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Sunday, July 31, 2011


Hello everyone!! This is a bittersweet post for all of us who have been a part of CRAFTY HOs' because it will be our last challenge. Over the past 18 months, we have so much enjoyed seeing all of your challenge entries and we have been so HOnored to have amassed a great number of followers - way exceeding our expectations when we set out on this venture.

Unfortunately, all of our lives have become very busy and we have all branched out in a number of different directions, which is a good thing, but it also means that none of us have the time or attention to devote to the CRAFTY HOs' Challenge going forward. Therefore, we have mutually agreed this will be our last challenge.

HOwever, in true "HO STYLE" we are going out with a BANG!! First, we are having a HOp - you will start here and visit each HO blog on the HOp. Leave comments at all the blogs along the way and then if you wish, come back here and enter our ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE. We have prizes for our HOppers and challenge entrants too GENEROUSLY DONATED from our AMAZING sponsors. Thanks so much to our sponsors for offering such FABULOUS PRIZES!!

2 images from CHI CHI MEMORIES


3 images from DI'S DIGI DOWNLOADS
2 Images from SEW MANY CARDS

2 images from STAMP INSANITY

2 images from STAMP-N-DOODLE


1 sheet (4 images) from WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP

You should have started at:
if you did not begin there, please go back and start at the beginning.  We wouldn't want you to miss out on the chance to win any of our fabulous prizes!

You should have come from:

I have 3 projects to share today from 3 of our sponsors!

The first one is an envelope (think it's called French Fry container) template from Lifestyle Crafts.  The image is from DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP "Mexican Carmen" set as sentiment.  I have colored image with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut with Nesties.  Sentiment also cut with Nesties.  Papers are from Bo Bunny.

Next is a card with image "Ballet L'il Amelia" from STAMP-N-DOODLE SHOP.  I used Papers from Echo Park and my stash, pearl flourishes from Prima and flower from K and Co.  I colored the image with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut with Nesties and daubed edges with staz-on.  Celebrate sentiment is clear stamp and I used Cuttlebug EF on purple piece.

Finally, a project featuring image "Henry Summer Fun" from STAMPINSANITY'S SHOP.  Image colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cutting of shapes done with Nesties.  Papers from K and Co. and Cloud 9 Design.  Ribbon from my stash.  Cuttlebug EF used on light blue piece.  Hope you like it!

Your last HOp stop will be:

Remember, HOp along to every blog and leave a comment for the chance to win one of our awesome sponsor prizes. Don't forget to leave a comment here on the challenge blog too. You may also participate in our ANYTHING GOES challenge by linking your project to Mr. Linky for an additional chance to win. HOp and challenge will end at 11:59pm EST on Sat., August 6. Good luck, have fun and thanks so much for joining us over the past 18 months!!

Friday, July 29, 2011


Before you know it, it will be Christmas and what better way to get inspired to start on your holiday cards than with Christmas in July presentation at A DAY FOR DAISIES BLOG.  The TALENTED DT at A DAY FOR DAISIES have some FABULOUS Christmas in July creations to share with you today, so please visit A DAY FOR DAISIES BLOG to see them.  Also, if you have time, please visit all the DTs individual blogs and leave them some well deserved love:)

I chose "Teddy" as my image for today and you can find this cutie along with the whole line of ADFD images at A DAY FOR DAISIES SHOP.  I colored this image with Copics and added Flower Soft for she stocking and Stickles for the heart.  Image cut with Nesties.  Velvet ribbon is from Webster's Pages, and bling and pearl flourishes are from Prima.  Sentiment and candy cane stamp are clear stamps from Clear Dollar Stamps and circles cut with Quickutz dies.  Textured CS from SU and DP from K and Co.  I hope you like it!!

Also, remember, there is still one more week to enter our "Secret Ingredient" Challenge at A DAY FOR DAISIES BLOG, so we hope to see you there:)  Submissions close at 3pm EST on Thurs., August 4.

Finally, I just want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Tammy, owner and illustrator of A DAY FOR DAISIES, and Arielle, DT coordinator, as well as all the DT girls for letting me play along as GDT for the month of July.  I have had such a FABULOUS time with all of you and Tammy's STUNNING images.  Hugs:)

Additional challenges entered:

BELLI CHALLENGE - Christmas in July photo inspiration
FLOURISHES - Christmas
SCRAP-CREATIONS - favorite holidays (Christmas)
USE IT TUESDAY - hoarded supplies (bling/pearl flourishes and DP)
CRAFT YOUR PASSION - Christmas in July
CUPCAKE CRAFT - shabby sparkle
PAPER CREATIONS INK - Christmas in July
POLLYCRAFT - Christmas in July


Happy Friday!!  It's my last full day of vacation today and I have no idea what I am going to do today, but I will do something fun!!  We have a NEW CHALLENGE over at SEW MANY CHALLENGES and we hope you will come play along - it's an easy one this time - ANYTHING GOES!!

