Mojo Monday!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Hello! I am back!!! Sorry for the long non-posting period. I just got to unpack my scrapbook room yesterday... and today in the mail this adorable stamp showed up and I had to ink her up! Her name is Nurse Anya and she is from Pink Poison. I am so glad to be back in my little scraproom! So, today is Mojo Monday... Here is my card I made. You can view the sketch HERE.

Recipe -
Paper - CTMH, Perfect Day, Cocoa and Colonial White
Sticker - CTMH, the scallop border is from the Perfect Day MyStickese
Ink - CTMH, cocoa & tulip
Stamp - Pink Poison, Nurse Anya & CTMH, Smile is from Thoughtful Seasons
I also used Prismacolor pencils to color her in - Rouge, Jasmin & Beige

Enjoy! Additionally, these cards are for sale at $2 each and can be made with different background paper. Also, I have the Kokoyo Adhesive Permanent refills available for sale at $5 each. And if you don't have a recent CTMH catalog LMK and I can get you one. Please email me at for more information :)

Rachel Ray!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

So, last night DH and I went to a Borders Bookstore in Marietta to try to win tickets to Miracle on Peachtree - a FREE concert with David Cook and a few others... I really want to go, but didn't win the tickets. There are a few more places this week to try to win them so I might check them out and try again. Anyways, a few hours before we left for Borders I found out that Rachel Ray was going to be there signing her Big Orange Book Cookbook so we left earlier to buy a few books - got a ticket with a number on it then had to wait for our ticket number to be called before we could get in line... 4 1/2 hours later we left Borders! She was very nice but could tell her hands were getting tired of signing so many books - probably about 1500!!! The books and tickets sold out :) Here are a few pictures from last night...

Digi layout - Kinley

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Hello! I have been working on this one for a few days... this is the first lesson from Jessica Spragues Digi in Deep! Let me tell you the tag & ribbon was a little challenging but I think I pulled it off :) What do you think? Let me a comment!!!

Digi Layout - Guinness!

Friday, December 5, 2008

I miss my scrapbook supplies! Our moving journey is going very slow, we hope to move into our new house late next week! But, I wish I could play with my scrapbook stuff today... I recieved the new Spring 2009 CTMH catty this week and there is some really nice things, I can't wait to share!!! Anyways, since I can't participate in the challenges and such that I miss dearly... I decided to make a digi page :) I haven't done digi layouts in months and simply needed some refreshing. I took Jessica Spragues classes this past year and so I decided to pick back up where I left off... still a few classes behind, LOL. Anyways, here is my layout I made from our afternoon at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin (from February) I am still working on my digi book from that trip :) I think this is page 10 & 11... Anyways, enjoy!

MojoMonday - Sketch 61

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Yeah! I had time to squeeze in another sketch before we move!!! This is the Mojo Monday sketch that can be found HERE.

I have been trying to use up some of my CTMH papers (new ones are coming soon!) so, these cards I used the Boom-Di-Ada paper pack, my Stickease are used for the scallopped bottom and the tag, hollyhock twill and colonial white twill were used behind the tag and a hollyhock concho and garden green brad were used in the tags. Additionally I stamped Happy Birthday using Octobers SOM - Annotations in Barn Red ink, I also distressed the edges using the Barn Red ink. Enjoy!

TMTT - Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Monday, November 17, 2008

Yesterday I was in the mood for some soup - probably because of our little Florida coldsnap... which is preparing us for the coldness of Atlanta... I found this recipe on for this Slower Cooker Chicken Taco Soup and made it last night - I took this picture after I added some cheese, chips and sour cream... YUMMY!!!!

You can find the recipe HERE

As always check out Blessed with Grace's Blog for more yummy recipes!

Friday - TECC & AmyR Sketches!

Friday, November 14, 2008

TGIF! This week has flown by... what else is new? I spent a few days at my parents house with my sister and niece it was nice to see them before we move :) The moving van is coming in a week - oh, my! We are pretty much ready since they will be doing the packing for us and we just have to make sure we set aside what we'll need for a week or two until we move into the new house - fun stuff! Well, I think tonight is my last opportunity to play in my scrapbook room so I am taking advantage while my DH is out having some beers with a friend... Today is Friday so I have 2 sketches for you :) TECC and AMYR - I decided to go nice and simple tonight... do you like them???

