Valentine Blog Candy that is VERY sweet!

Have you visited Gramma's House of Cards lately? Sharon's cards are absolutely amazing, there is no end to her talent for sure! Well, if you haven't been there lately or if you have never been there you need to rush right over. She's giving away Valentine Blog candy and whoever wins will be a lucky ducky! She's giving away two Tilda stamps, I have been drooling over those stamps for weeks now, they are on my wish list of things to get soon too... Anyway, dont' miss your chance to win or to visit a very inspirational crafty blog.


January Drawing: We have a winner!

I apreciate each and every one of my customers, as my thank you I said I would give every order a chance to win a $20 SU gift certificate. I used random.org to randomize a list of the last three numbers of your order numbers. This months winner is D.J. in Texas! Congratulations D.J.! I will be emailing you and sending out your gift certificate tomarrow...

Have a great weekend everyone and get ready to Sale-A-Brate starting Sunday!


It's the countdown to "Sale-A-Bration"!

Only 1 days until the start of Stampin' Up's Sale-A-Bration! If there are things you've been wanting to order and have been putting it off February is a great time to get that order in... With every $50 you spend you will be able to choose a stamp set out of the Sale-a-bration brochure, you can see those stamps by clicking on the sale-a-bration link or if you would like a hard copy just let me know and I will get one in the mail to you. In addition to the great sale, you will also received a free catalog-idea book with any order in the month of February!

If you have considered becoming a Stampin Up demonstrator it's a great time too. You will receive and extra stamp set of your choice from Stampin Up and in addition, when you enroll as a demonstrator with me I will include an additional gift to you from me. If you would like more details please contact me today.

Happy Crafting!

p.s. Gift Certificates available for your favorite stamper/crafter, or perhaps for a secret sissy...


More Blog Candy

There's some yummy pink blog candy at Bevscrafts and she has some adorable cards that you've just got to see! Thanks Bev for a chance to win this sweet candy!

AND some more blog candy here at Stephsmuchaboutnothing blog. Again, very cute cards to look at. So very creative! Thanks for a chance at this blog candy too...

Have a happy day everyone!


Bumbly Bears Card

I decided I was going to start taking the Mojo Monday's sketch challenge and making a card at least once a week. Doesn't sound like much does it? I haven't done much in the past year as far as crafts/card making goes and I'm trying very hard to get back in the swing of things. So, that's my goal for myself right now... I was going to make this card using my stamps BUT I have been trying to come into my craft room to do that since Monday morning and it just wasn't happening. Instead I used Laurie Furnell's Bumbly Bears creatable from Pccrafter. It's the first time I have used a sketch to guide me in making a card and I liked it! The layout is there, it's just deciding what you want to put in the layout and the colors you want to use, etc... Takes a little bit of the guess work/time out of it for me. Yay! So, here's my card...

Valentine Gable Boxes & Pocket Tic-Tac-Toe

We got to stay home all day today, I love staying home but today was not by choice. Carley & Emily were both home from school today because they are sick. Two different illnesses too, can you believe it? Carley is down to just a dry cough, but poor Em -she's just miserable. She has been running a fever and her throat hurts bad. If it's the same or worse tomarrow I will be taking her to the doctor - they both have had a tendency to get strep throat, although Carley hasn't had it since getting her tonsils removed last year. I sure hope Emily doesn't have to go through that, but it did make a huge difference in Carley's health so if she has to, she has to...

Anyway, I had a chance to make a couple little things today in between everyone taking naps. I made two little gable boxes, the small one was made using a regular sheet of paper with the template on the page twice. The larger box was the template (x2) on larger 13" x 19" paper. To give you a better comparison, a business car fits perfectly in the bottom of the small box... I used the Gable Box Template from Jersgirl and I used Marie Cole's creatable Hugs & Kisses to pretty it up.
Next, I messed up when I printed my first tic-tac-toes and they came out too small. I cut them out and thought maybe I could find something else to do with them and decided to try this. I made this little "pocket tic-tac-toe" packet. If I would have been planning on making this I would have printed the words "Valentine Tic-Tac-Toe" instead of writing them. Anyway, inside there are pink & red M & M's for the x's and O's... The bag is held in with a couple glue dots and the bottom is tied together with the pink ribbon. thought it would be fun to stick in a card or something.

