I rarely share “life” stuff here – I try to keep this blog mostly focused on crafts.

But I wanted to thank you for Colin’s birthday wishes and share a few photos.

I am in *love* with this shirt that my friend Amy Tan made for his bowling party. Isn’t it perfect? He loved it, too. The party had glow-in-the dark bowling, and he was tickled that the “5″ and bowling pin glowed…

(If you are interested in having a cool shirt made, you can contact Amy HERE. She is a gem. I have been incredibly impressed by everything I have received from her.)

These two not only look alike, but act alike, too. I am thankful for that…

And me with my little dude. I am smiling big time because we survived his party, as *very* stressful as it was. (30 kids bowling? Eek. Thankfully, I had lots of help.)

One of the best things about Colin’s birthday is that it happens every year on the girl’s spring break. So they were there when he was born (I prayed so hard for that) and is here for his party each year. We flew in Audrey’s best friend, Mia (in the middle), for the week. We like her so much, we plan to keep her. ;)

Oh, and for those of you out there that are scared of the teen years… there is hope. These girls are great kids and have hearts of gold. Yes, there are little bumps, but that’s because God isn’t done with them yet. They are wonderful – it is possible!

Love this family.

We have a few new winners. I have emailed you…

I will be back tomorrow with a crafty post. See you then.

Birthday Boy

I am taking today and tomorrow off to celebrate this little guy’s 5th birthday…

He turned 5 today (although he acts like he is 40) and we celebrated as a family.

Tomorrow? A party with 30 kids. Yes, I am nutso. I promise to share photos of all the goodies we made.

In the meantime, I am off to snuggle with this little guy. Love him so. Happy weekend.

Basic Grey + Hero Arts Giveaway!

Hey, there.

A few people asked me about the Sketchbook 3 online class that Kelly Purkey is doing. There are 50 sketches! I am one of the many guest designers, along with Ali EdwardsElizabeth KartchnerKristina Werner, Nichol Magouirk, and more. The fun thing? I will be sharing a card idea to go with each of the scrapbook ideas. LOVE this. Kelly’s classes are very popular. I highly recommend checking it out.

For a chance to win a spot in this class, please post a comment on yesterday’s post HERE. Good luck!

We have a few winners! I emailed everyone.

Next, I have a birthday share for you. Seems fitting since my little guy turns 5 tomorrow.

I am so loving the new partnership between Hero Arts and Basic Grey. I adore both of these companies – the best of stamps and the best of papers. Delightful.

(For complete supplies, click the little product images below.) Those little stars? They were created with THIS border punch. Love how tiny they are! And the Life of the Party 6×6 paper pads are perfect for birthday cards. The small scale of the patterns rock. To alter the corners of the card, I just used a small circle punch.

And since I love Basic Grey + Hero Arts so much, I have a giveaway for you! Just leave a comment here by Sunday at 11:59pmEST for a chance to win a Basic Grey 12×12 Lauderdale patterned paper pack, Lauderdale Pops, Lauderdale Canvas and a Hero Arts Life of the Party stamp. (Oh, and those Lauderdale goodies aren’t available until April!)

Good luck to you all.

Oh, and wish me luck. I have a party with 30 kids tomorrow. Eek!

Card supplies:

Friends + Sketches 3 Class Giveaway!

Several folks asked about my crafty weekend with friends. Basically, we all got together for a few days of crafting, eating, laughing, dancing, laughing, stamping, laughing, shopping and laughing. It was perfection and I am so thankful for each of the girls. The talent was oozing out of the room – amazing girls. Proof? You must check out their blogs:

