Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Only Snow We Will Get Is In This Globe

We rarely get snow. If we do, don't laugh anyone, a quarter inch closes school.

Even though the Cascade Range is only an hour away, it is amazing how few people know how to drive in snow. Of course, I admit, I refuse to drive in it. But I have a good reason. I rolled a car over a 25 foot embankment when I was 17.

Yes, that was a good many years ago but I don't want to take a chance. (I hit a patch of ice.) The only good thing, well, two I guess, it happened across the road from our house and Dad was able to roll the car back onto it's tires and drive it home.

The worst thing about it. It was a '74 Maverick, Dad bought a '76 Maverick to replace it and kept the old one for parts...just in case. And yes, two years later, someone T-boned me so the parts came in handy. I then drove a car around with the look of the '74 on the driver's side and the '76 on the passenger.

When it was my sister's turn to drive it, she had the oil changed and they forgot to put something back in (they did remember the oil). 75 miles from home, on the freeway, all the oil drained out. Not a pretty sight. But not to worry, Dad had a spare engine.

So, I don't drive in snow because Dad might keep the car just in case I need to replace something. Enough about cars.

I worked on another page for my mini album today. It is another image from Doodle Dragon Studios. The snowglobe is actually a pocket so if we get snow it can be recorded!

I put Glossy Accents around the edge so it would maybe look like a globe. I've got some stickles in there for the shine. I need to speed up my page construction, but I like to color way too much! December is in how many days?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

One Page

Here is one page for a December mini album. With three grandchildren, one is not enough. I've got a long way to go.

The image is from Doodle Dragon Studios. With all of my back and forth coloring, I have no idea which Copics I used. I made the pocket it is glued on from the Echo Park Season's Greetings 6x6 pad. I love that paper. The music is also from Echo Park, the Holly Jolly Christmas collection. 

I'm planning on putting this in a book thus the empty space on the left. When I get all the pages made, I'll use my Bind-It-All to put it together.

I'm still trying to decide if I should stamp 'The Tree' across the top of the pocket. I'll probably wait until I know what else is going into the book before I decide. I have no plan. Whatever strikes my fancy is what I will do.

Here's to many more pages!

A Scattered Brain

I wish I knew why I can't start one project and stay with it.

I started our Christmas cards.  I'm using an image from Bugaboo Stamps. As I was coloring, I decided to start working on December mini albums for the grandchildren. So I started coloring images from Doodle Dragon Studios.

I checked our church bulletin and realized I missed some birthdays. I need to make cards. Then I decided I have no excuse for missing birthdays, so I went through the church directory and put together a calendar with reminders.

Wait, I thought I was working on Christmas cards!

I signed up for the Holiday Card Boot Camp with Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner. I've watched the Day 1 video. I'm now four days behind. I cleared my workspace so I could work on projects for this class. Looking at it right now, you would never know. I'd take a picture but I can't find the camera. I know it's here somewhere.

I got a text from SIL #1. He has to put in long hours at work and wondered if I would like to come play with the 'grandchitlins' sometime this week. In the end, I'll go up Wednesday, bring Daphne home Thursday and she will go home on Saturday. No craft time then!

Just found the camera. It was 18 inches from my head. Figures. In a place I have never put it before. That was a major mistake!

No wonder I'm scattered! If you can find it, note the large bottle of Tylenol. No, I don't pop those geltabs on a regular basis. However, if it gets too bad, they are close at hand. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011


When I saw this bear provided by Designed 2 Delight on the CDAC Progressive Challenge, I knew he was tubing at Hoodoo.

Once again I am taking some artistic license with this card. I don't know of a single polar bear in Oregon except at the Portland Zoo. Also, keep in mind this bear did not come with an inner tube to go tubing so I had to make one. Now take into consideration I can't draw a straight line with a ruler, so please pretend you see this bear sitting on an inner tube!

I colored my polar bear with Copics E000, 50, 51, and the scarf with R35, 37, YG63, 67. His nose has a dot of black Enamel Accents. The snowflakes are Diamond Stickles. The trees are a Studio G stamp and I used Distress Ink Bundled Sage and Forest Moss. I dug around in one of my cupboards and found a jar of DecoArt Snow-Tex so the bear would have some snow.

Tomorrow starts the Holiday Card Boot Camp with Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner. I hope I can keep up!

It gets dark early!

Changing the clocks is the pits. I don't like sunset at 4:56 pm. I guess I should look at it as an extra hour in the craft cave. But I still don't like it getting dark so early.

Here is the first card for the CDAC challenge. The catch this time was some form of fake snow. Does a snowman covered with Diamond Stickles count? How about torn paper for snowdrifts? Should I add white Enamel Accents for snowflakes? So many questions. Here is the card, minus the snowflakes.

The images are from Ellephantastic. Roger in his airplane was the image for this challenge. I got the snowman from her a year ago. I used my Copics to color both of them. Here is the list: Roger-E51, 53, 55, 57; Helmet-B34, 37, C3, Spica Silver and Glossy Accents on the goggle lens; Coat-E13, 15, 17, 18; Plane-G12, 21, 24, YG63, 67, R32, 35, 37, C3, 5, 7, Spica Clear; Snowman-B000, Blender 0, YR04, Diamond Stickles, black Enamel Accents on his eyes; Bird-R32, 35, 37;  Hat-B02, 04, R35, Spica Lemon; Scarf-R35, 37, G24, YG63; Arms-E37; Mittens-B02, 04, 06; and Buttons-E3, 5, Glossy Accents.

The sentiment is from Create with TLC and printed on Neenah Translucent Printing Paper. I've been afraid to use velum so I tried Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue and it was perfect. I can't tell where I put the dots of it.

Now on to the second card.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


The last week and a half have been crazy. DH has surgery October 27 and his recovery has been a lot slower than we expected. As the hopsital where the surgery was done is 80 miles from home, we are fortunate our oldest daughter and family live 10 miles from the hospital and let us use their home as a motel.

On the 28th Daphne and I went out for donuts and then visited Papa at the hospital. She wasn't too sure about what Papa had going on but was soon on the bed checking everything out.

After we left, I asked her about the needle in Papa's arm. She informed me 'It wasn't a needle but a decoration.' I'm thinking 'Great, Papa is into piercings!'

Brian was discharged Friday but we needed to stay in town for post-op blood work on Saturday. Went home Saturday evening, returned Monday for post-op doctor visit and more blood work. Stayed the night and came home Tuesday.

Daphne was determined to come home with us. How could I say no? It was the first time she has wanted to come since her brother was born. She went home Thursday.

Yesterday was the first time I got to spend time in my craft cave. Men have man caves, I can have a craft cave. It's not a cave, but like a man cave, I have my TV.

I started several cards and finished them today. One day cards! I'm getting better. However, after being gone for most of the week, the house really should have had some tender loving care. But, I decided crafting and college football was much more important.

I found a new digi store, Pink Cat Studio. I used one of their images on the cards I made today.

I actually got five of these puppies made. And started on a card for the CDAC Challenge. The question is, how long will it take for me to get it done? :D    I'm still thinking about the addition of fake snow.

As I stayed in my craft cave until 3 this morning, I'm thinking I really need to go to bed. I'm changing my clocks on my way. I don't want to get up any earlier than I have to tomorrow!