Good Evening..what beautiful weather we have been having here🌞Spring is most definently trying to make a early debut with 60's weather this week. This week over atThe Cutting Cafe, Regina asked us to make a paper bead necklace or bracelet of some sort. I used thebead file to make a Springish/Summerish bracelet. Hope you enjoy!
It's almost the end of January, which means Valentine's Day is right around the corner. This week over at the Cutting Café, we were asked to focus our creations on Love Day. So fun..I filled mine with Valentine Gobstoppers..YUMMY..I used the file here to create this sweet project. I decided to make it shaped like a sucker, but function like a treat box...Cute, Cute..Head on over to The Café, to grab some files...So affordable and fun..
Bing Crosby sang it best when the lyrics roaring out of my car radio were, "I Am Dreaming of a White Christmas." Even as a small child growing up in a multi-seasonal state, I looked forward to snow glistening the ground on Christmas morning. The excitement fills the air and somehow snow adds definition to the perfect Christmas Day, allowing the magical trip that Santa made the night before seem even more special. As Christmas comes and goes each year, by March most of us are ready for some fun and sun. Spring break is usually around the corner, which also brings tax season. At this point in time, we as a family are once again thinking about Christmas. Even though Christmas is around nine months away, we contemplate whether to go somewhere for Spring break or put our tax returns in our bank's Christmas fund.
I adore Christmas. I love buying gifts for my family and watching their reactions as they open them. I tend to visualize the future and imagine what I will feel like after I make life decisions, rather big ones or small. The Christmas fund at our bank allows me to save, but also earn a little money back by keeping our funds snug. Every other year, instead of taking a vacation, I put money in our Christmas fund. The Christmas fund is set up where once you put the money in, you are not allowed to take any funds out until October 31st, without being charged a penalty fee. This program helps people to be accountable for their money. It seems the years that I actually utilize the Christmas program, I feel less stressed about buying gifts for my husband and kids. Mickey and Minnie were missed those years, but it gives us all something to look forward to the next year.
The year that I don't use the Christmas fund, I tend to be more anxious about money and how much to spend. Thoughts enter my mind like, what other kinds of things will we give up to have enough money for Christmas presents? Will it be that movie we wanted to see as a family or the day trip we were going to take? Will we give up Friday night pizza nights as a family? When will I start to save? Will I rely on the extra money from the last three paychecks to purchase gifts? It all comes together eventually, but those moments where I am figuring it all out is most stressful.
I believe everyone has some kind of special Christmas club at their credit union. As a family with two kids in private schools and being a former Elementary teacher turned Stay at Home Mom, I tend to think ahead and plan. Utilizing the Christmas program helps me to get my shopping done earlier, because by November 1st, the money is waiting for me to use. I feel less guilt about how much I spend because whatever is deposited is what will be used. I am also granted a small dividend at the end for keeping my money in the bank for such a long time. Saving money and not over spending are my ultimate goals and the Christmas program allows me to accomplish them. On Christmas Eve, while visions of sugar plums are dancing in my kids heads, I am sleeping soundly and dreaming about the excitement of Christmas morning. I am resting assured because I didn't overspend. If you want help budgeting this season, check out this free financial software. I think it would be a valuable resource this next Holiday Season.
Welp! its up in the air if we will have a white Christmas? The snow is here, but slowly melting. We have a whopping 60% chance that it will snow again before Christmas. I have lived here in my city my whole life, and a White Christmas never gets old. I actually will be glad to see2016 go, I hope 2017 brings lots of good health, peace, and happiness. I know a few people this year that have had one tragedy after another. We were asked to do a new year project, I chose this file. The 2017 file is so cute, head over there to see what is offered. Cheers!
It officially SNOWED here yesterday..BRRRRR............It was beautiful, but cold! The Cutting Café design team, was asked to choose any file from the shop to work with:) I chose this Snowman Family...I am looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas..but it is coming at full speed ...Stop over to The Café..so many things to choose from. Happy Thanksgiving!Thanks for stopping by~~~~ -Krista
Welcome to my little blog of creativity, This month over at The Cutting Cafe shop, we were asked to focus on Breast Cancer. I decided to use the TicTac file here Just a small gesture in letting people whom are fighting this awful illness that there is hope, as long as you. are still breathing! Today, right this instant it is a BEAUTIFUL DAY*
The Fall Crisp air is starting to show up, especially in the mornings. I love to watch the beautiful colors appear on the trees. This new file over at The Cutting Cafe is perfect for these chilly months. I can imagine using the file Let's Write A Letter sitting in a cozy spot with a nice cup of cocoa and whipped cream..Yum..writing in my own handwriting a sweet little note. Head over to the Cutting Cafe.
