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happy mother’s day 2010

Posted by on May 9, 2010 in Life, Other Art | 2 comments

To all you mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day to you. I am not a mother per say myself, other than to chihuahuas, but I do have my mother living close to me and since I work tomorrow, my hubby and I took her gift to her today. I always make something along with purchasing something. Since she and I love flowers but hate paying the price for flowers that are just going to die in a week, I made some button flowers and paper leaves along with a little tiny vase.

I strung the buttons on wire and twisted the wires tight to make them quite stiff. To make the paper leaves, I cut two matching leaves and adhered them together with a wire inside as a stem and decorated the outside with some watercolor lines, edging, and rock candy stickles. My brother also left his shot glass collection here when he moved, so I took one of his broken down liquor glasses and painted it, added some ribbon, a tag, and an antique button. It made a cute little bouquet and the best part, it won’t ever die.

Just cuteness.  I really want to make a large bouquet for my dinner table.  If anyone is interested in a tutorial on how to make them, please just leave a comment and I will make one.  Really don’t know if anyone is reading my blog yet since I am just starting, but eventually maybe.  LOL

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breast cancer ribbon card with a gift and update

Posted by on May 3, 2010 in Cards, Life, Videos | 0 comments

I hope everyone had a wonderful National Scrapbooking Day. I spent the day with my husband as it is also his birthday and this year was the big 40 and guess what he wanted for his birthday? You would never guess, so I will spill the beans. Here is comes…. A compost bin. Crazy, eh? Although he probably would have not gotten it otherwise as it wasn’t your $40 composter. We have a large vegetable garden which I am sure you will see in my blog soon enough. Its not very pretty to look at currently as the spring growing season has really just started.

I also spent some time finishing some cards and putting together category file tabs and a display for the auxiliary (pink ladies) that sell my cards. They are at a large medical facility. The last box I sent they cards were swimming in. This display is perfect for the space they have. I have a few more cards to do for them and I will make a video of the display.

I did put together a really pretty card that I videoed. Its a breast cancer awareness ribbon pin card. A card with a little gift all in one. There are quite a few women at the facility that have been touched by breast cancer either themselves or family.

Anyway, a picture speaks louder than words. Here is a little video. I apologize greatly for the terrible lighting and audio. Lighting I think I have solved as I finally installed my clip lamp and purchased a Gorrilapod tabletop tripod with magnetic feet. Audio is the next to work on. I even figured out video editing. Check it out.

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stamping for sanity

Posted by on Apr 25, 2010 in Life, Organizing | 0 comments

I started thinking about today the time I spent not being for a lack of a better term “artsy” or lets just say the in between time.  After I decided to take a break from beadmaking, it was a relief that I finally had just decided.  The extra coin was nice to go shopping with and such but it became more of a job than an enjoyment.  Looking back now, after about the first month my mind became a mess, one big gobbledygook of racing thoughts.  I really just chalked it up to women stuff, the holidays, etc.  It really wasn’t until today that I realized that was not the case anymore, there is a nice open clearing where once stood herds of wild buffalo.  I really believe that some people can be happy just relaxing, but I really feel like if I don’t keep busy, I am not accomplishing anything.  I have to keep my hands busy and my mind busy with some sort of focus – planning, lists, designing, etc.  Its amazing what a little bit of stamping and cardmaking can do.

Anyway, I haven’t got any new cards to show but I do have new ones but decided to try submitting them to publications for they heck of it.  Here’s hoping someone might like them.

I do have one thing to show which I am in love with.  I opened our local craigslist which never has anything good but this time a local scrapbooker was selling a variety of scrapbooking items including a ClipItUp.  Both tiers plus the cover and a bunch of extra stickers.  It was meant to be.  I had been waiting to purchase one but always held back because shipping is always outrageous.  I got such a great dealy.  Only $50 for everything.  You can’t beat that.  I have it loaded all up and its such a space saver.

Please excuse the mess behind it, it’s organized chaos.  I really just love it.  If I had space for an additional one, I would purchase it for my stamps.  The only negative I have for it is the racks tend to flip toward you if it gets unevenly heavy on one side, so I fixed it for myself and put a Zot dimensional adhesive under each on the arms and it worked like a charm.

Anyway, its super late here.  I hope everyone has a great Sunday.

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