Smoke Detectors, Grammar, and Other Random Thoughts
What a week this has been! I had so much fun playing with my new products from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration Brochure. My post today was supposed to be one of the cards I made using the new products. Christy and I had a super fun time crafting Thursday. I brought all my new products for us to play with – and I left them at the office, because I have so many other things I have to finish, I didn’t want to be tempted. Sadly, I left the cards I made as well.
After I finished designing my December project for Craft Project Central (CPC), I created a quick card for today’s blog. (Side note: If you haven’t subscribed to CPC, you should! If you’re a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you’ll get tons of ideas for classes and stamp camps. The tutorials include step by step directions and photos, and the ideals are amazing!) Back to the present – here’s the card.
This card was inspired by a swap my friend Christy received at #OnStage2016. Sadly, I didn’t get the name of the designer, but I loved the card. Of course, I changed a few things. First, I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies to die-cut the opening in the top panel. (I’ll use the die-cut on another card.) Then I stamped the trees from Lovely as a Tree in Smoky Slate and added some Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details to the trees on the card base. (Hint: be sure to mask the 1/4″ edge on the card base before you stamp!) Then I embossed the top layer with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and adhered it to the card. A little Night of Navy Solid Baker’s Twine and a die-cut sentiment from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (sponged with Night of Navy Classic Ink) and I was finished. This may very well be my Christmas card this year! It’s so quick and easy.
So here are my random thoughts. First – I was watching “Sprout” on TV the other night. To make a long story short, they had nine bananas, and a character took a banana. The question was, “Are there more bananas, the same number of bananas, or ‘less’ bananas?” The characters on the show voted, and “Hattie” asked, “Who was correct?” I’m shouting, “NONE OF THEM!!!!!” because one said the same, one said “less,” and one said more). In case you’re wondering, no children were around (don’t ask), so no tender hearts, ears, or minds were hurt by this rant. Of course, the correct answer is, “there were FEWER bananas.” If you can count them, it’s “fewer,” not “less.” Yes, it’s a big pet peeve of mine. Whenever I go to a checkout line and see, “20 items or less,” I want to scream. When I mentioned this to my boys, they both understood my frustration. So I’ve done something right along the way.
Second random thought – do smoke detectors try to “mess with you” if you don’t change batteries when the time changes? We were out of town when Daylight Savings time finally ended. (Yes, I love having daylight until 9 p.m. or later, but I’m happier to have a little sun at 6:30 a.m. when I have to wake up. I just don’t get people saying, “Oh, it’s dark at 5 p.m.! That’s so weird.” Seriously? It’s been dark at 5 p.m. in November my entire life – and I’m old. Did you just move to planet Earth?) Anyway- since we were out of town, we didn’t change the batteries in the detectors last Sunday. We just forgot after we unpacked and fell into bed. So early one morning this week, I heard, “chirp.” Twenty seconds later, “chirp.” You have to be kidding me. It was the detector right outside our bedroom door. Mike changed it, and we slept well for a few days.
4 a.m. today: “Chirp.” Twenty seconds later, “chirp.” Are you freakin’ kidding me? I got up and changed the battery for that one. Hopefully, the one in our bedroom won’t decide to got off tonight. Or maybe I should just change the battery now. I hate it when I’m the slave to the things I buy, don’t you?
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful “chirp free” day!