Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Another apology . . . we thought we would have been home by now. We are stuck at New York's Kennedy International Airport due to unstable weather conditions and thunderstorms yesterday. Our flight from Milan to New York was uneventful and very nice. We landed, quickly went through customs and our nightmare began. We boarded and deplaned our 4:15 p.m. flight to Seattle twice . . . once at 6:45 p.m. and then again at 11:30 p.m. After the first boarding, we sat on the tarmac for 2 hours. We deplaned on the tarmac in pouring rain and were bussed to a waiting gate. When we finally boarded at 11:30 p.m., we were told 15-20 minutes prior that there would not be food service on this flight because of the time delay. We bussed and climbed the stairs to board the plane. They had to wait for the fuel trucks who were on restricted movement because of the lightening. They finally arrived. Then they discovered the crew would not be able to finish the flight because of shift limitations; they were willing to work overtime but were denied. We were then going to fly to Minneapolis to pick up a new crew for the remainder of the flight to Seattle. After significant delay, they discovered they couldn't find a crew. Flight cancelled and we were bussed back to another terminal to make other flight arrangements at 1:00 a.m. Because it was a crew problem, the airline put us up at a nearby hotel without our luggage because baggage was closed.

So, here we sit awaiting a 6:45 p.m. flight home. We're praying the flight is not delayed or cancelled because another round of thunderstorms are due into the area at the time of departure. As I sit in the lounge looking outside, I see our lonely airplane in its same spot. Why they didn't just find a time slot to reboard this morning with a new crew instead of displacing the full flight of passengers is beyond our derstanding. Managing from the backseat in hindsight is so easy, isn't it?

Saturday's Play Day with Splash Inks at Art 'n Soul was lots of fun according to Susie and Mike. From the photo, I know that Jane Townsend had lots of fun, but when doesn't she! I just love her enthusiasm for new techniques.

These are photos of the Splash Ink technique from Susie; she applied salt to the art square 'just for fun'. Can't wait to get home to try that one because I like what I see.

There are sets of Splash Inks from Yasutomo available at Art 'n Soul; we had a special order so they would be available for our customers on Play Day. There are only 4 inks to the set and at a very reasonable cost. You'll have them for a long time, unless you go whacko-crazeeee and make hundreds of projects with them. Please stop in or call the store for more information . . . 360.357.6820.

Graphic 45 is coming up with new collections and some of their designs will be up for 'sneak peeks' this week on their blog. With our penchant for cats and dogs, this release should be a dandy. I don't know when they'll be shipping -- perhaps in August.

And while we wait, Graphic 45's Eerie Tale will be at Art 'n Soul at the birthday party. Halloween in summer? Yep! We know that time is needed to begin your Halloween projects; it will be the end of July and only 2 months to go if you want Halloween decor and cards ready at the beginning of October!

Darsie Bruno has made another beautiful card featuring the Walnut Inks from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko.

by Darsie Bruno
Artist-in-Residence for IMAGINE Crafts
Here's the link to the posting with the details:  http://imaginecraftsblog.com/2014/07/15/thinking-of-you-5/

Penny Ward has a wonderful technique using Memento re-inkers from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko and baby wipes.

by Penny Ward Cunningham
Artist-in-Residence for IMAGINE Crafts
This is the link to the details:  http://imaginecraftsblog.com/2014/07/14/smile/

Over at Elizabeth Crafts' Designs, they posted a beautiful oval accordion fold card from one of their designer friends in the Netherlands.

by Dini for Elizabeth Craft Designs
by Dini for Elizabeth Craft Designs
by Dini for Elizabeth Craft Designs
by Dini for Elizabeth Craft Designs
Diny used various other dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs . . . this is the ink to her blog but I must warn you, it's not in English!

Jill Foster shows 4 different cards/tags she made for the Penny Black blog. I love these tags!

by Jill Foster by Penny Black

On the PoppyStamps blog, they're really having a good time showing off their new dies. I love the simplicity of this card by Sherry Eckblad.

by Sherry Eckblad for PoppyStamps

Enjoy this card as you think about what you're going to create for the upcoming holidays . . .

by Irena Kowalczyk for PoppyStamps

You have to  go to this posting to see Mrs. Claus' home! It's a very clever folding card design using several of their new holiday dies.

by Ira Hubers for PoppyStamps
Click on this link now!

Shelby Thomas has created this Christmas card using one of the new Memory Box dies and stencils. I can think of so many ways you could vary the look of this card with just a simple change-out of the accessorizing dove die cuts.

by Shelby Thomas for Memory Box

I've just discovered that Marcus Samuelsson, a renown Swedish chef, has a Brasserie Grill just outside the lounge doors. My sweet husband has agreed to take me there for a nice lunch . . . sandwiches on-the-go have become a bit tiresome.

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