Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Here is another Thanksgiving card. I used the SU set, Autumn Harvest. I water colored the pumpkins, and leaves. The technique I used is called masking.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Cheryl O

Monday, November 3, 2008


Wow, another Monday. Not much going on today. I go up to the school and help with walking track. No math center for me today.

I have started working on Thanksgiving cards, did I just say that??? I love Thanksgiving. The last few years we have hosted it. I just love everything about it. The preparation, the family coming for the weekend, the cooking, the eating, the Friday shopping, the trip to Chicago on Saturday. We always have such fun.

This card was made using the SU set Thankful Thoughts. I water colored the pumpkin and put Crystal Effects on top.

Thanks for looking & have a great day!

Sunday, November 2, 2008


I love Sundays. We get to sleep in a little, have a leisure breakfast, then off to church. After church we come home and watch football the rest of the day. Go Chicago Bears! Yep, I love Sundays.

This card was a fun one today. I colored it with SU markers and added Crystal Effects to the butterfly wings. I also added dots to the wings.

Thanks for looking! Have a Super Sunday!

Cheryl O

Saturday, November 1, 2008

All Saints Day


Happy Birthday Shelley!!!! Today is my bestest friends birthday! I hope she has a happy one!

This card is one of the cards we made at the October card camp.

Speaking of card camps...don't forget to sign up for the Holiday card camps. They are filling up quickly.

I am going to a local craft show today. Love craft shows!

Have a great Saturday! Thanks for looking...Cheryl

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

BOO! Happy Halloween to YOU! Today is the class Halloween Party. Grace is Minnie Mouse and Sam is Indiana Jones. They are very excited and it will probably be this way until Christmas.
Trick or Treating was Thursday night since SJ has a playoff game tonight. Let's Go BEARS!!!! We are going to the game and will be cheering the Bears on to victory!
Today's cards is one of my favs. It was very fun to put together. I made them for the kids teachers for Halloween. I usually send in Carmel Apples, but everyone is eating healthy and I thought this was a good substitution. I totally copied these cards from Dianne. I just used different paper and a different witch stamp. Dianne makes the most beautiful cards. Check out her gallery at SCS. It is awesome! I would post the link but I am unsure how to do that.

Thanks for looking & Happy Halloween!
Cheryl http://www.twinmom320.stampinup.net/

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Good Works...

Good works are links that form a chain of love - Mother Teresa

Isn't that a wonderful phrase. I like to think of card making as good works...hopefully the cards I make and send to people will create a chain of love. Wow, that is pretty deep for me on a Thursday morning. Perhaps I should go back to bed before I hurt myself. LOL!

I created this card using my brayer (love that tool...just don't use it enough...I get very inky fingers when I do). The Stampin' UP! set that I used is called Inspired by Nature. It has awesome images and phrases. You can find it on page 100 of the Fall-Winter IB&C. Don't forget if you want to place an order just visit my web site. It is all set up and you can order directly off of it. http://www.twinmom320.stampinup.net/ Shopping made simple!

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheryl O

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Here are some pictures from our pumpking carving.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Happy Monday! What a cold wet and, yes, snowy Monday. I think weather wise we had it all today. I have got to find my winter coat.

We are working on fall collages at our house. We have collected all kinds of things I will be sure to post a picture or two when we get them done.

Yesterday we carved pumpkins. I post those too.

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Fall Fun!

Hi! Here are some Fall Fun photos of us picking out our carving pumpkins. We had a lot of fun goofing around at the local pumpkin patch. I just love fall with all the vibrant colors.

Enjoy looking at the photos and have a great day!

Thanks for looking!


Friday, October 24, 2008


Woo Hoo! Another Friday is here. These are the treats I made for Grace and Sam's Halloween Party at school. They were fun to make.
Grace and Sam our very excited about Halloween and Trick or Treating! Grace is going to be Minnie Mouse and Sam is going to be Indiana Jones. Hope we have decent weather next Friday.
Looking forward to seeing you at my card camp this weekend!

