A diary of both my life and my art work, a reflection of time and growth.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Bye Bye Bye

Saying goodbye to the retiring stamps was the way to use it challenge today, I chose to used mixed bouquet I am sad to see this go I got got it a few months ago **insert trembling lip here**.....LMBO! I stamped the rose on glossy paper and sponged on the color with some Brilliance Inks and stickles to highlight the lines of the flowers. I love the shimmer of the inks!

It is a very nice look in real life not too sure how well the photo captured it. OH MY WORD was it hot here yesterday, wow! I thought I was going to die.....LOL! I don't like the heat very much, guess it's the English in me, I always say England is where I should be living climate wise anyways.

If you are interested in trying this challenge you can do so here WT115 - Going, Going, Gone

Supplies, Mixed Bouquet, So Very, Black, Glossy white, and Regal Rose card stock, Certainly Celery, Black, and Brilliance Inks, STickles, Brads, Ribbon, Cuttlebug, Marker and Dimensionals.


Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Well i went back to the drawing board and tried again, I think I like this card just a bit better! I got to use my new Fancy Pants stamps I love love love these *wink*! I also used my cuttlebug 2 step die cut for the first time. I love the butterfly she is so cute!

Well Jason has named his line of stamps "Langley Boy Designs", and he has come up with a few new lines some of them are sooooo cute!! But I will keep a lid on it until he unveils them. For those of you who have already ordered some stamps from us, they are on route so when they are in our hot little hands I will contact you about shipping them out.

If you would like to try this challenge you can do so here Sketch Challenge 126

Supplies: Fancy Pants stamps, Black, Cool Caribbean, and WW, card stock, Cool Caribbean and Black ink, Ribbon, Cuttlebug, Brads and Dimensionals.


Snappy Birthday

Well I finally got around to using Crab and Co. today although I do think this set is cute, I am having a difficult time using it, not too sure if I am going to hold on to this set. This sketch is from today's sketch challenge, again I don't really think I care for this layout, maybe it will grow on me as the day goes on *wink*.

I am having a horrible allergy day, my eyes and nose won't stop watering, the computer is acting up, I am having a pity party kind of day! And I think I may have lost my stamping mojo for the time being..... OK I feel better now that I got all that out!

If you would like to try this challenge you can do so here Sketch Challenge 126

Supplies: Crab and Co. , Real red, Tempting Turquoise, WW, and water color paper, Black ink, Re-inkers, Aquapainter, Brads, Ribbon, Cuttlebug, Stapler, and Dimensionals


Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Cool Chocolate Delight

Today's color challenge was to use garden green, cool Caribbean, and chocolate chip, not colors I would normally put together, I still don't know I feel about this combo. Well what a morning we had around here Megan has a toothache yesterday so off to the dentist we went this morning, she actually did very well! She has a little cavity so we have to go to the pediatric dentist in Kelowna so she can be sedated for the work, so now we have to wait for them to get back to us. So that was morning.

If you would like to try this challenge you can do so here CC116 Cool Garden

Supplies: delight in Life, Fancy pants, Garden Green, Cool Caribbean, Chocolate chip and WW card stock, Garden Green, Cool Caribbean, Chocolate chip, Black inks, Cuttlebug, Circle punch, Ribbon, Brads, and Dimensionals.


Monday, May 28, 2007

Birthdays Cards From Friends!!

I wanted to share with you all the special birthday cards I got from all my blogger, SCS and close friends!

From Nancy

From my ladies study made by Erica

From Ladystamper 920 (SCS) she was my big sis in the last round of secret sister

From Stampingbug (SCS)

From Belledancer (SCS)

From Mlehmer (SCS)

From The Crafty Tutrle (SCS)

from Vonnie64 (SCS)

From Msamelia (SCS)

From my good friend Erica

From Cookiehead (SCS)


Kiss This!!!

Kiss this and don't mean on my rosy red lips! Actually this is line from a song that I like from Aaron Tippin called "Kiss this". I liked it so much I had hubby custom make the stamp for me. It fit perfect with the Lips stamp (STAMPABILITIES) that I got from HM Stamps. For today's TLC challenge the challenge was to use the wet paper watercolor technique, spray paper with water then stamp image dry with heat gun and stamp image again on top of the first image. So I thought some big wets kisses would turn out nicely.

