Saturday, December 17, 2011

Candy Winner!

Hello everyone! Thanks so much to everyone that entered, this was FUN and I hope to do it again soon!!! The winner of my blog candy is......

Emily drawing the number out of her Detroit Tigers ball cap :)

#27 -  ISAY! 
who said:

wow! what an awesome giveaway! thanks for the chance to win this will certainly be a great aerly Christmas present. and oh, by the way i am a new follower. glad to have found your blog. have a great day!
December 15, 2011 1:35 PM

Congrats Isay!  I've sent you an email! 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

My 1st Blog Candy!

Hi everyone!  I am kicking myself right now because putting together this blog candy

was so quick and easy!  I was going to try and do the whole thing, and get a super great picture of the candy, but in the end all of those things were delaying the actual posting, so here it is.  SIMPLE.  Bad lighting for the photo, and no since I don't know how to use it!  My fabulous assistant, Emily,

will be drawing a name out of a hat!  No rules and hoops, just leave a comment if you are interested in winning my first blog candy.  You do not need to be a follower unless you want to.  A couple of the products are things I have won that I can't use, so I thought it would be nice to give someone else a shot at it.  (Like the Tim Holtz tattered flowers dies - I don't own a die-cutting machine yet!)  Here's a close up pic since I am also not going to list each product~ Easy peasy! 

One thing I wont procrastinate on is the date of the drawing, I'm very picky about that!  Drawing will be a week from today, so Saturday, December 17th Em and I will pick the winner :)  All comments must be posted by Friday December 16th @ 1159 pm EST. International entries are welcome :)  See you then!

It's been a while!!

My goodness I haven't posted in so long!!!!  I haven't been in my scraproom for so many reasons, the hectic holiday season, different work schedule, fatigue, lack of mojo.. you name it! 

I was super excited to read my email this morning and find out that one of my very favorite bloggers has a new YouTube channel, and so I wanted to post about it in case anyone missed it.  Her name is Kathy Racoosin (a name I'm sure you've heard of!) from  The Daily Marker ! 

She designs for two of my favorite places, Lily Pad Cards & Penny Black ! 

If you want to be inspired and view Kathy's very first video of her series entitled "It's In the Details", click HERE! 

P.S. There's some yummy Penny Black candy involved!

P.P.S.  I haven't forgot about my blog candy - in fact, I am going to go and get it out RIGHT NOW and photograph it, and post it!  No more procrastinating for me ;)  Stay tuned!!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Pixie Dust Paperie November Kit Giveaway!!

Hi everyone!  I just found out that Kirsty and the gals from Pixie Dust Paperie are giving away items from the beautiful November kit!  Go here to find out what you need to do to win! 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thank You

Today, I have a thank you card that I made that showcases Graphic 45's adorable Once Upon A Time collection!!  I look at this image of the little fairy & frog, and I imagine her telling him a great secret and thanking him for listening. 

I will be entering this into the Nina B Designs sketch challenge @ Lily Pad Cards, and also Graphic 45's FB contest - to make a thank you card.  The sketch for Lily Pad is below my card.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Just for fun!

Look at me! TWO posts in one day!  Don't think that will happen again!  Anyway, in trying to keep up the momentum, I have one more thing to share with you today... this was was made just for fun, and just for me :)

Don't you just love that crackled distressed frame??!!  I sure did.  Since I didn't have a picture to go in it, I decided to make a fun little shabby project with some of my leftover products from last Halloween.  The girl and the pumpkin are a rubon that I cut out, (sorry, can't remember the manufacturer!), the leaves around the flower are a gorgeous stamp from Heartfelt Creations that I stamped onto a page from a paperback book!  (And that's my newest fave technique!)  I have so many old paperbacks lying around, some are even duplicates so I really don't feel bad about ripping them up!  The angel wings are from Memrie Mare's Etsy shop, the chandelier rub on and the background pp is Pink Paislee's "Hocus Pocus" collection from 2010.  Added some different strokes of cream and black paint around the edges to further the distressed look.  And the Oct 31st rub-ons on the bottom right??  Well, they were soooooo old, that when I tried to use them they broke off all over!  But hey, it's a 'happy little accident' right?!  All in all, I'm happy with it for the minimal amount of time I spent on it, and the fact it's just going in my craft room :)

Take care my crafty friends, and OHhhh, one more thing - I'm going to tease you a bit, and let you know that I am planning a pretty substantial blog candy!  I have been lucky enough to win quite a lot of prizes this year, and am so excited to give back a little!  I'm still in the planning/gathering stages so stay tuned! (Hopefully 1-2 wks I'll have it posted!)

Have a Cozy Christmas!

Hello to my Blog Land friends!  Hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend.  Mine is just starting, a glorious 3 whole days off, hunkering down with the family and enjoying quality time at home :)  Absolutely, positively, nothing better :)

So finally, I've started to break out of my crafty rut and made this card for Lily Pad's monthly sketch challenge from Nina B Designs.  Used some of my FAVORITE new stamps from Lawn Fawn!  Of all the stamps I've tried, Lawn Fawn has the crispest (is that a word??) images EVER!

Did some paper piecing for the little flame, Distress Ink for the fireplace, Copic markers and Glossy Accents for the adorable little lights, and Snow-Tex to make the snow on the mantle :)  The paper is from October Afternoon's 5 & Dime collection.

And here's the sketch:

If you get a chance, stop over to the Lily Pad and check out the challenge!  I'm off to my scrap room to make more, hope the motivation lasts!  See you soon ;)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

CricutLvr!!: 800 Follower GiveAway!!

Good Morning Peeps!  Check out this fab blog for your chance to win a Cricut Imagine cartridge!  (Below post copied from Elsa's blog).

CricutLvr!!: 800 Follower GiveAway!!: Hello my bloggy friends!! I have decided to have a giveaway when I reach 800 followers!! I had taken some time off from crafting and I am h...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Vicky's 5 days of How To Videos and Giveaways!

Look enticing??!!!  Wanna win these stamps??  Read the info below this pic!

If you want a chance at winning adorable Penny Black stamps AND are interested in seeing the MASTER of stamping and cardmaking (Vicky Papaioannou)  IN ACTION, click on her name and watch her using some of her fave Penny Black stamps!!  I promise you wont be disappointed!! 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

The CLASSroom's WCMD Sketch Challenge (EHWCMD4)

Hi my friends!  Hope you had a fun day yesterday, I know I did!  Finished up a bunch of cards to enter in Paper Craft's WCMD contest and I had a blast!  Only wish I could have a WCMD every week ;) 

The purpose of this post however, is to show you my card I made for Julia Stainton's WCMD Sketch Challenge (EHWCMD4) on Ellen Hutson's The CLASSroom !  Here is her gorgeous sketch....

And here's my take on it :)  I used all of my "new to me" goodies from Pink Paislee's "Hocus Pocus" collection!  I have been dying to use this, it's one of my very fave Halloween lines. 
And I got to try out the paint splatter technique!!!  (I'm sure it has an official techy kind of name, but I'm not familiar with it LOL)

Sorry the photo is so horrid, had to upload it at the last minute and it's dark, dark, dark out.  So had to go with a kitchen shot ;) 

Thanks for looking!  I hope you get to play along, there are 4 challenges and LOADS of blog candy!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Vicky from "Clips-N- Cuts" is having a GIVEAWAY!!!

My FAVORITE, most talented & creative card maker is 

having a giveawayCLICK HERE  to be taken to her site where 


can enter to win a $25 gift certificate to the online shop, 

Simon Says Stamp!  Good luck!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Lily Pad Cards "Resist" challenge!!

So even though I have been quiet in Blogland lately, I am still busy making cards every chance I get!! Made this card for Lily Pad Cards website, the resist challenge is being sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.  I love resist stamping, love playing with Distress Inks, embossing powders, stamps.. you name it.  So, needless to say, I am in my element when doing cards like this!

I used the Fiskars Everywhere Punch to punch the scalloped window in the center, the background flowers are from Penny Black, and the sentiment and tag on the bottom are from The Craft's Meow. Oh, and cardstock is PTI and let me tell ya.. this was my first time using their cardstock and I finally know what I have been missing!!!!!!!!  If you're like me, you're thinking .."but all cs looks so similar, why pay more?"..  Well, here's what I relished about it.. #1 :  My cards now stand up on their own!  Imagine that huh??!!! #2:  Hardly any bends or creases (unless I put it there on purpose), #3: Very sturdy, thick and ink-loving!!  Definitely worth the money in my book!

Hope you all have a wonderful evening, I have to go get the little prune out of the bathtub and into cozy PJ's!!  Hugs :)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Vicky from Simply Paper's Blog Candy Alert!!!

