I’m dizzy from going around in circles.

My daily schedule has been getting up at 5:00 a.m. and start the coffee maker.  While the coffee is brewing then I check my emails and blog post comments.  Then by 8:00 a.m. do a bit of paperwork to catch up on things until 10:00 a.m. The remainder of the day is spent thinking about and doing craft things.

Lately, I’ve had a bit of trouble getting away from the computer by 8:00 a.m.  Lots, and lots of trouble.  So much so that I’m really having a hard time getting myself on track.

I have so many projects in the works now that I’ve really gummed up the works here.

Picture frames from the Goodwill store.

Picture frames to alter

Picture frames to alter

These two frames need to be sanded and painted.  I haven’t chosen the papers yet for the bulletin boards that will be framed so I have not chosen a paint color.

Remember this trip to the big box hardware store?

Getting wood pieces cut

Getting wood pieces cut

The cut pieces of wood have now been turned into this.

Bulletin board inserts

Bulletin board inserts

Man did we ever create a powerful stink in this house yesterday.  Attaching this self healing rubber cork to the wood with Contact Cement.  Man, Joe and I were both quite loopy by the time this part of the project was over.

We had to save ourselves and go to Red Lobster for dinner.  The price we had to pay for getting out of the fumes 😀 and letting them be expelled from our house by having every vent fan running from one end to the other 😀

Yesterday I had Joe cut more cardboard for me.  I’ve got an additional five Post-It holders to do.  Revamp the Poker holders I made.  I did spend a couple hours on the telephone with Tim to get the necessary information for what he wants done with the Poker holders.  That was a much  needed conversation.

Cardboard cut to 7" width

Cardboard cut to 7" width

I’m still doing the “Inventory” thing with my dies.  I have one set of Alpha Dies from Sizzix to complete then to begin on my Nestabilities/Shapabilities dies.  Then all the die cutting and punching will be done.

Sizzix dies and Nestabilities

Sizzix dies and Nestabilities

I have one of my Sizzix Alpha Die sets completed and attached to the Inventory Sheets.

Alpha dies mounted to Inventory Sheet

Alpha dies mounted to Inventory Sheet


While cutting and mounting these alpha dies a thought occurred to me.  How about a “RANSOM NOTE” card challenge?

Use your letter stickers, alpha stamps, alpha dies, cut out words from magazines, tear out words from newspapers.  Crumple up your papers and ink them up.  Make them look like they have been around the world and back.  Mess things up a bit.

What would the card front or inside say?  I’m still thinking on that and would sure enjoy some input from you guys.

Joe loves to read.  We have a Barnes & Noble close to our house that we hit about once a month.  I’m thinking of getting him a gift card to purchase his next set of books.  So my idea is while he is gone go to Barnes & Noble to get the gift card, talk to the manager and see if he/she would like to be in on a bit of fun.

Word the card in such a manner as to say Joe MUST go to Barnes & Noble.  He is not allowed to leave the store without finding three books.  There are two people he has to encounter.  Joe has to say to each person “The sky is blue” and they are to respond back to him with “The sun glows red” (or some such nonsense).  The second person that responds to him will hand over the gift card tucked into a book that is laying on their desk area.  Then Joe has to go to the center of the store and loudly say “Happy Valentine’s Day” before he can go to the checkout stand.

Would I torture my husband in such a manner.  HECK YA!! 😀  Joe is planning on being home before Valentine’s Day so this should work out.  Now if I can keep him so that he doesn’t read this blog post 😀

Is anyone out there up for this CHALLENGE? 😀  You can do whatever is right for you and your spouse.  Lynn, you can make Rod go out and find something you have made for him.  Have him hunt around in your glorious flower beds.  OMG, I crack myself up!

First, I need to take care of this little mess before I can go on to other greatness 😀

Another mess I've made of my craft room

Another mess I've made of my craft room

Today will be my final day of doing my computer stuff in the morning.  I’m going to get cracking on the work I have to do after my first cup of coffee.  Then later in the evening I’ll check my emails and tend to my blogs.

Ya, right.  Well, that’s my plan for now and I’m gonna work my plan 😀

Tags, Tags, and More Tags

Have you started your Christmas shopping or creating?  Or are you still in the “thinking” stages of the gift process?  I am.

I don’t know about  you, but the selection of gift tags in most stores leaves a lot to be desired.  Usually you have to “spruce” them up with items from your stash.

“Have I got a deal for you”.  Yes, this is a quasi INFOMERCIAL.

  • Are your beautifully wrapped Christmas packages missing something?
  • Are you embarrassed by the gift tags available at your local stores?
  • Do you spend time trying to alter the store bought gift tags to coordinate with your wrapping paper?
  • Are you frustrated by the “kiddie” tags so abundant in local stores?

If you are ready to take this matter in your own hands (get it?) and create personalized gift tags for your Christmas gifts this year, then look no further.

For $39.35 ($47.35 for Wood Mount), plus tax and shipping, you will get everything you will need to create your own stunning gift tags.

  1. Tags Till Christmas Clear Mount Stamp Set ($22.95) available in English, French, and Spanish OR
  2. Tags Till ChristmasWood Mount Stamp Set ($30.95) available in English, French, and Spanish
  3. Both of these sets come with coordinating PUNCHES for nearly all the tags.
  4. Naturals White 8-1/2 x 11 Card Stock ($7.50) to create your tags with.
  5. Champagne Glass Glitter($3.95) OR
  6. Silver Glass Glitter($3.95) to make your tags sparkle and shine.
  7. Gold Lame’ Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink($4.95) for a rich, solid gold look on your tags.


That’s not all!  Place your order by November 26, 2010 and you will receive these items FREE!  A $13.90 value, absolutely FREE as my Thank You for your order.

  1. 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon – Real Red Use this ribbon on your tags or on any other project AND
  2. Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Use this embossing folder on cards, winter scrapbook pages, as an added bit of texture to your gift tags.

You will have people asking you where you purchased these tags and how they can get them.  These beautiful handmade tags are not just for packages.  Proudly deliver your gifts of baked goods with your special tag.  Hang one around the neck of a bottle of wine or other adult beverage to give to the hostess of a Christmas party you attend.  Attach one of your beautiful tags on the outside of a gift card envelope or a card with money tucked inside.  Hang one of your awesome tags from the handle of a gift bag.  Even use them on your Christmas scrapbook pages.

What are you waiting for?  These items will be shipped directly to your door in plenty of time for your creative genius.  This event ends on Friday, November 26, 2010 at 10:00 p.m. Central Time.