Merry Freakin' Christmas!

Hello, and welcome to the December edition of 
the Controlfreaks blog hop!

I am focusing on my family this Christmas, and mostly
making projects with them in mind.  I hope you are enjoying
your holiday and holding on to your loved ones a little tighter
in light of recent tragic events.

Did you see Barb's gorgeous projects?  She is
just before me in the tour, but even if you are a rebel
and going backward, I'm glad you're here! 

My first project is a holiday luminary I made
for my daughter's rooms:

A little light in the darkness.

Every time I look at it I think of how they
are my little lights in the darkness that life can sometimes be.

Little lights that shine like beacons.
 I thank the Lord for them, and their presence in my life.
(I am going to stop now, before I make a mess of myself!)

 I am making tags to go on gifts:

Lots of die cutting and texture <3>

What did I do before that Big Shot?

Lastly, a bit of Christmas Cheer to send
you on your way. . .

A pin that sparkles and shines:

The double bow was inspired by the front
of the catalog, and it makes me happy!

I will be giving you a bit of how-to and sharing
some insight on that later, so you can check back for that.

Have a wonderful holiday!
Jan is next, so hop on over. . . 


Mega Savings, and we have a winner. . .

Wowser!  Talk about a deal!

Over 300 clearance rack items have been added to my online store!
We are talking up to 80% off!

I won't keep you, because I am going to go shopping. . . .

But I wanted to announce the winner of the giveaway last
week. . . .drum-roll please. . . .

please contact me to claim your prize!

Have fun shopping it up!



Exciting News!

Wow.  How did that happen?

I love you guys :)
Soooooo . . . . .

How would you like an entire suite of
coordinating products for free??

I am giving away THREE SUITES

Each prize contains:

1 full unopened package Designer Series Paper
A stamp set
Coordinating ribbon
A package of specialty brads
A Textured Impressions Embossing folder!!!

This beautiful line of products
was available during Sale-a-Bration only,
and was never able to be purchased-still isn't 
up for sale, either!  How can you
win this beautiful ensemble, you may ask?


Leave me a comment here, telling me what your favorite
thing to see demonstrated is.  That's it!

Want an even better chance?
I am giving away

Go check it out!!
(follow the link on the right sidebar)

Want a THIRD CHANCE to win??
The person who refers the most people to my
Facebook page during the giveaway, gets a set also!!
(They must leave a comment on my page, telling me that
you referred them for you to get credit)

Three full suites of products!!!



1. Leave your comment here
2. Like my facebook page
3.  Send your friends over to Like my page!
(they MUST leave a comment mentioning you!!)

You have an awesome chance at winning.
Because I don't have that many readers!! LOL

Go forth, and WIN STUFF.

(You have through Sunday, December 2nd to enter)



Another pin, and big deals :)

Hello again!

Back with another pin. . . 
A pretty floral one this time.

Yet another use for the gorgeous
tulle ribbon that I adore.

One of our naturals designer buttons in the middle,
tied with some lovely crochet trim.

 This was made with our new Jumbo sticky rounds!

I have been having so much fun
in the past week, stamping a bunch!  Have you been
to my facebook page

I post right from my craft table usually,
and many of the projects won't make
it to my blog-Be sure to "like" my page to see all
that is coming out of the Mom Cave (otherwise
known as my stamp room!)

Click on the picture below to see the
mega deals going on this week in my
online store:

Happy stamping!  



It's Nearly Freakin' Christmas!

Welcome to the November edition of the
Controlfreaks blog hop!  If you are hopping over from
Jan's blog, Welcome!

(All of our projects will be live no later than Wednesday morning-
if you are joining me Tuesday night, you may need to check back
tomorrow if all links are not quite working yet.)

Here is what I have going on over here:
PINS.  I am Pin-Crazy!
I can't get enough.

Here's one with the darling little reindeer from
the Joyous Celebrations set (128069).  I love the
ruffled 7/8in cotton ribbon! (127844)

This one is a little smaller, and could be worn
with both brown or black:

I am going to shed a tear when I don't have this
awesome tulle ribbon to play with anymore!

I have made a total of SEVEN pins. . .
Yes, I did go a bit overboard!  I will be posting them
throughout the coming weeks, so be on the lookout!

Finally, an ornament for an exchange I
am participating in next week:

This rosette used a 2.5in strip of paper with our
lovely Designer Rosette Bigz XL die.
Cherry Cobbler seam binding is woven thru,
and used to hang the ornament.

