December 31, 2009

new years eve unity thursday!

Happy New Years!! I am most excited to start the New Year! I am sooo ready to put the last several months behind me and move on! Who's ready for new starts?!

and- I always have some sort of best intentions on creating new habits, resolutions if you must-although that sounds so formal! ;) What if any new resolutions do you have?

I am working towards simplifying my life- less clutter, less "stuff", and purging anything that hasn't been used, worn, touched, read, been played with or seen the light of day in the last year! My stamp space is the first to get the once over!! anyone interested in helping??


Today's card uses November's KOM, Simply Magical. I just love the bright cheery colors in this paper- The letters are Making Memories, and the pattern paper & chipboard star is from Sassafras Lass.

Hopefully you have a happy and safe New Year's celebration!

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December 30, 2009

Happy Hump day!

Were here for another KOM sneak peek! I managed to find a few minutes to stamp yesterday also!
I have been trying to clean my office- I am in desperate need of some re-organization of my stamps and paper- It's a HUGE mess. It takes me more time to find my stuff in there than the actual process of making a card does! New Year = time to purge!




I am not a symmetrical kind of gal, so this layout is out of the norm for me. I colored the pot with copics, and added some pale green Flower Soft to the leaves at the top.

hope you have enjoyed this week off- I have, and am looking forward to Monday though!

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December 29, 2009

it's another sneak peek...

I am in some serious need of stamping time!! I don't feel like I have stamped in forever- isn't vacation about enjoying your self and playing???!

oh well...today's schedule doesn't look nearly as busy as the days prior...hopefully I can get in my office and stamp!
Here is today's sneak peek- check out the unity blog for others who may have some samples done!

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December 28, 2009

more sneak peeks...

whew. WHAT a weekend! We have had the busiest days off- so much for relaxin' and enjoying the time off!!
Today some of our Monday group has sneak peeks for ya...some are traveling home, and some are not responding to emails...(YOU know who you are!!)

I didn't have time to make a card with this fun image- however...I think Maren may have!

I do however, have a sneak peek image for ya!
This is from a completley new set that is being released at CHA next month called a Noteworthy Occasion. (The background is the ledger background) It has a TON of awesome sentiments and frames to put it in! woo hoo for those of us who love the sentiments!

I sort of copied a layout of mine from a while back and mixed it up a bit- Never enough congrats cards laying around!

make sure to check out the others-

Amber, Brookie, Jeanne, Jimmi, & Maren. Pin It Now!

December 27, 2009

I gotta say...

I LOVE the holidays.
Love, *LOVE* LOVE them. But, I am soooooo thankful they are over this year. I usually enjoy the Christmas spirit in my home for at least another week, maybe two depending on how motivated I am. But this year, this year is the first year I have started putting Christmas stuff away on the 26th!

It's been a long couple of months around here, and I am ready for a fresh new start to the year! Bring it on! :)

and, here is a sneak of what's to come on the 1st...

The January KOM! Today we are showing sneak peeks of this adorable owl and sentiment- (there is also an adorable smaller owl that goes with it)

My card is a simple one today- I paper pierced the owl, added a strip of patterned paper, and some hemp. easy-peasy. I am hoping to get in my office again today for another sneaky peek for tomorrow!

until then- enjoy! Pin It Now!

December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Today is our regular Stamp Simply challenge day- so we decided to post some CAS Christmas THANK YOU'S! Mine will be given to my husband who bought me a new camera lens- this is the first card I have photographed with it!! ;)

For my card I decided on Christmas colors- I hardly ever use them for the Christmas thanks. The present is from the LAD set Christmas Magic, the flourishes are from Fanciful Flourishes, and the sentiment is from Everyday Sayings.

I used American Crafts textured paper- and it is beautiful for coloring with copics- no bleeding or feathering! I high lighted the red ribbon with a gelly roll pen for a little added sparkle.

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Hope you have a fabulous Christmas day wherever you are! Pin It Now!

December 18, 2009

Have a holly jolly Christmas...

I always get that song stuck in my head when I use this sentiment! Today's Stamp Simply challenge is all about SNOW and CAS! right up my alley! ;)

I decided to use this older chipboard snowflake- I painted it white with MM paint and then covered with Martha's snow glitter. The sentiment is from Unity's Bright & Merry winter wishes. The top has a scalloped edge from the EK Success punch- can't get much simpler than that!!

Today is the last day of school for this year! {Insert joyous cheering here!} I am desperately needing the break with all the issues my little one has been having these last few months! I am hoping when she returns in January, she will have grown some...fingers crossed!! Today I am going in to help with making gingerbread houses and enjoy the holiday spirit! It will be so fun to watch- because I don't have to clean!
;)

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December 17, 2009

Unity Thursday!

