April 30, 2012

Birthday Card

My first use of twine ever! I really like this product and it comes in a variety of colors and variations so there is no end to the possibilities!  Come on back May 10th for the "Butterflies are Free" hop!! Have a great day everyone!


Cardstock: (green)Hero Arts Pool Layering Papers (PS640) Envelopes (PS656)
                 (train border) TPS Adhesive Simplicity (851204)
                  (gold) TPS A Day at the Beach (276899)
Hero Arts Stamp - Good Friends (CL578)
Jillibean Twine - Bean Stalks (jbr4418)
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels 4
Embossing Powder - Close to my Heart - Cranberry (2659)
Hampton Arts Tinted Embossing Pad
Double Sided Adhesive
Darice Heat Tool

April 28, 2012


Time to announce the blog candy winner from the 
"Organize This Mess" Hop.........................
I love it! I think I'll be scrap-lifting the Spellbinders storage idea. TFS!
Congratulations Christel ~ please send your mailing address to msmith38652@gmail.com 
Thank you all for stopping by ~ I really appreciate each and every comment and follower!  Join me for the next hop on May 10th "Butterflies are Free" for more chances to win! ((hugs)) and Happy Saturday!!

April 25, 2012


Time to announce the winner of the Arbor Day Blog Hop!! Thank you all for joining us ~ I so appreciate each and every comment ((hugs))  Random.Org chose #2 which is................................

OMG!This is soo beautiful! What a wonderful activity to teach children about taking care of our environment.
Love it!!!!!
Tiffany ♥

Congratulations Tiffany - please forward your mailing address to msmith38652@gmail.com  :-)

You still have time to get in on the Organize this Mess Blog Hop for another chance to win a nice surprise!!

Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday ~ see you again soon
(P.S. If anyone can tell me how to post the Random.Org picture.....I sure would appreciate it)

April 24, 2012

Organize this Mess.....we look at our creative space and just wonder where we put that thing that we had just used two weeks ago, past Tuesday, of the 3rd of the month. We know that feeling oh soooooo well!!!! I pride myself in my organized "clutter"! Wouldn't it be wonderful to know where everything is and that there is a place for everything and everything in its place?? That's what this hop is hoping to do! Trying to give helpful hints on storage, clever ways to keep things and just organize the mess!!!!!!
 There is a very creative, cluttered group to help us along this path.  We hope you can find the time to organize and hop along with us while we "de-clutter"!!!! Of course there will be some blog candy to add to "your" organized clutter if you comment along the way and don't miss a single blog!  If you just happened to be visiting me today, I am ever so glad, but don't want you to miss an organized stop.  So please start at the beginning with Kimberly. She's going to give us a jump start on cleaning this mess! If you have arrived from Anita then you are more organized than I am!
I wanted to show you all of my organizational skills (lol) and reveal my revamped craft room but I still have some pictures to hang, wall art to install (wish me luck on that one!) and a few other little details so that will have to wait! My sweet, sweet husband rescued an old bulletin board that was about to be thrown in the dumpster. He just knew I would find a use for it since he frequently catches me diving in my own dumpster to save containers he threw away. He has since learned to just leave them on the counter for me (see I told you he was sweet)!
One of my biggest headaches as of late was finding which die to use. Several of them are nested, meaning there are 5 or 6 of the same shape in graduating sizes. So if I wanted to create layers, I had to drag them all out, sort them and then throw them all back in the plastic box I was storing them in.

I found magnetic strips at Hobby Lobby, on clearance even (around $2 for a pkg of 6). I wasn't even shopping for them but once again....I would use it someday! I dusted the board off and covered it with fabric (adhered with push pins). I removed the paper from the back of the magnet and stuck it on the board. How simple is that??? To add extra stability, for good measure, my sweet, sweet husband suggested we staple the magnetic pieces so there you have it!  My sweet, sweet mother suggested using a spray adhesive for the fabric but I didn't have any at the time. I bet that would really add some stability to your project!  My only dilemma now....I only bought 1 pack of those little jewels and have more dies to store!! I just hope they still have some the next time I go back. I think I will add a little ribbon and bling to the edges just to give it a little more character.
(I am using a CD rack to store my ink pads)
One other quick little storage idea is for your markers. I used a $5 over-the-door, clear shoe holder. Easy to see at a glance and plenty of room for expansion considering I only have 1/4 of the colors available. 

