Thursday, March 31, 2016

How the "Duck" are you?

This morning I'd like to share with you a card that I have made to cheer my Mom up. She broke her foot back in the first week of February and has had to be off her feet since then! She is going stir crazy since she is used to being able to go out and go shopping or visit friends whenever she felt like. So being stuck in the house has had a little tug on her daily happiness! So I think she'll get a smile when she receives this card in the mail! I would deliver it personally but she lives in NJ and I live in Texas! Just a little too far for a quick visit! LOL I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it...


I used a white cardstock which I folded in half and punched a small circle in. I cut a piece of green mulberry paper a bit smaller and added a yellow ribbon from my stash. I hand wrote the sentiment on some punched circles from scraps. The duck that I colored with Copic markers is from Sunsational Stamps' new set: Have a Purrfect Spring. 



The inside of the card shows the back of the duck peeking through the hole in the card. I cut two ducks out and glued them together. The grass and the sentiment are both from the same stamp set as the duck! I also used a piece of the same green mulberry paper on the inside to give it a bit of color.

This was a quick fun card that I hope will make my Mom smile! What do you think? How do you make someone smile when they are feeling a bit down? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear from you! You'd make me smile!!!

This card will be entered in the March challenge for:

Sunsational Stamps - anything goes with a twist (dimension)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Sunsational Stamps March Release Blog Hop




Welcome to Sunsational Stamps Design Team Blog Hop for March, 2016. Thank you for joining us today! Our theme for this months release is "Spring and Easter". We are so excited about this release, there are 11 sets and the images are too cute for words, I am confident that you will love them!!!

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There is as always Blog Candy to be won at every stop. that means if you follow the rules we have set out you have 7 chances to win. This month we have decided to offer as blog candy one set of the winner's choice from our new release. You get to choose which you would like, we are really excited about this offer.


So that everyone gets a little something for participating in the hop there will be a free gift digital image available for you to claim at the end of the hop. It will be an exclusive image created just for this event!  

Here are a few simple rules we ask you to follow to show support for each crafter and the time they have put into their work. In order to be eligible for the drawing for the blog candy and the Free digital stamp
1) you MUST visit each blog,
2) leave a comment,
3) become a follower of each blog and our DT blog at http:// sunsationalstamps.blog spot.com/.

We also are offering a special for this release:You will get 10% off any order of $10.00 or more. Just use the code MARCH10.The code will be valid for one full week and ends on April 2 at midnight.

Grab your favorite beverage, and let's get hopping.


I am so thrilled to be a guest designer joining the Sunsational Stamp Design Team on the March hop this month! Thanks for the extra special blog love!!! For my project I used the  duck and bunny from one stamp set and the butterfly from another set:

This set is called Have a Purrfect Spring. I love the cute sayings with this set!
This set is appropriately called Spring is Blooming. These critters can be used in soooo many different ways!


I created this paper rosette bouquet!











This was a quick, easy and cheap (approximately $5.00! Less if you use what you have in your stash!) project that will brighten up any room for Spring and Easter!

I printed out the adorable Sunsational Stamps' digital images on my computer. I colored them with my Prismacolor pencils. I just LOVE these pencils, they blend so well! Then I made simple paper rosettes by accordion folding 12" strips of paper.

The strips are different sizes. The strip should be 1/2 of whatever size you want the final rosette to be. (If you go bigger than 2" your strip will have to be longer than 12" or it will rip!) I learned from experience! LOL The folds are every 1/4". I used a scoring board to make it easier but its not necessary. If you need a more detailed tutorial on how to make a rosette, let me know in the comments. I will be happy to post one. 

The vase, plastic eggs, burlap ribbon and the Pixie Stix were all from the Dollar Tree! I've been told that the dollar store sells paper straws but I couldn't find any! I thought the Pixie Stix were a "sweet" alternative! I would think any type of straws or sticks would work too.

