Monday, December 28, 2009

Welcome to the After Christmas Edition....

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  I know we had three days of celebrating Christmas with our families this year.  Lots of LATE nights/EARLY mornings - I'm not sure which it is when you go to bed at 3 AM.  It was wonderful spending time with our families.
This year I think I mentioned, everyone was getting felted slippers for Christmas - it's a joke between my dad and I every year (we have a few jokes - including $10, but that's a story for another day!).  Every year about September, my dad has worn holes in the bottoms of his wool slippers, regardless of how thick I make the soles.  Sure I could get suede bottoms to sew on these slippers, but a new pair of slippers every year is our joke.  :o)  Anyway, I ended up making 25 pair of slippers (yep, 50 slippers total). 
This is Glen's Uncle Stash showing off his new head mitten, er, slippers.

This year in addition to the big people's slippers, I wanted to find a pattern for the little people in our family - the kids.  And amazingly enough, I DID find a pattern, and it's nearly identical to the big peoples pattern but knits up A LOT FASTER!!!
I had to show you just how cute these little peoples slippers turn out.
This is Gizmo helping me knit the slippers up - - -

And these are the slippers BEFORE they're felted. 

When Colin gets his slippers on Saturday, Amy will felt them to fit him perfectly.
They are just WAY TO CUTE, aren't they?
Well, hopefully tomorrow I'll have a chance to get back into my studio and do some creating - I spent yesterday cleaning up after Hurricane Min that went thru my studio at Christmas.  I was amazed at some of the items I unearthed!! :o)
We're gearing up over at Scrap-Friendzy for the Super Sketch A-Thon that begins on New Years Day!
Make sure you take a few minutes to stop by & be inspired!
I hope you're getting some crafty time now that the holiday craziness has lessened.
Happy Craftin'!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Family Tradition

When we were growing up, I remember my mom always making nut rolls at Christmas.  She'd make three.  Half would go home with my grandpa and grandma - they were my grandpa's FAVORITE treat.  The other half my mom would keep and we'd have on Christmas Eve after Church service.
My grandpa has been gone for 13 years this past August and it's been that long since we've had his favorite nut rolls.  So, this year I decided to bring back the family tradition, but to include my in-laws into the tradition.
So, this was one of the beauties I baked up yesterday.  I had to smile.  My mom gave me the recipe that Aunt Irene had written out for her - it was the original recipe, splashed with ingredients after making the recipe for so many years.  I love getting recipes like this!  A recipe that has a story.  In reading through it, I actually had to do some research - anyone know what 2 cakes yeast are?!  Now, we cook quite a bit, we make bread on a pretty regular basis I make dozens of cookies throughout the year and we'd NEVER heard of 2 cakes yeast.  Well, thanks to my hubby and his quick skills, we learned that 2 cakes yeast are equilivent to 3 - 1/4 oz. yeast packets or 6 3/4 teaspoons of dry yeast. 
You learn something new every day, don't you?
Doesn't this look yummy?
If you've never had a nut roll before, it's a yeasty bread dough rolled like a jelly roll and the filling is a combination of ground walnuts, brown sugar, white sugar, honey, butter and milk (and no joke, that's about what the directions provided as far as ingredients for the filling - there were NO measurements).
My apologies for the not so attractive looking baking sheet.  Ever have one of those go to pans or baking sheets that you KNOW how everything will turn out that you cook on it, in it?  Well, that's my baking sheet.  My mom in law was kind enough to get me a few new sheets, but this one just seems to be the one everything gets baked on.
Well, this afternoon we'll be delivering the other two nut rolls to both my mom and dad and Glen's mom and dad when we get together for Christmas Eve Dinner.  I had to have a little sample (you know, quality control!), and they're not quite as good as what my mom made, but pretty darn close.  With a few years of practice, they just might be.
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to my other blog readers that may not necessarily celebrate the Christmas Holiday!
Wishing you a time of enjoyment with your families and friends!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

2 Days until Christmas!

Can you believe it?!  I'm typing to you today with the 'knitting claw' hands.  I've been knitting felted slippers since we finished our Christmas cards (Actually since September).  By the time Christmas comes and goes, I will have knitted 25 pair of slippers.  Can you believe it?  That's a lot of WARM, TOASTY Piggies.  I was so excited a few weeks ago to find a pattern identical to the one I use for big kids (adults) 'foot mittens' as the Pearson kids calle them, but this pattern was for little kids.  And they are just way too cute!! 
Anyway, yesterday I got up early (weird body clock, can't let me sleep in while on vacation).  So, I headed to my studio to finish off these little beauties for a few of the little kids in our family.  They're the mini-glass blocks (about 5" square).  I have two more to do, but I'm still designing them for my nephew and his new baby sister arriving February 2010.  :) 

