and asked if he wanted a new home
(i'm sending this book along too, so she can make him some little friends!)
i have a new avatar pic, as well. which i didn't need to post here...but somehow i can never figure out how to get it to load on the sidebar without linking to it online. so it's here.*
i'm definitely going back to changing my header out every 3 or 4 months, though. i think it's more fun to have lots of different ones which rotate; some created digitally and others made the old fashioned way. maybe the *next* one will have monstas??! ;)
*eta half an hour later: my photo is HERE...where it's not is on my sidebar...and in the course of trying to PUT IT on my sidebar, i have managed to make my profile inaccessible! (even though when i access it through dashboard, the "make profile accessible" box *IS* checked. and i saved it. abuncha times.) and i am completely out of time for this now until the weekend. arrrrgh. blogger...some days it's WORTH EVERY PENNY, eh?! (arrrrgggggh!)**
**eta--AGAIN--an additional hour after THAT: i managed to nip back online for 15 min and i *think* i've fixed everything now. my profile's re-linked, and my photo is (finally) on there. it's HUUUUUUUUGE, but i'll worry about that at a later date. surely someplace in the world it's an acceptable hour at which to have a margarita. i'm off to find that place! :)
as you can see, for the first time in about 3 weeks, i have *NOT* machine stitched on this card. nope. i went back to hand-stiching! (wellllll......it just needed *something*...but there's a practical reason, too--that gauzy india paper makes it rather hard to adhere anything securely on top!) i am quite pleased with the newest version of my torn-layers xmas tree, as well (fair warning: you'll be seeing THIS again, folks!) : i traced a bazzill "big chip" for the cute shape, used a whole bunch of tiiiiiiiiny green scraps to build the layers from the bottom up, inked very lightly in medium gray around the edges and popped the whole thing on foam tape. the white background was a complete accident--i was headed in a totally different direction--but when i found this piece of filmy sparkly goodness, i did an abrupt about-face. i love the finished product, i think it's almost a bit heidi van laar-ish*, don't you??! :)
check another card off the BIG LIST, missus claus!!!
*HAPPY BIRTHDAY, heidi!!! ♥♥♥
the eagle-eyed sketch fanciers amongst you will have spotted that my card is based on laura's awesome sketch #39 from 2sketches 4you:
(materials: monsta cut from paperchase giftwrap; patterned paper: dcwv, vintage ledger paper, paper source glitter giftwrap; glitter cardstock: dcwv; santa hat sticker: recollections; metal snowflake: making memories; fibers: basic grey; snowflake sticker: k&co; fuzzy heart brad: doodlebug; ink: colorbox; adhesives: tombow mono runner, 3m foam tape, sewing machine...and yes, at some point i will stop sewing on EVERY SINGLE CARD...perhaps early in 2010...2011 at the *very* latest...)
photo of actual sandpiper...check
(tacky) necklace made of (cool) tiny shells...yes, please!
here's a close up of the sandpiper (mounted on foam tape for extra dimension) which also features the ribbon, shells & stitching: