Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I hope every one's week is special.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
This picture was taken by Amber my GD. And it is all about how it has been around here the last couple of days, well really almost for 2 weeks.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
by Alexander Sergeevitch Pushkin, 1834
Somewhere, in a thrice-nine kingdom, in a thrice-ten state, lived the great Tsar Dadon. In his youth he had been bold and ruthless, and waged terrible wars against the rulers of neighbouring kingdoms -- but in his old age he wanted to rest from war, and build a peaceful life. Then the neighbouring rulers started to attack the old king, as viciously as he had done before. To guard the borders of his kingdom he had to maintain a huge army. His officers tried hard, but they just could not succeed -- if they were expecting the enemy from the south, the armies would appear from the east. If they were organized against attack on land, the savage intruders would appear from the sea. Tsar Dadon could not sleep; he wept with fury. Life was becoming unbearable. So he turned for help to a sorcerer, and astrologer; he sent a messenger begging him to come to the court.
The sorcerer came up close to Dadon's throne, and pulled from his bag a golden cockerel. "Take this bird," he said to the tsar, "and place it on top of the highest pinnacle. My cockerel will guard you faithfully -- as long as all is peaceful, he will sit in silence on the spire. But if there is a threat of war from any side, or forces massed for attack, or an unexpected danger, in a flash the cockerel will raise his crest, spread his wings and crow aloud, and will turn on his spire to face the direction from which danger comes."
The tsar was delighted with the sorcerer, and made him a promise. "In return for this favour," he said, "I will grant your first wish, whatever it may be, as if it were my own."
The cockerel kept watch over the kingdom from his high spire. Whenever danger could be seen, the faithful sentry would rouse himself as if from a sleep, spread his wings, and turning towards the danger, cry: "Cock-a-doodle-doo! Reign in peace, tsar!" And the neighbouring rulers grew quiet, and did not dare to go to war, for Tsar Dadon could now fend them off from all sides.
A year, and then another, went by in peace. The cockerel sat in silence. Then, one day, Tsar Dadon was awakened by a terrible noise: "Tsar, your Majesty!" shouted the commander, "Sir, wake up, please!"
"What's the matter?" asked Dadon, yawning. "Who's there -- what's the trouble?" The commander told him: "The cockerel is crowing; the whole city is filled with fear and chaos." The tsar went to the window -- he saw that the cockerel had turned on the spire to face the east. There was no time to lose. "Quickly! Men - to horse! Faster - faster!" The tsar sent out an army to the east, with his eldest son in command. The cockerel calmed down, the clamour quietened, and the tsar settled down again.
Eight days passed, and no news came from the war. No one knew whether or not there had been a battle, and Dadon received no messenger. Then the cockerel crowed again. The tsar called up another army force, and this time he sent his younger son to the rescue of the elder. The cockerel was silent.
Once again, no news came. And again, eight days passed. The people of the town spent the days in terror...then the cockerel shrilled once more. The tsar called up a third army, and himself lead them away to the east, not knowing what they would find.
Day and night they moved on; it was becoming unbearable. They found no sign of killing, no camp site, no burial place. A week had already passed, and the tsar was leading his men into the mountains. Suddenly, among the highest peaks, they saw a silken tent. In a narrow mountain pass lay the bodies of the defeated army; men stood around the tent in silent amazement. Tsar Dadon rushed forward - what a terrible sight! Before him his two sons lay dead, without their armour, their swords driven through each other. Their horses wandered loose in the crushed and blood-stained grass. The tsar began to weep: "My sons, my sons! Both my proud falcons caught in one net! I shall die from grief!" The people began to mourn with their tsar. With a heavy moan the depths of the hills echoed, and the heart of the mountains shook at its foundation
Suddenly, the silken tent swept open, and a girl, a princess of Shamakhan, shimmering with beauty like the dawn, stepped out to meet the king. Like the birds of night before the sun, the tsar was silenced. At the sight of her, he forgot the death of his sons. She smiled at Dadon - and with a little bow, took his hand and led him into her tent. There she sat him at the head of the table, and feasted him with sumptuous food, and he lay on a bed of brocade. A week passed, as Dadon stayed with her in utter entrancement, spellbound.
