"As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness,
you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you"

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #90 ~ Stardust

Please join us this week for our 90 challenge.. Can you believe we are only 10 challenges away for out 100th... You won't want to miss it!! We will have GREAT BLOG CANDY!!!!

My inspiration for the card started with the sparkle of course... My own personal inspiration started with the dresses that Yvaine(Claire Danes) wore in the move.. When the star(Yvaine) falls down to earth she is wearing a gorgeous grey/silver satin dress. Then when Yvaine and Tristan are rescued by a ship of lighting pirates she is given a pick of any dress she wants from the captions(Robert De Niro) own personal stash... LOL She picked a gorgeous Royal Blue dress. The crown represents the brothers fight for the crown. The stick pin represents the stone around Yvaine that will turn into a Ruby when the last prince becomes king.. You will have to watch to find out who will become king... Last but not Least the star is an obvious inspiration Yvaine.. In the Beginning Tristan tells the girl that he thinks he loves(Victoria) that he will cross the wall and get her the fallen star to proved his love to her.. But when he meets the star the story takes a twist...

Join us over at Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge and create your own project inspired by this weeks movie.

Thanks for stopping by

Friday, July 30, 2010

Beautiful Butterflies

I have been cleaning out my studio and re-organizing all my paper. I need to clean of my desk so I can SEE my Cricut Expression.. I forget I even have it most of the time. I've had a few gently reminders to get that machine dusted of an get using it. A few weeks ago I was shopping at ROBERTS CRAFTS and I won a FREE Cricut cartridge. Then I was notified from Amy that I won a cricut cartridge she was giving away.. I AM SOOOO EXCITE to play with the cartridge Amy is sending.. It a Home decor cartridge... I bought a pack of vinyl a year and a half ago at the scrapbook expo and I have never used it... I think it might just get cut very soon.

During all this cleaning I decided to get to a project I have had in mind and sitting on my desk for well over a year.. We took the family to the Zoo a few weeks ago and I really studied the butterfly and bug collections there. I love all the vibrant colors and patterns on the wings of the butterflies. I decided that the "Mariposa" paper pack from "Die-cuts with a view" would be a perfect collection of paper to use.. When I had this project in mind I had the traditional version of a collection in mind but wanted to really give it a twist.. I decided to go with a flight pattern. And Rainbow color order as well. I am thrilled with the way it turned out.. The Lattice
die-cut from Stampin' Up was a great fit to jazz up the white background with out taking away from the butterflies..

When I was done I had a gathering of butterflies staring up at me from my desk.. So I decided to make a few little cards to showcase the little guys.. I Love Kraft paper it just makes everything look amazing...

Hope you all enjoyed my butterfly projects.. Stop by tomorrow for a new Cinema Saturday challenge...


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #89 - Casino Royale

Who doesn't love a good BOND movie... Even with all the years of watching them marathon style with my dad I still LOVE James Bond... When I think of Bond.. I think of Shaun of course.. Shaun Connery... (MY Heart beats fast...) My D.H. is really enjoying the new Bond Daniel Craig.. And I agree with

Sankari did you notice the little liquid pearls.. he,he.. I was so excited to have a project to use them on so I can be just like you... LOVE YOU my favorite girl...

him for sure.. He really makes the secret agent thing work for him quite nicely... It's defiantly easier to buy that he is a spy and not just a ladies man... This Bond gets tortured, has real blood and scars, and gets down and dirty and still comes out on top... The new Bond movies have GREAT actions scenes... Hope they hurry up and make a new one....

This weekend is my D.H.'s Birthday so this card is for him.. Totally fitting for my man of mystery... He is 007 and melts my heart... I am LUCKY to have him. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

(Inside of card)

This layout by Taylor was my inspiration for the card layout...



Friday, July 23, 2010


Just so you all SU Friends know.... I miss you all to death.. I had no idea that I would be thinking about convention all day long every day... HAVE SOME FUN FOR ME...

My sweet "SU~FRIENDS FOREVER" group.
The coolest ladies you will EVER meet.. They are some of the most gracious people ever.. It's so fun to chat on-line and feel the love... MISS YOU ALL!

My sweet friend Julie that I still get to see :) We carpooled last year and had sooooo much fun chatting and hanging out together. If you love the card displays thank Julie she helped put them together. Can't wait to see you soon... She even picked my up a couple little goodies what a SWEET friend... MISS HANDING OUT at Convention with you!!!! LOVE YOU JULES... She and here daughter share a special day with me.. Their b-day and my Anniversary.. We even ran into each other at one of our favorite restaurants... We are going to the restaurant next week together.. I CAN'T WAIT...
And sweet Dianne who I never get to see. I really loved hanging out with her. I didn't know here very well until last year.. Wish I was hanging out with you this year... :(

Sweet Megan Who lives in Utah (YAHOO!) that I meet from Kristina Werner's color challenge.. I don't have a picture of you ASHLEY VAN CAMP the cutest Artisan Award finalist(they should have pick you for a winner!!!) I understand.. YAHOO!

