Saturday, November 24, 2007

GRAND DAUGHTERS ARE THE BEST......


Well I decided to help you all keep your faith in me, and show you that before I stamped again, I actually did clean the bathroom....here it is all shiney and clean. We have two, and I cleaned the other one too, but I didn't take a picture of it. The house was completely clean when my true friends came from NY, and it was just the best catching up with them. Old friends who fit you like a glove.....what a special weekend. And after all, Keith got to unexpectedly come home in time to see them and then to stay right through Thanksgiving - that was the best. He had to leave Thanksgiving evening, but we had 3 whole days with him - it was awesome. Anyway- I didn't stamp until all that was over. My new friend from the dentist's office got very sick over the holiday so had to take a raincheck, but we will have her over soon. The day after Thanksgiving I had my friends from work over to stamp with me. It was a wonderful time of bonding, it's good to do something besides WORK together. We stamped and laughed and ate and stamped some more - and of course I had to show them the Black Magic technique-thus
I promised no more Black Magic cards but there are two more in this post. To your left now is one of the cards I designed for my NY/NJ customers - if you click on it you can read the Wisdom from a Snowman part- it's pretty cute. The best part about this card is using real twigs for his arms, actually I vamped them off the grape vine wreath on my front door - very handy. I actually spent my day Christmas shopping today. So different from last year when we had our kids living here.....and we got to see Layla girl for Thanksgiving and then Tovah and Lami for Christmas....it was so fun to shop knowing we would see them, but then two days after Christmas is when we said goodbye to our darling two grand daughters who went to Kenya with their parents. I remember the last few nights that Tovah and Lami spent here before they left, their sweet daddy let me put Tovah down to bed. She was in a stage of hating bedtime and wanted someone to read to her, etc. I would go up there and lay by her little toddler bed and read to her and sing to her....Tell me why the stars do shine, Tell me why, the ivy twines, tell me why the sky's so blue, and I will tell you, just why I love you.......Because God made the stars to shine, because God made the ivy twine, because God made the sky so blue, Because God made you...that's why I love you.........and then Mr. Moon Mr. Moon you're out too soon the sun is still in the sky, Go back to bed and cover up your head and wait till the day is night......and she would say Sing me another song Gramma, and after a night or two Davis gave me a limit of how many songs I could sing before telling her she just had to go to sleep, but one night before they left she woke up crying and cried out for me instead of her parents, I nearly thought my heart would BREAK in two.....and even as I am remembering I am crying a little here....I miss those girls as well as their cousins so much!! Anyway- the holidays last year were awesome knowing everyone was getting together and we saw all our kids between Thanksgiving and Christmas,,,,this year is kinda blue in comparison - but we won't have that heart wrenching goodbye two days after Christmas. There's so much pain in goodbye....isn't there? On your left now is the other card/bookmark I made for my NY/NJ customers - it's called a crossover card- and uses the awesome background papers.....those were fun to make though I would have liked to be AT the BACKWARDS workshop and see all my friends!! I'm getting kinda blue here, I better cheer up.....You know, for at least a month Keith and I had to keep the door to the little grand daughters room shut, we could not even go in there after they left.....it was like we were in mourning......it's nice to know that your kids are where God wants them to be.....and you can be so peaceful in your heart knowing things are right, but you can still hurt really really bad. When I talk to Layla( in NY) or Tovah( in Kenya) on the phone and hear those precious little voices, man it smarts. Think of the olden days when families moved away from eachother, they didn't know if they would ever see eachother again......at least being missionaries in this day and age you get to see your family more often and we are blessed to have email and telephones, I thank God everyday for that!! There's another Black Magic card for you on your left -(it's on MY left right now anyway) - Those are addictive!! Anyway- it was still fun to buy some warm things for Tovah and Lami today and of course Layla and Madison and Chloe always need warm things......I went to one store that I ALWAYS shop at and everything just looked ugly....did that ever happen to you? But then I went to Old Navy and just went nuts with the cute things they have!! Kids things- just adorable. I can picture our precious little girls in everything we bought them. Grand daughters are just the best. Wouldn't know much about grandsons yet....don't have any of those. Actually tho, I have a little nephew Malachi, first born of my only sister, who I can't imagine loving a grandson anymore then!! I used to sing these songs to him too, and he would always make me sing the coo-coo part of one song where you coo like a bird over and over and it made me feel so silly but hey, it was his favorite part. He also lives far away now. Well, I think I will close on this last card with this - for Madison, and Chloe and Tovah and Layla and Lami......"Tell me why the stars do shine, Tell me why the ivy twines, Tell me why,,,,the sky's so blue? And I will tell you just why I love you.......Because God made the stars to shine,,,,,Because God made the ivy twine, Because God made the sky so blue, Because God made you, that's why.....I LOVE YOU. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas sweet Grand daughters....I hope the clothes we bought you will wrap right around you and hold you tight with a great big hug from Gramma Karen and Grampa Keith. We sure do love you. Good night girls. Sleep tight.....no more stories now, no more songs....go to sleep.
HELLO friends, I promise to post some cards after this - but I got TAGGED by Penny......and in her tag she did this cool thing where my name lit up so you could just click on it and go right to my blog, but of course I would need her sitting right here beside me for me to figure out how to do that......and she lives in the UK, so that ain't happenin........but if you want to see her AWESOME blog, you can go into my comments, (leave one while you're there :) and click on Penny, she has comments on many of my entries, (she's my new friend.....:)) and from there you can go to her blog - it's very cool. I'm sorry I can't do the instant thing yet, but I get there, I just take longer....here is my tag below and I hope I cut and pasted the whole thing,,,,,I feel pretty proud that I made it that far- and then in the end I might tag YOU!!

