Friday, January 30, 2009

Six Saturdays and A Sunday

I have a friend who, when asked about the benefits of retirement, said, "Six Saturdays and A Sunday". I've been retired now for 16 months and still wake up every morning excited that I don't have to get up, and head out! I guess that should be my mantra as well, right? Well, today is actually Friday and I've had to cancel yet another appointment for my beautiful, long-haired, black-and-white, diva-with-an-attitude cat, Muffin. Lucky Muffin! How many of you are owned by such a Queen?

Last night, I couldn't sleep (too much Diet Coke, I guess) so after I put the computer to bed, emptied the dishwasher, set the coffeepot to auto, and said goodnight to Muffin, I went upstairs and finished a couple of items I need for swaps coming up. The first card is for a "Make It Anyway You Want" swap in February. We're to get our swap partner's name this weekend, so mine is ready to pop into the postbox on Monday. And, here it is. I stamped the teacup in gold pigment ink then used an ultrafine gold embossing powder, perfect for the tiny lines around the edge of the saucer and teacup. I then used SU!'s Wonder Crayons and colored in the flowers and leaves using the Soft Subtles colors. (For the rest of the card, the recipe follows below.) I love teacups but I don't drink hot tea. So, I use mugs instead. But after making this lovely card I think I may just start drinking my morning coffee in a beautiful tea cup! The teacup is a Stampin' Up! stamp that I inherited from a dear friend who has moved away from the area. I've not used it much, but since this is a make it anyway you want, I decided this is my "anyway I want"!! There's a beautiful, fancy "wordy" stamp that goes with the teacup, but I didn't use it for this card....this time!. You like?

The other project I completed was my eleven scraplings. They were so easy to do once I decided what to do with them but they aren't due for the swap until March 15, sooo, I'll hang on to them just a little longer (and you have to wait, too! HA!)

By the time I finished both projects and straightened my stamp spot a little bit, it was 1:15am and time to actually go to bed.

Well, as promised, here's the recipe for this pretty teacup card:
Stamps are from Stampin' Up!; inks are from Stampin' Up!; pink base cardstock is no-name; textured cardstock is from K&Company's Designer Mat Pad; tiny bow is from JoAnn's Fabrics; and the crocheted doily is something I picked up in my wanderings through dollar stores and flea markets. Which brings me to another story, but that's for another day!!

Thanks for stopping by! Be careful on the roads!

Baskets of Blessings!


  1. Hi Mel,
    I love this card. The doily is perfect. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Ahh, isn't retirement wonderful!!!

  2. WOW!! I love this card! The doily is gorgeous on there! Did you make it?

  3. Hi Mel,

    This is your friend from Quiet Dell. Hope you still remember me. I LOVE the tea cup card!!! You outdid yourself. If Diet Coke would only work that well for me.