Wednesday, February 29, 2012

RIP Davy Jones

RIP Davy Jones 1945-2012: 
Today is truly a sad day for me.  Davy Jones, the youngest member of the 60's TV show The Monkees died today of a heart attack.  I cannot tell you how profoundly sad I am.  I wonder if any of the Monkees truly understand what was created back then and really how their work touches others.

I remember when I was first introduced to the world of The Monkees; it was 1986 and The Monkees aired on MTV.  I remember being a very sad 12 year old, living in a very volatile and abusive household, feeling alone and unhappy when a simple channel change changed everything.  I remember seeing the colorful screen, hearing the background laugh track and watching four boys (men for me actually) whooping it up and having fun all while playing INCREDIBLY uplifing music.  Something inside me felt REALLY, REALLY happy.  "I remember The Monkees",  my mom had said.  I asked my stepfather who they were and he explained that it was a popular show when he was young.  I was transfixed to the screen and no one even attempted to change the channel.

Back then, most households only had one television and ours was a large unit that was inconveniently located right outside of the entrance to the hallway leading to the bathroom and all the bedrooms.  I was always waiting until commercials to pass in front of the TV as to not disturb anyone's television show in progress, even to go to the bathroom.  Pass in front of the TV at the wrong moment and you were sure to get a severe look no matter how bad you had to go.   And there I sat, and sat, and sat as one episode after another aired.  IT WAS A MARATHON!!!  To this day, looking back at that weekend I'm still amazed at how I was changed... how EVERYTHING seemed to change.  First, I've always been shocked at WHY in such a tumultuous, angry and loud household everyone shut up.  The only noise I remember in that house for the ENTIRE marathon was the sound of The Monkees singing and playing.  Second, why was everyone so respectful of MY interest in this show?  I even remember that everyone else was waiting for commercials to pass in front of the screen.  You honestly would have had to have been there to understand how powerful that was. And finally, I remember taking real breaths.  Isn't that weird?  I remember breathing deeply and feeling very good.  I also remember it being like spring outside and the smell of freshly mowed grass still takes me back to THAT weekend.  It was almost as if God gave me a bright, uplifting, and peaceful vacation from all the turmoil that I was going through.  That was the greatest weekend of my life and I've loved The Monkees ever since.

This is definitely a profound loss.

Its Coming!!!

Saturday is almost here!!!  I'm so excited to be teaching at Craft Fusion in Chandler, AZ (class project pictured above)!!!  Its a new store with all sorts of crafty goodness.... if you haven't checked them out yet, this store's a MUST SEE!!!  As a matter of fact, give the store a ring at 480-821-3758 and you can sign up for this Saturday's class... there is still seating available!!!  It starts at 1:00 p.m., just bring yourself and your alcohol ink markers and LET'S PLAY!!!!  Hope to see you there!

*One lucky student is walking away with MORE than their class project!  I've also got some awesome nail stamp goodies to give away!!!!  Sign up now so you're sure to get a spot!!!

Dilly Beans Stamps

Alright, so I've been sitting on this FOREVER!!!  Well, truth be told, this was another item that was buried in the mess that was my craft room that came to light a few weeks back with my big Feng Shui push to get my space and my life organized.  I'm JUST NOW getting around to posting this and it is LONG overdue because this digi stamp artist ROCKS MY SOCKS!!!  Above is Framed Zombie Girl With Bow digi from Dilly Beans Stamps.  These images are BEYOND cute and I'm so glad to finally be sharing them with all of you!  This card was actually completed a while back so be sure to click on the link to check out all of Megan's newest gems!!!  Her artwork reminds me of one of my favorite artists.... Jasmine Becket Griffith!!!  And to be able to get them in digis for such reasonable prices, well, you can see why it was important to share these digis with the world!  LOL!  Check her out!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Daily Dose

