Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I'm packing up and moving!

I set up a new blog at, and started blogging there.

See You There! You can also find me on social media, just click on the icons on the sidebar.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Craft Fancy Demo Alert!

I'll be demoing the Wizard and Spellbinders™ die templates at Craft Fancy in Arlington Heights this Saturday, Nov. 14 for their Holiday Hoopla Make and Take Event!  Come on out, meet me in real life, I'll have all my Spellbinders™ blog projects with me too!  I'll be there from 10-1:30. 

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Wishing you and yours plenty of treats!  And yes, you can have candy for breakfast.  We're on our third bag here. And nobody's been trick or treating yet.

Anyway, here's whats brewing over at the Spellbinders Blog, I made this little book out of several dies, enjoy! Click over to see the rest of the pages.

While I'm here I'll post a few more...
Stamping with Foam

And then Tree-Mendous (pardon my lack of centering skills...)

Thanks for looking! 

In other news, we raised a very nice amount for Evan's adoption fundraiser, and had some fun doing it.

Sparky is driving on a permit.  The Beast is suddenly beautiful, but somehow he seems to think he'll be given some flashy new sports car on the event of his 16th birthday.  Once I get over the hysterical laughter of that preposterous fantasy of his, I'll be shopping for a fine and dandy new set of wheels with heated leather seats, (because once you go heated leather you never go back) for which to haul my candy eating keister to the gym and back.

Bring on the Butterfingers!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

World Card Making Day

I've got these two cards on Spellbinders Blog now.

The World Card Making Day post is about the thank you cards I'm sending to my friends and family for supporting the fundraising efforts for Evan.

This one is just a regular old Fall themed card. See the details here.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

You're invited to a Party!

I'm hosting a fundraiser to help Evan.

At six months of age, Evan was abandoned at a train station in China. It was late December of 2008 that in desperation, his home orphanage called New Day Foster Home, a haven for critically ill orphans in China. Evan was near death, weighing only 10 pounds at age 2 1/2. He couldn't walk or talk.

Now his future is bright. His photo was placed on the web site. A family on the other side of the world was at the point of suspending their search for a child to adopt. The W family felt a calling to adopt a special needs child, yet a salary cut and the economy were weighing heavily on them.

After seeing Evan's picture, it was love at first sight. "We knew he was our kid...I might as well given birth to him myself."

They will go to the moon and back to make to bring him home. How could they not? He was born to be their son. They have watched from afar, through photos and letters, as Evan has gained weight and gained strength. He went from near death and despair to a hopeful little boy full of joy!

The next step is the hardest step, and that is bringing Evan home. He has yet to meet his loving parents, M and C, to play with his brother and sister, to be embraced by his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

In order to make Evan's journey complete, there are legalities: background checks, medical forms, authorizations, passports, signatures, deadlines and the seemingly endless red tape that binds this process. As many adoptive parents know, the hardest part of adoption is the cost, and that applies whether the child is in the next town or half way across the world.

It all comes down to money. Thousands of dollars are required to complete the process, and unfortunately that is the one detail that keeps so many potential forever families from ever bringing home a child in need.

M and C are forging ahead, with support from family, friends and church, with fundraisers big and small. They can afford daily life and they have the love, commitment, stability and excellent health insurance to cover Evan's ongoing special needs. But it's the expenses they have today, to complete the paperwork, purchase plane tickets and hotel for the required trip to China, that they need some help with. Help comes in the form of donations, big and small.

My sister is running the Chicago Marathon as a fundraiser to help Evan's forever family with expenses. I am hosting a Pampered Chef party in my home, with profits going to Evan's Forever Family. The money will help bring Evan home. The funds we raise will help finish the paperwork, buy airfare and a set of traveling duds for Evan, and help him make the trip of a lifetime. This boy has special needs and he has a special family waiting for him.

You can help! You can be a part of this miracle! Simply by placing an order on my show, through my consultant's website, you will be supporting Evan too. Since I can't publicly post the web site, please leave a comment with your email (which I will moderate and delete your email address for your privacy!) and I will send you the link to my party.

Here is the blog of Evan's story:  Everyday Miracles

Thank you!

Growing Up Fast



Spunky and Sparky are killin' me, just killin me! Look at them! Sparky went to his friend's Sweet 16 party, and Spunky went to Homecoming recently. No, the Sparkster did not go to Homecoming, "it's complicated, Mom." But the Spunkinator had a nice time. We drove them to the restaurant then to the dance, and I got some sushi out of the arrangement too! No I don't eat the wierd stuff with tentacles, I'm more of a sushi-lite fan.

Fall Wreath with Foam

I must admit, I'm not one to use foam sheets very much, but part of this assignment was to create with foam. I think it turned out nice. I just love that Impressabilities Flourish! See the whole process on the Spellbinder's Blog.

Suede Paper

I made this one, it was easy-peasy! Instructions are here on the Spellbinders Blog.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The most wonderful...

time of the year! For me, that is, not for Cindy and the boys!

Details on this layout can be found at Spellbinders Blog. These photos are from 2001, Spunky and Sparky are not quite so cooperative anymore with first day of school pictures.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cardmaker Magazine!

Did I mention this? I'm a cover girl! That's my card!