Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hello out there

Wow I think this is the longest I've gone since I started my blog without posting. The days have just been whizzing by.

I want to start off by first going backwards in time and posting what I should have posted at Thanksgiving time.

I want to post about the many things that I am truly thankful for (may be a long post but I'll try to cut out the blah blah blah : ).

I am very thankful for my family of course but I do have to elaborate on this is bit....Last January my Dad who is 76 ended up back in the hospital for almost a month and had to have open heart surgery again. This happened to him back about 6 yrs ago prior to this where he ended up having quadruple bypass surgery. Well one morning I was getting ready to leave for work and my cell phone rang the name that came up on my phone was my oldest brother Carl, Jr. now mind you this is like 7am. Upon answering the phone my brother proceeded to tell me that my dad has gone into heart failure over night and that he didn't really know much because he had just gotten the call from our mom and he was on his way to the hospital. I hung up the phone thought I could compose myself since my son was right there. Dan asked me what was going on and I burst out crying. I just couldn't believe that this was happening as literally 2 nights before they sat beside me at Elias' basketball game and he looked fine. It was a long 3 1/2 weeks of running back and forth to the hospital, picking my mom up and bringing her, then going back to bring her home although I had 2 brothers that did help with this as well. Anyways this was not meant to be a sad story but a thankful one. My dad made it thru this and he is with us today although he can't do as much as he used to he is alive and well and living life and I am so Thankful that he was here with us this Thanksgiving and all year thru!

I am thankful for Dan my better half who has been there for me thru thick and thin for the past 11 years. He has been the one for me to lean on, to hold me to, tell me that he loves me when I'm down. He is an amazing person always putting me first and I really don't know what I'd in lfe without him he's just an amazing person and I am so lucky and blessed that he's in my life!!

I am thankful for my son Elias, who even though he can drive me crazy at times as most teenagers can, he has a kind and tender heart, he is a very giving and loving person. He is a hard worker and would do anything for the people he cares about (family and friends) and I'm very proud to be his mom and Proud of the person that he has become. I am truly thankful that God gave me him as my son.

I am thankful for my friends around me who always listen to me when I need them and are there for me, for my pugs who bring me so much joy each day and love me unconditionally (even when I make them go pee outside when it's snowing)

I am thankful for the roof over my head, the food that I have, the air that I breathe, the happiness that I'm allowed and the amazing people I have met thru scrapbooking. To all of you out there who take the time to read what I post, to comment and to follow my little blog I am thankful for all of you and feel very blessed to have all of you a part of my life!!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Finally a new post - A Tag & Canvas

Wow I feel like I've been gone from my blog for so long. Once I got back from the Pug Rescue Crop everything just kinda hit. But I think I've caught up a little personally and I've got so many projects to share but need to get them photographed.

Here is a tag I made, I used a Tattered Angels tag, used the shell mask, put it on the edge and sprayed around it with some glimmer mist Electric Blue, then used Viva pink and added some to the edge which it turned purple kinda cool I like how the color fades out. Then I added over that at the top some of the pink (I forget the name) glimmer glam. I embossed in a silver the key stamp and the postage stamp. I outlined with a black pen around the key. Stamped in black stazon over the stamp and the "From the heart". I ripped a piece from a book and stamped messages on it in black, distressed the edges some and then glued it so that it was wrinkled and popped up some. Added the glimmer glass butter fly and then over it punched 2 butterflies used a pop dot in between then then added them to the tag. Punched a couple other butterflies the tiny ones and added them to the card.

Here I did a canvas of Elias' Prom picture. I used slate and candy cane glimmer mists. I used the swirl screens to create the background. Added a little black soot distress ink to the edges of the canvas. Took a piece of cardstock and embossed the edges with silver embossing powder and mounted my photo on that. Added the Prima black diamonds around the edges. Wrote with white gel pen Prom 2010 down the side. The little frame at the top is a Close to my Heart frame and I added a cardstock saying I had to that. Added the cardstock title pure happiness, and at the bottom stuck a little tag out from under the photo.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Give Away on Donna Downy's Blog - Simply Me

Check out all this great stuff!


above is the link to the giveaway and all you have to do is post a comment and check the like button on the Helmar Facebook page sooooo easy!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Blog to share and Getting ready for my final crop of the year

Hi everyone, this past month has been so super busy for me with crops, and getting Elias ready for college you name it, it's happened.

