Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Another Book Review

I have another book review for you today.  It is an amazing children's book by the name of "God Gave Us You".  Absolutely, a great book for any parent to read to his/her child.

Here is the information I posted on the Blogging for Books Site.

Wanting a child so badly, yet not being able to have one is a pain that cannot be understood unless one has lived through it.  Luckily, our experience was relatively easy when referring to the world of infertility, but it was still a challenge.  Add that experience to a deep personnel faith, and you can completely understand how reading this touching story to my children is a challenge for me.  I am in tears within just a few pages of beginning the story (every time).  I wouldn't say this story is my children's favorite, but it is completely enjoyable, well written, and easy to follow even for my two year old.  I would recommend this book to any parent, and I think it makes a great shower gift!

I'm back, but something a bit different!

Good Morning Everyone!
I am back on dry land and have been for awhile now, but I have been visiting my home town.  Thus, I haven't gotten to craft.  However with that said, I would like to tell you about another wonderful program I have become involved with.  
A few weeks before I left for my cruise I was introduced to the program Blogging for Books.  It is an awesome site hosted by the Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group.  Boggers can sign up for the program and if accepted are able to receive free books in return for honest reviews posted to the company's site and blogged about on the participant's personal site.  Well, awesome for me I was accepted, and based off of my profile information, I was able to choice a book from a listing of five different ones. Plus, having time, I was able to read the book on my cruise!
I picked the book  You Were Born for This: 7 Key to a Life of Predictable Miracles by Bruce Wilkinson, who also wrote books such as the Prayer of Jabez, The Dream Giver, and The Dream Giver (my personal favorite).
The following is my review of the book as written for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
I am not sure what to think of this book. Honestly, it took me a while to get into the book, and I started it over several times. Yes, I long to be used in God's miracles and by God to do his will, but I am not sure the book instruct me on how to do that in the way I thought that it would. There were times when statements were made that seemed to make me question what I thought I understood certain Bible passages to mean. Even after the first story with the waiter, I felt the story was a bit of a stretch of a miracle. To me it seemed like a bit a manipulation of a simple blessing the Holy Spirit was trying to nudge the author to do. I think the author seemed to make that situation more difficult and uncomfortable than needed to be.

Now with all that said, were there good points? Absolutely! The premise of the book is wonderful! Who would not want to see miracles worked around and through them? I would consider the book a successful read if only in making me think about and becoming more sensitive to being used by God. And the stories of everyday people (just like you and me) being used by God are wonderful (overall) and creates a desire in the reader to be used the same way. Thus, with that fact alone, I would suggest reading it if you need/want the reassurance of what it is like to be used by God.

Regardless, Bruce Wilkinson is an amazing author. However, if you are going to only read one of his books, I highly suggest The Dream Giver.

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group with the understanding I would read the book and give my honest opinion.

Thanks for stopping in again.  I can't wait to get crafting and challenging again soon.  Go check out the Blogging for Books site. Tell them, I sent you :-)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Father's Day #2

Well, this is officially my last post for awhile.  Matter of fact, I will be without my computer all together for a week.  I am going to miss checking in daily with all my favorite blogs.  Guess I will have a lot of catching up to do when I get back!

Today's card is my second Father's Day card.  I made it for my Father-in-law; he is a very good self-taught guitar player.  Thus, when I found this digi over at MelonHeadz, 
I knew I just the right person to use it for.
My picture taking was better in this one.  Don't you think?  Thank you Sonya for the photo taking advice.  It was wonderful, of course!

Here are a few challenges I am entering the card into.  Of course, knowing my luck this will be the time I randomly win one, and I will not be home to look at the blogs to see.  Oh, well, it is still fun anyway!
- #63 - #1 Dad 
CPS Sketch Challenge #221
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #58 - 
Inspired by a Song
(We have been watching a lot of Gnomeo & Juliet in our house lately, which is an extremely cute movie with an awesome soundtrack.  The Elton John station has been playing a lot on my Pandora, so the first song that came to mind as I started to color this digi was Piano Man.  I know he is not really playing a piano, but we'll just change it to guitar man!)

Thanks for looking! 

