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Posted: 4/7/2014 11:32:12 AM
Hi Happy Campers! How's your monday going?

We have rain. Look to be an all day event with a slight chance of thunder tonight.

Just put out an envelope for mailing that has several projects for photo-ing. 2 for the Butt Ugly, 1 for my Face It & a 2nd project from my kept KIAE.

Hoping for 'happy mail' today. Pug's KIAE might arrive, but I'm not concerned. Good stuff is worth waiting for!

Got good news from my buddy April (CG). She snagged me the last clear embossing inkpad on the shelf & is sending it along. I so want to play more with the 'water stamp' technique from the last SND. Betting I can use it with Pug's kit.

Wow. Just realized Easter is only 2 weeks away! With mom's appetite & such I'm not making big plans foodwise & the hang-on Winter isn't helping get me in a really Spring mood. But I'm gonna do my durndest to take a positive attitude & that sometimes helps.

Hope y'all have a great today & drop by to post!


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 4/7/2014 11:47:55 AM
April showers here...heavy rain, and under a tornado watch until late aft. I should be crafting, but may read instead - it's that kind of day. Finished a bookmark for a special retired military friend of ours. Used one of my favorite sets - "Charles & Amelia" (Artistic Outpost). Stamped everything in Versafine Onyx Black directly onto the fabulous new Prima Cartographer map paper.

Here's the set: stamps

Molly

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Posted: 4/7/2014 12:57:53 PM
Hello. Today it is rainy and a bit chilly, but still spring weather. Tomorrow should be sunny and nice.

I finished and sent out my tag this morning, so I feel good about that. I have an easter card in mind from a sketch I saw at OWH, but haven't had time to do it.

I did go to the grocery. I picked up a rotisserie chicken for tonight and items for some different pasta dishes for throughout the week. We will probably grill this week to with some nicer weather. I did pick up some Easter candy, but haven't thought of Easter dinner yet. Ours will probably be low key also.

Molly, a bookmark sounds like a fun project!

Later on I have to chauffer the kids around. Spring activities are picking up steam. DS did go to school today and I assume everything is fine or someone would have called.

Hope every one has a nice day!


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 4/7/2014 1:07:45 PM
Interesting stamps. Molly. TFS. I hearya on 'rainy day reading'. I'm working on a mystery my sis shared. Kind of fun, but strange. I did some reading on my 'Macaws' book from the book sale. Not sure if I'll keep it, but it is interesting. Might donate it back to the library at some point, tho'.

Spent some time today doing searches about Zentangles. Found a few interesting hits. I'm going to see what 2Ps shop has by way of ZT patterns.

Although it only the 1st (full) week in April, I'm starting my research on what May's KIAE might entail (I'm lead host for the month) I enjoy hosting & playing, but we all know that hosting a swap/challenge requires a bit of work to plan. So best to get ahead rather than behind.

Gonna go check my mailbox. Monday's are usually a bit later for delivery, but I'm hoping for that 'happy mail'.

Later gators!


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 4/7/2014 1:29:34 PM
It is very rainy here too, today. Went to the dentist for a cleaning and x-rays. Got bad news that a wisdom tooth has to be extracted! Yes, I still have one at my age. Not looking forward to it.

I am hoping to start on some cards this afternoon. My Stamping Divas club meets tonight. YEAH! We are making a little pocket calendar book. I will show it to you sometime soon.

I hope by Easter most of us will have Spring like weather. I hope it is warm and sunny!

Have a great day,all.

Stampwilly

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Posted: 4/7/2014 2:56:22 PM
SURPRISE from Daniel just came in the mail!!! ( I seem to remember him mentioning he was sending a surprise). It's a great little tag, and I love it. I've emailed the image to him, and want him to post it and fill you in on all the details...

Molly

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Posted: 4/8/2014 9:38:45 AM
It sounds like Monday was a day for happy mail. i got Jan's ATC and some craft stuff I ordered.

Yesterday's weather was warm (high in the low 90s) and sunny but today is supposed to be cooler (high in the low 70s) and rainy.

