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Friday, December 30, 2011

Year in Review & SURPRISE – 25% Sale!

Meljen's Designs is having a sale thru Jan. 2nd. Use this code to get your discount:

code: MDnew25

And if you hop on over to Meljen's Designs
you will see a collection of cards that Melissa put together. She is sharing a card from each Design Team member that was made throughout the year! Fun, fun!!!

Here's wishing you and yours a Happy New Year! May it be filled with God's blessings, happiness, love and health!

See ya' in 2012!!!


Relax! It's easier said than done these days. Well, atleast for me! My last card was made because my week was going pretty I felt "Put on your big girl pants" was appropriate. Today, I'm taking a different approach:
Card Details: Digi Image-Whimsiedoodles, Sentiment-Create with TLC, Patterned Paper-DCWV, Bling-The Paper Studio, Ribbon, Offray, Stickles-Studio G, Border Punch-Martha Stewart, Circles-Nestibilities

This is probably my last card for 2011! But I'm really looking forward to a better, brighter, blessed 2012!
Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful Friday!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Just Deal With It!

I made this card today because it reflects well on the week I've been having so far! LOL Ever have those days where nothing seems to be going right?! Well, that's been ME all week!!! But..I won't bore you with all the details.
I just decided today, I'm gonna put on my Big Girl Panties and Deal with It! What other choice do have anyway!? LOL

I wasn't even happy with my coloring and almost chunked this card, but then I thought to myself, "You are not perfect, the image and card will be fine." she is:

Card Details: Digi Image-Mo's Digital Pencil, Sentiment-Create with TLC, Patterned Paper-Echo Park "Country Drive" collection, Ribbon-RibbonFX, Punches-EK Success

Even now, as I post this card..I'm thinking, should I add something else..bling, brads, flowers??? Ugh!

Linking this to the following challenges:

The Outlawz Greeting Card Challenge-Anything Goes
Mo's Digital Pencil-Punches or Dies-I used punches

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

Christmas IS here! And I survived! I made's like running that last stretch of a marathon! Lastnight I had my entire family over. My sister and I had a wonderful visit, she brought some yummy food to snack on, we had Christmas music played by my son and niece. And overall, just had a great time together. For tonight, I have a turkey in the oven. Hubby's side of the family will be over tonight.
I'm really looking forward to tomorrow...the big day! They day I want to sit back and relish at all the blessings given to us. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR SAVIOR!  For without Him we wouldn't have the life we have. All the glory goes to Him.

And a reminder about our Meljen's Designs Challenge #89, you have one more week to play along.

Thanks for visiting today! Have a Merry Christmas. God Bless You and Yours!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Last Challenge of the Year!

Well, this is our last challenge for Aud Sentiments for 2011!!! But be sure and check back because we have some awesome sponsors and Challenges for 2012!
Today's Challenge #44 is an Anything Goes Challenge. And it's being sponsored by
Sassy Cheryl's and Paulette over at Create with TLC.  So have fun creating and have a Merry Christmas!

Card Details: Digi Image-Sassy Cheryl's, Sentiment-Create with TLC, Patterned Paper-Making Memories, Brads-The Paper Studio

Thanks for stopping by today! Like always, your comments always brighten my day! Have a blessed Thursday!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Merry Texmas!

This is probably my LAST Christmas card for this year. I am just about all Christmased out...if that's even a word! LOL

Card Details: Digi Image-Sassy Cheryl's, Sentiment-Microsoft Word, Patterned Paper-Cosmo Cricket, Misc.-Button and Twine, Bling-The Paper Studio, Border Punch-Martha Stewart

Linking this to:

Last minute gifts

Hope everyone had a wonderful, rested weekend. I spent mine suffering from allergies, sinuses..head cold, whatever you wanna call it!LOL Still a bit under the weather today, but I'm hoping a warm cup of tea will help.
I wanted to share some last minute gift ideas with you. The first is a microwave bag of popcorn wrapped up in white paper. I used plain old computer printer paper. Then I put one glove inside of the other and put these on top of my popcorn pack. Tied with a ribbon and drew on a cute face. There you have it: a warm and toasty treat!!!

The next project is a light up snowman jar:
I had some mason jars sitting there, so I spray painted them white, drew on a face, and inserted a strand of white lights. For the hat, I painted the jar lids black and then cut some felt into a circle, I put the felt between the 2 jar lids. The light cord hangs out a bit and then I screwed the lid over that. I hope this explains it well enough. I'm still pretty fuzzy with allergy meds. But really wanted to share these two projects with you.

