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Take care of your heart!

American Heart month and National Wear Red Day are right around the corner. Be sure to show your support and speak up against heart disease by wearing red on Friday, February 5th. Together we can bring a voice to the number one killer of women and help save lives. By listening to our hearts, talking to doctors, and spreading the word to others, we can build awareness and drive action. This cause is very near and dear to my heart as I lost my mom to heart disease when she was 52. Please arm yourself with knowledge and help make others aware.

You can find more information on Go Red for Women, American Heart Month, and heart disease at the Wear Red for Women and American Heart Association websites.

You can get a free Wear Red for Women pin to wear on February 5th or every day HERE.

Learn the signs of heart attack and stroke HERE. Remember, women do not always experience "typical" heart attack symptoms and need to be more wary. Take care of your heart!

Happy Birthday to my MIL!

I made this card for my Mother in-law's (MILs) birthday and I love the way it turned out. After I finished it, I thought I could also do something similar (and with the same sentiment) for a wedding.
I am entering this card in the following challenges: Die Cuts R Us - Challenge 23 Ribbon Flutterby Wednesday - Open Challenge
Totally Gorjuss - Dimension
I also made her a set of 8 note cards and box to hold them. Below is a sample of the cards and a photo of the card box.

Thank you for looking! Don't forget to check out my blog candy! (A link is at the top of my side bar.) . SUPPLIES: CS & PAPERS: Close to My Heart (CTMH) Silhouette, Stampin' Up white CS, Paper Studio black CSSTAMPS: CTMH Curly Sentiments (Note cards: JustRite Special Occasions monogram kit, CTMH For Every Occasion)INK: Stampin' Up Basic BlackEMBELLISHMENTS & TOOLS: Martha Stewart butterfly & branch punches, EK Success flower punch, Pearl Glimmer Mist, Hero Arts black gemstones, Kaiser pearls, black …

The Sweet Award

Wow! I received this fun award from my SBS29 sister Kim Marie. She is so talented and sweet that I am happy that SBS29 has given me the opportunity to get to know her.

As part of the award, I am supposed to list 10 things that I am thankful for:
1) My husband - thank goodness I have him!
2) My daughter - every day is a new adventure
3) My extended family - my father, mother in law, brother, sister in law, brother in law, aunts, uncles etc. I am so glad to have them and that my daughter has such wonderful people to know and learn from.
4) My friends - how can you make it through life with out a few, good girl friends?
5) Jazzercise - great for saving my sanity and my health.
6) My crafting - I know you all understand this one.
7) Book, books, books - I love to read!
8) My pets - can't forget them.
9) My Ipod! - dont' think I could survive with out it. I love music of all kinds and am addicted to several podcasts.
10) Chocolate - enough said...

The rules of the award say that I have to
1) Co…

Happy Birthday Easel Card

I was inspired to try an easel card after seeing the adorable card that follow DT member Karin made HERE a few weeks ago. I dare you to take a look at it and not say "Awww..." It is soooo cute! You can find the tutorial for your very own easel card on Splitcoast Stampers HERE. They are a lot easier than they look and a ton of fun to put together.

I used the sketch from the Makeup 4 the Weekend challenge #13. This card also qualifies for the Sunday Stamptacular Challenge - #43 Pop-Up and the Paper Sundaes second challenge.

I also tried out the scrunched flowers that seem to be so popular everywhere lately. You can find a tutorial HERE. I did make one using a scallop as shown in the tutorial but it was too big for my card layout. For this card, I used my small 5-petal flower punch instead. I spritzed them with a little Pearl Glimmer Mist to give them some sparkle and let them dry while I made the inside of my card. (True confession time: I hated using book pages for these even t…

DD's projects and a challenge blog for kids

My DD is going to enter this card in the Little Hands Do Crafts challenge #2 animals. She did this card completely by herself, including using the paper cutter (with supervision). If you haven't seen it, this is a new challenge blog that encourages kids to get involved with crafting. (Thank you Rhonda from SBS29 for giving me the heads up.)

She also has been very busy the past week working on her first research paper and poster board for school. (Yes, 2nd grade!) The paper was due last Friday and her poster board is due next Friday but we decided to get it done this week end. (They were encouraged to type the information for the board and had to use at least 5 pictures.) We helped, but she did the research, filled out the questionnaire for the paper, chose and arranged the info. I did print out the letters using my Cricut to help her. My husband also suggested getting one of those greeting cards where you can record a message but using cougar sounds from the internet. She really en…

Check this out!

I just had to share this post called 100 Extraordinary Examples of Paper Art. I heard about it from Pockets of Inspiration. All I can say is "Wow!" or maybe "How the heck did they do that?" This is paper crafting on a new level. Enjoy.

