Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Merry Christmas, everyone!
Hope you spent your day as peacefully 
and as blessed as I did.

This morning we opened a few gifts,
had a delicious brunch,
and then took the dog for a snowy walk
in our local nature park.

After dinner we curled up on the couch
together and watched "It's a Wonderful Life"
followed by a family foosball tournament.
It was perfect.

I wanted to share one last card with you guys,
and wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

There's still a few hours to go for the 
so I'm entering this one as well.

Simon Says Stamp

Blessings to all!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Papa and Baby Bear

Hey there!
Are you guys all ready for Christmas?
I finally finished up my cards last Saturday
and then worked on the teacher gift card sets
up until last night -- finished in the nick of time!
They went out in the kids backpacks this morning.

I thought I'd share another one of my Christmas cards.
Love this sweet Lili of the Valley image.

I'm entering it in the

Simon Says Stamp

It doesn't hurt to try, right?

I hope you all have a very happy holiday season!
Thanks for dropping in!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Lawnscaping Challenge #48

Welcome to our very last Lawnscaping Challenge of 2012!

What an awesome year of challenges it's been.
Huge thanks to one of our biggest supporters,
the ever incredible Lawn Fawn, who is generously 
offering up a free stamp set of the winners choice.
Thanks from the bottom of our hearts, Lawn Fawn!

Here's my card:

No stamping involved on this card at all,
which means I was able to make it in record time,
since time is something I've been awfully short on lately.

For my Lawn Fawn element, I chose this 
awesome patterned paper from their Fa La La
Petite Paper Pack -- the last sheet of it I had!
I'm going to have to order another 6x6 for sure.

I thought these Studio Calico wood veneer trees
went so well with these sketchy chevron Lawn Fawn 
trees, so I decided to pair them up --
except they definitely needed to get glittered up.
I used a fine glitter on two trees,
a Martha Stewart chunky glitter on the largest tree,
and nail polish -- you read that right -- 
NAIL POLISH on the silvery tree.

I didn't have any silver glitter,
and what to crafty girls do when we don't have
something we have a vision for?
We improvise.
I colored the wood veneer with a C5 copic marker
just to give the glitter a bit of a colored base,
then applied four thin coats of nail polish over top.

I adhered them all down with glossy accents,
and added a sentiment from another 6x6 pad
from Crate Paper -- the Peppermint Collection?
Something like that. 
I just liked it, and it was the perfect shade of red.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my card.
Just wait till you see the rest of the design team's projects!
Head on over to the Lawnscaping Challenge blog
to take a peek and find out how to play along.

I wish you and yours all a very Merry Christmas
and a blessed start to the brand new year!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Carol's Carolers

Hey there!
I'm here with another Christmas card to share.
I bet I am seriously the furthest behind
crafter on the planet!
I have so many more cards to make and
Christmas is just over a week away!

Crazy, right?

Anyway, here's one more I made this week.

This one will be going to my grandma.
Her name is Carol and she loves music,
so I thought it would be perfect for her.

I used my current FAVORITE stamp set,
Iconic Christmas by WPlus9 Designs.

My color palette was inspired by the current

So pretty!

And since I used my current FAVORITE 
stamp set,I'm also entering the 

Simon Says Stamp

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Snowflake Mittens

Hey there, everyone,
I'm here with another card today
that I made using a gorgeous
WPlus9 Design set called Winter Wishes.

I wanted to try participating in a new to me
challenge called The 10 Minute Craft Dash
(in which you had to feature red)
which I thought would be super intimidating,
but was actually a blast. 
I didn't quite make the ten minute deadline,
but it definitely challenging in a fun way to try.
Maybe next time I'll do it on video.

I'm also once again throwing my hat in the ring
since there are snowflakes (though red) 
on my mittens and also on the paper panel behind.
Hey, it doesn't hurt to try, right?

Simon Says Stamp

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hope you're having a great week!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Coon Christmas

Hey everyone!
I'm here today with a card share
using a stamp from my most recent haul video.

Click to see it larger. 
There's so much detail, you really need to.

I think it turned out super cute, 
so I'd like to enter it in a couple of challenges.
It was one of my New Year's resolutions for 2012
to play along with more challenges, 
and as the close of the year approaches,
I realize that I haven't entered a single one.

I'm going to try to make up for lost time. ;o)
First off, Dynamic Duos,
in which you must use red and light green
combined with only neutrals -- I think this qualifies, right?
Gray and brown are both neutral shades.

Also, because I colored the image with my Copics,
I thought I'd try entering the Oozak Challenge,
since I love them and order all my Copics from them.

I found out that Crafter's Companion,
the maker of this adorable image,
also has their own monthly challenge.

And even though it's a MAJOR long shot 
(getting close to 700 entries last I checked),
I'm going to throw my hat in the ring for the
because, let's face it, they give out AWESOME prizes!

