Wednesday, January 21, 2009


How's everyone tonight? I'm much improved over last night after doing something smart today. I stayed home this morning! Yes, I burned a half a day of vacation, but I so needed it. I was so tired of coming home tired and not having enough energy to do something that I stayed home and cleaned my den, the room where I spend the majority of my waking hours that I'm here. There were stacks of stuff everywhere and disorderly ones at that. It was a depressing place to be. Although there is still much to be done, I got a good start, and it's so much better than it was. At this point in my life, I like small-space living. However, clutter needs to be kept under control, and to put it mildly, I'd gotten a little behind.

My card tonight was made with the pretty Emporium papers and another new stamp set, Bird Basics. I want to call it "Build-a-Bird," because the set consists of three bird bodies with an assortment of leg and feet, wings, tail feathers, and plumes. I kept my first bird pretty basic, the only notable characteristic being her wing, which was stamped on a separate scrap, cut out, and mounted with foam mounting tape.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White, Crystal Blue, and Cocoa cardstock; Emporium Level 2 paper packet; Buttercup, Vineyard Berry, Honey, and Bamboo ink pads; Honey marker; Bird Basics and Say it in Style stamp sets; My Legacy Writer; Ribbon from Wal-Mart; Sponge dauber; Sanding block; 3M foam mounting tape.

I bowled tonight after work. We lost all four points, even though we all bowled well. The other team bowled better. It was a good time anyway. Bjorn and Mathias are staying here tonight and will be spending the next two days with Grandpa, because their daycare provider is taking a couple of days off. Mathias had preschool screening this afternoon. He did his parents proud, scoring well above what's "required." While I don't know what the current criteria are, I'm not surprised. Both he and his brother continually surprise me with what they know and how fast they soak it up. With that, I'm going to sign off, go check out some blogs, and call it a day - a good day! I hope yours was, too! Thanks for stopping. I'll talk to you again tomorrow night.


Anonymous said...

Another wonderful card! I, too, fell in love with these "build-a-birds"!!! Great name for them!
It's one of the few stamp sets where I've actually used every single stamp on the sheet!!! I've had a just a few weeks and they're already "well loved". This is a great card - I'd like to try to imitate it for my collection - hope you don't mind? I promise not to enter it into any contests or anything!!

Glad you took the morning for you. I need to do that now and then myself - we work too hard.


fancyMelissa said...

This card is gorgeous. I love how you used that strip of paper.

Alanna said...

Great card Kathi. And I just love that paper.

Jeanne said...

Terrific card, Kathi! Love the term, Build a Bird! LOL You've done a super duper job building your bird and card!

Glad you took some time to set things back to normal for you. It does a great deal to ease the brain, doesn't it? Something I need to do, but Amy really wants that giraffe done...


Sylvia said...

I am going to have to get that paer. Great card.