27 May 2007

Freedom Isn't Free...

Please take a moment this Memorial Day to remember those who have fallen or currently defend our freedoms with their very lives so that you and I can express...

FREEDOM of Religion
FREEDOM of Speech
FREEDOM of Choice

Not to mention the FREEDOM to follow our own paths in everyday life!

There are not enough words to express our gratitude, however we will hem you in our prayers... One thing our family does every Memorial Day is to place urns of RED, WHITE & BLUE on my father-in-laws grave, who was a Pearl Harbor Veteran. My own Dad a Vietnam Veteran, his Father a World War II Veteran and my Mother's Father a World War II Veteran. We're truly proud of our families forefathers service to Our Great Nation!

Tomorrow we'll enjoy a BBQ to start off our summer season. Here in New Hampshire our motto is "Live FREE Or Die..." I think that says it all.

If you'd like to learn more of the history behind Memorial Day... click here! Wishing you and yours a safe and fun Memorial Day!

I look forward to our next visit. Until then...

25 May 2007

Shane's Wish...

There's been a lot of buzz around bloggyland about a seven year old named Shane the past month or so. If you haven't heard about Shane, click here to learn more.

Who could refuse... I've been meaning to mail off a card for a some time now! I managed to work this card into my schedule today and it's off to Canada tomorrow! I pray he achieves his dream.

I stamped my Joann's $pot cupcake image on SU! White Confetti cardstock, then punched it out using the giga scallop square. I proceeded to cut out the frosted layer and applied Barbara Twombley's ultrafine Angel Dust glitter and added the watercolored cherry with dimensionals. After rummaging through my paper I came up with the silver "ridged" cardstock for the liner... LOOKS just like the real McCoy! Pierce and set aside.

I chose SU! Ballet Blue for my card base. The SU! Green Galore cardstock was embossed using the Cuttlebug A2 Happy Birthday embossing folder, swiped with SU! White Craft ink using a sponge and embellished with three coordinating mini brads. A border of SU! Marigold Morning cardstock layered with SU! Real Red grosgrain ribbon and pierced on either side of the ribbon. The majority of layers adhered using dimensionals.

I hope you'll consider creating or purchasing a card (your local dollar store) to send Shane and help to make his WISH COME TRUE! What a minor request to fulfill! *wink*

I look forward to our next visit. Until then...

24 May 2007

Zebra Friends ATC...

I've been wanting to try my hand at making some ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) for quite some time now. After perusing some of my favorite blogs one evening... I noted that Taylor of Taylored Expressions was hosting an A Muse ATC Swap with openings still in Group 2. Well without hesitation... I dashed off an e-mail inquiring of position availability?! Mind you it was around 9:30 PM EST or later. Off to bed I went. I figured if it was meant to be then I would hear back from the lovely and talented Taylor soon enough. Well who would've thunk the very next morning I'd find an e-mail from Taylor? I sat with my coffee pondering what in the world had I done to myself!!! I hadn't made ATC's before... what was I going to do now that I committed myself?! *shakin' head* Well, Anne... you better get started, so here we be with my "zebra friends!"

I started with 10 2 1/2" X 3 1/2" cards of SU! Basic Black cardstock. Second layer, consists of SU! Pretty In Pink cardstock embossed using my Cuttlebug A2 Swirls embossing folder mounted with dimensionals to the black card base. After punching out 10 scalloped ovals using my Marvy Uchida "Giga" punch... I embossed the "leaping zebra" by Rubber Soul using Judi-kins "black diamonds" embossing powder. Then added the bird image watercolored in SU! Bliss Blue & Ballet Blue Classic Ink with blender pen (image appears a brighter blue than in real life). The grass was "doodled" in using the same watercolor technique as the bird, but with SU! Certainly Celery & Old Olive Classic Ink. Mini punched flower was adhered with book binding glue and a geniune Swaroski crystal for embellishments. My A Muse criteria was met with the "Friends were flowers" sentiment. My final touch was achieved by using a white gel pen to dot the corners of my cards.

I sure hope none of the recipients are dissappointed in these mini creations of mine. I would like an invitation to do another ATC swap in the future. These were fun to create once you got past the anxiety of what to create and never having created one! *wink*

Mine are in the mail as of today! I look forward to sharing my ATC's from this swap with all of you...

I look forward to our next visit. Until then...

