Friday, April 16, 2010

Brightest card I've ever made

I think this wins as the brightest card I've ever made. But, I'm trying to brighten someone's day, and if you got this in the mail, how could you not be happy? Plus, it's an unexpected thing, so that always makes a person happier, right? Well, as long as it's not a bill.

I'm unsure if you can read the stamp in the bottom, it says "A Friend is a Keepsake of the Heart". I'm still trying to figure out focus, but, this time I used my camera phone, which I believe came out better than the actual camera. I also used the Auto Contrast button in Picasa and the Sharpen Button. Those helped a lot, but I'm still learning.

Since I don't make a lot of cards, I thought I'd try using a sketch, and since I was making it with a sketch, I thought maybe I'd try a challenge sketch. So, here's the sketch from Crafty Sentiments, and I just found out that you're supposed to use blue, which I did. I actually tweaked the sketch a little bit, so I hope that works out OK. I used one strip on the side, instead of two, and I flipped it 90 degrees, and then added my text on the bottom, or kitty-cornered from the diagonal piece.

So, here are the challenges I'm entering this in:

Crafty Sentiments - Sketch
Stampin' When I Can - Stickers, the heart is a sticker
Stacey's Stamping Stage - Colors: Only Orange, Green Galore, Yo Yo Yellow, and Pixie Pink, or something close to them, I hope mine are close enough.
PaperPlay Challenges - Stickers, once again, the heart

Book Sale Finds

One great thing about working at the library is when we have books donated, I get to look at them before they are moved back to the donation room. And last weekend we had one of our semi-annual book sales, so I was really looking at the books we had coming in.
Somehow I have managed to screw up the order of these pictures, so bear with me. I also want to apologize if any of the photos are blurry, they always look so in focus on my camera and then I open them on the computer and they're blurry, I haven't figured out how to fix this yet. If anyone can help, I'd really appreciate it.
This book below, I got for $10 which I thought was a pretty good deal. Inside it I found a bunch or 4 and 5 leaf clovers. But I have no idea what to do with them, anyone got any suggestions? I've never seen tiny 4 leaf clovers, let alone big ones and 5 leaf clovers as well, I'm so glad someone found them and decided to press them and then happened to forget them and I got to have them.
The inside of this book has tons of information on household items. The copywright dates are 1948 and 1950. I had originally planned to use pages for artwork, but I think I just want to keep it.
Here's the front of the book, it's called The Everyday Reference Library.
This book, was a plain white book, inside I found it to be 365 Days of Nature and Discovery. Looks like a great book to alter, or use some of the pages inside. I paid $2.50 for it.Here's what a few of the pages look like:
Here's the front of it:
This book is the Autobiography of Santa Claus. My mom collects Santa's, and though I figure she'll never read this book, I thought it might be a nice addition to her collection. Now, as long as I don't lose it before Christmas, that would be great. This book was $.50
This is the inside of Nature in America, it also had a lot of fun pictures in it. This book was $.50
And here's the cover of it:
I bought this book because I'm trying to cook from scratch more, and I thought this might be a nice easy book to start with. This book was $.50
This book, I decided to buy for my father, who's a big MASH fan. This book was $4.00
This is the inside of a book called Ghost Towns of the West, also had a bunch of really cool pictures. Plus, I always liked looking at abandoned buildings. This book was $2.50
Here is the cover for that book:

I spent $20.50 on all these books, which I think is a great deal, considering they were all probably about $20 each or more new. Plus, I get to support the library, win-win solution for all.

Friday, April 9, 2010


Paper Giveaway Winner
So, I put the 5 names in a bowl, and my guinea pig started chewing on one, and that one turned out to be Nancy.

So, Nancy, please email me your address, so I can get this bundle out to you.