Saturday, February 14, 2015

happy Valentine's Day!

Let me make myself absolutely clear about one thing: I LOVE tim holtz! I mean, he's a rock star, is he not?! My most recent papercraft purchase was a "catch up" of sorts, as I've been meaning to grab the stacked words:Valentines since he introduced it. I happened to spot it on sale and had to snatch it up. Yeah, love my DH too ... so today's card is a CAS one with two die cuts from my new stacked words die! It's pretty much a case of a card by Julia Aston of Create With Me blog fame but here's a weird thing, 'cuz this is the first thing I'd thought I'd want to make when the strip originally came out!! I know ... and Outer Limits moment! I'm all about black and white and a shot of color, most often a nice bold red! The only thing different between mine and Julia's card is that mine's backed with a shot of red. So ... great minds think alike, eh?!

stamps: n/a; paper: Neenah solar white, HPC's Dark Red, and Creative Memories' neutral pack black card stocks; ink: n/a; tools: Cuttlebug with tim holtz alterations' Stacked Words:Valentines die

Friday, February 13, 2015

what did YOU do at work today?

I handed out minion valentine's day greetings! I found these cute wrappers on Pinterest (designed by Juliann Law, they can be found at and at first planned on making just one for a work buddy who's into minions BIG TIME (hi, kimT!), but then decided I'd make multiples and bring them in for my work group and lunch buddies. I ended up enlisting the aid of my youngest son and DH ... I trimmed the wrappers (they print out two to a sheet) and glued them onto twinkies, my son punched out hearts from red card stock, and DH punched a mini heart hole into those card stock hearts and affixed cotton bakers twine, then punched small hearts thru the twinkie wrappers. I added the sentiment and affixed the hearts to the twinkies. In all, it took us two hours to make 40! Whew! And I still have a few more to bring in! Here's a close up:

I work at a university and our library holds get-togethers periodically - they had treats and a craft table so my minion buddy kimT and coworker Katie and I stopped over. We had punch and candy and made goofy cards. I gave my two to my boys along with some specialty candy and popcorn from Garrett's in Chi-town. Life is good, eh?! So, what did YOU do at work today?

Monday, February 2, 2015

say it ain't so, Phil!

snipped from The Washington Post comes the following update on our current wintery conditions: "Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most beloved and furry seasonal prognosticator, has seen his shadow on Monday morning (despite overcast skies), portending six more weeks of winter.

The groundhog’s predication came around 7:25 a.m. in Punxsutawney, Pa., with overcast skies and scattered snow and rain showers moving through the region from the latest winter storm — conditions that are likely to continue if the plucky marmot gets his way.

Say it ain't so, Phil! Sigh ... 'tho I AM going to enjoy my 3-day weekend as we're snuggled in at home due to the latest winter storm! February 2nd also happens to be 40 days after Christmas and exactly midway between the winter and spring equinox. So that means that winter is half over and spring is inching its way forward. YES! It’s amazing what you can learn from reading the Farmers Almanac (or, as in my case, from reading Lynn Mercurio's Stamperosity post today)! Thanx for stopping by!