Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Well, once again I did not get around to making Halloween cards to send out. However, I did received one from my good friend, Margarethe. She always sends her cards anonymously (no signature), but I know it is from her. I just had to share it with you as it looks soooo great!

(Close-up of skull, done with bleaching technique)

Of course it isn't Halloween without pictures of costumes. Since my boys are grown and no longer home, I take pictures of my nieghbor's grandkids.

This scary little guy is Diane's grandson, Douglas.

This is Alice's grandson, Slade. He came over again after "Trick or Treating" so that I could get his picture, but was tired of wearing the mask and the gloves that had the blades on them. Not sure who he was suppose to be as not familiar with this comic book/cartoon character.

I didn't dress-up this year, but I did at least put on a little head piece I had picked up at the Dollar Tree. It was a drizzly night, but at least the temperature was pleasant and it didn't pour down until after the Treaker Treaters were done for the night.

Build-a-Bear Project

Earlier this month Joyce Spears, a fellow Late Night Stamper, decided she would like to make some Cards for Kids to be donated to a Ronald McDonald House by another one of our Late Night Stampers. So, she sent out a request to our group for donations of the new Build-a-Bear die cuts in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog. Since I had just received my dies, I decided to help and proceeded to cut out the bears in Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip and Basic Black. Before, I knew it I had 50 cut out for her. Then I cut out some clothes in the Pawsitively Print DSP and Summer Picnic (retired) DSP and coordinating cardstock for her.
Well, Joyce has been "pawsitively" busy since she received them. She has been putting together the bears for her cards and has now dressed them all and has them ready to put on cards. Here is a picture of a few of the bears. You can see more on her blog.
I can hardly wait to see the completed cards. I will share as soon as I receive some pictures from her (or you can check back on her blog as I am sure she will be updating her progress there.)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Deals of the Week #4 and Final

#116214 Princess Party Kit, pg. 174
Original Price: $15.95
Sale Price: $9.99

#116213 Pirate Party Kit, pg. 175
Original Price: $15.95
Sale Price: $9.99

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Color Challenge #42 - LNSStampers

I finally decided to do a challenge. LNS Stampers had a color challenge using Really Rust, Ruby Red and Old Olive and I have been loving all the beautiful cards I have been seeing with these colors all week and midnight tonight is the deadline to enter. I had this card envisioned in my head for several days now and decided I just had to get it done and enter it for fun. Ended up, it also qualifies for Carol'Anne and Sandi's 10-min. challenge as well. It is a simple card, but I like the way it came out.
The stamp sets used are Autumn Days and Kind and Caring Thoughts.

Seniors Stamp Again

Sorry, for the delay posting this. I did remember to take a few pictures of the cards made by my Sr. Ladies this month (on Oct. 16th). I think they did a wonderful job. I saw the ornamental punch used as a vase on the LNSStampers group and shared that with them and then they went to town. I had precut a bunch of different colors with the top note die and they picked their color combos from that and what ever else we had available.

I actually made this one for one of the ladies that can't make them by herself. I had to use what colors I had left, but I liked the combo once done. Looks better in person. It looks like Pink Passion in this picture, but it was actually Rose Red, so not quite a bright.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Deals of the Week #3

Deals of the Week

114348 Basic Jumbo grommets Special Price - $4.49
109857 Mini Library clips Special Price - $8.99
112571 Circle Designer brads Special Price - $3.99
112581 1/2" Library clips Special Price - $3.99

I'm a MIL and Grandma Now!

Well, as I mentioned before I just returned from Texas, visiting my folks. Now the rest of the story. A week before I left, my oldest son, George called to advise me he was engaged and they would be getting married soon. Her name is Amanda (Mandy) and she has a 4-yr. old daughter named Carmelina (Carmen). Well, they got married on Sept. 17th. So before I left I quickly made a wedding card to send them. I love the way it came out. Hope they liked it. Now I am patiently waiting for him to send me some pictures that his friends took. They had a simple ceremony at the Justice of the Peace. I can't wait to see what my new DIL and Granddaughter (step) look like. Anyway, here is the card I made for them.

I used the Manhattan Flower Embossing folder. I then mixed alcohol with a little bit of the new Shimmerz Paint in a spritzer and sprayed the paper to give it some shimmer. Using a glue pin, I went along the raised edges of the roses and sprinkled on some Dazzling Diamonds. It was very shimmery in person.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

My Digital Studio Commercial


The second Deals of the Week are from October 12, 10 AM (MT) through October 19, 9:50 AM (MT).

115961, pg. 200 Perfect Setting Bigz XL die, Orig. price - $42.95, Sale price - $25.99

114515, pg. 195, Flower Burst Embosslits die, Orig. price - $11.95, Sale price - $5.99
116760, pg. 201, Pop-Up Three Tier Cake Bigz XL die, Orig. price - $39.95, Sale price - $25.49

I'm Baaaack!

Hi Everyone,
Thank you for your patience while I have been away visiting my parents. My dad was moved to a phys. rehab./nursing home facility on approx. Sept. 18th and had a feeding tube put in as he was not eating and when he swallowed it went into his lungs. He is in constant pain and not doing any better. He has Dysphasia, Chronic Pain Syndrome, Leucocytosis, along with many other problems. I arrived there on the 19th and just returned home today. My mother also has some health issues (heart, and in her legs - arthritis, bursitis and fibromyalgia). She can barely get around due to her leg/knee problems. My sister and I spent the past few weeks rearranging my dad's bedroom - removed the huge CA King-size bed and put the full-size bed with the elec. controls for head and feet in his room and cleared out some of the papers and things he has collected/stashed away over time. We also took some excess furniture out of my mothers room as she has fallen several times and it is very hard to get her up as she can't help you much once she is down. We ordered a portable lift for her and now have room to use it in her room, when she goes down in the hallway or bathroom, we will have to figure that out when it happens as no room for the lift. We also got rid of some un-needed things in the living room and entryway to make things easier for her to get around. I am not in great shape, so my sister did most of the phys. labor, but I was there to back her up with my parents to say - this IS happening. With mom we met less resistance, it was usually dad that resisted us. We got a lot done, still a lot to do, but she can now get it accomplished overtime as we have the ball rolling on it now. Dad is not doing any better than he was when I got there, but not much worse, but based on the meeting we finally got with the director of nurses yesterday, before I left today and my sister met with the doctor today and got the same story, it is not looking good as he (my dad) is not cooperating with phys. therapy, because of the extreme pain he is in, so the therapy will stop and they are going to concentrate on pain control and then reevaluate him again in about 10days and keep doing that for awhile to see if they get any improvement. We did get to celebrate my dad's 77th birthday and all the local family were able to come to the nursing home at the same time and sing Happy Birthday, I even made a cake (which he unfortunately he couldn't eat). We each had some for him and gave the rest to the staff.

On the bright side, while I was home I was able to attend my HS reunion. It was for all of the 70's classes. DH came just a few days before hand to join me as we graduated together at the same school - Yep - HS sweeties. We had a great time and gave me a chance to relax. It was wonderful to see all my old friends and acquaintances from HS. We had a approx. 210 people attend and had a good turnout for each year (although I don't remember seeing anyone for 1970). We had a "Blast from the Past". I will have pics posted later on my personal blog,

Well, enough talking (although it is good therapy for me - thanks for reading). After I have had some time to rest and get some things done here I will be posting some cards for you - I promise.