Monday, August 12, 2013


Good Afternoon my friends!

Today is a beautiful Monday here in New Jersey - hot and humid but that's summer in New Jersey!

I'm sharing two cards today that are part of my latest box going to Operation Write Home!  

What IS Operation Write Home you ask? So glad you asked! Operation Write Home (or OWH as we lovingly refer to it) is a wonderful 501(c)(3) Organization that ships cards to our heroes in the Armed Forces all around the world. Crafters from all over lovingly make beautiful cards that are blank on the inside.  The heroes can then write to their loved ones back home. 

We send a variety if cards in every box - Birthday, missing you, love you, thank you, Christmas, Mother's/Father's Day, seasonal - you name it we send it.

If you'd like to make a donation to OWH to help defray the cost of shipping these packages out to our heroes please go here:

Now onto the cards!

Our cards can carry words of comfort and inspiration to people who just might need to hear them as much as they 
want to send them!

I hope that my cards help both our service members and their families and loved ones up know 
that we love and support them for all they do for us!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Not Just Another Pretty....


As well as paper crafting, I also love to sew! I've been sewing for over twenty years now! I learned to sew when my oldest daughter was just one!

I am blessed to have a terrific sewing machine that not only sews but does machine embroidery! I just create a design or lettering in software on my laptop - save it to a disk - and put it in my machine! Just call up the design and press go! I don't even have to be near the machine!  It's amazing to watch it sew all by itself! Magic!!!

Today I had to do an order of towels for a client! Seven towels with their initials! I did them all in fun vibrant colors as they are taking the towels with them on vacation!


If you are in need of any custom embroidery work,. please feel free to leave me a comment and I'll get in touch with you!

I can do bath towels, beach towels, pillowcases, bibs, burp cloths, hooded towels for children, totebags - you name it and I can probably do it!

Thanks for stopping by!

As always please leave a comment - I really do love to hear what you think!

Ann Marie

Monday, August 5, 2013


Good Monday to you!!!! It's beautiful here in sunny NJ this August afternoon - NO HUMIDITY!!!! I am loving it.....

Something else I also love is the fact that I am surrounded by FRIENDS! Friends have been extremely important to me and I have been blessed to have widened my circle of friends as my life has gone on.

I wasn't terribly popular in grade school - and in high school I had a "core" group of eight girls but they were a year ahead of me so they graduated before me...I had a few friends though that I've kept in touch with from high school.  I've also had one of my very best friends since grade school and A-HEM that's over 36 years ago! LOL

College friends....I've got two that I've kept in touch with via Facebook and visits. Work friends - yup got one lifetime friend there too!

But I was blessed by God to make so many friends after I had children.  At first there were Mom's Group friends.  Found two of my "keeper" friends there.  Then there were "mom" friends - mothers of the friends of my children. PTA Moms too. Some of them are among my nearest and dearest now.  I've made friends via online forums that have become in real life friends.

Church friends and friends from the sport teams my daughter has participated in and crafting friends and now scrapbooking buddies I couldn't even begin to COUNT the number of friends I am lucky to have!

I just keep ADDING to my list of friends - which is a wonderful thing.

So to honor my blessings, I've decided to send each of my friends a handmade card (don't worry if you haven't received yours YET - it's going to take awhile to get through the list!) and here is the very first one:

I am a seamstress as well as a card-maker and crafter so this card is going to one of my "sewing" friends.  I love the vintage feel of the kraft paper and the vintage look of the pattern guide sheet too!  Of course I had to add a little "bling" as well!

Leave a comment or send an address if you would like a card too!


Friday, July 26, 2013

Let it Snow...Let it Snow...Let it Snow!!!!!!!!

For those of you who know me well - you know how much I ADORE snow and snowmen! I'm that person you can't stand in the winter when you say you've had enough with the snow already - I AM PRAYING FOR JUST ONE MORE BLIZZARD! LOL LOL

I have been collecting snow-people (it's not just snowMEN anymore ya know! Women's lib and all - Snow WOMEN UNITE!)

I put my snow collection out AFTER I pack up my Christmas decorations.  The snowy goodness stays through March or till Easter whichever come first!

Some of my "snowies" even stay out year round so I can enjoy them on these terribly hot summer days!

So I decided to pull out a few COOL-er cards to share with you today!

This guy seems to be reveling in the sight of some fellow flakes coming down!!!!

While this guy seems to be begging for a cold snowy hug!!!!

Who wouldn't love a cuddly polar bear bringing a special sentiment???


And I love the snowflake on this card - it was a Christmas gift tag. I just hid the hole for the string with a rhinestone!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Who knows maybe this will inspire you to start making YOUR Christmas cards early this year? Or spur some Christmas shopping to beat the rush?


Thursday, July 25, 2013

New for 2013....

Welcome back! I am relaunching my blog with more of a purpose to share my cards and other crafty creations with my friends and family! 

So to start us off (again) here is a card I've made and given to one of my "besties" for her 25th Wedding Anniversay!

Still need to hone my photography and editing skills! 

Hope you like this card!

Feel free to invite friends to follow me too!

See ya soon! 

Ann Marie