Monday, December 21, 2009

Our Newest Addtition!!!

You didn't think I was talking about a baby did you? Hee hee! I wish! Well sort of we got a new kitten! Not that it was in the plans. I think everyone knows we will take care of any animal because there are always puppies, kittens, dogs and cats showing up at our house. Normally I find homes for them and that was the plan with this one as well. I just wasn't ready for another kitten after loosing our Smokey in July, plus we already have Stuart.

It has taken me several weeks to get her to let me touch her so that I could try and fin her a home. Well this little girl won Nick over I guess because he suggested that we bring her Of course Patrick was excited. Here he is with Sophie! She is taking to being inside well. We have to make her go Yesterday she was still hiding every time you made too much noise but today she has really come out of her shell!

Sophie has already started tormenting the birds. So much so that I had to put a large board on the top of the cage so she couldn't be seen by Jack and

Now on to my stressing!!! I can not believe that we are 4 days from Christmas! 4 Days!!!! Yikes!!! I am no where near ready. I am sure that is because I just haven't been in a very festive mood this year. I only got the main decorations up, just started shopping last week and sad to say I haven't even gotten cards sent out. I guess I will be sending New Years

So are you all ready? I am ready for it to be over! Bah Humbug I know...this is totally not like me. I love Christmas it is one of my favorite times of year! I usually go all out and rippin and raring to go in Sept. Nick always tells me I have to wait until at least

Well I better go I have tons to do today. I have way to many cookies to bake! Gifts to wrap! Grocery shopping to do...oh my!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Three DT reveals at once!

It has been such a busy week for me that I have barely had time to We finished up the gift shop at the school, plus school parties, and working on the next big fundraiser...yikes! I am glad he is out of school for a few weeks now!

Due to the upcoming holidays you will have 2 weeks this time to play along at Scrap and Stamp & at Stamp, Scrap and Doodle!

The challenge at Scrap and Stamp is to scrap a Christmas layout, altered or mini! Our sponsor this week is Making Handmade Cards! Jo and Claire was so generous to offer each of the DT the "Funky Christmas" ekit to use. Plus one participant will win this ekit as well!

supplies: Making Handmade Cards papers and images, My Sentiments Exactly stamps, Heidi Swapp corner, stickles, alphas from Walmart, brads, ink, Bazzill cardstock

We have a sketch for you to use at Stamp, Scrap and Doodle this time. Our very own Carlie design it! You can flip it, rotate it or anything else as long as we can see the sketch! Our sponsor is Paper Temptress!

I made a gift card holder this week.

Side view so you can see where the gift card will be added (in the center section of the card) I will try to get a photo of the inside tomorrow. It is dark and difficult to get the few pics I did tonight.

supplies: Making Handmade Cards Funky Christmas ekit, raindrops, ribbon, sharpie, shaped brad from Oriental Trading, DCWV cardstock
It has been such a busy week that I forgot to post my reveal for Inspirational Card Sketches! I am so sorry about that!

Here is the fabulous sketch from Dawn!

I made two cards with the sketch! The first one is pretty much right by the sketch but the second one is abit

supplies: Making Memories journaling block, Offray ribbon, image unknown, buttons, embrodery floss

supplies: Sassafrass pp, Thats Jazzy Stamp Dream stamp, Making Sentiments Exactly alpha stamps, Prima flowers, buttons, silk flower, gems, markers, ink
I know it is busy with Christmas and all this week but hopefully you will have a chance to play along with us! Be sure to head over to each of the blogs and check out the design teams fabulous creations!
Have a great weekend!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Todays post is going to be short and sweet. I am trying to get caught up on things around the house and DT deadlines. I have been so busy at the school everyday running our PTO fundraiser. I have been there from 7 to about 3:30. We are having a Reindeer Lane Gift Shop for the kids to be able to buy their parents/grandparents something for Christmas. It has been a huge hit! Anyway back to what the post is suppose to be

It is time for another challenge over at Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Saturdays! This weeks challenge is a shaped card, mini or anything else you would like to do! As long as it isn't rectangular or square it will work! Our sponsor this week is Victoria Case Art Designs!

Here is my take on it.

supplies: Basic Grey pp, Heidi Swapp flowers and bling brad, My Sentiments Exactly stamps, ink

Now for this weeks Scrap and Stamp Saturday challenge....We would like to see you scrap a gathering. Any type of gathering, birthdays, holidays, reunions, showers, gradutations get the Our sponsor is the fabulous Creations by Penny!

