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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Altered Target Mailbox

The mailboxes from the Target Dollar Spot seem to be all the rage lately, so I decided to give altering one a try.  I left it somewhat simple but think it still turned out cute.  I gave this mailbox along with some coloring books and box of crayons to the little girl mentioned in my previous post.

A Couple of Cards

A co-worker's nearly 4 year-old daughter has been pretty sick the last couple of weeks - she's been diagnosed with Henoch–Sch├Ânlein purpura.  A group of us wanted to let them know we were thinking of them so we took up a collection to get some frozen meals for them so mom wouldn't have to worry about cooking and could focus on her daughter and family.  To go along with the gift, I made a couple cards for everyone to sign and let them know our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Blog Candy

Hope everyone is staying nice and warm!  We got about 7" of snow here overnight - so I'm stuck at home today and trying to stay nice and cozy.  I've been surfing through some blogs and came across some Blog Candy on The Paper Crafting Place blog.  Stop on by and enter for your chance to win one of 2 prizes.  While you are there, check out her gorgeous cards!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Blog Candy

Erika over at Taylord Concepts is giving away some fabulous blog candy in honor of her Blogoversary.  You have got to go check out her site to check out her creations - as well as her blog candy.  Deadline to enter is January 31, 2010 - Good Luck!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Challenge Blog - The Gypsy Spot

Have you been by The Gypsy Spot yet?  If not, you need to pop on over and check it out.  They've changed their weekly challenges in order to allow more Cricut users to participate - you no longer have to have the Gypsy or Design Studio to just have to include some Cricut cuts.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Daily Craft Challenge

Tonight I decided to join Kathy and Samantha of the Cricut message boards in their daily challenge to scrap for 45 min to an hour.  At first I wasn't sure what to work on....and decided to work on a card.  My original thought was to make a Valentines Day card...but I think this card could be used for any occasion.

Blog Candy

Michele over at Scrap - n - Dance has some really awesome Blog Candy up for grabs.  She is giving away a European Decor Cricut Cartridge.  How awesome is that?  Hurry on over and enter for your chance to win before January 31, 2010.  She'll be posting the winner around 5 pm CT that day.

Good Luck everyone!

Coupons for 01/17/10 - 01/23/10

Here are some coupons for this week.  Hope you find them useful.

Note:  The Michael's coupon is only valid at select stores.

Happy Shopping!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Time for Cards

I went to a crop last night hosted by a dear friend of mine, who is also a Creative Memories consultant.  Vicki holds the crops every month and I've been going faithfully since I started attending her crops last year.  I wasn't really in much of a scrappin' mood when I was heading over -- had a rough couple of days at work -- but once I got there I had a lot of fun (as always). :-)

Anyway, I didn't take much in the way of materials with me and figured I would go ahead and make a few cards.  In the 4 hours I was there, I made a total of 4 cards.  Not much...but I had a great time socializing and spending time with dear friends.

Here are the cards I made....

Playing with Paper's Blog Candy

Melissa over at Playing with Paper is give everyone a chance to win some great Blog Candy in honor of her birthday.  I've put in my can go over and enter also.  Definitely go over and check out her new blog.
Good Luck!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Enter to Win Some "Winter Blues" Blog Candy

"What's the Scoop" you ask? Well, the new Paper Popsicles blog, "What's the Scoop" is giving away some fabulous Blog Candy. They are calling it the "Winter Blues RAK" since all of the items are blue.

To enter for a chance to win, you'll have to go by their blog before the deadline which is 4:00 pm CST on Sunday, January 17, 2010.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Enter to Win

Becca over at Nap Time Journal is offering up a really cute owl as Blog Candy.  The giveaway ends January 17, 2010, so hurry on over to enter before time runs out.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Simple & Elegant Birthday Card

Tomorrow, or rather today (as I realize what time it is), is the birthday of a friend and co-worker.  I had planned on making her a card tonight after I got home from work; however, as I didn't get home until after 11 pm (after a 13 1/2 hr day) I really debated on doing so.  Even my hubby said, "Go buy a card - you have to stop on the way to work to fill up your car."  As tired as I was, I decided to go ahead and go with my original plan and make her a card.  My goal is to make more cards and buy less - especially since I have a ton of paper and keep buying more and more scrapbook materials. :-)

I originally started out with another card - but after getting almost done, decided I didn't like the colors of the card and how it turned out.  So, I started over and ended up with the one pictured.  It's very simple...but I like how it turned out.  I hope she does as well.

Sorry the pics aren't that great - but my camera battery is about dead and I wanted to be sure to take the pictures and post them before I take the card to work tomorrow and give it to her.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Simple Thank You Card

I recently switched departments at work and my co-worker gave me some homemade cookies and also bought me lunch as a token of her appreciation.  She also wrote me a very sweet note.

So, I needed a Thank You card to show my appreciation at her very sweet and thoughtful gesture.  Tonight, I decided to go ahead and make one instead of using a store bought card.

It's a very simple card - but I like the way it turned out.  I didn't want a bunch of embellishments on this one.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Michael's Super Weekend Sale

Get 20% off your entire purchase - including the sale items at Michael's this weekend.  The coupon is only valid for a certain time period on Saturday and Sunday.  Enjoy!  I know I'll be going by this weekend to get some goodies. :-)

Monday, January 04, 2010


This post isn't craft related but I'm so excited right now I just had to share.  My Barnes & Noble e-reader, the nook, arrived today.  My mom and dad bought it for me as a combined birthday/Christmas present and we ordered it while I was home for Thanksgiving knowing they were on back order and I wouldn't get it until January 2010.  Well, after patiently waiting...and stalking the UPS site once mom forwarded me the tracking # yesterday, it finally arrived early this afternoon.  Unfortunately, I didn't get home until around 8 pm....all afternoon I could barely concentrate on anything but getting home to my nook.  :)

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Organizing my Cartridges

I decided to start off the new year by organizing my cartridges and making them easier to transport to/from crops.  Carrying them around in their boxes gets to be too much...and takes up a lot of room.

On the cricut message boards there is a thread that has links to the handbooks that have been printed to pdf files with 6 pages per sheet.  I've started printing those out for the cartridges I have and am putting them in a binder with sheet protectors.  Thanks to Scubascrapper for the idea.

New Look....

I decided to start the new year off with a new look.  I'm not quite 100% sure that I'll stay with this theme...but I like it for now.

Let me know your thoughts!  If you have a template site to share or know a easy-to-use tutorial site on designing your own blog themes, I'd appreciate it if you would share.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! 

I hope everyone had a joyous and blessed holiday season.  I've been MIA on my blog for a while has kept me busy and I haven't had as much time to "play".  I've still been doing some crafting but not as much.  Additionally, with the holidays, time was limited for playing also...I'm sure everyone can relate.

Our Thanksgiving was nice....we made the trip to Missouri to visit my parents and brother.  It was a long drive (about 14 hours) but well worth it.  I had a great time and enjoyed spending time with my family.  It was my husbands first trip back to Missouri since he left in 2001 (after getting out of the military).  I've always gone back home to visit alone...but when we got married 2 1/2 years ago we decided we would change our holiday's around a bit and instead of spending all holidays with his family, who also reside in NC, we would spend Thanksgiving with my family and Christmas with his.  Unfortunately, that didn't work out so well the last 2 Thanksgivings for various reasons....but all fell into place this year and it was fabulous.
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