Thursday, December 31, 2009

Statement for 2010:  Dream Big - Every Moment Counts

That is the way I am going to live everyday in 2010.  I want awesome things to happen in my life personally and creatively and great big things to happen within my family.  I couldn't keep it to just one word for the year so it is my statement instead.

I hope all of you have a wonderful New Years Eve and a Great Day tomorrow.  Remember Dream Big and make every moment count!

Before I go I found this saying on this blog.  I think it says perfectly what we all need to be thinking, feeling and doing in 2010.  Click on image to enlarge.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Memoryworks- January & February Trend Essentials-

I am back today because I just recieved this from Memoryworks.  They have all the new products that will be introduced at CHA in stock and ready to go.  Click here to view and print the .pdf file with all the new products.  If you would like to order either contact me or enter my ID# MW379158.

Memoryworks also has a GREAT Kit of the month called Memoryworks Express.  If you sign up for the monthly kit before the 1st., you will get January's kit.  If you sign up after the 1st then your kit will ship in February.  Billing is on the 3rd of every month for only $29.95 + S/H.  It is a great value.  To see January's kit and idea sheet click here.  You will not be dissapointed in this kit of the month.

That is it for today.  Have a great New Year.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Happy Holidays!

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to a great New Year!  I am going to be doing some new and exciting things come this new year.  I am going to be doing Project Life by Becky Higgins.  You can find out more about it here.  I am going to try to take a picture a day and journal about that day also.  I am very excited about this.   When Becky Higgins was with Creative Keepsakes the kit was called Project 365, which you probably have heard more about. 

Memoryworks also has a kit coming out that is called Simple Stories.  You can click here to find out more about there system.  I will be using there system and the project life system thru the year.  If you would like to order the Memoryworks system my ID# is MW379158.  Memoryworks is a great company and you will be seeing more about them on my blog in 2010.

I am also thinking of my word for the year.  I have been following Ali Edwards blog here, and I have to finish my December Daily Album and figure out what my word for 2010 will be.  I think this is a great idea and it will be something that I will aim for and live by in 2010.

Another person I have been following this year and will continue to follow is Stacy Julian.  Her view of just getting the memories written down is where I am in life right now.  I want to make sure that my children have the pictures and words to look back on with their children in the future; but I want it to be done in a simplified way.  I don't have the time anymore, as I'm sure a lot of you don't, to get all intricate and layered with my scrapbooking.  She has a system to just get the memories on paper that is the most important.  You can read mor about her here.

I will leave you with a picture of my family that we had done before Christmas at JC Penny's where my daughter Courtney works.

I hope all of you have a great New Years and I will be back to blogging on a regular basis in 2010.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Awed & Inspired....

If you need to reaffirm who you are and why you are here.  If you thank God for everyday that you are here on this earth for Family , Friends, Your Husband and Children, then take a few moments and read this Inspiring Story of Stephanie Nielson and her fight to regain all the thing that we take for granted everyday.  Read more here.

I will be posting My first December Daily pages in the next few days.  Christmas is approaching quickly and I haven't done any shopping.  I better hit the stores this weekend.  Tree is up and my lights on the outside are done.  My DH has been busy with work and hasn't gotten the rest of the house done yet.

Have a great evening.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  Have a wonderful day.  I am creating this weekend so I will have lots to show on Monday.  Have a good long weekend also.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Happy Sunday Evening.  This is my Second post for today-
Today's card is for TESC91 with Taylored Expressions.  I love the clean simple design of this sketch, though you can put the WOW factor into it.  


CS:  Prisma & PTI
DSP:  Art Warehouse; Danielle Johnson & Cosmo Cricket (Pinwheel)
Ribbon:  TE
Stamps: PTI
Ink: SU
Brads: Making Memories

Hope you enjoy the card-

Happy Sunday,

I thought I would post today a few of the home decor items I have made for Halloween and Thanksgiving.  I still have an Autumn banner to make for by the door, then it's on to Christmas gifts for friends and family.

This banner I made to hang on the wall by the front door.  Loved the papers and the glitter around the pinwheels.

I made this using Bo Bunny's letters.  This was hung on the downstairs bathroom door.

