Hey there! This card is based on a trio of bracelets that I received for Christmas from Neal. I wear them everyday and they have become a part of me. The wording is from lyrics to a song from Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, who are a local band here that I got to finally see a few weeks ago. Everyone tells me they always know where I am because they jingle together!

Here is a picture of the bracelets:
It's kind of hard to see, but there's hearts and stars and all kinds of fun stuff on them too.
Here is a picture of the second page (Love is Real):
And here is a picture of the third page (Beauty is Everywhere):
Thanks for looking!

Recipe: Stamps - Time For You set. Carkstock - Soft Sky, River Rock and Blue Bayou. Ink is Close to Cocoa, Blue Bayou and So Saffron. Ribbon is from Target's $1 spot.

Picasso Merci? I wasn't intending on being inspired by Picasso, you know the one picture with the hands holding the daisies, but in the end I think that's what this kind of looks like. I guess he was speaking to me subconciously or something what with all of my other daisy posting's too. I found several names for his print on the internet, one of them being Petit Fleurs. At any rate, I have always liked blue and purple together and then when you throw a turquoisey teal in with them you can't go wrong in my book. The flowers are one of the stamps in the Merci set that I cut out and pop dotted and I just randomly drew the stems in. Then there's the Wild Wire, it's green and I just wrapped it around a few times until I got exactly what I wanted. Then came the question as to how to adhere the wire to the paper - I used my Xyron Sticker Maker! Love that little machine! Then the sequins I thought went well with the metal thing going on, and let's just say that I'm happy sequins are still so very inexpensive too! The inside sentiment is simply the merci stamp.

The house is quiet, all are off on a Boy Scout outing so I intend to do some creating here today and get some ironing done too. I actually like to iron, sick isn't it?! Then I've got the movie Atonement to watch, which I've been wanting to see for awhile, read some of my book and have a little Jeannie-party all my own! Have you tried the Cinnamon coffee that you can make at home now from Dunkin' Donuts!? Heaven in a cup I tell ya! Happy Saturday!

Recipe: Stamps - Merci set. Cardstock is Elegant Eggplant, Taken With Teal and Night of Navy, all from the Rich Regals paper set. Markers, Wild Wire, sequins and corner rounder punch.
This one is for my niece Jessica, who will be graduating in May. She has so much going on right now as a senior. Prom, college decisions, etc. so when I saw the template for this dress on SCS, I thought of a party dress, and I knew I wanted to make it immediately. It was like playing with paper dolls again, sort of. The pattern is from Amber or bambi64 on SCS and here is the template . Thank you very much Amber! Then this song came to mind and I thought it fit perfectly. If you don't know this song, or haven't heard the lyrics in awhile - here are some of them, which I will put inside the card also:

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,
GOD forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

I hope you dance....I hope you dance.

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance,
Never settle for the path of least resistance,
Livin' might mean takin' chances but they're worth takin',
Lovin' might be a mistake but it's worth makin',
Don't let some hell bent heart leave you bitter,
When you come close to sellin' out reconsider,
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

I hope you dance....I hope you dance.

Recipe: Stamp - small flower from Time Well Spent. Wild Wasabi and some brown cardstock. Patterned paper is K and Company's Wild Saffron. Ink is Close to Cocoa. Ticket corner punch, sheer gold ribbon, rhinestones and pop dots.

Happy Friday....................and dance!!!!!!
This card is made with the Time Well Spent set. I first drew a heart as a base line and then stamped the little flowers on top of it and colored them in. I stamped the - time well spent with friends is time well spent - and then just cut out the word friend, colored it in and then pop-dotted it. It's kind of a small note card size, it's about 4 1/2 inches square.

Happy Wednesday nite!

Recipe: Stamps - Time Well Spent set. White and black cardstock with yellow Bazzill. One clear rhinestone and ribbon.
Another one of my loves - daisies! This is a technique that I have not seen before with ribbon. It's basically a circle drawn on the backside, then you hole punch the middle. Then you take an exacto knife and put small slits at 3, 6, 9 and 12 and then 4 more slits in between those. You tape down the end of the ribbon and then just weave it in and out and tape it when you're done. I freehanded the stem and leaves because I couldn't find any stamp that worked. It's something different and I'm happy I tried it.

It's Tuesday, tv nite for sure, American Idol, Big Brother and Biggest Loser all on. I will be watching Idol and recording the other two for later in the week. I just finished watching my almost daily dose of Seinfeld and I guess I should think about something for dinner. Have a great nite!

Recipe: Bazzill cardstock, Exacto knife, paper crimper, scallop punch, markers, ribbon and a brad.

