Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Matthiessen State Park

If you ever have the Chance to make it to this state park, it will be way worth it. We took the kids there for the very first time this summer, and it was a blast. We got to walk up to, play behind, and explore waterfalls. This is something that we will be doing every year from now on!! LO inspired by Julie Bonner's December Monthly Sketch!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Birthday Girl

Inspired by Pink Sketches #53

Monday, December 28, 2009


I remember this day like it was yesterday. It was the first day of 4 year old preschool, and Alex was so excited...he had no tears!! Inspired by Julie Bonner's week 45

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Snow Much fun...

This is a LO done from the first time that we took the kids sledding. Inspired by Julie Bonner's November monthly sketch

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Silly Faces

This was inspired by a sketch from Julie Bonner, It was week number 49
This is the first of many Lo's that were done as a Christmas gift to my mom.

Monday, November 30, 2009

My Christmas Wreath

I wanted to share with you the new wreath that I made for my front door. I saw it HERE, check out her blog if you have a chance too!! All the papers that I used were from DCWV Christmas stack from last year. The centers are snowflake buttons from Michael's, and the ribbon is from Michael's also. It is very time consuming, but so worth it when you are all done. Thanks for stopping by today!!

Here is an upclose picture of the flowers.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Christmas already???

Wow...this year has flown by so fast. Where did the time go? It's time to decorate our house's for the holiday's, and to get our Christmas cards made and sent. I wanted to share with you my christmas card. All colored papers are from Bazzil, the stamp set is Hero Arts(I think), and I used red stickles on some, and red bling on the others.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone. Thank you all who come and read my blog. I wanted to share with you the turkey place card's that Alex and I made for our table. Not much just a pine cone, a pipe cleaner and some colored paper.

Hope Everyone has a nice Holiday!!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Alexs First day of Kindergarten

Its official, I am now the proud mommy of a kindergartner.
Alex had so much fun on his first day of school. I was so proud of him. He went into school on his first day with no tears. I may have shed one...but shhhhhhh don't tell.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Some exciting news...

Have you been wondering where I have been? I have been working my butt off BECAUSE i have started my own business. I will be opening an site soon so please stay tuned. I am very excited and have been working as much as I can to make things.
I have been making light bulbs,
and many, many frames.
I will also be selling lots of other things...such as...candles, and coasters and trivets and ornaments and decorations for Christmas. But stay tuned for more on that.

Some other exciting news is that I got to meet one of my scrapping friends this past weekend.
I have only ever talked to her when we are scrapping and we are using the web cams. It was so much fun to get to hang out and IN PERSON!!! Thank you Celina I had a blast this weekend.

Stay tuned for more!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Wow it has been...

A really long time since I have blogged. I have been super busy this summer, but I have managed to make a few things this week. First off I have found that if you hollow out a light bulb they make a really cool vase to hang on the wall. I found this idea while blog surfing at Lissa's page. She is an amazing artist, so you should go check her out(her post on the light bulb was done on June 10Th)

I have made 3 of them total (with more on the They are super easy to make.

I hollowed out the light bulb by using directions that I have found on the Internet. Really easy to do, and once you have all the parts out you can get the white powder coating out by pouring salt into the bulb and swirling around. If its giving you trouble discard the salt and try sugar(it works a bit better but costs more so use the salt first :) )
I used alcohol inks by ranger to "paint" the bulb. You can also use glass pains, stazon, or even regular paint. The inks give you a really nice "see through" look.

To finish it up add wire, to make a hanger and a design if you wish. You can add beads and charms to get the desired look. And that's it...very cute!!

I have also turned a Corona bottle into a very cute vase.(original idea seen here she is amazing!!) Not much to it, just paper and ribbon :)

Just remember when adding the water to the vase(for BOTH projects) be sure to use a funnel so that you don't ruin any ribbon or paper that you have on the project :)

I have also gotten a few Lo's done. The LO above has a hand made flower by CELINA (i love scrapping with her over the web cams...and I can't wait to meet her in person in 24 days) The flourishes were cut using the SLICE and the design basics 3 card.

Nothing to special about this LO. I tried something new by sanding the edges of my pictures and I am really pleased with how it turned out! And last but not least...

That's it for now come back tomorrow I have 1 more LO to post

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Dreams do come true

This is a frame that I made from my friend Sharri that works at Michael's. The birds were cut using my slice by making memories and the fall/back to school cart. The birds are cut from the paper company CS in Bordeaux and the black CS is from Michael's in vine black and is dry embossed. Thanks for looking.
**** I do custom frames and other work. If you're interested please send me an e-mail and we can chat.....****

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Lions, Tigers and DINOSAURS????

