Thursday, February 17, 2011

New Goodies to Play With!

So this Valentine's DH(dearhusband) and I decided to buy our own gifts-love this idea! My DH is a collecter of dictionaries and his fav is the OED-Oxford English Dictionary. He saw this set on ebay and we decided it would be a great gift for him. Happy Valentines's day, honey!

For me, it's not about cut flowers (although unexpected flowers are nice!) and chocolates. I just like to acquire papercrafting paraphenalia! Maybe one day I will get to play with it but in the meantime, I just gather and stash. Some of my goodies include Tim Holtz's MusicNote Mask, some Grungeboard and Adage Tickets,Little Yellow Bicycle's leaf stick pens, October Afternoon's Note Cards, Gary Burlin's Watch Faces and a punch I have been looking for everywhere and STILL didn't find the EXACT one I want=McGill Punch "Starburst" small version. I am coveting the large "Starburst" and can't find it anywhere!!
Regardless, these are my goodies for V's Day and I am excited to start playing!

Today it's going to be over 50 degrees warm in Virginia in February! Crazy, right?!
So I have finished my new morning routine of dog walk, protein shake, treadmill and now on to the laundry pile!

Have a great day!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Family Valentine's Day

What a crazy filled weekend! Two birthday parties for John,Girl Scout cookie pick-up and sort for Grace, Science projects to be completed, church, visits to both sets of Grandparents(very spontaneous and needed!)and more! Daddy gave us Valentine goodie buckets filled with chocolates-yummy-and tonight we'll have a family dinner after taekwondo and before a Scout committment-gracious! So I took a few minutes this morning and created a quick banner for the fireplace using construction paper, ribbon and old playing cards. John made the 2 origami swans and the mailbox for valentines. Done! Now for some much needed housework then a trip to Costco then Valentine parties at school.....breathe!
Enjoy your day!

Science Projects

This weekend's focus was 4th grade Science projects (x2 for twin 4th graders) and even though we've been working on this for weeks, the crunch was on to get everything glued into place! Thank goodness for double-sided tape! Whew-glad that's over!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Happy Early Valentine's Day!

Wanted to get these cards completed and mailed last week but life got in the way-which can be a good thing! So, 2 cards down, 10 more to go! I just love Close To My Heart's "Cherry-O" paper and use it a lot. This particular card also includes 2 "Pretty Pins" from CTMH, pink twine from, assorted ribbon, an old playing card and a valentine doily. The sentiment is from a CTMH acrylic stamp set "You're Adored" and the ink is CTMH Chocolate-how appropriate! The polka-dot card's printed paper is something I have had FOREVER and couldn't find out who carries it. All other embellies are already noted.

Happy Early Valentines to you!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Close To My Heart's "WINGS" just flies!

Can I just say the pictures of CTMH's Wings products do NOT do the papers and patterns enough justice! THe main patterns are beautiful and black is an incredible emphasis, but I just didn't know if I could work with these jewel-tones. Received my club order Friday and just now opened the box. Oh my gracious! I had forgotten that since CTMH's papers are duo-sided, the pattern is reflected in beautiful soft re-interpretations on the back side! And in the Workshop on the Go package that all the club members ordered, we get a Level 2 kit which includes 2 sheets of each pattern plus coordinated cardstock. Plus this fabulous kit includes a mister, beautiful black embellishments and an incredible stamp set. Can I just say I am so glad I chose this kit!

This new Idea Book is fabulous and I am in love with some of the new products like the blue and green sparkles (new to me!), the chipboard banner, the buttons which include some vintage-style choices and the kraft color-ready borders!! What fun ways to embellish my family stories and memories.

PLUS>>>>the January special to get stamp sets at a great discount after ordering "Wings" was a wonderful incentive. And the Jan Stamp of the Month!! So glad I got this as it fits well with the vintage creations I love.

Can't wait to start playing with Wings!
Wanna play too? Just go to my website and start shopping on line!

Happy Monday, ya'all!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Where Did I GO???

Yep, it's been a while since I posted anything. Lots going on including family, holidays, new puppies, PTO. Did some re-prioritizing, and some things fell by the wayside. But that's ok. I'm back and at least I did some journaling so it's all good!

So, fresh start.
My "word" for 2011 a la Ali Edwards is LISTEN. I want to Listen more to my children's unasked questions, my mom's gentle reminders, my husbands' verbal nuances. I especially need to Listen to my Art Soul. is hosting the "One Little Word" class that I so want to take. We'll see.

I need to make a path through my creative space. What I need is a PROFESSIONAL!

I want to start taking some technique classes to incorporate into my art. I love going to and some of my favorite art bloggers are instructors on this site!

I love creating art and scrapbooking and cardmaking and especially teaching. I am still with CLose TO My Heart and have a "virtual club" that is fun. I can't wait to get inky again and distress cardstock and search out vintage goodies to incorporate into some art pieces. This will all come back and fulfill my ART Soul, soon!

We'll see what the future holds.
Happy February!