Dec 11, 2015

Cookies For Santa Blog Hop

 Welcome to the Cookies For Santa Blog Hop.This a one day hop with 10
 stops along the way that will be filled with all different kinds of cookie 


You should have come from Charmagne

Some of my very first memories are of baking cookies with my grandma 
and mom.  Grandma lived next door and  I couldn't wait to get home from school and see what awesome thing she had baked every Friday. 
A lot of time she waited for me to get home or baked on Saturday once I was older so that I could help.  I was learning to bake bread by the time I was 8 yrs old.  (don't ask me to do it now, though! LOL)

I wanted to make a "Family" cookbook but scrapbook style so I could journal about every recipe and include a photo of the family member. I want my granddaughters to know that cooking is in their blood and they come from a long line of fantastic cooks! 

My Aunt Reba was also a wonderful cook and baker.  She was a true lady and I never heard her speak an ill word about anyone.  She loved the lord and her family.  I loved going to her house because she always had lots of interesting things to look at.  

So this is my first page for the book and it is a recipe for Spritz Cookies that are to die for.  I love them and lost the recipe for 2 years and just found it again! I am beyond thrilled that I will be able to make these cookies again this year! 

I used DCWV Christmas Creations paper stack (2014) 
And My Kiwi Lane templates for the scallops and stars. 
I inked up the stars and made them look like sugar cookies.   
The little cookie sheet is a cute little 3D embellishment (brand unknown)  

Thanks for stopping by and remember; It isn't about decorations 
or gifts under the tree or how much money you have spent. 
Christmas is about the greatest gift of all. Eternal Life 
For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. . John 3:16
Cherish the time spent with family, put down your phones and TALK 
watch your children and the light in their eyes. It won't be there forever, 
and one day they will be grown and gone. 
Never let a day go by without saying "I love you" to those you love
the most. 

Next Stop Lisa F

In case you get lost here is a list for all the hoppers! 

Dec 1, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop

DAY 8!! 
Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop Day 1. This hop will take place  November 24th through December 5th and the new postings each day will be posted by 8am eastern standard time. This hop will be full of wonderful ideas and inspiration to get you well on your way  of creating all of those beautiful Christmas projects. This is an awesome way to get a lot of your Christmas cards, and scrapbook layouts  finished, home decorations completed and maybe even be inspired to  create something using a new technique that you have never tried.  There will be a new project posted each and every day by all the wonderful  amazing ladies in this hop. Also each day we will have a guest designer  or two for you to visit. 
So on with the hop!!! 

This is my favorite time of the year and I am so blessed to 
have my grandchildren close by.
This year we welcomed 3 new members to the family 
So I had to make more Christmas Stockings!  
Jaxon is my new grandson and it is his first Christmas
 I decided to go with 
Frosty The Snowman theme for his stocking.
His moms is two fun festive prints. I plan to add small 
pom pom trim to Jaxons so it looks like snow balls hanging 
off the white topper. 
For the stockings, I picked one out in Design Space. 
Cut the pattern out on my Cricut using the 12 x 24 size mat. 
I found this awesome video tutorial on Youtube 
She makes it super easy to follow along and even a beginner at sewing will have no problem.  
I added names with iron on glitter vinyl cut on the cricut. 

I also made chair covers for the girls. Here is one of them. 

The granddaughters just love them. A mom from my granddaughter's 
preschool made them for all the kids last year, out of felt 
but that didn't last more than 2 wks so I decided to make them out of
Christmas cotton fabric. These are super easy to make 
and I had mine finished in about 30 minutes. 
Either project would be fast and easy to do for a quick gift. 

I hope you enjoyed my contribution to the hop and 
I want to wish everyone a joyous holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year!!!! 

Your next stop is Jana 

I hope you enjoyed my addition to the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!!!  Leave a comment and follow me to be eligible to win the great prize listed in Lisa's hop post !!!! 

Just in case you lose your way here is a list of all those involved in todays hop! 

