Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Color me 4



Just a quick post...for some reason I thought I already uploaded a post...sheesh, I guess I'm really tired :)

This is a card I made tonight for my soon-to-be 4 year old niece! Her birthday is Friday and I can't believe that she is already 4!

I've been digging into my basic grey stash {patting myself on my back!}.
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paper: basic grey and stampin' up ruby red accessories: k&co glitter chipboard alpha, misc ribbon, circle scallop, coluzzle and janome.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Proactivity

It has been quite the week at work, wait, it has only been 2 days? {rolling my eyes} I was hoping to partake in creative therapy tonight but no such luck. I did something better...went for a 4 mile walk. {okay, maybe not necessarily "better"...well okay, better for my health...}. Soooo... no card to share but I do have a great

Seek your limits and beyond

"If you're proactive, you don't have to wait for circumstances or other people to create perspective expanding experiences. You can consciously create your own."
-- Stephen Covey

Connect with the edge, the unknown, of your experience. Allow this pull towards unexplored territory to take you to new dimensions of yourself. Allow life to touch you in new ways. For this is how we truly live life. Become more alive as you grow through your consciousness barriers. Ask questions that seek answers beyond yourself. The depth of life is revealed as you go further into it.

Nothing is lost upon a man who is bent upon growth; nothing wasted on one who is always preparing for... life by keeping eyes, mind and heart open to nature, men, books, experience.... What he gathers serves him at unexpected moments in unforeseen ways."
-- Hamilton Wright Mabie

"Nurture great thoughts, for you will never go higher than your thoughts."
-- Benjamin Disraeli

Monday, April 28, 2008

Chardonnay Fleur



Here's another pocket card...this time is uses Basic Grey Periphery. I **love** the parisian feel of the paper. It is another design I worked on yesterday for the bride-to-be. This pocket card is stitched'orama....it was a great way to "adhere" the twill tape. I knew that I wanted to make one card with the Deluxe Designs Plain Janes Chipboard that I bought...long...long...time ago...I have several packages of the stuff..must have hit a good clearance {lol}. I tried to use my various MM paints but dang, they seem to be all sealed shut. I couldn't get the little buggers open...any helpful tips?
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ink: versafine vintage sepia paper: basic grey periphery accessories: deluxe designs chipboard, stampin' up twill tape, bling and janome

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Urban Fleur


I have been commissioned to design a card for a gal that just recently became engaged. No pressure, the gal that is commissioning the card is ultra picky and the gal that has become engaged is very savvy...she works in Los Angeles for a major clothing designer. This is my first stab at a design...I also completed another one today that I'll post tomorrow. I have a couple other designs brewing. I tell you, there is sooooo much inspiration everywhere that it is simply overwhelming.

I love Basic Grey and the Urban Couture line is simply gorgeous. In my perfect world, the beaded ribbon would have been darker...thought I would try to smudge some Holtz ink on it but thought it might make it look dirty rather than shabby chic! You can't really tell but I did use the old janome to stitch the front panel of the pocket card.
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stamp: inkadinkado ink: versafine vintage sepia paper: basic grey urban couture accessories: ribbon from j's and janome.
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This weekend the weather has been perfect. Yesterday we spent the afternoon on the Seattle Waterfront at the Aquarium...then headed out to dinner. The kids had to stop and do some Mother's Day shopping so I gave them $$...oh well, it is the thought that counts. I wanted to join them in Michael's but they wouldn't let me...probably for the best...lol.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

{being} Happy and "Not Quite What I Was Planning" continued


I'm pretty pleased with this one...it is via the combined inspiration of Kristina Werner's ribbon weaving and Beatriz Jennings' Quilted Card. I tried {I really did!} to do some zig zag stitching but there were just too many layers. Although I was wearing protective eyewear {okay they were my glasses...I had a lazy morning}, I was scared the needle was going to "ping". Can you believe that I didn't have any coordinating ribbon? Sheesh...Luckily, I actually love the look of the prima flower {on dimensionals}, the felt flower {ala Stampin' Up's Flower Fusion} and the J's bling! The magnificent paper is Amy Butler. I absolutely **love** anything Amy Butler..luckily I haven't started to collect any of her fabric, yet.
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stamps: stampin' up tiny talk paper: k&co/amy butler, stampin' up pixie pink ink: stampin' up pixie pink accessories: prima flower, stampin' up flower fusion, j's bling & jewelry tag
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Okay, Carla of Paper Pastorale got me...I should throw out my six word memoir:

Karma...what comes around goes around...
or
Karma....things happen for a reason...

Friday, April 25, 2008

"Not Quite What I Was Planning"

I found out about this book from the very fabulous Cathy Zielske's blog, Bits & Pieces.

Here's a link via Powell's Books out of Portland:
Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure
by Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser


Make sure you click on the video...


What would be YOUR six words?






Thursday, April 24, 2008

Birthday Aloha!

This is another take on my Inkadinkado Aloha stamp. I used the same papers but this time I substituted the stitching for the twill...Here's my original card:

Surfs Up!

What a nice addition the stitching makes...I have seriously gotten my $$ worth out of my Janome machine. Now I just need to break open all the Copic markers that I've been collecting...

Anyways, I was able to score 2 more sets of the Basic Grey Hang 10 packs. I really love that paper...especially to use the Inkadinkado stamp with. It reminds me that I need to ink up my Do the Hula Set....something that I bought because of tashers Splitcoaststampers gallery {here's her blog}.

What can I say, I'm easily enabled...
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stamps: inkadinkado paper: basic grey hang ten and stampin' up chocolate chip ink: versafine vintage sepia accessories: stampin' up rub ons, dimensionals and my janome.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Morning Person...

That's what I am...a morning person. It started when I went back to school in 2004. I would go to bed early and wake up around 1:00 am to study. I still wake up around 3:30 some days of the week because of my kid/work schedule...everyone thinks I'm nuts...but I gotta do what I gotta do.

The WC Fields quote from Edgy Eloquence cracks me up...I'm sending this card to a friend of mine. She likes sock monkeys and I'm sure that she'll get a kick out of this. I used the SCS Sketch Challenge #166...love it. I picked up the Daisy D paper stack from Jacksonbelle's store.
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stamps: stampin' up edgy eloquence ink: versafine vintage sepia paper: daisy d's embellishments: square scallop punch, coluzzle, heidi swapp distresser and janome

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

An Oldie and a Risk...

I planned on designing some new cards last night but didn't...I decided to share this Basic Grey card from January 2007. Wow, it is a bright little card....basic grey and pixie pink.
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stamps: stampin' up wonderful words paper: basic grey, stampin' up pixie pink ink: stampin' up pixie pink accessories: circle scallop punch, coluzzle, signo white gel pen, ribbon from RABOM and corner rounder.
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I received this Higher Awareness inspiration this morning:

Dare to risk

"To try is to risk failure. But risk must be taken because the greatest hazard of life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, live, and love."
-- Leo Buscaglia

Daring to risk is an essential step to self empowerment. This is the key to breaking out of stuck thinking and behaviour. It is about breaking through the comfort zones and barriers. It is about experiencing new levels of mind and feelings. It is about experiencing more life.

"A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing."
-- George Bernard Shaw

"Only those who risk going too far can know how far they can go."
-- Unknown source

Monday, April 21, 2008

Lucky Chandelier

I had such a fun filled weekend...I'll give the deets on my card first. I made this for a gal that recently opened her own business...following her dreams. I haven't used my trusty Impress Chandelier in a bit so I decided to use that along with a River Rock/Black paper combo. I was going to use a wide black velvet ribbon but thought I'd add a little pattern by using the satin gingham ribbon....I wanted to add a "bit more" since there isn't any stitching so I added a scalloped band under the ribbon...what do you think of the scallops? I used my fiskars "cloud" scissors...of course the chandelier needed the bling. I need to use River Rock more...I really like the color....especially teamed up with black.
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stamps: impress chandelier & amuse text paper: stampin' up river rock and misc black ink: versafine onyx black accessories: heidi swapp distresser, bling, fiskars cloud scissors, misc satin gingham and bling!
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Did you notice my new pictures on the sidebar? My profile picture was taken on friday night when we tried out Boom Noodle. Great place...I love their name:

In Japan today there is a popular term, “my boom” that means, “The thing I am currently obsessed with.” Our “my boom” is Japanese cuisine, and we are grateful to you for letting us create our food for you.

My new latte art is compliments of the Essential Baking Cafe..

