Saturday, August 30, 2008
The observance of Labor Day began over 100 years ago. Conceived by America's labor unions as a testament to their cause, the legislation sanctioning the holiday was shepherded through Congress amid labor unrest and signed by President Grover Cleveland as a reluctant election-year compromise.
The first Labor Day parade was held in New York City on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, organized by machinist Mathew Maguire. Twenty thousand workers paraded up Broadway with banners that read "Labor Creates All Wealth," and "Eight Hours for Work; Eight hours for Rest; Eight Hours for Recreation!" This was more of a festival than a demonstration. It was a celebration with picnics and fireworks. It was also an idea that quickly captured the interest of the nation and spread from coast to coast.
Today, Labor Day is celebrated more as the last big fling of summer than a tribute to the work we do when we're not on vacation. That may be OK. Trying to celebrate our work lives only one day a year might turn this holiday into just more work. We need to value the everyday work we do, not just once a year, but every day.
Whatever you want it to mean to you, enjoy the long weekend and refresh yourself!!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Here's another stamp set that I showed to my friend, Margaret, while she was here. Another one I really had not used that much but after playing around with it, came up this card. Margaret loved these stamps too and bought some when we went to Stampers Alley!!
The stamps are by Rubber Stamp Tapestry. This particular stamp set is actually their September Internet Special and you can purchase the set for $10.50!! You get 5 stamps and the instruction sheet - pretty good deal!! The stamps are teeny and on pegs with a black line on the peg to help you line them up.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I bought a Thomas Kincade stamp several months ago at our local stamp store because I saw so many beautiful cards on display and I saw a "how to" demonstration. Well, when I tried to stamp and color the images, mine were not so great. So, this week when my friend, Margaret, was here visiting, I pulled out the stamp to show her not knowing she was not a Thomas Kincade fan. (I love his paintings!) Anyway, I pulled up a demo on-line and we proceeded to try to create a card. Wow!! Were we ever surprised! We both used the same method, but boy, did our cards come out differently. I wish I'd remembered to take a picture of her card for a comparison, but I didn't. But, here is mine:
We ran a piece of acetate transparency through the Xyron machine. Then I stamped in Stazon Black on the acetate (on the non-sticky side). I peeled off the Xyron backing and used SU pastel chalks to dab color on the image. After chalking, I brushed Copper Pearl Ex over the entire image. It would only stick where there wasn't any chalk.
So, after playing with these on Tuesday night, we had to go to Stampers Alley on Wednesday so Margaret could buy a Thomas Kincade stamp of her own. I stamped a few images before she left today and have been playing around with them today. How different they are and it is the same stamp set!
If you ever get a chance, buy a Thomas Kincade stamp and become an artist too!!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Have a great day! I plan on doing some fun stamping with my Texas friend, Margaret. We picked her and her DH up at the airport yesterday afternoon. They will be here for a couple of days before they head over to Concord to visit their daughter and her family.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I have not done a card lately "just for fun" so in the midst of cleaning today, decided to go for it!! Much more fun than cleaning!! The color challenge on Splitcoast was to use Kraft; Black and Rose Red - interesting combos. I had the stamp set, Eastern Influences, on my desk since I am using it in a swap, so used it for the challenge. I also pulled out my Cuttlebug and my Nestabilities - they were both lonesome since it's been a while since I used either. I am always playing around with the "sandwiches" for the Nesties on my Cuttlebug, but, by George, I think I got it today!! At the CK Convention, I picked up a Compatibility Chart at the Spellbinders booth and went by it today & it worked like a charm!! I don't have the tan mat that they say you MUST have, but I have a similar rubber mat and it worked. (And, I was just getting ready to break down and buy their mat!!) Here's what worked for me:
TO CUT (stack from bottom up)
- A plate
- C plate
- Spellbinders Die (cutting side UP) - the side w/ridges
- Paper or cardstock that you want to cut
- B plate
- Run through Cuttlebug
TO EMBOSS (stack from bottom up)
- Remove C plate for embossing sandwich
- A plate on bottom
- Leave die face up on A plate with die cut still in the die
