I am sad to say that Moments of Tranquility Shop has been closed for good.
I am grateful for the years of support and kindness that I have received. :o)

If you are here looking for Dusty Attic chipboard... DON'T PANIC!
You can now purchase Dusty Attic chipboard directly from the manufacturer HERE.

Happy Monday friends!  Just wanted to post a quick note about some of the new changes over at The Dusty Attic.  If you haven't done so already, head on over to to see the newly redesigned
 site (thanks to two talented ladies, Mistra and Michelle )
The new January 2011 releases have been posted!  Be sure to check out the new gorgeous chippies!

We also have new Dusty Attic blinkies and blog buttons available!  Click here to be directed to the blinkies page.

Also, don't forget to enter this month's sketch challenge for a chance to win a fabulous prize pack!

Have a fantabulous week everyone!

Clip it Up All-In-One Organization System

CHA Booth 2860

Is this awesome or what??  Here's a sneak peek of the new products by Simply Renee.

The All-In-One Base allows you to add and adjust components for your personal needs. With its sturdy, yet simple design, grooves are placed every inch apart to allow maximum use of the entire frame.
Want more ribbon space? Check out the double-sided ribbon holder.
Add the multi-purpose trays for the loose items you need organized but want within easy reach.
The All-In-One uses the classic Clip it Up rotating storage arms that continue to be a favorite of crafters, scrapbookers, and quilters everywhere. Now the opportunity to have it your way is combined with the unique visual storage concept of the Clip it Up line of products, all in one location.

01-045 All-In-One Base 
MSRP $95.00
  • The trays and rotating rings can be adjusted up or down the base unit poles
  • Takes advantage of the vertical space in your craft room
  • Eliminates the horizontal clutter of things spread out on a desktop or tucked into shelves
  • See it, reach it, use it, yet keep it in its place
  • 78” tall, 33” wide legs 26”

image03-007 Clip it Up Tray
MSRP $50.00

  • 18.5” diameter with 6 divided sections
  • Perfect for tools, embellishments, paint, glitter, threads and more
  • Spins for quick and easy access

image03-005 Floor Model Arm
MSRP $35.00

  • 15” Diameter Ring
  • Holds hundreds of paper, embellishments, fabric, notions
    and more
  • Spins for quick and easy access

image03-008 All-In-One Single Ribbon
MSRP $45.00

  • 32” of ribbon storage
  • Accommodates different sizes 
    of ribbon
  • No dowels –No unraveling
  • Simple to add and remove ribbon

Double Ribbon03-009 All-In-One Double Ribbon
MSRP $70.00

  • Doubles the amount of 
    ribbon storage

This new system will be available approximately May 2011!!!

If you're heading over to CHA, be sure to check out the new products of Simply Renee at booth 2860.

Hi everyone!  It's Monday again which means there is a new sketch challenge over at Get Your Sketch On! (GYSO).  This week's sponsor is The Cutting Cafe.  To the left you will see a sketch created by the fabulous Bree.  
This layout is of my baby girl when she was 3.  She decided to throw me a smooch as I was snapping her photo.

 I happened to buy these pink, puffy alphabet letters on clearance.  Don't you love a great buy?  I didn't think I would actually use them, but who could refuse a sticker pack for $0.99?  They ended up matching perfectly with my layout so I am very happy :o)  The black title letters are foam stickers made by EK Success.
 This FAAAAA-BULOUS vine is made by my dear friend Kay.  She is super talented at making vines and other embellies.  Here she combined beaded flowers (that she also made herself), mulberry flowers and a glossy butterfly.  You can find this vine and other goodies in her etsy, Kay's Kreative Korner.
 These butterflies are also from Kay's Kreative Korner.  In this etsy you will find so many different varieties of butterflies.  Each butterfly has a glossy texture, wire antennas, and glittered body and wings.
 The little 'I love you' quote is from The Cutting Cafe.  I highlighted the letters with Stickles to add a little bling.  I also added feathers behind the quote to match the feathers on the hood of my daughter's jacket.
 I partially punched the border of my layout using Martha Stewart's Wild Flowers punch.  I added a little bling to each flower center.  The lacing you see here is what many people call my 'trademark' LOL.  My dear friend Kelly says that I must have learned to tie my shoes at an early age because I am obsessed with lacing.  But actually... I think I was deprived of laces as a child because I always had those shoes with the velcro tabs LOL.  If you're interested, you can find my lacing tutorial here.  Just keep in mind when reading the tutorial that I did not add the 'twist' to the lacing on this layout. 
I almost always use the Fiskars Threading Water punch to create a border with holes for me to lace through.  It just makes my life easier by saving me the time of measuring and punching each individual hole.  The stitched border was punched using my new favorite punch by Martha Stewart and then hand-stitched with embroidery floss. 
This chippie is made by The Dusty Attic, however it is only a section of the actual chipboard design.  I had used the Decorative Gate #1 (DA0289) in a previous layout, and I had cut out the inner portion of the gate.  I saved it, of course. (Who could throw out a piece of Dusty Attic?)  The inner portion of the gate matched perfectly with this layout!  I painted it with white acrylic paint and topped it off with some Stickles. 

