Friday, October 31, 2014

Enjoy the Journey ...

Hey Ya's!  Happy Halloween!  Will any of you be doing anything special for Halloween?  :)  We'll be out Trick or Treating with Bodhi .. and I'll let you know how it goes on my next post.  hehehe!

So, I have started on an art journal for my special little Bodhi and hope to give it to him when he gets older.  This is actually a story book of his that he no longer reads and I found it the perfect size to alter.  

I'll fill it with inspirational quotes and verses .. and these will be things I want for him throughout his life.  I don't know how long it will take for me to complete his journal .. but it's okay .. this is something I don't want to rush.  I may do one layout page next month or next year .. it does not matter .. it will be his for him to keep.

I had grunge in mind when I made this cover .. I wanted it to be worn and tattered .. like an old book that has well kept secrets of the heart ...

I made quite a bit of mistakes during this process (for example the pinkish sections were supposed to be rusty RED, lol!) .. but then I realized .. "This is a book that will be filled with things about life.  And one of the major things to learn in life .. is that we all will MAKE mistakes.  "Reflect on it, absorb it .. and Move Forward ... "

Of course I was inspired by Tim Holtz and Finnabair.  Vintage, Antique, Grungy, Worn, Old .. I love their styles and products!

Thank you for sticking with me on such a long post!  hehe!  Wishing you all a SAFE & HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Thank you for visiting me and I'll see you again soon!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

With Warmest Thanks ...

Hey Ya's!  Hope you're all having a beautiful week so far!

Well ... today is a bit of a mixed emotion post for me .. as I've decided to step down from the gorgeous Lili of the Valley DT.  Gosh, I knew it would be difficult to leave the girls that I think of as "family" .. but I didn't know it would be THIS tough!  :(

Thank you Lili of the Valley for having me be a part of your team for the past 2 years .. it has been a BLAST!  It's been such a privelege to work with your most DARLING images and products .. and I will continue to do so!!!

Also, I want to thank all my Lili of the Valley DT Sisters for being so AMAZING!  You're all such sweet & beautiful girls and I Love You all so much!  Truly!!!

Although my heart feels a bit heavy .. there is somewhat of a rainbow ..

.. as it's not "REALLY" goodbye forever from Lili of the Valley.  ;)  I'm lucky enough to be popping in and out with them every once in awhile!  ;)

And of course throughout my days .. I will DEFINITELY still be playing with Lili of the Valley images!  

This Thank You card was made using LOTV's Papers "Always and Forever Solids" and "Shabby Shack" along with lace from the Ribbon Girl.  

With all my heart .. thank you so much Lili of the Valley!!!!!!!!!!!

Wishing all of you a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by!  I'll see you again soon ...


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Happy Birthday!!!

Hey Ya's!  Hope you all have been doing well and enjoying some beautiful days!

It's so difficult to believe that the month of October is almost over .. I really don't know where the hours and days go so quickly.  My little Bodhi has his Halloween costume ready .. he'll be a Shock Trooper from Star Wars.  Last year he was a scary zombie and a little girl cried when she saw his scary outfit .. which in turn scared Bodhi and he felt awful that she cried.  So .. he doesn't want to dress up as anything scary anymore. That's my lovebug ... ;)

Anyway, I've made a card decorating a dress form that I got off of The Graphics Fairy.  I have a slight fascination with dress forms .. as I've done a few different ones this year.  Here is one I finished last week:

I've used some beautiful Maja Designs Paper given to me by a very dear friend .. thank you so much!!!!!

And I've stamped one of LOTV's Vintage images from Set 66 on the sides.  

Well, I wish you all a WONDERFUL day and thank you so very much for visiting me!  I'd love to hear from you and see you again soon!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Santa .. Stop Here!

Hey Ya's!  Are you all having a beautiful week so far?  I hope you are!  :)

I've made a card with one of Lili of the Valley's older images that will be discontinued ... *sniff sniff .. tears dripping* and she's called "Jenny Gifts Galore".  sigh .. I adore this little cutie bear .. why why why does she have to go?!  :(  There are LOADS of gorgeous LOTV images that will be retiring .. so grab your favorites now before they're gone forever.  :(

Then around her, I've used a couple images like that little snowman and the hanging hearts from "Set 79 Christmas Icons" .. I really love these little icons to add around.  :)

I've also used some lovely goodies from the Ribbon Girl Store such as:  Phoebe White Lace, Small White Lilies, White Baby's Satin Organza Flowers and Cheesecloth.

I've coloured this with distress reinkers, prisma pencils and watercolors.

Yup .. it's that time of year once again to get ready for the festivities .. sigh .. I LOVE IT!!!  It's such a WONDERFUL time of year!!!

Wishing you all a FABULOUS week and thank you so much for visiting me and I'd surely love to hear from you!  I'll see you again soon!


Sunday, October 12, 2014

We Wish You a Merry Christmas ...

Hello!  I hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

It's time for another Lovely Lili Ribbon Girl Challenge and this time it's "Add Lace" .. omgosh .. soooooo easy and fun!  There are so many gorgeous laces from the Ribbon Girl shop .. it's really difficult to choose what to put on just one card!  hehe!

