Saturday, May 31, 2008

Renew Yourself

I popped into an Impress shop last night and absolutely fell in love with some B Line Design chandelier duo stamps! I have a feeling you all will be seeing these images alot over the next couple of weeks...

Sometimes photography is much harder than the designing of a card...Acetate cards are a challenge to photograph.

The interior panel is folded so when the receiver of the card slides the ribbon off of the card they will flip the basic grey panel up to reveal the greeting.
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stamp: b line designs paper: basic grey ink: Stazon accessories: acetate ala Flourishes, mm renew label, offray ribbon

Friday, May 30, 2008

Creativity

I haven't posted a Higher Awareness in a bit so I thought I would share this one:

The key to creativity

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
-- Albert Einstein

Do you know the key to creativity?

It rhymes with weed. It produces the oak tree. We often eat it or grind it up for flour. It can mean cause or origination. You guessed it. It is SEED.

Our minds love to associate one thing to another. But as we get stuck in very fixed patterns of thinking, we think of fewer and fewer connections. We are ruled by habits, associations and automatic responses. So we must stimulate our thinking with lots of different seeds to chart new paths in our brains.

“Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive.”
-- Napoleon Hill

“Anyone can look for fashion in a boutique or history in a museum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store and fashion in an airport.”
-- Robert Wieder

TGIF!!!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Preppy Embrace

This card just screams "preppy", don't you think? A pair of great khaki pants with a sweet ribbon grosgrain belt and a crisp white tee!

You can't really tell in the photo but the stamped image has been outlined with a sakura stardust pen, just a touch of sparkle and glitter {gotta love that}.

I've been chuckling at the comments about my "Surfing Superhero" card. It is totally out of the box for me...and dang, that card is bright.


Happy Thursday...I'm horribly behind on my blogger reader. I'm trying to catch up!!

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stamps: stampin' up embrace life paper: misc white and kraft ink: versafine vintage sepia, stampin' up pretty in pink, sakura stardust accessories: ticket corner punch, safety pin, word window punch, bling and m's $1 grosgrain ribbon.


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

I can see clearly now....

I'm always up for a challenge and loved Allison's over at Stampin' when I Can...it is to incorporate acetate, tissue, mulberry or vellum paper into a project. Considering that I bought a bunch of acetate from the fabulous ladies over at Flourishes, I thought it was a "sign" that I should, well, actually use the stuff..lol.

The Ginger Blossom dp is actually folded over. I can write a note on the interior of the dp without the text being distracting from the exterior of the card..hope that makes sense. The recycled white twill is not just decorative but keeps the acetate "together", the recipient will actually have to untie the twill to open up the card.
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paper: stampin' up ginger blossom accessories: acetate from flourishes, prima flower, j's thanks embellishment, recycled white twill
Here is the perfect youtube to include on this post...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Surfing Superhero

If someone were to ask me what my stamping style is, I'd say CAS {clean & simple}...well, this card definitely isn't that. It kind of took a life of it's own...I was inspired by Julie Ebersole's card, Super Hero, Super Fun. I recently added the superhero image to my A Muse collection....Yes, I do have the "to go cup" but did not want to copy her fabuous card but do my own take of it...I was looking for another A Muse image that had a flat top on it, viola, Surf Shop! The dp was in my scrap bin from an earlier "Color me 4" card. Then I started to add this and that based on how I colored the surf shop. The superhero was colored ala The Incredibles.

This card is sure to make my friend smile...we tease her all the time about how chatty she gets after drinking 1/2 a can of coca cola...we're actually in the process of putting together a vaca to mexico with our kids so the surf shop image is perfect. If any of you fabulous bloggers have any kid friendly mexico suggestions, please let me know.

adiós!
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stamps: a muse paper: basic grey color me silly ink: versafine onyx black, stampin' up creamy caramel, copic 100 black, yr07 cadmium orange, bg01 aqua blue, r29 lipstick red, y06 yellow accessories: american crafts felt flowers, offray black ric rack and making memories brads

Monday, May 26, 2008

Mahalo

This is a mahalo card for Christa at BikeSport. Perfect image since my new bike is a pink Electra Hawaiian....She was sooo fabulous and patient with me :) I think this is the first time I've used my Do The Hula set. I bought it because of tashers SCS gallery. I'm really looking forward to the Copic Cert class...although I am slowly starting to use my markers, I can't wait to learn how to use them to their full potential.

I have to include this video...it is perfect for the card.
Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole


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stamps: stampin' up do the hula paper: fabriano ink: versafine vintage sepia, copic G00 & YG03, stampin' up cameo coral marker

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Out and About Friend...

I received a super sweet email the other day from Jan Marie of Flourishes LLC. She noticed that I've been MIA in the Flourishes forum over at Splitcoaststampers. I decided to join in the fun with Sharon Johnson's "Flourishes Featured Stamper" contest. I found a fabulous card sketch on Jennifer Buck's blog, The Buck Stamps Here. You can find it here on the Page Plans site.

I hope that everyone is enjoying their weekend. We are experiencing a drastic change in weather today. It looks like it is going to rain, a sad change from yesterday.
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stamps: flourishes paper: mme out and about, stampin' up pretty in pink ink: versafine vintage sepia accessories: scallop punch, coluzzle, heidi swapp distressor, faux dew drops, janome


Saturday, May 24, 2008

I {heart} my Electra!

Today was a beautiful day in Seattle! It was probably in the mid-70's...We spent the day in Ballard. We also made a stop at the Woodland Park Zoo. The newest exhibit:
Flamingos
Oh yeah, and I picked up my most a-dorable Electra cruiser!!! I bought it at BikeSport
in Ballard...they absolutely r*o*c*k!!!!!! Super helpful and sue-pah nice!!! Christa at BikeSport totally fit the bike to little 'ole me...


I took it for a spin when I got home tonight...oh man, oh man...it drives like a dream! I totally luck out for having a trail system practically in my backyard. I'm very excited to do a ton of cycling!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Enabled...enabling

When I saw this altered Flower by the most Fabulous Jen Del Muro I knew that I "needed" those baubles...they are faux dew drops are in M's floral aisle. I am giving one of my favorite crown key chains as a gift and decided to pop some of the clear baubles as part of the packaging..looks very sweet.
TGIF!!!!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

2 B Square

Square Cards. I love the look of them...throw in a K&Co Twinkle Type for a monogram and it is a slam dunk! I've been having fun with the Stampin' Up Print Pack. The dp's are magnificent, the brocade is my favorite. This is for a gal at work that is leaving us for a new job...great opportunity, I'm so very happy for her!
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paper: stampin' up pretty in pink, stampin' up print pack accessories; misc grosgrain ribbon, k&co twinkle type, scallop punch and janome
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So you American Idol fans...what did you think of it last night? I was surprised that David Archuleta didn't win, he seemed to be the favorite but I am sooo very happy that David Cook won.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Inspire

How stinkin' cute is this mug? I'm a Starbucks-aholic and when I saw that this was on sale, I had to pick it up! It's such a petite little mug...I slug around my Starbucks city mugs...the bigger the beh-tah...I'm probably going to fill this one up with stamping supplies...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Fun!

One of my new editions to the 'ole A Muse collection...the "to go cup"!! When I was looking for a plan round image, similar to the Starbucks logo, I thought of Sweet Spot and it works sweetly with the A Muse "brewing up some fun!" image!! I chuckled as I broke through the shrink wrap on my Glorious Green ink pad...I've had it for several years but never used it until now....
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stamps: a muse, stampin' up ink: versafine vintage sepia, stampin' up glorious green paper: fabriano, stampin' up glorious green accessories: janome

Monday, May 19, 2008

ala Dawn!

