Friday, December 05, 2008

Come fly with me

Slayton is going to grow up to be my engineer. He just lives for figuring things out and making them better. He loves anything that 'works'. His uncle gave him just a simple styrofoam plane and it kept him busy for so long. First, he was content to just fly it...but soon he was experimenting. He would turn the wings around, or make the tail a different angle, just to see what would happen. I hope Slayton keeps his inquisitive nature. I think it will take him far.

This kit is called 'No Girls Allowed'.

Thursday, December 04, 2008


One of our family traditions is to use the hot coals from our little charcoal grill to make smores. The kids look forward to it every time we cook out. It's going to be a long winter with no smores! It's funny, I've noticed everyone in the family toasts their marshmallows differently...I like them just barely toasted, Slayton likes it pretty brown, and Daddy makes his as black as midnight! Kira likes her smores unassembled! LOL!

This is a cute little kit from MandaBean called Miss Patterson. I bought it over at Sweet Shoppe.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

I believe...

I just love this page. That is really it. I just love it! :) I love how Ali Edwards writes on her photos and I wanted to try that style. I thought this picture was perfect since Kira was off center and I had all that great dark 'empty' space to write in. I think it worked out perfectly.

This is a kit from Jessica Sprague called Flower Girl. It is just adorable...the colors are so sweet. The font is my ever favorite from Ali Edwards.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

9? Is it really possible?!

My baby is going to be 9 years old soon. I just can not believe it! He is like this little adult living with us! He even gets some of the 'grown-up' jokes! Ack!

I took this picture while we were playing at the park a few weeks ago. When I went back and looked at the photos, I was just in awe of how grown up he is. In so many ways I am not ready for this, but in many...I certainly am!

This digital kit is from Sweet Shoppe and is called Nana's Cupboard.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Riley at the pool

This is just a quick little page about how much Riley loves the pool and swimming. I want to be sure to document all the things the kids love to do. I wish I had my childhood memories written down now that I am older and I want to be sure to do that for my kids. I hope they appreciate it when they are older.

This digi kit is called Celebrate Life, but I am not sure where I bought it from...

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sweet as Honey!

I hadn't been 'shopping' around for freebie digital kits in forever, so I went poking around and found this adorable kit at 2Peas. The elements and colors were perfect for how I wanted to scrap this picture of Kira.

Kira really is sweet as hone, but at the same time she can be SSSOOOOO bad! Oy. I certainly hope she gets it all out of her system before she is a teenager!

Once again, the font is Ali's. I sure do love it! :)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Halloween, 2008

We had such a blast on Halloween this year! The kids were all old enough to really enjoy it! I did up this page pretty quickly. I love this Halloween Kit from Ping Designs. I just tried to Google them so I could add a link, but I think they may have closed...that stinks! They had great kits. Anyhoo...

So, my hubby restores classic arcade machines for a living, so it was just natural for our kids to dress up as Super Mario Bros. for Halloween! If you look super close in the picture, you can see that my husband has some games on our front porch. Every year, he wheels a few outside, puts them on free-play mode, and lets the Trick-or-Treaters play games. I'm not sure who enjoys it more, the kids or Peale!

The font is Ali Edwards, again, and is still available on her blog.

Have a fantastic night!

Friday, November 28, 2008


Here is a little digital page I did tonight. I was lucky enought to get some fantastic pictures of my kids in the leaves this year and wanted to be sure I scrapped them right away. I forgot how much I love to put my feelings and memories down on paper. I almost feel like I don't have to work so hard to remember every moment, because I have everything written down and can go back and revisit these memories. I know that probably doesn't make much sense, but that's OK!

This kit is from Shabby Princess and I use PSE 5.0. The font is Ali Edwards' and can be found on her blog.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Juicy Snack

Today's page is just a sweet one of Kira eating an apple at Grandma's. She was just so cute sitting there, taking a break, and enjoying a snack.

It feels great to finally get some pages in my albums! I feel like I am making some headway with my gigantic stack of photos!

Cardstock: Regal Rose, Soft Sky, Bravo Burgandy, PTI white
Accessories: American Crafts Thickers, SU! rubons, sewing machine, corner rounder punch, Crop-A-Dile

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My Mom Rocks!

This is my all time favorite article of clothing I have EVER bought one of my kids! It says 'My Mom Rocks'! It's just the coolest!

Stamps: Autumn Leaves journling circle
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Paper: Ski Slope
Accessories: American Crafts Thickers, PTI ribbon, sewing machine, white gel pen

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

First Day '08

I just adore these pictures of my kids on the first day of school this year. Slayton is in 3rd grade, Riley entered Kindergarten, and Kira is 3 1/2 so she just wanted her picture taken!