Now, that I have given you a way to get organized, let me send you on your way to Amanda for more helpful hints and tips to organize this mess! If you have a really cool tip, feel free to tell me about it in your comment! I am always open to suggestions on how to work smarter, not harder lol

P.S. Don't ya just love receiving happy mail?? Me too! Since it would be November before I chose a winner (because I want everyone to win), I will use Random.org to choose a winner. BUT WAIT...THERE'S MORE!!! If there are more than 50 comments, I will send 2 happy mails! So tell your friends to hop on over, red rover red rover. (ok yeah I know, it's late and I am getting delirious lol) Thanks for stopping by today ((hugs)) and Happy Crafting!!

April 23, 2012

Thank You Card

This is the card I submitted to Paper Crafts Magazine for the Thank You category. You can find all calls for submissions on their blog by clicking the link above. Have a wonderful day everyone!! 

1. Make card from cardstock and round side corners
2. Cut smaller size mat and round all corners
3. Cut paper strip the width of mat and adhere
4. Pierce all corners and insert brad        
5. Adhere mat to cardstock
6. Cut scallop circle/border
7. Stamp sentiment and heat emboss
8. Emboss scallop circle and adhere border
9. Adhere circle/border to card
10. Add white dots with gel pen

Cardstock: (purple & yellow)TPS
                 (heart mat & green strip) TPS Daydream Doodle (975300)
Hero Arts Stamp - Good Friends (CL578)
Whispers Opaque Embossing Powder (28871)
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (37-1604)
Cricut Accent Essentials Cartridge (1000070)
Button Brads
Xacto Corner Rounder (X2009)
Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen (24416)
Double Sided Adhesive
Darice Heat Tool

April 22, 2012

Mega Mother's Day Giveaway at Ginger Snap Scraps!

Welcome to the Mega Mother's Day Giveaway with Ginger Snap Scraps!  
I have been a first time mom for 19 months now and in these past 19 months my respect for moms everywhere has grown 100%!  
Being a mother is so very rewarding and oh so much hard work and this giveaway is to celebrated all moms and all that they do. 
One lucky mom will be the winner of over $300 worth of scrapbooking and paper crafting items from Ginger Snap Scraps.  

Included in this giveaway:       $20 gift card to Ginger Snap Scraps       Giant Flowers Cricut Cartridge-Set of Cricut Blade Refills
Dearest Collection kit from Echo Park-Dear Lizzy 24 spool ribbon value pack        Spellbinders Nestabilities Flower-Love 
Chipboard Album from Bo Bunny      Tim Holtz Ink, Refill and Stickles set-Tim Holtz 4th of July Embossing folders
5 Snag 'Em Stamps-Our Mother stamp set from Pink By Design      3 DoodleBug 6x6 paper packs-Bright Twine by Doodlebug
4 rolls of glitter tape from American Crafts  Die Cut with a View Chateau Lavender Solid and Print Stacks   Zig fine and jumbo 
glue pens-Imagicut Ribbon Cutter      Summer embellishments from Little Yellow  Bicycle    Button Set from American Crafts
Copic Blender pen-Copic Marker Black

April 17, 2012

Arbor Day Blog Hop


I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
...Alfred Joyce Kilmar

In the News: Arbor Day celebrated in Clarksville, 'Tree City USA' as quoted in their local paper
"I have a saying that trees are one of our utilities, and the reason I say that is because they help clean the air, they help control rainwater runoff, they convert carbon dioxide into oxygen," he said. "What we really have when we have a line of trees around the city is a utility that provides good things for the population without having any cost associated with it."

Today, we are celebrating the wonderment of trees and we welcome you in our celebration. If you are just visiting me, I would love for you to have a good "roots" with our hop and start at the beginning of our seedling which is at Lynne ~ http://slasewcraftiness.blogspot.com/. If you have arrived from Anita~ http://www.anitaandbugs.blogspot.com,  then don't "bark" up the wrong tree as you are standing in our midst!

I think one of the best ways to celebrate Arbor Day is to share it with a child. Give the gift of a sapling to a young person, teach them how to plant and nourish it and keep a journal including photographs of how tall it has grown. They will get so much satisfaction knowing "they" made it grow and will enjoy happy memories years from now remembering the day they planted it.  


