Wednesday, December 9, 2015


I have been staring at this blog for an entire year now.  Wanting to post. . . but just not doing it.  Not sure what was holding me back. . . .other than work, family, and day to day life.  I feel for this blog like I do my craft room.  The desire is strong, but time is just not on my side.  Or maybe it's fear.  Fear of starting again, and then not following through.  Hmmm. . . .maybe a little of both.
BUT. . . . . . . . . . . .  Today is the day to blow off the dust and begin again.  I make no promises.  I may post and then fall away.  I hope not. . . but let's be honest. . . . .my track record of keep this blog going is not stellar.
I also blew some dust from my craft room.  I had to take a few steps back and chill out so I could recover from a bout of walking pneumonia.  I'm also not good at being sick.  I'm especially not good at the doctors idea of "resting".  HaHaHa!  I failed at that BIG time!  After my family got my attention, I decided the best way to "rest" was in my craft room.  OH MY STARS!!!. . . . my stamping skills are rusty at best.  I had to resort to Pinterest for ideas, and thank goodness for Kristina Werner and her blog ( ). . .  .otherwise I would have just sat there and thumbed through all my papers and stared at all my stamping / scrapping goodies. . . .especially my own products. . . .SHEESH!
I started slow. . . but start I did.  I gathered ideas from here and there, changed them a bit to fit my needs and the products I had. . . .but you know. . . . it was fun.  It was really FUN!  I felt my stress melt, I was distracted from work, I wanted to do more cards.  I really enjoyed that time.  So I'm going to be brave and share what I did those few days.
These are all cards I made for friends.  We gather once a month to have lunch, share our lives, and love on each other.  So since it was our holiday lunch. . . .holiday cards is what I made. . .+ one birthday card.

My weapon of choice for this card was Shimmerz Paints Inklingz in Blue My Mind.  This color is so surprising.  It looks green when you first open it, but once you add water. . . the magic happens.  It turns this glorious turquoise blue with gold shimmer.  I just used watercolor paper and Blue My Mind Inkz to create my background.  Add some Miner Miner 49er to some die cut snowflakes and BAM!. . . . . .a card was being born.

This happy little snowman is full of Creameez, Spun Sugar Dazzlerz on his body, and a splash of glitter around the window.  I love this stamp.  He makes me smile!

This card is totally the genius of Kristina Werner.  The only change I made was to use Shimmerz Inklingz in Green Pastures, The Holly & The Ivy, and Miner Miner 49er.  The only other change I made was to use gold washi tape instead of gold paper for the border.  Kristina has a wonderful blog. . .go check it out.  I'm sure she will inspire you as well.

Lastly the Birthday card.  Anyone who knows me. . . knows that I LOVE my doxie's.  Daisy and Lily both bring me so much joy.  So what could be more perfect than to use this adorable doxie stamp (stamp and inspiration came from Newtons Nook).  I colored it with my Copic markers, but added some Shimmerz Inklingz in Me & Blue, Naughty & Nice, and Greener Pastures to add some hi-lights to that adorable little sweater.  THEN. . . . I added a handwritten message inside that said, "I HOPE YOUR DAY IS A WIENER".  Hahaha! I cracked myself up on that one.  

I had such a great time.  I'm glad my family made me stop and "rest".  I hope to "rest" again really soon. . . .and . . . I really hope to keep blogging. . . . keep creating. .. and not just working.  Life really is more than work. 

Be sure to see all the fabulous work on the Shimmerz Blog ( What an incredibly talented group of ladies we have on our design teams.  They are sure to inspire you!!!  

AND. . . you can get all the products and colors I used on my cards at


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hello *** Is This Thing On?

Hello. . . . My name is Stacey, and I am a lazy blogger. :) 


Admitting it is the first step to recovery. . . right? 
This blog has been on my mind for many, many months. 
I'm not sure why, but I feel like the Lord is telling me to start blogging again. 
You know. . . you pray about things. . . then get this gentle tug from the Lord to do something, and it's on your mind. . . A LOT. 
Then you ignore it and go on with life. 
As time goes by, you feel that tug almost turn into a smack upside the head to do that "something". 
Well, I've been getting smacked for weeks now, and think that finally. . . maybe. . . it's time to do "something" about it. 
So here I sit at my computer wondering why on earth. . . of all things. . . . I feel as though I should start blogging again. 
I mean. . . it's been so long! 
I'm busy. 
I have no time for this is what I kept telling Him and myself, but the smacking continued. 
So I am going to be blogging again. 
I'm curious what the Lord will do with it. 
Maybe it's for my kids. 
Maybe I can minister to someone. 
Maybe, just maybe, it's for me. 
I'm really not sure. . . but. . . I'm going to be blogging again because I want to be obedient, and darn it all my head hurts from getting smacked on. 

 Welcome back to my crazy, but very blessed life.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Please Tell Me That Your'e FINE!

