Saturday, December 23, 2006

Merry Christmas Everyone....

Just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year!

I'll be on vacation but will try to post whenever I can. But make sure to stop by and visit me OK? If you want to be inspired, check out my Inspire Me, Jozzie! blog!

See you all real soon!

Holiday Travel...

Counting down the hours where I go and hop on that plane to visit my family in Florida! Guess what time our flight is! 6AM on Sunday (Christmas Eve) morning! Aaaah! Crazy, eh?! But hopefully the kids, especially my 2YO, will be sleeping all the way there. I'm so looking forward to being with my family during the holidays and also celebrating my 27th (ahem) birthday! Yep, I was born December 25th! Such a special day! HAH!!!

What do I love about traveling? Of course getting ready for it, the anticipation, the outings, hanging out, doing nothing or doing lots of things....family times.....everyday is something to look forward to.......and afterwards the memories made.......scrapping moments :)

What I like least? Packing followed by the "til we meet again" moment! Argh!

Check out STM to see the other chicks response!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Year End Contest!

Make sure to check out my YEAR-END CONTEST here!

YOU could be the LUCKY WINNER! Good luck!!!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Twas the Night Before Christmas

T'was the night before Christmas,
And all through the home,
Only one creature was stirring,
A late night scrapper alone.

While she cropped and she trimmed,
Under her breath she was muttering,
"He hid my darn Tape Runner"
The poor wife was stuttering!

When out on the lawn
There arose such a clatter,
She sprang from her table,
And dropped her pens with a splatter.

Away to the window
She flew like a flash,
Thinking maybe it was UPS
Bringing more of her stash!

But what to her wondering eyes
Should appear,
But a miniature (die cut) sleigh
And 8 (sticker) reindeer!

With a little old driver
So lively and quick
She knew right away
It was jolly old St. Nick.

He carried a sack
Filled up to the brim
With paper packs, triangles,
And die cuts crammed in.

There were combo packs, stickers,
And snap packs galore,
There was even a Joy Album
Not available in stores!

He went quickly to work,
Stowing it all under her tree,
The papers, the decorations
And all Acid Free!

"The Decorative Cart is heavy!"
She heard him exclaim,
Then he turned to his reindeer
And called them by name:
"On Buyer and Stasher,
Puncher and Cropper.
On Scrapper, on Matter,
On Trimmer and Cutter."

And he sprang to his sleigh
But before he could leave
The woman yelled, "STOP!"
And pulled a camera from her sleeve.

She snapped some quick photos
For future keepsake,
Thinking all the while
Of the layout she'd make!

And she heard him exclaim
When she finally let him go
"Happy Scrapping to All"
And to all, "HO HO HO!"

Follow Your Bliss...

When you follow your bliss, doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

Saturday, December 16, 2006

If I had 15 minutes to spare....

Just what would I do? Geesh, does it only have to be just 15 minutes?! I'm sleep deprived at times so I would want some extra sleep. But that seems such a waste. I would love to go shopping but for 15 minutes, I would stress out and I think I want to use that extra 15 minutes doing something very relaxing. Ahhh....a bubble bath? Sounds like FUN but I need company when I do that! Then I don't know if 15 minutes would be enough. HAH! Seriously though, 15 minutes, I would love to make cards, while listening to some music and sipping a nice cup of tea. In 15 minutes I can easily crank out 5 or 6 of them. Then if I had another 15 minutes I'd love to mail them out to people I love.

Look at some of my creations from the previous entries. You'll see some of my FUN creations from last night using just the supplies I had at hand. It was sooo FUN and very relaxing making them. I was up 'til midnight. All alone. Peace and quiet! Just me and my cards....

What about you what would you do with that 15 minutes? Let me ask my STM Chicks....

Use What You Have!

OK, so when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. Personally, I'd make a Bloody Mary or a Pineapple Cooler. Yeah...why not? Limit yourself? Not me - I'd like to add "Dazzle" in everything I do! :)

But look at what I've made using the following ingredients:

(4) 8 1/2" x 11" Cardstock
(1) 12" x 12" Cardstock
(1) 12" x 12" Patterned Paper
Embellishments like ribbons, tags, stickers, strings, silk flowers
Tools like punches, stamps, brads
Adhesive
Click on the picture to view a larger image.

Here's your Project Challenge - bring out those same types/amounts of supplies and see what you can make and how many!

Plus, look at the final results, they're all so pleasing to the eyes since they're all so coordinated.

Have FUN!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Get On Board with Jozzie


For my December Class, we made a mini book. For this particular one I'll be using it to collect quotes. I love collecting quotes. But this book have many uses, aside for collecting quotes or pictures, you can make some to hold love coupons, memorabilia, love notes, recipes, and many other things. The sky is the limit!

I offer classes monthly and I hope you'll come and join us! If you can't attend, I'll send you the kit so you can make it at home. Just EMAIL ME or check out my CLASS SCHEDULE I'm sure you'll find a class creation that will sure interest you!

Monday, December 11, 2006

PageMaps Here I Come...

Have you heard of PageMaps? Well, guess what?! I forgot to tell you that a few weeks ago, Becky from PageMaps emailed me and advised me that she will be adding me to their contibutor's list for CardMaps beginning with their March issue. So be on the lookout for some of my work on their website!

Thanks Marge for referring me to them! Looking forward to working with you! We are going to have a blast!!!

Cards of the Month Club - December 2006

These are the cards I made for my December Club. Remember you can join our club anytime. So if you like what you see EMAIL ME! and I can add you on. You will receive several card kits in the mail each month! You can also check out my website for details!

Also, look at Inspire Me, Jozzie! to view my past month's card creations! ENJOY!!!





Friday, December 08, 2006

Yuck! Never Trust a Quiet 2 Year Old....

So, we just got home after dropping off my daughter to her volleyball practice. I fed the dog, took off our jackets (son and I) and I'm looking at the STM boards . I was wondering why I was able to do too much without any interruption from my son.

I go and check on him as I was getting quite suspicious by the quietness and my ability to do a lot!!! Like I"ve died and gone to heaven?! UGH! To my disgust!!! Guess what I saw, he and my dog are eating doggie biscuits!!!! YUCKIE!!!

..................and he was brushing his teeth with the dog's toothbrush!!! EEEK!!!!.............

Kisses anyone?!?!?!?

Friday, December 01, 2006

I'm Up To My Ears....


In SNOW!!! We got over 12 inches of snow last night! Schools are closed. My hubby's home. The roads are bad. This is what I see when I look outside. I'm inside taking the photos. No way will I go out there. I'm in to stay warm!!

Here's Ava and Connor making a snowman!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Scrreeeech......stop for a moment and sing a song!

My Blog Challenge today is to talk about your favorite Christmas song. Do you have one? What is it? Wanna scrap about it?

My favorite Christmas song I think is "I'll Be Home for Christmas". I don't know why I like that one so much. It gets me teary eyed. I think maybe because I'm usually away from my family around that time of year. Not my immediate family but my parents, siblings and their families. They're all in Florida. So I'm really excited that this year we get to celebrate together!

So yep, this year, "I'll be home for Christmas".........

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Me Bad!

I've slacked! I know. So sorry! See! That's all I have time for, one to two word sentences!!! LOL!

I remember as a kid, Christmas just can't come soon enough. Now it's here, well, almost here, much too soon! And with Christmas comes my birthday! So not only do I have much to do, I'm getting older too! YIKES!!! I'm so busy with what's going on now and what is about to happen later on with my life! Just thinking about it all gives me a headache! Not bad stuff. Just busy stuff.

My daughter is starting VB practices this week. Games and tourneys will be here in about 4 weeks and will go on 'til June 2007! I'm trying to work on potty training my son this week. Wish me luck! Doing lots of Christmas shopping. Making a ton of cards to give away, sell, and give as presents. We're talking HUNDREDS to be done!!!! I still have custom albums to complete. Then I have a class at my house in a few weeks. Busy I tell you, busy!

But I love it! Never boring that's for sure....oh yeah, in a few weeks we'll be in Florida with my family! Yeay!!! I can't wait to be with them. It's been about 9 months since I've seen them all last.

Ok, well, I better go now and finish making some cards! Just wanted to stop in and check in with you all. How about you what are you working on?

TTFN...

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Missing You

I knew that I would miss you,
My loving, loyal friend...

I knew the special joy we shared
would one day have to end...

But now the time has come,
And though I know it's sadly true...

I can't believe you're really gone,
And I'm here missing you.

Some think there is a heaven
For the pets we cherish so...