It's that time again- Thursday! Thursday's are ALL about Unity! I decided to pull out my Donna Downey set again and play-

A clean and simple one, using Cosmo's nutmeg paper for my color inspiration. The sentiment is from a previous KOM- July's- A pocket full of.
I am actually giving this to one of my kids teachers for all they have done to help my daughter through her challenging time lately! Luckily, she has a rock solid support group!

I am thankful for only 2 more days of school and then we get to lounge for a while! We don't have any big plans, and I would like to just enjoy the holidays- I have a LONG list of things to do and get done, but if it doesn't happen, oh well!! That's the motto this year!!!

Have a great Thursday- what's left on your list to do???

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December 15, 2009

it's that time of the month again....

The time when Lizzie Anne Designs reveals their NEW Monthly Mix!! This months Mix is named 'From the Heart'.


I had to switch gears again away from Chirstmas cards...but it is nice, I am not nearly as sick of Christmas cards this year as I was last year this time!!

This uses the adorable love birds image and matching sentiment- The card size is a bit off, I used a scrap piece of Kraft, but I love the smaller different size.

The paper is basic grey, and the heart is covered with crystal effects.
I reallllly love all the fun images in this kit- lost of Valentine options!!

make sure to check out the rest of the gals- head on over to the LAD blog to see the whole set and others projects!

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December 14, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Just not the Christmas one!! Today the Monday Chicks are doing Valentines- (2 months ahead, to the day!!) not because we are ahead on Christmas, or done with our thank you's, or any real reason other than we are moving on! So, yes, I will still be playing catch up with few more Christmas cards and tags!!



Here is my Valentine though....I went with a 4x4 size of Kraft, and layered some Cosmo Cricket. The stamps are all Unity, and the tag is Jenni Bowlin.
I wanted a splash of contrast, so I pleated some black may arts ribbon across. Again, stretching out of my normal space!

Make sure to check out the rest!!
Amber, Brookie, Jeanne, Jimmi, & Maren. Pin It Now!

December 12, 2009

Store Kit Blog Hop!

Time for another Store Kit blog hop!
I am so in love with this months kit!! :)

I love all the sentiments in this months kit! GREAT sentiments!! We have been asking for some of those for a while now and these all rock!
I inked up the flower with red and green- still in the Christmas mode! Ribbon is May Arts, Gems are from MAMBI, and the paper is Making Memories.

Busy day today- Book Fair at Barnes & Noble, then 2 birthday parties...luckily, the ugly sweater Christmas party was canceled! ;)
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December 11, 2009

Simply Repurposed

Wow- Talk about easy! Today's stamp simply challenge is all about re-purposing store bought cards- lucky for me- Sharon's easy with the interpretation!!!! I always just do photo Christmas cards, and I never save Christmas cards from the past- so....I didn't have many to choose from!

I was in JoAnn's looking for Christmas crafts for my kids to do, and walked down the WRONG aisle! They already had Valentines out! CRAZY! I had already decided when I got this boxed set of cards, I would use them in my own way- When Sharon's challenge came up, it was perfect!

Like I said, lucky for me, I can go with a different holiday-I will just be early for once with my Valentines! ;)
I used Unity's Be Owl Mine for the heart, and Love Grows for the sentiment. I added stickles to the hearts of course. ;)

The overall card is a little funky, and not my normal style, but I am certain that there is a 6 year old who will LOVE this and finishing off the rest of them!!

So....here is the original notecard set- It was part of a gift package I won at a raffle, and not quite my style, but as you can see- workable!

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December 10, 2009

It's Unity Thursday again!

Wow- 2 weeks left until Christmas! I am hardly prepared!! And, what ever doesn't get done, no worries! This year we are just going to enjoy the time off!

I finally was able to find some crafty time this last few days...looking forward to more!

After all of my successful efforts to avoid Christmas card frenzy, I managed to squeeze a few in!
This first card uses Bright & Merry Wishes, and Christmas Bough.
LOVE the non traditional Christmas colors here!

This card also uses Bright & Merry Wishes, and I think the sentiment matches the paper perfectly!!

So, what's left on your list to do?? What are you letting go if not done?

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December 8, 2009

More Tags!

I love handmade tags- for some reason- I can make 100 tags and use them all- cards however, not so much! I am awful about sending cards! (sorry if I owe anyone out there a card in the last few years!!)

