Saturday, October 31, 2009
This is our neighbor's house about 2 blocks down. Every year, they work the entire month of October, setting up a Halloween display. It really is a haunted house. They call it "The Family Plot". They have a script and several family members and friends help with the theatrics. Usually, within 24 hours, you would never know that anything was in the yard...and they never charge a dime to get in.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I can't believe that today is day 300 of Project 365. Only 65 more days to go. I have taken a picture everyday this year...and journaled about it, too. Today, was my birthday. I got lots of great gifts, but I chose this picture with my red roses that Jim sent me. I was surprised, because I already had my birthday presents. They smell wonderful! Thanks, Jim!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
...And 100! Yes, I have made 100 of these treats for Jim to take to work for Trick or Treat on friday. What was I thinking...! Anyway, they are made from cardstock and ribbon and hold a fun size candy bar. You can watch a video of how to make them from this website. mychicnscratch.com It is the Batty For You video. I changed mine alittle. I used the Martha Stewart Drippy Goo Punch instead of the scallop punch. The stamp is one I had gotten at Hobby Lobby a very long time ago. I needed an image that fit in the 1" circle punch.
Got a call this morning before work....Dad had gone to the hospital coughing up blood. So I had to go check on him and see what was happening. I looked out his hospital room window and saw my picture of the day! The church on the corner sells pumpkins and gourds. I loved getting a birds eye view of the pumpkins, lagoon and even a school bus on the street!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I have been working on my January Calendar page for a swap that I am in. I also have to do the month of June (that will be posted later). I used Cuttin Up for the lettering. I pushed it around in Design Studio, so it would fit at the top of the calendar paper. All of the paper came from Hobby Lobby. I had some of the paper at home and went to buy the rest of it and it was all in the clearance section. I missed seeing it at first, but I went back and dug a little deeper in the racks and found it! I used my scalloped circle nesties, too. I cuttlebugged the letters with the snow flake folder. I also sprayed the layout with the shimmer mist I made with the alochol and shimmer ink from Stampin' Up...love that stuff. (guess you can see the yellow flowers...those are going on the June page!)
The sun was actually out today! I watched this squirrel in our back yard. He was really working hard, I thought, burying something, but I think in the end he was digging something up. He didn't seem to mind me watching him. I was trying to get as close as I could for the picture. This whole project has me taking pictures of things I have never photographed before....is that good or bad? (Don't even ask my family!! lol)
I forgot to take a picture at the spa of me and Stacie, so you will have to look at my pretty toes and hands. They are so very soft right now. I have had pedicures and manicures before, but this time, we went to a different spa and we had a parifin wax on our hands and feet. We dipped into the wax 3 times and they wrapped us up in a plastic bag and let us set for about 15 minutes. It felt really weird! But good at the same time. Thanks John and Stacie!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I drove around the park and took pics of the Pumpkin People. During the month of October, the park district puts Pumpkin People or scarecrows in the flower beds in the park. This one is over by the lagoon. There are 3 different people in this flower bed. They all are painted differently and have different "clothes" on.
I was on my way to Parkside to ride the "wheels of death" and I looked over to my right...and there was a huge snow pile. It was behind the arena in the park. That is the result of the zamboni cleaning up the ice in the skating rink. I thought it looked funny next to the green grass in the middle of October!
Today was Columbus Day, so I had the day off work. I didn't get as much accomplished as I had hoped to, never do. However, I did spend the evening at Nikki's creating Christmas cards! Nikki always has such awesome cards. We made 5 different cards....4 of each card for 20 cards. So, I am offically started making my Christmas cards. Here are close up pics of each card. We used the new Stampin' Up shimmer ink mixed in a spray bottle with alcohol. It is really pretty ... but you can't see it in the pictures!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
This is my card for the November card swap with the Chirpin' Chicks. We were supposed to make a Winter or Christmas card. Since I give a lot of gift cards....I made a gift card holder. If you pull on the tab (Stampin' Up punch) on the side...the gift card is attached to that piece of card stock. I used the slit punch to make the slots to hold the gift card in place. The holder is made using the Sizzix embossing set...Christmas. I embossed the Coordinations paper and sanded the top, put some stickles on the "snow" and added a clear snowflake where the large star is on the image. I cut an oval scalloped grey nestie and doodled around the edge. The ribbon came from Hobby Lobby. The envelop measures 6 1/2 x 3 1/2. I embossed the outter left corner with the Merry Christmas from the same embossing set.
I made two Boss's Day cards...yes, I have two...principal and superintendent. Anyway, I colored the house mouse image with the Magic Colored Pencil Technique. Cut them out with oval nesties and then the black with the scalloped nesties. I doodled around the edges. The paper all came from my scrap box...except the base. The ribbon and charm is from Hobby Lobby. I pop dotted the image and used the spiral punch on the notebook type paper. This card is a pedestal card. When you open it...it will stand up. Youtube has a video if you would like to see how it is made. My card measures 6" x 4 1/2". I made it to fit the envelopes that I had.
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Stan, Happy Birthday to you! Stan's birthday was today. We got him a Stanley Cup Penguin's hat and a Steak 'n Shake gift card! He put the hat right on his head and the gift card in his pocket. Cindy made his birthday card...hockey of course!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The cards pictured above were made by the Chirpin' Chicks. We traded fall cards this month at Camille's. Thanks for another great month of awesome cards! I am posting a close up picture of each card with the artist's name below. It is really hard to pick a favorite...today I would pick Becky's, but any other day I might choose someone else! Great Job to all those who participated!