Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Supplies: TAC paper and ribbons from my stash
It all turned out good though! I finished like around 4:00, laid down on my bed to admire my handiwork on top of my desk and must have fallen right to sleep cause I don't remember admiring it! :) Slept through till about 10:30 this morning. I think it was a better idea than drinking warm milk but just maybe a bit more dangerous! LOL
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Today is Jay's birthday. He's 22! My daughter told me I was too young to have a son that old. Yeah, I think she wants me to turn her cell phone back on, but I saw right through that little ploy of hers! :) LOL Nonetheless, she's RIGHT! ;)
I did get our Christmas tree up and it's a live one!! Here is a picture of our tree. I'm posting one that I took at night, cause it looks prettier and it needs all the help I can give it in that department because I can't find the angel topper, garland and all the white ornaments! I'm just glad I could get a tree up! :) The ornaments are light pink and a hotter pink with a pearl finish. These are new. I did buy them last year, but didn't get to hang them on that tree. I was able to find some large silk poinsettias in shades of red and white and a large gold ribbon bow. I'm using the bow as our topper and I used the poinsettias as "fillers" for the tree.
I also managed to mail out 60 Christmas cards! I need to quit making friends! LOL Tomorrow, I call my mom and find out what she thought of the card I made for her. I'm scared! Seriously!
Well, I've been super busy finishing up altered items for gift giving. I have but a few more things to finish and I'll be all done! This crazy guy I know actually asked me if I could alter 14 wooden pocketbooks by Christmas. OK, I said he was crazy! :) LOL I should try to do so, because the money makes it really tempting; however, isn't this time of year supposed to be stress-free? Or is that just an elusive dream someone was wishing on me? LOL Anyway, I told him I didn't think I could do the pocketbooks, but maybe some journals. I made this one for a friend and he's "thinking" about it. Jeez, I hope he decides soon and doesn't decide to wait until Christmas Eve to tell me he wants the journals! LOL
Supplies: The Paper Collection - Vintage and unknown script paper; cardstock; ScrapGoods and TAC stamps; ribbon; Ranger embossing ink and powder; Colorbox inks
Thursday, December 6, 2007
I've been totally freaking out about my mom's Christmas card. I've made a total of (I think) about seven this week alone just for her! It has to be perfect! HAS TO BE! Let me show you the first one.
Supplies: Cardstock; TAC pp, tags and Oh Christmas Tree stamp; Stampin' Up Felicidades Siempre stamp; Ranger gold embossing ink and powder; gold organza ribbon; ScrapGoods nailhead; Colorbox white ink; Tim Holtz Peeling Paint and Vintage Photo inks and Vintage Photo distressing powder; foam dots; fine glitter
So I am posting this now as quickly as possible before I talk myself out of it and make another one!
And now to get to my regularly scheduled program and maybe get some work done! :) Next week, I may have a post for every day! LOL I hope anyway! :)
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
I have been scrapbooking since approximately 1976, but did not really get addicted until August 2003. Now, instead of trying to find a cure for it, I just go with it! :) I also discovered rubber stamping at that time and I think that came out of necessity! My kids became unreasonable teenagers that refused to pose any more AND winters in NH can be VERY long sometimes! I'm not an outdoorsy person so I had to find an outlet and what a fun outlet! I didn't even try to put up a fight with stamping . . . I just went with it from day one! :)
Saturday, December 1, 2007
I could see visions of . . . something ;) with this beaded ribbon and I thought the colors went really well. And I KNEW I wanted to stamp something on it, but not sure what! Oh, boy. But then I didn't know where to go with it! lol Anyway, this is the back:
This is the inside of the pocketbook:
Supplies: SugarTree pp; Miss Elizabeth's rhinestones; Delta acrylic paints; Champion spray paint; ribbon - from my stash.
I feel like it's not finished, but not sure how to finish it. Oh, boy. Oh, and can someone please tell me how to seal it to protect it?
That's when I decided to give up trying to make something elegant or shabby chic. I decided to just go with and accept my "cutesy eclectic style!" lol I'm almost finished with that one, but I'm waiting on a great-niece's input on something I want to add. I want to make sure it's "hip" and "now!" lol Hey, I said I was cutesy eclectic, not "hip" and "now." ;)
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The paint doesn't look like IRL. I used a copenhagen blue (that's what the bottle had on it!) as the base and then went back over it with navy blue on the edges to give it a shadow effect and then dry brushed some pearlescent baby blue for some shimmer. It came out looking kind of distressed, but I can't capture that with the camera!