TECC Recipe
Paper - CTMH Creative Basics Evensong, Cranberry Cardstock, Colonial White Cardstock
Sticker - Families... is a sticker from the Evensong My Stickease pack
Accessories - CTMH square bling and CTMH Colonial White brads
Ink - CTMH Olive used to distress the edges

AMYR Recipe
Paper - CTMH Colonial White Cardstock
Stamps - Snowflakes are CTMH Feathery Flakes and sentiment is CTMH Festive Thoughts
Ink - CTMH Juniper, Crystal blue and Indian Corn blue
Accessories - used Liquid Glass and mini bling on snowflakes

TECC41 - Sketch Challenge

Monday, November 10, 2008

Another sketch challenge! This one is from Taylored Expressions... she has a new sketch every Friday. This is from 11/7 - I was hoping to do it over the weekend but I had no time for playing this weekend it flew by too fast! So, this is #41 (The TECC stands for Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge, you don't have to use cupcakes!) I hope you like it...

Stamps are from My Favorite Things, Serenity Now
Paper is from CTMH, Perfect Day, Tulip Cardstock
Ink is CTMH, Cocoa
Sticker in corner, brads (sorbet) and scalloped sissors used are CTMH

Amy R's Friday Sketch #45

Friday, November 7, 2008

TGIF! I decided to try another sketch challenge... they are so fun! I hope I can keep this up although there will be a few weeks while I am moving that I won't get to play but hopefully I can get back into the swing of things fast! This sketch is from Amy at

Recipe - I used the Junkitz Salsa papers and chipboard for this card and CTMH black ink to distress the edges.

Card - Enchanted Blessings

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Hello! I made this card a few days ago and was going to wait til it was closer to Thanksgiving but... I didn't have anything else to post today and I have been on a roll all week so didn't want to miss a day :) This card is made with all CTMH product. Below are the supplies... Enjoy!

Paper - Enchanted Paper Pack, Smokey Plum and Sunflower cardstock
Cuttlebug was used on the Smokey Plum paper using the dots embossing folder (Thanks Joni!!!)
Stamps - Give Thanks (D1110)- I watercolored them with our watercolor pencils (not a great job, I need to buy some Copic's!)
Brad - Sunflower and Ribbon - Garden Green
Ink - Archive Black

TMTT - Sweet & Sassy Pumpkin Seeds

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Today is Tuesday - I am here to Tempt Your Tummy! I have been trying to do recipes on Tuesdays (got the idea from my SIL Kari, from this blog, I think I missed a few Tuesdays... anyways... we didn't carve our pumpkin this year, just left it plain - that meant that I still had seeds in there :) I have never tried or really heard of eating pumpkin seeds but a coworker of mine brought some in last week and they were yummy. I then saw this recipe on this blog, and decided to try it... Here are a few pictures and let me tell you they are yummy!

1 medium pumpkin
5 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp.salt
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
Pinch of cayenne pepper, to taste
1 1/2 Tbsp. peanut oil

Preheat oven to 250 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut pumpkin open from the bottom, removing seeds with a long-handled spoon. Separate flesh from seeds, and reserve the flesh for another use (that over-achiever Martha would like for you to save it to make pie filling). Pumpkin should yield 1 cup seeds. Spread seeds on parchment in an even layer. Bake until dry, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour. Let cool.

In a medium bowl combine 3 tablespoons sugar, salt, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne. Heat peanut oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add pumpkin seeds and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Cook until sugar melts and pumpkin seeds begin to caramelize, about 45 to 60 seconds. Transfer to bowl with spices, and stir well to coat. Let cool. These may be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Mojo Monday - Sketch 59

Monday, November 3, 2008

Happy Monday! I have never really done a sketch before let alone off someones blog... I've been wanting to because they always look so good! Well, this morning I decided to go for it!!! This Sketch is #59 off the Poetic Artistry blog ( she posts a new one every Monday :) So, here is the sketch and here is my card that I made. I used all CTMH products on this card. The background paper is from Perfect Day (in the new catalog - do you need a new Winter catalog? LMK ) The flower and One of a Kind is actually stickers from the Perfect Day My Stickease set. I used clear buttons and mounted them on Juniper cardstock (new color!) and used natural hemp to tie thru the buttons, also everything is distressed using cocoa ink - I hope you like :)

November CTMH SOM!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Another great SOM from CTMH! All Decked Out - D1308, only available during November!
I made these 2 cards using all CTMH product except the background is done with the cuttlebug embossing folder with snowflakes (Thanks Joni for letting me borrow!) I also got the inspiration for this card from other CTMH consultant but I changed it quite a bit :) The first card I used Sweet leaf and blush and the second card I used 2 of our new colors, Juniper and creme brulee - not sure which one is my favorite... Enjoy!!!

