Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Photo Banners!

Hi you FAB readers you :) I REALLY appreciate your support after yesterday's nutty post. I'm nuts, but it is what makes me, ME :) LOL. SO, on with the positive!
I LOVE my customers. They are the cutest things ever. AND they have great ideas....
Like this photo banner.
A.d.o.r.a.b.l.e.
Super adorbale customer Sarah wanted a name banner for her duahgter's birthday, but that wasn't all. She wanted a blank one to add pictures from birth to 1 year. This is how it turned out and I LOVE it. SO, now it is offered in my shop!
 I brainstormed possibilities for it and came up with a ton- baby shower, wedding reception, and more listed in the shop!!! LOVE IT!  Like I said, my customers are the cutest :) So, thanks for the FAB idea Sarah! And for her sending me these pics of it in action. Her BFF is a photographer! Didn't she do a great job!!!!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

personal note...

those of you who know me, I am a "positive polly" not a "negative nancy". well, today things have caught up with me I do believe. So much has gone on with my family, losses, health issues, etc. in the past couple of years and I try to take it all in stride.
i KNOW there is a reason. I have complete FAITH in God's plan.
BUT, I am human.
well, dustin, my hubby, has been having even more trouble after the 2 previous surgeries, all for us to get a call last week after another CT scan to say that something isn' right.  still. so, again we are on someone else's time waiting for them to figure it out. this means more surgery, maybe even the same one. for the third time. if that is possible. poor guy is taking it hard.  he just wants to be his version of "okay" and get back to life. He has been in this house for a year now. talk about burnt. i know he wishes he could help out more with matthew. watch him, hang out more, go outside and play.
i know he wishes he could help out more around the house. help clean, grocery errands, etc. but in the reality, he can't. he isn't supposed to be driving yet. (the occasional trip to the gas station to get a fountain drink so he doesn't lose his sanity is necessary though, but he pays for it the day after.)
he is stuck. he is at other's mercy. the doctors, the healthcare fiasco, etc.
he just wants to go back to his workplace, continue to build the business his dad worked so hard to do, and for us to be a normal family.
 My Mother-In-Law is about th same. They are hoping to have her in patient rehab by the weekend. Still so much to be determined abotu her health and such. continuing to pray for her. Dust is obviously very concerned about his mom, as am I.
I PRAISE God in all this we have not had to worry financially. i am very thankful for 2 successful businesses that allow us to not have a financial strain.
but money nor success cannot buy the little things we really want.
good health for all.
 to be able to go to the movies together.
take a quick weekend trip.
for  Matthew not to develop Marfan's.
to have a campout.
to play a baseball game together- all 3 of us.
to go to a baseball game together.
etc.
you get my drift.  the simple things most take for granted.
anyways- my headaches have been continous for over a week right now and I have the peace of mind of knowing my MRI was clear and well.
so, I know that they are stress related. i think i do a really good job of hiding my stress. might be why the headaches linger so much.
i am really missing my brother right now too. something about spring. the newness, the life, the wish that he was here to enjoy my little guy. because i so know he would.
and it's Easter. last Easter was the last get together for my family before my grandpa passed.  my first grandparent to lose. again something about the spring.
i wish we lived closer to my family. it's only an hour and a half, but i want to be next door :) Matthew wouldn't know what to do :)
So, i know this has sounded like a depressing rant, but know that this blog, my crafts, is how I destress, I take my stress out by creating, it makes me smile and happy. i LOVE sharing with each of you and I appreciate each and every comment.
so, i am sorry if I have been a bad friend, bad blogger, and follower, as my comments around blog world have been scarse the last few weeks.
Now, because I am that "positive polly" I will close this post with my blessings :)
my faith
my family (dust & Matthew, mom/dad, sis, etc.)
my friends (ecspecially the ones who understand me :)
spring :) & warmer weather
my overall health
our businesses
my health and the health of my family- I KNOW things can always get worse.
my beautiful little boy and his sense of humor. (if you need a smile, borrow a 3 year old for a day :)

Thank you for allowing my rant :) Take a minute to think of your little blessings.

i plan to continue to count my rainbows, not the thunderstorms.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Shopping!!!!

