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August Challenge with Calling All Sistahs


There is a new challenge today over on the

Make any kind of encouragement card...for someone feeling under the weather, someone who broke their leg, someone who has cancer.

And use this photo for inspiration:

I loved the rainbow of colors on the ribbons, so that is what I went with.

I stamped the flowers from the Mon Ami set a couple of times, then colored with Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut.

The background is an embossing folder.

What a great sentiment in the Dream Then Do set.

I hope you will join us this month for our challenge.
You are already making great encouragement cards, you might as well link them up for a chance at a $25 gift certificate.

And here is a little something from me to you:

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Reminder time with Cas-ual Friday's

Hello there.....

It is the 17th of the month and that means I am here to remind you to check the Sistahs today.

Go jump in the shower and feel around.

Nothing different?  Whew!!!

Did you feel something suspicious?  Call the doctor today.
Better safe than sorry!!!

Do you know that Breast Cancer effects 1 in 8 women?

I am 1 in 8

Look around yourself today at work, the grocery store, church.
Go ahead and count to 8. One of these women are bound to get this terrible disease!
Be proactive...don't let it be you!

My Breast Cancer story is featured today on
Come check it out ...right after you check yourself.  :)

The background of my card is a woodgrain embossing folder.
I stamped Word Ribbon with Spectrum Noir Harmony inks to give it an ombre effect.
Die cuts with Hope Ribbon Fri-die and Hope Fri-die.

Come see what the other designers have in store for you at 

Make sure to come back tomorrow for the start of our new monthly challenge.

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All New on HSN TODAY!

Hello there....

Are you watching Home Shopping Network today?

It is crafting day on their channel and all these goodies from Crafter's Companion are available.

So elegant with the shimmering White cardstock.

Muted colors using pencils for an old fashioned feel.

Beautiful Winter Wonderland pattern paper pad and fun Sheen Douglass stamps and matching dies.

An adorable Mini Holiday Bundle of stamps and dies for cards or tags and these die cuts fit perfectly in the new Gemini Go machine.

Make sure to check out HSN today:

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Craft Studio Remodel


and welcome to my new craft studio.

For two months I have been working out of cardboard boxes and a folding table. UGH!!!

But the new Kitchen and Studio by A & M Byler Construction in Lake Placid, FL is


Step through the swinging door to my Happy Place.
(Poor little Snowy hasn't figured out how to crawl beneath that door yet)

This is a fun piece of furniture that I decoupaged with tissue paper and painted checks.
Of course I had to add just a bit of metallic gold.  :)

This is the before

Birdhouse chandelier was so fun to make. Same tissue paper and whimsical paints.
Yes I am OCD and can't stand that hubby hung the darn thing off center.....
One of these days when he is not around, I will fix that. :)
(that door is for emergency only purposes...mostly I got it for all the light it lets in)

My creation on the cover of CardMaker magazine....I hate that they closed it down. :(
And as you probably know, I am a Breast Cancer survivor, so that is a dedicated shelf to some of the things people gave me pertaining to the PINK movement.

My desk!
I stand to craft, so I was beyond thrilled to find these fun tall dressers at Ikea.
Beautiful granite counter tops that are soooo easy to clean.

My sewing table.
I love that it can be raised or lowered with just a push of a button on the glass top.
Again, don't be surprised when you find me standing to sew.
Are you loving the spool holder? My sweet hubby made that for me.

Have you figured out yet that I am obsessed with Black & White checks????


This is the new addition to my original craft room. 
On the left are two large closets.
Lights automatically turn on when I open the doors. FUN!
More of those wonderful dressers and a sink to wash paint brushes.

Just a peek into the closet.
As you can see, I kept my cubicles, but now they are hidden behind closed doors.
Everything has a place and I don't have to look at it. :)

In the other closet are my stamps. dies and DT shipments by month or manufacturer.
I have to be organized!!!

My small "island".
Everything I need for sewing and when I need more room, I just clean off all those lovely counter tops.

No craft room is complete without a place to take photos.

So there you have it.

I LOVE my new craft studio.
I truly am spoiled, but so worth it...don't you think?

Edited to add:  I had someone ask about the flooring, but I can not reply to her comment. 
So here goes.... The flooring is Mohawk Cool Concrete plank vinyl flooring. 

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