Simon Says Stamp

Here's hoping somebody loves it as much as I do!

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Lawnscaping Challenge #47

Hello there!

Our challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp
who has generously donated a $25 gift certificate 
to our winner! Thanks, Simon!

Simon Says Stamp

Here's my project using turquoise, kraft, and red:

and stamped it with Lawn Fawn's
Frosties in Colorbox white pigment ink,
added a belly band with Lawn Fawn paper from 
the Fa La La 6x6 petite paper pack,
and stamped Winter Owl as my focal image.
The sentiment is from Bows & Holly.

I hope you like it!

Please stop by the Lawnscaping Challenge blog
to see all the other design team samples
and find out how to play along.

We can't wait to see your projects!

Have a great day!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Lawnscaping Challenge #46


Our challenge is generously sponsored by 
the lovely Lawn Fawn who has offered up a free 
stamp set of the winner's choice!

Here's my card:

Cozy Christmas, as well as their Fa La La 

I added texture to the reindeer's fur by 
soaking a corner of a washcloth 
with Copic colorless blender and dabbing 
it on the colored surface.

I stamped the background with a
reindeer hoof print from 
added some festive May Arts ribbon,
and a Queen & Co Goosebump
to give Rudolph his glowing nose.

I hope you like it!

Please head over to the Lawnscaping Challenge blog
to check out the other incredible design team
samples and find out how to enter our Tag Challenge!

Have a great week, everybody!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Lawnscaping Challenge #45

Good morning, ladies!

Our challenge is sponsored by the wonderful 
Simon Says Stamp who have generously donated a 
$25 gift certificate to the winner!
I sure wish I had one of those right now!
So many awesome Christmas goodies...

Simon Says Stamp

So here's my card:

So I realize, it's past Halloween,
but it wasn't when I made it.
I forgot about that 5th week with no challenge!

And then with all the mess with my car being stolen
I just never got a chance to make a new card.

I hope you like it anyway.

Please head on over to the Lawnscaping Challenge blog
to check out the design team's amazing samples
and find out how to enter to win!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

Hello there!
Kind of a different post tonight.
If you follow me on Facebook, you know
that I love to cook, and I often post about it.

Tonight I had some requests to share my
recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta,
and my sweet friend Ashley suggested that
I post it here on my blog, so that people
can pin it to their Pinterest accounts if they like.

So, here it is:

I love the taste of Chicken Cordon Bleu, but let's face it,
that dish can be a lot of work to make.
I wanted to keep the traditional flavors of the dish
but simplify it for those nights when you need something
quick and simple, but tasty and filling.

Here's the other thing.
 I am totally flattered when people ask for 
my recipes, but sometimes it's a little hard to do, 
since I rarely cook with any measurements.
You don't need any for this.
It's as simple as can be!

Christy's Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta


1 package skinless boneless chicken strips or breasts (strips cook faster and chop easier)
1 package pasta (I like Farfalle, but any medium-sized pasta will do)
1 jar Alfredo sauce (sometimes I make my own, but jarred can be just as good)
6-8 slices deli ham
6-8 slices swiss cheese (I like Lorraine or Heidi Ann - the kind with tons of tiny holes)
salt and pepper 


Get your pasta water going.
Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and saute chicken until just cooked through. (Season your chicken with salt and pepper before adding to the pan).
Remove cooked chicken to a cutting board and rough chop into bite-sized pieces.
Add pasta to boiling water.
Dice your ham and cheese slices. (I just stack them all up on top of each other and go to town. ;o)
Drain your cooked pasta.
Add Alfredo sauce to hot, empty pot.
Dump in pasta and all other ingredients.
Add salt and pepper.

Didn't I tell you it was simple? :o)

If you make it, come back and tell me!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Frightfully Sweet

Hey there!
How's your week going so far?
Glad Monday is nearly over?

Being that it's my day off, 
I actually had a chance to get crafty.
I made a Halloween card 
using that cute Darcie's Heart & Home set
and filmed a video while I was at it.
I hope you girls are enjoying them. :o)

Here's the card:

And here's the video:

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Hope the rest of your week is fantastic!

Friday, October 19, 2012

So Very Thankful

Hey there!
Happy Friday!

I had a little free time to make this cute card today:

And while I was at it, I thought I'd film a video,
showing you a little of my Copic coloring
and my card making process.

I've been working really hard on a new intro
for my videos -- let me know what you think!

Watch here or click the bottom right
YouTube icon to watch there in HD.
(And while your there, please subscribe!) ;o)


Monday, October 15, 2012

Lawnscaping Challenge #44

Hey everybody!

Isn't that badge awesome? I love that organizing tray.
It's actually a fairly similar idea to the DIY one
that I posted with a video tutorial on Friday.
If you haven't seen it yet, check it out HERE.

