Friday, December 25, 2009

Jingle Swap gifts from Courtney

My other Jingle Swap partner was Courtney.  She is a Cajun Hillbilly Housewife.  Here are the wrapped gifts she sent.  The paper made me laugh.  She numbered the gifts and I opened them in that order.

The first package was a fiber optic tree.  I promptly found some batteries and lit it up.  Package #2 were some felt ornaments that I used to decorate the tree.  The star on top was an ornament, but with a little Christmas Magic, got it to stick to the top of the tree.

Then there were some cute Christmas towels, which I have promptly hung in the kitchen.  A Christmas (snowman) apron which will come in handy.  An adorable Snowman mug, complete with a package of yummy hot chocolate.  I will save that for later... Oh and I didn't mention the Snowman clip and gumballs.  If you push the button on the snowman, his face changes.

There was also an adorable penguin notebook cover made of felt.  Those are pens and pencils inside the pocket.  There is a Misfit Doll, I'm not sure what his name will be yet.  Three spools of Christmas Ribbon.  A crazy quilt cameo purse and some pretty jewelry!  I wore the Jewelry to Christmas Dinner already.

Thank you Courtney and Debbie!  You both brought great smiles to my Christmas Morning!

Jingle Swap gifts from Debbie!

I joned Jingle's Christmas Swap and I ended up with TWO partners!  How lucky is that?  I had lots of fun preparing the packaged for both of my partners.  I saved the gifts they sent me for Christmas morning and I had a blast opening them.

My first partner was Debbie.  Here are the wrapped gifts she sent.  She used rub-ons on some of the tissue paper to make it very pretty.  She used stickers on the bright tissue paper, too.  Oh boy!  I can't wait to open these...
And... here are the goodies....

Wowee!  The penguin tin jingled when I shook it - inside was the jingle bell ornament.  How fitting for a Jingle Swap!  There was a set of handmade cards on kraft paper, so cool.  Also some great goodies for making cards, some punchies and a beautiful flower.  There are two signs.  I already hung the Wish Upon a Star sign up in my craft room.  The snowman sign is with my snowmen.  She made a small notebook (hiding in the back right corner) with really cute paper.  There are also some really pretty glass magnets.  The funny-shaped thingy is a coin purse she got in China Town.  She also included a totebag - that is small enough to carry in my purse for when I need it.  My very favorite item is the blue bone clip.  I love everything, Debbie, thank you!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaways!

Head on over to the Patiently Waiting blog and check out the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.  They started December 1st, but it's not too late to join in the fun.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Rubber Stamp Shelves

I made two sets of these shelves. The total cost was less than $18.00. They were very easy to make and didn't take much time.

I posted a complete supply list and tutorial on The Crafty Table, so if you want to make some of your very own, please hop on over and check it out. The Crafty Table is a message board for crafters. It's free, easy to join, and painless.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Card for a Cause

I made this card for a cause. Check out Crafts by Kim and see how you can do the same. If you choose to participate, you have a chance to win some wonderful blog candy. Deadline is November 25, 2009.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

More Fruity Cards

Here is the other set of cards I made for the August Card Swap on The Crafty Table message board. We are a small group of crafters that have card swaps and challenges every month. Feel free to join us. We also feature scrapbooking, rubber stamping, and other crafts. It's really a fun group.

Papertake Weekly Challenge is having their 100th challenge this week! They are giving away six prizes this week. I picked the sketch from week #99 for this card. I really hope I'm one of the lucky winners!

Fruit Cards set #1

This is a set of cards I made for the August "Sweet Treats" Card Swap at The Crafty Table. We have a card swap there every month. It's a private site, but you are welcome to join us. Feel free to sign up. You can click on the photos to enlarge them.

I entered this card in the August Sketch Challenge over at Rubber Stamp Chat. This month, the challenge is sponsored by Flourishes Stamps. Check them out, they have some beautiful stamps.

SodaStream.... Bubbly fun!

Todd's been wanting one of these for very long time. Kohl's had them on sale and I had a few gift cards, so yesterday we went to Kohl's and purchased one. It is way awesome. It came with a sample pack of sodas and so far they are all good. They come in regular and diet. The good news is that the regular ones contain sucrose instead of high fructose corn syrup and they have a lot less calories than regular soda.

If you want to win one of your very own, visit the From Val's Kitchen blog. She is giving one away!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Thirteen Days of Halloween!

