Sunday, March 28, 2010

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger


I love butterflies!! I also love all the pastel colors that explode during Spring. When I saw this cute dress on Moxie Fab World for the Tuesday Trigger, I knew I’d have to play along.

**photo below taken from Moxie Fab World blog**

This week's Tuesday Trigger comes to us from Jaclyn Miller:

And in the same day, this most lovely box arrived on my door step. Look what someone sent me! Heavenly!


Two of the new glimmer mist colors that I got worked perfect for this challenge so of course I had to play!

During the JustRite blog hop, I posted a little blog candy just for fun. I said I would pick the winner on Sunday. So, out of 532….Random generator picked……..


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Playing with Paper said...

So very elegant! Beautiful colors.

Once you contact me, I will get your package in the mail.

There’s still opportunity to enter in the Celebration give-away listed in the post below.

I hope and pray the many colors of Spring are inspiring you today!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

It’s a Celebration! With Blog Candy!

Before we move on to celebrating,  wanted to share a card that I created using JustRite Thinking of You Borders Centers stamps for this weeks challenge.  It was to create a sympathy card.  You can read more about it on their blog.

sympth card

Supplies:  Die templates - Spellbinders™ S4-247 Labels Twelve, S4-246 Labels Eleven, Stamp - JustRite Thinking of You Borders, Cardstock – Bazzill, Pattern Paper – Graphic 45, Trim – Webster’s Pages, Lace – AMM, Pearl- Prima, Markers – Copic

One thing I have realized in the last few days is that I need to stop blogging late at night.  Oh my!  I could not believe how many things I said or spelled wrong in my last blog post.  LOL  I’m so glad I decided to reread it this morning.  Guess I should do that every time.  Ha!

On to the celebration!!  We just finished celebrating K’s birthday.  I truly cannot fathom the fact that she is six now.  Serious?  She has such a bright fun personality.  Sometimes I think she may believe that she is at least fourteen.    She wanted so badly to go to a hotel and go swimming for her birthday.  Here she is in her new ‘swimsuit.’  Too cute, huh?  If I could only slow down time!  ugh!


Then we spent some time with celebrating with our extended family.  It was a lot of fun!


On to the blog celebration!!  I wanted to have a little Give-Away to celebrate the new look (which is still a work in progress!) and to celebrating reaching Fifty Thousand hits.  It’s just my little way of saying thank you for stopping by.  I hope I’ve been able to inspire you in some way. 

So, if you are interested in winning this blog candy….

blog candy

Chatterbox grafik rub-ons, Spellbinders™ S4-194 LG Classis Inverted Scalloped Circles, Crate Paper epoxy buttons, Laser Cut flower

….you don’t have become a follower or paste in your blog or any of that.  I’ll just be using Random Generator to randomly select someone.  This will close on Saturday, April 3rd at noon.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Spellbinders™ Miss You card

0110 JO Miss you Card with watermark

Supplies: Spellbinders™S4-198 Flourish Accent; S4-232 Blossom Two; S5-019 Labels Eight; S7-018 Big Scalloped Border Grand, Cardstock – Paper Company,Pattern paper – Collage Press, Trim – PaperTrey Ink, Clearsnap, Chestnut Roan Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink;

This is card is loaded with all kinds of Spellbinders™ goodies. It was fun to do!

Notice anything different? Without a doubt, it’s time for a change on this blog!! Not sure what I want so you may see a few different looks over the next few days!

Thank you to everyone who left comments during the blog hop. WOW!! That was some serious inspiration from a lot of amazing designers! There are still chances to leave comments and win some amazing prizes. If you haven’t seen Day Three yet, you can find the list of designers on the JustRite Blog.

To celebrate 50 thousands visits (and a new blog look!) I will my give-away this weekend.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I truly love reading your comments and hearing from you! For the most part, I try to reciprocate. That became a bit overwhelming for the last post! LOL

The kiddos are off of school this week for Spring Break so we are enjoying some time together.

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

JustRite Mega March Blog Hop

Welcome to the JustRite Mega March Blog Hop!

28 designers, FIVE shopping sprees each day. No one knows where the prizes will be! Each day of the hop JustRite will have five Mystery Blog Candy Prizes hidden along the hop with a total retail value of $600. JustRite will randomly select five mystery blogs each day of the hop and randomly allocate each of the shopping sprees. For your chance to win, simply leave a little love (a comment) on each designer's blog including the JustRite blog. The more designers you leave comments with, the better your chances of winning. Each day's comments will remain open for three days. A winner from each of the mystery blogs' comments will be randomly chosen using Consult the listing of designers at the JustRite blog each day (each day's designers will be different) and start out on your way!

