Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Years

A safe, healthy and happy New Years to everyone. All the best in 2011.

I took my first copic marker attempt.. the bears and turned them into cards yesterday to send out to my ex in laws and my mother....

Spent the afternoon at the doctor and pharmacy. My daughter has been sick, and I have been sick since Christmas Eve day. Haven't felt good all week. I definitely should have gone sooner to the doctor. I should know better being an asthmatic.. I am now on breathing treatments, antibiotics, steroids and codeine cough medicine.. Hopefully this will kick it so I can get to school feeling reasonable well on Monday. Even not feeling well I enjoyed the after Christmas snow storm and having my family here for the holidays.. Its all about a positive attitude.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

copic markers

Yeah my markers came today.. I ordered them with the xmas money my generous ex-in laws gave me. Instead of a bundle set I choice to order individual colors to get the starter ones Suzanne Dean recommends on her web site. I got them from Great prices and super fast delivery. I was very please. I have been downloading free digi stamps from the Free Digital Stamp blog. I printed the image below from those free ones. These are my first attempt at coloring with copics.. I am happy but a year from now with better practice at light sourcing etc... I am sure I will look back on how crude I think they are. LOL


My copic marker started set I ordered is due to arrived today.. I guess that 2 page layout I designed on my gypsy last night while watching the Eagles implode will have to watch to be cut. LOL

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Monique Griffith Layouts

Her layouts are just stunning. I saw her Thanksgiving layout a while back so I had to order the Thanksgiving cricut cart. I worked all afternoon on my version of her layout. It is mostly done...just need to adhere a few more things and wait for the pictures to be added when my snappish order arrives. Not posting a picture cause I feel it is mostly her design and not my own creativity. I do want to thank her for her generosity for sharing her creativity.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Wallet Card

Last night on the circle blog I asked for male card ideas. Josie 0602 told me she made a wallet card inspired by Bren's Design blog.. Well I looked for Bren's blog but I did not find a wallet card example. I made up my own. I don't know if this resembles the one suggested or not but it is my version of it.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas present to me

okay I ordered a nice Christmas present for myself today,, I do love my ex in-laws. They are very generous to me. Christmas 2007 I bought my first circuit with xmas money from them.. Today I ordered a big...copic order to set my self up with a nice starter set from the xmas ck they gave me. Everyone paper crafts from a different direction. I started with digital scrapbooking when it was in its infant stages and only moved to traditional scrapbooking in 2007.. I joined a scrap group and found that when I was up to date on photos I had nothing to do. Then we had a stamping up demonstrator do a make and take at our scrap night and my expansion to card making followed.. So I arrive at copics round about but I am ready to try a new median. Looking forward to new creative endeavors in 2011. I have edited and uploaded my Thanksgiving and Christmas pictures to snappish so hopefully the markers or pictures will arrive soon since I am off from work for a week.


This is the 3rd time trying to make the post.. keeps locking up. 8 to 12 inches of snow expected. Thats a lot for South Jersey. I was out about 30 minutes ago and took this photo. Trying to keep the car and drive clear to pick my daughter up from work. College students home need to work all the hours they can for money. Eagles game canceled.. BOO

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Everyone.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My Bernard

On his throne that we created for him. He was blind and deaf at this point.


I had to put my Bernie to sleep today.. Strange going from a 3 dog house to just 1 in a little over a month.. Gonna go keep busy and bake some cookies.

Monday, December 20, 2010

pop corn mix bags

I made up a dozen of these bags tonight. The mix is popcorn, peanuts, m & m's and pretzels with white chocolate mixed on it. Then milk chocolate drizzled on again. I got the recipe from the cricut circle. The topper was made with the Imagine and snow angels cart.

I also made up another note card set similar in design to one already posted so I didn't take a picture.

Been trying to bake a little every night to get it done. Tonight I made oatmeal lace cookies and spiced pecans.

