31 December 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy early New Year! I hope your celebration is safe and fun. Make lots of new memories and let's start this wonderful new year off right!

30 December 2011

2012 Scrapping Goals

Every year I like to make some goals to work towards even though this is simply my hobby right now. This year is no different. So let's get to it!

2012 Scrapping Goals


2. Complete Project Life in a weekly format, but DON'T let it stress me out!

3. Figure out a good system for storing our memorabilia and the bits/pieces of our daily lives.

4. Complete a pregnancy journal/book, since this will be our last journey on this path of life.

5. Make more home decor, gifts, and cards for our lives to cut down on costs and use my stash.

6. Try to get published just because.

7. Continue to enjoy this wonderful hobby and all the things it brings into my life to include documentation of our lives past and present, story telling, great friends and reflection on our blessing and hardships.

What are your goals? What has scrapping/creating brought to your life? What do you wish to get out of it this year? See you in 2012!

29 December 2011

2011 Honorable Mentions

While I was going through picking the top 12 a few days back I found several that I loved but since I said 12 well I only picked 12. Here are my honorable but still as good (I think) mentions for 2011.
Homemade paper and using the photo shoot pictures from my Mothers Day gift!
Double page spread of C's BFFs birthday
I love the dimension in this layout
For our new home, hangs above our front door
homemade smash book, that I used for uh two weeks :(
Lots of embossing on this one and I find the pictures super funny
My first time doing glossy accented stamped image charms
I loved this one, it was the first and only hoop I altered and I loved "posing" it
Maya Road huge bottle cap altered in shabby chic for a friend
Valentine button heart decor
First of three name signs for a friends little girl
I love making these, but have yet to make myself one!
From a one cent red container for Christmas to this OOOHHLLAALA

cheap 4X6 frames altered for decorations for spring
Bright and fun! I love this one too!

28 December 2011

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to the most amazing woman I know, my Mommy! I love you and hope your day is as wonderful as you are!

27 December 2011

25 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to pop on and wish everyone a VERY Merry Christmas. I hope you enjoy your day with your family and friends making lovely memories. May your day be stress free and happy!

24 December 2011

My 12 days of Christmas blessings

As promised here are all the wonderful things Sharon made/bought for me.(with the exception of Day one I lost the picture) I love them all. I know she put a LOT of effort and time into these and I so appreciate that. It makes me smile! Without further ado here you go!

Day 2: altered stick pin holder in Christmas colors
Day 3: HOME altered in black/white/silver They already have a home on my bookshelf!
Day four: lots of fun embellishments and ribbons!
Day 5: My favorite! I love rosettes but I HATE making them! I have already hung this beauty up in my living room for Christmas! Gorgeous! I know how long this took and I love it!
Day 6: Lots of fun Christmas buttons, brads and bottle caps!

Day 7: The paper pad she used on Day one, an altered box. I love kraft so this was PERFECT!
Day 8: adorable candy jar with vinyl. I already put mini candy canes and set it up on our counter.

Day 9: An adorable mini that we will explore in a few days when I get good shots of the amazing work inside! This is all about the letter C: C is for Christmas, cookies, carols, crafting, cuddles, and CAITLYN! I love it!
Day ten: a Cart I have wanted forever! Thank you!
Day 11: A cute little mini for journaling this Christmas memories!
Day 12: YAY! An alphabet strip, I am into making my own letters/thickers since I got my big shot so this was super fun!

I always have a lot of fun with this swap! I love to see how everyone interprets and/or gets inspired by the words. It is always so much fun!

22 December 2011

Day 11-Christmas past, present, future

Day ten and twelve I bought-Some embossing folders and her big surprise! I hope she likes it since I got a GREAT deal on it otherwise it would not have fit into the budget for this swap!

Day eleven is an altered dollar frame from Michaels for her to put a picture of the whole clan during Christmas. She is so excited about this Christmas since all her family will be around for the first and probably last time. I hope she gets a great picture to place in this frame so she always remember it!

The little altered wooden spools were just something extra I did and tried for the first time. I think I like them but I wish I would have used different colored wire, but it was all I had at the time and with my spending slowdown/freeze I am determined to use what I have and NOT buy anything!

I will be back soon with pictures of everything SHE made ME!

Now start thinking about those crafting goals for 2012 ladies! I will be back with those and 2011 top 12 projects of the year!

21 December 2011

Day 9-Step it up

Yes ***I*** made the words of inspiration and I substituted them! Yes I did so there! LOL! I altered a huge wooden S I picked up on clearance while in Kentucky. I stuck with blue/white with hints of brown. I tried to "vintage" it up a bit as that is the style she prefers. I hope I was successful!

20 December 2011

Day 8-Sweetness of the season

Today was rather simple. I took some clear tubes I had in my stash, altered a little bit, made a tag and filled with candy. I sure hope she enjoys them and she can reuse the containers by replacing/removing the decorations.

19 December 2011

Day 7-Colors of the Season

Day 6 I bought, it was a bunch of vintage/shabby chic bling, baubles, etc.

Day 7 I really stepped out of my comfort zone. I have seen these salt/pepper shaker button/paper flowers everywhere lately and decided to try my hand at them. I am not sure I like them. I used Bo Bunny Snowfall paper, clear and blue buttons. I hope she liked them as I am not sure.

17 December 2011

Days of Christmas swap-Day 2,3,4

I hosted my annual 12 days of Christmas swap on the Cricut Messageboard. Here are the first three days that I made for my partner. Day one is not pictured but it was a little bit altered address book. Day two is the To Do frame from an Ikea picture frame. One side says to do and the other is for her to keep track of swaps. Day three was a mini for her Christmas this year. Her family is going to be together for the first and last time for a while so I did a page for each person to write down their favorite memory and a snapshot of them. Day four were old SU! wood blocks that I altered to spell out HOME. I sure hope she likes the things so far.

I have not felt like crafting or anything in the past few weeks. I just want to sleep and I spend a lot of time in the bathroom (first trimester and all) but I am here I promise! Don't forget about me!lol

Day five-Circle of Love/Trust

Today the words of inspiration were "Circle of Love/Trust". Well I had all intentions of doing a circle banner but instead this wooden sign evolved. I tied the words together with the circle bling, like how I stretched that? LOL! This little sign was a wooden one I picked up while in Kentucky for .50. I painted it, layered several white/silver/blue papers, made faux chipboard using the Cricut. Add some cuttlebug, ribbon, bling and glittery snowflakes and there you go. I almost did not send this one as I loved it so much!