Thursday, December 23, 2010

My Christmas Card Wall is GROWING!

My wall is growing! Take a look! Do you see you?


Happy Holidays!

Peace. Love. Dove.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Such a busy week!

I have been super busy over the past few days. I have been shopping for Christmas, hanging up Christmas Cards, and trying to get everything in order for this weekend. I don't even feel like I have been home much! On Saturday we took Lucie (our dog) to get her photo with Santa! It was her first time meeting him, and she was hardly nervous. I think she was more nervous for the fact she thought she might be getting her nails clipped. I have been enjoying this past week with my wonderful husband. We will be celebrating our first Christmas without family. Just the two of us and the friends that we have that live near by. I am excited for our venture. Usually we go back to Minnesota or Missouri, but this year, we will be headed there after Christmas. So, I am going to start off my family traditions on Christmas Eve, with the Anderson family tradition of having a white Christmas. Nope, no snow out here in Washington right now, but I hear there is plenty in Minnesota that I will get to see for the New Year, but it is our Swedish family meal.

What's on the menu?
- Swedish Sausage
- Mashed Potatoes
- Swedish Meatballs
- Green Bean Casserole
- Oyster Stew (gross-but I am going to make it anyways)
- Lefse! (Thank you Mrs. Olson for selling your product in Washington)

Hopefully I can catch you guys up on what I have been making. On my list to do is finish a scrapbook for my cousin (oh I hope she doesn't read this) and finish up a gift for my mom. But good thing I have till the 30th to get everything together. Then some quality time with the hubby. I can't wait!

A good friend from High School is getting married New Years Eve, which is great, cause we have plans. I get to see people from back home, and do one of my favorite things ever --- dance the night away with one of my besties... Emily!

I hope you all have a blessed holiday season. As soon as I can get somethings together I will post. I just don't want anyone to think I gave up :)

peace. love. dove.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I won! I love DCWV!

So I was scrolling through my facebook and I saw the DCWV had announced a winner. So I went to DCWV blog. And guess who won! ME!

Check it out!  I LOVE their blog. So much excitement for today. Good thing I made banana bread for dessert!

Peace. Love. Dove.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Getting the House ready for the Holidays

So I wanted to do something different this year with our Christmas Cards. We usually get a bunch of cards so I wanted to display them all in a fun way. I also wanted to do something for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog. I did the blog hop on their page to get inspiration and then decided I wanted to use the Vinyl I have sitting around in my craft room. I only had brown, black, tan, cream, hot pink, and bright blue vinyl so I decided to go with black. Here is a picture of what I ended up doing.


Since we rent all the walls in our house are WHITE. BORING!! So, I cut out the Merry Christmas from the Joys of Christmas Cartridge on my Cricut. I cut the image at 11 1/2”, They were staked on top of each other but I decided to place them side by side. I used ticky tack and hung up the cards under the words. I have plenty of room on the wall to make the collage grow. And every day I get to add to it!

Here is a close up of the Merry Christmas


I hope you are all enjoying your December! I love this time of the year!


peace. love. dove.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas cookies, yum!

Today I am making Christmas cookies for a Christmas Party I am going to tonight for a cookie exchange. I decided to take my chances and try something I hadn’t done. I usually just make chocolate chip cookies (and they are delicious). I am making surprise snowballs. I opened the oven with 8 minutes left and my snowballs are melting… with two minutes left they look like normal cookies, not balls… I hope I can reform them when I am supposed to “ROLL” them in powdered sugar.


So I couldn’t reform them so….


I stuck a marshmallow on them and melted them slightly in the oven. Then I…


Tried one that I didn’t put the marshmallow on. It sure was yummy. I put Dark Chocolate M&M’s in them (that is the surprise). They are my FAVORITE!

After some thinking, I decided to add a face and a ‘little hat’ on the snowmen. It looks more like a french beret or a little toupee.


So now I have a snowman army!


Note to anyone trying to decorate with chocolate. The coal dots did not like me on the face, so I ended up turning them into smiley faces.

The recipe I used for the Snow Ball Surprise cookie recipe can be found at the link.

I am going to sprinkle some more powered sugar on them before I leave to give it the “just snowed” look.

I am enjoying the Glee Christmas CD as I am making these. Wonderful.

Peace. Love. Dove.

Birthday Time!

So one of my older brothers (they are both older than me, but the younger of the two) is turning 31! So for him, I made him a birthday card. He is a pretty cool brother. How many times can you say that your brother is a musician and actually has an album. You can see his album here at SlowSpokes. He is the one referred to as EMS. I once knew what it stood for, but I no longer remember. It must be my 26 year old brain. It sounds odd that I have a brother that is a --- get this --- a rapper, but he is actually pretty good.

OK so on to the crafts! I made him this card.


Since he is into music, I used Indie Art Cricut Cartridge for the cassette tape and Sweet Treats for the Hip Hip Hooray. The black and grey paper are from DCVW Street Lace Stack (which I absolutely love).