This time we were asked to make Christmas projects over atThe Cutting Cafe, this week. Christmas is coming quicker than we think. I just love Christmas time and everything that comes with it. The Hot Cocoa, Sweaters, Fireplace chats, buying gifts for others, Celebrating Jesus's Birthdays....I decided to use theChristmas card shape card cut out with the candy cane.
READY FOR THE 4TH OF JULY ELISHA JEAN AND FRIENDS....PRINTABLE STAMPS-because there is just something about that day that screams fun and festive. First it honors America...next up isfood, fireworks and fun!I always make a salad, dessert, my hubby cooks steaks or hamburgers. We just enjoy each-other! I hope my creation will inspire you to head over to the shopto help celebrate our beautiful Country with a project! Enjoy!-Krista
Here's my project forThe Cutting Cafethis week. I created a project with theplanner set 2017.It was a lot of fun. It consist of calendar, notes, menu, contacts and so much more. I made this for a Birthday gift for one of my best friends. Thanks for looking.Krista
Hello! I am so stinkin ready for Spring. Mind, Body and Soul! Today The Cutting Cafe shop asked us to honor St Patrick's Day with a project. I popped up some four leaf clovers, Used the darling background St Patrick's Day and sprinkled with some little pink sequins. Simple, but sweet..I used filesSt. Patrick's Dayand4 leaf Clover setThis project was a ton of fun...
Hi everyone! I am so excited to share with you a gorgeous new stamp set from the sister site of The Cutting Cafe called The Cutting Cafe stamp siteit's calledDriving by..........I actually had a lot of fun, not just because the stamps are super cute, but they are well made and stamp really well. The shop is super professional and fast shipping. They are available in clear. Please take a look at them, you won't regret it. It's almost Valentine's Day which means it is almostFebruary. I hope Summer gets here soon~~~~~~~
The Cutting Cafe stamp site (Drive By Set)
(Crimper by Fisker)for pavement road that I created:)
It's still snowing in my part of the world:) Today after school, I decided to shovel the driveway , so my hubby didn't have to tend to it. It was actually kind-of relaxing. The temp here is so cold, especially in the morning ~~~~~BRRRRRR...The Cutting Cafe this week is to do a Bendi card..so here it is..Enjoy!Hope you are enjoying your first month of 2016......
Happy Holidays.....Today is my reveal of The Cutting Cafe. The stocking are done with the newest clear stamps available right now to purchase at The Cutting Cafe. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care!!!!!!! HA! You know the rest:) The sentiment I used is a file from The Cutting Cafe called Hot Beverage. It's a holiday set that features Christmas cocoa. It's so close to Christmas my kiddos can hardly wait, especially my son. It's so neat to see my babies so excited about the holidays. These clear stamps would be such a fun gift to have on hand. Stay tune because The Cutting Cafe will be featuring more clear stamps to purchase. Happy Holiday's my friends:)
Happy Merriest Christmas Month over at The Cutting cafe. Today's project features a Christmas tree treat box here~~~~~~~From The Cutting Cafe. I wanted to make sure to add little details so you could appreciate not only the treats, but the project:) It's so fun to create this time of year, my to go colors are usually pink's andwhites and robin egg blue...I decided to do silvers and reds, whites etc.Very fun and festive! I hope you are enjoying this month of December with lots of shopping, baking, sledding, movies, cuddles.....Thanks for stopping by...Krista
It's November, and during the warmer months I often think about warm baked goods. YUMMY....I decided to color this super cute stamp with cupcakes and use The Cutting Café file called all occasion sentiments. I used my copics to color her. I adore pink...so I was def in my comfort zone:) Thanks for stopping by...Enjoy your weekend:)
It's officially Fall time here in my neck of the woods:) The smell of rainy days, leaves crunching...the leaves changing colors, football season, sweatshirts, pot roast cooking, it is by far my favorite season. I had a ton of fun making this sweet fallish card. The Cutting Café asked us to create a project using a Fall set...I used the Welcome Fall set. It has somany cute words andimages.. I adored using my copics to color this sweet Bella stamp..The colors I chose to work with are my favorite combos:) Swoooooooon! Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy and Shop over at The Cutting Café!!!!!!!!