So- I made another fun little nestibilities tag- I don't remember what this one is...(labels something) I stamped Santa from Christmas Magic in black memento, and the sentiment in scarlet- Santa has Polar White Flower Soft on his beard and hat!

here's a close up- I left the space above the sentiment blank so I could write in a name. Topped it off with a button and some thread. QAE, or EPLS- whichever you say ;)

also- LAD welcomes Deb Felts! I had the pleasure of meeting her in Orlando and she is sooo amazingly sweet! So great to have you join us Deb! Check out her blog- she has a ton of talent!! Pin It Now!

December 7, 2009

thanks to you!

That's the name of today's challenge- the Monday chicks are working on thank you cards today!

We decided that we would all need thank you cards in a matter of weeks- YES, Christmas is right around the corner! ack- who is ready? I feel like I have a million things left to do! Including my own Christmas cards, and I am making thanks you's for after words first- that's just how I roll I guess!
I went with a simpler design I can reproduce, because just like Christmas cards, you need to reproduce many thank you's as well.
I used an unknown pattern paper- it has a pearly white sheen to it- I cut the bottom diamonds off to make room for my shimmery letters. it's finished off with a faux bow.

make sure to check out the others- Amber, Brookie, Jennifer, Jeanne, Jimmi, & Maren. Pin It Now!

December 4, 2009

Tag it Pretty!

It's Stamp Simply time again, and this week we are working on making pretty tags that can be added to any gift bag or just to hang on a gift to let the recipient know know how special they are!
Now to me....it is all about the packaging, the simplest of gifts can be made to be the biggest deal when wrapped in a big production with all the trimmings and a fabulous little tag!

Now- I used this bottle of wine to hang my tag on...(I wouldn't use this image for a bottle of wine!!) The teddy bear and sentiment are from Lizzie Anne Designs Christmas Magic set. I think all of the images in this set are perfect for tags actually!!!

Here is a shot with just the bear- I stamped him on shimmery white paper with memento ink and colored in with my copics. Add a think layer of glue around the edge and some glitter and you have an extra special sparkly tag ready to go!

we welcome this month Michelle!! And remember to upload using keyword ssnotime116
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December 3, 2009

hello my name is....confuzzled!

Welcome to another addition of Unity Thursday!! In an effort to get a head start on some much needed 'Thank You' cards, I am skipping Christmas ones! ;) just kidding!

I do like to be on the ball with thanks you's though, otherwise, I tend to fall behind and that's not a downhill spiral I prefer to avoid!

First up is the November Scrap book KOM- That stamp is fun-love how you can add anything in the blank.

and it would appear I really have my holidays mixed up now! ;) I just love this image from the November KOM. I added glossy accents to the red hearts, and brown pearls next to the sentiment.

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December 1, 2009

Flower Soft December Challenge

Happy December 1st! It's officially the holidays, and I am officially not ready for them!
For this month's Flower Soft Challenge, we are creating a holiday themed project- Something to help get you all in the Christmas mood!!

For those of you who steer clear of flower soft because of your CAS style- I am here to show you it works with CAS also!

Here is a close up of my tree. I very lightly applied some Polar White Flower Soft to my tree.

Make sure to check out the rest!


enjoy!!

Stamps- Lizzie Anne Designs
Flower Soft- polar white Pin It Now!

November 30, 2009

It's the FIRST of the month!

*post #2 for today, scroll down for the Flower Soft challenge*

And we all now what that means!! New Stamps, and a NEW GUEST Designer!!

Welcome to Jessica Diedrich!

She has been anxiously awaiting the moment to share with you her amazing creations- head on over to her blog and give her a shout out!


Here is the December KOM in alllllll it's fabulousness!! Which is your favorite image? I love love love the flowers in the lower right, but can defnitely see that cute little boom box being a fun one for kids cards!!

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Anything goes!

The Monday chicks have been slacking, and we need to get back on the ball of posting! ;) We decided late last night to share an anything goes card- and I was planning on sharing this one, so here you go!

I did this one a while ago for the LAD newsletter- if you get their newsletter, you may have seen this one. The image is from Build a Bauble- and I sprinkled polar white flower soft along the top and on the bottom-You know how when you shake the snow globe and it's falling everywhere!

check out Amber's , Maren's and Jeanne's blogs for more inspiration!!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend- I managed to spend some time with family, and worked on resting to get over this dang sinus infection!
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November 26, 2009

Speaking of thankful......

It's Stamp Simply time and the challenge is mass production cards- Well.....Thank You's are always a need around here, and since we just had a birthday- my daughter needs to get hers out!
Perfect opportunity to whip out a few cards!

I thought something she could help with would also be appropriate- since they are her thank yous! She loves to use the punches- I opted for brighter colors and non Christmas themed- but you could easily change the papers if need be-

Here is all 3 done in a matter of a few minutes- use your scrap paper & ribbon up also! If you want- you can add more embellishments- but these are the epitome of quick, and CAS!

