Friday, May 21, 2010

A letter

Dear Friend,

I want to thank you and your girlfriend for continuing to donate your fabulous collections of designer jeans to the local thrift stores for me to purchase for a mere $6.00 a pair. My favorite by far were the Rock and Republic ones with the white threading that I found retailing for $230.00.  If it wasn't for your generous natures, me and my bum would never look so fashionable as there is no way I could possibly justify that kind of money for a pair of jeans, no matter how cute they are. I am very appreciative that you have decided to support your local community with these donations and have encouraged your friend to follow your lead.

Now I hate to sound picky, but I was hoping you could do me a huge favor? Could you please ask your friend, you know the one who is the same size as you and I, only she about three inches shorter than us, to please stop having the legs of her jeans hemmed? See, this really presents a problem for me, the secondary consumer, because I would LOVE to buy them, but floods really are not a good look for me. I would like to suggest that Shorty, (and I mean that in the nicest possible way), could just cuff the legs while the jeans are in her care? As good as my relationship is with my seam ripper, I really am only able to steal a half of an inch back once they have been hemmed for her.

I greatly appreciate your help in this matter and want to again thank you.

Yours truly,
Lora

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Puddle Jumping Digi Day!!!

For Paper Popsicles/ Cheeky Radish. We are over at SNRCardverse where there is a freebie, games, and a HUGE discount for the store. Want to know what rainy days brings? How about really cute digital images like this one?

I used Sassafras Lass paper for the entire card, heat embossed with clear UTEE the rain boots stamp, and I used my colored pencils for the adorable image.

We are hanging out from 6:00-9:00pm CST tonight. Head over and don't miss the fun!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Dippin' Dot Digitals AND a Digi Day on the Horizon!

Hello, all! Hope that your week is going good. Mine is busy as to be expected, but busy is mostly a good thing.

It is Dippin' Dot Digitals today at Paper Popsicles and we are using the theme card stock this week, which I mentioned on Monday is not my strong point, but I love a challenge. I also wanted to keep in the theme of graduation since that time is coming up fast. I used all card stock for this card except the small strip of gingham patterned paper along the bottom. I used the pansy edge punch from Martha Stewart to "punch" up the edges of the blue and my Sizzix Texture machine to add the detail to the four squares for the word "Grad." Those rub ons are Christmas rub ons, by the way, but the colors were muted enough to match the card. The bouquet is available in the Paper Popsicles store and it is one of my favorites. Some stickles to the flowers, a Kaisercraft rub on to the top and viola! A very pretty graduation card.
Tomorrow, (Thursday, May 20), we are also hosting the second Paper Popsicles/Cheeky Radish Digi Day over at SNRCardverse and this time the theme is Puddle Jumping!!! I am sure most of us remember what fun it was to jump in the puddles, some of us may recall this more recently than others. Whether you have jumped in a puddle last week, last year, or last decade, jump over to SNRCardverse and play along with us. We will have games, a new freebie, and you will have chance to see the new releases for Cheeky Radish. The fun starts at 4:00 PM PST and it will be a splashing good time!


Monday, May 17, 2010

Home again!

So, the hubsters and I just returned from Oregon yesterday. I am seriously wiped out. It is going on two months that I have had a weekend where I had nothing to do. It was a nice trip, albeit short, for a surprise party for my mom who turns the big 5-0 next Saturday. We kept it low key, stayed at the house, cooked there, say around the fire pit on the deck, and enjoyed the great weather and each other's company. Of course, my niece Cady was the star of the show. She is mobile now and provides hours of entertainment.

It is also Moostrack Monday over at Paper Popsicles and this week's theme was a challenge for me. Card stock!!! Some of you may know this about me, but in case not, I am not a huge card stock person. In fact, it wasn't until 2008 that I bought ANY!!! I know, crazy, right? I am a little better now thanks to my realization that it is necessary in the stash and to a very generous gift from a friend.

I started this week using the graduation cap shaped template from the Paper Popsicles store. Oh yeah, that time of the year is fast approaching as well and I love to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. I took navy card stock, dry embossed it with my Sizzix Texture machine, square scallop punched a piece of white and a piece of yellow that inked and put on with pop dots, after I used  Kaisercraft rub ons for the sentiment. I made my little tassel from scrap yarn and attached it with a brad. I wanted this card to be more grown up and classic in colors.


