Friday, February 27, 2009

Etsy Inspired Blog Hop Plus...

Just a quick note -

Somehow I missed this until last night, but there's going to be a big event tomorrow called Hop with the Etsy Inspired Eight over at PaperCraft Planet. Read about it on Ashley's blog here.

It sounds like it'll be a blast and since a lot of the peeps involved are fellow Unity addicts, I'm guessing there will be some Unity projects showing up. There will be challenges and prizes. Definitely check it out. I know I'll be there, even though I'll be working on homework and Swap-bot stuff while trying to chat, so I might be AFK a lot.

Amazing Hip Hop!!

Yesterday was the most amazing Hip Hop for me. Apparently it was my lucky day. It started off right at noon when the doorbell rang. It was the postman bringing my order from a couple weeks ago and my Rubber Rack!! Woohoo!! It is awesome. So was the new rubbah to ink up and play with.

Then I won two post number giveaways: Whateva! from Christi for post #1550 and Big Boy from Maren for post #3808. That was fabulous enough, but just before I was about to head off for bed, Jimmi came back on. She'd forgotten to announce the last challenge winner. It was ME!!!! Once I was done squealing and bouncing off the walls, I think you could've knocked me over with a feather. I won the This is the Time miniature set.

This is the card that won. I completed it for last weekend's VSN Sketch a Little Love challenge. It's the first time any of my cards have won, so I'm beyond thrilled.

The other card I have to post today is one that I had a ton of fun making. Among the stamps that arrived yesterday was January's Kit of the Month "love, etc." Yup, I finally got my hands on Petey, the peacock! This little gem was designed by the wonderful Lindsay Spencer. One of yesterday's challenges was called Blue Skies are Shining at Unity and it was to "Make a card or project using Unity stamps using the color Light Blue."

I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. I totally adore this stamp. It was fun working with the Nestabilities, too. I just need to get an embossing pad so I can get that part right.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

New blog for school stuff

I don't know how many people know, but I'm attending college. Yup, I'm just that crazy. I'm only taking two classes this semester, but both are pretty intensive. For one of them, we were given the assignment to create and maintain a blog. Unfortunately, current blogs didn't count, so I put up another entitled "What do you mean I have homework???" You can find it here. I'm not exactly sure what I'll be posting there, other than assignments for CAT 111 - Digital Design Foundation. I may keep it up and running once the semester ends to use specifically for anything else college related.

My other class is CAT 113 - Intro to Graphic Arts, so I'll likely have a few projects to post from that class, as well as some of last semester's Drawing 1 and Colour projects. It's always helpful to get some outside feedback.

No pics today, but I do have a link for a great blog here: Handstamped by Lacey. She's celebrating 50,000 web hits with some blog candy. Check out her blog. She's got some really nice projects with great close-up photographs and details of what supplies she used where. I've subscribed to her feed so I can keep up with her.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Yup, It's That Time Again....

Happy Hip Hop Hangover!!!!! Wowie, did we have fun again yesterday! My computer kept glitching out on me, so I missed a lot, but while I was there, it was a blast.

Before I forget, there's a new blinkie on the right side of my blog. Unity Stamp Company is hosting a World Record Blog Hop on March 28. Info is linked both here and in the blinkie. Be there or be square.

There was only one new release yesterday, but it was a doozie! Ladies and gents, by the one and only Tanis Giesbrechts, it's You're a Star!!!!!
DD#2 was having a crisis, so I managed but one card. I'm fairly pleased with how it turned out. I have no idea what the pretty patterned paper is, as it was from another SCS'er, Jan(aka tweetybugshouse), but I used it for the scalloped circle and the paper piecing on the flower, which is also stamped and embossed. I think it went really well with the big Scrappy Flower. The stem is coloured with Copic markers. The circle and scalloped circle were both cut with Spellbinder nestibilities. I did ink the edge of the circle with Lime Pastel Colorbox Chalk ink.
As for DD#2's crisis, she's 12. There is always a crisis of some sort when you're twelve years old. That child is going to be the death of me. It's a darned good thing I love her. chuckle

She really is a good kid. I have to take a moment for a mommy-brag. For the 7th straight nine-week period (actually, it may be more than that, but my memory lags and I can only remember back to the beginning of 6th grade for sure...too many report cards with 5 kids and my own to keep track of, particularly when 2 of the kids are having trouble - but back to Miss HL) darling sweetheart of a child has gotten straight As. She's in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, so she works for these As. I am very, very proud of her.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

5 Reasons to Get Rid of Your Skinny Jeans

I read the following article on Spark People. It really kind of hit home, particularly after reading this post on the blog Kataroo's Kitchen. For anyone who has ever had body issues, it's a must read.

5 Reasons to Get Rid of Your Skinny Jeans

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Duff Cake

I've mentioned to a couple people about the interesting thing that happened at our house about a week ago. The spousal unit got home and called me into the kitchen. He had something to show me.

He is currently the Superintendent Commander Support Staff - don't ask me why there are no prepositions in that title. In any case, as such, he had attended a promotion ceremony. One of the guys was promoted from captain to lieutenant colonel. That's a fairly big deal.

