I Ruff You!

Friday, January 20, 2012

All I can say is....TGIF!

What a week it's been at work! I got pulled into an impromptu meeting with the CEO of the company (keep in mind, this is no small company - we have 20,000 employee's) and the only time I open my mouth to say anything, his first response is "You're not from around here are you?" After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I realised he had detected my accent and wasn't suggesting that I keep my mouth shut! lol After a late night working on his special project and a few stressful work days, I'm ready for the weekend! How about you? Got anything planned?

I just found out that my dad and brother are coming to visit me for most of February and I'm sooooo excited!! I haven't seen my baby brother in almost 10 years and I haven't seen my dad in 8 years, so this is going to be a long awaited reunion for us all! So, whenever we get visitors, we do what we always do in this house....run around like headless chooks, painting, prepping, and cleaning! We repainted my little girl's room last weekend and this weekend, we're installing the missing base trim and adding a fresh coat of paint to the rest of the trim, since that's where my dad and brother will be sleeping. I also worked on a wooden sign this week that turned out fabulous! We're also painting a vanity that my MIL (hi Kay!) bought for her room and I'll be making some curtains next weekend! Nothing like a visit from family to jump start our project list again! lol

Ok, enough about me, after all that, I still managed to find time to make a card for this week's There She Goes (Again!) week. This week is all about revisiting older sets from TSG and giving them another 15 minutes in the limelight. This week's sets are Puppy Love, Buckets of Love and Love....I'm sensing a theme here! ;)

So I pulled out Puppy Love and whipped up this sweet card! To make this card I used Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #150 for my inspiration, some left over paper from Basic Grey's Max and Whiskers collection (I have two of these pads!) and my partner in crime - my sewing machine! As always, I colored this cutie patootie puppy in with my reinkers and aquapainter brush.

I really have to figure out a way to take better photos. The only time I can photograph my cards is at night time and my kitchen light just isn't cutting it anymore. I may have to invest in an Ott light I think. Anyone else use one of these to photograph your cards? What do you use? I'd really love to know.

Have a great weekend everyone! Stay warm!

PS. Did you see that my snowflake card won this month's Mojo Sketch Challenge?? I was BEYOND excited when I discovered this! Maybe my mojo is coming back after all?? :)


Stamps: There She Goes 'Puppy Love'

Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', SU's Creamy Caramel, Dusty Durango, Cool Caribbean, Regal Rose, Ruby Red, Sahara Sand, Distress Inks 'Walnut Stain and Burlap'

Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Bazzil Basics - Bitter Chocolate, PTI Kraft Cardstock, PP - Basic Grey 'Max and Whiskers'

Access: Spellbinders Circle Nesties, Fiskars Corner Punch, PTI Rustic Button Twine and Button, Paper Piercer, Machine Stitching, Dimensionals


Laura said...

ohhhh what a cute card!!!!

Greetzz Laura

Pam Sparks said...

Hi Sandra! It always feels so good to get stuff done around the house! We have a list for this year...we've been procrastinating for too long! Have a wonderful family reunion!
Your card is adorable...super cute pooch coloring and creating!
I have a video (only 4 min. long) I made on setting up an inexpensive light tent and I show the lights I use, on my blog - http://expressionswithheart.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/make-your-own-light-tent/
Maybe it will give you a start?! ttul!

Rebecca Ednie said...

Congrats on the mojo win! And I'm sure you will be thrilled to see your family again! I can't imagine living so far away from mine. Save some energy to enjoy them though. I have an OTT light and it is great for lighting your cards. But I highly recommend using two lights aimed in from the sides and something to diffuse the light like a light box or you will get harsh shadows. You can find DIY instructions for a light box in many places online. I have a light box I bought and it works great. I think it was about $40 and came with two lights. As this is a very inexpensive set up tho, the lights were inadequate. I ended up buying two work lights with clamps from home Depot for about $15 each. I attached them to the card table where I take my photos. The light is much too yellow but I set my white balance on my camera to the setting for tungsten (indoor) lighting and they work great. Two OTT or other day light lamps would be my preference but they are much more expensive. I will eventually replace the work lights tho. Whatever you do, don't try using lights of different types. The light will be different colours and although your eyes may not see the difference, it will be noticeable in the photo. Hope this helps.

Theresa said...

Hi Sandra, your card is awesome. I wish I could "whip" something up this amazing!! I love the brown and how it looks like its leather. Just fabulous friend.

*Susan* said...

Hi Sandra! First, you must be excited beyond words that your dad & brother will be visiting you & your family for a month! I cannot imagine not seeing family for 8+ years and makes me realize how blessed we've been to always live no more than a few hours' drive away from anyone (other than for one year when we lived in California). Wishing that every moment you spend together is special!

Second, what a warm & whimsical card! The image is adorable, and I love the papers & colors you chose. The blue & brown plaid combined with the stitching reminds me of a comfy flannel shirt!

Congrats on the win, although I have a hard time believing that your mojo ever went anywhere! :-D

LORi BOYD said...

Your card is super fabulous...as they always are! :o) I am thrilled to read that you get to visit with your Dad and Brother. I am so happy for you and for your little sweetie! They are gonna fall in love with her!! Enjoy every minute!!

Love ya Friend - LORi

Related Posts with Thumbnails