  • Nichol Magouirk – I have known Nichol since I started scrapbooking and admire her greatly. She is one of my favorite travel buddies, colors like nobody’s business and is an amazing kindred spirit. Her smile is contagious. I so wish we lived closer.
  • Jana Millen – My best friend, Colin’s Godmother and proof that God loves me – He must since he put her in my life. Check her blog HERE – she shared some cards we all made this weekend.
  • Britta Swiderski – Britta is the youngest in the group and I hope she thought all of us old ladies were fun. :) I simply adore her. She is exactly the type of young woman I hope my girls grow up to be. Be sure to check out her blog – she has some great videos.
  • Kathy Racossin – I don’t know where to begin. Kathy is so warm, talented (her cards are truly mini masterpieces and her coloring is jaw-dropping), kind, generous, thoughtful and funny. She was responsible for many of our weekend laughs and for the smile that is often on my face.
  • Ginger Rohlfs – Ginger missed her calling as a stand-up comedian. This girl can make anyone laugh and does it effortlessly. I often need to get my “Ginger fix” – time with her is great for the soul. And it makes your stomach hurt from laughter. And to top things off? She has a heart of gold.
  • Sandi Neumann – Look up “thoughtful” in the dictionary and you will see her face. Sandi will do anything for a friend and I admire that greatly. I am also so thankful that she helps me with class kitting. She does a perfect job!
  • Heather Ruwe – Heather is the sweetest. Her laugh makes me smile, her talent makes me inspired, her presence makes me happy. She is a gem. Truly. However, she may be voted off the island for how fast she creates cute cards! :)
  • Julie Strickland – I adore Julie and her family and couldn’t ask for a better neighbor. I pray I can be a mother like her – I look up to her parenting so much – and am glad she is my friend. I also think it is fabulous that she has her own card-making business. Check it out HERE.
  • Latrice Murphy – This girl is beautiful. Inside and out. I am thankful for every time we get to see each other. And she rocks 2-pages layouts like nobody’s business.

Great girls, huh? I am so thankful.

I also wanted to give you a heads up about a fabulous class coming up. My dear friend Kelly Purkey is launching her newest class, Sketchbook 3.

Here is some info about it…

Join Kelly Purkey and friends for Sketchbook 3!  This is a self-paced four week class filled with fresh sketches, easy instructions, beautiful examples, and lots of fun.  From April 4th to April 29th a PDF will be delivered to your inbox every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  By the end of the class, you’ll have a complete sketchbook of 12 original sketches, 38 layouts, and an additional 38 sketches based on those creative pages. All of the examples are brand new layouts, exclusive to this class… you won’t see them anywhere else. The best part is that you will be receiving an example layout from Kelly for each of the sketches, along with two (or more) example layouts from a very talented contributor.  Each PDF for Sketchbook 3 will also include a card designed by the amazing Jennifer McGuire based on the daily sketch.

Fun, huh? And did you see that last line? I will be creating a card for each of Kelly’s sketches. Yep, they are scrapbook page sketches, but I am going to show you how to turn them into cards. So fun!

Want to win a spot in Kelly’s Sketchbook 3 class and join us for some scrapbooking and cardmaking fun? Just leave a comment here by Friday night at 11:59pmEST for a chance to win. (If you sign up and are the lucky winner, she will give you her money back.)

Good luck!

Giveaways, Winners, Classes + More!

Are you having fun with all these giveaways? I am not done, but wanted to announce some winners! I have emailed you each…

You still have time to enter a few giveaways… and be sure to check out below for a new one…

I also wanted to let you know I will be at Buffalo Stamps in Buffalo, NY on May 14th and 15th teaching 3 classes. You can find out more about the times and class descriptions HERE. And for info on where to call to sign up, click HERE. I love the owner of this store – she is so fun – and I hear her store is one of the best. I know many of your Canadian folks request classes often – this is near some of you! Hope to see you there. How about peeks at some class projects – all are very heavy on techniques and a variety of styles:


And now back to the giveaways. :) How about some new fun goodies from Ranger – thanks to our friends at Simon Says Stamp? Just leave a comment here by Wednesday night for your chance to win the newest set of Perfect Pearls, the new Perfect Pearls Perfect Copper Mist and also the Firefly and Paprika Sitckles…Good luck and I will be back with some shares and another giveaway.

See you soon!

Lawn Fawn Giveaway!

Hello, stampers.

Remember how I was saying how I love this industry because of the wonderful people I have met? Well, another one is Kelly Marie. This sweetie is the creator of Lawn Fawn stamps. (Enabling alert: Lawn Fawn stamps are made in the US so they stamp gorgeously.) And they are so stinkin’ cute. I have used them here before and I thought I would share a few cards I have used on them recently – super quick ones.

This one I made for Ken for his birthday…

And he loved it.

Whenever I do simple cards, I always add a tiny bit of glitter pen and Glossy Accents or Enamel Accents. Here I used black for the eyes…

And this one is for Kay…

And for Audrey…

Simple background. Simple stamping. Simple simple.

By the way, if you ever want to see what supplies I used in my card shares, just click the little photos at the end of each post.

And since Kelly Marie is so sweet, she sent me three Lawn Fawn sets to give away! Just leave a comment here by Wednesday at 11:50pmEST and you will have a chance to win these Lawn Fawn stamps…

See you soon!

Card Supplies: