Pretty Package

What I like most about gift is the pretty packaging. A prety package is equally precious of what's inside and I do not mind spending a wee bit of time into making one of a kind package for my friends. I snapped some photos of a package that I recently made for a dear friend and I woud like to share them here. If you think something's wrong with my pictures, don't worry. It is just me playing with Photoshop....very amateurish :)

The package. At first I didn't know what to do with the decorative tape by Pink I know :)

Close up of the package.

The goodies that I put together for her.

I had loads of fun making these and I can see myself making a few more. I'm keeping today's post short and I hope you enjoy your day!

See ya!

US: myth of the two party system - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

US: myth of the two party system - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

WikiGushers by Cindy Sheehan

Another head hangs lowly,

Child is slowly taken.

And the violence caused such silence,

Who are we mistaken?

But you see, it's not me, it's not my family.

In your head, in your head they are fighting,

With their tanks and their bombs,

And their bombs and their guns.

In your head, in your head, they are crying...

Zombie, by the Cranberries

Calling the release of about a half a million documents regarding despicable crimes in the USA’s illegal and immoral occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan by “leaks” is like calling the oil that gushed (and may still be gushing) from BP’s Deepwater Horizon, well, a “leak.”

The info that came from the WikiLeaks’ gusher is disturbing enough—but as much as I hate to agree with the World Wide War Machine (WWWM)—the info is not anything new to those of us who pay attention.

I am grateful, though, that there are still a few people out there who have courage and integrity and sorry that someone like Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking the Collateral Murder video will have to be doing some very hard time (up to 52 years), if he is convicted---because in reality, very few people care about these leaks and they are not altering the trajectory of the Empire in any measurable way.

Let’s face it—there was very little outcry when we learned of the Abu Ghraib scandal in early 2004, although we had full proof in living color that the most horrid of crimes were occurring in that hellhole. A few low ranking scum (as opposed to the high ranking scum) were convicted and literally given slaps on the wrist for their crimes against humanity. The torture and human degradation that went on in Abu Ghraib, though, was nothing compared to the intense blowback to our soldiers when the Iraqi people responded to that. The Empire’s response to the Iraqi response was a couple of sieges of Fallujah and an unconscionable increase in the slaughter of Iraqis.

It’s Hypocrisy in the First Degree when the president of the U.S. and Pentagon officials pretend to get upset over the info saying that the spillage will “harm” our soldiers in the field! Our Empire (indeed, many Empires before it) couldn’t care a whit about our soldiers in the field. The rich men always send the young working class off to die in their wars and pay other unspeakable prices as they are massacring the enemy du jour. Unless their deaths are being exploited for imperial glory, even our needlessly killed soldiers get short shrift in this nation. For all intents and purposes, the War on Terror only registers in public opinion if someone with an Arab sounding last name decides to make an incendiary device out of his own underpants.

So, if the sacrifice of our troops is practically invisible in the US psyche, then the innocent people of Iraq don’t even have the relevancy, of say, an ant infestation. Few people that aren’t Buddhists have qualms about killing ants, like few people here have any qualms about killing Native Americans, Japanese, Filipinos, Latin Americans, Vietnamese, Iraqis, Afghans, Pakistanis, or any other groups of people that the Empire tells us are not worthy of having breath. The Empire needs “enemy agreement” with us to be able use up its rapidly expiring gunpowder on.

Pictures of bloodied and battered babies at U.S. checkpoints have been seared into my brain for years and I have been reading the words of unembedded journalists like the courageous Dahr Jamail for years now, also—so the “revelation” that civilians were being targeted is not new info—and just because documents get leaked from the Mordor of War Departments don’t give them any more legitimacy than the testimonies of the Iraqis and the eye-witness accounts by Dahr.

Again, the introduction of this information, although not new, was sensational and it was greeted by the zombies of the U.S. with a colossal yawn and by the Empire with pretend indignation, because, and here is the kicker: Most of us just don’t give a frig about human life, unless its unborn human life. The Empire only wants us to be born so they can either exploit our labor or have cannon fodder for their wars: otherwise we have been trained from the top down to a have cavalier approach to life and human suffering. Even if it is our own suffering, we are taught that it is our fault if we are suffering, not the fault of the rotting system we exist for.

