Monday, July 6, 2009

Butterfly Kisses!

What can I say about this card? I really started out wanting to do the Midnight Madness sketch challenge. It 'ain't gonna happen! I really don't like the sketch.. offense.. ..I just couldn't get a handle on it. I chose the butterfly stamp to use with the "Pulling Pastels" video that Gina K. did on Stamp TV. It really looked cool on the sample I did, but had a problem finding papers to use. I recently ran across this stack of papers that I bought eons ago. Why, I don't know. I'm really not crazy about it now. The purple ink pad was included with something I bought online. So after stamping the butterfly 3 times I felt committed to using it regardless of whether I liked the paper.

I think I'm going to have to start using my camera on my cards instead of scanning them. The sentiment is popped up and the punched butterfly now has a crumpled wing. Oh, well! I didn't have ribbon I could use on this card although I don't know where I would have used it.. .. well, yes I do, but without a bow.
Used my Nestabilities again! Discovered I already had the MS border punch I would have bought again if Michael's had it the other day. Sheesh! Also used her classic butterfly and frond punches. I used liquid pearls around the large scalloped circle. Just happened to have mellow yellow although it looks like gold in real life. Purple glitter glue on the stamped image and rhinestones for the flowers and punched butterflies.
Couldn't post this until after The Bachelorette tonight. I'm so glad she finally got rid of Wes. What a real jerk! I like all 3 of the remaining bachelors, but it still sounds like it's going to be a rocky road. I really don't know which one I would chose. Anyone else hooked?
Good night and sweet dreams.. ..{{{hugs}}}

Friday, July 3, 2009


Created by Lisa, and it's mine! All mine! What a fantastic job she did with matching the colors to my background. I love the stack of heart shaped papers she used in the center. The ribbon on the bottom with the bling. The flowers tie right in with the flowers on the background. Isn't the puppy just the cutest? Jordan would be jealous. I have always loved butterflies to the extent I have a tattoo on my shoulder. The bees remind me of my daughter, Debbie aka. Bee. Oh, Lisa, I just love it! Lots of {{{hugs}}} sweetie.. ..

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Thinking of you.. ..

This card came about over a period of days. When I was cleaning up.. ..moving things around is more like it.. .. I had this image already colored. The background was already down on the card, but they weren't meant to go together. I don't know what I had in mind for the card, but I really wasn't all that happy with the image. Actually, it looks like they were made for each other.. .. so I added the image and proceeded to set it aside.

Later when I discovered a baggie with the Prima flowers and the scrap of ribbon, I added those to the card. I wasn't sure whether I had too many rhinestones, but I don't think so.. .. do you?

I computer generated the sentiment using "Bitch Cakes" font. Love that name! It's so easy to remember and I love the "I's" dotted with the hearts. Sort of a surprise considering it's name. It's one of my favorites of the 1,000's I've downloaded.

I had so much fun putting this together, I'm off to see what else is hidden. Maybe I'll post another one later today. It's going to be another HOT day here so I'm staying in for the most part. I've been craving Chow Mien so I just might have to drive to Panda Express to satisfy my thirst.

Thanks for looking.. .. {{{hugs}}}

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Well, sorta! We're having very HOT weather for this time of the year. It's normally still in the 70's but we're pushing 90. YUK! I have a little bit of a breeze outside under the awning which is nice when I need to take Jordan out or have a smoke. And of course I've got the A/C going full bore inside. I just have to stay away from it blowing directly on me.

My refrigerator is still not fixed. The service guy has not returned any of my calls. I certainly hope he is alright since it's not like him to leave me hanging. I finally called the manufacturer today. There was no record of a call for tech assistance on my coach. Hmmmmm! I've got a fax from them that the service guy filled out and faxed back. Anyway, I now have a service number and am waiting for another mobile repair to call me back. This is really getting old!

Just experienced another problem! No hot water!! Well, damn! Pulled out all the paper work on the trailer looking for the hot water heater manual. I've got it solved for now, but I'm not comfortable. Since I'm parked I can operate on electricity. Gas freaks me out. I don't know how to cook with it so if it weren't for the microwave everything would be eaten cold or raw. LOL! I'm such a wimp! Anyway, the hot water heater is heating with the propane for now. At least I can take a shower but I'm gonna have this new guy take a look see when ever he gets out here.

