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Pancakes, no card. But just wait until tomorrow!

Okey Dokey Everyone, today’s post is basically to let you know that there isn’t a card to post. Well, there is a card, but there is NO time to write about it, upload the images, etc. etc.

By the time you read this I will be taking tickets at our 51st annual Kiwanis Kids’ Day Parade and Pancake feed. Or making pancakes, or clearing tables, or something. We start serving at 6 a.m., but actually, folks start coming at 5:30 and we are usually ready for them by that time. gettin ready

This is our tent, set up yesterday on the street next to Central Park. We can seat about 200 at a time.

This morning all the tables, chairs, grills, supplies, butter, syrup, etc were brought in from our storage shed. We have 4 grills. One of them is round, and goes ’round and ’round. By the time it makes a revolution, the first pancakes poured are ready to flip. By the time it comes around again, they are done. Pretty cool.

So, this is the reason for no card post today. I spent all morning from 8 until lunch helping with the set up. Then at 3:30 went back to town to help make the pancake batter.

We used 90 dozen eggs, 18 pounds of butter, 27 gallons of buttermilk. I forget the amount of flour and other ingredients. And, I don’t remember how many pounds of sausage we use, but it is a LOT. We serve between 1,900 and 2,200 each year.

I think the number varies depending on the weather, and whatever else is going on in the state, and whether or not either Iowa or Iowa State have home games. Both have a pretty large following from the area.

I have to be there by 5:30. We serve until 1:00, right through the parade and everything. The parade is usually about an hour long. We also have free activities for the kids, a clown, etc. It has become a Timeless Tradition, which is also the theme of the parade this year.

It is a fun day for everyone, including us Kiwanians, but it is also a LOT of work.

Then it is clean up, take everything back to the shed, tear down the tent, pack it up and take it to the shed also. By the time all is said and done, I will be too tired to make a card for tomorrow’s post, so I decided to explain why there is no card today.

BUT JUST WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW! I made a very lovely (I think) sympathy card to show you.

So, until then…….I’m havin’ PANCAKES!!

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Sneak Peek Painted Harvest Card Revealed!

Hey All! I hope you are having a good day. To all of you who may get to read this who are facing the clean-up from Irma, Harvey or wildfires, God Bless You All. I cannot imagine the heart-rending pain and the physical labor you face.

Yesterday I posted some gift tags attached to jars of canned goods. These are for the friend who gave me the excess produce from their garden. I canned vegetables for soup and my own version of vegetable juice cocktail. They will get a jar of each with a pretty tag.

Not only did they give the the produce, they picked it! I am blessed.

The card for today goes along with the jars and tags.wild wing creations3

I began with a Very Vanilla card base. The mat is Cajun Craze and the art panel background is from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper. This paper is beautiful.

I liquid glued this panel to the Cajun Craze, then wrapped a length of Burlap Ribbon around and taped it on the back. A little liquid glue adhered the ribbon to the front.

Using the Everyday Label punch, I punched, surprise! A label! in Very Vanilla. Using a Sponge Dabber I inked the edges with a little Chocolate Chip, leaving it pretty pale in the center. The sentiment is from Painted Harvest and is in stamped-off-once Chocolate Chip. This was attached over the ribbon with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

A leaf from Painted Harvest was stamped in Lemon Lime Twist and the second stamp (this is a two step leaf) in Always Artichoke. This was punched out using the matching leaf punch and adhered with Glue Dots, as was the Linen Thread double bow.

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The sunflower, also a two-step stamp in Painted Harvest, was stamped first in Crushed Curry, then the second stamp in Cajun Craze on Very Vanilla card stock. Remember, this matches what I did yesterday with the gift tags. I made a mask of the flower by stamping it on a post-it-note, then fussy cut it. This was placed over the stamped image. Then I stamped two leaves over this in Lemon Lime Twist and Always Artichoke.

Now for the fun part….fussy cutting. Some people like it, some don’t. When there is no die or punch, there is no other alternative if you want it cut out. After the flower and leaves were cut, all in one piece, I adhered it to the DSP panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the whole panel was attached to the card base, also with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside,  I stamped the sunflower and two leaves in the lower left corner, using the same colors and technique as for the one I fussy cut on the front. The upper right corner was stamped with two more of the leaves.wild wing creations4

The sentiment is from Painted Harvest also, and stamped in Chocolate Chip, stamped off once. You just have to love this set! I have seen this flower stamped in greens, pinks, even purple and pink! All are lovely. However, for this card, I was going for an autumn look and wanted to match my previously made gift tags.

