Friday, October 24, 2008

more halloween

I know... another Halloween card but hey I'm running out of time - and i've got a lot of cute Halloween stamps.
Seems every year I find some new stamps, buy them - sure that I'll make cards and then...I run out of time. This year I'm determined to use 'em!
And i think i really like these Purple Onion Designs Halloween Border Tapes. There are two different sentiments - the one here "Happy Hallowen" and the "Trick or Treat".
I'm also trying to use what I have - in terms of paper and cardstock. I have tons of cardstock scraps - every color of the rainbow - nicely filed in my cardstock scrap files (organized by color of course). And I have tons of patterned paper (also arranged by color and, in this case, by holiday.) so I just went to the stash and found this Creative Imaginations paper (by Debbie Mumm). Ran the orange cardstock through the Cuttlebug with the swiss dot embossing folder. Throw in some tape to put it all together and I was done. Easy but cute card!
(yes ... i broke down and bought the Cuttlebug. It was 50% off and I said "SOLD". I was using my Cuttlebug embossing folders with my zipemate - it worked ok but it was getting more and more difficult. And these days I'm over anything that gives me a struggle. And I gotta tell you - that Cuttlebug just makes it soooooo easy. Runs that embossing folder right on thru with not a speck of resistance. That's what I'm talkin about.) I will make a few more of this card as I've got a bit more of that paper.
This is a bad precedent to set - 2 posts in one day but I'm doing it. I have to go into work tomorrow (Saturday... blasphemy) and I've got an eye doctor appointment after that - finally doing something I need (I'm bad at that but I'm workin on it). Talk to you soon!

another halloween card -- eek!

okay here's the Purple Onion Noteblock for Halloween with a background using the Purple Onion Damask stamp (in versamark and clear embossed). I was fooling around last nite with stamps - listening to Dirty Sexy Money online (very amusing program - perfect accompaniment whilst stamping- not serious and you don't have to pay too close attention ;-)).
anywho... and although i'm not completely satisfied with this (i couldn't find just the right ribbon and buttons didn't look right at all) i'm happy enough. It was a very relaxing exercise. I'm only sorry I didn't get any more cards made.
gotta run.... have a good day all

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

here are a few birthday cards i've made recently

Alittle funky for me i guess but i kinda like them. Every once in a while you gotta try something different right?
i really love the new noteblock stamps by Purple Onion Designs - can't wait to try out some others!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

playing with some new stamps

i got some new Purple Onion Designs stamps - you can see them here

i made a few birthday cards but i also got a chance to start on some halloween cards. it's my first one so far but i kinda like it.
i've got a few more ideas - hopefully i'll get to make them during the week (i'm gonna try!). i'll post the birthday ones soon too.
hope you all are makin stuff too! talk to you soon!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

the birthday queen

Happy Birthday June!
Lots of cake, ice cream and presents for you on your day!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Happy Anniversary....

hard to believe - 24 years. But then of course I look at the photo and i think ... uh yeah... that was a few years ago.
I know its been a while. The last few weeks have been extremely hectic. I've felt a little too crazed to be blogging. I did have some time here and there to make a few cards so i'll post them here now while i've got another few moments.
thought i'd start out with the anniversary card for my husband. I had some text paper (probably 7Gypsies but i really can't recall whose it is) that I aged with Distress Antique Linen ink. I cut the oval with my Nestabilities; all the stamps are from Purple Onion Designs (see a link on your right). Oh the white paper I stamped on for the "chapter 24" is from PapertreyInk and its just the most wonderful, thick white cardstock i've ever stamped on... you need it!

Here's the calendar page for August/September i had mentioned previously. I made myself a calendar for work - i needed the current month plus the next month (and i couldn't find anything I liked). I made pages through the end of the year and put them in a 5x7 acrylic frame. The empty portion on the right is taken up by a post-it note pad i affix to the acrylic frame (put on your imagination caps for me kids... imagine it). I used some Basic Grey paper i had hanging around and stamped the calendar months with stamps from Purple Onion Designs (i will make next years calendar when Michele at Purple Onion puts out the 2009 calendar stamps!)
Let's see what else - I made these two thank you's for my dear friends June and Mary who were so sweet to me on my birthday recently. They met me at a nearby place to eat - set up a little birthday celebration for me. June gave me these wonderful stamps - I love them June!