Some hardware, and a few rhinestones to
catch the light, and it's a done deal!

Thanks for participating in our hop-Next up:


Twitterpocket :)

Who doesn't love a quick and cute pocket card?

This one was made using the edgelits for the bigshot-
Order yours today on my Stampin' Up Website!

The Designer Series paper I used is called Twitterpated :)

Perfect for spring!

Happy Wednesday :)


You've got mail. . .

Time for some February
Creative Crew projects!

This little mailbox is for my daughter,
to replace the tired one she has
had for five years. . .

Every time I have to go somewhere overnight
without her, 3x3 cards mysteriously
appear in her mailbox. . .

She was so amazed by this when she was
younger :) I called it mommy magic!

Here you can see the little Love trinket
from the Trinket Hearts accessory.

The paper used for this is
Twitterpated Designer Series Paper-
found in the Occasions Mini, as
well as Melon Mambo cardstock.

Some rhinestone bling and satin ribbon
and we are good to go!

Some fun treats in here and it will
be a sweet little surprise on the 14th. . .

Stamps: none
Paper: Twitterpated DSP, Melon Mambo
Other stuff: Trinket hearts, Rhinestones, Basic
Grey satin, large heart punch, heart trio punch, big shot,
heart of hearts embosslit, dimensionals


Creative Crew-January Edition wrap up. . .

Good Morning!

Wrapping up the January Creative Crew
projects. . . so I can share February's
with you! Sooner rather than later :)

Here is a Valentine's Day
wand I made for my 3 year old:

I am sure it will be much more
appreciated than a card at her age!

I also made a banner to hang for the holiday:

Both the wand and the banner
use the new Stampin' Up! Framelits.

I have both the heart and label sets
and they are so wonderful. . .

Please sir may I have another?
Shape that is!

Here is the centerpiece I made for
the kitchen table:

I need to find a new vase, as we left
for a weekend and when we got home
the cat had knocked it over!

My fault!

I had set it on the windowsill so I
could wipe down the table. . .

His territory :)

I will be back soon with more fun
Creative crew projects. . .

I wanted to share some projects I made for the
Creative Crew on Splitcoast Stampers. . .

The creative crew is a group of
demonstrators that are given challenges
each month, following a theme.

January's theme:
New to Me!

One of the main focal points of this challenge
was to use new products in new ways. . .
even if it was just new to *you*!

I was very excited to use these Heart Framelits,
which are a new Stampin' Up product!

They cut beautifully!

The embossing around the outside
on the scallops-that was added by me
using the Simply Scored tool. <3

It is a valentine for my oldest
daughter who is currently
in love with the color: Purple :)

Here you can see some of the dimension
achieved with punches and
Stampin' Dimensionals. A *must*.

I have three more projects coming
from the January challenges,
and soon the February challenge
projects will be up!

One thing about being absent virtually
over the holidays? I have a backlog of
fun projects to share! LOL

Here are the challenges so you can play
along if you are interested:

CCREW112CF, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM – Catalog Focus: My newest stampset. Use only stamps from a new stampset on a non-traditional card.

CCREW112DF, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM – Color Focus: Use a color combination that you’ve never used before. Make your card with this color combo using the attached sketch.


CCREW112HF, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM – Holiday Focus: Valentines Day. Make a card or a decor item using hearts in a new way to you—something you’ve never done with hearts.

CCREW112SB, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM – SB inspiration focus: a past holiday (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas) SB page or decor item. Use your newest dies, texturz plates or embossing folders to create this beauty. Use one or use many big shot items.


Take a deep breath. . .

Because I think the holidays are officially over!

At least until Valentine's Day :) But shhhh, that
isn't until February 14th. . . .right??

Okay, so you don't have time to take
a deep breath! LOL

Sorry, had to tease. I can't believe
how quickly time passes for me these
days. Especially now that my babies aren't
babies anymore. . . .

This calendar page was made using
a picture from my youngest's 3rd
birthday dinner:

Medieval Times Rocks.

And this page was taken last summer
at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore:

a.k.a. Heaven on Earth

Seriously, if you have never been?
Put it on your bucket list.

And then my big girl is
featured on her birthday month:

She is turning ten this year.
I won't be speaking of it again, because
it is a point of stress in my life!

Double digits???