Thursday, December 31, 2009

Final Blog Post of 2009....

Not only is it Unity Thursday, but we are also finishing up with the sneak peeks of the new January kit of the month. Aren't you loving what you are seeing? Another FANTASTIC kit!!!

When I saw today's stamp, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I have been saving this photo ever since I took it this summer because I knew that I wanted to do something special with it and when I saw this stamp, I knew that it was perfect.
The journaling says, "Scout Camp- Summer 2009 This photo was taken moments after we arrived for family night at Scout camp. He had been gone for 4 days and the look of utter adoration tells it all. She missed her big brother. Jacob-age 14; Kat-age 2"

Everything on this layout besides the Adore stamp came from Limelight Papercrafts. Mandy is running some super-fun sales this week and has tons of new product coming in, so you may want to go check out what is happening over there...
Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. January kom
*Unity Stamp Co. The Artist in You
*Jillibean Soup Journaling Sprouts
*corner rounder
*CTMH Cocoa inkpad
*Marvy Uchida scallop circle punch
*jute twine

And Don't Forget....
Today is the last day
to get all of those cute

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Favorites of 2009....

I had plans to do a whole week of Favorites blog posts (favorite photos, favorite scrapbooking products, favorite stamps, etc), but looking at my DT schedule for the next couple of weeks, the whole blog here is booked so I may just slide these in at random days so that I have double-post days...

I thought that it might be fun to share some of my favorite general-product discoveries from this year. These are not in any specific order, although they are numbered...

No, I didn't just discover amazon this year, but what I did just discover this year was their recommendations tab. When you purchase books from amazon, it starts to build a recommendation database based upon what you have bought. I have found some fabulous books this way this year that I never would have discovered otherwise. I LOVE this feature and is even a fun way to kill an afternoon when I can't get into the real bookstore to browse....

screenshot of today's recommendations for me

Ben and I have been working out to Beachbody workouts ever since he came back from Iraq in 2008. In January of this year, we began doing Chalene Xtreme and I fell in love with the interval workout that she had on there which is more of an aerobic style workout. Something that Ben doesn't really enjoy so I decided to do her TurboJam workouts when he deployed. I LOVE these...they are so much fun. It truly is not a hardship to stop my day and do them!!!

I discovered this scent this year from Bath & Body works. It is feminine without being fruity or too heavy. It is my new everyday go-to scent. I use both the lotion and body spray almost everyday.

This is my haircolor now. It's a stay-at-home coloring system, but it is the first one that I have ever found that colors the grey and the grey STAYS COLORED...FOREVER!! The highlight system also gives it a really natural-looking shade of auburn that doesn't get those purplish shades that a lot of reds give to brunettes.

I bet you didn't see this one coming did you? hehe! These are one of my favorite new snacks of 2009. They are super thick and creamy and at only 100 calories...a pretty guilt-free snack. I haven't tried it yet, but I am betting these will be amazing frozen. I just have to stop eating them and put some in the freezer before they are all gone.

This was my DVD discovery thanks to netflix's recommendation system. This was a mini-series on ITV (UK). It is so, so good!!! After watching my netflix version of it, I immediately got online and ordered myself the dvd so I could watch it anytime I want. It's about a modern-day-girl in England who is obsessed with Darcy from Pride&Prejudice to the point where real life just doesn't match up. She ends up changing places with Elizabeth Bennett through her bathroom wall and going into the story. It's totally entertaining, poignant, and enchanting. If you love Pride & Prejudice, I guarantee you will LOVE this movie!!!!

I will admit, this is a series that I did not pick up on my own (and probably never would have because of the demon aspect.) I received the first book (which happened to be book 3 in the series) through a blog giveaway. Read it and immediately ordered the first 2 in the series and book 4 (which comes out in Jan) is already on pre-order. These books are amazing!!! Definitely my favorites from the whole year (and I have easily read 150-200 books this year.) This world is so well-thought out with amazing character development. Miss Ione is an INCREDIBLE writer!!! warning: they are VERY spicy, but if you like that I would say that you NEED THESE BOOKS on your bookshelf!

