Monday, March 29, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I'm going to attempt to post two cards tonight.
The first is just a card that I made for a friend of ours that is having a birthday on Saturday. The stamps are Inkadinkado, that I purchased at O'Dear's. The ink is Tim Holtz's Distress Ink, Black Soot. Other than that, I used a cuttlebug embossing folder, a nestie, and a scrap of ribbon. Since I have been unable to 'blurf' and check out challenges, I am not entering this anyplace.
The next card was made for Heather's challenge over in the land of Oz! Again, I couldn't actually look for challenges this week, but this one came to my in box, so I followed it home! It's a sketch challenge... I used TAC's Wonder and Joy set, and some scraps from my paper bins that are also TAC. The sweet little gal's dress was paper pieced and I dotted the lace with my glitter pen.
Thanks for stopping by, and for continuing to leave such kind words, even though I can't return the favor! I promise that I will make it up to all of you! I will be SUCH a pest when I get a computer!!!
Hugs to all - see you soon!
So, update! I took Flake to the groomer yesterday, and they were like a well oiled Trauma team in the ER. There was NO dallying, they took her in immediately and went to work on making her pretty again. A few hours later, I can say that this was the best $33 that we ever spent! I wouldn't wish this experience on anyone, and will never take it lightly again!
Lol..., my friend Shirley and I had to pick up some things that I had ordered, and we did that yesterday. At the end of the day, Shirley very quietly told me that I smelled better than I had earlier that day! OMG, I was so embarrassed! I didn't even know that I stunk! I'd gotten out of the shower, dried my hair, put on clean clothes, used rubber gloves to touch dog's collar to attach leash, and stayed completely away from her. I opened ALL windows and the sunroof on the car on our drive to the groomer, and we took Shirley's car on our trip. Sheesh..... skunks are N*A*S*T*Y*!!!!!!!!!!!
Well, that's all for now. It's taken this old IBM almost one hour to let me get this typed. I've had all the fun I can stand for now! I'll be back soon!
Have a wonderful day, dear friends!!!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
If I can get this computer to work later, I will update you all - I'm sure you are just SO anxious to hear the outcome of this story!
Hugs to all. New computer due in no later than April 13th. DH will take the new one, and I can then get his laptop! Wahoo!!! I'm so excited...
Monday, March 22, 2010
I'm at least 'funcional' for a while. DD had an old IBM that she told me to try using while my machine is ka-put. It gets very hot very quick, so this will probably be very short.
It's another Magical Monday at There's Magic in the Air with Paper Cupcakes!
Olga Jewell is our hostess this week. She challenges us to: 1, 2, 3, Create! We are to use:
1 Acquired Paper Cupcakes Image, 2 Ribbons, and 3 buttons on our projects.
Since I couldn't participate last week, I used the image from last week's challenge, AND I used Kim's challenge of a non-traditional card, AND Olga's challenge for this week!
I was looking at the Scrap and Stamp Arts magazine last week, and saw this concept for a card. You cut about 2 5/8" of your card front to the fold line. The top half is then glued to the card back, and the bottom half swings open and shut. I thought it was a cute idea!
All coloring is done with colored pencils and LOMS. The DP is TAC's "More Mimi".
I apologize for the quality of the photos - the color is just awful on this screen, so I can't tell what it really looks like!
Hope all is well, and that you have a good weekend!!! Thanks for stopping by, and for being so patient with my down time! It will be at least a week before I have a machine again. We ordered DH a new laptop, and I'm to get his old one when the new one comes in.
Hugs to all!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Anyway, I couldn't do the Random Org. thing this time, so I just wrote down all 32 names, and had a friend draw the name for me. The name that was drawn was the #4 comment and here it was...
All righty... on to a card that I took a few minutes to create this week. W e needed a First Communion card for a little girl that we know. My friend Shirley reminded me about this new TAC set. I was only to eager to run over and borrow it from her! I think this is one of their cutest sets - I just adore the little lamb with the cross! Anyway, here is my card! Very quick - skin color was done with a Stamin' Up marker, dress was colored and dotted with Sakura Gelly Roll Glitter Pens, as was the bow on the lamb. The DP is from the Stampin' Up Welcome Neighbor 6 x 6 pack.
