j-flamingo reflections

Inspired by the grace and beauty of the flamingo, my life reflected by my love of reading, writing and creating.

For the love of making cards

I've been up to making a few more cards from ones I designed a while ago. I thought I've needed to start building up a better card stash again in order to have them on hand as I need them. So today, I went to a couple of different card stores, like Hallmark and Carlton Cards, to get some ideas from the ones that are being sold and it was fun. I like to do that from time to time in order to get my creative juices flowing again.
Anyway, take a peek at my cards.

Feels like Spring with Green cards:

  • Celery green cardstock from Stampin' Up
  • Lemon yellow cardstock from Bazzill used for flower punches
  • Flower punch by Fiskars
  • Rob & Bob Studio patterned paper from Provo Craft
  • Prima small blue flowers in their milk bottle line
  • Making Memories silver brads
  • light blue ribbon is from an unknown source
  • White ink along edges is Stampin' Up Craft White Ink

Warms the Heart card:

  • tan and brown cardstock from American Crafts
  • red cardstock is from an unknown source
  • Gold pigment ink is from ColorBox
  • Red pigment ink is Scarlet from ColorBox
  • Chocolate Brown ink is from Stampin' Up
  • Edging ink is from Tim Holtz Ranger Industries
  • Watercolor pencils/Chalks from Stampin' Up
  • Star brad is from Making Memories
  • Heart Stamp and saying is from Stampin' Up
I really have had fun making these. Now, I'll be working on Father's Day cards next.

Mother's day Scrapbook Pages

Recently, I was asked to help the Activity Day girls in our ward to create a scrapbook page for their Mom's for Mother's Day. I created this example titled "For My Mother."

My daughter, Nessa, was there and here's her page that she created for me!

One thing I learned is that I need to be taking more photo's of me and my mom as well as more of me with Nessa! I had a hard time finding any at all. Why hadn't I ever realized this before? I hope I will remember this now and take those pictures! I'd love to have a new tradition of creating a page for Mother's Day. I really enjoyed it. I've heard that the Activity Day girls fun creating their pages and I think they turned out nice!

Supplies we used include: American Crafts medium purple cardstock(12x12), patterned paper and stickers by The Paper Studio, silver ink by Stampabilties, white craft ink by Stampin' Up, Making Memories bright colored flower brads, Flower stamps by Stampabilities. All items were purchased from Hobby Lobby.

Three Things

Three Things I'd like to share about me:

Three names I go by:
1. Julie
2. Jewels
3. Julo

Three Jobs I have had in my life:
1. Phar-Mor Sales Associate
2. Walt Disney World College Program
3. Fifth grade Summer Camp Counselor

Three Places I have lived:
1. San Antonio, TX
2. Orlando, FL
3. East Lansing, MI

Three Favorite drinks:
1. Water
2. Lemonade
3. Orange juice

Three TV Shows that I watch:
1. Life
2. Medium
3. Masterpiece Theatre

Three places I have been:
1. San Diego (one of my favorites!)
2. Las Vegas, NV
3. Houston, TX

Three of my favorite foods:
1. Strawberries
2. Pizza
3. Hamburgers

Three Things I am looking forward to:
1. Scrapbooking and using my new Cricut!
2. helping a friend with their Family History next Sun.
3. Going to the Library with Gracie

The Bucket List

Copy and paste. if you want.
Place an (x) by all the things you've done and remove the
(x) from the ones you have not.
This is meant to cover your entire life!

( ) Been to Europe

( ) Been on a cruise (want to)

(x) Gone on a blind date (This is how I met Jared.)

(x) Skipped school (only to study for an AP class.)

( ) Watched someone die

( ) Been to Mexico

(x ) Been to Florida

(x) Been on a plane

(x) Been lost ( only once)

( ) Been on the opposite side of the country

(x) Been to Vegas

( ) Climbed a lighthouse

(x) Swam in the ocean

(x) Cried yourself to sleep

(x) Baked Bread

( ) Seen the Cherry Blossoms in Washington , D.C.

(x) Played cops and robbers

() Flown a plane

() Owned a boat

( ) Ridden a shetland pony

() Watched grandchildren grow

(x) Recently colored with crayons

( ) Been to the Kentucky Derby

( ) Been to Key West

(x) Been to a rodeo

(x) Sang Karaoke

(x) Paid for a meal with coins only

(x) Kissed a frog

(x) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't

(x) Made prank phone calls (does calling and just hanging up count)

(x) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose

(x) Caught a snowflake on your tongue

(x) Climbed a mountain

(x) Danced in the rain

(x) Written a letter to Santa Claus

(x) Been kissed under the mistletoe

(x) Watched the sunrise with someone

(x) Seen the green flash at sunset

(x) Blown bubbles

(x) Gone ice-skating

() Gone ice -fishing

(x) Gone to a drive-in movie

() Owned a convertible

() Stiffed a waitress

(x) Ridden a motorcycle (does a scooter count? I still wore a helmet.)

() Bungee jumped

(x) Caught snakes (garden variety)

(x) Eaten anchovies (so yucky!)

