Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Our Christmas Spirt in the Making.......

Hello Blogging World,

Well, It's been since Halloween since I last Blogged but thing usually get CRAZY insane for us from Halloween through the New Year!
We had My Mom and Her BF up for Turkey Day Week/end and Had an absolute BLAST! We always hate to see them leave.

It has ALWAYS been a Tradition that we put our Christmas Tree up the day after Thanksgiving, and so that is what we did again this year! I Thought I would share it with everyone since I HAND MADE my Bulbs this year (Compliments of Bev aka Precious Scraps ) LoL!
I had desided to make BOTH glitter Bulbs and Paper Bulbs! So w/out further or do here it is " The Bender Family Christmas Tree"........
Above: Our Tree as a whole (no...that isnt us in the pic BG YET)

Above: 1 of the Glitter Bulbs (I made them Blue, Green and Red to match the papers)

Above: Paper Bulbs (I made these in 2 Basic Grey Christmas Pattern Paper Designs)
So there it is....OUR Tree! The kids has a blast Decorating it! So far only 1 bulb broke........Which with 3 kids and a Dog I am THANKFUL it's not BARE YET! LMBO

One Last thing....Before Thanksgiving Brake for DD her teacher had sent the kids home with a Decent sized Cardstock Christams Tree. They were told that over Break They the kids and their family would need to decorate the tree and Bring it back to hang in the hallway after Break. We'll Yesterday we went ahead and "designed" DD's Tree. She picked what she wanted (she is only 5!) and I helped! So here is what we came up with........

It came out sooo beautiful! I am NOT kidding but so far she has the "Prettiest" Tree in class! She is such a GIRLY GIRL! She got her pink bow Tree Topper, She has Pink Bulbs and Snowflake Coordinating Martha Stewart Pattern Paper Bulbs! I sticked lil Clasps and hooks above each and every Snowflake /Bulb too! DD was in OWE to that one! LoL I used soem American Crafts White Grosgrain Ribbon with Red Zig Zag (or rik rac) as her Garland.

Hope it tickles as much as it does us! We are sooo proud of her Tree!

Thanks so much for read and Happy Holidays,

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween...........

Just a Quick Post tonight to wish everyone a Happy Halloween!

If you have kids, I hope they enjoyed their time Trick or Treating.

I know mine sure did!

Here is a Quick Photo of my Crew T or Ting tonight!

Oldest DD was a PINK Power Ranger, Middle DD was Barbie Mariposa and DS was a MONKEY!!

They each had their buckets FULL w/in the first 30mins out! I was SHOCKED and they were Exstatic!!

Well Thanks for peeking in and Have a Wonderful Night!


Thursday, October 9, 2008


I have been Tagged by My Near and Dear GF Beverly aka Precious Scraps
Make sure to check out her blog!
Here are the rules:
1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share seven facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Facts about me:
1-My Husband and I have been together 6 yrs and Married 4.
2- I LOVE RollerCoasters! (must the the hydrenalyn rush they give)
3- I worked in a Nursing home as a Nurse Aid for 3.5 yrs before I had kids and became a SAHM
4- I got my 1st Tattoo when I was 16 and now have 5!
5- So far I have lived in FL, WVa, OH, Germany, TN and KY!
6- I got to visit the FAMOUS Neuschweinstein Castle in Germany!!
7- My Hobbies are: Scrapboooking, Altering, Candle Making and Hairbows!

Ok Now you got to hear my SUPER(not so) exciting facts.......Consider yourself TAGGED!
Because really I dont even have 7 Loyal Bloggers to Tag! LMBO

Well we have a 4 day weekend so we're Headed HOME aka OHIO to visit Family and Celebrate Madison's 4th B-Day at Chuck E Cheese !!! Better get going and Pack up!! And who Knows.... maybe when I come back i'll have some kinda Project to post! HeHe

Have a Blessed Weekend!!


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Today is......World Alzheimer's Day !!

Good Sunday Morning Readers,

I wanted to Do a Special Post today! As most of you know today is World Alztimer's Day! This is a Touchy Day for me personally!