Beginning Friday, March 26, summaries of all the winners will be posted on the JustRite blog. Good luck to everyone and enjoy all the JustRite eye candy along the hop!

Today during the JustRite Mega March Blog Hop (Day One) JustRite and its sponsors will be giving away the following five prizes:

. $200 JustRite Shopping Spree

. $100 Spellbinders Shopping Spree

. $100 Stampers Dream Shopping Spree, and .

. Two additional $100 JustRite Shopping Sprees!

Blog comments for Day One will be open until Thursday at 6pm EST. On Friday, JustRite will announce on their blog which five blogs have the mystery candy for Day One. You will need to go to the JustRite blog to determine where you need to go to find out if you are one of the five lucky winners.

Here is what I created with two of my favorite stamp sets from JustRite (Loving Thoughts Centers and Think of You Borders and Centers.)

JR card one copy

Supplies: Justrite Stamp Sets: Loving Thoughts Centers 1-5/8", Thinking of You Borders & Centers; Spellbinders™ S4-248 Labels Thirteen, Kraft Cardstock – Papertrey Ink, Pattern Paper – Webster’s Pages; Pearls – Jenni Bowlin Studio, Recollections;Ink – Ranger Distress Ink; Copic Markers – BV-000, YG63, R85, Trim – All My Memories, Ribbon – Papertrey Ink; Ink - Versa Magic Chalk Ink; Glitter – Sparkle N Sprinkle, Glitter Ritz, Felt – Prima Marketing

I stamped my sentiment first. Then I stamped my beautiful bouquet beside it. After that I was able to line up my Labels 13 die template perfectly and cut/emboss it. After coloring with my Copics, I added some glitter which is hard to see in the photo but it's truly my favorite part of the card! Just a tiny bit in the center of each flower is all you need to add a touch of sparkle.

JR zm final

Be sure to visit these blogs for more inspiration!

JustRite Inspiration Blog
Becca Feeken
Tosha Leyendekker
Kazan Clark
Laurie Schmidlin
Kellie Fortin
Amy Sheffer
Jerri Jimenez
Denise Marzec
Michelle Rodgers
Stephanie Kraft
Sally Lynn MacDonald
Cindy Lawrence
Jenyfur Pohl
Silke Ledlow
Carolyn King
Dawn Easton
Holly Simoni
Julie Overby
Karen Maldonado
Colleen Schaan
Kimberly Crawford
Karen Taylor
Maren Benedict
Eli Harlan
Linda Beeson

I wanted to give a little blog candy away to one of my readers as well. This is what will be up for grabs. It’s a New Arrival Impressabilities™ from Spellbinders™.

New Arrival Impressabilities™

I will randomly select one name and post the winner on Sunday, March 28th.

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy hopping!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

True beauty!!

0110 JO Innocence LO 72

Supplies: Spellbinders™ S4-114 Standard Circles LG; S4-124 Classic Scalloped Circles LG; S4-249 Big Scalloped Circles LG; S7-018 Big Scalloped Border Grand, Pattern Paper – Collage Press, Webster’s Pages, Alphabet Stickers – American Crafts, Making Memories, Buttons and Ribbon – Papertrey Ink

This is a layout I did for Spellbinders™ with one of my favorite photos of my lil’ girl when she was 10 months old!!! Now she is turning SIX…..tomorrow!!! UGH….I won’t have any more little ones who are five and under! Just can’t go there right now….on to the next beauty. Check out one of the most gorgeous places in the world! (I know! *giggle* and I get to live here!)

Heceta 3


Ashley’s class went to Heceta Head Lighthouse for their fieldtrip and it was heavenily! It couldn’t have been a more beautiful day!! We hiked up from the bottom to the gorgeous house which is a Bed and Breakfast. Then we hiked further on to the actual lighthouse and took a tour inside. The view of the ocean was specatular!


This is inside the lighthouse. It was built out of this beautiful brick.




Above is a photo of the actual lens.



I had no idea we were going to get to into the Bed and Breakfast. I was so excited! I’ve always wanted to go here. It was full of fabulous antiques!


Check out this view!!


And this cheese cutter! Too cool!



By the end of the hike we were pealing off layers we were so hot. How awesome is that!!

Don’t forget that Justrite Stampers Mega Blog hop is coming up!! This is one hop you won’t want to miss!

