Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cards for Emily Blog Hop Winner!!

Good day to you!!  Gosh... I have been absent in the blogging/crafting world.  I don't like it when that happens.    I would like to take a minute to say THANK YOU And WELCOME to a few new followers!!  So glad you are here.  I hope to inspire you with future creative projects!!  

I hope you enjoyed the 2nd Cards for Emily Blog Hop... 
and that we inspired you to create a card with one of DUSTIN PIKE'S digi images... and of course to send it off to EMILY!!  She is going to love receiving all of these cards!!

Without further ado... I am here to tell you the winner of my little goody bag blog hop candy!
And the WINNER is...

# 8 RENEE !!


Please email me at fishquad at comcast dot net with your mailing address so I can send this off to you!
You have until April 3rd to contact me!!
Thanks so much to everyone for visiting and taking a looksy around!!

I'll back SOON with a crafty post to share!!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Cards for Emily Blog Hop! With special guest DUSTIN PIKE... and your chance to get a FREE digi!!

Welcome to the second Cards for Emily Blog Hop!
Scrappin' For Kenzie Blog Hop 
You can read all about Emily HERE

If you have come from CHARLOTTE  then you are in the right place, if not then please start back at the beginning at Michelle's blog HERE.

This time around we have a very special person joining us along with some of his very own design team who made an entire set of digi's especially for Emily! 
Who is this amazing person??
He is giving this set to anyone who wants it.. But the catch is you have to use one on a card for Emily and then you get the rest of the set as a Thank You! How awesome is that!? All you have to do is email him at with your choice of image and then link it up HERE to get your full set! Please also link it up back here on Michelle's blog so we can all see it too! Then mail them to
Emily Ziemathis
5134 Berger Dr. SE
Lacey, WA 98513

Here is Dustin's digi set if you choose to use them:
(You can definitely make her a card using any other image or cuts if you want!)

Here is my card for Emily...
 I used an already colored digi (DNB4) from Dustin Pike.  I fussy cut it, popped it up with dimensionals, added some fussy cut fringed grass, sentiment, gate fold with button/twine closure.  All other supplies are from Stampin' Up.  Pretty simple card.  I wanted the image to be the center of attention!!

Close-up of the button closure gate fold tied with twine...

And what is a Blog Hop without some blog candy??

A goody bag of buttons, brads, hemp twine, ribbon, bling, wooden tags can be yours by leaving a comment on this post and becoming a FOLLOWER or tell me you already are! :-)  

Thank you so much for hopping with us and I hope you make a card and bring a smile to Emily!
I can't wait to see all your cards this time around, she has loved all the cards so far!
Your next stop is TERESA

Here is the lineup in case you get lost!

If any of these links are broken or if there is no project up yet please come back and go to the next person until they get their post up or the link is fixed, thank you!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

PLG #24 "Don't fence me In" along with Flutterby Wednesdays and Whimsical Designs

Hello!!  Is it SPRING like weather where you are at yet?  It FINALLY felt like Spring here for about 4 hours yesterday.  I'll take it!!  :-) 
Sooo... I've got a fun PLG #24 challenge inspiration photo to share with you along with a NEW secondary CHALLENGE that can earn you some goodies!!!!  Read carefully!!

First of all... what do you see in this photo?  The colors yellow, purple, pink, brown?  The fence?  The flowers?  The sunlight?  Does it make you think of an upcoming Holiday?  Gosh... don't let this photo "Fence You In."  There is not a wrong way to interpret it... and we would LOVE to see what you can create!  Card, Scrapbook page, 3-D project.  Anything qualifies.  Just let us know what inspired you.

Here is what I created...
My inspiration was Yellow, Purple, Flowers, Spring, the embossed stripes from the fence, the Purple ribbon sash.

Now here is the SECONDARY challenge that you can do!!  It's EASY!!
Before you go and get CRAFTY...   Refer a friend or as many as you want and Michele K. (the NOTORIOUS SUPPLY HOARDER & the other PLG blog founder) will find something SPECIAL in her stash and send it to you.  Oh my... how can you pass this up? 
To qualify YOU must participate in this challenge and get one FRIEND (or more, there is no limit) to participate as well.
Your FRIEND will need to link up their creation,
 become a follower
 and post who referred them in the comments.
So 3 things!!  Easy Stuff! 
You need to do all the above by Wednesday, March 28th at 8pm PST!!
Link up HERE for all the fun!!

 A few other challenges that I would like to also participate in...