I will post some pictures when I am back on dry land!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Father's Day #1

Morning, All!
Believe it or not, I am actually posting again before my cruise.  Of course, the subject of the card is very important, so it was a must on the list of things to do.  
The card I have for you today is the Father's Day Card I made for my dad.  Although he is not a huge golfer, he does putt around every once in awhile.  Mostly he works really hard running a local grocery store, which he has been doing it since I was born.  Thus, obviously, he is pretty good at it!  So, besides my brother and I and his grandkids, he doesn't have too much time for much else, poor guy!  Besides, who would want a Father's Day's card with a grocery store on it?  
Thus, this is what I came up with
The image came from Bugaboo Stamps
Being that it is a Father's Day Card, there are several challenges to enter

Thanks for looking! 
I have another Father's Day Card for you tomorrow.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

A Little Bit of Fairy Tale

Happy Saturday All!

I have a very simple, but very important card to share with you today.  As you all know by now, I will be getting on a cruise ship a week from today.  The purpose of the cruise is to celebrate our 10 year anniversary.  (10 years - can you believe it???)  Anyway, here is the card I made for my husband.

The explanation that goes along with the card is
1.  The gold color of the card itself matches the color of my bridesmaids' dresses.
2.  Our wedding invitations had Cinderella and Prince Charming on them.
Now, will he make the connection with either of those?  Probably not!  However, since we are HUGE Disney fans in this house, the princess/prince thing will still fit it.  Also, can I just say how happy this card makes me solely because I only used my Expression (and my printer).  It is the first cuts I have made with Songbird.  Wonderful!

I am going to enter this card at 

Thanks for looking.  I hope to have at least one more post for you before leaving for the cruise, but I won't promise anything.  Packing myself and two children (for over a month) is a little difficult.   The packing is not all the difficult; it is trying to think of everything my parents and in-laws need to know concerning my kids for the week my husband and I are gone. 
Now, that is difficult!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Where Have I Been?

Morning All!

Let me just start by saying in 10 days, I will be getting on a huge floating mini-city (or so it feels like)!  I can't wait!  A vacation were I only have to be responsible for me.  Well, I guess I will be responsible for Sean at times, too, as that is kind of what being a wife is about. 

Well, of course, I am extremely busy getting ready for the trip, and since I am still a mom at the moment, all the craft time has been directed towards completing 12 of these

They are actually altered Crystal Light Containers, and I made enough for all of Amelia's teachers and the two school secretaries because they do so much but not everyone thinks of them.  Plus, I have decided I would much prefer my child been known to those around the school as the "Sweet Bow Girl" than because she gets into trouble.  For those of you who don't know, Amelia wears a huge hair bow just about everyday to school.  It is actually very good thing to be known as because it makes it real easy on the teachers, bus driver, or anyone else to spot whether or not she may be missing.  Thus, bows are part of her everyday attire.

Anyway, the purse tag/card on the front includes a little poem I wrote.  It says
Purse-nally Thanking You!
You are an essential part of my education,
and I appreciate all you do!
Here are some purse essentials
just for you!
Not anything fancy, but the best I could come up with.  When I came up with the idea of altering the containers, I was sure I could find a poem or such that I liked, but I just didn't.  Not one that would work for all the different teachers, media center specialist, and administrative ladies, anyway.  Yes, lucky for me, all of the people on my list were women.  I wanted to do something besides just filling the containers with candy; thus that is what the finish project turned out to be.  Inside each container is important purse items:  pen/pencil, hanatizer (that is what we call hand sanitizer in my house), spf chapstick, gum, mints, and some chocolate, of course.  Also, the containers for the two ladies in the office, the teacher who hosts the two after school clubs Amelia attends, her classroom Para, and her actual Kindergarten teacher include gift cards.

Believe it or not -- there are actually two challenges this week that I can enter these into.

Sentimental Sundays Challenge #57 - Anything but a Card!

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #62 - Remember This



Thanks so much for visiting again!