The boys blocks (The Tractor and the Football) both have Brown Grosegrain Ribbon wrapping the block (can't see 2 boys who like tractors and football wanting ANYTHING to do with BOWS!!!).  The girls blocks however, HAD to have bows!!!
All vinyl cuts were designed in Cricut DS and cut with the cricut.
Carts - George, Every Day Paper Dolls, Life's a Beach, Paper Dolls, Sports Mania and Zooballoo (I think that's it).
Ribbon - from my stash (usually either from Michaels or Joann)
Lights - string of 35 or string of 50 (Hobby Lobby or Target - Targets were cheaper for 50 than HL was for 35).
Vinyl - from my stash, originally purchased last winter when Lowes was getting rid of their wall pops
Glass Blocks - Mini's from Michaels, but I've also seen them at Joann and multiple sizes at Hobby Lobby.  I think Lowes carries the larger ones pre drilled around the holidays too for a lot less in cost than M's does.  Take your coupons if you're headed to the craft stores to purchase them........

So, that was yesterday's project before Christmas.  I have one more pair of slippers to finish and some nut rolls to make today, so wish me luck.  Hopefully I can get the rest of the gift wrapping done at some point today too.  Oh, and I've got a chipboard album I need to finish too.  Whew, guess I'd better get movin'!
Happy 2 Days Before Christmas!!
Happy Craftin' and Holiday Enjoyin'!
Hugs - Min

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Hallelujah! (Insert Singing Angels HERE!!)  
Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah! Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!
The Christmas Cards are DONE!!!
It was an absolute HEAVENLY moment today at lunch when I inserted 100 of these little babies into the mail slot at the post office!
I was doing the singing!!!
So, I guess I'll show you the Christmas cards we've been working on for the last three weeks - hopefully not too many folks who are actually getting one in the mail see them before they arrive in their mailboxes.
I really don't think the photo does the card justice.  They're so cute in person (and shakey shakey in person too with the glitter & microbeads in the globe!)
Image - Penny Black: Warm & Cold! Snowman
Techniques:  Magic Colored Pencil Technique
Cricut Cuts - George (circles for snow globe), Joys of the Season (snow globe)
Cuttlebug - Swiss Dots Embossing folder
Snowflake Paper - Digi-paper from Summertime Designs (Giving kit - Summertime Designs - She has awesome free digi-stuff - be sure to check out her blog!)
Other papers:  Bazzill Silver & White, Gold paper from JoAnns, Red & White Cardstock from my stash & Page protectors for the glass part of the snow globe (worked like a CHARM!!)
Miscellaneous - Stickles, Flat Back Red Bling for snowman buttons, MS Micro-beads in clear, MS Tinsel glitter (both MS products are the 'snow' inside the globe), Studio G 'Let It Snow' stamp and Dimensionals for 'snow' part of the globe.
Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I know how crazy everything is getting with only 7 days until Santa arrives.  Feeling stressed yet?! 
I'm so glad that tomorrow is my last day for the year so I can really work on getting everything for Christmas wrapped up.  I have Glass Blocks and Slippers calling my name.
Happy Craftin'!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Viewable Productivity AT LAST!!!

Yikes, I've been a terrible blogger this month!!  Between Christmas Decorating, Cookie Exchanging, Chocolate Making, Christmas Card Making and Shopping, I'm so confused, I don't know if I found my rope or lost my horse! (my mom in law finds some of the funniest sayings!!) 
While the Christmas cards aren't quite finished (My mission is to get them in the mail THURSDAY!!!), and because we did the cookie exchange on Sunday and I made 20 dozen (Yes, 20 dozen) cookie Saturday, I don't have much to show for in way of productivity (except a counter FULL of cookies & home made to be packaged and given away!). :o)
I did however complete a project my mom had left at Thanksgiving.  My mom is super creative and talented, she doesn't scrapbook, but she sews and knits like nobody's business.  After all the projects she's seen me do with my trusty Cricut (I think I really need to give it a name), she sees stuff and thinks of what I can do with my Cricut to add to it.
Well, this project was just like that.  She found these fun signs at Tractor Supply and brought them to me for personalization.  They're these neat wooden signs with a 3-D fence, snowman and horse with acutal cloth clothing/saddle.  A great find!
Didn't they turn out cute?? (I did the 'The Kwiatkowskis and The Colbys' part, not the Merry Christmas or Let it Snow).
There were a few others I did, but because they're Christmas gifts, I'll keep those a secret. :o)
Cricut Carts - Storybook Cart & Lyrical Letters
Well, off to work on more Christmas Cards - we only have 1 more day to get them finished before they need to go into the mail!!!
As always, thank you so much for stopping by today!  If your life is anything like mine during the holidays (crazy CRAZY and C-R-A-Z-Y), I understand how time is a valuable commodity. 
I so happy you spent some of your valuable time with me!
Tis the Season to be Jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la! (yep, dusted off the piano music today).
Happy Craftin'!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

I'm A Winner!!

