Saturday, October 31, 2009

Boo (and hopefully not the Flu) to YOU!

Well, today is one of my favorite days of the year and sadly we'll be trick-or-treating indoors or doing some other fall-ish activity as my middlest came down with H1N1 yesterday. He's soooo bummed but being a real trooper about it all. So we're hunkering down here with juice, Tamiflu and plenty of rest. Suffice it to say, I hope your Halloween is a MUCH better one than ours! (And if later you see that somehow, someway I end up with Halloween pictures, don't tell anyone that they were taken days later and all for effect ;))

In the meantime, I can't post without having pictures to share! These are from a recent visit to the pumpkin patch - which, by the way, we only made it to ONE time as a family this year contrary to the opinion of a few friends of mine that seem to have this year confused with last! ha!

OH! And a final reminder, Don't forget to leave me a comment in this post for a chance to win an BG Halloween album kit (designed by me!) along with a slew of other BG goodies including an entire pack of designer cardstock!

Happy Halloween, all!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009



I love love love Halloween. I think partly because it's a chance to be something other than yourself one night a year, but mostly because I always considered it the kick-off to my birthday week! ha! So to start the celebration, I wanted to share a few cards I did for BasicGrey's Eerie Card kit.

For those of you not familiar with BasicGrey's Card kits, they come complete with everything you need to create 8 gorgeous cards in various standard sizes, right down to the rub-ons, stickers, chipboard and envelopes! They're so fun to do and a great way to do handmade without having to come up with it all on your own! We do one for each new line we release, but I have to confess, this Halloween edition is one of my favorites ever!

And because I love Halloween so much, I want to share a bit of it with you! If you leave me a comment between now and 11:59 PM Eastern time on Halloween night (Saturday, October 31st) telling me your favorite Halloween memory or tradition and you will be entered to win a fun Eerie Album Kit (cover shown below) as well as a slew of other BasicGrey goodies!
Only one entry per person, please!

Good Luck and Happy (early) Halloween!

Monday, October 26, 2009


...lost (yet another) tooth at school today! He's soooo excited and I love how they send him home with his tooth in this little pocket! You can bet that will end up on a page soon! ;)

Congratulations to Michele for winning the awesome Kenner Road add-on kit! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Please email me at so that I can get you connected with your prize!

It's a crazy week here between Cub Scouts Trunk-or-treat, Halloween, Football playoffs and (gulp) my birthay. The good news is that I should have TONS of pictures to come in the near future!

Have a Happy Monday!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Apple Orchard

I LOVEEEEEEEE Fall! Love. Love. Love. Loveeee! A couple of weeks ago, my boys were on their fall break when we had one of the most miserable weather patterns through here in a while. Ugh! (As much as I love fall, I HATE icky weather!)We had *one* glorious day on Wednesday so we hopped at the chance to head down the road to Evans Apple Orchard. Evans' has the best cider I have ever had...and rows of one of my fave apples - the Jonagold! (Turner apparently got a hold of an apple that *wasn't* a sweet Jonagold! hee!)

We picked a HUGE bagful of a wonderful variety of apples (and a couple got taste-tested while out in the orchard, of course ;)). Carson got a ladder involved to get the "good ones, Mama!"

And then when we were done with the apples, it was time for some playground farm fun - the part the boys loved best, of course! I loved catching these grins. There was the sack slide, the tube races, a corn maze and king of the hill. You couldn't ask for more to entertain rowdy boys!

It was a wonderful day. Next up - the PUMPKIN PATCH! Have I mentioned how much I love fall!?!

Just a reminder - tonight is your last chance to enter to win the Kenner Road add-on kit! Click HERE to makes sure you get your name in!

Have a happy Wednesday!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Kenner Road


Hello, everyone!

Whew! I'm back from my self-imposed hiatus and a quickie trip to sunny California! I think the craziness and sickness has finally left - or is leaving - my house (knock on wood!) and I'm ready to be back here a bit more!

The first thing I just have to share is my guest designer gig for my friend, Kerry Lynn's wonderful kit club, Kenner Road! KL is such an amazing artist and her kits are always full of such wonderful vintage pieces and gorgeous papers so I was hugely honored to be a part of it if only for a month.

Here are my contributions to her gallery for October's Kit and Add-ons:

This layout is about our recent trip to the apple orchard (um, yeah - pictures I haven't quite posted due to above-mentioned craziness!) and how those apples just taste better right off the tree! LOVE those faces! ;)

Yes, I crashed a wedding on my trip to Florida last month. It was so beautiful and the clouds had opened up to a gorgeous sunset right before we walked out there and came upon this. I swear there was truly a silver lining to those clouds!

These cards completely got me in the mood for fall and (quickly-approaching) Thanksgiving. I think I am addicted to these crystals now! Love them!

...and last but not least this fun Kaiser Craft bird house. I'm thinking it will hold some business cards one day. We'll see!

Thank you so much, kl, for letting me be a part of your club this month. I had a ball! And for you lucky readers, you can be a part of Kenner Road, too! Kerry has graciously offered up one of her add-on kits, Windy Corners, to one random reader!

Simply leave a comment here by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 21st and you will be entered to win!

Happy Monday!!