Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Finally Done!!!

Hi everyone!  Hope you had a wonderful and restful Christmas holiday.  
Ours was wonderful, the whole family was together and we had a great time. 

I am on vacation this week...YIPPEE!!!  I am working on finishing a few projects.  This is a quilt I made a few months ago and today I finally finished hand sewing the binding on it.  Brown and pink is my very favorite color combo and I just love the way this lil' throw turned out. 

 Here is a close up of the design. 
Tonight is girls movie night and I still need to get ready.
Just wanted to say hi and let you know what I have been up to this week.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

And The Stockings Were Hung......

.....by the chimney with care!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Hope you are having a blessed and joyous day.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Blue Rose Tattoo

Woke up this morning doin' a lil' dance.  My last work day for 2 weeks. 
I just love having this time off and look forward to it every year. 

This is one of my favorite stamps from Sweet Pea Stamps.
Her name is Blue Rose Tattoo. 
She is colored with Copics and Bic Mark-It Alls. 
I added a lil' Stickles to all the blue roses.

Merry Christmas,

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Twinkle Toes

YAHOO!!! Only 4 more days of work till Christmas break.  I can't wait. 
I have no plans between the holidays and I love it that way. 

I started round 2 of antibiotics for this sinus infection yesterday.  I hope this works.  I am sick of being sick!!!!

This will be the last Glitterbabe's Challenge for the 2010. 

Our challenge is to use snowflakes and make it glitter on your creation.  

I am very happy with the way this card turned out. 
I was not too sure about the lace, but I LOVE IT!!!!!
You can check out what the design created and play along, here.

Challenges -

The entire design team hopes you have a safe and blessed holiday season. 
I want to thank Stef (AKA Glitterbabe) for inviting me to be apart of her design team.  I am having so much fun and the girls are just great.  I am so thankful and blessed to call Stef my friend.  Thanks Girl!!! 

Merry Christmas,

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

FBD Challenge and Something Special

Time for an all new Fresh Brewed Design Challenge
This week our theme is 'Merry Christmas'.
The design team has once again out did themselves.  To see all the creations, go here.  
I am using Santa Baby.  You can see all of the cute digi designs, here.
This challenge will run for two weeks.
So plenty of time to make those last minute Christmas cards and play along. 

Challenges -
Paper Playtime - Challenge #29 Snowmen
Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog - #49 Anything Goes Christmas
Stamp Something - December Digi Day Challenge
Digital Tuesday Challenge - #89 Sparkling Christmas plus a Digi
The Pink Elephant - #90 Winter Wonderland
One Stitch at a Time - #43 Anything Goes
Ellephantastic Challenge - #21 Winter/Christmas
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Last Minute Christmas Projects


Each and every time I sit down at my craft table my daughter wants to play along right with me.
The past weekend she made me this card.  I just love it!!!! 

She spelled Santa Claus, it's kinda hard to read.  She spelled Santa 'Sanda' and Claus "Klas".  Not too bad for just sounding out the words.  She just wrote over it when Daddy told her it was mis-spelled. 
Now a mommy would have left it. Am I right?!?!?
I laugh each time I look at it, his beard it purple and his face is blue.
  This is my daughter, she is always thinking outside the box!

Stitchy Bears Kids - December Challenge - Christmas
Inside Reads - Love Mom I Know You Have Been Sick Mommy.

This brought tears to my eyes.  I was really sick a few weeks ago with a sinus infection and I am still a little congested.  I am so proud of her!  She is so caring and does worry about her family.  Funny how she is only 5 1/2 years old and knows that Mommy is still a lil' sick.

Hugs to you and your family.  I hope you have a blessed Christmas holiday.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

OMGosh......Take A Look At This Blog Candy!!!!

OMG!!! I still cannot believe this blog candy give-a-way.  It is full of so many goodies, I don't even know where to start.  Go here and see for yourself!!

This picture is just one of over 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FBD Exclusive Digi For Card Cupids

Good Morning!  Brrrrrr.....it's cold outside. 
It is currently 3 degrees with a wind chill of -10 degrees. 

Heather at Fresh Brewed Designs has created exclusive digi images to support Card Cupids.
Card Cupids is a wonderful organization that sends cards to children in need.  All proceeds from this image will be donated to Card Cupids.  If you would like more information on how you can help by donating cards, please check out Card Cupids.

Here's a link to their Facebook page.
Here's a link to their Paper Craft Planet page.

Click the image to order. 
Each image is only $2.00.  A little bit, but can make a BIG difference.


I have more exciting news to share with my blogging friends. 
Our son, Jon has been accepted to Western Illinois University, Fall 2011!!!!! 
Go Leathernecks!

We are so proud of him.  He is the first in our family to be accepted to an University. 
I have experienced so many emotions in the last 12 hours. 
It is an exciting time and a lil' scary that in no time at all I will be sending my baby boy off to college.

Hope you are having a great day and stay safe,

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Rose!

Good Morning, hope you are having a blessed Sunday.
Today I am going to play at my craft table all day.  The weather is terrible!!!! 
My boys will be watching the Bears game so what a better way to spend my day.

It's been awhile since I played with my Sweet Pea Stamps and I sure missed them.
This is Blue Rose Tatoo, I know she's not blue....hehehehe.

I just love the purple and orange color combo. 
The embosed background is an oldie from my stash. 
I added a lil' bit of stickles to the image.
She is colored with my Bic Mark-it Alls and Copics.

Hope you are staying warm,

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Let's Sparkle and Shine!

Good Morning!
It's time for another Fresh Brewed Challenge.  This week we want you to
Sparkle and Shine!!!!!!

This week I am using Holly Angel Cakes. You can shop all the images, here.

I used a shimmery ribbon, added stickles to her wings and dress and used a white gel pen to make dots on the sentiment and red cardstock.

Top Tip Tuesday - #13 Use Ribon
One Stitch At A Time - Challenge #42 Old Stash, New Stash
(New Stash - Digi Image, Old Stash - Everything Else, LOL)
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Challenge #133 Christmas Card
Craft Your Passion Challenges - #35 Anything Goes
Stamp Something - Christmas Color Combo
ABC Christmas Challenge - 'Y' for Yuletide Challenge
(Use 1 or all, Candles, Holly and Berries or Red/Green)
Moving Along With The Times - #75 For Someone Special
Lili of the Valley - Challenge #76 A Few of My Favorite Things
(Digi Stamps, Ribbon and Stickles)
Ellephantastic Challenge - #20 Red and Green
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Flutter By Wednesday - Open Challenge (Must have wings)
The Pixie Cottage - #48 Sparkle and Shine
Creative Belli Blog - Use Christmas Emblishments/Paper
Mixed Media Monday - 'Tis The Season
Challenge Up Your Life - #32 Christmas/Advent
ECP Challenges - #27 Christmas
Sundays with Chrissy - #13 Christmas is Coming
Let's Craft and Create - #8 It's Christmas
Frosted Designs - Glitter
2 Sisters Challenge Blog - Sparkly Christmas

The Design Team has some amazing projects.  Be sure to stop by the challenge blog.

Have a blessed day,

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Toad-ally Love You!!!

Do you just love this cute lil' froggie?  I know I sure do!

Stef is a wonderful person and has some of the darn cutest digi images.  I
 hope you will take a few minutes to stop by her on-line digi shop to take a look.
This image also comes with a sentiment that says.....I toad-ally love you! 
I used it inside the card and toad-ally forgot to take a picture....hehehehe!!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you are having a relaxing Sunday.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Ohhhh Santa Baby........

........put a sable under the tree for me!!!!  PLEASE......I have been extra good this year....hehehehe.

This week's Glitterbabe Challenge is sponsored by Digi's with Attitude. I am so in love with Grumpy Gretchen.  She has the right 'tude for every occasion. Be sure to stop by and check her out.

Our challenge is to create a card using buttons and don't forget make it sparkle. I knew exactly where to go for my buttons, these snowflakes have been hanging out in my stash for some time and I am so excited to finally use them. I used Icicle Stickles to make the fur sparkle for the holidays.

Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes
Scrap-Creations - Anything Goes
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Let's Get All Girly
One Stitch At A Time - Bling It Up
I Did It Creations - Surprise Me
One Stop Craft Challenge Blog - Christmas Cuties

Hope you can play along with us this week.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


....one cupcake at a time!

Grab a cup'o joe it's time for this weeks Fresh Brewed Design Challenge.

This week Heather of Fresh Brewed Designs is releasing her new line of digis. 
This is Emma, isn't she beautiful. 
Besure to stop by the store and see all the new images, here.

Our challenge this week is Red, Pink and White. 
I just love the background paper, it goes perfectly with our challenge.
The challenge blog has all the details. 
I hope you will take some time from the holiday hustle and bustle and play along with us.
 The design team has brewed up some lovely projects this week.

Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes Birthday
Scrap-Creations - Anything Goes
I Did it Creations Challenge Blog - Surprise Me
One Stitch At A Time - Bling It Up

Enjoy your day,

Monday, November 29, 2010

Puppy Love

Happy Monday!!! 
I hope all my friends in the States had a blessed Thanksgiving holiday. 
Did you venture out on Black Friday?  I went to Walmart and Target around 9 am on Friday and got everything on my list...including all the doorbusters at Walmart.  YAHOO!!! 
The checkout lines were even super short.

Today I am showcasing a new image from Glitterbabe's Art Shop.
awwww......isn't she just so adorable and cuddly.
 I used my new (and very first) Nestie! I treated myself and I am hooked and can't wait to buy more. 
The edges are inked in brown, used my Martha Stewart leaf punch and the ribbon and dp are from my stash.  The paper roses are from Pizzazz Aplenty, my favorite new place to shop for emblishments. 

I Did it Creations Challenge Blog - Surprise Me

Don't forget today is Cyber Monday!!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It's Wintertime at FBD.......

We are brewing up another challenge.
This week's challenge is to create a winter or Christmas card.
Here are all the dets you will need to play along.

I am using Snow Girl on Ice. Isn't she just adorable?!? You can check the full line of snow buddies, here.
She is looking very stylish for her day of ice skating. Jenna helped me pick out the colors of her clothes. You have to always look your best, even out in the cold.....this is according my 5 1/2 year our daughter.
I add a little bit of pink stickles to her skating outfit.

I sure hope you enjoyed my design today.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Inspiration Challenge

Ok, most of you have probably noticed I love to create with bright and bold colors and lots of patterns. 

Fresh Brewed Designs will be hosting challenges every Friday over at Paper Craft Planet.

Here is the link to the weekly challenge.  GO HERE for all the 'rules' and dets.

Heather has an awesome challenge to get your creative mojo flowing just in time for the weekend. 
This week she is having a color inspiration challenge. 
OMGosh.....this inspiration is sooooo up my alley!!!!! 
I love the colors and the zebra print is da' bomb. 

Drum Roll Please........Here is my color inspiration creation. 
 I used 'So Happy Together', you can find it here.
The the zebra print paper is from my paper stash.  I am a HUGE paper horder....hehehehe. 
All other designer papers and cardstock are from my odds and ends stash. 
(Yes, I ususally save most of my scraps if they are a decent size.)
I used my Bic Mark-It Alls to color the image and a glitter pen to outline the heart and steam. 
Everytime I look at my card it just makes me smile and wanna dance! 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tweet Street

It's time for another Glitterbabe's Challenge.

This week's challenge is sponsored by Nana Vic's Digitals. Oh....Ms Nana Vic I love all your digis. 
If you have a grandma or are a grandma or just love digis.....you have to stop by Nana Vic's store
 Her digis are so detailed, it is just amazing.
The Glitterbugs were challenged to create an easel card using a digi from Nancy Vic.
I am using Tweet Street which you can find, here.
This is only the second time I have made an easel card and I am just tickled pink with the way it turned out.
The image is colored using Crayola Twistable Colored Pencils, which I just love.

I used a glitter gel pen to outline the details of the image, but it did not photograh very well.
The ivory roses are from Pizzazz Aplently.
Pizzazz Aplenty has everything from flatback rhinestones to ribbon.
The prices are so inexpensive, excellent customer service and shipping was super quick. I will be shopping here again.