Ok ladies, letting you in on an AWESOME Dusty Attic candy over at Vicky Alberto's "Simply Paper Blog"  Here's a pic of one of the THREE  prize packs you can win!!!! 
Vicky is also a Dusty Attic retailer!!
AND.... (as if all this wasn't enough of a reason to visit her blog today)....

She makes GORGEOUS flowers, has multiple tutorials on her blog and sells her crafts on Etsy @

So click away and good luck!!!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Wishing You A Day Full Of Sunshine...

Hola peeps!  Just posting to show a quick card I made for Lucy Abram's Rainbow Week challenge!  I finally got to use some Margaritaville that I won from American Crafts last month, I figured what better papers to use for a rainbow challenge than the bright and bold primary colors in this collection :)

The cute clouds and bicycle are from Jillibean Soup's "Blossom Soup" collection that is so stinkin' cute!  Seriously, every piece of paper and embellishment in Blossom Soup is just perfection!  So no more hoarding!  I'm using it all up!  I've challenged myself to not buy anything else until I use up at least 1/4 of my stash!  Which, sadly means I can't purchase any CHA releases until then.. :(  BUT, hey, doesn't mean I can't WIN stuff!  Blog candy, contests, challenges like this one are so awesome for the financially challenged scrapper such as myself ;)  **Oh, almost forgot - the sun stamp and the sentiment are from the "Baggin' Some Rays" set from The Craft's Meow :)  {Heart} their stamps ;) 
Okay, I'm going to stop blabbing on and on, thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Emily's First Card!!

My little girl made her first card, I am so proud!  4 years old and she loves to stamp with her Mommy... (But only for a few minutes, then she gets bored and moves on to bigger and better things ;)

Starting with the background, is Echo Park's new Countryside collection.  In the middle is a new stamp from Hero Arts, isn't that the cutest little car driving home with Christmas tree on top??!!  I was so lucky to win both of these items in a blog candy contest recently on Tiffany Ervin's blog, along with a Penny Black stamp, ink pads and more!!  She has an awesome blog so check her out :)
As you can clearly see, Emily has added the driver and passenger, lights and ornaments on the tree, a road under the tires, and on the bottom right - the three circles??  Well, that's a computer and a mouse Mom! DUH!!!

Em and I are submitting this card to the Anything Goes Summer Holiday Children's Challenge @ Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!  Check it out here :

Thanks for stopping by, be back soon!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Our Wedding

Afternoon ladies! 

Here to post a quick LO I made for a couple of challenges, the first is Amy Heller's Scrap Your Scraps Summer Challenge (week 5).  Amy's work is absolutely amazing, and when she presented this idea to use up her scrap pieces of paper, I was instantly hooked!  I have two boxes full of scrap pieces that just sit and accumulate, so this is a great way to thin it out & save money (by not buying more paper that I don't need!).  And if you see the prizes she gives away, you definitely wont want to miss out! 
I've used a ton of my G45 scraps, and since this is a wedding LO (me and the hubbs), I am going to also enter the G45 Wedding LO challenge!  It's been a long time since I've made a LO, let alone one NOT of my daughter!!!!  I really had fun making this one :)  Sorry I couldn't get a closer shot - I see a lot of it is hard to see, unfortunately.

Well I hope you have a wonderful weekend, I'm off to put my little tike down for a nap and then we're headed to a festival this evening!  Hope to get some great pics to share with you :)

Friday, August 12, 2011


Hello my friends, hope you are all well and busy crafting!!  I haven't been doing too much - I've developed carpal tunnel or something strange with my fingers and wrist... So I'm trying to rest it as much as possible!  Sorry I haven't been making the comments rounds that much but I promise I'll be back in the swing of things real soon :) 

The card I'm sharing tonight is stamped with one of the Unity/Webster's Itty Bitty's - Christmas Delivery.  I won this set way back in May and it's finally landed in my hands two days ago (long story, but just glad I have it now ;) 
Used a simple technique with Distress Inks for the colored background...- wanted to link the video with Jennifer McGuire demonstrating it, but I cannot find it!!  If you go to and search for Jennifer McGuire Distress Inks, you'll find anything you've ever wanted to know about them!  Also used a lot of Pink Paislee's Artisan Elements.. they are so gorgeous!  

I'm entering this card in two challenges:  Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog's - All White
                                                           Charisma Cardz - Distressing

Well I'm off to see the end of the Tigers ballgame!!  Thanks for reading, have a great evening and weekend my crafty friends :)

Khristen's Blog Candy Alert!!!


