Saturday, January 31, 2009

Saturday Finds!

I was on surfing around on Laura O'Donnell's most fabulous blog, itsallrosie, when I found this adorable Etsy shop, nikoart.

On 2Peas I stumbled across Mom2Christopher and her blog,
Card-Blanc. Check out her fabulous Etsy shop named Card-Blanc.


Here's another sweet Etsy shop chock full of cuteness via Super Cute Kawaii!

Oh my Goodness...check out this Colored Masking Tape....I found it via Simple Song.

Do you remember that I took a crochet class? I'll strive to make this card dress which I found via this fabulous site.

I recently started joining in on the fun over at 2 Sketches 4 You. For those of you that haven't checked Kazan and Laura's blog, you really should. It is soooo full of fabulous inspiration. I'm spending the morning going through all the links for the sketches this week. Oh my poor Google Reader is getting so full....I keep adding more and more blogs to it....hence why I wake up at the crack of dawn to do my blurfing...this morning was 4 a.m....but, I'm a total morning person...already on my 3rd cup of joe.

Friday, January 30, 2009

xo & my boy....

This card is based on Rae's bonus sketch over at 2 sketches 4 you! The little card is 4.25 x 4.25. All that Sassafras'alicious Robotics paper is nestled on Stampin' Up Basic Grey. The "xo" is Making Memories and the heart shaped bling is A Muse. I'm all for non-traditional cards...this certainly would fall into the non-traditional Valentines Day greetings.
Yesterday was a great day. Just a little "Woot Woot" for my sweet boy! He was recognized at his middle school with a "Striving for Accuracy" award. Isn't he just a-dorable {okay I'm being a little biased...}. It was a surprise to him and the other award recipiants, it was fun to see his confused look on his face when he saw me sitting in the gymnasium in his school.

Happy Friday!!!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

simplicity...

Okay, I've been hoarding this very fun paper by Cosmo Cricket called Hello Sunshine. Isn't it just toooo fun and happy? I won it from Jennifer McGuire...yup, THEE Jennifer McGuire. This card is based on Laura's Sketch 18 on 2 Sketches 4 You. That butterfly is from Stampin' Up...I love it. I picked it up from the b/s/t board on Splitcoaststampers. It is circa 2000...9 years old. It is probably one of my oldest... I typically don't use yellow but love it when it is teamed up with black and pops of green...

Some sad news for you peeps that like
Domino Magazine....that would be me...I heart Domino Magazine...I subscribe to Domino...I also subscribe to Mary Engelbreit Home Companion which has also folded. Hmm....2 of my subscriptions...gone.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Hang 10 Birthday

This card uses the CPS sketch #100! I used the now retired Basic Grey Hang 10. It's great for masculine cards for both young and old. This is for one of my bosses at work, he celebrates his birthday today. I'm going to pop a 7-Eleven gift card inside...hmmm...is there such a thing, a 7-Eleven gift card? I have to admit that it has probably been since the late 1980's that I've been in a 7-Eleven in the states. My brother and I did go into a couple when we were in Japan:) Anywho's my boss digs slurpees. That's when the gift card will come in handy for him..lol. That FABulous cork star on the card is from a pack that I picked up from J's for $1...they actually have a strip of magnet on the back that I just peel off.

Happy Wednesday!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

...and many more

I'm still having fun with my SEI papers...I've always loved their Hippie Chick line...so fun & funky! This is for the SCS Sketch Challenge 212. It's a great design to highlight different designer papers...this card actually has 2 different pattern papers...one is with circles and the other has flowers, paisleys and other fun shapes. The felt flower and buttons are from Making Memories embellies that I bought over on Peachy Cheap in December...oy vey, that place is dangerous! I have to say that I really love my Stampin' Up Cute Converse set...the sentiments always seem to come in handy.

Check this out..."Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!" lol

Monday, January 26, 2009

u and me

While surfing around the Scrapgal Gallery, I came across this sweet card by MandyKay, part of the Design team over there. I purchased a LOAD of goodies at Scrapgal during December. I was able to stock up on some Sassafras'licious goodness then...Anywho's, MandyKay's card truly inspired me to use my fabulous Hambly rub-ons...I've said it before and I'll say it again...they rock. The wooden heart {which btw is on dimensionals} is ala Etsy's Lemon Tree Studios...The ribbon is from my old Making Memories stash...dehoarding, that's a good feeling. The fabriano seemed to be calling my name when I was thinking of what cardstock to use. *Gasp* this has no stamping on it...

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend...I sure did. My crocheting class on Friday night was an absolute Hoot! I have such a great group of friends...we're always poking fun at each other. The instructor probably thought we were awful {lol}. What did I buy over the weekend...gorgeous wool yarn...aha...another hobby for me {good grief!}. Oh yeah, I stopped by the A Muse stop prior to my class...sigh...who was I kidding when I said to myself "I'm just going to look!" Oy vey. I finally got around to binding my 2008 Autumn Leaves page-a-day calendar. I was sooo totally bummed that they didn't do another one for 2009....

**good grief...technical difficulties...this was suppose to post on Monday..why did it post now, Saturday night?! Oh well...**

Sunday, January 25, 2009

tag...I'm it.


I received the Proximity Award from Corie of Creations by Corie. Her blog is definitely chock full of goodness...if you haven't checked it out yet, it is well worth your blogging time!
Here's the scoop'ola about the award:

"This award is given to a blog that invests and believes in PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind of bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers!"

The rule of the award is to now pass it on to another 8 people who demonstrate this spirit. Please be sure to visit their blogs and appreciate these deserving ladies.


Tracy of Who is Tracy?



Angie of Schwooo!


Rose Ann of Paper Delightz


Play along if you can ladies, no pressure though :)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Saturday Finds!

Here is my photo for Project 365 (Project 52 for me). This is what started this crazy journey of mine...Stampin' Up. I assure you that my SU Demo {Hi J!} probably had no idea that my first party with her would take me down this insane ultra-fulfilling journey {thanks J!}. I definitely have more Stampin' Up sets than anything else in my collection but I've also noticed that I've started to collect other companies too....A Muse {that's my 2nd largest collection}...CHF....Hero Arts...Odd Bird Planet {OBP? No you really haven't seen anything from me yet BUT I scored on a sweet set over on SCS b/s/t and hit OBP's Chinese New Year Sale...gnomes and owls my friends...gnomes and owls}.

Okay, on to my links:

I {heart} this Food for Thought on Maria Grace's blog Momentary Bliss.

I don't know what it is but my fingers are ALWAYS cold...especially at work. My office is at a balmy 78 degrees {or at least that is what the thermostat says} and I'm still layering on the sweaters...it's an attempt to get my fingers warm. Okay so SWEET things won't necessarily help in that department but aren't they FABulous? I spotted them on the Design Mom blog...

I recently stumbled onto Chez Larsson's blog...it is chock full of goodness. The gal that writes the blog is named Benita...she is a visual merchandiser in Sweden...whatta job...sounds FUN! Good Grief! Check out her Flickr!

Check out Frugalities...they are having 40% off...Sadly I must pass up the sale as I tapped into their December sale. I'm here to enable you all :)

I'll be back tomorrow with a tag'ola!

Friday, January 23, 2009

discover u

This is multi-tasking at my best...this combines two challenges:

Caardvarks'
Seeing Spots

and

Kazan's Sketch 18
@ 2 Sketches 4 You

The red panel is Stampin' Up Ginger Blossom and the rest of the "Spotty" papers are from Making Memories Hul-la-ba-loo line. The ribbon is Stampin' Up Riding Hood Red, the glittery "u" is T $ spot and the pearls are k&co. I'm a huge fan of red and robin's egg blue...such a fun combo!

Well, I hope everyone has a magnificent weekend! I have a crocheting class tonight that I'm really looking forward to...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Who doesn't love a free lunch?!