I used the pictures from my cousin Kristen's graduation. You may remember me talking about it back in May. She is the one who went to the Georiga Acadamy For the Blind, it was a very emotional day for us. You can read more about it HERE if you would like too!

supplies: Bazzill cs, Heidi Swapp stamp, Making Memories everything else

We hope you will have a chance to play along with us at both Scrap and Stamp & at Stamp, Scrap and Doodle. You will have until Friday Dec 18th to play along! Please go and check out what the rest of the design teams created!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Inspirational Card Sketches #46

I am a little late getting my post up...sorry about that! My internet has been down for over a week, they finally got it back going on Monday, so I have been playing catch up everywhere! Come to find out it was just a mess up at the phone company, something about a main frame reboot or something along those lines. Whatever, I am just glad it is

Here is the fabulous sketch from Dawn at ICS for this week!

Everyone got to work with one of Glitterbabe's digi images this week. I use "hangin on" well part of it there was the elf and a reindeer in this file!

Can you believe that I used fabric! I know that doesn't happen very

supplies: fabric, DCWV pp, unknown cs, diecut snowflake, Scrapworks chipboard, Stampin Boutique (Glitterbabe) digi image, Fiskars punch, colored pencils, markers, embrodery floss, stickles, ribbon

We hope you will join in this week!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know we did. We spend Thursday with Nick's family and Friday with mine and some friends we haven't seen in quite awhile. It was a nice relaxing holiday with no major It always seems there is some when you get a bunch of family members

Today it is time for another challenge over at Stamp, Scrap & Doodle. This week we are gearing up for Christmas so that is what we want to see. A Christmas card, layout or altered item!

I made a few of these gift card ornaments last year I believe with directions from an online crop I was participating in at the time. Sorry but I don't remember which one!

They are super simple. In the past I made them with just pattern paper but this time I used a chipboard base (from kits2remember) for the ornaments. The red one has a little pocket on the back right below the ornament top to hold a gift card and the blue one is on the front.
They were pretty simple and fast to make and I think a cute way to present a gift card.

supplies for red one: Making Memories charm and pp, Pebbles Inc ribbon, Hambly rubon, embrodery floss, Prima flowers, gems supplies for blue one: Reminisce pp, ric rac, snowflake die, button, stickles

This one also works for the challenge at Cupcake Crafts (make a gift card holder).

It is also time for a new challenge at Scrap and Stamp. Unfortunately I can't load my layout right now. I loaned my camera to my cousin who was going out of town since hers died. And I forgot to download the picture silly me! So I will post it in a few days. I hope you will still head over to Scrap and Stamp to see what the rest of the design team did and to see what the prize is this week. Whats the challenge you ask....well it is fall traditions with at least one stamp. We all have traditions we carry on with so we want to see them large and small!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

How would you like to win a brand new Gypsy?

The Gypsy Spot is giving away a brand new Gypsy! Custom Crops donated one to them! How awesome is that? So head over to The Gypsy Spot to find out what you have to do to get in on this one. The winner will be choosen on Dec. 1st!

Inspirational Card Sketches #44

Today is the day for a new sketch from Dawn at ICS. It is a great one, of course you didn't expect anything less did you? This is going to be another quick post I have tons to get done and not enough time to do!
Here is my take on Dawn's sketch. I used a super cute freebie from our very own dt member Stef H (glitterbabe)!
supplies: paperbilities cs, SEI pp, Offray ribbon, Stef H-glitterbabe digi image, Prima flowers, gems, markers, tulle, colored pencils, sharpie
I hope you will join us this week! Be sure to stop by the blog and see what the rest of the DT did with this fabo sketch and to see what the prize is!
This one also works for the color it challenge at Carrdvarks!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

just for fun!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I know we did. We spent most of the weekend visiting with friends and family. With a little bit of yard work thrown
Today I got a couple of hours to play in my scraproom so I decided to play along with some challenges. Since it seems like it has been forever!

I really liked this sketch so I just had to use it. I added stickles to the penguins hat and skates plus around the edge of the "ice." I used metallic cs for the ice. I just used the lime green pp to put behind the card since I had to take a pic inside.

this one is for these challenges....
Bee Crafty-sparkle
Lili of the Valley-sketch
Color Create-green, red and white
Carrdvarks-color it
Cupcake Crafts-digi image
Spoonful of Sugar-babys 1st Christmas/preschooler
Magic in the Air-use the image adn metallic cs or mirrors

I made this little ornament from an extra cookie cutter I had. Last year I made a few and they turned out super cute! The cropadile works great for punching a hole in the cookie cutter!

this one is for a few challenges...

One Stop Craft-snowflakes

Saturday Spotlight-ornament

3 Clovers-Christmas with no red or green

Creative Belli-Christmas themed embellies

I changed the sketch up just a bit to make it work for what I wanted!
this one is for....
Pink Elephant-sketch
Paper Blooms-thank you
2 Red Bananas-thankful

Have a great night! I am off to get the little one in bed so I can scrap some

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you are all having a great start to the weekend. Mine is filled up with things to try and get ready for Thanksgiving. So this will be a quick post today.

Today it is time for a new challenge at Stamp, Scrap and Doodle & at Scrap and Stamp!

This week at Stamp, Scrap and Doodle we want to see a flower pot card! Now I had to go a little differently than the I had been trying to figure out a way to make my flowers be coming out of the pot. Now I have Design Studio but I don't get to play with it as much as I would like. I lucked out while searching for something else and found a version of this card with directions and a cut file at Custom Crops! Our sponsor this week is Dustin Pike so one player will get 3 digi images of their choice!
I made it completely from scraps and I added some raindrops to the centers as well. I did notice when I put the card on the background piece that a few of the spaces didn't cut out. But it wasn't a biggie I just used my craft knife and trimmed them out.
I think I will add a tag with a sentiment when I decide what I will use it for!

this one also works for a few challenges...


Creative Card Crew-string it up

This week at Scrap and Stamp we have a fabulous sketch for you to use from our very own Pamela! She does such beautiful sketches.
I stayed very true to the sketch this time because I wanted my focus to be on the photos. These are pics from my mom and dads wedding in '75! I don't have but a handful of shots from that day so they are all precious to me!
Our sponsor this week is Unity Stamps! There is a full Le Chic Boutique stamp set plus more up for grabs to one lucky participant!
I used a stamp from this set on my page and plus some of the papers as well.

supplies: Unity Stamp Co. stamps, Jillibean Soup and Cosmo Cricket pp, American Craft thickers, Making Memories rubon alphas, Prima flowers, Robins Nest dew drops, Recollections pearls, Offray ribbon and ceramic birds, leaves from some silk flowers

I am also using this one for this challenge....

pile it on-5 pearls and 3 flowers (I used 6 pearls and 4 flowers)

I hope you will join us this week at both sites. We know it is a busy week but we all need a little time to play Please stop by and check out the rest of the design teams beautiful layouts and flower pot cards!
Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Welcome to the new design team at SSS!

Today is the day for the big announcement of the new design team members at Scrap and Stamp Saturday! This was truly a tough decision for me to narrow the pool down to just six. After several days of blog hopping and hopping again it was finally time to decide. I am honored to introduce you to the new members of the Scrap and Stamp team. We are completely thrilled to have them with us.

They will be joining the existing team of

and me!
Please stop by Scrap and Stamp to find out a little more about each of them and leave them some love!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Making Handmade Cards Peeks

I loved the look of this Christmas Pets ekit from Making Handmade Cards. When I got the invite to design with it I couldn't pass it up!
Be sure to go and sign up for the newsletter if you haven't already. They will be sending out all the info on when you can get it in the near future. Plus when you sign up you get a free ekit!

I love that you can print out everything you need to whip up a quick card or altered project!

I made a treat jar for kitty. He likes to eat the cardboard containers that they come in when you buy Which actually makes him a bad
I added ribbon, paint and stickles from my stash. I traced a precut label die for the front of the jar. I printed the sentiment on the computer.

I love this 3D puppy, he is just so cute! I wanted this one to be simple without alot of extra. Again I traced a precut label die for the label. I also added stickles to the bow and santa hat.

Well I always need extra gift enclosure cards and gift tags around the holidays so I whipped up a few with the scraps I had laying on my table. I printed the sentiments on a 1/4 of a sheet of paper and it made them the perfect size for gift tags. I just trimmed around the edges without getting super fussy about the cutting. I added a little stickles to each!
I posted my ornament using this kit on Monday! Be sure to head over to Making Handmade Cards to see the other fabulous ekits and to find out about the release of the Christmas Pets ekit!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

ICS #43

This is going to be a quick post today, sorry about that. I have lunch with Patrick at school so I have gotta get busy! Today is the day for another wonderful sketch from Dawn at Inspirational Card Sketches!

