gearin’ up for december daily

November 29th, 2011|nichol magouirk, projects|

Great googlie mooglie!
When that Nichol gets to workin’ on something, she goes all out.
And her December Daily album? It’s amAAAAzing!

Check it out:

LOOOOVE the big number on the front!!!

Love the giant snowflake that Nichol repeats throughout the album!

Buttons on the snowflake background lace cut out? Hello!

[ Shapes | December Additions: The Extras (snowflake) / Christmas Countdown (bingo card, Santa card, 4, 06, ‘dear santa’, five, one) / December Additions: The Pages (snowflake+garland backgrounds) / December Additions: The Dailies (dec, december, 03, 25 ]

Are you working on Project Life? Did you notice how Nichol used elements from the Turquoise kit for journaling spots? Diggin’ that ba-by! Oh, and did you know that if you don’t have the Turquoise edition that you can purchase it digitally from You can find the journaling blocks that Nichol used HERE. The whole set is only $3.99! Sa-weet!

To see more of this album check out  Nichol’s blog today.
PLUS she has a PDF of all her sketches for the album that you can find HERE.

I can’t wait to see this all finished!

black friday – cyber monday sale

November 25th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Well, I hope you all have been enjoying your Thanksgiving weekend. We’ve been having lots of fun with family. Got stuffed! I decided to make this an Instagram Thanksgiving. Been kind of fun doing it that way. Not the ‘best’ looking photos, but fun still.  Will post photos later.

So are y’all ready for a little Black Friday-Cyber Monday sale? Thought maybe you might enjoy a few goodies for the holidays.

How’s about 30% off on all these Christmas and ‘New Years’ items!











And now how’s about we pick some winners! I think that 260 is close enough to 275 . . . so let’s pick four!

Susan – November 21, 2011 – 1:55 pm

I am thankful for unemployment right now. My husband is out of work and has been since July. I hope he finds a job soon, but if it werent for unemployment, we would be worse off than we are.
I take life day by day right now….I am thankful for each day.

Jeannie – November 21, 2011 – 5:27 pm

I’m grateful for my hb and my family and for God giving me each & every day to enjoy the things in life.

Already a follower! Thanks for the freebie and the giveaway!

Jeanette CNovember 22, 2011 – 7:04 am

I am so grateful for my loving husband and our 3 gorgeous boys. Nothing is more precious to me.
I am also grateful for finding your blog and your designs :)
Regards Jeanette

Heather Newman – November 22, 2011 – 11:50 am

I’m thankful for a healthy family.

Congratulations on winning ladies! Email me at with the kit that you would like, and I’ll get it on out to ya!

I sooooo enjoyed listening to all your grateful-tudes! They were just wonderful!

Enjoy the rest of your holiday!


december additions: the extras

November 22nd, 2011|digital kits, digital shapes|

Thought I’d throw this little number out before the holidays envelop our every waking moment.

Just some fun little extra doo-dads for your December Daily or any other project!


Price: $6

It’s got a few titles, a few embellies, a few foldable envelopes+a tag,
and even a fun banner to print and cut with your trimmer.

Lovely things to add that extra somethin’-somethin’ to your holiday project.

Don’t forget the giveaway going on in the post below! Ends Friday!
We’re almost at 250!!! I have this urge to do a cheer or something. :)

(p.s. I think the snowflake is my fave. no wait, maybe it’s ‘deck the halls’. orrrrrr, maybe the arrow?)

i am grateful | let’s play

November 21st, 2011|freebies|

This is the week of Thanksgiving.

A time for gathering together with families big or small, with friends . . . wherever we may be . . .
and being grateful for what we have and who are in our lives.

It’s a time for reflection.

This is what I am grateful for . . .

And now, because I know you’re gonna ask–and because I’m so grateful for all of you,
here is a Monday Freebie for you. :)


You can download it for free HERE.

And now, how’s about we play a little!

Because I am so grateful for all of you, I thought we might could play a game. :)

I would like to see how many Followers we can get here . . .

SO . . .

if we can reach 250 Followers by the end of the week,
I will give away a kit of your choice to three people.

But wat, there’s more!
(you know i love that :) )

For every 25 people after that, I will give away another kit of your choice.

So, to be entered to win, just become a Follower (if you aren’t already)
and leave a comment in this post saying what you are grateful for.

Are you up for the challenge? 

I know there are many, many readers that aren’t Followers, so I’m thinking we can do it!
I think we can surpass that number by a lot!