I have a little babble this morning:
You know... this new adventure to fit into the perfect wedding dress has me perusing my Facebook page daily for bits of motivation, inspiration and laughter.  But I'm BLOWN AWAY by how great Facebook really is!!!  In a span of about an hour I'm fed in every one of the above listed areas.... it's INCREDIBLE!!!!  But that hour brings me even MORE from my news feed.  From it, in the same amount of time, I also get world news, trending topics, educational articles and connections with my friends, family and business contacts.  Honestly, I've discovered a certain Feng Shui beauty to Facebook that, until recently, I took for granted.  What does Facebook do for you?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Good Eggs

Well.... yesterday was THE BEST DAY EVER!!!  Not only did I score AMAZING card kits from Dove Art Studio's class yesterday, but I also got to hang out with some of my favorite people!!!  Now, truth be told, I spent just about the entire day (off and on) coloring the images you see pictured.   I don't typically spend that kind of time coloring three cards, but I was working on coloring the standard "Copic" method of coloring and it was HARD for me to change up my order of application, pressure, etc.  It was almost like I was a beginner all over again!!!  I really got a taste of what my coloring students go through. 

So....here are three things to keep in mind when you sit down to color with alcohol ink markers:

1.  Know YOUR mechanics and the mechanics of the pens.  Alcohol ink is like no other medium I can think of.  The blendability of this ink is AWESOME but if you try too hard, you will not get the best these markers have to give.  That means learning and practicing key things... when to apply light pressure, when to apply harder pressure and at what angle to the paper to keep your marker nib for various strokes.

2.  Swatch your colors.  Picking your colors is THE MOST IMPORTANT part of enjoyable coloring with alcohol ink.  For example, you pick three greens (light, medium and dark) that don't blend well together, you are going to be working very hard, not getting the desired result, wasting ink and overall not having a very fun time coloring.  Also, BECAUSE of our own mechanics and how we hold our pens, the amount of pressure we apply when coloring, etc. certain colors won't blend for us like they do for others.  That is perfectly fine... there are so many wonderful colors to choose from that taking the few extra seconds to swatch your colors (making sure they blend well beforehand) will save you all that time and frustration in the end and make your time coloring fun and relaxing.  All alcohol ink markers (that I know of) group their markers into "blending groups" or "families" which are subcategories for the various colors.  That certainly helps when picking colors to color with, so if you don't know what greens you need, just ask an instructor or customer service at your local art store.

3.  When you practice, pick images you really like when you color!  I ADORE these "Antics" Dustin Pike images!!!  The whole time I was coloring these oh-so-cute ants, no matter how frustrated I got with myself, I always came back to the image and smiled.  It also helped that all the ladies I hung out with yesterday ALSO went gaga for them.  That kind of excitement is certainly infectious and created a definite interest by on-lookers which motivated me to get these cards done.  Yep, liking your subject matter makes a difference.

Well, that about does it.  I think I'm about ready for a nap (I was coloring until 1 a.m.).  Thanks to Jenn and to Vanessa and JoDean.... you guys made yesterday SOOOO AWESOME.  You are good eggs.  LOL!

P.S.  Deb and Patti, I'm so sorry that I didn't get more time to chat with you guys.... it was SOOOOO great seeing you and I plan on bumping into you more at Stamp Works for the Saturday make n' takes!!!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A Very Valuable Lesson

As you may already know, this is my first week of Curves Complete and, THE DAY BEFORE signing up for the program, I had an accident breaking a toe and hurting my back BADLY!!!  I went to my chiropractor (lightening fast) who has been working with me to overcome the back injury.  I told him that this was my first week of Curves Complete and he said that I could work out, but I needed to take things slowly... so that's what I've been doing. 

What I've found during my workout, even though I'm taking the Curves circuit at a snail's pace, is that my heart rate is only SLIGHTLY slower than when I'm working out at 100%!  I'm moving through the circuit VERY slowly (skipping machines that I'm not confident using) and ending my half hour workout SWEATING!!!  I was so worried that this injury was going to keep me from being successful on the program, but as it turns out, giving it your all means different things at different times to different people.  My "all" this week is producing some serious results even though I'm not at 100% and barely moving...