1. Lisa Pontious -
Anna - Designer)
Jana - (Guest Designer)
2. Madge -
3. Ashley W -
4. Sandy Hentzel -…/scrapbook-blessings-club-5722003
5. Elizabeth Jeanne -
6. Angela -
7. Alicia -
8. Miranda -
9. Daphne -
10. Rhonda -
11. Charmagne -
12. Barbara-
13. Lisa F -
14. Sharondalyn - Http://
15. Jessi -

I hope you enjoyed my addition to the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!!!  Leave a comment and follow me to be eligible to win the great prize listed above !!!! 

Oct 30, 2015

UnBOOlievable Blog Hop

Double, double toil and trouble. Welcome to the "UnBoolievable" Blog Hop.Join us if you dare for a Halloween scare. We're calling all goblins, ghost, and creatures of the night! So creep, float or crawl through our blog hop if you dare. We’ve had so much fun creating this hop, and we have a spooky 
lineup with some very talented creators. You will see some spectacular spooky projects along the way having to do with a Halloween theme and have a chance to win some spookish blog candy along the way. This is a one-day blog hop that is sure to be full of Gremlins, Goblins, Ghoulies, Ghosties and witches on brooms. So be sure to grab your warm potion of choice and get ready to creep, float or crawl through our blog hop if you dare!

Greetings on this Spooktacular day!

I decided to raid my granddaughter's scrapbook for one of my favorite LO's! 
(that is code for I had so much to do I didn't have time to make something new!) 

Am I the only one who buys those cute holiday paper packs and then doesn't know how to use the paper because the paper is so cute you don't want to cover it up? 

I learned this technique at a class at Mega Meet and I have used it many times because I hate covering up the cuteness! 

I used my Exacto knife (make sure you have something underneath before you cut!) and cut the shapes on the paper. I then slid my photos behind in the slits and used pop dots to give it a 3D effect. My little ghosts are from Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up and I am not sure what font I used to cut the letters out on my Cricut. 

Turns out I had more time than I thought 
(Okay I stayed up till 2 AM) 

I wanted to add a cute card I made last night. 
This is part of a FREE cut file (if you spend 9.99) 
from SVG Cuts. I love everything they make so it wasn't hard to find 2 collections so I could get the files for free! 

Hope you enjoyed my hop! 
Your next scarry experience is .... 


1. Lisa -
2. Charmagne -
3. Sandy -
4. Connie -
6. Alicia -
7. Jearise -
8. Daphne-
9. Angela -
10. Jessica -
11. Anna - (you are here)
12. Miranda -  (go here NEXT !!)
13. Rhonda -
14. Holli -
15. Sarah -
16. Rebecca -
17. Theresa -

Oct 8, 2015

Talk about slacking!!! 

Been a super busy month for me, school starting for my granddaughter. 
Helping my son with his last military move (and the worst one yet!) 

Working on my secret project for what I hope is my dream come true. 

And now sewing for Halloween AND I got a job at Michaels!! WOOT
I love M's and can't wait to be part of the family there and get that 30% discount!  Can I get an Amen for discounts! 

I had to take a break to make a baby shower gift for my great niece. 
Her baby shower is this Saturday...Makes me feel sooo old!!! 

I decided to make a sign for Abraham's bedroom wall and a night light, 
using my wonderful Cricut Explore !! 

For the wall art, I painted a canvas red and then white. 
Then added the Oracal 651 vinyl letters and waves 
Then roughed up the edges to bring the red out again. 
Super simple!

Here is the glass block light

I purchased the glass block with a 50% off coupon 
at Michaels. That made it about $5.50.  I had the spool of ribbon
in my stash and cut all the nautical themed shapes out 
of the Oracal 651 vinyl.  And I fully admit to snatching this idea
off of Pinterest! 

Both crafts were super easy and only took about 30 min. each.
Honestly, it took me longer to find the cut files and size them. 

Stay tuned for my next blog hop! October 31st!! 

Sep 4, 2015

Back To School Blog Hop!

Welcome to the 
Back To School Blog Hop!

This blog hop is a one-day blog hop that is jammed pack full of some 
amazing projects. 

We have had so much fun creating this hop and we have a wonderful 
line-up, with some oh-so-talented creators. 

You will see some amazing projects having to do with a school-related theme 
and have a chance to win some blog candy along the way.

In order to be eligible for the blog candy from me in today's hop, you must leave a 

comment on every blog in the hop and become followers to all the ladies in the hop.

We have some great sponsors for this blog hop and some wonderful PRIZES!! 

SVG ATTIC is sponsoring a $15 gift card to the SVG Attic store

Treasure Box Designs Is giving the winner three FREE files of their choice.

Pink & Main are giving away this awesome stamp set! 


You should have arrived here from  Charmagne's Blog Blog 

Back To School the three words that make every mother's heart fill with JOY! (at least that is how I felt!) 

Sadly I didn't know the joy of scrapbooking when my boys were little and even 
now I can't imagine finding the time if I had little ones. These days I am trying to be an awesome grandma and scrap my granddaughters and grand son's lives. I also remember how busy I was back then, and how busy I am now. 

I decided to showcase one of my favorite companies in this blog.  

This is a great family run company and all the kits are made in their home. 
So support a home based business and visit their website! 
Their kits come with everything you need.  From paper to embellishments. 
If I could change one thing it would be to not have the photo mats cut. 
Since I started scrapping with Creative Mem. I have a habit of cutting up my photos into shapes or odd sizes and I like to be able to do my mats to match my pictures. The great thing about the Simply Stitched kits is that it isn't all hard to match up your own papers.   

This is how the kit appears when it arrives. 

This is what is included in the kit, they stitch the printed paper to the blue. 
All photo mats are cut and the embellishment paper too. 

This kit also came with a 12 x 12 sticker sheet. All embellishments are always 
fantastic quality. 

This is my finished layout. As you can see I changed it up and that is the great 
thing about these kits. You can make them your way!  
I know that all school photos are vertical and I wanted to use this to display 
a school photo from every year. 1st - 6th grade, so I kept them all the same direction.  

Remember there is no shame in using kits or speed scrapping! 
This entire LO took me less than 10 min to make. 
The other great thing is I have at least half a sheet of stickers left over and I plan on making a corresponding layout for her Preschool and Kindergarten photos. 
Simply Stitched also sells coordinating paper from their page kits. 

I hope you enjoyed my portion of the hop! 
Remember you need to comment in order to win the prizes! 

Your next stop on the hop is Rhonda

Technical info:  This layout is a kit from Simply Stitched , tape runner. 

In case you get lost along the way here is a complete list of all the hoppers! 

2. Sandy -
3. Alicia -
4. Denise
5. Angela
6. Madge -
7. Theresa -
8. Haidee -
9. Holli -
10.Charmagne -
11. Anna -
12. Rhonda -
13. Audrey -
14. Aisha -
15. Rebecca -  
16. Jessica -

Aug 26, 2015

My Grand babies Frozen Party

Sorry to be so tardy in getting the "All Things Frozen" party posted 

Needless to say my girls loved everything that Grandma and Mom/Auntie 
did for them on the big day.   
Much sugar was consumed by the wee ones and 
a good time was had by all!  

It was wonderful to see friends and family too. 
Best of all getting Uncle Will home even if it was only for 48 hours!  
Here are some pics of the big day.

The calm before the storm! 

I put up pipe and our shimmer drape as a backdrop 
for the Happy Birthday banner 
done in the Frozen Summer style. 
All I can say is Thank you #Cricut! 

Here is my Pin the Nose on Olaf also created on my Cricut 
using the Frozen Cartridge.  I made it rather large and then 
used Gelatos by Faber-Castell to color the background. 
Everyone was given a carrot nose to place on the poster. 

Here are the Birthday Girls! 
Taylor Ann is 6 and Ariannah Grace is 4 
I made their cake using the Wilton castle set. 
I made little flags using my cricut. 
Other goodies included 
Frost Bites (chocolate dipped marshmallows) 
Anna's Frozen Hearts (Heart shaped blue sugar cookies)
Ice blocks (jello jigglers) 
Svens Reindeer Snack (Muddy Buddy's with blue M&M's) 

Join me on my next Blog Hop on Sept 5th ! 

All Party decor provided by 

Jul 27, 2015

All things Frozen!!

All I can say is it is that time of year again!!!

The combined birthday party is upon us!

