Living the life you’ve imagined

It’s a lot easier to say it than actually do it, right? I mean, if I was *really* living the life I’ve imagined, my stamping table would not look like this, would it? Or maybe it would, ’cause that would mean I’d have time to create something I loved every day, not just on late on Thursday nights, up against a deadline. Some day. . . .


So this mess and the piles of paper and embellishments and stuff turned into this card for Beate’s weekly sketch challenge:


I love this Thoreau quote from Unity Stamp Co. Angela has so many fabulous things that are so fun to play with, and I thought it would be fun to pair this shimmery patterned paper (leaves, dots, mod swirly, turquoise) (and the coordinating felt and softie embellishments!) from KI Memories with it. It’s kinda busy, but I like it! If I was going to remake the card, though, I’d go with different paper for the scallops and ditch the Stickles. The blue kinda gets kinda lost, but I was not pulling it all up and starting again after trying to make do with a broken Cuttlebug plate. Yeah, I tried to shove too many layers of shims into the machine, and cracked a plate . . . . Plus, it looks so pretty on the new Scor-Mat from Scor-Pal. Seriously, that thing is awesome! See how the old Fiskars mat is piled up with crap fun stuff over on the corner in the top picture? I love that with the Scor-Mat, I have a guaranteed work surface when I have this on my table.

Here’s a closer shot that’s a little more in focus. That one up above. . . I’m a little too lazy to retake tonight!


So there’s my first card of the new (school) year! Make sure to check the sketch out at Beate’s blog, see what she’s stamped (whoohoo, good to have ya back!), and then visit Cami, Charmaine, Laurie, Lori, Mary Jo, & Sharon, too. I can’t WAIT to get back into the swing of things and see their gorgeous creations. . . I’ve been such a blog slacker this summer, so this will make me jump right back in!

Kids go back to school on Monday, and we have another fun weekend planned. Life is good! Thanks for visiting today!

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  1. Posted August 22, 2008 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    this is gorgeous! I love those felt & softie embellishments!! so glad Beate’s back!

  2. Posted August 22, 2008 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Oh I LOVE this, Jenn! Your sketch is awesome and I LOVE how colorful and happy your card is. It makes me smile from ear to ear!

  3. Posted August 22, 2008 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous card. I love the sentiment, the flowers and all that bling. I have to check out the Unity Store again.
    Big cyber hug!

  4. Posted August 22, 2008 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Here’s to a beautiful ‘someday’ for all of us! Love your card, babe!

  5. Posted August 22, 2008 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Well at least you made space on your table for that pretty new Scor Mat! Gorgeous papers . . . love those felt flowers and butterfly!

  6. Posted August 22, 2008 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Jen i love your happy card, so cool, love all the delightful colors, and details.

  7. Posted August 22, 2008 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Fabulous design! Fabulous card! It couldn’t be better!!

  8. Posted August 22, 2008 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Hey Jenn…. if it makes you feel better, my desk is WAY worse. Your’s actually looks pretty good to me! LOL… Love your card, thanks for the cool sketch. I’m happy you are stamping too! Love ya girl!

  9. Posted August 22, 2008 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    This is such a fun card, love your take on the sketch!

  10. Posted August 22, 2008 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    ok, I just LOOOOOVE your style Jen!!! You like bright colors like I do!!! This is absolutely FABULOUS!


  11. Posted August 22, 2008 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    LOVE this card, Girlie! The colors are awesome!

  12. Posted August 22, 2008 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Beautiful card! I love the sentiment and all your gorgeous details.

  13. Posted August 22, 2008 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful! Just love it! Great colors! makes me want to break out the unity! Who needs to clean house anyways right? giggle.
    Have a great weekend!

  14. Posted August 22, 2008 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    I see nothing wrong with your desk. It looks just like mine! Your project is beautiful. I love all the colors and fun surprises on there!

  15. Posted August 22, 2008 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    OMW…I’m speechless. I love, love, love the colors, the flowers, everything!!! Have a wonderful weekend.

  16. Debbie Fisher
    Posted August 22, 2008 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    I love it! You can make these colors work together so beautifully!! I love the felt flowers esp.

  17. Posted August 22, 2008 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Love this card – I just love all the bright, cheerful colors you used.

  18. Judy Davis
    Posted August 22, 2008 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    I love your work space. Now I know I am not the only unorgainzed stampers. As for your card, it is not too busy and the colors are great. You did a great job. TFS…..JudyOR

  19. Posted August 22, 2008 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Oh….my!!! Your card is so gorgeous, and so YOU…Jenn!! I love the colors, flowers & butterfly, and all of the bling!! Your sketch is fantastic, and I need to try it. (My space is looking very similar to yours right now. *wink*)

  20. Posted August 22, 2008 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Love the card. So bright and cheerful. I just spent a number of hours organizing my space. Now if it could only stay that way!

  21. Anne Ryan
    Posted August 22, 2008 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Oh Jen, I love this card! Girl, you should come check out my stamp studio: I’m now in the process of conversion: I’m taking over a 3rd kitchen cabinet! Love the bling, the colors, I just love everything you’ve got goin’ on here!

  22. Posted August 22, 2008 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Holy moly! I should take a picture of my desk currently and you would suddenly think yours was soooo clean! 😉 LOVE your card! This stamp is perfect with the paper and embelli’s! LOVE it! Hope you are doing well and that you have a wonderul weekend! 🙂

  23. Posted August 22, 2008 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Looks pretty neat to me! And the card rocks.

  24. Posted August 23, 2008 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    I LOVE the bright busy-ness of this card – so FUN! I need one of those Scor-Pal mats too!

  25. Posted August 23, 2008 at 5:15 am | Permalink

    Looks like my craft table! I need to get one of those mats – everyone is raving about them. Your card is so bright and beautiful. Lucky person that receives it!

  26. Posted August 23, 2008 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    lovely card Jenn, love the happy papers and embellies you chose to go with that awesome sentiment!

  27. Posted August 23, 2008 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Wow! What a gorgeous card, Jenn! If having a messy stamping area means cards like this, you should never clean up!

  28. Posted August 23, 2008 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Super-fab, Jenn! You know I’m loving those colors! And those flowers?! To die for!!! Hope you’re having fun with the Cowboys! 🙂

  29. Posted August 23, 2008 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Love your card and the vibrant colours you used…. and your desk looks familiar to me *laugh*

  30. Posted August 24, 2008 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    OMG! OMG OMG OMG! YOU ARE UNBELIEVABLE, SISTER! LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL CARD! I’m here to check out your flourishes peonies for some tips! 🙂 LOVE ya sweetie!

  31. leanne
    Posted August 25, 2008 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    Oh Jenn! I love all your work and am SO happy to see that I am not the only one with a messy space! My husband doesn’t understand how I can get so much done when my table looks just like yours!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  32. Posted August 26, 2008 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Hi Jenn,
    I love the card, and I think I love even more that you work in “organized chaos” like I do.
    Thanks for being such an inspiration.


  33. Posted August 29, 2008 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    I’m so glad to know that YOUR table looks like mine! Maybe there’s hope for me yet!

    I love this fun, happy card — the colors and details are fantastic! 🙂

  34. Posted August 29, 2008 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    SOOOO glad it’s not just me!!!! 🙂

    Hey – you gonna come see Zindorf?

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    Many thanks!

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