Saturday, September 10, 2011


What could be better for a Pink Saturday post than the fact my heart is filled with love and pride and so much happiness and relief that my oldest son, Michael is home for good - from his deployment in Iraq!! These two little ones he is holding are acutally his brother-in-law and sister-in-law -its TRUE.
The family attended the Welcome Home ceremony yesterday morning and last night we had a surprise welcome home party for Michael in our new home - everyone had a good time.  On Monday, he will be "recognized" along with other servicemen and servicewomen at his old elementary school - where his youngest sister is now attending - during the 9/11 tribute.
This is the happiest and most content I have been in a long time - Happy Pink Saturday!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Squeezing in another PINK Saturday during the packing...

Welcome to another PINK Saturday hosted by Beverly over at
  This is a special Pink saturday as today is the day we all share a blessing in our life,and help to raise money for another Miracle Makeover. Please stop by Beverly's site and leave a message as each one she receives raises money for another Miracle Makeover, and while you are there you can see Charlie's Miracle Makeover video that was possible by all the money raised last year.
 I really needed the break from packing, by the way the final move date is the 18th.
I was outside next door playing with my neighbors 10 week old miniature workshire terrier - Wolfie, he is so adorable - puts a smile on my face everytime I see him.  Then in front of me I see a hummingbird - which we rarely see around our houses!  It stayed in the area for several minutes and it was a joy to view, so I wanted to share this lovely photo of a hummingbird I found online to remember my luck of spotting one this afternoon...
Although I am tired and stressed from all the packing and moving that I have been doing I am also blessed knowing that my family are all healthy and for the most part together - our oldest son is still in Iraq but due home in another month. Through good times and tough times we have been there for one another and  watch with love and pride as our children and nieces and nephews are becoming strong and caring adults.  Looking at that hummingbird reminds me that they are taking flight with their own lives and that makes me feel very blessed.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Pink weekend!

Friday, August 5, 2011


Unfortunately I am busy packing for our move in less than two weeks, but since I missed the last Pink Saturday, wanted to get a little something up for this one - besides, I needed a break!
 This lovely pink depression glass pitcher was found at an antique sale on our 5th wedding anniversary - last month we celebrated our 21st.  It is difficult to appreciate the delicate pink in it from this photo.  I love when the sun shines through it; I use it more for floral display than actual 'pitcher duty' since the pour spout is so tiny it is very slow pouring and usually messy.

A gift from my oldest daughter, she found it while up visiting OSU - she moves up there next month to start her Junior year.  Hopefully I will find a couple of hours this weekend to enjoy it and relax.

Please stop by Beverly's  at she is the wonderful hostess of Pink Saturday.

Friday, July 22, 2011


Looks like it is time for Pink Saturday over at

One lot of vintage paper ephemera I have listed on my site... the pink and plain colored hand written pharmacy prescriptions I found at the monthly Burlingtion Antiques Fair - turns out the show AMERICAN PICKERS was filming there that day, paced by the crew several times - the fair ground was PACKED!  Lovely vintage rose card is even nicer than its picture, thanks to the long, handwritten letter inside of it. The bottom card is more of a dull coral color but also a "gem" with a handwritten letter inside!

If you haven't bought, or for that matter seen this issue of Somerset Stdio Gallery mag - you are really missing a ton of amazing creative "eye candy" !!!  As far as I am concerned, Stampington & Company have the most incredible craft magazines!

Keeping it short and sweet this week, have a lot on my list of things to get completed! Oh, but before I go, just wanted to give a shout out to a new blog I discovered last week thru Pink Saturday,
 Very talented with the card making!
Hope everyone has a wonderful Pink weekend!

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Finally, the wait is over, Shimelle has another online class beginning in just a matter of hours - she is 6 hours ahead over in England - an I am so excited to take another of her offerings - loved JYC this past December. 
Tomorrow is the first day of a brand new online class – Explore! it’s not too late to sign up and join in the fun of twenty prompts, four videos and more to keep you inspired, documenting and creating!

