Sunday, April 28, 2013

My Pinque Peacock prize arrived!

I have to tell you....ever since I placed my Pinque Peacock order I have stalking the mail man! LOL I was SO excited yesterday when the mail came and my order had arrived!! I knew JUST what project I wanted to was only a matter of picking out what products I wanted to use. :-)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Always Unique.....

Today I'm sharing a special project from Creative Kuts. It was made for Autism Awareness month and I hope you enjoy it!

Friday, April 26, 2013

CKC here I come!

Today I did something VERY fun! I headed up to Manchester, NH and went to the CKC Scrapbook Convention. :-) AND I went with the most amazing person MOM! Can life get any better?!?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Need a little extra cash?

Try Cash Crate....

I think we've all seen the make money taking surveys kind of sites. I've tried them once or twice and have never had good luck with them.

Recently I read a blog post about Cash Crate and decided to give it a try. The post I read stated that this was a COMPLETLY free site, so I was intriguied. :-)

I created an email account to use specifically for Cash Crate and signed up. I was quickly VERY happy about the dedicate email address -- I had about 7 emails in the first 3 minutes! The set up was very easy and not once did they ask for any money. They seemed to have the usual suspects of survey offers as well as some offers that I had never seen. From what I can gather you can choose to spend money on certain offers -- but that is up to you. You can certainly scroll right past those if you choose to.

Granted, I've only invested about 15 minutes so far but I'm already up to $6.45. I've taken surveys, watched a video, and searched the web. It looks like they won't cut a check for under $20, but that's OK...I can wait to see how this all works out. I'm not expecting to be able to quit my job BUT I wouldn't mind a little extra money coming in.

I did sign up through someones referral link so they will receive a percentage of what I generate, so if you are interested in joining Cash Crate I would ask you to use my link....just click the banner I have listed. :-)

I'll post every so often to keep you updated about my experience and if you sign up let me know what you think!


Thursday, April 18, 2013

I was nominated for a Liebster Award :-)

Thank you Christine from for nominating me for a Liebster Award! I must admit that When I saw the nomination I was very excited....and then I had to go and figure out what  a Liebster Award actually was! LOL 

So, from what I can gather I am going to write 11 facts about myself, answer Christine's 11 questions, come up with 11 questions of my own for the 11 people I nominate to answer! ::phew:: I CAN do this!! LOL

11 Facts About Me

1. I LOVE to craft. :-) 
2. I've been married for 22 years. 
3. I have 1 fabulous child...(who BTW is going to PSU in the fall...WOOP!) 
4. I can parallel park a 40 ft. school bus. 
5. I lived on Guam for 2 years. 
6. I LOVE to bling things! 
7. I purse/bag addiction. 
8. MY COUSIN VINNY is my fav movie. 
9. TWISTER is my FAV guilty pleasure movie. 
10. I went by Chris until the 3rd grade....that year there was 5 Chris' in my class and some of them were BOYS!?! I've gone by Christy ever since. 
11. I love my Samsung Galaxy S111! GREAT phone!

11 Questions to Answer

[One] What is one major goal you want to achieve in your lifetime?
To be able to make a living at being creative.
[Two] How many children do you want/have?
I have 1 daughter
[Three] Vanilla, chocolate or strawberry ice cream?
Vanilla baby!
[Four] What is your dream job?
Something where I can be creative AND be able to share that with people.
[Five] What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
[Six] Do you have a go-to dinner meal? If yes, what is it?
My go to meal would be something pre-made and frozen -- hubby does all of the cooking...
How many TVs are there in your home?
[Eight] Do you watch the Super Bowl every year?
I do BUT it's mainly for the commercials and yummy party food! LOL I can barely follow the game!
[Nine] Name one thing you love but wish you didn't.
[Ten] What's your favorite name for a boy?
[Eleven] What's your favorite social media network?

11 Questions to Nominees
1. What is your favorite movie?
2. What is the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?
3. What is your favorite summer time fun?
4. Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip?
5. What is you favorite guilty pleasure movie?
6. Where did you grow up?
7. If you could live anywhere on earth where would it be?
8. Do you have a purse/bag that you REALLY want? Which one?
9. What is your biggest pet peeve?
10. Team Edward or Team Jacob?
11. Why did you start blogging?

