January 5, 2014

Appreciating the "Old" of New Year!

First post of the New Year is supposed to be something EPIC and profound, right?!  Yeah, probably NOT!  It might be that I'm finally fully understanding what my mother meant by her cursory and inevitable response to our excitement over birthdays and holidays.  "It's just ANOTHER day" she would say as we spontaneously deflated over her lack of enthusiasm.  She is sitting at home, in this very moment, feeling pleased as punch that these life lessons were not lost on her eldest child.  I'm GRATEFUL for the consistency of my life and not really embracing the idea of a "NEW" anything.  I have no resolutions or delusions of grandeur about things that I'll accomplish in my 40th NEW YEAR... if it hasn't been accomplished thus far, obviously it isn't that crucial.  I'll get around to it when I get around to it.  I did pull out some stamp sets that had been sorely lacking my attention though, and I'm trying to get a feel for Apothecary Art?  Maybe it is better suited to "altered" objects like apothecary jars and bottles?  I can't remember what FIRE was lit under me to purchase it in the first place, but since I have it...

Happiest Birthday

Apothecary Art stamps, Night & Day Specialty DSP, Basic Black cs, Whisper White cs, Framelits: Labels Collection, Edgelits: Adorning Accents, Adorning Accents folders, basic jewels, black embossing powder,  Basic Black craft ink, Stampin’ Write Markers, Melon Mambo classic ink, silver waffle paper, silver 1/8” ribbon.

So Grateful

Apothecary Art stamps, Timeless Portrait DSP, Very Vanilla cs, Basic Black cs, Framelits: Labels Collection, Marina Mist taffeta ribbon, styled vanilla hodgepodge, basic pearls, Stampin’ Write Markers, Very Vanilla embossing powder, Very Vanilla craft ink, Basic Black craft ink, black embossing powder, notch punch, corner punch.


December 19, 2013

A Christmas Blessing

The blessing in all of this might very well be that I wasn't entirely sure that there was a such thing as a "blessing". Nonetheless, I find myself counting them and certainly being grateful... at least until I find an alternative word. A war that wages on in my head, daily. In summation of this tumultuous, momentous, accomplished, inspiring, and sometimes heartbreaking year that I've experienced... LIFE IS STILL GOOD!
Today, I was offered a position that I believe I am perfectly suited for and I ACCEPTED IT with the thrill of little children on Christmas Day! I've squeaked, squealed, screamed, laughed and cried with joy and excitement today, but I think I'm still in shock and have not entirely absorbed the day's and subsequent year's events. Give me time... I'm sure the nomenclature that captures my emotions at this very moment will not elude me for long. I'm going into the NEW YEAR, happy, hopeful, purposeful, self-assured, and a little bit excited about things to come. I'm looking back over a year of enormous personal growth and some peace with love, loss and everything in between kind of wondering how I got so lucky?  Marveling over the power of people and things in our lives to fall into place exactly when they are supposed to in exactly the way they are supposed to?

One thing is for sure... I'm so darn SHOCKED that I managed to make and get my Christmas cards out on time this year! Yay ME! I'm not going to obsess about crooked cuts, ink smudges, heat embossus interruptus (I HATE THAT!), or embellishment overload! Enjoy and BE MERRY!







Thanks for stopping by... and ENJOY!

December 8, 2013

Nights in Paris

JUST FOR FUN... So apparently, I was going through some things and had Paris on the brain.  I'll admit that ARTISTIC ETCHINGS and TRAVELS ABROAD are two of my favorite throwback stamp sets, but I didn't really sit down intending to make several versions of the same card! LOL  I'm so in love with the INCOLOR palette this time around.  I think CRISP CANTALOUPE is my new favorite color, followed by BAKED BROWN SUGAR and PISTACHIO PUDDING.  I'm definitely just having fun playing with stuff in the brief moments I have to escape the reality of work, kids, and family.  When I said I wanted to be a grownup, this crap was NOT what I expected!  I need a crafting retreat to regain my composure and sanity.  I had to hurry up and post these quick pics I snapped with my phone, so I could begin posting the CHRISTMAS cards that I'm currently knee deep in creating.

Supplies:  Stampin' UP! Strawberry Slush cs, Baked Brown Sugar cs, Crisp Cantaloupe cs, Pistachio Pudding cs, Coastal Cabana cs, Very Vanilla cs, Whisper White cs, Print Poetry cs stack, Artistic Etchings stamps, Travels Abroad stamps, Postage Due stamps, Perfectly Penned stamps, Bliss stamps, Distressed Dots BG stamp, Elementary Elegance stamps, Rue Des Fleurs stamps, Fabulous Phrases stamps, Define Your Life stamps, Elizabeth stamps, Best Dad Ever stamps, Established Elegance stamps, Swirls & Curls Verses stamps, Melon Mambo 1 1/4" wide striped grosgrain ribbon, Early Espresso 1 1/4" wide striped grosgrain ribbon, Certainly Celery 1 1/4" wide striped grosgrain ribbon, Midnight Muse stitched satin ribbon, Midnight Muse classic ink, Melon Mambo classic ink, Early Espresso classic ink, Crumb Cake classic ink, basic pearls, basic jewels, label punch, Melon Mambo polka-dot grosgrain ribbon, Soft Suede polka-dot grosgrain ribbon, Dahlias, nickel buttons, crochet lace trim, Cherry Cobbler scalloped polka-dot grosgrain ribbon, Cherry Cobbler classic ink, silver glimmer paper, doily die.  Spellbinders dies, burlap, Stickles, Perfect Pearls Mist.


