Cute little trick or treaters

I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween! Jacob was Harry Potter and Kendall was a witch this year. I passed out candy and Jess took the kids around the neighborhood. Normally it is the opposite, so it was nice getting to just sit on my behind and talk to all the kids that stopped by.

My little Cub Scout

Tonight my son received some awards at his Pack meeting. He is the cutest Tiger Cub Scout! Tiger Cubs are the youngest of Boy Scouts and they are normally 6 years old and in the first grade. Jacob has been working really hard to get things "signed off" so he can earn more slides and badges. They just finished up their popcorn sales and he got to pick out a prize based on his sales. He wanted a knife really bad, so he picked out this whamadine pocket knife that has a flash light on it and everything, plus it has the Boy Scout emblem on it so that made it even better. At the next meeting, which is next Monday, to earn a badge/slide they need to make a scrapbook. So my husband volunteered me, which is fine, to go in and make Paper bag scrapbooks with them. Can you see 10 dads trying to make albums and decorate them...I envision duct tape lol. These boys are going to make some cute scrapbooks...did you know they make Cub Scout paper! I picked some up a few weeks ago, I don't think I have enough in my stash so I will have to go back to my LSS this week, oh darn :)

Busy Week & Photo Editing

I have not posted in a week...holy moly! With all of the activities my children are in and my son getting sick, my time has just slipped away from me lately. I am going to do my PaperTrey swaps tomorrow, so I will be posting them soon. I was going to post some before and after pictures (before editing them and after) but something is wrong with blogger and I cannot upload any pictures....what a bummer. Well I hope you all had a great weekend. I guess I can go catch up on my tivo-ed shows :)

Treat Swaps

I finished up my "Treat your fellow swapper" swaps up today. It has been so hot I just couldn't mail them out, so I would just sit and look at the treats. But because we have had rain the last few days and the temperature has dropped a little, I sent them out today. I couldn't fit everything that I sent in the picture, but here are a few of the items I put in each of the swaps. I bought starbursts, that come in the boxes, like the ones you get at the movies...I used my score-pal to make sleeves for each one. Then I made 3 x 3 cards to coordinate, I need things to match :) So I had some Hershey's nuggets laying around and avery labels, so I stamped some labels using Papertrey Ink's stamps and wrapped up those nuggets. Not pictured but in the swaps were those swirly suckers that I bought at Walt Disney world, twizzlers, and other suckers. They turned out pretty cute.

I used Moxxie paper the Bump in the Night series/Eek, Purple Bazzill cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Avery Labels, Clearly Wordsworth Ghosties Stamps, PaperTrey Ink Holiday Treats stamp set, Halloween Ribbon, Stickles, Basic Black ink, Pumpkin Pie ink, Purple art marker

Mojo Monday Challenge

Julee over at has a challenge every Monday and she calls it "Mojo Monday" all of her sketches are always awesome, but I never get to play. However this weekend I finally made a card using her sketch, cool huh!!

The base of the card is More Mustard, all of the printed designer paper is by My Mind's gotta love double sided paper. I used SU All in a Row and Eat Cake. Chocolate Chip & More Mustard ink. Ribbon is from Martha Stuart

Fun Weekend

My son and husband went camping with the Cub Scouts this weekend. So my 11 yr old daughter had the house to ourselves. I pulled almost everything out of my craft room and put it in the dining room, I had to clear the buffet and add two more tables for everything to have a place. So I scrapbooked, made some cards and did a few altered items, it was FANTASTIC!

So here is one of the layouts I did. I used the Secret Garden Simply Scrappin' kit from SU. I really love this kit. The stickers are not like normal stickers, these are really really thick and I like that. I am definately going to buy more of these sets!! The pictures are from when we still lived in South Carolina. It has been a little over a year since we have moved but I still miss Charleston everyday. It is such a beautiful city. I believe these were taken around Easter last year, and we had gone to a really nice restaraunt downtown. The kids looked so adorable in their outfits, and isn't Jacob's hat too cute!!

So on to the next project, I made a few 3x3 Halloween cards. The first card, the stamps used were from the dollar bin at Micheal's. I stamped the pumpkins in Pumpkin Pie, and then colored them in with PP chalk/pastels. I used a green pen to outline the doodles, and fill in the stalk, then used stickles to go over everything. Jeepers Creepers is stamped in Basic Black. I tried really hard to leave the card alone, but I had to add ribbon at the bottom...its orange shear May Arts Ribbon.
This is another 3x3 card, the ghost is from the $ bin as well, however the other images used are from the blog candy stamp set Clearly Wordsworth, I recieved from Mish. I also used one of the stamps as an image for the candy wrapper I made for Ghiradelli chocolate. Everything was stamped in basic black and the ribbon is also by May Arts.
...I forgot to add the base for each card is orange Bazzil cardstock, and SU whisper white.

Blog Candy

While I was blog surfing, as I do, I realized I received blog candy in the mail yesterday and forgot to post it... eek. Michelle over at Mish Mash aka sent this to me, she has a great blog so go check her out. This card is stunning in real life, the photo does not do it justice. This stamp set is so incredibly cute I cannot wait to ink it up. Thank you again Michelle!!

Baby Card

I sent this card off to a lady I know who is having her second child, but her first daughter. I wanted it to be really feminine, pretty and try to personalize it in some way. You can't see from this picture but I outlined the baby carriage with stickles. I love how the polka dots in the ribbon match the dots on the carriage. Isn't it cool how things turn out sometimes without consciously thinking about it?!?
Green and lavender cardstock is by Bazzill, white cardstock in SU whisper white. All images are by Stampin Up. Versamark and SU pale plum ink. SU pale plum chalk. May Arts Ribbon, Making Memories and Prima flowers. Brads by Making Memories, Stickles, and I don't remember the brand of the silver letters. chipboard is by technique tuesdays.

Back Home from Disney

We made it home safe and sound :) We were only there for a few days, however it was worth it. The hotel we stayed at is called Disney's Dolphin Resort. There was no way to explore the hotel in a weekend but lets just say, that there is 5 pools, a spa, tons of stores, 17 restaraunts and they have Heavenly Beds in every room (which are very comfy and cozy).
For those of you who don't know, I called the morning we were leaving to get reservations at different places, and as I always do I asked if there were any seats available at Cinderella's castle, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. My daughter and I have been before but my son hasn't. Just a little background info, you need to call the reservation line 180 days out for the day you want to eat at Cinderella's castle thats how fast it books. To make a long story short they had 4 seats for breakfast!!! So you walk in, and they announce your name(I didn't hear ours but I think it was because we all were so excited) and then you get in line to have your picture taken with Cinderella. Then you walk up the stairs and you are greeted and my prince recieved a sword and a wishing star and my princess recieved a wand and a wishing star. We were seated with yummy fruit and all kinds of bakery goods, fresh croissants, muffins, cinnamon rolls etc... This is where it gets good, every single Disney Princess was there at breakfast and each of them came to our table to talk to the kids, sign autograph books and to take pictures. My son asked every Princess a detailed question, for those of you who know my son this is very funny. For example he said to Belle, "Belle, I am a very good reader and I love to read books. What is your favorite book to read?" It made breakfast very enjoyable. So as we were eating breakfast they brought us a very pretty folder and inside of it was a picture of Cinderella's castle on the left and a picture of Cinderella and the kids on the right (8x10) and an additional four 4x6 pictures, for Free! It was very memorable and a very delicious breakfast. If you ever get a chance take you kids :) This was our 8th trip to Disney World and we always have a meal with the characters, but this by far was the best one yet!
It was a great time and I would have to write a book on all the cool things that happened to us, but instead I will just post a few pictures.

Going to Walt Disney World

I try to take my pictures during the day, so this isn't the best picture to post. However I'm taking the kids on a spur of the moment trip to Walt Disney World this weekend. A very sweet neighbor down the street gave us a one day pass to the Magic Kingdom. So needless to say I have a lot to get done tonight.

I am working on my getting "mojo" for my Christmas cards, this is a warm up card. I go through several prototypes/samples before I have my finished project. I worked on this to get me into the x-mas spirit. Its hard to think about Christmas when you live in Florida and its still 90 degrees outside. Its a really simple card, and will be easy to add more to really make it pop.

