February 28, 2009

Etsy Inspired Blog HOP

It's the Etsy Inspired blog hop today!

What is Etsy Inspired? It's a great weekly inspiration challenge put on to showcase the amazing talent that Etsy artists have. We get to make something inspired by a different Etsy Shop each week. There's always a great prize to be won, and some really great things to be inspired by. Each Saturday morning a new shop is posted, along with some samples done by the design team. All you have to do, is take a look around the Etsy shop, find something that inspires you, and CREATE! It's fun and very rewarding.

ASHLEY, the our main girl!, has decided that we should have a blog hop to encourage more participation. She got SOOO many different companies to donate a prize to different people for participating. If you're just getting started, be sure you start at the beginning at Tiff's blog.

Here's the schedule for the day:
(times are Pacific)

9am Tiff

10am Lee
11am Lindsay
12pm Jackie
1pm Sara
2pm Joy
3pm Kerry
4pm Shannon
5pm Heather
6pm Ashley

The wonderful company sponsoring on my blog today is Paper MakeUp Stamps. Katie Cotton is the owner, and she's absolutely FABULOUS! I love this girl! Her stamps are fun and very creative. She's offering this great prize pack for a lucky winner that participates with my challenge.

So here's the challenge, it's quite simple. Make a card using only plain paper or cardstock. NO PATTERNED OR DESIGNER PAPER! You can add any embelishment, color, stamp, etc. you want. Pretty simple. Make your card, post it on your blog with a link to my blog, then leave me a link to your card by Tuesday, March 3rd at midnight. I'll pick a winner and post it the next day. If you upload your picture to SCS or PCP be sure to use the keyword EICLIN.

Here are the cards I made for my challenge:

And here are the cards some of the design team members made:

Bowl card by Joy
Floral card by Shannon
Flower card by Kerry

Little Red Riding Hood card by Ashley
Aren't they all wonderful? I love this design team!

Next go to Jackie's blog at noon (pacific) to see who here sponsor is, and see the great inspiration she has for you. But first! come and join us at Paper Craft Planet for some chit chat and fun!

I can't wait to see what you come up with!!! And be sure to join in with us next Saturday for the next Etsy Inspired Challenge.

Etsy Inspired Blog HOP!!

It's the Etsy Inspired Blog Hop today!!!! WOOHOO!!! So many prizes to be won, and inspiration to be seen. Go to Tiff's blog to start the hop, she has a schedule to follow and more info there! Don' t miss this, there's a lot of fun to be had!

February 26, 2009


Yay! I finally have a card for Hip Hop Thursday. I loved making this card. I felt this little bit of creative release today. Something I haven't had for a while. It's been all cooped up and SMOTHERED.

It's HIP HOP today on the Unity Stamp Co. blog. The theme for the day is JOY. What brings you joy? My kids (although they bring me a massive headache on some days) bring me so much joy. I love them to pieces. The sunshine brings me MUCH joy too. I love spring when the sun starts to shine and flowers are peeking up. I love ROBINS. I love to hear the robins chatting away. We once had a baby robin that we raised. It would follow me in the garden and just hop around behind me. He was so cute. His name was freckle. Then we went on a family trip, and well.... that's NOT joy. HAHA! But he DID bring me joy when he was alive! I have a picture of him sitting on my shoulder. I'll have to find that!

Back to HIP HOP!!

Start on the blog and hop along through the design team members blogs to see some fantastic work. Then go to the Unity forum on SCS to chat it up all day long. Win prizes, make friends, and have a great day stamping and crafting with everyone. Don't forget to see the new release!! The artist is yours truly! :) I had fun making this one. Be sure to check it out!!

Stamps are from Unity Stamp Co: February Kit of the Month

February 25, 2009


I went to the kid's school today for a little football game they were having. Kaidens intramural team won their championship again this year! Yay! I love football. It's so fun to watch. Anyway, I took Casey with and he loved it. He got to see his brothers playing, and ALL THOSE KIDS! I HAVE to share this picture I took. It's Carter holding Casey. Check out those worn out boots! Isn't that the greatest picture? They have such a cute relationship. They love each other soooo much.


It's Casey's birthday today. My little baby boy is 2!! Boo hoo~~ I want him to be my baby forever. I don't know if you've noticed, but I'm totally obsessed with this kid. I'm head over heals in love with him. He's been a comfort to me through the last 2 years for so many reasons. He's helped me through a lot of different hard times. Just looking at him makes me filled with love. He's sweet, smart, hillarious!, snuggly, a stinker, and ALL MINE.

