Friday, August 22, 2014

5x7 Pathfinding Card

Here's another card I made using the Pathfinding paper packet. This card pattern is from the Originals book. Using this pattern book makes making cards so easy. It gives you all the cutting directions, paper sizes and a colored picture to inspire you. Sometimes I just need a little help in the creative department & Originals does this for me.

I used Olive CS as the base
Chocolate CS is run through the Cuttlebug with the new Woodgrain Embossing Folder (Z1996 $8.95)
Then Pathfinding B/P paper at the bottom
I used the new Score Board (Z1937  $24.95) to add a border around the card then sanded it to expose the white core of the cardstock

The image is from Fabulous You (C1533  $13.95) stamp set which is one of my favs!! I stamped with Chocolate pigment ink and colored with the new ShinHan alcohol markers....LOVE THESE!!

      To finish it all off I used the new Bling Gems Gold Assortment (Z2023  $3.95) in the  corners of the card. BAM! done.

                                      Enjoy your day!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I made this card for the national swap that I participate in. So many new fun stamps, accessories that I got to play with.
Isn't this a fun set? Lifetime of Happiness (C1589  $13.95) is a set of 21 stamps....yes, 21 stamps for $13.95!!
As you can see I took the banner and added 4 layers of mounting tape behind the curve to give it dimension.

New Gold Shimmer Trim is cut in half lengthwise for just a little something-something

I stamped the flower onto colored cardstock (Canary cs with Autumn Terracotta ink) then punched out the center. Used mounting tape to pop the center. Also used a hole punch to add the Canary cs for the center of the little Glacier inked flowers, also with mounting tape behind it to pop it too.

I love how this card turned out...hope you do too!
Enjoy your day!!

Friday, August 15, 2014


I love fall. Though I'm not ready to go there yet I am playing with this new paper pack & creating fun stuff to share with you. Please check back soon to see what I made

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Meet My Handsome Son

So my "kid" was home on leave from the United State Military Academy at West Point and I brought him to a lunch meeting with Seattle Executives Association. I love to show off my Pride & Joy and everyone LOVES it when he come! He gets the biggest round of applause when I introduce him.

This pictures was taken of us at the end of the meeting by Rowland Studios.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Choose Your Path....

Everyday when I get my Mikey's Funny email I ponder on the wisdom, laugh at the comedy and am always given food for thought.

As we struggle through our daily lives & trials this illustration really spoke to me......


A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard
for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was
tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she
placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee
beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she
turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled
the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a

Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what do you see?"

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied. She brought her closer and asked her
to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they had gotten soft. She then asked her to
take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.
Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich
aroma, and then asked, "What's the point, Mother?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity - boiling
water - but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting.
However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg
had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after
sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans
were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your
door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?"

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft
and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a
fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial,
have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I
bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very
circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and

If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the
situation around you. When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest, do
you elevate to another level? How do you handle adversity?

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Thank You

Just a quick Thank You to all that came out for my Open House!
What a blast!!
New faces, some I haven't seen in years and everyone enjoying the new Annual Inspirations Idea book.

Please come back to see the items I made & gave away during the open house.

If you weren't able to come out I hope you will check the calendar for upcoming events

Enjoy your day!