I've been on a roll with paper piecing and fun papers that I thought it was time to get back to one of my first loves.....fabriano's. Here is a clean and simple card. We're celebrating a co-worker's birthday today...sushi! Not just sushi but the conveyor belt kind...something for everyone and it is fairly inexpensive...at least for me, I can get out of there for less than $5. I ran the 5x5 Fabriano through my printer...I'm buying the birthday boy his lunch but asked him to make sure that he had dinner the night before and big breakfast today...lol....The ribbon is ala Martha online. I glittered the "rice" part of the sushi roll.
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stamps: a muse paper: fabriano ink: memento tuxedo black, various copics accessories: quickie glue pen, dazzling diamonds, martha ribbon

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

grin & bear it

Who can resist Kim Hughes and CHF?!! Well, obviously I can't..lol. I recently picked up Spring Trees and Bear Hugs! This card combines a little bit of both sets and Cosmo Cricket Happy Camper! I topped it off with my T $ spot twine...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Blog Candy Alert!

Have you checked out Christine's blog Creative Journey? Her creations are consistently stunning! You won't want to miss her magnificent Blog Candy!

fabulous 14

Do you remember when I mentioned the fabulous SEI sale? I finally have started to play with my goodies! My girl is going to a birthday party this weekend so I put together this fun card. The SEI paper is reversible and the stamp is ala Pink Paislee. The "14" is good old fashioned stickers :)
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stamps: pink paislee paper: misc black, sei accessories: M's $ ribbon, mambi stickers

Monday, January 19, 2009

~LIFE is GOOD~

I was VERY inspired by Shari Carroll's pocket cards on the Hero Arts Blog. I purchased a bunch of transparencies from Flourishes awhile back. With the scoring, I was able to use one full sheet for this card. Guess who the "Happy Place" rainbow dp is from....hmmm...maybe my current fav.....Sassafras Lass! The a-dorable Mushroom House is ala Hero Arts...it's huge! I paper pieced it on Stampin' Up Real Red and Speckletone Kraft. This card just makes me smile!

Happy Monday!!

One World~One Heart Giveaway!

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**edited to add that I will accept comments until 11:59 pm pst on 02/11/09 **

I will post the winner the morning of 02/12/09 and contact the winner. In the event there is no contact information, I will draw another winner..good luck everyone!

Hi! Today is the start of the One World~One Heart event!!!

The following blog candy will be open until the 11th of February, leave a comment on this blog entry. Make sure you include your email or blog address so that I can contact you in the event that you are the winner. Please, only 1 entry per person....Winner will be announced on the 12th of February.

How about telling me what country you reside in if you aren't located in the US and if you are in the US, your state. It will be fun seeing where everyone is from.

Okay, here is the blog candy:

Those of you that "know" me should not be surprised that it is chandelier related! This blog candy includes:

Heidi Swapp's Chandelier stamp

K&Co Light Ideas

Maya Road Rub ons

Provo Craft Fleur de Lis tacks

EK Success decorative corners

I look forward to new blog visitors and also always appreciate my "regular" visitors....thanks for taking the time to stop by!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

One World~One Heart and a trio of blog awards!

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Thanks to Ann over at Creative Antics, I found out about this wonderful event that will start tomorrow! Check out this blog post on Lisa's site, hostess of the event. The Reader's Digest version? It's a wonderful way to make connections with people all around the world...the blogging community is filled with fabulous people...I can say that I've truly experienced that in my personal blogging journey. I would have never met the people that I have so far if it wasn't for this incredible concept of blogging. Just recently a couple of my blogging friends offered to step up and help me find a chandelier stamp for me...isn't that fabulous {these gals know ME}! We have never met in person but you know what? That's just how it is...

I hope that YOU will join me in this
One World~One Heart event!

Quite frankly, this couldn't have come at a better time...I actually have some blog candy put together....One prize is true blog candy...meaning I actually bought the goods specifically for blog candy and then I'll have a couple other treasure chests of lovelies...okay, I'm going through a massive design studio purge {design studio...makes it all sound so fancy smancy}. One girl's impulse purchases is another gal's loot'ola!

I was sooo lucky to be gifted with 3 blog awards last week!!!

The Encouraged award is from the most fabulous Lisa Brown over at Ink and Inspirations. I love her sense of style and she has a beautiful family. Please hop on over to Lisa's blog!!

The Honest Scrap award is from JackieLou over at Bloggin' my Pink Artsie World....okay, who wouldn't like THAT world?? I met her through the Two Scoops Rice Design Team...btw, stay tuned on that...there will be some reveals on that! Check out JackieLou's blog...she is always crackin' me up...here are the deets for the Honest Scrap award:

A) first list 10 honest things about yourself - and make it interesting, even if you have to dig deep!

B) Pass the award on to 7 bloggers that you feel embody the spirit of the Honest Scrap.

oops! I almost forgot to post my 10 things...I seem to have an addictive personality so I thought I'd focus on that and then add some random things {not in any specific order}:

1. blogging...I'm obessive about my blog...posting...reviewing....the photography...I try to make it make it the best that I can...

2. blurfing...oh my goodness...my blurfing is slightly out of control...I'll admit to that...I cringe to think how many blog posts will be waiting for me when I go on vaca and not have internet access for several days...lol. I'm constantly adding to my google reader...why? Hmm...someone leaves me a comment that I haven't "met" yet...I check out their blog and pretty soon I'm surfing their blog on a regular basis...this one world thing is going to put my google reader into subscription overload..lol. There are all those blogs that I read about on other blogs...it truly is a vicious...fabulous circle...I love it.

3. My Design Studio...obessive...only in some areas...my Stampin' Up paper, Stamps & Markers are really organized {alphabetically}. My A Muse collection is all displayed in front of my work surface...all my um's are together {not in any organized manner but at least together}...everything else? Absolutely Chaos! 2009 is my year to do some serious organization..it will undoubtedly be a year long process...not only because I have so many "treasures" but the financial aspect of the organization...little by little.

yipes...sorry this is a mondo long post....

4. I LOVE my kids...I wouldn't know what I would do without them...there was a time when they were what got me out of bed...put on a happy face...

5. My life, how it is now is not what I ever would have thought it would be...it's funny how life changes when you least expect it..but I love my life and I feel that things happen for a reason...

6. I love my coffee...

7. I love anything citrus...lemon tart...my fav

8. I'm addicted to gum..

9. I use to chew my finger nails when I was younger...

10. I have to make time to be creative or I get grumpy :)

This Fabulous award is from one of my oldest blogging friend's.....Carla over at Paper Pastorale! I will insert here that I don't mean old as in age but she tapped into my blog earlier on in my blogging adventures...Carla is fabulous...she loves glitter and she gives me so much inspiration...both with her blog and her emails to me...I do appreciate you Carla!!!!

I hope that if you didn't know these wonderful ladies prior to reading my blog post that you will tap into their blogs and make a new friend...

Have a super week ladies!!!!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Saturday Finds!

Here is my photo for the Project 365 {my version is Project 52}. I had taken a picture of my beloved {scratched up} Starbucks mug on my kitchen counter but quite frankly, I hate my tile counter tops so I brought it over to my fancy smancy photo studio and did the photo shoot there {you would LOL if you saw this "fancy smancy photo studio"}. Bona shares my love of coffee and Starbucks mugs so I know that she'll appreciate this photo...

Okay, on to some goodies:
Check out the PERFECT-o blog candy that I won over at Stampin' Treats!!! I won it when Laura's daughter Alison was the guest hostess of her blog! See that super sweet cupcake card??!!! That is one of the cutie Moo Cards....I'm going to order some...check out Laura's stash of Moo Cards...now my decision...to do them with my blog header graphic or do the fun assortment like Alison did for Laura....I'm thinking fun...whaddya think?

Now for some linky goodness:

I apologize, next week I'll note who I found the original links from {shame on me}...I surf soooo many blogs that if I don't write it down, I won't remember...

Check out this etsy shop, isPhotography, she summarizes it:

purveyor of little poems for the eyes

It was Ali Edwards' blog that I originally found her etsy shop...

Have you all heard about the Super Hero, Wonder Toast? You just gotta go check out that site....a-stinkin-a-dorable.

Okay, I realize that not everyone has a fascination with chandeliers and furniture images {gasp! say it isn't so....} but I always have to share all that stuff so bear with me:

Chocolate Creative

Lemon Tree Studio...oh my goodness...chock full of fun...but check this little beauty out....what's that? It's sold? What a lucky duck that snagged that sweet stamp...quack...lol.

Hmmm....I hate to end on a sad note but thought I'd pass this along in the event you hadn't heard. I started my creative journey with scrapbooking {I've obviously made the jump to cardmaking..love the instant gratification}. Well, actually I had always dabbled in card making etc but really started this addiction, for a lack of a better word, when my son was in preschool. I volunteered to be the scrapbook coordinator...lol...I had never scrapbooked. Anyways, I always loved the magazine Simple Scrapbooks and was truly sad when I read this on Wendy Smedley's blog. Let's face it, we all receive tons of inspiration from various blogs and other Internet sources. I don't know about you but I'm hoping that the Internet won't replace my subscriptions. Those of you that have been following my blogging journey know how much I love to blurf {too much...that's how much I blurf..lol} but I haven't given up on my subs..

Friday, January 16, 2009

Psst....

Yes, another Sassafras'alicious card...this is ginormous one...5.5 x 8.5...they are a challenge to photog! Whatta card...Sassafras AND Stampin' Up Retired Cool Carribbean, something I took out of the vault...I just adore Cool Caribbean and thought what better paper to team it up with but Sassafras! The We R Memory Keepers Chipboard letters are from their Christmas line and have glitter on them! The "truly * madly * deeply" is ala A Muse and the chipboard button is from Making Memories. I'm definitely on a roll for the card sketches! This is for the caardvarks challenge with the sketch by Becky Fleck. Good Grief...you should check out the Studio Calico prize package...a girl can dream! I always enjoy Stef and Lauren's Caardvarks creations so I decided to join in on the fun!

Have a super weekend!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Memory Box Thank You

I fell in love with this Memory Box Cozy Chair image that I recently picked up at Impress. I knew that it would be perfect for piecing or Copics. This time I decided to paper piece it with fabulous paper by Melissa Frances called Breigh. I went ahead and pieced the coffee cup with Stampin' Up Riding Hood Red...reminds me of fiesta ware :) Can you see the handle of the coffee mug? It is a heart...isn't that sweet?!! This is for the 2 Sketches 4 You Laura's sketch 17. Can you believe that this is my first time with a 2s4y?!
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stamps: memory box ink: versafine vintage sepia, signo white gel pen paper: melissa frances, stampin' up chocolate chip & riding hood red, speckletone kraft accessories: stampin' up scallop punch, round scallop punch, quickie glue pen, basic grey rub-on

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

hog heaven

Have you checked out the Card Positioning Systems sketch 99? This is my take on it and yes, I'm using Sassafras again, this one is called Hog Heaven.I could seriously wall paper my place in Sassafras...love the stuff!

This card wouldn't probably make it through the USPS. Those embellies are glass Gothic Rosettes by EK Success..from my old stash. I'm trying to use the old to make room for the new. I thought that the card looked plain jane {yes, I know that the sassafras is pretty busy but there is no ribbon or bling...} so I glitterized the edges of the sassafras panel. The pink is Stampin' Up Pixie Pink..one of my favs. This will make a perfect valentine's day greeting.

I'm typing this up on Tuesday evening...right before American Idol...One show that I make an effort to watch....this week it will be on 2 nights/2 hours each night...sheesh...cutting into my creative time :)

This quote popped up on my google home page and it made me chuckle:

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
~Jack London~

Have a great Wednesday!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Hoo Loves You


This card cracks me up...

1. I just left lauren a comment on her fabulous blog
...all the GOOD blog names were taken that I don't do freeform card design

2. Guess what this card ended up being....yuppers...freeform

I had my Basic Grey Cupcake 6x6 pad out and started stamping, cutting, scoring, taping....it was absolute chaos. I'd like to think that she is sporting her blue cape and red "hoo loves you" sash...and not necessarily "flashing"...lol.
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stamps: hero arts, a muse ink: versafine vintage sepia, signo white gel pen paper: basic grey cupcake, misc white accessories: stampin' up scallop punch

Monday, January 12, 2009

what's cookin'?

I was asked by my co-worker to make a couple cards for her kids' upcoming birthday's. She gave me a snippet of something to work with...this is for her son, the chef. I have cupcakes and chocolates but no chef hat {bummer...wouldn't that be perfect?}. So I played with my A Muse Party Time set. I stamped the apron onto Stampin' Up Riding Hood Red and pieced it onto the Fabriano. I topped it off with some Martha Baker's Twine {thanks for enabling Ivy!}. Martha's packaging is most fabulous, isn't it?

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. My friends and I spent the day shopping on Saturday...approximately 7 hours of shopping...lol. It was GREAT. We always get together early in January in hopes of hitting good sales {we did}. I was the only one to pop into Impress....I bought a couple things and hope to play with them this week. "d" met me and we went to see Gran Torino...the theater {a large one too} was absolutely packed...sold out. I laughed and cried...{anyone that really knows me shouldn't be surprised that I cried...I cry at all movies...sheesh, even Cheaper by the Dozen II...rollin' my eyes..}.

Have a super week!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Blog Award & Candy!

Elaine over at A Place for Ink gave me this "Fabulous" Award...if you haven't noticed...FABulous is one of my favorite words...lol. Check out Elaine's blog...she's a whipper snapper that I've had the pleasure of meeting and she shares my obsession with A Muse, SU, ribbon and well, shopping! I'm suppose to list 5 obsessions & then pass this along to 5 Fabulous blogs, these are not in any specific order:

1. blogging...I'm really obsessive about my blog...posting at least 5 days a week..it has definitely become a part of my routine.

2. blurfing...I 'want' to keep up with my Google Reader and all the hundreds of blogs that I have jam packed into it. I get sooo much inspiration from all the various eye candy....note that I used the word 'want' vs 'need'. My non-blogging friends just don't get it...

3. Paper arts...I thrive on being creative...it is therapeutic and rewarding for me.

4. coffee...it is a must to keep up with my blogging, blurfing and creativity..lol

5. balance...it is actually a big word...balance with my creativity...work...family...friends...life...really it is a massive juggling act that I strive to keep up with...it isn't a bad thing...I am quite happy with my life...

I'd like to pass along this award to the following peeps:

Play along if you like but no pressure ladies!

Onto Blog Candy that I recently received...Look at the Flourishes set that I won from Latisha over at
A Busy Litte Craftee Bee
Can you say perfect for Valentine's Day??

Wooo hoooo...my first JustRite set compliments of Julie over at Stamps and Taxes! and all of that ribbon...love, love, love ribbon....ask my kids and they will roll their eyes..

I'm a huge fan of monograms...don't know how I've been able to resist the JustRite sets...but I believe Julie has started some enabling...lol.

Thanks for stopping by....I do appreciate being able to share the generosity of my blogging friends!!!
You gals rock!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

saturday finds!

I've been reading a lot about the Project 365 and see that a ton of my favorite blogs are participating...I know that I wouldn't be able to commit to taking part on a daily basis but thought that I'd try to do it once a week. I have 2 really fabulous friends {hi j & p!} that started their massive Fiesta ware collection way before me....I've always loved the bright fun colors so I eventually made the jump. A couple weeks ago my fabulous cousin Satomi of Japanese Handmade Etc, opened up my cupboard and called it eye candy :)

Here are some fun links for today:

Check out this chandelier!

Love these glasses...

Remember my Scrap*lings? Check out this eco-felt!

I'm a HUGE fan of etsy...check out this shop...I have 4 words:

Sweet Mother of Pearl

Here's my last link...I'll be honest, I'm not one to spend a ton of time in the kitchen cooking and baking Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net. My friends chuckle because I'm always sending them links to yummish recipes...really in hopes that they will make the delicious dishes and share with me....but I stumbled across this site while blurfing because of their a-dorable argyle muffin cups, they remind me of my card that was an ode to Oprah...sigh, they are out of the argyle Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net . Why would I buy them when I don't really bake? My boy has been baking up a storm...gotta encourage that Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net

Friday, January 9, 2009

a little bird told me....

I was sooo pleased to see the FS100 over at Splitcoaststampers...it is the fabulous JulieHRR, Julie Ebersole! Sheesh, which fabulous card to pick from her chock full of goodness gallery??!! I decided on her "For a Special Teacher". I actually started off with a kitchen blue 4 bar note card which she used as her base but fussed with it and just couldn't get it to work for me, I needed a bit more room...I pulled out one of my favorite Stampin' Up Color combo's...Riding Hood Red and Baja Breeze. All the images are ala A Muse....do you notice that I colored in a smidge of water in the bird bath and then glitterized it?

Have a super Friday and FABulous weekend!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Sassy Hambly

Check out this Sassafras-alicious card...I decided to play along with the CPS Sketch #98. I missed out on sketch #97 so wanted to make sure to play this week. I went on a fabulous shopping spree at Scrapgal.com on Christmas Eve and stocked up on a load of goodies including tons of Sassafras Lass. All the dp on this card is from their Robotics line. The base is Stampin' Up Pumpkin Pie. That fabulous female robot rub-on is ala Hambly. Have you ever used Hambly Rub-ons? They are wonderfully thick and easy to adhere...I topped off the card with my good 'old Dymo.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

(Starbucks) Red

By now, you all know how much I {heart} giving gift cards. I'm trying to catch up on December birthday's...this is for one of them. The red panel is Basic Grey Cupcake. I paper pieced the A Muse coffee to go cup with a different pattern from the Cupcake 6x6 pad {thanks Mrs. Claus!}. Why did I pick the fabulous red panel? Well, the gift card going into the card is a Starbucks Red Gift Card. Have you heard about them??
Do something good every day.


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Sweet Scrap*lings


As I'm busy putting away my "new goods" I come across my "old goods"...lol. I bought a bunch of these k&co felt labels..I love felt and I love labels. They are the perfect size for scrap*ling cards...people use scraps but I cut into fresh cardstock for mine. I think they are such a fun size. A girl can never have too many thank you cards.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Giggling Sunshine

{patting myself on the back}...I love that title "Giggling Sunshine"....just makes me warm inside.

I'm typing up this blog post on Sunday morning....the kids are still asleep and the house is quiet {& cold}. Yesterday the local news was saying that we are in for another winter storm tonight. {sigh} I'm so tired of the snow...I was just enjoying the ability to pop into my car and drive where I wanted...I knew that I wanted to create a happy {translation = warm} card...

I've started to break into my goodies...can you believe that it has taken me this long to order from Unity Stamps? I have always admired their images but just never taken the plunge...well, they were having a fabulous sale so I picked up Giggle Grove, Becoming Butterfly and So & So Loves...it was super difficult to not order more...but Mrs. Claus did a good job :) So I teamed up the Giggle Grove trees with Stampin' Up Haiku designer paper & the perfect A Muse sentiment. I did a smidge of sewing on the So Saffron scalloped panel {much to my kids' dismay...it interrupts their tv viewing...rollin' my eyes..}
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stamps: unity stamp company, a muse ink: memento rich cocoa paper: stampin' up haiku/so saffron, speckletone kraft accessories: misc wired gingham ribbon, janome

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Copic Ciao's for Sale!!!

