Thursday, July 31, 2008

Silhouette CC Bird

I think my mojo has officially left the building. I *kinda* like this card, but feel like it needs something else, and can't figure out what. *sigh*

So this finishes the last of the DTGD08 challenges, Joan Ervin's silhouette challenge, and is combined with this week's Color Challenge (CC177) from Emily Giovanni (aka emilymomto3boys) - Groovy Guava, Sahara Sand, and Whisper White.

I cut two ovals using my Coluzzle, and then put a scallop around the outer oval using my corner rounder punch. The scallops didn't meet, however, so I had to figure out a way to cover up the gap...hence the ribbon placement. So, I knew I needed the ribbon to go *over* the scalloped oval and *under* the guava oval, and *still* glued the two together, without any ribbon. grrrr.... So, I cut slits along the guava oval's edge for the ribbon to be fed through, and cut a slit at the card's fold for it to go around the front panel (because I also neglected to cut/score my paper for a 'typical' card). Yeah, seriously struggled with this one!

So, what do you think? Any ideas on what to add? Hope you all are having a great day!

Supplies used:
Paper: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, and Textured Groovy Guava cardstock (SU!)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko)
Stamps: raven (Invoke Arts/Studios Blackbird)
Other: White twill (Martha Stewart Crafts); D'Vine Swirl embossing folder, Cuttlebug machine (ProvoCraft); paper piercing tool (Tim Holtz for Tonic Studios); clear embossing powder, embossing gun

Cupcake double challenge and BRAK

First up, the cupcake card! This one was to fulfill 2 DTGD08 challenges: Taylor's (aka tayloredexpressions) Cupcake challenge, and Rose Ann's (aka cutterscallous) Flap Card challenge. I was inspired to make the swooping shape of the flap after watching Kristina's Make a Card Monday this week, and used my oval Coluzzle template to cut it, then cut a matching, longer Chocolate Chip layer to emphasize the shape. Then I repeated it by cutting a smaller, full oval to place my cupcake on. A stamped sentiment, and few 'bling' brads, and the card was done. Seriously took me 10 minutes, most of which was spent finding my cupcake cut-outs and my Coluzzle. Easy peasy lemon squeezy (as my DS would say)!

Next up is the *beautiful* Birthday card my sweet friend Melinda (aka passionfruit) made for me! Isn't it fantastic? *smiles*
It's a gate-fold style card, and the main image panel goes across both panels and has a Velcro closure on the back of the right side to keep the card closed. It doesn't show very well in either pic, but the brown stripe across the card is made of amate paper, an amazing hand-made bark paper made in Mexico. I'm lucky enough to have some (a gift from Melinda when she was in Mexico a few years ago) that I've been hoarding. The texture of it is amazing, and I don't want to use it up! (Which is kinda silly, because Mel goes there a couple times a year, and I'm sure she'd pick some up for me if I asked!)
Thank you such much Melinda! I absolutely *LOVE*'s going on my inspiration board *wink*

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a fantastic Thursday!

Supplies Used on Cupcake card:
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Taken with Teal, and Textured Very Vanilla cardstock (SU!); striped (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU!)
Stamps: Mini Mates (SU!)
Other: brads (Karen Foster)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

BFF Award...Happy Birthday to me!

I've been tagged! (...and I hope I'm doing this right!) Brandi gave me the "Blogging Friends Forever" award *insert huge, cheesy grin*! Go check her out...she does some gorgeous cards, and she seriously rocked the challenges this week for DTGD'08! Thanks Brandi! {hugs}
The Rules:
1. Only 5 people allowed.
2. 4 have to be dedicated followers of your blog
3. one has to be someone new or recently new to your blog and live in another part of the world.
4. you must link back to whoever gave you the award.

