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Saturday, May 25, 2013

DDD: Making Memories, Celebrating Moments

I'm late....I'm late.....for a very important date!!!! :o(
Yikessss....who was that poor mortal soul that said : 'later is better than never?!!!'
I am definetley using that phrase today!....*grin*

For this dueling month, our (Dazzlers) fearless leader ,Jeanette, sent us a kit packed with so many
interesting treasures with some fun, humorous images to boot! *Lovveee the kit!* ♥
   *Thanks sooo much Jeanette,for providing such amazing creative yumminess!*

The theme chosen by  Jeanette and Kelly ( the DIVA's leader) for this month, is:
Making Memories, Celebrating Moments....
PERFECT, right????  ♥
 I loveeee these fun
Art Impressions Ladies...such a great image to work with! It just makes you smile, no matter what!;o)

 This is what we Dazzlers received :
Image/Sentiment: Art Impressions "Picture Perfect"
Designer Papers: Little Yellow Bicycle "Escape" (small camera), Hampton Art "Flashback Viewfinder" (large camera), and Hampton Art "Flashback Timeline" (stripe)
Embellishments: Kathy Davis Designs - adhesive pearls, KI Memories - rhinestones, Me & My Big Ideas - Mambi Stick (camera), 

Michael's ribbon and ribbon paper clip, Recollections - photo frames, Recollections - washi tape, and a clear adhesive circle
Image was colored w/Copics and SU Markers combo.

One of the things we were asked is to include a memory of some special 'Kodak moments' in our lives...well...first of all..I am a confessed addicted 'klikker' -meaning that my camera is almost always with me. *wink*
I loveeee to take shot of everything and everyone in my ...I am a proud memory-maker...♥
A recent great memory I have, was the time spent in Seattle ,last April, where I was surprised speechless by a couple of amazing gals. ♥  
You can read about it and ,of course, see some picts of that week end here:

My next memory in the making is fast approaching , as I am soooo looking forward to my oldest granddaughter 1st Holy Communion on June 2nd...Can't wait to immortalize such very special day! 

                         ♥   Thank YOU for stopping by....
wishing you all a wonderful and blessed  week end! ♥

btw, if any of you like Mo Manning's style, here something I added recently:

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Tribute To Maurie MANNING ♥

                 Hello darling visiting  Peeps,
I recently created this card with the very vague intention to enter it for a contest....a veryyy special that a multitude of people would consider themselves lucky to enter...and for some elected few to win the ultimate 'prize'! Can you actually believe it that I, little 'ol me, even CONSIDERED, albeit for a few minutes suspended in time , to enter such sought after contest :
 With these thoughts floating in my mind , and with too much time in my hands lately, hence the surfacing of boredom , I decided to at least start with chosing an image....but WHICH ONE? 
You see I love ALLLLLL Mo's gorgeosly detailed immies....therefore chosing just one was not that easy....The title did help: 'Love Ya' !
Simple....right to the heart....a lovely message of infinite caring.....two lil words that ,sometimes, are
taken often for granted......'Love Ya'!......says it all.

Image chosen and colored and card starting to take shape on its own with the help of some cool designer papers and embossing folder....a touch here, a tuck there et voila' is done.

Then comes the time to actually fotograph the card, upoload it to the computer and check how much time there is left before 'THE' contest closes its doors for this time around.
Lucky meeee...I still had a good 20-30 mnts to decide before crunch time!! Then, boom....'what was I thinking?' duh!  :(
Too many uber talented, and better equipped gals to to do this....
At the eleventh hr, I did absolutley nothing.....did not sent in my picture for a thrilling opportunity to become one of Mo's Dream Team Gals.....
I need more time to help clear my mind....
and I'll accept that -once and for all- when opportunity knock at your not hide away...but go forward and enjoy the matter what IT may be!......♥

 As my second annual Exclusive Mo Manning full cards swap on SCS is winding down, 
see here:*mo-manning-cards-swap*-exclusive-original-due-may-13-2013-a-t567616.html

I'd like to thank Mo for her wonderful caring and support of my swap that I created with her name (and her permission too)...I wanted to thank her for her generosity and kind heart....but most of all I wanted to thank Maurie for the friendship that blossomed via  the exchanges of several mails, when ideas and changes were made together.... I know I have a friend in her.....*LOVE YA, MO *
            ** THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU!!!  ** GOD'S BLESS!!**

