Saturday, November 28, 2009

Basket Case

I found this post under drafts. I must have forgotten to hit publish. Another step toward losing my mind.
Well, I did CASE this card. So the title fits,right? But I kinda feel like a basket case sometimes. I have been whacking myself wondering how I missed the cat being sick. Since she tended to do her own thing and never really interacted with the other cats and dogs, other than stealing the dog food, I didn't see her much during the daytime. At night, I fed her, yelled at her to stop digging at my wood trim and chased her down the steps (her big butt sounded like elephants on the stairs). Once in a blue moon she came into my bed to sleep. I think she was the ribbon thief, too. Most nights she explored the closets, drawers, trash buckets, toilet bowls. But Nebbie was a talker. And a kisser. Spencer doesn't kiss at all. I need a kisser kitty.

Three people have gotten sick that I know of who were at the wedding on Saturday. SO I am dealing with being sick. Of course. No way I could be let out of that. So put me in this basket, cover me up, with something to make me sneeze and I will hang out until it all passes. I have some pretty cool friends on my blogs, so this is a cyber thanks for being there. Or here. Or where ever I is.

I think this stamp is from Great Impressions. I know the glitter on the flowers is Stickles. Yes, Courtney, I used the Stickles. I am going to Stickle until I die! Scraps, and my crapbook bin provided the rest of the story.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


We walk to the sea.
Just my sister and me.
And the dogs play around on the sand.
Winter cold cuts the air.
Hangin' still everywhere.
Dressed in gray, did she say...
Hold my hand?

I say, love's easier when it's far away.
We sit and watch a distant light.
We're two ships that pass in the night.
We both smile and we say it's alright.
We're still here.
It's just that we're out of sight.
Like those ships that pass in the night.

And it seems you and I are like strangers.
A wide ways apart as we drift on through time.

Like those ships that pass in the night.


Rest in peace, sis. Your pain is gone.

(lyrics by Ian Hunter)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Take Care

Is there a card out there that could possibly work for someone who has terminal pancreatic cancer? I mean, you can't very well send a "get well soon". You would look stoopid. I sent this, a tin of teabags and a gift card for Amazon. She is out and about but is no longer going to chemo. Life sure is unfair, tho.

This was stamped with Rubber Stamp Tapestry peg stamps, a charm from the dollar bin and some gems from the same. Scraps from my never ending paper bin.

Friday, November 13, 2009


Doesn't this look sorta like a snail? All that is missing is the beach, which is on another card. Maybe you will see it later this weekend.

The background stamp is from Great Impressions but not sure on the shell itself. Used a corner chomper to round the corners and the Cropidile to smash those brads.I don't think they were supposed to do that, but hey, worked out anyways. Coloring by Prismacolors. Sparkle by Spica pens (the one time I got that damned pen to work-crushed glass inside a pen is not exactly my idea of fun).

Monday, November 09, 2009


I finally sent off the graduation card I should have sent last June. My niece Lee in Iowa graduated and is now off on her own making her own dreams come true. I think the first part of her dream is making herself a walking piece of art. The cool thing about that is everything always compliments it. So no decorating mess ups. And you carry your portfolio with you.

This card is kinda dorky. I think I made 5 graduation cards in the last 10 years. So it's not something I stress for creativity. It was quick, unlike me. I was slow. I hope you like what was inside, Lee. I actually still have one stamp left-for my taxes in December. On my swamp.
Lee-if you see this, send me a photo or link to your tattoo on your arm and shoulders. That is so intense. I love it. I'd love to put it here for others to see.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Am I The Bad News Blog? Another Store Closing.

Another local scrap/stamp store is closing. Busy Bee Scrapbooking in Waterford is closing by Thanksgiving. I have never been to this store and it has not been open all that long-but the perfect storm has hit Michigan retail. Below is the information I have received from the owner.

