Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Bit of Random

Happy Wednesday!

I don't have anything crafty that I want to share today. Instead I just thought I would 'talk' and share some recent photos.

For the past couple of months... I have been scheduling my posts in advance... sometimes a week at a time. I am still getting accustomed to being on a few DT's and I have found that this helps me to keep up! However... I don't feel like I 'talk' a lot anymore! Sometimes I am fine with that and sometimes I am not! I am going to try and throw in a talk post here and there. A picture post here and there. And who knows what else here and there! :)

I am selling some of my supplies that I don't use often... in hopes of making enough money to buy a new printer. I have my eye on an Epson printer. I really really really want to start scrapbooking more. Carver is already 5 and I haven't scrapped anything. Oh wait... I did scrap one page a long time ago! :) If I have to send the photos to print and then go pick them up or wait for them to be delivered... I am afraid I won't stick with it. So... I have decided that I need a good printer so when I am in the mood to scrap... I can just print what I want to scrap right then and there. I am also thinking about starting Project Life or my own version of it in April. I thought I could start on my 35th birthday since I didn't start at the first of the year and just keep up with it from year to year in that way.

If you saw yesterday's post... you saw that I have recently transformed my craft room. I am anxious to get started on another room! For the past couple of years... especially last year... we have worked really hard to pay off our debt. We are not done yet... we have acquired some more this year ... we had to get a new to us vehicle and momma needed a new laptop. :) BUT... even with all of that in mind... God has continued to provide and we are looking good as of right now! Our house really needs some TLC... all of it... so I have declared this year as the year of the house! :) I am tired of not doing things because we need to pay off debt. I don't plan to go crazy and spend a ton of money but I do want to fix it up a little at a time and make it the home that we want. One that we will happily live in for many more years... Lord willing! You can only let things go for so long!

Carver starts Kindergarten in the fall.... I CANNOT BELIEVE IT! I am not too upset about it right now but I find myself thinking about it more and more each day! My friend, Kim, and I talk about homeschooling and how good it sounds ...a lot lately! :) I have also been thinking... "we did it". When we made the decision that I would stay home with Carver... we weren't sure if we would be able to swing it. It is so strange to look back and think... wow... we did it. That time has gone by so fast. When I say we... I really mean... God! I feel so blessed to have been able to stay home with Carver. God has provided above and beyond and I am so thankful for these past 5 years! I am thankful also for a husband who works his tail off to provide!! He is a keeper! :) I don't plan to go back to work right away when Carver starts school. I am not really sure what I will do. I need to start praying about it more! I would love to stay home and be able to volunteer often in his class. I wouldn't mind picking up a part-time... part-time job if you know what I mean. Work a little but still be able to be with Carver at school whenever his teacher will allow. :) That is the plan as of right now but we will see what God has in mind!

I have joined several DT's lately and I find that I am really enjoying that more than I thought I would. It has been fun getting to know more crafty women and it seems that I always have plenty of blog content! :) Not to mention that I get to play with the latest and greatest stamps from some great companies! I still submit for publication but I have kind of taken the pressure off of myself. I have given up on my dream to be a Go-to-Gal! :) I am not that talented/diverse and that is okay! I just am who I am and I want to be happy. I think God changed my heart on the whole Go-to-Gal thing. I still LOVE my Paper Crafts and I am pretty confident that I always will. I think that is the problem. I think if I ever was a GTG... I would just be one big stress mess! I would want to do such a good job that I would constantly stay freaked out. LOL! I am trying to pay attention to myself. On nights that I don't feel like crafting and working on a call or DT work... I don't. A lot of times I find myself really wanting to work on a project (like getting my craft supplies ready to sell) and I ignore it and try to push myself to make cards. I have realized that I don't come up with great cards... or cards that I like... when I do that. It is best for me to just do what I really want to do and concentrate on making cards or whatever... when I feel like it.

I am still not great at keeping up with my google reader. I wish I did better at keeping up with all of you. The truth is... there is only so much time in the day! Those of you with jobs or kids or both... I am sure you totally understand! I do most of my computer stuff... emails, etc.. at night after my son is in the bed. I do all of my crafting at night after his bedtime. I am trying really hard to not be consumed with it during the day... concentrating on our home, errands, and just being mommy and wife. Some days I run in my room and check my email more often than I would like but I am doing some better. My thoughts are definitely not consumed all day long with crafting and that makes me happy! I guess I am just trying to work myself out of some bad habits that I have gotten into.

