Thursday, December 29, 2011

SWALK Snowman

Well, here is a quick post to keep you interested while I am traveling back home to Nevada. If all goes well I will be on the road by 6:30am today and won't stop until I hit Gallup, New Mexico. My mouth is watering already because there is a wonderful little local restaurant there that we usually stop at that has the best food!! YUMMMMMM It keeps me motivated to drive all day! lol

My brother is driving back with me...well he is driving my hubby's car back to Nevada and I am in the minivan so not exactly "with me" but close enough. I am going to let him have one of the boys in the car with him and I will have the other one and the dogs with me. It looks like we will have decent driving weather thank goodness. I was a little worried it would be snowing.

I wanted to share this card I made for Crafter's Companion. I actually made several projects with these SWALK stamp sets because they are just so cute. You can buy them at the Crafter's Companion Store if you are interested. I can't remember what the exact name of this stamp set is right now and I'm too tired to go look it up. Sorry.

I stamped it out and colored it. These I decided to start with a Kraft paper base and layered it with dark blue and dark green card stock. I wanted to keep it fairly clean and simple. I added a little snowflake and ribbon from my stash and some stickles for sparkle. I actually love how it turned out. It is really pretty in person.

I really do wish you guys would join in the challenge at Crafter's Companion Challenge blog. This month the challenge is Sparkle. So fun and easy. And they always have the best prizes.

Well, wish me luck. I will try to post again from the hotel in Gallup if they have wifi. If not, I will post again on Saturday.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

You And Me Babe

We are doing sneak peaks this week over at Crafter's Companion of the new Strawberry Kisses stamp set line that is coming out next week. I think these new stamps are precious. I picked this cute one out that has both the dog and the cat on it. It is the You and Me Babe stamp set. I figured it would be perfect to use for a Valentines Card right? Valentines Day is coming up soon. No time like the present to get a card made for it.

I pulled out my Crafter's Companion Advanced Construction Techniques DVD and decided on the Tealight Candle holder card. I really love all of these DVD's that I have gotten from Crafter's Companion because they are all loaded with cool projects and have easy to follow step by step instructions. I really do find myself pulling them out anytime I need some extra inspiration. And I am not just saying this because I am on their design team! I seriously love this company and their products! It really is a joy to be on their design team.

You should definitely start stopping by their informational blog every Friday because they are doing a regular Friday giveaway of a stamp set. Go and leave a comment. You might be the lucky winner. (open to US residents only) (sorry to my international followers)

I have some good news...I was asked to be the Design Team Coordinator for the Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog starting in January! I was so honored to be asked. It is sad that Denise is stepping down but I am thrilled to get to take over for her.

Now you know what this means don't you??!!! It means you need to start doing their monthly challenge!!!! I'm going to start driving you crazy asking you to join in each month!! So be prepared!! LOL

I am planning to leave to drive back to Nevada on Thursday weather permitting so today will be a crazy day getting things packed and loaded. It seems like we just got here and now we are heading back home. I know my kids have had a wonderful vacation spending tons of time with their grandparents.

I will try to have a couple of posts scheduled to post while I am traveling. I already have some photos of projects saved I just need to write something up to go along with them.

Have a great week!!

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!

Happy Holidays from the Watson family!!

Sorry I didn't post a winner yesterday but it was just a little too crazy busy and then today my new wifi wasn't working....boooooo.

But cross your fingers that I can get it posted before it goes back down....

Did you guys have a good Christmas?? Get any good presents or fun scrappy stuff??? I am the proud owner of a new desk top computer. Yes, you heard me right....a desk top. I'm not sure why I wanted a desk top instead of a lap top but that is what I asked for. I haven't actually even seen it in person yet because my hubby had it delivered to our home in Nevada but I'm itching to try it out. ha

I also was lucky to get some new Martha Stewart punches from my mother and a wonderful paper kit from my bff that is gorgeous! I am looking forward to finding the time to get in a little scrapping. How about you?? Found any time to scrap lately?