At length, Dadon set out on his journey home, with his armies and the young princess. Before them galloped the rumours, spreading both fact and fiction. The townspeople met them at the city gates, with a noisy welcome. Everyone ran behind Dadon and his princess in the royal carriage, and Dadon greeted everyone. Then, in the town, he caught sight of his old friend the sorcerer, whose turbaned head rose in the crowd like the head of a grizzled swan. "Greetings, old man" called the tsar. "Come over here and tell me if there is anything you want." "Tsar," replied the wise man, "do you remember? You promised me that, in return for my favour to you, you would grant the first thing I ask for. So please let me now have the girl, the Shamakhan princess."
"What!" cried Dadon, aghast. "Either a devil has got into you, or you have lost your senses. What can you be thinking of? Of course I gave you my promise, but everything must have its limits. And remember who I am - ask me rather for a chest of gold, or a noble title, or a horse from the royal stables - ask for half my kingdom!"
Thursday, September 17, 2009
You really can't tell how big he has gotten in this picture. But look how big those paws are. They caught him with the camera as he was waking up from his beauty nap.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Just in case you are wondering what that thing is on the front of my card, It's an empty bird cage. Thanks for looking
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Pat's challenge was to use your favorite punch on a card or layout. The punch I used on the little apron was the very first punch I bought. I wasn't able to buy but one, so I had to choose from all these border punches. So this must have been my favorite, for it to end up on my desk.
Then came 365's challenge and it was all about Gingham. But you won't be surprised, I'm sure that this is not a simple challenge. Create a piece of clothing with gingham as the pattern. You can stamp it, print a digital image, hand-draw it, or whatever you wish to do. I had to download some gingham papers.(activityvillage.co.uk) Then on for a search for some kind of dress template. Alisa Bangerter came up with the winner for me. Thanks for taking a minute for me.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
The image I found when I goolgled clip art, the little flowers were left overs from last nights card. The trees and sun were cut with the Cricut, using the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge. And the little cat (aka Flossie Mae) was cut using the George and Basic Shapes cartridge.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
All four of the papers were from a K&Company little designer Mat Pat. It was called Berry Sweet. The vase and flower stems are from a clear stamp that was not in its original wrapping, so I have no ideal who it is by. I took a close up of the blossoms to prove that there are actually 4 different papers used. There is the layer on top of the base card, the strip across the middle, then 2 different patterns make up the flowers. I cut the little flowers with my Cricut, using the George and Basic Shapes cartridge. To get the flowers that small, I used the sign feature and made the sign measuring at 1 in. So then the little flowers were just the right size. I used one of both papers to make the flower, then added rhinestones by Best Occasions to the center of the 3 flowers and two more positioned to look like new buds on the stems.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
I used my Cricut to cut out the cone and brim of the witches hat. The cone was made using the Cricut Sampler Cartridge birthday hat. I cut off the top, and cut two ovals placed on top of each other in the Cricut Design Studio, again using the Sampler cartridge.
I'm off to feed Allan. Thanks for letting me share.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Well I literally made a Campbell Soup can card. I googled Campbell's soup clip art, found this and saved it to my photo shop, then put the text Get well on it, printed it out where I could fold it at the edge to make a card, and then cut it out. I have a little chicken soup stamp by Inkadinkado, so I stamped it, colored it with some new Prismacolor pencils, cut it out and adhered it to the front of the can with 3D dots. Inside the card, I stamped and colored the bowl of chicken soup and added the words, Hope you are feeling better soon. Thanks for letting me share.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
StazOn Jet Black ink to stamp it on bright white paper. The base of the card was bright white card stock, the DP paper was just on my desk. The rose came from Jolee's Dimensional Stickers. Heartfelt from a package of stickers made by Making Memories. Thanks for letting me play along.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Blue is my world now I'm without you
Gray, gray, my life is gray
Cold is my heart since you went away
Red, red, my eyes are red
Crying for you alone in my bed
Green, green, my jealous heart
I doubted you and now we're apart
CHORUS:When we met how the bright sun shone
Then love died, now the rainbow is gone
Black, black, the nights I've known
Longing for you so lost and alone
Gone, gone, the love we knew
Blue is my world now I'm without you.
Black, black, the nights I've known
Longing for you so lost and alone
Blue, blue, my world is blue
Blue is my world now I'm without you
My first real love was in 1968. This song was in the top 10 for 5 straight weeks. I should have listened to the words better. *wink*
Now on to the 365 challenge. Three Shades of Blue.
I was going through some papers trying to decide on something, when I found this piece from Miss Elizabeths. I thought the medallion looking thing was eye catching. Of course it was just one of them and in the middle of the 12 x 12 sheet. I used a pearl blue for the base, more DP then the cut out. I finished it off with some blue rhinestones. Thanks for looking.