Category: new camera pix

let’s catch-up

well.  let’s catch up. 

it’s now summer break. 

above is one of my favorite summer spots.  our patio swing.  i love it!  i really enjoy swinging while enjoying a good book. 

i love spending time outside in the sun.  yesterday, i decided to take the camera outside and snap a few pix. 

(still having fun messing around on….love how easy it is to edit photos on there!) 

also made some monkey munch.  yum-o!  as blogged here we LOVE monkey munch! 

therefore, i don’t make it tooooo often because we easily eat wayyy too much of it! 

it’s soooo yummy!  & addictive.  can’t just eat one handful. 

(this version is also peanut-free) 

we store it in a XL 2.5 gallon ziploc.  reaching in, you get covered in powdered sugar!  (you would think that would deter us, but no!) 
the extra large pieces that stick together are the first to go….oh yum!!!
below, nick and i picked up our lunch today…current low-cal favorite, subway & starbucks.  

he, of course, dodged out of the picture as i snapped it. 


that would be his laptop.  in the car.  no, this wasn’t a roadtrip. 

simply a long line at the drive-thru, so he pulled out his laptop. 

isn’t that normal for a teen in 2009? 

well, i am REALLY wanting to scrapbook.  lots of ideas bouncing around in my head. 

feeling very creative.  just need to do it. 

maybe i will post some layouts tomorrow! 

hope you are enjoying your summer so far! 

thanks for stopping by!

altered oatmeal container tutorial {sunday scrappin’}

happy long weekend! 

hope you are enjoying time with family & friends!! 

here is my sunday scrappin’  ta-da project: 

  • my altered oatmeal container

you may have one of these in your pantry already, and don’t even realize it! 

a quick crafty gift box, made by recycling (re-purposing) your oatmeal container. 

let’s get started! 

1.  i gathered the paper that i wanted to use to cover my container….including any papers, embellishments, or ribbon in the same color pallet.

2.  i simply cut a sheet of paper to fit around the  container.  a 12 x 12 sheet almost makes it around.  (tip: as you are wrapping it around, using your fingernail as a guide, tuck it under the lip that is at the top.)  (i used double-sided tape to adhere the paper.) 
3.  next, to cover the gap, i used 2 sheets of co-ordinating paper to make a ‘front’ for the gift box.  you can do this however you like.  (again, i used double-sided tape.)  (i also rounded the corners with my corner punch.) 
4.  once the container was entirely covered, i measured some rick-rack ribbon to go around the top & bottom.  i prefer to adhere ribbon by using my smaller sticker-maker.  (this is awesome for ribbon!!!!!)
5.  i was hoping to use my new stamp set, seen below.  “a little caffeine”   i ordered it online last week, thinking that it worked with my self-inking stamper…horribly wrong….so i had to mess with it a little and it still didn’t stamp well….bummer.  guess i will have to find a base  (wood mount) for it.
6.  ok, moving on.  i simply cut a circle that would fit in the plastic lid.  (i’m not into measuring…heck, i didn’t even trace it…i just started cutting a large circle and adjusted as i went.) 
7.  again, i ran my ribbon thru my sticker-maker and adhered it to the lid. 

8.  using one of my favorite tools, my marvy punches, i cut different size circles/scalloped circles to make a tag for the top.  (i also adhered these with double-sided tape.) 

9.  of course, i had to use my other current favorite, THICKER STICKERS!!!!  love them!!! 

10.  also for the front, i made a 3 layered “flower” and topped it off with a THICKER…  (to make sure that the layers stuck together, i used a strong, clear glue adhesive.)  (my 3-D embellishment for sunday scrappin’.)

so, here’s the finished look!  of course, you can make it as fancy or crazy as you like. 

Oh! and importantly, i filled mine with my favorite homemade biscotti….made by my SIL….thanks, jan!  this chocolate biscotti is to.die.for!!!! amazing!  i also included some different flavors of starbucks’ chocolate candy! 

so.  there you have it. 

an easy scrappy project and you may already have the supplies on hand! 

my sunday scrappin’ to-do’s:

  • anniversary cards
  • my summer love mini album, (so that it’s ready to go when school’s out at the end of this week!!!)

enjoy your long weekend!!!!!

find some time to scrap!


ice cream cookie dessert

here’s an easy dessert recipe that i made on mother’s day!

Ice Cream Cookie Dessert


  • 1 (18 oz) package of Oreos, crushed & divided
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1 (16 oz) jar of hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed
  • 1 (8 oz) carton of frozen whipped topping, thawed


  1. In a bowl, combine 3 3/4 cups cookie crumbs and butter. 
  2. Press into a greased 13 x 9 x 2 dish. 
  3. Spread with ice cream; cover and freeze until set.
  4. Drizzle fudge topping over ice cream; cover and freeze until set.
  5. Spread with whipped topping; sprinkle with remaining cookie crumbs.
  6. Cover and freeze for 2 hours or until firm.
  7. Remove from the freezer 10 minutes before serving.

