Monday, December 7, 2009


First, thank you to all who participated in the first ever Ch{all}emge Masters Blog Hop! It was a lot of fun and I can't thank everyone enough for all those very kind words about my project that you left!! Love you all!!! SWAK!! Now on to the good stuff!

Below is my daughter Finley and she is my official random drawer of RAKS and other prize drawings I have. Isn't she cute? I just love her!

Finley is searching & searching & searching & searching &, really she is!! Alright already! Just pick one girl!!

The winner is...........can you see it?..........Are you sure because you could be wrong ya know............want me to say it?..........keep going then!

The winner is LORETTA!!!!!!! Congrats on your win!!! Please send me your mailing address by email to so I can get all those awesome ribbons out to you! Thanks so much for playing!!!

Saturday, December 5, 2009


I hope you have enjoyed your journey so far. If your just starting the Jingle Bell Hop you will need to start out at The Ch{all}enge Masters Blog at 9am and then follow the link to the next blog, and the next and leave a comment for each blog you visit to be entered into a drawing for the grand prize from Ch{all}enge Masters!! The Blog Hop starts at 9am today and ends at midnight on Sunday Dec. 6th. At the end of this post you will find the link to the next blog you need to vist. Hope you have fun and there will be a chance to win a small little goodie from me if you leave a comment! I will randomly draw a name from all the blog hoppers on Monday! Once you are done the Blog Hop you must go back to The Ch{all}enge Masters Blog and leave a comment that you visited all of blogs in The Jingle Bell Hop to be eligable to win the grand prize! Now, on to the good stuff!

Christmas time is such a magical time of year and brings us back to our childhoods with memories of the anticipation of Santa coming down the chimney with tons of gifts! My mother worked hard to make Christmas a very magical time with all the gorgeous decorations, beautifully wrapped gifts and all the fun things we got to do to celebrate the season.

Below you will find a project that I thought symbolized all those magical memories from when I was a child. and was just the sort of project my mother and I would do during this time of year. I hope you enjoy it and try it in some fashion yourself! If you do, please send me a link so I can see it! Love this!!!

I saw a show on Martha Stewart where she made a wreath completely with fresh cranberries. I so love cranberries and just had to do a project with them myself. To me, cranberries is a big symbol of the season and I have them everywhere you look!

You will need a foam shape of some sort, wether it's a wreath, ball, cone etc. A pack of toothpicks, fresh cranberries, ribbon, hot glue gun, & any other decoration you would like to use like flowers, buttons, or you can just use the cranberries by themselves.

I chose to do cranberry ball hanging from ribbon. You can hang these on your tree, porch or anywhere really and they should last about 2 weeks, at least that's what Martha says ;}

First, paint the ball a Christmas color of your choice.Take a toothpick and insert it into the stem end of the cranberry and then insert into the styrofoam ball. Continue to do thia all the way around to cover the entire ball. It may be better to add some hot glue and then put them into the ball to add some strength. I had to do this on some as they would come lose and fall out on a couple of them.

Then, cut a long length of ribbon and hot glue the center of the ribbon to the top of your ball. Be sure to leave a bit of room at the top without any cranberries to do this. Then add your cranberries to cover the glued ribbon at the top.

This is what it looks like completed. Sorry, I didn't have time to take another pic of the construction for you, but you can clearly see what was added and how.I tied the ribbon into a bow at the top and added Making Memories flowers, with gold brads in the centers, around the ball. I also added a gold glittered star from Making Memories at the top.You could leave it plain with just cranberries or add buttons or other types of embellishments, it just depends on your style. The picture below shows what it looks like hanging on the tree without any lights on.

Below is what it looks like with lights on and it's quite pretty. You could hang this under the fireplace too, or on a door.

This what it would looh like on the door.

If you leave me a comment you will be entered into a drawing to win an awesome bag of Ki Memories Ribbons! There are at least 28, it was hard to count them all jumbled up in the bag and I didn't want to open them, different ribbons all 1 yard each! This is a great little gift for yourself or someone on your list! I will ship these anywhere in the US or Canada. Sorry I can not ship elsewhere internationally. I will randomly draw a name to win the ribbon on Monday December 7th so be sure to stop back and see who won!! I hope you enjoyed my blog and I would love it if you followed me :} Have fun hopping!!

Now you need to go over a visit Lisa's Blog! Have fun!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Lots going on!!!

It official!! I made the Cutters Creek Design Team!!! Yahooo!!! Thank you to Kim B., the owner of Cutters Creek, for giving me this opportunity! Can't wait to get started!! Go check out her store here!

