Out with the Old....in with the MOOOO

Here's my trusty Fiskars Paper Trimmer....I've had it since the day I started card-making/scrapbooking. It has cut ZILLIONS of things for me including my Clear Scraps Acrylic. It's been in numerous totes, gone to conferences and overnighters and even traveled across the country in my van cutting scraps into card-sized usable pieces. It's been loved for nearly 7 years. And still going strong, I might add....I use it daily.
BUT Today, on my driveway when I got home from work...was the biggest box of goodies from my Clear Scraps team and in among the other yummies from places like Hambly, My Little Shoebox, my Stamp BOX, Moxxie, Scor-Pal, MuddPuddles sand, On the Dot and a few others I'm sure I've forgotten....was this Beauteous Paper Cutter from Purple Cows. I have drooled over this cutter since it first came out, not ever able to justify buying it when my Fiskars was perfectly good. I can't wait to make my first cut on it - I had to blog about it first, I was so excited. I love the guillitine side - I've never had one of those, except at school in the workroom (I'm an EA).

Anyway....thanks for letting me share - and I'll be back with some reviews of my new cutter.

I (heart) Dr. Seuss

We had a conversation around the supper table the other night about who our favourite authors are. I was pleased that all 3 of our kids had authors they regularaly looked for in the library and that they knew their names and where to find them. I consider it an enormous blessing that all 3 kids are readers!! I have a few favourites too - depending on what I'm in the mood for. Francine Rivers is still one of my all-time favourite Christian authors. James Patterson & Jeffrey Deaver for suspense/crime. Nicholas Sparks for a sappy love story. And always - for as long as I can remember, I've loved Dr. Seuss. I love the lyrical writing, the deeper hidden messages (the Horton books in particular), I love all of it.

I just found this short story/poem by Dr. Seuss that I didn't know existed....and I laughed out loud the first time (and second and third time) I read it....thought I'd share, especially now just in the wake of Mother's Day. Enjoy:

Too Many Daves (by Dr. Seuss)

Did I ever tell you that Mrs. McCave
Had twenty-three sons, and she named them all Dave?

Well, she did. And that wasn't a smart thing to do.
You see, when she wants one, and calls out "Yoo-Hoo!
Come into the house, Dave!" she doesn't get one.
All twenty-three Daves of hers come on the run!

This makes things quite difficult at the McCaves'
As you can imagine, with so many Daves.
And often she wishes that, when they were born,
She had named one of them Bodkin Van Horn.
And one of them Hoos-Foos. And one of them Snimm.
And one of them Hot-Shot. And one Sunny Jim.
Another one Putt-Putt. Another one Moon Face.
Another one Marvin O'Gravel Balloon Face.
And one of them Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate...

But she didn't do it. And now it's too late.

What stinks????

I splurged this week and bought scrapbook paper. I generally don't - I have a stash a mile high to use up....but who could resist the cutsie creatures in the DCWV Green Stack. The skunk was calling my name. And just looking at them made me start thinking in puns :)

Happy Mother's Day to all of you Moms out there!

Paper Creations magazine RAK: ETA the Winner - Dishtowel Dame

See that "Go Green! - Toad-ily Inspired Cards" caption on the front of this magazine? It's me. I'm "Go Green!!" I submitted a toad card to this magazine and they liked it and then we came up with an idea to do a whole bunch of toad/frog cards....and they loved and published everything I made for them!! A 6-page spread. It's almost too exciting for me!!!!!

And I have 2 copies. One for me...and one for you. Post on here with a Green-idea of your own....something you do to recycle, or a toad or frog caption/poem, or whatever. I'll pick a random post number in 2 weeks and send you this magazine, and maybe a little treat :)

Thanks for letting me squeal a little.


ETA: The winner of the random post is: Dishtowel Dame!! Congrats. Send me your address and I'll ship this out.


NSD my Stamp BOX Blog Hop

Welcome to the first stop on your National Scrapbooking Day card & sketch Blog hop by my Stamp BOX! If you're just stumbling onto my blog by 'accident'....thanks....and you may wanna read the details of the blog hop here.

Right off the hop (no pun intended) I have a confession to make. I don't do sketches. At all. I don't make them and I don't use them. Ok, maybe not At all....I have done a couple as challenges in my lifetime, but not in my everyday scrapbooking and cardmaking. So for this card that I've made, I drew out a template for you, and if you want a printable template for this card, you can find one here at Mirkwood designs.

This is a tie-front card that measures 5" x 5" and I've used a circle stamp from the Seal It set to make a sort of button on an SEI die-cut sticker. The stamps says: "You are perfect. Stay the way you are. True to yourself always." I punched holes through the stickers and the front flaps of my card and tied it with a crisp piece of white twill. To write on, I've matted another SEI die-cut sticker and glued it on the inside of the card. Some of it is showing, but there's enough of it hidden if I want to write a more personal message.

and here's the template I promised.....please forgive my lame attempt :)

Quick instructions:
Cut your double-sided patterned paper 5" x 10"; score 2.5" from each end trim these ends into circles (trace something circular on there or eyeball-it, like I do). Punch holes in the rounded ends of your 1/2-circle flaps; add stamped "button" stickers with a hole punched in them, and tie shut with a ribbon.
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From here....head over to Tracey's blog for some more more my Stamp BOX inspiration. And be sure to leave me, and everyone else a comment to get your name entered into a draw for Free Stamps!!

Happy Scrapbooking Day!