Friday, January 25, 2013

Blue Jeans, Freezing Rain & FitBits

Not gonna lie ... gonna start off straight away and admit that this card was my personal FAVE of all of the cards I created for the Leadership Sample Boards. Why? The little blue jeans are stinkin' ca-YOOT!! AND ... I had so-so-so much fun creating the "denim" for the background ... I used my Simply Scored diagonal score board on some Pool Party cardstock, then rubbed over the entire piece with a sponge laden with Island Indigo ink!! Couldn't resist adding the little "stitches" with my white signo pen, either ... so there ...

Stamps: Patterned Occasions (SAB)
Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Sycamore Street DSP (SAB)
Ink: Island Indigo
Accessories: Word Window Punch, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Adorning Accents Edgelits Die, Simply Scored, Sponge

From Millan.NetYesterday we had freezing rain. I was called on, last minute, to drive a friend and her daughter (who is ALSO my friend ... HI JENNI & MARIS!!) to the airport. The roads were DISASTROUS!! HOWEVER ... because I was only traveling on "main roads" that had already been salted, the going wasn't so bad. Where I DID run in to trouble was trying to park in my garage. Our garage is behind our house in an alley. And, since we live on a HILL, the alley, in turn, is a HILL!! ICESKATINGRINK!! After three failed attempts where I had (a) put my car in low gear, (b) attempted to crawl LIKE A SNAIL down the alley (NOT VERY SUCCESSFUL), (c) drove on TOP of the snow instead of down in the already-created tire ruts, and (d) watched my garage go WHIZZING by my left side as I went slip-sliding past it, I decided to try ONE MORE TIME (I know ... what WAS I THINKING??). Last trip down was nothing short of a miracle!! It started VERY badly ... car started sliding FULL TILT ... the brakes were only making me slide a little LESS fast (don't get me wrong, I was zipping along!), but I was sliding all over the UNIVERSE. Very.Little.Control.BRAINLESS! After what I was sure was going to be a collision with the retaining wall and/or my fence and/or garage door, this is where I ended up ... no kidding. And yes, this is the view from inside MY OWN garage - lined up perfectly to pull in!! #awesomedrivingskillz!!  I needed to haul TWO buckets of salt out there to give me some traction because I could NOT move an INCH! (And yeah, I DID slip and fall on ... the ice ... once ...) Don't think I'm gonna venture out at ALL until some THAW happens!! But, I digress ...

So, I got a FitBit in the mail yesterday!! LOVELOVELOVE it!! From about 1:00 p.m. when I put it on (after it was charged) to the time I went to bed at about 10:30 p.m. I had logged over 11,100 steps and 56 flights of stairs (yeah-yeah ... I was crazy enough to run up and down my stairs until I could earn my "50 flights" badge on my FitBit homepage). Over 5 miles!! Probably won't accomplish THAT every day, but I am doing all that fitness craziness in order to not have to USE this second creation ... hardly ... (PS - if ya wanna join me on My Fitness Pal so we can cheer each other on, email me your username!)

I got the pattern for this tissue box cover on Splitcoaststampers HERE. I had seen the owl SOMEwhere on Pinterest (I think), but sadly, forgot to save a link so I could give credit ... pretty cute though, eh?

Stamps: Patterned Occasions (SAB)
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Read Red, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Basic Black, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Owl Builder Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Vine Street Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (SAB), Oval Framelits, Box of Tissue


stampinjul said...

Oh My Gosh, Wendy! My grandparents lived on 3rd Ave and I know exactly what you mean about those crazy hills--but the freezing rain, that would be almost impossible! My mom sat on the tarmac at SLC all day, she finally made it to ATL, but missed her connecting flight! I'm glad you made it home in one piece and didn't get tangled in those accidents all over town!

JD/ Jill said...

Your card is adorable, and thank you for your instructions on making the denim look. Your tissue box is adorable and makes me want to get out my owl punch.
So glad you made it home safely. I think we all have been through experiences similar to that driving on ice or snow. Times you never forget, but oh so grateful when you make it home safely. My husband and I bought our very first brand new car... We always had second hand clunkers! We bought it as our 25th Anniversary present to ourselves) we had it ONE WEEK, and guess who put the very first dent in it, while driving home from work and sliding on ice? Hope you have a good weekend...jill

Eli said...

I absolutely love that little jeans stamp. How cute are you.

Thank goodness you and your car and your house are all OK.


Linda said...

Oh my goodness did you ever brighten up my day with this really, really cute Kleenex box cover! It is just so adorable!!! And also glad to know you got to the airport and back safely. I was cringing just reading your account of the icy drive.
God bless you and thanks for sending me all your wonderful blog updates!
Linda in snowy Ohio

Mitzi Luttrull said...

very cute wendy!

rosalie said...

I'm so sorry you took a fall on that ice and glad you are home safely! Stay home and create your beautiful cards. Thanks for the tip on the denim for the blue jeans card!! Adorable card!

Audrey Hiltke said...

Beautiful creations - and Glad you're okay!! We had snow and sleet here but thankfully I stayed indoors.

Donna said...

Oh my word, if that ice disaster story is from a seasoned SLC gal, I think I shan't be moving there; poor thing! Well, staying IN all season will likely yield beautiful creations for the rest of us while helping you to stay sane; LOL! TFS!