So!  My Coach saw me on the circuit today and had me take a quick peek at my weight a little early (my actual weigh in and one-on-one isn't until Monday afternoon) and I WAS DOWN 4 POUNDS!!!!  Yes, that's right, I lost 4 POUNDS IN ONE WEEK!!!  I learned a very valuable lesson today about what my body will and can do for me if I just give it my all.... not necessarily go "all out"... but give it my all.

P.S.  its AMAZING the kind of ab workout you get when you're nursing a hurt back... my little silver lining.

Friday, February 17, 2012

RAWR!

Feelin a little animal!!!  It seems as if being laid up with back pain has it's perks!!!  RAWR!  This fun nail art was inspired by my upcoming Fun With Alcohol Ink Class on March 3rd at Craft Fusion (class starts at 1 p.m.), check out what we'll be making:


In fact... if you loved the nail art above, you might want to consider signing up for this class [hint, hint].  For this class we'll be creating this ADORABLE notebook using various alcohol inks.  You're not going to want to miss this!  Along with learning how to assemble our own notebook using The Cinch and Zutter products, we will also be using alcohol inks to customize our project.  Join us and learn how to color stamped images using alcohol ink markers giving your projects depth and dimension.  Please bring your basic tool kit and alcohol ink markers (any brand) for this instruction.  There are markers to rent, but rental markers are limited so the sets will be available on a first come, first serve basis.  Contact Craft Fusion to book your spot at 480-821-3758.  Along with creating this super fun project, someone might just walk away with some fun nail art to go with it!!!  Stay tuned!!!

Oh, and for my fellow nail fettish friends out there, the Konadicure above was created using image disc M44 along with Konad's special polish in yellow and gold-black for the french nails.  The ring finger was polished with China Glaze's Wagon Trail and the leopard print from M57 stamped using China Glaze's GR8 and "spotted" with Konad's yellow special polish. Seche Vite was, of course, put on as a top coat for the ultra shine and quick dry!!!
 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Winner Announcement!!!

Ok gang!!!  I'm a bit late with announcing the winner of my Twilighty Goody Bag but it's because I've been a little laid up.  I had a little accident with my lab puppy who is an infant in an ENORMOUS dog's body.  Well, you can kind of see where this is going!!!  About a week and a half ago I tripped over him breaking a toe and hurting my back.  This has NOT been a fun time for me so PLEASE accept my apologies for the oh-so-late winner announcement.  So the winner of my Twilighty Goody Bag is:  AKUMA KANJI!!!!

Akuma Kanji said...

I am very happy for you! Specially because you will use a proper wedding dress :) I had a cousin that happened the same thing. She married pregnant so she didn't wear a dress neither went to the curch, but when her son was baptized, when he was already around 8 years old, they decided to unite the ceremonies and so she had her chance to use a wedding dress. She was very radiant! ^__^ I hope everything will go just fine! Count me in in your Twilight giveaway: akuma[dot]kanji[at]gmail[dot]com

Thanx to everyone who played along!!!  I already sent out an email to the winner!!!

Now for some good stuff that came out of all that limping and crying after my accident!!!  I'm seeing just how DETERMINED I am to have that wedding dress.  Even though I've been laid up, I'm STILL managing to stay on track with the Curves Complete program.  While I HAVE had to miss a couple of workouts, I'm still getting in my 10K steps a day (well, most days and quite gingerly) and eating like a girl who's getting ready to buy a wedding dress!  Woo Hoo!  What I realized is that life is still going to happen when you're looking down the barrel of realizing your dreams.  You can let things stop you or you can find a way around them.... it's all about what you CHOOSE to focus on, what it means and what we are going to do about it?  I'm choosing to focus on the girl about to buy a weeding dress, it means that it is my last chance for a REAL wedding ceremony therefore fulfilling all my girly dreams and I'm going to continue moving forward REGARDLESS of circumstances in life.  THAT means that I'm going to be relying on my body to heal itself which takes me full circle back to this wonderful Curves Complete program of eating right, exercising and one-on-one accountability.  I'm slowed slightly but still moving in the right direction!!! 

