Monday, December 27

I found these awesome Christmas
sweaters at the thrift store!!
Aren't they just prefect!!!
Well, fine so I wouldn't really wear them but I
had something else in mind for them.
My good friends invited us over for Christmas
lunch with their family.
They have four children....3 girls and a boy.
So I decided I wanted to do
something special for them.
It was 5 pm and we were supposed to be
at their house at 12 the next day.
So I got to work.....I grabbed the Christmas
sweater and started cutting....like a crazy lady
pieces of fabric flying everywhere. I was
sleep deprived and on a mission. Probably
not the greatest combination.
I had it all mapped out in my head just what I
was going to do. When we showed up for lunch
there would be a bag sitting on the front porch.
Weird right?
Inside this bag was a card from Mrs. Claus herself!!!!
In this little note she said that she likes to pick
a family every year and make them a special gift.
These particular children minded their parents
all year round and were very well behaved.
So she made each one of them their very own stuffed
animal. But, these were very special animals because each
one was made using one of Santa's
old sweaters that he just can't fit into anymore.
He just eats to many cookies while he is delivering
presents. These animals are also a reminder to the
children to be good all year long.

It was so fun making these for the kids.
They were so excited to have this special gift from
Mrs. Claus!!!


Anyways, I had an amazing time at my friends home
with her awesome family. I had so much fun making
these cute little sweater animals too. So,
don't throw out those old sweaters....put them to
use!!! Have fun creating!!!

Sunday, December 5

Season of Joy

I just love Christmas!!!!!!!
I have been putting up my Christmas
decorations and I just get so stinkin
excited!! I can't help but smile whenever
I am home!!! Here is a card I made
that was pretty simple!!

Here's what i used:

Crumb Cake card stock

Old Olive card stock

Cherry Cobbler card stock

Cherry Cobbler ink pad

Old Olive ink pad

Season of Joy stamp set

Old Olive grossgrain ribbon
Have a great day!!!!


Sunday, November 14

This is one of my favorite cards.....
It just makes me smile when I
look at it!!!
Here's what I used:
  • Whisper White card stock #100730
  • Not quite Navy card stock #101722
  • Vintage Vogue cm stamp set#1188598
  • Tiny Tags cm stamp set #118592
  • Season of Joy wm stamp set#110384
  • Not Quite Navy ink pad #103008
  • Two Step Bird Punch #117191
  • Jewelry Tag punch #117190
  • SNAIL adhesive #104332
  • Stampin Dimensional #104430
  • Stampin sponges #101610
  • Clear embossing powder
  • White embossing powder
  • Heat gun
  • Brad
  • Hole punch
  • string

Hope you enjoy the upcoming holidays!!!

I know I will!!!

Have a great day!!!!

Monday, November 8


With Thanksgiving right around the corner
I thought I should share this Fall inspired
card with you. This is my favorite time
of year...when it starts cooling off,
the trees are so vibrant and
I get to pull out all my fun jackets.
Here's what I used:
  • Whisper White card stock #100730
  • Cajun Craze card stock #119684
  • Autumn Spice DSP # 1120808
  • Paisley Prints stamp set cm#121121 wm#120817
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set #115370
  • Cajun Craze ink pad #119671
  • More Mustard ink pad #103162
  • Stampin Sponges #101610
  • Word window punch #119857
  • Hemp Twine #100982
  • Corner rounder

Have a great day!!!!

Thursday, October 7

And the winner is.....

Normally I would do a video here
to announce the winner....but,
my schedule did not allow me to
do that. So drumroll please........
The winner of BOO is.....
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Sara Kowallis
YAY
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and the winner of EEK is......
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Katie
YAY
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So, now you need to send your
address to my e-mail
so I can get these cuties in the mail
to you!!!
Have a great day!!!!

Tuesday, September 21

Halloween giveaway!!!!

I have said it once and I will say it again.
I love Halloween!!!!!
I wanted to make some really simple and yet
really cute Halloween decorations.....so I did.
Then, I got to thinking....I need to do a giveaway!!!!
So I am.....
There will be two winners. One will get BOO
and the other will get EEK.
Here's how you can win:
Points=name entered in drawing
1. Leave a comment on this post
(one point possible)
2. Tell a friend and have them leave a comment
with a little shout out to you
(one point for them, one point for you for each friend)
3. Follow my blog
(2 points)
Easy peasy.....just like these frames.
If you don't win you can make them yourself!!!!
But, who doesn't like to win things?
So give it a shot!!!!
Just an idea.....maybe in your comment you
can say what you are going to dress up as for Halloween.
I guess that is, if you are dressing up.....Travis and I need
some ideas anyway.
What should we dress up as for Halloween?

