Thursday, September 30, 2010

Just A Few Short Hours Before.....

My official start as the October Guest Designer for Bugaboo Stamps.
Okay, so more like 18+ hours, but who can blame a girl for being excited?!  ;)
And what better day to start my guest desigining, but on a FREEBIE FRIDAY!  That's like a Party in itself!!  WOO HOO!!  I'm so excited to be part of the Bugaboo Stamps Design Team this month - talk about a very talented group of folks!  WOW!!
Here's a little something to hold you over until tomorrow - a little Oldie But Goodie from Bugaboo Stamps!
Papers - Paper Studio Prints, Coredinations Green, Orange and Blue CS Coredinations and Kraft paper from my stash
Technique - Magic Colored Pencil Technique and Paper Piecing
Punches - EK Success Scallop
Extra STUFF - Studio G Happy Birthday Stamp, Chalkbox Ink - Coral and Chestnut Roan, Miscellaneous "Happy" Stamp, Nesties "Standard Circles Large" and "Large Deckled Rectangles", Ribbon and doodling

Challenges -
Stampin' B's Design Team - Paper Piecing
Crazy 4 Challenge - Bling
Incy Wincy Designs- Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - Stitching
Pile It On - Cute and Charming
Thank you so much for stoppin' by today and spending a little of your day here. 
I always love having company! :)

FALL in Threes - This week's TTT Challenge

Be sure to pop over to Shelly's Images today and check out today's Terrifically Thrilling Thursday Challenge!!

Fall is certainly in the air now - the leaves are beginning to change color.  The apples are crisp on the trees and ready to pick and those pumpkins are darn near ready to be carved.

Can you guess what the challenge is??

Join us for this week's TTT Challenge and your chance to be one of Shelly's Images WINNERS!!
We can't wait to see what you create!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A little Tutorial for you!

Today is Tuesday and you know what that means? A new tutorial at Shelly's Images!

I love flowers and now that I have a niece, it's no wonderful to be able to put MORE flowers on layouts!
These little (or big) flowers are just fabulous for everything - layouts, cards, altered projects.

And the cool thing?  They're SUPER CHEAP to make. 
All you need is some typical studio supplies and the weird part - used dryer sheets - my hubby couldn't understand why I kept taking all of the used dryer sheets into my studio smells like one clothes line fresh basket of clean laundry!!

After seeing these little beauties, he's happy to hand over any dryer sheets he finds in his clothes that have eluded us in the folding process.  :o)

Be sure to stop over to Shelly's Images for the step by step instructions on how to make these adorable flowers.

Also, don't forget, you still have time to join us this week for Marion's TTT Challenge.  You don't want to miss participating in this challenge - heck, you never know, YOU could be our winner this week!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Trick or Treat Smell My Feet...

Give me something GOOD TO EAT!
Do you remember singing that as a kid as you rang doorbells on Halloween Night??
Makes me giggle just thinking about it!
Well, today we've got a big kid's take on the trick or treat jingle we're all familiar with! 
This is a little Trick or Treat JACKPOT- I always felt like a hit the jackpot trick or treating as a kid - we lived way out in the country and there were never very many trick or treaters, so we always got a TON of candy from just a few houses.
Ah, those were the days!
Image - Shelly's Images "Trick or Treat JACKPOT"
Paper - Doodlebug Design (OLD Halloween Paper), Core Couture (coredinations green), Black and Yellow Cardstock
Technique - Cuttlebug Diamonds Embossing
Coloring - Copics
Extra STUFF - Stickles, Dimensionals, Bazzill Orange pre-cut Border, Doodling and Black and Orange Bling
Well, there's no wandering from house to house, or singing the silly jingle. With today's JACKPOT trick or treat image, cozy on up and pull that lever!!  Well, maybe you need to do a little wandering - Wandering right over to Shelly's Images store and pick up this JACKPOT of an image!!  And the bigger JACKPOT of this is - you can get it ON SALE today only!!

Other Lovelies/Thoughtful Thursday - 'D' is for Digi
Digi Doodles Shop - Emboss it
Stamp Insanity - Embossing #28
Stamp and Scrap Saturday - Embossing
Flourishes - Celebration

Sunday, September 26, 2010

BOO to YOU!!!

