Friday, December 31, 2010

Reflecting on 2010...

Wow-wee!!! Last day of 2010! 2010 has been a year of many new adventures, blessings, miracles and some sadness... all in all in brought many memories and many friendships i'll NEVER forget...

So what happened in 2010?!?

In January we found out we were blessed with another child! yes, another lovable baby to add to our family... March made me another year younger.... LOL... I closed the doors to the office i've worked in for almost 3 years in April... brought a little sadness to me but it did mean i got to spend more time with my kiddies.... and my boss' were the most wonderful people to work for and we do keep in touch and visit often.... August was full of lots of excitement... partnered with my good friend Kim, we started our challenge blog Lollipop Crafts... my biggest miracle ever was the birth of my baby boy! preemie but he fought to become stronger and today he is a lovable lil' boy who's smile just melts your heart! Mr. Personality is what i call him... =D the rest of the year just flew by... tried to get back into crafting as much as i could... but with anther pair of little feet in the house, it was impossible to accomplish everything... super mom could only do so much with out putting herself down... LOL...

and here i am today... counting all my blessings... thankful for the year of adventures... thankful for all the friends i've made... thankful to be thankful for life.... and well, i have to leave this year with a little reflection of some of my fave projects.... so here it goes...

Hope you enjoyed my little showcase!!

Wishing you all a very safe, healthy and blessed HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Monday, December 27, 2010

January Secret Sister Swap Info

I sure hope you all had a WONDERFUL Christmas!! It really came and went... can't believe we'll be in 2011 soon!! We enjoyed Christmas with family and friends... nice and relaxing despite the ugly rainy weather... all in all, it was a joyful celebration and everyone enjoyed their gifts!!

Now it's onto cleaning the house for the new year!! i've already started to rearrange my craft area (don't know why since it'll be a mess again!) haha!

Okay, so here's the players for January's Secret Sister swap...

1. Shanikulani
2. Cyndi
3. Colleen
4. Kim Y.
5. Mimi

If i missed anyone, cannot participate or if you still want to sign up, please email me BY WEDNESDAY, 12/29 so i can get the secret sister info to you in a timely manner.

Alright, time for more cleaning (yes, i am aware it is 12AM my time)... LOL... but it has to be done... hope to be back soon with some sharings... Santa bought me a new laptop (Thanks hubby!) and i'm still trying to organize and put my programs on it and load pixs so i can "function"... hehe! ta-ta for now.... remember to smile today! it's a brand new day!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!!! May you rejoice the season with your loved ones!!

From my family to yours!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Challenge #21 - Fancy Folds

Hello!! Wow, we're at the last few days before Christmas... Are you all ready? or are there some last minute shoppers like me!!! hehe! I can't believe how fast time has flown by! i think i've procrastinated too long... yikes, now i'm really rushing to buy last minute gifts and wrap them and the whole works.... i'm not normally this late in everything, but with a new baby in the house, i didn't expect to get anything at all done... LOL! Anyway, today marks the last challenge of the year 2010 at Lollipop Crafts so head over there now and catch the latest on this week's challenge and an announcement about a holiday break!

Lollipop Girl Kim is hosting this week and it's a "FANCY" challenge.... Challenge #21 - Fancy Folds... She wants to see you fancy fold yours cards... for example, you could do a tri-fold, easel, side step, etc.... as long as it's not just a simple card... check out the details on the Lollipop Crafts blog as this challenge has been extended beyond the normal week... and the last challenge of the year wouldn't be complete without a sponsor and a prize! Wags n' Whiskers is sponsoring a FANTASTIC prize this week!! you don't want to miss out on a chance at this prize so we do hope you come and play along....

Here's my card to get your mojo going....

i chose to do an easel card for this week's challenge using Angel Anya from TGF along with the Saturday Sketch at CA&F... i love using Angel Anya around Christmas time because she is the perfect Angel to send holiday wishes and i just loved the sketch... anyway, i intentionally pulled out Christmas papers to make a Christmas card, then remembered i had to make a card for an upcoming birthday... so i turned it into a Merry Birthday card... hehe! please excuse my horrible photos... i'm finding it so hard to find the perfect lighting... it's getting better but not 100%....

