Monday, December 27, 2010

Following are a couple of Christmas cards I sent out to family this year.  I did have a few more that I would have liked to show you, but I never took pictures of them and as I ran out of cards, I started to use all of my samples as well.  If you scroll down a couple of posts, you'll see a sample of another card I sent out as well. 

Front of Card 1

Inside of card 1

Card 2

Winter Snow Storm - December 26 & 27, 2010

We had our first snow storm of the season.  As most of you across the country are aware the Northeast region of the U.S. encountered a blizzard that started yesterday morning, 12/26 and lasted through this morning, 12/27.  We here in Long Island received about 16 inches.

My office was closed today and I worked from home, but I managed to take some photos and help my husband clean up a bit (well he did the hard work, I just cleaned off my car).  The photos below start with yesterday afternoon when my husband decided to shovel at 4pm and then again at 8pm.  Today he snow plowed and shoveled for most of the day as he not only does our property, but he also lends a hand to our neighbors that do not have snow blowers.  Our property is small, but it is a corner property so Charlie has a lot to cover.

View from my front porch and walkway at 4:00pm on Sunday, 12/26.
This is the first time Charlie was out to clean up the snow.

View of my front door at 7:00am this morning.
   I tried to open the door to let the dog out, but he wasn't going anywhere. 
I couldn't get the door open more than two inches.

This is a view from the corner of my street. 
You can see Charlie plowing our driveway on the right.

This is my house all covered with snow.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Day - 2010

Merry Christmas!!!!!

Cristina - Christmas morning 2010.
This is my dining room table for Christmas Day. 
There were 10 of us in total.  We are a small family now that my parents and grandparents are gone, but I know they were looking down on us with joy and happiness knowing that we were together at Christmas.

Our tree above is much smaller this year because we did not cut it down ourselves.   On December 5th, we took a ride to Briermere's for Christmas pies (they were delicious) and attempted to find our tree out here in Long Island (we normally travel north for our tree, but we were out east this year instead)The trees out here in Long Island were very bare so we came back home and bought it at the local firehouse (see photos below of the bare/small trees).

December 4, 2010 - A Day in New York City

The photos below are from our visit to the city on December 4th.  We are only 35 minutes (by Long Island Rail Road) to Manhattan.  We took my husband's family to visit Santaland at Macy's and visited the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.  We took a subway ride (F train), ate NYC pretzels and walked around since it was not all that cold out.  Later we went back home to my house in Lynbrook and celebrated my husband, Charlie's 60th birthday.
Charlie & Cristina window watching at Macy's in Herald Square.
Macy's has the best windows every year.

Cristina lighting a candle at St. Patrick's Cathedral in honor of her
 Grandparents (my Mom & Dad) and her Great-Grandparents (my grandparents).

Here we are at Rockefeller Center.  Notice the look on Charlie's face - he's telling his sister to hurry up and take the picture because other people are waiting to take a photo in the same spot.  He doesn't realize yet (at the age of 60) that if you just smile, the photo taking process goes a lot quicker (LOL)!

Riding the "F" Train.

And here we are back home where Charlie is getting ready
to blow out the candles on his 60th birthday cake.

Be back later with some Christmas cards.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christening Card

Following is a card that was inspired by Robin Merriman's sympathy card here (Robin's work is such a source of inspiration for me).  I needed two Christening cards for two of my cousins that both had baby girls within a few weeks of each other so I made the same card twice since they were on different sides of the family. 

Have a great day.

All product used are Stampin' Up!.

Christmas Card

The following card was inspired by Mercedes Weber.  I changed the sentiment and another layer and used old olive and real red cardstock, but the idea is the same.    I added the holly on the insert and I embossed the envelope as well as the card.  I hope you like it.

All supplies are Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Cake Boss

Recently we took a day trip to Hoboken, NJ.  It was a beautiful day in a beautiful town filled with shopping, restaurants and of course, Carlo's Bake Shop - aka, The Cake Boss.  My daughter, Cristina (on the right) and Adrianne (cousin) enjoyed the visit and were excited to get their canoli's, carrot cupcakes, red velvet cupcakes and apple crumb pie.  We didn't see anyone from the show in the bakery that day.  We got there at the right time.  It took us about 20 minutes to get our order, but by the time we left it was packed.  From what I understand, most days the line is out the door and around the corner.

INKcredible Style - SWAP Cards continued...

As promised, following are additional SWAP cards received at the INKcredible Style Team Meeting this past Sunday.

Evelyn McMahon

Nancy MacIntosh

Cindy Terrano

Sandra Rosario

Kelly Lane

Jacki Giangrande

Enjoy and have a great day!!!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Little Bit of Me

This will be the first post where I share a little bit of me with you (well not really me).  In September my only child, Cristina Rose started High School.   I really can't believe that 14 years went by in the blink of an eye. 

This is the traditional front porch photo that we have taken for the last six years since we've had our cockapoo, Hershey.

I'll be back with more swap cards from yesterday's INKcredible Style meeting tomorrow so be sure to visit again.

SWAP Cards from the INKcredible Style Team Meeting - Oct 17

Today I'd like to share some of the beautiful swap cards I received at our INKcredible Style team meeting yesterday.  Come back tomorrow to see a few more.

Jessica Rudulfo

Denise Felitti

Cynthia Hernandez

Alison Roth

Fran Trischetta

INKcredible Style Team Meeting - October 17th

Yesterday was the INKcredible Style Team Meeting for which I am a member.  Our fabulous upline, Yvette Sanchez organized and ran the event and our wonderful hostess was Selene Ferguson.  Selene opened up her beautiful home to all 22 of us that attended.  What a great time we all had.  There was a lot of information shared, awesome swaps, and lots and lots of samples, oh yeah, yummy treats too

Below are a few photos from the event.  I will be sharing some of the swaps I received later this week so stay tuned.

This is Yvette, our INKcredible Style Team Leader!!!!!!

This is a photo of most of the team members that attended the event.

And this is me with Yvette.

Have a great day.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


I saw a recycled cereal box on Tessa Wise's blog here.  I thought it would make a cute card. This is my CASE'd version which is almost exact.
Stamps:  Vintage Vogue, Fifth Avenue Floral, Sincere Salutations
Cardstock & Ink:  Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Embellishments:  Hemp Twine, Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon (retired), Rhinestone Brads, Dazzling Diamonds, Glassy Glaze Enamel for the Birthday Wishes sentiment

CHRISTMAS CARD - Patterned Pines

I created this card in preparation for a September Christmas card class. I based my card off of Julie Marshall's creation here.  I like the simplicity of this card.

Stamp Sets: Tiny Tags, Patterned Pines (retired), Christmas Punch (retired).
Punches: Jewelry Tag Medium, Jumbo Snowflake.
Cardstock & Ink: Garden Green, Crumb Cake and Whisper White CS
Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder