Friday, December 19, 2008

Part 3

Such a great segment....



More Sesame Street

I remember watching this growing up and it still takes me back. I remember mom making the cookies and the cold... Watching the snow and getting ready for Santa.

It's a little different now, it was 65 degrees today in NC! Not quite the same... (I would LOVE some snow here!!!)


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Last of the cards!

Well, I think so.... These are the last of what I'm sending off to friends and family. Well, unless I get some surprises in the mail and have to make some up last minute...

I have to finish up the cookies for tomorrow's cookie exchange at work. (3 dozen there) and then the ones for Saturday. (12 dozen there) What the heck am I going to do with 15 dozen cookies?!! Alright, off to the cards. The card stock is SU! and the DP is unknown. I ran some ribbon down the center of the card. I used Riley from Hanna Stamps and colored him with my Copics. I also put some white puff paint on his beard and for the snow. Cute!
This one is using the Deck the Hall set from TCP. Again I used the DP from SU! I cut out the fun little tag with my Cuttlebug and attached it to the card with "Crafter's Floss" It came in a floss container. Odd but cute. The image is colored with my SU! blender pen and SU! markers. I used the same ribbon from Bazzill Basics as I did in the last one.
Last but not least, more Riley! This time the DP is Basic Grey - Wassail. The cardstock is from PTI, Kraft and Ripe Avocado cardstock. I colored Riley with my copics again. I also used my scallop punch and the ribbon is from SU!

Alright, have to run!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Much Love for the Street

Christmas Eve on Sesame Street from 1978 is my VERY MOST FAVORITE Christmas Special. I have it on VHS, but found it on YouTube also.

Here's part 1. Bring back any memories???

Taking a break from makin muffins

Oops, there's the buzzer, be right back.

K, I'm back. I don't know about you, but this week seems to be full of meetings before the end of the year, work parties, and baking, lots of baking.... Tomorrow at work we're having "snack day" and I had to find something to make last minute. I decided on Mini Pecan Pie Muffins and Jalapeno Bacon Dip. I know they don't really go together, but they can eat them at different times. It's a free muffin and free dip! Doesn't get much better than that!

We do a celebration in January after all the hubbub is over and it's a "Celebration of the Previous Year" rather than a "Holiday Party". It was a lot easier to be a manager before everything became offensive. I digress. After the muffins come out of the oven I need to start on 12 dozen cookies for an exchange Saturday. Yes, 12 dozen.. I decided on Pizzeles which are those thin, waffle like Italian cookies. So tasty, but really time intensive. I must have lost my mind.

I did finish a few cards for posting. I have a few more, but I think I'll have to dole them out to you over the next few days. :)

Here are the cards I made for my MIL, FIL and SIL.

Kev liked the menorah the best so I made 2 of these. One for mom and 1 for dad. The set is Mazel Tov from Paper Trey Ink, I stamped it in Versamark, and embossed with silver powder. The paper is Bazzil Basics, I used the SU! Scallop punch and the ribbon from Michaels. Super quick and really cute IMHO.

This one went to SIL. This one is MY favorite. Same layout, same ingredients, I used the dreidel instead.

Alright, off to make more cookies! Oh, and to straighten the Christmas Tree, yes the kitties knocked it over while we were at work. No real tragedies but Captain Kirk did get dislodged from the transporter. I told Kev I'd fix him tonight.



Saturday, December 13, 2008

Has it really been a week?

Hi all! I really do have stuff to share, I've been trying to catch up on baking, making last minute gifts, decorating the house... you know how it is.

I wanted to get in a quick post before I head over to the first party of the evening. It's my sorority AA's Christmas potluck. Then Kev and I head over to one of his co-worker's house for another party. Wow... I made Sun-dried Tomato Dip and Garlic Pesto Pasta Salad. Oh, and some White Chocolate Cran Orange cookies. AND I finished the rest of my Christmas shopping this afternoon and that was after Stamp class this morning. Run, run, run... You too? Tomorrow I need to get the boxes together to mail home presents to our parents and my Grandma.