I have been so incredibly busy this past week with the holiday and working hard on challenges for Ch{all}enge Masters. We have also been hard at work putting up all the x-mas decorations! That is a HUGE job in itself! Once things settle down next week I'll be sure to post some of the projects I have been working on and, hopefully, I will know what the first assignment is for Cutters Creek!

Don't forget that Ch{all}enge Masters will be having their first ever Blog Hop this weekend! Be sure to stop by the Ch{all}enge Masters Blog to start off and have a fabulous time hopping from blog to blog for chances to win great prizes and to see awesome holiday projects too! Here's some info about the Jingle Bell Hop below!

Blog Hop Info:
The hop will take place from Sat. Dec. 5 at 9:00am EST until Sunday, Dec. 6 at midnight EST. The blog hoppers are required to visit all 23 blogs and leave a comment on each blog. Then they need to return to the Ch{all}enge Masters Blog and make a post that they have finished. One winner will be selected at rondom from all the eligible entries for the grand prize which is a $20 gift certificate to the online store of the winners choice. The winner will be announced by Dec. 11.

I hope to be able to provide a fun little holiday project for you all to enjoy for the Blog Hop! I will also be giving away a little prize for everyone who visits my blog & leaves a comment! I will have my daughter Finley randomly draw a name from her hat filled with all the people that participated in the Blog Hop! Can't wait to have some fun this weekend and scrap while doing it! Remember, have fun with this and enjoy yourself!

I'm so very blessed to be a member of two awesome Design Teams! I hope to bring much inspiration to all of you soon!! TTFN!


Monday, November 23, 2009

Ch{all}enge Masters Design Team Call!!

Ch{all}enge Masters is looking for 2 new group leaders!
1. Go Green Group Leader
2. Altered Group Leader

Group Leader Requirements:
*Post 1 new challenge on assigned date each month along with a project sample to your challenge group.
*Make sure you leave a comment in the gallery on each of your category's submissions.
*Be as active as possible on the forums daily.
*Check the Design Team group daily for posts containing important information or requiring your response.
*If you have stuff going on in your life, you're going on vacation or whatever & you can't be around, contact a member from the site's ADMIN to let us know.
*Since there is no compensation for your design duties, you are eligible to participate in all of our to win the prize each month!!! Please play along as much as you'd like!
To apply, please send a link to your blog and/or main gallery to: . Please send a .jpg of 1 {only 1 please!} layout/project that best represents your style along with your full name & email address. Submissions will be accepted until Nov. 27th. Don't forget to let us know which position you would like to fill.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Come check out our first Blog Hop!

Over at Ch{all}enge Masters we will be having our first ever Blog Hop to celebrate the holiday season! Be sure to tell all about this awesome event because there will be plenty of goodies given away and lots of fun to be had!
The first stop of the Blog Hop will the Ch{all}enge Masters Blog here. Be sure to hop on over there first to start your Blog Hopping! When you visit each Blog and leave a comment, and some you will need to become a follower to win prizes, you will entered to win fabulous goodies from Ch{all}enge Masters!! Come one come all! It's gonna be fun!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Check this out!

I received a Blog award from Stacy! Thanks girl! Now I have to send this along to 5 other people and those 5 people send along to another 5, so here goes:
Lisa Haines
Jennifer Campbell
Jessica Kibec
Lisa T.

Do I have some goodies for a lucky winner over at the Ch{all}enge Masters "Book Of Him" Challenge Group!! Head on over and check it out here. Below are pictures of the awesome scrappy goodness a lucky winner will receive just for participating in the Book of Him Challenge!! I'd say this lot of goodies is very much worth challenging yourself to complete a layout and upload it to the Ch{all}enge Masters Gallery!! At the end of November I will choose a random winner that will receive all these scrumptious goodies!! You can't win them if you don't get on over there and try! It's alot of fun and Robin and myself are having a blast playing along. You will also find a complete list of the items that are in this lot as well!!

That's it for today but stay tuned because we are cookin' up some Blog Hop goodness over at Ch{all}enge Masters too! Details to follow shortly! TTFN!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Life is good...and crazy!!

Hey Everyone! How ya'll doing today? How was your Halloween? Spooky fun I hope! I apologize AGAIN for not doing a post for a WEEK! I couldn't get any busier if I tried! We've had much illness around this house and my kids and husband don't ever get sick at the same time, they get sick one by one so it lasts FOREVER!!! Halloween kept me very busy, but it was so much fun to dress up with the kids and go Trick Or Treating in our neighborhood. Even though ot rained, the kids had a blast and collected gobs of candy. What did you do for Halloween?

