Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year everyone!! It's hard to believe that yet another year has come and gone. I remember once my mom told me that the older you get, the faster time goes by. And you know what? She was right again!!! I just wanted to post the New Years cards I'll be sending out on Tuesday. Yep, right on time!! lol But I figure it's still the new year for at least a week! I used my Simply Charmed cartridge for the bottle and glass and my new Peachy Keen face stamp set, appropriately named New Years!! And I used some more scraps to create the cards. Gotta love cleaning out those scraps! The pattern paper is from one of my DCWV stacks, the ribbon from Michael's (I know, a shocker!), the stamps are from Scrappy Moms and the ink from Stampin' Up, and don't forget the Stickles!
I just want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and that it be a safe and prosperous one for each and everyone of you. Thank you for stopping by my little blog and leaving such kind comments this last year. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading not only your comments, but visiting so many talented people who I now call friends. Have a great New Years Eve and as always, thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Baby Bumps

Good evening!! Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the week after Christmas. I'm on vacation this week, which is the first time in over 20 years that I've taken the week after Christmas off. I must say I am enjoying myself. I finally got back into my room to play today. I spent the first part of this week doing chores around the house and cleaning/reorganizing my room. I was so busy the last couple of weeks that every time I made a tag or a card, I never cleaned up. What a mess! I've promised myself never to do that again, it was bad! So, I made a couple of cards for my bff's daughters, both of whom are expecting. The girls are only 13 months apart and I thought it was cute that they are both expecting and only 6 weeks apart. And the best part, is I was able to make both cards using all scraps! Yay!!!
I used my Cricut and my Gypsy for the first time in ages and my New Arrival cartridge, and of course, Stickles. The stamps were a combination of Pink By Design and Scrappy Moms and the ink is from Stampin' Up. The little flower on one of the hats is from Prima and I don't know which manufacturer the ribbon is from as it was in my stash too. Well, I hope you like my cards. Oh, and before I forget, don't forget about my 200 followers give away! $25.00 to Michael's is a fun way to start of the New Year! :) Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas Eve to All My Blog Friends!!

Good morning and Merry Christmas Eve!! I hope everyone is ready or at least almost ready for Christmas. I just wanted to wish all my blog friends and their families the Merriest of Christmases! I have met so many wonderfully talented people here in blog-land and feel blessed to call you all friends. Enjoy this time with family and friends and I'll see you back here next week!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Challenge #44 Christmas Shaped Card

Good Tuesday morning! Today is not only time for another challenge at CTO, but it is my final post as a Design Team member. As you know, CTO is in the midst of their new Design Team call and everyone is invited to join. Because of so much going on in my life, I have decided not to try out again, but don't worry, I'm still going to play along when time allows!! You can't get rid of me that easily!! :) So now on to my card. Because of a time crunch I had to go with something simple. I tried to create something on my Gypsy, but it just wasn't working. Ever have one of those days when nothing goes as planned? Well that was my issue with this one. Sooooo, I pulled out my Martha Stewart punches. The pattern paper is from DCWV, the stamps are from Pink By Design, and of course, Stickles!! I used my Stampin' Up punch for the sentiment on the front and finished it off with some ribbon from Michael's. The 3 snowflakes have been sprayed with 3 different colors of Smooch. For such a simple card it took me quite awhile to pull it all together! Told you it was one of those days!! lol Well, I just want to thank all of you for stopping by and following me while I designed for CTO. I have had so much fun and met so many wonderful friends while playing with my fellow DT members and I encourage you to try out. Link up a piece of your creativity and give it a shot, you won't be sorry!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

I've Been Busy!!!

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven't posted in awhile, but it's been crazy around here, but then it's always like that this time of year. I haven't been in my room for so long that I've been having major withdrawals!! lol As you can see by the pictures, I've been busy in the kitchen. I love to bake and especially at Christmas. In years past I have taken a week off in December and do nothing but bake, but this year I only took a day off, so I had a lot to cram into a weekend's worth of baking! DH got a picture of me at my favorite kitchen appliance, my Kitchen Aid. Since he's usually at work when I'm baking, he was amazed at how much I got done in a few hours. Boy, what I could do with double ovens!!! :)

So after everything is done I put together goodie boxes for the office. Good thing I'm going back to work tomorrow, I need a break!! I'm taking the week between Christmas and New Year's off and I'm hoping to be able to get some major me time in my room. I haven't had that week off since my kids were babies so I'm looking forward to it. I hope you have a good evening and as always, thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Birki Birthday Cake!

Good morning everyone! So yesterday was my birthday and I was blessed with a day of family and friends. And to top it off, my sister flew in for a surprise visit!! I haven't seen her in almost 2 years. My mom and DH kept it a secret until they arrived for dinner last night, the rats!! :) We enjoyed a fantastic bbq'd steak dinner, thanks to DH and DSIL, and then 2 of my DD's brought out this cake. For those that don't know, I LOVE Birkenstocks and leopard print anything!! So, DD #2 found a bakery here in Redding that makes specialty cakes. Apparently the owner was on the Food Network on one of their cake shows. Can you believe how real this cake looks? Right down to the buckles!! And it was DELICIOUS!!! Marble with raspberry filling!! YUM!! Sadly though, I don't own a pair of leopard clogs though, shocking as that is, but I do have 3 pairs of leopard sandals! lol Guess I have to track down a pair of these clogs now!! :) Well I hope you have a great weekend and I thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Challenge #42 Christmas-no green

Good morning and Happy Tuesday!! Welcome to another challenge at CTO. This week's challenge is to make something with a Christmas theme, but with no green. So for those of us that are traditionalists, this makes us step outside the box, right? My card was made using all Stampin' Up products and I thought that using Concord Crush and Whisper White cardstock was way outside my box! I then heat embossed with some white embossing powder. Now on to some other news, beginning today, CTO is having a Design Team call. Be sure to visit the website for all the information and share your creative talent with us! Thanks for stopping by!!