Thursday, November 27, 2008


I hope you all have a great and safe Thanksgiving with friends and family.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Christmas Cards to our injured soldiers

I got an email from my Dad a few days back and wanted to share it here on my blog. This is important to me not only because my husband is in the Air Force but because I come from a long line of men who served in the Armed Services in many campaigns during this countries life.
We need to remember our soldiers throughout the year and not just when we need them or during a holiday for them, always.
Our service men and women work hard and sacrifice a lot every single day for ALL of us to live the lives that we choose to live. Would you want to be told what you can and can't do? Okay, so we do have laws but without laws comes chaos. Laws are good and do help us become more free. I didn't truly understand that concept until I became a parent and learned it from the other side.
So, please pass this on. I know I will be sending at least one if not more.

*A very nice idea..... **When doing your Christmas cards this year, take one card and send it to this address. If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful special people who have sacrificed so much would get.
A Great Idea!!!When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following:
A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington , D.C. 20307-5001

If you approve, please pass it on.*
P.S. I am not going to show any eye candy because I want to make sure that this message is heard and spread. The soldiers need all the love they can get especially being injured and during the holidays. It is very hard for them to understand what they are going through.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Happy Tuesday!!! I certainly hope that you had a great Monday. I won't bore you with how mine went. Well, actually, other than having a headache most of the day it wasn't too bad. A group of ladies I go to church with met up at a local playground since school is out for the week. We got to gab and the kids got to play. My boys had a blast and my oldest son actually made a new friend. Silly him though, he forgot to get his new friends name. But it was so gosh darn cute, I told him it was time to leave and he had to run over to his new friend to say goodbye. When I looked over they were giving each other a hug, so cute.

About my new project. . .I was able to get Lauren Meader's "my timeless templates" that they are now offering at Papertrey Ink. Since I knew that I had to do some nice project to show ALL of my loyal viewers :P something cool. So, I sat down and began to create the cool purse that Lauren Meader created. It was very easy to make, just like they say. There were a few kinks I had to work out but now it would be a cinch to create again. I can see so many things to do with this template alone.

Since I was making this for fun I had to make it for me. I love purple and the idea of using the PTI brown cardstock got me all giddy.

So, the goodies I used:

cardstock: PTI chocolate, lavender moon

Patterned Paper: chocolate remix

stamp sets: PTI guide lines

ink: PTI lavender moon, chocolate

Monday, November 24, 2008

Get well...100 posts

Happy Monday all!!! I hope you all do have a happy Monday. Monday's, I believe, sets precedent for the rest of the week.

I have been slacking in the blog world for a while so when I realized that it was Sunday night and I haven't made anything yet I knew I needed to get in my craft room. I have no time in the mornings to make something AND post it so I have to have them done the day before.

When I got to my craft room I saw the Christmas cards that I need to make and have started making. I just couldn't make another Christmas card. So I decided to make something fun and cheery, okay, so it really isn't that cheery when it has the "Get Well Soon" sentiment. I saw the Berry Sorbet cardstock that I bought and have hardly used so I grabbed some of that to play with. Then I went to my scrap box and found some very pretty paper that looked really well with it, some spring moss cardstock and then I used some vellum cardstock that you can't even really see.

All the supplies are Papertrey Ink except the PP, that I got from Joann's.

I hope you have a great Monday!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

P.S. Let me know what you think of the new uploading method. I have been using to add my "watermark" to my cards. I am not sure if I like how it makes the picture look on my blog. But any info is would be great.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thank you cards

Happy Friday!!! Wooohooo, it is Friday. The only bummer for me is that my hubby was told that he has to work on Saturday so we are going to have a very short weekend. Oh well, such is life and the military hehehe.

As you may have noticed ;) my son just had a birthday. He received some very nice gifts and of course Thank you cards are in order.

He loves the "Billy" stamps from Pink Cat Studio. Since i used "Billy" for his birthday card I decided to use Billy for his birthday thank yous as well.

I stamped several of them for him and let him color them for himself. Since he is still young and has trouble coloring in the lines I figured I would cut them out.