Aside from illness and Halloween, I was pretty busy in the craft room too. I'm so very excited to announce the first ever "Book Of Him" Challenge over at Ch{all}enge Masters!! That's right! The November 2009 Challenge is up so hop on over there and be inspired with not only the "Book Of Him" Challenge, but all 15 or so more!! This site has the best group of ladies on the web and the most inspiring and TALENTED!! Plus, when you submit your project to any challenge your automatically entered to win an awesome lot of scrappin goodies!! Hope to see you there!!

Below you will find my take on the November "Book Of Him" Challenge. What do you think? I apologize for the bad lighting, it was very late at night on Halloween when I took the pics. This was a definite challenge for sure. We had to include on the layout:
* his name somewhere on the layout
* at least 5 things about him
* his handwriting somewhere
* describe my first impression of him
* had to include at least one photo

Don't you just love the smaller photo of my DH? That's the real him! Below is a closer pic of his handwriting listing 10 things about him. Can you tell he's a bit sarcastic, or as he would say facetious? The papers on this layout are from Pink Paisley, chipboard from Fancy Pants and that's most of it.

Below is a close-up of my first impression of him. I was intrigued to say the least ;}

I had a great time creating this layout and think it fits him perfectly!

Below is a card I made for another DT Call and I think it's really cute! The paper is from My Mind's Eye, cardstock Bazzil Basics. I stamped a flower with Pebbles Inc foam stamps and then Heat Embossed with multiple colors layered for this effect. Neat technique!

This card I made for my son's Soccer Coach and for the DT Call as well. The paper is from Scarlet Lime's October Kit as well as the chipboard. The ribbon is from Making memories (I believe). I made the flower by taking about a 2 x 6 inch strip of patterned paper and rolling it like making a fan, alternating sides, glued the edges together and placed a chipboard circle & button in the center. Easy! I think this card works well for a man and is a bit unexpected :}

I'm very excited because I'm working on a card that going to be entered for Cutter's Creek DT Call!! Cutter's Creek is an awesome online scrapbooking store and the owner, Kimberly, has a Yahoo group for the site and a few others groups as well. Here's a link: Here's a link to the blog: I can't wait to find out who makes the DT and to see all their awesome creations! I so love to be inspired by other's work, but the best is to inspire others with mine. On that note, must go and get these crazy kids to bed......and work on my card!! See you all soon! TTFN!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


I found out yesterday morning that I am officially a member of Ch{all}enge Master's Design Team! It is truly an honor to have been chosen to design for this awesome new social network site. I have dreamed of this for a long time and I can't believe it's finally happened. Here's the link to the site: Go hop on over and have a look! Everyone is so nice and very creative.

This month's sponsor at Ch{all}enge Master's is Scrapbook Deals 4U!!! Thank you so much to them for offering this awesome product!!
Each month, starting on November 1st, there will be a challenge from 16 different categories. You have until the last day of the month until at 11:59 pm to post your project in the gallery. You will get one "draw" for each completed challenge so the more challenges you complete, the more "draws" you get and more chances to win the awesome prizes from the monthly sponsers. At the end of the month the monthly master will be chosen by a random generator. Not only will you win FAB prizes, but you will also get the Ch{all}enge Master's Monthly Master blinkie to show off anywhere you like!!!! ROCK ON!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Some More Yummy Stuff

Tonight I'm excited for a couple reasons; 1) I get to show you some more yummy creations of mine, 2) I entered my second DT Call earlier this evening and I can't wait to find out who gets it. There is a new card kit site that has the most scrumptious and gorgeous card kits! You have to go visit them and see for yourself ;}

Also, we were all under the weather this past week so I wasn't able to blog everyday like I wanted to. I am posting just a few of my layouts here but, if you want to see more please visit my gallery at Two Peas
I'm super excited to find out about the winners of the Ch{all}enge Masters DT Call later today! My fingers are crossed!

Below is a layout I did using the September Kit from Scarlet Lime. This is of my daughter Finley. Isn't she cute? I had alot of fun doing this layout and think it turned out great!

I will come back and add what was used on each layout when I have more time tomorow ;} Enjoy and please don't hesitate to leave a comment letting me know you stopped by.

This layout is of me! The very first and only one of me too. This was also done with a Scarlet Lime Kit. Love them!!

This is one of my favorite layots because it's of my baby girl Lily, or Pudge as we like to call her, and because of the beautiful bright colors.

