Friday, June 29, 2012

Our Little Aggie.. Class of 2034!

Check out our littlest Aggie. Class of 2034! Whoop! LOL.. Our youngest son got this outfit for his little nephew on his last trip to College Station. He says he needs to train him up to be an Aggie. How cute is he in this outfit! AAAHHH Now you understand why my stamps have gotten dusty. This little guy came along and stole my heart! Stamps are not my love anymore.. Blasphemy I know.. but I think he's much cuter than any stamp I've ever seen.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Our Newest Family Member!

I know I have been MIA for months but I have been very very busy! Meet our newest family member, our grandson Nikolas! Is he not the cutest! What a blessing and a joy. My youngest will be graduating in a few days and I am up to my elbows in party details I hope to have photos to share with you soon of the favors and goodies for the party. I hope you are all well and blessed!

Much Aloha,

Friday, December 16, 2011

A Better Look @ the Goodies!

KidsDrillNotepads 150 Here are two of the Notepads from my large order! They were very well received by the lady who ordered them from me. I was thrilled that she was so pleased. They may be a little plain in terms of what I normally make (notice the absence of bling?) but they are exactly what she requested and she was really happy with them. There is always such a satisfaction to making something yourself and having the person you made them for be so thrilled with it. It was a large order so I am hoping for her to be a repeat customer. I hope these little cuties inspire you to do something creatively patriotic today! It is almost the end of the year and I wanted to thank all of you loyal followers of my blog, even if I have been lax in posting this year you are understanding and still kind with you praise. I wish you a a very blessed Christmas season. One filled with family, food, friends and love. As the New Year approaches I wish you all joy and prosperity. May God Bless all of you and those you hold dear to you. Let me know what you think of these!                

KidsDrillNotepads 151              KidsDrillNotepads 153

Much Aloha,


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Largest Order Ever!

KidsDrillNotepads 173

Long time no blog! Things here have been hectic to say the very least. Not only is it my youngest sons Senior Year, he is also the Battalion Commander to over 270 cadets and I have been an active volunteer with the program for years and this year DH and I have kicked it into overdrive. I am also back in school full-time. Not to mention the tiny note that we are expecting our first grandchild in March. We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Baby Nicholas! On to the crafting…There are 50 notepads here that have been given the Designer Aloha touch! These were made for a gal at the Warrior and Family Support Center and I am thrilled to be delivering them this week. I will be posting more pictures my later but I thought I’d give a little tease today. I hope you have all been well. May this post inspire you to do something crafty today! Happy Crafting my blogging peeps!

Much Aloha,


Monday, August 29, 2011

HOOAH with a Dash of Red White and Blue


Bird2011Crafts 015

Here is another of my favorites created for a good friend. The Army background pairs so nicely with the Grand ol Flag doesn’t it? I LOVE LOVE LOVE the ribbon I used on this notepad. I stumbled upon it one day when I stopped by a craft store. The image is a stamping bella image I acquired years ago and that I still love today. Its perfect for the front of a notepad. If you look really closely you can see I even made the briefcase camo! Is that cute or what! I hope this notepad inspires you to do something creative today! Regards to you and yours. Now that the kiddos are back in school (as am I LOL) GO GET CRAFTY! After the long hot summer you deserve some good fun craft time!

Much Aloha,


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Happy August..

Its hard to believe that the summer is drawing to a close. My youngest is already back up at the High School. I guess being the Battalion Commander comes with a lot more responsibility than being the Company Commander. I have to say its hilarious to see him as  leader. He is definitely his father’s son. He has a look that makes people wilt but he’s smart enough not to use it often. Its new territory for me to see him mature and come into his own. Last weekend I celebrated my 41st birthday and was lucky to have my boys and DH make my day special. But I think that Jarrett being a senior made the day a little sad. I think of it in terms of a year of lasts. Its his last year in High School. Its my last birthday with him living at home with us. It’s the last First Day of Senior year. So many lasts that I am a bit melancholy. I am trying to be in the moment though, trying to be invested in every moment just like I did when my oldest son was a Senior. I am just sadder because this is the last one. The youngest son who has chosen a profession that will lead him to many corners of the world. He has decided to follow in the Footsteps of his Father and Grandfather and Great Grandfather before him. He is choosing to answer the call and serve his country (after college of course.) I swell with pride at the thought of him doing it but my heart is filled with fear for his safety. I hope you August is full of answers as mine seems to be full of questions. Thanks for listening Smile   I am going to attempt to do something creative today. Wish me luck.



Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Air Assault…

Bird2011Crafts 029

If any of you have been stationed at Fort Campbell Kentucky you know exactly what this phrase is. Although I can’t see the point of jumping out of a perfectly good helicopter; many have told me how fun it is.. really.. yea okay.. LOL.. This is my take on the Screaming Eagle Spouse. She is ready to take on any task at a moments notice and just excuse the pun, jumps right in.. I hope she inspires you today as my Army Spouse sisters inspire me everyday!

Below is a photo of the pair I created. Its still following along the Americana theme that my friend Tracey asked for..

Bird2011Crafts 028

If any of you good readers out there know a Military spouse whose husband is away, offer her a hand in any way you can. You’d be amazed at how powerful an effect it could have on easing the tremendous burden that they bear. They are truly the unsung heroes of a deployment. Military spouse’s must be father and mother, cook, nurse, handyman, plumber, mechanic and maid and the Comforter in Chief. If you can lend her a hand or even just a shoulder. she could probably use it even if she looks like she’s got it all under control. Support our sisters and brothers who stand behind those who serve.

Much Aloha,


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Soldier’s Wife…

Bird2011Crafts 024

The soldier’s wife poem is one that I hold near and dear and I think every Army Wife who’s got at least one move under her belt has received this poem as a gift. The main image on the larger notepad is paper pieced with a camo outfit and I just love doing that.. The tags on both were made with the most versatile set in my opinion the Take Note set from Papertrey. The Soldier’s Wife image I created myself. I hope this inspires you to do something creative today.

Much Aloha,


Friday, June 10, 2011

Continuing the Red White and Blue Theme…

Bird2011Crafts 026

Here’s another set I created for my friend. They we a big hit with her. I am so glad she loved them. I hope that the recipients love them just as much. These Army themed papers are  really caught my eye as I was walking down the paper aisle. I love the digital camo and combining it with the red, white and blue makes the image pop.. I am thrilled with the way they turned out. I hope they offer you some inspiration today.



Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Forever Be True to the Red White and Blue…


Bird2011Crafts 007

As the wife of a now retired soldier I have been the recipient of the poem I put on this notepad on several occasions. It does a great job of expressing just how difficult the life of a soldier’s wife really is. Its one of my favorites. I created this one especially with my friend Tracey in mind. She really and truly is a spectacular example of the kind of Army wife who all of us aspire to be. She is truly a special lady and I know a treasure to her family. I hope to some day have our paths cross each other again. I wish her well at Fort Campbell and know she will be FABULOUS as a Screamin’ Eagle wife! I hope this inspires you to do something creative today.



Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Its Been SOOO Long!

It has been almost two months since I’ve posted. Boy have things been hectic here. I was in the end stretch of both boards that I sit on and I have a son who is a junior so we were in an SAT frenzy at the house. We were also finishing projects for the seniors who we know and love that are graduating this year. It has been such a whirlwind. In between that I have been doing some personal crafting and making several projects for friends. I will be sharing those with you later…Some exciting news though. My youngest son Jarrett was selected as a National Hispanic Merit Scholar and accepted into the National Honor Society. He was also named the Battalion Commander for his JROTC Unit.. They held their awards ceremony in May and he received 7 awards and his Battalion Commander Selection. He had a few jokes with his dad about outranking him.. LTC versus SFC.. my husband told him it only counts if it comes with a  paycheck.. LOL..As for me I am trying to get my youngest licensed to that next year he can drive himself to the gazillion things he has to do. And trying to streamline what we have in the house and plan for next school years projects for our Booster group. Well now your all caught up on the personal how about some CRAFTY!

