Friday, September 30, 2011

Summer Cuties *Pixie Dust Paperie*

Autumn, Winter, Spring or Summer...whatever the season...the Pixie Dust Paperie Tecolote kit has the CUTEST papers EVER! They were the perfect venue to scrap the pic of my little summer cuties!

And ohhhhhhhhh myyyyyyy can we talk burlap?! LOVE it!

I can't even begin to tell you the FUN I had creating with this kit! I know you are going to, too! You can find it right HERE.
***You are going to want want to check out the Pixie blog EVERY day for the month of October. We will have a special celebration going on. You won't want to wait until October, though...jump on over to the Pixie blog RIGHT NOW for a sneak of the FABULOUS October kit New Moon and a chance to win our October GIVEAWAY! (*can you guess which of those sneaks might be from projects I've created?) Enjoy this last day of September! Happy Friday ALL! Hugs, Cheryl

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tennis Anyone? *Pixie Dust Paperie*

Hi all! I'm back with a tennis inspired layout created with the Sept. Pixie Dust Paperie kit. A tennis score of Love-Love might not be something you want to brag about, but when I say I LOOOOOVE-LOOOOOOVE this September Tecolote kit I mean it in the BEST way possible! I ADORE this kit! The colors, the patterns, the papers, the embellishments, the textures...EVERYTHING about it makes my heart happy! It is such a perfect fit with these tennis pictures of my daughter:

I think you are going to LOOOOVE-LOOOOOOOVE this kit, too...(in the VERY BEST way!) You can find it right HERE. Hope you are love, love, loving what you are doing today! Hugs, Cheryl

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sandi Says..."Embrace the Journey" *CCCB*

Hi all! It's Tuesday and that means City Crafter Challenge day! Today Kirsty is our hostess with the theme of "Sandi Says..." Now what does that mean?! It means we get to do a case study for our challenge of a card by our wonderful Guest Designer, Sandi Taloumis:

You really need to check out ALL the work by the Design Team right HERE and see how each came up with something so different and unique and yet each inspired by the same card! It's pretty cool! You are going to want to play along this week for a chance at the prize package offered by our ohhhh so sweet sponsor, Lina Beas! I can't wait to see all of your unique takes on this week's challenge! I hope you are embracing your journey today! Hugs, Cheryl

Monday, September 26, 2011

Postively Pinterest Post *Scrumptious Sweetness*

I'm back today with my Positively Pinterest Post. I absolutely LOVE to try new recipes and I LOVE that Pinterest has so many fun and interesting options for me to try. So here is my latest creation found on a pinterest post. It is Nutella Pots de Creme. Doesn't it just sound divine?! Here is how mine turned out:

You can find the blog it came from and the recipe HERE.

Hope you have a day filled with whatever it is you enjoy doing! Hugs, Cheryl

Saturday, September 24, 2011

It's A Banner Day! Pixie Dust Paperie

Hi all! I'm here with ANOTHER share for Pixie Dust (and I still have more to come this month) It is definitely a banner day when you can make NINE creations from one single kit! Such was the case with this Pixie Dust Paperie Tecolote kit. I was able to create FIVE layouts and FOUR cards with this FAB kit! I LOOOOOOOVE everything about it from the fun the lovely embellishments and lace and that oh so scrumptious twine!

Another reason it is a BANNER day is because I get to share a post with the GENIUS Lauren Bergold over at the Pixie Dust blog. You MUST go see her creation. It has a burlap background and is GORGEOUS! You are GOING to want to be inspired by it! You can find it HERE at the Pixie Dust blog or HERE on Lauren's blog.
So go get this Tecolote kit if you haven't already and start CREATING! Happy Saturday! Hugs, Cheryl

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Blast From the Past *UP*

Hi all! I'm here to share my blast from the past post with you. This was when my oldest grandson (now 4 1/2) was just over a year old. I just love the way little children tackle the tasks that are hard for them with enthusiasm. He was so DETERMINED to climb to the top. It didn't matter to him how high it was or that his little arms and legs were not as long as the steps...he was going to climb this play equipment. He just kept looking up. With a little help he got to the top and now he can do this on his own. There are so many lessons we can learn from little ones...isn't there? Sometimes it gets a little blurry to know just who is teaching who. So if you are tackling something hard today...just look UP, accept a little help when you need it and when you are able to do it on your own take it one step at a time! HUGS, Cheryl

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Romantic Ruffles

Hi all! I'm here with another Pixie Dust Paperie share. Don't these lovely papers included in the Sept. Tecolote kit just say "romance" to you! I just LOVE the musical notes with that bicycle! Add some ruffles and the crinkly ribbon (included in the kit):

