Saturday, July 30, 2011

In the Garden

Colour Create

Our challenge this week at 
Sentimental Sundays is Garden Party
(Anything you might find in your garden)
Right now my garden is mostly weeds, so the pictures
in these pages are before blogging, when I actually
did yard work and household chores! Anyway, please join us this week and show us what is in your garden!

I mentioned a few months ago that I was working on
finishing the scrapbooks I started for my Nieces and Nephew. After my Nephew was born, I started a book for him, and the theory was every time I saw him I would add a few pages to it. Then his sister came along, and I made when one for her, then a cousin came along and I made one for her, then her sister came along, and I was incredibly behind. They all knew they had books, but were wondering if they would ever get them back. With 11 years worth of 
pictures, and four kids, I was beginning to wonder the same.
Then we had a family day where we give the kids
a bunch of presents and have a fun day, so it was a perfect opportunity to finish the books to give them as presents.  It was a tremendous amount of work, but so worth it in the end. My husband even pitched in and helped. He probably does not want the world to know that, but I could not have done it without him. It turned out to be almost 400 pages. They are a bit simplistic, since they are for kids, but they are very happy with them. If I ever get to do some books for me, I will do fancier layouts. I will show more pages from time to time, now that I have permission from their parent's to share. Just won't bore you with all 400 right now.
City Crafters
The story behind these pages is that when we 
moved to our property in 2006, each of the kids planted a tree that was their tree to take care of when they visited us. They also painted rocks in their favorite colors and made stepping stones with their hand print in it. We live 3 hours away, so we do not get to see them as much as we would like. They each come and stay with us in the summer for 4 or 5 days.
They love to water, weed, and take care of their trees.
It has been fun watching the trees grow with them. They are now much taller than the kids.

Supplies Used: 
Cardstock: Misc.
Designer Paper: DCWV & Misc.
Stickers: Jolees & K&Co.
Die Cuts: Spellbinder's Ovals and Scalloped Ovals
Journaling done on computer
Labels: Using Label Maker by Brother

Challenges I would like to enter this in:
Paper Shelter Challenge -  Anything goes
Inspire Me Fridays - Always anything goes
Come and Get It Challenges - Anything goes
Divas by Design -  Summer
Stampavie and More - Summer
Fashionista Friday - Summer
Crafty Ann's - Summertime
Craft Your Days Away - Summertime
Just Some Lines - Outdoors/Summer
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge - Anything but a card
Phindy’s Place - Diecuts
Art Impressions Stamps Challenge - Inspiration from nature
City Crafter Challenge - Inspiration
Colour Create - Pink green, white
Paper Play -In the garden
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Garden
Stamp Insanity - use your favorite colors (Green & Pink)
Clear It Out! - Use Old Supplies- Anything Goes  (Paper & pictures)
Catered Crop Green, Scallops, Die Cut Shapes

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Danke, Merci beaucoup, Muchas gracias, Thank You

This week at Dutch Dare the challenge 
is a Color combo.
This is the bright summery color inspiration
we are using this week.
Thank You in German, Spanish, French,
Filipino,  & English.
The friend I am giving this to, speaks
English, Filipino & Spanish. The others I just
 Close- Ups

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Coordinations
Designer Paper: K& Co. & Misc. from stash
White Frame: K&Co.
Doily Die Cut: Martha Stewart
Die Cut: Lacey Circles by Spellbinders
Ribbons:Green-Offray Pink Velvet- Decorative Trim
White-(no name)
Embroidery Center: Jolee's Boutique
Pearls: Paper Studio
Metal Thank You Tag on inside: Making Memories
Martha Stewart Punches:Perforadora Para & 
Topiary Arches
Stamp: Inside Sentiment: Stampin' Up Thank You Set
Ink: Stampin' Up: Pink Passion

Challenges I would like to enter this in:
Mojo Monday - SKETCH
For Fun Challenges -  2 different ribbons
Heart 2 Heart  Doilies and Lace
House of Gilli - Anything Gilli Goes
Marks Finest Papers - Bright and Cheery with Pink, Yellow & Green
Aud Sentiments Challenge - anything that will make someone smile/enjoy your day
Charisma Cardz - Sunshine colors

Monday, July 18, 2011

Blogoversary Giveaway Winners!!!

