Sunday, November 28, 2010

Get Frosted with Me!!!

OPUS GLUEI is changing things up for the Holidays, two weeks for the each of the next few challenges. Y-E-A-H !!! The holidays are busy, busy, busy for us all, so this should relieve some of the stress for those who choose to play along.

This challenge is to GET FROSTED. Sounds like fun, doesn't it?!?! But, you know those tricksters over there, they aren't talking about getting your drink on. NOPE! They mean snow, snowmen and those types of FROSTED items. Rats!

Anyway, I made some last minute Christmas cards and some always needed gift tags.

Above card was made with scraps from a project last year.
Even the punched out snowflakes.
I just jazzed them up with a little bling in the centers.

Above scraps were jazzed up with some ribbon, some sequins and dymo tape.

I used some bling I got this summer at CKC Virginia Beach, dymo tape, felt snowflakes and brads. I can't remember who made them. They are from last year. I didn't have ribbon in the width I wanted, so I put 3 strips of skinny ribbon to make one wide red stripe. Worked pretty well.

Snowman tags are 1 inch, 1.5 inch and 2 inch circles seperated by foam mounting tape.
I still need to add either a scarf or limb arms. Still playing with that one.

Eyes are liquid enamel. Noses are little scraps of orange paper.
Idea came from my Stampin' Up club.
The one from the club uses brads for eyes.
I like the black from the enamel better. Don't you?
(I think you would if you were able to choose between the brads and the enamel, but since I didn't post the one with the brads, you'll just have to trust me on this one.)

Above picture was posted just because I like it.

Now it's your turn to GET FROSTED.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday Fill-Ins

Note: Not the official Friday Fillins picture for the day, I just like this one better.

And here we go...

1. Three things I must have on my Thanksgiving table: ham, sweet potatoes and place cards.

2. Wish I were sacked out on the couch.

3. This is going to be a long day.

4. I need to get off my rump to decorate the house.

5. Oh, man, thankfully it's almost lunch time.

6. Just a few more items and I can perfect the art of procrastination. More on this later.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to gettitng to bed early, tomorrow my plans include sleeping in and making lists (it's the offical start of Christmas when the lists are made) and Sunday, I want to sleep in again and see what happens next.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thoughtful Thursday

This fine Thanksgiving, I am thankful for SO VERY MUCH in my life.

  • I have 3 healthy, relatively happy children. (Two of them are teens, how happy can they really be?????)
  • I have a job that I really like doing. One that I look forward to most days.
  • I have a roof over my head. A very nice one at that.
  • I have a pre-trained dog. He's perfect for our family. I'm pretty sure he likes us too.
  • I have family and friends who love me. And I actually like most of them.
  • I can blog when ever I choose about what ever I choose.
  • I have the ability to see. This is one for which I am MOST grateful for now more than ever before.
  • I have a reliable car. One that I almost really like a lot.
  • I have a Stuido to call my own. And enough stuff to open a small store. If I wanted to.
  • I have great bloggy friends who visit me. Thank you.

Hope your day is full of things for which to be THANKFUL.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


The boss headed out of town early for Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dear Santa,

Real life conversation. Sometime in the middle of November 2010.

Me: Melissa, you need to make a list of things you want for Christmas this year. So Santa will have time to make things.
Melissa: Okay.

Fast forward to the next day:

Me: Melissa, you can't have a 5 page list. Uh, one page is plenty. Understand?
Melissa: Yes, I understand.


Here's her revised list.
Found later that night on the end table in the family room.

She understood. She just needed to get rid of the wasted space and write smaller. DUH!

I can't make this stuff up.
I love the way she thinks.
Santa might have to work a little overtime to fullfil this list.

(Note: Santa doesn't indulge our children's every wish on their lists. Just so you know.) 

Sunday, November 21, 2010


This is the week to be Thankful. If you are an American. Or simply in America, then you should be celebrating Thanksgiving this week. It is a celebration of all the things in life for which we are Thankful. This week I am Thankful for way too much to post. But I'll start with YOU. Thank you for visiting and leaving me kind thoughts. There are days when reading the comments make a world of difference, and for that I am Thankful.

Okay, then, on to the cards.
Again this week I am entering 2 challenges.



The theme this week on OPUS GLUE is color.
Specifically this color palette.

I missed the mark on the colors. A little. But my heart was into it. I just failed to double check. I mean, who thinks to double check a color palette that one thinks one has memorized. Right?!?!?! I didn't, and so I was off. A little. I like the colors that I used though.

