Hello everyone! I am thrilled to have you visit with me and I hope you enjoy your stay. I absolutely love company, sharing, and making new friends so I hope you find something here that inspires, motivates, or just pleases you in some way.

Of course, I love to visit and be inspired also. So if I don't already drop in on you, please let me know where I can find you and I'll hop on over to see what you're doing or to just say "hi".

Before you go, I would love it if you'd please leave me a comment letting me know you dropped in! Actually, I'd just love to hear from you -- comments, opinions, or questions you'd like me to answer.

In the meantime, relax and make yourselves at home... you're family here!!!

I'll be seeing you!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Hello, all!!!  Happy Tuesday!!!

And, hello new follower!  Glad you joined my family and hope to see more of you!  You're always welcome!

I'm finally back from my MP soap session with my girlfriend.  I really don't think she felt up to doing any crafting or soapmaking today though; she didn't even help me much.  Nor did I do very well.  It took me 3 measuring cups of melted soap -- I kept burning it -- and 5 melted/distorted molds before I made a decent batch which I ended up having to bring home in a plastic shoe box.  During the time I was messing up all this melt and pour stuff I'd purchased for her to help me -- she sat there watching television!!!   As for her handmade soap making experience, she is just not a "from scratch" soap maker and decided to leave in the middle of the process leaving me to complete the batch on my own -- the batch I didn't want to do in the first place!!! She wouldn't even attempt to finish her first ( and probably last) lesson!  She said it was too hard; it really isn't, she just wasn't interested.  Anway, I'm going to try re-melting, re-molding, and then try to turn what I have into something "reasonably" pretty or I'll just use it to make liquid soap.  As far as her batch of handmade soap... well, she wants me to come over once it cures to either mold or cut the bars!  She's unbelievable!!!  I love her but I'm not liking her at all very much right now, and she could never-ever again convince me to do any soapmaking with her!!!  She won't like me posting this but I really don't care!!!

However, fortunately, I do have a project to share.  I completed this card last night for Robyn's birthday challenge "Love Is In The Air":

I thought it would be fun to add something to the inside too:

I used my Cuttlebug for the embossed background, lots of Stickles; the victorian lady image I found on the internet, the flower stickers are Mrs. Grossman, and the stamp is one I purchased years ago at Michael's.  Pink ribbon and a pink rhinestone around the neck on the image completed the card.

I know you aren't accustomed to me doing projects for challenges but (another resolution) I'm going to try to do better this year at joining in and participating in more blog activities.  All I need to do is fine some extra time!!!  LOL!!!

Well, that's it for now.  I'll be back!


shari said...

I'd kick her butt if she were my friend! I find that alot with my friends, they all want my projects but try to get them involved and it's too much work. Don't let her get you down. Your card is beautiful! I hope your day tomorrow is better, Shari (cricutrookie)

"Um Buggin" said...

Audrey, this card is just gorgeous! I love the elegant and victorian feel this card gives. Such beautiful and very well coordinated colors. Awesome my friend, just awesome!
Sorry to hear your friend wasn't with the soap making, she will surely regret it, Take care!

Hugz, xx


Mercedes Pineiro said...

This is so beautiful love it thanks for sharing with us. I love the paper and woman photo.

Cher~ said...

So very pretty. Love the paper shawl.

scrappin sista said...

Very pretty!

Jen said...

Your card is gorgeous!! I'm sorry to hear about the soap day... hope thinks getter better for you. :)
Just think you did something nice for someone whether they enjoyed it or not. :)

Carol's Sweet Creations! said...

wow...this she is so elegant! I love the hat :0). I hope you have a blessed day my friend!
Hugs, Carol L.

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

wow... this card is lovely, I am sure she will love it. Love the embossing too. Can't wait to see the soaps!

Christine said...

Oh, Audrey, what a fiasco! But your card is fantastic. You certainly made the best out of a less than perfect day.

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

WOW Audrey! I am shocked! I am sorry you didn't have fun today. Hopefully you can figure out the soap making on your own.

Beautiful card and of course, I love the embossing!

Have a great week...we are supposed to get more snow tomorrow - our town is shutting down even before it gets here. I'm going to use all my vacation hours on snow days...:-( We are not used to this in the South!

Hugs to you!

Jean said...

Great card!! Sorry for the bad experience with soap pouring today.

lovemypaper said...

Well sorry to here the soap making did not go well,but I sure you will get it fix.Look on the bright side you got out of the house!:)Very pretty cards good luck!

Love That Bug said...

First off I love your card. I am also going to try to get more involoved in challenges this year. I wish you luck on your entry.
Sorry to hear your day with your friend didn't go as planned. Like you said, some people just aren't the "from scratched" kind.

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

I think I would like to do more challenges too. Especially if they turn out as nice as this! TFS

Lori Apgar said...

Oh Sweetie, don't kick her. Next time come to my house instead!!!

Your card is so elegant!!

Angi @ CokiePop said...

Sorry you had a hard time with your soap making. :(

Love your card. Very beautiful and elegant. :)

Rosemary said...

Considering how inconsiderate your friend was being, yes, you may kick her! LOL, just kidding.

Seriously, though, if she thought that was hard and time consuming WHAT does she consider a quick and easy craft? I used to make the melt and pour soap and I thought it was very easy to do and lots of fun!

Well, your card came out very pretty - loving the color and the image. I think the inside is quite pretty and it's nice to finish off a card that way isn't it?

~JulieH~ said...

Oh your card is gorgeous!I absolutely love the ribbon shawl so creative!

mforquer said...

Audrey - Big Hugs - Love your card and don't kick her - just don't fix her soap! LOL

Brenda said...

first I love your card sooo romantic second now I am scared off into trying soap-making I bought tons of stuff when it went into clearance at work...never had the time to try ...did you know ya can even rubber stamp on soap? One kit had rubber stamps in there ..all these ideas and never enough time..joy!

Beebeebabs said...

Sorry for your bad day. Your card is beautiful tfs.

Sandy from Ukiah said...

LOL.. it's a good thing you "love" your friend.. I am so sorry that she did that to you. :-( I too want to enter more challenges this year.. trying to get ready for CHA.. but wanted to stop by and say "hello" and as always your card is FABULOUS.. I don't know how you get around to posting on everyone's blog and still find time to do such BEAUTIFUL projects. hugs

Mary said...

Ok I love the Victorian lady. As for your BFF hide the soap when she comes to your house. Tell her only special people get to use your homemade soap!! lol.

Curt in Carmel said...

I can't tell you how many times I "suffered" through friend's interests for their sake. I would have never treated you like that. There is something called "grin and bare it" that she needs to learn. You don't need to kick her, just wash her manners with a little of that soap! LOL Love your card. Your cards always have such a class about them. Actually, they reflect you! Best, Curt