Thanks for looking


Thursday, October 23, 2008


Here our some fun photos of our cat, Hootie! He is the best cat ever. He follows me around the house. SHHHHH!!!! Don't tell Dave what I do with my time.

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, October 22, 2008



Here are some of the Halloween cards I have been "casing". I totally cased this card from SCS. It was a lot of fun making them. This technique is called paper piecing. Very, very, very fun to do.
I am not sure how may more days I will be able to take my photos outside. It is getting to be Fall and cold!!!!
So what's new with you???? Post here and tell me what has been going on! I will draw someone's name and the winner will get some blog candy! Sound good????? Post away and good luck!!!! I'll draw the name on Monday.

Hope you enjoy the cards and thanks for looking!!!


Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Hi! We had a great football weekend. The kids had a ball or should I say football. They had a blast (as always) with their cousins. Here are some photos.
I have some cards to post but, that will have to be done later...
Have a great day!

Friday, October 17, 2008


Woo Hoo! Friday is here!!! Boy, do I have one excited 7 year old Cheerleader on my hands! She is so funny. I have evey cheer they will be doing going through my head. What a riot. We are so hoping it will not rain tonight.

We are off to Detroit this weekend to see our Nephews play football! We are really looking forward to the trip.

I hope you all have a great weekend and get a chance to enjoy the beautiful Autum color.

The above card is from the September card camp.

Thanks for looking...Cheryl O

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Hello! This week is just flying by. I had so much fun at the school on Monday helping with the Math Centers. The kids want to pass the math wizards so badly. It is true joy when they do.

All of the Moms that help are great and a lot of fun to be around.

Here is another card we made at the September card camp.

Take care!

Cheryl O

Wednesday, October 15, 2008



Just a quick post. This card is one of the cards we made at the September Card Camp.

Hope you are having a great week.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Wow we have no soccer games tonight. We have no CCD tonight. We may actually have a meal as a family tonight. Wow! What on earth am I gonna cook???

Here is a card we will be making at the October Card Camp. Thanks for looking!

Have a great day!


Monday, October 13, 2008

Happy Monday!

Today I will be at the school most of the day. I help out with math centers, this cracks Dave up, and the walking track. I love volunteering at the school. The kids are great and always have a hug for me. It is very rewarding.

Todays card is another, you guessed it, Halloween card. I just love making Halloween cards. My friend Dianne does too. She makes some of the most beautifully detailed cards I have ever seen.

Have a great day!


Sunday, October 12, 2008


Wow another weekend went speeding through my life. I just cherish the weekends now that school started. Today we went to a corn maze. We has so much fun. I really forced us to spend time together. We were in the middle of all this corn and had to work as a family to get out. All of us enjoyed it. I was able to take some great pictures. I'll have to ask the kids if I can post them. Grace and Sam had an Internet safety assembly last year and it really made an impression on them. No way did they want me to post pictures of them on my blog.

We had our last soccer games for the season. CCD has started back up last week. This year Sam and Grace will be experiencing their First Communion. They are really looking forward to it and are a little nervous too. There is a lot to learn, I keep telling them everything will be fine.

Grace went to the Little Girl Cheerleading Clinic on Saturday! The girls were just adorable and did a fantastic job! I am really looking forward to Fridays game. For those of you who will be there, Grace will be on the North end of the field. The girls are cheering first quarter.

Dianne, I just can't believe that they could not sell popcorn until after the first half of the game. What was that about??? Was it to keep everyone from leaving. I have never heard of such a thing. Just think of all the money they lost.

The card above is one of the cards we will be making at the October Card Camp. I hope you can come. Be sure to call are e-mail me to reserve your place.

I hope you got to get outside and enjoy the wonderful weather we had this weekend.

Take care!

Cheryl O

Friday, October 10, 2008


Happy Friday!!! We made to Friday! We have a fun fulled Saturday planned. This is our last weekend of soccer. Grace is doing the cheer leading clinic in the am. The girls will be cheering at next Friday's game. (The last home game) Go BEARS!!!! I love high school football.

