Thursday, January 22, 2015

I created something!

Sooooo.... Life has been super crazy but super GOOD crazy!  I'm grateful for my busy life with lots of family commitments and work stuff going on and when I do get a little down time I have a hubby who loves to still take me on dates.  Life is FULL and this is something I am blessed by.  I don't have any complaints..... but there's always the but.... Right???  Mine is small but meaningful.  I miss my scrappy time. I miss creating things with my hands. One of my goals this year is to make sure I create something... even if it's small.. once a week.  This is my soul food and it's one of my happy places.  So it NEEDS to happen. And I'm excited to make sure it does!  

Now... just because I GET SOMETHING CREATED doesn't mean it will always make it here to my blog but I am super excited to have found a new place online that provides the right motivation and challenges so I have more of a desire to share my creations!!!  That place is called....  MFT (My Favorite Things) Challenge & Inspiration Blog.    Go check them out!!  I created two cards using a couple of their stamp sets but didn't get them posted in time to qualify for the prize drawings but that's okay!!! This momma is just over the moon excited she got something created! HA!!!!!   

This fun card I created for the Wednesday Sketch Challenge 211 and their Design Team always has amazing samples to share using the sketch also!  Here's my take on it.... I couldn't help myself with adding some tulle to her little tutu. I love texture and this little girl stamp just makes me happy!!!  You can find her here in the MFT store. Pure Innocence Sassitude set.   Then the awesome sentiment set that I used next to her is called Chalkboard Greetings Too and I'm in love with it!  I am a sucker for mixing fonts and anything inspiring and this set is all of that!!  

Okay.... the other card I created was for a Color Challenge they also do on their blog.  This one runs twice a month so you have plenty of time to create then share your creation!  I wanted to use the same sentiment stamp set Chalkboard Greetings Too on this....  I'm a sucker for anything inspirational!!  I struggled with finding product in my scrappy stash to use on this... plus I was super crunched for time so I just made the base of this card digitally then printed it and glued it to the white cardstock. Added the ribbon and that stamped sentiment and I was done.  I am sharing the base if you want to save it and use it yourself on a card.  Just copy and paste it into Word and resize how you need it then print!  Easy peasy!  

Okay.... yay!!!!  I created and BLOGGED in the same week!!! Feeling all kinds of accomplished and productive!!!  Woot! Woot!  Can't wait to share more here soon!!!  Oh!!!! And before I go I need to share this fun collage I made of my beautiful Cassidy who turned 13 years old yesterday!  So much good stuff going on in life!  Have a great weekend everyone!  xoxo  

Monday, September 22, 2014

New Project Life App

I know.... another post in only a few days.  Don't die of shock on me. But I had to come share something that might rock your world as hard as it has mine!! I've been scrapbooking for WELL OVER 17 years. I love it. I have this desire woven into my being to be creative and make things with my hands. It's a creative release and outlet for me that nothing else quite fulfills.

So this last year as I've focused on my full time Thrive business (link and info in tab above) you can imagine how my scrappy heart has suffered with not having a ton of creative time!  Well..... Becky Higgins and the Project Life team just rolled out a NEW Project Life App that you can create digital layouts in on your phone!
Now when I'm sitting at baseball practice or volleyball.... just waiting... like moms do... I can create a layout in a matter of minutes in the palm of my hand!  I could cry at how exciting this is!  I just uploaded this Duckling Photos layout to Persnickity Prints and ordered both the 12x12 and 8x8 sizes so I could see the difference. Their app is also super user friendly!!! I should have them in a few days so I can update with a review on that as well!  So excited! I love technology. It can be a very good thing too! Not just bad!  

Here's two layouts I made using the new app. The baseball one was my very first.  It's only $2.99 and comes with some great basics to work with. I'm sure I will add more later but for now.... I'm a happy camper!!!  

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Hi my crafty/creative friends! 
It's time for a little Paper Smooches challenge

I haven't played with paper and scissors
 and glue in FOREVER!!! 
When I ran across this challenge over at 
the Paper Smooches blog ... 
the colors instantly had me thinking about Halloween. 

The retail world has already been there for WEEKS!!! 
But this is not a problem for our house since we LOVE Halloween here!  Anyway... Paper Smooches digital stamps are super fun and I fell in love with this adorable OWL stamp!!! So I went to Work! 
With a little water color pencils and a fun Spellbinders Star Circle die... it turned out pretty cute I think. 
What do you think? Felt good to use my creative brain again!  Thanks for stopping by!
Oh and be sure to visit the
website to see all their amazing products and crafty inspiration! 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hogs and Kisses Bag Topper & Viva Las Vegas