Just a few notes! There are VERY FEW Dear Lizzy products left in my store! I sold out of almost everything! (I got so many great comments about hte prices being the lowest they have seen :) I just feel that I am fortunate enough to be able to buy my products for crafting at wholesale, which also means wholesale quantities, so I would like to pass those saving onto others, and recover my costs as well :) WOOHOO.
 AND these are the items I have reordered:

AND NEW ITEMS THAT WILL BE HERE NEXT WEEK from the Dear Lizzy Collection-
2 New Sets of Papers to go with all the others!

Also in stock from American Crafts:
Dear Lizzy Fabric Paper (I WILL sell in 12x12 for $1.25, email me for details)
Dear Lizzy Paper Packs - (Also available in 12x12 for .75 a sheet, email me)
Scracth & Sniff- Farm- Smells like chocolate!

IF you live in Louisville and want ANY of these items, email me and I will work it out to drop them off to you or you can pick them up and save the shipping. (I will pull from inventory so yo udon't miss out!) EVERYONE else- shipping is only $2 USA/ $3 Everywhere else, EVERYDAY in my store! Seriously- buy one item or 30 and pay the same thing!!!!!!
AND- mention my blog during checkout for a SPEICAL set of Made To Match Dear Lizzy Embellies from me :)

As promised!

Happy Monday! As promised, pics of the Scratch & Sniff Stickers! You can see them in my shop in more detail! Super cool!!
And just as an FYI- there are only 2 Dear Lizzy Kits left of 8. SO, if you wanted one, you better head over! I will be working today on a princess party banner/toppers, finished the invites yesterday, and on some NEW items :) Notto mention shipping current orders! AND if the weather gets as nice as they say it might, hopefully get the little guy outside!
What are your plans for today???

FCCB Project Day!

It's another Challenge Day at Fantabulous Cricut! Today you are challenge to put a little bling on it. Well, my Princess Banners have bling!!! Like this:
Head over and play with us! We would love to have you! The prize this week is a Close To My Heart product!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Giveaway Info, NEW items, and more!

Hey everyone. Just an FYI- the winner of my 2 Cute Rubber Stamps giveaway is posted on the Facebook Fan Page! (FYI- Look at my posts and the winner is named there:) Make sure you are a fan! I do giveaways there too!!!
Don't forget to enter my Dear Lizzy Fabric Paper Giveaway HERE! Winner announced April 5th. AND did you know
American Crafts is bringing back the
Scratch & Sniff Stickers!?!
 I am one of the FIRST to have already received the ones I ordered! Watch for them to hit my shoppe later today! I have Dolls (BubbleGum), Dinosaurs (Blueberry), Go (Think travel)(Licorice), Trixie Letter Stickers (Orange), Camping (Marshmellow), Birthday (Cake)! Also ordered but not here are Farm and some other kiddo ones!! AND at my price of $1.75 a pack you won't find them cheaper :)
I feel another giveaway coming on :)

Scroll down for my 2 Cute Sunday post and don't forget that 9:00PM is the deadline for DCRU's weekly challenge!!

Cowboy Up :)

It's such a fab day :)
The challenge this week at Pile It On is Animal-Riffic, I always bend rules, and in this house, a stick horse is an animal!!! :)
AND 2 Cute Rubber Stamps is the sponsor this week!! So, this is my sample over at 2 Cute too!! We'd love to have you stop by and say hi at 2 Cute and PIO. Free digi for everyone now on 2 Cute and Free Rubber Stamps up for grabs on both sites to participants! Yeah for free :)
SO join on in with us!
(And why the affection for cowboys?????)
this is why. I have my own little in house bull rider.
he makes me smile.
have a blessed day!
OH- BE SURE YOU READ THE NEWEST POST TODAY! Giveaway details for the Dear Lizzy and some cool info! :)

CSN Store Review Time!

Hey all! Have you heard of CSN Stores?? I don't know about you, but my time is super precious. Working from home, being a full time mom and wife, church and community activities, volunteer work, etc. I have really enjoyed finding an online store like CSN. No matter what I need, be it kids bedding (you really should click and look around!!), cool kitchen tools, or a new set of sheets for my bedroom, I have found it there! Not to mention that there is FREE SHIPPING on so many things! Love it!

