It's raining!

And I'm not just talking about outside ;) Lots of wacky stuff going on (other than the flu, none of it health related on my part).

I was so excited to find a new Christmas / Winter album by Enya on iTunes today. It's called "And Winter Came...". I'm sure of you will think I'm such a geek but I'm really enjoying it.

It looks like I'm going to be making all of my gifts at the last minute. Which, I realize, is NOT going to be very helpful for you all. So, how about some pictures of past gift projects? I'll dig up the pictures and post them in the next day or so. So check back, ok?


Still sick / sick again?

For those of you waiting (patiently?) for gift ideas. I promise they're coming. I'm sick again with the flu. This makes the 4th time I've had something pukey since the beginning of September. I'm feeling better but it started on Saturday and I've still got NO energy whatsoever. This really sucks and I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. And, I'm getting particularly tired of eating oatmeal :(

Back to bed, hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.


Just a couple of things...

I know that I told some of you that I'd be posting gift ideas soon. I still plan to, these last couple of weeks were so busy that I haven't had the chance. Keep an eye out though. I've been laying stuff out to work on before Christmas.

Today is my 14th Wedding Anniversary and I'm so thankful for my handsome, sweet hubby Tim! Even though I told him not to do anything for our anniversary, he took me out to see Twilight (and, no, HE hasn't read any of the books that I've been obsessed with recently!), to dinner at Carrabba's and even surprised me with a card and truffles from Godiva. He totally spoils me!

In case I don't post again before then, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! It seems like every year I have more and more to be grateful for (probably because I'm older than dirt! LOL!). Great friends, family and good health top my list this year, what about you?


Mega Christmas Card Workshop

Date: Friday, November 21st
Place: My Home

Times: Daytime 10:00-3:00pm
Evening 6:00-11:00pm
(note: You’re free to come and go as you please during this event)

Cost: See info with each set of cards

Create your own unique combination of Christmas/Holiday Cards! Cards will be made in increments of 10. You can choose to do 10 or 1000 or anywhere in between! Grab your girlfriends, everything will be pre-cut and ready for you to stamp, embellish and assemble. Envelopes are included –stamp them to match if you want. Please bring a variety of your favorite adhesives (including refills) with you. Payment and registration are due no later than Sunday, November 16th and can be made via PayPal (I’ll send you an invoice), check by mail or dropped off to me at home. Christmas music and chocolate will be provided!

Your card choices are:

Card #1
A Merry Christmas
Cost: $12 per set of 10

This easy card uses brads, ribbon and layered punched images to create a simple, yet striking project.

Card #2
Cost: $10 per set of 10

You'll use Dazzling Diamonds glitter, distressing and punched images to create this muted card with a touch of dazzle.

Card #3
A Very Merry Christmas To You
Cost: $14 for 1st set of 10

This fun card uses watercoloring and distressing techniques. I love the 'pop' that the gingham ribbon adds. A Blender pen is included in the cost of this kit for you to use and then take home with you! Additional sets of this card may be purchased at the reduced cost of $10 each.

Card #4
Welcome Christmas into your heart
Cost: $15 per set of 10

This sweet little card boasts a huge sentiment! You'll use a variety of patterned papers (some may vary from image shown), punches, paper piecing and a great striped ribbon to finish it off!

Card #5
Season's Greetings
Cost: $12 per set of 10

This sweet little angel is created using embossing, glitters and watercolor. You'll wheel a white background and add just a touch of ribbon to finish.

Card #6
Sending You Holiday Peace
Cost: $12 per set of 10

I love the simplicity of this card. You'll add decorative corners, brads and just a bit of dry embossing to create this beauty.

Card #7
Happy Holidays
Cost: $12 per set of 10

This fun and funky retro number uses round corners, and scalloped edges along with some great patterned paper to jazz it up. (Patterned papers may vary)

Card #8
Merry Christmas
Cost: $10

Simple coloring techniques and generational stamping make this lovely card pop!

Remember: Register with your choices of cards and prepay by November 16th to participate. I hope you'll be able to join us!


New Card Class - October 24th

Happy Blue Skies, OSU Game Day, Saturday to all of you!!!
I've finally got a date for a Stampin' Up! Card Class!

Class: October 12 for $15
Date: Friday, October 24th
Times: Afternoon Class - 1:00 to approx. 3:30pm
Evening Class - 7:00 to approx. 9:30pm
Cost of Class: $15

Join us as we make 3 each of 4 different October-ish Card Designs for a total of 12 cards. We'll use great new colors, and stamp sets, punches, wheels, accessories and embellishments. You'll also use techniques such as watercoloring, embossing, punch layering and more. Everything will be pre-cut and ready for you to stamp, ink, embellish and assemble. Envelopes are included. Please bring your favorite adhesives, scissors and (optional) glue dots. Class sizes are limited so please RSVP early. Please Note: Due to staggeringly high credit card processing charges, I will no longer be able to accept credit cards to pay for classes. If you need to pay with a credit card, please email me ahead of time and I can send you a PayPal invoice. Otherwise, I'll gladly accept cash or checks for your class fees. Thanks for your understanding!