How do you like my photos?? I told the kids to do a funny faced one to break up the tension when it seemed like all I was doing was yelling, "look at me!" "smile" "look at me!" "smile!" etc etc

Can you image how happy I was when I got the camera back from my mil after she took the family photos and saw that my number 2 son spent every photo making a funny face?!?! Serves him right that I sent this photo out to everyone!! LOL

It is always crazy to try to get all of 7 of us happy and smiling into the camera and when you add dogs.....well....down right impossible!! LOL We still try though...ha

Have I drawn this out long enough?? Are you dying to find out who won??!! Well we go...

The lucky winner of the Ultimate Crafters Companion Tool is:

jose said...
Hi Stacy,just want to say "hello"I'm thankful for a great family and for every single day that I can enjoy life with my dear husband.Hugs Jose

Congratulations Jose!! Please email me at with your full name and mailing address. You have until January 2, 2012 to email me with your information at that time I will pick a new winner.

I'm still feeling the holiday spirit so I am picking a second name and this person will win two stamps sets from Crafter's Companion.

The second lucky winner is:

Cathy said...
I am thankful for the wonderful family I have been blessed to have and the Peace that this country still has on its soil, oh and for the 22 pond turkey I have cooking in the oven right now. I am going to link back now:) happy thanksgiving.cathyplus5.blogspot.commexicopetshop at hotmail dot com

Congrats Cathy!! Same requirements apply to you. Email me before January 2nd with your full and address or you forfeit your prize.

How about a third winner!!!??

This person will also win two stamp sets from Crafter's Companion!! The third lucky winner is:

karen In Houston said...
I am a new follower also and found your blog from sketches4you. Wow would I love one of your giveaways it looks just like what i need. BTW love your blog really great looking.

Congratulations Karen!! Same rules apply to you. Email me by January 2nd with your personal information or you forfeit your prize.

Thanks to all of you who entered my giveaway and for all of you who are so kind to follow me and to leave comments. Your kindness fills my heart with happiness!!


Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday Giveaway - Celebrate

Hello everyone!! Sorry I have been away from the blog for so long. My family traveled to Oklahoma for the holidays and where we are staying there is (was) no internet connection. if you follow me regularly you will already know this about this dreadful situation. (haha) I usually go to Starbucks and do my blog postings but I have been here alone with my kids (hubby has been busy working in Minnesota) and haven't really wanted to drag them all to Starbucks posts. BUT today........wait for it....... internet was installed!!!! WOO HOO!! So expect to get regular posts for the rest of my visit here. (aren't you super excited to hear this?! LOL)

Today I have my newest Crafter's Companion project to share with you. I have been DYING to share these new SWALK Winter Stamp Sets with you. They are just so wonderful I know you will love them as much as I do. I was immediately drawn to the Celebrate Stamp Set. As soon as I got my stamps I rushed over to my craft table and stamped out this image. I colored it with my Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers. I even pretended they were my husband and I and colored their hair to match our hair color!! LOL I just had to add some Stickles to the image for that little extra bit of sparkle.

For my sentiment I pulled some alpha stickers from my stash. I used two different sets. I love to do this because it adds extra interest to the card and it helps me use up my stash. Don't you have a ton of alpha stickers just going to waste because you don't have enough of one set to write out your whole sentiment?? You should try mixing different sets on your next project! Finally, I decided to use pop dots on the letters that spelled out Happy to give some added dimension and added some dots made from Stickles to the letters that spelled out New Year because you just can't have enough sparkle. ha

So there you go, a card that I plan to use for New Years but a stamp set that could be used for any celebratory card!

Now for the great news....Crafter's Companion is having a giveaway of this exact stamp set! All you have to do is rush over there and leave a comment by Sunday night. They will post a winner on Tuesday. (you must be a U.S. resident to win) So hurry on over there and sign up!!

