Wednesday, March 31, 2010

April is coming...

Hey, Y'all! OK, I feel like I have been a little MIA lately, but I'm here... I'm creating and crafting and filling lots of orders! It's been busy, but a wonderfully good busy! Lot's of new stationery designs are coming to my web site soon, so I will let you know when they are ready for view and a generous coupon will fly your way too! Perfect timing for Mother's Day and graduation gifts!

Today, I'm gunna share this little card I made with scraps. The flower tiles are glazed with acrylic to make them shiny and hard. The button is GCD Studios, from the Melody Ross line. I like this card 'cause I can use it for anything... there isn't a sentiment, so I can quickly stamp one inside for the appropriate occasion! It's gorgeous today... And tomorrow, APRIL is here! I have lots of things planned for April: my birthday, a few giveaways, my anniversary, Wrigley's birthday, a new niece will be born, a couple of nieces' birthdays, and lots of pretty projects! Whew! You don't want to miss a single day, so sign up to FOLLOW me! Sometimes, it's okay to be a follower!

*Tomorrow (April 1) will be the first GIVEAWAY! Sign in as a Follower to be entered in the drawing!
*Lots of scrap layouts will be up this week! Yay! They are good ones!

Have a great day!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Hey, Chic!

Hello, chickadee! Here is a cute little card I made for a few challenges. I love this paper from American Crafts Dear Lizzy line! Supplies: Stamps: Sentiment and Bird, Papertrey Ink; Solid Paper: Papertrey Ink; Patterned Paper: American Crafts and TPC Studio (cloud); Scallop square punch: Marvy; Other: ink, wiggle eye and adhesive.

The Pink Elephant: Pastels
Pile It On: Animals
Practical Scrappers: Something you've had for over a year (the scallop punch is about 8 years old!)

I went to a crop Saturday (hosted by the awesomely talented, Shannon Zickle) and didn't get home until 3 AM! I got some super cute pages done and can't wait to share them with you... hopefully tomorrow!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Hop to it!

Hello there, friends! To spark your mojo a little more, I have another project using the 2 Cute FREE digi bunny image to inspire you! 2 Cute is having their 2nd Challenge and all you have to do is create something (anything, people... we aren't picky!) and let us know so we can rave! This card was super easy to make... the image and paper speak for themselves! Don't they scream "spring!" I know... love that Dear Lizzy paper from American Crafts! Yum! Now, hop to it and create something cute with this FREE image! Time's a waistin'!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

New Challenge + Free Digi at 2 Cute!

That's right, there's a new challenge starting today at the 2 Cute Rubber Stamps blog! Get your FREE digi image of this cute bunny with a lollipop and get craftin'! To get your mojo shifted into high gear, hop on over to the 2 Cute blog to see all the design teams creations! Here's mine...

For a list of supplies, please click here. Raegan, I know you are wishin' you had this cute, glass Prima bottle back now! :)Have a great day!

Monday, March 22, 2010

New Caardvarks Challenge!

It's time for another new challenge over at Caardvarks! This time, the challenge is to use lace on your project. I don't work much with lace, but it just so happens my mom does and a while back, she gave me lots of scraps! So, here's what I made:
The lace is vintage, so I have no idea where it came from, and was probably my Grandmother's before it was my mom's! I love the look of it with that October Afternoon paper!

Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink; Patterned Paper: October Afternoon; Inchie Tiles: Inchie Arts, LLC; Inks: Impress; Ribbon: May Arts; Stamps: Impress (flower) and Anna Griffin (sentiment); Other: Button, thread and lace.

My Boys...

Are now B A L D!
Stephen and Mac got their heads shaved on Saturday at the Annual St. Baldrick's Day event at Mac's school. Together, they raised over $1,600 to help with childhood cancer research, and shaving their heads to show support for the kids in the fight for their life. I'm so proud of both of them!

A couple more pictures from the event (I couldn't resist...)

Getting shaved, lots of hair was taken off!

Mac, the 7 year old kiddo with the BIGGEST heart of anyone I know. He was so proud that he raised as much money as he did. Look at that face... precious!

Thanks to all who donated and came out to the event to cheer them on! Now, just hoping for either warmer weather or rapid hair growth!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Friday! Woo-hoo! It's beautiful here in Louisville, KY and the CARDS play tonight! Give us a win, Pitino! Lots to do today, so I am in for a quick post!

