Friday, January 29, 2010

A long over due update about our Church auction in December.

I haven't had the "mojo" to do much of anything... I can't find the time to sit down and do the things that I really want to do. I think being 6 1/2 months pregnant has something to do with that. :) A few more months, and we'll finally meet our first little guy. :)

With that said, I've been wanting to update you all on how the auction went last month, so I'm finally doing it. There's so much that I'd like to say about it. So many blessings. I was so overwhelmed with all the help and donations that we got from friends and Church members. There's a lesson that I re-learn every time I do an event like this, and that is to trust the Lord with all your heart... He will always get things done!!!! And so He did!!!! I was very nervous that we were not going to have enough auction items, but literally 2 or 3 days before the auction, people brought so much that we had to make extra tickets! :) The Lord works on His own time, not ours!!! And by now, I should just trust Him and not worry. After the event, I was so amazed at how things turned out. I don't even know what words to use to express the way I feel.

I just know that without Him, this event would have never happened. I am so thankful that I have an awesome God!!!!! We had 26 auction tickets, a bake sale and a lot of small gifts for people to buy on the spot. We made $1,321.00 and we had VERY, and I mean VERY few things left over. All proceeds are going towards our Church Building fund, and I'm so excited that I'll get to be part of our Church building!!!! I had people ask me if we were going to do this again, and people made suggestions about how to make it better next time, etc. I'm not sure if we'll have another one. If the Lords puts it in our hearts, we might. We'll see.

Here are some pictures of the items that we had. There are a lot of photos... :) You can click on the pictures to make them bigger.

This is our set-up. We were able to use the same corner as last time, and it worked out great.

I altered wooden "JOY" letters, and a friend of mine made spool Christmas trees (I think that's what she called them.)

The advent calendar that I posted before... Here's a LINK to where you can see more pictures and directions on how to make this awesome calendar. :)

I altered another crayon wooden box. It turned out really cute, if I say so myself. Here's a link to the boxes that I did for the first auction.

The lid to the crayon box.

I also altered a bigger box for cards. I love the way this turned out.

This little box came with a new wallet that my husband got. I just couldn't get rid of it. The cover was leather-type stuff. I really, really wanted to do something with it and I think that this turned out super cute. :)

I used a large Poinsettia stamp, white StazOn ink, and red and green stickles for sparkles... So cute... :) I added some ribbon to go around the lid. I painted the box itsself with cream colored paint.

Inside the box, there was jewelry from a friend who made this beautiful necklace and earrings.

I made three paper Christmas trees. I forgot to take a picture of the third one, sorry... Here's a link to directions.

Christmas banner made out of felt....

A Christmas wreath, banner, and three Christmas trees were auctioned off as a set.

An altered note book. This was so awesome to see come alive... LOL :) For more pictures and instructions you can see yesterdays post HERE.... This note book was also shown at Practical Scrappers yesterday for their patterned paper challenge.

I made these cute little note pads. They each cost me literally less then a $1 to make. The frames were $.39 to $.69 cents each on SALE! Awesome. The paper I had, the note pads (OK well with the note pads it was more then a $1, but still ) were I think $3 or $4 for a pack of 4. I made 10 small note pads and 10 larger note pads. I think the small one was 5x3, and the large one was 7x5 or something like that... not sure on the size, sorry ladies. Anyways, I used Gina K school stamps, and I just LOVE her stamps. A friend posted these cute note pads on one of the boards I visit, and here are the links to the blog that she found them at.... HERE and HERE....

This is what the note pad looked like out of the package and on your desk. These were a BIG hit!!! Everyone LOVED them. They were so easy to make, too. If we do this again, I will definitely be doing more of these!!!!!

Another handmade advent calendar that was made by a friend.

We had some awesome snack gifts as well. Someone donated a couple of Christmas jars that we were able to use. This was one of them. It was a Christmas gingerbread house cookie jar that included Hawaiian cookies.

Wrapping kit. I made close to 40 Christmas tags. Altered boxes for gift wrapping and more. For instructions and close up pictures of the boxes, you can go HERE...

Some tags that were included... and another altered tin...

Burger King cup holder and 4 Starbucks coffee bottles. For instructions and more pictures you can go HERE....

I had a wooden recipe box that a friend of mine altered. She also altered matching salt and pepper shakers, and we included some kitchen towels and recipe cards.

Altered chipboard box ....

...that included a very beautiful jewelry set that a friend made.

A card holder with some hand made cards.

A Beautiful baby boy quilt!!!! This was made by a lady from our Church.

