Saturday, 30 January 2016


Happy Saturday!
Very busy day for me today, 
so I will get right to the point!

A new challenge over on the 
Hiding In My Craft Room blog
starts today!!
HIMCR #236 - Freestyle!
And the sponsor is:
The giveaway is 3 Lacy Sunshine images, winner's choice!

The Design Team were
given some images to use for this week's challenge.
I chose
Lyndsey Love Bug Buggme
(she is sooo cute!)

Here is what I designed:

I used papers from Crate Paper Love Notes collection,
as well as the sentiment sticker.
This cutie is colored Prismacolor brush markers
(recently acquired off, and I must
say that I really am liking them!!)
along with some of my daughter's Sharpies!
(shhh...don't tell

Did you hear??

Hiding In My Craft Room is
having another DT call??
Want to have fun?
Want to work with some amazing gals?
Give it a shot!
I absolutely love this team!
You can get all the details here!
I wish you a great day!
Be sure to stay safe, and get crafty!
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Saturday, 23 January 2016

Love is in the air........

Happy Saturday!

I cannot believe that January is almost over--
Can you??
My baby girl is turning 6 this Tuesday--
My babies are no longer babies!
Lots happening right now--
very, very busy.

A new challenge is happening 
over on the
Well, it is Saturday, right??)
(Just double checking!!! lol)

This week, it is
HIMCR #235 - Any Holiday! 

And the sponsor this week is:

The giveaway is a $12 Gift Certificate to A Day for Daisies!
Awesome, right??

The Design Team were given the
opportunity to choose an image
for this week's challenge, 
which is a Holiday.
I chose one for the upcoming
Love Holiday--Valentine's Day!

I used papers from Fancy Pants Beloved collection, as
well as the tickets from the same line.
The white heart is from punched from scrap paper.
The red hearts over the white heart are from K & Company.
The gold heart are from Maggie Holmes Open Book collection.
My cupid image was colored with PrismaColors pencils.
Add some silver glitter glue, and there you have it, 
That is it for me--
lots to do this weekend, and week, actually.
April's birthday is on Tuesday, and
her birthday party is next Saturday.
Lots and lots to do!
Until next time, 
Be safe, Get crafty!

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Monday, 18 January 2016

Mmmmm....Banana Bread!

hey y'all!
I am determined to stick to one of 
my New Year's resolutions..
one being more attentive to my blog!

Last year, a health movement happened
in my household--my teen boys made the
decision to become vegetarian.
Actually, let me rephrase. 
I have one who was a vegetarian the year prior, 
and his twin brother has made the conscious decision 
to become...

I was a little perplexed as to the meaning and such, 
to be honest. I knew it was a big step.
I was not very well informed.
Thankfully, information is at my
Let me say, 
it is proving to be a challenge...sometimes a very
difficult challenge--
as the products are not readily available 
in our area.
But, wow! Some of the recipes
I have tried are unbelievable--
You would not even know they were vegan...
Seriously! so Yummy!
 So, one of my things I plan
on doing is to share
the yummy recipes that I have tried.
So, today, I tried a new recipe.
I was craving banana bread---!!

I searched, searched, and 
I think I found the winner.
Let me say that with the 2 loaves I had
made, I am lucky there is even a 1/4 left!
Which is good, right??
So, let me share!
Awesome recipe found here
on this absolute fantastic site, 
Hell yeah It's Vegan!

The recipe I found, and USED, 

is the following:
Vegan Banana Bread

vegan banana bread
Image courtesy of

This is definitely a repeat recipe!

So, while the recipe is vegan, 
this is perfect for non-vegans.
I am not vegan, but that may change. lol

So, until next time,

mes amies!
Be safe. Get crafty!!

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Saturday, 16 January 2016

Happy Birthday!

Happy Saturday!
Let me say that so far, this year, 2016, is 
speeding up.
I haven't kept up with some of my resolutions...
one meaning my blog.
But, I am not giving up!

