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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Love Me, Love My Cat!

This is one of my very favorite Mo Manning images. Adoring cats as I do, I can identify with the pure joy in this little girl's face as she holds her kitty (who is not quite as happy with the whole situation).  I smile every time I look at this image.

Well, we are still waiting to see what good old Mother Nature is going to throw at us tonite & tomorrow.  The high winds are already here & the rain/ice/snow is to follow.  Apparently, that is a given.  Just how much of each is what we are still uncertain of.  How I hate to drive in a "wintery mix" as they call it.To me, a wintery mix should include popcorn, chocolate & peanuts, not snow, ice & wind.  Everyone have a safe New Year's eve tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Challenged "Challenge"

Well, gals, I finally had the time to work on a card tonite. Inspired by my BFF Gail, I thought I would try something for Mo Mannin'g's current challenge " Fantasies & Fairies" but as it turns out the biggest challenge ended up being trying to figure out how to enter!  I've read thru the blog & can find no way to "enter" so the card will become one for my "stash" I guess.  After seeing Gail's gorgeous entry, though, I almost didn't make one.  Check her card out on her blog "Pop,Paper,Scissors" is gorgeous.  One of these days I will finally figure out how to link things. I have so many challenges, don't I? 

We are all under multiple weather advisories & warnings tonite. I think I have heard 3 different versions of what to expect the next two days since I got home tonite.  One station has us getting 5-10 inches of snow (AFTER a night & day of rain/freezing rain & fog) combined with high winds & blowing snow. Another is calling for just 3-4 inches of the snow.  Did I mention how much I HATE winter!!!!!  ha ha

Cross your fingers the weatherman with the smallest snowfall prediction is the smartest one!  I'll let you know, I'm sure.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Thank You

Well, I had hoped by now to have a new card to share, but we have been so busy at work I have not had the time (or the energy) to get a new one done.  But I do have an old thank you card from my "stash" that I can post. 
This is another Mo Manning image done in copics. And of course, you have to have a Martha Stewart border of some kind, right?  I'm sure my punches have bought her at least a downpayment on something great!

I'm hoping to have something new later this week, but if that fails, I am actually on vacation next week & plan to get some much needed card making time in! Yeaaa!!!  I can't think of a better way to start the new year than by making cards!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I don't have a card to post tonite, but I wanted to wish every single one of you a most blessed Christmas. I hope each of you is able to spend time surrounded by all those you love & that everyone who will be traveling will have a safe journey.  For us here in Sioux City it will be a white Christmas as there is already snow on the ground & more falling now. 

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sweets for my sweet!

I'll be really sad when Christmas is over & I don't have an excuse to make Christmas cards!  There are just so many cute stamps out there begging to be made into a card. These little sweethearts are from an old Stampin Up set I bought a long time ago at a garage sale.

I guess I'm still photo challenged.  I meant to crop this before I resized it, but forgot.  I'm sure there is a magic way to do it now, but none that I know.

I hope everyone has all their Christmas shopping done (even though I don't). I work best under pressure! ha ha  I only have a couple things left to pick up & then I'm done.

Better get busy....Catch you later!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Brady builds a snowman

This image made me smile. It looked exactly like something my cat would do if he could. (He doesn't know he is actually a cat.  I'm sure he thinks he is just a "short" person who is slightly "English challenged" but otherwise normal!

The paper on this one isn't exactly traditional Xmas paper, but the colors all just seemed to work so I chose it anyway. 

I made another card tonite, but can't post it until I give it to someone. Since I know she checks the blog, I don't want to spoil the surprise.

Off to find a snack....

Change is Good!

Well, everyone, I have been thinking about changing the look of my blog for some time now.  While I adored the brick red (my favorite color) it just didn't seem cheerful enough so I browsed thru the choices for background & when I came to the paw prints, I knew I had to have them.  What better background for a blog titled "The Cat Ate My Card" than paw prints!  And with a new look, obviously the "man" of the house wanted a new picture posted of himself as well. Such a diva!

I've been so busy today I have only had time to make one card so far but the night is still young so we will hope another is still possible.  I love Christmas, but it sure puts a strain on the number of hours you have in a day, doesn't it!  I loved this image when I first saw it.  You can feel the love from here! And that is what Christmas is all about...LOVE! 

I hope you all like the new "lighter" look. Back to the cards to see if I can come up with something yet before I go to bed.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Get Well Soon!

This is a quick get well card for a gal at work who was hospitalized over the weekend.  Not my best effort, but it was almost 8 pm before I got home & my "mojo" doesn't work well when it's dog tired.
At least she will know we are all thinking of her & wishing her the best!  I'm hoping tomorrow won't be a repeat of the wild day we had at work today, but I'm afraid it will.

Catch you all later.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Snowmanny Thanks!

Well, the Christmas cards are done & mailed except for the ones I will hand deliver.  That means it's time to do some quick "thank you" notes,  I've made 10 of them today and think I had about 10 already made so I should have a great supply for my daughter & myself both. With some to spare! I just grabbed the last one I made & snapped a photo of it.  I forgot to crop it before I posted.  Darn.  Been a long day.

I think I'll take a break for the rest of the night.  This poor old body isn't used to shoveling & I'm putting my feet up & relaxing while I see what ridiculous things are happening on Desperate Housewives.  Lord, I'm glad I don't live on that street!