Thanks for stopping by, I love visitors!


Valentine Tic-Tac-Toe Box from floppy disk storage box

I bought 3 or 4 sets of these floppy disk storage boxes on clearance at Staples. They were only 50 cents and had a few per pack, how could I pass them up? I knew they would be good for something, sometime but I didn't know what. Since I am trying to save money, I am digging into all these goodies that I have had for months and even years and I'm going to use them and limit my spending on craft supplies. So, this was my challenge today, to turn this black box into something for Valentine's day...

I decided to make a tic-tac-toe box using the tic-tac-toe template from jersgirl and clip art from Laurie Furnell's My Funny Valentine 2... I love that creatable! I used some scrapbook paper too that I had stored away. I bought the little hearts for the tic-tac-toe markers at Target in the dollar section. You can't see around the rim, but I added some MS ribbon with hearts. I used the Xyron to adhere everything to the box... This is how it turned out.

This set was made using Marie Cole's creatable "Hugs and Kisses"...

Yummy candy!

More blog candy available and fun website to visit... Check it out here.


Oh my, blog candy and NOW blog sherbert... YUM!

You have got to go check out these stamps and this blog. There are awesome cards posted there and Paula's stamps are da bomb! She's giving away "Blog Sherbert", don't miss your chance. pollycraftdesigns

Photo Tag Challenge

My friend Deb sent me a photo challenge, the rules were:-Go to where you store your photos on your computer.Go to the SIXTH folder and pick the SIXTH photo.Post that photo on your blog along with a SHORT story about it.Tag SIX people and leave a comment on their blog or email them letting them know you chose them.

I gotta tell you it worried me a little bit to go look to see what photo I would have to post but it turned out not to be so bad... This is actually pretty fun!
This is a picture taken Feb. 2008 of a mama sea otter and her baby, if you look closely you can see the baby nursing. They were so cute! It was a rainy day and me, my Mom and Carley & Emily decided to head over to Morro Bay to see the waves. I always stop to see the sea otters too but this day there was 6 or 8 little otter families and the babies were so fun to watch.

Here's who I hope will take the challenge...


hugware valentine tags

I almost forgot, I made some tags similar to the other ones below, except I used my hugward for them this time. I know these are super simple things I have been sharing lately, I love to do more detailed projects but I just don't have the time with the baby and keeping up with the girls and DH. Someday I find more time to be a little more creative, until then I'm keepin' it simple.

The elephant clip art is Tammy Sherman's Unforgettable creatable.

Recycled spaghettios can gone girly

Hello Friends!
It's Friday!!! Yeah!!! I am so happy it's the weekend. It's been a long week, I am glad the kids had Monday off because I am just wore out this week. One extra day might have done me in.lol

Once in a while my kids get on a kick and want spaghettios or raviolis out of a can OR sometimes I goof and forget to take something out for dinner... They gotta eat though right?lol So, last night it was grilled cheese sandwiches and spaghettios! I kept the can and told myself I was going to do something with it, yes I have done this many times before and end up throwing the cans away. So, I actually did a little something with it... I used some pretty Stampin up paper, and the Love you Much stamp set and dress it up a little bit. First I should say I used one of those safety can openers that takes the whole rim off of the can. The whole reason I bought it was so I could do these cans and that was two years ago!LOL Eventually I get around to doing stuff - I always, always, always have great intentions!LOL Then I decorated the can with the paper, stamps, ribbon and a few rhinestones. I filled the can with a little surprise for a friend. :D I glued the lid back on with Aleen's Fast Grab tacky glue (the purple bottle). That's it, it's all finished, I just need to let the glue finish drying.

