Sunday, July 27, 2014

happy anniversary PB!

This weekend my DH and I celebrated our wedding anniversary, and we ended up extending the celebration over two days. We went to the Detroit Zoo on Friday with our boys, and on impulse mutually agreed we'd wait 'til Saturday to go to dinner. I think my calves are STILL recuperating from all the walking we did, AND we only walked to the back of the zoo, then caught the mini train back to the front! I wear a pedometer and figured we'd already walked 8,000 steps, and tho' I try to work in a few days of 10,000 steps each week, we were SO ready to sit! Maybe it was the fact that it was non-stop walking, where I normally break up my 10K steps into 2-3 manageable sessions? Whatever, I'm glad we went during the cool spell as the temps were only in the mid 70's. One of my sons decided to walk back as we'd not seen the lions and tigers and apes along the east end of the park, and he actually beat us as we had to wait for the 2nd train back. That's okay ... he just waited for us by the gift shop, which we hit on our way out. We'll have to make a return trip in early spring or late fall to catch the polar bears out in their exhibit, 'cuz they stayed inside this trip enjoying their air conditioning! I'd not been to the Detroit Zoo since they built the new polar bear exhibit, and a volunteer there I spoke with told me that was 2001! Did you know that polar bears overheat in temps as low as 4 degrees Fahrenheit?! Yowza!

Saturday we went to one of my fav restaurants, Red Lobster, where I feasted on crab linguini alfredo topped off with a side of broccoli. We headed over around 3 p.m. and we walked in and were immediately seated; that was a first for us so we'll have to plan on doing more "luppers" there - a cross between lunch and supper, for the uninitiated!

Anywho, I'd picked up two die sets and a stamp set especially for my anniversary card to my DH and here's the card. The inside uses another die, the word "sunshine," as part of the inside sentiment, "happy anniversary, sunshine!" and has a couple of the clouds cut out from the outline die on the front of the card. Don't you just love K Werner's handwriting font?

stamps: Simon Says Stamp's Bring The Sunshine; paper: Neenah's Solar White, Simon's Sea Glass; ink: Ranger's black soot; tools: Cuttlebug w Simon's Sun & Sunshine, and Cloud Bank dies, unknown circle punch (methinks 1-1/8" but I already put it away and I'm too lazy to go look it up)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

congrats to Jessy & David!

My niece Jessy and her beau David were wed this past weekend. It was SO nice to see the extended family together! My youngest son and I got our crafty on for part of their gift; he'd originally worked with Jessy to design the invites so we framed ours; I'd used some software to blow up and switch her wedding announcement from color to a soft charcoal pencil and we put them in matching frames. Voila!

The reception theme was "under the stars" and they'd strung white mini lights all across the yard. It was SO cool looking! Their colors were a deep blue and white so I kept to that for the card too, and HAD to include some star-shaped bling. The blue sequins were from the table decorations from their wedding shower; they'd put blue and white flowers in canning jars with small white sparkly rocks and these blue sequins. I was lucky enough to take a table decoration home w me so got to use that on the card as well.

Here's wishing them the happily ever after they both deserve!

stamps: SU's Gorgeous Grunge; paper: Neenah's Solar White, SU's Night of Navy; ink: Ranger's faded jeans, SU's Night of Navy; tools: Cuttlebug w QuicKutz's Moonlight alphabet and gingerbread dies; accessories: asst'd Hero Arts' rhinestones and wedding shower sequins

Saturday, July 12, 2014

happy b'day kimR!

We celebrated one of my scrappin' buddies' birthdays recently, and as she's very into polka dots I knew I just HAD to use dots on my card, don't you know?! And when I spotted this beauty by Nichole Heady of papertreyink, I knew it was perfect for my Kim! A CASE in point, it looks like a party waiting to happen; don't you agree?

stamps: Reverse Confetti's Beautiful Banners; paper: Neenah's Solar White, assorted SU's brights collection; ink: Ranger's black soot; tools: circle punch

Saturday, June 21, 2014

the longest day

hmmnn ... what's on my mind this weekend?! sue-cubed, open houses, Flint Farmer's Market grand opening, caring for Mom/relief for her caretaker, my bro' Mark, and ... oh yeah ... the 2014 Flint Art Fair!! 

there wasn't enough time to make it to everything ... but I always seem to find something for my other half at the art fair, so that was a given! no exception this year, and I picked up a Christmas gift for my bro' Jack and his other half. now if I can only remember where I ditch it for safekeeping 'til then, LOL!

happy summer solstice (for the northern hemisphere), all!