Materials used: Stampin Up whisper white cardstock, true thyme cardstock, true thyme classic ink pad, basic black ink pad, versamark, All in a row stamp set, Wishing you cheer stamp set, Sentiment from Papertrey Ink, textile Cuddlebug embossing folder, satin ribbon, score-pal

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I will chat at you when I get back :)

Beate's sketch challenge

I finally have done one of Beate's sketch challenges, creativity must ooze through her body because everything she makes is incredible! This is WSC22. Lets see I started out with close to cocoa base which I ran through my cuddlebug, with the d'vine swirl embossing folder. Can I just say how much I love those folders, love them :). The designer paper is by Daisy Bucket Designs, the Astor Park Collection, I used Emilie St. & Clay St. Its double sided paper, I really think all dp should be double sided, there are so many more possibilities you can do with it. Anyhow, I layered whisper white cardstock on top. I used four different stamp sets to make this card; Fast & Fun note, Polka dots and Petals, All in a Row, and In the Loop Alphabet all by Stampin Up. For ink I used Close to Cocoa, Purely Pomegranate, Versamark and Basic Black Stampin' write marker. The brads in the top right corner are from the $1 spot at Target, the lower corner is a Prima flower and silver brad.
I don't know about your Target, but the one near me started putting scrapbook/stamping stuff in the $1 spot. About a month ago I got little scrapbooks, an alphabet stamp set and some brads. What I didn't pick up but they had also was ribbon, paper, punches and other stamps. I altered the little scrapbooks and put my neighbors name and address on them, to put in their "BOO" package I made for them. Have any of you "BOO-ed" your neighbors? I bought these really big orange bowls and filled them up with candy, kitchen towels, magnetic note-pad, doggy treats for their dogs, a few altered items...the little scrapbooks and baskets I made out of paper which I filled with Hershey's Nuggets and altered those too :)...did I mention I put lots of candy in the bowl too? So after you make a "BOO" package (you also need to make a sign that says you've been booed, you can find pre-made ones online) you put it in front of your neighbors door, ring the doorbell and RUN!! They then find the note and "BOO" someone else. I think everyone on my street and the streets on both sides of me have now been "Boo-ed". The kids love it! They think its the coolest thing, so cool that when we went to dinner with our neighbors my son (who is 6) couldn't resist telling them that we "boo-ed" them. Little kids do not know how to keep a secret/surprise. The innocence of being a child.

I inked up my heartfelt thanks stamp set and made this card. I really struggle making black and white cards, but I think I did ok on this one. Plus I addes a splash of red in there too. I bought some of the bazzil scalloped rectangle paper and just scored it in half for the base. I had some left over red bazzil paper from the invitations I made so I used that, and then layered some whisper white cardstock stamped with real red and stazon black on top of the red. The background flower images and the thanks were also stamped with black stazon. I bought some black primas and havn't used them yet so I paired it with a white prima and attached them with a brad. All in all I am very happy with this card. I need to make an envelope and get this mailed out for a big Thank You! Well I have to make this fast, I just ordered a pizza and I need to go pick it up. Have a great Friday :)

Criss Cross Invitations

Here is a picture of the baby shower invitations I had been working on. 30 cards later and a few alterations, here is the finished product. I originally had a strap that went around the card with paper, ribbon and then the sentiment, however it made the card too thick and the envelopes would have ripped in the mail. Unfortunately I had to remove the paper strap, but I kept the ribbon. My friends who are giving the shower wanted a Disney theme but not to have the really bright Disney colors. I found this designer paper at a local scrapbook store, and guess what its Disney paper! I used my creative memories Mickey punch to punch out the Mickey symbol on the dp on the left hand side. This criss cross cards base is 5 1/2 by 12, so I didn't need to attach two pieces of paper.

The inside is white cardstock with the info, on top of grey cardstock. I then stamped images from Polka Dots & Petals with Real Red, attached some ribbon and this baby is done.

busy days

I have been very busy the last few days so nothing to show today. I made 30 criss cross baby shower invitations so that took up some time. They turned out really cute, I will post a picture later or tomorrow. My cold is still lingering it just will not go away, so I feel really fatigued lately. My SU kit came in the mail yesterday and I spent the day cutting rubber. I can't wait to ink them up. Other than that just trying to get some swaps done and mailed out.

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