Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Chantilly Lace....

and that's all of those song lyrics I remember!
After the last couple of weeks
it's a wonder if I know my own name!
Sick Momma Me-a
sick cats
(tomorrow I get to make 2 vet runs
with 2 different cats---oh joy!)
it's not been fun.

I did something I rarely do.
In the new Close to My Heart Catalog
I fell in love
with the Chantilly paper line
and it's embellishments.
And a layout that was in the catalog
page 19 to be exact.
You can view the catalog by clicking here
So I had ordered the supplies
and drooled and dreamed
until finally
between coughing fits
I found a few minutes here
and a few minutes there
and created not one page but two.
Both of these were "cased"
(translate: not my original ideas)
although I did change them up a bit.
Here's the first page before I added pictures:
And here's the second page and the changed up first page
after adding photos:
I had to move that oval embellishment on the far right
and remove the "friends" after I added my photo---
the embellishment would have been right over my goddaughter's face
it looked "unbalanced" if I put it at the top-
so my only other option was to CAREFULLY
remove the popped-up "friends" and place it there at the bottom.
A word to the wise:
do not permanently attach embellishments before you put
your photos down!
You can always leave them off and add them after or,
if you really want to add them, slip a piece of waxed paper
between the sticky on the embellishment and where it overlaps
that way you can pull it out and tack it down after adding your photo!
The left-side page was "cased" from the CTMH bulletin board.
I used a retired stamp set that I think was called
"Mrs. Scrapbooker"
along with the *NEW* Frame Flair stamp set (p. 19 also)
to make this cute little embellishment

Yes, the frame is popped up
with a piece of "glass" (transparency!) added to it!
I think part of the reason I may have been so drawn
to these papers and layout
is that I knew exactly what photos I wanted to use.
I simply printed out my journaling on vellum
and overlaid it on the dp blocks.

I even managed to figure out how to
print my journaling on cardstock and then
line it up to cut out the shape from the
Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.
I simply printed, cut and then stamped!

My friend "Buzz" and Bad Cat were having a serious conversation about something!
I think "Buzz" may have been trying to coax him to give up the
groupie project that night and he wouldn't talk-
no treats? no talk!
BC is the one who goes to the vet tomorrow afternoon.
He's the BEST cat at the vets...
for us he's finicky and foul when it comes to health care
and we're afraid that he, like Poppa Cat, may be diabetic.
Dear God I hope not!
Well, tonight is our Groupie Night.
So off to pack my craft bag
feed and care for kitties
and then I am off for a night of fun.
I'll probably have no voice by the time it's over
but who cares!

Until next time,
happy stamping and scrapping!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Catch (cough---cough--choke) Up...

Whatever this respiratory bug is
that's going around...
I sure wish
it would
I've hosted you long enough
(almost an entire week...)
time to move on!
 It's been a challenging couple of weeks at that.
Two weeks ago
I took our Poppa Cat to the vet
thinking he had a respiratory thing going on
as he kept loosing his "meow" off and on.
Turns out
that's one of the symptoms of
diabetes in a cat.
Who knew?
Now we do.
And yep, it's a lot like in people---
change the diet,
stricter eating/medication schedule
monitor blood sugar counts
and two insulin injections per day
preferably before meals.
Which means
before Momma has coffee!
It has been a real challenge.
Thank goodness
even though he is a holy terror at the vet's office
he is a real doll baby at home.
We're still purr-fecting
how to get him to hold still the best
for his injections
(he's Poppa's favorite so it's hard for him
to make him stay still...)
but so far
we've gotten all the shots in him
and no one hurt in the process!
Add to that
the fact that Momma probably should go to
her vet-er, doctor.
I have spent the entire week
with the exception of one half-day
in bed.
Last night and today
at least the cough has been productive
(sorry-TMI, I know).
I am taking that as a sign
that this bug is on it's way out.
Can't be soon enough to suit me!
I did manage a quick Valentine card--
this is a puzzle cut from the
Close to My Heart Artiste cartridge
Since I never felt well enough to make a special one
for hubby
I used this one instead.
(He was happy and none the wiser!
I won't tell if you don't!)
I loved this layout in the
new Spring/Summer CTMH catalog
and decided we'll recreate it for
our scrapbooking group next month.

It uses the Chantilly papers
(which I think would make an adorable spring banner!)
and fabric (note the ruffle!)
with the cute crocheted trimmed zipper!

I am not sure if the sample in the catalog
used actual stitching around the borders
but I "cheated" and, since CTMH cardstock
has a nice white core
I simply made score lines and then sanded them
to expose the white.
I really like this layout.
I will have to find photos to fill it
and repost it.
For now, I think a hot shower
and more coffee's what the dr. ordered for me--
and a nap.
Definitely a nap.
Until next time,
happy stamping and scrapping!