Just count the hairs…(sounds kinda gross but it’s not–promise)

Thank you for the great wishes and not wanting me to change..LOL.  Cuz I AM NOT! I know I haven’t written in a coupla days as I have been swamped and zonked.. I love the word zonked.  Anyhow.. Here I am writing.. it is 7:01 PM and I can’t wait to curl up in bed and snore.. I am coming down with something AGAIN.. It’s so nice to have little children, no?  My mom is coming into town tonight and we will spend a little time together tomorrow to celebrate her birthday which was last week.  I am going for a desperately needed cut and colour.. LOL.  My mom comes into town, gives me the once over.. then the twice over.. then I get a comment as to whether I gained or lost weight (usually option A).. then she goes into detail about how I don’t take care of myself.. SHEESH so critical. but yet wonderful, with a heart of gold and  a similar sense of humor (yikes). You know when you look in the mirror and you see a coupla grey hairs poking from your scalp and you brush it aside and think it is a figment (OMG IS THAT A WORD??–I just drew a complete blank) of your imagination and you say “I just coloured my hair 3 weeks ago!  IT CAN”T BE” (but it was really 3 months ago (laughing my head off)… Well..then you get to the point where it is more than one hair peeking and it is more like about a dozen and you look in the mirror and say “OMG How could this be?  I just coloured my hair like 3 weeks ago (the same 3 weeks as before but it is really 6 months).. Well, that is the point I am at.  And any of you with curly hair to boot.. you KNOW when you need a haircut.. you get that “pyramid thing” going on where you look like a christmas tree? flat on top and bushy on the bottom…Well, I just cut my hair 3 weeks ago!  (really 8 months)… So bottom line is.. WHERE DOES TIME GO??  I just don’t get it?  You know how you count the rings on a tree to find out it’s age? (Tell me where I get this stuff?  just tell me?!)   Well you just have to count my grey hairs-35-almost.  Time to colour.  PRONTO.  Gonna do that tomorrow with mom… Should get a pedicure too cuz it’s looking like I have walked to California barefoot… you do the math.  OK.. TMI (TOO MUCH INFO).. I am in great need of a little TLC!

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Don’t we all just wanna “CHILL OUT”?




so many things to talk about

and so little time…

First of all, I have to tell you that I enjoyed writing my previous post SO MUCH that every time I think about it, I laugh.. Before I hit the “publish” button, I called Nicky (in the wee hours of the night cuz I am always up) and read it to her.. she was peeing in her pants but by the same token (or is it in the same token?  whatever) she said “Emily.. I know you, I hear you speaking when I read your blog.. your friends who read your blog and who are close to you know you , hear you and ‘understand’ you.. but aren’t you EMBARRASED to write stuff like that??? I mean you’re so funny but if people don’t know you they will think you are completely nuts!”.. I thought about it for a split second and clicked ‘publish’.  Y’know… this IS really who I am!  Unfortunately, at times, there is no filter and I wish there was one but really if you ever meet me, you will understand.  This blog thang is actually the most therapeutic venue (aside from stamping) I have.  I enjoy writing so much and the fact that I am so candid and let everyone know what is going on just makes me feel so liberated.. I go to sleep in peace..LOL.. (although I never sleep-but if I did…).. Ok, so that is topic 1.  How many people feel so liberated writing their blogs?  I mean I also don’t put any pressure on myself to concoct a technique, to create a fabuloso card etc.. I just like to write.  Now I know most people enjoy beautiful cards (as I do), and wonderful techniques (as I SO do) but I just can’t do that.. but that’s what Nicky is for!  Hopefully we will come up with some techniques, or ways to use my stamps that will make you all soooo happy.. so stay tuned

