Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
We hope that you love snowmen as much as we all do, and that you have fun along the way! Hopefully, you will be inspired to dig out your snowmen stamps, clay, etc., and create some winter smiles of your own!
Many of the stops on today's hop will also feature blog candy, so be sure to stop and comment on each blog! What's more fun than LOTS of candy? I'll be telling you about MY candy at the end of the post!
My card features a digi image by Cocodingo, at Craft Your Passion. I was lucky enough to win this image a couple of months ago, in one of their challenges, and hadn't had time to ink it up! The sentiment is computer generated.
Coloring is done with Copic Spica Glitter Pens. DP is Stampin'Up! Ribbon is from my stash, and sparkles on the snow are done with White Frost Stickles.
SK624a and SK624b are the only markings on the sides of the sentiment and snowman on this topper. The snow is done with the frosted stickles, and the coloring, once again is done with
SK624a and SK624b are the only markings I could find on the snowperson and sentiment.
Inside the box is a set of tumbled tiles that I got at Lowe's, for less than $1 each. I thought that DD, who has a darling snowman collection, might enjoy receiving these!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Every kid waits for what seems like forever to become a 'teenager'!
Betty Roberts' (Simply Betty Stamps) daughter, Rio, is no exception, and will turn 13 on February 8th!
When asked by Betty what she wanted for her birthday, Rio asked, "Mom, is it really my choice what I get for my birthday?" Betty assured her that it was her choice. Rio then says, "Ok, this year, mom, I want money, but can I do anything at all with it?" Betty said "Of course you can." (Get your tissues ready...) Rio continues, "Okay, I want my birthday money to be donated to the children of St. Jude's hospital, so they can have a special day, or whatever the money is needed for. I don't want to have money to just blow, when I can help other kids that can't get out of bed, or go outside. That's what I want for my birthday."
Rio is a very special 13 year old! Betty went to work, and designed a 13th birthday digi image that she named after Rio. You can find it at her store. For $3.00, you can get an adorable image that can be used over and over! To top it all off, the $3 will go entirely to Rio's St. Jude's donation!
Rio does not know about the image yet, OR the upcoming surprise! Betty is asking for birthday cards to be mailed to Rio in time for her birthday on Feb. 8th. She is going to collect them all, and on Rio's birthday, they will walk down together to the mailboxes, where Betty will have stashed all of the cards, along with some of Rio's fave yummies, Reese's cups and York Peppermint Patties! After her birthday, Betty plans to take Rio to St. Jude's, where she can hand deliver her donation.
How cool is this, I mean really.......!
Hurry over to Simply Betty's Stamps, look for the link to Rio's Birthday image, and help out some very unfortunate children! Let's help Rio know that what she is doing is a very good thing, and that she is providing a special blessing for these kids!
Here's my card with the image.....scroll down for mailing address! Thanks for stopping by!
Please mail cards to:
P.O. Box 132314
Big Bear Lake, Ca. 92315
Thanks so much! If you have questions, you can read more on Betty's blog, or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Stamped with Versafine Brown Ink, Distressed with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink
Hope that you like it!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you on the 25th for our March of the Snowmen!!!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Many of you used Fiskars cutters. A few are very happy with these cutters, but many were disappointed with the blades dulling too quickly, and lack of straight and sure cuts.
Some seemed very pleased with the Stampin'Up! Table Top Cutter. No one had any complaints about it. I was told that it is self-sharpening, and cuts more than one piece of CS at a time.
Creative Memories was mentioned a few times with no complaints.
Favorite scissors mentioned were Kai, and 'fancy scissors'.
One reader has tried Carol Cutter, Fiskars, Tonic, Zutter, Creative Memories, and Purple Cow, just to name a few. Her fave is the Purple Cow, but she also loves her 12" Tonic Trimmer. For cutting CS in half, she uses the Zutter Dream Cuts.
Another reader mentioned with obvious happiness, that her 'cutlery of choice' is a cutter by Xacto.
The Creative8 cutter found at KMart was another favorite of one reader.
Another that I hadn't heard of was the Carl's Cutter (priced best at Oozaks per my reader!).
The Making Memories Cutter didn't seem to bring any happy dances; readers said that it dulls, and there are no replacement blades.
All in all, the favorites seemed to be the Tonic 12" Cutter, The Purple Cow, and the Stampin' Up! Tabletop cutter. The problem areas in the other cutters were that the blades dulled too quickly, they don't cut straight, and don't have great measurement markers.
As for myself, I can vouch for the Purple Cow that I use when I am at the house of a friend, and the Dream Cuts by Zutter. I love my Dream Cuts for cutting multiple sheets in 1/2 or 1/3's, and it will hold up to 12 x 12 papers. The ONLY drawback to it is that I can only cut one piece at a time, but it's so straight, and so quick, that I can't really complain!
I hope that this has helped some of you with your cutting decisions!
I think from the comments left, and the personal e-mails that I received, that my next table top cutter will probably be the Tonic 12" larger, tabletop style cutter. When and if I get one, I will let you know how I like it!
Drum roll please...... I promised an itty-bitty blog candy!
The winner is Sandy Ang! Sandy, please e-mail me at: email@example.com with your mailing information. Congrats on winning this 'itty-bitty' blog candy...lol!!!
Thanks to all of you for your cutting advice! I'll be back soon with a new question!!!
Hugs and Smiles!
Monday, January 17, 2011
Wowzers, can you believe TWO posts from me two days in a row?