There was a party. Somebody splurged big time. I don't know who bought it, but the recipient was going to throw the rest away!! WHAT?????

So the spousal unit got to bring home a little surprise for us. When I went into the kitchen, there was a huge display platter with most of a three-layer bottom tier sitting on it. My jaw nearly dropped through the floor. Hannah was the first of the kids to realize what it was. She was giddy! We, of course, are huge fans of the show, and she just shouted "Ace of Cakes!!!"

Yes, Hannah, there is a Santa Claus Chef Duff, and we have one of his cakes. Okay, part of one of his cakes, but I'll take it!! I've missed him every time he's been at HCAT (the culinary school I was attending) so this is particularly awesome for me.

Now, without further ado, the pictures. It was originally in the shape of a full military helmet.

Oh, and yes, as the following picture will attest, it was flat out delicious. Moist and chocolaty and just plain GOOD. Even the fondant was good. It tasted somewhat like marshmallows.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Hippity Hoppity, I've got a Hangover!

Wowie did we have fun yesterday!! Angela was back on Hip Hop! She has some great specials running through today at the Unity Stamp Company. They're listed on her blog, so go check 'em out! You won't be sorry.

I've only got one little ATC to show so far today. I have a couple backlogged Swap-bot items that I absolutely MUST finish and they're to be painted. Once I'm happy with them, I'll blog about them, but right now, I'm still not thrilled, so they shall have to wait.

This one is kinda cute, though, I think. This week's Unity Addicts Challenge was to come up with a tiny Valentine with the following description: "one image, bright and colorful, Valentine-ish sentiment." I forgot the bright and colourful part. Oops?

Both the trees and the sentiment are from the September Kit of the Month: Friendship. Love. Miracles. The DP is from Memory Box's Sugardrop line. I used Brilliance ink in Pearlescent Orchid, Rocket Red and Pearlescent Rust. I also used Copic markers and Judikins Clear Detail embossing powder. In retrospect, I should have used the Rocket Red for the sentiment and left out the Orchid altogether.

That's all from me for now. Come back tomorrow and I'll have pics of the Chef Duff cake...

Valentine's Blog Candy at Scrap-Creations

Another blog candy opportunity! Kristen at Scrap-Creations is giving away some Basic Grey paper, a Martha Stewart punch and some cupcake stamps here. She will announce the winner on Valentine's Day.

Hmm...I don't see any Unity on her blog so far. Methinks she should be introduced!

Friday, February 06, 2009

I woke up this morning with a screaming headache. Instead of getting up early and posting here, bed and massive amounts of ibuprofen were the order of the day. The headache is subsiding somewhat, but I think another dose will be following as soon as it is safe to do so.

There was a discussion last night about gift card holders. I mentioned that I'd recently made one, but hadn't gotten a photo. That wasn't quite right. I forgot to take a photo before leaving the house. The spousal unit came to the rescue and took two photos, one of the inside and one of the out, while we were picking up a couple things on the way to the post office. He used his cell phone, hence the quality, or lack thereof, of the photographs. I am not complaining! I'm glad he was able to get them for me.

So, I don't remember where I found the link originally, but the tutorial for the gift card is here on the Hero Club blog.

The peeking snowman stamp I used on the front is from Impression Obsession. He came from a class I took at my local stamp shop, and is painted with Twinkling H2Os. The background of the card is Unity Stamp Company's Royal Day stamped with a green cat's eye chalk ink, so that the effect would be subtle. Unfortunately, due to the quality of the photo, you can't really see it at all.
Inside the card, I stamped the cute little mittens from Unity's December Kit of the Month with Ranger Distress Ink in Fired Brick. I slid in a gift card to Starbucks and I had the perfect little gift! I will be making many more of these throughout the year. They're really very easy and I think they're darling. Now that I have my first Nesties, I can emboss the circle or oval in the centre, too.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Blog Exposure Swap

Hi Everyone. I've mentioned Swap-bot a couple times before. Well, today I'm taking part in a Blog Exposure swap. Each of us has five partners to whom we send the link to our blogs. The intent is to gain each of us new readers and, more importantly in my opinion, to give each of us something new to read.

For the record, we do not necessarily send to the same people we receive links from. These are the links I received and some random impressions. - There doesn't seem to be a lot written yet, but what there is, I've quite enjoyed. - So far I'm giggling at her Random Facts. The poor dear just broke her first bone (her nose!) and I feel so bad! I've never officially broken anything, though there have been two instances where it has been questionable. But her poor nose! All I can think is "OUCH!!"

The next one I visited was OMG, it's a stamping blog! With blog candy, no less!! How have I missed this one before? She also has a more general blog here.

The last one I've received so far is I found a cookie recipe there. I'm a happy girl.

My last partner has not sent yet, but I'm sure I will get that link soon. I am looking forward to seeing what it may be. Now it is my turn to pass along my blog link to the people I am to send to. I wanted to write this first in case anyone wanted to check out my other partners' blogs too. Little warning, though - you might just get sucked into reading for a couple hours. But that's the point, isn't it?