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Happy Wednesday, Friends! Are you gearing up for a Happy Thanksgiving and spending time with friends and family over the next few days? Or maybe you are gearing up for some serious shopping this weekend, both at stores and on the web. :) I’m not a Black Friday shopper, but I do love all of the deals I find online this time of year. :)

Infact, just this past weekend, I succumbed to the Today’s Special going on at and bought myself a new photo printer. I’ve had my current color printer for almost ten years, so I figured it was time for an upgrade. I picked up the Canon Pixma here. I admit it, I was crushing on the sleek, white color. It had me at “hello.” Hehe! Now I just hope it lives up to my picky photo-printing standards. Does anyone have this printer? Do you like it? After I receive it and play with it for a few weeks, I’ll let you know my thoughts.



I also spent the morning on filling my cart with several Technique Tuesday stamps (LOVE Ali Edwards’ stamps!). All paper crafting is 50% off right now! Until Thursday, you can use the code COZY331 for $1.99 flat rate shipping (or free shipping over $50). Just thought I would let you know in case you’re a pathological supply shopper like I am. *wink!*


I have some exciting news to share with you! As you know, I work with the amazing Lisa Bearnson. This week she re-introduced her website featuring a brand new look! It’s amazing! It has a fresh, clean feel and lots of exciting new features. I hope you will come check it out! In THIS POST Lisa takes you on a little tour.

Lisa Bearnson Blog Logo


Along with the website relaunch, Lisa is celebrating a huge milestone in her personal life! (So happy for you, Lisa!) Because of all of this, Lisa has some FABULOUS giveaways going on. Check out this entry on Lisa’s Blog to read about her milestone and for details on how to enter the giveaways. (You can enter until Sunday!)

One of the giveaways is a chance to win a Monogram necklace by Jewel Kade. You have probably seen Lisa wearing this necklace while doing shows on HSN. I’ve been admiring it for sometime. You can imagine how thrilled I was when she gave one to me as a gift.


Don’t you love it?! Head on over to Lisa’s blog for a chance to win one of your own.


I’ve been doing more scrapping with my stash and have a couple more pages to share.

First, another Halloween page using an older collection by October Afternoon called Witch Hazel. :) Awww, how I love Halloween!





Next, I have a couple of pages with a vintage feel to them. I’ve been hanging onto Teresa Collins Fabrications line to scrap these pictures of Maryn’s Pioneer Birthday party at the Lion House from a few years ago.







Using vintage colors like this is actually quite tricky for me. I tend to gravitate towards bright, candy colors, but it’s also nice to step out of my comfort zone once in awhile.



For both of these pages, I pulled out my Cricut Explore machine. The lion head on the two-pager is from the French Manor cartridge. The children image on the “Pioneer Party” page is from the Nursery Rhymes cartridge.

Thank you so much for popping by! If I don’t get a chance to “see” you tomorrow, Have a Happy Thanksgiving!




Process of a Two-Pager

Happy Friday! Today I am up on the Noel Mignon Blog with a two-page layout using the Fresh Start kit. In the blog post, I show you how my cell phone has become an integral part of my scrapbooking process. I use it to try out different options on my page. I will snap a picture with the elements lightly placed, and then look at the picture and decide if it is something I want to adhere permanently. I love getting a bird’s eye view of my page this way. Infact, a lot of times, I will snap pictures of a few options, walk away and do something else for the rest of the day, and then look at the pictures with “fresh eyes” later.

Here is a look at the completed project, with a few detail shots. If you would like to see my thought process as I put this layout together, be sure to pop on over to my post on the Noel Mignon blog HERE. Be sure to tell them “hello!” :) It is a L-O-N-G post, so instead of readding it here, I thought I would just link you. I hope that is okay. :)


Note: Unfortunately, the Noel Mignon Fresh Start kit is now sold out, but you can find out more information on how to become a subscriber HERE. Also, be sure to like the Noel Mignon Facebook page, for the most current information and sneak peeks of future kits. Sneak Peeks for the February 2014 “Book of Love” kit have already begun. Yay!


