Monday, November 19, 2012

Creative Cutting Challenge # 6 Christmas Cards

Happy Monday! Time for a new Challenge
at the Creative Cutting Challenge blog!

Challenge #6 Christmas Cards

Here is what I came up with...
it can be found in the Cut and Create Store.
I added Martha Stewart Flocking to the red and white 
accents and hand made the Merry Christmas banner.

Thanks for stopping by and I cannot wait 
to see what you create!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Click the photo to take you to the hop you are looking for:

Scraps to Treasures Team's Tic Tac Toe hop

Welcome to the Scraps to Treasures Team's 
Tic Tac Toe hop!

If you have arrived to my blog from
Robin C.'s blog you are in the right place.
If not you may want to head over to
Cicily's blog to make sure you don't miss
out on anything fun and creative!
For this hop there is some super fun blog candy!
So make sure you comment on everyone's posts 
for your chance to win this festively fun stamp set!

For this super fun hop we used the following 
tic tac toe board:
I actually used several items on this board to make 
my project:
I used paper from the Lily Kate collection
by Basic Grey (scraps from my wedding album)
The flowers are E Line Flowers in White by Prima
I sprayed them with home made glimmer mist
The button and ribbon are from my stash. 
The bead trim is from M.B. Treasurista
I got it as a gift for a challenge I entered.

Please head on over to see Liz's blog next.

Thanks so much for hopping by!
Be sure to check back next month to see
what the Scraps to Treasures Team has
to share with you!

They All Matter Hop

Today we are hopping to bring awareness to the need
for a cure for all kinds of cancer.

This hop started today at Lisa's blog
and you should have arrived at my blog
from Christina's blog. If not head on over 
to Lisa's blog so you can see what everyone
is sharing today... Some creations and
some personal stories... 
For my post I have both.
I made this digital layout to document 
my own journey and how it has changed
my family and my dreams.
After a short time of fertility treatments we found out I had
3 large growths in my uterus. I was told at that time
once I finished the cancer treatment my doctors would
allow me one year to try to conceive a child. If I was
not able to within that time I was told I would have to
give up the dream of ever giving birth to my own baby. 
So after 1 1/2 years of miserable treatment and 
horrible medications along with nearly 100 pounds 
of weight gain, we were ready to try. My doctor
referred us to Boston IVF, a 3 hour drive from home.
For each cycle of IVF we had to drive down 2 or 3 
times and would be overnight there each trip.
Our first embryo implantation was on Friday, 
July 13th 2007. I knew when we left that it worked.
I was finally pregnant. A week later I lost the 
pregnancy. After each cycle of treatment your body 
needs a break so we did not try again until October.
I knew when we left the clinic to head back to Maine
that it did not work. I still waited and took all the blood 
tests knowing the outcome. At that point we knew we had
no choice but to take the winter off. So we decided 
not to decide how to proceed until spring. In December 
my sister sent her daughter to live with us for a while. 
So we went from just two of us to 3. We knew she 
was not ours. We were caring for her temporarily.
She went back to my sister in April 2008. By 
then hubby and I had decided not to try again.
I have plenty of health issues we did not want to
pass on to a child and the risk of an unhealthy 
fetus worried my doctor. The other deciding factor 
was want all the medications did to me. I cried a lot
and was very sick and moody. So the decision 
had been made. I went to the doctor and scheduled 
my hysterectomy for July 2nd 2008. We decided 
prior to my surgery that we would do foster care
and maybe eventually adopt. We went to our first 
meeting with the Department of Health and Human
Services on July 16th. In August we began taking
courses to become approved as a foster/adoptive
home. In November, national Adoption month we 
attended an informational event and adoption
celebration. We had no idea what it would be like. 
We were handed a folder with photos and short 
biographies on several children. I knew right away 
when I saw them. My girls were in that folder. From 
that day on I carried their picture and bios with me
everywhere. I had always told my husband I wanted 
a boy and a girl. He had always wanted 2 girls.
When I told him these were our daughters he said
maybe we should look for a boy and a girl. In the 
end he agreed and we began the process of adopting
them. On Dec 23rd we had a meeting set up with 
their case worker and we also had just received
approval to adopt. He missed that meeting due to 
some health issues. In January we met with his 
supervisor. We were on the way to being parents.
We finally met our daughters on February 17th. 
We were shocked at how much they looked like us.
They started staying over on weekends starting the 
following Saturday. We had them every weekend 
for 2 months. Finally on April 17th they came
home. We celebrated by going to the circus that 
weekend. When November rolled around again
we were in court, finalizing our adoption. Ours 
was the last case heard the day before Thanksgiving.
I cannot say it has been easy, but it has been worth 
every bit of energy and emotion we put into it 
and still do. On November 25th we will be celebrating
3 years since we legally became a family. We were a 
family from day one, but there is a waiting period to
try to minimize disrupted adoptions. I cannot
imagine my life any other way now. At times I 
still mourn the loss of what could have been, but 
I have no regrets for what is. Here is a picture of 
us with the judge and adoption worker on adoption day.

Left to right: Judge, hubby, me, adoption worker
in front: youngest daughter, oldest daughter. 
Our girls were 9 and 10 when we brought them 
home, many days I think of them as 3 and 4 now...
They have my heart and I know I have a place in theirs.

Thanks for stopping by, the next stop is 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Pause Dream Enjoy Ch#46: Thank You Projects

Happy Friday! Don't you just love Fridays? 
Today is the start of a brand new challenge at
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges!

Ch#46: Thank You Projects
Create a THANK YOU Project.

StartsFriday, November 16th 12:00 am EST
Ends: Thursday, November 22nd, Noon EST
Winner (chosen by Announced: Thursday, November 22nd late afternoon

Our Sponsor this challenge is

Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps
Prize: What a Fox Stamp Set

Here's my project for this challenge:

For this project I made a thank you card 
using parts of the cutting file Veggie Garden 
Collection II Made by SVGcuts
Thanks for stopping by and
Come play with us!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Here are the winners: They have all been notified or
an attempt to notify has been made
Grand Prize from Scrappin w Lisa: Nicole Elliot
3 digi stamps from Scrapbook Stamp Society: Tammy Bour
Cricut cart from Erica's Room: Lissa Marie
Digi Kit from Girl Boy Girl Designs: Marge
Ghouls Night Out from LSHD : Jennifer Juers

Sunday, November 11, 2012

What An Explosive Blog Hop!

Welcome to the What An Explosive Blog Hop!
We have a lot of fun exploding from our blogs!
Make sure you don't miss a thing by 
starting out with our host Ashley!

If you have arrived here from Haidee's blog
you are right on track... If not follow the link 
above back to Ashley's blog so you can
see it all, including the details for blog 
candy from this hop...

Here is my explosion box, made from a 
pattern designed by my friend Kris.

I cut this box with my Cameo from 
Dream Street Papers Forever Family paper 
collection. I love it, however my photos do
not do it justice.. 

Please head over to see what 
Liz Mullen has made to finish 
up this hop. I hope you had an 
explosively good time...

Here is the full lineup if you should need it.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Two hops today, click the picture for the one you 
are looking for, feel free to check out the other also..
 Thanks so much!

My Calendar” Hop

Welcome to our “My Calendar” Hop!

Minis.. flips.. anything goes..
How do you keep organized?
We wanted to share with you some
of our favorite calendar creations!

Lissa Marie is our hostess for this hop.
We have the wonderful Shannon Leffew Kieth
sponsoring this hop! One lucky person will
win a set of her handmade flowers!  
To win you will need to comment
on each blog, with a way to get a hold of you.

If you arrived here from Lissa Marie’s blog
you are right on track! If you just
happened to find this fun hop you can head
back to So Many Crafts, So little time to make sure
you don’t miss a thing!

Here is my calendar:
I made this calender/planner for one of my
daughters for school. I forgot to take photos
before I gave it to her. but it is still cute.
I covered it with paper, and used a few different
washi tapes on the edges.

Thank you for hopping with us,
we hope to have inspired your desire
to create a calendar too!
Please head over toRobin’s blog
to continue along the path of inspiration!

Here is the line up to help you along the way:

Suzanne ~ Zannie Berry
Christine ~ Hot Berry Designs
Thanks so much! 

Autumn Blessings Blog Hop

Welcome to the Autumn Blessings Blog Hop.

Information about blog candy can be found
at Lisa's blog, she is our host.

If you have arrived here from 
are in the right place...
If not please head over to Lisa's blog 
to make sure you see all the great projects.

Here is my project:
It is a luminaria for Thanksgiving.
I will place a battery operated tea light inside.

Thanks so much for stopping by and 
please head over to Haidee's blog next.

Here is the full line up:

Monday, November 5, 2012

Challenge # 5 Christmas, Not a Card

Challenge # 5 Christmas, Not a Card

Here is my project:
I made this tree with the Pine Trees & Pine Cone
by Creative Pointe.
I cut 4 trees, I scored and folded them,
Next I glued matching sides together
to form the 3D tree. I put a little glue on
each limb and then dipped them into
some Diamond Dust. I used twine 
for the hanger and a yellow bow at the 
top of my tree.

Now its your turn! Click on the
to enter your Christmas project for 
a chance to win

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Krazy Crafting Crew’s November hop Friends and Family

 Welcome to the Krazy Crafting Crew’s November hop!
This month our focus is on some very important people in our
lives, family and friends!  Sometimes with all we do we don't
have enough time for everyone special in our lives so we
decided that we would share with you all some ways we
can make them feel special.

Our host this month is Jessi If you started there you have
not missed any of our heartfelt projects. You should have
arrived here from Katina's blog, if not head
back to Jessi’s blog to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

We have a special sponsor by Scrapbook Stamp Society.

They would love to reward one special blog visitor with a prize
from their store. To be qualified for their drawing, please
comment on all participating blogs and let them know you
have to give a way, and let them know how
they can get ahold of you.

You can receive extra entries for following them on Facebook at

and for commenting on the Scrapbook Stamp Society blog

Here is my project
I made this page using the digital kit "Frank"
We have a foreign exchange student for
the school year. She had never celebrated
Halloween. We did not plan to go, but
we came home after i picked Chi up from
school and found a costume for each girl.
We met up with a friend and the girls all
got to trick or treat. Chi loved it, so did the 
other girls! Now we are going to make
Halloween candy cookies out of some
of the candy and the girls will eat the rest.

Here is the complete lineup incase you get lost along the way

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Go here next -> Precious Pages with Paula

Thanks so much for hopping with the
Krazy Crafting Crew!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges! # 44: Orange & Brown

Happy Friday! Don't you just love Fridays? 
Today is the start of a brand new challenge at
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges!

Ch# 44:  Orange & Brown
Create any type of project featuring ORANGE and BROWN.
StartsFriday, November 2nd 12:00 am EST
Ends: Thursday, November 8th, Noon EST
Winner (chosen by Announced: Thursday, November 8th late afternoon

Our Sponsor this challenge is

Dude Time Doodles
Prize: $10 Gift Certificate

Here is my ORANGE & BROWN project:
The scarecrow image is from 
Dude Time Doodles

Enter your project below!