Saturday, November 27, 2010

My Snow Family

I hope everyone had a very blessed Thanksgiving.  We had a wonderful holiday filled with great family, food, and memories!!  This card is for the current challenge at Freshly Brewed Challenges which is a Christmas/Winter theme.  The sketch was from last week's Sketch Saturday Challenge... I didn't quite make it!!  Heather (owner of FBD) is one of my very best friends and she is the sweetest lady you will ever meet!!  She drew this image for me last year and just added little Elise in the picture for me a few days ago.  Isn't this sweet??!!  Thank you so much, Heather... love ya!!  Be sure to stop by Freshly Brewed Challenges to see what the DT created... they just blew me away!!  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Christmas is Coming!!

This week's challenge at Crafty Creations is to make Christmas cards.  I was happy to find out that this was our challenge because I am REALLY behind on holiday cards!!  Blackleaf studios is sponsoring us this week and this is one of the images given to the DT to work with.  Isn't it great!??  Be sure to stop by Crafty Creations to see what the rest of the DT created with the other images and your chance to get your hands on some!!  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Happy Little Elf!

Ok... now how cute is this image from The Stamping Boutique??!!  This image is called Natalie, and I just adore her!  I am on the DT for TSB but have had to take some time off with the new baby.  When I went to the shop I was amazed at all of the new images Tracey has out for Christmas!!  This is for the Holidays challenge at Card Makin' Mamas and I used the current sketch from Paper Sundaes for this card and all of the papers and ink are SU!  Sorry this is such a short post, but I am just exhausted!  I forgot just how much work new babies are :)!!  Have a great night and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Keepin' It Simple!

Hi there!  This week's challenge at Card Makin' Mamas is to keep it simple.  I was really excited to see this challenge because simple is all I really have time for right now!!  Today I took all four of my kids with me to Costco- BIG mistake!!  It was super crazy... I seriously had at least 4 people tell me I had my hands full with looks of pity!!  Oh, well!  One day I will look back at this time and miss it terribly...

This card was made using SU! inks, sentiment, ribbon and papers.  The cute little turkey is a bobble head from Bugaboo Stamps.  He is just too cute!! 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fables and Fairy Tales

Good Morning!!  Suprised to see that I actually posted again this week??!!  I am so happy to be back in the swing of things.  This week's challenge at Crafty Creations is Fables and Fairy Tales.  We are being sponsored by the AMAZING Meljen's Designs!!!  Melissa was sweet enough to let the DT work with some of her adorable images!!  Thanks, Melissa!  Be sure to stop by Crafty Creations to check out what the DT has made this week and to enter to win some Meljen's images!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wow! It has been way too long!

I can't believe how long it has been since I have last posted.  SO much has happened in my life!!  My husband and I welcomed our fourth child on September 25th.  Elise Christine was 7 pounds 6 ounces and 19.5 inches long.  She is just perfect!  (except for a bit of colic, but I think we are turning the corner on that one!)  Allison, our 6 year old jumped off the swing in our back yard and broke her elbow when Elise was just one week old.  She ended up having surgery and got 2 pins put in.  Her cast comes off at the end of the month along with the pins.  My husband had been laid off for almost 11 months and got a job last Friday!!  Thank God for this blessing!  This has been one action packed maternity leave to say the least! 

I have not had much time for crafting,but did get a chance to make a card tonight.  I used this adorable new Angel Cake designed by my beautiful friend Heather.  She owns Fresh Brewed Designs, and is having a DT call right now for her amazing company!!  The papers are all SU! and the Sketch is the current sketch over at Sketch Saturday.  Thank you for spending some time with me!!  I am looking forward to making some more cards and getting back to the blog world!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Coffee and Spice... It's a Fresh Brewed Designs Blog HOP!

Good Morning! **YAWN STRETCH** If you have just come from Jeanette's blog you are in the right place!!  If not start at Heather's Blog so you don't miss out on any of the fun!

Can you believe a whole month went by already? School is already started for most of our little ones. Moms are all busy and getting up early, always on the go. We know how you are feeling. TRUST US! We know! This blog hop / image release was created with you in mind.

