Monday, June 28, 2010


Just a few photos of what is blooming in my yard!
Have a great Monday.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Stocking Up

I made this card using the patterned paper that I had out. I am beginning to make some inventory for the two craft fairs that I have coming up in the fall. I figured that I should begin with using the pieces of patterned paper that are out in my work area before cutting up new sheets.

I still need to take a picture of the quilled project that I did in the class last weekend. I will try to remember to do that tonight and post tomorrow.

Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Recap and A Card

Just an update and some observations.

Do you remember the unity that we Americans shared after the tragedy of 9/11?
Do you remember that we all were respectful of our fellow man and didn't act like jerks to one another?
I have been noticing lately that people are acting like real buffoons while driving, while in line.
There are however those that are kind and considerate but they are becoming far and few between.
Do we really need a tragedy to act civil to each other?

Okay, I am off my soapbox.

Saturday I learned how to paper quill. What a fun thing to do with paper. Of course because I don't own the nifty guide that we used in class the items I made at home were not all uniform. But it was nice to make a project and learn the technique.

Sunday I went to a Cubs game and it was the best!
The Cubs won, the weather was fantastic, the seats were GREAT and I had my first experience taking the Skokie Swift and Red Line to the park. It made the travel part of it so much easier and so much cheaper.

I forgot my camera at home and hope the weather will clear (rain) so that I can take some pictures of the new flowers that are blooming in my yard. I also have another card to showcase so I will need to remember to put my camera in my briefcase.

In the interim here is a card that I made over the weekend.

Have a great Wednesday!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Mere Thanks Are Not Enough

I saw Sex and the City 2 last night with my friends Rhonda and Bubbles. I made it to the theater just in time to visit the little chick's room and see one trailer and then the movie started. Afterwards we went out to eat and our friend Sue (Chops) joined us and we sat, ate and discussed the fashions in the movie. Some I would love to own and others made me think, Yikers! who the heck came up with that outfit? I didn't think it was as good as the first movie, but I love the characters and was happy to have a sequel.

I am taking a paper quilling class at a local stamp store tomorrow afternoon and then on Sunday will be going to cheer on my Cubs with my sister, brother-in-law and cousin.

What are your weekend plans?

I seem to be stuck in this type of card fold. It was something new and different for me and I am using it alot recently.

This card is for my friend Stacie who so graciously opened her home so that nine of the JUG's could have a vacation in Las Vegas to celebrate those of us turning 50 years old this year. It took me awhile but I have finally gotten around to making the card and getting a gift card so that her and her hubby can treat themselves to something as a reward for putting up with us.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Pomp and Circumstance

Hello and happy Tuesday.
I hope that everyone had a great weekend.
I had a ton of fun.
Friday was our company outing to unveil the new company logo. I had to stay at the office to wait for the mail carrier to bring the mail and then make our bank deposit so I missed some of the fun.
After that party I went to the racetrack to help my friend Bubbles celebrate joining the 50 year old club. So nice to have another member.
Had some luck playing the ponies and had a really great time.

Saturday I went to the health club and worked out. It was both fun and a lot of hard work. It felt good to get sweaty and lift some weights. Oh how I wish I had a gym in my house because that would make it sooooo much easier. LOL!!! I probably would find an excuse not to go to my home gym too.

Sunday I spent doing chores and laundry and a little bit of organizing. I have another bag to go to the Salvation Army so I am making some purging progress.

Does anyone else like the show "Drop Dead Diva"? The second season just started up and I made the card below for my great nephew who graduated from 8th grade while watching that show. I know the card is a smidge late but I knew I had those embellishments it was just that I had to "find" them in the black hole of my crafting supplies. Each step I make to getting organized will help to eliminate the problem of "finding" things that I know I have.
I could just be more organized in whole and I would have had the card made months before I needed it. OH, to be that good!!! If that ever happened I would have to change my name to Martha (as in Stewart) LOL!!!!!

Have a great day!!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

A Day of Fun

What a great week.
The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.
Today is our company outing and I only have to work 1/2 day.
My childhood friend Bubbles turns 50 and we are celebrating at Arlington Park racecourse with the thoroughbred horses.
This weekend I am going to spend some time doing some crafting and having some fun.
Hope you have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

I Love the Colors

The colors of the flowers in my yard are changing as some blooms die out and others open up their spectacular petals. Here are some recent photos of the flowers in bloom.

Hope you enjoy!

Here is a card that I made for a childhood friend that is turning 50 tomorrow.

Friday, June 04, 2010

New To Me

I don't have a card to post today. Instead I spent last night at a class where we used a magazine as our paper and stamped an image in black ink and then embossed with black embossing powder. The different hues of the magazine image is what gave the flower that we stamped it's appeal. The paper by no means has the sturdiness of cardstock or even that of patterned paper but it was an interesting technique. I guess if you need it to be a bit more durable you could put a light coat of a water soluble glue that dries clear.

The other technique was to do the same thing on patterned paper. It really does add a special look to the stamped image.

Since I really did not do a good job on my embossing, in fact I was really a big spazz when it came to getting a good image I will have to refrain from posting my class projects. I will try the technique soon and post a worthy sample.

Have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Tis The Season

Well it is that time of year when all those students who spent countless hours reading textbooks and studying for tests reap the benefits and get to wear that cap & gown and march to that lovely tune. For many that piece of paper is the opening to greater things. Whether it be moving on in the school process or getting that first full time job. Congratulations to you all for your hard work and dedication.

Here is a card that I made for a graduation party that I am attending this Saturday.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Kick off to Summer

Well the Memorial Day weekend has passed and we can now officially where white (not that I believe that rule). I had a good weekend. Rode my bike to the local stamp store (about 1 mile each way) and attended their "garage sale". Got a couple of used stamps and the special during the hour when I was there was buy one 12x12 patterned paper sheet and get one free. I bought the patterned paper featured in the card below. How perfect that I had a stamp that matches it very well. Thank goodness that I took the time to catalogue all of my SU stamp sets because it was very easy to flip through my binder and find a good stamp to go with the paper.

Later on Saturday I spent the afternoon and early evening floating and chatting in my friend's pool. Nothing like relaxing in the sun with good friends. We were supposed to go see the new Sex In the City movie but chose staying in the pool instead. I figure I can always see the movie when the weather is bad.

Sunday I did a little purging (cleaned out a drawer and started a bag for Salvation Army) and some playing in the garden. Almost have everything planted and then it is on to other outside projects. The strawberries that we planted are beginning to get little strawberry buds on them. Sure do hope that we have a bumper crop, lol. As much of a crop that you can get from nine plants growing in a topsy turvy, lol!!!!

It rained on Monday so I spent 5 hours working and trying to make a dent in the workload that piled up while I was out on vacation (Vegas) and my surgery (gall bladder). Monday marked 3 weeks since the surgery and I hope to get to the gym this weekend as it will be just about 4 weeks. I feel great and everything on the outside has healed so it is time to get started on exercise and test out the insides. No weights but I need to do some cardio.

Should get back to work, just wanted to post the card and a small update.

Did you have a good weekend?

Thanks for the comment Ann on the previous post. I hope that you enjoyed the flower pictures and when the next group blooms I'll post more.

Have a great Wednesday!!!!