My kids are supposed to be leaving in a few minutes to drive to SC. I have a bet with my DS as to whether they will leave on time or not. LOL!

My sister made it back from Georgia. She & my mom are heading to Lakeland today to visit with Aunt M. Hope they have a nice time.

my DH & I are planning a quiet day tomorrow. No cooking except maybe a steak that I've had in the freezer. The rest of the day will be spent watching TV and playing at my craft table. I have to take it down soon as it's where the Tree will go. WAH! Guess I'll be stuck in my craft room for a month.

My MIL finally received the cards yesterday. ARG!!!! I can't believe it took a full week to get to her. Her friend will be getting a very be-lated card.

I have another thing to say about the "postage" issue from a few days ago...I got a (beautiful) card from my mom yesterday and it was LUMPY and she only put a regular stamp on it. Guess I will start making them all uniform and put postage on & mail from more PO. I read the following on another blog and thought I'd share her wisdom...

A few of you asked if these would be OK to send through the mail. I don’t think it would be a problem. When I mail cards with brads, etc. I cut a panel of SU! white to standard size, and lay that on top of the card before I slide it in the envelope. It makes it less bumpy in the envelope. Hope that helps!

Guess it's all a crap shoot.

Gotta run to the bank & my doctors office so will say Bye for now.

til later........................

Monday, November 19, 2007


Holy Poop Batman!!!!! I'm so excited! I submitted my holiday cards to ScrapScene because of a call they had last week. They mentioned me on the 18th post and linked to my cards. I didn't even know until today when I read my buddy KIPS blog (THANKS KIP!!!!!!). She gave me a shout out and even sent me a email about it. I didn't get on line at all yesterday. DS was typing his science project and I was on my living room floor for over 6 hours clipping coupons ,that had been piling up for MONTHS, while watching the BUCS game.

Check it out here. Scroll down to the post on the 18th . WOW!!!!!

Til later........................

PS...Shout out to Deb O..Thinking Inking..for answering my email about postage issues. She said she has trouble at one PO but not at another. She mentioned a 1/4" slot thing they can put the envelope through to test if it will pass the sorting machine. Now that I know about that I'll ask them to check before agreeing to pay extra for bulky envelopes. THANKS Deb for your help and daily inspirations!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Mentos experiment and Card update

I'm still smarting from the card issue. I can't believe the lady turned down my offer to refund her the difference in the postage so she could still buy the cards. Instead, she went to the store & bought cards. I know she understood my offer and still shaking my head as to why my offer made her uncomfortable. I was OK with it and not sure why she acted the way she did.

NO matter. I ended up taking the brads off all the cards and using them myself to mail to family & friends. I went back to the same PO and the clerk that day was originally going to just run them through at the regular price but I made a comment about "What a difference a day made" and he realized they were "oversized". He charged me .58 per envelope but NONE were charged at the $1.13. He never felt them up like the other clerk did. I still learned my lesson and will be more caredful about the size of my cards from now on. I emailed one of my favorite "on line" card makers and asked what she does about "bulk-y cards". I'll let you know when she replies.

Speaking of cards, here is one I made my MIL to send to her best friend for her birthday. Unfortunately I failed to mail them in time so it will not arrive before the womans birthday. I'm bummed but the card is still nice..what do you think?

It is my first attempt at an Acrylic card. I used White ink to stamp the front of the card, glued the roses that I'd watercolored and put some glitter to highlight the petals to the outside. Inside I glued card stock to the front & back plus another piece on the outside of the back.

My MIL & her friend are 60+ year friends and my MIL has a wicked sense of humor so I made the saying on the inside funny..

Here is a close up of the front.

Here is another card I made for a Co-worker. She needed a card for a new family member. I love these "Onesies" cards. I made sure not to use brads in case she has t0 mail it.

Lastly, I'll leave you with a picture of the DS taken during the great Science Project of 2007..the Mento's in the Soda bottle experiment....
Til later...................................