Also, please be patient with me this week end. I am updating my blog template mostly on my own (not using a premade template). I am taking a step into something new for me. If it all goes poorly, you will still see this template at the end of the week end. Keep your fingers crossed!

You Give My Heart Wings!

** Updated - This card made the Pink Elephant top 15.

Happy Wednesday! I had this new image from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff new Love Grows Here digital stamp set printed and sitting on my desk. I thought I would try shading (as much as you can do with Stampin' Up markers). While I was at it I thought I would try putting together some colors that I don't usually use or at least don't normally use together. This is what I came up with. My DD thinks that there should be more glitter and bling. What do you think?

My card also fits the following challenges: Practical Scrappers - Embossing Creative Inspirations Challenge - #43 New Year, New Products
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Challenge 87-Lots of Layering Crafy Creations - Challenge #51 Valentines or Love
The Pink Elephant - Challenge #50 Charisma Cardz Challenge - #2 Anything New
The Craft Garden - New
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Pretty Pink
Paper Maniac Inspiration - Texture, Faux Stitching, and buttons Creative Belli Challenge - Hearts CB…

Hey Sweet Thing! - Monday with Lindsay

** Updated - This card was picked to be one of the featured cards on SNR Card Universe.
I was digging through my scrap bin again for the challenge on What's Digital Stamping? Yahoo group to use up some scraps and I was happy to find a rather large piece of 2-sided DP. I colored one of the cupcakes from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Sweet Stuff digital stamp set to match.

Here is a preview of the entire set. I think I want to use the adorable cupcake tree next. You might want to go check out the rest of Lindsay's Stamp Stuff shop on mygrafico. She has added a ton of new stuff over the last week, including some freebies.

Please check out the rest of the DT's projects:CassandraJenniferKarinKristenLindsay (owner) Be sure to check her blog. A little birdie told me that there are new freebies.Tanya(Nettie will be back next week.)Supplies:STAMPS: Sweet Stuff digital stamp set by Lindsay's Stamp Stuff on mygraficoCS & PAPERS: Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip, My Minds Eye Bohemia …

Now where did I put that paper?

This card did not turn out anything like I originally imagined it. Lindsay (from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff) challenged the What's Digital Stamping group on Yahoo to make a project using stuff from the scrap bin. I dug through mine and found a piece of cute pink, blue, and yellow baby paper left over from the days I was scrap booking my daughter's baby pictures. I colored the bunny to match the paper. Then when I started to put the card together, I could not find that piece of paper anywhere. Grrrrr.... So this is version #2 with out the cute baby paper, but still using paper from the scrap bin. All the paper except the card base and the image were scraps.

This card also qualifies for the Clearly Delightful Blog theme challenge (CDBC1) to use bunny rabbits on your project, Mygrafico's challenge #31-Yellow, and the Digital Tuesday Challenge #41-emboss it.

If you like this digital image, you can get it at the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff shop on Did you know it is M…

Blog Candy Anyone?

** UPDATED ** The winner is CHARITY CRAFTER. Please contact me with your mailing address.

To celebrate getting 2 cards accepted for publication, I am going to offer a little blog candy.

I am going to give away this clear stamp set from Our Craft Lounge to one lucky winner. The set is called "Fairy Dust is a Must". It is a new, never opened set.

You may enter in the drawing in the following ways:1) Be a follower of my blog. If you are a follower or become a follower, leave a comment on this post.2) Post my candy on your blog with a link back here. Post your link in the comments on this post.3) Leave a comment on this post telling me what you plan to do with this set if you are picked. You can have a maximum of 3 entries into the drawing if you do each of these. (1 comment for each.) (Updated)** Please comment each time you do one of these. I would hate to miss an entry. Entry into the drawing ends at 6 pm (CDT) on Sunday, January 31, 2010. I will post the winner's name on…

A Day of Good News

Monday was just one of those great days. In the morning, I got the good news that my card "All You Need Is Love", which you can see HERE will be featured on SNR Card Universe. . Then, I got an email telling me that one of my cards is going to be published in the Scrapbook News & Reviews online magazine. I am so excited. . I had already planned a post to share a few pictures that I took this week end before it got too cold to play outside. I'm going to sneak them in here.
This is my daughter throwing snow at the camera. Look at that snow pile! . . This is Summer. She loves to dig in the snow and play with the kids. She still acts like a puppy even though she is almost 11 years old.
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This is Allie (being held by DH). She says it is time to go in.
I know she looks pathetic, but she really was having
fun just moments ago. .. This is my Senegal parrot Corky.
He stayed in the house and played in his nice new granola bar box.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Monday with Lindsay - All You Need Is Love

Updated: This card was featured on SNR Card Universe and published in the January 2010 edition of Scrapbook News & Reviews
All you need is love.... Love is all you need...