Welcome to September:) Let's get this cooler weather going!!!!! This week over at The Cutting Café, we were asked by our leader Regina to make a creation with the milk carton file..Fun Stuff..The Milk carton is so much fun because one can fill it with goodies. One can also put a stamp on it, like I did. I colored this sweet witch girl with my copics and the copic glitter pens..Happy Labor Day Friends.. Thank you for coming by~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed Psalm20:4 Hello Friends! Can you believe that it is already July? UGH! My highlight of the year is having my babies home for the Summer...I wish time would slowwwwww down. I made this 2016 Planner for my MIL for her Bday...Regina the owner of The Cutting Café had us choose any file we wanted to work with. I made this darling little crab out of clay:) to hang from the planner... I am working on opening a Etsy shop selling planner clay charms,crabs Etc, to hang from Planners..Too cute..Here is the link to The Cutting Café and the 2016 file. Inside consist of Random thoughts, Bill planning a calendar, goals etc.. I used my Cinch to bind it:) Thanks for stopping by...
Christmas inJuly is over atThe Cutting Café. I love Christmas, If it could be all year round I would be HAPPY! The greatest thing about having kids is you get to relive all those Christmas mornings, Santa Clause, Candy Canes, Baking Cookies, Building a snow friend ETC. all through the eyes of our children. This month we start to think about Christmas only being 6 months away:) For my project I used the file here.......This darling little snowman is super cute...
HappyBirthdaytoyou. Every Summer there are tons and tons of Birthdays in my family......Especially in July...So I was Giddy about makinga pop-up Bday card from The Cutting Café~~~~~~~~It's always fun to create with Regina's files...She has something for every occasion...So just like the card POP on over to her shop for some fun files.
Our amazing leader over atThe Cutting Café asked us to alter something with the stores darling paper files...I chose theBerry Sweet Backgrounds. I printed the dots paper and stamped sweet strawberries on them after I cut them out with a punch. I colored them with my amazing copics...and tied a luscious pink twine around jar for a sweet Birthday gift. I bought my favorite nail polish in two sweet colors by Essie.. and Beeswax lip balm in strawberry:) to add in the altered jar. I just used a canning jar and popped on an altered darling top...I think it is an amazing gift. I will add one special thing in the jar before I give it to the Bday girl..Shhh..thanks for looking:)Krista
Spring has sprung over at The Cutting Café, Regina asked us to make a project with these Baskets.... just loved the weather here this weekend and it was perfect to make this creation and fill it with Gerber Daisies:) The sentiments are so sweet, I focused on friendships:) Thanks so much for stopping by...Krista
Today is The Cutting Cafe project day:) I have been thinking so much about Hot Cocoa for days. I try to head over to Starbucks and get that yummy white chocolate kind. My DD was picked to be one of the Ambassadors for 7th grade, which is a huge honor, based on grades, personality, kindness, leadership, etc.......so that will give us a great excuse to head to Starbucks. Regina the owner asked us to put some green in our creations. I decided to use the cup here.St Patrick's Day is coming up so quick so I imagined me with my corn beef sandwich having a tall glass of Cocoa with whipped cream:) Yummy.. Thanks for looking... I just love that Starbucks hot Cocoa. Grab a cup and head over to The Cutting Cafe and shop till u drop:) heheheheheh
Hello...Welcome toThe Cutting Café..This week it is all about dresses and dress forms. I decided to create a sweet little dress with yellow buttons..I used the file calledDress Card 2. This is so sweet for a little girl's Bday party. I hope you all have a lovely weekend:) Thanks for stopping by:) Krista
WOW! Almost, Valentine's Day.....First Christmas and zoom right into LOVE day:) I have always appreciated Valentine's Day just because it reminds me how lucky I am to have married my soul mate:) He takes such good care of me and our family. It is wonderful to have married someone that truly loves you for better or for worse, through sickness and health until death do us part....SIGH! Regina from The Cutting Café, asked us to design with her files this week using thecalendar set. I decided to take the special month of February and focus on it:) Lots of wonderful images and the set comes with the whole entire 2015 year. Keep warm andHappy Winter..Thanks for stopping by:)
The Cutting Cafe
Martha Stewart punch
Stampin up papers
glitter Doubled and Pop dotted the hearts:)
Merry Christmas..Today is a festive project done for The Cutting Café. So fun.....I used the bow tie file....I really am hoping for a white Christmas so that we can go sledding on Christmas Break..Thanks for stopping by...Cheers!!