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Cards for Sale***EDITED

I'm so excited!! Yesterday a co-worker asked if I had Thanksgiving cards for sale. (I have a sign up around the office saying that I have cards for all occasions for sale) I told her I did but I'd taken the box home to make the envelopes but could bring them back today.

I made a couple more last night and brought them in this morning. She bought 8 of them!!!!!

Another co-worker heard us talking yesterday and said she needed one for her sister but was leaving for a conference today. No problem. She paid me for the card, sight unseen, called me last night with her sisters address, I signed the card for her and I'm mailing it today.

WaHOOOOOOOOOOOOO. As of this moment I only have 4 cards left. I haven't even mailed my own cards! Hopefully I be busy making more tonight if I sell the rest of these.

Someone else just asked me to make a "Congratulations" for a new baby card & a "Thinking about you" for our co-worker that is recovering from her biopsy..

Maybe word will start getting around and I can retire.

Til later......................

******UPDATE...I went to the PO to mail stuff for work and got postal charges for the cards the lady bought. I thought they might be a little higher than normal due to the size and offered to find out for her. Well, long sad story short...the postman said because of the size and the fact several of them would have to be hand canceled due to the "embellishments" he could feel..about half of them would be $1.13 each to mail. The rest were .58. When I got back to the office and told the lady she said that was more than she wanted to spend to mail them and didn't want the cards anymore. She said she felt bad because they were really nice but the postage was an issue. I offered to give her the difference in what postage would have cost and what it will cost so she's not out anymore than she planned and she said no. She said she didn't feel comfortable doing that.


I'm offering to "eat" the postage difference so that she can still have the cards and not have to go out and buy others and she says she doesn't feel comfortable?? I'd much rather loose $5 then the total amount of the cards. Plus now I have cards to sell again at this late date. POOP!!

To make matters worse, I spent the money while I was gone at lunch so now I have to get it and give it back to her tomorrow.

Lesson learned. I will be very careful about my embellishments and try to make them flatter & the "average" size. Either that or I will be sure people know that they may require extra postage. Double POOP!! I'm so disappointed.

Guess I won't need to make more cards for myself now that I have 8 more than I thought.

OH...and did I mention that after rushing to create, print , stuff envelopes and go to the PO for work, I found out when I got back that I had the WRONG CHURCH listed on the invitation to our Christmas party for our clients. This was right after finding out about the cards.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Boring but posting

Not an exciting post but wanted to stop by and say hi!!


How's your mom & them?

Sorry, it's a Southern saying my DH taught me.

Maybe I shouldn't post when I have nothing to say.

Got my OIL changed in my car this morning. As usual they had a list of "recommendations" for things that need attention. Thanks. Not today.

Hey, we haven't talked about TV shows lately. Let's do that shall we?? We aren't going to discuss the Writers Strike. We are just going to dish about the shows that are still being aired.

Prison Break....GOOD GRIEF..still a great show and one they should show to everyone that is considering a life of crime. The threat of being sent to SOMA would keep me on the straight and narrow. What is going to happen to Micheal? Will they get LJ back?

Hero' now we understand what happened the last four months..or do we? How did the guy that was the "hero" in ancient Japan get to be the guy ADAM that befriends Peter?? Totally confused.

Bones....ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Gross. Between the 80's references and the soupy gunk in the time capsule...made it hard to eat my dinner. (I got home late). of the funniest episodes in awhile. Unless you don't get or appreciate Gregories dry quips. I laughed out loud many, many times. Even Wilson got in some zingers. LOVE IT!!

Anyone watching JOURNEYMAN?? Great twist in the last show. Hmmmmmm???!!!

BTW, if you missed DAMAGES (and don't say I didn't tell you to watch) you may get to catch up before they have the new season. I'm glad to see they agreed to two more seasons, at least. Hopefully the writing can hold up.

My sis is headed to Georgia today to spend a week with the cutest little boys on the planet. So glad their mom & dad are getting a chance to go away for a well deserved trip. Looks like the weather should be nice. I'm sure they wouldn't even care if it rained, just as long as they have some peace & quiet & "couple" time. JENN..don't worry about the boys. They are in good hands and they won't be to spoiled by the time you get back. LOL!!!