The buttons were from my stash. I put buttons on the back of the rosettes too (see the picture below). This makes it look more finished and also holds the rosette more secure if you don't use a glue gun! (I have to buy a new one, mine has been misplaced and I miss it so much!)
As you can see, I didn't just use buttons on the back. On the bigger rosette I used a piece of chipboard on the back. It held it much better.



These digital stamps on the rosettes would also look awesome as gift tags!!! If you notice the rosette with the chipboard has a hole in it. Add a string or ribbon through the hole without the straw and you have an adorable tag!!!

I enjoyed creating with these stamps! They are so adorable and versatile. You can easily adapt them to so many projects! You really need to give them a try!!

Thank you for your interest and time to view my project. I hope I have inspired you to create on a budget!   What are you creating for Spring or Easter? I challenge you to create something cute for as cheap inexpensive as possible! LOL Let me know in the comments what you come up with and also what you think of mine!



If you happened to have stumbled upon this blog by chance or accident, please make sure to head to the first blog listed so you don't miss any of the Love we have to share with you. This hop runs from 6 PM March 25th through 11:59 pm March 27th, so you have plenty of time to visit every blog in the list below.

So lets get hopping:



Thank you for joining us, we hope we were able to inspire you just a bit!! Check back here often for more inspirational projects created by our very talented Design Team!



Saturday, February 27, 2016

Sunsational Stamps February Release Blog Hop




Welcome to Sunsational Stamps Design Team Blog Hop for February, 2016. Thank you for joining us today! Our theme for this months release is "Critters and Flowers". We are so excited about this release, there are 12 sets and the images are too cute for words, I am confident that you will love them!!!

There is as always Blog Candy to be won at every stop. that means if you follow the rules we have set out you have 10 chances to win. This month we have decided to offer as blog candy one set of the winner's choice from our new release. You get to choose which you would like, we are really excited about this offer.

So that everyone gets a little something for participating in the hop there will be a free gift digital image Available for you to claim at the end of the hop. It will be an exclusive image created just for this event!   

Here are a few simple rules we ask you to follow to show support for each crafter and the time they have put into their work. In order to be eligible for the drawing for the blog candy and the Free digital stamp

1) you MUST visit each blog,
2) leave a comment,
3) become a follower of each blog and our DT blog at http://sunsationalstamps.blogspot.com/.

We also are offering a special for this release: You will get 10% off any order of $10.00 or more. Just use the code FEBRUARY10.The code will be valid for one full week and ends on March 4 at midnight.
Grab your favorite beverage, and let's get hopping!

For my project I used the Beary Special Stamp set




I created this "Beary Special" bag!
This bag is the perfect size to show someone that you were just thinking of them, that they're special or just because. I think it would make a great Easter basket for goodies or giving a treat to a neighbor or friend too. A quart size zipper top bag with cookies or other baked treats would fit great in here!

This purse was made out of cardstock and patterned paper from the American Girl Collection. The buttons and twine were just from my stash. I colored the digital image from Sunsational's digital collection with my Prismacolor pencils and I printed the sentiment from the above digital set on my computer. The sentiment is on one side of the tag and the cute bear is on the other! This was a quick and fun project that I am thrilled with and how it turned out!

Please comment below with how you think this "Beary Special" bag could be used! I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this project!


My inspiration was from A YouTube video done by Jen Evers of My Besties Shop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxQGHyj7hT0

I am so thankful that I was asked to be a guest designer along with Helen this month! Thanks for the experience and inspiring me to start blogging again! I'd be honored to join you again anytime!

If you happened to have stumbled upon this blog by chance or accident, please make sure to head to the first blog listed so you don't miss any of the Love we have to share with you.

This hop runs from 8 am February 27th through 11:59 pm February 28th, so you have plenty of time to visit every blog in the list below.

