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Friday, February 5, 2010

Crazier Than Monkeys on a Hot Summer Day

Well, it's been a crazy week! Here's a quick rundown of the highlights: My husband has been out of town all week (we pick him up today at 1:15), we've had a death in the family (actually I can tell ya'll--it was my ex-husband and Shelbie's biological father and she's the only next of kin at age 17) that's caused some unbelievable family drama, I had to take Audrie to the doctor and found out she was on the brink of pneumonia, so she was home almost all week (she's much better now), Lindsie woke up at 3 AM last night with a stomach ache, and I got a real email (not spam) from a bank saying how nice it was to meet me (in North Carolina--I'm in Texas) and that they will get my home refi going real soon. Um, wrong Susan Liles! A home refi is the last thing on my mind this week. Turns out the "other" Susan Liles (imposter!) has an email address VERY similar to mine. (I'm a little concerned that this bank gave me HER address AND email as they were trying to get this all straight--privacy policy out the window, I guess!). I have to admit, I've been irrationally irked at Eric all week while he's been out in South Carolina, taking classes at USC and then heading back to his posh hotel in the afternoons to "kill time". Little does he know, that's all coming to a sweet little end today. (Insert devilish grin and rubbing hands together here.) The dirty dishes in the sink have his name written all over them and who knows what else I'll be able to find for him to do this afternoon while I stamp WITHOUT FAIL! Ok thanks for letting me get that off my chest.

Anyway, I've got some Verve-aliciousness to share with ya'll today. I hope you've been enjoying the Project Parade over on the Verve Blog. There's a great inspiration piece and as always, chances to win some new Verve stamps. My turn is next week, but I wanted to show ya'll a super fun card I made for this last release. I love how it turned out! It's the first spinner card I've ever done. I started it just on a whim as Jen and I were talking on the phone one day. Then I looked up the directions on how to fanagle the spinning contraption on SCS and found something close to what I needed HERE. It says to punch circles and then cut a "track" between the two, but I just used my old Word Window Punch from SU! (I knew there was a reason I was hanging on to it!).

The little Monkey is from the Verve set, Love Monkey and I thought the sentiment fit nicely with the "movement" on the card. I also used the must-have background set, Bountiful Backgrounds from Verve for the polkadot paper and his belly. How do ya'll like my "action" shot? Dad-gum! I'm a real photographer!

So I need to get moving here and pull out my pad and paper and get a list of things to do going for Eric. He needs to "feel the burn" equal to what I've been through this week. I'm really just kidding. I think I'll just sign this silly card and give it to him when I pick him up at the airport. I couldn't have done it without him. Thank goodness for cell phones and text messages.

SUSIE Q-TIP: When you've had a rough week and your husband is feeling bad for you because you've had to take the brunt of the troubles on all by yourself, that is a good time to not only tell him you love him and appreciate his help even from afar, but also hit him up for ordering that Copic marker set you've had your eye on for a while, a new car, or anything else you've been putting off getting. He won't be able to argue with you on getting it. You've earned it. It's your reward. You know it and he knows it. And it won't be the last time you need a little "pick-me-up". You know it and he knows it. That's hope for the future right there.

Stamps: Love Monkey, Bountiful Backgrounds (Verve)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, Kraft, Pure Poppy, White
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Pure Poppy, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Word Window Punch, Paper Piercer/Mat Pack, Pennies, Pure Poppy Ribbon (PTI), Jody Boosters
Finished Size: 4.25" Square


  1. OMG this is super cute! Love the spinning monkey!

  2. What a week! Hang in there! Love your tip of the day :)

  3. When it pours!:) You are in my thoughts. Never fails, when hubby leaves town, all heck breaks loose! This card is adorable!!!!:)

  4. Goodness! I'm exhausted just reading about your week!! I so agree with your Susie Q-tip!!
    Such a sweet, adorable card!!


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