more UK elzybells

Recently there was another "free shipping" for UK elzybells (which i took advantage of) since, these happen to be much easier to color then the tiny ones sold at A Muse... I decided to replace my U.S.A. sized ones and add a few new ones.
"Bossy" is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Neenah Solar white and colored with prisma pencils. cut out with the largest of the "large labels dies". The printed paper is from Basic Grey, the Prima flowers have some Heather colored Flower Soft in their centers. the mini brads are from American Crafts. this is A-6 in real life. *smirk* when Alice gave me this stamp i took it as a personal challenge to find a way to use it. do you know anyone who has ever said they are an "house wife"?!?! me neither... so here it is an Hampton Arts tiny sentiment if you cant see it reads" I do not refer to myself as an "housewife" for the reason that i did not marry an house.
Knight and Princess are stamped with memento on neenah and colored with prisma pencils. the skin is markers with pencil shading on top. and die cut with Labels 2. the ribbons from May Arts.
The printed paper is from Basic Grey. The green is this years in color green from su ( who knows what its name is) (bright) yes, i am rolling my eyes as i type that. This is 5 1/2" square in real life. Scardy cat same ink, paper and pencils.. the ribbons may arts, the blue and green textured cs are Bazzill, the basic black and more mustard are su cs. the Sentiments also from SU and this ones A-6 in real life. Have some more done but, they will have to wait until i get them mailed off to upload.


a day off

These dew drops were an gift from basketbrains in my PIF Easter exchange box, ( Thanks Stuffy!) the tulips image is from Karen Lockhart stamps. This ones A-2 in real life. the textured green brown and blue cardstocks are from Bazzill.
UK sized feeling poorly Elyzabell stamped on Neenah solar white with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Prisma Pencils. the sentiments from Hero Arts, with some Distress tea dye ink color dusted on it, the main image has some antique linen distress ink. May Arts Ribbon, Pink textured cardstock from Bazzill, Basic Grey blue and pink pp. this ones A-6 in real life.
A very long time ago now i had won more mice ( surprise surprise) and i tend to color images of stamps as i buy them but sometimes they go into the tin and don't become cards for a while... so, its been long enough I've forgotten this particular stamps name. but it was cut with an petite oval nestibility die as was the scrap of brown bazzill. so the brown is an negative and the blue peeking around the image is the cardbase. this is A-6 in real life.
Another oldie, but i happen to remember its name *smile* "butterfly express with an catslifepress sentiment. stamped on Neenah solar white. ( which is quickly becoming my favorite white cardstock) May Arts ribbon, blue and brown textured cardstocks are from Bazzill. the blue scrap was run through an cuttlebug swiss dots folder. There is a bit of gellyroll glaze stardust pen on the wings of the butterfly but most of the coloring is prisma pencils. this one is 5 X6 in real life.
Now this was an real treat found this stamp CHF "Easter basket" on the way home from Portland last week in Stampin Cats in Salem and they had happened to have all their Holiday Stamps half off when we were there so i picked up this one and another Cornish Heritage Farms one at the same time. this is stamped with versafine vintage sepia ink on Hammermil cream cardstock with a bit prisma pencil added to it, the printed paper is from my scrap bin, same with the ribbon. the card is A-6 in real life.
This huge huge geranium image came to me via the PIF threads from Scrapperwannabe ( Thanks Misti!) its colored with Prisma Pencils and then i did something a little different with this one, i placed the cardbase into the cuttlebug and cut out an petite oval out of that and mounted this image from the backside (inside) the card, which of course meant i had to line the inside of this card as when i color i tend to flip images over and "clean" the blender pen on the back sides of the images... there is no sentiment until i need to send it away.
just messing around the tree is from the SU set Thoughts and prayers, stamped in versafine toffee ink on neenah solar white. then i colored over the leaves with an green copic marker. the with love was done with an cuttlebug border, the the embossed parts were colored over with an marker. this is a-2 in real life. the more mustard cardstock is scraps from the card below. the green texture is Bazzill.
told my self that if i am going to order from Alice's su party next week i need to make the stamps i bought at Di's party in Feb. inked... :) so sentiments from Hero Arts, the mini brads are from doodlebug. this was stamped with versafine toffee ink on neenah solar white then i colored over the tops of the leaves with an copic marker. the shape was done with nestibilities curved rectangle dies. its A-6 in real life.
Now this is what started this card stampede... got an box of happy mail from my mama the other day with this gorgeous anna griffin botanical stamp in it (Thanks Mom!) and i had to ink it up... stamped with versafine toffee ink on neenah classic cream cardstock. the edges were trimmed with an friskars mini pinking shears. the sentiments an partial image from an Hero Arts border. This is A-6 in real life. and that is how my afternoon went... we went to yard sales this morning, found some cool stuff. (mostly at the first one and the almost last one) but we had a blast going out and went out to breakfast too. so all in all it was an great day. something i have learned is your dust does not go anywhere if you take a day off and don't deal with it...
I now have 2000 songs in my ipod *gasp* havent listented to them all yet but its fun to come across the ones i remember...