I really want to give OODLES of kits away, so be sure to tell everyone so I can give more and more away!

I will draw winners on Friday!

With this being a holiday week, I’m not going to be around much,
but I will be keeping tabs and keeping up with any emails.

Have wonderful Thanksgiving y’all!

[this contest is closed]

christmas countdown

November 18th, 2011|digital kits|

I can remember as a child getting the advent calendars with a little piece of chocolate hidden within the perforated square of each day in December. Not the easiest way to do an advent calendar with three kids still at home.

What do you mean we have to take turns?

Last year I really wanted to make a fun advent calendar come to fruition,
but other creative deadlines didn’t allow me the luxury.

But this year?

Oh yeah baby!

(whoops . . . i was obviously experiencing a dyslexic moment.
22 + 23 should be switched in the pic. oh well. lol)


Price: $12

This concept is very unique in that it’s just so darned flexible!

So many choices.

The ‘calendar’ is actually comprised of little open boxes,
which are hidden behind the tag shape. So it’s a tag, with a secret behind it.

You can put candy in there, a little note, gum, a Hot Wheels car maybe, Lip Smackers lip gloss . . . anything fun and small . . . or even bigger if you want to make the boxes bigger!

I made mine (and the shapes are sized this way) at 1.75″ wide and 3″ tall and the box is about 1/2″ deep. Of course, in the wonderful land of die cutting, you can always make it bigger.

My plan is to get a 16×20 frame–no glass–and string three rows of wire to hang the boxes from with  clothespins spray painted in red and silver…maybe white….maybe black too. Of course, there are sooooo many ways you can display and/or use them!

Tie them to a garland with string.
Hang them from a string of lights over your mantle.
Use those IKEA hooks.
Skip the box and just use the tags.
Use them in your December Daily . . . or any Christmas page.

The list could go on and on!

I also used a mat silver cardstock that I’ve had for like ever . . . along with shiny silver cardstock.

You can also cut boxes from your own holiday paper. I liked the cardstock method and sticking to red, white, silver and black . . . but it’s all up to you!

Here’s some tips on making it:

Cut 21 white cardstock boxes (7 pieces of cardstock) and 3 red cardstock boxes (1 piece of cardstock)
Print the 8×10 candy cane background found in the PROJECT_Print_Files and use to cut some of the pieces.

Note:  Since first creating the kit, I moved the candy cane backgrounds into the PROJECT_Print_Files directory so that all print files needed for the project will be in one directory. They were formerly in the PNG directory.)

Assembling the BOX.

  • Assemble decoration first on textured/decorated side.
  • Adhere the reinforcement.
  •  Assemble the box by placing adhesive on the very bottom rectangle section, the two side squares, and one side of the back–all on the textured side of the cardstock.
  • Flip it over, and roll up the bottom portion of the box so that the pieces form the ‘tuck in’ part.
  • Fold the side of the box with the adhesive inward first, then fold the outside on top of it.

Adhere the Santa image, ‘making a list’ and ‘one’

Adhere ‘2’. Wrap string around, thread ‘ho ho ho’ and tie in a knot.

Adhere ‘three’ background tag shape. Adhere ornament and add real ornament hook and rhinestones. Adhere ‘believe.’

Adhere candy cane background tag shape. Adhere ‘4’ to red circle and adhere behind ‘Noel’. Adhere ensemble to box.

Adhere a small section of foam between the two slits of gingerbread man cookie cutter. Thread small grey strip through slits and secure to foam. Adhere to box. Adhere ‘five’ on top of that.

Adhere ’06’ and accent with star gem or rhinestone.

Use a pop dot under the wing and adhere to bird. Add ribbon and rhinestone, if desired. Assemble domino. Adhere bird and domino to box, tucking the legs of the bird behind the domino.

Cut notches on the center sides of the ‘8’ card. Wrap string around and adhere to box. Tie a ribbon in a knot, trim ends and attach to box with a glue dot.

Adhere paint strip card to the right side of the box. Adhere ‘9.’ to left side of box.

Adhere definition word strip to left side of box. Adhere tree. Adhere ‘TEN’. Add star gem on top.

Adhere ‘Be Good’ and ’11’ as shown.

Adhere  card to box and secure with staples.

Adhere music to black background and adhere to box. Adhere ‘thirteen’.

Adhere grey tag portion to box. Adhere ‘deck the halls’ to base of grey piece. Adhere ‘CHRIS’ and ’14’ as shown.

