Saturday, April 26, 2008

i'm on a roll!

i must be feeling better now. this is 2 projects in the last 2 days! this one is a tag (don't know the dimensions, but it's a triangle squared off at the top), and i quite like it. i started it last weekend when i wasn't feeling so great, and i decided to pull it out of the box this afternoon and see what happened.
it was originally for a tag challenge, which was "no stamping allowed", but that was last week, and they've moved on. so i stamped. i like it. not a perfectly stamped-out image, but i think it works well with the paper and the cheesecloth.
anyway, there you have it. another project complete. maybe i'll get something quick, simple and easy done tonight. i'll post it if i do.
well, gotta go get coffee and take it to hub at work. :)

Friday, April 25, 2008

We Dare You ad challenge

here's my skinny (3x5) for the first "We Dare You" challenge. it's an ad challenge this week. we posted a Heidi Swapp ad, and that inspired this little cutie. i think i'm pleased with it. although, i've now given up coffee. perhaps i'm in denial a bit (ya think?! lol). anyway, there you have it, my Sweet Coffee Fairy.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wacky Hair Day

it's Wacky Hair Day at school today. and amazingly, blithe let me do something with her hair (she hates anyone doing anything to her hair, even combing! you'd think an uber-girlie girl like blithe would be all over people playing with her hair, but you'd be wrong, my friend!) anyway, i did a bunch a wee buns all over the place, added some bright pink hair gel (must be pink, duh!), and then 2 sweet headbands in pink and purple with butterflies. ain't she sweet? i sure think so!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

looking for some input here...

i have a problem. i love to read, but i also love dark novels (anything by Dostoyevsky is a particular favourite, and if it involves long, torturous journeys through life, i'm all over it. bizarre, i know, but i just can't get enough of that literary existentialism, for some reason. it's just so good!) and heavy non-fiction (my favourites? 14th-century english christian mysticism and anglo-saxon history, but anything historical or "thinky" will do). so, here's my quandry:


i would really like something feel-good. so far, i have "What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day" but that's it. seriously, one book, in a house full of books.


if you have any suggestions for books, i would love to hear. nothing eco-conscious (i'm trying to avoid anxiety), no end-of-the-world stories. no "surviving against incredible odds" (again, i can't handle devastating tales at the moment) or anything about mothers of sick babies. happy feelgood is what i'm after right about now, and i just don't know how to find that. so, please, dig in your nightstands, scan your bookcases, and recommend something (feel)good for me to read.

thanks! :)

UPDATE 4/27/08: thank-you, kerry, for the suggestion. i'll see if i can find anything Vinyl Cafe. i've also stumbled upon Sophie Kinsella, who seems to be pretty fluffy. i picked up her "Undomestic Goddess," and it's adorable. the perfect read. i'll be reading more of her stuff at some point, i'm sure. so there you have it. but, if you have any more suggestions, please feel free to leave your input. thanks! :)

Monday, April 14, 2008

just havin' some fun today! :)

You Are Clogs

You are a solid and down to earth person.
You seek "and almost always achieve" a really sound balance in your life.

You are stylish yet comfortable. Mellow but driven. Excited yet calm.
You are the perfect mesh of contradictions.

No matter what happens, you have the ability to stay well grounded in your life.
People know that they can truly depend on you.

You should live: In Europe

You should work: At a company dedicated to helping the world

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Theme Thursday - done!

the theme this week on Theme Thursday is "cherish." so, here's my ATC. i used Stampin' Up! ink (Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, Basic Black and Rose Red), and 3 stamp sets (Doodle This, Time Well Spent and Expressive Flexible Phrases). top it off with a pretty vanilla flower and a bitter looking fairy, and there you have it: a reminder to cherish every moment, even the not-so-ideal ones. :) hope you like it!

Black & White skinny

the challenge on ArtyGirlz this week is "black & white." it's not easy to limit myself to just black and white - i love colour! usually the extent of my black is journaling, so this really was a challenge.
well, i got some vintage photos of children off eBay (Lisa's Altered Art - check it out!), and i was dying to use them. i had some cheesecloth lying around and i love those pearl brads! so, there you have it: black & white. :)

Sunday, April 6, 2008

a little off-topic, but i don't care! :)

check out this blog. my frind annie posted this awesome recipe. i've got it in the crockpot right now. i'm so excited about this recipe. can't wait to taste it. the salsa smells delicious (i used PC mango & lime salsa). i'll let you know how it turns out! :)

UPDATE: it was awesome! thanks for the recipe, girlie! :)

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Theme Thursday

the theme this week on Theme Thursday is "orange and black." i knew exactly what i wanted to do with it, too - i just bought this stamp yesterday and needed to use it! i'm thrilled with how it turned out.

Skinny Saturday challenge - done!

the theme this week on Skinny Saturday was open. whatever inspires you. not as easy at it sounds. at least when there's something prescribed, you don't have to sit and think "well i could do this or this or this or this or this...." but, i settled on something asian. a couple other challenges this week were asian, but i got nothing for them. just nothing coming together. but i worked at this one, and here's the result.
and not only is it my first skinny, it's the first time ever that i've used mulberry paper. hard to believe for some of you, but i like clean lines, and mulberry.... not so clean.
but, the mulberry had that awesome print, and i dug out a buddha pendant and threw it all together.
it's a nice little size. 3x5. like an index card. and you know, surprise surprise, i like it. a challenge, but i like it. can't wait for next week's challenge! :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

i think i'm getting a little obsessed here...

ok, so i was drinking my coffee this morning and playing around with some stamps i just re-discovered and mounted. "Oh, So Lovely" by Stampin' Up! anyway, i pulled out one of the stamps and decided to play around with some colouring "techniques." i hesitate to call them real techniques. i coloured the first flower with metallic gel pens, which i never do, but thought, hey, why not? i'll try just about anything once! i guess it's not too bad. i think i'd just use it for colouring a wee bit, like this set - very basic, simple, light images. nothing much. frankly, the jury's still out on this one, i think. then i pulled out my watercolour pencils and blender pens. gotta say, not lovin' it for this stamp. i want a more intense shade of red. bright like this one, but more intense. so i don't think i'll be going this route again with this set. ah, well. but then i decided to try another "technique." and that's when it happened!

lo and behold! an ATC! i decided to stamp the flower onto a scrap of white, just like above. then i re-stamped the image on red cardstock, cut out the flowers and glued them on. i liked how it looked. then i noticed the size! 2.5x3.5! perfect! i stamped "always" and roughed up the edges, and voila! and i love it! thought i'd share my joy over a "found" card. :)