Monday, December 17, 2007

Still waiting...

Yes, that's right (sigh) I'm still here and waiting (impatiently) for this baby to come. We've got 3 days until my due date and really really hoping to go into labor soon. I had a visit with my doctor last week and found out that since I'm going for a VBAC, I cannot be induced. Something that I didn't know about and kind of bums me out. That means if I do not go into labor by my 41st week, I'll have another c-section that I will not look forward to. Although-I did hear that if you opt for a cs without laboring, the recovery is much easier, a little reassuring, I guess.

So here I am waiting and watching the minutes go by. I did get my new Stampin' UP! Catalog today in the mail which brightened my day :) It is so beautiful...I cannot wait for you all to see it if you haven't yet. I'll be taking that to the hospital to memorize every page, I will guarantee that!

I made this little journal notebook this afternoon. It uses our new Ginger Blossom DS papers. Aren't they gorgeous?!! I just love the color combo. For the letter 'j' I actually printed a mirror image of a 'j' on my computer onto the backside of my ds paper and card stock and cut it out with my paper snips.

Thanks for stopping by...Enjoy your Christmas. I'll keep you posted about baby!!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Cricut Cartridge Variations

The other day Vera asked which Cricut cartridge I used on my scrapbook pages. Just wanted to let everyone know that it was the Plantin Schoolbook Font cartridge but I used the "Tall Ball" option, which I love.
So in this image I have shown all of the different options for the font on this particular cartridge. Hope this helps!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

My First Time

Remember a few weeks ago when I won the contest over at Papertrey? Well, I finally got my prizes (Snowflake Serenade, Spiral Blossom, Eat Cake-Thanks Nichole!!) and finally used one of the sets! I have to admit...this was the very first time I have used acrylic stamps! I know, I're thinking: get with it, right? LOL!

I made this card for my parent's 37th anniversary which is today...Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!!

Don't know if you can tell but each little snowflake in the background has little dots of glitter. I just love glittery snowflakes. And the snowflake in the scallop circle has dazzling diamonds all over it. I also used Lauren's Saturday Sketch from last week...such an easy layout!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Trying to catch up...

Is there such a thing as catching up in the scrapbooking world?

Here's a bunch of pages I made recently. I guess I work best under pressure! (no pun intended LOL)
Not much stamping here, but used my Cricut and a bunch of Splitcoast sketches.

Getting closer...

Hey everyone!
I'm so sorry it's been a while since I've posted anything. I will promise you I've got some projects that I've been working on that I'll post later today.

We woke up to snow this morning and it's so pretty! Now I'm in the Christmas mood!!

I wanted to show you some pictures that my SIL took last weekend. There are so many good ones it is hard to choose. This family picture of all 3 of us makes my neck look really fat, and I've tried to smooth it out in my PSE3 program, but it ends up looking really bad. Would any of you have any spare time to fix it for me???

I'm at 37 weeks now, officially full term. YAY! She can come anytime now :) Everyone has been telling me I look small for being 3 weeks away from my due date, but I really feel like I'm as big as a house!

I'll be back later with some stuff!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Crystal Lite Container

Here's a quick project I made a few weeks ago to show at a party. The hostess requested some cheap gifts for teachers, aides, and others. I thought that this would be fun to fill with homemade candies, or cookies (would have to be small) or any type of chocolate...Easy!

I used:
Stamps: Snow Flurries, Happy Everything
Paper: Wintergreen DP
Ink: always artichoke
Accessories: Always artichoke grosgrain, celery brad
Tools: Sm & Lg tag punches, Lg circle punch, Slit punch (for scallops)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Hey guys...
Just wanted to thank those of you who commented on my blog candy. That was a lot of fun to read! I love to hear all of your stories. I have some ideas now of some things I'd like to do with my own kids.
It is also nice to meet some of you that read my blog that I didn't even know about!

Have a great evening...I'll be back on Thursday with some projects.

We have a winner!!

Here's the random # picked from

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2007-11-14 00:52:29 UTC

Here is Heidi's comment

Heidi said...

Favorite traditions: to set aside a night to make a gingerbread house (usually get it up/frosted first) and then we spend time with candy and architectural atributes. It is fun and the kids love it.

November 13, 2007 2:30 PM

Congratulations Heidi!! She's got a cute blog... Check it out!!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

YOU are so cool!

Hey guys-

Are you up for some blog candy? I woke up this morning and found I made it to 30,000 overnight! How cool is that! No-You guys are cool! Thank for stopping by and checking my little blog! Keeps me going, you know?

Here's the deal:

Post a comment here and I'll randomly pick a winner on TUESDAY the 13th. The winner will receive an olive colored 6x6 scrapbook, ribbons and an alphabet stamp set!!