But back to the challenge.
We are sponsored by the lovely Lawn Fawn
who has graciously offered up a free stamp set
of the winners choice.
Thanks, Lawn Fawn!

Here's my card:

For my technique, I decided to use spray mists to create
a background, including finger painting the snow with it.
I'd bought some Mister Huey's recently, but I had
never tried them out, so this was the perfect opportunity!

I used Lawn Fawn's Critters In The Forest,
teamed with Simple Stories holiday 6x6,
some gingham ribbon, a paper doily, and a
tree wood veneer by Studio Calico.

I hope you like it!

Please hop over to the Lawnscaping Challenge blog
to see the other amazing design team creations
and check out the deets on how to play along.

See you there!

Friday, October 12, 2012

DIY Two-Tiered Serving Tray

Hey everybody!
I've got a fun, easy, and inexpensive
crafty project to share with you girls today.

I recently made this two-tiered serving tray
to store my Mister Huey's, Glimmer Mists,
Paint Daubers, Stickles, and such in my craft room.

This two-tiered tray is so versatile!
You could use it as a home decor piece and fill it
with leaves and mini pumpkins for fall,
and change it out with each season.
You could use it as a serving tray at a party --
just put the food in paper liners or little cups
as the spray paint might not be food safe.
You could use it to store all sorts of office supplies,
embellishments like vials of glitter or glass jars of buttons.
So many possibilities.

I filmed a how-to video so you can make your own!
If you do, be sure to let me know
so I can come check it out. :o)

Watch here or click the bottom right YouTube
icon to view in HD.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Happy World Card Making Day

What a delightfully busy weekend in the world
of card making!


Happy World Card Making Day, everybody!

I'm super excited to be taking part in the festivities
for the first time this year.
If you're new to this event, as I am,
head on over to the official World Card Making Day
website to get all the details.

Here's the card I made for the occasion:

And I've even got a video tutorial!
I know there's lots of blogs to visit,
so subscribe now and watch later. ;o)

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Happy hopping! Have a great day!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Lawnscaping Fall Blog Hop


We have such an exciting hop planned for you!
There's sponsors and prizes and SO MUCH inspiration
to be gleaned from all the lovely, crafty ladies involved.
If you're just stopping in, be sure to pop over to the 
Lawnscaping blog where it all begins.
Leave a comment at every stop for a chance to win!
Also, if you get lost anywhere along the way,
head back over there for the full list of participants.
The hop will run from this morning, October 5th at 8AM
through Sunday, October 7th at 11:59 PM.

If you're hopping along in order, you should have come
from the lovely Lauren --
isn't her blog design completely fabulous?

Here's my card:

I LOVE pumpkins, so of course I had to try 
to recreate that fabulous pumpkin pile.
When I think of Fall, I think of texture,
warm, nubby sweaters and woolen tights,
so I tried to incorporate a variety of fabrics and patterns
including burlap, canvas, polkadots, woodgrain and chevron.

Hope you like it!

Now you're off to the adorable Aimee
who I just KNOW will have a totally amazing 
project to share -- she always does!

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Happy hopping!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

LSS Mini Haul

Hey all! 
I just wanted to share a quick mini haul video
showcasing a few items I picked up at 
my local scrapbook store last Friday.

I had a 20% off birthday coupon
that was about to expire, 
so I picked up a few goodies,
including two for the stockpile
 I'm working on for a Christmas giveaway.


Monday, October 1, 2012

Lawnscaping Challenge #43

Hello there!

Our challenge is being graciously sponsored by 
the wonderful Simon Says Stamp who have offered up 
a $25 gift certificate to the winner.

Simon Says Stamp

Here's my card:

I wanted to use lots of texture,
so on top of my MME paper I layered a bit of
May Arts lace, tore a sheet of cardboard 
down to the core and dabbed on some gesso
with my finger, wrapped May Arts twine 
around two Studio Calico wood veneer butterflies,
and finished it off with a sentiment 
from Lawn Fawn's Fly Free.

I hope you like it!

Please stop by the Lawnscaping blog
and check out the other amazing DT projects,
including our fabulous guest designer,
the lovely, talented, fellow-nutella-on-english-muffins-lover,
So excited to have her with us!

Also, don't forget to check out the deets
on how to enter. We'd love for you to play along.

Have an awesomely crafty day!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Happy Birthday, Sweet Laurel!

Hey everybody!
Today I want to stop in and share a card
that I made for my sweet and lovely friend, Laurel!
It's her birthday today!

A bunch of us girls got together and decided
to do a birthday card blog hop for her.
Please visit Lynnette's blog 
for the full list of participants and hop along!

And please don't forget to wish our sweet Laurel
a very happy birthday!

For my card I used products papers from Basic Grey,
a bit of May Arts lace, and two Lawn Fawn sets:
A Birdie Told Me and Check This Out.

