That's Me

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

new apartment and new job

Here is a simple card I made for my daughter and son-in-law. Only took about 30 minutes. Does that seem too long for such a simple card? Anyway, they just moved into a new apartment and my daughter just started a new job this week. I hope they will enjoy getting a piece of mail that is not a bill.
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Monday, June 29, 2009

Do you remember Erma Bombeck?

Do you remember the stories Erma Bombeck used to tell? She was a fantastic story teller. Everything was as though you had lived it yourself. She was very down-to-earth. In other words, I could relate. I have just found the most fantastic story teller since Erma. She lives in the UK and goes by the name Stickhead. Her Blog is called Slightly South of Sanity. I spent the last half hour reading her posts and jiggling with laughter. If you get the chance and have a few minutes to relax, check out one of her posts. She will be a bright spot in your day, I promise.
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Woo Hoo - lookie what I got

I am so honored that I would receive this award. Yes, I have gotten it before, but it is a joy to receive it. It tells me that my blog is being noticed, that my art work is appreciated.

Janelle over at Jaks Scraps gave this to me. Janelle is a fellow CTMH enthusiast and very active with workshops and clubs. she shares great artwork on her blog. Check it out for some great ideas.

The rules to the award is as follows:

*comment on this blog

*cut and paste the award logo and use it on your own blog

*nominate 5 to 10 blogs that shows great attitude and gratitude

*link your nominees with your blog post

*comment on their blogs to let them know they won the award

*link back to the person who gave you the award to show your appreciation!

Amy at Amy's Art from the Heart

Bekah at stampingwithbekah

Haley at The Inky Scrapper

Jessica at Jessica'a Paper Petals

Jenn at Sharing my Sweet Life

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Birthday Card

My daughter asked me to make a birthday card for a male friend. Here is what I came up with. She asked if I had anything karate, video games, guitar ish. Nope, so I did the best I could with what I have.

All products are CTMH except the dew drops.
Back Country paper packet
Family ties stamp set
Heritage caps font stamp set
It's Your Day stamp set
Surprise stamp set
Dew Drops
CTMH Markers in vanilla cream, cocoa and barn red
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Paige Dolecki had very helpful information on her blog this morning. The information was geared toward children, but EVERYONE should know these tips. I know I watch way to much TV and see all the CSI, Bones, Criminal Minds and NCIS (got to have my Mark Harmon Fix) shows and all this info makes sense. I hope that reading it will keep you and your children, grandchildren, neighbor's children and all the children of the world safe.

Copied from Paige's blog. Please stop by and see her blog.

Just have to share a couple of "stranger danger" tips from the seminar I took my kids to this morning. Besides learning to recognize who is a stranger (anyone we don't know), never talk to a stranger, never "help" an adult who is NOT your parent, yell "Fire!" of "You're Not my Dad!" not "help" as people don't take that seriously, don't get into a stranger's car and run away as fast as you can to a safe place, there were some other tips I wanted to share with you all.

1. Talk to your kids about HOW to get away and practice (not on eachother!). The analogy they used today was to think about what it would be like to hold a cat while you were in the shower. Think about how wild and crazy that cat would be - kicking, clawing, punching, scratching - basically doing anything to get away. This really seemed to click with even the youngest kids and they had a blast practicing the "cat drills".

2. Have a secret code word only your family knows so kids can verify if another adult claims they are picking them up at the parent's request.

3. Leave a trail. If someone does get a hold of you try to leave things behind. Papers from school, one shoe, a hair clip, etc.

4. Leave DNA. If you are in the car, touch as much as you can to leave finger prints. Pull out your hair, spit and anything else you are able to do. Try to get their DNA - hair or skin from scratching.

5. Don't put your kids names on clothing OR vehicles (I've seen this a lot lately!).

6. When you go to a big event that is crowded, take a moment to snap a picture of your kids using your cell phone. This will allow you to have a current photo and complete clothing description in case of emergency.

7. If your child goes missing in a store or public facility go straight to security or the front register and DEMAND the store is locked down immediately.

8. On a side note for women, several years ago I was taught that if you are sexually accosted to try to vomit or let loose "other bodily functions" to make the criminal loose their interest in accosting you.

I hadn't thought about teaching my kids to leave clues or purposefully snapping a picture BEFORE you even leave for an event. Both of these were great tips. I hope this information was useful to you parents out there. Lets all give our kids the tools they need to stay safe!

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Friday, June 26, 2009

EXTRA EXTRA Read all about it - CTMH July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello, I am so excited to be participating in my very first blog hop this month. It is Close to My Heart's July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. There will be 44 CTMH consultants participating in this month's hop! Each participant will feature artwork they have created that showcases the Stamp of the Month, which for July is a great set called "You've Got Flair"! In order to make the hop run smoothly, I am testing out links to Alanna Moses Blog, she'll be the one that visitors are coming from when they hop onto my blog, and Barbra Otten's blog , she will be the one that you jump to from mine. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with! Make sure to mark you calendar and check back on July 1st to join the fun.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Event Calendar photos

These images are not mine, I am just sharing what others have shared with me on our CTMH Bulletin Board.