BUT, I'm not going to let you get off easy here: tell me what your favorite holiday traditions were/are. This time of year makes me feel like a kid again and I'm pretty excited to see what you tell me!


Thursday, November 8, 2007

One for any occasion

Here's a card I made with "Be Happy" that would work for just about anything!

I love the Uptown papers that I used on this. Look how beautiful the gray on gray paper and the adorable stripes are!

And I used our new (still new to me) Build-A-Brad for the center of the flower. The flower is stamped in Almost Amethyst which is hard to see in my picture.

Thanks for your kind comments on yesterday's post about my Grandmother.

Stamps: Be Happy
Paper: Basic Gray, Uptown DP, So Saffron, WW
Ink: Basic Gray, Almost Amethyst
Accessories: BAB, 1/2" circle punch, stapler, Wild Wasabi Ribbon.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Getting a head start....

Hey everyone! Sorry I've been away for a few days. We've been super busy. My grandmother died last Friday and the funeral was yesterday. She was 89 and had Alzheimer's for 10 years. I think she suffered long enough and is now in peace. Anyone who has relatives with Alzheimer's probably knows what I'm talking about. It's an atrocious disease that I wish nobody should have to deal with.

But now, I'm back up for some blogging. Sometimes we just need a little break but I thank you for coming back to see what's new!

I've been a little uncertain weather this baby is a girl or a boy...even though the ultrasound showed a girl. Must be nerves or something because I have bedding bought, new little outfits hung in the closet, and a pink baby papasan chair waiting for a little girl. I'm not washing anything or taking tags off until she's here! But I'm making some girlie scrapbook pages ahead of time anyway.

I scrapbook in 12x12 format because if I need a ton of pictures on a page I have the option to do so. I love the look of 8x8 albums, and may do a theme album someday. I don't have a baby album purchased yet, but I'm doing some research. I found this site that embosses on almost any album: Accent Albums. I had this done with my daughter's baby album (which is the Creative Memories baby booties album, and is retired and is available on eBay for over $50!) but I'm still looking for an album that I like. I am not willing to spend that much money on an album and I think it will be OK if they don't match anyway. Anyone have any good ideas for high quality albums that would work for me? I like SU's albums, but we're limited on colors. I'm thinking pink or blue if it's a boy.

Back to this page: I used Chocolate Chip CS, Flowers for You DP, and a 3-D sticker from Me & My Big Ideas from Michael's. SUPER simple and it just waits for a 5x7 photo to take center stage on this page.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Winter card

Here's a cute winter/Christmas card I made with the Happy Camper set. I saw this idea on Splitcoast a long time ago, but I couldn't find the original, so if you know who the genius is please let me know so I can give credit.


Stamps: Happy Camper, Hugs & Wishes, snowflakes from Merry & Bright.
Paper: Always Artichoke, real Red, Kraft
Ink: Always Artichoke, WW Craft, Versamark
Accessories: White embossing powder, Versamark Pen, Red Gingham Ribbon, sponge.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween Treat Bag

Here's a project we made at my Mom & Me Class last Friday. I used the little pumpkin from the Family Accessories set and "for you" from Happy Everything. I used both sizes of the tag punches and eggplant ribbon to tie the bag.

We had a lot of fun and I think the kids did too. It was my first Mom & Me and I think I'll do some more again!

Recipe for White Chocolate Popcorn:

1 bag microwave popcorn
1/2 bag white chocolate chips
1 Tbsp peanut butter

melt the white chocolate chips and peanut butter and pour over popped popcorn. spread on wax paper and let cool. I added food coloring in the bowl of melted chips & peanut butter (this part is optional) ENJOY!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Quickie scrapbook page

This page took only 20 minutes to finish! I love that! I got inspiration from Jen Balcer here. After I finished I see she has a lot more going on in the upper and lower parts of her page, but I think I'll just leave mine.

Even though the Outlaw papers are not very girlie, I liked the way they looked with the picture.

I used the new Build-A-Brads (antique brass) for the first time, and they are a lot of fun! I can see myself using them a lot in the future with stamps too.

I don't know if you can tell (maybe you'll have to click on the picture to see better) I used my paper piercer and pierced 2 rows of holes above the picture and below it on the Chocolate Chip paper. I just recently bought the Mat Pack which has guides to pierce in a straight line...WHY DIDN'T I BUY THAT SOONER??? Such a time-saver!

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Outlaw DP
Ink: Really Rust Craft, Close to cocoa, white gel pen
Accessories: On Board Simon Lower, Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain, Ribbon from District Ribbon Originals, Antique Brass Build-A-Brads, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack

Been away for awhile....