Friday, May 27, 2011

CPS #219 - Another Thank You


Here is a very simple card; I put together very quickly.  I needed a thank you card, and nothing in my stash really fit what I wanted.  I had made a note of the sketch for CPS this week and decided to make a new card using the sketch. 
Here is what I came up with.

The digistamp came from OWH Stars & Stripes.  Awesome website!!  Be sure to check it out if you haven't.  Their mission is so wonderful!!  The patterned paper is years and years old from Creative Memories.  I found it in the very bottom of the purple scrap drawer.  I have my scraps divided into colors; it does help in making the search for a scrap easier.  I still have not taken picture of my craft room.  I so need to do that.  Anyway, besides entering this card in Challenge 219 at CPS, I  am also entering it over at the ABC Challenge Site.  This week's challenge is V for Violet.  I think this card works just dandy for that.

Thanks for following my blog.  It is super nice to have the encouragement, and I really appreciate it!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

We All Scream for Ice Cream!!


Not sure about you all, but I am a HUGE ice cream fan.  Oh, right now, I am on a total kick for a new ice cream I discovered -- Blue Bunny Homemade Turtle Sundae
Oh, my!  It is so good.  So good that when my daughter asks for ice cream, I don't even offer this one.  She gets the chocolate swirl that is in the freezer, too.  One of the best things about living in Florida -- never too cold to eat ice cream.  Not that it really was too often in Indiana, but there were times.

Anyway, how about the card?
Sorry, it is so dark.  Really, I have to do research into taking better pictures.  I am so jealous of the others I see.  Anyway, I am not sure where the digistamp came from, but it was just too fun not to color.  Broke out my Bic Mark It Markets because I knew there were some great lime green colors in the group.  Have to have mint ice cream, right?  Again, I am pretty proud of myself as the other items on this card are cut from what was left of the DCWV Whimsy Paperpack cover.  I know you can't tell in the picture, but the HI is completely glittered as are the two colored squares behind the cone.  The Hi is pop dotted.  I decided to put the card together on Kraft stock because it seemed to go with the cone on the ice cream, and then also I could enter this card into a few challenges.

They are

Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thanks Again

Hey, Look -- Posting Two Days in a Row!!!
The little things make me so happy.  Can you tell?
Thanks to my friend Sonia, and I found a great challenge site.  I think it is perfect for me.  It is called CAS-ual Fridays.  It is a challenge site based solely on designing Clean And Simple designs.  Don't get me wrong, I love to look at all the fancy cards that people make, but that is just not me.  I have always felt as though I should be forcing myself to be more like that, but not any more!  So here is what I came up with for

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge CFC3 - Bring the Bling

I love this cute little fairy.  I have been so anxious to color her.  She came from Elizabeth O. Dulemba's Coloring Page Tuesdays.  Okay, I have to tell you about the patterned paper behind her.  I did some more organizing over the weekend, and I decided to take most of my paper packs apart and file the pages along with all my other paper.  However, I decided to keep the front covers because it hit me that I could cut them up, and they would be perfect for cards.  I think it turned out to be one of my better ideas.  I have another card to show you using the same DCWV Whimsy Paper Pack packaging.

Here are some other challenges I am going to enter my card into

Paper Play Challenges - '11 Week 20 Sparkle Galore

Use It Tuesday No 8 Flowers  

 A Spoonfull of Sugar #153 - Things with Wings

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

WOW -- White on White

I feel like I am constantly apologizing for not posting.  I am just in complete awe that the blogs I follow can find time to craft and post at least once everyday.  I just don't know how that is even possible!  So, I guess, I just need to ask for patience.  Please don't give up checking my blog.  I promise I try to craft so that I have something to show you!

Luckily today, I think I have something pretty cool to show you.  I came across the challenge over at Kenny K's Krafty Girlz Challenge blog, which is also where the digi came from, too.  It is Challenge 46 - White on White.  It was allowed to use some color on the sentiment and digistamp, but no colored paper or embellishments.  So, here is what I came up with
I know the flowers appear to have some color in them, but they really don't.  I think it is just from my lack of photography skills.  This card is the thank you card for our Main Leader for my daughter's Girl Scout troop.  I am hoping she likes it.

