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Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Special Beady Gift for Mo

I have this cute friend. She's a cyber friend. We've never met in person but we've emailed back and forth. We both have 5 yr old kids (she has a daughter, I have a son). And we are both paper crafters. I think her specialty is scrapbook layouts but she can make anything. I love her creations. They are wonderful! Anyway, she's going through a rough time right now.  A couple months ago she was diagnosed with what they thought was Stage-4 (can-you-hear-death-knocking) cancer.  Thank the heavens above it turned out to be only Stage-3, but still... C-A-N-C-E-R.  I think I had 4 different people tell me that they or their loved ones were diagnosed with cancer in one week's time. 

Ok... back to Mo. (Hiya Girlie!Smiley from millan.net) Well, that's my name for her. Her real name is Monique. I gave her the nickname Mo. Didn't really ask her permission about it. It just sorta slipped out and, well, for me it stuck.  (Hope that is ok Mo.Smiley from millan.net)   So she got through her first round of chemo like a true champ. She had her ups and downs but overall her attitude is really great. And the results were really good. Her doctors are very happy with what they found after the first round.Smiley from millan.net She's now moved on to a new chemo. At first it was great - she wasn't sick like she had been with the previous chemo. But now she's been dealing with achy muscles, low energy, etc. Smiley from millan.netThank goodness she has lots of friends and family near her that are helping her out, which is so great.  I live about 500 miles away so I'm not able to do that otherwise she'd probably be sick of the site of me.

Anyway, I've been wanting to put a little something together for her and send it off to her to let her know I'm thinking of her. I've been sending her emails but sometimes it's just so much better to receive something in the mail, ya know what I mean?  Somehow it's taken me two months to finally make the time to do it. Yup, A#1 worst friend on the planet. Sorry. I've just been so busy with getting my son mainstreamed and taking care of getting his school district edu-muh-cated on how to change the batteries on his processors, what CIs are, what his needs are, etc, etc, etc.... I just kept putting my crafting projects off until "tomorrow."

Well, today was the day.  As soon as my son was off to school I took care of a few household chores and then got to work. I cut down the acrylic to fit the sticky notes, bound it together and then decorated it using some 1/2" and 1/4" super sticky double-stick tape and some microbeads and glitter.  The beads are nice to use on their own but there are always some open spaces between the beads that makes it look like somethings missing so I rubbed in a bit of fine glitter and -- ta da! -- it's done.

Then I filled the barrel of a pen with the same beads and glitter so it would match and added a simple bead treatment to the inside and outside of the card so the three items would all coordinate.Smiley from millan.net

Easy peasy!   So, why on earth did it take me so long to do this. Sheeesh!  So sorry Mo!
Well, I hope you all don't procrastinate like I did when you have a loved one that you care about and you want to send a special something to let them know you're thinking of them.
Have a great night!  I'm off to vacuum up glitter off my carpet. Smiley from millan.net I dropped the tube when I was cleaning up. Smiley from millan.net That's me... the scatter-brained clutz.

  • Adhesive: Tape -on acrylic and inside of card:  O'So Sticky Tape (Pennywise Arts), Glue - on outside of card: Sure Tac (PennywiseArts)
  • Beads: Fuschia (They came from a company that has gone out of business, but you might be able to find some at PennywiseArts, or Martha Stewart)
  • Glitter: Tourmaline (Martha Stewart)
  • Cardstock:  Raspberry Fizz (PaperTreyInk), White (Georgia Pacific)
  • Other: Glaze (Ranger) , Bind-It-All and black O-wire (3/8"), Face of card was computer generated in PSE,black Sharpie, Ribbon (Michael's), Post-It 3x3 notepad.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date!

[Edit: if you were here earlier you may notice that I've updated the pictures. :) ]

Yesterday was the WaltzingMouse Stamps blog waltz. I almost got my creation completed but there were just too many distractions.

So, better late than never, here are some pics of the creation I made using some new stampy goodness and some of my old ones too.

My niece liked the banner I created last year for Halloween and said she'd love to have one too. (For those that are interested on size, the window that this banner hangs against is six feet wide.)

Well, how can I possibly turn down a request like that?

The theme for the WMS waltz was Shabby/Vintage, so I 'dusted' the black edges with a cream ink pad.
I also used the same cream ink to stamp the images on the accordion rosettes which I created with my new Lacy Circle Nestabilities. I also spritzed the rosettes with a shimmer mist to add a bit more bling.

The letters were cut from a white glitter paper and then I rubbed some Antique Linen ink to age the whiteness. Then used brown ink around the edges too. Then I mounted the letters on Kraft cardstock before adding some Stickles to the edges.Some of the patterned papers didn't have any glitter on them so I did a little stickle-action to those as well.

I crickled and inked the wording piece before sewing them in place across the top of each pennant piece .

Each pennant piece hangs from a wide piece of ribbon so that she can slide them as close or as far apart as necessary to fit the place where she chooses to hang it.(She tends to move from house to house so I wanted this to be compatible with more than one home.)

I know it's a little early to start hanging Halloween decor but I hope to be able to take this to her this weekend and maybe get a pic of how it will look in her gorgeous new home!
Thanks for letting me share even if it's a bit late for the waltz. Have a great day!

  • Stamps: Midnight FeastHalloween Party (WaltzingMouse Stamps)
  • Ink: Antique Linen (Ranger), Chestnut Roan (Colorbok)
  • Cardstock: Black (@Office - Walmart), White (Georgia Pacific)
  • Patterned Paper: Halloween (K & Co.)
  • Die: Lacy Circles (Spellbinders)
  • Fonts: Printed font (Addams), Cut font (Storybook)
  • Other: Orange Spider/web ribbon (Walmart), black ribbon (Joann's), buttons (   ), Eyelets and Crop-o-Dile (We R Memory Keepers), Shimmer Mist (Tsukineko), cream thread, sewing machine, Cuttlebug, Stickles, Cricut machine, SCAL2.