*To view Mo's beautiful cards' swap album please go here:

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Mystery Revealed - May 2013-'s been a while folks!
I have sooo many cards created for swaps and other occasions and ready to upload to my blog yet....kind of a never ending task if you were to ask truly takes you for a spin....
that you'll never get it back....
Lots has been happening lately in my life .... I won't bore you with major details....suffice to say that I am recuperating now after having surgery last Wed. All went ok per se.......except post surgery problems that needed strict medical attention and kept me under the vigilant eye of a wonderful medical team.....because of that, I was kept in  Critical Recovery Area and not released until the day after....
Now I am taking it quite easy , as the wonderful prescribed 'cocktail mix' of steroids, penicillin and codeine have quite an effect on my poor 'ol bod'....dizziness being the major one of three... but hey...I am here...chillaxing and relaxing now...and that's all that matter. ♥

Let's get to the card....this cute image was sent by Melina, this month hostess for the mystery Image swap. Such cute, adorable lil mouse and I just knew how I wanted to display it...

You see.....a  few days ago I came across this lovely card on SCS :

I immediatley loved it and tucked it into my favorites...soooo simple yet so elegant and with flair too....I thought that the mouse could easily be well showcased as taking a lil stroll amongst a fiels of voila'....said and done...hence my take....♥

Depending on how the flowers were positioned ,Mousie takes either a right or left

Can someone please tell me what is the proper name of this tecnique please? (I used several markers to color each and every part of the rubber stamp to produce an individual background ...can't remember what's called...dang.) Love love loveee this particular SU stamp too! The sentiment...(see inside below) is also  from SU but I do not know its name...*sigh*
(old set of 8 funky sentiments from 1997)
  I hope you like my card interpretation for this swap....I know I really enjoyed creating it and getting the lil 'scene' I aimed for...


♥ Deets:

Image Received : 
 MFT-My Favorite Things Blessed Mouse
Stamps :  Inspired By Nature (SU) ,
                    + unknown sentiment (SU)
Ink : Old Olive , Kiwii Kiss (grass) ; 
                  Copics and SU Markers
Accessories : 'Textile' EF, oval nesties, 
punches, ribbon from Micheal, stickles, 
circle punches, butterfly punch, jillibean soup d/p
(for the butterfly)  
   {The pictures, unfortunatley, doesn't show how truly sparkly the lil flowers and the head flower are....}

Saturday, May 4, 2013

FOUR cards, ONE tecnique...

*Click on each picture if you wish to enlarge*

                          ♥ Hello Gals... 
lately, I just seem to find it harder and harder to keep up with everything
'extra', including this blog....have so many cards made from a while ago that
I haven't even posted...not even sure if I can catch up...
At least, these one are not that tardy....just a few

  In fact, about three wks ago, I was the hostess on 'You Can Do It' challenge
and introduced the partecipants to the : 'Straw Blowing Tecnique'
known also as 'Blow Art'.  Most of the gals have
never heard of this tecnique,,,,it is really a FUN one to try too!
Unfortunatley, I couldn't find anything on SCS
tutorials, but did find a few you tube videos that I can share with you lovely peeps ;o)

This tecnique is so much fun and all you need are: a straw, reinkers,
glossy card stock and a paper towel for wiping.
Once your c/s is dry , please use a SILHOUETTE stamp
to enhance your beautifully created background....
Here are the tutorial links for you to peruse.

(btw: I followed Frenchie's instructions for my straw tecnique card)


Straw Blowing Technique using Reinkers - YouTube

Straw Blowing background - YouTube

The Straw Technique for Beautiful Backgrounds - YouTube

As you can see here,  I made 4 background samples to show you, 
all using the Straw Tecnique explained above  
With each panel, I completed four unique cards ....  
I sure hope you'll try this tecnique. sometimes..
I know you'll love it too!! ♥


This above was my very first attempt at 
a straw blowing card 'put together'.... 
followed by the lovely geisha, 
then the four girlfriends and, lastly
I ended it with the 'rainy' card I chose to showcase at the top....

Stamps used in each card:

*Million Dollar Moment (SU)
*Priceless (SU)
*Dream Garden (SU)
*Hey Girlfriend # IB-Cosmo-72 
(Unity Stamp)