Showing posts from September, 2013

Planning a Trip to Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm

As you may know, I recently went on vacation to Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm.  It was an unplanned vacation and we had a wonderful time.  We decided late on a Monday night that we were going and left 9 days later.  I worked 80+ hours in those 9 days.  Needless to say there was not much time to plan a vacation, yet it was one of the best times our family has shared together.  I would like to share some things that I learned to help you plan a trip to Disneyland.  However, some of the things I share may help you plan a trip to somewhere else.

Shop Around 1. When we planned our trip, we didn't have a lot of time to plan.  However, I still took some time to shop around.  I started by checking at work to see if I could find discounts through my corporation.  Discounts for Disneyland weren't that easy to come by with the short notice that we were planning.  The corporation that I work for has lots of discount programs available.  Check with your HR department to see what is …

Brave is Beautiful ATC's

As 3 Girl JAM continues it's month long celebration, I would like to celebrate something special today - 
With October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month quickly approaching, I want to take a moment to celebrate the lives of the brave women who have fought breast cancer.  I would dare say that every person reading this post knows someone who has valiantly fought this dreadful disease.  For those currently fighting, you are in my prayers.
These ATC's were designed for Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Brave truly is beautiful.

I used: 3 Girl JAM Dress White ribbon - get yours here "Positive Thoughts" stamp set by K. Andrew Designs Memento London Fog ink Pink paper from my stash - possibly Provo Craft Blue Moon metal beads Scor-Tape, ATG, Glue Dots, Glossy Accents Creative Inspirations paints - Tutu Pink and Frost White Small cream colored roses from my stash Lace - Really Reasonable Ribbon Chipboard cut into 2.5" X 3.5"
As a nurse, I would like to remind ea…

More Disneyland Journals

Hello.  Today, I have 3 Disneyland Journals to share with you.  If you take the time to watch the videos, I also show you my completed journal and talk about how I completed it.  I offer some tips and show you what I packed to maximize my space and yet have everything I would need to keep up with my journal.  Believe it or not, I only took 5 items including my journal plus a set of ink pens.  I keep the pens in my Day Planner which I took on the trip, but you could easily use the Smash pen for the whole project.

I found out that 2 of my sisters are also headed to Disneyland over the next couple of months so I made them each a journal.  I also made one for my niece.  I altered books for my family, but I made these books from my stash.

For the first 2 journals I used the following:
Bind-It-All with 3/4" rings
Disneyland paper from EK Success
Bright colored card stock and paper from my stash
White slick paper from our office supplies
Disneyland stickers from Sandy Lion
ATG and Sco…

More Sketch Inspired Cards

I finally made it to my crafty space for a little while the other night.  I didn't have a lot of time, but I wanted to get a few cards done.  Once again, I pulled out the OWH sketches and chose B-21.  You can find these fabulous sketches by clicking here.

I know I've said it in the past, but I want to say again, how easy it is to make cards using sketches.  If you look at the original sketch, you will see that I changed things up a bit on some of the cards to make the sketch work for me.  I think that I made all 4 cards in about an hour and that is with filming the video.  You could really push out a lot of cards if you chose coordinating 12X12 papers went to work.

I used paper and embellishments from Basic Grey's "Life of the Party" for the two cards shown above.  Basic Grey's "Shine On" paper with "Shine On and Serendipity" embellishments were used on the two below.

The sentiments were stamped using Hero Arts "All Occasion Messages&…

Grandma's Spice Tea

As the weather begins to cool, I find my thoughts returning to comfort foods and warm clothing.  Fall is in the air and that usually calls for hot tea, hot chocolate or coffee.  I thought of this special tea recipe that I received from my Grandma more than 20 years ago.  I can't remember a time when Grandma Rice didn't have her tea on hand for a cold day.  I decided to make some today so I thought I would share it with you.  I know that I'm not the only one who had been thinking about it because it came up in a Facebook conversation with my sisters.  I wish they were here to share a cup with me!

I have heard this called Russian Tea, but this is how Grandma Rice makes it.

2 cups Tang
1 cup lemonade mix
1 cup of instant tea - unsweetened
1 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons of ground cloves
Mix all ingredients together and  place in a storage container.

To serve: Place 2 teaspoons of mixture into a tea cup or mug.  Add 8 ounces of hot water, stir and serve…

Bottle Swap

I recently participated in a Bottle Swap over at Krafty Kre8ations.  It was a lot of fun.  I thought I would start with the bottle that I altered.  At the end of the post, I will also link the video of the gorgeous bottle that I received from Meka.