I'd like to say a quick "Thank You" to Anthony Robbins for the message that sparked my resolve.  Here's the clip that motivated me to really search myself.  While this video is surprisingly vulgar, Mr. Robbins is none-the-less anointed and spectacular.  I hope that others get out of it what I got out of it!



***MORE GOOD STUFF!!! Stay tuned for the details of my upcoming Copic class being held for the first time at Craft Fusion... YAY!!!***

Monday, February 13, 2012

Hope vs. Desire

Ok folks... today's the day!!!  Today's the first day of the 90 day Curves Complete program and my emotions are in overdrive!!!  Now, I've known FOREVER that a healthy, strong body begins in the mind.  I cannot tell you HOW many times I've read article after article about the brain being the largest muscle in the body that needs the most training, but you can KNOW information that never quite makes it to your heart.  THIS is where I really need the work!  But today I think I'm on the verge of a breakthrough!

So as I was perusing the internet in search of inspiration to carry me through the next 90 days of Curves Complete I ran across THIS gem from Muscle and Fitness Hers:  Master Your Mind

And that AMAZING article sparked a full-on Bible study that was desperately overdue!!!  So to start things off, the Bible very clearly points out that knowing without doing is NOTHING!!!

James 2:17 - So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

I'd say that was pretty straight forward!  Ok God, I'm establishing where am I.  I'd like to work on where I'm going...

Proverbs 16:3 - Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

Alright.... so I don't really need to have a plan in place, I just need to work, and commit it to the Lord.  CHECK!  But what work if I don't have a plan?  HAVE A GOAL!!!

Habakkuk 2:2 - And the Lord answered me:  Write the vision; make it plain on tablets so he may run who reads it.

Job 22:28 - You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways.

Awesome!!!!  So what then?  I have the goal but still no plan!  What am I supposed to be working on?

Romans 12:2 - Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Wonderful!  So my job is to continue to learn, and to test.  Seriously, I feel like I've been doing that all along.  All the different diets and exercise programs, all the articles and professionals I've talked to... I've done my fair share of "renewing my mind" and "testing"!  Why am I still finding myself back at square one???  Why have I not mastered my metabolism???  HOPE vs. DESIRE

Proverbs 13:12 - Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

So I just haven't gotten it yet?

Proverbs 25:28 - A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

Nope... I just don't have it yet.  If I had it, this post would not be getting written.  At what point am I going to take it?  How much more testing and renewing and hoping and praying am I going to go through before I say enough is enough, suck it up and truly DESIRE mastering my body?  According to the Bible, it doesn't get harder than that.  I just need the desire... not hope... desire.  I'm going to be looking into that over the next 90 days or so.  I'll get back to you.  Feel free to chime in on what you think the difference is between hope and desire.  Something tells me this "test" is going to get very interesting!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

I Am Reminded

WOW!  What a morning I've had already!!!  A friend of mine was recounting some health issues she's dealing with and I was reminded what this upcoming week with Curves Complete really means to me.... how far I've come with my own health.  I'm really overwhelmed with gratitude!  And it all really started with taking responsibility.

I will never tell anyone that they shouldn't seek medical advice.  But while seeking medical attention from a doctor,  make sure you take responsibility for your health as well.  And if you're sick, don't rely on someone else to take care of you!  "Cure me with a pill while I do nothing"  is not a healthy attitude!  When we are sick we should do everything in OUR power to heal.  If you're ill and you think that donuts and ice cream will heal you, then you're biggest illness might not just be physical. And I can speak as someone who used to be very ill... while food SHOULD NOT be used to medicate, it SHOULD be used as medicine.

