Merry Christmas!

Just wanted to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas
and may this Christmas season be your happiest yet!

(p.s. This is the Christmas card I made for Danny this year. I sure hope he likes it!)


Christmas is almost here!!!!

My favorite time to of the year! Christmas! I love everything about the season and I have certainly gotten into the holiday spirit this year! We did finally get our tree up last weekend but my nativity is still not put together! Yikes! Best get to that today!!!!
Here is a peak of some of my favorite ornaments as they were sitting on my coffee table waiting to be hung on the tree. Our tree is decorated with an ornament from each year of my life as well as handmade ornaments made by me, my mom and my grandma which of course are all very special to me. All of my annual ornaments are very special too because I have been collecting them since I was born! Every year I have gotten an ornament that my Mom either picked out when I was too little or I picked out as I became old enough too. And since getting married Danny and I have continued that tradition. This year our ornament is the one we got when we went on our recent trip to Montreal! What sort of ornaments do you decorate your tree with?Here is my Santa collection! Totally have to control myself to not buy every Santa I see! And hopefully someday when can redo this area of our living room! Those are fake bricks...seriously!!!
And here is our tree in all its festive decor!
OK! Now onto some scrappy projects....
I just wanted to share several of my most recent projects using the fabulous Magistical Memories chipboard and Crystle clear acrylic shapes.

My first is a Christmas ornament I created using the Jumbo Nesting Stars and Holly Frame. I simply cut off the frame part and added glitter and gems to the holly leaves.
Patterned Paper, Die cuts, Letters and Ribbon: Jillibean Soup

For this project I created a children's book using the Barn Book. The story is one we all know well....the nursery rhyme "Old MacDonald had a farm"! I used my Silhouette to cut out the farm animals...aren't they just adorable?!Patterned paper: October Afternoon
Cardstock: Bazzill

My final project is a layout for the November/December challenge to use a mask. I used the Crystle Clear Wrought Iron Swirl as my mask and then sprayed over it with some Glimmer mist. I then offset the acrlyic shape from the masked image. I used the branch from Out on a Limb, dry embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing pattern and then inked it.

Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny, We R Memory Keepers
Flowers: Bo Bunny
Letters and Brads: Pink Paislee
Owls: Sandylion
Glimmer Mist: Tattered Angels

I hope you all are having a great weekend and thanks for stopping by! I am getting so excited only 5 more days until Christmas!!!!

Jolly Old St. Nick

Looking for Christmas gift wrap ideas? You have come to the right place! Today I am sharing with you an elegant gift wrap idea I created using a new, empty paint can I got at a hardware store. I altered the outside of the paint can using the St. Nick line by Bo Bunny. When I showed it to my dad he thought it would be excellent if it was filled with Christmas cookies! I think that was a hint for me dont' you?! LOL!!!

Below the images I have posted a supply list and instructions so you can create one too! I have also included some close ups of the 3D St. Nick and instructions on how to create that element as well.
Patterned Papers: St. Nick Sleigh, St. Nick Mistletoe, St. Nick Sugar Plum, St. Nick Noel
Ribbon: Double Dip Evergreen
Vintage Santa Image: Royce Bair on Smug Mug
(If you search that site you can purchase images for personal use at a really decent price!)
Large paint can (approximately 8 inches tall)
Punches: Martha Stewart
Adhesive: Hot Glue Gun, double sided foam tape, Yes! glue
Distress Stickles and Glitter Glue

1. Cut sixteen 1.5 inch x 7.5 inch pieces of patterned paper. (I cut 4 from 4 different patterns.)
2. Adhere them to the paint can slightly overlapping them and not putting glue on the part that overlaps.
3. Punch six-eight 12 inch strips from cream colored patterned paper and cut them to .75 inches in height.
4. Spray each strip lightly with water and ruffle fold it.
5. Hot glue these around the top and bottom edge of the paint can.
6. Hot glue 3/8 inch ribbon on top of the punched strip around the top and bottom.
7. Punch a strip of patterned paper making it long enough to run along the paint can handle.
8. Hot glue this strip along the handle.
(I punched one 12 inch strip and another 5-6 inches and glued them together. I then trimmed any excess once I had finished gluing it to the handle.)
9. Hot glue 5/8 inch green ribbon on top of the punched strip you just glued to the handle.
10. Tie 2 bows from the 5/8 inch ribbon and hot glue them onto each end of the handle.
3D St. Nick instructions:
1. Download the image and print it 6 times on matte photo paper.
2. Cut out varying sections of the image layering them to create depth based on their position in the original image.
3. Between each layer apply double sided foam tape to create more dimension.
4. Apply Distress Stickles to background image and Glitter glue to Santa's beard for extra sparkle.
5. Mat image on cream colored patterned paper and then on red paper.
6. Adhere to front of paint can.

I hope these instructions are helpful and clear. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via Facebook.

If you are looking for other Christmas gift wrap ideas be sure to check out the Bo Bunny blog for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!