Here it goes:
1. Dragana Skoro ...she is so sweet and comments on nearly all of my cards! Go check out the flower cards on her blog,'s knocked my socks off!
2. Julia Aston (aka artystamper on SCS) ...this amazingly talented stamper was this week's Featured Stamper on SCS! I think she'll be incorporated into one of my three remaining DTGD challenges *wink*
3. Sarah (aka Sairabee) ...okay, while linking to her blog I just realized she gave me this same award 3 days ago! (Hello! Where have I been? Doing too many challenges, not enough blog reading!...) Sarah, you rock! Her cards are so fun and make me smile...hugs, girl!
4. Lesly (aka LeslyAdams) the challenges (go see this card on SCS!) 'nuff said
5. Jackie ...beautiful, simple cards and adorable layouts of her girls *smiles*

I could go on, but the rules say only five :( Next time, ladies, next time *wink*

Hugs to my Juicy friends Passionfruit, Jamba, and Razzleberry, too! Love your support, and if you had blogs, I'd nominate you, too!!

To quote Dragana, "Blog you later!" *wink*

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

French Shop Girl (DTGD08 challenge card)

Warning: this is another long post, but I think it's needed for this card! *smiles*

Another card for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge at SCS. This one was from Kittie Caracciolo (aka Kittie747), and the challenge was to "Make a Scene"...a scenic card. Kittie is an absolute master at this type of card. She stamps a little vignette, draws in a tree and grass, stamps leaves, fills in with a stipple brush, and stencils clouds across the sky. Truly, she is an artist...and I was nervous to even try!

One of my biggest hindrances for this challenge was that I don't have any of those 'type' of stamps. I don't have little vignette stamps or leaf stamps or tiny flowers. I tend to gravitate toward either large, bold stamps, or more vintage/funky sorts of stamps. So, after days of thinking on what I would do, this scene materialized in my mind...not a 'Kittie-style' outdoor scene, but something I could actually do: an architectural scene with one of my vintage sewing pattern girls to greet!

Since I knew I wanted at shop window, and this girl stamp is fairly large (she's about 5" tall!), I decided to combine Kittie's challenge with Amy Rohla's challenge to make a 3 1/4" x 6 1/2" card that incorporated a clear element. (You can't really tell from the photos, but I did put acetate in that window...I just somehow managed to *not* get an obvious reflection!)
The French curtains were stamped on a polka-dotted blue paper. I also paper-pieced the dress on my French shopkeeper, stamping once on white and coloring with blender pens, and once on this fabric-patterned paper. The window was cut from Bordering Blue cardstock, the mullions were pieced in, and the whole thing was backed with acetate. Then I used my blender pen with Bordering Blue and Not Quite Navy to add shadows to the mullions so it'd look more 3-D. I added the curtains inside then window, then put the whole panel on dimensionals, over a white panel stamped with a dress form and clock (for the inside of the shop).

The little flower box took me much longer, since it's not something I've ever tried to do before! This is the part that is most Kittie-like, though *wink* I drew in the bottom and part of the sides of my box in a navy Zig Writer, then began stamping with the leaves and flowers from Carte Postale. I rock-and-rolled the flowers in Apricot Appeal and Pumpkin Pie, and the leaves in Old Olive and Always Artichoke. Then I went back in with a sponge to fill in with Old Olive, then a blender pen to color in the leaves. *Then* I decided it didn't quite fit with the rest of the scene, and went back and outlined the flowers with a Fawn Zig Writer. I finished drawing in the rest of the box, and colored it with blender pens to look like a weather, painted planter box. Finally, it was cut out and added to the front of my window, with the pattern girl over the very top.

*Whew!* Did you get all that? This card took me a seriously long time to make, but I love how it turned out! I don't think it will ever be given away though! *laugh* I might just frame it for some stamp-room artwork *wink*

Thanks for hanging in there with me, and for all the wonderful comments! (BTW, if any one knows how to keep the close-ups from looking so yellow, I'd love the advice!)
Have a great day!

Supplies used:
Paper: Cranberry Crisp, Bordering Blue, Whisper White cardstocks (SU!); blue polka-dot and fabric-print dp (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Stazon Jet Black (Tsukineko); Bordering Blue, Not Quite Navy, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Cranberry Crisp (SU!)
Stamps: Pattern Girl and French Curtains (Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers); dress form (unknown); clock (Cherry Pie); Carte Postale (SU!)
Other: Blender pens, dimensionals (SU!); acetate; make-up sponge

Monday, July 28, 2008

Woohoo! Another triple challenge card!