Remember, you are not required to use a SEW MANY CARDS image, but you do need to use a digi and we'd LOVE to see an image from SEW MANY CARDS.  We even have a FREEBIE to offer you at SEW MANY CARDS SHOP, so we hope you will check that out.

For my card today, I have chosen this SEW MANY CARDS image of Bailey Bear and he's got a present for someone - maybe it's you?!? LOL.  I have colored this AWESOME image with Copics and Atyou Spicas and have cut using Nesties.  All the squares in the middle design have been cut with Nesites.  Papers used are K and Co. and Echo Park.  Ribbon is from Hobby Lobby, sentiment from Memory Box, tag cut with Nesties, bling and bling and pearl flourishes from Recollections.  Flowers and pearls from Prima, fabric button from Heidi Swapp.  Hope you like it.

You have until 10pm EST on Thursday, August 5 to come join the fun at SEW MANY CHALLENGES - hope to see you there:)

Additional challenges entered:

AMBER'S CRAFTS AND STUFF - patterned paper
CRAFTS AND ME - ribbon
PAPERCRAFT STAR - anything goes
THE PAPER SHELTER - anything goes
SCRAPBOOK SISTERS - happy birthday
CREATIVE CARD CREW - animal antics
CREATIVE CRAFT - lots of big layers to make 3D effects (5 layers of squares)
PARTY TIME TUESDAYS - anything goes
TOP TIP TUESDAY - make it girly
USE IT TUESDAY - hoarded supplies (bling/pearl flourishes and flowers)
DIE CUT DREAMS - 4 legged animals (bear)
KAREN'S DOODLES - tic, tac, toe (flowers, gems, die cuts)

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Happy Thursday!  I cannot believe my kids will be heading back to school in less than a month.  WOW!  Summer has been fun and hectic and there just never seems to be enough time in a day to do everything you want!

Welcome to SHOWCASE THURSDAY for DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG.  If you get a chance, please go and see what the rest of the DT has created for you this week showcasing Wendy's, aka Louby Loo, WONDERFUL images, papers and sentiments.  I guarantee you will be inspired and awed by what you see.  Also, if you have time, please leave some love for the DT members on their individual blogs.  It's always fun to get nice comments:)

We also have a NEW CHALLENGE this week starting today at DELIGHTFUL CHALLENGES, so I hope you will check that out and come play along.

Remember, the FABULOUS image and sentiment I used in today's creation can be found at DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP and there's tons of NEW STUFF to check out too!!

I would actually consider my card for today to be clean and simple since I didn't add tons of extra stuff like usual.  I LOVE this image and the fun Nestie I used to cut it out so I just wanted to really make that part of the card stand out.  I colored this DIGITAL DELIGHTS image of Penny and her teddy bear with Copics.  I tried a new combo for her hair - an orangish blond and I love how it turned out - going to have to use it more often.  The ticket sentiment is also from DIGITAL DELIGHTS and is colored with Copics.  Papers are from K and Co. and Bo Bunny - Bo Bunny piece cut out with Nesties.  Used cuttlebug EF on blue strip and K and Co. flower sticker in lower right corner.   Lace if from Hobby Lobby.   I hope you like it:)

Additional challenges entered:

DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY - use image of a child in recognition of Internation Youth Day on Aug. 12
THE PAPER SHELTER - anything goes
CLEAR IT OUT - use old supplies (flower and DPs) and anything goes
DIE CUT DREAMS - 4 legged animals (bear)
PARTY TIME TUESDAYS - anything goes 
TOP TIP TUESDAY - make it girly
HOOKED ON CRAFTS - cute and cuddly
STAMP WITH FUN - friends

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Hey everyone and happy Wednesday!  Half way through my vacation.  It has been nice being away from home and definitely less hectic not having to drive kids to and fro every 4 seconds or arrange play dates, but I miss my crafting/creating time as well as my doggies.  Also, 6 of us in one 3 room condo is a lot of togetherness especially when my 2 girls don't get along at all and my 2 boys rarely get along with the girls either and are often a bit wild.  I am sure I will reminisce on how wonderful these family times were in a few years...:)

We have a STITCHING challenge going on for you this week at KABOODLE DOODLES CHALLENGE and you can do real or faux stitching on your project.  We are sponsored this week by THE CRAFTY PAD and lucky for me, the image and sentiment that I chose from THE CRAFTY PAD already had faux stitching on them!!  (Wow, talk about taking the easy way out!!)

