Monday, May 26, 2014

Throwin' Down the Color with my Pals

Doubled up challenge!
Color throwdown #293 meets Pals Paper Arts #205

To get this:


I used the similarly colored Everyday Enchantments DSP & Full of Life set (both retired) along with: Soft Sky, Pear Pizzaz, Tangerine Tango, and Very Vanilla c/s; Pretties colored with Aquapainter and Pear Pizzazz & Tangerine Tango markers, Jewel Pearls, Beautifully Baroque TIEF.
The strips of paper I faux-sueded & embossed to give it a very soft and lovely texture.
To suede the cardstock:
*Cut paper to size you want (or cut larger and trim down after sueding).
*Rub paper back and forth all over to break down the fibers. A bone folder works great for this, but I use my handy-dandy Pampered Chef stoneware scraper thing (you know the little plastic square that comes with stoneware purchase?)
*When the edges start separating, very gently pull them apart to reveal the faux suede.
*If at any time your paper does not want to separate, simply rub some more to break the fibers apart and continue pulling apart.

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Mucho Mojo

Last minute entry for this week's Mojo Monday sketch challenge!

Initially, I wanted to combine a color challenge with the sketch, but this weekend has turned out pretty busy, so I opted to just play with a couple of dsp packs and their coordinating papers and accessories.
I love how you can take basically the same card, swap out colors, and you get a whole different vibe from it.
Here are the end results:
Above card uses: Sycamore Street DSP, Whisper White, Summer Starfruit, and Rich Razzleberry c/s; Island Indigo & Tangerine Tango markers; 2.5", 0.5", and 2-3/8" scallop circle punches; Sycamore Street buttons, Candy Dots -Regals, Summer Starfruit stitched satin ribbon.
This card uses: Everyday Enchantment DSP, Very Vanilla, Lucky Limeade, and Calypso Coral c/s; Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, and Pool Party markers; 2.5", 0.5", and 2-3/8" scallop circle punches; Everyday Enchantment brads, and 1/4" Pool Party satin ribbon.

Both cards use Pursuit of Happiness set. :)

I like how both cards turned out, but chose the first card as my entry simply for the colors and the background paper -love it!!
I hope you enjoy them both, and have a great weekend!
Happy Crafting!

Sunday Sweats: Yoga snob

That's me, yoga snob. Well, that's what hubby calls me.
I read a definition of snob here, and I think he's wrong.
It's just what he says when I complain about poor yoga etiquette, or being too cold this morning at the Lululemon Sunday class (I'm used to a hot room).
I'm pretty sure that following the rules/etiquette, expecting others to do the same, and liking what I like doesn't make me a snob. Picky maybe, snob no.
I really love yoga, it's my favorite. If money and time were no object I'd go daily.
It's just frustrating when you go to enjoy some quiet, reflective, or meditative time before or after class, and others feel like it's social time.
Or you go early to get a favorite spot and someone plops their mat down right between you and your view of the mirror.
I know some of you can relate.
Breathe...it's yoga practice not yoga perfect!

My friend and I took our girls to the Ivivva Sunday Yoga for girls, and headed off to a Renew Yoga with my favorite teacher, Erica. This was the studio's last class during their time as the local Lululemon's studio of the month, so we had to check it out, especially as I wanted my friend to try the Renew -I think it's something she'd really like. It was a good class, but, yes, I missed the heat and padded floors of the studio (picky, not snobby!). We went back to get the girls from the Ivivva store, where they told us they'd be wishful shopping while waiting for us. As we got to the store the girls appeared to be trying on some hoodies, so we headed in before they got too involved.
Said hoody:

Come to find out, during class they had a little contest that my eldest won. The prize was the hoody she had on and that she'd been eyeing last time we were in, and she got to give a second one away to the person of her choice in class. She chose her bff. :) They look super-cute in them, and needless to say, I don't think I'll be needing to encourage her to the Sunday morning classes anymore...

Well, have a great Memorial Day weekend.
Go get your yoga on -even if it's in your jammies in your living room.
Try this one to get your body going:
Click this for more good tips and postures. The article says it's good yoga for arthritis, but it's good for getting your body going regardless. :)
Happy Crafting, and Namaste...