I think God meant for us
To give heaven here below!

You were a special gift from Him
And gave me so much love...

I know He must have smiled on us
From heaven up above.

So 'til I'm sure whre you have gone,
I'm comforted, you see...

Just knowing you were "In pet heaven"
Here on earth with me.

Stuka 1989 - 2003

Monday, November 20, 2006

Let's give thanks!!!

Join our 3rd annual GIVE THANKS event at STM!!! Catch the details here! Hope you join us....

My Most FUN Job Ever!

Ok, so I challenged the STM Chicks today of what was their most FUN job ever....so here's mine....

Many of the jobs I ever held were basically FUN, ok, so maybe not the job itself, stressful is more like it, but basically, there's a FUN element about each of them.

Starting from out of college I held a job as an Aerobics Instructor. Speaking of work! Whew! Work-out it was! I would teach classes back to back and sometimes I would go for 5 hours straight teaching aerobics! But hey, I was way younger then too :) I had LOTS of stamina! Heeheehee! That was FUN, the pay wasn't much, but I had a body a quarter could bounce off of! :)

After that I got a more serious job for one of the major life insurance companies. I had to make some kind of a living right? So I did that. Moved up the corporate ladder. Great pay and benefits but it came with lots of responsibilites and lots of stress. Managing people in the Call Center was not glamorous. But what I loved about it were the perks! After work outings, holiday parties, long lunch hours, friends. Those were the things I miss! Those were FUN, ahhhhh..... {my mind's wandering}..... the good old days. Left that to pursue my dream of being a full-time Mom. OK, wait a minute, I'm getting to the most FUN job I ever had!!! Keep reading....

About 3 years ago, I ran into one of my good friends from highschool. I was shopping at Victoria's Secret and she happens to be the manager there. We were joking around about how much FUN it would be to work there and she hired me on the spot. I worked around my family's work schedule. So that was neat. And then working there at the store......talk about S-E-X-Y!!! I loved it. I got to see first hand what's NEW, and we got to try out everything and I mean everything in the store so we know what we're selling and talk to the customers about. Speaking of customers, I'm sure you can imagine, I've met some quite "interesting" people. And some are "famous" people. Maybe someday, I'll tell you over a nice glass of mai-tais! LOL! Anyway, moreof the perks, we always got FREE sexy-wearables each month! LOL! So talk about great perks! Unfortunately, it had to be cut short. I had to quit. Why? If you're doing the math correctly, you would have figured out that's about when Connor came along. GOTCHA!

So kind of like Gaspe Chick, that job would forever change my life path. Happier family, bigger family and lots of VS wearables! :)


How about you, what was the most FUN job you ever had? Comment here!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Project Challenge! Christmas/Holiday Color

Make sure to check out my Inspire Me, Jozzie! Blog for a new Project Challenge!

Friday, November 17, 2006

It's the Weekend Baby!

TGIF! I have a very busy weekend ahead of me. I'm having some friends and family over Saturday to celebrate my DS 2nd year birthday! I'm going to be preparing some things today and the rest tomorrow. Thank goodness I'm home that I can do these things. I don't know how I did it when I used to work I tell yah! But I love this kind of stuff. I should have been a Party Planner too. :)

Then on Sunday, we go to a Parent's meeting for Sky High Volleyball. I'm not sure if I mentioned it, but my daughter made the Travel Volleyball group. It's an exciting experience! We're looking forward to all the FUN but it'll sure be busy.

Yep, this weekend sure is centered around my babies. But I love that! Maybe though I can squeeze in a hot date there in between?! :)

TTFN!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Recall: Provo Craft Metal Clips

Yikes! I almost bought some of these the other day! If you have any of these in your stash, you may want to return them at the store where you purchased them from. Here's a full article on it. Decorative Snaps and Metal Clips Recalled by Provo Craft Due to Lead Poisoning Hazard

Happy Birthday Connor!


Connor turns 2 today!!! Man, he's getting old!! I have Curious George because he just LOVES him! And he acts like him too!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

My New Banner

Is it showing up OK to you? Let me know what you think....

Thanks!

Cranberries in Grand Marnier Sauce

Here's what I always make for Thanksgiving that is ALWAYS a hit! ENJOY!

1 sm. fresh orange
1 1/2 c. sugar
3/4 c. orange juice
12 oz. fresh cranberries
1/3 c. Grand Marnier

1) With a vegie peeler, remove 1 1/2 T rind from the orange and cut into thin slivers. Peel and seed the orange and chop coarsely.

2) Combine sugar and orange juice in a medium-size non-aluminum saucepan. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add cranberries, orange and orange rind. Simmer until cranberries skins pop, about 10 minutes. Add Grand Marnier and cook 1 minute longer.

3) Chill well before serving. Sauce can be made several weeks in advance and refrigerated.

YIELD: 3 cups

How about you, do you have any delicious Thanksgiving Dinner recipe? Post it or comment here so we can check out your blog to "savor" the moment. Visit our STM Forum and maybe some of the girls will have something to share to!

Food for Thought

Cherish your vision and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.

- Napoleon Hill

Monday, November 13, 2006

What scrapbook item would YOU be?

Here's a FUN STM Blog Challenge for all of you. We're all talking about what we want on our Christmas list and wishing for this and that. But what if YOU were a scrapbook item, just what would you be and why? Blog about it, make a layout about it, for now, fantasize!

Me? I would have to say an adhesive. I know, nothing exciting or colorful. But really with what's going on with a dear friend of mine, I would say I would want to be an adhesive. Why?

Well, let me tell you why. Did you know that according to the current stats, 40% - 50% of marriages end in divorce? UGH! Just what in the world is going on? Ok, so I'm not an expert. I've been married for almost 17 years and it hasn't always been peaches and cream, but let me tell you, been there, done that and I'm so glad I stuck it out. I wouldn't have Connor.....you know the kid that sticks popcorn kernels up his nose, almost had his finger cut off, the one that got a swollen face after he ate peanut butter cookies, yes, that's the one, that little angel I have who will be 2YO this Thursday, if I had given up. Anywho, I think many if not some, people just give up too easily. It took me years but it worked out. A dear friend of mine, wants to divorce her husband and it saddens me so. I don't want to go into details but she really hasn't exhausted all her options and I believe she should give it another chance. They have a 4YO daughter together.

Anyway, why an adhesive, obvious, I want people to stick together, unless there are absolute reasons not to of course!

I didn't mean for this entry to be so serious. Check back here and read some funny ones from the other STM Chicks.

How about you, just what scrapbook item would YOU be?

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Which Camera Should I Get?

NIKON D80 Digital SLR Camera

CANON Rebel XTi Digital SLR Camera

Ok, guys I've narrowed it down to these 2 cameras! Which one should I get? Help me decide by posting a comment below!
Here's a great site to get camera reviews!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Cookies --- Who Wants Cookies?!?!

OK sign up here 12 Days of Cookies if you want to receive cookie recipes for 12 DAYS beginning December 1st!!! YUM!

Signed,
The Cookie Monster

Monthly Club Cards for November


Here's a sampling of my Card of the Month! What they get is all the card kits needed to make each card, less the adhesive and stamping. They also get a picture instruction listing all the supplies and how to guide to make the cards. This is great and fun for you to do or if you're an instructor, this is an easy way to put together your class where all you have to do is copy the instructions and cut up more supplies. All the idea is already done for you! My club members love the monthly kits they get!

Email me or comment here if you would like to join the club!

Want some tin?


If you're looking to alter some tin cans, here's a good source for it!

Can anyone say... Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy?

If you've taken medical terminology in school you'd know that a word ending in "-tomy' means a removal of....

Well, a week ago yesterday, the date was November 2nd to be exact, I had surgery called laparoscopic cholecystectomy (say "lap-are-oh-skop-ick co-lee-sist-eck-toe-mee"), which means, I had my gallbladder removed via laser. How fun was that?! It was a hereditary thing in my case and my gallbladder was getting diseased so we had to remove it. With this surgery, a laparoscope (a small, thin tube with a scope on the tip of it that is used to see the inside of your body) is used to remove the gallbladder. Several small incisions were used rather than one large incision, making my healing time much shorter and less painful. And you know what else? They didn't even stitch me up! They used some type of krazy glue!!! So less scars!

Anyway, I'm now doing much better, thanks for asking!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

A New Look Once Again....

So folks - what do you think of the new look? Browse around, listen to some tunes and/or watch a video. Visit some of my friends too while you're at it. Then let me know what you think of my new place.

Hope you like it! I'm constantly changing....

Ciao!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

My First Driving Experience

Good Morning!