I think that's about it!!! :) Thank for stopping by my blog today, don't forget to leave a comment!!! Hope you enjoyed all the updates... :) If you have any questions, feel free to ask, I'd be happy to answer.

HUGS and Blessings!!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Altered - Christmas List note book.

Here is the Christmas List note book that I altered for the silent auction last month.

I saw this note book at one of the blogs that I follow. And I just had to make it, it was so beautiful!!! The only thing is I used a big note book. I couldn't figure out how she got a pen the same size as the note book... LOL :) then my best friend said that she probably used the small note book... LOL :) Well I had the DUH moment that's for sure!!! :) But it worked out anyways. :)

You can find the directions for this note book at Poppy Paperie blog...

Here is what mine turned out like... :)

front cover

Standing up and you can see the way the ribbon ties.

The tabs that I had put in side. I didn't label them so the person that will get it could do it them selves.

The envelopes inside, front.

and the back

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. :) Hope you enjoyed it!


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Awesome Cricut cartridge give away!!! :)

Cricut Creations is doing and awesome give away. You have till FEB. 10th to enter for a chance to win!!! :)

Amanda is giving away one of each of the Winter Mini cartridges!

*When It's Cold Outside
*Very Merry Tags
*Snow Friends

Go to her BLOG and enter for a chance to win these awesome cartridges!!! All you have to do is become a follower and leave a comment in that post!! :)


Monday, January 25, 2010

Blog Hop - WINNER!!!!!!!!!! :)

So I'm up and ready to go, I guess... LOL :) It's 8:25am right now as I'm typing this. My husband went to work and our oldest is at school so it's just me and the girls. The youngest is still sleeping but was coughing all through the night. The other two also got up with a really bad cough and all that yucky stuff that comes along with being sick. So I'm really not looking forward to today. I just don't like seeing them so sick.

But sense I'm up and I did my dishes and even a load of laundry already... Yeah, I know I'm crazy... ha ha Who does laundry at 7:30 am?

So I decided I might as well post my WINNER for the Blog Hop!!! Woohoo!!! I'm so excited sense this is my first ever give away on my blog and a Blog Hop as well. I think I like giving things away and I just might do another one soon.

Well first off I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all of you ladies!!! Thank you for being part of our Blog Hop and for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comments!!! I wish I could pick more winners... Maybe next time.... You are all AWESOME!!! :)

My husband offered his help in picking a winner for me. Isn't that sweet of him? :) Love that guy!!! I had 38 comments left and he went with number DRUM ROLL PLEASE #28!!! Because that's how old I turned this month.... that silly guy!!! :) Thanks sweetie for your help!!!

Debbiej _1959- Congratulations!!! :) You are the Winner!!! :)

Debbie, Thank you so much for hopping during Practical Scrappers Blog Hop and for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment!!!! Please e-mail me at with your addy so I can mail you the flowers!!! I hope that you'll enjoy them!!!

Thank you all again for playing along!!!!

Don't forget to stop by Practical Scrappers this week. The challenge for this week is Pattered Paper and the design team ladies did such an awesome job! You really don't want to miss out on all the inspiration!!!! Hope you'll be stopping by my blog again soon!!!

Nadya :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Practical Scrappers BLOG HOP!!!!!!

Thank you for stopping by my blog during the Practical Scrappers Designer Blog Hop. Today I have created two Valentines cards for you. I am also giving away some hand made paper flowers that I have made for a prize for the blog hop, everyone is welcome to play. I'll add a photo of the flowers little later... :) In order to qualify you need to become a follower here and leave a comment on this post. I will announce the winner on Monday, January 25th so make sure to check back in!

Here are the two cards that I made. Used some kraft card stock, Valentines stamps, chalk and some heart stickers. Very simple and easy cards, but still cute... :)

As I promised a picture of the flowers that I'm giving away during this Blog Hop.... Thank you all for the sweet comments!!! :) You all are wonderful!!!

You should have arrived here from Jessica's blog. Your next stop is Crystal. If this was your first stop head over to Practical Scrappers to start at the beginning of the hop. The designers are giving away some great prizes - you don't want to miss your chance!

Blog Hop list:
Practical Scrappers
Nadya - you are here.....
Amy H

Thanks for stopping by and have FUN playing!!!! :)


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Birthday and goodie buckets..... :)

Our oldest daughter turned 8 last Sunday. :) WOW! The time has gone so fast. I can't believe we have an 8 year old. She was born 7lb and was the cutest little baby girl ever!!!! She was born 2 hours and 10 minutes after my birthday... :) I love that our birthdays are next to each other!!!!

