Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Quote/Verse Blog Challenge

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Here is my blog challenge card that I finally finished Sunday night. Carmen was kind enough to host our challenge this time and she asked us to create a card that featured a verse or quote. You can find her challenge card here at Queentomas. I just realized how much my card looks like Carmen's card. It wasn't on purpose but it sure does look like I CASED it. I guess that's the ultimate compliment to you Carmen. Even the bling in the bow is the same and I added that last on a whim. I guess I really like Carmen's work on her card. ; )
Here is the recipe:
The Lord Himself Stamp by Uptown Rubber Stamps
Anna Griffin Border Stamp
White Card Stock
Stampin Up Certainly Celery CS
SU Pretty in Pink CS
SUPrints Pack Designer Paper
Green Galore Stampin' Write Marker
Gable Green Stampin' Write Marker
Pixie Pink Stampin' Write Marker
Pretty in Pink Stampin' Write Marker
Yo Yo Yellow Stampin' Write Marker
White Gel Pen
Nestabilities Ovals and Scallop Ovals
Cuttlebug
SU Photo Corners Punch
Small Dot SU Texturz Plate
SU Square Ice Rhinestone Brads
Large Rhinstone from craft store
Ribbon from craft store
Let me know what you think! Happy Stamping!


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Blog Rennovation and Some Great Video

I thought it was about time to give my blog a face lift since I haven't made any updates to it for so long. A lot has changed with blogging templates widgets and using HTML code since I began this blog. Upgrades continue to make it easier for the blogger and nearly anyone can do it, if they desire. Who would of thunk that I could figure it out! ; )
I am not quite finished with the new upgrades because I haven't found a new header to go with the new background. I prefer to find one out there that I may tweak. If you have any leads, send me a link. In the meantime, this will have to do.
Some of you have voiced your opinion about the dislike of mp3 players on blogs so I removed the one that was briefly here. They can slow down the page load considerably if you do not have a fast computer. The other option would be to read blogs from a reader. If you need more info about that topic just let me know and I'll hook you up.
Speaking of fast computers, I recently replaced mine because it was such a dog on the net. The old compy had 512MB of RAM but the new one glides along with 3GB of SDRAM. I figure it will be outdated in about six months with the way things change so quickly. The reason I tell you this is because some people are not aware that it takes at least 2GB of RAM to cruise the net these days without locking up their computers. If you wish to view video and believe me you do, then load up your computer with more RAM and check out some of these sights:

Origami Flower using spellbinders
Origami Flower Continued
Origami Tea Bag Flower using spellbinders
Gina K at stamp TV
Stamping with Pearl Ex

Please let me know what you think! Happy stamping!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Just Messin' Around

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These are two cards I started at our last church crop. I was going for a Michelle Zindorf look without the added work and I didn't have my brayer with me so I tried sponges. I also had just a few colors of stamp pads so I was a bit limited. The technique was quick but just doesn't have the depth that Michelle has with her work. This idea and layout is definitely still in the prototype stage. I like the second card the best. I guess I am not wild about the bow on the first card. Which one do you prefer? Any suggestions?

Any of you reading this from church who are interested in cropping, please come to the next crop! Bring photos to organize, your current scrapbook or paper crafting project! Need help getting started? Just say the word and we'll help you.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tea for Two

I know that some of you would rather see my cards than my house but I have another story to tell. Recently, I have begun to invite friends around every week or two for a meal and good conversation while I take a short break from working on the house. Today I had a good friend of mine over for tea. Her name is Linda and she has been invaluable to me through all of my illness and surgeries.
Linda and I have not gotten to spend much time together this past year because our schedules have not allowed it even though we live about 25 minutes from one another. We have a great deal in common and enjoy each others company. We both enjoy visiting historical homes, eating wonderful meals and having an afternoon cup of tea. You see, years ago when I was in England, I scoured the countryside for tea rooms with my husband's British sister-n-law and this is where I learned about the art of tea.


Before we sat down to eat, Linda said she wished she had brought her camera because people just wouldn't believe that she was eating at such an elegant home and wanted a photo of the event. I told her to wait just a minute as I brought my camera out and snapped a few photos. While we chatted today, she mentioned her internet friend Pauline who lives in Broadstairs, England. She had told me about Pauline before because some day we might actually meet Pauline in person as she toys with the idea of visiting Linda stateside. However, Pauline thinks she will have to bring her own tea when she comes because the British tend to like their tea loose and not bagged. Pauline, I just want you to know that even some Americans know how to prepare tea properly. My favorite British tea is Fortnum and Mason's Royal blend and if you look closely, you will see a tea strainer on the tea tray. Come on Pauline, we are ready for you and you don't need to bring your own tea!