For today's STM blog challenge let's go back to the good old days. Remember when you were just learning how to drive? What was that like? Who taught you? When did you start driving? What was the first car that you owned? Bring us back there. Maybe even do a layout and even if you don't have a photo of it, I'm sure you can download something off of the net. So let's burn rubber and blog!

So, let me bring you back to the good old days....my first driving experience. I learned how to drive when I was 16, in school, you know Driver's Ed. Got my permit but never really went and got my driver's license until I was 20 something. Why? I always had people that drove me around. My dad, friends, boyfriends. So I never really had the desire to get a driver's license. Plus we lived in the city....it was always hard to find parking spaces, crazy knucklehead drivers all over the place. :) So anyway, when I met my husband to be, he taught me how to drive all over again. Got my license then my first car, my parents bought for me a Nissan Sentra. Then when I got married, I had to leave the car behind. Go figure! So we bought a VW Fox. A stickshift!!!! OMG! I didn't know how to drive a stick but I learned. But boy, let me tell you, driving to and from work, during rush hour, with stop and go traffic, over 40 miles each way, I'm surprised I didn't get in any wreck or anything. But let me tell you, I was stressed even before I got to work! I did love that car though. It was white with a sunroof. I love having a sunroof. My next car will be a convertible. My husband still owes me one of those. Someday....

Monday, November 06, 2006

My NEW Blog!

Make sure to visit me here too! Inspire Me, Jozzie! and I promise to inspire you!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

What's wrong with this kid?!

Last week it was the popcorn kernels up his nose, then a few days ago we found out he was allergic to peanuts, today, he twirled a stuffed animal around and around his finger that it almost cut off the circulation....

Ok, so let me back up and tell you what hapened!

Popcorn Kernels - See blog entry dated Oct. 15, 2006.

Peanut Butter Cookies - I baked some the other day and thought it would be harmless to give him a cookie. After a few bites, he started spitting it out and said, "Hot Mommie, owweee, pffft, wawa, wawa". Translation "Mommie, this is hurting me I want water NOW!" After a few seconds, his left eye started swelling up and he was upset as heck. I called the pediatrician and they advised me to wash his hands and face completely and to give him Benadryl fast to keep the swelling down. Luckily that was all that happened. No peanuts for him until he gets older. Hopefully he outgrows this. Being allergic to peanuts can be a very serious thing!

Decapitated Finger - NOT! - Ok so here's what happened with that... He has one of those stuffed frogs with the smile made out of black thread. Harmless right? Not with my Connor. He always turn harmless things to be harmFUL things. So, he takes the frog by the smile and twirled it with all his might like a Cowboy. Next thing you hear him screaming, "Owee, Mommie, ow, ow, ow" translation, "This freakin' thing is hurting me Mommie, what's going on, cut it please!" So yeah, his finger was blue/purple in color with the thread twirled around his little finger. It was so tight it was hard to cut the thread off. We did! But now the frog has no smile!

Awww Connor, all the episodes! You're so full of drama. I'm glad I have this post to keep my journal of you. I'm working on some layouts of all these things you do! Always keeping us on our toes that's for sure!

We love you!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

My 3 Wishes

MY STM Blog Challenge for today was if the Scrapbook Genie will grant me 3 wishes, what would I wish for?

Here they are:

1) I wish for lots of customers and Matthew McConahey to come my way through my Dazzle In Style business!
2) I wish for lots of money so I can buy my camera, a wide format printer and scanner.
3) I wish for more wishes!

Ok, so we know that 3 wishes just aren't enough when it comes to scrapbooking! How about you --- what would you wish for?

Monday, October 30, 2006

Daylight Savings Time....

Fall back......don't like it 'cause it gets dark so early, but what I do like is the extra hour I gain.
So what do I do with that extra hour?

SLEEP!

I use it to sleep in.
I don't get to do that that often, so when I get a chance...
I use it for sleep!

What about you what did you do with that extra hour?

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Memoirs of a Geisha



This is ME with my Crocky! LOL!

We went to a Costume Party last night at the neighbors. It was a great time! There were lots of people in fun costumes, ton of food, jello shots, cherry bombs, vodka brain, and some crazy dancing! I saw lots of dracula, vampires, guys dressed as girls and girls dressed as guys. Too FUN! Looking forward to next year...

Friday, October 27, 2006

Where Do You Find Inspiration?

I find inspiration everywhere! I look at things very artistically! Every where I go, and even people I meet I find an inspiration there! So watch out, if I'm looking at you funny, LOL, it just means I'm getting inspired! LOL!!

So here are just a few where I get inspiration from:

1) TV Shows - one of fave is CSI Miami. I love the bold and fun colors they use on the show. Sometimes they do a collection of shot clippings on one screen which gives me an idea for photo LO. Watch it sometimes, you'll know what I'm talking about!

Also I've noticed the Food Network Channel. They show a lot of flourishes on their commercial ads too! Go check it out!

2) Music - I love using song lyrics as an inspiration for title or journaling.

3) Quotes - ThinkExist is one of my faves. Both music and quotes trigger an emotion, places I've been, people I know that inspires me to do a LO.

4) Department Stores - Now I have another GREAT excuse for shopping! I love to go to stores to see come color combo, texture, design, etc... Then if you forget your sketchbook, just buy the stuff and write it off as a business expense! ;)

5) Fashion Magazines - Other than scrapbook magazines, fashion mags are a GREAT inspiration to see new trends, style, design and yes, COLOR!

6) My Kid's Artwork - Sometimes the things they make and bring home from school give me an inspiration, expecially for altered artwork!

How about you - where do you find inspiration from? Do share!

THOUGHTS.....

"As we grow older and realize more clearly the limitations of human happiness, we come to see that the only real and abiding pleasure in life is to give pleasure to other people." ~ P.G. Wodehouse, Something New

I retired from the work force in 2001. Back then my daughter was only 7 years old. We chose that the best place for me was to be a full-time Mommie, so that I can take her to school, pick her up, help her with her homework, have dinner ready so we can all have dinner by 6pm, when hubby gets home. Kitchen cleaned by 7pm. Do some play time. Ava in bed by 9pm. Have date nights with the hubby. You know, like watching TV, and stuff like that.....What were you thinking?! LOL!

Prior to this, life was more of a cluster. Ava was in after school day care and I pick her up after 6pm. We didn't get home until later and dinner didn't get started 'til about after 7pm. Rushed to do homework, baths, no time for story telling. Certainly no time for date nights! Everything was RUSH, RUSH, RUSH!

Three years later Connor came along. I'm still a full-time mom and about every other day or week, I would question....what else is there for.....ME? I started up Dazzle In Style . I have about a couple of custom orders a month. I'm thinking I need more so I can have more income. I joined some stamping and scrapping forums to get some adult interaction. I see and hear about other women getting published in craft magazines. So I thought "I want that too for me!" I hear about other women being a Design Team member, and again I thought, "I want that too!" I've also wanted to be on TV doing another thing I love in life.....COOKING.....so I applied for Food Network Star. The deadline to receive the applicaton is today.

Anyway, the reason I mentioned all that is I am never without a dream. I always want something more. Whether it be validation of my existence......or validation of what I do.......I always wanted more and desired more.

But just a few days ago, I realized and was able to put things more in perspective. Certificates, Awards, Diplomas, Magazine Covers or TV Appearances, does not complete a person. At least it does not and will not complete me. I've always been chasing a dream and as if God talked to me and made me realize I am already living my dream! He spoke to my heart. My children are my dream. My husband helped me live that dream. The fact that I can stay home and not have to worry about an income for me or my children is a dream that I want. I wanted it five years ago. And I still have it. Be a mom. Be a wife. Be a best friend. Be a daughter. Be a sister. I can be all that. I am all that!

The other things are icing. I can still do them when the time is right. There is no real hurry! Someday I can still be on TV for Food Network, just not now. I am submitting work for publications so I know someday it will happen. And the custom orders I get each month, is just perfect!

For now....I have come to realize that the only real and abiding pleasure in life is to give pleasure to other people.

How about you? Have you come to the realization yet???

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Find me on Ebay!

I've listed some stuff on eBay! Make sure to come and look!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Two Popcorn Kernels.....

Yes, that's right!!!! There were TWO popcorn kernels stuck up my little Connor's nose today! He was snacking on popcorn, with his DAD! And he managed to stick two kernels up his nose. They were watching TV and I heard Connor sneezing up a storm. I was looking up something in the computer so I turned around and looked at Connor, he looked at me, I asked him what was wrong. His nose was all red and his eyes were so puffy and he kept sneezing. He ran up to me rubbing his nose.

