Saturday, February 26, 2011

Great Giveaway at Keepsakes by Melissa

Melissa over at Creating from the Heart: Keepsakes by Melissa is doing a fantastic giveaway!! The prize candy of her giveaway is:

Brother CP-7500 Computerized Sewing Machine
1 Sew Easy Tool
Sew Easy Mat
Sew Easy Thread in Pinks and Blues

How great is that prize package? So head on over and enter to win this great prize!

A Few Cards and some Hauls!

This week, I have once again been spoiled AND productive!

On Monday, hubby took me to Joann's and I got some basics (since all of their papercrafting supplies were 40% off!) like glue, pop-dots, a punch, and some papers. Then, after seeing some great videos about the capabilities of Make-the-Cut, he told me to download it (mostly because he wants to see if I can make him a Jacksonville Jaguars logo!!) and then today, my order from that I placed last week arrived!

So, here's what I got from

and with it came a free set of scissors!

YAY for new stuff to play with!

So today, I've spent a bit of time in my craft room! I started a project using Birthday Bash. I completed a birthday card using Cindy Loo (but I can't share that one yet!) and I made a "thinking of you" card for Aidan! I'll share both of those soon.

A few nights ago, Jon had to work super-late (as in, he didn't get home until 4am), so I completely lost myself in my room and went to town! I completed a few layouts and a few cards, but I am MOST proud of a new style of card that I learned how to make (thanks to YouTube!). I have always admired these cards when I've seen others posting about it and finally, I can make them! SO MUCH EASIER than I thought it'd be!

As much as I'd love to say that I'll be in my craft room for the rest of the weekend to break in all of my newest additions, sadly, I won't. Well, not sadly because it's for a great reason! My uncle (who has been working in central Florida) is going to be coming to visit us tomorrow and spending tomorrow night, so I will need to be cleaning the house and getting ready for his visit and then we'll be out and about tomorrow night. Hopefully on Sunday though, I'll be in here all day!

I hope everyone has a very happy, sunny, and productive weekend!!! Happy crafting!!!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Requesting Cards for Aidan!

Good afternoon!!

I am "borrowing" this post from several of my blogging friends to ask for everyone to participate in sending some love and cards to this family and this little boy.

This story is hitting a little close to home for my family. My stepdaughter was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 3 years old and went through chemo and had the port installed (she still has the scar from it on her chest) and the works. Now, I wasn't a part of their life when she was going through this, but I know that it was a very scary time for her and for my family and my husband (who is a strong man) still tears up when he sees photos of Kelly from that time. Kelly is now 15 years old and has been in remission for 10 years now, so I KNOW that Aidan can fight this and come out strong on the other side, but still....I cannot imagine how difficult this is for a family to go through, so I know that cards of love, support, and encouragement would mean so very much!!


Aidan is a sweet lil 2 year old, who was recently diagnosed with T Cell Leukemia. On Wednesday, he had a port installed in his chest, spinal tap, bone marrow, and chemo in his spine. He did GREAT! This lil guy is such a trooper. His parents have accepted that their BABY has Leukemia.. NOT the easiest thing to accept, but their faith in God, and their support system, have kept them going. T-Cell Leukemia has a high cure rate although chemo will be continued for quite a while. Lil Aidan LOVES mail, like any 2 year old does. So....

Let's get our crafting supplies out, and send this lil guy some LOVE!!! Pass this on to all your crafty friends. I think we can all take a couple minutes, and make something special for him, that will bring LOTS of smiles, and he can look at over and over. We all know how laughing and smiling can be good for the soul. Let's give him this much for him to enjoy while he's battling this horrible disease. I have no doubt in my mind, that God can perform a miracle in this beautiful child. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Lets all come together and put Lots of BIG Smiles on Aidan's and his parents faces.

Please mail your cards to:

c/o Tanya Stilwell
P.O. Box 143
Cecilia, KY 42724

From my heart to yours, I ask that you take part in this and send your card love and prayers! :-)

Happy Crafting, friends!!!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Great Giveaway!!

Dusti over at Scrappin with Cricut is doing a 200 Follower Giveaway with a great prize!!

Here's what the winner will get:

* CardShop screen-printing machine
* 3-color ink pad (red, blue and yellow)
* Dabber
* 2 oz. bottle black Ink
* 5" squeegee
* Pre-burned screen
* Self-adhesive mat
* Quick-start guide
* Instructional DVD
* 1 additional screen
* (10) 4" x 6" linen off-white cards
* 10 envelopes
* 4 dabbers
* Dabber seals
* 2-color ink pad (green and pink)

And she's got 4 ways to win!

Go check out her super-cute blog, become a follower, and let her know that I sent you! :-)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Haul Video from Monday

As promised in my previous posts, here is the (kinda long) video of all of my most recent acquisitions. :-)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A New Day... and some cards!

I guess I should start this post with what I have already posted on my Facebook page to tell you all why you'll get to see a whole lot more of me in the future....

Unfortunately, the unemployment bug has bitten again. Yep. One month after starting my new job that I was so excited with and happy to be doing (and actually LIKED), I have been laid off. The company claims that they "overhired" and the group of us that all started together right after New Year's were all let go today. So.... I've got LOTS of time to do my crafts now! I am lucky because I already had a claim open on unemployment (for the past 18 months! LOL!), so I just had to reopen that same claim to hold me over until I find the job that I am meant to be doing (for more than 30 days. LOL!). So... here I am!

