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Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Curly Cute Birthday

Today I want to show you how you can make a beautiful card with limited stamps.  I used two stamps here.  One for the words and one for the center of the scalloped layers.  You could even get by with just one stamp and a button or other embellishment in the center of those layers.  I am not a minimalist, I need LOTS of stamp sets!  I just buy the ones I think I will get the most use out of plus a couple other ones I think are cute and I can stamp away for months!  

The paper used here is Midnight Muse, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla and Comfort Cafe decorative paper.  

I am working on a couple of projects for you plus some other card ideas and finds.  It has been a busy week.  We are in the middle of some minor house repairs/replacements.  Today it was light fixtures in my workroom.  We didn't have to replace the fixtures, just the bulbs.  They are florescent.  I have two light fixtures in the main part of my workroom and each have two bulbs, you know, the long ones!  The one above my worktable had one working light and the other had two working lights but not very bright anymore.  I was not aware they lose their brightness in time.  We didn't have any spare bulbs so hubby had to run to the hardware store and get two.  He installed them and it was SO bright over my worktable and the other side of the room looked dull and dim.  So he switched a bright bulb on the other side for a dull one and  now I have a bright and dull in each fixture and it's still VERY bright in here.  I like it but it makes the room look messy! LOL  I have some tidying up to do this week in here too!  So the lights did not end there.  The covers on the fixtures were VERY old and brittle and even yellowed in the middle from the years of heat on them from the light.  We bought new covers 2 years ago and they have been hiding behind a spare folding worktable against the wall.  I move them when I vacuum and I think how nice it would be to have them installed.  But it's not a simple installation either.  These have to be cut to fit.  The length is right but the width is not.  There was about 6 inches too much on the side.  I took a piece out in the garage to see if I could cut it on the band saw but the plastic flying off there was a bit dangerous so I decided that was NOT a good idea.  I set up a fan and got out my wood burning tool and burned a line down the whole piece.  It took 4 to 5 times over the line to get it past the center thickness of the cover.  Once I got it past the center of the thickness I was able to set it along the edge of the table and snap it off.  I didn't learn that until I was at the end of the first one!  But they both got cut and I cleaned up the edges with a putty knife and I slid them in place.  But once again, it didn't end there.  When hubby removed the wood trim off one end the wood got scraped and I needed to touch it up.  SO once it was touched up I was able to hammer it back in place and enjoy the brightness of my workroom.  (I see dust!!! LOL).  Another project (ongoing) of the day was to take all the towels and sheet sets out of the linen closet and wash them up and see what I want to keep and what I don't.  In the mix were about 5 or 6 table cloths!  Really?  Do I need that many?  So once they are washed up I will see which ones I want to keep and the rest will be packaged up for the spring garage sale.  And of course I will price them before I box the packaged sets up.  I like to be ready for the sale LONG before the sale!  I keep a box on the bed in the guest room and when I run across something for the garage sale I price it and put it in the box.  When the box is full it goes out to the loft in the garage until spring.  It was such an easy garage sale to prep for this past spring because of doing that.  I have LOTS of stuff for the garage sale, mostly crafts but I hate to part with them.  You never know when you may need them.  Have you ever thought like that?  I bet most of you serious crafters have!  And then the other project is the stairs.  I still need to paint the wood on the sides and I'm done with my part.  Then I just sit back and wait for the carpet to come in.  It should be here any day now.  Whew!  It was a very busy day and it's not over yet.  I will be painting one side of the stairs tonight and the other side tomorrow morning and then I will officially be done with that.  I LOVE the "being done" with things!  Last night I finished up a Wizard of Oz project I had been working on for a few weeks now.  No, it really didn't take that long to do, I didn't work on it every day.  But last night I hit it hot and heavy with the clay items and I put it all together.  I think I will share that with you tomorrow.  I'll take some fun photos of it tonight.  I think you may be as amazed as I was!  And on that note I am going to end this long post and let you get back to your work!

See you tomorrow and thank you for stopping by today,

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