Since my granddaughters birthdays are less than 7 days apart we have been
having combined parties since granddaughter #2 was born.  Makes things
much easier.  However, we did have to convince the 5 yr old that she wanted
another "Frozen" party since she was in Florida for last year's birthday we sort of did a mini Frozen party for her there.  This year she wanted a Spiderman party.  The 3 yr old still wants a Frozen party.  So I compromised and said I would put Spiderman climbing the castle wall.. Grand #1 is thrilled with this.

I was up till 2 AM cutting pieces for Rosettes for the Happy Birthday banner.
Which I plan on entering in the County Fair prior to the party!

All I can say is the "Summer" version of Frozen is a bit difficult to pull off.
I had to hunt for the right shades of paper (after buying all the ice, snow flake and blue paper)  But I think I nailed it and will be adding sunflowers too.

I received my Cricut Frozen cartridge in the mail Friday so needless to say it will get a workout.  We are also making Olaf parts so the kids can build a snowman on their own treat bag.  

I have made one card so far for the 3 yr old.

This is a cut file from SVG Cuts and super easy to assemble.

I will make another castle for the 5 (turning 6) yr old and try to include spider man..ugh.

I am always amazed at the speed in which they can change their minds on birthday party themes.  The 5 yr old went from Frozen to Bubble guppies, to Spiderman.  Thank goodness we are back to Frozen!!

Have a wonderful day and God Bless you all!

Jul 24, 2015

Welcome to Day 1 of the 

Get ready for some great ideas that you can start creating now for Christmas.
Along the way today, you'll find card and gift ideas, a scrapbook layout page or two and even a couple great decorating ideas. We hope this hop gets you in the holiday spirit a little early this year. 

We'd like to say a HUGE THANKS to

 and Debra Groh, she is giving away 

 All you have to do to win this fabulous prize is, comment on each of the blogs.  That's it! It really is easy. Of course, we would love it if you became a follower too. Comment buttons can be found at the bottom of the post (on most of the blogs). Please email Debra with your order to receive the proper discount.

                     Now on with the hop!
 You should have arrived here from 

Welcome to my Blog and Grumpy Grandma Creations.
I hope you are having a great time and enjoying everyone's hard work. It is hard to believe we are halfway through the year and Christmas is just around the corner! UGH!! 
Since I have a double birthday party to plan and two more weddings on the horizon I decided to go back and pick some of my favorites from the past year. 

First up is a Kiwi Lane inspired layout. I LOVE Kiwi Lane, and it is always my go to for scrapping my granddaughters books. The big reason I love them is I can use the hoard of printed paper stacks that seem to accumulate on the shelf. 
(you know you are guilty of this too!) 
Don't be intimidated by Kiwi templates they are super easy and most of the time I cut an embellishment on my Cricut and add that to it. So the cost for scrapping a double layout is minimal. Once you try them you will want them all! 

 Believe it or not I traced around some cookie cutters for
the star and ornament for this page. I made my own templates by tracing old cookie cutters onto $1.00 Tree cutting mats. So if you just can't afford a whole lot of Kiwi Lane you can make some of your own. I embellished it with some sweet little chipboards and 3D gift bags. Knowing me those came from Big Lots :) 
I should probably change my name to "Cheap Grumpy Grandma"!! 

My second contribution is a card I made for the holidays this past New Years. 
I have given up sending out Christmas cards. With one son still in the military and no one ever being home at the same time for a group photo I wait till after the holidays when life quiets down, then I send out "Happy New Year" cards. 

 This is a side step card. I previously posted this on Card A Day Challenge Blog (I so encourage you to follow this blog the ladies give such great inspiration!) I can't remember who I got the card template from. The Snowman,cocoa cup,and baby its cold sign are from Miss Kates Cuttables

I used the "Print to Cut" feature for the Cold sign because those little snow flakes just would not cut on any paper or setting.  
The happy new year sign is from Cricut
This is ALL Paper and since I buy it by the pound and it has no Mfg I can't tell you where it comes from. 

Your next stop is 

I hope you enjoyed my portion of the blog hop today! 
Please feel free to leave a comment and follow me 
if you like. 
Don't forget about day 2 tomorrow! 

Here is today's hop line-up in case you get lost along the way.
Card A Day Challenge Blog ~

Be sure to hop tomorrow too for even more great holiday projects and ideas. 
You can start tomorrow at Theresa's blog