Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011: Year in Review

I love to do the Year in Review on the last day of the year...I also love to see other bloggers post theirs too. 


I'm really not a purple girl but surprisingly, I found quite a number of purple projects...probably because I bought the pack of purple prima blooms.

Question for you Prima Bloom fans...what is the best adhesive to use for them??

My Girl

This girl really doesn't like getting her picture I adore this one that the boy snapped.  Rainbows and can anyone resist the colors?  


I struggle with masculine cards but love how this grungy one turned out...the sentiment is by Skipping Stones Design.  LOVED being on that design team...

Why yes, I do love Sassafras...although I'm sad that they are taking their company in a new direction...I'm happy for them to do what they coolio is that? 


I adore shaped'll probably notice that a majority of my cards start of with a PTI kraft base...


Stamped images by The Craft's Meow...I feel so fortunate to be part of the design team.  This card is one that makes me smile because I gave it to my Momma and she has it proudly displayed in her kitchen:)


Stamps by Paper Smooches and the sentiment is by EAD Designs Co-Branding Paper Smooches...EAD Designs, what can I say?  I adore my EAD Designs family:)


Amy Butler, SRM and The Craft's Meow...this card makes me smile...those that know me know that I love to combine patterns...add the stitching and it totally makes me happy.


Back again with a shaped card...that fun snail is by EAD Designs.

My scrapbooking was definitely spotty during the year...I always seemed to rely on my boys photog skillz:)

Huge believer of karma...I believe that is what brought us together...I can't imagine life without Darin.


I do so enjoy the 'stache rage...I just picked up a bunch of Hambly 'stache papers and overlays!  Stamped images by The Craft's Meow!


coffee...I love my coffee.

Yup, that's me on the right:)

This is probably 1 of about 5 pics of me when I was happens when you're the youngest of 3....grrrr  


A little canvas that I put sits in my new crafting room:)


EAD Designs and Paper Smooches again...


Photo compliments of the boy.


I love working with tags and non-traditional shaped cards...

There you have it...some craftiness from 2011....Don't know if I'll be posting much over the next couple of days....yeah, yeah, yeah...I'll probably be back:)

Friday, December 30, 2011

today is a new day...

One of those days....I had a ton of plans that eventually were squashed when I went out to my car that had a dead battery...sigh...gotta love AAA. That's okay, I managed to squeak out a card {and take a nap!}...

I'm still playing with my new goodies...check out one of my newest Hero Arts/Studio Calico sets, My Happy.  See that doily?  It's upcycled from Prima's heavy transparency....just did some fussy cutting.  The cameo is ala Hambly.  I love the sentiment...don't you?

I was inspired by several challenges...first up:

The gold that I translated to yellow...the silhouette....the text.

BWS tips button

the pattern in the dress...the pops of yellow and green...the coiffed hair {is that a bump it?}

and finally Case Study 71

I love CASE Study

I cased the overall design...

I need to post this before the RIC linky to dinner with the girls...gotta love getting together for birthdays!

just saying hello...


Wooo Hooooo for Friday!  Today is a day off for me and I'm not back to work until Tuesday:)

I played with some new'ish Hero Arts in never inked up:

Cling Large Fabric Design

I've been smitten with monochromatic color designs...something that I don't typically dabble in but I thought I'd give it a go....change things up a smidge:)

I loved seeing that Hero Arts has a Sketch Challenge...

Big plans for tomorrow night?  I'm thinking we'll be watching movies and eating popcorn all night....

Thursday, December 29, 2011

you are the best...

I'm back at work today...sigh...but then I'll be off on Friday and Monday..woooo hoooo!!!

I'm on a challenge streak...I feel like I haven't really done many challenges this month so it's been great playing along.  

I inked up a new Hero Arts/Studio Calico set:

I'm back at it again with the Martha gold's everywhere on my work top:)

I was inspired by the latest Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger:

I was inspired by the stripes and used the following Stampin' Up colors:

Baja Breeze
Blush Blossom
Not Quite Navy
Old Olive

The patterned paper is MME.

