Saturday, September 23, 2017

Please Remain Seated

Today was my big stamp club meeting. I have the dubious honor of being in charge of it. Actually it isn't that bad once you accept the fact that someone will always be unhappy about something. The hard part about the meeting is you never know what will happen, or not happen.

Our meeting has a basic outline of things we do and sometimes things are over in a blink of an eye and other times they drag on ad nauseam.  Sometimes they run right down the perfect middle between those two. Those are the best days because then the meeting just rolls along nicely and I don't have to do that much to guide it.
Today was one of those days. I got to sit for most of the meeting which is a very rare event for me. So rare that my feet decided to hurt in protest. How stupid is that?

Anyway I was going to share some of the cards I made for the meeting but they are still on the camera and I don't feel like fussing with them. So have a taco truck in honor of the food truck that served us lunch today at the meeting.

The Fine Print: Stamps by Stampin' Up. So who was unhappy at our meeting today? Me! I had a Cesar salad for lunch and they made it with kale. What is with people and their unholy love for kale?! That shit is bitter. But see, I lived through it and now I'm going to live longer because I ate kale or whatever benefit it is people think they are getting with kale.

Friday, September 22, 2017

I'm Not Required to Know Everything

I'm not required to know everything and some days I think they'd prefer if I knew nothing. Anyway, I often work the front reception desk. The "front reception desk" is not at the front entrance to our campus. It is, however, front and center of our department on an entirely different floor than the main entrance.
The other days someone came up and asked me where the lecture for the blah blah blah archaeology something or another was. I told him honestly that I didn't know and started reaching for the phone. The rest of my sentence, had he not cut me off was going to be "I'll see if I can find out." But before I could say that he was in my face complaining that how could I be an "information desk" if I didn't know anything?!
He made me think for a second and then I realized something--this is the front desk to our department not the whole fricken school, so why are we expected to know what everyone else is doing? And we are treated that way both internally and externally. It is extra unfair because other departments don't tell us what they are doing.
Anyway, I politely told the guy that I was the front desk for student development and if he had a question pertaining to our services I'd be happy to answer them. By the way, I had already set down the phone and had no intentions of calling anyone to find out where his lecture was.

The Fine Print: BTW, I did find out later where that lecture was. It was at an entirely different school than the one I worked at, not even a different campus, but a different school.  Cards 'n parts from Club Scrap. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

White on White

I joined a swap recently where the theme was white on white. I have to tell you that I find that to be really hard. My biggest hurdle is that not all whites are created equal. Different brands and different textures of white will vary.

My first order of business was to decide to use one big piece of cardstock to make my card instead of using all those snippets I have lying around. That way I would be sure to have all the same shade of white.
My second order of business was to use Carol's Our Little Inspirations blog to inspire me. Once you check out her card you can see how she inspired my card.  I originally planned for more foliage including paper flowers on my card but the person I ended up sending too prefers uncomplicated cards without too much bulk.

The Fine Print: We were allowed to use any non-black color for the greeting. Carol was right to promote silver.  Greeting and foliage by Stampin' Up, enbossing folders by Cuttlebug and CTMH. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Here Today Gone Today

At work yesterday they implemented a new procedure. And by "they" I mean the people that work at the main office who don't really know what happens at the branches that actually serve the public. As soon as those in my department heard about this new procedure we came up with about 15 different questions regarding it.

The managers just shrugged and said they knew no more than we did and that if we encounter problems we should just refer those people to them.  It is all fine and good for the managers to say that because problems like to show up at lunch time when the whole lot of them are gone from the building.
Lunch time came and of course a problem cropped up but it was a problem that our department hadn't anticipated with our 15 questions. Nope, this problem involved another department--the one that takes the money.  See in the past this procedure had a $3 option and a $10 option. The new procedure was for an eight dollar fits all process.  Cashiering isn't set up to take $8 for said transaction. Their computer system bulks because it thinks you've either paid too much or too little.

Anyway, by the time lunchtime was over so was the new procedure. Now we're back to doing things the same old way with our two different price points. We haven't heard anything further since yesterday but you just know they will iron out the one wrinkle and throw it back out there for us until the next insurmountable problem comes along. It'd be easier to ask the front line people for input but just winging it much more fun and more in line with our other business practices.

