Archive for October 13th, 2007

Poison Berry Incident

Oct 13, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

So I “try” to get some time in to stamp-Jason is working in the yard.

Amber comes to me and says “Mommy I found baby tomatoes in the yard!”

Now let me tell you I am NO Martha Stewart. My art is PAPERCRAFTING only! I dont lanscape-plant flowers NOTHING naturey at all.

So I go running outside to see what she is referring to, only to find Alexa EATTING these new found “baby tomatoes”

I call poision control immediately and was told to take the berries to a Garden Center-thankfully there is one 5 minutes away-so Jason takes the berries and a photo of the flowering plant with him.

I asked Alexa HOW MANY she ate-to hear “I didnt eat anything”

Mind you I scooped some out of her mouth!!!


She will be NO HELP

Come to find out it is a POISIONIOUS PLANT/ Berry from Lily of the Valley

check it out here

And this is what it looks like-see the “baby tomatoes”.

Worst problem is the poision affect the cardiac system-that is not good.


So now we wait to see if she gets sick or not, and if she does we rush her to the ER. They think its doubtful that she ate enough but, you never know-she may just throw up, but me being the over protective parnoid person I am would still take her to the ER.

Its now been about a 1/2 hour to 45 min. since her “incident” so we are hopeful it will be OK. I gave her some ice cream to hopefully help?????

KIDS-they are going to be the death of me I swear!

Now Im off to go rip out some plants from the front yard.

If you ahve these you may want to consider doing the same if you have grandchildren/ children of your own.

It only takes a mintue…………………..


Alexa apparently did NOT eat enough to make her ill-Thank God.

Happy Saturday!

A quick note of excitment-Did you see I won one of the spots for the Designer picks for the CPS card contest? Look HERE !

Im very excited!

The grand prize winner is being chosen by the editorial staff at Card Maker magazine-so we all still have a shot at that!!! Wish me luck! Winner will be announced by Sunday. Oh I HOPE!

I loved my card-yes Im tooting my own horn. If you are proud of something I say BE PROUD!!! TOOT AWAY! People who act like they arent excited about stuff like that or dont care-I dont get! LOL!

And congrats to those who were also winners chosen by the CPS designers!

This week’s sketch is how you can take your sketch and flip arount the general layout-yet keep some of the basic design elements such as the card orientation. This type of flipping shows how you get a DIFFERENT look/design from virtually the same sketch-just flipped.

I will post supplies used for each at the bottom.

Here is the Sketch 1 card with sample-click to view larger image

bella inspiration     sketch 18 part 1 Stamp by Stamping Bella, SU Circle of friendship.

Here is Sketch 2

rainbow rocket    sketch 18 part2  Set-Lizzie Anne Designs High Hellos

NOTICE- I kept the horizontal orientation-but FLIPPED the sketch by

1) Moved the bottom panel in lovwer left (card 1) to the upper right (card 2)

2) Main panel also moved from top portion of card (card 1) to bottom portion of card (card 2)

3) The ribbon went from the bottom left of the card (card 1) to top right of card (card 2)

4) Kept a “element” in 3D on both. Circle (card 1) and a star (card 2)

I then just changed some of the elements that embellish the card to suit its “style”, but the overall basics are the same-yet look completely different! Whould you ever guess that they are similar in layout?

So I challenge you to do these 2 sketches!!! Link them here so I can see what YOU come up with. I think this if fun and challenging! I swear you will start looking at your other cards to see how you can flip it 😀



Card 1- was inspired by this bag-click for larger view.

bella bag

It was given to me with a gift from CTMH. I thought it was PERFECT!

I used cardstock PT white-basic black, ballet blue, Ink-brilliance graphite black, Copic Markers, black Prima flowers, SU circle punches, wide polkadot ribbon from Mikes. $1 rhinestone stickers for flower centers


cardstock-real red, barely banan, pumpkin pie, ballet blue, PT white. Patterned Paper-DCWV red glitter stack, ? American Crafts star paper, michaels ribbon, Centeric Star cuttlebug die, ink-brilliance graphite black, copic markers, glitter, star eyelets, Crop a Dile


I have been stamping away this week-for the most part. How great and stress relieving! I feel SO happy today-despite a slight WINE hangover that I unexpectedly came home with after a visit to my friend Paulette’s.

Im a bit behind of stuff I “HAVE” to do, like a few thank yous, and birthday cards-Alexas home nurse is leaving us and moving on so I need to make her a card……………deadlines………………….you get the gist!

But sometimes I need to stamp JUST for FUN! Yes people “FUN”! Remember that word?

Remember when you first started stamping and that is exactly what it was? JUST FUN.

Then you began to send cards to people and now there is this HUGE expectation that EVERYTHING will be handmade, and your best work? While thats a compliment its really stressful. Especially when you send a card to a super talented person. EEEEEK!

Are you like me-awful at sending cards cause you HAVE to make a NEW one specifically for X! LOL! AND you have several stacks of them collecting dust 😀

I’d love to hear your hang-ups about stamping. I love knowing Im not alone in some of craziness

Weekends are usually for my family and I dont stamp-but this weekend I am taking time for ME! Its been crazy and stressful-the kids are sick and Im ready for a KID FREE moment!

Jason will get his moment tomorrow at a Paintball game-so see we switch off.

So I hope to see you back here tomorrow as I have something SUPER COOL to share with everyone.

I hope it inspires YOU to try it!

I also have another cool thing to post-so dont miss it.

Till tomorrow……………………………….

My Etsy

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