Why I create...

Why I create...
This post will probably be a little more talky than usual, so if you are here for the card, just scroll down a bit.  I also want to apologize in advance for possible run on sentences and bad grammar.  Its hard to write clearly when its coming from a personal place, for me that is.  So, here I go...
Why do I create?  Lets go back in time a bit.
I was very lucky to have a Mother who would sit and color with me for hours.  We didn't have a lot of money, so my Mom would make a lot of gifts.  One year she made the coolest fuzzy pillows for all of my cousins, along with myself and siblings.  Then when I got a little older she started to make jewelry, really beautiful jewelry.  Both my Mother and Father (whom are now divorced) are musicians, they both love to sing and my Dad has a love affair with playing the guitar.  Being creative was just engraved in me at a very young age.  I was able to take piano lessons and was also able to learn to play the viola and cello.  Weekends consisted of Saturday morning cartoons on the USA network channel, followed up with American Bandstand and Soul Train.  I thought my Mom was so cool, who had the best dance moves.  Don't get me wrong, getting a good education was very important to me and my parents.  However, call it being a product of the 1970's, my parents wanted me to be happy and to do what I love, plus I'm from Northern California, full of free thinkers.
Okay, we are going to fast forward a little now.  Its 2007, I have dabbled in scrap booking and have made a few cards.  Both of my children are in school all day, and my husband just made a career change in the Navy from being on Nuclear Submarines to become a Helicopter pilot.  Not to mention we just moved (again) and I knew no-one.  Needless to say I was wondering what I was going to do to fill my days.  Let me back track, after we had our second child Jacob, we decided, as long as Jess (my husband) was in the military, our children deserved one full time parent (me).  Also, I had just been diagnosed with Crohn's Disease a few years earlier, and being a stay at home Mother, really was the ideal job.  So, with everyone starting new ventures, my role was changing, I no longer had a baby to keep me busy and I really couldn't volunteer everyday at my children's school.  Let me clarify, I have volunteered a lot in my children's schools, I think for the last 9 years, I have always been the room Mom.  With all of these changes going on in my family unit, I now had time to focus on a few hobbies.
I love to take pictures...LOVE it, so scrap booking is/was a creative outlet that just happened out of a need to do something with all of my pictures.  Creating a page can sometimes take a long time, so I started looking for some craft that could fill my need for immediate gratification.
Hello Splitcoaststampers!  When I found SCS, I felt like I had won the lottery.  My mind was opened to this new craft of card making and stamping, I was in awe!  For the last few years, I have been engrossed in learning techniques, new card folds, experimenting with my style, and now I'm sure my house is a mini Michael's (or whatever your favorite scrap book store is lol).  
I am a military spouse, I have an unusual life.  I do not have the luxury of having family and old dear friends live near me.  When I get sick or have a doctors appointment, there is no back up plan, the buck stops with me.  I have had to adapt to being very, very, independent.  We have been stationed on the east coast the last 11 years (well we were in San Diego for about one year), my entire family lives in California, so no one can just drive over when I have needed help.  Being a Navy wife means, lots of lonely nights, being strong when you don't know where the strength is going to come from, smiling when you want to be crying, & understanding that your husbands duty to his country will always come first.  But with the hardship comes the pride that fills my heart, knowing how much my husband loves his country, and the job satisfaction he has, not to mention I am married to a MAN, an manly man, and I love that!
Back to the question.  Why I create?  Whether I am making a card, a scrap book page, an necklace or baking cupcakes for my children, it takes me to a place where I have no stress.  I'm able to be creative, not be a mom, wife, or Navy wife, I am able to be Latisha.  In that moment, making something pretty makes me happy.  I'm not worried about what my blog readers will think or if its good enough.  Creating is my release, my safe place, my passion and it frees my mind to let go of things I have no control over.  I don't create to get on design teams, or for it to end up in a magazine, those are just the cherry on top, an added bonus.  I create for me, its the one constant in my life, besides my faith.  Well, I'm not too sure why I wrote this LONG blog post, maybe to give you an insight on me?  Not too sure, but it sure feels good just to write from my heart every once in a while.
Now the card lol...
just because
paper and stamps are from American Crafts
ribbon & card stock are from Papertrey Ink
I used Marvy markers for acrylic stamps for my ink

CHA Blog Candy

Hello there!  I made it home late last night, and didn't get to bed until almost 3am this morning. Needless to say, I'm tired, really tired.  Walking for six days straight will do that to you.  While I unpack, get organized and find some time to create, here is some blog candy I am going to give away.  There is a canvas bag, cute apron and a key chain all from Making Memories, that I picked up at the CHA show.  Do you think I should give it all to one person or three different people?  Just leave me a comment on your favorite new product you are excited about.  I will choose a winner on Monday!!