Guess I've wasted enough of your time in the name if a post so will leave you now. Happy Wed!!

Til later...................

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I'm so proud of myself

I organized Sunday and my scrap area is so efficent I found everything I looked for yesterday. I put together a "Idea" book of stuff I've printed off various craft/card making sites. I finished and mailed the cards I made for my MIL. I took the little goodie bags for my neices boys to my mom's so my sister can take them to Georgia tomorrow. I made it to work this morning despite an overwhelming urge to stay home with my DH and the "parking lot traffic jams". I haven't had any chocolate today....yet.

No wonder I didn't post till now. I'm to busy patting myself on my back.

How was your long weekend?

Til later...............

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Happy B-lated to Georgia & beyound

I didn't make it on line yesterday so you will have to forgive the lateness of my Birthday wishes.

Yesterday was my "Nephew-in-laws" birthday and the anniversary of my Dad's birthday. I hope Josh had a super day. I know he is looking forward to their trip soon. I hope he got to spend some quality time with his wife & sons...HI JENN & BOYS!!!!!

As I predicted, I spent Saturday morning at the local community sale and then wandered around..stopping here and there..soaking up the local flavor until it was time to head to the Crop. Picked up a few things and missed out on a couple things that will piss me off for awhile. Even though I am no longer in the Antique/Junk selling business it still ticks me off when someone beats me to a great deal. When something is in your blood for over 15 years, it's hard to shake. I did beat her to a couple items but I'm sure she got the better end of the "selling deal"..if I was still selling.

Picked up some Martha Stewart at Micheal's last night for 70% off. Her Halloween stuff is clearanced and it gives me a small amount of pleasure buying her , used to couldn't use a coupon, stuff on clearance. Yes, I know she is laughing all the way to the bank. I still didn't pay retail!

Had fun at the Y crop even though there was no peeing in the pants. (Inside joke for the people that crop with me.) Anyway....several items of interest were reveled but they aren't my secrets so they are safe on this blog. HI DOUBLE D's!!!!!

Getting ready to sit at my craft table & create magic..or at least get messy and frustrated cause what's in my head isn't going on to the paper correctly.

I hear the football games coming on the TV and that means NASCAR can't be far behind. Bucs are off this week so won't have to worry about them. Was glad to see the BULLS rebound. Hope they can finish strong and prove they aren't a flash in the pan. They maybe sitting home on New Years Day watching the "I should've been there" Bowl but at least they'll know they didn't give up.

Hope you are having a great weekend. Don't forget to thank a Vet for their service to our country. THANKS Steve!

Til later......................

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Totally relate

I found this on one of my favorite Scrapbooking/card making blogs. I decided we need a little humor and it will be a super easy out for my Friday Blog entry.

Some of my younger readers won't "get" the post but if you survived the 70's you will LOVE this!

WARNING...put down your coffee cup. I can't be held responsible for you ruining your keyboard with spewed liquids.


Til later.............................

Starting to feel "cursed"

At my job, we sit in rows of cubicles. Yes, prairie dogging goes on and all that you think about working in a cubbie would be like. Our row is made up of my "group/team" , a couple Administrative Secs & a two person team that staffs the kids we take care of. We are a little "family" in the middle of the rest of the staff (actually my former team was like that too..they still include me in their lunches cause we all got so close).


If we believed in that sort of thing, we'd swear our row was cursed. Just about everyone has been touched in one way or another with illness and death in the last 6 months. We've had several cancer scares and several deaths. We've had family members that have had tests and ruled out cancer and others that have been diagnosed and are battling the monster.

Our latest is my wonderful team member I mentioned yesterday. The tests revealed Lymph involvement and they took out more tissue from her breast than they originally thought they would. She ended up spending the night in the hospital. Six of us walked over to see her this morning. She looks good, all things considered. She is supposed to go home later today after speaking with the Physical Therapist about her arm movement. They are supposed to have the test results from yesterday sometime soon.

