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More Than Just Playtime

I hadn't realized until just recently what a blessing my "mostly stocked" craft room is.... honestly, that little space of heaven might really be saving my life!!!  Not a bad way to start off my new year!!!

My husband and I recently met my sister and her husband for one of those "paint nights" where you meet at a bar, recreate a masterpiece and have a bit of fun.  When my husband asked my sister why she decided to plan this outing she explained that as part of her breast cancer recovery, her holistic doctor recommended she take up something artistic to help relieve stress.  She was quick to point out that I've always had paper crafting for stress relief and artistic expression and I realized that she was right!!!  When I sit down to work on a project, I can COMPLETELY lose myself... truly not a care in the world.  HUGE chunks of time can fly by unnoticed when I'm in the throes of creative inspiration, even if it is only recreating a masterpiece....

This is the WONDERFUL project I copied from Karen!  Check out her blog HERE!!!  Big "THANKS" to my dear friend (and local Stampin Up Demonstrator), Cindy, for being game to help me recreate this incredible project!!!  Using the iridescent ice with the silver ink for the snowflake was utter brilliance!!!!  If anyone in the Chandler, AZ area is looking for a local Stampin Up Distributor, you can check her out HERE!  There's only a couple more days to order to get your hands on a couple of the items I used to recreate this gem (they were seasonal items)!

I really had a blast tonight with my friend Cindy making these curvy keepsake luminaries and I definitely had a blast with my sister and her husband at paint night.  I made a mental note that the "sharing" of artistic expression and relieving stress is truly an added bonus and an even bigger blessing than if I'm holed up in my craft room.  I think it's something I need to do a little bit more of.  But that being said, there is NOTHING like shutting the craft room door and getting lost in creativity!!!  Here's to a healthy 2015!!!


Ohhhhhhhhh that is gorgeous!! And I have always wanted to go to one of those paint nights!! They look like so much fun!!!!!
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Nope, no advice. I takes time to write. It takes time to organize your thoughts and get then out there for the world. And you want your content to have meaning and purpose (not be a post for the sake of posting), and for that, you will need to invest the time. I think if you are "creating" for 10-15 minutes, you are ahead of most! And while I've gotten away from it for a short (long) while now, it is helpful to sit down and brainstorm a week's worth of posts about things that happen or are happening that inspires you.

Past 7 Days....

I Love Being Hit By Mack Trucks

Ok, so my friend Cindy came over to play with all her new Stampin Up goodies.  When I first looked at the Yippee Skippee stamp set I fell in love with all but ONE stamp, "Never Underestimate The Power of Two"????  What the heck does that mean???  Is that supposed to be a "couples" stamp, like for Valentines or weddings or something?  I don't know, but when you apply that sentiment to alcohol, well..... Isn't it JUST so obvious how perfect this sentiment is?!?  I mean, it was like being hit with a Mack truck!  LOL!  Cindy and I were SOOOO proud of ourselves!!!  This card is AWESOME!!!!  We added the "or three" to the end realizing that it is just funnier that way!!!  We used a TON of Stampin Up goodies for this card: Inks and Papers - Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Whisper White Stamp Sets - Yippee Skippy, Happy Hour Tools - Big Shot, Banners Framelits, Paper Piercer, Paper Piercing Mat Additional - Linen Thread,

You'd Think I'd Have Had Enough!

Wow.... so HOW many times can I use this image??? HAHAHAHAHAHA! I can't help it! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this Victoria Case Magical Sophie stamp !!! But, I promise, this is the last time you'll see her this season. I've got WAY too many new and oh-so-cute stamps and goodies coming and I'll have to use ALL of them this Halloween.... you know how it is. So I did this card for The Town Scrapper (which, BTW, is where I got this cute little gem). Today starts the sketch challenge for the week over there. If you'd like to participate, click on the link above. Of all types of challenges, sketch challenges are my favorite. And this particular sketch is super fun just because of all the design elements that are so perfectly placed. Check back in tomorrow... I will be announcing the winner of the October 31st Cricut Cartridge. There's still time to enter, here's THE LINK for the details. Good luck everyone! :)

Dealing With A Deep Pantry

Well... I am putting things together in the new house.  We've moved and I'm starting to find stuff in the mountain of boxes... unfortunately, my camera cord is not one of them!!!  So sorry in advance for the pics that are coming in the next few postings while I look for it.  But with Kevin's surgery over with and getting out of cramped quarters in the apartment, I'm finally getting my life back and into the swing of ORGANIZING the new home!!!  Needless to say, after such a long time of not posting, I have a few things to show you.  But I'm going to start with the pantry. When we first purchased the house I had grand designs to turn this DEEP pantry into a step in-pantry by removing the shelving that is currently in there and replacing it with thinner shelving (going from about 20" shelves to 12" shelves).  There is nothing worse than a pantry that hides stuff because things get buried in deep shelving.  But after paying movers and buying window coverin