What do I mean by food should not be used to medicate?  I mean that when you're feeling bad, don't turn to food for comfort but DO turn to food that is good for you to make you feel better.  Unfortunately while dealing with some pretty severe illness, I turned to donuts and ice cream for comfort because I was feeling so bad.  In turn, it made me sicker and left me with an added health issue.... obesity.  I'm blessed today because since I started fasting twice a year and eating far better than I ever have, the only health issue I'm dealing with today is the extra pounds. 

Now I'm not making light of that.  Obesity is a pretty serious illness, but like all illnesses I've had to date, I believe that I CAN HEAL from it.  Tomorrow is my official start date for the Curves Complete program and it is my next step on the path of healing from obesity.  I'm also taking this opportunity to cut gluten from my diet (I actually already started the gluten free bit a couple of days ago) and will spend the next 90 days focused on healing.  I'm excited to see myself in 90 days.

So I've come a long way in my journey to healthy and am about to start the next leg, but for those of you who might be starting out, here's where I started:  Fasting for health* and an alternative to pain medication.

http://www.thenazareneway.com/diet/fasting.htm

http://healthrecipes.com/fast21.htm

http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/cayenne.htm

Here's to our health. I'm hopeful that my journey helps someone else.

*I personally don't have any one recommendation for fasting.  There are so many fasts out there from The Master Cleanser to water and juice fasting.  If you are prone to eating disorders or are someone who will abuse fasting or not use it for what it's intended for, PLEASE do not attempt.  I would also say that to someone who is prone to narcotic addiction to stay away from pain meds and opt for pain management alternatives.  The point of fasting is to give your body a break from processing food so that it can heal itself; the longest I've ever fasted for is 25 days.  I say that whatever fast is easiest for you to do, that is the one you should start with.  I started with The Master Cleanser but have since started Juice fasting twice a year using the Green Smoothie Revolution.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Feelin The Love

Ok... wow!  It's been a while since I've done my nails.  Judging by how short they are, you can probably guess why.  Another reason is the HUGE scar I now wear on my middle finger from when Martha Stewart tried to kill me!  Click HERE for the gory details.  But, with Valentines right around the corner, I couldn't help but do a little Konadicure for the occasion.  Well, that and I did a Konadicure for the Super Bowl (so sorry I didn't get pics before completely trashing my nails at the party... GREAT PARTY by the way!!!) that REALLY needed to go.  A girl can only go so long with all of her nails looking like tiny footballs.  Yah, kinda regretting not posting them.  So that I don't make the same mistake again... here are some cuties.

So for my base coat I used Nail Aid's Pink Natural Growth Therapy followed by two coats of OPI's Got a Date To-Knight and then a coat of Seche Vite for a quick dry.  Then I went to Walmart and picked up my copy of Twilight:  Breaking Dawn Pt.1 and watched it.  Next, I used Konad image disc M69 and the special polish in white to do the tips.  Finally, I did one coat of China Glaze's Fairy Dust to give it a sparkle (was in that sparkly mood after watching Twilight) and one last coat of Seche Vite.  Done and done!  LOVE THEM!!!  Definitely a subtle look to these beauties.  MAN, HAVE I MISSED MY PRETTY NAILS!!!

And, speaking of Twilight, don't forget about my Twilighty give away coming up!!!  There's still a couple more days to enter!  Click HERE to find out how!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Challenge and The Dresses You Requested

I forgot to mention yesterday that the owner of my Curves advised that I try out a gluten-free diet for the next 90 days during my first run at the Curves Complete program.  She is suggesting I do that because I told her about the article I read that discussed wheat intolerance being associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.... which I have.  She thought that since I'm "tweaking" my diet anyway, that it might be a great time to try this gluten-free gig and see how I feel.  I couldn't agree more!!!  But where do I start??? 

I first started online.... OF COURSE!!!  Here's what I came up with:  http://www.wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/gluten-free-whole-grains

Then I found:  http://glutenfreegirl.com/how-to-live-gluten-free/ and http://simplygluten-free.com/ and http://www.acidalkalinediet.com/high-alkaline-foods-12-perfect-foods-for-optimal-health

And great tips here:  http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/803172/six-tips-to-live-glutenfree

Finally, a few new blogs that I have FALLEN IN LOVE WITH:  http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2009/03/cooking-gluten-free-on-budget-brown.html
http://www.jensglutenfreeblog.com/
http://audrasfoodtopia.blogspot.com/

Now... I think I'm well on my way.  Which is a good thing because Monday is almost here!!!  Here's a little glimpse at why all of this is so important to me!  Below are pics of all my favorite wedding dresses (so far).  I'm hoping that I will be able to get one of these beauties off the rack come June... what are the chances???  Anyway, to those of you who requested pics... here you go!!! :)  I'm thinking this won't be the first wedding dress post!  LOL!  And while these dresses aren't in any particular order, I will say that my very favorite is the first one, but I would honestly take ANY that are pictured!!!







Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A New Journey

So I joined Curves around Christmas of 2011 and just started the new Curves Complete program (my official start date is actually this upcoming Monday).  The Curves Complete program offers me everything that Weight Watchers was offering.... ONLY BETTER.  Let me tell you why its better for me. 

1) I'm already working out there.  The convenience of weigh ins, education and group support all at the same place where I work out means that its more efficient for me.

2) I actually am saving money too!  I didn't think that I would save money since the Curves Complete is $200 for three months and Weight Watchers was costing me about $50/month to go to the weekly meetings.  But as it turns out,  for the extra few dollars a month with Curves Complete, both me and my husband can participate in it for that amount (the program is web based, but he CANNOT work out with me at Curves...its women only) AND I get online benefits.  Weight Watchers would have cost me an extra $49 for online goodies in addition to the $50/month for weigh ins, education and group support. Because of the cost, my husband couldn't ever really participate with me on Weight Watchers.  He's now on board for the Curves Complete.  *Note: also, I received a month's supply of Curves Protein Shake mix, a Curves tote bag, a Curves pedometer and a 30 day supply of vitamins.  I don't know what the value was for all of that, but once I joined, I QUICKLY realized that my decision was financially sound.

3) There is NOTHING like Curves "group support".  When I attended Weight Watchers meetings, I would stand in line, weigh in, then sit for about a 45 minute meeting where we would cheer successes then listen to the speaker talk about that week's education topics.  With Curves, I still weigh in once a week, but meet with my Curves owner one-on-one to look at my tracked meals for the week, my workouts, fat loss education and discuss ME overall.  I don't share that time with anyone else.  And when I have successes to celebrate, they are announced to EVERYONE working out on the Curves circuit, graphed on a chart for me and posted on the wall for everyone to see.  And as far as the group meetings....well, my meetings now take place four times a week while I'm working out.  Instead of sitting in a chair for a meeting I'm working out on the Curves circuit for 30 minutes talking to all the ladies about how my Curves Complete week is going.  Honestly, the support I'm getting at Curves just can't be beat!

So, in a nutshell, I'm sort of on an exciting new journey for the next 90 days with this Curves Complete.  I'm excited about it and look forward to sharing some really big progress before its time to run out and buy my wedding dress.... I promise to keep you all posted!!!  I'm enthusiastic that there is going to be a lot to share!

***P.S. The one piece that I forgot to mention is that I SO LOVE the easy and fun workout at Curves.  I call it my "girl time" because all us girls go around the circuit while talking, gabbing, sharing and laughing.  I work up quite a sweat during the 30 minute workout, but barely notice it because of all the fun I'm having.  Now that Curves has Zumba... I'm warned that I'm REALLY going to love my workouts!!!  NICE!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super Bowl XLVI


Ok gang... today is Super Bowl Sunday and I'm going to PARTY!  This year it's the Patriots vs. the Giants.  I honestly haven't kept up the football teams but I can tell you that the same was true for the last Super Bowl Party I attended and it ROCKED!!!  It was 18 years ago (GEEZ... that long really?!?) and my buddies Lynn and Wayne put it on.  It was the most memorable party I ever attended... I had THE BEST TIME!!!  My only regret is that my husband can't join me this year, although remembering that last party, I'm thinking it might be for the best.  HAHAHAHAHA!

