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Monday, August 31, 2009

Made with 100% Pure Love

It has been a long time since I have posted a layout or scrapbooking project. Life in my world is sometimes so hectic, that I have trouble concentrating on bigger projects, so I work on card projects more often. I have promised myself that I am devoting one afternoon/evening for scrappy fun, and one for crafty fun! Here is a mini-album that I just finished tonight. It is made using the July kit from Kit-N-Kaboodles ( my favorite kit club that can be found at )which uses papers from Webster's Pages and Cosmo Cricket. The album is a wooded Kaiser one. Photos are from a small family gathering last December.
Here are just a few of the pages(oops...they are in reverse order, and I can't get a set to upload...oh well!)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

More time to play!!!!

This week I had some time to play with some of my stamps. I made this card, which resembles a yummy S'Mores treat! It is made with layers of creamy caramel, chocolate chip, and whisper white. I used a swiss dots embossing folder and scored lines to make the creamy caramel cs look more like a graham cracker. All materials Stampin Up ( later I used liquid applique to make the marshmallow on the smore look more realistic!)


I also played with my newest set, called Dream Garden. I am not really into the Oriental look,but this stamp set called to me. Here is a simple but pretty card made with the retired Bella Birds designer papers,chocolate chip cs and chocolate chip ink. I saw something like this on a blog somewhere and it inspired me!

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And finally, I had time to play with some of my favorite monkey--Changito by stampendous! I had neglected my big shot and embossing folders, and wanted to use some of that wonderful Coredinations cardstock! When distressed after it is embossed, you get a lovely effect! Hope you like them!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fan mail


OK, Mushu has gotten quite a lot of fan mail since I posted her latest photos the other day. For those of you who asked, when she is full grown, she should be between 18and24 inches long. Her head and neck will change a bit before she is finished growing, and she will develop her beard. Mushu was born at the very end of May, so she still has quite a bit more growing to do. She eats salads and insects (phoenix worms mostly, but sometimes crickets or silkworms).
Peter is enjoying learning about bearded dragons, which are native to Australia.
She got her name because Gary kept referring to her as a lizard. Peter insisted it wasn't a lizard, it is a dragon. And silly me had to chime in and quote the phrase from the Disney movie Mulan...."that's right, it doesn't do the tongue thingy". Eddie Murphy voiced that character in the movie, and his name was MUSHU, and he is a dragon.Hence the name!
Thanks for all your interesting questions and comments.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Leapin Lizards!

Peter reminded me today that it has been quite a while since I gave an update on his precious Mushu. For those of you who are unaware ( or don't really remember), Mushu is Peter's pet bearded dragon, that he got when it was only 4 weeks old. Mushu has grown considerably, seems to be thriving with the care she is being given by my boy, and loves to "hang out" on Peter's shirt! Peter can walk around with Mushu attached to his shirt for quite a while, and the two of them seem to enjoy each others' company. Mushu is an orange beardie, and she "blushes" with an orange hue when she is happy! Here are some photos I took of Mushu and Peter earlier today.

mushu 6/24

Mushu hanging on Peter's shirt and then a close-up of Peter's dragon

S'Mores Card Share

I have been on the fence about whether or not to purchase the adorable "under the stars" stamp set by Stampin Up that came out last summer. We don't do much camping, but the bear image is so darned cute! I earned a free set from the catty, and decided to get this one afterall. The first card that I made with the set is made to look like a s'more~~I used creamy caramel embossed with the swiss dots cuttlebug folder and scored to mimic a graham cracker. The next layer was white (for marshmallow) and then some chocolate chip to mimic a hershey bar!Top it off with more creamy caramel graham cracker and voila! This was the first card, and then I got the brainstorm to use some liquid applique on the s'more image so that it looks puffy like a real roasted marshmallow. Simply yet adorable! Hope you like it!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

I'm Baaaaaaaack!!!

My friend Kelcey and I just got back from a 9 day road trip (and Gary won't let me forget that I was gone a whole 9 days!!!). We started out by taking an amazing class at Ruban Rouge Scrapbooking Store (in Palm Harbor) taught by none other than Tim Holtz. He is an amazing teacher and one cool guy. The class was fantastic! here is a photo of the of us.

We left Palm Harbor and headed to Orlando to help our friends Gerrianne and Sonia at a craft convention (CHA to those who are in the crafting world). Kelcey and I had been invited as guests to roam the floor looking at new products, take classes and report what we learned to help them out with their online businesses (Kit-N-Kaboodles kit club and Creativity Boutique craft store). It was lots of fun but also long hours. Here are the CuttleBug and Cricut characters from ProvoCraft! I had fun dancing with them in the aisle.

Finally, we spent Saturday back at Ruban Rouge in classes with designer Teresa Collins. The classes were very nice, and we made an adorable Friendship album as well as recipe book with her. Here is a photo of us in the crop room.

Gary and the boys are glad that I am home. Kelcey and I had a fantastic road trip. Can't wait to share projects and stuff that we learned along the way!

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