So, did I scare you?! 
Bugaboo is having a Spook-tacular challenge this week - it's 3-D Halloween! And because I absolutely LOVE Halloween, it was a challenge that I just couldn't pass up! I thought a SPOOKY Treat box was PERFECT for today - No Bones about it!
I love these fun little boxes that you can make with the cricut and the perfect images to use with this little grave stone treat box is these goofy Bugaboo Ghosts!  
Didn't it turn out cute?? 
Images - Bugaboo "Goofy Ghosts - GOOFGH funny"
Papers - All Cardstock
Techniques - Distressing/Embossing with Ink and Embossing folder
Cricut - Treat box and Creepy Tree (modifyed in DS) - Happy Hauntings, Grave stones - Paper Dolls Dress Up
Coloring - Copics
Extra STUFF - Stickles (Yellow and Orange), Dew Drop Midnight Black Ink
And of course I had to join at least a FEW challenges (I LOVE THESE!!!)!
Bugaboo - 3D Halloween
AI Factory - Anything Goes
Spoonfull of Sugar - Anything Goes
Gingerloft - Halloween
Stamps r Us - Halloween
Happy Sunday!  Hopin' to get a few projects done around here today - but after all the tree cutting and hauling and barn shoveling and fence fixing we did yesterday, I'm not quite sure I can lift my arms much higher than the desk in my studio. . . . not necessarily a bad thing, huh??  LOL
Hope you have a terrific day!

Happy Sunday!

What a frightfully fun time we had last night at Shelly's Images CDAC group!
It was great to meet and play with so many great folks!
We hope that you'll all come back and join us again very soon!!

We spent another BUSY day at the farm cutting down trees and hauling them (man I'm an expert wooden igloo maker after today), we shoveled the barn and mended fences, opened up a paddock and made 2 horses VERY happy with all the new growth they get to feast on.  Then we got to spend a bit of time chatting with my folks planning our mid-October maiden voyage with the 'lake-house'.
We also enjoyed a Michigan football win, a Michigan State football win and a Stanford football win today!
WINNERS all the way around!!

Today we're layin' low and putzing around the house.  Have a few projects here and there to finish up (and even some fun & crafty projects!!).
Be sure to join us tomorrow though at Shelly's Images for our Marvelous Monday Release!
Super cute and a perfect little image for Tricks & Treats this Halloween!

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Well, it's officially Fright Night at Shelly's Images and we don't want you to miss out on the fun!!

As I said yesterday, we've got fun and games and prizes and gosh, maybe even a few freebies to send your way.

Speaking of freebies, here's a little card I put together using something you just might be able to pick up tonight......
Image - Shelly's Images "Boo Crew"
Paper - Kraft, Coredinations Green Sparkley and Basic Grey Orange
Coloring - Copics
Extra STUFF - MS Sentiment from stamp, dimensionals, Stickles, Chestnut Roan Ink and black bling
So, what are you waiting for??  You've got 30 minutes to get to your studio and join us!
Trust me, you will have a WONDERFULLY SPOOKY time!!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Frightfully Exciting!!!

You won't want to miss the excitement tomorrow night for our first "FRIGHT NIGHT" event at CDAC for Shelly's Images.

To get things kicked off right, if you stop by Shelly's Images, you'll have the chance to get into the FIRST prize drawing (and believe me - Fright Night will be Frightfully Wonderful with all the games, prizes  freebies and stuff we have planned).

Pop over to Shelly's Images Blog and find out how you can get your name in the witches hat for our first prize drawing!!

Believe me, you WON'T be sorry for joining us!!

A little Jolly Holly

with a little help from Bugaboo.
Still celebrating with Operation Write Home and Bugaboo this week has the Christmas theme.
And if you head over to CDAC, you can pick up this super cute little freebie from Bugaboo and create a cute Christmas something. 
I have to say, I think this is the earliest I've EVER made a Christmas card!  It's not even October!!!  My hubby was even a bit surprised last night when he saw this.
Image - Bugaboo "Mistletoe"
Paper - American Crafts and Kraft
Coloring - Copics
Extra STUFF - Studio G Sentiment, Christmas Ribbon and Dimensionals
Of course, because I've had so much fun creating cards based on challenges - today is no different :)
Bugaboo - Operation Write Home Christmas
Anything Goes - Cute
Bugaboo's CDAC Challenge (Holiday/Season)
Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
2 Sisters Challenge - Challenge 7 - Christmas
Creative Inspirations - Challenge 79 - 2 or more stamped images
You can still join in over at Bugaboo Stamps for OWH Christmas until Saturday (tomorrow) at 7 AM when Bugaboo's new challenge kicks off.  You can always make cards for Operation Write Home though. 
Go to their website for details.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Happy Survivor Wednesday!

I'm not sure if you have any evening television favorites now that the new season is beginning, but in our family, Survivor is one of our favorites.  It happens to be a favorite for my Sister at Heart, Shelly too!  We're all thrown for a bit of a loop lately now that it's been moved from Thursday to Wednesday.  But I'm sure we'll get used to it.

Hence the title of the post. :)

So, another Operation Write Home Birthday card is what I've created. 
Image - Bugaboo "More Turtles"
Papers - K & Company Birthday stack paper, Bazzill Border and Cardstock/Kraft from my stash
Technique - Cuttlebug Embossing "Happy Birthday" folder
Coloring - Copics
Extra STUFF - Buttons from my Unused Stash, Embroidery Floss, Jute, Faux Stitching/Doodling, Googly Eyes & French Blue Color Box Ink, Yellow Paint, CM Corner Rounder
And guess what, yep, I've been on the challenge path again.
Mojo Monday - Sketch 157
Alphabet - U is for Unused Stash
Stamp Something - Digi Image
Fairy Fun Fridays - Embossing
Totally Gorjuss - Animals
Kah-wink-E-Dink - OWH Birthday
Secret Saturday - Anything Goes
Glitterbabe - Anything Goes
Thanks so much for stoppin' by today - I always love visitors. :)
Please be sure to leave a comment, I'd love to know you were here and be able to pop by your blog and be inspired.  :o)))

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Technique Tuesday at Shelly's Images

Happy Tuesday all!  Thanks so much for stoppin by today.  I've been having wacky computer issues all day that are making me just crazy, but everything seems to be up and working correctly now (hopefully it's not user error, or id10t error (as in idiot - I learned this from my friend Jean whose son is a Computer Fixer-upper Student).  I thought it was funny.

Of course, as usual, I digress!
Today is Technique Tuesday over at Shelly's Images!  I don't know about you, but I have LOTS of scrappy STUFF in my studio - I think that's a pre-req for being a scrapper.   :)
Some days I need something that isn't quite the right color and I don't have time to chase around at the store looking for something that will "WORK". 
I LOVE being able to "MAKE THINGS WORK" without having to spend more $$.
So, pop over for a little technique reminder and some 'thrifty' scrappin'.

Monday, September 20, 2010

A Good Witch

What a Marvelous Monday!!  Thinking of a good witch takes me back to my childhood -remembering watching the Wizard of Oz - Glenda the Good Witch.  Boy, that brings back memories!!
Today at Shelly's Images, we're highlighting "The Good Witch" image - and she's just adorable for the good witches in your life.  :)
I thought I'd join in on a few challenges too (since I'm having SO much FUN with them!)
Shelly's Images (Dressed Up)
Kitchen Sink  (Ushering in Fall)
4 Crafty Chicks (Embossing)
Secret Crafter (Anything Goes)
Sew Many Challenges (Digi Image AND wet/dry embossing)
Glitterbabe's Challenge (Anything Goes)
Stamp Something (Use something Digital)
Paper Sundaes (Fall Colors)
Image - Shelly's Images "Good Witch"
Papers - Kraft, Coredination's sparkley paper (orange), Black Cardstock and White Cardstock
Techniques - Embossing (pumpkin swirls - Cuttlebug)
Magic Colored Pencil Technique
Extra STUFF - Miscellaneous Sentiment Stamp, Ribbon from my stash, Stickles and Doodling
Be sure to swing by Shelly's Images today - this fabulous image is ON SALE!!

Stop by our blog too and join us for some wonderful challenge -
Operation Write Home Birthday Challenge, Sammi's "Dress It Up" Challenge
and this week we're sponsoring the Pile it On Challenge.

AND if that isn't enough - we're gearing up for our "FRIGHT NIGHT" event this Saturday, September 25 from 6-9 pm over at CDAC.  We'd love to have you join us!  Lots of chances to win - heck right now if you stop over and add our blinkie to your blog you'll be entered into a drawing for a free image or two.  PLUS, lots of fun and heck, maybe even a spookie freebie or two during Fright Night! 
A night you definitely DON'T want to miss!!!
Whew, I'm gonna have to take a nap to keep up with all the stuff we've got goin' on this week!!
Happy Monday Friends!

