Monday, September 29, 2014

Etsy Site is Offically Open!

Alright everyone the day has finally arrived. I have officially opened my etsy shop!!


My shops web address is 

Please take a chance to visit my site and look around and let me know what you think. I'd appreciate any feedback you can give me! This is a very new adventure for me and I'll take all the help I can get!

I only have a few things listed on the site right now, but will try to add more each day, so stay tuned!

Luvs & Hugs

Saturday, September 27, 2014

White Christmas

It is a cold rainy day in my neck of the woods. I love the rain! However, as the weather turns colder I know that the dreaded snow is on it's way. I am not a fan of the cold. I hate having to scrape the snow off my windows before I can go anywhere, not to mention driving in the snow. I also hate when snow gets dirty in the driveway, roads, etc. It makes the world look dingy and dreary! The only good thing about snow is the magic it brings to Christmas time. There is nothing better than a white Christmas. I love opening up the curtains and watching the snow softly fall while the family surrounds the Christmas tree opening up each backdrop ever!

Knowing that winter will be on my doorstep soon, I decided to make a few Christmas cards to celebrate the good part of snow! I used Stampin' Up's White Christmas stamp set for these. As well as an Inkadoo Christmas Greetings stamp set for an inside message. The inside of the first card reads, "...And Sending Every Good Wish For The Coming New Year". The inside of the second card reads, "Wishing you Peace on earth, Love in your hearts, Joy in all your days" 

Luvs & Hugs

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Busy Weekends

Wow, time has gotten away from me recently! The past two weekends have been crazy busy.

Yesterday I attended the Chiari Walk Across America in support of chiari awareness and research. It was a fun day mingling with fellow chiarians and feeling of their support. The worst part of having an incurable chronic illness is feeling all alone in it. It was nice spending the morning with people who get it! 

For any who are new to my blogs and/or don't know what Chiari is, it is a serious neurological disorder where the bottom of the brain, the cerebellum, descends out of the skull and crowds the spinal cord, putting pressure on both the brain and spine causing many symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms include: sever headaches, vision impairment, hearing loss, ringing in the ears, extreme pain in neck and shoulders, extreme fatigue, and weakness in arms and legs. Chiari has a wide range of diverse symptoms and affects everyone differently. I have personally suffered from this illness for the past 15 years. It is a daily battle! For more information on chiari go to

Here are just a few pics from the walk today. 

Now on to cards...

Last week I was out of town to do a workshop for my non-profit organization. The workshop went so well! We had 56 beautiful young ladies join us and make it a huge success. Once we were back home I decided I wanted to send a few thank you cards to my fellow directors. I had a lot of fun making a quick set of cards using Stampin' Up stamp set Oh, Hello. I love the option for variety on this one. You could do it in just about any color and have it look fabulous! 

Thanks for visiting today and I hope your weekends have been a bit more relaxing than mine have been lately!! 

Luvs & Hugs

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fall Thanks

I have another Fall card to show you today. I'm using an image from Gerda Steiner Designs. It's September's progressive challenge image of a boy with a cart full of pumpkins.

I loved this image the second I saw it, because it reminded me so much of my childhood. Every year my father would plant a HUGE garden. Since the garden was so big he would give me two rows to plant whatever I wanted. The rule was I had to do all of the work, but in the end I could do whatever I wanted with what I grew. One year I chose to plant pumpkins. I worked hard weeding and watering them. Finally harvest day came. I picked all my beautiful pumpkins, loaded them in a wheelbarrow and pulled them up the driveway next to the sidewalk. Next I dragged a picnic table up and set a few of my best looking pumpkins out on the table. I then held up a poster board sign with crayon writing announcing that the "Best Pumpkins Ever" were now for sale! I don't recall how much money I made, but I sat out there for hours each evening trying to sell pumpkins to passerby's. It is one of my favorite childhood memories of Fall.

Luvs & Hugs

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fall...Best Season Of All

Kids are heading back to school. The weather is chilling a bit more each day. That crispness in the air can only mean one thing....Fall is on it's way.

I enjoy living in a state where I get to experience all four seasons...although when I'm shoveling the ten feet of snow in the driveway I seriously wish I lived in the Bahamas! There is something I enjoy from every season. I enjoy putting on my warmest sweater, fixing me some hot chocolate, and curling up to watch the snow fall outside the window each winter. I love the breath of new life that comes each spring as flowers and tree blossoms bring vibrant colors after a season of gloomy grey skies. Summertime is filled with fun. It is a time filled with travel and adventure. It's the season of camping and boating, family and fireworks, watermelon and smores, drive-in movies and concerts at the park. Then comes fall my favorite season of all! 

Fall seems to quiet us down after a hectic summer of fun. It brings us back to our senses and helps us refocus on the important things. Fall is a season of beauty as the leaves change color and God turns the mountain side into His canvas.

I have been busy making some fun fall cards lately to celebrate the season. I love this image from Imagine That...digi's by Kris and thought it would make the perfect fall card.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
2 Cute Ink Challenges - Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenge - Cutsie Animals
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes

On another note, my official business cards arrived in the mail this week! Watch for my Etsy store to be opening soon!

Luvs & Hugs

Friday, September 5, 2014

Birthday Kitty

I love celebrating birthday's! In my opinion everyone should extend the celebration and have a birthday week! I definitely did that this year. I saw Wicked, went to a Danielle Bradbury concert, and went to dinner with family all on different days during the week...then spent the weekend playing at Bear Lake! Birthday weeks are the best!

My sweet Savannah is turning 8 in a few weeks. She is pretty excited! It's definitely great to be eight! I created a card for her using the Birthday Kitty digi from Imagine That...digi's by Kris. Sav is a big fan of kitten's so it is perfect for her. I especially loved the sentiment that went along with it. She'll get a kick out of that!

I thought the little starburst embellishments at the bottom were a fun touch, as well as the popped up balloon for dimension. I'm using the sketch from this weeks Mojo Monday sketch challenge for this card.

Hope you like the card and that you extend your next birthday to an entire week!!

Luvs & Hugs

Thursday, September 4, 2014


I confess I have a huge obsession with Paris. I have never been there, but it is the number one thing on my bucket list. In the meantime I have Paris decor throughout my house and am taking french lessons. I also watch the movie Sabrina on a frequent basis because as Audrey Hepburn says, "Paris is always a good idea".

Today's card display's my love of Paris with an image of the infamous Eiffel Tower. I made it very simple. I wanted to stick with the feel of chic elegance and not add a lot of unnecessary bling. In the end you have a simple yet classy thank you card.