Ok ladies, I do not endorse products unless I absolutely LOVE them. The other night I got to try out the new Sakura Stardust clear pen, which is the best glitter pen that I have ever used. Also the new Ranger Inkssential white pen (jelly pen). http://www.flourishes.org/ sell both of these and they ship internationally, they are one of the best stamp companies out there right now and have amazing customer service.

The stardust glitter pen is $3.50 for 2 pens!! {how cheap is that} and the Ranger Inkssentials white jelly pen is $3.00 each.
The picture below shows the white detailing you can do with the white pen. I am in the middle of a move right now so I can't show examples, but I will as soon as i get a chance.
go to www.flourishes.org and check them out...if you buy $45.00 worth of product shipping is free even out of the US...international ladies this is great for you too!!

some picture from the last few days

Here is the winging banner that I made to congratulate him with. A few of my neighbors stayed up pretty late, helping finish it. So thank you to the doyle st project banner people lol. This banner is made out of different types of materials, the hardest to work with was the gold lame. We had to cut it out to look like wings, then I wento over the wings with a sharpy to make all of the defining edges. At the top most people put "congratulations" its ok to go against the grain so I put "not to brag, BUT..." I thought that would be really fun and cute. This banner hangs in front of our house for a week or so. It turned out terrific!!

Here is a picture of us from the left: John{dad} Karen,{stepmom}, Jess, Jacob, Kendall, Me. The winging ceremony just got over and so we took a picture in fron of a Helo.

Here are a few pictures of the wining party. I had a lot of fun this night!

Can you say LEMONDROPS....these were delicious >"<

Kendall and Jacob on Easter morning before church.

Jess, myself, Kendall and Jacob at Pensacola Beach. We took a drive there after Easter dinner and ended up taking a ton of picures.

A cute picture of Jacob and Kendall at Pensacola Beach, March 23rd, 2008

Busy Times

I apologize for not blogging in a week but my life is really crazy right now. As most of you know my husband just finished flight school. There is a lot of pomp and circumstance that goes into a winging, most of it is just tradition. So I have to make a winging banner...which isn't done and I have at least 5 more hours to put into it until its done {needs to be hanging in my yard at the latest by Friday}. Tomorrow is his soft winging, not a problem but is takes up most of my day. Then Thursday is his winging, basically everyone gets dressed up and its a fancy graduation with top Navy/Marine officials there...lots of brass if you know what I mean. Then that night is a party...all the "wingers" get to let loose because they finally are done with flight school and everyone is moving. All of this isn't a problem, I can deal. So today my husband is stuck in another town because of winds and he couldn't fly back, so we are trying to find out where we are moving over the phone...long process, no-one seemed to be able to answer any questions. So then, we finally find out he got orders to Jacksonville...totally awesome thats where we wanted to go and its only 6 hours away. This would be such an easy move, we have never been able to move this close before. So then he calls back and tells me that his replacement air group {rag} is in San Diego. Ok I'm a little stunned, but still I can deal with moving to San Diego for 9 months and then back to Florida, because we will be in Jacksonville for about 3 1/2 years.
So he gets home about an hour ago and tells me, he thinks we might have to be in San Diego by April 3rd, but he will not know for sure until Monday!!!! Here is when I am freaking losing my beans. What this means is we can't start our move until next week but thats when we need to have movers here, because it takes about 4-5 days to drive to CA from here in sunny FL. How do I know that...because I'm crazy and drove home a few summers ago. Basically I need to set up a move and find a house by Monday or Tuesday. I'm really going to be fine after I have a few shots of whatever liquor we have in our house. If I was a smoker I think I would need a cigarette right about now. So this is why I havn't been blogging, I've been getting ready for this winging and we just had family fly in from CA today. I hope I get to blog again before Easter but if I don't I hope all of you have a great Easter and Good Friday, or at least enjoy the day off >"<>

