May 23, 2015

Operation Write Home Finishing Strong Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Operation Write Home Finishing Strong Blog Hop! With the help of volunteer card makers around the country, OWH has sent over THREE MILLION cards to our deployed Heroes to write home to their loved ones!!!
Operation Write Home, a charity that has supported heroes with handmade cards since 2007, will be closing later this year. August 1st is the absolute last day that OWH will accept cards so if you've been working on a box, do not hesitate to get it in the mail! 

I want to give a big shout out to Sandy Allnock, founder & Executive Director of OWH. 
She saw a need and made it happen. I can only imagine how many countless hours she has put into this project. Not only has she mailed 3 million cards, she has taught me how to be a better card maker. By posting card shares, tutorials, challenges and fresh ideas I have learned so much about creativity and card design. I will continue to be inspired through her personal blog. If you haven't been there you must check it out. She is the Queen of Copic Markers and has some amazing things to share so bookmark it and check it out after the hop! Thank you Sandy....for helping us grow creatively, for helping us create millions of smiles around the world but most of all for the sacrifices you have made personally to bring this to fruition. You will always Rock in my book ((hugs))

The theme for this hop is red, white and blue. I am keeping this as short as possible because I know you have a lot of hoppin' to do so if you are interested in any of the products I used, ask me in the comments and I will get back to you.

Click on the Finishing Strong banner at the top of this post to return to the lineup. Thanks so much for stopping by today. In appreciation of your time, I have BLOG CANDY!
Simply leave a comment below and check back here on Thursday May 28th. I will post the winner right here on this post. Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! 

May 1, 2015

National Scrapbook Day Blog Hop!


WELCOME to the 
National Scrapbook Day Blog Hop!!

You should of arrived here from Sukie, but
if you did not, you can start at Jessica in the beginning!

Today, some of the best Scrapbooking bloggers I 
know teamed up to present a 
blog hop to celebrate ALL us Scrapbookers 
National Scrapbook Day!

Some info on National Scrapbooking Day:

Each year on the first Saturday in May, it is National Scrapbook Day. 

Also known as National Scrapbooking Day, on this day thousands of people get together all over the country to celebrate with scrapbooking parties and share their talents with others. 

Scrapbooking dates back to the 15th century.

As per Wikipedia: “Scrapbooking is a method for preserving personal and family history in the form of a scrapbook. Typical memorabilia include photographs, printed media, and artwork. Scrapbook albums are often decorated and frequently contain extensive journaling. Scrapbooking is a widely practiced pastime in the United States.”

Scrapbooking is a hobby of preserving memories and at the same time it provides a strong social network.

  ”Scrappers”, as they are called, get together and scrapbook at each others homes, local scrapbook stores, scrapbooking conventions, retreat centers and have even gone on cruises.  Together they share tips and ideas and enjoy the social outlet.

Scrapbookers are often referred to as "Paper Hoarders".

How about those journaling tidbits facts??? 

Now, enough with the facts, lets get to the good stuff!

Today, we have two Sponsors!

Our first sponsor is:

A pack of National Scrapbook Month Paper from 

a Free Mini Stamp set with EVERY SIZE order in her 
online store until Sunday night at Midnight!
And our second sponsor:


A set of Kiwi Lane Templates
Tiny Shapes! 
In order to be eligible to win, you must do the following:

1. Follow all blogs!
2. Be sure to comment on ALL blog posts!
3. Follow Craftin and Stampin  on Facebook!
4. Follow Stampin and Craftin on Facebook!
5. For extra chances to win, take a picture of YOUR 
completed layouts this weekend, and post to Instagram with 
the tag ‪#‎craftinandstampinnationalscrapbookday2015‬ and each 
completed layout gets an extra chance at winning!

You have until Monday at 8:00 AM to hop and 
to be entered to win!
Winners will be announced on Wednesday on 
both Sponsor Blogs!

Now, who's ready to celebrate with some 

Let's get to hopping!!!
One of my sweetest memories is when I would sing "You Are My Sunshine" to my son and he would join in. I created this layout and sunbeam using the Cricut Artbooking cartridge. The title is from the Paper Piecings by Nikki "You are my sunshine" stamp set and I added verses of the song (created in Word) in the 2 smaller spaces.

This is was page 2 of my layout. :-(
I left the room for just a second and when I returned.....had an awesome paper jam in my Cricut, turned it off and back on to reset and now my paper/mat won't load. Any suggestions??

Thanks so much for stopping by to celebrate National Scrapbook Day with us! I have a little something up for grabs to show my appreciation. Leave a comment here and check back on Wednesday to see if you were the winner! 
Congratulations to lucky #5 ~ KATY
Katy, please email your address to and I will get your prize out to ya!                Sending hugs and a huge thank you to all of you that stopped by for the hop!                 

Next, please be sure to hop to Chaunnelle!!! 
Here is the blog lineup in case you get lost!

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!!!

March 18, 2015

OWH - ODBD March Challenge

The March challenge for Our Daily Bread Designs is to make the sentiment the main focus of your card. I love this stamp from Neat and Tangled. I heat embossed each of them to add a little dimension to these otherwise clean and simple cards.

At the time of this post, there are 33 entries. The goal is 50 so if you haven't linked up yet....hurry on over! Have a crafty day! 

March 14, 2015

Picture Perfect Blog Hop

Welcome to the Picture Perfect Blog Hop! We encourage you to take a moment this week to print out those precious memories that are stored away in our phones and computers. With digital photography, I have taken tons of pictures but am so far behind on my scrapbooking. Printing them off will not only preserve them but encourage me to go ahead and tell the story of my life events.

In appreciation of your visit today, I am giving away this little bundle of blog candy! Simply visit, comment and follow each of the blogs below to be entered to win! Check back right here on this post Wednesday March 18th to see if you are the winner!
Congratulations to lucky #2! Please email your mailing address to! Thank you all for hopping along with us.
This is a picture from our 2010! The map shows all the places we visited during our cruise. I think I will go back and add a dot to each of the ports. 
When it comes to scrapbooking, I want to showcase as many photos as I can with a smidge of journaling on the side. These photos are from our camping 2011....told ya I was behind :-) The layouts aren't complete but least I have started the process! That's always the hardest part. I used the computer to create tags with descriptions about the canyon and I will add my hand written journaling at a later date.  
The trees, compass and titles were cut with my Cricut and the stars were created with a border punch.

  I added some red Stickles to the flame for that realistic effect.
 Technically, I think they call this GLAMPing lol
I bet we walked 20 miles up and down hill unloading everything at the camp site. Yes.....we had to lug it down! We had a blast though and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat! If you have any suggestions of what I could add to finish these layouts off, I would love to hear them.
And lastly, if you have some random pictures that really don't need to be scrapbooked, make some greeting cards! 

Thank you so much for taking the time to hop with us today. Your next stop is Theresa.                   See below for the complete lineup:
Michele ~    <--------- YOU ARE HERE

February 28, 2015

Favorite Recipe Blog Hop

Welcome to our Favorite Recipe Blog Hop.  If you are just arriving from Theresa's blog, you are in the right place! Don't forget to visit won't want to miss any of the amazing  Recipes that we have to share with you! In addition to seeing some awesome recipes and/or projects, there is a chance to win blog candy! To be eligible to win, you must leave a comment on each stop in the hop as well as hitting that little "follow" button!  For this hop Robin is giving away this great Project Life Recipe Pages Kit by Becky Higgins!!!

Winner will be chosen on Sunday, March 8th so you have all week to hop through ! So, grab yourself a Latte', sit back and hop along with us as we share our projects with you.

My husband loves to cook and it didn't take long to realize that our kitchen wasn't big enough for both of us lol. I gladly let him take over and look forward to all the deliciousness he can whip up! Prior to that, I introduced him to my CORNBREAD SALAD. He said this is the only reason he married me :-) This recipe makes a ton so it's great for gatherings but I usually cut it in half for the 2 of us. It's wonderful as a side item or all by itself as a snack! 
I combine the mayo, sour cream and ranch dressing mix the night before and refrigerate so it can meld. It's rather twangy when you 1st mix it up so make sure you do this the day before you plan on serving it.
I cube the bacon strips instead of cooking whole strips and trying to break it up. Prepare cornbread as noted on package. I always use 2 packages so I am assured I won't run out even if doing 1/2 a recipe.
Combine tomatoes (undrained), kidney beans (undrained) and corn (drained). Add bacon, bell pepper and onion. (we added a little celery too)
Crumble a layer of cooled cornbread in the bottom of a deep dish. Add layer of bean mixture, a layer of sour cream mixture and a layer of shredded cheese. Repeat for a second layer. The recipe doesn't call for black olives but we love them and they go perfectly with this dish. THIS is 1/2 a recipe!
If you have any liquid left over from the bean mixture, drizzle it over the entire dish before adding the last layer of sour cream and cheese.

I made this recipe card using the My Memories digital scrapbooking software! 

Your next stop will be with Rhonda

1. Robin ~

2. Janet ~

3. Miranda ~

4. Alicia ~

5. Connie ~

6. Michelle Kinde ~

7. Jessica Douglass Wilson ~

8. Audrey Dickinson ~

9. Liz Mullen ~

10. Theresa Rawlins Knopf ~

YOU ARE HERE ---->11. Michele Smith ~

12. Rhonda Helm ~

13. Sarah Biswabic ~

Thank you for hopping along with us today! As a token of my appreciation, I am giving away this fabulous Hero Arts stamp and a Therm o Web Sticky Tab Runner (these things are awesome!) I will draw a winner on Sunday March 8th so be sure to check back, on this post, to see if you are a winner!! 
Thank you everyone for taking the time to hop with us ~ we really appreciate your time and comments. Congratulations to Teresa K ~ winner of my blog candy! Please email your mailing address to to claim your prize!!

February 11, 2015

OWH - ODBD February Challenge

Welcome to the February challenge sponsored by Our Daily Bread Designs! This month's challenge is to create a card with animals! There are so many super cute images out there but I finally settled on these awesome Doodle Pantry Designs.   Click here for the OWH Fundraiser images!
Doodle Pantry - Plush Panda
OWH Sketch #144
Bo Bunny - Surprise Paper Pad
Simple Stories - I (heart) Summer Paper Pad
Click the picture below to visit the ODBD store!