I try to at least do one challenge a week on Splitcoaststampers. I was pleased to hear that Dawnsing ala Dawn McVey of {My Favorite Things} is the Featured Stamper this week! There are soooooo many gorgeous cards to pick from but I decided on her very sweet Life's Simple Pleasures. I changed up the color, I kept the chocolate chip card base but added my favorite, wild wasabi! I tried to tie the bow on the left side of the card, like in Dawn's card, but I couldn't seem to make it work so I did it on the right side. I decided to add some bling on three of the scallops and the most fabulous A Muse text stamp....voila!
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stamps: a muse paper: stampin up print pack ink: versafine vintage sepia accessories: wild wasabi stitched grosgrain, fiskars cloud scissors, bling

Sunday, May 18, 2008

A Muse'ola

Yesterday was chock full of heat and sunshine in Seattle! In the morning I took a magnificent class at Packaging Specialties. It was called Summer Fun given by Alice Krause. It is the 2nd class I've taken from the oh-so-talented woman.

After Packaging Specialties we went to the ultra-sweet
A Muse shop. I restrained myself from filling up my basket...

Look what else I bought and will be parked in my garage....

I hope to pick her up next Saturday...isn't she sweet?

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Wow, 2 posts in one day??? I wanted the Copic Certification to be separate from my daily post...I'm excited for it. I am part of Gina K's Copic Marker Club and look forward to learning new techniques to utilize those puppies to their capacity! I love to learn new things...especially when it pertains to my passion...speaking about passion {or typing about it}...here is a great

Go for passion!

"There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life."
-- Frederico Fellini

How do you ration your passion?
In what situations have you experienced your life to the fullest? Do you live your passion as fully as you can? How do you limit your experience of passion?

Passion emerges when your essence expresses itself. How do you stop yourself from fully expressing who you are?

"Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark."
-- Henri Frederic Amiel

"We could hardly wait to get up in the morning."
-- Wilbur Wright
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You have been so great about reading my text-filled posts for today! I want to reward those of you that have made it all the way down here...I recently discovered the most fabulous blog by Anna Maria Horner! Sheesh, talk about a feast for the eyes....I "need" this in my bedroom...

Seattle Copic Certification

Seattle Copic Certification

is now set and open for applications!

Wed. June 18th from 9 am to 3:30 pm

Red Lion Hotel at Seattle Airport

Cost: $85

Light snacks are provided throughout the day.

The Copic Certification sessions are open to any store owners, teachers, or designers in papercrafting, stamping, and scrapbooking. The class is limited to 30 attendees. If we get more than 20 people registered we will open a second session on Thursday June 19.

If you are not yet on the mailing list, please e-mail Marianne at office1@copicmarker.com to get an application. Completed applications will be accepted starting Monday, May 19 and will be processed on a first-come basis. Please let me know which day you would like to attend (June 18th or 19th). Also let me know if you will need a hotel room- I am negotiating for better rates.

Future certification dates include:

Milwaukee, WI July 15

Chicago, IL session 1 July 16

Chicago IL, session 2 July 17

Kansas City, Oct. 9th

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Friday, May 16, 2008

John Mayer: Say (music video from

Love this one..

Vespa Girl....

I'm having my own A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA with my new stamps....I was totally surprised when I checked out the A Muse blog this morning and what did I see but that the most FABulous Dawn McVey has a card on the A Muse blog using Vespa Girl too....Oooohh....I hope that she is channeling her magnificent creativity my way....LOL

I bought Vespa Girl the same day that I bought Seattle Girl and guess what? I'm hitting the A Muse {a-dorable} shop tomorrow...I sooooo can't wait....I "need" the "to go cup" and the sweet "bird bath".

I used my collection of Sakura Stardust pens to color in the image in addition to my signo white gel pen...it makes the parts of the image snow white, especially against the Fabriano paper.

The other day I was in the Impress shop in Tukwila and they were playing John Mayer...I just love his voice, it is so relaxing. I'm in the process of figuring out the connection between YouTube and Blogger...
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stamps: a muse vespa girl, cavallini paper: fabriano ink: versafine onyx black, sakura stardust pens, signo pen accessories: misc ribbon, stampin' up oval punches, safety pin

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Seattle Girl..

