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It is not as hot here right now as it has been, but I have been told that the heat is coming back. Summer is not my favorite. I keep looking at my to-do list and wincing a bit. Somewhere between the heat and running out of one of my meds, my grand plans become much less grand. Well, I just keep on doing what I can and it will all work out when fall shows up, hopefully…

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You make me feel

In the past, I have tried to add a bit of sparkle to die cuts with embossing powder and it has never quite worked the way I hoped it would. Then I made a bit of a mess trying to use a product for the first time and went to YouTube to figure out what I should have done. In the video was a bit about using it with embossing powder on die cuts, and Viola! This is what I have been trying to do. What a great effect.

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Fishy birthday

So many times I think I have one paper and then when I search for it I either have something different (palm trees not cactus) or I have already used it all. The background paper to this card was going to be something else in my head, the thing is I already used all of that paper, and I like this better. It just not on the color pallet that I was working with. Well, at least the main design is all in the right colors.

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Heartfelt sympathy

Building a card around an element can work out really well sometimes. I knew I wanted to use the cherub digistamp, I just needed to figure out what would work with it. It doesn’t always work out, but I think this time it did. I have said that I am not great at sympathy cards, but I think this might be the way to do it. I didn’t start out making a sympathy card, it just fit.

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Book lovers shelves

Swoon! I would love to have this in my home, as well as someone to keep it dusted and tidy for me. I am absolutely a book lover, always have been and always will be. I recently had a conversation with a librarian about why I am a die-hard library user and even better have moved to ebooks at that. I am a read it once and done kind of girl, so unless it is a cookbook I don’t need to have it after I read it. I don’t have to dust shelves of books and keep them tidy, and there is never enough bookshelf space anyway. I don’t have to pack and try to move boxes of books, which no one ever wants to do, they are so heavy! I also get a bit of a thrill out of trying to finish books by the due date or anticipating books on my hold list. The number one reason, however, is that I just can’t afford my reading habit if I were to have to buy all of the books I read and want to read. No matter where I have lived I have always felt a little bit more at home when I get to know the local library.

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Butterfly catcher

Bright and colorful and full of happiness and joy! This little girl just seems to be having the best day. I love that. Summer as a kid is so very different than summer as an adult. Something that this last weekend was very apparent to me. Two of the kids were spending time over here and it was nice watching them enjoy the joys of summer.

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Huge birthday wishes

There was something that I saw the other day that said ‘You know you have Multiple Sclerosis…when you are already tired tomorrow.’ That is absolutely true for me. In fact, with the heat, I think I am already tired for the next week already as well. I am so glad that nap time is soon…

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I need you and coffee

The heat has definitely made it hard for me to make cards. It seems like a good idea to distract me until I need to use the heat gun. Where there is a will there is a way through. My nephew heard me utter ‘There is more than one way to skin a cat’ the other day while doing something, and wanted to know what that meant. It is always one of those moments that I realize that the phrase is actually kind of awful, but I explained that it was my way of keeping from cussing or quitting and reminding myself there is always more than one way to do something.

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So you of you

Letting the colors do what they want. It is fun to watch them do their thing. I think sometimes it can be hard to just let go and let whatever happens happen, but that is truly the beauty sometimes. I love this technique because it makes me remember to let go.

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Simply wonderful

My little ladybug girl has grown up and is now a bit more of a Nancy Drew. They do have a tendency to do that. Growing up I mean. It is fun and a bit frustrating, but I love seeing what comes next. I also have let them all know that as Auntie I reserve the right to always be able to refer to them by my favorite nicknames for them. I am pretty sure that is in the Auntie contract.

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Ooopsie daisy

Patience is a gift that I tend to be extremely thankful for. I lose it, just like everyone else, but I tend to hold out a lot longer before I do. I have no idea how I have the patience I do, I think reading has a lot to do with it. I definitely have more in some situations than others. This card strangely was a bit of a test trying to figure out how to make the D shape, but in the end, I think I did ok. There may have been several other things at the time trying them also, but that is a different story…

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Sea You Soon

As I am trying to write this my pup is telling me that his kid needs to give me fresh water. He is a funny little dog. He thinks he is the kid’s nanny so will come to tell me if they are doing something he thinks they shouldn’t be doing, or if there is something he thinks they should be doing and aren’t. He isn’t so happy about them growing up for the most part, but it does come with some perks for him so he has adjusted.

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Stuck on you

It never fails that when I am in bed falling asleep or in the shower I come up with a million things to say on here and things that would be awesome to do, but as soon as I am on here I can’t think of any of them. I know that I am not alone in this, it just is always so irritating. Then again I also thought I had cactus paper to go with this card and when I looked I realized they were palm trees.

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Unbelievable birthday at sea

“Here be dragons” that is why you always have to be careful when you leave your front door. You never know what you are going to run into. I kind of like the idea that on your birthday it would allow you to see the magical creatures of the world. Especially if you realized that they were around you every other day as well just going about there lives and coexisting and not being a threat. I am sure that it would go bad, but I like to think it could be a special kind of treat.

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Beautiful heart

This card looks a bit like delftware or flow blue to me and I love both of those! Well, my favorite color is blue particularly dark blue so it isn’t much of a stretch. Oh and I love florals! I have been talking to my husband about my need for white space in design and I think this might be a bit of where that comes from actually.

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Thinking of you amidst the stars

Although I love playing with new products I seem to need to remember to watch some videos first. I keep ruining things accidentally by not doing that. I didn’t know that the distress spray was supposed to be washed off the stencil right away, and not to spray it on my crafting matt. Oh well, live and learn, I need a new matt anyway since I used spray glue on it a while ago…

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Feel better bouquet

When I was making this card I realized that I have a tendency to have a set pattern of what I do with each card, and it normally works well for me. This time since I was making a different size and shape than normal however it went a bit wrong doing that. I cut the wrong size card base the first try and the wrong envelope liner. Small things but frustrating none the least.

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Anniversary roses

Right now my workflow is off due to summer break and sharing my work area with the kids. So, I thought I had done a better job of replicating the sketch until I was able to get back to my computer and look at it. The picture in my head wasn’t quite the same I guess, I turned the fade the wrong way and moved the sentiment. Ah phooey.

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