subject #2 – you must must must read Ellen Hutson’s blog.  Before you go there though, beware.. not only is she a true GEM of a person, but she is so very talented and thorough and most importantly (to me anyway) understands quality.  Ellen has a post today about dressing the bellas.. it is such a wonderful tutorial, and her precision, sense of color and of course her use of the Basic Grey Phoebe collection (my personal fave of the moment) will rock your world.  I am warning you though.. Ellen has a wonderful store where I have bought many many many wonderful goodies incluting her “create a cut” cutter..  I have not cracked that baby open yet but have heard wonderful things about it.. it cuts scalloped edges! That alone sold me.. and of course.. do you think I bought the cutter solo?  NOOOOOOO.. I needed to buy the wheely bag it comes in along with extra blades etc.. I got the DELUXE version.  I will try to write about it once I have tried it out but you can read all about it on Ellen’s blog.  Right when I saw the smiley face on her blog, I knew I was in love.. A DOLL I tell ya.. Also when you read about her favorite products, items she sells, she is so similar to me.. I would buy anything from her sight unseen because I TRUST her.  And that, to me, is the most important thing.  I know that if she is selling it, or recommending it, that it has been tried and tested by her and that, my sistahs, is good enough for moi (not to be confused with MWAH!).

I wasn’t so ‘ribbity’ today (see blog post previous to this one).. I did come out with a cute card (I think) and I am introducing my “walkers” stamp.. I thought the image was SOOO DELISH

enjoy it

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 I wanted to talk about another thing but I think this post is long enough.. YOU STILL AWAKE?  So manana we talk about layouts, pressure to perform (AKA RIBBIT)

MWAH to all


still excited.

Thanks so much for your warm wishes from my previous post.. I so appreciate it!  Can’t wait now to actually SEE the card! LOL.

Today was a great day.. went to my supplier with Nicky.  Thank goodness there was no snow for her to slip on BUT she did spill her BURNING tea all over herself in the car.. WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO WITH HER? *huge* giggles but thank goodness there was no man watching me laugh and shaking his head at me in revulsion (see post way back to refresh your memory).  I was driving and Nicky and I were SO bizzy talking about designing cards and what we need to NOT buy.  I had just finished telling Nickeroony that it took no time to get there this time and what do I do?  I get off the highway and go around this huge bend that does not seem familiar at all.  I ask Nicky if she knows where we are (insert HUGE swearword but I have to be clean here) and she says nooo.. then I realize that all the signs point to us going in the direction towards home.  How smart are we?  So we had another detour and our shorter journey ended up being not-so-short.

We finally got there and bought lots more goodies we don’t need and a crazy amount of prima flowers (ya you heard me).. I am at the point that if I see one more freakin’ flower, I will explode.  I say that now but when I see another waffled, ginghamed, ruffled, textured, PINK flower, I will say OMG I SO need that and will buy it.  Why does the Prima have such POWAH? Hmph.

What else?  Oh ya.. more brads, paper and got a tutorial on Coluzzle.. I have these wickedly cute Coluzzle templates in scallops and I think I destroyed all three cuz I have NO idea how to use it.. I actually think I flung it across my room.. So now I am desperately trying to find the pieces so that I can try it again (what’s WRONG with me?).

All in all a great day was had.. we were so excited with the papers and bellies we bought and I am now sitting at my desk so uninspired I cannot come up with one idea.  This reminds me of my favorite episode of bugs bunny (just bear with me…)  I refer to this regarding my kids all the time.  Not sure if any of you watched BB but it is the one with the frog.  This man finds a singing frog on a parkbench .. the frog sings “hello my lady hello my darling hello..” and kicks up his skinny legs and really works the bench.  The man who sees this has lots of greedy thoughts and decides to SNATCH this frog and open a theatre and CASH in by filling the seats!  Well everyone wanted to see a singing frog and they paid and filled up the theatre.  Sure enough.. the lights go out, enters frog center stage in tuxedo, cane and tophat and what comes out of his mouth?? “Ribbbbbbiiiiiiiiiiiittttttt”.  *LOL!*  no song, no verse, no prose, not even a musical note.  How’s that for pressure to perform?  It’s the same with my kids.. they can do the coolest tricks but when I put them in front of someone and tell them to do it, the audience gets the proverbial “RIIBBBBIIIIIT”.  The same with cardmaking.. in a sense.. Nicky and I brainstorm and blab and say “oh we could do this! If we only put this there!  we can POP this! Colour that! Cut this! Texturize that!  and what happens at the end when we gather our tools, our colors, our paper, our bellies and surround ourselves to make the most extraordinary card? “RIIIIBBBBIIIIIIIIIIT”