Before My Daughter was born (5 FAST yrs ago) I dedicated my time to some Very Special People! I was working FT at a Nursing home in Ohio! I was there for 3 years as a CNA (Certified Nurse Aid) and my Job there was Working Dayturn in the Alztimer's Unit! I absolutly LOVED my Job and Would'nt of asked for any other position Honestly! I was able to experience this well know Disease 1st hand! Let me just tell you this...... I was quite an experience! Both Enjoyful and Heartbreaking at the same time! If you dont know anything about this disease you really should read up on it because you never know if you or someone you love may become effected by it sometime in life!

Anyways, Cammie is doing an AMAZING Giveaway today in Celebration of the Day!

She was able to get MANY FABULOUS Companys from around the Scrapbook/Stamping Industry to donate over $1,000 worth of Stamps/Supplies! And what's better than that you ask?! Well she is giving it away to ONE Special Person! Just click on her Blog to find out more!!

She is Doing a Challange asking that you make a card and send them to someone you know Caring for an Alztimer's Effected Person! So I made up this card and am going to send it to the Nurse's and Aid's in the Alztimer's unit at the Nursing Home I use to work for!

It's Something Simple But Turned out super Cute and I just LOVE the Sentiment Stamp!!!

It reads: "God Understands our Prayers even when we cant find the words to say them"

Well That is My Post for today! I'll close this in asking you to continue the Gift of Thought and if you know anyone who is affected my this Disease or has ever cared for someone with it...... Please fwd a card or give a call and Let them know your thinkin of them!

God Bless,


Monday, September 15, 2008

T is for ..............TEACHER!

Good Evening Readers,

I am Back today with an adorable Lil' Gift Set I made for my DD"s(daughter's) Teacher!

No it is NOT teacher appreciation already BUT I am Just so pleased with DD and all she has learned only 1 month into school!

She just turned 5 begining of Aug and can already spell Mom,Dad, Me, etc! She is also Reading Story Books that they have made in class! This is a HUGE step for me especially being she is the oldest of our 3 kids! So I just wanted to show her Teacher a tiny bit of my appreciation!

When Tart and Tangy came out via Stampin Up....I "Knew" I just HAD TO have it knowing Adventually i'd use it....LoL Well this past weekend was that time!

I got these inspirations as I get almost all of mine from......Blogging(jen in this case)/SCS! I seen a couple projects and figured i'd thow them together to make 1 gift set for "TEACHER"!

I am Very Pleased with the Results and I hope she Enjoy's this lil set as much as I enjoyed Making it!

Thanks for Stoping By!


Stamp Set: Tart & Tangy

Paper: SU! Summer Picnic

Cardstock: SU! Real Red and Whisper White and Mics Blue Bazzill

Ink: Brillance Red and Green

Sunday, September 14, 2008

I'm Sprung...... Yeah, You Herd Me Right!!

Ok well Maybe not ME personally but this Book is for sure! LoL

Good Sunday Morning Readers,

I wanted to post and show you a Book I had Made a couple weekends ago when I went over to Beverly's better know as Precious Scraps on the PTI forum! I had never played around nor been Up Close and Personal with the BIND IT ALL Machine.... Well she happpened to have one and I got to play!! Well, of course after she worked my poor tush off making stuff for the Relay For Life benny! HaHa But it was soo much fun and I truly Enjoyed it!

So Anyways, This Book was made using the Teressa Collins Bella Girl line! This line is Absolutly Georgous!!! I just LOVE Pink and Anything to do with the whole Princess/Diva thing and this set is ALL of it!! So it was Definatly an easy pick for me!

After I got the hang of the Bind It All and lined everything up right and had Sucessful Punches on the Spines of My papers(which can easily be mess-up if inot lined up correct!)I was in Heaven!! I Absolutly Love altering things and Altering Books is 1 of My Favorite things to do! So This BIA is Definatly a "MUST HAVE" for me now!

I have yet to complete the inside because I of course Wanted to Do the outside first then try and work the inside! But wanted to share this Book with you since I was actually quite Proud of the outcome so far!

I hope you Enjoyed Looking at it as Much as I Enjoyed Making it?! Be sure to check back in the next Day or So because I have a Nice Lil Teacher's Ensomble to be Posted!!