All concerned, I took him in the bathroom and asked him to blow his nose. A popcorn hull came out. I told Kurt I think he stuck popcorn up his nose. Kurt took a flashlight to try to look up there, and sure enough he sees a kernel up his nose! Panic almost setting in, but we didn't want him to get upset and have him inhale and who knows where that kernel will end up! So both Kurt and Ava were trying to tell him to blow his nose. Ava shows him how. Like this Connor, "BLOW", "HONK"......and being his idol, he copies her! I was holding a tissue under his nose, and out comes a popcorn kernel!

I'm like "KURT, what the....were you not watching him?".....Connor Keeps rubbing his nose....we ask him to blow his nose again......"BLOW"....again, I was holding Connor and had a tissue under his nose, and here comes the second popcorn kernel! Gee whiz! Was someone not watching this kid?! I thought I had to take him to ER....luckily those popcorn thingies made their way out! Kids........and Dads!!!!

Guess you have to watch them while they eat?!?!?! Ohhhh, what a night!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Today is a VERY special day for me!


20 years ago, Kurt and I went on our special date! We were in College. Can you believe after all these years, we're still dating?!

Monday, October 09, 2006

CD Cover


This CD cover measures 5"x5" and can be made into a mini album so you may add photos, notes, other memorabilia or gift cards. It can also be made to match any theme or occasion! Enjoy!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Altered Cigar Box - Tiki Flair




This is a wooden cigar box which I covered with Patterned Paper and Cardstock with Bamboo and Tiki designs. It is then distressed using brown acrylic paint on the edges. There's a clear envelope on the top to house the photo. Which is then embellished using Tiki Dimensional Stickers and flowers. The box itself measures at 7 1/4" long, 6" wide and 3" deep.

This altered cigar box can hold any type of memorabilia.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

SwEeT DrEaMs.....was it really?!

Oh my! I challenged the STM Chicks to blog about their dream last night. Here was my dream....

I was putting THREE strollers in my car with light pink bows!!!! AAAH!

For the record..before anyone goes congratulating me, I am not pregnant!!! LOL! I feel very rested this morning. Though the night before I didn't go to bed until about 3 am. I was reading "Winning Volleyball for Girls" by Deborah Crisfield and Mark Gola". If you're coaching VB or have girls that are in VB, pick up a copy of this book! Great stuff! Anyway, last night I went to bed at about 10:30pm, woke up at 7:30 am and took a nice long shower. DH is working from home. Love that!

So what do you think that all meant?

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

About Me and ABC?!

Not quite! I dared the STM Chicks to do this blog challenge....3 letters! What is your remedy for it? What do you do to feel better?

I woke up this morning not feeling good. I was crampy and real faint. I was hoping Connor would wake up later than usual, which he did, 7:15 am! It helped some. I hate it when I wake up like that, I could barely stand up. Faint and icky! I've been diagnosed with anemia so I have to really watch my iron. I've had a very stressful week and last night didn't help much either. My team let me down by not having good sportsmanship out on the court and it didn't help their game. They need some talking to.

This morning I wish I could just lay down and drink some tea and just veg....but my darling little son, I swear he's related to one girl named Bella.... :) 'cause I can so relate with that poor mom. I need a nap! I need a warm drink, maybe with a dash of something 100% proof wouldn't hurt either...... Calgon take me away!

I wish ABC was as easy as 123! Go have yourself a good day! Now go away! :)

Monday, October 02, 2006

Our Invitational Tournament!

Just in case you didn't know, I coach my daughter's 7th grade volleyball team. This past weekend, beginning with Friday, we played in a tournament up until Sunday! A very exciting weekend! There were 8 teams total and we placed 2nd!!! You should have seen the girls playing so hard and soooo good. It was a VERY exciting game to say the least! Here they are at the game and during our celebration dinner - acting goofy!

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Breakfast Food

My STM Blog Challenge for today was to blog about our favorite breakfast food.

I LOVE to have the 49'ers for breakfast! HAH! The ones that is served on a hot plate at Walker Bros. silly! If I can't have one of them, my other favorite is Corned Beef Hash with poached eggs. YUM!!!~

Let's go out for breakfast!!!

Friday, September 29, 2006

You are what you eat!


Need I say more?! ;)

This is my STM Blog Challenge for this morning!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Trip Down Memory Lane...

I went to the doctor's office this morning, which BTW, I do have to have another surgery. Yuck-o! Well, it has to be done. But anyway, on my way to see my doctor, I passed by my old neighborhood, our old house, just then I turned on the radio to Sarah McLachlan, "I Will Remember You". The answer was yes, but now that the bridge has been burnt she may be singing to a different tune. Funny how that works...

Cartoon Character


I challenged the STM Chicks this morning with this....If they were a cartoon character, who would they be?

OK, I originally said.....I think I would be Mickey Mouse! I know, he's a HE! But look, everybody knows him, he's got a park built after him all over the world...Let's face it, he's very successful! Besides, he's got the same initials as my hottie! :)

But my question was who would I be? NOT who would I want to be like? So....

After seeing Chelsea's answer it gave me another idea.....how could I have forgotten? Pocahontas?!?!?! I have been told this would be me. So there you have it, it's Pocahontas! And that's my final answer!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

A Night Owl I Am!

My STM Blog Challenge this morning is to talk about whether we're an early bird or a night owl.

Well, these days, I'm forced to be an early bird. My DS wakes up by 7am so whether I'm ready to start my day or not, I'm up...I have to be! However, if I have my choice? I'm a definite Night Owl. I function better at night. I'm more productive, more creative. more energetic. I'm just more of everything at night! And I can stay up as late as the sky is blue! But don't dare wake me up early in the morning! :)

I'll have to do a scrapbook page of this soon....

How about you are you a Night Owl just like me? Or more of an early bird? 'Cause I tell you, I don't care to be catching no worm!

Have a good one!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

My Favorite TV Show...

I challenged the STM Chicks today to blog about their favorite TV Show. Here's mine..

The only three things I watch on TV are CSI Miami, CSI NY, CSI Nevada. I just love crime scenes like that ~ that play with your mind, entice you with fashion and glamour, and believe it or not, I even get my scrapbooking inspirations from those shows...especially the Miami one. Just look at the colors and photography. Next time you happen to switch channels on Monday at 9pm CST, check it out and I challenge you to create a LO from it!

So how about you? What's your favorite TV show?

Monday, September 25, 2006

Who's My Daddy?


I challenged the STM Chicks to blog about their Daddy! So who's yours?!

This HOTTIE is my Daddy! Yes, even after 18 years he still does make my heart do flip-flops! :) It was funny when I was putting this LO together, he told me, "Awww, honey, you feel that way?" And I told him, "No honey, this is you telling me that!" LOL!!!

We met while at College and we dated for 3 years before getting married. OMG I've known him for over 20 years! WOW! Did you know I asked him out for our first date? Well, I always go for what I want. Don't like waiting.....Remember, "Just Do It"! And I did....I was a nervous wreck, but I pulled it off. We had a nice time......look, we're still married! Hah!

Anyway, he's my greatest supporter, believer, cheerleader, motivator, lover, listener....and he's the best dad too! He turned our living room to my scrap/stamp studio. So I can do what I love while I'm around people I love! He's always encouraging me and believing in me when I'm down. Thank you honey! Someday all our dreams will come true and you get to stay home and watch the kids so I can be on Network TV! LOL! He thinks someday I'll be on TV. Such a dream... But hey, you just never know!

I love you honey!

Daughters are flowers in the garden of life...



Here's my daughter posing with Rex. Love how the flowers popped against the black background. Notice the dragonfly eyelets?

Which Door Should I Be Knocking At?

This is inpsired by Leah's Blog I read this morning. Ever wonder why God opens certain doors for us....

In my case, lately anyway, I feel like there's a different door out there He has open for me, I just haven't found it yet. I keep going to the wrong address! Why is that?! LOL! I have so many dreams and desires all of them are SUPER BIG. Here are some examples....

I don't want to just write an article in a magazine, I want to own that magazine.
I just don't want to act out on a show, I want to direct that show.
I just don't want to use lots of embellishments as a Scrapbook Designer, I want my products that I designed and created to be used by Scrapbook Designers.

So there you see? When I dream, I dream BIG! So maybe God knows something I don't know yet. And I did ask him for patience a while back so this must be one of his lessons for me! Well, I'm still waiting and I'm still persevering! And hopefully I find that door someday. God, now I ask you, can you show me the way to the right door? NOW??!! :)

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Household Chore ~ Who needs them?!