I remember growing up we learned, "It's not whether you win or lose but how you play the game." or "Everyone is a winner."  Well yesterday I found out I was a WINNER (I already know I'm a winner :o), but thanks to Kelly and her fabulous blog candy, I'm a winner!!

If you've never been to Kelly's blog, be prepared to be INSPIRED!  She makes some of the most fabulous cards!  I look forward to stopping by to see what's she's created each day.  She's been on a roll with Christmas cards for her Daughter-in-law, so if you need some Christmas Card inspiration, or just super cute card inspiration, check it out!

So, click on over to Kreative Korner by Kelly.

Thank you again Kelly for the great blog candy and wonderful daily inspiration!!! 
Happy Craftin'!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Cooking + Crafting + Gift Giving = Happiness

Since I met my husband, I found a love in cooking.  We both love to cook.  He makes some amazing food - for instance, this past Saturday when we had our Turkey Day After Dinner, he and his brother made the most FABULOUS beef tenderloin.  I usually like my beef medium well or well -  I'm not a big fan of pink, or red and mooing.  Well, I had my first medium tenderloin this weekend with a fabulous horseradish sauce he made.  Can you say YUMMO!?

When I was single, my family joked that my idea of cooking was 6 minutes on high (I could boil water and make the pasta in a bag!!)  Both my mom and mother in law are WONDERFUL cooks, so I've had two great ladies to learn from.  I LOVE recipe books, recipe magazines and some fabulous recipe sites I've found.

So imagine my elation when I found this website - it combines my love for cooking with gift giving and crafting.  Our Best Bites.  Can you say FABULOUS!!

If you have time, check it out!!
Happy Craftin'!

Sunday, November 29, 2009


In more ways than just paper crafting! 
This LONG weekend was a whirl wind of of creativity......of course, not enough creative projects were completed though.  Tis' the season I guess.
Of course, I'm still working on our Christmas cards - they're getting there, but not quite finished yet.
On Saturday for our Turkey Day After Dinner, I tried my 'creative baking' skills.  I made my first Lemon Meringue pie for dessert.  My mom for years has always made Lemon Meringue pie for my dad (it's his favorite) for all the holidays I can remember.  So, this year, I thought I'd give it a try.  I learned if you beat egg whites for too long, they CAN get TOO stiff.  The pie was still super yummy though!!
I've been knitting slippers like crazy, trying to get them finished for the holiday because I learned this weekend that several of my family members have worn their slippers out (add 4 more pair to knit before Christmas to the 6 pair I'm still working on).
And the pillowcase creativity has been finished.  My mom delivered the last of the pillowcases that we worked on a few weekends ago.  They turned out way too cute.  I didn't take photos of all of them, but here are a few.  What kid or grown up wouldn't love one of these cute pillowcases?
My mom always finds the coolest stuff (see our family blog here for her neat finds).  So, she stopped at Ikea and found these hot pads (they were originally plain white).  Because of her embroidery store, NOTHING leaves the store without SOMETHING embroidered on it.  So, these are a few new hot pads and a hand towel for our kitchen.  Aren't they super cute?
So, this week, I'm hoping to get back to making a dent in my projects that involve spending time in my studio using paper and vinyl (and a few pair of slippers here and there).
Happy Craftin'!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The last of the Turkeys. . . .

And JUST in time for Turkey Day!!  I put together a few of these for our family.
It was a perfect card for Cheryl's challenge at Scrap-Friendzy - Use the scraps from your last layout.  Because my layouts have been few and far between lately, all my layout scraps were still within reach! 
I thought this image was just too funny!  The Sentiment seemed appropriate as every year after Thanksgiving I remember my mom 'soaking' what was left over of the turkey and making Turkey Soup.  Ah, the holiday memories!  : )
Image - Dustin Pike Freebie
Technique - Magic Colored Pencil Technique
Papers - Left over Scraps from a layout I did for Colin's Album 
Sentiment - Computer Generated - LDJ Noodge (Scrap N Fonts)
Miscellaneous - Doodling, Googley Eyes, Dimensionals for Turkey's feet & beak & Stickles!
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families & find some fabulous Black Friday Deals!
Happy Craftin'!

Monday, November 23, 2009

'Tis The Season!

I've been a bad blogger this past week.  There have been so many projects I've been trying to get wrapped up before the holidays.  Saturday I spent the day making mint chocolate covered pretzles.  Can you say YUMMO?  Of course Glen and I had to taste a few for Quality Control.  I haven't even made a DENT in my chocolate making for Christmas.  I still have chocolate covered cherries and chocolate turtles to make.  I'm not sure if that will take place this weekend or it it will wait until next week.  I'll be sure to share the EYE CANDY once it's all finished.
And believe it or not, once I got the chocolate off my fingers, I've been scrapping & knitting like a crazy woman.  Still working on knitting slippers for Christmas.  A few more have been added to the list and of course, I'm working on Christmas Cards.  (I thought I said I was going to have my Christmas Cards DONE in January - DOH!)  I have little snowman pieces, and scarf pieces and snow globe pieces EVERYWHERE!!  I've cut out so many little snowmen scraves I have the 'scissor-claw' going (I never knew how sore your hand could get after 2 hours of cutting little scarves out of paper.....)  We usually send over 100 Christmas cards out every year, so I have to do everything in steps.  My goal for this week is to get the Christmas Cards wrapped up.  Maybe a lofty goal, but we'll see.
Anyway, I did get a little something done yesterday that's actually FINISHED and not just in last week wasn't a complete bust! :o)
Glen's cousin 'twisted' her ankle, or so she though in the parking lot of the skating rink mid-week last week.  The update we got on Saturday was that she actually fractured a bone in her foot and is going to have to have surgery to install a pin.  UGH!  Guess that's one way to get out of Christmas shopping, huh?  So, I had to put together this little ditty for her.  Glen's family all has such a great sense of humor.  Her comment to Glen's uncle was that she was doing a double axel in the parking lot, hence the sentiment on the card.

Technique:  Magic Colored Pencil Technique
Several of the bandages and the cast are double cut and popped up on dimensionals.  It's hard to see in the photo, but it's way too cute in person.
Sentiment:  "Zeek realized the hard way that he needed to rework his parking lot double axel execution" computer generated using LDJ Noodge (Scrapnfonts); Oops! Monster-licious Graphic Set (LetteringDelights)
Miscellaneous papers from my stash (Doodlebug, Michaels stripe & Black & white dots).
Stickles:  Turquiose & Diamond
Thanks for stopping by today!  I certainly hope things aren't as crazy at your house as we gear up for the holidays, but the great thing - SHORT week this week - THOSE are the BEST kind of weeks!!!
See you tomorrow!!  Happy Craftin'!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Short Week.....

and progress to boot! 
We had yesterday off from work to celebrate Veterans Day.  Go figure, even though Veterans Day was this past Wednesday, the company I work for celebrates it after the fact - it is called 'Deer Hunting Day'.  We still celebrate Veterans Day at our house on the actual day as both of our dad's were in the service and we are so thankful for our Veterans AND our Soldiers!!!
Okay, so on that 'Deer Hunting Day' thought - Let me attempt to paint a picture for you - I grew up in a small town that actually has what they call a 'Buck Pole' at the local sporting goods store (a little town sporting good store).  All the locals on the first day of rifle hunting season that have gone out hunting and 'bagged a buck' brings their deer to the 'sporting goods store' and they all admire who got the biggest one......hmmmmm, sounds like a guy thing, doesn't it? 
Please let me remind you, we don't hunt, we feed bambi, we don't eat him (not that there is anything wrong with hunting if you do and use the meat).  I grew up in Hicksville USA, and this event each year made the front page of our local weekly paper.  It is BIG news, every year!  My dad used to go 'hunting' though it was more hanging out with his buddies, playing cards and drinking......just ask my mom about the year she packed his extra socks in his gun case and he never found them........
I prepared for another one. . . . . right about NOW!  So, we both had the day off and a list of things we wanted to check off - we're getting ready for two Thanksgiving dinners next week, so a trip to Costco was a given yesterday.  I usually go, run in, get what we need and run out.  Well, yesterday we spent 2 1/2 hours wandering through.  It was time well spent, we got what we needed and a few 'extras'.  Believe it or not, there is a crafty reason I'm telling you about our Costco trip :) I have some new 'lighting' news to share. 
My studio is in our finished basement.  No natural light.  Several years ago, before I got back into scrapbooking and was cross stitching till my eyes crossed, my folks got me an Ott-light for Christmas one year.  I love the light it gives off.  Anyway, in my studio, I have three can lights in the ceiling and up until this point, I've been using your standard light bulbs.  Yep, the ones that kind of give off the yellow kind of hue.  Well, in our wandering at Costco, we found a 6 pack of the 'daylight' light bulbs (energy savers too).  Can I just tell you HOLY COW, what a difference?!  Even Glen was completely blown away by just the difference in lighting!  You know you're getting 'old' when you get excited about lightbulbs!  HA HA! :oD
I can't wait to get back into my studio tonight!!
Okay, now that I've blah blah blahed your ear off, I want to share with you a little quickie I put together last night for my nephew for Thanksgiving (with my new lights).  I love making cards for my nephew Colin.  From the stories I hear from his mom, he always gets a kick out of 'reading' them (he's 4).  Anyway, when I saw this Turkey on a Scooter, it seemed like a perfect 4 year old Turkey card!
I used the Scrap-Friendzy "Thanksgiving Recipe Challenge."  We had a list of items we could use and we had to pick 5.  I used:  Twine, Patterned Paper, Buttons, Embossing & Distressing.
Papers:  Leaf print - Hobby Lobby, Brown, Rust & Green from my scrap stash
Image:  High Hopes Stamps (I stamped him and then enlarged him)
Technique:  Magic Colored Pencil Technique
Cuttlebug:  Argyle Embossing Folder
Miscellaneous:  Stickles - Diamond & Silver, Twine, Colorbox Olive Ink, Buttons from the button box
Thanks so much for stopping by and being patient with my yakkin' today!
I hope you're having a wonderful day!
Happy Craftin'!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Count Down to the Holidays Crop

