Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Blog Candy from Penny

Penny from Light Whimsy A Light Look at Life is celebrating having 100+ followers.  The drawing will be on July 4.  She is giving away a fabulous gift certificate to Custom Crops.  Stop by and check out her blog today.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

"Creative Writer" Blogger Award

Lori over at Scrappin' My Stress Away honored me with this award.  Make sure you stop by her blog to check out some of her great creations.

The rule for accepting this award is to tell you six truths about myself and one lie or vice versa.  Here we go...
  1. My mom was a home economics teacher, so I grew up learning to cook and sew.
  2. I am completely caught up on my scrapbooking for my son.
  3. I am a dance mom and a wrestling mom and, surprisingly, both roles have similarities.
  4. This year I will be celebrating my 17th wedding anniversary.
  5. I am counting down the days until Toy Story 3 comes out.
  6. Scouting has been a big part of my family life - I've been a Girl Scout leader for six years, my daughter has earned her Bronze award, and my son is an Eagle scout.
  7. I am preparing for a trip to Disney World soon where I can watch my son wrestle and my daughter and niece visit Mickey Mouse.
So, can you guess which one isn't true????  Now the fun part.  I get to pass this award on to five other bloggers.  I am passing this award to:
Stop by and check them out.   Have a great Sunday.

Sunday Showcase Party & Giveaway


Check out Under the Table and Dreaming's Sunday Showcase Party.  You have a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to One9Design's Etsy shop.  She makes gorgeous personalized jewelry and keychains.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Blog Hop



Let's blog hop.
Come check out some of these great projects!

Father's Day Card for Grandpa

When I was growing up, my maternal grandparents were often my "babysitters".  My mom is the oldest of six, so there were always plenty of cousins around to play with.  My grandmother was a homemaker, and my grandfather retired when I was still in elementary school.  He was always active outdoors ~ raising sheep, gardening, fishing, camping, hunting mushrooms, and just tinkering around in the toolshed.

This card is to celebrate all that "outdoorsiness" even though, at the age of 89, he doesn't get to do much of that anymore.

Supplies used:
Hope you're having a wonderful, crafty weekend.  We're dodging raindrops here, which leaves plenty of craft time for me.

Friday, June 11, 2010

New Friend Friday

The Girl Creative

It's a rainy Friday night here.  Too tired to feel crafty.  A good blog hop is just what I need.  Come join me!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Another Father's Day Card

Here is another Father's Day card I created.  This is an A2 sized card.  The best part is that I used up some more of "my stash" - you know, those really old supplies I have hoarded way too long.

The "DAD" is cut on with the Cricut at 2-1/2" using the "DAD" shape, shadow and shadow blackout creative features.

The supplies used:
Have a wonderful week.  School's out here now, so summer - here we come!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Father's Day Card

With Father's Day and vacation quickly approaching, I thought I'd better get started on my Father's Day cards.  Here's the first card I have made which will most likely be for my dad.

Supplies used:
Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a great week.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Close To My Heart's Jackpot June is Here

Daily deals are back at Close To My Heart during June. Just visit My CTMH Website between June 1 - July 1 to take advantage of this offer.

On goodie box days...you can purchase one box filled with popular products at 50% or more off retail value! Each goodie box day will feature different surprise items, so you can score a wide variety of current and recently retired products.

On jackpot days...5 products will be offered for sale at discounted prices. One of the 5 products is the mystery jackpot item for that day. If you happen to order the mystery jackpot item, we'll reward you with one or more FREE Close To My Heart products, with shipping included on the free items!

These special offers include discounted shipping/handling and are only available on My CTMH Website. New deals are posted at 11 a.m. EST daily.  These offers are available daily while supplies last.

Still Here....

Yes, I'm still here.  Life has gotten in the way of blogging and crafting lately.  My mom had surgery and needed some help both at home and at work (my day job is with my family's business).  The last few days of school are upon us with all the "extras" that go along with it - my high schooler has strange hours during final exams, my fifth grader has lots of special things going on as they graduate to middle school, and I'm winding up my Girl Scout year.

