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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hoppy Easter

Happy Easter to all my friends out there in “bloggie land”. Today, I’m sharing a totally edible Easter basket. I had gotten the inspiration while watch a episode of Rachel Ray.

  • First I started at the bottom with a package of 6 Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs but placed them upside down for easier access. 

  • Next, I got similar size boxes of M&M’s and Jolly Rancher Gummies. Go with everyone’s favorite which is what I did. 
  • I used my ATG gun and ran it along the bottom edges and attached to the Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs. This formed the sides. 

  • Now comes the fun of filling your edible basket which I did with Gummy Bears and my very most favorite Starburst jelly beans. 
  • A ribbon was tied around the outside edges just to hold together. Ok, I know I said “totally” edible but you could say the ribbon is added fiber <grinning>

Happy Easter and as an added note, I will be “hopping” down the bunny trail as I broke my left foot and left elbow!!! Coordination isn’t my strong suit!!!!!

God Bless you and thank you ever sew much for stopping by today!
Much love, hugs, and friendship

Friday, March 29, 2013

Cross and Flowers

With today being Good Friday, I wanted to share a more inspirational card which I used for one of my Easter Card swaps and liked it sew much that I created several of them to send to my friends!

  • Card was cut 4.25 x 11-inches then scored in half using my
  • Martha Stewart Scoreboard
  • Back ground from stash cut 4 x 4.75 inches
  • Digital image from Robyn’s Fetish, Cross and Flowers
  • Sentiment from Create with TLC, which was a freebie, “He is Risen”. Check out on a daily basis or sign up for her newsletter as she always has "freebies"
  • Colored with my Tim Holtz Distress Markers, Spectrum Noir Markers, and hi-lighted with markers and Gel Pens
  • Pearls from Miriam’s Crafting Supplies for center of flowers

 Easter Blessings!

God Bless you and thank you ever sew much for stopping by today!
Much love, hugs, and friendship


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Silly Wabbit Hopping Down the Bunny Trail

SHHHHHH – Don’t tell anyone or share with anyone!!! BUT, I just had to show someone my card for my Easter card swap and I thought you were the purrfect one to show!!!

Dear Easter Bunny” is from Create with TLC and you know me by now, it just screamed --- I need an Action Wobble for the silly wabbit to hop on down the bunny trail!!!!! Super quick and easy Easter card that I am going to be making several . . . hope, you enjoyed it and it least made you smile!!!! Now, if only my Easter card buddy in the swap likes it!!!!! 

*** Please, note, no, need to adjust your monitor or think that your eyes are going bonkers, the picture isn't blurry ... bunny just hopping along!!! ***

  • card was cut 4.25 x 11 inches using www.coredinationsFoundations.com Canvas Texture cardstock and then scored at 5.5 inches using my Martha Stewart Scoreboard
  • background paper is Karen Foster Design #6472 Eggs & Chicks
  • bunny and sentiment from Create with TLC Dear Easter Bunny
  • colored using my Spectrum Noir Markers along with Tim Holtz Distress Markers with Gel Pens for eyelashes and whiskers

God Bless you and thank you ever sew much for stopping by today!
Much love, hugs, and friendship

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

March Mustache Madness Blog Hop

Welcome to our March Mustache Madness Blog Hop. Mustaches are all the craze now and we decided we needed to show off our mustachabilities through crafting and jump on the band wagon. We hope you enjoy all the fun and silly projects that have been made incorporating mustaches.

Our hostess is Jearise at Lorby's World (http://lorbysworld.blogspot.com) and make sure you start at her blog since she has a fun mustache give away for this hop with all the details to enter on her blog.

Now on to the mustaches and fun!

For my project, this tired old granny spent the day with Lily Tuesday. AND, you know how you put off until the last minute …. Well, Tuesday night I got myself in gear and created a critter that needs a home ….. would you be willing to give Incognito Bird a home???? Please, let me know how you would provide him a good home and he will fly on over to you!!! He is cut to 4-inches tall using papers from my scrap collection and was cut using 3 Birds on Parade Cricut Cartridge. Remember, to tell me why you would give him a good home . . .

Thank you for joining us and please continue on to the lovely and talented Michele.

The complete March Mustache Madness crew of ladies includes:

God Bless you and thank you ever sew much for stopping by today!
Much love, hugs, and friendship

Monday, March 25, 2013

New Release Tuesday - The Stamping Chef Laguna Lizzy

Its a new release Tuesday at  The Stamping Chef !!! Today she has cooked up for several goodies for you and I decided to use Laguna Lizzy are you ready??? 