Bird2011Crafts 020

Here is a set I made for a friend on mine who’s headed to my old stomping grounds in Fort Campbell Kentucky. She’s an awesome chick who’s going to be amazing there! We miss her already! We are all about the Red White and Blue and this is one of my favorite sets. The set contains one Steno Notepad and one Reporter’s Notepad. I hope it inspires you to do something creative today.. It feels good to be back!

Much Aloha,


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Yellow Ribbon Goodie

Rodeo n Crafting 035

As I am getting ready to leave my position as the Secretary of the SCFSH I am gathering together all my things to hand over to my successor. Along with all the club business things I am doing some cutie pie goodies to give her as a gift. She is a friend and a mentor and I am thrilled to have met her and gotten to know her. I look forward to serving with her on the board again next year. As we are Army Wives I thought an Americana theme was appropriate. I hope she loves it as much and I loved making it for her. And I hope this inspires you to do something creative and gifty today.

Much Aloha,


Monday, April 18, 2011

Pretty In Pink and Kraft…

Rodeo n Crafting 031

I am so in love with this whole series of paper and had been hoarding it for almost a year. But I keep reminding myself that if I don’t use it I won’t have any room to buy new paper. It is gorgeous. Very feminine and the perfect paper for a feminine notepad for a girlie girl like me. The stamps are from Stamping Bella and of course Papertrey Ink. I am trying to make my goodies less busy but still simple and beautiful. I hope this crafty notepad inspires you to do something creative today.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

More Steno Goodies

Rodeo n Crafting 033

The notepad is a perfect gift. Everyone has the need to write something down at any given time. This is another notepad I created for the Ways and Means group in our club. Eloise Green Grass is my most favorite Stamping Bella stamp. She is the perfect compliment to many different projects. The tag at the bottom is from Papertrey Ink but it should looks small to you.. it is.. I trimmed it down and rounded the edges because I thought the full sized tag would be too large for my notepad. I added some dew drops to the corners of my image and its layers to give a little bling to it. You know me there’s always going to be at least a little bling. The jot it down tag was made with Papertrey Inks dies also. I hope Eloise and this cute steno pad inspire you to do something creative today.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Paisley Goodies

Rodeo n Crafting 034

When I first saw this paper I just oohed and aahed at it. I had to have it! It is GORGEOUS! Its pink for one, then add in those gorgeous paisley swirls and the sparkle oh the sparkle! This notepad is one of my favorites and I had a hard time parting with it but its for a good cause. It goes to my club’s scholarship funds, well the proceeds do, not the notepad. LOL.. I hope this inspires you to do something creative today. I am hoping to have some gift card holders to show you soon if I can get those pictures uploaded and edited. There are also some cutie pie Easter  baskets for the little's(thanks to Dawn McVey for the super cute nickname, she calls her nieces and nephews this..) in our lives.

Much Aloha,


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Teacher’s Gift

Rodeo n Crafting 032

As per the request of the lovely and talented Laura Evangeline I FINALLY have a new post. Things here are hectic and crazy. My youngest son is a junior and until he has his license this summer I am his personal chauffer and his #1 cheerleader. So my days are filled with fundraising, driving and not to forget my other volunteering. As a long time volunteer with my children’s school I know just how hard so many of their teachers work and I try really hard to let them know just how much they are appreciated by us. My children have been extremely fortunate to have had a teacher every year who involved him/herself fully in their job and the success of the students entrusted to them. When I create gifts with teachers in mind I love to put a little of them into it. This gift was created for a teacher who is a former soldier in mind. I hope it inspires you to do something creative today. I promise to be back tomorrow with more.

Much Aloha,


Friday, February 25, 2011

Grocery List Goodie…

This Reporter’s notepad is one of my favorite sizes to work with. I just love the versatility of the notepad. You can use it for so many different things. Although you will find it to be relatively higher in cost.
It makes for a great grocery list, lists of any kind really, and it works great for note taking in meetings ect… I find it to be one of the most useful notepads I own. This one was created as a grocery list. I am adding a pocket to the inside to hold coupons from your list items. I hope this inspires you to so something creative today. As usual almost all of the products used are Papertrey Ink.
Much Aloha,

Monday, February 7, 2011

Another Gift Set..