So lets get hopping:

Janet - http://www.ladyluvbug.blogspot.com/
Carla - www.racincrafts.blogspot.com
Janie - http://crafterscastle.blogspot.com/
Paula - http://paulahattonvines.blogspot.com/
Helen - www.craftinghelen.blogspot.co.uk
Christine - http://www.creativelivingwithchristine.blogspot.com/
Rhonda - http://craftingwithblue.blogspot.com/
Marji - http://www.fstampaholic.blogspot.com
Hannah - http://cajunhannahcraft.blogspot.com/
Carolyn - http://www.grandmacarol46580.blogspot.com
Lisa - http://sunsationalstamps.blogspot.com/

Thank you for joining us, we hope we were able to inspire you just a bit!! Check back here often for more inspirational projects created by our very talented Design Team!


Friday, October 11, 2013


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Welcome to our October Calendar Girls' Blog Hop. It’s absolutely amazing when you do a Google search the interesting facts you may find. Such a find is special and unique occasions throughout the year!!! These unique holidays are our inspiration. As Neil Sedaka sang in his song "Calendar Girls" - "Romeo and Juliet on Halloween!!"

Our hop begins today with the lovely and super talented Lynne aka Her Craftiness which may be found at http://slasewcraftiness.blogspot.com/. The entire line-up is available just in case you get bogged down with all the holidaze and craziness as you won't want to miss a single calendar event!!!! 

Our hop begins today with the lovely and super talented Lynne aka Her Craftiness which may be found at http://slasewcraftiness.blogspot.com/. The entire line-up is available just in case you get bogged down with all the holidaze and craziness as you won't want to miss a single calendar event!!!! 

In case, you get lost along the way with all the craziness of the holidaze, here's the complete line-up to follow along with the streamers, cards, lay-outs and super creativity of the marvelous Calendar Girls:


October, 2013 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Lynne
Clergy Appreciation Month

1 - National Lace Day -Janet
2 - Guardian Angels Day Laura
5 - World Card Making Day - Sandy
6 - Mad Hatter Day - Lynne
7 - World Smile Day - Lynne
9 - Fire Prevention Day- Sandy
11 - Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day - Lucy 
11 - World Egg Day
14 - Columbus Day - Lynne
14 - Be Bald and Free Day - Jearise
16 - Dictionary Day
19 - Sweetest Day- Sandy
21 - Count Your Buttons Day - Sandy
25 - Frankenstein Friday - Jearise
27 - National Tell a Story Day (in Scotland and the UK)
28 - Plush Animal Lover's Day - Lynne
30 - National Candy Corn Day - Sandy
30 - Mischief Night - Janet
31 - Halloween - Christine

We are offering some fabulous blog candy to 2 lucky winners - 

Just comment and give some bloggie love to each of the Calendar Girls. For our blog candy, Lynne is offering a personalized mug mat monogrammed with your first initial. Please, don't forget to comment on all blogs along with leaving your email address that we may contact the winner. You get to chose either fall colors or Halloween.
Also, Lynne is offering a breast cancer awareness bracelet to one lucky winner.

So glad you could make it today! Is the air cool, crisp and fresh where you live? Here in Texas, we have been teased with a few days of Fall weather but it left as quickly as it came!
I tried to keep the thoughts and feelings of October and Fall by decorating my surroundings! Otherwise I would think it was still SUMMER! AAgghh!
One of the decorations that I did and think it turned out well is a scarecrow wreath for my front door! My inspiration came from a picture that my daughter sent me from somewhere on the web. I would give proper credit if I knew to whom it belonged (she only clipped the pic with no source)! So please forgive me.


     Here is my inspiration   
                                                                      



 and here is MY WREATH!





They are a bit different but I LOVE the way mine turned out what do you think? It's really easy and would love to see pics if you make one for your front door!  You may already have some of the supplies or can get them quite cheaply!