I love the stamps so much I used them again to make this birthday card for Barbara - well i should say the typewriter image is from the set June gave me. I also used a sentiment on the inside of the card. Here you see the image, to which i added the "hb"(for happy birthday) and a sentiment from a stamp set by Club Scrap (i believe). Some KI Memories text paper and i used my little punch from SU! to create the scallop and a corner rounder from Creative Memories as well as some thick black grosgrain ribbon - i think it was from Walmart.

Here's the card I made for my nephew for his most recent birthday. I used a Paisley Cuttleburg embossing folder in the blue background; Paisley stamps from Purple Onion Designs in the kraft colored background (stamped with Versamark); circles cut with Nestabilities and the cake is made from dies from Quickutz; and a few DCWV brads that were just the perfect color to match the blue cardstock (i love when that happens). The adorable sentiment is from The Cat's Pajamas and given to me for my birthday from Mary.

I think i could post one more but I gotta run.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Happy Birthday Michelle!

The Birthday Queen needed to dust off her birthday wand this month - she's been a little lax keepin up with her birthday duties of late, dontchaknow.
A big Happy Birthday to Michelle!!!

Hope it's an extra special day and the beginning of a wonderful year miss!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

thinking of you

I really am... thinking of you all.
I have been among the missing - well at least in blog-land.
And a bit at home -when I think about it.
I went back to work - full time. I haven't worked full time in a long time. I've worked part time for many years. Mostly during the day when my kids were at school.
Since the store closed a year and a half ago, I'd been looking for another job. I had a few detours along the way as most of you know. My mom had a set back a year ago which required that I set aside my search for a bit.
Regardless, I started my job mid July and its been crazy around here ever since. My son is back at college and my daughter begins her senior year in high school. I've had a few car issues over the last six weeks too. (it's as if the car knew i started this job i swear!). Just getting used to the new schedule hasn't been too hard (although come Tuesday, adding daughter's schedule in should be a trip) but making myself go to bed at a reasonable hour has taken some getting used to! You all know I tended to stay up too late LOL! No more of that anymore. And of course there are the weekends which are even shorter than before. Not enough hours in a day and certainly not in the weekends!
One weekend I was able to get in a little visit with my friend June - Hi June! We went to Angela's Happy Stamper - for a little girl time. I had no idea that they were having a special event that day - crazy luck! We received a goodie bag when we walked in the door - a nice little bag filled with this and that. We shopped for a bit - it was busy but not outrageous and we were able to find some things we needed (needed is operative word in this sentence since neither June nor I need anything LOL). I picked up the apples stamp you see in the card here. I wish it scanned up better - i was really pleased how the coloring came out - i used a mix of Prismacolor and Copic markers (dont get me started on those Copics - i swore i wouldn't get started with those and now I'm goin straight to hell is all I can say. I've picked up a few...... i reallllllly like them). I made the card for my nephew and his girlfriend who came to visit a few weekends ago. I also used a Purple Onion Designs sentiment - the "thinking of you" - I just love it.
I also made a cute little calendar for my desk at work using the Purple Onion Designs Vintage Calendar Stamps (individual months) - but i just realized I forgot to scan in any of the pages! I'm gonna bring it home one night this week and do that cos it came out cute, was easy to do, and I think you'd all like it. I was needing a calendar with the current month and next month on it. I was going to run over to Staples and pick one up and then thought - why? I can make a much prettier calendar - and exactly what I want - all by myself.
Anyway, I digress as usual. I want to thank those of you who emailed me -wondering if all was okay. We're all good here in the burg. Just a little tired and working on adjusting. I will close out this little blog entry with this. I rediscovered a few things over the past 6 weeks:
  • I can actually go to bed before midnight!
  • It's amazing how much you can get done in a lunch hour
  • I can make it through the day without a nap (who knew!)
  • Its really nice knowing you have friends who are thinkin boutcha. (i knew that before - i just got a nice reaffirmation)
  • I need to make things - the few things I was able to make - well it just made me happy! I may not make as much stuff, but I'll keep makin things whenever I can fit it in. And I will be fitting it in.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

A little beach

a quick post here to show some recent cards.
I stamped, with versamark, the shells (from a retired StampinUp! set) and clear embossed. I colored the shells with white Caran D'ache watercolor crayon and then used a water pen to make a wash out of that crayon. I like the effect of the white on the kraft colored stock. I cut out the sand dollar with a quickutz die. I'm not really crazy about how this card scanned up but trust me it does not curl up like that along the bottom of the mat for the sand dollar.