I completed my first blog hop today. Maybe I'll win something, then again, maybe I won't. I only win when I play Lotto on my birthday or go to lunch with one of my BFF's and play draw poker. I have spent more time blurfing again (in addition to hoping or flyin'). Decided it was time to change the background on my blog. I like it. What do you think? I have asked dear Lisa to design a banner for me. I'm excited to see what she comes up with. Figuring out how to add it to my blog will be a problem. Had enough trouble trying to figure out how to change the background. I don't remember having trouble the first time I did it. It did help to discover the instructions. DUH! I get myself into all kinds of trouble "not reading" the fine print. I've had to return several items I ordered online that weren't what I expected. If I'd read the description instead of just looking a the picture .. .. oh, well.

Well, my dears, more blurfing before I jump into the shower .. .. waiting for hot water now. Ta Ta

Monday, June 29, 2009

At last, Miss Anya!

Well, one from the set of three. Couldn't handle the argyle socks in one of the images. I love these little girls. I don't want them to grow up and get married either!! Let Willow have the spotlight. The new little Anya babies are so adorable, but I will refrain from buying more stamps until I've used the ones I do have at least once. LMAO! That will be a while at the rate I'm going.

The dp is from Basic Grey's collection "Aged & Confused". I'm not kidding either! All my favorite colors. I can't believe I used the same colored pen for her dress that I used on my bird in an earlier post. Le Plumme are water based so maybe that has something to do with it.

Used my Nesties again. =) The ribbon was lying around from another card. Since I hadn't used any blue coloring the image I thought I would use it. The rhinestones added more blue so it doesn't stand out by itself. The sentiment is from SU. I think it was a hostess gift at one time. I bought it from the Webstore. Used a punch I've had for a long time for the leaves tucked in with the hydrangeas from MM.

Need to get a sweater. I'm freezing! The A/C is blowing directly on me. My nose is cold. Catch ya'll on the flip side . . . . {{{hugs}}}

Chit Chat!

Hope you all had a great weekend. Everyday is like the weekend for me since I retired. I do avoid shopping on the weekend when everyone else is out and about. We've had such beautiful weather lately that I've been able to get somethings cleaned up outside. No more crap under the travel trailer! The small trash can I keep outside for cigarette butts and dog poop baggies (gross) blew over and rolled under the trailer this past winter along with all the pine cones and needles. YUK! I really felt like I accomplished a lot getting that all cleaned up.

I did spend sometime "blurfing" my favorite blogs yesterday. I really try to do that daily to see what everyone is doing. Decided to start at the bottom of my list since I usually don't make it through the entire list. I just keep finding more people out there that do such great work that my list keeps growing. Noticed my web counter reached 1,000. Since I started at 200 and every time I open my blog I register as a visitor, I guess it's no big deal. LMAO! I'm am pleased to have a few followers who aren't family and really appreciate their comments.

I did make a change on my blog. NO MORE word verification! Where do they come up with these: fulkshi, busni, ovent, ratic, tessu, gration, phide, relyc, primpa? They almost, almost look like a word. Since I didn't learn to read phonetically, I can't pronounce them. At least the words on blogspot are legible. Some are so blurry, you screw up, you get another word! Someone should publish a dictionary. Looking for a name for a new product, just check out "word verification" for dummies.

With any luck, I will have a card to post later today. I finally colored one of my Miss Anya stamps. I'm just trying to find a sketch I like and the paper and embellies I want to use. I don't make this easy for myself! I want my cards to look like all the other beautiful cards out there. I know, I know, but I see it up close and personal. I scan them but wonder if I shouldn't use my camera. What do you think? Hmmmm! Also, if I keep this up, I'm going to have to figure out a way to sell them. Any suggestions regarding that? Want to do it locally not of Etsy or any other online site.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Belated Wishes. . .

Needed a card for a friend's birthday. Missed the actual date by a couple of days. If I hadn't run into her husband while I was doing laundry on Monday, I wouldn't have known. If she hasn't picked up her mail yet, she'll see it here first.