Have a great week!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Somebunny loves you enough to share his carrot!

I wasn't going to share this one since I also posted it on Splitcoast, but I just loved it so much! Another Mo Manning image. Her artwork is just beyond belief.

Everyone stay warm & safe!  Hopefully the blizzard will be gone by tomorrow & we can get back to normal.

Is this the biggest candy cane you have?

I wasn't going to post this one to my blog since I just posted it to Split Coast Stampers & I would like to have some variety, but for the first time ever, my photo actually turned out well enough to see the card. All this thanks to some helpful hints from another stamping angel by the name of Dawn. There may be hope for this old gal yet!

We are in the midst of a raging blizzard. The wind has been howling since last night & the snow is falling so fast it looks like someone shook a snowglobe really hard. Which means I will have huges drifts to try to get thru tomorrow to get dug out again. Yuk!  And my poor little buddy just HATES wind. He runs from the safety of my shoulder to the window all night long trying to see what is happening. How do you explain what wind is to a cat!  Poor little man.

Since it is still early, I'm going to get back to making more cards. 

Stay safe!

Friday, December 10, 2010

A Polar Bear Birthday

I finally finished all of my Christmas cards but one, so decided I would take a break & make a birthday card for a gal at work who has a Dec. 26th birthday.  A hard date to do a card for.  Christmas is over, but you still want to do something wintery so I decided on a polar bear.  And having a Rosie's Roadshow stamp of a polar bear holding a birthday cupcake & balloon seemed to be the perfect choice.
Since we are forecast to have a half a foot of snow & possible blizzard tomorrow, I'm sure I will have plenty of time to work on cards!  Sure makes it hard to do any Christmas shopping, but guess Mother Nature is in charge.  Did I mention I HATE winter!  ha ha

Until tomorrow..

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Not a creature was stirring...

Another post tonite.  I thought my glare problem could be the overhead light so I turned it off before I took my picture. Apparently, that was NOT the problem.  One of these days, I will figure it out.  My BFF says she takes photos of her cards on her bathroom counter!  In my little bathroom, there isn't a counter so that idea is out!  ha ha  Besides that, the cat would probably sit on top of the card before I could snap the picture. But come to think of it,  that could be a much cuter image than the card!
Now I really am done for the night. It's been a long day & I'm tired.
Catch you all later.

Let it Snow.....Again!

Another snow globe to share tonite.  I'm going through my stash of new Xmas stamps & trying to do one card from each one.  With limited time this year, I am going to have to send everyone a different card for a change.  I usually make several "test" cards trying to find an image that is just perfect and then use that same stamp on all my cards, even though no two are ever the same.  The bad part of having so many different images is trying to match them up to each person on your Xmas list! 

I've decided it isn't my camera that I'm having problems with, I think it is my lighting. Hopefully, I can get some good tips from my kids when they come for Xmas! Until then, you will have to put up with my shiny images.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Snow Globe

What a busy day. A visit to the nursing home this morning, then Xmas shopping. I even managed to get everything wrapped! At least I now have a "start" on it.  I even managed to make 3 cards today. This is one of them. he is actually much cuter in person as the glitter paper behind him doesn't show up well.

With any luck, I will be able to send our Xmas cards by next weekend if I keep on plugging away.

Everyone have a great week!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A Christmas Toast

It wasn't a productive day today.  Only one card to show for the whole day. The morning was spent at the Toyota dealers getting some kind of timing chain replaced. And the rest of the day just went downhill from there as far as getting anything done. Some days are like that I guess. 

Another Penny Black stamp. I love the critters she makes!  Guess I just love all critters. Especially the ones that go meow.

Hopefully, I will have a more productive day tomorrow.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Have a Purrfect Christmas!

Still struggling with the camera.  I can't seem to get the colors right. It's frustrating. The scanner is looking better each day! 

Another busy day so this is all I managed to finish tonite.  I'm going to have to crank it up if I want my cards done in time for mailing. There are never enough hours in the day to get it all done anymore.

As you can see, the deep reds in the card look like deep pinks. Guess you will have to take my word for it that the colors are vibrant red & the card is much cuter in person. 

I should have done a black cat, but they don't show up well in photos.  Sorry Brady!  We will pretend you are  a yellow tabby for this card.

On an unrelated note, I have discovered that peppermint is apparently a smell that cats really like.  My cat at least.  I got some soft peppermints tonite & put the wrappers in my waste basket only to find Brady tipping it over to get at the paper.  He went straight for the wrappers & began trying to chew them so I had to tie the garbage bag shut.  That is the first time he has ever even looked at the waste basket so it has to be the smell of peppermint! (Apparently, the chocolate wrappers usually in it are of little interest to him) ha ha

Off to check new mail.  Have a great day!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Snowman with Holly

Well, I have taken 6 photos of this card & not a single one turned out well.   Apparently, my talents as a photographer are as great as my talent for singing.  And I can't carry a tune in a bucket!

Tomorrow they are saying we are in for possible freezing rain/snow/wintery mix/big mess again. Yuk! That sums up my feelings about winter weather. YUK!  And icy roads don't help with Xmas shopping either. Somehow Xmas sneaks up a little earlier on me every year.  One day it is Halloween and the next week it is time to put up the tree!  At least I have that done!!

Right now I think a bag of popcorn is calling my name. And I certainly don't want to be rude & ignore it!
Drive safely everyone.