I voted today!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sold our house!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Yes, we have sold our house! We are so relieved :) We close on our house here in Florida on 11/24 and close on our new house - pictured here on the left - on 12/1!!!

Free class!!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Hello all! In case you don't read Jessica Spragues Blog or have been to her website lately... she is having a FREE class - check it out - she is a DigiScrapper genius and I've taken 4 classes off her website... LOVE them all!!! I still need to finish the last one :) I am not sure if I will actually do the project of this class as it seems you will need to tell stories and I am horrible at that. BUT.. I am sure I will learn something :) So, join in on the free class and have a blast!!!

Moving Book

Saturday, October 25, 2008

So... as most of you know we are moving :) DH and I are very excited... our house is pending on a sale - so cross your fingers!!! Anyways, DH and I were compiling all our "moving documents" and notes on multiple pieces of scrappaper etc and I figured I'd just make us a little notebook :) Isn't it cute?

Cookie Layout

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I made a scrapbook page today!!! This is from last year when my mom, sister and I made cookies at my parents house... I am going to miss that this year if we move before Christmas (crossing my fingers!). In this layout - that I am adding to my Christmas Album - I used Creative Imaginations background paper (Sweet Tooth & Rolling Pins), Sweet tooth sticker sheet (lots left), CTMH Chocolate Cardstock, CTMH White Bigger Brad and Thickers Chipboard letter for the title {COOKIES}. Enjoy! P.S. I have leftover paper and stickers... anybody want to come get them???

More Halloween Cards!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Not sure why I am in the creepy Halloween mood... but I am being drawn to this new stamp set - Creepy Cobwebs! Here I used all CTMH product. Black, Daisy white and Hydrangea cardstock. Black, Sunflower, Goldrush and Autumn Terracotta ink. The Creepy Cobwebs stamp set and the Say it in Style stamp set with a little bling on the cobwebs! I got this idea off one of my fellow CTMH blogger's - there is such creativity out there - thank you for the inspiration!!! Enjoy :)

Halloween Cards!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Its getting close to Halloween... here are a few cards that I made yesterday! I got the idea from a fellow blogger :) I used the Luxe paper that I won months ago and hadn't used yet, Goldrush CTMH cardstock, CTMH Happy Halloween from Say It In Style & CTMH spider is from Creepy Cobwebs. Enjoy!

Christmas Card Workshop

Are you ready to make some Christmas cards??? Get a head start! My workshop is going to be Friday, November 7th - anytime from 4pm til 8pm - come and make as many cards as you like!!! RSVP with the amount of each card you'd like to make and I will precut everything for you - everything is included in this workshop even the adhesive!!! Price is 3 cards for $5. Are you thinking that you LOVE these cards but don't have the time to make them??? Well, I can make them for you!!! Just email me privately and I will let you know the additional cost for my time to make them :) Looking forward to seeing or hearing from you...


Wow - it was a long week! Now the weekend is almost over... Yesterday we celebrated my DH's parents - Jerry & Gloria's 50th Wedding Anniversary! Their anniversary isn't until December but they wanted to have to party before all the holiday excitement started :) The party turned out wonderful, I think everyone had a good time - there was LOTS of dancing going on! Here are a few pictures from the evening...


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Its October and like 18 days till Halloween :) Have you picked out your costume yet?

I needed a little time alone in my studio tonight and wanted to make something fun. I got this idea off a blog somewhere ( I think it was LUXE ) last year and knew I wanted to make one of these before Halloween. I found the perfect frame at Hobby Lobby last week when I was in GA - yes, I will have a HL within 15 minutes of my new house (if the deal goes thru!)!!! So, tonight this is what I made...

I used the Rusty Pickle Adamms Family paper from last year, the alphabet letters are from the CTMH Friendship Stamp set(the promotion stamp set last month - I do have 2 sets of them for sale if you are interested :) Also, the spider web stamped in the background is CTMH from an awesome new set called Creepy Cobwebs. I hope to make a few cards with this stamp set soon too... Enjoy!

6x6 Accordian Album

Time for some artwork... I really meant for this blog to showcase the artwork/stamping/scrapbooking projects that I do, but lately it seems to be an outlet to share pictures from family get togethers or adventures of some sort :) Sorry for the lack of artwork!!!

