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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Meljen's Designs New Releases!!!

Yea!!! It's time for another release from Melissa of Meljen's Designs! And with that comes another fun challenge!! What an awesome way to end the year!!!
Please forgive me for not having a card. I'm still having major computer issues. {{{sad face}}}

Here are the new images:


You can find them here at Whimsy Stamps
and don't forget to play along in our Challenge #39. Please visit 
Meljen's Designs Challenge Blog with all the details.

Thanks for visiting this evening. Have a wonderful time celebrating the New Year! Be safe and enjoy yourself. I am hoping for some cardmaking time this weekend so please be sure to check back.
Until then, God Bless!!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

It's "that" time of the year....again!

Yes, it is "that"  time!! Time to end the year and begin a New Year, and with that comes New Year's Resolutions!!! Each year I say I'm not going to make any resolutions because I don't want to have to worry about keeping them. But this year...is gonna be different. I am going to make a couple of New Year's Resolutions, and try my hardest to keep them!!!

Here is my list:
1. Simplify my life. (If I simplify, I believe I will have less stress, and more time to enjoy the "important" things in life like family, "me" time, helping others, etc.)
2. Help people more. (Do random acts of kindness, smile more, lend a hand from time to time.)
3. Read more. (This means my Bible and a list of books to follow. I love to read, but lately have read more blogs than books.) I now have a new Ipad so I can carry my books anywhere with me--no excuses!
4. Be Healthier. (This is the hardest one. I would really like to eat healthier and excerise more. This is gonna be a toughy, but I can do this!)
5. Focus on ME! (For many years my life has revolved around me being a mom and wife, with this new year, I'd like to focus on myself more. Take better care of myself, do nice things for myself, etc.) I love my family, but I have to happy and healthy to care for them.

Here is my wish list of books: (all of these books can be found at Amazon.com)

I will be back to post soon. I'm hoping to get back to my cardmaking and crafting. My home computer is still "out of commission", so I'm having a hard time posting pictures. Basically my hard drive is giving me a "hard time"! Grrr!
My brother, the computer geek  genius, says it's fixable, but will take time and effort. He worked on it all Christmas day...but still, no hard drive. I'm praying I can save it, I've got my whole life so many important files on there.

Thanks for visiting!!! Have a blessed Wednesday!!!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Happy Holidays!

I just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Holiday season. I miss my daily blogging and posting my cards and crafts. You see, my home computer is sick. :( it won't do much and I don't know how to fix it. I am waiting on my brother to come to my rescue...he's a true computer geek ( but a really cool one!) I am writing to you today from my Ipad. I thank God for this Ipad because otherwise I'd go crazy without Internet access.

So, hopefully I will be back to blogging in no time. Until then....

Have a wonderful Friday!!!!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells.....

Jingle all the way........Sing with me!!!!
I'd like to share with you one of my favorite blogs: it is what it is. Beth has some of the cutest ideas, projects and free printables!!!!
I used her Jingle Bell printables on some little bags filled with Reese's and Butterfinger Bells.:


Close up view of Bells:

These would be great for your kids to pass out in class, give to teachers, friends, coworkers, the mailman, the bus driver, heck...just about anyone!!!!LOL

Have a great day!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Super Cheap Gift/Jewelry Idea....

I know this is a late day post but I really wanted to share a super cheap jewelry idea!!!
I found this package of bulb ornaments at the dollar store today. 15 bulb ornaments for $1!!!
I glued the gold tips down and tied on some ribbon......and viola, instant, cute jewelry!!!

I can just see these on coworkers, some of my daughter's friends, teachers, etc.

 Here's the whole bunch of them, hope the picture isn't too dark.

Okay, now back to making dinner. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful night!!!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

{Love Stitched}Giveaway

I REALLY, REALLY wanna win one of these. I entered 4 other giveaways for this Silhouette and didn't win. :( Maybe I'll get lucky and win this one!!!!!!!!!!!
Head on over to {Love Stitched} for all the details! Good luck!!! 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!! A Challenge for you...


