Smiley from millan.net  Are you ready for the little Smiley from millan.net tonight?  I am!  I’ve got a basket full of candy that I don’t like (or can’t eat) to give out and we’re all set.  Smiley from millan.net

Now, how many of you are Steel Magnolia fans?  I LOVE that movie and all the great one-liners that I never get enough of.  One that constantly makes me laugh is when Ouiser is sitting in church and proudly announces that she and her friends used to dress up like nuns and go bar hopping!  When I saw Mo Manning’s drawing of Joy, I knew that I had to have that image and exactly what I was going to do with it.

 JOY

The image was printed on Neenah paper, water colored with Distress Re-inkers, then die/cut and embossed with Spellbinders™ Circle Nesties.  The sentiment on the front tag and inside the card was computer generated. 

Joy inside

I think I’ll give this card to my mother to send to one of her friends . . . they’ll get a real hoot out of it!

  • Stamps:  Joy from Mo’s Digital Pencil, and Happy Birthday from Endless Creations
  • Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Prism Frosted Teal; Black; BasicGrey Urban Prairie
  • Ink:  Ranger Black Soot, More Mustard, Vintage Photo and China Blue Distress Re-Inkers
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders™ S4-116 Classic Circles – Small, S4-114 Classic Circles – Large, S4-125 Classic Scalloped Circles – Small, S4-143 Long Scalloped Rectangles – Large, and S3-031 Scalloped Tags; Kaiser Craft Self-Adhesive Pearls; May Arts Ribbon; Vintage Button; Black Twine; Foam Mounting Tape; Sewing Machine

Have a Happy Halloween and thanks for stopping by!

Smiley from millan.net

Hey y’all!  Smiley from millan.net This month has been so hectic that I can’t even believe that we are at the end of October already!  I just don’t know where the days go.  Thanks to all of you for your prayers, well wishes and happy thoughts during the past week.  My mother-in-law’s service was just what she would have wanted!  I must say that those church ladies . . .  WOW . . . can they dish out the food!    Smiley from millan.net My mother-in-law always helped prepare food at the church when there were lunches, services, birthdays, etc., and let me tell you . . .  her friends spared nothing.  There was food to nibble on during the entire day and then they actually served us a sit-down family dinner of fried chicken and all the fixin’s. 

Now that I’ve recouped some of my sleep and am trying NOT to rake leaves, I decided to spend some time in the studio today.  How many of you remember bubble lights?  I loved them as a child and when I found them in the stores when my girls were little, I couldn’t resist buying some.  I can sit for hours and watch the little bubbles  . . . totally wasting time being mesmerized. 

When I saw this stamp from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps, I had to have it!

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I colored the image with Copic Markers, drew little bubbles with an Inkssential White Opaque Pen, and then added some dots of Ranger Glossy Accents.  The dots looked like bubbles, but after sleeping on it I decided to cover the entire bulb with Glossy Accents.  Now the bubbles look they are are inside the bulb and not hanging there.  The image was then die/cut and embossed using Spellbinders™  Long Classic Rectangles.  To marked where the branches came out first, trimmed them back to the marks and pulled them through to the other side before cutting.  I’ll show you this in a couple of days via video, I just didn’t have time when I started the project.

My friend, Sharon Johnson, sent me this luscious May Arts Silk Ribbon and I couldn’t resist using it on this card.  If you haven’t tried this ribbon, I would suggest it . . . FABULOUS to work with!

Oops, I almost forgot to tell you that once I colored the image,  I masked the bubble light and airbrushed some pale yellow over the background.  Even though you may not see it, I wanted the light to put off a little glow.

