Happy New Year!

I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year! I really hope that this will be a brighter and happier year for us all. Tonight there is a blue moon (2nd full moon this month) and I hope it is a good omen of things to come.

I found this lovely poem on Curt’s World blog and he has given me permission to share it with you all. So here’s my wish for you in the coming year, and beyond:

May your sorrows be few and far between,
may your laughter be loud and strong.

May your blessings be the biggest you've ever seen,
may your life be happy and long.

May you be surrounded by the ones that you love,
may your worries be little and few.

May the angels protect you from the heavens above,
may your skies be sunny and blue.

May your enemies be few and your friendships be many,
may your riches be plentiful too.

May this coming New Year be better than any,
for these are my wishes for you.

Written by:  Curt O'Brien

Thank you, Curt, for sharing this…and thank you all for stopping by my blog. Why don’t you share just one of your New Year’s resolutions with me? Just click on Tell Me What You Really Think… below.



Feast your eyes on what the UPS man just delivered to my house, courtesy of my awesome friend Ronna:
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At last, my very own copy of PW’s cookbook! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, dear Ronna!!!! I can’t say that I will actually prepare any of these delicious recipes, but you just never know. The recipes are not complicated, from what I have seen so far, and the photos are awesome. I love recipes with photos and this book has tons of them.
What a perfect way to start the New Year off right! Even if it is still 2 days away. Excuse me, but I have to go hug my cookbook now. Check out The Pioneer Woman's blog -----> HERE.


Is it Spring yet???

No, not yet? Are you sure? Fine, let me go put on another pair of socks, my feet are cold. There, that’s better.

If I still have any readers left (tap, tap….is this thing on?) here are some of the beautiful cards I received this Christmas. I don’t think I have photos of all of them so if you don’t see yours here please don’t be upset – I loved them all and they brightened my day every time one showed up in my mailbox! This has been a dismal year in more ways than one, but we have put one of the most distressing events behind us and are doing our level best to forget about it. If DH can find a job this year we will be happy campers. Well, we are already happy – and have lots to be grateful for but a job would do wonders!

Without further ado, here are the beautiful cards, in no particular order:



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Karen K:

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Sharon M:

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Karen V:

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Thank you one and all for thinking of us!

I wish you all a very Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year! May 2010 be a brighter year for everyone.


What a great Christmas present this would be!

Especially if it was free! It looks like it would be a lot of fun, doesn't it? I'd love to have one and they are giving one away over on the Lifestyle Crafts blog. Click the link at the top of the photo to pop on over and enter.

In the spirit of the holiday season, we here at L are giving away an L Letterpress Combo Kit , valued at $150, plus your own custom printing plate, valued at $39.99. Included in the kit is everything you need to be on your way to letterpress bliss. Here's what's on the table:
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Christmasy Goodness Giveaway

Jennifer has a fabulous giveaway over on her blog Created by JB. Hero Arts and Purple Union Designs stamps and goodies - oh my! Click on the link above the photo to check out her beautiful work and enter the drawing.
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How to fix the economic crisis

This is from an article in the  St. Petersburg  Times  newspaper on Sunday.

The Business Section asked readers for ideas on :
”How Would You Fix the Economy?"

This is a letter that was published:

Dear Mr. President,

Please find below my suggestion for fixing  America's economy. Instead of giving billions of dollars to companies that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan.

You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan:

There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force.  Pay them $1 million apiece severance for early retirement with the following stipulations:

1) They MUST retire.  Forty million job openings – Unemployment - fixed

2) They MUST buy a new American CAR.  Forty million cars ordered. Auto Industry - fixed

3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage. Housing Crisis - fixed

It can't get any easier than that!

(contact information omitted)

P.S. If more money is needed, have all members in Congress and their constituents pay their taxes...

Mr. President, while you're at it, make Congress retire on Social Security and Medicare. I'll bet both programs would be fixed pronto!