He loves his "go's". He has a car with him all the time. He says the word "GO" at least 50 times a day. When we're sitting at the stop light, he'll look around, realize we're sitting still and yell "GO!" He loves to GO! So for his birthday, he got a little cozy coupe Go of his own. He loves it already.

I love you to pieces Casey. I think the theme of this next year at age 2 just might be: "READY... SET.... GO!"

February 24, 2009


Well, not mine, but my niece. Close enough. This is what I've been up to today.

This is Elizza Kathleen

Christmas??? (and blog candy)

I haven't posted something for a while again. I know it's only February, but I have a couple Christmas things I can post today. Just to post something! It's a gift bag, and a gift card holder. I got my Unity Kit of the Month yesterday and HAD to use at least one of the stamps. I used the label/frame stamp for the opening for the gift card. My pictures are not so great. I need some good lighting in my craft room still.

Oh! the blog candy????? Keep your eyes opened!!! It's coming..........

February 23, 2009


Seriously, this is so cool. I have a room dedicated to creating. What a dream come true for me. I LOVE IT!!! I'm the luckiest girl EVER!!! Thanks to Chad for being the hardest worker and great hubby ever. I love that man.

Okay, so now I have some pictures to share. A couple of the room when I started, and then .....

This is how far I am on it.....

Just check out my Unity Stamp Co. stamps!!!! Just hangin' there all cute. AND there's room for more.... :)

Now...... if you think you have a ribbon addiction, I just may share your problem. HAHA! THAT'S alot of ribbon!!! Okay, it's not really an addiction. I make hair bows and this is my inventory. But I still really really love it for EVERYTHING! All the ribbon on the bookcase is MAY ARTS ribbon ONLY! I love that stuff. The containers next to the bookcase are completely full of ribbon too. YIKES!

One more thing to post.

We seem to have these 2 cute little cats that love us already. They're 2 little black cats that come around at night and hang out by the door. One of them is scared and doesn't come too close when we go out. But the other one lets us pick him up and pet him. They come up to the windows bu the front door and rub their cute little faces on the glass. It's so cute. They want to be loved so much. So we can't resist and we go out and play with them. Casey FREAKS OUT! He loves it. I think I'll put a little basket with a blanket out there for them. Because I'm a crazy cat lady (as Chad would say).

February 21, 2009

Etsy Inspired #...???

I can't remember what Etsy Inspired # this is. But at least I finally got back to participating.

This weeks sponsor is Angelfood's shop.

They make these delicious beautiful cookies and treats. MMMM.... makes me hungry just looking at it.

When I saw the cute little love cookies, it made me think of Casey and how much I AM TOTALLY IN LOVE with him. I just can't even explain how he makes me feel. He just fills my heart right to the top.

Don't forget to make something that inspires you from Angelfood's shop, and link it up to Ashley's Blog for a chance to win something from the sponsor.

And be sure to check out the other Etsy Inspired DT's projects.

AWWWWW! Just see how much he loves me!

February 20, 2009

A couple more

I found this picture of me working on the tile in the shower. I just had to show some proof that I really DID do the things I said.

AND I found the picture of the card I made for my friends that helped me out so much with my kids and my house during all of the crazy time we had.

I'm working on a layout right now for the Etsy Inspired Challenge. FINALLY! Something crafty. But I still want to post these pictures of my kids playing in the snow. They had so much fun the other day when it snowed. We haven't had a fun yard for a year now, and it was so nice to just send them outside to be free to do what they wanted.

Casey didn't care that his hands were freezing or that he had snow down his coat. He was just loving it all. His funnest part was throwing snowballs at the window.

Oh! I'm so scared!! Okay really, I might have been scared for a second that Carter was really going to throw his snowball, but Kaiden and Kelsey are just posers.

February 13, 2009

Getting settled.

I thought I'd post some pictures of the house. We had to take some pictures and email them to the appraiser. (UH.... And what did we pay him for?) Anyway, these are the pictures I sent him. Pretty soon I'll have my craft room all set up and I'll be posting some projects.

February 9, 2009

Eye Candy for Blog Candy

Over at 2 Sketches 4 You, they're giving away some great blog candy just for posting a picture of your very own eye candy. I do have to say... I think Chad is some great eye candy!!! Since I'm in the middle of moving and can't craft anything right now, I'm thrilled to be able to play along. And you all know how much I love this man.