Ready for a hint? Here is a little poem for you:

Coffee and spice, Lattes are nice
That's what this girl's made of!


You guessed it, we have some fun coffee images to share with you. LOTS of caffeinated fun... just the boost you need for the mid week slump. You will find some relaxing images, some sassy 'woohoo the kids are gone' (lol) images... but most of all you will find these images are perfect images for someone you love. They are centered around love and romance with a dash of sass. Intrigued?

Wait no longer, here is the card I created using one of Heather's amazing new images:

Be sure to complete the hop in full! The DT has created some lovely cards you will not want to miss! AND One lucky winner will receive two free images of choice just for hopping!   Head on over to Kelly's blog to check out the simply amazing creation she has waiting for you!!  Have fun!

Scrappy (Guest)
After you hop, be sure to stop by the Freshly Brewed Challenges blog to check out the newest challenge!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Some Really FUN News!

This post is REALLY REALLY overdue!  I am so excited to announce that I am one of the newest DT members at the Party Time Tuesdays Challenge Blog!!  WOO HOO!!  I was so stinkin happy when I got the email asking me to be part of the team!  I am so sorry that I haven't posted this earlier.... life has been more than crazy for me this past month!!  Be sure to check out PTT in October when we will be back in full swing!

Crafty Creations Transportation Challenge

Wow, my poor blog has been so neglected!  I recently started a new position teaching second grade.  I am so excited about it, but sooooo exhausted!  Not only did I start this new job, but I should be having a baby in less than three weeks!!  Yikes!  What was I thinking??!!  I was so happy to get down to my craft room tonight to create this card for my DT submission for the Crafty Creations Transportation Challenge.   Isn't this a fantastic image??!!  It was created by Claire from the CCC team!!  She is sponsoring this week's challenge so you will want to play along for your chance at winning some of her amazing images.  I hope to see you there!!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

SO Much Fun!

WOW!  Tonight's digi night for The Stamping Boutique's first birthday was so much fun at the Latte Lounge!!  Thanks to Tracey and Melissa for all of your hard work.  Don't forget to check in tomorrow to see who won the blog candy!!  Also, you have until Weds to get all of the challenges done.  Tracey is also having a 25% off sale over at the shop to celebrate!!!  Whew!  So much going on!  Here are the rest of the cards I made for the special day!!  Thanks to all who played along with us tonight!

Happy First Birthday to The Stamping Boutique!!

Today is The Stamping Boutique's first birthday and we are celebrating in full form!  Please join us from 7-9 CST at the Latte Lounge (just click on the logo in my sidebar!) for a special celebration!  There will be live chat, games, challenges, blog candy, a freebie!!, and of course prizes!!  I hope you are able to make it!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Crafty Creations Challenge #80 Z Fold and Winged Things

Good Morning!  This week at Crafty Creations we are looking for wings on your creations.  Use your creative imaginations!!  It can be butterlies, faries, birds... you name it!!  The only catch is that we want to see a Z Fold.  This is a super easy fold and a link for a super tutorial can be found on the Crafty Creations blog.  Our sponsor this week is Robin's Fetish Digital Stamps and she was so generous to let the DT work with her amazing images.  Be sure to head on over to the blog to check out what the rest of the DT has created to inspire you!  Have a great day!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Lil Lolita Boutique Bling it Up! Challenge

EEEK!  I totally almost missed the Bling it Up! challenge over at Lil Lolita Boutique Challenge Blog!  I was so excited to see that the Lil Lolitas were available at Tickled Pink Stamps in digi form for a limited time.  I have been wanting to get a few of these sassy ladies for some time and this was the perfect way to do it!  Kellie is amazing by the way!  My email was acting all crazy but she made sure I got my images... and super fast!  I can't wait to use more of the images I bought in future challenges!  Thanks for stopping by!!

It's Party Time Tuesday!!