I've been exercising in the evenings, and I'm finding it hard to get motivated to do anything after I get done. Which is definately cutting into my crafting time. But I did loose 2 more pounds. If I could just get up early enough to exercise in the morning, my evenings would be free.

I'm a little jealous of the low key Easter plans. My mom is hosting and she has a collection of crazies that she invites. Mostly my sister's in-laws and then a couple of friends of my mom's. A couple of years back, my mom's friend was asking my brother-in-law and his brother about guns for self protection (they are both cops). Well mom and I were doing dishes and we look up and there is a gun out at the table. She's now implemented a weapons' ban for the dinning room table.



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Posted: 4/8/2014 10:41:07 AM
LOL on the 'weapons ban', Sarah! Sounds like you have interesting holiday get-togethers.

We didn't get as much rain as predicted--no thunder. But it's starting to warm up. Hoping it's the start of a trend.

Got my KIAE envelope from Pug yesterday & I'm enjoying it immensely.

Want to work on some more items today.

Hope everyone has a terrific today. Catchya later.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 4/8/2014 10:48:10 AM
Morning all!

It's a chilly rainy one here. Temps aren't bad but the rain just makes it feel cooler.

I've got work stuff to do today while the oldest is at preschool .

Molly a bookmark sounds like a great project! Those stamps are great. Hope you'll share with us what you made!

Heidi, glad DS was well enough to go to school today!

Daniel, glad you got your kit and like it, can't wait to see what you create with it.

Sarah, guns at the table, Yikes! Hope this years Easter is a little less crazy! I know what ya mean about working out in the evening. It's hard to get in the habit of working out early when you work. Too easy to hit the snooze!

Well I'm off, to catch up on some things. Have a good one.


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Posted: 4/8/2014 11:41:38 AM
Posted the bookmark I've made...this turned out to be one of my favorites.

Heritage Bookmark

Molly

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Posted: 4/8/2014 11:56:08 AM
It was overcast and rainy this morning but it has cleared and must be at least 60 degrees. I wore shorts on my run and was quite comfortable. We need the warm but not hot weather to continue so we can grow some grass. we have a lot of mud in the yard!

LeighAnn, that kind of rain chilled me to the bone yesterday. Plus it caused a lot of traffic when I was carting the kids around in the evening.

Molly, great bookmark. My tags are always too messy to decorate both sides.

Sarah, I loled about the gun on the Easter dinner table! Yikes! I don't mind big family dinners if I just go, and don't organize, cook and host it.

Daniel, it sounds like you have been crafty just about every day recently. That is great!

Stampwilly, so sorry about your tooth! Hope your stamp club was fun.

Today I need to make a sympathy card. I usually just do something very simple for them. I really am not sure what else to do for crafting. I feel like I need to go out to Target to get a few things.

Hope you all have a nice day!





~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 4/8/2014 12:22:43 PM
Taking a break from working on a 2nd project from Pug's kit. It's reached the point of being able to go in one of several directions & that's a good place to 'pause' it for a bit.

Molly. I like your bookmark/tag. Bookmarks might make a good project twist for one of the KIAE swaps. There are so many possible versions of them--between pages, hook-overs & corner caps to name three. TFS.

While we're dry today, it's been very breezy. Makes it feel chillier than the temp says.

Although it's just April 8th, I've begun considering some ideas for May's KIAE Swap/Challenge. I hear the groans, but as fellow Swap Hosters know, we have to work ahead. And "Yes" sometimes that's a PITA. Even with retail & submission experience, I still find it a challenge to prep a swap/challenge just one month in advance. Fortunately I don't have to play 'lead host' every month (others are glad, too. )

Time to get back to playing with ideas & materials. Hope your day is going well.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 4/8/2014 3:18:57 PM
It has been a little warmer, but windy here today. So glad the pouring rain we had yesterday is over. Ran a bunch of errands today.

I posted the little calendar book we made at my Stamping Divas meeting last night. We have calendar pages to put in it, but I have left mine blank since I do not know what I might use it for yet. You can click the link at the bottom to see it.