1. If you could have 100.00 worth of scrapbook paper or assorted embellishments, which would you choose?I think I would have to choose the embellishments, but then I would feel guilty for using them cuz it's so ingrained in me to stick with SU stuff,, when will I grow up and get over it? I use "other" stamps.....I own a boat load of "other stamps" but somehow I feel like I'm cheating if I use a "brad by another name"- I think I need counseling. Oughto, at this rate, my TAG blog will be 4 pages long so I am going to keep the rest of my answers short, if possible.

2. If you had to choose between using only stamps or rubons, which would you choose?Uh, what are rubons? I'm a stamper, not a ruber, whatever they are. Stamps, hands down.

3. If you knew how to do both awesome cards and layouts but could only do one for a whole year, which would you do? That is a very anxiety producing question which I cannot answer. I make cards sort of like I breathe.....I couldn't go a whole year without making a card.....but I scrapbook as therapy for having adorable grandchildren who live far away.....so the thought of choosing is giving me symptoms....anxiety symptoms....it's giving me a new thing to worry about, I would rather not answer that question.....okay? It's not mandatory, right?

4. Would you rather own a scrap booking store or have your own scrapping room at home (can’t have both hee hee).I am blessed to have a nice craft room at home, but I would want a stamp store, not a scrapping store. I couldn't sell SU stuff in it anyway, so more guilt, I think I'll just stick with my room. Oh I don't REALLY have the choice anyway- this is just make believe.

5. What is your CURRENT card making or scrapping style?It's just me, I mean I never named it....what is a card making style? If it gives you any clue, one of my DL used to pick at my events the project that she named, "What were you thinking?" - because there was a lot of cutting and stuff, she had to WORK a little, I used to tell them NO WHINING......just get busy.....why do you want everything to be so easy? So I guess my style, is kind of "involved"?? Is that a style?

OKAY - now I tag.....gosh, Cindy has already been tagged cuz I read hers....who can I TAG?? Clairey- my niece Clairey- cuz she set me up with this whole blog thing and it's such FUN!! You're it Clairey!!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

One More Card and then I'll go to bed.......

