Saturday, November 23, 2013

Happy 50th Birthday, Doctor!

Coffee of the Day - Pumpkin Spice (the very last of it..... sigh....)

Today we celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who. not everyone knows The Doctor. if you haven't met him yet, I hope he lands in your backyard one day soon. your life will never be the same. truly. and you will forever look to the skies in a much different way. you will see a statue of an angel in a different light. a gas mask will not bring a feeling of security. and you will understand that fish fingers and custard belong together.

I first met The Doctor when I was in high school. yes, it was THAT long ago. ;) we met again off and on while I was in college. I introduced him to David, although I must say my soon-to-be husband wasn't all that impressed at the time. that would one day change.....

A few years ago The Doctor came back into my life. and what a delight it has been! I was able to introduce him to my sons, and they love him as much, if not more, than I do. David and he became reacquainted. They took adventures together while I slept.

now, when our family sees the Tardis appear, we joyfully go wherever The Doctor wants to take us. The years apart just melted away as if only seconds had passed.

So, dear Doctor, I say to you, Happy 50th Birthday! Allons-y!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Most Extraordinary Computer

Coffee of the Day - Pecan Buttered Rum

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you are doing well.

not a whole lot is going on around here. I'm getting excited about Thanksgiving next week. all of my guys will be home, so I'm thrilled to have my entire family together again for a full house! :)

the other day, David and I went out driving into Cleveland. had lunch in Little Italy at our fave bakery/deli and then decided to pop into the most beautiful cemetery as we were driving back home. it was the Lake View Cemetery and truly one of the most lovely places I have seen in a long time. we spent well over an hour there, while I could easily spend several days roaming the grounds.

over on Facebook, I've been trying to do a month of thankfulness, with a post each day if I'm able. Today I am thankful for my computer. it might sound crazy, but I really am thankful for all I am able to do with my computer and the places it takes me. most especially, I am thankful for the people I have come to know. that includes each of YOU!!!!! :)

this quote seems especially poignant today.

have a great weekend! Jennifer

Friday, November 15, 2013

Just a Hello for the Weekend...

Coffee of the Day - Pumpkin Spice

Hello! I hope all of you are doing well! have big plans for the weekend?

not much is going on around here.... I'm spending a bit more time in bed these days. had some stuff come up that has knocked me down, so into bed I've gone. thought I had better do a little post before someone comes along and hacks into my blog... that seems to be happening more and more these days to blogs I've been following. one day it's crafty stuff and the next you're seeing posts about computers for sale or even more.... ummmmm.... 'interesting things! ;)  would hate to startle any of you with that! I'm sassy enough all on my own. grins!

on that note:

love and hugs to ya!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

A Toast to the Best and Finest Mo....

Coffee of the Day - Vanilla Nut

I wanted to try to play along in this month's Crafty Secrets linky party, so made this card in celebration of 'No Shave November' and 'Mo-vember'. their 'Mustache Men' stamp set is by far one of my fave masculine sets. I think I've made quite a few cards with it. although I must say this advertising image sorta reminds me of the Wizard's floating head in 'The Wizard of Oz'..... tee hee! add a little green smoke and mirrors, and voila! :)

anyway, papers are Basic Grey Clippings (how appropriate!), ribbon is May Arts, linen thread is SU!, and the sentiment circle is edged in barn door distress stickles. also used my SU! ink squirty tool.

Going to try to get a bit further into Cath's blog hop today as well as begin the HUGE chore of getting all of my digital items onto an external hard drive. thank goodness for a computer that plays music while I sit here.... I'd go batty bonkers otherwise....

enjoy your day to its fullest! hugs to each and every one of ya! :)

Craftitude - anything goes with twine or string
Crafty Hands - vintage
Sister Act - anything goes
4 Krafty Girlz - anything goes
Divas by Design - use a digi (actually used 4 of them!)
WAW - anything goes with encouraging senti
Crafty Sentiments - for the guys
Charisma Cardz - anything goes
That Craft Place - sentiment

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Cath, You Are Moxie Fab! :)

Coffee of the Day - Oatmeal Cookie Crumble

Today is a very VERY special day. a few friends, oh almost 300 or so of us, have gathered together to let Cath Edvalson know just how REALLY amazing we all think she is! :) some might even say she is pretty MOXIE FAB!

You may have come to know Cath from her time as the Trends Editor at Paper Crafts Magazine, as well as the author of the Moxie Fab World blog. I happen to know from person experience that she is also just a pretty fantabulous friend.

If you have just started the blog hop, you can find the entire list on the Moxie Fab blog. if you are in the midst of hopping, you should have arrived here from: Veronica Zalis

While you are here, top off your coffee and then we'll get going! if you enjoy a bit of music, both Cath and I share a fondness for the composer Claude Debussy. click on the Youtube video and have it play while you are here. ;)

I remember the first time Cath ever stopped by my blog. it felt as if the Queen of England herself had popped by for tea, crumpets, and a chat with the girls! you coulda knocked me over with a feather! but when I received my cancer diagnosis is when I got to know the 'real' Cath. she left not only blog comments, but sent personal emails to make sure I was doing okay. she took off her 'business' hat and let me know that she really cared about what was going on. she wanted to make sure that my family was handling things as well as possible. and when we thought I had gone into remission, well, she jumped for joy with us. when we discovered otherwise, she felt the shock as deeply as the rest of us.