Yay!  It's Tuesday... time for another challenge at Party Time Tuesdays!  This week's challenge is super easy... Anything Goes!  I used this super cute Birthday Bunny image from The Stamping Boutique for my card.  He is just too darn cute, isn't he??!!  Don't forget to enter any card you make using an image from TSB into the monthly contest for your chance to win your choice of 5 images!!

Have a great night, my friends!  I will see you tomorrow with my DT card for Crafty Creations!!  We have a super fun challenge for you!

Mark Your Calendars Now!!

The Stamping Boutique is turning one and we are celebrating with a Digi Day at The Latte Lounge on Saturday, August 14th from 7-9 Central.  There are going to be games, challenges, and lots of chat!  It is going to be so much fun... you don't want to miss it! 

Everyone who participates will have a chance to win this amazing candy donated by Tracey!!  How cool is that!?  So, mark your calendars now and get ready to have a blast!!  See you there!

The BIG Month Long Fresh Brewed Challenge!!!

WOW!! If you haven't checked out the BIG month long challenge at Freshly Brewed Challenges you have got to head on over!!  There are TONS of prizes and the more you enter, the more chances to win!!! Woo hoo!! 

This card features one of Heather's newer images available now at Fresh Brewed Designs.  You can't tell, but I popped the middle balloon out with a dimensional :).  The theme of the challenge is to make something to thank someone... I am not going to say who I created this card for because I want it to be a suprise!!  Can't wait to see you over at Freshly Brewed Challenges this month!!  Good luck!

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Stamping Boutique is Sponsoring Paper Playtime!

This week The Stamping Boutique is sponsoring Paper Playtime's School Days Challenge.  The lucky winner will get to choose 5 images from Tracey's shop!! 

This is one of the many school inspired images available right now over at The Stamping Boutique.  Thanks for stoppin' by!!  I hope you get a chance to play over at Paper Playtime this week for your chance to win!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fleur Anya for a Few of Challenges!

Hi there!  I hope you are all enjoying the end of your summer.  We are just trying to sit back and relax and take in the last two weeks before school starts.  Usually I am ready for the kiddos to go back to school, but not so much this year!  We have really had a nice summer. 

This week Party Time Tuesdays is looking for a  summer birthday card.  I thought Fleur Anya would be perfect for the occasion!  I stamped the backgrouund paper myself using a new SU! set and inks.  The embossing folder I used on the white card stock is also from SU! as is the sentiment!!  I just love Party Time Tuesdays... it has helped me grow my stash of birthday cards and you know those always come in handy!

Here are several other challenges I am entering this card into:

PaperTake Weekly:  White and Bright
Creative Card Crew:  Cute and Girly
Cute Card Thursday:  Whateva!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Crafty Creations DT Card: Wedding/Anniversary

Good Morning!  Please scroll down for my Fresh Brewed Designs Blog Hop Post!!

This week at Crafty Creations we are celebrating weddings and anniversaries.  For my card I used this cute little image from The Stamping Boutique.  This week's prize is a fun stamp set... you don't want to miss your chance to win!!  Be sure to head on over to the Crafty Creations Challenge Blog to check out what the rest of the DT has waiting to inspire you with and for your chance to win!!  Good luck!

There's Magic in the Air! It's a Fresh Brewed Designs Blog Hop!!!!

It's the first Wednesday of the month, and you know what that means for Fresh Brewed Designs ... another blog hop and image release. The HOP starts with Rhonda, so be sure to go there first! If you are hopping and got here from Barbara 's blog, then you are good to go!

This hop will not be your ordinary hop... it is full of secrets and smiles, wonder and amazement. Magical things happen when you get a group of ladies together. What kind of magic you ask? The only magic worth seeking, wanting, cherishing... the kind of magic you find in true friendship. Today we have a little bit of magical enchantment to share with you in these newest Fresh Brewed Designs images. Each tells a little story, a little mystery, a little fun, and adds just a little bit of fantasy to each creation you will see during this hop.

As children we remember those Fairy Tales about mermaids and magical worlds where fairies live. We would lay in the grass and wonder if the patch of wildflowers was full of life, if mermaids swam in the sea beneath us. It is always fun to imagine and dream.

"Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again”
CS Lewis

For my card I used Cordelia in the Sand.  Isn't she just beautiful??!!  Heather has totally outdone herself with this release.  I used Stampin' Up cardstock and Blueberry Crisp DP.  I sprayed the card with Smooch Spritz to give it a little shimmer.
Thank you so much for hopping, fluttering, or splashing by today. Please continue your journey by stopping by Joyce 's blog to see her beautiful creation. There is more magic and fun to come. Be sure to complete the hop in full, you will not want to miss the surprise at the end!!!

Hop Order:
Jeanette (guest)
Amanda (guest)
Jenn (you are here!)
Joyce (guest)
Heather (owner)

This card is also being entered into the For Fun Water Themed Challenge :)!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

P.M.S. Stash It Challenge

The current challenge at P.M.S. is to create a set of cards to put in your stash to use at a later time.   I used these fabulous PaperMakeUp Stamps images to create a set to give to my stylist.  I am going to get my hair done (finally!) next week, and I hope she likes them!!  Thanks for stopping by!!  Be sure to come by tomorrow for my Crafty Creations DT card and a Fresh Brewed Designs new release and Blog HOP!! 

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Stamping Boutique Blog Hop Comment Winner!!!

Thanks to all of our wonderful supporters for making The Stamping Boutique's Back to School blog hop such a success.  I hope you all had as much fun as we did putting it together for you and found some inspiration along the way.  Thanks for leaving me so many kind comments.  I threw all of the entries into a hat and the winner is........

Yay!!  Congrats, Dawn!  Please email me at and I will get your prize out to you right away!! 

Thanks again for participating in the TSB hop!  Have a super week!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

TSB Back to School Blog Hop!

Hello!  I hope you are enjoying The Stamping Boutique's Back to School Blog hop!!  If you have come from Jan's Blog, then you are on the right track! 

Tracey has created some Back to Images that are too stinkin cute!!  Be sure to hop all the way through to see what the DT has created for you!  Here is the card I made using one of the new images.  Isn't Audrey just too cute?!  Be sure to stop by The Stamping Boutique's shop to check out the new store.  Tracey has been hard at work getting it all up and running!!  Now it is time to head on over to Kym 's blog.  Have fun!

Oh!  I almost forgot!!  If you leave me some love here on my blog I will enter your name to win a secret baggie of goodies!!  Become a follower, and you will be entered twice!!  The winner will be announced here on Monday.  Good luck!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Summer Lovin'

This week's challenge at Crafty Creations is Summer Lovin'.  We want to see all things summery!!  My card features this cutie patootey from Tiddly Inks and some very fun and tropical paper from Stampin' Up!  Be sure to stop by the Crafty Creations blog to check out what the rest of the DT has waiting for you!!  Hope to see you there!

Challenges for this Card:

PaperPlay:  Anything Goes
Stamp Something:  Flowers
SSDS:  Digi

A Masculine Bday Card... Always a Challenge!

Hello!  Today I tackled the task of making a birthday card for our cousin's birthday.  It took me FOREVER to get anywhere with this one!!  I decided to go pretty simple.  The printed paper is from Basic Grey, all of the card stock and stamping is Stampin Up!, and the sentiment is from PMS.  I am going to be entering this card into Party Time Tuesday's Anything Goes Birthday Challenge.  Well, thanks so much for stopping by!!  Hope to have some more to share in a bit!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Get Inspired at Freshly Brewed Challenges!!

This week Heather has chosen this picture to inspire you to create something amazing...

I used the colors as my inspiration.  You can find this super cute little dancing flamingo in Heather's Fresh Brewed Designs Shop here

Thanks for stopping by!!  Hope to see you over at Freshly Brewed Challenges this week!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Paper Make Up Stamps Challenge

The current MakeUp for the weekend challenge at Paper Make Up Stamps is to use graph or notebook paper on your cards.  I bought this spiral punch from SU! ages ago and I think tonight is the first time I have ever used it!!  The sentiment is from PMS, and I just love it.  Can you tell I had a little shopping spree over at the PMS store lately??  Katie actually emailed me after my last order and asked me if I keep ordering because I love getting mail from her every day!!  Hee hee!!  I just love these stamps!!  The word art is amazing.