Inspiration with a little ABC Challenge

Have I told you lately how much I enjoy the Anything But a Card Mondays at Bugaboo??
I love using Jodie's super cute images for cards and things other than card, but today I was really inspired to use her cute little dino's on a layout for my nephew's scrapbook.

Last year for Halloween he was a Purple Dino (he loves purple and loves dinos - so it was fitting).  Because his dad was in Japan for work the month of October last year, Uncle Glen and I got to participate in the Halloween festivities - which involved us getting some photos with the super cute Purple Dinosaur Birthday boy!
We took several photos, but this one was one of my favorite photos - for some reason Colin loves "UP CLOSE" photos and his "UP CLOSE" photos always make me laugh.  I have several from when he was super little and this is just another one in a string of "UP CLOSE" photos we've taken.  Silly Boy!

Seems his cute little sister is following in her big brothers "UP CLOSE" footsteps! LOL
Paper - Paper Studios: Dinosaurs printed paper; Cardstock and Coredinations papers; Kraft Paper
Technique - Making your own paper by stamping and Paper Piecing for Dinos
Coloring - Copics
Cricut - Alphalicious for page title
Extra STUFF - Corner Rounder, Studio G and Hero Arts Stamps, Doodling, Googley Eyes, Pre-cut Borders (Bazzill and Doodle Bug), Color Box Inks - Chestnut Roan, French Blue and Tangerine, Purple Brads and Dimensionals
Nice to at least get ONE page for his album done in less than a year (yep, by a hair, I know :)
Believe it or not this layout was also created as part of my Scrap-U Economics Class too!  What's more economical than USING what you already have to create a project?!  :)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

X Marks The Spot!

Ahoy Matey!
Did you know today is "National Talk Like A Pirate" Day???
Why do I know this you may be asking yourself?
Well, I have a nephew of course and every year, we celebrate "Talk Like A Pirate" Day!
This year is no different.  And to Celebrate - He has this super fun little Pirate Map Card headed in his direction!
Image - Doodle Dragon Studios - Map
Paper - Red Cardstock, Kraft, Bones Printed paper that has been in my stash FOREVER!!
Technique - Distressing
Coloring - Copics
Extra STUFF - Fish Netting and Computer Generated Sentiment
Hang on to your "Booty" (Jewels, not your ACTUAL Booty) tonight and watch for those lurking Pirates!
Arrrrrgggggg! {growled in my best pirate voice}

Operation Write Home

So, I was on a roll last night, but didn't take photos of the last few cards I created - hubby and I ended up playing Wii last night (we did some bowling) then we had company that stopped over late. 
So tonight, now that we're home from the farm (we spent the day cutting down tree limbs and a few trees that needed to be removed). 
Anyway, made it home, showered and are now watching football - Michigan rolled, and tonight MSU is playing ND.
Okay, enough Blah Blah Blah - This one is for the Operation Write Home Challenges that are popping up all over the place:
Shelly's Images (OWH Birthday)
Pile It On (OWH Birthday, Anniversary or Christmas)
KAH-Wink-E-Dink (OWH Birthday)
Cupcake Craft Challenge (Sketch 108) - Sounded like the perfect blog for a Birthday Card challenge! :)
365 Cards (Busy Background)
Image - Shelly's Images "Cupcake"
Papers - Everything from my stash I think the print paper is either Doodlebug or Paper Studio
Coloring - Copics ( Just realized I need to pick up a few more pinks)
Extra STUFF - Ribbon from my stash & Sentiment - Studio G, Chalkbox Chestnut Roan Ink, Candle was actually rolled paper with a little bit of embroidery floss out the top.
Can I tell you how hard it was NOT using glitter or bling?! WOW!!
Thanks so much for stoppin' by tonight.  Crummy weather tomorrow, so between laundry, a little crock pot cooking (basa and kraut - mmmmmm) I'll spend the day gettin' scrappy!!

Friday, September 17, 2010


On a Roll tonight!!  I feel like the Energizer Bunny today!!  Must be that all this creative energy needed to be released!  And better yet, I'm still on the Challenge path!