Hope you like it! The screen is SO dark that I can't tell about colors and brightness. Thanks for being patient with me, and again - Congratulations to Kim!!!
PS - I'm going to enter this at Other Lovelies - the challenge there is to use an Easter animal!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
In the meantime, check this out!!!
Beth Norman, at Sunflowers & Dragonflies has chosen me as reader of the week! How exciting! (And how ironically funny that I'm featured on a week that I can't read!!!) Thanks so much, Beth, for thinking of me! I love the Sunflowers and Dragonflies store! If you haven't checked it out, be sure to do so! You won't be disappointed!!!
Okay, gotta get off of this machine! Take care everyone! Hopefully, my next post will have the Nesties winner!
Friday, March 12, 2010
My computer has crashed. I am at the repair shop now, using one of theirs so I could get this posted.
I will draw for the nesties as soon as I get my machine back - next week sometime.
Olga, I will put you in - sorry!!!
Take care everyone - have a good weekend!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I'm going to a Casting Crown's concert!!!! Talk about excited - I guess I may as well go paint something, because I certainly can't sit still!!!
Thanks DD and DH - you guys ROCK!
Back later with a card... have a great day!
Yikes! After the comments so far, I should say again, that today isn't my birthday - this is an EARLY gift! B'day is April 3rd, and Anniversary is April 7th! Thanks!!!
Monday, March 8, 2010
As you can see, I've added a brad to the center of my flower.
As for the green and gold, my CS is green, my ribbon is green, and my tag is matted with beautiful shiny gold CS!
It's a little hard to read the computer generated sentiment. It reads:
May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
I thought of all of you when I used this sentiment!
I saw this stand up card featured on Beate Johns' blog a while back, and just had to try it! If you've never visited Beate's blog, it is a 'must do'! She features the nicest video tutorials. Beate explains things so nicely that even I can do them!!!
Hurry over to get your free image and play in this week's challenge! You could win this:
I may be a bit scarce this week. DH injured his knee last Thursday, and we have an appt. with a specialist tomorrow, and our new kitchen countertops are coming on Tuesday afternoon, so I will have a lot of work to do in the kitchen on Tuesday morning! Afterwards, there will be tons of damage control (clean up, etc....)!
Have a Magical Monday, and a great week!
See you asap!
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
After tossing her books on the sofa, she decided to grab a snack and get on-line.
She logged on under her screen name ByAngel213.
She checked her Buddy List and saw GoTo123 was on.
She sent him an instant message: ByAngel213: Hi.. I'm glad you are on! I thought someone was following me home today. It was really weird!
GoTo123: LOL, You watch too much TV.. Why would someone be following you? Don't you live in a safe neighborhood?
ByAngel213: Of course I do. LOL I guess it was my imagination cuz' I didn't see anybody when I looked out.
GoTo123: Unless you gave your name out on-line.... You haven't done that have you?
ByAngel213: Of course not. I'm not stupid you know.
GoTo123: Did you have a softball game after school today?
ByAngel213: Yes, and we won!!
GoTo123: That's great! Who did you play?
ByAngel213: We played the Hornets. LOL. Their uniforms are so gross! They look like bees.. LOL
GoTo123: What is your team called?
ByAngel213: We are the Canton Cats. We have tiger paws on our uniforms. They are really cool.
GoTo123: Did you pitch?
ByAngel213: No, I play second base. I got to go. My homework has to be done before my parents get home. I don't want them mad at me. Bye!
GoTo123: Catch you later.. Bye
Meanwhile........GoTo123 went to the member menu and began to search for her profile.
When it came up, he highlighted it and printed it out. He took out a pen and began to write down what he knew about Angel so far.
Her name: Shannon Birthday: Jan..3, 1985 Age: 13 State where she lived: North Carolina Hobbies: softball, chorus, skating and going to the mall..
