Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Living life in COLOR

These two characters bring so much color to my life!!! These are the reasons I have not been around too much this summer. I have so enjoyed having them home But today.... They are back in school and I am getting back on schedule!

I am headed out of town for work and will be back next week. I have been creating but cannot share too much...YET!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A wee bit Vintage

Card removed for Publication in the June issue Of Crafts N things.

Have a great Week.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


So Yes I have been MIA. I admit it. This summer has been crazy. So I am back, Many projects to complete... assignments to start... It is time for some creative juices to flow.

Today on the CPS blog we are being sponsored by Inque Boutique...

Inque Boutique Stamps-Birdie & French Fancy
October Afternoon Weathervane Pattern Papers
Ranger- walnut stain Distress ink
Bag O Buttons-Foof-fa-la
Clear acrylic- Source Unkown
Paper Shapers Punch
Petite Brown rope

Don't be afraid to layer stamps and stamp onto pattern paper.

Thanks again for your patience... I'll be back soon. I promise!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Been Away

I have been away on Vacation relaxing with my family this past week. Gone through Sunday. Hope Everyone is having a great summer... I'll be back soon to check in with a few new and FUN projects!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

True Friends

So lucky...

Things have been a bit rough lately, most recently I had  some things going on that required me to be in the hospital. All is well now and I am on the mend but during time of being down you learn who your friends are. Those that really care... Sometimes you are surprised by what you learn...

This past week two dear friends sent this bouquet to me, and it meant than my friends will ever know. The petals of the rose represent the many layers the friendships have taken on over the years and how I could never give them up. Thanks so much  you guys; for everything. 

This CPS card this week fits how I feel perfectly.

October Afternoon Pattern papers
(Rubbernecker Stamps-Thank you)
Making Memories Itty Bitty Alpha
May Arts Twine

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

New, old and everything CPS...

I am so very privileged to be a part of the CPS group of talented ladies...

Below is 4 cards using for most recent sketches...
Thank you to our sponsors ( shown below ) Rubber Necker Stamps, Just Right Stamps, Kitchen Sink Stamps!
All 4 have a different feel...I think. Still trying to figure out my style and how to describe it.. I am not sure if I am any one one way...I love CHANGE.

So if any of the below cards inspire you... Check out the CPS blog. The talent there will blow your mind away!

Talking about talented ladies... GO check out the Pursuit of Craftyness blog. This is a group of amazing women who continue to inspire with all types of Craftyness! 

This week My post is about creating a unique one of a kind pendant. So go check it out :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Mom and the boys are....Growing up

As the boys are growing I am growing too. DH got this for me. My minivan was on it's last leg and we needed something else we had looked for a long time. The right deal the right time never came... Until this one. Timing was right. It is everything I could ask for and so much more...

She is gently used... Oh so pretty and peppy too.

Here are 2 pics of the boys... Man are they growing. Scary how much.
I still find it funny how hard it is for them to smile with braces... J does not know Really what to do with himself in front of the camera lately... I keep encouraging him to just relax... He is so darn cute and sweet... How did one mom get so lucky?

N on the other hand... When He relaxes, well, watch out! Those eyes...Whew. 
His heart is as bright as his eyes... So very, very fortunate!

I think I may be in trouble with these two.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Two years... Wow

I cannot believe it has been 2 years since my friend/Mother in law passed away. Life is so different in the family now. The family does not feel as one unit but as many little functioning components.

Some have moved on and others have yet to grieve. Her spirit was one that is irreplaceable. Infectious, joyful, loving and giving. She never thought of herself but everyone else was not only thought of but prayed for, pampered,and treated with the most respect. 

I miss her. I miss my friend. I miss how smooth everything ran before she got sick. I miss the family that we once had.

I am moving forward... but it is hard. Almost impossible really. My kids were her only grandchildren, my husband was her oldest son, and her and I were very dear friends... that is over. 2 years have flown buy. It is time to move forward. Day by day. 

So with that I will figure out this new computer. Still trying to upload and attach an such. Still trying to set up new favorites and links as mine are all gone.  Hopefully by tomorrow... 

Much to share!!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Finally on line again....

I know I have been MIA...
Lot's going on...
I am looking forward to being back here on a regular basis.   Just finally got online for the first time in over a week.  This MAC thing is hard to get used to... IT arrived today and it took me a LONG time to get online.  I need to get a card reader for my memory card as my last PC had an internal reader. I will try and post a few projects and a pic of this new toy. 

