Thought for the day -

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." Helen Keller

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hello Sunshine!!

Welcome to Sunshine Monday. How was your weekend? I spent the weekend getting caught up on some rest! It's that wonderful time of the year when the allergies kick it and I have yet another sinus infection. Oh well, I would still rather muddle through with a little sinus infection then be freezing cold!
Todays card is for Sunshine Monday, of course, and also for the sketch challenge over at Midnight Madness. Their sketches are always so much fun and a real challenge! Here is this weeks sketch:

And here is my card- this week I made a winter scene and used the stamp from Sunshine & Giggles called Hang On!

All may dp is scraps I had left over from last year but I love this paper! Cardstock is from bazzil, snowflake charm is from making memories and I used my cuttlebug snowflake folder on the white cardstock.
Doesn't this look like fun! I grew up in northern NY so I'm quite familiar with this scene, hehe. One of these winters I think we'll have to take Jordan to visit his grandparents to see what a real winter is like! We're lucky if we get one snowfall a winter and it never lasts more than a few hours.
Be sure to check out the other Giggle Girls to see what they have in store for ya!

Monday, October19, 2009

Hello! Welcome to another edition of Sunshine Mondays, where the design team for Sunshine & Giggles brings you their creations. The stamp I used today is from the Christmas line and is called For You!

I am also multi-tasking with this card today! It is covering 3 challenges. The first challenge is from Friday Sketchers who provided this awesome sketch.

The second challenge is a color challenge and was provided by Basic Grey Challenge and they asked that you use the colors green, red and blue. Yeah! I got to use my figgy pudding papers. This is my absolute favorite line from Basic Grey.

And my final challenge is for Stamp Something which asked that you bling it on! I am running low on bling but I did manage to add a little! I especially like the sparkle in my fibers. I can't tell you how long that's been sitting in my stash!

Isn't she the cutest! I colored her with my copics and cut her out for the tag. What I need is an air brush system! But for now cutting will work.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Stampin Up
DP: Basic Grey Figgy Pudding
Image: Sunshine & Giggles
Rhinestones- K & Co.
Sentiment on vellum: Stamping Station

Be sure to stop & visit SAG design team to see what wonderful creations they have in store for you!

Joni Melissa Nicole and Jennifer.

Just a side note- poor Jenn won't be joining us this week as she is done with the flu. Yuck!! Hope you're feeling better soon!

Hope everyone is off to a wonderful week!


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Good morning! So I was wondering if everyone out there is as computer saavy as I am, lol. I have been having issues with my camera and computer for the last couple of days. For some reason my computer and camera are no longer speaking! I plug my camera into my computer with an usb cable and nothing happens. So, I uninstall my camera program and try reinstalling....this takes forever to download! Nothing! So I decide to google my question and I get lots of responses. Maybe it's the cable....maybe it's the computer. One suggestion says to restore my computer going back a few days...try this and nothing. So now it is 21/2 hrs later and still I can't download my pictures.

Another response I found is to buy a memory card reader that plugs into the computer. Really!I didn't even know they made these. So I thought ok that's what I will do on Saturday...though I really don't want to pay for more stuff. I decide to try googling my question again-reworded. Finally! I find a one sentence answer- the guy that responded to this persons question probably was going DUH! Plug your memory card directly into your computer! I didn't even know that was an option! It worked!! This process is much faster than the usb cable way! Lesson learned and no money spent! Did I just hear a collective voice of Duh's?! HAHA

So now I have a card for you! My card is for this weeks challenge at the Midnight Madness sketch challenge blog. I only recently started playing their challenges and love their sketches!! Here is this weeks sketch:

And here is my card:

I had in mind making a thanksgiving card with this image of Mummu but when I saw this gorgeus paper I decided to use it instead. This is still a thanksgiving card, for my mother, though not in the traditional fall colors. When you think of thanksgiving don't you also think of food! Mummu is going to have a very elegant thanksgiving dinner!

Cardstock - Bazzil
DP-Graphics 45, Domestic Goddess
Ribbon-American Crafts
Image- Mo's Digital Pencil
Charms & embellies- ?? (in stash)

Be sure to visit Midnight Madness for this weeks challenge and to check out their blog hop. All the design team members have put together some really awesome fall crafts!

Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Good Monday Morning to you all!! How was your weekend? I managed to get 3 cards made over the weekend. Two of the cards are for entry into Paper Crafts Magazine's World Card Making challenge. I managed to finish them last night and they go out into todays mail! Nothing like waiting until the last minute seeing as they had to be post-marked no later than today. I seem to be one of those people that work better under pressure! hehe. I also managed to fit in a little reading but just a little. I'm reading Dan Brown's new book and it very good. It's very suspenseful and I wish I could stay home and read today rather than going to work:(

I am happy to announce that Sunshine Mondays is back from their brief fall hiatus! We are ready to display Sunshine & Giggles new Winter/Christmas line. Nicole has come up with some really cute images! My card today features A Visit From Santa stamp. I think this is my favorite in the whole line. I tried something different for this card. Rather than coloring in the image I stamped it in frost white ink on black cardstock.

So what do you think? I thought the look went well with my dp-which, if you can't see it well, is The Night Before Christmas. My card also covers the challenge over at Cude Card Thursday, which, simply asks that you use a charm on your card.
Other supplies used:
I used my Nesties Label 4 for the sentiment ant the sentiment is a rub-on from EK Success that I found in my stash. No telling how long it's been in there. My cardstock is Stampin Up in black & kraft and the ribbon is also from Stampin Up- Taffeta ribbon in Riding Hood Red and the ornament charm is from Making Memories. The images are a little hard to see here but if you click on the image you can see it enlarged. I just love this dp but have no idea who it is by. I picked it up at Michaels and there is no name to be found.

