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Monday, February 28, 2011

Blog Candy Giveaway

 Welcome to March's blog candy giveaway!
Here are these month's cards:


So please join me for March's giveaway!

Rules...
1. Leave a comment  ON THIS POST.
2. Please make sure to leave me a way to contact you if you are the lucky winner!
Giveaway is open until Saturday, March 19, 2011, midnight.
I will announce the lucky winner on Sunday, March 20, 2011.
Good luck!

You are more than welcome to grab my button and post it on your blog :-)

PS: Babe I'm getting your cards in the mail!!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ahoy Matey


Children's cards are not a type of cards I make often.  I usually make them at stamp camps, and save them for later use to give to my nephews and nieces. 


I made this card for a challenge called Kinder Birthday.  I had bought this stamp set called Ahoy Matey thinking of our young nephews.
We have one 6 year old nephew who I know will like this card!
Sketch is from Stamping 411

Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday?


I am working on a set of 10 cards for February's Cards for A Cause.  This month's organization being featured is the Humane Society of Concord and Great Cabarrus County Harrisburg in North Carolina.   We are to make thank you cards or blank note cards to be used to send to families that have adopted a pet to thank them for making their home the start of a new life for an animal in need. 

I am using my Loads of Love stamp set for the very first time!  I knew that someday I would finally had a chance to use it! 

Please stop by Julia's Stamping Ground What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday? to see other bloggers' creative desks.

PS: I was asked if I only use Stampin' Up! stamps and the answer is mostly yes.  I do have an assorted collection of other stamps that I use as well.

Featured Stamper

This week's Featured Stamper at SCS is Cookie, aka StampGroover.  I chose this card to case. 
Congratulations Cookie!

I added a background paper which I embossed with one of my Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I love the soft colors of the card stock and designer paper. 
I just love how simple and pretty it looks.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Featured Stamper

I was so happy I had a 3-day weekend, because it gave me the opportunity to play in my craft room, and catch up with some challenges!


Last week's Featured Stamper 210 at SCS was Charlene, aka Willow01, and I chose this card to case.  
I actually made 2 cards, but used different ribbon.  I actually like the top card better.  I think the ribbon gives it a better finishing touch.

 I think these cards make good masculine cards.

I like to give the inside of the card some personality as well.  I don't like stamping the inside with a message or sentiment, that way the sender can write it's own personal message.
Congratulations Charlene!
Stamp Sets: SU! Seeing Spots, Vintage Labels
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Yoyo Yellow, Cranberry Crisp
Accessories: CB Spots & Dots EF, ribbon, small & medium circle punch, scallop punch

Homemade Laundry Soap

Last month there were several posts about making your own homemade laundry detergent, that I was interested in making it myself.  It seems that all of the ladies who made it and used it were very happy with the results.

 Well I finally rounded up all of the ingredients and made a small batch to try out, and I'm happy to say that I love it!  I did 4 loads of laundry last Saturday, and the clothes were really clean and fresh smelling!  One of the things that prompted me into giving it a try was that Hubby and I have very sensitive skin.  At first I thought it was the weather, since we live in a desert.

If you are interested in making this laundry detergent, you can get the recipe from Elaine at Sunny Simple Life.
Now that I have tried it and really like it, I will go ahead and make a huge batch.
You can read more about it here:

Thank you ladies for sharing the recipe and for letting me know what a good thing I was missing!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Table Top Tuesday

It has been a long time since I participated, and today I want to share with you one table I use a lot to take pics of my cards.

When we first moved to our home over 3 years ago, I had decided that I wanted glass side tables for our living room.  So far, I haven't gotten around to getting them, and I'm stuck with this cheap 3-legged round table.  I covered it up with a round tablecloth. 

 This silver shell dish belonged to my mother-in-law.  I wish I had taken a picture of its 3 little shell legs.  I cleaned it up and polished it to a gleam.

The crotchet round doily also belonged to my mother-in-law.  I don't know it it was hers or it was given to her by her mother.  The cute little flower pot is from Safeway.  I don't like fake flowers in my home, but our living room is very dark to have real plants, and besides these flowers were just too sweet looking.

Please stop by Marty's where you'll see much more impressive table tops!

Easter Blessings

I have to share with you one of my new stamp sets called Easter Blessings!
I think the image of this little girl is just precious, and just says spring all over!

A tiny peek inside the card...sorry it's too dark...I was still sleepy when I took this pic...LOL!

I made this card using:
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PS: Designer Paper is from my Big Sis!  She sent me a nice little package of beautiful 6"x6" scrap paper that I 'm playing with!  Thanks Big Sis!

