Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Bits of silver, slivers of red foil and a sprig of mistletoe all come together to say Merry Christmas!  Even though I am sneaking in some holiday cards I am not really in the Christmas spirit yet......lots of beachcombing to do still.....

My talented friend Cindy Hall has a great layered sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches! I used the new Banners for Christmas set along with Candy Cane Lane DSP.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sweet Friends......PP309

Remember the old days before caller ID and telemarketers? When the phone rang a real person would be there on the line. Because of telemarketers I now rely on caller ID before answering. My latest strategy for dealing with them is to pick up the phone and hang it right back up.  Recently we were plagued with calls that came up AFL-CIO on the ID.  Since it is an election year I thought the labor union was calling to ask support for certain candidates.  For almost two weeks the calls were relentless but I was determined to "win"  - sometimes I wouldn't hang up and would just leave the phone on the desk.....that is my "you waste my time I'll waste yours" move!

And now the rest of the story:  

Our friend and next door neighbor of 40 years moved out of state two years ago to be near family. She recently passed away and her family hosted a brunch back here to celebrate her life.  Another neighbor told us that we were invited but her son couldn't reach us so she passed on the message. I thought that was odd but shrugged it off.  So the Big Guy and I go to the brunch and were greeted by her son who apologized for not inviting us personally........even though he called once or twice a day from work........"The calls just wouldn't go through - it seemed like you were hanging up on me or I would just get dead air."

And then I had to ask......"Where do you work now Bob?"

And then he answered......."For the AFL-CIO."

Sandy has a sweet CAS challenge for us this week at the Paper Players!  I used Fresh and Fruity by Sunny Studio, Happy Summer from Lawn Fawn, Banners for You and Fruit Stand DSP from SU!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Making A List.......PPA314

What I have learned about the holidays is that it is never too early to start getting ready!  So I am trying to sneak in a few Christmas cards now and then.This one uses some new SU products:  Christmas Pines, Greetings from Santa and Candy Cane Lane Designer Paper.  

But in the meantime Emma and her friend are digging for treasure at a pirate themed birthday party......

This book is a fun read especially if you have some girl pirates at your house.......

Have fun with Amy's sketch this week at Pals Paper Arts!


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Night Out.......FMS250

Even though I made a Halloween card this week we are still enjoying summer around here.  We went to a Toby Keith concert over the weekend and the fun started as soon as we parked the car.  Right in front of us was a young guy leaning against his car with his arm around his girlfriend, sipping a beer and just enjoying the warm summer night.  Then out of nowhere a white haired old lady shows up screaming "Oh my God you have my name on your car!  And it's a Cadillac - I learned to drive in my mother's old Caddy!  What a coincidence!  I have to take a picture - do you mind if I take a picture?  Are you Dutch?"

The poor guy was speechless and mumbled something like......sure sure go ahead ...... and the girfriend just pulled out her phone and started texting......can't imagine what she was saying?!?!

So here's the picture of the old lady who was delighted to see her last name on a license plate!  I know I have been Linda Callahan for over 40 years but in my mind I am always still Linda Bierman from Tribes Hill, NY.......

Cecile our wonderful guest designer from France has a terrific sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  I enjoyed using two new SU sets - Halloween Scares and Spooky Fun (with framelits).