Friday, July 21, 2017

Tag, You're It

My stamp club does a tag swap each month when we meet. I don't usually play along mostly because it slips my mind and also I'm not really a tag kind of person.

I played this month though because the theme was "Life's a Journey" and a tag by any other name is a bookmark. That just worked too well together for me to pass up.
Not the best photo because I took it in the middle of a thunderstorm in the dark under my desk lamp which gives off some sort of unearthly light, but you get the idea.

The Fint Print: Stamps by Taylored Expressions, tag topper punch by Stampin' Up, threads 'n stuff from my stash. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Super Duper Girl

Look! It's a bird! It's a plane! No! It's Super Duper Girl!
I made this card for an open-to-your-interpretation card exchange called "Crash, Boom, Bang." I think since this exchange is happening in July they were thinking fireworks, but Independence Day is over and done with so I opted for what popped into my brain--the sounds a comic book hero make when fighting the bad guys.

You know: Boom. Crash. Bang. Biff.  The "biff" is always a favorite one of mine.

Anywho, that's all I got for you today.

The Fine Print: Super hero girl by Mama Elephant, city dies by Memory Box, sky die by Stampin' Up (a sneak peak). 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Taste of Ice Cream

Sometimes all you need to make everything in life feel fine is a scoop of ice cream. Sometimes you need more than one scoop.



Here's hoping that you aren't having a 5-scoop day.

The Fine Print: Supplies by Stampin' Up

Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday Monday Monday

It's time for mailbag Monday where I show you the mail I received in the last week. I only got one thing leading me to believe that one of you is pilfering mail out of box. Right? I mean that's the only logical explanation.

Yes, there are two cards here but the top one is from the previous week that got left out. Since we seem to be lacking cards I'll show you this magic mushroom card I made the other day. A friend said to me that her mushroom background paper wasn't nearly as colorful as mine. I told her that's because she hasn't colored hers in yet.
The Fine Print: By gosh, who invented these things called Mondays?! Wild about you card all products by Stampin' Up cuz I'm a SU pusher. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Duck in a Truck

Love is in the air. So is humidity. It's okay though because we actually got rain to go with it.  For visual proof, see the photo below.
Yes, that is a rubber ducky floating the back of my truck. You can also see a zillion paint chips and the like from our recent house painting. The other fluff is pollen. No wonder my allergies are a mess. I truck in pollen from work!

The Fine Print: Balloon and cloud dies by Stampin' Up. Truck by Toyota. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Mailbag Mania - July 10

I only have one card to share with you this week. It isn't that I only received one card in the mail--I got three. I sort of never got around to photographing the other two. But that's something to look forward to for next week.
This card is nice and sparkly and festive and fun. It inspired me on a card I needed to make. I can't share that with you either because that picture is still on my camera.

I'm sounding pretty hopeless but in my defense, I'm seriously allergic to my own house. It got painted this weekend. Our little pink house is now a little brown house. I guess it really isn't "little" but it isn't a McMansion either although we contemplated moving into one during a moment of madness.

Anyway, it's the fumes from the paint (and probably all the dust that got stirred up) that is wreaking havoc on my allergies. Probably I should leave my house outside to air out...
I card I made.

The Fine Print: Balloon card parts from and old Simon Says Stamp kit. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Thank You Twice

I copied this from a good friend of mine because it was too fun not to copy. If you ask me, it's the paper that makes it. Or maybe the colors. Or maybe the design. Yeah....
The Fine Print: Stamps and designer paper by Stampin' Up (retired).

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Artist

I recently found some of these 3D decoupage sheets stashed away. I had them all set up to make 4 cards but somehow never finished them. I made this one first and another one second, and then called it a day and put them away so I can pull them out again in a decade or so.