Presidents' Day

The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
-Theodore Roosevelt

Sunday, February 20, 2011

February's Blog Candy Winner!

Babe!

Congratulations Babe!  I will mail your happy mail out this coming Tuesday.
Thanks to all of you who stopped by and participated in this month's giveaway.  I will be posting March's giveaway on Sunday the 6th.

Patti I hope that by now you have received your happy mail...

~Oliva~

I used  Random.Org to get the winner.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Junkin Finds Friday

Hi!  It's Friday and I have a four-day weekend!
You probably have noticed that this week I only had one card post.  For this week's posts I had decided that I needed to broaden my horizons and venture out of my craft room! 

So for today's post I'm participating in Linda's Junkin Finds Friday, which is a first for me! 
So let me share my Junkin Find with you...
 ...is this silver plated butter dish which I found at a garage sale about 2 weeks ago.  Our neighbor Mary has moved to Seattle, and had a huge garage sale.  I got a chance to stop by at the end of her sale when they were cleaning up all of the items that didn't sell.  They were packing everything up to donate, when I spotted this really tarnished looking butter dish.  I asked, "How much?"  and the answer was "Free."  I took it!

About a year ago I had found this $1 glass butter dish, but Hubby never liked it because it was hard to lift the lid.  So when I saw the lid to this butter dish, I said, "Perfect for Hubby!"
Swing by Linda's Junkin Finds Friday to see other bloggers' great finds!
Have a great weekend and don't forget my blog candy giveaway!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

On Going Project...

While visiting Nancy Jo's blog, and reading this post, it reminded me of my on going crotchet afghan.
This winter has been a good one for me so far. It has given me the opportunity to work with yarn, and keeping me warm at the same time.

Besides card making and scrap booking, I enjoy knitting and crotchet.  This afghan has been an on going project over the past several years.  I have crotchet one row at a time using a different color yarn from leftover projects such as baby blankets, afghans and sweaters I've made as gifts.
So...while I was watching the Grammy's on Sunday evening, I decided to add several more rows, but I found out that I need more yarn...See...that's why is taking me so long to make.
Thank you Nancy Jo for giving me the inspiration to continue to crotchet.
You just never know what you'll learn or be inspired by when you visit other talented bloggers.

Don't forget my blog candy giveaway!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

WOYWW?

What's On My Workdesk Wednesday?
Are you ready for a glimpse of my desk?  Beware...

I'm embarrassed to share this picture with you. 
This is what my work table usually looks after making a card or project at the end of the weekend.  I make most of my cards on the weekend since I have a very busy job that demands a lot of my attention.  This week is going to be a busy one for me since I have my monthly Bunco night on Tuesday, and I'm taking Friday off from work which means I have to cram 5 days of work into 4!  So my work table will stay like this until this coming Saturday morning!  I'm currently working on a set of quilted cards for a friend. 
I need more hours in a day!
Let me list some tools of my so called trade: small paper cutter, large paper cutter, embossing folder, stamp pad, tweezers to pick up small tiny items, ribbon, lace, ...
This is my first time playing along What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday hosted by Julia at Stamping Ground.  Please stop by to get a glimpse at what other creative bloggers' desks look like!

Don't forget my  blog candy giveaway!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Quilted Card

This card is called a quilted card.  It is a new technique I learned over the weekend from SplitCoastStampers.  I would love to learn to actually quilt using real fabric, but for now I think paper is easier.
If you like to learn how to make one here is the tutorial, and if you like to see other quilting block patterns go here!

Don't forget my blog candy giveaway!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My Favorite Kitchen Gadget Party

I am participating in Lynn's, Happier Than A Pig In Mud, party called I Love My Favorite Kitchen Gadget!

This sounded like a great party, but I had a hard time deciding which is my favorite kitchen gadget since I have several!  My most favorite one is my Kitchen Aide stand mixer, but who doesn't love it!


Well I narrowed it down to 2 of my most favorite gadgets. 
The first one is a measuring cup from Pampered Chef.  The reason I love it is because it's a breeze to use when a recipe calls for peanut butter, Crisco, butter, or any other sticky gooey ingredient.  You simply fill it up with the ingredient being called for, and then you push it right out.  The best part is that it is so easy to clean!

The second gadget is this. 
I called it a scraper.  I can't remember it's real name.  Whenever you chop onions, tomatoes, celery, etc,...you use this gadget to pick up your chopped ingredients from your cutting board, and easily transfer them to the pan for cooking or bowl.  My Hubby does a lot of cooking in our home, and he's always reaching out for this gadget.  I wish I had a before picture of our kitchen floor when he did the cooking before we had this scraper...ugh!!!  Not pretty!