Here is what I have been working on lately.  I don't even want to tell you how long I've been working on this project.  I pull it out occasionally to work on.  My goal it to get this completed by the time school comes around in the fall.  My daughter picked out the material for this herself and even helped me sew the top together on the machine.  She hasn't been nearly as interested in quilting though.

Yes, I am hand-quilting.  I used the machine to sew the squares together, but the quilting is all being done by hand - just like my grandmother's many quilts.

I am quilting in a flower pattern to tie in with the flannel backing of the quilt pictured below.  I enlarged the flower used in the backing to use as my patterns for quilting.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Congratulations Sign

We were asked to make "secret locker signs" to congratulate our fifth graders for completing elementary school.  The signs will be hung during the last week of school.

My daughter has a very bright and sparkly personality, so I knew I wanted to incorporate that in her sign.

The colors are not nearly as bright and vibrant in the photos.  The background is a neon green mounted on black and the graduation cap is hot pink with black flocked zebra stripes.

  • Cardstock (neon green and black)
  • Glitter chipboard letters (DCWV)
  • Assorted adhesive "bling" (The Paper Studio)
  • Paper flowers with gem centers (Flora Doodles by Petaloo)
  • Embroidery floss (tassle)
  • Large rhinestone brad (The Paper Studio)
  • Flocked cardstock (The Paper Studio)
  • Cricut
  • Wild Card cartridge
  • Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz
  • Foam squares (under graduation cap)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Art in 3-D Girl Scout Badge

As promised....

Here is the only crafting I accomplished this week.  These are some of the 3-D art projects (in various states of completion) my Girl Scout troop made to put in their shadowboxes.

Some used items cut from the Cricut, others used items the art teacher had left for us.  They all turned out great and very unique.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 14, 2010

New Friend Friday

Check it out!  It's New Friend Friday over at The Girl Creative.  You can check out her blog for the details and go make some new friends and find some great new blogs.

The Girl Creative

I'm Still Here - With a New Winner (see bottom of post)

Have you ever had one of those weeks????  Mine started last Friday evening - I chaired an event for 300 six - nine year old Girl Scouts in our school district.  I made my daughter come help me pull it off. :-)  I was so exhausted by the time it was over, but they seemed to have a good time, learned something, and I pulled it off in less than a month (the previous chairs backed out at the last minute, so I stepped in so the event wouldn't be cancelled).

When I got home, I was babysitting my niece the rest of the evening and next day.  I forgot how much energy it took to keep up with a two-year old.  Luckily it was bedtime when she got there, so her parents put her down before they left.

Sunday was Mother's Day.  I had a fabulous day.  I made "noodle lasagna" in my slow cooker to take up to my mom's house.  We spent most of the afternoon visiting with her and then my grandmother.  My kids gave me just what I asked for (of all things, I wanted a whisk and a potato masher - don't ask), and hubby ordered Chinese take-out for dinner.  I got to relax in my PJ's the rest of the evening.

My daughter came home Monday with the bridge of her violin broken, and, of course, her final concert was this week.  I spent Monday trying to find an instrument shop that could repair it "in house", so she would have her violin back before the concert on Thursday.  I did find one, and the concert (and her trio) was wonderful last night.

My Girl Scout troop had a meeting on Wednesday.  We are finishing up some badges that we had started and not ever finished before we move up to the next level.  Our art teacher was going to work with the girls to make 3-D paper art (to be placed in shadowboxes), but she cancelled Tuesday afternoon.  CRICUT TO THE RESCUE!!!  My co-leader and I are both pretty crafty.  I brought my Cricut and she brought some items, and we pulled it off.  My troop was being honored in the evening for earning their Bronze Award this year, so we took the girls out for pizza and then headed to the ceremony.  Whew - what were we thinking???

I will post some pictures of some of the girls' creations this weekend.  It's the only crafting time I've had this week, and I spent all of it cutting things out for the girls.  I do have some projects I need to "get hopping on" though, so I'll be back to posting soon.

I hopped online this morning and found out that I was the winner of a Cricut Expression from Joy and Melanie at Everyday Cricut!  A big thanks goes out to both of these talented ladies, as well as ProvoCraft for the great prize.

FINALLY, I still have some blog candy looking for a new home.  I chose a new winner this morning.  The winner of my blog candy from this post, chosen by random.org is:

paperscissors said...

i became a follower after checking out your creations! i love the cleaness of the designs and how you decorate the envelopes and the inside of the cards!

I will try e-mailing you.  You have 2 weeks to contact me with your mailing information, so I can get the blog candy out to you.  Congratulations!

Hopefully, life will start to calm down a little ~ not likely though until school's out.  It seems like the end of school is a "see how much we can pack in" time of year.  Hope life is treating you well and you have time to enjoy all the fun things going on around.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

And the winner (still) is....

I'm still waiting to hear from the winner.  Check THIS POST to see if you won.

You have until May 13 to claim your prize by e-mailing me your mailing address.  I will choose a new winner on the 14th if I haven't heard from you.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Cherry-O Workshops on the Go

I have to say this is one of my favorite papers in the new Idea Book.  I will get "my versions" of this month's workshop once I get them completed (sorry, new consultant here and couldn't purchase everything I wanted all at once).

While you wait, here are the marketing materials for this workshop.   You can order this kit from me directly, or you can set up a gathering/workshop if you would like me to walk you through creating either the cards or scrapbook pages.

Here are the cards you are given instructions to create:

Here is the layout you can create with this kit.

If you are interested in purchasing this kit from me, here are the links:

If you really want to make your projects shine, consider adding the following items:
Z1088 Chocolate Waxy Flax ($3.95)
Z1274 Colonial White Designer Brads ($3.95)

Here are the inkpads/colors used in creating these projects:
Z2111 Chocolate
Z2153 Sweet Leaf
Z2166 Tulip

Hope you are having a great week!  I'll be back with another post soon.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Birthday Card

I don't know who will be the lucky recipient of this birthday card.  I'll put it in my card stash for the summer; there are a lot of birthdays during the summer months in my family.  This card qualifies for My Pink Stamper's NSD challenge #12 to create something with a "critter".



Supplies used:
Cardstock from my stash
Say it with Bling from Want 2 Scrap
Black Diamond Stickles from Ranger (for the pupils)
Turquoise ribbonFX from Hobby Lobby
Paisley Cricut cartridge (the frog is cut at 3" with shadow and layers)
3D Foam Square (adhesive)
Black pen

Thanks for stopping by!

Birthday Card

This card is for my husband's birthday later this week, so hopefully he's not checking in my blog this week. :-)  This card is also for My Pink Stamper's NSD challenge #7 to make something masculine.

This project also showcases Close To My Heart's stamp of the month for May.  Check it out on My CTMH website.



Now, I am a self-confessed paper addict.  I love to purchase, hoard, and never use paper.  I am trying to get better.  I raided my stash and ended up using paper from a set I purchased in 2007 (gasp!) and hadn't used at all.

Supplies used:
CTMH Serendipity Heart of Winter Project Pack (papers and "dot" die-cuts)
D1421 Cherish the Moment ~ May stamp of the month

Thanks for stopping by!  E-mail me or stop by my website if you are interested in purchasing the May Stamp of the Month.

Teacher Appreciation Card

This was on my list of things to make this weekend.  It just happened to end up being part of My Pink Stamper's NSD challenge.  This is for challenge #5.



Supplies used:
Cardstock from my stash
Paisley Cricut cartridge (the cat is cut at 4-1/2" with shadow and layers)
Cuttlebug machine
Spellbinders Labels Eight
Jet Black StazOn Ink
Yellow Stickles by Ranger
Frosted Lace Stickles by Ranger
Computer and printer for inside sentiment
Dashes, Dots and Checks ribbon from Michael's

Thanks for stopping by!

Mother's Day Card

Here is the last of the Mother's Day cards I need to make.  I am also entering it in My Pink Stamper's National Scrapbook Day challenge #1.  It is an A2 sized card.



Supplies used:
B1338 Follow Your Heart stamp set (exclusive Veranda Workshop on the Go stamp set)
Star Dust Stickles by Ranger

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

You're Going Places, Baby

I have to say, I love this award.  I LOVE classic movies and have drooled over this award on other blogs.  So, when greenbean at Greenbean's Crafterole decided to hand this out to all her followers, I gladly accepted.

