Friday, January 1, 2010

Madelynn and Happy New Years!

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year celebration. As you read this, I'll be hanging out with my best friends Catherine and Shannon. I'm very excited to finally meet Alex, Shannon's baby who was born in late October.

Paper: CTMH, SU Razzleberry Lemonade
Stamps: The Greeting Farm, sentiment is PTI
Prima Flowers, PTI Buttons, Copics, Crystal Stickles, EK Success Border Punch and Rhinestones

With a new year, it's time for me to make new goals. I never made my scrapbooking goal last I think I will stay away from that this year, lol.

When I bought my car last year, my goal was originally to pay it off by my next birthday. Brent and I decided later to pay off our appliances first, so I hope to pay off my car by the end of the year.

I want to take a technical writing class and learn how to use Dream Weaver. This applies to my day job and I'm excited that we're upgrading to Creative Suite 4.

I really want to get Copic certified, so I hope to do that. I was hoping CHA would be in the cards for me, but with the Olympics and Brent's family reunion at Yellowstone, that will have to wait for 2011.

While wrapping my gifts this year, I realized that I need to make tags. So I intend to make tags with my cards. I don't need a hundred tags, so I won't be making one every weekend. But it'll be good to have all of these done by next year too.

And my biggest goal of all, is a huge secret. I will tell you all in time and I know you'll be just as excited about it as I am. I hope to complete this one by the end of the year or early 2011.

Many have asked what's in store for my future and because I'll be working on this secret project behind the scenes, I don't plan to apply for any "company" DT positions this year. The only one I secretly had hoped for was that Marie and Jessica would...maybe still will...ask me to become a Farmer. But all the Gardeners are so talented, so I'm trying not to be disappointed.

All the Farmers are so worthy, so please don't take my self pity as me saying that they don't deserve it. I just wish I was there with them. I really appreciate all the kind posts that were left on my post about it the other day.

So, what are your goals for this year?


  1. Happy New Year to you, Sparkle! Your card is just adorable! I love the glitter you added on the scarf. It's colored perfectly, as well.

    Thanks for sharing your goals for the new year. You are one organized lady to have it all worked out already! I sure admire that. I also have no doubt you'll achieve each and every one of them. I know what popped into my head when I read about your super secret one, and time will tell if I am thinking correctly on that one!

    I sure enjoy seeing your creations. Your artwork is truly inspiring and I look forward to another year of ooohing and awwing!

  2. Sparkle, I have enjoyed your artwork for several years now on your blog as well as when you were a CTMH consultant. I love your style and your gift - talent! Now I admire your organizational ability. Like Jeanne I am guessing what your goal is. I wish you the very best meeting all your new goals this year.

  3. Darling Spark, I always love your
    TGF cards. Happy 2010!!

  4. I just echo what Jeanne and Leslie said. I LOVE your artwork! My resolution is of course to lose weight, but that is like my life resolution! lol
    I will be staying tuned to hear the secret! Hope you get it!

  5. Happy New Year Sparkle!!! Ever since getting to share a gardener spot with you I have been blown away by your creations. You always know the perfect embellishment and papers to pair with your beautiful coloring. Thank you so much for all your inspiration last year and I look forward to what this year has in store for you. I can wait for your BIG reveal of this Top Secret Project.

  6. Wow Sparkle I really love this one! Happy New Year!

  7. O lala, your card is beautiful!!! Happy new year!

  8. Happy New Year, Sparkle! Good-luck with all of your goals! They will be hard, but I think for you, they will be attainable! You seem to be very determined and hard-working from what I see here ;). Much luck especially for your Top Secret one!

    As for your card, it's very lovely! And I like the colors and glitter! I also hope to become copic certified this year!

  9. Your card is darling. And I loved reading about what you want to accomplish for this year. I wish you all the best and am very intrigued about your huge secret.

  10. Just darling, Sparkle! I love the colors!

    Happy New Year! And best of luck in achieving all of your goals!!

  11. Happy New Year, Sparkle! Thank you for sharing your goals & hope you achieve every single one of them! I love your work, all year round! TFS!!!! :-)

  12. Can't wait to hear a big Secret you will share with us soon!
    Hope all your goals will come true this year!
    My goals are to come back to sewing as I used to do... and of course find a job is the most important! :)
    Your card is so precious! I love the highlights with the sparkles on girl's scarf!
    I agree with everybody else - you are fantastic crafter, you always know how to choose the right papers, colors and embellishment! I enjoy reading your stories and visiting your blog!
    You are a wonderful person, Sparkle!
    Looking forward for the 2010 year at your blog!