I would also like to share with this beautiful Blogger Birthday RAK from Life out of the Shell
. Actually Deborah sent me two birthday cards she also sent one from SCS's BRAK club. You have to check out her site she has the sweetest creations!

If you are interested in trying this challenge you can do so here TLC118 : wet watercolor

Supplies: Lips(
HM Stamps),Hubby's Custom Stamps(Langley Boy Designs), Smitten, Pretty in pink, Real red and WW card stock, Pretty in pink, Real red , Black inks, Color spritzer, Marker, Singlo pen, Ribbon, Brads, Scalloped Scissors, Scalloped Circle punch, Circle cutting system (CM), and Dimensionals.

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Mmmmm....Chocolate Sunday

Thank You so much for all your wonderful birthday wishes!! You made me feel so special! I had a wonderful birthday, I went to lunch with a good friend at my favorite restaurant Boston Pizza mmmmm...., then came home surfed blogs for a while, then Jason ordered pizza from our favorite pizza place Panago, and we vegged on the couch together watching Blood Diamond. Perfect day.

I was able to combine today's featured stamper challenge and Chocolate Sunday together this week. This weeks featured stamper is Ked, I had actually never seen her gallery before but she has some gorgeous creations in it! This is the card I decided to case, Friends Always . If you would like ti try this challenge you can do so here FS16: WAKE UP!!!!!.

And for those of you who maybe dying to know what I got for my birthday well..........my mom and sister sent money so I could buy whatever I wanted so I ordered 3 of the Paper Trey sets!! Jason and the girls have ordered me a bind-it-all and a few other goodies!! And my good friend ordered me 2 packages of Cool Caribbean paper before it retires!

Ten excuses for eating chocolate:

1. I love it.
2. I love it.
3. I love it.
4. I love it.
5. I love it.
6. I love it.
7. I love it.
8. I love it.
9. I love it.
10. I love it.

(On the other hand, who needs an excuse??)

Supplies: Sweet Treats, So very, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip and WW card stock, Basic Grey's Blush paper pack, Black, and Chocolate Chip ink,Velvet ribbon, Brads, Singlo gel pen, Prima Flowers, Versa mark pen, Clear embossing powder, Scalloped square punches, Prisma pencils, Gamasol, Blending stumps,Marker, and Dimensionals.


Saturday, May 26, 2007

Happy Birthday To Me!!!!

Today is my birthday!! Today's inspiration challenge was so hard for me I wrecked four cards before I came up with this, and I not too sure about the final outcome! Oh well I did my best! I got to use my flourishes set from Tuscan Rose again. I really love this set!

I'm off soon to have lunch with a good friend, she is taking me out for my birthday, how sweet of her!

If you would like to try the inspiration challenge you can do so here, IC77 - Napkin.

Supplies: Best Blossoms, Flourishes(Tuscan Rose), WW, mellow moss, and black card stock, black, bashful blue, mellow moss, and ruby red, inks, Ribbon and dimensionals.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Dream Big Graduate

Today's limited supply challenge on SCS was to make graduations cards using non traditional grad stamps. I had to think quite a bit for this one since we don't know anyone who is graduating this year. So because Jason's sister will be graduating next year I decided to make it for her. Which excited me because I could make a pretty grad card! I used one of the flourishes from that I got from Tuscan Rose . I just love these flourishes the are so versatile and have so many uses. All the other stamps are from Stampin Up.

The little flowers are cut out and glued on they also have a little bling in the center. The butterfly is cut out and popped up on dimensionals and covered with stickles.

If you would like to try this challenge you can do so here LSC117 - Graduations Galore

Supplies: Flourishes from (Tuscan Rose), Butterfly of Happiness, Happy Harmony, Bravo Burgundy, Rose Red and WW card stock, Bravo Burgundy, Rose Red inks, Stickles, bling, and Dimensionals.


Thursday, May 24, 2007

Springtime Daffodils

I love daffodils and always thought that stampin up's delight in life stamp set kind of looked like daffodils. So for today's way to use it challenge, I got a chance to try it out and see. I love how they turned out. The way to use it challenge was to find a way to use yoyo yellow, a color I don't use all that often, so i paired it with another color that I don't use all that often only orange and now I have a bouquet of springtime daffodils.