It is midnight and I am still up typing this post so I am obviously still not doing a great job at getting in the bed earlier. I do some nights but most nights... I am still a late night owl. I want to do better though. I want to exercise... drink more water... lose weight. I am ready to go clothes shopping but I have refused to buy many new clothes until I lose weight. It has been 5 years now... it is getting old. I am ready to be all girly... well... kind of girly. I have NEVER been the girly type. I will still wear my jeans and my chucks most of the time but I am ready to be not so big and buy some cute clothes! :)

At the first of the year... I kind of just made goals for the year. I don't do well with starting anything on New Years and sticking with it. I decided to just make a goal to improve a lot of things this year... all year long. So far... so good I feel like. I still have a positive attitude about it so... that is good! :)

Wow... I didn't know I had so much to ramble about! :) I guess it has been a while since I have just put what is on my mind/heart on my blog! It feels good!

I thought I would share some recent pics of my little man. I LOVE Instagram!!!!

 This was taken on Friday at the Science Museum. I just love the look on Carver's face. He looks guilty! He was just eating a cookie and we gave it to him so he wasn't doing anything he shouldn't. I also love that he has chocolate all over his mouth! :) 

 This one and the next few pics were taken on Monday. It was a beautiful day so after Carver and I ran some errands... we went to a local park. Instead of playing on the playground... Carver wanted to walk on the track. We spent a lot of time playing under a bridge. Pretty cool place to take pictures. 

 He had to step in the water to see how deep it was. We started to walk across to the other side but it was a little too deep. I didn't want my entire foot wet. 

 He has grown up so much lately. He keeps getting taller ... I guess that is what he is suppose to do. I have noticed that he has really matured a lot the last few weeks. Almost a totally different little boy!

 He had so much fun just throwing the big rocks into the water! :)
He wanted to throw this one in and begged for me to help him! 

We walked about a mile total. For a boy who has so much energy all the time... he can get lazy when it comes to walking. I had to carry him part of the way back! No wonder my back has been hurting! :) 

Well... I guess I will hush now and maybe get ready for bed soon! Thanks for visiting and enduring my ramblings! :) And thank you all for the sweet comments about my craft room! 

Peace and Love!

Monday, February 27, 2012

My Craft Space

Okay... I am finally ready to share pics of the improved craft room. First though... I must share what the room looked like before.... don't judge me! :)


 I don't remember why I had that curtain up like that... it wasn't always like that but hey... lets be honest... even hanging down... it didn't help the looks of the room. Ha!

 Easy to see why I was feeling very uninspired when I sat at that desk!

 As you can see... it was the catch all space!! Now... 


 There is a reason that I wanted a certain look for my blog... because I wanted the same look for my room! :) We added paneling (which I want in my whole house)... new floors (they are vinyl... we thought we bought laminate until we opened the box... oops... but it was cheap and looks good)

 We put new molding down... just 1x4s... on the top too which we didn't have before. I ordered a new chair from Ikea... one that didn't hide the whole desk and went better with the room (also a cheap purchase compared to others out there).

 We took the cheap looking marble window seal out and cased out the window. I don't do well with curtains... I just don't like them. We had faux blinds but I am not a huge fan of those either. We went with a cheaper shade and I actually love it. So easy to roll up and let the light shine in. One day I wouldn't mind having shutters but they are way expensive. When we finish redoing the rest of the house... maybe we will purchase them for all of the front windows... who knows. Until then... I really do like the shade! :)

I like the look of the shelf standards on the walls and it allows me to move the shelves as needed... without making more holes in the walls. Crafters need flexible shelves! You never know when your storage needs will change.
This is how I store my cardstock and important paperwork. The cat has been kicked out of this room so at some point we will replace that door! :) I am not sure right now what I will put on that wall... if anything. I like the white space! Oh... and the handy hubby mounted my lights on the wall so they don't take up floor space with their HUGE stands. :) 

This corner is where my light box/tent was set to go. As we were working on the room and Michael came up with a way to mount my lights... I decided to make this Michaels corner. My craft room is downstairs and Michaels desk is in the bonus room. He has said for a long time that he wished we could be in the same room. Now he can come down and work on his laptop while I work at my desk. He has put in a request for a lamp so I am going to have to come up with a way to work that in at some point. Notice the blue doors!! I wanted to keep the room white and add color in ... in other ways. I decided to paint my closet doors.... and I LOVE THEM!