Friday, June 20, 2014

have you checked out the SCT summer issue?


One of my fav Canadian mags has released its summer issue ... and it offers both a subscription or free viewable version! Isn't that sweet of them?!

Head to their site - you can subscribe, view online, or download the latest edition there! Enjoy!

Friday, June 6, 2014

in remembrance of D Day ... free donuts?!

I don't quite know what donuts have to do with D Day, but that didn't keep us from enjoying some, compliments of my coworker Anthony!

Among the national chains participating in the free donut promotion include Krispy Kreme (no strings attached), Dunkin' Donuts (free w purchase of beverage), and Tim Horton's (free w any purchase). The lines at these places were long, so Anthony opted to pick up donuts from Donna's Donuts, a local fav! Thanx again, Anthony!

Do you like vintage signage? I do, and I'd pinned the following from the Cheltenham Road blog and wanted to share the love ... inspired by the orange sign, above. Thanx for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Angelina shines as Maleficent

I had a half day vacation and took my eldest to see Maleficent, which opened Friday. On Wednesday afternoon I figured it wouldn't be too crowded, and I was right. Lots of folkes there, but seating was plentiful and we were able to sit center of the aisle we'd selected. It's a prequel of sorts, telling the story of what made Maleficent cross over to the fairy dark side in the first place! And tho' the story doesn't stray too far from the Disney animated story, I was genuinely surprised at the changes in the treatment of King Steffan and the three fairies. I can't be twisted to say any more; don't want to post a spoiler report! Enjoy!

happy birthday, 'sis!

Totally CASE'd from the lovely and talented Jan Tink, I'd picked up some bling birthday words recently and intended to use my "make a wish" stamp as a banner for a card for my sister's upcoming birthday, and then spotted Jan's card and it became my inspiration go-to card for this week!

My stamping buddy Kim and I made a field trip to Saginaw MI this past spring ... or was it winter? It was winter - in early March ... and we went to two stores. The first one, Scrapbook Peddler, is where I purchased the "make a WISH" stamp. Then we went about a mile further to another (sadly, now closed) store, A Place to Crop Scrapbook Shoppe, and I spotted the self adhesive rhinestone word embellishments! Strange, eh?! If they weren't meant to be used together, I dunno what is more meant to be! (aside from Sue: there's another match made in heaven ... the stamp set has the word "dream," and the bling set includes the word "BIG," so that sounds like another birthday card in the making, doesn't it?!) I'd thought that I'd use the grunge stamp set and whatever green inks I had on hand but Jan's card inspired me to add the washi tape and star too! Green's probably my 2nd fav color after purple ... can you tell from my blog background? Grins!

stamps: pebbles' Ever After Phrase Stamps, SU's Gorgeous Grunge, Off The Grid; paper: Neenah's Solar White, SU's Green Galore and Sahara Sand; ink: Ranger's peeled paint, SU's Garden Green, Pear Pizazz, Sahara Sand; tools: Cuttlebug w Spellbinders' Stars Five; accessories: asst'd green washi tapes, M&MBI's birthday rhinestones

Monday, June 2, 2014

The new SU catty is here!

The new catty is live now; click HERE to view online!

Have you created your wish list yet? I have, and here's my first draft (some new with the 2014-15 catty, others I've had on my wish list but haven't yet purchased):

p13 - Fabulous Four
p16 - Perfect Pennants
p35 - What's Up?
p37 - Tape It
p111 - Banner Banter
p146 - Six-Sided Sampler 
p149 - Too Kind
p160 - What's Your Type?
p168 - For the Birds
p186 - Confetti Celebration
p212 - Stampin' Blendabilities Markers
p223 - Banner punch 

I'm SO looking forward to scoping out the Blendabilities - love, Love, LOVE my Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, and Smoky Slate colors so will probably at least pick those color families up ... not to mention the skin tone assortment. How 'bout you?!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

enabler alert - create mag, from Scrapbook Generation

create magazine by Scrapbook Generation
New to me, since January 2014 the kind folkes at Scrapbook Generation have published create, their online free mag, and if you haven't checked it out yet, block out some time to get acquainted! They focus on sketches and each month feature a leading manufacturer's design team creating scrapbook (mainly) and cards based on sketches created by SG's lovely and talented Allison Davis and Debbie Sanders. This month's issue - all 245 pages (yes, you read that right!) - features Simple Stories ... which is my fav DP line! I just figured I'd take a short break to share ... now I'm heading back to read more! Join me, won't you?!

Let me know if you have other fav freebie online mags that I may be missing!

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?