2 little monkeys

Came across this stampendous changito's stamp in a clearance bin last week and thought ah you could have some fun with this one...
Basic Grey PP and May arts ribbon with an Inkadinkado sentiment. 6"
another Inkadinkado sentiment, used an EK success border punch on the blue Basic Grey pp. the ribbon is unknown, this ones also 6" square.
So Friday was my one month check up for this second sound processor and also the first time it has been officially "tested". not sure what you remember reading about the first one last year but, it was mostly an uphill battle with this testing that went on and at the first visit with the first one at one month my testing came out at zero percent comprehension. at the end of 11 months when i went in for the one year check up i was just hitting about 80% comprehension on that hearing.
so, Friday this second ears first time testing the comprehension level was coming out at 85%. in one month. this is really not a common thing, so my Dr. is a little surprised and told me that she would not tinker with the programming since i am doing "so well" and that if i don't feel a need to come back in two months for the 3 months check up i can skip if i so choose and just go back for the 6 months one... So no, i wont decide today because last year it seemed like the last few weeks/days before an appointment i was straining to hear and always needed more noise just before i went back in. so i will see how this one goes since it did not get turned up or adjusted at all this time before i decide.


Saturdays Cards

a card i put together for June for Secretary's day this year. Clickabella, the PP is Basic Grey and the brown cs is Paper Trey Ink chocolate. Some Prima Flowers and an unknown brad. the sentiments from the SU set Define your life. this is 6 inches square in real life.
just some simple ones need to restock my stash for RAK group welcomes... this is an High Hopes image that came to me from Kelly! Thanks so much, shes colored with prisma pencils and the skin is an Marker, Basic Grey PP and the bling brads are unknown. ( got them at Joann's fabrics years ago)
This one i actually remember its name is Swinging Shannon ( another rak image from Kelly ) shes colored with pencils and the skin is an marker. the sentiments from the Gina K set "make a wish" basic Grey PP and Bazzill textured green cs. this ones is 5"X6" in real life.
Grace update, hauled her to the vets at 7:30 this morning, they checked she has signs of infection around her toenail and her mouth. and a gland was swollen so she was given an antibiotic shot, (to jump start the pills this time) and a blood test, blood test came back OK and nothing bad, just a bit dehydrated. so as soon as i got her home she drank some water and ate a bit a food... so wanted to play too she's sleeping at the moment which is good so hopefully i will sleep well tonight too. :)


Easter Weekend

So, now i know why i set last years watercolor paper aside that i had used the paas egg dye on... it smells like vinegar when your done... lol some things i did this year... which need to be fumigated.
Last year i had used an paint brush and dipped it into the bowls of dye and painted it randomly on full sheets of watercolor paper... this year i took Manila shipping tags and quarter sheet sizes of watercolor paper and dipped them into the bowls of dye... so of course i had really pretty fingers when i was done.. :)
Easter gifts from Alice.. the handmade paper basket is filled with chocolates under my fav gum...
My secret bunny for the PIF exchange was basketbrains and as you can see she went all out for this... Thanks stuffy.
hope you all had a blessed Easter too, on another note Grace is sick again and headed back to the vets tomorrow am.


More Easter

If you've read this blog for any length of time you may recognize this background on these... (Easter Egg Dye Backgrounds on wcp). Did this messing around last year and set aside the papers because they were so springy/pastels... and just remembered about them the other day... so here are some quick and simple ones... Whippersnapper "Easter Ribbit" stamped on Neenah Solar white and die cut with nesties layered to watercolored paper randomly painted with paas easter egg dye... the cardbases are also cheap watercolor paper... crop view
ended up with four similar cards using this particular combo...

