Sunday, October 31, 2010

Creative Inspirations DT- Glitter, Glamour, Girly

For the next two weeks at Creative Inspirations we want to see creations that are:

Glittery, Glamour(y), & Girly

Is Glamoury even a word?
Well it is now!
I used an image from the Paper Cupcake store called "For the love of Lipstick".
I specifically made this card with my daughter in mind, thus the one of a kind orange color in the image. Also, the sentiment describes her to a "T" when she has lipstick on her little lips. She 's 9 & LOVES to look good. Don't worry, no lipstick to school for my little angel!! heehee

There's a shot of all that glittery goodness!!
The sketch is from Stamps R Us . I flipped it!
The large flowers are misc with mini WOC flowers inside.
Charm is a Wal-Mart Special!
The scallop pink trim down the center is from Really Reasonable Ribbons.

We hope to see you this week at Creative Inspirations.

Other Challenges for my card:

Papertake Weekly- sparkly & bright
ABChallenge- G for Glitter
Stamp Something- something pink

Thursday, October 28, 2010

TOPS & CAS Christmas

Woo HOO! I got a top spot at Some Odd Girl .
Check out their new blinkie!! (it's on my sidebar too)

Some Odd Girl

 for my Tiny Tia card here.


I also got a second place finish at Karen's Doodles Challenge blog for distressing with this card HERE!


I've also been asked to be a GDT for a new challenge.
Stay tuned for my cards for that one.
Which Challenge, you ask?
You'll just have to check back to find out!!


Sneak Peak at our Halloween bags we did last night.
180 bags.
180 happy trick or treaters.



 I think this is my last card for this week.
I have been such a busy beaver making cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive....I'm taking next week off, so don't expect too much from my blog next week, ok? Got it? Do u understand (as I always say to my 3 yr old, who understands for about 2 seconds- haha- god love him! ).

I used the sketch from the Clean & Simple Challenge blog. I tried my bestest to be CAS. Although I distressed, added ribbon and heat embossed.....this is as simple as I get.
I have sent this beauty off to Vera at the Caring Hearts Card Drive as well. That's 5 cards for them.Follow the link to find out more about it!

I am entering my card into the Bah Humbug Challenge of Elegance & the Fab'n'Funky Challenge of CAS. 
Creative Cottage wants embossing & I have done tons of heat embossing with the images and sentiment. 
At Tuesday Throwdown they want your sentiment to be the main focus and I THINK mine is?!?
And Sentimental Sundays wants distressing.  

Also there's a Christmas Challenges out there for Stampavie & more.

Okay folks. I have a couple DT cards coming up on Sunday & Monday. So we'll see you then!!

Tata for now!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Digi's with Attitude!

Click HERE if you are looking for the Caring Hearts Blog Hop.


I don't know how the weather is in your neck of the woods, but here it is RAINY, RAINY, WINDY, RAINY. I feel achy and I have a stuffed up nose! I just feel like sleeping all day, but with a baby, a toddler & a 9 yr old, that is just not happening....mind you, the oldest one is at school and the two younger ones nap at 1 pm.......looks like momma will take a nap too!!

A great new challenge called Digis with Attitude! (don't forget the exclamation point) made a debut recently and to lauch they had a prize of digis from their store
I got some cute little Grumpy Gretchen's & some sentiments from the Digi's with Attitude! Store.
I just love the looks on their faces. At first I didn't know what to make of them but the more I look at them, the more I realize we all look like this whether we know it or not, especially ME!!
I can honestly say I DO NOT walk around with a smile on my face 24/7,so these little images are perfect for me! lol

I digress, Digis with Attitude!  are currently having a blog hop with great prizes! The theme of this weeks challenge to co-inside with the hop is 'Girls Nite Out! Bling it on!' .
I have used the image Grumpy Gretchen Martini, cuz she's out on the town man!!
Sketch is Sketch & Stash & as noted above this image & sentiment are new for me, as is the little high heel shoe charm! Isn't it cute?
 I made a little ribbon flower with a button center & you can see it on the lower left hand side of my card.

I think Gretchen looks Grumpily-Satisified sitting there drinking her martini, dont you!??!