I really had fun pairing elements together for this page. I used the Cosmo Cricket paper as the inspiration for the color palette. The title is American Craft thickers and I used the swirl stamp from the Wanted stamp set. The ghost flowers were swiped in white stazon ink and the other painted with MM scrapbooking paint.

Til tomorrow!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Switching gears a little...

I have been trying to get caught up in my scrapbooking a little bit. I LOVE to make cards, but I also enjoy to scrapbook. I feel that it is really important to get all the memories down on paper for my children to cherish as they get older. I want them to know how I felt and what we did as they grew.

This page is Kira drawing on the sidewalk at Grandma and Grandpa's house, but I wanted to journal about what I was thinking when I took the pictures.

The journaling reads: "Kira- I have a confession. I am dying to know how you will turn out. Who will you become? What will you study? Who will you marry? When I look at you, all I see as the possibilities. You are so bright, happy, and sassy that the world is yours. I can imagine all the fantastic adventures ahead for you. For now, I will be patient and enjoy these moments."

Carstock: Chocolate Chip, Cream, Old Olive, Baja Breeze
Paper: Daisy Bucket
Accessories: Felt Flowers from SU!, sewing machine, Crop-A-Dile, PTI ribbon, Polka Dot background stamp, Baja Breeze ink

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Cozy Critters, Days 7 &8

I did not get a chance to stamp this weekend, so I will present the conclusion of the Cozy Critters marathon at a later time. We have spent the weekend cleaning and purging. I guess we do our spring cleaning in the fall! I cleaned my kitchen from top to bottom yesterday and today we cleaned out my bedroom closet. We have 4 HUGE bags of garbage and 3 bags of donations. We plan on slowly de-cluttering our house until it is shiny and new! A 3 bedroom apartment with 5 people quickly gets crowded with too much stuff.

I do, however, have some scrapbook pages to share with you this week. I have some traditional and digital pages that I have been working on.

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Cozy Critters, Day Six!

OK, Girls! Here is day 6! Even though this little sheep is saying 'Baaa-Humbug', I think he looks quite festive with his holly branch and Santa hat! I think this is one of my favorite images in this set...his little face is just adorable!

Lamby is paired up with some Kraft and Real Red card stock. I stamped the Kraft with my Papertrey Polka Dots Basics stamp set in White Craft ink. I sponged the edges a little with white ink to give it a 'frosty' feel. The fabulous silver ribbon is also from Papertrey.

Only two more critters in my set! Oh, No! I've had so much fun using this set I'm sure I will use it for years to come.

See you all tomorrow!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cozy Critters, Day Five!

OK, here's Day 5 of my Cozy Critters spree. Today I am featuring Mr. Meow. Mr. Meow wishes you all a 'Meowy Christmas"!

I used up some scraps from yesterday's card on this one. More Figgy Pudding paper and Baja Breeze card stock. I pulled out my brandy new Papertrey ribbon...I can't remember the name of the color off the top of my head...Ocean Breeze, maybe?'s purty and me likey!

I can't believe Thanksgiving is just a week away. WooHoo! 4 day weekend! This year, we are getting a Turducken...I made my husband promise! I can't wait to try it.

Have a great night and I hope you are all getting excited for the holiday season!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cozy Critters, Day Four

Awww! Look at that little face!!! Isn't this puppy just the cutest little bloke?!

Puppy was colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol and paired up with Basic Grey Figgy Pudding paper. Baja Breeze card stock from SU! matches the DSP perfectly and a Pure Poppy ribbon from Papertrey adds the perfect punch of color.

Hope you all have a fantastic night and be sure to go check out Anna's sets over at Whipper Snapper!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

So, day 3 of the Cozy Critters marathon brings this tweet card! I just realized the first photo is a bit blurry...sorry about that.

More Ski Slope paper make this birdy all ready to celebrate the holiday season. My sewing machine has decided to start jamming, so I just used it to pierce the stitching holes and I just used my trusty ole white gel pen to do some faux stitching.

More glitter with my Quicky Glue Pen, a silver brad, and a clear button with some silver floss are the perfect finishing touches.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Cozy Critters, Day Two!

OK, so here is the next installment of the Cozy Critters series! Fishy is all decked out in his blue scarf...although, I'm not too sure it will keep him warm since it is probably all wet, you know...with his being a fish and all! Still cute!

I paired Fishy up with Pacific Point card stock that was stamped with Papertrey's Polka Dot Basics stamp set. Some ribbon, glitter, and machine stitching finish up this non-traditional Christmas card.