I signed up for lessons. So I am going to try an hour a week until I get the hang of it all....

Be back soon... I promise.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Where did the week go?

I know... If anyone figure how to pull out more hours in a day please let me know :)
Went to the doctor this week...
Worked hard... Record number of Trauma's at the Hospital. It was insane!
Finished tilinf a bathrom and tub.
Plastered walls.
Looked at new cars... Not as fun as I expected.
Borught home for over nights 2 different cars on 2 different days... Still confused.
Finished up a few projects...
Tried to sleep as much as I could. I am still so darn tired.

So I leave you with a few things I made for travel season...
A travel log and an itenerary cork board.


NotebookMaking Memories Noteworthy papers

Making Memories Diecut Paper

Making Memories Lace

Making Memories Itty Bitty Alpha Stickers-blue

Making Memories Garden party Metal tag


Flower Cork PieceMagnet

Making Memories Noteworthy Pattern papers

Making Memories Passport wordfettiaking

Memories Flower and Button

May Arts Twine

Ranger Distress ink

Sand Paper

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


This one word can make the biggest difference...if you mean it. I remember the days of "Happy Days" when Fonzie could not say he was sorry. It was so hard for that powerful word to come out of his mouth. Well I got thinking.

My DH had a funeral to attend this week and I realized I did not have a sympathy card. That and "I'm Sorry" cards are one I tend not to make very often... I guess I just hope I do not have to use them. So I put together list of some of the cards I should have around and that is what I am going to try to work on...

Besides Birthday cards and Congratulations what cards do you keep on hand??? I'd love to know.

Scenic Route PP Sumner
Tattered angels Glimmer Chips
Scrappy Cat Alpha Stamps
Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink Chestnut roan
Versafine-Tsukineko (Vintage Sepia)
May Arts Flocked Ribbon
Creative Impressions Twine
Vintage button

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Just a quick Happy Birthday card

I wanted to share a happy Birthday card I did with CPS sketch 68 and some Creative Imaginations papers... Love the bright Primary colors. The papers come pre printed and I decided to color tem in... This would be great to have the kids do...
C. I. Art Warehouse Danelle Johnson Pattern papers
G.C.D. Designer Cardstocks
Creative Impressions ribbon
Copic Markers
Mark Richards Bling

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Saturday Sunset

A dear friend invited me to her place to get away... We headed up on Friday evening and came back this afternoon. Last night the sunset was amazing. I had to pull the camera out. The colors seem almost painted . I really think God was speaking through this sunset. It was just so powerfully peaceful. Ittook my breathe away, I hope you enjoy the images too.

Friday, June 20, 2008


I so needed today. A Glorious low 80's day at a new favorite spot. These "Hidden Falls" are only 20 minutesf from home and a whole lot of heaven.
Today was perfection in every way. I woke up with 2 little guys saying good morning mom. Got up and swept them off theit feet for a quick adventure....
We will be back!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A few things to share

Good Morning...
Hope Everyone has a great Tuesday!

Gift card Tin-Emma's Paperie
Making Memoires Noteworthy Pattern paper
Making Memories Ledger Paper
Making Memories Passport trim
Making Memories Passport Button
May Arts Twine
Ranger Distress Ink

Prism Cardstock
Making Memories NoteworthyPattern paper
Making Memories Wordfetti
Making Memories Passport Trim and Button
May Arts twine

Wooden Bracelet
Making Memories Passport Collection Pattern papers
Ranger Distress ink
Zip Dry Adhesive

Sharing my Love for Making Memories product again...
I love how easily you can mix this stuff together... I'd love to see what you create with it...Please share A link so I can check it out!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Running late...

Gotta run but will post half the post now and the other half later...
Have a great Saturday!


Flower Cork Piece
MagnetMaking Memories Noteworthy Pattern papers
Making Memories Passport wordfetti
Making Memories Flower and Button May Arts Twine
Ranger Distress ink
Sand Paper

Friday, June 13, 2008

Travel Much???

So If you like Making Memories I created a bunch of stuff with their collections lately... Check back often for more inspiration

LOVE the Passport collection...This card and sand/coin holder was so much fun to make!!!