Blog Hop Icon

You will be amazed with the amount of goodies being given away! I may have a lil’ giveaway myself but I still plan to have a bigger Spellbinders™ giveaway after the blog hop.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a beautiful day!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Ribbon Festival


Do you know what I love about Spellbinders™?  10 minute cards.  Seriously, I needed a super quick baby card today before running out to school and I was able to do this in probably 7 minutes.  No sewing or distressing.  Quite plain….but done!  LOL Do you ever have those ‘AH!!  I need a card!!!’ moments?  It’s great to have them on hand, but when you don’t, I love to have a quick back up plan! 

So here are the photos I wanted to share with you from the weekend.

ribbon 2010 ashley avery



ribbon 2010 AJ


These photos are so precious to me.  This is the first time our kids played in front of an audience.  The teacher kept saying it would be very casual and not many people.  There would be different things going on in different rooms and people coming in and out.  This photo above is in the lobby of the performing arts theater.  BUT, then we got to the duets and they were on the main stage on this beautiful grand!  *gasp!*  That didn’t seem very informal to me at all!  It was so absolutely amazing and both the kids did fantastic.  Ashley played a duet with her good friend Avery.  A.J. did a duet with his teacher. Then they both did their memorized piece.  I was so proud of them! 



We went to the most beautiful place in the world for Ashley’s field trip today.  I can’t wait to share those photos….it’ll have to wait.  We are off to a celebration!

Oh!  And speaking of celebrations, I can hardly believe this blog has nearly had 50,000 hits!  As it reaches that (in the next day or two) I will be posting a give-away with some Spellbinders™ goodies. 

Have a fabulous weekend!  Spring break!  WAHOO!!  We have a ton of stuff planned and I’m so excited!!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A tad bit of green!

0110 JO Surprise Box Alt 72

0110 JO Surprise Box inside Alt 72

0110 JO Surprise Box lid Alt 72

Supplies:  Spellbinders™ S4-112 Classic Ovals SM; S4-198 Flourish Accent; S4-232 Blossom Two; S5-022 Labels Ten; S7-018 Big Scalloped Border Grand, Pattern Paper - My Mind's Eye, Deena's Penny Lane Maggie, SEI; Clearsnap, Chestnut Roan Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink; Creative Impressions, White Bits of Bling Pearl, Flower Center – Prima Marketing

This is the second lil’ box that I have created like this.  Every time I go away to a trade show or a retreat, I leave one of these boxes out filled with notes and treats to the kids telling them how thankful I am to have them and how much I miss them.  They totally look forward to it when I leave.  It’s so funny.   This one I created before I left for CHA in January.  I had so much fun creating the flower out of the Spellbinders™ Blossom Two die template.  I’m not sure if it’s because spring is upon us or what but I just loving all the flowers I’ve been seeing lately.  There are so many cool ways to create your own homemade flower.  And then there are the pre-made ones that cost a fortune but seriously….they are GORGEOUS!


Supplies:  Pattern Paper – Chatter Box, Flower – Basic Grey, Stickers – American Crafts, Trim – Prima Marketing

This is a quick thank you card I put together using some of my favorite colors right now.  Just loving the leaf green and yellow. 

Yes!  It’s sunny out today….finally!!  And I am sooooo ready for spring and more green and yellow. Speaking of green…..yes it’s St. Patty’s day (I nearly forgot) and I don’t have a special card for that.  Sorry!  My day started putting out the fire between my 10 year old who insisted to my 5 year old that she wear green or she would be pinched all day.  *sigh*  She was just in tears and did NOT want to change.  My 8 year old is getting to have green pancakes at school in her class today.   Hmmm….one way or the other, I hope you get a tad bit of happy green in your day today!

The basketball tournament went well and the Ribbon Festival was amazing.  I’ll be doing a post about that tomorrow with some fun photos. 

So, jumping all over the place this morning, I have to share this link with you.  Some of us were discussing it the last few days on one of my design teams.  It’s a live close up feed of a hummingbird that had a few eggs that were getting ready to hatch.  I missed the drama yesterday because I’ve been working but apparently a lizard came by and she ended up throwing (how does a bird a throw?) one of the eggs at the lizard.  So, was the egg bad?  Or was she sacrificing one to safe the other?  Then, she ended up leaving the nest for quite some time late last night so now the debate is up whether or not this egg is bad.  Anyhoo….in the spirit of spring…it’s quite an interesting live chat going on in the side bar.  Check it out if you have extra time and want to see a sweet Hummingbird up close.  She really is absolutely beautiful.

And here is a site about Phoebe (the Mama.)

*edited*  Oh man, I just found the link to the video where the lizard invades.  Unreal.  I can’t seem to link it but it is posted above the live chat.  Very interesting!  (now I know how a bird throws an egg…with her beak!)

