Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Life is too short

Thirteen years ago (13 years, 3 months, and 2 days to be exact) I started a business in my GARAGE called, Bay Area Scrappers. When I was almost ready to open I created a flier and placed it at a scrapbook expo. It was the one and only time I advertised for my business.
I remember wondering if I would hear from anyone. I advertised it as a place where you could meet friends in more of a home setting so that you could feel like family.
Lo and behold I was amazed when I started getting phone calls and emails.
I remember one particular gal. She stood out to me for many reasons and because of those reasons we became good friends. We've attended parties together, we shared stories, we talked about religion, and I photographed her family. She was nuts thinking I could create a layout for ANY photo she gave me. LOL
Last night, I found out that she was terminally ill.
I read the email once, went to my room, closed the door, and cried.
This morning I went back to see if the email was still there or if it was a dream. I wasn't dreaming.
I don't know what to do as I know I can't help her get better physically.
I don't even know what to say to her. What do you say? I can't be selfish and just cry.
My heart is broken for her and her family.
Life is too short.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Picture heavy post!!!

Well it's been a long time since I posted last. I've been just a tad bit busy with traveling, teaching for WOW, holidays, and more.
Since I haven't posted in a long time, I wanted to show you some fun pictures. Hope you like.

Thanksgiving was different this year. We had it in my house. Everyone thought it was going to be weird since we have had it at my parents house since I was born.
I decorated my little heart out! So much fun!
I wanted it to feel very warm and inviting. I think it looked good. LOL I made fun place setting and candle holders for each of the tables.

I also had the front decorated for Christmas.
Our family is a little crazy! We had both a "regular" photo and a "fun" one.

I've shopped some with Angel and Paul for Christmas. If you know me, you know that the theme will always match through out the house, so my presents match my tree.
Here's what I did.

Just a TIP...notice I used the scotch package paper. It's over 75ft for less than $5.00. You can buy the same kind of paper in the Christmas section but it will cost you more because it's "Christmas" and it's only 25ft. Shop outside of holiday section.

I've been into baking for the holidays. YUMMY!!!

Love my cooling rack and spatula from Pampered Chef. Been using it a lot!! LOVE the holidays.
Little things that get me into the holiday spirit.
*listen to Christmas music all the time. If you are in the area...96.5 koit radio station...Christmas music non-stop!
*plan out 25 different holiday things to do with friends and family.
*get together with friends and family and do an ornament or cookie exchange.
*watch Christmas movies. One of my favorites--Muppets Christmas Carol!!
*see if you can create something together as a family. If you look at my Christmas tree...my kids and I made the garland together.

Hope your holiday season is amazing and full of love and memories.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Layouts--some favorites

Hey there friends!! I wanted to show you some fun layouts that I've done recently. I'll be teaching layouts like these with friends!! These all show WOW Embossing Powders, Templates by Crafters Workshop, My Minds Eye papers, stickers, and more!!

Don't forget about the contest I'm having this week!! Look at the post below.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Love to create and....WIN a canvas kit!

When I was young I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. For a long time the answer was teacher or Dr. but in my heart of hearts...I always wanted to be nothing other than a mom. I loved playing with my dolls and every time I saw a baby I wanted to keep it. LOL  As I got older I thought I better go to school to do something because being a mommy wasn't going to pay the bills. LOL I went to school to be a nurse and let me tell you...that didn't last long! LOL I realized early on that I didn't like blood. I also realized that being a teacher wouldn't work because I didn't like to study and do homework let alone get others to do the same. LOL In the end I went to school to learn business management.
Soon after I became a mom , I realized that yes, that's what I wanted to be. I LOVE being a mom. I  love hugging my kids and telling them over and over again how much I love them.
I also came to realize that I LOVE creating. It's been in me for a long time. I come from a family of extremely creative people. My grandma could cook, design, sew, crotchet, etc. My great uncle could also design and do other things. My dad is extremely creative with his hands and has designed beautiful things for my mom.
I love that I have two passions! My kids and designing. I love that both make my life complete.
My last post I said that I found a quote that I totally loved! It's probably my most favorite one in a long time. I feel that it fits me as an individual. I created a project using the quote. Hope you like it.
"She designed a life she loved"
 I love working on canvas. For those that have been following my work for a long time know that I've published different books and designed my own canvases for many years.
I also love designing on books!! I mean...I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!
One of my last ones is this one
I'll be teaching this class plus others this weekend at Treasured Memories in Oak Park, Ca. I can't wait!! I have a lot of places that I'm going to be in the next couple months and I'm adding more for the next year. Keep coming back to see where I'll be.
So it's been a while since I did a give away.
For those of you that like the canvas and the book above...
Leave a comment and tell me which project you like and why and the winner will receive a kit!!
You have from now until Monday, October 8th to post.
Thanks for coming to read and check out my blog. I appreciate you leaving a comment.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

My favorite new saying

The other day I found this saying and I totally and completely fell in love with it. Ready for it?
She designed a life she loved.
How cool is that?
It really got me thinking...how many of us are living the life that we love?
Realistically, it would be hard to have everything we ever wanted but if you think about it...why do we NEED to have everything?
I'm so happy to have a beautiful family, loving friends, a roof over my head, and I'm pretty healthy! That's all I really need.
Have a wonderful  week!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

It's been a while...

