Friday, December 30, 2011

Lost and Found Mini Album-Part 2

It's Friday, the start of the last weekend of 2011!

  I promised to post the rest of my Lost and Found mini album and here it is.

I'm finally using my new Spellbinder Grand Calibur and to frame my picture I used the Scalloped Edge Frame die.

Again, I used the scallop frame die with white card stock and added pink rosettes.

The Classic Scalloped Heart die was used to cut this picture and mounted it to a white doily.

Can you tell I really like this frame.  It looks good in any color.

Used the Top Note die by Stampin' Up to make this frame.

I enjoyed making this mini album.  All these pictures were taken at the Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas. 

Thanks for visiting my blog during this past year.   I hope you will continue to stop by in "2012"


Thoughts of Encouragement

God's dream for your life is so much bigger than your own.  His ways and thoughts are so much higher than ours, and His plan is so much bigger than we can imagine.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thoughts of Encouragement

You  can live and enjoy life to the fullest every single day because you have the Creator of Life on the inside of you.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Recycled Christmas cards

Welcome to my blog!

Before you start throwing out those Christmas cards I want to share an idea I got from my up line Sandy Hancock.  She recycled them to make Christmas tags!
Start by placing a Christmas card on the Top Note die by Stampin' Up and cut out a scene from the front of the card.  If there is writing on the back of the front of the card, just cut a matching Top Note card stock piece to cover up the writing.

I received several very beautiful cards that I wasn't sure I wanted to cut them up.  But they also made beautiful tags so it was worth it.

Score the Top Note scene that has been cut out about an 1" from the edge.

Use Sticky Strip to attach it to a plain colored piece of card stock also cut out of the Top Note.   I recently bought these great pair of scissors that are glue resistant and I love them!

Punch the corner of your tag and add a pretty piece of ribbon.  Stamp either "To: and From:" which I did, or stamp a Christmas verse inside the tag.  Now you have several tags for next year.  I posted a similar idea last year which you can view, dated December 29, 2010, titled Top Note Gift Tags.

Thanks for stopping by and please come again.


Lost and Found Mini Album

Good morning friends, I'm back!

After a few days of celebrating Christmas and spending time with family I found some time to crop.   This mini album is pretty long so I'm going to show you half today and post the rest tomorrow.

Supplies used:

My Minds Eye "Lost and Found" mini album
Martha Stewart monarch butterfly punches
Tim Holtz bird cage die
Stampin' Up doily die
Bo Bunny Olivia collection pack
Spellbinders Grand Calibur machine and dies
Stampin' Up pennant punch
Stampin' Up two tags die
Close to My Heart flower
rhinestones and pearls

Have a great day today and come back tomorrow for the second half of my mini album.


Thoughts of Encouragement

God wants you to have an abundant life today!   Ask Him to show you His overflowing favor, blessing and peace.

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Nativity Scene

Good Monday morning!

This is the Nativity Scene at St. John Neumann Church, North Las Vegas, where I attended Christmas mass.  My Christmas was very special this year with all my family together. 

Unfortunately enjoying my family does not leave very much time to craft, so I apologize that for a few days I may not share anything. 

Thanks for stopping by and please come back soon.


Thursday, December 22, 2011


Good Thursday morning friends!

This past weekend I took my granddaughters to the Belaggio Las Vegas to see the Winter Wonderland exhibit.  We were amazed at the spectacular decorations.  Especially breathtaking was the penguin display.

There are hundreds of beautiful poinsettias, that you cannot help take picture after picture.

Supplies used:
Winter Frolic cartridge
Sizzix large snowflake die
Recollections rhinestones
ekSuccess stickers
K and Company poinsettia stickers
Me and My Big Ideas stickers
Stickles frosted lace
Creatology foam snowflake stickers
white doily

Thank you for stopping by.


Thoughts of Encouragement

God gently warns us that we can't expect to experience all He has for us if we deliberately insist on living in ways that disobey and dishonor Him.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Good morning and welcome to my blog!

On December 9th my son Miguel retired from the Navy after 20 years of service.  I made a few page layouts to commemorate his retirement.

The Honor Guard on board the USS Freedom.

He was presented with a beautiful shadow box.  On the back of the shadow box a picture of Nemo was etched.  My son is an avid aquarium hobbyist.

My friend Cecy helped me create this layout.  I think she did a fantastic job.  You can visit her @  

 After 20 years, my son and his family are "Coming Home." 

Thank you for letting me share these pages.  They mean alot to me and I proudly wanted to record this event by scrapbooking my photos.


Thoughts of Encouragement

Eternal Father, Lord of hosts, watch o'er the men who guard our coasts.  Protect them from the raging seas and give them light and life and peace.  Grant them from thy great throne above the shield and shelter of thy love. --Navy Hymn

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Christmas Table Setting

Good morning and welcome friends.

I think I'm done and ready for Christmas with 5 days to go.  I decorated my tree, bought and wrapped all the gifts and finally have my table set for our family Christmas dinner.  I'm expecting a houseful of merriment with my three children and their spouses along with my six grandchildren.  Oh, and a visit from Santa.

I've seen these cute utensil holders and decided to make my own.  I made this one by tracing the shape of a tree on foam twice and cut half off of one to form a pocket.  Then I glued the two pieces together on the sides and bottom with the glue gun.  I cut 12 pieces of 5/8" wide ribbons at 4 1/2",  folded, and glued the ends together.  Glue the ribbons to the foam tree starting with five at the bottom, then the middle row of four and ending with three for the top.  Glue a jingle bell at the top and you're done.
 This is the back view of the pocket where you place your utensils.  As you can see I used my fine China and sterling silverware (lol).  I hope you like this idea and if you have any questions, please leave me a comment.  You still have time to make a few of your own.

My table is ready and so am I.


Thoughts of Encouragement

"Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right.  Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable.  Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." (Philippians 4:8)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Mini Pocket Album

 Are you ready for Christmas?

With only 6 days before that day, I know we're all rushing around trying to get ready for that special day.  I took sometime this weekend to make this mini Christmas album.  I hope you like it.

For my album I used five 4 1/8" x 9 1/2" business envelopes, then glued the flaps and cut the envelopes in half.  That gave me ten pockets. Using scraps from different DSP and stickers I decorated each pocket.  I also created several pockets and tags for pictures and journaling. For more detailed instructions go to:  

Now back to getting ready for Christmas!


Thoughts of Encouragement

If you have too much to do, with God's help you will find time to do it all.--St. Peter Canisius

Friday, December 16, 2011


Good day to everyone!

Another week has quickly gone by and Christmas is only 9 days away.  I haven't been up to the snow yet, but the cold weather makes me feel like I'm there.  Unfortunately, my pictures don't do my layout justice.  In person it is very glittery and it sparkles.

Supplies used:

Martha Stewart snowflake border punch
Creatology foam glitter stickers
Sizzix large snowflake die
DCWV Christmas stack
Stampin' Up Night of Navy card stock
Tim Holtz broken china distress ink

Have a safe and blessed weekend.  Thanks for visiting.

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