To finish this set, I stamped another flower and leaves on the front of a medium Very Vanilla Envelope, wild wing creations1

and used more of the Painted Autumn DSP on the flap.

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This finishes a fun set to give to a dear friend.

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Card Cuts: Very Vanilla: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″, sentiment label 2″ x3″, fussy cut flower and punched leaf 3″ x 4-1/2″; Cajun Craze: 4″ x 5-1/4″; Autumn Harvest DSP: 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.

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Stampin’ Up! Painted Harvest tags

I Thought the Painted Harvest bundle would be appropriate for the tags I wanted to attach to some jars of “Harvest” that I will be giving to a friend. She and her husband were kind enough to not only give me their excess tomatoes, but they picked them as well.

You know, canning the produce takes time, and I enjoy doing it. I enjoy it even more when someone else did the backbreaking work of weeding, tending the plants and picking the produce. I get to have the benefits of the fruits of their labors. It is especially appreciated in the dead of winter, when all I have to do is go to the storeroom, grab a jar, open it, heat and eat it. Yum!

As a result of that, I thought the least I could do would be to give them a couple of jars of their processed tomatoes. This is the second picking they have given me, totaling more than a bushel.

From them, I have canned my own version of V-8 vegetable cocktail juice. It really does have 8 vegetables in it. I think it is very tasty. Not a copy of the commercial V-8, but something quite similar and different than plain tomato juice. I have canned plenty of that also.

I really didn’t think a plain old canning jar, even one with juice in it, was a very nice gift, so I proceeded to make a tag for it. Using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch (retired), I cut two tags in Very Vanilla. The Painted Harvest stamp set is great. There are so many possiblities for these stamps. I first stamped the bigger sunflower (this is a two step stamp) in Crushed Curry then over-stamped it with the smaller design in Cajun Craze.The center is stamped in Chocolate Chip. These are photopolymer stamps, which means they are a clear stamp as opposed to the red rubber kind. When you use them with a clear acrylic block, you can see where you are stamping, making it pretty easy to get the registration correct. I don’t always succeed in getting it perfect, but, hey, it’s art, right? Who says it has to be perfect?

Using one of the leaf stamps (also a two-step) I first stamped the solid image in Lemon Lime Twist, then over-stamped in Always Artichoke. Do you see that we have a lot of food going on here? Chocolate Chips, Tomatoes, Artichokes, lemons and Limes! Almost makes me hungry. I chose the LLT, not because I like it (quite the opposite!), but because it looks better with Always Artichoke than any of the other greens. (I must have food on my mind….salad greens too?)

The sentiment is also from the Painted Harvest and is stamped in Cajun Craze.

The second tag was stamped with the same sunflower in the same colors (I think a gift should be coordinated, don’t you?), and the leaves as well. This tag uses a sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet and is stamped in Chocolate Chip.

Both tags are attached to the jars with a brown ribbon from my stash, just to make it look more like a gift than a canning jar. This one contains the vegetable soup mix I call ‘End of the Garden Soup’. It really was from the end of the garden at this time of year back in the day with all the children at home and me being a stay-at-home mom to be able to help my farmer husband. One of the ways I helped, rather than bringing in another income, was to cut down on costs by canning and freezing almost everything we ate. Nowadays, some of it is from the garden, and other vegetables are purchased to fill out the variety a bit. It tastes so good when the snow is flying. One can heat and eat it as is, or add broth and your choice of meat to stretch it further and feed more mouths.

I hope my friend and her husband like this as much as I appreciated their gift of the tomatoes. Oh, and they also gave me some bell peppers as well as a few hot ones. I only used 1/2 of a hot one, seeds removed, for a batch of the vegetable cocktail. My daughter, who likes things spicy, would use the whole pepper, maybe even two!

Thanks for stopping by today. Tomorrow you will see the card I made to go along with the tags. sneak peek

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For the tags: Very Vanilla: cut one strip 2″ x 8-1/4″. Punch both ends with the punch. Cut in half.