Flutterby Wednesdays 195 - Anything goes!  As long as it includes a Butterfly, Fairy or Angel... you qualify.  You have until Tuesday, March 27th for this one!!

Whimsical Wednesdays - Celebrate Spring!!  Any Spring themed creation!  You have until April 4th to enter.  This will be Stephanie's last challenge!  She is not shutting down the blog, but taking a small break.  So help them go out with a bang... and join their challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!  Hope to see what you can create!!

Cardstock:  Beyond the Garden DSP, Concord Crush, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White - All Stampin' Up'.
Stamps:  Slice of Life, On the Grow, Two Step Stampin' Fresh Flowers (from 2001) - All Stampin' Up
Embellies and Ink:  Concord Crush stitched poly ribbon, Basic Pearls, Lavendar Lace & Daffodil Delight Ink.  Black Staz-On.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

LMCB # 80 - "Pawsitively Sweet"... with a SWEET PRIZE!!!

It's Sunday... and time to share another fun challenge with you over at Lasting Memories Layout Challenges.
We want to see your PET, ZOO or ANIMAL layouts!!  Get creative!!  I was originally going to create a layout that had to do with our local High School and their Mascot which is a Bearcat.  That counts!!  But in the mean time... the crud has entered our house... I think for the 3rd time this school year now... which puts a damper on my scrappin' time,  so I remembered I had a fun layout about us going to the ZOO!!  :-)  Love it when that happens!  I still plan on showing you my other creation too, when I finish it.

Left side of my 2 Pager...

Right side of my 2 pager...

The whole thing...

Here is an Inspirational Sketch for you to use, if you choose... but not required for the challenge.

If you enter you could win this Pawsitively Sweet prize from Kimberly
So... I think you should definitely enter our challenge with your ANIMAL layouts!  You have until Saturday 3/24 at 9pm EST to play along!!  Looking forward to seeing you!!
Make sure you check out the the Lasting Memories Blog tomorrow to see all of the AWESOME DT Inspiration!!

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up So Saffron, Bacic Black, Queen & Company - Wild things Combo patterned paper.
Cricut cartridge: Classic Font
Other: Miscellaneous fibers that I picked up from a Scrapbooking convention.  No idea of brand.  :-)  Faux stitching around photo and letters with Classic Brown SU Marker.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

PLG #23 - "Kiss Me I'm Irish" and some challenge friends

Hello my crafty friends!!  This week is just cruising by for me.  I am also feeling very productive in the crafty department.  I may sacrafice 1 to 3 hours of sleep at times.. but it jazzes me up to know that another layout gets to adorn our albums.  I also caught my kiddos looking through 3 of my main scrap albums the other day.  Sister reading the journaling to Brother.  I'm sure alot of you know how that feels, but I am here to emphasize that it is so bittersweet and makes me so happy that I started keeping our memories this way.
Okay... now that I just went on that little tangent... back to my crafty post and all the fun challenges that I followed to help me create this.  :-)  
My layout today showcases some really cool "Double" rainbows that we saw out our front living room window last year in March.  Our house faces a mountain range.  So alot of openness and a chance to see fun things.  Our son was in such awe... and at the age of 4 was so determined to see Mr. Leprechaun.  He also wanted to immediately go on a hike to find the Pot of Gold.  Ohhhhhhh my precious!!

Here is my layout to share...

Close up of the Rainbow banner, green clover leafs, title...(not crazy about my title, but I was running out of room.) 

And from a different angle...the Pot of Gold

Paper Lovin' Gals # 23 - has a wonderful IRISH photo for your inspiration.  My inspiration was the green, white, the hanging puff ball banner and the words.  Lucky Rainbows always come to mind when thinking of St. Patrick's Day.  If ony this year we could be so lucky!!  You have until Wednesday, March 21st @ 8pm to play along!!

Creative Scrappers Sketch # 199 helped me with my whole placing of my layout.  Some fun sketches to try over there.  You have until the end of March to try at least 1 of their 5  "March" sketches.  This is my first time entering, even though I have drooled over their sktches for quite some time.  Go see.  :-)

Getting Scrappy - "Color Me Lucky" - is all about using the color GREEN on your layout and including a Cricut or SVG cut.  My Title and Pot of Gold are cut from the Simply Charmed cart and my Clover Leafs are from Paper Doll Dress-up.  Always happy to join Amanda and her DT for their challenges.  You have until this Sunday to play along!!

Hand Stamped Sentiments # 109 - RAINBOWS is a new challenge blog I found.  :-)  They are a group of Stampin' Up Ladies...(which  I have PLENTY of that product on most of my creations)... that just happened to be having a challenge that is all about Rainbows.  Well... I have the obvious photos and then my fun Pennant Banner that I made with the SU Pennant Builder punch.  So I had to join these Gals for the fun.  Also... You don't have to use SU products.  The welcome any and all. 

Lasting Memories # 79 "We are feeling LUCKY."  Last but not least... this is a REMINDER call out to all of you that we have a challenge going on until Saturday at 9pm EST.  With a PRIZE!!  You just need to use the word LUCKY somewhere on your layout.  I have it written in my journaling.  So of course I am going to share with my group.  If you want to see my FIRST layout I made for this challenge, click HERE.

Boy... chatty post.  If you made it this far.. THANK YOU!!!  :-)

CardstockSU Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, Tangerine Tango. Daffodil Delight, Concord Crush, Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black, Gable Green.
Gold Glitter paper from "Darice.", Polka dot green paper from Reminesce.
Cricut - Simply Charmed and Paper Doll Dress-up
Embellies:  Twine from Queen and Co., SU Basic Rhinestones, SU Pennant builder punch, SU Cupcake Builder punch (for the clouds), Signo White gel pen, SU Brads - Brights

Monday, March 12, 2012

Lasting Memories Ch. 79 "We're feeling LUCKY"

It's another week... which means another challenge over at Lasting Memories Layout Challenges!!  Yay!!  I really liked all the elements to this weeks challenge, and I hope you will too.   
Now, this weeks challenge is a little different. We have 3 elements to it if you REALLY want to challenge yourself, but only ONE is mandatory!
We want to see the word LUCKY on your layout - this can be the title, journaling - as long as we see it and this is MANDATORY to be considered for the PRIZE or part of the TOP 3.
  1. If you want a little more challenge, add in what you find inspiring about the photo below (my layout photos) (NOT mandatory)
  2. Or challenge yourself by using the word LUCKY and the below sketch. Again, this one is NOT mandatory
  3. REALLY want to challenge yourself?? Along with the word LUCKY, try the sketch AND photo!

Here is my layout to share with all of you...I actually was able to incorporate all 3 pieces of the challenge!  The word "LUCKY", the Sketch and the Photo (colors) for inpspiration.

And some close-ups of the word LUCKY that I used in my Title and 2 more times in my journaling.  I added some faux stitching around the border.  My banner and flowers are die-cuts.  Added some bling to all flower centers for some added shine.  I also added an additional journaling tag at the top behind my main photo that has a personal message to the kids from me.  :-)

Here is the sketch to follow, if you choose.

Here is the Photo to use for inspiration, if you should choose.

Oh and one more thing - we have ANOTHER giveaway!! In honor of her birthday, Suzanne is offering up this FAB prize ... !!  I also highly suggest you check out Suzanne's blog.  She is full of creativity!!  She does the Cricut justice!!  Happy Birthday Suzanne!!! 

I'm also participating in the TIC TAC TOE challenge over at The Paper Variety.  I followed the bottom row to Include stitching, create a layout and include a die-cut.  You have until the 13th at Midnight if you would like to play along.

Sooo... that is alot of fun things to show you!  Now just remember to use the word LUCKY on your layouts this week and come join us over at Lasting Memories for LMCB # 79!  You have until Saturday, March 17th @ 9pm EST to join us!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!! 

Stampin' Up - Spring Fever Simply Scrappin' Kit, Pear Pizzaz cardstock, Daffodil Delight cardstock, Basic Gray carrdstock, Basic Rhinestones, Brights collection button, Rose Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Baker's twine, Black journal marker for journaling and faux stitching, 1" circle punch for border on the left.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

PLG # 22 - Photo Inspiration Challenge

Hello all!!  It's Thursday... so it's time for another challenge over at Paper Lovin' Gals!!  
Texture, colors, strips... what do you see in our inspirational photo??
Well... create something and show us!!  :-)

Here is my take...
This would be a GREAT birthday card... but I wanted to make a FUN Thank you card in hopes that the bright cheery colors brighten someone's day.  I know I am happy looking at it.  Smiles from ear to ear.  But that is also because I got to craft!!  :-) 

And here is the inspirational photo to follow...

You can do this??!!  You have until next Wednesday, March 14th @ 8pm PST to enter!!
Would love to see you!!  
Thanks for stopping by!!