Spurs Crafts Drill Meet 062

Here’s a gift set I recently created. It contains a regular notepad, and half sized notepad, a post it note holder, and a Ghirardelli Chocolate goodie. It’s a classic black, white and red combination that is timeless. I hope it inspires you to do something creative today.


Friday, January 28, 2011

Notepad Goodness…


Here is another of my notepad sets. This one has sparkle and bling to it and of course there’s always a flower making an appearance on a regular basis. The stamps are of course from Papertrey Ink. I am a huge fan! I will be posting a few more of these sets. The new sets include a Ghiradelli Chocolate yummy inside. DELISH! There are many more notepads to come.. So keep stalking the blog to see the new goodies coming…

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Notepad Goodie...

DSCN1387New year.. new look.. Let me know what you think about the new look. Here’s another gift set I created. I am working on a few new crafty things. I am trying to branch out and do new things. My amazingly awesome crafty gal pal Dawn Chau was my inspiration. She created some ooh so cute gift card holders for her first craft show and I thought what a cute idea! I always hate just sticking the gift card in a card. I found a tutorial over at splitcoast and am running with it. I have about a dozen made. I have to get them photographed and edited before I can show you but they’ll be coming soon. Until then I’ll be showing you some of the goodies I created over the holidays. Well ya’ll I hope you have a crafty day.
Much Aloha,

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Things To Do….

This is another notepad I created. I just love this set from MFT its one of my favorites. When I found this unbelievably cute paper at my local scrapbooking store I snapped it up immediately. Love the cute little rain boots in the paper and in the stamp set. I have to figure something out for the packaging though. I am NOT loving the bag and topper.Not sure yet what my plan is but my wheels are turning.. LOL I hope this inspires you today.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Gift Sets

This is one of several gift sets I recently created. You’ll get to see the rest in due time. LOL. I created it using both Stampin Up and Papertrey products. I am so in love with my Papertrey dies. The shapes behind my circular labels are It has a pocket in the inside cover to hold whatever you please. The tall skinny notepad and post it are covered by measuring and adding an 1/8 of an inch to my measurements. I love this retired stampin up paper but am trying to be good about using my favorite papers and NOT hoarding them. I hope this inspires you to do something creative today. It would make an awesome teacher’s gift or little something for a friend.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

Aloha blogging pals. Sorry for my extended absence. Between the business of the holidays and dealing with the grief of being without my beloved Papa this holiday finds me melancholy at best. I have been running on sheer caffeine through this holiday season as my heart was just not into all the things that usually bring me such joy during my favorite season. I am hoping and praying that 2011 brings peace and light to our lives and all of yours. This blog is an adventure for me and the support you give is priceless. I send you all Greetings for the New Year and Thanks for all the kind words of comfort and support. I am a fan of many of your blogs also. I am looking forward to being inspired by you and a source of inspiration for you this year. Best Wishes to you my blogging ohana..


Friday, December 3, 2010

Snowflake Joy…

NovemberCrafts 006

Here’s another Christmas creation. It’s another Papertrey bonanza. Paper and stamps compliments of  I hope to have those coffee bags ready for you to see by Monday. Things are hectic here as usual this time of year. I am busy, busy busy but never too busy to appreciate all the blessings that have come my way. I am so filled with JOY for the family I have, for my healthy children, for my loving husband, for my pregnant cousin, for my amazing friends,for my fellow craft lovers who so generously visit here each day, for the people who make my life what it is. This card, while simple, epitomizes the joy they all bring into my life. The simple joy of the love they bring each and everyday. I hope that each and every one of you who read this message feels that joy, both this season and throughout the year. Count your blessings you’ll find that they are much greater than your burdens. Find your joy and hold on to it. May this season bring you all you hope for.


