Monday, January 30, 2012

For Cath (sans CHA) with Love Blog Hop!!


Thanks for joining us in the:

For Cath (sans CHA)
with Love Blog Hop!

...a big yahoo for Lorena and Virginia for putting together this fun Blog Hop!

Make sure you check out the whole list of people that are playing which is available over on Lorena's blog, Paperella Plays and Virginia's blog, Yes, Virginia.

I wanted to put together a cheery card for the oh-so-inspirational Cath:

Seriously though, who doesn't know and love Cath for ALL that she constantly does!  She's not able to make it to CHA because of  a painful injury.  I hope you feel better Cath!!!!!  Please check out Cath's post here.

I was inspired by the Sweet Sunday Sketch:

My choice of colors is ala CR84FN47:

Did you see the latest LESSology Challenge?!!!

We want to see what you do with blooms, glorious blooms! Remember to include at least one upcycled item on your project! 

Our sponsor is Vintage Street Market who is offering a fab prize package!

My bloom was sculpted {sounds fancy, eh?} with a wet strip of PTI Hawaiian Shores.  I squeezed out all the excess and shaped it how I dried and I topped it off with a pearl...easy smeasy:)  Can you spot my upcycled product?  That acetate flag has been cut from packaging that had a birthday candle.  I backed it with patterned paper...all the patterned paper is from the Crate Paper Heart Collection.  Everything is nestled on a white cardstock base...did you notice the sweet pink stitching?

Thanks soooo much for poppin' by!

you are my happy...

Hello and Welcome to the EAD Designs Blog Hop!!
{it officially starts at 7 am pacific}

You should have arrived here from the Lovely Liz's blog:

If not, you'll want to start at the EAD Designs blog so that you don't miss out on any of the fun.  Remember that every week there is FREE vinyl for one lucky blog hopper!

I have a 4.25 x 4.25 inch coffee card:

So I asked Emily {the Queen of the EAD Designs!} if she could whip up some new coffee stickerz...and boy, did she ever!

Check out Coffee Shop:

How super FUN, eh??!!!  I LOVE those to-go cups!!!  I teamed mine up with some October Afternoon and the sentiment is ala Hero Arts/Studio Calico...I have to admit that I chuckled when I picked out that sentiment:)

My card is based on 

Such a great sketch:

Okie Dokie...


Now Hippety Hop over to Jessica's, our January Guest Designer's blog, Chick-n-Scrap.  She's starts her regular EAD Design Team gig in February!!  So happy to have her and the other new gals on the team!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

a new beginning...

Hi All!

Happy Sunday!  For some reason when I popped out of bed this morning at 4 am {I know, I know} I thought it was a work day...Since I'm already up, I decided to put together my blog post.   Seems like I have been consistently blogging live on the weekends...I don't really like to do that but it works.

So, I mentioned how busy of a day I was going to have yesterday....My first stop was to meet up with the oh-so-fabulous JEN SHEARS!!!!!!

I don't know about you all but I ALWAYS find an instant connection with fellow bloggers that I get to meet in person...and Jen is just way too fabulous for words.  We had a great visit {oh boy, her craft room and home are divine!}...and her sweet girl Hadley took the picture of us {Thanks Hadley!!!}.  

My next stop was to join in the festivities for Tiff's Baby Shower...but long story short, I wasn't able to go because of a glitch...grrr....I even had little gifties for the boys...more on that in a smidge.

So as I was driving home from Jen's, I remembered she mentioned a shop that I would be kinda sorta passing by on the way home and to cheer me up that I wasn't going to see the Fab Tiff, I went to search it down.

It is located in what I remembered to be the sleepy town of Sumner {population less than 10,000}, it was I couldn't find a parking spot so I had to go around and around but by then I was on a sense of direction is poor {embarrassingly poor} so I 'need' to park close or I 'might' forget where I left my car {hanging my head in shame}....anywho's....O.M.G....soooooo worth the trip:

I know, right?

Sooooooooooo FUN....Before I ever take any pictures in a shop, I always ask if it is okay.  So that starts this whole conversation process when I start rambling about my day and how Fabulous Jen I was suppose to go to a baby shower but couldn't....yadda yadda yadda...

Some of my frequent Garage Sale gals mentioned paper Muse to me but I'm such a visual girl that I never made it out there until now and as I told Darin, I'm a huge fan of supporting local business {translation it gives me the freedom to purchase a bunch..} I will definitely be an enthusiastic customer of paper Muse's....

Thanks for reading my novella....sheesh, I'm just finishing up my 1st cup of coffee...can't drink too much or I won't be able to go back to sleep!

So here are a couple of cards that I made for the shower yesterday that will now go snail mail:

I have quite a number of pieces from the Basic Grey Hopscotch collection...I really love the sherbet-y colors and thought it would be perfect for a Baby Girl card.

Nothing like personalizing the card for the baby-to-be:

The glittery alpha is Making Memories...I like that it gives the card a whimsical feel because of the different fonts...

Lillianne's card is based on the Freshly Made Sketch:

This card is for Tiff:

Yup, using Hello Luscious again...the green and pink are such a striking duo....the sentiment is ala SRM.

