Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Leap Day!

I have no stamping to share but I just wanted to post to say "Hi" and talk about Leap Day and why I love it so much.

First of all there are tons of sales today. I have gotten emails from ice.com, aeropostale.com and eclecticpaperie.com, so far...and it is only 9:30!

Second, I am using today to eat all the calories I want to! I am thinking that they really shouldnt count, right?? Since today isnt a "real" day and all...so far I have had Chic-fil-a for breaklfast and I NEVER have breakfast and I have convinced my boss that since we are all on salary here and officially work 365 days a year he should buy us lunch! So we are having Firehouse Subs for the whole office...yeah, I'm good like that;)

Third, all the ladies out there that have a man that has been dragging his feet in the marriage department....you are free to ask them today to marry you! And according to the folklore if they say no they are required to give you a kiss and enough money for a dress an gloves...pretty sweet deal if you ask me! I am married but I am thinking of going around and proposing to random guys just to get the dress!! What do you think?? LOL!

So what are you doing to make today special?? Whatever you do make it fun!!

Let me know and check out these fun Leap Day facts that I found at: http://www.timeanddate.com/date/leapyear.html

Tradition, Folklore and Superstition:
A tradition was introduced many centuries ago to allow women to propose to men during a leap year. This privilege of proposing was restricted to leap day in some areas. Leap day was sometimes known as “Bachelors’ Day”. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage offer from a woman.The tradition’s origin stemmed from an old Irish tale referring to St Bridget striking a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men every four years. This old custom was probably made to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how the leap day balances the calendar.It was also considered to be unlucky for someone to be born on a leap day in Scotland and for couples to marry on a leap year, including on a leap day, in Greece.

February 29, 2008

The year 2008 is a leap year. If you look at a 2008 calendar, you will see that February has five Fridays–the month begins and ends on a Friday. Between the years 1904 and 2096, leap years that share the same day of week for each date repeat only every 28 years. The most recent year in which February comprised five Fridays was in 1980, and the next occurrence will be in 2036. February 29, the leap day, has been associated with age-old traditions, superstitions and folklore.

What is a leap year?A leap year is a year in which one extra day has been inserted, or intercalated, at the end of February. A leap year consists of 366 days, whereas other years, called common years, have 365 days.

Which years are leap years?

In the Gregorian calendar, the calendar used by most modern countries, the following three criteria determine which years will be leap years:
Every year that is divisible by four is a leap year;
of those years, if it can be divided by 100, it is NOT a leap year, unless
the year is divisible by 400. Then it is a leap year.

According to the above criteria, that means that years 1800, 1900, 2100, 2200, 2300 and 2500 are NOT leap years, while year 2000 and 2400 are leap years.

It is interesting to note that 2000 was somewhat special as it was the first instance when the third criterion was used in most parts of the world.

In the Julian calendar–introduced by Julius Caesar in 46 BC and patterned after the Roman calendar–there was only one rule: any year divisible by four would be a leap year. This calendar was used before the Gregorian calendar was adopted.

Why are leap years needed?Leap years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the earth's revolutions around the sun.

Details:

Note: The illustration is not to scale. The vernal equinox is the time when the sun is directly above the Earth's equator, moving from the southern to the northern hemisphere.

The mean time between two successive vernal equinoxes is called a tropical year–also known as a solar year–and is about 365.2422 days long.

Using a calendar with 365 days every year would result in a loss of 0.2422 days, or almost six hours per year. After 100 years, this calendar would be more than 24 days ahead of the season (tropical year), which is not desirable or accurate. It is desirable to align the calendar with the seasons and to make any difference as insignificant as possible.

By adding a leap year approximately every fourth year, the difference between the calendar and the seasons can be reduced significantly, and the calendar will align with the seasons much more accurately.

(The term "day" is used to mean "solar day"–which is the mean time between two transits of the sun across the meridian of the observer.)

Leap Day Birthdays

Some people born on February 29 prefer to celebrate their birthday on February 28 in a non-leap year because they were born in February, while others celebrate their birthday on March 1 because they do not officially turn next age on February 28.

There are also those who only celebrate their birthday every leap year because they believe there is no substitute to a February 29 birthday. In some cases, their legal birthdays depend on the rules and regulations of where they live.

Many countries make amendments for those born on leap days so they can be considered eligible for marriage, driving and other activities that require a legal age.

For example, each state or territory administers driver’s licenses in the United States. In South Carolina, one man received an extended driver’s license because February 29 was not in the calendar in a non-leap year. However in Maryland, one person waited for six months to get the driver’s license because the computer database did not recognize the February 29 birth date.

