Monday, November 24, 2008

Alexa's Birthday Party

Yesterday we celebrated Alexa's birthday with all her school buddies. We asked her "where she wanted to celebrate her birthday?" and, of course, she said "The Little Gym"! So 14 of her closest friends gathered together for tons of fun and a little cake too. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the event! Enjoy!

This week is going to be a little crazy since we are hosting Thanksgiving at our house - for about 40 people, that's right, am I crazy! It should be lots of fun. I love a house full of people! I hope you understand if I don't get a chance to post any cards, I promise that I will be better after the holiday.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thankful Thursday - #16

As I sit here blog surfing I realized that I needed to post my "Thankful Thursday"entry. Lately, as the weather has turned chilly I find myself indulging in what I am thankful for this week at least twice a day. I am thankful for:

"A cup of Hot Tea"

Every time I get a little bit of a chill I find myself running to the tea kettle to start boiling the water and then I find my favorite mug. As for deciding about which tea to have, that hasn't been a difficult choice yet. I just bought a box of Sweet Dreams Herb Tea by Bigelow. I got this tea to have in the evening because it is suppose to help you relax and unwind after a long day. The night I tried it, I was hooked.  This tea contains a mix of chamomile, hibiscus, peppermint and spearmint leaves and it has rose and orange blossoms as well. It's not too minty or flowery in taste - very subtle and not too strong. A perfect cup of tea every time - in my opinion - and I have at least two cups a day. I asked my hubby if that makes me English? 

Feel free to leave a comment on what you are thankful for - I would love to know! Until next time, take a moment to think of something you are thankful for, then smile!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sister's Purse Color Challenge #12

I am so happy that I can post again. I was so afraid that with the break that I would not enjoy doing it as much and that I would just put it off, but I am totally revived and glad that is not the case.  This installment of "Sister's Purse Color Challenge" is brought to you by this cute bag that Becky picked out. Details can be found HERE courtesy of They have other colors, so if you are interested check it out!

Colors to be used this week:
Pixie Pink, Pretty in Pink, 
Lavender Lace and Rose Red

You can add another neutral if you like, but its not necessary.

Becky was in a polka-dot mood when she made this. I just saw that Tegan's has challenged us to make a card using a circle punch over at her blog Swiftly Created - HEREs the challenge info. So, Tegan - look Becky participated in your challenge and she doesn't even know it - well now she does. I have it on my list to catch up on! Leave her a comment on the card over at SCS - HERE.

Stamps: Wow Flowers, Best Yet and Polka Dot & Paisley
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Pixie Pink, Lavender Lace and Rose Red
Inks: Pixie Pink, Rose Red and Lavender Lace
Accessories: Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, Circle Punches, Dimensionals and adhesive

As for my card, I struggled a bit, but came to this adorable card for a little girl for her birthday. The background on the base has little flowers from the Pretty Princess stamp set. I don't know if you can see them on the photo. The hats are girly party hats that I just used my SU markers direct to rubber technique. I love how this turned out - I may just have to give it to Alexa for her birthday. You can find this card on SCS HERE.

Stamps: Party Hearty and Pretty Princess
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Lavender Lace and Whisper White
Inks: Pretty in Pink, Pixie Pink, Lavender Lace and Rose Red
Accessories: Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals and adhesive

Want to play along?: Leave us a comment on this post where your card is located. If uploading to SCS please use the keyword SPCC12(Gallery HERE) for this weeks entry, so we can find your card quickly. We will pick our favorites and post them with next week's challenge. Should be lots of fun!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Change it up Tuesday #16

Let's start out by sending a huge "Thank you" to Robyn and Tegan for playing along in the last "Change it up Tuesday" post. As a thank you for playing I sent both of you one of the cards from that post. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did making them. Take a look at their creations!

Robyn's can be found old card and her "Change it up Tuesday" card - HERE
Tegan's cards can be found HERE (old card) and HERE for her "Change it up Tuesday" card

Thanks Ladies!

On to this week's "Change it up Tuesday" post. I really liked this card when I first made it, so I thought I would give it a "makeover" for this post. I think the monochromatic look of the card this time around.

My old card - "Happiness" details can be found HERE on SCS.

My old card - "Happiness - Take 2" details can be found HERE on SCS

How to play: Take a card you previously created and only change the colors used. The layout and the stamped images should remain the same. Then leave me a comment where your cards are located or if you upload to SCS use keyword CIUT16 (Gallery HERE). For fun, I will pick from those commenting (with or without a card) on Monday (11/24) and I will send you my "Change it up Tuesday" creation. Have fun and I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Monday, November 17, 2008


During my hiatus one of the things I worked on was this invitation - 30 of them to be exact. We are hosting a huge Alexa's 5th Birthday Celebration and Thanksgiving Dinner this year. Should be lots of fun, hense why I did more cleaning than creating this past week. I worked on these a little here and there and since I decided to put glitter on the cupcakes and use white craft ink; they took more time to dry than to actually assemble. I cut the card long ways, so when you fold it down you see all the invitation details. I also scored it about an 1-1/2 down and folded it with the ribbon in-between and used my scallop edge punch to make the scallops. I am so pleased with how it turned out! Enjoy!

You can find this card "Invitation" on SCS HERE.

Stamps: Party Hearty and Inkadinkado Birthday Cupcakes
Paper: Kraft, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Real Red, Certainly Celery and So Saffron
Accessories: Pretty in Pink Grosgrain ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, 
Uniball Signo Gel Pen, Glitter, Dimensionals and adhesive

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I'm BACK!!

We finally got our computer back. HIP HIP HORRAY!! We took it in because there were these three little lines running across the screen. They replaced the LCD panel and I guess that short circuited everything else leading us to the week long break in blogging messages. I do have a stack of a few things to share that I accomplished during the break, but mostly I spent the time cleaning and organizing the house - a much needed task that I have been putting off. I will show you tomorrow why so much cleaning got done as apposed to crafting.

So "Thank you" for sticking with me during the interruption. I truly appreciated all the messages/comments and hopefully we won't have another unexpected break anytime soon.

And for the 6 commenters on my "A little down time - UGH!" post.  Lucky # . . .

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2008-11-17 04:38:32 UTC

is our grand prize winner of a surprise from me. Congrats Katie! Please email me your snail mail info to and I will get that surprise out to you.

And for the rest of you wonderful commenters - go ahead and email me your address as well and I will send you a card as an appreciation gift!

Thanks again!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Still computerless!

I didn't want you to think that I forgot about you all. So here's an update: I am still computerless. We got it back late yesterday and I was so excited, but - yes that's a but - I went to upload some things this morning and nothing happened - so back to the shop it went! So, please continue to leave comments on the below post for your chance at a little surprise. I will catch up with you all in a few more days.

UGH - I hate not being able to check all your sites!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A little down time - UGH!

I just wanted to leave a post to let you know that my computer is going away for a couple of days for repair. So I will not be able to post anything new until I get it back - hopefully Thursday at the latest! Once I do, look out, I will post my "Change it up Tuesday" and the "Sister's Purse Color Challenge". 

So be sure to check back some time on Thursday and for the inconvenience to you all, if you leave a comment on this post when I get back online one lucky reader will get a small surprise! Sorry!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Follower winner #2

It's time to reward another one of "My Messages Followers". Around the first of each month I will pick a follower to receive a card that has been seen on my blog as a "Thank You" for tuning in. Be sure to sign up on the sidebar under "My Messages Followers" to have a chance to get your own. This months Message Follower spotlighted is:

Tegan over at "Swiftly Created"

Thanks Tegan for tuning in and leaving comments. I will get your card out to you soon!