Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Winner Day!

I've got it...coughing, sneezing, runny nose, can't sleep...a true Nyquil commercial.  Makes for a foggy creative head so please forgive my lack of a creation.

It is, however,  WINNER DAY !!!!

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Timestamp: 2012-01-31 13:56:50 UTC

Stampin' Hands have Happy Hearts said...

Happy Anniversary to you, your story is so sweet, I love the card he picked out for you and the roses are beautiful. My love is also my husband of 28 years, our youngest will graduate HS this year and we are looking to the future with hope and the joys of spending more time together. It does just get better as the years go by! Again Happy Anniversary and may you have many more.

January 13, 2012 7:48 AM

Congratulations!!!  Just pm me your info and I'll have a  $25.00 Sparkle N Sprinkle Gift Certificate sent to you!!  Happy stamping and glittering.

A big thank you to everyone who participated and shared their love stories.  My wish is that you have many more of them to share.

Off to blow my nose!

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Missing You

Edited to add:  The Ribbon Lady has added even more goodies in the Hero Arts Giveaway...Hurry, leave a comment here to win! 

When I first saw this sweet little fairy (Sparkle N Sprinkle Dream Fairy), I knew she just had to be blue.  She looks like I feel when I'm missing our grandchildren (oh, yeah...and their parents, too, of course!). 

I used the Dream Fairy SVG Cut File with my Gazelle electronic cutter to cut the shape prior to stamping.  Quick and easy!  I added a bit of sparkle with some cool glitter from SNS as well.   The Dream Fairy set is on sale right now so you can scoop up all the sweet fairies and their sentiments at a great price.

Supply List

Card size: 4.25” x 4.25”

Stamps - Sparkle N Sprinkle Dream Fairy - 395; Dream Fairy Cut files
Paper – SU Turquoise; GCD Morning Glory

Ink -  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Glitter -  Seaspray – G1023S, Pretty Princess – G1109
Other - Tear –ific Tape, Sakura Glue Pen; Spellbinders Lacey Oval; Cuttlebug Swiss Dots EF; PTI Banner die;
Foam tape; Sewing machine (optional); Electronic cutting machine; Big Shot or similar die cut machine

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

May Arts & Hero Arts Blog Week Project


Yay...it's Friday and it's my turn on the May Arts Blog using some fun new stamps from Hero Arts.

Here's a peek at my projects


Two sweet journals from one set of stamps...Click here to go to the MA blog and leave me a comment for a chance to win some Hero Arts Stamps and May Arts Ribbon.

I have a printable tutorial link there for you as well in case you'd like to make some of your own.

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May Arts/Hero Arts Blog Week Giveaway Part 2


Have you visited the newly revamped May Arts Blog yet?  It is a thing of beauty and this week it's even more beautiful with lots of DT projects by the May Arts Design Team.  I'm not sure what day my project will be up but I'll give you a heads up when it is.  Be sure to pop over to the Hero Arts blog, too, because they've got some awesome projects and even more giveaways!

It's time for giveaway #2...that's another chance to get in on some goodies.   The Ribbon Lady is throwing in 2 rolls of ribbon...your choice as well. 


Thanks for stopping in and don't forget...I've got a giveaway too...check out the sidebar link.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WOYWW138 - Sparkle N Sprinkle

It's Wednesday already! That means it's WOYWW 138 time over at Julia's Stamping Ground.  Time to peek in on the workdesks worldwide to see what crafty things are being created.

Here's the aftermath of a few cards I've been working on for Sparkle N Sprinkle.

Scarey, isn't it?  As soon as I finish this post, I'm back in the studio for a good clean up!

Here's a card I finished up last night.  Lots of sparkly sprinkly glitter for this Dream Girl by Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I was thinking of the song "By the Light of the Silvery Moon"...Yes, I'm old enough to remember Doris Day singing it.  A fun little song...

"By the light of the silvery moon,
I want to spoon, to my honey I'll croon love's tune
Honeymoon keep a-shining in June,
Your silv'ry beams will bring love dreams
We'll be cuddling soon,
By the silvery moon."

You can find the rest of the lyrics here that inspired this card. 

You should see the sparkle IRL!

I used the Dream Fairy Stamp Set (it's on sale!) and the Dream Fairy Cut Files.  What?  You didn't know SNS has cut files for many of their stamps?  Well, now you do!  If you have an electronic machine that can cut SVG files, these intricate stamps can be easily cut in multiples for easy cardmaking.

You can find the supply list and instructions for making this card on the SNS site.  That fun heart shaped ribbon is May Arts and will be in my Etsy shop soon.