Some members of the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies do not have the February 29 birth date on their driver’s licenses because their government agencies gave them a choice of only February 28 or March 1 as their license expiration date.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Wednesday Catty CASE

It's Wednesday and on Wednesday I participate in a challenge with my Sassy Friends from SCS. This week our challenge was to CASE a card in the Stampin' Up Catalog!

This card is from the page with Bronc Buster on it...I don't know the number because I am at work and loaned my "work" catty to someone and don't feel like searching the online catty...lol

I was so inspired from looking at the SU! Catalog that I CASEd another card in the catalog!
This card is on the page with A Little Birdie Told Me So...which I don't know for reasons listed above. But it just so happened that I needed a card for a co-worker who told me yesterday she is getting married (Congrats Marianne) so I had to make this adorable card!

And this card I made for that same person mentioned above that just got engaged for her to give her fiance for his birthday, well it was her boyfriend when I made it;) She bought tickets for them to go on a cruise in October so she wanted a tropical card that was long enough to fit the tickets in.
Finally, looking through the catalog to find a card to CASE reminded me that I just got this adorable stamp set and havent used it yet (along with 10 others, lol!)!

I don't know who I will give cards to with dinosaurs on them but I love this stamp set! I cut out all the little dinosaurs and treetops so I definitely have to find someone to send it to seeing as it made my fingers sore to do all that cutting...:)

I hope you are inspired today by something you see here!
Have a great day!


Monday, February 25, 2008

Tagged {finally!}

I was tagged by Monique at http://faithtrustandpixiedust.typepad.com/!

1. Stamping Style - I really have no idea. I like quick and easy but it doesn't always turn out that way.
2. Inspiration - Clothes, the SCS gallery, all the blogs on my Google Reader
3. Color - I love pinks and Certainly Celery is my fav. SU! color.
4. Work space - Half of the computer room, well I have taken over about 80% of it now...
5. Perfect Day - Sleeping until about 10:00 (I do that every weekend anyway), then going shopping, then stamping and then out to dinner.
6. First Job - I worked with my mom at a gift shop in the Mystic Seaport when I was in like 11th grade, I think that's my 1st job unless you could babysitting my little sisters all the time...lol
7. Wildest Dream - If you mean wildest dream for my life that would be winning the lottery, the HUGE one...not the $1 million one either because I could spend that on clothes, shoes and stamping stuff in a minute;) If we are talking about dreams I have at night then it would have to be all the crazy dreams I have about falling down hills and climbing up hills...I hate hills!
8. Ink - SU! and the new Papertrey Ink inks.
9. Family - Husband Mike, daughter Rachel, doggie/bff Tara and 2 cats Ariel and Pretty
10. Beverage- Sweet Tea and I am really liking Pina Colodas lately too.
11. Biggest Challenge - Self confidence and showing my *soft* side...

Ok I will be tagging two of my friends and here they are:

Sherry

Katherine

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Belated Birthday Wishes

This card is a belated birthday card for my grandma who turned 80 on the 20th of this month. I am not 100% late because I did send her flowers on her birthday but she likes my "handmade" cards so I knew I had to make her one.

I used my new goodies from Papertrey Ink. The stamp set is Women of Life and the printed paper and all the other cardstock is Papertrey Ink as well.

The swirly q's on the bottom of the sentiment is really the big flower I stamped in a row and cut out.

I have to say that this ink and paper are just to die for...the cardstock is so nice and heavy and the ink stamps beautifully. I am really looking forward to more colors!

I see a couple of mistakes on this card now that it is in front of me like this but hopefully you won't notice;)

Have a great rest of the weekend!
TTYL:)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

What have I been doing all weekend??

Making these:

A co-worker asked me to make some type of favor to put on the table at her son's wedding rehearsal dinner that is this Friday night (the 22nd) so I made 2 little boxes and a sour cream container and brought them to work and showed her all of them and she liked these containers the best. The dinner is at a sushi restaraunt and she thought these were more Asian inspred than regular square boxes. I didn't know they were supposed to be Asian inspired so I didn't even make anything with that in mind, I just made a few things I knew how to make...lol. I am glad she liked one of them anyway:)
I'm especially glad she liked these because they are pretty quick to make and I am awful at making boxes...phewey!

The groom-to-be's inital is "G" hence the "G" on these little containers.
I can't tell you what stamp set this is but I know it is one of the Papetertrey Ink Monograms. I borrowed it from a friend and I don't have it anymore so I can't give you the name off hand, sorry.

The paper I used is the Prints Series Designer Paper in Close to Cocoa, by SU! My co-worker said the wedding is all brown shades so I showed her SU!'s browns and she loved the Close to Cocoa so that is why I used this paper for them.