I'm spring cleaning and my loss is your gain! I have the Copic Ciao A set for sale {please note it does NOT contain BV08}. I'm part of Gina K's Copic Club...she sells this set for $139.95 {that works out to $3.89/ea}. Since my set contains 35 markers {$136.15 retail} and I'm wanting a quick sale, I'll sell mine {includes the case/lid} for $100 + priority shipping {paypal only please}.

Here's a link for all the colors:

I have 24 other Ciaos that I'll list later this week...

Please email me {link in the side bar} or just leave me a comment!

Thanks!!!

**P.S. I guess I should add that my Copics are in spectacular shape**

{Copics have been sold!}

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Saturday Finds!

One of the blogs I have in my {very full} Google Reader is the ikea hacker.

Check out this Craft Table!

A couple weeks ago, Latisha over at A Busy Little Craftee Bee, opened my world to Peachy Cheap. I scored on a Making Memories Noteworthy Embellishment Jar and the Noteworthy Ribbon Trim for $10.98 {includes shipping!}.

Here's a peek into another blog that I stalk, Design Crush. I really loved this quote.

Yesterday I made a special trip to pick up something from Ellen Hutson. Ellen couldn't be any nicer...I chatted with her and she showed me some gorgeous cards...I could have stayed there all afternoon but I had other errands...on top of stopping into my work to get a little bit done.

Mrs. Claus has been sooo kind to me...this week has been full of UPS packages...I'm going to be tapping into them this weekend so I hope to post a bunch of fresh new projects next week!!!

Friday, January 2, 2009

my happy place

I had New Years Day off and managed to only make 1 card...sheesh! I spent most of the morning de-decorating the house from all of the holiday festivities. Why does it seem like it takes longer to take down the tree than putting it up? I finally got to play with my sweet Hero Arts Big Owl..I just {heart} her! I just received my full size Memento Rich Cocoa pad {love those dew drops but this image is huge}. The velvet flower with the bling is ala Maya Road.

It has been a while since I've shared an Higher Awareness:


What inspires you?


“It is never about how good your voice is; it is only about feeling the urge to sing, and then having the courage to do it with the voice you are given.”
-- Katie in ‘True to Form’ by Elizabeth Berg


How often have you allowed fear and your inner critic to stop you from doing something you were inspired to do?

Helen Keller said,
"Life is either a grand adventure or nothing.”

When we allow fear and criticism to stop us in our tracks, we give up that grand adventure. What a waste!

“Be an all-out, not a hold-out.”
-- Norman Vincent Peale

**Did you notice my new profile pic--------->
there is a new curling iron in our household...really, it's been since high school since I've personally used one but my daughter wanted one and she's been having some fun with it :)
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stamps: hero arts big owl, stampin' up cute converse ink: memento rich cocoa, copic rv23, rv21 & e33 paper: stampin' up close to cocoa/pretty in pink, mme stack, misc white accessories: corner rounder, maya road velvet flower

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy 2009!

2009...can you believe it??!!!

Every year I learn more about myself and about life in general...2008 was no exception. I am truly thankful for my life, my children and all of my peeps...if you are reading this, you would be one of my peeps :)

Here are some other goodies that I've recently received:

Check out all of this goodness...it is from the very wonderful Susan of One4Joy...How did she know that I collect "A's" {on top of chandeliers!}?!!

I won blog candy from Kim of Stampin' Fairy....I received this sweet "be jolly by golly" card and all of this:

Wooo Hoooo.....look at all those A Muse stamps!!!!

This sweet Angel card is from Stacey of The Crafting Adventures of a Left-Handed Blonde...all the way from the UK! Let me tell you, this has the perfect amount of glitter and bling!

One of my favorite SU purchases this year has been the Top Note Die...Becky from {the lakeshore stamper} sent me this beauty....I love it!
This lovely card is from Stephanie at Ingenious Inkling. Isn't it thee sweetest?

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today...I want to wish you a fabulous New Year...the best is yet to come!