Shutter Card x2

Actually, it is a double shutter card.

Fold Challenge Finished

To make this fun card, I started with a double sided 12×12 sheet of paper.  This was heavy-weight paper, but not quite card weight.

Pick which direction you want your paper to go and cut 1″ off the top, then cut 5-1/2″ down further.

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Set the 1 x 12″ piece to the side.  On the two 5-1/2″ pieces, score at 4″ 6″ 8″ and 10″.  If it matters which side is up, flip the 2nd piece before scoring.  (You’ll see why later in the instructions.)  Now, parallel to the long side, you want to cut at 1-3/4″ and 3-3/4″ between the 4″ and 10″ score lines.  (Yes, one of my cut lines went too far.  It still worked, as I covered the extended cut with another piece of patterned paper.)

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Adhere the 4″ x 5-1/2″ sections on top of one another.  Fold mountain and valley until you get it looking similar to this.  You can see the 1″ piece on the table behind the card.  It is not attached.

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Before adding your patterned paper pieces, determine which side of the paper you want showing.

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Decorate as desired.  The easiest way to do the belly band, which holds the card closed, is to fold your card, lay the center of the belly band across the center and fold at the sides.  You will probably have a piece to trim off.  Adhere one end on top of the other and slide off.  You can decorate your belly band, as well.

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After this was complete, it seemed a bit bare, so I added some embellishments.

Fold Challenge Finished

This really is pretty easy, once you fold and refold the strips to get them set up correctly.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Go check out the challenge on WeCraftCards.com that is this fold.  You have a week to participate and be entered in a random drawing for a prize.  It’s free to join the side and it is a lot of fun.  I hope to see you there.

Macadamia Professional Review

I was given shampoo, conditioner, masque and an oil treatment from Macadamia Professional in their Nourishing Moisture line to try and review.

Their stuff

I’ve been using their products for just over a week and I can definitely say they are good, in that it took about 2 days for my hair to feel incredibly more moisturized, but it does.  However, the frizz my hair is experiencing is usually only during the monsoon season.

This is my hair using just their products, drip dried and not touched.

All theirs

All theirs back

This is after I raked it out a bit with my fingers and clipped the front back.

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It was so frizzy I wound up putting it up in a ponytail for the day.

Here it is the next day, where after I used the oil, I added some Eden BodyWorks All Natural Curl Defining Creme on top.  Same thing, drip dried (well give it another hour and it will be dry) and not touched.

Theirs Plus

Theirs plus back

Less frizz, but it is definitely still there.

So, I like the Macadamia Professional products, but my hair definitely still has a lot of frizz.  It, is, however, much softer.

This isn’t my normal post, but thanks for checking it out.

Blurple

What is blurple?  It is a color.  Now, I read about nail polish that was a “blurple” color and thought, “Okay, purple with a blue tinge to it.   That would be fun to see.”

A few weeks ago I had a discount code for Llarowe.com, so I went and ordered a couple new polishes in different shades, from companies I haven’t tried before.  One of them was from Elevation Polish and was called “The Walker”.  I love the name, as our family really enjoys, “The Walking Dead” show.  Tuesday evening, I cleaned my nails, the put on my base coat and added 1 layer of The Walker.  My layers are probably thicker than average, but I was amazed that there didn’t appear to be any see through spots.  That doesn’t happen very often.  Anyway, I put another much thinner layer on, just to be sure.  I’ve been doing one hand at a time recently, so I put the top coat on my left hand and started the base coat and first layer on my right.  It was then that I noticed my left hand had a much more purple look to it than the very silvery look of the right.  So, not using top coat would definitely make a difference in the color.  However, I use top coat to make it last longer and also so it doesn’t leave marks on my papers at work.

Now, I did my nails on Tuesday evening.  It is Friday morning, when I normally would have a lot of wear at the ends and some chips.  This has more to do with my nails, which are very weak, thin and peel (partly hereditary and partly medical issues).  Anyway, there is a bit of wear at the ends, but so far, no chips.  Yes!

