Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Where is She?

I was sorting through some old folders from my old laptop and found this picture of a CD cover I scrapped for our old Gal Pal Faythe.  Gosh!  I wonder where she is and how she's doing?  Leave a comment here if you've heard from her.

This cover was a collage of some things from our time out in Santa Barbara.  We both attended the WACUBO Business Management Institute for 1 week each summer for 4 years.  It was a great school and a great place to spend some time.  We had Wednesday afternoons off from school each year so we would got to a little wine tasting or wandering in the shops of downtown Santa Barbara.  And one night we even caught a concert from one of my all-time favorite folk singer songwriters, Dave Wilcox.  Faythe was such a good sport as she had never heard any of his music.

I'll be forever grateful for that time with her as I am for my time with you.  Had a wonderful, energizing time at the shop last night.  We missed you Mona but hope you're feeling much better today.

P.S.  Don't you love the back of the CD case and some of those quotes?  (You may have to double-click on the picture to see them up close)  And better yet the homemade clip art from FinDW and the year-end ledgers.  Now those were some really good times, huh Val?!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Great Teacher

Just wanted to give a big shout out and THANK YOU!! to Mona for all the work she put in to teaching us how to make those adorable Christmas trees.  It was a fun night.  And looking forward to yet another fun one tonight.  See ya' soon.

Monday, February 27, 2012


This was last week's family newsletter card.  I used the new Fresh Vintage stamp set I got from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  I really like it.  In fact so much so that I got the Everyday Enchantment paper to go with it.  Can't wait to play with it a little more.

Hope you had a good weekend.  See ya at the shop tomorrow.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Like a Flash

This is the 5th and last of the cards from Wendy's kit.  It literally took less that 2 minutes! to make.  Two pieces of coordinating patterned paper, a die cut or a stamped focal image and a little bling.  Now that's what I call a great "go to" card pattern.  A keeper for sure. 

Have a great weekend!  See ya' back here on Monday.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Number 4

Here's the 4th card from Wendy's card kit.  Liked the design of this one for a couple of reasons. 

I'm not sure you can tell from the picture but the card is 3x6 and fits in a small letter envelope vs the normal invitation envelope we use.  I really like the variety and am not sure why it never dawned on me to do a card that size or why you never see that size in any of the card magazines.  I may have to do just a few more. 

And the other reason I like the design is 2 pieces of the patterned paper under the heart focal point.  They are the same pattern but just different colors.  I don't know why but I really like that variation.  And I added just a little ribbon where the 2 met to finish it off.  Kind of like that touch.

Have a good one today.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wendy's kit

I had such a good time finishing up Wendy's card kit.  I'm really hoping she's doing another very soon.  Here's the 3rd card from that kit.  I goofed it up a little when I applied adhesive to the wrong side of the patterned paper so I had to adjust the design a little.  But Val and I decided that little creative deviation turned out just fine.  I hope Wendy would agree?!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Crafter's Dream

(Back at the blogging this week after a few days off to nurse yet another bad cold I seemed to have caught.  Feeling almost back to normal again. . . .and just in time for the group crafting tonight.)

So first post of the work week is something pretty cool.  Check out what one of the Tuesday card group ladies got from her husband. . . .

It has one side for ribbon storage, another side that has pegboard and the hardware for storing tools and supplies, a set of 12x2 shelves and a retractable work table.  And so cool she brought it to the shop for a little while to let everyone "Oooh" and "Aaah" over it.

If I ever get serious about downsizing, I would seriously consider something like this!  I wish them the best of luck with future sales - I think it could be a very big hit - a real crafter's dream.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


It's a little hard to see but the sentiment on the front of this card is S.W.A.K. . . Sealed With A Kiss. . . or in Julie's language. . . .Sealed with a Smooch!! :-)  Another from Wendy's card kit.  I made it for Cricut Man.  Hoped he liked it - both the card and the smooch!! ;-)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day

Hope everyone's heart is filled with a little love today.

This is that cute card I made last week from the Valentine's card kit Wendy was selling at the shop.  Can't wait for more! 

We'll be one Gal Pal short at the shop tonight but here's hoping Mona enjoys her romantic dinner with her hubby.

See ya' later, gator!

Monday, February 13, 2012


Hope you had a good weekend.  I had a nice romantic dinner with Cricut Man on Saturday to celebrate the upcoming day of love a little early.  And he surprised me with a sweet little gift before we left for dinner - wait 'til you see!  I'm bringing them to the shop tomorrow night. 

So glad he's agreed to "Be Mine" for a long, long time.  I'm a lucky girl.