I hope you like it.

Happy Birthday, Laurel!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Birthday Road Trip Craft Haul

Hey everyone!
I just have a quick haul video to share.
Sunday was my birthday so my husband took
me on a road trip to Fairlawn, OH 
for some craft store shopping!

We went to Archiver's, Pat Catan's, Hobby Lobby
and Joann's, and capped off the day with dinner at
P.F. Chang's (YUM!) before we headed back home.

Also, on the way there we made an unexpected stop in
Willoughby Hills where my beloved great-grandparents lived
(totally unplanned -- I just needed to use the restroom
and asked him to pull off at the next exit)
and was able to visit the cemetery where they're buried
and see their headstone for the first time.
It was a special moment for me.

All and all just a completely fabulous day.
I couldn't have asked for a better birthday present!
Check out what I got below,
or click on the bottom right YouTube icon
to watch on YouTube in HD.
I also mention a giveaway I'm working on, 
so please subscribe and stay tuned for that!

Have a great day!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Your Love Gives Us Wings Altered Art Canvas

Happy Friday, everyone!
Today is my dad's birthday, and in honor of that, 
I wanted to share a project I made for him a while back.
Actually, for Father's Day.
I never got a chance to share it before the burglary,
and after it, I lost all the pictures I had uploaded onto my MacBook.
For some reason, I thought I'd taken the photos of it
with my camera, which was also stolen, but I recently
found them on my iPhone. Yay! :o)

This was an altered art canvas I made using book text
(which happened to be about bees, so what shows through
all coincides with the project),
I also stamped, doodled, painted, stenciled, and just had
lots of crazy, messy fun with it.

The bees were made using the fingerprints of my
husband, children and I, and our names are handwritten
beneath them for an added touch of whimsy.
Also, scrawled all along the sides (not pictured) 
are words that remind each of us of my dad.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Hope you enjoyed it!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Papertrey Ink Haul

Hey girls!
Got a quick haul video for ya today.
I have been desperately needing some new
ink colors for MONTHS, and I kept going back
and forth between the Momento Dew Drops and the
Papertrey Ink Premium Dye Cubes and finally 
decided to go with Papertrey because they were cheaper. :o)

Plus I've heard good things about their inks.

I also had been NEEDING a German sentiment set 
for YEARS (seriously, YEARS! ;o) to use
when making cards for my husband's family back in Germany.

I picked up a few other things I'd been really wanting,
and also a little basket from Goodwill for storing my inks --
I altered it with spray paint -- stay tuned to the end 
of the video and I'll show you a couple after shots.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Lawnscaping Challenge #42

Hello everyone!
Happy Monday and welcome to Lawnscaping Challenge #42!

This super fun challenge is brought to us by the wonderful
folks at Lawn Fawn, who have generously donated a free
stamp set of the winner's choice as our prize! Thanks, Lawn Fawn!

Here's my card:

I used some fun texty Christmas papers from Jillibean Soup,
made a window with a sheet of sparkly print vellum,
and did a little paper-piecing with this cute snowman
and birdie stamps from Lawn Fawn's Making Frosty Friends.
Added some Papertrey Ink buttons for a little textural interest
and called it a day! Lol.

Hope you enjoyed it!

Please head on over to the Lawnscaping Challenge blog
to see all the rest of the incredible design team samples
and find out more about how to play along.

We can't wait to see your texty projects!

Have a great day!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Halloween Deco Mesh Designs

Hey everyone!
I've been making a lot more deco mesh designs
at work, and I thought I'd share a few of them here.

We're getting ready for Halloween, 
so here's a sweet witchy wreath I made
using tri-colored deco mesh, ribbons, spiders,
a plush witch, and sparkly black curly willow.

We ran out of orange deco mesh for a few days,
so I was trying to come up with something using the white.
I ended up with this cute mummy that got a LOT 
of compliments and how-to requests!

Since the mummy went over so well,
I came up with the idea to try a Frankenstein.
I'm still trying to come up with something to use
for the bolts in his neck, but I ran out of time,
so I'll have to finish him up on Saturday.

I know this isn't my typical type of project 
to share here, but I hope you enjoyed them anyway!

Have a great day!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Lawnscaping Challenge #41

Hey there! Happy Labor Day!
Hope you all are out celebrating the last day of summer!

Today we're bringing to you Lawnscaping Challenge #41.

We have this awesome sketch drawn up for us
by the lovely Vera Yates.

And we are once again sponsored by the generous
Simon Says Stamp. Thanks, Simon!

Simon Says Stamp

They've donated a $25 gift certificate to the winner!

Here's my card:

I hope you like it!

All the papers and card stock used were from the
Simon Says Stamp September Card Kit.

Please head on over to the Lawnscaping Challenge blog
and check out the other awesome design team projects
and find out how you can play along.

Can't wait to see you there!


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