Archive for the ‘Holidays’ Category

A little gift for Mother’s Day…

May 12, 2008

Okay…so I’m a day late, but I had good intentions (that counts for something, right?)! It’s been over a month since I’ve updated the blog and thought it was about time to get started again. I’ve been busy with the wonderful DID class over at Jessica Sprague…and baseball games, lacrosse games, 3 May birthdays (and Mother’s Day), fundraising functions, bridal showers, and so on! It’s all fun stuff and I love every bit of it, but it just takes time. And what better way to get back into the swing of things then with a little freebie gift for you.

Jessica had provided templates and a gorgeous mini-kit to use in the quote challenge for the DID class and this is what I created using the papers and embellishments from her kit. I only added the photos (thanks to Mother Nature for providing the flowers and critters) and found the quotes to use. If you’d like, you can download the 12×12 LO’s (just click on the 4shared link under the LO’s) and then use your paper cutter to divided each page into 4 6×6 squares. The title page (not shown) has 4 seperate covers, in case you’d like to give these as a gift to any Gardener/Nature lovers you may know. I made this for my Mom for Mother’s Day using my awesome new Bind-it-all machine…since she is the ultimate nature lover/gardener!

Enjoy! (and Liv, I know I owe you a posting for my “tag”)!!!

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Food, Fun & Friends…

December 31, 2007

Happy New Year to everyone!  Hope you have a great 2008 filled with good health, much happiness & joy to you and your loved ones!

Our family is going  to spend a nice New Year’s Eve at a friend’s home…I know there will be delicious food, the kids will have fun together playing games, and we will just enjoy the company of good friends.  

We are bringing an appetizer (my sister-in-law has made it before and it’s yummy!) and the recipe is listed below.  Give it a try…it’s really simple to make!   

Enjoy your New Year’s Eve…I’ll be sending some confetti your way at midnight.

Buffalo Wing Dip:

8 oz. wing sauce

12 oz. cream cheese (softened)

8 oz. ranch dressing

2 C. chicken, cooked & shredded

2-3 C. shredded cheddar cheese

Mix all ingredients together and bake at 350 degrees for 20 min.

Serve with Fritos Scoops

Sweet Treats…

December 27, 2007

Hope everyone had a Christmas filled with beautiful moments, pleasant surprises, and sweet joys.  Here are just a few of our “sweet treats” of Christmas…





Happy Christmas to all…

December 25, 2007

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house…

Not a creature was stirring, only my computer mouse…

The children were nestled all snug in there beds, while visions of nanos & wii games danced through their heads… 

Well, you get the picture…I really can’t believe it’s Christmas Day.  I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday filled with family, good friends, delicious food, photos to treasure and warm memories of Christmas past.

If Christmas means anything, it means that all life is filled with glory and melody and joy, and that fear has forever fled (Hugh Thomson Kerr).  Take a moment today and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.  I hope you can take a few minutes and listen to the video below….it’s the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.  It truly is amazing…just like this day (and the joy of having each of you in my life)! 

Here is a reason to use your scrap tools again…

December 21, 2007

Since I started “digi-scrapping” this past June, I haven’t used any of my old scrap supplies at all. I am totally in love with digi and have crossed over to the “dark side” forever (thanks to the divine Miss Jessica Sprague). However, I dug out my corner rounder, some ribbon, a few eyelets, an under-used paper trimmer, and my new favorite tool the Crop-A-dile (which is now available at Costco, btw) and made some Christmas tags.


I actually saw something similar at my local card store with a price tag of $4.50 and I said to myself “I think I can make these!”  So, my daughter Taylor & I created some cute tags using Photoshop Elements and we have posted a freebie on 4shared as our Christmas gift to you!  There are 6 tags (each one is 5″ x 2 1/2″) and are done on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ LO…all you need to do is print them out, laminate the page (gotta love your laminator!), and trim using your paper cutter.  You can leave either a small white border or clear laminated border around them if you want.  Then just punch a hole,  use an eyelet (if you have any), and thread some ribbon through the hole…and voila! you’re done. 

Hope you enjoy the tags!


Whimsical Winter Freebie…

December 12, 2007

The “ta-da” elves have been busy at work creating some new additions to the Whimsical Winter kit!  Hope you enjoy them and use them to design some “cool” winter/holiday LO’s on those frigid winter days (unless of course you live where the temps are not quite so low & the snow doesn’t fall…in that case, you can work on them on those warm, sunny days)!!!

 Included in this part of the kit is 1 pink paper (with the word SNOW written in glittery letters), 3 postage type stamps, 3 word tags & 5 gel dots.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

November 29, 2007

It’s hard to believe that just one short week ago it was Thanksgiving! Our house has gone from “fall” to “holiday” in a matter of days. We put up & decorated our trees and set up the “Snow Village” and train set! We have 7 trees of various shapes & sizes (all artificial because of some allergy issues). Can you tell we LOVE Christmas!!!  Everyone helps out and it’s so much fun…but not so much fun, or help, when it’s time to take it all down.

Just a quick LO of some of the trees. (Thanks to Katie Pertiet for the papers & elements).

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I found a great centerpiece idea in the “Southern Living Christmas at Home” magazine that looked really pretty…and easy to do (one of my main requirements)!  You take a large glass jar, some beautiful cut branches and add a product called “Snow Real” to make the artificial winter wonderland.  I was able to find the Snow Real at Linens-n-Things , but the magazine suggested a website called  Probably any craft store would also carry it.  I haven’t made mine yet, but here is the photo from the magazine.

On your mark…get set…SHOP!

November 24, 2007

Now that Thanksgiving is over and maybe we’ve gained a pound or two…it’s time to start Christmas shopping to work some of that turkey, stuffing & apple pie off!  I think shopping is great excercise, even if you do it from behind a computer screen (just get up & run in place for a minute or so, okay maybe not)!  Anyway, one of the best things about shopping is when you can save some $.  Probably most of you know this already, but when I took my Mom to some stores earlier this week it was news to her…so I thought I’d pass this along.  She didn’t know that you could use JoAnn Fabrics coupons at Michaels and that you could use Linens-n-Things coupons at Bed, Bath  Beyond!  Some stores will let you use their competitors coupons to get the discounts, so it can’t hurt to ask them.

I’m always looking for gift ideas and it seems like alot of people love to get gift cards.  At my local food store they always have a rack of various gift certificates you can buy to stores like Nordstroms, Old Navy, KMart, Best Buy, etc..  Now don’t get me wrong, they are all great stores but nothing really unusual.  However, I did see a couple of gift cards that I thought were just a little bit different and would be great to give especially to any guys in your family that are hard to shop for.  They had gift cards to,, and even Ebay!!!

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November 22, 2007

Happy turkey day!  I didn’t want Thanksgiving day to go by without letting you know how grateful I am for my friends and family (especially my friends /family at JS).  

We’re having Thanksgiving dinner at our house and I came across a cool idea for a vase  for the centerpiece (using a fall LO I did for the NWR class)!   I bought 2 inexpensive tall glass vases at Michaels, making sure I could fit one inside the other.  I printed out the LO, 81/2 x 11, and placed it in-between the 2 vases.  This way you can see the LO curved around the outer vase, but it stays dry when you put the water & flowers in the inner one.  (Does that make sense?)   

As a little “favor” for our Thanksgiving dinner I made up small cards and inserted them in magnetic photo pockets (that I found at Linens & Things).  I can’t send out the magnetic pockets to all of you, but I can give you the link to download the cards!  Click on the 4shared link under the photo!

Enjoy your day…hopefully you find some quiet moments to count your blessings (you are one of mine)…watch the Macy’s parade…take a nap…and watch some football!

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