Thursday, February 28, 2008
This was a really quick card to do. Not too fussy. Stress-reliever for me really, because I'm so in over my head right now with work, so my wonderful hubby took the girls to their swim lessons tonight and told me to relax. :) This was my way of relaxing--love making cards. Ok, now back to work. Ciaó for now!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
What am I neglecting to do? Take time for myself? Spend quality time with my family? Spend time in prayer and devotions? ALL OF THE ABOVE!! So, I'm just letting you know that I will prolly not be posting again til next week, or maybe the weekend? I need to get this work done, and then recuperate and get re-energized.
Oh ya, about this card... almost forgot! I made this a few weeks ago for my secret sister, TA. Her favorite colors are browns and burgundy. I like this verse, so I printed it with my computer and used glitter pens to doodle the flower border. The top floral layer and the Artichoke are actually cut in an oval, creating a frame for the verse underneath. :) Thanks for dropping by!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
And YOU can too! Get out your favorite color of 12x12 cardstock, a glue stick, 12"cutter, and some ribbon, and then go follow Laura Canale's tutorial <HERE>.
I have to say, I wanted to add strips of turquoise and more purple to go with my ribbon but couldn't picture what it would look like, so after the tiny purple strips I chickened out and went all green for the rest (Gable Green, textured c.s.) Oh well. Next time I might stick to all one color :o) These are so easy to make, although takes some time. I love Laura's finishing strips--makes it look like a real basket! THANKS LAURA!!
AND ON A PERSONAL NOTE:
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Trina M. of Trina's Timeless Treasures sent me this little 'treasure' for my birthday. She's such a sweet lady and a very talented stamper!! I saw this on her blog and just loved it--isn't that the cutest li'l cupcake? I love how she cut the c.s. wavy like that, and of course the nestabilities (I think?) for all those cute scallop circles! Also, she stamped a bunch of super cute images of Magnolias, House Mouse, Bellas etc. THANKS SO MUCH, Trina!!
Friday, February 22, 2008
BTW...I found this online and thought I'd share it with you as I've always wondered about this.
Where did the custom of putting Xs and Os at the bottom of a letter come from?
The first mention in literature of XXX for kisses at the bottom of a letter was in 1901, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The X itself is very old. The custom goes back to the early Christian era, when a cross mark or "X" was the same as a sworn oath. The cross referred to the cross of Calvary and the first letter of the Greek word for Christ, Xristos.
Even as little as a hundred and fifty years ago, not many people could read or write. The "X" at the bottom of a document took the place of a signature. They would kiss the "X" as a crucifix or bible was kissed to emphasize the importance of the mark. It was this practice that lead to the "X" representing a kiss.
There isn't much known about the beginnings of the "O". It is a North American custom. The "O" represents the arms in a circle around another person. Arms crossed in front of you do not mean the "X" as a hug! The "O" is the hug.
In "The Joys of Yiddish" by Leo Rosten, it is noted that illiterate immigrants (or those who did not know Roman-English letters) would generally sign entry forms with an "X" but Jews preferred an "O" to avoid making something that looked like a cross. Also, shopkeepers and salesmen would similarly sign receipts with a circle. Could this be the origin of the "O"?
Or could it have developed from the game of tic tac toe, where one player uses the "X" and another the "O", leading people to think that the "O" was the hug, as the "X" is the kiss.
(click the pic to open a larger version)
Like I said in the previous post, TA loves anything oriental, so I set out to create an "oriental fan" using one of her favorite colors: Burgundy. The only flowers I had that resembled "oriental" was this stamp from my SU! Tags So Much--well, one of those "Tags" stamp sets anyway. I taped off the words and stamped the flowers several times onto white c.s. Then, I cut a large circle using my Creative Memories cutters. Decided how large to make the fan, I used my 12" straight edge cutter to cut the fan into pieces and then taped them onto black c.s. Then I pierced holes around the edge for stitching. Oh ya, I colored in the flowers & leaves with my Sakura Stardust Glitter gellyroll pens, so they are sparkly. The Burgundy b.g. is cuttlebugged with the "Textiles" folder. The "chinese" sentiment I got off the internet and printed from my computer. :)
**Day 3 of the flu....no fun. Took NyQuil last night, which I hate cause when I took it in college, I threw up blue liquid. Ya, sorry about that picture, lol. So, I've gotta be feeling like dying to take it. But none of the other cold/flu meds were working well enough. Feeling slightly better today, but have a terrible headache. Gotta go lie down. bye for now.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
See what she made with this card <HERE> :)
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Here it is with some Werther's candies in it. I used SU!'s set, "In Full Bloom", stamped it in green Stazon, masked the flower, and stamped the leaves the same way. Then I colored in using SU!'s watercolor pencils and an aqua painter.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Her favorite color is blue, so I started with my new Hostess Prints Pack - light blue and then I didn't know where to go from there. So, I started coloring my image (by StampingBella) - by the way, thanks again to Ally for the Bella images ;o) - and then I kinda went with grey and close to cocoa for the other colors since those were what I colored my image with. Hope they look okay together? (I colored with SU!'s watercolor pencils and an aqua painter.)