Someone on the CTMH Artwork BB asked for some images of event calendar artwork and I have 50 or 60 images. I promise I won't upload all of them. Just a smattering here or there. I don't know who posted these on the BB as I hadn't gotten savvy yet and stared saving images with the designers name as I do now.
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It just dawned on me when I was replying to a comment that I need to make another one for my princess that just moved into her own apartment.

If you would like to see more leave a comment and I'll post some more photos tomorrow. As I said, I have about 50 photos. you can click on the images and get a close up look.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day

I was checking out Tammy's Scrappin' With Tammy blog and she gave me the idea to share a photo of my dad. Of course, I think he is the most handsome man in the world. These photos were taken about 45 years ago. The photos were not in the best condition when they were scanned to me so I did what I could with cleaning them up, don't look too closely. He has been gone since 1984. He died of lung cancer just two days after my birthday. My mother, my father, my grandfather and a great uncle all died of lung cancer and my dad's sister is a lung cancer survivor. No, I don't smoke and I resent anyone smoking around me. Anyway, my dad was such a sweetheart. All the children in the neighborhood called him dad or daddy. I have 5 sisters and we were all talking about what made daddy so special and we all thought that we were his favorite. Now tell me that isn't a special person who can make all 6 of his girls think that each one of us was his favorite. Since my mom had passed away in 1981 and I was pregnant with my first in 1984 I used to call him and ask his advice. Who better to ask than someone who had fathered 6 girls. My dad, Robert Lawrence Stubbs, was born in Colorado Springs, CO in 1920. He lived in Council Grove, Kansas before his parents moved to DC. His Grandfather was the 18th governor of Kansas, from 1910 to 1913 - Walter Roscoe Stubbs. His dad opened two Lincoln Mercury dealerships in Maryland, where he worked after he served in the army when I was just a wee tyke. My grandfather, Walter Roscoe Stubbs Jr. - Rock, was 6'4", my grandmother was only 4'11", my dad was kind of on the short side at about 5'8" and 4 of my sisters are 5'2" or shorter. One sister, the baby, is about 5'5". Boy would I have liked to have been taller. It is so embarrassing to have to ask a perfect stranger to reach something for you at the grocery store. My parents were married for 34 years and got divorced, after 4 years of that they realized they were meant only for each other and renewed their vows in the church. It was only a few months later that my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer.
That's the story of my dad.
Ya know, I keep meaning to scrap these photos. One of these days, I will have to do that.
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Saturday, June 20, 2009

I'll just bet you don't know what this is

I just got this in the mail today and I think it is the neatest thing for scrappers. It is called a Bow Easy. You can find it on this link. Check Store Page 2 tab at the top of the Sharon's blog. Sharon Johnson of No Time To Stamp? sells these cute little jobbies. She has a photo tutorial and a video tutorial of how it works. It took me a few tries to get one to come out right, but here are three examples of bows that took me less than a minute, more like 15 seconds, to make. I was real surprised I could actually make a bow with wire in the ribbon like this, but easy peasy! You can make seven different size bows with this. Too cool.
I am working on a card for a blog hop in July and am putting it off. I want to peruse the boards and do some blurfing to get ideas.
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P.S. Thanks again Sharon for my Bow Easy.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

What can I say . . .

I just love a good gotcha, don't you?

A very self-important college freshman was attending a recent football game. He took it upon himself to explain to a senior citizen sitting next to him why it was impossible for the older generation to understand his generation.

"You grew up in a different world, actually an almost primitive one," the student said, loud enough for many of those nearby to hear. "The young people of today grew up with television, jet planes, space travel, man walking on the moon, our spaceships have visited Mars. We have nuclear energy, electric and hydrogen cars, computers with light-speed processing, and....," pausing to take another drink of beer.

The Senior took advantage of the break in the student's litany and said, "You're right, son. We didn't have those things when we were we invented them. Now, you arrogant little sh*thead, what are you doing for the next generation?"

The applause was deafening.
I will try to create something in my scraproom and get back to you.

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Stop me if you've heard this one. . .

This is one of my favorite stories, even though I know it isn't true I still love hearing or reading it. I used to keep it on my bulletin board at work so when I was having a bad day or a bad few minutes I could read it and laugh.

Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North.

Canadians: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

Canadians: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.


Canadians: We are a lighthouse. Your call.

I don't have any artwork to share yet. I got the idea from reading Carol Labuski's blog this morning. The 4th of July is around the corner and Americans should remember that the US is a great nation, founded on Judeo/Christian principals.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Blog Candy at Beth's

Here is a photo of Beth's Blog Candy of Wind Walker Altered Arts. Open until June 29th. She has some really nice stuff be sure to stop by and say Hi.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

some more cards and box

I made a few more cards because I was bored and this is what I came up with. I also made a box for the cards. I tried several things and pizza box worked the best. For the box front I used That's Amore pp and Gracious Greetings SS. Funny, I didn't use that's amore for the cards, maybe I will later to give Casey a refill for her card box.
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