Christmas is right around the corner...Awwwww....Some of my shopping is finished, but presents are arriving each day. I just adore Christmas and all that it brings. It is chilly outside so nothing like a nice warm pair of mittens wont cure:) The Cutting Café asked us to design a shaker card and I picked this cute mitten here I just love shaking these sweeties, they r so festive and fun:)
BOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! It's that time again..Where the leaves are changing, The hot cocoa is bubbling with big fluffy marshmallows, The stars are glowing magically in the night, Kiddos are excited about what to be for Halloween, which by the way, I just order my kids costumes last night:) Halloween decorations are bursting with lights...I just love this season. I try and enjoy this time so much. From October until New Years, it just flies by:( Today, I share with you myBOOOOOO shaker card from The Cutting Café..This has to be one of my most favorite projects ever:) I simply adored making this card. If you look really close you can see I embossed my vellum and cardstock with a pumpkin embossing folder..that was so fun..EEK...Please don't miss out! Head over there, great customer service, darling files, stamps, and wonderful prices, SPOOKY FUN!!!!!!!! Thanks for stopping by:) Here's a little treat for you all, when I was teaching, before I became a SAHM, we used to sing this little number below~~~~~~~~~for Halloween...I thought I would share...Enjoy:)
Getting Ready for Halloween
(To the tune of: Farmer in the Dell)
The witches stir their brew.
The witches stir their brew.
They throw in all their magic things.
The witches stir their brew.
The witches find their cats.
The witches find their cats.
They put them out upon the fence.
The witches find their cats.
The witches get their brooms.
The witches get their brooms.
They dust them off and “start” them up
The witches get their brooms.
The witches now all leave.
The witches now all leave.
They’re just in time; it’s Halloween.
The witches now all leave
Happy Fall Time! Today Regina from The Cutting Café asked us to create a Halloweenish file. I picked the Pumpkin Milk Cartonto design. I stuffed it with Mini Milky Ways!!!!!I loved the added pink and black silk ribbons :) Gives it a classy look:) Head on over to The Cutting Café:) Happy Fall Friends:)
Happy Beginning of this Fallish weather. Designing atThe Cutting Café around the holidays is such a blessing:) So many possibilities and creative energy flowing through. Back to school time is always bittersweet for this Mommy. I love all the back to school supplies and shopping fun, but I do miss my kids during the day😐I decided to make a Apple Treat Box:) so fun, vibrant colors and stuffed them with some Yummy! Caramel candies:) What a neat idea to give to a special teacher to start the year. I used a lot of different papers:) Stampin Up, Bazzills Martha Stewart butterfly:) Martha Stewart tags... PTI stamps:) Enjoy:) I also bought a chalkboard at M's and wrote in Dark Red chalk "Have A Great Year! Great display:)
Welcome to The Cutting Café project this week:) This week was all about boxes:) I decided to do a cupcake box..YUMMY:) There is a small round peek hole on top of the box where the cupcake sits:) Please stop at The Cutting Café to check out the adorable creations:) and also to check out the GORGEOUS files:)Thanks ALL....
Happy Summer Friends...Alright there are so many Birthdays in the Summer at my house:) My Daughters, My Sons, Nephew, and my nieces:) So we do tons of celebrating around here:) This week over at The Cutting Café, I made a Birthday Hat.....I was inspired by these Yummy Hunter boots:)below the hat:) I wanted a pair so bad, they were quite pricey:( EEK...But I thought if I start my collection in black first, I will get a lot of wear out of them in the Fall and Spring:) So I got the boots in black...If I really, really enjoy them this Fall, I will maybe get another pair for Christmas in my favorite color pink:) But for now Black goes with anything:) What a fun project, head over to The Cutting Café") Enjoy, Krista
Happy 4th of July friends..This week over at The Cutting Café, Regina asked us to useA to Z letters shapes:0 I decided to go with the letter S~~~~~~~~S to me means Summer Fun:) Movies, swimming, staying up late, Reading ETC, There are a ton of letters and letter shapes to use, so head over to The Cutting Café:) The little flower I made myself with twine (rope) Cute, Cute.....ENJOY!
Oink! Oink! What is cuter than a Piggy Bank?????? A Piggy Bank that is actually made out of a adorable little piggy:) Today is my project for The Cutting Café. I decided to select this Block set to make a darling Piggy bank to create today. As you can see I layered the pigs snout to give it more dimension:) I cut a tiny slit in the back of the box to make the tail look 3D:) Of course the top of the box already is set with a slit for one to store all their coins and bills in it:) Sooooo fun...Head on over to The Cutting Café to see all the new files and darling stamps:) HUGS
Happy Spring Time Friends! Thank God the weather is getting warmer...Sigh!!!!! Today is the day I share with you a cute project done for~~~~~~~~~~~The Cutting Café~~~~This darling little Tulip Picnic Basket card is sure to get you ready to pack up the family and head for a wonderful, Spring day at the park. I just love tulips and all the different colors they bloom into:) The Cutting Café has a ton of files and stamps to choose from...so head on over there and join the fun.....You will either need a cutting machine and or a regular printer to make this fab creation:) Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Have a peaceful day.
