another quick update

Hello all and thank you for your continued thoughts for me. Today I started feeling a little bit better. Since my last update I was in and out of the hospital again. The doctor said I would be having these relapses until the right insulin would help me adapt. My sugar has been out of whack...the highest I had it the last time was 477. Then it dropped to 38. They're trying to find the right dose to maintain it. I've lost weight...35 pounds to be exact. I'm suppose to be in bed but I can't count on anyone to help me...so I try to get up just enough to make the house livable. This is when I wish I was rich to get some help...lol.

Anywho...I managed to get a card done for the Paper Makeup Stamps peeks and couldn't show it because 1. I've been in bed without any energy and then 2. LV lost my camera. She had been taking it to school to take pictures with her friends since she's graduating from middle school soon and well...she lost it... Which leads me to apologize...

Katie and girls at Paper Makeup Stamps...I am so sorry I came to fail you all. I honestly wish I didn't have this crap going on because the last thing I wanna feel like is a failure...and that's what I feel like right now. I know I've been told to rest and that life comes first...but being part of a design team is part of my life...and I do apologize.

I think that's about it for now. I need to send stuff out and what not so I'll take advantage of this burst of energy. Thanks to you all for your continued support.

About the blog candy...I'll have LV update tonight who the winner is so I can send that out too. I do apologize for that too...

Lots of love!!!


An update

I'm so sorry I hadn't been around. I was in the hospital and then when I came home I had to rest. My doctor that's attending to me says I was on deaths door. That's some scary stuff to hear... But thanks to prayers and faith and someone who doesn't want me yet...here I am with a new outlook on life. Still a bit tired and what not but I'm headed there. Just wanted to update you guys... I don't want you to think I went running to the hills again...lol. Turns out I was not taking very good care of herself in the past...I always left me last. Well now look...here I am now with a slew of problems and suffering from my consequences. I am now a diabetic, with bad cholesterol levels, high blood pressure...and that's on top of the other crap I suffer from. Being in the hospital though and being told I was hanging on by a very thin thread...that made me look at things in a new perspective. From now on I'm gonna be putting myself first.

Alright guys...when I have a bit more energy I'll update again. In the meanwhiles... ALL OF YOU...PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES!!!


I'm sorry

Hi this is LV here. I messed up and didn't post about my mom when she asked me to. I only contacted her design teams and forgot to update her readers. My mom had to be taken to the emergency room on Saturday night because she had a diabetic episode. I don't know what that means or really what it is, but I know now it was not good as she was in the hospital until today. We just brought her home and the doctor told her she needs rest. While she was there for her diabetes she also had a bad reaction to an anxiety attack. She told me to please forgive her and that she will back up soon to update. She just wanted me to let everyone know that she's home and that as soon as she's OK to be up and doing things that she'll get to each and everyone of you. If you bought from her she will teach me how to do all of that to send off stuff. I don't know how to answer her private messages on Split Coast so if anyone from there had pm'd her she will get back to you soon.

I think that's about it, I know if I missed something she'll ask me to come back and update. Just like my mom right?

Thank you all!



Makeup 4 The Weekend #28

Hey all and Happy Friday! I'm so ready for the weekend!

As you may already know...it's Friday and that means it's time for a little challenge over at Paper Makeup Stamps blog! Today's challenge is brought to us by Dawn B.! The challenge is to make an altered notebook. I didn't have a notebook per-say...but I did have notepads. I altered it to take with me in my purse for when I get ideas...lately I've been getting some neat ideas...but then when I get home to jot it down...I forget them! Oh well...lol!

So here is my notepad made to also fit SC281. I used my non-inked set Buggy Sayings! You can find it at the Paper Makeup Stamps store here! Also used are these new AMAZING Viva Pearl Pens given to me by 2 AMAZING Ho friends...Kelli Jo and Kate! Kate sells them in her store...so if you want some...give her a holler! Here is her blog. THANK YOU MY DEAR FRIENDS...from the bottom of my heart.

Don't forget that Paper makeup Stamps is having a DESIGN TEAM CALL!!! Check out this post for info! Once again...GOOD LUCK!!!


Tuesday Morning Sketches #46

Hello peeps and it's Tuesday and that means it's time for another Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge! This week Melissa has thrown another curve with a recipe challenge! I love it when she throws that curve ball! LOL! This weeks recipe is to make a card with your favorite color combo AND make it sparkle...like Edward...lol!

My favorite color combo just happens to be brown and pink! Any shades of pinks and brows are just beautiful to me! So here is my card! I used the image "With a cherry on top" from this weeks sponsor Busy Beauties Boutique. Sentiment is from Paper Makeup Stamps which you can find here. It's from the set called Sprinkles and Cherries.

Well that's all for me! Go ahead and check out what the rest of the team has cooked up for you! Also...hope to see you play along!


Paper Makeup Stamps Design Team CALL!!!

Hey guys...me again! Just wanted to leave a note that Paper Makeup Stamps is having a DESIGN TEAM CALL!!! Head on over to read the details and best of luck to those who decide to join! Can't wait to see if one of my followers applies and makes it! :D

Monday...oh Monday...

Yeah pretty much...lol. I've said it before...I am NOT a Monday person! I have totally been spazzing lately and forgot to post this on Saturday as an auto-post...when I'm more cheerful. But somehow...lately...I've been feeling burnt out! What's weird is that when I was caring for both my mom and dad...I didn't feel burnt out even was I was burning both ends of the candle! I don't get it! ANYWHO...

Paper Makeup Stamps is sponsoring Copic Creations latest challenge...to go "MONO"! I LOVE Katie's videos of how to color using the black and white look. Although I have not quite got it yet...I decided to give it a try using Eye Pod. Also used for this card is sketch #280 (SCS280) from Splitcoast Stampers.

K...off to face Monday and take it as it comes...LOL!


Makeup 4 The Weekend #27

Hey guys! SO I totally missed creating my card during the week for the Makeup for the Weekend challenge brought to us by Danni! I have all my days mixed up or something because seriously...this week just crept up FAST! Battling this whole anxiety thing really throws me out of whack!

Still I made my card to play along! The challenge was to use at least 3 flowers! I so have that covered...lol! So here is my card. I used this awesome sentiment called "We Can Complain". Then used my 3 flowers which just happen to be roses ;) and they're the ones I'm selling! I used a darker red larger flower and 2 smaller red ones! So what you think?

Wanna play along? Go to the Paper Makeup Stamps blog to check out the deets and leave some love!


Mmmmm...do you like candy? How about some BLOG CANDY?

Hey peeps! It's about time for a blog candy! Don't cha think? I do! K...I wont ask you to become a follower (if you already are...SUPER!) and I'm not gonna ask you to make a new post to spread the word. All I'm gonna do is ask you to take the badge and place it SOMEWHERE on your blog where I can see you're participating to qualify! Oh...and also one simple question! What are your favorite lyrics from ANY song out there and what do they mean to you. Simple right? Well...that's it!

Remember...to qualify you MUST have my candy badge on your blog AND answer my question! I do check...so don't think I'll miss you! ;)

I will have this blog candy open until the end of the month as I'm SUPER excited to remain with Paper Makeup Stamps team for yet another term! I love it there! Katie is amazing and the team...well..they're awesome! I will announce a winner on Tuesday, June 1st!

Badge pick up is over there! :D >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

So what's in the bag? Here ya go!
*So Rockin' Cherry Blog Candy*
Stampin' Up! Rockabilly 6x6 DP
Mary Engelbreit Tag chipboard
Mary Engelbreit To Do List
Mary Engelbreit Emery Boards (rockstars gotta keep their nails filed too...lol)
Mary Engelbreit Cherry Rhinestones
Red paper flowers (bunch of 12 flowers)
Paper Makeup Stamps "Moody for Music" rubber stamp
Paper Makeup Stamps "You Rock My World" rubber stamp

EDIT: Let me know if you don't see the picture and badge box! :)

Hey...it's Friday! Wanna play with PMS MFTW?

Hey guys...it's Friday and that means Paper Makeup Stamps is having their weekly challenge Makeup for the Weekend! Head on over there and check out the challenge! Due to me being ill I couldn't participate today...but I will get to working on it today after I pick up my little bugs! So play along with me wont-cha?

ALSO...anyone interested in buying Prismacolor markers? They are still juicy! I never really used these! I have 2 sets of grays in 10% - 90% gradients in both French Gray and Warm Gray. I only use Cool Gray so I'm keeping those :P... If so email me! GabrielaArriaza at msn dot com. I'm selling them at $15 for the set with $5 shipping in a Priority box. Want both sets??? I'll ship them FREE to US only!

ALSO X2...have some stuff on Splitcoast I'm selling if you're interested in buying new*used stamps! http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showpost.php?p=16673109&postcount=1


Paper Makeup Stamps A WEEK IN REVIEW!

God I am so happy today is Wednesday! With my dang anxiety I'm super happy I'm one day away from my hubby's day off. Dumb little things like that happen to "tick" my anxiety...hubby heading off to work. I know...it's silly but I'm trying to adjust. This just started recently too...getting anxious about hubby going to work.

So...did you enjoy Paper Makeup Stamps release? Aren't these new stamps awesome? So...did you put in your order? ;) LOL!

Ok...so when I do start getting those anxious feelings and I'm home and the kids are fed and what not...I do what Caliope in the Tub does...soak in hot water (as hot as I can stand it) with bubbles and relax. I've even fallen asleep...lol. Not good right? I know... Still...that Caliope's living the life huh? LOL! I mean what's not to love from sitting in the bath and relaxing to some classical music or some nature sounds in the dark with only a few candles lit? In a way...that's the ONLY best part about my anxiety attacks. Oh...and I even have "nurses" who care to me. My Lizzie comes in with a clipboard and paper and marker and asks me "what's your boo boo mom?"...cute right? Want Caliope? Shop here! Oh...and I have a Paper Makeup Stamps blog candy in the works! So watch for that! It's not gonna be a "comment here and follow" candy...I'm gonna throw down a challenge!!! It hurts to offer candy and ask people to follow and then follow to a week later leave...no...I just can't do that! I'm sorry if that sounds harsh...but I'm in it for friendship and not for hits or popularity! ;)

Anywho...I made this card with me in mind! LOL! I even used my most favorite color combo...it's delicious! It's also for Paper Makeup Stamps challenge...to use ribbon and a button! What's funny is that I made this card BEFORE the challenge was given...so maybe I saw into the future? *GASP* LOL! You have until TONIGHT MIDNIGHT EST to participate to be entered to win a $25 voucher for Paper makeup Stamps! Hope to see you play! For deets...go HERE!

Oh man now I feel like jumping in a nice warm bath...lol! Hope you have your moments of joy...they are precious in life and should be done when possible! So if you're a tub person like me...SOAK IT UP!!!


Tuesday Morning Sketches #45

Hello and Happy Tuesday! I wont flood you with too much blah blah as I tend to do so I'll just get to it. Not feeling all that great and need some serious down time. Sorry guys!

This weeks sponsor for Tuesday Morning Sketches is There She Goes stamps! I just participated in the Mother of all Blog Hops! Pretty cool!

Anywho...this is the sketch and my take on it using the set "Let's Get Together". Head on over to Tuesday Morning Sketches to see what the other girls are up to and then make sure to play along!

Hope tomorrow is a better day...


TSG Mother {'s Day} of all Blog Hops

Hello and welcome to your very first stop on the Mother of all Blog Hops-blog hop...lol. This is very intimidating as I never liked being first at ANYTHING...ACK! Why did my last name have to start with an "A"? :P BUT I am so happy to be here none the less! When I found out that Jessica and Holly we're arranging this blog hop welcoming costumers AND past Trendsetters I jumped on the occasion! I was a Guest Trendsetter in April of '09 and that was fun times!