Align ‘with boughs of holly’ with the  title on the 14 box. Adhere ‘TMAS’ as shown. Add large star, having the right edge hang over a little. Trim. Adhere ‘fifteen’ title. Add red star gem.

Adhere grey tag piece to box. Adhere snowflake so that a small portion hangs over the edge. Trim.  Wrap string around, thread ‘sixteen’ and tie in a knot.

Adhere Bingo card to box. Tie knot in ribbon, trim ends and adhere to box with a glue dot.

Adhere ’18’. Adhere ‘dear santa’ so that it overlaps the left a little and trim. Secure with staples.

Adhere candy cane portion to top of box. Adhere ‘nineteen’ to base of the candy cane piece. Adhere ‘Joy.’

Adhere ticket, ’20’ and holly in that order.

Adhere grey/white definition piece to box. Adhere ‘twenty one’ as shown.

Place paper clip on stamp. Tie ribbon on top of paper clip. Adhere ensemble to box.

Adhere candy cane background to box. Adhere ’23’. Wrap ribbon around and accent with snowflake charm or jingle bell (which is what I wanted, but opted for the snowflake since I didn’t have a bell available).

Adhere ’24’, ’twas the night’ word strip , and star gem.


Here’s how the kit comes:

The composite cut files are set up similar to the This+That kits and can be found in the PROJECT_Cut Files directory. I have it put together as I created it–in the color scheme I used. But you have total freedom to mix it up if you’d like :) The cut files are shown here in color for reference, but won’t appear that way when you open them.

countdown_cut1_0088 is 7.87″ wide
countdown_cut2_0088 is 7.5″ wide
tag_box_x3_0088 is 8.08″ wide


The composite print file looks like this and can be found in the PROJECT_Print_Files. It comes as an 8×10 file, so there shouldn’t be any issues with a photo developer accidentally changing sizes, if that’s where you’re choosing to print it..

And FYI, I didn’t save all those PNG images individually. I only saved some of the cards, music, and words that I thought might be used as a larger image in other projects.

When I get my ‘just the right’ frame, I will put it all together and share!

spinach dip

November 16th, 2011|recipes|

Today’s recipe is always a hit at the parties. Mmmmmmm . . . spinach diiiiiiip . . .
(said in my Homer Simpson voice)

Great appetizer and it’s so easy too.

Spinach Dip

1 c. mayonnaise
1 c. sour cream
1 pkg. Knorr Leek Soup Mix
1 pkg. frozen spinach, chopped
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
1 can of water chestnuts, chopped

I like to serve it with Triscuts.


p.s. if you’re not a fan of mine on facebook, maybe you oughta be. :)
sharin’ a little sneak at what’s comin’ up next!

pumpkin bars

November 15th, 2011|recipes|

I thought perhaps with the upcoming holiday that maybe it might be nice to share some good recipes that you can take to Thanksgiving dinner. And there’s still a bit of time that you can try them out first!

Just picked this one up from my friend Marci Leishman,
who brought them when we were doing that scrapbook for the Make-a-Wish kid.

Had to have the recipe. They were divine!

Family loves them.

Made them for a family party Sunday night.
Would have taken a photograph . . . but . . . uhhhhh . . . we finished them off yesterday. ;)


Pumpkin Bars

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 cup oil
2 cups canned pumpkin
4 eggs

optional: nuts, raisins or chocolate chips (really, would you use anything but chocolate chips? ;) )

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9×13 pan. Mix all ingredients in order given. Place in greased pan. Bake 25-30 minutes. Cool, then frost.  (Note: You can also use cookie sheet. It makes a ton.)

2 cups powder sugar
1/3 cup butter
3 oz. cream cheese
1 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Couple of notes. I didn’t have cloves, so obviously I didn’t use any and it tasted great. Also, you can use a small (regular) size of canned pumpkin for the 2 cups of canned pumpkin. I believe it’s just shy of 2 cups, but it works. And I used the cookie sheet method too. I like that much better. Plus, it’s easier to justify–and take–a bite of something that’s not thick like a cake. :)

tomato basil parmesan soup

November 14th, 2011|recipes|

aka. the best danged soup you’ll ever have!

We’ve add this new delectable delight to our faves!

