Tuesday, September 16, 2014

FROM THE TOWER

Just a note to let you know there will be some cards up soon.  Not only have I had computer problems, but my dad had to be moved to Assisted Living. (very long story...)  My sister and I have to vacate his apartment by the end of the month, so I've been driving the 100 miles each way to help my sister with all the arrangements.  Dad is adjusting to his new home and seems much happier there, although I don't think he realizes yet that he won't be going back to his apartment or his car.  It's been physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting; but we're almost done with the sorting and removal of things in his apartment--not to mention the mountains of paperwork!

The Lord has graciously gone before us every step of the way, and I couldn't have asked for a smoother transition.  He's also kept me safe on the highways as I travel back and forth.  AND my back problem cleared up! (miraculously)

Meanwhile, my daughter is having us over to celebrate my birthday on Sunday.  It's one of those milestone birthdays, so I'm looking forward to being with family, especially the 4 grand kids.

"See" you after Mothers Class tomorrow!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BELATED BIRTHDAY CARDS

Inside reads, "but I did."  Now that we're back from OBX and I'm reasonably caught up around here, I had to make 5 belated birthday cards.  This stamp set from Technique Tuesday worked perfectly for all of them.

Since I stamped the elephant on grey paper for this card, I wanted a brighter background.  To make the elephant a bit more feminine, I added eyelashes with a black pen and a bow on "her" tail.  The straw was done with thinly cut pieces of cardstock.

Two of the other cards had the elephant stamped on dsp and mounted on neutral cardstock.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

HEADING FOR THE SUN, SURF AND SAND!

We leave tomorrow for the Outer Banks--YAY!!

"See" you when we get back...

Saturday, August 2, 2014

BEFORE AND AFTER




The carpet in my stamping tower was here when we moved in 25 years ago, so I guess it was time for an update from the burnt orange and brown sculptured rug.








 Jenny seemed content to luxuriate on the old carpeting, however. 

The new smooth beige carpeting looks so much neater and makes the room look bigger.  A happy change!

WHAT A CRAZY WEEK!

Just getting back to my "tower" after a week of one thing after another.  Without going into details, my week included removing the small furniture from two guest rooms and the stamping tower in time for new carpeting to be installed on Tuesday.  Unfortunately, I pulled my back out on Monday afternoon and am still not back to normal.  With all the supplies in a stamping room, it took a lot of time and effort to empty the room and closet.  Thankfully, Joan was able to come and help.  I managed to take before and after pictures which I will post later on today.  The whole process enabled me to purge all three rooms again.  The new carpet makes the rooms look so much bigger and neater--worth waiting 25 years for!

After the carpet installers left, Joyce and Jan came to help me put everything back in the rooms where they belong.  Later, I took a break in the sun on the back deck and got stung by a hornet...very nasty!  It itched for three days after.

Wednesday and Thursday were spent restoring each room, all of which are finally done.  Yesterday, Joan and I went to Wegman's to grocery shop--a 45-minute ride, but well worth it.  My heated seats helped sooth my back during the ride, an added benefit.

Today I have a list of things to do and errands to run before leaving tomorrow for Long Island again.  My sister will be on vacation, so I need to be there for my 96-year old dad.  Although he lives in his own apartment a mile away from her house (amazing!) someone still needs to be available in case of a problem.  I will take him to the adult day care center for Monday and Tuesday, then return home on Wednesday.  I hope to relax on my sister's sunny deck; but I will definitely miss being able to stamp!

I sure hope next week is more relaxing...


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

THANK YOU NOTE

The nice thing about making your own cards is that when you need something special, you just get out your supplies and go for it. 

This is a thank-you note for a friend, made and mailed in one afternoon.  The tags were Very Vanilla cs, so the card wasn't as washed out as it looks here.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SQUIRRELY PASTOR CARD

I recently put together a SU catalog party and earned this adorable Hostess Set.  This tree can be used for Spring, Summer or Fall, depending on the color used for the leaves.

To get the two different colors, I first stamped the tree with Colorbox Chestnut Roan.  Then I used a green marker over the leaves.  I wasn't sure that would work; but as you can see here, it turned out just fine.

The squirrel is stamped in Versafine Smoky Gray.  I colored the acorn with a light green marker, keeping the whole image simple.  The scripture verse is from Verve Stamps, Scripture Medley 2.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT CHALLENGE

After doing very few challenges, this is the second one in ten days!  Could it be that reorganizing my "tower" so that I have more space on my table really helps my creativity???

Although I'm not too happy with cardinals lately (more on that at the end of this post) I got out my peg stamps for this ornament.  Adding the cardinal and music note was just the right finishing touch, as well as the green sponging around the circle.

The greeting was stamped on a white strip cut to size, but it looked too "heavy" for this card.  So I cut around the words to soften it.    The top of the ornament was made from a scrap of silver paper.  I cut a longer piece and put one end into the middle of the scalloped oval punch, punched it, then trimmed it down to fit the ornament.  Then I added a silver sequin and bow and mounted the finished ornament to the dsp with SU dimensionals.

The link for the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Challenge is HERE.

My Crazy Cardinal story:  Every morning at sunrise, one lone cardinal starts chirping (loudly!) and banging our windows.  This began in May and has been going nonstop every day until sundown.  Now  he seems to be eating berries--ask me how I know!  The only thing that stops him is to let one cat out on the back deck and the other in the front, except on rainy days when he stays put in a tree somewhere.  Unfortunately, our cats don't like to stay put on the decks all day...

SUNNY MEDALLION

This was the first card I made for the Papertrey Ink challenge last week.  Then I realized it wouldn't count because I didn't use a stamp from their company--duh...  So I made another one using their fern stamp which is posted below.

The leaf stamp for this card is from the SU set, "French Foliage" which is one of my all time faves.  I really liked this challenge because it made me use some brighter colors than usual.  Since it was stamped on white, I chose a navy blue panel to create the border over a white cs base.

I hope you like it as much as I liked making it!