Embossed Happy Birthday

Well, folks, here I am! I am not sure I remember how to do this but I am going to post a card I made for a few challenges!!! Hang on tight, and let’s see if I can still do this!!

~~My Card~~

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I made this card using an Swirls embossing folder by Darice  and I stamped images from the Altenew stamp set – Persian Motifs. I embossed them in gold and watercolored them with my “ziggy‘s”. I took a square of cardstock and pressed each of the edges on my Versamark ink pad and then added the embossing powder to it! I layered my watercolored image on this square that was now lined with a gold border. I tore the edge, applied some Versamark ink to that edge and embossed there as well!! I tied some gold cording around the card and knotted it!!

I made this card for ~

Simon Says Stamp Monday ChallengeEmboss It 

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I heat embossed and I dry embossed!! I am 2 for 2!

Seize the BirthdayToppings: Coloring

This is a birthday card – it has an elegant looking Happy Birthday inside the card!

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CAS(E) This SketchCTS # 172

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I turned this sketch sideways – do you see it?

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge# 360

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I used these colors on my Altenew – Persian Motifs card!

THANK YOU so much for joining me today –

I will be back very soon with some Stampin’ Up! sets to give away!! I found them as I cleaned up my craft room and I want them to go to a good home!! Look for a post about that in the next few days!!!

A Favorite Things Party

This year for my birthday I wanted to have a “Favorite Things” Party to celebrate!

I invited 16 people and 12 of them were able to come!

Here is what my invite said explaining how a Favorite Things party works:

Think of something that you LOVE and is your favorite (around $6.00 per item) Bring THREE of that item. We will draw names and everyone will go home with THREE new favorite things. And I will have celebrated my birthday with 16 of my FAVORITE people and learned more about them. What a gift to me!!

I also asked them to email or text me their favorite quote and to wear their favorite color on the day of the party!

When they arrived I had them come to this welcome station and write their name three times on yellow slips of paper for the drawing!

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This station was decorated with my Funshine Care Bear given to me at Christmas time by my granddaughter who picked it out for me because I love “lellow”, paper daisies made by a good friend, and an adorable paper pieced sunshine in a frame made for me by my friend Cynthea! All of these represent some favorite things of mine!!

After they arrived and signed their slips I invited them to have a bite to eat from my Favorite Things dessert and refreshment table – some of the refreshments were the most delightful mini coconut creme pies, YUMMY chocolate cupcakes made for me by my friend Annette even though she could not attend the party – so grateful to her, some amazingly sweet mini chocolate chip cookies, a scrumptious fruit salad, veggies and dip, mini rolls, and candies that were yellow!

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While they munched on their desserts I went around the room and told why each person was one of my favorite people!! When they were done we shared our favorite things and drew names and just really had a great time!!

Here is some of the decor from the party:

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Does the choice of decor surprise you?!?? Nope, it shouldn’t – I still love daisies!!

At the end of the party I almost forgot to give them the favor bags I had prepared for them with a set of 4 cards I had made for each of them (they will feature in a post as soon as I can take pictures of them), a puzzle of rainbow colored cupcakes, Charleston Chew candy stick and some brightly colored pencils!! Here is how they looked all lined up on my fireplace –

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And last but not least, I thought I would share my favorite quote with you – This is the kind of person I strive to be, and the reason why I create beautiful things to show people I care!!

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So, there you go, my Favorite Things Party!! I really want to share some other things with you but I am having some stress because over the last few months my craft room has become the drop place for several things. My picture taking area is covered with things to sort and put away – but I am working on it and will share the cards I made for this favor soon!!

Hope you all have a wonderful day and that you find time to create something beautiful to show someone you care!!

It’s Here – A Tuesday Giveaway

Today marks the first of 8 giveaways that I will be doing for the month of October –

I am celebrating my BLOGAVERSARY!!!!

Sometimes I will have a card in my post but today I just have the prize and

the GET TO KNOW YOU QUESTION!!!!