Going to bed. Lots to do again tomorrow.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

How many days until Christmas?

What a weekend. Work Christmas party Friday night. Saturday am stocking shopping. See my Brother and his family from Connecticut in the afternoon at my moms. Christmas party Saturday night. Sunday morning my family lit the advent candles at church. Sunday afternoon a see a Christmas celebration at a local theatre.. Now finally trying to start my holiday cookie baking.. Gotta run and get a batch out of the oven.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Its only 8:50 and I am going to bed. Soo tired teaching little 5 year olds this time of year. Plus I have both of my children home and we are running.

When my ex husband left when my daughter was in 5th grade. I would read a page of Harry Potter and she would read a page. We both got hooked and would fight over who had the next book when it came out. Then the movies started and we would go to the midnight showings. Well with her at college and then working thanksgiving weekend when she was home we finally went today after I got done work. YEAH. One more movie to go.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

I love my kids

My twenty something kids went with me to the charity Christmas party today,,, I just so feel that it brings us closer as a family to do something for others less fortunate than us together. I am so proud of them...

We then shopped for everything we need to make xmas cookies and the main staples for Christmas dinner with the last minute stuff yet to come.


Not sure when I will get time to craft anytime soon.. :( Today I am off to work a charity Christmas party for local needy families. My church combines with another to provide it. My church organizes the children's gift room. The children get to come in and pick out gifts to give their parents or guardians. We wrap them and and they decorate cards. We hope this helps teach the children that Christmas is also about giving and not just receiving.

My daughter arrived home from college last night.. I am glad to have her home but with that we now have to make a decision about our Bernie dog. He is in a bad way and I think it is his time. We will probably make an appointment to put him down next week. He is blind, deaf, having back trouble, starting to have accidents in the house... the list goes on. He has had a wonderful life since we rescued him 7 years ago from a shelter. He had a bad life till we got him. He had been a stray. He had teeth damage where he might have been kicked. He is so lovable... never understood how anyone could do that to him.. Just gonna love him till we decide.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Jolly Holidays

I have to say that I am sorry that I did not get the Jolly Holly cricut cart. I am seeing such cute things made with this.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

more pictures

I just about finished my son's book that has all his undergrad and graduate school pictures in it for him. Here are two more pictures from the book. I included that really blurry picture in the book because that was him actually getting his diploma. It was a bummer that it rained for his graduate school and it was inside.

finally some pictures

I needed to make a few more quick Christmas cards so I created this using the Imagine and the snow angle cart.
The picture is a little blurry but I did add the jelly roll glitter pen to the berries and in person it adds a little something extra.

Monday, December 6, 2010


So sorry I am behind in taking and posting pictures. Hope to put something up tomorrow night. Wrapped presents tonight, decorated hot chocolate jars and cut then assembled a 2 page layout that I designed yesterday on the gypsy. Tomorrow I will be tired.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

holly tree

It is mostly sunny and 37 outside here in southern NJ at 3 pm. This holly tree is in my back yard.

Saturday, December 4, 2010


Over the course of last year I made 60 homemade Christmas cards.. How can that not be enough??
Guess what I am doing tomorrow? I got all my mailing cards ready to go tonight but I don't have any left for the ones I hand deliver at church.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thursday night scrapbooking

What did I take with me?? School work. Pain in the, oh well you get the idea to collate and assemble alphabet books for my 35 plus BSI students but they really do love the predictable books. It makes them feel like readers!!! Plus they take them home and practice reading again and again. I assembled enough to take me into mid January with doing one letter of the alphabet a week.

For some reason my creativity is a little lacking as of late and I need to get myself back in the groove. I think less time on blogs and more time crafting might do it.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

shopping just about done!

All I have left to do is stocking stuff and make a donation to a charity for my ex-father in law. He says he needs nothing so I donate to the local animal shelter as his Christmas gift. I have to finishing wrapping and then I can get back to crafting and enjoying the holidays.