Friday, December 11, 2009

Spending time with the family...

until the first of the year! I thought about it and I have decided to really enjoy my family this Christmas - there were things that I wanted to share and perhaps I will (after the first of the year) so that they will be on my blog for reference for next year - but I won't be sharing anything else until the first of the year!

I also wanted to post one last time before the first of the year and wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas! I hope you are able to spend time with those you love the most! For me time is moving way to fast and my kids are going up way to fast for me to do anything else :)

Friday, December 4, 2009


It's so much fun giving things away - I can't think of a better way to start off my friday!

This morning I headed off to to pick my winner ...and the true random number was....

Which corresponds to:

Wooohooo! Congrats Pam! You are the winner! Since you left me your email address I am going to email you to gather your personal shipping information and get this cute little folder off to you!

Thanks everyone for playing along! and have a super friday!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Happy Monday - BBTB Challenge and Hop

It's Monday and Monday's are always a bit brighter because the BBTB team shares each of our takes on the weeks challenge. Today is our "monthly hop" so you should be arriving to my blog from DeeDee's blog - if you missed her amazing creation this week click here to go back to her blog!

This week we were challenged by Regina to use the most adorable little phone cut from the new From my Kitchen Cartridge. I decided to show some love to my bind-it-all since I really haven't used it that much.'s a little (phone)message book :)

Since this week is our "monthly hop" and it's also our last hop for the year - since we will be taking some time off for the Christmas holiday - I have a bit of "blog candy" to offer up. Today I am offering one of the newer Christmas Cuttlebug Folders - Winter Trees to one lucky winner :) All you have to do is leave me a comment here on my blog before this coming Friday Morning - before I draw a winner. The winner will be chosen by - so make sure to leave me some contact information so I will be able to get in touch with you.

Here's a little "preview" of the cuttlebug folder winter trees up for grabs:

The fun doesn't stop here - head on over to Penny's blog (click here) to see her amazing take on this weeks challenge and enter her blog candy giveaway!d

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving - a bit early :)

Can you believe that this week is already Thanksgiving? It's just crazy how fast this year has flown - before you know it we will be starting a New Year - so so crazy!

Today I have a little card to share with you. Our challenge for BBTB was issued by Donna this week and she picked the perfect cut to showcase just before Thanksgiving. This little cornucopia is found on the paper doll dress up cartridge ( I am finding so many more uses for this cartridge then I ever thought I would. - starting to look at this more as a go to cartridge).

Here's my card:

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone! I hope that you will be able to enjoy some stress free time with the ones you love.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Happy Birthday to my sweet (BABY...shhhh) Boy

My baby turned 4 today :( It's a happy/sad day but mostly happy! Lots of fun things in store including a crazy Mom that's making a buzz rocket ship cake, hosting a birthday party, and taking lunch out with my little cutie pie :) Awh it should be an amazing day!

Anyway, I have a few SCAL files to share - but I am not going to have time to do it today- things are just too crazy and I want to enjoy every moment with Gavin. I hope to have something later this week (as one of them is a Thanksgiving idea).

Have a happy hump day :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Crazy Few weeks ~ BBTB Challenge

Sorry I've been MIA~ my entire family came down with a mystery "flu type bug" that has lingered in my house over the past few weeks. We are just now starting to get totally back to normal and as I type my husband just told me he is starting to feel sick again - I am praying it's just something he ate...ugh I am so over having to take care of sickies :(

Anyway, so much has happened over the past few weeks beyond just being sick...Halloween (I need to share some photos), getting yet more snow (so soon in the year - the kids have already missed a day due to snow! CRAZY) I turned the big 34 last week! It really wasn't that bad - I think next year at 35 it might hit me harder....I remember when it was fun to turn a year older, I wonder why that changes?

Yes ~ it's true...I did go see Wicked for my birthday! I was spoiled and was able to attend the show last Sunday night (the "eve" of my birthday) with my husband! If you haven't seen this show - it's true it's a must see! It's an amazing show mixed with sadness, humor, and a total spin that has you leaving thinking...hmmm she really did get a bad rap. I think I am almost convinced now that the wicked witch of the west was really just misunderstood ;)

Anyway, this week over at BBTB we were challenged to use the *upper case D cut* which is a sweet little bird from the storybook cartridge. I really do love this cartridge - it has so many awesome cuts and I need to use it more often! So.... Here's what I came up with this week (it felt good to craft something!):

I hope you all have a super week! Be sure to stop by my blog on Wednesday for my free SCAL cutting file!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Freebie Wednesday October 14th - Woohoo I'm Back!

