Countdown Calender

Here are all the pieces from the calender swap I joined. I still haven't got my cookie sheet together.... I guess there is always next year. Right?


Favorite Things Thank You....

I made this card with one of my favorite thing ATC's from my ATC swap. It was really quick to add just the ATC to the front of the card. Of course I could have spruced up the card itself a bit but I liked it just how it was.


Favorite Things...

No, this is not a list to bore you of all my favorite things. lol I joined a ATC swap and we were to make our favorite things ATC's. I decided to do my new favorite techniques. I love how they turned out. I did faux embossing with the stamped images from SU. Then on the middle image I did the cracked glass technique using clear embossing powder. It was a lot of fun!


Christmas Note Pad...

I saw the tutorial over at SCS awhile back and wanted to try my hand at making a few of these. I have officially completed one! Yeah. They are really easy I just haven't spent the time to sit down and craft period. I guess that is what happens when you can't stay away from work. Today is our Christmas "party." I hope it is a lot of fun. I pushed my way into helping. Hope I don't regret it! lol. I'll let you know how it goes. I have a couple surprises in store for everyone attending... hope they enjoy it!

Here is a pic of the book I made. I sent it along with the paint can to Lynette. I used the same paper so it would match.


Christmas Can Part 2...

Here is the can I made for Lynette. I really hope she enjoyed it. Very simple but I really like how it turned out. I glittered the snowflakes I cut out with my cricut. I had glitter everywhere. My vacuum cleaner was full of it when I got through! lol


Christmas Paint Can Part 1...

I participated in a paint can swap on the cricut MB over the last couple of months and just recently learned who was making a can for me... it was a secret (by my choice, I wanted a surprise!!). I have had so much fun with the ladies that participated it's sad thinking it is almost over. Anyway, here is the can Dawn made for me and the goodies she "stuffed" inside it too! (sorry the pics are a bit blurry--can't re-take them 'cause the can went to work to decorate my desk)

The goodies... including Stone Script Cricut Cartridge!!! WOW!

Dawn spoiled me! I am looking forward to getting to know her better now that the "secret" is revealed.

Thanks Dawn!


November Swap-a-Crop part 2...

For this month our theme was anything fall related and if we didn't have fall pictures we would scrap the persons pictures using fall colors. Well I didn't have to worry about not having "fall" pictures. I got these really cute pictures of this little boy at the pumpkin patch. You know the picture of those fragments I finally got to use??? Well this is what I used them on. I think they added just the right touch. Thanks for looking!


Christmas is right around the corner...

I made these tags for a friends Christmas exchange packages. I just love that Top Note Die so much that I just had to use it again. I also used the Snow Swirled stamp set from SU too! I think these would be perfectly placed on top of a brown package. So beautiful!

Have a wonderful day and stay warm.


November Swap-a-Crop...

I received another wonderful layout from my Swap A Crop. Betty made this layout for me that will go in my "Korea" album. These pictures are from my stay at Daewonsona Temple. We (Lori, Josh and I) ate, meditated and slept with the nuns of the temple. Betty went above and beyond on this layout, so much detail the photo doesn't do it justice. The window frame even has mitred corners, I couldn't believe it. I love how she printed some of the photos out enlarged and some minimized, oh and the Asian paper she used is perfect!


Leaves are falling...

Can you believe that November is almost over??? I made some "fall" cards, well two sets really. One was for a swap I did a couple months ago and then I finish some of the ones pictured above just Tuesday. Time was running out and I really wanted to use some of Autumn Harvest SU paper as well as that beautiful stamp set. It was the first time I inked it up. I love it. Lucky for me (and you if you pick yourself up one) it comes with a couple different things to go on the trees or as a background. The possibilities are endless. I have spent a few hours drooling over everyone's creations over at SCS!
Have a great weekend!


Little Birdie Thursday...