CRAP!!!! It's so unfair. I think our row has contributed enough to the cancer stats for this year.

Can we stop now?

Ironically, they had a bake sale scheduled for today to benefit the Breast Cancer center where our friend is being treated. I'm convinced there are NO calories in any of the food consumed from that event. I did my part for the cause.

I wish I could do more.

Keep clicking the Mammogram fund button on the left side of my blog. It's a little something we can do. That & continue to pray.


JC...we love you!!!!

Til later............................

On a brighter note....8 months today!!! Love you DH.

Also...I have a light & airy post set for tomorrow. That is if I've figured out the "pre-writing" posting option. Right now it shows as a draft but I put a time to post so we'll see if it works. If not I'll just change it to "Post" and we'll all be happy.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

October is over but the fight continues

You may have noticed I still have my THINK PINK stuff on my blog. No, I didn't forget to remove it and NO, I'm not to lazy to redo my screen. I've left it up in honor of the women who are still living with and fighting this disease.

One of my co-workers is at the hospital right now getting tested and having surgery. We are all with her in spirit and anxiously waiting to hear the outcome. She could use all the support we can offer so I'm doing my small part. I wore a red bra & a red shirt..I know the color should be PINK but I don't really have anything I could have worn so RED it is.

If you could send up a prayer for her and her family I'm sure it will be heard. Thanks.

On a slightly different note, my niece is interviewing for a new job and could also use some good thoughts. She's worried about her interviewing skills. I told her that it has already been decided and she shouldn't be nervous. I sure hope the answer is YES as they could use some good news. HUGS to you Jenna!!!!!! They would be lucky to have you.

Looking forward to a 3 day weekend. My plan is to stay home & work on examples of things I want to sell for Christmas $$. Hopefully the ideas in my head will translate to the actual items. I will probably head out to a local community yard sale on Saturday morning but then I'm sitting my butt in my craft chair and only getting up to visit "the facility".

What do you have planned?? Going to hit the sales??

BTW, I had lunch with my mom yesterday. It was a nice surprise and a pleasant hour. THANKS for calling mom. Glad we could get together.

Til later......................

Monday, November 5, 2007

My sister has a better memory than I do

How she remembers the family stuff she does is amazing. Maybe it's because I seem to have a block on certain things or maybe it's just because I have so much other CRAP in my head that I forget the important bragging rights.

Remember how I rooted for the SOX and told you it was because I'm from Mass? Well apparently I forgot the fact that we actually had a RED SOX member in our family tree. Click on my sisters Blog on the left & scroll down a couple posts. She has all the details listed.

Man, gotta start paying better attention to my family heritage. My mother traced our tree back to about 1600 or earlier (I forgot..surprised??) and I know we had some famous people crop up. We have family that came over with the original settlers but there is one missing link to confirm it. I think she discovered we are related to George Bush and that's probably when I stopped paying attention.

No comments.

You can't choose your family.

Til later.......................

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Where has the time (change) gone?

Did you enjoy waking up when your body said it was time but the clock said you still had another hour to sleep? Not sure how that will work out tomorrow but it was nice this morning. I stayed in bed and watched 4 ScrapbookMemories and then the Season premier of NIP TUCK. Looks like another good/weird season.

Had our yard sale yesterday. DS was disappointed as he didn't sell his stuff but he did get some $$ for things that I had on my table that used to belong to him. He decided that should be his money so I agreed..mainly to shut him up....what a whinnier!!!! LOL. I got rid of crap that was hanging out in the garage and had been dragged around for the last few years. I sold a few scrapbook items and have my TLC kits at Close OUT prices. If you are interested, comment or email me & I'll send you the list.

Spent today testing some stamps/ink colors/coloring on porcelain and straightening up my "dining room" craft area. Now I'm ready to have some dinner and watch the Sunday night shows. I think I have DH talked into watching the Amazing Race. I used to watch it but it hasn't been part of our routine. We are both burned out on the Extreme Makeover show so he's got the AR set to tape and we'll see if it makes the cut.

What did you do this weekend??

Til later.......................