Okay, rules for this award are:
  • Link back to the person who gave you the award (greenbean at Greenbean's Crafterole)
  • Post where you would like to be in 10 years
  • Give this award to 10 awesome bloggers
In ten years, I would like to have one child through college and a second one nearly done.  I would like to have more time to craft (I might still be catching up on scrapbook pages from the kids' childhoods at the rate I'm going).  I would like to finally have the time/money/energy to complete some of the home improvements we would like to make.  Finally, I will be looking forward to being an "empty-nester" with my husband and having more "us time" to travel and enjoy life.

Now, I would like to pass this award on to the following wonderful bloggers (in no particular order):
  1. Teresa at Enjoy the VA Sunshine ~ I have recently found her blog and love it
  2. Crystal at Crafting for Caitlyn ~ I love seeing her beautiful scrapbook layouts and reading all about what she's doing at tot school
  3. Flowerdisco at Flowerdisco's Scrap Hut ~ she always has something new and creative on her blog yet she takes time to leave the sweetest comments on my blog
  4. Penny at Light Whimsy ~ she made the most FABULOUS Mother's Day gift the other day, leaves wonderful comments, and was my first CTMH customer
  5. Samantha at Scrapmaster's Paradise ~ love her blog, she always has something fun going on
  6. Sheila at She's A Sassy Lady ~ she's leaves me wonderful comments and posted a wonderful wedding gift box idea recently (the story behind it will bring tears to your eyes)
  7. Britten at Two at a Time ~ I love reading her stories about life with twin toddlers
  8. Tracy at Craft Junkie Too ~ I just like all the cards she's been posting lately using the Create-a-Critter cricut cartridge
  9. Karli at Crafting with Class ~ she makes the most beautiful cards and made a simply stunning flower
  10. Michele at Scrap and Dance ~ her projects make me smile
I guess that's it.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Please take a moment to visit some of these wonderful blogs; I'm sure they would appreciate it as well.

Expression Giveaway

Everyday Cricut is giving away a Cricut Expression machine.  Check out their site for all the details on entering.

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!!!

Today kicks off National Scrapbooking Month.  It's also the first day to order from Close To My Heart's new Summer Idea Book.  I've had a chance to look through it, and I LOVE some of the new products!  The new papers are wonderful; I can't choose a favorite.  There is also an adorable recipe card kit.  And the new stamps.....  I can't even put it into words; you'll just have to check them out for yourself (and some sets even have newly reduced prices!).
If you haven't gotten your hands on one of these books yet, e-mail me today to get yourself a copy.  You're going to love it, too ~ I promise.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The May Stamp of the Month is Cherish the Moment.  It is only available during the month of May.  You can purchase it alone for $22.95, but you can get it at a discount with only a $25 minimum purchase ~ the more you buy, the bigger the discount.  It is a very versatile set.  Check it out on my website.
Can't wait to see what everyone's creating for National Scrapbook Month.  I'll be checking all your blogs to see what you're up to.  Have a great day!

Friday, April 30, 2010

And the winner is.....

Okay, so I'm a little late.  Started watching a movie and chilling out on Friday night, and it completely slipped my mind.

I used random.org to choose the winner and oddly enough the winner was the final entry and my newest followers.  The winner was #20:

Judy B. said...

Congrats!!! I'm #62! Keep on keepin' on!

Congratulations Judy.  Send me an e-mail with your address and I will get your goodies out to you.  Thanks to all my new followers and thanks for playing along!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Today's crafting came during my Girl Scout troop meeting.  We were working on a service project making "favors" for Meals on Wheels to distribute to their clients.  Almost every troop in our service unit (basically our school district) participates in this project at some point during the year with each troop providing at least 75 items to be passed out.

This year our troop made felt flowers on clothespins.  Here are some of them laying out while the glue dries.  They still need to be put on the clothespins.
Hard?  No, but it's always a challenge to come up with something that 10-11 year olds (with varying crafting abilities) can mass-produce in a fairly short amount of time.