Monday, September 20

So I just love the Fox and friends stamp set!!!!
I have been crafting a lot with my good good friend
Kim and we came up with this cutesy little 3x3 card.
If you want to drop a little note in your hubby's
lunch box or on his pillow or where ever you can
think of . I just think this is a cute little "us" card.
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Here's what i used :
  • Whisper White card stock #100730
  • Soft Suede card stock # 115318
  • Old Olive Ink pad # 102277
  • More Mustard Ink pad # 100946
  • Soft Suede Ink pad # 115657
  • Fox & Friends stamp set CM # 118565 WM #117020
  • Stampin Sponges # 101610
  • SNAIL adhesive # 104332
Thanks for checking in on me.....
Have a great day!!!

Thursday, September 16

A girl and a Pumpkin

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!!!
So I have to start making Halloween cards....
although I have never sent out cards for
Halloween before....but then again, I just
started crafting seriously. So what better year
to start than this year. My friend and I sat
down together and came up with this card.
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We had a lot of fun playing with Stampin Up!'s
blending pens....they give the image
a little but of a watercolor effect, SO FUN!!!!
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What's your favortie holiday?
Thanks for checking in on me....
Have a great day!!!!

Tuesday, September 14

Already?

What a Christmas card in September......
Well a friend of mine hosted a workshop and
wanted to work on Christmas cards, so this
is one we made. Pretty simple and yet very
elegant!! You don't generally think.... I want to
put black on my Cristmas card....and that's why
I love it so much!!! It's different and beautiful and
still very Cristmasy!!!
Thanks for checking in on me.....
Have a great day!!!!

Friday, September 10

Senior Gomez

Meet Senior Gomez
(you have to say it with a Spanish accent)
For my birthday, my lovely husband got me a
sewing machine. I was so stinkin excited!!!!
For my birthday my sister had a baby....well
maybe that wasn't for my birthday, but she did have
Mason 1 week after my birthday!!!
Just a few days old poor little Mason had to be rushed to
the ER because he was having trouble breathing.
My sister (Savanah) and her husband (Daniel)
were heartbroken when they found out
Mason was allergic to their 2 cats. It was an easy
decision that they had to get rid of the cats
but it weighed heavy on them!!!
So I made my very first project on my brand new
machine......this poor pitful, homely, no eyeball
kitty kat named Senior Gomez!!! I wanted
my sister and her husband to be able to remember (like
they could forget) their two amazing cats and still
be able to have a cat in the house.

And even though I messed up this poor
Senior Gomez (my spanish accent sounds french)
about 35 different places, I know that in his new
home those mess ups will be looked at with love
and fond memories!! So Adios my little kitty friend
you get shipped to your new home tomorrow.

Have a great day!!!!

P.S. I am back now and will be posting again daily......
and I will be having more giveaways so stick around ;)

Tuesday, August 10

Commercial contest 2010


video


So Stampin UP! convention was just in July!!!

Every year they have a video contest for the demonstrators

to submit a commercial where, if they win, it will be used

throughout the year. So here is the commercial that I submitted

and won second place on!!!!! Travis and I had so much

fun making this commercial, I can't wait to get started

on one for next year!!!

Saturday, June 5

A little Absentee

Sorry I have been gone a little while.
We are in the process of moving and
I am leaving for Girls camp on Monday!!
So things have been a little crazy around
here. My craft items are packed up and most of
the rest of the house too. Because I get back from
girls camp on Friday and hit the road on Monday.
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I will be back once settled, unpacked and safely
in Maryland. Until then have a great time creating!!!
Sarah out!!!

Friday, May 7

A Gift Box

BEFORE
AFTER
So I have a baby shower that I am going
to tomorrow and I really didn't want
to buy just some ol' bag to put my gifts in.....
so I took an old box that I got a gift in and...
VOILA...I repurposed it for a Baby.

