Monday, November 30, 2009

Wonderful Thanksgiving Week

Sorry, I've been missing for a week. Have had a lot of company and a great Thanksgiving. My brother and sister-in-law were here from Nevada. Monday, we just kinda lazed around. On Tuesday we went to some friends and they got to check out their home and old cars. My brother is into cars. He races on flat tracks. Wed. we baked pies and my daughter came with my little grandson. From then on my house was full and loud. Did I tell you, we're a loud bunch. Thurs. was the big day. I made the dressing, while Kim and Carl worked on the turkey. We then took everything to the Eagles and cooked it. My sister & husband brought the other turkey, so both ovens were full. My husband & brother-in-law got to peel the potatoes, 15#'s, then we grabbed our coffee and waited for everything to cook. While waiting we played a card/dice game called "Fill or Bust". What a blast, mostly cause I came from behind and won the first game. Then my brother won. Our only sadness was my other brothers wife lost her stepdad in Oregon, so they couldn't join us. I'm happy to say we had 30 people, some family and lots of friends. The dinner was great, had way to much food as usual. I think everyone had a great afternoon. The little kids played really hard.

On Friday we did the early morning thing. My daughter picked my sister, sister-in-law & I up at 3:45 for Penneys. My granddaughter hit the jackpot there. I got most all of her Christmas presents and what she wanted. I'm very proud of myself. Youngest grandson did pretty good too. Then it was off to Walmart. Kim (daughter) got a great buy on DVD players for the car, so she bought 2 for less than she paid for the last one she bought. I loaded up on p.j's for the boys. Also got a couple pair of pants for me. I like comfort, so alway buy big. This time I bought to fit and there to big. Think I'm losing weight, yea! Then it was home and napping. In the afternoon the kids all came for leftovers.

Sat. we had the big burn (burned our pile of limbs we've collected for 2 years) and invited friends for a chili feed. Was great, had 20 people. Still have chili and cornbread. We'll be eating chili for months, got a little carried away with it.

Yesterday was sad for me as everybody had to head home. My house is now very quiet and kind of lonesome, just Chuck, I and the cat. The cats lost cause his friend left. I'm sad cause family left and Chuck just shakes his head at both of us.

Today is back to normal living, laundry, cleaning and teaching. I have 2 swaps to get out today, so that means I'll have to share tomorrow, when they are on the way. Till then take care and come back again.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mrs. Santa

Company arrived safe and sound last night. Had a super icky day at the Craft Show. Lots of "Looky Lou's", not many buyers. Our booth made about $80 for 5 of us. Hope the next one goes better, I'd really like to get rid of some of this stuff. Had lots of fun visiting after family got here.

Today, my sister, sister-in-law and I made cards. Sunny made 13, Kim made 25 and I made 9. Most of Kim's were the same and done on the Cuttlebug, with some stamping of sayings. Sunny's were a mix of both. Mine were some that I had already cut and 3 were new.

This card is one of the new 3. The stamp is from I Brake for Stamps. The backgrounds of the 3 are all different. This one is Christmas Balls folder, Cuttle Bugged on Iridescent vellum. It really shines, the image is backed with Cranberry from CTMH and stamped on White Daisy. It was also colored with Cranberry, Topiery, Parchment and Baby Pink all CTMH. The fur on 2 of them is done with Prisma Glitter and the other one with Delta Decorative Snow. I think she's pretty cute. The one with the snow has blond hair. Cranberry brads were used on all three. The inside says " May your Merry be Very", not sure who it's by. Needless to say we had a great time. Will do it all again on Friday. Maybe I'll get more done then.

Tomorrow we are off to Wenatchee, window shopping, while Sunny goes to a class. Hopefully my daughter-in-law, Lorrie, can join us for lunch. Then we'll hit Costco and head home.

Until next time, have a wonderful couple of days before the cooking starts. Come back again.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Little Plain Jane Card

Bet that caught your attention! This is the card I've been talking about, the last of the image swap cards. He's a very cute snowman, not sure what stamp company makes him. The card is done with all CTMH papers, Desert Sand & Cranberry. The background paper is from Everlasting (retired) Level 2 and the stamp from Christmas Scripts (retired). It is done with black embossing, the brads are Cranberry. When I started with this image, I want to make a shaker card, but those are very hard to mail and I'm not to sharp on how there made. Really need to watch some one. Although I did have pictures to go by, it looked funny when I did. So this is what I did instead. The snowman is colored. His hat is in Gray Wool and Gray Flannel. The scarf is Olive and Cranberry markers, all CTMH.
I probably won't be around for a day or two, as today is the Craft Show, I set up last night. Of course I didn't sleep well as I'm always nervous, just praying I make my table money back. There are quite a few crafters, 48 in all. We had to expand into the big part of the Plex to fit everybody. I saw quite a variety of things. Hope I don't spend more than I make. I'll try and take some pictures. After I'm finished with that my brother & sister-in-law will be here. Then tomorrow we girls are stamping all day. My dining room will be a mess, but that's ok. We have a good time, and I'll have more to share.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. If your traveling drive careful.
Thanks for stopping by and come back really soon,

Friday, November 20, 2009

Another Layout Share

It's still dark out so I can't give a weather report this morning. The themometer says it's 43, so that's not bad. I'm hoping the snow hold off for another couple of weeks. As our company will be on their way here early Sat. morning. There are a couple passes they have to come over, so hang on snow and wait till they get over them.

Today, as you can tell I'm thinking warm. I did these layouts a while back and haven't gotten them in the album yet. They are from our stay in California/Arizona. If you ever get down to the Mohave Valley in Arizona be sure and go to Oatman. It's a great town. The first time I went was when my sister & I took my mom back to her home there. We met up with some cousins and went out. I fell in love. So then I took my husband and some friends, then my daughter and grandson. For those that don't know about Oatman, it's an old mining town on Route 66. The main attraction are the wild donkeys that roam the streets. They not only roam the streets but come into the shops too. They are really something. They also have a shoot out in the middle of the street, cowboy style. They have some great shops, bar and wonderful hamburgers in the resturant. The papers used are all from CTMH.
I hope you like what I've done. I'm not sure if the comment area works, but if it does I love for you to leave a comment.
Until later, come back anytime.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Animal Share

Got busy yesterday, making my mince meat, I got enough for 3 1/2 pies. That's pretty good, I'm not big on eating it, but must say this isn't to bad then again maybe it was the brandy I added, lol. We rented the Eagles for Thanksgiving dinner. No ones house is big enough for 30 people. We have the brothers and sisters, then the children, spouses and children. Then we extended it to our friends and in-laws and out-laws that have no where to go. We should have about 50 when all is said and done. There is plenty of room for the kids to play and the adults to visit, watch the games and play cards. I love having big dinners for people, it's always alot of fun. Everyone brings a dish and beverage. The brothers & sister do the meat. This year we're doing 2 turkeys, one baked & one deep fried alone with a ham. I'm in charge of the dressing, which I need to make a bunch, cause it's my daughters favorite part of dinner. Anyway it'll be great.

My card share today is a birthday card done with SU stamps retired. I don't have alot of SU but of the ones I have I love this one. Its on a shave cream back ground. The theme for the swap was ocean and that's what the background reminded me of.

My next share is my husbands animals. There are buffalo, moose, bear and mules. Here are 2 of them. Now you have to use your imagination a little on these as they are candy dispensers.
They are really cute in person. They'll be for sale at the Craft show.

I hope you've enjoyed my sharing today. Come see me again.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Torn Frame

It's a sun shiny day today. The weatherman predicts snow, but it looks pretty clear to me. When you live in the Northwest things can change in an hour. It's very quiet here this morning. Chuck has gone to friends in the hills and won't be home until this afternoon. So I get to clean house while he's gone and make mincemeat for pies. Cooked my meat yesterday, now have to grind it and get some raisins and an orange for it. I'm not keen on citrus fruits, meaning those kinda jelly ones, so I use a real orange and rind plus apples. It tastes more like a meat pie. We did this as a family a few years ago. This year we want to make cards and not work all the time, while their here. Anyways, that's my plan for today. Put the sewing machine away, so those projects are done for awhile.

