Saturday, November 17, 2012


I LOVE Thanksgiving! Sure there is all the cooking, but still it is the best holiday! Actually I have gotten lucky the last few years and my husband and daughter have done most of the cooking for me, My point is, besides the cooking, there really isn't too much work involved. Christmas is insanity. Halloween needs costumes. All those eggs to hide for Easter.Forget it, I'll take Thanksgiving.

I am also a huge fan of the fall, so I really like to decorate. I find it hard to find decorations for Thanksgving so this year i made several of my own! I got a lot of ideas from I used their cut files for the turkey box,. Pilgrim's hate and Pilgrims. the rosettes are from Art Philosophy for Close to my Heart and a few items I found on Pinterest! I have huge boards for fall and Thanksgiving and i have made or done most of them!

I know my friends up in Canada have celebrated a few weeks ago and ours is still a few days away, but I know I will be busy with work. If you are looking for a last minute decoration, follow me on Pinterest for check out some of these sites!

Have a fabulous and thankfully craft Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Crafting can be dangerous!

Note to self: crafting can be dangerous!  First off, I am losing sleep due to crafting! I stay up late lurking on Pinterest which only makes me want to get up early so I  can make the projects!  So sleep and I have not been seeing much of each other lately!  It's pretty bad when I wake up in the middle of the night with a craft project!

I find myself second guessing everything I  throw away! Can I repurpose it, can I recreate something with it.. It just never ends! Again, I blame Pinterest!

I decided I would make this with these wonderful little plastic boxes i found at the dollar store. 10/$1! Can't beat it! Wait, yes I can, I can poke holes in the lids so that the twine can just come out as needed!

What better tool to do that with than the Martha Stewart screw punch I got on sale the other day with a 60% off coupon!
My plan was working great, until I slipped, because I got lazy! And this is why I say crafting is dangerous!
Hubs cleaned it out really well with some peroxide, I added some antibiotic and a huge bandage, cuz of the location! Now I look like a boxer who tapes their hands before a fight! I guess that is what I get for trying to be lazy and trying to hurry! Thankfully, it doesn't hurt, it's just annoying!

So please be cautious when crafting!


Saturday, November 3, 2012

That was some storm!!

I hope you all fared well during Hurricane Sandy! We lost power for about 17 hours and one tree fell. (Thanks Sandy!) We still have friends who are without power and others who have lost everything.The phrase "going to the beach!" will have a new meaning for a lot of people for a long time.

The plus side of the storm for me was that I was able to hop through some great blogs, do some baking, cleaned out a file cabinet, hubs cleaned his part of the room--and through out a bag of clothes and two bags of trash!)

 I also spent time organizing my Pinterest boards and am oddly proud to say that i did almost everything on my Halloween board! OK this is a big deal for me, hand clapping would be appreciated!! :)

 I did find time to make a few craft items including this one below. I made a few and then got carried away and made them for some special little ones I know and some co workers.

Our Halloween activities were postponed til Monday so I don't feel as though I am late! (Although, I'm not gonna lie, I am beyond ready to switch my decorations to Thanksgiving!--my favorite holiday!!!)
I put little dum dum pops in them. In retrospect, I would have used double sided paper, but they are for little kids who won't care, they just want the candy!

 I am working on a plan to reconfigure them into Santa hats! Really wish I could give credit to who ever created the file, but it has slipped my mind. I will check Pinterest later and see if I saved it there.

Have a great  night and thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, October 25, 2012