What a fabulous weekend!  I hope you are all enjoying your time this weekend!  We certainly have.  I got a chance this afternoon to Skype craft for the first time with my best friend Shelly who lives all the way in Topeka.  What a fun time it was (with the exception of occasional dropped calls).  While Shelly and I were crafting, I was working on some of the great challenges over at Scrap-Friendzy for their "Count Down to the Holidays Crop".  The great thing about this crop (other than the amazing inspiration & projects) is that you can play for the entire month doing the challenges for Friendz Points and get some great projects created for the holidays too!!
Pop over and check out some of the neat-o challenges my Design Team sisters have posted.
I'm getting ready for our December Cookie Exchange (and homemade chocolate making) hence the Yummy Goodie Bag challenge I posted.  I used a combination of hand-stamped white treat boxes, pre-printed mini-metal tins with a little ribbon and bling I added (tins @ Michaels $1, LOVE IT), paper mache cookie box painted and paper treated and these super cute little mini-loaf pans that I'll combine with a cute cooking apron and bread mix.
Stop over, spend some time and be inspired, we'd love to have you join us!
Happy Craftin'!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Card for Noah

I wanted to share with you a card I created for Noah.  If you haven't heard about this little boy, you can see his story here.
Thanks to Aprile from the Cricut MB for the super cute Christmas Gruffie Image.
Happy Craftin'!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Invite to a Yummy Occasion!

Good Morning & Happy Hump Day!!  I've been working on several things for the upcoming "Count Down to the Holidays Crop" starting TOMORROW at Scrap-Friendzy, that I can't show you until this weekend.  BUT, here is something I can show you that relates to a project or two for the Crop!
Every year for the past 5 years, my girlfriends, moms (mom & MIL) and other family have gotten together around Christmas for a Cookie Exchange brunch.  In keeping the spirit alive for this year, we're at it again!
I'm not sure if you've ever participated in a cookie exchange, but we all love doing this each year!  I have some wonderful cooks/bakers in my family.  My mother in law makes these awesome little pecan cup type cookies among many OTHER yummy treats!  YUMMO!!  And my mom, she always finds a super neat cookie recipe too.  I end up making about 15 dozen cookies - mostly because I can't decide on just one or two recipes!!!  I ask everyone that comes to bring 5 dozen cookies.  There are usually 10-12 of us and we all make something different.  Some ladies bring two different recipes, others just do 5 dozen of the same.  Whatever the choice is, we have at least 10 DIFFERENT cookies that we all get to go home with.  And even better yet, you don't have to make all these different cookies yourselves. 
So, there's all my blah blah blah, :) and here's this year's cookie exchange invite. 
I think it's my favorite Cookie Exchange Invite so far!

Paper - Cardstock all from my stash; printed paper used for the Oven Mitt - Hobby Lobby, super cute Christmas Tree print
Cricut/Design Studio - From My Kitchen Cartridge for the Recipe Card, Rolling Pin, Oven Mitt & Recipes word; Stretch Your Imagination (I think) for the Gingerbread Man
Cuttlebug:  Swiss Dots & Distress Stripes Embossing Folders
Miscellaneous - Homemade text - Font pack from Lettering Delights; Doodling - all by hand, invite information & details - computer generated using Papyrus & LD Playful fonts; Flat backed black pearls and jeweled heart - Michaels; And of Course - Googley Eyes!
Hope you're having a great day!
Happy Craftin'!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

A Dino-mite Time

was had by all today!  What fun we had celebrating Colin's 4th Birthday at his party with all his friends and family.
This year his party was at Pump It Up.  I've never seen so much "Jumpy" stuff!
So, I said I'd share a photo of how the cake decorations turned out - here it is.
Amy got the cake at Costco & they put the writing on the cake, we did all the paper work.  BTW, the Costco cake was SUPER SUPER yummy!!!  I'm not a big cake person, but this was fantastic!
Cake Decorations were cut with the cricut using Paper Dolls Dress Up.  The Dino was cute at 5" and the little cave people at 2.5", just to give you an idea on size.
I didn't get a lot of photos, but here are a few.
Here's the birthday boy and his mama on the BIG slide!