  • Stamps:  H2356 Bubble Light and D2615 All Good Cheer from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps
  • Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Memory Box Spiceberry; Prism Blush Red Dark and Herbal Garden Medium
  • Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Embossing and Old Paper
  • Accessories:  Copic Markers and Airbrush System; Tsukineko Sponge Daubers; Ranger Glossy Accents, Inkssentials White Opaque Pen and Queen’s Gold Embossing Powder; Sewing Machine; May Arts Ribbon; Foam Mounting Tape; Spellbinders™ S4-144 Long Classic Rectangles – Small, S4-143 Long Scalloped Rectangles – Large, S4-140 Petite Ovals – Small, and S4-139 Petite Scalloped Ovals – Large

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ve had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend.  I know I am  . . . it’s Talladega baby!

Smiley from millan.net

Good morning!  I must apologize for the lack of posts recently and my inability to stamp.  It’s been very hectic around the Cheever Household over the last few weeks and just when I thought things were going to ease up, we had another setback.  Late last Thursday night we received a phone call that my mother-in-law had collapsed at church.  While I made a pot of coffee and a go cup for Mr. Stodgy, he was getting dressed and heading out the door.  It is a four-hour drive to where he had to go, and minutes meant a great deal at that time.  Unfortunately my mother-in-law passed away early Friday morning, but all her boys were able to be by her side thank goodness.  Today we will be celebrating her life and how she touched everyone she came in contact with.  If you think of us today, think only happy thoughts . . . that’s what my mother-in-law would have wanted.  She loved life and was always available with a helping hand and a kind word.  I am so grateful this marvelous woman was a part of our lives!

Now let me get to my project for today.  Last week I mentioned that I had been working on a special project.  Beate Johns asked me to write a tutorial for Splitcoaststampers on how I make my snowflake medallions.  I also had to do my first video so please be understanding when you watch it.  Quite frankly I like videos but have been scared to do my own.  Now that the jitters have been abated, I’m sure I’ll be doing more!

Here’s my finished project for the tutorial.  You can find the written tutorial on Splitcoaststampers here, Snowflake Medallion.

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Here’s my first video  . . . please be kind!

I hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Here it is Saturday night, and I’m finally in the studio.  I had an idea for a gift tin, and wanted to see if I could make it work.  Some time ago I picked up a couple of the metal (altoid) tins at Archivers when they were on sale.  I thought I would use them business cards, but they are just the teeniest bit smaller than a business card.  However, they would be perfect for a gift card or money (everyone’s favorite gift)!

I was playing with snowflakes earlier in the week, and had an extra that I wanted to use an embellishment on the tin.  I found some Graphic 45 paper I thought matched and decided to cover one of the tins. 

Snowflake Gift Tin

I found an image that looked snowy and covered it with Ranger Cracked Accents.  The flip side of the paper used to cover the tin was die cut/embossed with Spellbinders™ Curved Rectangles Mega Nesties.  For the fun of it and for some added dimension, I die cut/embossed a portion of a frame using the same Nesties™.

Here’s a close-up of the snowflakes and the image.  I love the effect of the Crackle Accent and of course you know I can never find enough uses for the Vintage Glass Glitter.

Snowflake Gift Tin CLOSEUP

You’ll be able to see more about these snowflakes on Wednesday.

  • Paper:  Prism Baby Blue Light; Graphic 45 Christmas Past Collection – The Night Before Christmas and Jolly Old St. Nicholas
  • Ink:  Ranger Old Paper Distress; Papertrey perfect match Fresh Snow
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders™ S5-006 Curved Mega Rectangles and S4-222 Create A Flake One; Tsukineko Sponge Daubers; Crafting Wire; Papertrey Vintage Buttons and Rustic Cream Button Twine; Ranger Glossy, Matte and Crackle Accents; Art Institute Krystallos Vintage Glass Glitter

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, and thanks for stopping by.

Oh my BADness!  Where have I been for over a week?  Many of you are asking that very question.  Thanks for emailing and asking  . . . I know you care and that touches me beyond words.  Well, here’s my story  . . . grab a cup and have a seat!

Lets go back to last Wednesday when things were starting to get hectic.  There was a death in my brother-in-law’s family and a memorial service to attend.   Plus it had been a little chilly here for a few days and the temp in the house had dropped quite a bit.  I turned on the furnace to knock the chill off.  I accidentally fell asleep on the couch and when I woke up there was this strong burning smell . . . yep, the furnace died!  Mallory also called from school . . . she was sick and her roomie had H1N1 and bronchitis. 

Thursday morning I started calling around to different companies to get the furnace fixed AND started prepping for a medical procedure I was having on Friday morning.  Yes, I had to clean out the old system!  Mallory called sicker than the day before and was heading home for the weekend to visit the doctor and rest up.  Got the furnace fixed and luckily it was only a relay and we didn’t need to completely replace the entire furnace.

Friday morning I found out that I was a perfect asshole (yes, it was a colonoscopy).  I’m still waiting on biopsy results and I need to have some blood work done but so far, all is well!  The rest of Friday and part of Saturday was spent sleeping and recouping from the lack of food and caffeine from the previous day.  I did spend a time with Mallory and we went shopping for her birthday present . . . she was 21 on the 14th.  I hadn’t had time to get her present, so we just went shopping.  Oh, I also called the tree trimmers that I had gotten a quote from earlier in the summer.  Winter is a comin’ and the trees need a trimmin’  Can’t have anymore branches going through the roof!

Mallory headed back to school on Sunday, but is heading back home today for fall break.  Hopefully she’ll be able to get some rest over the next 3 days and knock this non-flu that she has.  Yes, she was past the 24 hour deadline for the H1N1 test to be accurate, but they have been treating her for it.

Now lets get to the guts of this week.  The tree trimmers drove into the driveway mid-day Monday.  I have spent the last 3 days watching and unable to get out of my garage.  But I did get some great pictures and video. 

We have in our yard (or did have) 4 very old pin oaks and one maple trees.  The estimated age of them are anywhere from 80 to 120 years old.  Over the last 4 years, our area has been hit by an oak disease and all the oak trees are dying.  It is so sad to walk through the neighborhood and see the fabulous old trees with dead branches and some trees just dead all together.    All we wanted to have done was for the dead to be trimmed out of our trees to avoid any further damage to our house and roof.  However, one tree was beyond recovery and when the dead was removed there wouldn’t be anything left at the top to balance the tree.  The arborists told me that within 3 months or after the next good rain, the tree would come toppling down and take our driveway with it.  So, the decision was made to have the tree taken completely down.  I have some great video of this, but do not have it ready today . . .  that’s another day! 

Here’s the tree that was taken down.  You can see how close it is to the house.  The other trees in the front yard have already been trimmed at this point.

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See that rope tied to the top?

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It’s attached to this truck across the boulevard.

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As the climber cut, the truck drove. It wasn’t long until the top of the tree crashed into the front yard.  Now this is what we have left.

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That red rope is attached to the same truck, but this time was on the house side of the boulevard.  It came down with a huge thud!

Now in the process of dealing with all this, I also had some branches trimmed that were on my neighbor’s tree, but hanging over my garage.  They caused considerable damage last winter and she refused to have them removed . . . so I did!  BUT, in her front yard is this tree

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See that crack that goes the full length of the trunk?  I can put my hand through the top

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I’m documenting it here because when this tree eventually splits and falls, it will take out my garage, laundry room, kitchen and family room.  I can’t make her take it down, but I can document it, report it to my insurance company (already done) and send her a certified letter requesting she take it down.  That way when it falls on  my house, and it will, my insurance company can use my documentation to fight with hers.

So that’s the end of my story, the trial and tribulations from the past week.  I did get into the studio a couple of nights and work on a special project though.  You’ll be seeing that next week . . . I can tell you that it’s a tutorial, both written and video!  Yes, I did my first video and you’ll be seeing it soon.  Please be kind when you do . . . I was just a little nervous about it.

That’s all folks!  I’m alive and kicking and ready to get back to work.  Have a great day and thanks for your emails and comments!

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