The Fine Print: Stamping stuff by Stampin' Up.

Monday, September 18, 2017

September 18 Mail Day

Picmonkey is going to be the death of me. It has taken way. too.. long... to get these three photos ready to share with you. Thank gosh I didn't get more mail this week.  This first card was for a white on white swap, which is hard to photograph as the papers all have different textures.



Sunday, September 17, 2017

You Make My Heart Sing

Awhile ago I ran across a card I made in a class back in the early aughts. I decided I needed to try out the technique in it again and this card was born.

It is called a grid collage. You make it by stamping some focal stamp in the middle of a piece of glossy paper. Then you use a piece of scrap paper to sponge borders around it. I used two different colors here--same color family, one lighter than the other. Then you block off each area and stamp in it.

It looks cooler if you stamp large collage style stamps in each area, but I don't have collage style stamps because collage isn't my thing. It has taken me years to come to realization. I still like how this came out.

I sent it to a friend for a "blast from the past" swap where you had to use an old stamp or old technique. These stamps are from the early 2000s as well. Once my partner received my card she said that she remember this technique from back in the day. Maybe it will make a comeback.

The Fine Print: Greeting by Rubbernecker, safari animals by Stampin' Up, inks by Memento.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Card Camp

I attended a Christmas Card marking camp today. It was a lot of fun and wore me right out. I thought I'd share my favorite card from it.
The Fine Print: Products 'n stuff by Stampin' Up.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

That Murphy Guy

Yesterday: tons of time and ideas to do a blog post. No internet connect.


Today: Internet connect but no time or ideas.

Bluster off, already, Murphy.

The Fine Print: Thanks by Eat Cake Graphics, other supplies from SU and PP or my stash. PP is Paper Pumpkin you silly. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sunday, September 10, 2017

September HBs



I have a bunch of old cards in my photo file that I really should share with you all to start depleting the load. I do like to collect things, but then it is always good to use them too. When it comes to cards, I've started that in real life too--using up these many old cards I have lying around.

Well, now I don't have as many cards as I once did so now I need to make more but that means I'll have more photos to share... and it is a never ending circle.

Seriously though, what's with all these September birthdays?! I mean I know a new year is exciting, but not that exciting. There goes all my birthday cards....


The Fine Print: Old cards from an even older Club Scrap Kit. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

World's Lousiest Scissors x 3

Where I work we have a reception desk where we're all forced to take shifts at even if some of us (not moi) have the personality of a rabid weasel off their meds.  It's not incredibly horrible, but it does have its moments.

Like the other day I needed to open a pile of shrink-wrapped calendars. There are three stations out there but only one pair of scissors and it took some digging to find where they were at. Then, once found, they were as useful as a spaghetti noodle. They wouldn't stab into the plastic and wouldn't cut through it once I dug a hole into it with my fingers.

I finally had to manually tear the plastic apart with my brute strength, which is sorely lacking because of my bum shoulder and faux sprained thumb. I decided those annoying scissors were no longer allowed to be on the same planet as I. I unceremoniously tossed them into the trash can and then wiggled it around so they slid to the bottom (my coworkers are not above garbage can picking).
 I asked another coworker if she could order some new scissors for the reception desk and told her to get 3 pair this time.  I don't know how she did it, I don't know why she hates us so much, but she managed to buy 3 equally lousy pairs of scissors!

And here I thought the other ones were just bad because they were worn out! But no! They actually sell brand new pairs of scissors that don't cut and hurt your hands. I had no idea there was a market for that.
The Fine Print: I understand that we aren't going to buy $85 a pair finely tuned crafting scissors for the reception desk, but still! I also understand why last year when they wanted to cut tissue paper flowers they stole all the scissors out of my office (and never returned them). Elephant, balloon and HB die by Stampin' Up. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Oxygen!

You know what is kind of cool? OXYGEN!!!  No kidding! I mean you might be all "Duh" but I'm an asthmatic so I never really saw much use for it. It never seems to be there when I truly need it.
I only ever use a little bit of it each day, but the past few months I haven't even been getting that. It's funny how that really makes doctors jump. Anyway, my allergist has me on a new inhaler. I've used it a week now and HOLY FREAKING SHIT, PEOPLE! Life is awesome again. I actually kind of feel like myself these days and not a version that got run down by a bus and left in the rain to rot and got picked over by buzzards.

