Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Santa Frog


I saw a frog image very much like this one in a Christmas card catalog.  The card was kind of plain with just the frog , hat and lily pad.  I added some pizzazz toFrog it.  The saying at the bottom says “Toadily Cool, Truly Ribbeting” and is stamped with Black Staz On.  The HO HO HO I did while I was editing the photo. 

Striped paper is Frances Meyers, Green CS is New England Ivy from CTMH, the frog is stamped with New England Ivy on white.  That stamp is All Night Media, the stocking cap is stamped in CTMH’s Cranberry and the stamp is from the All Decked Out set by CTMH.  Lily pad and saying are on New England Ivy. The lily pad is done with Lasting Impressions dry embossing.  I put red stickles on the cap pom pom.  Red ribbon is from JoAnn’s.  I popped  the frog and lily pad up with 3M mounting tape to give it some dimension.

Today was a very dreary day weather wise.  I got  the kitchen cleaned up and a bunch of junk thrown away and the pantry tidied up.  Tomorrow I am looking forward to cooking a nice Thanksgiving dinner.  We are having  a rotisserie chicken already cooked I just have to warm it up.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 20, 2009

From Penguins to Polar Bears

The inspiration for this card came from Allison’s blogpolar bear.  I didn’t  have a penguin so I used a polar bear.  The image is from CTMH’s Chillin set.  He is stamped in Outdoor Denim.  His scarf is cranberry.  I put the cranberry cardstock through my snowflake cuttlebug folder.  Striped paper is Yellow Bicycle.  Ribbon is from JoAnn’s.  I used foam tape under the navy but you can’t tell it from the photo. 

Yesterday I had a couple of medical tests in Petoskey and I couldn’t eat before I had them and my dear husband also went without breakfast. 

I went to therapy center to see what the Get Moving Program was about.  The first time I go, one of the therapists tailors an exercise program based on my needs and shows we how to use the equipment.  I can go as many times as I want for a month.  I wish it were closer than 75 miles away.  But if I can go at least once a week (I’m hoping for twice a week) it will be worth it.  I want to work on my right glut  and left hamstring.  They also have a pool but I don’t know if that is part of the deal.  I go for my first session Nov 30. 

I am reading Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay about a 10 year old girl in 1942 France. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Snowman and Cardinals


I got the idea for this card from a catalog that had sweatshirts.  The snowman is a wooden Penny Black.  The cardinals are also Penny Black from a Christmas clear stamp set.  The paper the snowman is on is the middle of PSX Snowman border.  It is layered on burgundy from the Paper Factory. I stamped the birds in Brilliance Rocket Red. The snowman is colored with Prisma Colored Pencils.   I might put some stickle on later but it never shows up in the photos and my  hand is hurting and swelled up some and squeezing the stickle bottle really does a number on my hand. 

My card area is mostly clean, just a few papers laying around here and there. 

I tinkered around some outside this afternoon.  Tomorrow it might rain.  We have certainly gotten spoiled with all the nice weather we have been having.   

Think I will go read the book that came with my new computer about the touch screen stuff.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

O Holy Night

When I saw this stamp by Inkadinkadoo a few weeks ago I fell in love with it.  100_2555 I stamped it in Cranberry on Bamboo.  That is layered on some gold shiny paper.  The striped paper is last years Christmas pack from Die Cuts With A View.  Just a simple gold metallic ribbon finishes it off. 

Today was another gorgeous day in northern Michigan.  Temps in the 50’s and bright sunshine. 

Last Saturday a friend and I went to Petoskey to take a card class.  One of the gals there said there was a craft show at the fairgrounds.  After the class and lunch we went to check it out.  We each got a free 10 minute massage  and I participated in a Silent Auction and won a month at the therapy center, along with a tshirt, water bottle and bag.  They have a program called Get Moving so will see what that is about. 

Slowly but surely I am getting used to my new computer.  Yesterday I bought a 16 gig flashdrive to store all my pics from my old computer. 

One of our thieves waived his right to a prelim hearing and is going to Circuit Court and the other guy is going for another prelim hearing in 21 days. 

I put up my outdoor front porch tree decoration.  It is a bunch of evergreens, pinecones, red berries and dried milkweed sprayed silver in an urn.  Our porch is covered so it stays good all winter.  Last year we put in cedar and one deer came and ate all the cedar so this year I didn’t get any cedar. 

Guess that is about it for tonight. 

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Bird Nest

021 022 The other day a friend and I were walking in the woods and saw this bird’s nest.  Don’t know what kind it is. The nest is right next to the trail.   I was going to post a picture of a card I made but my camera battery needs charging. 

Slowly but surely I am getting used to this new computer.  Some of my programs don’t work like Boggle and Microsoft Picture It.  With Boggle I can just download a version on line but with Picture It I am going have to learn a whole new editing system.  Also I don’t have MS Word, now that one I can get if I am willing to pay big bucks.  So far MS Works seems to be very much like Word. 

We are still having fantastic weather.  Firearms deer season started today and I am sure that the hunters would like colder weather and some tracking snow. 

Tomorrow the guys that stole the copper wire are going to court and Jim has been subpoenaed.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dinner Time

Birds Eating Seeds











If you look close  you can see two gold finches eating seeds off the cone flower seed heads.  I have read that you should leave the heads as the birds like to eat them.  This is the first year I have seen them eating.  There are several other finches eating here and there but they just blend in too well with the background.

I spent several hours working on getting files etc on my new computer and I have hardly made a dent.  Then I had a printer problem but I finally fixed it. 

It snowed, rained, sleeted etc off and on all day long.  This weekend is supposed to be really nice.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Saw this card made up in one of my favorite craft stores and I just had to have it.  The door is one stamp set and the accessories are another sdoorwayet.  The sets are from Art Impressions.  The accessories are called Oct/Nov and have all kinds of things for those months even Trick or Treat stuff.  The doorway stamp is just the doorway.  And there are sets for all the months.  The pumpkin is stamped on orange paper and cut out.  The apple basket is stamped, colored and cut out as are the corn stalks and corn on the door. 

Monday was a very interesting day.  Jim was outside getting some leaves out of our fish ponds when he heard some noise across the road.  When he went to investigate he saw two guys jump into a vehicle and peel out of the driveway of vacant mobile home .  He got the license number and called the State Police.  They had gotten in through a back window and were stealing copper wire and pipe.  They have been responsible  for over thirty break -ins.  They are now sitting in jail. 

Talked to my orthopedic surgeon on Monday because my thumb and hand had not been aching, or hurting for several days and I had not been wearing my compression glove.  I was hoping that the tendon had gone back into place but he said no.  Keep wearing the compression glove.  There is a procedure called Arthrex Tightrope that I will probably have to have down the road sometime. 

A couple of friends came over this afternoon and we worked on cards.  I got 10 Christmas cards made. 

I have a new toy to play with.  An HP Touch Smart all in one computer.  It is sweet.  Has a wireless keyboard and mouse and Windows 7.