Lions, Tigers and Dinosaurs??? Yes that's right there are great big Dino's at the zoo.
They are so cool. The Brookfield zoo opened the exhibit this year and it runs through October. If you live in the Chicago area go check it out, four of the Dinosaurs are radio control and you can move them yourselves(Alex really liked that part). Of course Alex's favorite part was getting to eat ice cream :)

My little man has also graduated from Pre-School. I can't believe how fast he has grown up on me. It seems like just yesterday he was a tiny baby in my arms. The kids performed all of the songs and nursery rhymes that they have learned. I am so proud of my little boy.

Last but not least is the canvas that I made his teacher to remember the AM class by. The tutorial that I used was done by my friend Celina. I am not sure if she posted it yet or not, but check her out here. Thanks Celina for the wonderful directions. His teacher really liked it.

I wanted to use a mask to make the back round but it was not working, so I tried something new, and I must say I really like it. I painted the base of the canvas yellow and let it dry. Then I clear embossed a flower image over the yellow. For the final step I went little by little and painted a blue as the top coat. I then took a paper towel and rubbed it over the embossed image to bring the yellow through, I am really happy with this and I cant wait to make another one.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Gotta go now! The kids just broke out of their cage.

This has got to be on of my new favorite stamps. I found it at a garage sale for $1.50, and it was well worth it if you ask me.
I made this frame to hold Alex's hand print that he gave us for valentine's day. It was so cute, he came out of preschool and said"I heart you mommy" it made my day!The following are cards that I have made for my mom. Nothing special, but I am happy with how they came out.

That's it for now, thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

I'm 5

This is my LO for the Lets Scrap Design team. Please click on the link on the right of my page to see the rest of the teams creations.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ramblings of a crazy woman

Things have defiantly been crazy around here the last few weeks, and if you ask Rob I am sure he will I have finally finished scrapping 2008 photos. Man it feels so good to have that book finished. I only had 3 LO's left to do. I also made 4 plaques for my scrap girls, and a frame for Lori's (ne,neh,ne,neh) birthday. The plaques were fun and easy to do and I am really happy with them. The papers came from the dollar spot at Michael's and are by colorbok.

This is the LO for Hannah's 10Th birthday that we had at Brunswick zone.

Good Times: This is from Rob's 35th birthday. The kids had so much fun making him the cake.

This is the picture frame that I made for Lori's birthday. The frame is from the dollar section at Michael's(I love that section :) ) I cut the swirls using my slice.

Here is the blushing bride...Cherie had a blast at her bachelorette so did We bar hopped around downtown naperville and eventually called it a night at Tommy Nevins pub. That was definitely a blast and I am glad that I could join in!!

For the first time as husband and wife: Mr and Mrs. David Bruce!! Cherie and Dave tied the knot on Sunday at starved rock. It was a beautiful ceremony and i am glad that I was invited to share their special day with them. Cherie looked so beautiful in her dress and I am sure we will be scrapping the event as soon as they get back from the honeymoon.

(Lori Janeic, Diana Tumillio, Kathy Ramundo)

And last but not least is a picture of my little man on Easter. He ha so much fun running around the yard finding Easter eggs. He was able to fill his whole basket.

Sorry that this post was all over the place. Check back tomorrow for my design team LO.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Crazy couple of weeks

Well let me say that this post will be all over the place.
One of the coolest things happened for me on April fools day...I got to meet RENEE in person. Her husband Tim, their son Sean and Renee were on their way to Colorado and made a pit stop off in Chicago to spend the night. It was one of the coolest things to ever happen to me. Renee and I have been talking online and on the phone for sometime now and we had always talked about how cool it would be to meet in person. Let me tell you it was! I hope that one day I can go to CO to see her ;-)

Next, it wouldn't be Chicago if there wasn't crazy weather in the middle of spring. We got a little less than an inch of snow on April 6Th. It was a very heavy wet snow and it weighed all the trees down. It did look pretty, but I was glad when it all melted.

While I was waiting for Renee to arrive I made this key rack. Rob and I have been looking for about a week and had no luck finding anything. This started out as a picture frame and a bit of paper and paint later, it made the best key rack. I am really happy with how this turned out!(do you like it too??? Shoot me an e-mail and we will talk

Last but not least, I have finally made a LO. It has been over a month since I made an actual LO and I am very happy with how it turned out. Only 5 more LO's and I am all finished with 2009!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

When good kids go bad.....

Soooooo....this is what I walked into Friday afternoon when I went to go and wake up the kids(they were supposed to be sleeping) from their nap. All my make up, everything thing that I own was smeared onto by bed. A whole tube of toothpaste was smeared onto my bed(its now minty fresh and has no cavity'

All my Blush and eye shadows were smashed into my blankets and my carpet...waterproof and regular mascara were "painted" onto my night stand

The bathroom was hit too. The little girl took EVERYTHING out of the cabinet and threw it everywhere. She opened a whole bag of cough drops and threw the wrappers on the floor and put all the drops on my bed.

Friday was definitely an interesting day