It is time to reveal the winners of my
 blogoversary giveaway!!
Let me say this was extremely hard to choose the winners. I so wanted to pick all 70 of you who entered. I am one month shy of making it to my 20th wedding anniversary. If I buy presents for everyone, I either forfeit my gift, and we can't let that happen or I 
can say I have been married for 19 years and 11 months, so I can't let that happen either.
So I painfully chose my winners feeling horrible for leaving many of you kind, funny, craft addicted people out. 
I had so much fun reading everyone's stories & addictions! There is some funny stuff going on out there! The whole idea was to expose your addiction and make me feel better about mine
I heard a lot of "I can't top yours," Am I that bad?!!!
Don't answer that!
Then reading the stories we all realize we are in the same club! I did get some new ideas though... hmmmm
There are a lot of pajamas without strings, undies without bows, pants without buttons
Funny stuff!
Thank You to everyone who participated
and became my follower! It was so much
fun reading your posts. Thank You to all who
have followed me through this year!

OK lets start the reveal!

Dorcas has been chomping at the bit wanting
clues as to what her gift is! I have been
as vague as possible!
Did you earn it girlfriend?
You started off shakey by revealing my illness, but then redeemed yourself by exposing some of yours.
"I only make squishy fishy noises with my lips (tip: scrunch your lips up like you're trying to blow a spit bubble (and don't say you have no clue how to do this cos everyone's done it!) and blow in and out real fast, it should sound like a bath toy being squeezed real fast.) But alas, that's only when I'm on to a REALLY brilliant idea..."
Have I taken apart clothes for the bits and bobs? Yes. *cringe*. If I'm going through my closet and wondering what to keep and what to toss I tend to look at what the garment could provide craftwise. Of course! Its called thriftiness. My one mission in life is to save my husband money, Hello! Its a button thing. He who dies with the most buttons wins. And I think I'll win.Prize? Buttons.

I WILL NOT pay $40 for any article of clothing but I will happily spend $40 on buttons, ribbon or charms. 
So with that being said here are your prizes girl Enjoy!

 Chocolate because we must start off with chocolate to get the creative juices flowing!
(Ate it)
The 12 Prismacolor Pencils You are missing
Well 13 I ordered you a Golden Rod too because I feel sorry for it.
It is a tiny tiny nub!

(Just arrived!)
Artichoke, Nectar, Sea Shell Pink, Black Raspberry, China Blue,
Denim Blue, Caribbean Sea, Blue Lake, Moss Green, Kelly Green,
Sandbar Brown, Expresso & Golden Rod         
And last but not least a $25.00 Gift Certificate at:
That is for my benefit too because if you order a Nestie
I don't have, I get to use it too! Clever right?!
Thanks For being such a great friend and always being there for me! Besides don't I owe you like $10,000.00?!!! 
Just put this towards the interest! LOL!

OK here are the winners:

Gift # 2
The winner of gift #2 is:
Babs (Sent)
A couple of years ago we were in Yorkshire, England on holiday. There we were, wandering over hill & dale and humpty back bridges, when I spotted something fluttering in the breeze. It was sheeps wool, stuck in the branches of a bush. Of course, visions of a cute card with a fluffy sheep were in my head so I had to have it. Then there's the toilet plunger incident....
Congrats Babs! The toilet plunger ribbon holder still cracks me up!

Gift #3
The winner of gift #3 is:
I have been known to steal a button or two from my Hubby's pants and replace with a more boring button. Shhhh...
Girl, I will pick up anything if it looks like I could craft it somewhere. God made dirt...dirt won't hurt! I find stuff stuck to my bum, all over my furry baby Bella(because she sits right under me all the time) and I have even found twine in hubby's hair...hmmmm
Congrats Jennifer! Love the stealing the good buttons from your husband's pants!

Mystery Gift #4
The winner of the mystery gift is:
Claudia (Sent)

I make sure I've got 2 things, a big glass of cold water (to clear my mind every so often) and my cat. She used to be little so having her stretch out on my neck felt good and relaxing, just what I needed... but now she's all grown up and heavy but she still insists on being there, we have grown so close together that I feel when she's impressed by my creations or not...
When I'm doing good - she's asleep - if I'm not up to par she senses it and let's me know shes not impressed by meowing and purring constantly, it becomes so annoying that I have to go check out a couple of great blogs to find some inspiration again ,, finally when I'm back to my normal creating self she settles back into my neck and dozes off.

