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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Butterfly Award

I was awarded this from a fellow Fiskateer,  (Thank you Michelle) over there at Please go visit her. I love butterflies so I really charish this award. For those of you that know me, you know my scraproom is butterflies and I have the saying "Without Change there would be no butterflies".

So here are the details:
To receive this award I need to answer some questions,award this 'Butterfly Award' to 10 other bloggers, contact the 10 bloggers to let them know they have been given this award, 
and I also need to show a link to the person who gave me the 'Butterfly Award' (which I already done).

So here goes...

Q1) Name your favorite colour?
Q2) Name your favorite song? 
This is a hard one. I love so many and have memories hearing so many.
I love county, easy listening, oldies. Now to pick one....hmmm......ok, I will say it is  I believe in Angels (I had a dream) by ABBA.

Q3) Name your favorite dessert?
Anything Chocolate....cake, brownies, fudge. As long as it is chocolate.

Q4) What wizzes you off at the moment?
This computer connection. I called AT&T and they are coming out to fix it today between 8 am and 8 pm. What kind of appointment is that? Good thing I was going to be here all day anyways but you would think they can at least narrow it down to before noon or after noon.

Q5) Your favorite pet?
My Hiccup. I love all my dogs and cats but I have a special relationship with my Sheila.

Q6) Black or White?

Q7) Your biggest fear?

Q8) Best Feature?
My blue eyes.

Q10) What is perfection? 
A day with my DH and the sun is out and it is warm. The two of us can go bike riding and enjoying each other and the pretty day.

Q11) Guilty Pleasure? 

Q12) When you're upset you?
Yell and walk away from what upset me to cool down.

Now I have to pass this award onto 10 other friends. 
I am passing this to:

1.   Dusti @

Q9) Everyday attitude

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Wonderful World of ATCs

All this time and I have never made an ATC but now that has changed. Before I joined my Yahoo group "Artist Trading Cards" I decided to make a few for practise (4). In another of my groups "NorthEast Scrapbook Friends" I signed up for a swap to make decorated chipboard. Well, if that isn't a perfect time to alter the size of the chipboard and make a few ATCs for myself as practise. The swap I was in called for "Red, White, and Blue" and since it was July 4th a Patriotic Theme was definitely in order. Now how perfect is that! So my ATCs were called "Salute to a Soldier".

Now what I learned is don't use a spray finish. I thought a spray would be better since  I didn't have to worry about brush strokes since I wasn't using a brush. Well, even though it was a matte finish when I sprayed it, no matter how careful I was trying to be, I still got that fine spray and then that dreaded drop. You know, that one heavy spot on the finished work which you can see if you look at it in the light. Yeah....won't do that again.
I also learned glue matters even on chipboard. If you use one too wet it curls the chipboard. The chipboard looked like I had it wrapped around a ball. Maybe it was the way I put it on or something but I found the Modge Podge too wet. I ended up using the "Glue and Sealer" which is also a paste but it didn't seam as lumpy or wet as the Modge Podge. I ran out of it half way through and ended up using my "2 way glue pen" which also was ok but I did make use of the old phone books I had by putting them on top while they dried just so it wouldn't be able to curl.
Another thing, even though your cutter can handle multi sheets and you think they are all the same and perfectly lined up.....cut them one at a time. I wasted so much time redoing work because I cut it "off" and it was too short or long because once the cutter slide through it cut but it moved the work so when cutting it back again it wasn't straight or the correct size.
That is all I can remember but then again it is my first time. I am sure I will find more as I do more.
If you would like to try your hand at making your own I am sharing the soldier SVG (left sidebar with the other SVGs). If you use it I would love to see what you make with it.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New Card

You will note there are no sentiments on it. That is because I have a tiny tag that hangs off the bow and will put which ever sentiments I need when I send it out. I made it as a lift on the Fiskateers Card Lifters from Debra 5116.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Heritage Album/Death

A problem for most is what to do with those pictures of funerals of a loved one. How do you put the death of an ancestor or any one for that matter in a layout that will show respect and dignity. I am posting how I did my two page layouts of my grandfather (my grandmother's is much the same as my grandfathers so I won't post it) and my mother (this was just a memorial service as she was cremated per her wishes). I did block out the "personal" details in the death certificates and of course the body as some may find it disturbing. 

We lived at the hospital for a week before "the plug was pulled". We were all there when she passed as one of my mother's fears was to die alone. We were not going to let that happen.

 Some days after my mother passed my daughter wrote me a poem in an email. I wrote her one back in an answer to what she wrote. The "MOM" in this first poem refers to me. They capture the memories of my mother so well that I also included these.
You need to know is my mom's favorite time of year was fall when all the tree's change color (background paper), she loved nature (plants, trees, animals) and her favorite thing to do on weekends is to go to tag sales for this to make some sense.
(Ignore the size difference and the crookedness of the second page...this is due to the way I scanned, cropped and stitched it together. I assure you they are straight and the same size in the book.)