I do challenges every now and then. I really want to get more into it, I just have been trying to get some other things taken care of first. This is for the challenge from My Pink Stamper. The challenge was to make a birthday card!

Now back to the Christmas projects!

Peace. Love. Dove.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My wreath is finished

I finally finished my wreath! Thank you for the advice on not adding black. As much as I LOVE black, I think it looks best at how I kept it. So on to the pictures!


Now for a close up! ( I hate using a flash, but it shows the true colors)



I added little ornaments, and jingle bells!  I love this wreath. On to work on more! (and clean my house after super projects galore)

Peace. Love. Dove.

Friday, December 3, 2010

I’ve been crafty. I just need to finish some things!

So I have been crafting up a storm lately! I have finished a project which I am going to send to my amazing friend at AnnabelleBumps. Here is a sneak peak of the fabric I used… My husband even said he thought of her when he saw it.


So what else have I been working on? Well, I have been scrapbooking, here are a couple of pages I have been working on. (Just a glimpse)



And I am working on a wreath. (I ran out of yarn, so I am debating on using black, or just buying more yarn, what do you think?)


Oh and not to forget the reason why I made something for Annabelle, I am trying to sew a dress… Here is the pattern and the fabric I am going to use. The polka dots are the lining, and the other is a black satin for the main part. I still have no idea what I am doing!!


Plus I want to make a paper wreath, and I need to create a white elephant ornament by next Saturday! Oh busy busy me!

Oh, and I got my YourStory in the mail yesterday. I need to now make my Mom’s Christmas present…

Peace. Love. Dove.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

This morning I woke up to this


MORE SNOW!! My puppy loves the snow too!


My husband and I celebrated a wonderful Thanksgiving for just the two of us. We made a turkey breast, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, green bean casserole (with cream of chicken soup), and stuffing. For dessert I made some homemade chocolate mousse. It was delicious! My husband even said it took him back to the chocolate mousse his grandma used to make. That made me feel great! To top it off we had wine, beer and homemade Irish cream.

When all finished, we like to search the internet for great sales (we are not black Friday shoppers). I have no intention to have a fight or be let down by a sale so we stay home – and shop online. I did make a purchase tonight. I bought a YourStory. I couldn’t help it! It came with tons of goods and it only cost me 29 bucks! That’s it! I am so excited. I already know what I am going to make first, but I can’t tell you just yet. You’ll have to wait and see!

I am so thankful for everyone in my life. I am thankful for my amazing husband who is so gracious to let me be a stay at home wife. I always wish to be able to spend more time with my family, but with our lifestyle its not a possibility.

I am going to craft this weekend. My craft room is a mess right now, which is not at all inspiring, so I need to clean it up and get into the holiday spirit. If all goes well we will put the tree up tomorrow!! Woo Hoo! Its Christmas time!!

Peace. Love. Dove.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New Design

I have been playing around with a new design for my blog. I was looking at some thing and realized I bet I could do my own. So I am trying to be creative in a web sense, so please don't mind my mess for the next few weeks. Things may be starting to change (appearance wise) as I am learning along the way!

Peace. Love. Dove.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fussy and Fancy

I am trying to get myself out there. Taking on challenges, making things for friends and family, and hopefully making things for the holiday seasons. I one, do not own any stamps. I have not been into stamping but finding more and more certain stamps could add the right touch to what I want to express. For now, I have included three projects that I feel best represent me. Who I am and what I design.

I am a scrapper. I have made cards, and I have no issues making cards, but my love is in showing off pictures. I take a ton of pictures and am slowly working on putting albums together. To be part of a design team would encourage me to keep going. I am new housewife, and I love it. I am finding more time for me, and more time to scrap.

First Project


Second project


Third project (Which I just posted about, and haven’t sent to my friend yet – oops my bad). But I wanted to show that I can do other things than scrapbooking!


I know I have a ton of room to grow and love coming up with new ideas and ways to use things. I do like to keep things clean, simple, and always a touch of glitter! I hope that Fussy & Fancy give me a chance to be part of their Design Team.

Thanks for the opportunity.

Peace. Love. Dove.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Time for another challenge

I have been stumped on my tree and waiting for some details to be finalized before I start putting it together. So, I decided to do another challenge. I think my favorite challenges are the ones that incorporate color. I have tons of paper, but I thought I would go with my solids on this one. The challenge is PDCC55 from The Play Date Café. The challenge was to include the following colors into something crafty.


So, here is what I ended up making.


I made this for my mom. She is one of my best friends, and the colors reminded me so much of her.


The font is Cricut cartridge Alphalicious, and the flower and writing block are from Hannah Montana. It sounds totally lame, but I love the Hannah Cartridge. It has some super cute graphics (this flower above, a butterfly, guitar). I don’t think I will ever have to use the Hannah graphics, but then again, you never know!!


My pen decided to not like me when I started writing this so it is slightly sloppy. But I do like the homemade look it brings to it. I thought this challenge was fun. I do not own a single stamp (probably cause I can never make up my mind on what I would want), so I keep things simple.