Pile It On - OWH Birthday, Anniversary or Christmas
Mojo Monday - Sketch
365 Cards - Busy Background
Image - Bugaboo "A Kids View"
Paper - All Scraps from my stash - Heidi Grace Design Forever collection
Coloring - Copics
Punch - Fiskars "Apron"
Extra STUFF - Studio G "Mr & Mrs", Bling, Diamond Stickles and Ribbon
Boy does it feel good to be back craftin' again!


I FINALLY got to do some scraftin - oops, was I trying to type scrappin' or craftin'?? 
Guess today's a make up your own word Friday.  LOL

I've been looking at all the wonderful challenges all week and just WISHING I could participate in at least a few.  We're just about done with all the peach canning and I figured I DESERVED a reward!!!!! 
FINALLY tonight, I got one!!

My Challenge Journey began with the Bugaboo Stamps/Catch The Bug Challenge (Fall and Sewing) which lead me to the Whimsie Doodle Challenge (Sew) and thinking of Sewing lead me to the Sew Many Challenges (embossing) and when I emboss I usually end up Distressing things too which lead me to the ABC Challenge (distressing)and after all the fall air and sewing, I needed to do a little Eat Sleep Stamp and used their sketch which then lead me to The Kitchen Sink (Fall).

So, after ALL that, here's what I came up with!
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "More Turtles - TURT Fall"
Paper - Kraft and Burgandy Cardstock
Technique - Heat Embossed Leaves on image
Distressing (with Ink)
Handmade Paper (leaves)
Coloring - Copics
Punches - EK Success
Extra STUFF - Burlap, Buttons, Leaves, Miscellaneous Leaf stamps and Faux Stitching
Man I love a challenge!!

And the Award Goes to....

I don't know about you all, but I follow a ton of blogs - blogs that I'm inspired by the creations that are made and blogs that the blogger makes me laugh so hard some days I nearly pee my pants.
Rae Anne falls into BOTH of those catagories!!
I found Rae Anne's blog when I found Bugaboo Stamps in January and I make an effort to stop by as often as possible (especially when I need a good laugh).  If you've never been to Rae Anne's blog, take a stop by, you won't be sorry you did.  So, because I was crazy busy with work and MORE PEACH FREEZER JAM yesterday (photos coming soon), I didn't get a chance to pop by. 
When I did today I had a super laugh and decided that I would provide Rae Anne with the award she so rightly deserves.
Rae Anne - This Award is for you!  Wear it proudly girl!!
FYI - It was almost a "Dedicated BS Crafter" or "Dedicated BS Artist" but it didn't sound quite right (funny, but not right).  The BS is for  Bugaboo Stamps just in case you were wondering.  So after rethinking medal creation and naming, this is what I came up with.

However, Rae Anne, if you're rather be a Dedicated BS Artist, let me know and I'll 'reaward' you the medal!
Happy Friday!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Operation Write Home at Shelly's Images

Join us at Shelly's Images this week as we support the efforts of Operation Write Home - an organization that supplies our War Heros who are away from home with handmade cards to send to their families.

It's easy for us to 'run' to the store and pick up a card to send to a loved one, or if you're a card maker, whip up a birthday card, thinking of you card or Love you card.  But these men and women don't have that opportunity.  Imagine how much it means to a little girl to get a birthday card from her daddy overseas.

My husband and I have adopted several of our service men and women over the past 5 years and have been blessed to hear from each and every one that we've adopted.  It broke my heart to look at the list of things they would ask for us to send in the care packages we sent.  A box of their favorite cereal, a birthday or anniversary card that they could send home, hot cocoa.  

In talking with my dad and my father in law - both Vietnam Veterans who spent time overseas - they would both tell me just how much the little things meant (a letter for THEM from home was cause for celebration!).  And even my mom being on the receiving end of getting something from my dad has often told me how much she looked forward to the letters she would get from my dad - as few and far between as they may have been.

That's why I'm all about celebrating this week with Operation Write Home.  We're celebrating with them and creating BIRTHDAY Cards!  If you join us at Shelly's Images, show us your card creations, you'll even be put in a drawing to win freebies!  :)

You can visit Operation Write Homes website for details on card size, guidelines to follow, etc and once you've created your masterpiece to share with one of our brave heros, be sure to stop by Shelly's Images and share with us what you've created!!

