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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Do NOT Adjust Your Monitors!

I'm under a lot of stress right now, so I didn't feel the mojo coming. It happens to me a lot actually. Usually, I just dilly dally until it comes back but this time, I did something totally different. I decided to go as far outside my box as I possibly could, in hopes that would make my mojo appear. And lo and behold...

It's a shabby chic card! Did you think I had it in me? I didn't. In fact, I had to go buy new paper since I have nothing super shabby. The paper is K.Co. I painted the edges with Creative Inspirations Paints in Winter Frost. You would not believe how AMAZING it makes the distressing look! The stamp is from Ippity's Regal Greetings (available in my sidebar.) The butterfly was RAKed to me. I got a whole bunch of them so I don't know what kind of paper it is. The text paper is actually pulled from a book I bought at a library sale for this purpose. The lace was a gift from my friend Kristen Dyer and the button is PTI. The flower is from a set I got at the DOLLAR TREE! Can you believe it? There are a whole bunch in one pack for $1!!

I tried my hand at the whole vintage thing too. This didn't turn out as well. I tried though, so that's something. The paper and sticker with sentiment is Cosmo Cricket. The text scallop is the book again. The butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch. And the fiber is actually a natural/green product from Joann Fabrics.

On a personal note (feel free to stop reading), I did want to fill you all in on what's happening here. Thanks for all the concern! We found out last week that our landlords have not been using our rent money to pay the mortgage on this house so it is now in foreclosure. We have to move out, probably by May 1st. It's quite an upset.

Along with learning the truth about those people, a couple other people in my life have proved to not be what I thought they were. So, I lost a couple friends last week as well. I'm better off without the drama but I'm sad that I invested time in these people who didn't deserve it. But you live and learn right?

Have a happy Thursday, my friends!

18 comments:

  1. big hugs ashley i hope things work out well for you down the road.

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  2. Oh Ashley...no wonder you are on overload. I'll keep you in my prayers. Hopefully you will find a wonderful new place to live.

    Your cards are lovely. I especially like your shabby chic card which I think also has a vintage feel...beautiful!

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  3. WOW! I think both your shabby chic cards are awesome. I'll be praying for you. Things will workout, even if it doesn't seem like it. Just keep the faith.

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  4. Wow oh WOW! These are BEAUTIFUL! I love love love everything you make!

    I'm sorry to hear about your landlords. And about your friends. I also went through the same thing yesterday--really upsetting me. I will pray for a place to live and good rent, as well as your heart to heal! Romans 8:28, "We know that in ALL things GOD works for the GOOD of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

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  5. aw, sweetie! I am sorry that things are so awful right now. As renters, I worry about that happening too.

    On the plus side, your cards are GORGEOUS!!! smiles & hugs...

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  6. Both of these cards are just gorgeous, Ash! LOVE them both! :)

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  7. You really do great shabby chic!! And your vintage card is darling!

    You know I'm here for you - whatever you need. If it's within my power, you've got it. Big hugs, dear friend.

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  8. Gorgeous cards, Ashley! So sad to hear about the disappointing people in your life. Hope they are soon replaced by better ones. Hugs
    Keeping you in my prayers.

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  9. I love both of your cards! I think you rocked the Shabby Chic and the Vintage! I need to try both styles too!

    Good luck to you and your family! I'll keep you in my prayers that everything will work out!

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  10. Hugs! I'm thinking of you!!
    Wonderful cards..I {heart} that first one!

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  11. These are both adorable Ashley! and Of course I knew you had it in you!!...Sweetie I hope you find a better house that you love very very soon..and I'm sorry about your losing people you thought of as friends, it always sucks when people don't turn out to be who you thought they were..big hugs headed your way!

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  12. Hang in there sweetie. This too shall pass! I hope for you a quick house find that's even better then the one you are in now!

    I truly love both of these cards! I love when you go "outside the box", you always kick the box's arse! :-)

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  13. I can only tell you that thinking 'outside' the norm REALLY works for you, girlie! I LOVE...LOVE LOVE! These are gorgeous!

    I'm so sorry to hear about your troubles...what a stressful situation for you and with little ones I can't imagine, let alone for anyone, you know? Call me ANY time, k? I'm your friend, you know that :) LOVE to you!!!

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  14. First of all you do shabby chic very well and should entertain it more often!! Love your cards!! Second, I am so sorry to hear about your house and friendship situations!! I know these things can be tough!! Your real friends are here to help you get through it all!! Hugs to you!! Love ya!

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  15. Wow Ashley, I'm impressed with these cards, you do shabby chic FABulously...submit them to publish...hurry! *smile*
    Sorry to hear the other stuff...always remember that when one door shuts another opens and everything that we go through only makes us stronger!...and yes, you have to deal with it all, but those hugs and kisses from your little ones will always bring you happiness...no matter what!

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  16. Love those out-of-comfort zone cards! Sorry to hear that you are having such a rough time ~ stinks that your landlords have put you in such a spot... big virtual hugs coming from the east coast!

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  17. LOVE your cards, ashley! so sorry to hear about your landlord and friends. may you find a safe new haven and along with it, wonderful new friends!

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  18. TOTALLY rocks! wow! never would have guessed your mojo wasn't flowing-these are wonderfully shabby chic! and prayers for you and a new house hunt-something great must be in the works!

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