Well it took me most of the day, but I finally got one project done.  That is after helping Mallory wash all 3 dogs in the sweltering heat and spot cleaning on the deck some more.  I think I finally have it where it needs to be and ready for Mr. Stodgy to waterproof in the morning.  I spent 2 days pressure washing the entire deck . . . love that pressure washer . . . YES I do!

After starting one or two cards, trying some techniques here and there, I finally ended up with a small wall hanging.  I’ve been playing with a new flower, some I made for CHA, and wanted to try another today.  This one is made with Spellbinders™ Blossom Three.


Before assembling the flower, each edges of each layer were inked with Jasmine Mix’d Media Inx, misted with water and shaped.


The paper is My Mind’s Eye Lost and Found – Sunshine.  That flourish is a new die, S5-143 Jewel Flowers and Flourishes.  The base for the hanging is made from printer’s chipboard that was die cut with Labels Eight, 4 different times and clued together.  The holes at the top were punched with my ever faithful Crop-o-dile.  For the hanger itself, I used black Artistic Wire winding it around with the Artistic Wire Coiling Gizmo.

I guess that’s all for me right now.  I’m heading back into the studio and to watch the Olympic Trials.

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Good morning and happy Friday!  First, let me thank everyone who left comments and even sent emails regarding The E-Team.  It’s wonderful to know that we have touched and inspired so many of you . . . it means the ride was worthwhile and very rewarding!

I also want to take this opportunity to let you know that I’m NOT going anywhere, that I’m personally not retiring.  I think my post wasn’t very clear on the fact that only the design team, The E-Team, is retiring.  All the individual designers will be around, on their blogs and creating more art!

I’m still working with Spellbinders, and am at this point of the month, terribly behind on my projects!  I need to go barricade myself in the studio for the rest of the day and tomorrow and get some projects ready to be posted by Saturday night (that is the end of the month right?).

I’m so glad that many of you enjoyed the tangle work SO, I’m going to take the liberty to share some more with you today.  As I said, I’ve been spending many hours in hospital and doctor office waiting rooms both with Mallory and with my mother.  My journal has been tucked in my purse each trip and has helped me entertain myself while I’ve been waiting.  It’s also helped me NOT to worry so much, keeping me preoccupied with something other than the fact that my family members are having tests run.

This first page resulted from a lark.  While working on another journal page for an eP hop, I had stenciled some butterflies that I didn’t use for the hop.  I happened to flip to that page one day and here’s what I came up with.


As you can see, I’m having lots of fun incorporating different tangles and doodles, seeing what can work well together and what can’t.

Here’s another that I did one day while waiting.


Both of these are just free-form doodling.  I didn’t draw the box or add the thread that is typical of Zentangle.  I just started doodling, adding something here and there and then bringing it all together.

I have a few more to share, but my camera wasn’t behaving well when I took these this morning.

Well, that’s all for now.  I’m going down to work to see if I can catch myself up!  Thanks for stopping by and remember to grab and hold on to the adventures that come your way today.  We did the other day . . . sorority had our social night out on the river enjoying a boat ride . . . and boat drinks . . .


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It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I write this post.  Today is the final blog hop and final post for The E-Team.  We’ve had an amazing ride (an E-Ticket ride) . . . and I believe we have accomplished all that we set out to do:


As you might recall, Daisy announced at the beginning of June that she was charting a new course and returning to work at Disneyland.  Now we all know how much Daisy loves all things Disney, which explains the challenge that we were given for our final hop . . . Inspired by Disney or to use our favorite Disney quote on our journal page.

Even though I’m so very excited for Daisy and for the opportunity that she’s been given, today’s hop is also bittersweet.   With the transition of Daisy and eclectic Paperie, The E-Team is retiring.

To make today’s hop special, Daisy has graciously given each designer a prize package to be given away from the comments left on our blog.  There will also be a special prize package on the eP Blog.

I LOVE the way Daisy put my prize package together.  Because of my affiliation with Graphic 45, there is a pad of Once Upon a Springtime and a package of the new Metal Butterfly Staples.  I’ve had a long affiliation with Spellbinders™, so included with the package is Fanciful Flight (designed by Donna Salazar).  Lastly, she has included two of my favorite stamps from Stampavie (Mumu designed by Mo Manning – she reminds me of my great-grandmother).

