Tuesday, February 28, 2012

*We Were Meant To Be Friends*

first - to my many (3) readers...
I have to apologize for my "stop blog & roll" this past week...
(warning...long post. one that's taken me 3 hours now to write, eek!)

some blasted virus hit me like a time warp & sent me into overload!
I ended up in the ER on Sunday with 2 breathing treatments,
a massive dose of steroids,
& feeling like a barn door, hitched up by an 18 wheeler
took a nose dive, right into my chest.

My diagnosis: the dreaded "BRONCHITIS" again.
(you might remember my post from last year - I suffered for 12 long weeks
of that crap, ugh!)

they also said "acute asthma flare".
so I was sent home with meds for the nebulizer, antibiotics, steroids,
and some special cough syrup.  Today's day 3 of this & I actually feel
a little better! I see the light at the end of the "get well" tunnel.
FINALLY. yuck.

anyways. - enough of that sick stuff -

I want to share something with you today that means alot to me.
I have been meaning to share the pics of when my sweet friend Wendy was here
to visit. I just keep forgetting! While we didn't get as many pics as we were
hoping to (I was soaking up the friendship so much, I just forgot!) -
I cherish
the ones we did get - like the one in the layout you'll see in just a bit.
Even though I can't stand the way I look in the pic - I love how cute she is
and it just represents to me that even though we haven't seen each other in 6 years-
we are the kind of friends that can just pick up right where we left off.
It seemed like to me
that we never had a separation!
It's that kind of friendships that are hard to come by.
I know that, I realize that and I cherish what we have...a true friendship.
Even through ups, downs, ins, outs...we are true friends. I adore you Wen!

and the reason behing my layout....keep reading:
I have a sweet online friend - Courtney Walsh,
who's written an incredible story
that I can't wait to dive into:

It's a story of friendship, of scrapbooks, well - I can't do it justice, just read:

A faded scrapbook reveals secrets that reconnect old friends
in a place called Sweethaven.

Campbell Carter has come to Sweethaven in search of answers about her mother's history.

Just before losing a battle with cancer, Suzanne Carter sent letters to childhood friends from her hometown of Sweethaven, Michigan. Suzanne's three friends -- Lila, Jane, and Meghan -- haven't spoken in years, yet each has pieces of a scrapbook they made together as girls. Suzanne's letters have lured them all back to the idyllic lakeside town, where they meet Campbell and begin to remember what was so special about their long Sweethaven summers. As the scrapbook reveals secrets from the past, old wounds are mended, lives are changed, and friendships are restored -- just as Suzanne intended.
Doesn't it sound divine?
Courtney is one talented lady. I have always admired her work.
Her scrapbooking, her writing,
everything. I'm blessed to call this sweet lady a friend.
I'm blessed to be able to share her book
with you & tell you - YOU HAVE TO GO GET IT!
I'm also blessed to get to be a part of a scrapbook
challenge she has on her blog today.
That's the reason for my layout.
Courtney asked several of her scrapbook friends
(me included? heck yes! I loved being a part!)
It was my pleasure to take part.
When you go to her blog -  you'll notice something funny.
Wendy was also part of the challenge. She created her layout.
We both used the SAME PHOTO. Without even knowing we were going to do that.
See? Friendship at it's best. Finest...

Thank you Courtney, this was truly inspirational, therapeutic & all out fun.
I wish you nothing but HUGE success on your book & all the other books you have in the works.
You're an incredible lady & I love your story!

I hear that Amazon has her book on sale today!
HURRY - go get it now.
I just received mine & can't wait to dive in....

I'll be back in a few days with some more fun news!
I'm off to rest my weary bronchits bones....

til then!

Friday, February 17, 2012

*Pretty Is As Pretty Does*

long time no blog!
sorry about that!
life got in the way.....in a good way of course!
really - just busy, busy busy!

today I want to share a layout & card I made for American Crafts
using my brand new toy...my Silhouette Cameo! I LOVE that thing!
Best invention, best investment & boy am I having the BEST time
playing with it!

This week is Silhouette week at the American Crafts Blog...
here's what I made:

I used the Dear Lizzy doily die cut. I enlarged it
to my entire page (12x12) and went to town with embellishing it.
I'm highlighting our grand"pup" girl I've introduced you to...Lilly!
She's so pretty!
To see the full post & all I used, check out the American Crafts Blog

I also whipped up this card using the Amy Tan camera die:

So fun to do!
Thanks for taking a peek!

I'm off to finish up some assignments I have on my scrap desk
(have I mentioned how much I LOVE MY JOB???)
but before I go...

I haven't had a chance to show you THIS:

I still can't believe it!
That is an album I made for Prima on the COVER!
Talk about making a girls day!!
Thank you again Northridge Media - home of Scrapbook Trends Create!

Have a great day friends...happy Friday!
Back soon!
Be sure to come back Monday for another fun blog hop!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

*Jubilance to the 2nd power*

remember my word for 2012?
jubilant....("expressing joy")
you better believe I had my "jubilant" hat on when
Courtney asked me if I wanted to be a guest for the
LOVELY Webster's Pages!

It's not only an honor & joy...

it's jubilance - to the 2nd power!

I got to work with 2 GORGEOUS lines!
The new release, Sunday Picnic & Western Romance.
Here's what I did:

Here's the entire post:  Webster's Pages Blog
Check out their Inspire Me page too!
How sweet is the DT, they lifted some of my work
& boy did they do a GORGEOUS job!
I love each and every one of the girls on that team.
Incredible talent! Truly inspirational.

Thank you again, Webster's, for having me!
I LOVE everything you do!

until tomorrow...

Monday, February 6, 2012

*Ashe - Party of 4 - Prima*

hi friends!
it's monday, monday mooooonnnnddddaaaayyyy.
which means I'm getting my act together and plan to blog
all week long. OR at least I'll try. ♥

So it's the week after CHA
(Craft & Hobby Association show, for those
of you that are asking me..."what is CHA?)
Have you seen all of the new things coming out?
Are you inspired? What's been some of your favorites?
I sure have seen ALOT of lovely products & can't WAIT to get
my hands on them!

I find myself incredibly blessed to be able to design for
a few of the companies at the show. It's a fun/crazy/hectic/exhillarating
time just making lots of things in a time crunch. I know...weird, right?
Creating that way is what inspires me to keep on creating.
Anyway, enough gab - have you seen all of the Prima goodness?
I am sharing an album I created for the show using the Donna Downey
canvas album, along with the brand new Doodle Deaux collection, plus
lots more Prima lovelies:

to see a complete supply list, check out the Prima blog

here's some inside pages:

That was the most fun I've had getting all inky/painty/grungy! I loved playing with
the Ranger mixed mediums! Some things turned out to be an experiment gone
wrong - but the others, I truly adored!

I hope you enjoyed!

Before I head off for the day -
just wanted to share a quick post of something extremely FUN coming to you tomorrow:

can you guess?
Until then---
Have a wonderful Monday!

Friday, February 3, 2012

*Love Week at American Crafts!*

hi friends!
happy Friday!

first I wanted to say THANK YOU for all the sweet comments y'all left me
for the Echo Park/Epiphany Blog Hop! I'm glad my "happy accident" inspired some of you!

This week it's been LOVE WEEK over at American Crafts.
Here's some cards I made:

to see what yummy goodies I used -
just go to the blog: American Crafts.
& while you're there, check out all the
other Love Week creations!

that's it for me -
my scrap desk is calling my name!
Back soon with some fun pics of my weekend
with Wendy!
We had the best time..I miss her already!