I am also going to enter this card over at Paper Sundaes for Challenge #70 - Pop It Up.  Miss Cool is popdotted and the flowers even sit a little higher of the card as I used some seriously thick sticky dots.  The last entry is over at Digital Tuesday Challenges.  Challenge #112 is add some texture, which I think this card fits for.

I am wondering if anyone has some good scrapbooking challenge blogs?  I am loving the card challenge blogs I have been visiting, but I would love to be able to have the same fun with my scrapbooks.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Better Late than Never, Right?

I am sorry this is so late today, and what I have to share isn't even a card or such.  I have been working on ideas for the final two Daisy Scout Meetings.  Since we are a brand new troop that started half way through the school year, funds and direction have kind of been limited.  Thus, I have been racking my brain trying to come up with some inexpensive projects for our troop of 17 girls (first and kindergartners) to make.  So, this is what I came up with.  The project is also to help them learn their Girl Scout Law.
Each Petal and Color represents a different responsibility in the law, and they are written on the inside of the petals.  Here is what it really looks like.  Not too bad, right?

Petal Color
Blue Center
Light Blue
Honest & Fair
Friendly & Helpful
Spring Green
Considerate & Caring
Courageous and strong
Responsible for what I say and do
Respect myself and others
Respect authority
Use resources wisely
Make the world a better place
Be a sister to every Girl Scout

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Chosen One

Today's card is pretty fun.  It is heading to my father-in-law.  Shhh...don't say anything.  My husband, my sister-in-law, my father-in-law and I are Harry Potter fans, so I thought he would get a kick out of this card.

The image is from Bugaboo Stamps.  You can find their store here
Since this card turned out so cute, I have several challenges I am going to enter it in.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pink Again

Good Morning!
I have to admit I love pink, but the fact that everything has been pink the last few days was not really intentional.  Yesterday, I had inspiration to use pink.  Today, well, Kich is a fairy, and fairies are always better pink, in my opinion, anyway.
This is the card I created to use for the Kich N' Blues second monthly challenge.  The challenge was a Thank You Card.  Of course, that is where the image came from, as well.  I got the image as a result of participating in their first challenge.  What a great way to get free digis!  Doing something I love to do anyway; plus, I get rewarded.

The card layout is from a sketch challenge over at The Sweetest Thing.  They gave us this sketch to use for the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 117.

I was very frustrated trying to create scallops since I don't have any of those fancy edge punches.  Plus, it was after ten, so I really did not want to turn on my Cricut.  Everyone else in my house was sleeping.  Gotta craft when you can, right?  I have been saying it for months, but I really got to get some of those punches!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 16, 2011

O'fishally Awesome!

Hello All
It seems like it has been forever since I have posted.  I know it has not been that long, but with all the blogger problems things were just so out of sorts.  Threw my entire routine out of whack, and something you may not know about me is that I am very much a creator of organization.  Bet you thought I was going to say habit.  Well, habit plays into it because then I know things are where they belong, but really it is just that I am completely at the mercy of my surroundings.  I get over stimulated so easily!  The worst is noise and mess.  I try to stand it for a little while, but once I hit my breaking point -- watch out!  Also, my daughter had her first Girl Scout Overnight on Saturday.  Let me just say, yesterday was spent trying to catch up on some serious sleep and the house after one night of my husband and son being alone!!
Anyway, enough of all that.  How about a card?
The fishy and sentiment are again from one of my favorites, MelonHeadz!  
I came across two challenges today that were about inspiration.  The first was over at Delicious Doodles.  Challenge 25 was about what inspires you.  Right now, my thoughts are consumed with looking forward to my cruise, beach, relaxation, and hanging out with my friends.  Then over at There She Goes, they have this picture 
which lead me straight to the color choices for this card.  Thus, the end result is a fun card I am sending to my girlfriend that will be on my cruise with me.  I just wanted to let her know how much I was looking forward to our time together.