Thanks soooo much for stoppin' by!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

special delivery...thank you!


It seems like I haven't posted in forever but it's only been since Monday...LOL.  The thing is, the last time I crafted was probably Friday so that has been a long time.

I have a smidge of a tall card to share today...the creative process went out of control and I managed to layer up tons of goodies:

Really, the inspiration that sparked the card is this one:

Originally I scoured the web for a similar image...that route is a smidge over whelming so I popped over to Jessica Sprague to see what I could reminded me that I have some Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly that I've been neglecting...

The card is chock full of goodness....I'm going to be working on my holiday thank you's/New Years Day cards today...what I can make I'll pop in the mail tomorrow and then off to Valentine's Day cards...I was very naughty and didn't manage to send out very many holiday cards this excuses...

I was overwhelmed with TONS of gorgeous cards and gifties from some seriously SWEET bloggie friends...Thank You Thank You Thank You...

The sentiment is Lawn Fawn's sophie's sentiments...LOVE that set...sweet font:)  I'm linking up to the FAB Lawnscaping Challenge #24:

Tons of texture including the embossing and the glitz...I tend to be a silver glitter girl but couldn't pass up the Martha Yellow Gold Glitter and LOVE it.

I'm also linking up to the Wee Memories Challenge #80:

Speaking of Wee Memories...

I've been meaning to blog about the print I won from's available in her Etsy Shop, Jenny Suchin Designs, Believe in Pink.  I popped it in an Ikea frame...and it sits in my Craft Room that is {obviously} still in progress...{Darin so kindly put together my faux Expedit that we picked up at Target}....need to make another trip to Ikea for more of those square baskets.

I've decided to link up to CAS-ual Fridays #33:

In the big picture...or amy's big picture, this is pretty CAS for me:)  One strip of patterned stitching...did you notice that?!!!

How was everybody's holiday?  We had an excellent time at all the different homes...I consider us lucky to have so many homes to celebrate in.  

One of the many fab gifts I received is this glorious {white} iPod Touch:

{{thank you to my SWEET Darin!!}}

I LOVE it....spent way too much time on line and retail shopping for a new case...almost spent over $40 for one online and then ended up with a white hard casing...for which I will personalize with some EAD Designs vinyl...stay tuned for that:)

Did you see the Design Team Call announcement over on EAD Designs?

I'm going to continue to design for EAD...LOVE their products:)

Okay, are you still with me???

I'm super sad to post this....

Another brick and mortar closing shop...makes me super blue...

Okay, probably not the best way to end this post so let me add this...I'm going HERE because of THIS.

Monday, December 26, 2011

jolly good time...

hello and welcome to the EAD Designs Blog Hop!

You should have arrived here from the Lovely Liz's blog:  Liz's Paper Loft

If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is the EAD Designs blog!  You don't want to miss out on the fun AND the free vinyl!!!

I'm still having fun combining Whisker Graphics goodies with EAD goodies:

Bigger Bitty Bag

The bigger bitty bags are perfect to pop a birthday giftie into....that's what I'm doing with this one.  I have layered up tons of patterned paper by MME.

I also used EAD Designs London Town Stickerz:

...along with the super fun Polaroid Frames Rub-Ons in white:


Next up is one of our super December Guest Designers, Stephanie of Ingenius Inkling

A big shout out to Stephanie AND Katie who played with us all month!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

merry merry!!

Merry Merry Everybody!

Poppin' in here speedy quick to wish everybody warm holiday wishes:

Typing of java...I made these 6x6 'ornaments' to hang on my Mom's Christmas tree:

 Every year I give her a bunch of Starbucks Cards...she goes there on a daily basis {my addiction is hereditary!}.

All the supplies are Webster's except the lace which if MME...

Gotta love Webster's gorgeous prints....way too pretty to cut into...

I'll be back tomorrow for the EAD Designs blog hop!