Supplies used: 

A hay wreath that I found at the thrift store for $0.50
A 6ft Scarecrow on a stick (I removed the stick) from Joann's for $4.99
3 Autumn floral sprigs from Joann's for $1.50 each
3 rolls of Autumn ribbon from Joann's at $1.50 each
Some buttons that I had in my stash
Some floral pins or you could use hot glue 



Thank you for hopping with the Calendar Girls! Your next stop in the hop is Laura.  Be sure to mark your calendar again next month to see what Holidays to Celebrate on November 9, 2013, for the next Calendar Girls Blog Hop!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Calendar Girls - September 2013

Welcome to our September Calendar Girls' Blog Hop. It’s absolutely amazing when you do a Google search the interesting facts you may find. Such a find is special and unique occasions throughout the year!!! These unique holidays are our inspiration. As Neil Sedaka sang in his song "Calendar Girls" - "September, light the candles of your sweet 16!!"

I must apologize for not having any projects to share with you today! I had some family/personal happen this month, and I did not get my intended projects completed! I hope you enjoyed everyone's projects today and hope you will come back next month to see our lastest crafting! Happy crafting!

Our hop begins today with the lovely and super talented Jearise of Lorby's World (http://lorbysworld.blogspot.com). The entire line-up is available just in case you get bogged down with all the holidaze and craziness as you won't want to miss a single calendar event!!!! 

In case, you get lost along the way with all the craziness of the holidaze, here's the complete line-up to follow along with the streamers, cards, lay-outs and super creativity of the marvelous Calendar Girls:


September, 2013 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:
Classical Music Month ~ Jearise
Fall Hat Month ~
Baby Safety Month ~
Self Improvement Month ~

1 Emma M. Nutt Day, the first woman telephone operator ~ Lynne
2 Labor Day ~ Janet
2 National Beheading Day ~
3 Happy Birthday Janet Smith ~ Lynne
4 Newspaper Carrier Day
6 Read a Book Day ~ Laura
8 Grandparent's Day ~ Sandy
9 Teddy Bear Day ~ Lynne, Sandy
10 Sewing Machine Day ~ Lynne
11 911 Remembrance ~
11 Make Your Bed Day ~
12 Chocolate Milk Shake Day ~ Edwina
12 National Video Games Day ~ Sandy
13 Blame Someone Else Day ~
13 Defy Superstition Day ~
13 Fortune Cookie Day ~
13 National Peanut Day ~
13 Uncle Sam Day - his image was first used in 1813 ~
14 National Cream-Filled Donut Day ~ Christine
15 Make a Hat Day ~
15 National Women's Friendship Day ~
16 Mayflower Day ~
16 National Play Doh Day ~ Lynne
17 Citizenship Day ~
19 International Talk Like A Pirate Day ~ Sandy
21 International Peace Day ~
21 Oktoberfest ~ Lynne
22 Elephant Appreciation Day ~ Janet
23 Checkers Day ~ Christine
25 National Comic Book Day ~
26 Johnny Appleseed Day ~ Jearise
27 Native American Day ~ Edwina

We are offering some fabulous blog candy to a lucky winners - 
Just comment and give some bloggie love to each of the Calendar Girls. For our blog candy, Lynne is offering a personalized mug mat monogrammed with your first initial. Please, don't forget to comment on all blogs along with leaving your email address that we may contact the winner. You get to chose either fall colors, butterflies, or apples. Shown is the butterfly fabric. 

Thanks for stopping by and mark your calendar again next month to see what Holidays to Celebrate on October 12, 2013, for the next Calendar Girls Blog Hop!

Friday, August 9, 2013

August 2013 Calendar Girls: Book Lover's Day & National S'mores Day

Welcome to our August Calendar Girls' Blog Hop. It’s absolutely amazing when you do a Google search the interesting facts you may find. Such a find is special and unique occasions throughout the year!!! These unique holidays are our inspiration. As Neil Sedaka sang in his song "Calendar Girls" - "August, when you're on the beach, you steal the show!"

Our hop begins today with the lovely and super talented Jearise at http://lorbysworld.blogspot.com.  The entire line-up is available just in case you get bogged down with all the holidaze and craziness as you won't want to miss a single calendar event!!!! 