This is what those pretty blue doors hide! :) Michael put me several rows of shelves so I could hide the bulk of my supplies behind closed doors. I didn't take a picture of it before and I wish I did. It was just a single shelf that had our clothes hanging... with stuff jammed on the top of the shelf and on the bottom. Now our 'off season' clothes are folded and stored on the very top shelf. You can barely see them. LOL! This closet is a little more packed than I would like but some of what is in there will be used in the months to come so it will get cleaned out a little here and there. 

 Maybe my most favorite thing about my improved space!!

My orange desk is also a favorite!!

So... there you have it! :) I love my new space!! I am thankful to have a hubby and family/friends who could do the work and did it willingly to make it happen! 

I love that I have room now to set up a table for a friend to come over and craft. We don't have to go to the kitchen table. 

I can't wait to get started on the rest of the house! :) Believe me though... none of them look like my craft room did!! I promise I am not a hoarder! Just the opposite actually!! I have already been thinking about what we could do to the attic to finish it out and make it a very organized storage space... and I have it pretty organized already! I get rid of everything! Carver asks me a lot if I got rid of something if he can't find whatever that something is. Sometimes I did... sometimes he just can't find it. :) 

It is funny to see how my style/taste has changed over the years. My house is colorful... it always has been. Now I want all of the rooms to be white. I still love color but I want to add it in... in different ways... not painted on the walls.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my new space and read my ramblings! :) 

Peace and Love!


Turn Up The Music

Happy Monday!!

Today I am showing a card that will be on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog today. It uses the set Old School Rock!! You can visit the Sweet Stamp Shop store... here! I love this set... soooo fun!

Make sure to check the SSS blog all this week.... the March releases will start making their debut on Wednesday. You WANT to see them!!! There is also a fab guest designer on the blog tomorrow!

I hope you had a great weekend! Ours was very busy but great!

Make sure to check back tomorrow.... the plan is to post pictures of my new/improved craft room! Yay!!  Speaking of... I have sold several items off of my new For Sale page but there is still lots left. Make sure to check it out if you haven't already! :)

Thanks for visiting!! Love you guys!

Peace!! :)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

For Sale

Popping in on a Saturday to say that I have added a For Sale page on my blog! Make sure to check it out and email me if you are interested in anything! I hate to guess on postage... I would rather work it out when I know what is going and where it is going. I don't want to overcharge or undercharge! :) So just shoot me an email if you want something and we will work it out...!!

I will be back on Monday ... and I plan to FINALLY show the pictures of my improved craft room sometime next week.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 24, 2012

MIss You



Happy Friday! Yay!! Friday!

Today I am sharing a card that I made a while back for a Paper Crafts call!

I love this set from Purple Onion... it is called Road Trippin'! I also used some Paper Smooches... Sentiment Sampler, Halloweenies, and Alphadot!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

Peace and Love!

BTW... I added a For Sale page. I am nowhere near done with it but I wanted to go ahead and 'put it out there'. If you are interested in anything on the page already... email me at and we can discuss shipping/payment! :)  I hope to have the rest up by the first of the week!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Feb 23 - March 7

Happy Thursday (again)!

This is my second post for the day... you can scroll down to see my Whisker Graphics post! :)

So.... today starts another new and fab Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge!

Check out the inspiration picture...

Here is my interpretation....

I used Chubby Chums by Paper Smooches on my card... such a cute little owl! And I love the Wooohoooo! I say that all the time! :)

Make sure to check out the SPARKS blog to see all of the rules and see what prizes are up for grabs. Not to mention... the other design team projects! :)

Thanks for visiting! We can't wait to see what you make!

Peace and Love!

Buzzworthy with Whisker Graphics

Happy Thursday!

I have this card on the Whisker Graphics blog today!

I used the Giddy Bugs stamp set by Paper Smooches and Lemon Divine Twine by Whisker Graphics!

