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I am a SAHM mother of three...only one left home though. Paper crafting is my passion...I love creating things and saving memories. I also enjoy reading, baking, spending time with my friends and family, and walking my two furry children. My goal on my blog is to share something a little crafty, something yummy, and something fun every week. Thank you for visiting & comments are appreciated :)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Simply Betty Secret Santa Blog Hop

The Simply Betty Facebook group did a Secret Santa gift exchange.  While I have been on the group for awhile this was my first exchange with them.  WOW!  It was so much fun...shopping for your person and then waiting to receive your gift....ANTICIPATION...made it so much fun!

Here is what I found in my box...

Lots of FUN stuff!

Look at this card....beautiful coloring, cute papers and I LOVE how she did the trees!

Ribbon, ribbons, and more ribbons!

Treats for me...so I am comfy while crafting ;)

Adorable Echo Park papers and sticker sheets...plenty for cards and layouts.

Finally....a whole bunch of SB stamps!

My Secret Santa certainly spoiled me!   

My SECRET SANTA was.....


Thank you, Betty....I love it all and can't wait to get creative!

Next stop is:   KATHY

Here is the complete list in case you get lost:

Betty Roberts, Vanessa Bland, BreAnn McFarland           http://simplybettystamps.blogspot.com/
Robin Bogle     http:// www.rcz28.blogspot.com
Aeryn Kelly-Reitmeyer     http://www.aerynkelly.com
Marie Franklin     http://marie97-lotlot.blogspot.com/       <<< You Are Here >>>
Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Warmest Wishes

So, I had a card swap to do...while unpacking and organizing my new craft room I found this kit.  I decided that it would be perfect.  Little info...I bought this kit about 10 years ago because I wanted the penguin brass template and the only way you could get it was in the kit.  So, the kit contains the printed penguins, card bases, envelopes and seals.  I thought this would be a pretty easy card to do...I knew I would end up adding to it, but still pretty easy.  After all, the main thing was to line up the printed penguins on the brass template on the light box and trace.  Sounds pretty easy, right?  NOT!  By the time I did all 8 of the cards my hands were aching.  I had to take a break before going on.  I did go on...now I had to cut out all the penguins.  Finally, I had all my pieces ready...I pop dotted the penguin, added a torn piece of glitter card stock for a snow bank and a sparkly snowflake.  I would have liked to add Stickles to the hearts...but they are currently MIA in one of the few boxes left to unpack.  

Monday, November 26, 2012

Pick 3 for the Week of 11/26/12

Little bit of Christmas on the brain....

1)  Glass Ornaments - these are so pretty and with all the new cutters (dies, Cricut, etc. ) and images to color you could make a very personal gift.  I did these last year...but I didn't know how to get my image to not move around...this blog has a much better technique then the one I used.

2)  Mistletoe Margarita - YUM!  I do love my 'ritas and martinis....this is a definite try for this year :)

3)  Red Velvet Puppy Chow - this looks yummy...I am thinking it might be a great neighbor treat...and I think I will add some green M&M's to make it even for festive and package it in a take out box with a tag.  Cute!

How is your Christmas decorating...shopping...crafting coming?  Wishing a a productive week ;)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. W. T. Purkiser

As you enjoy your Thanksgiving in whatever why you choose to celebrate, think of the many blessings you have and how you can use them to bless others. Wishing you a day of love and plenty!   Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Pick 3 for the Week of 11/19/12

1)  Storage Jars - I saw, and pinned, these on Pinterest.  While I do like them for the kitchen, my thought was to use them in the craft room.  Great for all those little things...brads, buttons, rhinestones...and easy to change the 'label'.
2)  Winter Wishes by Echo Park - new line from EP,   love the blues & purples!
3)  Crepe Paper Flowers - lovely!  They don't look very hard either....now, where did I put that box of party decorations???

So, my craft room is still not done...I am amazed at all the stuff I have.  I am close though...hoping to finish up in the next two or three days.  I have so many projects I want to work on...Have you started your holiday crafting?  