Well that is it for me today. Be sure to visit Sunshine & Giggles other dt members to see what they are offering. I can't wait to see what stamps they've chosen to showcase.

Hope you have a great day!

Thursday, October 08/2009

Just a quick post for you...just a reminder that today is the last day to post your entries on the Midnight Madness challenge blog for their huge giveaway!! You can also enter for this contest at You could be eligible to win your very own Ribbon Box or a ScrapMaBob and then be a finalist in The Workbox Giveaway?Visit The Original Scrapbox website and check out the amazing workbox. I have had my eye on one of these for ages!! Here is what you need to save on shipping if you choose to purchase your own box- Enter this code when you place your order to get $100 off your shipping: 100Writes. Good luck everyone!!

Thurday, October 8, 2009

Good Morning everyone! Can you believe it is Thursday already!! I know you aren't supposed to wish your life away but I do live for Fridays...more playtime!!

My card for today is for 2 challenges. The first challenge is for this weeks Color Throwdown and this is the swatch they provided:

I did manage to use all but the yellow in cardstock....but you do see a little yellow in my the image. hehe

The 2nd challenge is for this weeks Midnight Madness sketch challenge. I am really becoming addicted to their challenges...the sketches are always great and their blog is incredible. There is a pretty awesome tutorial this week so you should go check them out. Here is sketch 22-

All of my dp is from the Domestic Goddess line by Graphics 45. I just love their paper and I love these vintage ads- thought it was a perfect fit for my image of MuMu hanging her laundry. I used buttons and safety pins, brad and fabric remember snap for my embellies. I don't know if you can read the sentiment on the snap (poor picture tonight as the lighting was very poor) but it reads remember...perfect for the vintage ads.
Supplies Used: Cardstock-Stampin Up, DP-Graphics 45, Stamp- Mo's Digital Pencil, saftety pins, buttons, remember snap from Melissa Francis, brad, and image was colored using my copics.
Well enjoy your day!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Good Morning Everyone.....hope your week is going well. I managed to complete a card last night....after I watched a movie with Jordan. He is on fall break this week so we had to do a movie night. I finally got Dan Brown's new book but haven't had a chance to open it yet...maybe tonight.

Todays card is covering 2 challenges. The first is for Stamp Something which said your card "has to do with things from the Fall/Autumn Season. We'd like to see you create something inspired by apples or teachers or school." Well I got the fall colored papers and I included apples.

The 2nd challenge is for this weeks sketch challenge at Whiff of Joy. Rach provided this weeks sketch and it is a great one...

I love cards with lotsa layers and my card sure does have em! The prize offering this week is pretty special too- Katharina is offering the new winter club stamp kit -it has not even been released yet!! Simons Says Stamps is also offering a gift certificate!

If this years winter set is anything like last years it will be pretty spectacular!! They're definitely some of my favorite stamps.

I used my WOF apple tree stamp-perfect for a fall theme, don't ya think.

Supplies Used:

My background dp and checkerboard dp are both from Graphic 45- I just love their papers!! The striped paper is actually Christmas paper I picked up last year. I used ruby red and kraft cardstock from SU. The sentiment stamp is also from SU- it reads "good works are links that form a chain of love-Mother Theresa. I thought is was the perfect sentiment for a thank you card. My flower was cut with my cricut & the flower center is a fabric yo-yo with a SU build a brad. I love the build a brad concept!!

Thanks for looking and I hope you have a great day & manage to fit in some crafting.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Hello Everyone! I hope you are all having a fabulous World Card Making day!! I have spent much of my day blogging...may not be very productive but I have seen some really amazing blogs today. I did manage to get a card or 2 done.
My card for today is for 3 challenges. I have used the sketch from The Midnight Madness Challenge-they always provide great sketches and their design team is incredible!!
My second challenge is for A Spoon Full of Sugar and they want to see your Christmas cards and finally, Simon Says Stamps which was a challenge to use red & green- great for Christmas! LOL
Speaking of Simon Says Stamps they have a 2nd challenge running for 24 hours only. They are asking you send a card to Paige. If you've visited my blog before you know the details, if not you can visit Erin's blog for all the details.

Paige is a 13 yr old girl who lost an arm in a boating accident. Erin is asking everyone that's willing to send her a card and at the same time you can enter Erin's blog candy. The candy will be awarded when 200 people pledge to send a card. She's almost there- already at 165!!

My little girl is all ready for a great holiday party! She is wearing a green velvet dress-every girl needs a great green velvet dress for the holidays! The dress is paper-pieced and accented with red gemstones to match her red gemstone earrings. My image is from the newly released Christmas/Winterline from Sunshine & Giggles Stamps. The whole line is currently on sale for $40- thats half off the price if buying individually!! But you better hurry....the sale ends October 15th.
Supplies: Bazill cardstock, dp from K & Co. and Graphic 45, prima poinsettias, red gemstones from The Paper Studio, copics.
This post is getting rather long but I also wanted to mention some blog candy...and it's some VERY impressive candy. Midnight Madness is giving away a workbox....what is a workbox you

I know I would love to have one of these!!
Well I am off to create....or maybe hop some more, hehehe. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!