Planning on making chicken quesadillas for dinner tonight. We have not had them for ages.

Hope ya'll have a great evening. Seems like Daniel is on a roll with crafting lately. I need to start on some things soon!

Stampwilly





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Posted: 4/8/2014 9:26:36 PM
Had a busy but fun day yesterday. Our eldest daughter lives about an hour away from us, in the heart of Vancouver itself. We do not see her as much as her little sister due to the logistics of driving downtown, fighting the traffic and finding parking etc. We do see her, but not as often, and we miss her.

She is also always very busy working a job and a half as she likes to travel all over the world. She is the one who lived in Monaco for several months each year for the last three years.

I digress....she called that she was teaching in our area and could come for supper! I made a stuffed roast chicken supper with all the trimmings. Set the dining room table with good china...the whole 9 yards. It was so fun to see her relaxed and cuddled up with an afghan on our couch, chatting after supper.

Earlier in the day, some out of town friends came for lunch and a visit for the afternoon. Plans were made for a visit up the coastline to see then and do some Salmon fishing this spring...and plans were set for them to come and visit us at the lake this summer and try for an elusive rainbow trout!

It was such a full and fun day, we fell into bed and slept like logs!!!

Hope we all have a craft filled, creative week...lol

Maureen

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Posted: 4/9/2014 10:17:40 AM
Terrific little project, April! TFS. Your club has such fun & we appreciate when you include us.

Wow, Mo'. You had a great day! I love fish--eating; not catching. Glad your day was fun-filled.

Still chilly here, but less breezy. Supposed to warm up tomorrow. Hope so.

I've completed all my required work for KIAE. I'll probably play with stuff from both kits & see whatI come up with. Have to think about it a bit.

Read my Norman Rockwell book. Intersting & full of great pix of his work.

Still doing my preliminary work on next month's KIAE Swap, but winnowing down options for the requirements--kit & projects.

Hope everyone has a good 'hump day'.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 4/9/2014 11:25:12 AM
April thanks for sharing your calendar project!

What a sunny, beautiful bright blue skies day! It was getting bright at 5am this morning...very energizing but nonetheless it's about time to pull out my eyemask. It is zero this morning and about 5" of new snow on top of the long lasting base of about 2'in areas that have not been cleared all winter. Sadly the snow covered most of the snowshoe hare tracks outside my living room windows. Haven't seen her in several years.

Speaking of weather I just started a new class on Climate Change. Interesting to learn about the temps of the oceans, air pressure, winds etc and how they all effect the weather. As well as how our satellites help track the data for forecast the global weather. I am always fascinated by systems that effect all of us on the planet.

I just posted a new Stamp N Dash challenge...trying to enjoy before Easter plans intercept our stamping time. Hope you check-out the challenge. Happy stamping...Jan

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Posted: 4/9/2014 12:07:56 PM
Can't find a "waving" smiley so pretend this thumbs up guy is waving hello, ok?!

Congrats on your walking and weight loss Craft Nerd! And Heidi, running?! Now that is ambitious! I've been trying to walk in the morning, but I end up snoozing too!

Good luck with your tooth April! I had all 4 of mine out later in life. I thought I was safe! Haha! It went fine, you'll be fine too! Treat yourself to some movie time on the couch.

Daniel, I love Norman Rockwell's illustrations! Sounds like you had fun at a book sale. As far as, "donating back", I've bought several items I thought I could use for craft storage (CD racks, spice racks) at thrift stores ... and then donated them back because they didn't quite fit the items I wanted to store.

Today is cooler and breezy so I should be outside! If you want to feel a little spring ... throw some birdseed outside. I recently put a birdfeeder out back and have enjoyed bird watching (when the squirrels aren't pigging out)! We've had male and female cardinals, painted buntings (love them!), blue jays, mourning doves, red bellied woodpeckers and the very piggy squirrels. Yesterday I noticed a flock of birds high up in the pine trees so I got out the binoculars. It was a flock of cedar waxwings! So don't despair, the birds are heading your way!


