Friday, December 31, 2010

Final Mosaic for 2010 and photo memories!!!

Here is my final photo mosaic for the year.  This was fun and I'll try to keep in up in the new year! (=
 December mosaic pics:
Here  are 2010 pictures of the kids:

Chase 2010

Cambria 2010

Delaney 2010

Have a safe and Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!!!

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!!!  Thanks for all the kind words on my blog over the last year.  I really appreciate it!! (=   Looking forward to sharing more inspiration in 2011!!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

BLD News...

Yea, challenges will soon be coming to By LORi Designs.  The first Challenge will be on January 6th and it's a color challenge.  Be sure to check it out!! (=

And... there is also a design team call!!! Lori's images are so fun to play with !! (=  More info at

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Photo holder

I loved this when I saw it and knew I would be making some for myself!! (=  I found the inspiration for these on Lynns blog Millers-ink.  Lots of great stuff to see!! (= 

I actually couldn't find all the supplies that were listed on the tutorial, but I made due with similar items that I think worked.   You can use these to clip up pictures,  notes or to do lists.  You could also use these as a receipe holder etc!!!  A more detailed tutorial can also be found on the Shanty 2 chic website.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas memories 2010

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!!!  Here are a few pictures of our Christmas!  We are so very blessed!!! 

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Burlap Wreath

Not a very traditional holiday wreath, but I thought it would be fun to try something new. 

I saw the tutorial to make these burlap flowers on The Tidy Nest blog.  Check it out!! (=

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Last minute gift ideas

If your looking for some last minute gift ideas these are perfect!!  Personalize some tiles with family photos!  Here are some I did a couple years ago:

1. I turned my photos into Black/White and scale down to size.
2. Print your photos onto tissue paper  (this can be tricky).  You need to tape the tissue paper onto a piece of thicker card stock when you run it through your printer.
3.  Apply just a thin layer of  Mode Podge to the tile and lay down your picture. Smooth it out very carefully.
4.  I let it dry a bit before applying Mod Podge over the top of your tile.
5.  Add felt circles to the bottom and your done! (=
(I did add some sentiment stamps to the top tiles)

If your looking for something even easier try stamping on tiles!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Teacher gift with washer necklaces

Here are some of the teacher gifts I made this year for Delaney's preschool teachers.  The snowmen are filled with hot chocolate mix.

These washer necklaces are fun, cute and easy to make!
Start with washers from your local hardware store.  Choose some DP.  I used my jovial paper pad from Basic Grey.  Trace around the washer and cut out paper to fit the washer.  I then used Mod Podge to adhere paper to the washer.  Then you need to sand around all the edges.  Finally add a sealer.  I used crystal effects from Stampin up, but there are many others you could use.  TFL!! (=

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas cards

Yea!!! My computer is back and I got my Christmas cards mailed out today!!! (=

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Computer issues again!

Well I had a post for this evening, but unfortunately my computer is down AGAIN!!! I'm writing from my husbands laptop.  I'm thinking I could use a new computer for Christmas! (=  Hope to be back soon...

Warm and cozy wishes

Here is a cute and simple card with some die cut cups.  I cut them out with felt and then stamped on the felt. Sentiment reads: warm and cozy wishes.
I thought it would go perfect with the gift of coffee, coco, cider or tea:


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New Bug & Roo and a Blog Award!

Here are a couple cards I made with a new sweet image from Bug & Roo.  These images were done by Hannah Boyd daughter of  Lori Boyd and they are oh so cute just like her moms! (=  If you'd like to check them out they are available at By LORi designs

Also, I recently received a blog award from the super talented Emily Leiphart.  

I'm supposed to tell you three things that make me, me and then pass it on to three friends. 
1.) I LOVE my family and LOVE being a mom!! It's the BEST!!! (=
2.) No suprise that I'm addicted to all things crafty!!!
3.) I Love sports!  Watching and playing (not as much playing anymore).  I especially love cheering for my Oregon DUCKS!!!
Now I'll pass it on to:
1.) Lynn Miller
2.) Julie Tucker-Wolek
3.) Silvia Rodriguez

Monday, December 13, 2010

TPE - Winter Wonderland theme challenge

This week at The Pink Elephant we are doing a theme challenge.  The theme is Winter Wonderland and you can do anything you would like.  A card, project, layout... it's up to you! (=   I made a card using a super cute snowman image from By LORi Designs.  I've always loved snowmen!! (=  Here is my card:

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Christmas program and visiting Santa!

My daughter Delaney had her Christmas program at her preschool a few nights ago.  The kids are so CUTE at that age.  All my kids have been though the same preschool and it's sad to know this is our last year there.  The kids got a chance to visit with Santa after the performance.  They asked for lots of things... Xbox 360, Ipod touch, Dippin dots machine, Mind Flex, Guitar, Big horse, pillow pet....
The mosaic is more pictures taken from that evening! (=

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Dressing up your candles

We all probally have some plain candles laying around.  To make them look more festive for the holidays just add some felt shapes to them.  These were made with some ornament dies from Papertrey Ink. I cut out the shapes with some felt and attached them with twine.  Super simple! (=  TFL.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Simple Butterflies

I made this card using Kraft paper, MS punch and butterfly dies from Papertrey Ink.  Very clean and simple!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Chalkboard Tag Ornaments

I found these cute wooden ornaments and new they would be fun to dress up!  On one side I used  digi images from by LORi designs, added some DP, ribbon and used my Ric Rac die.  The other side was painted with chalkboard paint.  You can write your own little personal message!  You can use these as a gift tag and then as an ornament for your tree!!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

OREGON heading to the National Title game!!!!!!!!!

I LOVE MY DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!! (=  We are Big Oregon Duck fans here and we were so excited to see a win against the Beavers in the civil war!  Ducks 12-0 will be heading to the National Title game for the first time ever!!!  Lots of Green and Yellow around here!!! GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Getting our Christmas tree...

We are lucky to live where we can drive a couple miles and cut down our tree each year!! It's been a family tradition for many many years!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Snowmen Ornaments

Here are some cute little snowmen ornaments I put together:

I used clear glass ornaments.  Most of them I filled with fake snow, but I also did a few adding white paint inside the ornament.  You can see the difference in the top picture.  I stamped on a snowman face with StazOn, but then also went over it with a black sharpie paint pen.  I also painted on the nose with an orange paint pen.  The hats were made using a baby sock.  I cut a hole in the sock so you can attach string/ribbon to hang your ornament.  Then closed off the top with some ribbon.  Thanks for looking!! (=