On the todays share, this is a card I did for the image swap. Love the snowman image, don't know the company for this, sorry. I colored it with Sunshine Yellow, Dutch Blue, Desert Sand & Cranberry markers. Then layered on a piece of Polished Stone paper. (The polished stone technique is done in blues and silver). I made the Torn Frame from Desert Sand Cardstock and used Moonstruck to distress the edges. The put a Moonstruck ribbon around it. All inks and papers are CTMH. I really liked the card, hope the owner of the image likes it too. I have one card left to share of this swap and it's pretty plain jane. Most of my cards are, but I like them.
Only a couple more days until the Craft Show. I'm still trying to get my ducks in a row as my friend, Mary would say. I'll try and post some pictures of some of the things later today.
Have a great day where ever you are, come back real soon, ya hear.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Grandparents Layout

Had thought I'd posted yesterday, then looked and saw that I hadn't. So today, I might just post twice. Yesterday was pretty busy as I'm still trying to get ready for the craft show. Plus clean the house alittle for company, not really company, family. They'll be here on Sat. evening. I'm getting pretty excited about that. We always have so much fun together.

This mornings share is of my youngest grandson's birth. The layout is from the book "Cherish" by CTMH, it's called Visual Texture. The papers are all CTMH, Buttercup, Chocolate, Dutch Blue card stock and the background paper is from Free Spirit level 2. I'm not sure who the stamps are by as I've had them forever. The sticker is from a book with baby saying in it, threw the cover away so don't know who it's by. The layout on the bottom is of my former husband and his wife, the one on the top is of my son-in-laws mother (the red head), my sister (in white) and me. These layouts are for Cody's album, that's why it's of both sides. As you can tell for me it was very emotional when he was born, I think I'm pretty emotional all the time. Anyway I like how these layouts turned out.

I found a saying this morning that I really like and it's fits my life pretty well. Hope you enjoy it. "Life is a journey not a guided tour. So don't miss the ride and have fun, you don't get a second chance."

Have a great day, come back soon.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

My First Layout Share

Last night we went to a Oyster Feed at the Eagles. I ate way to much. It was so good, I bought a jar of left overs so we can have them tonight. Seafood has to be one of my most favorite foods. They had a fairly good crowd and the money raised went to a good cause. Chuck was asked to do the New Years Eve Prime Rib, so that's where we'll probably be for New Years although I perfer to be home, cause I get up early and watch the Rose Parade. Love that parade, have since I was little. Went to it twice while I was in high school. What an experience.

On to todays share. This is a layout I did awhile back of my daughter and grandson. They visited us when we wintered in California/Arizona. These pictures were taken at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. The paper used is CTMH Beach House level 2 with Dutch Blue & Desert Sand card stock. The words were cut on the Cuttlebug. The embellishments are small seashells. We had such a great time that day. Cody loved it. We also did pictures with the tigers, I'll share them later. As you can tell I'm not a frilly layout person. I like to keep thing clean and simple. I have so many photos it's hard to pick which pictures to use.
I hope you enjoyed my first layout. Come back often.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Mask Frame

Good morning,

No new snow this morning, I'm so glad. Driving wasn't to bad yesterday, just wet roads, which I can handle. My classes went fine. Each day I gain more children. Have 6 in each class. Love that I have some boys interested. Hoping after Thanksgiving I get a few more and they stay with me as I want to cover their notebooks in cloth to make them look like albums.

Today's share is from the image swap, only a few more cards to share in this swap. This is a real cute snowman, not sure who he's by but there is just a bit of Cranberry and Bamboo ink on him. the Mask Frame is from Technique Junkies. The background is stamped with Cranberry and Bamboo snowflakes from the Winter's Magic set Hostess set that's retired from CTMH, then sponged with both colors and layered on both. The ribbon is from my stash.

I have 2 more cards from this swap then I'm going to have to get busy. Which will happen big time the Friday after Thanksgiving. That day the sisters get together and make our Christmas cards. I should explain, I have a sister and 2 brothers, but have gotten 2 more sisters from them. Anyway, we always inviting our girls to join us and sometimes we get a taker, mostly the daughter-in-laws. But we have a ball, we usually go all day while the guys watch football. It's a fix it yourself food day, because of all the leftovers. We have ended up making as many as 30 cards a piece. We could probably make more but we talk alot and giggle. Course our critics take a break and tell us what we need to do to some of the cards. It's just a wonderful day of family closeness that we all enjoy. Each year it's some place different, next year may be the National Street Drag Finals in Las Vegas.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings and checking out my cards. Until next time, have a wonderful day.

