Saturday, October 31, 2009

We are in Paris - Day 1

We made it to Paris, on schedule.  We met our friends in the airport, Carole and Bruce from Washington DC.  We grabbed our rental car and were on our way... almost.  We had a minor incident in the Paris Airport. parking lot.  Kent got a little to close to the curb, pulling out of the rental car's parking place.   Let's just say it wasn't pretty.    No worries, we were not going to let a run in with a curb,ruin our week in Paris.  We assesed  the damage and off we headed to our French Villa.

We drove to Marriott's Village d'Ile France in Baily-Romainvillers.  We checked into our townhome, took a quick shower and  found a French Cafe for lunch.  Did I mention Quiche Lorraine and Creme' Brulee?

Once we had our stomachs full, we drove to a town about 45 minutes away called  Provins France.  Provins is a medieval city filled with history and culture.  As we walked the streets, it felt like we had stepped back into the middle ages.  We had a lovely time exploring the city and eating!  We found a bakery to die for!  Check out the meringue I'm is almost the size of my head.  It was every bit as yummy as it was big!

We hit the wall around 7 P.M.  We headed back home tired and happy.  The minute we got to the townhouse, we showered and crashed!  Our goal- great rest for Day 2!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

October Fun

Faith came over for a visit today.  She was dressed up as a Sugar Plum Princess. She looked so cute, I had to take a few photos.  Of course, Dixie and Daisy had to jump in the photo.  They never miss a photo opp!  All three are precious!

One day and counting....

Tomorrow is the day... I leave for Paris!  I am so stinkin' excited that I am beside myself!  I made some cards to give to my friends that I am going to make in France.  Just thought I would share!

If all goes well, I am going to blog my trip.  I can hardly wait for my French adventure.  WOOHOOO!


Circle cards with a gift tin!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

It's Stampaganza Time- November 3-30

Stamp lovers rejoice! Whether you're a long- time fan of stamps or are just venturing into this fun hobby, now is the perfect time to grab some My Acrylix decorative stamp sets.  From November 3-30, 2009, when you make a purchase of any two stamps sets (sizes a, b, c, d or E) at full retail price, you will receive a third stamp set of your choice for FREE!(equal or lesser value- a savings up to $22.95).  Choose from any stamp set offered in any of the 2009 Idea Books or current product review!

Take advantage of this month's great offer and add to your assortment of these innovate stamps!

Poor Poor Daisy

Daisy, my Springer Spaniel is the biggest love dog ever!  She is so gentle and sweet. She is also very timid.  She is SCARED of everything and she despises boxes.   That's not good considering the amount of boxes I receive on a daily basis!

Yesterday, I put her into a box to help her get over her fear.  It didn't work out to well.  Look at the pitiful look on her face.

I thought that Dixie my lab would show some compassion!  But No.... what does Dixie do?  She closes her in the box.  Debbie and I died laughing and swore it was a fluke.  But, it wasn't a fluke.  We would open the box and Dixie would close the box! She did this four times!  It was so comical.  Daisy just sat there.

I know it is mean, but I haven't laughed that hard in a long time.  Poor, poor Daisy!

Lovin' my four legged family,


Monday, October 26, 2009

Blog Award

Thanks to my dear friend Jennifer Bohnart who gave me this adorable Blog Award.  I was asked to pass it on to 5 of my favorite bloggers, so here are my five choices!   I just love their blogs, fun sense of self and cannot wait to hear their answers! So here we go....

1.  Amy
2.  Barbara
3.  Cathy
4.  Debbie
5.  Bren
6.  Brenda

So here is the deal ladies.... The Rules are:
1. You can only use ONE word!!!
2. Pass this along to 6 of your favorite bloggers!
3. Alert them that you have given them this award!
4. HAVE FUN!!!