Don't forget my drawing for a Sparkle N Sprinkle Gift Certificate!  You've got until Jan. 31 to leave a comment at the link on my sidebar. 

Thanks to all for the good wishes about my back.  Today was a therapy day.  We're trying to work the spasm out of my back so I'll probably be sore tomorrow but each day is a bit better.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rubbernecker Stamps Tuesdays with the Team

It's my turn to host Tuesdays with the Team on the Rubbernecker Stamps Stampin' Sisterhood blog.  I've got a fun, easy and different take on a card for you.

See that score at the top...there's a surprise inside.  Head on over the Stampin' Sisterhood to see what it is.  There's a full tutorial there for you.

edited to add:  After trying to insert this into a regular A2 envelope, I found that moving the card to the 1/8" inch mark on the Scor-Pal then scoring at 4 1/4" and 4 1/2" made it fit much easier.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Rubbernecker Sisterhood Sunday Inspiration Challenge

It's time for the Sisterhood Sunday Challenge on the Rubbernecker Stampin' Sisterhood blog (SS7).  Our challenge this week is an inspiration photo.

Aren't those roses just beautiful?  The Sisters have interpreted the photo in ways that are elegant, fun, and yummy.  As always, you have a week to play along to win a stamp of your choice.  The weekly winners will be entered into a drawing at the end of the month for a complete set of their choice.

Here's my take on the photo:

Don't forget the Kitte Hop is on all week!  Be sure to leave each team member a comment to win your choice of Kittie Kit!

Supply List
Size - 4.25" x 5.5"
Paper - Neenah Cream; PTI Lavender Mist; DCWV Adhesive Fabric paper
Ink - SU Soft Suede; Versamark
Other - May Arts Ribbon - NE20, NP09; Spellbinders Labels 4; Recollections roses; CB Swiss dots EF; stick pin/pearls; foam tape

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Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop Winners

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Sparkle N Sprinkle Deco Divas – Love is in the Air Blog Hop!!! All your fabulous comments were greatly appreciated!

For those who may not have won a prize this time – you’ll have another chance before you know it… Mark Feb 9-10 on your calendars for the Spring Fling Blog Hop!!!

Here are the winners for this hop. Please e-mail brenda@sparklensprinkle.com with your full name – address – phone contact & your choice of item(s) for the prize you won.


Grand Prize #1 - Full-sized stamp set of your choice on cling - Cheryl B

Grand Prize #2 - Stampette set of your choice on cling - Kaiahobid

1st Place - (from Lana Clarke’s Blog) 2 Glitter Tinsels - Aurora Selvaggio

2nd Place – (from Gerlinde Townsley’s Blog) 3 sm embossing powders – Karen Land

3rd Place – (from April Williams Blog) 3 sm glitters – Robyn Rinehart

Thanks again for hopping with us!  We'll see you soon at the next hop.

If you're looking for the Rubbernecker Hop, click here.  If you haven't left a comment for my Sparkle N Sprinkle Gift Certificate Giveaway, check out the link on my right sidebar.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Rubbernecker Stamps Kittie Hop

                                                  KITTIE HOP BANNER/for top of post

Welcome to the KITTIE KIT HOP!   In case you didn’t know, Rubbernecker Stamps has a line of stamps called KITTIE KITS.   The kits include a variety of images that can be used together in many different ways to create all sorts of fun scenes.  Just wait, you will see what I mean! The Stampin’ Sisterhood has come together to share some of the ways that we use them!

All you have to do is follow the hop route and leave some love (a comment) at each blog.  What fun would a blog hop be with a prize?   The prize?.. You can win a Kittie Kit of your choice

The winner will be announced on the Rubbernecker blog on Friday, January 27th so you have plenty of time to visit each RN Sister's blog.

Here's my card using  the truck, tree and grass images from Kittie Kit Fall HarvestMy truck is all girl and full of spring cherry blossoms.   Girls drive trucks, right?  Building the scene was easy and so much fun!  I even have glass (acetate) windows! 

I stamped the tree first, then the truck.  I stamped the truck again onto scrap cardstock, colored it with Prismacolor pencils/baby oil, and hightlighted it with a silver pen.  I cut out the truck and popped it with foam tape over my stamped truck.  The clouds were sponged using a handmade template.  I added the die cut clouds for extra dimension.  The little flowers were punched, formed and attached with CE.  The grass is sponged and stamped using the little grass images from the set..  I underlined under the truck with a Copic marker for depth.