Sorry for keeping it short and sweet! I am not very talkative at the moment! :)

Peace and Love!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Feel Better Soon

Happy Wednesday!

I am back today to share another creation using the Avocado Arts February Kit called Wishes and Kind Thoughts!! You can read about joining the AA kit club here! :)

I kept this card very CAS. I just stamped my image and sentiment on my card base. I colored in the dots on that super cute umbrella in a rainbow fashion! :) Then rounded the corners and I was done! :) With such cute stamps... it is easy to make a card to cheer someone up in no time flat!

Did you know that Avocado Arts has Digital Cut Files to go along with their stamp sets? Here is this months set and cut files that can also be purchased!

Make sure you check out these talented Pit Crew girls to see what they have to share with you today!!

Avocado Arts
Emily Branch
Emily Leiphart
Savannah O'Gwynn

Peace and Love! :)

WCMD Hop Winners (A Day Early)

Happy Tuesday!

I wanted to go ahead and pick/post my winners for the WCMD Paper Crafts blog hop. I am a day early... look for the rest of the girls to post their winners tomorrow.

I have a post to go live tonight that I want to leave up all day tomorrow. AND... I wanted the winners to be posted separately. :)

Thank you all for the sweet comments... and Congrats to the following ladies...

Prize #1 - Paper/Stickers ... 
Ashley said...Your cards are super simple and amazing!!!

Prize #2 - Stamper/Stamps ...
Jeana said...Great cards!

Prize #3 - Paper Crafts March/April Mag... 
Annette said...beautiful cards fun to be a part of the blog hop...congrats...thanks for sharing..

Peace and Love! :)

Friday, February 17, 2012

World Card Making Day Winners Blog Hop

You guys are in for a treat today!

The winners of the 2011 Paper Crafts World Card Making Day Contest are joining in on a weekend hop where we will all be sharing some of our winnings with you. :) Tifany DeGough had the bright idea to do this and she deserves all the credit!

I chose to share a couple of Christmas cards today since that is the category that I had a winning entry. I used "Wishes" Ornament and Christmas Light by Penny Black.

You can start the hop at the Paper Crafts Connection blog.

If you came to me from Julie Day... you are right on track. :)

Make sure to leave me a comment and a comment on each participating blog. I have 3 prizes to give away today.

One person will win this box of paper and such....

Another person will win this PSA stamper and 2 stamp sets.....

And a third person will win a copy of the Paper Crafts March/April 2012 issue. Thank you Paper Crafts for adding to our giveaways! :)

After you leave me a comment... your next stop on the hop is Kelly Rasmussen.

I hope you have a great weekend!

You have until Monday, February 20th @ 11:59 PST to comment. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 22nd.

Peace and Love! :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Let's Rock Out

Happy Thursday!

Today is my first card share on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog!! Yippee!!

I used this set.... which can be found here ... in the shop! Totally rockin' set!! It is called 'Old School Rock'! I just love that cassette tape... brings back some good memories!

I also used 'Sweet Alpha Doodles' for the type...

Thanks for visiting!!

Peace and Love! :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wishing You A Wonderful Day

Happy Wednesday!

Today the entire Pit Crew are sharing projects using the Avocado Arts February Kit called Wishes and Kind Thoughts with a sneak peak of the March Kit called Springtime Celebrations! You can check out all of the details of joining the AA Kit Club... here!

Here is the February kit... soooo cute!

For my card... I just stamped the image (from Wishes and Kind Thoughts) and the border (from Springtime Celebrations) onto my card base. I colored the border to look like stones. I stamped the image on the colored paper, cut out, inked the edges with distress ink, and paper pieced onto the base. I added some twine and rhinestone and stamped my sentiment. 

Make sure to check out the rest of the Pit Crew to see what they created!! You won't be disappointed!

Avocado Arts
Emily Branch
Kimberly Crawford
Emily Leiphart
Becky Oehlers
Savannah O'Gwynn
AJ Otto
Julia Stanton
Latisha Yoast

Tiny Valentine Trio

Happy Valentines Day!!

I hope you have a great day full of LOVE! :)

Stamps used on today's project are from Classmate Valentines from My Creative Time!

