Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Ramblings of the past week or so

My immigrant husband said yesterday that he's just never going to understand our weather. I don't know why. It was nearly 50 in the early afternoon, rained and sleeted so hard that we thought the house was going to cave in, so windy the windows nearly blew out, began snowing, then the temperature plummeted to nearly zero with a nearly -20 wind chill. What's not to understand? He wore a T-shirt earlier then went to pick up DD from work later and the car had ice on the INside.

Last week as I finished the dishes and used the garbage disposal I had a pool of water gush at my feet. I didn't think that was a good sign. I guess I shouldn't be surprised; I've lived in this house since 1993 and hard telling when the disposal was put in.

Anyway, poor DH has been trying to replace it since then. We've had everything that was under the sink (some things I don't even remember buying) spread on the floor and to date it's still not put together yet. In DH's defense, what was under the sink was a disaster area. I'm hoping that whomever installed the pipes and disposal before wasn't a plumber because it was a mish-mosh mess. He purchased what he thought he would need and each day he finds something else he has to get because nothing matches up. The pipes were soldered at a strange angle, apparently because whatever was installed didn't quite fit so they jammed it together. The poor guy has had such a heck of a time that I haven't had the heart to give him any grief about the fact that I can barely walk through the kitchen, and now have so many dishes to wash that it will take me several days to finish. I haven't even tried to cook, except for a pot of soup one night. It's a bit difficult to maneuver so it's been a grand excuse to order food in.

So...he has (hopefully) one last part to purchase and we'll be good to go. I'm not holding my breath but we've already made plans to go out with some friends later today and eat. The day is gorgeous, but still very cold. That's another thing DH can't get a grasp on. It's so sunny but absolutely freezing. When it was sunny in England that meant it was (relatively) warm. The poor guy will never understand.

Monday, January 7, 2008

A few cards...

Just adding a few cards I've made recently....

I used my rubber brayer to add the watermelon (or was it bubblegum??? lol) background. I randsom stamped flowers from the January SOTM "Eastertime" with the pigment White Daisy. This is the first time I've actually used that stamp pad. It's much thicker than our water-based inks and takes a while to dry. I do like the way it shows up. The sentiment is also from the January SOTM. I used watermelon (or bubblegum...for the life of me I can't remember which I decided to use!) with Sweet Leaf. The bling is from our Sparkles and the summer's Connections Club reward.

Another rubber brayer background, in Lilac Mist. Before using it, I stamped with the VersaMark with the February SOTM and then stamped again in Lilac Mist the corner flourishes. I stamped the sentimet on White Daisy and cut it out with decorative scissors (YES I still use golly I bought 'em and am going to use 'em!), then inked the edges with Lilac Mist.

This was made with Playful Petals stamp set and Romantic Background stamp set. Added a few buttons. I also used Simple Stitches for the stitching effect, using Chocolate ink. I love this card and wish someone was sending it to me. LOL

Just a quickie done here, using Life Delights papers and the Delightful stamp set for the font. Matted with Chocolate CS, the backside (solid) of the patterned paper and Colonial White CS, then distressed with the stipple brush in chocolate.

Using some chalk popping with this one...after using the VersaMark added some Cranberry chalk, then covered with Vellum. The stamp is from the December SOTM, with some bling from Sparkles on the corners and main center stamp piece.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

New layouts of grandson and son's wedding

All layouts inspired by Cherish and Imagine templates. Can't live without 'em. :) All products from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted.

This layout is of my grandson when he was living in Hawaii. I used Majestic Blue papers with Outdoor Denim ribbon and a couple of white photo clips. The letters were made with my Cricut using George and Basic Shapes and embossed with my QuicKutz Goosebumpz. The water is from Going Places cartridge and Fun Flock added to the "waves".
Another layout of my darling grandson. T. took some pictures of him sleeping and then discovered he is now a "typical male" and growing into a man...he fell asleep watching TV with the remote in his hand! Papers are Route 66 with coordinating My Stickease. Added arrows from Going Places (I think lol) with my Cricut, Summer Craft Buttons with Sunflower Waxy Flax and the brackets/letter from Dimensional Elements and colored with Sunflower ink.

I absolutely love these papers and thought they were perfect for my son's wedding pictures. Papers from Elegant Bouquet with coordinating Stickease and Cherish stamp set (Cranberry and Garden Green inks). I added some Cranberry organdy ribbon and Colonial White My Accents. Heart tags are from my QuicKutz and also embossed some of the papers with QuicKutz Goosebumpz with hearts then sanded and inked with Bamboo. The flourishes were made with QuicKutz Revolution.

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