Tuesday, December 23, 2008

We made it to see Santa!

With only a 30 minute wait we finally got a picture with Santa. Addison wasn't sure about him at first but once I sat her next to him everything was fine. She told him she wants a Cinderella computer (or a Cindewelwa puter), I don't think he had any idea what she said. At least I got a good picture this year and I took it myself. They wanted $15.99 for 1 picture, Get Real!

Friday, December 19, 2008

I've been tagged.

I've been tagged by Jan (from one of my ATC swap groups) at The Many Musings of Grandma Jan to share Christmas Traditions in your family. This one made me think.

When we lived back home we went in the morning (after presents) to our friends the Norman's to fry turkeys and get together with other friends. We had a brunch potluck that was out of the world. Cheese ball, shrimp cocktail, quiche, lots or mimosas and eggnog. It was a fun start to the day. By the time we left to go to my family's with the turkey we would be so stuffed we didn't want to think about having to eat again. We would open gifts with my family then gorge ourselves again.

Now that we are in MN it's just the three of us. We have gone to the Macy's display both years now. This years theme was A Day in the Life of an Elf.
Sis waiting in line to get in.

This is my kind of menu.

Mail being delivered to the North Pole.

Goodies in the bakery.

The Workshop.

I also try to get Addison's picture taken with Santa every year even though she hates it. I still have not done that this year. AHHHHHHHHH! and the kids are out of school now so the mall will be packed. Here's hoping I get there.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

2008 Holiday Tag Collection

This is my version of the project at papertrey.
I used SU Ski Slope paper and ribbon. I used baja breeze, choc. chip, real read, and old olive to stamp the tags. Stickles, bling, SU felt flurries.
The stamps I used were:
So Many Scallops
Cute & Curly
Circle of Friendship
tags so much
Deer Friends
Tags for All
Winter Post
The tins are from papertrey.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Magic Cookie Bars

This one is a request from Mary. It's fast and easy and always good. I have tried making it with other types of chocolate chips (peanut butter, etc.) and I don't recommend it. Too Sweet.

1/2 c butter
1 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (6 ounce) package chocolate chips
1 1/3 c flaked coconut
1 c chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 (325 for glass dish). In 13x9 baking pan, melt butter sprinkle crumbs over butter, pour condensed milk evenly over crumbs. Top with remaining ingredients, press down. Bake 25 to 30 min. or until lightly browned. Cool. Chill if desired. Cut into bars. Store loosely covered at room temp.

Some little goodies for my stampin friends.

I found these cute boxes 50% off at Target after Christmas last year. They have little snow flakes all over them so I thought this snowman was appropriate. So what's inside?
Erin's Trail Mix (no cooking)
(14 ounces) mixed nuts
(14 ounces) milk chocolate M&M's
(14 ounces) peanut M&M's
Honey-Nut Cheerios (use your own judgement how much to add)
(18 ounce box) granola
You could add raisins, but why would you want something healthy?
This is great for long car trips too.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Not what I was going for.

I got this idea from Taylored Expressions. Mine did not turn out half as well as hers. First I didn't get the name centered. Then I tried to fix that with stamping some circles to even it out. It looks worse. So I glued on the buttons to cover that up. I will have to try again on the other side of the chalk board. I guess they can't all be winners.

Stampin Up Bigz Tulipe Die Angel

I was asking my friend what people are doing with this die and she said the are using pieces for all kinds of thing. I saw the angel in the shape of it and had to try it. I painted the vellum with Lumin Arte iridescent blue before cutting the wings out. I used 2 sets of the "wings" to give it a more 3-D look. I also used the vellum under her dress to give a layered effect.

Paper - SU Ski Slope, baja breeze, very vanilla
Die - Sizzix SU Bigz Tulipe
LuminArte - Iridescent Blue
Silver Beads - Michaels
Cuttlebug embossing folder Textile Texture
SU stampin pastels - cheeks

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Holiday Gift Bags & Note Pads

Here are some little gifts I made for the Christmas gifts.

The note pad idea came from Mish Mash.

The gift bag is from Chic N'Scratch. I filled a celo. bag with chocolates from the Target $1 spot (they come 3 in a box). I also made bag filler with the Choc. Chip cardstock.

Both used the same Stampin Up products.
Stamps - Winter Post
Pattern Paper - Ski Slope
Cardstock - Real Red, Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Choc. Chip
Ink - same as cardstock
Ribbon - Alpine, 1/4 poly twill Old Olive
Buttons - SU
Little Felt Flurries

Friday, November 21, 2008

ATC for the Missy Balance Swap

Here is one of my ATC's for Missy's swap.
Stamps - A Muse Santa line & Jingle Jingle
Markers - Copic R29,R39,White Souffle, Silver Gelly Roll
Cardstock - SU Real Red
Pattern - A Muse
Ribbon - Target $1 Spot (I think)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

ATC Swap Group - Thankful Swap

Stamps - Riley Turkey (Hanna Stamps)
Markers - Copic Y38, E37, E31, E33, YR14, G99, R29
Gold Metallic Gelly Roll
Ribbon - American Crafts
Pattern Paper - DCWV
Cardstock - Archivers

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Thanksgiving Suspension ATC

Pattern Paper - DCWV
Cardstock - Ruby Red, More Mustard, Very Vanilla
Markers - More Mustard, Creamy Caramel, Martha Stewart Gold Glitter Marker
Liquid Applique
Punch - Marvy yellow, blue, & pink scallop square, 1 inch square, SU word window
Ribbon - American Crafts
SU linen thread
Ink - VersaFine Vintage Sepia
Stamps - Lockhart slice of pie, clear stamps sentiment
Inchie Arts - Inchie square in black

Monday, November 17, 2008

Asian ATC Swap

I did this one months ago and just found my notes on it. It was for an Asian ATC Swap on Splitcoast. Sorry about my crappy photography.
Stamp - Mari & Me
LuminArte - Iridescent Gold
Pencils - Koh-i-noor
Markers - Copic E00, 100
Gelly Roll Metallic Pen
Stampin Up Gold Elastic Cord
Ink - Palette, Brilliance Galaxy Gold

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Missy Balance ATC Swap

FYI, Missy Balance (A Muse stamp designer) is holding a holiday ATC Swap and needs a few more people. If you are interested go check it out. But do it fast the deadline is Nov. 22.


Saturday, November 8, 2008

I'm not ready for this!

Friday morning, out my back door. Need I say more.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween

Addison did feel well enough to go out for a little while. She was a Michigan cheerleader and one of her friends in the neighborhood was a Michigan football player. We tracked each other down to get a picture of them together, to cute. She did con one of her friends into go to the doors and retrieving the candy for her while she rode in the wagon. She is so management material. She crashed as soon as we got back home. Trick-or-treating is different here in MN. Kids don't go out until dark and it only last for about a hour and a half. We only had about 60 kids. Well hope everyone had a good Halloween. Happy Birthday Mom!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My Halloween Skeleton

Guess where I spent my morning? That's right, the emergency room. I guess we are lucky to have made it 3 years without a trip.

So here's the story. I was "trying" to get Addison and myself ready to go to her OT appt. She climbed onto the ledge of the bathtub and I told her to get down and come get her teeth brushed. When I turned my back, THUD! She fell into the tub and started screaming and holding her shoulder. Yep, you guessed it; she broke her collar bone. The Dr. said it's a easy bone to break. Only 5 lbs of pressure will do it. They gave her a sling. The nurse called it her arm purse. My husband said it probably cost more than a Coach purse. She's on Loratab and a little goofy. This means no little gym for 2 -4 weeks. She's going to hate it. I just hope she feels better by Friday so she can do a little trick-or-treating. Well, I guess I will be home more than I thought this week. Unfortunately I still won't be getting anything done.

How to get ready for a Royal Ball (according to Addison)

1. Put on you make-up.

2. A little lip stick.

3. Put on your glass slippers.

4. Call your princess friends.

5. Your ready for the Ball.

Monday, October 27, 2008


It's only Oct. right? Why does it feel like Dec.? Yes that's snow on my patio furniture. All day Sunday it snowed, not only snow but wind blowing it sideways. It was a hot mess (or cold mess). I went to Target in the middle of this mess and the place was packed. Here I was pushing my cart full of grocerys to the back of the parking lot with snow being blown in my face at 60 mph. I hate snow, I hate cold, and this is only the start. Soon everyone will go into hibernation and you won't see neighbors for months.

