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Cherry On Top Customer Blog Hop

I am the last stop on the Cherry On Top blog hop. You should have just come from Emily's blog. Didn't you just love her eye candy? If you are just joining the hop, you can find the blog hop order on Amy's blog. . I first heard of the kits from Caffinated Cropper on Carole's blog. I went through the blog hop and was lucky enough to win the Beeez Kneeez mini kit. (You can see a card I made using Beeez Kneeez HERE.) I loved the kit so much that I bought the Cherry on Top kit too. The colors in the kit remind me of the Fourth of July and summer.
When I got an email from Amy earlier this week talking about a customer blog hop, I thought that I wouldn't have any time to get a card together. I was disappointed because I really wanted to dig into the kit and make something. Well today (Thursday afternoon), I found that I had a whole half an hour to myself that I could spend on crafting. I thought that would be the real test of the kit. Can I make something cute with my limite…

Under the sea...... Meljen's Designs shaped card challenge

This week the challenge on the Meljen's Design Challenge blog is Shaped Cards. I decided to make a couple of Get Well cards using images from the new release "Sea Critters". You can get this new release in the Meljen's Design digi shop. .

Come join us in the Shaped Cards challenge at Inspiration and Challenge blog for the chance to win some Meljen's Designs digital images. . You might also want to check out the fabulous tutorials a couple of the DT members are putting together for Tutorial Tuesdays. This week Andrea put together a paper piecing tutorial. .
Did you get your Meljen's Designs freebie this week? It is only available for one week. You can get it on Melissa's blog. . Thank you for looking. Stop by the Challenge & Inspiration blog to see what the rest of the team created for the shaped card challenge.

Updated: These cards were in the top 3 in the Die Cuts R Us Double Duty challenge. Challenges for these cards: Aly's Sunday Challenge - ASC16 Animal…

Monday with Lindsay - Girly card

Updated: This was a top 5 winner in the Hope Stamps Eternal Cupcake Inspiration Challenge. We are back to our normal posting schedule after all the birthday festivities earlier this month to celebrate the first birthday of Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. Our theme for this week is "Feeling Girly".
Since I need several birthday cards over the next couple of weeks, I decided to make a girly birthday card. I used the cupcake tree image from the Sweet Stuff digital stamp set and gave the card a bit of a vintage feel. (Here is a shout out to my friend Scrap-It-Girl who gave me the old dictionary pages used on this card. Thank you!) To keep it girly and feminine I added pearls, lace, ribbon, and flowers.
Stop by to see what girly projects the rest of the DT created. Lindsay Weirich (owner) Jennifer Bliss Karin Martin Rhonda Walker
Challenges for this card: C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - #47 Pink & BrownClearly Inspired Challenge - CIC12 RibbonCrafty Creations - DistressingCreative Card Crew - Happ…

Sock Monkey "Hi"

Updated 5-11-10: Winner of the Handy Five at the Handfull of Stamps challenge.

I don't know about you, but I have never been a fan of sock monkeys. They have always given me the creeps. There is just something freaky about them.... Maybe it's the beady little eyes or the big red mouth....

What ever it is, I have finally found a sock monkey that doesn't creep me out. In fact, he is darn right cute. .

This cute lil' guy is from Meljen's Designs new release "Stuffed with Love"digital stamp set. You can purchase him alone or in a package with the rest of his friends from the Meljen's Design store and right now you can get 25% off your purchase.

So go on over there and check out the cute sock monkey and his pals.... or I might have to send this guy after ya.

Challenges for this card: Aly's Sunday Challenge - ButtonsAnn's Creative Nook - Use that Chipboard Creative Cottage - Going Green (Chipboard is a recycled cereal box and the button are recycled from…

Celebrate Life

I have a lot of birthday cards to make over the next couple of weeks. When I saw this fantastic quote about celebrating your life from Oprah Winfrey, I thought it would make a great birthday card. This sentiment was a free download from Raindrop Echo Designs for Whimsy Stamps.
If you like this sentiment, you also might want to check out Ann's new challenge blog, Sentimental Sundays. She has basic sentiments set which is available for free download. . I added the brownish pearls at the very end. I have been saving these, who knows for what, but now I actually used them on a project. I am challenging myself to continue to use all these "special" things that I have stashed. They aren't too special when they are sitting in their packaging where no one can enjoy them.
** Updated - I was in the super 6 for the Card Patterns Sketch #60
I hope you have a great day!