Have a super week!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Bashful Damask

I was thrilled to see that Silke is the Featured Stamper this week on Splitcoaststampers! I've always been a fan of her works of art. I truly appreciate her patience because of all the layers she typically has on her cards in addition to all the other details she adds.
I picked this beauty for my inspiration:

I changed the colors a bit, used my very loved Damask bg image, added stitching and substituted the bling for her text.

Congrats Silke!!! You sooo deserve to be the Featured Stamper!!!
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stamps: stampin' up damask paper: stampin' up chocolate chip & bashful blue ink: versafine vintage sepia accessories: bling and my trusty janome

Friday, April 18, 2008

Wasabi Phoebe

TGIF!
It is finally Friday!!
I have a jam packed weekend but will definitely squeeze in time for some stamping...

If you read my post from yesterday you know about the Teacher Appreciation Raffle that I'm donating to. This is the other card that I designed with the Hampton Arts image...what's that I see?

Wasabi Stitched Ribbon?

{learn to not hoard...learn to not hoard...}
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stamp: hampton arts paper: fabriano, basic grey phoebe ink: versafine onyx black accessories: stampin' up wild wasabi stitched grosgrain

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Biased....

I volunteered to make a couple sets of cards to donate to my son's school. They are putting together a Raffle for Teacher Appreciation Week. When I read the email I didn't even hesitate to step up because I really do appreciate what they do! Well, when I was talking to my son about what I wanted to donate, he wasn't too thrilled. I was going to put together some CAS {clean & simple} fabriano cards...right up my alley. He said, "Mom, you should really do some fancy ones too!". Don't you just love what kids say? So, here is one of my fancier ones....I bought this Hampton Arts image last month in West Seattle. It is screaming to be paper pieced, don't you agree? When I bought the image I totally thought of the most FABulous Donna Downey. Yes, I am secretly hoping that her talent will rub off on me if I buy something that I think she owns or would buy...LOL. Typing about DD...sheesh, uber talented....love her paintings!

Anywho's....Here is one of two designs that I managed to do last night. {At one point, the kids commented to each other about the "weird noise" I made...my stamping area is right around the corner from the family room....I totally DROPPED the stamp that was totally loaded up with VersaFine ONYX BLACK....it was the "slow motion thing"....and yes, it landed ink DOWN on the carpet...sigh.} The paper is from my highly neglected Rock Star stack. It really is quite the fabulous stack since the papers are sooo different...embossed...flocked...metallic. This "You Rock" card is the only other one that I've made using it...

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stamps: hampton arts paper: fabriano and dcwv ink: versafine onyx black accessories: may arts ribbon techniques: paper piecing and fussy cutting

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

An Oldie and Sunlight to the Heart...

I don't think that I've posted these before...they are super old...I made these altered Frap bottles back in 2006...my brother was on a huge frap kick back then and would kindly recycle the bottles to me. The paper wreath garland was something that I picked up at the Seattle Packaging Specialties...the dp is K&Co...the charm is from A Charming Place. I'm hoping to be crafty tonight so that I can post new projects...
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Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

Another Higher Awareness that hit me...

Deeper communication

Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships he makes with others and what happens to him in the world about him."
-- Virginia Satir

How do you typically communicate? Is it through words, gestures, emotions, thoughts, desires, needs, truths, direct perception or intuition? Do you focus more on the other person or on yourself? Do you typically tell, ask or listen?

For a few days, set an intention to be aware of your communication styles and skills. After you’ve spent some time talking with someone, reflect on what your underlying motives were and what level of depth you reached. Write your insights in your journal. This exercise will help you become more aware and conscious of who you are and why you do what you do.

"We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversation with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk."
-- Thomas Moore

"You must speak straight so that your words may go as sunlight to our hearts."
-- Cochise

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Felt a Bit Mellow...

I tell you, sometimes it is a challenge to come up with a catchy title on blog posts...My Mellow Flower card has left me with huge scraps of beautiful Basic Grey dp....This card uses a bit of that. I originally had the very gorgeous chocolate chip wide satin ribbon on the card but thought it wasn't quite right {after I had already cut into my stash...gasp!}. I like the look of the wide chocolate chip grosgrain {ala RABOM} better. It was still lacking something so I decided to triple decker some American Craft Felt Flowers and top it off with some bling-age! There is no sentiment on this card so it can truly be used for any occasion.
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paper: stampin' up pumpkin pie & chocolate chip, basic grey accessories: ribbons, bows oh my dark brown wide grosgrain, american crafts felt flower, j's bling and yes, my trusty janome.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Monday Monday....

