Friday, October 29, 2010


It’s Friday. Is everyone gearing up for a fun weekend? Garden Bouquet_Hero Arts_Oct 2010

My card is based on Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #132. I don’t think it requires much in the way explanation, although I might mention that I have taken quite a liking to the look achieved when one uses a Nestabilities die as a stencil for sponged ink. Not only does it add some depth and interest to the image but creates an instant border as well.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White, Bamboo, and Desert Sand cardstock; Silhouette Creative Basics paper; Black, Bamboo, and Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distressing Ink stamp pads; Hero Arts Friendship and Garden Bouquet stamps and Verve Stamps Autumn Splendor stamp pads; Black chiffon ribbon; Fiskars Apron Lace border stamp; Sponge daubers.

A Slice of Life: The birthday party for Sarah I had planned for this evening was postponed until Sunday. Cameron and Sarah got their hands on some tickets for a college hockey game tonight in Grand Forks. I didn’t mind at all. Sunday won’t be such a rush. With some extra time to prepare, I can do it up right.

It was kind of a crazy week. Wednesday night, I couldn’t get to sleep until around 2 am. At precisely 2:15, I woke up to the blaring of a car horn – not the intermittent beeps of a car alarm but a loud, continuous blast that sounded like it was coming from the parking lot below. I woke Husband, who said it wasn’t coming from a vehicle but the Civil Defense alarm. “No, dear,” I told him, “we don’t have a Civil Defense alarm that is close enough for us to hear, it is a damn horn. Now, go figure out where it’s coming from and make it stop.” Sure enough. The vehicle belonged to a tenant, who, once awakened from a deep sleep, took care of it. Temporarily. Around 5, the process had to be repeated. I got my best sleep that night between 6:45 and 7 when I got up.  Last night, it was catch up time, which, I am happy to report, went well.

Today, Husband was scheduled to have a tooth extracted at a dentist’s office in town. Shortly into the procedure, however, the dentist decided that an oral surgeon was needed, so he sent Marv packing – mouth full of Novocain – to a surgeon in Grand Forks. Husband calls me at work to tell me all of this when he’s already 50 miles down the road. “So,” I ask, “you’re going to have oral surgery and then drive yourself home?” Yup, that was his plan. Luckily, there was no anesthesia involved – not that I knew that for quite some time. Fortunately, too, he waited until he got back to town to take any painkillers. Worrying about him was not conducive to getting a lot done at work – at least until I knew he was home safe and sound.

The boys are staying with us tonight. We picked them up at daycare and took them out for supper, which was fun albeit the full soft drink that got knocked over right off the get go. One brother tipped it and felt bad. “Don’t worry, honey, it was an accident.” The other got wet and hollered like a stuck pig. “Knock it off. It’s not like it hurts or anything.” To Husband, “Go get a dishcloth. Get a mop, too. Refill the glass while I clean up the mess.”

Sigh … Laugh … Doesn’t this all sound like … life? The rest of the evening has been uneventful. Games. Hugs. Giggles. And the little guys fell fast asleep within minutes of saying their prayers.

I am looking forward to a busy – but calm – weekend. How about you? What are you doing? Cameron went all out on the boys’ Halloween costumes this year – Jango Fett and Bobo Fett minus the blasters, which wouldn’t have been appropriate for school. The kids were thrilled anyway. I’ll have to get some photos on Sunday. For now, it’s back to my corner for a little stamping session before bed. Hope to see you again on Simple Saturday. In the meantime, take care, and as always, thanks for stopping by.


Laurel said...

Very pretty!

Sylvia said...

Love your card.

Jeanne said...

This is a beautiful card, Kathi. I, too, am really liking that use of the Nestability. I'm thinking you keep it attached to the piece, sponging or spraying it, right? I will have to try it (between driving duties today, I hope). The colors are so elegant.

What a week you had. You are in need of a good, relaxing weekend, I'm thinking. Are you making those Cake Pops? Have fun with that. *Ü*

Glad husband survived his dental procedures without having an accident and I did giggle at the boys' reactions to the spilled soda., in all it's messy glory!

Here's hoping no more car horns go off this weekend!


Carolyn said...

This is Gorgeous!! Hope your hubby is feeling better!

I so need to get crafty again.
Where did you get your header? Maybe u told us already but i forgot.

Have a great weekend!!

Alanna said...

THis is so pretty. I'll never tire of those papers.

I'm glad hubby made it home safe. Doesn't sound like a fun day.

I had to smile about your dinner with the boys and the spilled drink. That sounds just about right as to how things would go in our house.

Sparkle said...

Such a pretty card!

mE said...

Wow! Crazy sleeplessness.. I hate it when that happens. Ergh. Hope hubs' mouth feels mo bettah and you guys had a relaxing weekend and some fun with the wee ones!

Love the card, esp the use of the book page or is that a stamp in the background... I LOVE using Nesties for "stencils".. love the framed look it gives an image. :)


Barb said...

Your card is lovely. That is STILL my all time favorite paper pack. I really like the Nestie/sponged background effect. I use it often and it sure beats buying an air compressor for Copic air brushing.

I'm glad your hubby made it home safely. And the endearing story you shared about your grandsons, warmed my heart...lots of love there. Thanks for sharing.