  13. Hello Sparkle and Happy New Year wishes to you and Brent!
    Your card is beautiful, heck, they all are! I hope all of your dreams come true and that you have many blessings this new year. Take care and have a beautiful day!

  14. Happy New Year Sparkle. Your card is adorable.

  15. Happy New Year Sparkle!
    Sounds like you have some great goals already to go - I also have a hunch about the Top Secret One - time will tell I'm sure! :) All the Best for the New Year!
    Shanna :)

    p.s. Love the black and pink together on your card!

  16. As always a super cute card! It looks like you've set yourself some great goals that are attainable...good for you! I'll be excited to hear what the "secret" project is!

  17. that card is gorgeous. good luck with fulfilling your goals this year...esp the secret one! have fun with your friends. today, i told myself i would right down my goals, but so far i would like to just spend "quality" family time like read more to my kids and take them to some fun my hubby i appreciate him more...things like that. i hope to be part of a project or 2 at work and need to visit my ailing grandfather this summer and introduce him to my babies. hope you have a great 2010!


  18. What a darling card! I love the black and pink color combo with the bit of glitter on her flower and scarf.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR, I hope your having fun with your friends and you accomplish your goals this year!

  19. Ok first off...Your card is absolutly the cutest. And I love all your Goal settings...esp. the secret one. :)

  20. Those sound like some great goals... especially the secret one! ;) You know you can count on me for anything. Have a great day and a Happy New Year!!

  21. Happy New Year Sparkle. I am so glad I found your blog 'last' year. I have learned so much from you and LOVE all that you do. You are such a ray of sunshine!
    I hope you get to be a farmer Sparkle!

  22. Sparkle, wishing you a Happy New Year!

    Love your card! I love how you use your border punches. I am going to have to remember this one. CUTE!

  23. Happy New Year! Hope whatever you are working on "behind the scenes" happens for you! Today's card is, or course, lovely as always.

  24. Love the image and the colors. You do such great work & I'll follow you anywhere it takes you.

  25. Great card and good luck with your goals!!!! For the Dreamweaver deal... it's good to learn it but I suggest learning more CSS and HTML. A lot of (good) sites are CSS driven nowadays. Either way have fun learning!!!

  26. Oh Sparkle you will always be a Gardner to me as you plant so many seeds of inspiration for each of us! Beth

  27. Great card, such beautiful coloring!

  28. I really like the layout for this cute card and the touches of sparkle.

    Good for you for setting so many, acheivable goals for yourself. And having them on your blog means now you have to do them because others will be checking in on your progress :-)

    I haven't decided on what my goals are yet.

  29. Happy New Year Girl! This card rocks!

  30. Happy New Year! I haven't figured out my goals for this year. I can't wait to hear your big secret! :D

  31. I absolutely love this image! and to me, your TGF cards are the best! Good luck with the secret project and have fun with your family:)

  32. Beautiful!!!!! and how funny! I was going to do your challenges every week and I thought the same thing..I need tags!! so I was going to make a Christmas card and matching tag...LOL!! that's to cool! :)

  33. Beautiful card with its stunning pink and black color combo!

    Impressive list of Resolutions, too. Can't wait to hear more details on the secret goal!!

  34. ooo, can't wait to hear more on your big secret!!!

    Adorable card Sparkle, love these colors!

    Happy New Year
    blessings, Maria

  35. darling the use of the textured black cs...I gotta do that...goals...I have

  36. Beautiful card, gorgeous image and colours.
    Good luck with all your goals, sounds like you are going to be a busy lady!!
    Hugs Emma x

  37. I love the Idea of your goal setting and have decided this year to at least try to make a card a week. I also think that making a tag a week will also be a good idea for me! Actually even trying to complete a page a week is a good goal too. I also had just one thing that pooped into my mind about the big reveal of the big goal but I think that whatever it be you and Brent will accomplish your goals together! I will wait to see if it is what I think! If so all I can say is be prepared and best of luck!

    Denise Wells


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