Here is the start of my Halloween cards, again, super easy to make. We will be doing some Halloween cards at the next card camp. Halloween and Fall is the theme.

Thanks for looking!

Have a great Friday!!!! Cheryl

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Well, where has a month gone???? I can not believe it is the second week in October.

I have a ton of cards and projects to share with you. I also have hopes of getting back to posting on a more regular basis.
The above image is called an explosion box. Super fun to make. Great gift idea. We made it at my neighborhood morning coffee talk. Let me know if you would be interested in learning how to make this box and I will hold a class.
I hope you are all doing well, I sure have missed blogging!!!!
Cheryl O

Monday, September 15, 2008


Okay, here is my story. Our wedding anniversary is tomorrow. I am a tad short on time and purchased (EEEEEKKKKK!) a card for Dave. Please know I have not purchased a card in years.
I paid 2.99 for this plain card. There is no glitter, no eyelets, not a inch of ribbon on this card. I just can not believe the price of cards. The moral of my story is make your own cards...it is fun, cheaper and they look a whole lot nicer.

That is all I have for today. I hope you all have a great day and are staying dry. (Our neighbor-hood flooded yesterday.

Take care-

Friday, September 5, 2008

Remember Me?????

Hi there! It feels like I have been away forever and a day. I have a ton of things to catch you up on!

First of all we had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend. We spent in at home. Some friends took us out on Lake Michigan in their boat. Grace and Sam had a wonderful time and it just makes Dave and I want a boat even more. We spent the remainder of the days at the beach. It was very relaxing. Good thing we did not travel. The glass hatch on my Explorer came off. The whole thing came off, scared me half to death. Luckily I caught it and it did not shatter. What a mess that would of been.

We are officially back in school. Those of you who know me well, know I get a real bad case of the BooooooHoooos on the first day of school. Yes, this happened again this year. Yikes! Will I ever get over this?????? The good news is Grace and Sam LOVE school (yes, I know it is only the first week, but I will take it!) We have had no issues about getting up in the morning. It has been AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They come home from school chatting about how great the day went. I am thrilled! This makes dropping them off at school in the morning so much easier than last year. We had a lot of problems in first grade, it was such a big change for them and there were many struggles through the year. So, it has been such a relief to have them come home happy.

Your turn....post a comment and tell me how you survived the first day of school!

(By the way I forgot to post the winner of the In-color paper contest! The winner was Linda!
Linda please give me a call I have your Kiwi Kiss card stock.)

Take care! Have a great weekend! Go BEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheryl O

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Shame On Me!

I can not believe I failed to tell you about the newest coolest tool Stampin' Up! has to offer! It is a die cut machine, called Big Shot. Woo Hoo!

The Big Shot will take your projects to a new level. This machine has been approved to cut through 50 different types of materials. (Contact me and I will provide you with the list!) In additional to this SU will carry a exclusive line of dies for the Big Shot. If you are wondering if other dies work in this machine, the answers is YES, embossing plates & folders too! Woo Hoo!!!!!!!

Be sure to click on the Big Shot link, in the margin of my blog, to take a peek at this must have tool!

Mark your calendars, I will be able to start taking orders for the Big Shot on September 1, 2008!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!!
Cheryl O

Monday, August 18, 2008



We have returned from the Wisconsin Dells. While there we stayed at Wilderness Territory. Three indoor water parks and three outdoor water parks. Fun! Fun! Fun! I got the chance to visit the Gina K Designs Retail Store. Fun! Fun! Fun! For me!!!! She is truly a talented lady. Her store is beautiful.

Today the kids and I met some friends at Binder Park Zoo. We had a great time. The weather was perfect.

The kids have received letters from their second grade teacher. (They will be in the same class again this year.) That is about all I have to say about that. Just not ready for school to start. This summer is going way too fast, I need to put the breaks on! I am not ready for my (7 year old) babies to go back to school.

I have a list compiled of retired SU stamp sets I am ready to part with. If you would like a copy please contact me and I will get you a copy ASAP.

