Tuesday, June 30, 2009

{celebrate} aging gracefully

If you've got any tips on that, I'd love to hear 'em! ;P

Okay, onto the card....

I'm not sure why I always mention who I made each card for, but with limited time for stamping, just about every card I make is made with someone specific in mind. And sometimes there's a whole lot more that goes into my making them 'just a card'...I think it's called a bursting heart (not to be confused with a bleeding heart or enlarged heart, neither of which are as easy to live with). I can't help it; I just get that way sometimes. Okay, a lot of the time. I think I'll blame it on all the wonderful people in my life...it IS all their fault, ya know. But sometimes my heart spills out here in words...too many words...not sure why. So please feel free to just skip on down to the card pics if you're not wanting to hear it...not like you need permission. lol I know you're busy, and you won't hurt my feelings. Really. ;)

So, if you're gonna hang with me for the next few minutes (thanks), here we go....

I made this card for a very dear friend of mine whose daily life is such an inspiration to me. And I can tell you all about how special she is because she isn't even aware that I have a blog. ;)

Beverly was one of my neighbors in California, and I still miss her terribly. She is the epitomy of grace, humility, and gentleness; she lives her faith, always has a smile to share, and tries to be a blessing to others...despite the fact that, ever since suffering from an unfortunate (yes, that's a HUGE understatement if there ever was one) accident at work about 15 years ago, she lives in a constant state of pain from a HORRIBLE degenerative condition she acquired as a result of said accident called RSD (reflex sympathetic disorder).

She knew it was bad, but I don't think she was prepared for the shock she received when one of her doctors, while testifying under oath as an expert witness during her Worker's Comp. trial several years ago, stated that about 90% of those afflicted with RSD ultimately commit suicide because they can no longer live with the pain. While I don't think she'd ever do that to her family, she admitted to me once that the thought had crossed her mind before and how easy it would be to do, given the amount of meds she's prescribed.

You can see it on her face and in her slow and deliberate gait; you can sense it in her incomplete sentences and abbreviated words in her emails; and you can hear it in her soft, quiet voice that she hurts beyond belief, but each day she finds the strength to go on. When she is able to drive she still takes her specially trained dog to visit the lonely, older folks at a local convalescent home, she still tends to her beautiful garden as much as possible, and she still finds the strength to get up each morning and take her dogs for a walk because she says that if she does what she feels like (which would be nothing) and gives in to the pain, she's afraid she won't get up again. And she does all this without a complaint. And with more courage, grace, and humor than I can fathom.

MAJOR drugs help; the many surgeries help; implanted medical devices help; innovative and experimental treatments help; the unfailing love and support of her most incredible and understanding husband help; and her strong and increasing faith in the Lord help; but she's still getting worse all the time. And due to the facial nerves now being impacted, she recently lost the sight in one eye. Thinking of all she's been through, the challenges each day brings, and the uncertainty of what lies ahead for her makes me so sad. I know getting angry doesn't help, so I pray. And cry. She and I both know that God is in total control and that He will continue to give her what she needs to get through each day. But it still hurts to know she's suffering so much and how so much of her life (as she knew it) has been taken from her...and all due to someone else's gross negligence. Still, she refuses to become bitter and instead looks for opportunities to praise God, knowing that He loves her and has the power to heal her and will do so if it's within His will for her life. So even though her life isn't going the way she'd hoped, she tries to find joy in this journey. She's good with that, and she completely amazes me.

Being the incredible woman and source of inspiration that she is, I probably should've made her some sort of superhero-type card, but since she radiates such beauty and absolutely loves flowers, this is what I sent this very special woman for her recent birthday:

Lots of dimension (sorry it's blurry). Fun to create. In hindsight, I should've made a few more layers for the petals, but I'd already put all of my embossing stuff away and got lazy. ;)

The sketch was a past one from CPS (and, if you're wondering, it was current at the time I made the card -lol).

Okay, I need to get my day going. Hope you have a good one!