I used paper and lace from my stash, ribbon from American Crafts and journal spots from Fancy Pants.  Hot glue and Scor-Tape holds it all together.

Meka sent me this beautiful bottle in return.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Vintage Birthday Card

Looking for the perfect card for the men in your life?  I hope that the card that I share with you today will be just what you are looking for.  I used the Halloween Harvest ribbon from the new and improved Season's Bundle.  It is a gorgeous multi-colored ribbon.  It comes in a 3 pack that has 2 other beautiful multi-colored ribbons.  You can find yours here.

I have been on vacation for a while and just got home late on Tuesday night.  I had so much to do today that I didn't have the creative juices flowing in my mind.  Does that ever happen to you?  When it happens to me, I will often grab a sketch.  This is sketch B-25 from Operation Write Home which you can find by clicking here.

I also used the following products:
Kraft card stock from my stash (Joann's maybe?)
Brown card stock (unknown manufacturer)
Flesh colored card stock - Provo Craft
Echo Park - This and That Charming  6X6 collection
7 Gypsies Stam
Tim Holtz Adage Tickets
Memento Tuxedo Black Ribbon
The Paper Stu…

Purple Notepad

Looking for a quick and simple gift but still want it to be pretty and special?  I have just the thing.  I hope that you're not tired of seeing little altered notebooks because that is exactly what I want to show you.  Unfortunately, I must have not taken a photo, so please enjoy this quick video.

Have a great day.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

"Love you more than coffee" Birthday Card

A while back I posted a gift bag that I altered for a friend.  At the time, I also made a card that I want to share with you

Paper Trey Ink - Latte Love stamp set and Plum cardstock
My Mind's Eye - So Sophie
American Crafts - red glitter tape
Stampendous - Happy Messages stamp set
Memento - Tuxedo black ink
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Bard Door and Dusty Concord
Tim Holtz Distress Markers - Barn Door and Black Soot
Sakura - Gelly Roll Stardust pen

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Winner of the 3 Girl JAM Bow Maker

Thank you everyone who took the time to visit and comment on the 3 Girl JAM Celebrations Blog Hop.  Using, the winner is:

#8 - Silvia who said: "Fabulous journals!!! The Castle is my favorite!!"
Please email me at to claim your prize.

Good Gifts

Waiting for the light to signal that we could cross the street, I heard the words, “Would you like your sunglasses?”The answer was quick to follow:”Yes please, mom”.The little one speaking the words couldn’t have been more than 2 or 3 years old but her words were so mature for such a tiny mouth.I could hear her older sister chattering away but didn’t realize that in the next few minutes a little girl’s dreams would come true.I thought she was just reading the signs around us when she said “Disney Way”.Boy was I wrong!

We crossed the street and continued down the next block as the older girl continued to chatter to her parents and grandparents.As we reached the end of the next block, she looked across the street and saw the sign that signaled you had arrived at Disneyland and she understood that it was near.I heard her beg to go in and her mother say, “maybe next year”.That was when I realized that she had no idea that she was about to enter the happiest place on earth.

I wanted to sta…

3 Girl JAM Celebrations Blog Hop

Welcome to the 3 Girl JAM blog hop.  If you are here from Julie's blog, you are in the right place.  If you are just stopping by today, be sure head out to the beginning of the hop by clicking here so that you won't miss one project.  We are so excited to celebrate 3 Girl JAM's birthday.  In fact, we are so excited that we are celebrating for a few weeks.  There are some great prizes with this hop.  In fact, Julie is offering a Bow Maker to one of my followers.  My purple bow maker sits on my work desk all the time.  I know that the winner will really like this great prize.

In addition to celebrating 3 Girl JAM's birthday, I am also celebrating family time.  3 Girl JAM is a family operated business.  In fact "JAM" is actually an acronym using the names of the owners' family.

My family is celebrating the chance of being with each other and we are going to Disneyland!  Woo Hoo!!! I didn't know if I would ever get to go to Disneyland, but that's whe…

Happy Birthday 3 Girl JAM

Woo Hoo!  3 Girl JAM is celebrating its 2nd birthday this month but instead of getting presents, they are giving them.  You can't beat that.  A whole team of sponsors have come together to provide some pretty incredible prizes.  If you click on the picture, you will be taken to the 3 Girl JAM page that is full of information.

Stay posted.  There will be lots of fun things coming up.  Have a great day and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.