Support A Soldier - they give up so much so we can enjoy our freedoms!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Study of Economics

Today is my chance at trying my Professor skills at Scrap-U
We've been having SO MUCH FUN this month, getting a ton of project done and learning all kinds of awesome new techniques.

Today is no different!  Today's class is ECONOMICS. 
That's what I think of when I think of Econ. 
I think of the Econ class I had in the 11th grade that I despised going to. 
The painfully B-O-R-I-N-G Econ class in college that I HAD to go to. 
But at Scrap-U we make school FUN!!!
This is an Economics class you're NOT gonna wanna miss!!!
Stop over - you've still got 1/2 a month to join us and learn all kinds of FUN new things.
So, come join us!  Even if you're that student in the back of the room sleeping, or blowing spit balls at the ceiling - you're welcome to join us - we LOVE a little SPICE - the more the merrier - no matter what kind of scrappy student you might be ;o)
School is BACK in session!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Man, Do Peaches Ripen QUICK!

I tell you, yesterday the peaches felt okay, not too squishy, like I had a few days to tinker around before I started peeling and canning them and then today, HOLY COW, like OVERNIGHT, they're RIPE and going to be peach jam instead of lovely peaches in jars.  How in the world did that happen??
Heck, the last time my mom and I made peach freezer jam, we couldn't find any RIPE peaches to save our lives.  This fall, I've got more ripe peaches than I know what to do with.
I wonder if they're comin' out my ears yet......
Guess I know what everyone's getting for Christmas this year??  LOL
At this rate, I may be taking orders for Peach Jam this year - any takers?? 
Umm, Yah, so that's my story today and probably tomorrow.
Photos to follow of course :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Happy Monday!!!

Whew, how is it weekends go SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FFFFFFFAST - even when it's a 3 day weekend??

Friday we spent the day at my folks.  They had their "Lake House" pullin' truck delivered.  Now all we need to have done is the hitch installed and they're good to go where ever the wind takes them!  Or course, there were a ton more veggies we picked - about 5 pounds of beans and about 7 or 8 pounds of roma tomatoes (along with green onions and peppers).  Friday night was a late night - at 12:30 am I was baking a HOMEMADE Carrot Cake for my mom's birthday on Saturday and at 1:30 my hubby was cleaning the 9 pounds of ribs we planned to dine on Saturday evening with friends and family while cheering on the Maize and Blue.
We cheered them on all right - we cheered them on to a BIG win over the whining Irish. What a great game! We got to enjoy my niece and nephew Saturday too! Colin was so fun honking the horn with Uncle Glen when Michigan scored.
My Sweet Sucky-Thumb Niece
This is what we call "EXTREME BABY CLOSE-UP" at our house!!
My dad enjoyed the game, mom is now making super cute little felted pumpkins (I'll be sure to take a photo and show you.....yep, will be makin' some of those soon!).  Mom K got to snuggle with Natalie, Glen got to BBQ with his bro and I got to make twice baked potatoes that were super yummy with the help of Colin.  We had YUMMY viddles, great company.  After everyone left and we made our way through four loads of dishes, we had a few beverages with our neighbors - always a good laughin' time.

Sunday, Amy, Susan and the kiddos and I had a birthday lunch planned. We enjoyed lunch on the patio at Bar Louie (SUPER YUMMY Tuscan Chicken Pasta - mmmmmmmm!) and then played on the oversized food with the kids. It was the perfect way to wrap up a weekend - but it went WAY TOO FAST!!

My ROCKSTAR nephew at lunch on Sunday

A Happy Girl

Spending time with the Raz kiddos and mama was kind of bittersweet - we learned late last week that they are moving to California.  Daddy Raz was offered a terrific job opportunity, so the fam is packin' up and headed to Cali.  Of couse we're very sad to see them moving (especially THAT far away), but heck, it gives us a REASON to FINALLY visit California (hubby and I have never been).  So for now, we're spendin' as much time as we can with the kids and enjoying them here.