Anyway, you have until 5pm USA MST to enter our challenge at KABOODLE DOODLES CHALLENGE, can't wait to see what you create:)

I colored my CRAFTY PAD image and sentiment with Copics and Atyou Spicas then cut out using Nesties on the sentiment and die from Joy Crafts on the image.  Flowers are Prima and Papers are K and Co. and SU textured CS.  Hope you like it:)
Additional challenges entered:

2 SISTERS - anything goes
EASY CRAFT PROJECTS - summer theme
FAIRY TALE - summer, sun, sunshine
FUSSY and FANCY - summer
STAMP SOMETHING - use favorite embellies (flowers)
AUD SENTIMENTS - make someone smile/enjoy their day
CHARISMA CARDZ - bright and summery colors

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Hello everyone!!  We have a new challenge at THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR (PAPER CUPCAKES CHALLENGE) and our theme this week is LOTS OF LAYERS (try for at least 6) - I believe mine has 6 or 7 layers.  Our challenge will run until Sunday, July 31 and our NEW CHALLENGE will be Monday, August 1 - we are a day late this week due to our wonderful owner and illustrator Nina's weekend retreat.  Hope you had a great time Nina!!

We'd love for you to play along with an image from PAPER CUPCAKES SHOP, but it is not required to play in our challenges.  I can't wait to see your creations!!

For my creation this week, I chose this PAPER CUPCAKES image of Devin.  I colored him with Copics and Atyou Spicas and added some Twinkling H2Os for his wings as well.  I chose SU textured papers, Cosmo Cricket DP, ribbon from my stash and paper flowers from Kaiserkraft.  Scalloped pieces are cut with Nesties as is sentiment which is from Dee Gruenig.  I hope you like it and will come play along:)
Additional challenges entered:
PAPER SUNDAES - beachy/summer
EASY CRAFT PROJECTS - summer theme
LITTLE CLAIRE'S - things with wings
SEND A SMILE FOR KIDS for the boys (esp. teens)
FAIRY TALE - summer, sun, sunshine
STAMP SOMETHING - use favorite embellies (flowers)
TOTALLY PAPERCRAFTS - one for the boys
CRAFTY PURPLE FROG - water inspired

Monday, July 25, 2011


I am back from the beach with the kids - they enjoyed swimming in the ocean, although not huge fans of the saltwater taste when the water got in their mouth.  Hope everyone is having a great day.

We have a FUN, NEW CHALLENGE for you at WHOOPSI DAISY and the challenge is "ANYTHING BUT SQUARE," so as long as your creation is not square, it will qualify for our challenge:)  This time around, you will have 3 weeks to participate - challenge will be open until 12pm EST on Sunday, August 14 so that Linnie and the DT can enjoy a couple weeks off.

Remember, you do not have to use a WHOOPSI DAISY image for our challenge, but they're such AMAZING images and at such a FABULOUS price, why not?!?  Plus, until Friday, July 29, you can BUY ONE SHEET, GET ONE FREE at WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP, what a GREAT deal!!  Also, Linnie has an ADORABLE NEW FREEBIE just for stopping by the shop:)

For my card, I used this sweet image from Sheet #259.  I colored her with Copics and cut her out using scissors.  I chose papers from SU (cardstock), Bo Bunny, Echo Park, K and Company and Heidi Grace.  Flower and butterfly stickers from K and Co.  Bling from Recollections (Michael's) and sentiment from Dee Gruenig rubber stamps.  I used the side-step card fold, which is one of my favorites:)  I hope you will come join the challenge!!

Additional challenges entered:
GINGERLOFT - make it sparkle
PAPER CUTZ - anything goes
PATTIE'S CREATIONS - glitter or bling (both)
STAMP SOMETHING - use favorite embellies (flowers)
CHARISMA CARDZ - bright and summery colors
HAPPI SCRAPPIN' - shaped or fancy fold card
MAKE IT MONDAY - anything goes
STAMPS R US Happy Birthday


Hey everyone!!  Blogging from hot and sunny North Carolina:)  Hope everyone is great.  Sorry for my absence the last few days - I couldn't get a decent internet connection.  I meant to have this card posted before I left, but sometimes life happens and things don't go as planned.