I made the journal generic so it could be used for a boy or girl and used lined paper for the pages for easier recording of dates, facts and pictures.  The cover is intended to include the child's name, photo and the date the tree was planted.
Supplies Used: 
Cricut - Campin' Critters Cartridge (2000933) (Rabbit and Owl were cut at 2")
Spellbinders - Ribbon Tag Trio Two (S4-234)
Ranger Archival Ink - Sepia (AIP06657)
Spectrum Noir Marker - TN2
Ribbon: Spotted - American Crafts   Sheer - Casa Collection
Paper: Brown - TPS-A day at the Beach (276899) 
          Greens - TPS-Glittered Cardstock (456343)  TPS-Back to Basics (780015)

Cricut Cartridge - Fabulous Finds (29-0286)
Paper: TPS-Daydream Doodles (975300)
Spellbinders - Ribbon Tag Trio Two (S4234)
Brads: CTMH Twinkle Brads - Jolly (Z1220)
Ranger Archival Ink - Sepia (AIP06657)

We recently visited Dismals Canyon in Alabama where observers can spot the state trees of 30 states on the canyon floor, including the Champion Tree. Canyon workers boast that the Champion Tree — a 350-year-old, 138 foot-tall Canadian Hemlock — stands as the largest of its species in Alabama and possibly the world. Although the picture does not do it justice, it was truly an amazing site to behold. 

Thank you for visiting us today as we celebrate the loveliness of our trees. This is the last stop along our trail. Thank you for counting our rings and not stumping along the way!

Do you like surprises? I just may have one for you if the random number generator chooses your comment! Become a follower and I will double it! I will draw a winner on April 25th. Good Luck everyone ~ (((hugs)))

April 12, 2012

Enjoy the moments that make you happy!

This is one of my favorite cards that I submitted to Paper Crafts magazine's Stamping Royalty contest but sadly, I didn't win. That's okay because all of the non- winning entries.....all 1,586 of them... were donated to Operation Write Home. This organization sends cards to our awesome military men and women so they can keep in touch with friends and family. What a wonderful idea! I can't wait until the October issue comes out so I can see the winning entries! I hope that You.....enjoy the moments that make you happy ~~~ ((hugs))

1. Premade card and envelope 
2. Stamp "Love" sentiment and heat emboss
3. Print and color flowers then trim with scissors
4. Die cut flower pot and adhere pieces     
5. Tie ribbon around flower pot
6. Adhere flowers to back of flower pot then adhere to card base
7. Stamp facial images on the flower centers and add green glitter to leaves
8. Stamp sentiment to lower right corner
8. Apply flower stickers to rim of pot and butterfly sticker above sentiment
9. Cut one adhesive square in half, apply to each side of card flap
Card Interior:
Cut paper almost the same size as the interior of card, border punch, stamp sentiment/image and adhere
Print and color image; trim and adhere

Card/Envelope: Close to my Heart Die Cut Cards & Envelopes(Z1474)
Paper: (green stripe) The Paper Studio Daydream Doodle (975300)
Hero Arts Stamp - Good Friends (CL578)
Hero Arts Stamp - Live Life (CL493)
Hero Arts Stamp - Enjoy the Moments  (CS372)
Peachy Keen Stamps: Snow Cutie (122856), Everyday (122852)

Cricut - Walk in my Garden Cartridge
Flower Image - dailycoloringpages.com
Spectrum Noir Markers: CT1, CG1, CG2, PP1, PP3, PP5, BT1
Glitter Glue - Studio G - green
Ribbon - Offray
Inkadinkado Dye Ink - Black
Versa Magic Archival Chalk Ink - Aegean Blue
Embossing Powder - Blue glitter
Versa Mark Embossing Pad
Border Punch
Double Sided Adhesive
Darice Heat Tool

April 3, 2012

$100.00 Give~A~Way!!

Kristin Wilson is giving away one $100.00 Gift Certificate to Scrapbook.com Superstore to one lucky winner!! If you have never visited that site, you really must! They have everything under the sun and then some! I love this store!

Have something on your wish list that you are dieing to purchase? Want any of the new CHA items? Look no further!! You could be the winner of my HUGE $100.00 Give~A~Way!!

Why is she giving away $100.00? She just opened this brand new blog and would love to gain followers.

In order to be entered into the $100.00 Scrapbook.com Superstore Gift Certificate head on over to Kristin's new blog  Kristin Wilson Handmade for details!      Good luck everyone! 

Challenge #32 ~ Ocean Life

Hello and welcome to challenge #32 showcasing ocean life! For this card, I used the adorable Fintastic Friends stamp set from Lawn Fa...