In the mean time, let's post a few cards.

Love, love, LOVE the gnomes from OBP I thought he looked a little tired of the season, so I paired him with a sentiment from Doodlefactory I used more DP from SU!, ribbon from Bazzill Basics and the cardstock is Paper Trey Ink and SU!. I think this one is going to my brother. I also think his hat looks like a football. Hmmm... (Go Steelers!)

Here's more of the same DP, same ribbon, different stamp. This time naughty penguins from TCP. I like the colors too. :) The penguins were colored with SU! markers and my Copic Markers.

Alright, time to bag up some cookies to take tonight! ENJOY!


Monday, December 8, 2008

Wal - What?

Every knows that I despise a particular large discount store. The one with the blue lettering. Why? I've gone into it in previous posts, but what it boils down to is that time has value. What difference does it make if you save a few dollars but waste 3 hours of your time in line? That's time I could spend with family, friends or doing things that I enjoy.

I went there to get more Christmas lights for outside. I get to the store and go in through lawn and garden in a desperate attempt to only stay in one area of the store. Then Kev calls and I have to look for Cinnamon Mini Wheats. Off into the great beyond. I step over piles of piles, navigate around random carts in the middle of the aisle and abruptly stop several times to keep from running over small children. Get the cereal, then some kitty litter, oh, and some soy milk then finally to the lights. Oooo wait, wrapping paper too. Grrr... Damn you and your conveniently placed items!!!

Get the lights, then wait 45 minutes to check out. Drive home then I get ready to hang the outside lights while Kev is in rehearsal. I take the out of the box and and test them before wrap them around the post. Wrap them, plug them in AND...

Look closely. The one on the right. See it? That only HALF of the lights are lit!! ARGH!!! (see the kitties in the doorway?)

Now I head to another large discount retailer. This one with RED lettering. You know which one. I get new lights and spend slightly more. Take them home to replace the bad ones and in the process step on one of the bulbs and it shatters! AHHH!

But Wait! Plug it in and IT STILL WORKS! Even with the busted bulb! Buyah!!

K, now that's finished, how about something crafty? I made this one using the SCS sketch challenge for last week. The paper is from the Basic Grey Wassail packet and the snowflake punch is Martha. I really love how quickly this one came together. The doggie is from TCP's Deck the Hall set. SU! scallop punch and there you are! So cute!

Alright, off to work on reviews! Enjoy!


Sunday, December 7, 2008

Kitty Tree Card

I was putting the balls on my faux tree yesterday and every few balls I would have to chase Godiva away. Hang a ball, kitty swats at the ball, repeat again and again...
Last year she would run across the dinning room floor, hit the tree skirt and it would slide across the floor and I'd find it in a crumpled ball. Grrr.... I like the skirt to be nice and straight. This year I had some no skid stuff that I lined the utensil drawer with. I cut it, stuck it around the tree and laid the skirt on top. 24 hours and it's still in place. SUCCESS!

I used TCP's Deck the Hall set and colored Sprinke and the tree with my Copics. The DP is from SU! and I played along with Taylor's Cupcake Challenge for the layout. I really like this layout and think I'll use it again!

I made 3 cards last night in a desperate attempt to get caught up on Christmas cards. I also have run to Michaels and get some silver paper and ribbon to make Hanukkah cards for Kev's family. How do I not have any Silver paper?! or silver ribbon??? Crazy.

I have big plans to decorate the live tree, get groceries, do laundry, oh and go to Kev's concert tonight. Wish me luck!


Saturday, December 6, 2008

Trying to get caught up on Christmas cards

I'm starting to feel as if I'm running out of time to get my Christmas stuff finished. I know it's ridiculous, but it's already the 6th EEKKK! On a happy note, I did put up the outside decorations today. I still have a few decorations to put up in the house. As you can see I am sitting on the couch with a kitty in my lap and another pressed to my side watching The Office as I blog.
K, I'm going to show you a few cards I made last night. You'll notice they are oddly similar. Basically I colored 1 Santa, stuck him in the card and decided he should be a different color. Then I ripped him off, colored a different one and swapped them out.

