Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy New Year

I am wishing my readers a Happy New Year a bit late, as I wanted to be certain it was starting off for me on a good foot. NOT! I've just returned from the vet where I took my sweet Starr Kitty to be checked out. She had a swollen rear end and was in some pain. Well, $868 later, along with a drainage tube, antiobitis and pain killers and head gear to keep from scratching her shaved butt, a rather sad look, I'v decided this is not a good beginning. Especially, as I sat down with my budget yesterday and figured out how I could  save $100 per month for furniture to finish my craftroom. Looks like that's on hold while I pay this bill. Oh well, she has my heart and is a stress relief for me, so I'll be OK.

I am also bound and determined to make a decision (once and for all time) as to whether or not to leave Stampin' Up as a demo. I was gone about 9 months and then went back about 2 yrs. ago. I'm not sure what made me come back. With so many great stamp companies now, it certainly wasn't because there were no stamps available. I think it's because I'm forced to come up with the "must have" $300 quarterly to remain and it keeps me away from the big box stores. There I tend to impulse buy and often use less than half the products I purchase. It doesn't help that I have two Michaels, 2 Jo-Anns, and one Hobby Lobby within a short driving distance. And they are always sending me coupons. I simply must get some discipline and decide. Only I can do that right!

So for the Simply Create Too Challenge No. 4, I made this card...with loads of inspiration from Michelle Zindorf, brayer queen of the midwest.  I didn't do any brayering though. I used circle, square and teeny heart punches along with the SU Top Note die to create this card. All the cs is SU and the sentiment is PC generated. In the corners, I added Ranger's liquid pearls. This card was easy to mass produce, so that's what I did for those whom I missed on the Christmas list.

Now, go and have some fun at Simply Create Too. The challenge this time is Loads of Layers. Lay it on us will ya'.



Sandra said...

Thank you and a happy new year to you too! and loving your card its stunning:) Sandra H

Janine said...

Happy New Year to you too Erica!! All the best in 2012!!

Joan B said...

cute card. love those colors.

I have an ac moore and a michaels near me and almost NEVER go in. I never use what I buy there. Can't give advice on the SU demo other than to say that if you are using the products you buy, that's a good thing!

Deb Neerman said...

Very cool, Erica!

I had the same SU dilemma ... good luck with your decision!