Friday, May 23, 2014

Tis the season

It's been one of those crazy weeks.
I'm getting ready to head in for my last day of preschool -a bittersweet day. So much fun seeing the kids change and grow from the first day, now ready to head off to Kindergarten. Because it was so fun, I get sad -I'll miss those smiley faces.
It will also be my own youngest child's last day of preschool (big sad/happy face). I cannot believe she's ready to move on to Kindergarten...still processing this one.
In other news -swim team season has begun!
When I first signed our eldest up for swim team I hoped, but had no idea she would love it so much. The middle joined in later on the premise of trying "just one season", here we are 3 seasons ago for him.
There is so much joy in watching them swim. I love that they've continued, as this is an activity that can carry them through life's currents and eddies.
The "baby" has always loved being in the water, so you can imagine the disappointment that came with her refusal of lessons for 2 summers. I didn't push it, because it's way more important that she takes lessons with a positive feeling, and she is now so ready and I'm so glad we waited.
Prime example: We went to the pool last week as the winter "bubble" was off and it was over 80 degrees. Youngest had not been in the pool since early last fall, she immediately was under the water, holding her breath and doggy-paddling as fast as she could. Wow -leaps and bounds. She is now counting the sleeps to her first swim lesson. :)
I'm going to leave this post with my most favorite swim pic of the eldest:
This was taken at the champs meet last year -she didn't even recognize herself. She has a beautiful butterfly stroke. :)
Enjoy the weekend, I will be back over the next few days with cards (the supplies have been spread over my table all week waiting for me!), and Sunday Sweats.
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sunday Sweats: In the Yard

Good afternoon!

Sweat of the week: Weeding
Did you know that gardening and yard work can be a fabulous workout? It's great for your body and your soul -it really gets you some of that feel-good energy.
Check out this link from Weight Watchers about the benefits of a garden workout. Or, you can Google "gardening workout" like I did for some more good articles about it.

I just spent about 90 minutes out in the yard babying our new strawberry patch:
We try to add something new/different to the garden every year. This year we moved the strawberries that were overrunning the 2 planters we had them in, divided them up, and planted well over 2 dozen plants into an area that had gotten overgrown (we cleared it first). We'll see how it goes. Most of the plants have fruit, so I'm optimistic that there will be enough for some jam. Today was all about weeding the plants that surfaced after turning the dirt during the clearing of the patch. I found 5 baby pumpkin plants (we had pumpkins in there 2 years ago), that will get moved once we decide where we want them. There is still room for them to grow without ill effects to the strawberries.
I'm off to detox at the studio's saunas, then hit up my Renew Yoga class (fewer postures, less heat, way more stretch) for my final sweats of the week.

Happy Sweating!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Stampin' the Weekend Away

Alas, a failed attempt at two challenges in one.
Using the sketch from this week's Pals Paper Arts:
Love this clean and simple sketch!!
 And the color/inspiration pic at Stampin' for the Weekend:

 I thought I had a sure thing. The yellow wasn't working for me -apparently, I've used up my yellow creativity for the week.
I'm going to share my first attempt simply because my son loved it and claimed it: "your most awesome card ever!"
I even delved into the retired scrap stash for the Barely Banana because my current yellows soooo weren't working with this card. For once, the card looks better in the post than in real life. The butterfly is clear embossed, colored with blender pens, and spritzed with Vanilla Smooch Spritz. The white flowers are colored gray with blender pens to keep them from standing out so much. 

Here is round 2:
This one works the clean & simple angle a little better
I used: Swallowtail set; Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Smoky Slate, and Pale Plum (ret.) c/s; Blackberry Bliss & Basic Gray inks; Smooch Spritz Vanilla, Pretties flowers (ret.), Beautifully Baroque TIEF, Jewels Perarl, Blender Pen.
I was so excited to use my new Blackberry Bliss ink, and I liked how it goes so nicely with the Perfect Plum -a brighter, richer counterpart. I also like how it bled out a little with the application of the Smooch Spritz. Gives a little insight to it's color depth. 
This would make a pretty wedding shower card. 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Happy Crafting...

Friday, May 16, 2014

Fusion Fun With the Puppy

The weekend is here, and I'm ready for it.
Every year I seem to forget how crazy May can get; Between a belated staff/teacher appreciation week, state testing, kindergarten prep, the normal stuff, and winding down the preschool year, I am wiped out and ready for at least one morning to sleep past 7. :)
This afternoon I took a little break (it is Friday after all...) to partake of the challenge at Fusion

I've never done one of their challenges before, and love their concept to choose or fuse your challenges.
So, I was excited to try it, and, of course I chose to fuse the challenges they offered:

 Our puppy just celebrated her birthday, so I really wanted to use the retiring set I just got from Amuse Studios. She was the entire reason I had to have it -the silhouette looks just like her!
I don't normally use yellows, and when I do, they are a secondary or accent color. I stepped even a little further out of my comfort box and opted for my (gasp!) unused Summer Starfruit instead of my stand-by Daffodil Delight. 
I like the way it came out, however, I'm really wishing I had friends on the dog show circuit so I could send this card. Not sure what other occasion I may use this for...maybe a milestone birthday for a dog lover? Doggie training class graduation? Veterinarian school graduate would be a good one. 
Anyway, here is the card:
I used: to forgive, canine (amuse studio), Recess (ret.)sets; Summer Starfruit, Whisper White, Basic Black c/s; Basic Black ink; 2-1/2" scallop circle punch, Starburst framelits, Perfect Polka Dots & Stripes TIEF, 5/8" satin ribbon -Black, and stitched satin ribbon -Summer Starfruit.

So, before I made the card, I had to make my puppy first, or at least try 
(the one on the card is all black to go with the challenge). 
I colored the stamp with markers and really tried to match at least the coloring of her brindle.
I was very pleasantly surprised:
Next step: make the stripes actually go the way that they really do -she's got great tiger stripes and chevrons down her back and tail.
My puppy's fur is: Summer Starfruit, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, and Early Espresso. 
I'm sure someone is thinking that I could use the card for puppy's birthday card. No thanks -she'd eat it and I'd be sad (and cleaning up the mess/es)!

Enjoy your weekend, and happy crafting!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Throwin' down the mojo

All right, it's Mojo Monday vs. Color Throwdown today!
Okay, not really, I'm working the weekly sketch at Mojo Monday and the color challenge at Color Throwdown and everyone wins!



This is a fun card that could be great for lots of occasions: birthday, congratulatory, or good ole sunshine-y fun. It's super sparkly and would be great for a gal-pal or a young lady (tween, teen...).
I really enjoyed this simple sketch and bright color scheme:

I used: Sunny Fun (ret.) and Yippee Skippee sets; Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, & Silver Glimmer c/s, and (ret.)Brights Pattern DSP; StazOn ink Jet Black; 1-1/4", 1-3/8", 1-3/4" and 1-1/2" scallop circle punches; Lattice TIEF, Jewels Rhinestones, glue dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, and Cut & Paste decorative tape (My Mind's Eye).

We've been having the most awesome weather here (again!), mid-upper 80's, and looks like we'll get another day of it before we're back to regular spring wetter, oops, I mean weather. Hope this card brings some nice spring sunshine your way.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Fun Stuff!

This weekend was pretty busy, but busy with fun stuff.
Kicked it off with a lovely mother's tea at the little one's school, and then off to a craft sale...oh yeay, two words that should be paired together often.
Craft Sale. Oh Yeah.
Little monkey and I went with the teacher I work with on the premise that we were shopping for our classroom...*smile*. We truly did get items for our class; project supplies, bulletin board decor, etc.
I, however, ended up bringing home 2 hefty sacks full of fabric and other goodies.
 I hope you can see some of the goodness in these pics. I scored some great vintage stuff - I have completed versions of those cut & sew ornaments up in my Christmas box that my grandma made when I was much younger, and that Snoopy pillowcase(!!). I can't wait to make the ornaments up with my kids; promised the boy that I'd teach him how to use the machine this summer, and this will be a great starter project.
As for this denim?
I "had" to have it to add a retro feel to the denim bags I like to make, but after finding out it was purchased in the 80's, we decided it was vintage, not retro. Those pink pinstripes -stitched all the way, no color screening here! I feel like I should attempt making some jeans (my sis decided she needed a skirt when she saw the fabric), but not so confident in my sewing/tailoring abilities. Bags are much safer...we will see. I've got about 3 yards, so something will come of this fabulous find.
Highlights of Saturday were watching the boy snag some flags at his flag football game, and the beautiful (and much needed) pedicure I got with my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law. It's an annual tradition, now in it's 13th year! I don't have a toe pic, but here's a clip of my polish choice (it is sooooooo sparkly -I love it!):
It's OPI Liquid Sand in "It's Frosty Outside". There is no way a picture could ever do it justice, but if any of you are familiar with Stampin' Up's Silver Glimmer paper -well, it's pretty close. :)
Kicked off Mother's Day with a yoga class with my eldest, a good friend & her kids (who are also my kids' bfs). Led by my favorite instructor, it was a great way to start the day. My sister picked me up in her sweet ride, gave me this awesome
Aquaman comic:
(I love Aquaman!)
Then we drove to our parents' to get mom for a lunch date at one of our favorite burger joints. I ordered my favorites, and they were giving a choice of strawberry sundae or strawberry shortcake, so I had that too. So full. It was so good. One of the reasons we love this place is the freshly sourced ingredients, the "green" way the business is run, and how employees are treated. It isn't particularly close, but that just made it even more special of a meal. Thanks Mom!!! xoxo
After lunch we popped over to the outlet mall nearby where I did the mom thing where I went into the store for one item for myself, and came out with a whole bag of stuff for the rest of the household. I did manage to come out with the one item I wanted for me. :) Came home to 2 pies hubby had crafted, and a humongous lasagne that just got finished today. Really good. Even better was that the recipe came from a cookbook my son's class had put together for the moms. One side of the page was the child's favorite recipe that their mom makes for them, and the other side is about the mom by the child. So sweet!!