This banner I made using the House of 3 Monagram kit.  I placed pinwheels with buttons in the center between each letter.  The family likes this one.

For this wall hanging I used the Bo Bunny Letters again with some Maya Mist and Tim Holtz distress Ink.
It turned out ok to me and is hanging on the bathroom door to replace the Boo hanging.

Well that is it for tonight.  I will post the Autumn banner when I finish.  Also look this week for some challenge cards.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Thankful for..... making it thru the Nor'Easter with only one piece of missing siding.

Today I have for you pictures from over my back fence, and from our driveway yesterday.  At some times during the day we had wind gusts of up to 75 miles per hour.

People trying to kayak in the road. Looking over my back fence.

Taken from the end of my driveway. Into the road & into the cul-de-sac.

The other pictures I have for you are the first of my December Daily Album.  To learn more about this project visit Ali Edwards blog here.  I have enjoyed gathering product for the last few months and using up some of my stash also.

Front Cover

Cover Page

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 5

Snowflake overlay Page ?

I hope you enjoyed my album so far and I will continue to give updates on my progress.  To everyone who braved this storm with us here in Va. Beach I hope you faired well.  Our thoughts are with you.

Enjoy your day.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thankful...... for being inside and warm today.

We here on the east coast of Virginia are having a wicked Nor'easter that has become stationary over us.  So there is no school today and we can't get out of our neighborhood due to the roads are flooded.  My cul-de-sac is a pond at the moment.  I will have pictures to share tomorrow.

Stay dry wherever you are.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy November & Veteran's Day!

I have been busy getting the cards, notebooks and Holiday planners mailed off to my Mom for her Craft Fair this weekend in No. VA.  I forgot to take pictures of the notebooks and Holiday Planner (made from PTI Take Note Set).  I will be making a few more and I will photograph those.  The next three cards were in the box that I sent off.  The first card was made from PTI Holiday button bits and all product used on this card were from Papertrey Ink. I just love the veritality of this set and there product are superb quality.  Check them out by clicking on the blinkie in the right side bar, you won't be disappointed.  The second and third cards are the same, one I tied a bow and the other I did a knot.  I liked the way they both turned out.  The CS is Bazzill, DSP; Art Warehouse, Danielle Johnson, stamps; Inkadinkado, Ink; Kaleidacolor Pad (Autumn Leaves), Ribbon; Martha Stewart.  I will be posting these in my etsy shop tomorrow by 5pm.

Have a great rest of the evening.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hello Everyone, Happy Hump Day!

Here in Va. Beach we are having rain and 80 degree weather.  Where is Fall?  I guess it will be here tomorrow since it's suposse to be 60 degrees then.  No wonder everyone is getting sick.

Well, on to my post for today.  I make Cancer Awareness Bracelets and I mentioned a few posts back that I would put a picture up.  Well today is finally the day.  If you would like to buy one please email me.  The left bracelet is a Cancer Awareness Bracelet representing all the types of Cancers, and the right is for Breast Cancer Awareness.  All of the bracelets are made with Genuine Cats Eye Beads and .925 Sterling Silver.

As I have said in the past I enjoy making a lot of different things and this is one of them.  I am currently making some for my daughters Elementary School to help there Relay for Life team.

Well that's it for now I may get back to post a few more projects I have been doing but until then.  Have a great rest of your week.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Well, I was finally able to sit down last week and make some cards.  I am making cards to send to my mom in No. Va. for a Craft Fair that she is doing.  It was nice to sit and be creative with cards again. 

This is my first card:

I made 5 of these cards and placed them in this purse.  I found the template here.  I think they turned out cute.  The purse is super easy to make.

My second and third card are ones I made to put in my etsy shop.


I hope you have enjoyed these cards today.  I will have more posted later.  I will also be putting pictures up of the Cancer Awareness Bracelets that I sell.

Have a good day!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Hello everyone,

Still no cards to post I am working on them as I type.  Stayed up for the Papertrey Ink Release party last night and all I have to say is WOW!  I got the sets I wanted and can't wait to start making christmas cards.  To visit this awesome site with I think the best Design team in the world, click on there blinkie to the right of this post.  You will not be dissapointed.