() Been in all 50 states

(x) Watched a lightning storm

(x) Ridden a roller coaster

1. Any nicknames? Jue, Jewels, Julo,

2. Mothers Name? Sylvia

3. Favorite drink? Water

4. Body Piercing(s) ? One set of earrings

5. How much do you love your job? Love the down time

6. Birthplace? Utah

7. Ever been to Hawaii? Not yet

8. Ever been to Africa? Not yet either.

9. Ever eaten just cookies for dinner? Yes

10. Ever been on TV? No

11. Ever steal any traffic signs? No

12. Ever been in a car accident? yes

13. Drive a 4 or 2 door vehicle? 4 door

14. Ever skinny-dipped? No

15. Favorite number? 13

16. Favorite movie? Steel Magnolia's, LOTR, Harry Potter - can't just name one.

17. Favorite holiday? Easter

18. Favorite dessert? Cookies

19. Favorite food? Mexican

20. Favorite day of the week? Wednesday

21. Favorite brand of body wash? Bath and Body Works

22. Favorite Fast Food Restaurant? I like to try different places.

23. Favorite Singer? David Cook

24. How do you relax? Reading a book

25. Tattoo? Nope

26. How do you see yourself in 10 years? About the same but my kids would be older in college, maybe having their own kids. I'd like to own a business, perhaps.


I was tagged by e-mail by Anne M. and I answered back for once.

The Last Name Game



1. What is your last name?...........Carter
2. A 4 Letter word:........................Cart
3. A Boys Name............................Colin
4. A Girls name: ...........................Christine
5.. Occupation:.............................Car Salesman
6. A Color:...................................Certainly Celery (Stampin' Up color - no lie)
7. Something you wear:................Coat
8. A Beverage: ............................Coffee
9. A Food: ..................................Cottage Cheese
10. Something in the bathroom......Cup
11. A Place .................................Colorado
12. A Reason for being late...........Can't find the shoes!
13. Something you shout:..............Cruddy!

I was tagged by Lisa H. on this one. I thought this was pretty fun and it was quick. Try it if you'd like. This is part of my tags series and some of the tags that I have received on Facebook I'll be posting them there in my notes.


I haven't been very responsive on tags that I've received in e-mail, on Blogger or on Facebook. I have saved a list of the questions I've received though. I love to read other people who answer the questions and learn about them. So, to get this blog moving a bit I thought that I'd start answering some of the tags I've received. I think it will help give me something to write about and be fun! :) Most people I know have already done these kinds of tags a million times so I won't pass them on unless you'd like to, of course.

Here's the first:

2 by 2 things about Julie

Two places you'd like to visit:
1. London
2. Mexico

Two names you go by:
1. Jue
2. Jewels

Two things you are wearing right now:
1. polo shirt
2. jeans

Two things you want very badly at the moment:
1. To have a massage
2. To visit and talk with my Grandma's even if they can't remember me.

Two people who will most likely fill this out:
This was originally an e-mail tag so I put down -
1. Anne tagged me and so I already have hers.
2. Lisa sent it back.

Two things you did yesterday:
1. loads of dishes
2. went on Facebook

Two things you ate yesterday:
1. Granola bars
2. strawberries and whipped cream

Two people you spoke to last:
1. Hopie
2. Brig

Two things you're doing tomorrow:
1. more dishes
2. bumming around at craft stores

Two favorite beverages:
1. water - can't help it!
2. Lemonade

Writing Challenge Results

I feel like I have been working hard at my first challenge with Tristi's Challenges this month. I'm still unsure if I really have all the grit I think it takes to be a writer but I plunged into it and kept at it. Some days were off and others were so full of words, I couldn't believe it! I wrote wildly in spite of how busy April turned out to be with my birthday and anniversary being during that month also. In fact, that may have helped me plan my time a bit better.
My own personal goal, though I didn't mention it but to myself, was to write 8,000 words. I surprised myself by cranking out 9,443 to end my challenge with. I wrote 3 poems and 5 stories. The only thing I didn't get finished is a first draft manuscript but I do have some concrete ideas to work on. I do have parts of stories, scenes, ideas that I hope to turn into manuscripts eventually. I learned a lot about myself in this month in that I think part of my problem is concentrating and finishing just one idea. It's definitely something to work on. I do have an idea that has generated excitement within me and I think I'll take advantage of that and see what I can do with that energy in the coming months. Perhaps, that one idea will help me learn to focus as I mentioned above and to work on that within myself.
I look forward to another challenge, perhaps in July. I'll keep you informed.
Now, I'll probably get going on some of my other hobbies and as always I have a lot of reading to do.

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Welcome Readers~to my blog! A tiny extension of myself and my life. Here, I'll share this journey through my top passions in my life - reading, writing, and creating. You can expect to read poetry, view my papercrafts and read design related posts. Every once in a while, I hope you'll grasp an honest feel of my heart. If you haven't noticed, I love flamingos! I think they are beautiful birds. *Thanks for your attention.*
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