I had to take a photo too of the Birthday Boy trying to Hula-hoop. 
When was the last time you hula-hooped?!
Thank you Colin for a wonderful day (And Amy & Andy too!)  :o)
Hope you've had a wonderful weekend!  We enjoyed 67* today - We HAD to have set a record.......I don't EVER remember it being 67* in November in Michigan.  It was an absolutely beautiful weekend!
Stay turned, starting Thursday over at Scrap-Friendzy, our "Here Comes The Holiday Crop" begins and the girls have some fabulous Holiday projects!!
Happy Craftin'!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Dino-mite Box O' Candy

I finally had a chance to get a good daylight photo of the little center piece boxes for Colin's party tomorrow.

How cute are they?  Each side of the box is different, so I thought I'd stack the four boxes to show you what each side looked like.  The sky and grass were painted with acrylic paint, everything else is paper.
I got the Boxes at Michaels, they're 4.25 x 4.25" square and actually come with a lid, but we weren't going to need those, so I've got them saved for another time or project.  The boxes were a glossy white before I got some paint & paper attached to them.
Materials -
Cricut - Paper Dolls Dress Up (all cuts except the Cloud, those were hand cut
Paper - all paper from my scrappy stash
Miscellaneous - Googley Eyes (Every Dino deserves googley eyes! :), Stickles, Acrylic Blue & Green Paint, Chestnut Roan Ink, Boxes from Michaels, Pop dots, Gel Pens for detail & liquid applique for the orange guy's horns. 
I have the parts & pieces done for the cake too, but I'll take a photo of it all tomorrow once it's attached to the cake, instead of piece by piece.
So today we're headed outside (it's going to be 60* today & tomorrow with sunshine), to take down our halloween decorations.  We might try & get the christmas lights on the gutters hung so we're not out trying to do it in the snow and ice.  Guess we'll see.  College football starts at 12:30 today.  Go Blue!  Go Green! (See, we're an equal rooting household when Michigan & Michigan State aren't playing one another!) ;o)
Happy Craftin'!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Blog Award

Thank you so much to Lynn for the Blog Love. If you haven't checked out Lynn's blog, it's definitely a stop that should be on your regular blog viewing list. You can check out Beautiful Delights

Okay, so on to the blog award -
The rules are: I need to pass this award on to five people, post on their blogs to let them know I left this award, and then I need to answer this list of questions in ONE word....
Here goes -
1. Where is your cell phone? Purse
2. Your hair? Short
3. Your mother? Kind
4. Your father? Strong
5. Your favourite food? Ravioli
6. Your dream last night? None
7. Your favourite drink? Iced-Tea
8. Your dream/goal? Many
9. What room are you in? Office
10. Your hobby? Scrapbooking
11. Your fear? Death
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Happy
13. Where were you last night? Studio
14. Something that you aren't? Tall
15. Muffins? Cranberry-Orange
16. Wish list item? Peace
17. Where did you grow up? Michigan
18. Last thing you did? E-mailed
19. What are you wearing? Turtleneck (Brrrr, it was 27* when I left for work this am)
20. Your TV? Large
21. Your pets? Kitties
22. Friends? Wonderful
23. Your life? Blessed
24. Your mood? Content
25. Missing someone? Hubby
26. Vehicle? Ford
27. Something you're not wearing? Flip-Flops :(
28. Your favourite store? Scrapbook
29. Your favourite colour? Orange
30. When was the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? Sunday (Extreme Home Make Over – darn emotional shows!!)
32. Your best friend? Hubby
33. One place that I go over and over? Beach
34. Facebook? Rarely
35. Favourite place to eat? Chili's (It's actually the Olive Garden, but that's 2 words – DOH!)
I am passing on the award to some fabulously crafty ladies:
Happy Craftin' today ladies!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Friendship...Warms the Heart

I came home to a nice 'happy-mail' surprise yesterday.  My design team sister Jean surprised me with the cutest stamps today.  The Changito stamp in slippers with 2 cups of coffee and a sentiment that says "Some mornings you just's going to be a two cup day!"  Boy, don't we all know THOSE kind of mornings?!
So, to thank her for her kindness and for thinking of me, I put together this cute little ditty - the little house mouse is just too cute .  My apologies for the crummy photo - now with day light savings time, it's usually nearly dark by the time I get home from work. 
Image:  House Mouse "Lip Smackin' Relaxin'"
Paper:  Printed - American Crafts (from my stash), Orange - American Crafts, Pink - Bazzill
Technique:  Magic Colored Pencil Technique
Miscellaneous:  Sentiment "Friendship...Warms The Heart" computer generated, Stickles & Hand Doodling
Thanks for stopping by today - hopefully tonight I can get a few photos of the center pieces for Colin's party to show you.  I was able to finish those last night.  Tonight it's the Caker Toppers and Costume Ideas, oh and a it's Thursday, so you know what that means?  SURVIVOR & CSI!
Happy Craftin'!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A Little Turkey Day Invite