Thanks it for today, very rainy here and trying to stay focused instead of in bed for a good rainy day nap.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Wow!  It's been a week since I posted.  I have been meeting some design and order deadlines this week that's why you haven't heard from me.  Here is a picture of fall on my front porch.  Sorry to say we havn't seen fall yet in Va. Beach with temps. on Friday in the 80's, so I needed some inspiration for a change of weather and a season that I love.

1)  I have been working on my Cut the Crazy out of Christmas binder shown below.  Every Thurdsay through next week there is new stuff to download and new projects to do, so that has been keeping me on my toes. I take this workshop thru Big Picture Scrapbooking.   Click on the link to the left and see what they are all about.  I love the workshops.  Some of the stuff for the workshop that you work on is getting out those Holiday Recipes and put them into the binder, pictures of past Christmas's where you liked how you decorated your house so you have it for future reference.  It also gets you to start thinking about gifts and what your going to do so that by the time it comes around you are not stressed to the point of just wanting Christmas to be gone.   That is where I have been in years past.  It has been and very aggravating day that I just wanted to be over.  I don't want to feel this way anymore and the workshop has really been helping.

2)  I have been taking another Self-Paced Class by Ali Edwards which is a Family Gratitude Spinner at Big Picture Scrapbooking.  I have enjoyed this because it is a Altered Project and I haven't done many of them.  I have posted a picture below of what the project looks like.  Mine will of course be different since everyone has there own style but I am following her suppliy list the best I can.   

3)  I have been working on a card class deadline for a friend who is a Creative Memories Consultant.  I make her card classes for her and while it seems like an easy task, it is a mass-production process and when you are making 19 kits with 12 cards in each kit it is a project in and of its self.  I have posted some of the cards and pictures of the past two days of chaos.  If you would like to learn more about Creative Memories or order product you can find more information here.

4)  I have not been able to make a single card for myself for the past three weeks, and next weekend is the card swap at my local scrapbook store, so I will be making 6 Thanksgiving themed cards for that which I will post when I finish those.  But I think I will take tomorrow and make some cards from the kits I have recieved by Taylored Expressions.  I have 2 months of card kits and I better make some before my next kit comes on the 20th.  Check out her blog at here Taylored Expressions.

5)  I also made a Tote Bag last weekend.  It is large and roomy measuring 13x12x6.  If any one would like me to make them one please email me I am selling them for $30.00.  (Note I have only limited amounts of this fabric left.  So if you want one hurry!)

Thank you for listening to me ramble on and visiting my site. I have been busy but productive which is always a good thing.  Have a great rest of your weekend and see you sometime during the week .

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Hello Everyone,  Today is World Card Making Day!

I wanted to let you know that I have become a part of a wonderful company called Memory Works.  They are a company that sells all the stuff that you can find in your local scrapbook stores and online.  You can host a Home Party and get these great products for free.  One of the amazing things that they offer are Monthly Kits.  This months kit is called Wicked.

This amazing kit includes:

Patterned Paper:
{1} 12x12 Quoth the Raven (Dream Street)

{1} 12x12 Sleepy Hollow (Dream Street)

{1} 12x12 Midnight Dreary (Dream Street)

{1} 12x12 Spine Tingler (Dream Street)

{1} 12x12 Hoot Hoot (Dream Street)

{1} 12x12 Witches Brew (BasicGrey)

{1} 12x12 Spook Alley Die-Cut Newsprint (Making Memories)

Solid Cardstock

{1} 12x12 Papaya Puree Dark (Prism)

{1} 12x 12 Sugar Cream (Prism)

{1} 12x12 Spring Willow (Prism)

{1} 12x12 Black (Prism)


{1} 12x12 Sheet - Twilight Postcards (Pink Paislee)

{1} 5 ½ x9 ½ Sheet - Spook Alley Word Fetti Sticker (Making Memories)

{1} 6x12 Sheet - Superstition Die Cuts (Dream Street)

{1} 6x9 Sheet - Tucker or Jargon Black Rub On Letters (Scenic Route)

{2} Novella Gallery Roses (Prima)

{1} Spook Alley Trims & Treats Embellishment Kit (Making Memories)

Includes the following:

8 - Dimensional felt ghost shapes

12 - Embossed paper bat shapes

12 - Gems

40 - Buttons in assorted sizes

1 - Yard orange and black twine

1 - Yard ¾" Black lace trim

1 - Yard 3/8" multi color dot cream grosgrain ribbon

Bonus Cards

{4} 3x6 Papaya Puree Dark (Prism)

{4} 3x6 Sugar Cream (Prism)

{4} 3x6 Spring Willow (Prism)

{4} 3x6 Black (Prism)

{4} 3x6 Wizard Dark (Prism)

{5} 3 ¼ x 3 ¼ Clear Envelopes

ALL FOR ONLY $29.95!! (plus $6.50 S&H)

If you would like to order this kit, please email me at

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

As, you may have noticed I have taken the Stampin Up! Icons off the blog.  At midnight tonight I am going inactive with the company.  I love the company it has nothing to do with them, I have just found that my interests lay in another direction.  I will still be making cards which I live to do and participating in a few more challenges.  I am right now taking two classes at Big Picture Scrapbooking.  I have a link on my side bar check it out.  The classes are Ali Edwards Family Gratitude Spinner class and Cut the Crazy out of Christmas with Georgana Hall & Debbie Raymond.  Check out the website they have great workshops and self-paced classes.

Family life has been very active with Justin (15) starting Gracie Jiu-Jitsu tonight which will be 3 nights a week and Megan (8) wanting to start Horseback riding lessons, so life around here is crazy.  I will post tomorrow the tote bag I made this past weekend and the first steps I have made in Cutting the Crazy out of my Christmas's for hopefully forever.

Enough for tonight,

Sunday, September 20, 2009

For the last two month's I have been getting Tayored Expression Key Ingedient's Kits.  I Love them.  They have everything you need to make a lot of great cards and projects.  This week Taylor is letting us link our creations to her blog.  The rules were it needed to be Kitchen related since the DSP is Kitchen Spice and there had to be some distressing.  I loved this challenge it took me out of my comfort zone and I like what I did.  I made a card and a covered notebook that hold a 4x6 scrach pad of paper.  Great to put in you purse and have on had when a thought or to do catches you.  Hope you enjoy!

Supplies:  September Key Ingredients Kit- Taylored Expressions
Ink:  Momento
Embellishments:  Nesties, Apron Lace Punch- Martha Stewart, Cinnimon Stikles, Ribbon- Taylored Expressions.

Plese let me know what you think-
Well it has been forever since I last posted anything.  I am still getting in the swing of things with back to school, homework and my new schedule.  My parents came last weekend for my to oldest children's birthdays and my mom and I sat and cut 1800 2" squares and the border and binding for 3 quilts that have been U.F.O.'s since 2007.  More on that in a future post.  My rhumatoid arthritis flared up after that so I have been taking it easy.  Well enough about all that let's get to my card.

My Card:

Every month I participate in a card swap at my local scrapbook store (Beach Scrapbooks) and this month's theme was Halloween so I sat down today; since they are due tomorrow (well today) at noon, and cased one of Michelle Wooderson's (Mish Mash) tent cards.  So easy and they fit in a standard envelope.  I think it turned out great.  Let me know what you think.

Cardstock:  SU Tangelo (Last year's In Color), Black SU
DSP:  BoBunny Boo Crew
Embelishments:  Making Memories Spook Alley, Nesties- Lg. Sq. & Lg. Scallop (Love them!)
Stamps: Studio G & Inkadinkado
Ink: Versafine Black, SU Rich Razzleberry, Envelope: Kalidiscope- Autumn
Coloring:  Prismatic Pencils and baby oil

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Hope, Faith Love Bracelet

I made this bracelet for a friend who's husband had lost his life to Prostate Cancer.  It has Sawarski Crystals and Pearls with .935 Sterling Silver Beads, Toggle Closure and Heart Charm.  She ordered 25 of them for all the women in the family.  It was a very heartfelt gift.   If you are interested in one email me and I will contact you.  I can make any color with any words you would like.   I scanned this in so double click on the image to see it in detail.  Thank You.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Back to School in Va. Beach