"Life is What Happens while we are busy making Other Plans" ...John Lennon

Anyway, we have a NEW CHALLENGE for you at DIGI DAYS WITH CARDMADFAIRY and the challenge is SO GIRLY!  For my followers, you know this is right up my alley as far as my card making preferences, which is ironic, because I am not very girly at all in real life, but maybe I am subconsciously:)

We are very fortunate to have a GREAT sponsor this fortnight and that is THE POODLES DOODLES (POODLE PARLOR)  so please go check out their cute shop:)

You have until Thurs., August 4 to enter our challenge.  Digis ARE required, although it does not have to be a CARDMADFAIRY digi, however, if you use a CARDMADFAIRY digi, which you can find HERE, you are allowed more than one entry, otherwise you are limited to 1 entry per person.  I hope you will join us and would LOVE to see a CARDMADFAIRY image on your creations:)

For my card, I chose the CARDMADFAIRY image "Chloe."  I love this awesome image and enjoyed coloring her with Copics and cut useing Nesites.  All shapes are cut with Nesties.  Stitched ribbon is from Hobby Lobby, satin is from SU.  Papers are Echo Park, Imaginisce and SU textured CS.  Stickers are from K and Co.  Hope you like it:)

Additional challenges entered:
GINGERLOFT - make it sparkle
PATTIE'S CREATIONS - glitter or bling (both)
CHARISMA CARDZ - bright and summery colors

Saturday, July 23, 2011


Happy Saturday and welcome to AUDREY'S BLOG.  If you're hunting for the next clue in the A Day For Daisies 300 Follower Freebie Scavenger Hunt, you found your next stop!
Here's a little inspiration for you before I send you to your next clue...
I have colored the FREEBIE from A DAY FOR DAISIES with Copics and added Stickles for his wings.  I then cut him out with Nesties and letting some of the wings come out of the Nestie.  All other shapes also cut with Nesties.  Bling is from Recollections (Michaels), DP is from SU, K and Co. and Echo Park.  Fabric buttons are from Heidi Swapp.  Ribbon is Webster's Pages, sentiment from Dee Gruenig rubber stamps.  I hope you like it:)

ARIELLE will be your next destination!   Enjoy the rest of the A DAY FOR DAISIES SCAVENGER HUNT!!
Additional Challenges entered:

LITTLE CLAIRE'S - things with wings
CRAFTY CATZ - no pink or blue
FUN WITH SHAPES and MORE - die cuts/punches and Christmas
POLKADOODLES - Christmas in July
SIMPLY CREATE - Christmas time
WINTER WONDERLAND Christmas and holly or ivy


Morning all, I just wanted to share a few reminders for you today about fun stuff going on at JUST SOME LINES BLOG.   First, we still have our EASEL CARD CHALLENGE going on.   Jehanne, owner and illustrator of JUST SOME LINES images found a fun EASEL CARD Tutorial that you can view by going to JUST SOME LINES BLOG.

I also wanted to share my easel card, which also fits the theme of the AUD SENTIMENTS CHALLENGE that JUST SOME LINES is sponsoring this week. The theme is "Enjoy your Day" or any other sentiment that will leave people with a smile.

The image I chose is from the JUST SOME LINES SHOP and is from Best Friends Bundle #2. I absolutely love this image because I love coffee and sharing it with a good friend - what a great combo.:)

Front view of card
View from above (so you can see sentiment)

I colored my JUST SOME LINES image with Copics and cut with Nesties. Flower fabric button from Heidi Swapp, papers are Echo Park, Heidi Grace and SU textured cardstock. Sentiment from Whimsy Stamps rubber stamp set and cut with Whimsy die cut. Bling from Prima and ribbon from my stash.

Sure hope you will come play along with our EASEL CARD CHALLENGE and with the AUD SENTIMENTS CHALLENGE we are sponsoring - more chances to win some great images from JUST SOME LINES SHOP. Have a great day!!

Additional Challenges entered:

LOLLIPOP CRAFTS - anything goes
 2 SISTERS - anything goes
ALL SORTS - free and easy
CARD MAKIN' MAMAS - food or drinks
PHINDY'S PLACE - doubling up - 2 designer papers
ART IMPRESSIONS - stitching (on ribbon)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Night and Day Release plus guess our challenge ADFD

Happy Friday!!  Lots of fun stuff going on this weekend at A DAY FOR DAISIES.  We are celebrating in style some really FABULOUS milestones.  Last week, we reached 300 followers in our CDAC group and this week we reached 300 followers on the A DAY FOR DAISIES BLOG!!

So, we have a BEAUTIFUL NEW RELEASE that Tammy has created and you will LOVE the "Day and Night Set," it is WONDERFUL and you can find it at A DAY FOR DAISIES SHOP.  You can also view the DT's gorgeous samples using this set as well as find our NEW CHALLENGE at A DAY FOR DAISIES BLOG.  Now for the most fun part - you have to GUESS what are challenge is!! 

Our challenge is a RECIPE challenge and their are 2 ingredients you MUST include in you creation plus your A DAY FOR DAISIES image.  The fun part is that you have to GUESS what the 2 ingredients are!  Each of the DT cards features both the ingredients, so try to figure it out and then make your won creation featuring these 2 ingredients and link it up at A DAY FOR DAISIES BLOG by Thurs., August 4.  Good luck and have fun.  Also, make sure to check back tomorrow for another FUN EVENT happening on A DAY FOR DAISIES BLOG!!

For my card, I used "Playing in The Clouds" which is available at A DAY FOR DAISIES SHOP.  I colored the image with Copics and Atyou Spicas, added Sakura metallic glaze for clouds, brad and attachment from We R Memory Keepers, GLITTER flower from K and Co., Stickles GLITTER glue for fairies wings, papers from SU, Wild Rose Studio, Nesties for cutting shapes, Atyou Spica for FAUX STITCHING, Nestie for scalloped piece and sentiment from Stamp Oasis rubber stamps that is cut with Nestie and then bottom cut off, daubed with Staz-On.  Hope you like it and will come play along:)

Additional challenges entered:
CRAFTS and ME - add a flower
FLUTTERBY WEDS - butterfly, angel, fairy and open


Who doesn't love cookies?!?  They are definitely one of my weaknesses!  If you also love COOKIES, then head on over to SEW MANY CHALLENGES because we are having a cookie challenge!!  That's right, your project needs to be about cookies/baking or feature cookies.  Let's see what you got!

You have until 10pm EST on Thurs., July 28 to enter our challenge at SEW MANY CHALLENGES, although using a SEW MANY CARDS image isn't required, it is appreciated.  You can find all the SEW MANY CARDS images as well as this week's FRIDAY FREEBIE at SEW MANY CARDS SHOP.

For this week, I made a cookie book where you can write in your favorite cookie recipes.  I used one of the Miki Monkey baking images plus the Miki Monkey recipe cards.  I hope you like it!!

Everything is colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas.  I used my Xyron machine to create adhesive backing for all the papers and images/recipe cards.  Nesties used on from image and all other cut with scissors.  Papers are from K and Co. and Best Creations.  Hope you like my project and will come play along with our challenge:)

Additional challenges entered:
PAPER CUTZ - anything goes
STAMPIN' FOR THE WEEKEND - 4 legged animals (monkey)
CRAFT US CRAZY - anything goes
SHELLY'S IMAGES - anything goes

Thursday, July 21, 2011


It's time to show us you creations using PETS over at RAINBOW LADY'S CHALLENGE.  If you'd like to play along, you have until Weds., July 27 to get your entries linked up at RAINBOW LADY'S CHALLENGE.   You can enter 2 times per person - must be NEW projects.  This challenge is for PETS - not any animals, specifically PETS.  I cannot wait to see what you create.

Our sponsor this month is the FABULOUS STAMP-N-DOODLE SHOP and I hope you will head on over and check it out!

I chose this awesome STAMP-N-DOODLE images showcasing 2 of my favorite things - dogs and soccer.  I LOVE dogs, I have 2 and if we had the room, I'd definitely have more!!  I colored the image with Copics and cut out using personal trimmer.  Buttons and ribbon from my stash.  Cuttlebug folder used on yellow piece.  Sentiment is from Whimsy rubber stamps and cut out with Whimsy die cut.  I hope you like it and will come play along with us:)

Additonal challenges entered:

FRESH BREWED - animal or animal print
PAPER PRETTIES - embossing
CLEAR IT OUT - use old supplies (buttons and ribbon) - anything goes
USE IT TUESDAY - hoarded supply (buttons) and animal
DAISY DOODLES - anything goes
DIE CUT DREAMS - 4 legged animal


Well this week has been another CRAZY and BUSY one here.  Summer is half over for the kids - 1 more month before they're back in school.  I have to say, I love summer, but right now I am on a horrible sleep schedule!  Oh well...

It's time to introduce DARLA the COW, one of the newer images from DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP, isn't she a cutie?!?  I have added the banana split sundae from DIGITAL DELIGHTS ice cream accessories set to her tray using Gimp and combined it with this great sentiment from the DIGITAL DELIGHTS ice cream sentiment set.  I added papers from Bo Bunny and Echo Park and the ribbon is from my stash.  Nesties used for all shapes including sentiment tag.  All DIGITAL DELIGHTS images colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas and Judi Kins glaze added for ice cream.  I sure hope you like it:)

Please don't forget that we have NEW DT members and I am sure they would love a visit to their individual blogs.  You can find the links in my side bar.  You can also view all their AMAZING creations at DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG, so I hope you will stop by there as well.

A NEW CHALLENGE is also posted at DELIGHTFUL CHALLENGES, so we hope you'll come there to play!!