I finally bought this very sweet A Muse "Seattle Girl" image...I just think that she is a-dorable and perfect for a Washingtonian :) I dug out some old ki memories paper and used some of my hoarded Art Glitter {vintage shards/glass glitter}...dang, that stuff looks deadly in the little pot it comes in..I paper pieced the girl with the ki memories and her boots are colored with a copic marker....yes, I'm finally using them, I'm starting off "small"...this card is small too, it is 3x3.
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stamps: a muse paper: ki memories ink: versafine vintage sepia, copic marker accessories: art glass glitter, rabom grosgrain, scallop punch, coluzzle and quickie glue pen.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

FANtastic Day...

Here is another clean and simple Fabriano card...a combo of Stampin' Up and A Muse...
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stamps: stampin' up furnished with love and a muse text stamp paper: fabriano ink: versafine vintage sepia

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Chocolate IS the Answer

Just an easy smeasy card for Tuessday...What would I do without my Fabriano's?
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stamps: stampin' up oh so sweet and a muse text paper: fabriano ink: versafine vintage sepia

Monday, May 12, 2008

Fabriano Riot

I'm trying to use my newer neglected stamps...This is the first time I've inked up Riot of Petals. I **love** the image...it has an asian feel, like it should be a pattern on a kimono. This is the card that I made for my Mom. I thought that the image was screaming to be stamped so that it wrapped around the back...
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stamps: stampin' up riot of petals, a muse paper: fabriano ink: versafine vintage sepia

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!!!


I frequent a local Ben Franklin Craft store. They put together a huge presentation board of K&Co's Blue Awning...LOVE it. It's funny though, I don't consider myself a "blue" girl but knew that I needed the Blue Awning line. It is the brocade...the glitter...the flocking...actually the patterns do kind of scream of Basic Grey...Last weekend, after taking my soldering class, I "went to town" with my 10% off coupon {lol}...picked up a bunch of the Blue Awning line. I brought a bunch of cards into work to sell...I am actually pretty pleased with my growing coffee fund :)
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stamps: stampin' up mixed greetings & best blossoms paper: k&co blue awning and misc kraft ink: stampin' up river rock accessories: m's $1 ribbons and janome
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Yesterday we spent the day in Seattle. I finally took the kids to the Seattle Asian Art Museum and we walked around Volunteer Park.





I had such a fun time with the kids...I'm one lucky duck! Afterwards I did some power shopping at Uwajimaya. That's a dangerous thing to do when I'm hungry :)

This morning the kids are busy preparing my breakfast...LOVE my kids...it has become a wonderful Mother's Day tradition. I'll spend most of the day being crafty {making my mom's Mother's Day card!}, do some shopping and seeing my mom.

I hope you all have a fabulous day!!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Wasabi Damask

I participated in the Splitcoaststamper's Featured Stamper challenge a couple weeks ago. How could I resist...it was Silke! I LOVE her cards...she always has layers and layers of paper and wonderful embellishments. This is Silke's Love and Happiness card that I picked to case and this is my Bashful Damask. I ended up sending my card to a couple of friends as a thank you for commissioning some cards. They turned around and then wanted something similar to my Bashful Damask to send as a Mother's Day card. Love how that all works...lol...I've been buying K&Co flat back pearls...can't get enough of those things!! This Wasabi Damask has more stitching than the Bashful version...I went ahead and stitched the Damask panel too. I've become so comfortable with the ole Janome that it has become routine to have stitching on my cards....saves on adhesive {lol}.
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stamps: stampin' up damask paper: stampin' up chocolate chip & wild wasabi ink: versafine vintage sepia accessories: k&co flat back pearls and my janome.
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Happy Mother's Day Weekend!
I hope that you all have a ton planned or perhaps you would rather stay at home and relax {translation = stamp}. Today I have a jam packed day of work and fun...