I challenged the STM Chicks to blog about a household chore they hate and one they love! So here's mine....

Argh! I wish sometimes I had a maid. But for someone that grew up with maids, I don't think I'm doing badly. BUT I wish my house stayed clean all the time! Right now I'm doing laundry and later on I will clean the floors. Don't mind all that but do you know what I just absolutely hate with a passion? IRONING! I hate ironing clothes. So Kurt does them! Bless his heart! I don't know why I hate ironing so much. I don' tknow if it has something to do with my MIL giving me an iron as a wedding shower present and saying, "Here now you can iron all his clothes like I used to do for him all the time!" Well, "HELLO!" ....or I maybe just don't like standing there and back and forth, eeek! So yes, if I had to pick one household chore I hate, it's ironing!

A household chore I love?! It's COOKING!!!! Love, love, cooking! I cook at least 4 to 5 times a week. So I need to check out that Food channel show and see if there's something there for me! ;)

Well, happy cleaning! How about you - do you have a household chore you hate and love?! Tell us about it!!

Girl's Night Out ~ Buca di Beppo's


Veronica, Lequita, Josie and me ~ here at Buca di Beppo's! We went out to celebrate Veronica's & Lequita's birthday! We had calamari for appetizer, lasagna and Tuscan chicken for dinner and Tiramisu for dessert. Their food is generously served so we had plenty to go around. We even took home half of our dessert! And of course we also had drinks with dinner! I LOVE Pinot Noir so that's what I had. Our bill came to about $125 including tip! Not bad! Then we also went dancing afterwards. It was a very FUN night!

How about you do you have GNOs? Tell us about it!

BTW, this is my 100 posts! Whoo-hooo! I didn't realize I can blog that much!

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Junk Food Junkie!


"Sweet, salty, sour, you like them all, any day, any hour!"

This is Connor snacking on Cheezballs, Oreo cookies and Sour Patch candy. Yes, he loves his snacks. It's not like I'm a bad mom and give him all this junk food....he's learned at an early age how to open up lids. Plus, he has partners in crime - his older sister and his dad! See, that's his favorite spot...he likes to sit at the bottom shelf of my kitchen bookshelf. We call him a troll when he sits under there! Under where?! LOL!

As for me? Gosh, I'm not much of a snacker. When I eat, I like my full course meal! Except there's time when popcorn and MM's sound real good mixed together! :)

How about you - What's your favorite snack?

Friday, September 22, 2006

I'm so PROUD of my daughter!


Today my daughter was inducted for the National Junior Honor Society! She was awarded this honor for demonstrating the important qualities of character, scholarship, citizenship, service and leadership in their school. What an honor!

I am really amazed at my daughter. She's always been the studious type. After school, she goes straight to her desk and does all her homework. She's good at everything she does. She's in the volleyball team...so far our record is 5-1. She's now also babysitting to earn some extra cash, sometimes even on school nights. How does she do this all? She's always been one responsible kid. She has a 22 month old baby brother to take care of too!

Ava is such a perfect daughter! She's all good things with a little bit of feistiness all rolled into one beautiful package. I don't know where her feistiness came from. :) But I LOVE it! I think all girls should be feisty, don't you?

Anyway, I'm celebrating my daughter today! I'm so glad that God blessed me with such a special daughter.

Ava, I love you with all my heart! Always persevere and never settle. You can always do good things and be all things! I'm so proud of you!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Sisters are the Life jackets....


...when your days get turbulent."

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

September Dazzle Club Cards






Here are my Dazzle Cards of the Month Club! All my cards are never CASEd! Sign up now and you'll get Jozzie inspired cards every month! Let me inspire you!

Time to Refocus

Sometimes we need to evaluate and look at the big picture. Just what again are my ultimate goals? Revisit, review, reevaluate, refocus, readjust and conquer! All the other things are icing on the cake.

Didn't make the two Design Teams I tried out for. It's a bit heartbreaking. But I know it's nothing personal. Sometimes selecting for these things are pretty subjective. It has nothing to do with how we create. But has to do with a certain style they're looking for at that time. Keep doing it! Don't give up. Keep persevering.

Look at the big picture. Where do I want to be next year? In 5 years? In 10 years? I need to revisit my goal.

It was so cute last night my daughter saw how disappointed I was....she came by gave me a hug and said, "It's OK mommy, we still have the winning team!"

My husband gave me a kiss and said, "You make beautiful things honey, don't let this upset you!"

My best friend told me, "You're a winner in everything else. You can't win them all...{wink}"

So true. All the people I love know and I'm so lucky to have them believing in me and reminding me it's not the end of the world! I love you guys! And look who I have adorning my blog! --->

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

He's my HOTTIE!


Don't we look cute together? My favorite color is black and red....see we match! WOWEE!

TODAY!

Lots of things are suppose to happen today....

1) The That Design Team will be announced tonight at TNGC.
2) The Stemma Design Team will be announced.
3) We will have our game #5 for volleyball.
4) I get an ultrasound done.... hope everything is OK!
5) I get my bloodwork done, agan.... hope everything is OK!

I have butterflies in my stomach. Lots of excitement. Lots of things to look forward to. And that is a good thing. Sometimes the unknown is unnerving but it's also exhilirating! Keeps me on my toes, I know that!

I haven't spoken much about volleyball. Let me tell yah, the girls are doing so well! They've been more confident about serving overhand, setting, spiking, dinking. They have awesome sportsmanship and that is key! They play so much better. We've had four games and won them all. That's good for the girls. I'm also getting to be a better coach...calling my time outs and subs strategically. Even our cheers are planned strategically. All of that play a major role you know?!

Ok, so today, I just have to take it easy and get busy! Yesterday, my friend Sandi posted a picture of Matthew McConauhey on the STM site.......it was HEAVEN!.................... Ooops, my mind wandered off for a minute there. I was in HEAVEN! :)

Well, folks have a great day! So glad I got to do my blog now.....can't get in my STM site for some reason. Probably a thousand Chicks are trying to get in to see who made the Design Team. I'll keep you posted!

Monday, September 18, 2006

STM Blog Challenge - Fortune Cookie

If I was a fortune cookie what would mine say for today?

"Your past experience will be an asset for career opportunities"

I think that about says it all. We learn from all of life's experiences. So whatever the future holds, learn from your past so you can have an enjoyable and rewarding present!

Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

And the LUCKY WINNER is......

Rene! She guessed I have 95 stamp sets while I have 200 on the dot. See, I'm not as obsessed as you all think I am!!!

Rene, I'll put aside the stamp set and the card for you. I swear I'll give it to you when you get here. A good reason for us to really plan a GNO! OK?!

STM Challenge - Highlights of my Week!

To sum it up in one word --- WOW! This last week was just totally amazing for me. I learned something new and and met a lot of FUN and interesting people. Here's what I leaned, thus are the highlights of my week...

I entered to be considered for 2 Design Teams. I won't know until this coming week if I make it. I am so proud of myself for doing this! As I was telling a dear friend, with every layout I made, I only kept getting better. So regardless if I make the design team or not, I'm excited for the fact that I can only get better... even more! Plus, with the friendships that I made at STM that in itself is a prize to me! I love you Chicks!!!

Here's what I learned last night from our chat.

I learned that Do-Do has nothing to do with going to the bathroom, but has to do with going to bed!

I learned that Chou-Chou and Gavaluade is a yummy treat! Next to grits and polenta.

I learned that fanny isn't always a place where you may put a fag in England.

I learned that not every one has had or even knows what a body shot is!

I learned that Kihaku and Anam means spirit in two different languages.

I learned that whatever you do, NEVER, and I mean NEVER answer the door with a white T-Shirt on, regardless if it's wet or not!

Want to know all that I'm talking about?! You need to join us at STM and be part of this wonderful amazing team of Chicks! This is the place where you find talent, genuine caring and beautiful people all under one internet!

Keep Scrappin'!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Island Girl


“You can take the girl out of the island….but you can’t take the island out of the girl!”

STM Challenge - All About ME!



TITLE: ALL ABOUT ME – TO BE JOZZIE

So you want to know about me huh? To Be Jozzie! Well, let me tell you…

As you can tell by my LO, I love dramatic colors. My favorite colors are red and black. I love lots of other colors as well. But I notice I wear a lot of reds and blacks. Anyway, when I create LO I notice I’m drawn to bright and dramatic colors that make a statement. That would be me too, always making a statement. I’ve been told I’m dramatic too! HAH!!

