Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Well its official, I am a bad blogger when I don't have $ tied up in the blog I just keep putting it off... SO I have taken the plung.. I would love for you to  check out my new blog-- that will have much more posting as I am paying for the blog... at

MY NEW BLOG  thinking*through*design  come on over and check it out..

I am having a blog candy giveaway this week-- please come enter in the "ISSUE CHALLENGE #7 "post

HOPE to see you there

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New ISSUE Challenge

GOOOOOOOOD morning my friends! 
I am excited by this challenge.. mostly because it will stretch the imagination, and creative muscle!  I am also very excited because it is Jennafer Martin's birthday today.. and I love birthday's --- SO I got to sing to her via facebook!  I also am excited because we (Dave and I ) are taking the kiddos to a very special kind of movie theater... I am not 100% sure what it is all about, but I know we get to watch a movie in recliners and they serve us popcorn and snacks!  It sounded like a great and memorable experience for the kids.. I will give you more info after our movive! 

Scrappy news... I am going to CHA-W and I am terribly excited to see my scrappy friends.  I will more than likely be giving some scrappy reviews from the floor over at Club CK...(I will link stories back here too!)

Here is the link to the ISSUE Challenge.. hop over and give it a go.. I promise it will be a rip roarin' good time!

Here is the layout I made for the challenge

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Thanks Living Challenge #1

Well friends, it is up and running, Thanks Living's first challenge is up and ready for you!  I am excited and promise, there are great things to come over the next year. SOOOO grab something to scribble your Thanks Living statements in and join in the fun.

Here is a link to see the first Challenge!

OH like Thanks Living on facebook too!

Friday, December 30, 2011


SO I had this idea when I was looking for a needle! SO I decided to create a notions book to keep on my desk. I made a pocket on one of the pages and also will attach some buttons and what nots for quick access with I am out scrapping or quilting somewhere! It  was really easy-- just a simple book with felt pages.  I must give credit where it was due, my mom actually was the reason I was able to pull this off, she had the pinking shears that I needed.  THANKS MOM.. anyway here is what I made last night!

All I did was cut four pages from felt and wrapped a strip of fabric around the back and stitched them up to make the guts of the book, then hole punched and grommetted the covers and used bakers twine and ribbon to secure the book together.. I was going to use library rings to bind it but the triple twine looked cuter!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

NEW Challenges!

Well it promises to be a great new year!  As I began my prep for the ISSUE Challenge this week I was given a new direction by Missy Mojo-- she totally inspired the fun I had exploring feelings.  I have had these photos for several years and while I wanted them scrapped I couldn't find the way that I felt was "right"  I wanted a light-hearted approach to my daughters temper tantrum (they all have them right)  so when I was moving through the pages of the magazine toward the page that I had earmarked as the challenge, I flipped to page 52 and it had a great "feeling" chart and list,which CK generously made a free download.(you can get the downloads here) I really had FUN creating this layout! 

I really beleive it is important to use this amazing craft of ours to record all our memories, good, bad, happy, sad, silly, or melancholy-- this weeks challenge is to get you thinking about that. It is also the FIRST ISSUE challenge of the year--I know it's not 2012 YET, but it will be by next Wednesday! 

With the challenges I have planned for 2012 NOW would be a great time to get started on some serious scrapping.. if you decide to play the ISSUE Challenge you will complete 52 layouts this year if you add those 52 to the Thanks Living Challenges (which are going to be AMAZING-- I have already planned them out and have some great stuff ready to share with you-- AND CK is supporting the whole thing! Check it out right now- the frist challenge goes live in January )  that will be 64 layouts in a YEAR... totally managable... and you DON'T really have to come up with any of the ideas of WHAT to scrap.. I mean I give you some fun challenges to get you thinking and then you can go from there!  ALSO... if you ever have questions you can email me at

OK friends-- have a great day!  I hope you will check out the Thanks Living Challenges, I really believe it is a step in life toward real happiness in 2012. 


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

WELL we are at the LAST ISSUE Challenge of the year! (which means we are drawing prizes next Tuesday!) BUT the planning for 2012 is already underway! I am excited about this week because it will really let the PLAYERS shine!

ALSO the other new thing beginning in January is Scrapping a Life of Thanks Living...I hope you can pop over and check it out

You will want to get on board with this one... CK and I have been working hard to bring you some great ideas and fun free stuff!  Remember, the ultimate goal here is that you enjoy the challenges, and we create a community that will encourage and support one another as we learn to live a life of  Thanks! 

Have a BLESSED week...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

FINALLY--- I can share

For several weeks now I have been working on something for my scrappy friends.  Chatting with some of my friends at Creating Keepsakes Magazine and I am happy to finally announce..... a new Challenge for all of you.. it is called  THANKS LIVING...
CK has been such an asset and have even agreed to support and sponsor this little endeavor of mine... so hop on over to CLUB CK and see what is going on!  I am excited and I think this will be a great adventure we can do together... Here is a LINK for you!