Saturday, November 24, 2007

Old World Santa

I love the Christmas set from Crafty Secrets. The paper is from Cosmo Cricket. There is a bit of sparkly brown paper that was punched with Martha Stewart's border punch. The image was colored with my Copics. I added flocking to his beard and then "dirtied" it up with a brown dauber. The ribbon is from my vintage stash.

*** Many of you asked me how I cuttlebugged the note card set. I simply put the folder on top of the card and ran it through my Sizzix machine. It didn't leave an indentation around the folder at all. Maybe with a different machine it would, I'm not sure. Try it and let me know if it works for you!

And thank you for all the kind comments concerning my daughter. It really means a lot to me that people care so much. Especially since most of you come to look at cards and from the bottom of my heart.....THANK YOU!!!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Best Thanksgiving.....

I know that those of you who visit pretty regularly know that I have a 12 year old daughter with Cerebral Palsy. Many of the things that daughters and mothers share, I haven't been able to enjoy. Cortney doesn't like to shop, it is overwhelming, and she covers her ears, bangs her head, and cries. She doesn't play with regular toys. They are electronic "baby" toys that give her instant gratification. I haven't had the luxury of baking or cooking with Cortney....until now. Kyle loves to cook, and on Wednesday we were talking about it since I was hosting Thanksgiving. Cortney told us several times, "Me cook." I was astounded! I asked her several times, thinking that maybe she would change her mind, and each time her response was the same......"Me cook." I quickly put her in her Gait trainer, pulled her up to the kitchen table, and turned on the Christmas music. I was so afraid that this wasn't going to last, that suddenly she would start to bang her head and want to go watch a tape in her room......but she wasn't.....she was actually smiling! So I had her help with the green bean casserole. I had her dump all the ingredients in and mix them in with a big wooden spoon. Still no tears! I had Kyle take some pictures of her! When she was done with the casserole, she announced, "More cook!" So then we proceeded to make a pound cake. It was pretty funny, because at one point while mixing the flour with the spoon, she flicked it too hard and ended up with flour in her hair, her shirt, and her face! She really looked like a chef! For an entire hour, I had the pleasure of preparing my Thanksgiving meal with my 2 beautiful children. I can't explain how good it made me feel. It is these little milestones, that keep me going.

I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! And if you shop the day after.......well, God Bless You!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Teacher's Gifts for Christmas!

These are super simple cards that I am making for my kids' teachers. I figured since I make cards, why not give them as gifts? I bought clear cellophane bags from SU! I will slip 5 cards a piece in there and it is a nice little gift! ( They were embossed with the small cuttlebug folders.)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Snow is in the Air!!!

Living in the Chicago land area, I am pretty used to varied weather. The weatherman are predicting flurries for Thanksgiving. So here is my card to honor the impending snow! I couldn't find the stamp......God knows it is probably buried under piles of stuff.....I think it is by Stampendous! If I am wrong, drop me a line! I used the Figgy paper by Basic Grey. I didn't actually sew on is the rub on stitches by Daisy D's that comes in a runner. I had a little trouble with getting it to come out consistently. I am rub on challenged apparently! I used some glitter, jewelry tags, and a brad thingy with a loop. (Which I bought eons ago and never used!) And that's it!!! Thanks for coming to visit today, and thank you for leaving REALLY makes my day!!! : )

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Apple Picking Scrap pages!

Last weekend I scrapped with my girlfriends and got a whole whopping 6 pages done. (insert sarcasm) These were 2 of the layouts. I had lots of pics to scrap so that is always a challenge for me. It is easier for me to scrap one or two pics at a time. But since I am constantly clicking away for every event, who can choose only one or two pics? I used some Basic Grey paper, my Cricut for the title, and some Jolee's stickers. I had to journal about the muffler falling off and us pulling up to the apple orchard in a VERY loud vehicle! Ahhhhh memories!!!