Additional challenges entered:

FAB N' FUNKY - animals
FRESH BREWED - animal or animal print
MY MUM'S CRAFT SHOP - for a teen
BEARLY MINE - use tag on project
USE IT TUESDAY - hoarded supply (Designer papers) and animal
CRITTER CHALLENGE - b-day card for me (my fav. colors - purple, pink and brown plus ice cream and funny sentiment)
DIE CUT DREAMS - 4 legged animal

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

It's Wednesday and my turn to post at JUST SOME LINES!!

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday!! I cannot believe it's already the middle of the week - yikes, where does the time go?!?   It has been a strange time since the storms last Monday. We lost 20-25 trees including the most prominent trees in our front and side yards. Our house seems so weird because when you look at it, it no longer has a nice tree to cover it up and it feels weird - like it's forgotten to get dressed!!

Today I am sharing one of JUST SOME LINES newer images and it's called "Emily Paints." I have colored this adorable image with Copics (my very favorite coloring medium) and cut it out with a square Nesties and leaving the butterfly to come of out of the Nesties. I have used Echo Park and Wild Rose Studio designer papers, K and Co., butterfly, lace from Recollections and flowers from Prima. Sentiment, which I think captures this image perfectly, is from MFT clear stamps and is cut with Nestie and daubed with Staz-On. I sure hope you like it and will take a trip over to JUST SOME LINES shop to view all the NEW RELEASES as well as all the amazing images Jehanne has designed for us.

Also, remember that our EASEL CARD CHALLENGE is still going on and you can click HERE to get to it. Hope you will come play along!!

Additional challenges entered:
CRAFTS and ME - add a flower
MY MUM'S CRAFT SHOP - for a teen
BEARLY MINE - use tag on project
PAPERTAKE WEEKLY - something cute with "Awww" factor
DAISY DOODLES - anything goes

Monday, July 18, 2011


Hello again!  Busy day on the blog today.  We have a NEW CHALLENGE at PAPER CUPCAKE'S BLOG "THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR" and our challenge this week is a sketch by our very talented DT member Lucy!

We hope you will play along with us.  There is also a great FREEBIE available this week - "Orson, Many Thanks" which we hope you will pick up and use for your creation this week.  It is not, however necessary to use a PAPER CUPCAKES image, but we'd LOVE to see you use one!  You will get 2 entries for our winner's drawing if you use a PAPER CUPCAKES image which you can find at PAPER CUPCAKES SHOP.  Can't wait to see what you will create:)

So, here is the sketch for the challenge:

I chose papers from K and Co. and SU,  Bling is from Recollections.  Flower is Sassafrass Lass.   Marianne's Crafts die and Nesties used for cuts.  Orson is colored with Copics and I added Sparkly Fluff for his tummy.  Thanks so much for looking and hope you play along:)

Additional challenges entered:

ANNABELLE STAMPS - say it with circles


Hello!!  It has been a busy weekend here.  My husband's sister and her family have been here since Fri. so not a lot of time for crafting and blogging.  Hope everyone has had a great weekend.  We have a NEW CHALLENGE at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE this week and our theme is SPARKLE AND SHINE!

You will have until 1pm EST on Sunday, July 24 to enter our challenge.  You are not required to use a WHOOPSI DAISY image to play along, but if you'd have one, we'd LOVE to see it.  You can find Linnie's SPECTACULAR collection of images at WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP and I bet you will find an AMAZING FREEBIE there as well.

I actually used one of the more recent FREEBIES from WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP for my project.  I just love this sweet image and I had great fun coloring her with Copics, Atyou Spicas and Martha Stewart metallic glitter pens.  Stickers are from K and Co., bling from Recollections, ribbon from MFT, papers from K and Co.  Sentiment from SU.  Hope you like it and will come play along with us:)

Other challenges entered:

RUBY'S RAINBOW - happy birthday
MOVING ALONG WITH THE TIMES - favorite things (people dancing)
FRESH BREWED DESIGNS - 3 of something (DPs)
PIXIE DUST STUDIO - girly girly

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Enter your name in Mr. Linky at bottom of blog to play along:)

Friday, July 15, 2011


There's another release for July at A DAY FOR DAISIES SHOP and it's a NEW RELEASE this week.  You can view all the amazing images in the July Collection by visiting A DAY FOR DAISIES SHOP.  You will love this wonderful collection!  Remember to check out the CLUB MEMBERSHIP OPTION for A DAY FOR DAISIES images - I have it and it is an AWESOME deal!!

This week, the DT have all made FABULOUS creations for you to get inspired by the NEW RELEASES.  You can find all their creations at A DAY FOR DAISIES BLOG.  Also, if you get a chance, I'm sure they would love a visit and some comments on their individual blogs:)

The A DAY FOR DAISIES image that I chose to work with this week is "At the Park with Daddy" plus the sentiment included with this image - makes life so awesome when I don't need to spend hrs. looking for the perfect sentiment!!

I colored my A DAY FOR DAISIES image with Copics and Atyou Spicas then cut out using Lifestyle Crafts die.  Base die is Nestie as well as die used for sentiment.  Added some Copic color to sentiment.  Used Cuttlebug EF for pink piece.  All DP is from Cosmo Cricket, ribbon is Offray, bling from Recollections and button flowers from Sassafrass Lass.  I hope you like it.

Also, a remider that there is still one more week to play in our 3 project challenge going on at A DAY FOR DAISIES BLOG, so we hope you will go check it out.  You have until noon PST on Thurs., July 21 to link it up using our Linky Tool.  Remember A DAY FOR DAISIES image is REQUIRED to play along:)  We can't wait to see what you create!

Additional challenges entered :
THE PIXIE COTTAGE - wrap it in ribbon
AUD SENTIMENTS - sentiment with at least 2 words
MELJENS - buttons and bows
MOVING ALONG WITH THE TIMES - favorite things (playing with my kids)
FRESH BREWED DESIGNS - 3 of something (DPs)
STAMPIN' B's - bling
CRAFTS FOR ETERNITY - 3-2-1- recipe (3 DPs, 2 flowers, 1 ribbon)


Hi everyone! Hope you are doing well. My internet has been in a continual state of flux all week due to the massive storms that hit this area on Monday night. There are trees down everywhere and it appears that they keep messing with the cable line every time they are removing branches or trees from areas. VERY annoying!!

I took some pictures - here's a few to share. Trust me, my yard looked good compared to some.

Anyhow, we have a NEW CHALLENGE this week at SEW MANY CHALLENGES and we hope you'll come play along.  The DT have created some great inspiration for you again this week and if you get a chance, I'm sure they'd love a visit to their individual blogs.

Also, don't forget there's a NEW FRIDAY FREEBIE and you can find it at SEW MANY CARDS SHOP.

For my card, I have chosen SEW MANY CARDS images FREDDIE and FRIEDA FROG and one of the sentiments that comes with the set.  I have colored them with Copics, added American Art and SU glitter, Cuttlebug folder, Cosmo Cricket DP and Nesties.  Beaded trim is from Hobby Lobby.  Hope you like it and will come play along with our GLITTER CHALLENGE!  You have until 10pm, July 21 (Thurs.) to link it up at SEW MANY CHALLENGES BLOG.

Additional challenges to follow:
SIMON SAYS STAMPS - anything goes
CRAFTY ANN'S - embossing
WAGS 'N WHISKERS - birthday

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Hey people!  It's Thursday, which means a NEW CHALLENGE at RAINBOW LADY'S CHALLENGE and our challenge this week is "A STITCH IN TIME" so show us any project with some form of stiching, real or faux.  Can't wait to see all your marvelous creations.  You have until next Thurs., June 20 to get your entries submitted to RAINBOW LADY'S CHALLENGE.  Remember 2 entries per person and creations must be new.

Our sponor this week is the ADORABLE CHI CHI MEMORIES - so you will definitely want to go check them out.  You have a chance to win 3 images from the CHI CHI MEMORIES SHOP!!

Additional challenge entries:
SIMON SAYS STAMPS - anything goes
CRAFTY SENTIMENTS - use stitching
DO YOU STACK UP? - stitching


How are you moo-ing today everyone?!?  LOL.  I should probably be asleep so I am a little silly at the moment.   Lots to share today including the fact that we have a NEW DT over at DIGITAL DELIGHTS!  You can see their names in my sidebar and I hope you will take the time and visit their individual blogs if you get a chance to see their AMAZING work:)  Also, a bunch of our AWESOME DT from last term are staying on with us for another term, yay!!   You can certainly see the new DT first projects as part of DD DT by visiting DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG where you can see all the DD DTs creations for the week.

Also, make sure you head on over and check out DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP where you can find all the FABULOUS images used in all the DT creations this week, plus SUPER FUN digi papers, sentiments and even some cut files (templates).

Finally, we have a NEW CHALLENGE going on at DELIGHTFUL CHALLENGES and we sure hope you will come play along.

For this week, I combined the images of Charlie the Cow and Haystack using Gimp for masking.  I went with colors our side of my usual color "comfort zone," but I think it looks good.  I chose DP from Basic Grey, Wild Rose Studio and Echo Park as well as ribbon from my stash.  Cheery Lynn dies used for image and backing and combined 2 different DD Sentiments and stacked one on top of other for sentiment that is cut with SU punch as is backing on sentiment.  Sentiment daubed with CTMH ink.  Buttons are from DeNami Designs, Doodlebug and American Crafts.  I sure hope you like it:)

Additional challenges entered:

CRAFTS AND ME - summer fun
FRESH BREWED DESIGNS - 3 of something (buttons)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


I decided to draw my candy winners today! Before I list them, there's a few things I'd like to say:

Thanks so much to ALL my followers, even with over 1000, I am still so humbled and excited everytime I get a new follower!

