Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Kitty on the keyboard.

Sorry to disappoint, but kitty (Gabby) does not play the piano.  The keyboard I refer to is the one she sits beside every nite (or day) when I'm on the computer.  Her spot is to the left of the keyboard and usually on top of whatever I'm working on at the moment.  That's HER spot and don't try and move her!  Most nites she stretches out with her head hanging over the edge of the desktop and every once in a while she'll reach out a paw to touch me -- I guess she's making sure I stay there.  I don't know, I don't speak CAT.  I listen to her rumbling purr as it vibrates my desktop -- YES, she's that loud!  So here's the silly thing in her spot.  I just thought you'd get a kick out of it - no other reason.

Now I know she looks a little evil in these pictures, but for the most part, she's very docile.  But on occasion, she just does not want to be bothered.  She gets this strange look in her eyes and the ears turn just the slightest bit.  That's when you know it's coming -- the growl.  Yep!  She actually growls and if you don't back off, she'll bite!  She's gotten better the more she gets to know us, so I just send her on her way when she gets in that mood.  She's female!  She has a right to be moody!  Right?

Ciao for now!  I hope to have a real post soon.  I've been soooo busy getting ready for the West Springfield Stamp Show because I'm going as a vendor this year.  Yep!  I'm taking my little bow making invention with me and will be posting it on my blog very soon with all the deets and lots of pictures. 
Ciao Bella!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Not so macho masculine cards...

Well hi there!  Welcome to Sparkle n Sprinkle's May Blog Hop.  To start at the beginning, please go to Sparkle N Sprinkle's home page for this hop.  If you've just arrived from Joan's blog, then you're in the right place.

I think most of us agree that masculine cards can be, well, challenging.  I know I have to take a step back when creating masculine cards, but with these great images from Sparkle N Sprinkle, it's so easy. My first card, while incorporating LOTS of glitter, is definitely on the right track.  This image is part of one of several Stained Glass sets aptly named Sailboat.  While the colors are bright and sunny, it still evokes that masculine touch, don't you think?  If you've never done the stained glass look with glitter, take a closer look at this card.  Simply stamping on acetate with Staz-On ink, then "coloring" in the back side with Brushable Glue and different glitters will give you this stunning effect.  Sponging on yellow and orange inks to the card front keep the sunny theme going.  I tied it up in a  neat little package with a wave die and scallop oval die.

And the next card is quite opposite in its color and feel. But what Dad, hubby, boyfriend, etc. wouldn't be pleased with the sentiment alone on this next card!  Using images from several new music sets here, simple embossing with black detail EP  completes this look.  Red mirror card stock gives it the bling.

And now for the fun part!  If you leave a comment on my blog, I will be giving away one of the glitters in the Sailboat card above.  This is one of my favorite glitters (not true -- I love them all!) called Autumn Medley.  Once you've left your comment then you'll definitely want to hop on over to Barb's blog to see what great surprises she has in store for you.  Good luck to all and thanks for dropping by!
Ciao for now.
Ciao Bella!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The slumber party...

Whew!  I really had to squeak this one in on a tight time budget.  So, if you've read the previous post regarding my granddaughter's request for invitations to her slumber party, here's my rushed attempt to appease her.  Of course, a quick phone call to her Mom to confirm a few things, had me changing it up a bit.  But my little one called me and when I told her about (some) the changes, she was perfectly fine with it -- even the fact that there were no feathers (sadly!) for the card.  I really wanted to get out and get some and stick them on the card front, but as I mentioned above - my timeline is rather constrained these days.

So without further ado, here's what's going out to her friends.  Did I tell you one of the things her mother said was NOT 9 invitations!  Are you crazy?  Mom reduced it to 5 and I was not going to be the one to tell my granddaughter - let her mother bear the brunt of her fury (lol)!

Lexi sat with me while I grabbed some photos off the web and these are the ones that 
she approved. The only thing stamped on this card is the musical notes!  Shame on me!

Here's the unimaginative inside.  I've blocked her home addy
 because, sadly, it's just a crazy world we live in these days.

One of the other instructions from Mom was TAKE OUT THE POOL PARTY on the list!  Instead, my ever inventive grandchild said they'd all pile in the bathtub and splash around.  I can't imagine why Mom wouldn't want to go along with that one (NOT!).  

All I know is that I may have to fly to Outer Mongolia the night of her bash just in case they ask for reinforcements.  Mongolia is far, isn't it?  Is it far enough, though!
Ciao for now!  Just thought you'd enjoy the results.
Ciao Bella!