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tag time

i've been tagged! whoo hoo...my first!  thank to kelly of addicted to stamp & scraps...be sure to check out her blog...her Stampin' Up! creations are adorable!

now, sit back with an iced vanilla coffee and get ready to learn a few fun (or, more likely, scary) things about me...be for warned...you are going to finally know what a NERD i am!!!

Tagged here we go....

1-i am a coffee master...yep...black apron and all...for those that don't know what this is, have you noticed at your local starbucks that some of the baristas are wearing green aprons and some are wearing black aprons??? well, i used to wear a green one (and, still wished i did cause it is classic starbucks) but now wear a black one...and, can NEVER ever where the green one again!!! that is because a year ago i underwent 'special' training to be more knowledgeable about coffee...thus the sign of a 'specially trained' barista is the black apron...so, it does not mean you are a manager, or supervisor, or whatever...it just means you know lots about the growing, roasting, and brewing of coffee!!!

2-i heart george michael...my first love...i saw him in concert friday night and fell in love all over again...just like when i was 13!!!!

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 no, this was not taken when i was 13 (although i was wearing LA Gear tennis shoes) nor at the concert...it was an 80's bday party for my sis a few years ago...but, you get the picture...i love me some george!

3-i dream of retiring to maine with the hubster as soon as humanly possible...i love it there...in fact we are heading there in august...i fell in love in 1986 and have wanted to move there ever since!

4-i originally wanted 4 children...then i had my chicka...all bets were off!! she is plenty for this mama!!!

5-before i had my daughter, i permed my slightly wavy hair...but, hormones or whatever happens during pregnancy to cause it, curled my hair...it is curly and seems to get even curlier over the years...and, wouldn't it figure that now that i have curly hair, i want it straight!

6-i have a tattoo...well, a partial tattoo...i drew a rose with a heart in class one day and loved it...i promptly left the college campus in search of a tattoo shop...and viola...a tattoo on my....ummm...chest...well, a few years ago i decided that i could do without it and started the process of having it removed...that is the most painful thing i have EVER done...it is about half gone and i have had four treatments...four to five more and i will be ink free!

7-i love butterflies...you may have known that...but here is the reason why:  i was not so much a happy teenager...right, like there is such a thing anyway...i was let's just say, really, really unhappy...i was overweight, a bookworm, and teased A LOT...i was friends with my teaches WAY more than my peers...bottom line, i didn't much like myself...well, like a caterpillar i went through some changes in my twenties...i can't really say how, what, when, or where...just suffice it to say, that i have emerged a butterfly...beautiful and happy...and, that beauty isn't on the outside...it's that love of myself and others...that belief that i am worthy and worth it...and lovable..."She remembers when she first got her wings, And how she opened up that day she learned to sing, Then the colors came, erased the black and white, And her whole world changed"...from Martina McBride's 'She's a Butterfly'...

there you have it...hope you enjoyed a little look into my crazy world!!!

now, for the 7 people i have to tag...

1-tanya of tanya's stamps 'n' things
2-kelly of crafting creatively
3-kylie of blossom designs
4-laurie of charming designs
5-kim of kim's stampin room
6-michele of thoughts of cardmaking scrapbooker
7-kirsten of  confessions of a naptime stamper

i chose these seven bloggers because they have been a HUGE support to me (along with kelly from above)...i am still new to this sharing of my passion, and this group has left sweet comment after sweet comment from the beginning...they have inspired me to keep it up and not be discouraged...thank you for that girls!!!  have fun if you decide to play along ladies!!



babycakes

well, actually cake...but, i really wanna make more of these! so cute and fun!!!

when my boss asked me to make some invites for an upcoming baby shower, i was glad to and ended up making onesies like these for the invites...adorable!  then i said, you know, i would love to make a diaper cake for the shower...since i had seen this one by susie i wanted to give it a try...she loved the idea and here is the result:

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how stinkin' cute is that?? you have got to give this a try!! easy, fun, and totally adorable!!  susie has the instructions here...start with this and make it your own!

thank you susie for the great tutorial and adorable cakes you made!!!

i am feeling a little better and hoping that since i took the last of the meds today, i will be much better tomorrow...or at least by monday! thank you for your well wishes!!!


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sorry everyone...down with a really icky kidney infection...ever had one? this is my first and it is not a party!  i will be back creating and sharing my nerdy stories next week when i am feeling better...promise!!!
chelle


indredible father

this man...yes, that one i mentioned adoring earlier in the week....is also adored by his daughter...the one that he has been an incredible father to...even when he is hard on her, it is all with love and a desire for her to grow into an amazing woman...he loves his little 'monkey' very, very much!

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for father's day, i got them five sets of angel's tickets...the first one on father's day...this guarantees father daughter time, and they both love to go to games together...here is the card i made for him...it also holds the tickets...

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i hope you spoil those daddy's and happy father's day to you dads out there!!

ingredients:
SU!: tru thyme cs & ink, river rock & really rust ink, twill tape, dimensionals, aged copper HH,
    ticket corner punch
dp is papa by fancy pants
papertrey basic alphabet stamp set for the sentiment i built...
i inked up the twill tape and distressed the edge...as well as inked up and sponged the edges of the cs


sew...make a wish...

