Monday, December 22, 2008


Ok, now everyone is going to think all my family listens to nothing but Metallica and Marilyn Manson (in truth it's more likely to be Cole Porter) but here we go.  My sweet 16 year old sister.  Yo.

She pretty much is hardcore, her favorite movies are Domino and Tank Girl... and this is what she wore to Homecoming this past fall.  Whereas you could not have paid me enough to go to homecoming.  Ever.

I cut a slit behind her arm and tucked an ornate white wing into it.  The wing is actually a corner cut from the Storybook cartridge.  I really wanted it on the page and couldn't figure out where to put it, then had one of those AHA! moments.
The pink lotuses are cut from Amy Butler's Lotus Tea Box paper. Background paper is Bobunny (same as yesterday's layout I did of my mom) and strip of skull paper is a sheet from DCWV's Rockstar line.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Rock on Mom

This is my wonderful Mother :-) I think seeing this one might be able to see how I became who I am :-)  This picture is a self portrait taken when she won a contest for a copy of the book Scrap City (totally awesome book btw) that I kinda sorta stole until she forced me to give it back, lol.

Find some good punky paper (the paper I used is by Bobunny)
Mat a black and white 5x7 with white cardstock and then black.
To make the title I used Flirt glitter alphabet stickers by Reminisce, but you could just as easily use red cardstock and the new Blackletter cartridge.  I cut a guitar out of red cardstock using the Indie Art Cricut cartridge and tacked it on the end. 
Voila on hardcore mama in 15 minutes or less :-)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

I used to be Snow White

...but I drifted- Mae West 

The view from my front door.  Part of that snow drift is the driveway...the black part is my car.  Oh well, at least I have all of my Christmas shopping done, so I don't need to go anywhere.  UPS delivered the last yesterday.  I feel so sorry for those drivers, our poor guy has to go out in weather that would turn my hair and my knuckles white.   Now I've got plenty of time to decorate, wrap, and bake, and no excuse! (like I needed one)  Oh the weather outside is frightful, inside is so delightful....
One thing that I don't have to wrap- Merry Christmas to me!  A new Copic Block Stand for all my Sketches.  Oh, the organizational glory of it!

PLUS! I got new stamps from JustRite!!! and new dies to experiment with from Spellbinders for CHA!!!  Oh heck, I may just have to dig my car out and head down to the shop after all.   Then again, maybe after a cup of hot chocolate.... It just started snowing again.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Shock and Awe

Harvest time is here again, the time of year when I rush out the cornfield with a machete to harvest corn for decorative shocks before the renter comes with his huge and much more effective machines.

Unfortunately Alfie had his own idea of what shocks meant. 
I stumbled across the (not so) Urban Hennery while hunting up information on raising your own chickens (my two hens have started laying teensy little eggs!)  Laura had a neat challenge going: Dark Days.  The goal is to fix at least one meal from 90% local ingredients per week.  I'm lucky enough to live near Sugar Creek Farm, a large Mennonite population, and a lovely grandmother who taught me how to put up corn and tomatos this past summer, which means lots of locally grown food is available.  We also harvested and pickled bucketloads of BEETS which I have no love of.  I decided to participate and see if the Dark Days participants can inspire beet tolerance even in this most prejudiced of persons.

Friday, November 21, 2008


You should head on over to the newly unveiled Spellbinders website   It's really great, very pretty and most importantly-much, much easier to use.  Check out the Inspiration Alley to see large images of projects or check out the new Blog for neat techniques and giveaways!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


At long last!  I downloaded my camera and snuck a few moments to scrap the new stars of The Dairy Barn B&B (aka my residence)  Meet Thumper and Bumper, two new steers destined to be fabulous grass fed steaks.  A bit unsentimental of a view perhaps, but I am very fond of ribeye and I'm trying to be a stronger locavore.   They are very sweet calves.  They like their ears and chins scratched just like big dogs :-)

Thumper and Bumper were actually being raised in secret by one of my uncle's friends.  We've been talking in code about them for about 6 months before we suprised Grandpa Don with them.  The lack of shocked reaction was kinda dissapointing, but that's a stoic old farmer for you.  Don't let him fool you, he's just goofy over those two cows.  Probably likes them even more since he doesn't have to get up at 4 am to milk them.

