27 March 2008

Tis' True

... I'm "missing" my Bloggyland friends! Unfortunately my workload this week hasn't alotted much time for putting stamp to paper! {sad face} Currently, I feel as though I've been dragged through a knot hole! Reminder to self... do not drink the iced coffee your DH comes bearing after work!

Today's share was originally created and accepted for the March edition of Cards magazine as a promotional for Kim Hughes cute curls stamp set. Unfortunately... it appears to have been cut?! Hopefully it comes home to roost soon. {wink}

As always I appreciate your fluttering by to extend a warm hello in my direction. See ya soon! {smile}

21 March 2008

How Old...

Time to rise n' shine...

Hard to imagine it's FRIDAY already... where has this week flown to? {Yikes}

This isn't your typical "Anne" card, but strangely enough I find that everything of late needs to be "rounded!" {LOL} Besides... it carries the rounded tag nicely, don't you think? Not to worry... just a passing phase of mine. {wink}

When our daughter, Sophie saw this card I created for another blogger's birthday... her comment was, "_____ is going to be 59?" What... Upon closer inspection I noted the position of numbers within the collage. After responding to her question we all enjoyed a good chuckle! Hopefully the recipient will too? I've added a "cupcake" stencil, so that should make-up for any misunderstanding! {LOL}

1. Start with a 4 1/4" X 6" finished card.

2. Cut and set aside the 2 3/4" X 3 3/4" embossed number collage intense pink layer. Swipe with Brilliance moonlight white for added pop!

3. Cut and set aside the 1 1/2" X 5 1/2" embossed swiss dots strip of spring willow light layer.

4. Stamp image using chocolate chip ink to frosted pink. Stamp two more images on frosted teal and spring willow light, cut and layer to your tag.

5. Add ribbon, bling, play with your layout and adhere!

1. Purchase a variety of embellishments in white. This enables the customizing of trims, flowers, etc... using an ink pad or re-inker.

2. Embellish a sentiment using bling, brads or gel pen.

-Happy Birthday $pot (Kolette Hall) by Studio G

-Classic Chocolate Chip by SU!
-Brilliance Moonlight White by Tsukineko

-Frosted Pink, Intense Pink, Frosted Teal and Spring Willow Light by Prism

-Creative Candy Mini Star by A Muse
-Organdy Ribbon by SU!

-1/16" Circle Punch by McGill
-Cuttlebug Number Collage Embossing Folder by ProvoCraft
-Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder by Provocraft
-Corner Rounder by CM

I truly apologize for abandoning everyone, but as you know it's Easter Sunday this week! {too early} My schedule hasn't afforded me the leisure of volunteering on the Easter bunny's behalf until today... so I'll be hopping along!

Thanks for taking a moment to mosey over the pickets for a chat neighbor!

16 March 2008

$pot Thoughts...

After learning one of Sophie's past teachers was out of school with a terrible case of the flu last Friday. I also learned this same teacher would be out this coming week due to her husbands battle with lung cancer. {...thud}

Definitely needing a thinking of you card... yesterday found me creating this card with a $pot stamp purchased from Mikes almost a year ago! {ack!} Admittedly... the first time putting this stamp to ink! I'm resolved to creating with items in my midst and rationalizing all new future purchases this year. {kwim}

I stamped the fern on white cardstock using chocolate chip dye ink. Then using a blender pen and ink pads I colored in the image. A border of varied strips adds accenting color to the stamped image. Easy peasy! {wink}

-Thoughts Of You (Kolette Hall) By studio g
- Scratched Grid BG by Cornish Heritage Farms

-Chocolate Chip Classic by SU!
-Lettuce Adirondack Dye Ink by Ranger
-Willow Adirondack Dye Ink by Ranger

-Desert Coral Light, Frosted Orange, Frosted Teal and Spring Willow Light by Prism
-Fossil by The Papaer Cut (Stamping Memories)

-Blender Pen by SU!
-Xyron 250 create-a-sticker
-Dimensional tape by Scotch


Hard to believe another weekend has flown by! {shakes head} Believe it or not... tomorrow is St. Pat's Day for our Irish friends! Remember... wear green! {wink}
Cheers to our paths crossing tomorrow!

13 March 2008

Springy Hello...

Today's card is one I've yet to share with my friends in Bloggyland.

After arriving home from our usual after school routine back in October... I found a message from Kim Hughes requesting me to call her regarding a project!? Long story short... Kim appeared to like my work enough to invite me to create some "spring" samples with her Cute Curls for a CARDS publication she was involved. Out of three samples provided... this is the one not published! There's always the off chance that even though a creations accepted for publication... it can still be CUT when the publication goes to print! {sad face}

Unsure... if I'll be able to share something new with you until Saturday. Today's another busy day with hair appointments and a "special" school district meeting at 7 PM that has teacher's and taxpayer's in a bit of a scrimmage! {shakes head} Yesterday, brought a call from the school nurse that Sophie was experiencing a headache. From what the nurse was saying there's a cold virus thats brought on suddenly with a nasty headache! {ACK!}

-Cute Curls (Kim Hughes Collection), Petite Patterns BG by Cornish Heritage Farms

-VersaFine Vintage Sepia and VersaMark by Tsukineko
-Olive Pastel Fluid Chalk by ColorBox

-Walnut Brown by Bazzill (Stamping Memories)
-Certainly Celery and Soft Sky by Stampin' Up!
-Pale Pink Shimmer by The Paper Cut (Stamping Memories)

-Pearls by Kandi Corp (Stamping Memories)
-Ribbon by May Arts (Stamping Memories)

-Flower Punch by Punch Bunch
-Tag Die by Sizzix
-Paper Distresser by Heidi Swapp
-Paper Piercer

Enjoy your day... looking forward to seeing you again soon! {smile}

10 March 2008

Hoot & Holler Scholar...

Here's a THIRD sample created using U R A Hoot released last Thursday by Cornish Heritage Farms.

Graduation ceremonies are usually held between the months of May and June for universities and high schools. What better inspiration for a graduation card than school supplies? Substitute the graduates school name for the "composition" book label! Another idea... would be to adapt colors to correlate with a graduates school colors. {wink}

Admittedly... it's been a while since I've attended a graduation ceremony. So I'm unsure if this little owl graduate has positioned his tassel to the "correct" side? Hey maybe he's not reached the podium to receive his diploma yet! {LOL}

- Pretty Pattern BG by Cornish Heritage Farms
- U R A Hoot (Kim Hughes Collection) by Cornish Heritage Farms
- Foursquare (Kim Hughes Collection) by Cornish Heritage Farms
- Copyright Angel Stamp Plain by Cornish Heritage Farms

- Denim, Aqua and Mountain Rose Adirondack Dye Ink by Ranger
- VersaFine Onyx Black by Tsukineko

- Frosted Yellow, Black and White Prismatic by Prism

- Black Brad
- Mini anodized gold paper clip by Creative Impressions
- Gold Tassel
- Dimensional Tape by Scotch

- Edge Distresser by Heidi Swapp
- Watercolor Pencil
- Blender Pen

It appears we have NO big storm systems in the mix for New Hampshire this week! WHOOT, WHOOT! {wink} Might the Farmer's Almanac for this region have fortold untruth for Friday's BIG flurry forecast? Sure hoping so... keep everything crossed we don't receive Ohio's storm of late! Us Yank's commiserate with our Ohio friends.
Thanks for bundling up and braving the cold for a visit.

09 March 2008

Cuckoo Time...

Hopefully you remembered to SPRING your clocks ahead an hour before you set off to slumber last night?

Did you realize it was Benjamin Franklin who first conceived the idea of "daylight savings" in an essay "An Economical Project" in 1784 as an American delegate in Paris? - OR- How London builder William Willet in 1907 was first to seriously advocate the idea in the pamplet "The Waste Of Daylight." -OR- Read here how we've evolved over TIME.