Monday, November 29, 2010

Candy Cane Christmas Wishes..

NovemberCrafts 002

This is another card created for Christmas giving. My ADD only allows me to make so many of one card. So at Christmas I often make several different cards to send out to friends and family. I place them all in a basket and send them to people on my list who I think will enjoy them the most. The images are of course all Papertrey Ink. The DP is from my Christmas Stash. I hope this offers a little inspiration today. December is almost here.. and you know what that means.. It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year. I hope you Christmas Season is filled with all the things that fill your heart with joy. Stay tuned for more Christmas Goodies. I am working on some cutie pie Coffee Bags to add to the Christmas Cookie “baskets” we give out every year..


Monday, November 22, 2010

Christmas Blessings

NovemberCrafts 001

Hey ya’ll! It’s great to be back. Having a teenager and a busy volunteer schedule is not conducive to blogging regularly. Between all the things my youngest is doing and all my new volunteer duties I am trying to find time to craft and unfortunately blogging is what has suffered. Forgive me.. ya’ll are so kind to keep following me. I appreciate all the love. I am hitting a lull in DS schedule and mine so I will be attempting to blog more now that DH has bought me an early Anniversary present.. I got a new LAPTOP! Loaded with Windows 7 and Office 2010! Let me say I am really LOVING the new Microsoft Live! You can photo edit right there and create your watermark right there too! I have yet to learn about the bazillions of awesome new things I can do and as my learning curve is large when it comes to electronics I ask for your patience. The card I created above is one I am sending out for Christmas. I really LOVE LOVE LOVE the Christmas set from Dawn McVey she truly has the most stunning handwriting. It’s a gate-fold card and it is one of my favorites.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Delightful Dahlia Goodness..

PapertreyMay 003 

Morning ya'll! I'm baaaack! Things here are so very hectic for us. I have been feverishly working on my halloween treats for the kids so I haven't had time to craft much. Between that and the other million things I need to get done I am swamped! My youngest has drill competition this Saturday. I am planning a farewell dinner for the following Saturday. I have a ton of meetings and on top of all that we are making the transition from Active Duty Military to retirees this Sunday! These are just a few of the things on my to do list! But I knew I hadn't posted in a while and wanted to check in with all my blogging friends. I am posting a card I made a while back with the delightful dahlia set from Papertrey a while back. I am still refining my copic skills but I do love them and am hoping to substantially increase my copic numbers this holiday season! LOL! The sentiment is also another Papertrey set called Around and About (I believe) I used my score pal to add the diagonal accent lines and my stickles and stampin up punch to embellish. I hope you like the simplicity and the colors and that this card inspires you to do something creative today.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Brooklyn's Notes..

This is one of the last items I put in my little niece's Baby Memories Can. Of course you know that I had to slip this gorgeous Stampin Bella girl in there. It's a covered notepad that she can use for recording babies milestones. Being a busy young mom she needs all the shortcuts she can get. This Paint Can idea and the gifties for inside the can CampSummer2010 108make it so much easier to keep up with the baby's quick development. I hope it inspires you to do something creative today.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Gift for a friend....

Archbishop 008

Here are the cards I made to go inside the cute purse I posted last. The DP is from Hobby Lobby and the rest of the cardstock is Papertrey and Stampin' Up! Like I've said before we army wives love us some red, white and blue. Even though DH is almost officially retired I am, and always will count myself among the ranks of some of the best and brightest, strongest and softest, kindest and toughest women around. ARMY WIVES! HOOAH Ladies I LOVE all my Army Sisters! I hope this project inspires you to do something creative today.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Patriotic Purse....

Archbishop 006

I purchased these awesome templates from Becky Roberts and I created this for my good friend.

As Army wives we tend to gravitate towards the Americana look. So I created this one out of

one of my favorite Americana papers out there right now. I filled the purse with some cute

personalized note cards and envelopes. while I am not skilled at creating templates I think I did

pretty well following one.. LOL.. I would recommend that you use ribbon instead of paper for

the handles though. I hope this inspires you to do something outside of your comfort zone.