From there I decided to use some scrap PTI cardstock in spring moss. I accidentally cut it wrong and ended up with a 4 1/4" X 4 1/4" square card.

I found some red PP that was in my scrap box. It is actually some Christmas paper but I cut off the green part of it and matted it onto the spring moss cardstock. I also found the scalloped circle frame in my scrap box that was the perfect size for Billy and used that to frame him. I also used my spellbinders to cut a circle, stamped PTI circle in ruby red and then used the sentiment from PTI's Little lady stamp set.

That is about it. My son loved it so that is all worth it. Tomorrow he will write in it and then it will be in the mail for his Nana. The rest will be getting out in the mail soon.

Thanks for stopping by!!!


P.S. Wow!!! That is small. I will see what I can do to fix it.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Happy 5th Birthday Cody!!!

My precious boy is 5 today. I have mentioned for a while now but wanted to do a special dedication to him. I was young when I had him (for my standards) I was 24 just shy of 25 and still felt so young. I had no idea what to do with a baby, although I did do a lot of babysitting and helping with my niece. Since I could remember I have always wanted to be a wife and mother. I couldn't wait to get pregnant the second I was married, seriously. Having my own family was the only thing that mattered to me.
Then the time came to bring my precious son into the world. I was so scared and had no idea what I was doing. I don't remember most of it because I was so nervous and tired (the doctors decided I needed some sleep after being admitted and gave me a sleeping pill). The only thing it proved to help me with was lose most of my memory of the event.
We had a few complications, he didn't want to come out and his heart rate was dropping. The doctor was concerned and did a few things to make sure my son was born quickly after that. It turns out he must have been a very, very active baby because from what I was told, the cord was wrapped all around him, his neck, arm, etc. I remember my parents getting nervous (yep, both of them ended up being there for the event, that was fine with me though. It made it very special). My brother was born with the cord around his neck and almost didn't make it so when my son had the same issue they grew very nervous. Luckily, the doctor was great and there were no other complications.
My son and I returned home 2 days after his birth. I remember walking into my house with my new son and after taking a few pictures to remember the occasion I remember thinking, "Now what are we supposed to do". I had no idea if we were supposed to feed him, change him, put him to sleep, what?
As much as I thought I knew about babies I really had no idea what I was supposed to do as a mother.
My son, Cody, is now 5 years old and I have another son who is almost 3. Do I know what to do with babies now? Absolutely not. I am still so utterly confused. They surprise me everyday and aggravate me and teach me something new everyday. I couldn't be happier than I am to have my boys in my life.
I cannot wait to see what Cody is going to do as he gets older, goes to kindergarten next year, starts dating, goes into the world and becomes a man. Those days can take ions to arrive but I will do what I can to make sure the days between now and then are special and remembered for the generations to come.
I love you Cody, with all my heart and only wish the best and most precious things for you. Thank you for choosing to come to my home and allowing me to be your mother. I pray that I am able to live up to your expectations.
Happy 5th Birthday sweetheart!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Birthday Cards

Happy Tuesday!!! Well, Monday didn't finish the way I planned but thank goodness it is over and we can move on. Things have been very stressful and strange for me the last few months and hopefully I can get things back on track and work on being more creative.

I have a plan to make crafting a regular part of my day. My boys love to craft as well and I need to do what I can to encourage their creativity. What type of crafting mom would I be if I didn't encourage my boys to let their creative juices flow and their imaginations run wild?!?!?! hehehe

Anyway, tomorrow is my son's actual birthday so I will have a special tribute to him but for today I decided to show you the cards that he was given on his birthday. These are only the handmade ones. My grandmother did give him a card that he absolutely love, not only because it had money in it (his second most favorite thing int he world, next to anything else new) but it had a picture of "Ironman" on it. He loves Ironman and so wants anything to do with him (and any other movie character). For his birthday my parents bought him an Optimus Prime helmet that changes his voice and he LOVES it. Now he is also begging for more "Transformer" characters and "Ironman" toys (he will be getting the movie for Christmas).

