Friday, December 23, 2011

On a Roll

Finally!  I'm feeling better and actually have a bit of energy today so... I'm on a roll! 

You know how I love the SVG Cuts folks.. well last night they posted a really nice freebie file and I've made one box so far and going to make a few more..  These came at just the right time, too, because I have three items that I had no idea what kind of box I was going to use for them. I had planned to make just a regular rectangle box but wasn't all that enthused about it and then Leo and Mary posted their free files for these boxes. LOVE them!  Here is the first one:
All Stampin' Up! materials used for this one!

I stopped typing and made two more instead of waiting until I finished here. I don't think I've ever been as unable to stay on task as I have for the last week..

These were also made with Stampin' Up! papers - Deck the Halls.  The felt embellishments also Stampin' Up! The flower and ribbon in the middle came from Michael's.  Love those sales at Michael's :)

I have to say I'm in dire need of a photography class.  I take the worst pictures of anyone I know.  These really do look better in person!
Getting on a soap box for a minute then I'll bid you goodnight..  
Ruby Gettinger is an inspiration to anyone with a weight problem.  I'm so unhappy that her show isn't renewing as are so many other folks.  the following is just a repost I did on blog, something I don't usually do!
Geez, no wonder there is a body concious crisis in America.. I just thumbed thru the shows listed on Style network and the titles are "Celebrity Bodies", "Lose 30lbs During the Holidays", Brazil Butt Lift", "Glam Fairy" and "Jerseylicious"!  Just reading the info for each of these shows lets you know right away they are more fantasy than reality and there are not too many folks in the everyday world that to to Millionaire Matchmaker Mixers.. give me a break.. give us RUBY!  RUBY tells it like it really is and is an inspiration to thousands of us who battle the bulge every day!  America needs to GET REAL and stop letting the likes of fantasy reality rule the airways.. PLEASE keep RUBY on the air and let us finish her journey with her!  Thank you!

I guess I've bent your ear enough today so Merry Christmas to all.  Hope Santa brings you something that makes you happy.  Most of all.. Happy Birthday, Jesus! and hope to see you soon!

Be blessed and thanks for stopping by..

'til next time {hugs}

Friday, December 16, 2011

Craft Store Sales, Freebies, New Blog Candy! What more can I say? Some things I've made!

I've been a tad under the weather for the last couple of weeks and have spent more time than I should have perusing crafting blogs, crafting videos and craft business sites.  As you know, most of the time, you can't go to just one. It's worse than trying to eat just one potato chip!  I have so many sites marked as "Favorite" that if I never added another, I'd have more than enough to occupy me for the rest of my life (and I'm planning to live to be 110, at least).

I thought I would pass along a couple excellent bargains that are going on now. 

Custom Crops has over 2000 items under a $1.00 and even more Super Holiday Deals along with their usual Clearance & Goodbye items..

As most of you know, I've been a 'hobby' Stampin' Up! demonstrator for years.  I rarely have workshops but still enjoy the product very much so I'm still hanging on to the demonstratorship.  Today, they added LOTS of items to the "Clearance Rack" with some items as much as 80% off.  If you are interested in buying anything, you can Create an account or Sign in and put my name in for your demonstrator if you like and place an order.  Let me know if you need any assistance.

If you follow SVG Cuts on Facebook, or their blog, you probably already know they have free .svg files to download VERY often.  Well, right now, all for free, they are offering about 28 of their Retired Files for us to download.  They are a class act and I have nothing but great things to say about their product and customer service!

I have made a few cards for Christmas this year using SVG files and the pictures are still in the camera so I'm going to share some tags I made last year to give to my Stamp Club members for our box exchange..  I had made a box that I cased from a Splitcoast Stampers Tutorial and Beate Johns called Top Note Die Box.  I did find a picture of one I made before it was 100% complete.. As you can see, the white card stock hasn't been adhered yet and this piece hasn't been attached to the box and no ribbon.  I do wish I had a picture of the finished box.  If I find one, I'll be sure to post it..
The Top Note die cut, card stock, stamp set are all from Stampin' Up! I used Nestabilities for the red, black and white card stock.  I believe the snowflake stamp was Hero Arts but I can't swear to it..  After all, it was a year ago.. LOL!

And here are the tags I made and split between the boxes for the girls.  I do remember the tag is a cool punch from Creative Memories and the embellishments were from all kinds of different sources from my hoarded stash.  I do know that I surely enjoyed making each and every one of them.

Be blessed and thanks for stopping by..

'til next time {hugs}

Thursday, December 15, 2011


(I started this post Nov. 11 and just got around to finishing and posting tonight.. 12/15) /sigh
Spending time with friends is always special, whether you see them daily or occasionally.  Sitting down with friends you rarely see and pick right up like it was only yesterday you last saw each other is just too good for words.  This has been one of those weeks.  On Tuesday, I had breakfast with a friend Mirtha Ramey, from high school  (1962 grads).  We met at 9:30, had a delicious meal and talked til 12:30!  We always let the wait staff know we are old high school friends and they so graciously keep our cups filled with coffee and glasses filled with water, tea, soda...  We always part with a "we have to do this more often" and again, it will be a few months before we actually set another date and time to meet.. Well not this time and this time we actually met with two more classmates, one a regular of our sparse get togethers who was not available on Tuesday and one I had not seen in 25 years.  It was so much fun!  Thanks, Mirtha, Judy and Sarah for such a great time!

Tried to take a picture of Sarah, Mirtha and me while we were waiting for Judy to come out but I cut Sarah half into.. sorry gal!

Sarah, Judy and Mirtha in front of Johnny Carinos at Brier Creek
Me, Sarah, Judy..  should have left my glasses on and maybe I wouldn't have had the squinty face.. just got them and forgot they turn to sunglasses outside!

