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beloved book

good morning!  i am feeling so much better!  i have a few days off and i am super excited to spend them in my craft room! well...some of the time anyway, it is going to be a busy few days (volleyball tournaments, mom's surgery, and chicka turns 15 on tuesday...really can't believe i have a 15 year old!!).

i have been wanting to post about my idea book for days now...well, michelle posted about hers  today, so that was the push i needed!

i made my book back when michelle posted this, i had been meaning to since her first post about her book and finally did...i am sooo happy that i did...i love is where i turn every time i make a card!

mine is a stampin' up! on board art journal that i covered in crush paper from fancy pants (my all time favorite paper!)...i also used my bella brush stamps from fancy pants for the believe (my favorite word), swirls, and butterfly (my favorite thing...that whole transformation thing...will share more on that someday).  I also used some su! ribbon, punched flowers and brads from my stash...okay, enough talking about it is:

and inside:
above the sketches that are other artist's work, i write their name so i can give credit and thank them...i am a sharpie addict, bty...i have every color they make in every size they make...i write notes, letters, sign cards...everything with them...i am a nerd...i know... are a couple cards i made with sketches from my surprise they are michelle wooderson layouts...after all, she is a HUGE inspiration to me...thank you michelle, if you happen by...

i used another favorite paper here...two scoops from basic grey...i used prismacolor pencils and gamsol to color the image (sadly, i have no, so sad...really, really sad)...

again, two scoops, prismacolor pencils with gamsol...i think i will go look at the copics again and i do everyday...

well, happy friday!!! should be back tomorrow with my card for beate's weekend challenge !

ingredients (for both cards):
su!: regal rose cs, ink, white taffeta ribbon, bundle of joy & bundled in love stamp sets
pti : stamper's select white cs, faux ribbon & papertrey stamp sets
misc: dew drps, brads, nestibilities

spring inspiration

spring has sprung...well, not really with the rain and all...but the bunnies, eggs, chicks, and baskets are out and looking adorable!  thought i would share my spring inspiration station...

yeah...the picture is crooked...but you get the idea! i thought i would take a few pics of the other things hanging on this wall of my craft room to share...

this is a bulletin board i got at Home Goods and covered with fabric...i pin all sorts of goodies and inspiration on it...there are embellishments as well as printed pictures of sample cards i love.

and, this hangs on the left of the 'station'...the hat, purse with the pink bow and the scarf were made by my sister (who makes fun of me for not wanting to actually use them and instead decorate with them!)...I made the purse and handbag...they were knitted with wool and felted...and, you can see some of the faux finish i did in my room...will chat about that more someday!

have a fabulous tuesday!

beate inspired

i am feeling a bit better about you?

i was able to play with some of my treasures from Papertrey Ink today! i decided to use them for Beate's Weekend Challenge #36 ...i did cheat, i admit it, i didn't intend just happened...

...see...i turned it...oops...what a naughty girl i am! the PTI cardstock, patterned paper, ink, and ribbon is a dream!  fabulous to work with and just beautiful...i can't wait to see more colors!!

alrighty, that's all for today...stay away from the sick people and have a wonderful rest of your day!


ingredients: SU!: shimmer white cs; PTI: spring moss cs and ink, aqua mist ink, everyday blessings patterned paper, swiss dot satin ribbon, butterfly kisses stamp set; sew mini for the stichin'

Devine intervention... isn't my fault...there was definitely Devine intervention! So, there I was pouting all day friday...i was sick and it was rainy, which meant that having taken the day off to go to the Barn Sale  was good because i got to rest, but bad cause i felt too icky to go...

then...chicka comes home from volleyball practice and says that her tournament that was supposed to be in anaheim on sat was going to be in temecula....guess what's in temecula????  you got it!!! THE BARN!!!!

