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I have been stamping and scrapbooking for the past 10 years. It is my favorite hobby and I sure do miss it when life gets way too busy. I have 3 amazing children, and a wonderful, supportive husband.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

My Favorite 2009 Cards!

WOW I can't believe this year is almost over!!!!!! I wanted to share my FAVORITE creations for the year 2009. My good blogging friend Kim did this post and I found this very cool, also she got the idea from someone else and so on and so on so who knows where this even started...LOL...I really think this is a fun way to showcase your work for the New Year Countdown. If you wanna join in the fun please leave a comment and let me know you did it as well and I will come see your FAVS. What a great and fun way to end the year!!!! I hope you enjoy my 2009 picks!!! I hope everyone has a Wonderful Holiday and nothing but blessings to you for the NEW YEAR!!!





I can't wait to see your FAVS!!! Have a Blessed and Safe Holiday!!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Fairy Valentine!

Good Afternoon Everyone!!!! Happy Hump Day!!! Almost New Year's Eve. Do you have any special plans????? We are trying to work things out with good friends of ours can't wait!!!!

I decided to make a card today for Flutter By Wednesday and Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge SC261. Well...I have to be honest the sketch got lost in all my adding to my card...LOL!!! I DID do the sketch and just flipped it, but by the time I added everything to can't really see the sketch anymore but it gave me inspiration!!!!

I just had to play Flutter By this week, I have had this idea in my head to use Inky Impressions Fairy LiLi and make a Valentine Card. On the inside it reads....Hope you have a Fairy Happy Valentine's Day!!!! Hope you like what I created and thanks sooooo much for stopping by!!!!

Here's The Recipe
  • Image - Inky Impressions Fairy LiLi stamped in Momento Ink, Colored with Copics, cut out and popped up
  • Paper - Pretty in Pink Cardstock and Bittersweet by Basic Grey Designer Paper
  • Accessories - Paper Rose with ribbon and stick pin, BG Bittersweet Stickers, and Rhinestones for Hair, Glitter Pen for Earrings and Shoes, stickles

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Monster Medical!

Good Morning Everyone, I wanted to share with you a little project I made with this fun set Monster Medical from Artful INKables. I just LOVE this cute set it is soooo cute for those get well cards. I decided to cover a band aid box and make a little 3X3 card to match. Oh my I can NEVER keep band aids around my house. Kids just LOVE them even when its just a little scratch.....LOL... So I thought this would be a perfect little set for a BOO BOO!!! Hope you like what I created and thanks soooo much for stopping by today!!! Don't forget to stop by OUR BLOG you still have time to play Think
Ink Challenge
for a chance to win an AWESOME Grab Bag of Artful Goodies!!!!

Here's the Recipe

  • Stamps and Sentiments - Artful INKables Monster Medical
  • Paper - Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie
  • Accessories - SU Whisper White Ribbon, SU Wild Wasabi Ribbon, SU Scallop Punch, Marvy Scallop and Circle Punch, Band Aid Box, Small Circle and Scallop Punch, White Envie, SU Brad, Stickles

Monday, December 28, 2009

Playing with some New Images!

Good Afternoon Everyone!!! I hope you guys all had a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Wow I feel like I have been out of blog land forever!!! I tried over the holidays to come and visit everyone some but definitely not my usual. Today was the first time I have crafted in 5 days...UGH...I am having withdrawals....LOL!!! I decided to play with a new set I purchased with some money I received from Christmas. I just think this set is WAY TOOOO CUTE!! It is from Stampendous and says it is an Archivers Exclusive. All images and sentiments are from this set. Hope you like I what created today. I hope everyone has a Happy Monday!!!

Here's The Recipe

  • Images and Sentiments from Stampendous Iguana Love, Colored with Copics
  • Paper - Whisper White, Real Red, SU Designer Paper
  • Accessories - Bling, Ribbon, Valentine's Day Dress it Buttons, Marvy Heart Punch, SU Tag Punch, Marvy Circle and Scallop Punch, Heart Brad

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Inky Impressions Challenge!

