Awesome news and a few projects to share

Boy, do I have some exciting news to share with you today along with showing you a few cards I have been working on all week! I had a fantastic week I have to say. I finished my Life Coaching Certificate course, which I am very happy and excited about and there is something else that I am excited about, but that I can't share about that yet for a little while, but it's something I will love as well and super excited just as excited I am about the news I am sharing about today!!! Anyway, get ready, this will be a long post, but hopefully you will love the eye candy...

Early part of this week I got an e-mail inviting me to be a Staff Member at the Scrapbook News and Review magazine!!! Yepppp....that's right....I couldn't believe my eyes!!!!!! And even though I didn't really know what that entails, I decided to accept the offer and am I ever glad I did! I immediately fell in love with the owners and the other Staff Members! I am totally honored to be part of their magazine. If you are not familiar with Scrapbook News and Review magazine, I suggest you check it out. It's full of inspiration and yes, there are lots of reviews of all kinds of different manufacturing products, so you can see products being used before you buy. So, I hope to bring you lots of inspiration and hope you join us in the forum for a chat and hope you will submit your special work to their magazine so they can publish it. I will post from time to time the calls here on my blog, so you know. Pretty cool, isn't it?

Anyway, so I have been making cards this week by using Mojo Monday's sketches mainly and here they are. The first card is using Tuesday's sketch:

This card is also for this week's Caardvarks color challenge, which was black, white and hot pink and also for the Hero Arts blog challenge make a card for a friend and mail it, so this will be mailed to someone who needs happy wishes right about now.

Items used for this card:
Cardstock: Stampin Up and The Paper Co.
Stamps: Hero Arts (the brocade background is one of the new cling stamps)
Ink: Memories and Stampin Up white embossing powder, Versamark
May Arts ribbon
Cuttlebug embossing folder
EK Success border punch
Decorative scissors
sewing thread

Next card is with the Wednesday's sketch
And my card which used the color challenge on Splitcoaststampers, which was Vanilla, Close to Cocoa and Taken by Teal, which matched up pretty nice with the new SEI papers.

Items used to make this card:

Cardstock: Stampin Up
Patterned Paper: Sei
Rubberstamps: Unity Stamps
Ink: Stampin Up
Cuttlebug embossing folders
Martha Stewart border punch
Spellbinders nestabilities
Ribbon from my stash

Next up is Thursday's sketch:
Here is my card, which uses the August Urban Anthology's kit's papers, which is now sold out. I really love the way this turned out, specially the coloring of the on it to enlarge the card!

Items used to make this card with:

Cardstock: Stampin Up and unknown
Patterned Papers: October Afternoon and tag by Keri Babbit
Stamp: Unity Stamps
Ink: Ranger distress inks
Cuttlebug embossing folder and diecut
Spellbinders nestabilities
Ribbon: All My Memories

Next card up is using Friday's sketch:

And my card, which uses papers from the June Urban Anthology kit. This card is so special to me, well, really the stamp. I have been waiting so patiently for my August KOTM from Unity Stamps as this stamp so resonates with me! Just love that quote, so you will be seeing me using this a LOT!!!! So get ready!

Items used to make this card:

Cardstock: Stampin Up and Clubscrap (just rediscovered my old CS papers, so I pledged myself to use them up)
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
Stamp: Unity Stamps
Ink: Memories
Stampin Up Border punch
Spellbinders Nestabilities
Cuttlebug embossing
Ribbon from my stash

And my last item to share with you today is the cutest little purse. Yeppp...I just love little purses! And the die cut is again from Creative Cuts and More, which I just adore, but why don't you take a look and tell me what you think. Isn't this the cutest???? And they are the easiest dies to work with! You can put some goodies, a little gift or money in this purse and give it as a gift. It's just adorable and I love it! By the way this is fitting the Caardvarks color challenge again.

Items used to make this little purse:

Purse diecut: Creative Cuts and More
Cardstock: The paper Company
Stamp: Unity stamps August KOTM
Cuttlebug embossing folders
Ink: Memories and Stampin Up
Score-it board
Stampin Up Border punch

Well that is all I have for today. I haven't had a chance to make a card with the Saturday's sketch, hope to make it tomorrow. Hope you enjoyed the showcase of cards. Wishing you a happy rest of the Saturday.