Where did I get these ideas you may ask? Pinterest of course!! LOL I'm addicted to that site and have found many awesome ideas and yummy recipes!

Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful Monday!

Linking this to:

Friday, December 16, 2011

Thinking of You

Good Friday to you! Boy the Christmas countdown continues and I will scurrying this next week. But for today, I'm going to take a break from my Christmas cards and share a card I made for a friend using a stamp from All that Scraps.

Card Details: Digi Image-All that Scraps, Patterned Papers/Button-Cosmo Cricket, Sentiment-Studio G,
Bakers Twine-Sew Easy Fancy Floss, Border Punch-Martha Stewart, Misc-Machine Stitching

Have a great Friday! I've got a couple of last minute Christmas crafts to share wih you. I'll either post those later today, or on Saturday!

Linking this to:

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Meljen's New Releases are HOT!

Boy...our south Texas weather has just been crazy lately! Cold and rainy, and then hot and rainy! Oh well, thank God for the rain!
Our Christmas weather is going to be so unpredictable! Will it be cold or hot?!
All I know is Meljen's New Releases are perfect for any hot weather friends!
Our Challenge #89  for this week is--NO Rectangle cards. You can make them in any shape: Squares, Circles, Ovals, etc...but not rectangles! And....this one runs for 2 weeks!! So, there's plenty of time to play along.

I used the Holiday Chili Pepper on my card:

Card Details: Digi Image-Meljen's Designs, Patterned Paper-DCWV, Border Punch-Martha Stewart, Flocking and Stickles-Studio G

Here are the rest of our new releases:

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

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Today I'm a Guest Designer!

Today I have been asked to be a Guest Designer on Dawn's blog: Crafting for all Seasons.
Her new challenge starts today and it's being sponsored by Meljen's Designs. Melissa is so talented and I just love working with her designs!!

The theme for Dawn's new Challenge #16 is Christmas! So I made this card:

Card Details: Digi Image-Christmas Star Snowman and Silent Night Carol, Patterned Paper-The Paper Pizzazz, Ribbon-Scraps, source Unknown, Stickles-Studio G, Brads-The Paper Studio, Circles cut w/ my Cuttlebug (Nestibilities dies).

This is a super, easy theme and I cannot wait to see what you create for this challenge. Don't forget to check back tomorrow for Meljen's Designs new challenge and HOT new releases!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!! Thanks for visiting~

Linking to these challenges:
Bee Crafty-Christmas
Card Makin Mamas-Christmas
Creative Stamp Friends-Christmas
Dream Valley-Christmas
Hooked on Crafts-Christmas
Lollipop Crafts-Christmas
One Stitch at a Time-Use a digi
Pattie's Creations-#34 Christmas
The Outlawz-"Let it Snow"

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Happy Saturday! Well, today is chilly and rainy! So it's the perfect day for crafting and cardmaking!

Here's a card I finished up this morning. I used an image by Heather Ellis, this is from last year, but I have used it many, many times!

Card Details: Digi Image-Pure Innocence, Sentiment-Microsoft Word, Patterned Paper-My Mind's Eye, Border Punch-Martha Stewart, Ribbon-Offray, Coloring-Copics and Chalks, White on Hat-Fabric Paint, Stickles-Ranger, Cardstock-Bazzill

Linking this to:
Have a wonderful Saturday!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Aud Sentiments-New Challenge

I hope everyone is finding their Thursday to be a swell one. Today, I'm excited to share a card with you that I made for our new Challenge #43 at Aud Sentiments. Our sponsor this week is

They've got some really cute images! I used this one to make a Christmas card.

Card Details: Digi Image-Prairie Fairy, Patterned Paper-Nikki Silvas, Cardstock-Bazzill, Border Punch and Leaf Punch-Martha Stewart, Flowers-Unknown (swap gift).

I hope you will find some time this week to hop on over to the Aud Sentments Challenge Blog and be inspired to play along.  You will also find a BONUS treat from TLC!

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful Thursday!

Linking to:
2 Sisters Challenge Blog-Punches and/or Dies
Penny's Paper Craft Challenge #68
Fresh Brewed Blog #76-Christmas
Moving along with the Times-Christmas
Bling it On-Christmas

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Christmas Greetings!