These are all my doodling and handwriting too by the way! I wrote in the middle of the small flowers using my white gel pen. Note the writing around the flowers; I think it created a nice accent to them. So here are my statements…

Christmas baby 1963, Mrs. @ 1989, Mom @ 1994 & 2004, SU! Demo 2000, Dazzle In Style 2006.

Around the flowers I wrote several things that I like, other hats that I wear and how I am about my art: Inspiring, Fun, Creative, Passionate, Artistic, Dream, Teacher, Coach, Room mom, Best Friend, Mai Tais, Sushi. Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much is how I live my life.

If I’m not in my Art Studio, you can find me at Victoria’s Secret, 9 West, Aldo and the Gap. That’s where I love to shop.

Supplies used:
Cardstock ~ SU!
“J” stamp ~ Making Memories
Big Flower ~ Heidi Swapp
Button ~ MM
Small Flowers ~ Doodlebugs Inc.
Transparent Paper w/ Fluorishes ~ My Mind’s Eye
Glue ~ Scotch Tacky glue for the flowers
Crystal Glaze ~ to adhere transparency frame onto photo
Adhesive ~ ATG 714
White gel pen by Sakura for doodling and writing

Thanks for looking!

Return to Love (Marianne Williamson)

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?"

My girlfriend Rene shared this with me and I thought what an amazing thought to remember! Here's to all the Fearless Females I know! May the force be with you!!!

Friday, September 15, 2006

STM Challenge - My Style

What is scrapbooking style?

This one is a toughie. I think it's kind of hard to define one's style of scrapbooking. Is it? OR Isn't it?

I mean it's not like fashion, you can say that someone is grunge or preppy, or like in home decor as in eclectic or contemporary. Now I've noticed that some scrapbook submissions want you to define your style so it can be categorized I supposed. But what the heck are our options? Just how do you define your style? If someone likes to use a lot of bright colors on their layouts, do you say they're style is "Bright Colors" or would you say they're "Vibrant", or "Lively" or "Needs Sunglasses to View"? If they use lots of flowers, would you say they're "Flowery" or "Garden Girl" or "Birds and the Bees"? Oh heck, I think there's no right or wrong to define one's style.

As from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

Therefore, you can call your style anything, anyway you want. People will still admire your creation.

What is my style?

I have been told my style is clean, eclectic and modern. My style is forever evolving though. By nature, I always love to try new things. I’m not at all intimidated by anything and I don’t ever want to limit myself. As with my mantra, I “JUST DO IT”! As a Designer, I see my creations to be a reflection of all that. My work represents me. On the other hand, I also challenge myself in to creating what my customers/students are always looking for. They want creations that are EASY, INEXPENSIVE, USEFUL and FUN to make. So I make sure my projects have those elements when I create them.

So again -- what is my style? Maybe it's not just clean, eclectic and modern. Maybe I should call it more "Jozzie Style"!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Guess the magic number?


Yesterday was Day 3 of our STM TDT Challenge. We had to showcase our stamping abilities. Here were my entries! Anyway, since it was about stamping, naturally, we'd talk about STAMPS today. We are to list just how many stamp sets we currently own (the ones we're currently using plus the ones simply collecting uhmmmm..monetary value?) {wink} Anyway, write how many you own and let's compare notes.

BUT before I write down just how many I have....I want to do a mini-contest of my own. GUESS HOW MANY I HAVE and win a FREE STAMP SET!!! Game? Just comment here with your guess and I will contact you if you win! Just make sure I have your email address.

Here's a couple of hints to help you with your guess:

1) I've been a Stampin' UP! Demonstrator since February 2001.
2) Check out my STAMP STORAGE in my Art Studio --- 8 of those bins on the right side contains nothing but stamp sets.

The guessing ends by Friday, September 15th, at 11:59pm. And you can only guess one time. The stamp set shown is what you can WIN! Good luck!

THE WINNER IS: the person that comes closest without going over!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

STM Challenge - Photography

Day 2 of TDT category was photography. Talk about what camera you have and what you like about it. Would you like to buy another one? If so, what would you get?

Right now I use either a Canon Digital PowerShot S230 or my Canon Rebel SLR Camera. Sometimes I borrow a friend's Rebel Digital Camera. I would love to have one of these in the near future! I love how my SLR works but I love the convenience of what a digital camera offers. So I have my eye on that Rebel digital camera. Soon...

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

STM Challenge - Handwriting

We have a Design Team search going on right now at STM. Each day we submit our layouts showcasing different category. The categories are different each day. Yesterday was showcasing our handwriting.

They say that we become better individuals when we take away some lessons learned from our experience. So today, write about a lesson or two that we have learned from yesterday's category. If you were to look at yesterday's entries, (it can be your own or others), what would be your lesson learned from them. Write it down and learn from it.

If you're not trying out for the Design Team, then think about what happened in your life yesterday and what would you make a goal out of it to do in the future?

My take away from yesterday is I would take Kara's comment about making a font out of my handwriting and seek people in the field and see about how I can make that happen! Go check out my
gallery!

Just DO IT Joz!

Monday, September 11, 2006

STM Challenge - 5 Years Ago Today

5 Years Ago

I still remember like it was just yesterday.

I dropped my daughter off to school, came home and saw it on TV.
I wanted to go back and get her from school.
I called my husband at the office.
I wanted him home too.
I want my family here with me.

I couldn't believe what I was seeing.
I didn't know if there were more.
I was sad for all those people that have lost a loved one, or two, or three or four.

This morning I came downstairs.
The TV was on of people reminiscing of how it was like 5 years ago.

I'm still sad about what happened.
Hearing them talk about who they lost.
It doesn't matter when.
The pain is still the same.
Today.
Or even 5 years ago.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

STM Blog Challenge - What's your day like?

Today's blog challenge from STM is to write about what our day is like today....

As I posted on STM, I'm loving my "work". I get to do what I love to do and I call it work. I should feel guilty about that....ahhhh....No I don't!

So right now I'm listening to my iTunes! "Sexy Back" by Justin Timerlake. Have you heard that song? Well, go listen to it! And dance to it. So OK, back to my music. I'm jammin' with JT while I make cards for my Stamp Club. Music inspires me!! Anyway, the cards are all turning out real cute. If you're not in my club! Geesh, what are you waiting for?! Sign up! You will think you've gone to heaven when you get my cards! Anyway, after that, I'll be making some LO for our STM September Challenge. Again, go check out that site. I'm so in love with those girls. They're all so freakin' nice and fun and so flippin' creative!!! LOL! Can you tell I'm in love?! Need some inspiration? Check out our gallery!

Then later on, maybe go on a date with the hubby. Afterall, he did take little Connor out so I can have some peace and quiet (hah! - if you call dancin' with JT that!) and create with my daughter. What a life huh?!

Well, I love LIFE in general! How about you?!

Friday, September 08, 2006

STM Blog Challenge - The Last Time

When was the last time you were at a Scrapbook store? How much did you spend? And what did you buy?

The last time I was at a scrapbook store was last Saturday. I spent over $100 and bought a ton of flowers and rub ons by Heidi Swapp, Prima and Doodlebugs Inc. Those have got to be my favorites.

Then I also bought Tim Holtz's alcohol paints! Now, why didn't I think of that?! Love it!

I can't wait for next week to show you all the projects I made with my purchases. Check out my gallery next week!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

STM Blog Challenge - Favorite Position

What is your favorite position when it comes to......

SCRAPBOOKING or STAMPING?!


Hah! What did you think I was going to ask??!?!?! LOL!

I like to do it standing up! I have this table that is about waste high and that's how I do it, standing up! I feel like I have better control and I can easily move around and get other accoutrements that I need! So there. That's my answer!

Scrappers and Stampers do it better standing up!

So how about you? How do you do it?!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

STM Blog Challenge - T-Shirt Slogan

So write about what famous T-Sirt slogan would you be? And do you live by it?

You've all heard me say this many times before..... I would be "Just Do It!" Do you live by it? Well, YES!!!!

I don't like looking back and wondering what could have happen if I had done something? So I just do it! There's a great ThinkExist quote by Lucille Ball, "I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not." That is such an awesome saying. I live by that rule!

Life is too short. You think of something? Do it! Want it? Do it!

Just do it!!!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

STM Blog Challenge - Anticipation

Remember that Heinz commercial? Anticipation.......is making me wait...keeping me waiting....So I wonder.... Argh! Do you like waiting? Why or why not? What are you waiting for today? How do you handle anticipation?