Now just throw in a lovely decorative brad (also a part of this phenomenal kit):

You have the perfect recipe for a little romantic card for that someone special in your life. Hope you are sharing this day with someone special! Hugs, Cheryl

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Called To Serve *CCCB- Let's Face The Music*

Hi all! You know I am always excited to share a new City Crafter Challenge Blog challenge with you all! This week we have such a FABULOUS challenge brought to us by our lovely hostess, Ros..." Let's Face the Music". The challenge is to include something to do with Music ... sheet music, a charm, an image perhaps ... even musical notes will be acceptable ...
So have fun - join us this week and "Let's face the music ..." You will want to jump on over to City Crafter Challenge blog and be inspired by our Guest Designer,Jill Sarginson , and all the fabulous DT! Our prize is brought to us by the EVER SO FABULOUS, Pixie Dust you know it is worth playing for!
Now on a personal note I want to share with you why this layout is so important to me. It is a layout featuring my son's BEST BUDDY. He is going to be going to Sierra Leone Africa in a couple of weeks to serve as a missionary for our church. I am just soooooo proud of him. He has worked soooooo hard in order to be able to serve. He is leaving when most of his friends are about ready to come home, but this is so important to him that he is just so ready to serve. He gave his farewell talk in church yesterday and it just touched my heart so much. It was an answer to prayer, really. My son has been gone for a year and a half now. I am so grateful he is doing what he is doing and so proud of him for doing it, but I'm not going to lie...sometimes it is really hard on a mom to have your children be gone. For whatever reason I have been missing him to the extreme the last couple of the point where my heart literally ached for him. A very real physical sensation. Well, when Payden (my son's best friend) gave his talk on Sunday he read a letter that my son had written to him. When Payden was reading this was no longer Payden's voice I heard, but my son's voice...expressing these thoughts to Payden. It was like having him right there with me for a moment and it was such a tender mercy from the Lord and soothed my heart. I would like to share the letter with you:
"Oh man i am so beyond proud and happy for you. Like every day you're in my prayers and also I just really want to share an experience with you that I had with you that I am going to remember for the rest of my life. granted we have had a lot of good times, but this experience has changed my life, as well as lives here in the spokane mission. In fact this experience is one of the reasons why I am on my mission. When we were 17 or maybe even 16 I cant quite remember; but there was a time that you got an answer from God that he was real and loved you, little did you know that I too got an answer to a prayer that I had offered two weeks previously. Two weeks before that time I had made the decision to find out for myself if the book of Mormon was true. In truth i had already offered this prayer during the day time next to the heater on the side of my house. I had a thought enter into my mind, that told me, Ty you already know its true, go forth and dont doubt it. I doubted, i thought it was my own thought, that it was not an answer to my prayer. That day I finished reading the whole book of Mormon( I didn't read it all in one day, I was already on Moroni 7), I then waited for everyone in my house to go to bed. It was about 1030 at night and I went out into the garage, and I had all the confidence in the world that this time God was going to answer me. I prayed with all my heart, and I waited, I prayed more, and I waited longer. I was then filled with unsurety, I was angry, I felt like I had not received an answer. 2 weeks later I was driving my best friend home, I noticed there was something wrong, he later went on to tell me, Ty i dont know if there is a god. I thought for a second fighting for the words to say. The spirit came over me, as I told you that I knew the church was true, and I wanted to make you a promise. I told you, Payden, I want you to go inside right now, get on your knees and ask God if He loves you, I said, payden sometimes God doesnt answer prayers right away, but I can promise you if you do this right now that he will answer you right away. You left my truck, and I drove home. The spirit came over me as I realized God had answered my own prayer, through a question of one of my best friends. I had learned that many times the answers to prayers do not come while we are on our knees waiting. I arrived home, without going back in my house, i got on my knees next to my truck, and I thanked God. I then poured out my soul, crying the whole time, that you would receive an answer. You did. You called me about 30 min to an hour later, crying on the other end and said, Ty, i received an answer, I began to cry again, and once again felt the spirit bear testimony that this was his true church, as i bore my testimony to you once again. There is very few times in my life where i have felt the spirit like I did then. And that's why I share it to you, because I think it is something special for both of us. And i have already shared it with investigators here, about my own conversion story. I love you payden, and I am so happy for you right now. Serve God with all your heart, might, mind and strength, and I will see you in three years, even stronger than the last time we talked."
I know Payden will be an AMAZING missionary and like I said before I am sooooo proud of him!!! I hope if you have a heart ache today that it will be softened.
Big HUGS, Cheryl

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Blast From the Past *Dignified or Just a Digger?!