Good Morning Everyone!!! Happy Christmas Eve Eve!!! Is everyone ready for Christmas???? I have a few odds and ends before our family party but overall I am ready...!!! It sure has been a really busy couple of weeks!!!! In case I don't post again until after Friday I wanted to wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

I wanted to share a card with you that I made for this weeks Inky Impressions Challenge. This week the challenge is to add embossing heat or dry to your creation, also to add either glitter or flocking. On my card I did all three. I used a cuttlebug embossing folder called Candy Cane, I flocked her boots and her gloves, and added glitter to the snow. Hope you like what I created!!!!

Come on over and join the fun at OUR BLOG. If you don't have Inky Stamps that's okay you can still play along. If you have them why not use them!!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope everyone has a wonderful day!!!

Here's the Recipe

  • Inky Impressions Stamp - Angelica's Snowman stamped in Momento Ink and colored with copics. I also added glitter, flocking, and shimmer chalk.
  • Sentiment by Inky Impressions
  • Paper - Whisper White, Designer Paper Christmas Carnival by KaiserCraft
  • Accessories - Top Note Die from Stampin Up, Sheer Ribbon, Prima Flower and Prima Center, CB Embossing Folder

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Go Bucks!

Good Evening Everyone.....!!! WOOHOO it has been a busy and crafty weekend!! I got all my Christmas cards done, addressed, and they will be postal tomorrow. I am so happy to have that weight off my shoulders!!!! If you saw my last post I made 60 of those Santa cards, oh my I think I won't make another Santa card for quite some time...LOL

I wanted to share a project with you that I made today. My in-laws are very crafty people. They decided for our gift exchange we are to make something for a value of around 10 to 15.00 dollars. We then put all the gifts on the table and take turns picking as long as you brought a gift you are able to take a gift. It is so fun to see what everyone comes up with and creates!!! It sure is a great way to save money and be crafty over the holidays. There are men and woman that participate in the exchange so I wanted to make something that both a woman and a man could enjoy. Our whole family are Ohio State Buckeye Fans. So I decided to make these ornaments as my gift in the gift exchange. I really hope you enjoy them. GO BUCKS!!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!!

Here's the recipe

  • Paper - Whisper White, Real Red, Gray
  • Accessories - Buckeye Ribbon, Chipboard Circles, Hole Punch, Leaf Punch, Marvy Circle Punch, SU Basic Black Ribbon, Pop Dots, All images were from internet cropped and punched out to fit the ornaments.

Friday, December 18, 2009

My Christmas Cards

Good Morning Everyone, WOW I am so glad it is Friday.....Another busy week preparing for the holidays. I also drove to PA and back yesterday....Sorry I haven't been around, its been crazy!!! When I get a minute today I will for sure stop by and visit everyone and see what you have been up to...!!!

I wanted to share my Holiday cards I will be making this year for Christmas. I know I am a little late but I am getting there. HAHAHA. I wanted something simple since I mail out over 60 cards. Also with the mailing costs I wanted something not too bulky this year.....!!! This card is also for today's LSC251 challenge over at SCS. Today's challenge is to add gold or silver decorations to your card. To me Santa is for a wonderful Christmas Decoration. His belt is gold and added gold cord to the tag!!! I hope you enjoy my creation and thanks so much for stopping by and visiting me!!!! Have a wonderful Friday!!!

Here's the Recipe
  • Sentiment - Clear Dollar Stamp, stamped in Momento Black Ink
  • Cardstock - Red, White, Black, and Gold
  • Accessories - SU Tag Punch, Gold Cording, 2 Marvy Square Punches

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday Wreath Ornament!!!

Good Morning Everyone, Happy Hump Day!!! Another week is almost over.......!!! I wanted to share a project I made with the Artful INKable set A Birds Song. I love this set it is so versatile. I decided to create this fun ornament using this AWESOME set!!! ....If you want step by step instructions on how to make this I did a tutorial and it is posted at the
AI BLOG....These are really simple and really fun to make for the holidays!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful day!!