Thanks for stopping by!  National Scrapbook Day is almost here.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Mother's Day Cards

Mom - stop right here or you'll see your card before Mother's Day.

For the rest of you....continue on. LOL!!

I made two cards for Mother's Day this weekend.  They were both similar in style, but yet different.  I was very pleased with the way they finally turned out.  I haven't been able to find Glimmer Mist in any of my local craft stores, but I did find some Sheer Shimmer Spritz today that I think must be a very similar product.  All I can say is...oh my, I could love this stuff.  My daughter actually wanted me to spray her so she would sparkle.

Supplies used were:
Forgive the "bad photos".  As I said in my earlier post, my hubby had the "good camera" at the wrestling tournament, and I wanted to get this photographed while I still had some light.

Here's the first card.  The pictures below are of the inside.  They are a little fuzzy, but I was trying to get a good picture showing the shimmer spritz on the lettering.  Hopefully it shows up a little.  The pink "paisleys" are a stamp that I created the background with using ink the same color as the cardstock.  I did the same on the inside of the second card.

Here's card number two.  Similar style, but the inside is different.  I used the shimmer spritz all over the inside of the card.  I think it shows up better in this picture.

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember, my "blog candy" drawing will be held on April 30.  All you have to do is leave a comment on the blog candy post and become a follower.  I picked up a few items for the drawing over the weekend.  I'll post some pics of the goodies sometime this week.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Okay, I really had all the best intentions of posting pictures of my Veranda scrapbook pages, but....hubby took the "good camera" to the wrestling tournament and I couldn't get any decent pictures to post with the camera I had left.

Meanwhile, I have since created two Mother's Day cards this weekend, so I'll be posting pictures of those as well (as soon as I get the camera back).

Hope the rest of your weekend goes well!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Woo hoo!!!

I've been having a pretty good week here.  I haven't gotten much crafting in, but still a good week.  It all started last weekend with successful events with my children.  My son won the wrestling tournament he was in, finally getting "the trophy" that he's been after for years.  My daughter had a dance competition and her three groups took 5th, 3rd, and 1st places in the age group.

I have gotten 11 new followers this week.  THANK YOU to all my followers.

Also, I am halfway to the sales goal I set for myself during my first month with Close To My Heart.  There are still 3 days left of my grand opening sale that I have going on (free goodies for all orders), so I hope to make my goal by Sunday.  I have until May 3 to complete my goal and be on target with my overall goals.

I completed my Veranda scrapbook pages except for pictures and a title.  I haven't been able to figure out what pictures I want to use.  I may have to photograph them without the pictures and title, just so I can get them up on my blog before the end of the month.  I'll see what I can find today.  Maybe inspiration will hit me at work today.  If not, I'll take pictures tonight and post them anyway.  I'll be back later tonight.

Have a great Friday!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Blog Candy

I had been stuck at 49 followers for what seemed like FOREVER!  This morning, I realized that I have gained 3 followers in the last day or so.  Woo hoo!!!  I didn't think I was every going to break 50.

To celebrate, I'm going to give away some blog candy.  I don't know what it will be yet, but I will find something fabulous.

To enter, here's what you have to do.....
  • Become a follower of my blog
  • Leave a comment on this post
That's it.  Easy!!  Let's see... I'll give you 10 days to enter.  I will draw the winner on Friday, April 30 sometime around 9 pm EST.

I will leave this post at the top until the drawing.  Good luck!

National Scrapbooking Month

Close To My Heart is kicking off National Scrapbooking Month early!  They have created a beautiful Miracle kit that is available now through May 31 or while supplies last.  You can get this kit for $19.95, a discounted price with minimum purchase or even free.  This kit will create two 2-page layouts.

One of the features of this kit that I am most impressed with are the Flip Flaps.  You can put multiple pictures in the space of one to make a "flip book" (shown open in the photo above).

The colors of this kit are so subtle, that most pictures will look awesome in the layouts.  The main colors used are Sweet Leaf, Olive, Crystal Blue and Bamboo.

I can't wait for my kit to arrive!  If you're interested in getting one of these great kits as well, check out my Close To My Heart website or drop me an e-mail.

Have a great Tuesday!


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