Yield: 12 servings

homebodies @ heart

scrapped this layout last night, in about 5 minutes.  (could have been the fact that i had 2 venti-sized starbucks in me…lol) 

i’ve been “saving” this vintage-looking postcard for a while and was thrilled to use it! 

also used:

  • cosmo cricket paper
  • jenni bowlin paper
  • owl flair from etsy
  • pom-pom ribbon
  • THICKERS–love’em!

i journalled about the fact that i love being at home. 

i never understood how my hubby was always content to be at home,

but now i do…..we are homebodies! 


those adorable feety pajamas

i found this picture from 1996. 

nick was about 2 1/2 then. 

i just loved those feety pajamas.  he was so snuggly in them. 

time goes too fast. 

of course i used some more THICKERS on my layout. 

for the sunday scrappin challenge: use something 3-D in a layout. 

i used the leaves and added a red button to resemble a holly berry. 

my to-do’s:

  • i have a gift i want to bake, using an altered oatmeal container as the gift holder.
  • i played with my binditall yesterday…working on a mini album for this summer…need to work on the cover…want to have it ready for the last day of school and the first day of summer break.

my ta-da’s:

  • this layout is my only layout for the last few days. 
  • however, i did clean up my scrap-room last night.  i can see the floor!

it was a bit chilly out today, but i managed to finish planting my mini-garden and planted many flowers around the house.  i always plant red flowers, to match our front door.  but today, everywhere i looked i saw beautiful purple flowers.  they were just begging to be planted at our house.  so, i went with different shades of deep purple and white.  hopefully they bloom & look beautiful! 

well, i better keep moving….laundry….ironing…treadmill…dishes….all of it is waiting for me!  enjoy your sunday! 


not a stranger

had some fun scrapbooking last night. 

i’ve been wanting to scrap some lyrics from my favorite songs. 

this one is from Plumb(their site) song titled: Cut 

i decided to do an 8.5 x 11 for an album that i have. 

of course i used some of my current faves: THICKER STICKERS, martha stewart bird punch, & my scalloped edge punch 

thanks for stopping by! 


foto fun

ok.  so, i am not good at editing photos. 

i know i have a lot to learn and i WANT to learn, but just haven’t figured it out yet. 


my amazing 14 year old son has it all figured out. 

here’s how the picture looked originally, (after being cropped)…(below)   

and here are some other ideas…  
the first one is my absolute favorite! 

it looks so vintage-like! 

the picture is from a small town near us, where my favorite ice-cream place is. 

as a special mother’s day treat, they took me there for supper.  as we were driving through town, we saw this old building that looked like a great backdrop for a picture….so…of course, i hopped out of the car and my sweet hubby snapped some pix. 

the one below is “old-school”…i think i love that one too!!!! 

we are still working on more, but that’s all i’ll post for now…..before you are bored with all of these pix of me. 

thanks for looking! hope you are having a lovely weekend. 


flip-flop faves

fabulous fun fact: my flip-flop faves ok. 

so, i have never been able to wear flip-flops….at least not comfortably. 

normal flip-flops drive me crazy! that little thing between my toe is just awful. 


i found these. 

my skecher flip-flops. 


yes, they are a bit more costly than your typical flip-flops…average around $32…unless they are on sale… 

but believe me 

they are TOTALLY worth it!!!!  

i bought the khaki & teal ones last year and wore them A LOT!  and they are still in fabulous shape! 

this year,

hello navy blue!!! 

but i still have my eyes on these adorable green ones–GREEN!!!! 

if you are looking for some comfortable flip-flops that will withstand the demands of summer–try these!!!! 

announcing {framed thoughts}

well, it’s friday! 

spent today at a scrapbooking crop at our church. 

i have many old pictures that are just waiting to be scrapped….so my goal was quantity, not quality. 

this layout is from 2000.  our church playgroup took a tour of a local armory.  it was really hot out that day and my son was rather grumpy.  when it came time to take a ride in a Humvee, (which every kid could hardly wait for), nick said that he did NOT want to go….because, there wasn’t any air conditioning in the Humvee.  can you believe that???  he really dug his heels in and refused to smile for pictures or anything else. 

this layout is of chewy & nick.  i’m pretty sure it was taken the first day that we had him…way back in 2000. 
the picture below is something new i’m trying.  a new line of scrapsinbloom, called “{framed thoughts}”. 

this is the first one, 1 Samuel 1:27, {framed thoughts} for your baby boy 

visit my etsy shop and take a look! 

there will be other themes/verses available soon! 

(thanks, lisa, for your encouragement today!  i really appreciated it!)