Okay- so I have a serious issue here, I went upstairs to "clean my stamproom" tonite...and really, that was my intention since I have TRUE FRIENDS coming to visit me tomorrow....all the way from good old NY......and I MEANT to just clean, but as soon as I finished the gray cards I had it on my mind I had to try another brown one or two and then I kept thinking about trying it also on a lighter color and seeing how that worked......so I did clean my stamproom, but it was just like 3 hours later then I planned.....and lets not even talk about whether I cleaned the bathrooms yet.....but tomorrow they get here at 7:00 pm and I work better under pressure ANYWAY, so I will be knocking myself out because though they moved us in to our house, they have not seen it since and we have made it so homey and gotten new furniture etc etc, so I want them to see it perfect.....but I will get it all done, I always do. :) :) And I had a nice relaxing evening after a nice long nap in the afternoon,,,,what a nice day.....so here are the LAST three cards I am going to do using this technique for a long while because it's just TIME to move on...
I really like this one done on River Rock, I have to tell you that I struggle big time when there is no good place to put a bow on a card.....and somehow I keep thinking it just needs ribbon but truly not every card does and when I tried to put one on this card it looked dumb.....but I really liked this one cuz it used the orange and rust colored pencils so it was a change from the pink and blue, which at this point I am pretty sick to death of.....yes, it's definetely time to move on. Anyway- it's a fun technique and I hope you try it. Last night all my good buddies in NY had a Backwards Workshop run by my friend who arrives tomorrow evening and a couple of my other friends.....I miss those events so much....I miss my DL who would come and then all my faithful customers/friends.....this time I designed two cards that they made, I hope they liked them! Maybe I will post them next time I blog.....cuz I am definetley not posting more Black, Brown, Gray, River Rock Magic.....I am beating a dead horse here....I have managed to make myself sick of a good thing. :) Just make 42 cards using the same technique with slight variations - it works everytime. :) :) :) Okay, so here is the last one here, in blue and brown and then that's it - really - no more. I promise. Last night my dog got sick. I think Mosley taught him that when a bag of dogfood is in the pantry and the bag is slightly open you can stick your nose in there and feast.....cuz I always kept it that way and Luca never touched it till one day Mosely taught him how,,,and I think that's what happened last night, he got into that bag and he got sick,,,,it was coming out both ends.....and "it" woke me up several times last night for cleanup....and why am I telling you this? I'm very bored my friends, no one to tell my problems to, Keith on the road, etc, so anyway, I hope he learned his lesson, and I hope he sleeps thru the night tonite.....cuz last night, oh man, I was so tired at work today I could not see straight. That's why I slept all afternoon, stamped all evening, and didn't clean the bathroom again, perfectly understandable, right? I deserved it.....but now I can promise you that I won't make even ONE more card, before the WHOLE house gets cleaned, cuz that's the way I am, I work best under pressure, and the stamproom is all clean now so I won't be messing it up again till the whole house is clean, bathrooms and all, it's 12:17, and I'm about to START.....till next time, happy stampin, and pity me, I'm cleaning. :):):) Oh darn, I lost the last card, AGAIN....and I had not wiped one out in several posts so I will go and grab it here, I'm gonna try to add it and see what happens.......it didn't work, darn it, but alas, you MUST be as bored as I am with that technique but if not and you want to see that last brown and blue one, go visit my SCS gallery, the link is on the side of this post somewhere.....and now, it's time to CLEAN. Bye.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

BASICALLY GRAY MAGIC......

