Friday, August 26, 2011

Better Late Than Never

ok so a couple of months ago i had a minor computer glitch...lost some website stuff and some document stuff...i THOUGHT i had recovered everything...apparently not...i got a message from a swap hostess on SCS..."Have you sent your cards?"...uh oh crap! i made some cards up ASAP!!!...not my best work...but not too bad either...

Spud Swap
Paper: textured basic black..naturals ivory..really rust..more mustard..dsp
Ink: printer/real rust
Accessories: black ribbon..crimper

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Who's in the Forest Swap

ok this swap is almost done...due 8/18/11...but i couldn't wait anymore to post these...i personally LOVE the computer one...the theme of this swap was to make a card (or two) of something you like/ I {HEART} SCS....i did a screen capture of my swap subscriptions page on SCS for the background...and used the free blog icon that i have here on my blog...popped it up on dimensionals and added red stickles to the heart...inside i stamped the cat and mouse from this set (computer quips)...

i {heart} SCS
Paper: basic gray..whisper white
Ink: basic gray..printer
Stamps: computer quips
Accessories: red sparkle tiles..dimensionals

and as most of you know...i love to read...everything...especially cookbooks...cover to cover...and i enjoy recipe card the result was my 2nd card...a bookworm...reading a cookbook...with a recipe included...of used GIMP photo editing software to fill the pictures on the cookbook my little worm is reading...then after some consultation with my design team...aka my dd's...i used a brad to "hinge" the
image over the recipe...

Paper: ruby red..yoyo yellow..very vanilla
Ink: SU markers..printer
Stamps: bookworm digi
Accessories: lt green black brad

these were a lot of fun to design and make...the computer card was from one of those "lightbulb" moments...i had to get it written down quick...and the bookworm evolved when i was trying to think "outside the box"...or in my case "the rut"...thanks for cking these safe/be well

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Non-Food/Gift Recipe Swap Cards

i hosted a recipe swap over @ (where else?) SCS...the theme was Non-Food/ them all headed home this morning...both my daughters participated as well...they are "n00bs"...but getting better and better...

as you all know i'm a CAS kinda girl and it shows on my card...

Fire Starters
Paper: textured pumpkin pie..chocolate chip..naturals ivory
Ink: chocolate chip..pumpkin pie..summer sun (marker)
Stamps: Roughin' It
Accessories: CB..forest branches EF

my daughter jonni did this card...she colored it on the computer and used coordinating card stock...i think it's very cute...

Best Bubbles
Paper: textured baja breeze..whisper white..wild wasabi..pretty in pink
Ink: printer ink
Stamps: Bear Blowing Bubbles digi stamp

and myke added some bling to her's with stickles and pearls...

Face Mask
Paper: textured bravo burgandy..very vanilla..baja breeze
Ink: bravo burgandy..blush and yellow markers
Stamps: Bubble Queen
Accessories: stickles..pearls..lemon brad..CB..tiny bubbles EF

i am going to try some fancier stuff soon...try out my spellbinders dies that i bought eons ago...and maybe some extra bling on a card...but always CAS @ {heart}

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Military Spouses

Lots of moving...Moving...Moving...
Moving far from home...
Moving two cars, three kids and one dog...all riding with HER of course.
Moving sofas to basements because they won't go in THIS house;
Moving curtains that won't fit;
Moving jobs and certifications and professional development hours.
Moving away from friends;
Moving toward new friends;
Moving her most important luggage: her trunk full of memories.

Often waiting...Waiting...Waiting...
Waiting for housing.
Waiting for orders.
Waiting for deployments.
Waiting for phone calls.
Waiting for reunions.
Waiting for the new curtains to arrive.
Waiting for him to come home,
For dinner...AGAIN!

They call her 'Military Dependent', but she knows better:
She is fiercely In-Dependent.

She can balance a check book;
Handle the yard work;
Fix a noisy toilet;
Bury the family pet...

She is intimately familiar with drywall anchors and toggle bolts.
She can file the taxes;
Sell a house;
Buy a car;
Or set up a move...

All with ONE Power of Attorney.

She welcomes neighbors that don't welcome her.
She reinvents her career with every PCS;
Locates a house in the desert, The Arctic, Or the deep south.
And learns to call them all 'home'.
She MAKES them all home.

Military Wives are somewhat hasty...
They leap into:
Career alternatives,
And friendships.
They don't have 15 years to get to know people.
Their roots are short but flexible.
They plant annuals for themselves and perennials for those who come after them.

Military Wives quickly learn to value each other:
They connect over coffee,
Rely on the spouse network,
Accept offers of friendship and favors.
Record addresses in pencil...

Military Wives have a common bond:
The Military Wife has a husband unlike other husbands; his commitment is unique.
He doesn't have a 'JOB'
He has a 'MISSION' that he can't just decide to quit...
He's on-call for his country 24/7.
But for her, he's the most unreliable guy in town!
His language is foreign
And so, a Military Wife is a translator for her family and his.
She is the long- distance link to keep them informed;
the glue that holds them together.

A Military Wife has her moments:
She wants to wring his neck;
Dye his uniform pink;
Refuse to move to Siberia;
But she pulls herself together.
Give her a few days,
A travel brochure,
A long hot bath,
A pledge to the flag,
A wedding picture,
And she goes.
She packs.
She moves.
She follows.

What for?
How come?
You may think it is because she has lost her mind.
But actually it is because she has lost her heart.
It was stolen from her by a man,
Who puts duty first,
Who longs to deploy,
Who salutes the flag,
And whose boots in the doorway remind her that as long as he is her Military Husband,
She will remain his military wife.
And would have it no other way.

--Author Unknown

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