My 2 children went back to school today.  My son off to 10th Grade and my youngest Megan off to 3rd grade.  This gave me 3 hours to myself before I had to pick up the two Daycare kids that started Kindergarten today.  Let me tell you 3 hours goes by fast, but it was nice to have a quiet house and drink coffee in piece after the summer with 3 kids under 8 yrs. old running around and keeping up with a 14 yr. old boy.  I did have some time to make a few Thank you cards for the people who bought some stuff from me on Ebay.  I always send a nice card with a handwritten note on a seperate piece of paper inside so they can use the card for themselves.  Well that is it for today I am going to bed to get ready to hit the floor running tomorrow.  Hope you like the card.

Supplies used:
CS: White GP
DSP: Lemonade by Basic Gray
Buttons: Misc
Layout: Paper Pieces by Nichole Heady; PTI

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Mojo Monday #102 on Tuesday!

This card has a few firsts for me.  1) I did some sewing on the card.  2) I used a felt ghosts by Making Memories thats in there Spook Alley Embellisment kit. 3) It's my first Halloween card for the year!  I love the Purple and Greens that everyone is doing for Halloween this year.  It's a nice change from the typical Orange and Black.  I hope you like it.

Paper:  Black; SU,  Orange; Creative Memories, Patterned; BoBunny Boo Crew
Ribbon: Michaels
Embellishments:  Making Memories; Spook Alley Kit
Stamp: Studio G
Ink: Rich Razzleberry; SU

Monday, August 31, 2009

Purse bound for Etsy!
Hello everyone. Sorry I have been away for a few days and didn't get anything new posted. Here is the purse I recently made that holds 10- 3x3 cards with envelopes although it can hold more.  I love these colors.  The base is Basic Gray Cardstock with Brown ribbon picked up at Michaels and has a Velcro Closure.  This item is actually on my Etsy site under bhandforth.  I will be posting a Link in the near future (as soon as I figure out how to. :-) )  Look for more to be coming to my Esty store with the Holiday coming upon us fast.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A New Look

I changed my blog title today to more reflect what I am going to be posting in the future. I don't want to limit myself to one type of craft since I do manydifferent things, though my main love is paper crafting. I am going to be showing you in the next few months all the things I make to give for the Holidays. This is my favorite time of the year. School will start here in Va. Beach the day after Labor Day and the next thing I know it will be New Years. Is it me or as you grow older time just flies by? There is nothing I can do but try my best to keep up. That's it for today check back tomorrow for a peek at what I have been working on lately.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Second Post Today Mojo Monday Below

This is a Plain Notebook I got at Michaels in the $1 ilse. I covered it with Crushed Curry Cardstock and Rich Razzleberry DSP. The Stamps are a set I recievied from Close to My Heart called "With Love" I used Soft Suede, Old Olive, Melon Mambo and Dusty Durango Ink. The ribbon is Pure Color (Michaels) and a Rinestone on the flower adds some bling. This was very easy to make it only took me an hour. I hope you like it.

I'm Back- Mojo Monday

Yes, I am back to Blogging. I have been on Vacation and getting my house ready to start Home Day Care today. Yeah! This is my new job now. It sure was hard getting up at 6am after a month of being able to sleep in, oh well we need the income since I have been unemployed since April. That's enough about me.
My Lovely Card above I did for this weeks Mojo Moday 99 Challenge and I cased the layout of all the top Ladies in the Group. I think it turned out pretty and it was a nice Sunny day to take the picture outside.
Supplies Used:

Cardstock: SU Rich Razzleberry & Old Olive Textured (Love it)

DSP: Cottage Wall

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive & Whisper White

Other Items: Clear Rinestone, Swiss Dot Folder (Cuttlebug), Ribbon 3/8" Vanilla Satin Ribbon Dyed with Rich Razzleberry (Michaels)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Mojo Monday Week 96

This is today's Mojo Monday Challenge. I used new DSP and Stamp Set that the brown guy delivered today. I hope you like it.

Supplies Used:

CS: Rich Razzleberry & Crushed Curry
DSP: Rich Razzleberry
Stamp Set: Eastern Blooms
Ink: Rich Razzleberry & Melon Mambo