Come back tomorrow to see a very 'tweet' card!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Cozy Critters!!

OK, so the moment I saw Anna's new stamp set, Cozy Critters, I knew exactly where this week's stamping allowance was going! These little guys are just the most adorable things around. I am going to feature a card everyday using a new critter. Too many times, I buy a stamp set that has just a handful of images I like...well, I love EVERY image in this set and I want to be sure to share the adorableness!

This little owl is so sweet wrapped up in her fuzzy scarf. I just got the SU! Ski Slope paper, so I paired it up with the image. Some Old Olive grosgrain ribbon and some scallops add some detail. Oh! I can't forget about the all important Quickie Glue Pen and glitter!

I hope you enjoy the Critters this week!

Friday, November 14, 2008

No stamping?!?

I made up this little card from some scraps on my table. I just went with the flow and this sweet card was the result. Sometimes it's fun to create a card without stamping...sometimes it seems a little less stressful!

The paper is from Imaginisce and the ribbon is Papertrey. I used Thickers from American Crafts for the lettering and just some rhinestones in the corners for a little bling...gotta have bling!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Simple Winter Card

Oh, my goodness! It has been QUITE some time since I have posted! I took some time off from stamping during the fall. Life is just so busy with 3 kids and work that something had to give. Now that things have started to calm down a bit (before the holidays...) I plan on spending a little more time in my scrap room!

Here is a little card I put together to get back in the groove. I used First Fruits from Papertrey and some Memory Box paper. There is a little bit of glitter on the pine needles just to give them a little wintery interest.

I stitched around the base and used Nesties to cut out the image. A little chocolate Papertrey ribbon finishes it off quite nicely.

I just ordered some new Basic Grey papers and embellies from so I am excited to get those and play. I am planning on doing more scrapbooking this winter since I have a stack of photos that is a mile high!

Hope you all have a fantastic night!

Friday, August 22, 2008

I finally got to participate in Kristina color challenge! I have wanted to do the last few, but life just got in the way!

I really loved the contemporary look of the colors and wanted to carry that through in my card. I sketched this out before I started it (something I rarely do).

I used Birds of a Feather and Guide Lines for the images. The white panel is actually stamped in with Guidelines in white craft ink, but it is hard to see in the pictures.

I hope you all enjoy your weekend. We are going school clothes shopping on Saturday since schools starts again on Thursday. Riley is in desperate need of some pants (can you say highwater?!) and Slayton needs everything! Can't wait to pay that bill!

Stamps: Birds of a Feather, Guidelines
Paper: PTI white, Rose Red, Basic Gray, Basic Black
Ink: Rose Red, White Craft
Accessories: Nestabilities, brads, sewing machine, felt flowers, ribbon

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Berry Bliss Quilt

I am still having do much fun with my Quilter's Sampler set. It just offers SO many design possibilities. Here, I used my Berry Bliss paper and stamped the same quilt block on several patterns. I stitched the blocks together and made a quilted strip. Everything else is pretty embossed panel with the sentiment and an embossed background.

I love this sentiment...I know I feel that my role in the family is to keep everyone organized and everything running smoothly. I just love the comparison of my role in the family to a nice, warm, and cozy quilt.

Stamps: Quilter's Sampler
Cardstock: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip. PTI white
Paper: Berry Bliss
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Nestabilities, Cuttlebug folder, ribbon, sewing machine

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Who's ready for Halloween?!?! I know I am! The kids are already planning to dress up as Mario and Luigi from the Nintendo game. Kira wanted to be a princess so she fits right in the theme!

I think Best Fiends is my absolute most favoritest Stampin' Up! set ever. It is my baby and will be with me til the bitter end! LOL! This card is pretty straight forward despite quite a few layers. The black layer was stamped with the polka dot background with white craft ink. I used my Papertrey Guidelines set to create the pattern on the Tangerine Tango layer. I used my Quicky glue pen to add some lilac cosmo glitter to the design.

Some nestie work, scallops, ribbon, and stitching and viola! an adorablly spooky Halloween card.

I hope you are all having a great week! The holidays will be here before we know it!

Stamps: Best Fiends, PTI Guidelines
Cardstock: Black, PTI white, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss
Ink: Pallette Noir, White Craft
Accessories: Cosmo glitter, quickie glue pen, nestabilities, ribbon, corner rounder punch, silver hodgepodge harware, sewing machine

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


My friend at work is adopting a baby this week and I wanted to make her something special for the nursery. I think this name plaque is perfect! I wanted to use girlie colors without using the traditional Pretty in Pink and white combination. I think the bold yet feminine colors work perfectly.