I was lucky enough 2 weekends ago to spend the day with my niece's baby Maggie. The one on the previous layout. She is now 6months old and just full of energy. Not crawling yet but will be any day now for sure. She is such a happy little girl, my niece a single mom (with no dad in the picture has done an amazing job with her!) you can totally tell that this little girl is spark in her step. She was so funny trying to grab the pugs as they would come near her not knowing really what to do with them, haha wait till next time when she can actually "go after them" lol that will be a site.

This past Saturday Elias and I made a trip to Suny Albany for a college visit. We got a nice campus tour and some more info on the program he's thinking about going into. He wants to do some type of Engineering but he's just not 100% sure yet and if not that something to do with math or physics. The campus was really nice, and their rooms were as well so much nicer than even when I went to college, but I think the Suny schools really have a lot nicer stuff anyways I went to LeMoyne and the rooms were tiny lol.

So I spent the rest of the weekend finishing up make and takes for the crop coming up and putting together some more raffle prizes. I'm hoping to completely finish tonight, and finish packing all my stuff by Tuesday night so all that will be left to do is pack my clothes and stuff. Plus I will have to get all the dogs food ready before I go because I feed raw and Dan will not cut up raw meat (lol) .

So I wanted to share a blog I've shared before but I just love her stuff "Rebecca" check out these flowers then go to the previous post to see how she used them on a layout. I guess I just really like these cause they are so rustic looking http://byondbzr.blogspot.com/2010/10/canvas-and-hemp-cord-flower-tutorialand.html and if you have time you have to go to even the post before that her daughter is dressed up for Halloween and I just think that this photo of her is just amazing, to me she reminds me of one of the Models (a very young one : ) on America's next top model, you know how they dress them up in different costumes sometimes and then do a photo shoot, I mean you gotta just see this photo and her eyes in this it's really awesome! here is the link http://byondbzr.blogspot.com/2010/10/my-delightfully-scary-vampiress.html

If I'm lucky and get everything done as planned I'm trying to take off Thursday as kinda a rest up day before the long 5 1/2 hour trip on Friday morning. We are planning to leave at 6am so that we can be there by noon, I typically try to get there early to help set up if I can. Then will have lunch with my friend Jeanne who I haven't see since last year. So was to work at 6am today so that I can get enough done this week to take off Thursday, if that happens I may get a chance to post before I leave for my trip.

Have a great day everyone and Scrap Like No One is Watching : )

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thank you to Stampin & Scrappin Time & Canvas Layout

So I haven't blogged in over a week. I've had 2 whole weeks of nothing but computer problems at work. And Elias has been tying up the home computer in the evenings doing homework and I've worked several evenings trying to catch up at work when my computer has been working there. So here I am Friday trying to play catch up again : ).

First I want to send out a big thank you to Stampin and Scrappin Time and Kathy for giving a generous donation for our crop next weekend to Benefit the Pug Rescue of New England. You guys are wonderful and always so giving. THANKS AGAIN!!!!

Below is a canvas I did of my niece, it is a picture of her when she was sleeping one day when I was watching her.
I used a script stamp that I have is a big wood stamp and painted gesso on it and continued to stamp the background until it was completely covered. Once it was dry, I took crushed shells glimmer mist and sprayed in the center and used I think it was riptide GM on the edges. I also used some acrylic paint on the edges and sprayed with water to make it bleed. Then I painted one of the Donna Downey foam stamps with my acrylic paints and stamped it twice in the center. I then went back with some white gesso and a very fine tip brush and added some white dots to the center of the flowers. The lace was white and I sprayed it with riptide glimmer mist blotted it, dried it then attached it to the page with fabric tac.
The flower was a canvas flower from making memories that I've had, it had a script writing in black on it already, I added my acrylic paint to it and then sprayed water to make it bleed then added some extra paint to the edges to make them darker and then dried it with my heat gun. The tag I used the same foam flower stamp and stamped it in white gesso on the tag dried it then sprayed the center with crushed shells and added some magenta acrylic paint to the edges and sprayed with water to make it bleed and blend.

Here you can see the flower a lot better I added some Prima Pearls to the center. Kinda funny story about these pearls, they were the very first set I ever bought of Prima, I think I got them 2 or 3 years ago it was at a crop that I went to and they had them for sale. Still had some left and they matched perfect : )

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Picture Heavy Post - So much to share

The first project I have to share here is a fall wreath that I made. I just bought the plain grapevine wreath at Michael's and decorated it up.

I sprayed the raffia with glimmer mist and added a little glimmer glaze to add some extra shine and color to it.

Here you see I added an Owl glimmer glass piece, the flowers were all sprayed with glimmer mist various colors, mustard seed , olive vine, lemon yellow, suede, walnut) Then I added some buttons and some bling to the centers after layering them. The flowers are all Prima

Here is the finished product that I now have hanging on my front door.

This layout here I created a simple layout from my Reflections book to have as a make and take at the Pug Rescue Crop

These leaves I made out of an old piece of file folder and used my decorative scissors to cut them into holly shapes. Then used my CTMH stamp pads and inked them on my craft sheet I used 2 different greens (sorry I forget the names, I will have to go look then I will come back and edit this) spritzed the craft sheet where I put the ink and ran the leaves thru the ink dried them and continued to do this until I got the look and color I wanted then crinkled them a little to make them look a little more real. The flower I sponged with ink then used the champagne glimmer glam and painted it on to give it some sparkle and shine. The top flower I layered on and just added some gold glitter glue pretty heavily painted on so it would stand out added a red gemstone to the center (also CTMH)

This flower I sponged with the tulip ink and then spritzed it with some water that has my pearl, perfect pearls in it to add some shimmer. Added this awesome button that Karen had got for me and added 2 tulip brads to the center of the button.

I just wanted to share a pic of the pugs cause I thought they were all so cute. Here they are all laying in front of the fireplace.

Then I wanted to share one of my new favorite scrapbooking products. This is one of the Tim Holtz dies. The tattered flowers, they are sooooooo cool!

Here are a few pics of them just by themselves, here I cut some jean material and some canvas

Here's just a few of them layered together, and of course the possibilities are endless of what you could use, printed material, cardstock, patterned paper, a page from a book or dictionary.

Of course you could paint, glimmer mist or glimmer glam, glimmer glaze on the canvas.

I like how this one looks layered with just the Jean ones.

It has been so chilly lately I've been using my crock pot almost every night. There is nothing like coming home from work and having dinner all cooked for you, I love it! Here is some chicken stew I made, I put it over rice yummy!

And Last but not least here is Dan feeding Callie. Some of you may or may not remember back this summer when I went to Danielle's baby shower (she is one of Dan's son, Danny, Aides) Well since she has been back to work which is only one day a week right now I've been watching Callie every Thursday night. I just adore this little girl and here I had Dan feeding her, he was loving it : )
The pugs are even getting used to her crying a little at first they would just bark and bark but now they know she's just fussing a little and that it's alright. Not that I let her cry she's in my arms almost the entire night I watch her lol. I can't help myself she is just such a blessing to have around. I these pics I think she is 9 weeks old. She is 11wks old now.
I have more projects to post from my last crop but lost the daylight to get pics of them will work on it some this Friday when I have it off. Off to have some pizza tonight and watch Criminal Minds later while I snuggle with the pugs and Dan. Enjoy the evening and create something that makes YOU happy : ).

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pug Rescue Donations & Jennifer McGuire Ink Videos

Hi everyone, I wanted to start off by saying I had a fabulous time at the scrapbooking retreat I went to just lots of laughs and the first night we had some Pumking Beer (yummy) and lots of scrappin and fun!

Now my next scrapbooking get away is coming fast the first weekend in November and is a benefit for the Pug Rescue of New England http://pugrescueofnewengland.org/

If anyone is interested in attending there is still spaces available and we'd love to have you join us here you can find all the info http://mylifemypugsmyscrapbook.blogspot.com/2010/09/weekend-crop-to-benefit-pug-rescue.html

Now on to my next request. If anyone out there has any scrapbooking items that they won't use and you'd be willing to donate them to a good cause we are looking for donations of any size to put together raffles. Each year our raffles are one of our hugest money makers at this event. This rescue is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and if you choose to donate something just let me know it's value and you will get a letter emailed to you for a tax deduction. If shipping costs are an issue please let me know and I'd be more than willing to pay for the shipping for anyone that is not local. We need all the help we can get and any donated item no matter the size/cost is greatly appreciated and welcome. Please consider putting your unused items that you think you won't use to help the pugs in need : ). I will need to receive any items by the 27th if possible in order to have time to make up the raffle packages (as the last weekend of this month I'm taking my son on a college visit so will be busy that weekend)

Thanks so much in advance!!!!