Thanks so much for the visit, thanks for going on this ride with me, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo-Wiggins), Outdoor Denim (CTMH)

Patterned Paper: Bailey collection (K&Company)

Stamps: Aging Gracefully (Inque Boutique), Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink)

Ink: Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger), Indian Corn Blue, Garden Green, Outdoor Denim, White Daisy pigment ink (CTMH)

Other: 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches (SU!), 1 3/4" circle punch, corner rounder punch (EK Success), flower button (Wal-Mart), blue button (Autumn Leaves), embroidery floss (DMC), VersaMark (Tsukineko), white opaque embossing powder (Stampendous), heat tool, sponges, organdy ribbon (CTMH), leaf ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Tags Trio die (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), sewing machine, thread, foam mounting tape, glue dots

Sunday, June 28, 2009

thanks {mojo}

Happy Sunday to ya! ;) I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend.

I've got a busy day today/week ahead (we're going camping later this week for an extended weekend), so I'm gonna make this post short and sweet. Since I usually jabber on way too much, I know you can appreciate a quick one. ;)

Here's a card I made for my sweetheart of a daughter, Monica. I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch, what I call the 'mini Giggle Grove' trees from one of my very favorite Unity KOMs (Friendship. Love. Miracles.), a sentiment from Verve's Circular Sayings set, and some more paper from my Urban Rhapsody collection stack (that I love, LoVe, LOVE!...hope you're not getting too tired of looking at it, cuz I don't think I'm through with it yet -lol).

This was a really fun one that went together pretty quickly. The shocker here (for me anyway) is that I'm actually posting a card I made with a CURRENT sketch! lol

The d'vine Swirl embossing folder reminded me of the wind we've been having along with some of our recent thunderstorms, so I thought that design would be appropriate for the upper panel. lol

I did notice something rather strange with that particular folder of mine this time and wondered if anyone else has this "issue": There are four small rectangles lightly etched into the folder (one in each corner of the folder...on BOTH sides, so a total of eight), right along with the design itself, that transfer to the embossed piece of CS. They didn't show up as noticeable on the flip side (debossed side) of the CS, so I went ahead and used that. Plus with the sanding, it made it even less noticeable. I just thought it was really weird and it's not on any of my other folders (that I've noticed). Not sure why I haven't noticed it on this one before, but I'm definitely not likin' it...but what to do?? And I don't think I paid extra for it. lol So what I want to know is if it's just mine, or if it's a universal defect with that folder.... If you have one of these d'vine Swirl folders, would you mind checking yours and leaving me a comment with what you find? Muchas gracias!

Well, I think that's about it. So much for short and sweet --I should've known it wasn't possible. ;)

I've been busy making up some pre-scheduled posts to share with you until we return from our trip and I have time to get back on the computer -- I'm sure lovin' this summer schedule! ;D But in case my posts aren't delivered (again...SO frustrating) by FeedBlitz, you may want to check back from time to time. I hope you'll like what you see. ;) Oh, and just so you can't say I didn't warn ya...I got a leetle long winded --surprise, surprise. lol

Thanks so much for the visit, enjoy your day...and your week!, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):
Cardstock: White Daisy, Creme Brulee, Crystal Blue, Hollyhock (CTMH)

Patterned Paper: Urban Rhapsody collection (K&Company)

Stamps: September KOM (Unity), Circular Sayings (Verve)

Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Heavenly Blue, Cocoa (CTMH)

Other: large and small classic standard and scallop square Nestabilities dies, long large classic standard and scallop rectangle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, d'vine Swirls embossing folder (Provo Craft), threading water border punch (Fiskars), sponges (CTMH), pink Spica glitter pen (Too Marker), shimmery satin ribbon (American Crafts), apricot seam binding (Martha Stewart), sewing machine, thread, sandpaper, foam mounting tape, mini pop dots

Friday, June 26, 2009

{cupcakes} for you

Since I love to bake and I love to eat sweets, I would've like to have made and sent the real deal, but in this heat and relative humidity, I doubt they've had made the trek...plus I'd have been too tempted to eat half of them myself (NOT good). So, I decided it would be much better to send them in cardstock form instead. ;) Plus it didn't heat up the kitchen. lol Now I'm just hoping they'll arrive in time for the party.I used two different pieces of luscious double-sided Penny Lane patterned paper (I'm definitely in love with that soft pink!), stamping the Unity cupcake row (as I call it) image on three of the four patterns so I could paper piece the cupcakes. The "frosting" pieces are all popped up with dimensionals. I colored in the cherry using a couple markers and then used some glitter pen on it and the other cuppies and selected areas on the background floral panel to bling it up a little. I was running a little short on time so I opted not to get out the sewing machine, and in hindsight I really wish I had. *sigh*

