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!!

CASEing Kelly Blog Hop

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Welcome to this very special Blog Hop that has been put together for the amazingly talented and oh-so-sweet Kelly Latevola 

This hop is comprised of a group of crafters each saying “thank you” to Kelly for all her generosity and kindheartedness. In Kelly’s CASEing Genius posts, she always takes THREE cards from the designer she is CASEing, and makes ONE card inspired by those three cards. I was featured by Kelly back in June of this year – you can see that post HERE! We were each invited to so the same with 3 of Kelly’s cards.  
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These are the 3 Kelly cards I chose – The first one inspired me to use a yellow strip down the side and to add sequins! The second card had me reaching for a girl stamp to add – and I also decided I wanted my yellow strip to be plaid like the green behind the beautiful girl Kelly colored!! And in my mind I turned the last card on it’s side and added my sentiment in the white space!!

Here is how my CASE of the beautiful, wonderfully sweet Kelly went:

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I love the saying on this card – Kelly knows how to add BEAUTY to every day!!!

CASEing Kelly Sponsors

What is a blog hop without some fun prizes?! Leave a comment by 11:59 pm EDT on Thursday, October 29th along each stop in the hop to increase your chances of winning a prize from one of our sponsors: a2z Scrapbooking, Altenew, Create a Smile Stamps, Dee’s Artsy Impressions, djkardkreations, Hero Arts, Ink Road, Lia Stampz and Simon Says Stamp,! Winners will be notified by email after October 29th.

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Amy Tsuruta

Ardyth Percy Robb

Brandi Hall

Char Kochensparger

Cindy Chiu

Darnell Knauss

Dawn Turley

Debra James

Deepti Malik

Donna Idlet

Elizabeth Campau

Ellen Haxelmans

Heather Ruwe

Jennifer Loftfield

Joan Bardee

Kara Vrabel

Kara-Lynne

Kathy Wade

Katie Gehring

Kristie Goulet

Kristina Beagle

Kymona Tracey

Laura Jane

Leigh Penner

Lin Brandyberry

Linda Trace

Lindsay Amrhein

Lydia Evans

Maria Sabina Raita

Marika Rahtu

Martha Lucia Gomez

Michele Cunningham

Michele Ferguson

Michelle Lupton

Michelle Williams

Monica Maier

Niki G.

Nina-Marie Trapani

Rubeena Naz

Shelly Kurth

***Taunya Butler*** YOU ARE HERE!!

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I want to say THANK YOU to all these incredibly talented and lovely ladies – It is TRULY an honor to be among them!!! How grateful I am for this opportunity!!!

Thank you for joining us in this incredible hop!! We are so thrilled to thank Kelly in this way!!!

I  am also hosting a BLOGAVERSARY celebration this month – click HERE for more info – lots of cool, fun prizes to be won – including my 4th Tuesday giveaway!!

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!!

My LOST Mojo + A Giveaway

Oh, Hello there!! I am looking for my Mojo – have you seen it? No, me neither!!!

But if you do see it could you please mark it “Return to Sender” and add ASAP and PRIORITY as well –

maybe I will get it back in time for me to make my Design Team cards!!!

This past little while I have felt so off and not able to create anything that really makes me smile and/or puff out my chest in PRIDE!!!

This afternoon I decided to go back through my posts from this past Summer and pick 5 of them that DID make me smile and feel proud!!

Here they are – in no special order:

# 1 – YOU are so Cool

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# 2 – Navy, Coral & White

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# 3 – USA Popsicles

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# 4 – Newton Enjoys Summer

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# 5 – Five flowers

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Did you notice anything similar about all of these? Yep. ME TOO!!!

I watercolored on EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.

I guess I like doing that and I am going to see if that is the trail that will lead to my LOST MOJO!!!

Now – if you were paying attention – you might have noticed the word GIVEAWAY in the title of this post!!

Well – let me give you the DEETS, the 411, on this GIVEAWAY of mine!!

To be eligible to win the prize of a $25.00 Gift Certificate to the store of WINNERS choice then you need to:

A – Be a follower of my blog either through email or Bloglovin’

B – Tell me which of these cards 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 is your favorite in a comment

And C – find the date that the card you chose was posted by looking back through my posts for June, July and August – tell me that date along with the number of your favorite card!!

And lastly – Smile and have a BEAUTIFUL day, and oh, yea – send my mojo back iffin you see it!!

I am going to leave this open until Monday, August 24th – and I will let Random.org pick a winner and I will announce that lucky person on Tuesday, August 25th by noon

While you are visiting, I would like to invite you to be one of my Happy Mail members – for info on that please click HERE!

Nothing makes me happier than sending out mail to others – I apologize to those of you whose birthday I am late on – I seem to be a little lost right now – but I AM GONNA GET MY GROOVE BACK!!!

I am so glad you came by and I really hope you enjoyed your visit!!!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

“POP”ping In!!

 

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Kathy Says – Hello Friends! How are you? Today I have some news, dates and a giveaway. Since my third “30 Day Coloring Challenge” won’t start until October 1st. I wanted another way to share with you in a fun & trendy way with a new concept called “Pop Up Challenge” My Pop Up Challenges will be in between my 30 Day Coloring Challenges.

The FIRST Pop Up Challenge dates are AUGUST 14th – 17th It will be four days of fun, videos and prizes :) 

She also adds that her Pop Up Challenges will have a surprise theme and will happen randomly throughout the year. They will be for a shorter period of time and will be condensed with lots of content.

Just wanted to share about this and let you know so you could join in if you want to!!!