I have to tell you all something so cute and kind of funny.......LBMO....already. As most of you our youngest daughter Megan has autism, now Megan is getting really good at reading! So we were at burger king on Friday and Megan and I were sitting at the table waiting for Jason to bring our dinner, when she starts looking at the menu board, so she turns to me and says fish sticks???!! I say yes fish sticks good reading! Megan says fish sticks with a puzzled look on her face, the it dawns on me how strange this probably is to her, she knows what a fish is and she knows what a stick is but a fish stick.....ROTFLMBO!! She must think we are the weirdest people for wanting to eat fish sticks....LOL! So this morning while I was stamping she was coloring beside me and she draws fish sticks, fish that look like sticks.......SO CUTE!! and kind of funny!.....LMBO! Just had to share!

If you are interested in doing this way to use it challenge you can do so here WT114 - Going Yo Yo.

Supplies: Delight in Life, Happy Harmony, Yoyo Yellow, Only Orange, and WW card stock, Yoyo Yellow, Only Orange, Black ink, reinkers, prima flowers, brads, giga and mega scalloped circle punches, cm circle cutting system, cuttlebug textile folder, marker, and dimensionals.


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Chocolate Cupcakes Mmmmm.........

This card was designed from today's sketch challenge on SCS. A perfect sketch for the use of smaller stamps. Who doesn't love chocolate cupcakes, I know I do! With my birthday coming up this Saturday I may just get to enjoy some. I love the Divine swirls cuttlebug folder in close to cocoa reminds me so much of chocolate icing mmmmm...........! LMBO! Now I want chocolate!

If you would like to try this sketch you can do so here Sketch Challenge 125 .

Supplies: oh so sweet, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate chip, Pretty in pink, and WW card stock, Chocolate chip, Pretty in pink, ink, Brads, Ribbon, Cuttlebug, and Dimensionals.


Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Certaily Old Vintage Blossoms

Today's color challenge on SCS was to use Certainly Celery, Vintage Violet and Old Olive together, I haven't worker much with vintage violet, so this was a really great challenge for me. I thought violet blossoms would be gorgeous, and they are I love how they turned out! I added a few butterflies, like I had seen on my lilac bush this weekend.

If you would like to try this challenge you can do so here CC115: Certainly Vintage.

Supplies: Blossoms Abound, Butterfly of Happiness, Fancy Flexible Phrases, WW, Certainly Celery, Vintage Violet and Old Olive, card stock, Certainly Celery, Vintage Violet and Old Olive, inks, cuttlebug, stickles, and dimensionals


Puzzling Puzzle

I finally got a chance to sit down and play with Gina K's Love you to pieces. I decided to make a puzzle for my nephew using the puzzle pieces from from Gina's set. I think it turned out rather cute and that he will have fun with it. I hope it isn't too easy fro him now that he is in grade one.

I can't wait to see him this summer, i only get to see him once a year so I am looking forward to this years visit. Maybe one day my sister will be move back to BC until then I will look forward to their yearly visit.

Supplies: Love you to Pieces stamp set,(GINA K), Puzzle (Michaels), Real red, Pixie Pink, Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, Black, inks,


Monday, May 21, 2007

Resisted Roses

For today's TLC challenge the challenge was to use the crayon resist technique, I have never tried this technique so it was a first for me. I can't believe how easy it was!! I can't believe I have put this off for so long and it was this easy and the results were gorgeous! Wow it sure has been warming up here it has been a pretty hot weekend here, think I might take the kids to the beach today maybe get some pictures of them.

If you would like to try this challenge you can do so here TLC117 - Crayon Resist

Supplies: Mixed Bouquet, Best Blossoms, Cool Caribbean, Lavendar Lace, Black, Glossy paper, Cool Caribbean, Lavender Lace, Certainly Celery, Black, Sponge, Cuttlebug, Ribbon, and Dimesionals.


Sunday, May 20, 2007

Rose Delight

For this chocolate Sunday I thought I would share with you one of my all time favorite recipes, I love these Peanut Butter Balls they are simply the best!!

Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup icing sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup graham crumbs
8 squares baker's chocolate

Beat sugar, peanut butter. Stir in Crumbs. Shape into 1-inch balls and place on waxed paper lined sheet. Chill 30 min. until firm

Melt chocolate in microwave on medium power for 2-3 minutes. Dip balls to cover in chocolate and place on waxed paper lined cookie sheet, chill.
Store covered in fridge.

Today I also participated in the featured stamper challenge on SCS the featured stamper this week was Vitality she has a great galley so choosing a card was a little difficult. After finally narrowing it down I chose
Totally Delightful
. I kept the layout the same and changed the colors and used my stardust pen to add some sparkle. If you would like to try this challenge you can do here
FS15: It is VITAL

Supplies: Delight in Life, Polka Dots and Paisley, Rose red, Barely Banana, Chocolate Chip, Taken with teal and WW card stock, Rose Red, So Saffron , Chocolate Chip, Black ink, Ribbon, Singlo pen, Stardust pen, Aqua painter, Markers, Dimensionals, Scalloped scissors.


Saturday, May 19, 2007

Spring Butterflies

Today's inspiration challenge was to make a card from the featured pictures which were of a little girls bedroom accessories. From the pictures I took the color theme, butterflies and flowers, and created this card. There is no actual stamping in this card only sponging. If you would like to learn how to make these clouds you can check out my tutorial here How To Make Clouds.

If you are interested in trying this challenge you can do so here IC76 - Little Girl Bedroom

Also be sure to check out my hubby's blog for other stamp sets he has created for sale My Husbands Craft Blog we would like to place our order tomorrow morning so if you are interested in any of the sets let us know.

Supplies: Certainly Celery, barely Banana, Pretty in Pink and WW card stock, Bashful Blue ink, Cloud template, sponge dauber, oval punches, hole punch, word window punch, markers, prima flowers, brads, ribbon, and dimensionals.


Friday, May 18, 2007

It's The Little Things........

It's The Little Things That Make Life Big, it's so true the best moments in life are those little moments, that touch, that look, so much more important then anything else. Today's limited Supply challenge was to use:
Image Stamps: One flower stamp - stamped once. No 2-step stamping. It can be just one flower or a group of flowers. It can have a creature or character with the flower or flowers. It just has to be one stamp and have flowers with it (examples: Fluffles with flowers, Bellas with flowers)
Sentiment: one

Background Stamps: one small background. (Examples: Itty Bitty backgrounds or a small one found in a large image set like in Looks Like Spring)

Cardstock: 1-3 colors plus white or vanilla

Ink & Coloring Tools: any

Accessories: ribbon, brads, flower punches

Techniques: Doodling

A pretty tough challenge at first glance for me anyway...LMBO!! But after some thought I came up with something that I really like. If you would like to try this challenge you can do so here LSC116 - Quick May Flowers

We have been approached a few times about being able to purchase some of Hubby's custom stamps, well he has agreed and we will be placing the order for them this weekend. So if you are interested in any of the stamps from yesterday's card or any that are hubby's blog let us know by Saturday evening. Each stamp is $2.75 or you can get a set of 5 for $10 the set of 5 includes "Put Your Big Girl Panties On!", Just deal with it!". Bra, Panties, and " Thanks for your support".

Supplies: Delight in Life, Happy Harmony, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, and WW card stock, Black ink, Markers, Brads, Ribbon, Oval cutter (CM), Word Window Punch, and Dimensionals.


Thursday, May 17, 2007

Put Your Big Girl Panties On!

Put Your Big Girl Panties On! and Just Deal With It! I love this saying! I loved it so much I had hubby design so customs with the saying and the panties for me. Today's way to use challenge was to use small stamps, smaller then 1.5" so it was a perfect time to finally use these. If you would like to learn how to make these clouds you can check out my tutorial How To Make Clouds .

Nothing like airing out your laundry......ROLFLMBO!!!

If you like to try this way to use it challenge you can do so here WT113 - Small Stamps rerun .

Supplies: Hubby's Custom stamps, Karen Foster snap stamps, Bashful Blue, Black, and WW card stock, Green Galore, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Pretty in pink, Black inks, Hemp, Tiny Clothes pegs, Sponge, Cloud template, Cuttlebug, Dimensionals.


Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Dreams Grow

This sketch is from today's sketch challenge on SCS. At first I wasn't too sure about it, but after the card was completed I found that I really liked it, I love being pleasantly surprised don't you? I got to use more of my Stella Ruby paper I love the colors in it!

If you want to try this sketch you can do so here Sketch Challenge 124

Don't forget to check out stamps for sale , there is both current and retired stamps on the list.

I am so sad this is the last week of all the show I watch expect for House, What am I going to do until September when they come back?.....ROTFLMBO!!! I know stamp more!! I am also sad that the summer holidays are almost here, Megan loves school and finds the summer too long to go without the routine that a school day brings.

Supplies: Happy Harmony, Black card stock, Stella Ruby designer paper, Black ink, Marker, Brads, Oval Cutter (CM), and Dimensionals.


Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Apricot Roses

I am so sad to see this set on the retiring list it makes the most gorgeous roses! I made the roses by first stamping the rose in apricot ink and rolling the edge is rose red ink, continued on all three pieces to the rose. Then I cut out all three pieces and used a stylus on the back side to curl the edges of the petals, and then used the stylus on the front of rose to indent the centers. Then taped them together and add Iridescent Ice the picture doesn't really show how sparkly they are for real.

The colors I used for today's color challenge on SCS, you will find that challenge here CC114: Apricot Roses. I'm not too fond of these colors together, a little bright but still OK.

Don't forget to check out stamps for sale , there is both current and retired stamps on the list.

Supplies: Roses In Winter, Tempting Turquoise, Rose red, and WW card stock, Tempting Turquoise, Rose red, Green Galore and Apricot Appeal inks, Versa marker,Cuttlebug, Brads, Ribbon, Stylus, II, and Dimensionals.

I had be tagged again by
Sara Frawley at Perfect Sentiments Ink to tell 7 things about myself and tag 7 others bloggers but decided instead of doing that I would complete this A-Z list I found at Marie Loves To Stamp. I would love to have you play along with me!

A - Age: 33 years (34 on the 26th)
B - Bed size: Queen
C - Chore you hate: Laundry
D - Dessert you love: Anything Chocolate, caramel or vanilla the gooier the better
E - Essential start your day item: SCS, and All the Blogs I Adore
F - Favorite actor(s): Adam Sandler, Reese Witherspoon
G - Gold or Silver: Gold
H - Height: 4' 11"
I - Instruments you play: Had to take ukulele in school, also Drums
J - Job title: SAHM, and daycare for 1yr old
K - Kid(s): Stephanie 12 (almost 14) and Megan 10
L - Living arrangements: 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house in Enderby, BC
M- Favorite Months: June(ann.) , October (Hubby's b-day) and December
N - Nicknames: Kel
O - Overnight hospital stay other than giving birth: Gallbladder Surgery
P - Phobia: Heights, Bugs!
Q - Quote(s): "That's How I roll, and Put your big girl panties on and deal with it."
R - Right or left handed: Right
S - Siblings: 1 sister
T - Tattoo(s): 2 Roses on ankle, and scroll on lower back
U - Unique talent: can do a funny trick with my lower lip
V - Vegetable you hate: Turnips, Radishes
W - Worst habit: Messy craft area
X - If you were told to Xerox a part of your body what would you agree to: Boobs at least the would look perky smushed up on the glass....LMBO!!
Y - Yummy food you make: Spaghetti, Stir Fry
Z - Zodiac Sign: Gemini


Monday, May 14, 2007

Bonjour Mon Amie

Today's TLC challenge was to make 3" x3" cards I haven't made any of these in soooooo long, I
forgot how fun they are to make! I love how simple they can be when the are so scaled down. If you are interest in trying this challenge you can do here TLC116 Let's Warm-Up!. I brought out my flourishes from Tuscan Rose again I just love these they are so versatile and elegant looking.

Don't forget to check out stamps for sale on the post below!

Supplies: Flourishes (Tuscan Rose) , Carte Postale, Pale Plum, Sage Shadow and WW card stock, Enchante designer paper, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Bravo Burgundy, and Rose red , inks, Scalloped Circle and circle punch, White gel pen, Brads, and Dimensionals.