Thanks for looking!
Cheryl O

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Good Morning! Boy this week is just flying by. As far as that goes this month is disappearing quickly.
I hope you are have a chance to enjoy the County Fair this week. I hear card making and scrap booking is becoming a rather large exhibit in the arts and crafts categories this year. I think that is way cool!
By the way Happy Birthday Ruth...hope you are checking in!

Todays card is made from the Fresh Cut stamp set. I am having a hard time putting this set down. I just love it.
Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Cheryl O

Monday, August 11, 2008


Good Morning!

Well our summer has started winding down. Grace has had her second Rocket Football cheer leading practice. Which equates to summer is coming to a halt. UGGGG!!!

Sam is waiting for soccer to start. He is not old enough to play Rocket Football this year. He sure wants to play though. It is so hard for me to grasp they are going to be in the second grade this year. It just feels like yesterday we were bring them home from the hospital.

This is a card I made for card swap I am in. The set is called Just Football. The background is done freehand using a Chocolate Chip marker. I but some Crystal Effects on the football to make it shine.

Have a great day and thanks for looking!!! Don't forget to enter the drawing for you favorite new "in color"!!!!


Sunday, August 10, 2008

Cool Sunday...

The air has a coolness to it today. The wind is directly out of the North. No beach for us. Just too cold. Grace and Sam had a great time at Art Camp last week. They made a stunning display of craft items for Dave and I to cherrish.

While they were off to camp last week I started working on our Disney Scrap Book. I will post the pages as I get them completed. I had a lot of fun working on this project. Ahhh...the memories!

Here are some new cards for you to check out. These are made from Stampin' Up! Fresh Cut Note Cards. I love these note cards and am thrilled to tell you they are available in the new catalog.

Don't forget to vote for you fav new "in color" card stock! The drawing will be held on August 11th.

As always feel free to post a comment and THANKS for checking in!!!


Wednesday, August 6, 2008



Well....I stalked the UPS guy for days! Today was the day he finally brought me what I have been waiting for! I have the new Fall/Winter Stampin' Up! catalogs. Woo Hoo! The catalog is awesome!

If you pre-ordered a catalog I have already sent you an e-mail to let you know I have them. I do have some extras. Please let me know if you would like one.

Hope all is well!
Cheryl O

Wednesday, July 30, 2008



Today is the first day of the Stampin' Up! convention. All I can say is I will be there next year! I have just caught my first glimpse of the Fall & Winter Stampin' Up! catatlog! Wow! Wow! I can not believe it! This is SU's 20 year anniversary and all I can say is they are doing it right!

I can't wait to share all of the new things with you!

I am off to stalk the UPS Man for our catalogs!!!!

Stay tuned!


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tuesday II

Ohhhhh! I almost forgot! Be sure to check out my new web site. http://www.twinmom320.stampinup.net/

I just set this up last night! Super fun to play with!


What a Monday we had!

Grace and Sam had their first dentist appointment a few weeks back. Well, it turned out Grace had one cavity and Sam had two. Yesterday we took them to have the cavities filled.

YIKES!!!!!! Sam had so much trouble with it. It turns out he has a very strong gag reflex. You guessed he threw up. Not just once but twice in the chair. My poor boy. He tried to be so brave. The worst thing is we have to take him back in two weeks to have the second cavity filled. Grace did pretty good with it. No major problems. I do have say they now both understand the importance of brushing and flossing!

Be sure to vote for your favorite new in color. It is your chance to win a FREE package for card stock! Everyone likes FREE SU product...RIGHT??????? (To post a comment just click on the word COMMENT below the post that you would like to comment on.)

Monday, July 28, 2008

Long time no post!

Well Hello!

It feels like ages since I have paid any attention to my blog! We got busy last week with golf clinic, sleep overs and birthday parties. Not sure how I made it through all that!

Dave and I did manage to go to dinner & a movie for my birthday last week...you guessed it The Dark Knight. I do have to admit it was a great movie.

I need to mention the August card camp will be held on Friday, August 1 only. No one has signed up for Saturday. I will post the September date soon. I am kind of holding off for soccer schedules. Seems like soccer just ended.