Cindi



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Posted: 4/9/2014 12:51:04 PM
Last evening the one smoke alarm started going off even though there was no smoke. We learned that one DS will be able to sleep through them and the other will have nightmares all night long because of it. I guess that was nice data to have, but I went right out this morning to buy some extras. Apparently this is not uncommon because little spiders sometimes climb into the sensors!

So this morning was errands and necessary phone calls. It is a nice sunny day, although it feels fairly cool. Tonight we are having store made meatballs (thought I would try them) and pasta night.

Sounds like you all are keeping busy. That is especially nice you had such a good dinner with your daughter, Maureen.

Jan, where did you take your class?

Cindi, that is fun that you are spotting so many birds? How about flowers? My crocuses (what is left of them) are blooming as are my tete a tete daffodils and a few of the regular dafodills.

Stampwilly, I need to check out your project still.

Hope you all have a crafty day. I was able to get one card done yesterday, but not any of the challenges/swaps yet...


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 4/9/2014 1:56:29 PM
Smoke alarms are so important--even when spiders or low batteries set them off. Thanx for the share Heidi.

Nice to see a new SND. I like doing 'inlays', but not sure I'm up to doing another ATC at this point. LOL. I'm getting more into a 3x5 'mood'. Love my index cards lately.

Getting a bit warmer out. Mom wanted some chili so I walked down the street & got her a small bowl along with a 'white castle' cheeseburger (microwave). So love having TurkeyHill so close.

Been playing with zentangles today. Just in the mood to get back to them. Not only are they relaxing (for me), but I like seeing that starting a ZT allows me to create numerous variations.

Off to see how mom's made out with her meal & then I may take a walk while the sun's still out.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 4/9/2014 2:30:17 PM
Daniel, probably only you and me know what Turkey Hill is. I hope you have Wawa. I love their hoagies.

Yes, I will feel much better tonight to have new smoke detectors. The other one was about 5 years old, and was supposed to last 10, but I am not unhappy to pick up new ones. Especially if the other one has a spider in it!

I saw an ant indoors yesterday too. Tis the season.



~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 4/9/2014 3:02:28 PM
It is warm and breezy here today. I am about to go for my walk. I have been running errands most of the day. So it looks like there will be no crafting for me. Maybe tomorrow!

Red buds, dogwoods, azaleas and thrift are blooming so pretty here! We should be around 80 degrees by Friday. I keep birdseed in my feeders all year round and have had many, but the crows are pesky now! They eat up all the food fast!

I hope ya'll have a good evening. I think I will pick up pizza for supper.

Stampwilly

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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:57:22 PM
Not much in the way of flowers here yet, except for a few snow drops hiding under some of my bushes but the place is full of birds and the air is full of their calls and cheeping.

I think nest building is gong on like crazy. I saw one small bird flying across the sky with a long piece of soft straw trailing out behind him.

I went for a walk tonight before dinner too. I've been riding a spin bike for exercise during the winter but today was so sunny and nice that I decided to do the walk instead. The trail was muddy in places and still had snow in others but it was nice to get out and enjoy the fresh air. I saw cardinals, grackles, a blue jay and a little rabbit while I was walking and earlier some kind of hawk circling in the sky.

Tonight we had a big salad for supper with some grilled chicken on top. It was good and felt healthy.

Good luck with the wisdom tooth April. Hope it goes uneventfully.


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Posted: 4/10/2014 12:32:59 AM
Hope the wisdom tooth extraction goes well. Best wishes for an good outcome.

Ladies...You all are seeing so many birds! we just got our first birding book and have been excited to see our first "strange" bird in our yard. DH whipped out the book and it was a Varied Thrush...fun to learn the name and all about it.
I am going to look up the ones you all have mentioned here...no time like the present to learn about them.

