Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

My family wanted to wish all of you and yours a very Merry Christmas as we celebrate our Savior’s birth! 


Such an exciting time!  We are ready, plates of goodies are assembled and passed out…..oh…..there are stories with that one!  I must journal on a layout about it!  Let’s just say….better packaging next year.  ; ) 


This has been such a special month.  I can’t help but to blog about how proud I am of this lil’ man!  My first born.  **gasp** I honestly don’t know where the time has gone!  He is loving his new school and all the demands of it being a magnet school.  He especially loves the band he is apart of and they had recently had their first concert.  It was mostly Christmas songs and they such a fantastic job!

Band Concert

Here he is at their piano recital right before his turn.  I love the look.  Raw emotion; nerves, excitement, confidence.


The most meaningful and memorable event was a week and a half ago at our Sunday morning service.  He had been asking for quite some time about when he get water baptized.  We knew that when he had a full understanding of what it meant and when he felt ready, he would bring it up all on his own.  He has come to know what it is to have a real relationship with Jesus and to have a Heavenly Father who loves him so much, no matter what.  You can imagine how excited I was when I heard that he wanted to proclaim that to the world through water baptism.  I know that God has an amazing plan for his life and I love watching it unfold.  Look how pleased he is in this photo!  Like….  ‘I finally get to do this!’ 


This kid is phenomenal.    We are so truly blessed.  What an honor for Arte to get to baptize his own son.  I was playing the piano with the rest of the team, bawling my eyes out!  You could feel such a strong presence of the Holy Spirit.  The entire service was such a powerful one……I will never, ever forget it!

It seems as though I don’t get as many layouts done with the documentation of my photos and memories.  I’m thinking that is partially why I love to blog.  Getting my thoughts and memories down just in case I don’t quite get that page scrapped!  LOL 

I wanted to announce the winner of the Give-away from a few posts back.  If I can get your addy in time, I will try to get this in the mail before Christmas.

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2010-12-23 16:03:04 UTC

I am amazed at the times that Random Generator chooses 1!  That means Leigh…you are the winner!  Congrats!  Email your addy to me at  Have a fabulous Christmas my friends!

Monday, December 20, 2010

From Our Kitchen To Yours

From Our Kitchen copy

The girls and I have been baking up a storm, getting some fun plates together full of homemade goodies, ready to take to all our neighbors.  I made this lil’ tag with some of my favorite stamps from Gina K Designs ‘Winter Mittens’ (sentiment) set and the pinecone and needles are from Flourishes.  After I stamped the background with some musical notes (Pink Paislee,) I then sprayed my tag with glimmer mist and began layering from there.  I used Spellbinders Labels Fourteen behind the sentiment.

I think this is my most favorite two weeks of the year.  I love having the kids home.  I love catching snap shots of favorite memories.  Check out the joy on this girls face as she ‘makes’ something for other people.

Kelsey Baking

Well, okay……maybe she did have a few herself and maybe she was just a bit excited about that!  LOL

Kelsey baking 2

The kids also had their Christmas program at church this past Sunday.  I was so proud of them!  They did amazing.  The photos are going to need a little work.  I need some practice taking good photos at performances!  As great as they did, my absolutely FAVORITE photo of all was captured later Sunday afternoon after they had returned home.  The three of them just sat around the piano jamming, singing and teaching each other new things.  Oh!  Be still my beating heart!!  I think it was one of the happiest moments I’ve had as a mother.  Not necessarily because they were being musical but because they were inspiring each other and encouraging one another and singing togther….all on their own!  It was precious.

kids at piano

We had several other memorable and special moments this week that I am anxious to document.  I will save them for a later post. 

If you haven’t had a chance to read about the RAK I am doing, there is still time to be entered for it.  You can find the details in this post below.  Be sure to check back on Thursday to see if you are the winner!

I hope your next few days are extremely blessed as anticipate the celebration of our Savior’s birth!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Merci for your patience! RAK time!!


I wanted to say ‘Merci’ to all my blog readers for your sweet comments and for your patience with me!  December is a month where I really try to focus on my priorities and I had intended to post this earlier but you know how it goes! 

I stamped this card with Gina K Designs stamp, ‘Lovely Lables Two’ and then cut/embossed it with Spellbinders Labels Fifteen.  The brown felt is Viola from Prima Marketing. 

So, to thank you all for being such amazing blog readers and in the Christmas spirit of giving I wanted to post a RAK.  At this time of year, it’s so easy to get caught up in all the festivities and forget that the reason we are celebrating ‘giving,’ is that God gave, sent, His son to earth as a baby boy.  Jesus then grew to be a man went through many of the same trials we do (He understands what you are going through!)  In the end, giving up his own own life because He loves us so much.  He wanted us to have the ultimate gift which is eternal life with Him!  It amazes me that all we have to do is ask Him to forgive us (which is a gift of freedom in itself!) and to make Him Lord of life.  I can’t tell you how truly blessed I am to be living by this faith.  There is no greater peace

I can hardly wait until Friday afternoon when the kids are done with school and we can do some more baking and fun crafts together.  I have a few recipes to share too!

Here are a few shots of the RAK.  It was hard to get a good photo because I only have my zoom lens still.  

r 1

r 2

r 3


The kit standing up in the back is a My Mind’s Eye kit and it includes 6 gorgeous pieces of pattern paper, rub ons, overlays, and several die cuts.  Also in the back there are a package of Heidi Swapp glossy accents and a package of Hambly Screen Prints Rub ons.  Shown below is some gorgeous pattern paper, rub ons, chipboard, stickers, trim, flowers, buttons and stamps.  The companies represented are: Studio CalicoPink Paislee, GCD Studios, Collage Press, Creative Imaginations, SEI, Imaginisce, Papertrey Ink, Kaiser Crafts, Prima Marketing, Doodle Bug Designs, lots of Little Yellow Bycle and some of my very favorite Tiny Type alphabets from Cosmo Cricket!  Phew!  Everything is new in it’s package.

You wil have until Wednesday, December 22nd midnight PST to post a comment to be eligible.  That way, I can try and pop in the mail before Christmas!  Be sure to check back to find out if you’re the winner. 

I’ll be posting soon with more projects.  Off to finish the teacher gifts.  **wink**

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Spellbinders Grand Die Template Layout


Supplies: Spellbinders S4-207 Kaleidoscope Pendants; S4-290 Labels Fourteen; LF-114 Grand Circles; LF-127 Grand Scalloped Squares,Cosmo Cricket, Togetherness Pinwheels Patterned Paper; Trunk in the Attic, Attic Journaling Cards Patterned Paper; Worldwin Papers, Kraft Treasures Cardstock; Clearsnap, Colorbox Chestnut Roan Fluid Chalk Ink; Creative Impressions, White Bits of Bling Pearl

The first week of December….gone!  I’m trying so hard to slow down each day and just enjoy the season….enjoy the journey!  Isn’t it amazing how we can learn so much from our kids?  My sweet 6 year old seems to enjoy what ever she does, where ever she goes.  She is such an inspiration! 

I love, absolutely love using circles on my layouts.  All different shapes and sizes of circles!  On this layout I used the new Grand Circle die templates.

I thought it would be fun to share an ornament that I created back in July.  Even though I’ve already shared it, we are in the season of decorating our tree and this is a super fun way to do.  They also make special gifts!

B F shot

This ornament has three sides to it.  One side for each my kiddos!  The handsome boy in the frame is my middle schooler.  He is growing WAY to fast! 

If you would like to see some step shots you can find them on this post.  There is also a tutorial on Split Coast with a video that Beate created that you can find here

I will posting a photo of my December giveaway this weekend.  See you then!  Have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Paper Crafts Mag. and SHINE!


It’s December 1st!  Where or where did November go?  I love this time of year.  This last week has been full of all kinds of memories. 

I’ve been anxious to share two projects that I was blessed enough to have published with Paper Paper Crafts Magazine called Holiday Cards.  It’s got some amazing ideas for Christmas.  I’ve looked through it over and over and gotten some serious inspiration!













The card I created is with Hambly Screen Prints pattern paper, some Spellbinders Snowflake die templates and a Scenic Route rub-on.  The tag bellow has the sentiments stamped on.  


Thanks so much for taking a peak at my work!  Since it’s the start of my favorite month, I am wanting to do a giveaway.  I’m gathering goodies and will post about it soon.

Before I sign off and bury myself under all my new, fantastic die templates that arrived at my house today, **swoon** I wanted to show you this cool video by one of my favorite bands.  It’s by the David Crowder Band and not only is the song great, they did some super cool effects with a light bright and computer graphics.  It’s called ‘Shine’ and I think it’s so appropriate for this time of year.  It’s  a reality check.  Why are we here?  What is our purpose?   How fast the time flies.  And then declaring the Greatest Love of All.  I adore this song!  Check it out:



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