Monday, January 27, 2014


Hello! I sure hope it's warm where you are. Here in Western PA we are in our second round of the Polar Vortex and let's just say I'm getting pretty darn tired of it.
The card I created is for our Crafting By Designs new challenge that goes live on Wednesday, January 29th. The theme is Think Warm Thoughts. Create any project that makes you feel warm. Cindy is our fabulous hostess and Oak Pond Creations is our awesome sponsor. They have generously gifted one lucky winner 3 digis of their choice.
I have rekindled my love affair with my Cricut. I had a special order for a birthday party and that made me dig out the cartridges and .....well you know.... I'm addicted all over again.
The card base and card stock is Recollections from Michael's. The DP is from an old My Minds Eye stack. The cartridge I used is Create a Critter. One of my favorites.
I am also entering this card for the first time in the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge
I wish I could remember how I came across their blog, but can not. The challenge this week for them is mix and match. 3 papers and a Cricut Cut.
I also came up with this one while I was creating in my messy corner. My son will be the lucky recipient. I would sing this song to him every night when he was little. On occasion I still sing it to him. He's going on 13 and is still very tolerant with me :)
 And last but not least, I am entering this card in Saturday's Paper ala Mode Recipe Challenge over at The Outlawz.

As always, thanks for stopping by. If you're not a follower of my blog, why not become one? Every one is welcome. Please drop me a line in the comment section and let me know you were here.
Keep Warm!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Get Your Girl On

Hello Blogland. I'm hosting the Challenge this week at Crafting By Designs. You can click here. The theme this is is Get Your Girl On. I do not consider myself a Girly Girl. It's hard when you live in a house with two guys who adore everything about the great outdoors. I love to fish and I love spending time at our camp in the mountains, but I do have semi Girly Girl moments at times.
Our sponsor this week is All Dressed Up Stamps and they are generously gifting one lucky winner 3 Digi's of their choice. They also generously gifted our Design Team a few digi's to work with. The one I chose is titled AMORE.
I love this image! The paper is from an old My Mind's Eye stack. I stamped the edges with black pigment ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. The flowers are colored in with blending  chalks and the image is colored in with colored pencils.

I also finished my Cowgirl Party Theme special order and delivered it this morning. She loved it! The party is next week. I can not wait to hear how the birthday girl loved her decorations. I also received another special theme decoration order, Pirates. I have a feeling I'm going to have just as much fun creating those as I did the Cowgirl ones.

I must step away from the computer now and get a few things done. Hoping all goes right for tomorrow, my son is having 2 friends over and we are supposed to get a bad snowstorm. Fingers crossed that the roads are in good shape and they can get here. Once here, they can spend the night if it gets too bad. I grocery shopped this morning, my husband helped me unload it. He asked me, "How much food are these kids going to eat?" I smiled and answered, "Three 13 year olds, you'd be surprised."

Enjoy your weekend! Be safe, keep warm and don't forget to play with paper and glue!


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Happy Spotlight Saturday

Hello Blogland,
Today is Saturday and I am happy to announce that I am the Saturday Spotlight over at Cuttin' and Stampin'. Tammy asked me if I would like to create a Winter Wonderland Project and of course I said yes.
I met Tammy about 3 years ago through Crafting By Designs. She is wonderful and always brings a smile to my face.
Tammy provided the supplies, I came up with the idea.
The craft base is Recollections from Michael's, I then used the Paper Smooches Fresh Snow Rubber Stamp set and stamped Snowflakes on the card using Memento White Ink. The paper and button embellishments is from the BoBunny Winter Woodland collection. I'm in love with this collection! 

My guys are going hunting today and I'm going to hang out in my messy, scrappy corner. I have a special order project to finish, A Cowgirl Themed Birthday Party. Here's a sneak peek of some of the items I've finished.

I would like to thank Tammy at Cuttin' and Stampin' for asking me to be her Spotlight Saturday guest, it was an honor. Please stop by and show her and her design team some love. They are all so incredibly talented.

Happy Saturday! Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014!!!


WOW! I can not believe a new year is upon us. Any resolutions this year? Personally I do not make resolutions. A new year ahead and quite a lot of uncertainty is coming along with it. The biggest is my husband's job. His contract runs out at the end of July. We've already had healthcare changes that went into effect today. Healthcare is the biggest issue the Workers/Union and Employer will have to agree upon. There have been rumors that we will be paying a very LARGE deductible....hmmmm..... Would love to start saving for that deductible now, but it is difficult when $$ is tight. 
I will be having surgery on my right hand sometime during the next 2 months. I'm dreading it. I know the surgery will hopefully relieve the pain. The doctor seems to think I will only miss a couple of days work. Which is good, but how many paper playing days will I miss?

Anyway, let's move on..... We have a new challenge going on at Crafting By Designs. It is new to us this year. The challenge is Anything Goes, BUT it is going to be a month long challenge. We will be continuing to have 'New Challenges with a Twist' every week.
We have a fabulous sponsor this month:

They'll be awarding one winner their choice of
3 digis up to a $10 value, and have generously
gifted some lovely images to the design team to get you inspired.

Here is the beautiful image I was gifted by them. My very first creation for the New Year.

And a little humor to share before I close. Last night when my son went to bed, he said, "Woo Hoo! 2014! In 6 months and 5 days I become a teenager! I'll be 13!" Mom and dad aren't ready for that one yet...sigh
My wish for all of you is to find whatever it is that makes your heart happy in 2014. Life is too short to be anything else!
Thanks for stopping by!