Thanks for Stoppin' By,

Monday, September 8, 2008

Non Scrap/Stamp Related.....

I desided NOT to post any Cards or Pages today instead I would post about one of the other 2 Hobbies I enjoy! This one I just recently took interest in....... HAIRBOW MAKING!!

Even though Halloween is MANY weeks away, I have been in the Halloween mood lately! It is my favorite Holiday after all !!

Anyway, Here is the bow I accomplished today..It's called a "Loopy Bow"! I am not sure I am very satisfied with it and I really should be a lil easier on myself considering this is only 5th bow I have ever made!

I have been wanted to try a cpl other bows (Korkers, Loopy surround a bow,etc) But I got to get some thicker ribbons first! YIKES!!

Be sure to leave a comment and LMK what YOU think?!

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Wonderful Night!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Hey Chica's............!

Good Thursday mornin' Viewer's,
It has literly been a cpl months since I blogged! SHAME ON ME!
Things have been crazy with school starting, etc., etc.......

Last week I had won some MFT(http://www.mftstamps.com/) BLOG CANDY!
I had won 2 sept release sets that were not even previewed yet. They were:
Hey Chica! and
Merry Christmas?

Well last night on SCS was the MFT monthly release party and I desided that
while all the DT was posting TEASERS I'd too post one since I had the set as well!
So I whipped up this card to share:

This was made using the new MFT stamp set Hey Chica....Which was designed by Kim... the owner of MFT's Daughter Brianna! She definatly has FLAVA let me tell yah! I just LOVE the sentiments in the set! And on top of everything........It's an MFT set with a FACE!!!!!

Supplies Used.....

Stamps: MFT Hey Chica

Paper: Basic Blacks by SU and TAC DSP(sorry forget the name)

Ink: Brillance Graphite Black

Tools/Accessories: Fiskars Treading Water Punch, Prisma Markers, Sharpie White Paint Marker, Copic Clear Glitter Pen(over her eyelid) and SU Ticket Corner Punch

Hope You All have a Wonderul Weekend!

Saturday, June 28, 2008


A couple lovely Girls are giving away some super sweet Blog Candy I thought I would share with you all.
Check out the following links and Good Luck!!!






Hope you are enjoying your weekend?!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

KHHC2 Entry........

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Kimmie is Having another Fun High Hopes Challenge on her Blog! http://kraftinkimmieskorner.blogspot.com/ One Lucky Winner will win a couple super cute Monkey themed Stamps from High Hoped! Being that the Monkey is my MOST FAVORITE animal EVER!! I had to do this challenge in attempt to win these adorable stamps! Wish me Luck!!! So anyways, here is my Take on her challenge! I just HAD to use this Bella! This is my all time favorite Bella since it resembles me alot!!

Stamps: Stamping Bellas Minivanabella and MFT Twisted Sentiments
Paper/Cardstock: All from Creative License SSK
Ink: Brillance Archivial Black
Accessories: Copic Markers, Prima Flowers, Photo Corners Punch, Making Memories Brads
Also..........Lauren Meader is Giving away some super fun Blog candy x3 actually! In honor of her Birthday which was Yesterday!!! You can check out her Blog here: http://laurenm.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/ BUT HURRY cuz yah only got till Monday to enter!!!!
Well I am off to watch some T.V with the family! Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

A Card and a Little Game

TGIT!! I have a card to share and a Game for you!

Papertrey Ink is hosting their 2nd Blog Hop and I was contimplating on Joing HOWEVER I desided after I made my card I wasnt! I am super judgmental about my cards and figured mine wasnt good enough! I know call me CRAZY because there are some people out that that just dont care and post whatever! BUT I do care especially if a ton of ppl are gonna see it! So now ask me why I am posting it here then?! ........
Cuz I know I dont have many readers! LoL

So here is the card I Made Inspired by Nichole's Blog Hop Challenge:

Now I have a fun game for you?! I ask that you DO NOT PLAY unless your ABSOLUTLY intend to follow through with this! So here we go......
Awhile Back Kimmie http://kraftinkimmieskorner.blogspot.com/ posted a PIF game where the first 3 people who commented her blog would get a small suprise from her and when you got it you had to post on your blog and continue the game. So leave a comment and I will randomly pick 3 people(IF I even get 3 LoL) and i'll send you a small PIF suprise from ME. You MUST have a Blog and when you recieve your PKG from me you must post and PIF to 3 people on your Blog!!!
Looking fwd to seeing this continue! It's already traveled a nice ways Let try to keep the PIFs going!
Until Next Time,

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

My 1st Sketch Challenge

A fellow SCSer and AWSOME Blogger Kimmie http://kraftinkimmieskorner.blogspot.com/
Posted a Sketch callenge this am. I am always so inspired by her cards I desided to take her up on her challenge! So here is my take on her Card:

What do yah think?! I Have TONS of images laying around from the Image PIF group I play! I desided to use this lil Dino up for the challenge.

Well it just hit 80 degrees here so now that my Sketch is done and Posted they kids and I are headed outside to play in the POOL! Have a Wonderful Day EVERYONE!!

Card Supplies.......
Stamps: Whipper Snapper Triceratops and PTI Sprial Boquet Sentiment
Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio Baby Blue Paisley
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip and Brocade Blue
Ink: SU! Basic Black
Ribbon: Offray Brown Sheer w/white Dots
Misc.: Copic Markers and Robin's Nest Dew Drops


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Hello, Hello, Hellooooo

Howdy BLOG world! It's been a lil while since I have BLOGGED(shame on me!) Anyways, My PaperTrey Ribbon Swap I posted about on my Blog was a success! The ribbons are heading in and they are BEAUTIFUL!! I am soo glad I desided to do this swap! What better way to have it ALL! So, I desided to share a Pic with you! Here are a few of the Ribbons I have in hand.....

Dont they Look FAB?! And OMG they quality is just outta this world! $3 for a spool of 5 yrds! Let me tell yah its a BARGIN no doubt! If you dont alread own it................YAH NEED IT! LOL

I also have a Card to share! I Just recieved my 1st set of Nastabilities so I had to give em a whirl! I think this card turned out so cute! So here it is....MY PTI Card!

Card Supplies:
Pattern Paper: PTI Everyday Blessings
Cardstock: GP white and PTI Sweet Blush
Ribbon: PTI Berry Shorbet Swiss Dot Satin
Ink: PTI Berry Shorbet, Spring Moss, Sweet Blush and Brillance Graphite Black
Stamps: PTI Spiral Boquet
Misc Tools: Nestabilities Lg Rectangle

Well That's all for now........Be sure to Keep checking back! In the Next week or so I will be sharing some "Goodies" with 3 lucky people!!

Have A Wonderful Week!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Hosting my 1st swap on SCS

Nichole Just posted the new PTI colors on her Blog. They are AWSOME!!! Aprils release colors and Summer Sunrise(orange) and Lemon Tart(yellow) so I desided to go ahead and start a PTI Ribbon swap over on SCS http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?p=9463190&posted=1#post9463190 If anyone is interested your more then welcome to come join us! Hope to see yah there?!

Sweet Dreams,

Thursday, March 20, 2008

PURSuE Your Art...........

Ever Herd Of them???? If not yah NEED to follow this link: http://www.pursueyourart.com/ They make these amazing Art Purses that you can ALTER! SUPER COOL I must tell yah! And they come in 2 Different Styles! So Do yourself a Favor and Check em out!! A lil while back they teamed up with Kitchen Sink Stamps http://kitchensinkstamps.bigcartel.com/ and Did this lil Contest and asked you to Vote on which Altered Art Purse you like BEST in chance of winning some SUPER AMAZING BLOG CANDY! So I voted. Easy Peasy(whatever if I win I win right?) But them purses were just too cool! Time goes by and well I totally forgot about the contest! So I checked my e-mail last night before bed to find this little message:

Hi Monica,
Hint...Hint....You might want to check out our homepage :)
Erin & Mary

So I got to the site thinking Umm ok what in the world am I suppose to be looking at?!? So I take a BETTER look and OMFreakinGosh! MY NAME and BLOG is POSTED! For What you ask???? I won that dag gone Blog Candy and it was posted on their HOMEPAGE!! Iwas so excited I Honetly couldnt believe it! Now I am anxiously awaiting My Art Purse from PURSuE your Art and The Pretty Petals Stamp Set from Kitchen Sink Stamps! I ca'nt wait to Share my CREATION/s with you!!!

Thanks again Erin, Mary & Maria! You ladies have Truly made my Day!!!
And thank you All for letting me share my excitement and reading my Blog!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


I have been Tagged! LoL This is MY 1st every Tag so you'll have to bare with me here. LoL
I was Tagged By the One and Only PTI Everyday Blessing Apprentice KELSEY! HeHe

So Here we go:

The rules of the game:
• Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
• Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog, we all want to know them.
• Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
• Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.


1) I am only 24 yrs old
2) So far I have Lived in Fl, WVa, OH, Germany, TN
3) I have 3 children (ages 4.5, 3.5 and 1.5)
4)I have only been stamping FAITHFULLY for a lil over a yr!
5) I have 5 tattoos(Tinkerbell, Dolphin, Heart w/Rose though it, Butterfly, and Tribal)
6)I am the BIGGEST Tinkerbell freak EVER!!!!!!
7) I LOVE Rollor Coasters

If your reading My Blog and Never Been Tagged GUESS WHAT.........?!?! TAG UR IT!!! HeHe

Be sure to leave a Comment telling me something Common/WEIRD about you!

Untill Next time.................

All that Shimmers, Shines...........

Does'nt it?!

Anywho, Joined up on a PTI swap that my friend Jen is hosting on SCS and here is a Peek at the card I came up with.

Simple and Cute at the same time!


Supplies used were PTI Stamps Everyday Blessings and Snowflake Serenade, DCWV paper from the Glitter Stack, an Acetate Sheet, GP cardstock and Basic Black CS from SU!, Ribbon is from a Mike's Spool and the Eyelets use are We R Memory Keepers!

I still have 5 more to make. It's been crazy busy around here though!!! Easter is comming up, Family is comming in.... IT'S JUST CRAZYNESS I TELL YAH!!!!!
Thanks for Reading My Blog!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Talk about FUN......

Happy Tuesday Everyone!!!

So as you know Saturday was the KY/TN gtg and it was so awsome! I got to meet some really sweet girls(20 of them!) and make some really cool cards! I was the 2nd person done with my cards. I finished up about 3:30pm and this started at 10am!
Here is the card I ended up bringing for everyone to make:

Not bad for only having 3 days to come up with something huh??

There was a Card contest and You were to pick 1st place, 2nd, 3rd and then an honorable mention. I didnt get 1st,2nd or 3rd(There was a tie somewhere between 2nd and 3rd) but I did get the HONORABLE MENTION!!! I was excited because I was for sure my card was NOT gonna win this being my 1st card swap! LoL
So I picked this cute shirt that says " Real Women Scrap!"

Anyways, a Special thanks goes out to Tracy aka Stampin-SunnyChick for talking me into joining at the VERY last minute and coordinating the swap along with Kelsey aka KBeth2002. You gals did a GREAT Job and I am much looking fwd to the next one! HeHe

Here is the GROUP(KY/TN Gals) pic for your Viewing pleasure!!!

Thanks again EVERYONE for the wonderful time!!!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


I officially just joined my 1st EVER Shoebox swap with some local gals! I am super excited and I hope the girls enjoy the card bring for everyone to make! I just wanted to share a little sneak peek of my "kit". I promise once I get my new copics and ink pads I will post more stuff on my blog!.... Maybe even a few Scrapbook pages since I read Jen's Blog(fstop memories)and related to her post about neglecting Scrapbooking! It's been almost 18 months since I touched any of the kids Scrapbooks! YIKES!!!!!

Enjoy the lil peek!!!


Be sure to leave a comment with your Guess! HeHe

Sunday, February 24, 2008


So here I am.... Sucked into this whole Blog thingy now. LoL
I desided to talk the plunge after feeling like I am about the only person who didnt have a BLOG!
Wish Me Luck!!