Supplies:  All Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: Cameo Coral, Real Red, Only Orange, Tempting turquoise, Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise DSP
Stamps:  Outlined Occasions
Embellies:  Designer buttons - brights collection, white baker's twine, 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, 4 different embossing folders from Cuttlebug and Sizzix... swirlies, stipes, dots, squares

Sunday, March 4, 2012

LMCB # 78 - Color Challenge with a Sketch!! ... and a PRIZE!!

Good Evening Fellow Bloggers!!  I am about a half a day late in letting you all know about the next fun challenge over at  Lasting Memories Layout Challenges.  It's all about this Springy Photo AND the fun Sketch!!  What can you create using these 2 items for your inspiration??  I sure would love to see!!  Look at the photo closely... there are some black framed photos, polka dots on the ceiling, some grey, white and pink colors along with all the other pastels.

And here is the SKETCH to follow.  Normally we just provide the sketch for inspiration, but this time we want to see you USE this as well!!  

And remember... just because it looks like an "Easter" sketch... doesn't mean you have to do an Easter layout.  IN FACT... besides the layout I am showing you here tonight... I have another one in the works... and it is surely NOT Easter themed.  So get creative!  :-)
But yes... here is my Easter Egg coloring layout to share with you.  I actually created this about a year ago and wanted to share, since it matched the challenge perfectly.  (I also didn't finish my other layout quite yet.)  Working on a 2-pager. 

AAAAANNNNDDDDDD... what is this you ask?  Well it is a FABULOUS prize package from our fearless Blog Leader KAREN.  What fun things to win!!  You can't win if you don't play.  

Link up your Layout for LMCB 78 by Saturday, March 10th @ 9pm EST HERE  for your chance to WIN, Be a part of our TOP 3 or to be FEATURED throughout the week.  Looking forward to seeing you and your stuff!!
I'll be back with another layout to share a little later on this week!  It will be my friendly reminder. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Which came first??? Blog Hop

Memories In Tyme Blog Hop

Welcome to the "Which Came First???" Blog Hop!!

Who knew that a single piece of paper or a tiny rubber stamp would start an addiction that could overtake our dining rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms???   What started it for you?  Did you start by stamping cards and then progress to scrapbooking?  Were you an avid picture-taker turned cardmaker?  Or did you pick something from the start and stick with it?  Join us on our adventure as we share how we each got started in the scrapbooking and stamping craft!!  You'll find some fun stories, neat projects, and awesome folks along the way, we hope you'll enjoy each and every moment!!

Let's get hopping!!  If you've hopped over from KIMBERLY, then you are in the right place!!  If you've just popped in to visit my blog or are reading this via email and you'd like to join our FUN, then please CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Lynda's blog...

For the hop today, I've posted a few double page layouts that I have created within the last year.  These are layouts that best show how I now love to use, patterned paper, die cuts, punches, embellishments, fun letter alphas... and what would I do without some sketches to follow??

And for fun... some of us are posting a very OLD layout that we have done to show how far we've come in the scrapbooking/stamping world.

  Mine is from 10 years ago when I was pregnant.  LOTS OF STICKERS was the popular thing back then.  Those rounded corner punches for the photos and no backing on the photos.  Uggh.. what was I thinking??  I remember I owned stamps back then, but didn't think to use them on my layouts.  I would use the very few that I owned for card making.

So to answer the infamous question from our Blog Hop... "WHICH CAME FIRST?"  ...
I made my first scrapbook for a friend in High School 20 years ago.  I sort of took a break and then was introduced to Stampin' Up in 1996.  A few cards here and there... then full on Scrapbooking started in 1999.  I scrapbook and make cards on a pretty equal basis now and as much as I can. 

Thank you again for checking out my projects...  Now follow the links below and remember to visit all the stops for MAXIMUM ideas and LOTS OF FUN!!

Your next hop stop is..... the ever talented AMY!!  Have fun!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

PLG # 21 - P is for Purple

Hello everyone!  It's time for another challenge at Paper Lovin' Gals.  Gosh... purple, buttons, sewing theme... what do you see in the below inspirational photo??
Well, we want to see!!!  Create ANY kind of project that is inspired from this photo and
 link HERE by Wednesday, March 7th at 8pm PST.

I am sharing a card that I created about 6 months ago.  It is the perfect PURPLE inspired project with a hint of a button.  My life got a little busy this week... so sorry for not having something new to show you... but mostly wanting to remind you of our great challenge.  Hope you will join us!!  :-)

Thanks for stopping by!!
To see more details of my original post of the above card... please go HERE.