Here is MEGAN.

My CATTY CREW girls :) Who I NEVER get to see..
Connie Collins, Becky Roberts, Me, and Angie Tieman..
Connie was a finalist last year for the artisan award. She also had the cutest southern accent EVER. Check out her Blog for Great project. I have borrowed a few of here Christmas projects that's for sure..You can find her here. Connie is so very talented stop by and say hi.. Becky is the purse queen. This chicka is Always coming up with the newest and latest trends... You can even buy here amazing tutorials to make your own... She is my inspiration and I will NEVER live up to her ambitious PTA assignment. I don't have it in me... She will make it hard for who ever follows her. The Teachers at her son's grade school are so LUCKY to have a year of cards and gifts made by her... Check them out on her blog..
Angie and I fist meet from Kristina's color challenge.. I have always been in ahhhhhhhhh of her talent and style. I love her modern take on her cards. She always leaves me the sweetest messages as well... Angie was an ARTISAN AWARD last year.. Sure wish I could have a face to face chat with here again soon.... I would love to have my kiddos have her for a school teacher.. Can you imaging the art projects.... WOWERS! You can find her here..

Cute Kim who I meet through Becky.. This chicka is so stylish... And so sweet! And did I mention she LOVE black and white... Zebra style... My little Zach collects Zebra's as well... We just added another one last week on out trip to the zoo. check out her cute blog here.

Both Roxy(corinne) and I are missing this year... She has a MUCH better excuse that I... One of her beautiful daughters is getting married in 3 weeks!!! How exciting... Her daughter is one lucky girl to have such a talented mum how would take the time to make such fabulous things for her wedding like hand embossed napkins. You have to check out her blog and follow all the cool details... HAPPY WEDDING DAY! Sending blessings your way.
Roxy is so down to earth and genuine if you read her blog you will fell like you are an old friend.. She is SOOOO ADORABLE...

Melanie(ONE OF MY FAVORITES EVER!!!) Mel made my first and ever sense with SU the best.. Thanks for taking be under you wing. Mel works for SU she put together all the card displays with other cute girls. She has to work convention this year so if you see her say hi from me :) LOVE YA. And SWEET Daphne who is one of the kindest ladies you will ever meet.. She is to thoughtful she always sends me birthday cards... FROM HAWAII.... Daphne just moved back to the states...
(we were make and take helpers.. Last year had a Christmas theme)
Cute little Bev... I met Bev through Kristina's color challenge as well.. And what fun to meet this cute little gal at convention a few years back.. You can't tell I am totally bending down.. She is like 5" feet and I am 5"10 ish... Love you girl.. check her out here.
AND I am always in AHHH of the Queen.. Patty is so dang COOL. If I lived in the bay area I would join one of her stamp groups... The first year I met Patty I was star struck... I got up the nerve to introduce my self to her swap card she had posted.. I gave her one of my swaps and she even let me get a picture with her.. Later she hunted me down and gave me one of hers.. That totally made my day!!! This picture is not our first together and I look like a dork but I had to just show this picture of her smile... She ALWAYS looks this happy.. MISS YOU PATTY.

Pam is so cool... She has GREAT up-line get together. She is my up-line. We get to stamp together at here house a couple time a year. But his year I have been so busy I haven't been able to go. Not even last week when she was having a cram for convention get together... Hope all goes well for you in your presentation. You are always so fun to watch.... Pam thanks for thinking of me last year. What an honor to get invited to become a designer for SU. You totally ROCKED my world.... I Wish it could have all worked out so I could see you more.. What a blessing you gave to me to go through the interview process and get to be in the inner sanctum.. I loved with all my heart the panel interview.. I grew so much. I was so fun putting my resume in order and creating all the projects. I know that sound weird but it was sooooo fun.. I just couldn't do Full time... It wasn't meant to be.

There are SOOOO many amazing stampers/friends that I don't have picture with that I would LOVE to post... Like the Cutest Angela McKay We meet swapping cards... She had to coolest pirate card EVER! It's still one of my favorites I have ever swapped..
Check her out here.

Stay tuned because my list will keep growing I an sure as I think of you all fondly..

HUGS to you all



Monday, July 19, 2010

More Pearls and Ribbon

Just couldn't help but make more of these necklaces.. I love how simply elegant they are.

Grey ribbon and Grey pearls.
Dusty Rose
Next bracelets to match... and a HOT pink one for my daughter..

Link to Black and white on Grosgrain ribbon HERE.


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #88 ~ Best in Show

Join us on Cinema Saturday this week to make a card inspired by the movie...