Hi all! I'm here with my blast from the past post. I created this layout 3 years ago and the reason I want to share it with you is to introduce you all to our sweet dog Lucky. I don't think I have posted any photos or layouts of him here on my blog before. He is a real what do you he Dignified or Just a Digger?! We love him either way! Hope you are enjoying your day with a furry friend or any friend at all. Hugs, Cheryl

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Postively Pinterest Post *Classic Combos*

Hi all! I'm positively in LOVE with Pinterest. If you have not heard of is a site where you post your favorite things onto boards (think bulletin boards) and other people do as well. If you think another person shares your same interest you can follow them and find stuff on their boards that you would like to pin onto your boards. In an effort to NOT have this quote be true:

I am going to dedicate a post a week here to items I have created from things I have found on Pinterest. Today I have some classic combos to share. First up some classic Yummy, Yum, Yum combos...Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars and Butterfinger Blondies:

Seriously genius combining Chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake (oh myyyy) and Butterfingers and Blondies (scrumptious). Here are the original sites you can find the recipes on. Go HERE and HERE. (I am not a frosting for the Butterfinger blondies I just used a glaze and some caramel sauce drizzled over the top instead of frosting).

Now for my second combination...Pumpkins and Topiary:

Hope you've enjoyed my adventure in creating new things this week. *If you are not currently on Pinterest and would like to be...let me know and I will invite you on board.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sleep Baby Sleep *Pixie Dust Paperie*

Here I am again to share another project made with the Pixie Dust Paperie Sept. Tecolote kit. I hope you all get comfortable because I have A LOT of projects to share with you from this kit (but you'll have to wait, 'cause I'm not sharing all of them today. I'm talking NINE projects all from the same kit! You really won't be able to tell they are from the same kit because of the variety of EVERYTHING that is in it...and yet somehow they ALL work together perfectly. I LOVE the soft, dreamy feel of papers that I used on this layout of my little granddaughter, Bailey:

Seriously is there anything sweeter than a sleeping newborn?!

These papers and embellishments just fit that mood perfectly. LOVE it! So sweet dreams to you all today! Hugs, Cheryl

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I "Heart" You!! **CCCB**

Hi all! I'm back as this week's hostess of CCCB and I "Heart" City Crafter Challenge Blog! I "Heart" all of YOU, too...we all do at CCCB! So won't you come celebrate the things YOU "heart" this week by joining our challenge. The challenge is just to incorporate a heart(s) on your project. We all can't wait to see what you create! I KNOW we are going to "heart" it! Another thing I "heart" is our wonderful sponsor, Fresh Brewed Designs! They are giving away to this week's winner the CUTEST unmounted rubber stamp. You are definitely want a chance at this prize! For some FABBY inspiration get on over to CCCB and ooooh and ahhhh over the AMAZING work by our Guest Designer, Angi Barrs, and ALL the DT members! Hope you have a day filled with EVERYTHING YOU "HEART"! Hugs, Cheryl

Monday, September 12, 2011

Double Happys!! Happy H"owl"oween (Pixie Dust) and Happy Birthday Amanda!!!

Well all...when you have a kit with a name that means OWL like the Sept. Pixie Dust Paperie Tecolote kit does...then how could you not make a Halloween creation?! I just had to create this little H'owl'oween card using the cute little rub on that came with this month's kit.

And whoooooo spies some more use of packaging?...That cute little chair "paper"...take a close look at the packaging in the Tecolote kit and see if you can find which package I used for it.

Our Pixie Chief, Miss Kirsty has also created an ADORABLE Halloween card with this kit. You won't want to miss it. You can find it right HERE on the Pixie Dust blog.
Hope to see you all creating some H'owl'oween goodness with this kit too!

Now for another HAPPY CELEBRATION...Happy Birthday to my sweet daughter AMANDA!!! We are all so glad she is back in the states with us this year. She may not be at home, but at least she is in the same country and I can talk to her EVERY day and call her on her birthday!! Join with me in wishing Amanda a VERY HAPPY Birthday!!!
Hope you are finding this day a HAPPY one! Hugs, Cheryl

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Blast From the Past *My Goal*

Although I created this layout many years ago, the idea behind it has not changed. It features one of my favorite scriptures and the words in the scripture are a life goal of mine. Here is the scripture:

14 And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?

15 Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?