Sorry i have been MIA. So much is going on in my life. Hoping the craziness is finally slowing down. I have had some time to do some crafting. My friend Pam Lavertu is celebrating her upcoming birthday with a blog hop. What is more fun than a birthday? Spooktacular projects made by amazing friends! We are hopping for 2 days sharing 40 Spooktacular projects to celebrate Pam of MzLavr2's Creations turning 40! If you have arrived from Vanessa's blog you are right on track! If you missed the beginning you will want to head over to the Birthday Girl's blog! Not only are we sharing fun Halloween projects, we have a lot of fabulous goodies for our trick or treaters! Our Sponsors are: Jen over at Girl Boy Girl designs is giving a full digital kit to one luck winner! Please go like and comment on her Facebook page and let her know you stopped by from Pam's Spooktacular 40th Birthday hop! You can find her stuff at Pam is on her Creative Team Scrapbook Stamp Society is handing out 3 digi stamps to one lucky trick or treater! I know we are all so excited! Best part is you win digi stamps so there is no shipping!
Little Scraps of Heaven Designs is giving one lucky trick or treater their Ghouls Night Out paper piecing pattern set (link to this set: http://www.littlescrapsofheavendesigAdd Erica's Room is giving one trick or treater a Cricut Cartridge! There is an overall grand prize sponsored by Lisa from Scrapping with Lisa Designs. It is $20 in free Halloween files! Lisa is asking that you become a follower of each blog along the hop as well as her design team blog In order to qualify for the goodies we have listed, please Comment “Trick or Treat” and let each of us know what you love the most about our projects on every blog while trick or treating! Here is my SpOOkTacUlaR project:
Thank you for checking out my project! The next house on the street is Thanks for trick or treating our blogs! 1. Pam Lavertu - 2. Jennifer F. - 3. CallyAnn - 4. Lisa P - 5. Pam Lash - 6. Sandy S. - 7. Robin - 8. Susanne A.- 9. Ashley- 10. Kris Parsons - 11. Miranda - 12. Wanda (Deezy) - 13. Tammy B - 14. Vanessa T - 15. jennifer w. 16. Amber 17. Nicole Elliott - 18. Amy T - 19. Lori - 20. Jessi SUNDAY'S LINE UP 1. Melissa - 2. Jennifer F. - 3. Lisa P - 4. Pam Lash - 5. Susanne A.- 6. Ashley - 7. Nancy - 8. Miranda - 9. Lissa Marie 10. Vanessa T - 11. Paula Jennings - 12. Kris Parsons - 13. Maria Matter - 14. Nicole Elliott - 15. Amy T - 16. Lluvia- 17. Torri - 18. Carolyn- 19. Jennifer - 20. Erica

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


A few months ago i started following Creative Kuts on facebook. Check out their website at . They post a scal file every week, you can request it and then they just ask for you to post your project to their facebook page. Last week's project was a graduation cap. I seriously made this project in less than 15 minutes, because to be honest, that is all the time I had and I was under the wire to post it. Oddly enough I don't have any important graduates in my life this year. I will save it for the future when I need something last minute. It's a super easy project and you can fill it with money or candy!

Monday, May 21, 2012


Thanks for all the great comments and projects from my fellow bloggers. Congrats to Tiffany, a fellow Jersey girl, for winning the gift certificate. I think someone was spreading a rumor about her letting me help her spend it!! My nephew's wedding was awesome and it was great getting to spend so much time with my family! There are quite a few of us! This is only about half of my mom's descendants. A new one will be added in the summer bringing the total up to 50!!

Saturday, May 19, 2012


Welcome to My Big Fat Wedding Blog Hop. We are a group of a talented ladies who love paper crafting (well most of us) and will be show casing Our Amazing Creations along they way. If you are visiting from then you are in the right place, if not, please go and start from the beginning at Blog Hop Giveaway is............ $10.00 Gift Card om Ginger Snaps Scraps Here is what I came up with: These are items I made for my nephew’s fiance's bridal shower held in April. At the time, I didn’t’ realize I would be explaining how I made them so I forget a lot of the details such as size and ink color, sorry about that. For the treat boxes I used Tie the Knot, pages 72 and 73. I inked the edges of the dress with a ink (perhaps Lagoon from Close to My Heart) to match. I just used a generic paper pack I had on hand. fr
The floating frame is the M on page 60 monogram shadow. The date is from the Art Philosophy cart. It is done with vinyl so it is pretty forgiving if you make a mistake. It was the first time I made something like that and I was very pleased with it.
For the large box, I took a plain photo box and placed patterned paper in the middle. The wedding invitations were brown, beige and turquoise, so I tried to use colors that coordinated with it. I used the same M form page 60 in Tie the Knot. This time I used the monogram and monogram shadow cuts. The love birds are form pages 34 and 35. I finished it off with XOXO on page55.
The wedding card was actually for my other nephew who was married last fall. The Mr.& Mrs. Is from the Sweethearts cart. I seem to have misplaced this cartridge so I can’t give you any more details except that is the cart I used. I also ran the white through the Cuttlebug. The sentiment is a word art. This is my first Blog Hop ever and I really hope you enjoyed yourself. Please visit everyone and enjoy their fabulous work. Thanks to Vanessa for putting this all together!
Next you should go to here is the line in case you get lost Vanessa Tammy Mary Jennifer Tiffany

Monday, May 14, 2012


I will be participating in my first ever blog hop this weekend, May 19!! I'm super excited and super nervous!! I am still new to the whole world of blogging and everything confuses me!! My friend Vanessa over at

Monday, April 23, 2012

Saw this post on this blog What a great way to use your creative talents. I hope you participate in this great project.