Have a sunny and blessed day my friends!

Thursday, March 11, 2010


sending thoughts copy

I was inspired to create a few cards for a pub call that CARDS magazine had.  One of them was to use leaf green, melon orange, blue and clouds.  ??  Not even sure what melon orange is but I love a good challenge and because these are colors I would probably never put together on my own, LOL I decided to give it a try!  AND, strangely enough, the two packs of cardstock that I order from Papertrey Ink were leaf green and this melon color.  How could I not try?

Then, just for fun and because I wanted to play with my new die templates and stamps, I created these two minis. 

it's a boy copy 

just for you copy

We are off to AJ’s basketball tournament.  Should be a fun weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Cutie pies!

 that look

Spellbinders™ Die template - S4-191 Dahlia, Stamps - Justrite (Times New Roman lower case,) Pattern Paper - GCDStudios, Basic Grey, Glimmer Mist - Tattered Angles, Flowers – Prima

Eeek!  I’ve been neglecting my blog!  LOL  Here’s a few baby layouts.   I found this photo of Kelsey in my files when I transferred them recently.  I LOVE this photo so much!

And this one below, I did for Collage Press.  The lil’ sweetie in the photo is my friends daughter.  Such a cutie!

And then there was you

Supplies:Pattern Paper: Sweet Shoppe – Yum, Chocoholic, Joyride – Oh What Fun!  Die-Cut Paper - Zig Zag-"Good Times” Die Cut Rings – Sweet, Journaling Cards – Sweet,  Alphabet Letter Stickers – Jackson Lodge,Alphabet Letter Stickers – Jenni Bowlin, American Crafts, Lace – Papertrey Ink

We had a fun filled weekend with basketball, piano,  the Winter Festival and an awesome Sunday morning service.   Whoooosh.  I can’t believe it’s Monday already! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Justrite Stampers

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The Justrite blog hop is just around the corner!  I decided to try out my new stamp set and have fun with some embossing.  It’s my design day at on the Clip It Up blog and that’s where you can read the instructions on how to make this card.   I was actually able to use my Clip it Up to store a bunch of my Justrite stamps.  It was nice to have them all together, hanging in one place!

Love card

Die Template - Spellbinders™ (Labels Three) Stamps – Justrite (Decorative Frame Set, Loving Thoughts Set) Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angles – Coffee) Embossing Power – (Sparkle n’ Sprinkle) Cardstock – Papertrey Ink Pattern Paper – Hambly Studios Screen Print – Hambly Studios  Trim – Prima Marketing
Pearls – Reflections

I have to tell you, my five year old never ceases to amaze me.  I was making a quick birthday card for a friend of mine.  Birthday cards are NOT my favorite to make.  I think I finally realized yesterday it’s because out of all the massive sets of stamps that I have, I don’t seem to have any great birthday stamps.  I was pleased to find this cute cake stamp (Justrite) but I didn’t have the right size/shape sentiment that said Happy Birthday. 

Well, as the story goes, my sweet lil’ 5 year old wanted to make a card too.  She wanted to use this sparkly paper (not my fave either.)  But, this was about us doing a few projects together.  She came up with the cutest design.  But then she looked over at mine and said… ‘I want to color mine like yours’ and then…. ‘I want to put a bow on too…ect.’  It was so cute that she wanted to do everthing like mine.  Then she asked if she could take a photo and put it up on my blog!  LOL  Too precious!!  She even wanted to the photo herself.  So, I bit my tongue and watch her annihilate my ever so precious Copic markers, I just kept reminding myself that Copics won’t pick up other colors and it will all just be okay.  So there you have it….a lesson in sharing.  And look at this adorable card that she came up with!  (yes…she used my Spellbinders™ die templates and machine too!)

My sweet 5 year olds card:


And here is a lil’ peek of what mine looks like!

my card

Now we are busy with finger paints….yikes!!  LOL

One more piece of exciting news!!  You I love our puppy….(is he really a puppy?  man he is sooooo big!!) Max.  Gotta love him.  BUT, big dogs (even puppies) have a LOT of energy.  LOTS!  Can I tell you how much my life has changed in the last few days since my darling husband put up a fence in our back yard!!  Oh my!!  It is ugly and it is temporary but it is HEAVEN!!  Max is running out there like a crazy dog right now having a party of his own! 

For those of you new to my blog, let me introduce you.IMG_3344-1

I know.  Isn’t he the cutest thing ever?  Ya. But he is like….THREE times as big as he is in this picture and still only six months old!

I luv ya Max.


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