This is of the big pumpkin carving party we have every year. We buy a ton of pumkins and take two days carving them. It makes an awesome display on Halloween.

My cat Sissy Puss always has to be in the middle of everything! She also has to "claim" any new items on a table or floor as her own. This layout is of Sissy Puss sitting pretty in the middle of a fall wreath I was making a couple of years ago. Crazy Cat!

That's it for tonight! Gotta get some sleep so I have enough energy to chase after the kids tomorrow. I'll post some more yummies again real soon!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I am so excited to finally start my blog today! I have some more tweaking of the template to do and a few other things. I have waited a long time to finally start a blog and have a place where I can hopefully inspire others with all of my creations and to be inspired by all who surround me, or follow me.

Thanks to an awesome friend of mine, Lisa, who has encouraged me to get out there and start applying for Design Team Calls and entering my projects for online challenges. Well Lisa, I'm finally doing it girl! I don't know if I have what it takes to be on a DT, but it's sure fun trying!

I have always had a strong interest in working with my hands and creating with my mind beautiful things to look at. Color, texture and design always pulls me in and grabs my attention. Fall is a splendid time of year and is host to some of my favorite color combos. Here are some of my latest creations that truly reflect my love of Fall and all the season has to offer.

This is a little birthday card I made. It's 5.5 x 4.25 inches with Bazzill cardstock, MME patterned paper, Prima flowers with cutouts from from fabric on them, ribbon American Crafts, Buttons Bazzill Basics. Stamps Inque Boutique and thread from local craft supply. Cute!

This card was fun to make. I love purple and orange together for Halloween. I used Bazzill cardstock and made a 7 x 6 inch card, used Daisy D's pp, lace cardstock KI Memories, web, boot & spider die-cuts used Quickutz Silhouette SD, Stamps Inque Boutique, Ribbon & rub-ons Cosmo Cricket. I heat embossed a stamped image on the boot and used stickles glitter glue on the web.

This card screams fall to me! I made a 7.5 x 6 inch card using bazzill cardstock, Scrapworks PP, ribbon was from Oct. 2009 Scarlet Lime Kit, Fibers Basic Grey, Stamps Inque Boutique. I heat embossed the stamp image around the circle.

I adore the colors in this card. Card is 8 x 6 inches using Bazzill cardstock, MME PP, Lace cardstock KI Memories, chipboard flower & journal spot MME, stamps Autumn Leaves, flowers Prima, border MME, ribbon making memories. I made a curtain effect with the ribbon under the border.

This is a little cutesy card. Car is 7 x 5 inches Using Bazzill cardstock, PP unknown, fibers Basic Grey, felt border, Queen & Co., journal spot and monogram MME, paper pumpkins & leaf Making Memories, stamp Studio G.

This is the inside of the card first. I cut a portion from Daisy D's Halloween paper and hand stitched with Basic Grey fibers around the cat, then glued Basic Grey fibers around the skeleton's head. I used Stickles Glitter Glue around the bat and mask. Cute!

This is the outside of the card. Card is 8 x 6 inch and I hand cut a frame and stamped a border around it with Stickles Glitter Glue dots to accent. I used ribbon from Cosmo Cricket on either side and heat embossed the stars, bat & around the frame of "Happy Halloween". Love this card! I had so much fun making it!

Now this might be my favorite card so far! I made a 7.5 x 6 inch card using Bazzill cardstock, then used two black Cosmo Cricket chipboard pumpkins and covered them with MME paper and sand the edges bit. I tied Basic Grey fibers around the stems. Heat embossed the frame, pumpkins (including eyes & noses), "boo" word and banner. The background paper is MME as well. Lastly I put a bit of Basic Grey Ribbon along the bottom. Love it!

Love this color combo too! Made a 7 x 4.25 inch card using Bazzill cardstock, MME paper, ribbon American Crafts & Making Memories, stamps Cosmo Cricket, die-cut card, vine & edge of blue cardstock with Quickutz Silhouette. I took the ribbon and layered it on a Cosmo Cricket black pumpkin and put a bit of ribbon for the stem. Lastly, I heat embossed the leaves on the bottom. Love it!

I'm really loving using heat embossing on my projects, can you tell? If your reading this thank you for giving my new blog your time. I brought you cards today, layouts are tomorrow! I have bunches of those that I've done lately. Feel free to leave a comment good or bad. Wish me luck as I apply for my first DT call at and I can't wait! Check this site out it's awesome! I'm going to try a few more over the next week or two as well. TTFN!