Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas Eve Party Invitations

This year, Mack and I decided to have a get together with a few of our friends on Christmas Eve to celebrate the holiday season! I actually can't wait! I love having friends over and what better time than the holidays? Of course, we'll still have our traditional Christmas Day get together complete with appetizers, a huge meal and TONS of desserts! A full day of food and friends what could be better than that? Unfortunately, neither of us really have family here so we try to make the best of the holidays by inviting our friends over to celebrate with us...I wouldn't have it any other way...UNLESS our FAMILIES could join the festivities too!

Anyways, here's the invitations I made for our Christmas Eve Celebration. Simple but I think they turned out nice! I'll be putting them in the mail tomorrow so some of you should be watching your mailboxes!

Secret Santa Craft Show

Well, the Secret Santa Craft Sale has come and gone! I'd say it was fairly successful considering it was my first Craft Sale ever! I only made $29.50 BUT...I didn't take high dollar items nor did I take a ton of things to sell. I figured since it was a Secret Santa Shop for kids to buy Christmas presents for their loved ones I'd try to keep things fun and cheap!

Besides, it was just a lot of fun hanging out with my friends for a few hours!

Here are a few photos of the items I made to sell...The Snowman Soup was priced at $2.00 each. I sold 10 out of 12. Lip balm holders were $1.00 each. Only sold 3 of 13. Ceramic Tile Coasters/Trivets were $1.00...didn't sell a single one of those! I was shocked...I thought for sure those would sell like hotcakes! Reindeer Food was seventy-five cents. Cheap, but only sold 3 packages. Square Teacher Post-It note holders were seventy-five cents, I sold out of those. BUT...I only made four. The rectangular Post-It note holders didn't sell at all. Oh well, it was a learning experience! I have tons of ideas for next year's sale and I can't wait!

Thanks for looking and for being so patient with me during my "Idle Blog Days"! I will definitely try to do much better in the new year!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Handstamped Ceramic Tiles

Sorry that I've not been posting much at all on my blog lately but with the holidays and the end of the year right around the corner it seems that there's just not enough time in the day to get things on my "to do" list accomplished!

I am the owner of an online scrapbooking group and we get together once a month for a 10 hour crop. Our December Crop is one of the best crops of the year and is always so much fun! BUT...there's a ton of stuff to get done before the crop...which happens to be this coming Saturday! So, I've been planning all our fun activities, wrapping prizes, organizing our day and shopping for last minute necessities.

On top of planning the crop, I've also been trying to make things for a children's Secret Santa Shop that I signed up to participate in on December 8th. Let's just say that I haven't gotten as much finished as I had originally planned! However, I thought I'd share with all of you the ceramic tile coasters that I made and will be selling for $1.00. I was pretty pleased with how they turned out and hope they will sell because I have no idea what I will do with them if they don't.

What do you think?

Monday, November 24, 2008

Snowman Soup

Hi everyone...if I even have any fans left out here in blog world! I'm so sorry for not being around much lately but I've just had a ton of stuff on my mind and really haven't been in the creative spirit. Does anyone else ever lose their creative mood? I just HATE when this happens!

Anyways, I just finished making some Snowman Soup for a Secret Santa craft sale I signed up to participate in. Hopefully these things will sell because I sure in the heck do NOT want to drag them back home after the sale!

I know you've seen this snowman stamp before but I can't help it! It's my favorite and I thought it would be perfect for my snowman soup! Oh, and you can't tell by the photo but the snowmen are all individually cut out and popped up from the tag.

Hope you're staying warm! If not, make some snowman soup...I'm sure it will help do the trick!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Kreative Blogger Award

I was sent this award by a friend from my Yahoo Group, Scrappin' In Toledo. What a wonderful honor to be thought of when having to choose from literally thousands of other creative bloggers! Thanks for the award Leslie and for thinking that I'm an inspiration of creativity!

The five people I'd like to pass this award on to is:

The rules are:
1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to their blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


I know, it's been a LOOONG time since I've posted. I was doing so well too! Trying to keep up with the busy world of blogging is a tough job!

Anyways, I worked really hard tonight to finish a few card sets that I'm donating to the auction at my daughter's school. Nothing like waiting until the last minute! The auction is Saturday, November 8th. Now, I've known about this auction for a whole year...but I waited until just now to finish up the projects I started quite some time ago. I had the actual cards made already. All I needed to do was make the boxes to put them in. PROCRASTINATION! UGH...

Oh well, the main thing is that I finished them and they're on time! Whew! I'm tired!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge #23

This challenge was to add sparkle or bling. I think I accomplished the sparkle requirement! This card is simple yet elegant and looks much better in real life! Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 27, 2008

House Mouse Challenge #11

I didn't have any natural fibers or anything so I tried to stick with natural/neutral colors as best I could without making it too boring. Enjoy!

EEK! Spiders!

Scraplifted these from cookiebaker on SplitCoastStampers. When I saw them I thought they were just so cute and the mission was on! I can't wait to give them to my friends four-year-old for his preschool Halloween party. Thanks cookiebaker for sharing your cute little spiders!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Carmen from CarmensCreativeChatter sent me my first Blog Award! How exciting to know that someone out there in the world thinks that I'm INSPIRATIONAL! Thanks Carmen!

I'm suppose to pass this award on to six other bloggers that inspire me. At the moment, I'm getting ready for a crop so please keep your eye open for my six choices later on this weekend.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

House Mouse Challenge #22

Anything BUT a Card Challenge! I am in a SWAP with my Yahoo Group, Scrappin' In Toledo, and we're making a 12 month
calendar. Each participant of the SWAP is responsible for doing three 8x8 layouts for different months. My months are April, July and December. This is what I've come up with so far for my July layout. Not sure if this is the finished product or if I'll change my mind before it's due

You can see April's layout on my October 8th blog post!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Snowman Tri-fold Window Card

I think that this is the cutest li
ttle snowman I've ever seen! Can't wait to make more cards with him!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Card Set

I love making cards and having them around! You never know what occasion could sneak up and catch you off guard! Sometimes I need a card out of the blue...just because. So, here is a card set that I made to have on hand for those "just because" moments. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

...and the winner is...BUMBLEBEE CREATIONS!

CONGRATULATIONS! Bumblebee Creations, could you please e-mail me at with your address so I can get your prize in the mail to you?

Thanks to everyone who took the time to come to my blog and entered to win my blog candy for my 1,000 HITS! I really appreciate it and hope that you'll come back often. You never know what you just might find!

Hope to see you soon!

Monday, October 13, 2008

House Mouse Challenge #9

I think that this was absolutely one of my favorite sketches ever! I'll definitely be using this for more of my cards in the future! Thanks for the challenge!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Tilda & Co Challenge #40

This is my very first Tilda & Co Challenge! I absolutely loved this sketch! After looking at this card in the photos I have come up with a couple of other ideas that I think I would like to add. We'll see...

Thanks for looking! Hope you come back to visit me soon!


Below is the way it originally looked.
Still not happy with the final results
but, it'll have to do for now. I'll keep

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Stamp with Stampavie Challenge #14

Hmmm...I'm not exactly sure what my thoughts are on this card. I love the color combination and I even like how the coloring turned out on the image BUT, I'm just not so sure about the rest of the card. It seems as if it still needs something. What do you think?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

1,000 HITS! WoooHooo!

I can't believe it's been less than a month and I've already had 1,000 HITS on my blog! I am so excited! Thanks everyone for taking the time to stop by to visit me and an extra special thanks to everyone that leaves me a comment! I love hearing what you all have to say and knowing that maybe I've been a little inspirational during your visit! Please come back often and feel free to just say, "Hello." I'd love to hear from you!

To be entered to win this blog candy I have up for grabs all you have to do is

1. Post a comment on your blog linking back to this blog candy

2. Leave me a comment on this post answering these questions: "What could I do to make you want to come back and visit my blog more often?" "Is there something you'd like to see posted on my blog?" and "How often would you like to see me post new stuff to my blog?"

Hopefully, by answering those questions I'll be able to make my blog something that tons and tons of people will want to flock to each day! That's my goal...I would like to turn my blog into a "Highway of Inspiration!"

Please check back on October 15, 2008 to see if you are the winner! Here are some of the items included in this blog candy: House Mouse stamped images, Sarah Kay stamped images, Sugar Nellie stamped images, Prima flowers, ribbon, brads, stickers, chipboard embellishments, etc... I'm sure I'll find more goodies to add between now and when the winner is announced!

Thanks again everyone for helping me reach my first 1,000 HITS! Good Luck!


April Calendar Layout...

I'm in a SWAP where each participant has to make an 8x8 layout for a calendar. The month I chose is April. I didn't really want to do an Easter layout for a couple of reasons...1. I don't have any stamps large enough that would look right on such a large page 2. I tried coloring an image of a rabbit lying in a bed of flowers and let me tell looked absolutely RIDICULOUS! 3. It's not a guarantee that the person receiving the calendar will use it next year and what if Easter isn't in April during the year they decide to use it for? AND... 4. I just wasn't feelin' it! So...after sitting here for a couple of hours looking at my stamps and supplies here's what I finally came up with...

Monday, October 6, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

I can't believe that the holidays are almost here!

I absolutely LOVE this time of year! Spending time with family and friends, the changing colors, cool weather and SHOPPING, of course!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Cute Card Thursday #30 and Friday Sketchers #22

I just love all these challenges! They make me stay focused and actually keep me in my scrappin' room creating card after card!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

A Spoonfull of Sugar Challenge #19

Well, I know it doesn't follow the sketch perfectly but I thought it was a great idea to make a moon out of the round shape that was in the sketch! I think it worked out pretty well. Thanks for taking a peek!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Stamp with Sarah Kay #12 and Sarah Kay Challenge "True Blue"

Boy, do I just LOVE my Sarah Kay stamps! They are so much fun to color and just so darn CUTE! I can't wait until the next set is released! Just gotta have 'em all!

Can you believe that this all started out as plain cardstock? It looks like I used pattern paper but it's's all handstamped! Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday Sketchers Challenge #21

I made this card for this week's Friday Sketchers Challenge and for the Hear to Heart Blog Candy giveaway. ( Carolyn King's grandmother passed away in June from complications of Alzheimers and she wants to give back to the generous people who took such great care of her during her illness. Please click on the above link to find out what wonderful things she is doing! Thanks Carolyn...what a fabulous thing you're doing for so many caring people!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge #18: So Charming

For this challenge we were required to either use charms on our projects or include a charming character. What character could possibly be more charming than "The Cat in the Hat?"

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Penny Black Saturday Challenge #15

I did it! I made my very first Penny Black card using one of my hedgehog stamps. I fell in love with the hedgies quite some time ago and just had to have them...BUT...never got around to using them until now. I can't wait to use them more often. Anyone have any suggestions on how to color their tummies? I am not quite feelin' the all grey look.

Here's the INSIDE of my card. You can't really tell from the photo that the hedgehog is popped up from the rest of the card. Oh, and so is the blue candle that's on the front of the card.

Thanks for taking a peek!