Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Kinda creepy how much this actor (Miles Fisher) looks like Cruise!
ETA-this guy is a newbie. A tiny bit of tv and he was in Gods and Generals with Jeff Daniels
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Looking up toward heaven, she said, "Lord, take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to church every Sunday for the rest of my life and give up sex and tequila.
Friday, March 21, 2008
So the card below got a tiny make over. As you can see, the original is so flat that it looks like a place mat. So I took it apart and distressed a few pieces. I started with a cream card and punched the corners. I also ran the edges over a teal ink pad. Using a striped piece of card stock, I popped it into the corner slots.
Basically, I took both layered peices off and roughed up the edges of both and ran a little color along them, too. Both layers were than pop dotted back on.
Then for a little extra shimmer on the sticker, I added some Stickles to the hearts. When the sun catches it, it looks so much better. Happy spring-peeps. Can't wait for the snow tonight.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
This would be a great magazine to include with a mini kit for someone just starting out either as a stamper, paper crafter or a demo. But even seasoned crafters would like it. It is $14.99 which may seem like a lot-but use your coupon at either Joann's or Micheal's (or get an online one from Hobby Lobby on Sunday's) and it takes 40-50% off. Sound better? So go find one and have fun reading!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Lay a piece of shimmery ribbon across the seam and tape behind the back. Take another piece of skinny ribbon and knot it off center and lay it down mid way of the ribbon and tape behind. Tape runner this whole piece on the front of the white card. Find a hank of card stock (textured) in your scrap bin and apply the sticker to the front of it. Distress the edges of the card stock and pop dot it to the top left area. Using a glitter pen or Stickles, highlight areas of the sticker to give it some shimmer. It was hard to catch it with a photograph, so you will see it a bit if you click the photo to enlarge.
Someday when I am old, maybe this will be part of an ephemera collection for some future nutcase like me. I hope that I become the old lady with long braids, with 30 cats and red velvet drapes in some stuffy old brownstone. I will make myself useful by supplying the next generations with lots of odd junk.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
I have a wine cork with nothing on it. I still wonder what I am keeping it for. But I stick pins in it to keep from poking myself. I remembered I had made this wine bottle holder at Christmas and then forgot to use it. I like to give wine if I go to someone's house. Especially Michigan wines-very good and isn't it nice to buy American and have it be tasty too?
This is a bottle case I picked up at Hobby Lobby. From Creative Imaginations , I think normal price is 7.99 but of course, I used my coupon! I covered the outside using Bling from Bazzill-you will need two pieces to meet at the seam in the back. The glue I used was not supposed to wrinkle but it did. Scrappy Glue is pretty good on regular scrap papers and card stock but I guess with the naked outside of the container (maybe I should have sealed it) and the composition of the Bling, it wrinkled. I then layered a piece of print Vellum around the outside. At the top and the bottom, I cut pieces of shiny gold card stock and attached it. Then to cover the seams, I used Velvet ribbon, wrapping it round the corners.
I also used another piece of the vellum to cover the inside lower container and used the gold paper and vellum ribbon too. If I had to do it all over again, I would paint with acrylics the inside or possibly paper it. Since the naked container came with black ribbon to tie, I used that but some other fancier black ribbon would have worked, too. So you see how the bottle of wine would look inside here above.
Last thing to do, is the top which when open is a curvy top-I traced the curves and used the Bling there too. It butts up pretty nice but if you need to, just sand the edges. Here is the case closed. I tied a velvet bow and attached to the outside. I did find a tag or two and layered them with a brad (write your greeting on this before attaching) and tied them to the bow with gold filament thread. Tuck in a bottle of vino, and you can have a nice gift for under 15 smackers if you use scraps and coupons. Maybe even tuck a gift certificate inside to a cheese shop or tickets to the art fair?
Remember, a good bottle of wine does not have to cost a lot. 6-10 dollars will buy a good sip. Try World Market or even your local chain grocery (Meijer's has a pretty decent wine shop). Divertirsi!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Here are two photos of the same card. The first is how I originally did the card. I used a textured medium sky blue card card stock and folded in half. This is a top folder, by the way. Using some scraps of printed card stock (this was two sided, too) I cut three the same size and placed them on the card front leaving even spaces all around.
So I took the sticker piece off and distressed the edges of the blue backing and I think it made it pop a bit more. So not so snore. This reminded me of a cowgirl's bandanna-those one's you can get for 99 cents at some fabric stores or less than a dollar places. Somehow the blue and the red just seemed so Annette on the ranch. A bit of Stickles finished it off.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 09, 2008
So take your plain old white card and ink the edges with a pink chalk color. Cut a textured brown piece and set aside. Take a striped piece of card stock (a tad smaller than the brown piece) and cut it on the diagonal. Do the same for a textured creamy piece or similar to match a light color in your striped piece. Save those extra diagonals to make another card or for later punching.
I used a stamp from Great Impressions on the cream and stamped a few times using the pink chalk color. Here it looks like it frames the punched circle. The punched circle was part of a full sheet of circles that my punch fit perfectly. I also punched a scalloped circle a bit larger and layered them. Before attaching the two diagonals, tape together to butt on the back and then use the Trio runner along the seam front, run a piece of print word ribbon leaving a bit over the ends for tucking. Place the completed piece on the brown and then tuck the ribbon ends and tape on the back. Or you can cut to be even. Layer this all and add the circles with pop dots.
To finish up, stamp your phrase on the lower right in brown or sepia dye ink. Pink and brown seems so 60's to me. My favorite outfit was a one piece jumpsuit with huge pockets on the front. My best friend had the same outfit and we always were mistaken for twins with long straight hair and gap teeth. So Peggy, this is for you. Hard to believe I haven't seen you in 30 years. Hope your Irish is still showing on the 17th. Luv ya!
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Add this finished piece to another scrap of textured card stock that compliments the colors in your background paper and inks. Pop dot this piece on the right front and then tuck a scrap of pretty ribbon on the left side underneath. Please ignore where I drooled on the bottom of the stamped heart piece. I tend to get weirded out late at night and didn't see it was wet until the next day after I photographed the piece. Add character, ya think?
Friday, March 07, 2008
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
ETA-nothing so far-and it looks to be tracking south. Hmmm.
I managed not to make a mess of this card considering the disarray my kitchen is in-I am re-arranging the cabinets as a prelude to actually tearing them out. I need to get an idea of what I need or want. So I made this a few days ago. No one gets married anymore. I think I know why, too. It's easier to walk away when you have no strings-you can always buy more pots and towels. It's the stocks, real estate and kids that are hard to divide up.
Monday, March 03, 2008
Your Superpower Should Be Invisibility
You are stealth, complex, and creative.
You never face problems head on. Instead, you rely on your craftiness to get your way.
A mystery to others, you thrive on being a little misunderstood.
You happily work behind the scenes... because there's nothing better than a sneak attack!
Why you would be a good superhero: You're so sly, no one would notice... not even your best friends
Your biggest problem as a superhero: Missing out on all of the glory that visible superheroes get
Sunday, March 02, 2008
I finally found the Fenugreek at a place called Foods For Living in Okemos east of the MSU campus. They sell bulk spices and honestly, even with my trusty spice and herb manual, I still don't know what a lot of them are for. But I got almost a whole spice jar full for 95 cents! Woo hoo! I also found some brown rice syrup to use in place of honey (which I never eat) and some french lentils (so different from green or red ones). I am still in search of Marmite and Tamarind paste. I eat weird. But nothing dies either.