Monday, December 31, 2012

wine bottle topper

My friend had a last minute open house on Saturday so I picked up a bottle of NJ cranberry wine and made this really fast topper for the bottle. Quick, simple and cute.  I used a Papertrey ink die for the cut out, MCT stamp and odds and ends papers.

Yesterday was a fabulous day. I haven't done tons of running this holiday with this terrible sinus, ear and now chest congestion but I ran yesterday!!! I went to brunch with my son at cheesecake factory and then we hit tons of stores followed by dinner with my mom. I love spending the day with him. I miss him living home.

I do feel that I turned the tide and am starting to get better... It's been 3 weeks since it started but I feel I am finally makin progress in the right direction with this bug!!!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

another happy hexagon

I also used a fillable frame die with matching stamp from papertrey ink.

Friday, December 28, 2012

In love....

I am in love with my happy hexagon stamp set and coordinating die from Papertrey ink!! I got it from my daughter for Christmas...okay I asked for it but you don't always get everything you ask for. I got to play a little last night to create this card. It takes a while to stamp all the hexagons but it is that perfect mindless work that is so relaxing if you know what I mean. You are gonna see a lot more hexagons coming up. PS the happy birthday stamp should have been a little lower for balance but hey its hand made and not perfect.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Merry Christmas...late

Merry Christmas! I am late posting due to just trying to get better. I took the few extra days before Christmas to just read and relax. Christmas day I felt worse then ever so back to the doctor I went yesterday. I have a new antibiotic that I hope will kill this sinus and ear infection once and for all. I feel like I have been sick forever...3 weeks is a long time! Yesterday was nasty weather and I just wanted to play with my new cricut cartridges but my daughter was sleeping and the machine sometimes wakes her up so I spent the day editing all my Holiday photos and creating storyboard picture collages. When my daughter got up for work I finally started to play. She got me the Imagine Better Together cartridge so I used it to make 6 thank you cards I need to send out. 3 I used stickles, 3 I used glossy accents. I used the gelly role stardust pen on both and some pop-ups. I got create a critter 2 and some fun papertrey ink stamps for Christmas... Wish I could play more today but I am off shortly to take my SIL for a procedure on her knee.

Monday, December 17, 2012

The week before...

No matter how much I do ahead for the holidays the week before is my baking week. I try and do a little something everyday. Saturday night I made 4 pounds of spiced pecans. 2 pounds for my SIL and 2 for me. Sunday I went to church, had Christmas play tickets with my mom, went to dinner with her after, went back to church for a carol sing on the church lawn(okay porch cause it was sprinkling) came home and mixed up the cream cheese cookies to freeze in logs to slice and back later this week. Today I went to work, rushed out to the doctor after. I have infected sinuses and a double ear infection. Gee....I feel like one of my students. I headed back to church for the Monday third meal. We had extra people to feed tonight cause my church is hosting some homeless families this week. I mashed a ton of potatoes I tell ya and washed a ton of dishes. I came home and made a batch of coconut macaroons, some with chocolate kisses pressed in the center. While I have the cookies in the fridge for the chocolate to harden I made these toppers for 2 snack sized bags filled with the spiced pecans for the secretaries at work. The folded shape is a stock image on the imagine. I filled it with color from snow angels. The flower pot image is from that cart as well with some stickles added. I also cut letters on the silhouette for an over sized envelope I had to make using my Martha Stewart scoring board. My kids got their uncle a Harley Davidson Gift card for xmas and the blooming card in an over sized card with no envelope??? Really???

Tomorrow night is a double batch of oatmeal lace cookies...My kids current favorite. They take for ever to make cause the spread out so much you have to really space on the pan then you have to allow them to cool slightly on the pan before you try to lift on... I cook them on parchment paper.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Heavy Heart

I've had a huge heavy heart since Friday. As a kindergarten BSI teacher my heart is broken. I'm going through the motions right now but feelin anger at the news journalist putting microphones in front of kids who have just endured the unimaginable. I will go to work tomorrow with a renewed sense of responsibility for student safety. Next week is supposed to be baking cookie week. I hope I can lift my spirit to get it done.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

hit a dead end

Wow I was on a crafting high... till tonight. Got home tonight at 6:30 after several meetings after school (I can leave at 2:30 but we all know teachers who leave on time just bring work home to work on around their families schedules) and what do I have... The sinus headache from.... we won't say!!! I was hoping to finish my layout sets for Thursday but its not to be. I'm gonna semi recline and watch me some HGTV then hit the sack by 9. That should fix me up for teaching my sister-in-law how to make spiced pecans for the holidays tomorrow night.

Birthday gift bag

The stickles on this got a few blobs but I'm using it anyway. The stamp is from stampin up. I used the sweet treats cricut cart and the Imagine Mr. Frosty. It is to coordinate with a craft colored card base card I made with cupcakes a while back.

Monday, December 10, 2012


I finally got some quality crafting time. Yesterday I glittered the inside of these balls, then let them dry overnight before before putting the tops on. Tonight I cut and applied the vinyl. I caught up my smash book and worked on a layout set to put together on Thursday night at scrapbooking. Of course I took a big pack of green card stock into school I bought at staples and that is the color I need to finish the layout. LOL ALWAYS right??? I also played with my Imagine last night. I haven't done a print and cut in a while. I'll try and post that picture tomorrow.