Daniel, you made me smile...with your comment about liking eating fish not catching it. I have a reason behind my love of fishing and all sports...hahahahaha, fishing means DH is out in the boat with a friend for about half a day. I usually sit in the gazebo and colour images!!! Bring on the fishing I say...the finished up coloured images album is getting mighty low! lol

Lots of walkers here this week. I use walking poles since my back surgery. I have a second problem with my back and can't walk more than 200 yards on my own. I need another surgery but had some complications last time so the surgeon is reluctant to do the second one...The poles give me stability and help lessen the pain from walking. I think I need to start back at the rubberized walking track near my house. We used to go every night after supper...hopefully you all inspire me to get back to it...poles and all!
I have been lazy about paper crafting. I have a few finished cards from last week so we have been tidying up the garden, doing the dreaded housework and are off to America tomorrow. Craft stores here I come!

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Posted: 4/10/2014 8:56:20 AM
Hi all,

It's getting warmer here! 54 right now. It's been a bit windy but the temps are nice!

Love the projects shared! The bookmark and pocket calendar are so cute!

I have a bird feeder and some suet holders out too. We have a Cardinal family and lots of finches. All different colors. It's fun to watch them! Last year we had a pretty purple martin!

Almost finished with my tag for this month. Signing up for a class next week to do explosion boxes. That sounds like fun!

Everyone have a great day!




Kathy in WI


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Posted: 4/10/2014 10:28:28 AM
Shaping up to be a nice day weather-wise. We might hit 70 by the weekend! Yay!

Bird song? Yep. I can almost tell time by hearing them start up in the dawn's early light. We always have cardinals. Interesting to hear how their song changes when they start courting & then later when they're nesting. Haven't heard the jays lately. Their calls are often harsh, but love their plumage. And I even like the crows. You can tell they're speaking a true language--very smart species. We live close to river, so I still hear occasional calls from the ducks & geese.

LOL on the 'Turkey Hill', Heidi. It's a convenience store chain. No Wa-Wa's locally.

Not sure what's on tap for today craft-wise. I worked on a few zentangles yesterday. I'm avoiding looking at my pattern books & just seeing how many variations I can do while starting with the same initial strokes. That's part of the fun of ZT for me--that they are all made stroke-by-stroke.

I did a bit based on Jan's latest SND challenge technique. Haven't decided whether I want to do ATCs, but the diecut/punchout inlay technique is one I'm familar with. Haven't played with it for a while, tho'. I really enjoy how interesting our forum's challenges are--even if I don't get the chance to participate.

Well today is moving along & I need to, too! Hope y'all have a pretty day.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 4/10/2014 10:44:58 AM
Gorgeous day! Going to reach mid 70's. Stalling on anything stamp-wise, but need to finish cutting out some images from rubber stamp plates. I generally don't mount the cut image, just apply removable poster tape to the block and adhere the bare rubber to that. Usually works pretty well on my padded stamping surface.

Youngest grandson has a baseball game tonight - sigh, another fast-food supper?

Posted my April tag for the swap and Daniel asked if I colored with the pencils...Yes, the Inktense pencils are designed to be used with water. Because I "stole" the design and technique from a card tutorial on Youtube, thought you might like to watch the actual video. I hadn't used those pencils in a couple of years - now I like them all over again.

Here's the video...

Inktense pencils

Molly

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Posted: 4/10/2014 1:19:16 PM
Hello all. I am starting to have issues with the site and errors today. Hopefully they won't persist. I have made two cards this week in addition to the tag and card I just posted for the KIAE swap. So I think I am getting back into my groove. If I have time I am going to try again on the Stamp n Dash.

About ATC's, do any of you ever turn them into cards. I saw on Craft Nerd's blog that she did that with one of hers. I think it would be easier to do so with an ATC than a tag.

I think it is nice outside but I have been too busy inside to notice.

Molly, enjoy the game outdoors! Kathy, good to hear from you! Daniel, that is too bad you don't have Wawa!! Turkey Hill is good though. I haven't been able to figure out if the store is related to the ice cream. Maureen, I bet you have some different birds than me, you being on the west coast and all. Stampwilly, you have such an early spring there. I bet it is beautiful! Gardencat, your salad sounds good to me. Glad you got outside.