So excited to share this fun little candy bag topper I made for Body to give his class mates next week!  He is loving them and also excited about signing them and handing them out to his teacher and friends! 
I've included the image below so you can just copy and paste it into a Word doc then size it however large or small you need it to be for your bags.  Then make sure to have your little person sign them before stapling them on. 
Be sure to trim them out by cutting just inside the gray line on the image.  Then, using an Xacto... carefully cut along the edge of the top of the piggy from one side of the hoof to the other.  Leaving a tiny white border like pictured.  Then it will pop up, fold down and be perfect for stapling to the tops of your candy bags.  Easy peasy! 
Here's the back so you can see that too!  Let me know how you like them or if you plan to use them!  I love them!  They are kinda fun!
Now off to get ready for my fabulous trip to
Las Vegas this weekend!!!
Not sure how many of you know this yet...
But I became a Promoter for a company called Le-Vel at the very end of October.  I've fallen in love with their THRIVE products and how much they are helping people. I've personally NEVER felt better and the ways this new position has impacted my life and my family brings me to tears quite frankly! 
Since I've started telling people about Thrive I have earned a new iPad mini, earned the company's $800/month luxury car bonus, earned a BIG Jawbone Jambox, earned over $1,000 of free product, earned this trip for two to Las Vegas AND earned thousands in cash already too!  I am not saying this to brag.... I PROMISE!  Just sharing what blessings this company has provided me and can YOU TOO!!!  If you or anyone you know is battling chronic pain issues, depression, anxiety, weightloss issues, mental clarity, lack of energy... and the list goes on.. then PLEASE get in touch with me! or message me on Facebook.  I am happy to send you a FREE 3-day sample of THRIVE.  Best thing I've ever taken or done!  PERIOD!!!  Have a great weekend y'all!! 
 Won't go a DAY without my THRIVE!!

Friday, January 24, 2014


I have to apologize on a GRAND scale for this
MASSIVE Blog giveaway fail!!!
I've been having problems with Google for weeks and have been blocked completely from posting until a few minutes ago!  My techie brother saved the day and got me all fixed up again.  While I have no idea what happened I do want to apologize profusely for making y'all wait so long!  I am really embarrassed!  I do hope you'll forgive me!
Janet!!!  Congrats for being drawn and I will message you for your shipping info!
Okay.... and sharing more soon now that I CAN!!! xoxo

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Season's Givings Blog Hop

Hello there!!
Welcome to the Season's Givings Blog Hop!
I just want to say thank you to all of my loyal blog readers.  This hop is for you!
Every single blog listed is hosting a giveaway.  
All you need to do is leave a comment, that is it!  
Super easy, super fun & so awesome!
The entire blog list is listed below.
Here is the prize I am giving away:
 Faber-Castell Mix & Match Mixed Media Sampler
(4 sets in yellow, blue, green & red)
Bo Bunny On the Go Card Kit
Bo Bunny Mini Edgy Album Smoochable
SRM Sticker Sentiments Thank You
SRM Sticker Sentiments Summer
My Little Yellow Bicycle 5 Things I Love About School Pocket
Recollections Red Paper Posies Embellishments
Creatology Heart Buttons/Flair
K&Company Smash Paper Clips
Paper Smooches My Guy Stamp Set
Paper Smooches Alphawhimsy Wise Dies Set
Mom is gonna SNAP! wood plaque and easel
The winner of my contest will be announced on
January 6th
Here's a couple of my favorite projects I created in 2013...
A fun Owl card set that was published in Paper Crafts mag
and then this fun layout that was featured on the
Scrapbook & Cards Today blog.
Latisha Yoast

Amber Hight

Alice Wertz

Debbie Corbari

Vera Wirianta Yates

Lori McAree

Carolyn King

Sharon Harnist

Amy Tsuruta

Beth Pingry

Angie Blom

Julia Stainton

Sharon Johnson

Michelle Woerner

Cindy Lawrence

Lori Tecler

Daniela Dobson

Savitri Wilder

Theresa Momber

Giovanna Smith

Kimberly Crawford

Maria Levine

Colleen Schaan

Lydia Fiedler

Kelly Klapstein

Kim Kesti

Laura Williams

Shanna Vineyard  (YOU ARE HERE!)

Michele Gross - CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

Jennifer Gallacher

Heather Pulvirenti

Stacey Schafer

Leigh Penner

AJ Otto

Teri Anderson

Julie Overby

Margie Higuchi

Jimmi Mayo

Tenia Nelson

Lee Ann Barrett

Iwona Palamountain

Kelly Marie Alvarez/Lawn Fawn

Jen del Muro/Reverse Confetti

Kim Jackson

Linda Lucas

Sarah Gough

Dina Kowal

Elena Roussakis

Lisa Henke

Jodi Collins

Joanne Basile

Melanie Muenchinger

Mary Dawn Quirindongo

Darsie Bruno

Libby Hickson

Julee Tilman

Dana Joy

Michelle Ogdahl - Avocado Arts

Jody Morrow

Heather Campbell

Savannah O'Gwynn

Lee Murphy

Lisa Arana

Fresh Squeezed Stamps

Jocelyn Olson

Isha Gupta

Piali Biswas

Ashley Harris

Bunny Vance

Jillian Vance, A Jillian Vance Design

Anabelle O'Malley

Stephanie Muzzulin

Alyssa Bennett

Christiana Reuling

Laurel Seabrook

Melody Rupple

Mona Pendleton


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Holiday Cards & More Vol.8

Congrats to Jennifer Sizemore for being drawn to win
a copy of Holiday Cards & More Vol.8 
Send me your mailing address girl!
Thanks so all who left comments. Merry Christmas!
Have you seen this publication on newsstands yet? 
If you haven't you need to go get it!  I have two cards published in it and it's one of my very favorite  magazines on the market this time of year! If you enjoy making handmade Christmas cards or just need inspiration for digitally created ones... THIS is the mag for you!!!
CLICK HERE to go and look at a sneak peek of the inside! 
Want to get a closer look at one of the cards I made for this issue?  I've posted one below! You'll have to get the magazine to see them both!  I also have an extra copy of this issue to give a way to one lucky winner! Leave me a comment and tell me if you make your own Christmas cards... or just buy huge pre-made boxes of them... I'm curious what you guys do each year.  I will choose a random comment next Friday the 22nd and post the winner!  Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your upcoming Turkey Day!