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This photo of our parlor shows a print of Warwick Castle on the fireplace mantle. The founder of our city came from a British family and many of the street names reflect that fact as you meander the early streets with names such as Gloucester, Exeter and Chichester. A photo of our home was used in a brochure (1890) to entice the folks across the pond to come over and settle in the this city. Pauline come across the pond and get back to your roots! Hope to see you soon for a spot of tea and I can even roll out a scone or two.

Glitz and Glitter

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This is an image that I created before Christmas. The idea was that it looked so much like an Amaryllis blossom that all I needed to do was change the leaf and I would have a great Christmas card. The watercolor pencil I used was too pink instead of red so I slapped a bit of pink glitter over it and a bit of green on a few leaves and viola, I had a big pink........not an Amaryllis.....so now what do I do with it? Well, the image turned out nice but does not resemble an Amaryllis or a Magnolia blossom. I guess it is a mystery flower that I double mounted. What is double mounted you ask? That's when you color two images that are the same and cut some portions out of the image that is mounted on the top. In this case the glittered area and stem are on top and give this image great depth. It usually looks good to offset the top image about 1/8 of an inch from the bottom image but in this case, I didn't like the result because there is not glitter on the bottom image and it looked funny. I guess this is another card that looks better IRL.

In the Garden Stamp Set Retired from Stampin' Up!
Phrase is Stampin' Up! retired hostess set ( I think)
Brown Stazon ink
Stampin' Up! watercolor crayons-multiple greens, chocolate chip, rose red
Designer series paper pack
White Card Stock
Pretty in Pink Card Stock
Stampin' Up! Texturz Plate - Backgrounds 1
Stampin' Up! Lots of Tags Die Cut
Eyelets are from a craft store
Stampin' Dimensionals/ Pop Dots
Barbara Trombley's Ultra Fine Glitter

Happy Stamping!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Basketball Blitz

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This is an invitation for my daughter's basketball party that is coming up next week. Her school colors are royal blue, white with a bit of black. The supplies are all from Stampin' Up! except for the letter stamps which I think are from Hero Arts and the silver cardstock used for the ball. I found that in Ireland for a great price several years ago at a college book store and have been hoarding it ever since. If you have any questions about this one, just ask. It was easy peasy to create. Do you need a stamp set like this to create your child's basketball or other sports memories? I can order that for you too. Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Chocolate Blog Challenge

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Maybe it is better to be late than never. I finally got to try the Split Coast blog challenge from Julie over at Special Craft Mom of 4. She wanted us to use chocolate as our theme. We could create a card around chocolate or use chocolate colors. I chose to create a color theme with chocolate chip paper and ink. This is a simple card but looks great. The photo doesn't do this card justice. Here is what I used:
Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip card stock
SU! Black card stock
SU! White card stock
Chocolate chip ink or Brown Stazon
Pixie Pink Stampin' write marker
White Gel Pen
SU! Thoughts and Prayers Stamp Set
SU! Damask Texturz Plate
SU! Eyelet Border Punch
Pink Ribbon from $1.00 bin at Big Lots

The stamped image is matted on top of black card stock and looks great in real life yet here it looks more like a shadow. I added pink to the center of the flowers and highlighted to leave with a white gel pen. There again it is difficult to see in the photo so I guess you just need to see it in real life!
I want to thank Julie for the challenge. I finally forged out a small space to crop in until I get a real craft room set up at This Old House. It could be next year before that happens and I know I couldn't wait that long to crop. I have been busy creating the last few days so I have some new things to show you over the next few weeks. I was wondering what kind of space you use to be creative. Julie (Special Craft Mom of 4) uses a closet that is a nice set up. I am temporarily using a corner of the library. Stop by and tell what kind of space you use. HAPPY STAMPING!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Photo Opp

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Okay gang I just wanted to let you know that something weird has been going on with some of the photos in my posts. Yesterday, several of the photos were not showing and I don't know why yet today all are there except for one and I have fixed that. At the moment everything looks good. Please let me know if you notice anything else going on.
In the meantime, some of you have wanted to see more photos of me. This was taken in May of 2007 at Birr Castle in Ireland with my daughter. Hubby is behind the camera of course! by the way, Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

ODBD Post it for D-Now!



