Monthly Archives: September 2012

Collection of cards – Boho Chic Third Batch


This is a another chapter in Kara uses a pack of 6×6 paper to make cards. These cards are for Operation Write Home as they have a huge need for Love you, Miss you and Thank You cards. Here’s the first post in this series and the second one. My count to this point is 19. The pack of paper is Making Memories Boho Chic Olivia.

These are my third batch –

First, we have these – some random layouts with tags –

Then there are these – I used the TPC Studio Whimsy Greetings Thinking of You stamp.

And then we have these  – I decided to make kites and then realized that the background was too busy to use with literal kites so simply made them a cool design feature –

For this group, I used white cardstock for the base.  Tags are die cut with the Sizzix Scallop Tag Combo. Ties are embroidery floss.

This set has 9 cards which puts me up to 28 so far.

OWH Midweek Throwdown Color Challenge


The Midweek Throwdown this week at Operation Write Home is a color challenge – make cards using red and green.

Here’s my contribution –

I started with a white cardstock base and used the Dot Matrix texture fades on a dark red background paper. The accent paper and sentiment are from a DCWV Christmas pack. Layered on a Wausau fleck cardstock. Bow is embroidery floss.

Nez has some new shoes


Mike Nesmith posted this picture on his Facebook page on September 18,  along with the caption below. I didn’t know it was possible to love him more than I already do.

Dear Jimmy Choo — A pair of your shoes has followed me home.

I had been shopping for some clothes to wear for The Monkees concerts this November because I only have the variations of my daily uniform of Patagonia nylon pants, LLBean turtle necks and my Merrel cross trainers.

Victoria says that outfit makes me look dumpy and that I should never wear the nylon pants again in my lifetime unless
I just wanted people to run away from me in terror. I take her point. She has great taste. But they are so comfortable I never got around to getting any new duds

So when I had to come up with something to wear for the Monkees concerts, I called my friend Nathalie Santa Fe she agreed to take me shopping. She was a Vogue fashion editor for years and knows her stuff, and she has a beautiful store in Santa Fe that I used to shop at when I lived there.

Nathalie came up with some great ideas that I think will look good on stage. I was just walking around Neiman’s following Nathalie and she pointed these shoes out to me. She had picked them out as a possibility before we got to the store.

And I said, very clearly, “No way. Too outrageous. Just way way over the top.” I mean, they looked OK sitting on the table top in the shoe department with the other shoes you make, but — really? You can’t be serious Jimmy. Sure, some people might think these are gorgeous. But not me. I am much too conservative in my dress. I have never worn glitter, ever in my life.

I would have been happy to give you some business — but not these shoes, and I said no, and no meant no, Jimmy.

Then when I got home I looked up and the shoes were coming down the drive-way. They must have run behind the car all the way from Neiman’s just like a little dog.

Now here they are and they wont go away. I don’t know what to do, what to feed them, where to put them, or anything. And they wont leave me alone. They make me look at them all the time. I put them on and have been wearing them around the house, just to keep them happy, and now I may not be able to get them off.

I am really starting to get a little miffed. You need to tell me what to do about these shoes Mr. Choo. I can’t wear them in the concerts and they can’t stay here. Its your fault and your problem so you need to come fix it.

I’ll keep them safe and warm till you get here. I have place they can stay in my closet for now. And I suppose it will be OK if they need to sleep with me for a few nights, but please hurry! They really sparkle in the sun. Like they are alive and fabulous, or something.

SOS Challenge 69 Emboss It


Shopping Our Stash has put up their latest challenge – #69 Emboss It.

This is my contribution –

I was happy to do this one as I got to use my new Big Shot for the first time. Background paper and sentiment is from DCWV Christmas pack. Tag cut from Wausau Fleck cardstock with Big Scallop Tag Combo die. Sentiment layer embellished with Fiskars corner punch. Lights embossed with Sizzix Simple Impressions Embossing Folder, colored with Crayola pencils. Embroidery floss bow.