This is a card that I created to give to my boss tomorrow, which is her last day. I bought her a bunch of chocolate, coffee {she is a choco-coffee-holic} and a plain white mug....I love what I've been seeing people doing with their rub-ons...that's why I bought the mug. I thought that one of the various new Target $ spot tins that I recently picked up would house everything but no luck chuck. I'll have to pick up something different. I bought a pair of fiskars 'cloud' scissors, that's what I used on the chocolate chip strip...hmmm....I like the slit punch look better BUT the scissors are so much easier to use :)
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stamps: stampin'up tiny talk paper: stampin' up wild wasabi & chocolate chip, basic grey mellow ink: versafine vintage sepia accessories: word window punch, prima flowers, bling, M $ ribbon, fiskars cloud scissors and the janome.
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I mentioned yesterday that I have a 'black thumb'....it doesn't mean that I don't love flowers, I do. I just take better care of cut flowers vs plants {lol}. Check out my Camillia bush...it finally bloomed! I moved into my place during the spring of 2006 and it had not bloomed since, well, last week? I happened to notice it yesterday when I looked out the window...We have had some wild weather...Saturday was absolutely gorgeous but it went 'back to normal' yesterday :)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Mellow Flower and an Award...

This is my card for Jen del Muro's sketch challenge.... I knew that when I saw the sketch that I was going to use my Basic Grey Mellow dp. I volunteered to make the group card for my boss. She is leaving and we're having a luncheon for her tomorrow. I'm pretty devastated by the loss... In my opinion, she has been instrumental in putting policies and procedures in place and is just a whipper snapper. Anywho's...her plan is to spend alot of time in her yard. Evidently she loves to garden {I'm a black thumb} so I instantly thought of the Mellow papers...This card is huge...I used a full 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip!
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paper: basic grey mellow, stampin' up chocolate chip accessories: prima flower, twine from target's $ spot, misc metal monogram and of course, my janome.

Carla of Paper Pastorale , Jane of Whoopsie Daisy, Denise of All Things Stamped and Lisa of My Little Ink Spot passed along an award to me:

The award is the Arte y Pico (Art & More) award. It's given to bloggers who share their art and creativity making their contribution to the blogging world.Here are the rules:

1. You pick five blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contribute to the blogging community, no matter what language.

2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.

3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and the link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.

4. Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of Arte y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

It is always so difficult for me to only list a couple blogs that deserve awards. I'm overwhelmed with the amount of talent out there in the blogging world. The blogs that I've listed have made me think outside of the box by challenging me or have the ability to share things about themselves and their life that is so open and honest.

1. Jen del Muro of i{heart}2stamp-She is so talented and hey, anyone that makes me join in a challenge I will high five.

2. Sharon Johnson of No Time to Stamp?-Another gal that I've participated in her challenges...I see she has a new glitter challenge...I'll be sure to join in on that one...I *love* glitter!

3. Cathy Zielske of Bits & Pieces-Yes, thee Cathy Zielske...she continuously cracks me up but I have to say that this entry was really sweet....wow, what a lucky duck she is.

4. Jenn Shurkus of {Creative Chick}-I've always been a huge fan of her A Muse work but this entry hit home for me....my life is grrr'ish but like Jenn, I'm sooo thankful for the positive aspects of my life. Her " i try to remind myself... everything will work out and most importantly... everything happens for a reason...." is exactly how I feel too.

5. Ana Cabrera of Coconut Goddess-Ultra talented gal that posted this layout that shared some really wonderful writing. Being a single Mom is a hard job...I can speak from experience....

Thanks to Carla, Jane, Denise and Lisa for sending me the award...you gals rock and I thank you for your blogging friendship :)


Saturday, April 12, 2008

Imagine Your Ideal Future...

Well, this morning I started Jen del Muro's sketch challenge via her blog I {heart}2stamp. It is almost done but I just got home so I'll finish it up tomorrow. Jen's blog is beyond magnificent...if you haven't checked it out, you gotta take a peek! She absolutely rocks!

The weather was unbelievably spectacular today! I think it may have hit 80 degrees?!!! We drove out to Seattle to visit a friend and then went to a birthday party...

I wanted to post something visual...so I decided to share some photos from last Sunday. It actually seems like a long time ago. I have a lot going on and time seems to be flying by. I have decided to shift my focus on things in my life and have changed up my goals..sometimes change is good....things happen for a reason.