Come out and join us if you have some time in between celebrating the holidays... go and check out what the rest of the Lollipop Girls have to share with you too....

sorry for the post and run again... i'm still not feeling 100% better and we're trying to spend as much time with family as we can... hope i get better (100% better) before Christmas! well, i'll try and get more postings up this week, but no promises... for now.... toodles and have a beautiful day!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Secret Sister Swap - January Sign-ups

{{January Sign-up is now closed}}
It's time to sign-up for January's Secret Sister Swap!! December's swap is well on it's way and i can't wait to see what this month's players have given/received! =D Thanks to all of you who have participated in the swap's debut!!

You have until December 26th at midnight HST to sign-up... Here's a little about the swap:

1. You can swap anything you think is appropriate. Such as cards, 3d projects, gift tags, altered items, etc. You are not restricted to just a card for each swap... for example, you can do a card this month and gift tags next month, etc... be creative and use your talents! Many of you do not limit yourself to cards, there are some that do awesome jewelry, altered items and so on, so this is the swap to make something special and surprise someone...

2. I kindly ask that you please send out your swaps before month's end. If you can't send it by the end of the month, please let me know so i can inform your partner.

3. The most important of all, HAVE FUN! We all love surprises!!!

Leave a comment on this post if you would like to join in. Participants from last month, just comment here if you would like to join in again. Any new players that would like to join in the fun, please email me at krisnal5868 at hotmail dot com with the subject "Secret Sister Swap" (so i don't miss your email) with the following info: Full name, Address and Blog URL (if you have one).

Let's have another month of fun surprises!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Tags

Oh my, is it Monday again?! I'm seriously losing track of the days and dates.... LOL... I trust the weekend was well for all of you... i wish i could say the same for me.... but it seems that i still haven't shaken off this cold (blah) and i'm still trying to wear my super mom cape (struggling)... i really can't tell you how i do it all, because i ask myself the same question and i can't answer it!! LOL.... boy have i had some good and bads this weekend.... the bad thing, i have no idea what is wrong with my printer, so i couldn't (and still can't) print anything... =( we didn't win anything at the DH's Christmas party, but it was a wonderful night anyway.... and the good thing, we won some tickets to Bruno Mars' concert this coming weekend at another Christmas party!!! Wooohooo!! so who wants to buy a pair of tickets???? LOL, NOT!!! i'm so hoping to get rid of this cold so we can go... =D

Anywho, it's time for another fun challenge over at Lollipop Crafts, hosted by ME (yay, LOL).... Challenge #20 - Christmas Tags.... that's right, let me see you create some special tags for those special gifts that you'll be giving away this Christmas... We are sponsored this week by Fairy Knoll and the prize is wonderful.... here's some simple yet pleasing tags i've created...

almost everything on these tags are new toys i've gotten to play with... i've just recently bought this tag punch too... the holly berry border is a new stamp, and the holly berry leaves at the top is a new punch too... unfortunately, i cannot find my to and from stamps at the moment so i left it blank for now.... hmmm where did i put them??? if anyone finds it let me know... LOL guess that's what happens when your craft space is a MESS... hehe! the sentiment is from Hero Arts and i added rhinestones as berries to the MS holly berry punch and candy cane stickles to the berries in the border stamp.... easy peasy....

so come on out and join us this week... it's a perfect challenge to have as we count down the days to Christmas.... hop on over to the LC blog and get the full details on the challenge and how to play along... i'm so behind on getting my things out... it's going to be a busy week! so for now i have to say.... Ta-ta!!! =D

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sweet Christmas Gifts!

Happy Friday!!! OMGoodness, i've been MIA for far too long.... 2 of my biggest projects are now complete so i think i'll have a little more free time to post and share.... =D oh it feels so good to have some pressure/stress relieved.... phew! and to top it off, the 2 lil' ones have a slight cold... =( no fun! and last night DD1 said she felt sick... oh did i mention i caught it too! yup, i tried to be strong, but i couldn't fight it... i'm feeling a little better with cough drops... =D just a little congested...

anyway, here's one of the big projects i've been working on... took me 2 1/2 days to complete... record time... LOL... anyway, this fit perfect for a challenge over at ATS - Gift Ideas!