...so, you know that feeling when you open a drawer or box at a flea market or garage sale...or an antique store and it is filled with fantastic, wonderfully aged vintage sewing items? i adore that feeling! i have a bit of such items...in fact this reminds me that i have a whole box of said items to go through...when a friends aunt passed away, i got her junk drawer...literally...the whole drawer...and let me tell you, that drawer had not been cleaned out in many, many years..i will take some pictures when i go through it so you can see what i find...

anyway...the point is, when i saw the simplicity paper from fancy pants, that is what i thought off and where this card is inspired from...i wanted the ribbon to look like it had been sitting in a sewing box...aged and flattened from so much other stuff sitting on it...that said...here is my card for beate's weekend sketch challenge:

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yep, threw in a few of the vintage
items i have on a shelf in my
office....













and, this was the sketch:

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happy friday, and i hope you find a fantastic box or basket of wonderful vintage finds this weekend!!!


ingredients:
SU!: very vanilla cs, vanilla taffeta ribbon, creamy caramel ink (everything was sponged up with this...including the ribbon!), window word punch
dp is simplicity by fancy pants (the dress is paper pieced with this paper as well)
you take the cake stamp set by MFT
brilliance graphite black ink (continues to be my favorite pick for stamping when using copics)
copics, nestibilities


life...is good...

hi there!  i am so happy that i got a chance to do Jen's sketch for you to try...i really wanted to this weekend and never had a chance...then when i did have a chance, i just couldn't get an idea together...well, today, i made it happen...and, i am quite happy with the results!

here's the sketch:
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and, here's my card:

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i love the colors of this bo-bunny paper! and, this is the first time i have inked up the surfboard stamp...definitely have to use that some more this month!

thank you for stopping by and have a fantastically wonderful thursday!!

ingredients:
SU!: soft sky cs & ink, barely banana cs, so saffron ink, chocolate chip cs, soft sky double stiched ribbon,
    linen bkgrd stamp, make it count stamp set, dimensionals, piercing tools
dp is from bo-bunny, surf board stamp (one stamp, three boards) is by denami design

brilliance graphite black, palette burnt umber, nestibilities and copics


beach-n birthdays

chicka needed a birthday card for a friend...she had finals so she didn't have time to make one...so...mama to the rescue...i made her a set of 8 cards to have on hand...that way she has them 'just in case'...

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i used the same concept i used here...makes quick and easy cards that are great to mass produce...

i hope your wednesday is fantastic!!!!

ingredients:

SU!: pixie pink, gable green, lovely lilac, tempting turquiose, and only orange cs; dp is retired sweet & sassy, lg oval punch

PTI stamper's select cs, brilliance graphite black ink, chantigo stamps by stampendous, nestibilities & copics


eight years and four score...

i have no idea what that means...but, eight years ago today, i was a nervous wreck...i was about to marry the man of my dreams...the man that cherished and adored not only me, but my baby girl...the man that would love me for the rest of my life...this man...

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that i adore...


steve and i met when i was a live-in nanny and he was hired to paint the house i lived in with my daughter...day in and day out, he would arrive to paint and i would be with the kids...all day...we both had someone special in our lives and we talked with honesty and openness...we became friends...then, one day he broke up with his girlfriend...a short time later, i broke up with my boyfriend...each being there for the other through them...

neither of us is sure when we started looking at the other as more than a friend...but, on the last day he was there..the house was done...he asked me out...on our first date two weeks later, we knew...we were in love and we had found 'the one'...we were wed five years later on that very day...June 10...

happy anniversary my love!

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his card, and one of my all time favorite
pictures of us...
at the end of a family photo shoot, the
photographer snapped this...she surprised us
with a copy of the picture...



here is a closer picture of his card...i used a picture i took of our rings on one of our antique bibles...

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i wish you all happiness, love and someone to cherish for all time...they really are worth the wait!!!

ingredients:

SU!: chocolate chip cs, ribbon, rub-ons

pallette burnt umber ink, sponge, dp is magnolia by my mind's eye

i distressed all edges and sponged photo and all paper with the ink...


growing up is hard to do...

...yes, i know...but, i am here now...and, i missed you too!

tomorrow is a fabulous day for chicka...not so fabulous for me...well, it is, just for others reasons...for her reasons, however...i am sad...and happy...okay, mixed emotions yet again, as they are anytime my baby girl reaches another milestone...

as of 12 noon tomorrow, chicka is no longer a freshman in high school...she will be a sophomore...yep...she is growing up and up and up and up...all to end with her inevitably leaving me...i mean maturing into an independent, fantastic woman...everything we want for her...but, secretly don't...alright...enough...i will celebrate her and her accomplishments and set aside my fears...i will encourage her to grow up no matter how hard it is on me, cause that's what we moms do...

so, chicka...mama is sooo proud of you!!! you are so smart and beautiful...anything you want in life is within you to achieve...you are one step closer to some of those dreams coming true...congratulations SOPHOMORE!!!!

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059 this is the inside...
it is a gift card holder...
just a little gift from mom and dad
to celebrate her achievement...










i hope you are enjoying the last days of the school year and looking forward to a fun and playful summer...we can't wait to hit the beach, disneyland, and hang by the pool...a lot!!!

happy monday all!!!

ingredients:
SU!: blue bayou cs, it's academic stamp set (retired), one of kind stamp set, mini library clips,
    dimensionals, 1 3/8" circle punch
dp is recess by basic grey
palette noir black, staples