As I'm typing this I just had a thought, this would be a fun girl scouts art project... Maybe a fun May Day project to deliver to a nursing home for Easter and delivered to the Women's shelter, or something? Hmmmm, I'm going to have to talk to Emily's GS leader and see if she wants me to start saving her some cans. :D

Anyway, thanks for sharing my day with me and letting me share my projects with you. Have a nice weekend!


More birdies...

I think I will use these as card embellishments...
Again, birdies are from Stampin' Up! set, as well as the scallop punch. :)


Yeah! Another award...

I was so happy and surprised to receive this award, I would like to say thank you to craftythisandthat ... I am going to pass it onto 5 more blogs that I think have heart too, although there are many more than 5 that I know have heart! :D Please visit these sites, they are are sure to inspire your creativity or touch your heart.


Sharon's Blog
Chocolate On The Keyboard
Stamp Owl's Blog Spot
Win a Free Card Blog
The Paper Purse

Little Birdie tags

Hey everyone! I hope everyone is having a fantabulous Wednesday... I made several of these little round tags last night, they were quick and easy and I liked how they turned out. Last night was the first time I used Stickles on anything! I love that stuff, I need to find a good source to order it from. I had picked up a Christmas pack at Michaels, I wish they carried it all the time and in many colors, if I'm missing it meone please let me know where to find it in the store. :) Anyway, back to my tags. I used SU Whisper White card stock to stamp the birdies on, and they I used the SU scallop punch as well. The birdies are from the valentine bundle that is available through Jan. 31 for 20% off. The other card stock is what I had in my stash and the ribbon is Martha Stewart - I love it too!lol

Thanks for stopping by, let me know what you think about the little tags. Hopefully I will get to do more tonight and I will share what I get done. :D


Speak Out, Get Involved, Inspire Action

Help Expand Cystic Fibrosis Research & Care
Please, YOU can make a difference in just 5 minutes.
Please tell Washington to support childrens health.
They are going to use $ to support research anyway, please help encourage them to support research in finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is an idividual disease, and affects everyone differently.

If you didn't know it already, Lindsey, my baby was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was about 4 weeks old. We are blessed that she is thriving right now, no signs whatsoever. Right now we are taking precautions to keep her healthy in hopes it will be a long time to come before we see any kind of symptoms. The doctors can't promise us anything one way or another about her health. They can't tell us when she will be affected, right now we take her to the pediatrician and to see the doctors at the Childrens Hospital in Madera on a regular basis. They will let her body tell us what we need to do with her. If you don't know somebody with CF already, chances are you will sometime since they are diagnosing CF during newborn screenings and adults are now being diagnosed more often as well. We need a cure!

Thank you for helping us do our part...


WOW! I just finished watching this video at Andrea's blog and I gotta say it was a great way to start my day. THANK ANDREA! You know, not only can a hug change somebody's day but it can make a world of difference in your day and even in your life. Yesterday, a friend of the family passed away at 32 years old. She was a wife, loving mother, friend, sister, & daughter and touched many lives in her job as a caregiver. She had been going to the doctor for two years comlaining of pain in her back but they all brushed her off because she was so young. Last week she awoke to be completely paralyzed! Come to find out cancer had been spread throughout her entire body and yesterday it took her life. It left her husband a widow, her children without their Mommy, and her Mom with one less daughter and her sisters and friends with a huge loss too. Although I didn't know her very well, she still held a special place in my heart as she was a part of a life changing experience that my family went through - my mother-in-law's passing. She was a care giver to her when we brought her home to live her last days. Not only did she care for her as if she was her own family but she was there everyday to offer a hug to me too, those hugs helped. I knew her well enough to know she was a very special person and a very caring person...

So, hug your loved ones as you never know what tomarrow will bring. Don't be stingey with your hugs, okay... It could mean the world to someone, especially in todays world where there are so many challenges.