Sunday, May 13, 2007

Stamps for Sale

I'm cleaning up my stamp area to make room for more, here are some sets I'm getting rid of. I am willing to make bundle pricing, if you wish to buy more then one stamp set. Shipping is extra usually $4.95 depending on how much you buy. I accept paypal. I am also open to offers so go ahead and ask me....LOL

Stamps for Sale

Frosty $13
Timeworn Trim $5
Bundle Up $15
Treat Yourself $25
Island Blossoms $20
Funky Firs Wheel $5
All I Have Seen $8
Happy Occasions $10
Big Tag Punch $10
Olive You $10
Toucan Of my Love $15
Love is a Great thing $12
Gently Falling $8
Pocket Friends $15
Bitty Bugs Wheel $5
Heartfelt Thanks $25
Kanji $8
Sweet talk $7****Gone
Noble Deer $15****Gone
Polar Pals $15 ****Gone
Adoring hearts Jumbo wheel $6 ****Gone
Leaves and swirls Jumbo wheel $6 ****Gone
Swirling Stars Jumbo wheel $6 ****Gone
Give Thanks $16 ****Gone
All wrapped Up $15 ****Gone
All wrapped Up acc. $7 ****Gone
Ahoy Matey $19 ****Gone
Pretty Princess $15****Gone
Bubble Queen $17****Gone


Cinderella's Carriage

So I was looking at the beautiful flourishes the I got from Tuscan Rose and thought to myself hey one of those reminds me of the wheels on Cinderella Carriage! So I just had to try to recreate it. My darling hubby the best man in the whole world cut out the flourish used for the wheels, I love him so much for doing that for me!! I know this may not be the most beautiful work of art, but it took a lot of work to get it to look like this.....*wink*.

The carriage is made from a shimmer vanilla card stock and is covered with Iridescent Ice, the door is on vanilla shimmer with gold embossing powder, the wheels, the top and the leaves are on brushed gold paper embossed with gold embossing powder.

You have to check out the flourishes set at Tuscan Rose it is a gorgeous set and so versatile!

Supplies: Flourishes(Tuscan Rose), Blossoms Abound(leaves), Brushed Gold, Shimmer Vanilla, Printed paper?, Versa mark, Versa mark pen, Iridescent Ice, Gold embossing poweder, Circle cutter(CM), Oval punch, Craft knife and Dimesionals.


Truly, Madly ,Deeply

Today's featured stamper is cwilliams she has such an awesome gallery that I just had to do another one of here cards! I chose to case her Love U card. I love the contrast of her card you kind of lose it a bit in the colors I chose.

If you would like to try this challenge you can do so here FS14: New To Me

Supplies: All About U, Hubby's custom stamps( truly, madly, deeply), Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip and Pretty in pink card stock, Stazon White ink, Ribbon, Gel pen, Cuttlebug and Dimesionals


Saturday, May 12, 2007

Happy Mother's Day All!

Here is the card that Megan Made me, she is my featured stamper this Sunday I love Megan's card and I love that she made it all by herself. Her aide told me she had taken a lot time working on it and was very proud of the outcome but no one is prouder then this mommy. For those of you who may not know Megan is Autistic so these kind of things are huge in our house.

The Inside

I hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day! So for this Chocolate Sunday I thought I would treat you to some chocolate beauty treatment recipes! These recipes are Delicious! I have included the web address just in case you want to check out their other recipes.

Today, the good news about chocolate, especially the dark variety, just keeps on coming. Not only does it kick up the feel-good juices in our brains, but chocolate is loaded with anti-aging vitamins and minerals. Plus, the caffeine in cocoa is said to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Bring on the cocoa!

Chocolate body scrub

Here's what you do:
Combine ingredients in a bowl. Use whenever cravings hit by massaging into skin and rinsing with warm water in the shower. Store in an airtight container up to six months.
You'll need:
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup powered cocoa
a few drops of chocolate and/or raspberry fragranced oil

Cocoalicious Body Glow

A sweet and stimulating cocoa body scrub.