Other Challenges for my card:

Paper Sundaes- a natural woman
Marks Finest Paper- punch (for the sentiment)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wee Christmas & a New Challenge Blog launch with candy!!

Whilst participating in the Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop  that is on until Wednesday Oct 27....(my card for this can be found here, or keep scrolling down)...I came across another challenge blog that I just HAD to get in on. It is called Wee Memories & they are also teaming up with the Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop.
The challenge at Wee Memories is Cute Holiday Project!
I have chosen this cute little hAnglar & stAnglar image that was 'sent' to me & now I am 'sending' it forward to the Caring Hearts Card Drive . This will be card #3 I've made especially for this drive, but I will be sending more cards for sure!
For details on the card drive (not the hop) click here or click the hearts on my right sidebar.

Sketch is Friday Sketchers.
I have used my fav. color technique of watercolor pencils, baby oil & blending stumps.
Papers are misc., except for the piece of BG stuck in there .
Sentiment tag is from 'Sentiments 4 You'.
Flowers are WOC.
Pin is homemade.
Red raffia lace I got from Bunny Zoes Crafts Store & the glittery red ric-rak, striped bow & soft candycane-like baker's twine (don't let the name fool you, it is supa soft) are all from Really Reasonable Ribbons.

I urge you to check out the card drive and participate in the blog hop if you get a chance.
Both of these have prizes involved, if that encourages you to take part!!
Heck while your at it, do the Wee Memories Challenge as well.

Other challenges for my card:
Pile it on- red, white & green with something soft
Christmas Cards Challenge- include flowers on your card
The Crafty Pad- Christmas
CSAYL- something metallic
Mami Doodles- Christmas/Thanksgiving (adjunct Vera's Card Drive)


Now what about that new challenge blog
It is called "Do it with Digi's"

This is what the founder, Lynne of  Stamp Around the Block has to say: 

"I'm here with some very, very, very, exciting news!!! On 1st December I am launching a new Challenge Blog DO IT WITH DIGI'S. I have assembled an absolutely fantastic Team of "Digi Divas" to delight you with their creations and they are all raring to go!!
We will launch on Wednesday 1st December with some very yummy blog candy.. Mmmmmm :o)
Blog candy will end on Midnight GMT on 31st December and the winner will be announced on 1st January 2011.
Our first challenge will begin on Thursday 6th January 2011 and will be a fortnightly challenge - we have some fabulous sponsors lined up with some great prizes for you :o)
I will also be popping in and out with some "FREEBIE" digi sentiments :o)
If you pop over now - the blog is up and running but still a work in progress - but you can become a follower and then when we update it and blog candy launches you will be notified.
We are all soooo excited for this and hope you will be too."

Lynne owns & operates the digi store "Sentiments 4 You" & I am proud to say that Lynne has asked me to be part of her team & I have graciously accepted.
She has some great sentiments in her store (including the tag I used on the card above) & is definitely worth checking out!
I also got my signature at her store, if you need one, hop over & take a look.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Totally Tilda DT- Pink & Pearls


So many wonderful creations for the Traditional Christmas Challenge....I don't envy anyone for having to pick the top spots for that one!!!

Now onto our next challenge going on for the next two weeks at Totally Tilda........


Make sure you have a Tilda image front & center on your creations & let's not be chinsy with the color pink & the elements of pearls ok?!!?! We want it to look like a  pink billboard full of pearls at the Totally Tilda site with all the pink & pearly thumbnails we will see!!!

Here's my creation. A smaller than normal card with various shades of pink & a white doily with pink & gold ribbon laced around it.  Also a little 2X2 box with a pink wire ribbon rose with, yes, you guessed it, a pearly center!!
Heck Tilda even has pearls on her pockets and boots!!

With all this glorious work, who would've even noticed I placed my embossed paper on the card upside down!! haha!!

Of course, Tilda is just not Tilda without some sparkly bling!!!

Hope to see you at the Totally Tilda Challenge cuz the prize is amazing!!! Go check it out!

And don't forget in on the Totally Tilda Halloween Special here until Oct 31!!!