I cranked out another one! This one actually didn't take me very long...and that was with two toddlers pulling apart my craft room as I worked! *wink*

I realized that I really need to send a card out to my DFIL...ASAP. They're currently vacationing in Maine, visiting family and attending family church camp, so I needed this a bit earlier than his actual birthday so that it could travel. Hooray for the Dirty DAre Challenges! They gave me the perfect jumping-off point: a sketch and a color scheme.

The sketch is by Jen del Muro (aka genie1314), well-known for her weekly Sketch For You To Try (SFYTT) challenges. This one was definitely a fun one to work with, and I'll be trying her sketches much for often!

The color scheme was a bit out of my comfort zone, witnessed by the fact that I only had one of the colors in cardstock! The color challenge (Real Red, Brilliant Blue, and Yoyo Yellow...I had to sub Summer Sun) came from Carole Burrage (aka TruCarMa), one of my favorite Dirty Girls. I check her blog daily for amazing cards, fun images and colors, and her famous wit. The woman makes me LOL!! I hope I did her some justice...her fun is part of the reason I chose these stamps to use.

The third challenge this covers is Sharon Johnson's (aka Notimetostamp). Her challenge was to "Stamp Simply". To be honest, it took me awhile to wrap my head around this one, so I just followed her step-by-step guidelines: start with a simple layout and a great image, use your favorite paper, add the image and a sentiment if desired, and finish it off with beautiful ribbon and other embellishments. My card doesn't quite fit with the lovely, elegant creations she sampled, but it does follow the rules! *wink*

I hope I've convinced you to join the Fan Club at SCS, if it's a site you's really affordable ($24.95/year), and helps out the best stamping site on the internet! And, you get the benefit of the Dirty Dozen's creations each month!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red and Summer Sun cardstock, Brilliant Blue dp (SU!)
Ink: Real Red (SU!); Stazon (Tsukineko)
Stamps: clown and circus dog (Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers)
Other: Real Red grosgrain and dimensionals (SU!); blue brads (Karen Foster)

2 cards, 5 challenges!

Warning: This will probably be a long post! *wink*

So, last night I stayed up kinda late after the boys were in bed, and cranked out two more cards, covering 5 more challenges for the Dirty Dare '08. (Sorry in advance for the yellow-ish close-ups...I was playing with my new-to-me photo box, and I'm not sure why it does that, and couldn't quite fix it in GIMP).

The first is a clean, white card for JulieHRR's challenge that incorporates the pink and black color combo with faux stitching for Jacksonbelle's challenge:
This one kinda took me awhile, trying to figure out how to add that bow. It didn't look right off to the edge, since it'd cover the embossed frame, and it certainly wasn't going to go *over* my image. My solution was to cut two slits on either side of the flower's faux stitching, following the same shape, then weaving the ribbon through the card *behind* the image:
I must admit, I thought I was pretty clever, and it keeps that clean, beautiful white 'No-layer' style *smiles*

The second card I did covers tasher's sketch challenge (following the rules of keeping the orientation and adding a repeated element at the bottom!), Lauraly's vellum challenge, and scrapnextras's distressing/"Get Dirty" challenge:
*Love* how this card came out! I used dimensionals for the main panel, and for the vellum-covered flower. The colors were all inspired by the dp I used, Basic Grey's "Jubilee" from their Fruitcake line...Blue Bayou, Old Olive, Soft Sky, and River Rock all match the design *perfectly* (yay!) In addition to my distressing tool, I also used my fingernails to achieve a lighter distressing on the Basic Grey flowers.

Here's a close-up of the distressed vellum over the center flower:
Thanks for looking! Happy Monday!