Don't forget you still have time to play the Think Ink Challenge to create a CAS card. Come on over and join the fun!!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Heard you Caught a Bug!

Good Morning Everyone!!! Happy Tuesday!!!! I decided to play along with the color challenge over at SCS CC249. The colors this week are Melon Mambo, So Saffron, Mellow Moss, and a neutral. For added bonus you are to use some sort of dots or polka dots. I used a strip of Polka dotted paper, Swiss dots, and a polka dot button.

Have you seen this new stamp set from Artful INKables???? It is called Monster Medical. These little monsters are just too cute!!!! For the sentiment it says on the outside....I heard you caught a bug....on the inside of my card it says......Maybe you should let it go....Both of these cute sentiments come this adorable set. Come check it out at the store HERE.

Hope you enjoy my creation and thanks so much for stopping by!!! Make sure you check back tomorrow I will be doing a fun tutorial for you!!!! Hope everyone has a wonderful day!!!!!

Here's the Recipe
  • Image - From the Set Monster Medical - Stamped twice, cut out, and colored with copics. Also Sponged with Mellow Moss Ink
  • Sentiment - From the Set Monster Medical
  • Paper - Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Mellow Moss, So Saffron, Whisper White
  • Accessories - So Saffron Ribbon, Swiss Dots Folder, Polka Dot Button

Saturday, December 12, 2009

My Favorite Music!!!

Good Morning Everyone!!! HAPPY SATURDAY!!! I am so happy the weekend is here!!! What a busy week this has been and it will be so nice to be able to sleep in!!!!

Today is another FUN Saturday Spotlight Challenge!!! This weeks challenge is to create something with the music in your soul!! What does that mean? What is your favorite style of music? Is it country, rock, opera, Christmas music, or the oldies? Whatever your "music style", show us what it is on your creations! E.g.: Use a cowboy image for "country music", etc....get creative with it! Perhaps you can just create a "musical masterpiece" Come on over and join the fun at OUR BLOG.

For our Spotlight Sponsor this week we have

One lucky winner from our challenge this week will receive these two fabulous images from the store!!!!

Cathy from Paper Garden is graciously donating a store discount this week for the Saturday Spotlight readers. Check the Spotlight BLOG for the special code!!

I decided to go with the ROCK theme!!! Chris Daughtry is one of my very favorite artists...!!! I followed him all through American Idol and cried like a baby when he got booted off!!! But....I think he is one of the American Idol's that has sold the most records...WOOHOO!!! I just LOVE the song No Surprise. So I decided to type up the lyrics in the background... since that is one of my favorite songs by him!!! I hope you enjoy my creation!!!

I wanted to let you all know that this will be our last challenge of the year over at Saturday Spotlight. We will announce the winners for the Top 3 and random drawing on Dec. 18th at 3:00 PM (CST) and we will be back next year on January 2nd, 2010 to start another full and FUN year of Saturday Spotlight with Hidden Potential challenges just for YOU!!!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!!!

Here's the Recipe

  • Image - Chris Daughtry was printed from the CPU on Whisper White Cardstock and cut out and matted on Whisper White Cardstock
  • Sentiment - You Rock from Elsie Clear Stamps
  • Paper - Whisper White, DCWV DP Tahiti Beach Stack
  • Accessories - Guitar Brad, Misc Black and Silver Ribbon, Bling

Friday, December 11, 2009


Good Morning Everyone!!!! WOW it is Friday already, it just keeps getting closer and closer to Christmas.!!! I wanted first to let everyone know that my husband's surgery went well...He is getting losts of rest and sees the physical therapist on the 16th of December. The doctor thinks he will be back to himself in no time!!! Thank you everyone for your wonderful words and prayers!!!! You guys ROCK!!!

