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Fun with Explosives

I was searching through the greeting cards at Target the other day, looking for a birthday card to send to my step-brother that I have only met once. Yeah. They don’t really make cards for that particular market. Anyway…I found one that I thought looked fun, but it was very poorly made. I said to myself, “I can make this way better for way less than $4.99.” So I did. Here’s the finished product:

manly-birthday-card

I found the explosion graphic by Googling “kaboom” images. The one in the store was attached by a very wimpy coil of wire that kept twisting the wrong way so the word was upside down. Yes, I checked, and all of them were like that. I solved this problem by using a spiral paperclip from my scrapbooking supply heap and stretching it out a bit. Much better. It doesn’t have the sproing-y motion of the longer, thinner wire, but it does pop out immediately when the card is opened. Plus, the word is very much in the upright position. I think I found a legitimate use for Comic Sans, too. The spark on the bomb is a tiny, star-shaped brad. Too bad I’ve already mailed it. I just realized I should’ve added Wily E. Coyote to the front — or maybe an Acme box. Next time.

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Not done yet.

I think this will be my last day of Christmas shopping.  Or maybe tomorrow.  I’m through with malls, though.  Definitely.  I’m surprised I’m not still sewing.  That’s a new one for this year.  Of course, I’m always waiting until the last minute to do it.  This year, I got an early start.

Anyone else out there do Christmas cards?  Most years, I don’t.  When I do, I like to keep the list as short as I can because I want to make them by hand.  This year, I wound up making 24.  Good thing I kept it simple.

Here’s what I sent family:

Here’s what I made when I decided to do a full list:

I swear the colors are better in real life.  I don’t have the best lighting for photographs.  But they turned out surprisingly blur-free!

Well, I’d better get a move on if I’m going to be productive today.


I hate ragweed.

With a fiery passion that burns with the intensity of a thousand suns.  Well, not really.  I’m too sick to be passionate about anything.  Nevertheless, the ragweed count is high, and my sinuses hate the world and everything in it in that sort of petulant, self-indulgent way.  I, on the other hand, am trying to keep my spirits up.

I’m still working on card designs.  I haven’t come up with anything I like yet.  I did one with stenciled snowflakes that turned out looking like an ugly Christmas sweater.  I’ve sent it to the lab for experimental punching and stamping.  Basically, it’s become scrap paper.  Here’s an old idea (possibly mine) that I’ve resurrected:

The purple stripes are 13/16 of an inch and centered by eye.  I stamped after attaching them.  If you click on the photo, you can see that the balloon strings say, “Happy Birthday to You.”

That cute, quick quilting idea that I got at Readers & Stitchers requires a jelly (jellie to some) roll, and I’m having a hard time locating any.  Hobby Lobby had two or three, but I didn’t care for them.  I guess I’ll have to commit to cutting my own strips.  That means I won’t be quilting for a while, obviously.  That’s okay.  I’ve got too much to do and not enough time not to do it in.  Oh, you caught that, did you?  Well, good for you.  You can’t say I’m not being honest.

The good news is that a friend called today, and we have a lunch date set up for Friday.  I’m looking forward to it.  I like lunch dates.  I just don’t like calling people to set them up.

I’m supposed to be job hunting, but I’ve put it off until I’m feeling better.  Monday.  Probably.  This is the problem with not actually needing a job.  It’s hard to get motivated enough to actually look for one.  My last job just sort of fell into my lap.

Tomorrow should be better.  The pollen forecast tells me so.  I hope it’s true.


crafting again

I attended another Readers & Stitchers meeting yesterday.  It was a lot of fun.  It’s nice to get out and socialize with other women once in a while.  I should really go more often.

The theme of the meeting was “quick and thrifty crafts”, and I picked up some really cute tips.  I may actually make some of them and post pictures.  There was a tutorial on a really easy quilt, but I don’t think I can explain it properly myself.  If I make one, I’ll take pics of each step and post with the usual “not my design” disclaimers.

I saw Mary Garrett there.  She’s a regular at the crafting groups and the monthly Story Swap.  She tells wonderful stories and is a lot of fun.

