Happy New Year!

Since I have been enjoying much needed family time instead of crafting I thought I might post a few photos. I got some pretty awesome gifts from my Santa...one being a new lens for my Canon. I'm just tickled to death with. Now I just need to learn to use it! The Aperture program is the next biggie that I need to learn how to use. {{I think I need a few classes!}} Yes as you can see by our mailbox....we had snow on Christmas in North Carolina! Just as we were heading to Raleigh for a family outing and Hurricanes Game!

This is us...all 5 of us for the first time at Christmas in 6 years!
(Plus Teddy)

This would be Teddy. He doesn't like my camera.

I hope that your Christmas was blessed and that whatever celebration you happen to enjoy was warm and filled with love. I appreciate the holidays more and more as I get older. I will be back with another post or two before my crafting chaos begins.


Whirl~Wind Week

I took a quick trip with my daughter up north to see family. Every now and again I get the urge to get some hugs from those little nieces and nephews of mine and this time I followed that urge right up to Indiana and then on to Michigan for more!

We had a great time, sledding, eating way too much and lots of laughter. I even had the chance to do some shopping at the local craft store in Mishawaka, IN.

One of the best days was a quick trip to Chicago. My brother in law drove a van full of us up for the day and it was simply...amazing. Navy Pier was so pretty, it was COLD, but sunny and actually one of the warmer days of the week.

Good times and lots of memories. After all...that's what holidays are all about, right?

I'll get back to crafting after Christmas....we have all three of our {adult} children with us this year so that is my focus until our Soldier heads back to his duty station after Christmas.

I hope you and yours have a warm, happy and healthy holiday.

Be Blessed


I think I can...I think I can...

Two more days until my first craft show. I'm excited and a tad bit anxious. I am just about ready to go, just a few more gift card holders to make along with my signs with pricing information. This has been really fun, not sure if I'll ever do it again.....oh heck, I just might!

{{A little note about my display...the lighting isn't the greatest in my living room, but I used it as my practice area. I just have to crack up at my little Teddy in the back ground. I promise he is not sitting on the table..he's on the arm of the sofa behind the table. He's just so nosey!}}

Big Joe put together my peg board on Sunday...cut it down small enough to fit nicely on a 6' table. I added some dark brown spray paint. (Yes...I must have been thinking chocolate!) I got my fabric yesterday and some brightly colored ribbon to run my tags together that display my name on top of the pegboard.

Thanks again to those who have helped me out, advised me and cheered me on.

Wish me luck on this journey. Better yet...if you are local, please come say hi at the show.

Scrap 'N Oasis
1244 U.S. Hwy 70 E
New Bern, NC


Friday & Saturday December 3&4
9am - 6pm

Below is a photo of the fabric I used on the bottom of my table. The pictures I took don't show the colors nearly as bright as they are in person.


Vintage Santa Gift Card Holders

Following the lead of my friend Dawn...I decided to try my hand at gift card holders for the upcoming craft show. Thanks for letting me learn from you, Dawney! You can see her work over at Jade Mingmei Designs.

These are really fun and make that gift card feel extra special. They are blank inside and there is room for a nice little note.

This patterened paper is by K & Co. I picked it up this weekend at one of the "black Friday" sales...this one happened to be at Michael's. I have to give Big Joe a huge kudos for hanging out with me while I walked around in a turkey induced fog...eyes glazed over...looking at paper and embelishments. But...but...they were having such a good sale, right?!

I also hate to admit that I bought this whole pad mainly because I love this Santa...he's just adorable. I always tend to end up back toward the vintage/country look with my papercrafts. I'm fairly inexperienced at crafting, but I have heard that you should stay true to *you* and you'll be less frustrated. I like to step out of the box as long as I can sneak back into my comfy ways!

The red card stock is from MFT. It's called 'Wild Cherry'. I will be placing an order really soon for more solid cardstock. You'll also see that tiny bit of Kraft card stock that seems to be EVERYWHERE lately. If you have a favorite, I'd love to know what it is.

I picked up the cute gingham from our local store. It's a light beige and goes well with the vintage look of the santas. {{The same store who happens to be the location of the craft show this weekend. Scrap 'N Oasis.}}

It's almost daylight...time to get my second cup of coffee and get busy.

Have a wonderful day today...


Snowman Kisses

Who doesn't love a snowman smooch?
I saw this project when I was browsing and had to try it. These guys turned out so much cuter than I thought they would! I came across them as I was doing a search for some fun & tasty things for the craft show.

I am amazed
at how adorable they really are now that I completed a few. What a great little holiday treat. I put together 6 of these last night. These are two of my favorites...

"Snowman Kisses" are actually Tic Tacs in the large box covered with paper, stamped with Papertrey Ink "Made of Snow"and adorned with a ribbon and any other embellishments you choose.