Fun stuff I'm tellin' ya. :)
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sunday Sweats

Good evening and Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!
It's been a fun and exhausting weekend full of activity around here, so I'm going to keep this short.

I got just over 5 miles in and around 1500kC logged -better than last week. :)
Went to a fun (and free!) yoga class at the local Lululemon. The hot yoga studio I frequent is their studio of the month and the HYE instructors are leading Sunday morning classes for the month of May. Today my most favorite instructor led a Mom & Kid/s class. It was really fun, and at the end, the gals from Ivivva (Lululemon for kids) got the kids and took them to make cards for the moms. We met them back at the Ivivva store and had refreshments and got our cards and tulips too! It was very sweet. :)

Come to find out that both Lululemon and Ivivva have free yoga classes every Sunday morning -how did I not know this? We may check it out more often!

Hope your Sunday was full of sweets, and other lovely things. :)
Happy crafting...

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Color Throwdown 291

Fun color combo over at Color Throwdown:
Really gets me in the summer mood, soooooo I pulled out my favorite summer staple set: Just Beachy.
Love it, when it came out years ago in the Summer mini, I had to have all those goofy fishies. Here they are again:

I used: Just Beachy set (ret.); Pool Party, Whisper White (craft), and Night of Navy inks; Naturals White, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Night of Navy, and (don't be jealous!) Taken with Teal (ret.); Bakers Twine in Island Indigo, Perfect Polka Dots TIEF, and white sequins (from an awesome craft sale I went to recently).

Just a fun goofy card for any occasion. The Navy fish made my hubby laugh -my work here is done. :)

Happy Crafting!

Friday, May 9, 2014

PPA 203: Color Challenge!

Happy Friday!
I was going to do a different post today, but I got my card done, and knowing that I'm going to be busy this weekend, wanted to get it posted sooner than later.

The crew over at Pals Paper Arts has another great color challenge:
I generally do not gravitate to these colors, but that is exactly why I LOVE color challenges -they give you a little nudge to something out of your regular palette.
Here's how I work color challenges: either the color motif will just scream a particular DSP I have in my stash, and I'll grab it, OR I'll flip through my stamp sets until one of 'em piques my interest.
This time, no DSP was calling out, but, I found two stamp sets and I had no idea which I'd use (I kind of figured I'd do two cards). Well, I started out with a new one that I'd just earned through Sale-A-Bration for FREE, and was happy with the results.
I used: The Great Outdoors & Pursuit of Happiness set; Cajun Craze, Night of Navy, and Very Vanilla c/s; Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze, and Night of Navy inks; blender pens, Smooch Spritz Log Cabin (ret), Sakura Gelly Roll glitter pen, and Cut & Paste decorative tape (by My Mind's Eye). 
I'd been eyeing this set since it came out, but had another camping set (the way cute Under the Stars set) and couldn't really justify purchasing it. Getting it for free is a whole different ball game. :) 
Inside the card it says: "Now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy."
While the scanner captured the colors well this time, it doesn't really show the navy coloring on the chair and tent or the glitter pen used on the flame. *sad face* Just know that it's there and it looks awesome. 
This card makes me excited for our family camping trip to Yellowstone, where we will definitely be pursuing happiness, and taking time to be happy. :)

Hope your weekend is off to a great start!
Happy crafting...

