Monday, November 30, 2009

December Hostess Incentive and the December Memory Works Express Kit

With the holiday season not far away this months hostess incentive is perfect for holiday gift giving, creating, or saving for one of those chilly days you're going to spend scrapbooking all of your favorite holiday photos.

Included this month is the Oh Joy Collection from Cosmo Cricket. With any party order totaling $175 your hostess will not only receive a 6 piece paper pack including element strips and journaling cards but they'll also get Cosmo Cricket's Buck Naked chipboard ornaments and ornament fashions as well as a super cute Blackboard album. This is a fabulous hostess incentive that will get your holiday parties rolling!

That (above) is the December Hostess Incentive.  Contact me if you are interested in hosting a party.

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Patterned Paper

{1} 12x12 Flocked Winter Song (SEI)

{1} 12x12 Flocked Sweet Holly (SEI)

{1} 12x12 Merriest Tale (Fancy Pants)

{1} 12x12 Snowy Serenade Crystals (Bo Bunny)

{1} 12x12 Snowy Serenade Concerto (Bo Bunny)

{1} 12x12 Snowy Serenade Overture (Bo Bunny)

{1} 12x12 Hollyberry Song (Creative Imaginations)

Solid Cardstock

{1} 12x12 Island Mist Medium (Prism)

{1} 12x 12 Blush Red Dark (Prism)

{1} 12x12 Tawny Light (Prism)

{1} 12x12 White (Prism)


{1} 12z12 Blizard Transparency (Fancy Pants)

{6} Windsong Designer Brads (SEI)

{1} Red Glitter Letters (G.C.D.)

{3} White Glitter Florals (Heidi Swapp)

{6} Mini Snowflake Chipboard (Maya Road)

{3} Crystal Trinket Pins (Maya Road)

{4} Page Bird Coaster (Maya Road)

{1} Crystal Flourish (Zva)

{6} White Glitter Buttons (American Crafts)

{1} 8x8 Clair De Lune Rub-on (Fancy Pants)

{1} Yard 3/8" Dark Red Two Tone Ribbon (May Arts)

{1} Yard 1/2" White with Red Swirl Ribbon (Creative Impressions)

Bonus Cards

{4} 5.5 x 8.5 Island Mist Medium (Prism)

{4} 5.5 x 8.5 Island Mist Light (Prism)

{4} 5.5 x 8.5 Tawny Light (Prism)

{4} 5.5 x 8.5 White (Prism)

{4} 5.5 x 8.5 Blush Red Dark (Prism)

{5} 5 3/4 x 4 3/8 White Envelopes
I can't say enough about the Memory Works Monthly Kits.  They are a great investment.  I made a dozen Christmas Cards with the November kit.  I still have plenty of paper to do some Christmas Layouts.  I'm getting my December Kit tomorrow.  I'll try to get some projects done to show you as soon as possible.  Enjoy your evening and hopefully we get some snow.

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Day After

The Bird

Kriss and Jodi

JoJo and Grandpa reading the paper

Eating Dinner with Great-Grandparents

More eating (Josh, Joseph, and Ashley)

More eating (Maddie, Kriss, Wolfie)

Erik and Jodi

Leaves of thanks. When I put them in a layout, I will share it with you.

Just wanted to put up a quick post. I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Dinners. We had a good time yesterday. My brothers, parents, grandparents, aunt, cousin, and family friends came. We had 18 people in total. The dishes have all been washed and put away and now we are going to decorate for Christmas! Did anyone go shopping today? We stayed home and recuperated. I also wanted to share this blog post with you by Stephanie Howell. Very beautiful, I think.
Well, I'm off to decorate.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Gearing up for the Big Day

JoJo looking a little upset.
Wolfie loves to climb stuff. Sorry for the dark photo and I didn't photoshop it.

Yesterday at lunch for Erik's Birthday.

I just wanted to share a few fall pictures with you. I love the one of Maddox. I didn't crop it, and I should have before I posted, but lack of time did not allow. Yesterday was Erik's 30th Birthday! We went to lunch with the family, and then Erik and I had a nice, quiet evening to ourselves. Okay, I am going to give you a few recipes for some Thanksgiving dishes. I will be making these and hosting at least 20 at my house.
Spinach Artichoke Dip-this is available in My Veteran's Day Post below.
Ham Rollies
1 package of thickly sliced ham
1 package of cream cheese
Green onions
All you do is spread the cream cheese on the inside of the ham. Then put the green onion inside and roll it up. Then slice into 1 inch pieces. Very simple and delicious
There is the link for that one. It is from Martha Stewart
This is also from Martha Stewart and this is the link.
I'm so glad I decided to subscribe to Martha Stewart Living again. It's such a beautiful magazine with a lot of great ideas. The other thing I'm going to do for Thanksgiving is this (also from MS). I am going to make a bunch of leaves from different color paper (green, brown, orange, red, etc.). When people come in they will have to take their leaves and write what they are thankful for on it. Then, I will photograph everyone and make it into a scrapbook layout. I hope this makes sense and if not email me and I will try to do a better job of explaining.
Also, like I said before I am doing the Holidays in Hand course from Jessica Sprague and I will share with you too. I don't know if I will post before Thanksgiving. We are going to be very busy getting the house ready. I have to finish all of my orders and laundry. We are going to have a photoshoot on Tuesday. I can't wait for that. I will let you know how it goes. In the meantime, please enjoy your families, your week, and all that you have to be thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Turkeys are Calling

Good Friday Evening to you all. There are a dozen things that I want to share with you today. Well, probably not a dozen. That was an exaggeration. I will make a bullet list.
  • Sorry for the long absence. I have been so busy. I would like to thank all of you who have ordered gift cards or Christmas Cards. Thank you and I appreciate all of you.
  • I had a slight computer disaster. My old computer crashed. Why? I have no idea. It still had some old pictures on it that I didn't remove. I took it in to Best Buy for repair, but they couldn't repair it. I have to get those pictures off of the hard drive. They are of JoJo's first year. So according to Best Buy, my options are to send the hard drive off to ABQ. to a clean room. This is probably going to cost in the neighborhood of $1,000. So, lesson learned back up your stuff. I bought a hard drive that automatically backs up your info. Really, people, back up this stuff up. I'm going to have to pay because I can't loose those pictures. I guess, that will come after the first of the year.
  • Tomorrow is Erik's 30th birthday. He will officially be old (No offense to the other 30 year olds or older out there). I guess it means that now we have to buckle down and be adults. Ha!
  • Next, I've joined a Holidays in Hand class. It was free from Jessica Sprague's website. So, I will share some of the stuff with you. One of the things I have to do is to share or write down my goals and values for the holiday season. Well, my goal this year is to be more spiritual. To celebrate and teach my children about the miracle of Christmas. They already know the reason for Christmas, but I want to expand on that. Starting December 1, I want to use an Advent Calendar with them. Each day, we will share scripture together.
  • The next thing is that I wanted to share Ali Edward's blog with you. She is doing a Daily December Album with all of her holiday ideas and you can get a lot of wonderful ideas from her.

So, I guess that is all for now. I will try to post this weekend with some recipes I will be using for Thanksgiving. Enjoy your family time.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Laundry Day

So today is dreaded laundry day. I save all of my laundry until Sunday. So after this post, I will begin on about 10 loads of laundry.

The layout I'm sharing today is the one I did for Erik's elk. I used my sewing machine to run a zig zag stitch around the page. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I thought this layout would be fitting since we will be eating an Elk roast for dinner tonight. Also, as I am typing, Erik is making jerky (with my cake icing tips). It's going to be interesting. I'll let you know how it went. Sorry for any sensitive people out there. I think I will have to drink some Margaritas today or something so I can handle this situation.
On another and less gross note, I am going to give you a link to the Memory Works Blog. There are some cute project ideas on there with instructions. Click here
Well, I am off to do some laundry, drink some Margaritas, and eat a lovely dinner. I will let you know later this week how it all turned out.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Veteran's Day

Hello Everyone. Hope you are all enjoying your Veteran's Day. Thanks to all of the Veterans who have proudly served our country. My grandfather is a veteran of World War II.

This will be a quick post today. I have a lot of things to accomplish before tomorrow. I wanted to show you my Christmas cards. I am making them. I will have three different designs, but this is the first set I have gotten done so far. If you are interested email me ( Let me know as soon as possible because I have several orders, and I want to get them done so they can be sent out.
This November I was hoping to share with you a few ideas for getting ready for the Holiday season, and to help you with scrapbooking. So first things first, here is my recipe for Spinach Artichoke Dip. I usually make it for Christmas. I am giving you a double recipe because I find that one batch is not enough for a large party.
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Makes 4 cups
12 ounces marinated artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
2 packages (9-11 oz size packages) frozen creamed spinach, thawed
1/2 cup mayonaise
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cloves garlic
1 cup Parmesan Cheese
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Chop the artichokes, and garlic.
3. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and pour into a Baking Dish
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes
5. Serve with chips or pita bread
Hope you enjoy this recipe. It is a great one. Next time, I will try to post some scrapbooking ideas. Enjoy your day.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Gift Card Holders for Sale

Shown above: Ribbon Tied Gift Card Holder. $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00

Shown below: Small Envelope Gift Card Holder: $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00
The inside of the holder

The inside of the holder with the gift card.

Shown below: Pocket Gift Card Holder
This measures 3 1/2" x 6" The ribbon can be made longer so you can hang it on the tree.
$2.00 each or 6 for $5.00

Good Afternoon.
I just put a few pictures of the gift cards I have available for sale. I can make them for any theme or occasion (birthdays, baby showers, Halloween, etc). Let me know if you are interested in purchasing these or pass this on to someone who might be.
I do have dates available for parties. Let me know if you are interested in hosting. We can make some of the holders as make and takes.
I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. I enjoyed mine. We redid our bathrooms. They look so much better. I was so tired of looking at the same stuff over and over again. We had the same bathroom set since before we got married. I think we deserved a new one. Maybe, I'll post some pictures.
Well, this was just a quick post today. I am off to fold laundry. I always have a ton to do on Sundays.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Right Now

Happy November. I can't believe how fast October flew by.

For this post, I got the idea from Stephanie Howell's blog. She did a post called "Right Now" where she featured 5 things that each member of the family was doing right now. I will eventually make one page for each person, but this is what I have done so far. This page is for JoJo and it is made from the Sassafras "Monstrosity" line. I love those papers. So here it goes for JoJo:
Right Now
  1. You are in your terrible 2's and boy are they terrible. You try to throw tantrums by gently throwing yourself on the floor and fake crying (it's not very convincing).
  2. You cross your arms and tell me, "No!"
  3. You are talking so much. I love when you tell me, "Help me, Momma."
  4. When you get in trouble, I tell you, "You're in trouble." And you say, "Sorry," and give me a hug.
  5. You make us giggle so much when you try to say words like hideous, or Nickelodean. We love you so much.

I hope this inspires you to create your own page about your children, or yourself, "Right Now"

Good Night.


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