Oxygen! Who knew??!!!!
The Fine Print: I am so excited to not be feeling blucky anymore!  (blucky=a combination of blah and yucky). So now I'll probably catch this cold they are passing around at work. Jerks.  Stampin' stuff by Stampin' Up. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Apocalypse Preparation

Remember the good old days where if you saved someone's life during a zombie apocalypse (or some other significant disaster) they were all like, "Thank you for saving my life! I appreciate your every little gesture of kindness. I only have this sharpened stick but I will fight loyally by your side!"

Nowadays it is all: What do you mean you don't have gluten free rations?! I only drink water bottled in New Hampshire during the full moon! I follow a strict Paleo diet and sleep on 4000 thread count sheets. None of this will do for me. I cannot believe you have not catered to my every need. I am going to sit here and pout until you fix this gross negligence.

Yep, and that's just one of the many reasons I hate people.
The Fine Print: So true, not all who wander are lost; some of us are just trying to get away from the bullshit.  Mouse by House Mouse, greeting by Stampin' Up, dies by Spellbinders. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Joy to the World

Hey!!!! Did you guys see that Merry Monday is back in action after a summer break?! I'm excited to see that since I really need to get into the Christmas card action. I made some Christmas cards at a friend's house recently and that helped cement the mood.
Here is one of the cards we made. This card is cooler in person. It was hard to photograph because of the  glitter tape along one edge. The card has a very nice vintage vibe. Since it has "Joy" on it, I can play along. I'm hoping I can make it a weekly thing from here on out.
The Fine Print: I can' really tell you anything about the card except the poinsettia was cut out of something like felt like shelf liner paper. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Mailbag Tuesday?!

I tried in vain multiple times yesterday to update my blog and the powers that be conspired against me. I was willing to lay the blame right on Blogger's feet where it so often goes, but in hindsight, I think it was Firefox who steered me wrong.



And here is my September calendar:
And that is about all there is for today because today is Tuesday but since yesterday was a holiday it is really a Monday in disguise. Those are alway so tricky and mean.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

September 2

So today is the second day of September but I still don't really have any words for you. I do have this card that is similar to yesterday's card.
The Fine Print: Yep, Stampin' Up again.

Friday, September 1, 2017

September 1

Today is the first day of September. That's really about all the words I have for you or anyone.
The Fine Print: All products by Stampin' Up. Oops, no calendar today. I didn't think that through. Or photograph the September calendar. Or even make it yet.  One of these days, hopefully within the next 30 of 'em.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Adventures

May your adventures continue! Unless of course you live along the Texas Gulf Coast, in which case, you've probably had your fill of adventures.

The Fine Print: Stamps by Stampin' Up, topiary die by someone else whose name eludes me right now. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

An Eye for An Eye

Poppy (the cat of  'Hello Beautiful' fame) gets these gooey eyes from time to time. She has these soothing eye drops the vet gave her and I am to use them when her eyes get bad. I've never been overly impressed with the vet's eye drops as they lessen the problem, but it doesn't go away and it takes a solid two weeks for it to happen.

But this time I noticed a difference in one day. Poppy's eyes were clear and she wasn't sounding like her whole head was full of snot. I was all like, "Whoa! What happened?"  Well, what happened is I gave her people eye drops instead.
These were from when I had an eye infection in December and they have antibiotics in them. You can bet if Poppy's gooey eyes come back I'm telling her doctor to give her antibiotic drops not just soothing eye drops. BTW, I haven't been giving them to Poppy 3 times a day like I had to take them. She's been getting them once a day. I'll probably give them to her for 7 days to make sure the problem is licked. Well, not licked. If she starts licking then she has to wear the cone of shame. Let's leave licking out of the equation.
Here's a boring looking cat card. This is all on the front of the card. Hubby said the window should open to the inside of the card so you can see the cat face. Yep, that would have been cool.

The Fine Print: So yes, this means my Pirate Eye Problem goes way back to last year. Stamps, dies and punches by Stampin' Up. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

August 28 Mail Call!