See Alfie. See Alfie the cow dog "gaurd" the strange new additions to the farmyard.
PS- Isn't that paper pretty?  I just discovered Webster's Pages, I'm completely in love with them.  It's Anna Griffin meets Basic Grey and them made 10 times more wonderful.  Go check out their sample pages here -  I promise you'll be inspired!

Sunday, August 24, 2008


Meet Alfie, the newest member of the Dairy Barn family. He's a 10 week old labradoodle whose favorite hobby so far seems to be chasing chickens.

Coming next week sometime are Thumper and Bumper.  Nope, not rabbits, something a bit bigger :-)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Big Ole' Chandelier part two

Here is the second half of that same chandelier overlay and two of my goofier friends (they were playing dress up in the mall's prom section).  The background was too busy in the photo, so I just enlarged
it and then cut the girls out.


I am still very, VERY frustrated by Cricut's Opposites Attract cartridge, it eats up so much paper and the script letters don't flow very nicely into one another.  All this could be solved by their design software, I know, but I have a Mac and and I don't know if I can really justify buying a whole 'nother computer just so I can make one cartridge behave better. Sigh.  On the other hand it was just the look I wanted, so I just grumbled and trimmed the cricut cut letters by hand.
Caveat: I cut glitter paper with the Cricut.  DO NOT DO THIS unless you are sure that the glitter on your paper can't come off.  I think they call that style thermography or something similar.  DCWV glitter cardstock, for instance, is safe (that's what I used) and Doodlebug's Sugared Cardstock is not safe.  One of my friends used the sugared cardstock in her Cricut Expression- scary grinding noises ensued.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Big Ole Chandelier part one

I stocked these really great hot pink chandelier overlays by Hambly in our shop, oh, two years ago?  And I hadn't done a single layout with them, was totally stumped by their size and because I really, really didn't want to cover any of their coolness up with some lame-o photographs.  Then I realized "oh, duh, I can cut them in half!"  Since overlays are on the more expensive end of specialized papers, making the stretch through more projects is always good.  Dontcha just love two-fers?

Just a quick FYI, if you're going to be journaling on overlays or other acetates, you are going to either need a Slick Writer or an Identipen.  I really like the Identipens better because they are double-ended with one thick nib and one fine.  Once again stretching one tool further.  Yay!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Italian Herb Overnight Bread

This recipe is based on the Mezzaluna Bread from one of the Dairy Hollow House Cookbooks, Soup and Bread, I think.  That was a killer cookbook.  In fact all of Crescent Dragonwagon's cookbooks were pretty awesome.  I lived too close to Eureka Springs growing up to ever really justify staying at the Dairy Hollow House, but I'll always be a little sad I never did before they retired.

The background paper is some relatively old 7 Gypsies from my stash, the stems and title mat are cut from Flair's Fresh from the Vine paper.  That sunflower that's really too big for the page but I love anyway is one of the new Spellbinder dies :-) very "under the tuscan sun".

Friday, August 1, 2008


I know serendipity accounts for sudden fortuitous events, but I don't know if it can account for these midnight cupcakes and what ever I was channeling because I swear I didn't intend to swirl the frosting into roses.  Just weird. 

These were just ordinary chocolate cake mix cupcakes that I stirred some kirsch soaked dried cherries into, then topped with a buttercream that had a little ground fennel in it.  Pretty tasty...and prettier than my usual slap and dash frosting methods :-)

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Envelope Please....

And the winner of a lovely new set of Spellbinder dies is......

Julie Talford of Wisconsin

Julie's comment was.......

The spellbinder dies can be
used for so many various projects.  Now that they have added so many new
dies the possibilities are truly endless.  Thank you for a wonderful

Congratulations, Julie!  Hope you have tons of fun with your new toys!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks to everyone who visited, hope you got some great ideas!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Lucky #13

Welcome to day #13 of the Spellbinders Sneak Peak!  I know I’m all-a-flutter over the new dies. How about you?   I get to share the new Shapeabilities Nested Set Butterfly (S4-171) MSRP $19.99 today!  Woo hoo!

I know Wendy would have loved to have gotten her hands on this set for her butterfly challenges!  Butterflies are so great, completely versatile, just like Nestabilities.  Coincidence?  I think not.   One of my favorite things about nesties (other than the basic whole wonderfully perfect stacking ability) is that they can handle cutting through lightweight chipboard…or a couple of layers of cardstock, meaning you can make SHAPED CARDS really easily, which is what we’re going to do today.