Hope you enjoyed my banter and NO I am not under the influence! LOL. And really, arent’ you glad you stumbled upon this cardmaker’s blog?  Could you get a better tutorial? *HUMUNGO-GIGANTIC-GIGGLES*

love to all my bella frogs




that I am about to *plutz* (a jewish term for wanting to pass out/faint etc).. I just love that word and any opportunity I can use it in, I will..LOL!  So here’s the scoop.  I was reading the Bella Post  today on SCS (ya I know I should be packing orders but I WAS WHILE I was reading the post) and someone mentioned that there was a Bella baby card on the editorial page of the new Paper Crafts “BABY CREATIONS” on newstands now! (Ok, I always wanted to say that too!).. So guess what I did? COME ON.. GUESS.. I DARE YA.  Yup, you’re right.. I drove like a mental case to Michaels, and  2 Chapters and got NADA.. saw NOTHING.. I was frazzled to say the least.  So what did I do?  I emailed my pal Megan at Papercrafts and asked her to spill the beans.. I mean come ON babycakes.. tell me what card where when how what?? FEED ME SEYMORE (from the little shop of horrors movie)…. so she told me.  UMMMMM YA she told me.  Do you know what she told me?  That our very own STACYFISHABELLA (Stacy Croninger-the chief BELLA editor in chief of Papercrafts) included the card in her opening editorial!  Can you believe?  Oh I am so excited I could plutz.  But I said that already, didn’t I?

me happy

*Mwah* to my sistahs who have helped and supported me along this wonderful journey.  I thank you and kiss you and love you.


why is it that

Viagara sellers want to comment on my blog?  How about a Juicy Couture bag outlet?  Lasek eye surgery specialists?  Coach bag outlet?  Hmm a lovely mix, dontcha think?  I get SOOO excited to moderate a post (that means people are reading.. hint hint) and then I see who it is from?  how did they find me?  Do they know I buy from them?  LOL.. just kiddinK… That’s my thought for the day.  Other bloggers out there, let me know if you get the same SPAMOLA that I am getting! I would love to know that I am not the only ‘special one’

Here are a few updates for the week:

(1) Organization contest:  It could be over if no one else wants to participate?  Let me know if you still have comments.. I will keep it open for the next coupla days and then maybe end it on Monday

(2) RUBBAH:  If you see that you still have pending orders from last week.. no panic.  Actually, PANIC. (just kidding).. I have had a few rough days regarding my rubber order.. not that you need to hear this..LOL but I have received 2 inferior quality batches of rubber that I absolutely did not accept.. you probably wouldn’t have noticed the difference in quality but I certainly did and I made the decision to hold off and not ship until I received a quality I am confident about and happy with to ship to my sistahs.  Now don’t start panicking that you received inferior quality rubber in the past.  I have NEVER shipped anything that I personally don’t approve of.  The last couple of days were the only times I have ever ‘rejected’ an order… and you can always be confident that what you receive from me, is perfect.. if it isn’t, you all know I personally guarantee it.  So never worry when buying from a bella.

(3) storage:  GONNA BE READY IN 2 weeks!  (I am trying to bug them to get it earlier)

(4)  The Bella has something else up her sleeve regarding another type of storage but it is still in the works.. just wanted to keep you on your toes!