Here is the card I did for today's post at 2 Cute...

Super easy, quick and fresh... just like SPRING!

Lastly, to toot my own horn... my Coffee Layout (in the post below) was chosen as a Sketchy Thursdays Fave! Check out my new, cool badge on the right!

Have a great day!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Vintage Thank You

Hellooo! I found a new blogaroo, The Shabby Tea Room, and I made this card for their first challenge. The challenge was based off of this image from Better Homes and Gardens:

And here is my card:

I'm also submitting this card to these two challenge site:
The Pink Elephant- "Spring"
Pile It On- "Pastel Colors"
Yes, this photo stinks to high heaven, but it's the best one I could get (sorry!). I made the big dahlia looking flower with paper scraps, a couple of punches and some inked edges. The sentiment stamp is an oldie from Anna Griffin and the center flower is American Crafts, the Dear Lizzy line.
Hope you have a happy Thursday! I have a date tonight with my girlfriends!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Coffee Love...

Happy St, Patrick's Day! The kids and I are decked out in green today and that's pretty much the extent of our celebrating!
I have a layout to share... I used this sketch from Sketchy Thursdays:And, going with the challenge of scrappin' your favorite drink over at These Are a Few of My Favorite Things, this is what I came up with:
And a close up... that is an actual coffee stain...
I LOVE coffee! My day doesn't start until I've had a cup or two or three... I treat myself way too much to our local coffee shop Heine Brothers and Starbucks, too. I like is strong, drink it black and consider it a necessity.
Hope you enjoy! Drink a stout beer tonight with your fish 'n chips!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Monsters are Get[ting] Sketchy!

Again, working from a sketch! Get Sketchy is not necessarily *new* to me, but this is the first challenge I have participated in with them! Here's the sketch:
Here's my card:

Do you love those monsters? I made this card for my oldest brother's 40th birthday. He loved it- and those monsters? They represent me and my siblings! The inside was just as good and darn it! I didn't take a pic of it!

Supplies: Monster stickers: American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Basic Grey; Chipboard Arrow: K&Co.; Letter Stickers: October Afternoon; Other: circle punch and brown ink.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

You're so Sweet...

Sweet Saturday... here's a card I made for my friend, Erin's birthday this week. I love that cherry stamp from Papertrey Ink.
I tried out a new tool- Cutter Bee Bugs from EK Success. It's a rotary piercer that makes holes so you can stitch your card or paper. This is super fabulous for people that love the stitched look, but can't get their sewing machine to work (like me!). I got it at my LSS for around $8 and it included a set of 2. Enjoy your weekend, I hope to do a little crafting today... it's gloomy and chilly here.

Friday, March 12, 2010

All Dogs Go to Heaven...

Today is Friday, which means it's my day to post at the 2 Cute blog and the weekend is here!

This week, I chose to work with the doggie angel digi. Have you ever had a friend or family member lose a dog or favorite pet? If so, you know that finding the right/perfect card can be a daunting task. Well, this dog digi image is adorably sweet and the sentiment goes along quite nicely... The inside reads, "so sorry for your loss." You can't tell from the picture, but the halo is on foam tape so it pops up just a bit.

And, this time, I remembered to hold out the Copics I used. So, there you have it... a little animal sympathy card for today! If you want to purchase this or any other digi stamp from 2 Cute, click here.
Enjoy your weekend! ;)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Studio Calico Sunday Sketch

Hello there! This week I decided to participate in the Studio Calico Sunday Sketch! It's a great sketch using 3 photos- all the guesswork is done for you when you use a sketch! I love that part! And, lets not forget the part that I have lots of unused Studio Calico kits that need to be busted into... here's the sketch...
And my sketchy take...closer...
I think this is the Homefront kit, but not certain. The only thing I used that wasn't in the kit, was a scrap of blue paper, brown ink, a circle and border punch, and Glimmer Mist in tattered leather.
And... a BIG shout out to my girlie, ERIN! Happy Birthday, doll face!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Celebrate Sunshine!

Oh, happy day! The sun is shining, the temperature is warm and the kids are playing outside- a perfect spring day! Hope you found time to enjoy it too!
This is a LO I did this past weekend at the crop with my girlfriends. I made it special for my sweet niece, Kendall. Kendall has a new pink room and is preparing for a new baby sister too! I used some new GCD paper (Homespun Chic) and American Crafts (Dear Lizzy) paper, embellies, and stamp, and a few other little do-dads! I framed it in a white wooden shadow box frame and gave it to her today. Sometimes, parting is such sweet sorrow!