Can I tell you, the color has been amazing me the past couple of days.  Sometimes my nails look blue.  Other times they look purple.  Sometimes they look like a bluish purple and others a purplish blue.  Then, I go out in the sunlight, or see my nails under a really bright light and the holo kicks in.  Wow!  I was driving to an appointment earlier today and noticed my nails looked dark purple with this amazing dark blue holo shimmer.  I totally get the “blurple”, now.  It’s not blue, it’s not purple, it’s blurple!

When I started wearing nail polish in December 2013, I wanted it to be fun.  Not that my nails were decorated to the nines, or anything, but I just wanted fun polish.  So, I have mostly holos, or wear glitter or some other top coat over a creme polish.  Plain creme polish bores me.  I do have some, which is useful for under other things, or for blending, or stamping, etc.  The Walker by Elevation Polish is a new favorite, as it is oh, so very fun.

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This first picture is indoors.  You can see a bit of the holo from the sunlight, but not much.  it is still very pretty.

3-25-15 Elevation Polish The Walker

This is in direct sunlight.  Wow!  And this picture doesn’t even begin to do it justice.  It also looks almost completely purple, when it really isn’t.

Now, how to get blurple in my cards.  Maybe I’ll have to add just a touch of the nail polish.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Time Flies

It amazes me how time flies by.  It seems like just the other day I was walking the kids to and from school and making jokes with them to make things better.  It seems like just before that they were babies I was reading to.  Now, one is married and both have their own homes.  I miss them being small, but am so thrilled that they have grown and are making their own lives.

It is fun to have the house to just my husband and I – along with the dogs.  Though at times, I really miss the noise and activity of having young ones around.  Times certainly are changing.

Rob and I are planning to take a trip up to Washington, then down the Pacific Coast Highway for our 25th anniversary.  It is funny to think we’ve been married for 25 years, but it is also difficult to think of times where he wasn’t part of my life.  Planning this trip is fun, and sometimes frustrating, too.  We are both looking forward to the time together and seeing new things together.  He is also going to show me where he spent part of his youth, which will be fun.  I love how excited Rob is to show me a place he went as a teen that he is sure I will absolutely love.

I am very grateful for these extra years God has blessed me with and the time to share with my husband, children and family.  Can’t wait to see what God has in store for me in the future.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Oh, my sister-in-law makes and sells soap and she sent us some for Christmas.  I starting using one of the bars last week and was so inspired by the scent and look of it that I wanted to make some candles to match.  I tried some in the style, but other colors and scents this weekend and can’t wait to test burn one tonight.  I’m hoping it burns well, so I can order some scent and share it with you.  You should go check out my sister-in-laws site and see her handmade soaps (she’s working on lotion, too)!  Any clue which soap inspired me to make candles?

3 Things Challenge

Okay, I have gotten way behind on Blogging 101.  Life gets in the way of what I want to do.  So we were supposed to choose a challenge and post about that.  What I chose was Three Things Thursday.  Yes, I know it is only Wednesday, but I’m sure I can come up with 3 things that have happened this week that are awesome.

1)  On Sunday, a friend at church came up and asked me how I was doing.  I commented that I was doing better than he was, as I had been talking with his wife about him having surgery today having cancer removed.  He responded that he didn’t know about that.  I love that he completely and totally trusts God with what he is going through.

2) On Monday, it was pretty cloudy and was supposed to rain, so when I got home from work, I decided to go out and clean up the dog poop so I wouldn’t have to do it when it was actually raining on Tuesday.  While I was out cleaning it up, it started sprinkling.  That was wonderful!  On Tuesday, it didn’t rain past 5:30am.

3)  I went to lunch with my daughter on Tuesday, which was so much fun.  Granted, she is feeling pretty awful, but we got to chat, for quite a while and shared some onion rings, in addition to our curly fries and sandwiches.  After that, my son met me and we went to coordinating podiatrist appointments.  On the way there and taking him home, it was fun to just catch up.  I love spending time with my children.  I know they are grown and gone, but it is still so wonderful to chat with them and find out about what they are going through.