So here we go! If you came to me through the There She Goes blog...then you are on the right path! If you just happen upon my blog and would like to join in the hop...head on over to the There She Goes blog to read up on any important info about the hop! Ok...you ready now...coolio!

This weekend I am representing 3 sets...YES...THREE!!! First I signed up for "A-Z & 1, 2, 3". But then there were sets still uncalled for so I jumped on the opp to also rep the oh so LOL "Tastes Like Chicken" from when I was a Trendsetter and "Nature of Friendship" because during my time with TSG...I made some new awesome friends. Side note...I've been an awful friend lately and I apologize for all my friends whom I've neglected...so the Nature of Friendship card is for you ALL! :D

This project I made is this tote for my MIL for Mother's Day. This was an idea pitched to me by my awesome Ho (don't ask...lol) Kelli Jo who you will be visiting somewhere down the hop! I was stressed for ideas for a Mother's Day gift and BANG...she said stationary! Thanks KJ! :P Love ya! Love how you can use this set to personalize anything! I altered a notepad and stamped the inside pages with my mother in laws initial to match the cover and tote. Mis Notas is My Notes in Spanish. Then I made a postage stamp envelope and stamped "estampillas" which is stamps in Spanish. Lastly I altered a dollar store find...an address book with "direcciones" meaning addresses also in Spanish and then a matching RSVP pen. I hope she likes it! See the fun things you can do with this set?

Next is my Nature of Friendship card. I decided to keep it plain and simple and make a CAS card to feature it's beauty. This set doesn't need too many layers... I used Old Olive, Basic Black, and Elegant Eggplant to stamp the images and greeting. You can click on it for a larger image to read the sentiment. It had been a while since I used my SU inks all thanks to my Copics...lol! Nice break...

Finally here is my Tastes Like Chicken card. I remember when I first got the set to play with...I was dying! I was literally ROLLING ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING MY BUTT OFF! I know this wasn't a very popular set with many during the sneak peeks and it was the talk of the town at SCS...but I have a funny and sometimes strange sense of humor so this was so up my alley! Dark nasty alley...lol! Hope you enjoy this card! My last one was well...a bit "tasteless". If you wanna see what I'm talking about..you can see it here! I thought it was pretty hilarious! This one I went a bit more classy...lol! Hey..."those people" this set was meant for have class too dangit! x}

Ok so I leave you now on your way to visit the next stop on the hop which is the awesome

It's a pretty long trail...but I KNOW you'll enjoy it! So grab a cup of your favorite drink, kick back and enjoy the hop!

Jessica and Holly...thanks so much for having me guys! Fun times! :D

Paper Makeup Stamps BLOG HOP!!!

Hello and Happy Friday AKA Happy Paper Makeup Stamps BLOG HOP and RELEASE DAY!!! If you've come from Tangii's blog then you are on the right path...if not...head on over to the Paper Makeup Stamps blog to read any important info to then head on over to your first official stop! So...did you enjoy Tangii's creation? Isn't she awesome? Yeah...she sure is!

So without further blah blah from me...here is the card I made using Moody for Dragonflies releasing TODAY Friday, May 7th! Isn't she gorgeous? I'm so happy I found this Japanese fancy paper to work into the image which I paper pieced. I was gifted this paper AGES ago by a dear friend and I never knew what to use it for...until Moody for Dragonflies came along! The sentiment I paired with this image is from the set Faith Hope Love by Lindsay Spencer.

Sooooo...like always...there will be letters for you to collect for a discount code! ;) My letter for you today is:
Now head on over to Christi T.'s blog for your next stop! I bet she has something awesome for you to drool over! :P

Remember the party will be this evening after the HOP...so at about 8 pm CST head on over to chat a bit and maybe win something?! So clear your schedule and join the party over at the Paper Makeup Stamps forum! After you're done partying...head on over a maybe do a little shopping? Hmmm...it is Mother's Day so you can use that excuse? LOL! ;)

Have a great weekend and an AMAZING Mother's Day!


Paper Makeup Stamps Sneak Peek!

