August 31, 2010


I have added some new double layer butterflies into my shop.  They are being sold for $1.75 for a set of 12.  Custom orders are welcome.  Here are two of my favorites:

Pink and Orange Polka Dot

Yellow Stripe

August 27, 2010

FRIDAY FAVES - Pretty spoons

Oh if only I could redecorate my house.  What fun I'd have!!  These spoons from the Museum of Modern Art would be a great place to start!

So much goodness on that site...

August 26, 2010


HAPPINESS:  Yesterday was my 20 year wedding anniversary and one of my best days ever.  A coworker surprised me with doughnuts, a bouquet of flowers and a spa gift card as a thank you..  Nice!  Then Hubby and the kids and I walked down State Street and had lunch at Five Guys.  Cheeseburgers and fries...yum!  Couldn't live without these in my life.  I also spotted a new bakery nearby and stopped in to treat us all to cupcakes and truffles.  Boy, did I feel spoiled! 

SADNESS:   My younger brother has been struggling for a long time to find his place in this world.  I  see him struggle and wish I could help him.  I've been through this and know that the only way he can find and maintain the life he wants is through hard work and dedication.  It also takes maturity and really knowing oneself.  The knowing oneself part has taken me the longest of all, and I am still learning.  I pray for him nearly every week and keep faith that he's on the path he's meant to be on.  I'm a big believer in "everything happens for a reason."

THOUGHTS:  Changes.  I'm still stuck on simplifying my life and being the person I want to be.  Every single time I examine who I want to be, it is a creative person and a writer/author.  I enjoy my job but it doesn't fulfill me.  Even worse, many of the hours I spend are directly contrary to becoming who I want to be.  This includes surfing blogs, gossip web sites and message boards, watching TV and "window" shopping and making me want more when I'm trying to simplify in the first place..  I have made some big changes over the past couple of weeks to become who I want to be.  
  • I have been exercising more.  Feels great.  Currently obsessed with the Wii Fit Table Tilt, Bubble Balance and wanting to master the plank.
  • I have started reading the Bible.  One of my lifelong goals that I have tried and failed at several times.  This time I am sharing it with the kids, reading one chapter a night before bedtime and then talking about it afterward.
  • I drastically cut down the number of blogs that I visit.  Some of my favorite scrappers in particular, they had to go.  I was being distracted by their creativity and life and not focusing on my own.  
  • I signed up for an online writing workshop and have begun that course.
  • I am trying to eliminate "I meant to" statements from my vocabulary.  If I really meant to then I would have, right???  Instead, I will do it now. 
There are a few more things I've changed in my daily life which should become more apparent as the weeks go on and the tone and focus of my blog gets a bit different.  I will no longer have a Use Your Stash blog post on Mondays.  I will continue my creative endeavors (and perhaps even expand them) but they will be for my own pleasure or to be sold in my shop and I will continue with the Shop Update blog posts.  

My big goal is to settle into my Wednesday Words blog posts to share my current writing endeavors with you.  I've been talking about this goal for a LONG time but have been unsuccessful in putting it into action. 

I will do it now. 

CONFESSION:   I feel so blessed right now in so many ways.  Wish everyone felt this good.

August 24, 2010


This week I've introduced another new item in my shop...layered butterflies with bling!  Each butterfly contains two layers and either a rhinestone or pearl accent.  The wings can be lifted for great dimension!  Sets of 12 are listed for $1.75.  I'll gladly take color combo requests or create a custom order just for you! 
This is one of my all-time favorites....polka dotted patterned paper in orange, pink, cream and kraft.  There are four different configurations for these so click on this link to see the full set.

And this set is yellow base topped with a striped butterfly in white/green/blue color combo and topped with a large yellow rhinestone.  This set contains 12 identical butterflies. 

August 20, 2010

FRIDAY FAVES - Spoonflower

Imagine a place where you can create and print your own fabric!  Sounds like utopia doesn't it?  Check it out here:  Spoonflower.

I loved this animal print:
Imagine all of the other possibilities!

August 17, 2010


I have added several new button sets into the shop and many more are to come!  These are two of my favorite sets:
Large Purple Square Geometric (Set of 3) listed at $1.50
and the Blue Green Heart Mix (Set of 6) for $2.00

August 13, 2010

FRIDAY FAVORITES - Prima's brand new So Cute Collection!

This is a unique concept with a girl's theme and color on one side and boy's theme and color on the other!  The photo posted here is of their rub ons.  You can see the entire collection clicking here.  So cute!!

August 10, 2010


Check out the brand new kit Robot Love featuring new My Mind's Eye 'Lil Robots line.  Perfect for boys!
See the rest of the kit contents here.  Only $14.95!

August 9, 2010

USE YOUR STASH - Digital Elements, Fabric & Sassafras

This page again uses some lovely Studio Calico kit goodness, but I added in some fabulous older Sassafras Lass papers and alpha stickers and some fun digital frame elements from Emily Powers to my photos.  Don't you love that grungy Polaroid look?  I had so many photos on this layout that I felt the full frame on each photo was a bit much so I trimmed the bottom of three of the photos and just kept the last, focal photo intact. 

Thirdly, the fabric.  See those great blue clouds?  They are created with a type of corduroy fabric by an Australian company called Buzz & Bloom.  They make FABULOUS fabric and chipboard pieces but they are hard to find in the states.  So...I thought, why not make your own fabric clouds?  You would only need fabric scraps and scissors so...use this as an idea to try on your future projects and make sure you share them with me. 

Title:  Catch 'n Air

August 6, 2010

FRIDAY FAVES - Photoshop Actions

I love good Photoshop actions...especially the free ones!  Right now I'm using Virtual Photographer from Optikverve Labs but I came across this site - MCP Actions - that has this absolutely fabulous action collection called All in the Details.  Problem costs $80 and I'm cheap...really cheap.  So....until I can part with $80 I'm stuck browsing for some great free ones.  What actions do you use on your photos??

One of the things I love about browsing the internet is the happy surprises you come across...and this week it was the FREE actions on this site.  I especially want the Burnt Edges action.  I completely love this look!

August 3, 2010


New buttons!!
The Citrus Mix set.  I love the bright sunny colors of this one.
And the lavender skies criss-cross set seems to be very popular with lots of views.

I have about 10 more button sets to list soon...keep a look out!

August 2, 2010

USE YOUR STASH - Scalloped Border, Stamps and Embossing Powder

This was made with some new Studio Calico goodness but I threw in some old classics that I hadn't used in awhile.

First, I've been trying to use my stamps a lot more.  I have many gorgeous ones that barely get used.  So, on this layout I used two different stamps.  The starburst on the lower right (Studio Calico) and the fancy frame that holds the title (Basic Grey).  The frame I embossed with my hot pink embossing powder that I'd bought from Stampin Up AGES ago.  I don't know why I thought a huge thing of bright pink, green, red and orange embossing powders would be a great deal, but I did and I've got TONS of it left so any use is a victory in my eyes!! 

Finally, I had this scrap of the brown Bazzill border that I wanted to use up and it worked perfectly with the colors on this page.  I used it to anchor the title and in the bottom right corner as an extra embellishment piece.

Title:  DC @ Night

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