The beautiful goodies that I'm so fortunate to use from the Ribbon Girl here on my card are:
White Church Window Guipure, Olive Green Cotton Lace, Organza White Baby's Breath, Red 15mm Roses, White Rose Buds, White Carnations, Cheesecloth and some Sticky Tape which is awesome!  I had wanted to use the 'Michele' White Guipure here somewhere .. but it did not fit to where I had in mind .. hmmmm .. next time!  ;)

For the image, I've used a bit of darling Lili of the Valley Images!  The main image is "Penguin Pals", then I've stamped some "Christmas Mini Icons from Set 79" and "Christmas Wishes from set 75" around it.  I really enjoy those little mini icons .. because you can create a little something extra around the images.  :)

Well, I sure do hope that you'll come and join in the fun at the Ribbon Girl Lovely Lili Challenge!  We'd love to see you there and as always .. there's BEAUTIFUL prizes!

Thank you so much for visiting me .. I truly love it when you do!  See you again soon!


Monday, October 6, 2014

Wishing You A Magical Birthday ...

Hey Ya's!  Hope you all had a beautiful weekend!

Has the weather been nice where you're at?  It's still a bit warm here during the day hours .. but so nice and nippy in the early morning and late evening hours .. I love it!

Well, I've made a little Birthday Card using a pumpkin chipboard and dressed it up with some light Halloween colors.  On the front, I've a small manila envelope and used a cute Lili of the Valley Sentiment from Set 6.

I wish you all a wonderful week!  Thank you so much for visiting me .. I love it when you do and I'll see you again soon!


Friday, October 3, 2014

LOTV Sale!!!

Hello there!  Hope you're all ready for a fun filled weekend!

And what better way to start off the weekend than by doing some shopping?!  LOL!  Lili of the Valley is having a big sale on their older stamps and you don't want to miss it!  Grab your favorites now before it's gone .. *sniff sniff* .. I so love them!

HAPPY SHOPPING TO YOU!!!  hehehehehe!  ;)

Big Hugs,

Friday, September 26, 2014

You've Been Mummified!

Hey Ya's!  Can you believe it's Friday already?!  The days keep going faster and faster right?!  hehe!

So, Halloween is definitely one of my most favorite holidays of the year .. who am I kidding .. I love all the holidays!  But Halloween is certainly up there .. where we love to decorate our home and enjoy the festivities.  My little Bodhi also loves it very much, and loves choosing scary things to put outside our home .. but then he gets scared to walk past it?  hahahaha!  Crazy kid!  ;)

Well, I made a mixed media Halloween canvas .. which I truly ENJOYED playing so much!  And here it is:

The spooky house, "creepy" banner, mummies, kitty, spider, spiderweb and gravestone are all Jolee stickers.  I created a textured background, painted it and such .. then placed the stickers where I wanted.  Then filled it up with things from my own stash like flowers, pearls, beads, frantage, wooden fence which I painted, cheesecloth that I sprayed ... 

Look at the lady mummy .. she has a cute little bat purse .. hahahahahah!  I hadn't noticed it until I took it out of the packaging!  :)

Well, thank you so very much for visiting me .. I truly love it when you do!  I'll see you again soon!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hello ...

Hey Ya's!  Hope you're all having a beautiful week!

The weather has been getting really nice in the mornings and nights for us .. so cool and comfortable .. Autumn has begun!  ;)  They already have pumpkins in the stores for sale .. to be honest .. I get excited every year to pick our pumpkins and decorate them.  hehe.

Well the DARLING new LOTV release is ready in the webstore!!!  :)  Today I've made a card that defies Autumn .. but I loved making it because I think Summer flew by too quick.  :)  This sweet little LOTV image is called "Annabel Camping" and I've lightly stamped around her with "Set 46 Background Bits".  Then I've also combined some lovely papers from "Snow Princess", "Shabby Shack" and "Timeless Victorian".

I've also used some of that beautiful white lace that a dear friend gave me .. thank you sweetie!

Please don't forget that you still have time to join in our LOTV Monthly Challenge .. this month is "Pretty Papers"!!!

I hope you'll have fun shopping for your favorite LOTV stamps .. FREE shipping on all stamps!!!   Incredible deal right?!!

Thank you so much for visiting me .. I truly love it when you do!  See you again soon!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lili of the Valley Blog Hop!!!

Hey Ya's!  Hope you're all having a beautiful week!

Today we are having a Lili of the Valley Blog Hop featuring 6 new darlings that will be released Sept. 20th at the Leeds shop and then on Sept. 22nd online!!!  :)  So right now, you should have arrived from the gorgeous Dawny's Blog!

There will be TWO lucky winners who will receive the entire full set!!!  Wowwww!  The winners will be announced on the LOTV Inspirational Blog.

As always, all you need to do is hop from one blog to the other, and leave comments on each blog for your chance to win!  Here are the list of blogs in order:

Elise .. you are here  :)

For my card, I've used this adorable "Smoke Signal" and tried my best in an attempt to a sunset background along with floating hearts around the rising smoke clouds.

I hope you've been enjoying the hop so far!  Your next blog stop will be the Gorgeous Fleur!!!

Thank you so much for joining us and the BEST OF LUCK TO ALL OF YOU!

See you soon!