Every year I have the hardest time deciding what to do for our kids birthdays. What theme? What kind of goodie bags? and so on and on.... Planning a birthday party for an 8 year old is totally different then planning a party for a 5 year, I tell ya. Specially for a girl. What ever happened to a princess cake and princess type games???? LOL :) She really really wanted to have a make up party this year. So mom caved in and we had so much fun. We had 7 little girls here, we painted their toe and finger nails. Did facial masks, watched a really funny movie, had pizza and cake with ice cream. I am so glad that my sister is here visiting right now and she was able to help me with this party or I would have never been able to do it all by my self that's for sure.

Even though my baby girl is grown up I'm so enjoying all the fun that we are having!!!!

Here are all of the girls with their masks on.... aren't they cute?

Here is one of the goodie buckets that I did for the girls. Practical Scrappers challenge this week is embossing so I did more heat embossing. Still learning, I'm scared I'll do it the wrong way... LOL :) But I LOVE it so much!!! I just need to get more embossing powders now.

I just had these pail buckets left over from another project that I did, they were perfect as a goodie bag. Went to Target with my sister and picked up couple of party favors.

I cut the heart from "Doodlecharms" cricut cartridge, then punched the wholes and chucked the edges with brown chalk.

I simply stamped the sentiment stamp with the embossing ink thing (sorry forgot what's it called :) ) and then heated with my gun.

Added some stickers that I picked up at a store and all done.... Oh and I also did these cute little paper clips that I added to the ribbon.

It was a fun birthday party!!!! :) We all had a blast!!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!!!!

Don't forget to check out Practical Scrappers. There's a BLOG HOP going on this weekend. A lot of design team ladies are participating. So go there and check it out....


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Bling, glitter, pearls and anything else that sparkles...

This week at PS is all about SPARKLE!!!!!!! What fun!!!!!

Ladies on the design team have so many awesome layouts, cards and other projects to use all kinds of bling. It is all about SPARKLE that's for sure!!! :)

For my project I decided to make a bridle shower card, as I was going to a bridle shower and I needed a card anyways. It turned out so cute... I just love it!!! :)

My sweet handsome husband got me a heat gun for Christmas.... Side note on that..... I have been wanting to do heat embossing for such a long time and kept telling him that I needed a heat gun. So it was an awesome surprise when one of my Christmas gifts was the gun... Couple of days later after Christmas I got my Secret Santa package from a friend and guess what she had in there? Yap, a heat gun!!! LOL :) Now my husband told me to no tell him what I want because my scrapbooking friends get it for me and I end up with two... LOL :) Anyways, I love my husband and my friend for thinking of me!!!! :)

Back to the card... :)

I used a bride and groom clear stamp by Studio G. Stamped it on the white card stock with black ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing. Now this is my very first time doing heat embossing. I was so nervous about doing it... but it was so much fun!!! I can't wait to do more... :)

After that was done I cut out a heart shape to help me guide where to put pearls around the bride and groom. Got these pearls at Target. Stamped the sentiment in black and my card was done... :)

It's simple but beautiful.... :)

Thanks for visiting my blog today!!! I hope you'll go over to PS and check out the rest of the projects there!!!!

Have a wonderful day!!
Nadya :)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


My first post of the year!!! Woohoo!!! :)

I hope that you all had/having an awesome first week of 2010!!! It's going to take some time for me to remember that it's not '09 anymore. :) So far it's been a great year. My sister is coming next week. I'm excited for that, all thought she'll be here for only a week, but still we get to see her and the girls have been asking for family members to come and visit. It'll be awesome to have her here. My other younger sister got engaged on Dec. 30th and we are all so THRILLED for her and our brother in law to be!!! :) The wedding will be this year, so that's exciting!!!!! A lot of FUN things happening!!!!

With the Holidays gone now things are getting back to normal schedule around here as well as at Practical Scrappers. This week our challenge was "buttons"... I love buttons! All though I need a bigger collection. LOL :)

I did this card this passed weekend at a friends house. I got to use some of her stamp sets and such. Woohoo... Love playing with new stamp sets...

This card is simple but cute. I used a very large button in the center of the card. Punched out a circle out of printed paper and threaded some embroidery floss though and attached it to the center of the button.

Papers are "Discover" pack by CTMH.
Stamp set is "From Me to You" also by CTMH.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!!! Don't forget to check out Practical Scrappers for more great ideas on how to use buttons. The ladies on the DT there have out done them selves that's for sure!!!!!! :) So go and check them out...

Have a wonderful the rest of the week!!!
Nadya :)