Friday, November 13, 2009

First Snow

Woke up this morning to snow coming down. Wouldn't you know it would be on Friday the 13th. I am not excited at all, hate driving in this stuff and have to work this afternoon. Hoping it'll melt by then.

Yesterday, I completed both my doggie blankets, I'll take pictures later and share. I think there real cute. We don't have dogs, just cats. Now saying that, we have a new one. A little black male wondered in the other day. Our siamese isn't sure if he likes him or not. We did see him bring this little one across the field. So, now we have Pete (Siamese ally cat) and Jake (field cat). We seem to have this thing where animals are concerned. When we don't want any one shows up. They are going to have to learn to travel.

The card I'm sharing today is from the image swap I'm in. I don't know who the stamp is by, but it was tough to come up with something to put on it. I used the masking technique and stamp rolling to stamp the trees, from Beauty of Christmas, retired CTMH. The ink used was Garden green with Ponderosa Pine for the trees and saying. The bottom and top were colored with Cranberry marker. The hanger with Sunflower. I then used a double stick paper and covered it with fine beads from my stash. The background paper is from a Christmas pack from CTMH that's now retired and Cranberry cardstock. The brads are from the Essential from CTMH. The ribbon is from my stash. I've never used beads before so this was pretty cool and a good learning experience. These little beads like to travel when using them. The beads seem to mute everything I think.

Well, it's time to get off here and get busy for the day, so I'll have more to share later on. Have a great day, with or without snow. Come back again.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veteran's Day

Today and everyday we should thank the men and women that have and do fight for our Freedom. So don't forget to say Thank you to the men & woment that serve this great nation of ours. Fly your flag and be proud to be an American.

I've been trying to clean and organize my little crafting space so that I can see what I have and know where things are. As I was cleaning I ran across a bunch of precut cards. Some I wasn't sure what the cards were suppose to look like as of course I didn't leave a sample in the bag. The one I'm sharing today was for a class I did about 3 years ago. I think I saw a card like it in a magazine, but I'm not sure. I had enough pieces cut to make 5 cards. All materials used are retired CTMH, Majestic Mountain cardstock & backgound papers. There is no stamping. I used a fake diamond for the tie tac. It's a 6 X 6 card. These were for Father's day. Very simple and kinda cute. I'll probably use it for a man's Birthday card as both my dad & father-in-law have passed. My dad only wore western shirts so he wouldn't have appreciated it, even though he wore these when he was young.
Have lots to do in the next 2 weeks as we, meaning sister, sister-in-laws & I, are doing a craft show. Everybody is doing something different. Told them our sign would say Menagerie. Except it's not wild animals, just an assortment of stuff. I'm still making little dog blankets. I have 2 completed that I shared a while back. One of which is sold, yea! for me. So I have 2 more in the making. If your out and about stop in at The Agreplex on Sat. Nov. 21st from 9 to 4 and check it out. There will be about 40 vendors, with a variety of items.
Guess I've rattled on enough. Thanks for stopping by, come by often.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

We still have hunting season going on around here. My son-in-law and a friend of his are staying here. They're bear hunting this morning. Not sure what they'll do with it if they get one. My hubby just kind of shrugs. He forgets he used to ger real excited about hunting when he was younger. Anyway, I'm having a little problem getting to my stamping stuff because of the hunting gear in there.