Throughout this four week course, we’ll be exploring the world, even if you’re not going anywhere. Each prompt covers a different aspect, from days when we’ll focus on photography to videos that cover crafting techniques to do something new with your existing supplies. We’ll be taking pictures, making journaling easy and stretching ideas so you’ll keep creating long after the final prompt appears in your inbox. If you’re worried about being too busy for the next four weeks, then the workbook is your answer! You can print it from day one and follow along in a quick format then come back to the full prompts when you have a bit more time to explore those ideas.
If you are interested in joining us for EXPLORE, visit to sign up.
Hope you will join the fun!!!!

Friday, July 15, 2011


For this week's PINK Saturday I decided to share some ATC's I made and have since traded.  These were all one of a kind ATC's - some days I regret noth having made doubles so I could have each for my own collection, instead I must be content with the photos.

The first ATC has a multi colored background from scrapbook paper - hues of PINK, then images of Marie Antoinette, The L'arc de triumphe, block letters, gems, and prima flowers

"COUTURE" atc I used a notecard for the background that had the word couture on it - there is the slightest of very pale pink shading -  the mannequin is a stamped image, letters cut from a magazine, brads and prima flowers in shades of pink

Geisha ATC has PINK and red with a background cut from a magazine, along with images cut from magazines, ribbon, brads, actual Japanese coins and a fabric brad with asian motif

The look on her face caught my attention immediately and when I saw the word "unique" on the tag I knew I had a "match"...background is cut from a calendar with a swirling PINKS, crystal and PINK gemstones, several images from Graphic 45 line.

scrapbook paper background of a post card, plastic overlay with dark pink florish design, rubber stamped clock, pearls, images from Graphic 45 with PINK tones

another scrapbook paper post card with pink tone for background, pink card stock, images from Graphic 45, metal key

old stationary with a multitude of mag images applied, inked in vintage pink, clear sticker, brad, photo

cardstock inked in pale pink, embossed eiffel tower rubberstamp image, Graphic 45 imags, rubber stamp face image - chalked with pinks, embossed clock rubber stamp image, prima flower, brads, gems

Last week there were over 175 PINK Saturday participants, so much enjoyable PINK visited, and found this new blog to me, please take a moment to go visit:

As always, thanks to our wonderful hostess: Beverly at for promoting Pink Saturdays, always a joy!

Friday, July 8, 2011

PINK SATURDAY - good to be back!

Its been a long time since I have been on here and I have missed all the wonderful blogs that post, so very happy to join in the fun again for tomorrow - July 9th.

Stopped by 1/2 Price Books and found this book that is full of COPYRIGHT FREE vintage images: so great that the cover is PINK!

 a few pages showing what is offered inside the book - wonderful images!!!

 these will definitely be used on ATC's

Last week I found a shoebox full of vintage greeting cards at a local antique mall and this adorable little girl was in the mix - you can't really tell but is has glitter around the door and on her sweet pink dress!

this is another card from the box - the other pink is covered in glitter

this was at the bottom of the box, I HAD to post this because of the tiny little pink ribbon at the top of this graduation announcement from 1926 !! It is in mint condition!

close up of pink ribbon

That's all for today - wanted to get my "feet wet", now it is time for me to go view all the other great blogs!

Thanks for stopping by!



I am a follower/subscriber to Jackie's site/mag:  http://www.lettersandjournals/ and through her recent post I discovered this wonderful blog:
Looks like each saturday she has SHOW ME YOUR STATIONARY, where we link to her with our newest stationary and our journals.  This is right up my alley as I love letter writing/journaling!  While I usually like to deco plain journals, occassionally it is nice to find one already full of prompts and decorated.  So, here is my newest find from TJ Maxx (I have a niece who works there so she lets me know when something new comes in.)

 It was originally $12.99 but at TJ Maxx it was marked down to $2.00  I was pleased with that price!

 I really like the collage look to it...

 I love that each page has different fonts and looks to it...I still have not decided if I will leave it in tact as is or dismantle to use pages in my other journals or maybe just make copies so I do not have to dismantle it...

Here is the link to Molly and the Princess, hope you will take a look at her site and the others who are participating.
Molly and the Princess

Monday, July 4, 2011


oldest son, Michael who is serving in Iraq!

balloon release at Joe's & Connie's on July 3rd...

neice, Ashley and nephew, Jake

 son, Kyle and daughter, Kerri

daughter, Kerri and son, Kyle

nephew, Jason and my hubby waiting for the fireworks to begin!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Layout for a swap

This is a layout I did last fall actually, for a swap I was in.  The recipient's favorite colors were blue and orange (her college colors).  I enjoyed using the rub-on flourishes, which "picked-up" on the ones in the decorative background papers and the overlay fit in nicely - she seemed to be very happy with it!
I think I should create something similar for myself, I really liked the outcome of this layout.
Have a fun day!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A couple more simple journal pages in a swap

these are  two pages I did recently in a journal that was for Swap-Bot, had to journal for the entire month, write, draw, collage, put in photos, everyday tidbits - these are my favorite kind of journals to swap, what we call an Everything Journal.  The pages are simple, but it is what I "felt" like doing at the time.  On the left I used a piece of scrapbook paper and added a little bit of glimmer mist to it, then some decorative tape around the outside, a scrapbook paper scrap and then some black and white tissue paper images.  The right side is jst a Zentangle/doodle I did while watching tv. 
What have you done in your journal today?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Simple and Sweet

Yes this is a very simple layout, but the photo is precious to me and it is just what I wanted for it.  I used a smokey grey Bazzill cardstock, then clipped the glittery clocks from another piece of scrapbook paper to place strategically on the layout.  A soft pink piece of Bazzill cardstock I laid down the middle to anchor the photo of my youngest, Kerri when she was about a 1 1/2 and on top of that I placed an overlay with the definition of "sleep" printed on it and Dream at the bottom. I used my Cricut to cut out KERRI from the storybook cartridge and "in Daddy's arms" are Recollection mini alphabet stickers. The clouds were made with my Cricut and I used Recollections star brads near the clouds as well as regular brads to secure the overlay.
Hope all your dreams are sweet!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Spring Break Layout

My daughter, the one on the right, took this photo of herself and friend as well as the amazing sunset while on spring break in 2008.  The paper is double sided and is mostly a pink toned paint brush effect on the other side which I originally wanted to use for this layout, unfortunately it over powered the sunset photo so I settle with this side and all the words related to the beach.  I added the headed which is actually cut from another piece of 12 x 12 paper that is all words and phrases; the "ribbon banners" are also cut from the same piece of paper.  I accordian folded a pink strip of paper to give it a ruffled look down the side of the page and topped that with a Making Memories flower and rhinestone and added a few flower bling by Recollections.  The little days of the week card I believe is 7 Gypsies, added a pink paper clip and black Alphabities.
Wish I could be at the beach in Florida, or for that matter Kiawah Island, SC right now too!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Connecticut Scrapbook Page

A sweet photo of my youngest daughter during our trip to Connecticut in summer 2009.  Background paper is by K & Company called Polka Dots on Text Flat Paper, other papers on layouts are coordinating pieces from that line: I layered 5 pieces on the left side in various lengths and widths and even took the brown piece and gave it an accordian fold for a ruffle look, the same way I did with it under the photo.  The flower I made using Tim Holtz' method with his wonderful tissue tape, inked the edges and added a greem gem brad by Recollectdions. I also used a piece of the tissue tape over the top of the photo to "anchor" the "plastic" sticker word: beautiful.  The words "in" and "Connecticut" are sticker letters with text on them - sorry do not remember the brand.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Scrapbook Page with colors I would not have figured go together...

Unfortunately the lighting in the picture did not help to show the strong color of the greens here.  If these two papers had not been in a kit together, I never would have paired them - I guess I am a bit color coordinating challenged..sigh....
I knew the background paper was perfect for the one photo my daughter had of her weekend trip to Chicago, but I wanted a couple more pictures, since she did post the larger photo to Wardrobe-Remix on Flickr, then I was ok with adding a couple others pics that had been loaded there.  So the layout conveys her trip to Chicago but also a few of her wardrobe-remix outfits.  I used my Cricut to create "the windy city" and the CHICAGO border, added some Recollections flowers and pearliscent brads along with Making Memories metal photo turn and brad as well as a metal tag from Tim Holtz line as well as using his wonderful tissue tape to create to create the ruffled edge under the photo, also added a little butterfly that was received in a swap.  Several items are "popped up: using Zots and foam pop dots.
What have you made lately? 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Some Journal-Collage Pages

I am inspired by the assortment of images and texts I see in every single magazine I look at.  I love to combine them for an entirely new perspective and message.  These pages are from a journal I did in a recent swap through

More tomorrow...