I’ve also submitted this to the Hero Arts Holiday Cards for Operation Write Home challenge. (Operation Write Home)

Eat, eat


Took Bear to our vet yesterday. He weighs 47 pounds. When he’s filled out like he should be, he should be well over 60 – he’s very, very ribly at the moment – it’s hard to see with his coat. The only thing is that he never completely finishes his food. Plus, he’s on meds right now. Once he’s done eating, I have to look through his bowl, pull out missed meds and give them to him in a glob of peanut butter. Fun. Morgan doesn’t mind as she gets PB as well. She really wishes that I’d let her finish all his meals though.

OWH Sketch Challenge #138 with Hero Arts


The latest challenge with Operation Write Home is Sketch Challenge #138 in conjunction with Hero Arts.

This is my contribution. I love this sketch – simple and to the point.

I started with a white cardstock base. Accent papers from the 7gypsies St. Augustine 8×8 pack. Sentiment stamped using TPC Studios Whimsy Greetings using a mix of black and plum inks. Dimensional foam squares.

New dog, continued


We picked Bear up at the vet yesterday. He needed to be fixed before he could come home with us. They said he’d be a little bit out of it from anesthesia. He and Morgan met and got along well. She wanted to play with him but he’s not supposed to jump around yet due to stitches.

He was wearing the cone of shame this morning and was crashing into everything as he meandered through the house. He’s also just realized that not only is Morgan a fun dog, but she’s a fun girl dog. He has turned into a hump monster. She takes it as playing though and spins out of his lecherous grasp every time. He’s on pain meds so I’m keeping him in his kennel when he’s not outside doing stuff.

As the cone of shame was too destructo – he kept bouncing into everything, we have gotten him a collar of jauntiness. It amuses me.

*Updated – and in the end, the collar of jauntiness does not work on long limbed dogs.  Back to Petsmart it will go.

Collection of cards – Boho Chic Second Batch


This is a continuation of Kara uses a pack of 6×6 paper to make cards. These cards are for Operation Write Home as they have a huge need for Love you, Miss you and Thank You cards. Here’s the first post in this series. My count to this point is 9. The pack of paper is Making Memories Boho Chic Olivia.

These are my second batch –

First, we have these – they’re a continuation of the layout that I did in Ivory –

Then I had a conundrum. You see how complementary the colors above are? All ivory and sagey green and boysenberry? The pack of paper also has this pattern –

It’s beautiful but it’s pink and black. It’s so very pink that my first thought was to play up the pink and layer it on white and then a pink base. A perfect card for a Hero to send to the girly girl in their life. Realized though that I shouldn’t be using the solid paper for this pack challenge.

I was flummoxed on how to use it with the other colors but then just bit the bullet and had at it. There are these, which are one offs.

And then we have these which are all the same sort of idea with different layouts.

For this group, I used white cardstock for the base.  Tags are die cut with the Sizzix Scallop Tag Combo. Ties are embroidery floss.

This set has 10 cards which puts me up to 19 so far. I shall embrace the pink pattern with my next batch. I do love it – actually bought a pack of 12×12 sheets of it a few months after I found the packs. I think I planned on making tags with them for my Etsy jewelry shop but then never got around to it. I see a bunch of girly cards in my future.

Patriots Day Card Challenge Take 2


This is take two for me regarding this challenge. I’m still a wee little card maker – I’m only 11 days old as of today. 🙂 I wasn’t pleased with the outcome of my first card – see the post below – love the papers but they’re all the same tones so it all kinds of blends together.

The challenge was to create a Thank You card with a patriotic theme for a hero or first responder. This was a joint venture between May Arts and Operation Write Home. OWH also has a Midweek Throw Down Any Hero Challenge.

I started with white cardstock base and used paper from the DCWV Summer Stack. Solid blue from PaperGarden Cropping Block Shades Blue Pack. Stars from a Jolee’s Hockey set. Sentiment from TPC Studio Whimsy Greetings Set in Ink It Up Royal Blue (a little too turquoisy but hey, it’s my first stamp, ever.)