16 I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth?

19 I say unto you, can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands? I say unto you, can you look up, having the image of God engraven upon your countenances? Alma 5:14-16;19

It is my life goal to be born of God. To be able to imagine myself when I meet Him and stand before Him hearing Him say to me "Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the work of righteousness". To look up to Him with a pure heart and clean hands and having His image engraven on my countenance. I know I am not there yet, but it is something I strive for EVERY day. Some days I'm way more successful than others, but I'll never give it up. It is a goal sooooooo WORTH striving for. So I am ready to start this day with this goal in mind. I hope your day is very blessed! Hugs, Cheryl

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Oh My Darlings and Use The Whole Package card *Pixie Dust*

Hi all! I'm back to share some more Pixie Dust Paperie goodness! It is so FUN to be able to share ALL the different ways you can use this September Tecolote kit! You can go from rich and soft and romantic...and to OH MY DARLING! Would you just look at these papers:

The papers along with that fabby baker's twine create a DARLING banner! I think they are the perfect complement for my darling grandchildren. The wonderful tags and cute, cute, cute rubon adds just the right amount of detail:

I know if you create with this kit you'll be looking at your creation and saying...
ohhhhhh myyyyy DARLING, too!

Now I have a little tip for you all...have you ever thought to use the packaging that embellishments come in as part of your creations? Well, I'm here to tell you that you absolutely CAN and SHOULD use the packaging of the embellishments that come with the Pixie September Tecolote kit. Not only can you use the LOVELY Prima roses that come in the kit:

but take a close look at the packaging they come in (it is the beautiful "paper" with the roses here)...LOVELY...Cut it down to size and you've just given yourself more cardstock to work with!:

You'll have layer upon layer of the wonderful fabulousness that comes with this kit on your projects:

So look closely at all the goodies you have and use ALL of the lusciousness you can...including the packaging! Hope your day if PERFECT today! Hugs, Cheryl

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Happy Anniversary *Easy as 1-2-3 CCCB*

Yippee it's City Crafter Challenge Blog day! Linda is our hostess this week and does she ever have the recipe to success with her challenge this week..."It's As Easy As 1-2-3"! Here is the challenge: To use on your project....
1. Ribbon
2. Or More Words
3. Or More Butterflies
You can't go wrong with this simple recipe for success...Easy right?!! I can't wait to see what you all come up with! For a little inspiration go and check out the City Crafter Challenge Blog to see what our AMAZING Guest Designer, Lynnda Hosni, and all the FABULOUS DT came up with! You won't be disappointed! You won't be disappointed in the prize either...once again brought to us by the OH SO GENEROUS and FABULOUS Pixie Dust Paperie!! Hope this week comes together as Easy as 1-2-3 for you!! Hugs, Cheryl

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sweet Perfection *Pixie Dust Paperie*

Hi all! I am just so thrilled to be a part of the Pixie Dust Paperie DT and sharing my first project with you!!! The September kit, Tecolote, was just a dream to work with. The first project I would like to share with you is "Sweet Perfection" a layout of my newest little granddaughter. Sweet Perfection describes not only my granddaughter, but this GORGEOUS kit as well. I just love the rich tones of the patterned paper:

and ohhhhh my does it come just packed with embellishment fabulousness...burlap and lace and Prima roses and decorative brads (not to mention that signature Pixie crinkled ribbon):

and don't you just adore these little mini alphas and the gorgeous overlay?:

Now I ask you...can't you just imagine yourself creating Sweet Perfection with this kit?!! I hope you all are having a sweetly perfect day! Hugs, Cheryl

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Blast From the Past "One Fine Day" + Exciting News!!!

Hi all!! I'm here to share my blast from the past post AND some EXCITING news for me and for YOU!! I'll start with the news 'cause I just can't hold on to it any longer...I've been asked to be on the Design Team for Pixie Dust Paperie!!!! Woohoo! Their kits are so GORGEOUS and VERSATILE and I'm thrilled to work with all the other AMAZING DT!! That was my exciting here is YOUR exciting news...Pixie Dust Paperie is having a GIVEAWAY and you can find the details right HERE! And that is not all...they are having an early bird special on the Sept. Tecolote kit...found HERE...15% off from 9/2-9/4. Now isn't that EXCITING NEWS?!! Now for my blast from the past. This records another fine day. I had to laugh at my childrens reaction when they saw I had scrapped this photo. They couldn't believe I scrapped it because in their words, "they look horrible". I couldn't disagree more. I think they look perfect. They look hot, and sweaty and tired like you can only if you've spent a long adventurous summer day in the Texas heat. We had such a fun time that day and the memory is is the picture. How could I not scrap this picture? This has become one of my favorite layouts that I have created because it takes me right back to that time and place and it truly was One Fine Day! I hope you are having a fine day today! Hugs, Cheryl