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are spending your day just how you want to!!
We are going to start ours off with some Monkey bread and then PIE!! Pie for brunch!



Here's a quick little card I whipped up using the Donna Downey set- LOVE the silhouettes in it!!

enjoy your holiday!! Pin It Now!

November 24, 2009

ready or not....

The holidays are coming! Sorry to have been posting less than normal lately, but I have been struggling with my allergies and kiddos. I officially have a sinus infection, so antibiotics to the rescue! I am hoping to be back to myself in a few days!

My daughter has a short week this week and has been doing better- My hope is that we just get through December and she will hopefully outgrow a lot of her issues by January...(this is wishful thinking!!) Thanks for all of the comments of support and ideas! Glad to hear others have gone through and survived to be normal one day! ;)

in between feeling ok and reallllllly cruddy I managed to whip out a card- I am in CAS mode during the holidays more than usual- Something that you can easily reproduce for mass quantities if need be. I used stamps from Lizzie Anne's November MM Christmas Wishes and the Fanciful Flourishes set. They were meant to work together- look at that flourish on the ornament! ;)

I went over the flourish and ornament hanger with a sakura gelly roll pen for a little sparkle. I have been liking the pleated ribbon look lately, so I added a few pleats to my white satin ribbon.

off to feel better- enjoy! Pin It Now!

November 19, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like....

Christmas! I cannot believe how fast the holidays are sneaking up on us! I am just not ready for it to come!!
Luckily- today's Stamp Simply challenge is about wrapping it up! To get you a head start on some wrapping ideas for gift giving. I went with a truly simple "genie" gift bag-




I used Unity's Embellished Season and some basic grey paper. I thought with the gold card stock (which is *really* hard to photograph btw!!!) it would be best to keep it clean and uncluttered-


*ETA- SORRY!!!

You can find this project in an upcoming CardMaker Magazine!!


Here is a closeup of the ornament- I colored in the stars with a sakura gelly roll pen- love the sparkle it adds.
I added a few poinsettias to the ends of the ribbons- I colored the white ribbon with my copic to make it green.
I plan on making a bunch of these and throwing some cards and envies inside to make Christmas gifts.
make sure to upload using keyword ssnotime114 and here are the rest-

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woohoo! it's Thursday!

It's Thursday, my daughter is having a better couple of days, and Thanksgiving is next week!
I can't tell you how much easier my life is when my daughter is crying ALL the WAY to school. I only hope/wish/pray that she gets through this rough patch before the next sub enters our life!!!

Could this day be any better?!!?
YEP!! It's Unity Thursday!!


Here's a little scrappin' kit action! I was inspired by FTL68. I just love those little circles- they are the perfect border!!

and then here's a little KOM for you- the typewriter is a fun image- I colored it in with some grey copics and outlined it with the bg10. I have been avoiding my beloved copics lately...Because I keep getting the urge to get a "few"more! That can be dangerous this time of year!

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November 17, 2009

It's on!

I just needed to get through Lauren's birthday and I could focus on Christmas....and this past weekend we had her birthday party, so now.....Bring on the holidays!

I am actually ready for Christmas break with the month of school issues we have had! ;)

So I was going to play in the featured stamper challenge, and ended up a little off from the card I cased- not sure if that still counts- It just took on a life of its own!!
I used Lizzie Anne's Deck the Halls-Aren't those hanging stockings adorable!?

It's not my normal color scheme or clean style, so I am still trying to figure out if I like it....

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November 14, 2009

Store Kit Blog Hop!

This has to be one of my favorite store kits yet! (Do i say that every month?)


I decided to ink up the snowman and sentiment- (I love snowmen!) Paired with some jolly by golly by Cosmo and and some may arts ribbon, and I outlined the snowman image with a copic.

Here is a link to the kit and the retailers that sell it.

My list for the day is longer than my arm! the laundry isn't getting it self done around here for some reason. ;)
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November 12, 2009

Stamp simply!

Another week by and here we are again with Sharon's stamp simply challenge-
Today we are doing matchbook folds- I love doing different folds and never think to do them!


I was able to ink up this image in the Unity KOM finally- I love the sentiment as well-

And here is the inside- isn't that little fairy adorable. I should make a point to make these more often- they are fun little cards.

Make sure to upload using keyword ssnotime113- and here are the rest!

Off to plan for my busy weekend- my daughters 6th birthday party!! enjoy! Pin It Now!

I SOOOO love this set!

Happy Thursday! Today is all about Unity and we have an AMAZING new release today!

