Thursday, December 31, 2009

Embellishing Again!

Hi there . . . from snowy Kansas and Happy New Year's Eve! I've gotta say that the boys are so enjoying time out in the snow . . . I really think Terry is tired of shoveling snow now though! :o)

While my guys were out shoveling and playing in the snow yesterday . . . again! . . . I took it upon myself to get even more Home Decor Elements up! :o) I'm on a roll aren't I?! Here's a sneak peak at one of the new Chalkboard Element (small - 13.95" x 15.95"), in the new Definitely Decorative insert! Ordering from this catalog starts January 5th!

I put this up on the door leading to the craft room . . . for a friendly reminder, as the girls are leaving, when the next workshop will be! :o) Here's your friendly reminder today, that the next workshop is Friday, January 15th @ 6:30P!

Shelli Gardner, CEO and co-founder of Stampin' Up!, put it on a cabinet - leading into their kitchen . . . oh to have her kitchen! :o)

Okay . . . here's a 'lil sneak peak of your 3D project - that you'll be making at the Valentine's workshop, in a few weeks . . . a "Olive You" gum holder! :o) It's a retired stamp set, but I think it's cute . . . and fitting for Valentine's Day!

For those of you that come to the monthly workshops . . . what would you think of creating one Christmas card, at each workshop? This way, in December, you'll already have 12 Christmas cards done or if you're ambitious . . . once you find a card that you really like, you can purchase the items needed and get to making it (early)? I'll go with the majority.

I hope you have a safe and enjoyable New Year's Eve! Here's to a memorable 2010!

Thanks for stopping by my craft room!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Don't stand too long around my craft room . . . or I'll have to embellish you, just as I did my laptop! :o)

I just had to show you how I embellished my laptop! Any of the small Vinyl Home Decor Elements would work. I used the Flower Garden (small), but I've also seen this done with the Upsy Daisy one and it's really cute too!

I decided to take another vacation day, to be with my fellas. So my work week just got tougher . . . ONE work day this week! GEEZ . . . how am I going to manage that?! :o)

Can't believe that 2009 is almost gone! I hope you have a wonderful New Year's Eve & New Year's Day! Please be safe tomorrow night, in whatever you decide to do.

Thanks for stopping by my craft room!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Snowman Magnet

As I'm enjoying time off and spending time with my family . . . I've discovered that I could SO enjoy being a SAHM! I've really been enjoying this time with all my guys . . . I'd switch with Terry in a heart beat!

I've got some exchanging to do today . . . Terry purchased us a heated mattress cover for Christmas (as I used to put 3 blankets on top of the covers, on my side
of the bed). He thought I'd still be cold (my nature - I even wear sweats in the summer time too, in the house) . . . so he purchased a heated blanket as well! :o) The heated mattress cover is awesome!! It keeps me toasty warm! So, I need to take the heated blanket back,
since it's not necessary. I'm thinking about getting one of those Snuggies, for when we're in the living room. Do you have one? Do you like it?

We've been playing the Wii alot . . . Nathan is quite the 'lil expert tennis player and Patrick had a 178 bowling game! Who would have thunk that a gaming system would be so much fun?! The boys are really enjoying kicking our "tushes" on the games too!

I have been been making time to do some crafting too! WAHOO! We're having a downline meeting, on Sunday, and we have to create something from the new Mini or Sale-A-Brations catalog. I saw this Snowman Magnet, on
Dawn Griffith's website and changed it up a bit, to incorporate the new Mini & Sale-A-Bration catalogs. I used the Tote-ally Tess stamp set (for the sentiment, thought it was fitting for a snowman), in the new Mini catalog, and the Scallop Trim Border Punch, from the Sale-A-Brations catalog). Isn't he cute? I just fell in love with him!

These items will be available to you on January 5th! If you're on my mailing list, you should be receiving these catalogs in the mail
soon. Oh . . . just wait until you see 'em! For every $50 you spend, you get an item free from the Sale-A-Bration catalog . . . what a deal! If you're not on my mailing list . . . you can sign up for it here. You don't have to be here in KC either . . . I'll be happy to mail you these catalogs, for you out-of-KC crafters too! ;o)

Thanks for stopping by my craft room!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season! I can't believe the Christmas has now come and gone . . . I took off Monday & Tuesday, of next week, to spend at home with my men. We'll get off early on New Year's Eve . . . so I've got a REAL rough work week ahead of me (1.5 days)! GEEZ! :o)

Theresa and her family came over on Christmas Eve, for our traditional boiled shrimp dinner! Theresa made Mom's cheese ball . . . she had to modify since Kraft doesn't make Roka Blue cheese any longer. It turned out absolutely yummy! Great job Sissy! We did cut the evening short, since the weather was starting to get bad. Dad & LaDonna stayed at their home this year . . . since LaDonna was starting to come down with something and the predicted weather wouldn't be fun with a 2 hour drive home! We sure missed PaPa & LaLa though . . . and we hope LaLa gets to feeling better soon.