I am sure you have all been wondering what I have been doing since it has not been blogging. I have numerous projects going and will show you soon. I hope that anyway! We have had our share of set backs recently with my brother-in-law having emergency triple bypass heart surgery and my spouse having surgery last Monday too! When it rains, it pours! I think I will finally be able to get back to normal and something new pops up.
Right now I miss creative time with my stamps. Last week I spent a little time with my stamps and came up with this for the girls that stayed with us over the weekend. We were a host home for our annual youth event at our church. I made the post it note holder with a stamp set from ODBD (Our Daily Bread Designs) and then placed them in a gift bag with gel pens and candy.

This view is of the back and you can see the gum pack cover and the peanut butter cups that have scripture attached. Do you think they read it before they ate it? I also found a bag of individually wrapped mints that had scripture printed on them too. The front of the Top Note Die was stamped with the Sale-a-bration set from Stampin' Up! and then stapled to the top.

This is the gang that stayed with us. We had a house of 11!






Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A little Relaxation!


Our house and my daughter's basketball schedule have kept me busy this winter and away from my crafts so I thought it was time to give you another glimpse of This Old House before and after. I neglected to take photos of the original bathroom before demolition began so here we are in mid renovation and a couple of missing walls. Below that green and white tile is the original one inch porcelain tile embedded in a 4 inch thick layer of concrete. We had no idea the concrete was beneath there! It took a jack hammer and some skilled contractors to gently remove the floor without damaging anything on the first floor below. I wasn't able to find porcelain tile to replace the old floor, so I did a little research to see what I could come up with as an alternate floor. This web site was quite helpful along with numerous tours of the Biltmore House over the years. We decided to go with 12 inch marble tiles and laid them on the diagonal to visually expand the space and then used a border just as the Victorians may have done. That wooden wainscot is original except that it was stained instead of painted, in the begining. We reproduced this to use in the renovation and stained it so it would look much like it did the year the house was built. It's great to have a spouse who can work with wood. He still needs to make the cap rail for the wainscot and some trim for the doors and windows before this room is complete. Before, the room felt a bit like a bowling alley with all of the fixtures down one wall. The room dimensions of 5'x14' left enough room to get by one fixture to the next and not much room for anything else.
This bath served as the only bath in the house in 1890 so we redesigned it and turned it into the master bath while adding two more baths in the new addition. This means that each bedroom on
the second floor now has its own bath and the plumbing now belongs in this century.
The original tub was in good shape so we sent it out for a face lift and it now resides in the guest bathroom. It was too long to use in the master renovation so we bought a new, shorter cast iron tub with a Victorian shower and faucet. We also opted for the British telephone style hand held shower unit that comes in handy for rinsing hair and cleaning the tub. I don't need to go to a spa to relax. I just draw a hot bath and read right here! What do you do to relax after a long day?

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Ohio State vs The Lion

I know this is a bit off topic for my blog but it is a good story and there is a photo of myself in this post. Some of you have given me grief about seeing a photo so here it is. You may also scroll down on my blog page and find a photo of myself with Tigger at Disney. Here's the story...

My husband attended Penn State and I attended Ohio State so we get competitive around football season and hang our school flags outside during this time. I give him grief over Penn State now being part of the Big Ten Conference and call it the Big Eleven. What's that all about anyway? How did they horn in on the Big Ten? There's nothing like keeping a rivalry going.

It just happens that I have a good friend from Ohio State that I keep in touch with and we visit regularly. She (Elaine) and her husband (Eli) visited a few months ago and came bearing gifts of Ohio State T shirts for everyone. Of course my husband grimaced a bit but still was able to enjoy a shirt from a school with a good football team.
At Christmas, gifts arrive from this same friend and there were three squishy presents included. One for each member of the family. We thought it might be Ohio State shirts again and that made my daughter and I content. Christmas Eve arrives and we open our gifts one at a time beginning with the youngest and ending with the oldest. My daughter opens her squishy package and it is an Penn State shirt. Hmm..... something is awry.
I open my presents next and my squishy package is also a Nittany Lion. We all howled! What was up with my friend Elaine? Was she undermining her own school? How could this be?
Next, my husband opened his squishy package and you guessed it. Blue and white was in the house all around! It's obvious that Elaine and Eli are equal opportunity gift givers!

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