Monday, November 29, 2010

Looking for a few gifts?

My friend Christa makes BEAUTIFUL beaded jewelry. She is having an outrageous Cyber Monday sale today in her Etsy shop, Doohickies & Such - go check it out!

Have a great day,


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Paper Pumpkins

These are really easy to make - cut or punch 8-10 same-sized circles and fold them all in half, right sides in. Adhere to one another, leaving the ends free. Roll a piece of paper to make the stem, place in the center of the folded circles and adhere the circle chain closed. Ta-dah! Pumpkins! (or, next September, apples for the teachers!)

Happy Thanksgiving!


Thursday, November 18, 2010


This week's color challenge at Simply Scrapping Crafts was to use a rainbow palette. It really had me stumped until I decided to just make a rainbow (yes, I know, but sometimes the obvious solutions are the hardest to find). I love the happy, bright result! I think this may be one of my go-to solutions for a quick card. Plus, it's a great way to revisit scraps.

Have a wonderful day,


Monday, November 15, 2010

My little crafter

My daughter loves to craft, so I felt really lucky when I met Sara, of Sara Jane's Studio. Sara is a wonderful artist with a passion for teaching, and she is terrific and patient with kids (and grown-ups too, for that matter!). Sara has a monthly card class, and allows me to bring Gabi. This month I had to go to a class during the week while Gabi was in school, so Sara sent me home with Gabi's materials. We had a fun (and glittery) crafting session at home, and Gabi loves her art so much that she plans on framing them and keeping them in her room.

Have a great day,


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A banner day!

I had to take my Halloween banner down last week. Isn't it amazing how quickly seasonal decorations go from cool to passe? So I decided to make a new one for Thanksgiving! I used my *awesome* Kreaxions circle cutter (yes, I know I gush, but seriously, if you cut circles this is the best $9.99 you'll ever spend. Go buy one. Get some extra blades, too - you'll be using this a lot) to whip out 24 circles in no time.

The banner is made by punching each patterned paper circle with Kreaxions punch 915 and then adhering down to a cardstock circle of the same size. The top row of circles is smaller than the bottom row. The papers are from last year's DCWV autumn stack, and the alphas are Cosmo Cricket .

Thanks for stopping by!!


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Giving Thanks

For the last few years, I have tried to take take in November to stop regularly and give thanks - before the holiday tornado sweeps through and everything else is forgotten. Last year I decided to create a small thankful journal where I could write a little something, or add a picture of what I was thankful for. Jeff added some entries too, and I am hoping that as the kids get older they can participate. Here is the one I made this year:

It's being featured today on the Crop Chocolate Crop!

Have a great day,


Thursday, November 4, 2010

First ever Crop Chocolate online crop!!!

Trying to figure out what to do with yourself this weekend now that the harvest festivals are over, all your leaves are raked, and it's too early to start cooking for Thanksgiving? Come play at Crop Chocolate for a 48 hour online crop November 6 and 7, 2010!

All you need to participate in the Online Crop and to be eligible for the prizes is to have an active CC account with a valid e-mail address. It will be part shopping, part crafting, part challenges, and completely fun! Come play to win some prizes, complete some projects (layouts, cards, altered items--you know finally use up some of you stash), and have some fun! There will also be some fun mini-games and activities going on under the Sweet Talk section of the website throughout the weekend, so make sure to stop by Sweet Talk and check them out too.

Can't make it for the whole weekend? No worries! The main challenges will be posted beginning on Saturday November 6th at 10:00 AM on the main page and it will alternate a challenge, then a SWEET deal, then another challenge, etc. If you miss a challenge on the main page they are always accessible under the "past deals" section of the website. The deadline for the submission of projects to be considered for prizes for the challenges is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8th, 2010 11:59 PM MST (CC time) unless an earlier deadline is stated. That is approximately 24 hours after the crop ends. The challenges will be posted between 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM on Saturday Nov 6th and 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM on Sunday Nov 7th.

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Pirate and the Princess

We had a fun Halloween, trick-or-treating with new friends for the first time in our neighborhood as well as going back to our old neighborhood to scare (I mean say hello to) old friends.

Here are "crazy candy smiles:"

And the most harrowing moment of the evening (don't worry, like all good fairy tales, it all turned out in the end and they lived happily ever after.)

Have a great day!