11 Nominees

Friday, April 12, 2013

Birds and Butterflies and Boxers OH MY!!

A couple of weeks ago I alluded to a big project I was working on. Well, I was actually working on 2 projects at the same time (note to self: not the BEST idea, if you want to keep you sanity that is). I had to keep quiet about the projects because 1 of them was for a dear friend and coworker who is going through some difficult times right now....

It all started a couple of months ago when my Mom was trying to come up with centerpiece ideas for the Minister's luncheon in April. I had just been fooling around with a really cute idea for a "garden" centerpiece using tootsie pops as the "flowers" on the top of the box. Well, she LOVED the idea so it was a go. No problem! 10 gardens.....not needed until the end of April....I have this under control! :-) I searched through my collection of SVG files and found lots of choices that I could use for decorations on the sides of the box. I played with the layout and edited the selection until I was happy with the look.

I am delighted with how they came out!! Super cute and super fun to make!!

Around 5 weeks ago we found out that one of my coworkers was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is not able to work right now, her husband has been laid off for over a year, her elderly disabled mother lives with them and they have 4 children.

A couple of my friends organized a fundraiser for her (without her knowledge) to help out. While I was discussing the plans with them they told me they were planning on getting those "fruit arrangements" (you know what I mean...right??) to use as centerpieces... did I mention they need 23 of them?!?  I said WAIT! Do you know how much that will COST?!?! I told them about the centerpieces I was making for the church and explained how I could modify them for the fundraiser.

They loved the idea and gave me the green light to make them. They had a graphic of a tough boxer chick that they had used for the t-shirts, tickets and a banner. I imported her into my SCAL2 program and went to town designing my ideas. She was an amazing piece of inspiration to use and I REALLY love how she came out.

Isn't she just ADORABLE?!?! I love her!!

So now I had 33 centerpieces to problem right?! WRONG! LOL I was up to my eyeballs in paper and realized that I *might* need some help. ;-) So Mom and I rallied our crafting peeps, set up a mega craft night at the church, and went to town making all 33 centerpieces. 16 fantastic ladies showed up to help and we were able to complete all 10 luncheon centerpieces and *almost* finish the fundraiser boxes.

While I could have done this all on my own (I'm not sure if my sanity would have survived) I am forever grateful for all of the help I received! The ladies did a fantastic job and really made my life easier!

So, I am giving a HUGE Thank You SHOUT OUT to the First Church craft group! We also had co-workers and friends come to help that evening and they were just amazing! The support you shared that evening is greatly appreciated! I also wanted to thank Cheryl from Creative Kuts, she helped edit the file down to actually make this boxer girl usable for this project. :-)

I think both centerpieces came out great! Let me know what you think!!


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Spring has Sprung!

Hello Blogging Peeps!

I know that I have been quiet for a couple of weeks but life got CRAZY. :-D I'm back on track now and things are settling down - thank God!

While I was knee deep in insanity I did find time to get several projects done. The first ones that I'm going to share are the last couple of BAPs from Creative Kuts. Also, they still have their incredible sale going on, just use the special code SPRING at the time of check out and receive 50% off all sales of $15 or more. The first 3 are from before Easter. They have a wonderful stained glass effect that is amazing. What is really fun about these files is that if you don't have a lot of time you can just use a single sheet of pretty paper. That is what I did with the cross and I LOVE how it came out!

This weeks BAP is just too cute! I love how the card came out and I think that the bling adds just the right touch.

The latest Creative Kuts Design Team layout is stunning! I had so much fun putting this together! Cass helped me pick out the papers and I love the feel that it has. We are continuing with the owl theme and she is just too cute, I LOVE her eyelashes!! It was nice to transition from Easter to Spring....

The softer colors on the owl made for a nice twist and her hat is what every fashionable owl needs. :-)

I hope you enjoyed this layout as much as I enjoyed creating it!