Now on to some scrapbooking. I don't know if any of you follow Jennifer McGuire's blog but she makes some fabulous cards and although I'm not a card maker I love some of her techniques. Well she's teaching some online classes for 2peas in a bucket and has some great videos with some awesome techniques that you might want to check out:

here is week 2 : http://jennifermcguireink.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/10/my-entry.html

and here is week 1: http://jennifermcguireink.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/10/holiday-thinking-inking-has-begun-week-1.html

Wonderful techniques using distress inks love it!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Prima's Jack and Jill Line

This was a layout that I did at the last crop I went to using Prima's new Jack and Jill line. This line is really sooo cute and really could be used for baby or for any layout that you wanted to do of someone you love.
This first page I used the cricut to cut the letters and did a shadow behind them in black to make them stand out because after I selected the paper and cut my letters I realized everything just blended in too much. This is really time consuming and 1/2 way thru I wished I'd picked a shorter quote haha but I was committed at that point. You can't really see it but I cut some off shaped circles out of the cricut as well again I must have been tired because I really selected papers that blended a little too much. In the bottom I journaled on one of the note cards from the jack and Jill line, these area all really super cute and really not that pricey for what you get and they can be used on cards or as frame for a picture or a journal spot like I choose. I cut a strip from one of their patterned papers to use as a border across the page.
And yes I have long hair here (um remember Elias is 17 now lol) this pic was taken when he was 6weeks old, I was at my parents for the first time as I was maid of honor in my cousin's wedding.

Here is the second page to the layout. I used the left over circle I had on the inside and the butterfly paper is the negative of the paper that I cut the circles out of. I cut several strips at different lengths of their border paper sheet and lined them up across the sheet. I faux stitched around the circle to try to make it stand out more and break it up a bit. I did in the first page too but for some reason forgot to take a close up of it.

Here you can see the little doggies on the border, they are so darn cute! If only they were pugs : ). This is Elias the same weekend at my parents on my old bed sleeping (he was born in June so it was July and really hot, you can see that full head of hair is a lil sweaty hee hee. A little side story, that afghan that is in the picture to the left the pink blue and white. Was made by my Grandma Cornish for me before I was born. Well she really wasn't my grandma but she was our neighbor across the street forever and we called her grandma. A super sweet old lady and I just adored this blanket it had little bows of each color tied in each square just a sweet memory for me as I really adored her and slept with this blanket every night. When I got older I would go over and just "hang" out with her and talk and watch tv, sometimes we'd play cards or do one of those huge puzzles. She always let me have soda and popcorn no matter how close it was to dinner (shhhh don't tell my mom!). I would stop and get her mail everyday after I got home from school and chit chat with her for a bit before I headed back home. I still have that blanket it's in my hope chest : )

The piece of paper with the flowers on it, I used one of the Bo Bunny journal book sheets and traced it on this paper then cut it out then faux stitched around it.

Here you can see all the borders that I layered.
Well I'm off to my scrapbooking weekend, got everything packed and ready got Karen's surprise goodie bag with scrapbook challenges inside all ready to go (I always make her a goodie bag of some things to use and have when we go to a crop) my idea kinda stems from when I was in cross country. We would draw names and everyone would have someone that they had to make a "get psyched" bag and we would put all sorts of goodies and little trinkets in it every weekend when we had an away meet. So I do the same kinda thing with scrapbooking goodies and snacks and a list of scrapbook challenges for the weekend kinda just gets you thinking outside of the box and also just fun : ). So off to pack the car and gas up the pug mobile before we head out this afternoon. Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Another Scrapbook Weekend

Well last night I finished packing up all my scrapbook stuff to head out for yet another scrapbook weekend with Karen. This time we are headed to White Eagle for a retreat put on by We B Scrappin http://www.webscrappin.blogspot.com/ . I CAN'T wait! I'm hoping I didn't over pack because now that I've ventured into iron ons, and paints and of course I have a whole stash of Glimmer Mists, Glimmer glam and Glimmer glaze (which by the way We B had a bunch of new colors in when I was there the other day hee hee) and fabric and canvas it makes for lots of extras to pack. Gotta make sure I have a little room for clothes and my toothbrush right : ). So hoping I can post one more project this week before I leave, maybe tonight if Elias doesn't have too much computer home work. I do have my laptop but I really prefer to use the regular computer when I'm uploading photos and stuff just seems easier to me. Have a great day everyone and take time to be creative!!!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Some old pictures