Ever since I saw Lindsay's new set "Love Grows Here", I have had this song in my head and the idea for this card. Take a look at how cute this set is. I especially love this little bird.

I like him (her?) so much that I used him twice on my card. I printed both birds at 15% of size using MS Word. I flipped the second bird horizontally so that she was facing the other way. I love that you can do that so easily with digi stamps. I paper pieced the birds' bodies and colored the beaks, legs, and the heart using markers. (I cut the card from the 2nd bird's beak before adhering.)
The sentiment was also printed using MS Word. I printed out the letters I needed with plenty of spacing in between. I sponged the page with Distress Ink in Tea Dye and then cut the letters out and attached them to the heart.

Many Thanks

I finally dug up and used actual rubber stamps. I love digital stamps but sometimes you just need to get inky. . Of course I went to my brand new, go-to paper, Love Nest from My Mind's Eye. . This is a thank you card for a friend. It looks a lot nicer in real life. You may need to click on the picture to enlarge it to see the paper piercing. .
This card is also entered in these challenges. Clearly Inspired Challenge (CIC4) - Let's Get Bradilicious C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - week 31 Thank you Creative Inspirations Challenge - #41 Thank you
Ann's Creative Nook - GCA#72 - It's a brand new year

Supplies: Stampin' Up Lots of Thoughts
My Minds Eye Love Nest designer paper Close to My Heart Vineyard Berry ink Stampin' Up Close to Cocoa ink Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip card stock Martha Stewart Punch around the page - Double Loops Spellbinders Nestabilities
Paper piercer Brads

Thank you for looking!

DD's Good News!

Did you see my DD's card HERE? She received this awesome comment from Hilda from the Lots To Do Challenge-

beautiful cards from both of you. I shall put Elizabeth's card in the slide show Saturday..... . She (my daughter, not Hilda) is so excited she has been dancing around the house. Isn't that sweet??!!! Thank you Hilda!

Monday with Lindsay - Recycling challenge

Good Morning Ladies!

I have to say that I am glad that the kiddos are back in school today and life will return to our normal schedule. As great as vacation is, I am one of those strange people that miss the every day routine.

Lindsay, of Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, is running a challenge on the What's Digital Stamping yahoo group and asked the DT to join in. The challenge is to make a project using a digital image (stamp, coloring page or ding bat font) and at least one recycled item. All entries before January 7th will be entered in a drawing for a stamp of your choice from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff shop. If you are new to digital stamping and are looking for some free images, take a look at Lindsay's blog or on MyGrafico, there are plenty of freebies on both.

**UPDATE - If you don't want to join the group, link your project in my comments and you will be entered in the drawing. Good luck!

To get started on the challenge, I used the sketch from Just Us Girls (JUGs) sketch cha…

Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers #29 (SBS29)

I am excited that the Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers (#29) is finally kicking off. I have only been blogging since the beginning of October but feel that I have already learned so much and made new blogging friends.

Okay, about me.... I don't know about you, but I have a hard time writing about myself. I am a wife, mother, and sister. I have been married to my husband, Mike, for 11 years. My daughter, Elizabeth, is 8 years old. Occasionally you will see a picture of her or of a project she has made. We have 2 dogs and 1 parrot. All three are quite the characters.

I am lucky enough that my employer lets me work from home. I also have a reduced work week of 30 hours so that I can spend more time with my family. I have been with the same company for 12 years but have had several different positions including Sales & Marketing manger, Account Manager, and currently Operations Manager.

Although I have always been involved in one craft or another, I only got invol…

Card making with DD

Friday evening my daughter (8-yrs old) wanted to make cards with me. (I think it was a stall tactic to avoid cleaning her room, but I enjoyed the time with her any how.)

She picked "Cherry on Top" from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Sweet Stuff digital stamp set. She colored using her own pencils, my glitter pens, and used the same paper as I was using. (Details below.) Inside she wrote "Have a very cherry day". If you can, please leave her some comments, she loves reading them.

I made this card using the Mojo Monday (#119) sketch for inspiration. The grumpy cow (isn't she cute?) is from the Rusty Pickle's Digital Delights. I don't know about you, but I have definitely had "those" days...or so my husband tells me. :) .
This card also qualifies for Crafty Creations challenge #48 - make your new year glitter. Although it doesn't show up really well in the photo, the polka dot paper is glittery and I used a glitter pen on the cow bell, the bow, and …