Sunday, December 6, 2009

Joy To the World…

Joy to the World has to be one of my favorite Christmas song.  I love listening to Christmas songs when I make my Christmas cards, it helps me get in to the festive spirit.


For this card I used one of my favorite alpha stamp sets, Chocolate Alphabet from CTMH.  This is just a very whimsical kind of alpha stamp set.  I also used Christmas Melodies.  I thought the little notes were perfect for this card. 


Inside I used the sentiment from Evergreen.  Even though it isn’t part of the tune to “Joy to the World” I still thought it went well with the card.  A few musical notes on the bottom and my card was complete. 

I really liked how this card came together.  It was one that I hadn’t planned out and just kind of went with.   

I hope you enjoy this card! I still have quiet a few more Christmas cards to make, hopefully they will all get mailed out BEFORE Christmas this year.



Friday, December 4, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree

I was browsing the web and saw someone (sorry I can’t remember where) had a Christmas Tree with their kids pictures as ornaments on them.  So I decided to make my own version of it.  I used my Paper Dolls Cricut cartridge to make my tree and Plantin Schoolbook to make my circles…umm I mean “ornaments”.  I sponged the edges of the tree and ornaments.  I then used some twine to make little bows.  I punched out a star and added a button.  I have to say buttons and ribbons are my absolute favorite embellishments! Then I stamped my snowflakes and Merry Christmas on to my chalkboard.  I have to say this is one of my favorite little projects so far.  I already have a special place for it.




Recipe: Chalkboard, white pigment ink & Archival Black, CTMH Holiday Trinkets, Topiary & Chocolate paper, and yellow textured paper from craft store, twine, button, glue dots.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Merry merry merry…

26 days till Christmas!!!  I can’t wait!  Christmas is one of my favorite holidays…I love being able to spend time with family and celebrate the Reason for the Season.  I love all the smells of Christmas, the lights, the happy giggles, and anticipation of Christmas morning!  We do a lot to prepare for this special day.  We make salt dough ornaments, decorate the tree, make cards to send to family and friends, and so much more.

At my last Stamping Sunday yesterday we made some Christmas cards and a ornament gift card holder.  It was a bitter sweet day.  I have enjoyed being a Close To My Heart Consultant, but the time has come to move on.  I enjoyed sharing my creativity and joy with all who came.  We used

Here is what we created…


Gift card holder…I’ve saw these on Splitcoast.



Recipe: circles cut out using Cricut, SU tab punch, Holly leaf punch, circle punch, silver elastic, CTMH Christmas Melodies & Holiday Trinkets,White, Cranberry , Crème  Brulee and Topiary paper, Cranberry and Basic Black ink, Christmas Red stickles.

Card #1…We used the snowflake from Holiday Trinkets to create the wreath.



Recipe: CTMH Holiday Trinkets & Grown with Love (for the berries), Sand, Olive, Chocolate, White papers, DP from Back Country, SU ribbon, Christmas Red stickles, Topiary, Olive & Basic Black ink.


Card #2…We added dimensional to make this tree pop!



Recipe: CTMH Holiday Trinkets & Evergreen, Crème Brulee, White, and Chocolate papers, Basic Black & Olive ink, red ribbon from craft store, foam dots.

Abi meets Abby Cadabby

The day after Thanksgiving we went to Sesame Live “When Elmo Grows Up”.  But we didn’t go to see Elmo we went to see Abby Cadabby!!!  My Abbers loves loves loves Abby Cadabby!  She had such a great time!  She was so excited and was about to come out of her skin with excitement!!!


Can you see her EXCITEMENT!!!


Even Abby Cadabby needed some refreshement.



The show is about to start…DSC05796 Abby Cadabby and ZoeDSC05835




Abby Cadabby!!!


It was Awesome!!


Some little known facts about Abi and Abby Cadabby:

They both Share the same birthday October 21st.

Their favorite colors are pink!