Here is the sketch!
And here is my simple take on it. Sometimes you just need to do a simple card...know what I mean?
supplies: Pebbles Inc pp, candy dots and stickers, Offray ribbon, cardstock unknown, sharpie

I hope you will take time to go by the ICS blog and see what the rest of the design team did with the sketch. Of course there is a yummy prize up for grabs as well so play along!

have a great day!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Joy is in the air...

I know it has been awhile since I have had a kits2remember project to share and I am sorry about that. Life has just gotten in the way. But I am here now with a little project.

I wanted a hanging decoration for the doorknob on the front door for Christmas. So I decided to use three 4inch acrylic circles from k2r. I covered them all with some Daisy Bucket papers. The "ribbon" I made by cutting strips of the pattern papers and wetting them so that I could crinkle them up. After they were dry I stretched them out a little bit and adhered to the back of the circles. It gives the look of ruffled ribbon but with the sturdiness of paper. I painted some Deja View alphas white and adhered to the centers, then added some bling snowflakes to each circle. I punched my holes with the crop-a-dile and added ribbon. I used a stickles bottle to insure my loops were the same size, except for the top one I made sure it would fit over a doorknob. Voila it is done!
Normally I don't use pinks at Christmas but I really like how this one turned out. You could easily replace the snowflakes with some other embellie and it would work for a new baby. You could add another circle and change the word. So many possibilities.

supplies: kits2remember acrylic, Daisy Bucket pp, Deja View alphas, MAMBI and Paper Studio bling, Making Memories paint, ribbon

While I was making Christmas decorations I made a little new puppy ornament for a friend of mine. Their little one is getting a new puppy for Christmas this year and she wanted something to give him ahead of time to give a few hints. So here is one thing.
I used an atc size acrylic panel from k2r, pattern paper from the upcoming Christmas Pets ekit from Making Handmade Cards and paint.
I painted the edges of the acrylic with red paint and let it dry. Then I added a piece of pp to the back of the acrylic and a small piece to the front to add some depth. The little puppy is from the ekit and he is layered. I added some stickles and the year and I was done!
I will have other samples from the Christmas Pets ekit from Making Handmade Cards posted on Wed! So be sure to come back to see more of this ekit!
supplies: kits2remember acrylic, Making Handmade Cards ekit, sharpie, stickles, Peebles Inc paint, paint pen, ribbon

Have you all started your Christmas projects yet? What are you making? We would love to hear about them or even see them!

Have a great week!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

There are new challenges up at Scrap and Stamp & at Stamp, Scrap and Doodle today. So I hope you will stop by both and see what the design team did! Plus you have until midnight tomorrow (Sun) to apply for the design team at Scrap and Stamp!

This weeks challenge is a sketch at Stamp, Scrap & Doodle. Be sure to stop by the blog to see the actual sketch. I pretty much followed it except for I added the ribbon and didn't put a sentiment on the front. I simply stamped on the inside "I hope you have a ball this Holiday Season!" Our fabulous sponsor this week is Heather at Fresh Brewed Designs. She was so generous in giving the design team some fabo images to use!
this one also works for the Crafty Calendar Challenge (weather)

supplies: DCWV pp, Recollections cs, Fresh Brewed Designs digi image, Ranger stickles, American Greetings ribbon, Making Memories ink, markers

And at Scrap and Stamp this week we would like to see a layout about your spouse or significant other with at least one stamp. Our sponsor this week is Mo's Digital Pencil. Mo was so sweet to whip an all new image for us to use this week. Isn't it the cutest? I see me using it on alot of cards. I am still not sure if I like it on my page or not???
I will add the journaling later once I am sure of just what I want to say. I plan to journal a little bit about how I love to see him and our son together!

supplies: Rose Moka pp, Mo's Digital Pencil digi image, Unity stamp, Maya Road clear journaling tag, Grungeboard, Colorbox chalk ink, Making Memories acrylic frame, brads, markers, colored pencils

I hope you will join us at both Stamp, Scrap and Doodle & Scrap and Stamp this week.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

ICS #42 plus lots more!!!

I hated that I didn't get to play along last week with ICS but life just got in the way! This week Dawn has another fabulous sketch this week for us to play with. The design team got to play with some of The Greeting Farms digi images too. There is a yummy prize up for grabs from The Greeting Farm so be sure to play along.
Is this image not the cutest or what?

supplies: Daisy Bucket pp, Prima flowers, The Greeting Farm digi image, My Sentiments Exactly stamps, Making Memories pins, unknown cs, tulle, colored pencils, markers, stazon ink, white gel pen

We hope you will come and play along this week and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team did with the sketch!