Class Add-On Option - Halloween Roller Card
To complete during card class
Cost: $3.75 for 3 cards

For the first time ever, I'm offering a special add-on kit at my card class. This adorable Halloween Card has a rolling image on the front! We'll use wheels, punches, dimensionals and googly eyes to make this fun card that you'll want to send to all of your 'Ghoul' friends this year. LOL! Get it? Ghoul friends? I know, if I have to explain it, it's probably not very funny! But it makes me smile :) Please RSVP for this add-on when you sign up for the card class above.

I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone, so I hope you can make it!
Thanks so much!



Upcoming Card Classes at Cord Camera

I'll be teaching this card class at two different Cord Camera stores in the next couple of weeks. It'll be held at the Hilliard store on Tuesday night, October 7th from 6:00-7:30pm. And again at the Reynoldsburg store on Tuesday night, October 14th from 6:00-7:30pm. The cost to make all 6 cards (including envelopes) is just $15, prepaid with registration. If you can't make it to the class, class kits ARE available on a prepaid basis. You'll just need to bring your favorite adhesives, scissors, fine-tipped black pen, glue dots and (optional) pop dots. Call the respective store to sign up! Hope to see you there!



Isn't my Little House cute? I just got back from a relaxing retreat with my friends at http://ColumbusScrappers.org. I decided that I was only going to do digital scrapbooking over the weekend so I didn't get the chance to do anything with my retreat kit until yesterday. That's when I decided it would be the perfect thing to use on this little house box from Maya Road. (I got it at my favorite Scrapbook Store: http://www.cordcamera.com/Scrapbooking-C227.aspx ). The house has a cute little mini album inside. I still need to add photos to mine and I'll post it when I do. I'm particularly proud of the little Barn Star on the top of the front. The house looked bare without something above the door, and my friend Wendie suggested I try to find a tiny barn star. While I loved the idea, I got a little irritated trying to find one that small. Then it hit me that maybe I could make my own with paper. I went to this tutorial: http://http://www.dltk-kids.com/usa/fold_and_cut_star_shape.htm , and made my own! I'm pretty proud of it, and it was so easy to do. The other products used for this were: BoBunny Beau Jardin paper from the Back to Basics line, Basic Grey Brad (front door knob), and of course, my trusty Cricut and Doodletype Cartridge (house numbers on the back).

On a side note, I'm trying to follow along with Ali Edwards as she does one of her A Week in the Life projects. Seriously this is about as hard as dieting! I keep falling off the wagon and forgetting to take pictures, so I'm going to have to do a little bit of re-creating. Wish me luck!


Eleven Years Ago Today...

and tomorrow, these two came into the world kicking and screaming. And, thankfully, the world will never be the same again ;) The one on the left is mine, the one on the right is one of his best friends who just happens to live a few doors down (in my friend, Jan's old house). They were born just one day apart!

We'll be celebrating tonight with Domino's Pizza (Me: "Really? You want Domino's Pizza for your Birthday Dinner?" Nate: "Yep! Mom, you know that's my favorite!") So it is written... so it shall be done! Happy Birthday Big Guy! Love you lots!

(OH, and by the way... I'd really like to thank whatever teacher told my son he looked 'Great' in that red-tie dyed shirt! Thanks ever so much! *insert rolling eyes here*)


What my profile should say...

I recently came across a scrapbook page that I made, about myself, for an album of Columbus Scrappers. It was written in 2004, so I had to change a couple of things. Cancer and kids, they have a tendency to throw wrenches into life! For the most part, things are the same though. It's long, so it wouldn't fit in my profile space, but if you want to know a little bit more about me, here it is...
I am Tim's wife, since 1994 and forevermore. I am the mother of Corwyn, Elizabeth, Timmy & Nathan. Mother-In-Law to Nicole & Grandma to Elijah! I've been a stay-at-home mom (for the most part) since 1997 when I quit my full time job of 12 years working for Frigidaire (which is, incidentally, where I met my husband). I'm an Air Force mom, with my oldest son stationed at Hickam Air Force base in Hawaii. I've worked as a Scrapbooking Instructor for Cord Camera, off and on, for the last 8 years. I was most recently the Scrapbooking Coordinator at the Hilliard location, but left so that I could spend more time with my family and more time teaching classes. I've been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator since April of 1998. I've been a Columbus Scrapper since Feb 2002, and a member of Scraps in Ohio since April 2007. I am a two-time Breast Cancer survivor (Jan. 2003 & Oct 2005). I'm quick with one-liners. I don't like to get bogged down with details. I constantly battle my weight. I'm a music fan of Queen, John Denver, Enya & anything else I can sing to. I love to sing out loud in the car, even though I'm completely tone deaf. I don't dance. I'll watch any movie with Edward Burns it it. I love Coca-Cola Classic, Joseppi's Pizza (a favorite since childhood), Carrabba's, Seafood, Long Island Iced Tea and Mini M&M's. I'm a total night owl. I cry everytime I sing the Star Spangled Banner. My husband totally spoils me. My life has been blessed by God with family and friends. It's good to be me!