In my "reveal package" she also sent some stickles, which I've applied to all the flower centers, and these cute silver corner brads! As always, you can click on her to enlarge the picture. The designer paper is from a pack that my sister Kathy sent me for my birthday and is called "Miss Elizabeth's." The sentiment is from the SU! set called "Noteworthy"and the zig zags are clear stamps from Inky Antics.
THANK YOU KANDI for being such a terrific "sis" - hope to stay in touch!!
EDITED: I was asked what size this card is... the base (white here) measures 5 3/8" when folded so that it fits into a 5 1/2" envie. TIP: If you don't have a square envie, see instructions below:
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN 5 1/2" SQUARE ENVELOPE: I apologize for blurry pictures! Hope you can still see enough to get you through. These instructions are to make a template--of course your real envie won't need to have all these markings and folds.Start out with an 8.5" square sheet of copy or printer paper.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
A NEWBIE SHOUT OUT!! My new blogger friend Diane Lapointe JUST started blogging this month!! She has some really cute stuff on her blog as well, so please go visit her awesome blog and leave her some comments!!
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU:
Just wanted to say thank you to my newest guestbook signees: Kelly S. from Enderby CAN, Laurie from MI, Fran G. from KY, Lisa Chavoustie from NY, and Rhonda G. from UT!!! Thanks so much for visiting my blog!! My readers make the effort very worthwhile!! :)
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I first saw this movie when I was in college and my roommate and I took a much needed retreat to a beach house for a few days. This movie was 1 of only about 3 that the house had, so we watched it and I fell in love with it. I always cry at the end when he realizes that it was her in the wheelchair--Ok...that's all I'm giving away! Lol. The girls are waiting for Survivor to come on, but as soon as that's over, we're tucking them in and then Movie time for us. :) Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day.
Isn't this a CLEVER idea!! I get the "Scraps Chat" Newsletter sent to my inbox from All that Scraps store and this "Idea of the Week" came from Christina Fischer! If you click on her name, you'll go right to the picture tutorial on her blog for this cute bottle hanger treat box!! Here's a close up view of my little stamped piece:
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I'm working on something cute for V-day tomorrow! Stay tuned ;o)
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I added Dazzling Diamonds to the puddle and raindrops and then filled in the puddle with Crystal Effects. The green layer is cuttlebugged with the Bloom Dots folder and then machine stitched with brown thread onto choc. chip c.s. My FABULOUS secret sister sent me some really cute stitched felt flowers with rhinestones in center--they're self-adhesive too which is soo nice! The dress is pieced in pink, which is not the color combo, but I thought it needed a little something to break up the green/turq.
I've already had a comment in my gallery that I should join a "Hanna Swap", but I don't acutally OWN any stamps...I made this with images that Donna sent me :) THANKS ANYWAY!! If/when I DO get some, I'd love to join!
NOW...just a note about the sentiment on this card: Donna stamped it - I'm guessing it came in the Hanna set, but it totally reminds me of the song "Bring the Rain" by Mercy Me. I decided for today to go ahead and play that for you (on my slideshow at bottom of blog). This song is just awesome and speaks volumes. Here are the Lyrics:
Sunday, February 10, 2008
The challenge was to make a centerpiece--and they provided a link to these easy "Fortune Tellers" - Remember those? We use to make those in school all the time. These are really fun to make. I couldn't think beforehand what side to start my folding on to have to turn out the way I wanted. I would rather have had the pink paper with dark pink polka-dots showing, but oh well! Nothing stamped here. Was trying to show mom a couple fast things before she had to leave today, so I kept it simple. The candies are Hershey's Kissables. :) Thanks for stopping by!