Boy- has this technique gotten some attention!! I think I have come to the conclusion that I am just a comment junkie....I need to be able to show my stuff to people and get responses.....or it's just not fun!! I need to see other peoples stuff too, so SCS has been such a blessing to me, to go on there and just look, I watch a slide show every day while I do my hair.....and sometimes I'm a wee bit late for work because of it!! So how do you like it in gray? I think I still like the black better....but now I have this overwhelming urge to try a couple more on chocolate chip cuz that one was one of my favorites that was pink and brown....My friend Nancy B. sent me a thread where people were talking about me on SCS, very flattering.....but one friend of mine made the point that though I learned this from my DL Cindy, it actually originated at Stamp and Scrap University in NJ which is I think my uplines baby.........(although I think the white gel pen is my own twist.....but who knows??) I tried my Prisma colored pencils and I could not get the same rich look, so that 's the only problem is that we are limited in colors with the pure colored pencils.......anyway- I have had so much fun making these cards and getting so many comments from everywhere, even the UK and ITALY!! wow!! I think it's because Allison put me as her blog of interest or some such thing that I started getting lots of visitors on my blog....such fun, I mean I have fun just talking to myself....but this is even MORE fun!! :) I stayed up last night till 1:00 AM, (and had to work today) making these gray cards......I think I have gone back to being almost as obsessed with stamping as I was in the early days......and that is pretty obsessed. I was a little tired at work today and honestly, I had to DRAG myself around the circuit at CURVES tonite....and I am ready to go to bed about a 1/2 hour ago.....but wanted to get these new gray ones posted - You know the older I get if I don't get enough sleep it's not pretty.....I feel like a computer that has too many windows opened at the same time and everything starts moving in slow-motion.....and I can't switch from one "screen" to another really quickly....it's tough to get old....but as a good friend of mine always says, it beat the alternative. :) And I figure I can stamp until I'm about 100....I mean what would stop us? It's a hobby you can grow old with. I am going to have all the ladies I work with at the dentist's office over for a "stamping sleepover" the day after Thanksgiving....that is gonna be so fun.....I CANNOT wait. We're gonna have such a good time. I even got some new pajamas today - I have been wanting to do this for a long time, there are 8 of us at work. We will stamp and maybe watch a movie and go in our hot tub and stuff like that. Mostly stamp. It will start mid afternoon. This last one is just okay to me.....I love those first two, but this one -maybe the purple is too close to grey but it doesn't seem to pop as well....huh? Anyway- this is a very fun stamping technique and eventually I need to pry myself away from it so I can play with those new stamps that SU sent us- I got mine today- the set called Time Well Spent - that's stamping in general. :) Time Well Spent!! Send me your cards(on email I mean) that you make with this technique- Penny from the UK used a gold pen to accent hers instead of the white gel pen and that was way cool too!! No limit to the fun!! Show me what you are making with this fun magic technique, and now, so I am not fried to a crisp tomorrow - I will say, Night night, stamp tight. :) Until next time, I really MUST get some sleep.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Somebody help me STOP.........