Mini Album for Silent Auction

Not again! Ok, so DS #2 (age 13) is now home with the flu. He's not the type to puke but I knew something wasn't right when he slept through his alarm. This child is usually up the very minute his alarm goes off, checking ESPN to see if anything major happened in the world of sports overnight! He's upstairs sleeping it off, DS #3 went back to school (and the exciting world of the 5th grade Safety Patrol!), and I have yet to take a shower today because I was so geeked up about finishing a project that I started last night.

Yesterday I saw a post on This blog that inspired me to drag out some recent (ok, well at least in the last year!) purchases and make a mini album. I had a Scenic Route Roxbury Christmas kit that I love but hadn't found a use for yet. And, I needed an item for an upcoming Silent Auction to benefit the March of Dimes. Are you still following me? One thing you'll figure out soon -if you haven't already- is that I tend to ramble. Bear with me though, it all comes together in the end! Right, Wendie?! So, this is the book that I made based on the book that I saw. (Oh, and by the way, the blog I linked to ROCKS! It's one of my favorites.) In addition to the Scenic Route kit, I used an Old Olive Classic Ink Pad from Stampin' Up! (hereafter known as SU!), some Bling from Heidi Swapp, Twill Ribbon (retired) from SU!, my trusty Scor-Pal, and the Bind-it-all. So here are my pics. I hope to work on another album or 2 this afternoon and I'll post those if I do. Enjoy!


A Monogram Letter & a sick Safety Patrolman

What can you expect from a day that starts with your 11 year old puking on your bed while you're asleep? Oy! Is there anything worse than that smell? Of course DH was already at work so I got to be the one that cleaned it up. Why am I always here by myself when the kids puke, or the dog has diarrhea on the carpet? Oh my, it sounds funny when I put it that way but believe me when I say that it's not anything I enjoy! So I did what I imagine any mom would do in the same situation- Clean up *him AND my bed*, call him in sick to school and then go back to bed! Poor little guy was so upset, he was supposed to have his first day on the Safety Patrol, but instead he was sent back to bed. Just another reason why I'm so glad that I quit my full time job. I really loved it, but it was hard to be a good mom with all that stress and responsibility.

But things got better after that. My friend Susan called, wondering if I could put together a monogram letter for someone she was visiting today. Well, of course! I love doing these altered letters, in fact I'm kind of a pro at this point ;) It took a few minutes to pick out the paper. Thank God for Basic Grey and their little 6x6 paper pads. They are my first choice for small altered objects. I love that they scale down the size of the prints. I always use a glue stick to glue the paper to the Making Memories letter (after I've traced and cut it out). Then I sand all of the edges. The sanded edges look SO finished, it's amazing. I printed off the last name on my printer, and used some (retired) Hodgepodge Hardware from Stampin' Up! and some Prima Flowers to finish it off. Anyway, here's the finished product. Sorry the picture isn't the greatest. Remind me to add photography studies to my list of things to do (in my spare time, of course!). Hope your day turns out better than mine began!


Finally, time to create!

Because I finally had the chance to sit down and stamp (it's been way too long!), I've got a card to share with you today. This card was made for a card swap that I joined recently. I had to use a brand spanking new Stampin' Up! stamp set, and it couldn't be anything that we could preorder as a demonstrator. Thank goodness for my friend Darlene! She literally handed me every stamp set she got at Convention and told me to take my pick. So, I chose the Inspired By Nature set from page 100 in the new catalog. (If you don't have a new catalog yet, call or email me and we'll figure out the best way to get you one). All of the products I used were from Stampin' Up! and they included: Cardstocks- Brocade Blue, Close to Cocoa, Kiwi Kiss & Watercolor paper. Classic Ink Pads: Brocade Blue, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa & Old Olive. Stampin' Write Markers- Brocade Blue, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive. Other accessories- Ticket Corner Punch, Horizontal Slot Punch & 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain.


A new venture for me...

Welcome to my blog! I've decided that this would be the best way to share information about completed projects, things that inspire me, random observations on life and upcoming classes that I'll be teaching. I'm planning to post 2-3 times a week, and I hope you'll stop by often to see what I've added. I look forward to sharing my love of paper crafting with you!

I didn't realize I'd get so far in setting up the blog today and so I don't have a project to share with you. However, I think it's fitting to share something else that I love... my adorable grandson 'E'. Isn't he something? Have you ever seen a cuter smile? I didn't think so *grin*. Have a great evening and, if you have the chance, leave me a comment and let me know what you'd like to see on my blog.