"Laguna Lizzy" reminded me Ariel from The Little Mermaid and I start humming and singing while creating "Under the Sea" 

WELL, Lizzy decided she wanted to dance along with me - thus she became an Action Wobble . . . . poor "dizzy Lizzy" 

Now, for the recipe:
  • Laguna Lizzy
  • she was colored with my Prisma Colored Pencils and her skin with Spectrum Noir Marker FS3, eyelashes and eyes were colored using my Gel Pens 
  • card was cut using blue Recollections paper 6 x 11 inches and then scored at 5.5-inches using Martha Stewart Score Board
  • background was cut at 5.75 inches x 5 inches with a bubble paper from my stash
  • ribbon is from a dear friend, Jearise Havenga, in a recent "goodie" box
  • rhinestone belly button is Want2Scrap Say it With Baby Bling 
  • sentiment is "Life is the Bubbles" which was then puff-dotted on my card cut using Cricut Lacey Labels Cartridge
  • Glossy Accents were used on the bubbles
  • fish backs were removed and added on with puff dots and are from my wonderful button stash!!!

. . . and just in case  you want to sing along and dance with Lizzy and I

God Bless and Thank you for stopping by today!!! Please take a moment to sign up for The Stamping Chef blog emails and at least try one of the her freebies she is currently offering!!!! You can also find her on Facebook!!! 

Much Love, Hugs, and Friendship 

Time Sure Flies . . . . Steam Punk

"Time Won't Let Me" . . . ok, that song is running through my head while I was creating this card for you today which is unique to my "style" when looking through my other creations. I want to send this though as a "catching up" with a friend as time never does seem to be on our side!!! I used this wonderful paper from Tsunami Rose, VintageClocks B&W along with the super cute addition to my creation, the clock charm from Miriam’s Crafting Supplies

  • Card was cut 6 x 11 and then scored at 5.5 inches to fold in half using Recollections card stock
  • Vintage Clocks B&W was cut at 5.75 x 5.25 inches and then glued in center of my card
  • Steam Punk stamp is something that I have in my collection and had only used once and wish to sell at this time
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Gear Box and then chalked
  • Clock charm is from Miriam’s Crafting Supplies and attched with a ribbon from my friend Jearise Havenga who had sent it to me in a goodie box!
  • Sentiment is hand-written and centered on the embossed paper
I hope you have enjoyed my card today. If you are interested in the stamp, please let me know!. Check out the paper as it has sew many uses which I decided it was for a note card … what would you use it for???

God Bless you and thank you ever sew much for stopping by today!
Much love, hugs, and friendship,


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Treasure Box Designs Bunny Hop Blog Hop

Welcome to the Treasure Box Design's 'Bunny Hop Blog Hop'. All of the projects showcased in this hop have to do with an Easter or Spring theme. We hope you enjoy viewing our Design Team projects! This one day event has 18 blogs along the way, so be sure and visit every one of them to qualify for some fantastic prizes.

We have a Grand Prize Giveaway of a $100.00 JoAnns Gift Card, as well as $20.00 Treasure Box Design's In store Credit, Assorted Bling, Charms & Gems from Miriam's Craft Supplies, Assorted Alterable boxes from My Quilling Nest, Knockout Punches and Paper Pack from DT Member Leanne and Ten bottles of 'Stickles from Scrapadoodles Scrapbooking & Supply.
The design team members will also have fun prizes on their personal blogs too.

*** Winners will be announced on Monday evening 7:00 PM EST ***

In order to qualify for the prizes you will need to follow these guidelines:
  • You will need to visit each link on the list, become a follower where applicable and leave a comment.
  • You will need to 'like' the Treasure Box Design Facebook Fan page and leave a comment there that you are from the hop.
  • You need to have a Friend also 'like' the Treasure Box Design Facebook Fan page.
We will be checking to make sure that all play fair and will be using Random.org to choose the number for each of the prizes. The Grand Prizes will be announced on the TBD Facebook page on Monday 3/25/13 @ 7:00 pm EST and all other team member prizes will be announced on each members blog. The Hopping starts with Barbara if you get lost along the way. If you have arrived to my corner of the bunny patch from Nancie, then you haven't gotten lost along the way!

For my project, I used Basket Buddies, not only as a bunny basket for Lily but also as a "treat bag". 

The finished bunny's head measures 2.5-inches. Cheeks and tail were puff-dotted for dimension on both.  Of course, she just needed the eyelashes!

If you notice, I just had to use Action Wobbles on the bunny's head and butt on my basket!!!!! 