This is a new product which I just picked up a couple of weeks ago, but I am already sold on how good it works. I'll be honest, I am not much of a moisturizer user, but with winter's arrival, I found myself needing some help so I picked up this product. Not only does it moisturize without feeling heavy, but it really does even out your skin tones. As I have gotten older, I have had some issues with ruddiness, but after putting this on, it looks like I have applied foundation (it is completely untinted too.) I should also note that I have VERY sensitive skin and have not had ANY problems with using Neurtogena products.

I am a stay at home mom and pretty much live in tee's. This year I discovered that Old Navy offers tees in Tall sizes online. I don't need tall sizes (I am 5'6"), but I like the extra length that these give you in the torso and esp. in the long sleeve versions. I LOVE having my tees just a bit longer in the arm length. So comfy!!!

I hope that you enjoyed this little visit of my favorite products of 2009. I will have another list posted sometime in the next couple of days!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Playing a bit of Catch-Up!

warning: today's blog post is going to be all over the place. ;o)

I am feeling a bit overwhelmed today.

In the last month or so, I took on several new obligations:
*Friday Fun Challenge

I have no doubt that I can manage doing them all, but right now I feel like I am constantly forgetting something. So, today, I am organizing my calendars and check-lists so that I am sure to stay on top of things/obligations/DT's.

I also have several fun things that I want to share with you all on the blog over the next few days...a few favorite's lists from 2009, a revisit of my to-do resolutions by age 40 (August) list, etc.

So today is my day to get organized and get my thoughts in order.

But first, I have a Paper Makeup Stamps share that I have needed to post since Friday!?! (see, I NEED to get organized!!!)

Every Friday, over on the PMS blog, there is a Makeup for the weekend challenge. Last week's challenge was to create a Christmas/holiday scrapbooking page.

I don't have any of the PMS Christmas stamps (I know, what is up with that?!? I think that I need to go shopping...) so I had to get a bit creative with my page. I have had this quote from PMS for a while about being a mother of a little girl, but hadn't figured out exactly what I wanted to do with it, but then I found these photos of Kat and me from last Christmas and inspiration struck. {click on the layout to see the details better!}

Supplies used:
*Paper Makeup Stamps Jaina Fairy
*Paper Makeup Stamps Whoever Said Fairies
*Paper Makeup Stamps Dream Big Set (swirl on ticket)
*Bazzill Kraft paper
*Basic Grey papers
*Tim Holtz Ticket
*Prima bling
*Nestabilities Labels 4 die cut
*Derwent watercolor pencils
*Palette Black Noir inkpad
*Making Memories acrylic journaling paper (snowflake overlay at the top)
*Fancy Pants journaling piece
*Creative Cafe red tag
*Fiskars border punch

Feel free to play along with the challenge. We like it when everyone plays!!!

The details:
You do not have to use Paper Makeup Stamps to play along but if you've got them why not use them! When you play along be sure to link up your creations to Mr. Linky on the PMS blog post using a direct link to your card and when you upload to SCS/PCP please use keyword M4TW09 so we can see your creations there as well!

And here is today's Unity January Kit of the Month sneak peek.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Under a Shady Tree, You and Me....

If you are a mom of a toddler, you probably recognize those words....

I love this song from Nick Jr/Laurie Berkner Band. So much fun... Simply Happy!

So I wanted to create a card that was fun and happy too. I actually used a scrapbook layout sketch for the design of this card from 52 Sketches (#51).
Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. January kit of the month
*K&Company Flea Market paper (Target)
*Palette Burnt Umber inkpad
*watercolor pencils
*Prima bling
*Marvy Uchida circle punches
*corner rounder

Sunday, December 27, 2009

January Unity Sneak Peeks are here!!!

It's the end of the month which means we are prepping for the January 1st release of the new Unity Kit of the Month with a few sneak peeks!!!

I love this time of the month!!!

Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. January Kit of the month
*Unity Stamp Co. Grainy Background
*MME papers from the November Collage/Scrapbooking kit
*watercolor pencils
*Palette Burnt Umber inkpad
*MM copper brads
*Marvy Uchida oval punches

And don't forget,
Unity released 10 new kits yesterday
for $10/each
with FREE shipping for orders over $25.
After the 1st,
these will sell for $23/each
so be sure to grab them now!!!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

It's Boxing Day!

And I have a few boxes to take care of...

