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Friday, October 31, 2008

Snag My Blinkie

How awesome of you for snagging my blinkie and helping a struggling digi artist to get her feet off the ground. To easily add my blinkie (and a link to my blog)to your blog, please go to your blog, select LAYOUT, then choose PAGE ELEMENTS, select ADD A GADGET, add a HTML/JavaScript gadget, and then input the following code:

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Happy Halloween!

A giant Cyber Happy Halloween to everyone. This holiday is so much fun when you have kids, isn't it? Although mine are sick as dogs, and the littlest 'mater at 16 months doesn't really get it, it still is fun to be spooky for the day. Have a safe night.

I'm thinking the Etsy store may be up as early as this weekend. Another card to interest you...


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Making the Mailman Truck

Yep, that was me today, making Nolan's truck for his Halloween Costume. Which, really, is all he really wants. He could care less about the costume, and even the candy, all he wants is his mailman truck with doors, steering wheel, pedals, and the back must open so he can put in his mailbag. He can be so adorable! So, I've been busy with the cardboard, transforming his electric firetruck into his dream machine. What a mother does...

I was inspired by the new Land of Nod catalog and created two new papers tonight. What do you think?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Scooby-Doo Obsession

Is it alright if a 30-something mom of 2 is more excited to see the new Scooby-Doo that she DVR'd than the newest CSI? I have to admit that we'd watched more tv these past two days since my lil' mater has been sick and I've watched all the new movies they've put out and actually enjoyed them. I have vague recollections of loving them as a child, but other than the Backyardigans, most of the kids' shows today bore me to tears. So, I was excited that we're on a phase of shows that I can bear to listen to in the background. Now that I've shared a deep, dark secret with you all, here's something else to share...a new Christmas card that I worked on tonight. Peace out.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Creative Day

Ok, after yesterday's frustration, I went back to the creative and balanced myself out. Even though I'm dead tired thanks to a sick 3-year-old and a teething 1-year-old, and all I really want to do is soak in the bathtub. Here is my 1st Christmas Card.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

All this Computer mumbo-jumbo....

has got me going crazy. You'd think with the sheer amount of time I've been glued to a computer since I was a kid, that this stuff would come a little easier, but no..... I've been playing around trying to create an Order Form to allow people to customize my cards and am just not sure the best format to get it to my customers. These are the times in my life when I wish I'd paid a bit more attention during those computer classes in college. Just one of the many obstables I'm trying to get through to get it all up and running. On the silver lining side of things, I did finally manage to get my Business Paypal up and running and got the order form created. So progress is being measuring in baby steps.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

A Rainy Saturday Night

Ooooh, what is not to love about being inside a cozy house on a rainy Saturday night when the kids are asleep and there is a good mystery waiting to be read? I'm thinking a cup of Earl Grey and a dip into the Halloween candy is also in order. Before I get to snuggle in with my mystery, which is a fantastic read by a new author (Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn), I'm working on some boy announcements. My friend, Andrea, is interested in some for her son and I thought I'd get cracking. I was going for a more non-traditional approach with colors. What do you think?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Waiting for Cold Case...

and working on a new announcement. My good friend April Narby, who runs a photography business in NJ (http://www.aprilnarbyphotography.com/), created a great announcement and I made my own version of it. I'm working on making my Christmas papers right now, so I can get some Christmas cards out there in time for the holidays. My goal right now is to have at least 6 cards ready and then I'll open my etsy store. Here's the latest announcement. I've made all the papers and elements, which is more fun than I can tell you. A big thank-you to Atomic Cupcake for their action that made my gel letter F.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Project 365

Follow my Project 365 journey.

Card Cafe'

Come and take a look at my card designs. They are for sale at my Etsy Store in jpeg or printing options.

Product Menu

Come browse through my menu of fun digi products for sale!

Freebie Central

Come grab some great Sweet Tomato Freebies!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Putting my toe in the water...

Nervous, that's how I'm feeling right now as I type these words. I'm taking a huge risk, putting myself out here in the wide, unknown cyberworld. I've been talking for months about starting my business, taking classes, honing my design skills, coming up with business names, all while taking care of my two little tomatoes at home. Let's just say that I only work during naptimes and bedtimes right now! I know I can't be the only mom out there right now trying to launch a business in these turbulent times, hoping to help her family make ends meet and keep her sanity at the same time. So, here I am, hoping to connect with others who are interested in the goings-on of my little life. Stay tuned for funny antecdotes, freebie digital scrapbook stuff, digi-tutorials, and links to my new etsy store and website that will showcase my new photo cards/announcements, scrap 4 hire, and digital scrapbooking supplies. Let's see where this ride takes me.