Oh, and I thought you might like a quick giggle.... Here's what I found seated on my "photography studio" (aka bookcase shelf) a couple weeks ago. Courtesy of Chloe. The day before I spotted this mock-musical trio (who apparently didn't realize that a Lego guitar might be more characteristic than their chosen upside-down clay bowl drum and straw drumsticks...but if they're not the traveling sort, I guess it must work for 'em -lol), she'd been walking around the house singing "la cucka la barracka, la cucka la barracka." Not sure how to spell it or where she came up with that, but it was cute...for about the first 100 times -lol. Then, not so much. Especially after we told her how the song really went. But, yeah. She's a nut. Always giving us such a huge smile, and frequently something to giggle about.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: Colonial White, Twilight, Baby Pink (CTMH)

Patterned Paper: Penny Lane Tiny Dancer "Plie" and "Chasse" Graceful Swirls (My Mind's Eye)

Stamps: cupcake row from December KOM, sentiment from May KOM (Unity)

Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Heavenly Blue, Twilight (CTMH), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)

Other: Long classic standard and scallop rectangle Nestabilities dies, Tags Trio die (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), satin ribbon (Offray), waxed linen (unknown), slot punch (SU!), Gelly Roll Stardust clear glitter pen (Sakura), sponges, Cocoa marker, Hollyhock marker (CTMH), mini pop dots, foam mounting tape

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

ambrosia {thanks}

Happy Wednesday to ya! This week we're having some work done on our house and we're also getting our "usual" afternoon/evening thunderstorms (even a tornado warning on Monday night --OMW, the weather that night was very spooky...but God sure put on a spectacular light show for us!), so we've been having to hang out at home quite a bit but we're making the best of it. And since we're no longer doing school work, I've been a LOT more productive than I have in quite a long time, so that makes me happy. ;)

I've had my Ambrosia 6x6 pad for months but had never used it...until now, that is. I made this card for my oldest son (the one who keeps the cards I make him -lol) over the weekend and then realized that it fits in with Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration Challenge this week --kinda fun when that happens. It was inspired by a really pretty card I saw in the June issue of Cards magazine made by Betsy Veldman (she's another one whose style I just adore, and her style is so distinctive). I need to get dinner started, so I'm gonna be brief (imagine that!?! lol). If you have any questions about the card, please ask.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: Grey Wool (CTMH)

Patterned Paper: Ambrosia collection (BasicGrey)

Stamps: Frames and Messages (Hero Arts), Endings & Beginnings from Feb09 KOM (Unity)

Ink: Black (CTMH)

Other: cornice border punch (Martha Stewart), button (BasicGrey), embroidery floss (DMC), grosgrain ribbon (CTMH), sewing machine, thread, foam mounting tape, glue dots

Sunday, June 21, 2009

{handsome} protector

Since my hubby's Father's Day card is on the masculine side of the scale (good thing -lol!), I thought I could get away with that title...but just in case you were wondering, yes, he IS handsome! Don't believe me? Well, this ought to remove any doubt:I know, I normally don't share pics of my family on my blog, so I guess I'm livin' dangerously by sharing this with you today. ;) His jacket pretty much says it all...he's a "manly man," the true rugged, active, outdoor-sportsman type (who would much rather be doing just about ANYthing outside than having to be indoors within reach of his Honey-Do list --Don't get me wrong, he's a good handy-man too, though it's just not among his favorite ways to pass the time -lol). I could go on and on about him, but I'll spare you. Suffice it to say that I'm truly blessed by this wonderful man, and so are our kids. Oh, I snapped that pic of him last month when we were camping...Day 2 with no shower (just imagine how cute he is when he's cleaned up -lol).

