Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas Eve!!!!
As promised, I am back today with a few Christmas cards for you! Better share them now, before it's too late! ;)
This first one was featured on the Sizzix blog a few weeks ago, so perhaps you've already seen it! I used TONS of Sizzix dies, and stamps from The {Stamps} of Life.  
The card stock is all from Discount Cardstock.
 This second one also features stamps from The {Stamps} of Life.  I embossed the sentiment, and I also dragged the edges of my cardstock block in embossing ink and powder. Its a fun technique to try! :)
Okay, both of my boys are up now, and I need to try to maintain the clean living room and kitchen that I've spent the last hour desperately trying to get under control, before they destroy it all again.  I just gave the lecture of, "What I want for Christmas is a clean house tonight when we go to bed."  But we'll see how well that works! HA!

Friday, December 23, 2011

thank you!

Thank you SO much for your oh-so-sweet comments and congratulations on my first magazine cover! I still haven't seen it in person yet, but I cannot WAIT! :) {giggle giggle!}

This past week we've spent some time with my parents, celebrating an early Christmas, and managed to have EVERYONE sick. (again.)  The boys have been passing some sort of cough/congestion thing back and forth since early November, and this past week Eric and I both got it, and Tanner got it AGAIN.

Yesterday Tanner (2 years old) peed behind the Christmas tree, and today I spilled a pint (quart?) of blueberries all over the kitchen floor.  Yes, that pretty much sums things up.  Despite it all though, we are working hard to have a festive and fun Christmas week.  And I've been doing everything BUT blogging.
(Sorry about that!)

But TODAY, today I have a card to share! It's featuring all Close To My Heart goodies. . .I especially am diggin' these cool cork stick-on letters.  You can order all the supplies on my Mom's Close To My Heart website.

And TOMORROW. . . I promise I'll be here with a Christmas card, just for YOU! :)

(card goodies: kraft card stock, Typeset patterned paper, Color-Ready Alphabets Cork,)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


All I can pretty much say is. . . .EEEEEEEK!
Do you see the HELLO card on this lovely cover of Paper Crafts Magazine's special Cool Tools issue?
Guess who made that card!?
(can you sense me jumping up and down!?)
My artwork on the cover of a magazine. . . .
This is a dream that I was never sure would be possible!
(And the icing on the cake . . . two weeks later I found out that I got ANOTHER cover. Holy GUACAMOLE.)

And now, you can get back to whatever you were doing.  Thank you for humoring me, and listening to me FREAKING OUT!!!! {Giggle giggle!}

(card goodies: stamp - The {Stamps} of Life, card stock - Discount Cardstock)

Monday, December 12, 2011

cake time!

this is my bad-blogger excuse of the week. . . (you know, aside from Christmas chaos and a week's vacation) My Mr. B is seven years old!!!! We've been celebrating for DAYS now, I think. For this weekend's celebration with family, he requested a giant cupcake with blue frosting.  And his wish is my command (at least for one day out of the year!)  I used some Target Dollar Bin fake "Thickers" and two circle punches to spell out my little man's name.  (It took all of five minutes, and I think it looks pretty cute!)

And because I know you are really here to see some cards, here is a cute one using December's stamps from The {Stamps} of Life.  I stamped the mint candy, and then wrapped it a little scrap of cellophane, and tied it with baker's twine.  (The paper is from Echo Park.)

I hope your Christmas chaos is fun, and full of family, and festivity! Now that Bryce's birthday celebrations are officially OVER, I can concentrate on Christmas!  We've made cinnamon applesauce ornaments, which are happily drying on a rack on top of the fridge, and making my house smell marvelous.  Our gingerbread house (which I must admit was a royal DISASTER both creatively, and literally) is perched where it can't be touched by toddler fingers. I'm pretty sure I hear it begging to go into the garbage can, and to kindly be put out of its misery.  I think next year we will have a gingerbread village, so we can each do our OWN house. ;)

And now, I must go clean up PlayDoh from the kitchen floor, and help my big seven-year-old finish his homework!  Let's all hope for an easy bedtime, so I can get on to the FUN stuff . . .a little card-making with NEXT month's TSOL stamps. . . (oooooh! just you wait!!!!!)


Friday, December 9, 2011


I have a card featured on the Sizzix blog today! They are having a BIG blog hop; head on over there and leave a comment, for a chance to WIN PRIZES!!!! ;)

Sizzix: Blog Hop Day #5

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

orlando recap!

We are home sweet home from our week in Orlando.  We hit all four Disney parks (at least once) plus the brand new LegoLand (about 45 minutes away from Disney).  Here are just a few of my favorite pictures from our week! Still trying to recover, regroup, and get cracking on Christmas goodies!  Add in a certain seven-year-old's birthday TODAY, and I am spinning like a top.  Bear with me! I'll be back again soon, with some cards. . .or something! :) 

Friday, December 2, 2011

a BIG fish!

Stamping Bella is this week's CPS sponsor . . .how flippin' ADORABLE is this little fisherman, and his GIGANTIC fish!? I just love it.  I used patterned paper on the fish, and colored pencils on the little fisherman.  I think he's cute as can be!

Be sure to check out the sketch at the CPS blog, and play along with us!
I'm still playing at Disney World all week, so I'm keeping this (once again) short and sweet!
I'll be back next week though with (hopefully) lots of new work to share!  Have a terrific day! xoxo