Friday, December 20, 2013

The Outlawz Alcohol Markers Happy New Year Challenge

Yup, it is Friday again. The last one before Christmas--EEK! I. am. not. ready. Let's be clear about that. It didn't help that Gary and I caught colds this past weekend, so I have been really sluggish for a few days. I missed out on three parties, darn it all anyway. Was looking forward to all of them, so: bummer, bummer, bummer. Pfffffffffft!

Needless to say, that new car is not being driven much of anywhere. But I am driving it today as I am going to lunch with sister, Merrilyn, after mailing my Christmas cards. I am now O-U-T of cards. Yup, didn't make enough again this year. So what else is new? If you didn't get one from me, I am so sorry. Will try to do better this next year. I wonder if I should start sending Christmas letters like my cousin does every year. Only mine would have to be funny. Like my aunt's was the one year she sent out a letter. It was hilarious; everything bad in the world was happening to them that year, but she managed to make it all sound very humorous. Of course, she had a good sense of humor--it helps to start with that. Perhaps I should just forget it.

Today is the 20th of December, 2013. Which means that our granddaughter, Brynn Elizabeth, is now 10 years old. I ask you, how is that possible? It was just yesterday that she was banging her head on the wall during her baby temper tantrums. How could 10 years have flown by that quickly. (Btw, she no longer bangs her head against the wall. Or the floor. At least that I know of. Perhaps I should ask Angela. Or not. Maybe I don't really want to know.)

So, for those of you who are wondering, and I am almost positive that maybe one person out there cares, I am in the finals in one of my four Fantasy Football leagues. Woohoo. Of course, it's not in the league that I was in first or second place for the entire season, with a 10-4 record. Oh, no, hubby had to beat me in the first round of the playoffs in that league, the dirty dog. But, if I had to lose to someone, I guess it was best that it was Gary. No, I am in the finals in the league where I came in fourth, with a paltry 6-7-1 record. Gag me. I don't expect to win; I am, after all, playing my son-in-law, who led his division the entire season and ended up with an 8-6 record, and has a really good team. Much more respectable than mine. (In the first playoff game, I managed to beat the guy in my division, who had an 11-3 record--best in the league. Knowing he was pi**ed, lol.) If I should win this league, it will be my third time in five years, which isn't half bad. OK, enough of that.

In case you were wondering, and I am sure that you were not, we finally decided on an espresso machine. It took hours and hours of research, which should have been much better spent on making Christmas cards, but, oh well...

Anyway, we picked out the Izzo Alex Tre, which has been slowly making it's way to New York from Italy. Very slowly. Like for a couple of months slowly. But, I got the email yesterday that the machine is finally in and they are shipping it out to us. Whoooopeeeee! This I am really excited about! We are also getting a Mazzer Mini grinder and a whole bunch of accessories that are needed to make espressos and cappuccinos. However, they did not have the milk wash, nor the demitasse spoons, so I had to order those from Amazon. They arrived yesterday, much in advance of the machine, but at least they are here.

So how long do you think it is going to take me to become a proficient barista? I would wager it'll take several pounds' worth of coffee, don't you think? Hope I don't break the machine before I master it! I am almost afraid to get really good at it; Gary will probably send me to work in an espresso shop after he retires. (Good luck with that!)

Well, I've wasted enough of your time today. On to my card. I chose the image that Jo, from Time for Tea Designs, so graciously supplied to our DT. Another cutie, don't you think? I printed her on MICBC and colored her with my Copics:

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: E11, E13, E15, E18
Stockings/Eyes: YG91, YG93, YG95
Dress/Shoes: G000, BG32, BG34, E40, E41, E42
List: E40, E41, E42

I chose DP from the Basic Grey Aspen Frost collection and Zutterized it, (distressed it with my Zutter). Yeah, I thought I'd coin a new word. Whatev. I paired the Zutterized DP with Stampin' Up CS. I added cheesecloth, lace and braided trim to my design, as well as some die cuts, (now there's a shocker for ya). I used the following dies:

Cheery Lynn Snowflake Mesh Border (cut apart)
Cheery Lynn Snowflake 2
Cheery Lynn Pinwheel Doily
Memory Box Frosty Border
Whimsy Mini Ticket (stamped with Holiday Mini Ticket sentiments)

That's it. That's the end. That's all she wrote. Oh, not quite. Almost. I don't expect to see a lot of entries this week, since it is Christmas week. But I hope, if you have a chance, you will stop and see my teammates' cards: they're so cute! And maybe that will inspire you to color up something this week after all. If you have time. 

As I won't be posting again until after Christmas, I want to wish each and every one of you, who celebrates it, to have a very Merry Christmas. And for those of you who don't, have a lovely holiday week! See you again next Friday. In the meantime, I will catch up on your fabulous blogs!


  1. Hi Penny,
    this is a very nice and pretty card!!
    I love all these beautiful snowflakes on it!!

  2. Fantastic card, Penny! I love the colors and all the diecuts and other fab details! Awesome coloring! Good luck with your barista training and enjoy your new machine! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  3. She is beautiful Penny. I love your coloring and love all the lace and dies you have used.. Great design, gorgeous card. Merry Christmas! Hope you have a wonderful Holiday and New Year.

  4. fantastic card Penny !!! absolutly !
    love the colors and embellies

  5. Wow. Look at all that lace and uber-cool embellishments. Fabulous. :)

  6. She is just darling! Love the card part and all the embellies!! My favorite colors:) MMMM expresso sound delicious. Almost that was quick!! Hugs! Merry Christmas.

  7. Good morning sweetie, I am so loving the colours on this one, gorgeous sweetie, Happy Holidays, I hope you have a great time hugs Pops x

  8. This is gorgeous Penny, I love the pretty image, fabulous colouring and beautiful detailing.
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas
    hugs Sue xx

  9. Penny your card is gorgeous. I am just pleased that I am not planning on such a lengthy resolution list.
    Congrats on your whole family topping the charts in the football league. Competitivess is definitely running in the family.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  10. Penny, this is so pretty, you didn't even need the image. :0)

  11. Another gorgeous creation :) Love all the fantastic snowflakes and your colouring is just wonderful!
    Hope you enjoy your new toy and get some real java lava going! Plus I hope you are feeling a lot better - nobody wants to feel lousy at Xmas.
    Christmas wishes to you and Gary and a Happy new Year while we're at it :)

  12. This is absolutely beautiful Penny :o)
    Merry Christmas!

  13. Wonderful design Penny, love the image, snowflakes and lace.

    Hugs Diane

  14. Hope you are feeling better soon, and that you are ready to go when the time comes! Beautifully done card- love the great coloring and all of the pretty lace!

  15. Sorry you and Gary are not feeling good and hope you get better soon. Hope you are enjoying your espresso machine. Fantastic card!! Love your take on this adorable image. Wonderful soft colors and your die cuts are wonderful.
    Hugs, Pat


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