Here is today’s prize:

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And The QUESTION is….

When you need a little pick-me-up, what is your treat/drink/dessert of choice????

My answer is a drink called a Missionary from a Soda place here in town called SWIG – it is a mix of Sprite, Tiger’s Blood, and Coconut Creme – DELICIOUS!!! I also would want one of their sugar cookies in my other hand!!!! =]

You have until Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 10 pm (Mountain Standard Time) to leave me an answer to this question!!! I will let Random.org choose a winning comment and I will post the winner of this prize and the one I offer on Thursday by noon (MST) Saturday, October 10th, 2015!

Can’t wait to know you better!!!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

Happy World Card Making Day to YOU!!!

What a WONDERFUL day – 

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I wanted to wish you an awesome day and remind you that this is going on:

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And you can find all the ways to Participate HERE!!!

While you are making cards today think about creating a card based on my Mood Board and then pop it into the mail to me!! Info HERE!! Remember – Sending me a card based on any of these images gets you 5 entries in the Grand Prize Giveaway at the end of the month!!

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I wish you much LOVE & JOY today as you do what you love – CARD MAKING!!!!

Have a HAPPY & BEAUTIFUL day!!!

The Hop to Stop!!!

My BLOGAVERSARY is going on now – See more info HERE !!

If you’re wondering why everything (at least that’s Becca’s hope) in the blogosphere is turning purple… there IS a reason – the Hop to Stop is here!

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You see, purple is the color of National Domestic Violence Awareness month.
1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence over the course of their lifetimes.
Let that sink in – 33% of all the women you meet.
And women aren’t the only people who are affected! Women, men, transgender – gender doesn’t matter. Domestic violence is something that exists regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, religion, education level, etc.
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And yet, it’s something that is rarely talked about in very public ways. It’s something that’s hidden and hushed. And since papercrafters are some of the most amazing people out there, some of you have agreed to make a card (or cards) to raise awareness for this issue.  Together, we CAN make a powerful impact.

Speaking of amazingly awesome – ^^^ Do you SEE that graphic above?! These are all the incredible companies who’ve agreed to support this blog hop. 14 companies and over $500 in prizes! WE can’t thank them enough!
THE RULES (oh those pesky things…)
If you’d like to participate in the Hop to Stop, here’s how it works:
1 – Make a card that FEATURES purple
2 – Link it up HERE before October 14, 12noon CST
3 – New creations only please, no backlinking allowed
4 – Provide a link back to the Hop! (it would be great if you put the badge in, too!)
5 – You MUST comment on at least the 3 entries before you to be eligible to win (be a good neighbor) buuuuuuut visiting the sponsor blogs/shops is HIGHLY encouraged. (hey – they are pretty generous and it would be great if we could thank them! There might even be an extra special top-secret prize in it for someone – wink* wink*)
All the information and INSPIRATION you need is at Becca’s Blog!!
I am so touched by her beauty and her amazing efforts for this purpose!!!


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My card – made for this incredible purpose – The Hop to Stop:
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I used so many things from my PURPLE embellishment basket and added a sentiment and some PURPLE scrap papers from my box – I used an embossing folder to create the swirly background on the white paper!! Square die cuts were used and a banner die cut for the sentiment!!
My card is also joining these other challenges:
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I turned the sketch upside down for my card!!
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EVERYTHING on my card is from my stash that I have had for so long!!
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I used 3 different dies on this card – 2 sized squares and the banners!
I Hope you will go over to Becca’s Blog and join us in the Hop to STOP!!!!
Wishing you a BEAUTIFUL day!!!

It’s Coming!!! My 4 year Blogaversary Celebration starts soon!!!

Hello to all, I am feeling sluggish as I make a reappearance to the bloggy world!!  And very chagrined to realize it is the start of my 4th year blogging not the END of my 4th year blogging!! Darn Math!! I counted the years I have been blogging – they are 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 – that equals 4 years!!

