Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fences, First Spring Convention and a coworker departs

I'm going with a funny quote for today...

My quote for today is:
There are three ways to get something done: do it yourself, employ someone, or forbid your children to do it. Monta Crane

This is my first post in a while, and in terns of creativity it will be extremely short.
A lot has been going on lately (as in everyone's life- smile). I had surgery a week ago and I am still recuperating from it. I can't sit comfortably on the computer for too long (or on the sofa, or at my desk, etc...) :0 I just wanted to talk about a few things that have transpired in the past 3 weeks or so.

First, I went to see the play Fences at my son's high school. I didn't know any of the young adults in the play, but I felt a pride in all of them. They were so good in their roles. It was all put together by my son's 10th grade English teacher, Joshua Rothstein. He recruited college students from Drexel (I believe). They did the directing, set decoration and worked the camera. This was the first year the school put on a production of it's kind, and I predict next year the size of the drama club will grow. Great job!!
I think Mr Rothstein is one of the best teachers my son has ever had (and he is young so he will just get better, if these darn kids don't discourage him too much!) I told him I was contemplating going to see Denzel Washington on Broadway in New York City, but his ticket price was a lot more reasonable. :)


Two weeks ago my friend Karen and I went to the first convention to kick off Spring and Summer! ;) It was not too far away. Less than an hours drive. It was also VERY small. Next weekend will be the convention in Allentown. Probably won't make that one due to the amount of walking that is necessary. : (
Next... it will be time to be register for Valley Forge in July!

These are the goodies I selected after careful contemplation. I am looking for a way to get off the computer for the inside of most of my cards, so I went for the rubber stamp verses....
These three packs came from "Stamp Camp" Company. I just love her rubber stamps. She also has them mounted, but of course the value is in the unmounted. I actually came home and used one of the sets to complete the card at the end of this post for my coworker who resigned.

The females above came from "Chapel Road ArtStamps" It is called Four faces. As yet unused. I may use them for some ATC's I have in mind. I just liked the images. (so many little time...)


These were the few tools I purchased. I have been looking at this glue gun since the big convention in Valley Forge, PA. I picked up another white gel pen (I love that look on cards), and first time picking up the black gel pens, which I look forward to using in a similar fashion.
...and yes of course I plan to do some stippling on my cards! Why on earth else would I have bought those stippling brushes?!? ; D

I bought some Spellbinders borderabilities and I just had to have those butterflies. Butterflies are pretty much "in" right now, right?

OOPS! I almost forgot about these cool keys and key locks along with these great ways to say "Thanks" in several different languages. I am always making thank you cards, so I do look forward to using them soon. :)

And last, but not least, my latest Cuttlebug folder that came with a metal diecut. It was very pricey, but they won't be in the stores for another year, probably...
The dragonfly came from a company called "Artful Legacy", and the umbrella from "Sweet Impressions". They both had some other cool stuff, but I ran out of dough. :) I did more than enough damage for one convention anyway. Hope you enjoyed the peek!

Well, that's it for Convention. I have one card to share below...


This is the card I made to say farewell to a lady I worked very closely with over the past fifteen or so years. She decided to resign and stay at home. So I made her a "Things to do..." card with a set I purchased at convention. I wasn't 100% thrilled with how it turned out, but in the end, I didn't have a lot of I just went with it.
I will say it was definitely designed with her in mind. Purple is her favorite color and she is BIG into hearts. So I thought a purple heart shaped card was in order.
I found a small template that I enlarged until it was big enough to fill 5 1/2 X 11" paper.
I also embossed three pieces of purple paper. One deep, and the other two much lighter. The lighter ones I used to cut out and glitter with an eggplant glitter, then mount over the same image on the deeper purple cardstock.

Supplies: Cardstock: The Paper Company; Patterned Paper: (mat) Hot off the Press;
Sentiments: "Things I want to do"/ Stamp Camp, Congratulations/ River City Rubber Works Clear Stamps ; Stamps: Brenda Walton for Inkadinkado Flourish box, Autumn Leaves/ Swirls V:1 (inside); Ribbon: sheer lavendar / AC Moore; Ink/Chalk: lavendar/colorbox chalk, Stampin Up/ elegant eggplant; (Other) Color Medium: Gel pen Black glaze, glitter/ eggplant by PK glitterglitz; Templates: Oriental Trading Heart Shaped Card, Cuttlebug folder; Tools: Heartpunch by McGill Creativity

After I shot it, I added her name on the front for that final personalization. It helped a little. :) But I did not re-photograph it. I don't plan on making any more cards like this one.

Thanks for checking in to see what I have been up to. I have several projects to work on now that need almost my immediate attention, so I look forward to healing a little more each day so I can get to them!

See you next time...


  1. Wow, Rachele, you got some goodies from convention! I like the Spellbinder ones. Looking forward to see how you would use those keys and thank you phrases.

  2. Hi Rae..I'm so sorry I haven't responded to you having surgery..I really hope that you are ok!!I have been so busy at home doing crafts and stuff but also at work because two people in my office have gone on leave which means more work and longer hours..And I see you have been to the crafty convention and bought a stash of delicious crafty things..I want to go to another show and by more but there isn't another until August..So I will have to be patient!!
    Anyway you have a speedy recovery so you can get back to making your beautiful cards and also have fun using you craft booty!!
    Lynn :)

  3. PS: Gorgeous heart card especially because I love the colour purple :)

  4. Hey Rae, I thought I saw a comment on a blog (somewhere?) from you regarding a recent 'surgery'. Sorry to hear you have not been well. But, hope you are on the FAST road to recovery, Sweetie! Love all your goodies from the convention and look forward to seeing some of your beautiful creations. {{{HUGS}}}

  5. Looks like some fun convention loot! Have fun using it!! Love how you did the heart shape for your card! Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog today :)

  6. Hi Rae.. Thankyou for all your wonderful comments..It's lovely people like who inspire me to keep creating! I hope you are feeling better and not overdoing things..Lynn :)
    PS: When are you going to get back into making your wonderful cards..I need somewhere to leave my comments, can't keep using this blog post (lol) x