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Thursday, June 2, 2011

adventures in catching up

I seem to be *behind* on everything, and have been since at least Friday, when I rushed home to finish the laundry so I could pack for our long weekend in Chicago and Milwaukee.  I needed to check on the bees before we could leave, too; they seemed to be doing well.  We had a lovely time over the weekend - Andrew and Heather got their custom-made (engagement gift) kite up for the first time with help from Donna Schenk who created it:


We stopped at the new and expanded Mars Cheese Castle in Kenosha and they actually had samples available - mmm!  Usually we stop just before closing and the samples are gone, but it was rainy and windy at Family Kite Festival Sunday so we left early.


While I was unloading the car Monday, the screen door shut on my bare foot and caused massive bruising.  I've been limping along and accomplishing little ever since. I did complete my demonstrator preorder for new Stampin' Up! merchandise yesterday evening - YAY - there will be new stamps, ink, paper, and punches in the house, hopefully next week!

I missed TWO card-making challenges in the past week - aargh - one at Jingle Belles and one at Shopping Our Stash.  I made ONE card this evening that covers the current challenges at both sites, though - maybe I can be caught up before the end of this weekend.  Here's my dual-challenge card:


 At Shopping Our Stash we were challenged this week to use our oldest stamp; at Jingle Belles we were challenged to "Let it sew, let it sew, let it sew".  Lauren & Stef are just so clever with their blog titles!

The first stamp set I remember purchasing is Sincere Salutations; it's still available and I still use it regularly, so it's not really the neglected or untouched set the SOS team were looking for.  Of the stamp sets I own, there's a circa 1999 set called Star Santa that I tracked down on eBay because I fell in love with it, but I've only owned it about a year and I've used it for two or three Jingle Belles challenges already.  Then I remembered that at that first Stampin' Up!® workshop, I purchased a Stampin' Around wheel called Candy Cane Christmas which I never used.  Ever.  And it's a Christmas stamp, so therefore it's automatically a Jingle Belles card, too!  So I opened the Real Red cartridge that I've also never used, clicked it into the handle (I have used that) and made a background.  Staying with "oldest" as a theme, I did use the Star Santa for a focal piece.  I had already decided that I could continue to avoid putting card stock in my sewing machine by cross-stitching Baker's Twine through a Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch.  Some day I really will put some card stock in my sewing machine, but it wasn't this evening.

When I went to file this card I discovered five other Jingle Belles Christmas cards that needed insides and envelopes, so I finished them up.

We'll be home most of this weekend, so there's some chance I may be caught up by Sunday.  Or not.  That reminds me, I'll need a graduation card.  And a gift.  And I need to send Stampin' Up!® newsletters.  And there's still a Less is More challenge for this week...

10 comments:

Leslie Hanna said...

"Adventures in catching up" HAHAHAHAHHA! Oh, that's good, and also the story of my life. I am perpetually running behind.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane with the SU stamp sets. That's a GREAT use for that wheel! And a FINE combo-challenge card it is, too!

Thanks for joining us at SOS!

Leslie Hanna said...

PS: The Jingle Belles post is up now, though your reader link may not work. Publishing snafu of sorts. Go to the main site and it's there now.

lauren bergold said...

well, i'm GLAD you told the story b/c i would NEVER have realized the candy cane roller and star santa were not au courrant... you definitely make them look brand new and quite excellent on your totally festive card!!! ♥♥♥

ps: hope the foot is better soon! yeeeeouch!!!

SmilynStef said...

Sweet find with the cool roller stamp ... and I love the stitching along the top ... and an extra woot woot for finishing up the insides of those cards (I usually put it off and then kick myself when I'm rushing to do the insides later) ... thanks for joining our jingle belles fun.

Deena said...

I like the use of the two older stamps in this card...thanks for joining in the sos this week

Lisa - papergrace said...

The stamping wheel and your Santa look GREAT on this card! Festive to the MAX! And your cross-stitching at the top is fabulous.

Hope that your foot is on the mend (that sounded painful!! wowweee!) and thanks for playing along with SOS. :)

Carla aka scrappypug said...

How cute! I love the different elements you combined and your narrative on your stamping choices! Super card. Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

Crystal said...

What fabulous stamps, glad we have you playing with your older neglected stamps :) Love the background & the border which you've stitched through is a great addition! Hope your foot feels better soon and thanks for joining us over at SOS!

June Houck said...

I love your star Santa and your fun double piercing separated with cross stitches. Very creative and so pretty on that candy cane paper!

Lisa said...

very cute!