December 13, 2008


Hi all!!! Well, today is Tony's birthday so I am making him a homemade lasagna and his whole family is coming over to help celebrate!!! He told me not to make a fuss, but I think he is secretly pleased that I am, lol! So, a quick post today! I wanted to share this cute treat box I made for my hostess of my workshop last night (it went very well, they were wonderful ladies!) Now, this idea is not my original idea, but when I saw Angie's tutorial a couple of months ago, I knew I had to make one!! That girl is a pure genius, I tell ya!! If you have never been to her blog, you really are missing out, she makes such wonderful things and she is sooooo creative!! This cute little box uses the Top Note Die with the Big Shot - just love how versatile this die is!!! It came together very quickly and then I decorated it using some of my favorite winter embellishments to include my Felt Flurries of course!!! I am working on coming up with a way to use these after Christmas is over....I just love them! And, I added some bling in the center with the ice square green rhinestone brad. The closure for this box is made using Jumbo Eyelets , which if you know me at all, know this is my all-time favorite embellishment! The inside of this cute little box holds small candy bars, or little single chocolates, which is what I used here. Yummy little Reeses, who can resist those? My hostess absolutely loved this and the rest of them really wanted her to share, lol!! This last picture is of the side of the box so you can see what it looks like all closed up. I love this and already have plans to do something with this for Valentines, it's too cute not to!! I will leave you with the recipe, then I am off to make lasagna AND a homemade chocolate chip coconut cake - YUMMY!!! Have a wonderful weekend! And, stop by tomorrow, and I will share the project we did for my workshop!
Box Recipe:
Paper - Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Naturals White card stock, Ski Slope Designer Series Paper
Inks - Chocolate Chip Classic Ink, Ruby Red Stampin' Write Marker
Stamps - Deer Friends
Accessories - Top Note Bigz Die (Big Shot), Jumbo Eyelets, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 inch Circle Punch, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Felt Flurries, Ice Rhinestone brad, mini glue dots, red sticky tape

December 12, 2008


Happy Friday!!! I REALLY look forward to Fridays now because Tony comes home - WHOOHOO!!! However, tonight I won't see him until late since I had a previous workshop already booked for tonight - but he understands!! I have shifted my schedule around so I don't teach classes and hold workshops if I can help it while he is home. Although sometimes I have to since it IS the weekends and that is sometimes the only time people can do them. He is such a great guy though....never complains about it, and is very supportive!!! Okay, I know you did not come by to hear my ramble, you want to see my Stamp Something card!! Well, this week's challenge is sponsored by our very own Denise, who is the new, proud owner of Whymsy Stamps! She challenged us to stamp something Red, Green, and Gold. I decided that in honor of Denise, I would use one of her adorable new stamps - they are soooo cute!! Check this guy out - how can you resist? I decided on a non-Christmas card, I am all done making mine, have mailed them all, and wanted to do something else - LOL! So, I made a card for my husband! I watercolored my little frog, and then added some Iridescent Ice to his lily pad and to the hearts. Here is a closeup of the image so you can see his sparkle! So, how about checking out what the rest of the DT gals did this week - just head on over to Stamp Something and check it out!! You know it's always worth it, everyone of those ladies have super mad talent! And, why not try the challenge for yourself? There is always a drawing for blog candy, and besides, it's fun!! Just make sure to upload your like to the site so we can all come and check it out!! I will leave you the recipe - I am off to finish the last preps on my hostess gift (will share tomorrow), and then clean the house! Busy day again! Have a WONDERFUL weekend all, and come on by tomorrow and see what I have going for Scrapbook Saturday!! Toodles!

Card Recipe:
Paper - Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, More Mustard, Whisper White card stock, Ski Slope, Kiwi Kiss Patterned Prints Designer Paper
Inks - Black Stazon, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, More Mustard Classic Stampin' Pads
Stamps - Frog Image by Whimsy Stamps, Love Owlways(heart)
Accessories - Ticket Corner Punch, Scalloped Edge Punch, More Mustard narrow grosgrain ribbon and brads, blender pen, versamark pen, iridescent ice, heat gun

December 11, 2008


Hi all!!!! Another busy day for me today - I have kits to cut for a class AND a workshop I have this weekend, but that is it until the New Year, WHOOHOO!!! I am taking the rest of the time off to spend time with my son when he comes on Tuesday, and my mom and sister when they arrive the following week!! But, first, I am going to share with you the card I made for this week's sketch at Tamara's!! I kept it pretty simple but I still think it turned out okay!! This is a great sketch, very versatile, and I am sure I will be playing with this one again. Make sure you hop on over to Tamara's site to check out what the rest of the DT did for this week's challenge! And, why not try it yourself? If you do, remember to upload to the site so we can all see it!! I gotta run so if anyone has questions about anything on this card, just holler!! Smooches!!!

