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Sentimental Sundays – A Special Challenge

It’s time for the new Sentimental Sundays challenge and this week we have something very special for you. For our grown up crafters, we are challenging you to make a card or project for a special woman in your life. Don’t forget your sentiment! The challenge is being sponsored by both Deedee’s Digis and Raindrop Echo Designs. (More info on the special challenge after my card.) With Mother’s day just a week away, I decided to make a card for mother in-law, who is a special woman in my life. I just found this whimsical dandelion digital image at Pink Petticoats and couldn’t wait to use it. I paired it with a sentiment from Raindrop Echo Designs. We also have an additional, fun challenge for you this week. We'd like to see the kids get creative too! Gather your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, even a neighbor and get creative together! My daughter, Liz, has been wanting to learn how to use my Copic markers so we spent an evening together this week coloring. I thi…

Music Saves My Soul

I have had this song in my head all week.  Maybe it is because I am hoping it will be warm enough to have my windows rolled down sometime soon.   Although there is not an official video for this song, the sound quality on this one is pretty good and it was recorded right in my own backyard. If you would like to play along with us this week, please link up your song choice on Marcea’s blog.  Thank you for stopping by!

Meljen’s Designs–Bookmark Challenge

You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~Paul SweeneyIt’s Thursday so it means it is time to show off the new Meljen’s Designs release on Whimsy Stamps and announce the new challenge – “Make a Bookmark.”I love reading and am usually reading 2 or 3 books at any one time. I thought I would take this opportunity to replace the receipts and scraps of paper that I have been using as bookmarks with a “real” bookmark. (That was the plan anyhow. My DD has already “pretty pleased” it out of me.) I used the corner bookmark tutorial HERE on Splitcoast Stampers. Here is a peak at all of the new images available at Whimsy Stamps today.Sorry my post is short today. My daughter is on spring break. Although I worked most of the week, I took some vacation days today and Friday. Today I think we are going to visit our closest Ikea for some additional shelves and goodies for my new craft room. I know that probably isn’t …

A Special Challenge

I would like to invite you to stop by next week for a special Sentimental Sundays challenge! To give you a heads up, next week's challenge will be "Mother's Day" or "For a Woman." The reason why this one is special is that we will have an optional challenge of "Craft with a Child." We feel that it's a wonderful thing to be able to bond with a child through crafting and art!
For all those who submit something created by a son, daughter, niece, nephew, child next door, etc, you will automatically receive the Krafty Kids Sentiments for the crafty child and the Mother's Day Sentiments for the crafty adult who helped them. If you like, you can grab our button below to help us spread the word about our special challenge :)

Sentimental Sundays

I am sitting out this week’s Sentimental Sundays challenge, but please stop by the blog to see the rest of the DT’s gorgeous creations for our new “Use at least 3 punched” challenge sponsored by Heart Song Designs.      HAPPY EASTER!


Thank you to every one that entered my blog candy drawing for 4 digital stamps of their choice fromMeljen's Designs. The winner is…..#8 – CHRISSYChrissy’s favorite image from the Meljen’s Designs store on Whimsy Stamps was Birthday Cake Mouse. Chrissy, please email me at shestamps11-blogs at yahoo dot com with the 4 Meljen’s Designs digital stamps that you like. Congratulations!

Catered Crop Linking Party (FTR10)

Last week I was excited to be picked as the inspiration for the Follow the Link Party on Catered Crop. I was given the opportunity to follow my recipe to make another card for the Top Chef Quickfire challenge. (You can see my inspiration card HERE.)I recently found the digital images from Wax Fruit Company. I totally love these digis. Even though I have a zillion digital stamps, I just had to splurge and purchase a new one for the linking party. Isn’t this bunny CUTE??!!Here’s how the Catered Crop "Follow-the-Recipe" linking party works. It is easy-peasy! Use any of the ingredients (themes, colors, techniques, shapes, etc.) in my recipe to make your project. Just pick a few ingredients and then add your own spices to cook up something uniquely yours. Add your project using the InLinz (froggy) button on the Catered Crop link party post to join the party. Keep the party going by clicking on some of the other entries and leaving a comment or two. Be sure to list your…

Music Saves My Soul

I heard this song on XM radio earlier this week and had to download it from Amazon as soon as I got home.  I can’t wait until the full album is released at the end of May.  If you would like to play a long and share a song you love or have have stuck in your head, be sure to link up a Marcea’s blog.     I hope you have a great week end!