October 14, 2013

"Old Hollywood" Halloween Hijinx

Who doesn't LOVE a little luxuriously CREEPY "Old Hollywood" Halloween... I know I DO!
It's my favorite time of year and I'll call it a holiday, despite popular beliefs that Halloween is celebrating EVIL and glorifying horror and gore.  I celebrate the fun of it and deny the existence of any evil intent or significance in that.  I don't think Christ's feelings are hurt by that anymore than he's distraught over his birthday being celebrated with snow people, fruitcakes and fabulously bedecked trees that have little or nothing to do with his purported life.  I embrace my "creepiness" and try not to take it too seriously... it's just another day, but it sure does break up the monotony of waiting for whatever comes after this world.  I miss the good, old horror movies that didn't rely on trick cinematography and sickening machinations of a damaged mind.  Just a solid story line a little suspense to scare the BEJESUS out of you, but you didn't feel like the writer of the screenplay needed to be in therapy or committed and that your eyeballs were violated just watching it.

I came across some photos from Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) with two of my favorite screen icons, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and thought:  It's time to do one of my shabby collage style cards.  I had a lot of fun with it and when all was said and done, I made this Halloween card and spooky bath duo for my stampin' sista, Erika.  The bottle has scented bath salts in it and inside the box is a treat from LUSH cosmetics.  Hope she's not too CREEPED OUT as she slips into the tub...after all, what are sisters for?  I stuck some other goodies for her to play with in the box and it should be arriving, hmmm... TODAY!  As for me, I'm off to have toast with the grape jelly my stampin' sista sent me and calling it a wrap for this Monday!  Happy BOO, to you!      

Supplies:  Stampin' UP! Family Reunion stamps, Eat DRINK and Be Scary stamps, Full of Life stamps, Piece of Poison stamps, Spooky Bingo Bits stamps, Best Fiends stamps, Raven Lace Trim, Basic Gray & Very Vanilla striped 1 1/4" wide grosgrain ribbon, Basic Black & Very Vanilla striped 1 1/4" wide grosgrain ribbon, Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP, Nite Owl DSP, Frightful Sight DSP, Basic Gray cs, Very Vanilla cs, vellum cs, Old Olive textured cs, Basic Black cs, Edgelits: Adorning Accents dies, Eyelet trim punch, Mistletoe ribbon originals, Very Vanilla velvet trim, black detail embossing powder, designer label punch, scalloped trim punch, Cloudy Day embossing folder, Filigree brads, silver mini brads, vintage tags, basic jewels rhinestones, Tangerine Tango classic ink. 
Stazon Jet Black, Versamark, Recollections black adhesive rhinestones, Jolee's Boutique dimensional spiders, Spellbinders dies, Sizzix box die

October 10, 2013

Days gone by...

Over a year ago, I started collecting notions, embellishments, and whatnot from the clearance bins with the intention of making something my mother (the budding crafter) could have in memory of her mother, whom we lost some 30 years ago now.  As is often the case, I found a 10x20 shadow box frame at Michael's on some crazy clearance and when it was all said and done with a 40% off coupon, I might have spent $7 on the whole project?  When doesn't a craft-a-holic cruise the usual places collecting things for future projects that may... or may not EVER materialize?  LOL.  I'm kinda grateful that it did get pushed to the back burner because it created the opportunity for us to do it TOGETHER and 2 crafty minds are always better than 1!

Supplies:  Stampin' UP! Timeless Portrait DSP, Mocha Morning specialty paper, Basic Black cs, Very Vanilla cs, brushed gold cs, wide striped grosgrain ribbon, Chantilly Lace, Flirty ribbon original, Antique Brass Hodgepodge, Simply Adorned charm, black lace ribbon, basic pearls, Beachfront ribbon originals, Spellbinders dies, Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, Tim Holtz Idea-ology embellishments, gold SMOOCH spritz. 
The EPIC FAIL in all of this... we just weren't that focused on taking great pictures and I apologize for that, but hopefully you can glean some of the really beautiful details from what I captured with my iPhone.

In true crafter form and spirit, I was NOT wanting to let her take it home when we finished!  Of course, now I have an excuse to shop around and try and duplicate it for myself with a few modifications.

We really ENJOYED the time spent working on the project!  I'm always amazed by the fact that my fondest memories never seem to fade.  My life is still very much dictated by the impression left on me by my grandmother.  My wacky methodology, firmly held superstitions, and fair to midlin' good looks and sturdy constitution all reminiscent of a women who departed this earth 3/4ths of my lifetime ago.
Thanks for stopping by and ENJOY!! 

October 1, 2013


A little "SPICE CAKE" is always NICE!

I LOVE FALL!  I love the warm colors, the leaves falling, the brisk air, HALLOWEEN, the onslaught of pumpkin spice confections...and the smorgasbord that is Thanksgiving!  I also love SU! Spice Cake DSP and was super psyched to have a fitting card already made when I sat down to do the candle project for a friend who had a recent health crisis.  It's a flame-less luminary and this is good... because she has these HUGE cats (Maine Coon) that scare the living BEJESUS out of me, so a fire hazard is probably one less thing to be concerned about! LOL

Supplies:  Early Espresso cs, Pool Party textured cs, Very Vanilla cs, Spice Cake DSP, Soft Suede polka dot grosgrain ribbon, vintage adornments, basic pearls, Stampin' UP! Favorite Thoughts stamps, eyelet trim punch, Stampin' UP! Clockworks stamps, Stampin' UP! Sense of Time stamps, Bigz Beautiful Butterflies die, Pool Party embossing powder, Framelits: Floral Frames, Spellbinders dies, hatpin, burlap.
Thanks for stopping by...Enjoy!!