Anywhoo...his card this year was one of the quickest cards I've ever made. Nothing too fancy or fussy, just like him (gotta love havin' a happy-go-lucky, low-maintenance husband!). I followed a really great sketch I found over at OZ-Somestamps (she even listed the dimensions!), so once I decided on my papers, it went together fairly quickly. I love it when that happens! Now if only I could find a stamp set featuring a large arsenal of military rifles (not that I'd know how to use it, but HE'd love it fer sure! AR, AR, AR...done in my best "Tool Time" Tim Allen voice -lol).... I used the Protector set by Verve over the black gingham paper, randomly colored in some of the hearts on the panel on the right with a marker, did some edge distressing, and that was pretty much it. The sentiment is from another Verve set, Dad's Day, and I used it on the inside of the card as well: Well, I hope you're enjoying a wonderful weekend and that you're able to find ways to celebrate those special men in your life. Not sure what our afternoon will hold, but I know we'll be grillin' up some steaks for dinner and wishing our own dads (and older kids) were here to join us (but since my parents were here for a week last month, I can't really complain too much). Not even a close second, but we are thankful for the telephone. ;)

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: Barn Red, Black, Vanilla Cream (CTMH)

Patterned Paper: Life's Journey collection, Daydreams collection (K&Company)

Stamps: Protector, Dad's Day (Verve Visual)

Ink: Black (CTMH)

Other: large and small classic oval Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Barn Red marker, black grosgrain, distressing tool (CTMH), button (BasicGrey), embroidery floss (DMC)

Friday, June 19, 2009

syrupy sweet {tools}

So you think you smell homemade maple syrup, do ya? Well, I tried to clean it all off before finishing up this card, but I'm wondering if after being cooped up in an envelope for a few days, traveling in 80+ degree weather, if it's gonna be smelling as sweet as when I discovered my error. (Mom, you'll have to let me know. lol) I'm just glad you can't really see it! Or can you?You see, Chloe had pancakes for breakfast not too long before I decided to stitch and assemble my dad's Father's Day card (my workspace is our kitchen table). Chloe's normally really good about cleaning up after herself, and I'm normally a little on the obsessive side about making sure my work surface is clean before I get started. Not sure what happened that morning. Regardless, after I stitched around the focal image to secure it to its matting layers and then laid it on the table (face down) to clip the threads, I picked it up from the table to find that the panel was a bit sweeter than anticipated. lol 'Course I wasn't laughing with that discovery. Lesson learned.

I started to freak out a bit, but then I noticed that the syrup spots had somehow missed the tools...and actually provided a rather cool-looking distressed look to the focal image (new technique maybe? lol) --too bad I was going for the crisp and clean look on this one. (And too bad I wasn't thinking it was so cool at the time or I'd have taken a pic for you.) So then I got the brilliant idea (okay, maybe not so brilliant, but it was my only option short of re-doing it) to use the corner of a damp sponge to ever-so-carefully wipe away the splattered golden sweetness. It worked for the most part. It ended up roughing up the paper a little, and made a make-shift shadowing effect in a few spots, but after it dried it didn't look half-bad and so, being in a hurry (like usual), I decided to go with it. If you don't look too closely, I think you'd have a hard time telling. I hope.

Oh, and Mom, if Dad doesn't notice, please don't tell him. ;) But if he does happen to think he smells something like maple syrup, just hint that it must be from the pancakes you served him that morning...You are making pancakes with maple syrup on Sunday for him, right? lol Or maybe we should just let him think he's soooo sweet (cuz he is, ya know!) that he imparts sweetness to the air around him. Sure glad he likes maple. ;P

I used Taylor VanBruggen's fun sketch from last week (couldn't get the exact post to come up, so you'll have to scroll down just a little bit to see it), and kinda kept the design going a bit on the side too: Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: White Daisy, Twilight, Cranberry (CTMH)

Patterned Paper: Offbeat collection (BasicGrey)

Stamps: Happy Dad's Day (Hero Arts)

Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko)

Other: small and large standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), VersaMark (Tsukineko), clear embossing powder, heat tool (CTMH), buttons (BasicGrey), waxed linen (unknown), ribbon (May Arts), sewing machine, thread, glue dots, foam mounting tape

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

{cool} candy

My friend Marie is giving away some SWEET blog candy this week. Check it out...or don't (and you'll give me a much better chance of winning -lol)!

Seriously, you'll love her artwork, so go pay her a visit (cuz you know you don't have to enter the candy contest...I mean, I'd understand completely if you didn't enter --and so would she-- if you're trying to be nice and help me win -lol). Just kidding -- go for it!!! ;D

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

on {angel's} wings

Happy Tuesday! I thought I'd give you guys a break and make this post short and sweet. ;)

Here's a card I made a while ago for one of my sister-in-laws using the 'gift angel' (she doesn't actually have a name, I don't think) from Unity's September KOM --Friendship. Love. Miracles. I love them all, but I think this is one of my favorite kits.

I paper-pieced her dress, but with the VERY poor quality photos here (so sorry!), I don't think you can tell. And I'm not sure how well it shows up, but I used some Iced Lavender Shimmerz on her wings, so they look especially pretty...at least in real life they do. ;): I hope you're all having a good week!

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: White Daisy, Amethyst (CTMH)

Patterned Paper: Wild Asparagus "Mother" Floral (My Mind's Eye)

Stamps: Friendship. Love. Miracles. (Unity)

Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Amethyst (CTMH)

Other: Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Loew-Cornell), scallop edge punch (Martha Stewart), scallop and classic rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder (Provo Craft), Iced Lavender Shimmerz (Shimmerz), Stardust Clear Gelly Roll pen (Sakura), ribbon (May Arts), silk flower (craft supply), foam mounting tape

Saturday, June 6, 2009

{home} free!

Yes, it's true!! We've finally finished up school for the year (except for a few MINOR details which will be pretty much painless), VBS is over, and I finished (and I wasn't late -lol!) putting together this project for a dear friend of mine whose oldest daughter is graduating from 8th grade this month.

Before you take a look, I want to warn you that I'm NOT a scrapbooker (yet!), so please don't be expecting great things here. And you already know I'm too wordy --enough said there. lol

My friend asked some family and friends to put together something (I believe the phrase "words of wisdom" was among her instructions) to include in an album she's making to commemorate her daughter's entering high school this fall. She always comes up with such fun and special things to do for her family --I love that about her...that, and she's SUPER organized and EARLY for everything (can you imagine?!)! How I'd love to have her come stay with me for a month and educate me. lol

Since we moved out of state almost three years ago, I haven't any pictures of Lauren to include in my contribution, and I didn't want to include a pic of myself, so I just had to wing it.
This project was NOT among my favorites, so I'm not really sure why I'm sharing it here (though maybe it's because I really like the idea of the project itself)...but I am. I did have fun coloring the BIG variety of Unity images, and even doing the scripture research was enjoyable (I included verses I thought were applicable and wrote them all around the outer edge of the second page...mostly Proverbs); it was the revisiting of memories from my relatively wild youth coupled with my decision to put together a stamped "picture" on the scrapbook page without any photograph --just seems a really weird execution of such a lovely plan. Hopefully my accompanying words on the following page (yes, another thing I found really hard to deal with...the fact that it's a two-pager, but done front-and-back sides of the page rather than side-by-side pages), will help the picture make sense. Oh, well. I'm sure Lauren will love the idea of the album...I just hope she isn't too put off by all of the seemingly endless pages of "wisdom" (I think "words of encouragement" or "learn from my mistakes" would be more appropriate regarding my contribution) bound together in this commemorative album (I'm thinking it may not be truly appreciated until she grows up and has kids of her own -lol).