Prize package

I don’t know what the other E-Team members were given as their prize packages, so you’ll have to visit to find out:

You have until Sunday, July 1st to leave comments, and the winners will be announced on Tuesday, July 3rd.

For my project, I looked at many different Disney quotes.  Not necessarily having a favorite quote, there wasn’t one that popped out at me.   I tried to work a journal page with a couple of them, but my pages just didn’t come out saying what I wanted them to.  Finally, after a little more digging, I came up with this:  “Never say goodbye.  Because goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting.” – Peter Pan.

AND because I’ve been spending lots of time in doctor and hospital waiting rooms, I decided to do a little tangling/doodling.  (That means that I could take my journal with me and work while waiting.)


Close-up of my quote:


I can’t tell the girls on The E-Team goodbye . . . this retirement thing is absolutely killing me.  I hope you’ll bear with me for a few paragraphs:

Daisy, thank you for asking me to go on this ride with you!  I’m so glad I said yes and will remember always the time we’ve spent together at CHA(s) and the laughs we’ve had.  I don’t think CHA will ever be the same for me again!  Your friendship and support have meant so much and I wish you great success in your new adventure.

Broni, what can I say.  From the time we first started out on Design Teams (which I believe the first may have been the Dirty Dozen), we’ve had at least one team that we’ve been on at the same time.  I’m feeling such a loss that we will no longer be a team together . . .

Starla, it has been such a pleasure for me to watch you grow as an artist.  I’m so happy you agreed to come along for the ride when we asked you (and that you listened to Yoda)!

Micki, who would have thought a few years ago when we met outside CHA that you and I would eventually be on a design team together!  It has been such a pleasure to see what you create each month  . . . each of your projects continue to inspire and amaze me.

Linda, it has been my honor to have served on this team with you.  I’m also thankful that we finally got to meet at CHA in January.  I will continue to stalk your blog to see what challenge you offer up next!

Thank you all for your encouragement, compassion, understanding and inspiration; BUT most importantly, thank you for your friendship!  I feel so blessed that each of you have touched my life in your own special way.  My hope is that we all stay in touch and continue to inspire one another!

I think that wraps it up for me today . . . it has been one hell of a ride!


Have you been enjoying the Sneak Peek – Spellbinders™ Summer Spectacular?  I know I have!  I love seeing the projects the other Designers come up with using the dies that I’ve looked at but haven’t tried yet!   It also has given me a chance to see what some of them are SUPPOSED to look like when I use them . . . sometimes you just never know (well this meno-memory doesn’t).

As I said I would the other day, I can now post all the details on the second card I made with Framed Labels One.


For this card, the Frame Labels One M-Bossabilities folder was inked with Peridot Mix’d Media Inx, and then the white paper was embossed.   To match the ink on the bottom, the seam binding was also dyed with the Peridot Inx.


The Bitty Blossom flower and leaves were die cut/embossed from white mixed media paper and then the flower was inked with Wisteria and the leaves with Mossy Mix’d Media Inx.

Okay off my point here, but I have to tell you  . . .  I LOVE these Donna Salazar Mix’d Media Inx.  I finally purchased some a few weeks ago and they are fasting becoming “go-to” favorites.  They are pigment, so they can be embossed, but they also react with water.  One of the favorite things now is to apply some of the Inx to the edges of the paper, mist with water, and let the Inx run a little.  You can see here on the Labels One (the blue layer), where I added Jasmine Inx to the edges . . . love the soft look.


Once I can post other CHA projects, you’ll see that I used the Inx quite often!

The sentiment was stamped in Wisteria (to match the flower) and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  The sentiment panel was stenciled with Antique Linen before removing the paper from the die.  The leaves were white when die cut/embossed, stenciled with Mossy; and then when the paper was removed, it was misted with water to let the Inx bleed to the edges of the paper.  LOVE the results!

I guess that’s all for me today.  Thanks for stopping by and remember to embrace the adventures that come your way . . . life is too damn short!


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