Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

                              For to us a child is born,
                                      to us a son is given,
                                      and the government will be
                                      on his shoulders.

                              And he will be called
                                      Wonderful Counsel
                                       Mighty God,
                                       Everlasting Father,
                                       Prince of Peace.

                                                                                                   Isaiah 9:6

Merrry Christmas!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Traveling by Donkey

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, becaurse he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
                                                                                                 Luke 2:4-5

Enjoy your Day!

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Shepherds and the Angels

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.
                                                                                                                                  Luke 2:8-12

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Here's my #31 in action. This year Dalton was a captain and leader on our team. I decided to take a few pics that show what this amazing young man can do.

Studio J made this layout really come together. I changed the Elemental paper to blue & gold our school colors.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Roxie Art Philosophy Card

Using the Cricut AP cartridge I cut this card at 4 1/4". The heart is cut out of the center, so easy! Then taking that heart cut out I stamped the heart with Smoothie ink and mounted it to the inside of the card. When the card is closed the heart sits in the center of the cut out.

I covered the front of the card with Roxie B/T paper cut 4"x4" square. Then I took 2 small hearts stamped with Smoothie ink and mounted them onto the front of the card, one with mounting tape to add some dimension.

In each corner I added some Glitz Glitter for faux brads. Sponging the edges with Chocolate ink finishes this card.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, December 19, 2011

A Sign of the Times


As a little girl climbed onto Santa's lap, Santa asked the usual, "And what would
you like for Christmas?"

The child stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped:
"Didn't you get my email??!!"

Enjoy your day!

Friday, December 16, 2011

A Twist

I saw this card on the CTMH bulletin board and forgot to pin it to give credit...sorry! The original card was done with red but I wanted to use a twist on the traditional colors we think of when we think of Valentine's day.

So Lagoon is the go to color. I used my Cricut AP to cut out the hearts, stamped them with the Lagoon ink. Mounting them on 1" squares of Lagoon cardstock with mounting tape makes them pop.

A 1 1/2" wide strip of Daisy white cardstock is stamped with the swirl stamp and Lagoon ink. Edged with black cardstock 1/4" wide. I find the easiest way to do this is to cut a piece of cardstock 1/2" wide, put adhesive on the back of the main strip then pick up the black cardstock. Layer this onto the card.

Adhere the 1" squares with hearts on top of the swirl strip, spacing evenly.
Stamp the sentiment with Lagoon ink in the upper right hand corner. Add a black ribbon to the left corner with a Bling brad in the center. Or if ribbons aren't your thing, try 3 black brads in it's place.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mad About You...

So it's been awhile...sorry! As you know it's December and 11 days before Christmas. Are you ready? Yah, me either. That said I wanted to share a few cards I did recently for a really good friend who wanted Valentine's day cards as she doesn't send Christmas cards. Talk about switching gears. I'm so doing Christmas right now and to even think about Valentine's day is a stretch.

I used the December stamp of the month "Mad about You" and the Roxie paper packet. Roxie is one of the paper packets that will continue into the new Spring/Summer Idea book...I wonder if I'm supposed to tell you that?! Oh well, too late.

Stamping the swirl border down the edge of the card with Chocolate then cutting around and sponging creates a nice edge. Putting a 1" wide strip of B/T paper makes it stand out more.

Stamps one large heart with Smoothie ink then mask it. To do this I like to stamp the heart on a post-it note, cut it out, cover the stamped heart on the card with the post-it. Then ink up your heart again, stamp a second heart next to and on top of part of the post-it. Once you remove the post-it the second heart will look like it's behind the first heart.

Stamp with Smoothie ink the swirl onto the paper butterfly, sponge the edges. Place mounting tape under the body of the butterfly and adhere to the card. Place a sparkle for the head. Stamp the swirl with Chocolate ink for the butterfly trail.

Sponge all around the card with Chocolate ink. Stamp sentiment with Chocolate ink.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, December 9, 2011


In all the years my son played football, he always played defense. This year, and alittle last year, they had him playing both ways.

These pictures of his first & only touchdown were taken by a professional photographer who's nephew is on the team. Frame by frame you can see Dalton heading to the end zone. I too snapped pictures but at the same time I was these pics are better than mine!

I've actually used the Elemental paper packet but changed the colors of the B/T paper to our school colors. It's amazing how fast this was and how much fun!

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Family Faces

When we go to my in-laws for Thanksgiving the dynamics are hilarious! My husband & his brother are like a comedy show. We all could just stand around and watch the them. Throw in my father in-law and all bets are off.

We all bring our dogs, notice Angus & Rosie, and in all there are 5 dogs roaming around. Crazy!

This was the last Thanksgiving before my son goes away to college next year. Needless to say, I had a few "moments" were I was all choked up. But I am excited to see where God places him and I'm choosing to be enjoy this time.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Give Thanks

Do you have your Thanksgiving pictures scrapbooked? I do!! I know, it's not nice to gloat but with Studio J I am on top of all the pictures I took at Thanksgiving.

Dreamin' paper packet works perfect for these pictures, so that's what I used.