I was looking thru the pics on my camera phone and found these. These were pics I took from last Valentine's Day. (I know I still have a fall table cloth on shhhh hee hee)

Dan always buys me a dozen of the biggest chocolate covered strawberries I've ever seen every year. This tradition started after our first Valentine's day together. He bought me a dozen roses and although they were very beautiful I kinda felt like - where's the thought in that. Don't get me wrong I did not make him feel like he didn't get me something nice it's just the next year, I said you know I would really like it if you did something besides flowers. I mean flowers are nice but I'd like something different something special that isn't usual. Then he of course (not being all that creative haha) said well like what well what came out of my mouth was "how about a dozen chocolate covered strawberries" not thinking that each year it'd be a tradition from then on. So for several years after he was in search the "best" chocolate covered strawberries he could find. He found this Older Italian guy (Dan is Italian too) where he now gets them and he won't tell me who he is or where he gets them. So they are very very special to me each year and let me tell you are they are as good as they look!!! yummy!

Friday when I was on the computer, I looked over to find Pebbles laying like this in the cozy cave bed, haha what a goof!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Eerie Sky

Wednesday night our area was suppose to be getting a storm over night that was to bring 2-4 inches of rain fall by the end of the next day and there was a flood warning for most surrounding areas. At about 7pm the sky all of a sudden brightened up. And I just had to take a few pics of it. It was really very pretty but eerie at the same time.
This pic almost looks like someone glimmer misted the sky lol

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Glimmer mist and glimmer glam

Here is a layout I did using lots of glimmer mist and glimmer glam. It turned out so girly just like my baby Niece Maggie

Here I used the glimmer mists masks and used the deep plum glimmer mist and sprayed over them. I stamped the numbers at the top and the bottom it's a Tim holtz stamp and I used antique linen distress ink. The butterfly that I sprayed up at the top I let dry then added some glue and some glitter glass that will antique as it ages around the butterfly. Used my thicker glitter letters to put Maggie's name on the page.

These were raw canvas butterflies that I colored the pink one I used lipstick pink glimmer glam and painted it on, sprayed it with water to make it spread throughout the butterfly. The purple one was sprayed with deep plum glimmer mist then after it dried I used the royal velvet glimmer glam around the edges to add more glimmer to it. I added the Prima pearls to the butterflies after gluing them together and then added the Prima swirls

Here are some punched out butterflies I did on raw canvas then put some lipstick pink glimmer glam on them and sprayed them with water to lighten them just a little. Then added some more Prima swirls.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Just a quick Hello

Well I decided to re-arrange my scrapbook room / area last night at like 7:30pm. Dan decided to go back to work for awhile (big surprise there lol) so I went down to work on some projects that I've been doing. I've got like 3 or 4 different ones going on but have kinda hit like a road block. I think mostly because I haven't had the time to really work on things when the mood strikes me, and then when I have time I'm too tired.

So after sitting at my craft table for like 5 min and just being frustrated with too many random thoughts going thru my head. I decided that my craft area just wasn't working well the way I have it set up. I have 2 tables and instead of having them together to make a larger work space I have one in one area and one in another. So last night I decided to put them in the shape of an L that would make it more convenient for me when I'm working. I also decided to clean up my shelves and just do an over all reorganization of things. Plus one of my tables is just filled with stuff in bags, things I've recently bought or that people have given me or have had out for some reason and everything just needed to be put away. Well that I have not completely finish tackling - haha there are a lot of bags yeah I'm a compulsive scrapbook shopper I know. but shhhhh don't tell anyone!!

So then this morning, of course because I have to get up and go to work, I get this Awesome idea and all I want to do is get working on it. I went down to my craft area before I went to work and started on a little of it and then just popped home at lunch to let the pugs out and did a little more. I'm definitely going straight home from work and working on it while I've got the energy and the inspiration is still fresh.

I'm hoping that I will get to finish it tonight and still have time to share some pics of some projects I've still yet to share.