- place Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mat on top of die
- Use 2-3 pieces of cardstock to "shim" (I cut up a Cheez-It box)
- Place two acrylic B plates on top of sandwich & run thru Cuttlebug to emboss
I used the largest square scalloped Nestie on the black. Then I used a smaller scallop Nestie on the Kraft paper and embossed it also. I stamped Eastern Influence on the Kraft using my Choc Chip & Rose Red markers. "kindness" is stamped in Rose Red on Kraft and scalloped with SU's new scallop punch as well as the black piece behind it. It is raised up with dimensional's. The small flowers are from Eastern Influences also and I embossed them with SU's Holographic embossing powder (retired). I cut them out and raised up the bottom one. I ran the Rose Red card base through the Cuttlebug using the Vines folder. I used a non SU ribbon on it.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Tomorrow two of my college girlfriends are coming for lunch and a visit. The three of us were best buddies at East Carolina many moons ago (in the 60's!!). Brenda & Jackie had rooms across the hall from me our freshman year. They were from the mountains of NC (Forest City) and to me, they were definitely hillbillies!! They were both pretty poor and were at ECU on scholarships so they were really careful with their money unlike me!! I was the city gal, born and raised in Charlotte, and pretty spoiled. I didn't have a clue about the value of money, so we made a pretty interesting group. I was always trying to talk them into going to Happy Hour at the local bars with me and they were trying to talk me into going to the "free flicks" on campus!! Those were the days!! We have so many stories to share of some of our escapades at ECU including following Steven Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash) to Raleigh to party with him and his band; arriving in Greenville one night to find the town locked down because of MLK being shot and being stopped by the Nat'l Guard!! Brenda and I added to our stories by waitress one summer at Myrtle Beach and driving my 1949 Dodge (The Toad!) to the beach. One night while out bar hopping, The Toad broke down right in the middle of Atlantic Beach (back then, that was the black beach!). In reality, they both had it together. They both graduated from ECU, were elementary school teachers and are retired now. Whereas, my partying got the best of me and my grades and I dropped out after 3 years (one of the biggest regrets of my life - I was determined my children would not follow in my footsteps although there was no chance of that.)
Anyway .... we have continued our friendship over 40 years!! Brenda and Jackie have both stayed in NC while I was moving about the country. Since I have moved back to NC, we have tried to get together at one of our homes a couple of times a year. We drag out the blender and make strawberry daiquiris just like we did back then. Tomorrow is my turn and I have decided to do something different than daiquiris .... something more grown up!! I bought some Chambord today and am going to make Pink-a-tinis! I have had these before at a restaurant and have tried to duplicate them at home. They are really good. You mix Chambord with White Zinfandel and Cranberry Juice.... yum!!
I made these bags for everyone and have put 4-5 cards and envies in them. My mom is coming for lunch as well as Brenda's mom too. I think they will enjoy them. They were very easy to make plus I was able to use up some of my old designer paper . I got the instructions off Andrea's Blog.
Here they are close up:
Friday, August 22, 2008
Super-Foods to Help You Stay Healthy
You can help beat stress by eating…
- Sunflower seeds, which are a good source of folate. Folate helps your body produce a pleasure-inducing brain chemical called dopamine. [1 or 2 tablespoons would make a great snack.]
- Spinach, which contains magnesium. Magnesium improves your body's response to stress.
- Blueberries, which contain antioxidants that counteract the effects of stress hormones like cortisol on your body. [Blueberries are great on your morning cereal or as a snack.]
- Almonds or almond butter, which help to stabilize energy levels with a mix of protein and healthy fat. [
- Eggs ~ by adding a lean protein to your breakfast, like eggs, you will help fight fatigue. When you have an all-carb breakfast (muffin, bagel, toast) you will find yourself sluggish because carbs boost your levels of serotonin, a calming hormone. [A good energizing breakfast is 2 eggs (or 1 egg and 2 egg whites)
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
This one uses Life is a Breeze stamp set and is glittered! We will also be using a wheel for the bottom.
This card uses the stamp set, Always and the Whimsey wheel on the side panel.
This card uses the Curly Label punch in the center and the Scallop Square punch behind each of the squares. I thought the arrows (from My Way punch) made a cute addition.
