Tuesday, November 30, 2010

First Ever.....1 Layer Christmas Card

I made a card!!!!!! That shouldn't be that exciting but for whatever reason putting stamp to paper lately has been a challenge for me. Judy posted a ninety minute challenge this morning over on the Hero Flickr site and I decided to give it a try.

My Christmas cards usually have many layers, but her challenge was to do a 1 layer holiday card. All stamps are by Hero Arts except the sentiment and it is by PTI.

First step was to cut a mask using a Spellbinders nestability. I placed that on the center of the card and sprayed Glimmer Mist around it. After the Mist was dry I stamped the Hero background star stamp and emobssed it. I used white ink and a polysparkle powder and the effect is really subtle.

Then I stamped and embossed the reindeer and colored it with a copic marker.

I used the Spellbinders nestability itself to draw outlines around the masked area using red and green markers. I added a few snowflakes to the center area around and below the reindeer. This wasn't part of the plan initially but there were a few smudges in those areas and I started to make the card over but it was getting close to the end of the 90 minutes.......so snowflakes it was.

Soooooo after I post this picture on the blog I notice the little piece of white paper stuck on the side near the sentiment. LOL!
But I am still happy..I MADE A CARD!!!! WOOHOO!!
My friend, Helen, says she has been looking at my blog everyday wondering when I was ever going to post something again. Helen, this one is for you!

Have a great day everyone and thanks so much for stopping by :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hello Again!

WOW! Life has been just crazy lately, a little of everything going on and I have missed being here and visiting with all my blogging friends. Today I had the opportunity to finally meet Tanya's sweet baby girl, Lainey Reese.
I had hoped to meet her in the hospital but of all the luck I was sick and out of work that week. She is beautiful and I thought I would share a couple of photos I took today.

Tanya looks so good, Lainey is adorable and Wyatt is very interested in Santa, Christmas and Thomas!

Isn't that the sweetest face?

Is everybody getting ready for the holidays? I haven't even started my Christmas cards, haven't even decided on a design. We are having a quiet Thanksgiving, I am working that day and none of the kids will be here so we are putting off frying a turkey until Christmas. Might try to get the Christmas tree up that week and get that done so I can put my dad's up the next week.

I am getting excited about the new Hero cataloge, always look forward to new stamps! I was sorry to hear that Stamping Treasures is closing. I have done a lot of shopping with them over the years and will miss their great selection of Hero stamps and their great service.

Thanks for stopping by, hopefully things are going to be a little less eventful and I can get some creative and blogging time in more frequently.

See you soon!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

My thoughts on Hunting Season

Let me start by saying this is not my usual post and if you enjoy hunting you might want to stop reading now!

I love nature! And I love animals. The deer in the field behind our house are gentle creatures and I love watching them. Which brings me to hunting season.  My definition of hunting season is
"Men trying to prove their manliness by murdering poor defenseless animals with high powered rifles." It has nothing to do with feeding their families....by the time you pay for guns and bullets and all the necessary gear, you can buy a lot of beef!

And today to top it all off my neighbors have decided to take it even further by gutting their "proofs of manliness" in the yard next door. So in order not to see this treat I am forced to stay in my house with the windows drawn.
We live in a development wouldn't you think this would not be the norm? I know we live in the south, redneck country, but give me a break! And I am pretty sure they all know I feel about hunting so I guess this is just a slap in the face.

When they deer come into the field and they see us they just stand around and look to see what we are doing. How much sport can there be in killing them? So if you think that murdering them makes you a big man in anyones eyes, guess again. And oh, by the way drag your children out there as soon as they can tote a gun and have a picture put in the local newspaper. You are passing along wonderful lessons to them too.

Sorry, if I have offended you in anyway. I needed to vent. I have been sick all week and this morning my blood pressure is probably not in a very healthy range. I had to get this out or explode.