I also met a woman whose name I cannot remember.  I’ll have to ask her to tell me again the next time I see her.  (I’m awful with names.)  She was very nice — as are all the ladies at R&S — and invited any interested parties to pitch in on a booth at a craft fair fundraiser at a school.  The school makes money by renting stall space and tables to local crafters.  I signed up.  I’ll be making crafts for the next several weeks to sell there.  I’m focusing on cards, but I’ll have a couple other things, too.  I’ll take pictures.

I’ve never crafted for profit before, and I’m not sure about two aspects of it: how much stuff to make, and how to price it.  I’ll have to figure that out.  It’s completely new territory for me.

I just finished a sort of…I don’t know what to call it…picture(?) for this great frame I got at the Dollar Tree a few years ago.  It has one snapshot-sized frame with three spinning frames above it that hold two photos each (one on each side).  I wish I’d snatched up half a dozen of them because I can’t find anything like it anywhere.  Anyway…do you think it’s okay to create a picture with stamps as long as I credit the maker of the stamps? I actually have a stamp to do that.  Most of my stamps come from Stampin’ Up, and I purchased a set of brand name stamps so that I could sell cards using their stuff.  But does that work for framed art, too?  What do you think?  If it’s not kosher, I can just keep it.  It’s really cute.  Here, I’ll show you, but please pardon my blur.  The Wii tells me all the time that I’m too unbalanced to stay still.

As you can see, I’m not the world’s best photographer, but you get the idea.

I cut out the leaves and grouped them to look like tree branches.  The bird is also cut out.  I sponged the background (with Tempting Turquoise, for all you Stampin’ Up junkies) and colored the stamped images in with colored pencil.  I wanted a more obvious 3-D look, but the frame wouldn’t allow for dimensional dots.  I’m considering making another similar picture for myself, but with a quote from Emily Dickinson:

Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune without the words,

And never stops at all.

Okay, I just looked it up, and both Stampin’ Up! and Close To My Heart (where most of my stamps come from) have angel policies that include artwork as well as cards.  Stampin’ Up! actually requires me to use the special copyright stamps I bought, but CTMH just requires me to note “Designs © CTMH Co.” on the back of my cards.  I can do that.

Anyway…I’ll probably be making some more of those red flower cards I posted the other day, along with some other designs.  Maybe I should throw in some Christmas cards?  Or not.  Do you think I should stick with all-occasion stuff?  I do have this really cute thank you card idea using a crossword puzzle stamp.  I fill in some of the spaces with things like THANKS, YOU ROCK (crossing each other at the “O”), I AM VERY GRATEFUL, etc.  At the top, I put “In case you missed the clues, I’m filling you in.”  Well, I think it’s cute.  And super easy.

Okay, I’ve loitered about the computer enough for one day.  I’ll keep y’all posted.


Blogging out of Boredom + some card pics

I am soooo bored right now.  I can think of several things that need doing, but I don’t want to do any of them.  What I really want is a project.  I can’t really sew right now unless I clear a spot for my cutting board — which would require cleaning, and that’s not on my list of things I’d like to do.  I don’t really want to sew anyway.  Maybe I’ll break out the embroidery and listen to an audiobook.

I made cards the other day.  They’re really cute.  Have a look.

I got the idea for the overlapping black & white flowers here.  I colored in the flower with a marker, but I forced myself to avoid filling everything in perfectly.  I’m usually kind of ocd about that sort of thing, but it was easier after I’d done the first card because I already knew how good it would look.

(If you like cards and scrapbooking — or just looking at the pretty pictures — you need to check out that link.  This woman is incredibly talented.  I’m amazed by her drawing skills.  She should be designing stamps or something.)

I wasn’t sure I liked the bow, so I made another one without it.

I could have gone with a color in the background, but I like the simplicity of the black and white.

Normally, I don’t put words on my cards because I like to be able to use them for whatever I want, but you can never really have too many “Thank You” cards.

Okay, I guess I’d better put in a load of laundry if I want clean unmentionables tomorrow.