Challenges for this card:
All Sorts - In StitchesCard Patterns - Sketch 60Charisma Cardz - Quote MeFab N Funky - Get I…

Just Bee-Cause & Sale news

This adorable image, Honey Bee Buckets, is a freebie from Melissa blog from a few weeks ago. I just love this little bee. I could not wait to pair him up with the Beeez Kneeez mini kit from the Caffinated Cropper that I won. When I got it in the mail I was so please with all the cute goodies that it contained. (Thank you Amy!) Almost everything on this card is from the kit and I have plenty of goodies left over.
Meljen's Designs is having a Customer Appreciation Storewide Sale starting today. For one week, the ENTIRE Meljens Designs store will be 25% off - this includes the new release that comes out today, the new release packs, and discount packs. This includes the newly released "Stuffed with Love" set. Go check it out HERE. Use code MD25sale at check out.

Our 4th challenge at the Meljen's Designs Challenge and Inspiration blog starts today. The theme is "For the Little Ones!" I hope you will join us and link up your creation for the chance to win some Me…

Lindsay's Stamp Stuff / Thanks!

Although Lindsay gave her DT the day off, I wanted to thank you for joining in the birthday celebration last week. I think we all had a lot of fun in the mygrafico virtual crop room sharing projects and tips and just chatting. I hope you were able to stop buy and got the cute freebies Lindsay was giving away only there.

You still have a little time to get in on the prizes for the blog hop. Each DT member is doing a drawing for one digital stamp set. (That's a total of 18 digital stamp sets!) Mine is for the Sweet Stuff digital stamp set that was used to make this card. You can see my posting for the blog hop HERE. I will be doing the drawing this evening.

As for the details on this card, I put it together with the scraps I had on my table after finishing another project. It measures 3-1/4 inches square. Although I have used the Sweet Stuff set multiple times, I have never used this image before so I thought I had better give it some use. The inside (I forgot to take a picture) says …

With Deepest Sympathy / 2 Sketches 4 You

** Updated 4-20-10 This card won the Top 3 Scoops in the Pile It On challenge. . Unfortunately I needed another sympathy card. One of my husband's customers passed away yesterday and he wanted a card to send to her family. I feel like I am always scrambling to make sympathy cards lately but for some reason I just can't force myself to build a stock of them. A little bit of denial I guess. If I don't have them on hand, maybe I won't need them. Sadly that theory hasn't been working out too well. . I found this lovely word art on Ann Vento's blog, Raindrop Echo Designs. If you haven't been over there, you should go check it out. She is kind enough to share some of the lovely word art / sentiments that she has created as freebies. (She also sells some through Whimsy Stamps.) She makes gorgeous cards. ,. Earlier this week we were celebrating the first birthday of Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. You still have time to get in on the blog hop and have a chance at winning so…

Meljen's Designs Challenge #3 - 3D

This post should be subtitled "What ever possessed me to do that?"
The Meljen's Designs challenge this week is 3-D elements for a card and when I saw this cute little bear I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
I printed the sick little bear out several times - my main image and then a few additional times for layering/piecing. I roughly cut out the blanket (after coloring) from one of the "extras" and layered it on another scrap piece of CS to make it more sturdy. (Here comes the possessed part...) I then poked 2 holes in each of the "X's" Melissa had on the blanket. At this point I thought I had better look up french knots on the web since I haven't done them in probably 20 years, then I tied french knots in each set of holes. My old eyes were not happy with me by the end but I love the way it looks. (With his green and gold blanket, I think this little bear is a Packer fan.) . I layered/pieced his cold pack, hand and feet to add extra dimension.…

Final Day of the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Birthday Event

Today is the final day of the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Shop, Hop, and Crop event. There is still time to get in on the blog hop today, with the chance to win a some digital stamps. Start at Lindsay's blog. (The hop will start at 10 AM ET.) .
Remember that everything in the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff store on mygrafico is 50% off through the end of the day. Now is the time to get that cute set you've been looking at. If you end up winning the same set during the hop, Lindsay will swap it for another one so there is no reason not to buy it today.
Make sure you stop by the virtual crop room on mygrafico to check out what is going on. Lindsay is giving away some freebies that will only be available during the blog hop. There will be lots of fun with free classes and challenges for prizes. Let me tell you I have seen some awesome projects posted over there during the last 2 days. People are also sharing their favorite crafting tips and I have learned some great, useful stuff.
Lastly, f…

Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Birthday Event

Today is the second day of the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Shop, Hop, and Crop event. To get in on the blog hop today, with the chance to win a some digital stamps, start at Lindsay's blog. The hop starts at 10 AM ET. (9 AM Central) .
Everything in the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff store on mygrafico is 50% off through April 15th. .
Make sure you stop by the virtual crop room on mygrafico to check out what is going on. Lindsay is giving away some freebies that will only be available during the blog hop. There will be lots of fun with free classes and challenges for prizes. This card uses Monday's freebie. Did you get it? Go on over there and check what she has for Tuesday and join in the fun.
Lastly, for your chance to win the Sweet Stuff digital stamp set, see my post HERE with the details. ' ' Supplies: Image: Party hat freebie from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Papers & CS: Georgia Pacific CS, Stampin' Up Real Red, mis. blackInks: NoneTools & Embellishments: Spellbinders…

Happy Birthday Lindsay' Stamp Stuff! Hop, Shop, Crop & Blog Candy

It's here! Over the next 3 days (April 13-15th) we are celebrating the first birthday of Lindsay's Stamp Stuff! Lindsay has planned a lot of special events to celebrate.

We are kicking off each day with a blog hop starting at Lindsay's blog at 10:00 am ET. Each day you can hop to 6 of the LSS DT's blogs for a chance to win some goodies and see some lovely projects. Since I am the second stop on the hop today, you should have just come from Lindsay's blog. If you get lost, you can go back to Lindsay's blog for a list of participants to get you back on your way.

You can't have a birthday party with out cake or cupcakes so I made this yummy chocolate cupcake using Sweet Stuff. Is there any other type of cake (or cupcake) other than chocolate?
Sweet Stuff is one of my favorite, go-to sets for birthdays but it is very versatile and can be used for other occasions such as Valentine's Day or Thinking of You. Here is a look at the complete set.

I also made an ease…

Monday with Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

Today my daughter goes back to school after spring break and things should get back to normal around here. Well, almost normal because I do not have my usual Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Monday post. Lindsay has planned some special events to celebrate the first birthday of Lindsay's Stamp Stuff starting on Tuesday so I will be posting later this week.

The Hop, Shop & Crop events will kick off tomorrow, April 13th. The blog hop will start each day on Lindsay's blog at 10 A.M. ET. Lindsay will have a list of blog hop participants for the day. Come hop with us to have a chance at prizes!

There will be a 3-day crop in the mygrafico crop room. Over the course of the event you can pop in and out as often as you want to participate classes, join challenges or just see what is going on. The classes and crops are free. There will be freebies and prizes.

If you have not already joined the crop room group on mygrafico, you can find out all the details on my previous post HERE. It is very …

Boyish Birthday Cards

I need to build up my stock of birthday cards, especially ones that can be used for men or boys. When I was looking through my files I found this word art that was a freebie on Melissa's blog at the end of March. After I pulled out some DP I wanted to use, I was able to color the word art and make 2 cards pretty quickly. I love quick cards! I purposely stayed away from large embellishments so that they would be easy to mail. To keep them from being too plain I used paper piercing and faux stitching. '
Speaking of birthdays (boy, am I the queen of smooth or what?)(don't answer that) remember we have big plans next week to celebrate the first birthday of Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. You can see my post HERE for more details, but Lindsay has a lot of fun stuff planned. Even though it is LSS's birthday, we are getting the goodies with the chance to get freebies and win prizes. Thank you for looking!Challenges for these cards:Splitcoast Stampers - SC274 SketchBee Crafty - Birth…

Ms. Brightside Award

I have been remiss in posting this award from Leanne. If you don't know Leanne, go check out her blog, Created by Leanne, and you will be in for a treat. She is a very talented, creative lady. While you are there, leave her a comment to let her know you stopped by.
As with all awards, there are some rules for accepting the awards. They are list the top 10 things that make you happy, top 5 list of trivia about yourself, share the award with 5 other people, link to the blogs of the people you choose and the person that awarded it to you.
Top 10 things that make me happy (not necessarily in order)
1) Starbucks mocha 2) Time spent with friends 3) Time spend with family 4) Listening to good music 5) Vacation days 6) Time spent crafting just for me (no deadlines) 7) Jazzercise 8) Reading a good book 9) Being outside on a nice day 10) Doing something nice for some one (random act of kindness)
5 bits of trivia about me . 1) I don't watch much TV 2) Although I don't watch much TV, I am addicted …

Mojo Monday on Thursday with Meljen's Designs

** Updated: I am so excited. This card was picked as one of the top 6 for Mojo Monday's Sketch #133!**

I broke out my prismacolor pencils over the week end and sat and colored a bunch of images. The Easter Bunny brought my daughter her own small set of prismacolor pencils so she colored with me. It was so relaxing.

I made Meljen's Designs Toadstool Buggies into this card using the Mojo Monday sketch 133 and some of my favorite DP. I rotated the sketch so that it would work with my image.

