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Friday, April 29, 2011

Challenges for Today!

I am so happy it's Friday! I am ready for a relaxing weekend! Atleast I hope it's relaxing! Today I'd like to share two cards that I made lastnight.
The first is for a challenge over at Mo's Digital Challenge Blog. This week the theme Pink and Girlie. Well, I love PINK and I love GIRLIE, so I couldn't wait to participate.

Card Details: Digi Image-Mo's Digital Pencil, Patterned Paper-Penny Lane (?), The Paper Studio, Border Punch-Martha Stewart, Ribbon-Hobby Lobby (Easter selection), Stickles-Ranger, Circles-Nestibilities, Copics to color

My next card is for a challenge over at Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog, this is Challenge #61 and the theme is The Great Outdoors! This is right up my alley because I live way out in the middle of nowhere, better known as "the country". he,he

Card Details: Digi Image-Sassy Cheryl's, Sentiment-Stampabilites,Cardstock-Bazill, Copics and Chalks to color, Border Punch-Martha Stewart

Thanks for visiting today. Have a wonderful Friday and an even better weekend!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Feeling like the Tortoise...

and not the Hare this week! I've been suffering from headaches and burning eyes, so I've been a bit "out of it" all week. Challenge # 56 is posting a little late this morning. I was sorta feeling like the Tortoise all week, but hoping to be more like the Hare today. I have lots to do on my "to do list" today.

Our Challenge this week was to make a bookmark. I thought this was a super fun challenge and one that could be used for Teacher Appreciation week coming up next week, or as a small gift for your kiddos tackling those TAKS tests this week, etc, etc.

I made my bookmark 2 sided because I just couldn't decide on just one image...I loved them all! LOL

 I thought this was great for pages you want to read slowly, and others you can just speed through!
Bookmark Details: Digi images-Speedy Hare and Steady Tortoise-Whimsy Stamps Store, Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Clear Acetate Scalloped Circle: Used my Nestibilitie dies and scraps of Acetate from packaging. The smaller circle at the other end of the ribbon is a Washer from the hardware store that is covered with the same paper. Ribbon: WalMart, I also used those "Reinforcements" by Work Solutions (WalMart) to reinforce my punched hole on the bookmark.

Isn't this a super fun challenge?! I thought so! Please join us over at Meljen's Challenge Blog and play along!

I am also linking this project to a challenge going on over at Do It With Digis-I Can See Clearly Now, the challenge is to use a digital image and acetate.

Have a wonderful Thursday!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter!

Well, it's almost Easter! One more day!! Hope your Saturday is going well. Here is a card I made using an image from Tiddly Inks:

Card Details: Digi Image--Tiddly Inks, Patterned Paper-The Paper Studio, Border Punch-Martha Stewart, Circles-Nestabilities, Ribbon-Offray, Misc. Glossy Accents on glasses, Marvy Uchida white gel pen on Easter egg.

Even though I like to celebrate the fun part of Easter--the cute colors, yummy candy, boiled eggs, good food etc...I will never forget the true meaning of Easter.

Jesus died for our sins, he was put on a cross, died and buried in a tomb. On the third day he rose again.
Jesus has risen and lives today!

Matthew 28:1-10

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."

Thank you for letting me share this. May your Easter be filled with many blessings!

Friday, April 22, 2011

He's My Hero

Happy Good Friday to y'all! I know it's almost Easter, but I just had to share Meljen's New Release and Challenge #55 with you! These little bears are the cutest! And the challenge this week is to make a masculine card. Usually this is hard for me, because I LOVE doing girly things, but with these images it was easy-peasy!

Meljens Designs April 21st Release Display
Aren't they adorable!? You can get them here at Whimsy Stamps. I loved the Army Bear so much I made several cards with him. Here are two of them:

Card Details: Digi Image-Meljen's Designs "Army Bear", Patterned Paper-The Paper Studio, "Hero" sentiment-Freebie for Monday, April 18th, Brads-The Paper Studio, Star-Handmade

Thanks for visiting today! Have a very blessed Good Friday!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Jelly Belly Stix!!!

Well, this is what I like to call them!!! I love making these treat sticks for all occassions. This is the first time I have made them for Easter!
The Sentiment on these says: "I never met a Jelly Bean I didn't like". This is an image from last year by Whimsiedoodles.
Project Details: Digi Image-Whimsiedoodles, Bags-Internet (, Bucket-Target $1 spot a couple of years ago, Candy-Sweet Tarts Jelly Beans (WalMart)

I'm guessing these tags could be more elaborate...but they are for kids and they could care less about my tags, they just want the candy!!! LOL

**Linking this to Made by Me Monday

Thanks for visiting today! Have a blessed Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A New Day and a New Challenge!

