Friday, July 24, 2009

Quick Tan!

Wow-today I went to try out the air brush tan that I keep hearing about. I love it so far!!!!!!! Actually I still can't shower yet, so I won't see the true results until tomorrow I suppose, but so far it looks great. I just hope it stays this dark. I was pretty much Casper white when I went in today. I decided I should try and not lay in a tanning bed this summer like I normally do since I do know it's bad for me. Hopefully this is healthier than all the sun exposure for a little quick color. We are heading to Charleston, SC on Saturday, so I needed a little color before I hit the beach near there. Has anyone reading this tried the airbrush tan? If so I would love to hear from you as to how long it really lasts. The lady doing it said it should last a week or so. I have also heard up to 2 weeks! I guess I will know soon enough.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

New cards

Here's 2 rubber stamped cards I just finished. Both stamps are from Stamp Oasis, and the cards are embossed using a Cuttle Bug embossing folder.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Jewelry I Made This Weekend

 I love all sorts of crafts, but over the last couple of years I have discovered beading and really enjoy it. While I'm beading is one of my most spiritual times. The beads tend to put me in some sort of trance and I am totally involved- first in the hunt for the perfect bead, then meditating on the magic of the stones, and the way they feel in your hand, and finally completing the creation. I also listen to lots of chanting and drumming during my beading time so that helps as well. I took a couple of shots of some of the pieces here so you can view them in different light. I will soon have my etsy store back up again, hopefully around the first of August, but I want to work on lots more creations for now while I'm in the mood. Anyway, pictured today is a little of this and that. There's some amber and jet, my favorite is the flourite and amethyst piece, a bit of coral and my latest idea was to make a pair of chakra earrings with swarovski crystals while centering myself. I will be making another smaller version of these soon as well. Well, I guess I better jump off of here and get back to beading!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Orb caught on vacation

Hey there! I just got back from a little vacation in the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg TN area. While there we did lots of fun things like we saw the TN Shindig show, visited a couple of bead stores, went to the Scrapbook Superstore, ate good southern food until I was stuffed, and shopped around at all the little cute stores there and drooled over all the handmade wood creations. However, my favorite part of the trip was a haunted ghost walk we took in Gatlinburg. I have been on many of these ghost walks before in New Orleans LA, Savannah Georgia, St Augustine Florida, Abingdon, VA and more. The ghost tours are not the type where someone jumps out with a big BOO to scare you, but these are more of a walking history tour of parts of the cities where hauntings have been reported. I learn so much about the towns and history of these towns that anytime I'm near one I love to go. Anyway, on this tour we started and ended at the White Oaks cemetery and heard some stories there. Soon we began our walks down the back alleys of the town and heard various stories at each spot. I personally did not feel anything at any of the spots until we were below a river front hotel where the story started out as a young boy about 8 years old was staying with his family there and playing around jumping up and down on the balcony. His sister was 6 and wasn't going to be outdone by her loder brother and started jumping as well. The poor girl ended up falling to her death in the small river below. Her spirit has been seen many times by many people in the river and on the balcony. I took many photos along the walk, but during this time I caught what looks like a white round lit image, otherwise known as an orb. I don't know if this means anything or not, but the picture was a time when I was whispering talking to the child and asked her to say hello if she was there. I work with kids, and am very good with them, and they all seem very comfortable with me so I felt especially drawn to the little girl story I suppose. I did feel like there was something near there, so I find it fascinating that this was the only picture on the trip that I caught an orb above the water, but below the hotel. I'm not an expert on the paranormal in any way, but I do find it interesting. I don't know if it's real, or a reflection of some sort or what, but I liked seeing it in the photo. On the walk we were provided with an EMF reader, although not what I call a high quality one at all. I did see it go to the top setting 2 times on the walk though. Although when I took pictures of those areas I caught nothing on film, and didn't really feel anything different in those areas myself. Anyway, getting away on a little vacation was very nice. Sometime in late July I will be visiting the Charleston, SC area where I hope to take yet another ghost walk. I'll post on how it goes when I return.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Summer!

Happy Summer everyone! I thought I would add some fresh flowers around to celebrate the day.

My Dad's Father's Day Card

Here's the card I made for my father this year. My dad is so special in my life I could never do a card that is special enough to tell him how I feel, but here's my attempt for this year. This card used the Su set called Noble Deer. It has retired now, but I still love this set for a nice masculine card.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Using my Hero Arts stamps

Here's my latest Hero Arts card. This one doesn't seem to stamp out as well as I had planned so I am going to be playing with it in different ways in the coming days.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Hero Arts Stamps

Hey there! I promised to post some of my new stamps from Hero Arts, so here are a few favorites. I have to say I still prefer the wood mounted stamps, but I just can't seem to pass up the cutuest stamps and beautiful phrases that seem to only come in the clear stamps. Alright, I better get back to creating now!

Mother's Day card

Here's the card I made for my mother for Mother's Day ths year. I love this combination of baja blue and Parisian Breeze paper from Stampin' Up. The light on this scan is a little funny, but it looks much better and more elegant in person.

Post Office Goodies Make Me SMILE!!!!

There's nothing better to me than having a great mail day at the post office. I get so excited when I open my box and see goodies inside! Today my cousin sent me an awesome book called Death By Design! It's a mystery novel combined with scrapbooking. I had hear of this trilogy in a scrapbooking magazine a while back, but did not know it was out! This is the first book in the series, and I just can't wait to read it. Also included in the package was a huge bunch of sheets of these awesome stickers, and a great pack of scrapbooking papers. I'm all set for some crafting this weekend! Another fabulous prize in my box was my very own Bagolita from my pen pal Stacey! The Bagolitas are handmade in her state, and she surprised me with one. I love black and wear it all the time, so this one is right up my alley!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

New Creations

I have been playing with the new Cheep Talk and Bird on A branch set. Here's what I have come up with so far.

Friends 24-7 card

Here's a new card I have been working on today. I used the new Stampin' Up set called Friends 24-7. I just love this bird image and hoep to work with it more in the future. I also love the eyelet border punch. It's hard to see on the card, but it's totally awesome!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pocket Silhouettes

I love, love, love this little stamp set. I have had it since the last catalog, and never used it. I was thrilled to see that it made it into the new catalog this year. This is a card I created last night with it, and I can say for sure that I will be using this set much, much more in the future! The card was embossed using the Big Shot machine using the swirls cuttlebug die to give it that added little something!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Holiday Goodies

Happy Holidays to me! Here are a few new stamps that I got for gifts from the new Tim Holtz line. I really wanted them all, but mainly because of the trees and the deer stamps. They arrived too late to make any holiday cards with this year, but hopefully I can still use them for next year's cards. These stamps combines with the new holiday grungeboard Tim has is just awesome! Check out Tim's blog and you can see his samples of tags for the 12 days of X-Mas. He has some great designs.