Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!!!

Thank you everyone, who has been checking out my blog. I hope everyone has a safe night and 2009 brings everything you wish for. I have had an awesome 2008, so if 2009 is even a quarter of what 2008 has been, I will feel truly lucky. See you next year!!!


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Becky Higgins' 365 Project

We are about to start a new year and here is a new kit (KOTM) from Becky Higgins & Creating Keepsakes. Here is the blurb on it:

"In just 2 days you'll be able to purchase Becky Higgins' Kit of the Month, "Project 365." With this kit you'll finally be able to see what an entire year of your life looks like all in living color or black and white. Filled with colorful preprinted cards, specially-created divided page protectors, label stickers, ribbon, transparencies, monthly dividers, a date stamp and more, you'll be able to preserve your photos by day, by week or by month--all year long. Project 365 goes on sale on Jan. 1 with a special 10% discount costing you only $35.95."
Click HERE for the link. I'll warn you up front, the shipping is a little high IMHO, however it is a really cool concept.


Are you a QVC shopper????

Apparently the TSV (Today's Special Value) on QVC is a digital scrapbooking kit from Creating Keepsakes and Shutterfly starting at 12 am December 31, 2008! There will also be a show at 3 am and again at 3 pm and each show will be an hour long. Lisa Bearnson will probably be presenting this for us. However, did you know you could get rebates on some of your purchases through QVC? Go here to sign up. Happy Shopping!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Get those photos printed!

As 2008 closes and Christmas is behind us, it it time to start thinking about getting those photos off your camera and printed out. It is time to scrap!!! I found this website and was told you really do get all the free stuff so try it out! I am going to give them a try as I have 400 photos on my camera another couple hundred from other people's cameras and I still am yet to receive this disks with over 2,000 wedding photos. That will be a lot of printing and I think my ink jet will just have to sit this one out!


Friday, December 26, 2008

I'm a Grandma!!!..........and loving it...........

It has been so long since I have had such a little child in my house for Christmas! And what fun! I always knew I would love being a Grandmother and this child has just proven me right. If only my son were here to make this day complete. We had a great time. Georgia chased the dogs around on her new quad that my husband picked out for her as a Christmas gift. We had snacks, did "lipstick", and fed the guinea pigs (she used to call them mouse). I think I now understand the gift of children, more so then when I had my own. It was so thrilling to see the wonder in her eyes and remember when everything and every day was new. I hope 2009 is just as wonderful as 2008, as I truly could not have asked for a better year.


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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas to all..............

I have heard many stories this year. Some so sad, they break my heart. Some so heartless, I wonder about mankind. And some so touching, that I am warmed from head to toe. I have had a lot of heart ache and loss in my life. I have made tons of mistakes. However, this time of year reminds me that I have also been so blessed. This year I have been given the gift of people. My family has gotten so much bigger and my new online store has blessed me with the best customers ever. One lesson I have learned, it is so easy to get angry however it is even easier to forgive. Carrying anger in your heart, is work. Loving people for who they are, is easy.
Merry Christmas!!!


P.S. Please keep my son safe while he is in Iraq............I miss you, Jonathan.................

Sunday, December 21, 2008 for the man I love.............

These pictures aren't great, however I had to make my husband a card that I had not made anyone else. I used Flower Soft, stickles, JustRite Stampers, and some bling! I love bling and love Flower Soft! I wish I had spent more time on this, but Christmas is this week! How does this happen?? I have some gorgeous Flower Soft and Flower Soft toppers in my store. Go to and check it out!

Yes!!!...........I am crafting again!!!!

So am I the only one who is rushing around doing last minute Christmas stuff??? I don't think so, however I feel the pressure! I made a set of ten note cards for my mom as a Christmas gift (she loves to hand write thank you notes for all her Christmas gifts) and I am feeling a little so not! I am trying to learn how to stamp and it is so much like scrapbooking, however..........a tad overwhelming! I had a great time and I have so many creative ideas rolling around in my head. I used the gorgeous 300 piece paper set I bought at Costco, my JustRite Stampers, and my border Cuttlebug embossing folders. I like stamping, however I have so much to learn! I will become a stamper too, but my first love will always be scrapbooking.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

What a year!

This has been quite the year for me! I have planned a wedding & missed a wedding. I have gained a son in law, a daughter in law, and a grand daughter. My dad came back into my life and I gained two brothers, two sister in laws, two nephews, and a niece. My son got deployed to Iraq. I bought an online scrapbook company and quit my job. I have cried, laughed, and often wondered how everything happened so fast. The year is coming to a close and I truly have a lot to be thankful for and am so blessed. This year I attained one of the things I have always wanted. A bigger family! Tomorrow will be a great day because I will get to play with my Grand Daughter and I will love every minute of it. Soon, I will need to start posting about scrapbooking again, as it is my one big passion in life and lets me have my private creative moments. I just have not done much of it lately, because................well life has interrupted me................


Sunday, December 14, 2008

What do you do when..........................

your child gets married and keeps it a secret? Apparently my son got married June 25, 2008 before he went to Iraq. He just told me tonight. This is so bitter sweet for me as I adore my son, his new wife Carrie, and now I am a Grandma to Georgia (Carrie's daughter). Never in my wildest dreams did I think that any of my children would keep a secret this big. They say they will have a "big wedding" when he returns, however I feel like I have already missed the wedding. Do I love all them??? Oh yeah, with all my heart!!!!!!!!!! Am I hurt??????????? Yes.............I am. My son means the world to me and he chose a wonderful young woman. I wish I could have been there for them and wish them nothing but the best. It is a sad and wonderful day for me. I have a daughter in law!!!! I have a grand daughter!!! And I am blessed!!!


Sunday, December 7, 2008

Here Comes the Bride.........................

Watching my little girl get married was emotional and today I am exhausted! I now have a son in law and love him to death. It was the most beautiful wedding I have ever been to. The bride and groom wrote their own vows and did an amazing job. Their vows were touching and humorous. So we laughed, we cried, we laughed again, and then back to crying. I am sad that all the hoopla is over, however I am also glad it is over and all went well. Whew! Isn't my daughter the most beautiful bride ever?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

My Brother Chris & His Family...........(I'm Family!!!!)

Here we all are!!! My brother Chris, my niece Ainsley, Me, and my sister in law Brandy! I can't wait until we all get into our wedding finery and take some gorgeous pictures together. My brother Sanford died October 20, 1982 and Chris looks so much like him. Every time Chris smiled I saw Sanford's smile. It was kind of surreal for me, however it made me so happy to see a brother that I loved and cherished so very much, in Chris. Chris can never replace Sanford, but I can once again see that smile I have missed for so many years. It warms my heart and I know Sanford is pleased too.


Weddings & Family...............Meeting my brother Chris

Many of you know that my father came back into my life Memorial Day weekend this year, after many years of no communication. I met my brother Evan, for the first time this summer. My daughter's wedding has brought my other brother Chris, to me. How exciting meeting him today for the first time! I am sad that we have missed so many years out of each others lives, however I am thrilled to have them in my life now and hope they will always be with me. I love both of my brothers with all my heart and hope that our futures will intertwine over and over. I gained a sister in law and a niece too! I have never had a sister and now I am blessed with two. I loved meeting my other sister in law this summer and two little nephews. It is strange to me that their children are so small and mine are all grown up, but am thrilled that although they will not be able to watch my children grow up, I can watch theirs. This is truly an exciting time in my life!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Cricut Design Studio Update!

Design Studio Update Per Admin Becky on the Cricut Message board:

We are pleased to announce that the new updated version of Cricut Design Studio is now available. The new version is compatible with 32 and 64 Bit computers and along with a fixing a few bugs includes the new cartridge content for Tinker Bell and Friends, Cars, Blackletter, Hello Kitty Greetings/Font, and Sesame Street Font/Friends.

For best results when installing the new version please do the following:

****Step 1) Please remove or uninstall the old version of CDS typically through your control panel.

****Step 2) It is necessary to delete your current "CricutFontsMetadata.xml" file. This file is located in your "Cricut Folder" which is in your "Documents Folder" just double click on your Cricut Folder and you will see Projects and User Data at this point double click on the User Data and then right click on the"CricutFontsMetadata.xml" folder and delete.

****Step 3) Go to click on the Big Banner (Cricut Design Studio find out more) then on the left hand side of the next page click where it says (Download Design Studio Updates) this takes you to a third page where you will see the Download Button click and install the new version.

****Step 4) Make sure after you have installed the New Version that you update your firmware these instructions can be found under the help tab in Cricut Design Studio. And as always have fun.

Admin Becky

Click here for a direct link to this update.

Have fun all!!


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A Mother's First Wedding.......................

I have been so busy, as my first born child is getting married on Saturday. I flew to MN this morning to help with the last minute details, offer love & support, and watch my daughter walk down the isle and marry the one who has stolen her heart. As she starts this new chapter of her life, I remember when I was young and had stars in my eyes. It seems like only yesterday that I held her in my arms, kissed boo boos and made them all better, and read stories to her of magical places. It seems like I blinked and a young woman appeared before my eyes. How does this happen? Soon she will have little ones to cradle in her arms and scare monsters away from underneath their beds. Soon she will again discover the magic of Christmas, through the eyes of her children. And one day, she too, will blink and be preparing for a wedding. And I'm not going to miss a minute of it!
I made this card to go with the wedding gift. There were no tricks or secrets, just plain old stickers and card stock. I had been collecting wedding embellishments for months, before I bought my Cricut, so I thought I better use them. I can't wait until the bride and groom receive my secret present to them.'s a secret.
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