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Viva la Verve May Challenge Week 1

I'm remembering the fun challenges I had partaken of and am enjoying the venture back. It's a lot of fun!
This past week, the designers over at Viva la Verve put up this great sketch and color challenge for their first of 5 challenges this month:


I love this color combo! It is so soft, spring-y, and versatile (baby card, wedding, father's day...and on).
My embossing folders came out to play, as did the punches, and pearls.
Still having some color trouble (not the scanner, camera this time) -I have come to realize, this may be operator error. Will work on it.
Here's what I used: Pursuit of Happiness set (ret); Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Watercolor Wonder & Domestic Goddess (ret) DSP; Jet Black StazOn ink; 2-3/8" & 7/8" Scallop, Blossom, *Itty Bitty Shapes punches; Beautifully Baroque,*Stripes, and Perfect Polka Dots TIEFs; Jewel Pearls.

As always, all products used are SU! unless otherwise noted, and products noted with * are retiring and will no longer be available after beginning of June.

Have a great day and happy crafting!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Back to the Challenges!

Until a few days ago, it had been quite awhile since I'd done a card challenge.
I couldn't even really remember which ones I had frequented.
I do really enjoy them though. They get my stamping/crafting groove going, and I often find it hard to stop with that one card. I'm sure many of you know what I mean!
This time I tried to jump into several with gusto: Mojo Monday, Fusion Card Challenge, and Stampin' for the Weekend. They all had great, compatible requirements, and I had something in mind.
Unfortunately, I missed the deadline for Fusion who had a requirement of chevrons. :(
Anyway, here goes:
I used: People Like You set; Whisper White, Island Indigo c/s, and Watercolor Wonder DSP; Island Indigo ink, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, and Calypso Coral markers; Aqua Painters, Calypso Coral Chevron Ribbon, White Bakers Twine, white button.
I used the Aqua Painters to soften the flower image so it wasn't so busy with the patterned DSP. :)
Had some color issues with the scanner, so apologies for this slightly fuzzy version taken w/my phone.

Hope your Tuesday has been swell!
Happy Crafting!

Monday, May 5, 2014

I love a good sale

For as long as I can remember I have loved garage sales -going to them and having them.
However, the best is going to them, finding an amazing treasure, and getting it for a deal!
I know some people think they're gross, but I like the idea of finding something reminiscent of growing up, something with character & quality (they really don't make things like they used to!), and really, some things are just meant to be re-purposed.
The kids and I popped into an estate sale this weekend -fortunately, it wasn't a hoity-toity one (you know the ones I mean), and the kids stuck by me and kept hands to selves. It was an hour before the sale ended, which, as I told the kids was a pro/con situation: pro -you are likely to get better deals, con -not so much of a selection. Pro: everything was 1/2 off!
This house had some awesome little honeycomb rooms downstairs that had kind of a pantry/canning/storage room feel. One of them would have been the perfect craft room -I could totally picture all of my stuff in it!
Each room had different stuff, and my littlest one did so well waiting for the last one -the Christmas decoration room.
We found our treasure in the last box -the ornament jumble.

We're gonna make these little treasures for Christmas this year:


I want to change out the angel's painted head for a clear bead instead, but I just love these. They've got kind of a funky, retro, folk-art feel. We make clear beaded icicles as a long-time family tradition, so I'm pretty stocked up on the beads. Just need the wire, safety pins, and a re-stock on pipe cleaners and we're ready to roll.

Well, after the estate sale, where the woman offered the kids the couch she'd just marked down for nothing if they could fit it in the car, they are ready to hit up another one. Like their mama, they love a good deal, and are looking forward to finding some over the summer break.
For the record, there was no way that couch would've fit in the van -it was pretty big, but the kids will not forgive me for awhile for passing it up. Middle child said he'd have dragged it all the way home in the pouring rain if I'd have let him. Not a chance kiddo!

Until the next time,
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

PPA Color Challenge 202

Wow, it has been awhile since I've done a challenge, but no better time to start back up again!
 This one is a color challenge (I like those!) from Pals Paper Arts:
So, I don't have Bermuda Bay, it's one of the few SU! colors I don't own, so I rolled with Coastal Cabana from the 2013-15 InColor collection. I'm willing to call it a lighter shade of Bermuda Bay. :)
I used: Tea Shoppe set (ret.); Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Very Vanilla c/s, and Everyday Enchantment DSP (ret.); Early Espresso, Coastal Cabana, and Real Red inks; Bakers Twine -white.

I like to keep my cards pretty clean and simple, but have a hard time going without an accessory. I went with the twine as the papers weren't really screaming "bling" to me, but was disappointed that I couldn't find my linen thread or hemp twine, as I think that would have been a better choice. Still fighting the urge to put some pearls on it! :)

Happy Crafting!

