One of the things I love to do is participate in the Bazzill card swaps.  In trying to find “just the right one” for the swap, I go through many different versions of the card throughout my creative process.  We have to use all Bazzill paper products, including their line of printed paper.  I’ve had a lot of fun participating, and do one about every month.  Here are some of the cards I’ve sent in, as well as some of the cards I made that I didn’t settle on initially.  The Christmas card was not part of any swap, and I don’t even remember which cardstock I used.  I just love how it turned out, though!  Thanks for looking!


Bazzill paper: Vintage Marketplace. All materials by Bazzill, except the twine, which I think is Doodlebug.



Paper, flowers, and rhinestones are from Bazzill; Pin in from Pebbles, and Ribbon is from CTMH.



Paper and rhinestones are from Bazzill; Pins and Ribbon is from CTMH.



Cardstock is Bazzill; Ribbon is SU!, and rhinestones are Recollections.



Cardstock is Bazzill; Stamp and arrow is CTMH. Bon-bon rhinestones; ribbon is SU!



Cardstock is Bazzill; Celebrate Stamp and stars are CTMH. Miles Birthday cake is from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps (colored with CTMH watercolor pencils and blender pen); ribbon is SU!



This is for my dad for Father’s Day. Bazzill cardstock and Authentique patterned paper. Making Memories alphabet stickers; CTMH Arrow and round studs.



This is my favorite card right now. Bazzill cardstock; Authentique patterned paper. CTMH buttons, corrugated circle, hemp; Making Memories alphabet stickers.





So I just realized it’s been over a year since I last posted anything. I don’t know how people do it. I can’t seem to find the time. Maybe it’s just that I don’t think about it. It seems I’m always doing something, whether it’s running the kids to activities, shopping, working, shopping, dinner, laundry, shopping… well, you get the idea. I do find time to retreat to my craft room often enough, it’s just that I don’t remember to take photos of projects I make. Today I’ve grabbed everything I could easily find and took pictures so I could share them with you. You’d think that after getting my own crafting room/space, I’d be more organized. Uh, not exactly. Now I just have more stuff, and more places to put more stuff, so I still can’t find anything! That must mean I need to organize my room – again. It’s seems it’s a never-ending process. Anyway, (if I can remember how), I’m posting some of my cards and projects today. The frames and cards below are using all CTMH products (except the frame, which is from Michael’s). The “family” frame was actually designed by Kelly Triggs. She is so talented! I then took her idea and created the “star” frame. Hopefully it will give you some inspiration for your own projects. Thanks for looking!


I used all CTMH products. The “star” of this card is the superhero paper. Even if you don’t have a use for superheros, the paper is so versatile and can be used for almost anything!


Again, using all CTMH products. The paper pack is Florentine. I used the Cricut and the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the flowers, and colored the new color-ready seam binding ribbon Sweet Leaf.


I used the Superhero paper pack (again), and cut the stars with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. The coragugated (sp?) starts are part of the Milestone shapes pack.


This is using the Florentine Paper pack. This frame used only 1 sheet of paper! Kelly Triggs is so talented (I think I’ve said that before, right?)

I’m Baaaack!!

The hubby just went to the gym so I had a few minutes to post while the kids are getting ready for bed…

I’ve been away for a while, but I’ve had some things to do and haven’t had a lot of time until now.  I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on.  I made some beautiful wedding invitations for my sister-in-law’s wedding, as well as the party favor boxes for the reception.  I also made a gorgeous birthday card for a swap I joined at my LSS, so I’ll post that later in the week, too.

I just got back from the Creating Keepsakes Convention that was here in Mesa this weekend.  My friends and I had a such a great time, and we made lots of fun projects, and bought some really cool new toys and, yes, you guessed it, TONS of beautiful new paper (which, everyone knows, you can never have too much paper!!).  We’re already making plans for next year!!  Anyway, I can’t wait to show you some of the layouts I made and the fun embellishments I created with my new tools. 

But I am now back to the real world and my kids deserve some attention today, so we’re going to snuggle before bedtime.  I promise to post some things in the next few days, and I hope you have a great week!  Thanks for looking!

What the heck am I doing???

Okay, so today’s post comes from my complete and utter frustration with blogging!!  In playing along with this week’s H2H challenge, I created a new page to post my card.  I uploaded it successfully and even linked to it successfully, but now where in the heck is it???  Well, it is here, but for the life of me I don’t how how to get there from my blog homepage!  I can’t see it, I don’t know where the link is, and just looking at my blog, it appears I didn’t even POST anything for today!   My son has been asking me all day to create a blog for him, and I can’t even figure it out for myself!!  It is my sincere hope that one day I will figure all this out before my kids grow up and move out.  Until then, I will keep posting in my own helpless (hopeless?) fashion, and hope that people will be able to get here -wherever “here” is!!  Luckily this is not my livelihood, or I would surely starve!  Happy Saturday!