Follow THIS link to read all about how you can enter to win this very generous prize!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Shoestring Scrapbooking August Blog Candy

Howdy friends!  Have a peek at Canica's August Blog Candy!  Yummy crocheted flowers.. love love love them!  Especially since I don't know how to do them myself ;)
Go here for instructions on how to be entered in the giveaway, her drawing will be on Sept 1st!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Michelle's 100 Follower Blog Candy!!

Michelle is drawing soon, become a new follower and join in on her huge blog candy!!  Click the link below the pic to be taken to her blog!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Embossing Challenge

Hi peeps, just popping in to post a couple of cards I made for the embossing challenge over at Simply Scrapping Crafts :)  They have 3 or 4 challenges going on and you can pick and choose which you would like to enter.  I could only find time to get these two done for the embossing.  I'm happy with the first one and hate the second!!!!  Stupid embossing powder on the sun stuck in the wrong places and so it's sloppy looking.. But I wanted to enter two cards, and there's only one day left so this is what I'm left with!  (I promise I'll try to do better for the August challenges!!!)
First card is made with a lot of Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage products!  Just adore that company!!  The embossed part is the red Core'dinations cardstock which I embossed with my Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine.  So here it is:

And here's my embarrassing card!!!!  The sun is a beautiful stamp set call Baggin' Some Rays by The Craft's Meow.  I embossed it with white embossing powder.  Most of the paper on the card is from American Craft's new Margaritaville collection, with the exception of the bathing suits (or bathing soup's as my 4 yr old calls them!) which are from Fancy Pants Rusted Sun collection.

Well that's it for tonight!  I'm off to bed ;)  Hope to get a lot of crafting done tomorrow because the little one will be out of town at a parade with her Grandma!  Yipeee!!!!!!   .... It's just too bad I have to go to work .. cough, cough! J/K  Later :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

OMG LOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I won a Cricut!!!!!!!!!!!!! Excited doesn't even begin to describe my feelings this morning when I received an email from Lori Allred @ My Craft Channel Blog saying I'd won yesterday's giveaway!!  I absolutely am going to pull my hair out waiting for this thing to arrive!!  DEFINITELY CHRISTMAS IN JULY 4 ME!!!  There's still time to win more, go to the link for directions!  And feast your eyes on my prize below (sorry, have to shout it from the rooftops)!

Friday, July 15, 2011

A couple of cards to show you!

Well hello there!  I have been sneaking in some crafty moments here and there, and have finished two cards.  Made this first one for my beautiful cousin Kim, to thank her for always giving us her daughter's gently used clothes.  She buys the most gorgeous outfits for her daughter -things I could never afford for Emily, so I'm quite grateful !

This card features Melissa Frances Kitschy Kitchen papers, Prima collage stamp, crinkled seam binding bought on Memrie Mare's Etsy, and a lucious red paper rose :)

Next up - Using up my stash of Pretty Little Studio products ;)  I kept thinking that I wanted to see how PLS papers would look against black...  I think I like it, but will be experimenting some more later :)

Well, that's it for me, going to try and get some shut eye ;)  Have a wonderful weekend my friends and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Another Glitz Release that is STUNNING!!!!!!!!!

***Post taken directly from their website***

Introducing "Beautiful Dreamer"

Welcome to our last day of introductions into our three new collections coming out during Summer CHA!  We are loving your response so far, and are so excited that YOU love our latest collections!  Before we get going on the final one, don't forget that all of these giveaway posts are open for comments until July 20th!!  Here are links to the first two giveaways:

Just be sure to follow the commenting instructions listed at the bottom of each post!

Well, today we have the Beautiful Dreamer collection to share with you...which is probably my favorite of the three because it is my VERY favorite colors all together. dreamy, just like the name! :)  Without further ado, here is Beautiful Dreamer!
Isn't this line just GORGEOUS!!  Totally loving everything about it!!

We are giving you two entry options to win, so please read carefully: 
1. Leave a comment on this post, telling us what you love most about "Beautiful Dreamer"!!
2. Create a blog post on your own blog about this new collection and this giveaway.  Once you have done so, come back here and post the DIRECT LINK in a second comment on this same post.  {If you do not have a blog, you may go to your favorite online forum and post it on the correct board.  We would prefer it to be on your blog though, so if you have a personal blog....please make sure you post it there!}

The comments will stay open until 11:59pm PST on July 20th, and we will post the winners on the last day of CHA....July 21st at 12:00pm PST!