The ribbon color looks kind of yellowish, but it's a lime green color and matches perfectly IRL to the handkerchief.
I didn't think to take a close up but the tag you see on the end, it is like a soft metal long dog tag and I engraved "EMAdethis 4U" on it and on the ends are tack heads I broke the backs off of cause they were too cute and one reads "cola" and the other reads "fizz." EMAdethis is the name of my store cause I'm super full of myself in case you guys hadn't caught on to that yet. ;) If I make it, I want my name ALL over it! LOL Thus the name of the blog too, EMA-gination! :)
Supplies: Miss Elizabeth's paper and rhinestones; Colorbox inks; Delta acrylic paints; label holder and soft metal tag; MM tack heads and rhinestone brads; ribbon
Bright idea? Well, when I fitted it together to take pictures, it did not feel like a tight fit but now I can't pull it apart! LOL I'll keep working at it, but I'm afraid of tearing it! Oh, the sagas of a crafter!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Well, I came home from New Mexico and found . . . well, let's just say, I took lots of pictures to document the whole thing and shared the best of them with you! ;) LOL Things are slowly getting back to normal around here. Thank goodness! I've not done anything really special since my arrival. I've been too busy cleaning and getting things back on track. Seems like a contradiction there! So much has happened, but I've not done much! LOL But that is how it REALLY is! :)
Thanksgiving was good for us and I hope yours was too. Nina was astonished that we had a Thanksgiving without her. I believe she thinks my world still revolves around her. No longer true! After two years of her complete lack of respect for me has taught me to let go and get on with my life. I'm thinking Christmas will be lots cheerier for us too! :)
Jay has been hard at work dealing with his issues. He'll be turning 22 in about 2.5 weeks. How can I be the mom to a 22 year old?!? Someone needs to redo the math! LOL I think I may have given birth at an incredibly young age! Maybe I should have been in the book of Guinness Records! LOL
We're hunkering down and getting ready for winter . . . BRRRRR . . . and Christmas. I've not bought a tree yet and am hoping that I can manage to get one before Christmas Eve! I like to make it really challenging each year and wait till the last minute and almost not be able to find the perfect one! LOL But I plan to shop for one next week. REALLY! I'll post a pic when I do.
We've not had time for frivolous things such as books, movies, TV . . . well, OK, except for Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Clean House, but aside from that, ok, and a couple of episodes of Scrapbooking, but really, other than that . . . ummmmmmm, no yeah, nothing else . . . we've just not had the time to sit and devote precious time being entertained!
I do want to tell you that my biggest accomplishment this month . . . was making a total of 300 cards in one week! Whew! There were quite a few cards left over, cause along the way, we had some oops and so there's been a teddy bear invasion at my store over at Etsy! ;) There were mats and paper left over for about six more cards and even though I told myself I did not want to see or make another green, red and white card, I DID! Here is one just for your viewing pleasure:
For the very first time, since I bought it back in September for my birthday (a gift from my OLDEST sister, Lilly . . . she told me to stop telling you guys she's the oldest and I told her, "But you are!" LOL Aren't you glad I'm not your younger sister! LOL), I used the Crop-O-Dile! All I can say is get out of the way cause I'm punching holes and setting eyelets like NEVER before. I'm still figuring it out, but look at how awesome these eyelets came out! I just LOVE it! Love it, love it, love it!
Supplies: Nicole EYELETS(!); ricrac ribbon; cardstock; unknown printed paper (gift); unknown stamp (I unmounted it and thought I would remember forever and ever who the stamp came from, 8) ok, envision me rolling my eyes here and one pops out and rolls under the desk cause I often get way enthusiastic rolling the eyes); Pebbles pearlescent chalks (love these!); glue and glitter.
Well, that's about all I have to share with you this month. I absolutely must get going! I just received an email that I won a Toyota Cirrious (that's how it's spelled in the email from the attorney!)! All I have to do is send a cashier's check to some foreign company in a third-world country to get the keys! How incredibly lucky I am! I know, I know, something like this could NOT have happened to a nicer person! LOL ;) Hope you have a good day and . . . please . . . think of me driving around in my much deserved and needed new car! LOL ;)
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Every Christmas I HAVE to make a black and white Christmas card. I don't know what it is about that color combo that makes me want to have a successful card with it! LOL I really like the way this card came out this year.
Supplies: Cardstock; ScrapPack pp; TAC stamp; organza ribbon; rhinestone; Pebbles chalks; Nicole eyelets; glitter
This next card is from the same batch, but in a different color.