I did take some time out this morning, to create this digital scrapbook page on My Digital Studio. This was a pre-made page, I just filled in the journaling and dropped in the photos. Terry got me a 12" printer, for Christmas, so I can print these pages off! WAHOO! We have to network the printer first . . . but he's an expert when it comes to
stuff like that.

We've also had a snow blizzard here, in Kansas City! The snow started on Christmas Eve and really hasn't stopped! We did have a white Christmas though . . . something
we haven't had in years! It was beautiful! We've pretty much stayed inside . . . watching it snow, cooking, eating, and playing with the Wii. No complaints here though! :o) We are going to venture out today . . . after we clear off the driveway.

I hope the rest of your holiday season is merry . . . thanks for stopping by my craft room!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Video from Santa

Okay . . . I just went through and filled in the blanks, explaining what Nathan and Patrick want from Santa, their ages, uploaded photo, etc. and I have to say that this is awesome! All you have to do is go to and fill in the blanks . . . this would be great on kiddos that still believe in Santa or could have a bit of disbelief?

We're going to have the boys watch it tomorrow . . . after we come home from Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Sqeakquel movie!! WAHOO! Terry is SO looking forward to seeing this, on opening day! :o) What we do for our kids, huh?

I had made a bunch of these snowmen grouping . . . but wanted to make something different with them, for the gals at my office. So I embossed Whisper White cardstock, with Petals-A-Plenty Impression Folder . . . then I dotted all the middles with a Real Red Write Marker. Whatcha think?

Just a few more days, until Santa comes . . . are you ready? Thanks for stopping by my craft room,

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Blog Candy Winner(s)!

Sorry I didn't post this yesterday . . . this weekend has been nuts, I'm sure as your weekend has been too (the week before Christmas).

Both Theresa and Tammy had equal number of posted comments . . . so the blog candy winner is . . . you BOTH won!

Congratulations ladies!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday Decorating + Fourth Project

We finally put up our tree over the weekend, later than we normally put it up, and decorated the house. Although I love the decorating part of it and final outcome, I've always hated dragging the stuff upstairs. . . and then packing it all away. Luckily, Terry helps bring it all upstairs and then helps me pack it all away. What a dear husband I have! ;o)

When Terry's Mom passed away, there was a cabinet in her garage that she'd put all her gardening tools in. When the kids (Terry and his siblings) asked me if there was anything in the house that I'd like . . . it was this cabinet. They thought I was nuts! I've just always LOVED this cabinet . . . we didn't have a buffet/breakfront, in our dining room, so I thought it would be great there. Can you believe they thought it was junk?!

Here is your fourth project, for Friday evening! I had gotten the idea, from a card swap that we had back in November . . . from Jeri. Her card was a bit different, I had to change it because I didn't have all the same stamp sets that she'd used. I think it came out really cute though . . . I just love the Jumbo Snowflake punch with the half pearl (from the Pretties Kit)! See you gals on Friday night!!

I can't believe that Christmas is just a little over a week away! Are you ready? We have one present to mail off, to an out-of-town neice in Colorado, and then I'll start wrapping! My main concern is to get our family to feeling all better, before then . . . we're having Christmas Eve at our house this year (with my side of the family), for our traditional boiled shrimp dinner! YUMMY!

I hope this finds you well . . . thanks for stopping by my craft room!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Third Workshop Project

I'd found this at Dina's blog and thought it was SO CUTE! Here's your Hershey bar tease . . . when you pull up on the bow, it pulls up the bar.

Don't forget to RSVP (via e-mail) for the workshop. I need to know if you're coming on Tuesday or Friday and how many sets you're wanting to make ($10/1 set or $18/2 sets).

Poor 'lil Patrick is at home sick, with a temperature, today. When I called home, to find out how our 'lil patient was . . . apparently he thought it was pretty cool when Dad brought him cinnamon/sugar toast and orange juice to his bed on a TV tray this morning. :o) Hopefully it's just a little bug that goes away soon . . .

Hope you're having a quality day . . . thanks for stopping by my craft room!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

First My Digital Studio Page

This is my first My Digital Studio Page! My Digital Studio is a new Stampin' Up! product that does digital paper crafting (from scrapbook pages, calendars, DVD/MultiMedia, and cards). . . and it also coordinates with all the Stampin' Up! colors too (so you can make a "hybrid" project by adding paper, embellishments, and ribbon you already have)! Cool, huh? .

