Monday, July 26, 2010

Rubber Baby Buggy Bumper...

No, I did not fall off the face of the earth, but it sure feels like it. I can't believe it has been that long since my last post. I literally have not felt like stamping. Yes, you heard me right, and I can't believe it myself, but I really have not had the mojo for it. This card is even a few weeks over due. The poor little guy is already 5 weeks old. How awful it that!

I really love this buggy stamp by 100 Proof Press and I have used it before in baby blue ink. Not wanting to be too traditional I decided to go with Early Espresso and Soft Sky by SU. The "Baby" stamp was only a dollar by Studio G. I ran the espresso card stock through the Cuttlebug and the image was cut out with Spellbinders label 2. A bit of lace to give it a vintage look yet not too frilly. After all it is for a boy. The teeny tiny rhinestones are actually a smokey brown but didn't photograph well. Hopefully the poor child hasn't already grown out of the outfits I am sending along with the card.

I have been insanely busy at work and it has left me with little energy to be creative. We are working towards our accreditation with the American College of Radiology for Nuclear Medicine. The paperwork that has to be filled out is endless and the images that get sent in have to reflect our best work. Needless to say I have been very picky as to which images I am allowing for submission. There was also some juggling of vacation schedules to get our service engineer into to do his work on our cameras in timing with when the physicist had to come in to do their testing. All of this Quality Control on the cameras gets submitted as well for review. Once the ACR gets your initial application and their money- we are given only 45 days to complete all of this. And if that isn't pushing it, we had another isotope shortage which limited the number of exams I could select my images from. I am now certainly aware of "when it rains, it pours" and I am soaking wet!!!

Once this is over I will have the rest of the summer to sit back and relax. That is, once I create an on-line education program on Radiation Safety for the entire hospital. Did I mention that I am required to educate anyone who works around or may come in contact with radioactive materials or our department, on an annual basis. Only now instead of having to get up in front of a group at department meetings, it will be a self study program on-line. I don't know how I am going to handle not seeing those looks of bewilderment or just pure boredom on their faces. I sure am going to miss that-NOT. And to think employees still need annual evaluations. Just where does the time go. I guess it just flies by when you are having so much fun.

I am looking forward to a distraction in a few weeks. The rubber stamp convention is in Novi and a bunch of us from our stamp club will be madly spending our money we have been hoarding and stashing away for months. "Calm down honey, it is just the pop can money I have been collecting"- Hee Hee.

Hopefully that will help with the creativity mojo, but I am disappointed that Tim Holtz won't be there. Maybe next year and if he does, I highly recommend taking one of his classes. It is worth every penny.

Have fun and enjoy!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The same but a little different

Happy 6th of July! Since I didn't make any Fourth of July cards this year, I waited until I could post something that wasn't patriotic. I have been busy prodding Elliot to put away all the things he brought home from college and decided the spare bedroom was the perfect dumping ground. I couldn't even find the bed when I walked into the room and his room wasn't much better. It is amazing the difference between boys and girls when it comes to organization. Luckily we had family coming home so it had to get done.

This card is using the same color scheme as my last post but still a bit different. I found the white flower applique in my stash and decided this was a perfect card for it. I punched out the bird from my favorite Stampin' Up punch. I love how the wing can be a different color to pull in the designer paper. The border is a Martha Stewart punch-scroll lace. This card was for the birthday of one of my stamping buddies who had just celebrated her big day.

For all of you that live down south, you may not have much sympathy for me but it has been in the 90's here since the 4th and expected to be even hotter tomorrow. My favorite two letters these days are A & C. Our typical temperatures are in the low 80's so this takes a lot out of us. My daughter Becky and her husband came home from Raleigh N.C. for the holiday and she said this heat was nothing. Becky isn't one to sit still so whenever she comes home there are always some projects that get taken care of. This visit it was to clean out the garage and some transplanting in the gardens. I love her energy because it encourages me to get up and get things done that desperately need attention but boy it sure wears me out and the hot weather didn't help. Needless to say that after doing some gardening very early this morning, I am pooped. A nice cold shower this afternoon and a nap didn't even seem to pep me up. It's back to work for me tomorrow and maybe some less manual labor- something I can handle.

Here's hoping a good nights sleep rejuvenates me and my creativity. I have a ton of new products sitting on my desk just begging to be used.
Have fun and enjoy!