You could do this with either of the two largest sizes of butterflies, maybe even the third smallest one, but that would be about the size of a gift tag for Barbie.  This one is made with the largest die of the set.

You just need a regular sized card base (4.25 x 5.5 inches)

Place the tips of the wings just above the fold of the card, so they won’t cut through.  I hold it in position with a bit of low-tac tape, so it doesn’t shift during cutting.

Here you can see how the cutting edge of the die is just above the fold.

Run the butterfly through the Wizard to cut.

Pop the paper out of the die.  Oooooooh, aaaaaaaaaaah, a butterfly shaped card base :-)

Take that same die again, and this time cut out your card front.  Isn’t it neat that the die is made so you can see through it and position it to capture just the right flower in just the right spot?  Love that.

Now we need some circles nestabilities for the center embellishment (see perfect stacking ability)

Look ma! Perfectly Centered!  I’m the sort of person who stares at the place were the wallpaper seams don’t quite match up, so this is important to me.

Tie a little twine around the center of the card for some texture, layer the circles with foam dots.

Throw on a couple rhinestones to just finish things off in a nice way and you’ve got a great Butterfly Shaped Card thanks to the brand new Spellbinders Shapeabilities Nested Sets: Butterfly.  Tres cool.
Oh, and the pretty paper is from Fancy Pants and the cardstock is from Prism (that is GOOD cardstock, not flimsy ‘at all)

If you want to watch how to run these dies, here’s a video.  I always find it’s easier to get things when you can see it being done.

Now here’s the important stuff- How to WIN your own set of these nifty little Nesties or, if you’ve been following the sneak peaks, then the whole shebang.

Spellbinders Birthday Celebration
Sneak Peek Party Drawing Information
Spellbinders will randomly pick one entry from each of the 14 Spellbinders Sneak Peek Blog reveals as stated in the “Rules”.  This name will be drawn to receive the die being revealed on said blog.  These entries must follow all rules stated below to be valid for the drawing.
Entrants visiting all 14 Spellbinders Birthday Celebration Sneak Peeks Blog reveals and correctly entering their information into the 14 separate drawings, as described below,  will automatically be entered into a GRAND PRIZE give away of a new RASPBERRY WIZARD and a $500 retail value die package!
Any participant wishing to be included in the daily drawing for the Spellbinders Birthday Celebration Sneak Peek die give away must adhere to all of the following rules:

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Thanks to Everyone for all the Happy Birthday Wishes (and ice cream!)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Say When!

Just a quick reminder that this weekend's Cupcakes and Copics Workshops at Backroads Plum Crazy are full.  Can't wait to see everyone!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Strawberry Angelfood Cake

This is a wonderful summery cake that I got from the Food Channel's website.  I think that may be #2 in the Top Ten Things I Miss from Living in Town- ie that I don't get to watch the Food Channel or TCM anymore.  PBS is wonderful, in fact I have a button that says "A PBS mind in an MTV world"  I think that's a pretty good motto for life :-) but it just isn't the same without being able to flip from Emerill to Cary Grant.

If I had it all over to do again, I'd  probably re-do the font of the recipe and center the title, but I ran out of the letter R in my Anna Griffin rub-ons, and they were to neat looking to sacrifice, kwim?  I do love my Angel Strawberry though! 

Friday, July 4, 2008

A Tisket A Tasket

My first hanging basket:

I am so sad that I can't get the Eliza collection paper from Anna Griffin any more.  I used the tar out of that collection, it was so versatile.  And it mixes so nicely with Rose Edgeability die (like I used on the trim here).  On the other hand the new collections a pretty gorgeous, as usual, hard to feel too put out.
To make your own hanging basket is very easy, you only need one sheet of double sided paper (if you want a pretty inside) and embellishing with Spellbinder dies makes you get a real bang for your buck .  To make this exact one you'll need:
S4 044 Rose Edgeability
S3 033 Cameo & Brooch
Anna Griffin 1046 (pale blue ribbon swag)
Anna Griffin 1054 (green pattern)
Anna Griffin 1037 (polka dot stripe)
Prism White Cardstock
Worldwin Doublemate Chocolate Malt
Copic R81 Rose Pink
Copic RV06 Cerise
Copic G24 Willow
Copic Airbrush System
Walnut Ink in a spritzer bottle
Black Ink Pad
Spray Glue
White glue
1/8” wide red line tape
Scrapbook Adhesives Foam Squares
Petaloo Tuscan Brown Velvet Hydrangea
Copper foil
Bee Charm
Fancy Pants Crush Ribbon (blue lace)
Offray Ivory 1 1/2” double face satin ribbon (I have an addiction to this stuff, can't have too much)
And here's the obsessively step-by-step instructions:
Replicate the bee charm in copper foil.  Fill in the back with white glue and set aside to dry.
Use spray glue to attach blue paper back to back with green printed paper.
Using a compass, draw from corner to corner to form an arc on paper.  Cut along the line.
Put a line of red line tape along one straight edge and roll paper into a cone.
Cut a row of polka dots off of polka dotted paper and use it to trim the inside top of the cone.
Spritz the outside of the cone with walnut ink, wipe off excess and set aside to dry.
Cut and emboss Rose Edgeabilities out of white cardstock.
Airbrush through the die using Copic markers.
Pop the paper out of the die and cut off the frame part of the edgeability so all you have are roses.
Distress roses to age them.
Cut and emboss Cameo & Brooch out of the brown cardstock so the lighter brown side of the paper is the one embossed.
Stencil through the die using black ink.
Punch holes on each side of the cone, then thread and knot the satin ribbon through them to form a handle.
Feed the tassle through the bottom of the cone and hold in place with tape on the inside of the cone.
Use the big rose panel to trim the front top edge of the cone.
Put red line tape around the top of the cone and stick the blue lace trim to it.
The little roses then get glued down on either side of the main rose panel (over the blue lace).
Attach cameo frame and rose embossed center to the front middle of the cone with foam squares to make it stand out.
Embellish with velvet flowers and the copper foil bee charm.
tres jolie
I filled it with some random dried yard weeds and roses made from crepe paper.  Now it hangs on the door to Rosie's Room at the Dairy Barn B&B, serving no good purpose but being pretty.
Don't forget to check Ellen's Blog today for your chance to win a set of the new pierceability dies (which would work really well for basket trim too ;-)
Time to go join a parade! Happy 4th of July Everyone!


Look what happens if you set a teenager loose in your art supplies

I must say, I am rather impressed at how well Rangers new white gel pen works on skin...

Though I don't think "temporary tattoo" is on the official list of things to do with Copics :-)

Sunday, June 29, 2008


How cool is this :-) I love, love, love being part of giveaways.  Especially such an excellent giveaway.  Spellbinders RAWKS, hard core, yo.  Be sure to check out all my fellow DT members blogs (who also rocketh much, yo) to see all the newness coming out at CHA Summer.

Here's the schedule:
June 30: Thinking Inking by Debbie Olson
July 01: Created From Paper by Jennifer Ellefson
July 02: Wickedly Wonderful Creations by Wendy Weixler
July 03: Embellished Dreams by Heidi Blankenship
July 04: Simple Dreams by Ellen Hutson
July 05: Caffeinated Thoughts by Michelle Klomp
July 06: Linda's Works of Heart by Linda Duke
July 07: Mish Mash by Michelle Wooderson
July 08: Inky Heart by Sally Lynn MacDonald
July 09: Cookies for Breakfast by Beth Pingry
July 10: PaperFections by Sharon Harnist
July 11: Today's Creations by Holly Craft
July 12: Donya Schroeder by Donya Schroeder (that'd be here)
July 13: Follow Your Bliss by Trudee Sauer

Wow! now that's a list!  Good luck everyone!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Strawberry Season

Don't you just love strawberry season? I don't think there's anything in the world that so perfectly epitomizes June as strawberries. I'd seen some paper piecing done to look like little petit fours in wrappers, and I thought- "What sheer Genius!" and promptly set about creating my own, only I opted for my favorite seasonal tea time treat- chocolate dipped strawberries in paper crimped circle nestability papers.  I really love Crafty Secrets French Mail stamp, I think the little kewpie postman makes this card look like a delivery straight from your favorite patisserie. Mm, I think I may wander to the farm down the road and buy a few berries from their stand now...