CSN, is a collection of 200+ stores (tons more about them here), is sponsoring a review by me!  I am so excited to do it! I am being sent this super awesome pot and after using it I will be writing a review here and adding this to my cabinet forever!
A Reston Lloyd Calypso Basics 8 Quart Stock Pot with Glass Lid in Lime
I have 3 other sizes of this pot, in this FAB color, and I am SO excited to get this one! I hear some homemade chicken noodle soup calling my name :)

SO, look for a review of this bad boy soon and maybe even a few recipes to go along with it! You should really check out CSN!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Many Thanks...

I hope you are all having a happy Saturday! Isn't this shimmery cardstock from http://www.cutcardstock.com/ gorgeous! LOVE it!
I have not posted about this yet because I usually preschedule all my posts a week in advance. So. Last Friday my Mother-In-Law was taken to the hospital in San Antonio and was diagnosed with a bleeding brain anuersym. The first minimally invasive surgery did not work, so they had to perform surgery on Saturday night to go into her brain and clamp the bleeding. She came through surgery and has been disoriented and confused, all which come with the surgery. We are in Kentucky. Hubby cannot make a trip down with all his back issues right now, so he has been pretty worried about his mom. (They actually have a house in Port Aransas and they split time between Port A and Louisville through the year.)  SO, this week has been a bit hectic. Phone calls, updates, explanations, etc. Busy week. So, any prayers or thoughts you would like to send her way would be appreciated!
 Have a great day!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Bride To Be Banner

I had a special request the other day for a Bridal Banner with Zebra print.
This is what I came up with:

The hostess LOVED it!
Thanks for the order!
I love custom work!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

FREEBIE DAY!

Guess what? There is a challenge starting today at 2 Cute Rubber Stamps and Heidi is giving anyone who wants a FREE Bunny DIGI!  Just in time for Easter!!!
Here  is my DT card:) Head over to 2 Cute for more details on it and to see what the other Cuties did with the digi, and don't forget to get your free digi! Join in for a chance to win a free stamp! AND I am giving away a FREE 2 Cute Rubber Stamp on my Facebook page! Sign up!


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

As for me and my house...

Just HAD to show you this card I made using the the Unity Stamp Company Ippity Set-
"Devoted"
I bought! I was so excited to find someone with it in stock!
Need one? Go here :)

Have a great day!!!

DCRU Challenge Day!

It's Tuesday and a new challenge from Die Cuts R Us. This week's challenge is super fun - how good are you at following recipes??? That's right, a recipe challenge, ready for the details:
Recipe:
1 Stamped Image
2 Die Cuts
3 Buttons/Jewels
Ribbon
This week the design team got to play with Lucy Bird Patterned Paper that is available at the DCRU Store. Here is my creation :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Giveaway WInner and NEW DEAR LIZZY GIVEAWAY!

Hey all! Scroll down for the Fantabulous Cricut post for today! Guess what? I have a winner for the Dear Lizzy Rub Ons!!!! Congrats to SUMMER BRAXTON! Please email me your shipping address! sammyejo at 62cards dot com! 

Now,  since there was SOOOO much interest in the Dear Lizzy Giveaway, I am going to offer up another :) This time, there will be 2 winners! Winners will get some of the NEW adhesive backed fabric paper from the Dear Lizzy collection!!!
This stuff is so cool! Fabric paper with the sticky already on the back!

To enter- make sure you are a follower and then comment on this post!
I use random.org to pick the winner,  so it is fair everytime! Everyone is welcome!
AND if youpost about it on your blog, then leave me a comment with the link and you will get 2 chances :)  Winner announced on the 5th!
AND as if that isn't enough- I am giving away a 2 Cute Rubber Stamp on my Facebook page! So make sure you are a fan and comment on the FB page for your chance to win!
Thank you all so much for your support! I just love sharing with you all!
XoXo- SJ

Fantabulous Cricut Monday!