Peace and Love!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Apple Card

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a great weekend! We stayed pretty busy as usual.

I wanted to share a card that I made a while ago for a Paper Crafts call. I used this apple template, this stamp set and this stamp set... all from Paper Smooches. I also used this Hero Arts stamp as the background.

I am happy to report that I am almost done with my craft room. Over the weekend I got the desk finish on and it is back in use. I also painted my closet doors (blue) and the hubby and son put those up for me.

Just a few more odds and ends and some cleaning and I will be ready to post some pictures! :)

A few notes for the day...
1. The current Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge can be found here.
2. Penny Black is sharing projects this week using the newest stamps that debuted at CHA.
3. I will be back on Wednesday with a full Pit Crew post using the February kit from Avocado Arts.
4. On Thursday, I will share my first Sweet Stamp Shop project. :)
5. You don't want to miss the blog hop that I will be a part of on Friday.... and that is all I will say about that! :)

Well... that is all from me today! I hope you have a great day!

Peace and Love!

Friday, February 10, 2012

2012 Travel Log

 Happy Friday!!

Today I thought I would share a travel log that I made. I haven't completed any inside pages yet but I will hopefully get around to that before too long! :)

The travel log stamp came from HERE and the crazy cool numbers (for the year) came from HERE!  The paper is from THIS collection.

I made this for a Paper Crafts magazine call and it didn't get picked up (obviously or I wouldn't be showing it to you)!! :) I have never made a travel log before and we really only have one trip planned for 2012 so far! As far as a family trip anyway. I don't plan to do anything fancy on the inside... just some simple pages for tracking each days activities, etc.

Well... that is it for me today... and this week! :) I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Peace and Love!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Feb 9 - Feb 22

Happy Thursday!!

Today starts another great SPARKS challenge!! Woo Hoo!!

Check out the inspiration picture....

Here is my interpretation of the picture...

I used the Falling For You set by Paper Smooches.

You can check out all of the challenge details HERE and also see what the other design team ladies came up with!

We can't wait to see what you create!!

Peace and Love!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sweet Stamp Shop Announcement And Sale

Happy Wednesday!

And a happy one it is! Today I get to announce that I am on the new design team this term for the Sweet Stamp Shop!! You can check out the official announcement HERE!

I am honored to be on the design team and get to play with some 'sweet' stamps!! :) I am excited to get started!

Also... Nicole is running a sale on 3 different stamp sets today through the weekend. You can use coupon code HB10 during check out to receive 10% any or all of these three sets... Hello Beautiful, Spectacle, and Buddle Bee.

Thanks for visiting!

Peace and Love!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Tower Bridge

This is my second post for the day! If you came looking for my Avocado Arts post... scroll down one post! :) Please!

This card is over on the Penny Black blog today! It uses one of the new London collection stamps called... The Tower Bridge.

Make sure to check out all of the new Penny Black stamps HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Peace and Love!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Avocado Arts - Wishes and Kind Thoughts

 Happy Tuesday!

Today a few of the Pit Crew get to share projects using the latest and greatest Avocado Arts stamp set... Wishes and Kind Thoughts!

I chose to use a couple of the smaller images in the set to create my card. I made my card base, cut my orange and white mats... stamped the images, colored my flowers, added jewels and adhered each layer with dimensionals.

If you are not familiar with the Avocado Arts Kit Club... you can click HERE to read up and be in the know! :)

Last but not least... make sure to check out the other Pit Crew blogs ...

Avocado Arts
Emily Branch
Emily Leiphart
Savannah O'Gwynn

Peace and Love! :)

You Color My World

Stamps - Craft Room by Clear and Simple Stamps
Paper - Kraft and Vintage Cream by Papertrey
Ink - Onyx Black by Tsukineko, Vintage Photo Distress by Ranger
Other - SU Dimensionals, Copic Markers, Prismacolor Color Pencils

Happy Monday!

I hope you have a great day! :)

I am still busy working on my craft room, home stuff, DT stuff, etc! I don't have a ton to talk about for some reason. I guess I can't think of anything new going on. :)

I will be back each day this week with some fun stuff... a Penny Black post, an Avocado Arts post, a fun announcement post, a new SPARKS challenge, etc!! So.... make sure to check back each day!

Peace and Love!