Hi there everyone! It's been a while since I've said hello here but I've been majorly swamped. Right after CHA I went to Ever After and Create 365. We had a blast!!!
I then took some time off to do some personal vactions. I first went to the Bahamas with my brother and friends. We had a blast!! Here's the view from our room.
I got slightly tan! LOL
I enjoyed spending time with him!!
I came home and a day later, Sierra and I were off to Gina's house. We played and then Gina and I were off to southern ca for a fun meeting!!!
I came home and the next day I was off to Hawaii with my kiddos and mom!! This trip was fantastic! We did so much!! Here are a few pics.

I am getting ready for my last trip vacation. I'm going off to southern ca with Paul. We need a trip for just us!! I can't wait! It's going to be a small one but we don't care.

Once I get back, it's time to kit again. I'll be visiting more stores!! I am so looking forward to seeing a lot of my favorite people!!

Okay so that's all I got today. Thanks

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A contest, two projects, and the scrapping of three friends.

The time is 9:05am and I've been a wake since 6am doing some work.

I've been busy getting things ready for CHA on my end. It's been even busier for everyone in London!!! They have been working very hard over there and just shipped a lot of the booth items "to America!". LOL

I'm in Elk Grove the next couple of days creating and picking up items from my leads in this area. Had so much fun creating with two of my favorite girls...Tricia Wilson and Gina Lideros!! I have so much fun when I'm with them!!!! We laugh, we chat, we eat!!! Love these girls so much!!!

Here are two layouts that I made using some of my favorite WOW colors!
This first one is using :Whirlypop & Ebony embossing powders. I used the new templates by Crafters Workshop. Paper & stickers are by Echo Park. I used Helmars liquid adhesive and the rest of the adhesives were by Therm-o-web.

This next one is one that I created is using bright white, Neurtral Ultra Shimmer, Clear Ultra High, and Angel Wings. I used more templates by Crafters Workshop. Papers & stickers are by Echo Park. I used Helmars, Thermo-o-web, and Sakura. The Sprays are by Clearsnap.
I'm excited about my Christmas stamps for WOW are being released at this show!! We have these and three others!!!!
Who wants to win one of these bad boys????

Leave me a comment and tell me what you think you would create if you had one of these stamps!! I'll be choosing a winner on the last day of CHA. Will post the winner in a next post.

Right after CHA, I'll be traveling stratight to Vista, CA to teach at Ever After Scrapbooks!!! If you are in the area, come and see me!! We are going to have a lot of fun!!!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!


Monday, July 02, 2012

Deep in the heart of Texas

There have been many times in my life where I've thought, I need to thank my
Heavenly Father for putting wonderful people in my life.

I'm having one of those moments right now. The last few days have been very
special for me for more than one reasons.

As you all know, I love teaching. I love hanging out and meeting new people
everywhere I go. I love listening to their stories and looking at their
pictures. I love seeing their faces when they've completed something that I've
taught. I love hearing the WOWS and YAY when they have learned something new.

This past weekend I got to hang out with amazing girls with amazing stories!
I want to tell you about three girls. Three sisters. I'll try not to get
emotional when I type....ooops too late.

You know how I love and gush about my
family? I'm going to take a moment and gush on others besides my own. :)

Three sisters:

One...the owner of a beautiful scrapbook store.
One that helps to manage the store.
One that helps out her sisters.
They all live pretty close to each other. As I talked to them individually I
learned how much they love each other and how much they felt their sisters did
for them. They are so grateful to have each other.

My heart is so full right now over what I saw, heard, and felt.

Thank you to these three girls....my three beautiful friends.

Tonight when I say my prayers...I'll be thanking my heavenly father for you and your shining

Here are some pictures of my weekend with them. Can't wait to see them again in October!!

 Next stop...CHA!!! Come and see me at the WOW Embossing Powder booth!! It's going to be awesome!!! Then I'm off to Ever After where I'm teaching a fun class and cropping with the girls!!!

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

It's a new day...and a new post.

So today is a great day! Yesterday not so much, as I was recovering from food poisoning! I won't even go into that story as I decided quick that I was going to get better fast. lolI'm a strong believer that if I say I'm sick...I'm going to be sick and visa versa! So here to tell ya...I'm feeling great!!

Today is my grandson, Tanner's 6th birthday!! This kid is so amazing!! I was there the day he was BORN and I've enjoyed watching this little cutie grow!!! Love you cutie!
I'm working on a lot of projects for CHA. It's coming up soon! I'm really excited about all that's going on, my class that I'm teaching, and everyone we will see. I have a ton of boxes full of products for all my students!! It's going to be a lot of fun!!! Make sure to come and see us at the WOW Embossing Powders booth in the next exhibitor section.

Okay so now for the winner of the hambly give away contest....

Bloggerjo (http://joboogie.typepad.com) said...
I love the overlays! No one makes them like they do!

Suzy, what's their address? I'm gonna try and head there Monday!

4:48 PM

Email me so I can send you a package!!!

A couple of weeks ago I went to Gina's to create and to celebrate her birthday. It was so much fun!! Here are a couple of pictures from that night.

I have to brag about my baby!!! My little Sierra said she wanted to design with duct tape. She's been creating like crazy!!! Here are a few things she made the other day. ALL items made with JUST duct tape!!! Her designs!!! LOVE!

Thanks everyone for stopping by. I'm resting up as tonight I'm going to see NEW EDITION in concert with my brother!! So happy to spend time with him!!!

Monday, June 04, 2012

Good Bye Hambly Studios--CONTEST!!!!

As you all may know...I'm a huge fan of Hambly Studios. I've used them for years in all my classes. Unfortunately, Mr. Hambly is ready to retire and so it's time to say good bye to this awesome company! They asked me to help put together their clearance sale so here I am ready to give you the 411....

This clearance sale will be available to EVERYONE!!

Hambly Clearance Sale
Place: 941 George Street, Santa Clara, Ca 95054
Date(s): June 11th-13th
Times: 10am-9pm
All papers will be sold in 25 packs!
Pattern Paper packs--$5.00 (for the entire package!!!)
Overlay packs--$10.00 (for the entire package!!)
(regular size packs) Rub-on's--$3.00/6 pack
(large size packs) Rub-on's--$4.50/6 pack

ONLINE ORDERS for store owners--You have until Wednesday, June 6th to place your online orders. After this...you'll have to come in to purchase.
Please EMAIL your orders in to Rose at rose.s@hamblystudios.com

Everyone(open to the public) come on in on the dates shown above!! Once items are gone....they are gone FOREVER! Don't miss out!

CONTEST-----Who would like to win some Hambly? Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite hambly product is...I'll pick a winner on Friday and send you a fun Hambly package!!!

Friday, June 01, 2012

5 things...

I'm going to admit something....I never know how to start a blog post. I always have a lot to say but I never know how to put it all down in writing. LOL Today I want to tell you some things that I've been grateful for this week.
1. I went with Jeremy to pick out his prom dates flowers. Today we are going to pick up his tuxedo. Even though he's a quiet guy, I know he's excited about his senior ball tomorrow.
2. I went with Angel to help her pick out her dress for the Mary Kay convention. It was great to go with my mom, Ashleigh, and Sierra as well. I adore this picture.
3. I'm grateful for friendships. I love hanging out with girls that inspire me and have amazing personalities.
4. I'm grateful for crafts! I love designing and what it has done for me.
5. I'm grateful for a little girl that has a heart of gold! I have so much fun with her. She's my not so girlie girl. She stands up for what she believes and she is proud of being a "nerd"!
I'm looking forward to this weekend!! I'll be sure to post some pictures. I'd love to hear something you are grateful for this week!! Please share. :) Hugs,

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Love creating new projects!

I can't say enough times how lucky I am to do what I do for a living. Everytime I create, I feel so grateful that I get to play with lots of my favorite products.
I've been creating a lot of book projects using lots of mod podge, gesso, paints, and my favorite...WOW powders!!!! This project has all this plus Helmars, Epiphany Crafts, and Echo Park Papers. 

Here's a sneak peak of one of the pages on the inside.

I created this while at Scrapbook Territory in Berkley. My friend Kristi Lewis put this crop together for us and we had such a great time! Here are a couple of pictures she took of me and two of my besties!!

This week will be all about creating for CHA, getting my son ready for his senior ball, and for spending time with family.
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I'm up to! Please leave me a message. :) Love reading your posts.


Friday, May 25, 2012

So it's another...It's been a while...sorry post..LOL

Ya ya! I know! It's been a while. I've been so busy, I'm sorry. So let's see....what's going on with me.
If you follow me on facebook, you know I've been traveling a lot. That's nothing new though. LOL
I can't remember past a month so let's see what has happened...
I filmed for Scrapbook Soup. That was a lot of fun! My episodes are going to air in JUNE. I can't wait to see my crazy self on the tube.
I taught at a beautiful store in Puerto Rico. Had a great time! LOVED my time there!! Loved the store! Loved the people!!! Everyone there...LINDO LINDO LINDO!!!!
I then went to Tasha's Scrapbook Retreats and had a blast with those girls!!! A lot of us laughed so hard we had stomach aches!!!! LOL
I had a great time at one of my favorite stores on the planet...Treasured Memories!! Christine is freaking awesome!!! It was such a pleasure teaching at being with them during their 15th anniversary!
I'm planning some amazing events with lots of stores including Whim-So-Doodle, Pages from the heart, Create 365, Girls gone Crafty, Ever After, and so many more!!!! Stay tuned!!!