Supplies Used ("Thinking of You" card):
Paper: Whisper White cardstock (SU!)
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Going Gray (SU!); Stazon Jet Black (Tsukineko)
Stamps: Bodacious Bouquet, Warmest Regards (SU!)
Other: Bodacious Bouquet embossing/piercing template (SU!); fingertip knife (Fiskars); rectractable paper piercing tool (Tim Holtz for Tonic Studios); black grosgrain ribbon

Supplies Used (Distressed Basic Grey card):
Paper: "Jubilee" dp (Basic Grey "Fruitcake" line); Blue Bayou, Old Olive, Soft Sky, and River Rock cardstock (SU!); Vellum paper (The Paper Company)
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa (SU!); Stazon Jet Black (Tsukineko)
Stamps: "So Much" (SU!)
Other: Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware small brads and ribbon slide, paper edge distressing tool, mat pack piercing template, dimensionals (SU!); copper jumbo snaps (We R Memorykeepers); foam blending tool (Tim Holtz for Ranger Industries)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Rock Star double Julia S challenge

Another double challenge card for the Dare to Get Dirty challenge!! Actually, this one fits two Julia S challenges...the weekly Ways to Use It challenge (this week's WT176 was to use a negative image), and the DTGD challenge of stitching on a card.
For my negative image, I used my big circle punch (mega? giga? I can't ever remember which is which...) to put a window in the front of my card, and then also used the negative chipboard piece from a star I had used in a previous project. For the DTGD challenge, I back-stitched around the circle to emphasize my focal point. Unfortunately, I didn't have any thread that matched, so I used yellow thread, and inked it with Always Artichoke to match the dark green polka works, but I'll warn you that you'll have some very inky fingers! LOL

Hope you enjoy! Off to do more challenges! (I think I may be addicted! *wink*)
Until later,

Supplies used:
Paper: Brocade Blue and Night of Navy cardstock (SU!); polka dot dp (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Always Artichoke (SU!)
Stamps: none!
Other: Adirondack Paint Dabbers in Lettuce (Ranger); Grungeboard alphabet (Tim Holtz); On Board chipboard star/circle (SU!); ribbon (American Crafts); ZIG Writer (Kuretake Co); thread

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Many thanks Changito!

Another card made for this week's Dare to Get Dirty challenges over at SCS. This one is a triple challenge card (what can I say, I'm getting desperate! I'll never finish them all otherwise!). I do want to revisit Michelle's (a.k.a. sf9erfan) Masculine card challenge, but that may come after this week is over, so I thought I'd fit it in with this card, that also covers Christine's (a.k.a. ChristineCreations) Watercolor Wow challenge and Holly's (a.k.a. Toy) sketch challenge. Did you get all that?

At first I thought I would have to tweak Toy's challenge, since I didn't have any oval dies to match the sketch, but then I remembered my Coluzzle oval template...Yay!! I knew I wanted to use my new Changito stamp (found in the clearance bin at Beverly's!!), then just kind of built from there. As I put in the Wasabi and the Chocolate Chip, I decided to make it for my pastor, who was sweet enough to watch *my* little monkeys while I went to an appointment this afternoon.
I also decided to try the color embossing technique with the Cuttlebug folders. (I've tried to find a link to the technique, but I can't! Sorry!) Basically you spread ink on one side of the folder, put in your paper, and emboss as usual. But the color goes into the embossed recesses, making the design really 'pop'. I used the D'vine Swirl folder and my Wild Wasabi ink pad so that the background would look a bit like vines *smiles*

Thanks for looking!

Supplies used:
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, and Very Vanilla cardstock (SU!)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Summer Sun (SU!); Timber Brown StazOn (Tsukineko)
Stamps: Changito Bouquet (Stampendous); Lots of Thoughts (SU!)
Other: Hodgepodge brads (SU!); grosgrain ribbon (unknown)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Dare to Get Dirty '08 double challenge card

Whew! Dare to Get Dirty week is flyin' by for me, and I've only made two cards!! So, I decided to make this one fit two challenges! *wink* This one is for Lauren's (a.k.a. mytime) monochromatic and Jenn's (a.k.a. jbalcer) black & white wedding cake inspiration challenge.

Because of the wedding cake, I had a 'black tie affair' thought in my mind, and so I reached for my Basic Grey Black Tie papers...genius, eh? The papers I had were rather large-scale, though, so the paper piecing on the dress and the mat behind it are actually cut from the tags for this paper line (because I rarely ever use them as tags!). The paper to the side is from a magnetic list pad that I got from the $1 bin at Mike's this week, which I cut down and punched the edge using my SU! spiral punch.

I found the pewter brad in my stash, and thought it looked like a cuff link, so I used it to secure my ribbon almost like French cuffs. Then I added the two rhinestone brads for bling *smile*

Hope you enjoy my card! Go join the Fan Club, and play with us!! Happy stamping!