Honestly, I don't like waiting. When God gave out patience I think I was out shopping! Really, I don't like waiting. I think it's 'cause I have so much to do and to wait seems like a waste of time. I know I need to learn to do something productive in the event I find myself having to wait. Things happen.

Right this minute, I am waiting for a phone call. Between today and Friday, we were supposed to get a call if we made MMM. I tried out for it. It was so last minute. I stumbled upon it. I wasn't all that prepared. But you know me. I didn't want to wait until next year to try out so I did it. I figured I'd be that much prepared then for next year. But just like Nike. I did it. My design has improved since then. With every LO I make, I feel that I improve some. Don't you? In any event, I'm waiting for a phone call and it's giving me butterflies in my stomach.

If I make it, I'd be one of the happiest people on earth! No doubt! But if I don't, I'd still be one of the happiest people on earth. I lost nothing. I learned a lot from it. I've accomplished a lot since then. And you know what? I'd do it again in a heart beat!

Life is short to be mopey. There are other opportunities if not this one.

But I will keep you posted! For now, you have to wait with me! :)

I DID IT!!!

I completed all the 80's Challenge we had going on all weekend at STM and I'm receiving a RAD prize packet! I don't know what it is but I can't wait!!!

I was so proud of myself for completing them all. My plate is full and I had been busy all weekend, like I am every day, but I was able to finish them all. It goes to show you, if there's a will; there's a way!

I did it! Just did it! Yeah!!!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Sunday, September 03, 2006

STM Blog Challenge - The 80's ME!

Let's be like Huey Lewis and go back in time! Imagine you can go back to the 80's today. What would you tell yourself? What would you do differently? Or what would you do more of?

I think if I can go back in time I would tell myself to enjoy life to the fullest degree! It's not all about the destination but really experience things in between and enjoy the process.

I had everything planned out for when I want things done after highschool...College...career...married at 25...baby at 30... They all turned out great! Planning is good. But it's OK to take a breather and delight in the everydays! It is OK!

That and I wish I could have gotten my fill of clubbing and going dancing a lot. I love to dance. Well, that's what GNO's are for. ;)

Saturday, September 02, 2006

STM Challenge - 80's Faves


On your blog list your 80's faves and post back here when you're done so we can go check out your 80's blog!!!


My 80's Faves:

1) SONG - Let's Go Crazy, If You Leave, When Doves Cry
2) MOVIE - Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, About Last Night, Ferris Beuler's Day Off
3) ACTOR/ACTRESS - Demi Moore, Rob Lowe
4) ARTICLE OF CLOTHING - The Limited Stuff - Anything they sell, I buy....remember those Firenze sweaters/shirts??
5) PHRASE - "Shut UP!"
6) HAIRSTYLE - Farrah Fawcett look (yes, I had that hairstyle, just can't find any pictures, they're all in my parent's house!)
7) TV SHOW - "The Smurfs"
8) ROCK GROUPS - Prince, OMD but I listened to A LOT of music! Just can't think of others right now.
9) FOOD - Gyro Sandwiches
10) PASTTIME - Hanging out at the mall, going dancing and sneaking out with my boyfriend! I was a rebel back then...

Friday, September 01, 2006

STM Blog Challenge - Reminisce & Project

So, to reminisce - what were you happy about or what was your major accomplishment in August. To project - what will be your main focus for September. You can list as many things as you want.

The list you will see are mainly career oriented. While the other things in my life, I always go by the motto, "Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much!" This way I create a nice balance among the many hats I wear.

August Accomplishments:

1) Finding STM
2) Completing ALL the August plus the miscellaneous challenges in STM
3) Completed custom album orders
4) Submitted projects for possible publication to two major magazines. (I'll know in a couple of weeks; cross your fingers!)
5) Started Dazzle In Style Club Offerings
6) Completed Winter 2007 class descriptions for the Park District


September Goals:

1) Complete all September Challenges
2) Submit projects to TDT
3) Submit an article for publication to BHG
4) Complete Dazzle In Style Club projects - DONE!
5) Submit projects for publication
6) Design and create products
7) Find new customers for Dazzle In Style
8) Finish custom album orders (Honeymoon & Travel)

Thursday, August 31, 2006

STM Blog Challenge - Food Combo

What food combination makes you go "YUM", while others may go "EEEK"!

1) Fried eggs and catsup
2) Fries and mayonnaise
3) Warm milk - I know this one isn't a combo but when I was pregnant with my son, I drank warm milk every night to help me fall asleep. I tell people that and they go "Ugh!"

Happy Eating!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

STM Blog Challenge - ACRONAME

What's in an ACRONAME?! No, I didn't misspell it. You've heard of acronyms like KWIM, LOL, RAK and SWAK! So what about your name? What does it stand for? Take the first letters in your first name and tell us what it means! It doesn't have to be scrapbooking related! Use your creative imagination! Have FUN with it. I can't wait to read everyone's ACRONAMES!!!

J = Just
O = One
C = Creatively
E = Embellished
L = Layout
Y = Yes?
N = No?

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

STM Blog Challenge - Child-like activity

It's good to let the child in each of us come out from time to time. What is a child-like activity that you like to participate in?

I LOVE, LOVE to play "Jacks". Do you all know what that is? It's a game where you have this one itty bitty ball and 10 star looking things that you drop on the floor and pick up one jack at a time, then you pick up 2, then 3, then so on and so forth. I LOVE that game! Come to think of it, I should buy myself one and do that again. :)

Wanna play?!!

If you want to play, and you're not a member of STM, come and join us! We have LOTS of fun there! Hope you come out and play with us!!!

Monday, August 28, 2006

STM Blog Challenge - The first time...

My first challenge for all of you. Since this is my FIRST, let's all talk about our first! Pick a topic any topic that will finish off this sentence.

The first time I __________.


learned how to cook was when I was 12 years old. My family came here in the States then and I tell you, it was total culture shock for me. We grew up having maids do everything for us, so when my mom told me to cook, I was like, "huh?". Well, I'm so glad my parents decided to make that big move. Because now, I love to cook and I'm quite good at it.

Wanna come over for some gourmet cooking some time? :)

Sunday, August 27, 2006

What a FUN FUN day!

DH is off all week so I get to play!

Today I'm finishing up my August Challenge for STM. Love the LOs I've created! See my separate posts to see them.

They say one of the happiest people in the world, are creative people. So true! I soo happy when I'm creating!

DD is creating with me.

DS is with DH off to Home Depot and Radio Shack.

What a day!

LOVE it!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Living the good life...BUSY...but good life!

I have several custom albums I'm currently working on. I'm trying out for a DT. Just one. I'm very selective about which DT I join. I love this one, as I feel like I really click with the group. I love their site, the "chicks" are all so friendly, they challenge me and I love that I am able to work on my LO because of that fact. And I have a FUN hangout very Tuesday nights! I'm also waiting on the result of a couple of Publishing groups I tried out for. Waiting always is a pain, but whatcha gonna do?! I have 2 more weeks to go. I'm also coaching the 7th grade VB team in my daughter's school. Then, I'm going to be teaching scrapbooking at the Park District for 3 months in a row starting in February. I need to work on class descriptions. Speaking of classes, I also have weekly classes I offer through my Dazzle In Style business. I have cards and scrapbook pages I need to make for my Clubs, also through my Dazzle In Style business. I have a website to maintain. Not to mention my blog which I have at least one entry for on a daily basis. I want to keep you entertained! OK, so these are just some of the things on my plate that I need to do.

What makes this even more fun is I'm surrounded by people that love, appreciate and support everything I do. My DH is my biggest supporter. My DD is my cheerleader. My DS keeps me on my toes. My girlfriends encourage and if need be, takes me out for mai tais so I can take a break from all the hustle and bustle of my crazy, busy, good life. What else can anyone ask for?

Sometimes in life, a bad situation has to happen for us to realize how good we really have it. Sometimes the bad thing is something permanent like death; or at times, it can not be so permanent --- and that is a good thing. It's a blessing! That's when we take it and go on with our lives. Not a loss but everything to gain. Thanks for making me realize how good I have it!

Life is GOOD!

Freeze Up!

..........GHOST!............

Do you believe in ghost?

Or do you think they should freeze themselves?!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

STM TNGC Font Challenge



This was last night's challenge from STM. We were to use fonts in creative ways aside from journaling or titles - so I made a border out of it! Go check out my gallery to see how I made it. Better yet, come join us. We're a bunch of FUN CHICKS!!!

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take!

Ditto Rene! Thanks for the inspiration...

PS: Who said that?

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Meet my new friend....