If you regularly read my blog, you know I just got my first alcohol markers. They came in handy to color my clear gemstones brown to coordinate with my card. (I love how useful these markers can be used to color EVERYTHING!)

Be sure to check the Meljen's Designs Inspiration and Challenge blog to join the new challenge "Let's See Some Girly Colors".

Have a great day!

Challenges for this card:

ABC Challenge - R is for RedMake Up 4 the Weekend - #22 Favorite Fairy or winged thingMojo M…

Our visitor and a few reminders

No crafty eye candy to share with you today but I do have a picture of our Easter visitor. He has been hanging out under our bird feeders every day since we first saw him on Sunday. I think he is an escapee from a hunt club that is not too far away.

I'll leave you with a few of reminders:
You until noon EST today to get in on the Meljen's Designs blog hop. One lucky winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to Meljen's Designs new store. (More info HERE)You still have until 11:59 EST to get in on Meljen's Designs first challenge. (HERE) This week's challenge is "Anything Goes". You do not need to use a Meljen's Designs image.Join the Meljen's Designs group on Papercraft Planet (HERE) to get the 400 member freebie.Check out Melissa's blog and get your Monday freebies.I will not have a Lindsay's Stamp Stuff posting on Monday, but on Tuesday we will be kicking off the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Hop, Shop, and Crop event to celebrate Lin…

Mark your calendar....

It's a birthday party for Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. To celebrate we are going to Hop, Shop & Crop April 13-15. Lindsay will be holding a 3-day crop in themygrafico crop room. Go on over there now and join (it's free). Over the course of the 3-days you can pop in and out as often as you want to participate in the events and classes, join challenges or just see what is going on. The classes and crops are free. There will be freebies and prizes. We also have a blog hop and other exciting things planned. Stay tuned for more details. ' ' Tips: To join the crop, you will need to be a member of the mygrafico community. It's free to join. Join now so you are ready for the crop. (Click HERE to join) To join the crop group (after joining mygrafico) click HERE If you do not want to receive emails when people comment on the crop, after joining the crop room group, click on the "stop following" button. You are still a member but you won't get all the emai…

Hello World Here's A Song That We're Singing....

Come On Get Happy....

This week our theme for Lindsay's Stamp Stuff is "Inspired by Song". I am almost ashamed to admit this song has been stuck in my head. (Some one please help me get it out!) For those of us mature enough to remember, this was the theme song of the Partridge Family. Boy, wasn't David Cassidy dreamy??? Okay, enough of this dating myself and on to my project. (Update: I just got an email that this card will be featured on SNR Card Universe. Woohoo!)

I made this card both inspired by the song and a bit by the old TV show. These cute little birds are from the Love Grows Here digital stamp set. I printed the bird in 2 sizes, colored, and cut them out. I clipped the valentine from its beak since I didn't need it for this card. I love this set! Although you probably think of it as a "Valentine's Day" set, I will use it all year. (See my post from last week here for another project using it.) The cupcake can be used for birthdays, the cher…

River Rock Sympathy

I had a recent need for a sympathy card. I like the clean look of this card. I'm going to keep this post short. I bet you have better things to do this week end than read a long post.

Thank you for looking! Happy Easter!
Challenges for this card:
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Die Cut Dreams - Black, white, & one other color
Doodle Palace - Use black
For Fun Challenge - Anything Goes
Paper Popsicles - Ribbon
Papertake Weekly - Open Challenge
Pixie Dust Studios - Black,white, & one other color
Prairie Fairy Fridays - Texture
Simple Doodles - Add some layers

• STAMPS: CTMH Treasure Life
• CS & PAPERS: SU River Rock, SU white, misc. black
• INKS: SU River Rock, SU Basic Black
• EMBELLISHMENTS & TOOLS: Leafy Branch Cuttle Bug embossing folder, black ribbon

Meljen's Designs Blog Hop and Store Grand Opening

Today is the big day and we have a lot to celebrate! It is the official launch of the new Meljen's Designs store, a DT blog hop, the kick off the first Meljen's Weekly Thursday challenge, and the release of a new digi stamp pack with 10 new images. Trust me, you are going to love them!

If you didn't come from Kim's blog, you may want to go to Meljen's DT blogto start the hop at the beginning so you don't miss out on any of the fun. Make sure you visit each DT blog on the hop and leave a comment to qualify for a random drawing of a $10 gift certificate toMeljen's new storeand to collect a special surprise at the end.

My first card uses Unicorn's Rest from the new release. Isn't she sweet? She is available with the rest of Meljen's images in the new Meljen's Designs store. The new store offers INSTANT DOWNLOADS, lower prices on word art, easy browing, and a search function. If that is not enough to entice you to visit the store, just go check it…