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 4/10/2014 2:39:47 PM
We are having beautiful weather here today! I hope it sticks around. We have been outside most of the day today. My flowers are blooming so beautifully. I love sitting out on the balcony and enjoying them We have had a somewhat more relaxing week this week. Last week my daughter had cheer tryouts and she took her drivers test for the third time. Thank goodness she finally passed! My nerves couldn't take much more Hope everyone has a great week. I'm off to do some crafty stuff!


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Posted: 4/10/2014 3:33:16 PM
Way to go Mo! No shame in using walking sticks. We have them for hiking but just got them out for my MIL. She was visiting a few weeks ago and they helped her get around the neighborhood. She's had one knee replacement and is in need of another.

All the talk of walking here, actually made me get out and walk! Thanks Peas! I was a slug this morning, but after reading about so many of you walking, I got moving and did it this afternoon.

Congrats to your daughter CG, and Happy Belated Birthday to you! When my kids and their friends were just getting their licenses, the first thing they would want to do is go take their friends for a ride! Great! Your friend just got their license today, and you can't wait to get in the car with them ! I don't know what state you are in, but NY was notorious for failing everyone the first time around. FL is a joke. You drive around a couple of cones in a parking lot!

On the subject of flowers ... crocuses are one thing I do miss about NY. I bought some azaleas to plant under some pines in the back yard, but they are still in their pots . I hope they do well there. We have one lonely azalea in front of our dining room window. There were more, but one lone survivor! I have a ground orchid blooming and bought two more to plant. Gee, you just made me walk, now do I have to plant flowers too?! Haha!

What is it about smoke alarms? Ours always fail in the middle of the night!



Cindi



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Posted: 4/10/2014 11:00:35 PM
Cindi, we all seem to be motivating one another to keep moving; walking, planting flowers etc.

April, I'm glad you are relieved your daughter passed. I was the opposite. I was more worried when my son passed and could go out on the road by himself. I was sort of hoping he would fail and have to practice some more before they let him loose.

Wasn't quite as nice here today as yesterday, still a nice temperature but very windy and we had some showers this afternoon. In the morning, before the rain came, I did some garden work but the wind kept blowing my garden waste bags over so it was a struggle. Still felt good to make a start on getting the winter mess out of the garden. I saw some house finches this morning. A very common bird from what I've read but I haven't seen any during the winter so I was happy to see them back.

Daniel, the Cardinals sound to me as if they are saying "pretty, pretty, pretty" then at some point they change to something that sounds like "we're here, we're here."

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Posted: 4/11/2014 1:02:51 PM
CG, congrats to your daughter on her drivers test! I was just wondering the other day if me or DH will be the driver teacher. Luckily we have time to figure that out!

Cindi, I didn't know there were places where crocuses didn't bloom?

Gardencat, House Finches are our most common bird to our feeder (when I remember to fill it). They may be common, but they are a pretty, nice bird. We have a lot of cardinals right now too.

It is quite warm today! I have some windows open. We are supposed to have 70's all weekend into Monday, I think. Last night we took a run and the park was overrun with families and sport practices.

I am feeling back in the groove for crafting and not as behind on swaps and challenges. Are any of you crafting this weekend or do you have other things that need your attention?


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 4/11/2014 1:24:31 PM
Thanks guys! I have to admit that I was only relieved that she passed because she has no interest in driving now. She just wanted to pass that stupid test The cop that rode with her the first two tests was horribly mean to her. My daughter was scared to ride with her again, so we went on another day of the week and got a nice woman that time!

Took my little one out for $5 pizza and salad buffet earlier today. Super cheap and super good! I usually try to take him once a week. It's nice because he gets to eat for free and he's a little pig!

Well, I'm off to try to get some crafting done before I have to pick my daughter up from school and take both kids for a haircut. Then I have to come back home and finish packing stuff up to go to a crop tomorrow. Hope everyone has a great day!


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Pearl Maple
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Posted: 4/11/2014 9:05:52 PM
Hello Stamping friends and welcome April

Molly, book marks are a fun gift to make and they always come in handy.
Good luck Sarah on that weapons ban and family gatherings.
Stampwilly good luck with the tooth, hopefully it will be a quick and easy one for you.
How are those ZenTangles looking Daniel?
Love reading all your posts about the change of seasons. Living down under in Australia it is one thing I miss from the northern hemisphere. The tropics are fun though in what they call 'winter'.

