Monday, December 27, 2010

Envelope template for Sheree

For those of you who want to know how to make the envelope for the Paper Hug cards... below is the template.
I actually got it from Mary at Cardztv.  ( )  Mary's got a video on how to make it.

The paper is 5"x5"
The score lines are at 1 7/8" along each pointed corner.
You cut the little dotted area where the score lines meet...
then you fold along the score lines and GLUE (I used Zig 2 way).

Here's my photo of my template I used (including my Martha Stewart Scoreboard that I used to score the copy paper)

Whew! That's a record for me! 3 posts in 1 night???  
Night y'all!

Sammy Vs. the Toy Monkey

Paper Hugs

I wanted to share a gift I made for a friend of mine. It's a box that I made ($1 recipe box from Michaels that I re-papered).  Momo ( has the video on how to make it.  I then created some small 3"X3" cards for my friend to put in her daughter's lunch bag.  Here is the box and here are the cards.  I also made envelopes out of plain white copy paper.  All the cards and envelopes fit nicely in two rows inside the box.

 So, that's what I was working on over Thanksgiving but I couldn't give the reveal until I gave out the gift.

I'm addicted to Creations by Christina's videos  Some of her techniques are hard for me but I like her videos.  I've shared them with my co-workers and we love her.  Her videos are great (like how to make crushed flowers and glimmer mist).

And I know you all just can't WAIT for another dog photo.  Well, you are in for a treat.  As soon as I figure out how to edit this video I took, I will post my "Sammy vs the Toy Monkey." 

Thank you to those of you (Viv and Tammy and Marlene and Jeni... the list goes on and on) who humor me as I display my pets latest endeavors on my blog.  


Sunday, December 26, 2010


I don't know how you all rip out these cards so fast.  I made 20 thank you cards.  It took me 3 viewings of Christmas Vacation, and a Bionic Woman DVD.  That comes out to about 6 hours.  
Here's a sampling of some cards I made, all generated around the Birthday Bash Cow (as seen on page 70 of the handbook).

Sentiment from Scrappy Mom's Stamp Set.  "Thanks" sentiment from a $1 stamp set at Michaels (the $1 bin).   It was stamped in white ink from Stampin Up.  Ribbon from Michaels for $1. 

How I spent my Christmas Morning...

Here are some photos from Christmas Morning... naturally, you will have to endure more photos of the dogs (and a new Christmas robe that Fred got, with hoodie), along with the nephews.


SamUL and Fred

More toys!!!

and more Toys...

A punch?  For me?  How did you know???

Colt and his new toy

Fred in his Christmas Robe (Target)

If I never hear the phrase "3-2-1 Let it Rip" being yelled, I will be happy.... see video below.


Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas... from Colt and Fred

Merry Christmas everyone!
More photos to be posted but I thought I'd post two taken today of Colt and Fred.  Fred had his Santa suit on.

Fred in his Santa Suit

Merry Christmas everyone!

Hope everyone is having a festive night.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The rain has stopped... for a few days.

The rain stopped (forecast says rain on Saturday night).  Unfortunately, it left many people with flood damage, cars that will more than likely be totalled as the electronic computer in their cars shorted when it got stuck in a current, and leaky roofs.

On that cheery note, let me show you a card to turn your frown upside down...

The ribbon I got at Michaels (where else do I shop??) as a clearance item from Halloween. I don't know WHY it was a clearance item for HALLOWEEN. It looks perfectly Christmas-y to me.  The sentiment came from Digital Delights from Louby Lou. I actually colored in the lightbulbs with fine point SHARPIES to make the color look bold. The glitter paper came from a Summer Dream pack from Joann's.

I flocked the antlers!!!  I used prismacolor pencils and chalk (a la Mary at Cardztv) for coloring

Uh oh... I hear banging in my bedroom.  I fear the Chi-weenie has gotten into something... gotta run.
(Yea, I just heard something fall on the floor, followed by barking.  Great.  I hope I still have a pillow tonight). 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

We're almost there....

It's almost Christmas.  

The rain is creating havoc in parking lots and on the streets.  I got cut off 3 times on the road today.  (I won't tell you how many people I cut off.... Just Kidding..., I don't cut off people.  I am a VERY careful driver.  I always use my signal and check my 'blind spots.'   Yes, I overcompensate to avoid being stereotyped as "the asian driver.)"

So, how about another card?

Here is a scene from one of my absolute FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIES 
Whaa?  Did you think I was gonna show something "classy" like "White Christmas" or "It's A Wonderful Life?"  Ha!  I thought you guys knew me better.

