Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Other Three

The other day I mentioned something about something about how I made my own version of the serving suggestion from a kit since I lacked the stamps. I lacked the stamps because I didn't much care for them so I sold them. The funny thing is that most of the serving suggestions given didn't use them either. Could be that I was not alone in finding them non-appealing.

So these are the other three I made following their samples. Then I made a several more cards along these same lines. Of course I'll show them to you. Just not today.

The Fine Print: Cardstock by Bazzill, designer paper by My Mind's Eye "Indie Chic,", sticker letters by Basic Grey, felted flowers by Maya Road, and greeting banners by unknown. Look ma, still no stamping!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Kit Stuff

Right after I gave up making tag cards (see yesterday's post) I pulled out another mystery box from my closet. It was an old Simon Says Stamp kit of the month club minus the stamps and with some coordinating bits from my stash added in.

It still had the "serving suggestion" directions for 6 cards using the kit. Lacking the stamps and using what I had, I used that as a guideline and came up with my own version of those 6 cards. There here are three of them (gotta have some suspense for the next day!).

The last card has the word "Amazing" on the inside of it since I know you are dying to know what I think you are.

The Fine Print: Cardstock by Bazzill, washi tape and designer paper by My Mind's Eye "Indie Chic,", stickers letters by Basic Grey, felted flowers by Maya Road, and cloud die by MFT. Look ma, no stamping! 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Wild Tag Art

So I was poking around in the depths of my craft closet and I found four sheets of punch out tags with various sayings on them. The four sheets all had the same tags on them and came two different colors. I figured I should at least use one of the sheets and I set to work making these.

For some reason I felt the need to include a wild animals theme along with these tags. As you can see my version of "wild animal" is pretty tame.

I ran out of steam after 3 cards but at some point I may just finish off that sheet of tags.  I am kind of pondering one of the tags though, thinking maybe I should cut off who said the quote. He's kind of a controversial figure these days but back when these were printed he was just a run of the mill millionaire businessman.

The Fine Print: tags by Club Scrap, giraffe stamp by Magenta, wee lion by CTMH, water buffalo die by Nellie's Choice, other stuff from my stash.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Using Extreme Good Taste

My big stamp club has a card exchange coming up in which we are to use nudes. However, it is supposed to be in good taste. These are to be classy nudes with good breeding and impeccable manners.

Nailed it!

The Fine Print: Stamps by Hambo, shamrock punch by EK Success, oval dies by Spellbinders, other stuff from my stash. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tommy T

Except for shivering all day yesterday  (it's cuz we had a couple 80 degree days so the powers that be turned the air conditioning to the summer setting even though the forecast said it was just a fluke), I had a really wonderful day.

That is until I had to go home. I hobbled out to the parking lot (I hurted my foot) and groaned when I saw the ridiculous truck I had to drive home in:
This thing is a tank only I suspect tanks are less rattly and have a better turn radius. Anyway, this is the rental car I'm driving for the next few days while my truck gets fixed (Tommy T Toyota got backed into in a parking lot). I need to weigh another 200 pounds, have 3-5 uncontrollable kids, and fill the inside with fast food wrappers and soda cans before I can do this truck justice. It's all about excess... it takes up excess space, it requires excess gas to drive, and takes an excessively long time to stop.
I can't wait to get my cute little Tommy T Toyota pick up truck back. In fact I might have a homecoming party for him when he comes back and give him this card. Maybe I'll even reward him with extra premium gas.

The Fine Print: Tank by Nissan, red truck and sunshine by Taylored Expressions, flower ribbon from A Muse and chevron paper from my stash. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Happiness is...

...adhesive that works.

If you pay attention to the words I put on my blog you've more than likely heard me mentioning the adhesive my friend gave me. This friend cleaned out her craft room as she neared the end of her terminal disease and she bequeath certain items to certain friends.

I got the adhesives because I was always bringing make and takes for our group to make. When I say I got the adhesives I don't mean I got a couple rolls of foam tape, 5-6 tape rollers and refills, a roll of tear tape, and a bottle of glue. I mean I got a 20-gallon trash bag shoved full of all of the above and then some.

There had been some suspicion that our friend was a bit of a hoarder but this really brought that notion home. Now that I've had several months to play with her adhesives let me tell you why you need to stop hoarding them right now.  To say it succinctly and to the point: THEY DON'T STICK LATER!

Many of the liquid glues had solidified in their bottles rendering them useless. Most of the foam tape had lost the ability to stick, so much so that even the liner fell off. I threw away dozens of dispensers of regular cello tape and double stick cello tape because it was hopelessly stuck to itself and/or covered in fuzz. You'd stick something together with roller tape and come back to it later and find that it had fallen off. That is, if the roller tape rolled in the first place. One day alone I went through 8 different rollers that would roll for an inch or two and then just break off.

What is the point of keeping all that if it is just going to be useless later? It takes up valuable space and makes you look bad when you keep sending "some assembly required" cards. I've thrown over half of what I was given away already, but when I pulled out the card above and the inside fell off, I decided that the other half needs to be tossed as well. It was a nice gesture but it just isn't working for me.

The Fine Print: The inside of the card reads: Having a friend like you. It is now safely secured with a newer roller tape (I say newer because I haven't used any of my adhesives for months because I've been using the gift stuff). Card parts by Club Scrap. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Say What You Mean

In the last 10 days or so I've had 3 different people hit me up with "action statements." What's that you ask? Well, that's when someone makes a statement, but it isn't just any statement, oh no. It has far more meaning than a mere statement. They expect you to follow it up with some action even though that's not what they said.

Example One: "Judy, I'm going to be in your neighborhood this weekend." See, it's a statement. My answer of, "Oh" was completely appropriate, but not really. I'm sure the person telling it to me meant for me to say... well, something. "Great! Let's do lunch!" or "Cool! Let's see a movie!" or even "Don't go down Main Street it's full of construction." I didn't though. I didn't have the desire to pursue it more. I had no idea if "I'm in your neighborhood" meant let's meet up for an activity or let's spend the day together and I didn't feel like playing 20 questions to figure it all out.

Example Two: "I have a big box of cardstock in my trunk." That's another statement. That one was a bit more puzzling so my reply of, "Why?" was spot on. The answer was that it was from a lady who was going into a home and couldn't take it all with her. My answer was then, "Oh." I'm sure I was supposed to offer to buy it from her, or take it, or offer some suggestion. Except for putting it in a recycle bin versus a trash can I don't have a suggestion, especially if that suggestion requires some sort of action or responsibility on my part. I'm full up on those this month.

Example Three: "I have January 2 off!" That's a fine declarative statement and I answered it with, "Me too!" Much like the first person I'm sure there were implications and hints that we should do something together. I was very reluctant to bite into that one mostly because that person is always very late if she shows at all. I didn't want to be beholden to someone else's time on my very last vacation day.

Interestingly, all three of these action statements ended there. The person who started it didn't pick up the conversation again to say what they were truly after. The way I look at it, that's on them. And since they are all women they are all probably pissed off at me now. I mentioned this to my male friend, and he said he was no fool. He knew to say exactly what you mean when talking to women. Then he invited me to lunch next week with an action statement for him, "I'll call you on Monday so we can decide when and where."  That's my kind of friend!

The Fine Print: Random kit cards that I made quite awhile ago and just now got around to sharing.You can't rush these things.