MDS Monday - Surround Yourself...

I'm a sucker for a good inspirational quote.  My Facebook friends often bear the brunt of my sharing - I can't help but spread the joy when I find a good one, especially if it looks good too.

Mostly though, I share so that I can find my favourites later for myself.  Oftentimes I look back through my own feed to see some of the inspirational words that have struck a chord with me one time or another and I always find them to be good reminders for myself and of the person I want to be.

This is one that I actually found on the feed of one of my favourite Instagram accounts, and I loved it so much that I wanted it to be something I could cast my eyes upon frequently, without having to search for it first...

There is actually very little in the way of MDS content involved here - a background and a swirl or two at the most - it is primarily made up of different fonts that I have downloaded from the internet and installed on my computer.

I have always loved typography, so fonts are a definite "thing" of mine...

One of the most fun things about fonts, apart from the vast array of different types of lettering you can get, are the ones that are referred to as Dingbats - little picture icons that are designated to keyboard letters, so you can "write" in pictures.

The banner shape that houses the words "with the" at the top of my project is an example of this, and it comes from a font named KG Flavor and Frames Seven...

Another of my favourites that is perfect for the chalkboard style swirls and swashes is Bergamot Ornaments...

One of my aims for my house one day is to have a wall of framed beauty - a combination of word art, photos and pretty things that I get to look at every day that make my heart sing.

Which is a bit of an irony, considering that one of my favourite quotes is..

There are seven days in a week and someday isn't one of them

Perhaps that one should be my next frame-able project...

Hook me up with your favourite quotes on all things positive and inspirational.  And fonts - I'm always on the lookout for fabulous fonts...

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MDS Monday - A fond farewell...

A couple of Sundays ago we came up against the moment in time that occurs in the lives of most pet owners at one time or another.

Our beautiful Ridgeback X, Luke, had been declining in mobility and general health for some time and as much as I didn't want to say it out loud, I knew that there would come a time when we would have a difficult decision to make.

As prepared as I thought I was, it still took me by surprise that it happened so suddenly that Sunday afternoon and evening.

In all of the sadness that surrounded that and the following days, I am grateful that my girls were able to say their goodbyes to him with love and calm, the vet that came to our house was kind and lovely in the face of what must be a horrible part of his job and I was able to be with Luke every second, knowing that he was able to feel the love we had for him.

We have some wonderful memories of Luke's time as part of our family, and I created a 12x12 layout in MDS with two of my favourites...

MDS downloads: Paw Parade Designer Kit, Flower Pot Designer Series Paper, Happiness Is Project Life Designer Kit, Essential Wooden Elements

MDS downloads: Paw Parade Designer Kit, Flower Pot Designer Series Paper, Happiness Is Project Life Designer Kit, Essential Wooden Elements

The smaller of the two photos is Luke as the strong and robust fellow that came to us from the dog shelter and quickly made his way into our hearts.

The larger photo is one of a series of family photos that we had taken by a photographer a few years ago. I just love how he inserted himself among us all and how his smile is most definitely the biggest!

The combination of the Paw Parade and Flower Pot downloads were perfect to capture the bright and happy photos and memories of sweet times.

Rest in peace, my beautiful boy xo

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Catalogue launch projects - get inspired...!

I had so much fun launching the brand new and fresh Annual Catalogue this past month with my lovely customers and stampin' friends!

The hardest part was narrowing it down to a few favourite products and projects - have you SEEN the delight contained among the 249 pages of this year's catalogue?!

I managed to do so, barely, and put together three projects that attendees at my launches completed, and that I also demonstrated at customer workshops this past month.

The BEST part?

I have created an 11 page pdf containing details of all of the projects, inclusive of product lists, step-by-step instructions and full size images.

If you attended one of the workshops, or placed an order through me during June or July, you'll want to check your email inbox for a little stampin' surprise...

If you're a member of my stampin' team, I have posted the file to our team Facebook Group.

If neither of the above apply to you and you'd like to be inspired by the projects, it's as simple as placing an order of $50 or more (not including shipping) through my online store before the end of July.  

If you've been building a wishlist anyway (how could you NOT be...?), then it's a great chance to grab some new stuff that you've been eyeing off, plus some inspiration that you can go back to again and again.

OR, if you've been thinking about test driving the demonstrator opportunity, doing so this month will score you - along with all of the other fabulous benefits of being a demonstrator - the July Stampin' Inspiration pdf (plus others that I have planned on an ongoing basis) as part of my team of awesome stampin' chicks.

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