Hello! I know what you are thinking:) Easter already:) Christmas just came and went so stinkin fast:( It always is so bittersweet after, mostly bitter:( because I miss all the family time, the cuddles when the 2 littles and my hubby goes back to work..(sigh) But life must go on....:) Easter is one of my favorite Holidays and since this is my last post for The Cutting Caféfor this year:) I will be off the team for 4 months:( Break time:) Hopefully I will be back in May:) YIPPEE!!!!! I wanted to slide a sweet bunny project in..I used the Tic Tac Bunny holder...... This box is so super sweet and a joy to make:) Please check out The Cutting Café:) Thanks
WOW, this week over atThe Cutting Café was filled with so much JOY! I made a cute little Christmas tree goodie bag holder with this darling file here.......I filled it with Yummy goodies....I wanted the colors to pop:) I added some sweet little red gems from Martha Stewart and printed out a sweet little tag called Mini Christmas Sentiments also from the FabCutting Café......The sentiments work so well with my Spellbinders dies:)Make sure you take a peek over at The Cutting Café for all of your stamping needs...Happy December:)
It is really beginning to feel like Christmas around here. What a nice, relaxing Thanksgiving we had:) I just love spending time with my hubby and kids. Now, we get to look forward to watching our children get so excited about the arrival of Mr. Clause himself! My son keeps counting down the days, and my daughter keeps adding things to her list.....It seems the gifts the kids want are getting more expensive as they continue to get taller. HA! I love Christmas and everything that surrounds it. This week I did a stocking box from a file over fromThe Cutting Café. (it can be filled with special treats!!!!! Boy was it so much fun and relaxing to put together. You really need to stop over atThe Cutting Café, if u have never heard of this place it is amazing:) Lots of files and stamps and fantastic customer service. Try and slow down and enjoy the Holiday season, it goes so fast and it is worth not missing a single second of the joy you will experience all around...Thanks for stopping by. Hugs, Krista
This week over at The Cutting Café we were asked to do a step up card along with extra files that we choose to go along with it... I used the Christmas Trio..So darling..This card was super easy to put together:) Please stop over to Regina's shop...so fun and so many Holiday files to purchase:) I decided to make a Winter wonderland!!!!!!Enjoy:)
Happy Fall weather:) Today I am featuring a project with The Cutting Café stamps:) I cut this sweet little halloweenish pillow box out of my pazzles. I love pink and orange together...even at Halloween time:) I am going to fill this with some of that sweet candy corn M&M's!!!!Thanks so much for stopping by..Enjoy the beautiful colors of Fall...Make sure to peek over at The Cutting Café...Oh Goodness so much to see....Hugs, Krista
Today over at The Cutting Café, we were asked to do atrio set. I chose these sweet little ghost...I just hung little ghost in my trees the other day, and it felt so refreshing to be out in the fallish weather decorating for one of my favorite Holidays:) Regina has everything u can think of for the holidays over at her darling shop...I wanted this card to be simple and sweet..Thanks for stopping by...Hugs, Krista
Hello! Welcome to The Cutting Café project, Today I am going to share this adorableacorn file with you. I also am going to share the Welcome Fall Greeting's set...Can u believe that Halloween is right around the corner? I was looking outside while driving a couple of days ago, the leaves are turning all those reds, purples, yellow, orange colors:) Fall has a really magical way of making me smile....One of my most favorite parts of Fall is my husband's excitement for Football:) I have started a little business crocheting lots of amazing items..Character hats, flowers, I have an order for a cowl, slouch beanie...etc...so while my hubby is jumping for joy at the TV, I am relaxing with my crochet hooks and yarn:) Please check me out on Facebook..My business is called The Noggins Nest.I actually crocheted this little flower petal on this cute acorn. Please make sure to stop by~~~~~~~ The Cutting Café...Regina the owner has anything you are looking for, she is amazing to work with. Happy First week of Autumn:) Krista
For all u kind people out there..Please go to Facebook and check out my new business called The Noggins Nest I have started another Journey to add to my life of crochet things...I am just getting started and would appreciate your support to "like" my new page:) Thanks so much..Tight Hugs to all:)
Welcome, to another fantabulous week ofThe Cutting Café, This week my project is featuring this darling file called School Bus Shaped card. I decided to make my creation into a Peach truck. We have all kinds of trucks sitting around at the Farmer's Market selling fresh peaches...YUM! I also, had this cute little crochet flower I crocheted a while back laying around....I love the look of yellow and red together, one of my favorite color combos...Thanks so much for stopping by, please take a look over at the shop The Cutting Café... lots of fun to be had. Tight hugs friends, Krista