Valentine Tic-Tacs & M & M's

Happy Saturday everyone! I took a little bit of time today and went in to explore what I wanted to make for Valentine's day. Still not sure, there are a couple more things to make but I wanted to share these couple of projects now. These are Cinnamon Tic-Tacs that I "dressed up" a little for Valentine's day. I used one of the stamps from the current Stampin Up "Love You Much" , (item #115405) bundle promotion. The brown polka dot paper is also from that bundle, during this promo you can save 20% through January 31. The little note card is also from the same bundle...
I also made the bag topper for Valentine M & M's. The "Yummy for your Tummy" stamp (from a set of 4) is from Stampin Up and will be available starting February 1 during the fantastic "Sale-A-Bration" promotion. You will be able to chose an exclusive stamp set from the sale-a-bration brochure with every $50 you spend and there is no limit! These stamps will be available for a limited time only! If you would like a brochure mailed to you, please let me know. I will be happy to get one in the mail to you. :D

Treasured Friends Award...

Sharron gave me a very special award, not only is it very special because it's from me sweet friend but it's also my very first award! How cool is that... Thanks sis, now lets see if I can do this, I'm not sure I know enough people with blogs and can you give it to someone who has already received one? Here I go...
Before I chose 7 special people to pass this award onto I need to list 7 things about me...
  1. I LOVE my job of "Mommy" to my three wonderful girls!
  2. I am a craft supply horder - mostly ribbon & paper.
  3. Who doesn't love to be happy? I love being happy & my car license plate says so... 2BHAPP
  4. A lot of people think I am very organized, but that couldn't be farther from the truth! I just pretend to have it all together... It causes less confusion!lol A lot of people know the truth.
  5. My favorite thing for breakfast is left over cold pizza or cold spaghetti.
  6. I sleep best in the early morning. If I don't wake/get up by 5:00 a.m. then I would rather sleep until 9 or 10... Of course that is not being realistic (the sleepin in until 9 or 1o) and only happens about once a month.
  7. I love painting! I know I'm wierd but I just love the fresh clean feeling after walls have been freshly painted...

Now, I need to chose 7 people to pass this award onto. It wont be hard to chose who I chose, it will be hard to come up with 7 people that I "know" that haven't already received it. Since I don't know if a person can receive it twice I am going to try not to send it to someone who I know already has it. :D

  1. Dixie - she's been such a wonderful blessing to have as a friend! She's so supportive of whatever is going on with me and she is an even bigger inspiration to me. She had me listed on blogs she follows before I even had a blog - so really I felt obligated to start a blog.lol Love ya Dixie!
  2. Molly - Always so sweet and such a talented artist with her quilling. Someday I am going to learn to do that and you can bet I will be calling on Molly to help me. :D
  3. Lori - Lori has always been such an uplifting inspiration to me, I am so happy to call her my friend!
  4. Charlene - Another crafter that whether or not she knows it, inspires me to try new things and helps keep my wish list actively growing. I love doing swaps with Charlene!
  5. Aunt Cindy - Has always been there to share her crafy knowledge with me and has always had lots of love & hugs for me too... Love you Aunt Cindy!
  6. Kat - She's always there with a hug & sweet message. She was also the first one to comment on my blog. Thanks Kat!
  7. Deb - Love Deb's blog and always love to read her sweet comments... She's special in deed!

Okay, so that wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.... Love ya friends!


Three Clovers Design Blog Candy

While I was looking at blogs and cute cards and scrapbook pages (I really want to start scrapbooking I think) I happened upon Three Clovers Design and she has some most adorable cards. There is one with Tilda sitting on a cupcake that is one of the cutest cards I have ever seen! To top off the great card designs and friendly blog, she's offering up some yummy blog candy... You gotta go have a taste and make sure your comfy so you can take time to check out her great ideas. Have fun!