Every year we host our annual "After Turkey Day Dinner" for our parents, my cousins and Glen's brother.  Because we have some 'out-of-towners', we always do it the Saturday after Turkey Day when everyone can make it into town.
Even though it's only family, I always enjoy sending out invitations.  This year is no different.  It's been ages since I've done a long card and I really like how this turned out.  Simple.  I've never made bows like this either, but love the way they turned out.
Embossed Pumpkins are from a stamp set from Joann
Versamark & Orange Embossing Powder
Paper - Rust Cardstock, Little Yellow Bicycle printed paper
Ribbon - Chocolate Brown from Michaels
Invite - Computer Generated - Ld Chicken Scratch Font from
Thanks for stopping by today and taking a look!
Happy Craftin'!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Christmas could Come Early......

Sure Cuts A Lot is giving us all a chance to win a copy of the SCAL program - so someone could be getting an Early Christmas gift!!  The more I read about the program, the more I read about the program, the more interesting it looks to me.......hmmmmmm.

For your chance, check it out here.
Happy Craftin'!


And the weekend was gone!  Wow!
I hope to have some paper craftiness to share with you tonight or tomorrow, but for now, I thought I'd share with you our Pumpkin Craftiness!  Glen and I decided to carve pumpkins on Friday night (see our personal blog for the Great Pumpkin Adventure......).
So, from -  
To these fabulous works of Art!
Pretty impressive, huh?  I'll be lighting the candles in these little babies for at least another few weeks (or until or crabby assocation board sends us a letter.......)
We went trick or treating with my nephew on Saturday (and celebrated his 4th Birthday).
  Isn't he the cutest little Birthday Boy?
Sunday after some MAJOR grocery shopping and Freezer reorganization (yep, do that every time I do a big grocery shop) I got bit by that cleaning bug.......DOH!  So much for getting to my studio......
Luckily we made a HUGE Yummy Tray of 'zagna last night, so we'll be dining on that tonight for dinner. 
'Tovers tonight = MORE TIME IN MY STUDIO!
Happy Craftin'!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Birthday Colin!

Happy Birthday to my dear nephew Colin!
Wishing you a wonderful, spooktacular Birthday!!
We love you!
Aunt Min & Uncle Glen

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Batty for You!

With Halloween just 2 1/2 days away, I thought I'd take a quick second to share with you the Halloween card I made for my hubby.  I usually make cards that are non-occasion cards and leave them where he might find them - by his coffee cup, on the bathroom counter, in the refrigerator (yep, I've put a few in there) just to name a few places.  But when one of my design team sisters at Scrap-Friendzy gave us a challenge to make a Halloween card or layout using 'non-traditional' halloween colors (no black & orange), it was an omen that I needed to bring this cute idea in my head to life.

So, that's exactly what I did!
Papers - From my Stash of course!  Yellow, DARK purple, Pink & White (the most NON-Halloween colors I could imagine).
I used Design Studio to weld and design the base of the card.
Carts:  Dreams Come True, George & Paper Dolls Dress Up
Sentiment is Computer Generated
Stickles & Googley Eyes
I cut a second bat out and popped him up on dots for a bit more dimensional.  When I welded the Circle and the Bat together, the left wing of the bat was welded to the circle.  So, that's why I cut out a second bat, so we could have both his wings.  Of course it won't go in an envie since it's a crazy size and becuase it's for my hubby, there's no reason to mail it.
Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you're having a fabulously productive day!!
Happy Craftin'!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Just a rowdy little cowboy birthday card I thought I'd share with you.  After making Colin's Purple Dino-four birthday card and having WAY too much fun making it, I thought I'd give another one a shot.

All paper used is from my scrappy basket (Black, White, Brown, Yellow & Red). 
Cricut & Design Studio:  Base Camp, George and Paper Dolls Dress Up
Cuttlebug embossing for Sun, Silver part of the Hat and Mountain texture
Stickles, Silver/Black/Brown Inks, Black Fun Flock (on the cow), Googley Eyes, a WHOLE LOTTA POP DOTS and MCPT for cow features.
It's even cuter in person!  I'm so pleased with the way it turned out!!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and taking a look!
Hope you're having a fabulous crafty kinda day!
Tonight is assembly night for 29 little goodie bags (The world series starts tonight and I've got to have something to do while we're watching it).  :)
Happy Craftin'!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Wow, where did last week go??

