Category: holidays

snowy embellies

I am having so much fun working on my December Daily 2009!!! 

This year, I am going with a vintage snow theme…..I am making some embellishments for it. 

Here are some tips! 

  • Using my Cricut Expression, Accent Essentials cartridge, I cut out a bunch of different sizes of snowflakes and a few frames. 
  • Sometimes, especially on the tiny shapes, the little pieces don’t all come out, so I like to use my needle to push out the little pieces. 

Now, I am usually NOT a glitter person.  I don’t like the mess.  But I am looooooving this Martha Stewart Coarse Crystals!!!  I think that it looks snowy.  I also like the Coarse Crystals because I think it adds a vintage feel to the embellishments. 

  • Once the shapes have been cut out and extra pieces removed, using a glue with a nice tip, I simply trace the areas that I want to apply the crystals. 
  • It’s convenient using this little tray to catch all of the extra glitter, then it can be funnelled back into the bottle. 
  • I also discovered, that when you are holding your paper shape in your left hand, the Martha Stewart bottles are FANTASTIC because they have a FLIP-TOP LID!  Hello, you can do that with ONE hand!!!!  I love that! 
So, those are just a few things that I have learned while working on my December Daily…SO much FUN!!!!! 

button wreaths

easy peasy little button wreaths…here’s how!! 

you will need:

  • 2 scalloped circle punches in different sizes
  • small circle punch for the center, or i just used a knife/scissors
  • glitter-mist
  • buttons & thread/floss & needle
  • adhesives (glue/double-sided tape)
  • ribbon
  • hole punch/scissors

all i did:

  1. collected a few Christmas-themed papers/cardstock.  using your punches, cut 2 scalloped circles.
  2. cut a circle in the center.
  3. spray as much or as little glitter-mist on them…allowing them to dry for a few seconds, depending on how much you use.
  4. thread your buttons however you like.  i like my knots to be on top.  it makes it less ‘bumpy’ when gluing them on.
  5. adhere your two wreaths together.  (i used double-sided tape)
  6. glue on your buttons.
  7. punch a small hole for your ribbon.
  8. i strung both ends of the ribbon through to the front of the wreath, so that a little bow could be tied.  you can make your ribbon as long as you want.  i wanted enough ribbon so that it could either be hung on the tree or more-than-likely, used as a gift tag.  (i did put a tiny dot of glue around the front of the hole, to help hold my bow in the position i wanted) 

that’s it!! 

it’s really easy.  you can make them as detailed as you want.  try different papers, buttons, ribbons, the combinations are endless! 


Holiday Planner 2009

time for holiday planning! 

last year, i posted a tutorial for making a simple holiday planner

in years past, i have always preferred altering a notebook. 

this year, i chose to start from scratch.  simply using supplies that i already have on hand. 

for this year’s planner, i used:

  • chipboard mats for my front & back covers and as a divider between Thanksgiving & Christmas
  • bind-it-all, using the red binding
  • bind-it-all corner punch for rounding the corners (love this punch! it can cut through chipboard)
  • cricut expression, using the “beyond birthdays” cartridge
  • “marshmallow mist”
  • ribbon
  • self-adhesive metal closures
  • adhesives (glue, double-sided tape, sticker maker)
  • scrapbook paper (i used scraps of Christmas paper from last year’s projects)
  • Christmas cards that i cut apart
  • notebook paper (i actually cut pages from my past planners that were blank & resized them)
  • stickers (file tabs)
  • Sharpie poster paint pen (white) (love this pen)
  • Sharpie pen (red)
  • envelopes (old white ones i had on hand and craft paper ones for scrapbooking)
  • flower embellishments that i made using paper, flower punch, brads, and misting spray
  • Christmas themed diecuts

in other years, i have added lots of ribbon and dimensional embellishments, but because i like to keep this in my purse, i have learned that the more simple it is, the better it will “survive” the holidays. 

using 1 sheet of red textured cardstock, i sat down with my new cricut cartridge, “beyond birthdays”, and simply cut out as many items that i thought i could use.  i used most of them. 

then, (because i love the marshmallow mist), i simply sprayed them slightly, just to add a little shimmer. 

after that, using my bind-it-all, i punched all of the papers that i had gathered.  (chipboard covers, notebook papers, cards, envelopes etc.) i rounded the 2 corners of the covers.  then bound it all together. 
in my stash, i found these self-adhesive metal closures.  i removed the original black thread, and simply wound red ribbon around them instead. 
then i simply decorated it. 

my planner is divided up into the following sections:

  • Thanksgiving meal planning
  • Christmas cards (this is a new addition to my holiday planner.  not sure how i will list all of the names, i may print out the list and adhere it to the planner.)
  • Christmas Get-togethers (pages for each party/menu/shopping lists etc)
  • Make or Bake (this is for items that i hope to make/bake for friends & neighbors)
  • Sharing Christ’s Love @ Christmas (each year, we choose a way for our family to help those less fortunate)
  • Christmas Shopping Lists (friends/family)
  • Gift List of those items bought
  • Thank You Cards (i think it’s important to send thank you cards.  i’ve tried to teach that to my son.  whether it’s birthday gifts or Christmas or someone has just gone out of their way to be kind, we try to always send thank yous.  i’m not saying we don’t forget or overlook someone sometimes, but it’s always our goal.)  this section is new to my Holiday Planner.  i usually just jot down names on my to-do list, but i thought it would be nice to have it all in the planner.
  • Receipt Envelopes  (occasionally the envelopes over-flow and will need another location at home, but i try to keep most of them in my planner.)

