Thursday, May 31, 2007

Personality Test

Hmm...not sure...I always thought I was 100% abnormal! LOL!

You Are 36% Abnormal
You are at low risk for being a psychopath. It is unlikely that you have no soul.
You are at medium risk for having a borderline personality. It is somewhat likely that you are a chaotic mess.
You are at medium risk for having a narcissistic personality. It is somewhat likely that you are in love with your own reflection.
You are at medium risk for having a social phobia. It is somewhat likely that you feel most comfortable in your mom's basement.
You are at low risk for obsessive compulsive disorder. It is unlikely that you are addicted to hand sanitizer.

Today at work we had a "mandatory meeting". Of course, everyone gets a little worried when there is a mandatory department meeting. But we were greeted at the door with ice cream! Then they had boxes of computer parts and office supplies in boxes on each table. We had to build a sculpture using the items in our box...bonus points for using ALL the parts and for creativity. We built a "Peoplesoft Programmer"...we even added a coffee cup, sunglasses, earrings, and made him a tie out of a piece of foam that was in our box. And....we WON! So our department gets a catered hour long lunch served by our director! Then they gave out some serious (and not so serious) awards. Those were pretty funny too.

I'm still working on my program. A few days ago my boss showed me how to set up the security on the panel...and so I've been modifying things on that database (he'd moved it from my testing one). Today he deleted the security he'd set up (and the panel that I'd modified) and told me I needed to redo it for practice. I told him he was a "meanie" and that I was going to make him a "meanie" card tonight! So that's what I'm going to try and do! LOL. Luckily he has a pretty good sense of humor.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

I've trained my husband well!

Last week my husband brought me home rubber (no, not THAT kind!) twice! He managed to find two SU wheels and a handle for $2 at the thrift store. And then a couple days later he found a bag of stamps for $3.50 (they were normally $7 but it was the color that was 1/2 off for the day). I've only had a chance to play with one of the stamps so far. But isn't he a cutie?
I used to collect Cherished Teddies figurines...and several of these stamps are Cherished Teddies. I didn't even realized they made stamps of them!
Hope everyone is having a great week. Leave me a comment and say "hi" so I know you've been here!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Thinking Outside the Box

I made this card yesterday in honor of Memorial Day. The 4th of July stamp set (from Clear Dollar Stamps) had the flag stamp...but I wanted it to be on a "pole". So I used a clean new pencil eraser for the circle at the top and then just one line of the flag stamp to make the pole. Embossed it with silver embossing powder...and we have a flag on a pole! The sentiment is from CTMH and the canvas background (if you can see it) is from SU.
I'm HOPING to become a designer for this stamp company (Clear Dollar Stamps). I've sent a couple samples and am waiting to hear back from them.
Last night my hubby brought me home a surprise...more rubber stamps! He found them at the thrift store. So I had to make a new card last night. I'll share that tomorrow. For now, I'm signing off. I had a rough day at work today. I would love to know why mens' hormones make them feel stronger and our hormones make us into weeping messes. Sigh. Tomorrow (or at least next week) will be better. Have a great evening all.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Scrapbook Pics

Here are some of the pictures I promised this morning. I just took a few representative photos from each album (actually couldn't find my Mom's's hidden in a SAFE place...LOL). You'll notice I decided to stick with a color scheme for each album. I think that helps keep the perspective on the photos and the memories and creates continuity.

The first two are of my daughter Amber. If you click on the photos they will get bigger. My daughters were part of a set of triplets born too early at 25 weeks. One page contains a quote that someone sent me and it touched me. The other page is the first time I saw/touched her.

The next two are of my daughter Cheyenne. One is her two week "birthday". The card is a 3x5 index card (if that gives you size perspective). The other page is a letter I wrote to her after she'd passed away.

And then we are on to my Dad's memorial album. I did a few unique things you'll notice on some of these pages. For example, they gave me some of the shells from the gun volley. I took these in to the copy place and had them color copied to put into the album (yes, they thought I was crazy...but I didn't care! LOL!) I also looked up the history of each part of the military burial and included the meaning for each part along with the pictures. I also carried the theme through with the red/white/blue colors...and included sanding so that the colors were muted on the cardstocks. This uses a kit from Close To My Heart for the base pages.

I already have something special planned for make sure you come back! I'm going to try and post SOMETHING every day (whether it be a new project or some general ramblings of a crazy woman! LOL!)

Good Morning All!

Today is Memorial Day. I know the radio is talking mainly about the military - but I think today is a day to remember all those who have gone before us. I had always thought of it as a "military" type holiday and was surprised when my Dad asked if we'd be coming home on Memorial Day to visit my Mom's grave. To him it was about remembering all of those who have gone ahead of us. And as I've grown older I choose to think of this day the same as he did. Today I am remembering my Mom (who passed away in 1998), my Dad (who passed away 2 years ago August), my daughters (who passed away in June/July 1997), my neice, my BIL, and several friends as well.

Scrapbooking is a great way to remember those who have gone ahead of us. Whether it is someone you never met (a miscarriage perhaps) or a parent you've known your whole life. You have memories and thoughts related to that person. I spoke once to an infant loss group. The losses ranged from miscarriages to babies who'd died of SIDS. I shared my album that I made of my daughters who had only lived a few days. So I had few pictures. But I had a lot of memories. And I had appointment slips for the OB. And notes from friends. Etc, etc. A scrapbook is a great place to showcase these items. I've also been working on albums for my parents. My Mom never spoke about her childhood nor did she have any pictures. After she passed away I contacted one of her siblings who was gracious enough to share some photos and some stories. My Dad was a WWII veteran (one of the original Darby's Rangers) and it was always a MAJOR part of his life. So his album I started with that. Thanks to some pull from another Ranger we were able to get the full military burial for my Dad. It was the first I'd ever been to and it was an awe inspiring experience. We had several people taking photos at the burial and I've used those to start an album for him.

I will share photos of all three of my memorial albums in a bit. In the meantime, take some time to hug those you love that are still with you and remember those who are gone. Take time now with your loved ones to get memories/stories down on paper before they are lost forever.


Sunday, May 27, 2007

First Pictures

Ok...I'm going to attempt to figure out how to add a photo here. These pictures are of the card I made for my brother. Hopefully you'll be able to read them...if not it says this (outside) "You'd better enjoy your birthday..." (inside) "'Cause in dog years you'd be dead!" I'm not sure I entirely love how it turned out. But it'll do. I used the cuttlebug embossing plate for the background and then rubbed an inkpad directly to the raised portions. The dog is from a Stampin' Up set called "Ruff Day". I also used their "Linen" background stamp on the area where the dog is stamped. I stamped him, masked him, and then stamped the linen around him. I colored in the kraft paper with my signo white gel pen and raised the dog's head on dimensionals. The saying is done with Karen Foster Snap stamps.

A New Beginning

Ok, I've fought the urge as long as I could - but now I'm jumping on the bandwagon that folks call "blogging". No more emailing pictures to a zillion people. One place to update and post photos. Sounds like a positive step to me.

I need to work on a birthday card today for my brother. I'm the youngest and the only girl in my family. With three older brothers I took a lot of "flak" growing up...but now it's MY turn to get back...cause I'll ALWAYS be younger than them! LOL! So look for a "slammer" birthday card posting later today (assuming I can figure out how to add photos!