Challenges for my card:
Just Magnolia- think pink
Craft Your Days Away- 1 circle, 2 papers, 3 ribbons
Crafty Sentiments- anything but a card
Hodge Podge shop (21)- monochromatic
Southern Girls (21)- glitter it up!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop-----

Welcome to the Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop where the name of the game is "caring" !!

This is stop #9 of 39- Yup it's a long one, so I hope you got some snacks & a bevy cuz we are gonna keep you hopping for a while!
If you came here from the crafty Cassie's blog, then you are on the right track.
Your next stop will be the dynamic Donna's blog.
If you stumbled across my blog by accident or good fortune today & wish to participate in this amazing blog hop, pls start at the beginning here!


Whilst I was looking for challenges the other day, I stumbled across this blog that had an amazing thing going on......a card drive to collect CHRISTMAS, THANKSGIVING & HOLIDAY WISHES cards to send to elderly people living in care homes & assisted living complexes.

This drive is inspired by Vera's mom who said,
"Sometime as much as the elderly understand that it might be necessary for them to live in care center or nursing homes, it's still not an easy thing to be away from your family or being away from their home. It can be lonely and some of them might not even have anyone who would visit them. Would be nice if you can get a bunch of cards send to them".

Vera is hoping to collect cards & have them in her hand by November 15 in order to get them arranged for delivery for the appropriate holidays! She is giving away prizes, as well, for each card you send, the more times your name goes into the draws....................

For more information on this (ie- address of how & where to send your card, what to write inside the card, inventory list of sent items, etc)....... PLEASE CLICK HERE!


Dont' forget to continue hopping first, cuz
--some of the stops along the way are offering some candy of their own!!!
--and there are (random draw) prizes for those who participate and leave comments along the way!!

You don't wanna miss that!!!

My creation is a Thanksgiving card, specifically for a man.
If there is one thing I know, it's that there are never enough homemade cards for men, so this is my contribution to all the little old men out there!
The image is a freebie from Karen's Doodles & the sentiment I made on my computer.
I used my SU punch to punch out the sentiment & my fiskars corner punch to shape the corner of the picture & back blacking paper.
I used my new MS punch to punch the bottom of the orange & black paper....speaking of which, this paper is actualy a halloween digital design which I downloaded from the Bearly Mine Designs! There are a TON of beautiful digital papers over there that you need to check out, when you are done hopping here!!
The off-white Jute ribbon & the shimmery Satin Apple green ribbon are from Really Reasonable Ribbons!
The two flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

This is my CTMH personalized stamp I always stamp the back of my creations with. Isn't it pirdy!!

NOW get hopping. you have a long way to go!!

Challenges for my card:
Stamp Something- digital image
The Stampman- Cards for Men
Simon Says Stamp- give thanks
Baby Bud designs- fall/halloween
Creative Belli Blog- pumpkins
Karen's Doodles- distress it

Friday, October 22, 2010

Fussy & Fancy DT- Winter Wonderland

For the next two weeks at Fussy & Fancy we want to see a :


C'mon get into your creative center & show us your version of a winter wonderland!
It is a winter scene, is it a winter recipe, is it mystical/magical christmas, is it snowflakes.....what is YOUR winter wonderland?!

Our sponsor for this challenge is Stitchy Bear Stamps & the winner will get 5 digis from their store.

I have used a number of different elements for my card. 
First of all, the mailbox you see is a digi from Stitchy Bear Stamps called "Got Mail". 
I have paired it up with an Edwin image I got sent to me as a RAK from my blogger friend Vix. 
How cute is Edwin delivering letters to that mailbox. 
I also created a Winter Scene by stamping my (newly arrived) Magnolia Tree stamp. I masked the tree stamp numerous times & then I actually placed the mask template onto the scene, right beside Edwin. All those cool shades of green on it, makes it an original. 
On the tress I places strings of bling & different color brads as well as liquid applique.

What I did with the applique this time is a bit different than my usualI usual of  putting the liquid applique on & heating it up immediately OR putting it on  & letting it dry naturally. THIS time, on the advice from a fellow DT friend, I let it dry overnight then put the heat gun to it.....
AND WOW.......
.......we got snow!!! I LOVE IT!!! 
Yup, there's snow on the mailbox too! 
I added a little Happy Holidays sticker as well.  