This actually came together pretty easily once I had all the rectangles cut out and embossed...seemed like that took FOREVER! I stitched around the paper and once I adhered the squares to the green piece, I stitched a wavy line across the letters.

This was the first time I opened the felt flowers from SU! They are really nice! They are so nicely made and thick. I used vintage brads in the centers.

Deb just loved this and I hope she enjoys every moment of her new addition.

Stamps: Schoolhouse Serif alpha
Paper: Ginger Blossom
Card stock: PTI white, Rose Red
Ink: Old Olive
Accessories: Nestabilities, sewing machine, vintage brads, Cuttlebug, Felt Flowers

Monday, August 18, 2008

I stink you're sweet

I whipped this little guy together tonight for a co-worker thank you. My friend Lynn brought me the most delicious cake on my birthday. I wanted to make her a cute thank you to show her how much I appreciated it.

I used some scraps from my table from this weeks cards. I love using up all the little pieces that are scattered everywhere. I don't think this little skunk could get much cuter!

Stamps: Pun Fun
Cardstock: Soft Sky, So Saffron, PTI white
Paper: Imaginisce
Ink: Pallette Noir black, copics
Accessories: Nestabilities, Dew Drops, paper piercing tool, sewing machine, pop dots

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sweetest flower

I bought this Bo Bunny paper a few weeks ago and have been dying to play with it. I finally pulled it out and came up with this little number. Still working with the Verve sketches...

Another fairly simple card, just a Cuttlebugged background and some stitching. Stickles were added to some of the flowers for a little added interest. I really love the color combination I pulled out of the paper, I never would have put them together without the paper to unify them.

Stamps: Green Thumb by Papertrey
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Groovy Guava, PTI white
Paper: Bo Bunny
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Groovy Guava
Accessories: ribbon, sewing machine, Stickles, Cuttlebug

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Cottage Flowers

This is one of those images that you color and then it sits there on the desk as you ponder the perfect layout to do it justice. This one sat for at least 6 weeks LOL! I finally dull through my stash and found my Petals and Paisley paper. Perfect! The colors are so pretty and summery. Just the thing.

The image was colored (a long time ago!) with Copics and Stickles were added for some sparkle. Some stitching and Primas just finished it off nicely.

Stamps: Cottage Flowers from Karen Lockhart
Cardstock: Cool Caribbean, PTI white, Pretty in Pink
Paper: Petals and Paisley
Ink: Pallette Noir black, Copics
Accessories: taffeta ribbon, Nestabilities, Stickles, Primas, rhinestones

Friday, August 15, 2008


Yet another Verve sketch and what a surprise...more Papertrey stamps! LOL! I wanted to make a spring-y, happy card, so I pulled out this Imaginisce paper. So purty!

Nothing really to note on today's card...just lots of stitching and layers. This card just makes me smile...I think I may frame it!

Stamps: Green Thumb by PTI
Cardstock: Soft Sky, So Saffron, PTI white
Paper: Imaginisce
Ink: Soft Sky, Certainly Celery, So Saffron
Accessories: Primas, brads, Stickles, rhinestones, sewing machine

Thursday, August 14, 2008

We'll always be tight!

I had this set a few years ago and sold it. Well, I have always missed my beloved Laundry Notes and when I found one on the BST forums, I jumped on it! So, here is my first Laundry Notes card in so long! I used another Verve sketch (which are great BTW!). I thought the long card size, long tights, and long rectangle nesties all fit together nicely.

Stamps: Laundry Notes, Polka Dot BG
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, PTI white, Pink Pirouette
Paper: Bella Rose
Ink: Pallette Noir black, Riding Hood Red, Copics
Accessories: Nesties, PTI ribbon, corner rounder

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bella Rose Quilt

Wouldn't a quilt made out of the Bella Rose paper be just gorgeous?!? Hmmm...may have to figure that one out. For now, though, I can only see it on paper. Like yesterday's card, I stamped, cut out, and stitched the blocks. The colors of this paper are so yummy, this all came together very quickly.

Recipe: Quilter's Sampler
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, PTI white, Old Olive
Paper: Bella Rose
Ink: Pallette Noir black, Copics
Accessories: grosgrain ribbon, sewing machine, 3/4" punch

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


How can you not love this set from Papertrey?!? Totally cute and fun to piece the blocks together. I stamped the blocks onto the Cutie Pie paper and used a 3/4" punch to punch them out. I arranged them on white cardstock and stitched around all the edges. I used some Copics to add some additinal color and shadows to the squares...some more stitching and a ribbon and perfect!