You know, this has been such a long winter for the McElyea's. The last two winters we may have had a sniffle here or there, but nothing to really stop us. This year. . . Holy Smokin Rockets!!!. . .we've had it all. . . and more than once! The flu, several colds, bronchitis twice, allergies, etc. It's been a winter of non-stop ICK at our house. Heaven forbid we run out of tissues!!!
I've learned something while wading through our sea of cough syrup and Vicks Vapor Rub. . .
When we see or talk to someone and ask how they are, most generally the answer is good or fine. We take that for granted and so quickly say it. I, like most, take it for granted that the day is fine. I forget to be thankful for those "fine" type of days. Fine is often boring. Fine is like being in a rut. But is that a bad thing?
After being so sick this last week, I've decided to try hard to remember to be thankful for "fine". I need rejoice in "fine". "Fine" is something I know well. It's comforting and safe. When things are "fine" I know my kids sleep well. "Fine" tells me that there is no strife or conflict. "Fine" is reassuring. It dawned on me that that is a good thing. Then, because I had a lot of time on my hands while in bed, I looked up the definition of "fine". I found. . .

adjective, fin·er, fin·est, adverb, verb, fined, fin·ing, noun
1. of superior or best quality; of high or highest grade: fine wine.
2. choice, excellent, or admirable: a fine painting.

"Fine" is sooooo much more than we give it credit. I can't really change that, but I can change my attitude toward it.
I'm sure many of you think that I'm now sick in the head. Well. . . maybe. . .but I think that we need to be grateful for our "fine" type of days, because when things aren't "fine". . . . is when we long for it.
So. . .I hope things are "FINE" for you today.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

It's TIME!!! They're HERE!!!

Coloringz and Shimmeringz are finally here! Do you want super intense color? Reach for one of 11 colors of COLORINGZ. Do you want crazy shimmer? SHIMMERINGZ are for you. No color, just mind blowing shimmer in 5 shades.

WAIT!!! There's more!!!

Coloringz and Shimmeringz are all on SALE!!!

You can see all our Shimmerz Products here!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I'mmmmmm Back

Cough, cough. . . whew! Blowing off the dust from this blog. It's been a really long time since I've been here. So, let's get aquainted again. My name is Stacey and yes, I'm still alive.
So much time flies right by and before we know it, it's been months. I've missed blogging. After Rena passed away, I just sorta checked out for a while. Coming back here was just too painful. Seeing her face and hearing her voice in my head was just more than I could handle. Well, because time and the Lord heals wounds, I can say, I'm stronger and wiser. I still hear Rena's words in my heart and my head and I never want to loose that. Her words were a gift that I will always cherish, but it's time for me to step out and continue blogging. . . because I do love it.
I've got a lot to share, but first. . . I have to share my family. They have grown a ton! Even Dave and I have grown. . . older! YIKES!! He's still a hottie though. :)
Sami, Kaleb and Gracie. . .UGH those faces. . . they truly make me smile and bring me so much joy!

I want to thank you ALL for your kindness, prayers and words of support and love during the past few months. You touched me deeply.

My life is still crazy. . . but now I'm ready to share that craziness again.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

My Broken Heart

I lost my 2nd mother today at 7:20 am. She's gone and I'd give anything to bring her back.

Rena and I met in the Boston airport 20 years ago. She hired me to be the nanny to her 4 boys. I was terrified. Never been that far from home, but the instant I saw her I knew that everything was going to be okay. She wrapped me in her arms and told me how happy she was to see me. From that day on our relationship grew into something so special that there just aren't words to describe it. Rena told me that I was the daughter she never had and I was blessed to have two mothers that loved me. My love for her only grew over the years. She met Dave and loved him too. . .just like she'd known him for forever.

Rena could disagree with someone yet make them feel good about it. She loved unconditionally. She loved life. She wasn't afraid to try new things, meet new people and welcome you into her home and life. She loved completely.

Cancer took Rena from us today and with her a piece of my heart will forever be gone. This is THE MOST painful thing I've ever been through. I have to wonder. . .how long will it hurt this bad? Does the pain ever go away? I serve a wonderful and mighty Lord and I just have to trust that He knows what is best. My heart is just so broken.

In this video that her son Brett put together, you may recognize me in an orange sweater and much shorter hair, but what I hope you see is that she had such a zeal for life and deep love for family.

Slideshow: momfinal - Slideshow

I love you Rena. I will always love you! I miss you already so much.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Pick a COLOR any COLOR!

You asked, we listened......and are so pleased and excited to announce 11 NEW exciting Colors to expand our Pearlz Line!!! Check it out........

Pearlz are available today right here in the Retail Shimmerz Shop.....and even more exciting.....if your order is at least $35 you will receive a FREE Jar of Pearlz! (offer good through May 17th, 2010)
Be sure to join us on Facebook to see the new colors featured throughout the day.
We can't wait to hear what you think