So, with all the entertaining, cooking, lunching, applesauce making and veggie pickin', you can understand why I haven't made it to my studio since Thursday......I'm hoping tonight after a little peach cannin' I can get a little scrappy therapy in.  And maybe, just maybe I can share a little somethin' crafty with you tomorrow?!  LOL
P.S.  Can I tell you I made the yummiest homemade applesauce last night - on a whim I picked up "Pink Lady" Apples the other day when I went to the grocery store.  Can you say AMAZING?!  If you've never tried them before - I STRONG recommend it!!  :)

Fright Night at Shelly's Images

It's a Frighteningly Marvelous Monday at Shelly's Images today!  All in time for Halloween!!
This week our newest Design Team Sista Sammi is hosting over at Shelly's Images and you've just got to stop by and take a look at the terrific "Fright Night" image - those cute kids dressed up in their Halloween costumes.  Today only you can get "Fright Night" for a special discounted price.  Or for a great deal, you can get all four of these super fun Halloween images!!

Be sure to stop by Shelly's Images and see what Sammi and the girls created using these super cute images!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Causin' a Scene!

Over at Shelly's Images - Scrappy is causing a scene today - with today's TTT Challenge. 
 Well, she's not causin' the scene, but she wants YOU to cause a scene. 
No, not that kind of scene where everyone looks and whispers - a viewing scene.
So, here's my attempt at causing a scene...
Creepy Crawly and Spooky Haunting!
Image - Shelly's Images "Haunted House"
Papers - MME - Polka Dot, Black Cardstock and Green sparkly Coredinations
Technique - Magic Colored Pencil Technique
Cricut - Alphalicious for "Spooky"
Cuttlebug - Bats and Spider Die Cut
Extra STUFF - Eyeballs - Who doesn't love EYEBALLS :)  LOL  And that super cute little dish - Michaels for a buck!  Googley eyes and Stickles - Of course a Halloween Card just wouldn't be complete without these two extras!
This has also been entered in the challenges below:
Cowgirl Up - Anything Goes Challenge
Ann's Creative Nook - Fall Flair
Incy Wincy Designs - CELEBRATE Challenge #58
Tuesday Throwdown - Celebrate Fall
The Creative Cottage Challenge #22 Celebrations
Be sure to swing by Shelly's Images and join for this week's challenge.  Believe me, if you make a scene, no one's going to point and whisper today (though we may point and say WOW viewing your fabulous creations!)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sniff Sniff

My sweet little nephew went to his FIRST day of Kindergarten. 
It seems like just yesterday he was a little itty bitty Halloween baby (Colin the day he came home from the hospital with his momma in his Halloween onsie and sockies Aunt Min and Uncle Glen got him).
To this wonderful little boy who is a terrific big brother that loves to sing and learn and make us smile each day.  We love him more and more every day.
Boy, I'm glad I didn't have to deliver him to his first day of school - I would have been a wreck and I'm just the Auntie!!
Because the First day of Kindergarten is a special day, it deserved a special card for a special little boy.
Papers - everything is from my 'tover bin.  The green paper was enhanced with stamped numbers and the white 'school' paper was hand stamped
Coloring Method - Copics
Punch - EK Success punch
Extra STUFF - Stamps used are all Studio G, Color box inks and Red Ric Rak
If you think this turtle is cute, stop over to Bugaboo and check out this little dude's friends. He's got a whole bunch - and some that are perfect for the upcoming holidays - Halloween, Turkey Day and Christmas!
And we absolutely had to share a photo of my sweet niece.
How sweet is she??

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

OOPS & Technique Tuesday at Shelly's Images

Every have one of those days. . . .you know THOSE days when you LOSE track of WHAT day it IS?!  Yep, that's what I gone and done today.  After our super nice LONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG weekend, I completely FORGOT that today is TUESDAY, NOT Monday.  Know what that means? 

It means I made an OOPS and compeltely FORGOT to tell you about the great new SPOOKY "Haunted House" image that was released at Shelly's Images.  You can check out the great projects the girlz created here.  The super cool thing - Shelly has put together a SPOOKY "Halloween Collection" of four images for a great price.  
Aren't these just WAY CUTE?  How can you not want to pick up the whole set?! 
I love Halloween and EVERYTHING about it, so you can bet these cute little images will be in my collection before you can say HOCUS POCUS!

And because TODAY is TUESDAY - Scrappy has got a great Technique/Tutorial posted today HERE.  You're not gonna want to miss this one - it's got all kinds of super great ideas!

Well then, now that I have my days back in order, I'd better get craftin'!
Thanks so much for stoppin' by today!