May 30, 2015

Operation Write Home - ODBD May Challenge

The Our Daily Bread Designs challenge for May is embossing! I love the special touch an embossed piece gives to any project and there are so many designs to work with. One of my favorites is the star embossing folder.

Head on over to the Operation Write Home ODBD Challenge to link your embossed project up! 
Hope you have a crafty kinda day! 

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!
Thank you thank you thank you for all of the sweet comments. So glad you could join us for this hop. Congratulations Kristie ~ you are the winner of my blog candy!
Please email your mailing address to

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!!!

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