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Stampin’ Up! Colorful Seasons

If you are cleaning up from Harvey or Irma, or a wildfire or other disaster, please know that my heart breaks for what you are going through. My prayers were mostly for safety, not for no damage or mess. Does anyone know whether there is any historical evidence of increased activity following a total eclipse? Just wondering.

My card today was inspired by Global Design Project 104

Pretty and simple. I think my card is also pretty, and simple, even though it has several layers.wild wing creations003
I began with an Early Espresso card base for a 5″ x 7″ card. Most card makers prefer the smaller A2 size, but I prefer the larger size for a lot of my cards. This could just as easily have been a smaller one. I digress.
I cut a Pumpkin Pie mat to which I adhered a Crumb Cake panel randomly stamped in Crumb Cake with the maple leaf stamp from the Colorful Seasons set.
Using the three largest squares from the Stitched Shapes framelits, I cut one each of Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie and Crumb Cake.
The sentiment, from Special Reason (retired), was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed in Copper Emboss Powder on the smaller Crumb Cake square.
I put the Pumpkin Pie square on the diagonal on the Early Espresso square, and squared up the sentiment. These were liquid glued together and adhered to the leafy panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
The leaf, from Colorful Seasons, was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Copper Emboss powder. I then used Stampin’ sponges (cut in quarters) to dab Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Cajun Craze all over it. It was liquid glued to the lower side of the sentiment square.
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Actually, I stamped, embossed and sponged two leaves, and both were then die cut with the leaf from Seasonal Layers thinlits. To me, this is the perfect, simple embellishment for this card.
I considered adding copper thread, or a bow with the copper trim. However, it seemed to me to be overkill, so I opted to leave it plain.
On the inside I repeated the random leaf stamping, only this time just around the edge for a border.
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The sentiment, also from Special Reason, as well as the Happiest Birthday from Cool Treats, was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with the Copper powder. I love the magic that happens with the heat tool and embossing powder!
The second leaf was liquid glued just above the sentiment and this card is done.
The envelope was stamped with the same stamp in Crumb Cake-three on the front and randomly across the flap.wild wing creations001
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I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it.
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Card Cuts: Early Espresso: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, large square 3″ x3″; Pumpkin Pie: front mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, medium square 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, inside mat 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″; Crumb Cake: front panel 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″, small square 2″ x 2″, inside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, sentiment panel 4″ x 6″; Whisper White: leaves 1-1/2″ x 3″.

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Stampin’ Up! Halloween Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

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Hello Everyone! I am so glad you could join us for this Spooky Blog Hop.

Here is my contribution.

Card Cuts: Basic Black: (2) front panel 4″ x 5-1/4″,  Pumpkin Pie: moon 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″; letters 2-1/2″ x 4″; Spooky Night DSP: front and inside panels 3-3/4″ x 5″, Punch cat of choice, pumpkins of choice cut with dies from Patterned Pumpkins framelits, witches hat of choice fussy cut.

The cat was punched from the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper. The moon from Pumpkin Pie and sponged for shadows with Crushed Curry.

The jack-o-lanterns are from the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper and cut with the Patterned Pumpkins thinlits.

The moon is attached to the DSP with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The DSP adhered with liquid glue to the Basic Black mat.  A strand of Linen Thread was wrapped around 3 times and taped on the back. A double bow attached with a Glue Dot finishes this.The pumpkins are liquid glued and the two in front attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The cat is also attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

This panel is adhered to the Basic Gray card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On the inside I liquid glued letters cut from Pumpkin Pie card stock with the Large Letters framelits to a panel of the Spooky Night DSP. A witches hat from the DSP sits atop the middle O, and a tiny spider, also from the DSP crawls on the last O. Using my Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker I drew in a little spider web.

The envelope front has a couple of die cut pumpkins from the DSP, and the flap has more of the striped DSP.

So on with the hop! Click on the Next button to move forward to Mary Deatherage’s post or the Previous button to go back to see what Jari Francis did.

If you get lost along the way, here are the participants for the hop:

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Sue Prather

Jaimie Babarczy

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Julie Johnston – You are Here

Mary Deatherage

Karen Finkle

Amy Koenders

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Stampin’ Up! Dragonfly Dreams

Good Monday morning everyone. I know. It is Monday. 😦 Unless you really like your job, or whatever you are doing today, Mondays can be tough.