A bow attached to the bunny's ear completes her ensemble along with bright colored plastic eggs and jelly beans!!! 

This was such a fun and super easy project, I will be making the rest of these for my other grandchildren! 

We'd like to thank our wonderful sponsors for their contributions: Be sure and leave a comment on their blog and pages.

Treasure Box Designs: http://www.treasureboxdesigns.com
My Quilling Nest:  http://www.myquillingnest.com/
Scrapadoodles Scrapbooking & Supply:                                   
Design Team Member Leanne: www.scrapnwithflair.blogspot.com


Let's form our congo line and do the bunny hop for your final destination now . . . Treasure Box Designs Facebook Fan Page.

God Bless you and thank you ever sew much for stopping by today!
Much love, hugs, and friendship


I have entered this project into the following challenge:
Craftin Desert Diva's March Linky Party

Saturday, March 23, 2013

I Double Dog Dare You Spring Fling Blog Hop

It's March and Spring is in the Air when a young man's fancy turns to fishing and a young girl's fancy turns to a new wardrobe!!! Ok, maybe not but there are so many things out that there to symbolize Spring Has Sprung .... I'm sew tired of this cold and winter - come on SPRING!

We have a talented group of crafters participating today to show their interpretation of SPRING . . . .

We have a fabulous sponsor:

Miriam's Crafting Supplies, https://www.facebook.com/MiriamsCraftingSupplies?fref=ts. She has super pearls, bling, and great additions for your crafting projects. She will be giving away 10 set of pearls, rhinestones and/or dew drops of your choice to someone who leaves some bloggie love for all the ladies along the way!

For my project today, I went over the edge with bling, flowers, and the color pink!!! What, you say, Lynne sew doesn't do this sort of thing, well, today is the day!!!!

  • background was cut 6 x 11 inches and then scored at 5.5 inches to fold in half in a hot pink Recollections cardstock
  • digital is from  Heather Valentin - Maggie Springtime which is one of her digital designs that is retiring and is currently for $1 
  • background is from my scrap boxes
  • lacy heart trellis is Designs on Cloud 9 Heart Doilies 
  • white flowers are Darice Ribbon Roses and I used yellow pearls from Miriam's Crafting Supplies for the centers
  • hat pin was made using Jewelry findings that had a leaf end piece and pearls and crimp bead from my stash
  • sentiment was a freebie from Create with TLC

Your next stop along the way is the fabulous Anita who will be bring more spring fling your way!!!!!! By the way, my boyfriend said that my card was subdued - but I'm thinking he was being sarcastic!!!!! But then again, 

God Bless you and thank you ever sew much for stopping by today!
Much love, hugs, and friendship

I will be entering this card in the following challenge:

Friday, March 22, 2013

Guest Designer - Vicky Fortier

I am ever sew fortunate to have met my beautiful Guest Designer for today, the very beautiful and talented Vicky Fortier who arose and met the challenge for this month's theme!!!!! Without further chatter and rambling from me, let me introduce Vicky . . . 

I'm an accountant working full time and a mother of 4 great kids.  I have an amazing husband who understand that in order to keep my sanity through all this I need to craft ;) I live in Quebec, Canada, so I also do some crafting with French sayings.

I have been crafting over 22 years and tried my hands at all kinds of techniques over the years.  I have started blogging in March of 2012 in order to join challenges (actually I have some candy to celebrate that anniversary: http://crafting-vicky.blogspot.ca/2013/03/candy-for-celebrating-my-1st-year-of.html).  I became totally hooked!!!!  I can't believe this world existed and I only found out about it then.  I see blogging as a wonderful opportunity to improve my card making abilities. 

Through this process I met some fabulous people, there are so many wonderful artists.  I can’t believe the chance I have of being able to be on some fabulous team.  Never would have dreamed last year that I could be part of some DTs!

I'm in awe of all the wonderful blogs that I see and I hope that one day my blog will be up to that level.   

For my card I played with a wonderful digi from San’s Design that you can find here:http://shop.sansdesign.se/product_info.php?products_id=83&osCsid=iqmui4s1bpbplo1bnhkusuakp5 and it’s only 1$$$$  how fabulous right.  The sentiment that I used is one of the freebies right now.

I thought this image was just perfect for the theme of Green, Orange and yellow.  Hope you have liked this little card.  For more details on how I made this please visit my blog.

What a super cute project my friend and I thank you for being my Guest Designer this week!!!!!!! Please, be sure to stop and give Vicky some bloggie love!!!!

