Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Christopher!

Twelve years ago today this wonderful little dude came into our lives and it's been an amazing adventure as parents watching him turn into the fine young person he is today!

I'm heading to the kitchen to try and duplicate this chocolate cake from William Sonoma I made for Christopher's birthday last year. It's chocolate cake with chocolate chips and chocolate ganache and more chocolate chips on top! It's so rich and tastes like something you would order in a fancy restaurant!

Christopher would love to receive some birthday wishes from my readers...if you have a minute. Thanks! Have a fabulous day! :)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Love You

I'm starting the week off with a card post for you using the Love You More collection from Pebbles.

I love the texture this burlap trim adds and it works so well with this pretty floral paper, don't you think? I'm a pinwheel girl too and have to include them on my cards often as I can get away with! ;)

Well, I've got a lengthy to-do list this morning so I'm going to get to it. Hope you have a great start to your week! :)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Happy Birthday


With Christopher's birthday arriving next week, the family is about to embark on a train ride to celebrate the big day. I've got a picnic lunch packed, tuna salad sandwiches, chips, bananas and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Christopher's very excited and can't wait to get going!

I created this birthday card with Doodlebug's new Fruit Stand collection. I think these colorful patterned papers are perfect for pinwheels since they're double sided.

All aboard! And were off to ride the train!

Have a super weekend!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Cap & Gown Giveaway

Any graduates out there? Doodlebug Design has a brand new graduation collection called Cap and Gown and I have a project share for you created with this fabulous new line!

Perfect for invitations, scrapbook pages, party decor and cards...Cap and Gown is awesome! Would you like to win this line? Hop on over to Doodlebug to see all the projects using this new collection and leave comments for your chance to win! :)

Have a fabulous Friday! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Go. See. Do.

Summer vacations are almost here! Are you planning a getaway? Our family goes on an annual trip to Carolina Beach each summer and Christopher has been counting down the days for a couple months now! :)

I have a card to share today that's the perfect bon voyage for a trip to the beach.

I used Bella Blvd's hot new collection called Sand and Surf, a sketch from Studio Calico and a new set of dies from Papertrey Ink called Sketched Shapes Dies.

Do you like the card? Does it make you want to head out to the beach or hop aboard a plane for a remote island getaway? I could use a little rest and relaxation on the beach! :)

Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Today I have a card to share for you that I created with the My Girl collection from My Mind's eye and a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

I love the texture you get with dry embossing and the mix of Kraft stock with brightly colored patterned papers.

Well, I have some crafty assignments to get to for Bella Blvd. and Doodlebug Design and I received my latest Papertrey Ink order in the mail so I have a lot of goodies to play with. I look forward to sharing my projects with you soon!

Have a wonderful Wednesday! And thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

For You


Today I have a card to share with you that I made with Doodlebug Design's new collection called Flower Box.

I love all the stickers included with each Doodlebug line! They're perfect for layering as I did with this design. I always use chipboard and foam mounting tape under each sticker to give the card lots of dimension.

Hope you have a lovely spring day! Thanks for visiting! :)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Party with Amy Locurto


How was your weekend? Ours was glorious! A little on the chilly side for spring, but we still enjoyed some strawberry picking yesterday and a family breakfast outing on Saturday. Friday morning's hike was awesome! We saw so much wildlife including a group of seven deer. I don't care how many times I see them, they always leave me awe-struck!

I'm starting the week off with a birthday card share for you,  created with the colorful, fun and new line called Party with Amy Locurto.

That beach ball sticker makes this a perfect birthday card for summertime, don't you think?

Well, I have lots of work to catch up on after our three-day weekend so I better get to it. Have a great start to your week! :)

Friday, April 19, 2013



It's a beautiful Friday morning and I'm popping in to share a crafty project with you before I head out for a hike. Dan took the day off so we could celebrate our anniversary and we're going to spend a bit of time enjoying the great outdoors before we go to lunch.

I created this colorful card using one of my favorite new collections from Doodlebug called Stars and Stripes.

I think these postage stamps are awesome! And the rocket...well, it's the bomb! ;) I think this collection would be perfect for many subjects besides July Fourth, what do you think?

Hope you have a fantastic Friday! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Random Bits


Today is a very special day for me and the hubs. Today we've been married for 21 years! I can't believe how fast these years have flown by and how fortunate we are to share such a strong bond. I'd marry him all over again in a heartbeat! He's truly my better half! Happy anniversary Dan-O!

For the past couple weeks we've been witness to a pair of Carolina wrens nesting in this bird house hung up outside our kitchen window. We think it's the same pair from last year. It's been awesome to watch them building their nest and mom nesting while dad brings her food. Before you know it, you can hear little peeping sounds when the chicks hatch.

Carolina wren parents both share in feeding the babies. This photo was taken just hours before they fledged.

Here's one of the little ones on the ground just after leaving the nest. See the down sticking out of its head? Sorry the pictures aren't more clear. Hubs took them quite a distance away, inside the house.

Here's one of the parents watching over baby and instructing it to fly up into the tree. Good luck little ones!

Another share today...I have a card scheduled to be posted on the Card Annex blog today.

Here's a little peek for you.

Well, we're right around the corner from another glorious spring weekend. I'm looking forward to it! The weather has been glorious and it's a treat to spend time outside in the yard.

Thanks for visiting! :)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What Do You Think?


What do you think of your work when you step back and take a look? I really like when I create a project that I love immediately. Most times I think it's a good project, but nothing that stands out above and beyond my norm. Then there are times when I create something that just plain stinks! ;) And every once in a while I make something that I just can't decide if I like it. This card is one of those.

This card was made with the 'My Girl' collection from My Mind's Eye and the colors are certainly eye catching. What I'm not sure about is the amount of stuff on the tag. Did I go a little overboard? This morning as I took the photos and cropped them in PhotoShop, I started liking it. What do you think?

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday! Thanks for visiting! :)

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