Wednesday, January 11, 2017

WOYWW #397

Welcome to Wednesday...I almost missed it.  It is almost 1pm here in Oklahoma and when my brain connected I realized I hadn't posted yet!!!  What am I talking about?  WOYWW!  Silly goose!  Click the link and go check it out!

My desk today has been well used.  I am so tired of this head cold I decided I would make some cards and see how they turned out.  I can see some imperfections but hey...I did some card making!
My desk is loaded with treasures!  I am on a mission.  See the little suitcase to the left?  I ordered some washi tape in a grocery cart and they sent this instead...when I tried to send it back they told me to keep it and sent me the cart!  OMG! I am buddies with Queen & Co forever now!  This kit is loaded with all sorts of fun stuff!

First card I made is a wedding card.  I have bought a package (see the book standing near the iPad?)  of card blanks from Michael's and it turns out they are from DCWV and I got them as a Hot Buy which means it only cost me $5 for a 48 printed card blanks.  There is also a paper pad for $5 so I bought them both!  The feather card, torn edges,  and the sketch challenge last week were out of this stack too.   Stamps are an old Stampin Up! set from several years ago.
 The second card I made is from a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers called a Twisted Popup card.  I am in a swap on ATT and we are suppose to make one of these to swap.  This is a first and there are lots of mistakes so I may end up making another one to swap.
 When you first open the card it looks like this...You glue this W shaped book of 2 1/2"x3 1/2" cards to the book after you have put it all together...next time I will do it before I glue the book down.
 Fully open it looks like this.  I enjoyed learning a new technique but what I didn't tell you this is the third attempt that all the bits came together and didn't make it in the trash.  I didn't have a lot of patience and tore up offending parts when they didn't do as I thought they should!
My next card is going to be made with the stamps you see laying in the middle of the desk!  They are from Stamps of Life, Stephanie Barnard!  I love her stamps and dies.
I plan on playing with the stamps as soon as I get back from my appointment...speaking of which I had better get off here and get ready to go to the therapists.  Everyone have a great week!
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

WOYWW #396, 500th Blog Post

Welcome to Wednesday and the first WOYWW of 2017 and the 396th since Julia started the process...What is WOYWW? Go check it out on Julia's blog Stamping Ground and she will fill you in on all the details.

We just got back from another week in California visiting with Heather and her husband Michael for the Christmas holidays so I really haven't had much time to be creative...not only that I just haven't felt much like creating anything dealing with a cough and sinusitis.  Heather and Michael were both sick with a good old head cold so I am not surprised we caught it.  Check out my previous post regarding the trip.  

So my desk this week...                                  
 I have been doing some rearranging and cleaning up but you can't tell it today!  I decided that having all the bling on the roundy round thing in the upper right was too much so I moved it all to the one on the back wall and put the flowers in the drawers.  I have a lot of storage and need to maximize its use.  I seem to lose things and can't find stuff half the time and I am tired of it.  I have some more ideas that I am going to do soon and will be getting rid of more stuff!

Speaking of which...the counter on my blog post page just informed me that this is my 500th post since I started the blog.  I think that is reason to celebrate.  I think I am going to have some kind of giveaway but haven't decided what since I was just informed of the momentous occasion!  Stay tuned I will figure something out by next week!

I posted pictures on the previous post showing some cards I made last month.  I am going to start my art journaling again this week and probably some more cards for a swap I participate in.  Did I show you the little easels I made for the 12 Days of Christmas swap?  Would you like to see what I received?  It is an awesome lot of loot!  
My basket of gifts for the 12 Days of Christmas
Day 1 Tea, and mug mat

Day 2 poinsettia ornament and tag with clothes pin

Day 3  Snow globe 

Day 4 Beaded necklace


Day 5 Felt ornament
Day 6 Christmas Canvas


Day 7 easels for your phone or whatever that I made!
Day 8 all sorts of fun stuff.  love this necklace 
Day 9 apron



Day 10 Journal
Day 11 ornaments...I tried multiple times to get this rotated!
Day 12 a cloth journal
I think I made out very well on the 12 Days of Christmas gifts.  I had a lot of fun doing this swap!
I am glad the holidays are over though and I look forward to quieter times.  Won't go into politics right now but lots of changes are on the way and we might ought to rest up now.  Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Cards I am on a roll today! 4th post...