You know that warm, glowing sensation you get when you're first caught in the throngs of Cupid's arrow? Or that singular flush that comes from biting into a decadent dark chocolate dessert? Well somewhere in between love and chocolate is normal, everyday life and this simple, sugary concoction is just the thing to cook up when life needs a little sweetening! Great for sharing (nudge nudge, wink wink).
Here's what you do:
Mix ingredients thoroughly in a glass bowl. Start with just a few drops of the fragranced oils until you get the aroma you want. In the shower, gently rub all over body while thinking loving, sweet thoughts! Rinse thoroughly. To keep the good vibrations going, dry off and moisturize with a light dosing of almond oil mixed with a drop of fragranced oil.
You'll need:
1/2 cup Turbinado sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons almond oil
1 tablespoon cocoa
Raspberry fragranced oil
Dark chocolate fragranced oil

This cocoa recipe has many variations. It might as well be called cocoa powder facial mask recipe as you really need cocoa, not chocolate to prepare it. But you must agree, for the sake of skin care, chocolate mask sounds so much more appealing.

Chocolate Face Mask Recipe


1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 cup of honey
2 tablespoons of heavy cream (sour cream will work as well)
3 teaspoons of oatmeal powder

Mix all the ingredient until the mass in consistent. Apply on the face, gently massaging it so that oatmeal can start exfoliating the dead skin cell layer. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and rinse off with luke warm water.

In case you are wondering, there is a reason oatmeal and honey are added to this mix. Similar to its use in body scrub recipes, oatmeal it is recommended for sensitive skin, but can be used in preparation of facial masks for any skin type, as well as for preparation of facial exfoliates as it is gentle on the skin, yet highly powerful.

Honey on the other hand, is a great anti-bacterial agent, deeply cleanses your skin and opens up clogged pores. Now that you know all these benefits of chocolate, not only can you be guilt free while eating it, you can prepare an excellent chocolate face mask recipe and aid to your skin's youthful look and nourishment.


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Sunday's featured stamper is cwilliams she has an awesome gallery! I chose to case her Butterfly Kiss I love her card!

If you would like to try this challenge you can do so here FS14: New To Me

I will be posting a special Chocolate Sunday Mother's Day post shortly!

Supplies: Sweet on You, Chocolate chip, Basic Gray Bush paper, Black, Cool Carri bean, Pretty in Pink and Chocolate chip inks, Word window, scalloped circle and circle punches, Brads, Corner rounder, White gel pen, Marker, and Dimensionals.


Teal Delight

Here is my card for today's inspiration challenge this challenge was a little difficult I stopped and started three different cards, now my garbage can is overflowing! I started with Basic Gray's Blush paper pack, and built the colors and design from there. i am quite surprised that I actually like Cocoa and Teal together.

If you would like to try this challenge you can do so here IC75 - Candle Holders .

Supplies: Delight in Life, Close to Cocoa, Taken with Teal and VV card stock, Basic Gray Blush paper, Chocolate Chip ink, Micro beads, Dimensionals, and marker.


Friday, May 11, 2007

Really Wide Open Spaces!

Here is another card today's limited supply challenge I thought thet was no better open space then the sky...LOL!

If you would like to try this challenge you can do so here LSC115 - Wide Open Spaces

Supplies: Karen Foster snap stamps, Black, WW card stock, bashful Blue and Night of Navy ink, Dimensionals, Sponge dauber.



Bloggers be on the lookout these Blogger RAK's may be arriving at a mailbox near you!


Wide Open Spaces

Today's limited supply challenge was to leave a wide open space. "Wide Open Spaces on a card will draw interest to your main image. Your wide open space should not contain any stamped images, dry embossing, patterned paper, or embellishments... and there should be a lot of open space on your card. You may use any images, colors, paper, and embellishments on your card... just not in the open space."

I love the look of cards with wide open spaces I don't make many but I do love them! I don't normally like to Sage Shadow but I love it on this card. If you would like to try this challenge you can do so here LSC115 - Wide Open Spaces

Supplies: Butterfly of Happiness, WW, Perfect Plum, Sage Shadow card stock, Enchanted Designer paper, Perfect Plum ink, Ribbon, Brads, Stickles, and Dimesionals.


Thursday, May 10, 2007

How To Make Clouds

I have been asked a few times how I make my clouds, so I have put together a tutorial on how I make my clouds. Hopefully this will be easy to follow.

Supplies: Bashful blue ink, Sponge dauber, Cloud template ( I drew mine and cut it out of card stock) and paper (project)

Line up your template on your project.

Sponge on ink, I flip the cloud template over each time I start a new cloud section.

Finish project and decorate accordingly.


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