note pads cut in half

So remember a while back when my friend Chris sent me one of these notebooks, well I had to make one...they are so cute. So last weekend I went to Office Max, and bought a package of 12 notebooks {8 x 5 1/2 in}, then I took it to the counter {where you get copies done and stuff.} and asked them to cut the notebooks in half, so now they are 8in x 2 1/2in, and now you have 24 cut notebooks. I did get charged 75 cents for each cut {he made two cuts}, but I hear some places will not charge you for each cut.
I got a piece of white cardstock 8 1/4 x 5 1/2 in...you need to leave room to score and a for a little bit of the cardstock to hang over the edges of the notebook. I believe I scored my paper at 2 1/2 inches and 2 3/4 inches, then I did the same with this paisley pink dp that i put over the cardstock. I did this because the dp is really thin and I needed something a little sturdier, to hold it all together. I punched out a scallop circle and used the borders and corners monogram set, to stamp the circle in spring moss, then in stazon black I stamped the "A" & underneath the ribbon I stamped "absolutely fabulous" from PTI Mixed Messages stamp set. The spring moss grosgrain ribbon is also by PTI. I put dimmensionals underneathe the scalloped circle, so I could add a prima. This is really simple and so affordable to do. Time is really sneaking up on me and I have a million things to do before we move, but I really want to make more of these as gifts.

Mojo sketch #27

If you ever check out Julee Tilman's blog http://www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com/ then you know every week she has a new sketch to try out. I havn't really had a chance to play with my Embrace Life stamp set from SU, so this was the perfect opportunity. I started out with the big flower stamp and stamped it all over the kraft cardstock, using Tim Holtz walnut stain ink. I opened up my ruby red ink pad, put some ink on the inside lid and used that to watercolor the flowers. The designer paper on both sides of the main image are from the Ginger Blossom pack {I love double sided paper, SU got it right with this one} I layered whisper white paper on ruby red cardstock, and stamped the cherry blossom looking image, rotating it with every stamp so it looks random. I watercolored the cherry blossoms and once I was satisfied with the way it looked, I added a little more color using a red spica glitter pen, to make the flowers pop. I added chocolate chip satin ribbon and tied white ribbon on the side. I didn't like how the white ribbon looked so after taking the picture, I ended up cutting the white ribbon off. I made two of these cards, I thinks thats all I had in me. They will go into the card sets I am making for Mother's Day gifts.

Feeling better

I am starting to feel a lot better, so today I am starting on some projects. We will be moving the end of March, beginning of April time frame, so everything needs to get done asap. Right now I am working on Mother's Day gifts. I bought some of the clear card boxes from PTI, and I am making different sentiment cards. So in each card box there will be around 10 cards for different occassions/sentiments. These will be for my mom, mother in law, cousins, aunts and other special woman in my life. Its very affordable since I have everything on hand. This is a "feel better" card, its a really easy sketch that I go back to a lot. Its simple and I don't use a ton of paper, because some people, do not appreciate paper the way I do lol.
For the card base I use pti spring moss cardstock, layered with SU ginger blossom dp. The image I bought from Ellen Hutson's store, and is made by Lockhart. I used a blender pen and a ruby red & spring moss stamp pad to color in the image, I added stickles because it needed something sparkly. The feel better sentiment is from pti, stamped in ruby red ink, and the spring moss grosgrain ribbon is also by PTI. This was really easy to make and will be simple to reproduce.

i been bit by the flu bug

Sorry I havn't been posting lately, I have the flu. The last few days have been a blur so hopefully I can get some stuff done tomorrow. My brain is full of medicine right now and its difficult to write a sentence. I hope you all are well. I have too many projects to finish up, so I will just have to push through this sickness and get them done. Talk to you all soon & keep purell with you al all times...it keeps the germs away lol.

Baby Shower Invitations

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This card was is cased/inspired by Lauren Meader. I am making 16 of these for one of my neighbors. She is expecting a little girl, so when I saw Lauren's blog I new I wanted to make these into Baby Shower invitations {I asked Lauren first, she said yes >"<} I am moving very soon, so I wanted to give these to her as a gift before I leave. I finished 8 of them today, so tomorrow I will do the other eight. I will have to take a picture of the inside too, because they are adorable. The tutorial on how to make these is on Lauren's blog so make sure to go over and check it out. To make this card it helps alot if you have a circle punch, scallop punch & a score-pal or something similiar to score with. I used just regular white cardstock, Afternoon Tea dp by SU & stampers select aqua mist from PTI. The image is from a sale-a-bration set Birthday Whimsy by SU, stamped in aqua mist from PTI. The grosgrain ribbon is also aqua mist by Papertreyink & the eyelets are Making Memories. Its a fairly simple card to make, however there is alot of details which makes it into a long day if you are mass producing them, but the results are oh so fabulous. I packaged them in a Papertreyink clear card box, wrapped some ribbon around it & then used the monogrammed corners & borders with her {Jen's} initials in a circle. Tomorrow I will share what the inside of the card looks like and how I packaged them.

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