Monday, December 19, 2016

Handmade with LOVE

Welcome to my blog!

I'm a card maker!

I create greeting cards.... and all sorts of crafty fun stuff!

to Brighten your day!!!
to Brighten Someone's Day
who is special in your life.

You can check out any of the card categories to the left of this blog post to see what I make.  Most cards are doodles (drawn by me) or they are a mix of stamped images, embellishments, computer clip art, water colored... pretty much anything!!!

I can recreate something or be uniquely original and whimsical just for you!

You just have to think slightly ahead to get my cards.  But I promise the special people in your life who love hand made, heartfelt and unique things.... know that you really thought of them when you got one of my cards!!
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Be a Unicorn

Good Day to you!

I hear it happening more and more... but it's not every day that people meet new friends on the internet, hit it off, and then actually get together and meet each other in person.

That's me, Peggy Sue on the left and Claudia is in the middle.  Cindy is to the right in the picture. 

About 9 years ago  a neighbor here in Illinois told me about this cute site her friend was starting called HiLowAha ... it was out of the Dallas Texas area. Blogs were just starting (way back then)  and I found the creative content, the uplifting spirit, the fun stories and the purpose to SHINE really resonated with me and where I was in my day to day life as a mom.   Fast forward to today, after coming home from a visit to the actual House of Shine.... I have been a 'lifer' ever since... the site changed its' name and is now the  House of Shine with an LLC after it.  I have met up with Claudia and the House of Shine three times now ... I want to spread the word, and Spread Shine!

Cindy has her own story too. Claudia was Cindy's RA (college Residential Assistant in their dorm) when they attended Arizona State University a 'few' years back.    The two C's reconnected through Facebook. Cindy is a mom to four and a wonderful photographer in New Jersey, you can check her out here  Cindy Robbins and she even met her husband on-line.  So... the internet can create a good match for some things!

Cindy and I had the awesome fortune to meet each other recently, all because of Claudia.  She certainly knows how to bring out the best in others.  We actually were Claudia's little elves, helping her with a project or two... getting the word to the world about being present, keeping perspective and using our strengths. (Those are just a few principles of SHINE)

With my unique whimsical twist on sharing life, I can write a short story what finding like minded people who share their SHINE are all about.  I'll be honest, it's a lot of hard work... and it costs a bit of money... but if you are relentlessly passionate to spread SHINE, you do what it takes. In my corner of the world... I'm a little elf, a worker Bee, a huge supporter, a lifer, a fan and one who tries to daily realize the impact of little things.

Lessons from the House of Shine...
Be Accountable
Spread Shine

And in my corner of the world... I am a cardmaker, a doodler... a creater... and I want to Brighten Someone's Day!

I can't help but think of this cute little unicorn.  Don't you see them everywhere now?? (no, not in your mind... but on mugs and posters and memes?)

Lessons from a unicorn...
There's magic inside you
Anything is possible
Dreams can come true
You don't need wings to fly
It's okay to be different
Always believe in yourself if nobody else does.

Today I am going to get moving and spread some shine!

A unicorn doesn't stand around and worry about other unicorns think of it... it just sparkles!  Or in the case... it Just Shines!!!!

***shameless plug**** seriously, I make cute greeting cards.... easy to order and reasonable little pieces of artwork.... contact me at (just put Greeting Cards in the subject line)
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Friday, December 09, 2016

Behind Door Number One

Can you relate?

When one door closes, another opens

What if you aren't in the right room when that happens???

I always heard, Shut the door, were you born in a barn?

Talent will get you in the door, but character will keep you in the room.

I think this time of year a lot of people take a deep breath and reflect on what has happened over the last 11-1/2 months.   Right now, there is a constant buzz outside the door... with people holiday shopping, parties, family get together, stress of completing a  job/task by December 31, cold weather, glistening snow, joyous music, wrapping paper and everything else.  For some... multiply this noise times 10.  It can be very stressful!

Today is the perfect day for opening a new door.... it may lead you some place that you never expected.

Truly, I am waiting for opportunity to knock!  

Although I still actively seek it (opportunity).... I'm less and less afraid of what is behind the door.  Of course I am speaking with metaphors here.... but in reality, when something new comes my way, because it happens infrequently in my life... I try to embrace the situation.

So, with 2016 quickly coming to a close... I am looking forward to the new beginnings of 2017, because when life shuts a door... open it again, it's a door, that's how it works!!!

And as always... I am a cardmaker! I am an artist and a crafter.  If what I show you here on my blog resonates with you, I encourage you to reach out and contact me... I would love to create something for you or someone special in your life!!! Come and knock on my door!

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