Thought for the day -

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." Helen Keller

Monday, Nov. 23, 2009

Good Morning!!  I am so ready for this short work week to be over! I love Thanksgiving week.  My brother is arriving Wednesday night from Virginia and will be with us for the holiday.  Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday,  even over Christmas.

Today I am sharing 2 projects with you.  The first project was one I did with Jordan and was his homework assignment for last week.  Their task was to disguise their turkey so he would be spared from being Thursday's entree!  The concept was totally Jordan's idea- he wanted his turkey to be a rock star. First grade and already into the rock star thing...hehe.  He knew he wanted to use my guitar stamp and we used my cricut for the clothing.

Before the transformation:                                   After transformation: Tommy Tunes the Turkey

Jordan was thrilled with the outcome- the dude looks so cool.  Don't you just love the do-rag, haha.

Ok on to my card.  Todays card is for  Sunshine Monday where we feature Sunshine & Giggles stamps. Today I used A Visit From Santa stamp.  I followed the sketch challenge over at
Midnight Madness.  They provided a great sketch and also requested that this weeks card be a Christmas card so this challenge fit my image perfectly.  I also had a little help from Jordan on my card.  He's always asking if he can help when I'm making a card and the usual response is an adament NO! For this card I actually asked him if he wanted to help. I wanted this card to have a child-like and vintage look.

My dp is from My Minds Eye Signature Christmas line and already had a distressed look. I sewed around the edges and distressed them with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink. 

For my stamped image I used versa mark and embossed with chestnut embossing powder by American Crafts.  Jordan wrote the letter to Santa and I sponged with my distress ink.  I used my nestie label 4 for the sentiment, which was computer generated and 2 gemstone brads, ribbon, and my little stocking charm that I found in my stash.
This will be Nana & Papa's card from Jordan this year.

Be sure to visit Sunshine & Giggles design team to see what they have in store for you this week.
Also, you if you would like to share your talent in exchange for some free stamps Sunshine & Giggles has a design team call on. For all the details go here.

Hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by-

Monday, November 16, 2009

Good Morning! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Our weather this weekend was fabuous!! I wish I had spent more time outside....before it's too late. haha

I did spend a great Saturday evening with some friends crafting.  Sonia organized this little gathering to get a jump start on our Christmas cards. How many did I get done....not a one!  I am working on gift bag holders for Jordan's class for his Christmas party.  Last year I purchased a box of coasters - a box of 800! So I have to find ways to use some of these.  Splitcoast has a great tutorial for these little gift boxes.

Each little box uses 5 coasters so I counted out 110 coasters (22 students) and managed to get all 110 covered with dp- both sides! Now it is on to the assembly process.  I was able to get 1 assembled last night for this weeks
Sunshine Monday project.

These are the cutest boxes once assembled!  I used ric-rac ribbon on this one with the fun snowman paper(don't know who it is by). My image is called Hang On! from the current Christmas/Winter line at Sunshine & Giggles.  This line is perfect for this project.

I will be back later, hopefully before Christmas, (hahaha) with a picture of all 22 assembled with their little goody bags.  I think this will keep me busy over the next couple of weekends.

Sunshine and Giggles has also gone digital! The whole Christmas/Winter line is now available as digitals as well as in rubber.  I had always said I prefer my rubber but since I started using digi's I am hooked. I love being able to resize them for various projects. Don't have that versatility with rubber, do ya!
Be sure to visit Sunshine's Design Team to see what they have to offer this week.
Melissa  Nicole  Joni  Jennifer

Monday, Nov. 9, 2009

Good Morning!!  Are you ready for another week? My overtime has been cancelled until further notice- which probably means next week, haha. So I plan on getting some cards made this week.
I promised Jordan I would reduce my time on the computer this week. I've spent the last week building a new blog for Sunshine and Giggles and he feels neglected.  So this week we're going to spend our evenings together.

Today is Sunshine Monday brought to you by Sunshine & Giggles Stamps. As I mentioned we now have a new blog so be sure to stop by for a visit.  I am using the Little Guardian Angel stamp for this weeks card and it is also covering 2 challenges.  The first challenge is for Stamp Something which offers a recipe challenge- 2 papers, 1 ribbon and 3 embellishments. It is also part of the Stamp Something for Jaimie card drive.  This is such a tragic story.  Jaimie is an eleven year old New Hampshire girl who survived a break in in her home.  She was brutally attacked by 4 knife wielding teenage boys and her mother was murdered. Be sure to check out the Stamp Something for Jaimie blog for further information on where to send your card.

My second challenge covered is a sketch challenge- don't think I can make a card anymore without a sketch, haha. Sketch Saturday provided this awesome sketch this week!

This sketch works just perfectly with the recipe, doesn't it!

It's a bit hard to tell in this picture but I really did use 2 dp's. They are from Graphis 45, from the bride to baby line. I just love the soft colors in these papers.

I used gold stickles on her halo and iced blue stickles on her wings. All cardstock is from Stampin Up and the image was colored with my copics.  I used my MS laced scallop punch and the little roses are from Prima.  Be sure to check out what the Sunshine Girls have in store for you.

Melissa   Nicole   Jenn  Joni

Thanks for stopping by and hope you all have a great week!


Monday, Nov. 2, 2009

Good Monday morning to you all! How was everyone's halloween? We had a pretty busy weekend. Jordan is in cub scouts this year and they had big halloween bash Friday night. Greg & Jordan went as Darth Vader and a clone trooper. Greg works nights so he misses the cub scout meetings but took a vacation day to go to the party with Jordan. They had a ball! Then, of course, Saturday night they went trick or treating. This is the 1st year Greg was home for trick or treating. I stayed home to hand on candy. It was a pretty quiet night. I think we had maybe 15 trick or treaters. We don't have many young children in our neighborhood.

Yesterday Jordan and I went to see the Michael Jackson movie "This is It". I was a fan back in the 70's and 80's- yes I am dating myself here! hehe. I must say the movie was very good. Despite all the negative's about Michael, there is no taking away from the fact that he was hugely talented! Watching the rehearsals and all the behind the scenes stuff that goes into putting on one of his shows was pretty amazing. It's a very sad loss.

Ok now on to my card. This is my entry for Sunshine Monday. I have no other challenges-this was just a quick card and I'm afraid not a very great picture. My camera's batteries were low and not another one in the house. I usually keep a stash but am out.

I actually used last weeks sketch from Friday sketchers that I never got around to using for their challenge. I love the simplicity of this sketch.

My image is, of course, from Sunshine & Giggles and is called All I Want Is....
I used my cuttlebug snow flake folder for the background and a few strips of scraps I found in my stash. This is a great sketch for using those left over pieces . My cardstock is from Stampin Up, green ribbon and the image is colored with my copics.

Be sure to check out the other sunshine girls creation.

Melissa Jenn Nicole Joni