January 24, 2013

January 24, 2013

This is the view outside my back window this cold, winter morn. The thermometer states that it is 8 degrees with a windchill of -12...burrrr...but the view this morning will take your breath away!

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January 23, 2013

With Sympathy

This is the card I have been working up for 3 days now.  I wish I could just sit down and whipped out a card in a couple hours but I can't.  Either I can't decide how I want to make it, I can't find the paper I want or it prints wrong, time after time.  This was the case with this card.  I had the flowers cut out 2 days ago and had the basic card design made in Silhouette.  But, once I started printing, I found out my measurements were just enough off to bug me....then it quit printing my verse on the inside...after printing 6 times, it dawned on me that all I had filled with color was the outline of the font and no fill color...so it was basically like it wasn't there.  Does anyone else have as much trouble making cards as I do? 

I'm not in love with this card...to me it is missing something on the front.  In my mind, it really needed a sentiment but after putting it together, I just didn't want to start over.  Plus, my flowers were cut from some scrapbook paper and I didn't have anymore of it.

Oh well, its signed and stamped and going in the mail today!  Hopefully, my next card doesn't give me as much trouble.

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January 13, 2013

Les Misérables

If you haven't seen this movie, you need to go!  I went with a friend, yesterday afternoon, and it had me spell-bound for the whole 2 1/2 hours. I would love to have seen the musical that toured the states. The cast was phenomenal!  I cried and laughed and couldn't go to sleep because I kept re-playing it in my head.  I'd go back in a heart beat! I've no image to share but definitely wanted to share my opinion on this remarkable movie..I was so excited when this friend asked me to go cause I knew Bill would not take it in.  He hates musicals and I love them....how did we ever match up?  Hummmm....

I have signed up for the health departments Weight Lose program and started on a diet.  I want to lose 25 pounds and tone up the muscles that I seem to be loosing since I retired.  I'm walking 5 1/2 miles a day and trying to cut down on what I eat.  Mainly cutting out the sweets but limiting the rest.  I was fortunate this week to gain a walking companion and the walks go much faster now. Keep your fingers crossed for me that I reach my goal!


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January 3, 2013

Thank You Card

Well, it's 2013!  I can not believe I've been retired a full year....time is going by way too fast.  We will be heading to mom and dad's early Saturaday morning to do the last of our Christmas events.  It's suppose to warm up next week, so I hope to get the rest of the Christmas decorations and lights down outside.  I hate pulling in the driveway and seeing those strings of lights hanging down.  It was ok when they lit up every night but I can't handle them when they are shut off.  LOL...yep, I'm no longer in the Christmas Spirit!!!

I made a couple of these cards for thank you's for the kids up north and Jerri Ann and Randy.  Then, I liked the card so well and needed a birthday card quickly, so I just changed the sentiment to Happy Birthday and it went out in the mail with the other two cards.  I only have one card to make in January, so I'm planning on making some cards up this month to have on hand.

Ok...I will see if I can give credits quickly!  LOL....I used this card for my inspiration....Endless ink-abilities
I really loved the circle cuts on the sides....the butterfly was a free download I got from Call Me Victorian
and I clipped it out and loaded it into my Silhouette program to do a print and cut.  I cut it out twice and layered it with pop dots and added black rhinestones to the top layer.  The butterfly had the brown sponging on the edges of the wings but I sponged it with Walnut distress ink to hide the white edge of the cardstock.
The music background comes from Happy Travels by Glitz....I use a lot of this paper so I've loaded it into the pattern section of my Silhouette program.  The brown background paper is from K&Company and the cardstock is Rustic Cream by PaperTreyInk. The brown twine came from Wal-mart and I made the glittered circle by cutting a scalloped circle with the Silhouette and then running it through my adhesive Xyron.  I poured the glittered on the sticky side and burnished it in with my finger.  The font I used is called Champignon.
Remember the time I had making envelopes for the Christmas cards?  Well, this is the Baronial envelope I purchased from the Silhouette store that was WAY too small for my cards.  I liked the looks of it and the addition of the liner so I set about and re-made it so it would fit my 5 x 4.75 cards.  The paper I used was just some cream stock I've had and the liner was printed and cut in the Silhouette using a paper from Happy Travels by Glitz.

Guess that's all!  Hope you like!

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