Family Room & Kitchen... Still work in progress

But it's coming along. We still need to do a lot of paint touch up around the trim, paint the trim and I am also going to paint one side of the kitchen cabinets/drawers where we had a cabinet added on. Also, the stove top we took out was set down in front of the cabinet so they had to fix that when they installed our new one. The bar over the stove top is new too, there was always a space there but it was much higher and kind of worthless. I wanted it turned into a wall or a bar, obviously we chose the bar. :D We also need to paint the ceiling in both rooms and I need to get more decorations for the walls. I think I am going to do a collage of photos on the yellow wall, unless I find something else this weekend. I am also looking for something to go on the yellow wall in the kitchen. I am thinking I might need to add a couple shelves that I could neatly store some cook books on or I have seen a really cute cast iron framed chalk board with a rooster on it that I think would go just right too. The only thing is, it's always on back order so I've been trying to find something different and not have my heart set on it since it will probably never be available --I've been waiting about 4 months for it already! Anyway, it's all a work in progress but I think it will be finished soon and then I can finish up the guest bathroom and start on my living room. Yeah! Here's a link to some pictures of the family room & kitchen...

Thanks for stopping by...

Lindsey's first cookie...

She was just going to town on this cookie, it must have felt great on those teething gums!


They're Here! They're Here!!!

The new Spring-Summer 2009 Stampin Up! Catalogs were waiting at my door for me when I got home today! They are yummy... I will send one out to those of you who were promised one.. If you would like to order the new catalog/idea book they are $9.95 each. BUT, you can receive one FREE with your order, either through my website or order placed through me. Also, just another reminder; When you place a SU order with me in the month of January you will be entered in a drawing for a $20 Gift Certificate to SU!

Any questions, please ask!

p.s. if anyone would like a spanish catalog/idea book please let me know that too. I'm sorry I don't speak a lick of spanish but I ordered a box of spanish idea books on accident and I can keep on for reference if anyone would like to place an order out of it. There are some cute sets in there, most of it can be found in english too but there is also some that are only in spanish.


You Rock!

Good morning! Just wanted to share another quick card! I used "Just Jawing" SU item no. 111660 for this card,as I was using it I realized the cherries can be used to make some darling tags and also card embellishments, etc... The little bow and flower too! I bought this set for Emily for Christmas, I'm glad we have a rule that her stamps stay stored in the craft room so I can use it some more. :) Anyway, I thought it was kinda fun and way different than anything else I ever use for making cards. I need to find a box full of my supplies that were misplaced during our remodel... I was thinking of some more "bling" that I could have used with this set...


It's time for me to finish my touch up painting in the kitchen and family room and get ready for the cleaning lady to come. I so cannot afford her right now, but you have no idea how much it helps me out. This will be the second time she has been here, I just can't wait to get home to my clean house tomorrow afternoon! :D Have a great day everyone!

Emily's card

It has been a great weekend! I finally had some time to "play" in my craft room and the girls came in and joined me too... Their cards are sealed up and out of site when the are done but, this one that Em made was given to her baby sister... I will keep it and find a frame for it, I thought she did a beautiful job - she is 8. She used the SU pastels for it.



I am just loving all the cute little owls that seem to be everywhere these days!
I made this quick little card with some left over scraps from a purple monochromatic swap I am in. This little owl and the words are from SU set Owl Together Now and the background is SU Perfectly Pretty stamp around stamp. I have other plans for this set too, I can't wait to finish up my chores today so I can sit down and play. Thanks for looking and I hope you have a GREAT DAY!





Just wanted to let everyone know that Stampin Up is having an Inventory Blow Out Sale going on now,you can see a list of items here: INVENTORY BLOW OUT

There is also a great
Valentine Bundle available for 20% Off the regular price, it's so cute!

Anyone one who orders through me will receive a FREE 2009 Idea Book/Catalog ($9.95 value). Plus get FREE shipping on orders over $50. If you would like to get together with several friends and order you can earn the hostess benifits. Hostess benifits start at $150 but your orders would need to be submitted at the same time.

Thanks so much for supporting my new business, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to email or call me.


Lisa Cockrum