Buttons, buttons!!!

Hi and happy Friday!!! Just wanted to share a LO I created using the new Bo Bunny Persuasion line! I started playing with it, and now I am seriously in love with it! The color combination's of the Bo Bunny lines always win me over and this line has such fun whimsical patterns that can easily be offset with some of the stripes or monochromatic patterns that are part of it! Today our challenge was to create a project using BUTTONS in Christmas colors (such as red, green, pink, blue and white). Well I decided to step outside the box and created a LO that was about me and D. I had recently saw a LO I had created several years ago about when he proposed to me. Then I remembered a recent photo we had taken and I thought it would be fun to do a "then" and "now" LO!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend! I plan to get my Christmas tree up this weekend, so I know the house is going to be a mess for a day or so until it is finished! This is my favorite time of the year and I can't wait to get our house decorated for Christmas! Do you have your tree up yet?

P.S. Oh, and don't forget to check out the Bo Bunny blog to see how the other designers stepped up to this challenge! Plus, I think there might be a little challenge posted for you too!

And the winner is....

The winner of my Thankful for YOU giveaway using the Random number generator is...


Congrats girl!!! You can send me your contact info on either 2peas or!

And thank you to all of you who have stopped by during the Bo Bunny Blog Hop!!!! I have really enjoyed reading your comments! Thank you for putting a smile on my face!!!

Bo Bunny Thankful Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog and the Bo Bunny Thankful blog hop!

Of course, this time of year we all become more aware of all the things that we have to be thankful for in our lives. Some things are more obvious, such as our health or family and others require a bit more thought and contemplation. After doing a bit of thinking myself about what these small things might be in my life, I realized that my list of things that I am thankful for started to grow! I want to share my extended list of thankfulness with you today and ask that you stop and think about some of the maybe small and easily looked over things that you have to be thankful for in your life!

My Thankful List for 2009:
my husband, my parents, my sister and her family, my extended family, my friends, my health, my job and it's paycheck, my co-workers, my creativity, my scrapbook supplies, the manufactures who make them, for being a part of 3 amazing design teams, for my priest and all the priests and religious who have touched my life, the garbage picker upper, the mail delivery person, the farmers who grow and harvest the food I eat, the people who keep the electricity running so I can stay warm/cold and have light, the people who cook food for me at restaurants, the companies who make soap and lotion, for Dr. Pepper and coffee and the companies who make them, for all the doctors and nurses who take care of the patients I work with, for my car, for my house, for our horse Woody, when someone smiles at me as I pass them in the hallwayat work or on the street, when someone says "thank you", for the sunshine and rain, for all the good things God has given me both small and large...

I think I could seriously go on and on! But you get the idea! So you see, when you really break it down, we all really have so many things to be thankful for that we take for granted each and every day!

I hope you are enjoying your time blog hopping for the Bo Bunny blog hop!

Before you leave I wanted to share a Christmas garland I created for an online class I taught last weekend at the crop at ACOT using Bo Bunny's Tis the Season colllection.
For instructions and more detailed photos you can check out a my full tutorial HERE and in my gallery HERE!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend!

Your next hopping spot is Sherry!

Merry & Bright and a giveaway reminder!

Just wanted to quickly share some of the projects I created for ACOT this month using We R Memory Keepers Merry & Bright line! I really enjoyed working with these products and the color combination is so amazing! If you want to check out my full reveal article you can find it HERE!
And I also wanted to remind you all about my giveaway of some old and NEW scrappy stuff! It is open for comments until 12PM on 11/26/09. So leave me a comment at this POST for your chance to win...that is if you are interested!

Thank you for stopping by and may all of you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

Christmas Ornaments!!!

Today I wanted to share with you 2 Christmas ornaments I recently created! They are both created using Bo Bunny's St. Nick line and the first one also uses some Magistical Memories chipboard.
"All Hearts" Ornament
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny St. Nick Sugar Plum and St. Nick Stocking
Embellishments: Bo Bunny St. Nick Home for the Holidays Cardstock Stickers and Holly Berry iCandy Jewels; Red ribbon; Gold cord
Chipboard: Magistical Memories Fancy Frame (2)
You will need 2 of the fancy inside shape and one fancy frame one size larger than the shapes.

  1. Color the larger frame and the 2 smaller inside shapes with a gold krylon pen.
  2. Attach the "All hearts" sticker to the front of one of the fancy shapes.
  3. Hand cut a shape similar to the sticker in green and attach it to the back of the other shape.
  4. Cut 2 shapes out of red paper slightly larger than the fancy shapes and attach these to the back of each fancy shape.
  5. Punch a hole in the center at the top and bottom of the larger frame.
  6. Cut a 6 inch length of gold cord and run it through the holes in the frame and then sandwich in between the other two shapes. (I used double sided adhesive tape to hold it in place.)
  7. Glue the two fancy shapes together.
  8. Tie a 6 inch length of gold cord through the top hole on the frame.
  9. Finish by adding a small red bow and a red gem to the heart.