I am on a roll!!! I'm really enjoying making these Christmas cards. I made this one using one of Mo's Digital Pencil images. It's called Urchin and a Bird.

Card Details: Digi Image-Mo's Digital Pencil, Patterned Paper-The Paper Studio,Cardstock-Color Dinations Foundations (JoAnn's), Flowers-Unknown (swap gift), Paint for Snow-Fabric Dimensional Paint (it's all I had! LOL)

Linking this to:

Merry Christmas!

Hope your Wednesday is going well. I am still trying hard to get some Christmas cards made for ME to mail out!! I've made cards for others, but I better get busy and make some for me!

I started out the morning making a card using one of Meljen's Designs. This one is called Little Wooden Star Tree, the Merry Christmas sentiment was a Freebie.

Card Details: Digi Image and Sentiment-Meljen's Designs, Card blank and Envelope-Studio G, Stickles-Ranger, Twine-WalMart, Patterned Paper-Nikki Silvas

Thanks for visiting today! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Linking this to:

Thursday, December 01, 2011

New Releases and New Challenge!!

Today is the day for new releases from Meljen's Designs and our Challenge #87, the theme this week is to create something inspired by a Christmas song. Sadly, I've been so busy, I didn't have time to play with these images. But I will soon.
Here they are:

I hope you have time to play along! Thanks for visiting. Have a great Thursday!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Aud Sentiments Challenge

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Our day was great! Lots of food, family, and rest!! Oh..and some great football! Hook'em horns!
I am a bit late in posting this Challenge #42 but there is still plenty of time to play along!  We are being sponsored by the awesome Create with TLC and Polka Doodles!! Hop on over to our fun Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog to be inspired and play along.

I created two cards for this challenge:

Card Details: Digi Image-Polka Doodles, Sentiment-TLC, Patterned Paper-My Mind's Eye, Scalloped Cirlces-Nestiblities, Ribbon-Offray, Misc-Machine Stitching,Border Punch-Martha Stewart

Card Details: Digi Image-Wee Stamps, Digi Image-TLC, Patterned Paper-The Paper Studio, Border Punch-Martha Stewart, Stickles-Ranger

Hope your Saturday has been a wonderful one! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I would like to wish all of my online friends and family a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope your day is a blessing and it is filled with family, friends, food and happiness. I am so thankful for all the blessings in my life!!!


And...for those that will brave the crowds.........HAPPY SHOPPING!!!!

Aren't these beautiful.....I love them!!!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a Wonderful Turkey Day!!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Oh yes! This is my 2nd post for today! I got up bright and early and started working on some cards! I love these images by Whimsiedoodles and would love to share my Challenge Card with you.
Card Details: Digi image-Whimsiedoodles, Sentiment-Microsoft Word, Patterned Papers-Doodlebug Designs, and DCWV, Button-Cosmo Cricket, Ribbon-Offray
Linking this to:
Whimsiedoodles-Tag You're It I'm off to do some laundry! :)

Christmas Wishes and more!

Good Tuesday morning! I'm still working on Christmas cards...hoping I can get several together to mail out this year.
Lastnight I printed out some of my images from last year by Pure Innocence. I love this one!
Card Details: Digi Image-Pure Innocence, Patterned Paper-Nikki Sivils, Brads-The Paper Studio, Twine-We R Memory Keepers, Fine Glitter-Crafter's Square(Dollar Tree), Button-Cosmo Cricket, Scalloped Edge Card and Envy-Studio G

Linking this card to these challenges:

I'd also like to share this card with you. I made this one lastnight also. Just because! LOL
I hope this picture is hard taking photos indoors and at night!

Digi Image-Pure Innocence, Sentiment-Microsoft Word, Patterned Papers-Basic Grey? Scraps, Border Punch-Martha Stewart, Brads-The Paper Studio

Only 2 more days til' Thanksgiving! I'm gettin' excited!
Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Autumn Swap!


I was SO pleased when Mamarazzi of Dandelion Wishes let me participate as a NEWBIE in her Autumn Swap! I was paired up with a fellow Texan! Janna from Happiness is a Journey has a wonderful blog about her personal journey through life. I have really enjoyed reading it and getting to know her.  She is such an inspiration!
Janna sent me the most wonderful package! I just knew this package was put together for just was so personal and wonderful!

I LOVE owls...and Janna keyed in on this and sent me this super CUTE OWL mug!!!! Look how adorable she is!