This week's challenge over on
 HIMCR #234 - Embossing!
It can be dry embossing, 
or heat embossing.
And this week's sponsor is
the ever awesome Sami Stamps!

The giveaway is a $12 Gift Certificate to Sami Stamps!
awesome sauce, right??

The Design Team were given
the opportunity to pick an image
from Sami Stamps. 
I chose this adorable giraffe, with
the idea to make a birthday card
for my daughter's upcoming 6th
          Here is my card:

I personally love this type challenge, 
aw geez---I love them all! lol
Perfect example to pull out my trusty
Cuttlebug and folders!
I used a WRMK folder (circle)
that I picked up at Winners near Christmas
for 3$$!! score!
(love a good deal!)
Papers are from my stash...
not sure which brand, sorry! eek!
The cute giraffe is colored with
Distress inks, and my trusty brush.
The embossed balloon stickers are 
from EK Success (at the dollar store!!)
There you are, folks!
Be sure to check out the other gals, 
to see their lovely creations!
You have until next Friday night to 
link up!
Cannot wait to see what you all can do!
Be safe. Get crafty!

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Sunday, 10 January 2016

CHA Wishlist...Part 1

Happy Sunday!
I hope you are enjoying this gorgeous day, 
even though it is rainy and mild here in our little
part of this wonderful world!

As many of crafty friends new, 
CHA (Craft & Hobby Association)
is happening this weekend
 in Anaheim, California, 
where various artsy fartsy companies/people
meet to look and showcase their products/works.
(I will be there one day!lol)
These past couple of weeks have
seen some new releases from 
many crafty companies.
I have oohed and aaahed, 
and drooled, and sadly, shook
my head at some of the releases.. lol
Even though Christmas has just ended, 
this show is kinda an exception. Am I right??

So, I though I would share with you all
some of my absolute favorites from the past
couple of weeks:
First up, Bella Blvd.
I will be honest, I was never really a fan of this company.
Then, a new collection was released last year, 
Illustrated Faith.
And I was hooked!!!
Bella Blvd. came out with a brand new
collection, She Blooms.

Beautiful colors!
And Bella Blvd has also extended products to 
the ever-growing popular


All the basics for bible journaling:
alphabet stickers, numbers, cute icons,
die cut shapes, bible verse prompts, 
enamel hearts, washi tape!!!, 
cute clips, and more....swoon!
Yeppers, must haves for me!

Another product that has caught my eye
is from the master, Tim Holtz.
From the Idealogy, to alterations, Stampers Anonymous, 
The first thing that caught my eye, 
was the absolute amazing stamp set from
Stampers Anonymous.
First there were Crazy Birds (love!!), 
and there will be Crazy Cats!!
So excited!
Designed by designer extradoinaire, Kristine Werner, 
who I think was the perfect choice to design this set.
Must have for me!!
Another must have:

Just like the Distress marker, but in crayon form!
And this. New Thinlets from Sizzix:
When I saw this, I 
automatically thought that these would be
perfect for Project Life!!

Pinkfresh has come out with more goodies.
Awesome stamp sets, which
I have drooled over.
One appealed to me tremendously, as
it seems it was made for me! 
4 x 6 stamp set
Bibliophile by Kaitlin Sheaffer for Pinkfresh Studio
Again, another perfect set for Project Life!

And then there is Prima.
I really love their products.
Especially Julie Nutting!!
And she has come out with more dolls!
I have quite a few, and between myself and my daughter, 
they get played with...quite a bit! lol.

(I haven't shown these to my little one, yet, as
she will be too excited, and wanting them right away!lol)


Prima has also come out with more watercolor
Can I have a woot woot??!!
(In case you did not know, I am a watercolor fanatic!!)

Media coloring book

I think I want every single item here!
I need to talk to hubby. lol

So, I will leave it here for now!
There are a few more items I want to share with you!
What has caught your eye??

Until next time, mes amies!
Be safe. Get crafty!

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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Thank you!

Happy Saturday!
I hope you are all doing great!
Well, everything is getting back to 'normal', 
it seems, with the holidays now behind us.
Kinda happy, kinda sad.
Oh well, right?