Here's a similar card - I'd stamped a whole sheet of that shell so I was going to use it! This time I used a seahorse brass embossing plate and ran it through my zipemate and was happy to discover that works! Then I stamped a little sentiment from Purple Onion Designs.

I had to take a photo of the seahorse card because that seahorse was just not scanning at all.
Okay - gotta run here.
Enjoy your day all!

Monday, July 07, 2008

sorry its been so long

things have been quite busy. all last week was crazy. partly due to the holiday, part because of events around here and partly because we'd be going away over the holiday weekend.

I'm tired.

We drove up to Massachusetts on Friday - took us around 10.5 hours (including a little detour in Connecticut to take a look at one of the places we used to live). Saturday we went to the wedding of our eldest niece. A really lovely wedding.

Then back on the road on Sunday at 8:45. We arrived home close to 12 hours later (including another side trip to see our other 2 former residences in Connecticut... 16 years changes things!)

I did a few loads of laundry last nite and watched a little television; did a little web surfing then to bed.

I think its going to take a few days to recover LOL. But this morning I had to make a thank you to our little neighbor who took care of our kitties. Nothing fancy - and believe me this looks sooo much better in person (it doesnt glow in person like it does here ... oy!). I need to drop this off at her house this morning and get a few errands out of the way.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Lauren

The birthday queen wants to shout out to one of her favorite bloggers (and fellow Jersey-Carvel-and-Cake-Lovin-Girl) Lauren . I'm posting this in hopes the mailman was speedy (like Mr. Feely) and delivered this card today - i hate to ruin your surprise Lauren but just in case - you'll see it here first! I hand cut the cake out of some scrap cardstock I'd drawn on. (Lauren is fond of cutting and gluing - now arentcha Lauren?) I had some cute polka dot DCWV paper and I found a nice slice of Making Memories paper (the ruled pp at the top) that I stamped on - those alpha stamps are my favorite Purple Onion Designs Alpha (outside of Lizziebelle, of course ;-)) Garamouche.

Anyway, for those of you who haven't read Lauren's blog - do yourself a favor - and check it out. Not only does she make the most fabulous stuff - you will roll laughing every day. She's just TOO MUCH! And that's a good thing!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

some shop cards

I was in the mood the other night to glue. I hauled out my quickutz binder and handtool and decided on this bee die and off to work I went. I made a bunch o'bees. I knew I had some of this yellow gingham Making Memories paper hanging around (from the day 1 at least) - its a good basic paper isn't it? i knew i'd use it one day - and that day had arrived. The sentiment is computer printed - i just didnt have a stamp sentiment large enough so there you are.

I had a little black gingham ribbon but knew I didn't have enough for the six cards I'd planned to make. Hauled out the 2 boxes of ribbon I've got and found some self-adhesive stitched black ribbon i think worked out quite nicely. i did a little piercing around one of the circles and decided I didn't want to do that on all of them - just didnt have the concentration that was required to make them nice and evely spaced that night.
these next ones are kinda simple - that's the way it seems to go. i make some elaborate cards (or, for me, they're elaborate) then i want to make something very plain. This one makes me think of Neopolitan Ice Cream (ya think?) Anyway the right most panel scanned up bluish when, in fact, its the same tan color as the center circle (and the tan stripe - whatsupwiththat?)

I have a bunch more cards to share but I'll save those for another day. I need to get going - it may be Sunday- but that seems, sometimes, like my busiest day of the week.

Friday, June 27, 2008


or birthday city or whatever you want to call it - that's what is goin on around here. My husband and my sons birthday - yesterday and today. So the week has been occupied with that. Yesterday our A/C decided to quit - just in the main part of the house (the upstairs and the rec room basement area was ok - the basement is always cool even without the A/C) - only put a slight damper on our birthday festivities. Good call made by the birthday boy yesterday to ask for Carvel Ice Cream Cake! Ice cream always tastes especially good in hot weather dontcha think? Anyway, I made the son this card.

I've been making a lot of cards the last few days - the coffee shop is in need of replenishment, right June? I'll be posting those in the next few days.

Fortunately I was able to get the A/C guy out here today and I am now sitting in Cools-ville. Which is ever such a nice place to be!

I need to make this quick here - I should be getting ready - we're going out for a little birthday celebration. It will be just my husband and myself. Son has his second job to go to and the daughter is off on her adventure. I have to admit its strange not having her around - and son not joining in on the birthday for his Dad (last nite sorta made up for it but still....). I guess we're entering that new phase huh? In some ways its disconcerting - and in other ways its kinda nice. It's not like its happened all at once of course. Your kids slowly move on to the next stages - little by little they are doing their own stuff. I guess why I'm thinking of it is because of the birthdays. Before my daughter left, she - who I never thought of as sentimental - mentioned she'd be missing the boys birthdays for the first time ever.
Oh well. Have a good one!

Monday, June 23, 2008

i like choices - don't you?

i bought this stamp a while ago - and natch - i haven't used it yet. (it was screaming to me - "use me" so i finally relented). I was in need of more cards for the coffee shop so I figured why not give this one a try. The card I came up with looks somewhat masculine - dontcha think? I may even make another for one of the boys (husband and son) birthdays this week.
The stamp in Inkadinkadoo. I used Ancient Page Ink to stamp the image on a piece of white cardstock I'd aged with Tim Holtz Distress Ink (yes, it was Antique Linen... my favorite). I used the Distress Ink again, here and there on the patterned paper and edges. And yes, that's more of that Basic Grey patterned paper (i really think they should bring back that line -Vagabond - great masculine lookin' paper), some brown grosgrain ribbon and one of those circle clips.
Lately, I seem to forget to mention movies and shows we've been renting or watching. But this weekend we rented the 2nd and 3rd DVD's of Weeds - Season 3. I absolutely love that program. It's not for everyone (and def not for the kids) but we are amused here. Ok... enough for tonite. I think I'll have a few more things to post over the next couple o'days. talk to you soon!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Big Adventure

well she's off on her big adventure. My daughter.
I'm getting a little peek at what it's going to be like when she leaves for college in the fall of '09 - and if this adventure is any indication -
she will be fine
- i'm gonna be a mess.
it's funny how each child is so alike yet so different. When my son went off to college I wasn't a bit worried - about him - or my reaction to his being off at college. Of course it took a little while for it to sink in just how much we missed him around here. And we did. and we do. But he's always had an air about him - well we knew he'd be ok.
My daughter - I guess for a million reasons - non that are really rational - we worry. She is smart and sensible and is the best kid on the planet. She's never given us a reason to worry about how she will behave or that she won't always do the right thing.

Perhaps cos she's our little girl or cos she's our baby? Yeah that's probably it. LOL
So what is she doing?
She's gone for a month at an institution of higher learning (translation: art college) doing a pre-college program to basically work on her portfolio. Exciting stuff huh? She intends to apply to a number of art schools and wants to have the uber portfolio for her applications. She applied, with her porfolio as it stands now, and was accepted into this pretty cool program. (proud mom here). So that's where she is right now. The fun stuff begins tomorrow (the actual classes) and I have to admit I'm a tad jealous :-) She got into the core class she wanted (illustration) and takes another workshop as well as art history classes they require. They'll do trips to large cities where they'll take in wonderful art exhibits (are you jealous too?). The whole thing is a great opportunity and let me tell you - this kid deserves it. Along with all this wonderful art shtuff there is also the taste of college life which is also most cool - but a lot more supervised (cool from a mom viewpoint LOL)
So anyway - we left her there and have, of course, been worried ... for no rational reason - other than we are her parents and she is our baby. She called tonite to say hi and give us the lowdown. (i wonder if she was able to hear my audible sigh of relief when I said "hi!")She sounded great and we now can rest easier. I'm already looking forward to another phone call .... a mother's worrying is never done.
in the meantime I must occupy my time to keep from said worrying. so I've been fooling with stamps. Specifically Purple Onion Designs stamps. Yesterday I stamped and colored - today I stamped, dry and heat embossed and generally fooled around.... and had a nice-mydaughterisawayfromhomeatprecollegeandi'mworiedfornorationalreason- distraction fest playing with stamps. I just wished I'd had more time to play. Perhaps tomorrow?
goodnight all

