Daily Archives: September 2, 2012

OWH VCMP Challenges 5-7

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This is a continuation of Sunday cardmaking. Operation Write Home has a Labor Day Weekend Virtual Card Making Party. Every few hours, they’re posting a new challenge with a new theme. As I’m literally just starting out in this cardmaking thing, I figured this would be the easiest way to get going. I’m very good at following directions.

Challenge 5 was a western challenge – create a card with a cowboy or a horse.

I created the card using the following:

Buff base cardstock
Photographic paper from Diecuts with a View – rope and wood
Sentiment and silhouette from computer

*This also satisfies Challenge 2 – 1 image, 2 patterns and 3 words (y’all is a contraction for you all.)

Challenge 6 was one where Sketch 136 had to be the template used.

I created the card using the following:

Base card in textured sand from Diecuts with a View
Accent papers from PaperGarden Cropping Block Pinks
Feature accents from Making Memories
Sentiment accents from scrap stash

Challenge 7 was  “Christmas is for Kids — Big and Small”. Create a card for an adult and one for a soldier to send to a child.

I created the card using the following:
Textured white card from Diecuts with a View
Accent papers and stickers from Diecuts with a View
Dimensional foam squares

I created the card using the following:
Green cardstock
Accent stickers and paper from Diecuts with a View
Curling ribbon as trim

OWH VCMP Challenges 2-4

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This is a continuation of Sunday cardmaking. Operation Write Home has a Labor Day Weekend Virtual Card Making Party. Every few hours, they’re posting a new challenge with a new theme. As I’m literally just starting out in this cardmaking thing, I figured this would be the easiest way to get going. I’m very good at following directions.

Challenge Two was a recipe challenge – 1 image, 2 patterned papers and 3 words.-

I created the card using the following:
Buff base cardstock
Accent cardstock from Making Memories Vintage Hip Collection
Sentiment from scrap stash
Organdy Ribbon in gold

Challenge three was Snowflakes but not Christmas, a winter themed all purpose card.

I created the card using the following:

Base cardstock in blue
Printed paper and sentiment from Diecuts with a view Xmas pack
Solid cardstocks from scrap stash
Embroidery floss
Dimensional foam squares

Challenge 4 was a triple time stamping technique. As I don’t stamp, I used a very cool strawberry print paper. Actually, not paper – it’s vintage tyvek wallpaper from Dupont. They’re called Flair Squares and were made in the late 70’s. I had packs of them but a flood in my basement killed their packaging so I opened them all, cut off waterlogged bits and now have a huge stack of scrappy tyvek.

I created the card using the following:
Green base cardstock
Tyvek Flair Squares Strawberry print
Dimensional foam squares

OWH VCMP Challenge One

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I’m a fan of Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess. Through all the book tour insanity, a tribe of people have come together to discover that they are not alone in whatever weirdness they might have going on in their lives. Several of us started following each other on Twitter. Leslie aka @crookedstamper, is a card maker extraordinaire and by checking out her blog over the past couple of months, I have finally gotten sucked into the world of card making. She participates with a group called Operation Write Home. They collect hundreds of handmade cards and ship them to troops who are overseas, to provide them with cards to send back home.

So, OWH has a Labor Day Weekend Virtual Card Making Party. Every few hours, they’re posting a new challenge with a new theme. As I’m literally just starting out in this cardmaking thing, I figured this would be the easiest way to get going. I’m very good at following directions.

Challenge one is a joint venture with Our Daily Bread Designs Monthly Challenge. Basically, create a card with an uplifting quote or sentiment.

Here we go –

I created the card using the following:
Buff base cardstock
Accent cardstock from PaperGarden Cropping Block Reds and Pinks
Striped accent from Making Memories Vintage Hip Collection
Sentiment from scrap stash
Organdy Ribbon in gold

Gene Weingarten – The returns of the zombie

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This is the column for Gene Weingarten, humorist of the Washington Post from 8/24/12. I love his snark and wanted to share.

We’ve entered the final stretch of the presidential election, and it has become apparent that Mitt Romney actually won’t release any more back tax returns, on the moral principle that nobody can make him, so neener, neener. Clearly, Romney has decided that whatever is in those returns is worse than the daily pounding about this that he is getting from his opponent, from the media and even from his own supporters.

On one hand, it would be unfair and irresponsible of me to baselessly speculate about what embarrassing facts those tax returns might reveal. On the other hand, no one can stop me, so neener, neener.

If there’s a smoking gun, I predict it’s going to be one or more of the following:

His actual legal name is neither Mitt nor Willard. It is Tiffani.

He has a controlling interest in the Impossible to Open Packaging Company, the Speed Trap Camera Mfrs. of America and/or the No You Can’t Ever Reach a Human corporate-voice-mail development company.

He is still paying down a huge settlement for an ill-fated high-school prank in which a classmate unfortunately drowned in a toilet.

He employs a hair stylist, massage therapist and self-esteem counselor for the dancing horse.

His tax-shelter plan is so shrewd that he is, technically, indigent. He qualifies for, and uses, food stamps.

He lists $2.4 million in gambling losses from individual $10,000 bets he made with other politicians on whether he can prove his facts.

He owns an orphanage full of children with the same organ-tissue types of all his family members.

He keeps on yearly retainer a company called Ace Android Repair.

His butler has a six-figure salary, as does his butler’s butler.

He takes depreciation on a yacht named I Am Better Than You.

In addition to his car elevator, he also has a horse elevator and a moneybag elevator.

His household staff includes a jester, a food taster and, for Ann, a lady-in-waiting. He deducts the cost of whips for flogging the servants.

He writes off his extensive remedial “acting like a person” lessons.

Every year, he takes a business deduction for leasing his sons from Central Casting.

He files two tax returns every year, once as old-school liberal Mitt and one as tooth-gnashing, conservative Mitt. The IRS commissioner has specifically ruled this okay, saying they are “two different people entirely.”

After firing his brother-in-law, Murray, he offshored his tax prep to the accounting firm of Rajnish & Hasbani, of Peshawar. It charged him $115, based on 200 hours of billable time.

Of course, maybe it’s none of the above. Maybe we’re thinking about this all wrong, and Romney isn’t afraid of looking like a rich, elitist snob who games the system and pays only a 15 percent tax rate. Maybe he’s afraid of looking like a sucker. Remember, the tax returns in question are from 2009 and before. Maybe Mitt is humiliated to have to admit that when he trusted his American brother-in-law, he was paying 37 percent taxes, just like all the rest of us ordinary middle-class dirtbags.

Rachel Manteuffel contributed to this column.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/gene-weingarten-the-returns-of-the-zombie/2012/08/24/d8f57e54-e252-11e1-ae7f-d2a13e249eb2_story.html