Friday, July 20, 2012

Loving July

I know there are a lot of people suffering in the extreme heat this summer and I can't imagine having to deal with that, but here in the Northwest it hasn't been bad. I'm loving July!  It may have hit 90 degrees this summer but the hot days have been in the high 70's to mid 80's.  Perfect weather I think.  Last night I slept through a big thunderstorm and didn't hear a thing.  There really is something to "white noise." 

July is also my husband's birthday, my youngest daughter's birthday and my little sister's birthday.  Of course I can't forget my yearly physical comes due in July.  My "Squishy" aka "mammogram" is this month too.  Not normally something that a person would blog about really is important to get your squishy!  In 2004 I had a mammogram that showed something suspicious.  It did turn out to be breast cancer but was caught in the very early stages of it's development.  I had a lumpectomy and some radiation and this year will be my 7th year cancer free...if all goes well with this mammogram.   So...go get your squishy even though you hate it. It's one of the best things you can do for yourself.  Okay, NOW I will get off my soapbox and I'll show you some cards. At least the last one I made for The Outlawz Challenges.  We always receive the cutest and or prettiest images from Sandi Huggett and Anne Fenton.  You really should go to The Outlawz and check them out! They are awesome ladies too!

This little girl is Anne Fenton's image.  She is such a sweet little darling.

I'm not sure that I like the background paper that used for this step card but I like elements of this card so I left it.   The paper is by "My Mind's Eye" Mary Mary collection and the cake stamp is by JustRight stamps.
The first time I put this together I made yellow roses to go with her little yellow dress.  It just didn't look right so I pulled off the yellow roses and replaced them with the pink ones.  My husband liked the  yellow ones. I'm adding the card with the yellow roses too just so you can see that the color of the roses really does make a difference.

I don't know. What do you think? Pink or Yellow?

My Crafting Tip:  I have discovered a really awesome glue. It is called "Best Glue Ever" by Scraperfect.  It is FABULOUS! You can make your own glue dots with this stuff! It is super strong, super sticky and glues your paper without warping and glues buttons, ribbons, die cuts, brads....and is quick drying.  Scraperfect also makes a cleaner called, "Best Cleaner Ever." I recommend this too.  It is earth-friendly and is safe for your hands, tools fabrics, clear and rubber stamps.  When my scissors get sticky I spray a little on a rag and wipe the blades and presto! The sticky is gone.  I have used it on stamps and on a wooden block that I had taken the stamp off of and left some sticky residue.  I suggest you spray the cleaner directly on sticky sticker glue and let it set for about 30 seconds then wipe off. Another thing about this cleaner is that it doesn't stink!  I have a delicate sniffer...I hate stinky stuff.

Another card I had been working on earlier in the week is a pull out card.  You pull the tab and a bottom panel comes out too. It's way cute.  I haven't taken a picture of it yet but will post it this weekend.  I also made a couple of accordion cards.  I made one for a coworker of my husbands that gave me a Dungeness crab and some Sea Bass.  Oh Wow! Heavenly is the only way I can describe it.  I gave him a loaf of sourdough bread that I had made and the accordion card was a thank you card. (I didn't take a picture of it. Ugh! I am still trying to remember to take a picture of all the cards I make. My friend Ginny told me to always take a picture and then I forgot.)  I do have a perky little yellow one that I will post this weekend too.

I think that is all I have to share for today.  I'll be back a little later.  Happy Friday! Have a great weekend.

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