Archive for May, 2008

Birthday Sparkle

Posted: May 17, 2008 in Uncategorized

I made this card using Pink Petticoat images from the Lola’s Boudoir collection. The images are simple and chic in my opinion and I just love them all!

I tried to take a close up of all the sparkle that I added using Stickles, but I still don’t think it shows it very well (dang! I have to get me one of them light studios!)

The Background papers are Artylicous.

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Thinking of Having Kids?

Do this 11 step program first!

Lesson 1
1. Go to the grocery store.
2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.
3. Go home.
4. Pick up the paper.
5. Read it for the last time.

Lesson 2
Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who already are parents and berate them about their…
1. Methods of discipline.
2. Lack of patience.
3. Appallingly low tolerance levels.
4. Allowing their children to run wild.
5. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child’s breastfeeding, sleep habits, toilet training, table manners, and overall behavior.

Enjoy it because it will be the last time in your life you will have all the answers.

Lesson 3
A really good way to discover how the nights might feel…

1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly. (Eat cold food with one hand for dinner)
2. At 10PM, put the bag gently down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep.
3. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until 1AM.
4. Set the alarm for 3AM.
5. As you can’t get back to sleep, get up at 2AM and make a drink and watch an infomercial.
6. Go to bed at 2:45AM.
7. Get up at 3AM when the alarm goes off.
8. Sing songs quietly in the dark until 4AM.
9. Get up. Make breakfast. Get ready for work and go to work (work hard and be productive)

Repeat steps 1-9 each night. Keep this up for 3-5 years. Look cheerful and together.

Lesson 4
Can you stand the mess children make? To find out…

1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains
2. Hide a piece of raw chicken behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.
3. Stick your fingers in the flower bed.
4. Then rub them o n the clean walls.
5. Take your favorite book, photo album, etc. Wreck it.
6. Spill milk on your new pillows. Cover the stains with crayons.
How does that look?

Lesson 5
Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems.

1. Buy an octopus and a small bag made out of loose mesh.
2. Attempt to put the octopus into the bag so that none of the arms hang out. Time allowed for this – all morning.

Lesson 6
Forget the BMW and buy a mini-van.
And don’t think that you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don’t look like that.

1. Buy a chocolate ate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there.
2. Get a dime. Stick it in the CD player.
3. Take a family size package of chocolate cookies. Mash them into the back seat. Sprinkle cheerios all over the floor, then smash them with your foot.
4. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.

Lesson 7
Go to the local grocery store. Take with you the closest thing you can find to a pre-school child. (A full-grown goat is an excellent choice).
If you intend to have more than one child, then definitely take more than one goat.

Buy your week’s groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys. Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.

Lesson 8

1. Hollow out a melon.
2. Make a small hole in the side.
3. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side.
4. Now get a bowl of soggy Cheerios and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon by pretending to be an airplane.
5. Continue until half the Cheerios are gone.
6. Tip half into your lap. The other half, just throw up in the air.You are now ready to feed a nine- month-old baby.

Lesson 9
Learn the names of every character from Sesame Street , Barney, Disney, the Teletubbies, and Pokemon. Watch nothing else on TV but PBS, the Disney channel or Noggin for at least five years. (I know, you’re thinking What’s ‘Noggin’?) Exactly the point.

Lesson 10
Make a recording of Fran Drescher saying ‘mommy’ repeatedly. (Important: no more than a four second delay between each ‘mommy’; occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet is required). Play this tape in your car everywhere you go for the next four years. You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.

Lesson 11
Start talking to an adult of your choice.. Have someone else continually tug on your skirt hem, shirt- sleeve, or elbow while playing the ‘mommy’ tape made from Lesson 10 above. You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.

(Taken from this blog)

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Cased Mr & Mrs

Posted: May 15, 2008 in Uncategorized

This is a card that I made using this card by Natasha over at Palmtreese and Pogosticks as my inspiration.

I used Artylicious background papers printed onto pink vellum. I attached it to the card using four metallic red brads, then stuck burgundy sating ribbon across the card. I then put the Mr & Mrs oval in place. As I don’t have any Papertrey stamps, I used my PC to create the words.

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Acetate Shoe

Posted: May 13, 2008 in Uncategorized
This is a very simple card. The image is printed once on card and then again on acetate. By making the card image slightly narrower, when you overlay the acetate image on top, it bows to make a 3D image effect.

Looks stunning IRL!!
I have tried to take a photo of the detail at an angle where you can see what I am trying to say.

Trust me, it looks great!

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Hugs & Fishes

Posted: May 11, 2008 in Uncategorized

Another card using my Pink Petticoat images from the Best Fishes range.

These images are available either as a download or on a CD and are spectacular value for money in my opinion. Hop over to their website and check them all out.

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Fishing You

Posted: May 9, 2008 in Uncategorized

Pink Petticoat have just released some great image stamps for you to print and colour. This set is called Best Fishes and features six different images, with or without a sentiment.

I like using mine with the sentiment as, first of all, I can never think of anything original, and secondly they are usually puns (Fishing You/Missing You) which I love.

You can’t tell from this image (I really must get/make myself a light studio) but I have added copious amounts of Stickles glitter glue as I just LOVE it! You can never have enough glitter in my opinion…

(Maybe I should change my signature from “Thanks for stopping by” to “A girl can never have enough glitter”.) After all, I never consider an image ‘finished’ until I’ve put glitter on it…

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Pins and Watermarks

Posted: May 7, 2008 in Uncategorized


I made this card a while back now, thought I had posted it but hadn’t. I probably thought there wasn’t much point in posting it as it was very similar to a couple of other cards I had done, but I’m a bit thin on the ground post wise, so I’m posting it now none the less.

I have seen people using very elaborate pins on their cards and being the jealous loon that I am, I also wanted to use a pin… but I haven’t got any. Then my mum sent me one of those wheels of pins with the coloured balls on the end of the pins – you know the type? All of them gold. So when I made this card and tied the ribbon in a knot, I put a pin through the knot and I was very happy with the result (even though you can’t see it very well in this photo LOL!!)

I also spent an entire WEEK. A week!! Not an afternoon, or a couple of mornings – A WEEK, trying to make my own watermark. I followed some pretty simple instructions on how to do it and hey presto! I managed it… ONCE. Now I can’t fathom how to do it again, so I have given up on the whole watermark phase. When I have some spare cash/time I will either pay someone else to do it… or find the time to sit down quietly to teach myself how to do it (again). In the meantime, this is the only card project I have that actually has my watermark on it!!

I use Adobe Photoshop Album 2 to edit my photos (OMG I can hear you all saying, no wonder!!), but I can’t afford expensive photo editing software at the moment, especially at my level, and as far as I can see there is no button or thingamajig to actually let me add a watermark if I had one anyway. So until I get a better software programme, PC, camera and the whole nine yards, I’ll just have to run the risk of someone thinking that my work is worth stealing in the first place (the words chance and slim are springing to mind)…

When I gave this card to the girl who had asked me for it, she took the pin out and said she couldn’t send it through the post otherwise…

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