Thanks so much for looking!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Very, Very Late

Well, good evening!
Like everyone else in the bloggin' world just about, I was having fits this morning trying to post.  I really thought about not posting today, but there were a few challenges I wanted to enter with my card.  I will have to look to see if I am too late for that, though. 
Regardless, here is the card I made to send to a friend, who in less than 30 days, my husband and I will be meeting up with her and her husband to take a cruise!!!!  Sean and I will be celebrating our ten year anniversary in June, and my friends celebrated their ten year in March.  Thus, a cruise seemed like a perfect gift for all involved.  Most importantly, I will be dropping my children off in Evansville, where they will be visiting while Sean and I cruise the ocean.  I am excited about the trip and just being Sean and I, but I have a feeling after a few days I will be missing my children.
Anyway, on to the card...
The digi is one I actually purchased specifically for this card from Bugaboo Digi Stamps.  Since it is their stamp, I thought entering it into their Anything Goes Challenge would be just perfect.  Also, thought I would enter it in challenges at 

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Let's Try This Again

Good Morning!
I have already tried twice this morning to post, but apparently, there must have been something going on because it just was not having any of it!
So, let's try this again!

I am pretty excited about today's card.  It features a digistamp created by Kenny K, whom I just LOVE!  This stamp is one of the five I was able to pick as the winner of the Kenny K Krafty Girlz Challenge a few weeks back.  I decided to use this stamp and color it retro style, so I could enter into this week's Let's Go Retro Challenge
I am also going to enter the card into the following challenges:

Thanks for looking again!
Let's hope I get a few moments to craft today, so I have something to post tomorrow.  

I am also on the mission to find something cute to make 12 of for the teachers and staff at my daughter's school.  Any ideas?  I have lots of empty Crystal Lite containers.  Thought about altering those and putting something inside.  Just not sure, yet.  I know - not a lot of time to be indecisive!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

"Owl" RIght?

Today's card is one I created to play along over at  
I also hate to admit that I don't remember where this cute digi came from.
Sorry this is not the best picture.  I've really got to figure that part out!
The challenge at Cute Card Thursday was chocolate - picture, theme or colors.  Obviously, I went with chocolate colors.  I used my Crayola Colored pencils, stumps, and Low Odor Thinner as the blending agent.  Had to add some Stickles, too.  The large brown dots are blinged using the "stickles" from Michael's dollar bin.  I will let you know what I think when they dry, but I can say for sure, it is definitely more sticky.
I am also going to enter the Use It Tuesday Challenge - Bling  
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sugar and Spice

Yay!  I worked some craft time in yesterday, so I thought I would show you one of the things I came up with.  I am going to be sending it to a friend of mine who is very inspirational.  This person does some pretty amazing work, and I wanted to let this person know that I think they are so strong yet so sweet as well.  I thought a monster with candy might convey that sentiment in a fun way.
Not really sure where the digi came from, but I am sure I got it around Halloween, though.  I always think it is so exciting when I can use something differently than intended.
I used the CPS Sketch Challenge for the week as my layout idea.  Here are the challenges I will be entering the card into.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 9, 2011

My Mother's Day Card

Hope you all had a blessed Mother's Day. 
I know I did! 
I don't have any of my own projects to share with you today, 
but I mentioned before that I would post my Mother's Day card after I got it.
Pretty cute!  
I am sure this is not the last project we will be seeing from my daughter.  I showed her the site with the challenge I entered her project in.  She thought it was so cool.  Before long she will have more projects to share than I do.
Hopefully, I will get to craft some today, so I have something to show you tomorrow.
Thanks for looking today!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mother's Day for Great!

Today's card is the Mother's Day Card I made for my husband's grandmother.  Instead of the kids referring to her as Great Grandma, her name is just Great!  How cool is that?  I want to be special enough someday where I am referred to solely as Great.  Has to make a person feel pretty special!
Again, the digistamp is one by my favorite, MelonHeadz.   I used my Bic Mark It markers to color again.  I used a few challenges as inspiration for this card.  They were
This is another one of the three Mother's Day cards she made.  Turned out pretty cute!

Thanks for stopping in!