Cause for Celebration, RIGHT?!?!!!!!  

I think it is and NOW as promised HERE are the details about my BLOGAVERSARY!!!

All of these details will be HERE at the top of my blog!!

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It has been 3 years since I started blogging!! My 4th year starts in October!!! I am amazed at myself for how far I have come!! Here are some stats –

Year 1 of blogging  I managed 29 posts between Oct 21, 2012 to Oct 21, 2013

Year 2 of blogging I did 63 posts between Oct 22, 2013 to Oct 16, 2014

Year 3 of blogging I made 205 posts between Oct 30, 2014 to Sept 29, 2015

AND YEAR 4 promises to be my biggest yet!!! I HOPE I can reach the 500 posts mark!!

SO TO CELEBRATE I AM:

Posting my first BLOGAVERSARY post on Monday, October 5th – All the fun mentioned below can be done anytime AFTER OCTOBER 1RST!!

Having Tuesday and Thursday Giveaways all during October starting on the 6th and going until the 29th!! 8 prizes will be given away!! To enter there will be a get to know you question for you to answer!! Easy, huh?? And each weeks winners will be announced on the Saturday of October following them!

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I am offering 3 GRAND PRIZES that can be won at the end of the month by doing any of these 3 things to get entries into the drawing!! Pictures to come soon!!!

# 1 –  (5 entries) Study this Mood board, make me a card and send it to me at the address specified HERE!! It must be postmarked by October 31rst to qualify!! You have the whole month of October to create and mail a card!! I will do a feature on each of the Sundays of October showing the cards I have received that past week – that way you will know I received yours!! Plus if you have a blog – I will be giving you a shout out!!

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Under the BLOGAVERSARY tab above my address will appear here under the mood board!!

Things I love – DAISIES, bright and happy colors, rainbows, crayons and ALL school supplies, fresh fruit and SUGAR cookies!!! I hope you will find something to love about my mood board!!!

# 2 (3 entries) Add this badge to your sidebar to help spread the word about my celebration!! Make Sure to link it up to this post http://daisiesgirl.com/blogaversary/! It needs to be up for at least one week – so have it on your side bar by October 24th!! When sharing with others about this (if you feel so inclined) then please use this link – Daisies Girl Blogaversary

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# 3 (1 entry) Be a follower of my blog via email, or Bloglovin – let me know how you follow me in a comment!! I would love to know how long you have been following me and how you first found me and became a follower!!!

Thank you, THANK you for all of your support and encouragement!! I am grateful to be a part of this little corner of the crafty bloggy world!!!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

A Trio of Leaves

I was able to create a CAS – One Layer card this afternoon by doing some masking!!

This is what I created:

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First, I die cut a rectangle out of chipboard, then I stamped the two leaves on a post-it note and cut them out for masks!! I took the negative of the rectangle and a leaf mask and sponged the Certainly Celery in the center! Then I used the rectangle diecut and the negative and the leaf so I could sponge Ruby Red in that area!! Next, I did the same thing using Pumpkin Pie! After I had sponged all the rectangles I stamped the leaves into the empty spaces – trying my best to line them up perfectly (NOT) but I think it looks good!! The Set I used is an SU! set called Fall Fun!! Last thing I did was use an American Crafts Gold pen to draw a light line around each rectangle!! This actually looks like the idea I had in my mind – Yippee!! So glad!!

I an linking this card up to these challenges:

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge # 283 

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This was obviously the inspiration for the 3 rectangles and their arrangement!!

“Just Us Girls” Challenge#307 Photo Week 

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Here is where the fall leaves and colors come into the design!

AAA Cards Challenge #46 Maskerade

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There was MUCH masking involved in the making of this card!

CAS-ual Fridays  – CFC # 142 Pretty Patterns

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I like the Pretty Pattern my little leaf trio makes in their rectangles!!

I can’t believe I pulled this off!! One layer and CAS are sometimes very hard for me!!

