Sunday, March 2, 2014

Whoo hoo! I woke early, couldn't get back to sleep, but had charged my nook so I downloaded a book and read for a while, then tried to sleep when I felt tired again ... but alas, it's just not happening. I decided to give up and get my Quicken updates posted early as my youngest "claimed" the desktop computer was his this weekend as a new game he's interested in is offered in beta mode this weekend ...

Anywho, the long and short of this post is to announce that I heard my first robin at 6:51 a.m. EST! Whoo hoo indeed, right?! I ALMOST went to wake my DH to have him confirm what I was hearing, but fought that temptation. He got up 10 minutes later and heard it for himself, though! And made coffee for us both, bless him. Had I mentioned that he's my personal brew master, and it's much appreciated? For whatever reason, his coffee always tastes better than mine.

Enjoy the day folkes, and thanx for stopping by! I wonder how many will be watching the Oscars tonight?

Friday, February 14, 2014

happy valentine's day!

Happy Valentine's Day! My DH and I are celebrating Valentine's Day at home this evening. We're planning on watching a romantic comedy - my favorite movie genre - and he's picking up dinner as I'm uploading the card I made for him!

I'm crazy for gray and yellow color combinations, so picked out some of Authentique's Blissful collection for the heart, and used a solid for the base which I embossed and popped up. I had some Prima hearts in gray, yellow, and ivory put aside to go with that DP collection, and pulled some gray card stock from SU's neutral collection to cut out the die. It became a CAS card that he thought was super elegant... and still was easy peasy, right?!

stamps: n/a; paper: Neenah's Solar White , SU's (unknown gray); ink: SU's Going Gray; tools: Cuttlebug w Lifestyle Crafts' Sweetheart embossing folder, Marvy extra jumbo heart; accessories: Prima hearts and Technique Tuesday's Say It - Love You die

Monday, February 10, 2014

happy b'day Geoff!

We celebrated my eldest's birthday this week by taking in The Lego Movie, then picking up cheesecake and food from Taco Bell and heading home. The movie had some cute funny parts but I found myself thinking that perhaps if you had ADHD it would keep your attention; it just seemed a little TOO busy for me. Geoff liked it though! And he picked out both the birthday outing, eats, and cake of choice - a cheesecake sampler that we'll be finishing off by week's end!

For his card I used one of my latest stamp sets from a new company, winnie & walter (it came with a free cutting file that I'm sure I'll be using in my Silhouette soon)! I like the font of the handwritten words - which include happy, hello, and love, with lots of combinations of phrases in a simple typewriter-looking font. I repeated the same handwritten font in multiple colors and popped up the images on a white background. The inside has a similar "happy birthday to you" where I used all three ink colors on the word "happy" in a random variegated pattern; it's a CAS card but I'm liking CAS lately.

stamps: winnie & walter's The Big, the Bold, and the Happy; paper: Neenah's Solar White; ink: Ranger's black soot, faded jeans, peeled paint, and seedless preserves distress inks

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Night That Changed America – A Grammy Salute to The Beatles

Did you happen to catch it live on Sunday, or, like me, record it on your DVR and watch it later? I wasn't going to be home Sunday evening so I'm glad I remembered to program the DVR, as it cut a 2-1/2 hour production down to 90 minutes, yeah! The show itself was great! There were moments my youngest son watched with me (he became interested in the Beatles' music about 10+ years ago), and he knew the more contemporary bands that I'd not heard of, but all in all, I think everyone performed great interpretations of the Beatles' songs. I tried to not embarrass my son by singing aloud, and recalled with him how miffed we were with so many of the girls in the audience that night on the Ed Sullivan show who were screaming so much while my sister and I were sitting in front of the TV trying to hear the boys!

It was interesting watching the old taped segments, some interlaced with contemporary artists who'd finish playing the pieces. Nice bit of biographies on the individual Beatles; I even learned some new factoids. I'd no idea that Ringo had TB as a youngster. He used to be my fav; they interviewed some of the gals who'd been in the Ed Sullivan audience and asked who their favorite was. Eventually I couldn't tell you who my fav was; I just liked the whole group. And they sure didn't disappoint when it came time for the remaining Beatles to do their solos and songs together at the end of the program! It was a great trip down Memory Lane and I'll watch the program again!

Thanx for stopping by!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

can you believe 6 more weeks of winter?!

Well, the majority of the crowd stationed in Gobbler's Knob was surely disappointed this morning when Punxsutawney Phi made the following announcement (via his translator):
A Super Bowl winner I will not predict,
But my weather forecast, you cannot contradict,
That's not a football lying beside me
It's my shadow you see
So, six more weeks of winter it shall be!
The Washington Post covered the event. And what, you ask, about Michigan's own Woody's prediction? Well, snipped from the Howell Conference & Nature Center, which she calls home, came the following announcement:
This year’s prognostication, her sixteenth, was made crystal clear by her outright refusal to even leave her home. With temperatures at the Nature Center hovering in the low 20′s and several inches of snow on the ground, the clairvoyant chuck’s behavior was interpreted as just another sign of her wisdom.
In an interview on local radio station WHMI, Woody chose the Denver Broncos to win the Super Bowl, a prediction she has called correctly six out of the eight years that she has served in this capacity.
I'll try to catch snippets of the game later today, but I've gotta admit, I'm more interested in the commercials, and can catch them on YouTube afterward. For me, I'm more interested in watching Groundhog Day - the movie - to ring in the day! Enjoy your day, folkes, and thanx for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, all!