Be blessed and thanks for stopping by..

'til next time {hugs}  

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Need a Camcorder?

If you need a new camcorder, Momspotted and DXG USA are giving away four DXG Luxe 1080p Slim HD Camcorder on your choice of colors - either purple or red. Just head over to Momspotted and check it out!!  She even gives extra entry options. This contests is only open until November 14th so you better scoot! 

Predictable procrastinator!

I always heard the older you get, the faster time passes. With every passing day, this becomes more of a reality.  My plans this week were to C L E A N house with special emphasis on my craft room but have I done any of it?  Nooooo..   I've been really busy, but have not accomplished anything on my list of  to do's.  Predictable?  oh yes!

Yesterday, I had breakfast with a dear high school friend, Mirtha, and the topic of  where does the time go? was part of our discussion.  We have so much fun when we get together but we don't make it happen often enough because of being so "busy".  She is a remarkable lady and I'm so blessed to be freind.  We are looking forward to our 50th high school reunion next May..  Talk about where did the time go?  I'm not old enough to be going to a 50th reunion!  Sheesh!

When I opened this up today to share a 'Little Bit of Me' I saw that I tend to use the expression "shucky darn" and "still kickin" often, too. Predictable? oh yes!  So, if you tend to read here, you may hear those terms quite a bit..  Maybe it is just the "Suuthen" (translates to Southern) in me.

So, this predictable procrastinor must say "Lynda, get 'er done" and get busy!!

Ooops, before I go, here is a quick peek of one of  the projects done at an all day class with Lovely Linda Crofton a couple of weeks ago.  Soooo much fun!  I've used the picture that Linda took of it and posted.

Be blessed and thanks for stopping by..

'til next time {hugs}


Monday, November 7, 2011

Still kicking!

Well, shucky darn - the Good Lord was willing and the creek did rise (more on that later) but I must admit, I've been one lazy blogger!  or am I just one compulsive procrastinator?  Maybe just both!  But I am going to TRY to do better.. the operative word = TRY.. 
It is going to take me a while to catch up but I am going to TRY!
Let's see, my last post was way back in January and since I can't remember that long ago (LOL) where will I start?

I'll skip to the first of March which took us down to the Orange Lake for a week.  It is our favorite resort and we tend to go down at least once a year.  It was the oldest Grandangel's Spring break and she and her college room mate made our place a place their home base and spent lots of time doing what tourist do.. 
Florida, Here We Come!!!
Roommate and our First Grandangel!
Ready for dinner and a movie..
Fins to the left of us  - fun at Margaritaville
Perfect, Beautiful Roommates
Bubba and Forrest!
The end of a great night and beginning of a fun week!

Of course, there were many many more pictures taken and we had a great time. 

I always take crafting stuff wherever I go and I actually did finish a bracelet (which I gave to the Grandangel - surprise surprise). While I played a daily round of Bingo by the pool, hubs dangled his feet in the water.  I also enjoyed reading the Kindle out by the pool.  I'm still amazed at the ability to read that screen in the bright sunlight.  Thank you, Kindle! 

As all good things must come to an end, we reluctantly headed home after a fun filled week of FL sunshine and most assurely enjoyed having the girls there when they weren't out and about!

The rest of the month was probably normal routine including going to our STARS Stamp Club monthly meeting and my friend Sharon and I went to a Painted Petals Card workshop at Archiver's in Raleigh.  Crafting always makes me happy!

Well, I've blogged out today..

Be blessed and thanks for stopping by..
'til next time {hugs}

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

More from the STARS Stamp Club meeting..

I played some more with the ticket designs from our STARS meeting on Thursday night and turned them into birthday cards that I thought I'd share with you today.

This one I colored with Copic markers (without doing all the pretty shading) and spritzed with Marshmallow Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. The top ticket is a stamp and I used the Happy Birthday from the Stampin' Up! Warmest Regards Set in each corner and on the ticket. I mounted each piece on black card stock, added some ribbon and some bling and ta-da..

No matter what I've tried, I can not get the true color of the base of this card to show even close to the color it is but I'm going to post it anyway. The ticket images were all colored with Smooch then distressed.. Punched the edge of the card with a Martha Stewart punch and tied some SU! ribbon on.. Shazam, all done!

I'm planning to work on another project we started at STARS before the Christmas holidays and I'll share that when I finish it..

Be blessed and thanks for stopping by..
'til next time {hugs} 

Friday, January 21, 2011

Happy Friday!!

Well, shucky darn... has it really been over a month since I told you A Little Bit of Me?  I have to say I have a new admiration to all the bloggers who actually post daily!  Am I too old to learn how to manage my time better?  I surely hope not.  I've never been a list maker or clock watcher but maybe I should be.. Ok, teach this old as time dog new tricks!

I went to my monthly stamp club meeting at Lovely Linda's last night and did we ever have lots of fun!  Linda has the most amazing studio in her home and I have to keep remembering this commandment: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."  

We try to do a project at each meeting and last night Linda supplied us with a sponge, a dusting brush, a colorful variety of ink pads, post-it notes for masking, blank tickets and a 2.5 x 4 piece of card stock with ticket images all over it and a variety of stamps to choose from for decorating the tickets..
2 of my tickets after masking, coloring and stamping

2.5 x 4 piece of card stock with ticket images
...and here is what I turned out.

The two tickets are attaced using pop-dots and the card is attached to black card stock.  No two looked alike but all were great!  Thanks Linda for another night of fun!
Also, thanks Michele and Laurie.. for the nudge to get back to the land of blogging! :) Now let's work on Sharon.

Be blessed and thanks for stopping by..
'til next time {hugs}