I have directions for this project if you are interested drop me an email or post. Have a wonderful day.


How about just Goddess?!

Domestic Goddess is the line from Graphic 45. I am in LOVE with this paper collection. My biggest problem is that I didn't buy enough of it. I think that every woman is a goddess, don't you?!

Die-Namic scalloped edges at the bottom really added the texture I was hoping for. I used my MFT cardstock in Wild Cherry for accent colors and for the cards below. I'm all over the place on this particular post, but the pattern you see under the This & That is a stamp from CTMH called intrinsic backgrounds. The This & That stamp...Papertrey Ink. My first investment with PTI. Can't wait to get MORE!

All three of these cards are blank inside and perfect for a "thinking of you" type of day.

My schedule is full today, but...I was thinking, sure...you can get on there and look around at a few blogs and post your latest entry really quick. Here I am an hour later. Gotta run. Make your day a great one wherever you are!


P.S. I decided to enter Sandy's Challenge, my first one actually. Her challenge is to use one of her frames as inspiration. I added this altered note pad that goes along with my post. {{It's more Graphic 45 .}} Sandy's "Home Girl" frame is the inspiration I chose for this challenge. Us women can do * anything * AND make it look easy. The die cut I used has the muscles to prove it.

Be sure to check out Sandy's blog for more details on her challenge.


Are you ready for the holidays?

This altered note pad was so much fun, it's simple...but boy I think it turned out pretty cute! I used a note pad from the $ bin at Michael's and added some Holiday flair and voila!

I'm on a deadline for my first real Craft Fair. December 3 & 4 @ Scrap 'N Oasis (1244 U.S. Hwy 70 E New Bern, NC).......but first....

I will be helping my sweet friend Dawn with her beautiful work at the Craft Show on Camp Lejeune. Mark your calendars for this one! November 20th 9:30 am - 6pm and November 21st 12pm - 4pm.


More Note Pads???? You know it!

Today was a beautiful day in Eastern, NC. Sunny and cool, the leaves are falling like crazy and as I woke up and thought about what I should be doing today...craft or raking leaves?? Hmmm, guess which option I picked?

This Graphic 45 paper has been calling my name since I visited Archiver's a few weeks ago in Raleigh. *Domestic Goddess* is the collection...I'm crazy about the retro styles and colors. There is so much to do with just one page of die cuts and one sheet of paper. I used hardware from Stampin' Up and the gold ribbon came from AC Moore's clearance section. I think that I'll work on some post it covers with the rest of my "scraps". I'm getting nervous about my first craft show on December 3 & 4 at Scrap 'N Oasis in James City, NC...hope I can pull it off ...wish me luck!


45 Days 'til Christmas!

Maybe I shouldn't have posted that Christmas counter on my blog, eh?

As I noticed that there were only 45 days left this morning I almost started a panic attack! *kidding* Not sure about you, but my life has been busy beyond belief. All good things, though, so no complaints. I only wish I had more energy to stay up and create in the evenings.

I came up with this set for a friend as a swap. She is making me a few items and I'm going to send her these as "payment" I hope it's not considered rude to post them first but I wanted to get an update on here before I sign off this computer for the day and get busy.

The papers are from Basic Grey. They are just so cute and whimsical. Not sure if you can tell but some of the embellishments are fabric. {{I'm still working on my photography skills.}}

I made a set of 4 cards, a gift tag and a little paper gift bag. A nice present for someone or great to have the extra cards on hand "just in case".
This is a short and sweet update, but I truly do have a LONG list of *TO DO* today.

I hope whatever it is you are doing, it's something that makes you smile.


Coffee Makes Me Hoppy!

Not sure about you, but I can't start my day without it. Iced, Hot, Frappe'd...you name it I gotta have it. I think this stamp from MFT is perfect with the Starbucks Via and Lindor Truffles added for sweetness. I got the box at Michael's for $1 and used Memory Makers paper and ribbon to cover it. Copic pens filled in the bunny and stickles make the slippers just a little sassy. I think this is a perfect gift for any coffee drinker and the box can be reused.

I hope you are getting started on your holiday shopping and preparations. I'm WAY behind schedule this year.

Have a "hoppy" day!


A little something "For You"

Here I go again with my Who's that Girl stamps. My Favorite Things is one of the sites that calls my name several times a week. This particular set is not new, but it sure is cute and goes along with the purse theme I have going on right now. Hmmm...wonder what got that started?

This card was created using the Little Yellow Bicycle paper {*Pack your Bags* series} I think the paper fits perfectly with this stamp set {MFT Gifty Girl set} because of the bags. A little bit of layering with some plain brown paper, tiny red rick rack and it really seems to pop. I love that word...pop...pop...pop!