Peace. Love. Dove.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sorority Family Tree

So I am into Genealogy (ok not really) but I do love my sorority family tree! I am trying to make a visual tree so I can I put names a faces together. In total there are 36 of us, here is what I have done.


I want to give everyone a copy.. should I make little booklets?? HELP!

Peace.Love. Dove.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Friends Birthday Present

So, I am so late on my friends birthday. I am not telling who it is, they will find out in a few days when I finally send it in the mail. But I made this totally awesome frame! I used SEI chocolat paper (my absolute favorite). I even do not like the color brown, but I love this paper. I was going to enter it in a challenge, but then realized it was a card challenge using glitter. So – now its just a added to the list of things that I have made!

Here is a pic of the overall frame. (I think I need to find a new photo area!)


Do you wanna see the glitter????


Oh how I LOVE glitter. Here is a close-up on the FRIENDS


I will add a picture and send it to my friend once it dries!

Today I also made a card for my nephew it said LUMBER JACK on it, his name is Jack. I also got him the cutest little outfit with a Lumber Jack shirt and overalls. When I get a picture of him in it, I will post it. He will be ONE in January! OMG! He is so cute!

More to come later. I am starting to make a dress for my friends wedding, I bought all the stuff I think I need for it today, so start on it tomorrow. Fingers crossed that I can do it!

Peace. Love. Dove.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday Card Day - PDCC#53

So I never make cards, but I found out yesterday that one of my friends from college got engaged! So I thought it would be fun to make her a card, and do a challenge as well! The Play Date Café has a challenge Black white and burgundy. My thought process is simplistic. So I keep it simple, always add some bling! There is nothing better than glitter!


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With the flash the burgundy faded out a bit, but I love how it turned out!

IMG_0729Here is a glimpse of the inside. Its just a simple white rectangle with burgundy around it.


This is the close up of the “True Love” I cut this out of my SEI Chocolat Raisen paper using Tie the Knot Cricut cartridge. The black and white patterned paper is doodlebug paper.

More to come this week… I hope!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Funday Friday

I feel like the entire world is different since I last posted. I have not worked on any personal projects, and wish that I would have taken some pictures from what I did work on. As historian for my spouses club, I created a scrapbook. It turned out beautiful. I am again in position to get another one together for this next year, and I hopefully remember to take pictures of that one!!

I am currently playing with my cricut design studio. I am still absolutely clueless to what I am doing with it. I need to make mardi gras masks (100 to be exact) for TOMORROW! I can not figure out how to reproduce the image I altered to put more on a page. I am going to do some digging to see what I can come up with.

On good news, I am a housewife now! So I should be finding more time to scrapbook. I truly have a ton to do, but I am loving every minute of it. Especially sleeping in… till 8am! That is four hours I get to sleep in!! It really makes a world of a difference. Soon, I hope my husband will like that I am a housewife. It sure has been some getting used to, but I am much happier!

So in hopes that I post all the fun crafty things I will be making for the holidays, and scrapbook pages I will be making anywhere from college to present life. I hope that I learn some thing down the road, and can share my struggles of paper and glue (which is a love hate relationship), and hopefully show someone out there that if you add a little glitter, it can make the whole world smile.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My first Challenge!

Since I am still fairly new at this I thought it would be nice to give myself a challenge. (Not that I have much free time on my hands, but it made it more fun knowing what I was actually going to do). I guess I also finished a page in my CURRENT life scrapbook, still to be purchased somewhere, but one page down.

This is from Challenge #30 on Cricutters Anonymous, make a woman themed project on your Cricut. What is more woman themed than a girls night! And this DCWV  all about girls stack that I just LOVE!! I guess it was a girls night because we had TWO birthday girls and we made the guys drive us!

So what cartridges did I use??
Don Juan, Designers Calender, Forever Young, and Storybook.

This was fun! I feel like I have accomplished something. Now lets get cracking on the real stuff I need to get done.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Here we go.

Three months into this I can FINALLY make something! I have started my scrapbook for college. Well, I think it is mostly going to be for my sorority. I made the title page. Here it is. Our colors are lavender and maroon so I chose to go with the lavender. I also used the cricut cartridge Storybook. I waited almost a month and half just to get this cartridge. It was on back order, but at least I got a good deal! I put Tulip glitter paint dots in sliver on the ends of each of the letters. I used DCVW Latte stack.

Once I finished this I started on my next page. I went through an album and found pictures from our house formal in 2004. I only had 4 pictures that looked decent. Bummer that I didn't have a digital camera back then, I would have had like a million pictures from that night. But life goes on. I bet I probably had a few more, but I am sure I threw them away cause there were pictures of my ex in them. The formal page I used the Hannah Montana Cartridge for the font, and I also cut out the rose from the cartridge as well. I used the DCWV La Creme stack for the paper.

So for now this is what I have. I guess I will try to get some more done later this week or next weekend! Two pages down, like one hundred left to go!