Happy Hump Day everyone! It’s been a while since I shared my last freebie Wednesday and I am happy to say that I am back! Woohoo and ready to share a lot of new freebies each Wednesday with you! I hope that you enjoy using these cuts as much as I enjoy making and sharing them.

This week I was at Michaels looking for some Halloween paper and picked up the making memories “spook alley” line…oh la la this is the BEST Halloween paper! Trust me you need it ;) (enabler alert! LOL)

Anyway, feeling inspired by this line I decided to make a little silhouette witch to share with you all today. There are 2 cuts in this file one that is a shadow cut and the other that is the regular silhouette cut. I decided to layer them for my card.

Here’s a preview of what you can download (click here to download the CUT file):

And here is a card that I made with this cut along with some stamps from the stamps of life by Stephanie Bernard (love her new stamps):

Make sure to check back next week for another fun Halloween cut…it’s will be inspired from a VERY popular hard to find boarder punch (hint hint)!

Happy Creating everyone...and remember if you download these files, leave me a comment, it encourages me to continue to share !

Monday, October 12, 2009

Frightfully Monday...BOO!

Yes...sometimes Monday can just be a frightening thing! This weekend we received our first snow of the winter (and really we are still in fall) I am worried that this is going to be a hard winter and snow and I just do not mix that well...oh well lots of snow pictures of the kiddos right? Meanwhile I have my Starbucks apple cider by my side and trying to stay warm this morning!

So I have a few creations to share with you today! This week over at BBTB we were challenge to use the little monster from the Paper Dolls cartridge. I recently picked this cartridge up on a steal of a deal and I have to be honest and say I am not sure it will be a cartridge that I will use a lot but it does have a lot of fun cuts on it that are not just paper dolls, this week being one of them :) I jazzed up my little monster by adding one eye with a small button with a pearl in the middle. I also pulled out my Storybook cartridge and used a cut off of it for the background. The bottom was punched out using a Martha Steward punch. The sentiment was stamped with a small package of 3 clear stamps by Making Memories that I had picked up at Michaels a couple of weeks ago...I have a lot more fun things planned for these stamps, so stay tuned ;)

Here's my card:

Also, the October issue of Scrapstreet Magazine has been out a few weeks and this month we as designers were able to work with some Halloween products from Reminisce. I completed a Halloween layout of my daughter Ashlee (she was a pirate princess last year), a card, and I "up-cycled" a tin from Maya Road and turned it into a tic-tac-toe game...they kids are loving it :) Anyway, I thought since today has a Halloween theme I might as well share all of these creations today as well.

Have a happy week everyone!

Monday, October 5, 2009

It's Monday...Again

Do you ever feel like that? Some how monday just keeps on coming even if you are not ready? Today it's cloudy, raining and cold and I would much rather be sleeping then facing a new week of endless running.

This weekend I did a complete over haul of my craft room. I loaded up 6 boxes to donate and 3 bags full of stuff that I just threw out...I feel so much better in my studio this morning. I think this will help get me inspired to create! There's nothing better than having everything organized! So I hope to have a lot of goodies to share with you soon!

So, the best thing about Monday is the fact that we do a reveal over at BBTB - I really enjoy seeing what everyone comes up with from week to each of our takes are so different and yet we all worked with the same cut!

This week we were challenged to use the chandelier cut from the home accents cartridge. This little cut is oh so cute and there are so many different directions you can go. I decided to turn it into an encouragement card to send out to a friend of mine that is going through some trials right now.

Here's my card:

Well I have a little boy that is pulling on me...I told him that after we got the kids off to school, he and I would make cupcakes since there is a birthday in his class tomorrow and he has to bring his own due to his allergies...3-year-olds are not very patient when they want to make cupcakes :)

Have a super week everyone!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Winner...Winner...Winner :)

Okay I am going to try this again. Before I left to run errands and take the kids to school this morning I tried to post about my blog winner from the BBTB Challenge...but Blogger was in a bad mood I guess ;)

Anyway, I can't think of a better way to start my weekend other than giving something's so much fun! So....the blog candy winner is...

And here is a quick print screen shot from this morning :

Congrats Moralia!! Email me at to claim your prize!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Couple of Quick cards using Stephanie Barnards new stamps!

Happy Hump Day everyone!

A few weeks ago I ordered some stamps from the stamps of life by Stephanie Barnard and I like I have done a lot in the past set it to the side and got busy doing something else. I have to be honest and say that stamps have always "caught my eye" but when it comes time to actually making something with's a bit overwhelming.

Well last night late my husband informs me that he needs a couple of cards for tomorrow...EEKS! It's late and I recently went through all of my card stash and donated my cards to the cards for hero I had nothing!