Want the recipe? :)

Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup

2  14 oz. cans diced tomatoes with juice
1 c. finely diced celery
1 c. finely diced carrots
4 c. chicken broth
1 c. finely diced onions
1/2 bay leaf
1 t. dried oregano or 1 T. fresh oregano
1 T dried basil or 1/4 c. fresh basil
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. flour
1 c. parmesan cheese
2 c. half+half, warmed
1 t. salt
1/2 t. black pepper

In a large slow cooker, combine tomatoes, celery, carrots, chicken broth, onions, bay leaf, oregano, and basil (if using fresh oregano and basil; if using dried, add those two at the last hour of cook time). Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours until flavors are blended and vegetables are soft.

About an hour before serving prepare a roux: Melt butter over low heat in a skillet and add flour; stir constantly with whisk for 5-7 minutes. Slowly stir in 1 cup hot soup from slow cooker. Add another 3 cups soup and stir until smooth.

Add all back into slow cooker. Stir and add parmesan cheese, warmed half+half, salt+pepper. Cover and cook on low for another hour until ready to serve. Puree, if desired.

Note: Because I puree my soup at the end, I don’t worry about chopping everything finely. In fact, I dump in shredded carrots, add two stalks of celery–that I remove after cooking along with the bay leaf, throw in chunks of onion….that kind of thing. I figure why bother chopping everything so finely when you’re just gonna puree it. ;)

If you’re a Zupas fan, I think this is pretty close to their Tomato Basil soup.
Just need to add orzo pasta next time. ;)

Believe me when I say . . . oh my gosh!!!!

today’s the last day!

November 13th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Still haven’t gotten around to the sale yet?
Today’s your last day! :)

I also just wanted to say thank you to my fabulous design team gals!
They did a such a wonderful job this week!

I also wanted to say thanks to all of you fans out there.
You are just amazing with your kind words of support.

Just love ya all!

christmas gift | in transit style

November 12th, 2011|laura vegas, projects|

First off, I just wanted to say that the Friday Freebies will be free for one more day since there were a few that mentioned they had a hard time getting it. I don’t know if it’s because there was such a high volume downloading it or what, but I don’t want anyone to miss out, so it’ll still be available today.

And now, for another amaaaazing gift idea from Laura Vegas! Check this out!

Ooooooh. But wait, there’s more!

How’s about a whole set of them for all year long???

They are interchangeable. 



And here’s a close up.

[ Shapes | In Transit #1]

What a great idea!
Homemade. Inexpensive. Adorable.

I’m always amazed at what these incredibly talented girls create! This is no exception.

Here’s what Laura has to say:

As I was trying to think of a framed project I could make for gift giving, I came across Kerri’s In Transit #1 kit. I really love the look of subway art, but had yet to try cutting any of these on my Silhouette. After a few minutes of pondering the themes in the kit, I decided that I would make a set of framed pieces that could be used throughout the year. The beauty of these pieces, is that even though I created 5 different themed pieces, I only needed one frame to use with all of them. I choose to do a Valentines Day piece, a St Patrick’s Day piece, a spring piece, a summer piece, and a family piece.

I started by taking out a really nice, worn wood frame that I happen to have handy. My opening on the frame was 8×10, so I cut all of my subway art pieces at about 8.5″ tall. They are just wide enough, that you can cut two of each design at once, on one sheet of cardstock. I just copied and pasted the shape, so that I could cut two of each. That way, I can make two sets of these framed pieces for gift giving. I find it so much easier, to mass produce things right from the start, if you have any thoughts of making more than one of something. When all my shapes were cut, I adhered them each to a piece of white cardstock that was slightly larger than the subway art piece, and I distressed the edges of the cardstock.

I then picked out some basic pattern papers, with tone on tone prints, in coordinating colors. I added some machine stitching around the edges, and adhered my matted subway art piece to the pattern paper. I took some scraps of white cardstock, and misted them with different colors of mists, that would coordinate with each piece. After they dried, I used my favorite scalloped edged border punch on the strips, and slipped them under the sides of the subway art. I then raided my stash of flowers and brads, and added a few to each piece. Really simple and really easy. All this took was a few sheets of cardstock and pattern paper, some flowers and brads, a frame, and a little creative energy. And you have a great seasonal framed collection of pieces to give as a gift, where the recipient can change out the pieces throughout the year.

And now for a reminder about the ‘Get Started Now’ sale that ends Sunday!
This is the perfect time to get those kits you want to do for your holiday decor and gift giving!

Two more days.
That’s all ya got! :)

(I hate it when these things come to an end….)