I just bought myself a new Keurig coffemaker so this mug will be used many, many times! I can just sit and stare at it too!!!

And look at these cute bowls!!!

I cannot wait to pull these out on Thanksgiving day and fill them with some wonderful foods and dips!
I have never been to a Pier1, but after seeing these cute owl items...I want to go! Now!! LOL

And just for me! A wonderful candle, some awesome hand lotion from Organics, and my favorite, Burt's Bees lipbalm. I'm all set for fall!

This was such a fun swap, I'm so glad that I got to be a part of it.
Have a wonderful Friday!!!

Save the Turkey!!!

Well, Turkey Day also known as Thanksgiving Day is just one week away! I am really looking forward to the turkey, my Mom's dressing, my greenbean casserole, and some pumpkin pie. But most of all, I'm looking forward to having my college son home for a few days!
As you know, each Thursday we share a new Meljen's Challenge and Melissa's new releases with our readers. It has been so fun to see what other crafter's are coming up with.
Here is my card for this week:

Card Details: Digi Image-Meljen's Designs, Sentiment-TLC, Patterned Paper-Cosmo Cricket, Ribbon-Offray, Circles-Nestiblities, Stickles-Ranger

Here are the rest of the new releases available here at Meljen's Designs
Meljens Designs November 17th Release Display

Thanks for visiting today! Have a wonderful Thursday!!

Linking this to:
Crafty Catz #108-Use a Digital Image

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Nuts about you!

Hi there! Hope your Sunday has started out well. This is just a short post to share some more cards with you.
This is an image by Whimsiedoodles that was free via their facebook page. I just love it! I guess you could say "I'm nuts about it". :)
Card Details: Image and Sentiment-Whimsiedoodles, Patterned Paper-Cosmo Cricket, Border Punch-Martha Stewart, Circles-Nestibilities,Ribbon-Offray, Stickles-Studio G

Same image: different colors:

Have a wonderful Sunday!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Just flyin' by.......

to say HI!!! Seems like everyone is just rushing to Christmas. Retailers who used to have "Black Friday" sales, are now having PRE Black Friday sales. Stores are already decked out for Christmas. HEllo!!! What happened to Thanksgiving!? I just wanna slow down and enjoy fall......I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving.
So with this..I give you a "Fall" card, using an image from Meljen's Designs.

Card Details: Digi Image-Meljen's Designs, Sentiment-Microsoft word, Patterned Paper-The Paper Studio, Ribbon-Offray, Stickles-Ranger

Here are the new releases for this week:

Thanks for dropping by today. Have a wonderful Friday!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Making Christmas cards!

Good morning. I am trying to get a head start on my Christmas cards, so yesterday I made 3!!!
Here are 2 cards that I made using the same image and papers, I just changed up a couple of things.

Card Details: Digi Image-Whimsiedoodles, Patterned Paper-The Paper Studio? (scraps), Sentiment-Microsoft Word, Paper pieced image.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful Thursday!!

Linking this to:

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Would a cookie help?

Yesterday, I went on a "card making" frenzy. My supply of cards was getting low and I realized it was time to replenish.
So, I grabbed some card blanks and some papers, mostly scraps and got busy. These days I'm trying to use up my scraps and make several cards from the same papers to save time and money.
Here are some cards I made using the new releases from Whimsiedoodles:

Card details: Digi Image and Sentiment-Whimsiedoodles, Patterned Paper scraps-Cosmo Cricket, Cardstock-Bazzill, Circles-Nestiblities, Brads-The Paper Studio, Misc-White Gel Pen, Stickles-Ranger

Same image: different size and colors:

The picture makes it hard to see the details of the card, but it actually has a scalloped edge. These are by Studio G at WalMart.

Thanks for visiting today. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Linking the top card to these challenges:

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Thankful for You

Good afternoon! I hardly ever post on a Sunday, but I've got a busy day tomorrow and just couldn't wait to show you this card I made with one of Sassy Cheryl's new images.
I am entering this card in her newest Challenge #88-"Just saying Thanks"
Card Details: Digi Image-Sassy Cheryl's, Patterned Papers-Cosmo Cricket, Sentiment-Microsoft Word, Brads-The Paper Studio, Misc. Chalk

Have a wonderful blessed!

Friday, November 04, 2011

Thank You!