Much love, hugs, and friendship

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tutorial Thursday Pop-Up Birthday Card with The Stamping Chef

Welcome to The Stamping Chef  Tutorial aka Recipe Thursday. What says birthday more than a cutie popping outta a cake??? Today, I will be showing you how to make this cute birthday card or how to create any simple pop-up card. I know that I have been missing in action lately due to medical reasons but I've got my mojo back and let the creativity begin . . . .


I guess I should start at the beginning and show you step-by-step how I created my card. I colored "Babydoll" which is this Friday's Freebie. Isn't she a doll baby and you get to see her here first!!! She was colored using my Spectrum Noir Markers, Prisma Colored Pencils, and Gel Pens, Her shoes were accented with Glossy Accents by Inkssentials.


Using Make the Cut, I created a cake card, candle, and banner for Babydoll to hold to scream "SURPRISE"! The cake card was created by using the "blackout" feature and welded them together to create a card.

  Birthday Cake Pop Up Card 

I then cut out my pieces, chalked the edges, and got ready for the assembly along with creating the "stand" for Babydoll to be placed on that she "pops up" when the card is open

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The center of the card is then found with marks 1/2-inch on either side of the
center. You need to cut into the top part of the card on both of these marks 

1-inch into the card


Fold card again in half pushing the cut section to the inside. Open up. This creates the little box for Babydoll to stand on.


Since, I "fussy" cut Babydoll out, I needed a more substantial base for her to stand on and cut an additional 1-inch piece and center-glued on her stand


Now, comes the fun parts - decorating and embellishing . . . I glued the blackout card to the front of my card along with the icings. This covers the cut part on the front of the card. Pearls from Miriam's Crafting Supplies were glued to the scallops to create the decorative frosting. Now, here's my little secret and I trust you won't tell anyone - the roses from Recollections Embellishments were put on the bottom to cover my little Babydoll's head when my card is folded in half. Now, remember, its our secret!!!


The card is even able to stand on its own when slightly opened for display purposes. Babydoll now got all "dolled" up with a fine gathered lace for her skirt, rhinestones for the waistband and a bow on the side. Her shoes got pearls in the center. The candle was glued behind her.


I want to show how she is attached with a side-view now. You want to make sure she is secure. I used Glue Dots which bond instantly and they are super-strength!!!!!!


A sentiment is added and VIOLA ... you have a cute birthday card with a girl popping outta the cake!!!

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I hope you enjoyed my project for today and don't forget to stop by The Stamping Chef tomorrow to see what the Sous Chefs have cooked up for you!!!! ALSO, Freebie Friday at the store where you too can own Babydoll. We would love to see your projects on TSC Recipes!!!

God Bless and Thank you for stopping by to visit!!!
Much love, hugs, and friendship


Monday, March 18, 2013

Blog Candy Winners

TAH DAH!!!!!!! BLOG CANDY WINNERS for my 400 Party and March Calendar Girls:

Random Generator selected #1 of 9 comments for my 400 party for one lucky winner who is Jayvalikka who remarked:
Wow! What a beautiful layout :D I love to see the second page. Your works are really inspiring and you deserve every follower you get and will get. You're such a generous person and I am glad I have met you :) Hugs, Jayvalikka

Jayvalikka, could you please email me your mailing address at hercraftiness@gmail.com sew than I may get you your goodies????

Now onto the Blog Candy Winner for March Calendar Girls: Random Generator selected #5 of 6 comments is the lovely Janet Smith who commented: Super Cute card for Lily's BD can't beleive she is 2 Wow Where does the time go!! Hope you are feeling better soon! Big Blog Hugs, Janet

Congrats to my winners and a much appreciated “Thank you” for following me!!!! 

Of course, the regular fine print is if I don’t receive your mailing address by March 25th, I will need to chose another random winner … you just gotta love that fine print!!!

Much love, hugs, and friendship

Treasure Box Designs Treasure Tots (Brothers) Zack and Nick

Today, I made a one-page lay-out of two very handsome young men who are not only adorable but I love ‘em to bits!!!! These two are wonderful guys and great friends and brothers ….. they’re Jean’s two boys, Zack and Nick! Treasure Box Designs has a super cute paper piecing file which I used, Treasure Tots (Brothers). The pictures are of the boys at Kennywood Park with Kenny Kangaroo and their first day of school 2012. Zack is in first grade and Nick is in Kindergarten.