(5) do ya think I should introduce a bella?  hmmmmmmm



I love “donna’s SKOOTCH”

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 Don’t ask how this name originated..LOL.  I actually called it a “SPLOOTCH” and Donna (part of my dear stamping group and UBER talented in design and color) decided that it was called a “skootch”.. perhaps she didn’t hear me? (didja Donna?) or perhaps she just really liked the word SKOOTCH  (I know it sounds perverse) but it has stuck ever since.  It is great for a background for under an image (will ask Donna to give me the SKOOTCH original for the website) or as a beautiful layer as Nicky designed.. see above.  I just love it.. It is great on glossy paper or regular.. YA THINK I LIKEY?  I DO I DO likey!  Ooh and of course I just checked to see if my water vase was on line.. Of course it wasn’t so here it is too!

Mwah to my special Skootches out there



This is my typical kiddie birthday card

Nothing like rushing at the last minute to create a card for a birthday party my son is going to… I JUST LOVE these high tops.. I use them for boys or girls, lacquer them, watercolor etc.. I have used this stamp a Kajillion times!  The paper I think is Basic grey but I cut off the name.. hmph.. so if anyone can help me out, let me know.. I use that paper also for all the birthday parties cuz of the numbaHs.  LOVE IT!  And the variegated ribbon I think ties the whole thing togethah!  The sentiment is mine too.. perhaps I should check if I have it on line before I post?  or would that be too logical?

 Here it is

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if you haven’t yet

read the comment from Helen, otherwise known as HELEH (when she mistyped her own name in a contest.. LOLOL) on my labeler post, YOU HAVE TO READ IT.. I was totally rolling on the floor laughing my tushy off.. She is hilarious!  I think I am going to turn the ‘throne’ over to her.. Helen, will you write my blog for me? LOL.  Ok, now that I have totally embarassed our wonderful Heleh, it is on to serious biDniss.

First, I VOWED never to put a picture of my children on the net as I just am petrified of everyone out there (paranoidabella) but I just COULD NOT resist this dynamic duo working on my room together.. (plus, my son is leaning back and you can’t see one feature-lol!)

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Yes, I have survived the last coupla days (barely) and my room looks worse than before.. LOL.. Please forgive me as I am about to make up some words.  I am RUBBERMAIDED and STERILITED out.. if I see one more PLASTIC bin of some sort I am gonna FREAK out!  Thank goodness for PT.  If you don’t know PT, he is my new labeler.  I literally have labelled everything in sight and am on my second roll (those refills are bloody expensive!!!).  Ryan and I worked quite well together.. ahem I mean Ryan worked well by himself.  He kinda worked around me working shall we say but all in all, everything is IN the room, now it is the “throw -out- and- never- look- back- moment”.. I have realized how much money I have wasted in the past 5 years.. OY.  Scary.  But moving forward, I am sure to spend my money in a much more intelligent way (YA WHATEV..)

k, now that I talked about plastic containers and how “binned” out I am gonna talk about glass containers.   I went to IKEA and saw these amazing beautiful humoungo (sp?) mason jars with lids… so I had to try them out.  I bought 2 to try and then sent Hub to pick up 6 more..LOL AND to build shelves around these jars.  And of COURSE you will all relate to this.  I used to make jewellery and collected colorful beads for funky key chains, necklaces etc.  I have never gotten rid of the beads and I will NEVER EVER use them again.  So what did I do, you ask?  I invested $10 in a jar to store them in..LOL.  I mean, am I ever gonna get better?? EVER?

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And I mean, what the hell is that “marine themed” red anchor button doing there anyway?  Was I ever gonna do a nautical themed card or scrapbook page?  nope.  just needed to have it. I feel like that jar is like a kid’s eye-spy book.. or on sesame street “one of these things is not like the other…” (singing the tune in my head).

Well, that’s it for now.. will try to post more pics as the day/week/month/year progresses

MWAH! (and in case you don’t know what it means, just say it out loud!  It is the sound of a big wet smoochola)