Since this is for a bunch of 2nd graders who really don't care what the packaging looks like but what's inside, i decided to keep this year's Christmas goodies a little simple.... yet a little girly since DD1 is all about girly!
i saw this simple treat holder at a craft fair last month and thought it was so cute and so simple to make... so i did my own measurements and recreated these little treats... you can actually make these for any occasion by changing up the papers and images... on this one i used CC Designs Santa Emma from last year's release... she's a total cutie so i just had to use her.... of course she's dressed in pink! one of DD1's favorite colors...
here's a close up... simple treat, a pencil and a candy cane.... then i thought about it, they could actually use the treat holder as a bookmark afterwards... more than likely they won't, but it was a good thought... LOL
weekend is here and i'm excited the DH is flying home tonight!! too bad it's in the midst of a storm... i pray he comes home safely... busy weekend ahead with 2 Christmas parties to attend, last minute Christmas shopping and whatever other obstacles come my way.... i hope i can sneak in some craft time too... probably not but i still hope! =D Hope you all have a fantastic weekend no matter where you are or what you will be doing!! keep on smiling! be back soon!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Welcome Winter

Wow is it December already?! =D Happy Monday everyone!! Hope you all had a WONDERFUL weekend!! It's a new week and there's a new challenge at Lollipop Crafts!! Challenge #19 - Welcome Winter given by Lollipop Gal Diane.... She wants to see all your winter creations!!

We are sponosored this week by Meljen's Designs... Cute images from this company so you'll want to play along!

Here's my winter card using the freebie snowman from Meljen's...

This lil' guy is perfect to greet winter in all it's form... isn't he a cutie!! Love it! I paired him with the lovely new MS Christmas papers... I absolutely love the glitters on the mitten paper... and I found the right stamp to go with the theme....

Hop on over to Lollipop Crafts and get all the deets on the challenge this week and check out what the Lollipop Girls have for you... Once you get inspired, come out and play with us!

Have a cozy day!! Happy Winter!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Blog Candy Winner......

Hey!!! Popping in really quick to annouce the winner of my blog candy yumies!! and the winner is............... MIMI! congrats Mimi!! Please email me your info at krisnal5868 at hotmail dot com so i can get your prize to you!!

Thank you to everyone for playing along!! It was so touching to read about all the things you are thankful for this year!! may we all be blessed with the goodness of THANKS!! oh and i LOVED all your Christmas wishlists!! I do hope Santa brings you all that you wish for!!

Come back tomorrow for another challenge with Lollipop Crafts!! Until then, get crafty!! Hugs!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hello Kitty Favors

Hello, Hello!!! OMGosh, it seems like FOREVER since i've last posted... i have to admit, the last 2 weeks has been CRAZY!! ok, ok, it still is crazy... but with Thanksgiving now out of the way, i can concentrate on Christmas... =D

btw, did you get a chance to hop along with TGF on Tuesday?!?! one word = AMAZING!!! Really, all of the participants out did themselves with major creativity... need inspirations for those Christmas goodies, get your buns over there now!! Totally fab creations!! i was absolutely blown away!!

my sweet lil' girl will be turning 3 tomorrow and we're having a kiddie party for on Saturday... so i've been busy busy (amongst everything else) trying to get her favors done... and that's what i'm sharing with you today... =D
remember how i said i just had to get my hands on that french fry box from sizzix??? well i did!! see, see!! LOL... this was perfect to create DD2's favors with because her FAVORITE food/snack is french fries! i used white CS as my base and then used up the other HK origami paper (from the pack i used for the invites) to cover the front and sides... i really wanted to get a picture of her with HK but she's still afraid because HK is so big, so this picture of her with the mask on had to do... i think it's cute anyway! the french fry boxes are filled with all sorts of yummies... HK pencil, HK hard candy, HK tattoos, HK marshmallows and a ring pop... i did 3 different favors... one for the kiddies (they'll also be getting a zhu zhu pet - DD's favorite toy) one for the older kiddies (they get the yan yans) and one for the really big kiddies (the adults) that has cheese and crackers, chocolates, lychee candy and a marshmallow... man i hope they likes these because i really worked my buns off to finish them in time.... =D

i can't say that i'll be posting regulary except for the weekly challenges at Lollipop Crafts... i'm in stress mode trying to finish everything with deadlines... and i just found out one of my deadlines got pushed up 2 weeks early and now i need to complete that by next saturday... ooooh i feel the pressure.... so i had to stop everything else and get working on completing that before any of the bigger projects... yikes! can i do it?!? Santa, i've been really good this year... could you please leave some sanity under my tree? LOL.... Have a fabulous day everyone!! i'll try and be back soon!! hehe!