Supplies used:
Paper: Basic Gray and Basic Black textured cardstock, Whisper White cardstock (SU!); patterned dp tags (Basic Grey); memo pad paper (unknown)
Ink: Jet Black (Stazon)
Stamps: dress (Rubber Romance); "Happily Ever After" from Lots of Notes, flourish from Carte Postale (SU!)
Other: pewter brad (Making Memories); Spiral punch and rounded tab punch (SU!); rhinestone brads and black grosgrain ribbon (unknown)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Dare to Get Dirty '08 ribbon challenge card (aka ribbon craziness!)

Jody's challenge for the Dare to Get Dirty '08 challenge was to use ribbon, and show your ribbon craze....definitely something right up my alley! Here's the card I made:
I got the idea to do the woven ribbon from this post on Kristina Werner's blog. Something I had wanted to try, and this was the perfect time! (Supplies listed at the end of the post) Unfortunately, I almost lost my mind while trying to do it!! Check this shot out, mid-weaving:Despite the heavy-duty glue dots, the ribbons kept popping off while I was trying to weave!! aaargh!! I think it was worth it, though...I love how the card turned out. *smiles*

And just for fun, here's a picture of the craziness of my craft room right now...I still haven't completely unpacked, and don't have all my storage in place, so it's a huge mess! Oh well, I can still create, despite the chaos!
Thanks for stopping by! Go do a challenge!
P.S. My understanding is that while the challenges are for SCS Fan Club members only, the gallery is for anyone to see...but it's definitely worth your while to join the Fan Club if you frequent SCS!

Supplies used:
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla cardstock (SU!)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU!)
Stamps: Happy Everything (SU!)
Other: glue dots (lots and lots of Gluedots and Zots); Xyron 250; jumbo brad and Crop-a-dile (WeRMemory Keepers); fabric flowers (unknown)
ETA: I forgot the ribbon!! How silly is that? All ribbons used are from American Crafts :o)

A very posh paper-pieced bridal shower card

...Just try saying that 3 times fast! This is a card I made for my cousin, Laura, who is getting married this fall.Laura is the middle of 5 children. The three youngest are "the girls", and they are very close. I can't imagine how different it will be for them once Laura is married and moves out of their apartment!

I made this particular card for Laura because all three of them are the epitome of *classy*. So I thought of this very posh-looking lady, then decided she should have a matching umbrella to go with her high-fashion outfit. (since it was a shower, after all! *wink*)

I cut the basic shape of the umbrella out with my Coluzzle circle template, then messed around until I had perfect scallops across the bottom, cut with my circle punch. (This was the 3rd try). To get the scallops even, I measured the umbrella's width across the bottom, then figured out what would be evenly divisible, and measured that length across my circle punch (underneath) and marked the metal so I'd punch the same amount each time. ...Hmm, that sounds about as clear as mud, eh? I'll try to take a picture of the punch so you'll have a clearer idea later!

Hope you have a fantastic day, and happy stamping!

Supplies used:
Paper: Soft Sky, Basic Gray, Whisper White cardstocks (SU!); paisley dp (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Basic Black, Sage Shadow (stamped off once to match the Soft Sky), Apricot Appeal, Close to Cocoa (SU!)
Stamps: Happy Harmony (sentiment only - SU!); Pattern Girl (Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers)
Other: Double-stitched ribbon, dimensionals, rhinestone brad (SU!); Coluzzle; circle punch

Monday, July 21, 2008

Daniel's 4th Birthday

Well, Daniel's birthday was almost 2 weeks ago, but better late than never! This is the card I made for him...he absolutely *loves* cupcakes, and a birthday just isn't a birthday to him unless cupcakes are involved.