Stamps: Quilter's Sampler from Papertrey
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, PTI white
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Cutie Pie
Ink: Copics
Accessories: sewing machine, Nestabilities, 3/4" square punch, PTI Summer Sunrise ribbon, Cuttlebug

Monday, August 11, 2008

What a Hoot!

I had so much fun playing with Wise Owl from Papertrey this weekend. What a fun set with so many options! Love all the bellies! LOL!

They say necessity is the mother of invention and it is certainly true with this card. I wanted a branch for my owl to sit on and I don't have any tree/branch stamps that were big enough. So, I looked around my stash for awhile and thought...'Hmm...why not use some brown ribbon?!?'.

This is one of the sketches from the Verve challenge. I'm not going to get them all one, but it was really fun to do the ones I did finish.

Stamps: Wise Owl from Papertrey
Cardstock: White from Papertrey, Riding Hood Red
Paper: Basic Grey
Ink: Copics, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Nestabilites, grosgrain ribbon

Friday, July 18, 2008

Just Hatched!

So, I made my card yesterday and thought 'what a waste to throw that circle of paper out...what can I do with it?!'. So, I cut the scalloped circle out of Soft Sky cardstock and adhered that baby right to the front. Still using the Birds of a Feather stamp set, I stamped the main image in Soft Sky and Marigold Morning (loving that combo, BTW!). A little ribbon and it was done!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Spread your wings

I made this card for a coworker who is leaving. I am going to totally miss her and thought that the 'spread your wings' sentiment was perfect for her new path in life.

I love my Memory Box paper and bought it specially to go with this stamp set. The colors are just fabulous!

Stamps: Birds of a Feather
Cardstock: PTI white, Soft Sky, Marigold Morning
Paper: Memory Box Aerial
Ink: Marigold Morning, Soft Sky
Accessories: Nestabilities, PTI Summer Sunrise ribbon, Pearls

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Thank you berry much!

I think I am the last Papertrey fan to get Green Thumb! Oh, well! I got it this month with my order and am having a blast with it! I also just got my circle Nesties and have been using them on everything. I got the Petite Scallops and am really happy with them. They are super sweet and delicate.

I made this card for our neighbors who gave us a Smores kit to enjoy on the 4th. I hope they enjoy it as much as we enjoyed the ooey-gooey treats!

I think if I made this card again, I would stitch the Ruby Red panel, but other than that, I am quite satisfied with how it came out.

Stamps: Green Thumb, SU! Polka Dot BG
Cardstock: Ruby Red, Marigold Morning, Wild Wasabi, PTI white
Ink: Ruby Red, Marigold Morning, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Nestabilities, PTI Summer Sunrise ribbon

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Life is a Journey

The moment I saw Birds of a Feather from Papertrey I knew I had to have it. I just love every image and sentiment. This is the first card I made using the set.

Pretty straight forward...stamped images and inked edges. Cardstock is SU! Kraft and PTI Plum Pudding. I thought the two papers complimented each other quite nicely.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Finally playing with my new rubbah!

I bought this Lockhart Rosebud cupcake stamp from Ellen during her Friday the 13th sale LAST MONTH! I am just now getting around to posting what I created! Oy! Anyway...I think this is just so sweet. I started with the paper from Bo Bunny and chose my colors from there. The images are colored with Copics and I stitched the paper. I love the sugary-sweet colors and the touch of whimsey. The ribbon is the scrumptious swiss dot from Papertrey. LOOOVE it!

Some Stickles and a sentiment finish 'er off!

I have bunches of new projects to share, but you have to come back tomorrow! LOL!

Thursday, June 19, 2008


Phew! I made it through my first digital page in SO long! I remembered more than I thought I would! LOL! I had PSE open to alter a photo, so I thought "What the hell! I'll do a page!".

I took this photo at my parents house when we visited them in April. Kira was munching on an apple on the front step, so I grabbed the camera. She is so stinking cute! She gives me the best little expressions during out 'photo shoots'.

The kit I used is from A Cherry on Top. Their site is great, you can get eye candy for both digital and paper pages. I just bought a bunch of American Craft Thickers to use on my pages, so I need to bust them out and play soon...maybe this weekend.

Have a great night, all!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Smile Crocodile!

Hello, everyone!

Here is another fun card with my Hero Arts Zoo set. I'm still loving the Basic Grey paper with these images, they just seem to go together so nicely!

Nothing too fancy or complicated with this big guy...he was colored with Copics and I added some stitching to jazz it up a bit.

Stamps: Hero Arts
Cardstock: PTI white, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky
Paper: Basic Grey
Ink: Palette Noir, Copics, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Sewing Machine, Chocolate Chip poly twill

Have a great night!