Sunday, October 31, 2010


Happy Halloween!!!
Here is one of the Halloween decorations I made this year. I painted a piece of plywood and then adhered patterned paper to it. I painted some chipboard letters and embellished them for a wall hanging for our kitchen.
Paper and stickers are by SEI.
Have a GREAT day:)
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Just the Four of Us!

Hello! Happy (almost) Friday. Today I have another layout to share. I am trying to get some of the fun summer pictures scrapped but I didn't realize I took so many--it is gonna take awhile.

For this layout-I picked a few of my favorite close ups of my favorite boys. My son, Ben, and my nephews- Steven, Michael and Nicky. These boys are my son's "buddies"...they don't get to see each other a lot but every time we get to PA for a visit...they pick up right where they left off.

They have so much fun together. This is eventually going to be a two page spread...however, I only have this page done so far. When I get to the other one, I will be sure to post a picture of them side by side cause the picture for the other page is hysterical.

Here we go:
The sun detail was created by die cutting some patterned paper with the Sunshine Die-namics die. I popped up the inside layer and then added a button on top.

Here's a picture of the layout lying down (less glare on the pictures):

The title sticker originally said "Just the 2 of Us" and I just popped the 4 sticker right on top:
Papers/stickers are from October Afternoon: Seaside Collection.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a GREAT weekend!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tag You're It!

Hello!! It is time for the weekly MFT Wednesday Stamp Challenge! This week the challenge is Tag You're It! - Create a tag or a project featuring a tag.

Here is my tag: I paired the adorable Pure Innocence set- Sending you a Little Christmas -with some Echo Park designer paper to create this. I added some tiny silver "buttons" to her jacket that I paper pieced. I also used some liquid applique to the top of the hat.

The top of the tag is finished off with a faux button, courtesy of the Die-namics Button Quartet die!! (LOVE!)

Wanna play along? Head on over to Kim's blog at 11 am EST (on Wednesday) for all the details on how you can be entered to win a $15 gift certificate. Kim will also have a a complete list of participating designers for today's Wednesday Stamp Club so you can check out all the samples before you play!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Halloween Inspiration

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to create for. I just LOVE the colors. So fun!
Here is a card I created with some Echo Park designer paper and stickers:
Want to see more Halloween projects that will just knock your socks off????---Check out this Moxie Fab post today to be ghoulishly inspired!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a GREAT weekend!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

MFT Wednesday Stamp Challenge and the LAUREN Couch

Hello! This week's MFT Wednesday Stamp Challenge is----It's In the Bag. Create a treat bag or gift sack.

Here is my treat container---> I used Little Loveosaurus to alter a tobacco tube. (Yep...wandered into our great downtown shopping square and found these cool tubes..a bit thicker than the standard ones! YIPEE!)

I covered the top and bottom with some Halloween paper by Echo Park. I paper peiced the dino boy and added him along the top wrap that goes around the tube. (So when you open the lid, the boy remains on the tube part.)

Wanna play along? Hope so. Head on over to Kim's blog at 11 am EST (on Wednesday) for all the details on how you can be entered to win a $15 gift certificate. Kim will also have a a complete list of participating designers for today's Wednesday Stamp Club so you can check out all the samples before you play!

And this week's--- "I'm Glad It's YOUR Kid and Not Mine Moment" is brought to you by LAUREN------>

Our living room couch (we bought it so it would be comfortable AND we wouldn't have to worry if kids ruined it because we were gonna get rid of it as soon as they were all a bit older*.)
Lauren---marked her spot in RED yesterday. On one hand I am so proud at how well she is writing...on the other hand....I would have PREFERRED that it wasn't on a piece of furniture.

Oh well. See asterisk above!

KIDS! (Or is it just mine?)
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Got Scraps?