I have a total addiction to dimensionals thanks to Kristina Werner. Both the cupcake and the Apricot Appeal layers are popped up on dimensionals for this card. I'm also really into paper piercing since I got SU!'s mat pack with the paper piercing fun and so easy! (Supplies listed at the end of the post)

Here's the birthday boy, moments after getting his "It's my Birthday!" badge at the Magic Kingdom:
(In case you didn't know, you can go to town hall at Disneyland and get a Happy Birthday badge, and the 'cast members' will say "Happy Birthday Daniel!" when they see you...Daniel loved it *smiles*)

These next two are pictures at the Rain Forest Cafe, and Daniel getting a surprise kid's sundae for his birthday. It was our first time at a Rain Forest Cafe, and both the boys were mesmerized by the fish, the animatronic animals, and the thunderstorms they have inside. Daniel declared that "everything in this restaurnaunt is absolutely amazing!" (and yes, I know I spelled 'restaurant' wrong there, but that's how he says it *wink)

Does that look like a happy Birthday Boy, or what?! Definitely going to have to scrapbook these...

Have a great day!

Supplies Used:
Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Apricot Appeal and Chocolate Chip cardstock (SU!); dp (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie (SU!)
Stamps: Birthday Whimsy (sentiment only...SU!)
Other: Dimensionals; SU! Mat Pack; Tim Holtz paper piercer; Cupcake and present die-cuts (Cricut)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Published! (sort of!)

From this week's Weekly Inkling (SCS Weekly Inkling #116):
That "Michelle" is me!! I posted the hint on the tutorial page after realizing I made mine differently than the tutorial explained, when I was posting this set on here and SCS!

Okay, so really not that big of a deal, since I didn't even put my screen name for SCS, but I was excited none-the-less when I read my own hint/tip in this week's Weekly Inkling newsletter *smile*

Make it a great day!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Stamps & Supplies Organizer

I thought I'd show this, even though I have plans to remake the tabs and do a new cover thanks to this challenge in the Unity Forum at Splitcoast Stampers. This binder is one I made years ago to keep an index of my stamps and supplies. Happily, I start it before my collection was too large, because it might be overwhelming to do now! (Note: Finding the link for that challenge made me realize it was issued in MAY!! What can I say, it's been a busy couple of months!)

The first image shows a picture of the binder open. (It's a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2" size that I bought at Staples) Like I said, this is the 'old' version, and I'll be reworking my dividers to be more reflective of my stamping style now. The originals were dyed with reinkers and food dye, then stamped with images that coordinate with the tabs. You can also see that I keep things like images masks that I've made in the pockets, so that I don't have to make them again!The second image shows the tabs, with all my stamps divided into categories. Most of my stamps I have unmounted from the wood blocks, put onto EZ Mount, and put into binders under the same categories, so they're really easy to find. (I have HUNDREDS, so that's an important thing, plus having them unmounted takes up WAY less space, which is also really important!) A few favorites, and all of my Stampin' Up! stamps, are on the original wood mount for easy access (I leave my Stampin' Up! sets intact for easy resale, if ever the desire arises).
The third image shows an index of stamps that I've hand-carved from Staedtler MasterCarve, but as Alton Brown says, "That's another show". *wink* I will say that the bird on a branch image is one from a scrapbook paper that I copied because I *needed* it as a stamp, and the hand with the heart was carved to replace a lost one from my Mini Messages set (I use it on the back of all my cards!)
The last image shows a typical "Supplies" page. I list the product, features and uses, item numbers (if applicable), and a sample of the color. I have pages for all my ink pad colors, pens, paints, etc. I also have things like a list of the corresponding Prismacolor pencils for each of the Stampin' Up! colors for reference.
Thanks for stopping by! I'll hopefully have a New and Improved stamp binder to show you soon!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Creative Juices for a cause!

Yikes! It's been half a month since my last post!

Well, we're moved into our new house, but the unpacking is going really slowly, especially since I'd rather be making stuff than unpacking! And, we do *finally* have our DSL, so I'm not lost in the "Dark Ages of Dial-up" anymore *wink*

I thought I'd start up again with these pictures from a couple weeks ago. My sweet friend Melinda (aka Passionfruit in our Creative Juices meeting) walks in the Relay for Life each year, and this year decided we should make cards to sell as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. We made 70 cards this night, and she sold them all and made a second batch, which also sold out! We're just going to have to make more next year, Mel!

Hope you're all doing well out there in cyberspace, and I'll be back on the bandwagon, updating often now that things are slowly getting settled!

Make it a great day!