Here's what I used:
  • Fox and Friends #118565
  • 1 3/8 Circle punch
  • 1" Circle punch
  • 1/2" Circle punch
  • Timber Brown StazOn ink
  • Raffia
  • ...and of course a box.

Have a great Day!!!!!

Tuesday, May 4

Flowers that will last


Alright...so I made this card and I
was so excited about it...
I showed it to my husband and he
was like.....eh...it's alright.
I was speechless....he could tell I didn't
like his response....so he added that there
was to much green.
I went back to my craft table and added
more purple where I could...and then
he liked it much better....phew!!!!
I made some more cards too....and I
sponged the edges with some purple and
I think that helped. But I still just
love this card.... this stamp set is one
of my top 5 for sure!!!
Here's what I used:
  • Whisper White card stock #100730
  • Old Olive card stock #100702
  • Old Olive classic ink pad #102277
  • Perfect Plum classic ink pad #101437
  • Vintage Vogue cm stamp set #118598
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set #115370
  • Step Bird paper punch #117191
  • Barely Banana marker #100039
  • SNAIL adhesive #104332
  • Stampin dimensionals #104430

Have a great day!!!!


Stay inside the lines

I had a lot of fun coloring this card....
it brought back great memories
of childhood. Seriously.....
Who doesn't like to color?
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Who doesn't like to get something that was colored?
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Not me!!!!
Gorgeous!!!
Here's what I used
  • Whisper White card stock #100730
  • Messages for Mom stamp set #118580
  • Well Scripted stamp set #118601
  • Many Marvelous Markers #105541

Pretty simple, pretty pretty and pretty AWESOME!!!

Have a nice day!!!!!

Simple and Sweet


...but it says enough.
I think any mother would be happy to
get this card....it makes me happy.
Tulips make me happy...they make me smile.
I don't know why but they do.
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Here's what I used:
  • Whisper White card stock #100730
  • A Flower For All Seasons stamp set #111592
  • Many Marvelous Markers #105541
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set #115370

Have a Great Day!!!!

Monday, May 3

Mothers Day cards


It's the time of year that we look at
our Mothers and think....
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"man I am so lucky to have this amazing,
wonderful, beautiful woman in my life
that has taught me so many life lessons and
loved me unconditionally....someone who
I know I can turn to at any time....someone
who always seems to have the right answer or
says just the right thing to comfort me when I
need it most."
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and if you aren't thinking that then....
you probably forgot it was Mother's Day,
and you scramble to find them a card to let them know
you love them still. So whatever your
thought process you have to have a card.
So I will be showing one a day through the week.
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Here's what I used:
  • Whisper White card stock #100730
  • Real Red card stock #102482
  • Pink Flamingo Designer paper #113976
  • Pixie Pink card stock #105121
  • Real Red classic ink pad #103133
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set #115370
  • SNAIL adhesive #104332
  • Word Window paper punch #105090

Have a great day!!!!

Thursday, April 22

Better late than never.....eh...

Congratulations to the two winners of the blog
candy!!! Sorry I was late getting this on here too....
I had a last minute getaway home to Indiana to
visit with family!!
Alright so Dennis and Brandy you get first pick of the
card box and 'T' you get the other one. Just shoot an
e-mail to me at sarahowens1@hotmail.com
with your address and I will get these off in the mail.
Whatever you do have a great day!!!

Monday, April 12

A little help


So, I took this ordinary binder I got on clearance


at a computer store and turned it into this.





I just took a reagular binder smothered it with


Mod Podge


Picked some paper that I liked and stuck it on.


Then I used my Cricut for the flowers and the lettering....and I layered


them and played around a bit and came up with this.


.... I needed some help to get my


stamps somewhat organized. That is pretty hard


to do because we are in temporary living right now.


I saw this idea on someone else's blog and I thought


this is perfect for me right now....and it will help later too.


So obviously I can't fit my stamps inside here


but tomorrow I will show you the indside and explain


just how this little binder is going to be a huge help


and timesaver to me with all of my crafting.




Whatever you do have a great day!!!!