Good Tuesday to you! Today is supposed to be HOT in south Texas. Our weatherman is predicting we will hit 102 today...I really, really hope he is wrong! It's been so dry too...I guess we are all praying for some rain down here.
Enough rambling!! LOL!
Here is my card for Challenge #78 at Mo's Digital Pencil Too Challenge Blog the theme this week is
"Start Something New".
My card says, "Have a great year!" The perfect card to give to any student starting school, whether it be grade school or college!

Card Details: Digi Image-Mo Manning's Trinity-Mo's Digital Pencil Too, Patterned Papers-Cosmo Cricket, Border Punch-EK Success, Ribbon-RibbonFX, Brads-The Paper Studio, Sentiment-Microsoft Works

I'd also like to share a giveaway with you. It's over at Creative 2xMom. She is being so kind
as to give away one of her favorite books:
I have heard of this book but have not actually read it. I am really hoping to be the lucky winner, but I thought I'd be nice today and share this giveaway with you! {{wink!}}

Thanks for visiting today! Have a blessed Tuesday!!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Busy, Busy Weekend!

I had a really busy weekend, but it was a great one! The weather was perfect for being outside!
On Saturday I spent my afternoon working on cards...all kinds,  Easter, challenge cards, new release cards, etc!
And today is deadline day...not for the challenges but for Taxes! Ohhh, the dreaded taxes! To get my mind of the gloom of today, I will treat you with some cute cards! That should cheer us all up! :)

I'm using this for Whimsie Doodles "I'm Blushing" Challenge

Card Details: Digi Image--Whimsie Doodles, Patterned Glitter Papers: My Mind's Eye, Circle/Scalloped Circle-Nestibilities, Copics to Color, Stickles-Ranger, Ribbon-Offray, Misc-Machine Stitching w/ Khaki Thread.

Here's another card I made:
I love using this image! Leah is so sweet in the image, from her pigtails with bows, to her cute little dress!

Card Details: Digi Image-Whimsiedoodles, Patterned Papers: The Paper Studio and My Mind's Eye, Stickles-Ranger "Cotton Candy", Circle/Scalloped Circle-Nestibilities, Machine Stitching, Ribbon-Offray

On Friday I had to work at the shop. It's a country crafts shop so we have lots of eye candy to look at. I saw a sign that a customer bought and it said, "A Good Friend is All Ears." Well, upon seeing that I immediately thought of this image by Sassy Cheryl's! I couldn't wait to get home and create my card!!!
Funny how 'crafters' minds' never turn off! Our wheels are always spinning with new ideas! LOL

Card Details-Digi Image-Sassy Cheryl's, Patterned Papers-The Paper Studio, Border Punch-Martha Stewart, Cardstock-Bazzill, Sentiment-Microsoft Works-author unknown.

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

Thursday, April 14, 2011

WooHoo! I JUST got some good news!!!

I am so glad I took a break from my crafting to check my email! I JUST got the news that I am going to be able to participate in a really fun swap!

This is my first swap with this group of ladies' and Angie and Beth of My So Called Chaos were kind enough to let me slip in at the last moment! WooHoo!!! back to my crafting!!!

**UPDATE:, I got my swapping pal! Her name is Jennifer and she's a Texan like me!!!! YeeHaw! LOL
Here is her blog...she's got some funny stories about her cute kids, I'm having fun reading! My Crazy Life is filled with informative stuff, cute stuff, funny stuff, and more!! I cannot wait to get to know her better...I'm sure we're gonna be teaching eachother a whole lot!

Friends Forever

**Please scroll down for my Meljen's Designs New Releases and New Challenge.

This is my 2nd post for today because tomorrow I am supposed to take my daughter shopping for a prom dress. That will be an all day event! And...knowing me, I'll either forget to post this OR get too lazy to post this card for Challenge #59 over at Sassy Cheryl's. This week's challenge week is
"Think Spring".  This is so easy for me to do because I live in South Texas so it's been spring for about a month now! LOL

And look at my ribbon, no stickles and no bling! I'm shocked myself! I always seem to add those to my cards...but not with this one. I was aiming for a more simple look so I could hightlight the super cute image!

Card Details: Digi Image-Sassy Cheryl's, Patterned Papers-Doodlebug Designs, The Paper Studio, Sentiment-Microsoft Works, Border Punch-Fiskars, Machine Stitching, Chalks and Copics to color.

