Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Leaving tomorrow for Tampa where my husband, daughter, son-in-law and his sister are participating in a triathalon. This is a crazy person's sport where you swim a long distance, then bike a long distance, and then run a long distance. This is not to be confused with the ironman triathalon, which is a crazier person's sport.

What is my part in all of this? What will I contribute? What will I do to earn a place in Tampa? I'll be doing the fourth event -- praying!

See ya' when I get back!

Learn Something New Everyday

I have a friend who sends me the most interesting emails. I received one today and thought I'd pass it along. It's not profound, funny, bad, good, sad, solicitous, or dirty -- it's just interesting.

Here are some facts about the 1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May,
and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell,brides carried a “bouquet of flowers” to hide the body odor.
Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.
The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water!"

Thanks, Beth!

Monday, July 25, 2011

It Was Only A Matter Of Time

It happened. I didn't mean for it to happen, but it did. For a while I just saw them and what they could do and was satisfied to be in awe. But awe gave way to curiosity, envy, competitiveness, and money-spending -- lots of money-spending.

Now I'm hooked, obsessed with getting more and more. Making a list. Checking off new ones. As a fellow crafter/cardmaker, you know what I'm talking about. Perhaps you're just like me.

My name is Susan and I'm a Copicaholic.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

When A Bad Thing Is Good

I know people who have had their fair share of rough luck, but ever the optimist, I try to think of something good to come out of it. I'm not always like this, by the way.

I think of something I read a while back that was written to make you look at things differently.
A woman was on her way to work and spilled coffee all over suit just as she was arriving at her office. She was angry, but knew she had to go back home and change, which she did. She never went back to work.

She worked at the Twin Towers in New York City and the date was September 11th.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Disney Princesses

Who doesn't love Disney Princesses! They're as popular now as they ever were and though there's a lot of new girls who've joined that prestigious group, I think some are just classics now and forever!

My new set of cards that I just put in my etsy shop feature my fave four -- Sleeping Beauty (#1), Tinkerbell, Snow White, and Ariel. The cards are note size and are blank inside, which makes them perfect for birthdays or just a special card to send to your own special princess

Friday, July 15, 2011

Flap Cards

What are flap cards? It's a card design I've had in mind for awhile, but I've just now been able to sit down and make some. I'm sure there's something like this out there already, so I'm not claiming to be the inventor, but this is my version.

* Cut rectangular piece of card stock (not in the form of a card, just flat), 5 x 6.5 in size.
* Cut a coordinating piece of pattern paper just a little bit smaller (4.5 x 6) and layer it on top.
* Cut a smaller piece of patterned paper (coordinating pattern or lightweight cardstock) and fold it it in half. Cut 6 x 4.5 piece to fold into 3 x 4.5 small card.
* Stamp sentiment on inside of "flap", adhere to front of card and embellish.

There you have it -- a flap card! (I really need to get a better name for these -- can anybody make a suggestion?)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Time To Go Wild

It seems as though animal hide prints are big right now, so I thought I'd show what I had in my etsy shop in that category:

Note cards with jewel accent

Note card size birthday card
(inside says "Go Wild")

Leopard note card size birthday card.
Also says "Go Wild" on inside

I'll be designing more soon, but in the meantime these are available. Please be sure to visit my shop to see other great designs. I list new things often.

Friday, July 8, 2011

For Me? (stealing your caption)

I received this blog award today from my dear friend Tiffany Temple. She is one of the sweetest women I know and I am so lucky to have found her.

She hails from Baton Rouge LA and has a fantastic talent in cardmaking. I love her style and the way she designs. The result is nothing short of beautiful! Please check out some of her designs on her blog. She participates in quite a few craft fairs and they're usually listed on her blog. You really should see them in person!

Thanks, dear friend!


Have you ever heard of Lilyshop? Don't know how long it's been around, but it works just like Etsy except for the fee arrangement. Etsy is free with a .20 posting fee for each item, while Lilyshop is $4.95/month (basic) with no listing or no relisting fees. Right now they're having a 6 mos. trial for free! Check it out at

Visit my shop and let me know what you think!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Change is A-Comin

Decided to do a little changing and rearranging with my shop that I will be working on for the next few days. I've already changed my logo and shop colors/design with the help of Tamera Joy of She is a very talented (and patient) designer on etsy. Her shop sets are so cute and the one I chose is what I had envisioned all along!

I'm going to be discontinuing my room decor items (door hangers and picture frames) as well as my memory books and focus mainly on branding my cards and note cards. Please check my shop in the next few days for some amazing deals on these discontinued items!!!

Thank you, Tamera, for getting me headed in this new and exciting direction!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Can She Do It?

I'm trying so hard to keep my mouth shut and fingers off the keyboard in regard to the Casey Anthony freak show -- I mean trial. I want my blog to be a happy place and not a forum for the disappointment, confusion, outrage and hopelessness that I feel as a result of this whole trial and outcome. Will say no more (if I can help myself).

RIP Sweet Angel. There are so many who care about you.

Friday, July 1, 2011

I Forgot About Me

I really enjoy showcasing my fellow Etsians, but it's been brought to my attention that I don't
really promote my own stuff enough. I'm really proud of my cards and I guess I really should show them off more.

This group of cards are 5 x 6.5 and are single digital designs with a simple message inside and out. I love the big, bright images! All of the images seen here are from Etsy digital designers and others: Sailboat - MarloDee Designs
Bee - Jessical Weible
Ladybug and Flower - Gingerworld
Frog Prince - Maree Truelove

I'm going to do better in future so check back often for other works or visit my etsy shop at