For my second ornament I used a fun tutorial I found on the internet. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate the original tutorial, so I have attempted to re-create the instructions for you.

"Glitter Star" Ornament
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny St. Nick Stocking and St. Nick
Embellishements: Bo Bunny Holly Berry iCandy Jewels and St. Nick Flowers
Other: Red glitter glue
Punches: Stampin' Up!

  1. Start with a square of patterned paper 3 inches by 3 inches. (You will need 6 of these.)
  2. Fold it in half to form a triangle then fold that triangle in half to form a smaller triangle.
  3. Cut 3 slits, being careful not to cut through the middle.
  4. Open your paper.
  5. Start in the center of the cut pieces. Curl them inward and slightly overlap them. Add glue to the overlapped area to hold them together.
  6. Repeat this with the next two cut pieces, however do it on the opposite side of the first one.
  7. Repeat this process 2 more times, alternating which side you curl them.
  8. Repeat steps1-7 to create 6 of these shapes.
  9. Attach them together one by one using a hot glue gun until you create a star/flower shape.
  10. Finish by embellishing the center as you wish.
Here is a link to a very similar video I found online at wikihow...Paper Snowflake.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dear Santa!!!

Today on the Bo Bunny blog I am sharing 3 different ways to use the Bo Bunny Dear Santa stamp. From the first time I saw this stamp, I knew it would be the perfect stamp to use for creating my Christmas cards this year. I love anything Santa and I have included stamping on my Christmas cards for years!

Here are the cards I created! For more info and detailed instructions stop by the Bo Bunny blog!

Thanks for stopping by!!!!

Thankful for YOU!!!

There are so many ways to say thank you, but this month the Bo Bunny DT was challenged to create a gift that would be a unique way of showing thanks. Not some simple thank you cards here, but something that would be a little more out of the ordinary and different. Well, my mind got to thinking, and I remembered receiving a cookie mix in a jar from my mother one year and thought..."Hey! This would make a great thank you gift!" For me, food is always a great way to say "Thanks!". It's simple, easy to use and it doesn't take up much space! With these thoughts in mind I started searching online for the perfect recipe. After a bit of searching, I found what I was looking for...Sand Art Brownies! Brownies! You gotta love brownies!!! And yes, they are really good! Taste tested and 100% satisfaction guaranteed! LOL!!! So here's how you do it...

"Mixed with Love" - Brownie mix jar
I decorated the outside of a quart jar using Bo Bunny's Kitchen Spice line. I also created a coordinating card that contains a Kitchen Spice recipe card. On the front of the recipe card I wrote the directions on how to use the mix and on the back of the card I wrote the directions and ingredients so they can either make their own Brownie mix jar gift or recreate the recipe. The recipe card is attached to the inside of the card with photo corners so that it can be easily removed and added to a recipe box.

Patterned Paper: Kitchen Spice Allspice, Kitchen Spice Sesame, Kitchen Spice Cloves, Kitchen Spice Ginger, Kitchen Recipe Cards Cut Outs
Cardstock: Double Dot Chocolate Dot and Wildberry Dot
Ribbon: Double Dot Chocolate
Stickers: Lovin' from the Oven

Mix ingredients in a wide mouth quart size jar.

5/8 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup white sugar
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts

Mix the 5/8 cup of flour with the salt. In a clean wide mouth 1 quart jar, layer the ingredients in the order given. Start with the flour and salt mixture and end with the walnuts.

Make sure to include the following directions with your jar on either a tag or like I did.
Sand Art Brownies
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease one 9 x9 inch square baking pan.
2. Pour contents of the jar into a large bowl and mix well.
3. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2/3 cup vegetable oil, and 3 eggs. Beat until just combined.
4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

(Recipe taken from All

Stop by the Bo Bunny blog to see what the rest of the DT created! You are sure to be inspired!!!
Thank you for your visit and to THANK YOU for being YOU, I am going to do another give away. This time it will include some random scrappy goodies...some old and some new! All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what you are thankful for! Post your comment before 12PM on 11/26/09 to be included in a random drawing! And thanks again for stopping by!

Get a jump on Christmas...

on your Christmas cards that is, with the card sketch posted on the Bo Bunny blog! Yours truly created this sketch for the Bo Bunny DT and you to play with! Stop by the Bo Bunny blog to see how the other DT members where inspired by the sketch! I hope you are inspired by it and I would love to see what you create!

Here's the sketch:

Here's my take on it:

Patterned Paper: Tis the Season, Tis the Season Deck the Halls, Tis the Season Stripe
Embellishments: Tis the Season Buttons & Bling
Cardstock: Double Dot Coffee Dot, Double Dot Wasabi Dot
Ribbon: Double Dot Sage Ribbon

Designer tip:
I added dots with a white gel pen to the dots on the Wasabi Dot Christmas tree.

Thanks for stopping by!