Tuesday, December 25, 2012


I pray that you all have a blessed Christmas!!

Until next time, find some time for stamping!!
Hugs, Cindy

Thursday, December 13, 2012


I don't know how many of you are in Pinterest....but I think I'm addicted to it!!  I love going on there and getting inspired....not only for stamping....but also for cooking, decorating, and anything else you're interested in.

Well, a few weeks ago while I saw a great idea.....to wrap Christmas lights around tomato cages to make outdoor lighted Christmas trees.  Isn't that a cool idea?!

I started with a basic large cage that I found in the back.....so here is my "naked" cage.....
Then I just wrapped lights all around them....started at the top and ended with the plug at the bottom.  I made a total of tree.  Here they are outside....
Here is a picture of how they look from the road....
  You need to be "invited" to join, so if any of you need an invitation, just let me know and I'll send you one.
Until next time, find some time for stamping!!!
Hugs, Cindy

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Last Thursday was my office's Christmas party and after dinner we exchange gift cards.  Well, I couldn't take our gift cards "naked" to the party....so I quickly made a couple of gift card holders for them using the 2 Tags Die.  Here are the fronts.....
 Here are the insides.....
You can see how I made them in the picture above.....I just placed a folded piece of card stock right above the cut line of the tag and ran it through the Big Shot, making sure the end didn't cut.

We had a great time!

Until next time, find some time for stamping!!
Hugs, Cindy

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Today is my sweet daughter, Madison's, 15th birthday!!

 Below are some fun pictures of her.

 Here she is at a swim meet in the warm up pool...
This is her and Andy right before they were to ride some thrilling ride in Santa Cruz....both of their expressions just crack me up!  To me, it totally shows their personalities!
 Here is when she actually received her birthday gift back in October......Justin Bieber concert tickets.
 I feel so BLESSED to have my sweet Madison.....I look forward to watching her grow into an even more beautiful young woman than she is now!!
We LOVE you beyond words!!!

Until next time, find some time for stamping!!
Hugs, Cindy

Monday, December 3, 2012


Last year right before Christmas, my friend Jamie came over and we made beautiful rosettes.  I loved how they turned out, but at the time I wasn't exactly sure how I would use mine.  So, this year when we were pulling all our decorations out.....it came to.....TREE TOPPER!!  It looks GREAT!!!  Finishes the tree perfectly!!
I also made these cool and VERY EASY outdoor lighted trees that I will show you in another blog.  I got the idea from Pinterest.....my all time favorite place to go for all kinds of inspiration.

That's it for me.....THANKS for popping in.

Until next time, find some time for stamping!
Hugs, Cindy

Saturday, December 1, 2012


A couple of weeks ago, to celebrate our anniversary Steve and I spent 3 days in Monterey, CA.  We took our bikes and rode on the Monterey Peninsula Recreational Bike Trail.   It is a WONDERFULLY paved bike path that goes for MILES!  We rode our bikes all 3 days.....we never moved the car after we parked it at the hotel.

If you have ever been to Monterey, then you know that it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!  The weather couldn't have been better either.  We had gorgeous sunshine....in fact, I got a bit red on my face.

Below is a picture of where we stopped to have a picnic lunch.....of course, the photo doesn't even begin to show the true beauty of this Pacific Grove beach. 
I also just LOVE to beach comb.....I can walk for hours and hours looking for beach glass (which is my favorite thing to find), pretty shells and anything else that looks interesting likes rocks or drift wood.  
This trip I found quite a bit of beach glass, one sand dollar, and a few really pretty shells....the shells were pretty small except for one.....it was a BLAST!
My sweet husband is very patient and just sits and watches.....sometimes he watches me fall down (which happened once during this trip) trying to escape the waves when they come up further on the beach than I expect them to, or when I'm so focused on the ground that I forget to look around :-)

Here we are walking in the late afternoon on the big sandy beach that is on the northern end of Monterey towards Sand City.
Here is a picture of us standing on the edge of a small cliff!  I was pretty freaked out, but Steve assured me he wouldn't let us fall to the rocks below :-)
We had such a great time!!  I am so blessed to have such a sweet husband who treats me like a QUEEN!!
I wasn't ready to go home and back to reality when we left and I'm definitely ready to go back again!!

Until next time, find some time for stamping!!
Blessings & Hugs, Cindy


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