Besides this information, he knew she lived in Canton because she had just told him. He knew she stayed by herself until 6:30 p.m. every afternoon until her parents came home from work. He knew she played softball on Thursday afternoons on the school team, and the team was named the Canton Cats.. Her favorite number 7 was printed on her jersey. He knew she was in the eighth grade at the Canton Junior High School . She had told him all this in the conversations they had on- line. He had enough information to find her now.
Shannon didn't tell her parents about the incident on the way home from the ballpark that day. She didn't want them to make a scene and stop her from walking home from the softball games. Parents were always overreacting and hers were the worst. It made her wish she was not an only child. Maybe if she had brothers and sisters, her parents wouldn't be so overprotective.
By Thursday, Shannon had forgotten about the footsteps following her. Her game was in full swing when suddenly she felt someone staring at her. It was then that the memory came back. She glanced up from her second base position to see a man watching her closely. He was leaning against the fence behind first base and he smiled when she looked at him.. He didn't look scary and she quickly dismissed the sudden fear she had felt.
After the game, he sat on a bleacher while she talked to the coach. She noticed his smile once again as she walked past him. He nodded and she smiled back. He noticed her name on the back of her shirt. He knew he had found her. Quietly, he walked a safe distance behind her. It was only a few blocks to Shannon's home, and once he saw where she lived he quickly returned to the park to get his car. Now he had to wait.
He decided to get a bite to eat until the time came to go to Shannon 's house. He drove to a fast food restaurant and sat there until time to make his move.
Shannon was in her room later that evening when she heard voices in the living room. "Shannon, come here," her father called. He sounded upset and she couldn't imagine why. She went into the room to see the man from the ballpark sitting on the sofa. "Sit down," her father began, "this man has just told us a most interesting story about you." Shannon sat back. How could he tell her parents anything? She had never seen him before today!
"Do you know who I am, Shannon ?" the man asked. "No," Shannon answered. "I am a police officer and your online friend, GoTo123."
Shannon was stunned. "That's impossible! GoTo is a kid my age! He's 14. And he lives in Michigan !"
The man smiled. "I know I told you all that, but it wasn't true. You see, Shannon , there are people on-line who pretend to be kids; I was one of them. But while others do it to injure kids and hurt them, I belong to a group of parents who do it to protect kids from predators.. I came here to find you to teach you how dangerous it is to talk to people on-line. You told me enough about yourself to make it easy for me to find you. You named the school you went to, the name of your ball team and the position you played. The number and name on your jersey just made finding you a breeze.."
Shannon was stunned. "You mean you don't live in Michigan ?" He laughed. "No, I live in Raleigh . It made you feel safe to think I was so far away, didn't it?" She nodded. "I had a friend whose daughter was like you. Only she wasn't as lucky. The guy found her and murdered her while she was home alone. Kids are taught not to tell anyone when they are alone, yet they do it all the time on-line. The wrong people trick you into giving out information a little here and there on-line. Before you know it, you have told them enough for them to find you without even realizing you have done it. I hope you've learned a lesson from this and won't do it again. Tell others about this so they will be safe too?"
"It's a promise!" That night Shannon and her Dad and Mom all knelt down together and thanked God for protecting Shannon from what could have been a tragic situation..
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Here's my card for this week's challenge!
Thanks for stopping by!
Good night, dear friends!
Monday, March 1, 2010
Well, at least we have a little Magic to look forward to on Mondays!
Welcome to another Magical Monday at There's Magic in the Air with Paper Cupcakes!
Our challenge is brought to us today by our very talented hostess, Patti Nelson. Patti has given us a sketch to use with any of Nina May's images that we have acquired already. This sketch can be stretched, rotated, flipped, etc., as long as the original sketch can still be seen.
As soon as I saw this sketch, I knew I had to use the "Beached Boat" image. It was perfect for the oval in the sketch! The DP is from my stash, and as usual, I've colored with Koh-I-Noor pencils and LOMS.
I hope that you will head over to TMITA/PCC and grab the sketch! Create your card using any of Nina's images that you have on hand, and hurry back over to enter it in the challenge! You could win something fun!
Have a great week - hope it's Magical!