A gift bag out of a brown paper lunch bag! I LOVE THIS IDEA!! How cheap are brown paper lunch bags? I got like a package of 50 at the Dollar Tree! But - just think outside of the box (or should I say bag) for a second, how many different colors do they sell these days? The possibilities are endless! Basically, these are two 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" pieces of cardstock that you can decorate however your heart desires. I had to cut the bag down a bit for this size, but you could do it the exact size of the bag too. Then I used the big Word Window punch for the handles. This new Merci stamp set is just too pretty not to be used on everything anyway, isn't it?!
Ok - so it's Monday. I woke up feeling really, really weird, and so did Neal. We did leave the bedroom window open last nite and the ceiling fan on, so we just couldn't like wake up this morning and felt hugely out of it. It's allergy season right now with all the spring flowers in bloom and Neal is feeling it big time. I've never had allergies before, but who knows when you get older things pop up that you never thought would. Anyway, I stopped at the Circle K as usual for my 24 oz. French Vanilla Cappuccino, that by the way is only .79 cents on Manic Monday, normally only $1.51 anyway and that seemed to snap me out of it. But then for every 10 things I did right, I made a mistake, and not just little ones. Even as hard as I tried to concentrate the rest of the day, I managed to make a few more. I had to laugh or I would have cried, and thankfully my boss just laughed along with me. I do hope tomorrow I'm more with it!!
Recipe: Stamps - Merci set. Cardstock - Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi and Purely Pomegranate. The striped paper is from the Cutie Pie collection. Watercolor crayons. Paper crimper. Ribbon and rhinestone brad.
A funny Happy Easter card with a cute little guy that was a $1 stamp from Michael's. You gotta love that! The inside message varied depending on who I sent it to. Some said "to one of my favorite chicks" and others said "to some of my favorite peeps". I couldn't decide which I liked best, so I made some of each. To all of you, no matter how you choose to spend it - enjoy your day!

Recipe: Stamp - Happy Easter chick from Michael's $1 bin. All Bazzill cardstock. The ribbon and flower is also from Michael's. Other than that I used the ticket corner punch and added a gold rhinestone in the flower center. Then I colored the chick in with yellow and orange markers.
Here is a birthday card made with the So Many Scallops set in the Sale-A-Bration mini catalog and then I cut out circles that I used a dot background stamp on for the centers of the flowers. The center flower is actually pop dotted, the flower as well as the happy birthday. The happy birthday is also embossed and is a shiny white. The paper crimper adds some more fun texture, that's one of my newest fun tools.

I received a few messages for the template for the Sweeter than Apple Pie mini card and it's so easy, just a basic 6" circle and then 3 folds and you're good to go! It's held together by the ribbons wrapped around it. Thanks for asking, and let me know if you have any questions.

Recipe: Stamps - So Many Scallops and background dots. Ink is Ruby Red, Garden Green and Groovy Guava. Cardstock is Sage Shadow, Ruby Red, Groovy Guava and off white. Accessories used are the scallop circle punch, circle punches, paper crimper, white ink with embossing powder and heat gun.
This is a cute little 3x3 card that would be fun to tuck into somebody special's lunch or pocket. I love the summer picnic feel of it. One thing you gotta luv about Stampin' Up is that everything coordinates together so well. I made this one at the last card party I went to, so if you're interested in the template for it, let me know and I'll get it on here for you.

It's Friday, and I spent all morning getting driver licensed with plates and the works. First I had to have my car "inspected", which is something they do here if you're from out of state. Then emissions, then drivers license, then plates. I have to say it went smoothly, and pretty quick too. I did spend a little extra money for special plates with a dog and cat on it, where the money goes to shelters. Gotta do that. I decided that I should see if I can find a shelter to volunteer at, or something like it. That would be not only fun for me, but rewarding too.

My soap (Days of Our Lives) is on and I have to say I'm just so disappointed these days. I've watched it since I was in high school, so that's a long time now, and I get into it sometimes and then I just have no desire to even watch it for awhile. The no desire to even watch it is how I'm feeling right now. They really need some perking up or something. Not sure what, but geez get some excitement going!

Have a great Friday!

Recipe: Stamps - Apple from Tart & Tangy and sentiment from One Smart Cookie. Ink is real red, and I used a green marker for the apple stem. Cardstock is Certainly Celery and white. I used the tab punch, scallop circle and the 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 circle punches. There are 2 layers of ribbon, solid red and then a mini red gingham.
More stamps from the Sale-A-Bration mini catalog here, and don't you just love the felt flowers! They add so much texture and something different than the norm. I want to try and start making my own since felt is so inexpensive, just think what you could get from a whole sheet of it?!

It's Thursday nite, and you know what that means for me - mexican food and margarita nite!! It's like 83 here today in Phoenix, so that just adds to my want for a marg.

I'm looking forward to the weekend and I'm sure you are too. Have a great evening and I'll post whenever I can over the next couple of days.

Recipe: Stamps - Friendship Blooms collection. Ink is Wild Wasabi and Purely Pomegranate. Cardstock is Only Orange and Green Galore. The pink print paper I think is from the Cutie Pie collection, but not sure. Mat stack used for the piercing, felt flowers, green grosgrain ribbon and one silver brad.
Not a very good pic for this one, but anyway, the card actually folds underneath the little tab by the bow and the sentiment is actually stamped onto vellum, colored on the back, and then embossed with silver. This is from the card party I went to. I don't know any bride to be just yet, but you never know, and as long as its not me I'm ok with that! So it will go into my stash.

It's Tuesday and we've still got the icky cold bug here that we're fighting. It was a beautiful 80 degree day here, yesterday it was only 65ish. I need to remember to take a picture of the Martha Washington purple geraniums that I got a couple of weeks ago. They so beautiful and I think may be an inspiration for me in an upcoming post.

Not much else going on, just want to get thru the week - looking forward to the Renaissance Fair here this weekend!

Recipe: Stamp - Bride to be from the Big on Spring set. Cardstock is White, So Saffron and Wild Wasabi. Not sure what the pink paper is, and some vellum. Markers, silver embossing powder, 4 silver brads, silver and white floss to make the bow, and pink ribbon. Also, corner rounder punch, slit punch and round hole punch.

Such a "sweet one" - isn't that what babies are? Of course! This is a tri-fold card where the left side tucks under the ribbon. The inspiration for the center of this came from the Sale-A-Bration mini catalog. So the center circle as well as the star are pop-dotted. The perfect baby colors.

It's Saturday - I've got a cold and my head feels like it's about 3 times its size. I'm going to a concert tonite, so I just need to lay low today so I can try and be ready for that and a late nite. The concert is Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, who are a popular local band here, but becoming bigger and bigger everyday.

It was 80 here in Arizona yesterday, and I think it'll be close to that again today, but it's a bit overcast. Neal's kids are outside playing, and there's a new family moving in across the way, so they are checking the new kids out. Not sure what's on tap for tomorrow, except get some laundry done and catch up on the weekly shows that are recorded.

Recipe: Stamp - Sweet One from the So Many Scallops set. Cardstock - Wild Wasabi, So Saffron,
off white, Bashful Blue and green polka dot. Ink is So Saffron. Also used - Star punch, mat stack, and ribbon.
A fun and happy little card here. The stamp used is the See You Around wheel and then I used the big and little star punches. The star is then pop-dotted, which may be kinda hard to see. The paper is one from the Designer Series Summer Picnic. Again, fun and happy.

It's kinda late already Tuesday nite. Didn't post for a couple of days because of troubles downloading with my camera again. Think I'll try a new battery first, and should have thought of that awhile ago I suppose, huh?

Anyway, exciting news for me is that I'm finally getting a dining room set delivered tomorrow!! It's only been like 10 weeks I think. It's the little things that sometimes makes you happy, isn't it?!

Thanks and have a great nite!

Recipe for card: Stamp - See You Around jumbo wheel, and the sentiment Happy Hellos is from the Lots of Thoughts set. Ink is Wild Wasabi. Striped paper is from the Summer Picnic set. Cardstock is Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue and Only Orange. Orange grosgrain ribbon.

Time to get my St Paddy's card done to get in the mail. I got the erin-go-bra idea from someone on splitcoaststampers and thought I needed to do it, since this is such a fun holiday to begin with. We have several irish bars around here, so I'll have to check them out on that day. The bra stamp is one that I got from the stamp expo that was here a few weeks back from Endless Creations, Inc. I can think of many uses for it with summer coming up because it looks like a bikini top too.

Well I'm just home here this afternoon creating up a storm and I'm so happy I've got a few hours to myself to do it. We took Vanna to her gymnastics this morning and now she's off to a birthday and sleepover party. Quen is on a boy scout camping overnite, which just leaves the little one Ali whose Aunt's decided to spoil her for the afternoon. Neal is off bonding with his 2 brothers at some blood and guts movie. I've got the patio door open with the sun is shining in and Norah Jones playing. Just need to freshen up my Diet Pepsi Jazz, black cherry and vanilla, and get more done here.

Tonite is a movie and jigsaw puzzle nite. Not sure what we'll have for dinner yet, maybe chicken ala king, or chicken manicotti, or chicken something because that's what I took out of the freezer.

Have a great Saturday! Peace!

Recipe: Stamps - Clover Trio from Stampendous, large Linen background, and Bra from Endless Creations, Inc. Paper is Wild Wasabi, Sahara Sand, Regal Rose and white. Ink is Wild Wasabi. Ribbons from Michael's. Sparkly gittler glue - jade and Fun Fluff.

This card was made using the new Merci set, which is so fun and happy and these colors just remind me of spring and Easter eggs. First the Wild Wasabi paper was stamped with the big Canvas stamp using Brilliant Blue ink and I used the mat pack to punch holes on the side and then used a white gel pen for the faux stitching. The flowers on the background paper, which I think is Regal Rose, was also stamped with the Brilliant Blue ink.

Today was my day off, and since I usually go out on Thursday nites, which I did last nite and had a couple of margaritas, I didn't get up until 10:30 today! Wow! Not sure what time I actually went to sleep tho. Since half of my day was over by the time I showered and got dressed, all I really did today was get my car washed, boy did it need it, go to Super Target and Michael's. Got some good deals, Michael's is having a sale on just about everything, rubber stamps are 40% off too. I did happen to get the laundry done in between running, so I did accomplish something today anyway!

It's Friday nite now, and since Neal's a teacher it's his last day of school because he's got spring break next week. I know he's excited and so am I because his honey-do list is growing by the minute.

Have a great nite!

Recipe: Stamps - Merci set and the big Canvas. Ink - Brilliant Blue and Black StazOn. Paper is Brocade Blue, Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi and a scrap of off white. Tools used are the mat pack, white gel pen, watercolor crayons with the blender pen, and grosgrain ribbon.
This is one of the cards that I'll be showing over the next week or so, that I learned new (to me) techniques at the recent card party I attended last week. I love this new stamp set Time for You. I learned 2 things on this one. One, that you can stamp vellum and turn it over and use an embossing tool and that the paper will turn white and actually look embossed when you turn it over. I did this on the bike tires, seat and handles. Second, how VersaMark works, which is the blue on blue flowers and that's exactly what it does in that it's a clear stamp pad that when stamped picks up the color of the paper, super cool! I'm still learning, and I love it!!

Well I've never gone shopping in February and March for spring flowers before, so this is new for me too and it's so nice to have pretty spring flower pots at my front door when I get home, I'll have to take some pictures and post them, but it's starting to get dark here already tonite.

It's Wednesday, not a very busy day at work, but always interesting to say the least when you are working at the front desk of any office. You experience all walks of life on the phone alone, that's for sure!

Recipe: Stamps - Bike and sentiment from Time for You set, and then the blue background flowers are the Watercolor Joy wheel. Staz On Black ink. VersaMark Ink. Some colored pencils for the flowers, faux stitching on the photo corner, which I used the punch on and some black and white gingham ribbon. The paper is Basic Gray and Soft Sky.

Not the greatest picture, but I made this using my new cosmo punches. There's 3 sizes, kinda hard to see, and they are from CarlaCraft. I love flowers and having a new way to make them, is always fun. This is just one of those kind of cards to have around for when you need to send someone a quick note or pick me up. By the way, I received a thank you card from someone on splitcoaststampers who I sent some cards to for a nursing home project that her daughters are involved in. I don't think I've ever gotten a handmade card actually from someone, and it sure is special to have received it.

Today was such an icky day for me. From start to finish, it just didn't go well. But I'm home now and things are good, so maybe I just really need a good nite's sleep. Have a great nite, and take care.

Recipe: No stamps (sorry). CarlaCraft cosmo punches. Green background paper is from Kelly Panacci, not sure where I got it from. Black and white cardstock. Three small black and 2 large green brads. White ribbon.
I love these colors together. Probably should have added another just for contrast, but couldn't decide what, so I left it as is. This is a new oval scallop punch for me nd then the oval solid line and stitching line is a stamp that I got at the Expo from Endless Creations Inc. It says Happy Birthday today.... and many happy times all year, on the inside. The ribbon I just picked up from Michael's and is super cute too.

I went to a Stampin' Up card party and learned some great new things and met some really nice new gals too. So exciting to learn new stuff and come home with a bag full of cards all completed! I'll be posting them throughout the week and sharing some of the new (to me) stuff that I learned.
I'm off to a busy day of helping to run my beau's kids around, gymnastics, basketball (last one), basketball pizza party, etc. It's a beautiful day here in AZ, 80ish, and I got the patio cleaned up a little bit and put some pretty flowers out there to cheer it up. Have a great Saturday!
Recipe: Stamp - Mega-super Jumbo Stitch from Endless Creations Inc. Ink - Staz-On black. Paper - White, black and Taken With Teal. Four white brads, pop zots, flower ribbon from Michael's.
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