The best part is that they are filled with Godiva chocolates and there are about a dozen leftover and she said I could eat whatever's left!! YUM!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!
It's back to real work tomorrow, boo hoo...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's for the ladies

at work:)
I hadn't really planned on making anything special for Valentine's Day but I have for the past 2 years made something for the ladies at work and I felt bad for not doing it this year so at the last minute the guilt sank in and I made these adorable keychains for them with their initial on them.

I saw these on a blog that I love Chic n' Scratch and had *starred* the post in my Google Reader. They were very quick to make so they were perfect for my last minute gifts:)


Thanks Angie for having such an awesome blog and I do read it every time you post, it's just on my Reader so I dont comment nearly as much as I should, i'll have to work on that!

This is a fabulous RAK I recieved from Jody Morrow (Confessions of a Ribbon Addict).
I am in the Divine Secret Sister group on SCS and I had a little snaffu with my Big Sister and Jody is one of the coordinators for the group and she sent this to me to cheer me up and to let me know she is thinking of me. How fantastic is that???

Thank you Jody for this fabulous present:)

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone and give the men in your life a break today ;)

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

A Valentine for My Sassy Friend & My Secret...

This weeks Sassy Challenge was to make a Valentine's Day card without any hearts on it whatsoever! Personally I hate hearts, so this was a wonderful challenge to do. I'm just not mushy, not into lovey-dovey stuff, baby talk and all that gross stuff. However I am into pink so I used that as my element to make this look like a "Valentine" and not just a regular old every day card, KWIM??
All of our names were put into a bowl and Frances (Stampowl) pulled them out to see who we would be making our Valentine for and mine is going to Miss Frances herself:)
Knowing how much she loves Rubber Romance I made her card using my new stamps!!
Hope she likes it.
Stamps: Rubber Romance, Michael's $1
Cardstock: Real Red (SU!), Pretty In Pink (SU!), Loves Me DSP (SU!), PapertreyInk Stampers Select White Cardstock
Other: Copics for coloring, Circle Punches, Photo Corner Punch, Ribbon
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And now for my "secret"....
This is what it looked like to the right and left of the card above when I took the picture:

Shocked??

I am such an awful, messy stamper that I have to basically just take my arm and push everything out of the way to make room to take a picture. When you keep doing that every time you take a picture the crap tends to build up and I just keep piling more and more stuff on top of the stuff already there, it is a viscious cycle indeed!
My biggest problem is storage. I have so much stuff that doesnt even have a place in a drawer or on a shelf that it is ridiculous, I don't know how much more stuff my little space can hold...

Well, that's all for now. I hope that I didnt scare everyone away with that dark secret of mine and you'll still come back for a visit!

TTYL!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

A Hanna Thank You

This card started out being for a Hanna Stamps Color Challenge in honor of the owner, Kristi's, birthday....that was at least a week ago, I think and I just never got it finished. The colors were turquoise, Pink and Gray but since I was late for the challenge I took out the gray and just went with turquoise and pink.

And now it is going to be a thank you card for a very, very cool blogger/stamper that did something nice for me, hope she likes it!!

Stamp: Hanna Stamps, Green Grass Stamps
Paper: Papertrey Ink White; SU! Tempting Turquoise and Pretty In Pink Prints, Loves Me, Tempting Turquoise, Pretty In Pink
Accessories: Rhinestone Brads, Circle Punches, Ticket Corner Punch

Friday, February 1, 2008

Happy Sale-A-Bration Day!!

Today is in my opinion the beginning of the most exciting few weeks in the stamping year!

It's SALE-A-BRATION TIME!!

It all starts today and will end March 17, 2008!

For every $50 spent in product you will receive a FREE Sale-A-Bration stamp set!

Host a demonstration with $300 in sales and receive an additional Free set!
Here is the SAB Catalog: http://www.stampinup.com/us/documents/US_SAB_08.pdf
(I already ordered enough to get 3 sets for myself this morning....you know I had to!!)

Join me in becoming a Demonstrator yourself by purchasing the Starter Kit and receive any additional stamp set from the Spring Summer Collections Catalog (a $47.95 value)

I saved the best for last . . . the Starter Kit is now on sale at 20% off!
The starter kit is on sale for $159.00 (valued at $330.00)
You pick your own stamp sets (5 of them to be exact), your own paper and ink colors!

Although there are many benefits to purchasing the starter kit, there is no further obligation once the kit is purchased.

All the great supplies are yours to keep and you will receive an additional 20% on everything you purchase!

Email me if you'd like more information about Sale-A-Bration or becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.
Oh and Happy Friday, too;)