First of all...Happy Thanksgiving to all  of my family and friends!!!! Hope it's a blessed day for you and yours!!!

It's Thursday...and it's time for another challenge from Meljen's Designs!! This week's Challenge #35 is to use Buttons and Bows on your creation! Today is also a day for new releases and Melissa has really come up with some cute holiday designs!!! Here they are:
Meljens Designs November 25th Release Display
And here is this week's freebie image:
Meljens Designs Looks Like Christmas FREEBIE
So please hop on over to our blog for more details and inspiration!!! Now...for my card using Gingerbread Ornament:

Card Details: Digi Image-Meljen's Designs, Patterned Paper and Buttons-Cosmo Cricket, Cardstock-Bazill, Misc: Wire, Stickles, ribbon from WalMart, Border Punch: EK Success

Thanks for visiting today!!! Because it is Thanksgiving I am thankful for many things:
God's love and forgiveness, my Salvation, my loving family, my health, the health and happiness of my hubby and kids, my home, food, and friends! There is SO much to be thankful for, I thank YOU for stopping by today and wish you a Wonderful Thursday!!!!!
Hugs,
Audrey

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

ONE More day!!!!

Wow...just one more day until Thanksgiving! I am trying very hard to finish my "to do" list before tomorrow arrives! I am so excited to have my ENTIRE family over at MY house for Thanksgiving! Well...I"m trying really hard to be excited!! LOL Just kidding......I cannot wait!!!
I'm also excited about this awesome quilt giveaway at Pink Fig Design. There will be 2 Lucky winners!!!
Here is one of the quilts:




Isn't it just gorgeous!!? Click on the link and take a look for yourself!!!

Okay...gotta get back to my "to do" list!!! Have a blessed day!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Meljen's Freebie

Today I am showing a card I made using one of Melissa's freebie images. This one was released on 11/18.  He is the cutest snowman I have seen in a long time!!!
Please visit Meljen's DT Blog for the latest challenge and freebies!!! And if you still want MORE images, you can find them here Whimsy Stamps


Here is my card:

Card Details: Digi Image: Meljen's Designs, Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio, Bling: The Paper Studio, Border Punch: EK Success, Misc.: Chalk and Stickles




Thanks for visiting! Have a blessed Sunday!!!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

I hit the MOTHERLOAD of Christmas goodies!!!

I've had a busy, stressful week and really needed some shopping therapy! So, while my son was in class I visited his local Goodwill! You know how all these retail stores are pullling out their Christmas merchandise? Well, Goodwill is NO exception!!!
They had tons of goodies and I had a ton of fun shopping!!!
I will try to post pictures of all of my findings but for today, I will show you a bag of 40+ ornaments I got for $10!!! They were all brand new with the tags! They are by Encore and were originally priced from $4.99 up to $13.99 each!!! I was squealing with delight as I pulled them out of a tightly tied bag to discover each and every one of them! It was like a "grab bag" of ornaments!



The pink snow "girls" and stockings have a small wood piece on them for personalization, how  sweet is that!?

Thanks for visiting, have a Blessed Friday!!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Meljen's Food Challenge

It's Thursday so that means 2 things!
1. It's time for a new release from Meljen's Designs found at Whimsy Stamps and
2. It's time for a new challenge!!!

Super Exciting, huh?! I used to love Fridays......now, I LOVE Thursdays!!! he,he!!!

Challenge #33 this week is all about FOOD! The holidays are right around the corner so FOOD is so appropriate for time of the year!!!

First here is the YUMMY new release:
Meljens Designs November 11th Release Display

and here is what I made using the Changing Seasons Badge, and guess what?! It's on sale right now for $1.50!!! {{{{{squeal}}}}


Here's another view:


So, there's 2 things for YOU to be excited about today:
1. Meljen's New Release plus a 50% off Sale November 8th-14th
2. Meljen's Challenge #33

I can't wait for you to join us and show us your creations! Hop on over to the challenge blog for inspiration and to play along!!!

Thanks for visiting and have a blessed Thursday!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

New Release Day from Meljen's Designs!!!