As always, thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters:

Cardstock: Heavenly Blue, White Daisy, Hollyhock, Creme Brulee (CTMH)

Patterned Paper: Urban Rhapsody collection (K&Company) -- if you hadn't noticed, I LOVE this paper pack!! ;)

Stamps: "Just a little reminder" from December '08 kom, "house," "Home is...," and "blooming tree" from May '09 kom, "sun" from November '08 kom, "friends" from April '09 kom, "bird," "clouds," "family circle" from Birdie Inspiration (Unity)

Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), White Daisy pigment ink, Indian Corn Blue, Hollyhock (CTMH)

Other: Labels Four dies (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), picket fence border punch, classic butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), scallop border punch (SU!), crochet trim (Wright's), grosgrain (May Arts), buttons (Autumn Leaves), embroidery floss (DMC), atyou Spica glitter pens (Too Marker Products), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), sponges, Chocolate marker (CTMH), foam mounting tape

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

cupcake and lemonade {friends}

Hey there!! In case you were wondering, I'm still here...just slowing finding my way out from under a huge mountain of laundry from our camping trip, dealing with a leaky dishwasher, finishing up our last week of school (YAY!!), and helping out with VBS at church this week. And my hubby and I are in our second week of a cleanse (check it out if you dare -lol) --our first time ever doing something like this (but since we're so full of it, I'm sure it'll prove to be a good thing in the end -lol)-- so I'm a bit more tired than usual. We plan to stick with it for the recommended three months, but don't worry, I won't be giving you a detailed account of our journey. ;)

Um, yeah...okay, then.... So I really just wanted to say that I have the sweetest blog friends and I'm so happy to have met and been inspired by so many wonderful ladies through the Internet, all because of our mad passion for stamping. Seems so weird to say I have "friends" that I've never met, but I do, and I'll bet most of you feel the same way.

For instance, my last two posts didn't ever come through via FeedBlitz, but somehow in the last week or so I've been given two awards by people I've never met in real life. It warms my heart to know that there are people (even if it's only two -lol) who think of me even when I don't have much time to visit their blogs or share on my own. Silly, I know, but it makes me feel good (it's the little things in life, ya know?). And I think it's truly amazing how many people there are in this world who have so much in common with each other, yet it seems that often times it's so hard to find them in real life...and we're indeed blessed when we do. But regardless of where friends meet, I feel so blessed to have some very special ladies in my life.

This first award was given to me by my relatively new friend, Marie (thanks so much, Marie!): Marie and I have a LOT in common, and we even live {fairly} close by. According to Marie's blog, the meaning behind this Friendship award is:

"These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated." It also says: "Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."

And then there's this cute little Lemonade Stand Award (who creates these things?!): Homemade lemonade sounds good too...or it will when the sun comes out again. lol We've had unseasonably cool temps (in the upper 40s today), cloudy skies, thunderstorms, and even some rain, so hot chai tea has been my beverage of choice lately.

Anyway, both Marie and Barb honored me with this sweet award (thank you so much, ladies!), and I thought I'd share it with all of you cuz you know I can't just pick a small handful of my favorite bloggers (and when I've tried, well, I usually just get ignored --guess I haven't made that many Internet friends -lol).... So, if you're reading this, please consider yourself the recipient of both of these charming awards. Sound good? ;)

The rules of this sweet little Lemonade Stand Award are:
1. Comment on this blog.
2. Cut and paste the award logo and use it in your own blog.
3. Nominate 5 to 10 bloggers you feel show great attitude and gratitude.
4. Link to your nominees within your blog post.
5. Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received the award.
6. Link back to the person who gave you the award to show your appreciation.

And speaking of Barb, here's the card I made for her birthday the other day (yes, I'm still on a K&Company kick):
Here's the inside: Hmmmmm...now that I think about it, makes me wonder if receiving this cupcake prompted her to share her lemonade with me? (Just kidding, Barb!)

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: White Daisy, Hollyhock, Crystal Blue (CTMH)

Patterned Paper: Urban Rhapsody collection (K&Company)

Stamps: Big Polka Dot Cupcake, Cherry from Sweet Yummy Cupcakes (Unity), sentiment from Birthday Bash (Cornish Heritage Farms)

Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger), Honey (CTMH)

Other: Tags Trio die (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Scallop border punch (SU!), Bright White Dimensional Fabric Paint (Duncan), ribbon (May Arts), embroidery floss (DMC), VersaMark (Tsukineko), Chocolate marker, sponge, Liquid Glass, Prisma Glitter, clear embossing powder, heat tool (CTMH), sewing machine, white thread, foam mounting tape, glue dots