Thursday, December 29, 2011

ScrapTastic Thank You

CHRISTmas Thank You's

My Scrap box is overflowing Jessica can't keep up;)
I used up some the other day creating thank you cards for my kiddos to send out.
The circles are punched at 1"
Using PTI and SU paper scraps
The sentiment is from PTI  Botanical Silhouettes

God Bless.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy Hello

I am always short on cards this time of year after gifting and donations etc.  I had to find something that I liked and was quick.  Bonus doing this used up lots of 12 by 12 paper I have.  Get rid of it quick and get a new stock pile for submissions;)
I took and envelop apart carefully, traced and cut it out.  
Then I stamped a greeting in the corner leaving lots of room for writing.
Simple and I like the results, in no time I had a good stack.

Happy Creating, God Bless!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Live in the SUNSHINE

Live in the Sunshine
Swim in the Sea
Drink the wild Air
Ralph Waldo Emerson
This should be my Mantra;)

Here is a card I made using the quote.

Inside of the card...

All pieces were cut at 6"
inside done with computer/printer and punches.

Happy Stamping, God Bless.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Pretty Angry Skeletons

Jessica in her new Angry Bird shirt now she matches Mom.  Yep, we are Angry Bird junkies!
She wanted an iPad for CHRSITmas no, she did not get one because that would be insane.
The ground is so dry, no measurable snow to date.  

I received the most Beautiful book for CHRISTmas thought I would share that as well...
You can read a preview and see some pics on this link

I hope you had a Beautiful CHRISTmas with your family and friends.  God Bless.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Subway Art

Yesterday I shared with you the free links for CHRISTmas subway art you can find the links here
I was waiting for night because there are so many shadows in this room during the day for picture snapping however, I am not sure that even helped to wait.  So sorry for a BLAH pic, looks so grand IRL.

I printed off the subway art in 5 by 7 so they would fit in the frames I had.  My DH calls me the woodpecker because I am always putting holes in the walls.  Not today baby, I am using what I have;)
A few pine boughs and cones from outside and suddenly the wall is festive for CHRISTmas.

I was in need of some quick ornaments, the CHRISTmas program for church snuck up on me.  I am so disappointed that the Church  caved and switched the program from CHRISTmad eve because people are busy.  Too busy to celebrate CHRIST this season in the church, so disturbing for me!!!! 
Thanks for listening to my little rant moving on now to show you the ornament. 
 I printed off the subway art 9 to a page (wallet size setting for my printer).  I just had to trim them up a bit to fit inside.  Inside what?  A Name Badge holder!  A touch of PTI Pure Poppy ribbon and I was set.  I also made it reversible.  

Okay, for this one I found a nativity silhouette online and printed it off so it would fit a...Button.  I have had them for ever in my stash I thought it would work wonderfully and it did;)

Product list...
Name badges
digital files

So there you have it three
 totally fast and easy CHRISTmas ideas.  
There are so many free files for this type of printable art not to mention the "keep calm and" printables
You can find these printables and more in my what?

Happy Stamp Day.  God Bless!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Thank You

I want to take time right now while my Home is quiet to kindly say THANK YOU to all of my Blog readers and followers.  The past two years have been plain crazy around here and I have not been doing a great job of posting.

Donna has healed so wonderfully and has matured to a wonderful Woman.  I am so very proud of our Daughter.

My wonderful husband was hospitalized  very close to death this past spring.  He is learning a bit faster now that he has to overcome his extremely bad eating habits and he can no longer stick to his southern ways.  He was accepted to the VA for health insurance.  Such a burden lifted when that day arrived.

I on the other hand was caught off gauard when my knee dislocated.  I had no idea the damage that had been done and the long road of recovery.  I will have to travel 6 months on this path.  So I am sure my blogging start to January is not going to be a record breaker however, I am starting to wind downhill now;)

These happenings, as big of struggle they were to overcome the GRACE and learning that come from them are truly AMAZING.

So THANK YOU.  I appreciate each and everyone of you.  May God Bless you and your family in the New Year.  May God bring peace, calm and health to my Family in the coming year.

I am leaving some links to BW subway art I have printed off to beautify our home for CHRISTmas.  I have to wait to take a pic there is so many shadows in the photo it is hard to see it as glorious as it is IRL.

Thank you to the wonderful bloggers above who have graciously shared their files free of charge!!!!

All and more can be found in my CHRISTmas Idea Board on 

Happy Stamp Day.  God Bless.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Fake Feebreeze

My SIL loves the smell of Gain and wishes her entire house cold smell like it.  
Well guess what kiddo here you go...
Fake Febreeze
Reclaim your income and the landfills!!!!

1/8 C of your favorite scented fabric softener
1 TSP Baking soda
Reclaimed Febreeze Bottle
Warm tap water to fill up the rest of the room in the bottle.

I used some chalkboard paint on my old Hawaiian scented Febreeze bottle and  some chalk.  

I also placed my Baking soda in a glass jar, reclaiming both the glass and the pour spout lid from an old salt container.  So much easier that that dang box and it will stay dry and not soak up odors.

***I have found this very slippery on vinyl flooring so be careful where you are spraying***

Both of these ideas were found on Pinterest

Happy Stamp Day.  God Bless.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Brown Paper Packages

Another Pinteresting way of Wrapping up my Handmade Gifts this year.
Simply recycled brown grocery sacks and a black white photo of the precious one the gift is for.
I thought this would be wonderful for the little kids who can't yet read and for the older ones they now have their Aunts favorite pic of them;)

So here is the wrapped gift for my Nephew (Marshmallow Gun)

This is where the idea came from

Here are more from

Want more...

Happy Stamp Day.  God Bless!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Candy Cane Reindeer

I found this project on Pinteretst you can take the link below to my 

My Husband will be taking these to school for his Kiddos.  My girls love them I have to tuck them away before a few go MIA.  They have also asked for a few for friends, by the time I am done there will be around 50 candy cane reindeer, YUMMY!
There was one broken one that said eat me I will claim that loss;)

Cut your brown paper
4 1/4" by 2 3/4"
Attach canes to each other with red liner tape
Run one line of liner tape on back, long side
Wrap card stock around canes and press the tape firmly
Glue two google eyes and one pom
Let dry
And let the reindeer fun begin

Happy Stamp Day.  God Bless!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Marshmallow Guns for the Nephews

Handmade gifts for my Nephews this CHRISTmas, Marshmallow Shooters from 1/2" PVC.
WARNING** these are super fun one won't be enough;)

**Make sure you use a spray paint made just for plastic or purchase a plastic primer.**

Here is the gift set complete with ammo and safety glasses.
Every Year they also get an ornament from me you can see the beaded wire star on the bottom right.
It is so cute when you walk into their bedrooms they each have a small CHRISTmas tree decorated and lit, so darn cute!  Night light and the beauty of CHRISTmas all in one.

Here is the link for directions Mom's Crafty Space

These are really fast and easy not to mention they won't break your bank account!

If you are looking for my seasonal 25 days of CHRISTmas please go to facebook
 I have posted 13 days so far there.

Happy Stamp Day.  God Bless!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Arise and Shine

Brings me back to Sunday School....
Arise and shine and give God your Glory happy you can't hear me singing;)

Also goes along with CHRISTmas day 9
Isaiah 60:1
"Arise, Shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rise upon you"
Thank you for following along this year on Facebook, 
I am getting better daily hope to be back blogging daily soon.
Soon and very soon... (there I go singing again;)

We have been working on some lanterns for the trees outside here is a sample

Jesse Placing the lights on the fence line.  I Picked white, plan on leaving these bad boys up year round can't wait to see them in the summer.  YES, we live in SD and Yes, there has been no measurable snow this year.  We are getting VERY dry!  
Have not been able to use 4WD in the new SUV yet either.
  Doesn't she look sweet?   Her name is Pearl;)

And for your singing pleasure.  You are welcome, LOL!

Hope this post has you singing along and shining your light.

A quick easy tutorial:
Fill cleaned Steel can with water.
Place in freezer or outside if you live in the right climate.
Take a nail, hammer and template and start punching your outline.
(I used a star cookie cutter for our template and taped it to the can)
You can find more elaborate designs on the web however, I was shooting for easy.
Spray paint and let dry.
Attach wire to one side of can, bead around to the opposite side and attach creating your handle.
I am using battery operated tea lights you can also use regular tea lights just have to keep an eye on them.
Hang and enjoy.

Happy Stamp Day.  God Bless!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Penguins and Popsicles

My Great Nephew's CHRISTmas gift
He is 2 this year so Auntie Sara created...
Penguins and Popsicles
A personalized gift containing...
Memory Game
Vinyl decorations
Popsicles Freezer Accessory

Here is a view of the Popsicle memory game fronts...

Here is a look at the flip side
and Penguin friends
I made it this way so they have lots of options when playing the game with him.
All the pieces fit nicely into a salvaged Mayo container.
I used wooden spoons to hopefully make it easier to turn the pieces remember he is 2.

And the book I printed off and created for him.  It is so darn cute, I continue to amaze myself at times.

This gift took me literally days to create.  A little here and there and lots of love and prayers.  Lots of prayers for patience.   I need to count how many google eyes I used they were about to drive me CRAZY.
That is another reason I love creating my own gifts instead of going out into the crazy world of retail and pick out a meaningless toy that in two days will probably be lost or broken and not remembered.
It is giving from the heart that makes this season beautifully special for me.

I made it my own and personalized it for Cooper.

Hope you are inspired to go get creative on some of your gifts this year.

25 days of CHRISTmas day one you can find on my FACEBOOK post for today
Happy Stamp Day.  God Bless.