You'll notice the hand lotion in the back ground of the photo. That is from Shirt Shack in Michigan. What a wonderful variety of cremes and lotions she has. Check out the link for the information on how to get this yummy lotion. The one pictured is Black Raspberry Vanilla in the 2.1 oz size. Perfect for the purse, right! Barb was nice enough to let me post her products with my cards. I think this makes a perfect "thinking of you" gift. Something small that can make someone's day so much brighter.

Ok...off to clean up my mess so I can start fresh tomorrow. I am very proud to say that I created 8 cards today! YAHOO!!


Thank You!

I became a "fan" of Little Yellow Bicycle on facebook just a few weeks ago. They have lots of fun stuff and I think their paper is awesome! Recently I came across this Pack Your Bags paper at Archiver's in Raleigh. First thing that came to mind was one of my MFT stamps.

Thank you notes are always something I like to have on hand. Sometimes a hand written note is the perfect way to say how much you appreciate your friends and loved ones.

Neutral tan card makes the colors in the paper stand out. Unfortunately this picture looks a bit more yellow on camera than it does in person. The lighting outdoors is so gloomy today, sorry. I added a few Stickles for some bling. You can get Stickles at a variety of stores, but these came from our local shop, Scrap 'N Oasis in James City, NC. Die-namics scallped die formed the edges on the Compass/Green paper for some texture. The pretty lady is a stamp set called "Tote-ally Fantastic!" She looks like she's on a mission, doesn't she?

Right now I am on a mission to get busy around here. My little yorkie has a grooming appointment and I'm in the crafty mood with all the rain we are having. I hope your day is wonderful!!

Stay tuned for a give-away......



Coffee and Friendship

Wow...another post so soon???? I just HAD to.

Recently my good friend, Dawn Chau posted a "challenge" on her facebook. She asked that we post one of our projects, not necessarily a card but anything we wanted. I figured since she's such a special friend that to post one of my cards which mentions Friendship AND has coffee involved would be appropriate.

I actually made this card several weeks ago. Graphic45 Paper is one of my MOST favorite companies. That's where I got the the blue patterned paper from. It is from the Sitting Pretty collection. Blues and reds really grab me...meaning...I love them together. I think they have a very calming effect. Using the die-namic scalloped die, I cut the border across the bottom of the card. The stamp is from MFT. She is from the Coffee? Tea? set. The copics were easy to blend just right to match the blue in my paper. And lastly...I added a little ribbon and a button to makes it a darling card.

For me this card goes perfect with a cup and your favorite coffee beans to make a perfect little gift for the special girl in your world. We should never take our girlfriends for granted, right?


Spooky-licious Treats

Most of you who know me have heard me mention the "little" people in my life quite often. Well.... I created these little treats with them in mind for Halloween. I know, I know, MORE candy, you say....but...I'm the far away Auntie who doesn't get to spoil these little Ghouls and Goblins as often as I'd like so I do the candy thing every now and again. I think they enjoy getting mail more than the candy anyway, right! Right?
These treat bottles were easy. I got them at Michael's this past year, on clearance I believe. They are plastic and safe for those little fingers. The tops are easy on and off so you could fill them with a number of goodies to make them unique. I used M&M candies and put a different ribbon on each one so there is no confusing them.
I used some paper I got at A.C. Moore on clearance to make a few cards and off they go to the mailbox this weekend in hopes of making a few little ones happy this Halloween. Be safe and enjoy the season and all it has to offer.


Sugary Sweet

Wow...is it back to school time already? For me....this summer is a complete blur. Thank goodness I have the pictures to prove I was really here. Hubby is now retired from the Marine Corps *Congratulations, Big Joe!* he has already started his new job and the house is starting to return to "normal". Now I have no excuses for not getting busy crafting with the mountains of paper I have collected all summer.

I went to AC Moore over the weekend and picked up these cute clothes pins. They came in an even bigger size but I like this one for displaying a photo or giving as a gift as I have displayed with a gift card. The tin came from there also and I just filled it with some Hershey's Bliss and it's the perfect little pick me up for someone havinga bad day or if you need a quick birthday gift. I have lots more to update, but will do that later......

Have a great day and stay sweet my little cupcakes!


April Showers bring May Flowers?

Where did April GO? Things have been crazy at my house the past few weeks. I don't know where to begin. We have been very busy, our 28th Anniversary, our daughter's 22nd birthday and a wonderful trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. My husband recently put in to retire from the Marine Corps...after 29 years our lives will definitely be heading in a new direction. With all that said, yes...I have been working on a few projects in my "spare" time. Here we go....

The colors on this sweet note book didn't quite come out in the photo as well as I had hoped. I should have taken the pic outside, but it was dark before I knew it. 50 lashes for me!

I used the Belle Cafe' stack from DCWV. I have a wonderful friend who loves Dachshunds (hence the Dapple Dachshund logo on my blog) I couldn't help think of her with these cute pooches as a border for the bottom. The stamp is another of my faves from MFT called Tote-ally Fantastic. Who can resist a cute puppy and a cute hand bag? I used my copic pens to color her in with greens, browns and a splash of red for good measure. I can't get enough of altered notebooks...