Hi everyone. Another Fatabulous Cricut Day! Today the challenge at the
 Easter Excitement
color theme: Pastels
Create an Easter project using a Pastel color pallet
Super fun! So, I was given this FAB cardstock from http://www.cutcardstock.com/ and ask to create with it! Well, I knocked 2 birds with one stone and made this wreath!
It's all cardstock from CutCardstock and my I just say that it is amazingly beautiful cardstock! Heavy weight and so shimmery pretty! I love it! Thanks CutCardstock! You can also check out their blog HERE!
I used the Gypsy Wandering cartridge that is preloaded onto the Gypsy when you get it!
Come play along with us!
Fantabulous Cricut


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Heat Wave :)

Are you tired of layouts yet???? LOL
I was productive at the crop...to an extent :)
Here is a LO from a couple summer's back. It is my sister and tater tot :)
I used my new Pebbles paper and Pebble Little Buddy Baby Stickers!
The yellow is from the American Crafts Heat Wave collection!
Love the warmth of this LO :)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Birthday LO

Hope you are all having a good Saturday!
Don't forget to enter my Dear Lizzy Giveaway! Details are on the top of my blog!
Another LO I amde at the crop the first of the month!
This was in August and Matthew's 3rd birthday party!
There is a picture with his "girls" (nana, me, meme, and aunt sissy) and his "boys" (luke, Papa, Dad, and Poppy) Then you have a totally Matthew picture. Him standing on the table blowing kisses and thanking everyone for his presents and for coming :)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Princess Party

Happy Friday!
It says "Happy 3rd Birthday Emery" (It was too lomg to hang up to get a pic :) and these are the matching favor tags I made:
It was shipped to North Carolina and I hope she had a good party! her mom was a super sweet customer!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Celebrate Sunshine!

I'll give you a break from my LO's today :) Don't forget to go become a follower HERE for a chance to win the $50 prize pack from me she is giving away!! Spread the word!
Here is a cute card I made from my Unity Kit of the Month tree stamp from the Feb kit. Got the March kit in the mail Tuesday, so cute!
The PP is SU, Sentiment is American Crafts, Dear Lizzy Stamps, and random buttons :)
Reminds me of spring time!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

My Little Snow Man :) & A $50 GIVEAWAY!!!!

More from my "Crop Vault" today :)
Loved the cute little smirk from the little one playing in the biggest snow he had ever seen :) Just magical! Oh- and I welded the letters together with my Gypsy for the SNOW sentiment. PP: MME, Cardtock: Bazzill Bling,
Die Cuts: MME, Trim:Little Man (Cosmo Cricket), Stickers: K&Co

NOW FOR THE FUN PART!!! :)
My super Crafty and way-too-adorable friend Andrea has started her crafty blog and guess what- you can be eligible for 2 prize packs from my shop from her! Just head over to THIS POST to read the details and follow her!
And if  you forget- I will reminding you again and again until the drawing on the 26th!!!! Go follow and WIN!!
Have a fab day :)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Color Challenge

Hey everyone! Today over on the DCRU Design Team Blog, you can see a great color challenge using My Mind's Eye Lush Collection!
Here is my card for the challenge!
Join in with us! MME is sponsoring and there is a cool prize for a random participant!!!!! Good Luck!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Lovin' My Cricut (of course :)

Excited to announce to you all that I was asked to be a part of the NEW Fantaboulous Cricut Challenge Blog Design Team! You can visit the blog HERE and join in the Cricut challenges with us!
Fantabulous Cricut

Look for lots of great fun to start soon!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Christmas LO....a little late, lol.

Back again to share another fun LO from the crop I went to :)
(Oh and if you haven't entered my Dear Lizzy Giveaway, go HERE to do it :)
This was our Christmas card in 2008. I like to start each year in my Christmas album with our Christmas card from that year :) Paper is from the MME Christmas Paper Pack and I got it HERE.
Have a great Sunday! Church then to cheer on my WILDCATS! Go Big Blue!

2 Cute Colring Book

Happy Sunday everyone! 2 day is 2 Cute Sunday (Which means the day I post on the 2 Cute Blog too :)  I made this little pocket coloring book for Matthew to take to church with us from my 2 Cute DIgi Images. Perfect for him and not to bulky for me :)
Check out the 2 Cute blog and become a follower! We give away free rubber stamps all the time over there :)


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Awesome LO & Giveaway Reminder!