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I hope you are having a wonderful day and enjoying some special time with your families. I am looking forward to the turkey myself. Yum-O Trying a new cooking method myself. I can't wait to see how it turns out and most importantly, tasting it.

I made these cute little cards as a thank you for a workshop that was held by a couple ladies. I really love this "little birdie" stamp set. You may remember seeing me use it before for a wedding card for my BFF. The set comes with a lot of "greetings" so you can use it for all kinds of cards. You should check it out!


Goodies for my friends...

I made a fun project for some friends these past couple of weeks. I put my "top note" big shot die to great use by making little books. They could be used as a note pad or with a few pictures a cute little brag book. All materials are SU.

Hope you are having a good week. Turkey Day is right around the corner!



For my birthday I received a package of Tim Holtz-fragments from my friend Velva. I have wanted to use them for so long but didn't want to "waste" them either. I pondered using them on some cards or one of my ATC swaps but didn't have enough of the same size... plus they might be a little thick for mailing. Anyway, I was working on my Swap A Crop layout and knew this project was perfect to try out these fragments.

Here is what I made:

This months theme for SAC was submitting fall themed pics or if you didn't have fall pics the person creating your layout would use fall colors. I got some really cute pictures of a little boy a the pumpkin patch. So instead of using my Cricut to make little pumpkins I made square ones with the fragments and curled green paper for the vine. I will show you the pic of the layout next week, after I know the recipient has received it.

I really enjoyed using them. I still have more to use but I just might have to pick up some more. They are kind of addicting. If you haven't tried them I would recommend doing so. You will not regret it.



Okay so I know you have heard me talk about Whiff of Joy Stamps, right? Anyway, don't think I told you but I finally got my hands on some! Yeah. Two dear friend of mine treated me to a belated birthday present a couple weeks ago and this is what I got...

I also got a Rachael Ann Miller Stamp and a Sarah Kay Stamp along with 10 sheets of EzMount to use with them. I was so thrilled. I have already stamped a few images of Willow and her mug but have not created a card with it yet. But you can bet as soon as I do I will be sharing it with you.. I would also love to enter it as a challenge, just have to find the right blog that is offering the right challenge. lol


Count down calender...

I joined a swap on the cricut MB and it was for calender pieces for Christmas countdown. I have always wanted to make one but never really got the shove to do it.
Doing this was a challenge because of the size we had to keep the pieces in, 2 inches by 2 inches. It's a good thing I have made a set of ATC's. It got me used to working on a small canvas. lol. I signed up for three sets so I could give the the finished two sets to some friends so they could make a calender too. Because you know I really don't need three of my own calenders. : ) I can't wait to see the other pieces the other participants created... it should be interesting.


Table Decor....

I have been wanting to make these ever since I saw Dawn make them and post the instructions on her blog. I am a visual learner so her posts are some of my favs.

It is so awesome that everyone posts tutorials or videos of projects that are easy to follow. I am seriously thinking about getting a flip for my Christmas gift to myself so I can join my fellow bloggers and post some videos. Do you have a favorite blog you visit just for the videos and/or tutorials?

Well, enough jabbering here are the two pumpkins I made...


Can't wait to use these...

I had a lot of fun making these cute little gift tags. You could also use them as ornaments for your tree if you wanted. I used two different sized circle punches as well as the scallop circle punch (I love that scallop circle!). I was gifted by my up-line Sharon (she is too sweet to me!) the stamp set! Love it! The only thing I really did differently then the decoration on the sour cream containers I posted earlier is put some creme ribbon between the layers for the "hanger". These are super quick and easy... I will definitely be attaching these to my homemade Christmas goodies this year!



I got my October SwapACrop photos back last week and I absolutely love what Steph did for me. She is a awesome scrapper and when I found out she had my photos I was very excited. I think I squealed out loud when I saw the envelope on my doorstep and tore right into it. Thanks Steph for the wonderful layout. It is a perfect addition to my Korea book!