Tough going for Floridians, and also for those in the Houston area as they are faced with the cleanup. We must not forget those who are being driven from their homes in British Columbia and Alberta in Canada and the NW United States. My prayers are with you all. I am praying for comfort and peace with whatever situation you are dealing with, and I am sure others are also.

This is a day that will live in infamy forever, at least for those of us here in the United States, as we remember that horrible day 16 years ago. Watching it happen did not make it any more believable, however, it was happening and continued to shock everyone.

Life goes on for the rest of us, though for many, life changed irreparably.

Today’s card post has nothing to do with 9/11/2001, but is connected to Houston. This card is for a young lady who lives there and celebrated, if you could call it that, with flood waters rising all around and had to evacuate the following day. They are now able to get their mail, so I hope this lifts her spirits. For certain, it was a birthday she will never forget.

The inspiration for the card came from Freshly Made Sketches #304 challenge.

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It also fits with the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge 014. My card goes along with the middle row as you will see.

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First of all, I began by playing around with the Ranger Oxide Inks, thinking that might be my card base. Nope! It wasn’t what I wanted. In the first place it wasn’t ‘clean’ enough, and in the second place I knew I wanted the card base a bit darker.

Dapper Denim card stock proved to be just the right color. The band across the front is Whisper White, embossed with the Petal Burst TIEF. However, I chose to use the de-bossed side of the panel, which is the perfect look for this card.

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The circle was the 5th one out from the smallest in the Layering Circles Framelits and was cut from the new Champagne Foil Sheets. Gorgeous paper!! This was adhered to the Petal Burst panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Getting ready to cut the dragonfly from the Detailed Dragonfly thinlits, I wasn’t sure what it should be. What color? What kind of paper? Then I had one of those AHA! moments and grabbed the previously sponged Oxide ink panel. PERFECT! Sometimes I amaze myself! The colors blend perfectly with the Dapper Denim and yet are not just ‘plain’. I also used a piece of this for the sentiment. The dragonfly is Mini-stampin’ Dimensionaled (is that a word?) to the circle, just adhering it by the body, not the wings or the tail.

The sentiment is from the Detailed Dragonfly stamp set, stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in Gold Emboss Powder. This strip is liquid glued to the Petal Burst panel. I wanted the card to be finished at this point, but it looked unfinished. I added a Metallic Enameled Shape but that wasn’t enough. OK. The Dapper Denim Rusched Ribbon (retired) across the top of the Petal Burst panel was the finishing touch. I am very pleased with this card.

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But wait, we aren’t finished. There is still the inside and the envelope to do!

The inside is a panel of Dapper Denim with a flight of Whisper White dragonflies cut with a die from the Detailed Dragonfly and liquid glued to the panel. Another panel of Whisper White carries the full strength Dapper Denim  Sentiment from Birthday Blooms and a stamped off once Dapper Denim Dragonfly from the Dragonfly Dreams set.

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To finish the inside, I added a strip of the Dapper Denim Rusched Ribbon, taping it on the back. This panel was adhered to the card base with liquid glue.

The medium Whisper White envelope boasts a stamped off dragonfly on the front, while the flap is dry embossed with the Petal Burst TIEF.

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This completes today’s card. I am pleased with it and hope the recipient will be too.

Card Cuts: Dapper Denim: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, inside panel 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: embossed panel 2″ x 5-1/4″, inside sentiment panel 2-1/4″ x 4″, dradonflies 2-1/2″ x 4″; Champagne Foil Sheets: circle 2-3/4″” x 2-3/4″; Blue Sponged Whisper White: dragonfly and sentiment 4″ x 5″.

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September Card Class TutorialsseptembercollageWith a $50 order placed through my online store in September, you get my Painted Harvest Class Tutorials. You also earn Bird Egg Reward Points (see the information below) and if you apply the Host Code or have an order of over $150, you get the free thank you gift too!!

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Here are the details:

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Stampin’ Up! Masculine Card

Alas, there aren’t very many choices for cards for the masculine gender. For this card I used the retired Build It framelits and Nailed It stamp set. The card is for a guy who likes to do woodworking, so it is appropriate for him.

My card base is Tranquil Tide with a panel of woodgrain paper from the Wood Textures DSP. It is not embossed this time, though I really like the look that embossing gives.

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I used the largest square in the Stitched Shapes framelits to cut the mat from Tranquil Tide. The next size square die cut the logs paper, also from Wood Textures DSP. Both pieces are adhered with liquid glue.

The hammer handle is stamped with the Build It stamp in Early Espresso and cut with the Build It framelits. Do they even make hammer handles in wood anymore? I guess I am dating myself. The hammer head is stamped in Basic Black and dried with my heat tool. The paper for it was a scrap of some sort of metallic looking paper I found in my stash. The ruler along the left edge is cut from the same scrap. I like this because it has a dull finish, not shiny like foil. Basic Gray would probably work just as well.

The nails are stamped in Basic Black on the wood grain panel. I wrapped some thin jute twine around three times and taped it on the back. I think Linen Thread would work as well, but I couldn’t find it today. I made a loopy bow by wrapping around three fingers four times. Then I cut a short piece of twine and wrapped it around the middle three time and tied it in the back. This was adhered using a glue dot.

The Happy Birthday thinlit cut the greeting 3 times; once in brown fun foam, once in Crumb Cake and once in Tranquil Tide. I offset the Tranquil Tide a bit to allow the ‘shadow’ of the Crumb Cake to show. I used an adhesive sheet on the foam to adhere it to the cardstock greeting. I didn’t want to mess with cutting little pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals to lift the greeting off the panel. I think the foam works really well. The biggest issue is getting everything lined up correctly before it sticks for good! The greeting is then adhered to the panel with liquid glue.

The hammer is adhered to the squares with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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On the inside another piece of Wood Textures DSP is the mat for the sentiment. I randomly stamped some nails in Early Espresso here. The Sentiment is from Beautiful You and is stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla. This is liquid glued to a scrap of previously dry embossed darker wood grain from Wood Textures. I find myself using this paper stack a lot. I just wish there were more pieces of the shabby chic worn white. I think I have used all of it. But I digress.

I stamped the nails next to the sentiment and punched holes with a hand held 1/8″ punch to hold the metal brads. This sentiment piece is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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The envelope has an Early Espresso hammer and a few nails on the front. The flap is covererd in a piece of the Wood Textures DSP and stamped with a few nails in Early Espresso.

This was a fun card. If you like it, or, if you don’t, please leave a comment.

Thank you for stopping by!

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Card Cuts: Tranquil Tide: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, Greeting 3-1/2/” x 4″, large square 2-3/4″ x 2-3//4″, Wood Textures DSP: front mat and inside mat 4′ x 5-1/4″, hammer handle, scrap 3/4″ x 2″, small square 2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″, inside sentiment mat 1-1/4″ x 3-3/4″; Very Vanilla: inside sentiment 1″ x 3-1/2″; Metallic paper: ruler1/2″ x 5-1/2″, hammer head 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″; Crumb Cake: Greeting 3-1/2″ x 4″

Non Stampin’ Up! products used: metallic paper, brads, fine jute twine, fun foam

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Apples, Tomatoes, Cabbage and more!

I am NOT whining.

There is a difference between stating facts and whining. The fact is this: MOST OF US ARE TOO BUSY! There! I’ve said it. You are busy, your kids are busy, I am busy, the WORLD is busy. And for what? Well, for starters, there are all those tomatoes, and apples and cabbages and…….somebody has to do it!

There is no card today for two reasons. Number one is I have been too busy to make one, then write about it, add the product connections and post it on this blog. There are actually days when I wonder why I am blogging anyway. Does anyone read it? Does anyone really care? Do I care?!

I do not have a vegetable garden. My daughter has a garden. She works outside the home. (doesn’t everyone? not me) There are peppers, cabbage, tomatoes, zucchini, etc., all needing to be canned or frozen or allowed to rot in said garden, I hate waste. Waste is wrong, but that could be the subject for another blog post.

I have been told I did not get the genetic code for “NO”, and perhaps that is true. If someone needs something, or needs something done, for some reason I think I have to be the one to do it. The rationale here being that “someone has to do it and others have said, “NO!” So, silly me says ” of course, I will do that.”

Of course, that leads to being spread so thin that some days it makes me tired to think about it. Mostly though, I get my energy from the knowledge that I have a lot to do and so little time to do it, and I have to do it all. I know, the world will continue to move in its orbit, things will get done, and only a few will really miss me when I am no longer on this earth. But, still. I have to be active, or busy, if you prefer. I actually like to be useful and am thankful that I have the health and the ability to do things. And, yes, be busy.