Perfect! My friend Cheryl had a similar idea which would work well, too. Hers included sending the $1 million to every taxpayer and doing away with food stamps, welfare, and Medicare. Either one will work for me. Maybe we need to start sending this letter to the White House!

I know what you’re thinking….it won’t do any good. Might not, but it’s a piece of paper and a stamp – what can it hurt?


I’m so excited!

Remember how much I love that Basic Grey Indian Summer paper, and how I thought it would look awesome as a handbag? Well, check this out! It’s not that paper exactly but it is gorgeous and I can’t wait to see it in person. There’s a matching wallet, too – how cool is that? One of my FB friends and her daughter design and sew handbags, wallets, and lots of other goodies. Last night I was browsing their website and found this:


Isn’t it beautiful? It will be on the way to my house next week :-) It has 6 pockets on the inside, too. Handmade, quilted, quality, and a LOT less $$ than Vera Bradley. I’m taking my new Vera back to the store today. She didn’t have any of the wallets left but had some fabric and is making one for me.
Pop on over and have a look at their creations. The website is DCR Creations and they are very wonderful people to deal with.


I promised not to keep you waiting too long

So here it is, my attempt at something a little different. Turns out it’s not all that different. Vertical instead of horizontal and one has a crocheted flower. The other one has a couple of Hero Arts Felt Leaves. I used some pink on both of them because I thought it went well with the patterned paper. I think I am out of ideas. Maybe I’ll just start on Christmas cards.



Which of these things is most like the other…

Do you ever feel like your cards are like a romance novel that was written by one of those authors that cranks out 6 or 7 of them every year? You know the kind of novel I’m talking about. You feel like you’ve read it before, just the names and locations are different? You could have written it yourself because you’ve read five others by the same author and very little really changes. No? Well, I do. At least I feel that way about these cards.

It’s not that I don’t like them. I do. It’s just that they are very similar, very alike one another. It’s easy to tell that they all belong to the same family – the resemblance is uncanny! I liked the layout so I repeated it…over and over and over again. A little different bit of ribbon, red instead of brown, Stickles instead of gemstones, blah blah blah.

This is how the whole thing started. I was doing a demo at Stamper’s Alley last weekend, for Open House. I was demoing the Cuttlebug and Nestabilities and I needed a couple of samples.

Sample 1. The bow and gems in opposite corners was inspired by a card I saw online, probably on someone’s blog. I liked the way this one turned out.


Sample 2. So I made another one, just slightly different. Golden yellow instead of burnt orange and no gemstones. Oh, and different color ribbon – same style, just a different color.


The demo went well and I needed to make some Fall cards to send out since I don’t do Thanksgiving cards. I don’t know why I don’t do Thanksgiving cards. I just prefer plain ‘ol Happy Fall cards. Anyway, I thought of just making some more of these since I already had a lot of the stamped images cut and ready to go but then I decided to try something different.

Oh yeah, this is thinking way outside the box, right?


I liked that one so well….yep…you guessed it. Another one. Very similar but not exactly the same. More like a fraternal twin than an identical twin.

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I stamped a Memory Box tree and added some Fall foliage to it. Cut it out with a Nestie, sponged the edges, and colored some grass - to ground the tree. You can’t just have a tree floating in thin air!

Then I glanced over at the shelf where I keep my cards and saw the first two. Hmmmm.

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Lather, rinse, repeat. I was on a roll now.


You still with me? Tap, tap, is this thing on??

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The last one. Luckily for you I only stamped 4 trees.

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I still have all of these stamps laid out and ready to ink up. I may have enough cards to send, since I made some others a few weeks ago. But I need to use these stamps. Need to. Bought them, must use them.


You know what that means. And I know you can hardly wait to see what I come up with next! Tell the truth (but not if it’s gonna hurt my feelings). I have to be honest – any new cards will most likely involve that awesome Basic Grey Indian Summer paper. Maybe that’s why I feel the need to make more cards. It’s not the stamps, it’s that paper. I love it. I love looking at it. The colors are just beautiful. If it was fabric I’d make myself a new purse out of it and carry it all year. Ok, so I’d think about what a great purse it would make and see if I could bribe one of my talented friends to make it for me.

