Sunday, December 27, 2009

Use Your Scraps Challenge!!!

I just can't believe it's already 2 days past Christmas!!! You make all those preparations to get ready for the Big Day and it all goes by soooo quickly!! Like me, I imagine that you have lots of Christmasy patterned paper laying around your scraproom that you just can't bear to throw away...well I have great news for you!! I have an easy card pattern that will use up those scraps and it will make a great Thank You card as well!! I used some Merrymint papers from American Crafts that I had laying on my scrap table and they were perfect for this project!!!

This card starts with a standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" base. Add a 2 x 5 1/2" strip over the fold and you have the start of a cute little card. Stamp some cute images on your base and add some embellies and you have the perfect Thank You Card for after the holidays!!!

I stamped some basic snowflakes and a sentiment on the Kraft Card the way Kraft paper is one of my all-time papers to use as card bases and you can find it at AC Bailey!!!

I stamped the sentiment on some scrap paper and I cut it out to use as a mask. I adhered the mask to the card base with removable adhesive.

I stamped the tree images over the masked sentiment with clear embossing ink and some clear glittered embossing powder and used the heat gun to set it.

Then I peeled off the mask and added all the embellishments and it looks like it took you hours to make a special thank you note for your friends and loved ones!! Only you will be all the wiser!!

Post a link to your project here and I will put your name in a drawing for a 7 Gypsies mini Album
I hope you have a ton of fun using up your scraps!!!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

I wish you all a glorious Christmas filled with laughter and love!!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Monday, December 21, 2009

So very thankful today!!

I can't tell you how very thankful I feel today!!
In these uncertain times, one thing I can be certain of is the love of my family.
Heidi is home for a few days and Matt and Beth will be home on Thursday. How awesome is that??
We sat around this afternoon and just talked and enjoyed one another's company. A mom can't ask for anything more than that!! Thank goodness for the holidays that bring families together...There's no place like home!!!

Scrapping the Music

The scrapping the music challenge this week is a fun one based on National Lampoon's Christmas
vacation!!!! I hope you all take some fun Christmas Pictures, get out some Christmas paper and give this one a whirl!!!

Here's my take:
These pictures are from last year and of course my kids were already over the whole picture taking idea. So of course I have to scrap these silly pictures of my kids letting the "Season carry them away"!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful year to come!!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy Sunday!!!!

Happy Sunday everyone!!!!
Today was my day to post a project to the AC Bailey Blog and I wanted to share my project with all of you!!
I just love the cute little gingerbread man and I think he will be very cute hanging up in my kitchen during the holidays!!!!

Gingerbread Man Banner

2. Glue cardstock stars to chipboard bases.
3. Cut stars out of patterned paper and then cut all the points off of the star as shown and distress with ink.
4. Trace the inside of the star onto your choice of corresponding patterned paper.

4. Cut ¾ inch strips of patterned paper and punch with a border punch and distress with ink.

5. Attach the border strips and the star points to each of the stars as shown.

6. Add stitching with an American Crafts Slick Writer.

7. Trace Gingerbread Man onto Craft Cardstock and Ink.

  1. Embellish Gingerbread Men with ribbons and buttons. Glue to stars.
  2. Add sentiment: I used the Jillibean Corrugated Kraft Alphas.
  3. Add any embellishments of your choice.
  4. String together with Jute and add ribbons and smaller cardboard and cardstock stars.
  5. Patterns for the Gingerbread I am more than happy to share the patterns for the stars and gingerbread man-email me at if you are intersted.

Thanks for stopping by!!!
Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Little Red Scrapbook Projects

I had so much fun with this month's Little Red Scrapbook kit!!! Collage Press Joyride papers are full of fun patterns and colors that are perfect for any kind of page. I scrapped several Christmas pictures...but your projects don't have to be Christmas related by any means! I found it interesting that I chose such sad pictures for these papers...the papres are so fun....who knows what I was thinking at the time. I just love the look on Benny's face in this first layout. Why did I feel it was necessary for him to sit on Santa's lap?? Poor baby, I would definitely rethink it if I had to do it all again!!
This next layout isn't Christmas themed at all...I just had to use those cute little airplanes in a layout!! I am so concerned about my boy going off to war, I had to scrap my wish list for him. Joy, Peace...all those things I hope for his life. Please dear Lord, protect my son!!!! Isn't he the cutest!!!
Bethany looks so cute in all her Mickey Mouse presents!! You can't really see it in this photo, but her face is all lit up and that is why I chose this title. She truly is full of wonder!

This Vintage photo of Santa is one of my favorites this year. I have used it in so many different projects and I just had to use it with these papers. I had an empty spot on the wall and thought that this idea would fill it nicely.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek today!!!
I hope these projects give you an idea or two for some projects of your own!!!

Merry Christmas,

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Only 12 more days!!!

Hi everyone!! I can't believe there are only 12 more days until Christmas...which also means less than two weeks until my kids come home from Seattle!! I just can't wait!! It's going to
be such a wonderful time having them home! It's a good thing I have 12 days still, I still have so much to do!! Decorations still need to go up, baking still needs to be done and stocking stuffers still need to be purchased! I am starting on candy making today with some Rocky Road fudge.
It is the easiest candy to make and one of the tastiest too!! Yum!!!

I have been working on some fun Christmas Cards today with Papertrey Ink Vintage Ornament Stamps. I am so loving this stamp set, but then these days I am loving anything Vintage!!! I used some Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses patterned papers and my favorite red check ribbon. The greenery is a MCGill Punch and I also added some fruit punch Stickles for sparkle.
Of course I had to do something fun inside:

I have one last layout to share with you from the Scrapping the Music Challenge. The Scrapping the Music challenge is my very favorite challenge site and the layouts I do for STM are usually motivated from the depths of my heart and this layout is no exception. The song that was used was called Love, Me. Of course, I had to turn it around and do a layout based on the love my sweetie and I share. We are so lucky even after 25 years of marriage to have the love that we have for each other and I do believe our Faith in God plays a big part in the fact that we are still in Love after all these years......I do know that he will always Love Me!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!!!
I hope you have a wonderful evening!!
Merry Christmas,

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Happy Friday!!!

Don't you just love Fridays?? The weekend is almost here and I am looking so forward to it!!
It will be the first weekend since the first of November that I will be home with no deadlines or appointments. I am going to relax and get those things done that have been so neglected!
I plan on decorating for Christmas and getting ready for the kids to arrive on Christmas Eve. I want to make some Rocky Road, Fudge, Cranberry Cookies, Almond Toffee, and of course we have to make some Sugar Cookies and I have the best recipe ever. They are soft and perfect for frosting!!!If you are interested in the recipe, send me off an email and I will get it to you! You will love it!!

I had a lot of fun scrapping with Erika and Elizabeth this afternoon. It is my Customer Appreciation Christmas Party and I am hoping to see more of you tomorrow!! The hours are 2-10 and I have a free make and take just for you!!! I appreciate all of you so much!!! You make my life richer and I am so thankful for each and every one of you!!!

So Sketchy News
I haven't shared my last So Sketchy layout, yet. Ally is closing her wonderful sketch site down, which is so sad! She is so amazing and talented, and I am sure we will continue to see her work in many places. Thanks Ally for all the fun and motivation!!! You rock girl!!!
Benny and our next door neighbor built a cute little snowman during our first major snow of the year!! Isn't he cute??? I used last year's October Afternoon papers. I have been hoarding them forever and it is time I used them!! Ben wasn't impressed with the pink snowflakes, but since our neighbor was in the picture, he thought it would be ok.

Last but not least, I still have two BG Eskimo kisses Christmas Tree album kits left. They include:
1 Maya Road Christmas Tree Album
6 sheets BG Eskimo Kisses Double-side papers
1 Pkg. BG Eskimo Kisses Buttons
1 Pkg. BG Eskimo Kisses Woolies
1 Pkg BG ESkimo Kisses Epoxy Stickers
1 BG Bling it Rhinestone Snowflake
The price is $27.00 plus $8.00 Shipping and Handling. If you are interested, drop me an email at I only have two and they won't last long!!

Thanks for stopping by!!
Have a Happy Friday,

Monday, December 7, 2009

Tiny little LRS Peek!!!

I am just so excited about this months kit, I just had to start uploading some peeks today!! This month's kit features the beautiful Joyride line from Collage Press!!!

...and here's my first little sneak!!!
and here's another:
Did I say how much I love this kit????

Stay tuned for more Collge Press goodness!!!

Stay warm...our forecast is for -29 tonight!!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Happy Sunday night!!!

Hi my friends!! I sit here at my computer and I think of all the things I have to be thankful for!!!
1. Faith in an awesome God!!
2. A wonderful husband who supports me wholeheartedly
3. 3 absolutely wonderful kids who I love beyond measure!!! They are amazing!
4. A beautiful and very warm home (it is 1 degree outside and dropping quickly!!)
5. Amazing friends who share my passion for crafting....irl friends and cyber friends!!!!
My heart is full and happy!!! I thank each one of you for adding sugar and spice to my life!! You rock!!

I had a great time yesterday teaching a wonderful group of women at the Holiday Celebration at the Wingate Inn. Thank you for your patience!!! It was very busy and chaotic at times, but boy have I missed you all!!!

I did it!!!!
I finally opened an Etsy Store!!!! I am so proud of myself!!! I have talked about it for a long time and I finally took the plunge.....wish me luck!!! You can find a couple of my recent cards for sale there!!! I am busy working on several projects tonight and I hope to have some sneaks for you tomorrow!!!

Coming this Thursday and Friday!!!!
The first annual Cropper's Club Holiday Party!!!
Please plan on joining me for some scrappy fun Thursday and Friday 2-10 for my customer appreciation party!!! I will have a sale on the Sizzix Texture machine, the Sizzix Big Shot and the Gypsy!!! I also have a free project for each of you!!! A cute little notepad holder that you can keep for yourself or give to a friend or coworker as a little homemade gift. Here is a little peek:
I hope you all have a wonderful evening!!!!


Monday, November 30, 2009

It's the Holiday Season!!!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!! We had a fabulous time! We had family over for traditional Thanksgiving Dinner and we went out for a movie afterwards. Heidi and I had a fantastic time shopping on Black Friday, but we missed Bethany tremendously!!! It's just not the same without you girl!! We bought our Christmas Tree and it is tall and majestically standing in our living room!! We still have to put ornaments on it, but that will come! I am so excited that we are in the midst of the Holiday Season. I just love Christmas!!! Everything about it!!! The music, the giving, the name it, I love it!!! I wish you all a blessed Holiday Season from the Bottom of my heart!!! I hope you enjoy each and every minute of it!!!

Today I was supposed to go back to work, but I just wasn't feeling well this morning, so I went back to bed. Going back to bed was just what the doctor ordered and I am doing much better this evening!!! It stinks being sick!!!

I am so excited to post my new projects!!!! Over the holidays, I was a very busy little beaver!!! I have been hard at work on three new classes for the Christmas Season!!! Here is a quick peek
at all three of them!

The first class is a set of six cards made with the wonderful October Afternoon Very Merry Collection!!! This set of papers is so much fun, I just couldn't stop at four cards. I believe that you could make a dozen cards out of one set of these papers!!!
The second is a set of 4 cards made with Webster's Pages Home for the Holidays collection. I used Vintage Christmas images, some Tim Holtz Rock Candy Crackle Paint, and lots of glitter with this set of cards!! You will have to see them in person!!
I also have a set of three Vintage Santa ornaments made with lots of glitter and pearls and of course, Tim Holtz Rock Candy Crackle Paint.
I will have a kit description and prices up this weekend! Please email me at if you are interested!