Too funny, love the cat story! Congrats Claudia!
We all need a cat to tell is when our mojo is off!

Gift #5
The winner of gift # 5 is:
Cheryl (Sent)
Well eating no not in my craft,room got fed up with trying to eat,chocolate,then getting so engrossed in what I was doing got fed up eating paper and,beads.
Not great when,you go to the loo,makes it interesting, he he
Usual comment I get is,"woman you on that computer again,or all you think about is making cards,and playing with pens,about time you grew up."
Congrats Cheryl too funny! 

Gift #6
The winner of Gift #6 is:
Ineke (Sent)
i craft in the kitchen.. so we dont eat at the table anymore.. because it almost cracks under the heavy loads of paper, stamps and pencils..
i am glad when it is summertime and nice weather.. then we can eat in the garden.. the only place that isnot stuck with crafting things!!!
only it gives me bad feelings.. eating in the gaden.. for i dont really work anymore it is a jungle..
i wear all my clothes.. at least 20 years.. who cares about fashion????
the money is used for crafting things!!!
and yes.. IF.. i say IF i buy new underwear.. and other clothes.. i immediately cut off the bows and ribbons.
You got it bad Ineke Congratulations!

Gift #7 $10.00

The winner of gift #7 is:
I do not throw away clothes. I'm a paper hoarder, do you think I'm going to just throw away clothes? Heck no! I have been known to take a couple of buttons or zipper pulls from pants, though. And then I still use them like a hobo.
I've never thought to check Sabo's butt for rhinestones and whatnot, but I'm always losing stuff so next time, that'll be the first place I look!
Love the hobo part! Congrats Cely!

Gift #8 $10.00
The winner of gift # 8 is:
Theresa (Sent)
That one, ouch, in my underwear is one place, lol, don't ask me how, also i have a small Maltese doggie with long hair, been the carrier of many a crafty item, she is so ued to me scratching through her hair/fur,she must be thinking/wondering..... 'my human has all that space, why would she need me to carry stuff for her????'
Your post made me giggle, love the doggie story and ouch about the undies! Congrats Theresa!

Gift #9

I added an extra gift since I got so many new followers when you did not have to. You did it because you wanted to.
The winner of gift #9 is Ulina
because she took her crafty talent and had
a Herman Munster shirt made for her husband!
The real reason she won is because he wants her to wear a Lily Munster shirt! 

Congratulations Ladies! You have been bitten by the crafting bug bad! Now enjoy your gifts and check yourselves into a clinic soon! I will see you there!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Today is my one year blogoversary!!
As many of you already know I am
celebrating this event with offering
several gifts as my way of saying Thank You
to all of you for all the kind things you do & say.

I am looking to see how bad you have been
 bitten by the craft bug. If you have
read some of the comments there are some
sick crafters out there! Myself included!
(Exactly What I am looking for!)
There are a lot of Pajamas & underwear missing ribbons and husbands pants and shirts 
missing buttons out there! The funny thing is 
you guys are still wearing them!!
Join in on the fun! We are telling it all & there
is some funny stuff!
It feels good to get all that off your chest!

I'll spill one more confession just in case
you are still shy in telling it all.
I was at our congregation a few weeks  ago listening to a very 
encouraging biblical talk, when a friend's daughter sat down next
 to me.  I was so distracted by her adorable butterfly
sandals, that I no longer could pay attention to what was being said. 
All I could think about was "if I only had a pair of scissors, 
these beautiful butterflies could be on a card right now!" 
Then I was plagued with the thought that she has a twin sister and
there is another pair out there! After I sat there drooling for the next hour, 
their mother said they were mine when they out grew them!
Ok now I can pay attention again!
Anyway.... that is the stuff I want to hear.
To get in on all the excitement
and have a chance at winning 
some gifts join us here.
My Blogoversary Giveaway!!!
(Please go to blogcandy page)

You have until July 18th to participate.
Less than one week.


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