Do you ever have one of those weeks that when it's over, you wonder where it went and exactly what you accomplished?!  Whew, that was last week.  I spent a few days down for the count with a miagraine.  Those kind of 'bucket by the bed' miagraines.   And of course with a miagraine, comes the few days after still not feeling 100% which = low or no productivity. 
So, on Saturday when I was feeling better, let me tell you, Saturday and Sunday, boy, oh boy was the paper flyin'!
On Saturday we spent a crafty day with Amy and Colin.  Colin is celebrating his 4th birthday this Saturday (yep, my Halloween nephew).  We're getting all his goodie bags and cake toppers and things together.  So, we cut and dressed 29 little paper dolls for gift bags.  We have Witches, Rock Stars, Firemen, Pirates, Cowboys/Girls & Indians, Princesses, Pixies and Super Hero's just to name a few!
We've got some extras that don't yet have clothes for the late RSVP'ers.   In addition to the googley eyes on these little dolls, I believe there were some googley eyes that at one point were attached to a 4 year olds nose, but of course, the camera wasn't anywhere within reach.  This week I'll finish getting them attached to their little bags.  All that's left to finish cutting is the center piece decorations and the cake toppers. 
Sunday I did a bit of playing catch up until it was time to meet Amy, Colin and Susan for the Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo.  We always have such a great time.  We're still swapping photos back and forth between the three of us, but here's a cute one of 'Chef' Colin and his three little monkeys.
I was able to get a few Scrap-Friendzy projects done, which was fabulous too!! 
 These are just a few I did.  I had this font that is all pumpkins (I got it through Scrap N Fonts which has fabulous fonts and dingbats - yep, another addiction!!).  I increased the size to 325+ point, printed out a few 'layers', colored them using the Magic Colored Pencil Technique and then started layering the different parts & pieces with pop dots.  The eyes and stems were cut out and put on 1/8" dots.  Added a bit of doodling and some stickles and wal-lah.
So, that's about all for today.  I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things this week - after last week, anything is better than last week.
Hope you have a fabulous day!
Happy Craftin'!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Keep on Hangin' On!

Just thought I'd share a little quickie I put together over the weekend.  Isn't he cute?

Image - Dustin Pike
Technique - Magic Colored Pencil Technique
Papers - We R Memory Keepers & Green/Brown Cardstock
Extras - Ribbon, Stickles, Cat Tail is flocked
The inside says - HANG IN THERE
Hope you're having a super productive day!
This evening I get to spend some time with my nephew, so we'll be busy busy busy doing some 4 year old crafty-stuff (I'm sure we'll also be playing Uno Attack "Colin-style" with his Uncle Glen).
Happy Craftin'!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Good Friend Challenge Week of October 19

Whew, kind of a stinky productivity week for me last week.  Not sure how that all happened.........Those kind of weeks make me crazy!
So how did you do this week??
I finished a few things on my to do list - So, this week will be a week of playing catch up -
I finished 2 Scrap-Friendzy Challenges, including a layout!  This layout if for Tammi's Blog Hop #1 Challenge - It was to use 3 patterned papers, some bling and something old.  Papers, Check, Bling, Check, Something Old, Check!  It was so great to get back to doing layouts.  This one was a great way to get back at it. 
This is my nephew Colin.  How darn cute is he?!

Birthday cards!  I had a few I finished - one was the cute Dino-Four card I posted here.  Haven't photographed the rest of them yet, so I'll show you them later in the week. (I'm trying to get ahead of the game for November.....).
Turkey Day Dinner Invites  These are back on my to do list for this week.  I have an idea, but no progress has been made yet........I do have the paper though and that's 1/2 the battle, isn't it? :)
Work on Santa Album Design for December LSS Class - Album is designed
Gift albums  Nope, no progress here either - DOH!
Idea for Halloween Costume - I have an idea, now I just need to figure out how to execute it!
Back on the list for this week -
Scrap-Friendzy Challenges - There are so many awesome challenges the girlz have posted that I want to get to this week.  If you haven't stopped by and check out the Blog Hop or regular weekly challenges, please do, you'll be inspired, promise!
Birthday Cards - just a few more and I'll be ahead of schedule!!
Turkey Day Invites
Tinker with Albums
Slippers - KEEP knittin' em!  (I've finished 8 pair now, 14 more to go)
Tinker with Colin's Birthday extras - cake topper & goodie bags
Enjoy the Zoo Boo with Colin, Amy & Sue this weekend!!
I hope you have a fabulous week - we're supposed to get another blast of 'kind of summer like' weather this week - mid-60's, so we'll be enjoying every last little bit of sunshine we can!!
Happy Craftin'!