Making Memories Passport Collection Pattern papr, diecut tag, epoxy sticker, Wordfetti, cardstock sticker, stamps.
MayArts Twine
Ranger Distress Ink
Beacon Adhesive

Cork topped bottle
Making Memories Passport Cardstock sticker edge, tag and stamp
Making Memories Passport diecut stamp
Making Memories Passport flower and button
May Arts Twine
Ranger Distress Inks
Sand paper

Stop back tomorrow...I created a Travel Journal and an Itinerary Cork board with the Noteworthy collection!

Hope Everyone is having a great weekend.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Good Morning

A Quick Peek at one of the Many Projects I created for the Making Memories Pursuit of Craftyness Blog. You need to check it out. These ladies created some AMAZING things!!!

Also Check out CPS. The are finishing up this weeks sketches for DAD and these women really outdid themselves!!! I'll post my cards later.

Ceramic Jar-Thirft store find
Making Memories Passport Collection Packaging ( for background paper )Passport collection diecut poscard, stamp and tag Passport collection Ribbon, stamps, buttons, Cardstock Stickers, Wordfetti and flowers
Making Memories Itty bitty Alpha-blue
RangerDistress Ink

***TIP***Take a second look at the items you find at the thrift store. This was a not so pretty jar I sanded the finish a bit then distressed with ink I rubbed in... making the finish feel even older than I think It really was.

Better Run...Will check in later. Have a great Father's Day weekend.

All those in flood and fire ravaged states...You are being prayed for... God Bless.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Making Memories

I started Scrapbooking for the whole reason of capturing the memories made by my family and friends. Well This week and Pursuit of Craftyness Making Memories Sponsored some of the girls onht eteam and Others decided to just play along.. well I was one of those that decided to play along. So if you have noticed all of the Making Memories Product in my Supply lists it it because of this challenge. You must check out what my Team members have created...Amazing. They have really showcased The Noteworthy collection!!!

This Layout was a simple Layout showing this big step in his life...In a world of Velcro.

Making Memories Noteworthy Paper
Making Memories Ledger Paper
Making Memories Passport Tag
Making Memories Itty Bitty Alpha Stickers
Mustard Moon Stickers
Colorbox fluid Chalk ink

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

More testing, more waiting, more Layouts

Well I went to work...had a meeting.
Decided I need to go back. I miss it. Is that crazy?

I think the insanity of that place make my insanely crazy life right now seem somewhat, well, Calm. So back to work I go this coming Friday. We will see how it all goes. One day at a time. Right?

Went to the Doctor later this am he got me in a bit earlier, scheduled a mammogram, then they called with a cancelation this afternoon ( what the heck is the big deal anyway ? ) I was so nervous because of all the 'bad press' that they get. It was not nearly as bad as I expected. But hey, I have been through a lot. Also had an ultrasound, more labs done, records copied, more referrals made... Which means more Appointments. I feel good. I feel like next week I will get answers. Lots of answers.
n the mean time...

Here is a layout of me and the boys last October. I SO adore this picture. This day...was my day. I got to pick it. Whatever I wanted to do. So we did an attempt at fall colors and I loved each and every moment withhese little guys. I feel so grateful for these two... They make me smile. They also make me a littel crazy...but that is what little boys are for right?

Making Memories Animal crakers Diecut paper
Making Memories travel paper
Making Memories Ledger Paper
Making Memories Noteworthy Paper
Making Memories Itty bitty Alpha stickers blue ***Again I love these****
Making Memories Passport collection buttons and flowers
Making Memories Travel Collection Flocked Stickers and Clips, and Transparency
Mustard Moon Alpha Stickers
May Arts Twine

Not sure what got into me...

So As I stated Yesterday... I do not do Layouts... It is not that I do not have enough pictures...I do I just do not feel very confidents In making them or the end result...

So I was pleased...
Pleased with how these turned out.
Nothing Fancy.
Not tons of embellishment.
But it works, for me.
And I like that.

I think Playing with all the Making Memoires Products really inspired me. I pulled it all out and it just spoke to me. I really have loved everything I have created over the past few days and I have created a lot. 95% of wich was Making Memories products.

This Layout I did of my Son Jacob riding the 4-wheeler he got at Christmas... Yikes it scares me...But then again he rides smart and careful. It is his brother that really scares me ;)

Making Memories Pattern Paper-Passport collection
Making Memories ledger paper
Making Memories Wordfetti and Flocked Stickers-Travel collection
Making MemoriesClear Acetate title-Travel Collection
Making Memories tag-Travel Collection
Making Memories buttons-Passport collection
May Arts Twine
Sanding File
Ranger Paper edging distress tool
Super cool cardstock-GCD studios

If you have not seen the cardstock by GCD studios you need to check it out. When I ordered it I liked it but now....NUMMY!!!