Hope you have a wonderful week with time to create!

Friday, November 16, 2012

40th Birthday

Quick share...card I made for my baby sister's 40th birthday.  Since I am still in the midst of unpacking my craft room from our recent move, I had to keep it on the simple side...however, I really love how this came out...so much so that I used the base card for a swap.

All the papers are from A. C. Moore...pink card stock, silver glitter card stock, and a pink & white vellum swirl.  The "40"  is   a rhinestone sticker.  I added gray pearls to the corners and a big, fluffy pink bow.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

ATC: Pretty in Pink

Quick Share...this is the ATC I did for a swap.  It is so much prettier in person, but I do like the way it came out.

I used  the dress template I found here.  Of course I changed it up a little, because I wanted more of a party dress.  I took the sleeves off and made it strapless.  the base of the dress is pink glitter card stock.  The over skirt is a opalescent vellum (rather hard to fold I might add...doesn't hold creases well).  I then added a piece of rhinestone trip tap for the belt and an acrylic flower.  The base card is covered with a piece of embosses mulberry. And I added silver glitter around the edges.

Thanks for looking :)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Pick 3 for the Week of 11/12/12

OK, so I got a little lost last week...no Pick 3...no posts at all!  Good news though, I think I am actually winning the "Box Battle".  We are just about COMPLETELY unpacked...just have to keep the momentum going!  This is the time I usually lose it and start hiding boxes away to be dealt with later instead of unpacking...trying not to this time.

So, here's my picks...

1)  Flowers by Fiskars - we all love flowers, don't we?  Well, these are so pretty....and SO EASY!  I can't wait to make some for my projects.

2)  Trash Management - I can not tell you how much I love this.  Quite frankly I do not know how I did not think of this.  Definite do for Christmas!

3)  Emboss Tricks - here is how to make a void when you emboss.  Easy technique for lots of impact on your projects.  Just an FYI...this blog is fabulous & has lots of information on it.

Thanks for stopping by....now I have to get  back to the boxes...what are you up to today?

Saturday, November 3, 2012


Quick card to share...
Here's the details:
Image:  Marvin with Candy Apple by The Stamping Bazaar; colored with pencils. (Note:  I would have loved to have added Crystal Effects to that candy apple, but...couldn't find it among my boxes & didn't have time to get to the store)
Papers:  from my stash
Embellishments:  sheer black ribbon, and a sentiment rub-on.

While I could not do all I would have liked to this card, the image is just sooo cute!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Betty's Birthday Hop

Today's post is doubly special...as the title says, this is to celebrate Betty's birthday and it is my first hop!  Now, who is Betty you might ask, well...she is an awesome stamp designer (Simply Betty Stamps) with a tremendous following.  While I do not know her personally, I can tell from the company she keeps (on FB group:  Simply B Fan Group) that she is a caring, sensitive, creative person who has her share of problems, but perseveres...and usually with a smile.  She seems to be someone I would love to have coffee with (or maybe a martini ;)  Anyhow...when this hop was announced I just knew I had to do it...it was a challenge because we just moved and most of my crafting stuff is still in boxes, but I was determined.  So, Betty...this is for you...

Betty, I hope you have a day filled with love, not only from your beautiful family but your "Betty family" as well.  Enjoy!  

Here's the details:
Image:  Chef Ariel colored with pencils
Papers:  from my scrap stash...one of the boxes I have managed to find :)
Embellishments:  Sandy Lion Essentials flowers in sea breeze, Wilton black doily (can't find the Spellbinders), ribbon, flourish stamp by Heidi Grace, Jewelry Basic black metal charm, Cat's Eye chalk ink in Raven

Now, here's the full blog list so you can celebrate Betty's birthday with us!

Irene http://irenescardcreations.blogspot.com/
Jessica http://www.canyoupixelthis.com/
Beth http://bethscraftycorner.blogspot.co.uk/