Santa and Sleigh are from Starving Artistamps Santa's Sweet Shoppe. The paper is Basic Grey Wassail and the cardstock is Kraft from PTI. The ribbon is PTI as well. I couldn't fit the sentiment on the front of the card so I guess it will go on the inside instead.

And the other Santa...

This time the DP is from Stampin Up! I can't recall the name right now, but it was in the special mini catalog and I just got it the other day. See, Santa and his red Stickled body just doesn't go with the other card. He too is colored with Copics and SU! markers. The sleigh is covered with Crystal Effects and is sitting on a bed of diamond stickles. The cardstock and ribbon are both PIT.

OK, off to decorate another tree! Happy Saturday!

Friday, December 5, 2008

A few of my favorite things

I ordered a few gnome stamps from Odd Bird Planet last week. I think they are absolutely adorable and needed a few more. I had ordered before and they were mailed in a very nice handmade card.

Today I opened the mail and saw an envelope that seemed a little heavy. I opened it and look what I found! They had enclosed 5 beautiful cards tied with a ribbon and an other card (the one with the giant cupcake) with the stamps. Wow! that was SO nice of them! I love them all and know they will find good homes! The one with the pink baby carriage is perfect, especially since 4 of my friends are pregnant right now. (There's something in the water so I'm drinking Diet Coke!)

Thanks for looking! Shoot on over the Odd Bird Planet and pick up some rubber!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

More Holiday and some thoughts

So, Have you jumped on the Facebook phenomeon? I was a little reluctant at first. Here's how I figure it, I get hundreds of e-mails at work, why would I want even more? I didn't want to join. Then one day a few months ago, Kev said to me, "I set up a Facebook account for you. You should see what its about." I grudgingly accepted.

Have you ever read The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman? It's a great book which talks about the flatening of the world and how easy it has become to receive and transmit data and information. I highly recommend it. I kinda see Facebook as a prime example of that concept. It used to be that after you graduated high school or college you kept in touch with your really good friends and the rest fell to the wayside. Then came Facebook. All of a sudden you are thrust into memories that you may or may not want to recall. Sure you can choose not to accept people as friends but sometimes the most random of people pop up on the "People you may know" column. What if your HS ex is a friend if a friend and pops up, or the guy you had a crush on, or your awful ex-roommate?

I can honestly say that Facebook has turned out to be such a blessing, I've been able to reconnect with friends from college and HS that I thought I'd never see again. Yes, the world is flat, but wow is it fun.

Now that my moment of Zen is over I do have a card for you. In my desperate attempt to make some Christmas cards I have this one using The Cats Pajamas set Deck the Halls I love this stamp with the curious penguins! I could totally use them especially if Kev tries to put my wrapped presents under the tree again.

The cardstock is PTI Pure Poppy and Ripe Avocado. The Ribbon is also ripe Avocado from PTI. I think the red ribbon is from Michaels. A few baubles and I used my Martha Snowflake punch. I bought the patterned paper from a lady at a show a few weeks ago. I colored the penguins with my copics and I added some red Stickles to their hats. Too cute!

Alright, off to update my Facebook page :) Have a good night!



Tuesday, December 2, 2008

How about some holiday cheer?

Well, I received the first Christmas card of the season yesterday. I guess that means that I have to get crackin'.

I do have a few cards to show tonight. Pardon the skewing... I'm trying to get them loaded on my laptop and I am apparently not capable of making MS paint work. Nope... touch pad thingie SO different than mouse. Maybe I need a tiny mouse...

These both came from my SU! class. It was virtual last month, so I made them all by myself. :)
How cute it this one? It was super easy to make, Just some ribbon, an ornament stamp and a pretty sentiment. The next one is made mostly of paper punches. I don't have the instructions handy, but I can tell you that the feathers are made from the SU! scallop punch. I made it just in time to take it to VA for Thanksgiving.
Off to bed! I have great plans to make something tomorrow!