Friday, May 9, 2008

Positive Reinforcement

Last week, I found out that my co-worker had quit smoking...something that I feel is worthy of positive reinforcement {translation: worthy of a custom card}. Well, I hopped onto both Splitcoaststampers and Two Peas in a Bucket and didn't find anything that inspired me....Then I came across this Ringer T via CafePress....viola! Obviously, my inspiration for this little fabriano card...I tried to use my MM magnetic letters...didn't look right....looked through my various other alpha's....nothing right....then finally ran it through my printer...much beh-tah. It looks like a slam dunk card but I cringe to think of my total design time from start to finish {rolling my eyes}....oh well. This is one of my newest stamps that I've added to my collection.... I smacked that on the back of my little "slam dunk" card....TGIF!!!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Brewing up some Fun!



It is day 4 of Teacher Appreciation week. Today's surprise is Starbucks...who doesn't like Starbucks? I used Basic Grey Mellow paper because the kids makes me think of a playground. All the panels are stitched down..that especially came in handy with the interior "pocket". I'll have my ds write his message on the interior panel...

My favorite is the card with the wide green stitched ribbon from Old Navy but it is probably going to be a challenge to get it into an envy...that's why I used wasabi stitched ribbon on the other card :)
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stamps: a muse paper: stampin' up chocolate chip, basic grey mellow ink: versafine vintage sepia accessories: safety pin, old navy wide stitched ribbon, stampin' up wild wasabi stitched ribbon, janome

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Embracing Sympathy

We all know that the most difficult card to design is a sympathy one. I unfortunately had to make one of those last night. It is always a challenging task, so I opt'd for my comfort zone, clean & simple.
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stamps: stampin' up embrace life & warmest regards paper: fabriano ink: versafine vintage sepia, stampin' up ruby red accessories: chocolate grosgrain from RABOM, dimensionals, K&Co flatback pearls, blender pen.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Tangy Pomegranate



This is one of the many projects that I made on Sunday. It was a day filled with therapeutic crafting! On Saturday I wandered into Bath & Body Works and stumbled across their Midnight Pomegranate line. It smelled great, it was on sale and the colors were perfect...black and Purely Pomegranate...what could be better? I took the orange from Tart & Tangy set and transformed it into Pomegranates! I must confess that I've never actually consumed a pomegranate so I was thankful that the B&BW stuff had a picture of it..LOL..The "dots" on the pomegranates are made by my Sakura Stardust pen....it has a wonderful glitter to it. What's that I see peeking out of the sides of the bucket? Purely Pomegranate satin ribbon? I made 3 of these puppies...2 for my ds' teachers and 1 to a co-worker that celebrated her birthday on Sunday.

P.S. I wanted to thank Jen del Muro of i{heart}2stamp who enabled me into buying several bags of Michael's "baubles"...They were even on Clearance! I used them for the centers of the pomegranates on the tin.
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stamps: stampin' up tiny talk, tart & tangy and warm words paper: purely pomegranate ink: purely pomegranate and versafine onyx black accesories: t's $1 bucket, m's $1 ribbon, m's faux dew drops, crystal effects, sakura stardust pen, square scallop punch, coluzzle, offray gingham

Monday, May 5, 2008

Happy Cinco de Mayo!


Great excuse to use my new A Muse margarita stamp I picked up this weekend! It is sue-pah sparkly with Dazzling Diamonds around the rim of the glass and green Marvy Twinklette pen for the Lime and the Margarita.
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stamps: a muse ink: versafine onyx black, marvy uchida twinklette pens accessories: quickie glue pen and dazzling diamonds

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Good Friends...Good Food

Yesterday I spent 3 hours in a soldering class that was given by the owners of Simply Swank. I need a TON of practice! I also need to learn to "step away" from a soldering project or else I'll end up making a big mess...I'll have to upload the pictures of my "finished" projects. I've seen some coolio projects by Debbie Olson aka Thinking Inking and Ellen Hudson aka In Touch. I highly recommend the Simply Swank classes...it was FABulous!