Candy, candy, candy!

** This post will stay at the top until 4-22-11. Please scroll down to see my new posts. **

I have so much exciting stuff going on during the month of April that I thought I would share the love with my blog readers by offering BLOG CANDY.
"What kind of exciting stuff?" you might be asking. Well, let me tell you.
On April 1st I am participating in to 2 fun blog hops. The first is to celebrate Meljen's Designs' first birthday and the second is to show off the fantastic new digi's being released on Whimsy Stamps for April. Both offer prizes so check back to see how you can win.
I have a hop later in the month to show off some new digis created by some talented artists to help raise money for Japan. (You'll be hearing more on this later!)
On April 15th, I will be able to share with all of you the big secret I have been keeping. I'll give you a little hint - it's big, it involves all forms of paper crafting, and it is going to be FUN!
Add in a guest desig…

Meljen’s Designs - Masculine Challenge

**You still have time to enter the drawing for my Meljen’s Designs blog candy! Check out the details HERE!**It’s Thursday so that means it is time for the new Meljen’s Designs release on Whimsy Stamps and the new challenge. This week we are challenging you to make a masculine project. Check out the Meljen’s Designs blog for the challenge details and more inspiration from the DT.I used “Doctor Bear” from the brand new release (available today on Whimsy Stamps) to make a get well card. Since the challenge is to make a masculine project, I kept the design and embellishments rather simple. I added some distressing to the edges of the paper. I don’t know why but it seems I can’t make a masculine card with out some distressing. Notice, no sewing! I think since I worked the kinks out of my new sewing machine that I have had sewing on almost every card. I did sneak in a little paper piercing to keep it from being too plain. (And I used some of the new goodies from the scrapbook s…

Happy Easter with Shelly’s Images

I am excited to have the chance to be a guest designer for Shelly’s Images. I loved this little sweet duckling the minute I saw it. The shading lines Shelly included on the image made it so easy to color. Here is a look at how the image comes. For today only, it is on sale for $0.50 off the regular price. Isn’t he (or is it a “she”) perfect for your Easter and spring projects? Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful week! Supplies:
Stamps: Duckling from Shelly's Images Inks: None Papers & CS: Stampin' Up Bella Birds Dp & Bordering Blue CS, PaperTrey white CS, Neenah Crest solar white CS Tools: Sewing machine, Martha Stewart edge punch, Copic markers, Stampin' Up word window & 1-14" circle punches Embellishments: PaperTrey button twin, misc. buttons and ribbon Challenges:ABC DT Challenge – EasterBee-Crafty – EasterCRAFT Challenge – EasterCard Cupids – Pastel colorsCard Makin’ Mamas – Spring ColorsCard Making Fairy’s Digi Day –Recipe - U…

Sentimental Sundays - Easter or Spring

Rain, rain go away! I know, April showers bring May flowers but that doesn’t mean I have to like it! We had a little taste of summer last weekend but this week is cold and rainy. Brrrr…. Since the new Sentimental Sundays challenge is “Easter or Spring” I let our rainy, spring weather inspire me to make this card. I broke out some of the goodies I got during the scrapbook store bus tour I went on last weekend with a friend. We had a great time. I found 3 new. locally owned stores that had a wonderful variety of products. There were make & takes and special sales at each stop. And chocolate. What else could a girls want while shopping? The designer paper and die for the flower used on this card were new. I added Glossy Accents to the puddle and rain drops to give them a bit of shine. I hope you will join the Sentimental Sundays team and enter our “Easter or Spring” challenge this week sponsored by Raindrop Echo Designs. Don’t forget to include a sentiment! Enjoy the rest of the wee…

Music Saves My Soul Saturday

I don’t know why this has seemed like such a long week, but hank goodness the week end is finally here.  That also means Music Saves My Soul Saturday has arrived.  If you would like to play along with us, link up your song on Marcea’s blog.I have been enjoying Katie Costello’s album “Lamplight” this week.   This song, “Ashes Ashes” is one of my favorite songs off the album.  I also wanted to share THIS post with you.  Check out how clever Tanis is.  She figured out how to use a digi image to decorate a cake!   I sooo have to try this out.Have a great weekend!  Thank you for stopping by!P.S.  Don’t forget to check out my Meljen’s Designs blog candy!   Click HERE

Meljen's Designs - Recipe Challenge

Here we go! This is my first post using Microsoft Live Writer. Blogger has been frustrating me lately so I thought I would try something new. I like the “What you see is what you get” aspect of Live Writer. But, like all Microsoft products, I am sure it will lure me in, get me hooked, and then break or fail in some way, leaving me miserable.
Okay, I know you didn’t come here today to listen to my MS woes so I will get onto “bidness”. The new Meljen’s Designs challenge is a recipe challenge. We want to see 3 colors, 2 patterned papers, and 1 bow. Here is my project using one of the images being released today.

I also used the freebie from the Meljen’s Designs blog from Monday.

Here is a peek at all the new images that are now available at Whimsy Stamps.

Thank you for stopping by!


Stamps: Little Pull Duck from Meljen's Designs (on Whimsy Stamps), Sweet Things Come In Small Packages (Freebie) from Meljen's DesignsInks: Distress Inks Antique Linen Papers: PaperTrey kraft CS, N…

Whimsy Sneak Peek

Welcome to the final day of the sneak peaks for the new April rubber stamp release for Whimsy Stamps. Whimsy will be having another exciting rubber and die release including images or sentiments from the talented Crissy Armstrong, Melissa Jenkins (Meljens), Kenny K and Ann of Raindrop Echo Designs on April 13! A blog hop will also be kicked off on the same day to show off all the new products.
I decided to use "Big Comfy Cake" by Crissy Armstrong. This giraffe is so cute that I just couldn't resist. I added a sentiment from the "Party Mini Seals" set from Raindrop Echo Designs. I can see that this is going to be one of my "go to" stamp sets for birthday cards in the future. Both of these stamps will be available in the Whimsy store on April 13th.
Stop by the Whimsy Stamps Inspiration blog on April 13th to get all the details on the blog hop for the new release.

Thank you for stopping by!Supplies:
Stamps - Big Comfy Cake by Crissy Armstrong and Party Mini …

Help For Japan with Whimsy Stamps

Hello and welcome to a very special blog hop today! You may have been on the first hop that Whimsy put on for this special cause. Well, there were so many who volunteered to join in that we had to do a second one! The illustrators of Whimsy Stamps have come together to draw a special set of digi images for the purpose of raising money for the relief effort in Japan. All proceeds from the sale of these images will be donated to that cause. Kenny K, Raindrop Echo Designs, Meljens Designs, and Crissy Armstrong all contributed art work. For the whole month of April, you can purchase the images as a set or individually (your choice) by visiting this page on the Whimsy store site. Please consider helping this special cause by purchasing one or all of the digital images we are offering.

If you have landed here from Ceal's blog, you are right on track. If you have come here randomly and would like to start hopping from the beginning, please go to Ann's blog. She has the blog rotation o…

Sentimental Sundays - Treasured Memories

It's once again time for a new Sentimental Sundays challenge. This week, our challenge for you is "Treasured Memories". You can interpret theme as you like, but don't forget to include a sentiment. Meljen's Designs is sponsoring the challenge this week. (If you like Meljen's Designs images, don't forget to enter my blog candy!)
I am taking a break this week but the rest of the DT will have some gorgeous inspiration pieces for you at the Sentimental Sundays blog. As always, Ann Vento of Raindrop Echo Designs has some free sentiments for you to download.
Thank you for stopping by!

P.S. If you entered the drawing on my blog during the Whimsy Stamps digital release blog hop, don't forget to check the Whimsy Stamps blog to see if you were the Grand Prize winner.

Music Saves My Soul

Just a quick post today. This song has been running through my head this week so I thought I would share. If you would like to play along, link up your song on Marcea's blog.

Have a great week end!

Toby Lightman - Devils and Angels (Official Music Video). Watch more top selected videos about: Toby Lightman

Meljen's Designs - Easter Inspired

It's Thursday so that means we have a new digital release and challenge for you from Meljen's Designs. The challenge this week is "Easter Inspired". If you would like to play along with us, you can link up your entry, view the challenge rules, and see the DT samples on the Meljen's Designs blog.

For my project today, I used one of the new digis, Peter Bunny. I love this sweet little bunny! Check out the pinwheel in the corner. I have my DH to thank for that. He thinks I use to many buttons so I was trying to do something a little different. What do you think?
Here is a peek at the entire new release available at Whimsy Stamps starting today.
If you haven't already entered my blog candy drawing for 4 Meljen's Designs digital stamps of your choice, you may want to check it out HERE. You also have a few more days to enter the drawing for 5 digital stamps of your choice from Whimsy Stamps and a chance to be a guest designer for the month of April HERE.
Thank you…

Help for Japan Blog Hop info

The illustrators of Whimsy Stamps have come together to draw a special set of digi images for the purpose of raising money for the relief effort in Japan. All proceeds from the sale of these images will be donated to that cause. Kenny K, Raindrop Echo Designs, Meljen's Designs, and Crissy Armstrong all contributed art work.
For the whole month of April, you can purchase the images as a set or individually (your choice) by visiting this page on the Whimsy store site. Please consider helping this special cause by purchasing one or all of the digital images we are offering.

The hop starts today on Crissy's blog and runs from now through Sunday, April 10, at noon. There will be several opportunities to win blog candy! Four random commenters will get a chance to receive one of the three individual images or Ann's sentiment set. So be sure to leave comments all along the way for your chance at a free digi! Also, if you post the "Help for Japan" button on your blog's…

Sentimental Sundays - Water challenge

It's time for another Sentimental Sundays challenge. The new challenge is "Water" (don't forget the sentiment)!

Remember the secret that I can't share until April 15th? This image is a little sneak peak. I can't tell you any more right now, but if you like this image, it, and so much more, will be available on April 15th.
I hope you will join the Sentimental Sundays "Water" challenge for your chance to win the prize from our sponsors Deedee's Digis and Raindrop Echo Designs. Stop by the challenge blog to see the creations from the rest of the DT and a chance to down load the free sentiment set for the week from Ann Vento of Raindrop Echo Designs. Thank you for stopping by!

Stamps: Lighthouse and Horizon digital stamp from ??? (come back 4-15-11), Regal Greetings from Unity Stamps
Papers & CS: Neenah Crest solar white CS, Close To My Heart Miracle paper pack, PaperTrey white CS
Inks: None
Tools: Sewing machine, Big Shot, Copic markers, Pa…

Music Saves My Soul

It's Saturday so it's time for Music Saves My Soul. If you have a song you would like to share, be sure to link up on Marcea's blog.

I am sooo ready for summer so I thought I would share one of my favorite summer songs.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend.

Whimsy Stamps April Digi Blog Hop

This is my third post of the day. Please scroll down or click HERE for my Meljen's Designs blog hop post and HERE for my blog candy post.
Welcome to the Whimsy Stamps April digi blog hop. You should have come from Jackie's blog. If not, the hop starts at the Whimsy Inspiration blog. Be sure to leave comments at all the stops on the hop for your chance to win. 2 mystery blogs will be giving away a digital stamp of the winner's choice from Whimsy Stamps to a random commenter. The winners will be announced on the Whimsy Inspiration blog. You have until Friday, April 8th, noon EST to complete the hop to be entered in the prize drawings.
I know I say it every time but really, the new images are just the cutest. I don't know how these talented artists keep coming up with cuter and cuter images each month. For my card, I used Bunny with Flowers, a new digi from Crissy Armstrong. I also used a digital sentiment from Raindrop Echo Designs, which is available on Whimsy Stamps, an…