Friday, July 24, 2009

Christmas Card Swap

At the end of June I shared the card I made for the Christmas card swap. I managed to snap pictures of the cards before they were packed up a couple of weeks ago. Now that we have moved across the country and are house hunting, I have some time to get them posted here. I have to say, we saw a beautiful home yesterday and it has a built in stamping area but no pool. We are looking at a house with a pool today and another home, then our decision will be made.

Here are the cards from the swap.

by Susan Hackney

by Jamie Schnirch, ??

by Terri Tank, Norma Chiaramonte

by Brokenburr

by Kay Fulton, Catie Palmer

by Alice Leal, Deb Waterhouse

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Florida CHA.... Does that mean SWIMSUIT?!?!?

This was a Cosmo Cricket blog entry that I thought was hilarious.

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If you are going to the Craft and Hobby Association trade show in Florida. Or, if you are just having fun by the side of a pool or on a beach this summer, you will most likely enjoy this post!

Eric, Lindsay and myself will be staying in a condo in Florida for the show. There is a pool. Those four words are scarier to me than almost any others! Yes ladies..... we are talking SWIMSUITS!

So, after listening to much complaining about my thighs and current swimsuit options, Lindsay sent me the following email.

WARNING: Go to the bathroom first, especially if you've had four kids like me. I laughed so hard I nearly had an accident and had to run frantically, making it in the nick of time, whilst in the middle of reading this!


When I was a child in the 1950s the bathing suit for the mature figure was boned, trussed and reinforced, not so much sewn as engineered. They were built to hold back and uplift and they did a good job. Today's stretch fabrics are designed for the prepubescent girl with a figure carved from a potato chip.

The mature woman has a choice-she can either go up front to the maternity department and try on a floral suit with a skirt, coming away looking like a hippopotamus who escaped from Disney's Fantasia or she can wander around every run of the mill department store trying to make a sensible choice from what amounts to a designer range of florescent rubber bands.

What choice did I have? I wandered around, made my sensible choice and entered the chamber of horrors known as the fitting room.

The first thing I noticed was the extraordinary tensile strength of the stretch material. The Lycra used in bathing costumes was developed, I believe, by NASA to launch small rockets from a slingshot, which give the added bonus that if you manage to actually lever yourself into one, you are protected from shark attacks as any shark taking a swipe at your passing midriff would immediately suffer whiplash. I fought my way into the bathing suit, but as I twanged the shoulder strap in place, I gasped in horror - my boobs had disappeared!

Eventually, I found one boob cowering under my left armpit. It took a while to find the other. At last I located it flattened beside my seventh rib..

The problem is that modern bathing suits have no bra cups... The mature woman is meant to wear her boobs spread across her chest like a speed bump. I realigned my speed bump and lurched toward the mirror to take a full view assessment.

The bathing suit fit all right, but unfortunately it only fit those bits of me willing to stay inside it. The rest of me oozed out rebelliously from top, bottom, and sides. I looked like a lump of play dough wearing undersized cling wrap.

As I tried to work out where all those extra bits had come from, the prepubescent sales girl popped her head through the curtain, 'Oh, there you are,' she said, admiring the bathing suit.

I replied that I wasn't so sure and asked what else she had to show me.

I tried on a cream crinkled one that made me look like a

lump of masking tape , and a floral two piece which gave the appearance of an oversized napkin in a serving ring.

I struggled into a pair of leopard skin bathers with ragged frills and came out looking like Tarzan's Jane, pregnant with triplets and having a rough day.

I tried on a black number with a midriff and looked like a jellyfish in mourning.

I tried on a bright pink pair with such a high cut leg I thought I would have to wax my eyebrows to wear them.

Finally, I found a suit that fit...a two-piece affair with a shorts style bottom and a loose blouse-type top. It was cheap, comfortable, and bulge-friendly, so I bought it. My ridiculous search had a successful outcome, I figured.

When I got home, I found a label which read -- Material might become transparent in water.'

So, if you happen to be on the beach or near any other body of water this year and I'm there too .. I'll be the one in cut off jeans and a t-shirt!

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Crazy for Cupcakes

I made this card for the participants of the glitter & bling swap. The color of the picture is a little off but when I lighten it, the coloring on the cupcakes is too washed out. The razzleberry and suede are not quite that dark.

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
CS: Confetti White, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede
Ink: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry
Misc.: Melon Mambo ribbon, rhinestone brads, crystal effects, dazzling diamonds

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Glitter and Bling Swap

These are the cards I received from the glitter & bling swap. It is funny how similar two of the cards are but they are both beautiful. In person you can see the shiny glazed sparkle on the Crushed Curry cards. I'm loving the new In Colors.

Diane Clark-Sutton, Jane Hignite







Loni Holt, Sue-Lynn Bock







Virginia Haverick, Wendy Leftrick





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