The Fine Print: Some lady copied these and sold them to our stamp group for the price of the copies, probably a violation of several federal laws.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Fall Has Not Fallen Lately

I found some autumn colored papers tucked neatly away in a stash 'o stuff and suddenly had the urge to use them, which I did even though fall is currently nowhere in sight.
The Fine Print: Fall really is the best season in Southern Arizona--all two weeks of it. Mouse by Great Impressions. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Bus is Late

At work I often have to do a shift on the switchboard for our department. The phone number is for our department but it is treated like a general information line. I guess I should clarify that it is treated like a general information line for the college I work for. We're not in the business of giving general information for all of life's little follies.

But that doesn't stop people from calling and asking us about them. The other day I was asked if I could Google a phone number for a casino "after all you have a computer right there in front of you." Indeed I do so I did. The very next call was asking me what road the airport was on. I mentioned to my fellow phone-answerer these calls and she told me she recently told someone how to cook fish.
I suppose it is all fine and well if we aren't busy and we know the answers. Yesterday a different phone-answerer got upset because the caller wanted to know why her city bus was late. My coworker told the lady she had no idea and that was a question best asked of the city bus people and offered to look up and give out the city bus hotline number. But no the caller insisted that she called our number all the time and "that nice lady" would look up her route and times for her.

I can attest that I am not that "nice lady" because I don't know the first thing about riding the bus and neither did the my coworker. The lady insisted and persisted, wanting to talk to the supervisor about our lack of customer service. She hung up in a snit before we could get the supervisor involved (and he said he backed us all the way for not giving out city bus information).

Seriously, the city bus people will know if the bus broke down, or was hijacked, or if the routes and times changed. All we know is that we are the end of the line for several different city bus routes. I guess we also know that unless you pay a return fare the bus driver kicks you out here rather you wanted to be way out in the desert boonies with us or not.

The Fine Print: Still celebrating my independence from riding city busses and all that other good stuff. Stamps and banner punch by Stampin' Up. Other stuff from my stash. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

July 4th

Happy July 4th no matter where you are or what you're doing. Hopefully it is something fun.
I made my July calendar so now I know what the date is. It's the 4th in case you didn't catch that.  The 11th has a star because it is a little known national holiday--hubby's birthday. 
The Fine Print: Teddy bear stamp by Stampin' Up, calendar and elephant stamp by Taylored Expressions.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Mail Day Monday July 3

I still don't have a July calendar to show you but that's okay because time marches on whether you acknowledge it or not. I do have mail to share with you though.

 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Howdy

Greetings from the wild, wild, wild, wild west. Yep, it's pretty wild around here. I went all day without a nap.

The Fine Print: Cactus stamp from Paper Smooches.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Neverending Month

This is the day I would normally show you my July calendar page, but according to this calendar, we aren't done with June yet.
The Fine Print: That and I haven't actually made my July calendar yet because I was convinced that June would never end. BTW, that mini calendar has July 1 in the right place.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Get Well

This faux tissue box get well card is a favorite of mine because it is so easy to make. It also folds flat for mailing. When people see it they get excited and note that you could fit one of those mini packets of tissues in them. Ah.... but then it wouldn't lay flat for mailing.
This one does because it is just a few sheets of buns' wipe* tucked in there.

*Buns' wipe also known as loo roll, bum wad, arsewipe, ass napkins, toilet roll, TP or toilet paper; formerly known as last year's Sears and Roebuck catalog.

The Fine Print: Stamp by Hambo Stamps. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Triple Threat Ice Cream

I've been having this thing for ice cream lately, which isn't odd given that it has been in the one hundred and teens for temperature, but is odd given the belly ache it gives me. So I decided to make do with paper ice cream (which is sort of like paper dolls, but not really).
I had this card base die cut and decorated with the designer paper lying around for an unnaturally long time so I finally finished it off with my triple threat ice cream. I even made a matching envelope.
The Fine Print: I suspect the die is Sizzix (I don't have it) and the ice cream is DeNami Designs. And I can't eat ice cream because I have no gall bladder and can't eat high in fat foods, not because I'm lactose intolerant. I'm so tired of people giving me that brother-in-arms lactose intolerant buddies high five. Shut up and pass me the cheese. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Minty Moose

I'd forgotten all about this darling card I made at a friend's house until I uncovered it the other day. Here I was thinking this wasn't an appropriate time to share a moose, but then the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge came along and told me it was the best time to share a moose.
And you can't argue with that logic, now can you?!