Remember, today is when Paper Popsicles gives out the week's freebie. Also, we are having a Digi Day at SNRCardverse on Thursday featuring some more of the adorable Cheeky Radish digital images. We will have game and contests, so be sure to be around for it. I will post more details throughout the week. 

Friday, May 14, 2010

Finding Friday

Look, here it is! Yay! We all made it. Some of us come hauling tush around Wednesday and are sliding into Friday with grass stains on our backsides, but we are all still here. In case you can't tell it is late when I am writing this post and I am kind of loopy. I just finished three cards for Paper Popsicles and am allowing them to dry overnight. I *think* I have learned my lesson with Stickles. Do it and then walk away.

Here is a quick project I want to share with you that I made last night, but also had to wait for them to dry. I found these two ring blanks at Michael's and while I originally had some cooler ideas for them, I couldn't wait to use them, so here they are.
I used scrap paper on both, stickles on the bird, random teeny rhinestones on the other one, and Diamond Glaze as the sealant. I also alcohol inked the "being" ring, though it looks a bit janky because I was trying to do it right after I had D.G.-ed it and I couldn't get the ideal coverage for fear of dripping the D.G. These are two fun and cute little rings that I know I will love wearing. I also have to go get some more blanks for the original ideas. Maybe they sell patience at Michael's too?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Only Wednesday?

This week has seemed exceptionally LONG to me already. Maybe it is because I am SOOOOO looking forward to June, with it's empty calendar. (sigh) Sorry for the double post today. Not usually my style, but Blogger refused to load pictures for me last night, so I gave up the fight and went to bed. 

It is Dippin Dot Digitals at Paper Popsicles and the DT had some very "happy" digis to work with. I mean happy like the sun shining, promises of flowers and bare feet, iced tea in the afternoon, sound of sprinklers and children laughing kind of happy. The kind that I think we all need a dose of right now after this weird weather we have had. 

In keeping with our "Spring Flowers" theme, I made my digi image into a wall hanging, something to put next to the door to bring a smile to my face no matter what Mother Nature is doing outside.

I used a flower shaped piece of chipboard from an album I had purchased at Mike's, the fun sunflower and watering can image colored with Copics and Bic Mark-Its, and two Scenic Route rub ons. The paper and ribbon are from my scrap stash, which I have been valiantly trying to diminish. The orange flower is felt from one of my LSS and the pink one is of course, Prima. 

Did you see the freebie this week at Paper Popsicles? If not, you definitely need to head over and grab it for yourself. Make something with flowers and enter it this week for our grand May prize of Martha Stewart glitter and for our weekly drawing. 


Pushed out

I feel like I am being pushed out of my scrap room lately. It is so bogged down with stuff that I can barely get to the desk, let alone have enough space to work, and it is kind of dragging me down. Not to mention I am still going full tilt until the end of the month. I am so looking forward to June just because I know I will finally be able to catch up with myself!

I have had a chance to make a few things recently. The first is these super adorable birthday tags for a swap at Paper Popsicles. I knew I wanted to include cupcakes on them when I signed up for the swap, so when my dear friend Daniela passed on something of hers that had these little cakes of joy in it, I instantly built my tag around them. I tried to incorporate two of my other current favorites, rosettes and tissue paper flowers and this is what I came up with:

My second creation of late is something some (or all) of you may have seen if you are on Facebook or Memory Makers with me, but I am still pretty proud of it. I had this vision of using these adorable 2x2" canvases as pendants. Little pieces of art hanging from your neck!!! This is my first one:


The canvas, flowers, and words are all from The Art Life. I cut the words from a sheet of GCD Studios paper that is in the Artsy Urban kit. I painted the canvas with a bronze paint from my all time favorite EcoGreen Crafts, covered it in Distress Rock Candy crackle paint, then Mod Podge-d my little girl and the words onto it. Some 7Gypsies ribbon around the edges, Stickles on the flowers and the dress, and a piece of vintage jewelry at the top completed it and I am thrilled!!! I already have some more ideas floating in my head. 

Monday, May 10, 2010

You would be able to track a Moose today!