It is with a very heavy heart that I am sending this to you. We will be closing our doors for good on November 28. Beginning November 9 and continuing through November 28 the entire store will be on sale.I am liquidating every single item of merchandise in the store to include paper, embellishments, stickers, adhesives, ribbons, tools, albums, and store fixtures.Arrive early for the best selection!! Our new hours for the last days of business will be 10 am to 7 pm Monday - Friday and 10 am to 4pm Saturdays.My next venture will be I will be selling items online.

This store is located at Busy Bee Scrapbooking 6301 Williams Lake Rd Waterford Michigan 48329 if you need directions be sure to google map it.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

HO HO HO-Send A Card To Noah!

Some of you may have heard about little Noah, a young boy from Michigan. His family is requesting Christmas cards as they are celebrating early this year. Noah is very ill and may not make it to December 25. Noah's story was carried on the local Radio and TV . The address listed is an alternate. Cards can also be sent to his home. I ran this thru Urban Legends to be absolutely sure, and that info is here with his home address. Please send him a card if you can. I am sending the one below to him.

I heard of this today from the owner of the Paper Hollow in Troy, where I have shopped before. Her link is in my sidebar. Please help bring a smile to a beautiful and brave little boy.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Update on Stacey's Store Closing.

So back a couple of days I told you about the bestest stamp store closing. I went up to see Stacey tonight using my trusted GPS and to pick up some stamps, card stock, and a ribbon or two at great prices. And to get all the poop. Now as sad as this seems to be at the moment, maybe this store closing is a light out of a dark tunnel.

Stacey has some ideas up her sleeve including maybe a studio for herself that is truly organized and where she can find something at the drop of an ink pad. She will have the area she needs to be at the top of creativety and use the items she has but can't get laid out without planning a 4 hour tour. And maybe, just maybe have a design team and some new stamp images drawn by talented peoples to play with.

She may also have an idea for a class-roomable area for small, intimate classes of 2-4. That is the kind of class I like for making art. Especially as you won't feel rushed or freaked out by a new technique. This will be somewhere in the future after she and her Sweet Stamps and her family and that big ass travel gas guzzler thingie make a tour thru the south including Texas and Arizona and Denver thru Chicago and be coming back to the spring of Michigan (I hope so anyways) in March. Guess who will miss all the nasty weather of Michigan (won't be me unless Stacey adopts me :P )

For the time being, she has terrific sales at the store, so please take a look if you are in the area in the next week or so. Check the website for hours and days open. Anything that is left is going up to Birch Run for the Deer Widow's weekend on November 13-15th. Shopping only ticket price is $5.00 and you will have fun. Then go over to Uno's across the street and have some pumpkin soup.

I will keep you up on anything new and cool, because I think there is something fun and prosperous in Stacey's future and she is gonna share it with us when she is ready. Michiganders may be down for the count right now but we are tough (except for me and my whining about the weather), so wish her luck. Now go ink an stamp and make a card and send it to someone. Glitter rules.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Magnolia Addicts Unite. Blog Giveaway!

And if you win, and I don't. Share. And if I win and you don't. Beg.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Pixie Cottage Giveaway!

Isn't that Rudolph the cutest stamp? I always liked the story of Rudolph since I was a kid, especially the song because my dad sung it to me. So go enter, ya might get lucky.


I didn't make any Halloween cards. Maybe you will see some at Christmas or Valentine's Day. But this card might work. All the little girls who used to dress up in shimmery wafts of fabric always made me smile. Not so much for what they thought a princess would be but for what a princess means to mom and dad-a little ball of energy that is somehow fragile.

I did not see one princess tonight. My daughter never was a princess, either. Somehow we ended up with a costume for a Siamese twin fairy. She and Nicki were tied together in exact same outfits. Until Nicki lost her flighty fairy shoes in the creek. We never did anything truly mainstream, did we?

ETA: I stand corrected. It was Siamese twin Leprechauns. Not fairies. It was a long time ago in a time space far far away.