Friday, February 26, 2010

What a week

I'm so glad it's Friday and the week is over. It's time for some rest, margaritas, and crafty silliness with the girls on Sunday. I have been looking forward to this break all week. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Monday, February 22, 2010

This card was a long time coming

I’ve had the idea for this card rolling around in my head for over a year. I made this card especially for my friend Kenny, who truly appreciates my twisted sense of humor. I call it the “zombie spinner card.” It’s no surprise that I would procrastinate on actually producing a card but I also had technical difficulties as well. Kenny celebrated his birthday in early December; I just mailed his card last week. I’m glad he knows me well enough to understand my problem with procrastination. : ) Since it took me just under 3 months to finish, I’m glad his card was well received!

I had a really hard time making this card. I scribbled out the text for it in a creative burst about 8 months ago but then I had a hard time figuring out how best to put it all together. I planned to hand-write the text on the card but wasn’t happy with how it turned out. So then I decided to digitize the text so I could alter the layout. Then I had to clean up the scans I made of the text. Have I ever told you I REALLY have OCD when it comes to playing with pixels in Photoshop? So I finally got the text like I wanted and started pulling together images from Halloween to use. I think the ones I selected work pretty well but I wasn’t all together happy with the round format since it cropped part of what I was trying to illustrate in each shot. But the round pictures did work well to swivel on the brads, so that part was pretty successful. I even had problems punching holes for this card. I felt like I’d never used scissors or paper before the whole time I was working on this one. I’ll probably make another version now that I have all the pieces created. Let me know if you have any ideas on how to make it better.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

This is the only card I made during my day off for snow. I think Mom liked it very much.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Shutterfly - win your free photo book

What is better than your very own book filled with pictures you selected? Not much! My sister gave me several gift certificates for free 8 x 8 photo books from Shutterfly. There are lots of places that offer this service but who can pass up free? I ordered two different books and passed along the rest of the gift certificates to friends. I received my first book Friday afternoon. It includes pictures Kristina took at girls night to celebrate my birthday. This is one of the coolest gifts from my sister (and me) ever! My cost was $8.63 for shipping; the 20 page book normally sells for around $30.

I have one code left. Leave me a comment before 2/18/10 and I'll randomly select a winner! The code will expire on 2/28/10, so you'll want to order your book right away. For more details about photo books, visit

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Another snow day

Isn't the snow beautiful against the blue sky?

Monday, February 8, 2010

Bye bye fishes

Saturday I sent my fishes back to their original Mom. I'll really miss them and the aquarium but I'm not going to miss the expense. Or the worry when there is the possibility of a power outage. I know Dene will take excellent care of them so when I miss them, I'll be happy they are in good hands. This is a terrible photo; fish are really difficult to photograph!