Thanks for stopping by!!! I appreciate each and every one of you!!!

Merry Christmas,


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

Jingle Bell Hop!!!

Welcome to the AC Bailey Jingle Bell Hop! With the holidays literally around the corner, the AC Bailey Design Team has decided to help Santa (and you) out this year with some fun and easy projects to help make the holiday gift season a bit easier. And just like Santa, we've also gotten some extra help this year and asked some additional elves to help out and post some of their cool projects too! And if that isn't enough help...we've also arranged for some early Black Friday sales just in case you need some products to get the projects completed.

come out and meet our Elves...check out their projects...leave a comment on their blogs and be eligible for a prize - upload some of your completed projects from any of the tutorials into the AC Bailey gallery and be eligible for another prize! Projects need to be completed and uploaded into the gallery by Tuesday, November 24th at Midnight Eastern to be eligible for a prize.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!! I have a special treat for you all…..

A visit from the Jolly Old Head Elf Himself!!!

Here is a quick and easy tutorial to make your very own Santa Ornament:


Patterned Paper cut in a quarter circle:

I used American Crafts Papers from AC Bailey (See the Black Friday sale at AC Bailey!!! All American Crafts are on sale!!!)

Wood Beads

Curly Doll Hair

Pom Poms


Decorative Cording or Ribbon


I used American Crafts Slick Writers also available from AC Bailey

Hot Glue Gun

Holly punch

Stickles as desired which are also available at AC Bailey

  1. Draw a face on your wooden bead with a marker. It doesn’t have to be perfect as most of the face will be covered with the Jolly Old Elf’s beard.
  1. Attach decorative cording folded in a loop to the top of the bead with hot glue. Make sure your cording is longer than the length of the Old Man’s hat with enough at the end to hang. (see picture for reference). Be sure to use your hot glue liberally so that the bond will support the bead.
  1. Roll your quarter circle into a cone and glue with hot glue. Attach to the bead with hot glue.

  1. Cut up the doll hair and attach to the bead in sections with hot glue. This is a very random process; keep adding hair until you like the results. Straighten a little piece of hair and add a little glue above his mouth and fill in his mustache. Trim beard as desired.

5. Embellish with a little felt, holly leaves and berries and a white pompom

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!! Now head on over to Jenn's blog for more Jingle Hop Fun!!!

Catching up!!!

What a whirlwind week!!! I just want to say a great big Thank You to those who attended my Santa's Workshop Crop!!! I had a blast with each and every one of you and I just gotta say, " You all rock"!!! Your projects all turned out amazing and I am so very proud of those of you who "got out of your box"!!!! You all are such a blessing to me and I thank you!!! Here are a few pictures from the weekend:
I love you all!!! You rock!!!

Little Red Scrapbook!!
I just loved these papers from SEI!!! They were so perfect for fall layouts and projects!! Here are a few of my November goodies:
Ben and I traveled to Seattle to visit Matt and Beth and we missed Heidi so much I just had to document it...hence the title, Missing (1)!!

This layout is based on one of my favorite sketches. Check out the Challenge at LRS!!!
I just had a blast with these papers making this fall banner!!! Here are a few close-ups...

Thanks for stopping by!!!
Stay tuned for the AC Bailey Jingle Bell hop!!!


I love you all!!! You rock!!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Little Red Scrapbook Sneaks!!!

Wow!!! What a whirlwind this weekend has been!!! I finally have my Little Red Scrapbook Sneaks ready to post!!! Here is the beautiful kit full of SEI papers and fun embellies!!!And here are my sneaks!!!!

Thanks for taking a peek!!!

Have a wonderful evening!!