It is pouring out there, so there would be no problem of you tracking a Moose today. Luckily for you, Paper Popsicles Moosetrack Monday doesn't require any inclement weather exposure. Nope, you can play right from the comfort of your own living room, kitchen, bedroom, or where ever you are. And if you are facing the gray skies like I am, then you definitely want to play along because our theme is Spring Flowers this week and playing with pretty flowers is a sure fire way to keep your spirits up. I mean, seriously, it IS May 10th, right? I am just hoping that Mother Nature has some fabulous spring flowers planned for us when we get a spring.

I have been pushing my boundaries lately in the scrap room. My shaped bee card from Paper Popsicles this week is one of those pushed boundaries. I pieced the card together, which is really popular but something I often forget to do. I started by Glimmer Misting the bee body, then heat embossing the stripes, then crackle painting the wings to try and give then a translucent effect yet with veins. The finishing touch was the pipe cleaner antennae and using some of my all time favorite flowers from The Art Life Shop. A sweet little message stamped on some fiber paper and a happy little spring bee who is racing to those flowers, (and away from all the rain!)


Don't forget to head over for your freebie from Paper Popsicles and remember, each creation you make and link to the blog gets another chance to win all that sparkly Martha Stewart glitter and glitter is a guarantee to make you feel better. Just ask Susan and her littlest one.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Certificates for the kiddos

Not that I have any kiddos but I wanted to do something a little different this week for the Paper Popsicles digital images. Here are the adorable Elizabeth and Oliver getting a special treat, so I created two certificates to entitle each wee one a scoop of ice of being good. Imagine using these at the end of a week where your children have been really good. I love how Oliver has dropped his cone. It reminds me about the story of my mom not being allowed to get more than a single scoop until she was pregnant with me because she would ALWAYS knock the top scoop off!!!

*Edited- I was asked how I made the certificates. Sorry, I should have said that in my original post. These are  made with the Cricut. I used the "Just Because" card cartridge. *

The theme this week at Paper Popsicles is buttons, so I replaced the scoops of ice cream with colored buttons. You could use these more than once and they are just too cute. Now I have to find someone to give these to! Head over to Paper Popsicles Dippin Dot Wednesday to see all the cute things the rest of the DT did. 

Monday, May 3, 2010

Moosetrack Monday is back again!

Hello, readers, here we are with Monday again. (Already?!?!) Hopefully you have visions of the gorgeous weekend to get you through to five o'clock. Just in case not, how about you head over to Paper Popsicles and check out what we have going on for Moosetrack Monday. It is button week and I LOVE buttons!!! My first project featuring buttons is this adorable shaped butterfly card that is available in the Paper Popsicles store.


I used a gingham paper, which I heat embossed with white sparkly embossing powder, stickles, and buttons for definition. This is a just because card to let someone know I am thinking of them.

Head over to Paper Popsicles and see what we have in store for you this week, grab your buttons and join us on the challenge!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

HAPPY NSBD!!!

Yay!!! A day devoted to this wonderful creative quest. I agree with Gretchen McElveen who says she thinks we should get gifts for this day. Maybe I can do that with my dear husband. Today is also National Comic Book Day, so if I buy him a comic, maybe I can convince him to buy my scrappy purchase? {I think I would come out with the better deal there.}

So in honor of this wonderful holiday, I am getting a trip to my favorite scrapbook store, Scrapbook Territory, in Berkeley and then coming home to work on some more Cricut projects. I wanted to share with you a layout that I made recently. I love the Melody Ross collections from GCD Studios and this particular piece of paper was so pretty in itself that I didn't need to add too many embellies. I did add some Dear Lizzy crochet flower, an AC badge, a Wise Words sticker from GCD, and my all time favorite embellishment right now, some Art Life flowers. The alphas/numbers are from AC as well.

Oh, there is a butterfly and phrase piece from K & Company. I think it is important to take "snapshots" of where we are or what we love at this moment in life. It is fun to look back at these type of layouts and recall what things we had to have. My top six right now are home decorations with birds on them, costume jewelry and the new open way I have to display my collection, all the new books I have acquired regarding cooking and art, the clothing trend that is so feminine and pretty right now, and my running sneaks and iPod. 

Have a fabulous day and I hope you find time to create!