Supplies: Cardstock; ScrapPack pp; TAC stamp; organza ribbon; rhinestone; Pebbles chalks; Nicole eyelets; glitter
These are left over cards that did not pass quality control. LOL I've listed these and a few others at my Etsy store. I'd like to get rid of them, but if not, they'll make great greeting cards too! :)
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I purchased it with quite a bit of hesitation. First of all, it was $3.49 for 2 ounces! Kinda pricey in my book! The spices themselves are inside a little plastic bag and it comes with the cutest little scoop! Still . . . $3.49! Secondly, Jay won't eat any meats covered in ANY kind of sauce, so I would be the only one eating meats covered in this. That alone might require cooking two dinners in one night. Finally, reading the description and directions . . . sent me into a tailspin!
First it reads:
"Great for Grilling, Broiling, Baking & Roasting."
So, I thought to myself, "OK, NOT just for BBQing!" For those of you from the south, there's NO BBQing during the winter months in New Hampshire!
"Turn the cookout around with a brand new taste! Fit for the perfect backyard barbeque, the sweetness of brown sugar balances with the bite of ancho & chipotle powder in this blend perfect for ribs, pulled pork, and sweet potatoes. Garlic, onion, allspice and cloves mingle with these two flavors to create a symphony of Southern bliss."
So, I thought to myself, "OK, I'ma Southern 'n sum of dem dere spices sound purdy good." I had to throw in my Southern drawl for that though! Exhausting!
Then the directions:
"Sprinkle a bit on all sides and massage the rub into the meat with your hands and cook as desired. For a bigger bang in your barbeque, refrigerate and let the Sweet Southern BBQ Rub penetrate the meat a few hours before cooking."
Jeez, massaging? That sounds like a lot of work and getting kind of intimate with the meat!
So, I had to have some serious thought about the whole thing. I placed it back on the grocery shelf and start to walk away, but I keep getting drawn back to it. I must have spent a good 15 minutes standing there trying to decide whether I should bring it home with me or not. I finally gave in to that little voice I like to call "Reason."
Wanna know why? Because despite everything I'd read and the hefty price tag, all I could see was this:
And the worst part? They have seven other flavors! Oh, boy.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Cardstock; StoryTellers printed cardstock; craft leaf; Colorbox pigment ink; Pebbles pearlescent chalks; glaze pen; ScrapGoods ribbon; OTC metal charm; Ranger black embossing powder; embossing ink
For these next two, I used The Angel Company (TAC) papers and stamp. I love, love, love the rich colors of these papers!
For this first one, I used the Amelia line design papers. I love these colors! They are so rich and bold. I also used the "Give thanks" stamp from the Give Thanks stamp set. I used pigment ink to stamp the images. I thought the color matched really well with the colors of the paper.
Supplies: TAC paper and stamp
From my stash: Cardstock; Colorbox pigment ink; PSX mini alpha set; brads
For this card, I used the Winchester line design papers. I love the deep dark colors! I also used two stamps from the Give Thanks stamp set. I filled in the acorns with pigment inks to match the paper.
Supplies: TAC paper and stamp
From my stash: Cardstock; Colorbox pigment inks; brads
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
The Angel Company papers and Poinsettia stamp.
My Stash: cardstock, ScrapGoods ribbon, Ranger black embossing powder, foam dots, Colorbox pigment inks and glitter glue
Monday, November 12, 2007
Before returning to my life uninterrupted! LOL I want to just give a re-cap of what I found in the apartment this week.
Aside from horrors of cleaning bathroom, I had to clean cleaning supplies first!
The bowl in refrigerator picture? Crusted over. Threw it away!
Threw microwave away. I’m not cleaning that! Wish I could do the same with the refrigerator and oven.
Two umbrellas, one solid brown and another solid black. Now I have a brown umbrella with a black handle and a black umbrella with a brown handle. Why?
Before I left for Texas, I gave specific instructions that there was to be no drinking, smoking or drugs in the apartment. I found evidence of all of the above, to be specific 15 cigarette butts and approximately 21 bottle caps!
I was gone during the summer . . . 5-pc Halloween beverage set, now 4-pc Halloween beverage set. Perfect for a third wheel event!
One child likes to break off the pull tabs on cans. I found approximately 36 tabs.
Found a Lady Quattro razor behind the bookcase in the kitchen!