It's a loose interpretation of the Frosted Designs Sketch:

Seriously, you gals are troopers if you've made it this far....

I wanted to share a surprise when I got home last night:

Ta Da!

The start of my closet organization in my Craft Room:

The wonderful Darin did that wall dealio with some sort of took most of Saturday morning to complete...I.LOVE.IT.  Yes, those are paper trays and yes, I have more that I'll be putting up.  The kids said, "It looks like Mom's paper store!"

I'll be surfing Pinterest for some storage ideas for the shelves...baskets?  hmmm...clear bins for visibility?

I don't think I'll worry about the white wall for now...I figure when I get all my goodies in there, the white wall won't be an issue...

Okay, that's it...LOL...thanks for hanging out with me.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

keep calm and eat cake.

Super busy day for me today...although I wish I was joining all the other gals at CHA this weekend, I do have a super fun day planned....I'm banking that I have everything timed right or else the whole day will fall apart {one of those jam packed...back-to-back days}.

One of the things on the agenda is taking my boy to a birthday party.  

Here's a smidge of our convo:

me:  I guess I should whip together a card for the birthday she a girly girl?

boy:  No, don't make it too girly.

me:  okay, what color should I use?

boy:  pink.

me:  {thinking to myself}...that's my boy.

So here is the not too girly card with pink:

I've been working at using my older neglected collections....this is Basic Grey Hello Luscious....gotta love that name!  The cardstock is PTI {yuppers...I'm back to my kraft bases!} and the sentiment is EAD Designs Co-Branding with Paper Smooched Birthday Sentiments Stickerz.

This is what I woke up to:

I don't know why...but it stresses me out...I'm trying to do this whole 'healthy living' dealio...working on not getting stressed {did I mention I packed my day too full}...soooo I did a quick read through and after 2 hours I decided that I needed to press the ole "mark all as read"...that's a big deal for me...I don't want to miss out on anything but there are not enough hours in the day for me to do all that I want to do {grrr...}...So please don't think I'm ignoring you...I'll be better next week:)

Okay, enough of that....the Flashback Friday 19.0 winner has been posted!

Flashback Friday 20.0 goes live on Friday, February 3rd and we're going to be having a celebration to mark our 20th challenge!  You definitely won't want to miss the festivities...there will be prizes...lotsa prizes and a whole lotta fun...a ton of my Flashback Friday Friends will be playing along with me!

p.s.  Check out what the fabbie Karen Baker designed for me.....

She is responsible for my oh-so-fab blog sure to check her out!

Thanks soooooo much Karen!!!!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Flashback Friday 19.0 Reminder!!

I'm just popping in here speedy quick to remind you that Flashback Friday 19.0 ends tonight!!

The challenge fo 
Flashback Friday 19.0 is to post your first clean & simple card!

Our Super Sponsor:


Miss Ivy is super fabbie!!!  She has a blog:
and her etsy shop:

Ivy was recently featured in Martha Stewart Weddings {Winter Issue} how fabulous is that?!!!!!!

She is giving away the following ivypink sampler:

something brand new is a limited edition pink acrylic block for acrylic or cling stamps
an ivypink exclusive 
3 white labels the one featured on Martha
and also 3 kraft labels
bright pink twinery twine on a vintage spool 
bubble gum pink twinery twine on a vintage spool 
cake eraser
2 notecards with glassine envelopes & a sticker label
Value is about $15

PINK acrylic block...doesn't every stamper need one {or 2 or 3} of those?!!!!!!

 Link have until 11:59 pm Pacific to play!

a simple thank you...


So glad that it is Friday:)

Last night it took me almost 2 hours to get home...ugh...although I was super tired by the time I got home, I wanted to put together 2 cards....I'll post the 2nd card tomorrow.  Today I have a simple thank you took me...hmmm....10 minutes?

I oh-so-love those Stampin' Up Long Notes....I do especially love the So Saffron ones...such a happy color.

It's been way too long since I inked up my Skipping Stones Design stamps....Timeless Textures is such a versatile set.  I used it here with gold embossing powder...I think I've had that embossing powder for like 15 years...LOL.  

The butterfly is Jenni Bowlin and the sentiment is EAD Designs Co-Branding with Paper Smooches, it is from the Thank You Sentiments Stickerz set.

Any fun plans for the weekend?  I'm going to visit 2 fab bloggie friends...I'll post pictures on Sunday:)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

grande latte triple soy no foam

trio of coffee cards:

Paper Smooches Hot Concoctions stamps...

I adore a smidge of glitter...

I {heart} coffee mugs...they way out number my drinking glasses...

This one reminds me of something you might find at Anthropologie:

The sentiment is ala Paper Make Up Stamps.

I was inspired by the EAD Designs Color Challenge!

I used the coordinating Paris Love Stickerz:

Remember that everybody wins with the EAD Designs Color Challenge:

The winner of the Color Challenge will be our February Guest Designer!

Remember that the stickerz & Rub-ons Ship FREE!!!!

Today wraps up my friendly competition with my bloggie buddie Sherry...she was to use Kraft bases and I was to use White bases...I didn't do so bad...Sherry did FABulous!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

still dehoarding...

Click HERE for my Sketching through the Snow post for today!

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