February 2009


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I’ve only been blogging now for about 2 months so I am still a newbie myself, but I have met some of the nicest people in this new found world I discovered! Not to mention talented! I have created a blog award for my 10 favorite blogs and I am excited to introduce you to the people behind these wonderful places that *make my heart smile* 🙂

Let’s meet some friends!

So here’s how it works:

1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 10 blogs.
4. Put links to their blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

What fun!! Here’s my top 10 picks: (in no particular order)

Click on their names for a link to their blogs:

 Stephanie ~ Much Ado About Nothing

Libby ~ Libby’s Crafty Scraps

Chrissie ~ Simply One of a Kind

 Jenni ~ Jenni’s Crafty Journal

Sonya~ Pickles Patch

Itsabrt~ Inky Fingers Rule

Oma ~ I’d Rather Be Crafting

Tina ~ Sow, Sprout, Bloom

Carol ~ Carol’s Paper Playce

Ruth ~ Crop and Scrap Design

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings

Congratulations ladies and for you readers….enjoy your blog hop! It will be so worth it!!

In His Grip~

My homeschooling sister called awhile ago and asked if she could bring my 3 nieces over to do a *craft day* with Aunt Deb! Are you kidding me??? Let me at them!!! 🙂 She asked what we would be doing and of course, I told her we would be making cards and papercrafting, since I am smitten beyond words over it right now.

I put my mind to work thinking about cards that would satisfy all 3 ages, 16, 11, & 7….so here is one of the cards I designed for them to make on Friday! I still have another card to design for our special day, preferably an Easter card so I will share that one when I get it done as well.

I will be making pre-made kits for the younger ones, complete with their own glue sticks! >wink< Tee hee……I hope they have fun!

Here is a Spring Card we will be making together:

Happy Spring!! { Anyone who knows me well, also knows of my infatuation with ladybugs, so this one really made my heart sing!

Happy Spring!! { Anyone who knows me well, also knows of my infatuation with ladybugs, so this one really made my heart sing!

In His Loving Grip~

Oh wow!! I found a GREAT new site for cardmaking! This is the coolest site! Sheet Load of Cards has an e-zine that you can download! It’s full of great card sketches, cutting guides, instructions, card samples by awesome artists and some fun altered projects. Here is their address: http://sheetload.blogspot.com/2009/02/february-2009-issue-sponsored-by-unity.html

They are giving away a Fiskars Border punch to one person!

Get on over there and check it out for yourself!

Gratefully In His Grip!

At the risk of repeating myself…..I join these challenges because I learn so much about cardmaking from them! I found another challenge blog called MoJo Monday!  http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/ Each week the designers there present a challenge *sketch* and the participants create a card that expresses their own take on the challenge. Pay a visit to MoJo Monday and join us in the fun!

Here is this weeks challenge sketch:

MoJo Monday Challenge #75

MoJo Monday Challenge #75

Here is my interpretation!

It's a Bee-utiful Day!

It's a Bee-utiful Day!

Thanks so much to the gals over at Card Patterns for hosting a weekly challenge! I am in heaven with these challenges! Pop on over to see what the participants are doing with this weeks challenge Card Patterns!

http://www.cardpatterns.blogspot.com/

Here is the sketch challenge:

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And here is my effort to create with it!

She's Here!!! Baby Girl Birth Announcement

She's Here!!! Baby Girl Birth Announcement

My Recipe:

1.  White 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 card

2. Matted with Pink Gingham from Martha Stewarts Pretty in Pink Collection

3. Layered with a pink sponged paper with hearts on it from Craft Warehouse.

4. I used one of my Fiskar punches to create a lacey edge on some pink cardstock.

5. Oh my….I used some of that beautiful lace that my friend Darla shared with me. It’s got pearls running right down the center and I am going to cry when I run our of it! 😦

6. 3 pink ribbon bows

7. I used 3 sizes of nesties to create the *centerpiece* or focal point for this card. Isn’t she cute??!!

8. She’s Here! Tag I created on my computer and then just layered it with different card stock.

9. Finished off with 4 white glitter brads in the corners!

Ah……it’s time to go do some cooking! A girl shouldn’t be allowed to have this much fun in one day! >wink<

In His Grip~

It’s time for another Pink Elephant challenge! I have learned so much by participating in these challenges that the design team at The Pink Elephant put on for card makers! If you are new at papercrafting, I encourage you to jump in with both feet and just take the plunge with these challenges! You will be amazed at the fun you will have and who knows….maybe you will discover that you have some serious creativity inside you just looking for a way to express itself!

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Here is this weeks challenge:

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And here is my go at it:

Tickle The Earth With a Hoe....And She'll Laugh a Harvest!!!

Tickle The Earth With a Hoe....And She'll Laugh a Harvest!!!

My recipe:

1. White card (from cardstock)

2. Navy Matte

3. Light Blue Gridded Matte from SU. I ran this through my Cuttlebug Dotted Swiss folder. I chose the grided paper in hopes it would give sort of a netting effect for the *vines* to cling to. 🙂 Works for me! Tee Hee…knowing that is what I had in mind for it!

4. Matted Tulips

5. I had to make a template and hand cut the two green scalloped pieces at the bottom of the card because I don’t have a Cricut…..ahhh…maybe one day!

6. Green Checkered Ribbon

7. Sentiment~ This is my favorite sentiment to create with right now! I just love it! I made it on the computer and just framed it with a medium green paper.

8. The vines….like I said…I don’t have a cricut so I had to fussy cut these by hand….as well as the leaves. My tool box is growing and now I know I need to find some leaf punches.

9. The *flowers* on the vines are multi-colored brads. I also added three springing brads on the bottom of the card to balance the look.

Now….I never intended for this blog to be all about card making, but listen…I’ve been bit by the papercrafting bug so this is how it will be for the next…hmmmm…..who knows how long!? If you’ve ever had even the slightest bit of interest in card making….do yourself a favor and give it a try! You’ll thank me later……or NOT! I find myself at Michael’s with my 40-50% coupons nearly every week……OIY!!!

I bet there’s a 12 step program for paper addicts……

So happy to be In His Grip~

I love finding blog’s that offer great blog candy…..like I mentioned before….I didn’t even know such things existed!

Toodle on over to Carol’s Blog and see what she is offering right now!

http://carolspaperplayce.blogspot.com

And check out Lisa’s candy! By the way…while you are there…wish her a happy birthday! She’s turning the big  five-oh!!! >wink<

http://lisathestamplady.blogspot.com/

You won’t want to miss Stephanie’s goodies!

http://stephmuchadoaboutnothing.blogspot.com

And Claire’s blog reached 10,000 hits so she is celebrating by giving away a GREAT bag of blog candy!

http://clarecurd.blogspot.com/2009/02/10000-visits-whoo-hoo-time-for-blog.html

Thanks for the fun!

Thanks for the fun!

I will continue to add links to this page as I find them while blurfing ok!

Enjoy!

In His Grip~

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