They both love the song “Itsy Bitsy Spider”


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I've been away....

Well it's been a while since I have has been crazy! I'm on the PTA and the last couple of weeks in September to the first couple of weeks in November life is...well...BUSY!!! I didn't have hardly any time to craft. I really missed it!! But I did keep a sketch book with lots of ideas, so be ready for them to start coming! Then my littlest got the flu, even with getting the flu shot. Of course I was around her 24/7 taking care of her and helping her to feel better so as luck had it, I ended up with the flu too. I've never had the flu before and wasn't expecting to feel like someone had just beaten me up. I've never felt so sore before!! Plus I was freezing then sweating, then get the idea. Then after getting over the flu I felt okay but didn't have a lot of energy. I figured that is how you were supposed to feel after having the flu. Well after I still didn't feel better I went to the doctor. I ended up having bronchitis. So after being on antibiotics I am feeling better. Our school fundraiser is over (Thank Goodness), Red Ribbon week is over, bike rodeo is over and taxes are done, so now I can get back to crafting!!! It's about that time to start making Christmas gifts, cards and of course the Christmas cookies! Oh and if you have a favorite Christmas cookie or dessert, please feel free to send it my way.

I hope you all have a very thankful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pumpkin Patch


This is a quick and simple Halloween card.  I have been seeing tons and tons of punch art and wanted to use some of my own punches to create something different.  Well even those these aren’t exactly different, they still turned out cute.  I used my oval and circle punches.  I really like these little pumpkins, especially with the spotted pattern paper.  I used Stampin’ Up “Carved and Candlelit” to create these little guys.  Then I snipped some green grass and added some twine to the top.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great day!



Monday, October 12, 2009


Just so you know I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, I thought I would post. I have been super busy. First off I'm the treasurer for the PTA and that tends to take up some of my time, especially during tax time and fundraising. Add in all the school PTA and non PTA functions it can get hectic. **By the way, if you get those little fundraising pamphlets in your child's book bag please take the time to order even one little thing, here all our funds come from fundraising, we pay for all of the kids field trips, books for classrooms, Red Ribbon week festivities, Bike Rodeo, Fiesta events, and SOOO much more! We really couldn't do it with out the fundraising and the parents who help us out.** Plus it's birthday season, hunting season (not for me but the hubby), and with all the sickness that has been going around our house, I haven't crafted in a while. I'm hoping that will change soon! Today I'm getting all the laundry done so that I can get some much needed crafting in.

Well that's about it for me, I hear the dryer so it's time to fold and put up some laundry....if you want to help with the laundry feel free to stop by!


Monday, August 31, 2009

OUCH…I hurt myself…

Okay so here’s a little back story…I’m not allowed near sharp objects.  EVER!!!  This includes…knifes, plastic knifes, rulers, pencils, plastic spoons (they have a sharp edge), screw drivers, cardboard, oh the list goes on and on…

Well today while helping out at school decorating the first grades bulletin board I stapled my thumb.  It went straight through!  You could feel the tip on the other side of my thumb.  Luckily it wasn’t poking out.  At first I was good, I told my friend “um I’m going to go to the school nurse” her response was “oh God”.  So I headed on over…walk in and said I stapled my thumb.  She had a class of kindergartens getting weighed and measured who all wanted to see.  So being the kind compassionate always eager to please I showed them.  The boys loved it the most.  So the nurse pulls out her plier like scissors and gets ready to pull the staple out.  She asked me if I needed a chair but of course I said no, I’m good.  In reality I was praying I didn’t pass out.  Well she pulled it out, and it hurt so bad I held back the tears and said “oiy”. 

So now I have a puncture wound, as the nurse called it, and my thumb hurts!  It really hurts!  I am now not allowed near the stapler and it has been added to the list.  I am really hoping to live this down…news travels  so fast in public school.

Oh I refrained from the visuals I figured you would be okay with it. Oh and I have pictures of some cards I did over the weekend and will post them tomorrow, I’m supposed to have my thumb up so it doesn’t throb so bad. 




Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Teacher Survival Kit

It’s that time again….school has officially started for my girls!  They are super excited!!!  So far they have loved every minute of it!!!  They have wonderful teachers and I honestly think this is going to be a great school year!

Here is the teacher survival kit I made for their teacher.  I just put in a chocolate bar, chalk and a dry erase marker.  Their teachers all Loved them!!


The card…


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Happy Birthday


This was a quick and easy card.   I needed a birthday card ASAP!!!  I actually had only a few minutes to get this done right before we headed out the door to a little girls birthday party.  I had the gift, and had planned on doing a card later, but things kept popping up all week long and I just didn’t get one done.  I used my Cricut ‘doodle charms’ cartridge to make my ice cream cone.  I embossed the cone in my cuttlebug and sponged it with Ranger’s brushed corduroy ink.  Then I sponged my scoops and added a button for the cherry.  Then I used Clear Dollar Stamps ‘happy birthday’ sentiment from “hanging out” to make the background paper.  I stamped the sentiment in versa mark ink.  Then I layered it and sewed around the edges & placed it on kraft card stock.  I love using kraft card stock for the bases of cards!

This is the inside of the card.


This was a very simple and easy card to make!!  And thank goodness it was, because as soon as it was done we were out the door to the party!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a great weekend!



Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Just a little gift…

You know sometimes the best little gifts are the unexpected gifts.  I decided to make a batch of cookies and send them over to one of my sweet neighbors.  I couldn’t just send them on a paper plate, I needed to send them in a sweet little package.  Taking the extra time to create a sweet package for an even sweeter neighbor just lets them know how special they are!

I used my Nice Neighborhood stamps from Clear Dollar Stamps.  It was the perfect stamp for this little treat.  I love how it all came together.  I colored the little house and trees with my copic markers.  I used the bush stamp to make clouds.  I also used Martha Stewarts opaque marker in icing white to color them in.  I punched out my sentiment with SU oval punches.  Tied my ribbon and it was off to the neighbor. 


Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you have a fantastic day!!



Saturday, August 15, 2009

Get Ready…Get Set….. & Blog Hop!!!

There has been a lot of anticipation as to what is going on over at Clear Dollar Stamps and NOW it’s time to find out!!!  So get your self a snack, grab a drink and get comfy and get READY to blog hop!!  There are prizes around every corner and one GRAND PRIZE WINNER too!  So what are you waiting for…go to Lori’s blog to see what all the fuss is about!




Friday, August 14, 2009

Home Sweet Home


One of the sayings you hear a lot in the Army is “Home is Where the Army Sends You”.  And it really is.  We are no longer in the Army, but dare I say, I actually miss some of it.  I miss how when the moving van pulls up all the neighbors come out to greet you and welcome you into the neighborhood.  I miss how everyone understood where you were coming from because we have all been through deployments, TDY’s, when our spouse was in the field training, or when they are out late at night getting in those flight hours. I really enjoyed our time in the Army.  I especially enjoyed our neighbors.  When your in the military your “extended” family became your neighbors.  So, I made this card in remembrance of all of those great memories.  

This card measures 7 inches by 4 inches.  I used my cuttlebug and nestabilities to make the frame.  I actually had to use the rectangle nestabilities twice because it wasn’t long enough to make the whole frame.  I also stamped my truck, colored with copics and then cut out and put on foam dots.  For the road I drew a road on scrap paper and then placed it on the white cardstock and then sponged my grass.  I removed the road and then colored it in with black and gray copics.  For the white stripes I used Martha Stewarts opaque markers in icing white.  I then put my brads on my frame, tied my ribbon and my circle tag (nestabilities) onto the frame.  Then I put the frame on foam dots.  I also used Martha Stewarts edge punch and sponged the edges.  Put it all together and there you go.

Thanks for stopping by and going down memory lane with me, have a great day!



Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Ghostly Bot


I know it is a little early for Halloween, but this little guy just screamed….BOO!  Plus I figure Halloween will be here before we know it and why not get a head start.  I’m usually panicking the last minute trying to get things done, so this way I will have one less stress.   I’m thinking I may see this little guy on  some bag toppers for my kids classrooms.

With this card I started out stamping the robot on white cardstock and coloring him in with my copic sketch markers.   Then I took and punched out a circle on some scrap paper, placed it where the hole was where I wanted my moon.  Then I sponged CTMH’s Buttercup, Sorbet and Honey ink.  Next I took Rangers Distressed Ink brushed corduroy and CTMH’s chocolate, cocoa, and outdoor denim to create the midnight sky.  I then layered my cardstock on orange cardstock and then put on my green card base.  I used my Martha Stewart “slime” punch to make some purple slime.  I then layered black and white cardstock (which I stamped “Warning” on over and over).  I added a few nuts at the bottom.

Here is the inside of the card.  I stamped the same sentiment on the inside… 


Thanks for stopping by and have a boo-tacular day!



Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Got Gears?


When I first saw this stamp set from Clear Dollar Stamps, I knew I had to make a card that looked like a gear.  I thought that this little guy would be the perfect robot for a “gear card”.  Doesn’t he look like he spends all day tinkerin’ away on gears?  Okay well maybe he spends his lunch hour racing the other ‘bots down the hallways or see who can put the most nuts and bolts in their mouth at one time…okay back to the card….hee hee.

For this card I used my Martha Stewart circle cutter on a piece of CTMH paper.  I cut the circle 5 inches.  Then I went and cut out the notches of the gears.  I cut out 2 more circles and stamped my sentiment on the white cardstock.  Then I stamped a part of the robot onto the white cardstock.  I planned on cutting him out and wanted to make sure he had his little antenna on top of his head.  Then  I stamped my robot multiple times so that after he was colored I could layer him up on foam dots.  I put some stickles and crystal effects on parts of his body.  I even gave him a light on top of his antenna.  I think he turned out so cute!  I wouldn’t mind having a robot at home like this, especially one who does laundry!!!

Here is a close up of him…


Here is the inside…


Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a fantastic day!!



CDSTAMPS USED: Bitty Bots, CARDSTOCK AND PAPERS:  CTMH, INK: Memento graphite black,  MARKERS: Copic Sketch Y13, Y15, RV14, RV29, G07, YG03, C3, ACCESS. AND EMBELLISHMENTS: stickles, rhinestone, crystal effects, foam dots, Martha Stewart circle cutter

Monday, August 10, 2009

Built With Love


Don’t you just love this little robot!  I think this stamp set “Bitty Bots”  from Clear Dollar Stamps is just way to cute and is definitely one of my favorites!!  The robots are just so versatile!  I have used them for Halloween (which you will see soon), for birthdays, even to tell that special someone how much you love them. 

Over at Splitcoast, the Monday technique challenge was to make a Tri-Fold Card.  I of course wanted to ink up my “Bitty Bots”.  This little robot made me think of Mars.  I remember watching a show when I was younger and the robot was all rusty and came from Mars and befriended some teenage kids.  It was one of those after school specials that I would race home to watch! 

I used paper from Basicgrey and CTMH ‘Chocolate’.  The Basicgrey paper just screamed Mars, even though it is from the dino collection. 

Here is a close up of my "’Bot.


I used some wire to create the voltage going across his antenna.  I also stamped him in Memento ‘Rich Cocoa’ ink and colored him with my Copic Sketch markers.  I added silver eyelets from Memory Makers, SU ribbon and some silver stretchy cord to hold my tag and washer on. 

Here is the inside…


I really like how this all turned out.  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful day!



