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Anyone For Some Hot Cocoa?

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Today I have another Christmas card to share with you! I’ve told you about my weakness for snowmen before and I just could not resist the cute snowman images from Whimsie Doodles. I bought them all and hope I have time before Christmas to use each one. Gosh! I just want to give him a squeeze. Do you think he would melt? Have a great day! Thank you for stopping by!SuppliesStamps: Cup of Cocoa (digital stamp) by Whimsie Doodles, Holiday Treats by Papertrey Inks: Close to My Heart Barn Red Papers: Neenah Crest Solar White, Papertrey white CS, misc. cranberry CS, Echo Park Winter Park DP pad Tools: Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Stampin’n Up circle punch, Ek Success punch Embellishments: Papertrey bakers twine, misc. button, Chocolate Cherry Dew Drops Techniques: Paper piecing Challenges:2 Sisters Challenge – Holiday Addicted to Stamps – Christmas Alota Rubber Stamps – Dots AUD Sentiments – winter holiday sentiment Cooking it up with Katie – Anyt…

Winter BFF’s

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Only 25 days until Christmas! Yikes – where has the time gone? Have you started your Christmas shopping? I’ve am almost done. (I did a lot of it yesterday evening. There were some great Cyber Monday sales.) I am trying to stay away from the malls and big-block stores as much as possible this year and have been doing more shopping on and other similar sites. I can’t wait until the packages start arriving.I am almost done making Christmas cards too! I still need to order photo cards for family, but since I need a picture to put on them I’m not quite ready to order them yet. Today I wanted to share a Christmas card I made using an image from Whimsy & Stars Studio. Aren’t these little guys sweet? Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!Supplies:Stamps: Winter Friends (digital stamp) by Whimsy and Stars Studio, Holiday Treats by Papertrey Inks: Close To My Heart Cranberry Papers: Neenah Crest solar white CS, Papertrey Kraft & Pure Poppy CS, My Mind’…

Pinterest Inspiration

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I apologize in advance for my short post. I am running out of time to get my project for the Amber Inklings Pinny party posted. I need to get the post up and start on dinner, laundry, etc.My daughter has found the internet. Now all around the PC, there are little scraps of paper with her passwords, etc. for the websites she likes to visit. After getting a little push from the Pinny party on the Amber Inklings blog, I decided to make her a little book to keep her password info and the phone numbers of her friends.Inside I have sections for passwords, address/phone numbers, and note pages. Here is a link to the template I made for the inside pages. I warn you they are not great but they serve the purpose. Feel fee to download and use as you would like at I think I set it up so that it works. Let me know if you have a problem. I was inspired by this address bookand this password book that pinned on PinterestThis was the first …

Meljen’s Designs Use Twine Challenge & a Sale!

Happy Thanksgiving to my readers in the US! Now that Thanksgiving is here, it means that the big push to Christmas is starting. I thought I would share a couple of gift card holders that I made using digital stamps from Meljen’s Designs.I think a handmade gift card holder is a great way to warm up or personalize a gift card. Using the Gift Card Greetings metal die from Papertrey and a digi stamp from Meljen’s Designs is a a cute and easy way to make a holder for any gift card.To decorate this gift card holder, I used one of the new images that Melissa is putting into the store today. Since Melissa has really been in the Christmas spirit lately, she has designed a lot of new, fabulous, Christmas themed images. Check all these out!The new challenge on the Meljen’s Designs blog is “Use Twine or String”. I can’t wait to see what you come up with. To link up your project or see the challenge rules, see the Meljen’s Designs blog.To help get you in the holiday spirit, Melissa is …

Ornament Angel

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This week I used the sweet image “Ornament Angel” for my Whimsy & Stars Studio DT card. Mabelle gave this image away to the fans of the Whimsy & Stars Studio Facebook page last month but she is now avalable in the store. If you haven’t already, you might want to go “Like” the Whimsy & Stars Studio Facebook page because you never know when Mabelle might post another free digi.There are some fun things going on over at the Whimsy & Stars Studio. Stop by the blog and join in the Gratitude blog hop. To play along, just link up your project using a Whimsy & Stars Studio image (it does not have to be Gratitude themed) and add your favorite gratitude quote or something you are grateful for and would like to share for your chance to win one of three winners of a $9.00 gift certificate to the Whimsy & Stars Studio store. For all the details and to link up your project, check the Whimsy & Stars blog. Don’t forget about the sale on Whimsy & Stars St…

Happy Turkey Day!

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Thanksgiving is just a week away! Do you have your stretchy pants ready? Just kidding. Although I love seeing my extended family on Thanksgiving, turkey and the rest of the Thanksgiving fixin’s are not my favorite meal. Why couldn’t the pilgrims eat pasta? And chocolate? Can’t forget the chocolate.Anyhow, whether you like turkey or not, this little guy is looking for a pardon this year. He would like you to eat some of his farm yard friends like the cow or pig. Or how about Tofurky this year? Do you think the farmer will be able to find him in his cute disguise?The new Meljen’s Design challenge is “Thanksgiving or Thank you”. Melissa is putting some new Thanksgiving themed images in the store today. Aren’t the perfect for the challenge or any last minute Thanksgiving projects you might have?If you like the paper I used, check out my blog candy! The paper I used is from the Darling Dear paper pad. Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!Supplies:Stamps: Save …

U Rock!

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My baby turned 10 yesterday. I can’t believe we are now in the double digits. Time is just flying by!Since she wants to be a rock star when she grows up (in between the time she spends as a vet, teacher, writer, actress, spy, mom, and CSI tech), I thought this image from Pink Cat Studios would be perfect for her birthday card. Of course I had to add some glitter and bling because that is all part of the rock star style.I was looking for some pictures of Elizabeth from when she was a baby, but I couldn’t find any to share. I can’t believe we didn’t have a digital camera back then (even though I know it is true). Instead I thought I would share a couple pictures from her fencing tournament last weekend. She won the silver medal! I am such a proud momma!Action shot! She is the one on the right.Here she is showing off her silver medal after some really hard matches. She wears that Hammer hat under her fencing gear to keep her hair out of her face. Happy Birthday, Bab…

Winter Friends

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I love snowmen! This time of year I could just go nuts buying every snowman ornament and knick knack I see. Good thing I have a little self control or my house would be filled. Of course with digital stamps, you can have as many as you want and it doesn’t clutter up your house. This is one of the snowmen that I fell for this year, a sweet digital stamp by Whimsy & Stars Studio. I tried to fancy this card up a bit more than my usual style. I have glitter, pearls, bling, ribbon, lace, die cuts, stitching, buttons, flocking, paper piecing - oh my! That is a lot of stuff on one card for me. I might have to keep this card for myself!There are some fun things going on over at the Whimsy & Stars Studio. Stop by the blog and join in the Gratitude blog hop. To play along, just link up your project using a Whimsy & Stars Studio image (it does not have to be Gratitude themed) and add your favorite gratitude quote or something you are grateful for and would li…

Veteran’s Day 11-11-11

Thank you to our brave veterans on this Veteran's Day. The freedoms we have in this country should not be taken for granted. Somebody fought for you. Somebody died for you. We have the ability to vote for our government representatives, choose where to live, read what ever books we want, and say what is on our mind and many other things we consider rights because of our veterans. Thank you to all our veterans for protecting our freedoms!To celebrate Veteran’s Day, Melissa of Meljen’s Designs is giving away her ARMY BEAR digital stamp. It is free today only. Please stop by the Meljen’s Designs blog for the link to download your free ARMY BEAR digital stamp. ** Edited ** Melissa decide to hold a sale in honor of Veteran’s Day too. 15% off digis today and tomorrow. (November 11 & 12, 2011). Discount code MDvet15. You can see more details on the Meljen’s Designs blog.

Santa Baby

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The weather turned cold and dreary here this week. Brrrr…. Winter is on its way. Although I enjoy curling up near the fire with my blanket, cup of tea, and a good book, I made my way up to my craft room to make another Christmas card. To keep things easy, I used one of the pre-colored digital images from Meljen’s Designs. The colors perfectly matched my new Echo Park papers. This Santa looks so happy that I just want to pinch his rosy cheek. (But I won’t. I don’t want to end up on the “Naughty” list.)A couple of weeks ago I finally scored at an antique store. Every one always shows off all their great thrift store or antique store finds but I feel like I never find anything “good”. I saw a sign that a local antique store was closing and that everything was on sale. Since I had time, I decided to stop to see if I could find anything “good”. I did! I got 3 quart mason jars full of buttons for $5. Once I got them home and sorted through them, I found there were …

Whimsy & Stars Gratitude Blog Hop

Mabelle is hosting the very first Whimsy & Stars Gratitude blog hop to share the spirit of the season with the fans of her images. Instead of trying to rewrite her post and put it in my own words, I am going to quote directly from her blog. To join in the blog hop and for your chance to win, link up your creation on the Whimsy and Stars Studio blog.From the Whimsy & Stars Studio blog: “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are
the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
— Marcel Proust
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Happy Fall, dear friends! I hope your are enjoying this glorious season
of gratitude and happy gatherings! I think its the perfect occasion
to have our very first Gratitude Blog Hop! What you think?Join me to celebrate Thanksgiving!Please post a card using any of my designs either rubber stamp or digi stamp Post your card on your blog Add your favorite gratitude quote, something that you are grateful for or anything…

Feel Better Soon

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Last week my DH asked me to make a card for his boss, errr…. his boss’ dog. The poor pup was hit by a car and originally was not given much of a chance to survive. Well, the little guy surprised everyone, including the vets, and not only survived but is doing really great.I used the need for a card as an excuse to finally purchase an image from K ‘n K Designs. I always love Katlyn’s dog images but with haven’t had time to use them with DT commitments. It also gave me a chance to use some pet themed papers from Pebbles that I won from Paper Crafts Connection.Once I had the image colored, I had a really hard time making the card. My mojo was missing. In the end, I was inspired by the design of this card from Amy Rohl. That’s it for today. I hope you will take a minute to check out the K ‘n K Designs shop.Don’t forget to check out my MME blog candy HERE.Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!Supplies:Stamps: Kolar’s Bandage (digital stamp) from K ‘n K Design…

A Little Blog Candy


I was looking at my calendar and reflecting on all the reasons that I have to celebrate over the next few months. We have our daughter’s birthday, our wedding anniversary, Thanksgiving, a chance to see family that lives far away, my brother’s birthday, my husband’s birthday, friends’ birthdays, Christmas and that is just the start.Since all this put me in a good mood, I decided I would offer up a little blog candy to my crafting friends. I have 2 My Mind’s Eye Six by Six pads (Darling Dear & All Spice) to give away to 1 random winner. (Both can be seen HERE on the MME website. Sorry for the fuzzy picture.)What do you have to do? FOR 1 ENTRY - Be a follower of my blog and leave me a comment. Tell me what you are looking forward to over the next few months or even just say “Hi”. FOR A 2nd ENTRY – Let your friends know about my blog candy give away either in a post or in your blog sidebar. Please post the above photo and linking it back to my …

You Had Me At Hello

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Today my hubby and I are celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary. When we met in 1991 at a dance club, little did I image then that we would be married and still together 20 years later. I’m so glad he asked me to dance.Here is a picture of us on the big day.Happy Anniversary, Honey! I am looking forward to many, many more years together!Don’t forget to check out my blog candy HERE.Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day!Supplies:Stamps: Dancing Love (digital stamps) by Whimsy & Stars Studio, Just the Ticket by Papertrey Inks: Close To My Heart Cranberry Papers: Neenah Crest solar white, Papertrey Dark Chocolate & Kraft CS, October Afternoon Sidewalk & Farm Fresh DP Tools: Sewing machine, Martha Stewart punch, Big Shot, Papertrey Just the Ticket die, Copic markers Embellishments: Papertrey red bakers twine, misc. blue twine, button, & dew drops Challenges:4 Crafty Chicks – Die cuts Anything Goes Challenge – Stitching Catch the Bug – Anything Goes CE…

Purse Bling and a discount for you!

I generally try to keep my blog about paper crafting and my music post on Saturdays, but I decided I had to share this with you. I found a company where I love the product and, even better, I was impressed with their customer service. I saw a review of the Purseket Purse Organizer from Purse Bling on another blog and had to check it out. The purse I am currently using has a dark colored interior and hardly any pockets. I can never find what I am looking for unless I practically dump the entire purse. After looking at the pictures and reading customer reviews, I ordered one (in a light color) for my purse. It shipped the same day and was on my door step in no time. I immediately dumped out my purse and put my Kleenex, gum, aspirin, Epi pen, pens, check book, lipstick, etc. in my new purse organizer and slipped it into my purse. I have to say I LOVE IT! I can find anything I am looking for so easily now. See that loop on the top? I love that feature. You slip your keys ov…

Music Saves My Soul

Hurray!  The week end has rolled around again!  Next week, my hubby and I will be celebrating our 13th anniversary.     I picked this song in honor of our anniversary.     Enjoy! If you would like to play along, link up your blog on Marcea’s blog.Have a great week end!

Meljen’s Designs Challenge #83–Brads

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It’s time to announce the new Meljen’s Designs challenge and give you a look at the new images going into the store today. As you probably guessed, the challenge this week is to use BRADS. I used one of the new images, Pumpkin Crow, to make this card. (My brads are the flower centers.)Here is a look at the new digital images going into the store today.While you’re checking out the Meljen’s Designs store, be sure to check out the new pre-colored digis Melissa added earlier this week. Using precolored digis makes creating cards (or other paper crafts) a snap.Stop by the Meljen’s Designs blog to see the projects using the new digis from the rest of the DT.Have a great day!Supplies:Stamps: Pumpkin Crow (digital stamp) by Meljen’s DesignsInks: Antique Linen distress inks Papers: Neenah Crest solar white, Papertrey kraft & dark chocolate CS, Bo Bunny Forever Fall Collection DP pad Tools: Sewing machine, Big Shot, Stampin’ Up edge punch, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Pape…

Whimsy & Stars Studio and the Catered Crop Challenge

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I have a rather lengthy post today but I have lots of information to share with you. All good stuff, I promise!First I want to share another card that I made using the beautiful image, Felicity, from Whimsy & Stars Studio. (You can see my first card HERE.) I decided to try something a little different and not use the entire image. I know, a lot of you do this all the time, but it is new for me. I love the way it turned out. I’m going to try to remember to do this more often.This is the entire image. Isn’t she sweet?Mabelle, the creative genius behind Whimsy & Stars Studio, is giving a way a free image on Facebook to the fans of the Whimsy & Stars Studio page. This adorable image (below) will be available for free download on Facebook November 1 – 3rd (noon Eastern time) and then it will move to her Etsy shop. Hurry on over and download her now! Don’t forget to share your creations with us on the Whimsy & Stars Studio page.There is also a sale go…