How about this one? This reminds me of a Christmas Eve dinner two years ago...
  (from my other favorite Christmas movie "A Christmas Story.")

Hope wherever you are, you are warm and healthy!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010


Did I hear that right?   Hydrology (the study of water???)

So Cal is being hit with a series of storms that has left us in a state of permanent moisture since Friday.  I keep hearing our local weatherman being interviewed on my favorite AM radio station and he keeps using the word "HYDROLOGY."
It's the new MUST USE word... like "exfoliate" (2 years ago) or "product" (last year).

I love this weatherman. He is hilarious.  He dances when he gives the weather (and he also is active in adopting animals to good homes).  Here's a sample of his skilz...

And here's a card to keep you all in the holiday spirit:

The image was a stamp that I got at a convention 10 yrs ago. I used Primacolor pencils, stickles and ribbon from Michaels. The mistletoe is a punch from Martha Stewart (MS) with stickles (red) on it.  Note, I did emboss with the Cuttlebug the leaves.

Close up for Marlene  :)

Snowman Fleece"tie" blanket I made for a present

Doggie "tie" fleece blanket

Fleece blanket for my Packers friend

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A birthday card...

So much for the Thank You card for my PT (see prior post from 2 days ago). I re-aggravated my back.   Unfortunately, I have used my last appointment and I don't think there's much more he can do anyway. I have my exercises and stretches to do. It will eventually go away, I hope.  I'm still going to mail the card off to him so he can enjoy my artistic endeavor (Snort).

AND, I wanted to show a birthday card I made my friend (with personalized sentiment).
I like this image.  In the next few days, I'll post photos of the gift I made her.  :)
You can find this image at: ;  (and it was FREE!)

Ribbon from Michaels, Stickles on the wings and in her hair and on the wand.  Image was from the digi shack, Prismacolor pencils to color it in (with OMS to blend).  I also put pink chalk with a Q-Tip on the white cardstock that I printed the image on. Sentiment-- my own.  I used a Cuttlebug Birthday Folder for the background.  Paper was from a Scrapbook pack (green polka dot) and the blue snowflake paper was from AC Patterned paper for Christmas (I got last year at Michaels). Voila!

Rain is due in So Cal so that means no Agility Training with Sammy on Saturday morning. This is probably a good thing as my ability to trot next to him is not very good right now.  
Hope you're all surviving the shopping, crowds, colds, and weather!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Hello!!! It's Jim and Dwight!!!
Here is my thank you card to my rehab therapist who has had to endure my snark (a Marlooney verb-- "to snark, I snark, You snark... we all snark") as he treated me for my low back and shoulder issues.  Our running joke was that I was one of the last appointments of the day as he needed to go home and imbibe in a  bottle of wine after enduring my verbal diarrhea.   

Nonetheless, he survived.

I used  Cuttlebug embossing folders ("Thank you" and the dots), Brian Locke image and I used a Marvy punch (the square punch).  The ribbon was from Michaels $1 clearance and the green paper with flowers came from Michaels (single sheet section).

This is a close up of my Prismacolor coloring. I'm still not good about the shadowing.  (I used Stickles for some areas of the cape). I used green chalk (applied with a Q-Tip for the background on the image.)

Sunday, December 12, 2010


This is just a short blog to say that I have been a very busy crafting elf.  Last night, I was up until 230 am last night watching Moonlighting, Season 1&2 as I made some Holiday Cards.  I want to post them but some of the recipients have access to the blog so, I'm in a bit of a quandary. 

Anyway, I thought I'd just say that I'm having a blast watching Moonlighting.  I used to LOVE this show.  It's fun to watch now:  the fashion, the dialogue... and the exterior scenes that show how much LA has changed.  I saw one episode with a young Tim Robbins.

Have a crafty week, and hope to post something this week!

Here's SamUL outside with the Reindeer at our local promenade.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Holiday Thank You box

Here is an exploding box I had made that doubled as a thank you card and happy holidays card.
The box was made so that a large number of people can say "thanks" that is why there are so many panels. 
Feel free to click on the photo to make it bigger.
The ribbon is from Michaels and the paper is from a DCWV paper pack

I used my Fiskar scissors to cut little journaling areas. I used some bling and a lot of faux pen stitching. I also used an oval punch.

Again, more faux outlining on the white paper

I used some stickers that were on the Michaels $1 bin


For all you BSB's and NKOTB fans... disregard the paragraph below. It will probably be Klingon to you...

Guess what's out on DVD?  Season 1 and 2 of Moonlighting.  I loved this show!!!! $9.99 at Target.
(Oh, and guess what else I HAD to buy.  Partridge Family, Season 1!!!!  "I think I love you...")