Don't forget that my blog candy giveaway ends TOMORROW so if you haven't already signed up for it you should do that before you go. You could be the lucky winner of the Crafter's Companion Ultimate Tool!!! I will be posting the winner on Christmas (hopefully). So plan to stop back by and see who won.

I hope you having a wonderful holiday season. Thanks for stopping by today.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Blog Candy

*****I wanted to push this back up to the top to remind everyone to enter!!***** This will stay at the top for a couple more days so scroll down to read new posts***********

I want to wish everyone in the USA a very Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for so many things. One of the things I am thankful for is my scrap booking community. I love the camaraderie, the inspiration, the fun, I just love it all! So as a thank you I want to offer a blog candy giveaway.

As you probably know if you follow me, I am on the Design Team for Crafter's Companion. When I first joined their team they sent me one of their Ultimate Tools. I had never used one before and wondered if I would ever want to use it. Well....guess what?? It is used EVERY SINGLE TIME I scrap! Here is what they say about it at Crafter's Companion,

"The all-in-one, compact carry-case which allows you to score, measure, trim, emboss and embellish; create boxes, shaped card blanks, envelopes and so much more… The Ultimate Crafter's Companion is everything you will ever need for your card making projects, in one handy and portable carry case. Includes a 24 full page instruction booklet and a 2 1/2 Hour Project & Instructional DVD which takes you step by step through 12 different projects and detailed instructions. "

Guess what?? I'm giving away a Crafter's Companion Ultimate Tool!!!

All you need to do to enter is:

1. Follow me.

2. Link back to me from your blog.

3. Leave a comment telling me what you are thankful for this year.

That's it!

This starts today November 24th and ends on December 24th. I will try to post the winner on December 25th.

And YES, this is open to ALL my followers, no matter where you live. I'm thankful for you ALL!!

Happy Holidays

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Michelle has Candy!

Michelle from I Luv Scrapping Blog is having her blogiversary and wants to celebrate by giving YOU presents! Go check out her awesome blog and get in on a chance to win.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Winner Announced

Hello everyone!! First I want to announce my personal winner of the Crafter's Companion Christmas Blog Hop. My winner is:


Donna said...

I love your card! And my fav set would be 1st Christmas. So cute. Thanks for the chance.

Congratulations to Donna. As soon as you email me your name, phone number and address I will see that your stamp set gets sent to you! Remember you only have until December 20th to email me or you forfeit your prize.

The big winner of all the Spectrum Noir markers will be announced on the Crafter's Companion Blog. Thanks to everyone who hopped along!!

Now I wanted to share with you a Christmas Tree home decor project I made.

I am an admitted Scrap Magazine addict. I should probably be in a 12 step program for it but I'm not. lol The other day I was in my local book store and picked up Paper Creations Magazine. Right on the cover was a gorgeous paper crafted Christmas Tree. It was just so gorgeous that I immediately went to my scrap desk and started cutting out strips of paper! (I am totally not exaggerating!! LOL)

I cut the paper strips 1/2 inch by 4 inches out of MME Signature Christmas paper. I cut WAY TO MANY strips because I had decided to make 3 trees in graduating sizes to sit on my fireplace mantel. I think a good number of strips would be about 140. I used 5 different papers of coordinating paper. (Unfortunately, you can't really tell how different the papers are in the photo.)

Next I got out a Styrofoam cone. After gently folding the paper strip in half without pinching the folded end, I started attaching them to the bottom of the cone with pins. I continued doing this all the way up the tree until I got almost to the top of the cone. Once I finished attaching the paper strips, I got out some ribbon and wound it around the top covering the last row of pins in the paper. Finally, the last step is to top off the tree with buttons. I actually pinned down the bottom button and then glued the others to that button. If you have long pearl pins you could just pin the stack of buttons to the top of the tree.

I already have them sitting on my mantel and LOVE them!!

This was such a simple project. It took a bit of time to cut out the paper strips because as I mentioned I cut way too many of them but after that it just went together quickly. So that is it for today. If you are inspired you should go join in the December "Anything Goes" Challenge at Scrap Our Stash!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Gingerbread Land Challenge At Sketches4all

Who doesn't love all of Nikki Sivils products??!!! Well, I know that I love them so you can imagine my happiness and excitement when I was given the Design Team assignment to make an altered item using the scrumptious Nikki Sivils Gingerbread Land kit. There are just so many fun papers and embellies to choose from I really had a blast picking and choosing what I wanted to use.

I decided to alter a common brown paper lunch bag and turn it into a holiday gift bag for my daughter's teacher. I used my Crafter's Companion Ultimate Tool to dry emboss the top edge of the sack, then I cut off the excess paper leaving the decorative edge.

I have been really drawn to this darling gingerbread house and this is now my second time to feature it on a project. Don't you just LOVE it!? I actually cut this one out of a 12x12 sheet of paper and rolled the back of it around a pencil. I attached pop dots to the back to give it added dimension. I fussy cut the tree from the same sheet of paper but adhered it flush with the sack, hiding it behind the house a bit. I used the cloud sticker in the sky and added some Martha Stewart Crystal Course Glitter to give it more sparkle.

To get all that "snow" on the roof top and the ground I first put down Glossy Accents and then sprinkled some Stampendous Shaved Ice bits on top. I gently pressed them down into the Glossy Accents and then let it dry.

I made the greeting on the bag by layering a sticker and wording from decorative paper. I put Glossy Accents on the wording to make it pop. To finish up all I had to do was fold over the top of the bag. Next using a whole punch, I punched two holes and threaded ribbon through. Finish by tying a bow.

There is a fun challenge at Sketches4all running from December 10th to December 17th. All you have to do to enter to win this yummy kit is to comment each day on each Design Team project. The design team members will be posting new projects throughout the week to inspire you. Come check it daily and comment, comment, comment!!! Each comment will get your name thrown into the drawing for the Nikki Sivils Gingerbread Land Kit!!! WOO HOO!!

What are you waiting for?? You know you want to win!! Hey, before you leave make sure you have entered my blog candy giveaway. I'm giving away a Crafter's Companion Ultimate Tool!! You definitely want to enter to win this beauty!! The giveaway ends on December 24th.

Thanks for stopping go and comment at S4A! LOL

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Stephanie has Candy!

First, if you are looking for the Crafter's Companion Blog Hop just click here to find it.

Second, if you are still here....Stephanie at Arty Carty Blog has delish candy up for grabs. You better go check out the yumminess (that has to be a word, right??!! lol)

Sarah has Candy!

If you are looking for the Crafter's Companion Blog Hop you can click here to find it.

I wanted to let you know that Sarah at Serendipity Stamping Blog has yummy candy. She is trying her best to reach 100 followers. She is really extremely talented and FUNNY! So go help a girl out and maybe win candy for your effort.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Crafter's Companion USA Christmas blog hop!

Welcome to the Crafter's Companion USA Christmas blog hop!

I am so glad you decided to join me on the Crafter's Companion Christmas Blog Hop!! I'm pretty excited because there are so many fun projects to share along the way and so many prizes to give away!!!!!! If you are coming from Khristen's Blog, you are in the right place. If not, make sure you head over to Crafter’s Companion USA over here, where the blog hop starts. We are giving away a prize on every blog, including the entire set of our new Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to one lucky winner who posts a comment on every blog. These markers are so new, that you will be receiving our first prototype of them. That's 72 markers!

Spectrum Noir pens are alcohol ink based which have been designed specifically for crafters, but these affordable markers are also great for beginners, students and hobby artists alike. Each pen is double-ended, with a broad chisel nib for large area fills and a fine bullet tip for detailed work. Spectrum Noir marker pens will soon be available in 168 colour shades including a colourless blender. The colours blend seamlessly and can be mixed or layered over each other. These fast drying, alcohol based markers are acid-free and non-toxic, and the coloured ends of the pen allow for easy colour identification. (Please note: The design of the pen, color names and numbers may be different than the pens that will be released in January.) The image colour has been reproduced as accurately as possible.

For today's blog hop project I have made this sweet card to share with you.

I hope you were inspired by my project today. I know I am inspired every time I pull out one of these cute stamp sets so I am giving away your choice of one set from Humphrey's Christmas Collection Stamp Sets to one lucky random commenter. Just leave a comment saying which of the Humphrey's Christmas Collection Stamp Sets you would like to have before Sunday, December 11th at midnight for your chance to win. All the winners' names will be posted at Crafter's Companion USA News blog on Tueday December 13th. (Must be a U.S. resident to win). I will post my personal winners name here on the blog on Tuesday also. You will need to email me your name, address, phone number and which stamp set you would prefer as soon as possible. You must do it before December 20th or you forfeit your prize.

Your next stop is the talented Ann from Stamp With Me blog.

Here is the list of all the blogs you should visit along the way:

Crafter’s Companion News Blog -

Crafter’s Companion News Blog -

Thanks for hopping along. Good luck!! Now hop on over to see what Ann has made.

Hey, before you leave make sure you have entered my blog candy giveaway. I'm giving away a Crafter's Companion Ultimate Tool! You don't want to miss out on winning this awesome prize. This giveaway ends on December 24th.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Letter to Santa

Hello! I must admit that I am a procrastinator. I usually put off things until they are almost due and then rush to get them done. Are you like that?? Or are you one of those people who are very scheduled?? I guess I just work better under pressure so I think it was a little odd for me to be trying to get all my projects done early. December is always such a busy month and I don't want my projects to be lacking. So I used the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to work on all those projects that are due in December. And you are getting to see one that I made without being under pressure.....well... what do you think? Better or worse than normal?? lol

I am obsessing over the Humphrey Christmas Stamp Sets so this card is made using the Humphrey Christmas Wishes Stamp Set. I just love, love, love how sweet it looks with him putting that letter to Santa in the mailbox. I colored the image using the awesome, new, ridiculously reasonably priced (able to be pre-ordered) Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink Markers at Crafter's Companion. Can I just say, "I"M LOVING THEM!!". ha

I used paper , ribbon, bling and embellies from my stash to put together this card that I think will be going to someone very special who reads this blog so I can't say who it is. I hope they love it as much as I do.

Do you have your holiday cards made yet?? If you don't you better get busy!! And if you make one using a Crafter's Companion Stamp set you could even enter it in the "Sparkle" Challenge at the Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog. The prize this month is an awesome one and you would be lucky to win it!! I hope to see your projects over there soon.

Crafter's Companion is having a blog hop this upcoming weekend. It starts on Friday, December 9th and you will have until midnight on the 11th to hop around to all the blogs. Each member of the Design Team will be giving away a Humphrey Stamp Set to a randomly drawn name from their blog. There will be an AWESOME prize for one person who comments on all the blogs. That person will win The WHOLE SET OF SPECTRUM NOIR MARKERS!!! These are so new that you will be getting our first prototype of them. That is 72 markers!!!!!!

So be sure and hop around this weekend and get in on the fun!

In case anyone was wondering we made it back home from our trip to Oklahoma and Texas. Our family reunion/Christmas party was really a great time. I'm already missing all my family. My kids had a blast running around and acting crazy with their cousins. They are already making plans for next year. Here is a photo of me and the 4 kids who got to go this year in front of the Christmas tree in the hotel lobby.

Sketches4all still has their special Nikki Sivils Layout Sketch Contest going on right now. You can use any theme you like. You just have to use the sketch that you can find here. The 1st place winner will receive The Nikki Sivils Gingerbread Land Collection Kit!! I have been making so many fun projects with this awesome kit. You would be very lucky to win it!!! And there will be a RAK of Goodies for the 2nd place winner too. Go check out this challenge now because it ends at midnight (central time) on Friday, December 9th!

I just realized that next week is when I have planned to drive to Oklahoma for the Christmas break with my two older boys!!! GASP!!! I'm so behind on everything except my DT projects!! LOL (the younger kids will fly there with their dad the following week.) Okay, back to work!! LOL Thanks for stopping by and please don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY!! You could be the lucky winner of the Crafter's Companion Ultimate Tool!!!! Hurry, go enter!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sparkle, Sparkle, Sparkle

WOW! Can you believe it is December already!?! This year has really gone by so fast. It seems like only yesterday that I was setting scrapping goals for my year and now the year is almost over. December is bound to really zip by... are you ready for the holidays to get into full swing? I am!! I love this time of year. Anything that sparkles is my friend! LOL

And talk about sparkle...Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog has a new challenge for December that starts today. Guess what the challenge is??!! You probably guessed it...Sparkle!! You just need to use a Crafter's Companion Stamp and make your project sparkle.

I made this Christmas card for my example. I colored one of the Humphrey's Christmas Collection Stamps - Meeting Santa. I think the little guy in the image is just the sweet thing ever! I colored the image with my new Spectrum Noir markers that are available for pre-order at Crafter's Companion right now! I really can't rave about them enough, not only are the comparable to Copics but they are so reasonably priced it is ridiculous! (enough said!)

I wanted to let you know that Sketches4all is having another fun event featuring Nikki Sivils goodies that you need to go check out!! It starts on Friday, December 2nd and ends on December 9th. There will be yummy prizes. You really want to go see what it is all about.

I'm leaving at 8:45am to fly to Oklahoma to meet up with my mother and then hop in her car on Friday and drive down to Texas for the big Family Reunion/Christmas party. The kids and I are all packed and ready to go. I am sure we will have a blast.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway if you haven't already done it. You know you want that Crafter's Companion Ultimate Tool that I am giving away. (and hint hint...there might be a couple more goodies added....just saying...)

Have a good weekend!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Frea has Candy!!

Frea at Creafrea has candy!! Go check it out NOW!! Her blog rocks, she's a fab artist and her candy is delish. What more can you ask for??!!

Amy Has Candy

Amy at Scrap This, Save That Blog has blog candy!! It looks really yummy so you should go check it out here. Better hurry it ends November 30th!!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

TGIS (Thank Goodness It's Saturday)


Did you guys have a good Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it)? We did! I cooked for two days to get it all done. But it was worth the effort. We ate and ate until we were stuffed!! ha

I never remember to take a photo of the turkey before we cut it up. I'm not sure why that is but unfortunately I only have photos of turkey slices! ha Oh well....

I have been exceptionally motivated to scrap this weekend. I am trying to get all my DT projects for the rest of November and December done. The holiday season is just so busy and I don't want the quality of my projects to suffer. I have 80 percent of them done and ready to post!! woo hoo! Unfortunately that means that I have nothing crafty to post here today so you just get to see a couple of photos of us sitting down to eat out Thanksgiving meal. something at least!! LOL

This coming Thursday I am taking 4 of my kids and going to the annual Harper Family Reunion/Christmas party in Texas. This party is always so much fun and the kids have been working really hard to make good grades. I require them to have good grades in order to go since they will miss 3 days of school. Usually only a few get to go because flights are expensive but my hubby found some super cheap fares and booked flights for 4 of them!! The only one staying home is the littlest one. We all can't wait to go! The kids have already started packing their stuff. ha

Did any of you go shopping on Black Friday?? I did not go. I do 98% of my shopping online. The only stores I enjoy going to in person are scrap book stores and book stores! lol I did get a lot of good deals online and avoided the crowds. And I have 98% of my shopping all done! WOO HOO!

Don't forget if you haven't already signed up for my Blog Candy Giveaway be sure and do it. You know you want to win that Crafter's Companion Ultimate Tool!! And "hint hint" there might be a few other goodies given away too. The giveaway ends December 24th.

TGIS!! Hope you are having a great Saturday!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Rita Has a Challenge and a GIVEAWAY! & Winners Announced for blog hop and ebook

I want to share a wonderful idea and GIVEAWAY with you.

And since it is so close to Thanksgiving it is just the most perfect thing!

Rita at Let's Embellish is putting out a cool challenge to you and then she will have a giveaway of a $30 gift card to Target or your favorite scrapbook store at the end if you are chosen as the winner.

Her wonderful idea is to keep a running list on the sidebar of your blog for 30 days of the things you are thankful for in your life. You are allowed to "cheat" and get caught up since you are already 19 days behind!! LOL The challenge will end on the 30th of November. You need to go to her blog and read more about it here. Don't you just love the layout she made from her last years list??!! Gorgeous!!

I am going to do it and I am going to have my kids do it too. I just think this is a really good way to have them focus on the positive things in their lives. (and me on mine!) Thanks Rita for the great idea!!

I also want to share a Christmas card I made yesterday. Just for fun. I think it is sweet. I used some papers from Recollections -Warm Wishes paper pad that I just got at Micheal's for 40% off. I mostly just used the papers from the pad to make my embellies and the only other thing I used was some Stickles (because...hello it's me!! lol) and the sentiment sticker. It is from a sticker pad from The Paper Studio. And it doesn't stick at all...I had to glue it down...cute but not well made.

I'm really in the holiday spirit and am even threatening to decorate for Christmas tomorrow!! ha I know, I know...I'm a total early bird Christmas decorations Freak!!! LOL I'm going to be too busy after Thanksgiving to do it so this weekend works best for me. AND other people in my neighborhood have already started decorating their homes so I don't feel too freakish!! LOL

I'm also in a scrapping mood and I am working on some Christmas trees right now to decorate one of my fireplace mantels. I saw a photo on the cover of Paper Creations Magazine and almost immediately got to work cutting 1/2 inch by 4 inch strips of paper! LOL I am making 3 in graduating sizes from Styrofoam cones and My Minds Eye Signature Christmas paper. I will give you a little It is a little slow going but I think they will turn out nice. I will hopefully get them done today and maybe show them to you tomorrow.

We have been cleaning around our house today. Not sure what is motivating us but it sure has been a busy morning.

My dog, Sophie is still doing well. Thanks for all the well wishes! She is old so she mostly just sleeps but she has been eating and keeping it in her belly so that is a great thing!! She has been a blessing in my life. She is definitely going on my "thankful" list!! She how awesome this Challenge of Rita's is?? It is already making me think in positives!!!!! Go join in too. Or don't ....better odds for me to win!!!! LOL (jk) Her blog is great and she is so talented you will love visiting even if you don't join in the challenge.

And FINALLY the announcement of my winners for the 3 prizes on the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Candy Giveaway.

1st place is #5 Trisha

2nd place is #9 Nikki

3rd place is #3 Kelly Massman

Congratulations to the the winners. Please email me your full name and email address by November 25th or you will forfeit your prize.

And the last announcement is for the RAK I am giving to a random winner chosen from the Sketches4all Gingerbread Land Blog Hop.

The number drawn was #22 Jessica. Congratulations Jessica. I need you to email me your full name and address by November 25th or you will forfeit your prize.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Enjoy the rest of your day!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Happy Friday!

Okay, I'm a dork! I almost sent my kid to school on a day he doesn't have school! LOL I had him all ready to go when it occurred to me that it was Parent Involvement day. So this means I have two little ones home with me this morning. See.....a "Parent Involved"! LOL

I am trying to keep busy so I will not worry about my dog until I can call and find out how she is at 10:30am. So I am cleaning off my scrap desk in hopes that I will be able to scrap a lot this weekend. I am actually in the mood!! Which hasn't been the case lately. My hubby just came in and put in his order for Christmas cards to give to his employees so I guess I have "permission to scrap"!! LOL Yippee!

Don't forget today is the last day to enter my 12 Days of Christmas Blog Candy Giveaway! Winners will (hopefully) be announced tomorrow. And then as soon as the winners email me their email addresses I will shoot the candy off to them! Go ENTER now!!!! Hurry!!!!