Hola people! How's it going? So...wanna see some more peeks for Paper Makeup Stamps? Yeah...I bet you do! Well today some of the team is sneaking you some peeks of some gorgeous silhouette flowers that will be in a set called Faith Hope Love by Lindsay Spencer. Lindsay is returning to do more designs for PMS.

So without further blah blah from me...here is the card I made using one of the flowers and grass from the set that will be releasing tomorrow Friday, May 7th...so mark your calendars! You don't wanna miss that OR the release party! Also...don't forget to hop along with us tomorrow Friday, May 7th starting at 7 am CST! Like always...there will be letters to collect for a discount code! ;)

The party will be tomorrow evening after the HOP...so at about 8 pm CST head on over to chat a bit and maybe win something?! So clear your schedule and join the party over at the Paper Makeup Stamps forum!


Tuesday Morning Sketches #44

Hello y'all and welcome to another Tuesday in Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge! I hope you had a great weekend and that you're ready for another sketch to play with!

Ok...let me first begin by letting you know this weeks sponsor. It's non other than Stef AKA Glitterbabe...the lamp shade queen...lol...and her oh so cute images from Glitterbabe's Art Shop! Ok...now when I saw the image I wanted to play with...Lava Lamp...and graciously donated by Stef...I had a vision of what I wanted. Once created...it was SOOOO not what I had envisioned. Same ol' story huh almost every week...like clock work...lol? Yeah...I'll never learn that my visions don't always come true! *blush* Still I love this image and the sentiment I created to go with it. I'm a BIG TIME lava lamp fool...so you know why I chose this image. :D My lava lamp was blue with yellow globs and glitter. Cool huh? I remember I use to sit HOURS with LV as a baby in my arms when she napped and could stare at it to help relax me. Where is my lava lamp when I need it. I may have to go look for one! I had that one for 6 years...so I grew fond of it until Oscar moved in to the picture and decided it wasn't "for us" anymore. Pshhhh! *rolls eyes* Oh well...I'm 33 and I can get another and NO ONE can tell me different...not even Oscar! LOL! BTW...noticed I was the little rebel and flipped the sketch on it's side? Shhh...don't tell Melissa! Oh wait never mind...she knows! OH OH OH...and hold on to your seat, socks, and underware...wait no...yeah...NO COPICS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS CARD! Ok...you can run screaming now! Nope...NO COPICS...all are Prismas! :0 I have been neglecting my first love and that's not right! No sir...or ma'am!

Anywho enough of my silly antics...hope to see you play along! Check out Tuesday Morning Sketches to see what the other chicas have been up to and drop them some love! ;)


Makeup 4 The Weekend #26

Hello all and HAPPY FRIDAY! TGIF right? I know I'm thankful it's Friday! I've been having a semi-rough week feeling yucky and what not.

Anywho...today if Friday which means it's time for another Paper Makeup Stamps Makeup for the Weekend challenge! This weeks challenge is brought to you by Christi S. The challenge is this inspiration piece. It's beautiful right? Well I made this card inspired. :D It's been a while since I did some piecing...so this was pretty cool to break out again! Oh...and isn't that sentiment true? LMBO!!!

EDIT TO POST: I am so sorry I forgot to add the link of the stamp set I used for this card. As soon as I can handle getting up out of bed without feeling nausea I'll post it. I will let you know it's called Tinas Kitchen and it's available at Paper Makeup Stamps! Links to come soon!

K...I wont keep you long. I'm feeling like a freakin' narcoleptic recently and so I'm headed to sleep before I do something stupid in the house...lol. I almost dropped my camera into the washer...don't ask! Also...I almost wore different shoes to drop off Lizzie to school! LOL! I know...

Hope to see you play along! I don't know when I'll be posting again up until Tuesday...so if I don't post until then...have an AMAZING weekend!


Tuesday Morning Sketches #43

Hey peeps and Happy Tuesday! I think I like the second day of the week better than Monday...lol! Mostly because I get to let you know about Tuesday Morning Sketches latest sketch challenge! :P I know I usually whine *with some cheese on the side* about how some of the sketches Melissa throws at us scare the HECK out of me...lol...but this week is different...this is my kid of sketch I can work with and not feel like a fish out of water! LMBO! Seriously! I mean I can take on ANY sketch if I see a sample...but with this...being on the team...OMG it's like walking blind into a room. Yeah...I'm that bad at that kind of creativity! LO's KILL me...but DANG I love them! ANYWHO...I managed to kill this one...or so I hope! I know I'll be knoched over with a feather at what the rest of the team does! *hides* LOL!

It was fun to work with this image by this weeks sponsor who happens to be new to the game. Her name is Lia from Lia Stampz and her selection of little characters she has are super adorable. I knew I wanted to play with Twink as soon as I saw him. Seeing the sketch and the image POP in my head...it all clicked! It was one of those "the heaves opened up" kinda moment. Ok...there I go with the cheese...lol. Anywho...this was my first time trying out the clouds using the scalloped punch and my Copic airbrush can. :D I need to try that more often. Anywho...check out Tuesday Morning Sketches to see what the team has been up to and make sure to leave them some love! Hope to see you play along!


Hola everyone!

I'm so happy I want to scream...but I'll still knock on wood though because I'm still not on the safe side. The dude that fixed my computer installed a new hard drive but updated me to Windows Vista. So what's the downside to that right? Well...my computer doesn't have enough RAM to run Vista...so needless to say my computer is sllloooooowwwwww. We already coughed up $160...OUCH...and we're not about to blow more money on RAM...we can't do that just now. GREAT!. Still with me you never know what's gonna happen next huh? LOL! Anywho...I have my computer back...AND THE DUDE WAS ABLE TO SAVE MY FILES!!!! YAY! That made me the happiest...to know he saved my pics. I've now backed all my pictures up on discs...as well as my digi everything. So I'll be back soon...Tuesday to be exact with a new post with a card for Tuesday Morning Sketches...so I hope to see you here! Thank you to those who came and visited and commented my blog while I was gone. :)

BTW...here is a picture of my empty nest...lol! It was nicely replaced while PC was gone though...lol.

So...have you gone to my "dark side" Deadly Creations? ...check it out!


This is insanity...

I'm seriously on the verge of tears right now! My computer spazzed out on me and I can't even get it to start up in Safe Mode. I don't know what to do now because now I can't even make blogposts from my iTouch because I can't even load photos. Once my battery dies that's it for me! Why does this happen? I had new files and everything...all of my digis are the ones that worry me most! All that money down the drain! Like I need more stress right now. UGH!!! So we'll see what happens now because we can't afford a new computer at the moment. I wanna cus so bad right now...more worst because I haven't smoked in a bit over 2 months now! Please be patient with me while I'm back up and running!

Just a quick note...NEW BLOG STATUS

Tuesday Morning Sketches is below...go check it out and play along! :D

Hey girls...just wanted to let you know that LV and I have started a new blog. It's of the "darker" creations we make. It'll range from stamping to crocheting to jewelry. Check it out...but I warn...it's only for those who get the "dark" humor. I didn't want to post those creations here because I don't know who'll take offense. I'm one of those "non-traditional catholics"...lmbo. I don't always stick to the rules...:P See ya there!

Tuesday Morning Sketches #42

HOLA PEEEEEE-POOOOOOOO! I'm sorry...I'm still on a bit of a candy and coffee rush! I've been on some serious sugar since Thursday and coffee since Saturday. So not good for me but sooooo needed! I know I'll feel the pain of that!

Anywho...time for another Tuesday Morning Sketches! This week is sponsored by Melissa's sis...Theresa! She came up with her own sketch and let me tell you...it gave me the 1 2 knockout punch! It seriously stumped the heck out of me! Still I tried my best and I hope I rep'd the sketch OK! :P

This card is also for Copic Creations to make black hair!!! Oooohhhhh...you know I love that!!! I LOVE black hair on my creations. That's where I started to learn the whole "shiny hair" thing. :D

So...how 'bout you play along and show us what YOU can do with the sketch! Make sure to link up on the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog! See ya there!