I wanted to announce the BIG WINNER!!! It took me quite some time to get everyones names goal was to have it posted by tomorrow but I am ahead of the game....WOOHOO!!! So I don't make you wait any husband picked this lucky winner since it ended on OUR Anniversary!!! He wasn't up for picture taking....LOL!!!!

AND THE WINNER IS>>>>>>>>> KIM!!!!
Kim said: Crystal what an amazing blog you have! I am definitely adding you to my reader! :) Your creations are beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win such lovely presents! :) I'm off to link you to my sidebar!
Hugs~ Kim
HUGE CONGRATS KIM!!!!! Please contact me at I will then mail out these goodies!!!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Snowballs for Sale!

Good Morning Everyone Happy Wednesday!!!! I wasn't around much yesterday in blog land so hopefully I will get a chance today to stop by and visit everyone...More and more Holiday shopping.....and housework....!!! I don't think housework ever goes away!!!

My husband is having knee surgery today so I will be sitting with him at the hospital.......Please say a little prayer for him if you get a minute. He is having knee surgery.....he has had knee problems for years....but since he has had this issue for so long...why oh why does he schedule his surgery on our wedding Anniversary....????? I can't figure this one out, am I not paying enough attention to him on our Anniversary....LOL!!!! Thought maybe some of you could tell me some funny things or interesting stories about your husband that you just don't get!!!!! HEHEH that sounds like fun, I need a giggle today!!!

Well getting on to my project today......Inky Impression's challenge this week is to add snowflakes..!!! I had this cute little pail with snowflakes all over it that I found at target for a dollar.....I just love these tins they make such a great quick gift.....!!! I saw this really cute design with snowballs in one of my many magazines. I wanted to use this sweet idea and add my style and personal touch to this fun project....I used the adorable image Angelica's sled....I just LOVE this sweet image!!!

Hope you like my project today and if you get a chance come on over and check out our challenge HERE. We would LOVE to have you play along!!!

Hope everyone enjoys their day and thanks so much for stopping by.

Here's the Recipe

  • Image - Angelica's Sled by Inky Impressions stamped in Momento Ink twice, cut out, popped up and colored with copics. I added some cute little cotton balls to her sled for snowballs.
  • Paper - Whisper White
  • Accessories - Holiday Tin from Target, Holiday Candies, Sizzix die cut tag, Snowballs for sale typed on computer and printed out, Skewer, Misc Ribbon, White Tag and wrote with a black zig 5 cents, Pop Dots, Misc. Silver Snowflake Stickers.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Think Ink Tuesday - CAS Challenge

Good Morning Everyone!!! Hope everyone is enjoying their week so far!!! OOOO it sure is cold here in Ohio, I think I am going to spend the day trying to stay warm!!!! Today is another FUN Think Ink Tuesday Challenge!!

This week your challenge is brought to you by DT Member, Emily Neihaus, and she wants you to MAKE A CAS CARD- CLEAN AND SIMPLE! I decided to use this sweet and adorable set Holiday Treats and Tails. I just LOVE this adorable set!!! It has some really cute images and the perfect sentiments!!!!

If you play along with our challenge, you will be entered to win a GRAB BAG of fun Artful INKables Products. Come on over and join in the fun at OUR BLOG.

Don't forget you have until Wednesday night at Midnight Eastern Time to get a chance to win MY CANDY!!! Tell your friends and spread the word!!!!! Thanks everyone again for all your kind words and support!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, Hope you enjoyed my creation!!! Have a wonderful Tuesday!!!

Here's the Recipe
  • Image - Holiday Treats & Tails set stamped in Momento Ink and Colored with Copics.
  • Real Red Ink for Sentiment
  • Paper - Whisper White
  • Accessories - Holiday Dress it Up Buttons, Silver Cord, and Score Pal

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Time for Our Christmas Tree!!

Happy Sunday Everyone!!!! I hope you guys all are having a fantastic weekend!!! Today I wanted to share some pictures of my family and our tree cutting experience. It was so much fun, it was cold but the kids had a blast!!!! This will for sure be one of our yearly traditions. We have had a prelit tree for years...but nothing smells as much like Christmas as a fresh tree. Seeing the smile on my kids face hiking and picking out trees was well worth the cold...!!! LOL!