MME Wild Asparagus Maroon Floral Paper
Basic Grey LilyKate Posey Paper
Basic Grey Infuse Suffuse Paper
Basic Grey Infuse Stew Paper
Brown Cardstock
Worldwin White VellumPrima Ivory Flower Mix
Fancy Pants Ribbon Crush
Copic R81 Rose Pink
Copic E15 Dark Suntan
Copic R29 Lipstick Red
Paper Crimper
Corner Rounder
Archival Brilliance Graphite Black
Distress Ink Vintage Photo
EK Success Corner Adorner
Foam Dots
Dot ‘n Roller
Crafty Secrets French Mail Stamp Set
A*muse Berry Much Stamp
Classic Scallop Circle Nestabilities
Classic Heart Nestabilities
Flower Creations 3 Spellbinders Die (discontinued, I think)
Fall Harvest Spellbinders Die (also discontinued, I think)
Cut a 4.25 by 5.5 out of the pink paper.
Punch each corner with the corner adorner punch.
Cut a 4 by 5.25 out of the floral paper and insert into the pink panel.
Tint the little white flowers with pink marker.
Age the shipping tag with brown ink and then stamp Berry Much and the little postman kewpie in black on it.
Thread 4 inches of dark velvet ribbon through the tag’s hole and staple it in place.
Cut 2 hearts of the same size: one out of the red distressed look paper and one out of brown cardstock.
Cut the top off of the brown heart in a wavy line then attach the bottom to the red heart to create a “chocolate dip”.
Corner round the bottom points of the hearts.
Use Floral Creations 3 to cut two green leaves to attach to the strawberry’s top.
Cut and emboos a pumpkin from the Fall Harvest die out green cardstock, then trim off the pumpkin part and attach the stem on top of the strawberry leaves.
Shade and create seeds on the strawberry using markers.
Cut a medium sized scallop circle out of the pink patterned paper, and a slightly smaller one out of white vellum.
Run the scallops through a paper crimper, then nest them together to create a wrapper for the finished strawberry to sit on.
Mount the strawberry on the scalloped circles using foam dots to create some dimension.
Attach the tag, tiny white flower, and scallop circles to the card panel, then attach the finished panel to the front of your card base.
C’est fine :-)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Romancing of the Card

Ok, Big BAD secret.... I read Romance Novels.  I admit it, and am coming out of the closet, lol.  I just love all those shining knights in armor, all chivalrous.  I suppose it has something to do with all of the fairy stories I cut my teeth on as a kid, you know, the REAL fairy stories, by the Brothers Grimm (they were a bit grim too)  One of my favorites was always Briar Rose.  So here's a sweet romantic card for all those with a soft spot for maidens in distress- little girls, brides, and ladies with secret stashes of paperbacks hidden behind their complete works of Dickens ;-)

Sandcastle Fun Spellbinders Die
Flying Beauties Spellbinders Die
Romance Trim Stampington Stamp
Black Ink Pad
Weathered Wood Distress Ink
18 KT Gold Leaf Krylon Pen
Crackle Accents
Ivory Mulberry Paper
White Vellum
Gray Cardstock
Crafty Secret’s Earthy Paper Designs
Sparkraft Gold Corner Sticker
Perfect Paper Adhesive Matte
A2 Card Base in any color
Cut and emboss sandcastle from gray cardstock. Stencil through the die with black ink. 
Pop the castle out of the die and use the gold leaf pen to color the turret flag.
Cut six small butterflies from the white vellum.  Pop them out and gold leaf their edges.
Cut a 4 1/4” by 5 1/2” panel from the Rose Diamond paper in the Earthy Pad.
Attach four gold corner stickers to each corner of the panel.
Cut a 1” by 5 1/2” panel from the turquoise distressed paper in the same pad.
Using the gray blue ink stamp the word “Romance” on this panel.
Tear a 2” x 5 1/2” panel out of the ivory colored mulberry paper and glue it to the rose diamond paper.
Mount the castle toward the top center of the mulberry, then attach the Romance panel in the center of the mulberry, slightly covering the bottom of the castle.
Bend the wings of the butterflies and glue them around the castle using crackle accents.
Attach the card front to the card base.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Sweet Bebe

Yet another cousin's graduation looms nearer.  I decided to help her aunt out and help her start scrapbooking, many hands make light work and all :-)