I have a few extra copies of the new Stamp It! issue too, so I will be giving one or two of those away as well!!

My Hero

With my hubby in the military, and having a lot of our friends in the service as well, I can never have too many "military" style cards hanging around.  I created the sentiment on my computer and printed it out onto kraft card stock.  I then stamped a text, using a Unity background stamp.  The flag banners, were stamped and then colored in using Sakura gel pens.  Very simple, but it can be sent in the mail with just one stamp (awesome!).  I'm flying home tomorrow night, so if I have not posted any pictures of CHA, its because I am having technical problems.  So I will have a long post on Thursday of the low down of my trip lol.
My Hero

Stamp It! Magazine

Okay, so super excited!!  A few days ago Stamp It! went on sale, its a special issue from Paper Crafts.  I have 5 cards in this issue (so super excited!!).  There is so much inspiration in this issue, and the best part is that there is stamping on every single card!!  How awesome is that!  Below is one of my cards that made it into the issue.

quick link

Cindy is showing off Vintage style cards over on the Flourishes Newsletter, head on over there to check it out!

Today I am assisting in a class at the CHA Super Show, I'm a little nervous but I think it will be fun.  Its a card class using Our Craft Lounge stamps and Copic markers.  If you are in the SoCal area the Super Show is open to the public, and if you look at the map, there are a ton of vendors....this thing is huge!

Cute Notebooks

I am in a notebook swap over on Splitcoaststampers.  I made 4 of them, but only three are in this photograph.  The images and card stock are all from Papertrey Ink, and to be honest I do not know the brand of the pom poms, and the satin ribbon is May Arts...I think?  Tomorrow morning (Thursday), I'm headed to California.  The weather is a little crazy there right now, but that is what umbrellas are for right?!?  I have blog posts set up, but I'm hoping to be able to post a few pictures here and there from CHA too.  Is there anything that you are looking foward to seeing?  Let me know and I can take some pictures for you.

Simple Thanks

Today the entire family is home today, so we are just relaxing.  I still have more CHA samples to make, and work on a few deadlines coming up, but I am making head way.  Just a few short days until I hop on an airplane and head to California, my home state, WOOHOO!!  I cannot tell you how excited I am to have some of my favorite foods, like In n Out, go to a Jamba Juice and have a fun day or two at Disneyland, and of course CHA!
Anyhow, here is a quick-e style card.  I cut and scored a sheet of swiss dot Bazzill card stock, added some American Crafts thickers (cherry?),  and the border sticker and heart are from the Nook and Pantry line from Basic Grey. Easy Peasy.  Ok...off to do a bit of laundry and start to pack my suitcase.

The Splitcoaststampers January Dirty Dozen gallery is open.  The theme was Floral, Flirty and Feminine.  There is something for everyone, and the cards are just gorgeous!  

Xmas party scrapbook page

Hello there!  Its cold and raining here in Florida, its a nice change from the freezing frigid weather we were having.  Over the holidays I made this scrapbook page of my husband and myself.  I don't normally post my pages on my blog, but I thought why not.  The paper is a few different lines from Cosmo Cricket, I made the border with a Spellbinders borderabilitie, and the hearts are Spellbinders dies as well, the title was created using American Crafts chipboard Thickers.
This week I am headed to California to go to the Winter CHA show.  I am most excited, I'm flying there and rooming with my good friend Deb.  On Friday we are helping teach a class, its a Copic and Our Craft Lounge card class.  I'm getting to visit and hang out with some of my most favorite people, and besides seeing all the new product that is probably my favorite part.  Anyhow, so today and tomorrow I'm going to get some deadlines done and out of the way. I hope you enjoy your weekend as well!

Sets Available

The Flourishes January sets are now available...

Classic Lace

Clouds Background
Angelic Love
Tag Lines - a perfect match to Spellbinder's Fancy Tags!

January Sneaks: Day 3 Lace edge

Today is the last day of sneaks, and I'm showing a stamp set called Lace Edges.  There are different images to create borders, backgrounds, etc...the sky is the limit.  If you like this so far, head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter, leave a comment for your chance to win this set.
This is a really easy and simple design.  I stamped the lace edge across the card, added glitter to the center rosettes, stamped my sentiment (with tag lines) and then added some gems.  Once I finished, I realized it looked too hard, so I rounded the bottom corners with a corner rounder.
Happy Birthday

Visit the rest of designers to see what they did with this set.