This is the view of the hall going out to the garage right now. Ben and I usually tag-team the boxes during the unwrapping, but without him here, this is what happened. I know what my job is for today! ;o)

To celebrate the ringing in of the New Year, Unity decided to release 10 NEW KITS for$10 each!!! And they are all so darn cute. These will regularly sell for $23/each so you can see what an amazing deal this is and FREE shipping if you order over $25 worth!

I had the chance in the pre-Christmas rush to put together a card using one of these new kits, Spring Unity.
Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Spring Unity
*MME paper (blue clouds)
*Cosmo Cricket paper (pink)
*velvet ribbon
*watercolor pencils
*Marvy Uchida circle punches
*cotton string
*Fiskars border punch
*corner rounder

And when I was taking photos of the boxes this morning, she thought that I should be taking photos of her so I obliged... Some boxing day cuteness for you....

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,

for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away

like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.

The good you do for others is good you do yourself...
~Norman Wesley Brooks

Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas
from our house to yours.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Limelight Christmas Eve....

...and the stockings were hung by the chimney with care
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there...

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!
This is absolutely my FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR!
So's all about the kids today and their belief in a bit of Christmas Magic...

Hopefully you are spending some wonderful time with friends and family today and all this week, but don't forget that you need a bit of time for yourself too. And what better way to spend that than with a new Limelight Papercrafts sketch. ;o)

This week our focus is all about STARS!

The Deets:
**Use the sketch above and try to incorporate STARS!!
**Key word for SCS upload is LLPC037.

**Post a comment with a link to your card on the
Limelight Papercrafts blog on the challenge post
**PRIZE ~ One lucky winner will receive the Unity Stamp Co. stamp kit, This is the Time!

Going shopping?
**Basic Grey Sugar Rush & Origins arriving 12/29!

ON SALE NOW (Click on the On Sale Now tab to view products):

  • Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses, Cosmo Cricket Jolly By Golly, and select holiday stamps 30% off!
  • Cosmo Cricket Oh Joy! Crafting Kit ONLY $10!
  • Selected Basic Grey, Cosmo Cricket, and other products at major savings!
  • October Afternoon Good Cheer and Very Merry & Jillibean Soup Grandma's Christmas Soup 20% off!

As I started to create with this sketch, I was inspired by the New Year and the way that we are always resolving to better ourselves, so as you start into the New Year, I dare you.
Dare to Believe
Dare to Be Different
Dare to Inspire
Dare to Try Something New
Dare to be a Better YOU!

Supplies Used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Stylin Stars
*October Afternoon Detours- Fruit Stand
*White Brads
*American Crafts pearl brad
*Zig Writer
*Fiskars border punch
*CTMH inkpads

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Settling in for some Comfy Cozy Reading...

I love to read at this time of the year.
There is nothing better than snuggling up in a big blanket in your favorite chair with an easy fun book to pass a cold, wintery evening...

So when I got this cute Comfy Cozy kit from Unity Stamp Co, I knew immediately that I wanted to make a bookmark with it.

This kit is the free kit this month if you sign up to join the Unity Stamp Co kit of the month. Both kits for $24 plus shipping...that is 27 red-rubber stamps for $24!?!

The books stamp is from Hodge Podge of Happiness.
Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Comfy Cozy
*Unity Stamp Co. Hodge Podge of Happiness
*PTI mini-dot paper
*Making Memories Jessica Houndstooth paper
*Nestabilities Labels die cut
*Palette Black Noir inkpad
*Fiskars border punch
*watercolor pencils for shading

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Week H-Ippity Hop!!

Hello Ippity Peeps!!!
If you are here and have no idea what that phrase above means, go check out the details HERE and then you can come back around in a bit! ;o)

I am not sure what to say about this card, except for "It's growing on me." LOL!

Believe it or not, this started out as a Clean & Simple card, but if you have been around here for long, you know that is not really my style so I just couldn't handle all the white space on the card.

Originally the base card was just that...a plain white base card, but the kit that I used on this, Because of You, has that great Love collage stamp and I thought that it would help break up all the white space.

So now I am just calling it a collage card, because there is a LOT going on there. LOL!

Supplies used:
*MME papers (from the Unity Collage kit last month)
*Marvy Uchida scallop circle punches
*Palette Black Noir inkpad
*flat-backed black gems

Be sure to go check out all the inspiration from the other girls on the blog hop...

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