Thank you so much for spending time with me today.  I know, this is the second post in a day, but I’m trying to catch up and I was thrilled to share 3 things that have made life fabulous so far this week.  Have an amazing rest of the week and don’t forget to look for the good around you.  Even those little things, like making a light, or something that makes you smile counts!

Perspective

We were challenged in Blogging 101 to use a prompt and write a post about it.  The thing about prompts is that I usually have a different take on things.  So, the prompt is “A Moment in Time: What was the last picture you took?  What was the story behind it.”  So, I started thinking about pictures I’ve taken.  Most have been people and things around me.  Things I don’t want to forget.

I have lots and lots and lots of zoo pictures.  Yes, I LOVE going to the zoo.  When I was really small, the zoo enclosures weren’t huge, so you could usually see the animals.  Now, the enclosures are pretty amazing as they are set up more like the animals’ natural habitat and we are just getting a glimpse in.  Sometimes you can see the animals, though at times, they go to the sections of their enclosures that are hidden from view, to just get away.  I love going to the zoo first thing in the morning, as the animals are generally out and about and have more energy.  Yes, I realize that part of that is that this is Phoenix Arizona, so it gets a bit warm later in the day.  Another reason for the early mornings is that there are less people.  What is it about the animals that I enjoy so much?  It is the fact that God gave us such an amazing variety of animals.  They have so many different looks, activities and places in the world.  We all have a place, from the tiny gnat (no, I haven’t quite figured out why they are so important) to people.  I think part of my fascination is that I know this world is full of sin and is NOT the way God created it to be.  I can’t wait to see it without the sin.  There are a lot of verses in the Bible that talk about God creating new heavens and a new earth.  Romans 8:21 says, “The creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.”  I love looking at the mountains around me, the sunrise and sunset, the plants and animals and wondering, as beautiful and amazing as they are now, what will they be like without the bondage of sin.  What will I be like without the bondage of sin?  I won’t have health problems, I won’t have to firmly clamp down on the desire to say things just as mean to others as they say to and about me and others.  I’ll be free to be who God created me to be and that will be good and holy and righteous.

I know there are a lot of people out there who say they don’t believe in God, or what they worship isn’t God.  God gave us the ability to choose to follow Him, or to choose not to.  Sometimes that choice is very difficult as there are so many factors that affect us.  But, for me, I choose God.  He is large and in charge, I am not.  I don’t have to, nor can I, make decisions that affect the entire universe.  For that, we should all be glad.  God won’t force us to choose Him.  He won’t force us to be with Him for eternity, either.  But, if we want to be with Him, we just have to choose Him and He’ll not only save us a place, Jesus promised to stand for us.  Oh, for that I can’t thank Him enough.  For all that I’ve done, all that I’ve thought, all that I do that separates me from God here and now, Jesus paid the price.  I couldn’t possibly.  As much as I try to do what God wants, I mess up.  I am a sinful person in a sinful world that is manipulated by the best liar there is.  On my own, I couldn’t possibly pay the price for the choices I’ve made.  But, because God created us and He lived as one of us, He gave us the choice to trust in Him to take care of the price for us.  That’s it, just trust in Him – know that He already did it.  Because of that trust in who He is and what He has done, I want to change my life and live it His way.

To bring this back to the pictures, the reason I take pictures of people and things that I don’t want to forget, is that when I see those pictures, it brings back memories.  Not just of that moment in time, but of life in general and how the people or things in the pictures impact my life.  My daughter is a photographer and takes amazing photographs that have such beauty and depth.  She takes a picture of people and you get a sense of the people themselves.  My pictures aren’t anything like that.  But, to me, they bring back a lifetime of memories.  We all have different perspectives of life around us, but that perspective is part of what makes us unique and who we are.

Thank you for spending some time with me today!