Donna Downey has designed this set, and it has some of the best silhouette flowers in it. I love how versatile silhouette flowers are-

and of course there is that mixed font- love that! I stamped the flowers in a green ink- (memento i think) and the sentiment in rich cocoa. Seems earthy and clean at the same time- I was going to ink the edges up, but I like the crisp clean edge instead.


I am off in a few directions today- my kids informed me that there are only 24 school days left until Christmas! Yikes...when you hear it like that it makes you think you are already behind!!!

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November 9, 2009

Welcome the Creative Cuts and More Mega recipe hop!

Welcome to day one of the Creative Cuts and more Mega Recipe Blog hop! If you didn't come from Holly's blog, make sure to start over at the DieCut Diva blog!
Today we are focusing on the Treasured Family Recipes Kit.



Here is the cover of my book- The paper, letters, rings, book, and die cuts are all from the kit, the ribbon and button are paper trey.

And here is one of the pages- the card stock (red), die cuts, Cosmo die cut, patterned paper strip are all from the kit. The recipe stamp is Unity, and the buttons are thread are paper trey.

Zucchini with dressing
2 lbs Zucchini, partially cooked
2 large carrots, sliced
1 onion, diced
2 cups sour cream
1 can cream of celery soup
1 box Stove Top stuffing Mix
1 cube of butter

Mix first 6 ingredients together. Melt 1 cube of butter and mix in with stuffing. Layer the dressing mix with the zucchini mix in a greased 9 x 13 pan, ending with the stuffing mix on top. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Another recipe I use often this time of year- is artichoke dip- I usually have all the ingredients on hand for any impromptu get together-

1 can Artichoke hearts (not marinated)
1 cup mayo
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated.

Gently mix together on an oven baking dish and bake for about 20 minutes at 350. Serve with bread or crackers.

I can't wait to read all of the recipes- and don't forget to post yours as well and link back to the DieCut diva blog!

Next on your list is Steph! Pin It Now!

November 7, 2009

whew!

I have been swamped with projects this week and now one is finally up over at SplitCoastStampers for you to see!
If you get a chance, make sure to head over to the resources pages and check out the File Folder Accordion book.
I am not at all a pro with tutorials, so go easy on me!! ;)

Here is my folder- closed-



and here is the open view-



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November 5, 2009

TGIF!

Ever have one of those realllllly long weeks? the kind where you are so looking forward to it coming to an end? Me too! My daughter did have a better day yesterday- thanks for everyone's kind words and thoughts! Each day gets a little better.


Onto Sharon's Stamp Simply Challenge- Let's get thrifty! We are using brown paper wrap or paper bags. I went with a paper bag-


Here is the front of my brown paper bag card- Paper is Scenic Route, stamps are Unity.


Here is the inside view- I could have cut that little flap off, but I kind of liked it that way- I ran the kraft layers through the cuttlebug.


and just in case you weren't convinced- here is the back of the sack! ;)

When uploading use key word ssnotime112- and here are the rest!


and this week also ends a awful one for LE families in our area- Officer Brenton is being laid to rest today- RIP Officer Brenton. Pin It Now!

November 4, 2009

yea for Thursday!

Thursday's are the best! one more day until the weekend- and here's to me hoping to sleep in at least once this weekend!! It's been a crazy long week!!
My husband is finally back at work and making up for lost time, and my poor 5 year old is having the roughest week ever at school...hoping for a great day today! Wish us luck!!!

Here we are for another Unity Thursday- Today we are having all sorts of sales over at the Unity blog- make sure to check it out-


For my card- I used some sassafras lass paper, tags, and sticker. I stamped the sentiment from the July KOM. This is one of those stamps- that you use over and over and over- it's one of my faves!

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November 3, 2009

on to the Holiday season!

I had hoped to be much more productive once both kids were in school, but I am not! My daughter is having some major separation issues which we can't seem to nail down and I am at the school what seems like ALL DAY lately! Poor kid, came home with the reddest of eyes today. So, obviously, I am spending a little more time there than at home lately and am not quite as "productive" as I hoped!! :)

So, if you get the Lizzie Anne Monthly Mix newsletter- you may have already seen this. I used the November MM Christmas Wishes.
It's a jarred candle, and in a matter of 10 minutes, (8 if you can tie your bows better faster!) you will have one holiday gift ready to go!

I used some MME Christmas paper and wrapped it around, and also on the lid. Wrapped some ribbon and silver cord, added a tag and- One gift down! It's nice to have a few smaller items, hostess gifts, teacher gifts, anything last minute!!

And since I am all about having no time lately....anything I can do to get ahead!! Pin It Now!