The new SU In Colors are Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Pacific Point and Baja Breeze. I hope you get a good idea of the shades from my photo. They are awesome!!! What is your favorite In Color shade??? Post it here and your name will going into a drawing for a package of our favorite In Color card stock.
I have notification that the new catalogs have shipped. I will have them very soon. Remember August 10 is the final day to order any retired stamps/accessories. Orders from the new catalog will be taken on August 11.
Stay cool!
Cheryl O

Tuesday, July 22, 2008



What a beautiful day. We are headed out to the school walking track. Grace and Sam are going to play on the playground while I walk the track. I signed up the kids for a golf clinic this week. It is a great program. They really seemed to enjoy it yesterday and they actually learned some things too! We take them golfing on a local par 3 course.

Anyway...here is a card I made.

Thanks for looking!


Saturday, July 19, 2008



So after Grace and I went to see the Kit Kitridge movie we came home and stamped!

Here is the card I made today.

Hope you had a great day!


Friday, July 18, 2008



Happy Friday. Well today was the last day of VBS. Grace and Sam are wiped out. Sam actually took a nap today. He has not done that in a very, very long time.

This is the final card camp card. This card is made with the Infinite Goodness set. The background of this card is done with bleach, the pear is water colored, and then clear embossing powder was melted over the top. Hope you enjoyed seeing the cards we are going to make.

There are still spaces available if you are interested. Send me a e-mail or phone me.

Also, feel free to post a comment on my blog or just say Hi and let me know you are checking my blog out.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Wednesday II

WOW! Two posts in one day. Crazy huh????? No telling what will happen tomorrow!!! This is one more card for the August camp.

Thanks for looking!


Good Morning!

Whew! What a busy morning. I sure feel like I have gotten a ton done. Just finished putting away the last of the laundry. I had a lot to catch up on, it got away from me. Glad to have it done.

Can you believe it is the middle of July and I am not counting down the days until Grace and Sam go back to school!!!! We are really having a great summer and we have not even gone on a family vacation yet. (We are planning a trip to the Wisconsin Dells in August.) A girlfriend and I took the kids to Chicago for the day. We went to the American Girl Store (I have so much fun there) and we hit the Lego store (it is fun there too). We had a great time. The train makes going to Chicago so easy. That has been our big trip so far this summer.

I love taking Grace and Sam to the beach. They have so much fun there. My legs have not been this tan in I don't know how many years. I truly feel blessed to live so close to such a beautiful beach!

Here is another card we will be doing at the card camp in August. The stamp set I used is called Just B. The papers used are Sahara Sand, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Real Red. I thought this card would make a nice B-Day card for a man.

By the way, Dianne I too remember you purchasing the Spring Garden set at the first SU party I hosted. It truly is amazing what we remember!!!! LOL

Thanks for stopping by and have a great summer day!!!!!


Tuesday, July 15, 2008



It is heating up outside. I love this weather! The kids are enjoying VBS this week. I managed to sneak a little stampin' in! I almost forgot how much I enjoy it! LOL

This card is one the cards we will be making at the August card camp. The stamp set used is called Fresh Cuts. The colors used are Bashful Blue, Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery, Lovely Lilac and Basic Black. These colors came straight off of the SU color wheel. I love that thing!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 14, 2008



The kids are going to VBS...whew! It has been a long time since I have been in this house without one or both of them around.

This card is made from a stamp set called Spring Garden. This set was one of the first ones I purchased from SU. It has been a staple for me. Even though it has long since retired I still use it a lot.

Have a great day!


Sunday, July 13, 2008



I hope you are enjoying the summer! We are having a blast. My SIL and nephews have gone home. We sure had a lot of fun while they were here.

I am getting the cards ready for the next card camp. When they are finished I will post them here.

In the mean time here is a bracelet I made. Be the first to tell me which three SU products I used, on this project, and win some blog candy! On your mark, get set, GO!

Take care & Happy Stampin'!

Cheryl O