I think I want a REAL pink truck now.  ;-)

Be on the look out for our NEXT HOP coming in FEBRUARY!  Until then, be sure to check out the daily posts on the STAMPIN’ SISTERHOOD blog!  Thanks again for joining us today and enjoy the hop!

If you arrived here from Bev's blog, you're in the right place!  Your next stop is the other Charlene!
Bev Gerard

• Charlene Driggs (that's me!)

Charlene Merrick

Jacquie Peifer

Jen Charboneau

Jennifer Cuthbertson

Joan Ervin

Judy Rozema

Julia Aston

Juliana Swanson

Karen Hunsaker

Kecia Waters

Rubbernecker Stamps Stampin’ Sisterhood

Don't forget to check the right sidebar for my Blog Candy Gift Certificate Giveaway!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop - Love & Romance are in the Air!

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Deco Divas – Love is in the Air Blog Hop! If you hopped here by way of Karalee Ingram then you are in the right place. Otherwise, you might like starting from the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog to become eligible for one the four great prizes.

One lucky person will win the Grand Prize - a Stamp Set of the winner's choice mounted on cling cushion. As you visit each artist's blog, there is the possibility of winning one of THREE more prizes! It's a secret though. No one knows who "those three" are...so be sure to leave a comment on EACH blog to be eligible (including the SNS blog).

Here's my romantic card for the hop:

I used the "Mary" image.  I love this sweet angelic image.  I think she's perfect for wedding showers and romantic Valentine cards and she's so fun to embellish.  I made it in a size that can be mailed in a regular business sized envelope...no extra postage!  You can find a supply list and full instructions HERE on the SNS site.

Your blog hostesses are:

SNS Home Blog: http://sparklensprinkle.com/blog/
Barbara Bruder http://www.artandsoulcreations.blogspot.com/
Julie Zippel http://backtobasicsandbeyond.blogspot.com/
Lana Clarke http://sweetpeaspapercreations.blogspot.com/
Karalee Ingram http://kareescardsandcraftsofcourse.blogspot.com/
Charlene Driggs (that's me!)
Amanda Reed http://cardscatsandcopics.blogspot.com
Shanna Shands http://scsdesigns.blogspot.com/
Shona Erlenborn http://shonasstampingstage.blogspot.com/
Gerlinde Townsley http://mycreativecorner-gerlinde.blogspot.com/
Angie Blasingame http://hopemorestudio.blogspot.com/
Marie Berquist http://craftemarie.blogspot.com/
Karin Martin http://karin-withaniforpaper.blogspot.com/
Jessica Griffin http://canyoupixelthis.com/
Dawn Thomas http://belladonnasgarden.blogspot.com/
April Williams http://stampwillydesigns.blogspot.com/
Jill Jacobsen http://www.stampinhands.com/
Brenda Smalle http://www.rubberroomantics.blogspot.com/

Then head back to the Sparkle N Sprinkle home page and answer the question! 

Winners will be announced Saturday, Jan 21st on the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog.
Thanks so much for hopping with us. 

Remember, to become eligible to win the Grand Prize, please leave a comment on EACH blog, and follow the directions on the last blog. Winners of the mini prizes are selected when they leave a comment on the mystery designer's blog AND answer the final question at the SNS Home Blog.

Amanda Reed is your next hop stop.

Happy Hopping and good luck!

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Extra, Extra Read All About It! Blog Candy Alert

Guess what?!  May Arts has a brand new blog!  The Ribbon Lady is giving away prizes to celebrate so why don't you pop on over, take a peek and leave her a comment.  She's got paper and ribbon...just tell her I sent ya! 

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WOYWW137 - Work in Progress

The paper and ink playground is a busy spot trying to catch up on all the blog hops and product giveaways that will be happening in the next few days...be sure to stay tuned.

Be sure to check out my Sparkle N Sprinkle gift card giveaway in the R sidebar, the SNS blog hop AND the Rubbernecker Blog hop AND add in May Arts and you've got alot of freebies comin' your way.

Here's a peek at the workdesk...DH is off today so I have to run.  His first day off in 9 days. None of his employees want to change places with him.  :-)  He works too hard.

Be sure to pop on over to Julia's Stamping Ground to check out the busy desks worldwide.  I always love to see what Julia has on her busy desk and the view out her window is just gorgeous! 
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Teapot Tuesday - Wiggles and Giggles

This week's Teapot Tuesday - MMTPT181 destination is a young college girl named Amy, who's been diagnosed with lukemia.  Amy has been through a tough time, including having strokes.  We aim to bring her some of her favorite things including...giggles.  She loves to giggle.