These past few days I've been participating in challenges to get myself to create more cards to give. And it's worked. I'm sure my husband wishes I'd join a housecleaning challenge so I could get more housework done...but that wouldn't be any fun would it!? LOL

Have a great day!

**I am also entering this in Craft Challenge's challenge for this week. Their theme this week is "Easter".  It is being sponsored by Whimsie Doodles.

Welcome Baby!

Good Thursday to you! I know I've told you that I really like Thursdays..but I'll say it again....
"I REALLY like Thursdays!" LOL

Challenge #54 is a Recipe Challenge: Use 3 Colors, 2 Patterned Papers, and 1 Bow....and what do you get?

Something like this:

Card Details: Digi Image-Meljen's Designs, Patterned Papers-My Mind's Eye, Border punch-Martha Stewart, Stickles-Ranger, Ribbon-Offray(WalMart), and Machine Stitching

Here the new releases for this week...they are darling~
Meljens Designs April 14th Release Display

You can find them here at Whimsy Stamps

Wanna know a great way to spend your Thursday? Well, go on over to Meljen's Designs Challenge Blog
and see for yourself! :)

Thanks for visiting today~~~
Have a very blessed Thursday!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Easter is approaching!

Spring has arrived and now Easter is fast approaching. I have been collecting goodies here and there for my kid's Easter baskets. They are 21, 19 and 17 now...but they still get a goodie basket!  It's become a tradition I've never wished to let go of!
Here's a card I liked to share with you:

Card Details: Digi Image-Meljen's Designs, Patterned Paper-The Paper Studio, Border Punch-Martha Stewart, Stickles-Ranger, Sentiment-Microsoft, Copics to color, Ribbon-WalMart

Images available at Whimsy Stamps.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and don't forget to check back tomorrow for our New Releases and New Challenge #54!!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

You are SO Sweet!

Good Tuesday morning to you! We got a cool front last night, so this morning was nice and chilly! 50 degrees and NO humidity! :) Today's high is in the 80's so we have a beautiful day in store for us here in South Texas!!!

I read this on Facebook this morning and posted it as my "status"...because it's SO true!

Good old Texas...where the tea is sweet and accents are sweeter, summer starts in April, front porches are wide and words are long, macaroni & cheese is a vegetable, BBQ is the state food, y'all is a proper pronoun, chicken is fried, biscuits come with gravy, everyone is honey, someone is always getting their heart blessed, and we are all "fixin" to do something. Repost if you are PROUD TO BE FROM TEXAS! :)

**Only  a Texan would understand this! LOL

Okay, now down to is my card for today:

Card Details: Digi Image-Whimsiedoodles, Cardstock-Bazill, Patterned Papers-The Paper Studio and My Mind's Eye, Border Punch-Fiskars, Coloring-Copics, Stickles-"Cotton Candy" by Ranger-Course Crystal Glitter-Martha Stewart, Misc. Ribbon, Pink Floss, and handmade Tulle "Poof". :)

Thanks for visiting! Have a blessed Tuesday!
Oh..and I have a question for you? What do you love about the state you live in?
I love our food, music, and culture!

Linking this to this week's challenges:

Monday, April 11, 2011

I'm seeing Polka dots and Zebra stripes!

Good Monday morning to you! Last week I was on a sewing roll! This week I've got 2 more outfits to make and plenty of cards on my list.
Today I'd like to show you some outfits I made using Pink dotted fabric and my favorite print: Zebra Stripes!

Here's the matching headband:

And another outfit:

Hair Bow and Embellished Tshirt with Bling!

Matching capri jeans.

Aren't these fun!!?

I'm off to start my cardmaking and put laundry to wash. I'm only looking forward to ONE of those...can you guess which one!? LOL

Have a blessed Monday! Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Blog Candy and a DT Call

Divas by Design is giving away some wonderful Blog Candy and is having a Design Team Call!
Look at this awesome Blog Candy!

To apply for the DT Call you need to share 3 of your creations. Here are 3 of my favorites:

Well, that's it. They are looking for 5 new DT Members, wonder if I have a chance? Hmmmm. Only time will tell. Speaking of time, the deadline is April 20th.
If you enter, I wish you the best of luck!

Have a blessed Saturday. I've got my college boy home so I will be doing alot of homecooking and/or Bar-B-Qing for him this weekend!:)

Friday, April 08, 2011

It's a Boy!

Good Friday morning!!! I hope you are having a wonderful day! Here in South Texas it's sunny and's high is in the upper 90's! Yikes! And it's only April! Oh well.......