This weeks requirement is to use an Fan Fold Medalloion you can find a tutorial on the talented Kelly Lunceford's blog HERE 4th tutorial down. or Splitcoaststampers.com HERE
Note that this is NOT our doggie... Ours would be hiding under a chair or staying close to momma(me) because he is a frady cat... We call him the BOOB.. We have to shovel a patch in the snow so he can do his business because he would just stand there and shiver. He hates the snow.. Milo our dog is maybe 5 years old and was never trained. he lived with an older lady before we rescued him. He is a Rat Terrier and is a dog that is Trained to Rat... Well this guy is not Ratter... LOL Oh well we love him anyway... See the picture at the end of the post to meet Milo.. Our little stinker.
This is the cutest little dog trainer I know...
My sweetheart was talking to a co-worker about how much our littlest loves dogs. She said there was a huge show just down the street from us this coming saturday. She said have him come and I will let him run my dog through the training corse. All Zach could talk about for the whole week until and the whole week after what the dog show... He had the time of his life running the dog around. He did a GREAT job.

This is my AWARD for the cutest
Mr "Z"
One of the funniest scenes in this movie comes from Fred Willard's character the dog show announcer.. He says... "To think in some countries these dogs are eaten" What kind of person would say that... This character has all sorts of kooky knowledge he shares throughout the show... Best in Show has so many big name actors that will make you laugh. Their character acting is hilarious. Here are just a few~ Eugene Levi, Jane Lynch, Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard, Jennifer Coolidge, Etc.

I think it's funny how people take on the characteristics of their dog/pet... or do think people pick dogs/pets that match their personality? If that's the case.. I am a little lazy old man who can't do trick and doesn't share a dang thing... LOL!

Mom and Milo...
Look he is to scared to even look at the camera...

Enjoy the show!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #87 ~ The Holiday

MY Card inspired by the movie.

Who doesn't need a little Christmas in July..

I used the oval nest abilities to frame the cottage. Then added Martha Stewart Snow for a little extra detail.

The short and long of it all~ Two girls who have men trouble.... Swap homes. One in the US and the other in England. They each meet local guy to fall in love with.

I LOVE the movie "The Holiday" What a phenomenal cast.. I had only been home from England for a short while when this movie came out.. What torture this was. Our sweet friend was visiting from England and wanted to go to this movie... Twist my arm... What fun we had... When I was thinking about what to make the little cottage that IRIS lived in came to mind. So I just had to use this little cottage stamp from Stampin' Up. So much happens inside and out of this little cottage. Snow was a huge part of the humor in this movie.. I can just picture Amanda slipping and sliding on the snow in her high heels. Or Iris crying her guts out over a huge looser named Jasper... My favorite part of the England half of the movie is the Gorgeous house that Graham owns( I WANT IT!!) and the beautiful children he has.. Mister Napkin Head is such a sweet highlight... My Favorite part of the US half of the movie is the trio of Iris, Arthur and Miles.. I love how Iris and Miles fall for each other over their genuine admiration for Arthur. I love watching their relationship/friendship grow... Everyone deserves to find their perfect match. The one who loves to watch the same movies, vacation the same place, encourages you to be your best etc...

I hope you all enjoy this weeks movie. Have fun with a little CHRISTMAS IN JULY!!


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #86 ~ Bend It Like Beckham

BROOKE'S project inspired by the movie "Bend It Like Beckham"

LOVE this movie.. I can't tell you how many times I have created project while watching this movie.. I love cross culture movies. We all live in such a new and exciting world with so many opportunities. What would you do if you were a young girl who would rather play soccer/football than learn how to cook a full Indian dinner or find a husband? How would you feel if your mother was always trying to get you to wear a skirt of wear stop playing the sport you love.. This is a heart warming movie that will take you on their journey to find out who they are and help their families to understand who they are as well.

I know you are thinking WHAT does this have to do with a soccer/football movie.. When let me tell you... Jess is a beautiful young girl who is just emerging into a young woman. She is discovering what she love and what she want to do with her life. What better than Butterflies to represent coming into a new life. When we are young we are protected from the world by our parents and when we emerge as young adults and start to make our own choices we find out who we really are.

Secret side of my bookmark... Shhh...

Don't we all have dreams we would love to pursue? I know I do! Just like Jess I want my dreams to make me an even better version of who I am with out giving up my faith, tradition, and family. One of my dreams is to travel.... I find that even as I reflect on my dreams they are changing.. I have realized that I don't need to be rich or famous with anyone but my own little family.. I hope and dream that my children never look back and think... Why didn't mom do this or that.. And that they will ALWAYS know that they are LOVED and mom always wanted me to reach my goals and dreams. THAT will be one of my lives dreams and goals...

Here is the card that will hold my book mark. With a little butterfly quote to remind my to always spread my wings and fly!

The bookmark is magnetic so when you are forced to stop reading your favorite book about your goals and dreams your bookmark will not fall out. Just slip it over your page.

Please leave me a comment either about your favorite part of the movie or.... One of your goals and or life dreams... Thanks for playing along. Please join us over at CINEMA SATURDAY and create a project inspired by this weeks movie.


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