My thoughts for this card were...keep it or chunk it?! I didn't do this image justice. It is such a beautiful image, and I had such high hopes for this card. I'm just so unhappy with it..I think I need to move the sentiment...I need to place it somewhere else, I even put it on the side of the image, but it looked funny there too.
Maybe a different shape?
Oh well...for now, I'll just keep it on my desk. Any suggestions would really help! :)
Card Details: Digi Image-Mo's Digital Pencil, Patterned Paper-In&Out scraps, Flocking-Misc $1 Target bins, Cardstock-Bazill

Linking this these challenges:

Have a wonderful Friday!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Meljen's New Releases and Challenge #83

What a beautiful Thursday it is! The sun is shining and and there's a nip in the air! I love Fall!!!
Today I'm sharing Meljen's New Releases and our new Challenge #83 with you! Today's theme is to use BRADS.  I love brads, they are so versatile and they come in so many shapes in sizes!

Here's my card for this week:

Card Details: Digi Image- Meljen's Designs, Patterned Paper-Cosmo Cricket scraps, Cardstock-Bazill, Ribbon-Etsy, Circles, Nestibilities, Sentiment-Microsoft Word, Misc. Machine Stitching

Isn't this image just wonderful for Fall?! I think so, and look at the rest of them:

Be sure and visit our Meljen's Designs Challenge Blog to play along.

Thanks for visiting today, have a wonderful Thursday!!

Linking to these challenges:

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Baby's 1st Thanksgiving

Happy Saturday! Well, Halloween is just 2 days away, and before you know it, Thankgiving will be upon us! I just LOVE these fall holidays! Do you know of any little ones celebrating these holidays for the first time?

If so, here's a really cute image for them:

Card Details: Digi Image-2 Cute Rubber Stamps, Patterned Paper and Brads-The Paper Studio, Ribbon-Offray, Border Punch-Offray, Cardstock-Bazill

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

Thursday, October 27, 2011

We Want to Know Wednesday Week 28

I SOOO missed this by a day, but better late than never! I'm adjusting to life with a retired husband..not much "ME" time anymore. But all is good! LOL

I'm new at this, but really wanted to play along, so here it goes.


1. Do you shop til you drop, or are you in and out as quick as possible?
        I shop till I drop.....and there's no stopping me!!!

2. Are you a price conscious shopper? I would think so. I use coupons, look for sales, so I can be a pretty smart shopper. :)

3. What store could you spend HOURS in?  Hobby Lobby or a really, nice and clean Goodwill! I love hunting for treasures.

4. What is the most frivolous purchase you have ever made?
  Hmmm, probably my Ipad. I love electronics, and I love my IPAD! I use it daily!!!

5. What was the last thing you bought for yourself?
   A cricut machine on Ebay. Been wanting one forever. Bought it 2 months ago, and I've used it once! LOL
But..I will use it more often for the holidays.

Well, that was fun! Wanna play along? Hop on over to Mamarazzi's Dandelion Wishes and add your link.

Have a wonderful Thursday night, and Friday!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween Witches!

Get it? Instead of Halloween Wishes? "Halloween Witches"! LOL I know, kids call me corny all the time!
With all the recent changes in my life, I haven't had much "me" time. So..this morning, I got up at 5:00am to steal a couple of hours for myself.
I have made a couple of cards and will mail them out today.
Here's one I made for my sister...she loves Halloween!

Card Details: Digi Image-Wee Stamps, Patterned Papers-The Paper Studio, Web Punch-Martha Stewart, Ribbon-Offray, Button-Recyled from a pair of pants I threw out. Misc.-Floss, Stickles-Ranger

I'm entering this card in a few challenges today:

Bookmark It! Part 2

You might recall a post I did about a Bookmark Swap I participated in. I just wanted to share with you the awesome bookmarks I received from some lovely scrappers!
Here is the one I made using an owl image from Meljen's Designs.

And here are the ones I have received so far. There are going to be 7 total but I am still waiting on 1 more.

Aren't these just awesome!?
Here are some close-up pictures, because this one at the top doesn't do them justice.

These were created by Terri and Monica. (now..I really want a bird cage stamp!)

Kylie and Kathy made these!

What a great idea Ronny had created this bookmark with a small note pad inside and a super cute mini pencil attached to it as well!!! I love this one for my Bible, great for jotting down verses.

                       And look at this cute corner bookmark that Leslie made. And it has an owl!  {{{squeal}}}! I love owls!!!

What a wonderful swap this turned out to be! I'm so glad I got to participate in it!!!
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful Tuesday!!