Blossom Baby Layout

Kaliedoscope Diagonal Stripe Paper
Enfant Rose 7 Gypsies Paper
Nirvana Ultrafine Transparent Art Institute Glitter
Crystal Ultrafine Transparent Art Institute Glitter
Xyron 510
Storybook Cosmo Cricket Cardstock Stickers
Purple Butterfly Creative Impressions Brad
Yellow Glitter Creative Impressions Brads
Herbal Garden Light Prism Cardstock
Magestic Purple Light Prism Cardstock
Floral Creations Spellbinders Die
Doodle Parts Spellbinders Die
Using pinking shears or a zig zag blade on your cutter, pink the edges of an 8x10 baby photo.  Attach a sticker and brad to the bottom right corner of the photo, then mount it to a slightly larger panel of light purple cardstock.
Attach that panel to the 8.5x11 sheet of striped paper which in turn is mounted to the 12x12 pink baby words sheet.
Cut and emboss Doodle Parts out of light green cardstock to create vines.  Attach the vines around the upper left corner of the photograph.
Cut a 5 inch square of light purple cardstock, then use the adhesive masking technique to cut it with the Floral Creations die and sugar with white and light blue glitter.
Bend petals for maximum cuteness and then attach artistically to the vines on the layout using glittery yellow brads through the flower centers.

Friday, May 16, 2008


A new recipe page posted at last!  You absolutely must take the trouble of making these- and they are a bit of trouble.  Not difficult, but lots of steps, but worth it.  Orangettes are a little French sweet made from candied orange peels, sometimes (always in my case) dipped in chocolate.  Oh so good!

I was really having fun with my Stampington collage cubes and tried out the new 7 Gypsies Victorian Corners rubbings.  I tried the black flocking and think it is tres ooh la la :-)  The sweet couple and Eiffel Tower are Amuse stamps that I can't seem to stop using on everything.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008


Oh, look at the darlingness of these aprons!  Click here for aprons! I've been very excited by the resurgence of aprons.  For the longest time, aprons were either so very, very tacky or so very, very boring.  I have a collection of frilly vintage hostess aprons, but I love them too much too expose them to paint and ink.  My own attempts at spicing up boring canvas aprons have been lamentable to say the least, and anyone who knows me and my crafty cohorts will vouch that we need aprons, preferably incredible, cute, swank aprons!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Tea Time

Time to kick back with a cuppa of Earl Grey and my Recipe Club page for the month.  Aaaaahhhhh, life is sweet.

The darling paisley is a Spellbinders Nestability set, the vintage looking stickers are from Crafty Secrets (they always do such pretty things), and the papers are from an old collection by Bo Bunny, I've been hording them forever.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Cue the Theme Music

Every year I wind up listening to a set of songs over and over and over while I work on pages until it becomes a theme for the year.  Last year it was Liam Lynch's "United States of Whatever", "Smile" by Lily Allen, and pretty much anything Imogen Heap recorded.  I live in a really rural area, but my NPR station has a really good music selection that they play in the late evening.  Really good as in no hip hop (which I do own one or two songs of, I admit) but you may actually hear Beck mixed in with the Bob Dylan.  I expand my tastes there and this is what I've come up with for this year's theme album (so far)

1. Love the World You Find- The Flaming Lips (yes I admit, I'm an optimist, so sue me)
2. Soul Meets Body- Death Cab for Cutie (absolutely LOVE the video, you can see it at the bottom of this list)
3. Ballet for a Rainy Day- XTC
4. Eyes- Rogue Wave
4. Across the Sky- Emilie Autumn
5. Danke Schoen- Wayne Newton (yes, I'm also weird and have a strong sense of kitsch)
6. Even Angels Fall- Jessica Riddle (my concession to pop)
7. That's How You Know- Amy Adams from the Enchanted Soundtrack (I am a disney zombie, love that)
8. Oh It is Love- Hellogoodbye (aaaaand I'm sappy)
9. Lulu dans la village- Ann Savoy
10. I Fought the Law- Green Day (because sometimes you just need to bounce up and down in your seat)

That's the list of music I'm addicted to for the past, um, 28 days. Two Thumbs Up!  Jog the old creativity bean!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Sing it, sister!