These photos are from my visit to the Jeju Teddy Bear Museum. Most of you that know me very well know I love bears so finding out that we were right next to the museum I just had to go. My friend Lori agreed to come with me even though I know she would have preferred doing something else such as laying on the beach! There were so many displays of bears dressed up for different events though history, oh it was amazing. Outside had a bunch of bears placed all around that we took pictures with, some of which were used in the layout Steph made me. Oh and did I mention the gift shop??? Teddy Bear heaven! Wow! It was awesome however I could only walk away with some postcards and a really cute small teddy that has a Jeju bath towel.. my luggage wouldn't have held anything bigger. lol


Christmas Ornament...

Here is the ornament I made using frosty day DSP and old olive ribbon. SU has a big shot die in the holiday mini that will cut out the circles and also score the lines for you. However, I didn't buy the die, yet, nor the kit they have that is ready to use... I punched out circles and scored the line to the best of my ability. After doing them I think I am going to pick up the die. You could use the "balls" for all kinds of decorations year around.... Oh the possibilities are endless. Anyway, the ladies at my workshop on Saturday liked it. The frosty day paper was a big hit too!


Whistle why we work....

I have been having a lot of fun working on all kinds of projects. Some for Christmas gifts, some for my clubs and a few to show at my workshop tomorrow. This was my first attempt at "sour cream containers". What do you think?

All materials are Stampin' Up! If you want directions on how to make these cute little things shoot me an email and I will get them to you!


Card Swap Challenge...

For the month of October we had to make 10 cards that were red with ribbon. Here is my take on it.

I really like how it turned out. I think I must have been feeling a little "fallish" cause the color choice I picked screams "fall" to me. I had a really hard time with the "red" I selected. It is really red I promise. Next to that orange tells a different story. I placed it up against my homegrown pumpkins and it was definitely red!


October Swap A Crop...

During the month of October my free time was limited so I resisted and only signed up for one layout for the swap this time. It was hard but I would have never been able to get the others done. I am very please with how this finally turned out. I think this layout was my first one that I had almost completely done and ended up re-doing it. I was sad. I "read" the pictures incorrectly and because of that I selected the wrong paper and colors. I really hope the recipient enjoys the layout.


You know you want one of these....

Check out Murielle's blog, she is giving away a Whiff of Joy Stamp! You know how much I love them. Why not enter yourself for a chance to pick up Charlie??? You only have until November 7th so you better act quick.

And the day just keeps getting better, you have until midnight (Arizona Time) this evening to enter into Elisabeth's blog candy. You have a chance to win one of two prints that will be created especially for you. She does wonderful work... and if you didn't know she is the illustrator of many of the Whiff of Joy Stamps. My fingers are crossed. I would be honored to hang one of her works of art!


Happy Halloween....

October is almost out the door. Time flies.

My Mom and I made these cute spiders to give to friends after I saw them on a couple different blogs (I will go back and see if I can find a link). I just happened to have the right punches in my collection. I was very excited. I know this may be hard to believe, but I did not have any black paper. I am all out. My Mom had just a few sheets left, perfect amount to make these cuties! Enjoy!


Twisted Chick Creations Blog Candy...

You just have to check out this blog! You don't want to miss out that's for sure.Twisted Chick Creations Flaxychick: Chocolate Covered Snowflakes

Michelle's cards are beautiful... I am a regular viewer just to see what she has new posted. The chocolate card is to die for! What have I told you Lori? Chocolate is HOT!!!! lol

George I think I have it figured out...

Walking away from my blog was probably the best solution. I didn't realize while making changes Tuesday night I deleted even more stuff. Yikes! I think I have it back to normal for the most part. My dear friend Sharon gave me some advice that made since... so I half followed it. lol. I am now taking a couple extra steps but it is very worth it! Hopefully I don't run into any more problems! I hope you are having a wonderful night. I am off to watch Private Practice.


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