So, why, you may ask, do I do this to myself? I guess if I knew the answer to that, I might know other things as well, such as, oh, maybe things like why is there so much conflict? Why have we not learned from past mistakes? When will God decide we have screwed up this world enough and call a halt to the whole thing? Why is the sky blue? (I think that one has been answered.) Is there really a Bermuda Triangle where people disappear? Why do we have hurricanes? (Some THINK they know the answer to that one.)

So, even though we are in a moderate drought, and Houston had enough rain for almost the whole country, and Florida is about to get their share and then some, (which has nothing at all to do with me being busy), the tomatoes and other garden stuff has really produced quite well. Thus, there is canning to be done. And zucchini to deal with (that became about 20 small loaves of zucchini bread this week. (Baked by me, of course!).

Today I made another batch of V-8 style vegetable juice cocktail. I have yet to bake two pies for our church ice cream social tomorrow. Thinking I don’t have enough to do, I picked up a couple grocery bags of apples this morning from a friend who has an abundance of them. She says there are more if I want them. So, I will probably say, ” Of course, I would love to have some,” and then proceed to can apple pie filling to save time this winter when I need to bake pie for some reason. REALLY??

I am beginning to wonder if I received a serious blow to the head in my youth (when we were allowed to play such dangerous games as Dodge Ball) that rendered me unable to say “NO!” and mean it.

And, while I sit here blathering away on this blog post, nothing else is getting done. Maybe that is why I am so busy. I don’t set priorities, or they are the wrong ones.

I really NEED to make some cards. It fulfills something in my creative make-up. It results in very nice cards to send to those who might need a pick-me-up, or something to bring a smile to their face. To me, that is a very good thing. And it is why I make cards.

Yes, the canning, the baking, the gardening, the mowing, the volunteering, the visit-with-a-friend-or-my-sister, the WORK (yes, I still do a little actual productive work), all of it needs doing. By someone. By me? Perhaps. But, I think it is time to re-assess my priorities.

Ask me next week, or next month if anything has changed. Probably not. But now that I have said aloud that all of us are TOO busy chasing after mostly unnecessary activities, I think I can better put everything into perspective. And if you have read this far, perhaps it will help you clarify what is necessary in your life as well.

And, maybe, just maybe, I will have decided that making cards to uplift others and perhaps make a difference in their lives is what life is all about. I will continue to make them, (I really do enjoy the process), write about them, and send them to those who need a special card with a personal message.

After all, I do care…so I am going to make a birthday card for a special young man for tomorrow’s post. Because, I. am. not. TOO. busy.

Thought for today: “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? Henry David Thoreau

Think about it.

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Stampin’ Up! Spooky Night

Good Friday everyone! My apologies for not posting yesterday. Just not enough hours to get everything done.

My Halloween card today was inspired by one done by my friend Mary over at Stamps – n – Lingers. You can see her card here. It is really cute, but I wanted an owl in mine.

I used Pumpkin Pie card stock for my base with a Basic Black panel on top. I used the largest circle in the Layering Circles framelits to cut the moon. I used the branch thinlit from the Colorful Seasons Bundle (You save 10% when you buy the bundle) to cut 2 branches in Basic Black, and cut one of them apart. These were dry arranged then liquid glued to the back of the panel.

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The cat was punched from the Basic Black circle I cut from the panel to make my moon, using the new Cat Punch, now available from the Holiday Catalog.

The Owl is from the Spooky Cat stamp set, which coordinates with the Cat Punch and the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper. This stamp set and the cat punch come bundled letting you save 10%! I rubbed my Emboss Buddy over a piece of Basic Black and stamped the owl in Versamark. I heat embossed it with Copper Emboss Powder and fussy cut it.

The picket fence. Hmmmm. At first I was going to use the back of the Adirondack chair for the fence, but decided they were too small to hold that big cat. So, being one who believes that necessity is the mother of invention, I invented my own fence. Using a scrap of Wood Textures paper that I had embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing folder left over from another project (I always keep scraps!), I proceeded to cut 1/4″ strips ( with the grain) with my Stampin’ Trimmer. These were cut into 1-1/2″ lengths with scissors and the points were cut. I wanted a rickety looking fence, so I didn’t care if the points were all even.

