A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Feel free to join in, use the acronym, and use up your NBUS too! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!
July 31, 2012
July 30, 2012
And speaking of fun, I'm playing with the always fabulous Retrosketches.
So here are my cards. First, the non-coffee card.
Here are my two coffee and crumb cake cards:
July 29, 2012
About 1/2 cup slivered fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced or pressed
About 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1 can (15 oz.) white (Cannellini) beans, drained and rinsed
8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, drained and cut into cubes (1/2 in.)
About 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Core and dice tomatoes. In a 4- to 5-quart pan, combine tomatoes, basil, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper to taste. Let stand until tomatoes are very juicy, at least 15 minutes.
- Set the pan over medium-low heat and gently stir in beans. Stir occasionally until mixture is warm to touch, about 5 minutes.
- Add mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Gently stir just until the mozzarella has softened and starts to melt into strings, 2 to 3 minutes. Taste and stir in more salt if desired. Spoon stew into shallow bowls and top each serving with a sprinkling of more basil and parmesan cheese.
July 28, 2012
Yet another favorite clean and simple challenge blog I love to participlate in is CAS-ual Fridays. This week (CFC63) the challenge is:
And my card:
July 27, 2012
July 26, 2012
My heart was in the challenge, but my Original Creative Thought was low on batteries, so when that happens, I create literally. Here is the design sketch:
When Dan was little he used to say, "I did it on accident." Not "by accident," the way adults say it. He knew that things were done "on purpose," so it only made sense to him that the reverse of that would be "on accident." I didn't have the heart to correct him because, frankly, it made sense to me, too, and I've said "on accident" ever since.
You remember how Mister built me clever collapsible structures out of PFC pipe so I could hang sheets over my hydrangea bushes on hot days? Then a nice follower said she just puts small garden umbrellas over hers. Oh, snap! So that's what I do now.
It's a lot easier and a lot more colorful than my old beige sheets, but we have a lot of hot days and I'm starting to ask myself if they're worth it, considering they have to spend almost the entire summer covered up, so they don't shrivel up and burn. And they're located in the shadiest part of the yard, so moving them is not an option. Sigh.
It looks like I'm hiding tiny naked sunbathers from the neighbor's prying eyes! Which, okay, I find rather amusing.
Enjoy your day! As always, thank you for stopping by to visit. Special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower or leave a comment!
Paper: PTI brown; unknown beige; vellum
Stamps: Penny Black, with both xes for
kisses and oes for hugs, but I just used
the kisses part (169UL); chocolate
chip: Stamps by Judith
Ink: SU chocolate chip; Marvy marker
Nesties scalloped circle die
Dotted swiss embossing folder
Unknown heart brad, baker's twine
July 25, 2012
On my workdesk this week I'm working on making journals.
It's a play day today. I'm taking my LTBFF out to lunch for her benchmark birthday and to see the new Meryl Streep comedy, "Hope Springs." Hmmm, well, okay, not. I just checked the movie listings and that movie doesn't open until August 10th. Bummer.
How the word "benchmark" came to be was that in 1904 there were these three lads playing tag in the park. Every time a game was over, the winner would go to the nearest bench and make a mark with his jack knife. The youngest, I forget his name, got so excited when he won, that he didn't even notice the old lady sitting there on the bench. She was appalled at their defacing the park benches, so she snapped him up, threw him over her knee, and gave him a good spanking. As she set him upright, she snapped, "There! That's a bench mark you'll not soon forget!"
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Paper: SU white, black, poppy parade
July 23, 2012
1. CAS-ual Fridays (CFC62)
And my card:
One of my cards, from Henry, featuring my favorite froggies:
One of Papa's cards, from Adam. With no example or advice from me, he made this card out of buttons laid on the card in the shape of a motorcycle!
Seriously, that's some clever card or I ain't his grandma!
Five minutes later, they were fighting over Legos. But for a few minutes there it was like choreographed twin magic.
I'd like you to meet the very talented Tracy of Created by Tracy who is the latest inspiring artist to join our party! Thank you, Tracy, and welcome!
Enjoy! As always, thank you for stopping by for a visit. Special thanks to you if you take a moment to join as a follower or leave a comment!
Paper: PTI black, SU poppy parade, white
Stamps: Hero ArtsFrancy Dresses Fancy
Notes LL854; sentiment unknown
Ink: PTI black; Imprintz white embossing powder
Tools: SU paper piercing tool; PTI angled lable
die and Cuttlebug
Accessories: Marvy tiny punches: flower, leaves;
Copic fine black writer; bling unknown; pop dots
July 20, 2012
The two challenges:
Here is my card, followed by my little inspiration:
I was on the phone with one of my sisters, when out of the Playhouse window I saw this little squirrel pop up on the fence from my neighbor's yard with something rather large in his mouth. He ran along, turned the corner, and stopped in the shade of our Japanese maple to chow down on whatever it was. This went on again and again and again.
I probably won't be back until Monday. We are happily having the twins for a sleepover this weekend, along with the grand Duke. I was at Wally World this morning and picked up a Dr. Suess "Green Eggs and Ham" movie for them 'cause they liked the book a month ago. How things change in a month. I forgot that they can read now and one of the little smartie-pants read that it said "ages 4+." When I, excited, presented it to them for their viewing pleasure, I was told, basically, this: "Well, I'm so sure, Bama, we are NOT watching that BABY movie!"
The Pink Panther cartoon is being played, in lieu. Henry, in stitches:
Don't tell their parents!
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