April down here is a string of public holidays and a good time for me to finish some big projects. Forget spring cleaning, I am getting out the ink and mists and bound to get a little messy in a creative way. Have not been participating in many swaps or challenges lately because of work commitments but did launch free e-book on mixed media techniques and participating in a blog hop party this week that links into a prize drawing for a set of stamps if you wanted to join in.

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stampwilly
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Posted: 4/12/2014 9:55:35 AM
I have been running a lot of errands this week. Yesterday I actually did some crafting. I made a tag for Tim Holtz's challenge and nearly finished a card for my design team. Hope to finish it today.

I am itching to go for a walk soon. It is a perfect day. Finally no gale force winds! LOL!

Not much going on here. I have t-bones to grill for tonight's supper.

Hope ya'll have a great day.

Stampwilly

looser
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Posted: 4/12/2014 11:15:05 AM
Ditto on the 'walk', Beth! It's lovely outside here today.

Hi Mandy! Been a while since you've posted. Congrats on the book.

I've been playing more with inlays. Found a roll of corrugated paper & having fun using it to change the 'direction' of the inlay without using two different colors/patterns. I want to do the same with a striped pattern paper just for fun. Already did a craftfoam inlay. Turned out pretty cool.

Hope y'all have a terrific today. Catchya later!


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 4/12/2014 11:21:27 AM
HI everyone. The weather is fantastic. I am not feeling great though and am missing DS's first soccer game. I hope to feel better later since we are to have company for dinner. We are just going to order pizza.

Daniel, the inlay corrugated paper sounds really neat! I bet the craft foam looks cool too.

Mandy, Congrats on your book!

Stampwilly, I am glad you don't have winds anymore. Enjoy your walk!

I have a few half finished projects laying around from yesterday. I am having fun with a new floral image I have, coloring it different ways.


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 4/12/2014 12:23:53 PM
Good to see you Maple Pearl...it has been a long spell. I first got to explore your book on Catherine's blog when she announced it. I enjoyed seeing your beautiful work and all the great tutorial information. And this is a great reminder to move it up on my list to return to it soon.

Heidi, my climate class is a part of the lifelong learning program for seniors at our university. My other class Epigenetics started yesterday. Our chemistry professor specializes on studying the effects of nutrition on the aging brain.

One of the sidebar learning's from yesterday class was regarding the scientific studies on the differences between men and women. It is proven that men are not as responsive to babies/children's cries as easily as women...so an extra required nudge is indeed needed.

The Stamp N Dash challenge to inlay die cuts now has many great results posted in the gallery...hope you get to take a look. The challenge is open through Monday.

Heidi, sorry your not doing so well today...hope your rebound quickly!


...Jan
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Posted: 4/13/2014 10:46:09 AM
Good Morning StamPeas!

Yesterday's weather was gorgeous & today's is even better--we may hit 80 degrees! The warm-up is going to be short-lived, but the cool-down promises to be not too bad. Highs will still be in the 50s> (low) 60s.

Actually got a good bit of crafty stuff done on saturday. I played with the inlaid technique. Finished the corrugated tryout & made 2 twinchies with an MS punch & striped PP. Even used the inlaid craftfoam as a stamp with great results. Hope to have pix to share within a week.

Hope everyone's feeling better today--Heidi, April (Willy), Susan & all. No fun being 'under-the-weather' when the weather starts to get better.

Not sure what's on tap for my day. Have some bills to pay & a few domestic chores, but nothing huge.

Hope to hear from y'all.





Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 4/13/2014 6:34:55 PM
Has been another beautiful day here. I enjoyed my walk.

I made another card today trying a swing card. I like the result!

Last evening we decided to eat out for supper, so I grilled the steaks tonight.

It will be getting cooler here this week too, with some rain coming as well.

This is Spring break for a lot of people this week. I hope you enjoy the time off.

Have a good evening everyone!

Stampwilly
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