Welcome Baby Edward!!

My cousin Juli and her husband Pat just had a beautiful baby boy!!  They named him Edward Patrick... and he is just perfect.  This is a little card I made to go along with the baby gift I have for the newest member of my family!!  Congrats to Juli, Pat and big brother Charlie!!

Challenges this card qualifies for: 

PaperPlay:  Blue, Cream, plus one other color
AllSorts:  Card for a Baby/Child

Another P.M.S. Dandy Wishes Creation!

Hello!  I hope everyone is having a great start to their week.  This card is for my mom's birthday... can't wait until she gets back in town so we can celebrate!  I hope she likes this!!  I think it is pretty simple, but I like the way it turned out.  I stamped the image from PMS Dandy Wishes in Tangerine Tango by SU!.  The cardstock is Certanly Celery and Close to Cocoa also from SU!   The Crazy Challenge is having a Birthday themed challenge this week, so I will be entering it there!!  Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Just Dandy!

I have just recently purchased this amazing set called Dandy Wishes from Paper Makeup Stamps.  I love all of the possibilites for this set.  This is just one of the many stamps that come with Just Dandy... I love each and every one of them!!  I chose to use Kraft paper, Chocolate Chip CS/ ink, and Groovy Guava CS/ink all from SU! to create this card.  Stamp Something's current challenge is to create something floweryand The Pink Elephant is to use Brown.... perfect!!This is one of the cards from a set I made for a friend who is doing some embroidery for me.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Summer Days

This summer just seems to be flying by!!  We have had lots of fun swimming, going to the zoo, visiting Grant's Farm, going to the lake, and getting stuff done around the house.  It is hard to believe that in one month my kids will be going back to school.  This week AllSorts is celebrating summer with a Summer Days Challenge.  The image I used is from TiddlyInks called Going Swimming.  They have a great sale going on right now so I snagged a few of the new Halloween images as well!  The papers are all SU! and the ribbon is from the dollar section at Michaels.   Hope you like it... I think it turned out pretty Cute!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Reuse and Recycle with Fab n' Funky

This week's challenge at Fab n' Funky is to Reuse and Recycle.  I was able to make this card using only papers from my scrap pile :)...  I always say I am going to use them, but my paper addiction usually gets the best of me and I cut up a new piece!  The ribbon came from a card I made ages ago that I know I will never send or give to anyone... reuse!!  I just love these colors together... so warm and cozy.  The sentiment is from P.M.S.   Glad you could spend part of your day with me!!

Happy or Sweet at Crafty Creations!!

This week's challenge at Crafty Creations is something Happy or Sweet.  We are proud to have Regina Easter from the Cutting Cafe as our sponsor once again with a wonderful prize up for grabs to a lucky at random winner. The prize is any 3 sets from her site, winners choice.  Regina was kind enough to give the DT some adorable shaped card files to play with.  I chose the icecream card.  I used SU! cardstock and DP along with some fruit punch stickles to create my sweet treat.  I hope to see you at Crafty Creations this week!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Simple Elegance

Good Morning!  It has been a few days since I posted last.  We have been busy at our house moving bedrooms around and painting.... getting ready for Baby Elise's arrival at the end of September!  I wanted to get the kids all situated in their new rooms before the baby comes so there would be a little less transition for them to deal with!  I am so happy with the way everything turned out.  Once I get the rooms more organized, I will post some pictures!!

This card is for two challenges.  The first one is the Daisy Doodles Here Comes the Bride Challenge.  This stamp is extra special to me because I named it!!  Jules had a challenge going on to name this stamp and I submitted "Simple Elegance", and WON!!  Yay!  I think it is the prettiest little wedding cake ever. 