During the past week the mailman brought me the following goodies, including a prize!
Then he brought me a cat, because you always need more of those!
Then he brought me a little girl and a hummingbird all on the same day!

While this card didn't come in the mail, I thought it should count. It was a thank you card for hosting the impromptu solar viewing party.
Then I got even more in the mail!
All in all the mailman has been pretty good to me this past week. I guess we won't kill him yet. :-P

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Rudolph Days - Mitten Time

It's mitten time! I'm not kidding either. It might be August and I might be in Southern Arizona but I also work in an office that can sometimes double as a meat locker. So I always have my mittens at the ready. Sure I get mocked but I think that is because my coworkers are secretly jealous.
I know my mittens won't get mocked at the Rudolph Days challenge. They are all about all things winter and Christmasy. Check it out! And maybe play along so you'll have some cards already made when that C-word holiday rolls around.

The Fine Print: Mittens 'n stamps by Stampin' Up.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Hello Beautiful

Yesterday, after work I'd decided that I'd had enough of everybody and everything and sprawled across the bed next to that cat. A few minutes later my hubby came into the room and said, "Well, hel-LOW Beautiful!"

The cat looked up and him and gave him a happy and welcoming meow.

I dissolved into giggles.
The Fine Print: Isn't that sweet that my hubby calls my cat beautiful? Poppy sure liked it, she purred in delight for quite some time.  Stampin' stuff by Stampin' Up. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Nice Girl From the Science Department

So my husband is a geek and because he is a geek he has geek friends. They do things like have official NASA-sanctioned solar viewing glasses made for the fun of it. Oh, and to advertise their solar photography hobby, which is a really geeky hobby in case you didn't know.

Because of this I had not one but two official NASA-sanctioned pairs of solar viewing glasses yesterday during the eclipse. I also have a problematic eye so I was leery of looking at the sun even with NASA's permission. However, thanks to a super enthusiastic coworker I grabbed up my two pairs of solar shades and ventured into the sun yesterday.

My coworker had been trying to drum up interest in his pinhole solar eclipse viewing rig that he put together. And by "put together" I mean plucked off the bulletin board. See, once upon a time the marketing department where I work made round cardboard flyers advertising our business. They were round because our logo is round.  Because of their roundness everyone felt compelled to hang theirs up up jabbing a thumbtack right in the middle and that's makes for the perfect solar eclipse viewer.

I confess to being skeptical of the geekery involved in a pinhole viewing rig so I just had to see how that was going to work.  Well, it was truly impressive, made even more impressive by then slapping on the official NASA goggles and staring at the sun. So much so, that my coworker ran off to round up everyone he could to come look at our pinhole eclipse viewer and stare at the sun with our shades. More and more people came while I was standing around with a piece of cardboard and two pairs of glasses. I was more than happy to share in the awe that is a partial eclipse.

Because our piece of cardboard had the logo on it people were muttering about the official Pima College Solar Eclipse Viewer we had and saying how it was nice it was to have the opportunity to see the eclipse.
I swear there is a pinhole in there.
And I'm holding the logo crooked.
It was a lot of fun even if I did later curse my geeky husband for making me have to stand in the sun for an hour and a half and talk to people. At least I had something cool to talk to them about. You know a lot of people are going to remember and talk about the day they came to college and ended up seeing the solar eclipse. I just hope none of them go prowling the science or astronomy departments looking for me since I'm just not that geeky. Really.
The Fine Print: Official Pima College Solar Eclipse Viewer by Pima College. Stampin' stuff by Stampin' Up. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Mailbag Monday

I knew this week was going to pale in comparison to last week's bonanza, but what lacked in quantity was made up in quality.  Check out these masterpieces, especially the flowers on that gatefold card. They are wonderfully 3D.



Sunday, August 20, 2017

W W J D ?

Forget Jesus, What Would Judy Do?! With her day off today? One would think that she would be playing with paper and making fabulous creations but that doesn't seem to be happening.  But that is only because the few creations she has fussed with today have fallen flat on their faces. The day is still young yet though.

Here is a project from the other day that did not fall flat on its face. In fact, it stood up and pranced around proudly.

The Fine Print: Stamps and DSP from Stampin' Up.