This post is for Craft Your Passion Challenges.
Coloring is Copic Markers, Sentiment is The Angel Company
Don't you just love it when your DP does all the work? While shopping at Archiver's yesterday (yes! I got up to the city with dear friend Shirley!), I found this gorgeous paper collection, "Once Upon a Springtime", by Graphic 45. Wow - just perfect for Lauretta's image!
Hurry to your craft caves - design something beautiful, and hurry back to post it at Craft Your Passion!
Sunday, January 16, 2011
I hope that you have had a great weekend.
Friday, my friend Shirley and I went to Archiver's for the 9 mini Valentine Cards Class. I will share them with you on Tuesday. The class was okay, but could have been better. Projects were cute, would mass produce easily, and were very CASEable.
My weekend has been good. Have been working on 1099's, etc., so it's been busy, but the highlight of the weekend is that gram and gramps are pup-sitting this weekend for Rosie the wonder-granddaughter-dog! DD flew to Phoenix this weekend to meet up with a friend, and run the Rock and Roll Half Marathon. You know, this pup sitting is a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it.... (insert ginormous smile here!).
Well, as it is Sunday, it's time for a new challenge at Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge Blog. Our hostess this week is the lovely and talented Grace. Grace is one of the sweetest bloggers I've met! Her scripture this morning is:
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new". ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17
Grace challenges us to use the theme of "NEW" and interpret it as you want: new year, new life, new birth, new supplies, new house, etc.
When you enter the challenge, please tell us what you used to fit our challenge!
Our sponsor this week is Clear Dollar Stamps.
We appreciate CDS, and thank them for being such a faithful and generous sponsor!
For my card today, I have used a darling digital set from Clear Dollar Stamps.
My card is for a dear friend who is moving into a new home very soon! She has been crafting out of boxes, (and doing a better job than I do!), and has moved from one state to another! So, my card is for a new home!
Be sure to head over to the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog, to see Grace's gorgeous creation, and read her thoughts on the scripture she chose.
Without a doubt, you will be uplifted, and given much food for thought for the upcoming week! Can't wait to see your challenge entry!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
I hope that you have a wonderful week...
My Itty-Bitty Blog Candy Winner will be announced on Wednesday!
Thanks to all who have left comments, and shared their cutting secrets with us all!
Hugs and Blessings,
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
I'd love to see YOUR card entered in the challenge this week at Craft Your Passion!!!
I can't wait to see what you create!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great Monday - Patti J.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
All coloring was done with Copic markers. Flowers-Hobby Lobby, Heart Punch-Martha Stewart, Nesties, Dotted DP-The Angel Company, Sakura Starburst Clear Glitter Pen
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
All photos by Small Town Girl
Before I continue with my story, keep in mind that approximately 1 mile from our home is a wonderful no-kill shelter....
DD and I met in a town about 30 min. south of here, and drove from there.
I didn't clock it, but I think it was about a 1.5-2 hour trip each way.
We began on a two lane highway, which turned into a narrow two lane road, complete with one way bridge, which turned into a gravel road, turning into a narrower gravel road with one lane bridge.
The road continued to narrow, the gravel became smaller, and less, and suddenly we were on a mud road.
The mud road then became narrower, until it was very nearly a one lane road.
The last of the directions given to us was to look for the black dented mailbox.
Lol... If I would have had to turn around, I would have needed clean clothes!
(Did I mention how happy I was that I took that restroom break???)
Oh, and did I mention that it was threatening to rain?
Yup, and the water was already up to the edge of the road/er... mud from the last time it had rained!
(Now can you see why I'm glad that I took time to use the restroom???)
Anyway, we had a great day - we laughed a lot, met and fell in love with Rosie, and now DD has a partner in crime!
Rosie was found, nearly dead, and this stray program ended up with her. She is a tough little cookie, which is why she ended up being named Rosie (as in the famous Riveter)!
The stray program took excellent care of her, and she was such a sweetie when we saw her.
There were a total of 42 dogs in this yard, and by the time we left with Rosie, there wasn't an inch of our clothing that wasn't covered in red muddy pawprints and hair of many lengths and colors!
Rosie's first stop after leaving her foster momma was the vet, where DD had her checked out thoroughly.
She's perfect! Her disposition and personality are so sweet, and she is SO smart! Now, I know that being grandma makes me a bit partial, but she really is smart! She is already sitting on command, and with hand signals, she's learning 'down', and knows to sit until DD tells her it's okay to eat when food is put into her dish. She was already totally dedicated to DD by the time we got home last Thursday. Amazing how fast they bonded!
All in all, DH and I are very sure that Rosie is a 'keeper'! We already cannot imagine life without her, and can't wait until next weekend when we get to doggie-sit while DD flies out of state for a half-marathon race! I'm sure you can expect to endure more photos, as she's only 10 lbs. and about 4.5 months old. We'll simply have to update as she grows!
Thanks for being patient, and letting me brag!!!
I'd love to hear what you think about her!!!
Monday, January 3, 2011
Okay, we interrupt the above commercial to bring you official business:
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I was very excited to be invited to be a Guest Designer
Coloring is done with pencils and LOMS, and Sharpie's. Sentiment is from The Angel Company.
I'll be looking forward to seeing YOUR creations! Hop on over and link them up, and I'll be by to see you soon!!!
Well, dear friends - that's all I have for you today.
I wish you all a wonderful 2011, full of happiness and good health.
Hugs and blessings,