CDStamps Used: Bitty Bots

Cardstock and Papers: Basicgrey & CTMH

Markers: Copic Sketch

Access. and Embellishments: silver eyelets, staples, ribbon, washer, silver stretchy cord, wire, and foam dots

Special Techniques: Splitcoast TLC233

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A is for Apple


It’s almost  time again to get ready for Back to School!!!  My kids are getting so excited!!!  They can’t wait to see who they get for their teachers.  I have mixed feelings, I’m ready for school to start yet… I’m not.  Either way it will be starting soon.  So I made this cute little set to get the year started off right!  I love this little apple basket!!  So you can understand the size better, it will hold one large apple.

I made the handle out of a 2 clothes hanger.   I took one metal one and used just the bottom straight part cutting it with wire cutters.  Then I took another hanger that has the cardboard tube and cut off a 3 inch piece with kitchen shears.  The shears seemed to do the best job.  Then it was all bending and maneuvering it in to some holes I punched on the side.  Make sure BEFORE you start bending, you put the cardboard tube on, or you will never get it on…don’t ask how I know…hee hee.


Here are the card I made to go along with my basket.  The apple is cut from my Cricut “Plantin Schoolbook” Cartridge.  I used CTMH’s Cranberry, Chocolate, Bamboo, Olive paper.  I also used the Silhouette paper pack.  I really am loving this apple!!!

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 Here is the post it note and notepad holder I made.  I just got my notebook punch and I LOVE it!!!!  I used CTMH’s “Classmate Alphabet” set to make the writing tablet on the olive paper. 


Here is the inside…


Thanks for stopping by…have a wonderful day!!!



Wednesday, August 5, 2009

You’re a Hoot!

While I am anxiously awaiting for my Clear Dollar Stamps to arrive, I decided to make this little owl card.  I used CTMH’s “You’re a Hoot” stamp set.  I stamped my owl with chocolate ink  then wiped off his feet and colored them in with SU’s pumpkin pie marker.  His beak was colored in with pumpkin pie too.  I then used my nestabilities circles and cuttlebug and cut him out.  Then I used my Marvy scallop punch on kraft paper then pierced the edges and attached the owl.  I sewed the orange polka dot paper and then the turquoise paper.  I’m trying to use my scraps up so I’m not really sure where these came from.  Then I added my button and with the embroidery thread bow. 


For the inside I stamped my sentiment in chocolate on white cardstock.  Then I stamped my branch in chocolate and wiped away the leaves and colored them in with SU’s old olive.  I added more polka dot paper that I stitched and there you have it!


Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great day!



Monday, August 3, 2009

Happy Birthday!!!

My oldest, Zoey, is turning 9 tomorrow! Where did the time go, it seem like it was yesterday I was in the hospital starving, but only allowed to have ice chips and wondering when I was going to get an epidural. Then all of the hunger and pain went away when I saw my beautiful baby girl!! That was one of the happiest moments of my life. And now this is the last year that my baby is in her single digits…*sigh*. She on the other hand is ecstatic!!! She can’t wait for school to start so she can have a birthday party with her school friends. Since her birthday falls so close to the first day of school we wait 2 weeks after it starts and then have her party. So tomorrow we will just have an intimate family party. She is just beyond excited!!!

Here’s my little green eyed girl…DSC05141

And if you know Zoey, you KNOW Zoey LOVES bugs and lizards. She will catch them, bring them inside, give her Momma a heart attack and then go outside and collect more! So to celebrate this side of her I made her a caterpillar card. She loves butterflies and wants to get some caterpillars and watch them turn into butterflies. Little does she know that her Mom is one step ahead and has it wrapped and ready to go…thank you!

Here is her card…


I used my cuttlebug and some scraps of paper to make the caterpillar’s body. Placing this little guy was kind of tricky. I didn’t want him to be long but also didn’t want him to be too short. I then stitched the antenna and feet. I added brads to the ends of the antenna. I stamped a few sentiments from , CTMH’s “Fringed Phrases” on scraps cut them out keeping only the words I wanted, then layering them on white cardstock. After attaching and stitching I adhered it on to kraft cardstock.