This layout I heavily sanded and inked to remind me of the dust and dirt when they were little boys sure do get dirty....

I have 2 other Layouts to post so I will get them up over the next few days.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Took some creative time

This weekend I took a bit of creative time. The kids are out of school now and the weather was kinda cruddy so it kept me sane and the kids hung out and played games and watched movies. I am still not up to par and am awaiting answers on things but playing with paper somehow makes me calm. Not being creative was making me feel even worse. So I created. A lot.

3 layouts 2 of which I am ready to share. One more on the way. I do not make Layouts like I wish I would so this is a big deal for me...Be kind.

First up is Nicholas...
This picture was captured at the top of a very steep ravine. He was on a little step bridge looking down and was SO excited to hike down. Of course not realizing the hike up was not going to be fun. I take an annual trip with the boys just us each fall and this was one of our newly discovered spots.


Making Memoires Passport collection Pattern Paper
Making Memories Passport Collection Buttons and Diecuts
Making Memories Wordfetti stickers-Passport and Garden Party
Making Memories Passport Stamps (very impressed with their stamps by the way)
Making Memories Itty bitty ledger Alpha letters
Ranger Distress ink
Ranger Paper Edger distressing tool
May Arts juut and twine

The next layout is of my little gem Kelsey.

Many of you may have read how she as not doing well recently...This Layout reflects my feelings on that day. These pictures were taken on her doggie bed after we got home form the vet. I was afraid they would be her last pictures. I was sooooo wrong. She is amazing. The sweetest dearest little dog.

Making Memories Noteworthy Collection pattern papers
Making Memories Garden Party Epoxy flower
Making Memories Garden party Diecut glitter flower
Making Memories Passport Button
Making Memoreis Garden Party Chipboard Alpha
Making Memories Garden Party Tags used with the tag curler
Making Memories Itty bitty Alpha letters pink
Making Memories Tiny tag
May Arts twine
Colorbox fluid chalk ink
Ranger pink Stickles
Worldwin shimmer cardstock

I also made a bunch of altered stuff which I can share later over a dozen at this point. Much of it can be seen at the Pursuit of Craftyness Blog some of it is for CPS. Making Memories sponsored half the team with product this month. I was not one of the lucky one chosen to play with the 'sponsor product' but I played with what I had at home. I had a lot of fun. It has been a while since I have felt creative or inspired.

Back to the Doctor this week. Hoping for more answers. Will be back soon.

Monday, June 2, 2008

I have not been playing with Paper like I love to lately

I wanted to start by sharing...Pieces of me...
My loved ones who make every day worth fighting for...No matter how matter how much one wanted to give up. I have them all, and all of that LOVE matters...

So many things...Mostly medical things... Have kept me far from the friends I love in this industry. The last couple of years have been awful... Man I knew I should have written a book... But Lately, well.... Lately things have been almost rcok bottom. I have been kept from committments, and procrastinated deadlines and pushed them to limis because I have felt to unwell... and then the chatting and the relationships I so endeared a.. seem to have faded away... Even my love fro creating has been silenced a bit. I love most creating. I have recently applied for a LOA from my full time real job as an RN to deal with what is going on. I dreaded doing it but I have been having a hard time for many months, part of this weekend I was hospitalized and it has gotten the best of me. When It rains it pours and I am in the middle of a 'Severe Weather Warning' I hope it subsides and I can pick up where I have left off... For some you you it may be easy...For others... The bad weather may have scared you off...and I understand. There is at this point not so much more I could do, I wish I was super woman and could do it all....But I now know....I am not...not at all. My energy is weak and I am at there mercy of asking others for help. Projects I start rarely get finished...And that is no like me.
I will be here In whatever capacity when I come back and Hope you will be too. I am hoping for weekly or bimonthly blog updates until the hail stops pounding and the debris clears.

Thanks so much to all of my supporters, my friends, the editors and all of those I have worked with........The relationships Ihave built will always be treasured, never forgotten and cherished forever.

If you need me or call me on my cell phone.
Thanks again...
God Bless.

Donny and I-ARGH! Nicholas and Jacob- Always continue to Explore-XO
Man I love them Boys............................................(((((Smooches)))))