Happy Saturday everyone! My beloved Kentucky Wildcats pulled off a FANTASTIC win today! So proud of my boys! My BLUE roots run deep. :) On with the crafty stuff, lol!!! I got this LO done at the crop I went to with my sister last weekend.
Our sweet neighbors had a bike from their grandson that they did not need anymore and offered to give it to Matthew. So, we got him his helmet with his birthday present in August and then the neighbors gave him his bike :) I love how the LO shows the story. Hiding of the eyes, Jane giving it to him, and then Dust and I helping him ride.  This was a during the week before Dust's surgery. SO, it was nice looking at the photos of him outside getting to play around with us some.
I have much more to share from teh crop :) Don't forget to sign up on yesterday's post for the Dear Lizzy giveaway :)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Who wants to win????

Thank you so much for your fab comments on my wedding anniversary post :) You are so sweet :) SOOOOOO, let's celebrate!!! Who wants to win their very own set of Dear Lizzy Rub Ons (Perch Accents)???
If so, leave me a comment! Remember that you HAVE to be a follower of my bloggeroo here to be eligible! Only fair "my" readers get the goods :) And FYI-I have uploaded a TON of new Dear Lizzy items for sale in my shoppe!! At below Retail prices of course!!!  So, comment away and if you feel like passing it on, post a link to this on your bloggy too :) I'll pick a winner next week!!

Happy Anniversary---ME! lol

Hey everyone! Sorry I left you hanging for a day! Yesterday was my anniversary and I tried not to spend my extra time (whatever THAT means, lol) in my craft room.  My hubby and I met 10 years ago :) We started dating his freshman, my sophomore year of college.  After a few years we did the on again off again bit, both having other relationships, but somehow found our way back to each other, even though we were then in different states and time zones :) Fate I guess :) 4 years of marriage and a three year old later, we are as happy as ever :)
I'll be back to announce the winner of my stamp giveaway and to offer up another one! See ya in a little bit!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

BEAUTIFUL day!

It is a gorgeous day here in the Bluegrass!!! Matthew and I have been blowing bubbles and making plans for spring time weather :) I love winter- the snow makes everything look clean :) LOL! BUT those who know me know I long to were flip flops all year :) Here is a LO fromthe past summer that remind me of the beautiful days to come!!
The adorable journaling stamp is from Unity and I am digging it :)
Hope you have a day full of scrap worthy memories :)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

"Origin"al Fun :)

Hi all! Another creation today for the weekly challenge at DCRU. You have to use a handmade flower! I have been having a blast making the little ones like I attached to these projects :) Super easy and fun! (The DT used Origins by Basic Grey for the challenge and Dew Drops!) First up is a fun gift! Who wouldn't like getting a bunch of yummy Copic's in this neat little tote filled with paper!

Next I covered this notepad and made a cute topper of sorts. Added a magnet and wah-lah eye candy for the fridge :)

Have a fab day!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Cosmo Cricket Fun!

Today is my Inspirational post over at DCRU DT. These are the 3 cards I made for the post! If you would like to see more details, or buy some of the items used, stop by the DT blog :) Happy looking :) (Did I mention I love Cosmo Cricket?!?!)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Oh Happy Day!

Oh Happy Day everyone!
Loving my PTI Polka Dot Parade PP. The stamp is from the new PTI set for Easter.
All the other goodies and paper pieces, cut outs, lots of love, and time :)
Hope you likes :)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Life Is Good

It's another Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab. This one brought to you by Kim WIlson. Here is my take that I will be entering :)

AND- Holy Batman! I just noticed that I am only 5 sales away from hitting 700 in my Etsy shoppe!!! That is so cool. I really want to hit over 1,000 soon and celebrate with some HUGE blog candy :) How fun that will be. My customers are the best :)
So, my Dear Lizzy Collection from American Crafts arrived (most of it anyways) and I got to work creating :)  I have made a Mini Album, a Mini Album Kit for the DIY peeps :), and have the paper packs for sale in my shoppe :)
Again, I am loving this line :)
Have a FAB day!
If you are looking for my DCRU DT post, scroll down :)
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