I really think we walked the whole farm looking for the perfect tree. We finally did!!! We took a hay ride and the kids also got to see some reindeer. I took a photo of the biggest one!!! I hope you all enjoy my pics and thanks so much for stopping by today!!!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

SSHP10 - Christmas Flowers!

Good Morning Everyone, I hope you all had a fabulous week!!! I haven't been around too much the last 2 day...Finally got some Holiday shopping done and decorating!!! WOOHOO I can't believe Christmas is right around the corner. Where has the year went????
Today is another fun Saturday Spotlight Challenge. This week with Christmas in mind the challenge is to add flowers. A Christmas card with flowers, How fun!!!! This week we have a great sponsor. You can visit their store HERE. You will want to go check out this wonderful store!!

If you play along this week you could win a 15.00 credit to this wonderful Digi Store!!!

For my card I used this great image from the set HAPPY MAIL. I chose this image because how many Holiday cards do you mail at Christmas???? Hope you enjoy my creation!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!!

Here's the Recipe

  • Image - Happy Mail from Inktegrity - Printed twice from my cpu and colored with copics. I paper pieced the image and cut out and popped up the mail.
  • Sentiment -You are so tweet from The Craft Lounge stamped in Momento Ink, Merry Christmas sentiment is a dollor stamp from Michaels.
  • Paper - Red Riding Hood, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, American Crafts Designer Paper
  • Accessories - SU Flower Punches, SU Brad, SU Whisper White Ribbon, SU Circle punch, tiny circle punch from Marvy.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Non-Traditional Christmas Colors!!

Good Morning Everyone, I hope you all are having a fabulous week so far!!! I was asked by a very talented stamper, Shary to be a Guest Designer for ASFOS Challenge this week. I was tickled when she asked me!!!!! I just had to say yes!!! What a great challenge blog, you gotta go check it out HERE. The challenge this week is to make a Christmas card using non-traditional Christmas Colors...Come on over and join in the fun!!!!

For my card I chose this fun Inky Impressions Image Prayer LiLi isn't she sooo cute.......!!! I thought stamping a tree and having her looking at it would just be sooooo darling!!! Hope you like what I created!!!

Also I wanted to say a warm welcome to the New Inky Impressions Design Team!!! I am so excited to be working with these gals.....Go check out their blogs if you get a chance and congratulate them!!!

I also wanted to remind you that you still have time to play the Inky Impressions Challenge, to make a gift bag. The real life LiLi is going to pick her favorite bag this week, you could win some fabulous goodies so make sure you stop by and check it out HERE.

I hope all of you have a wonderful day!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting me!!

Here's the Recipe
  • Image - Prayer LiLi Inky Impressions stamped in Momento Ink and colored with Copics. Tree from Stampendous stamped in Old Olive Ink and colored with Copics. I added a rubon to the tree for a topper that matches the Designer Paper
  • Paper - Regal Rose, Whisper White, KI Memories Designer Paper
  • Accessories - Prima, Flower Center from Prima, KI Memories Ribbon, Stickles, KI Memories Rubon

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Good Morning Everyone!!! I wanted to share a card with you that I made with this new set from Artful INKables called Monster Medical.... Aren't these monsters just so fun???? There are 11 stamps in this set, perfect for those get well cards......I just LOVE this set!!!

Don't forget you still have time to play our challenge over at Artful INKables blog.....You can find the post HERE. Come on over and use that chipboard and be entered in a chance to win some fun Artful INKables products!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!!!

Here's the Recipe
  • Image - Artful INKables Monster Medical - Stamped in Momento Ink and colored with Copics.
  • Sentiment - Monster Medical
  • Paper - Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Basic Black, Scenic Route Designer Paper
  • Accessories - Marvy Circle and Scallop Punch, Liquid Pearls, SU Baja Ribbon, Misc. Black Button, CB Tag Die