Saturday, June 21, 2008


i had some time (in between laundry lessons) to do a little stamping. i bought this clear Wordsworth stamp set (like a week ago) at AC Moore with my coupon - such a deal - this word plus a number of smaller words (like birthday, halloween etc) - for like $5.00. Anyway I wanted to give it a try today. I stamped it a few times on white and thought gee what would it look like if I masked it and did a background? I made a mask with postits and then stamped all over with a Purple Onion Doodle Flower set. Since I was in the mood to color I had a grand old time coloring everything in - with prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits. I'm going to send this to a friend I think might need a little "happy" right now. This afternoon we're sending our daughter off on her adventure. I'll let you know all about it.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Merci and many thanks

Posting some cards I already posted over at 2peas - they're having a stamping event there all week (ending tomorrow). I saw a few challenges on there I thought I'd participate in - I needed a little inspiration and a challenge always helps. These two cards didnt scan well - color-wise. Regardless - the Merci card used a stamp from Imanginisce - stamped w/versamark and embossed with white EP. A little stitching; my circle scallop Nestablilities; Quickutz nameplate; Purple Onion mini-sentiment and a button. Many thanks sentiment is from StampinUp! as is the circle and circle scallop punches and the eyelets; the bird is a punch from Martha Stewart and the paper is DCWV.
Today is the first day of the Great American Scrapbook convention and I'm not going this year. Waaaah. Oh I'll get over it - it is always fun to look around. Probaby just as well I'm not going - I'd find something I need and believe me - I don't need a thing! Today I'll be having Laundry Lessons with my daughter. Yes, lessons. She has never done her own laundry. And it's about the same timing as when my son began doing his own laundry. Besides - tomorrow she's off on her adventure and she'll need to know how to make those clothes clean. We've been doing things every day this week in preparation - shopping for supplies and a few new clothes. After our lessons today, we'll pack. Yeah yeah... i'll fill you in soon - but I really need to get going today!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Father's Day cards

So here's a few cards I made - the first 4 were for the coffee shop.

On these first 2 star cards I used:

Making Memories star charms and eyelets; StampinUp! Word Window punch (to quickly punch out those strap-like brown pieces at the top that are held on with the eyelets) and SU! Sentiment from some long retired set; and my Creative Memories corner rounder. The patterned paper is DCWV.
The next two cards I used: SU! Classic Backgrounds set (Using the argyle stamp and a stampamajig to create that piece as the argyle is only 3 diamonds wide) and that same sentiment and SU!'s Mat Pack to do the paper piercing. I believe I also used the Rectangle Nestabilities (gosh i made these over a week ago and I just can't remember!)

And finally - one card for my husband for Father's Day. I used all Purple Onion Designs stamps: the 2008 Vintage Calendar stamp - individual months, Damask stamp and the wonderful Fourscore Alpha - Small. I just wrote in the "for my husband on". I machine stitched here and there and I pop dotted that month to get a little dimension. I used Antique Linen Distress Ink to age the June calendar and I roughed up the edges with my finger nail. Oh yeah that stripe patterned paper is some Basic Grey I just love (i think that line is long since discontinued - too bad - it was a good one!) I have to mention here my husband spent a good long time examing this card. He wanted to know about how I made the cardstock look old. I guess I didn't think he or my daughter were really ever paying attention when I had been tea dying cardstock in the past. That's what they thought it was - I told them no - this time it was just ink. But I had a little smile going on inside. (Let's just say I figure a lot of the time I'm talking to myself when it comes to this stuff around here. Yes, sometimes I've got a big pan of tea on the kitchen island and paper is soaking in it, and other pieces are drying on paper towels and I've got the iron going and I'm standing there ironing cardstock and I think ... just sometimes... they think I've lost my marbles... or at least a couple... but whatDOyaknow... they were listening. Happy happy)
It was a nice quiet day. The father (my husband) in this house went golfing and had a lovely relaxing day. We had a few presents, a yummy dinner followed by a Carvel Ice Cream Cake which was scrumptious. The ice cream cake was my husband's request and we all just about licked our plates it was so good. (Carvel holds a most special place in my heart - I grew up with Carvel. It was theee place to get ice cream in the summer in NY & NJ back in the day. Sad there are no more Carvels to go to.... )
okay it's late - i need to get to bed. Hope you all had a lovely day

