Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme

TodaysMama  and GameStop are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

Check this out, you will get one of each, plus $1000 gift card......YES ALL THREE:

1. What is your holiday wish for your family?
For me personally, I am wishing for all of us to get together and remember the true reason of the season, Jesus.  And those that do not know why he was born or realize it, that they do so that we can all be in Heaven together.  And that we just be happy, healthy and a willingness to help others.

2. What is your Christmas morning tradition? We get up, make breakfast, enjoy the morning then open presents.  I want us to enjoy the time together!

3. If you could ask Santa for one, completely decadent wish for yourself, what would it be? Oh wow, I would love to go to Italy, a two week trip, not month, i love my, and a week is just too short.

4. How do you make the holidays special without spending any money? Reading stories, spending time with family and friends, and new friends.  Watching movies, like It's a Wonderful Life!

5. What games did you play with your family growing up? ok, going to date myself...Atari's Pac Man...loved that

6. What holiday tradition have you carried on from your own childhood? Sadly, it was only my dad, brother and me.  He was a man's, so we didnt really have tradtions, except for opening one gift on Christmas Eve.  And I still do that today, but we dont pick out our won gift, someone else dose.

7. Where would you go for a Christmas-away-from-home trip? oh I know exactly where I would go, England. It just says Christmas to me...a cottage in the country, snowing outside and a fireplace with a fire, and a fresh christmas tree in the sitting room...Yep thats where!

8. Check out GameStop  and tell us, what are the three top items on your GameStop Wish List this year? 
Wii Fit Plus, Zumba Fitness, Wii Sports 8-in-1 Sports Pack

To enter, link to your Mama’s Holiday Wish List post by using the Mister Linky box at her site.
The deadline to post your meme and comment is Friday, December 10th (same deadline applies for extra entry methods).

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Live.Teach.Create: Tim Holtz Giveaway and SALE!

Live.Teach.Create: Tim Holtz Giveaway and SALE!: "I know I have been teasing you long enough about the Tim Holtz Giveaway and Sale! Well girls, here are the details. For the week that we ..."

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Oh No Mono...Actually Monochromatic that is! my title.  I remember in school, way back when, when someone had mono, we referred to is as the "kissing" disease.  Well this card has nothing to with mono, in that since, but monochromatic.  The definition for monochromatic is: paintings, drawings, design, or photographs in one color or shades of one color.  I choose to use blue for an inspiration challange.

Here is my inspiration for the EtsyInspired Challenge.  It comes from the Octavia and Brown shop on Etsy.

And here is my card. On the glass container, it looks like there is a flower at the bottom so I added a flower to my card.

Card Recipe:
Paper, Ink, Ribbon, - CTMH colors - Heavenly Blue, Dutch Blue, Crystal Blue, Indian Corn Blue
Stamp Sets - CTMH, background stamp - Floral Elements, Sentiment - From Me to You
Border Punch - EK Success
Flowers - Makin Memories
Pearl - Queen & Co

One Stop Challenge - Monochromatic
Etsy Inspired - Octavia and Brown
Clean and Simple - Sketch Challenge

Smile, Giggle, Laugh at Life

I am so happy to let you all know that I met a new "scrapper" friend.  Her name is Nikka Geers, and she has started a challenge blog, called Create Your Vision.  She is planning on giving away some blog candy when she hits 50 followers, so let's  help her out!  I was at Fabulous Artsy's Ustream Live Class and Nikka was an viewer as well.  I am always thankful to meet another scrapper, since we have a comon interest.  And a special note, her husband is in the US Army, thanks to her for sharing her husband. 

Her challenge this week was a sketch challenge:

And this is my card from the sketch:
A close up of the bird and the embossing.
Card Recipe:
CTMH - paper/ink -black, white daisy, cranberry
CTMH - Stamp/Free Spirit (bird and phrase)
Spellbinders Nestie - Lg Classic Scalloped Circle
SU - border punch
Cuddlebug - Embossind Folder
Stickles - Red (on bird and mini flowers)
Flowers - CTMH mini and white, MM  red felt
CTMH - black brad
CTMH - ribbon

Crazy for Challenges - color black/red/white
Cuddlebug Challenges - lace/doilies and embossing

First Birthday!

Celebrating a couple of Blog accomplishments today.  First off, it is Color Throwdowns 100th blog challenge...woohoo!!  Congratulations on 100 challenges. The second, Die Cut Dreams Challenge blog is One Year old, as of July 5th.  Congrats to them as well.  So I am made a birthday card for a First Birthday and a girl.  I have a cousin that is going to get this, so I put a "little glitter" on the one. 

By the way, Color Throwdown has some wonderful blog hop candy, over $1600.00 worth.  Check out the hop for a chance to win some wonderful prizes.
Card Recipe:
CTMH - paper and inks / key lime, blush, cranberry, crystal blue
CTMH - Stamp set / Solo 1
SU - Stamp set / Crazy for Christmas - used for presents
Pink Organdy Ribbon - unknown
Cuddlebug Folder - Happy Birthday

Color Throwdown - pink/green/red/blue (see site for their names)
Die Cut Dreams - Use a 1 on the project
I Did It Creations Challenge - Special Occasions
Paper Play Challenge - use a number
Heart 2 Heart - Sketch Challenge

Friday, July 9, 2010

Candy from Inked Inspirations!!!


June 8th was Jodi's birthday and she is in the mood for some BIG Birthday candy!! She hasn't given blog candy away in such a long time and thought this was the perfect time for it!!

And she is giving 5 candy prizes away, to give us a better chance at winning something!! =)

There are rules to this so here they are:

1. If you are not already a follower of her blog, you must become one in order to qualify for the
2. You must post about her candy on your blog.
3. Please leave only one comment on the candy post.
4. You will have until Midnight July 31st (PST) to participate

Candy #1:
Hanglar baby stamps
Copic Pens

Candy #2:

-The Greeting Farm (Roll Call stamp set)

The Greeting Farm (Christmas stamp set)

Spellbinders (Label Nine)

Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Set (snowflakes)

Martha Stewart corner punch

Sweet November stamp

Sugar Nellie Stamp

Belles n' Whistles Stamp

C.C. Designs Stamp

2 Stampin' Up Roller Wheels

Pack of pink paper flowers

Candy #3:
The Greeting Farm stamp set (Spotlight)
2 Stampin' Up stamp sets
Stampin' Up Star Punch
Smirk Stamp set
3 Sugar Nellie stamps
Belles n' Whistles Stamp
Motivet Stamp
Spellbinders Dies
Prima Flowers pack

Candy #4:
The Greeting Farm stamp set (Sunshine)
3 The Greeting Farm stamps (Cheeky Beauty, Nurse and Mate)
Martha Stewart Border Punch (Butterflies)
Stampin' Up Designer Paper Pad
Making Memories assorted ribbon set
Belles n' Whistles stamp
Kraftin' Kimmie stamp
Sugar Nellie Stamp
Spellbinders Dies

Candy #5:
Martha Stewart Punch around the Page set
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Belles n' Whistles stamp
CC Designs stamp
Stampin' Up stamp set
Swiss Pixies stamp set

Now isn't this some sweet candy and five lucky people will come on over to Inked Inspirations Blog!!!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Cute as a Button

I really slaved over this card...NOT!  hahaha...i love the sketches over at Clean and Simple.  How simple can one get with creating, well check out my card.  I made this a Thank You card to give to a friend of mine.  She has really been there for me, and like the card, she is simple.  I know of all my friends she will appreciate this card.  Enjoy!

Definition of Button - noun

a.A generally disk-shaped fastener used to join two parts of a garment by fitting through a buttonhole or loop.
b.Such an object used for decoration.

I like the second definition!

Challenges :
Clean and Simple - sketch challenge
Wee Memories - Anything Goes

Diggin Your Birthday

This is going to be a short post, the three day weekend is catching up with me...hahaha!!  This card was fun to create and play with.  A simple card, but I hope it brings joy to a little boy.  This is going to be in a batch of cards I am sending to OWH for them to forward on to troops. 

So on to the challenges for this card.  But first, I am thankful to all of the challenges I play in, it really does help this girl out.

Crazy 4 Challenges - Use two or more ribbons (turquoise on top of chocolate underneath sentiment)
Paper Play Challenge - Make a card for a child/teenager
Color Throwdown - Cream/Brown/Turquoise
Cuddlebug Challenges - Make an Easel Card
Sentimental Sundays - Celebration Card (i chose birthday)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Missing You

I am in love with this card....except for one thing when it close I don'  Now is that wishy washy or what?  I was going along cutting and placing the papers and bellies...but then when I was done and closed I said oh does look right.  But opened, it's kinda cute.  I want to send this card to OWH for a hero to send home.  And it can be for anyone, guy or gal.  Enjoy!

Card Recipe :
Digi Stamp - Waiting for you by Eric Dull - Sandy A @ OWH (sentiment)
Papers - DCWV
Markers by Bic - colored stamp
Chalks - CTMH (used for grass and sky)
Ribbon - CTMH

Challenges :
OWH Gallery of Stripes - 4th Blog Tour
Hand Stamped Sentiments - HSS Technique - Fancy Fold (Tri-shutter fold)
Sisters n Christ - Color #46, Red and/or Blue

Saturday, July 3, 2010

We the People...

Well it is the United States 234th birthday!  I sit here watching the John Q Adams miniseries on HBO and wonder what our founding fathers AND mothers went through for us to have our liberties.  I have it on in the background as I make this card for several 4th of July challenges.  I am so proud to be an American and I thank all of our troops, past and present, for allowing me to have the rights I have.  America was born on July 4, 1776 and we are still going strong.  So on this special day, I thought I would give you a few facts about our Declaration of Independence.

A Few Facts about our Declaration of Independence -

Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is at once the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson's most enduring monument. In exalted and unforgettable phrases, Jefferson expressed the convictions in the minds and hearts of the American people. The political philosophy of the Declaration was not new; its ideals of individual liberty had already been expressed by John Locke and the Continental philosophers. What Jefferson did was to summarize this philosophy in "self-evident truths" and set forth a list of grievances against the King in order to justify before the world the breaking of ties between the colonies and the mother country.

Three Obscure Facts -

There Was No "United States" in the Declaration of Independence.

When the Founding Fathers adopted "The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America" [wiki] on July 4, 1776, they didn’t form the nation called The United States of America.
Indeed, the United States of America actually came into being on March 1, 1781 when the Second Continental Congress ratified the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union (or more commonly known as the Article of Confederation [wiki]).

Jefferson Was Upset that Slavery was Edited out
In his first draft of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson [wiki] listed the British crown’s support and importation of slavery to the colonies as one of the grievances:
"He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither."
The passage, however, was edited out by request of the delegates from South Carolina and Georgia. Jefferson (himself a slave owner!) remained upset about this removal of the condemnation of slavery until his death.

The Youngest and Oldest Signers
The youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence was Edward Rutledge [wiki] of Southern Carolina. He was 26. Actually that wasn’t the only interesting thing: Rutledge argued for the deletion of Jefferson’s condemnation of slavery (see above). He was also initially opposed to independence, but signed the Declaration for the sake of unanimity. The oldest signer was Benjamin Franklin [wiki], who was 70 at the time. At the signing, Franklin famously said "We must all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately."

And a couple of fun facts -

The Original Declaration of Independence: Faded and Rolled Up

You'd think that the original Declaration of Independence - the very document that founded the United States of America - would be treated with respect. Well, it is now. It is stored in special, bullet-proof encasement made of titanium with gold plated frames and filled with inert argon gas to prevent decomposition, but that wasn't the case right after it was signed (see the faded and beat up copy below).

It Was Not Written On Paper
It wasn't written on hemp either, despite the insistence of some. The Declaration of Independence was written on parchment, which is basically treated animal skin (typically sheepskin). It was inked with iron gall ink, which is made by combining fermented oak marble galls with ferrous sulfate.

A picture of the Original Declaration of Independence.
Now my card!  I thought about this card and wanted it to look old and worn like the the above. 
The challenges :
The Cuddlebug Spot - Celebrate Independence Day in USA
2 sketches 4 you - sketch challenge/represent the 4th in the squares
Heart 2 Heart CTMH - Something Patriotic
OWH - a birthday card for blog hop

The lighting was not good, but I think I like how it turned out....worn, just like our national treasure.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Friends in Flight

This is my final card for  Seriously, I can not believe I made three cards in a matter of 2 hours.  And sadly you can tell it on this card.  I think my creative juices were in bed, where my body should have been.  Wait....its a cute card.  Not alot of fuss and muss, simple.  Ok if I tell myself that, then that is okay!  This card was for three challenges I just had to get in on.  And since I am tired, my post will be short as well, I need to remember to spell check The first challenge was for Sew Many Challenges, anything goes, so I thought Stamped Image.  The second challenge was for Simon Says Stamp Challenge, had to make a project using Friends theme.  And the third challenge was for Your Next Stamp Challenge, #19, use patterned/printed ribbon. 
Recipe for Late Night Card
Papers - Close to My Heart - Moonstruck, Autumn Terracotta, Sweet Leaf
Stamp Sets - words from Close to My Heart, Because of You
butterflies from Stampin Up, Watercolor Trio
Ink - Close to My Heart,  Moonstruck
Ribbon - Natures Collage

Wherever You Go

I love to create, and cards are a way for me to do that.  When I seen this stamp set from Stamin Up, I knew I had to have it, Asian Artistry.  I loved the simplicity of the stamp set and the phrase..."wherever you go, go with all your heart".  Isn't that lovely, I think we should use our heart in everything we do and wouldn't the world be a better place for it.  I love to LOVE,  I believe in love!  Love in your country, love in your family, love in your job, love in your hobbies and most important love in your faith. 

Ok, here are the challenges used with this card. (i love challenges, it helps this girl and they are fun, and some you can win free stuff)  The sketch was from Our Creative Corner weekly sketch, #occsc21.  And the colors used were from The Play Date Cafe.  I had to use brown/turquoise/red/orange. 

Recipe for Card
Paper - Close To My Heart - Ocean, Autumn Terracotta, Chocolate, Bamboo
Ink for Stamp - Close To My Heart - Barn Red
Button - Making Memories free pack - Red
Ribbon - Close To My Heart - Chocolate
Stamp Set - Stampin Up - Asian Artistry

Lovin Fishin

Who doesnt love to fish.....ME!  I am not a  My daddy loved fishing, he would put that pole in the water and then meditate...haha  Yeah he was young back in the hippie days, but thankfully didnt dress like them!!  I have dated guys who love to fish, but the love of my life does not fish.....yay for me!  I dont really get the whole fishing thing, I cant be quiet that long (some would say).  Really my dad was a simple man, which made this card appropriate.  I am doing two challenges with this card, a Clean and Simple sketch.  The second, from Charisma Cardz, is to make a card for a guy!  So two things came to mind when I thought of simple and dad and fishing!  Not sure why fishing, cause I personally dont think fishing is simple, but my dad made it look that way.  So enjoy, and now I need to figure out who I can send this

The patterned paper is 5 stamps from Outdoor Thoughts (CTMH) that I arranged on a acrylic block.  I wanted to create my own patterned paper.

Now for the Recipe:
Papers - Close To My Heart -New England Ivy, Bamboo
Stamp Set - Close To My Heart - Outdoor Thoughts
Ink - Close To My Heart - New England Ivy, Bamboo

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Happy Birthday USA!!!

Well hello there fellow bloggers, I am back!  I had taken an unexpected mini vacation from blogger, ok maybe not so mini.  Alot of things going on in this scrappers life. I have been making cards and layouts, just have not made time for the bloggin.  But the 4th is one of my two favorite holidays....the first being Christmas of course.  And OWH had a couple of free digi's for a middle of the week throw down I had to show you what I came up with.  The stamps were provided by Tracey fo The Stamping Boutique. I did combine this with a few other challenges over at Paper Craft Planet.  I love PCP, they have so many groups to help you create beautiful projects.  Now I am an American girl thru and thru...I take pride in my country!  My daddy was in the Marines in the early 1960's, and he was my hero in many ways.  So I tried to get the colors to match the Marine Dress Blues in honor of him.  And I want to say Thank You to all our troops who are serving, whether it be here, or over seas, on the front line, or at a desk.  They all serve a purpose!!!  I hope you enjoy.....

I decided to use only one digi stamp for the OWH challenge, the solider in front of waving flag!
One of three challenges from PCP was the sketch challenge, sk062610, as seen above.
 The second of three PCP challenges was for the Color Challenge, pcpcolor73, to use any shade of Red, White and Blue in honor of the 4th of July.

The third and final PCP challenge was from a new group I joined recently, The Cuddlebug-ers.  Their challenge was a double embossed, with the second embossing at an angle....which as you can see I forgot about the angle  Oh well it's all in fun.
Now for the Recipe:
Paper - Close To My Heart Cranberry and Moonstruck
Stamp - The Stamping Boutique
Ribbon - Close to My Heart Cranberry and Outdoor Denmin
Buttons - Making Memories from a misc bag I got
Marker Colors by Bic Mark It -which I won off of Facebook
shoes - Woodsy and Honey Brown
flag - Rambunctious Red and Deep Sea Blue
uniform and hat - Rambunctious Red, Deep Sea Blue and Moonstone Yellow 
Cuddlebug Folders - Happy Birthday (americas birthday) and Spots & Dots
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Classic Scalloped Circle Large

Monday, May 10, 2010

A Wedding Card

I love weddings...really what girl doesnt!  I always dreamed of a big my dreams it resembled the wedding from Steel of my fave movies.  However, when I was married the first time, he wanted a small wedding....and it was.   Just me, him and his parents...sadly the marriage did not work out.  But I still love weddings and still believe in marriage. 

One of Simon Says Challeng Blog design team members is getting married....Domi from Germany!  Congrats Domi....and Uli, her childhood sweetheart on May 15th.  Therefore, SSCB was having a challenge with some wonderful wedding candy.....yummy!  Domi's Wedding Card Challenge, was to create and mail her a wedding card.  I have put my card in the mail to her as well as posting on here, as requested for this challenge, I enjoyed making the card and getting to send it.  I pray Domi and Uli have a blessed union!  I combined this challenge with another challenge from The Play Date Cafe.  PDC challenge was to use the colors, pink, black, gray and white.

SSIC Weekly Challenge #38

Ok this weeks Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge was a good one for me.  A color challenge! We were to use any shade of brown, blue and white.  And I have been asked to send cards out to New Members and Visitors of our Family Life Group.  I feel honored, and blessed to take this task on.  Of course, I don't really consider it a task.  I love meeting new people, and sharing the word of God.  And giving away my cards is a bonus!  This is the card I made and it's going to our visitor, that came to our last meeting. 

My Fave a Child

My fave color growing up was from what I am told, that's all I would wear.  My mother and father both tried to dress me in other colors and I would get upset.  Everything I had was red, just about.  My Aunt Donna made me a crocheted doll on year and it was red.  I loved that doll!  Then when I turned 13, I changed to step mother did not like purple...and my daddy's remark...."as long as it's not red, I am good with it"...LOL  Now my fave color is pink, but I still go to you can tell by my blog.  That was in honor of my dad and the Razorbacks.

OWH  had a color challenge last week, to create a card using your fave color.  And this is the card I came up with.  Now the layout I seen on another card,  the lady bug was cut out using my Cricut. And the sentiment is a CTMH stamp.  This card is going to a friend in Florida, her granddaughters bedroom is in ladybugs.

OWH & SCS Challenges

Well I hope everyone had a great weekend, and for all the mothers, I hope you had a special day!  I was in the bed with a headache till noon on Sunday.  Then I got up, watch 3 episodes of Army Wives..I love that show.  And then proceeded to make 6 cards, and enjoyed my Sunday.  This first card was for a couple of challenges,  OWH sketch challenge #16 and Secret Crafter Saturday #82.  The SCS challenge was to use 3 bellies, 2 papers and 1 image....

Here is the Sketch from OWH

And here is my result for both challenges

Papers, flowers, brads and stamp are from CTMH
The butterfly is cute and embossed by my Cuddlebug

This card is going to someone who is feeling a little down, I hope this cheers them up. 

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Million Reasons to have a Giveaway

Obessed with Scrapbooking just had a million hits and so, in honor of that, she's having a BIG BIG BIG GIVEAWAY....WOW IT'S HUGE!!!

Prize Package includes....

1) Cricut Summer Vacation cartridge
2) Cricut Summer in Paris cartridge
3) a pack of SEI Happy Paper (12" x 12" size)
4) a package of Tim Holtz grungeboard


A Cricut GYPSY!!

How can you win?

1) Leave a comment under her blog post telling what you would like to win and why!
2) Subscribe or follow her blog!

For more chances:

1) Facebook about the giveaway and tell her about it - 5 extra chances
2) Tweet about the giveaway and tell her about it - 5 extra chances
3) Put her blinkie up on your blog - 5 extra chances
4) Put up a Post on your blog about the giveaway - 10 extra chances
5) Send an email to your friends about the giveawayand let her know - 10 extra chances

If you were to do all of the above that would give you......36 chances to win a Gypsy....that's what I call a prize.  I would love to win the Gypsy.  I could place with it at Lunch and when on road trips, then come home and CREATE!!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

OWH Sketch Challenge #15

This is a site I found and Love...this is a blog to create cards and send to our Troops for them to use to send to their loved ones. Now I just have to figure out how to get the cards sent. Now they do offer prizes for these challenges...but the prize for me is being able to share my craft with an American Hero.

Here is their sketch:

 And here is my take on the sketch:

The papers, ribbons, elements and stamp were all CTMH.  And I just now noticed the sentiment appropriate to send to our troops.  THANK YOU for all you do, protecting out country and fellow americans.

Little Paper Shop Sketchy Monday Challenge

Good Evening everyone or Good Day, depending on when you read this.  Hope everyone is having a great day.  I went to work today, feeling much better after yesterdays, day long headache.  Now, even though I stayed home I did find time to make a few cards.  It's like therapy for me, to create.  Gets my mind off of "Things" and aches.  So this was the sketch challenge design (that I made the above from)
I turned the layout on it's side, I wanted to change it up a little.  Had this new paper and wanted to use it.  And when I think of flowers I think of God's natural beauty, hence the sentiment.  I am starting to get a build up on if you know of any one I can send these cards too, let me know.  Enjoy as always!!!

Little Paper Shop Color Challenge

This is for the Little Paper Shop Color Challenge, LPSC65.  The colors to use were Banana, Lilac and White.  Now I was suppose to have this uploaded by May 2nd, but it was a busy weekend.  However, I still wanted to share my creation.  This is a Mothers Day card I made for Rob to give his mom, of course I made more, so he may choose a different one.  But this one turned out different then I thought it would.  Make sure to check out the LPS blog for the great artwork the DT created.

Monday, May 3, 2010

CCEE Stampers Sketch Challange

I stumbled onto another challenge over at CCEE Stampers, a group of stampers who are eager to cheer you on and have a weekly sketch challenge, every Thursday. So here is the sketch for challenge CCEE1016, (check out the other cards):

And here is what I came up with....

I have not added a sentiment yet, cause I am still not sure who is going to receive this.  I love the colors of this card.  And I am loving my Cuddlebug embossing folders.  I used my Cricut to cutout the flowers.  Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Little Paper Shops Birthday

Little Paper Shop is celebrating their birthday this month, and in honor of that they are having a special challenge...Make a birthday card!!!  I only have till 9pm today (4/25/10) to upload this card, talk about getting this done just in time..hehe  But I did!!!!  I was checking out other blogs today and one of the blogs design caught my eye, now I cant remember which one it was of memory is not that great, that's why I have yellow pieces of paper everywhere...anywhoo, I liked it.  And this is what I came up with....

My Daddy

My Daddy
This is my fave pic of my MP in the Marines