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Monday, June 23, 2008

Frazzled!!

Got about 2 hours of sleep last night...went to bed about 3a.m. and these cute little critters of mine decided that I should get up at 5a.m., so that they could go out and bark at the fleas on the lawn. LOL! Aren't my babies cute!
Then the clock went off at 6:00 so I could get up, shower and get ready for appt. with Audiologist, so he could tell me that my hearing is much worse than it was the last time I saw him. He really was no help and I feel that it cost $65.00 out of pocket for nothing.

Anyway, when we left there Mark drug me around for awhile shopping and looking at cars (He is trying to find me a new (used) car). We also went to Good Will, where Mark bought me 2 chairs for my stamp room, as the 2 I have are really bad. No I have a new problem...can't get the seats raised up and they are way to low. I feel like I am sitting on the floor trying to type this. We then stopped off at the Humane Society to get Flea & Tick meds for babies. By the time we got home I was starving and exhausted. Ate something and went and napped for a couple of hours.

Now for the highlight of my day...the mail!!!! It was so great to receive 2 great cards, from StampersUnite & The Best of House Mouse members. The funny part is they are also good friends with each other and my very dear friends too! The first card was a Birthday card from Judy, who is also on the Design Team for Firecracker Designs By Pamela. She made a Birthday card on Technique Junkies and said now she needed someone to send it to. It had 50 on it and I teased her and told her that if she changed the zero to a one, she could send it to me! Well, she did! Here is her great card I'm sorry about cutting the top off..I was lucky to get the picture as my other fur baby (Lucy Twos) wanted to sit on the card and then my batteries on the camera were getting low. I took 6 pictures before I gave up.

She also included these cute little Metal Dots. I don't have any of these and can't wait to play with them.
Thank you so much my sweet Darlin Parlin! You are so sweet and this fantastic card really brought some cheer to a crummy day!


The other card I received was from Kathay for our SUGMS (StampersUnite Monthly swap) and the theme was to concentrate on a technique and send instructions with your card made with this technique.........I am in love with this card!



Kathay's instructions say she used Alcohol Inks in water for the background here. What a fabulous look, huh! It is so realistic! The Koi is by Stamp Zia and the words at the top "Be the Change you wish to see in the world -Ghandi" are from Impression Obsession. Kathay also used Bubbles! I must find out where these are from. What a great effect.Thank you so much Kathay....i can't wait to go try this technique! I just love alcohol inks and now I have another way to use them. Thank you for sending so much information on this card.

Now the whole time I have been trying to do this post, I have had a horrible headache, so I am going to go back to bed. Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment. I would love your feedback on how I am doing, since I have not been blogging long. I am trying to post more often too!

Have a good evening.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

I've been making some Mousies!

These are a few cards that I have made recently with House Mouse stamps from Stampabilities. This first one has already been received by Monika for our Brown/Blue color swap. I had so much fun making this one. the project and colors just fell into place.


This one gave me a hard time. The image has wallpaper on top normally and I had a horrible time coloring it. I did not have the patience to color all the leaves and flowers, so I finally gave up and chopped the top off and then it was easy peasy! If you enlarge the photo, you will see that the little tag in the right corner says mischief maker. I still have this one to send for one of my swaps.



I just love this image. Do you remember collecting these dolls and playing with their hair when you were a kid? I guess this kind of dates me, doesn't it. This one is also waiting to go to a new home.



This next one is also one that I had a hard time with and sat on my desk looking at me for weeks until one night it jumped up and said here is what you do. LOL! It is already at its new home with Darlene.



Do you ever make a card and like it so much, that you don't want to give it away? This is the one I wanna keep (but know that I won't). I had so much fun with this one and it looks like fun, doesn't it! I used a piece of plastic that something came in and ran it through my Cuttlebug with the swiss dots folder. Then the question was, how to attach it and I found these cute little flower brads and it worked perfectly. Sorry that the picture is a little blurry.


This last one is stamped on glossy paper, then covered with a post it note. I then took a compressed sponge and inked it with a re-inker and pulled the ink from the post-it note out to the edge of the c/s for the bright pink design.



Well I finally figured out what to do so that I have my pictures where I want them here in the blog....Just set it for no layout. This way I can type what I want with my pictures! Still on a learning curve!

Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment and tell me what you think of my cards. Lori

Clipboard Project for Hubby's Birthday!



I have been working on Altering a clipboard for hubby's birthday present and it has been a task.....not because of the actual physical work, but coming up with a theme, an idea. I wanted to do something that would portray his intelligence, as well as his interests. I started this project months ago and put it away hoping to think of an idea. I painted a clipboard (not the one I gave him) in Olive Green & Pearl Blue Lumiere Metallic Acrylic paints. I then printed out a bunch of Dover clip art in black only (printer color cartridges are empty) and colored the images with chalk
then sprayed with fixative so the black printer ink would not run if wet. I then used Mod Podge to adhere them to the clipboard.....to make a long story short....hated it....this is the one!

Soooooo, I started over with a clean clipboard. No Paint this time! I used Mod Podge to adhere 2 12" x 12" sheets of designer paper, front & back....then a new problem arose...what to do with the empty top part and the ugly clip. I took out my alcohol inks (Adirondak) and dabbed them all over the clips and the little initial pieces, then adhered the little initials with Scor-Tape, from the makers
of Scor-Pal (Link below Right). Now I still had the problem with the blank top and it looked really ugly with nothing there. I know...I Know....Mulberry Paper! Well, I couldn't find it in this mess...oh where could it be. After looking for an hour, I finally found it...mod podged it on and used my water color pen to tear the excess around the back to make it fit, almost perfectly. I think it makes a nice topper, what do you think? Here is the final result of the one I gave him last night.
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This is the back and the photo to the far right is the front. Had a little trouble getting the html code to cooperation on the positioning of the photos! LOL! I will learn!



I am really pleased with the final result. You know how it is when you sort of have an idea in your head but can't quite get it out in to a realistic project? Well I do this all the time and most of the time, it turns out totally different than I thought it would.

I have a harder time with men's projects and cards than with other subjects. I would love to hear what you think of this clipboard project. Please post a comment and tell me what you think. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs Lori
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