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OWH Blog Hop Candy Winner and other random things

Thank you to every one that stopped by my blog during the OWH Memorial Day blog hop.    Not only do I love supporting such a great cause, but I enjoy seeing all the talent out there in blog-land.  I always get so many new ideas from the OWH hops.  I offered some candy during the hop and it is time to announce the winner.  The winner of the Martha Stewart Flourish clear stamps is……..#10  -  Melissa T. LibanMelissa, please email me at shestamps11-blogs at with your snail mail address and I will pop your winnings in the mail.I thought I would share some of the fun stuff I have found on Pinterest.    Here is sample from board of just handmade flowers.  There are links to TONS of tutorials for handmade flowers out of everything from fabric, paper, toilet paper tubes, candy/frosting, etc.    I love looking through them and getting ideas for all the flowers I could make for my projects.   Thank you for stopping by!   Have a great week!

Sentimental Sundays–Anything But A Card

It’s Sunday so it is time for a new Sentimental Sundays challenge. This week we are challenging you to make anything you like, except a card. Don’t forget to include a sentiment. Since I have been trying new things this week, I decided to try stamping on tile. I am so hooked on digital stamps that I rarely break out my rubber or acrylic stamps any more except for the occasional sentiment. So this week, I used real, actual stamps along with my sadly neglected StazOn ink pads to try stamping on tile.(I apologize for the shadows in the picture. I had a really hard time trying to get a decent picture.)I don’t think I like the way they turned out much. I want to change something but I’m just not sure what. My DH says he really likes them (see why I love him?) I am happy I tried something new and tried to push my way out of my comfortable little creative space a little bit. I hope you will join us at the Sentimental Sundays blog and show us your anything but a card project (with…

OWH Blog Hop

I can’t believe it is already Memorial day and time for the OWH hop. I found out about OWH about a year ago when I stumbled onto a blog hop similar to this one. I loved what they were/are doing for our troops and had to join in. Since then, I have sent a couple of boxes of cards and joined in every blog hop that I could to help raise awareness. Well, enough of the jabber, I will get on to my projects. I know there are a lot of stops on the hop and you don’t want to miss any of them. Don’t forget that I am offering blog candy for the hop. You can find all the details in the post following this one or by clicking HERE.
I have 2 cards to share with you today. I tried something a bit out of my style on both. No digi stamps where used on either card! That is really unusual for me.
For the first card, I was lacking mojo and was poking around on Pinterest trying to find some inspiration. I loved this card by the very talented Laurie Wilson and decided to CASE it and give it a bit of my own spi…

OWH Blog Hop–BLOG CANDY post

To keep the hop running smoothly, we were asked to post any blog candy offerings in a separate post. If you are looking for my OWH blog hop post, you can find it here.

For the hop, I am offering on random hopper a new set of Martha Stewart Flourish clear stamps.

To qualify for the random drawing, please leave a comment on my OWH blog hop post. Come back to this post and enter your name in the linky tool below. I think I have it set where you do not need to enter your blog (if you do not have one). If it requires one, and you do not have your own blog, feel free to use my blog address.
You do not need to become a follower to enter my drawing, although I would love it if you did.
The linky tool will close at noon, Tuesday, May 31st, and I will announce the winner on my blog at that time. The winner will have 1 week to contact me with their mailing info before I do a redraw.

Thank you for hopping along with us. I hope you have a fabulous Memorial Day week end.

Music Saves My Soul

This week I’m sharing a song by the Decemberists.   I love this song but am not too wild about the video.If you would like to play along with us this week and share a song, link up your pick on Marcea’s blog. Happy Memorial Day to my US friends!   Please stop back later today for my OWH blog hop post and a chance at some blog candy.     Have a great week end!

Meljen’s Designs–Best Dad

Hello! Thursday has once again rolled around and it is time for the new Meljen’s Designs challenge and new digi release. Our new challenge this week is “Kraft plus ONE color” (the image maybe colored). I made a Father’s Day card using one of the digital images being released today, Papa Bear. I think I might have bent the rules of the challenge because my DP has white on it, which is another color. But, you know me, I’m always the rebel…Also being the rebel (insert evil laugh here), I cropped out one of the little bears from the image. Since my husband and I only have one child, I wanted the image to reflect that. (You can see the sneak peek of the “as is” Papa Bear image and the other new releases below.) Melissa did a great job designing this image. The one “child” bear can be merged and multiplied to reflect different family sizes. Isn’t that cool? Check out this sample she did.Here is a peek at all the new images being release by Meljen’s Designs on Whimsy Stamps

Sentimental Sundays–Single Layer Cards

Hello!  You might have noticed that my weekly Sentimental Sundays post was missing yesterday.  Although, I am taking  a breaking this week, I still wanted to give you all the info on our new challenge, but my post disappeared into the ether.   Our new challenge for you this week is “Single Layer Cards” (Don’t forget a sentiment!).  This challenge is being sponsored by both Heart Song Designs and Raindrop Echo Designs.     You can stop by the Sentimental Sundays blog to check out the inspiration pieces from the rest of the DT and get all the details..  While you are there, you might want to snag the free sentiments created by Ann Vento of Raindrop Echo Designs.  Have a great week!

Music Saves My Soul

I couldn’t follow the rules and pick just one song this week.  So, I picked 2 songs from Girl In A Coma off their “Adventures in Coverland” album.  They do some awesome covers.   I hope you will play along with us by linking up a song on Marcea’s blog.    Have a great week end!

Meljen’s Designs–Sketch Challenge

Happy Thursday! I hope your week is going well. I can’t believe it is already mid-May. I hope some warm, sunny weather heads our way soon.I lost my creative mojo over the week end and really struggled to make the few cards that I needed to complete. I (re)discovered a huge time sink, Pinterest, and it really got my mojo going again. There are so many amazing things to look at, be inspired by, or laugh at. I started by putting together some collections of card sketches and crafting projects that I love. It just grew on its own from there. Feel free to look me up and check out some of the sketches and things that I pinned if your mojo needs a boost.This week the Meljen’s Designs team is challenging you to use a sketch created by our talented teammate Dianna. This is such a great, versatile sketch. I hope you will join us and link up your creation inspired by this sketch on the Meljen’s Designs blog. I decided to make another boyish card for my stash (or maybe OWH). …

Sentimental Sundays–Handmade Flowers

It’s Sunday so we have a new Sentimental Sundays challenge. This week, our challenge for you is to make handmade flowers to use on your creation. Don’t forget your sentiment! There are so many wonderful tutorial on how to make your own flowers that I had a hard time deciding what to do. In the end I used the flower tutorial I found HERE to make my flowers. (If you are looking for some tutorials on making your own flowers, I keep links to some of my favorites on my Useful Information page. Feel free to check it out for ideas if you want.)I printed a digital sentiment from Raindrop Echo Designs on a journal card and trimmed it to fit my card. I was happy to make a card where the doilies I have had sitting in my craft area for ages “fit”. I was inspired by the Viva la Verve sketch for the first week of May. (You can find it here) I really liked this sketch and think I will be turning back to it again in the future.Last week, to celebrate the first anniversary of Sentimental Sunda…

Music Saves My Soul

It's time again for Music Saves My Soul.   If you would like to play along with us, please stop by Marcea's blog to link up your song.   I don't have any chit chat this week so I'll get right to the video. Who'd you rather be, The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?Thank you for stopping by!

Meljen’s Designs–Graduation Mouse

With the school year winding down, there are sure to be a lot of graduations right around the corner. To help you get prepared, this week on the Meljen’s Designs blog we are challenging you to make a Graduation themed card or project. Of course Melissa has designed some new digital images that work perfectly with our challenge theme. Here is a peek at the images being released today in the Whimsy Stamps store.Thank you for stopping by!Supplies:Stamps: Graduation Mouse from Meljen’s Designs on Whimsy StampsInks: Distress Inks Antique Linen Papers: Papertrey kraft CS, Bazzill Basics blue CS, Neenah Solar Crest white CS, Cosmo Cricket the Boyfriend mini deck DP Tools: Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Copic markers Embellishments: Tim Holtz paper clip, Papertrey baker’s twine, misc. buttons & brads Challenges:Crafts & Me – PunchesCrafty Creations – Anything GoesCrazy Challenge – Anything GoesCreative Cowgirls – Anything GoesDigi Stamps 4 Joy – It’s a…

What’s goin’ on?

We are celebrating Sentimental Sundays first anniversary. You have a chance to win a free digital sentiment from Raindrop Echo Designs on Whimsy Stamps at each participating DT members blogs. You can see the post HERE for details.  You still have plenty of time to enter our “Anything goes + a sentiment” challenge too.

Sentimental Sundays is also holding a DT call through May 23rd. If you are interested in joining our fun team, see the post HERE for details.

Whimsy Stamps is also holding a DT call for the Digital Stamp DT until May 15th. If you are interested, you can find all the details HERE.

You can hop along with the Whimsy Rubber Stamp team starting on May 18th to see the new rubber stamp release. You will be able to find details on the Whimsy Stamps blog. If you regularly read my blog, you probably know that I am setting up a craft room and I am always on the look out for storage ideas. I stumbled across this today and LOVED the idea. In fact I just love her whole craf…

Sentimental Sundays DT Call

We are looking for talented, easy-going, dedicated, and fun-loving individuals to join the Sentimental Sundays team!

Here's some info (taken directly from the post on the Sentimental Sundays blog):
1.  Create a project (card, scrapbook, digital layout, alter item, anything) using any sentiment an incorporating the challenge theme at least TWICE A MONTH.  You do not have to create weekly, though we (the team and those who visit the blog) love to see your creations!  Comment on participant entries (we divvy it up to decrease the load) - this is very important!  Everyone loves comments.  Join the Sentimental Sundays Yahoo group for DT communication and to chit-chat and share your creations.
2.  You will have access to all the digital sentiments for sale at the Raindrop Echo Designs Digital Sentiments for Whimsy Stamps. Of course, you also have access to all my free digital sentiment sets.  If we have sponsors, you will have access to sponsor products if/when they are offered to the team…

Sentimental Sundays–Anything Goes

It’s time for the new Sentimental Sundays challenge. These week’s challenge is an easy one – “Anything Goes (plus a sentiment)”. I really hope you will jump in and join us.I am sharing a card that I made for a sick friend. I have to admit that I am really pleased with how it turned out. (That rarely happens!) This is one that I wanted to keep to look at, but I did mail it off. Please stop by the Sentimental Sundays blog to see the rest of the DT’s creations. While you are there, you can download the free sentiment set from Ann of Raindrop Echo Designs. I hope you will join our challenge too!**Edited to add**The Sentimental Sundays team is having a DT call through Monday, May 23rd. If you would like to join our fun team, check out this post on the Sentimental Sundays blog.And there is even more exciting news! We are celebrating Sentimental Sunday’s one year anniversary this week. To celebrate the anniversary, you have several chance to win a digital sentiment of your choic…

Bugaboo Fan of the Month

A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I would be interested in being the Bugaboo Fan of the month for May. Of course I had to jump on the chance. Bugaboo has such a great variety of images and the DT is so fun and talented. It was fun having my bio in the Bugaboo monthly newsletter. (Pssst…. If you don’t get the newsletter, you might want to sign up HERE. In each letter there are discounts, news tidbits and freebies.) And, I get to participate with the DT in the Catch the Bug challenge. This week’s challenge is “Anything Goes”.
I have needed several “Get Well” cards lately and used the opportunity to use Bugaboo’s Bug Jar – Bugs to make this card. I love the entire Bug Jar line at Bugaboo, but for some reason this one just makes me smile. I think it is the little bug peeking over the top of the jar.

When I started typing up my post, I noticed you can’t see the entire sentiment. The ticket says “Caught A Bug?”. I would take a new photo for my post, but I already mailed the card off. Sorr…

Music Saves My Soul

This song has been in heavy rotation on my iPod playlist the last few weeks.  I was going to share it a couple of weeks ago, but couldn’t find a decent video.  Good thing I waited, here is the newly released official video. If you like this song, Paste Magazine is offering a free download on their website HERE.    I don’t know how long it will be there.If you would like to play along and share a song that you love, link up over on Marcea’s blog.  Thank you for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Meljen’s Designs–Just Hangin’ Around

It’s Thursday so that means it is time for a new release and a new challenge at the Meljen’s Designs blog. Our challenge this week is to create a business sized (4x9.5) card. I chose not to participate in the challenge this week, so stop by the Meljen’s Designs blog to see the inspiration pieces from some of the other DT members.Although I didn’t make a business sized card, I couldn’t resist using this new image. I typically don’t care much for possums, but this little guy is cute. I stayed with a standard sized card so that I could slip into my box of cards bound for OWH. (66 cards are on the way – mailed today!)Here is a look at all the new images this week. They are all available in the Whimsy Stamps store starting today.I though I would also share a picture of a real possum that loves to stop by to eat my bird seed. This picture was taken in January when we had snow on the ground. (Opposed to April when we still had snow on the ground…) I like Melissa’s “Little Possum” …

Whimsy Stamps Digi DT Call

Whimsy Stamps is also holding a Design Team call from now until May 15th. We are looking for some talented crafters to join our Digital Stamp DT and help us showcase our growing digital stamp collections.
Each Digi Team Designer is asked to...
* share one project per week on his/her blog (applicants must have a blog),
* participate in our monthly releases and blog hop,
* become a member of our Yahoo group,
* share your artwork on our Facebook Fan page, Whimsy Blog, and any other online community you belong to,
* promote Whimsy Stamps by using our images, mentioning Whimsy news and promotions, and linking to our shop.
In exchange for DT work and helping to promote our products...
* members will have access to our digital stamps for use in weekly DT projects,
* members will receive a DT discount of 20% off, on all Whimsy shop purchases, while a member of our team,
* personal bio and photo will be placed on our blog.
If you are interested in applying, please send an e…

Whimsy Stamps May Digi Release Blog Hop & Announcement

Happy May 1st! Now that it is May, I sure hope that it means spring is on the way!Also, being the first of the month, means it is time for the new digital stamp release and blog hop for Whimsy Stamps. You should have arrived here from Debbie’s blog. If you stumbled upon the hop and would like to join in, start at Whimsy Inspirations Blog. Be sure to leave comments along the way since some of the designers are be hosting a give-away.This month there are a lot of new, fun images and there is even a new digi stamp designer, Moon Cookie Galley, that is making her preview. Hop along with us to see all the wonderful new digital images.For my project, I made a birthday card using the new Courageous Carl digital image from Crissy’s Digis. Isn’t he cute? I really enjoyed coloring his fabulous mane. I added a birthday sentiment from the Party Mini Seals (rubber) set from Raindrop Echo Designs that was released in April. I think Carl would also be perfect for Mother’s Day, Valentine…