I didn't get the whole technique down from the Lovely Linda's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge either. But remember that my heart was in it. There was an element that I didn't have, so I improvised. And then I found (after reading the directions) that I didn't have one of the ingredients. So I improvised again. Still, my heart was in it. AND I really like the way that the background turned out.

Can't remember who makes the flourish and tree stamps I used.

The "Give Thanks" stamp is Stampin' Up.

I mounted the backgrounds on a black card base.
I love the way the bright colors look against the black.
Anything else would have been too much.

Don't they almost look like candy all together like this?!?!

Seems as though I have had my head stuck in two challenges lately. I am okay with that. I am one of those that creates because it makes me happy. I relax when I am crafting. So, if I am trying to "make" myself do something, it just doesn't happen.

I am thinking that these two challenges have gone hand in hand lately because I am a bit over-extended mentally at work. And home just seems to be spiraling out of control. SO, not having to think about what to do has helped. I still have to decide other things. You know, like what to make, and what colors, but having the technique handed to me is a God send. KWIM.

Thank you for visiting.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday Fill-Ins we go!

1. Why does the weekend fly by so quickly, yet the weekdays dragggggg on forever?!?!

2. I am so thankful that my past experiences have allowed me to see the world.

3. Thank you for reading my blog.

4. Christmas is my favorite holiday because of all the decorations and celebrations.

5. I am SO NOT READY for the holiday to be here. YIKES!!!

6. We can be happy if we make up our minds to be.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to some Studio time, tomorrow my plans include sending DH and D1 off to Pittsburgh for the weekend (they are going to a Steelers game), dropping D2 off at a friends house for a sleep-over/Harry Potter movie trip & picking up one of D3's friends for a sleepover/Chuck E. Cheese trip and Sunday, I want to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with D3 and her friend.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

OG #80 & CCC #21

This title is NOT written in code. Although it sure looks like it.

First the project:

The loverly Linda is hosting a series of technique Challenges based on the teachings of Tim Holtz via his book "Compendium of Curiosities". The challenge can be found HERE at her blog. This week's challenge is to use the PERFECT DISTRESS technique found on page 38.

The demanding Poobahs of the ORDER OF THE OPUS GLUEI are hosting the topic of MEN. The project is to reflect MEN, be made for MEN or about MEN. My project also uses products created by a MAN. So, I get brownie points. HAHAHA


What I used:
 I grabbed: a pack of Tim stamps, a couple of his ink pads, a grid stamp, a piece of golden-ish paper, a blank card, a piece of scrap chipboard, Perfect Pearls, ribbon that was on my work table, some letter beads, a couple of beading findings, some stretchy gold string, red sticky tape, my ATG gun and foam mounting tape.

What I did:
1: Stamped the background with two different inks and several of the stamps.

2. Inked edges of background piece.

3. Put the word beads onto the metal bead stick thingy and joined them together using a jump ring.

4. Inked letters using a drop of Tim's alcohol ink. Yup, just one drop.

5. Used scrap of chipboard and the Perfect Distress technique to make car piece. Cut out with Tim's scissors. Filed the edges down just a bit and then inked them.

6. Used sticky red tape to adhere the bead words to the back of the background piece.

7. Used my ATG gun to stick ribbon piece down.

8. Used foam mounting tape to position truck chipboard shape on card front.

9. Inked edges of card base front.

10. Used foam mounting tape to adhere card front to the card base.

I enjoyed making this card.
Have a great day.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Opus Gluei #79 and CCC #20

I am SO VERY THANKFUL for so many things in my life.
This time of year is almost my favorite.
(It's really hard to have just one favorite time of year you know.)

The Challenge this week at OPUS GLUEI is to GIVE THANKS. Well, I just got a wonderful new die for my Studio and just had to use it. AND the Challenge this week at Compendium of Curiosities is Industrial Grunge (from Tim's book - page 54).

I had to combine them this week, due to time constraints,
and came up with this little beauty:

I used Tim's "On the Edge" border die, some grunge board that I won just for being lucky enough to be the 1500 member to join the ALL THINGS TIM Yahoo group, Dollar Store paper (yup, if I like it, I'll use it), a Stampin' Up stamp and oval punch, some Making Memories ribbon, flower is from the $1 section at JoAnn's.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Freaky Friday

My sweet darling youngest little GIRL is reading this:

She is such a chip off the ol' block.
Makes me proud.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Winner, winner, spider dinner????

Congrats Ladies.

Just send me an email with your snail mail addy and I'll pop the album in the mail to you.

(jdeegs @ cox . net) Without the spaces of course.