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Thursday, March 29, 2012

So Blessed To Have Friends Like You

Good morning friends!! I don't have a creation today, but I wanted to share some cards I recently received from blogger friends. I feel very blessed to have such wonderful friends!!

This one is from Danni. We were sent a stamp to work with on one of our FBW challenges and Danni sent us each a gorgeous card as well. Isn't this gorgeous??

Now onto 3 more amazing cards from my Lasting Memories DT members. We thought it would be a really nice idea to send a card to the name above us in our yahoo group and I was so surprised to receive THREE! With all I've been dealing with, losing my grandma recently, they couldn't have come at a better time.

First one is from Denise
This one was a surprise and a beautiful one at that!

Michele sent me this gorgeous thank you card 

And this one is from Kimberly, who had my name - I love this image and sentiment!

Thank you all so very much!! All these cards have a special place in my craft room where everyone can see and enjoy them and I also take inspiration from them when needed to!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

FBW #196 - "Wishing You A Fairy Good Day!"

Good morning!! It's another challenge at Flutter By Wednesday today!! All your creations were amazing last week, thanks for sharing them with us! This week we are doing another card drive for a organization that Flutter By Team Member, Nancy, has been working with. You can read all about "Butterfly Kisses Care Baskets" at the FBW blog. Our challenge this week is to create a Get Well/Thinking of You/Keep Fighting card using your butterfly, fairy or angel and please consider sending it in to Butterfly Kisses. I thought my sentiment fit in there pretty good and my card is designed using My Memories Suite!! I LOVE this kit! I got it FREE!! Anyway, come on out and join us and don't forget your butterfly, fairy or angel!

If you're still thinking about joining My Memories Suite - this amazing deal only runs till March 31 and then it's gone!! All the deets are right HERE! This is one of the freebies from that deal! It's part of a mega kit and love it!!

Monday, March 26, 2012

DDC #6 - We're Bursting With BUTTONS & A Giveaway!!!

Hello!! We have a new challenge at Digi Darla's today!! We're "Bursting With Buttons"!! We want to see buttons on those creations and you HAVE to use a Digi Darla image! Challenge runs for 2 weeks and guess what!! See this ADORABLE image?? You have a chance to win it - all you have to do is leave me a comment AND join our challenge at Digi Darla's. I'd love it if you became a follower as well, but it's not mandatory! EACH DT member is giving away the image she used, so be sure to check them all out!! You can find them all listed at DDC! This image is called "Off To The Hunt" and is a brand new release!! I colored her up with my copics and also added a little water coloring to the basket/eggs. I put fun flock on the little rabbit. Paper and card are both from CTMH!! The twine and buttons are from my friend, Michele!! Thank you Michele!!

Now, hurry on over, AFTER you leave me a comment and join the fun! You HAVE to use a Digi Darla image. Don't worry, if you don't have one, there's a couple freebies over there on our FREEBIES page! You have 2 weeks to join us!!!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

LMCB #81 - "We're Layering It Up" this week!!

Thank you so much for joining us last week at Lasting Memories!! It's time for a new challenge and this week, we're "Layering It Up"!! What do you love to layer up on your layouts? Paper, flowers, embellishments??? I absolutely LOVE to layer up my CTMH flip flaps!! As my friends can tell you, I use them whenever and wherever I can. I love that I can add more and more photo's on a pg without cluttering up my page. The bottom photo is done with flip flaps and I was able to add 4 extra photo's this way!!

Now it's your turn to join the fun at Lasting Memories and show us how you layer up! We can't wait to see what you create this week!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Time is Ticking if you want to be a RAKstar!

Just a reminder, if you've been thinking about becoming a RAKstar, time's ticking!! This offer ends on March 31st. Here's a taste of the March kit that you receive FREE!! Find all the details to order it HERE!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

FBW #195 - It's An Open Challenge This Week!

Good morning friends! Thank you all so much for fluttering with us last week!!! This week is an open challenge at Flutter By Wednesdays. Just remember to add your butterfly, fairy or angel!! For this weeks card, I chose to get into My Memories Suite and see what I could create. I love this! I will be printing it out and adding to an A2 card and sending off to someone special. What do ya think??

Now it's your turn to flutter with us! Hop on over to FBW and be super inspired by Danni's VERY talented DT and we can't wait to see what you create this week!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Fling Hop Winner!!

The winners have all been announced for the sponsored prizes HERE and the winner of my blog candy, "Happy Bearday" is ....
Congrats JESSICA!! Please email me for your image!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

LMCB #80 - "Pawsitively" Sweet!

Happy Sunday everyone! Time for a new challenge at Lasting Memories. This week we're asking you to show off your pets, zoo or animal pics!! Of course, I chose our boys. I LOVE that paw print one - that's one BIG paw!! When we brought Riley home and had a peek at those paws we knew then he was going to be huge and he is!! He's about 140 and Bud's about 85 or so. For my layout, I used My Memories Suite, so these are completely digital. Speaking of MMS - check out this deal they're offering for March!

Now it's your turn to show off your pets, zoo or animal pics and we can't wait to see what you create this week!!! Happy crafting!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Partying With A Beach Bum!

(we're having a special challenge at FBW this week, be sure to chk my post HERE!) 

(Check out our Spring Hop Blog Hop!!! LOTS of sponsors!! All the deet's are in my post!)

May the luck o' the irish be with you today and always!

Another 2 page layout from Andrew's 11th birthday!! As I said before, he'll be 16 this June!!! I used my "Life's A Beach" cartridge for the titles. HERE'S the other 2 pages to match this LO!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Spring Fling DT Team-Up Blog Hop!!!

Welcome to our highly anticipated Spring Fling Blog Hop!!! 

The 2 super talented design teams of Made Especially 4 You and Digi Darla have teamed up to display some amazing Spring themed projects for you today. If you came from Beckie's blog, you're on the right track!! If you just happened to pop by, you can start the hop HERE!

There are also some outstanding sponsors who have graciously offered up some grand prizes.


A $20 gift certificate to Digi Darla's Digital Stamp Store.

A set of Whimsical Designs' rubber stamps..."Everyday Assortment".

A 2-pack bundle of 3GJ crinkle ribbon.

A 5 piece set of handmade corsage pins.

A $25 gift certificate to her store Paper Piecings by Nikki

Now that your mouth is watering for one of these stellar prizes....take a look at my project.

I used Digi Darla's "Happy Bearday" for my project today. My card is a 6x6 and I colored my image with copics (this is my FIRST completed image!!!) I've popped him up off the page, but it's hard to see. I'm happy with how it all turned out though!!


Digi Darla has not only sponsored the awesome gift certificate...but she has allowed each stop to offer the image used as blog candy!!

So here is how you win my blog candy...

1. Be a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post.
2. Check back on March 20th to see whom Random.Org chose for our winner!

You're next stop is JESSICA!

Here's the master list in case you get lost along the way!


Don't forget to check Made Especially 4 You or Digi Darla on March 20th to see who Mr. Random Number Generator Chooses for the Grand-Prize Winners.

Before you go....

The challenge schedule each month:
1st Week: Create a card for the theme of the month using a certain item/product
2nd Week: Create a card inspired by the provided sketch
3rd Week: Create a card using three of a certain item
4th Week: Create a card using the specified technique

Monday is always time for a new and exciting challenge. Craft 'n Chat Thursdays will have a handy new tip for you. Do You Speak Cricut Saturdays will have a new Cricut cart review in case you wanna try it before you buy it. Lucky Link-up is a monthly Cricut cartridge giveaway for those who link-up with us in the current challenge. And there will be extra entries for friends that you recommend when they link-up.

Every other Monday starts a new 2 week challenge!
There is always a freebie to grab and use..since you gotta use a DD image to play and sometimes, depending on the challenge, you could end up with 2 free images!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dustin Pike AND Cards For Emily!!! You HAVE to read this!

I just wanted to share this - some of you have already participated in Cards For Emily, but what you don't know (or maybe you do) is that Dustin Pike got word of this and he created a set of images JUST for Emily!! They are ADORABLE and you can find the images HERE .. find out how you can earn the entire set!!! I've already sent my email in and can't wait to create another card for Emily. Michelle, on my LM DT had no idea it would get this big. You can find Emily's story HERE. This little girl is a trooper ...

Just Add Water!

(we're having a special challenge at FBW this week, be sure to chk my post HERE!)

When I was getting ready for our Feb retreat, I came across these pics of Andrew from his 11th birthday. He turns 16 in June!! A little behind!! So here's a couple layouts I put together from his 11th birthday party. He had a couple friends over for a pool party.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

FBW #194 - We're Teaming Up With "Send A Smile 4 Kids" This Week!

Good morning!! It's Wednesday and that means a new challenge at Flutter By Wednesday's!! Our challenge this week is to create a card for a child using a butterfly, fairy or angel. We're teaming up with Send A Smile 4 Kid's. For my card today, I chose Karen's Doodles "Baby Chick". I couldn't resist!! I added lots of fun flock to my little chick and then I covered the egg in liquid glass. The rest is colored with Lyra's. Of course, I had to add a little butterfly to finish it off. I'm very happy with it and I hope it will make a little one smile!!

Now it's your turn to join the cause. Hop on over to FBW to learn more about Send A Smile 4 Kids and be inspired by the very talented DT and join us. Be sure to check the guidelines for donated cards at Send A Smile 4 Kids before you work on your card. Happy crafting!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

"It's A Dog's Life"

Good morning!! I have been meaning to show you all the layouts I completed at our Feb retreat. This is a 2 page LO I did on our dogs, Buddy (2) and Riley (3). I happened to have a pc of the paper with all the words on it, so I cut it and was able to use it on both pages. The letters are Kraft Corkboard from CTMH. 

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