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I cut 2 lengths ( again, with the grain) 1/8″ wide. These were the crosspieces of the fence. I put a dab of liquid glue, a tiny dab mind you, about 1/4″ down from the point ON THE BACK SIDE of each picket, and adhered them to the crosspiece, making sure to make some of them askew and not very evenly spaced. Remember, I was going for rickety here. Laying the fence face down, I put another tiny dab on each picket about 1/4″ up from the bottom and lay the crosspiece over it and pressed them together to adhere.

Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals are perfect for this fence. Just be sure to get them on straight or they will show. This was adhered to the bottom of the black panel. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, I adhered the cat to the panel, making it look like he was sitting on the crosspiece.

Liquid glue adhered the panel to the card base. I did not glue down the branches to give more dimension. Then the embossed owl was put in place with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The sentiment is also from Spooky Cat. Yep, I cut it apart. No one said I couldn’t, and I didn’t trust myself to only ink the part I wanted, especially since I used Versamark and Copper Emboss powder. Before stamping I used my Embossing Buddy to eliminate stray embossing. I did this after adhering the panel to the card base, but it might have been easier/better to do that stamping before putting it together.

On the inside I liquid glued a cat punched from the Spooky Night DSP to a Very Vanilla panel, fussy cut a witches hat from another sheet of the DSP and put it on the cat’s head. I guess it is a girl cat, since the hat has a bow. I used the mouse stamp, (or is it a rat?) to stamp the critter in Basic Black ink.

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Using the ‘BOO’ stamp from Suite Seasons stamp set, I randomly stamped all over in both Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie. I wanted a bat somewhere, so I free-hand cut one from Basic Black card stock and liquid glued it to the upper left corner. This card is done. And, I like it, even though I am not much into Halloween. True Confession: I made a booboo (see what I did there?) so I used the bat to hide it.

The envelope received another copper embossed owl on the front, sitting on a branch stamped in Basic Black from the Colorful Seasons set. Mice, or rats if you prefer, march along the edge of the envelope flap. They are a favorite food of owls.

I hope you like this card as much as I liked Mary’s. I hate to copy anything exactly, so I used her card, found here, as inspiration.

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Stampin’ Up! Bear Hugs

This card is so quick and so simple, it probably wins the ‘made the fastest’ contest. I don’t know that there is a contest, but this card went together very quickly. Sadly, the Bear Hugs stamp/dies are retired, but they are perfect for this occasion.

A certain little girl I know started preschool today and this card is for her. She loves animals, and her teddy bear, and wears tutus as much as her mom will let her. (Don’t tell her the bear is wearing an apron. She will think it is a tutu.)

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This card only used 3 colors card stock, 2 inks and 1 stamp/die bundle. It was a breeze!

Pink Pirouette is the card base, the bear is Crumb Cake and the panels are Very Vanilla. Tutu and bow are also Pink Pirouette.

I began by cutting the card base and the Very Vanilla panels, then, using the Bear Hugs stamp set, stamped the bear in Sahara Sand on Crumb Cake. I stamped the tutu and bow in Melon Mambo on Pink Pirouette and cut the bear and accessories with the Bear Hugs framelits. The bear is liquid glued to the Very Vanilla Panel, and Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere the tutu. Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere the bow to the bear. A piece of pink ribbon from my stash is wrapped to the back of the panel and Scotch taped. A small bow finishes that. The sentiment is stamped in Melon Mambo. This panel is liquid glued to another Very Vanilla panel that I sponged around the edges with Melon Mambo,  and the front is done. Easy Peasy!

Inside, the sentiment and hearts, all from the Bear Hugs set, were stamped on Very Vanilla in Melon Mambo and the panel is liquid glued into the card base.inside

The front of the envelope is stamped with the smaller bear, also in Sahara Sand.

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The envelope flap got more of the hearts. I told you it was fast!

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Card Cuts: Pink Pirouette: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″, bow and tutu 1-1/2″ x 3″; Very Vanilla: front mat and inside sentiment 4″ x 5-1/4″, front art panel 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Crumb Cake: bear 3″ x 4″

Thought for today: Since it is very ‘fall-like’ here today (63 degrees), I wanted to leave you with this, even though this card is definitely NOT fall-like:

“Autumn, the year’s last, lovliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant.

Appreciate the beauty that is Autumn.

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