First, I have to share something (on a non-scrapbooking note) that I made last night! We had a little Superbowl Party at our house and invited many of my husband's family members to come watch with us (including his family that's visiting from Turkey!!) so there were 10 of us hanging out (half of us rooting for the STEELERS!) and I was responsible for the food. We ordered pizza, of course... and had the good ol' Yuengling (from PA!) and the obligatory chips and stuff... but then I made THIS!

Isn't it CUUUUUTE!?! It's dip! My sister found the recipe and used it for an autumn party back in October, so I altered it to make it football-ish! I was super proud of it and everyone LOVED it! The version my sister made was a scarecrow!

Okay... enough with my gloating about my fine entertaining skills. :-)

In my mood of misery today, I did some shopping at Hobby Lobby and got some great stuff (thanks to my husband for understanding what might make me a LITTLE happier!) and I did a little (okay, not so little.... it's actually kinda long) video about all the stuff that I got tonight and some of my favorite things that I've purchased or received since my last video was done. Needless to say, I talked a lot and the video is about 15 mins long (unedited) so I will be working on that and posting it tomorrow.

Once I got home, I decided to make some cards, since making cards always cheers me up a bit! First, I made this "Welcome Baby" card. A couple that hubby and I are very good friends with are finally expecting (after trying for a while) and I am making this card and one in case it's a boy for when he or she arrives. :-) I made it using Simply Charmed, some papers from Michaels, Stickles (of course), and one of my Action Wobbles that I received back in the fall (that I lost until tonight!). They are SO great! I wish you could see how the carriage ... well, it WOBBLES!

I will share the "boy" card when it's complete. :-)

Then, I made an anniversary card for my dearest husband. Our 3rd anniversary is on Thursday and I wanted to make him a card instead of buying one that doesn't mean as much (or so I think, anyways).

He LOOOOVES bubble gum, so while the card isn't very masculine, it's very appropriate for him. I hope he likes it! I made it using the Sweethearts cartridge, buttons, and again... Stickles!

That's it for tonight, but I'll be back tomorrow with more!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Some new layouts, projects, and tools!

Yes, it's an update! A REAL update! Let's see... where do I begin?

Let's go back to where my life began to have no semblance of order! :-) THANKSGIVING! My family came down (as I've already written about) and my great grandmother decided to stay with us. Well, her room is my craft room, so my time was limited in there. She went back to PA for the holiday with my uncle the week before Christmas, which didn't leave me much time to get ready for the holiday here! Needless to say, I did MUCH last minute Christmas shopping, baking, and cleaning! Christmas was wonderful with my family here in Florida! The holidays always remind me how blessed I truly am to have the family that I have, both biological and in-laws! So I survived Christmas. Then, right before New Year's, my uncle returned to go back to work (he's working in central Florida temporarily)... with my great grandmother! She loved the weather so much that she decided to come for a bit longer. That weekend, I had to go to Gainesville to start training for my job for three weeks.... which brings me to two weeks ago when I came back to Jax and we took my great-grandmother to VA to meet my Mom to take her back to PA. It was so great to have her here! She appreciated getting out of her house and away from the ice and snow for a while and I loved having her here (even though I didn't get to visit much with her on the second half of her trip).

Since then, I have spent as much time as I can undecorating the house (sad!) from the holiday and have been trying to get caught up on the cleaning and laundry that has been forgotten and neglected since THANKSGIVING! LOL! No... my house wasn't like one of those on "Hoarders" and we did have clean clothes to wear, but for a type-A neat freak who has had nothing else to do but clean her house for the past 18 months, it was driving me NUTS! I have also been getting used to my work-at-home schedule and getting back of the groove of even having a schedule!

Part of my new schedule is ME time! Soooooooooo.....

I have finally gotten some time back in my "play room"! Between Thanksgiving sales, Christmas gifts, after-Christmas sales, and New Year's clearance sales, I've gotten quite a few new things to play with (including a bunch of new cartridges, new papers, new stamps, and my new favorite tool, which I'll share below.) And I've gotten even more time to play with everything this week because (whether fortunately or unfortunately), my hours at work have been cut almost every single day to low volume of orders so I've been only getting a few hours of work a day, but that's been leaving me time to do what I really LOVE to do!

So here are some projects that I've done!

A very simple layout about my great-grandmother napping with our dog Princess. :-)

Another simple layout... again of our dog with Grammy. It was an ongoing joke that if you couldn't find the dog, just find Grammy because that's where she'd be!

One of my newest toys that I got just this week is The Cinch by We R Memory Keepers. I have been playing with it all week and I LOVE it!!!
Here is one of the projects that I made using The Cinch. I have been wanting to come up with a way to keep the cards that we get for the holidays or birthdays, etc. So.... here's our album of our 2010 Christmas cards! I bought the chipboard album covers and the binding wire and decorated it and put it together!

I also made a quick album of the all of the birthday/Mother's Day/Father's Day cards that we got as a family in 2009. For this album, I used old cereal boxes cut and covered in paper for the covers. :-) It's not at all fancy and I could have spent more time decorating it, but for this one, I was more interested in getting the cards all together for posterity sake since many of these are the last cards that my grandmother gave to us before she passed. I may re-do the covers someday, but for now, I am happy with them being in an album.

I have made some very quick and simple Valentine's Day and birthday cards that needed to go out pretty quickly, so again, nothing great, but I'd still much rather send out a simple handmade card than a store-bought card! :-)

My craft room is a disaster right now since I've been trying to put everything away, find homes for everything, and organize it for the new year of creating, so hopefully I'll get to spend some more time in there this weekend and get a few more things done! Hubby has to work tomorrow night..... and I'll be a football widow for ONE more Sunday, so perhaps another update with more projects and maybe a video will be coming on Sunday??

Hope you are all well, and dry, and warm!!! Happy Crafting!