The line-up for August includes:


August Monthly Holidays, Special and Wacky:
  • Family Fun Month ~ Jearise
  • National Eye Exam Month - Lucy 
  • Peach Month~ Michele
  • National Picnic Month ~ Laura

August, 2013 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:

3 National Watermelon Day ~ Edwina
4 Friendship Day ~ Edwina
4 Sisters Day ~ Janet
7 National Lighthouse Day ~ Lucy 
9 Book Lover's Day ~ Christine
10 Lazy Day ~
10 National S'mores Day ~ Christine
11 Son and Daughter Day ~
12 Middle Child's Day ~
13 Left Hander's Day ~ Jearise
15 Relaxation Day - now this one's for me! ~Edwina
16 National Tell a Joke Day ~ Laura
18 Bad Poetry Day ~ Jearise
19 Aviation Day ~ Lynne & Edwina
20 National Radio Day ~ Sandy
21 Senior Citizen's Day ~ Janet
22 Be an Angel Day ~ Laura
22 National Tooth Fairy Day ~ Sandy
23 Ride the Wind Day ~
26 Women's Equality Day ~
27 Just Because Day ~ Jearise
28 Race Your Mouse Day -but we are not sure what kind of "mouse" ~
30 Frankenstein Day ~ Sandy
30 Toasted Marshmallow Day ~ Vicky


We are offering some fabulous blog candy to a lucky winners - 
Sandy from Scrapbook Blessings will be going through her stash and sending one lucky winner a surprise package. 
Laura will also be giving one lucky winner her favorite image from The Stamping Chef.. She is a new release so you will have to wait and see her... 
Just comment and give some bloggie love to each of the Calendar Girls.

August 9th is Book Lover's Day! My project to celebrate this holiday is something every book lover needs...a bookmark! These bookmarks are actually a file that I purchased from the Silhouette America store from designer Sarah Bailey.  Instead of cutting them with my electronic cutter, I printed the pattern and let my girls go free with my scrapping papers and card stock. These are their creations...





What better way to nurture the love of books then to create your own monster bookmark???!!! 

National S'mores Day is actually Today, August 10th! For this crazy holiday I knew I wanted to celebrate with not your ordinary traditional S'more. I wanted something you could enjoy even when you are not sitting 'round the campfire! 

So I searched the "go to place for everything you ever wanted"...Pinterest! to see what I could. And find I did! There are literally thousands of recipes for s'mores, some traditional and some far from traditional! I searched pin after pin after pin and then there it was...the most scrumptious, delightful, mouthwatering S'more that I had been searching for! 



These delights got rave reviews from my kids..."amazing!", "you need to make more!", "these are delish!"

They were very easy to make too!

1. Make a graham cracker cookie dough & squish into pan
2.  layer with Hershey's chocolate bar
3. Cover chocolate with marshmallows or marshmallow creme
4. Put remainder of cookie dough on top & cook for 30 minutes!


For the complete recipe for these delightful treats, visit Mama's recipes

Thanks for stopping by this month. Before you totally run off and snuggle up with a good book and a S'more, be sure to leave some bloggie love, I really appreciate your comments!



Your next stop along the way of the calendar is Lucy. Thanks for stopping by and mark your calendar again next month to see what Holidays to Celebrate on September 14, 2013, for the next Calendar Girls Blog Hop!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Calendar Girls' Blog Hop...Flag Day and Fishing Day!

Welcome to our June Calendar Girls' Blog Hop. It’s absolutely amazing when you do a Google search, the interesting facts you may find... the special and unique occasions throughout the year!!! These unique holidays are our inspiration. As Neil Sedaka sang in his song "Calendar Girls" - "June, they’ll let me take you to the Junior Prom.”