Love this Heidi Grace dp. Perfect for this cute image from Pink Petticoat. In searching my stash for ribbon to match, this was the only one that came close. Wasn't very happy with it until I realized he had flowers in his mouth. Is my luck changing? LOL! I did forget to add my fav Glitter Glue to the flowers. Oh, well, too late now!

It's going to be hot here (Oregon) today. Anything over 80 is HOT! Thank heaven for air conditioning! I couldn't survive without it although I don't like the cold air blowing on me. I know, I know, what can I say? Have no plans, as usual, to go anywhere. Managed to get all my grocery shopping done yesterday before the weekend rush. I really don't like the crowds or traffic. I'm a "curmudgeon"!

Hope everyone spends the weekend doing whatever they love to do. {{{hugs}}}

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Thanks for all the encouragement!

It's exactly what I needed to get my "tushie" in gear! I had stamped a bunch of images several days ago, but then got into a slump. Just a lot of little things contributed to my feeling down. Mind you, the refrigerator is still freezing up. No new part, yet! No milk or eggs either! Anyway, it'll get fixed eventually. So being creative instead of mopping around . . . . here's what I did today . . . This stamp "Duet Birds" from Inkadindado is one of the first stamps I bought. I fell in love with this image. Colored with my Le Plumme pens. I recently bought a Cuttlebug so I could get some of these embossing files. There are a lot I would like to have, but for now I will settle for the Swiss Dots and this one (?????can't remember what it's called). Since I now have the CB, I wanted some of the Nestabilities. Voila! What fun!

Here's to more creativity for me and thee!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Remiss. . . a drift!

It's been a while since I've posted anything. I have been spending a lot of time "blurfing" my favorite blogs, inspired by all their beautiful work. Actually, intimidated is more like it. I don't ever hope to be nearly as creative, but I already accepted that with my scrapbooking. We all have our own styles. So why am I at a standstill?

I keep finding all these things I want or feel I need to have to help me be more creative. I really can't wait for my Nestabilities to arrive next week. Today I did stamp out several images so that I would have a selection to play with. Just using a stamp is still a bit of a new process for me. Seems I mess up ever fifth stamp! I love the Miss Anya images, but until I stamped them, I didn't realize how detailed they were. Oh boy! They will definitely be a challenge for me to color.

I had hoped to emboss a couple of images but that didn't happen. Finally have some new chalk and the Chalk Enhancer as demonstrated on Stamp TV which I want to try. My Prisma pencils are all sharpened but haven't been used either. Hmmmm! Gamosol or Baby Oil? Maybe I'm wanting to try too much all at once. I'm a perfectionist who can't stand failure. Too anal for my own good! My own worst enemy! Gee . . . familiar phrases I've heard all my life!

Hope your weekend has been better . . . {{{hugs}}}

Monday, June 15, 2009

Couldn't wait to post . . .

I've been working on this Flowahbella for over a week (not 24-7 obviously). If it wasn't the wrong color hair, it was the smudged glitter glue on the flowers. This is my first attempt at paper piercing. I don't know that I could have picked an image with a smaller piece (her top) to cut out. My new Cutter Bee scissors worked great. I'm really pleased with how she turned out. I used Diamond Glaze on the flower pot and popped it up.

Also used my new Martha Stewart leaf punch that I finally found at Wal-Mart. I wish I had not left a border around the printed paper, but how many times can you re-do something? I'm way to anal for my own good sometimes! I need to add a sentiment, but I'm not sure what or where, so it's not complete. Stampin' Up has the perfect punch I'd like to use. Hmmmmm!
These little cuties, Love Fairies, are from Two Scoops Rice. This card needs a sentiment also. "Need a hug?" works for me, the where is the problem.

I also used my new Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dot embossing file on the green cardstock. The designer paper was downloaded from Paper Craft Inspirations. Not that I need MORE paper, but how great to print out 4x6 coordinating paper.

A lot of firsts for me today while my laundry keeps piling up. I certainly wouldn't have the freedom to let everything else go if I was any younger with children still at home or "the ball and chain" (I do believe in marriage, just not for me anymore).