I hope with have another party like this so that I can share my other favorite kitchen gadgets that make cooking so easy to do!
Please stop by Happier Than A Pig In Mud to visit other blogger's favorite gadgets.  You never know what you'll find that you can't live without.

Don't forget my blog candy giveaway!

Rosette

 A week ago I learned to make a rosette out of paper.  It wasn't difficult once you're shown how, especially when it's this size.  We used a quilling tool to hold the center of the paper while rolling it around.  I don't have one so I used my needle nose pliers.
You can see the tutorial here that shows you step by step on how to make this rolled flower.
I used a strip of this beautiful rose petal designer paper, and I ran the background through the Cuttlebug using my Houndstooth embossing folder.  I added a little red half pearl sticker to give it the illusion of a ladybug. 
Honestly, this card was an "oops".  It was going to be a totally different card, but I ended up with this!

Don't forget my blog candy giveaway!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Warm Fuzzies

One of my Christmas gifts from Hubby was a heavy thick white spa robe.  I love it!  It's so thick and lush, and it makes me feel so extravagant!
So while I was going through my collection of Bella stamps, I came across this one.  I called her Spabella

 Now you can picture my weekday morning look...but a little bit more plump...LOL!
I made this card for a challenge called Warm Fuzzies.  This challenge was inspired by our colder than usual winter weather this year.  In making our card we were to use a warm color and something fuzzy.  My warm color is this deep dark pink background card stock.  For my warm fuzzy, I used this felt ric rac ribbon.  It almost has the feel and textured of my thick robe.

Well lucky for us here in the Phoenix Valley, today we are expecting sunny warm weather in the high 70's!!!  Love it!    

Don't forget my blog candy giveaway!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Featured Stamper

 Good morning everyone!  I was hoping for a warmer day today, but I guess my wish didn't come true.  You're probably thinking, "What is she complaining about being from sunny AZ?"  Well, I don't care for cold mornings at all!  My blood is too thin for this harsh weather!  Yes, I am a wimp when it comes to cold weather...LOL!

Sorry...I just had to gripe!
Well moving on to the real reason of this post...Featured Stamper, FS209, Lori, aka 3Bugs&Me .  I chose this beautiful card of hers.  She's a very talented lady.  
Once I was done with my card, I really fell in love with the color combination.
I hope you all have a great day and stay warm.

 Don't forget my blog candy giveaway!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pressed Flowers

On Super Bowl Sunday while the boys were enjoying the game, I was happily playing in my room.
On Sunday's post I mentioned to you that I learned a new technique called faux pressed flowers. I just can't seem to stop "faux-ing" everything now! Anyways, I gave it a second try using these blue silk flowers, and running them through the Cuttlebug using my Argyle embossing folder.

I want to thank everyone that has stopped by and have taken the time to leave me very nice comments. I really appreciate them :-)
Don't forget my blog candy giveaway!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I Love You

Love is in the air!
I made this card using Stamping 411's sketch challenge #189, using my new Valentine stamp set called Filled with Love by Stampin' Up!
I ran the background designer paper through my Cuttlebug using the Hearts embossing folder.
I don't know if you can see the clear heart button...but it's really cute.


Hope you like it, and have a great day!
Don't forget my blog candy giveaway...see my button on the top right!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Featured Stamper

Last week's featured stamper over at SplitCoastStampers was Sue, aka Tillymint: FS208
She has a wonderful gallery, and I chose this card to CASE.

In making this card I learned a new technique called faux pressed flowers. This technique creates the look of vintage pressed flowers. You glue the silk flowers onto card stock and then run it through the Cuttlebug using an embossing folder. I used my Houndstooth embossing folder.
I actually liked this technique, and I know I will be using it in future cards.
Congratulations Sue!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Blog Candy Giveaway

Welcome to my second blog candy giveaway!
I've decided that I will be holding a monthly blog candy, and here are these month's cards:

So please join me for February's giveaway!
Rules...
  1. Leave a comment ON THIS POST.
  2. Please make sure to leave me a way to contact you if you are the lucky winner!

Giveaway is open until Saturday, February 19, 2011, midnight.

I will announce the lucky winner on Sunday, February 20, 2011.

Good luck!

You are more than welcome to grab my button and post it on your blog :-)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Flourishes

I made this very simple card for a challenge calling for flourishes. I found this stamp set at Big Lots for $2 last summer! The set includes 5 borders, and this was the first time I finally had a chance to use it.


A peek at the inside of the card.

It was a very quick card to make since it didn't required any layering, so I ended up making 3.