Do you need help with your scrapbooking? Want to learn more about Studio J? I offer free 1/2 hour demonstrations at your convenience....let me know when you want to have a quick demo and I'll show you more.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Making Cookies

I always take pictures. It's kinda my thing. But this is the first time I've taken pics of the day we do our holiday baking. Not sure why I never thought of it before....duh!

In Studio J I used the Believe paper packet and the Stickease that come with it. I will admit this isn't my favorite Christmas paper packet CTMH has ever come out with. But this paper was perfect for these pictures.

My sister and niece ham it up for the camera. It actually took a few shots to get my niece to smile for the camera. What is it about teenagers? Why can't they just smile normal for a picture? Oh yeah, that's right...they are teenagers! Ugh! But she is an amazing young woman, except when we want to take pictures, and she is going to be a good baker. Poor thing, this year she was the designated "ball roller". It seemed that all the cookies she helped with entailed making round balls out of the dough. By the end of the day it was the running joke...poor Steph!

My nephew was a trooper. He put up with his Mom & me, and kept everyone on track.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, December 5, 2011

My Baking is Done!!

A tradition in my family is the Saturday after Thanksgiving my sister and get together to do all our holiday baking. We have been doing this for about 20 years and though it is alot of work, it is done with so much love & alot of laughter. In the last few years we have added my nephew and niece to help too. And my Dad & stepmom stop by to help and visit.

The first picture is of the Spritz cookie we make. Now we each will take a dough, mix it up and then we all help with the baking. Except the Spritz cookie. This cookie is all mine.
Not because I'm better at it but because it's one of those cookies that can really frustrate you. I always start my day with a double batch in green which I made into trees. I then went into red flowers and finished with white bars. All the batches got decorations that really brought them to life

In the meantime, everyone else is busy making other types of cookies. All in all we make 8 different kinds of cookies. Several hundred cookies are made to share with family and friends. Whenever I have somewhere to go, I take them a plate of cookies. It's amazing the "Ohhh's" and "Ahhh's" I get. Really fun!

Do you have a tradition in your family? If not, why not start one this year. We only have one lifetime and when our loved ones are gone we can't get that time back.
So take time spend it with loved ones, laugh alittle, love alot!

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Windsor Knot

Way back in October was Homecoming. It seems so long ago.

Dalton decided he wanted to learn how to tie a Windsor knot in his tie. So out came the iphone and u-tube to the rescue. I'm still amazed at the videos out there. Seems like you can find one for just about anything. And yes, there are several on how to tie a Windsor knot.

While in his bathroom watching the video and tying the tie, I was snapping pictures. Dalton has gotten used to me and my camera. Not that he always appreciates it but too bad! The dogs also were watching him so I snapped a picture of Angus while I was at it.

I used the Roxie paper packet, believe it or not. I love this packet and I think it looks good! I used the Stickease and created my own colleague and layered over some of the sentiments.

Isn't he handsome? Thanks, I think so too!

Enjoy your day!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Honoring God & Coaches

At our Fall Sports Award night they called all the senior parents & athletes up to the front of the chapel to pray over them. How awesome it that?! Anyway, I loved that our friend was able to snap a picture of Duke & I with Dalton and Sebi. Let me tell you I was very choked up and this is just the beginning of the end of high school. Sometimes I wonder how I'm ever going to make it through this His strength, not mine that's how!

Again, using You Rock paper packet in Studio J, I was able to create a layout quickly and with no mess, no fuss. I drag & dropped the pictures into the photo wells then started having fun playing with the Stickease and Text boxes.

I love that I can resize the Stickease, layer them and make my own design. I'm not hampered by what someone else thinks is good but I can use my own taste & creativity. I removed the pre-set text boxes and put titles on all my pictures with no paper behind them so they look like I wrote on each picture. I really like this technique and it's very easy to do.

When you don't want paper or vellum behind your text all you have to do is click on the text box area which will bring up the "menu" box. Click on the button to set the background color and click on the "none" button. This way when you click off there is no paper behind your text box. Otherwise if you don't pick a color of paper the text box will default to vellum behind it.

Want more hands on? Attend on of my Studio J 101 classes and learn more. Check out my calendar starting back up in January for dates and times.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Team Mom

It's been sorry! It is the holiday season and I promise I've been busy but you wouldn't know it by my lack of posting. So I want to share the Studio J layouts I've been working on.

This layout is from the fall sports award night. As you know, I finished up my tenure as Team Mom and thankfully, someone clicked a picture as I was gifted beautiful flowers & goodies.

This paper packet is called You Rock and I've used it alot because our school colors are blue & gold.

So what is different in this layout? I have changed alot of the papers to different patterns by bringing substituting ones that worked better for me  and removed text boxes to add my Stickease accents, then added a text box where I wanted to journal. I liked the toggle accents so I left them as they come on the pattern, where normally I remove them. I also almost always Distress my cardstock and I did that here too.

I love that I didn't have to have pictures printed or resized. I did this layout in about 30 minutes start to finish. Ahhhh! I LOVE Studio J!!

Enjoy your day!