Challenges I am submiting this card to are....
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Anytime Easel Card
Critters Sketch Challenge - Challenge #40 Texture
Party Time Tuesdays - #21 Easel Cards
CCEE Stampers - Store Bought Flowers
Stamp Something - Digi Day
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - #49 Forget Me Not


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fresh Brewed Designs Debut.....

.....is finally here!!
I am still so excited to be a part of the Fresh Brewed Designs Design Team.
I hope you will stop by our challenge blog to check out what the design team has brewed up today.
This week's challenge is....Show Us Your Style.
You can find the challenge blog, HERE.
I am using Pouty Angel Cake. I distressed the edges of my cardstock and designer paper, used crystal stickles on her wings and heart on her dress and added tiny rhinestones to the bows in her hair.
You can visit the store, HERE.
Heather is a talented artist and I am so honored that she invited me to her design team.

Challenges I am submitting my card to are....
Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #16 Very Girly
One Stitch at a Time - Challenge #39 Fav Colors
Stamp Something - Anything Digi
Little Red Wagon - Do it in Three's
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Challenge #109 Sparkle and Shine
Sassy Studio Design - Any Thing Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 138 Anything Goes
CCEE Stampers - Store Bought Flowers
Digital Tuesday Challenge - #85 Anything with Wings
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Challenge 130 Distressing
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge - #49 Forget Me Not
Flutter By Wednesday - Open Theme (Fairy)
Make It Monday - #11 Inspiration Blog

Happy Hump Day,

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Name Kenny K's Krash Kittenz....

Kenny K. is giving his fans a chance to name his new line of images....Krash Kittenz.
All the dets are, here
A - Pitstop Phoebe
B - Haley Harley
C - Finishline Fairleigh
D - Mizz Ellie Eastwood
E - Wynona Winston
F - LaRue Lippz
G - Dakota Dallaz
H - Hannah Heelz
I - Joyride Jamee
J - Coppershot Callie
K - Kickin' Kadee
L - Giovanna G

Now that was fun!!!!

Kenny K's Krafty Girls DT Call

Oh My....Kenny K is having a DT call! 
Wish me luck!!
 His images are fantastic and so much fun.  

You can get all the DT dets, here.
You can shop Kenny K's store, here.

I am submitting a few of my favorite cards....

Keeping my fingers crossed,

Monday, November 15, 2010

Boo Bash

Happy Monday!
Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Do you have any family traditions? What is your favorite dish to eat?

We will be spending the holiday at my mom's with family. 
My mom loves to cook and her food is yumm-o!!!
After dinner we will do a craft with Jenna.  Any suggestions? 
I have not even thought about what we will do this year.

I always seem to surprise myself with what goodies I will find in my scrapbooking stash.  I recently found these 2 layouts from a scrapbooking class from last year.  The funny thing is the pictures are from Halloween 2007! Oh well, I don't think I will ever be caught up with my scrapbooking. 
God Bless,

Friday, November 12, 2010

Progressive Give-a-way

WOW, you are not going to believe this!!!  Dawn's Craft Place is having a progressive give-a-way and you can win this super awesome netbook.  Go HERE for all the details, it's super easy.

It's A Party....

If a good cup of Fresh Brewed Designs is what you've been craving, have we got the thing for you!!!

Did you know Fresh Brewed Designs has MOVED into a NEW shop?!?! To celebrate we're having a PARTY!! And not just any party ~ A GRAND OPENING PARTY!!!

The best part is, you can come in your bathrobe and slippers! You don't even really have to shower ... if you don't want to! It's a pajama party! And you know what is at parties? Games, prizes, chatting, crafting and lots of fun.  Be sure to invite ALL your friends!

When:   November 12 from 7-10 EST

We will have one BIG game and one BIG prize. Here is apic of what YOU could win if you attend.

What do you have to do to get in on the fun?

Just follow these simple rules:

2. Post a picture of the candy and a link to the PCP group on your blog.

We have been grinding out some of our best beans and we all know that there's no substitute for the "Fresh" stuff! So tell everyone you know and we'll "half-decaf, mocha, latte, macchiatto, with a shot of skinny caramel" our way into a caffeinated frenzy!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I'm A Glitterbug!!!

I am so excited to finally share with you that I made Glitterbabe's Challenge DT and proud to be a Glitterbug.  A big thank you and hug to my dear friend Stef for inviting me to join her fabulous design team.
You can check out our new challenge here.......Glitterbabe's Challenge.

This week's challenge is to use red, green and orange and a Glitterbabe image and of course you have to make it glitter and shine. I just love this scarecrow image, he is too cute. .
You can check out all her images, here.
My little scarecrow has a lil sparkle added to make his hay stuffing shine.
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.
Thank you to all those who serve and protect our great Nation.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Happy Harvest

Time is just flying by, hard to believe we are quickly approaching Thanksgiving. I'm getting hungry just thinking about a turkey dinner with all the fixins' and mom's yummy apple pie.

The weather here in Chicagoland will be just beautiful today, high of 69 and lots of sunshine. I plan on getting outside during my lunch hour to soak up the sun....I know it won't last.

I used Indian Princess Pattieboop by Pattie's Creations Digital Stamps for todays fall inspired card.
The tulle is 'recycled' from the hat pin packaging, the hat pins are new and had to be dusted off....hehehehe! I added sparkle and glitter to the Indian Princess and the center of the flower embellishments.


Have a super day.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Happy Halloween

OMGosh.....has it really been this long since I blogged.  I am so sorry for being away!!!  As the saying goes....Life comes at you fast!!! All is well and we are back on track.

Good news, I have been scrapbooking and quilting again and will have some creations to share with you all very soon.

Halloween is my favorite holiday.  I love the cool fall evenings, leaves changing, spider webs, pumpkin carving and lil' ones in costume.  I spent Halloween with my family trick or treating, the weather was perfect! We had a hearty chili dinner and a few beverages afterwards.

My very adorable nephew Evan was Yoda. I know isn't he just too cute!!!
Jenna was Princess Leia, don't forget the bun wig. 
Auntie Erin and Jenna made spooky cupcakes....YUMMY!!!
Our jack-o-lanterns, a smiley face that Jenna drew and Princess Hello Kitty. 

Have a super duper day!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Christmas In July

Hello! The summer is just flying by.  I hope you are having a wonderful summer.  Ours has been filled with campfires, s'mores, swimming and spending time with friends and family.

It is Christmas in July over at Critter Sketch Challenge Blog
This week we have a sketch challenge with a Christmas theme for you.
Be sure to stop by to play along and check out what the Design Team has created.
Enjoy the day,

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Dragonfly Fantasy

Good Morning!
This lovely lady is Dragonfly Fantasy from Ching-Chou Kiuks Fantasy Art Collection. I am loving all these images, they allow me to express my fantasy side and be so creative with my coloring.
She is colored with my Crayola Twistable Colored Pencils, have you tried these?
The colors are so rich and you never have to sharpen them.
Please stop by Paper Jewels today, Jenny has so many stamps and emblishments to chose from.

Enjoy your day and smile,

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Love in Purple

Good Morning!
This is Love is Gone by Ching-Chou Kiuks Fantasy Art Collection.
You can see the full line of stamps at Paper Jewels.
She is colored with my Crayola Twistable Colored Pencils, which I totally love, the roses are colored with a copic to make them stand out against the subtle coloring of the image and added purple stickes to the moons in the background. I just love this image and think it is super sexy and love coloring her.
I hope you will stop by Paper Jewels store to see what is new this month.

Enjoy the day,

Monday, June 21, 2010

Dance in the Rain.......

Happy Monday, It's time for another challenge at Critter Sketch Challenge Blog.
This week our challenge is to create a pocket card. 
I love pocket cards and dug into my scrap pile and created my card in purple hues.
The sentiment is....
'Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness,
Has never danced in the rain.'

I hope you will stop by the challenge blog to play along and see what the DT has created to inspire you.

Have a super-duper day,