Now the FUN PART!!!!
1. Where is your cell phone?  stamproom (Ha made it one word)
2. Your hair? bottleblonde (HA AGAIN)
3. Your mother?  Chris
4. Your father?  Blos
5. Your favorite food?  Ice Cream (HA- this is impossible)
6. Your dream last night? Paris
7. Your favorite drink?  Milkshake
8. Your dream/goal? beachouse
9. What room are you in? office
10. Your hobby scrapbooking
11. Your fear?  snakes
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years?  here
13. Where were you last night?  home
14. Something that you aren't?  serious
15. Muffins? Chocolatechip
16. Wish list item? beachouse
17. Where did you grow up?  Florida
18. Last thing you did?  lunch
19. What are you wearing?  workout
20. Your TV?  off
21. Your Pets?  dogs
22. Friends?  lots
23. Your life?  FUN
24. Your mood?  Happy
25. Missing Someone?  CTMHTeam
26. vehicle? jeep
27. Something your not wearing?  makeup
28. Your favorite store?  Brighton
29. Your favorite color?  blue
30. When was the last time you laughed?  today
31. Last time you cried? yesterday
32. Your best friend?  Kent
33. One place that I go to over and over? beach
34. One person who emails me regularly?  Barb
35. Favorite place to eat?  Bonefish

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Do I Scare You? Wicked Witch of the East?

Kent and I are off to a Halloween Super Club party!  We have to dress up as a dead personn.  I have been uncreative and busy, so the only thing I could come up with is a witch costume.  (Stripe socks and all).  Kent says I'm not fooling anyone... that I do not look wicked!!! He says I look more like Glenda, the good witch.  Oh well... I tried. 

Kent is going as Goose from Top Gun.  What can I say... we had no time to put costumes together. 

The party should be great.  I will try to take photos and post them later.

Until then my pretties....


Friday, October 23, 2009

Faith's Pumpkin

Sharing Faith's Halloween Pumpkin!

Stamped Candy Bar Wrapper for Halloween

I am making up a Halloween Pumpkin Basket for Faith, and I decided to add some hand stamped items to it.  Candy bar wrappers are such an easy and quick way to bring a smile to someone's face.  You simply cut the paper to fit, wrap with decorated Background and Texture paper, stamp it up and WOLA... A customized candy bar for any occasion.  In this sample I used Enchanted Background and Texture paper, Black Ink and my favorite stamp set this October... Beware.  Enjoy!


Scrap, Stamp and Chat Club- December

Since I am leaving for Paris on Thursday, I thought it was only appropriate that I scrapbooked photos from my day in Paris last year.  Here is a layout from Workshops on the Go, that I will be teaching in December.  I changed it up a little to make my photos work.  I love the way it turned out. 

6 days and counting!


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Holiday Wreath made out of Jingle Paper!

It is Creative Day at my house today.  I made this cute holiday wreath from the instructions that my friend Julie shared with me!  When I saw this project, I immediately thought of our Jingle Paper.  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the leaves, and the berries are CTMH connections gift - pearls.  Here is a fun tip- take a permanant sharpie marker and color the pearls any color that you like.  It is a fun way to take them from white to BRIGHT!  If you would like to make this project the tutorial  can be found at  Have fun creating.  Jingle, Jingle, Jingle!


Trick or Treat

I am working on Halloween Treats for a costume party that we are attending this weekend.  I used our new stamp set Beware (D1381) and background and texture paper from Tinkerin!  The colors and stamps set make you want to smile and yell... Trick or Treat! Off to make 50 more.  Fun, fun, fun!

Halloween Hugs,


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Around The Holidays Circle Kit and Workshop (December 3)

I am so excited to announce my newest workshop by mail kit and local workshop-Around the Holidays!   Circle Cards are all the rage and no one makes them better than CTMH!  This workshop will teach you how to maximize CTMH's Holiday Around The Holidays Card Kit!  In this class you will make a holiday garland for your fireplace as well as 5 cards AND a decorative tin to store them.  Make these beautiful items for yourself or give them as a gift!  This workshop promises to be Fun, Fun, FUN!

The class will take place at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church in Pensacola on Thursday, December 3rd at 6:30 p.m!  The cost is $25.00 and includes all your supplies!  Please RSVP as seating is limited!  Can't make the workshop- no problem, order your kit by mail! Add $5.00 extra for shipping.  Email me to order your kit or to reserve your spot in this amazing class!