You guys know how much I love Crafter's Companion and being on their Design Team. (I wish more of you would go check out their monthly Challenges because they give away the best prizes!!) I have a little news.......Psssstt....coming in December there will be something wonderful to talk about... I can't say what yet but you are definitely going to want to participate!! BELIEVE ME!!

Well, here is the easel card I made for the Crafter's Companion Informational Blog this week. I used one of the new Christmas Humphrey Stamp Sets - Auld Lang Syne. This is such a versatile stamp. You could use it for any celebration card like birthdays or congratulations. Or use it as a New Years card like I did.

I usually make up some New Years cards for those people that I didn't send Christmas cards too who send me a card during the holidays. That way I can send them the card after Christmas when things settle down and they don't feel slighted getting a Christmas card after Christmas....

I was inspired to make the banner by a card by Bev Rochester I saw in a magazine . It just seemed to add such a fun touch to her card I thought it would be a perfect addition to mine!

I colored the image with my new Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers that are coming soon from Crafter's Companion. (they are taking pre-orders NOW!) Can I just say Oh My GOSH!! They are comparable to my Copics and a fraction of the cost!! You will definitely want to own some for your very own if you color. Especially since I hear that Copic is increasing their cost once again! And don't get me wrong I love my Copics but if you can get something equal for so much less...why buy them?? They are on pre-sale right now at Crafter's Companion and you can get a package of 6 markers for $11.95!!!!!! That is less than $2 a marker! See what I mean!?! AMAZING!

I wanted this card to be bright and happy since I think this image is so upbeat and fun so I used bright yellow and green with some red. The ribbon and bling are from my stash. And I finished it off with some Crystal Stickles to add some sparkle.

I think it turned out really fun. Now I just need to decide who to send it to!! ha

Okay...good has taken me so long to write this blog post that I made it to the time to call the vet. I just called and she is doing much better. The blood work looks pretty good so she can go home later today. We still need to give her medication and a bland diet for a bit but if she keeps getting better than it was just something minor. You always worry about something major especially when they are getting older. So cross your fingers that she keeps getting better... I'm really relieved.

Now I can say Happy Friday and really mean it!! Have a wonderful weekend!! Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Frea Has Candy

Hi guys,

How's life? I've been a bit busy this week. I can't believe it is already almost Friday!! This week really went by fast and next week is Thanksgiving!! Pretty soon it will be Christmas. This year will be over before we know it.

I am happy to announce that I made it back on the Crafter's Companion Design Team!! I'm really super happy about this because I love them! I'm going to miss the outgoing design team members. But it will be fun to work with the new ones too. There will be some new and exciting things going on over at Crafter's Companion in the new year. If you don't already follow them you should go check them out.

My friend, Frea with Creafrea Blog is giving away some candy. It will totally yummy delish so go check out her blog and sign up!! You will be happy you did because she is an artistic genius! (and the candy is awesome too!! HA) The photo I'm showing of her candy is only a part of it...

Unfortunately, I have a sick dog and she is spending the night at the vet tonight. We are not sure yet what is wrong with her. She is old and it is so hard to see her feeling so sick. I should know more tomorrow in the late morning. (she is the dog in the blue collar in the photo)

I do have a layout to share with you. I made this layout for Fia's November Get Sketchy Challenge at Sketches4all. She offered a sketch for us to use and the requirement was to use the them "Christmas". I like how it turned out and it was great to do a project just for fun.

I used some Holly Jolly Christmas paper from Echo Park. I actually received it as a gift from Fia and her sister, Jose so it was kind of cool to use it on her challenge.

Don't forget tomorrow is the last day to enter my blog candy giveaway to win the 12 Days of Christmas Craft tutorial e-book. So hurry up and get your name in the the hat to win this fab book.

Well, I am going to end here and take the kids out to eat some yummy Mexican food. Thanks for stopping by today!