23 May 2007

A Shop Until We Drop Experience...

After waiting patiently a whole year... it was off to another Creating Keepsakes Convention in Manchester. Mary met me in Capital City at our agreed rendezvous point, from there I drove to Manchester's Radisson Convention Center.
We arrived early at the convention to find out that the parking garage was full. We had to find another parking garage within the city walking distance. Let's just say that I was slightly irritated, but got over it when we found another parking garage with an attendant.

Being Mary's first visit to the convention... I steered her towards her current addiction of A Muse stamps at Ink About It's booth. Let's just say that Mary did the most damage to her wallet at Lori's booth, not once, but twice in one day! By the looks of my photo, I'd say that my wallet was crying "uncle" too!
* wink* While Mary was shopping I enjoyed chatting with Lori, owner of Ink About It. It appears as though we're in for another road trip to Westford, MA before snow flies again! I think we better start saving now Mary! *wink*

The lovely Jenn Shurkus of {creative chick} was over seeing a free make & take at the Ink About It booth from 1:00 - 4:00 PM! I enjoy Jenn's blog where she share's her everyday happenings, family and friends... not to mention her stamping talents! Jenn's a geniune delight... just look at her cute self with her A Muse-A-Poolza Tee! I wish Mary could've joined us in conversation, however she was slightly busy with her second round of shopping for A Muse schtuff! *wink* I'm SO not photogenic! I'm trying out my new look, do you like it? I literally had the majority of my braces removed after seven years the day before convention. Thus the reason for the ridiculous smile... I forgot how to smile, so bear with me! *wink* I shouldn't be answering photographer's questions during photo opt... sorry for the horrid photo, but Jenn and Mary are looking great! Jenn's friend Melissa of {highly entertaining} was the official parking meter feeder for the day... so we didn't get her cute self into our lil' photo opt! *insert sad face* A wave goes out to Jenn and Melissa. Sorry to say we didn't have all day to stalk "near famous" stamping celebrities... when there was major shopping to be done! *wink*

You'll notice that I scored myself a new BIGZ Sizzix letter S die along with a Sizzix Texturz - Starter Kit for embossing with brass stencils from companies like Dreamweaver and Lasting Impressions. You'll note the delicious ribbons, jar of teensy weensy Primas, Junkitz 6 X 6 pad of supah cute papers! It's not as though I needed any of these things... shhh... don't tell anyone I said that... especially my hubby! *wink*

The gorgeous Daisy Cow was purchased after much debate from a new company Purple Daisy Designs of Pennsylvania. This company is owned and operated by two very lovely Mennonite mother and daughter team! I wish I could remember their names... I've already poured over the catalog from cover to cover and made out my first order to call in! *wink* I'll need to see if Mary is ready to place an order with me... she forgot to return for her dragonfly with matching paper punch! *grin* I truly hope that Purple Daisy Designs reconsiders coming to the CK Convention next year... we're closer than Missouri! *wink* No offense.

I didn't get a chance to photograph my fifty dollars of SEI, Basic Grey... just to name a few of the sheets of paper Mary enabled me into! Mary forced me into places like Embellish It! (first photo on Mary's convention post), SEI, Rusty Pickle that were loaded with scrumcious paper! Not a place to take a paper addict, which Mary insists that I am... a paper addict that is! *ROFLOL* I only purchased 6 of each paper design?! You be the judge!

There were so many glitzy things to see that it boggled the brain! I couldn't leave without enjoying an apple green ribbon-licious smoothie and conversation with the wonderful proprietor of this booth. I can't remember her name or company, however they hailed from North Carolina!

After seven hours of seeing everything there was to see. Mary and I took a few photo opts of our own, which you can see here. Mary had lots more bags than me?! We thought we'd make it look good for our blog viewers if I took her bags too! *grin* We decided that we couldn't come this far and not take a trip AC Moore and Michael's, where we scored more ribbon, stamps and punches! *Yikes*

What a FUN-TASTIC day we had shopping together! What do you say Mary, want to go together again next year?! *wink* We already have a shopping spree planned for June, so stay-tuned ladies to hear of our next adventures!

I look forward to our next visit. Until then...

06 May 2007

Birthday Bird On A Branch...

I'm in love... with my lil' birdie that is! As a rule I don't do cute, but who can resist his lil' 'rounding' personality?!