Butterfly Project

What a great way to use our creative talents in a positive way!! i saw the information for this project here I hope you will consider participating in the project as well. Please forward the information to your craft friends.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Dotty paper packet deal!!

When you place an order of $35 or more in products from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book between April 17 and May 31, you may add the Dotty for You paper packet, valued at $19.95, for just $5. Dotty for You includes 24 specially designed, coordinating B&T Duos® sheets (2 each of 12 patterns) and an artwork idea insert to get your creative juices flowing. But that’s not all! There are two ways your customers can get this darling paper packet FREE!
Hostesses will receive a free Dotty for You paper packet when their Gathering sales total $400 or more (excluding tax, shipping/handling, and Operation Smile donations). *this begins today at 9:00 am MST*
feel free to contact me to place an order.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

my love bugs!!

I know this isn't craft related, but they do light up my life!!
Hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday!1 I'm a bit glad it's over, I've been so busy and preoccupied with preparations and work i haven't had a chance to create or post anything. I am setting aside Wednesday to get some crafting done, after a trip to see some of my favorite friends, Joann, Michael and ACMoore, tomorrow!1 Hope to find some good sales!! Wish me luck!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

wishing nothing but the best for my friend on her grand opening!!

please stop by and check out this new online store!! i was able to shop early. placed my order monday and got it today!! please support cori and small business!!

Please join us tomorrow for the Ginger Snap Scraps Grand Opening event on Facebook!  There will be prizes given away each hour beginning at 10 AM.  You must join the event and be present to comment on each prize to win them.  The winner of the grand prize Teen Scene Cricut cartridge will be drawn at 8 PM.  

To join the Facebook event, click here

Ginger Snap Scraps is a brand new, on-line scrapbook store run by stay at home mom, Cori Wagner.  The store has many popular brands such as Cricut, Copic, My Mind's Eye, Echo Park, Peachy Keen and many more of your favorites! You can shop the store now by going to

There will be free shipping on all $25 orders through Sunday to celebrate the stores opening!

Regular shipping at Ginger Snap Scraps is $5 flat rate shipping to the US and $10 flat rate shipping to Canada.  Shipping to military bases is always free, as a thank you for your service to our country.

We hope you will come by the event and enjoy some great give aways and fun!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

april sotm!!

don't miss out on this awesome stamp set!! it's a great deal for $17.95 but why pay that when you can gt it for $5! make a $50 qualifying purchase here and the set is yours for $5!! any questions feel free to message me here or via email at

Friday, March 30, 2012

last day!!

don't forget, tomorrow is the last day to get this incredibly awesome cart for free!! Sign up to become a consultant with Close to my Heart and the Art Philosophy cartridge is your for free!! I swear my ap cart lives in my cricut machine!! I use it almost every time my machine is on! Feel free to contact me if you are interested in joining the awesome company!! But don't delay, the offer ends tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

hey ladies, i just started a facebok page, please feel free to stop by and "like" my page!! thanks

st. pat's day crafts and cards

i decided to post some of my past projects since my actual creating is limited due to my house guest. a thought occurred to me to try my hand at picasa and their collages. here is my first one. i made a few waterfall cards, decorated a soap dispenser and a banner for one of my favorite holidays. hope you enjoy

Monday, March 26, 2012

Happy 21st!!

My eldest daughter, Mary Kate, aka , MK, finally turned 21 a few weeks ago. All she wanted was a pair of monogrammed earrings she found on a website called They are really adorable and very much her! She was thrilled! I decided to make this cute box from the AP cart out of acetate. I was worried how it woudl come out. Of course, I had my stash of sheets from my dear sweet Canadian friend Tammy and of course when I needed them, I couldn't find them. Of course, they were right in form of me and I was able to figure out this super easy project. I even cut out smaller ones for the love bugs to decorate, but they "hid" them for MK and we still don't know where!!

shop with me!!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

my webpage!! so i wasn't sure how all of this worked, but through becoming a consultant with close to my heart, i acquired a webpage. if you are interested in making a purchase or would like further information on these wonderful products please check this out!!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

my friend's new online store ginger snaps

Ginger Snap Scraps is a brand new online scrapbook store, run & owned by stay-at-home mom

She is having a Grand Opening Event on Friday, April 6. 
You can join the Facebook event by clicking here.