I hope this sassy cat brings her some joy.

She's sitting slightly askew and is sporting patent leather (Crystal Effects) lime green heels.  Her sign reads, "You're not the Boss of me!"  Now, what teenager hasn't said that!?

Stamps - Dolly Momma, Papertrey Ink
Paper - Neenah, PTI, Bazzill
Ink - Memento, Copics, SU
Other - May Arts Ribbon, Crystal Effects, button

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Clean and Simple Monday

Thought I better get this posted early as mornings are still pretty rough getting out of bed.  Notice to the wise...do not fall down the stairs! : -{

I peeked early to see what the CAS Challenge was on SCS this week.  It's a color blocked sketch by DT member Loll.  So out of my comfort zone...I don't think I've ever done one like this before but it's definitely CAS.  I think it may have to grow on me...

Don't forget that I'm giving away a $25 gift certificate to Sparkle N Sprinkle at the end of the month!

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

43 years in love....and Blog Candy Giveaway

43 years ago my high school sweetheart and I said, "I do".  "For better, for worse, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer....".  We've seen all that and could have added a few more.  ;-) 
The road has not always been smooth but the destination has been so worth the ride.  We can truly say we love each other more now.  Our love is sweeter because we've weathered the trials...together.  Sometimes hanging on by our fingertips, but hanging on.   
They say marriage is a marathon, not a sprint.  Having run a half marathon, I can attest to that....there is the initial euphoria of the start, the exhaustion, frustration and pain of the hills, brief downhill sprints, the fear of not being able to finish, then, you catch your second wind and the exultation at the prospect of the finish line looms...
So to the love of my life, I say, thank you for loving me...at my best and at my worst.

The card and flowers he picked out and arranged himself. We have a date for next week when my pain and his busy schedule allows us time for a proper celebration.  I can't wait!
I want to include you too....so for hanging in there while I've been recuperating and catching up, I have a present for you!  How about a $25 gift certificate to Sparkle N Sprinkle?   Now that's your choice of stamps, glitter, embossing powder, cut files....all in one cool place!
Here's all you have to do...since this is the season of love, leave me a comment telling me who you love and why.  If you have a blog...pass the word on...if not, that's ok too.  I will draw a winner on Tuesday, January 31st. 

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Teapot Tuesday - Spongebob for Joshua

Sometimes you hear a story that just touches your heart and makes you realize that no matter what you're going through, there is someone who is struggling much more in this life than you are.

Such is the case with Joshua Parker.  This brave little guy is just 5 years old.  You can read Joshua's Caring Bridge post here and the Teapot Tuesday Challenge is here.

Joshua LOVES Spongebob so we're sending him Spongebob valentines.  I didn't know a thing about Spongebob so I did a bit of "researching" and found out that he's a kitchen sponge who ended up in the sea.  Go figure!

I found a coloring page online and colored old Bob with Copics, cut him out, then dumped him in the sea with some beautiful Webster's Pages DP.

If you'd like to send Joshua a card, please DO NOT send get well cards. Make them Valentine or happy cards, please.  You will understand when you read his story.

The mailing address is:

Joshua Parker
c/o Mel DeLlanos
405 Swan St.
West Burlington, IA  52655

Have a blessed day!
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Monday, January 9, 2012

Love is in the Air

"My heart is ever at your service."
William Shakespeare

It's the season of Love and May Arts Ribbon has partnered with Helmar Adhesives to bring you a week of crafty projects that are sure to get your mojo going.

Here's a sneak peek at one of my card creations on the May Arts Ribbon blog.  Be sure to pop over and leave a comment...we're giving prizes!

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

a single rose

Thanks to everyone who's been hanging in with me while I've been recuperating from my fall down the stairs.  It looks like I'll have a few months of physical therapy to do but hopefully, the pain will continue to subside and my mojo will kick back in. 

On a brighter note, I was able to actually make a card today!  This is the for the Rubbernecker Sisterhood sketch challenge SS5


The rose was stamped twice on X Press It card.  I cut out the image, then glued one down.  I then cut out the flower and petal from the second image and mounted them on top of the first image with foam tape.

Card size - 5" x 5"
Paper - X Press It Card; Papertrey Smokey Shadow/Vintage Cream; K & Co. Black/Ivory Fusion
Ink - Tsukineko Memento; Copics
Other - May Arts 1/4" black silk, Cuttlebug EB folder; MS butterfly punch, Spellbinders Circle dies, stick on pearls, corner rounder, foam tape
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