in between her games i snuck away and found my own little heaven on earth!!! YAY!!! i feel slightly ashamed for pouting on friday...and almost ashamed of my giddiness about being able to go...i bought lots of adorable easter/spring things as well as a fabulous vintage ice-cream scale...pictured below...i can't tell you how much i look forward to the barn sale each month...i just adore it...i am sure S.M. is glad that i won't be pouting for the entire month and it was just friday...since i got my fix!!

and, here it is in a full view of the 'ice-cream corner' (the old newspaper stand came from the barn last month):
thank you ladies for another fabulous sale, it looked beautiful!!!

here are a couple of other great finds i have grabbed at the barn...and, i will post some pictures once i am done with the easter/spring decorating...
i adored this child's horse the moment i saw it!!
i found the two largest frogs and had the ladies searching for a third for this shelf...i love them!
i had to have this bike the moment i saw IS pink after all!!!

i know the pictures aren't great (used my camera instead of stealing S.M.'s this time), but i hope you get the idea...

well, hope your weekend it great and your week even better!

sick card...

the best kind of get well wish...

i got my order from Papertrey !!! Oh boy, oh boy!!  too bad i feel too bad to use it!  i have the stinkin' cold (for the third time) all over again...started with really bad headache saturday and almost a week later, i have the fun sore throat, sinus issues, and the invisible fat man sitting on my chest left eye won't stop watering (what the heck) and i wish my head would explode has felt like it is gonna for days...okay, done whining (probably won't do any good on here either), i will be back with beate's challenge card soon, I hope!

hope your weekend is fantastic and stupid stinkin' cold free!!!

my first beate

so much pressure! how was one to sit (actually stand) and make a card worthy of beate? i decided that once i had a blog i would start participating in beate's weekend sketch challenge, here is the blog...and, being a woman of my word (or at least i try to be) i had to do it...yesterday i got out of it by having the mother of all migraines (really the begging of a really bad cold i found out late last night)...i could use the sore throat, achy head, cough, congestion, etc as an excuse today too...but alas, i decided to go for it...

you must understand, i idolize this woman...not to sound creepy or anything, but i once bought some old stamps of hers and she sent along a lovely card as a thank you...i cherish it...i have it on one of my bulletin boards right in front of me as i inspires me and so does a thank you, i made her this card...literally for goes in the mail in a moment...

so, here is the card, and my undying appreciation for all you do beate and all the inspiration you provide to me and so many others...THANK YOU!!!


I hope you like it (i didn't use purple OR yoyo yellow!!!!)!

happy monday everyone!

all materials are su!: soft sky, groovy guave, shimmery white cs; blue bayou, soft sky, groovy guava ink; one of a kind stamp set; dsp prints of soft sky; aged copper brads; ribbon is from the sherbet collection; dimensionals; boho blossoms & key tag punches

for you friend

this is a gift for a dear is an envelope containing a beautiful pair of earrings...


i made the envelope with my stampin' up! template and julie paper from melissa frances (other detes below).  i realized afterward that i should have mounted the pink paper on a piece of mellow moss...too late...i am happy to report it was a big hit, this makes me happy! 

have a fun saturday!

su! envelope template, julie paper from melissa frances, dew drop pink petunia for su! it's your birthday sent, su! white taffeta ribbon, mellow moss & shimmery white cs, aged copper brads in the center of forever flowers, nestibilities...

heart day revisited

these are the cards i sent out to 'the girls' for valentine's day...


now time to pack up the red, pink, and glittery hearts and release the
bunnies, eggs, and baskets!

have a fabulous day!

su!  real red cs & ink, very vanilla cs & taffeta ribbon, sent is All Year Cheer III,
paper is magnolia collection from my mind's eye, nestibilities, the top of the first
card is paper i made using PTI faux ribbon set and creamy caramel ink on very vanilla.

happy heart day

i hope your valentine's is filled with love, laughter, and surprises!

here is what s.m. and chicka woke up to today...

i used the bind-it-all on his book...the inside pages are matted photos with handwritten notes:


for hers i used a mini notebook from my stash and made a wee 'purse' inspired by these  and this one  :



there you go...i am struggling along with this blogging stuff...i will get better...i promise!