Sunday, January 23, 2011

Four Things for Your Sunday

I love meeting some of you when I travel. It's so fun to connect in real life with the people behind all the sweet and funny comments here.

One thing that several of you said in Nashville is - "Where are Maddie & Splotchy?"

I am not one of those people that only loves animals when they're babies, and have snapped scads of photos of catnanigans, but I guess I've neglected to post them!

So here's a short reel of Maddie disrupting my stamping time by trying to eat a piece of my lovely MFT herringbone striped ribbon I was using for a cute project I'll show you tomorrow.

This weekend is the Mini Virtual Stamp Night on Splitcoast. I LOVE VSN! The mini is a warmup for the main event in February, when the challenges will run all weekend. This weekend, the challenges were issued on Friday evening, and you have 45 minutes for each creation, and you have till Monday to upload. So play along today! They are such fun ones.

What I love about the 45 minute time limit is that it forces me to keep it simple and not overthink everything.

The first challenge this time is here, and it's a combo sketch, punch or die and color challenge.

I decided to bust out a technique we tried at Leadership, that I call scrunched flowers.

We die cut the Springtime Vintage Fabric with the Fun Flowers die, and laid them out on a paper towel. Then, we lightly sprayed them with starch, scrunched them up into little balls and set them aside to dry. When you unscrunch them, the starch lets them keep some of their scrunch and they get this fun, shabby look. We layered some of the flower die cuts with First Edition DSP punched with the Scallop punch.

So for this challenge, I scrunched a flower to match the sketch and put it all together with an Antique Brad.
The rest of the card is simple - the stem of the flower is made with the Tasteful Trim die, and I used the Pinking Hearts and Scalloped border punches, the 1.75" circle punch, Basic Black Ink and Well Scripted.

45 minutes - no problem! I even had time to spare! Did I use that to clean my desk? NO. I just dinked around in Google Reader :)

And I found something fun! My good buddy Chriss posted this on her blog and I thought it might be fun to pass along - it's just four things... :)

1. Four shows that you watch:
  • Modern Family
  • The Middle
  • The Office
  • Community
2. Four things you are passionate about:
  • Animals
  • Art
  • Technology
  • Walking

3. Four words/phrases you say a lot:
  • Seriously?
  • Can I take your picture?
  • Quad short espresso with steamed breve, please

4. Four things you've learned from the past:
  • Use a potholder to take the cookie sheet out of the oven
  • If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it's probably a duck
  • Your first instinct is always the right one
  • White pants are a terrible idea

5. Four places you would like to go:
  • Ireland
  • Maui
  • Fiji
  • Mt. Everest
6. Four things you did yesterday:
  • Had a serious nap
  • Dinner with friends
  • Made a card - didn't like it, threw it away
  • Bought a new mouse for Maddie
7. Four things you are looking forward to:
  • February stamp class
  • Salt Lake City
  • Spring
  • Summer

8. Four things you love about winter:
  • That it is short in Texas
  • My hair is fluffier
  • Fire
  • No fire ants
Feel like sharing? Leave a link to your list in a comment - I'd love to see your list!

Back tomorrow with a super fun project for a teacher for MFT Fab friend week #3!



  1. We want moving pictures of that cat!!!

    The flower is awesome!!! I need to get crafty soon...

    I did the Four things thing..

  2. Love that flower.... gotta make one (I gots starch!)

    Did the four things:


  3. I've missed seeing Maddie and Splotch - about time they were back here!

    Love the card and technique... and I think I have some spray starch around here that I never used for ironing. (Ironing? What's that?)

    TODAY'S WORD IS "pregr", which is too easy. :-) "I think she might be pregr with twins." Or it could be pre-gr as in "The lion gave a warning pre-gr before his annoyance gave way to a pounce."

  4. Love the flower card and your blog posts always make me smile. Love Maddie cat. I did the Four Things list here is the link

    Have A Great Week!

  5. OK, I laughed out loud for reals at your spam warning - awesome.
    I love your shabby flower :)
    I also did the four things "thing" caught my fancy.
    Thanks for inspiring me :)

  6. Yeah, well the jumper cable thingy was many moons ago. Our daughter was in the hospital for 3 weeks and we were taking turns at home with our son and the car wouldn't start. Hubby was trying to get me to bypass the starter with phone instructions. All I managed to do was set the car on fire. Definitely a lesson learned and can definitely be looked back upon with humor :0) Do not travel without a fire extinguisher, it saved the car.


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