Tuesday, April 15, 2014


You know what they say about doors…


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…after a stressful month or so, a beautiful door has opened for me – I can’t wait to share what’s on the other side of it with you!

Between this and a little Spring Break getaway with the family, I’ve been a bit absent from the old blog.  Hopefully after a few days, I’ll have myself organized and I’ll be blogging again.  In addition to my fun news, I have oodles of new projects to share – so check back soon! :)

Have a happy day!

Monday, April 07, 2014

top dog dies & authentique blog hop…

Hello!  Happy Monday!  I’m excited to be joining you today – as part of the top dog dies & authentique blog hop.
I was able to use the Anchored Collection from Authentique, along with the Signature Antique Die and the Mini Tag Dies from Top Dog Dies to create this card set:
Here are a few of the details – I loved mixing the Mini Tag Die Cuts with the stickers in the collection:
And now for the fun part – head on over to the Authentique blog and/or Facebook page to enter their special giveaway (you have until Sunday, April 13th to enter) – be sure to tell them Wendy Sue from Top Dog Dies sent you over! :) But, wait!  That’s not all (lol) – in conjunction with this fun blog hop, Top Dog Dies will be giving away $50 in exclusive wafer-thin dies. Click HERE to register to win!  They will also be offering a discount on purchases this week: 10% off $60 purchase or 15% off any purchase of $100.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

scout camp | bella blvd…

Good morning!  Before I share today’s project, I just had to tell you about a funny little thing that has been on my mind.  Well, not a funny thing really.  You see, I have this cute daughter who is smart and witty and clever.  She is confident and brave and strong.  She is not afraid to say what she is thinking – and she’ll deal with any fallout it may cause.  Now, that all sounds pretty dramatic – it really wasn’t meant to – but yesterday I was reminded, in a silly little way, about her personality and how she always adds such a unique and interesting perspective.  Okay, enough babbling – this is what caught my attention yesterday:

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A silly little post she put on Instagram.  She shared a beautiful photo of the Provo Temple, covered in snow.  Seems innocent, right?  But then read what she wrote.


It was the same thing I’d been thinking the entire day…but I didn’t say it or share it or write it or anything.  She did.  That’s her personality.  I love it.  And her. That is all. Let it Snow!  :)

And now on to this fun layout I created for the Bella Blvd. blog earlier this week.  On Monday, we were challenged to create a 20 minute layout.  I am not a fast scrapbooker, so it truly was a challenge.  You can read more about how I did (or didn’t) meet the challenge here, on the Bella Blog.


And speaking of scout camp…both of my little boys are getting excited for Cub Scout Day camp next summer – yes, already!  It was such a fun memory for Seth, and I’m glad Zach gets to experience it this year too. :)

I’m off to run some errands (yes, in the SNOW) before the kids are all home from school – I hope you’re having a happy day and enjoying whatever it is that makes your life unique!




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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

how to be a better mom…

…wait, what?  Did you think I had the answer to that dilemma?  I wish!!  But really, I am looking forward to learning and growing, and hopefully becoming a better Mom myself…very soon!  Do you want to know what my plans are?  I’m going to attend The Mom Conference!   It’s free. It’s online. And, best of all, YOU are invited to come too!

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Monday, March 31, 2014

a butterfly “hello” card…

Mother Nature plays this mean trick every year – you’d think we’d remember, but we seem to forget, so we fall for it – year after year.  You see, she gives us a day or two of sunshine and warmth, and then she teases us by sending a few days of wind, rain, and snow!  Back and forth, back and forth, warm then cold, sunshine then clouds, over and over again – and then, suddenly, it’s July and we’re blessed with day after day of super high temps and the A/C running 24/7.  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  Let’s just enjoy Spring – whatever form it may be taking today…and today, that form is clouds and cool – so instead of feeling sad and missing the sunshine, I’ll just stay inside and craft up some Spring for myself!

Today, I’m doing just that with this fun little butterfly card.


I used a brand new die set by Top Dog Dies called “Butterfly Finishers.” fb-newdies-april2014It is not available quite yet, but will be coming soon to their store – check in on Friday or Saturday!


I folded over a blank card (from Pebbles, Inc.) and placed the die right on top before running it through my Cuttlebug – that left the creases on the top intact for a fun, butterfly shaped card – super easy!  Then I just added a few extra die-cut pieces and it was all done!


Those cute little butterflies on the side are from the same set – wouldn’t they look cute scattered on a shelf or a table-top?!?

How do YOU bring a bit of “Spring” into your home this time of year?


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a brand new nephew and a fun little project…

We’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this little guy and we were so excited to find out he was REALLY coming yesterday!  My brother and sister-in-law are now the proud parents of four super cute kiddos – one girl and three boys, just like us! 


In honor of little Beckham Cy’s BIRTHday, I thought I’d share this little baby boy gift bag – can’t wait to fill it with a little surprise or two and deliver it to my sweet new nephew! :)


I used Pebbles, Inc. Special Delivery products for this quick and easy little gift bag – you can see the products by clicking on the images below. :)


Monday, March 24, 2014

how to make a bunny basket marker | top dog dies…

Good Monday morning!  St. Patrick’s Day is over and I’m ready to move on to the next upcoming holiday – Easter!  I’m going to start by sharing my latest project – some bunny basket markers I made for Top Dog Dies.


Are you wondering what the heck I mean when I refer to these tags as “basket markers”?  My guess is that if you have more than one child, you probably already know.  You see, with four kids, and four identical (or very similar) Easter baskets, we need to make sure the Easter Bunny knows which basket belongs to which child.  Some years I’ve made cute tags with their names or initials to tie on the baskets.  Some years, when we were feeling less creative, we’ve resorted to sticking a post-it note on the basket…I know, it’s not very fun, but it gets the job done!  This year we decided to create some disguised bunny tags. Each child chose the “props” from the Photo Props Die Set to disguise their bunny – then we placed each bunny on a colorful tag.  We’ll tie the tags to the baskets before the Easter Bunny comes, then, on Easter morning, everyone will know exactly which basket full of treats belongs to them!


Creating four unique bunnies was easy – and a fun project for the kids to help with!  We started by cutting the bunnies (using the Bunny & Eggs Die Set from Top Dog Dies) from this fun “crushed velvet” textured cardstock by Doodlebug.  Next, we cut the pink inner ears and the cute brown noses from some of the “petite prints” papers, also by Doodlebug.


Now the personalization could begin.  Using the “Photo Props Die Set,” we cut out a few pairs of glasses, some ties, mustaches, and even a string of bright blue pearls – and started dressing up the bunnies!


Each bunny is unique and fun!  We cut the tags using the “Mixed Media Tag” die from Top Dog Dies – we just trimmed the bottoms to make the tags shorter and added a strip of coordinating paper across the middle. :)


I hope the Easter Bunny is impressed with our creativity…maybe he’ll even leave an extra bag of black jelly beans for me! ;)





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