A new challenge is starting over on 
This week, it is, (brace yourselves!)
HIMCR #233 - Super Scraps Saturday!

There is a new sponsor this week, too!

The giveaway is 3 images from Robyn's Fetish
winner's choice!!
There are some really cute images there!!

The Design Team were given a choice of 3 images to play with.
I chose the apple one, 
and this is what I created:

I used my Tim Holtz Distress Ink markers to color, 
and the papers are from Simple Stories Harvest lane
(an older collection!)
The heart is a word veneer, from stash, colored with
a Pitt artist marker.
The stamped sentiment is from Kelly Purkey Hey dude
stamp set, exclusive to Simon Says Stamp.
A very simple card, but I really like it!

Be sure to check out the other members
of the Design Team to see their creations.
You have until Friday to link up your creations!
Hope you can play!

Until next time, 
Be Safe. Get crafty!
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Saturday, 2 January 2016

Black, white and red

Happy First Saturday of a New Year!

New day, new year, 
New challenge over on the 

This week, it is:
HIMCR #232 Black & White + 1
And our sponsor this week is the ever
delightful Digital Delights!
Digital Delights by Louby Loo is your one stop shop 
for all your digital stamps, paper piecing 
and digital products which are instantly downloadable.
They also have a wide range of digital papers 
and cut files for all your crafting projects. 
Their low prices reflect our belief that crafting
 should not only be fun but affordable too!!

The giveaway is
  $5 gift certificate!

The Design team were given some images to choose
from, and I choose a cute little fella!

Then, it was deciding which colors to use.
And what medium.
oye--decisions, decisions!
I decided on watercolors--a personal favorite.
With the advice of my trusty sidekick, 
it was decided that I should use red as my other color.
So, without further adieu, 
here is my project for this week:

As you can see. I cheated a bit.
I added a tad of green.
(shhhh! don't say anytthing....!) ;)

What I love about watercolors is that I can control
the intensity of the color.
So, red can be bright, or soft, or even pink.
I used my Derwent watercolor pencils--adore them!

Papers are from Studio Calico Seven Paper-Amelia line.
The red cardstock is from Core-dinations, which
was also embossed with a WRMK embossing folder.
The loopy paper tape is from Basic Grey.
The wood button/nickel is from Jillibean Soup.
I added a bit of Stickle glitter glue to the flowers and buttons.

And there you have it folks!
I hope you can play along!
You have until next Friday to link up your projects!
Until next time, mes amies, 
Be safe. Get crafty.
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Friday, 1 January 2016

New Year, New thoughts.....

Happy January 1st, 2016!! 
WOW--that is going to take some time to write--2016!
I hope you had a pleasant holiday, and
are still enjoying it!
New Year's Day is always
a bittersweet time for me.
Always has been, for as long as I can remember.
I spend time reflecting on the past year, 
and think...and think...and reflect..
Not always good. ;)
2015 was the year for ups and downs.
From my son's back surgery, 
purchase of our house, 
to job loss of both my husband and I not soon after,
to my youngest starting Kindergarten, 
to my sons graduating high school
AND starting college.
Not only starting college, but moving away
to be able to attend college.
Health scare for me.
Then to new employment for both hubby and I.
(what a relief!)
yep, it was a roller coaster year !
2016 is here. For 365 days.
I don't know what 2016 has planned for us, but
we have to roll with the punches, and stay positive!
One day at a time.

I do have some crafty goals for this year.
I would like to share with you:

*Be more active on my blog.
*Become more familiar with my camera--
take better pictures!!
*Be more consistent with Project Life
*Develop my own style
*Try new techniques--step out of comfort zone

These are just my crafty goals.
And I pretty positive they are attainable!

I have personal goals, lifestyle and health goals.
I am goal orientated this year, it seems!

So, have an amazing day!
I will be back tomorrow with my post for
Hiding In My Craft Room.
Until then, 
Be safe. Get crafty!

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