Sorry it's been a while since I've posted. Last week I was busy cleaning and getting ready for the weekend...I left for a couple days to Women Of Faith. I got to see this:

Can you believe that she used to be a pastor's wife? I don't think there was 5 seconds that went by that we weren't laughing! We had a great time!

I'll be back later with some sort of project. Probably when my 3-year old has her quiet time. Otherwise I'm doing laundry and cleaning because when I was gone I guess they didn't appreciate a clean house.....

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A card to Match

Here's the card I am giving my sister to match the paint can I made (you can see this in the previous post)

Again, I used Crate Paper, Michael's ribbon, and Kraft SU paper, and Short & Sweet Stamp set.

Spa in a can

Alright, so I confess....This is technically my first paint can I've made. I have a few of them hiding away, waiting to be dressed up! Finally I got around to it! All I needed was a reason...My sister's birthday (and that was last week!!)

So I had something else in mind last week, and it was pretty dumb (I won't even go there) and then came across the Target $ spot. They had some really cool spa stuff there and I just picked out a bunch not knowing if I'll use it or not. And then the idea came to me..."I'll use a paint can and decorate it to match!!" I didn't say that out loud at Target, but I was really excited! (I know, I know, it doesn't take much!!)

Anyway I hope she likes it. Usually she likes everything I do so I would be surprised if she didn't.

I used a bunch of Crate Paper & tag stuff, ribbons from Michaels, and on the closeup picture I punched out some flowers from the Spring bouquet punch.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 15, 2007

I won! I won! I won!

I'm a dedicated reader to Nichole Heady's Blog.

A little over a week ago she posted some free digi card kits on Paper crafts magazine website, and I decided to give the Spiral Bouquet a try. Did I mention that they are FREE!!

I posted my card in the online gallery, but didn't expect it to win but here's my card that won! I'm so excited! I guess I win both releases from today and the Spiral Bouquet set that will be released in November! WOW!

My card is also going to be posted on Nichole's Blog today sometime! SO check there later today as it should be there.

I guess it never hurts to submit your creations!

Blog Candy Winner!

Here's the winner for my Blog Candy from previous post! I used an online random number picker:

Research Randomizer Results

1 Set of 1 Unique Numbers Per Set
Range: From 1 to 70 -- Unsorted


Cathy said...

Congrats on 25,000 hits! Sweet candy you are celebrating with. I just love rubons and you said ribbon. Count me in. Thanks for a chance.

Congrats Cathy! I'll send you an email shortly!

Thanks to everyone that played!!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

25,000 hits-Blog Candy Time!

It's Blog Candy Time People! Thanks for getting me to 25,000!! It went by fast too!

All you have to do is leave one comment (please) here and I'll randomly pick a winner Sunday evening-So you have plenty of time :)

One lucky winner will get:
3 pkgs of Rub-ons: cool ribbon and stitches, NOEL, and seasons & month titles.
& A ton of ribbon!

Have fun and thank you for stopping by!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

A Productive Morning

I have a group of friends that get together (after summer vacation) and scrapbook (or socialize, whatever you call it :) ) And today was our first day to get together since last spring! It was a much needed break from our past few weeks. We usually plan to get together once a week, but everyone is getting so busy, it is getting hard to get us all together at once, but we'll try anyway.

This morning I was able to make these 4 pages, although they're not totally complete, I'm glad I got this far!

The Great Pumpkin Search

Every year my parents grow a few pumpkins in the field and then in October they have all of the grandkids come over. We have a hayride, pick pumpkins, eat, play, and have so much fun!

This year there was a threat of rain (but didn't, thankfully) so we were still able to have the hayride, but they had already picked the pumpkins.

At the last minute my husband decided to hide the pumpkins in the hayfield and then we drove around with the hay wagon for the kids to find them. It was a lot of fun!

Friday, October 5, 2007

File Folder Album

Ever since Taylor made one of these and also posted the instructions here, I've been dying to make one! I have no idea what I'm going to do with it, but isn't it pretty?

I used a bunch of Daisy D's papers and die cuts (I've had for a LONG time) and also some wide floral ribbon from some flowers I got last week. Other than that I used some SU stuff. You know.....sometimes it's really fun to work with the stuff in the back of my stash!

Paper: Daisy D's, File folder, Close to Cocoa, Ruby Red, VV
Ink: Close to Cocoa: LOTS of sponging
Accessories: lots of ribbon, rhinestone brads

Tagged-The Name Game

I've been taged Abi, and Rhonda (didn't get her blog name-Rhonda if you want to, just let me know your blog, thanks!)

The NAME GAME. The name of the game is to list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life, for each letter of your middle name. If you don't have a middle name, use the name you would have liked to have had. When you are tagged you need to write your own blog post containing you middle name and game facts. At the end of your blog post, you need to choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag. Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged and to read your blog.