The other challenge is Card Makin' Mamas' embossing challenge.  I embossed the base of the card stock with a CB folder!!  I know I have said it before, but I just love embossing on white card stock.  I hope everyone is doing fabulous!  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 16, 2010

OCC Sketch Challenge and Little Red Wagon Trees

It has been a really long day, so my title is not all that catchy!  (It just says what it is!)  This was a fun card to make.  I used the current sketch from OCC's Sketch Challenge Blog for the layout.  The papers, trees, flowers, and sentiment are all SU!  The trees are for the Tree Challenge at Little Red Wagon.  The mermaid image is MerMae from Some Odd Girl.... love her!  Thanks for stopping by!! 

Some Odd Girl Challenge 5

It is time for a new Some Odd Girl Challenge!!  This challenge is to use stripes, dots, and a BIG title on your project.  Dancin' Mae is the image on this card.  It was hard to pick an image from the new release (I was only allowing myself one!!) but I fell in love with this one!!  Doesn't she look so happy!!??   I had the letters in my stash that I think I got in Target's dollar bin about a year ago!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

So Sweet!

I was going through my stamps from SCACD and found this adorable Elisabeth Bell stamp called Little Suzanne that had never been inked up!!  Isn't she just too sweet?  The TIOT challenge is to make a clean and simple card using one color other than white.  I colored the image with Copics which follows the challenge at For Fun Challenges this week... use your favorite coloring medium.  Thanks for stopping by and spending part of your day with me!  I hope you have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Kisses in the Air

 I love working with white and an accent color, so the challenge at TIOT was perfect for me... the only problem is that I didn't realize I had to use a stamp from Susanna's store... oops!  I will have to make another card for that challenge... I have tons of her stamps!  I love embossing on white... so elegant!  The sentiment is from the newest release at Paper Makeup Stamps.  Love it!  I used my SU! butterfly die for the sweet little butterflies for the Layers Challenge at Flutterby Wednesdays.  I think it turned out pretty!  This is my third post for the day.  Please scroll down for my DT cards for both Fresh Brewed and Crafty Creations!!

Fun Sketch at Crafty Creations!!

This week Jeanet has created a super fun sketch for you to follow at Crafty Creations!!  I am always game for a great sketch!!  This is an image from the last release from Paper Makeup Stamps.  I ended up getting the whole set, but this is the image I was after!!  I just really liked it for some reason!!  The release came with TONS of great images and sentiments!! 

Please join us at Crafty Creations this week.... can't wait to see what you do with the sketch!

Time for Another FBD Challenge.... Christmas in July!

It is so stinkin' hot here in Saint Louis.  In fact, there is a heat advisory out for today!!  I hope my Dominic drinks plenty of water at camp!  At least today is a swimming day for him.  It was a nice cool change to make this Christmas in July card for the new challenge at Freshly Brewed Challenge Blog!!  This week we want to see all of your Holiday creations!!  Be sure to stop on over to see what the busy little FBD DT Elves have created for you!!  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

One More Post!

I'm running out the door, so this is going to be super short!!  Be sure to check out my first post today with all the info for The Smiles for Bella Hop!!

These are both cards from Stamp Camp.  This card is for the Paper Sundaes lots of layers challenge.  I used all SU! materials for this card.  Loooove this color combo!!

I made this second card for the  Party Time Tuesdays anything goes challenge.   Not too sure about his face.... kinda looks scared instead of silly!

Sending Smiles to Bella

Good Morning!

This card post is about Bella Tucker. She is the corageous little girl that developed an infection around Easter and it resulted in her losing both her arms and legs. She is only 8 years old.

There is a blog hop for her and to help raise money for her family who really need all the help and support that they can get.

Here is the card that I created just for Bella. I will be sending it to her and I hope it makes her smile!

The blog hop starts over at Denise's blog..make sure you go on over there to view all the beautiful cards that have been created just for Bella.

This is the image Emma in the Candy Store from The Stamping Boutique... so sweet!

If you are interested in sending cards or making a donation to Bella you can send them here:

The Bella Tucker Fund
P.O. Box 199
Londonderry NH