Friday, May 6, 2011

My Baby Girl's Birthday Card

Remember when birthdays were still exciting and something you looked forward to?  My daughter had been counting down to her birthday for weeks, and even though it was actually yesterday, the fun is not done yet.  Grandpa surprised her with a visit last night, so we hung out at home.  We had pizza and cupcakes.  Of course, we opened presents and played.  That was after a field trip at school yesterday.  They ended their field trip up with a picnic at our city park where I meet them with Tangled Cupcakes.  Overall, I think it was a good day, and I think she went to bed happy.  Tonight she has a friend spending the night and we are going to Chuck E Cheese.  Ending the Birthday Celebration with a day at Blizzard Beach Water Park.  Good thing Sunday is Mother's Day because I am going to need a day to relax!

Here is the card I made for her birthday.  I kept putting off making the card because I knew I was going to cut out a Silvermist from my Tinker Bell and Friends Cricut Cartridge, and I needed a new blade to get it done correctly, and that just never happened.  Thus the card did not turn out as intended at all.
I also got to use my Storybook Cricut Cartridge.  The stamping is actually the sentiment on the inside.   Since I have the Birthday Card, I thought I would enter it into a challenges.
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Mother's Day from my Baby Girl

I can't believe that my baby girl turned SEVEN today!  
How is that even possible?  
I am not going to lie, I am not a fan of this growing up stuff!

My daughter is a big crafter, too.  Sometimes she has a bit of a problem not going over board with the extras, but I think as she gets older that will get better.  I printed her out some digistamps to color and use on her projects, and here is one of the cards she came up with.
She drew the crab.  I thought he was pretty gosh darn cute.  I told her about a special challenge over at Sentimental Sundays.   They are having the usual type of challenge (For the women in your life), but they are also adding a Crafting with a Child Challenge.  Thus, her card will be entered in her very first challenge, and let me just tell you how excited she is!

Here is my entry for the challenge.

It is a Mother's Day card for a very special Aunt.  She doesn't have kids, but she is the mom to several cute puppies.  I like to send her a card from the puppies and I each year.  She loves Cherished Teddies, too.  So, when I saw this image from May Brit, I knew it was just perfect!

Hang around because I will be posting more of the cards my baby girl made.  I am anxious to see the one she made for me!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Bugaboo Challenge Thank You Style

Good Wednesday to all.

Well... did you catch the excitement going on in the sidebar?  
I was the winner at Kenny K's Kradt Girlz Challenge this past week!  I got to pick five new Kenny K images, which I love.  They speak to the bad girl side of me.  Once the new digis are put to use, I will show you the finished product.  

Now on to the card...
Today's card is a thank you card incorporating a Bugaboo digistamp along with their challenge.  The image is super cute, and I put my Expression to work.  I cut the wording and the pink design from the Storybook Cartridge.

Be sure to check in tomorrow as I will have something special in honor of my baby girl's 7th birthday.  
See you then!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Super Mom

Happy Tuesday!
Today's card uses a very fun image from one of my very favorite illustrators, Nikki at MelonHeadz.  You can visit her site from here for a ton of great digistamps.
I made the card knowing I could use it for several different occasions. 
I colored with my BIC Mark It Markers and my Creative Memories Markers, which is where the brown for the flowing hair came from.   The card base is Bazzil, the patterned paper is Creative Memories, and the ribbon is SU.  I attached with some cool brads.

Paper Sundaes Challenge #67 - Favorite Hair Colour Combinations

Little Miss Muffet  - Challenge #8 - Diecuts or Punches

Use It Tuesdays  - Challenge #6: Fasteners


Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Another Mother's Day Card

Wow!  What a morning to wake up in America, right?  
God bless our military men and women!  Certainly, praying for continued protection for our entire nation as I am sure the retaliation will be fierce. 
Okay, onto lighter stuff!
Today's card is another Mother's Day Card, which I broke out some Stampin' Up Supplies for.  
Isn't this flower so cool?  I got it at the Fun Frugal Crafter.  I colored it with my Stampin' Up Markers.  The card base is Stampin' Up, as well.  I am not sure if you can see the clear button in the center, but that is from Stampin' Up, too.  The rest of the paper came from the tower o' scraps.

I have decided to enter the card in the following challenges...
Card Makin' Mamas  -  Card for a Loved One Challenge
Cute Card Thursday  -  Challenge 162 Use a Sketch 

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mother's Day Card Disney Style

Sorry for the delay in posting.  Conner has been sick again, which really cuts into my craft room time.  I tell you I am really thinking of having him live in a bubble.  I cannot keep that kid health for anything.  I think we are dealing with serious allergies, but apparently, he is still too young to really determine what he is allergic to.  His test results came back inconclusive. I was really hoping they would provide us with some answers, but it looks like that won't be happening.

Okay, I am not going to lie.  I did not realize Mother's Day was this weekend.  I have been so focused on Amelia's birthday that I never really looked at the calendar.  Needless to say, I am behind getting my Mother's Day cards made, and since that is the case, speed is now incredibly important. 

So, here is the first one I've put together.  Let me put out there that my mother-in-law's favorite color is yellow and you can kind of guess who her favorite Disney character is.

I broke out my Expression for this one.  It felt kind of strange using it almost.  It has been so lonely.  However, since I made the time cut off I am going to enter this card in the 

Thanks for looking.  Hopefully, I will have more to post in the next few days because I have to get them in the mail!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Bargain Shopping Haul

Okay, no crafting yesterday at all.  Conner and I were out trying to take advantage of some of the grocery/drug store deals for the week.  I know this is so not craft related, but I have been asked about my trips lots of times.  I decided being able to send people here would be a lot easier than individual emails.  Hey, I warned you that you'd never know what you were going to get on my blog!

Thursday was by far not my best bargain/haul day, but it was not my worst either.  
Totals were
Spent $49.63
Total Value $ 198.22
Saved $148.59

Here is all that I got, and please no comments about my shopping habits!  :-)

(2)  Schick 4ct replacement razor blades
(3)  12 count boxes of Brown Sugar Cinnamon Poptarts
(2)  Walgreen's Brand Aluminum Foil
(2)  Trident Vitality Gum Packs
(2)  Pretzel Dipper Snack Packs
(1)  L'Oreal Excellence To Go Hair Color
(2)  50 oz. Arm & Hammer Liquid Laundry Detergent
(1)  Walgreen's Brand Alpha Hydroxy Cream  (FYI - this product has some awesome reviews on Youtube)
(2)  Jose Ole 20 ct Taquitos
(2)  Clorox 96 fl oz Bleach
(6)  Voskos Individual Size Yogurt
(2)  200 ct. Sundown Folic Acid Vitamins
(8)  Powerade Zero Drinks
(2)  Betty Crocker 16ct Fruit Snacks
(6)  Arm & Hammer 140 ct Dryer Sheets
(1)  Greek Salas Veggie Dip
(31)  Packets of Kool Aid mix
(12)  8ct Crystal Lite Canister
(1)  Bag Baby Carrots

Like I said, not too bad, but by far the best.  I had things I had to purchase this week, which makes my shopping totals more than I like to spend.  Of course, I am no Extreme Couponer, but I do use some of the tricks.
Thanks for stopping in again!

Thursday, April 28, 2011


Who is ready for some cupcakes?
I am!  
Of course, I rarely meet a a sweet I am not ready for especially the baked good types.
I made this card for a very nice lady from my church that has gone out of her way to be very nice to my family and I.  Her and her husband own a cupcake delivery business, so I thought this might be perfect for her.
The image is from MelJens DesignsIt is yummy.  Don't you think?
  The base is Bazzill, the patterned paper is from Sweet Shop DCWV, the glitter paper is from a holiday DCWV small mat stack (again had for years), and the ribbon is older than my kids, yet again.  The flower is from my Dollar Store adventures; the inside button is one of a set I picked up from the Target dollar bin.  I colored the image with my Bic Mark It Markers, again.

I am going to use this card for a few challenges again.
Stamp Something Weekly Challenge  -  Recipe Something Challenge (flowers, buttons, and sparkle)
(fits pretty well, don't you think)
ABC Challenge  -  (T) Trouble
(cupcakes serious trouble for diets)
Delicious Doodles  -  Challenge #22 - Anything Goes!
(thought the card fit with the name of the blog)
Thanks for looking!