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Well, my Liam has a low grade fever, since last night.  Thankfully, as I write this he is doing a bit better and was chipper by supper time, but it was a bit of a bust of a day.  Pretty much just sat on the chesterfield with him.  He sorta’ whimpers if you stray far.  No house chores, no excursions with the 3 kids for swimming.  Pretty low key.  

At one point, Liam dozed off on the chesterfield for 45 minutes.  Put some laundry on & did a quick escaping craft (for sanity sake).

I did quite a bit of surfing today and came across this, tiny Purse by GEETA SUGGS on Crafty Engineer, which I came across while on Card of the Week.

So for my quick break, I worked on the tiny purse.  I only changed it up a bit, smaller, so it would fit the new S.U. Punch Curly Punch.  Oh yes, & I added a velcro “snap” so it would open & close easier.

PP:  Urban Garden, Night of Navy CS, Diamond Sticker, Ribbon from the scrapbookingplace.com, Curly Punch.


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Saw this challenge on SplitCoastStampers and couldn’t help but play along.  How could you not?  

Task:  Make a mask in under an hour.  Jean gave us links to templates, which I used, but did add a nose.  

You can give it a 3-D look by simply popping the snout (just a heart shape) on after:

My DD is at a sleep over, she would have gladly modeled it for me.  Ah well.  The boys?  um no, they wouldn’t.  Well, actually my 2 year old MAY have, but I can rarely take a picture with high enough speed so that he isn’t blurry, while running away from the camera.  So meet my model:  Bunny.

Stamp Set:  Wanted.  Brayered on Pumpkin Pie & Creamy Caramel.  Used Really Rust & Ruby Red Ink, Rhinestone Brads & some diamond stickers, Martha Stewart Glitter, Dazzlin’ Diamonds Glue, Versa marker, Brown Embossing Powder (S.U. Retired), Chocolate Chip Marker, and finally an Oval Coluzzle for cutting the eyes.

Thanks for the fun, Jean!

Check out the other fun creations on SCS at Keyword: AUG08VSNJ

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Saw some cute headbands wrapped with ribbon and even a FANTASTIC tutorialhere thought it would be cute to transpose that idea to a card.  Not sure how well it would mail, it’s pretty bulky.  I didn’t follow the tutorial, I just sorta’ adapted the idea.  (Prof’s at school: “mention all books, whether you use quotations from them or not, ideas fall under copy law as well”)  I will follow her directions to a ‘T’ when I make a head band for Emma.

The Green & Pink seemed so bright & cheery, I thought I’d make a card for a friend who makes me cheery.  Here’s the card:

Ink:  Pink Passion, CS:  Green Galore, Pink Passion, Nestabilities, Stamps:  Friendship Blooms, Ribbon, Dimensionals.

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I saw this on Jennifer Pebbles Blog, The Good Life, (she provided the link) and it’s a Java Tool called WORDLE that manipulates whatever text you input. Switch it up. Save it. (this one I called Agape). Check out what others have input. Clever. For those who don’t have Photoshop, or Illustrator, this would be a quick background to use in scrapbooking or card some how.

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If you knew my craft studio, you’d laugh.  It’s in a corner in the unfinished basement.  We moved a year & a half ago & many things are still in boxes because we are clutter people.  I like to think that I am way better at getting rid of stuff than DH, but I have oodles of stuff I need to go through & purge.  I have given much away as Liam gets “older”, yes at 2 1/2, but it’s not all kids stuff, it’s old books from university & “memories” & well just stuff.  We need to go through it, but that would take more than a weekend, so it just doesn’t get done.  With that in mind I wanted to cheer up my little studio.  So here’s my little paper lantern.

I’ll may rustle up the courage to show you my craft studio “forever a work in progress” another time.  

Okay, so with that in mind, here goes.  You probably made one of these in grade school, like I did, but the papers just weren’t as fun.  I’m using Martha Stewart’s PP, two 12″ double sided ones.  Cut that into 1 inch strips, so you end up with 24 ONE inch strips.  

Then just punch a hole at either end of the strips.  The crop-a-dile, you can do all of them at once:

And you have:

Take floss or string or whatever & string though.

Pull the string taught and tie a knot & I also put in a Brad.

Fan out.

Keep fanning out until it’s a ball … I guess I didn’t really need to show step by step for this easy peasey lantern.

And there ya be.  I don’t put christmas lights in mine or candles because, well LIKE IT’S PAPER?!?  I suppose if it was in a votive, but whatever still think it’s not a good idea … I normally don’t stamp & craft by candle light anyway LOL.

ps See that flowered curtain?  It’s floor to ceiling & hides the stuff I don’t want to look at when I craft.  Like I said, the craft room:  another time.

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KiymiKrafts, (Jenn) had a fun challenge to use crayons somehow, anyhow on a card. Mull, mull, mull. Let’s try making a seal. (not sure how clear it is, but it’s suppose to be an intertwined M & A)

I suppose I should have read this Martha Stewart article on Melting crayons BEFORE I tried this, but live & learn, that’s my life. I melted the crayons at a temperature too high, I believe (350F) … came out like lava. But for what it’s worth, here’s what I did:

Had a tough time taking off the paper on the crayons, they were kinda old.

Lesson learned: MESSY! Probably should have lined with a cupcake liner or maybe even melted less crayon & poured it while hot onto parchement paper lined cookie sheet to make it look more like a traditional seal.

Wait for it to cool a bit … it was so hot, it would probably have melted the rubber on the stamp LOL! While it was cooling, I stamped a background image with my stampendous stamping quad (faux).

I’m not sure what I think of it, but it’s my go at a challenge with crayons, thanks, Jenn!

EDITED:  The monogram stamp, only had “Design by Henry c.1985 Temple City, CA” on it.  I bought it, cheap, as I remember (like under $10 a few years ago), at Heather’s Stamping Haven in Ottawa (had a ton on shelf, and what she doesn’t have, Heather will order in & call you, she’s so easy to talk with).  It’s the same place I bought the quad … and a ‘few’ other things too.  LOL!  I saw a Graphic Design Forum that was trying to track down the ‘Design by Henry’ monogram stamp in this thread.

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There’s a picture of my tulips from the backyard and normally on the long weekend, I do a bit of planting & tidy up & then we, as a family, find some fun stuff to do & generally flake out.

This year was a bit different. I had signed up for a two day ‘crash’ course in Photo shop CS3. I had mentioned that I wouldn’t mind taking taking a general interest course & it kinda’ went from there. My DH downloaded a free 30 day trial version for me to mess around on.

The course was at the local college, 9-5 on Saturday & Sunday. Wow, it was like drinking from a fire hose. I think I would have absorbed a bit more if I had signed up for a 9 week program, but this was more conducive to working around the family, thanks to the support of DH taking care of the 3 kids and especially dealing with Liam struggling with yet another cold.

It was a little intimidating, sitting there with a bunch of “web team people”. But I am proud to say I did it, I kept up & it is a fine place for me to start my ‘at home’ studies and maybe restore some old family photographs. For now, I think I’ll just goof around with it, so I’ll retain at least some of what was thrown at me. LOL.

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