A couple things about this time of year to share ...

1) you may not know this, but I'm a list junkie from WAY back! So, I'm lovin' this time of year, and checking out all sorts of "year in review" posts on blogs and on TV. And ...

2) I love a parade! Always have been and always will! We're watching the 125th Tournament of Roses parade as I post today, and the Harlem Globetrotters just passed by. They weren't on a float but walking, and doing basketball tricks as they passed by. I went with my family to see them when I was a kid (well, maybe not THIS version of the Globetrotters ... ) and loved 'em! And ...

3) I made today's card this morning from some Jolee's paper tape I purchased this past fall on an crafty outing w my stamping buddies Pat and Kim, and the EK Success stickers that I received free with a recent online order. I was pretty surprised they matched so well! The star that the new year is posted on is popped up, and it's a present from my buddy Kim this past Christmas! I'm just now breaking it in (thanx, Kim!). And ...

4) One of my New Year Resolutions is to return to posting ... something I've been remiss about recently. Dunno why ... I CERTAINLY keep purchasing new product so should try to at least post on a weekly basis! So, if you have a blog, how often do YOU post? And ...

5) I added a "follow me on Feedly" button on the right hand side of my blog this morning. Isn't modern technology wonderful?! And ... that's it! Here's the card's deets:

stamps: n/a; paper: Neenah's Solar White , SU's Tempting Turquoise; ink: n/a; tools: Cuttlebug; accessories: Jolee's Cool Blues paper tape set, QuicKutz's No. 73 number set and Spellbinders Stars Five dies

Friday, December 13, 2013

SCT's winter issue!
One of my fav Canadian mags has released its winter issue recently ... and it offers both a free online or downloadable version! Isn't that sweet of them?! I took some time to do an initial review this a.m. and will scope it out in more detail later!

Click on the picture to head to their site - you can subscribe, view online, or download the latest edition there! Enjoy! 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Pantone announces Color of the Year for 2014

Stop the presses! Just a quick "heads up" to share that Pantone recently announced their Color of the year for 2014, and it's called Radiant Orchid!

This is SO timely for me to have happened upon today, as just yesterday a coworker and I were scoping out a color sample of carpet that I swear was this same color (we both like purple but agreed this was a bit overwhelming for suggested office renovations ... we both like neutrals and splashes of color)!

Anywho, snipped from their announcement post, “While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination”

I'm lovin' the color; it's similar to but brighter than one of my fav SU colors, Razzleberry ... now we'll have to see how often it's used thruout the industry!

Thanx for stopping by!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

in memory of Bill

I had the sad occasion to go to the funeral of the Dad of a close friend and colleague from work yesterday. It was a 2-hour trip, made more enjoyable by the company of my lunch crew and the beautiful fall colors. We're like extended family, 'tho we haven't known each other all that long - in some instances only 7-8 years. Though we gave him a card from our work group, I made this one to send from me and my family.

I love this embossing folder - it reminds me of a quilt pattern (a wedding ring pattern, I spotted one once that was white on white and just gorgeous!), and I kept the card simple with the addition of the bird (think dove, tho' I know it's not) and branch, and tag. I finished off by distressing the "quilt" layer and edge of card w moonlight white ink.

stamps: Avery Elle's Oh Happy Day; paper: Neenah's Solar White, SU's Brocade Blue, Sahara Sand card stocks; ink: Ranger's black soot, Tsukeneko's Moonlight White Brilliance; accessories: build-a-bird punch, Cuttlebug w Lifestyle Crafts' Dainty embossing folder

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Happy World Card Making Day 2013

Hi folkes! Happy World Card Making Day! While I've been mainly watching the President's Cup golf match with my DH today, I took some time out to get crafty and made a card to send to my sister. It reads "happy FALL" but the fall is stamped behind the vellum piece and turned out a bit harder to read than I'd hoped for ... oh well! Autumn's her favorite season.

I stamped the background image using a recent stamp set acquisition called LEAFLETS by clear & simple stamps. You can ask my stamping buddies; I've an obsession with leaves and trees and couldn't pass this one up; it had a corresponding die set, you see! Anywho, I stamped the word "FALL" using block stamps, distressed the card stock, then added the vellum card stock, die cut some leaves for on top of the vellum, and added the sentiment.

Today's card is based on one of the dozens of sketch challenges that people posted to celebrate World Card Making Day - this one's from the noon challenge by the kind folkes of Scrapbook & Cards Today blog fame.

stamps: clear & simple stamps' LEAFLETS, Unity's It's the most wonderful time of the year inside sentiment; paper: Neenah's Solar White, SU's Crumb Cake, and Vellum card stocks; ink: SU's Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede, and Summer Sun; tools: Cuttlebug w clear & simple stamps' LEAFLETS and TAGS 1, memory box's Happy dies, SU's Sizzix Sweet Buttons Embosslits; accessories: unknown hemp for tie

Friday, October 4, 2013

jack-o-lanterns smiling bright ...

jack-o-lanterns smiling bright,
wish you a happy haunting night!

Just a quick post to share my Halloween card based on retro sketches' rs#78 sketch. I had picked up the purple main image at a Deer Hunter Widow's stamp weekend last year but hadn't used any from the pack yet and thought this one lent itself to being cut into pieces for the sketch!

I'd forgotten to note the name of the cute spider punch, the stamp's from A Muse Artstamps of long ago, and while it's SU card stock, I'm not sure now what the orange card stock is ... so is this a short post, or what?!