A couple of years ago, my husband and I took a cruise to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. Before leaving the port on the first day, my husband and I walked around the ship and took pictures to text to our kids back at home, so that they would have an idea of what we would be doing the following week while we were away from them. I wanted to collect those photos together on this page spread so I could remember all of the beautiful details of the cruise ship we were on.



For the title, I used a combination of Silhouette Cameo die cuts and the letter stickers from the kit. I also used a die cut and the stamps from the kit as accents. The sunburst accent behind the title is from the Silhouette store and can be found HERE (by Sophie Gallo Design). The word “Anniversary” is from THIS CUT by Hero Arts. I used my scissors to snip away the word “happy.”


I wanted blue letters in my title, so I used the Tiffany Blue SEI ink pad from the kit to change the color of the white glitter thickers. They lost a bit of their sparkle, but the glitter gave them a cool textured look … it kind of reminds me of sand on the beach … only blue! Ha!


I also used the Tiffany Blue ink pad to change the color of the BasicGrey Capture wood veneer shapes included in the kit. Simply pounce the ink pad on the shape and allow it to dry.


How could I create a cruise layout and not add waves and a cruise ship to this page?! You know me and my affection for creating scenes on my layouts. *grin* I used this wave border from the SVG Cuts Wet & Wild collection (I welded a rectangle to the bottom to make it taller. I also used the offset feature in the designer software to create a white cardstock shadow for each layer.) The boat was created using my Cricut Expression and the Pack Your Bags cartridge. I embossed the gray layer with a polka dot folder, and added our initials to the back of the boat using the letter stickers from the kit. A few heart stamps trailing behind the boat add a bit of romance, don’t you think? Hehe!


Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope you felt inspired. See you again soon!


I *heart* Fall Banner

I’m back with another Fall project … a Fall Banner! This one comes together fairly quickly with simple shapes and letters found on the Cricut Classic Font Cartridge, available digitally here. A Cricut Craft Room cut file for this project can be downloaded HERE in the Cricut Project Center.


I cut a different shape for each section of the banner and then used my sewing machine and brown thread to add stitching around the edges.


I punched each shape and then tied them together with lengths of brown satin ribbon. Next, I added rust colored twine and wooden buttons to each knot in the ribbon for some cozy, Fall texture!


Finally, I accented each letter with metal flowers (Maya Road), gems, and pearls. I can’t wait to add this to my mantel … and the best part is, I can leave it up from now until Thanksgiving!


Fun Fall Gift – Scarecrow Scented Sachet Envelope

WooHOOO! It’s officially FALL! My favorite time of year! I just love everything about this season. The warm and cozy colors, textures, food, and scents. It’s a time to pull out the corduroy jackets, boots, clogs, and make a pot of warm, savory soup. It’s a time to start adding special decorating touches to the house and to visit friends and family.

If you are looking for a fun gift idea to drop off to a friend, you might like this next idea. I purchased a pack of scented sachets with yummy fall scents. These can be found at several different types of stores. I purchased mine at Michael’s. Next, I made them a little more special by slipping them into a decorative envelope created with my Cricut Expression machine and the Simply Scarecrow Seasonal Cartridge.


The envelope pouch was created with the Cricut Mini Books Project Cartridge, but you could use any type of envelope or envelope cut file and simply trim off the envelope flap. The half circle notch could be added with a circle punch. I used the Cuttlebug machine and the Contemporary Nature embossing folder to add some texture.

The layered ovals were created with the Cricut Cake Basics Cartridge. I stitched around the edge of the top oval with my sewing machine. I love making fall projects, because you can go crazy with layers and texture! I really don’t think you can overboard in this area. :)


The scarecrow is holding a cute little dimensional leaf banner created with baker’s twine and Cricut cut leaves. Just punch with a 1/8″ hole punch, string the leaves and tie onto the arms of the scarecrow. The crows eyes are black pearl stickers, but you could also use dimensional black paint. (I like Inkssentials Enamel Accents, which can be found at JoAnn’s … and probably Michael’s, too). Finally, add some buttons to the scarecrow and pumpkin for more homespun detail.

If you would like the Cricut Craft Room cut file for this project CLICK HERE to go to the Cricut Project Center to download.

Happy Fall, Friends!