Just peeking in…

… to say a quick hello.

I have a class tonight, so I am scurrying around.  And with a little dude with a little cold, free time has been limited. :)  

However, I have so much to share (and give!) over the next few weeks.  Such fun.

Here is a quick card I made the other day with my scraps from THIS layout.  Easy peasy. :)

021709 Three Hearts Scraps
Hero Arts stamps, Pool Shadow Ink, White embossing powder, Pearls
My Mind's Eye striped paper
Bo Bunny dot paper
Tim Holtz Distress Fired Brick Ink
Diamond Glaze (on stamped hearts)

Now for a moment of mindless TV talk.  :)   Went for a girl's night with my friends last night and Courtney told me about this huge Bachelor Conspiracy thing.  It is hilarious.  You can read about it HERE.  I don't believe merely because Jason is the perfect guy, right?  :)   But who knows.  And THIS video is oh so interesting, too.  Thanks to Sarah for the link to that one.

Happy Thursday…

A birthday giveaway… or two!

It's a big day at our house.  My dear husband turned the big 4-0 today. :)  

Here is the card Colin made.  He loves to stamp and then color in the holes on the letters and trace the lines…  (Yes, he did stamp that – he is a stampin' pro.)

021709 Colin Stamping

And here is what I made for Ken as a gift from me.  I originally had planned to get a nice hammock for our backyard, so we could dream of doing THIS.  But then he talked about wanting a nice new watch.  Then I thought a night away out of town would be fun.  So, I decided to give him a stack of money and let him pick which of the three things he wants.  I went to the bank and asked for a bunch of ones.  (That stack of money looks like a lot but it isn't at all – they are all ones. :)   Then I cut thin paper strips and wrapped the dollars together.  The clipart on the top are from Microsoft Clipart.  (I just remembered that from my old PC days in college.)  And here it is…

021709 Ken Gift

Oh… and he picked the hammock.  I am glad he did. :)

Here is the card I did.  Wanted to do something different and funky, with a photo included…

021709 Ken Birthday

So… what about TWO giveaways?  Just leave a comment here telling me your best birthday memory.  On Thursday at 11:59pmEDT, I will pick TWO winners.  One will win the Stampin' Up Scallop Circle Punch and the other will win the Stampin' Up Scallop Border Punch.  You know how much I love these – been saving these extras for a fun giveaway. :)


OK… The Bachelor.  Where to begin?  I have to share something a funny gal named Kristi commented.  This made me crack up – the whole "sticker" thing.  Ha!  Here is her comment…

I am wondering what sort of creative editing has been done with the whole Deanna thing. They've got her saying "I made a mistake…you haven't proposed yet," to make it look like she's there to ask him back, when she could really be saying: "I made a mistake when i used stickers on my early layouts. If you love her so much, I am wondering why you haven't proposed yet." They always edit it to make us so suspenseful.

That cracked me up. :)   Anyway, I think it will be Melissa, too.  But I seem to always get them wrong! 

Off to relax.  Night.

It’s time for some good links…

Hello Monday.

Thought I would share some links over to 2peas… there are some new things in the Garden.  Here we go…

  • THIS one by Cindy Liebel just makes me smile.  Those yummy colors and photos on a white background?  Perfection.
  • THIS one by Erica makes me want to grab my camera and start taking photos of Colin NOW.  Wow.  Every mom can relate to this.
  • THIS one by Nichol is full of fun details.  Wonderful.

HERE is one I did.  The photo on it is actually temporary.  I am reprinting all the mini photos from my Christmas card and putting it in this space, but I had to order the photo.  And this one worked perfect for the time being.  I love being with my brother and my son.

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Another one I did HERE.  This photo is one that Cathy Blackstone took.  I love it.  It is all digital – can't believe it!

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So… this is a short post since the fabulous Bachelor is on tonight.  Ha.  Molly is going home – I can feel it.  I am starting to lean towards Jillian.  I think Melissa's parents might have ruined her shot at him.  (Although, if I were her parents, I likely wouldn't want to do the TV thing either.)  Or maybe her dress that she is wearing at the rose ceremony tonight – it is bad.  Oh, well.  It isn't nearly as important as the economic crisis, huh?  But I don't like to talk about serious stuff.  That's no fun! :)

ETA: Eek!  I was so wrong.  I really thought Jillian was staying.  Hmmm…  Oh… and I don't think Deanna is coming back to get him – I think she just wants to give him advice.  Boo on that. 