I am in a huge rush out the door, so please forgive me for my quick, short post. But I just had to share some new releases with you from Meljen's Designs
On my card I used the Country Scare Crow and Fall Wreath. 
Card Details: Digi Images: Meljen's Designs, Cardstock: Bazzill, Sentiment: Microsoft Word
And here is the whole collection:

Meljens Designs November 4th Release Display
Thanks for visiting. Have a blessed Thursday!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Meljen's Designs Challenge #31

Hi there!! I hope everyone has been having a great week! The weather has been a bit warm, but we are expecting a cool front today so the cooler weather will really put me in the mood for Fall!!!

The challenge this week over at Meljen's Design Team Blog is to use 2 images on your project! I used two images that are being released today over at Whimsy Stamps.
My 2 images are Teddy Pilgrims and Happy Harvest.
This is the front of my Gate Fold card:

Card Details: Digi Image--Meljen's Designs, Patterned Paper-Cosmo Cricket's Nutmeg Collection, Circles-Nestibilities, Border Punch-Martha Stewart, Buttons-Cosmo Cricket, Misc. Floss and Stickles

Inside of my card:


Last week we had over 200 participants share their talent for our "Anything Goes" challenge! Wow!!! I was amazed at all the awesome samples!!! Keep it up!!!!

Have a blessed Thursday and I can't wait to see what you come up with by using 2 images!!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I'm just gonna be "Frank" about it....




I really like looking at all the Halloween decor!!! And...I really like all the yummy Halloween candy!

Today I'd like to share a card with you using a set of new releases that can be found at
 Meljen's Designs: Whimsy Stamps

I used "Little Franky"



Card Details: Digi Image "Little Franky" by Meljen's Designs, Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio, Sentiment: Studio G, Misc.: Rhinestones, Stickles

Here's a sneak peek at today's releases:


Also...please don't forget to head on over to our blog for new challenges and inspiration! Currently Challenge #30 is going on and it looks like lots of fun!!!
Meljen's Designs Design Team and Challenge Blog


Have a wonderful Thursday!!!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Meljen's Designs--Tag Challenge

This week's challenge over at Meljen's Designs is to make something using a tag, or make a tag. This is Challenge #29!!!
 I really had a blast with this challenge because tags can be so much fun. They are like mini canvases to decorate!!!
I decided to use a really cute image called Witchy Cat you can find her and many other really cute digi images here at  Whimsy Stamps


Okay...I will stop chatting and just show you my tag...I tied it onto a large mason jar filled with an assortment of Halloween Candy!!! I love this time of year!!! {{{{{{sigh}}}}}}}
Project Details: Digi Image: Meljen's Designs, Patterned Papers: The Paper Studio, Border Punch: Martha Stewart, Ribbon and Button: WalMart, Misc.: Stickles and Machine Stitching

Thanks for visiting today!!! I hope I have inspired you to make a tag of your own. I'd love to see it!!!
Have a wonderful Thursday!!!!


Saturday, October 09, 2010

Meljen's Designs now has Rubber Stamps!!!








Isn't this exciting?!!!! Melissa is so super, duper talented. And now...not only do we have access to her digis, but she has a new line of Rubber Stamps that just got released!!!

Just look at these adorable images:

Full Holiday Bundle ONLINE

Want some of these for yourself? Well, go on over to  the Whimsy Stamps store and snatch some up!!!

Have an Awesome Saturday!! Like always...thanks for visiting!!!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Celebrate!

In our family, October is FULL of birthdays!!! My son and I celebrated our bdays on the SAME day last weekend, then it was my friend's and niece's bday on Monday, today is my nephew's bday, tomorrow is another friend's bday, and then...there are about 5 more before October is over!!!
So...for the month of October, I make plenty of birthday cards!
I made this card for my niece and paired it with a cute spiral lollipop and a matching, wrapped Hershey bar!

Card Details: Digi Image--Sassy Cheryl's, Patterned Papers--The Paper Studio, Ribbon-WalMart, Stickles

Have a wonderful day!

Halloween Candy

Sorry, this candy you cannot eat, BUT it will last a lot longer than your normal candy. :) Janet over at
Pink Gem is giving away this Halloween Blog Candy:

Hurry on over for your chance to win. Ends October 21st. 

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

"Spider Eggs" to enjoy!

Yes, Spider Eggs!!! Not real ones of course, but yummy ones!!! I saw this idea on another blog "Happy Little Art", but I didn't have the test tubes that she put her "eggs"  in. But I did have these cute little jars. I bought them several years ago and a thrift store and have used them to store buttons, pins, etc.
I had about 10 of them left and thought they'd be perfect for my "Spider Eggs". The lids were originally gold, but I changed that with my good ol' spray paint!!!
Here they are:

Don't mind the little "glue webs"...I'll just say they add character!LOL

 I am off to work on my Meljen's Designs creation so check back soon!
Have a wonderful day!


Friday, October 01, 2010

Attention: I'm a Newbie!! Blog Hop Party!!!

Wow, it's finally Friday, and for weeks now I have been keeping a secret!  NOT an easy task for me. And today is the day I get to spill the beans!  WOOHOO!   Meljen's Designs is one of the hottest new digital stamp lines around asked ME, YES ME!!, to be on their Design Team! 
I am  beyond excited........can you tell!? 

Here's a card I created just for this blog hop:
Card Details: Digi Image-Meljen's Designs, Patterned Papers--Cosmo Cricket's Nutmeg line, Circle/Scallped Circle-Nestibilities, Misc.-Chalks, Copics, Ribbon
Seven HOT designers have been added to the existing team so now we are doubled in size!  Tons of inspiration will be coming your way here on my blog and at the 

   Please join me on Thursdayswhere (each week) there is a new release and a new challenge!  Each challenge gives you a chance to win free images, too, so I hope you play along with me!



BUT FIRST. before I get too excited, today marks the beginning of a three-day BLOG HOP PARTY to meet the newly expanded team! The blog runs from today October 1 thru October 4th.  If you are already HOPPING, you should have come here from
And next you will go to Callie's Blog where you will be inspired by her beautiful card!!







Thanks for letting me share my excitement with you!  Now KEEP HOPPING!    Oh, did I mention that there's a prize at the end?  So be sure to leave everyone some love!  Now, hop-Hop-HOP!!


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fall Has Arrived!!!

According to the calendar, fall has arrived!!! But in South Texas I'm sure it will take a few more weeks! It has been a bit cooler....anything is better than 106 degrees!!! So I'll take 87 degrees anyday!LOL In honor of Fall's arrival I made this card using an image from All that Scraps. I bought her last year and love using her!
Card Details: Digital Image: All that Scraps, Sentiment: Studio G, Stick on Pearls: Recollections, Circle and Scalloped Circle: Nestibilities, Ribbon: Hobby Lobby, Border Punch: Martha Stewart, Stickles on Wings.

I've got some super, duper exciting news to announce on 
October 1st!!! I can't wait to share this with you! But for now, have
a wonderful weekend!!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

When life gives you bottle caps....

make bows!!!! I actually purchased these blank bottle caps and added my design, but I'm sure recycled bottle caps would work just as well!!
Here are some Halloween Bottle Cap bows:







Details: Images from patterned paper by The Paper Studio.
I also bought a couple more of these candy jars at Walmart and added some digital images.





Thanks for visiting!!! Have a terrific Friday!!!



Thursday, September 23, 2010

Halloween Jars and Gift Bags

HI there!! Happy Thursday!!!!
Today I'd like to share some jars and gift bags that I made this week. The jars were actually left over from some Teacher Appreciation gifts I made. I spray painted the lids black. Found some cute vintage images online and added stickles to make them sparkle. Then tied on a bow, chalk, felt and glued a glittery spider to the lid.
Here they are:


And here are the gift bags I used with some of the same vintage images. 
I found these bags at the dollar store!!
I added my image, ribbon, and some silver star garland. I love using this stuff!!!



Thanks for visiting today! Have a great Thursday!!!