We made the trek to the Seattle Asian Art Museum. I hadn't been in years. I remember my Dad "dragging" my brothers and me to the museum when we were younger and I thought it was so b-o-r-i-n-g! I loved it and okay, I want to take my kids there and yes, they might be bored but hey, I'm taking them anyways.



CHINESE SNUFF BOTTLES

By most terms of history in China, snuff bottles are a relatively recent development. Tobacco reached China toward the end of the 16th Century. Similar in time to its’ introduction into England. When tobacco was converted into snuff is hard to say but by the mid seventeenth century seems to be likely. Customs records document that by 1685 snuff was entering China although it possibly may have been in use prior to that date. Snuff, however, did not come into common usage and was largely a habit of the upper classes. The Jesuits introduced its use at court and soon it became increasingly common among the court, rich landlords and merchants. The Chinese believed that snuff possessed medicinal qualities and that its use helped to dispel colds, cure migraine, sinus and tooth pain, relieve throat trouble, cause sweats and counter asthma and constipation. Snuff was believed to be particularly an aid to digestion. Beijing was always the center of snuff usage in China. The “Hsiang tsu pi chi”, a document written in the early 18th Century, notes that snuff was being manufactured in Beijing at this time. Mint, camphor and Jasmine were and still are added to snuff in China. **This was my last photo..I was reprimanded by the security guard**

The Volunteer Park Conservatory

The Conservatory, a Victorian greenhouse modeled on London's Crystal Palace, stands at the north end of Volunteer Park, designed by the Olmsted brothers, in Seattle's north Capitol Hill neighborhood. Professional horticulturists with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation care for the Conservatory's collections, including bromeliads, palms, ferns, cacti, and seasonal display plants. As a registered US Fish and Wildlife repository for confiscated plants, the Conservatory also acquires, quarantines, and later displays restricted orchids, cycads, and other plants seized by USFW agents.

I decided to put the Higher Awareness inspirations towards the bottom of my blog posts in case peeps just want to see pictures...I get that...I think this one was delivered to me today...it was good timing as I think about my future while still being connected to "today".

Imagine your ideal future


"Your imagination is your preview to life’s coming attractions."
-- Albert Einstein

If you were to create an ideal future for yourself, what would it be like?

All things that now exist in form were once simply ideas in consciousness. We each hold the power to manifest different circumstances for our lives. If we wish to manifest a new reality for ourselves, we need to consistently focus our imagination on the ideals we seek to realize.

Remember to explore your ideal in terms of qualities, not people or things. What qualities do you most want in life? Freedom? Respect? Playfulness? Abundance? Whatever qualities you seek, imagine experiencing them now and be open to new ways to discover those qualities appearing in your life.

"Change is created by those whose imaginations are bigger than their circumstances"
-- Unknown source

Friday, April 11, 2008

Pomegrante Martini and Words to Ponder ....

This was one of two entries that I sent to Making Memories for their Ellen and Oprah Birthday Contest. I found out that Pomegrante Martini's are Oprah's FAVorites. Since this was back in January 2007, there was no Purely Pomegrante....I used Rose Red. This is based around the Pomegranate Martini recipe via Rachael Ray that they made on one of Oprah's shows. I printed out the recipe on a business card and put it in the kraft bag...
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Stamps: Stampin' Up Litte Shapes & Paisley Print, 7 Gypsies celebrate Paper: Stampin' Up Rose Red,misc kraft Ink: Stampin' Up Rose red, chestnut roan chalk Accessories: sakura glue pen, glitter, brown micro tip pen, kraft bag, M's $1 ribbon, bling, word window punch, business card

Another great Higher Awareness that I want to share.

Live now

"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."
-- Annie Dillard

We lose the power of the moment because we're so rarely in it. We're reliving the past or speculating about the future. We continue to believe that tomorrow's the day when I'll be more capable, more wealthy, more fit and more loving. Meanwhile, I'm just putting in time, dreaming of better things but not making any concrete move to realize them.

When you find yourself thinking of the future or the past, bring your awareness into the present moment. Really experience how you feel and what’s happening around you, without judgment. If we can treasure each moment, our lives will be rich, no matter what we have accomplished.

"Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever."
-- Horace Mann

"If, before going to bed every night, you will tear a page from the calendar, and remark, 'there goes another day of my life, never to return,' you will become time conscious."
-- A. B. Zu Tavern

Thursday, April 10, 2008

An Oldie and Tag, I'm It!