December 10, 2008


Hi all!!!! Well, yesterday was a very busy day, but also a very productive one!!! Car washed, hair cut, Christmas shopping done, tree decorated, baked cookies, mailed out all my Christmas cards....Whew!!! But, I felt good about it even though I had no stamp time!! However, I thought I would share some of the pics I took of the kids as they decorated the tree last night!! I was trying to keep it very upbeat since their dad was not there, and for the most part, I succeeded!! We laughed, looked at all the ornaments, remembered when we bought/made certain special ones, and then I gave them their ornament from me for this year. And, instead of me doing all the hanging of the ornaments, I let them decorate the whole tree by themselves with me just watching and taking pictures!! We had such a good time! And, Kayla and Tyler were actually being nice to each other, which is a welcome change from the norm - LOL! And, look how nice the tree looks! (well, a bit bare since there is nothing under it yet, lol!) They really did a great job! Here are some fun pictures of the two of them - they crack me up! They were posing and dancing all around with each other in their silly hats. Here is a sweet picture of the two of them, I just love how this one turned out and can't wait to have it blown up and scrapped!! And, not to feel left out, Cisco wanted in on the action so we gave him a hat too and he offered to shake my hand - too funny!!! He is such a cutie, even if he is getting to be an old man at 11!! The kids would not let me get away with not having my picture taken, so here is one of me with my new do! Now, be honest and tell me what you think!! I went for a totally new look, and even had my highlight colors changed to a much lighter shade. I was starting to feel like I looked old and tired, and not very attractive so I thought a new look might make me feel better! I really like it and the kids seem to like it, I just hope Tony does, lol!!! Well, that's it for today - I am off and running with a TON of errands, but I really hope to fit in some stamping time today. I hope everyone has a fabulous day, and I promise to stop by and visit later on!

December 9, 2008


Hi all!! Well, another busy week ahead, as I am sure it is for most of us!! I have soooo much to do to get ready for Christmas! My son comes home a week from today - WHOOHOOO!!! I cannot wait to see him, the last time I did was for the 4th of July!!! I cannot wait to spoil my baby!! Can I still call him that since he is almost 20??!! Heck, I am going to, LOL! So, I am going to share the gifts I made for the teachers - there is chocolate involved so I figured I am good, right? *wink* I made these cute little tins, and wrapped the chocolates to match the dp I used on the outside. I know a lot of people make these, and now I see why, they are easy and FUN! I used rub-ons for the tags, love them!!! And, of course SU! yummy winter dp, who can resist that?! The chocolates are assorted chocolate treasures made my Hershey and should be illegal!! So, I made three of these - and then I will put together some cute little gift bags for them to go in - and maybe a matching card too! Here are the other two tins, they are all different, but all use the rub-ons and yummy dp!! I will leave you the recipe and then I am off to get my hair done - whoohoo!! I need a haircut sooooo bad!!! Tony asked me to please not get it "butched" - I think he is remembering how short my hair was when I went to Iraq - lol!!! Have a wonderful day all!!!
Tin Recipe:
Paper - Baha Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red Card Stock, Ski Slope, Holiday Treasures Designer Series Paper
Inks - None!
Stamps - None!
Accessories - Circle Scallop Punch, 1 3/8 inch Circle Punch, Curly Label Punch, Baha Breeze and Kiwi Kiss Striped Ribbon, Alpine Ribbon, Gold Elastic Cord, Season of Cheer Rub-ons

December 8, 2008


Hi all!!! Whew! VERY busy weekend, taught two classes, went to a birthday party, did the decorations, and waved goodbye to Tony until next weekend!! So, not much stamping BUT I do have another scrapbook page to share that I did at my recent crop - I love how it turned out! We drove up to Boreal which is a couple of hours from our home, and we went skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing - it was sooo much fun!! Well, Kayla is a HUGE fan of the snow and wanted to make snow angels. She was sooo cute, I just hat to take her picture!! I decided on non-traditional winter colors for this page, drawing inspiration from her snow pants and jacket. I cut a giant scallop out of my designer paper using a die cut machine at my LSS - I love it!! And, I punched small circles out of the same paper and placed them randomly all over the page, trying to give it a snow effect!! The letters are Creative Memories glitter letters, and they are really pretty and add a lot of pop to the page!! I also added some cute snowflakes, and hot pink and white dotted ribbon - love it!! Some Scallops to frame the picture, and done!!! Very simple page, but I think it turned out cute!! I hope you all like it too!! Today is errand day, then hopefully some time to stamp this afternoon!!! And, I have to catch up on my blurfing!! Have a fabulous day!!