But it’s only paper so I will have to turn it into cards. I will try not to keep you waiting too long.


Veterans Day

I want to wish you all a Happy Veterans Day and remind you to remember all of those who have sacrificed so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. My DH (he loves it when I call him that) is in charge of the website for Richard’s Coffee Shop in Mooresville and has put up a wonderful tribute to the veterans. Please go check out the site, and if any of you are in the area stop by for some coffee and a warm reception.



A little clarification

I think I need to clarify something about the two blog candy posts. I am not the one giving away the prizes, you need to click the link at the top of the photo of the prize and follow the instructions on their blogs to be entered. I noticed a few comments were left on the posts and just thought I would set the record straight. So, if you left a comment and thought you were entered, you're not - unless you followed the links.

What a fabulous prize!

Debbie is giving away some fabulous blog candy to celebrate 200,000 hits so go on over and throw your hat into the ring!
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Jacque is celebrating 6 months

with blog candy! Pop on over and add your name to the drawing. The link is at the top of the photo.

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Silhouette Blog GIveaway

Over at the Silhouette Blog they are giving away a $50 download card but they have to get 500 followers. So pop on over and help them out -> Silhouette Blog. Remember to sign up for the giveaway while you are there, and no matter if you don't have a Silhouette - if you win I'll be glad to give the card a good home for you :-)


If you like Basic Grey...

You're gonna love this blog candy from Hope! It also includes a $25 gift certificate to her store, so hop on over and enter.
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Happy Halloween!

Halloween is my favorite holiday. Even though I don’t decorate the house anymore, I still love making cards for the occasion. I finally got them in the mail today and hope everyone receives them on time. The one day our mail carrier arrives early – so I took them to the PO and dropped them in the box inside. Since there are several different designs I am ok with posting them here before anyone receives them because no one knows who’s getting what. So, here they are in all of their glory:

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This is a CASE of a card I saw on someone’s blog (but, as usual, I can’t remember whose). I used the Nestabilities die that is similar to the Top Note die for the head and hair, and the rest is done with circle punches. The spiky bangs are cut with scissors. I am no good with scissors, but this was pretty hard to mess up! The mouth and scars are drawn with a Micro pen, I used a white and the spider web on the background is an Inkadinkado stamp.

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Lizzie Anne Designs stamp for the verse – I won it as blog candy last year, the spider web behind the verse is an Inkadinkado clear stamp, MS Spider Web Border and Bat punches, ghosts punched with a Punch Bunch punch.

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I do lurv the kittehs. Penny Black kitty wizard, MS Drippy Goo border punch, BG Eerie paper, Hero Arts Metallic Purple Flat Gems.

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Memory Box web and spider stamp, I don’t know who makes the Happy Halloween stamp, sorry. Black Stickles on the spiders, but it doesn’t show up well in the photo.

And now for my personal favorite:

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Inkadinkado stamp, sponged with Concord and Mustard Seed Distress Inks, Nestabilities Labels Die (I forget the #), the graveyard was cut using the Silhouette.

If I hadn’t bought other Halloween stamps and felt guilty for not using them, I would have made all of them like the last one. I really like the way that one turned out. The Distress Inks are so wonderful for sponging!

I saw a tissue paper flower on a blog and thought I’d give it a try. It’s more trouble than it appears to be because the tissue paper becomes a little hard to separate once it’s run through the Big Shot, but the results are very pretty. I need to use more tissue paper next time, though, for a fluffier flower. This was my first attempt.

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I used yellow and coral inks for brayering onto the tissue paper and you can see the various colors better in person. I wonder how it would look with some paper napkins. Perhaps some with a Monet-like watercolor print. Hmmmm….I wonder if I have any of those left. Or – maybe start with a solid color napkin and just brayer on one other color. Just trying to think of ways to save time and effort :-) Suggestions?