There will be free shipping on $25 orders for the grand opening weekend only!

Ginger Snap Scraps carries your favorite brands such as My Minds Eye, Provo Craft, Echo Park, Graphic 45, Zig, DCWV, Bo Bunny, La La Land, Peachy Keen, Riley & Co., Bella Blvd, Tim Holtz, Bazill, Basic Grey, Pink Paislee and many more!

ALL of the Cricut cartridges offered at Ginger Snap Scraps are $35 and under-all the time.

Please join the Facebook event to be eligible for giveaways and prizes on the day of the grand opening.

*Regular shipping at Ginger Snap Scraps is $5 flat rate shipping and $100 orders ship free.  You will earn 1 point towards every dollar you spend.  Once you reach 250 points you can redeem them for a $10 store credit.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Tag flower card


Inside of card.
outside of card
Life is very disorganized for my family right now. My mother in law fell three weeks ago and broke her hip and needed emergency surgery. She has been living with us for over a week. As a result, my craft area has been taken over and i cna't find anything!! it is making me crazy!! i went from using my entire dining room to having a small desk to work from. My tools and supplies are every where. Not only is my creating time diminished, so is my creative space. I am really really trying to make the best of it. I need to develop my CTMH webpage and there for need pics of items i have created. I spent a few hours tryign to get something accomplished. I did some quick card cuts and then I cut out the flower with goes with the "a note for you" stamp. Of course, exhaustion must have hit because i totally forgot how to stamp!! and this was the result!! I can not believe i did this! Anyway after a few minutes i figured it out and the end result is below!
Sweet Surprises Card Kit
Isn't this card kit so incredibly adorable!! It's available from Close to my Heart and is so versatile!! Of course the first idea that would pop into my head would be to add candy for the little ones. But how aobut filling the cup with bards and eyelets to send to a crafty friend. Or some seeds for a gardener. Ooohh, i bet one of those K-cups would fit in there as well!! Oh gosh!! I can not wait for my kit to arrive!!!! If you are interested in purchasing this kit, please feel free to contact me here on my blog or via email @!! Thanks and have a crafty day!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Super busy unproductive day

Maddie's Sweet Sixteen

Today was super busy and unproductive for me. First i have been thinking that hubs was going away with his scout troop for the weekend and then i find out that he is not. so that should help me but well, not really. then my son came home from college today instead of tomorrow which again you would think would help but it doesn't. Work was super busy but the day dragged on and on. Then i tried to update out facebook page and it didn't like me. By the way, please feel free to stop by and like L and M Bakery in Delran, NJ! (on facebook) I forget to palce the order for new rabbit food we want to try from a new dealer. We have 10 or 12 rabbits and they eat a lot. We jsut acquired a new one yesterday. Trixie is such a cutie. I haven't even had a chance to see what sex it is though!  After work i had to meet my daughter and go to the chiropractor. Hoping it helps cuz my sacroiliac is killing me! Then i went to two stores for my husband's party on sunday and then back to the same store for my daughter's party on saturday! Can't believe my youngest will be 16!! and she is going all out!! or rather making me go all out!! At least i was able to be crafty with her invites for her party. I liked how they came out.Then i had to take maddie to the orthodontist cuz she felt like her expander was falling out. Turns out her mouth is expanding so quickly that it is jsut a bit unaligned. but it's fine. I am so hoping that this mean her actual braces will work quickly and that maybe jsut maybe she won't have braces for senior portraits!! oh well, she is beautiful any way so it won't matter, to me at least. Then it was back to the food store for more party stuff and a few things for the house. I finally got home at 8pm!! Still have computer stuff to catch up on and paper work for hubs to handle!! It's days like these that make it impossible for me to get anything done for me!! Boooo!!! Hope you had a creative day!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Just trying something

Check out the new Dotty paper pack available exclusively from Close to My heart!

Getting Started

I feel like i was forced to create this out of peer pressure from the likes of my online friend Tricia, aka! I also started this as i have just started selling Close to my Heart products! contact me here if you would like to learn more about them!