This card is another great use for Pick a Petal! That is such a versatile stamp set!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Leave me a comment and let me know what your song was .... and if you are even familiar with it!!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
On Saturday, I got up at the crack of dawn (at least it felt like it to me - 7:30 am!!) and met Marianne and Robin and headed back to Charlotte. We wanted to try to get there when they opened the doors this time! We had a couple of hours to shop with the vendors (got a couple more aisles done and a make and take). Then, off to class .... since Marianne & I already knew how to make the Pocket Cards in our Paper Crafts class, we decided to just pick up our packets and make them at home. Robin and I took a great class from Quick Quotes but it was fast paced!! Made me a little nervous. Quick Quotes was definately all of our favorite vendor! They have some wonderful kits, canvas book set, vellum quotes, etc. If you are at all interested in any of their kits, believe me, you can't go wrong purchasing them. The instructions included are very easy to follow and tell you everything step-by-step. My sister ended up signing up for their monthly club which was a pretty good deal at the convention. She got lots of free stuff for signing up. Plus, she is a newbie to this paper craft world and this will get her hooked!!
Marianne had to head back to Mooresville to watch her boys play soccer so left Robin and I to do more shopping and classes! We took our final class from Keller's Creations which was a Chipboard Wall Hanging - once I finish it, I'll post the picture. They had some really cute things and I bought my daughter a 6"x 6" Disney chipboard book for her upcoming trip in September. If you see either of these companies in your travels - classes or goodies, check them out - they are great!!
Wel,, I will be posting pictures of stuff I saw in the future. Right now, my head is about to hit the pillow!!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
This card is using the darling Sock Monkey. I stamped him in Chocolate Chip on Vanilla cardstock and colored him with markers. I used the Tab Punch with red eyelets and on the side, I used the slot punch with red grosgrain ribbon. The banana is on with dimensionals.
This card uses Life's A Breeze. This is the stamp set I got with my SAB rewards. Isn't it fun and sparkly??
I think this is my favorite stamp set! I wasn't too sure when I first saw it in the catalog because it is so large, but I have seen some great cards using it. It is called Inspired by Nature. I stamped the image with Versamark on Designer Paper (Pacific Point Patterns - page 171) and embossed with white embossing powder. I also used one of my new filigree brads on this one.
Isn't he adorable????
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
This card (by Jen del Muro) uses Riding Hood Red and Kraft cs. The stamp set is from All Holidays. She used the scallop punch for the black circle and a clear button.
This card (by Tandra Boyer) uses Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze. The bird is from the stamp set, Always. I don't know what set the other stamps are from. She used the new Scallop Punch on both sides of a strip of Chocolate Dotted paper and dyed her ribbon to match Baja Breeze.
This card (by Leann Yoho) uses Kiwi Kiss with Riding Hood Red and the new Bella designer paper. She also uses the Scallop Circle punch on a piece of textured Pink Pirouette paper with a Rhinestone Brad.
This card (by Britta Ward) uses Fresh Cuts stamp set on Pacific Point cardstock with black accents. The bow is Old Olive. She embossed the stamp on white cardstock and used her daubers to sponge on inks doing the Emboss Resist technique. Again, the scallop punch was used on the black cardstock. Dazzling Diamonds was used on the bottom of the card.
This card (by Tracy Harp) uses the new Pink Pirouette cardstock and Very Vanilla. The stamps she used are the Pretty Petals Background; Pretty Amazing and Frames with a Flourish. Again, the scallop punch was used along with Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon. The frame was embossed as was the background stamp.
This card uses one of my favorite new stamp sets .... Sock Monkey! And in the new catalog, he also has accessories! So cute! This card (by Crystal Spencer) uses Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, White and Bashful Blue paper. She used her paper piercer to pierce all around the edges. and used white grosgrain ribbon.
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Sunday, August 10, 2008
Do you remember your mother or grandmother using any of these phrases? Or maybe you did or still do!! (I do!)
Of a mornin
Of an evenin
cattywampus - out of line
tump - turn something over
Rat cheer - same as right here
picture show - today the movies
Floocy - very fancy
traipse all over tarnation or all over Timbuktu
Great Day in the Morning!
For cryin' out loud!
Good night, nurse!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
1. There are at least two people in this world that you would die for.
2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.
4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.
5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
6. You mean the world to someone.
7. You are special and unique.
8. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.
9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
10. When you think the world has turned its back on you take another look.
11. Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.
And always remember.... when life hands you Lemons, ask for Sugar and call me over!