If you hadn't noticed... Easter "springs" early along with the time change this year?! Did someone fail to clue Mother Nature in on setting a precedence as to when the real mccoy begins! {sigh}

On another note I couldn't resist sharing my friend, Joyce's delightfully clever "cuckoo" clock creation! Not only is it bright and cheery, but so true... daylight savings drives some of us CUCKOO! {LOL} Thank-you for the smile, Joyce! {{{HUGS}}}

Today's rather blustery after experiencing monsoon weather the past couple of days here in New Hampshire.

Appreciate your paddling in to visit!

07 March 2008

Curly Christmas Fir

Had all good intentions of creating a blog post last evening! Maybe even stamp-up another idea using Kims' new U R A Hoot and Bold Curls sets released yesterday?! When I made the HUGE mistake of momentarily sitting down on the sofa with a cup of decaf! {sigh} Well, then I caught a chill! In other words... the sofa HELD me down while the down throw TIED me up... Well, that's all she wrote!

So, what are your thoughts on this "curly fir" card? Well, let me tell you... it's my least favorite of the three designs stamped for CHF's new release! BUT my most popular!? {insert dumb founded here} Hind sight being 20/20. I could've, would've, should've done a bit of piercing to my trees curled limbs? hmmm...MAYBE! Might I have pierced a partial border creating symmetry to my card front? hmmm...MAYBE? Stamped my owl in a different brown? hmmm... MAYBE! And the list continues! Being my own worst critic and having run out of blush red dark paper by Prism! I couldn't start over! So I needed to just post and live with it! {ACK!} When I get five minutes it's getting a CINDERELLA make-over! {LOL}

A friendly reminder... ALL ORDERS placed with CHF $35 or more receives FREE SHIPPING within the USA! {wink}

- U R A Hoot (Kim Hughes Collection) by Cornish Heritage Farms
- Bold Curls (Kim Hughes Collection) by Cornish Heritage Farms
- Cardmakers Shapes (Mona Lisa Moments) by Cornish Heritage Farms

- Lettuce, Espresso and Hazelnut Adirondack Dye Ink by Ranger
- VersaFine Vintage Sepia by Tsukineko

- Blush Red Dark, Spring Willow Light and White Prismatic by Prism

- White Flocking by Cornish Heritage Farms
- White pom-pom
- Gold Tassel
- Dimensional Tape by Scotch

- Swiss Dots Emboss Folder by Cuttlebug
- Watercolor Pencils
- Blender Pen

Yesterday was a glorious day with a high of 46 degrees and PLENTY of SUN! {sighs with a smile} Friday is blowing in with a wintry MIX through tomorrow! Oh, well... can't dwell on it! Everyday is what we choose to make of it, so with that said... dawn a smile, enjoy the day to it's fullest as you don't get a chance at REPEATING this day again! {HUGS}

Thank-you for driving by with a wave in my direction!

05 March 2008


... the turning of another year "young!" {wink}

Finally back on my feet after feeling "under the weather" since February 27th... Historically school vacation during the month of February was to rid the school of winter illness'?! Tis true... influenza is all the rage this time of year!

If you fell in love with Kims' set called Pretty Birds then you just might want to brace yourself for Cornish Heritage Farms release of U R A Hoot tomorrow! {bouncin'} Along with another set called Bold Curls.

Many a people I've known have been turning the preverbal 29 every year... for years! This year marks a BIG cake n' candle day with a BIG 0 behind it for me... reason to "picket?" Nah... your only as old as you feel and that can range anywhere from 21 to 100... pending the day! {wink/LOL}

- U R A Hoot (Kim Hughes Collection) by Cornish Heritage Farm

- Denim Adirondack Dye Ink by Ranger
- Hazelnut Adirondack Dye Ink by Ranger
- VersaFine Onyx Black by Tsukineko

- Classic Red, Frosted Yellow, Frosted Kiwi and Twilight Medium by Prism

- 7/8" grosgrain ribbon by Offray
- Black Glaze Pen by Sakura
- White Glaze Pen by Sakura
- Toothpick
- Dimensional Tape by Scotch

- Decorative Scissors by ProvoCraft
- Swiss Dots Emboss Folder by Cuttlebug
- Piercer

Just think it's another "hump day" already! We're almost through another week... {sigh}

Thank-you for giving a "WHOOT" about checkin' in on me! {{HUGS }}