Sunday Sweats: Being Accountable

We all have someone or something that we are accountable for: job, family, school, pets, housework, etc. But, there are a couple of biggies that we -you know, other people, not us :)- may put on others that really need to be brought back to our own attention: Health and happiness. Fortunately, these two walk hand in hand. Sure, we need doctors and other health specialists to guide us, but just because your last check-up was great, you got a gold star in healthiness, it doesn't mean you get to sit around on your duff until the next one. It is up to you to eat right, keep your body moving the best it can, and smile. It's good for you, and that means it's good for others around you too. You are setting an example for someone, somewhere whether you know it or not. Accountability, my friend.
Happiness? But, I woke up late, the dog peed on the floor, the kids won't get dressed, Hubby missed his bus, etc. I get to be grumpy when the day starts like this! Sure you do, but it's ultimately your decision whether to carry out the grumpiness through the day, OR choose the "so what, life goes on" attitude, smile and move on. I've chosen both routes: The former tends to match those immediate feelings of dissatisfaction, but really serves no one -it spreads that discontent making a vicious, unhappy cycle. The latter is a harder choice to make, but it too, spreads in a good way though. Maybe the happiness you chose helps someone else choose the same route instead of that easier grumpy way.
I do my best to lead a healthy and happy life, so that my kids can learn from it as they take more accountability in their lives. Not sure about you, but I sure prefer looking at happy faces, not scowly ones. I know people have been saying it for a very long time, but when you are healthy or doing healthy things, you feel happier, and that happy people are healthier. It's true at my house!

I do struggle with consistency, especially when it comes to exercise.
Here is a website that I've found very helpful and keeps me accountable to myself: www.mapmyrun.com
Non-runners: Please do not let the website name frighten you! It allows you to track ANY type of exercise and will track time exercised, distances, calories burned, etc.  I love it. It's also got a section where you can track your eating. I use this when I feel like I've gotten off course, or have changed something in the way I eat, or my clothes aren't fitting as they should. :) Check it out, it's pretty neat.
In the spirit of being accountable: This week I went to 1 yoga class, burned about 1200 extra calories, and walked/ran 4miles. Now ya know. Coming back from an awful cold, I'm hoping these numbers look better soon.
Also, if you are interesting in running -starting from the beginning (I've been there!!) check out this Couch to 5K program It's also got other distances (1/2 and full marathons)
This is at my first official race: an aquathon (500m swim/5k run),
nervous/happy and healthiest I'd been in awhile.
 
Don't let others be responsible for how you feel, make good healthy choices for you, and make your own happy.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Today, I stamped.



Maybe not a big deal to you, but it's been awhile since I stamped for just me, just because.
 It all started last week, when I attended a stamp camp put on by a friend who recently joined Amuse. Mind you, I am used to being the one holding the stamp camp/classes and doing all the organizing, etc. It was so much fun being on the other side and it reminded me that it was okay to just stamp for myself, one card at a time, and of course, it didn't hurt that her cards were so lovely and cute!
Then, last Saturday, I got to attend a incentive event hosted by my upper upline for demonstrators in our group who achieved certain levels during the last quarter. I felt very spoiled by the beautiful make & take project designed by the talented Terry Bolender, the yummy lunch & candy buffet (complete with adorable paper accents by Carla Berg), and the swag aka: free stamping products. So much fun!!
 
            Above is Terry's creation, using Basic Black, Smoky Slate, and Whisper White inks and c/s in an Ikea frame with a great utilization of SU! punches.
Here are a few of Carla's fantastic candy display items -I love the darling "dolls". The bodies were hand-cut by her and the outfits were die-cut.
 
So, today I went to go clear a few things off of the craft/project table formerly known as the kitchen table, and found a card packet leftover from a long ago stamp class had slid off of a stack right into work place, and another packet was close behind. I looked at them and said, "Why not?".
Here's what I did today:
Butterflies much?
The above card uses Hope Happens set (ret); Whisper White, Baja Breeze (ret), and Paisley Petals DSP (ret); Night of Navy ink (stamped off because I no longer had Baja Breeze ink!); Framed Tulips EF (retiring), Beautiful Wings embosslits, and Pearl Jewels.
Below we have: Swallowtail & Hope Happens sets; Naturals Ivory and Dusty Durango?? (really ret.) c/s; Jet Black StazOn ink; Watercolor Crayons, Rhinestone Jewels.
I'm sure there will be more unearthed stamping treasures as well as new finds in the near future.
Until then...
Happy crafting!