Saturday, May 31, 2008

All Around The World ATC Swap

Oh, I think this ATC turned out better than I expected. I love taking pictures of windows. In one of my other lives, I must have been a photographer...I really love to take pictures. This is one of the many window pics I took while vacationing in Italy. Venice to be exact. The "window curtain" is a tiny piece of lace and the "curtain rod" is held in place with two gold brads. We all know I am addicted to Anita's Outline Stickers...they add so much to wherever they are used.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Friendship Tea / Coffee Card Swap

Here's another swap I am participating in. I LOVE the vintage look, and often wished I was party of that long-ago time. The Anita's Outline Stickers make this card, in my opinion. We were asked to include a pouched tea bag (or coffee) to share with the other swappers. Can't wait!! Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Actors From The Past Card Front Swap

Joined this swap a bit ago from the Paper Craft Magazine website. I have always liked this website, and have a subscription to the magazine. I designed this card using a rather attractive photo (early) of Mae West, and really like how the blue hues are highlighted on her face. I used PSP for the hues and the image edge. Torn printed vellum makes a nice accent for the black "jewels"...let me know what you think.

eScape Bundle

How eXciting...take a look at the new promotion for the month of June...Just in time for thank you cards from the Grad or the Bride in your life... Throughout all of June, we're offering a terrific eScape Bundle with products at 25 percent off, including a few of the essentials to create your own cards! Use the bundle at your eScape event to make a fun and easy card.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Fresh Cut Sneak Peek Promotion

YIPPEE...the stamp set arrived today! Oh, and the cards are FABULOUS!! This is an absolutely fabulous promotion. I can't wait to start using this stamp set. FABULOUS!! Call me so we can schedule your card party for June ...oooo... sneak decadent!! Dates: June 1-30, 2008 Promotion details: From June 1-30, Stampin' Up! is providing an advance purchase opportunity for the Fresh Cut stamp set (#111634) and coordinating Fresh-Cut Notes (#111882). These two products will be included in the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog. Customers: Purchase the sneak peek Fresh Cut stamp set and add on the coordinating Fresh-Cut Notes for just $5. Hostesses: Hold a $400 workshop, and receive the Fresh Cut stamp set and coordinating Fresh-Cut Notes FREE.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Beach Chipboard Book for Kylie

Just had to put all Kylie's cute first visit to the beach photos in an album. Came up with this idea to use some of my chipboard's really colorful and very summery!!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Coastal Cabana Cards ~ Update

The Coastal Cabana is located in Dunedin, Florida and is just about the sweetest little chic seaside boutique EVAH!! Go visit with Lisa and see just what I'm talking about. It's located on the Corner of Broadway & Scotland - 712 Broadway in Dunedin. The gifts are "Inspired by the Sea" and I could stay there all day and smell the beautiful candles. When you go, check out my cards. Yep...Lisa's asked for more designs for your gift giving pleasure. Why, you can't buy the perfect gift without the perfect card to go with it. Even if the gift is for deserve a card too. Have a peek at some of the cards I have designed for the shop.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Western Theme Card Swap

Today I received the cards from the Western Theme Card Swappers!! YIPPEE...Click here to take a peek Created this card last week (before the BIG YUCKIES got me) for a Western Theme Card Swap. The one I submitted used Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 to vary the opacity of the two images I used. One being a photograph of my father with one of our horses, taken in 1983 in Elmira, NY and the other was a scanned image of a western card I had purchased in Colorado Springs during my visit there in 2003. Layering the two images created just the look I was going for. Hopefully, the participants in the swap will forgive me for being ill and late with the mailing of the cards.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


My friend Joanne sent me this today via email. "16 Ways To Know You Are Having A Bad Day." Definately worth the reading...enjoy!!

Thursday, May 8, 2008


I have to share this picture with everyone. Isn't this just the cutest little girl in the whole world. Her mother and my son share their lives together, and this was taken at Honeymoon Island, here in Florida. What a beautiful day for the 'Lil Missie to experience her first visit to the beach. As the story goes, after she recovered from her initial shock of the "sandy toes" and how all that sand feels for the first time, there was no stopping her...building sand castle dreams and simply being a child. Reminds me of when I used to take my son to the beaches around the Tampa Bay area when he was young. Every time I look at those pictures of that skinny little kid on the sand and in the water, it just kills me. I am half a grandma. Cool - huh?!?!?

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Photo Card Swap Photos!

I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to share with you these photos. I have been feverishly (not while I was with fever this past week) teaching myself Paint Shop Pro X2 to the level that I expect to be. If you are not familiar with this software, it is a photographic software. It even includes a built-in Learning Center to help new users get started right away! Don'tcha just love the thought of no one telling you what to do and how to do it? I do. But sometimes, it is easier to just have someone to turn to and ask, how do you do something or other. Not in this case. No one I know ANYWHERE knows, I do, and I am happy happy happy. Comments Please. This is a photo of our furbaby, Lil Cesare. I will use these for altered photos for a Photo Card Swap I am a part of. Almost ready to go out the door, just had to post these photos!! Yeah to Me!! You can see the slide show of the cards to the right ---------->

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Yuckies Have Got Me!

I can't tell you how sick I am. Sore throat, sore chest, headache, tired, EVERY muscle aches, AND I have stitches in my head and stitches on my leg...(biopsies)...nothing to worry about, except, they hurt. I am not a woosie by an means, but you would not know it by how I am today. Yesterday was even worse. It'll all go away, but I still feel bad. Later...