Another group I belong to on Facebook called Paper Crafting Swappers swaps cards (or other stuff on occasion) each month also.  I enjoy making cards with them and some months it is one sometimes it is 6 like it is this month.  In the month of November I sent the cards out and didn't take pictures of a single one...
Decembers prompts were vellum, a thank you card, Christmas card, and anything goes!
Vellum
Anything goes 
Christmas 
Thank you





Third post of 2017!

I had a great time in California visiting with my daughter and her husband over the Christmas holidays.  Unfortunately they were both sick with some kind of nasty cold and cough and were in and out of bed most of the time we were there.
We arrived in San Jose early in the morning and immediately went to lunch and later to a movie...Rogue One... Starwars!
Christmas Day found us sleeping in and in general just sitting around until dinner!
...and an awesome dinner it was!  Heather did all the cooking and made gluten free everything so I could share in the bounty!
After dinner we opened packages and Chuck received an adult coloring book with Scandinavian designs and a set of Prisma pencils.  He has already been coloring in the book...loves it!


                                                                                             


You can barely see the grand dogs on the sofa in this picture but they are there.  Leo was excited about the piece of fleece he was chewing on and didn't want to be bothered with my silly picture taking! 

Michael took us on a tour of his office at Netflix but while there was a lot to see for some reason I don't have a lot of photos.  I thought I had taken one of the sound proof boxes and the posh lunch room but...I guess I am thinking wrong.  What was a favorite there?  This vending machine that spit out all sorts of connectors, wires, etc that an electronics geek working at Netflix might need!





Another geeky trip was to the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, CA!  WOW!  All you see all over the place is Apple buildings for a couple blocks.  Michael got a new Apple watch and spent an evening happily learning all it could do.  Doesn't take much to keep him happy!

Heather, Christine, and I made a trip to Santana Row (posh shops and eateries) in San Jose.  We had tea at Lisa's Tea Treasures.  I was impressed at how close it came to actual British Tea!  I had tea at Fortnum and Mason in London a couple of times and while this isn't that it is quite similar!  Hot sweet teas, sandwiches with the crusts cut off, a choice of salad sandwiches and cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, and yummy deserts.





Heather and Christine looking over the menus.  WOW!  So many decisions.
The whole back of the menu is teas and related drinks.





A small brown Betty in a cozy for each of us!  The wait staff wear black parlor dresses and ruffly aprons...serving Heather tea!







my gluten free tea!  I had a salad with spinach, strawberries,  and almonds with raspberry dressing for first course.  Dessert was a raspberry and lemon sorbet...OMG!  Never again will I try that dessert it was so lemony I was puckered up for hours!  The sandwiches were chicken salad, egg salad, and cucumber!  Can't get more British! ...and last but not least a currant(raisin) scone with Devonshire cream and jam!

Heather had am awesome mix of sandwiches and those little puff pastry things of sweet potato!  I like the size of her muffin better then mine but getting a scone to take shape with gluten free is a feat in itself!  The chocolate torte was very tasty...I only had a nibble at the chocolate!

Some pictures of the tea room! 

                               


 It was a fun time in California for the second time this year.  I suspect I will be going back again in the future too!

For those inquisitive people asking about the package and balls in the tea room widow...that is splunks decorations for Christmas.  splunk is a data company.

Second Post of 2017


I know you are thinking that with all the traveling etc. that I have been doing that I probably haven't done much in the way of crafting...well not a whole lot but some!

I have been making cards!  These are cards I made for a swap on ATT...Altered Tattered and Timeworn a Yahoo group!  Novembers prompts were to make a Christmas card, a card with Feathers and a card with torn edges!
Feathers 
A Christmas card
torn edges

















challenge sketch





The challenge/sketch card was fairly simple but you know me and my overachieving tendencies I made it harder then it really had to be!
The card I made...kinda looks like it!
 Decembers card swap prompts with ATT where a card with snowflakes, trees, and bringing in the New Year!
Snowflakes
Trees





I had some fall scraps on the desk and decided it was trees...fall trees.  I rather liked it.


The new years card is made from Graphic 45 papers and I had made it for a class and had a kit left over so when I found it I thought WOW!  Someone was looking out for me.  I will often make more then I need and use them later.


Bringing in the new year!
Fun stuff!  I enjoy making cards!