Tuesday, April 6

Bird on a Branch

I have had my eye on this set for some time now....
and I finally got it....oh man I am so EXCITED!!!!
This is the first card I made with it and it
definitely will not be the last....why do I love cards
with birds so much? Maybe I am crazy......
Is there something that you just lean
toward when you are crafting...or reading...
or doing any other hobbies?
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Here's what I used:
  • Soft Suede card stock #115318
  • Close to Cocoa card stock #101341
  • Blush Blossom card stock # 103318
  • Very Vanilla card stock # 101650
  • Melon Mambo card stock #115320
  • Bird on a Branch stamp set #113266
  • Melon Mambo & Soft Suede marker #116329
  • Blush Blossom marker #100037
  • Creamy Caramel marker #100078
  • Soft Suede polka-dot ribbon #115612
  • corner rounder punch
  • SNAIL adhesive #104332
  • Scallop border punch #112091

I just want to throw it out there that the

occasions mini catalog will only be around until the

end of this month....so you had better hurry and check it

out before it's to late and you have to say goodbye to some

really really nice things.....just click here to see the catalog.

Whatever you do have a great day!!!

Monday, April 5

My good friend Tiniel....this is her

Is going to be walking in a "Relay for Life"
to raise money for finding a cure for cancer.
Tiniel is an amazing woman, friend, mother and wife.
Not only does she want to raise money to find
a cure, but she wants to give something to
those who are willing to donate and help.....
Check out her story here.

Thursday, April 1

Kindness and Gratitude

Alright....so this flower on the card....is the
same from the tutorial yesterday. Except for
on this flower I used plain card stock and stamped
an image using the Define Your Life stamp set.
I wanted you to be able to see some of the
definition inside the flower when you looked at it.
I also did some stenciling on the card using the
Stampin sponges, a stencil and a scallop circle punch.

And I am pretty happy with the results. I don't know how
I would mail this card because the flower does stick
up from the cards pretty far....but it would be great
to give to someone face to face.....I am sure you could
mail it to....you would just need a bigger special envelope.
Here's what I used:
  • Very Vanilla card stock #101650
  • Cameo Coral card stock #100475
  • Chocolate Chip classic ink pad #100908
  • Cameo Coral classic ink pad #103035
  • Barely Banana classic ink pad #101170
  • Old Olive classic ink pad #102277
  • Define Your Life stamp set #114950
  • Lovely Letters Alphabet stamp set #115030
  • Mat Pack #105826
  • Paper Piercer #116631
  • Stampin Sponges #101610
  • Scallop circle punch
  • brad

Whatever you do have a great day!!!!

Paper Flowers

First you need 5 scallop circles
I use double sided paper....that way I know
they will look good together and it brings so much
more color to the flower.
You don't have to do this but I like to....
I sponge the edges....chocolate chip....but obviously
you can use any color you like or no color at all.
Here is the sponged edges with both sides
of the paper.....
Now you just crumple up all the scallops
really really really good!!! You can't mess this
up.... Just have fun with it.
Now you unfold them and stack them in the
order you would like them to be in.
Here I use my Mat Pack and paper piercer.
These tools make it so much easier to
place a hole and then a brad!!!!
So with all 5 stacked pierce a hole right
into the middle.
If you used the Mat Pack then you simply
pull out the paper piercer and the hole from it stays.
Then you can slide the brad right into it.
If not then....I used to jab a small pair of scissors
into the center or just stick the brad in piece by piece.
So now you get to crumple some more....YAY!!!!
Start with the top scallop and crinkle it to the middle...
then do the second layer....then the third layer
do you get where I am going?
So below I have 5 different flowers at each
crumple stage so you can see the progression.
Now that all layers are crumpled up nice and tight....
you can start uncrumpling....
gently tug out the bottom layer, but don't flatten it out
you want it to still be in the shape of....well....
kind of like a bowl, a wrinkly paper bowl.
Now do the next layer
Keep going with the next layer.....
and the next one....

And finally open the last layer just enough
so you can see the brad and the inside paper.
And you have created some very unique beautiful
flowers. Here are the 5 flowers that I made.
1 & 2
3 & 4

and the last 5th flower....
I hope you like these flowers...they are really very pretty
flowers!!! You can have so much fun mixing and matching
colors to go with anything. You can even leave some of
the inner layers crumpled to make it look more like a bud.
Just have fun with it....that's what crafting is all about.
(Sorry for my made up words.... ;) )
Whatever you do have a great day!!!