Happy Wednesday to you all! How is the week treating you so far? I want to spend my blog “monologue” saying thank you to you all! I have been so lucky over the past few years to be able to blog and spill my stories and life experiences here most days. And I’m lucky to have had so many of you stop by each day, share your own stories and comments and make me feel welcome in your lives. For those of us in the crafting community we know how LARGE it can be but sometimes it really is like a small town---that six degrees of separation always circling around us! And the majority of us are women, although we do have a few wonderfully talented gents sprinkled in, hee hee. No other business community has a larger group of women who blog, own companies, run companies and are artists---that’s HUGE, a great accomplishment! I think sometimes we all forget how powerful we can be as a GROUP, working together, building each other up and helping each other. When we come together like that we can DO ANYTHING, THE SKY IS NO LIMIT! Truly how wonderful is it that we can turn our hobby into a career, our career into our hobby and do something we love from home. The internet has been such a valuable tool for us all, it allows to become friends with those across the country and the world---there is nothing better than a friend who supports you, loves to do what you do and shares your crafty-craziness LOL. I know I wouldn’t be doing what I do each day without the internet and without all of you in my life! Well I’d be doing it but in a much smaller scale in my own home, hee hee. For me getting to know all of YOU makes every thing I do so much worthwhile and FUN! I have received the best notes and emails from so many of you over the past few years and they all touch me in so many ways and I treasure each one! You let me know that what I might say here everyday on my blog has helped you in some way, cheered you, made you laugh, made you cry or just gave you a happy start to your day. When I write my blog I am literally journaling my thoughts of the day or stories I want to share or something that made me happy or outraged me sometimes---and while I know you come by and read my blog I don’t always think about what I say here and how it might affect your lives. So when I get emails from you letting me know that something I shared, talked about or made has effected you, its always so special to me, reminding me that we all have a way to touch someone’s life. I am grateful and thankful to everyone who even takes 1 MINUTE to stop by my blog and to email me a sweet note---it really means a lot to me!! Hopefully we all try to put out our energies in a positive way and I know I try to reach out always in a positive way as much as I can, and every day that I'm here on earth. There is so much negativity in our world and so much pessimism---I have always been a “glass half full” kinda gal and YES I do have days where I am stressed, or tired or just don’t feel good trust meeeee (they are called jammie days in the DEAN household LOL)! But I prefer to approach everyday with a positive attitude and people ask me allllll the time (LOL) if I’m always happy and you know what? YEP I pretty much am----if my feet touch the floor in the morning, my family is healthy than its an EXCELLENT day and I approach everyday that way. Life is wayyyy too short to spend being negative or wondering why life is so bad/gray---make it better, I believe we all have it within ourselves to have a good day, a good life and be positive. So anyway, just remember that the one encounter we might have with just one person that particular day, that week or that night might be the one time you could affect someone’s life in a positive way, change their outlook for a few minutes or just bring a smile to their face. I’m not a magician, I’m not special or any different than anyone else but I do KNOW that I try to always put out there what I want to receive back each & every day. Doesn’t always work on the receiving end, but I know if at the end of each day I feel good about what I did that day than I had a GREAT DAY KWIM!!! So put a smile on your face, pay it forward, show someone you care in a small or big way and make your life here on earth (which is way too short sometimes) matter in a way that makes YOUR heart happy! The sky is NO LIMIT on what you can do, how you can make a difference and how you leave your imprint here on this earth!!
-If you haven’t joined in on the Magnolia-licious Summer Bash Contest—make sure and check out all the fun details and the TWO different ways you can enter to win BIG HERE!
-SCACD is having sneakie peekies this week for a fabulous NEW RELEASE by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD on the 29th! Stop by the store blog HERE to see the peeks and enter for yummy blog candy!
-Tomorrow is the BIG DAY!! My new Cyber Book/Craft Group “BookEndz” kicks off tomorrow---if you love to read and love to craft well we’d love to have you! Even if you don’t craft and you just like to read, come on over and chat with us. There will be fun contests all day and FABULOUS PRIZES including the Grand Prize of a new Kindle! We’ll end the day with a fun LIVE CHAT at 8 pm EST on the main page of the CMC Classroom tomorrow evening too---so make sure to stop by at some point.
Appropriately enough I picked this cutie-patootie new Tilda (and rocket & sentiment) from the new Magnolia “Heroes” Collection that will be available soon at Magnolia-licious. There was some talk that some of the newer Mags weren’t cute—but I DISAGREE, I just ADORE THEM and think they are so appropriate for so many occasions! There is also a collection called “Winner Takes All” and there is a Mag stamp for every sport including skateboarding and gymnastics!! And hey I was a huge tomboy growing up---I had an older brother that I worshipped and didn’t know I was really meant to be a girl until around 8th grade LOL! So yeah I wanted to be a GI, an astronaut, a vet and a cowboy (not a cowgirl lol) so I love love this lil’ Tilda Astronaut!
I loved the bright colors of this Bo Bunny “Blast Off” paper—the patterns and colors were just perfect (I got my papers at Archivers while I was in Chicago along with 10 other paper pads that I needed….errr….wanted)! I used my SU Star punches and layered them together than applied Stickles to each star and a fun red rhinestone on top! The sentiment and the rocket are also Magnolia stamps that will be available soon at Magnolia-licious too---stay tuned for pre-ordering details on these! The scrolls are Marianne Designs dies and then I embossed the circle with a CB folder and added another fun circle with my SB’s “pinking circles” dies to give the moon a GLOW
Yep she’s colored in Copics B39, B37,B34,B21 / R29,R24,R22,R20,W5 / E47,E37,E35,YR20 / E11,E00 /YG25,YG03,G20. I gave her helmet and boots a THICK coat of Diamond Glaze for a glassy shine. The rocket flames and her accents got some Stickle bling---even in space a gal MUST have bling KWIM LOL!