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Halloween Pictures & stuff

Hope everyone enjoyed/survived their Halloween. My DS was with his dad last night so I'm not sure what he ended up doing. All I know is that he left the house w/o a costume so unless he went as a "12 year old boy"....he didn't dress up.

Just for the record...according to the kids that came by our house last night he WAS NOT to old to go Trick or Treating.

Speaking of the kids....I needed to finish loading pictures onto a project I was trying to order from Vista Print and the offer expired at midnight so I was multi tasking ...for 3 hours!!! I was in the computer/scrapbook room trying to select pictures for this project and every three minutes or so the door bell would ring and I'd get up..go to the front door..hand out candy...go back and repeat.....from 6:00 ish until 9pm ish.

Somewhere in the middle of that I decided that perhaps I could find better pictures from a disc so I inserted an unmarked disc..and the computer decided it needed to update something. An HOUR later it was still updating & removing and adding stuff and I finally had to take the darn disc out and I'm not sure what I've done but all I do know is that I wasted a hour and finally just loaded the rest of the pictures and then.....

I decided to scrap the project because it was 10pm and it was time to join my patient dh and I didn't want to spend any more time on the "bottomless project". I suspected they would repeat the offer and I was correct. This morning I had an email saying that they'd had tech. difficulties with their site and loading pictures so they were offering the same stuff again and now I have another MONTH to get it worked out and ordered. I did order the stuff I'd already put in my cart so it wasn't a total loss.

I loaded all my Halloween pictures but since they are on my home computer and I'm at work (big surprise) I'll have to add them later. They just sent a link to pictures they took at work yesterday but when I checked, my pic was HUGE so you'll have to wait. BTW, when I say HUGE..I mean the picture...not me....well, I do look preggiers so I guess in truth I do look HUGE...I'm not preggers BTW so don't ask..nope ..just that DH's shirt made me look fat...yeah.. that's it...not my fault.

I was really suprised by the number of kids last night. Last year we had 3 and they were the neighbors coming to meet the new people. This year it was non stop for about three hours until I finally turned out the light cause I was frankly tired of getting up and answering the door. Didn't have any distruction to the house/car or yard so I guess no one was disappointed when the light went out.

Highlight of the night was when a little girl came to the door dressed as a cheerleader with blood all over her face. My first thought was "Clare from Hero's". She had no idea what I was talking about. She had a little witch/princess..can't remember.. with her and she was the first to ask what I was dressed as. I told them and the next three times someone rang the was the cheerleader bringing people to see the woman in the "????" costume..LOL.

In the middle of all the Halloween/picture loading stuff I realized that the Baby shower card I'd been commissioned to make yesterday would need to be done TONIGHT (Halloween night) because the lady doesn't work on Fridays and the shower is this Saturday. ARG!! I ended up cutting out the base while answering the door and loading pictures and then finished it and the envelope about 9:15 while trying to listen/watch Criminal Minds. It (the card..not Criminal minds..I'll review that another time) turned out OK but not as good as I'd have liked if I'd had more time. My friend was pleased enough and turned down my offer of a "rebate" on her purchase price.

Now that you are probably bored or confused by my time jumping/need a calculator post I'll say.............

Til later..........................

BTW...Cyber Hugs to Ms J's-E and to Kip with her back trouble. We KNOW about back trouble so we hope she finds relief soon.
EDITED to add Pictures:

This is a picture of the "treats" I took to work. They are "Sour Cream" containers that I Made out of Halloween paper. I put half of a toilet paper tube inside to keep the shape but next time I don't think I will. I wrapped Black/orange & white jelly beans in saran wrap & stuffed them in the tube. Formed the roll of paper over it, glued the ends in opposite directions, crimped the ends and glued the "Pumpkin Poop" label on top. (you can google & find several versions).

My Costume. The knife is a pizza cutter. I left it at my desk all day, stuck in the box and only got it when people couldn't figure out what I was. Sadly, because of the "climate" of our world these days..if I ever use it again... I think I'll make a paper knife" so not to freak anyone out.