  • Treasure Box Designs Treasure Tots (Brothers)
  • Background paper is DCWV Nana’s Kids
  • Pieces were cut, chalked around the edges with Inkadinkadoo chalk
  • Letters for “Brothers” and “journal” tickets were cut at 2-inches using Mickey Font Cricut Cartridge – imagine finding the ticket paper-piecing!
  • Scraps were used for paper-piecings and lettering
  • Heart brads attached to the "charm" letterings
  • Ribbon from scrap bin

Much love, hugs, and friendship

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Happy Birthday Jennifer

Jennifer, my beautiful daughter, had a wonderful gift for her birthday last year – the birth of her daughter!!!! Lily was born on the 5th of March and my beautiful daughter, Jennifer, was born on the 9th of March. Granted, she was due on February 29th as it was a Leap Year, and she just stalled around and was born n the 9th of March!!!!! Little bit of info, my sister, Beth, whose birthday is the 11th of March, was turning 16 that year and me being the ungrateful person that I am went into labor instead of having a Sweet 16 Party for my sister!!!!

For my card for my daughter, I made a dimensional Unicorn card using Treasure Box Designs Love is Colorful paper piecing file!!!!

  • Unicorn from Treasure Box Designs Love is Colorful
  • Unicorn was welded together to form the background along with the back of my card
  • Unicorn was then cut into individual pieces using my scraps including silver prism paper for the horn
  • Pieces were chalked around the edges and then glued on the top layer with the exception of the snout which was puff-dotted to add dimension
  • Hole was made in the one ear where I attached a crown brad (my daughter has always proclaimed herself a “Princess” but now that role is her daughter, Lily
  • Label was cut using Lacey Labels Cricut Cartridge and inked around the edges
  • Inside sentiment was hand-written
  • Roses from Michael's were added on mane and on the sentiment
  • Card can be considered a slider or it is able to open partly and stand on its own!!!

Hope you enjoyed my daughter’s birthday card!!!!!!!!

God Bless and Thank you for stopping by today!
Much love, hugs, and friendship

Saturday, March 9, 2013

March Calendar Girls

Welcome to our March Calendar Girls' Blog Hop. Its absolutely amazing when you do a google search the interesting facts you may find. Such a find is special and unique occasions throughout the year!!! These unique holidays are our inspiration. As Neil Sedaka sang in his song "Calendar Girls" - "March, gonna march you down the aisle".

The hop starts with the beautiful and very talented Janet at http://ladyluvbug.blogspot.com/. The entire line-up is available just in case you get bogged down with all the holidaze and craziness!!!!

You won't want to miss a single calendar event!!!! 

The line-up for February includes:
Jearise - http://lorbysworld.blogspot.com
Lynne - http://slasewcraftiness.blogspot.com/
Vicky (my 2nd card) ~ http://sansdesign.blogspot.ca/

March Occasions We Wish to Share:
National Woman's History Month -  Janet
Irish American Month - Lisa
National Craft Month - Miriam

1 National Pig Day - Jearise
1 Peanut Butter Lovers Day - Amanda
3 National Anthem Day - Edwina
3 Peach Blossom Day -Anita
4 Hug a GI Day  - Janet
5 Lily's 2nd Birthday
11 Johnny Appleseed Day - michele
12 Girl Scouts Day
12 Plant a Flower Day - Kimberly
13 Ear Muff Day -
14 Learn About Butterflies Day ~ Amanda
14 Popcorn Lovers Day - Lisa
15 Incredible Kid Day - Lisa
16 National Quilting Day - Lisa
17 St. Patrick's Day - Kimberly
18 Goddess of Fertility Day - Miriam
20 International Earth Day -
22 National Goof Off Day - Vicky
23 National Chip and Dip Day -
25 Waffle Day -Anita
26 Make Up Your Own Holiday Day - Lisa
28 Something on a Stick Day - Jearise
30 National Take a Walk in the Park Day -
31 Easter - Jearise, Amanda, Kimberly, Lisa, Vicky

Lynne will be going through her stash and sending one lucky winner a surprise package to someone that remarks and gives bloggie love on each of the participants.

I'm having some health issues at this time and pulled myself out of a lot of my hops and projects but I just couldn't let Lily's 2nd birthday go by without any recognition!!!!

Lily is my beautiful granddaughter who just turned 2 and is the light of my life!!!!! I made for her a shaped card using an old file from Treasure Box Designs, What a Doll by welding the shapes together, doing a mirror image, and then added the features on the top!!!! Lily wanted to help Gramma help create and get out her crayons to color but my daughter, Jen, told her "no".

Your next stop along the way is the fabulous Amanda. Thanks for stopping by and mark your calendar again next month to see what Holidays to Celebrate on April 13, 2013, for the next Calendar Girls Blog Hop!

Much love, hugs, and friendship