I asked that my pocket books be left alone! I received the response of "Your pocket books are not my style." Took awhile to find all of them and once I did, I found makeup products in them that I did NOT leave in there or do they belong to me!
Leather dog leash on floor with trash. "Been looking for that, where did you find it?" "Someone who could not bend at waist must have dropped it."
Day one: 2 bags of trash.
Day two: 3 bags of trash.
Day three: 5 bags of trash and 1 large box filled with empty cardboard boxes.
Day four: 3 bags of trash and 2 large boxes filled with empty cardboard boxes.
Baby shoes, child's belt, car seat, deep fryer and cat litter scoop. We do not have small children or a cat. What?
Profitable? Found $20 bill and $1.72 in loose change!
Dead jade plant. Isn’t that from the cactus plant family?
Beer bottle labels stuck on side of coffee table. Decorative?
Remember spit balls in high school on the ceiling? Yeah, I found those in here too!
Cigarette stench in apartment.
My sewing machine in living room closet. Upside down!
My black boots and snow boots were not in closet. OK, I was gone during the summer months. What was that all about?
One day, I needed some socks to keep feet warm. When I left, I had a small drawer full of matching socks. I went to get a pair. What did I find? I'll show you! BTW, the 21 bottle caps I listed earlier, do not include this little treasure!
Do not despair! After doing all the laundry . . . that took an entire day . . . I now have 5 matching pairs of socks!
Finally, I received my flat-screen TV I purchased while in NM on Friday and it was NOT damaged!! WOOHOO!! I'd been watching TV on this old 13-inch TV that belongs to the wayward child. Let me tell you, it was hard getting used to watching that after I had been watching a 15.4" flat-screen TV! :)
Sunday, November 11, 2007
These are all items I ordered while living in New Mexico. Before the decision to stay in New Mexico was made and again, once I decided to come home to New Hampshire, I had all these packages shipped here. It was like Christmas, but without the wrapping paper! LOL
I was kind of disappointed with this first one. It's a kit that comes out every other month from Hot off the Press (HOTP). I think it's fairly new. Anyway, you don't get a preview of what you are getting and had I known I was gonna get these ding bats I would have passed on them. These seem to be all the rage right now, but I don't like them. So anyway, these are stamps for this month:
This is a card making kit also from HOTP. I like to get this because of all the doodads they send. These cards are pre-designed. I work on these on days that I am bored out of mind and have nothing to do. I do not sign them and I gift them to folks I know for their own use. I don't use the doodads! I keep those for myself and I have a huge stash that I cannot make myself use! Someone PLEASE rescue me! ;)
These are the doodads I am referring to:
This is a scrapbooking kit also from HOTP. I love all the matchy matchy things they do and the idea sheet that comes with each kit. I use their kits to make little albums to give away.
These next two are also kits from Memory Works. I probably ordered them cause I saw something that I couldn't live without. Now that I have them, I'm not sure what that was! Although with this first kit, I'm thinking it was the glitter! I have a hard time passing up shiny things! LOL
These are the last two kits from my favorite monthly club, ScrapGoods. I love, love, love their kits. I also love the idea sheets and they always have some kind of new technique to try with the things they are sending. I love their ribbons and they always send really cool chip boards. In case I haven't said this before, I love, love, love this club! I only cancelled my membership because I signed on with The Angel Company (TAC) and want to commit myself to them with my time and money and see what pans out for me there.
This is an order I placed for myself for my birthday from Stampin' Up with my friend, Heidi. I went a little overboard cause my total came to like $120 and I was so close to the free hostess benefits that I decided to throw caution to the wind and found another $30 worth of stuff to get for the extras! I can't pass up free shipping and freebies! I don't care how much I have to spend in order to get them!
This is another monthly kit from Tie One On. I love their ribbons and I know I purchased this cause of the PP! Even though I have no kids in school, I had to have it! This is one of my favorite paper lines!
And finally, as I wrote earlier, I did sign up to be a consultant with TAC. These are all the papers and extras that came with the kit. I didn't take a picture of the order forms, catalogs, invitations and so forth, because I thought to myself that part of the package might not interest you!
This is the MAIN reason I wanted to sign up with TAC! You can't see them all, but there are a total of 12 stamp sets that I requested, plus a small logo stamp, and then they sent a sampler set and a grab bag (the two on the far right).
So, the bad news is . . . now the pressure is really on! Oh, boy! Something about a room full of new stuff to NOT know where to start! But start I must, so stay tuned and you'll see what kind of damage I can make! LOL