You will have to let me know what you think – I will look forward to hearing from you!!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

Tulips

***My Giveaway Winner is posted HERE***

I have always loved tulips – I love them almost as much as daisies but not quite!!

So today I watercolored this card:

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I used 2 stamp sets from STAMPlorationsSentiment Builders: Happy and Sketched Tulips

I started with a Melon Mambo A2 top folding card – I diecut a rectangle for my image out of watercolor paper!!

Stamped the image with the  Versafine – Onyx Black  inkpad and used Clear ultra fine embossing powder.

Colored image in with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and a Zig Detailer Watercolor brush!

I took the Happy and the birthday sentiment and stamped with Melon Mambo directly onto the card base!! I did use a piece of craft foam to raise my image up!!

This card is linking up to these challenges:

The ABC ChallengeP is for Pretty in Pink

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Try Stampin on Tuesday Challenge #231 Sketch & Watercolour

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I opted for the rectangle for my image instead of a tag! If it is too big of a stretch I understand!!

Crafting By DesignsAugust Anything Goes Challenge

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STAMPlorations Blog CASEplorations August

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And this lovely card by Shirley Bampton is the card I CASEd

STAMPlorations Blog – Anything Goes Challenge

This card is going out in tomorrow’s mail to a very awesome blogger I know!!

I love having you visit and I TOTALLY appreciate you!!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

Winner, Winner & Gold Butterfly

I know you have all been anxiously awaiting this post, so without further adieu —

Your LUCKY winner chosen by Random.org is:

Nora Noll of A Creative Touch

Congratulations!!!

Nora – send me an email with your mailing address and store choice and I will get your prize sorted out right away!!!

I will be having another giveaway in a few weeks so stay tuned for that!!

I appreciate you all so much – and I wondered if since you were here you might tell me what you thought of my first Minc. card!

I made it using the Minc. I won from an awesome artist/blogger friend (and someone I really admire) named Payel of BeauMonde Designs

Here it is:

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I used gold foil in my Minc with one of the diecuts that comes with it and this is what I came up with!! Embossed background is swirls – not sure who it is by! A Black circle gives the butterfly with the golden wings a place to rest!!

I am linking this card up to the following challenges:

Sweet Sunday Sketch Sketch Challenge # 277

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“Just Us Girls” Challenge # 301 Trend Week – use Gold

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My Favorite Things Summer School Session 2: Gallon, Quart, Pint 

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I used this method in determining my colors – Gallon:White/Quart:Black/Pint:Gold

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – challenge: Anything Goes 

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So, whaddaya think? Looks pretty golden, huh??

It was fun and could become addictive!! Oh, no!!! Not another crafty addiction!!

Anyways – I wish you a BEAUTIFUL day!!

“Corny” Treats for my Friends

Here is the last post about my Retreat!!

For each day we were there I made them a treat with a note!!

For Wednesday – 

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A plastic tube with Swedish fish and gummi worms!! A second picture shows the whole thing –

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For Thursday – 

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Bag of M & M’s with a complimentary note!!

For Friday –

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A tiny cello bag with a cute topper made from this die over at Avery Elle! Filled with yummy mini gummi bears!

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For Saturday – 

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A little thought with a couple of glow sticks to remind them to glow and be a light for others!!

And there you go – That was our retreat!!

I think it was fun and we all seemed to enjoy ourselves and get a few things done!!

I am grateful for all the friends I have that enrich my life!! I appreciate EACH one of them, near and far!!

Because of the gratitude I have for you and how LUCKY I feel to know you –

***I AM HAVING A GIVEAWAY***

I am giving away this Avery Elle Stamp Set AND a $15.00 Gift Certificate to a store of choice for

ONE of My LUCKY followers!!

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You need to comment on ALL 4 of my Retreat posts – this is # 3

AND be a follower of my Blog!!

You will have until Wednesday, July 15th to comment and Winner will be announced on Thursday, July 16th!!

Thank YOU so much for being a friend and making my day with your visits!!!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!