Okay, so I am totally out of control now....I have company coming next weekend, I have so much stuff I COULD be doing, but I am like absolutely obsessed with this new technique....it's not new, I actually learned it from Cindy L, but it's new the first time you play with it yourself.....and I think I do more with the white gel pen then the actual Black Magic.....me and Cindy, don't take away our white gel pens, right Cindy?? Everytime I make a new card it's my new favorite - but these three made with this set, they are my new favorites.....I wish we had MORE colors to the pure color pencils.....you can use Prismacolor pencils which I also have, but I always feel like I'm cheating on SU.....how dumb is that?? Okay, so I thought I would have a problem keeping the whole blog thing going and now I am like obsessive about it, blog blog blog blog.......I can't seem to stop myself, upstairs to stamp, downstairs to download, and then blog blog blog.....this is what my LIFE has turned into!! :):):) A really nice person named Allison featured me as her blog of the month or something and now all these really awesome people are checking out my blog......so it makes it even more fun to stamp when you get FEEDBACK.....I love feedback. :):):) If you go to my comments you can check out Allison's blog -it's like the mother of all blogs....she has more links then anyone I know!! But this is it for a while guys, I am going to walk the dog and get my mind off stamping and blogging and stamping and blogging and stamping and blogging......, -do the twelve step thing or something, like, I AM a stampaholic!! I have too much other stuff I SHOULD be doing......aw shucks, it could be worse, I could be out drinking or robbing a bank, I'm just stampin.......I need to lay off myself.....I work hard all week....if I would rather stamp then clean the toilet...who can blame me, right? Today I had HGTV installed in my stamp room.....oh boy, I will probably only come out for food now......and to run down the hall to use the bathroom which needs to be cleaned......Any HGTV fans out there? I have watched more room makeovers since we moved to Ohio then times I have cleaned the bathroom, I can tell you that much!! Oh man, that is addictive too......how come so much in life is addictive? Even good stuff,,,,,where's the moderation in my life....??? Do you like these cards???? It's so neat to read comments, I am a comment junkie,,,,,so nice of Leslie who is in my DL to take the time to share the truckin stuff with me......I think Keith is getting home late tonite and has to be back on Monday morning......argh.....but at least he's getting home late tonite!! I was supposed to get orders placed today.....clean the house.....go to the mall.....etc etc etc.....what did do??? I blogged and stamped and stamped and blogged and now I'm blogging again. I keep getting more ideas, another one just popped into my head but I'm gonna ignore it and see if it goes away cuz I have to walk the dog, (he has his legs crossed, it's TIME!!) Okay - one more card coming up there, if I manage to find this one at the bottom this will be the second time I posted without wiping out any cards....
Practice makes perfect and I certainly get enough of that lately!! This is a very cool stamp set.....but I am not going to play anymore today....but I want to try one with basic grey...but hey- tomorrow is another day.....I am not making anymore cards tonite.....I can hardly believe I had been so lazy about stamping when I first moved here, it just proves I am a "feedback junkie" cuz really, ever since Clairey set me up at SCS and with my own blog and Tinabeana gave me the you can't give up stamping lecture, magically my love of stamping came back,,,,so maybe I really just crave feedback......you know, Bob, from What About Bob? - he's got nothin on me.....I'm a little neurotic myself - that's it - off to walk the dog, hope you liked these cards....stay tuned.....Basic Grey is next!! (But I'm gonna clean the bathroom FIRST!!)

One is the Loneliest Number......