Recently I became involved with a great group of gals! I needed to come up with a __ Card for a _____ I took part in. I know, I know... I have very little time as it is to do things like updating my blog! *chuckle* My blog may be experiencing lurkers. I'll be back to fill-in the blanks at a later date. *wink*

Anywho... this cards design began with my Coluzzle for the bird. Provocrafts Cuttlebug A2 Happy B'day embossing folder. Stampin' Up! Aida, Paisley, Weathered & Just Vine stamps. Stampin' Up! old olive, ruby red and marigold morning cardstock. Stampin' Up! more mustard, ballet blue, night of navy, really rust, creamy caramel, chocolate chip and Versamark ink. Stampin' Up! Slit Punch, Paper Shapers triangle and heart punches. Stampin' Up! apricot appeal grosgrain ribbon. Accessories: brown brads and dimensionals.

I think that spring has finally sprung!

I look forward to our next visit. Until then...

Adventurous Day In The City...

There was a write up in the Union Leader about a traveling Dinosaurs exhibit at the SEE Science Center. Our daughter, Sophie has always had a love for dinosaurs from a young age. Who could think of a better rainy day activity during school vacation?! *wink* So Friday AM we set off for the Amoskeag Millyard! Upon arrival we enjoyed the old architecture of the mill building inside and out. Our lil' adventure started with the Dinosaurs exhibit, which held such dinosaurs as the Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Phterodons... just to name a few!

It's not always easy for a non-professional photographer to catch the perfect photo on camera. Especially when you have so many people. So without further a do... here's a few photos for your viewing enjoyment! *wink*

My hubby, the "eldest" child!

Sophie's all time favorite... the Ankylosaurus!

All of the dinosaurs on exhibit contained an animated skeleton. This is one that the children could manipulate using a control panel.

Mock archeological dig, metal plate rubbings, educational movie, etc...

Off to the next level for some "hands" on science, mechanical puzzles and the World's largest permanent LEGO exhibit of the Amoskeag Millyard installation on a minifigure scale! All I can say is... AWESOME!!! This LEGO set-up of Amoskeag Millyard from 1915 was built using approx. 3 million bricks! Approximately 8,000 minifigures! It took more than '10,000' person hrs. to complete! All of the lego bricks used, once were available in sets to the public. Another fun fact... If all the LEGO bricks used in this project were lined up end to end, they would reach from the SEE Science Center to the Museum of Science in Boston and back! Absolutely mind boggling! Photos snapped just don't do this as much justice as in person. *wink*

Without further a do... A blip into the second leg of our adventure!

Amoskeag Millyard lego project photo snapped from "stairs!"

Amoskeag Millyard 'train' yard. Operating train with camera displaying the 'inner' set-up on a monitor for viewers!

Note the back of the trolley... this was operating throughout the display!

What millyard wouldn't be complete without it's own river?

A mock version of the real inside of the 'textile' mill!

The LEGO Amoskeag Millyard contained it's own carnival, church, farmlife with garden, lamp lit bridge, clock tower, etc... If you'd like to learn more then click here. If you'd like to see more... then you will need to take a little trip. *wink* This is a wonderful day trip for the family that still allowed us to do a sit down restaurant for lunch, trip to AC Moore's and some ice cream all before calling it a day! We sure hope you enjoyed your blip into our day?!

What can we say... other than it was a real 'hair raising' adventure *wink* Click on any of the photos to enlarge for details.

I look forward to our next visit. Until then...

01 May 2007

Cardmaker's Calendar

5th Scrapbooking Day
A national event that combines all the best of creative
scrapbooking activities, sales, classes, crops, weekend workshops
and much more!

8th Teacher's Day
A wonderful way to show a special teacher a little
deserved recognition or extra appreciation with a handstamped card
attached to a favorite dessert or chocolate as a thank-you!

13th Mother's Day
Most of us have doting grandmothers, aunts or close friends
who've influenced our lives. Why not take the opportunity
to wish someone close to us a Happy Mother's Day!
We don't need to look very far to find
someone who would be delighted with a
Happy Mother's Day greeting!

28th Memorial Day
Originally called Decoration Day, a day of remembrance
of those who have died in our nation's service.
Flowers and small American flags are traditionally placed on graves
of fallen soldiers that fought to defend our freedom!

Ideas from INKAnews