You still have time to put your hat in the ring for the design team call at Scrap and Stamp Saturday, please go here for all the details! And you can see this weeks challenge HERE! And the Stamp, Scrap and Doodle challenge HERE for this week.

Tuesday was Patrick's 6th birthday but we didn't have his party until Sat! It is hard to believe my baby is 6 years old! Where does the time go? He is big into TMNT right now so he wanted a ninja turtle cake. I was lucky enough to find one of the old Wilton pans from the 80's. I was not happy with the way it turned out but Patrick loved it and that is all that mattered. Right? I know what the problem was though. I used the whipped icing and it was too hot in the kitchen while I was icing so it got to soft.
Patrick with his cake!

And with all his little friends. The little girl right next to Patrick is his little "girlfriend" Lily. Yeah still the same one from last year! She is such a little doll!

Here is a quick pic of his Halloween costume this year too! He has all the ninja moves

Thanks for sticking around to see all my pics! I hope you have a fabulous day!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Making Handmade Cards

I was so honored and excited to be asked by Jo to be a Guest Designer for Making Handmade Cards!
I got to work with the upcoming "Happy Flowers" kit back in October! It was a little more challenge than I would have thought to use just the ekit and basic supplies. I didn't realize how often I reach for buttons, pins, dewdrops etc until trying to not use Of course once you purchase the ekits you can use what ever goodies you would like with them!

This ekit is chocked full of beautiful images, background papers and greetings. There are so many combinations that you have an endless supply of choices!

I made 5 cards with this kit and I see me reaching for this one again and again!

I made this one really simple and the only thing I used cardstock, twine, popdots and a sharpie from my stash.

I used a sketch from a challenge blog somewhere but I am sorry to say that now I can't remember where. If you know please let me know and I will give credit where credit is due! I added cardstock, stickles, ink and raindrops from my stash. For the seniment I printed out the supplied sents on regular printer paper and then traced over the sentiment with a sharp pencil so that I got a little bit of an indention in the paper and then traced over it with a sharpie.
I hand cut the vase from a sheet of backing paper and simpley cut out the flowers from one of the sheets in the ekit. I used popdots on a few of the flowers for some added depth. I used cardstock, twine and a sharpie from my stash.

I cut out various flowers and used popdots behind some of them and then added stickles to the centers. I used ink, ribbon and stickles from my stash.
I really like the sunny yellow with this card! This one was fast and simple really. The 4 flowers are printed on the backing paper already. I simply printed it out twice and cut out the flowers so that I could pop them up. The sun is actually a flower from another sheet. I added stickles to various elements.

This is just a little sampling of the "happy flowers" ekit from Making Handmade Cards. If you would like to know how you could get one be sure to check HERE! Also sign up for the newsletter and you will get a free ekit!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Scrap and Stamp & Stamp, Scrap and Doodle

I am a little late adding my posts today. I have been cleaning and time just got away from

I hope you all have a Happy and Safe Halloween today! We will be hitting the streets with an umbrella in is raining here!
Today is the day for a new challenge over at Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturdays. This week we would like to see Anything but a Card! So let your imagination go wild and show us what you got! Regina at The Cutting Cafe is our fabulous sponsor this week. She also gave the DT 3 cut files to work with as well. I used the box template for these 2.
These are the goodies Patrick took to school for his Halloween party. The boxes are full of mini reeces cups for his teacher and the class grandma. The school has about 10 grandmas that volunteer every single day and help with the classes. The pre-k and kindergarten classes eacg have one all day and the rest of the grandmas rotate out with the other classes.
I kept the goody bags for the class simple this yes and just added a stamped tag. No muss no

supplies: The Cutting Cafe box file, Prima flowers, Autumn Leaves stamp, Cricut, stazon ink, Bazzill cs, Doodlebug and PineCone Press pp, tulle, gems

It is also time for a new challenge over at Scrap and Stamp today! This week we want to see a Halloween layout or mini with at least one stamp! Perfect timing for me to finish up last years pictures before I get more tonight! Our sponsor this week is Dream Designs.

I stamped the tiny spider that is added to the tag all over the background cs in black ink. I wish it showed up in the photo but it adds just enough to the page.

supplies: Bazzill cs, Making Memories pp, Reminisce and Doodlebug stickers, My Sentiments Exactly alpha stamps, American Craft thickers, chalk ink, stickles, Studio G spider stamp, Cricut for spiders, wiggly eyes, white gel pen, floss

I hope you will join us at Scrap and Stamp and at Stamp, Scrap and Doodle this week! You have until Friday to get your projects in!