The Fine Print: All products by Stampin' Up, probably all retired by now. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Mail Bag Monday - June 26

This week's mail started off with a contest participation prize--how fun is that?!
Then these swap cards came in to brighten my week.



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Patriotic Pig - TTT03

It's time to play Tic Tac Toe again. This time I went for a diagonal flight from the top to the bottom. My card base is blue, I've wrapped twine (and tied a persnickety bow) and I laid many many rectangular wood planks onto my card.
I was inspired by a card I saw where wood grain paper had been cut into planks and placed on the card. I thought I'd change that up but using different colored and textured woods for mine in patriotic red, white, and blue.

Once my card was done I thought it was rather ridiculous, but in the way that makes you laugh and puts a smile on your face. I call that a win!

Speaking of winning, did you see that I was chosen as a Designer Pick for my last TTT entry? How cool is that!
The Fine Print: Piggy from Stampin' Up (This Little Piggy), designer paper by My Mind's Eye (on the bright side, dies by Stampin' Up and Spellbinders, twine from my stash.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Swim!

The Fine Print: Card base, stamps, and parts by Club Scrap except embellishments by SU. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fluttering By

Just a quick fly-by "hi" today. It's a busy one.
The Fine Print: Probably by Stampin' Up. Unless it isn't.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

All Wrapped Up

This weekend brings my big stamp club meeting where we do a themed card exchange. They made the themes more esoteric this year where you have to ponder about what you think it means and how that translates to your card.
This time the theme is "It's a Wrap" which sounds suspiciously movie like but you can also wrap presents or be wrapped up in something and for some reason fish wrappers popped to mind. I decided to layer up my wrappings.
We start with a belly band wrapped around the card, then the inside of the card has a piece of ribbon wrapped around the edge. The image is of tulips wrapped in paper, wrapped with twine.  So there you have it--my take on the swap.

The Fine Print--Designer paper, ribbon, and stamp by Stampin' Up. Heart punch by EK Success. Circle dies by Spellbinders. Cardstock from my stash.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy Humpday

Just Thinking of You Today
No, really, I was.

The Fine Print: Card base and parts from Club Scrap.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

In Your Bowl


Lookie! Lookie! I was soooo proud of myself for making this shaker card without adult supervision. I'm not sure why I get myself so worked up over shaker cards. They aren't nearly as hard as I think they are going to be.

I suspect it is because I learned to do them back in the day when the backing was foam core (like those presentation boards for your kid's science project). Those things were the biggest bitch to cut.

Then I learned foam tape and all the shaker bits stuck to them. Now I know the trick to wipe some baby powder down the sides of the foam tape with a cotton swab to remove the stickiness. And it helps to use quality foam tape, not that old stuff from the dollar store you found in the back of your drawer.

Life in my bowl is awesome!

The Fine Print: Fish in bowl stamp by Stampin' Up, greeting from dollar bin stamp. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Tic Tac Toe No. 2

I meant to get off my generous bee-hind and join in the inaugural Tic Tac Toe challenge last week, but it never came together for me. However, I got it together this week for challenge number 2.
I went straight across the middle to create this gray and yellow birthday card. I actually made it for man but decided it was too frilly for the man in question. If I had a hexagon and some wood I could have filled the whole board.
The Fine Print: All products by Stampin' Up except liquid pearls (Ranger) and gold brad (stash).

Manic Mail Monday - June 19

It is time to share what the postman brought me this week. The week started off with some patriotism, which is sorely needed around this place (this place being the country).
Then this differently opening card showed up. Black and white with a pop of red always makes my heart happy. That front panel tucks under the flowers popped up on the front.

My friend sent along this sweetie. It had a little cat puzzle inside it which is why it looks rather crushed by the mailing process.
Next these glittery fishies swam by to wish me a happy day and invite me to lunch. I suddenly feel this urge to go vegetarian.
This little note card showed up to brighten my day.  It was a good week!