Thursday, April 3, 2014



I know it's been awhile since I've checked in here.  I'm so sorry about that.  Not that I posted a ton when I was posting "regularly", but anyway.  ;)

Just wanted to give you a little update about why it's been quiet.  I've been busy, people!

I made.... the centerpieces and favors for my sister's wedding in Las Vegas:

{Those cute little boxes were made with the We R memory Keeper's Gift Box Punch Board and the Sheer Metallic card stock.  The gold twine is also from We R Memory Keepers.  They are more simple than I had planned, but when one of my dogs decided the completed boxes looked good enough to eat, and the paper roses I wanted to make and put on top kept tearing, I decided to S.I.M.P.L.I.F.Y.}

I've been.... watching my boys play a lot of baseball games: (don't let that beautiful blue sky and green grass fool was DANG cold! and that third photo shows what happened the next day!)

But mostly.... I've been helping my parents.  Last October my mom had breast cancer surgery.  A month later she found out she had lung cancer, and yesterday we found out her lung cancer has spread to her liver.  She'll be going through chemo.  I'm the only one here to take care of her.  My sister lives out of state.  My dad is 92 and has Macular Degeneration and needs help as well.  Don't feel sorry for me.  I'm just stating facts.  But it is hard watching your parents get old.

So.... I've taken a leave of absence from my We R Memory Keepers Design Team position for at least a few months,

And.... I've stopped doing Stamp Club and will probably no longer be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator after June.

But.... I'm still enjoying life.  I'm focusing on my family.  Enjoying being with them.  Having time to help them however I can.  Big changes are coming to my family within the next several months.  I want to be present and focused on that.  Not have any regrets or unnecessary responsibilities that I place on myself.

Spending 5 hours in the hospital with your mom gives you time to do this...

I will be.... participating in a fun blog hop coming up later this month, so watch for that.  And I will still pop in here once in a while with a card or scrapbook page or some other crafty creation.  Just in case you think I'm going away forever and you "unfollow" me.  I hope you'll stick around. :)

Thanks for joining me at the Table today!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

When Two Loves Come Together


I know Valentine's Day is over but I still wanted to pop in to share some Kitchen Table Scraps with you today.   Stampin' Up! and We R Memory Keepers are definitely two of my crafting loves.  I had some hearts and a negative die cut piece left over from another project and I didn't want to put them in my drawer and I definitely didn't want to toss them!  This card came together pretty darn quick.  I added even more interest with the stamped background and enamel dots.

You know, this doesn't even have to be a Valentine's card.  It could be used for all sorts of occasions, dontcha think?

Thanks for joining me at the Table today!


PAPER:         Naturals Ivory and Early Espresso card stock – Stampin’ Up!
                        More Amour DSP (retired) – Stampin' Up!

STAMPS:      Hardwood background – Stampin’ Up!

INK:               Crumb Cake – Stampin’ Up!

OTHER:        Pocket Scraps Dies "Hello" – We R Memory Keepers
                        Full Heart Punch – Stampin' Up!
                        Small Oval Punch – Stampin Up!

                       Enamel Dots - We R Memory Keepers

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Card Swap!


I got to part of a fun card swap with some fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrators and thought I'd share the collection I received yesterday.  These cards are all made with items from the new Occasions Mini Catalog.  You can check out the catalog here and then you can order items here.  Enjoy!

Mine :)

Shelly Shoultes

Sheila van Uitert

April Garnett (Inspired my Mary Fish)

Elisabeth Bellville

Angi Holt

Shelly Shoultes

Jill Olsen - This lady has been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for as long as Stampin' Up! has been in business!

Susan Adams

Janet Baker

Janet Baker
Sheryl Allums

Brandy Rosner
I hope you enjoyed that inspiration from the Occasions catalog!  Now go make something!

Thanks for joining me at the Table today!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Enamel Dots at CHA!

Hello, hello!

So what new product does day 3 at CHA bring?  Enamel dots!  But not just dots.  Oh no.  There are dots, of course, but there are also trendy triangles, geo tags, and hearts.  I love them all!  I had a little bit of fun. ;)

See that jar?  It's a new Lifestyle Crafts die.  Super cute!

I fussy-cut those butterflies from one of the beautiful patterned papers from the Inked Rose collection.  Swoon.
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

New Washi Tape at CHA


It took me awhile to embrace the washi tape trend.  Now I'm a hoarder collector of washi of all kinds and styles. ;)

We R Memory Keepers is coming out with a bunch of fun new washi tapes.  I'm loving them all!  If you look at the layout, you'll be able to see a sneak of another new product We R is coming out with. So excited!!

Don't you love them?  I especially love the silver.  There's also gold and a bronze/copper one as well. As if all those aren't good enough, there is going to be some metallic chevron shaped washi too!  Woot!

Thanks for joining me at the Table today!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Game Day at CHA!


Guess what time it is?  It's time for CHA Winter 2014!  I was privledged to be able to make some samples to hang in the We R Memory Keepers booth.  Dang I wished I could be there to see the booth in person and feel the excitement of new products that are being introduced to the crafty world.  Sigh.  Someday.  Maybe.

Today I'm sharing the samples I made with the Game Day collection.  I have 3 boys and a husband which means I'm very familiar with home plates, 50 yard lines, and free throws.  And lets not forget the soccer lover in your life.

And here you go.  I promise you're going to love the colors and patterns as much as I do:

photo courtesy of We R Memory Keepers

photo courtesy of We R Memory Keepers

photo courtesy of We R Memory Keepers

Make sure you stop by the We R Memory Keepers blog to keep up on all the latest and greatest products!  There's a new punch board that you definitely want to check out!

Thanks for stopping by the Table today!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Okay, Just One More!


Don't you love how inspiration hits you right as you're falling asleep at night?  Most of the time I'm too tired to get up and and make the inspiration come to fruition and so I forget my great ideas by the time the sun comes up.  But thankfully not this time!

I received the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress Kit a few days before Christmas and I've been imagining the projects I'll create with it.  Because Christmas, I'm just now getting to play with it.  It's so fun!  I have to say I was a little intimidated to try it at first, so I watched a bunch of videos on YouTube to get a feel of how it works and then decided to jump right in.  It really is pretty easy and I know the more I play with it the more comfortable I will be and the better my results will be.

I decided that since it's still officially December for a couple more days, I would make just one more Christmas card.

I decided to use the Holiday Letterpress plates and silver ink.  I paired that with the Candy Cane paper (love that design!) from the North Pole collection by We R Memory Keepers.  Oh, and let's not forget I used the Knotty Bow die also by Lifestyle Crafts.

Here's what was floating in my head as I was heading to dreamland:

It turned out exactly like I pictured it.  I love it when that happens.  Here are a couple of close-ups of the fantastic letterpress texture.

And isn't that silver ink so pretty and shiny?

I cut a section from the 12x12 Candy Cane paper for the background and then used the 6x6 pad to die cut the bow.  Cute, right?

Okay, thanks for letting me share just one more Christmas card.  I can't wait to get more plates and make lots letterpress cards for other occasions.  :)

Thanks for joining me at the Table today!