Saturday, June 27, 2009

Bring Dawn Home

Hi everyone
I just wanted to let you all know about a card drive going on right now over at SCS.
My dear friend Pam has asked for help from Cindy, aka 'Mothermark', a caring and kind gal with such a giving heart, to spread the word about a very sad situation involving Pam's son and daughter's aunt Dawn who has just finished serving two years in Iraq. Before coming home she visited a friend in Africa. Days before Dawn was to come home to Bristol CT, she was in a terrible accident that has left her paralyzed from the neck down. She is in a hospital in Nairobi, and cannot be moved for at least two months. The cost of the hospital is insane amounts of money. She needs to come home!! Here is a link to the story, and what you can do to help. The SCS community is full of caring, and incredible people, I'm sure Dawn will be flooded with beautiful, uplifting cards to help keep her spirits up and help her to continue to fight to get strong enough to be able to come home.
Thanks for stopping by,
Hugs and Smiles~

Friday, June 26, 2009

One of a Kind

Hi guys~
Just couldn't sleep with the sad news about Farrah and Michael Jackson. I saw Farrah's Story a few weeks ago and I was blown away with her determination to live and her never give up attitude, and saddened at the pain she was going through. She fought courageously, with everything she had in her, and now she's at peace. Everyday that I turned on the TV or computer I was expecting to hear that she lost the battle, sadly, she did today. Michael Jackson on the other hand is a complete and utter shock. I know he got pretty strange throughout the years, but I grew up with his music, God, what a talent- and The Jackson Five~ it brings back good memories for me, of simpler times- as does Charlies Angels- time goes by fast, we have to live and savor the moments- some moments might not seem so important at the time, but looking back, I know they were, and I cherish every memory. So this card is for Farrah and MJ~ we are, each of us, all truly one of kind.
Thanks so much for stopping by, I always love when you do.
Hugs and Smiles~

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Baja Love for Mojo 92

Happy Thursday everyone!
Just a quick post to share my take on this week's Mojo Sketch, then it's time to cook dinner because there are hungry people here (big sigh). I like the Baja Breeze and So Saffron color combo, and I threw in a little Baja dsp too. I colored directly onto my stamp with markers, stamped my image on whisper white cs and matted it with a Saffron panel. For the 'Love You' image I stamped it twice onto whisper white cs and colored both images with markers. I cut just the flower out of one and adhered it to the other with dimensionals. I added Stickles to the flower centers, and the 'Love You' flower.
Okay, apparently these people are starving to death, so I will add my 'recipe' a little later. Let me know what you think, I love when you stop by!
Hugs and Smiles~

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

SC234 Because I Care

Hi~ I hope your Wednesday is a happy one so far! I'm slowly getting back into life a day at a time, and it feels good to get some challenges done. Today's card is for the SCS Sketch challenge.. I haven't used my 'One Of A Kind' set in a while and it popped into my mind when I saw the sketch today. It's always fun to layer up this flower with pretty papers and punches! Let me know what you think~
Thanks for stopping by, and keep smiling a lot! :)
Hugs and Smiles~

Stamps: One Of A Kind, Best Yet
Paper: whisper white, old olive, raspberry tart dsp
Ink: black Archival, old olive, regal rose
Extras: paper piercer, oval and 3 flower punch, cuttlebug, half pearl stickers, dimensionals

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sketch For You To Try

I really love Jen's sketch this week- it feels so good to do a challenge! I pulled out my 'Dreams Du Jour' stamp set since I haven't used it in a while. I think it's cute for this sketch- what do you think?
Well that was quick, I'm off to dreamland now~ Thanks for stopping by, and sweet dreams to you tonight!

Stamps: Dreams du Jour (SU)
Paper: Whisper White, old olive, pretty in pink, raspberry tart dsp
Ink: black Archival, pink pirouette, regal rose, kiwi kiss
Extras: ribbon, half pearl stickers, Stickles, cuttlebug, paper piercer, square scallop punch, dimensionals

Monday, June 22, 2009

Happy New Home

First I just want to give a big thank you for all of your uplifting comments, thoughts and prayers. You have ALL put a smile on my face and in my heart. I am forever grateful because not only do I have an amazing network of friends in my life, I have wonderful, dear friends that I haven't even 'met' right here at my fingertips! BIG HUGS all around!

Okay, today I just wanted to share a gift I made for a co-worker who recently purchased a new home. I found these frames at the dollar store and I removed the glass. I stamped 'HOME' in choc. chip ink on So Saffron CS, cut out each letter and adhered them to a So Saffron panel with dimensionals. I also added some Stickles for a little sparkle, then I just layered my panels. The Always heart was heat embossed with Versa Mark ink and white embossing powder and added with dimensionals. I added some ribbon with a yellow button on top of a larger brown button (adhered with glue dots), and I made a card to go with it using my favorite 'Bloomin' Rose.

Let me know what you think, I love when you visit! Have a wonderful Monday and don't forget to smile a lot! :)
Hugs and Smiles~

Stamps: Lovely Letters Alphabet, Always (SU)
Paper: So Saffron, Choc. Chip, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Choc. Chip, Versa Mark
Extras: Stickles, ribbon, buttons, cuttlebug, lacy scallop punch, rhinestone stickers, white embossing powder

Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful, Beautiful Borders (SU)
Paper: Choc. Chip, So Saffron, Whisper White, Bella Rose dsp
Ink: black Archival, pink pirouette, regal rose
Extras: ribbon, butterfly punch (MS), markers, Stickles, button, word punch, oval cutter, dimensionals, half pearl stickers

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Hi! Just a short post for today, wishing all the wonderful dads out there a very happy Father's Day~ Enjoy your day!
Hugs and Smiles~

Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers (SU)
Paper: Choc. Chip, Bella Rose dsp, Baja Breeze dsp, white, baja breeze
Ink: Black Archival
Extras: butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), markers,button, ribbon, half pearl stickers, hemp

Friday, June 19, 2009

It's been a while

Hi guys~
I know it's been a very long while since my last post, and I apologize for not checking in. I've just felt so overwhelmed with everything, and fallen into a very deep depression. I hate to admit that because so many people go through much more than depression, it sounds so trite. For me it's a very dark and lonely place, even surrounded by people who love me, but I'm working hard to get through it. Thank God for the people in my life and stamping~ they are truly life lines.
Today is the last day of school and I made two of Olivia's teachers a special thank you gift. It's Lauren's Versatility Box, one of my faves and so fun to make. Here is the video tutorial if you want to take a peek. Inside both boxes is a mini sunflower planter, I found them at Target for $1 each.
Here is a view of the top of the boxes:

Here they are opened, I added a little pocket to the inside cover to store the planter's instructions:

And here is the top of the mini planter, I punched a 2" circle, secured ribbon vertically around planter and punched circle. Then I layered a 1 3/8" punched circle over secured ribbon, and added Stampin' Up!'s butterfly die to the top with a glue dot.

I hope you try this fun box, thanks Lauren for the wonderful inspiration!
Thanks for stopping by, and keep smiling a lot :)
Hugs and Smiles!

Paper: Choc. Chip, baja breeze, dsp- all SU
Stamps: Best Yet- SU
Ink: Black Archival
Extras: white gel pen, punches, butterfly die cuts (SU), ribbon, mini planters