Then I remembered that I had this set of stamps and decided to pull it out and use them. Well I can't say enough awesome goodness about these stamps...they are totally awesome! They work so well together and the sentiments are the ones that you reach for over and over again.

Honestly...these are the BEST stamps I have ever I decided to join the monthly club... if you are like me and haven't really gotten into stamping, you might want to check out the monthly kits on over at the stamps of life (

Anyway, here are 2 VERY quick cards that I made last night with this set:

So, today my husband headed out the door with these little is for a guy that has just found out that he has so sad and the other one is a simple thank you for a co-worker.

Well I am going to go play with my stamps some more ;)

Have a happy day!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

BBTB Blog Hop

Happy Monday!!!

If you are blog hopping today with the BBTB site I am the last stop on the hop! As you know by now (if you have been following the hop) we were challenged to use the "priceless" cut from the graphically speaking cartridge this week.

Although this cartridge has been out on the market for a while, it's a newer cartridge for me personally. I have found that this cartridge is perfect for layouts and it's become one of my "go to cartridges". I have also found that the cuts alone can spark ideas for an entire it's a must own/purchase in my opinion.

Here's my take on this weeks challenge:

I also have a "giveaway" up for grabs with the hop today...simply leave me a message with a way to contact you by this Thursday *midnight MST* and I will draw a random winner using Friday morning and announce the winner here on my blog.

So what's up for grabs? A Basic Grey Mini Album and some labels/tags from 7 gypsies and a few other companies (there's around 15-20 labels/tags). For those of you that like "visuals" here's a picture of what you could win:

If you arrived at my blog from somewhere other than the hop and would like to join in on the BBTB hop today...make sure to head on over to the beginning of today's hop... click here to redirect to the ever so talented Regina.

Have a super week everyone!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Hellooooo out there....BBTB Challenge

Okay so that seemed appropriate given the fact that it has been so long since I last blogged. For those of you that didn't know we headed out of town for a much needed 2week vacation. Our little family went to Disney World, took a Disney Voyage, and then traveled on to Georgia for a family wedding and my parents 50th anniversary. We had an AMAZING time...and I know a few of you have emailed me asking for photos...and perhaps this week I will get around to posting a few of those :) I think I will finally be done playing "catch up" at the kids school, the laundry (yes, I am still getting that settled), and life in general :)

So this week I have something to share from the BBTB site. This week Regina challenged us to use the dragonfly cut from the camp out's my take on this weeks cut.

Make sure to stop by BBTB to check out all the amazing creations from the other designers.

Have a super week!

Monday, August 24, 2009

U Whooo...It's Monday

Okay so I couldn't resist that :) This week over at BBTB we were challenged to use the owl card from the Wild Cards Cartridge. If you are just beginning to make cards then you definitely need to own this cartridge. While I have been making cards for a while now, I too enjoy this cartridge simply because of the fact of how quickly you can cut, decorate and get the card into the mail ;)

Here's my take on this weeks challenge:

Make sure to stop by the BBTB site to check out the awesome cards that the other gals made this week using this will not be disappointed!

Have a super Magical (I say magical because I am heading to Disney this week) week!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Happy Monday-BBTB

Happy Monday Everyone! This morning I hear nothing as I sit and type...all of my kids are in school...after 10 years of having someone on my hip at all times...this is VERY strange! I am not sure if I like it or not I keep trying to talk to someone and no one answers...LOL.

So this week over at BBTB we were challenged to use card 2 and envelope 2 and the color yellow! I have had this lime rickey paper for a while now and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to use it. I also combined this weeks challenge with the on-going challenge/contest for Cards for Heros. If you haven't heard about cards for heros head on over to scrapstreet and see what's going on! This week Karen Russell gave away a spot in her amazing photography don't want to miss all of this fun!

Here's my card:

Well, I am off to be productive with my extra time. Have a great day everyone!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Cards for Heros & BBTB

Happy Monday Everyone! We are having a beautiful day here in Colorado. My kids are enjoying their last 2 days of summer and we will be back into the daily school madness rush really soon! It's crazy to think how fast our summer has flown.

So have you heard of Cards for Heros ( If not it's a non-profit organization devoted to bringing joy to soldiers overseas by means of handmade cards. Handmade cards are sent to soldiers and they are able to pick out cards to send back to their families. Families really enjoy getting letters from their solider....and crafters can unite and joy together to help out these families in such a simple way. is currently running a 3-week sponsored contest to help out! If you love Jillibean Soup, Marks Paper & Company, and Elle's will want to check out these prizes! So what are you waiting for head on over and check it all out and get involved in a good's not too late to sign up...head on over to this thread ( to sign up today! Why not share your talents to brighten a soldiers day!

Here's a card that I made that also happens to utilize the challenge this week from BBTB which was to use the scallop square cut from the celebrations cartridge.

I hope you will join us! Meet some new friends and also do something nice for someone else! Have a super week everyone!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Blog Candy Winner

Happy Friday everyone! As mentioned earlier in the is the day that I am drawing the winner of my blog candy! So without further adieu...using winner of the Girl Friday line is....

Congrats Jeri! Email me: to claim your prize! Have a super weekend everyone!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

BBTB Blog Hop

Happy Monday Everyone! I am excited to be sharing something today! Woohoo! This week over at BBTB we were challenged to use the "Couples" Cut from the Going Places Cartridge. This cartridge is a lot of fun...and includes a lot of trendy cuts.

Here's my take on this weeks challenge:

Also, since we are "hopping" this week, each of us will be offering up a prize! So today through thursday you can leave me a comment here on my blog for your chance to win....

Cosmo Cricket's Girl Friday entire Line! (woot, woot)

The winner will be announced here on my blog this coming friday! The winner will be chosen by random draw using luck to all that enter!

Now on with the hop! From my blog you will want to hop on over to Heather's Blog! and see her amazing creation!

Have a super week!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Summer, Summer, Summer time....and digiments!

For some reason I have that song on my mind this morning! Perhaps it's the beautiful Colorado skies that I have been waking up to lately...our rain has finally let up! If you live outside of Colorado...I guess I should explain that we have had rain every single day (not even joking) from the end of May until last week...I thought I was going to go crazy! Lucky for us it was usually in the afternoon...but we are just now getting true summer time weather...HOT...and boy does it feel good!

So, it's been a while since I have blogged. I have received several emails...thank you everyone for your kind words and thoughts...I am enjoying the summer with my family! Although we haven't really gone on any "big trips" we have just enjoyed the simpler things in life like hanging outside every night watching the kids ride bikes, socialize with neighbors, and having BBQ's with friends.

Some of our big accomplishments/happenings this summer (I really need to get some pictures)

1. Jackson (my oldest) broke yet another arm! UGH! He went to his grandparents house for a week...had a blast and on the last day broke his he has a cast up his arm (I SO need to take a photo...)
2. Ashlee is now officially able to ride her bike without training wheels. She has been doing it for a little while on her own but she is finally over the bump of being scared and she is crazy wild on her bike this summer...that's my girl!
3. I've been getting my bootie kicked by Jillian...yep enjoying her work out tapes...that girl does not mess around! Happy to report that I am feeling a lot better :)
4. Everyone has a killer tan...well except me ;) LOL I don't think I could ever get dark...well and Gavin too LOL he's going to be a real white/pale boy just like his Mom :)
5. We have really all grown closer over the summer...which is just one of the coolest things about having your kids home for the summer :)

Okay enough rambling...I am so going to be taking more photos. Chad and I have also taken a little photo course together so no more excuses for him about not using the camera.

So, I have done a little creating too...not a bunch but a little. I can't believe that my 3-month design term is coming to a end over at digiments this month. I have enjoyed creating with Michelle's digiments, but I have decided that in order to focus more on my family, I will not be able to continue on at this time...I wish Michelle much success in her endeavor.

Today I have a sneak peak for you using one of the digiments from the newest release (coming out tomorrow)! The sentiment on this little card came from the kids bible quotes (*these are so fun you are going to love them):

You are going to love this set of digiments....24 Digiments in total will be released TOMORROW!! - priced at $1 each with a $5 minimum purchase, or $10 for the entire new release. Also make sure to check out the current contest going on over at digiments you could win the entire set for free!

I've also started creating little things here and there for our Disney Cruise that we will be taking at the end of August! I can't believe how fast the date is will be here before we know it! Here's one of the little autograph books that I made with my daughter yesterday...

Well we are off to get ready for the day...I am taking the kids to ride a train in one of our local parks and then we will head over to have lunch with Dad :) Have a super weekend everyone!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Digiments Sneak Peek

I have a little digiments sneak peek to share today! Tomorrow Michelle will be releasing another awesome collection of 30 digiments (digital stamps) for sale! The sentiments range from Patriotism to friendship! Make sure to stop by the blog tomorrow and grab yours because there are going to be some AMAZING deals! (click here to head on over to the digiments site)
Now on with my sneak peek. With this new release there are some really awesome sentiments that are just perfect for those wonderful sisters in our lives! So here's a little acetate card I made using one of the sister sentiments:

Tomorrow I will also have another little project to share (as well as it being on the digiments blog ;))

Have a super friday everyone!