Cath would tell me how excited she was to be back out in her garden again. we share a love of nature and the outdoors. so it seemed only fitting that I create a card that celebrates those passions. if you would like any supply details, just let me know either in the comments or send me an email. I've already rambled long enough. ;) the front is actually a modified stair step, so you really get a 3D effect irl.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Your next stop is: Lizzie Sanchez

365 Cards - create a shadow effect
4 Crafty Girls - anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - seeing dots
Crafting By Designs - anything goes
Inky Impressions - dies and punches
Lady Anne's - anything goes
Penny's Paper Crafty - lots of layers
Whimsy - anything goes
Bearly Mine - anything goes
Loves Rubberstamps - anything goes
Twisted Tuesday - anything goes
613 Avenue Create - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - more than 1 fold (grass is on 1 fold, fence on another, cottage & trees on card front)

Friday, November 8, 2013

Chalkboard Boy on Sled

Coffee of the Day - Moon Pie (found a little bit left. wooo hoooo!)

To help get you ready for tomorrow's HUGE post, I am sneaking in my last card made for Hope You Can Cling To. I actually made several others that never showed up here on the blog. will possibly add them some day. but goofball me thought the deadline for adding cards to the HYCCT galleries was tomorrow instead of yesterday. somedays I don't have any idea how in the world I survive moment to moment without my head falling right off of my shoulders.... so I quickly put this one together. well, not THAT quick. it still takes me a while.

anyway - this was for the last challenge, 'Pick a Team' in honor of "Breaking Bad". I have never seen this show, but it is on my list of things to watch. the idea for the challenge was to create a black & white card, but then add one other color depending upon which 'team' you chose. Since I knew I was making a Christmas card, I went with green, since red is not really one of my fave colors, although I craft with it all the time.

All stamps are from Flonz. they have the greatest vintage stamps. they take well to Versamark, too, even though they are clear. these stamps come from 3 different sets. I thought the chalkboard technique was a great one to use for a black & white challenge. other touches were added with white craft ink and my white gel pen. btw - Tim Holtz made a fab tag using real chalk on his. will have to try that sometime.

Papers are Basic Grey 25th and Pine, button is vintage, big die is Spellbinders while holly leaves are a Basic Grey die. little red holly dots are stickles that I added after uploading to SCS 'cause I felt it really needed a pop of red. a little doily piece, baker's twine, beaded poinsettia, washi tape, tickets, and rhinestones complete the card.

Hope you have a great weekend! See you tomorrow! :)

Flonz - traditional Christmas
Alphabet Challenge - T is for twine
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Chocolate, Coffee, and Cards - monochromatic (hopefully the neutrals are ok)
Craftitude - anything goes with twine or string
Crafts 2 Challenge You - monochromatic vintage Christmas
Jingle Belles - holiday traditions (my father & I used to go sledding every winter when I was a little girl. we took our sons and they kept going even as they became teenagers. it is great fun no matter what age!)
Art Impressions - Holly Jolly Christmas
CRAFT - Christmas
Paper Shelter - winter fun
TTCRD - anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - seasons (winter) waving hi to all of my former teamies!!!! :)
Crafty Bloggers - Christmas
Created with Love - Christmas reds and greens
Incy Wincy - ribbon, twine, or fibers
Sparkle and Sprinkle - anything goes with embossing powder, glitter, and/or flocking
Crazy Challenge - 'B' is for: boy, bow, button, bling, berries, black
Crafty Calendar - all things Christmas
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Winter Wonderland
Card and Scrap - Christmas card
Papertake Weekly - anything goes Christmas

Thursday, November 7, 2013

So Thankful for the Nature Around Me....

Coffee of the Day - Caramel Pecan

Hello everyone! I hope you have been doing well! :)

All of the blog candy packages have been mailed out. in fact they should start arriving to happy homes today and on.... hope the winners enjoy their goodies!

my crafting hiatus didn't last long, as I am currently working on a big project. will share in a few days, so stay tuned. you will need a  BIG cup of coffee for this one, so don't say I didn't warn you! grins!

I've been feeling kinda yuck, but yesterday really needed to get out of the house after several days in bed. David and I drove around for a bit enjoying the gorgeous fall colors. it's interesting how about 30 minutes away there are so many more leaves on the trees than what we have left here in our little town. it's all part of sitting at the top of the hills and the way the winds come through.... sorry, the nerdy little geek in me was taking over. ;)

anyway, we stopped at a nearby park and walked around for just a bit. I took this one photo with my phone. it's a fabulous little shale creek that runs into a run that then runs north into Lake Erie. it still boggles my mind that the river runs north here. can't wrap my head around that one....

y'all take care and will see you in a few days! hugs and smoochies to ya!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Blog Candy Winners!

Coffee of the Day - Chocolate Peppermint

There were a total of 9 blog candy winners! congrats to each and every one of you! the whole thing won't show up on my blog because it isn't wide enough, and mr. blue linky froggie will only choose 6 by his random choosie thing. so I had to put the rest in my proverbial black top hat and pick out the other 3 by hand. very high tech, yes we are!

some of you are receiving Christmas goodies, because I thought I would just go ahead and draw that early. this way you'll have some things to get a little bit of a  head start. I hope everyone enjoys the little packages I've put together. some are more 'runner up' type prizes, but they are prizes nonetheless.....

please send me your mailing address just as soon as possible. several of these are going across the seas, so I want to allow plenty of time for you to receive them. my email is: jenscull @  (please remove spaces before sending)

thank you to EVERYONE who linked up and created a 'thinking of you' card to share with someone.

 Jenn Zeeb
 miss rach
Kathy Curry
Natasha Marr
Chris Boldovici
stamping sue