I made this CTMH 6x6 Accordian Album a few weeks ago. My friend Margaret in Iowa was getting married and I wanted to make her something handmade... 6x6 album was perfect and since I had 2 of them I decided to make one for myself too! I haven't added pictures yet but I think I am going to do pictures from our wedding :) So, here is what I made minus the pictures.

Saturday & Sunday

Sunday, October 5, 2008

It was a great weekend! We could have not asked for better weather... seems its going to get colder this week also :) We looked at new property again yesterday, the subdivision we liked didn't have anymore basement models available but we wanted to look at additional floorplans so we did some driving to other subdivisions by the same builder to see them, fun times. I did end up liking a different model - that was actually the cheapest, LOL! Then last night we had dinner with my cousins Jade and Jessica and her DH T.J. then after the worst service EVER at Applebees we went to my other cousin Chrissy's house that I haven't seen in years and visited with her and her DH Nathan - it was a nice evening. I can't wait to move up here! This morning we had a slow start but drove around a few other neighborhoods... then went on a boat ride - my uncle Mark has a huge Pontoon boat - so 10 of us headed out for a ride and had some yummy hotdogs on the grill we cooked on the boat :) I only took the little camera on the boat and it didn't seem to take any good pictures today probably because of the sun and I didn't have any good angles... anyways here is one with my 2 favorite cousins that I love dearly!!!

Tomorrow (Monday) I will be heading out with a realtor to look at some existing properties... wish me luck!

House Hunting Trip #1

Friday, October 3, 2008

So... we drove up to GA on Thursday (after spending $900 on the Liberty, UGH!) to start our house hunting process :) We are having such beautiful weather so far, low 80's today and like 60's tonight = perfect (IMO), LOL! Anyways, today we looked at 6-7 new subdivisions, they started running together after 3-4 since some are similar... all I can say is thank goodness you get more house for your money here! The question is how much house do I actually want to clean instead of how much house can I afford, lol. We found one community here in Cumming that we really like and actually my cousin and her DH are hoping to move into the same community next year. They have so many floorplans to choose from and they are huge, like 4 & 5 bedrooms!!! So, we are going to go back tomorrow and look at the smaller models then we can afford to put in a basement instead of having an extra bedroom/bath, not all the lots have a basement so we have to see what is available, etc. Here are a few pictures of 2 of the models from this subdivision - nice huh? Still need to sell our house, we did get an offer this week BUT it was absolutely way too low!!!! I hope we have another offer soon :) Have a great weekend!

TMTT - Baby Back Pork Ribs RUB!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Oh my, this rub is so good! We made this over the weekend while camping :) Welcome back to TMTT :)This recipe comes from Rachel Ray's June 2008 Magazine -

Serves 6 - Prep 15 minutes - Cook 1 hour 10 minutes (We cooked our ribs in a smoker so it took way longer as its a different method of cooking)

3 Tablespoons paprika
2 Tablespoons crushed red pepper (this makes the ribs super hot, so be careful!)
1 1/2 Tablespoons onion powder
1 1/2 Tablespoons garlic powder
1 1/2 Tablespoons dried basil
1 1/2 Tablespoons dry mustard
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons ground ginger
Salt and Pepper to taste
6 1/2 lbs baby back ribs
3 tablespoons vegetable oil

In a small bowl, combine all dry spices. Preheat the grill to medium. Arrange ribs on a large baking sheet and rub on both sides with the oil, then season generously with the spice mixture. Cover the baking sheet tightly with foil and grill, with the cover down, until the meat is tender, about 1 hour. Remove the foil and place ribs on the grill. Cook turning once, until lightly charred, about 10 minutes. YUMMO!

Fort Desoto

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hope everyone had a great weekend! DH and I left on Friday to go camping at Fort Desoto Park. I love camping but I think camping in a tent is starting to wear on me... I think I would enjoy it more if I had my own shower and didn't have to walk to the bathrooms in the middle of the night in the dark, LOL! Anyways, we went with my parents (who have a small RV) for Friday night then on Saturday afternoon, my sister/DH and the 3 crazy little ones came down from Orlando for the night thru this morning. We had a great time playing cards, cooking out, using our smoker to do some ribs, fishing (mom caught 3 fish!), bike rides, actually walked thru the Fort and the Musuem, etc... I took over 150 pictures this time since the kids are so adorable! Here are a few of my favorites :)