Friday, June 10, 2011


Yes - its Friday and it is raining - so glad it is - I've wilted from all the 90 + temps for the past week and this rain is very welcome - I don't need to water now - yippeee! 

VERY HAPPY AND PROUD to share an acrylic painting my oldest daughter, Morgan did for her sister, Kerri .

Hope everyone's Friday is a good one!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

More card creations to share and a SUMMER GOALS LIST...

Yes, more cards to show that Kerri an I made together, three of these are all ideas we saw on You Tube and a Craft magazine. The cupcakes card idea is compliments of butterflykisses12 at . Our card is bigger and our cupcakes are were made using the Cricut and instead of a round punch - which I was unable to locate mine - we used a square punch. The little "grunge/rock" boy is from the norsugirl at (she has some really wonderful ideas and these Greeting Farm stamps are adorable!!!) The word bubble says It's Time and inside the card we put TO ROCK YOUR BIRTHDAY and added a "guitar" that started out as a Tim Holtz grunge board hinge that was inked. He also has cardstock "wings" with gems and is on an embossed and inked card stock that I felt kinda looked like "records" hanging - all that on top of scrapbooking paper. The Grad card was in an idea book, simply "graduation" scrapbook paper w/ the silver mortar boards on it, added letters spelling grad, then the felt butterflies with gems and finally typed out "spread your wings and fly..." The last one was very fast, an embossed and inked piece of card stock with "thank you" in various lanuquages, with gems, on a piece of scrapbooking paper and a few felt flowers added. 
      As to my SUMMER GOALS LIST, as inspired by Elsie over at, well here they are:

#1  get back to the gym every morning because I definitely NEED it!!
#2 Keep up with my blog!
#3 Work on making journals and more layouts to post onto
#4 Go on more mini 2 day trips - canoeing, hiking, visiting museums, just site seeing in general
#5 Clean out the basement completely!

Looking forward to the weekend, The Italian Festival (yes - hubby's side is!) and anothe baseball game as well as a tennis match and grilling out some steaks, yummy! Hope everyone else has nice plans too!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Crafted cards with youngest for school project

My youngest, Kerri had a school MINI SOCIETY project to do in May, just befor school ended.  She had to choose a product to make, keep a taly of what she spent, her time and price it to "sell" at school with "money" the kids all earned the previous month.  Of course she chose CARDS because of all the "goodies" I already have on hand.  These are a few we made: the pink one is just a collection of floral embellishments and stick on gems, with a border added, very easy to make. The purple one is card stock with a piece of scrapbook paper added and flowers cut from the Cricut machine, gems added, a typed message and adorable little memo "tickets" that we inked. The yellow one is cardstock with a sticker flourish added as well as a saying sticker at the bottom, Prima flower added with a brad center and some felt butterflies with gems, the last one we "scrap-lifted" from thestampgoddess on youtube:  she used stamps alot, we did not use any, unstead a Cricut cut cupcake, and mini alphabet stickers and lots of gemstones - had to move it again as the center kept shifting on it.
It was an enjoyable afternoon with my very creative and crafty 10 year old, more to share tomorrow.

Monday, May 9, 2011

My youngest sings the National Anthem for the Reds!

Yes, my youngest, Kerri got to sing the National Anthem with her school's performance group: Oakdale Elementary OVATION, for the Cincinnati Reds on April 29th at 6:50 pm and they did a great job!!  It actually did NOT rain all day after an endless week of it - seems the "rain gods" smiled on the group for their performance - unfortunately the Reds lost to the Marlins 6 -5 but it was a really good game!