so, that’s my Holiday Planner 2009. 

in the hustle & bustle of the holidays, this is how i try to stay organized!! 

let the shopping begin! 


dd 2008 finished!


finally finished my december daily 2008.  better late, than never, right? 

went to a crop last night, (thanks for coming, Stef…i would have been all alone without you!), 

my goal was to finish my DD 2008. 

i would have liked to have made them a little more detailed, more embellishments etc, but hey, at least i finished it! 

i have already bought my supplies for my DD 2009! 

if you want to see the layouts close up, visit my gallery at sistv


my first 5k

yahoooo!  i hope you enjoyed your 4th of July weekend.  we did. 

i know it’s been a while since i’veposted anything.  blogging is always on my mind, but when i actually sit down with my laptop, the time seems to slip away as i spend time online….  oops! 

saturday, i started my day by participating in my first 5k!!!!!! 

….and it was surprisingly much easier than i ever expected! 

my parents and sister participated also….and thankfully my hubby & son came to cheer me on (& take pictures)! 

this is my parents as they headed for the finish line. 

they chose to run/walk it…my mom came in 3rd in her age category!  way to go mom!  (dad did great too, but i forget how he placed….and the website hasn’t posted the race results yet.)  yea-dad!! 

below is a pic of my sister & i as we headed for the finish line. i didn’t know where kevin & nick would be waiting for us…i knew they would be somewhere near the finish line so that they could take pictures.  my son has teased me all week about walking in the 5k….(i’m not so sure he thought i could do it!)….anyways, as we rounded the corner i could see them up on a small hill with the crowd.  my son broke into a huge smile when he saw us….i think he was relieved that i had made it….lol….and kev was snapping pictures….i tried not to look at them because i am sure i looked like a nut with a huge grin on my face, but it was a great feeling! 

this was something i wanted to do….kind of like when i signed up to take spinning classes this past winter. 

not necessarily because i needed to take the class, but because i needed to PROVE to myself that i could do it.  despite the fact that i will be turning 40 in seven months….

i am not a runner.  never have been.  i’m awkward and feel self-conscious just walking, let alone running!  my sister feels the same way….this was her first 5k also….we did really well!!!      

and i was really pleased with how well i felt doing it. 

i’vebeen walking on the treadmill, almost daily, for about 1 1/2years…so i guess it paid off….walking the 5k with my sister was a lot of fun!!! 

i’m even thinking about doing another one soooon! 

we also had a cook-out and enjoyed some delicious food & time with family.   also discovered that rock band is great fun for ALL of the family!  this is my mom!!!! 

we all took turns playing and singing. 

it was a great time for everyone. 

…i hope you had a great long weekend too…. 


the best


happy mother’s day! 

my guys spoiled me with all of my faves this weekend. 

friday, they had ordered my favorite cookie bouquet for me.  yum! 

saturday, they let me sleep in and then took me to my favorite ice cream place for supper.  yum! 

then today, my son had given me a MD card that he made for me along with a $20 bill (from his own pocket) so that i could go to starbucks today and get my favorite drink and snack.  yum! 

so, after church, before going to my parents’ house for lunch, they took me to starbucks….. 

i bought my favorite drink and an ooohhhhhhh soooooo yummy old-fashioned glazed cake donut. 


needless to say, by they time i remembered to snap a picture, i had eaten half of the donut already. 

ok.  so i’ll admit it, i had almost eaten half of the donut just walking to the car.  lol. 

(notice any scary similarities in all of my favorite gifts?  sugar???? yikes!) 

my hubby hid my MD card in the laundry room….i laughed and told him that it’s a good thing i like laundry….if he had hidden it near the toilet cleaner, it could have been another month before i found it.  lol!!!! 

i love them. 

i have been very blessed. 

we struggled with infertility before and after having Nick.  he is our only child and a true gift from God.  i am very thankful that God allowed me to be a mother. 

enjoy your day! 


treasured eggs

these are some of the beautiful eggs that my grandmother was known for making. 

she always had a craft space somewhere in her house.  a table full of embellishments that she would use for her eggs. 

the eggs are real, blown out, dyed and embellished. 

some of these date back to my birth in 1970, my wedding in 1992, my son’s birth, another one for me in 1974, even one with a picture of a cute white puppy that she had made when we got our dog, chewy. 

grandma would hand cut tiny little flowers or pictures off of greeting cards, magazine pages, or anywhere that she would see inspiration for an egg.  many of her friends or church-acquaintances would receive an egg from grandma, that had been personally made with them in mind. 

she was a truly crafty gal!  i miss her greatly!  i think from one crafty chic to another, she would have enjoyed my scrapbooks.  she did get to see some in my early days, but not since scrapbooking has grown into such a hobby!