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We are facing some family challenges, which have proven recently to be a bit more than we have ever experienced. 

With prayer and support and the absolute GRACE of God, we are finding our new normal. 

Our 16 month old GrandLittle Wren Marie has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer. This has hit us like a freight train. There were hours of non-stop sobbing followed by exhaustion, only to begin again upon waking. 

The last week has found me confused to the point of being unable to make a simple meal without a multitude of mistakes and backtracking. I found it easiest to just put cereal in a bit of yogurt and call it a day. 

I will finally get to see my daughter, her husband and Baby Wren tomorrow. We have the nearly 4 year old sis visiting here in Savannah with us. 

It took me a few days- ok, eight- to be exact before I could even enter my studio. 

Two of my five grandLittles were my inspiration. They are 10 months apart and could pass as sisters. But cousins they are, and at nearly ages four and five, they share a love for all things sparkly and colorful as well as anything that needs to be cut, glued, embossed, folded and colored. Actually, the three of us love all things crafty, which is why we were busy sparkling up my studio. 

And the sparkling of my studio combined with our trip in the morning is why I went in there this evening to clean up. 

I put my praise music on low and began putting away every shiny confetti, every button, scraps of lace, trim, twine and beads. 

In less time than expected, the preschooler shelf in my studio as well as the crafting desk they busied themselves with were all clean and organized. Then I began working on my side of the desk. 

Here’s where I decided to do a bit of rearranging and share the desktop and room with you. 

I bought this tonight (50% off at Michaels) because it’s cool and I knew I’d enjoy it every day. 

  
It’s a fabulous box with chalkboard labels and glass doors on top. I knew exactly what I wanted to use it for when I first saw it. (We can just call this love at first sight!) 

The “New” bin has the most recent stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn, plus a few single stamps that I seem to always need. 

“Journal” bin holds my crafting / sewing / knitting projects. I’ll blog on it later, but for now just imagine a list of complete projects with tidbits of information as well as a few sketches. 

“Desk Pieces” is all I could come up with for little odds and ends that seem to have scattered themselves all around my workspace. I needed to corral these crazies because I move them around several times a week, yet if I needed to find one of them I would have no idea where to look. 

That wood panel in the forefront? Not wood. It’s paper and I found a whole roll of it at Amazon. It looks awesome in videos and I can’t wait to film again. 

I have two Ott lights on my desk. I pity da foo who takes one of these from my workspace.  

 This one holds my adhesives. Not sure this will be permanent. It’s a bit chaotic for me. 

You can see my other one off to the side of my Big Shot Plus. Yes, PLUS. I love this thing!! 

 Note Gumby and Pokey. They are my mascots and I do love them too. 

Have you noticed the desktop is glass? That’s an IKEA thing. IKEA is my friend. I love all things IKEA and I will most definitely furnish our next home with IKEA goodness. The pullout drawers that hold my punches are custom made to fit my beloved IKEA desk.  

 Speaking of IKEA: 

 First cabinet: all grunge, Victorian, Tim Holtz stuff. 

Next one down: Big Shot dies on top and 2ns shelf. Coloring books and tools on 3rd shelf, a huge project on 4th shelf and knitting books on bottom shelves. The last one is all yarns and tools. 

 And now on the right side of room:  
Closest to front: Top shelf: kits to finish (I save these for camping trips) shelf 2-5: cardstock, inks and Embellishments, ribbons and more embellies, and finally back issues of stamping mags and catalogs. 

Further back: mostly retired Stampin Up, but lots of other odds and ends and that 5th shelf down? The stash for the preschool chicklits  

Back to the left side of the room: that double door cabinet is the Tim Holtz stuff. The narrow one on left is all Stampin Up. 

  There is more, such as the IKEA cart (in GORGEOUS teal!) and my Silhouette station, open closet with shelves full of necessities. 
I’ll just do a video for y’all. Be watching for it! 

The best news here is we serve an amazing God. He is my savior and my trust is in Him. And this studio stuff? Well, it is my therapy. It’s a hard time in our family right now and we need PRAYER.  Please “like” and share Baby Wren’s page on Facebook. Hope for Wren. Please donate by clicking “shop” or by scrolling down to find her Go Fund Me page.  

 Thank you and God bless you. 

Kathy Bo

Phil. 4:13 

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I am so excited when my Paper Pumpkin surprise arrives in the mail each week! Even better is when I can use part of the kit to create something entirely different! The Paper Pumpkin for April 2015 features the base that this sweet greeting is built upon. That kraft sleeve is the Paper Pumpkin part. All other goodies are from the 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up annual catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog.

