Loose or Lose? Your or You’re? To, Too or Two?

One of my absolute favorite books is Eats, Shoots and Leaves.  It's a grammar book, but wonderfully clever.  Best of all, it was great to find there are other people in the world who carry around tools to edit signs and bulletin board notices.  I'd love to have a Facebook "edit" button!

There's a thread on a stamping forum about people using too many apostrophes in their words.  Which, of course, brought up all the other grammar and usage mistakes people make – like using "viola" or "wah-lah" instead of Voila!   Using an apostrophe to make a word plural and leaving out the apostrophe when the word is possessive really drives me nuts. (I bought three book's today.  I really liked the books plot.)  AARRRGH! 

So one of the posts was about lose and loose.  I get a real chuckle out of people "loosing" their minds or "loosing" their stamps.  Oh, the creative possibilities when the mind is loosed!  But that's not what they mean.  I was telling Mike and Jon about some of the posts this morning, and Jonny had a great story.  It seems a guy was being released from prison and decided to get one last tattoo.  Instead of "Born to Lose," he got "Born too Loose."  Oh, my.  That just brings up images of those balloon people thingies that businesses use to get people's attention.  No wonder he got caught and put in prison.  He probably found it difficult to get away with those loose limbs of his. 

After a few errands yesterday, I had the rest of the morning/afternoon to play catch up on stamping projects.  I designed samples for the technique class next week and started working on a "Stressing Distressing" class.  And I decided to make another attempt to recreate Janet's blouse.  These colors are a little brighter than the actual shirt, I think, but I like them. The card looks kind of "beachy!"

Floral_blouse_card Isn't that ribbon fun?  I gathered it with some thread, then added a bow to the end.  I stamped the flowers in craft ink, then embossed with clear powder.  The vine and French script are stamped in Versamark and clear embossed.  Then I just sponged ink over the entire panel.  I decided to "faux bleach," so after it was dry, I ironed it with copy paper to melt the embossing powder into the paper. 

The only thing not current is the "French Script" background stamp.  I've never gotten "En Français." Can you believe it?  But I bought French Script just a few months before it retired. I have a horrible track record of buying a background stamp, only to have it retire soon after, so I've been holding off buying the new one (for, what, three years now???).  So now I know if I buy it, it will retire.)

Here are the supplies I used on the card:
Stamp sets:  French Script (retired), Notably Ornate, Vintage Vogue, Fabulous Phrases
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin Pie craft; Pacific Point, Always Artichoke, Pretty in Pink, Cherry Cobbler classic; Versamark
Paper:  Glossy White, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Pacific Point card stock
Other:  Clear embossing powder, Pretty in Pink satin ribbon, glimmer brads (subtles – in the Holiday mini!), wide and small oval punches, sticky strip, mini glue dots, stampin' dimensionals, stampin' sponges

I'm off to stamp a little and practice a lot!  Have a wonderful weekend!

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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1 Response to Loose or Lose? Your or You’re? To, Too or Two?

  1. Jean Fitch says:

    Love the Born too Loose story Buffy. Perhaps his moral compass was a little to loose as well making it easy for him to lose his freedom? Love this card too (oops almost forgot that extra o) – At first glance I thougt you had used the beautiful Presto Patterns paper that makes any card using it special. Instead your beautiful coloring and stamping technique achieved much the same look with a gorgeous result.
    Eats, Shoots and Leaves is one of my favorite books as well. I wish I could claim to be a grammarian but no such luck (I bet I didn’t even spell it correctly!). It is fun to read people’s spelling and grammer faux pax…so much easier to see others than our own.
    Hugs – Jean


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