Okay, everybody say L-O-N-E-L-Y.......that is a word I don't think I ever knew the meaning of until I moved to Ohio......but you know, it's good for me, it builds character, AND, it means I get a lot of stamping done!! :) Next to Luca, stamps are a girl's best friend!! (He's faithfully lying at my feet even now, HE is my best friend when Keith's not home) :) LONELY just SOUNDS like it's lonely, doesn't it? It's one of those words that just sounds like it knows what it's talking about......like......say......HOME. That's another word that sounds like that.....is anyone relating to what I mean out there, or are you all going, "Oh boy, the loneliness got to her....." - but HOME is just a word that wraps around you and gives you a big HUG. When I come home at night after a long day at work, my house hugs me, I'm not joking you. I walk in, and it just hugs me. The only thing is, Keith isn't there to hug me too, so it's kind of L-O-N-E-L-Y. How do you go from side by side desks for 20+ years to being separated for two weeks Monday at a time? He keeps saying, Life is too short, I'm looking for something closer to home this weekend....we'll see- if we HAVE to make it thru a year for him to get the experience driving the big big truck, we will, cuz ultimately, you do what you have to do....and after 34 years you are solid enough to
take it!! Anyway, as you can see these days, I have been stamping up a card storm!! This time instead of getting hung up on one set, I am hung up on a technique called Black Magic, which is where you stamp an image in White Craft Ink and then dry it with your heat tool and then color it with Pure colored pencils. If its a solid stamp like most of the cards I made, you color in the white ink part, but if it's an outline stamp like the one to your left now with any luck, (it might be four feet down when I go to post this puppy, but right now, it's on my left....the one made with Floral background stamp) then you color in just the way you would with any outline stamp....and then I highlighted all of these with the white gel pen. A random thought just popped into my head, imagine that.....and it's this - Do you know that in a blog if you click on a card it gets GINORMOUS?????? It does. :) Okay- back to the "tutorial" - wow - I don't think this is actually a "tutorial" in the true sense of the word but it's all you're gonna get and just be glad I'm not blabbing on about What About Bob? like I usually do....at least I'm explaining what I have done to your left......but the main thing to remember when you try this technique is this......I ALMOST threw away every card I ever did using this technique cuz it sort of goes thru an gawky stage like a 9 year old kid before you use the white gel pen to accent it. Keep on going, after 4 hours or so you just might really love your card!! ;) Okay, I need to concentrate now cuz it's time to pull up the next card, so far so good, no deletions of cards in
waiting - phew! There we go - here it is....this is such a fun technique - TRY IT!! And the hours just fly by....I went to bed at 1:00 am Thursday night.....a work night. BUT, Fridays' are our down day at the dentist office cuz we don't see patients, so if I am having a bit of a stamping 'hangover' - it's just okay. :) Back to thinking about the word L-O-N-E-L-Y......I have a new respect for people who live alone now. (Mom, and Cynthia, you are my heroes now!!) If not for Luca, I might go stark raving MAD.....I turn to tell Keith something about 20 gazillion times a day.......so I just tell Luca instead. He's a very good listener....but Keith and I made a decision this year to invite someone we hardly even know, to THANKSGIVING dinner. She is a very lonely person I met at work.....and the thought just occurred to me one day, to invite her to Thanksgiving dinner. She has no family at all around her. She lives alone. At first I thought she will think I am nuts.....but the thought persisted. Fear of rejection, or making a fool of myself, or misreading that she might even WANT to spend Thanksgiving at a total stranger's house, all these things kept me from just doing it. Then one day she was telling me that she absolutely hates the holidays.....cuz both parents died in a car accident and she has no siblings and she just spends it A-L-O-N-E.....and that was it, I just invited her.....and she said YES!! So our Thanksgiving will be so different this year with just Bekah and Jon, and my new friend from work. She is a patient of Dr. Sato, not a coworker. Maybe one less L-O-N-E-L-Y person on Thanksgiving, and maybe that will be ME, cuz right now we are not sure that Keith will be able to make it home......actually we are pretty sure he may not make it home. Weird to spend a real
live holiday without KEITH. He's right, life is too short, we gotta at least TRY to find him another job. Those recruiters promise you the moon, and then when you actually try to get home....it's like you're asking for the moon. Do you like this one on your left now? It reminds me of that kids toy, a Spirograph, remember those? Next weekend, Betty and Ruth will be here, OH HAPPY DAY!! OH HAPPY WEEKEND!! Nothing like a visit from old kindred spirits to beat the lonely blues!! I wish they could stay like a month or so.....but I will take what I get and be happy with it. :) Hopefully they get to see Keith too....argh...
You know, I like to read my own writing...(like I said, if NO one read my blog I would blog anyway so I could read it myself.....)I just backed up and read this over....and it made me think of two friends and fellow stampers of mine, who will be spending their first Thanksgiving without their best friends....for the first time. Two of my friends this year said goodbye to their husbands until they meet again on heavens' shores....and I am just thinking of them right now and thinking they probably wish with all their hearts that their husbands were just out driving a truck and would come home soon. My prayers and deepest love and heartaches go out to Anna Mae and Carol this year.....I am thinking of you both, knowing that each of you lost the best friend you had in the world this year. The older I
get the more I realize that we really need to look at this life like we are just passing through....we have a Lord and Saviour waiting to meet us on the other side....and we need to be prepared, cuz life is short, and life is precious, and whether we are lonely or bored, or tired and weary, or blue or just in a funk, life is precious......enjoy each moment but remember that we are just passing through. On that solemn note I will end this blog....I have saved my favorite card till last again....this is the BROWN Magic technique, I invented it myself. :):) You just use Brown cardstock instead of black. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there....say a prayer for all the lonely people on Thanksgiving......and say a prayer for me, and for those who may have to eat my food, cuz remember Keith might not get home, and I might have to cook something besides embossing powder. HAPPY THANKSGIVING SEASON EVERYONE!!