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Join my Stamp or Scrapbooking Club!

OK Guys!

Just wanted to remind you to sign up for my Stamp or Scrapbooking Club! And remember if you sign up for 6 months, you get the 7th month for FREE! I have people already signed up for that and you know they'll be getting beautiful surprises from me every month. I'm way too excited!

Click here to get more information!

You're all in for a treat! Time to get creating!

What's going on Ava...


12 years ago, I had the most precious gift I could ever ask for. My little girl, Ava. Of course she's not so little anymore. She's almost as tall as I am. Thank goodness for high heels!

Anyway, my little girl is slowly becoming a little lady. She's so beautiful, inside and out. She's caring, sweet, kind-hearted, creative...in short, she's just every girl anyone could ever dream of being.

As with becoming a teenager - comes some changes. She and I don't always agree on things, but we always work things out. Ahhh, I remember when I was a teenager. Sorry Mom..... "I love you!" :)

Ava started 7th grade yesterday. I'll miss having my little buddy around. Here's a photo of Ava in her deep thoughts...

Monday, August 21, 2006

I've been Tagged!

Tagged by Suzanne (Thanks Suzanne, I've also added you to my Favorite Blogs!)

1. If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be?
Can I have 2? One would be smack dab right by the ocean with big picturesque windows and the other a hi-rise in the city.

2. What's your favourite article of clothing?
Whatever's in season and in style, right now - Capri pants with a button down shirt and espadrilles.

3. Favourite physical feature of the opposite sex?
I like nice muscular abs and that part that falls just below, you know that strong cut of muscle right by the hip. And where did you think I was going with that?! :)

4. What's the last CD that you bought?
I don't buy CD's anymore. Just download music from my iTunes.

5. Where's your favourite place to be?
Everywhere with my children is my fave, unless they're driving me nuts then I'd like to escape in my Art Studio. But for an absolute ME time, I love to go to the movies, and go shopping somewhere then having mai-tais or margaritas with Rene.

6. Where's your least favourite place to be?
Anywhere too hot with mosquitoes. (Ditto Suzanne, I like your answer)

7. What's your favourite place to be massaged?
My back and my toes! I just LOVE that feeling!

8. Strong in mind or strong in body?
Is that a question about me or someone of the opposite sex? Both!

9. What time do you wake up in the morning?
6:30am, that's what time Connor wakes me up!

10. What is your favourite Kitchen appliance?
Someday, I would love to have a Viking Range and a Thermador freezer!

11. What makes you really angry?
Someone who is lacking accountability; irresponsible people who can't see what they're doing is harming and hurting people. Someone who can't see that they're doing something wrong. Someone thick headed and urgh! This is actually happening to me right now with someone and I just took Advil to take this throbbing headache away! OUCH!

12. If you could play an instrument what would it be?
Believe it or not I would love how to learn to play the drums!

13. Favourite colour?
Red

14. Sports car or SUV?
If I'm going shopping, SUV for sure. Otherwise, I would love to have a convertible someday. Maybe after the Viking and Thermador?

15. Do you believe in an afterlife?
Prior life, after life....all kinds of life...Sure!

16. Favourite children's book?
This is sad, but I don't have one. My kids are into drawing more. So I have all the artbooks and pens for that.

17. What's your favourite season?
Spring, Summer and Fall. Sorry, I can't just pick one.

18. What is your least favourite household chore?
IRONING!!!!

19. If you could have one super-power, what would it be?
To be at two places at one time!

20. If you have a tattoo what is it?
Don't like tattoos - sorry!

21. Can you juggle?
Oh yeah!

22. The one person from your past that you wish you could go back and talk to?
What if they don't want to talk to you?

23. What's your favourite day?
Saturday & Sunday - when it's a crop day. (Ditto Suzanne, but I get an additional day!)

24. What's in the boot of your car?
The boot of my car?! Is that the same as the trunk here in the states? Anyway, a crate and a diaper tote!

25. Which do you prefer, sushi or hamburger?
SUSHI!

I shall tag :

Rene

Sunday, August 20, 2006

STM Color Challenge


The Challenge was to create a LO using the colors, brown, orange and turquoise. Do you like it?

Go check out my gallery to view more of my creations and see how I made this. You can also add a nice comment, if you'd like! :)

Have you Googled anything lately?

To google or not to google, THAT is the question.

Ok, go ahead and google. It is FUN! Google away and let me know if you got it! Isn't the internet just amazing? What did we ever do without it?

xox

"Prime"

I watched "Prime" with Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman and Bryan Greenberg. Have you seen it? Funny love story. If you've been reading my blog, you'd know that I'm a movie fanatic. And I love the theme songs that they use. Movies and songs are a funny thing. It kind of does a funny way of second guessing life happenings. Happens at the most opportune time as they say. If nothing else, a "mini vacation" isn't at all a bad thing. Anyway, when you get a chance watch and tell me what you think.

Here was the song to it....can you tell me the song title and who was the original artist? Don't google it! :)

Goodbye, no use leading with our chins
This is where our story ends
Never lovers, ever friends...
Goodbye, let our hearts call it a day
But before you walk away
I sincerely want to say...
I wish you bluebirds in the spring

To give your heart a song to sing
And then a kiss, but more than this, i wish you love!
And in July a lemonade
To cool you in some leafy glade
I wish you health, and more than wealth, I wish you love!

My breaking heart and I agree
That you and I could never ever be
So with my best, my very best, I set you free!
I wish you shelter from the storm
A cozy fire to keep you warm
But most of all, but most of all...
When snowflakes fall, I wish you wealth
I wish you health...I wish you love!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

100 Things that Make me Happy

August 7th - I was reading Creating Keepsakes (September 2006), Page 64. Ali inpired me to write 100 things that make ME happy! So there I was sitting on my bed, and thought what the heck. Let me see if I can come up with 100. I thought I was going to have to take a couple of days to complete it. To my amazement, I was done in 30 minutes! As a matter of fact, I need more than 100. So now I know I'm a very happy person.

Well here's my 100 things that make me happy....

1) Popeye's Fried Chicken (ok, I was writing this around midnight, so I was pretty hungry, ok?)
2) Ava learning how to cook - see what did I tell yah, I'm hungry!
3) Connor's jibber-jabber - I wrote this on August 7th - now he can say "I kick your butt!"
4) Connor & Ava playing
5) Ava reading to Connor
6) Raspberry kisses from Connor
7) Kurt working from home
8) Sleeping in - I can't remember the last time I did that!
9) Dancing
10) Family
11) Visits/phone calls from my family outside of IL
12) Downtown
13) Shoes
14) Girls Night Out
15) Girls Night In
16) Creating Art (alone or with Ava)
17) Hearing the words "I Love You"
18) Cooking
19) Take Outs
20) Inspiring Others
21) Learning new things
22) Vacations
23) Friends
24) Starbucks
25) Clean house
26) Emails from friends
27) Surprises
28) Spa treatments
29) Smell of fresh linens
30) Sound of the ocean
31) Ava's & Connor's laugh
32) Margaritas (I'm so thirsty!)
33) New biz adventure
34) Craft magazines
35) Arbonne
36) Visits from friends
37) Reminiscing
38) Anticipation
39) Alone time
40) Long showers
41) Date nights
42) Going out with friends
43) New clothes
44) Summertime
45) Archiver's
46) 300 sit-ups a day
47) Cardio kick-boxing ( I need to get back to it)
48) Ava's report card
49) My house
50) My Art Studio
51) Connor & Ava being goofy
52) 10 pm
53) Weekends
54) Coming up with ideas...
55) Clean dishes
56) Naps
57) Money
58) Picking up friends or family at the airport
59) Chatting with friends
60) IM's
61) Being creative
62) Ava's new room
63) Down comforter
64) Accomplishments
65) Selling on eBay
66) Ava hitting an Ace
67) Volleyball games
68) Dazzle In Style
69) My ambition
70) Love stories
71) Seeing old friends
72) Catching up with old friends
73) Picnics
74) Movies (indoor or out)
75) Exotic foods
76) Doing something new or different
77) Playing with family
78) Compliments (giving and receiving)
79) Waking at 4am to go on a vacation
80) Aldo
81) 9 West
82) Victoria's Secret
83) Something new
84) Something comfortable
85) Mai Tais
86) Getting inspired
87) Mural painting
88) Watching Food Network with Ava
89) Unexpected things
90) Blogging
91) My children
92) My husband
93) Love Stories
94) Being healthy
95) Being a mom
96) Being married
97) Being
98) My life
99) Big picturesque windows
100) 100 More happiness