I don't know if I posted this card earlier on...I haven't checked yet :) It is a card I made back in 2006. I picked up all the supplies when I hit one of the Paper Zone Stores that was closing..The DP is K&Co. I will have new creations to share tomorrow!

I feel so very *loved* I've been tagged and given awards within the last week. I'm trying to catch up on my blurfing...Silke of My Life has tagged me. You have to check out her magnificent blog! She was sooo sweet to think of me…

* I discovered guacamole in 2007…I LOVE it.

* I love waffles…crispy…not burnt…with butter and syrup that has been soaked in for several minutes BEFORE I start to chow into them.

* Every morning I brew about 8 cups of coffee…I really enjoy my morning java.

* I discovered American Idol in 2007 and it is the only TV show that I keep up with….otherwise if it isn’t available via Netflix, I don’t watch it.

* I cry easily during movies…tv shows…weddings…you name it.

* I love cashmere sweaters….a girl can never have too many.

*Two of my favorite shows are Grey’s and 24…both of which I watch via Netflix.

I’d love to tag 7 other bloggers but I’m always overwhelmed with that part of the awards and tagging…I have over 220 blogs on my reader….you are all wonderful.
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paper: K&Co stamps: heidi swapp ink: stampin' up old olive accessories: card & envy from paper zone, word window punch

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Hello from Canada!

Well, I've had the luxury of spending a couple days up in Canada. It has been a much needed vacation...my friend {hi E!} and I tapped into a "girlfriends package" that included a spa appointment at the wonderful, Absolutely Fabulous Urban Spa, shopping gift certificate and a starbucks card. We also watched a couple movies...P.S. I Love You...talk about chick flick {I **loved** it}.

I'm glad that our hotel has wi-fi in the room....I tend to have a love/hate relationship with Google Reader...I'm sooooo behind on reading all the creative blog posts....really behind.
Anyways, no cards to post today...thought I'd share a couple photos...

We walked to a little ferry that took us across the water to Granville Island. One of my favorite stops in Vancouver. The public market is a feast for the eyes... There is a good stamp shop, I'm Impressed Paper Arts and a very fun paper store, Paper-Ya.


Hotel Vancouver , I think it is one of the most magnificent buildings in the city. No, we didn't stay there :) Actually, I remember staying there years and years ago...I broke in my first visa card there....ahhh...

Well, off to breakfast...hope you have a FABulous day!





Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Surfs Up!

Way back in January 2007, I "favorited" a very fun card made by Splitcoaststamper bessieheav named aloha. It was my inspiration for my card. I ended up stamping the aloha image on 5 different sheets of Basic Grey Hang 10. **I just popped on the Basic Grey website and found out that they have discontinued Hang 10...yipes, gotta go find a site that I can stock up on it.** I paper pieced the surf boards on the card with dimensionals...perfect for Sharon's No Time to Stamp Paper Piecing Challenge ssnotime28.
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stamps: inkadinkado/dawn houser paper: stampin' up chocolate chip, basic grey hang 10 ink: vesafine vintage sepia accessories: stampin' up twill, misc tag and safety pin

Monday, April 7, 2008

See Fun....Hear Fun....Speakin' of Fun....

Sock Monkey paper…isn’t it just too fun?!! I picked it up from Jacksonbelle’s store. The paper screamed to be color blocked which is perfect for Sharon's No Time to Stamp Color Blocking Challenge!

This is for my niece that turned 13…
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paper: Daisy D, Stampin' Up Cool Caribbean accessories: scallop punch, paper piercer, J's chipboard letter, xyron, dazzling diamonds & my janome

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Let Go of the Past

This Higher Awareness message really struck home for me. Within the last couple of years there have been major life changes within my circle of friends.
It's the cycle of life...

I do believe that things happen for a reason and I always add that I don't necessarily always like/approve of the "delivery method". Our experiences make us stronger in the long run....I "high-five" the bloggers that are open and honest about the things that are happening {or happened} in their lives that may not be particularly "happy".

This card is an oldie...I'm pretty sure that I posted it earlier on, when I started my blog, but it ties into my dealio today. I really *love* Stampin' Up's Edgy Eloquence set!

