Still here!

Happy 2012! I know it’s been ages since I posted, but the holidays were busier than even I would have anticipated. Didn’t want to miss time with the kids, since I see them so rarely. And they just get smarter.

It’s interesting to see on FB posts how a LOT of people really wanted to be done with 2011. In a couple of cases, like where a friend’s mother died suddenly, I certainly understand, but other cases I couldn’t see it so clearly. But of course, there are plenty of less-favorable issues that most people don’t post to FB, so I wouldn’t be aware of why they didn’t like last year. Despite my two surgeries, I don’t have particularly negative feelings about the year, just am ready to make some changes in 2012 that will hopefully have a very beneficial effect on life. But this leads me to the card I made yesterday. A guy I used to work with got married this week in NOLA, (so , he had a really good 2011!) and I really wanted to use one of the new stamp sets I got in the mail on the 23rd to make a card for him and his bride. This is what I came up with:


I even added the little Mr and Mrs embellishment onto the envelope, in front of where I will address it.


Materials used:

All from Papertrey Ink, unless otherwise noted

Autumn Rose felt, Loopsy Daisy die, Filigree border die, Love and Marriage stamp set, K&Co white card, Stampendous Ultra Detail white embossing powder, Tsukineko VersaMark ink, Savvy Stamps background stamp, CTMH Grey wool ink, CTMh pink paper, unknown grey paper and pink jewel brad.


You’re the Best!

I made this card to use the technique featured this week in Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday. Dawn McVey showed how to pleat ribbon, and several ways to use that technique.

Elves at work

I was gone for the holiday weekend, finally got my cast off this evening (which means I can drive) and am hard at work getting my Christmas cards made. I will post a picture of them once they’ve been sent out, but not before then. I want to try to get a card posted for the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenge by mid-week, so you should see a new photo by Thursday.

Card for Thor

I made a card for Thor, my sister’s husband who is due back from Iraq in the middle of December. So happy that he’ll back with the wife and 4 children who adore him, and so I’m sending a card for to be waiting for him when he returns. I didn’t show in the photos how the door opens and Ii wrote “So glad you’re back safe!”

Rain or Shine

I tried to post a photo of the layout I finished yesterday, but my scanner was just NOT cooperating! (step away from the electronics, Sarah, before you throw it out the window) But I photographed the card I completed today. The stamps are from My Favorite Things and border dies are from Papertrey Ink, My Favorite Things, and EK Success. I used Tsukineko VersaMark ink to create a watermark image of an umbrella over the inside sentiment.

Where does time disappear to?

Seriously, I feel like days just fly by, and I’m not even back to work yet. Trying desperately to get something done to account for my time, so I don’t feel like a complete non-contributor. I will have at least one new layout or card to post by the end of today (even if I have to finish it at 2 minutes to midnight.)

Hubby was not as impressed by “West Side Story” as I was, by a long shot. I’ll give him credit, he said he was glad he had seen it once, that it made me happy and that he hadn’t realized that he had already heard so many songs from the musical before. Also admitted that if he knew it/heard it better, it might have been better, but noted that there were points when I and the rest of the audience laughed but he missed the humor simply b/c he could hear what they were singing, or the like. And gang members breaking into a dance as they walked down the street was a stretch for him. But he went with me and smiled as he saw tears running down my face at the end, so I gotta give him props. And my favorite scene remains Rita Moreno and the girls kicking it up in “America.” That was such a fun dress she got to wear!

Hello world!

No turning back now, right?

In an effort to get me creating more regularly, as well as sharing the work I have created and the thought process that goes into it all, I decided to create this blog. I see women who are so much busier than I am keep up their blogs, it’s time to jump into the fray. I will also share news from my life and once in a while, my take on what’s happening out in the world. But I promise not to preach. The only subject I will carry on about is the need for all women to find some way to exercise some creativity.

Right now I’m pretty jazzed that I get to introduce my husband to one of my favorite musicals tonight. Apparently, it’s the 50th anniversary of the Broadway premier of “West Side Story”, and Fathom Events is telecasting a live performance of  it to movie theaters around the country. We’ll go up to the IMAX theater in Woodridge to see it, should be even bigger than actual size. Bill hadn’t realized that “WSS” was based on Shakepeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” I admit I was influence by last night’s episode of “Glee”, but I have always adored the movie version. My alma mater, Luther College, also performed it my senior year. I don’t know how this telecast thing will go, but I hope Bill enjoys it. He’s generally pretty open to Broadway-type musicals.