The first card is the one that my mom made him for his birthday and the second I made. You will know the difference because the one I made was literally made in 5 or so minutes right before we walked out the door to go get his cake and then drive to my parents house for the party. Since it is so simple I am not going to give any details. If you do want any though, please feel free to ask.

Thanks for stopping by!!!


Monday, November 17, 2008

My baby's birthday party!!!

Happy Monday you all!!! So far this Monday isn't half bad. I tell you, I am usually yelling and screaming at my boys by now. They haven't been perfect but at least I haven't had to send them to their rooms yet.

I guess the digital thing isn't what a lot of people want to see since there was only one comment on my last page. But, I do have another digital scrap page for you all to see. It is of my son's 5th birthday party. Now, he isn't actually going to be 5 until this Wednesday, the 19th but we did the combined with my Dad since his birthday was yesterday (Happy Birthday Daddy!!!)

So, I hope that you like this page. I am loving the scrapblog website/program. It really does make scrapping a WHOLE lot easier.

Thanks for stopping by!!!


Friday, November 14, 2008

Halloween thanks to scrapblog

Happy Friday Everyone!!! I finally delved into the land of digital scrapbooking. I was introduced a while back to a great website called scrapblog. I tell you I just messed with it last night and within 5 minutes (barring some learning curves) I had this really adorable scrapbook page of my boys for Halloween this year. Is this not cute?
Now I know I have a LOT to learn about this website but I had fun and plan to use it a lot more as I am not good at scrapbooking an AWESOME page with paper. This is a already done layout. You can use a blank page or opt to use a layout that was already preloaded into the website. You really can't make a bad page.
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Daddy's birthday

Happy Thursday all!!!

I know, I know, not only have I missed a couple of days but now I am later than usual posting this one. I still have my cough, but it is better, and I just have been having my ups and downs, feeling sick, having migraines. I am really okay though. I just have a lot of stuff going on right now and I am trying to deal with it all, nothing horribly bad though so no worries.

Sunday is my Father's birthday. For my own health I am not going to post how old he will be (mostly because my memory is fading and I honest would have to do the math to find out for sure anyway hehehe).

Since my oldest son's birthday is the following Wednesday we have decided to do a combined birthday for the two on Saturday. I tell you, it is so nice to be able to have these kinds of get togethers with family. I have missed them living so far away.

So, last night I forced myself to get in my craft room (I seriously have not felt like getting into the craft room and making things and I still have quite a few Christmas cards to make, ugh!!!)

I started out with some kraft cardstock that I had in my stash. I also found some nice green and white striped paper and the reverse green to use for my dad's card.

I started by stamping the compass image from PTI's Father knows best stamp set in versamark ink.

From there I attached the pp in the center of the page, cut a piece of green matching paper and used that to mat some more kraft cardstock. I didn't know what image to use so I used the duck image in PTI's Pond life stamp set and then stamped "DAD" in landscape ink from the same stamp set.

The other side was kinda plain. I thought about using some vintage eyelets but they were kinda big for the card and then found the buttons. Now, I usually try to get things done quickly so I don't think before I do something. This worked to my disadvantage on this card. I took some white thread and stitched the buttons. What I should have done was stitched it to the striped PP but thought about that too late. So, I used some thin tape to secure them to the card (I hope it stays).

Lastly I decided to take the sentiment from PTI's anniversary set and stamped it in the corner of the card.

I know I used PTI A LOT but they have such great images to fall back on (not to mention most of my stamps are PTI stamps, guess I should look into getting more diverse stamps, right?)

Thanks for stopping by!!!


Monday, November 10, 2008

Hubby gifts

Happy Monday all!!! I hope you had an awesome weekend. I am hoping we are done with all the issues that plagued us this passed week and weekend. Yesterday hubby stayed home from church because he was sick. I still have a hacking cough but it is getting better and the coughing fits are getting fewer and farther between.
With all of that and fighting migraine after migraine I didn't get anytime in the craft room. In fact I am pretty behind in the laundry department as well. Good thing this isn't a full week. Hubby has Tuesday off so we have an extra day to get things accomplished. We have decided that since he has Tuesday off we are going to take my oldest son to get his 5 year pictures taken. My son will be 5 on the 19th of this month. I can't believe he is going to be 5 already. I really wish I can make them stay young forever but alas, I can't, so I will do my best to raise them the best way I know how so when it is time for them to leave my own they will have the skills needed to live a healthy life.
I know, I am good at getting off topic. Did you realize, my hubby just had his birthday on the 7th, my oldest sons is on the 19th and if that wasn't enough my Dad's birthday is the 16th of this month. My family is good at grouping birthdays, hehehe. My birthday is the same day as my older sisters (I will share that story as it gets closer) and my youngest son's birthday is on the 30th of Dec. Fun times, fun times.
Since I wasn't able to get into the craft room this weekend I am so glad that I haven't shared the gift set I made for my husband's birthday. I made him a card and a gift card holder withing a short time. Man, was my duties jam packed last Friday.
I bought a gift card tin from Michael's a long time ago for just an occasion. My husband already got a "gift" for his birthday a few months back when it was on sale but I am a firm believer that someone needs to open something ON their birthday so I got him a gift card to one of his favorite stores (Bass Pro Shops).
I took some of the hunting paper that I had and glued it to the top of the tin, took some vintage eyelets I bought from SU! and put those at the bottom and then took some, gee, I am not even sure if you can call it ribbon but I love it and need to get some more. I bought it at Michael's and thought that it worked well with the theme of the gift.
For the card I took the same hunting paper, a different style hunting paper, some kraft cardstock, and the same ribbon to make a quick card. I took some palette brown ink and "dirtied" up the ribbon (wish I had thought about that for the gift card tin).
I then took some vintage cream cardstock from PTI and stamped the tree (PTI "Father knows best" a must have if you make manly cards). I also "dirtied up the cream cardstock the same way I did the ribbon. The "happy birthday" sentiment is from PTI's anniversary set.
I think that is all. If you have any questions, as always, feel free to email or ask in your comments.
Thanks for stopping by!!!
Edited to Add (ETA): I can't believe I forgot to add the pictures to the post sorry. The first picture is the card that my oldest son made for his daddy.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

I dedicate this to my wonderful hubby

Where did you meet your husband? I officially met him in Las Vegas but we "met" way before that in an LDS chat room.

How long did you date before you were married? Two years +
How long have you been married? 6 years and 3 months

What does he do that surprises you? Nothing really surprise me anymore.

What is your favorite feature of his? His eyes

What is your favorite quality he has? His loyalty and work ethic

Does he have a nickname for you? I love that he calls me Missy and sometimes he calls me Babe, awww!!!

What is his favorite food? I would probably say nothing, he just loves food, period, end of story.

When and where was your first kiss? It was in a hotel room at Palace station in Las Vegas.

What is your favorite thing to do as a couple? We do just about everything together. He taught me how to fish, we hope to be able to go hunting together some time and we love to explore the outdoors.

Do you have children? We have two boys at the moment, Cody is almost 5 and Wyatt will be 3 in Dec.

Does he have any hidden talents? He is great with people, mechanics. I don't think he has met an enemy in his life.

How old is he? 36 as of last Friday the 7th

Who said I love you first? I did. He was afraid of the "L" word.

What do you admire most about him? I would have to say again is work ethic and his loyalty.
Will he read this? No, since this is basically a craft blog he has no interest and won't read it.
Happy 36th Birthday sweetheart!!! I love you.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Happy Birthday Honey!!!

Happy Birthday to the best husband I have!!! I don't have anything to show yet. I haven't had the chance to sit down and make a card or anything for my husband's birthday yet. Today he is 30+ years old. Alright, my wonderful husband is 36 today and I love hime more than I did the day I married him.
I do have a lot of things planned for him. Well, I plan to make a card, give him a gift card, and make a cake. I guess that isn't a lot of things. But I do plan on sitting the boys down and letting them make their own birthday cards for Daddy.
I will be back later today or early tomorrow to show you the cake I made (unless it turned out crappy) and everything else I did for him.

I have a few questions about the stamps I used on yesterday's project. My apologies for not adding that in my post. The bear is part of a stamp set from C.C. Designs here. I stamped it on patterned paper that is why it is the beautiful colored stripes that it is.
Happy Friday!!! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

baby shower gift

Okay, I know it took longer than I anticipated. That is because things happened that were unforeseen. I ended up getting caught up in some more political stuff. Would you believe me if I told you that I actually HATE politics? I hate it with a passion but know that when asked to do my civic duty I do need to stand up and fight for what I believe in.

Okay, as promised here is the gift card holder that I made for a dear friend of mine expecting her first child. I love how it turned out but learned a few things. Like, the paper on the bottom should be cut as big as the bottom really is, otherwise the lid won't fit.

I don't know if you remember this card but it is the one that I made for her a while back and this gift card holder is supposed to match. I hope you like it and thanks for sticking with me.


My apologies

...for being MIA the last few days. Let me explain. As all Americans should know the last several days have been raw emotion, so emotionally charged that it has literally drained me of my desires.
The elections were Tuesday. I was, I admit, very upset with some of the outcomes. I ended up battling a migraine Tuesday night and into yesterday. Thank heavens it is gone.
On a unrelated issue I seem to have developed a horrible cough. I don't think it has anything to do with a cold because for the most part I feel absolutely fine. I just have this cough, that my husband would say, sounds like I am going to cough up a lung. Because of this cough I sound like I swallowed a frog or something. Really, it sounds 10 times worse than I feel. Hopefully this is nothing and will be gone soon.
On the bright side of things. I did create some eye candy for everyone yesterday. I just totally forgot to photograph it. Maybe I should leave the camera in my craft area so that I have no excuse to wait to take the picture.
I am going to have to go now because I need to get ready and take my oldest son to his speech therapy class.
My promise to you, my fellow Americans (hehehe) and any foreigners that grace my page (I know, I am totally a dork, sorry), is that when I get home from my sons class and possibly getting a flu shot, I will be back to post the pictures I will take of this cute gift set I made for a friend having her first child.
I hope you come back. Thanks for checking in while I was gone!!! Again, please accept my sincerest apologies.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Christmas Card Part 3

Happy Monday all!!! I hope you had a great weekend. Ours was pretty normal. We actually spent Saturday morning trudging in the rain helping the efforts of Prop 8. I sure hope that our efforts didn't go to waste. We truly believe in this otherwise we wouldn't do what we do to promote the benefits and disadvantages that may come depending on which way it goes. I certainly suggest that you all go out and vote tomorrow (holy cow, can you believe it is tomorrow) Can we get a YAHOO!!! for that one. I am so glad that it is almost over. May the best man win and the best props get passed. Sorry about all that. I am just very concerned about this election. This is a serious time in our country and I am very concerned about the ramifications if things go the wrong way.

Okay, off my soap box for now. I just wanted to say all that. This is important. If you haven't voted via absentee (like me and the hubby) then please make sure to go out tomorrow and cast your vote.

Okay, Okay, I am off. Here is my 3rd attempt at Christmas cards for the year. I really, really love this one. The ONLY bad thing is that it was very time consuming and with all the cards we have to mail out there is no way I could get them all done in time even if I started today. I am going to send this to someone near and dear to me (I just wish I knew who that person was right now). What I do think I am going to do though is go with the very first card I made, with the flourishes and such from PTI's silent night stamp set. I absolutely love how that card turned out.

This card today was made using Amy Rysavy's layout. It is absolutely lovely and I had fun using it. I hope you like this one as much as I do.

Have a great Monday!!! And as always, thanks for stopping by!!!


P.S. Happy late bday to my late Grandfather Archie (he was a great man and I am so happy to have known him and I miss him dearly). His birthday was yesterday.

P.S.S. Eek!!! I just realized that my bday is now less than a month away (a month yesterday) ewww, the biggin' is coming.