Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Thanks for the Vet

Our poor dog has been having intermittent tummy troubles for the last three weeks. She saw the vet the first of the month, and we were given anti-nausea medicine for her. Well, that only works if she isn't throwing it back up. A couple times we were ready to take her back, but then she'd start acting normal again, so we didn't. Until yesterday (which happened to by my hubby's birthday). She couldn't even keep chicken broth down, so we called the vet and went in.

Our veterinarian is wonderful. We were able to get squeezed in at the last minute of a very busy day, and he and his staff stayed well past closing, doing sonograms, X-rays, and lab work. He gave her an injection for the nausea, and so far it's working! (Paws crossed it keeps working!)

Anyhoo, I wanted to express our gratitude, so this card was made and sent today. It's from May, saying she and her mommy & daddy are grateful for the care they gave her. I hope it brings a smile to them when they receive it!

Today begins the Second Release of Sale-A-Bration items, and the glimmer paper on this card it one of the items that I'm SURE is going to be very popular! It's so pretty, and shiny, and glittery! What is shown is the Sweet Sugarplum, but it also comes with Bermuda Bay and Mint Macaron!

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Control Freaks are Celebrating!

Welcome to the February 2017 Tour de Freaks! Our theme this month is Celebrations, meaning any occasion that is cause to celebrate. That sure leaves it wide open for birthday, new baby, congratulations, wedding, anniversary, graduation, retirement.....  you name it!

I'm the first stop on this month's hop, but you may have just landed here from LeeAnn's blog, Flowerbug's Inkspot. Weren't her projects amazing? (I do "pin" a lot of her stuff!) Just click the button at the bottom of each page to make your way through the whole tour. There are only seven of us this month, so it'll be quick!

I decided to celebrate a birthday and celebrate Spring, which is right around the corner! (Yes, it really is, for you folks still up to your keisters in snow! Hang in there!!!) I still can't get enough of the daffodils in Basket Bunch, so I made another card using them. I don't know if it shows, but the trumpets are glitzed up with a little Clear Wink of Stella.

And for the birthday card, the Beautiful You stamp set just about shouts "celebration" with the woman's uninhibited dance moves! It reminds me of the movie "Singing in the Rain." The floral print paper in our Brights Designer Series Paper color collection is perfect for paper-piecing her dress and hat.

Thanks for stopping by! I'm keeping it short and sweet this month, so up next on the tour is Melissa Davies, over at the RubberFUNatics. Be sure to click the link so you can see what she has in store for you!


Saturday, February 18, 2017

You're the Best, Avant-Garden!

Well actually second best, but it tied in with the greeting on the card. Why second best, you ask? (Well, maybe you didn't, but I'm going to tell you anyway.) Remember when I said Hey Chick is the number one redeemed SAB item, so far? Well, Avant-Garden is the number two item! I'm not surprised, as it's a lovely little stamp set, and I've been seeing all kinds of beautiful things on Pinterest that use it.

Today's card was made specifically for two challenges. The first is the SUO Challenge #168, Sale-A-Bration Fun (using something from SAB), and the second is the Paper Craft Crew Challenge #231, which is a sketch challenge.

I really love the way this turned out! It's such fun for me when I'm making something, and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere - just not "right" - and then all of a sudden an idea hits that pulls it all together. That's what happened with this card.

I had everything but the greeting and card base figured out, but a white strip for the greeting just wasn't cutting it. I switched to Pear Pizzazz, which I had used on the swirl, and that looked better, so I went with Pear Pizzazz for the card base, too. But what really made it all come together was cutting down the background to 3-3/4" x 5", so more of the card base showed!

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Basket Bunch Thanks

Spring may not officially arrive for another five and a half weeks, but it's already starting to show in little ways around here! Appearing first are the daffodils, which are blooming about three weeks earlier than they did last year. Of course, we haven't had much of a winter here, so they must be confused. But that's okay, because I love 'em!

Since daffodils are one of my favorite flowers, I just HAD to get the Basket Bunch bundle. They had me at daffodils, and that's not even counting the adorable Easter-themed stamps, which I intend put to good use later!

I'm playing along with two challenges today; the Simon Says: Fantastic Florals challenge, and sketch challenge #275 at Freshly Made Sketches. Here's the sketch:

The daffodils were stamped six times on Daffodil Delight cardstock using Crushed Curry ink, then the color was deepened a bit with a blender pen and Daffodil Delight ink. Three of the flowers were die cut and popped up on dimensionals, and the trumpet centers of the other three were fussy-cut and also popped up on dimensionals.

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