Sunday, January 31, 2010

Turtle Soup

It's been so cold here the last week. I keep telling myself there is a day or two coming with sweaty hair from working in the garden, lilacs along the fence, skeeters-have to let them leech the blood. Last year's hot weather was a vagabond, drifting in for a few days and then off to sea. Maybe that is why I like to create cards of beach landscapes. For a few moments, I can place myself in the sand and let my mind drift away to rocky beaches and sunshine.

What I tried to create here, in the bottom stamped image, was an illusion of shallow water. I now wish I had used a wider chiffon ribbon. That way I could have butted the bottom of the ribbon to the bottom of the card stock. Ben and Johanna have invited me (and the snore king) to join them in Florida in late April/early May. I had almost thought we could swing it (the dogs are $50 a day plus kennel shots to board). But the medical bills have started coming in, so the chances are less than 50% we will be able to go. I am not the touristy type person either. I love to dig thru book stores and craft emporiums, but Disney World? Sucky. We shall see as I still have time to decide. For now, I have immersed myself in the sea dancing with turtles.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sadly, Another Scrap Store Closes

Paper Tales in Eastpointe, Mi is closing. This store, Paper Tales is so out of the way for me, that I have only been there twice. I still remember the first visit on a dark, rainy night while spending the weekend with Courtney (she lived in Troy) as Ron was in China. We really liked it as it was new, fresh and let us explore an area we had not seen much of. Then they moved. Then daughter moved. I had no taxi ride. I had thought of making a sweep thru lower Michigan in the spring to see new or old favs. But they will all be gone, if the economy doesn't pick up.It's sad and there are still some stores very much on the wire.

Here are the details of the sale. I will also update my side bar.

""It is with great sadness that I am announcing that Paper Tales will be closing its doors in February. The decision to close has been very difficult.

When we opened in December 2004, I had no idea how much this place and you would come to mean to me.

We feel fortunate that you have let us be part of your lives. The legacy you leave us with is overwhelming.

Our inventory liquidation sale begins now. Most things in the store will be 25% off, with a few exceptions. Our vintage items will not be included in the sale as our Etsy store will continue. Many of our fixtures will be for sale.""

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Playing In The Wind

Cover you eyes!

I gift to you another in my queue of uglies. I have no idea what I was thinking with this but neon is not my idea of fun colors. And that puffy paint stuff sucks, too. It's all random, people. I have no control of what will show up next but you are welcome to make fun of it if you so choose.

I guess I need to drag out my bins and make something better, ya think?

Friday, January 15, 2010

Wishing You Well

After an eventful trip to the ER last night and a medical bill I am having a hard time wrapping my head around, I give you my latest. If I get sick this year, I am not seeking treatment. I will wait it out or die, because I will not bankrupt my husband. So wish us both the best as I wish the same to you.


Sunday, January 10, 2010


The last for now of my secret stamp company is not my favorite. I have several other cards, including a lunchbox with contents and a beautiful baby onesie, but for some reason, IE, and the site for these stamps is giving me fits tonight.

Now I think you are gonna be disappointed that you probably won't find these stamps in your local stamp store. I have always purchased mine at the summer convention in Novi . So if you are in the lower Michigan area or just over the border into Canada or Ohio/Indiana, you will be able to get them this summer. From the looks of it, this vendor is rebuilding a new site so the store is not up and running but if you look thru the examples and see some you like, you can maybe email them to see if they will do a phone order or some other idea. Perhaps ask your local stamp store to order them and you will save on shipping and your local store stays open. Beware-as of last August the stamps were still wood mounted, and very large. I don't remember the price because each summer I get the new ones which come in a package deal. Or check eBay.

Now you want to know the vendor, right? Too Much Fun Rubber Stamps ! There are examples online, PDF's to download and other info. If they were on cling, especially the smaller items, I would have them all by now. Make sure you sign up for the newsletter, too. These stamps are addicting and so much fun to use on scraps. So go browse the site and check back to see if they have updated their cart soon.

Now lets get inky!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Ladies Duds

Here are more stamped articles of clothing. I think I have one more post of them later this week.

Bet you are wondering who makes these stamps, right? In due time, chickies.

Saturday, January 02, 2010


These are all stamped. Watch for more later this week.