Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tag You're It....

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month's featured stamp of the month is "Limited Edition", S1109. If you are coming here from Diann Soling's Blog
you're on the right path.  Don't forget to check out all the consultant's this month for all their amazing ideas.   
There are so many things you can do with set, and I'm sticking with the whole tag idea for the most part. Tags are wonderful, you can put them on any and everything.  I'm going to use these Halloween tags for wine bottles.  They would be great on little treat bags and what-nots for any Halloween party!
How about this tag.....what a way to say I'm so proud of you, but with this tag on a 
neat little nick-knack....
Or, these tags are a perfect gift for any hostess....a year full of tags.  Super quick to put together.
Are you done with tags yet?  Well here's a quick card I put together.  Like I said earlier this month out with old and in with the new. So I pulled out our clear cards and made this really cute shaker card.  Sorry about the picture quality.  Hopefully Santa brings me a new and better camera and a class at my local college for photograph......

Now "Hop" on over to Debbie Little's Blog and see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great ideas!  For up close pictures of the tags for a year keep scrolling down.  Enjoy.
For a supply list please leave a comment with your email address.  I have used so many stamp sets.  I'll be more than happy to provide you with a list individually. 
There's a lot of changes happening with CTMH and one of them is the SOTM.  You can get this month's SOTM for just $5 with any purchase of $50 in products from your consultant or you can get it flat out for just.....$17.95...WOW, what a deal.

Check out this great printable flyer for you here with all the details for August's SOTM, remember its only available through August 31, 2011! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at retail or discounted for just $5.00.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Totally "Wicked"

Still having a wicked time with this month's Stamp of the Month by Close To My Heart.  I just can't get enough of this stamp set, what is it called, "WICKED".  Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year.  I could make something Halloweenish everyday and never get bored.  There's something magical and kinda creepy about it, or it could be that I like, black, purple, green, orange and vintage decor too!  Now, I'm not into all that cutesy Halloween stuff like ghosts and monsters and stuff like that, but give me a vintage look and I'm all in.  

A few months back I began stamping on candles and I'm hooked.  For the past few weeks I've been looking for a foe flame-less candle to decorate and today while I was in JoAnn's I found one.  I could hardly wait to get home and start this project.  I have a tone of stuff to do today, like finish laundry, wash, wax and clean out my car, and a lot more that I don't even want to think about.  But I couldn't help myself. As I sent my hubby out the door to work, I moved my car in the driveway with every intention that I was going to start on it right away.  As I waived goodbye, I ran into the house and went right to my room.  Am I wicked or what?

I chose this form of candle because I wanted it to illuminate my design.......Now, stamping on candles is tricky enough, but this was even harder.  For some reason the consistency of the foe candles is different from a real candle which made it hard to transfer your images without causing damage to the candle.  There are some imperfections, but I'm sure I'm the only one who can see them..... Above is the front side of the candle and below is the back side.


Products used are, CTMH August Stamp of the Month Wicked (S1108); CTMH All Hallows Eve (C1462); Jet Black Archival Ink; tissue paper, wax paper; flame-less foe candle from JoAnn's ($7.99) less 40% off coupon; and a new Halloween stamp set from my favorite gal, Martha Stewart; and don't forget the green stickles!!!!!  Gotta have that bling for her stockings and for the brew.

Check out other featured artwork with this "Wicked" stamp set here from my blog earlier this month.

And for more candle stamping ideas here.


Monday, August 22, 2011

I've been out of it for a bit.  Thank you for being so patient with me.  Two weeks ago, my oldest doggie Jasmine wasn't feeling well.  I thought she had a bladder infection or something like that.  She was drinking so much water and going all the time.  So, I took her to the vet and she was diagnosed with Diabetes.  What?  I have to give my dog shots?  Needles scare me, especially if I have to give it to someone or something else.  I'm glad to say I'm coping with my fears.  Jasmine is use to the injections and is taking it like a trooper.  Now, that's just the beginning of it.  Being diagnosed is the first thing, then regulating it is new.  Each Monday I take her to the vet to have blood drawn to determine her diabetic curve.  Jasmine is a 90 pound Rottweiler and getting her in and out of my truck is definitely a chore, but worth it for sure.  She started out with 10 units of insulin, then 12, and now today she is up to 18 units and still not balanced.  Big bummer, since I know she hates getting her blood drawn every 2 hours each Monday.

If that wasn't enough, last Monday, I called the vet while Jasmine was there and told them that my middle doggie wasn't eating or potting right, so off we went to the vet with her sister, Kimber too.  With all 3 at the vet, the story gets more intense.  After an exam and x-rays, Reese needs emergency surgery.  WHAT????  Yep, they seemed to think she had swallowed something and had a blockage somewhere.  Ok, reality hit, and the surgery went on.  Two hours later, the vet called and said I could come pick her up for the evening.  Luckily she didn't swallow anything, but she was diagnosed with a deformed section of her intestines which caused her problem to begin with and that she has pancreatitis.  So the next morning she was back at the vet for fluid injections all day.  Now, all three puppies are on special diets, like clock work every 12 hours for feeding and medication.