Anyway, I thought I'd put together some goodies to take with me.  The pic above is one of the commemorative goody boxes I made using Stampin Up's Sizzix Matchbox die.  This die is actually one of the most used dies I own.  If you're on the fence about this one...its a MUST HAVE!!!  As you can see in the pic, four Hershey's Nuggets fit in it perfectly.  It will also hold other mini chocolates (I looked for footballs but they were sold out), two mini Wonka Nerds or two mini Laffy Taffys.  Stampin Up also makes a couple of stamp sets that allow you to stamp images to wrap your candy with (see below).


I try to keep my crafty supply purchases to items that I KNOW I will use more than twice.  I've officially used this item 20 times now thanks to this year's Super Bowl.  Have an awesome and safe Super Bowl Sunday gang and may your favorite team win!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Ok... One More!

Alright.... This beauty is a preview for my next Copic class.  Thanx to my friend Melanie for inspiring this wonderful creation (I JUST re-read that email Melanie.... took me awhile, but I FINALLY did it)!!!  If you haven't ever seen Paper Blessings by Melanie, then you're in for a treat!!!  I first met Melanie when we were on The Town Scrapper design team together and she has been a source of inspiration for me ever since.  Her coloring is superb and she is the first one to introduce me to Kraftin Kimmie Stamps.  It has been a long time since I've colored these wonderful Kraftin Kimmie images and this one makes me want to order more.  I so wish the Canadian shipping strike had never occurred!  I'm so scared to place an order!!!  Should I give it another chance or shouldn't I?  Today IS Kraftin Kimmie's birthday and she's running a sale.... maybe......

*Copics used:  BG01, B18, C6, E00, E000, E11, E30, E35, E57, YG01, YG13, YG67, Y28 and W5

There's Something On My Desk!!!

After so long of having a completely unmanageably covered desk (I'm talkin the kind of "covered" that keeps you from doing ANYTHING) it was so nice to finally look at it empty... BUT, as most scrappers will tell you an empty desk is almost as suffocating as a packed one.  So take a peek at what's on my desk now!  And it's about to have company!!!  I am going to be heading to a Super Bowl party and am putting together some goodies for the super fun event.  More on that tomorrow.  I'm also doing my nails later today for the event.  OOOOOOO.... so much good stuff to share!!!  Catchall later!!!

*Krista, I wrote down each of the markers that I used for this, but OF COURSE I can't find it now because my desk is clean!!!  And this cutie pie is the Sugar Nellie Simply Sassy Little Light of Mine.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Feelin The Juice!

 Wow... it has been a while since I sat down and colored.  I started this beauty some time ago and FINALLY finished her while hangin out with my fellow Paste Eaters (a little girl-power-scrapper group I LOVE attending and miss far too often).  Its nice to have a little inspiration.  It's also nice to sit and color again.  It appears that applying a little Feng Shui to my 'spaces' is just the thing the doctor ordered to get the old juices flowing!!!

This one's just a simple card, but coloring ANY Make It Crafty image will take something from simple to smashing in no time.  This beauty is Pipi and I altered her a bit by removing her pigtails using Photoshop Elements.  I like the "pixie" look of her without them.  I'm gonna have to give coloring the full image a try.  To get your hands on this GORGEOUS image, click HERE.

Now for those of your who read my last post and responded about my wedding dress.  STAY TUNED!!!  While I can't go shopping for my dress yet (I'm expecting to schedule fittings around June of this year), I DO have some favorites picked out.  I will post pics of them in the coming days.  I would SO LOVE to hear everyone's input!!!

Okie Dokie... that's it for me today.  Don't forget about my Twilighty Give Away going on.  Click HERE for details and to enter to win a VERY COOL Twilighty goodie bag!!!