Todays card is one from the card workshop that I've been holding off showing, because I might use it in another swap I'm in but haven't decided. If any of you are in the 10 minute card swap don't look. The stamp is from Vintage Christmas. It was stamped with Moonstruck ink, and layered on bulk Stardust background paper, then Moonstruck and Olive cardstock. The ribbon is also Moonsturck. All products are from CTMH.
I've made a couple more cards like this and tied the ribbon differently. It's another of my fast and simple cards. Out of all that we did for this workshop, this one was my favorite.
As you can tell I'm not into traditional colors for Christmas. Red and Green are great, but seem to get old after years of use. I'm a kind of out of the box color person. I like things to match, meaning I won't put plaids and checks together, to me that's a little to out of the box. But I like to use different colors together. Here's an example. The other day I decided I wanted to wear a pair of grey slacks, that meant I need to find a shirt or something with grey in it. I have a grey and brown wool vest that I love, so I put a brown turtleneck under the vest. Normally, brown and grey just don't go together, but this worked.
Enough rambling, thanks for dropping by and come again,

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Snowman Share

It's been a long day already and it's only 2 p.m. Got to play waitress today at the Eagles. Probably should tell you, I've been a member of this organization for the last 35 years and don't know what the word "No" means when I'm ask to volunteer. My husband & I do alot of dinners, because he a good meat cook. One of my friends, Anita, loves to call and say help. She knows I'm a push over and will help her on breakfast in a pinch. Really it's kinda fun. You get to visit with alot of people you don't see on a regular basis. I even invited 2 people to Thanksgiving dinner. You'll hear more about our Thanksgiving as it gets closer. We sometimes do things a little different.

Today is my youngest brother's birthday and I forgot to scan his card before I sent it. So for today I'll use one for a swap I'm in. This is the image swap, so if you know who this stamp is by please let me know. The paper is Hydrangea from CTMH, I ran it through the cuddlebug using the snowflake folder, then sanded it. The hat is colored with Hydrangea marker and the stars with Sunflower marker, again CTMH. I took some White Daisy cardstock and ran it through the cuddlebug for the white using the same folder and stamped with a customer Connections Club give away by CTMH from a few years ago. The snow flakes were all stamped with that set and cut out and glued to look like a wreath. A White Daisy Organdy bow completes the card. Coming up with something for this image was a real challenge for me. I went though 2 Card Making magazines before combining two different cards to get this one. I'm still trying to find my niche when it comes to card making.

Come back again soon and leave a comment on my progress in the card making field.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Quiet Time

Our house is very quiet today. After having a 4 year old for two weeks, the quiet is very loud. I'm missing him already, but know he'll be back for Thanksgiving.

Finished week three of my scrapbooking class at the school. Some of the students are doing an awesome job. I have some boys that think more is better, so we will be doing a little cutting back on some of their layouts. So far we've just used stickers as I'm a little nervous about stamping with them. I fear for my inks. Silly me! Think we'll try it next quarter.

The card I'm going to share now is one we did at the Christmas Card Workshop awhile back. I just found it buried on my desk. The images and saying are from the stamp set Snow Friends by CTMH. I love this set and find myself using it alot. The background is from Aspen Level 2 and the ink/markers are also CTMH. I stamped the image on White Daisy and a piece of vellum. Then colored both the same. In order to get it to look like a reflection you have to turn the vellum over, so that they match. I'm really hoping this makes sense. If not email me. The ribbon is from JK Ribbon.
I hope your enjoying my rambling and card shares. I do scrapbook, just haven't taken pictures of the layouts. I have some winter ones to share. They were made using the layouts from the Cherish and Imagine books. I haven't invested in the Reflections, Wishes or Originals books yet, but will sometime soon.
Have a wonderful day and come back soon,

Friday, November 6, 2009

Good Morning

It's been a few days since I've been here. Today is the last day for the grandson until Thanksgiving. He went hunting with his dad the other day and spotted a buck for dad to shoot. They came home with a 5 by 4 point. It was the first time he had ever been hunting. What a thrill.

While they were gone I got to play a little. I'm in a swap where we send images to others and they make cards for us using our images. Not sure who the image belongs to, but it's very cute. The background is the shave creme technique using 2 blue reinkers and a purple. This technique was done with my class at school and this was the test piece. The left side bottem is a piece of vellum with flecks in it. The side piece is from my stash, with some snowflake brads I've had for a while. The saying is from CTMH Christmas Scripts, it's retired I think. The bears and sled were colored with CTMH markers.
Hope you enjoy the card. I've been working on some layouts and others cards that I'll get posted as soon as I can.
Have a wonderful day, come back anytime.