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Graduation cards

I made a few graduation cards for the coffee shop. Kept them in (what I consider to be) classic graduation colors - black, white, red (which incidentally happens to be the school colors of one of the local high schools....... ). All the stamps are from the SU! Great Grads set. I used the Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots, SU! ticket corner punch, and some eyelets on the first card as well as the Quickutz grad cap die on the second and third cards. I used my rectangle Nestabilities to cut and emboss the rectangles on the 2nd and 3rd cards as well.
The heat finally broke a bit here last night with a small storm. It was only about 88 here today and no humidity thank goodness. The braces are off my daughters teeth and she has a most dazzling smile - just in time for those senior pics she had taken yesterday. Tomorrow we're back to the orthodontist to get the retainer. Friday is my daughters last day of school topped off by a visit to the doctor to make sure she's up to date on her vaccinations. Where she's going this summer they require you to have all your shots.... that should keep you guessing (one hint: she's only leaving the state - not the country).
I'll be back with some father's day cards next okay?

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Birthday Queen and a bunch of cards!

gives a shout out to Carolyn
on today, her birthday.

Yes I've been busy. I know I haven't posted in a while - a couple of weeks. We had the party for my f-i-l and I guess since then I've made an effort to do less online and more in life? I've actually made a few cards and am working on my Suzy ways (a post to come on there as well) among other things.

I've got a full house (meaning my son is home for the summer) at least for now. In a few weeks my daughter will be gone for a month to an exciting opportunity of her own. More on that to come. Before that, however, we've got a few things to do with her. Namely getting her braces off, taking senior pictures (why do they take them now? back in the day we took them when senior year was actually about to begin....) and finishing her junior year. It will be a busy week ahead. The school board in the county where she attends school decided to cut a few days off the end of the year as several snow days were never used so Friday is now her last day of school.
Okay - some cards to share
I made a birthday card for a friend - Let us eat Cake! (a motto I thoroughly endorse) - used another image from those that can be downloaded free on Stampington - see my previous post.

I needed to make a card for another friend. I came up with one I liked it but I wanted to try out a few more ideas I came up with during the process and ended up with 7 different versions.
I wish you could see the textured white cardstock for the main part of the card. It's pretty and really makes the whole thing. Regardless I used my Petite Circle Scalloped Nestabilities for the circle and the scallop behind it; some wide black ribbon from Walmart; SU stamps (Thinking of You is from retired All Year Cheer I and the flowery background is from a newish set called Together Forever). I decided I wanted to try making those little flowers into quasi embellishments so I stamped some and then painted them with Diamond Glaze after cutting them out.

So that's enough cards for today. I've got a bunch more to share. Some graduation and father'd day cards are up next.
Keep cool (the temps the last few days here have been in the 90's. yes, the AC is crankin)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Birthday Queen is back

to wish Kris a Happy Birthday! We hope it's an extra special day!

Let's see what else have I been making?

Here's a card I sent to Jean whose post i just linked you up to had me so amused I needed to send her a card to thank her.

I now need to thank Barbara for her post that hooked me up with the image (from Stampington) that I used on the card.

I made another card using a different image from the set of images I'll post soon. I gotta wait til that card reaches its destination.

Okay - gotta run... its one of those days.

(edited to add: i'm getting a lot of annoying spam so you'll notice you're going to have to do a few extra steps to leave a message - sorry - that spam is just annoying!)