Let go of the past

"Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don't think that you've lost time. There is no short-cutting to life. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time."
-- Asha Tyson

No regrets. As we become more aware, we begin to realize that there’s a purpose to everything that happens. This builds our trust, and supports us in being willing to be more open and daring to really experience life as it unfolds.

If we pay attention to what’s happening in each moment, we will discover that life continually brings us opportunities to heal our past wounds. When a painful memory surfaces, we can take the time to feel it fully, give compassion to ourselves and any others and allow the energy to release. As we deal with the past in this way IN THE PRESENT, we free ourselves to more fully connect with life.

"The next message you need is right where you are."
-- Ram Dass
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stamps: stampin' up edgy eloquence paper: basic grey ink: chestnut roan chalk {before I discovered versafine vintage sepia!} accessories: scallop punch, coluzzle, misc ribbon, Tim Holtz {hubba hubba} tea stain

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Eat Cake!

I typically do all my photography in the evening or really stinkin' early in the morning. This afternoon I was trying to take a photo of this card and it was just not working for me. I decided to do some outdoor photography because it isn't raining {gasp!}. I was asked to design 2 birthday cards {thanks T & C!}. This is for a gal that likes the colors aqua/turquoise/lavender and loves nature . I did some blurfing this morning and found some wonderful inspiration so I actually have some other great ideas brewing.

I'm off to work for a couple hours...I hope you all have a magnificent Saturday!!
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stamps: stampendous ruffled bloom, stampin' up eat cake paper: stampin' up cool caribbean & lavendar lace ink: stampin' up cool caribbean & lavendar lace accessories: misc white safety pin, grosgrain ribbon ala RABOM, slit punch & of course, my janome :)


Friday, April 4, 2008

One4Joy

Lookie what I received in the mail yesterday...what a lucky duck I am....this card is amazing and it is all MINE!!! If you haven't checked Susan's gallery over at Splitcoaststampers...you gotta take a peek.
She is absolutely amazing!
I'm framing this beauty!!!

One4Joy

TGIF!!!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Basic Birthday


The other day I posted this Birthday Card ala Anna Griffin. I made it for the group birthday gift for a co-worker. This is my Basic Grey card that I'm giving to the birthday girl. I picked up a bunch of Basic Grey rub ons when a Paper Zone was closing shop. I'm trying to un-hoard my things...sigh. I feel like this is screaming for a big flower but that isn't the birthday girl, kwim? I also dug out a Making Memories moulding strip...it is crazy how many embellishments I own...I've actually been really good about not buying more...we won't talk about my Fabriano supply..LOL.

Did you notice that there isn't any stitching? That's the other thing I wanted to do on this card but when I was making it, my ds was napping. The boy napped for almost 2.5 hours. He was at 5th grade camp at Camp Casey and came home yesterday afternoon. The boy was beat'ola...and I didn't have the heart to run the Janome.
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paper: basic grey, misc black accessories: basic grey rub on, making memories moulding strip, slit punch.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Polka Thanks...


I'm lovin' the Ginger Blossom dp and my wide ribbon ala Target...what a difference the paper looks! Who doesn't love polka dots?

Allison over at Stampin' When I Can tagged me with the "You Cheered Me Up Award"....How super sweet of her!! She cracked me up because she made an Alf comment...remember that show? Embarassingly, I was a huge fan...cripes...just looked Alf up, it's from 1986! Now I'm feeling old...1986, that reminds me of Ferris Bueller's Day Off...remember that "classic"? I watched it with the kids over the weekend...I was totally cracking up and they were slightly amused...

Anyways, it's just way too hard for me to tag the "You Cheered Me Up Award"...my blogging journey has been so rewarding that
YOU all Cheer Me Up!
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stamps: stampin' up think big paper: stampin' up ginger blossoms & river rock ink: stampin' up ruby red accessories: ribbon ala target, janome

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Thanks Ginger!

My apologies, you all are probably sick of seeing Ginger Blossoms dp?! This is one of the Thank you cards I've made for my dd to send out. I'm a theme oriented girl and wanted to carry the Ginger blossoms from invites to thank you's....I absolutely love the ribbon...I found it at T {on clearance of course!} but it is wonderfully thick and fancy smancy...

I've been tagged by the FABulous Allison over at Stampin' When I Can..I'll be back to tag tomorrow!!!
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stamps: stampin' up think big paper: stampin' up ginger blossom & river rock ink: stampin' up ruby red accessories: misc ribbon from target and janome!