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May 2008


i see you!  here i am...miss me???  a wee break for a wee time...i have begun a little (not so little really) life project...and i think i needed some time to get that going...thanks for understanding!

i am getting ready to send out a package overseas for some very special men and women...some cards for them to send back here to friends and is a set of cards inspired first by mish then by dawn...

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mish had a great post that was wonderful for this was all about mass production...thank you mish and dawn for the insiration on these cards for the troops!

and, just cause you were so sweet and patient with are some pictures of my stamp room...

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this is where all the magic happens!

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love, love, love that ribbon storage!
inspired by this amazing woman!

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embelishments & cutting tools live in this
corner quite contently!

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that's my desk...those cabinets house
all my card stock and pattern paper...
left all SU! and right is all the rest...

yep, that's chicka putting some music on
my laptop for working out...
she is my 'go to' gal for rap music
to listen to on the eliptical machine!

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this is my frequently used tools, etc on
my working island...everything that i am
'in to' working with lives here...
that tote is something we sold at sbux
last summer...along with the matching
tray and cup you see there...

hope you enjoyed the special 'clean up' was done for these pics...i find when i am some what neat & organized, i am more productive...i clean up after every project and everything goes right back in it's rightful spot...easy to remember where things are and know you can reach for it and it is there...and, no having to clean a spot to work in if you need a last minute card... to watch a movie..again, thanks for hanging with me through my lack of're the best!

no if you have questions any time!  dp from SU! and the cupcakes are stampendous

mommy to be

more bella love...and, baby love!  i made this card for a wonderful friend that is so, so close to introducing her baby girl to the world!  i just wanted to reassure her that she is going to be an amazing mom!

this is my second favorite bella!  love her!!  and, how fantastic is the simple alphabet stamp set from papertrey ink??? i really love that i can make any sentiment that i want...not to mention doing some fabulous journaling on scrap book pages!

this layout is definitely inspired by mish, it totally looks like her type of sketch...i am so happy i have absorbed a wee bit of her style from visiting her is so easy to put a card together when you have such great inspiration!

i hope your tuesday is amazing!!

SU!: pale plum cs, slumber party dp (retired), pretty in pink taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, piercer
PTI simple alphabet stamp set, stamper's select cs
stamping bella 'teddybella'
american crafts white brads, nestibilities, copics


my first 'real' bella! i knew this would be my first bella to love of cupcakes is to blame!

love her! and, the birthday girl will love her fashion sense!

happy day!

SU!: blue bayou cs, soft sky cs & double stitched ribbon, lg & sm oval punches, sm corner rounder (retired), dimensionals
PTI stamper's select cs, primas, copics, nestibilities, dew drops
stamping bella 'cuppacakeabella', basic grey two scoops dp

that's better

learned a wee bit more...still not exactly what i am going for...but, better!!!


okay, i have to make some done playing with this for now...but, stay tuned, i shall conquer this!!!

happy monday!!!

lovely day

Happy Mother's Day to all you fantastic moms...of children, of dogs, for doing what you do and being who you are!!!

this is my first attempt at editing a picture in my new photoshop elements 6 (actually first, regardless of program!)...didn't go well...not happiness..but shall learn!


these are roses on one of my rose trees...just beautiful!  i hope your day was wonderful! we had a lovely day here...brunch, moms, laughter...who could ask for more???  did realize a while ago that s.m. was the only male here...that's hysterical!!! he was wonderful and did dishes four times for go honey!

happy day!

kanine mama

i am hoping that this particular mama has gone to bed...or at least is done checking my blog for the day...

my sister is the bestest mama to my niece and nephew (kisses from auntie!!!)...they do happen to be doggies (please don't tell them...that could be disasterous!!!!), i made her this card:

i used jen's sketch for you to try for the layout...i have seen these faux collars on a few blogs and loved them...knew right away that i had to make a card for miss with it!!!

hope your saturday was off to bed...up early to cook up a yummy brunch for the mommies in the family (yes, the daddies, kids, brothers, etc, get to eat too!!)...

SU!: chocolate chip cs & ink, ages copper hodge podge hardware & eyelets, ruff day stamp set, all year cheer stamp set (both stamp sets are retired), dinensionals (bones & doggie)
PTI stamper's select cs, martha stewart's pink twill & twine, brilliance graphite black ink
dp is blush from basic grey, nestibilities, copics, bone is die from quickutz, crop-i-dile
the card opens to the right and the twill is wrapped all around the cover of the card...stuck on with sticky strip...just rounded the edges of the twill on the ends...

my first NOT bella

so there i was...super, super excited to get my very first package from stamping bella....i couldn't wait...which bella first...hmmm...uht ohhhhhh!!!!!

nic spotted the surprise i bought for her...well, for me to make for her...yertle!!!  i just knew she would love him!!!  she screamed....and then screamed some more...demanding i make her something NOW!!!!

well...since i am such a WONDERFUL mom, i went for it...i was gonna make her a card with him for the challenge on SCS...but, when she saw the papers, etc laid out she asked for a notebook...grrreat...change gears again...and this is what happened:

adorable, huh??? i have it sitting on my desk at the moment...telling her the dew drops aren't dry...she keeps hugging on me asking for it...think they may take a REALLY long time to dry...a mom has to get lovin's from a 15 year old where she can!!! she'll be mad at me in a minute and slamming her bedroom door...for now...i am her hero...and, all it took was a stamp, some paper, and glue...i am so blessed!!!

happy day to you!!!

SU!: dots & dashes dp, pixie pink cs, on board blossoms & basics, chalks (added some depth & cheek to the critter)
notebook from target, michael's ribbon, dew drops, brilliance graphite black ink, sticky strip (used this to cover the pen with dp)
i paper pieced the turtle shell...

miss me?

huh??? did you, did you???  well, i missed you!!!  so, for your patience (i can't believe it's been a week!!!!) with me....i have a three-fer...that's right!!! three cards!!! whooo hooo!!! i won't list my reasons excuses for not being here...just suffice it to!!! oh boy, oh boy, life can be CRAZY!!!

this one's for nic (the stamp she screamed about) the card will go to one of her friends:
LOVE that little chantigo!!!

this one's for mom (stop looking, mother!!!):
for a special mom on a special day!!! have i mentioned how much i LOVE that flower punch from the martha stewart collection at michael's???

and...finally...this one's for mish cause she MADE me buy this stamp!!! hehe
i basically grabbed a few scraps and the card went from there...really adorable irl!! i forgiven??? i sure hope so!!! be back tomorrow...I WILL!!!!
happy day before the day before the weekend!!!


beach-n chantigo:
SU!: wild wasabi cs & striped grosgrain, cutie pie dp, lg oval punch
PTI stamper's select cs, nestibilities, copics, 1/8" circle punch, copic liner
stampendous chantigo stamps, brilliance graphite black ink

mother's day:
SU!: pale plum cs, sent from retired all year cheer, bravo burgundy ink, brads, white taffeta ribbon
martha stewart flower punch
dp is basic grey, perhaps collection

sunshine snail:
SU!: so saffron cs & ink, mellow moss cs & ink, doodle this swirls, three for you punch, brads,
    mellow moss taffeta ribbon
brilliance graphite black ink, copics, misc dp from scrap stash
i sponged the edges of both the so saffron base and mellow moss layer...also, the snail and sentiment layers on PTI stamper's select cs were sponged with so saffon...i added the leaves on the sentiment with a copic marker and there are added dots around the snail image and sent...

where in the world...

i know!!!! i haven't posted in like FOREVER!!! really only a few days, but it seems like forever!  sometimes life just gets in the way of life!!!  good news though!!!

a) i made somethin'
b) you get to see pictures of them
c) i bought new stamps today...and, my daughter SCREAMED when she saw one of them...cause she A-dores it!!
d) i got the tire fixed without having to call AAA
e) nic is ridiculously happy...with a gorgeous smile...and, surprisingly, she doesn't miss the braces at all!
f) ummm...getting harder to make these, i suppose...oh, wait...s.m. made it to mexico just fine and is in for a few days of fabulous fishing...there had another one after all!!!

alrighty...enough chatter (should have categorized this as misc chat, apparently!!!  here is the 'project' i was working on...
these are the two (yeah, i am an over-achiever!!) baskets that i am donating to a fabulous friend's church for a mother's day is a 'starbucks basket'...has a tumbler, pound of coffee, biscotti, a journal and (of course) a starbucks card!

the second is a stampin' up! basket...i took all the contents of a simply sent card kit and made a basket out of it...i like the way they came out...simple, cute, and fun!'s almost friday...whoooo hoooo!!!!  can't wait to show you some new stamps...

p.s.: i am not going to post ingredients for the tags on the, please feel free to email me for them or if you have any questions at all!!!