Sunday, March 30, 2008

Just got back from working the SB Expo

Yep, the SB Expo was here in Orlando this weekend. I was working for They are an online store, "Mom and Pop" business out in Oklahoma, have every imaginable die for you die cutting machines and offer free shipping. I mean what more could you ask for?

They also carry other product lines, too...Scenic route, Daisy D's...oh man we had all the new Basic Grey...and much cheaper that other stores are selling it for. Howard and Laura are great've gotta go check them out. ....and tell them I sent you!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Life List

Here is a great list of wonderful things to do. I found this on one of my Sassy Scrapper Sisters blogs...Christine.

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.

3. Buy a DVR and tape your late night shows and get more sleep.

4. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement,'My purpose is to__________ today.'

5. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.

6. Play more games and read more books than you did in 2007.

7. Make time to practice meditation, yoga, tai chi, and prayer.They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.

8. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.9. Dream more while you are awake.

10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

11. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.

12. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

13. Clear clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.

14. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires,issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

15. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn.Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

16. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

17. Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away.

18. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

20. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

21. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

22. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

23. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

24. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words:'In five years, will this matter?'

26. Forgive everyone for everything.

27. What other people think of you is none of your business.

28. GOD heals almost everything.

29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

30. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friend will. Stay in touch.

31. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

32. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

33. The best is yet to come.

34. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

35. Do the right thing!

36. Call your family often. (Or email them to death!!!)

37. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________.

38. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

39. Enjoy the ride. Remember this is not Disney World and you certainlydon't want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life, so make the most of it and enjoy the ride!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Have you seen this?

This is too funny!
1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car)
Bootsie Explorer

2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie)
Vanilla Shortbread

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name)

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal)
Green Dog

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born)
Ann Hyattsville

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first)Pansh (sounds pansy-ish!!)

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink)
The Blue Water

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers)
Arthur Joe

9. STRIPPER NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy)
Journey Raisinettes (hilarious.!! she has little boobies!)

10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names )
Bernice Lee

11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter)
Randall Richmond

12. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower)
Autumn Tulip

13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”)Strawberry Shortie

14. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree)
Cadbury Palm

15. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”)
The Altered Sunshine Tour

If you do this, comment and leave a link so I can see your names!!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

All about cardstock...

And now an answer to the question on everyone's mind!!!

What can I do with cardstock?

  • Matting – photos, titles, borders, diecuts or journaling boxes (once, twice or thrice)
  • Deco accents (squares, triangles, corners)
  • Paper Tearing
  • Chalk or ink torn edges. You can burn the edges for an authentic antique look but tearing and using brown ink or chalk to the edges can give the same look with less risk
  • Color Blocking
  • Paper Crumpling (Scrunch up the paper and flatten it out again. For variation, add chalk or ink to the cardstock while folded). Using different types of paper can create different looks
  • Casting or paper sculpture
  • Fold paper and then unfold. Repeat as desired for added dimension. You can then use chalks or inks and the fold lines take up the color
  • Distressed cardstock (use steel wool or sandpaper to “rough up” cardstock). You can also give diecuts an antique or weathered look with the same process
  • Paper Weaving
  • Run through a crimper
  • Dry Embossing
  • Stamp cardstock or use a brayer to make a background
  • Paper piecing (a great way to use up small scraps of cardstock)
  • Mosaic designs (tear or cut cardstock into small blocks to create a mosaic design to use as a border or photo mat)
  • Pleat it, ruffle it, braid it, or tie it in knots
  • Fringe it (partially put the card stock into a paper shredder)
  • Pin pricking
  • Quilling
  • Cutting – single and multiple level
  • Fold thin strips of paper to make flower petals, tree branches, fence posts, frames or borders

Many thanks to my friend, Beth Kingston for this great list!

Now, go create something!! :D

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Check out the new online classes!

Just wanted to pop in and let you know of two new classes coming in April.

First is a two week class called "Altered Frames" Wall Hanging. I am showing you a snippet of the photos in two of the themes that will be presented. You can make this project to fit any theme. It begins on April 9. Click here for info, the supply list and to sign up.

The next one in April is a one week class. The Family Accordion Book class starts on April 23. Click here for info on this one, a supply list and to sign up.

Registration for both class begins NOW!!! Get a spot early and get those creative juices flowing! I am offering at least one class per month, so so check it out at

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Deck of Me Challenge Week 10

Is it already 10 weeks into the New Year? WOW! OK, Week 10 prompt: Where is your "Happy Place"?

For me, that is easy...anywhere in the sun! For me, the sunshine helps me clear my head, I can hear the birds and lay in the grass with my dog. We also have a huge hammock out by the pool, and in the Summer that is where you can find me. I pretty much live in my bathing suit in the Summer. Just throw on a pair shorts, T-shirt and flipflops and you're "good to go" just about anywhere. Remember, this is Florida... that kind of attire is NORMAL year round! :D

Friday, March 7, 2008

Check out new Dames logo!!

Three cheers for Dianna for creating this great logo for our Deck of Me Challenge ~2008. And a super shout out of thanks to the one and only Rhonna Farrer for allowing us to use her great digi elements in the logo!!! Rhonna RAWKS!!!!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Our childhood in black and white

I just received this email from a old school chum of mine. (Did I just say, chum??) I met Kelly in 3rd grade in Catholic school and have known her for 40 years!!! (OMG!!!) Read on and see if you can relate!!

Under age 40? You won't understand.

You could hardly see for all the snow, Spread the rabbit ears as far as they go. Pull a chair up to the TV set, "Good Night, David. Good Night, Chet."

My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.

My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the
counter AND I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice-pack coolers, but I can't remember getting e.coli.

Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took gym, not PE .. and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't
recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.

Flunking gym was not an option even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the National
Anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention.

We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.

I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.

Oh yeah ... and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked.

Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did, we got our butt spanked there and then we got butt spanked again when we got home.

I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop, just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house. Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that?

We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes? We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac! How did we ever survive?


Saturday, March 1, 2008

A walk in the yard

March 1, 2008. It is a leap year, so yesterday was February 29th. The 12th leap year since I was born.

The day has a slight breeze. Howard walks through the yard to enjoy the sights and smells. I join him to escape that I am doing. The dog is at my feet. She loves it when we are outside because she can really be a dog. Hunting for lizards or spying on the hawk that soars overhead.

The orange trees are blooming. You wouldn’t even notice except when you come nearer the tree you can smell the pungent scent of the blossoms. Then take another look and notice that the whole tree is filled with blooms. How did I miss that? The sight is inescapable. I run back to the house to get my camera. Now as my sight is primed for the tree and any movement, I see a bee, and more. One bee puts the whole front of his body in the flower. And there’s a wasp or two. I capture photos of this wondrous sight all the while the breeze blows the orange blossom scent through the air. Someone is practicing their saxophone and it sounds so smooth and mellow. I hear the sounds of the kids next door playing basketball. Next I spy a bumblebee. I love bumblebees! Their plump and fuzzy bodies…how do they get the energy to fly? I stand there under the tree snapping photos at will as I spot another bee in a flower. I have no fear of the stinging insects. My only thought is to immerse myself in the moment.