For a list of products used, please click on the link below.

Last night I received an exciting phone call from Renee inviting me to join the Simply Renee Design Team!  I was overwhelmed with joy!  I am so looking forward to working with these wonderful women!  Check out the new Design Team on the Simply Renee Blog!

Have a wonderful day!

I am so ecstatic to announce that I have been invited to join the Dusty Attic Design Team!  I still can't believe it!  What an honor to join this talented group of artists!

Head on over to The Dusty Attic and check out this year's design team.  We are also on Facebook too!

Thanks to all of you who have given your constant support and encouragement.  Have a wonderful day!

Hi my fellow scrappers!  I can't believe January is quickly coming to an end!  This month is flying by, and I haven't even taken my Christmas decorations down!  Eek!  At this rate, it will be 2012 in no time.
Yes, this is another lovey-dovey page of me and my hubby.  LOL.   I really did travel thousands of miles to find my other half.  I met him while on a family vacation in Colombia two years ago.  I can't say I believe in love at first sight... that's a bit extreme, but I can say that I felt a very special connection the first time we met.  

I used some Prima flowers and a pocket watch made by The Dusty Attic.  I inked it with Distress Ink and highlighted it with Perfect Pearls.  I also added a game spinner by Tim Holtz.
The grungeboard flourishes are made by Tim Holtz.  I heat embossed them with Distress embossing powder and then I smeared on some Stickles for a little bling.
I dry embossed the paper behind my photo using a Texture Fades embossing folder.  I also hand stitched the border for added texture.  This part of the title was printed onto cardstock and adhered with foam squares. 
Most of you who are familiar with my work know that I love to add lacing to my layouts.  I tore the paper and stitched it together using hemp cord and eyelets.  For a tutorial on how to do this, click here.
The word key is from Tim Holtz's Idea-ology collection.  I inked it with copper alcohol ink to mach my layout and attached it to a swivel clasp.
Here's a close-up of the corner cluster made up of flowers and grungeboard.  
If you look closely, you can see a little trail I made connecting New York and Colombia LOL.  When making this layout, I was so careful not to cover either one of these locations.  You could say that this layout has great meaning to me.  
I created a distressed frame for my photo.  If you are interested in seeing how I made it, please check out my tutorial.

Thank you for stopping by to visit!  To see more layouts or tutorials, click on a button below the 'Categories' heading located in the sidebar of my blog.  Have a wonderful week!

For a list of products used, please click on the link below.
I Traveled Thousands of Miles... To Find You


Hi friends!  Happy Monday!  I am so excited to post my first DT assignment for Get Your Sketch On! (GYSO).  GYSO is a new sketch blog with weekly challenges and great prizes.  Head on over to GYSO to see the creations of the other DT members.

To the left, you can see this week's sketch created by Bree, the founder of GYSO.  She is also the founder of Get Sketchy, our sister site for sketches especially for cards.

I used a combination of old and new BasicGrey papers... the Sublime collection, the Basic Manila collection and the Curio collection.  I did a lot of cut work on this layout, using the Curio papers.  They are just PERFECT for cutting!  In the past I always tried to avoid cutting because to me it was a painstaking process and I wasn't too good at it LOL.  But with some practice, it has become a little easier for me and I really enjoyed making this layout.