Ahhh, yes, remember those prom days, let alone the prom pictures?? I remember my Senior Prom –my date picked me up in his parents’ “clunker.” Wait, wait, it gets better! We were supposed to go to NYC after the prom…He didn't want to take his parents’ car so we ended up riding the BUS into New York City!!! Can you believe it?? The BUS!! Can you say NERD?? Sitting on the bus in your prom gown and tuxedo…what a memory! Well enough with that, on to the projects!


The hop starts with the beautiful and very talented Vicky at http://crafting-vicky.blogspot.ca/. The entire line-up is available below my projects, just in case you get bogged down with all the holidaze and craziness as you won't want to miss a single calendar event!!!!

If you arrived from Lynne’s blog, then you are right on track!

I’d like to share 2 projects that I created to recognize holidays in June…The 1st is Flag Day which occurs on June 14th and the second is Fishing Day which occurs on June 18th!


So here we go…


If you are from any state in the South you should be familiar with the “pillowcase” dress! 
Well, if you aren't, you are about to be! 


Pillowcase dresses have been around for hundreds of years. They came about as an easy and inexpensive way to clothe children. The original dresses were made from potato sacks, old linens and …pillow cases! These dresses are still popular and have taken on many modern twists.

I made this simple cute patriotic dress for my granddaughter of 
18 months...



It was all made from fabric that I found in the $1.00/yard bin at 
Wal-Mart! It could really be made from scraps you have from other projects; it only took me about ½ yard of material. The stars came from a $2.00 package of buttons in my stash. It only took me approximately 5 hours (should have been less without interruptions and breaks)! 


 And there you have it, a “pillowcase” dress that is still inexpensive, cute and can be worn for all patriotic holidays!
(Let me know in the comments if you would like to see a tutorial on how to make a "pillowcase" dress)


On to Fishing Day…This card is a fun and interactive card! Not only can it be used for Fishing Day but it would make 
a wonderful Father's Day Card (also in June) too!


The fisherman and his boat are both chalked and paper pieced from scraps that I had. 
He is drifting among layers of waves that are inked and embossed. 
The fishing line of string dangles in the waves with hopes of catching that playful fish! The playful fish beneath his boat is on a penny slider.

Watch the video of my daughter demonstrating how the card actually works:

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Well, it was fun sharing the holidays with you. Thanks for stopping by! Don’t miss the others in the hop because there are great projects and blog candy too!

The line-up for June includes:
Vicky ~ http://crafting-vicky.blogspot.ca/
Janet ~ http://ladyluvbug.blogspot.com/
Anita ~ http://www.anitaandbugs.blogspot.com
Kimberly ~ http://scrappingrookie.blogspot.com
Laura - http://www.lauraleesdream.blogspot.com
Lynne ~ http://slasewcraftiness.blogspot.com/
Christine~ http://creativelivingwithchristine.blogspot.com
Sandy~ http://scrapbookblessings.blogspot.com
Miriam ~ http://miriamscreations.blogspot.com/
Lisa ~ http://handmadewithlove-lisa.blogspot.com/

We are offering some fabulous blog candy to 3 lucky winners:

1. Miriam's Crafting Supplies is offering ten (10) sets of pearls to one lucky winner by becoming a fan on her new blog, Miriam's Crafting Blog, http://miriamscraftingblog.com/

2.The Stamping Chef, http://thestampingchef.oo.gd/, is our wonderful sponsor for today's blog hop and has designed some of the images that have been used in today's hop. She is offering 3 of her wonderful designs, winner's choice to one lucky blog hopper that responds on each of the Calendar Girls’ posts along with her facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/TSCRecipes/, commenting that you hopped with the Calendar Girls.

3.Lynne will be going through her stash and sending one lucky winner a surprise package to someone that remarks and gives bloggie love on each of the participants on your worst prom memory.

Your next stop along the way of the calendar is at Sandy’s
Thanks for stopping by and mark your calendar again next month to see what Holidays to Celebrate on July 13, 2013, for the next Calendar Girls Blog Hop!