Have a good one today.  Hope to see you at the shop tomorrow.

Friday, February 10, 2012

My New Favorite Stamp

Here's the card I made for the family last week using that Chickadee stamp from Stampendous that I got at Memory Lane.  I love it!!  I talked to my Mom last night and she love it too.  It's always great when you Mom tells you she loves something you made :-).  She said "I'll bet you had fun coloring."  And she was right!  I'm feeling much more comfortable with my watercolor pencils these days.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Freebie to Share

Noticed on the PaperCrafts blog yesterday that they have a really cute digital download they're giving away for free.  I downloaded it and will make a a couple of these for my 2 favorite neices.  They look like they're going to be fun to color.

Here's the link to the download if you want it.

Happy Thursday!  Only one more day to go.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Scraps of Washi Tape

I SO-O-ooo want to do this to my keyboard at work!  Found this pic on Pinterest one day.  Someone - maybe someone who works for a washi tape supplier ? :-)  -- used bits of washi tape to cover/decorate their computer keyboard.  LOVE IT!

I was curious about how this washi tape craze got started.  Found this interesting tidbit from a Google search that says it's actually a Japanese masking tape. . .click here to read more.  Sounds like it's similar to the decorative duct tape craze that started a year or so ago.

See ya' back here tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Got the Sneezes Covered

Check this out! . . . . Beth spent some time this weekend trying out the little tissue holder pattern from this blog post.  How cute!  She said they were really easy.  She knows I can barely sew a straight line but she assured me I can handle this one.  So I'll definitely give it a try soon.

Monday, February 6, 2012

A Bubbley Hello

Happy Monday!

Hope the weekend was a good one for you.  Mine was very, very productive.  It's "February Financials" month at our house so we made a serious dent in getting all our household paperwork sorted and filed away.  Also got the checkbooks balanced, our budget alighned for the new year and our taxes started.

And after all the chores were done, I did get to squeeze in a little time in the craft room.  I carried the sorting and filing into the craft room but didn't get all the way done so it's actually looking a little worse than before I started.  Will have to finish that up after work this week. 

In the meantime, here's a post of the family card I made a couple of weeks ago.  Love the blue and green color combo and that I finally got to use the Bubble stamp from Inkadinkadoo.  Can't believe how cute it looked with the dots from one of the Stampin' Up sets.  The dots were actually an idea from Simplicity's blog.  Gosh I sure do love that blog.

Have a good day today.  Looking forward to our special craft night at Memory Lane tomorrow night with the Lommasson crafters.  See ya' soon.

Friday, February 3, 2012


Happy Friday!!  Can't tell you how happy I am that this week's over.  Hit an ugly speed bump at work on Wednesday that's really made me stop and reflect again.  Have had to keep reminding myself over and over again that I have control on where and how to give positive energy to my life. 

With that said, some time in the craft room this weekend is exactly the kind of positive energy I need to refill my bucket :-)  Will spend a little time with the SU catalogs.  I want to get an order in by the end of the day Monday.  First on the list will be the twitterpatted fabric.  I have every intention of making a snap happy and one of those cute tissue holders I posted a week or so ago.  But just in case they don't turn out well I know that doing something on a card is definitely within my skill set.  Saw this cute card on this blog as a sample, although the zig-zag treatment looks a little trickey (Quit giggling Mona! :-)

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Happy Birthday To You. . . .

. . . .Happy Birthday Dear Mona,
. . . .Happy Birthday To You!

This picture and link is one I've been saving for you.  When I saw it I thought once again. . ."Mona just has to make these!"  Don't you think Bryton would just love putting on a monstor puppet show for his cousin Haylee?  And if Bryton didn't like them I sure could use a set to play with on stressful work days!!

Hope you have a wonderful day today and enjoy your celebration dinner tonight.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Wednesday's are normally Mona's day but since tomorrow is her birthday it only seems proper to hold the post until tomorrow.

So today I'm issuing a prescription for my other Gal Pal. . . .you have to make yourself a big glass of ice water, settle into your easy chair and spend at least 30 minutes today exploring the videos that come up under this YouTube search.  You are NOT to work on your craft room but just need to be gentle with yourself and gather ideas and inspriation from a little video surfing today.  Your energy for that room will come later.

Sure did enjoy our time together last night.  We need to do that a little more often.

Have a great Wednesday/Hump Day.

P.S.  I'm thinking this person's craft room only - if she's any kind of crafter - looked like this for a very short period of time!  Whadda ya' think? :-)  But cool storage and work table, huh?