Monday, November 5, 2007

NEW TRUE FRIENDS.....

Golly gee I got into bed last night and thought, man, I forgot to say that we are making NEW TRUE FRIENDS here in Ohio, kind of our NTFWH's, (NEW TRUE FRIENDS WITHOUT HISTORY)......actually when we moved here I told everyone we had 2 TRUE FRIENDS in Ohio, one of my long time stamping buddies, who has come to see us TWO times, (that's REALLY special) since I mostly had always gone to HER house to do workshops, but they came to OUR house just because they love us.....so I did have 2 TRUE FRIENDS in Ohio, they just live on the other side is all....but this card is for THEM, and all the other TRUE FRIENDS in the making we have made since we came here. A couple of weeks ago we went out to dinner with a lady and her husband that I met at CURVES......(I can't go all the way around that circuit twice and say nothing, so I have made some friends there....but this is the first one I ever did more then just jumping jacks with if you know what I mean....)and my new TRUE FRIENDS AT WORK....and all our new friends at church......and the neighbors we are getting to know, (HI KIM!!)SO THIS CARD WAS ONE OF THE ONES I STRUGGLED THE MOST WITH, I TORE IT APART AT LEAST 6 TIMES....and this is to say, I will STRUGGLE on thru making new friends,,,,cuz it's worth it when you find a KINDRED SPIRIT!! Okay, that's all, or I'll be late for work!! Does this count as THREE POSTS IN NOVEMBER ALONE?I also wanted to add that I LOVE those of you who HAVE been reading my BLOG and letting me know....I just crave attention and want to hear from MORE OF YOU!! but I'll keep blogging cuz I have like 10 people who I KNOW read them, and besides I love to read them myself!! haha So this is my fourth one for November!! I amaze myself!! :):):) OKAY SO I POSTED THIS AND WANTED TO SAY ONE MORE THING.....IT'S THAT I ONLY MET THE LADY AT CURVES, NOT HER HUSBAND, WHEN I RE READ THAT I THOUGHT OH MAN....THAT CAME OUT WRONG.....I JUST MET KAY AT CURVES...(her husband was NOT there.....)okay- now I'm really going, I mean it, but it makes me think of that line in What About Bob? where they are trying to get rid of psychotic BOB and he shows up at their door and they say, YOU THINK HE'S GONE?? HE'S NOT GONE!!! And he says he wants to get the friendship thing going.......this time I'm really going on that note.......

Sunday, November 4, 2007

P.S. Here are my WIPE OUTS.....

One of these days I will successfully post an entire set of cards without deleting one!! I just know that day is coming when I will get thru it and not delete anything I didn't want to delete......here are two more TRUE FRIEND cards for all you TRUE FRIENDS.....WELL SORRY GUYS BUT IT IS NOW SORELY PAST MY BEDTIME AND IF I DON'T WANT TO HAVE 10 EPISODES OF BRAIN FREEZE TOMORROW AT WORK I HAVE TO POST THESE DARN THINGS AND GET TO BED....SO I HAVE SWITCHED TO THE LARGE PRINT....HEY - MAYBE SOME OF YOU REALLY APPRECIATE THAT, HUH? OH PHEW, I JUST
THOUGHT I WIPED OUT THE LAST CARD BUT HERE IT IS.....MY LAST AND FINAL TRUE FRIEND CARD....IF YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO SEE MORE YOU CAN GO AND SEE THE REST AT MY SPLITCOAST GALLERY...I WISH I KNEW IF PEOPLE WERE ACTUALLY READING AND ENJOYING THIS BLOG.....LEAVE ME A COMMENT IF YOU ARE, OKAY? AM I JUST TALKING TO MYSELF, OR ARE THERE REALLY PEOPLE OUT THERE....TIME TO SAY GOODNIGHT...GOOD NIGHT - SLEEP TIGHT......GOD BLESS ALL MY TRUE FRIENDS.

True Friends.....

Well it's bloggin time again!! I have been on a stamping marathon this weekend because Keith never made it home from his trucking job.....bummer.....but I have made the best of it and had lots of fun stamping the time away.....and now here it is, almost Monday and time to start over!! My fav fav fav card I made this weekend is this one on your left right here......it's done with white craft ink and pure color pencils.....and it's called Black Magic.....ain't that a purty card?? It SINGS to me.....this set was really really challenging to me....sometimes that happens where you make cards and none of them sing to you......so in that case I usually just keep peeling layers off and trying new things until it sings!! This was the last card I made, and probably the only one I didn't have to make and then remake....cuz it came out exactly like I wanted it to the first time!! The theme of this set of cards, is TRUE FRIENDS.....and I want to thank God right now, because I have been blessed with a LOT of true friends in my life......that is for sure. This week I had a neat conversation via email with ONE of my true friends......it came about because she had told me that her and her husband weren't going to make it to Bermuda this coming year because they were going to go on a different trip and couldnt' take time off for both.....oh that sad empty feeling when you find out one of your best cruise buddies isn't going to be cruising......(and this year will probably be my LAST cruising year for a while so that made me even sadder) She also didn't think I would make it to Leadership this year, (as I was having huge doubts that I would....) so in one email, I had gone
from I won't be going to Leadership and you won't be on the cruise, to I found out I WILL LORD WILLING BE AT LEADERSHIP, and she had a change in plans as well and decided she would in fact be on the cruise,,,,and oh the joy of knowing you will be seeing eachother again, and rooming with someone you feel very comfortable with......who knows your quirks and idioscnyricies, ( a friendship that has stood the test of time)......Aren't TRUE FRIENDS wonderful? We have some other TRUE FRIENDS who will be driving out here all the way to Ohio in a couple of weeks, friends who we became so close to during our 23 years at AIM that we really consider them to be more like family........and I am looking so forward to that visit, they have NO IDEA. When you move hundreds of miles away from your friends and most of your family, the word lonely takes on a whole new meaning. Throw in Keith's job, and some menopause blues,,,well....you get the picture. So when a friend comes all the way from home to see you......it's just plain special. When were first got here, we got invited to a birthday party for family's we had a budding friendship with, and people stood up at this guys 50th party and shared stories of friendship, and I blubbered all the way home as I lamented, "Keith we do not have enough of life left to make friendships WITH THAT KIND OF HISTORY here - and we left them all behind" - and he said, "We'll make friends, and we are where God wants us to be" - and I know he was right, but never take those TRUE FRIENDS for granted. In New York, we didn't live by any extended family, so we kind of made our own.........You know that saying, "Friends are the family you choose yourself" - it's so true.....we had brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, who were really just TRUE FRIENDS...There's another saying that goes, "It takes a long time to grow an old friend" - and that's so true too.....we had 3 other TRUE FRIENDS come all the way from FLORIDA to see us this year in our new home......talk about JOY!!!! Two other friends who gave our son his only brothers came at the end of the summer.......we truly have been blessed with so many TRUE FRIENDS.....not to lay the guilt on, but there are still alot of you TRUE FRIENDS OUT THERE WHO STILL HAVE TO MAKE THE TRIP!! One lone guy came to see us in the summer without his fam.....another family we call TRUE FRIENDS.....SO ALL OF MY TRUE FRIEND CARDS ARE FOR ALL OF YOU TRUE FRIENDS,,,,,AND SINCE I WIPED OUT TWO CARDS TRYING TO DO THIS BLOG.... (i AM STILL A BLOG NOVICE) I am going to go pull them up and tack them on, because I made LOTS of TRUE FRIEND CARDS....because truly, we have been blessed by lots of TRUE FRIENDS!!