Monday, December 1, 2008


I feel so blessed by all the wonderful things that have come from my papercrafting career: the chance to do what I love. A few years ago, if you told me I would have accomplished what I have accomplished to date I would have laughed... And yet, I am exactly where I am because I took a risk. Because I believed in me.

Today is a big day. Why you ask? Today I am officially a CHF Alumni. I have stepped down from CHF to pursue new pastures. It is bittersweet. I {heart} the girls at CHF and will miss them terribly including Liz and Richard (owners) of CHF. CHF was the first company to put my name out there with the Fresh Faces team. It was an incredible adventure and I learned so much from everyone on the team. I want to take this opportunity to thank them ALL from the bottom of my heart. Oh, and while I have the chance...sending lots of Happy Birthday hugs to miss Mona Lisa (Lisa Strahl).

Some of you know that I have a son who many would term special needs. Since I have lots of travel and many meetings in the near future I felt I needed the opportunity to break away from my design work for a while.

So what does this mean for me? for you? Well I am still here. I will still be blogging and I will still be creating. I will still pursue design work. But for the time being, I am going to commit more time to my little boy.

Today's card is called Lucky because I do feel lucky--and I am grateful for EVERYTHING that has happened in my life. The ups, the downs...even the things I wanted to run away from *lol*

the inside of the card--I created a little pocket for $ or for a gift certificate.


Stamp Set(s):
-Sweet Spring (Kim Hughes Collection) by CHF

-Smooth White by Prism Paper
-All green card stock is co'ordinations

Patterned Paper
-Polka Dot by Little Yellow Bicycle

-Pitch Black by Ranger

-Crown by Melissa Frances

-Nestabilities by Spellbinders
-Sanding Black by Tim Holtz
-Corner Rounder by EK Success

Thanks for listening today. Have a super day.


P.S. I will be participating in this month's CHF release as per normal :) (okay minus my CHF status *lol*)


Marlou said...

what a cute idea, I love it :) x

Bonnie (eggette) said...

Ooooahhhhhwww..... *me whining*, I love seeing all of your creative CHF "stuff" - whatever will I do??!! (It's all about me you know!) I do love your sweet little gift certificate holder........and looking forward to your last release peeks -

Stefanie said...

I'll miss seeing all of your beautiful CHF designs Alli, but I totally understand and respect your decision. You are a great mum!

Lori Craig said...


craftyb said...

Sometimes change is necessary...and I wish you every success with your new's great that you will spend more time with your wee son..and that is "special"! bx

Deanna said...

Oh Alli your post today makes me warm and fuzzy. I will definitely miss seeing you CHF creations though! :(

Mona Lisa said...

Miss Alli.

We are gonna miss you girl! :) Thank you for all you have done to give CHF stamps that special *Alli* touch.

We all wish you the best of the best in what is to come for you and your family.

AND, thanks for the birthday shout out! ;)

Inky Hugs and Kisses,

April Hall said...

You will be missed! I love looking at your creations on CHF and here at your blog. Although I don't always comment, I am always in awe of your beautiful work!

liz said...

Hi Alli,
Thank YOU for all you have done to help promote CHF. We wish you all the best as you pursue new avenues & specifically in the area of your little guy. He is blessed to have such dedicated parents. We pray that you will be able to be for him exactly what he needs when he needs it.
Hugs, Liz

Amy said...


I am so happy for you and your success, but I'm most proud of your decision to devote the time you need to your son and your family. You are indeed one helluva--gal!

Big hugs and warm wishes,

BTW--{heart} the card! May we all take a moment to dwell on how gosh-darn "lucky" we all are!

retiredheather said...

I have enjoyed your many creations for CHF but I understand the meaning of parenting a special child. Don`t go missing, we all, including you, need to create and have pure fun.
Happy Holidays

Silvergirl said...

Big hugs, Alli! I'll miss seeing you daily on-line, but I know we'll cross paths again (and often). You're such a good mom.


Anita C said...

As sad as the news is, I am so happy for you and that you are able to do something like this. It is wonderful for you and for your son that you will be able to spend your time with him now. Thanks so much for everything that you have shared and looking forward to your future endeavors.

Juliann said...

You are such a good mom!
I hope we will still see many of your wonderful creations!
All the best to you Alli!

Tamara said...

Good luck with whatever you chose to do. I hope you will continue to blog because I love your projects, your style, and hope you will still be posting projects that inspire me.

Kimberly said...

Good luck with everything you have planned for your future!!!
I will stil be stalking your blog!! :)

Julie Masse said...

Alli only you know what's best for you and your family and I applaud you for doing what you think is best!! Your son is so blessed!! :)

StamperSharon said...

Oh, Alli -- I'll be sorry to see you leave but totally understand. Hug that sweet little boy and we hope to keep seeing wonderful stuff from you!

Jocelyn said...

Oh Alli, I totally understand your decision. I wish you and your family all the best! Take care!

Amy said...

I'm right there with you Alli!
I've given up my SU! demo status, and card classes. My son needs me more.
I really applaud you for making your little guy a priority, and I know that he will be so blessed because of it. The sacrifices that you make now will be such a benefit to him, both now and later. You are such an amazing mom Alli!
Good luck with everything!

Carolyn King said...

Alli---I commend you on your decision....You son is very lucky to have YOU! I KNOW we will continue to see your awesome works when you have the time to post---and I KNOW I will be here when you can post!


Christina Fischer said...

Big, BIG hugs, Alli!!! I'm sure it was a difficult decision, but time spent with your little boy is the most important of all. I'll miss your regular CHF posts, but I'll still be stalking you! :)