January sneaks: day 2; Tag Lines

Today, I'm showing you a sneak of a stamp set called, Tag Lines.  It was designed to fit in your Spellbinders Fancy Labels perfectly, and to be honest most of the sentiments in this set fit in with other spellbinder tags as well.   This is some older Pink Paislee paper, but I still like it (the butterflies are rub ons from the same line), and it just seemed to fit, especially with Valentine's Day right around the corner.  The sentiments I used on the tag, are two different sentiments, "Love you" and "so much" are actually two different stamps, that I thought worked well together.
As always, if you like this stamp set, head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter.  Leave a comment for your chance to win this set!!
Love you so much

Take a little blog hop to see more sneaks using this set

This set will only be $8...for 20 sentiments, the Angelic Love set from yesterday will only be $8 too...seriously.

January sneaks for Flourishes: day 1

Are you ready for the first Flourishes release of 2010?  Today I'm showing a sneak of the stamp set Angelic Love (which is only $8...seriously awesome!) and the background Clouds.  As always, head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter, leave a comment and you have a chance to win both of the stamp sets.
First up is Angelic Love, I stamped the cute cupid.  See the banner its holding?  Well there are different sentiments that fit in the banner, as well as bigger sentiments, like the one I used on the top left of the card.  I have been battling a migraine for a few days (well I'm hoping its a migraine and not the flu) and as I type this, its extremely hard because of how bright the screen is.  So if you would like more detailed information on how I made my cards, just let me know and I will do a blog post when I'm feeling better :)
For You

This next card, I used the clouds background stamp.  I stamped it directly onto the card front, tied a bow and then added a Basic Grey Sugar Rush chipboard element (that says, "to the one I love").  To finish it off I added some red Kaiser gems. Oh and I rounded one of the bottom corners to soften it up a little.
To the one I love

Please visit the rest of the designers to see what they have created with these sets

Cute owl thanks

Boy oh boy is it cold in Florida, right now its around 22 degrees!  I just feel for all of those citrus farmers, they are just loosing more of their crops.  Anyhow, I just dropped of the son, came home snapped this picture and I have time for a quick blog post before I need to run the daughter off to school. Did I mention its freezing?  Well, over the weekend I received this cute stamp set from Unity.  Did you all see there is a call going on over at Paper Crafts?  The due date is at midnight tonight, but you still have time to create something today.  I thought I would submit this for the cool things you can do with ribbon, but really this card will just not make the cut (in my opinion).  It just doesn't flow right to me.  Well, I better run, my daughter is staring at me...I think she is ready lol.

All about Love challenge

Its Friday...what its Friday!?!  Fastest week ever I'd say!!  Today I'm sharing a card with you for the Flourishes pre-release challenge.  Its all about luuurve (love).  If you decided to play along, you could win the entire release of January (4 sets people), and let me just say, there is a little bit of everything in next weeks release.  For more details on the challenge, head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter.
So you all know, glitter and I really don't play well together, its fine and it ends up all over me and my workplace, and let me say glitter is hard to wash off your face and hair lol.  However, me and glitter's cousin....chunky glitter we get along perfectly!!  As you can see below, I added chunky glitter to my flowers, button and my cut out heart.  The sentiment and swirly swirl are from the Sweet Violets set from Flourishes.

For more love inspiration take a little blog hop

a few of the girls are taking this week off

Skipping Stones Design Blog Hop

If you are following along in the Skipping Stones blog hop, and just came from Michelle's blog, you are in the right place.  If you just started on happened upon my blog, click here to go to the starting point.  Along the hop there are some blogs that will be giving away stamp sets.  Maybe I have a set?  Maybe I don't?  Be sure to leave a comment because you don't want to miss out.  Okay, okay, they gave me a super cute stamp set to give away.  But let me tell you, I really want to keep it, its "sew cute".  The winners will be announced on Friday January 8th at Skipping Stones Design.
The stamp set I chose to work with is call Chic Martini.  The images and sentiments are so fun.  During my hubbies deployment I can see myself making lots of cards with this set. To invite some friends out for a ladies night.  Make sure to visit all the blogs, its a rock star group of woman, lots of inspiration to be found!  Next up on the hop is the talented and fellow dirty girl Amber.  A big thanks to Skipping Stones Design for inviting me to play along today!!


Its cold!

My daughter was outside, and I saw her holding Coco in her lap.  We have had a high of 41 degrees, and the low will get into the 20's later on.  For Florida this is really really cold weather.  Coco is an indoor dog, so she is very spoiled and doesn't like the cold, so she just plopped herself onto Kendall.  We rescued Coco from the SPCA, on Kendall's 9th birthday.  Its hard to believe Coco is almost 5, and Kendall is almost 14!

I am up to my ears in deadlines right now.  CHA samples, DT samples, DD gallery cards, card submissions for magazines, a card for a blog hop on Tuesday and I decided to make a few scrapbook pages too last night lol.  It sounds like a lot, but I really love being busy.  Creating makes me happy.  I hope you all are having a wonderful Sunday.

**Edited to add**
I'm still in 2009 in my brain, I need to go fix the pic to put 2010...silly mistake

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