The die cut shape is from Mrs. Sugar's Die Cut Dreams Store. First time using an oval & it worked perfectly to fit my winter scene!
I stamped snowflakes around the edge of the diecut with my versamark stamp & added white embossing powder to them.....and again took out my heat gun to make them POP!!

Then there's the secret tag that is hiding between the die cut layers.
It is a recipe tag.........for homemade hot chocolate!

There's nothing better than a nice cuppa hot chocolate after a walk in MY winter wonderland!!!

The tag shape you see here is from Sentimental Sundays, it was a freebie a couple weeks back.

Please do come by the Fussy & Fancy Challenge blog for a chance to win some great digis!!


Also check out OUR Steel Manolias blog for challenges for my card & for some great candy!!!


Challenges for my card:

Cowgirls Stampen Sunday- create your own background

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Now that I've got your attention, your just gonna have to read my ramblings before I tell you where you have 5 chances to win some FAB candy!!


I was inspired by a fellow blogger I ran across the other day when I was nosying around....Her name is Rach & she is an extremely talented woman who probly needs no introduction at all to most of you. If you get a chance, pls pop over to her blog & have a nosey around will love it there!!

Also another fab friend/fellow blogger/cyberboss & inspiration I have to give credit to is Mrs. Susie Sugar for showing me around her craft haven!

So today I have decided to show you my little piece of heaven!
Since I don't have a little crafty room to call my own, I thought I'd give you a little glimpse into 'where my magic happens'!! Right here at our dining room table!

PIC #1-

when you first enter our dining room this is what you see. My hubbys white cabinet to the left of the window for all his work stuffs and my cabinet is to the right of the window!

PICS #2 & #3-

Picture on top  is a little island where I take pictures of my cards and picture underneath that is the desk, yup, in our dining room again where hubby keeps his business stuffs and I keep the printer & sewing machine! See it underneath there!?! I pull it out when I need to use it.


PIC #4-

This pic is what I have done over the past week & a half. Some of the creations you may have seen, others will be featured on my blog in the upcoming days/weeks. (2 will be posted on my blog tomorrow)

PIC #5-

This is my newly arrived package of materials that I got for winning a gift cert. from Stamping Vacation blog for bringing in the most followers!! Thanks Denise. &  thanks to all of you who became followers & mentioined my name in the process!!  
Confession to make: not ALL of this was from the gift cert......I did spend a little of my own money............ok maybe a lot of my own money!! Ok maybe alot of HUBBY"S money!! lol
I am dying to jump into these papers!!!

PICS #6 &#7

Picture on the top is my embelisshment holder, that hubby so nicely mounted on the wall for me. See my rubbermaid container of stamps off the right there?!?! I have to find a place to hide those!!
The Picture underneath that is my little white cabinet opened up.
I call it "BEING FREE".  (Hence my blog name of Free-4-Ever) lol
And the picture below that is to show you how close the door is to my embellishment container when it is open!!

PICS #8 & #9

This is a stand I have set up underneath the window. As you can see it hold numerous things. Punches, ink pads, paper, nic naks OOOO and yup there you can see a WOC box chalk full of flowers!!!
I got that in the mail yesterday!!
{{I love you honey! Mwah!! heehee}}


At our new 'alter ego' blog  STEEL MAGNOLIA'S there are 5 chances to win!! Maybe more chances for you if you display our blinkie!!

The Steel Magnolias blog represents the friendships of 5 bloggers who share a love for Magnolia stamps. It also coninsides with the move "Steel Magnolias" where 5 good friends share in love, laughter, tears, and hopes for the future......each of us blogger buddies has chosen a person to be from the movie characters, that is why you will see us calling each other by other names. I am Wheeza (from the movie). Susie is Clairee. Lori is M'Lynn, Trisha is Annelle. And Roberta is Truvy.
If you get a chance to watch the movie I highly recommend it!! It is a classic!!

Head on over to check it out! This picture is my offering to one fine winna!!!

That's all for today folks. I will have two posts tomorrow & will be participating in a blog hop on Saturday! Hope to see you then!!

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