If you see your name on the list of winners, please e-mail me and send me your postal address. If I do not hear from you by Tues., July 19, I will redraw.

If you have previously won candy, but haven't received it, it will be there soon. I always e-mail everyone when candy is mailed.

If you have e-mailed me within the last 3 days or perhaps even in the past week (prior to today, July 13) and I have not responded to your e-mail, please don't despair. I have had e-mail problems for several months now and on Monday night, a horrible storm came through this area and left a great deal of damage from high winds. Some people are still without power and my internet has been very unreliable.

Ok, I bet you want to know if you won yet, right?

Happy Summer Candy - #112 SHARON C.
Graduation Candy - #61 SHEREE T.

Bonus Candy - #7 KIM KELLEY
Congrats to all the winners!!



Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.
I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word 'refrigeration' mean nothing to you?
How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Jeopardy' on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said , 'How about going to lunch in a half hour?' She would gas up and stammer, 'I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain' And my personal favorite: 'It's Monday.' She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because all of us cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches.. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to our self gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of 'I'm going to,' 'I plan on,' and 'Someday, when things are settled down a bit.'

When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-Decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to...not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to you.

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask 'How are you?' Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, 'We'll do it tomorrow.' And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say 'Hi'?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift....Thrown away.... Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

'Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here we might as well dance!'

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Wow, it has been a LONG time since I have become part of a NEW DT, but I am happy to announce that I am a member of the NEW DT at PAPER CUPCAKES and I am SOOO EXCITED.  Not only is today the first challenge post with all the NEW DT members posting their work, but it's also time for a NEW CHALLENGE at PAPER CUPCAKES "THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR BLOG and I hope you will come play along.

Our challenge will end on Sunday, July 17 and the NEW CHALLENGE will be posted on Monday, July 18.  Our challenge post date is Monday, however, our FABULOUS owner/illustrator, Nina, was off on vacation so the post is 1 day late this week.

Although using a PAPER CUPCAKES image is not required to play in our challenge, you will get 2 entries in our random winner's drawing for using at PAPER CUPCAKES image.  All Nina's WONDERFUL images are found at PAPER CUPCAKES SHOP.

I used PAPER CUPCAKES image "Baby Rhino's Day."  Image is colored with Copics and Atyou Spica red used to heart on cupcake.  Image cut with Nesites.  Papers are from Basic Grey, Bo Bunny and TAC.  CS is SU textured.   Marianne's die used for lacey scallops, SU punches used for sentiment and scalloped flower piece.  Sentiment from Whimy stamps.  Buttons from Cosmo Cricket.  Fold of card is wide middled stair step.  Hope you like it and will come play along:)

Additional challenges entered:

2 SISTERS - summer fun
CMC COPIC CHALLENGE - fav Copic technique - flicking
CRAFT YOUR DAYS AWAY - fancy folds
MY SHERI CRAFTS - faithful companions
ONE STOP CRAFT - summertime
PAPER CREATOR CRAFTS - special occasion
FOREVER FRIENDS - animal plus not square
ICOPIC CHALLENGE - Copics and birthday

KB CHALLENGES - something cute


It's time for a NEW CHALLENGE over at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE and our challenge this week is WE LOVE PINK!  You have until Sunday, July 17 to play along in our challenge by creating something which follows the theme "LOVE PINK."  You are not required to use a WHOOPSI DAISY image to play along in our challenge, but you should definitely check out WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP as Linnie's images are FABULOUS and she is adding NEW STUFF all the time, plus, there's a FREEBIE for you:)

For my card, I chose this wonderful WHOOPSI DAISY image from sheet #259.  I colored her with Copics and Atyou Spicas and used Nesties to cut her out.  All CS is SU and DP from Wild Rose Studio.  Sentiment is from my stash and stamped on Nestie banner cut out.  Ribbon from my stash, pearls from Prima.  Hope you like it and that you will come play along:)

Additional Challenges entered:

ALLSORTS CHALLENGE - free and easy
ELLEPHANTASTIC - celebrations
ICOPIC CHALLENGE - Copics and birthday
POLLYCRAFT - the great outdoors
LOLLIPOP CRAFTS - anything goes
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - anything goes
PILE IT ON - fav technique - coloring with Copics
WAGS 'N WHISKERS - birthday