Y’all know how much I love vintage (as does Shelli Gardner, co-founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up!), so I couldn’t wait to put all these beautiful elements together. image

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And the fact that there is not a specific sentiment means this beauty can be personalized for any occasion.

As far as supplies are concerned, I had them all listed here with links to my store, but there was a glitch and I lost all of the text in this post! So sad when that happens!  I will gather those items and list again, complete with links. Meanwhile, visit my store here! 

Thanks for stopping by! God bless.

Kathy Bo

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Stampin’ Up! has added bonus products to Sale-A-Bration and they are all FREE! How to get them? Simple:

Order $50 (before tax/shipping) of Stampin’ Up from my store and choose a free item! Check out the catalogs here!

Any current $50 catalog order qualifies for a free SAB item!  Just click, shop, select your faves and get ready for a box of fun to be delivered!

HURRY! Sale-A-Bration ENDS MARCH 31, 2015 OR WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Check it out here! 

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Encouraging cards are rarely masculine – unless they are plain and boring. I designed this one with a vintage flair and filled with removable bookmarks. Perfect for a guy! Here’s the video- compete with tutorial and a product feature!

While you’re on YouTube, please subscribe to my channel. Visit my store HERE and check out my Facebook page HERE

Guy card: techniques and products focus!

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This card is a go-to favorite design of mine so I decided to share it for the Scrap it Girl June Challenge: Things With Wings. 20140601-151046-54646715.jpg I love it so much! It uses some of my favorite tools and supplies. Here is my card: 20140601-151204-54724975.jpg And a few close-ups: 20140601-151234-54754431.jpg 20140601-151231-54751917.jpg 20140601-151230-54750707.jpg 20140601-151233-54753107.jpg See why it’s a favorite? And it’s great for most sentiments- get well, happy birthday, sympathy, etc. Here are some of the products I used: (all from Stampin’ Up! Just click my “contact” button to email for details on ordering!) 20140601-151410-54850097.jpg The butterfly stamp is called Swallowtail. It’s a large stamp that can be used in a variety of techniques.

Another stamp set is Itty Bitty Banners I used my Big Shot (this thing is FABULOUS!) with Bitty Banners Framelits and Pretty Print embossing folder (retired item).

To achieve the shiny gold effect, I used Gold Stampin’ Emboss powder, VersaMark stamp pad and (another favorite) my Heat Tool and the cute little Embossing Buddy (not pictured… he was being shy)

My ribbon – OHHHH. I LOVE THIS RIBBON! is: 1/2″ Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon.

Choose inks and cardstock colors to achieve the look you want!

So that’s my share- want to get in on the challenge? All the deets are here: Scrap it Girl! and yes! There’s a prize! Thanks for stopping by! God bless! Kathy Bo

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I’m always excited for the Scrap It Girl Favorite Things Friday! It gives me a challenge to create something fun.

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Today I’m blogging from my tiny crafting corner in my RV, somewhere on the east coast just steps away from a long pier where manatees and dolphins frolic in the sea. It’s a sweet spot, if only for a while, then it’s back to reality!
Speaking of reality, let’s get back to it!
This Friday’s assignment is to use our favorite embossing folder.
Mine is Beautifully Baroque from Stampin’ Up!

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It adds such elegance to a card.
I used it with Graphic 45 paper, the Place in Time collection.
Here’s my finished card.

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Hope you enjoy it and maybe get a bit of inspiration to join the fun! If so, just click HERE and add your creation!
Thanks for stopping by, be blessed!
Kathy Bo

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It’s time for the monthly challenge for Scrap it Girl!
The May 2014 challenge for SIG designers is to create a layout or card using a choice of Mother’s Day or Mother Nature. I had this card in mind and decided to give it a whirl.

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My mom as well as mother in law have both passed so I’m hoping a friend might need this little card.
I used all Stampin Up products to make the card and lined envelope. Here’s the list:
Whisper white card stock
Ink: Pistachio Pudding Crisp Cantaloupe Summer Starfruit Coastal Cabana Island Indigo
Stamps: (retired, but you can choose more here!)
Blessings from Heaven
Delightful Dozen
Best of Butterflies
Other:
Chevron Embossing folder
Spiral flower die (FUN!!)
Big Shot
Rhinestone jewels
5/8 organza ribbon
Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper
I did notice one boo-boo, and that is the pretty envelope- this card really needs a handmade box due to the 3D rose! Oh well, it’s the thought that counts, right?
With two grown kids, two in-law kids and 3 grandLittles, I’m looking forward to Mother’s Day this year.
I hope you have a happy and blessed Mother’s Day too!
Thanks for stopping by! God bless,
Kathy Bo

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