Wednesday, December 4, 2013
SCS Color Challenge-SU! Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight and Gold
Dessert-Fussy Cut one item
Featured Stamper Challenge
CASE a card from her gallery-change at least 2 things
FS356 Featured Stamper-Miss Linda-below is her card that I CASEd
You'd think if you only had to make one card a day that it would be a breeze, right? I always thought so!
...and I was a complete idiot.
My doc says I should work my hobby. It's supposed to help me maintain a 'positive mental state' while using fine motor skills and logic and planning and all this other psychological crap. Personally, anything that keeps me from having to clean the house or do the laundry is a plus and that positive mental state is happening, my homies.
But the fact remains I'm an A type with OCD, who is competitive and who has worked since I was 14. That's 31 years!! Being out of work is terrible. I miss my job and the sense of satisfaction (and the paycheck, of course) that I got from being successful at what I did.
At home, I'm just the machine in the background that feeds, clothes and performs in a way so that the OTHER family members can go about their business of being significant.
That being said, I have to say this: I'm alive, my spinal cord stimulator seems to be combating the chronic pain I've battled for almost 15 years and I see my boys in a different light.
I'm a comedian. I laugh a lot. While this post may sound serious, my intent is to set the stage for what I'm going to say next:
God is Great, God is Good.
I'm thankful for what I have and the experiences I've had that have made me grow-sometimes painfully-as a person. I don't believe God is behind the bad things that happen...He didn't cause me-or anyone, for that matter-to have health issues. I believe God is there to use me, my illness or whatever events are going on in my life right now, to His glory and His purpose,
Thank you for going with me on this...I felt the need to assert my beliefs and trust in God and my thanks to his son, Jesus. I'm not sure why I was pushed to write this...maybe YOU were supposed to read it!! :)
I send my love to you, my friends. Thank you for supporting my blog and being there for me. I love you!!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Look...I enjoy Christmas just as much as the next Heathen. But I was ordered to give my 'Christmas Carding' a rest. See, no one really notices what I do in my room as long as there's food at hand and a back-up ride to whatever gathering of teen angst is taking place at the moment.
I DID find there to be another way to capture all their (unwanted) attention, and that is to use so much glitter that it recycles through the air vents and into the dryer, where it finds a permanent home in the underwear of the 4 Y Chromosomes that God put me in charge of and said, "Thou shalt make them smell nice. Good luck with that."
I could never bring myself to compromise their manliness by allowing glitter to infiltrate their Fruit of the Looms, so I toned it down and went with a V-Day theme for Splitcoast Stampers Wednesday Sketch Challenge. This theme imposed itself onto me after one of the most heartfelt and downright incredible compliments I've ever gotten in my life.
It was regarding my chocolate chess pie. I know, you're thinking I was told it's incredible. No, scrumptious. Delicious. Life sustaining. Manna. Food of and for the Gods. Enough to convince Rachel Ray to pack on a few pounds and convince me that she and the EVOO still had a spark in their relationship.
Pffft. All of them are insulting in their obvious understatement.
From the (invariably tobacco stained lips) of Great Uncle Denson-
"That pie's so good that if'n you were to drop if on yer head, yer tongue would beat yer brains out trying to get at it."
The carnation may not be pie (and that's somewhat a shame) and my boys may smell a little suspect but I have truly been touched by True Love today, my friends.
I just wish it hadn't left its spit can behind.
Recipe: Sizzix Thinlets Decorative Accents and Label, SU! Expressions Thinlets, McGill Lg Highland Snowflake and Firoiano Paper Blossoms, SU! Ticket Corner Punch, McGill and Sizzix's Susan's Garden Kit, gold metallic paper, dp, 7gypsies stamp sentiment
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Impression Obsession Snow Globe DIE122-R
Impression Obsession Small Deer DIE117-C
Impression Obsession Let It Snow Sentiment B8145
Black glimmer DP
While my numb hands situation hasn't improved, my husband's work in raising my computer AND my work desk is helping TREMENDOUSLY!
I'm apparently on some type of strange, spiritual, completely FOCUSED journey...I'm on the path to serenity and total creative freedom. I have reach Zen, my friends. I believe this journey came due to my desire to surrender completely to my artistic urgings.
Or, I accidentally doubled up on the hydrochodone.
At any rate. mama is having some FUN!!
I channeled Ellen on this one and went overboard with all sorts of reflective material. Wait...that sounds like ELLEN goes overboard when, let's face it, there's only ONE person around here going overboard...) Let me rephrase...I channeled mine and Ellen's love of sparkly things but, par for the course, I went OVERBOARD with the reflective material. The only difficultly was in photographing. I literally had to crouch behind the snow globe to hide the phone and my head while taking a snapshot. I thought I'd never get it done. But I did!! Oh, yes I DID, mah sistahs!
Here's my attempt to channel the brilliance that exists...mostly in MY mind...but it exists nonetheless.
I took two pieces of double sided adhesive tape and put a piece of cardstock on the back. I learned how to do this from Ellen's tutorial awhile back at her blog The Serendipitous Stamper. Here's the link to her tutorial
Then, I took the round globe and cut two rounded pieces from the cardstock, about halfway up the globe. Then I cut the tops to fit together as two snowy hills, took the adhesive off the cardstock and used glitter to cover it. I didn't believe Ellen's claim that you don't use much glitter in doing this but she's right!
I adhered one snowy hill directly to the globe, while popping the other up over it with dimensional circles. I cut the deer from mirrored paper and put one in the back, while popping the other up to give lots of dimension. I was in a glitter mood, so the mirrored paper and black glimmer base was a given. :)
I was worried the sentiment wouldn't set on the paper, but I used archival ink and it was just fine. Finally, I mulled over how I wanted the inside 'snow' to look. Finally, I realized that I'd not seen anyone use crystals to date (I'm sure someone has but it's 'virgin' to me, baby!) so I went bonkers putting them all over the globe. I had to reposition one because it looked like my deer was having an...ahem...'accident'...but it turned out alright, I think!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Recipe: Impression Obsession Rubber Stamp Sentiment B8145
Impression Obsession Large Window with Box DIE103-ZZ
Impression Obsession Fir Tree Dies DIE084-V
Impression Obsession Spiral Flowers Die DIE042-I
Pan Pastels/White Gel Pen
Well, look at y'all! You made it JUST in time for "Carmen tries to convince everyone this is merely a challenge entry, while whining about everything from how long it took her to get a half-decent photo, to her latest ethical dilemma, (which SHOULD be why she continues to end everything in a preposition, but actually has to do with her crappy memory) while the rest of you will sit here thinking 'I'll never get these minutes back...this girl needs to be sedated and banned from papercrafting."
Or, as is probably more familiar, "Impression Obsession Inspired by a Quote Challenge".
**1st PAM (pre-Adderall moment) Am I the only person who turns the grammar and spelling check on at the very end of a post, just to see if she can actually make both functions actually explode due to running them too hot????***
Look, people. I'm in a moral morass and I need HELP!
Yes, you in the back. Yes, Ellen. Yes, I did say I needed help with my More-AS* and no...I don't believe we'll need the help of the entire papercrafting community for it, as you so thoughtfully suggested.
She is SUCH a troublemaker.
Back to my
See, a while ago, I stumbled on this adorable window scene. I remembered the person had fan folded the curtains and hung them from a kebab thingie. (Watch it, Ellen.) I also remember she'd done one of those evening, silhouette vignettes. But that's about it. I fell in LOVE with the curtains and hadn't really done any color-blending in a long time, so I went with it.
That probably would've been the end of it, except I DID find the picture again. Here it is.
For the record, instead of being filed under 'Cute Stamp Blogs I Can Probably Rip Off Because They're In Other Countries', it was lounging under 'Recipes I Can Probably Rip Off and Say They Were My Grandma's', which was accidently tucked under 'Other People's Identities I Can Probably Rip Off Since I Can't Seem To Find My Own After Four Decades.'
You can see how easy it is to become confused.
SO...let's talk. I've seen the 'evening sky with silhouette vignette' a thousand times. This technique is so dated that even the kindhearted and gentle Beate over at Splitcoast would slam her hand on her craft table and scream "NO. NOT AGAIN!. IF YOU WANT ANOTHER TUTORIAL ON EVENING SKY B.S., YOU GO SOMEWHERE ELSE! NOW PLEASE EXCUSE ME WHILE I CONSTRUCT A LIFE SIZED PAPERCRAFT REPLICA OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE, COMPLETE WITH WORKING ENGINE IN 2 AND 1/2 MINUTES!!!!
The curtains are unique, as they're hanging on a wooden stick, but I've seen HRH Kittie Caracciolo whip curtains out like this in no time, not to mention having been the first person I encountered who made her curtains from scratch.
So, while I know there can't be any hard and fast rules, what is it that changes the S from 'share' in CASE, to 'steal'?
Discuss! Except for Ellen. I'm keeping an eye on you, Missy.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Trying to catch up on xmas card uploads! Writing is a little sketchy, due to numb hands...ok...lack of talent figures in there, too. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
PTI Woodgrain embossing plate
Poppystamps small poinsettia die
Unidentified horse stamp
Monday, November 18, 2013
Tomorrow is surgery day. While I'm glad I may be at the end of over a decade of leg pain, I'm not looking forward to the next week. Recovery is icky. Not showering for 10 days is even ickier. I can promise that if I don't start winning a challenge or two around this place, I may bring my ickiness over to visit.
Well, peeps...I done made a tag. I took an IO snowflake to make impressions over the gaw-geous salty ocean distress paint then clear embossed. Next was the bronze overlay that I let dry a bit before wiping most of it off in hopes that most of you will murmur in hushed tones at how easy I make distressing look. Never mind this is the ONLY TIME IT HAS EVER WORKED FOR ME IN MY LIFE! All that matters is that YOU, dear people, will never know this.
I painted the largest snowflake of the three with bronze distress paint, glittered it up and suspended it. I used my IO sentiment to finish it off.
Impression Obsession Snowflakes Die Set DIE024-X
Impression Obsession happy holidays sentiment B8784
Tim Holtz Distress Paint Salty Ocean and Bronze
Spellbinders Circle Dies
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Okay. I occasionally enjoy it with my husband.
FINE. I occasionally enjoy fighting with my husband AND Democrats.
But that's IT! As far as you know.
I certainly don't enjoy fighting with the people who supply my habit. I mean, really...where's the sense in fighting with your dealer? It's stupid to irritate the people who hold those very fragile strands of happiness in their dirty, little hands. Why would you think that aggravating these people could possibly constitute a good life choice?
If anything, I'm one of those people whoseek praise on a regular basis and I people-please to the point that I'm on a first-name basis with restraining orders. Note: Yes, there ARE people who don't care to have you do a little landscaping or wash their cars or clean their homes. At least while they're on vacation. But you can rest assured that I let my dealers know they will have no trouble with me. They know I pay in full and quickly. No excuses here, friend! I'm not going to risk running into a die or paper shortage by p*ssing off Ellen Hutson (I hear she's a martial arts master who ripped out her Sensei's heart to show it to him before he died. Or maybe that was a movie I saw. Nevertheless, I'm not tangling with her), neither do I fancy having my Grand Caliber broken by Tim Holtz goons.
Now I have the giggles. Visions of what a 'Tim Holtz goon' might look like-images of excommunicated Stampin Up! demonstrators threatening to put my various appendages in a Vagabond until I repent and promise to join the 12 Tags of 2013, with a bonus tag that spells out a promise to learn how to use fragments and LIKE working with that damned chipboard, along with a pledge that I will learn to define, spell AND pronounce the word 'ephemera'- is going to derail me permanently, if I don't pull this post together soon.
Back to the dealers. When it comes to this choice of...'hobby'...the one thing I can count on are instructions. Not just one set either...with EVERY project I've attempted, I average at least 50 youtube hits and thousands of blog hits that are just waiting to help me. Mostly they confuse me and I spend the entire time yelling at the women to stop ticking their tongues between sentences and using the word 'kewl', etc. but let's go with the word 'help'. It makes me feel more Christian.
With it being Christmas, I thought I'd really go out on a limb and purchase a Susan Tierney-Cockburn "Don't Hate Me Because I Can Make More Realistic Flowers Out Of Lint And Nose Hair With My Pinkie Than You Will Ever Be Able To Make With 100 Of These Kits, You Hopeless Loser" poinsettia.
For those of you NOT familiar with Susan Tierney-Cockburn, she is THE Goddess of papercraft flowers
and while the average Jane CAN pull it off, STC will always be the person who is large and in-charge of this particular genre. I love her but I'm totally scared of her, too.
I REALLY wanted to put this together because I was determined to send it to a VERY special person who reads this blog and has helped me tremendously. She helped me find my way, my genre and generously gave me her time. I hadn't seen her create this flower and thought 'HEY! I'll make it and send to her and it'll be PERFECT!!!'
But it wasn't to be.
There were scant directions on the back of the card but I wasn't worried...I knew I'd find some help on the ol' internet. But I didn't. There wasn't ONE video on youtube. Neither was there one on Sizzix. I called Sizzix and was told there was no video because the product 'was too new'. WTF? I BOUGHT IT AT HOBBY LOBBY!!!
I was on my own, people. And it was ugly. You've seen my work...I could very well be the first person to EVER be banned from Susan's flower dies! There was a lot at stake and, if Susan were to divorce me, I would be looking at an empty future and fussy cut flowers. I. Could. Not. Fail.
Turns out, I conquered and its On its way to its intended come this Saturday. It'll actually turn out to be an awesome gift!
And you can't even see the lint and nose hairs. Wow. I effin' ROCK! So Rock Me, Rock Me, Rock Me Amadeus!!! HA HA!!!