Dashing through the snow


What a fabulous way to celebrate the cold Christmas season—riding in a horse-drawn sleigh to the sound of jingling bells!

I joined my parents and some of their friends in a freezing, spirited evening ride in a two-horse open sleigh back in December 1992. It was such a thrill to be living out the scenes we sing about in Christmas carols. We kept as warm as we could with blankets and laughter, and then ended the evening with steaming mugs of hot chocolate. This is such a magical Christmas memory.

Product/technique notes

I used this nice sketch from Stuck?! Sketches and papers from Little Yellow Bicycle’s “Winter Twig” collection. The title and one-horse open sleigh die cuts are from the Silhouette store. Puffy stickers are from SEI.

Congratulations card: Grab life by the beans


Not every card we send needs to be sweet, right? This one has just a little attitude.

I’ll admit that I don’t make enough cards to send to people I love. I plan to make and mail them, but I usually wait too long and then the moment passes. But not this time!

My brother just went through the frustrating process of searching for a new job. Happily, he was offered and accepted a new position that he started today, and I couldn’t be happier for or prouder of him. New beginnings are so wonderful…

Product/technique notes

I used a few stamps from the “Cyber cafe” set from Paper Smooches, colored the coffee cup with Copic markers and embellished with paper from Little Yellow Bicycle.

10 things I love about you


We lost my mother-in-law on this date in 2007 and miss her every day.

On September 11, 2007, my mother-in-law lost her fight with ALS. As a tribute to her I’ve created this page that features a photo of her in July of that year and a list of 10 things I loved about her:

  1. Her fierce dedication to those she loved
  2. Her love of animals
  3. Her easy-going nature
  4. Her love of laughter
  5. Her joy in being a teacher
  6. Her strength
  7. Her pride in her children and grandchildren
  8. Her talkativeness
  9. Her persistence
  10. How readily she accepted me into her family

We miss and love you, Sandra.

Product/technique notes

I created this layout using the Stuck?! Sketches anniversary celebration sketch and products from Little Yellow Bicycle’s “Just Because” collection.
September 1st sketch at Stuck Sketches

Easy as pie


My mom is so cute in this photo!

Mom and Dad married in June 1965, and not long after that Dad left his teaching job for a position as an investigator with the government. This new job required some pretty extensive training, so Mom and Dad had to live for a time in New Jersey while he attended classes. This photo was taken in their New Jersey apartment in July 1966. Mom was about five months pregnant with me. On this day she decided to bake her new husband a pie for the first time. How wonderful that they snapped a photo of it!

Mom says that she remembers the pumpkin pie filling was really good, but the crust left a lot to be desired. :-)

Product/technique notes

I used the following PageMaps sketch as my inspiration and hand stitched the circles. Hand stitching always feels right on a layout about something else hand-made, don’t you think? The patterned papers are from Little Yellow Bicycle’s “Feels Like Home” collection. I designed and cut the title with the Silhouette Cameo.
a March 2014 sketch from PageMaps

Dotted swiss


Little me posing in one of the many beautiful dresses Mom sewed for me, September 1971

I just loved wearing the beautiful dresses Mom made for me over the years. She sewed me a new dress for the first day of just about every year I was in grade school. She made my gorgeous First Communion and Confirmation dresses. She even made me dresses to wear in my piano recitals. It was such a caring thing to do and always made me feel quite special.

When I found this photo of myself from September 1971 the first words that popped into my mind were “dotted swiss.” That’s because I remember loving this aqua dress that Mom made me not only because it was pretty but also because I loved the name of the material. When Mom told me it was called dotted swiss fabric because of the raised dots, I just loved the name. Dotted swiss. Dotted swiss. I think I rolled those words over on my tongue a good number of times, as I still do when I like a word or phrase.

Product/technique notes

I created my page using a combination of products from Little Yellow Bicycle’s “Poppy” and “Just Because” collections. I designed and cut my title on the Silhouette Cameo and then embossed it to make it resemble dotted swiss fabric.