J-Juice: Gotta have my tall glass of OJ in the morning-no "Joe" for me!

E- Expecting: I'm having a baby if you haven't guessed...Supposed to be a girl, due December 20th.

A- Aches & Pains: I'm having a lot of trouble with my pelvis, hopefully it will go away after baby comes.

N- New Camera: Just got my new camera today, now I can send in my SLR to get cleaned!

J Just give me stamps
E Elaine
A Allison
N No time to stamp

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Going pink

What do you think of my new banner for October? Angel reminded me that it's Breast Cancer awareness month, and I just got around to making my banner for support.

Here's a couple links to more cards from the 27 sketches:

Angel's card and another card

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

SC 144

Since I've been done with my sketches for almost a week now, I've gotten a little break from blogging (not that I don't like blogging...I just needed a breather!!) And I don't know how many times I've said I'm going to do SCS challenges again...I'm terrible at commitments! But I had some extra time this morning and had the urge to make a card and went here for today's Sketch challenge.

My card is made from the Just Like You (RMHC Set) and Flowers For You DS papers. I didn't have any purple ribbon to match the Lovely Lilac flowers in the paper, so I cut some white taffeta ribbon and used my Lovely Lilac marker to dye it. That works much better than using the inkpad to dye it. It seems like it gets too dark whenever I try to dye ribbon with the inkpad.

I cut out my butterfly and added some glitter to it for some sparkle and put a dimensional on it so it would stand out some.

Stamps: Just Like You
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, WW, Flowers for You DP
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Lovely Lilac Markers
Accessories: WW Taffeta Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimenstionals.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, October 1, 2007

More Card Links

Sorry I've been slacking on linking these cards, we had a busy weekend!






Sandy-There's several here



Whew! I think that is it for now! Check these out-great cards!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Gotta love these colors :)

Awhile ago I made a card for SCS color challenge. The challenge was to use Soft Sky & Groovy Guava together. It turned out I love that combo! I added Certainly Celery to this card...Don't they look like they were made for each other??!

I made this card for a technique swap that I am in. The technique: Faux Metal. Can you see it in the picture? You might have to click on it to enlarge it, but the little circle embellishment under "let it snow" has a faux metal snowflake on it.

Stamps: Big on Christmas, Short & Sweet (snowflake), Cold Play (Snowflake)
Paper: Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Certainly Celery, WW
Ink: Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Certainly Celery, Versamark
Accessories: Silver EP, White EP, Celery Brads, Celery 5/8" Grosgrain, Soft Sky stitched grosgrain
Tools: Aquapainter, Corner Rounder, 1/16" punch, 3/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch

I have no idea what happened to all of my pictures from the previous post??? Anyone know why they would all of a sudden disappear?

My Mailbox Overflow-eth!

Here's some of the great b-day cards I received the other day! I'm just blown away!

This one is from my 3-year old. She's starting to draw people now!

This one is from Becky: our Great Swaps organizer-Thanks Becky!!

This one is the one my mom made! I love those papers! Thanks mom!

My sister made this one, my mom & her did the same design---must have had the same brainwaves going! Thanks Deb!

Isn't this one beautiful? My SIL made it-Thanks Brandy! I love these papers!

Vera from my swap group sent this cute one! Thanks Vera!

Jackie who is also from my swap group sent this one! I'm so humbled to be in the same swap group as these girls! Such talent! Thank you so much!

Friday, September 28, 2007


You guys are awesome! I had a great day yesterday! I had a nice lunch with my family, then came home to relax and soon Nate got home from work.

He surprised me with some $$ for a new camera and here's where he was so thoughtful-he scheduled a 1 hour pregnancy massage at City Looks! It was so amazing (I've never had a massage before) If you haven't had a massage before-I recommend you go out and get one soon! I'm going back to get another one before I have this baby!

I was also surprised by the awesome b-day cards I received in the mail by a lot of stampers: my mom, SIL, swap group guys have amazing talents! I'm going to post my mom's later...I'm so proud of her :)

BTW-this picture is me & my daughter with the cake that she helped her daddy make! It was so good!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

27 Sketches in 27 Days-#27

Sketch #27 & Card....

This one was a lot of fun! It measures 5x5. I love these colors and the defining stamps.

I had to stamp off my M's once otherwise it was too dark behind the definition. I used regular classic ink on the on board accents.

I hope everyone has a great day! I'm off to have lunch with my family, then Nate told me he's coming home early from work. We'll probably head up to Rochester for shopping and the usual stuff!

Stamps; Defining Alphabet & Define your life
Paper: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou, VV
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou
Accessories: Chocolate 5/8" Ribbon, ON board blossoms & Basics