I wanted to share with you a  Baby Boy gift I have been working on:

When I saw these images over at Whimsie Doodles, I just knew they would go perfectly with this fabric, toy and gift set! I had a difficult time deciding on which to use..the zebra or the giraffe?! I opted for the giraffe because of the Garanimals toy I was using.

I'm using this image and project in the

                         Box Office Whimsie Doodles Wednesday Challenge
These images remind me of the cute characters in the movie Madagascar!

My gift basket contains  a cute stuffed giraffe toy, a baby size bath towel, a washcloth, a matching onsie, and a bottle of  baby bath wash and baby shampoo!
Project Details: Stuffed Toy-Garanimals, Johnson & Johnson's Baby Bath and Shampoo, Onsie, bath towel and wash cloth all embellished with matching fabrics.

Thanks for visiting today! Have a blessed Friday and a great weekend!!!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

A Creative Thursday Indeed!

I can say that I have been on a crafting roll! If I'm not sewing, I'm making cards, if I'm not making cards, I'm making bottlecap necklaces and/or hairbows, and if I'm not doing that..well, then, I'm probably sleeping!LOL

Today I created this card for Meljen's New Challenge #53. I love Thursdays because I get to share the new releases with you and show you a  card using these releases. The Challenge this week is to make something Easter Inspired.

Card Details: Digi Image--Meljen's Designs, Cardstock-Bazzill, Patterned Paper-Cosmo Cricket, Border Punch-Martha Stewart, Misc. Stickles, Pink Doily (Dollar General) Machine Stitching, Chalks

Here are this week's super cute images:

These images are now available at Whimsy Stamps. I hope this has inspired you to join us in this week's challenge.

I'm also entering my card in the following challenges:
Sassy Cheryl's Bold and Bright Challenge
ABC DT Challenge-Easter Card
Bee Crafty-Easter
Creative Cowgirls-Spring/Easter
Digital Tuesday-Easter Parade
If the Shoe Fits..Scrap It!-Sewing Challenge
Little Claire's Designs-Spring
Little Miss Muffet-Stitching
Simon Says-Spring Colors/Easter I wasn't working on this card, I was working on another pillowcase dress.
What do you think?

Handmade Pillowcase Dress Size 4T

Available in my Etsy Shop--Just Us Girlz.

I'm using both of the projects for Show Me #19 over at Sassy Cheryl's.

Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful Thursday!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Pillowcase Dress, FlipFlops and a Hairbow!

Look at what I did today!! I just love this set!!! I made this pillowcase dress today and then decided it needed a hairbow to match. Then I thought, "hey...why not add some cute flip flops to finish the outfit off?!"'s my 3 piece Ensemble!

The dress!

Matching Flip Flops!

And the Hair Bow!

Isn't this a super fun set!!! I really wish my daughter could have worn something like this at her age. She's 17 now so there is no way I could get into any kind of matching set! LOL

I have listed this set in my etsy shop: Just Us Girlz

and now to get started on another set I have in mind!
Oh the "creative wheels are turning" today! LOL

Thanks for visiting! Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday!

Friday, April 01, 2011

It's an Anniversary Blog Hop and Sale!

Wow! What an exciting Friday this is! It is Meljen's Designs ONE year Anniversary!!! Happy Anniversary to Melissa, the talented creator of these awesome designs!!! And to celebrate this joyous occassion, we are having a Blog Hop and Melissa is having a Super Sale in her store!

You get 1/2 off ALL of her digital stamps!!! That's a Whimsy Stamps Sale you don't wanna miss!!! This sale runs from April 1st-Monday April 4th. are some of the details. You should have arrived at my blog from Anita's Blog.
In order to qualify to win 3 digital images you must comment on each designer's blogs. 3 Random winners will be chosen to receive 3 images each!!! How cool is that!?

This Blog Hop will last from today and run through Monday! Winners will be announced on the Freebie Monday post.

Here is my creation using one of Meljen's freebies; Berry Happy to See You.

Card Details: Digi Image-Meljen's Designs Freebie, Patterned Paper-Cosmo Cricket, Circle/Scalloped Circle-Spellbinders, Border Punch-Martha Stewart, Misc. Stickles and Machine Sewing

Your next stop will be over at Cheryl's Blog and if you think you are really lost...and you just wanna start from the very beginning and HOP on over to Meljen's Designs Blog. are all set to be inspired, save some $$ on some great images, and win some awesome images too! NOW...get Hoppin'!!!!
Oh hey...can you do me one your comments, can you tell me what your all time favorite image is.