Thursday, July 31, 2008

Life is Good

On Friday, I made a stop at the most fabulous Seattle A Muse store. I love that place :) It is always so much fun to be there...I always loop through twice since there is sooo much to see and "take in". I contained my spending...mostly....I only bought a couple stamps, a bottle of stickles and 3 sheets of thee most gorgeous 12x12'll see that soon.

Earlier this week, I tapped into SCS's buy forum and found a gal selling a LOAD of A Muse images....oh my goodness....I bought a ton...what can I say....I **love** A Muse! I've been sooo good about NOT tapping into the buy forum and then *BAM*...

This is for a co-worker of mine {hi r!}. We're celebrating her birthday today along with another gal's {hi k!}. As I was trying to figure out what I wanted to design for her, I knew it had to do something with dogs...puppies. She just adopted not one but two litter mates! I don't know if you can tell, but I used my white signo pen on the roof and the dog bones {my inkssentials was downstairs and I was creating me lazy}. I also glitterized the bones...I had to add some glitz!

I have soooooo much ribbon it is insane...I "found" the wide chocolate and green grosgrain at the bottom of my green bag....I have my ribbons in humongous zip lock bags by color. It is a system that works for me...I just grab the colors that I think will work for my project and find what I like. I keep my SU and RABOM solid grosgrain separate from the others..those are in ribbon keepers. What do YOU do with your RIBBONS?! I'd love to hear about your ribbon organization...


stamps: a muse paper: fabriano ink: versafine vintage sepia, signo white gel pen, copic yg03 accessories: rabom grosgrain

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Velvet Chandelier

I never tire of my B Line Design Chandeliers {Thanks Susan for introducing me to their fabulous images!}. This is a wedding card for a whipper snapper of a gal. She is magnificent and I truly appreciate her {hi T!}.

Who can resist that magnificent chocolate brown velvet? I added a touch of bling on the top and bottom of the chandelier...


stamps: b line designs ink: versafine vintage sepia paper: fabriano accessories: velvet from rabom, bling

For those of you that have followed me through this blogging journey you know that I'm a huge fan of inspirational quotes and stories. I received this from my good friend in Oahu {Hi I!}. It is super long but when you have a couple spare minutes, I believe it will be worth your time.

........I appreciate the time that you take to read my blog........

A young man learns what's most important in life from the guy next door.

It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man. College, girls, career, and life itself got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his dreams. There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little time to think about the past and often no time to spend with his wife and son. He was working on his future, and nothing could stop him.

Over the phone, his mother told him, 'Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday.' Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days.

'Jack, did you hear me?'

'Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It's been so long since I thought of him. I'm sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago,' Jack said.

'Well, he didn't forget you. Every time I saw him he'd ask how you were doing. He'd reminisce about the many days you spent over 'his side of the fence' as he put it,' Mom told him.

'I loved that old house he lived in,' Jack said.

'You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr. Belser stopped in to make sure you had a man's influence in your life,' she said.

'He's the one who taught me carpentry,' he said. 'I wouldn't be in this business if it weren't for him. He spent a lot of time teaching me things he thought were important ... Mom, I'll be there for the funeral,' Jack said.

As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to his hometown. Mr. Belser's funeral was small and uneventful. He had no children of his own, and most of his relatives had passed away.

The night before he had to return home, Jack and his Mom stopped by to see the old house next door one more time.

Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment. It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time. The house was exactly as he remembered. Every step held memories. Every picture, every piece of furniture ... Jack stopped suddenly.

'What's wrong, Jack?' his Mom asked.

'The box is gone,' he said

'What box?' Mom asked.

'There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk. I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he'd ever tell me was 'the thing I value most,'' Jack said.

It was gone. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered it, except for the box. He figured someone from the Belser family had taken it.

'Now I'll never know what was so valuable to him,' Jack said. 'I better get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom.'

It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died. Returning home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox. 'Signature required on a package. No one at home. Please stop by the main post office within the next three days,' the note read.

Early the next day Jack retrieved the package. The small box was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago. The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention. 'Mr. Harold Belser' it read. Jack took the box out to his car and ripped open the package. There inside was the gold box and an envelope. Jack's hands shook as he read the note inside.

'Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett. It's the thing I valued most in my life.' A small key was taped to the letter. His heart racing, as tears filling his eyes, Jack carefully unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch.

Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover. Inside he found these words engraved:

'Jack, Thanks for your time! - Harold Belser.'

'The thing he valued most was ... my time'

Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days. 'Why?' Janet, his assistant asked.

'I need some time to spend with my son,' he said.

'Oh, by the way, Janet, thanks for your time!'

'Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away,'

Think about this. You may not realize it, but it's 100% true.

1. At least 2 people in this world love you so much they would die for you.

2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.

3. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.

4. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.

5. You mean the world to someone.

6. If not for you, someone may not be living.

7. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they are great.

Thanks for your time!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


A super easy smeasy card...wild wasabi base with T $ spot chipboard letters! What would I do without T? Hmmm...I'd probably be richer :)
paper: stampin' up wild wasabi accessories: t $ spot chipboard and fiskars border punch

Monday, July 28, 2008

Sweet Julia

I joined in the fun over at Splitcoaststampers and their Featured Stamper challenge. Their pick is Julia, SCS artystamper!! I love her style which can be clean and simple to wonderfully detailed! I decided on her White Kitchen Fruit card. I love the crispness of her design, which I kept the same but changed up the images, color and ribbon.

Congrats Julia!!!!!
stamps: pti & a muse ink: warm red & olive pastel chalk, versafine vintage sepia accessories: gingham ribbon

Friday, July 25, 2008

Girl Talk

Last year I went to my most fabulous demo's garage sale {hi j!}. It was actually a multi-demo sale..I bought a bunch of retired SU stuff and this spectacular phone booth image...don't you love it? I can't believe someone would sell it...if I remember correctly the gal told me that her friend picked it up for her when she was traveling in Europe. It is by Stamps Unlimited. I actually had a couple other versions of this card already completed but I didn't think that the text that I had teamed it up with was perfect. Then I was looking through my MM magnetic sets {yes, I still have those...} and found "Girl Talk" perfect is that??!!!

This is the last of the Vancouver pictures that I'll share with you...I use to live there when I was in elementary school and as an adult, have made many a road trip up there. I can't seem to remember ever just walking around their Chinatown. This is the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Park...a tranquil place surrounded by high rises.

I highly recommend the slightly corny tour via The Big Bus which was our mode of transpo since we took the train up there. It is a great way to get around Vancouver and they run fairly frequently so you can hop on and off...

Water Lilies...something very peaceful about them...


Thursday, July 24, 2008


Guess what was waiting for me by my front door the other evening? NEW Janome....I've sooo missed sewing on my cards! I'm hoping that I can talk one of the guys at work to see if they can fix my other Janome. If it can be salvaged, I'll have one for paper and the other for fabric...yes, I want to get into "real" sewing...thanks to the super fabulous Amy can anyone resist??? I've also recently discovered Heather Bailey via Craftzine.

I love cupcake shops....Yes, I love to eat cupcakes but I really love cupcake shops because of their fun interior design! Way back when I was younger and starting off in community college, I took interior design classes...unfortunately, I wasn't focused enough on school/studying so I ended up with a non-transferable general business degree...what the heck?! That totally came back to haunt me when I decided to pursue my bachelors degree a couple years ago...I "had" to take the math and science that I was trying to avoid when I was younger and yes, I did graduate with an Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences degree with a concentration in Psychology...whew! Anyways....sorry for detour...This sweet Cupcakes shop is by Stanley Park in Vancouver. Isn't it absolutely a-dorable?? I **love** all the pink & brown teamed up with the oh-so-cute retro look!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Make the most of you...and Sleepless in Vancouver

I've been a fan of Stampin' up for years...around 8 be honest with you I don't know if SU's color Basic Gray has always been around but I just recently ordered it and boy, do I *love* it! I teamed it up with, yes, Basic Grey....throw in another image from Quotopia and you have an easy smeasy card.
stamps: inque boutique quotopia paper: stampin' up basic gray, basic grey scarlet's letter ink: versafine onyx black accessories: corner rounder

I love house boats {reminds me of Sleepless in Seattle}...aren't these the sweetest? The little blue one is simply a-dorable! This was taken in B.C. My kids will cringe when they see this'll remind them that I told us to walk the wrong direction to catch the water taxi to get over to Granville Island {rolling my eyes}. Oh boy, they weren't happy campers but I have to say that they were troopers to have walked as much as we ended up walking that made that gelato taste that much beh-tah!

This photo was taken by my brother when we were in seemed fitting to share this because of being tagged by Angela over at My Asian Heritage:

Think back on the last 15 years of your life. What would you tell someone that you hadn’t seen or talked to for 15 years? How would you sum up your life? You get 10 bullet points. A list of 10 things to summarize you. At the end of your list, tag 5 more people and send on the love.

I went ahead and kept Angela's Asian theme, here's my list of Ten Asian-related tidbits from the last 15 years of my existence.

1) Favorite mini-snack: Rice crackers

2) Favorite sweets:
An Pan, a Japanese sweet bun filled with red bean paste.

3) Favorite Asian country: Japan…okay so it is the only Asian country that I’ve visited but I LOVED it.

4) Favorite drink: Trying to stay in the Asian theme, I’ll say a Starbucks soy Green Tea latte {no melon syrup}.

5) Favorite Asian goodies store: Uwajimaya! Compliments of their website: With over 400 employees Uwajimaya is one of the largest Asian grocery retailers in the Pacific Northwest. Since the beginning Uwajimaya has evolved beyond providing basic grocery staples and become known as a tourist and destination store. Uwajimaya believes good customer service is paramount. Its reputation is built on being known as the information specialist on all things Asian and part of its mission is to educate the customer on all aspects of Asian cultures.

6) Memorable vacation: Going to Japan with my brother…I want to go back with my kids.

7) Memorable work experience: I’ve been working since I was 16 with a 2 year break when the kids were little…I’m sad to say that I don’t have anything that I would say would be a memorable work experience except that I’ve made some wonderful friendships along the way…

8) Good effort, but...scrapbooking-I’m trying to get back into it but haven’t….yet.

9) Guilty pleasure...Google Reader…with almost 300 subscriptions it is a challenge to keep up with all the posts but I love it!

10) Best experience ever: My life now…seeing my kids grow…

Feel like sharing? Consider yourself tagged!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Gilded Glitter and the Joys of Summer

I'm a huge fan of quotes and recently received my Quotopia is packed with wonderful quotes like the one that will be on the interior of this gilded glitter cage card. It reads:

A bird doesn't sing
because it has an
answer, it sings
because it has a
maya angelou

Back to the card...I used the sweet gilded cage stamp ala Memory Box. It is one wood block with two images, the cage and the bird.

I've been noticing that I'm drawn to cards that have a splash of glitter...the cards don't need to be saturated with the glitz but just have enough sparkle to make the images pop.
I'm sure that I'm like other rubber stampers...I get a ton of inspiration looking at cards in shops. Typically, I don't dare BUY any because well, I have enough supplies to make a whole shop full of cards...but I did happen to buy a card while in BC because of the very cool quote and the splash of glitter that I loved. As soon as I find the perfect frame, I'll share it with you..

I wanted to share this picture of my kids while we were on Granville Island. We were waiting for the Water Taxi, you can see it making its way to us, to take us back to Stanley Park....the joys of summer...


stamps: memory box and inque boutique ink: stampin' up bashful blue & versafine vintage sepia paper: stampin' up chocolate chip & bashful blue accessories: fiskars threading water border punch {i'm sorry, i really don't like the name of this punch}, stampin' up dazzling diamonds

Monday, July 21, 2008

Wild about Wasabi...

Okay, I **love** the Stampin' up color Wild Wasabi but I honestly don't like real wasabi {cringe}...Yes, I am 100% Japanese :) LOL

I joined in the fun at Page Plans and used the card sketch compliments of
Chris Ross. I think it is a great way to combine different patterns of the same color. I've been so pleased with the Stampin' Up Print sad to see Wasabi retire but have certainly stocked up on it.

Thought I would share a picture a day from my Vancouver BC vaca...that way I can enjoy it as I frantically catch up at know how that is...get slammed at work before going out on vaca and get slammed when you get back to work...vicious circle...anyways...Need a place to eat in Vancouver? Check out Tanpopo {dandelion} by Stanley Park. The service can be slow but it is Japanese all-you-can-eat/Made to order off a menu. It isn't like a buffet where you dig out your stuff out of buckets under food warming lights...we use to go to Royal Fork when I was younger...that is how that was...

Anywho's....this is a pic of J and I at Tanpopo...we've known each other for over 12 years...our kids went to the same daycare in Seattle. So the kids have known each other since they were babies...they definitely act like siblings :) We did have a great time in BC though...Z had J's son to horse around in the hotel pool...


paper: stampin' up print pack and wild wasabi accessories: j's bling brad, stampin' up circle scallop punch, faux dew drops ala m's, wild wasabi stitched grosgrain

Sunday, July 20, 2008


I'm back and looking forward to being creative! We spent a couple days up in Vancouver, of my favorite vaca spots! This time I went with the kids and also my friend J and her son. The kids all got along....J & I were able to get some shopping in and we all had a fun time! I'll post some pics later but wanted to share what I picked up at I'm Impressed on Granville Island. I found the Snow Cap ink and Inkssentials white gel pen!! I'm a huge lurker on the Ranger Ink Yahoo group and they rave about them. That's all I bought...had a couple A Muse stamps but decided I needed to make the trip to the Seattle retail store instead...

Today will be filled with laundry and stamping......

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Let's Dance...

I'm swamped at work and getting ready for for today, I'll share a inspiring poem that I received from a friend {hi p!} a couple weeks ago. It is super long but if you haven't read it before, it is worth the time....The card is an oldie but a goodie and totally "fits" for today:

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible. How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word 'refrigeration' mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Jeopardy' on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, 'How about going to lunch in a half hour?' She would gas up and stammer, 'I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain.' And my personal favorite: 'It's Monday.' She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because we cram so much into our lives, we tend to schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get the baby toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter,and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of 'I'm going to,' 'I plan on,' and 'Someday, when things are settled down a bit.'

When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes,and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day , I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now ...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to......not something on your SHOULD DO list . If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to you.

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask 'How are you?' Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, 'We'll do it tomorrow.' And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say 'Hi?'

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift...Thrown away. . Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

'Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here we might as well dance!'

Monday, July 14, 2008

Rock Star & Festivities

It was a busy weekend of birthday festivities. We celebrated my son's birthday with the families on Sunday. I made another card using the DCWV Rock Star Stack...the dp is so fabulous that I use minimal embellishments. I'm certainly getting my money's worth with that huge ball of Target $ spot twine!

This is a photo of my sweet boy...I can't believe that he's already 11! It has become a tradition to take the kids to Salty's on Alki. It is a great restaurant with a gorgeous view of Seattle.


paper: dcwv rock star, stampin' up bashful blue & chocolate chip accessories: target $ spot twine

Friday, July 11, 2008

Polka Au Chocolate

This card means a ton to are probably wondering why it does. Well, I used my very cherished {& hoarded} Stampin' Up Au Chocolate dp along with some FABulous K&Co fabric covered brads...see the stitching on the Au Chocolate polka dot dp? That would be the last {potential} stitching on my Lil is on the fritz. It is in sorry shape and I can't seem to figure out how to repair it...anyone else have/had issues? I'm totally devastated...
paper: stampin' up au chocolate designer paper, chocolate chip & misc white accessories: scallop punch, coluzzle, k&co fabric brads, white gel pen, misc dark brown grosgrain, janome {sniff, sniff}

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Scalloped Embrace & My Asian Heritage

This is another take on Heather Rolin's sketch challenge HMSC2. This time I designed it as a 5.5 inch square card. I never tire of Stampin' Up's Ginger Blossom paper...add one of their carousel notes and you get a fun and oh-so-feminine card! Who doesn't like scallops?

Thanks to Ivy over at My Asian Heritage!!!

She contacted me to see if she could highlight Tsuruta Designs on her Shop Talk feature. How FABulous is that?

Be sure to check out My Asian Heritage, it is full of goodness!!!
stamps: stampin' up embrace life paper: stampin' up ginger blossoms, ruby red, groovy guava, carousel notes ink: versafine vintage sepia accessories: circle punch, k&co pearls, groovy guava stitched grosgrain, coluzzle

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Rockin' Z

We're celebrating my son's 11th birthday on Sunday! I used the Rock Star DCWV stack for his invites. Absolutely easy smeasy...the twine is from T's $ spot. Thank goodness for the T $ spot....I picked up some tins...candy...notepads....viola...goodie buckets for the kids :) I'll alter the tins to go along with the whole Rock Star theme, I'll post those later this week...
stamps: stampin up pure and simple uppers paper: stampin' up chocolate chip and dcwv rock star ink: versafine vintage sepia accessories: t $ spot twine and avery tag.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Certainly a Riot....

Can you believe that I'm not using Wasabi but Certainly Celery?? I'm trying to branch out on my This is for Heather Rolin's HMSC2 challenge. I'm probably the only one that still consistently uses a coluzzle...still haven't broken down to buy nestabilities because I don't have a die-cutting machine...It doesn't mean that I don't want the latest and greatest...I'm a **huge** fan of scallops...anyways, back to the card. While blurfing, I happen to stumble across Heather's challenge and wanted to join in the fun. I was going to add text to the design but decided against it, the Riot background is so graphic as it is, I didn't want to add to the chaos :)

I hope that everyone had a magnificent weekend. I can't believe that it is already Monday {sigh}. Yesterday we spent the day at the Seattle Art Museum and the Pike Place Market. Here are some photos...have a super week!!!

The Hammering Man..

The First Starbucks located in the Pike Place Market.
The flowers at the market are spectacular!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

It's the simple things....

I hope you all had a FABulous 4th! We certainly did...we were on the go until close to midnight! We were able to spend it with tons of friends and fun....

I don't know if you noticed, but I typically don't use "people" images...well, other than A Muse Seattle Girl...Vespa Girl...a while ago, I picked up the Stampin' Up Everyday Celebrations on the SCS b/s/t board. I just thought the little girl was such a sweet image. I'm trying to use my gazillion other stamps that never seem to get inked up...a great chance for me to use my various copics too!

Look at what I just ordered from Stampington:....the very gorgeous Cavallini Bonjour set!


stamps: stampin' up everyday celebrations, wordsworth text paper: fabriano, misc black ink: versafine onyx black, copic yr07r29, 100,r32,rv04, yr20, rv10 and blender accessories: offray taffeta gingham, scallop punch, coluzzle & heidi swapp edge distresser

Friday, July 4, 2008

little things...

Happy 4th!!!

Just a clean and simple card. The sweet little cherry blossom image is one that I picked up from a local garage sale a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately the wood block was not labeled so I'm not sure who designed it. I colored it with my copic and filled in the blossoms with a sakura stardust glitter pen.

Here is to a fun & safe 4th!
stamps: a muse text & unknown floral paper: misc kraft ink: versafine vintage sepia, sakura stardust accesories: fiskars threading water border punch

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Where is Matt?

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.

I found this FABulous Vimeo via My Asian Heritage. Make sure you crank up the sound so that you can hear the music but more importantly the laughter.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Kind & Savvy

Our weather is finally becoming bearable...I tell you, I'm not a hot weather kind of gal...that is why I live in the Seattle area :)

I have a tshirt that is basically purely pomegranate and friend mentioned that it looked like a card that I would peeps know me! My tee has a great butterfly but I don't have a large butterfly image so I picked this sweet Savvy bloom. I love to use my slit punch to make scallops. Yesterday I picked up the Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch {whatta name!} at T. I will be playing with that over the holiday weekend!


stamps: savvy stamps & stampin' up priceless paper: stampin' up pomegranate, misc black ink: versafine onyx black accessories: slit punch, stampin' up purely pomegranate stitched ribbon

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Wildly Fabulous

It has been so stinkin' hot here that it has literally taken me 2 days to complete this card! My "studio" {sounds better than craft area} is upstairs and it gets super warm up there when the sun is beating down.

This card is a 6 inch square. I based the card on the "fabulous" flocked word. I picked up the K&Co Wild Saffron Flocked word set at my local craft store. I love the word fabulous, along with

I'm trying to be oh-so-good and actually cut into my A Muse Madeira dp..


paper: misc white & a muse madeira accesories: k&co wild saffron text & rabom dark brown velvet ribbon