I joined a really fun swap: The Thirteen Days of Halloween! I'm so very excited about this swap because I love Halloween! We've been paired up with our partners and I've already been in contact with mine. All of the rest of you should be very jealous. Her name is Kai and she is really nice and loves to communicate. She calls herself a chatterbox. She is also a very talented crafter, but don't take my word for it, check out her blog. She loves to celebrate Christmas Year Round.

This is going to be FUN!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Marty's Sexy Legs

This is a picture of our six year-old Beagle/Basset mix, Marty. On July 6, 2009, he was diagnosed with Lymphoma. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Today he received Vincristine, an IV chemotherapy agent. Up until today, he only had one leg shaved, now they shaved the other one so they can rotate IV sites. I though he looked really cute and couldn't resist shooting this photo.

If you want to read more about Marty and his cancer, he has is very own blog! Marty's Lymphoma Blog. It has been six weeks, and had we not decided to treat him, he would be very sickly at this point. Prognosis without treatment is approximately two months.

He is doing really well on the treatments. He is acting very energetic and is his normal self. We are so very happy we decided to treat him. He doesn't know he is sick. Today the vet said he was "very energetic." After he came home from the vet, he knocked over his food storage bin and ate quite a bit of dog food... maybe too much dog food.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Yellow and Gray Challenge Card


I made this card for the April Color Challenge (Yellow and Gray) on The Crafty Table message board. If you are crafty and would like to join us, please feel free to sign up. It's a private board, so you must register to participate.

Woof Woof Card

I made this card for the April Sketch Challenge over at Rubber Stamp Chat.

I used two stamps from Viva Las Vegas Stamps. Sleepy Eyed Basset (item #2176) and Big Eared Dog (item 1310).

I stamped each image onto beige cardstock using Walnut Stain Distress Ink by Ranger. I cropped each image and matted them onto tan cardstock. I also used a scrap of sparkly bone paper and trimmed it to a 2" square. I punched a circle out of the center and used pop dots to adhere it to a slightly larger square of dark brown cardstock. I glued a bone button to the center. I adhered each element to the card, following the sketch that Stampo posted on Rubber Stamp Chat.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Cupcakes

Todd and I made these cupcakes for Easter. Todd made the cupcakes and frosting from scratch and I decorated them. I'm going to bring some to work on Monday to share with my coworkers.

These were really fun to make. We were inspired by the Bakerella blog. We didn't find this idea until Saturday, so the stores were really picked over and the little foil wrapped bunnies were nowhere to be found. We used the chocolate cupcake recipe posted at Bakerella and it is really yummy.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

More Spring Scraplings!

Here are some more spring scraplings I made for The Crafty Table Swap. I was inspired by challenge #23 on The Cuttlebug Spot. I used a cuttlebug die to cut out the flowers.

Spring Scraplings!

Here are some Scraplings that I made for a swap on The Crafty Table! I hope the girls I'm swapping with like them!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Todd Did It!


Todd Graduated with a degree in Engineering Physics on Sunday 3/22/09! Congratulations Todd on all of your hard work!

Luau Party

This is Todd's Graduation Party! We had fun with the Luau Theme! This is just a sampling of the great Luau outfits that our guests wore. Thanks to everyone for coming and I hope you had a great time!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Hole in One!

Last Saturday, my father-in-law, Dean Johnson, hit a hole in one on the golf course! We are so very proud of him! Congratulations! That is quite an accomplishment!


I was so happy for him, that I made him this card to celebrate the event. I was inspired by Kazan's Sketch #21 at 2 sketches 4 you.

Happy Birthday!

Monday, March 16th is my friend's birthday. She loves bright colors, so I made this card especially for her. I used a rubber stamp for the flip-flops and colored them in with some of the brightest markers I could find.


Crafty Goings On is offering a set of 72, yes 72, Copic markers. Check out their blog to see how to win. Imagine all of the bright colors and wonderful cards I could color in if I won those!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

All the Blog Candy you can eat!

Want to win some fantastic Blog Candy? There are tons of wonderful blogs giving away wonderful blog candy. It's not the kind you can eat, but it's the Crafty kind. The prizes are beautiful.

I have a whole list of Blog Candy Links waiting for you on my other blog; Blogs That I Like. Are you feeling lucky? Then go check it out!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

One person's junk.... just may be your treasure!

My friend Crop-a-Holic is going digital. She is purging lots of her paper scrapbooking supplies and she's giving them away! Check out her blog for your chance to win! She is drawing FIVE winners on February 17, 2009, so hurry!