Thursday, May 20, 2010

Like sunshine after the rain

Hello scrappy friends! I have had a pretty exciting week, so I just had to share! I did get a final layoff notice from my school district this month, so times may be rough ahead,but I am looking forward to new opportunities at the moment. This week I began submitting job applications for potential new positions and the one I am most excited about is at a local university as an Instructional Designer; this job is so perfect for me! I'll keep you posted, but in the meantime I am researching everything I can about the school and its programs. :)
After all the anxiety I've been through in this layoff, I feel like this week has really lifted my spirits in small ways. After a particularly yucky day, I came home to find a package of too sweet stamps from my new scrappy friend, Lisa. You must check out her it! She sent me these darlings:

So cute, no? I had just enough time to ink one of 'em up and get her colored in with my copics and prismas...I'll let you know when she gets a home! The sweetest thing about this package was that last time we were at our LSS, we both liked this set and I was going to purchase it, but before I'd made up my mind (and my wallet), a girl in our group snagged 'em. I so appreciate Lisa's thoughtfulness and generosity! <3
Additionally, I received an e-mail from Lisa and Betty (of the NEW SimplyBettyStamps) today inviting me to be a part of Betty's first DESIGN TEAM! *insert giggly boppin' around here* I was able to see all of the images in her first release this afternoon and they are SO friggin' cute! You can check out either Lisa or Betty's blogs for a Lil' sneak peak, or see the images on the company blog, here.
In light of all of this loveliness, I wanted to share this little doll with you:

For this card, I used the Rain Snow Shine set from The Greeting Farm for the main image; isn't Anya fabulous? After coloring in Anya's hair and skin with my Copics and Prismacolor Markers, I started by stamping Anya onto various scraps of both K & Co. and DCWV papers and then paper piecing her outfit together. From there, I used the Hello Kitty Greetings Cartridge and my Cricut Expression for the rainbow and raincloud, using coordinating papers. I finished it all off with a couple punches from Martha Stewart(butterflies and fence border), some embossing with SU! plates,a few prima flowers and a phrase stamp(SU!) punched out with my SU! word window punch. All of the Cardstock is SU! and the papers are from the DCWV Crafty stack.
Here is a close-up of the fashionable Anya:

I want to wish you all a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend!
Hugs and HOOTS,
Alicia <3


  1. So sorry to hear about your pink slip. You have a very good attitude about it and only great things can come from that. I wish you lots of luck in your future journey.

    That stamp set is kind of your friend to get it for you. YAY for the DT spot. I am going to go and check out the website now. ;)

    I absolutely LOVE your card. The layout and colors are FABULOUS!! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Hugs and hoots to you, too!!! We are so excited that you'll be joining us at SBS!!! And I'll keep my fingers crossed for you (and say some prayers) that the job prospect pans out. They would be lucky to have you!

    ADORABLE card!!! I can't wait until our next scrap night so you can give me more Gypsy lessons!!!!

    Woot Woot!!!

  3. Alicia!! Yay, you're back...I've been checking every day for a new post. I too am sorry to hear about the job layoff but hope you find something soon. In the meantime, please film more wonderful Gypsy videos - they are just great and I miss your calm, great explanations! (My Gypsy did arrive!) Congrats on the design team post - you are obivously so creative beyond the Cricut and the stamps and card are beautiful!! tfs...and welcome back.

  4. AW Alicia, I'm sorry to hear that but I'm sure you will find something else. Congratulations on the Design Team, love the card that is the cutest. Good friend to send you something sweet. Very nice.

  5. This is ABSOLUTELY great!!!! I'm so glad things are looking up for you... OF COURSE everything will happen EXACTLY as it's supposed to! LOL! :)