Oh so I just rambled on and forgot my whole point of this post. haha. Oh yeah....I love to organize my stash because I always find something I've forgotten about or didn't know I even still had. I found this set of my stickease (which are cardstock stickers) from close to my heart and they have rulers on them and some jean pockets just really neat stuff. And then I came across some word stickers I had that look very vintage and I know these are old because they were from back in the day when Scrapbook Creations was in North Syracuse and this was back when I first started scrapbooking. So I left them out in hopes that I will find a use for them as I really do still like them and what do you know I've held on to them so long that they've come back in style lol.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

6 X12 Canvas Layout

After taking the class with Donna Downey, I decided to purchase a 6 x 12 canvas scrapbook from Stampin and Scrappin Time. Since I don't really do a lot of layouts of Dan or Dan and myself, I thought it would be nice to have just an album of the 2 of us. This page here is my first page that I made for the album. Dan and I have been together for 11 years now, and he has been just an amazing person in my life. He seems to always be there to pick me up when I need it. We laugh together we, could talk for hours on end even though we are together every night and work together as well. He is my best friend and I really don't know how I ever got thru life with out him. I am so lucky to have found my sole mate in this life and I just adore him more everyday.
So this first page is a page of what Dan is to me. I am always telling him that he's my rock. I took a Donna Downey foam tree stamp, used my acrylic paints and applied paint to the stamp, then stamped it on the canvas page. I applied some more acrylic paint to the edges and sprayed it with a water bottle and let it drip down then also drip from the sides.
I bought some canvas at the fabric store and made these flowers. I cut a strip of canvas (and I did not make it straight just free hand cut it) added paint and some glimmer mist to the strip, sprayed it with a water bottle to make it bleed causing it to have darker and lighter areas. Dried it with my heat gun the twisted it up and coiled it around to form a flower. Added a Prima flower center and took another Donna Downey foam stamp that was a flower painted on some acrylic paint just on the stem and stamped it below the flower head. Repeated this with each flower. Then just took a paint brush and painted in some leaves.

The letters are Prima chip board letters and after adding them I felt the didn't stand out quite enough so I used a black pen and just traced around them. I have this quote book and I just cut out the quote that I liked, Inked the edges with frayed burlap and then glued it on to the page.

Friday, September 24, 2010

One more Pic - drippage

Donna Downey is famous for her word drippage (made up word) anyways I forgot this on my last post and wanted to show you a close up of it. This was the last step believe it or not. We lightly put acrylic paint on the very edges of the canvas then sprayed it with water so it would soak into the canvas edges. I choose to let it drip some from the top. then we heat dried it and we were done. Now I just need to get a frame for it as I'm going to hang this one on the wall.

I have a few more things to share but I this is my only day off and I want to get to the art store and a few other errands I need to run. So will try to post the rest before the end of the weekend.

Donna Downey - Layout

So here I snapped a shot of Donna while she was teaching us, she said we could take pics of whatever we wanted : )

Here is the Layout she taught us. The background is canvas with book text printed on it. We started by stamping the flowers on it using acrylic ink and a foam brush to put it on the foam stamp. Everyone else did there with the blue in the center, but I had to be different lol. Once we dried the flowers we took our iron ons and did the flowers first (the blue with the white dots and the inspire are all iron ons)

Then we created our flower, it was a printed canvas flower so we turned it over and inked the edges on opposite side, sprayed it with water and the the color bleed into the flower. Dried it added the center, glued it to our page, added the flower and pearl swirls (both Prima) then we added our photos. I choose to do a sepia copy of the photo of my oldest sister and myself. Since we were using the title inspire. And most people brought photos of themselves with things that they do that inspires them artistically but what came to mind for me is how my oldest sister inspires me. She has been an amazing role model for me growing up and although she probably doesn't know it she was always like a second mom to me. Sometimes when I'm sad or things go wrong all I wish is that she was here to talk to and to hug me. She lives in Cape Cod and so I typically only see her on holidays. She is the superintendent of schools in her area and I'm always so proud of all she's accomplished. She is married to the most wonderful man, who I've been around since I was 1 year old so to me his is as much my brother as my blood brothers are, and I love him dearly. So anyways I took the word inspire to mean someone who Inspires me.

Here you can see the baby's breath iron on flowers a little better, you can't really tell the difference between the iron ons and the stamped ones.