A Christmas idea--->use tiny scrap papers to create a tree ornament (or tag):
<----------This is one of the projects I have in the December issue of Crafts n Things Magazine...hitting newsstands now!!!
This issue features hand-crafted holiday cards and gifts, quick-and-clever ornaments and dazzling decor ideas . Check out the Budget-Savvy Gifts section for a dozen handmade gift ideas that fit your budget and don't scrimp on style. You don't need to spend a fortune to make your loved ones feel treasured! Be sure to say "hello" to some of our cutest Christmas friends ever, including a hounds tooth holiday bear, recycled sock penguins, festive snowmen to sculpt, stitch or sew, and, of course, a jolly St. Nick or two. Go directly to the top of Santa's "Nice List" when you give homemade decadent treats -- from heavenly cappuccino truffles to beautifully packaged chocolate chip banana bread, every morsel packs a dollop of holiday happiness. Love decorating for the holidays? Discover the secrets to creating sophisticated holiday decor on a shoestring, then invite the girls over for a special night of Christmas cookie painting in our Girls' Night In spectacular. Creativity and food -- who can beat that?! New this year, don't miss our special 30-Minute Ornaments showcase. Whatever your style, you're sure to find at least one special addition for your tree. Happy Holidays!
I have been pouring over this issue and just love it!! So many talented designers in it! Check it out!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Simply Fabulous

Hello! Happy Saturday :)

Here is a card featuring lots of COLORS (including my favorite--GREEN!) I used black to accent the main panel and help all those colors pop! I used Grand Damask and Fanciful Tags (sentiment) for this card. I love the beautiful script of the sentiment. It looks good with anything!

I stamped the damask stamp with a Spectrum Pad and I loved the different look it gave this formal design. A simple ribbon and some rhinestones complete the design.

Materials used: Cardstock-white, onyx (Gina K Designs); Designer paper- Twitterpated: Cute (Pebbles); Stamps- Grand Damask, Fanciful Labels (Gina K Designs); Ink-Memento Tuxedo black, Spectrum Stamp pad- Celebration (SU!); ribbon-Leafy (Dear Lizzy & AC); adhesive rhinestones (Recollections, Michael's)

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Five Things I {heart} about U

.....Ok...finally able to post this :)
As promised---here is my Jillibean Soup mini album made from Sprouts! I was looking at some of the larger sprouts and thought they they were so big I could put a picture inside and then I thought it would be cool just to made an accordion fold album from them! Whola!--this project was born.

Five Things I {heart} about U: Here is what it looks like unfolded:
1. Giggles
2. Ability to Accessorize
3. Sweet
4. Amazing sense of humor
5. Adventurous spirit

And here it is all stacked up:

This was such a fun project to make!! LOVE Sprouts!
Hope you are having a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

WSC - It's the GREAT Pumpkin!

Hi there- Sorry it has been awhile since my last post. Have been so busy with things here...haven't had much time for anything else.

It has been a GREAT week though. Found out some totally FUN news on Friday!!! (squeal! STILL stunned!) I will post the project soon.

I had an awesome weekend in Philadelphia (Go Phillies!) for my cousin's wedding.
I flew with my oldest daughter who spent the weekend with her dad. I stayed in Center City with two of my sisters. The reception was at the Constitution Center and everything about it was wonderful! I got to spend lots of time with my siblings/parents/cousins!! I am so glad I got the chance to go!

My husband stayed home with the two little ones---My son had a baseball tournament on the weekend. Ben was thrilled because they won medals. This is huge for them because they have never even come close. They are one of the youngest teams in their bracket and it has taken awhile for them to play like a team. Warning...gonna brag a bit here: On Sunday---Ben hit two triples and a home run in his first game , the game winning home run in the second game (which was in overtime because they were tied) and he hit a three run homer in the third game. Definitely was a ON day for his bat. (Saturday was a very different story for him--grounded out, flied out and struck out in one game so this made Sunday's success even more awesome.)

Happy times!
I got home late last night (John Lithgow was on our flight from Newark!)....and so much to do I created a simple card for this week's MFT Wednesday Stamp Club. This week our challenge is to create a masculine or boy-themed card.
Since it is almost Halloween---I went with a boy-themed card. Here is my tribute to "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."

"Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He's gotta pick this one. He's got to. I don't see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there's not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see. " (It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown)

Simple but soo love that holiday classic. Couldn't resist! I used Boy & Dog Dog Gone Cute to create this scene. Designer paper is by October Afternoon.

Easy Peasy cause not alotta time-y!

Wanna play along? Hope so. Head on over to Kim's blog at 11 am EST (on Wednesday) for all the details on how you can be entered to win a $15 gift certificate. Kim will also have a a complete list of participating designers for today's Wednesday Stamp Club so you can check out all the samples before you play!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

WSC Sketch Challenge

Hello! It is that time again---time for the MFT Wednesday Stamp Club Sketch challenge. Sketches are always tricky for me cause I always tend to veer off course :) (shocking, I know!)
This is what I created:

I used the Sheltering Tree & Leaf trio die-namics die to create the spooky tree. (I love this tree die because you can literally use it for every season!)
I left the leaves off the tree because....well, it's fall!

I used the adorable witch and sentiment from Too Cute to Spook (still one of my favorite Halloween sets ever!) to complete this scene.

Paper is by Echo Park : Halloween Collection.

Wanna play along? Hope so. Head on over to Kim's blog at 11 am EST (on Wednesday) for the sketch and all the details on how you can be entered to win a $15 gift certificate. Kim will also have a a complete list of participating designers for today's Wednesday Stamp Club so you can check out all the samples before you play!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

At's time to announce the winner of the Huge HEART to HEART blog candy. First, I want to thank each and every person who took part in this drive---the companies who sponsored it, the friends who made cards, everyone who participated in the drive in any way.....THANK YOU!

I had to wait until Random.Cara got home from school so she could pick the winner:

The lucky winner is................................. luvzenkm2:

CONGRATULATIONS luvzenkm2! Please email me asap so we can get all these amazing prizes sent to you!

THANK you again to everyone who participated. It meant so much to me.


Monday, October 4, 2010


Hello...Happy Monday! Today, I am sharing a scrapbook page I created with the Echo Park Halloween Collection. I had just gotten this paper in the mail when they issued a challenge on their blog to use a haunted house image on a layout---PERFECT! Here is what I came up with:
I used a Halloween sticker from the collection for the page title and then added a half fan accordion fold under it. I cut a scalloped circle (Spellbinders) to help ground the sentiment (and to glue the accordion piece to.) Then, I added some bling to the sticker and cut out a bat from some of the patterned paper to add to it as well. You can see some of the glimmer mist I sprayed on the page in this picture too:

Here is the house download. I shrunk it down a bit and printed it out twice so I could layer the roof (s) and I added some black stickles to the edges:

Here are my little gremlins dressed for Halloween last year:
Hope you enjoy this page!! Enjoy your day!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

BUSTED!........ And a SALE!

I went into my daughter Lauren's (5 yo) room earlier today and she was clearly startled and was trying to hide something...
So after I put her in her bath, I went back to her room to investigate and found this in her play kitchen--- (the lid was closed when I found it) is filled with sugar AND a spoon. Her own private stash of sugar any time she wants it = HEAVEN. Wonder how long this has been going on????
Just when I was starting to get concerned with her lack of appetite....BUSTED!

On another sweet note---
Stamper's Dream is having a

For two days, you will receive 10% off your total purchase at Stamper's Dream by using the Coupon Code 10OffOct (no spaces) on the checkout page. The minimum purchase to activate the code is only $20. AND...if an item is reduced in price, you will get an additional 10% off! The coupon code for the sale is only good on Monday, October 4 and Tuesday, October 5!

Hurry for the best selection!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

World Card Making Day - LOTS o Cards!

Hello! Today is World Card Making Day!! How are you spending the day?? Hopefully you get a little time to create...for fun, for a contest, for a CAUSE....
HERE is a link to the PC blog tour so you can see lots of wonderful cardmaking ideas and tutorials!

***Just a reminder, you still have until tomorrow night to play along in the Heart to Heart Card Drive. Simply make a card for an Alzheimer's caregiver and be entered to win an estimated 1,000 in prizes and handmade cards. ***

Also, be sure to check out your favorite crafty sites---there are a lot of sales this weekend. You might want to take advantage of a few!

Today, I am sharing some recent celebration of World Card Making Day!!!

This card features stamps by Gina K Designs, Lovely Labels 2 and designer paper by SEI (Bridgeport):

I love this dp by American Crafts---too fun. I used a stamp set by Gina K Designs called Heartily Yours Additions :

Here is a cute baby card using October Afternoon paper and shapes:

Next I used one of my favorite MFT die-namic dies-fresh cut grass to create a sweet baby card. The dp is by October Afternoon:

Here is a shaped card I created from a simple fold over card. I simply covered the card front for the front of the cake and used some of the strips of paper to make the candles. I added some glitter to the flames to make them sparkle. The sentiment is by JustRite Stampers-All Occasion Nested Centers & Verse:

That's about it. Thanks for stopping by! Go get crafty!!