 As for my my title... I remembered the comments of my friends and family when they saw these pictures.  They said that it was the first time they have seen me look so happy.  They told me that my face is glowing in the pictures, but the most noticeable change in my expression is the look in my eyes.  Never before had they seen me look so peaceful and content.  
Just a little info on the photos... these pictures were taken in Colombia when my husband and I were still dating.  We spent a year and a half in a long distance relationship, and I would fly down to see him every chance I got.  You can imagine the joy of being together after months of being apart. :o)
Along the sides of the page, I used a border punch to create the scallop borders and I added eyelets to each hole.  I just love the look of metal on a layout!  I also hand-stitched along each side for added texture.
 I absolutely LOVE this bird cage chippie.  I purchased it at Kay's Kreative Korner.  Love this etsy; it has such a nice selection of embellies.
The bird on my layout was also cut from the BG Curio papers.
 I altered the bird cage by inking it with Distress Ink and then brushing on Perfect Pearls in three different colors to give it a worn look.  It's hard to see in the photo, but the Perfect Pearls adds such a nice touch. 
 Here I attached a Tim Holtz swivel clasp to the bird cage and hung it from a brad.
 These gorgeous butterflies were specially made for me by my scrap buddy Kay.  Check out her etsy to see all of the unique butterflies and embellies she has for sale.
The leaves and flower were cut from the BG Curio papers as well.  Along the top and bottom of the layout I created a wavy border and added some stitching.
I digitally altered this photo.  I used a popular quote to overlap the image of us.  The quote reads... "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

For a list of products used, please click on the link below.

Hi everyone!  I woke up happy today and when I checked my email I found an email that really touched me.  I know everyone receives those mass emails that are forwarded to you by friends or family.  Most of the time, those emails are a pain, but sometimes you will find a few that will make you laugh, or in this case... touch you.  I just wanted to share this email I received because I really loved the message.

It was a busy
morning, about 8:30, when an elderly
gentleman in his 80's arrived to have
stitches removed from his thumb.
He said he was in a hurry as he had an
appointment at 9:00 am.
I took his vital
signs and had him take a seat,
knowing it would be over an hour
before someone
would to able to see him.
I saw him looking at his watch and
decided, since I
was not busy with another patient,
I would evaluate his wound.
On exam, it was
well healed, so I talked to one of the
doctors, got the needed supplies to
remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of
his wound, I asked him if he
had another doctor's appointment
this morning, as
he was in such a hurry.The gentleman told me no, that he
needed to go to
the nursing home to eat breakfast
with his wife. I inquired as to her

He told me that she had been there
for a while and that she
was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease.

As we talked, I asked if she would be
upset if he was a bit late.   
He replied that she no longer knew
who he was, that she had not
recognized him in five years now.
I was surprised, and asked him,

'And you still go every
morning, even though she
doesn't know who you are?'

He smiled as he
patted my hand and said,
'She doesn't
know me, but I still know who she is.'
I had to hold back
tears as he left, I had goose bumps
on my arm, and thought,
'That is
the kind of love I want in my life.'

True love is
neither physical, nor romantic.

True love is an
acceptance of all that is,
has been, will be, and will not

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.  The happiest people don't necessarily
have the best of everything;
they just make
the best of everything they have.
Thanks for reading it!

Happy 2011!!  I can't believe we are in the year 2011!  I still remember New Year's eve of 1999 and counting down to the year 2000.  Everyone was so nervous about the whole computer glitch theories, and people were withdrawing all of their money from their bank accounts for fear that their accounts would be erased.  LOL.  Wow... we have come such a long way since then.  
2010 was a happy year for me because I got married and I started scrapbooking (don't tell my husband I compared scrapbooking to the happiness of getting married LOL).  But it was also a tough year for me in other ways... the poor economy had taken a toll on us, I was sick for most of the year, my husband had an emergency appendectomy... but thankfully, we are all well now.  I hope for a brighter 2011 filled with good times and happy memories.  I have hopes to move forward in life and enjoy every moment with my family.  I wish the same for all of you as well!

Well enough babbling... the reason for my post is to announce something exciting to start off the new year.  I have been invited to join the DT of a new sketch blog!  It's called Get Your Sketch On! (GYSO). The first sketch will be released very soon, so keep an eye out!  I am looking forward to working with all of the talented ladies on the DT.  My first DT assignment will be posted next week.  Can't wait!  Until then!

  • I have decided to step down from all Design Teams to spend more time with my family. I do occasionally create so keep an eye out!