I do have a huge pile of projects to work on this winter thanks to Scrapfest and CKC. Hopefully being snowed in will get me caught up.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

All Decked Out for Halloween

This is my super fast spider shadow box I made for my ATC group project last month. These are so fast a simple to make. I got the Martha S. boxes on clearance at Micheals months ago. $3 each, got to love it. The paper is MS from last Halloween, spider punch is MS. I also added some black bling around the front.

The Boo banner was a free projects at the Little Yellow Bicycle kick off crop from Scrapfest.

I made the wall hanging from a MM kit at got at Target the day after Halloween last year (1/2 price). I used some ribbon I had to hang them.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What do I have to do to get you people to leave a comment?

OK, I know your looking but you never comment. What do I have to do people? Tell me what makes you comment on a blog (the project, blog candy, a wild hair?).

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Birthday Thank You Notes

I was up until the wee hours last night working on Thank You notes. The cupcake stamp is from Stampin Up: Simple Birthday Thanks. These went together easily. I matched the color off the Little Mermaid box of crayons. I punched a hole through the card and the crayon box and tied them together with ribbon. I made labels to seal the bags with stamps from A Muse. The boys crayon boxes were covered with Stampin Up paper: Jersey Shore. Addison and I walked the neighborhood handing out thank yous. She liked it but it was so cold. Hard to think we will snow in a month.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Addison's 3rd Birthday Party

The wild woman turned 3 last Saturday and today was her party at little gym. She had a great time and loved having all her friends in one room.

Every picture I took in the gym looks the blurry. The kids never stopped moving. I bet some parents got a good nap time today.

Yes there was an outfit change between gym and the cake. My husband thinks I'm crazy. I told him it's like the Emmy's, the host has a costume change at the commercial break. She won't let me do this for long and I'm going to get as much pink and ruffles in as I can. I purchased the dress and headband at the Edina Art Fair this spring. The skirt is so cute with the loose rose petals inside and Addison actually kept the headband on. I can't wait to watch the video Tim took. When they put the cake in front of her she kept licking her lips. She is such a little Princess. She sat up on the step and all the kids were giving her gifts like the Queen of England and her subjects. Next she be talking about herself in third person. "Mommy we are not amused!"

Birthday Party Favors

Well this is why I haven't blogged in awhile. Addison's 3rd Birthday Party! I'm sure everyone that knows me is happy it's over so they don't have to hear me talk about favors for another year. This took me 2 weeks of working nights to get all this stamping done and now I need to start on Thank You notes.

Addison wanted a Little Mermaid party so I thought pirates kind of go with mermaids so that's what I went with for the boys. The little boy pirate is Cats Pajamas and I put the childs name on the other side. So what's the benefit to all this extra work. Well, what you do is have the birthday kid pass them out and say their thank yous, then you know everyone was properly thanked. The girls had Ariel tags (stamp from Target) with their name and monogram on the back.
So what's in the bag? The tins I made below and: Boys - pirate money, eye patch, map, kaleidoscope, and a suction ball. Girls - Ariel ring & stickers

Now for the favor tins. Girls are Lily from Pink Cat, border from Gina K., Paper & Ribbon - Stampin Up, Markers - stampin Up & Copic. Spica glitter pen. JustRite Stampers Monogram Stamper . Filled with nails, lip gloss, and a bracelet.
Boys are Billy from Pink Cat, the rest is the same as the girls. Filled with sea animals.
Yes I also made 2 Michigan tins for 2 of the boys that we know are fans. I couldn't help myself. My husband is the one that came up with the idea. Good job Babe.

The pirate chest is a box from Micheals my friend (Thanks Ina) had in her to be altered box. I spray painted it gold and glued the jewels on. I think I'm going to use it for a potty training prize box. I filled it with candy, beads, and gold coins.