Card Swap Masculine Birthday...I guess I'm in the canine mood lately....but you have to admit these dogs are pretty adorable! Again with the MFT Stamps this one is called "Let's go for a Walk" in the Who's that Girl line. The wandering paw prints were purchased at Scrap N' Oasis right here in our own little town of New Bern. The paper is by Three Bugs in a Rug called To The Rescue. I put the art work on an angle bordered with red to help it stand out. The dog collars have little rhinestone embellishments for some sparkle. The ribbon is a check print and I honestly can't remember where I purchased it. I need to get better about that.....

How about these sexy legs? After a long day of yard work this card is exactly what I'm thinking! I always go back to the bright pink and greens. They just seem so cheery to me. I had a few scrap papers that I used to match up with the lime green card stock on this card. Add a little button and some sparkles and there you have it. I should buy stock in MFT I think! This set is called "Time for Bubbly" and it's simply adorable! That's it for me tonight. Stay tuned for more information on the Dapple Dachshund...


The Bride and Groom

Weddings are a big part of this time of year as we all know. Two of our very special friends with are getting married this summer so that sparked me to get a few cards ready for the occasion. I used this same stamp for my brother's wedding invites last September. It seems I am always attracted to browns so of course here we go again with a brown card. I saw on one of my favorite TV shows that brown is a calming color, maybe that is my attraction?

The stamp is by inkadinkado. I used my cuttlebug to create the texture on the bottom half of the card. I'm a big flower person, guess it's the girlie in me so I added these which have a softness against the off white card stock. Oh, the little dew drops add some shine to the project.

Time to get with it....

I have decided that I should get out the cards I've been working on and snap a few pictures. I keep telling myself to update my blog at least once a week and then life gets hectic and I don't do it. Here are a few of the projects I've been working on recently.

With wedding season upon us I thought a few of these might be necessary. I just put together some pretty pink and brown pieces from basic gray, onto a 4x6 card of off white. Added a cute little flower after stitching with brown thread for some depth. My stamp was from stampendous and it is called Wedding Party Set.

Spring has sprung!

I cannot believe how fast the days have gone. Seems like just yesterday I was wishing for warm weather. Now the air is filled with pine pollen ...but...the up side of it all is the lovely flowers that are in bloom, right here in my own yard. I took a pic of these azaleas last week and they are still going strong. We've already had one trip to the beach, the first of many, I'm sure. I hope your flowers are in bloom...in your yard and in your heart!


Note Books to Help You Stay Organized and Make You Smile!

Wow...it has been a while since I've posted anything to my blog, eh? I've been working on some scrap books for family and one for a friend who recently deployed to Afghanistan. I have done a few other projects as well....here's my latest.

My friend Dawn, who I admire so much taught me how to alter spiral notebooks quite some time ago. These are one of my favorite projects to do. This past month has been pretty up and down at my house, but I did manage to get a few things done. This snappy little number was created with a stamp called "Maid For WTG" from MFT. I used coordinating papers by K Marcella called Victoria. The actual colors were done with copic pens. I absolutely LOVE those pens! I like how the greens and blues blend to make this a cool little treat to make a girls' day. You know "Life is Good" when your man runs the vacuum while you are sipping your favorite vino. I topped the spiral off with a green & white ribbon scrap that I had in my scrap bundle.

The red and blue note pad is with the same stamp set from MFT.
I just chose another caption for this one. We all know house work can make us hot depending on how much there is to do.

I borrowed from my mom's paper pad for this one. "Complete Boy" by My Mind's Eye. This paper stack has so much to choose from and most of it is not really gender specific. I just used different Copic Pens to add the color to the stamp and voila!


It's Movie Night!

My mom picked up these adorable little popcorn boxes at the $ spot in Target. With the cold weather here I thought these "yummy" treats were perfect for a movie night with the kids.

Ingredients for each include:

1 small bottle of Coke, 1 Hershey Bar and an individual size portion of microwave Orville Redenbacher's popcorn. Add your favorite movie and you're all set! I added a little tag for fun with wide black & white ribbon I got at Michael's recently in the clearance rack.

Feel free to use something stronger than Coke for the grown-up movie night after the kiddos are in bed. I hope you are having the happiest craft month ever!


One Step Closer to Valentine's Day!

I had a very busy weekend in the crafting department. It's amazing how much time you can spend on these cute little mailboxes. My good friendm Dawn gave a little class on how to alter these tin mailboxes and make them something super special. The paper came from Archiver's, unfortunately I didn't check the designer before I got happy with my double sided tape! There are a few sweeties on my list that I'll be sending these out to.

It's a rainy, balmy Monday in NC....time for more crafting!