After my class I went over to my friends house and we had dinner together at Lee's Asian Restaurant in West Seattle. It is absolutely excellent!!

Today I was super productive. This week is Teacher appreciation at my DS's school. I've always been very good about sending in daily gifts to the kids' teacher...this year my ds has 2 teachers that job share. I get to make double projects :) I was also busy making a bunch of Mother's Day cards...thank you's...etc.

This card is to send to my friends that I had dinner with on Saturday. They bought me dinner, wasn't that sweet? Yes, we went to an Asian restaurant and yes, that is a fork on my card...Yes, I'm Japanese {both of my parents were born in Japan} but I'd much rather "shovel" my food into my mouth with a fork than try to manuever chopsticks :) Anywho's, I had a magnificent weekend and I can't believe that tomorrow is already Monday! I hope you all had a spectacular weekend!

P.S. I'm still trying to get use to this new blogger template. I haven't decided if I like it or not...it's sooo stinkin' bright!

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stamps: a muse ink: versa fine vintage sepia paper: fabriano accessories: fork from packaging specialties

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Ginger Mom

This is a super easy smeasy card...what would I do without my janome? I think with such a simple card, the stitching adds a great touch. I'm going to make a bunch of Mother's Day cards this weekend. They will be primarily CAS {clean and simple} designs. I'm bringing them into work and see if I can help some of the guys out :)
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stamps: stampin' ip! expressively flexible phrases paper: stampin' up! ginger blossoms and ruby red ink: stampin' up! ruby red accessories: river rock stitched grosgrain, jewelry hang tag, safety pin and my janome!
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Last night I thoroughly enjoyed Made of Honor...the ultimate chick flick! Today I'm registered for a jewelry charm soldering class at a local craft store. I'm really looking forward to it! Ahhhh, another hobby!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Hello, My Name is...



TGIF!!! This week has flown by....sooo glad that it is Friday! Tonight I'm getting together with some friends....going out to dinner and then to see Made of Honor...Patrick Dempsey {Hubba Hubba}. LOVED Sarah Green's of my scrapbook table's recent post...

I've mentioned it before and I'll mention it again...I'm easily enabled. When I saw
Kristina Werner's Awesome card, I knew that I needed to have the very fun Maya Road Stamp. This card was for a co-worker's birthday. She's a super gal...super busy...she is spearheading our software conversion {QAD is the name of the program...I didn't have any upper case letters in the cork}....The crown on the "q" .....hmmm...where did I get that.....perhaps at A Charming Place? It is super tiny...the bling is because of the hanger dealio...what in the heck are those things called? Sheesh, do I need more coffee? Anyways, the bling is to cover the thingy that you use to thread a jump ring though to hang from a chain.... I seem to be the Basic Grey Gal these days....I dug through my older stuff and found some Lollipop Shoppe. I've been leaning towards fun and bright colors/patterns. It all makes me so happy...lol....
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stamps: maya road ink: warm red chalk paper: basic grey lollipop shoppe and stampin' up cool caribbean accessories: creative imaginations cork stickers, crown charm and janome.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Blogger changes

I wanted to thank Allison over at Stampin' When I Can...Her blog is FABulous!!! She is incredibly talented and generous.....generous because she is great about letting everyone know about different blogs {she was soooo very sweet to list mine!} and she is tech savvy, something I'm not. Okay, obviously I never comment on my own blog but I know what I like when I comment on other blogs. I've since added a pop up comment window. That makes it much easier to see what you're actually commenting on. I also turned off the Word Verification function. I know that there is concern about spam but we'll see how it goes....Please let me know if these changes haven't happened on my blog...I'm so not tech savvy and hope that I did everything right...lol.

Thanks to all of you bloggers that are patient with me..I haven't been in bloggerland very long and I'm learning a lot from you all.