Here is a close up of the antenna…


I love the mix matched eyes. I think it adds character to the caterpillar. I hope she loves it as much as I love her!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!



Saturday, August 1, 2009

Guess What???

Oh My Goodness, I am so EXCITED!!! Do you remember me telling you about the Guest Designer Challenge from Clear Dollar Stamps…well guess what…I made it!!! I actually tied with a very talented lady, Karen Green. Check out her blog. I’m so excited, beyond EXCITED!! Thrilled doesn’t even come close to how I’m feeling right now. I feel very honored to have been chosen. I really hope that I can meet there expectations. I am just so thankful right now.

Get ready to see lots of creations with Clear Dollar Stamps.



Friday, July 31, 2009

Clear Dollar Stamps Guest Designer Challenge

It's that time again...Clear Dollar Stamps is having their end of the month guest designer challenge. For the August challenge they are doing a sketch. You could make whatever you wanted as long as you used the sketch.
For the challenge I decided to make a box. Now this is no ordinary box, this is a special box to hold a special gift for a soon to be here special little boy. We are anxiously awaiting his arrival! I used Clear Dollars "Charlie Baby" stamp set. I have to say Charlie is a favorite of mine! I stamped Baby Charlie on white cardstock using Brilliance graphite black ink. I also stamped Baby Charlie on some brown fabric using the same ink. After coloring Baby Charlie with my copic sketch markers I adhered the blanket that I cut from the fabric. Then it was off to get the cuttlebug to cut and emboss my circle. I sponged around the edges to give it a little rustic feel. I then added the blue button with a glue dot. I took strips of Adornit paper ("Old West Collection-just seemed fitting) and Sand from CTMH and did the faux ribbon technique and sewed it on the sewing machine. I then layered my cardstock (CTMH's Crystal Blue, White, and Sand). I added some brads to the corners, put my oval up on demnsionals, and added my faux ribbon. I stamped the word 'Baby' on the corner of the flap of the box. **Which by the way measures 7 x 3 1/4 x 3/4 inches.

I also stamped on a plain white onsie, colored and added the same fabric & button from the box.

Here is a close up of the box...

In this picture you can see the fabric a little more clearly...

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and visit!
Until next time,

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I’m back!

It seems like I’ve been away from blog world for a while.  As I told you I ended up getting Cellulitis on my nose, and was given some antibiotics to heal me up.  Well while taking the medicine, Clindamycin, I had a sever reaction to the drug.  I started to break out in a different kind of rash, the whites of my eyes turned yellow, my chest felt as if it were tight causing me to have difficulty breathing.  I was fine if I didn’t move but once I started to get up and say walk to the kitchen and back I felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest.  I later found out that this was not good.  I was told to keep taking the medicine because it was the lesser of the two evils.   I was also put on some Benadryl to counteract the side effects so I could continue to take the medicine and get rid of the infection.  But I was also informed that I should never take this drug again because next time the side effects will be much worse and possibly end up in the hospital.  So this is why it took me longer than anticipated to get back to blogging.  Also for any of you who might have to take this drug be aware that it does cause serious side effects and you should contact your doctor right away if you experience any of them. 

Now on with the blogging…I made this cute little “note book” for a friend.  I used CTMH’s ‘Be Yourself’ for the sentiment, stamped with Brilliance graphite black.


I am loving the paper Sunrise by Cosmo Cricket!!!  It is becoming one of my favorites!



I took my little notepad and placed it on my paper and just started scoring using my score pal.  I didn’t take measurements, which I regretted later on, but it is pretty easy to figure out so I can do it again.  Plus I figure I do have some notepads that are larger and smaller than the one I used.  I used a velcro dot to adhere the flap closed. I really like how it turned out.  I’m thinking this might become part of a gift idea for the girls teachers in the near future.  Only 4 more weeks till school starts!!! 

The whole set….