To keep my mind off everything going on I tried and tried to create in my room with no luck.  I actualy have 4 projects going at once.  I just can't focus.  Now that everything has somewhat calmed down on our home front, I'm back in my room finishing up what I've started.  Here is the first page of a layout I started last week.  Out with the old and in with the new.......using older and the newist products available with CTMH.  This layout is my version of page one of "Out of the Hat" page 82 from CTMH's Magic Book.  Isn't my grandma cute?  Don't let her fool you, celebrating the big 87 this year, she's tough as nails, with a sweeter side.

Products used:

Roxie Paper X7140B
Mischief Paper X7144B
Bookplates Z117
Filigree Charms Z1269
Metal Accessories Z1403
Metal Assortment Brads Z1366
Heirloom Assortments Z1635
Pewter Designer Brads Z1146
Black Ink
Black Embossing Powder
Cocoa Ink
Instant Memories Stamp Set C1466
You and Me Stamp Set D1495
Universal Backgrounds D1477
Black thread......AND
Cricut Art Philosophy Collection Z1686
Memory Game Box, 3x3 Chipboard Pieces

Hopefully I finish this layout in the next few days once I get more pictures printed out.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Walking the Plank

 Well my brother finally did it.  At 39, just before the big 40, literally just a few weeks,  my brother decided to take the plunge.  Way to go Adam!  I didn't think he had it in him, just kidding..... A few months ago, my mother called and told me that my brother was going to marry his girlfriend of five years Angie.  Yippee.....My brother and Angie live in North Carolina and love the beach here in Florida, so they decided to get married in Vero Beach.  A week before the wedding Tropical Storm Emily popped up in the Atlantic, what a hectic time for everyone.  Family was traveling many, many miles to join in on this quaint ceremony, all the time we were hoping for good weather.

I'm sure you can see by the pictures, not a cloud in sight, Emily was blown apart in the tropics, that's Florida and hurricane season for you.  One minute its here and the next its gone and visa versa.
 Now, I can say this, my brother definitely got my dad's sense of humor.  When I walked up to my brother in the resort, I was a little baffled to see Jack Sparrow standing in the waiting area!  Yes, Jack Sparrow!! when  asked my mother who that was she said the minister.......

OMG, she was right.  What a comical ceremony it was, Adam and Angie are "Walking the Plank" together into their life's journey feet first.
Now, Tropical Storm Emily may have missed us, but that Florida summer heat index of 105 degrees at 8 am. surely didn't.  I'm not sure if Adam was sweating from heat or nerves......I know I was sweating from the humidity for sure.  How sweet, their first kiss as Husband and Wife.

Just look at this motley crew.  All mates to the galley for some grub.
Congratulations Adam and Angie, may you have a life time of happiness together.
Love your sis.....

Thursday, August 4, 2011

 What to do with this cute new product from CTMH?  The My Creation Memory Game (Z1614) is this adorable box that holds 24 3x3 chipboard pieces.  The really cool part about the box is that it has a magnet that holds the box lid tightly closed and that you can do so much with this product.
How about a wall hanging?  This actually started out to be a Christmas wall decor, but it just wasn't coming together for me.  I'm using the left over pieces from the Create-n-Take from convention. 

Or, this cute Christmas picture frame.  Just glue 4 chipboard pieces together and decorate.
AND don't forget the new CTMH exclusive Cricut Art Philosophy. Tags, frames, flowers, alphabets, and much, much more....all available to you right at your finger tips.
Check out the Create-n-Take from Convention below.
Have a great day!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Quick post today to show you what I made for my grandmother's 87th birthday this past weekend.  My grandmother never ceases to amaze me with her stories of her life.  From growing up on a farm, riding a horse and buggy to school, driving her first automobile, working at a pickle packing factory while still in high school and assembling parts for war planes during World War II. What an full life she had and that was all before she married my grandfather.

I've fallen in love with this new kick I'm on, with these wonderful framed scrapbook layouts.  I decided to do these two layouts to dedicate my grandmother's life on paper.
Notice her report card from 1937, WOW, all A's and B's, not to mention she was one of 2 classmates in the sixth grade.  I asked her the other day who was the smartest of the two and she said "me of course".....too funny.  Not to mention do you see the War Bond book?  This belonged to my Great Grandmother and Great Grandfather and their 2 children at the time my Great Uncle Kenneth and my Grandfather Harry.


Now, we move on to my grandmother's children, Harriet, Harry, Linda, Laurie and Charlie. Now, I guess you figured it out by now that "Harry" is a family name, but the real family name is the boy's middle names of "Dibb", what?  Where did those names come from, lol.  Thank goodness I have doggies...

 See the really handsome guy in the upper right hand corner? That's my daddy.
Check back tomorrow for a family reunion picture from this weekend.  P.S. When I asked my grandmother what she thought of her gift, she told me she loved it soooooo much that she actually took it to bed with her and admired it for hours until she fell asleep.  Boy, did that touch my heart.