I have two problems with the Wikileaks’ info, though—the first problem is that the semi-official count for the Iraqis is about 1/5 of the count that credible studies from the Lancet (which was given the same respect as the National Enquirer here in the states) last reported in 2006 that over 650,000 excess Iraqi deaths had occurred since the U.S. invasion in 2003! The documents procured by Wikileaks gives that number to be just over 100,000. Of course, one Iraqi death was one too many, but the horror cannot be exaggerated, nor the carnage be minimized in this way.

The other problem I have with the current info dump, that shows me that perhaps WikiLeaks is doing the job of psyops, as was the case in the dump of the Afghan leaks, where Pakistan was implicated in assisting al Qaeda (US drone bombing dramatically increased after that), Iran is highlighted as a major player in this U.S. war of terror.

Is Iran supporting the resistance against the U.S in Iraq? The documents say so, but I need to know who supplied that information to Wikileaks. Was it a controlled leak? Was it a partial controlled leak? Was there an unwitting “middleman” that uploaded the docs to Wikileaks?

I don’t know the answer to these questions, but I do know that the Empire has been ginning up a case against Iran for years, now.

Every piece of info that came out is earth shattering to someone: a child was killed, a brother tortured, a husband disappeared; but sadly there was nothing there that shattered the earth.

If I were President Obama, I would use the opportunity that the revelation of these crimes presented to me! I would, as gracefully, speedily, and humbly as possible remove our troops from that region. Instead, the regime is condemning the leakers and WikiLeaks, but not the criminals portrayed therein.

Shameful, to say the least!

According to Jessy.........

I'm a butterfly freak!! Me? A freak?? Seriously? Lol! I did a quick count and realized that I made a total of 60 butterfly cards to date. I'm not sure if that makes me a freak but I do love the nickname :) To proove that I'm indeed a freak, I made yet another butterfly :)

I confessed countless times that I love butterfly, the truth is I only like them on paper and not on clothing or accessories of any kind. Same goes with my favorite color. You know how much I love pink right? Believe me, I don't like wearing pink at all! Fushchia yes but absolutely not pink. It's funny how my cardmaking style is so different from my sense of clothing. I found some pictures online that could very well explain my fashion sense :)

You could say I'm a simple girl who loves neutral colors. My motto, the simple the better :) What about you? Does your cardmaking style reflects your fashion style or the total opposite just like me? 

Happy Friday! 

afton & phil

CASE Study Challenge #12

Welcome back to another round of CASE Study challenge! It's Barbara Ander's last week and we truly enjoyed having her as our muse. Let's check out my take inspired by her.

Christmas is less than two months away and I'm not sure I'm ready to welcome the holiday. Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas but there are so much to do that I hope it come a bit later. Ayways, if you plan on making Christmas cards for your family and friends, do check out the blog for more inspirations by the DT.

Also, Carole is leaving the team and so am I. Next week will be my last week with CASE Study. And this week's sponsor is our very own Carole! Want to know the prize she is offering? You'll have to check out the blog and see it yourself :) Hope you play along with us!

bronwyn & rick


I am loving butterfly. Stamp, die-cut, sticker or paper.....I love them all! I am never bored nor sick of them. In fact, I want more :) Can someone please tell me I'm not

Below is the card I made using my favourite stamp by Papertrey Ink! The lovely text pattern paper is from the Lost & Found collection by My Mind's Eye. I totally LOVED this collection! Who doesn't?

Ok...tell me you love butterfly too. Let us share our love together :)

New Store & Class

As some of you may know, Smidapaper is opening a new store soon and we are counting down to the opening day. More details on the blog soon. Stay tune!

Meanwhile, I'll be having a Christmas card class at the brand new store. In the class, I'll be showing how to create four Christmas cards of different styles with stamping, embossing, paper piecing and more. Do check out the class on Smidapaper blog. It's going to be fun! Here's the sneak of the class.......

Have a great day!

Tuesday at 5 (Downtown Winnipeg)

November Night (Winnipeg Main Street)


Little One

This is my second post of the day. Please scroll down for the first post. Firstly, I would like to appologize for my absence! I haven't been visiting in a while and I'm sorry about that too. I hope I'm able to share what I've been up to but the time is not right. I guess I have to wait patiently :) Stay with me ya!

I'm keeping today's post short so I'm leaving you with a card I made yesterday using the cute stamp from WPlus9. Hope you like it :)

Thanks for stopping by!