H2H (finally)

The whole reason for me wanting to create a blog was so that I could participate in challenges!  I’ve been following for a long time, but have never really figured out how to set up my own blog.  So now that I’ve finally figured it out, I can finally participate in the challenges!  That is a big part of what motivates me to create, besides my beautiful family, of course!  So now that I’ve started my blog, here is my very first challenge post – yay! 

This challenge required using animals or birds on your layout/card.  I love butterflies, and I used a sponge dauber to ink several colors on my butterfly.  I used all CTMH products, with the exception of a border punch on the inside of the card, which is a MS border punch.  I used the Miracle paper pack (again.  This is turning out to be one of my favorite paper packs).  I also used the kraft color ready self-stick borders.  These are great to use even without adding color to them, which is what I did here.  I LOVE bling, so I used the bitty sparkles on the butterfly (from the Delight stamp set) and on the flourishes.  I finished it off with some ribbon from the designer ribbon rounds.

I added a small strip of paper on the inside to finish it off

Thanks for looking today!  Have a great weekend!

The Drink Store

Daddy typically takes Alyssa to school almost every morning.  And, almost every morning we go through a similar routine:

Alyssa: (whining) Mommy, I want you to take me to school today.

Mommy: Honey, I’m late, I can’t.

Alyssa: (Still whining – and louder) Will you get me dressed?

Mommy: (flustered because I’m late) Okay, but get out of your Jammas for me and I’ll help you.

Alyssa: (still whining) But I want you to do it!

Mommy (very frustrated):  Alyssa, pllleeeaaasse, just get undressed!

Alyssa (crying): WWAAAAHHHHH!   But I want you….

Mommy: Alyssa, I can’t take you.  We have to plan these things.  I’ll take you tomorrow. I will help you get dressed though.

Alyssa:  Complete MELTDOWN! (but she finally lets me dress her)

Daddy:  Alyssa, how about I take you to the drink store (Chevron)?

Alyssa:  (smiling – smugly). Okay.

When Daddy takes her to the drink store, she usually cons him into getting some $5 juice box that she either doesn’t finish before getting to school, or doesn’t even like.   Today, Daddy was able to get by with just giving her a cookie this morning, which she both liked and finished before she got to school.  I’d be mortified if they knew what she ate in the morning!  I guess we have to pick our battles.  At least she gets her vitamins, right?  That’s the only way to justify her diet of yogurt, cookies, cereal, cheese, and macaroni and cheese.  And chicken nuggets – but not for breakfast (that one is for you, Elaine!!).  Of course, her daycare might know her eating habits now, but I seriously think only 2 of my friends actually read my blog, so I’m probably safe.

Anyway, my husband just left for the gym, so I knew I didn’t have to rush to make dinner.  So instead, I sat down and created something for you.  This card is made from the new Miracle level 2 paper pack from CTMH. I LOVE this paper.  It’s so versatile and the colors are beautiful!  I used a SU border punch, the new kraft color ready (self-stick) borders from CTMH (uncolored), a large flower punch from Paper Shapers, a sparkle brad from CTMH, and the sentiment is from the new Card Chatter Birthday stamp set from CTMH, stamped in Chocolate. I finished off the inside of the card with a stip of paper along the top and stamped the second half of the a sentiment.

...and the inside of the card

Thanks for looking today!

Stone (cold)…

I ran in to Walmart to get McDonalds for the kids over the weekend, but there was going to be a slight wait.  So I decided to browse the movie section while I waited.  I had been waiting to see this movie “Stone” for a while.  For those of you who may not know me, it is not unusual for me to buy a movie or two (or three hundred!!), so I went ahead and bought it  sight (movie) unseen.   We watched it last night.  Let me just say that both my husband and I want our hour and 45 minutes back!!  Great actors do not a great movie make!  I usually like Ed Norton and DiNiro films.  It was boring, depressing, and a complete waste of time.  Not to mention the ending was strange.  It was so bad we didn’t even waste our breath trying to figure it out!  I wish I’d just read my book or even gone to bed! 

I would, however, like to share something I did yesterday that was at least semi-productive, and NOT a waste of time.  Besides making blueberry bread (yum!) I have a card to share.  Like yesterday’s card, it’s also made from the Wings paper collection.  It is a 6×6 card and showcases the paper a little more than the one from yesterday.  I used the January Stamp of the Month for the images and sentiment, black ink around the torn edge, and some CTMH Crystals.  I used a sponge dauber to color the butterfly different colors (black and vineyard berry), then I cut out the images. 

This is the inside of the card.

As I play with these papers more and more, I have decided that I really like this paper pack.  But then again, I’m a sucker for paper in general, anyway!  It is really pretty, though.  Thanks for stopping by today and looking!

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