last weeks cards

I needed an shower card for an lady having twin boys... ( I don't have much in the way of baby things) so i went with an two new hearts type theme and now that its done im afraid it looks a little wedding-ish. This is 5X7 in real life.
Whippersnapper dustbunny collector (image) stamped with Memento tuxedo black on Neenah solar white 110# colored with prisma pencils and die cut with labels nestabilitiy die. this is up on pop dots the lace is Wrights from the heming notions dept. the pp is basic grey and the cardbase is bazzill.
this one is either an pif or an wrak image... and i would have to dig out notebooks to know who to thank, i know the image it self is called "post box". its colored with Prisma Pencils, the stitch stamp is from Hero Arts, the sentiment is from Impression Obsession. the pp is from basic Grey and the textured green cs is bazzill. Surprised my self that i didnt use ribbon or Nesties on this one haha... (planning to add it to my rak welcomes stash)
the background paper (that's unknown and unmarked reads over the hill over the hill and away we go!) Smiling Lab and sentiment are from Whippersnapper. stamped on Neenah 110# solar white, with Memento tux black, colored with prisma pencils die cut with Nestiblities labels and up on pop dots, the real read panel has one of those newer EK success border punches along the edges. ( these are those ones that look flat in the package that have a lever on the back that makes them space saving) the black patterned ribbon is from Wrights & the red trim is from May Arts and this is 5X7 in real life.
Picked up this Lockhart butterfly last week in an baggie with some other butterflies at an used stamp sale and had to color one almost as soon as i got home. pp is from Basic grey. the lace is Wrights. sentiments from SU. this is 5 1/2" square in real life.


adventures in Ipod Land...

and other random noise comments observations... so, last week we (mil and I) went over to Costco by ourselves & I purchased an iPod. (classic) 120 gb memory. black. :) Now keep in mind the last time i purchased music myself it came on cassette tapes. the first two hours out of the package I was very tempted to take it back, then Tim carved my name into the back of it... so that was a corker, had to learn how to use it... (not there all the way yet) but, getting there. can get music in no problems. ( have purchased hmmm 7 or 8 Cd's recently too...) today's was Beatles 1. ( so its playing now) :) the frustration begins when you try to load an CD audio book... the ones I'm currently listening to off and on are Harry Potter. the first few books have like 7 or 8 cd's to a book the books at the end have like 17 disc.'s. so, these books on CD are triple what it costs to buy the hardcovers but the good part is they are word for word and the person who reads them has an excellent voice, clear precise. I can listen to this without reaching for the books to decipher. One of the things that makes it harder is it doesn't come with an manual you have to go online and read it that way ( all 72 pages as an pdf file) which does not tell you how to load audio books and have them not listed as "music". finally i joined the iPod/apple "community" didn't have to make any posts to find someone else with the same problem and the answer she got was to go to this blog... http://aldoblog.com/2008/09/itunes-8-is-great-for-audiobook-lovers/ so, now at this point i can upload a book and have it show up as a book (with many many songs because an book with 7 cd's lists them as chapter 1 A ch 1 b ch 1 c etc etc... so the trouble starts when you load the second book you then get to hear book one ch 1 a then ch1a of book two...) so, fun thing we found an apple/mac store in Portland and now i have an geek squad (their term) ;) date in two weeks the morning after my next ear appointment. I'm too much of an overachiever to let it go in the mean time, will keep tinkering with it in my spare time but, it is very time consuming. I'm sure its one of those things that when you learn it, its not something you think about but, i am the only person i know who has one... so, today at best buy we picked up an cute iPod nano for J's Easter basket... kid picks up anything technology wise lickitey split... wants an ipod so bad, This is the sad part. I used to listen to music every day, for hours on end. played the stereo and do things around the music. and J's whole life, the only time he has heard music is driving around in his dad's truck. because, we don't have a stereo in the house and that was something that made me so very damned angry to lose when i went deaf, this was just as bad as losing family voices... sounds. which is where it gets even better, two ears hear this as music even more then just having one sound processor and even though i have only had the second sound processor for two weeks the clarity and the understanding are there Now, the programs this new one has are nearly identical to the the ones i have in the other ear now. in two weeks. i do not have the echo anymore. I never got dizzy. the rate the whole thing has healed and progressed is absolutely amazing. my Dr is very shocked by the whole thing, she had to fight tooth and nail to get me to accept the high definition sounds in the first ear, and the comprehension of spoken words took so very long this is really like having an utter miracle all over again. So, almost caved and told him we got him one when he was going on about them tonight... it was such a close thing. Think Tim really want to hand it over to him too... but, i am telling my self its only a week we can hang on to it for that long... I am the kind of person who buys an surprise and is so excited about it that when i was younger i would haha hand it over as soon as they came home, cool beans look what i found for you, which of course sends you out shopping again for a "surprise" closer to the occasion... if i had a smiley face for this blog that was rolling its eyes you'd have seen it a lot in here. there are other differences that are noticeable between having one sound processor on or both, and they do hear it differently at the moment, the new one has no "ignore" shocking eh? I would be the last person i would think who could take any noise for granted and yet i already do, take it for granted and tune it out... so, that part (lose the not as urgent/important noises) i think will come even more quickly for this second ear and in the meantime I'm enjoying the noise. (and the Beatles)