Workshop Kit Includes:
Circle cards, envelopes, ribbon and 3 d foam squares, Circle Tin, Full Instructions
This is a holiday workshop so bring some Christmas Cookies or Cocoa to share!

Circle cards inspired by Lisa Stenz

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Has it been 30 years? EHS Reunion Meeting

Where has the last 30 years gone?  Today I went to an EHS Class of 1980 Reunion Meeting to  help plan  (gulp... I can't believe I am putting this in writing)  our 30th high school reunion.  It was so much fun to see old classmates, most whom I have not seen in 30 years!  We all look a tad bit different- I think we should have worn name tags!!!!  Everyone looks great and we are all still a lot of fun!!!

The tentative date for the reunion is the weekend of June 18, 2110.  More details will follow.  If you graduated from Escambia High School, Class 0f 1980, be sure to join the Facebook Group- Escambia High 1980.  Details will be posted on this group as soon as they become available.

The reunion is going to be FUN, FUN, FUN!  I can hardly wait!


Saturday, October 17, 2009

October Stamp Of The Month Cards

I got a little crazy on Thursday night, as I realized that I had not used the October Stamp Of The Month- Holiday Warmth.  I love the stamp set but just have not had time to play. So, at midnight I created a few samples.  I hope you like them.  I used Jingle Paper (I love that set- can you tell?) and our Creative Basics paper packs.  Inks are markers are:  Twilight, Baby Pink, and Tulip! 

If you would like more information or artwork made with October's Stamp Of The Month, click here. It is not too early to think Christmas!


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Make a Bag out of an Envelope! FUN, FUN, FUN!

How cute are these bags for October?  I am thinking they would make great treats to give to school friends, co-workers or neighbors.  The best thing about these bags are they are ridiculously easy to make and inexpensive at the same time!  All you need is an envelope (any size will work), some background and texture paper,  acrylix stamps and ink!  Papercrafting can't get much easier than that!

Here are the instructions:

1.  Seal the envelope.
2.  Cut it.  You can cut it in half to make two little bags or cut it near one end to make it a little larger.

3.  Fold each side in, 1/2 inch (hot dog fold).  CREASE both sides WELL!  (heavy folding is crucial)

4.  Fold the bottom of envelope up 1/2 inch (hamburger fold).  Crease well. 

5.  Unfold all creases, and stick your hand inside the opening.  With your free hand press down the the bottom of the bag to look like the photo below.  You are reversing the bolds. 

6.   Fold the triangular tips to the inside.  Use a glue dot to secure!

7.  Decorate bags and add a handle.  FUN, FUN, FUN!

Recipe for bag above:
Colonial White Envelope
Enchanted Paper Pack (level 2)
C1324 Spooky Smiles Stamp Set
Autumn Terracotta, Olive and Black Ink
Brads to attach handle to envelope bag!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Princess Card

Just quickly sharing a card I made today.  I used Jingle Paper and Happy Endings Stamp Set!  Enjoy!


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Glitter Mist Christmas Card

I am having so much fun with Glitter Mist.  You can't really see the detail of the Glitter Mist in this photo but in person, it SHIMMERS!  It takes an ordinary snowflake and makes it extraordinary.  Glitter Mist is fast becoming one of my favorite techniques.

Recipe for making your own Glitter Mist:

1.  Find an empty spray bottle.
2.  Mix Pearl Paint, Rubbing Alcohol, re-inker of choice (I used Juniper for this card), and prisma glitter in spray bottle.   I put equal parts of alcohol and paint,  a few drops or re-inker and lots of prisma glitter.
3.  Spray background of card, dimensional element, or accent  (in this card I sprayed the snowflake dimensional element) with glitter mist
4.  Let it dry for about 15 minutes and finish card.

Try this technique... you will love it!

Recipe for Card:

Jingle Level 2 Paper
White Daisy Ric Rac
Twilight Ink
Peace On Earth Stamp Set
Glitter Mist (see recipe above)
Snowflake Dimensional Elements

Have fun creating with Glitter Mist!  I would love to see your Glitter Mist Creations!


