Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Valerie's Spring Rain

Goodness! Time does really seem to just fly by these days! I don't know that I'm really all that busy but at the same time it does feel that way! Anyhoo, onto a card for today!!

I am still on my mission to use up the Echo Park Springtime 6x6 paper pad. I thought for sure this card would do it but nope, still have enough scraps for one more card. So very close!! LOL!

This card uses a cutie pie from Whimsy Stamps called Valerie's Spring Rain by Crissy Armstrong. Oh so very adorable!! I also used the sentiment from Whimsy Stamps Everyday Moments stamp set by SC Designs


I almost thought I was going to have to start over because as I was coloring up the image, I got the dreaded copic blob.

I really liked how the image was looking so far so I decided to see if I could save it. I *think* I did a fairly good job with the help of some paper piecing! Here's the end result~

I'm entering this card into the following challenges~
Have a fabulous day! Do something to make yourself smile!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday #2

Here's my first ever Whimsy Stamps card for Throwback Thursday!

You can see the original post HERE!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Check it out!!

I love being on the Whimsy DT so thought I'd share that they are looking for some more DT members!! Check it out~ HERE!! Good luck!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Shy Mae

I'm getting closer! I *think* one more card and the Echo Park Springtime 6x6 pad is gone! Woo-hoo!! :)

Today's card uses the digi, Shy Mae from Some Odd Girl. I also *finally* used the teeny tiny super cute wood veneer stars a dear friend got for me. They are just so cute!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges~
Have a wonderful day! I think I am finally getting over my cold and can hopefully go back to work tomorrow for a full shift! I left early Thursday, called in on Friday, had Sat/Sun off and today I left super early to just try and get better. This one really hit me hard but I am so hopeful it's on it's way out!!

Sharing a tutorial

In light of me trying to use up my 6x6 paper pads, I thought I would share a link to a tutorial by a friend of mine, Kristie...she is awesome and always amazes me how she uses up her 6x6 paper pads!!

Check it out~ HERE!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Another dream come true....

I really feel like the happiest, most blessed girl right now. Not only have I followed my dream of working at a zoo but today I also had another dream come true---I did one of our zoo's Backstage Experiences. I did the Interactive Animal Keeper Experience. There aren't words to describe the happiness in my heart, in my soul after this fabulous experience. I know it's not for everyone and not everyone has my dream but that's exactly what it was for me for so long...a dream...and now it has come true.

This experience was in our Red Barn area which is the part of the zoo where the goats, chickens, miniature horses, etc are at. The public can go in and pet/brush the goats and see the other animals up close.

For my experience I was able to go behind the scenes and help clean out some exhibits (they took it easy on me), I helped get the diets ready and then also helped feed some of the animals.

It was so amazing to be able to talk to the keepers, to ask many of the questions I've always wanted to ask and to just "be" there. Truly, this was just simply amazing for me.

I also got to hold a bearded dragon lizard, a corn snake--both were very cool and I actually liked this way more than I expected--and also got to pet/touch sugar gliders, a chinchilla and prairie dogs--oh my word are those critters squeals so adorable. Many of these animals are not on display for the public but used for education and as animal ambassadors for the zoo for different things.

I learned more about our African Wild Dogs and then ended my day with feeding and petting our stingrays--very cool.

I just can't stop smiling and am looking forward to my next Backstage Experience--yes, I'm a zoo nerd and I will be doing them all! LOL!!

I'll have more cards to share soon but thought I'd share a little more personal stuff today. 

Always, always, always follow your dreams and then when they come true, dream new ones!!!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I {Heart} You

I know, I know, a second card in one day! Hope you were sitting down! 

Continuing on to use the last of the Echo Park Springtime paper pad. I think with one or two more cards it will be gone! This is a real victory as I don't know that I've ever completed a full paper pad...I've come close a few times but just couldn't bring myself to finish the pads. I guess I'm turning over a new leaf! LOL!

This cutie is a digi from Whimsie Doodles called I {Heart} You. 

I'm entering this card into the following challenges~

Thanks for visiting my lil' old blog! I appreciate it!!

Tin Can Chat

A friend bought some cards from my Etsy Shop but wanted a friendship card for her daughter and her best friend so I told her I'd play around this week and see if I could make something she liked.

Normally I shy away from custom requests as the pressure drives me batty but this time it actually gave me inspiration! Yay!

For the first card I pulled out the uber cute SugarPea Designs stamp set, Tin Can Chat! This set is seriously so fun!!! and I had fun (despite being sick with a cold) creating this card!

I was SO pleased with the way my grass came out as it's been something I've struggled with. I also tried out my new Wink Of Stella Brush Tip Markers. Oh my gosh!! I am IN LOVE with these!! I tried to capture a photo of all the shimmer/sparkle. I did use Cryogen Iridescent cardstock so the paper has a shimmer but these just make it GORGEOUS!!!

I'm also very excited that I am down to scraps of this Echo Park Springtime 6x6 paper pad. I have made it a goal to use it up this weekend!!

I used an older sketch from SugarPea Designs, SugarSketch 006~

I'm also entering this into the following challenges~
Hope your Saturday is awesome!!


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