A close up of my fave part- the handmade flowers!Have a lovely day! Get some sun on your face...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

*Great* Aunt Chrissy

Aunt Chrissy isn't really my aunt... she is my mom's best friend and we have always just called her "Aunt Chrissy." She is horribly hilarious and uses vulgar language which I absolutely adore in her. Whenever I'm with her, my sides hurt from laughing and I'm completely exhausted from all her funny stories!
We were recently together at my dad's retirement party and again, she had me in hysterics! We snuck off to a room by ourselves and told one funny story after the next. We had a ball catching up because we just don't see each other enough.
So, I had this picture of us taken that night. I thought it was cute and wanted to send her a copy. I also wanted to make it a little special. I pulled out my handy dandy Xyron machine and made it into a refrigerator magnet! I decorated the picture with patterned paper and rub-ons, and shoved it through my Xyron. Lastly, I added my handmade button with some ribbon. Aunt Chrissy got the package yesterday and called me today to tell me she loved it. We had a few more laughs on the phone before saying good-bye. She is the best...

Monday, March 8, 2010

Sketchy Challenge

Good day, sunshine! It's so super pretty here today, so this is gonna be a fast post so I can get my tush outside! This week I played along with Sketchy Thursdays. Every Thursday, they provide a sketch to create with.
Here is this Thursdays sketch:

And here's my take on the sketch...

This is Elan and his first friend, Liam (my bestest craftin' bud, Elizabeth's son). The supplies I used are a random mix of cute things. I am also submitting this to a "new to me" blog: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things. This weeks challenge is to create a LO/card about your fave friend. If you want to play along with Sketchy Thursdays, you have until Wednesday night! Go check out both blogs and play along!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Scrap Time!

Well, I got to go scrappin' with the girlies last night and had a ball. We laughed and ate and shared, and even did a little scrappin'! I didn't get home until 3am and I only got 2 pages done! Insane, I know, but it was good quality girl time! I will share my {only} two pages tomorrow. In the mean time, here's one to hold you over that I did on Thursday.
These pictures were taken on the "Coaster Cam" at Kings Island. The pictures are priceless and every time I look at them I giggle...

Mac's face just tells it all- terrifying the first time and a blast the second time! I had a lot of fun doing this page- I got out my Studio Calico kit and some paint, did a little doodling around the edges, busted out some stickers, and so on... It's fun- exactly the look I was going for to showcase these awesome pictures!


Friday, March 5, 2010

1 Card, 4 Challenges!

Hello again... here is a card I made yesterday to play along with a few challenges...
The Pink Elephant- "green"
Pile It On- "lucky me"
Crazy 4 Challenges- "textures"
Practical Scrappers- "ink/chalk"

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket; Cardstock: Paper-Source; Ribbon: Martha Stewart; Stamps: Papertrey Ink; Other: Vintage button, quilters thread, brown ink, Copic marker (brown)corner rounder, Cuttlebug, and swiss dot embossing folder.

Hope you have a glorious day! The sun is shining and the temperature is rising... a fab day to play outside. I hope to get my sick one out for a little Vitamin D sometime today! Enjoy!

Birthday Buckaroo!

Friday is back... a week just flew by. Today is my day to graciously host the 2Cute blog and this is my creation for the day using the Original Cowboy Kid digi:

And the inside...

To see my post and all the supplies used, click here. Sorry for the short post, I'm exhausted. Anna was up all night barfing. So, the good news is that everyone has had the barf virus, we are done. I'll be back later with a challenge card!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

A No Good, Very Bad...

Past two weeks! Ahhh! It's been one thing after another with hospital visits, a burn victim, and 3 out of 5 with a terrible case of the stomach flu. GROSS. I have done countless loads of laundry and stripped beds so many times the sheets are almost threadbare! It's time for a break...
I have been forced into staying at home for the past 9 days with sick ones, but I have gotten to do a little crafting. My kids have also joined in the creativity, in between potty trips. The two little ones have become Cuttlebug pros, and Elan has also learned to use scissors and Glue Dots really well.

Just wanted to stop in and say "I'M HERE! HERE I AM!" And tonight, I'll leave you with the cutest picture of the week:
Wrigley doing his part for the family... taking care of all the sick animals. Thanks, buddy.