Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Yesterday my good friend Laura and I were invited to share some ideas on the Bella Blvd. blog.  We teamed up to present a fun challenge based on a layout created by Stephanie, the brains (and beauty) behind Bella Blvd., and we opted to use ONLY the Socialite collection.  Here is my contribution:wendysue_bella_challenge_layout wendysue_bella_challenge_layout_detail1 wendysue_bella_challenge_layout_detail2 wendysue_bella_challenge_layout_detail3

You can see our inspiration layout, as well as Laura’s fun page HERE!


Bella Blvd. Socialite Collection

Tango Paper

Borders & Blocks

RSVP Paper

Cute Cuts Paper

Alpha & Bits

Yellow Letter Stickers

Bella Blvd. Blooms

Black Ink (American Crafts)

Black pen (you know it’s my fave)

Self-adhesive Pearls (Zva)

Scallop Edge Punch (Fiskars)

Monday, December 27, 2010

it’s a tradition…

Last Saturday’s Cosmo Cricket post was a challenge to scrapbook a holiday tradition.  We have several fun family holiday traditions, but one of my favorites is our "eggless eggnog."


I distinctly remember the first time my Grandma Nye made eggnog for us when I was a little girl.  I remember loving the flavor, but NOT the texture that was added by the egg.


We make our own version of that yummy drink simply by adding vanilla, sugar, and a bit of nutmeg to a blender full of milk and whip it up until it's nice and frothy.


The kids love it too - it's something we all look forward to doing together on Christmas Eve - right after they open their Christmas PJ's, but before we put out Santa's fudge. :O)  

Check out some of the other Cosmo Cricket design team member’s traditions (and ideas) and find out how you can win a fun prize by clicking here.  


Green Ledger Paper

Red & White polka dot paper

Black Tiny Type Stickers

Red Tiny Type Stickers

Early Bird Elements (journaling block & beaters)

Journaling Pen (still my most favorite pen to journal with)

Black Cardstock (it’s on sale right now…might be a good time to stock up!)

Jolly By Golly Border Sticker

Jolly By Golly Chipboard Candy Cane

Black Chipboard Letters

These aren’t the supplies I used in my layout, but if you like Jolly By Golly, check out this deal:


Another awesome Cosmo set:


And this great Boyfriend kit comes with rub-ons too!


Or…if you love Early Bird (which is my FAVORITE Cosmo Cricket line EVER), check out this deal:


Okay, while I’m sharing, how about my favorite striped ribbon (for only 99 cents!!!):


Happy Monday! :o)

Friday, December 24, 2010

merry christmas…


May you have an exciting, beautiful, and memorable holiday

…surrounded by the people you love most!

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 23, 2010


I think I want to do this next year…

but I haven’t decided for sure…


Are you going to order one? 

Have you done one before? 

Will I be overwhelmed? 

christmas eve eve…

…just in case you’re still scrambling, as I am, to get all the last minute details taken care of so you can enjoy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day…I am wishing you lots of energy and a happy disposition today! :o)

And if you’re looking for some more quick and easy wrapping ideas, here are a few more projects I created for Making Memories (all of these MM ideas are featured in their little blinkie ad on their blog here).

A simple decorated kraft bag:

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An embellished box perfect for small gifts or a gift card:noel_gift_box noel_gift_box_detail1

And a fun way to dress up a packet of hot cocoa:


All of these projects were created using the new NOEL collection (you can see it all here, where it’s all on SALE! ) and the SLICE. :o)

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

wrap up your homemade goodies…

I made this fun little food wrapper for a Making Memories project and thought it would be fun to share the step-by-steps, just in case you’d like to try it:wrap7

Step 1:

Use the SLICE to cut several 1” images (I used the gift on the NOEL design card) out of patterned paper (I used the Argyle paper from the Noel Collection)


Step 2:  Remove the images from the cutting mat


Step 3: Lay a strip of paper towels on your ironing board.  Arrange the images randomly on a sheet of wax paper, on top of the paper towels


Step 4:  Add another sheet of wax paper, then a layer of paper towels.  Use an iron (on a medium setting) to “fuse” the layers together.  Be sure not to let the iron sit still for too long, and don’t use it on the high setting!wrap4

Step 5:  Keep checking – when the layers are “fused,” go ahead and remove the paper towels and allow the wax paper to cool


Step 6:  Wrap your homemade treats – embellish with ribbon or twine – and add a cute tag! wrap6


Monday, December 20, 2010

monday morning…


First of all, thanks for the fun weekend comments – chose our winner - #9:

[DSC_0230.JPG]The life of a 2nd grader said...

I am done. Hopefully I wont have to go to the store until after Christmas


Please e-mail me so I can get your stamps in the mail! :o)


We had a great weekend…spent lots of time together – inside, out of the RAIN.  Crazy to see so much rain in Heber in December – we NEVER get rain in December!  However, overnight, the rain has turned to snow, and now I’m getting ready to go out and shovel for the 2nd time today (and it’s only 9:30 am). 

I get to go watch Zach’s preschool Christmas program in a little while – sad that Brad couldn’t get off work to go – but grateful I can take a video so the rest of the family can enjoy the cuteness later!

I was able to pull out all of my Christmas purchases, spread everything out, and make a very small list of items I still need to purchase – feels great to be almost done with shopping.

Our toy room is the cleanest it’s been since we moved in – we all spent about 3 hours in there on Saturday afternoon – feels good to have one room completely done!

We have a very big Christmas surprise to share…but not quite yet…it’s something we’ve been wanting for a very very long time – can’t wait until we can let the cat out of the bag.  (fyi:  the term “cat” is PURELY proverbial as half of us are very allergic to cats…and no, we will not be adding human beings to our family either – just in case that’s what you were thinking) :o)

I ordered this DVD game from Amazon last night…I think it will be a perfect Christmas Evening family activity!  I love the classic holiday kid’s shows…plus, at only $5 and free shipping…I figured I couldn’t go wrong!

Finally, I’d love to share another little gift project I made for the Cosmo Cricket blog last Saturday:


I used my Silhouette to cut the boxes from various Mitten Weather papers.  I embellished with a bit of ribbon, some chipboard, and some paper accents – the  result is a set of 3 quick and easy mini boxes perfect for holding gift cards and/or little treats!

[Also, if you’d like a chance to win a fun prize package, hop on over to the Cosmo Cricket blog and leave a comment on this post.]


Silhouette Digital Cutter

Mitten Weather Papers

Mitten Weather Chipboard

Mitten Weather Elements

Mitten Weather Buttons


Saturday, December 18, 2010

noel mini page (and a quick weekend giveaway)…

I created this page for Making Memories using their new holiday line, Noel. mm_noel_6x6layout

It was on their blog last Thursday…

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Now…for those of you checking in on this beautiful Saturday, I’d love to do a little give-away!  I have an extra set of Noel Clear Stamps from Making Memories and I would LOVE to share them with one of you!  Just leave me a comment…tell me if you are done with your holiday shopping…and I’ll choose a random winner Monday morning.  If I hear from the winner quickly enough, I could get these stamps in the mail and you could wrap them up and tuck them under the tree for yourself or someone else!




(click on the link below each image to find out more information or to purchase!)