A few of my cards have had some thicker embellishments, and folks have asked how I adhere them. So I thought it was time for a gravy boat tutorial! It works for buttons, and anything with some sort of a thick backing that is awkward to adhere on a card. I've seen a number of cards come in with an embellishment teetering on a giant gluedot (a dot which made it even thicker!), so this technique makes the embellishment more stable, and makes the card slightly thinner at the same time.
Note that I don't encourage much of these kinds of realllly thick cards for OWH; they take up lots of room in a box, so only send us a couple, and please make them general themed cards so we don't end up in a rush to get a bunch into a box. But boy are they special. So if you have a friend you're hand-delivering a superthick card to, you might try this.
Remove the sticky paper covering on your adhesive, and add your embellishment. It should rest pretty stably on the card now!
What a great weekend it's been....and it's nearing midnight, and I'm nowhere near ready to head back to work tomorrow! Someone really needs to work on extending the whole weekend thing, dontcha think?
As for my weekend...I went out to Ocean Shores WA, and had a great time with my friend Lori. We stayed at Julia and Ed's beachhouse - what a great place, and a sweet thing for them to allow friends to go hang out there!
And I also got to drive on the beach, also a lot of fun. The tide was up pretty high, and at one point I found myself taking a sharp left to get away from a rogue wave—in my car! lol.
And, lest my streak ever break, here's a quick card I made. It's a RAKd image, and this card was kept simple since it's for a little boy!
That's about it for today...time to hit the rack. Monday's almost here. :(
With any luck, I'm not around today...I'm getting this post ready at midnight for Saturday, and will be packing up to head to Ocean Shores Sat afternoon! Very excited to get out of Dodge. But here's a hardworking little bee - a digifreebie from MelJen Designs. (A ps - I didn't make it on her DT....*sigh*) I plan on being hardly working, unlike this little dude. I'm taking markers and stamped images, and the rest of the weekend will be playing on the coast! Kites, bowling, who knows what we'll do....but I need to get the heck outta town!
And what did I learn? Only that if I get off this infernal machine, I can get through a LOT of stuff.
My internet connection went down tonight....I was trying not to be stressed out about it, so dug into the card hospital boxes to finally see if I could completely catch up. On the other triage days, I always seemed to leave some at the bottom - ones that needed the most work! Odd sized card fronts, destroyed ones that needed to be repurposed, etc. Well, tonight, I got it all DONE!
Then I made some more cards after kicking around the modem a while...lots more than this, but these cards are also for the S&S sketch challenge.
This is a card I made for my friend Melissa...happy belated!! The image is a RAKd one, papers from K&Co.
Tonight's card is a flower image I received from someone and ooooohhhh was it a blast to color! I need lots of love cards for my guys, so this is one more to add to the box...
I colored a bunch of images last night....which means I have a couple cards tonight to share! These are cards for me to actually send out (shock!). Got to go get the Thankful Thursday data processed now, so I won't blather on tonight....see you tomorrow!
I'm not sure what it is about flowers that I can't seem to make myself use them in abundance. After just a couple, I feel like it's "too much" for a card. But I love when other people use a lot of flowers. So...I think it's me hoarding again! I think I've gotten past my ribbon hoarding; if you look at my last cards, I've had a lot more ribbon decorating them than I used to. I think maybe flowers are the next thing to go. I have too much stuff around here that needs to get used up! I also had a couple half-sheets of springy epoxy stickers sitting on my table, so I mixed them in the bouquet too.
Another surprise that happened while making this card was the stamped vase. That's a stamp that had never seen ink, and has been staring at me for a while. And it turns out to stamp really poorly! I used chalk ink, and tried again and again; but this one, even though not stamped right, had such an interesting accidental highlight that I kept it!
PS I had to look up that phrase, Heavens to Betsy. Which also reminded me of Heavens to Murgatroyd. And dontcha know the internet has the story! Or lack thereof.
'Heavens to Murgatroyd' is American in origin and dates from the mid 20th century. The expression was popularized by the cartoon character Snagglepuss - a regular on the Yogi Bear Show in the 1960s, and is a variant of the earlier 'heavens to Betsy'.
The first use of the phrase wasn't by Snagglepuss but comes from the 1944 film Meet the People. It was spoken by Bert Lahr, best remembered for his role as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. Snagglepuss's voice was patterned on Lahr's, along with the 'heavens to Murgatroyd' line. Daws Butler's vocal portrayal of the character was so accurate that when the cartoon was used to promote Kellogg Cereals, Lahr sued and made the company distance him from the campaign by giving a prominent credit to Butler.
As with Betsy, we have no idea who Murgatroyd was. The various spellings of the name - as Murgatroid, Mergatroyd or Mergatroid tend to suggest that it wasn't an actual surname. While it is doubtful that the writers of Meet The People (Sig Herzig and Fred Saidy) were referring to an actual person, they must have got the name from somewhere.
No fewer than ten of the characters in Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera Ruddigore (1887) are baronets surnamed "Murgatroyd", eight of whom (or is that which?) are ghosts. Herzig and Saidy were well versed in the works of the musical theatre and that plethora of Murgatroyds would have been known to them.
Where then did the librettist Sir William Gilbert get the name? It seems that Murgatroyd has a long history as a family name in the English aristocracy. In his genealogy The Murgatroyds of Murgatroyd, Bill Murgatroyd states that, in 1371, a constable was appointed for the district of Warley in Yorkshire. He adopted the name of Johanus de Morgateroyde - literally John of Moor Gate Royde or 'the district leading to the moor'.
Whether the Murgatroyd name took that route from Yorkshire to Jellystone Park we can't be certain. Unless there's a Betsy Murgatroyd hiding in the archives, that's as close as we are likely to get to a derivation.
I think I see a lot of these in my future....followed by a wonderful hand cramp. I love love love writing letters to our heroes!
I'm still in a bit of shock - 140 comments on my bloghop post! I'm used to getting one or two, sometimes a couple extras when my blog posts to my Facebook profile. Wow! Thank you all so much for not only joining on the hop, but taking time out to make me cry! I needed kleenex to read through those - you all are so very kind!
My card share today is one I made specially for a hero - she's one of our OWH cardmaking family from Ohio, and is now deployed to Baghdad! So I knew I needed an extraspecial card to send her in her box.