Ah… the important things in life. :)

Have a good night…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope you all had a great day.  Ken and I have never been big on Valentine's Day.  But today was fun – we spent it with a friend's family.  They have two kids that are older than Colin, but are SO good with him and he adores them.  A good day.  Anyone do anything special?

Here are the goodies Colin and I made for his classmates.  The pictures aren't great.  We made 25 for his classmates and they were simple to make.  The black and white dotted packages are actually gift bags from Hobby Lobby – 10 for $1.99.  In each bag are a pack of markers or paint ($.99) and 16 small coloring pages with a Valentine's theme.  (I googled "Valentine coloring pages" and printed them on my computer – so easy and cheap!  I kept the bag flat and folded it over and taped it on the back.  So it looks like I wrapped them, but didn't. :)   The hearts on it were cut from my Cricut (so fast and easy – Colin can do it) and I printed and punched the message on the small heart.  He did the gluing with me and we were done!

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021409 Colin Valentine

And here are the teachers gifts.  In it are some muffins, cookies and candies Colin and I made.  The card is inside the bag.

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Hobby Lobby Black and White dot bags – in the stationary section
Target Pink gift bags
Circut DoodleCharms
Roseart $.99 markers from Hobby Lobby
Coloring pages – printed at home from internet
Scenic Route red dotted paper
Fiskars Heart Punch
Papertrey Heart Prints stamps (on card)
Hero Arts notecard, pearls and glitter

And I have another show I must talk about – another mindless one. :)   This one is Millionaire Matchmaker on Bravo.  The gal who runs it is a riot and the rich men who come on the show are characters.  Anyone else watch it?

OK… off to bed.  So tired today!  Have Heart Day! :)

Valentine’s Share

Happy Friday!  Those words are music to my ears…

I thought I would let you all know about those great EK Success border punches I showed HERE.  I got a ton of emails asking about these. I talked to the dear Tara over at EK and she said…

From EK Success – www.eksuccess.com
EK Success introduces new slim profile punches powered by the Paper
Shapers(r) patented thumb punch lever.  Creative engineering gives this
medium punch a longer reach and makes the squeeze action of punching
even easier.  The Edge Punches have a template plate to line up punched
images for any length edge. These new lightweight punches lock shut for
stackable storage and are labeled for easy identification – no more
messy drawers of unorganized punches! 
MSRP:  $8.99 Medium Punches, $14.99 Edge Punches. 
Availability: Product will be sold online and in all stores April 2009
(note: special set up for Michaels Stores in February)

Hope that helps!

Next, I thought I would share the Valentines I made for the girls.  Nothing fancy, but I thought it would be fun to share them since they are moneyholders.  These cards were made using one of my current favorite stamp sets – Heart Prints from Papertrey Ink.  LOVE this set.  And Papertrey is another company who has good people and good products.  Always happy to use stuff from companies like that.

021309 Valentines for Girls

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Heart Prints Papertrey Ink stamps
White Memories Ink
Colorbox Primary Chalk Ink
Hero Arts gemstones and kraft notecards
Other: Sewing machine and some cash

Tomorrow I will share the Valentines Colin and I did for his classmates and teachers.  I just love his school – such amazing people there.  And, don't tell Elsie (Jamie's girl) or Addie (Ginger's girl), but Colin has the sweets for a girl named Anna at school.  She is darling, has the same mellow nature as him and her parents are so kind.  Is it too early to arrange a marriage?  Hee. :)

Did you all get a chance to make any Valentines?

I hope you all have a lovely Valentine's Day.  I will post tomorrow.

Updated on helping out our friends…


Please read my last post HERE on a fun way you can help our Australian friends.  I hope you are able to play.

I know our US scrappers are having a rough time with this economy, and spending the extra money to ship to Austrailia may be tough.  So, I talked to Sarah and we have a plan.  If you would like to mail your projects to my PO Box, I will collect them all and ship them together.  This will make the cost of shipping lower for everyone.  And I will use money I raised at a local card sale at Stamp Your Art Out to cover the shipping.  (Thanks again, Connie!) 

For details on what to create, click HERE.

If you want to ship through me, please mail it by March 1 to this address:

Jennifer McGuire
Aussie Memory Gifts
PO Box 428612
Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

If you want to ship directly over there, you are welcome to – she shares the address there.

Thanks for helping out.  I am sure our friends over there will help.    Hugs!