The worst thing about winter garage sales! I'm going through some serious junking withdrawals.  Of course, there are always thrift stores, but somehow the same thrill isn't there.  I don't know if it's the warm ice tea left in the car, the sunburn, the giggling, or the whole day spent traveling pilgrimage like from shrine to shrine of junk, but it's missing from life right now like vitamin D.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Oh How Brave!

The Fed-Ex man braved the cold and snow yesterday to deliver a most wonderful package.  The rest of my Spellbinder Design Team Goodies! I've been a busy little snow bunny since then :-)  Inside my magic box is:

  • Prism Cardstock and more Prism Cardstock, lots and lots! I love Prism Cardstock! It has a wonderful weight and texture, not to mention the lovely colors.
  • World Win Cardstock in oodles of variety.  My other favorite cardstock for being double dipped.  How spoiled am I? Very!  I'm considering putting either Prism or World Win into my shop, but at this rate, I think people might want both....
  • Kokuyo Tape 'n' Roller and Dot Roller.  Really, really extra sticky.  It's a good thing.
  • Fancy Pants Stamps, Fiber, Chipboard, Felt, and Paper.  Do a little happy stamp dance!
  • Sparkraft Paper and Stickers.  Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiny :-)
  • USArtquest Gold Leaf, Duo Glue, and Mica.  Already one of my favorite companies gave me more shiny stuff, yay! and mica, so I don't have to guard my current mica stash like a dragon.
  • Glue Dots.  What can I say.  I need more.  Love 'em, constantly use them.
  • Lockhart Stamps.  Initial Happy Stamp Dance becomes a little Touchdown Goal Victory Happy ever so slightly dizzy Dance.
  • Avery Printable Stickers and Tags.  (Frankenstein monster voice) Tags good...
  • Purple Amaco Foil.  You must try this stuff with the Spellbinder dies, it will rock your world.  And Purple...need a Plum Crazy shop girl say more?
  • Krylon Leafing Pens.  I've had a crush on these ever since I visited the Red Lead girls in St. Louis.  Instant posh with a replaceable nib.  We already had all the metallic flavors in the shop, but now I have the new Brights to try out.
  • Scrappin' Sports Paper and Rub-ons.  Surprisingly very attractive papers for a sports geared company.  Even lowly Donya, whose most vivid sports memories are injuries and embarrassments, will find a use for these.
  • Copic Markers, Multiliners, and AIRBRUSH SYSTEM!!!!! Just a bit excited about that one.  Grandpa saw our sales rep use one last month and is pretty sure all of the customers at the shop would want one :-) he just likes firing up the air compressor I think.
  • Identipens.  They work similar to slick writers, only nicer. I've used them 3 times to label things just today.
  • Chartpak Refillable Pens.  Oh how they know us, and our compulsion that will lead to the need for refilling things.
  • Paper Glide and Tool Cleaner.  Paper Glide, oh paper glide, Marvelous Paper Glide.  But who told them I'd be messy and need tool cleaner? I wonder if it will get the Copic ink I airbrushed onto my Spellbinder dies off?
  • and more Spellbinders dies than you can shake a stick at!  I'd list them all but I bet your eyes are already crossed from this list :-)  You'll just have to wait for projects to appear using them!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

God Told Me To

I love Cainer's horoscopes, he has such a sense of humor.  Here's mine (cancer) for this weekend:

Your Weekend: We interrupt this forecast to
bring you a message from the creator of the universe. Apparently, the
supreme being urgently needs to tell you something and has thus taken
the unconventional step of using this prediction to get the point
across. I must say, I was a little surprised when my computer went up
in flames as a deep voice spoke from above - but when I asked for
identification, God produced a passport. So, er... here is the message:
'Stop taking life so personally. And worry less.'

So I'm not going to worry about the amount of work I've got to get done this week, or why everyone around me is depressed/stressed/cranky, and I'm definitely not going to worry about the money I just spent on new undergarments (hey, they were on sale).... ;-) Though perhaps I should worry that my favorite astrologer thinks he's talking to God.

Everybody sing "don't worry, about a thing, 'cause every little thing's gonna be alright"   teehee

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Now is that 100% pure wool?

I, for some reason, have never considered cable knit sweater vests as all that sexy...classic yes, but in a same way I'd think of Humphrey Bogart as classic, but not sexy. 

I hereby publicly recant that opinion.

This is a rather interesting company that puts 19th century (one of my favorite centuries) images on clothes.