Don't look at the pictures too closely . . . you know how everyone looks on Christmas
morning?! :o) Nathan had decided to try his talent out with scissors about a week before Christmas . . . so if you look at his picture, that's why he's got a buzz haircut and you can see scalp (right in the front of his head)! I don't see him being a barber in his future!

This was a pre-made Designer page, so all I had to do is drag and drop the pictures in! Easy-peasy! You can also design your own pages too, if you'd like. Gosh I'm having so much fun playing with it and it's very user friendly too . . . you don't have to be a rocket scientist to use this software! I'm thinking I want to go back and embellish it a bit though, maybe with some ribbon/ties + add journaling . . .

If you're interested in purchasing this product, I'll be happy to demonstrate it for you. You can also purchase it directly off my
website and through January 4th, when you purchase My Digital Studio . . . you'll get a D├ęcor Elements for FREE (up to a $16.95 value)!

I'll post your Hershery bar tease later! :o) Thanks for stopping by my craft room.

First snow fall . . .

Isn't the first real snow just beautiful?! Our local weather people state that we could get anywhere between a dusting to 8 inches . . . oh my! Good thing I got 4-wheel drive!

Terry strung the lights on our house last weekend too . . . I don't know why, but I'm a
very anal-retentive on straight/white Christmas lights. Doesn't he do a superb job?! Once I took the picture, I came in to let him know that we've (he's) got two lights out over the garage . . . (giggling)

Tomorrow, our company is having our annual "Winter Folly". Some of the associates do a skit, play music, sing, dance, etc. It's a neat
winter/Christmas program, to kick off the holiday season. I volunteered to make cookies (there is a bunch of us that volunteered to bake cookies). Our company has about 15K - 19K associates world-wide and about 90% are in the Kansas City area . . . not all of 'em come to the Winter Folly, but there are quite alot that do attend. I was watching Ask Aida, on the Food Network, over the weekend and immediately knew the cookie I wanted to try! She made these Honey-Almond Lace Cookies that looked scrumptious and weren't too difficult to make. I have to tell you . . . they are like you're biting into a Heath Bar . . . they're simply delicious! I hope they go over well . . . the small ones I made for the boys to try.

Tomorrow, on the way home, I'm going to stop off an pick up some Hershey bars . . . for the gals coming next week . . . is that a tease or what?! Once I pick 'em up, I'll post the picture of your third project. :o)

I hope you're having a good week . . . thanks for stopping by my craft room!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Another December Workshop Card

Here is another card, that you'll be making at the December workshop! We used this Medallion stamp back in October . . . we're using it as a wreath this month! :o)

Theresa came over last night and we worked on teacher gifts. We stayed up until about 2:30A! Why is it that it seems that time just stands still and you can forget all about sleep deprivation, when just chatting with your sister or BFFs? I swear we could solve ALL world problems at that time of the morning, couldn't we?! :o)

We made mini Santa pails this year (about 14" in diameter) . . . but I think they turned out really cute! The belt buckle is made with the Stampin' Up! Curly Label punch and a 3/4" square punch. We'd made "real" size
paint cans last year . . . you could fill it with stuff, but it really did take alot of stuff to fill it too! After finding (and reading) last year's blog, seems that Sissy and I have a habit of staying up late crafting, don't we?!?! LOVE IT and wouldn't have it any other way though!

Since Patrick has the same teacher, that Nathan had last year
, I guess she'll have a mini matching paint tin now! :o)

We're going to make two other items on the 18th . . . finishing up the samples to show you, so stay tuned! I'll be sending out an e-mail reminder next week, but don't forget to RSVP on the December workshop.

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by my craft room!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December Workshop Card

Happy December 1st . . . 24 days until Christmas!

I got all excited last night when I saw a Stampin' Up! envelope in the mail! WAHOO . . . it's the Petals of Plenty embossing folder!? NO! I opened it . . . and believe it or not . . . it was empty! That is the first time that's ever happened to me . . . empty! I called them today and they're sending one out to me 2nd day air . . . should be here on Friday!

Here is one of the cards we're going to make on December 18th, at the December workshop. Whatcha think? When I found this on Angie Juda's website and just fell in love! I showed the card to Terry and he liked it enough to ask if we could make this our 2009 Christmas cards! Oh geez . . . twist my arm?! I just absolutely positively do love this 'lil snowman group (along with the rest of the stamps in this Level 3 Hostess stamp set). I just love this picture of the boys, in their KU shorts. I took this picture on Halloween day, before Daddy racked up all the leaves . . . I got a bunch of 'em printed, to put inside our Christmas cards too . . . they just look so darn cute!

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Hope you had a fantastic day . . . thanks for stopping by my craft room!