Monday, October 12, 2009

Stamp, Chat and Scrap Club so much fun!

Last week was  Scrap, Chat and Stamp club!  We had so much fun celebrating Halloweeen.  I made cupcakes, Maryann brought carrot cake, Debra Kay brought candy and Jennifer made treat bags.  YUM!  We have so much fun in club and we are always looking for fun people to join.  If you live in the Florida Panhandle and want to join a crazy bunch of papercraft artists, please contact me.  We would love to have youjoin our group.

I hope you enjoy the photos.  Did I scare you?  LOL!


Thank You Card from Jen Cox-HAPPY MAIL

My dear friend Jen Cox, and granchild in my downline (my fourth downline- for those of you non- CTMH demonstrators) sent me this beautiful Thank You card.  Isn't it gorgeous?  I love the colors and the design.  The gold embossing used for the sentiment, just made this card POP!  Thank you Jen... you are very talented.  You made my happy, happy, happy, as I love getting happy mail! 

Paper- Free Spirit Level 2 Paper Packet
Autumn Terracotta Ink
Sunflower Cardstock
Embossing Powder- Gold
Stamp Set- D1363 Thank you (THIS IS A MUST HAVE!)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hand Stamped Halloween Nugget Box

It is that time of the year again, where I start making nugget boxes to give away as goodies.  They are fun, simple and inexpensive to make.  WARNING- they can be hazardous to your weight, if you eat the nuggets rather than wrap them!  LOL!

Here is the recipe:
Clear Tin
Enchanted Level 2 Paper Packet
Archival Ink
Merry Monsters Stamp Set
Autumn Harvest Marker Set
Grey Flannel Marker
Watercolor Brush
Black Ribbon
Liquid Glass to adhere eyes and to make the monster look slimy!

Thanks for looking.  I hope you enjoy it!


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Embossed Halloween Card

I made this card to do at Stamp, Scrap and Chat club tonight.  It is a simple yet cute project.  Just in case you want to make one at home, here is the receipe:

Dimension- White Card- 4 x 4
Hydrangea (Purple Paper) 3 3/4 x 3 3/4
Sunflower Circle- 2 1/2 " Circle

Stamp Set: S1319 Creepy Cobwebs
Black Embossing Powder
Versamark Pad
Heat Gun
Black Ribbon

Grace Workshop Slide Show- Featuring Cards and Scrapbook Pages

Dates and details of this class are listed in the post below!

Grace Workshop On The Go- November 4th and 5th- Create Scrapbook Pages or Cards... YOUR choice!

I am so excited about this workshop! The pages and cards are BEAUTIFUL. The photos do not do it justice. In person, these layouts scream with beauty. Here are the details:

Stamp Scap and Chat Local Club- Featuring Grace

Nov 04, 2009; 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM or November 5th at 2:30 P.M or 6:30 P.M.
You must email me to register and hold your spot. Seating is LIMITED!

Basic kit is $29.95 plus shipping and tax.

Make 4 layouts! or Make 12 cards! or Make 2 Layouts and 6 cards!

The choice it yours....

Better Yet... add a few sheets of cardstock and make all the layouts and cards!
Bring your basic supplies- paper trimmer, scissors, adhesive, glue dots, etc.
As always, I will adhesive that you can purchase at class!

Want to add bling to your page? Email me for a shopping list, and order all the extras to make your pages go from ordinary to extraordinary! Click on the link below to view the shopping list!

This workshop is available by Mail. Email me for details.

For those who are attending locally, I will have my coordinating stamp sets out and available for you to use so that you can customize your pages or cards using different stamp sets. You can make the pages "YOUR OWN!"

Hope to see you in class!

See pos

Monday, October 5, 2009

Close To My Heart's Regional Celebration in Minneapolis

I am home from an amazing trip to Minneapolis. Close To My Heart's Regional Celebration was AMAZING! I had planned to keep everyone updated when I was there, but I was too darn busy running around. I think I averaged about 3 hours of sleep a night. They say that a picture is worth a thousand word words, so I am going to spare you the thousand words and let the photos tell the story. ENJOY!