As for me – this week feels so crazy busy, I might not get creative time at all this week –  makes me sad but I am up to my neck in eye doctor appointments, school registrations and back to school shopping and readiness!!

If I don’t see you here for a few days then it is because I am so crazy busy – I actually have DT and Guest DT assignments Wednesday and Thursday but other than that I have no new projects to share!!

You might still get visits from me if there is wi-fi at the Doctor’s office – I can comment on some blogs from my phone!!

I will try to see you very soon!!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!
Be sure to stop by Kathy’s blog to see what’s up!!

I’ve Been CASEd!!

Oh, boy!!! I am so super excited to be able to say this –

I have been CASEd by Kelly Latevola of You & Your Big Dreams!!

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I am afraid that EXCITED does not even begin to express my emotions – I feel so honored to have garnered her attention and to have her interest in CASEing me this way!! SO fun and I am just so thrilled AND humbled and grateful!!!

Kelly is a remarkable lady who creates magic with colors and paper – I admire her ability to transform the ordinary with bursts of fabulous, bright and vivid hues of the rainbow and her one of a kind, excellent card design and styling!!

But this is not all, I have found Kelly to be one of the nicest, sweetest bloggers out there!! I mean, just look at how she focuses on the talents of others once a week when she does this feature!! And, I always laugh and smile so big, while reading her blog – she tells it like it is and with such humor!!

Thank You, Kelly, for the privilege of knowing you, admiring you, and being CASEd by you!!!!

I thought while you were here I would share a card I CASEd from Pinterest –

You can find the card that inspired me HERE

And here is my version in several different colors —

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I used Bohemian Garden from Ellen Hutson to stamp the flower on Tim Holtz watercolor paper! I used a Versamark Inkpad and embossed it in gold!

Colored them in with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and a Zig Detailer Watercolor brush – fussy cut them out and added them to my cards! Along with pieces of vellum!

The Smile diecut is from Little Yellow Bicycle and purchased at Hobby Lobby!  I cut them out of colors that were similar to the flowers and then added glossy accents to them!! Finally I used a mini stapler to help the words stay put!!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU for coming by – If you are new to my blog – WELCOME!!!

I love having you visit!

I am so glad you came by – hope you are having a BEAUTIFUL day!!!

You know what would make MY day more BEAUTIFUL would be to have you  follow my blog via email or bloglovin’ AND IT would put a HUGE SMILE on my face if you joined my Happy Mail group (info in the tab up at top of my blog by my Home page tab)- I love sending out surprises and cards to people in my group!! And I do a Giveaway Once a Month for my readers!!

Anyways give it some thought – I’l love to have you!!

12 Days of Doodlebug – Day 7

~If you missed DAY 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 of  the 12 Days of Doodlebug – click here or here or here or here or here or here~

Welcome to Day 7 of the 12 Days of Doodlebug

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I am so excited about this 12 day series that I am doing here on my blog – I LOVE DOODLEBUG and I have been a user and collector for the past 15 years!! Anything made by them delights and excites me – I love their bright, happy colors and incredibly cute icons and borders they make!! I thought doing this series would be a perfect way for me to lead up to and celebrate my birthday with you – There will be prizes – more on that at the end!!

For today I am going to share some Doodlebug Treat Pockets

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This cute pocket/bag was made using this thinlets set from Stampin’ Up!

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All of those lovely pieces come in this set – amazing, huh?!!

I made 3 bags/pockets for this post and all of the papers sadly are from my stash and not available anywhere – that I could find when I searched.  But the closest thing I could come to (as a possible match) was the papers from the SUGAR SHOPPE collection that one of you will win some of!!!  Here are some pictures:

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This collection is so cute and so very fun!! Yummy looking, too!!!

Here are two more bags/pockets I made –

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In each case I cut 1  – 6 by 6″ square of cardstock for the big piece of the bag, and a 6″ by 3″ piece for the second part of the bag. Then I used the two biggest diecuts in the set to cut the parts out!!  I enjoyed learning how to make the bags by watching this video – on You Tube by Stampin’ Up!

For the bottom two bags – I cut about 1/2′ in to the bags sides so that I could fold down that front edge!! Gives it another fun look!! I used various pieces of the thinlets and a SU! banners set to cut out of scrap paper the pieces that I used to “cute” up my bags!!

For the top bag – I made it to hold a small birthday gift and wanted the card to be with it so I cut cards to match and using a tab punch I made this card that can slip inside too with your treat, gift or gift card!!

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I added a brad and a Fancy Frill sticker to it to make it cute!! Now I can write  a note on this card and then slip it inside!!

Oh Boy, I feel like I have shown you SO MUCH today – I hope you enjoyed it!!!

I hope you are seeing what amazing things you can do with Doodlebug Products!!

I have several Doodlebug Pinterest Boards – you can check them out here – and YES, my boards are mostly in alphabetic order – so go down to the D section in my page of boards!!

Alrighty – I mentioned prizes – YEP I sure did!!!

The Prizes I will be giving away are pictured here –

A Corner Chomper

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a $25 gift certificate to any store (on-line or walk-in)

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 This  Stampin’ Up! stamp set

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An Avery Elle mini stamp with die

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My Sweet, super amazing friend, Cynthea Sandoval, who is the creator of Doodlebug Designs sent me a prize of Doodlebug products to give to one of you lucky winners!!! So super excited and I appreciate her support so much!!!

It is $40 worth of items from this Birthday collection:

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++++PLUS – I have found some duplicates of brand new Doodlebug Items in my stash that I am going to share – so there will be a couple more prizes to win!! Yippee for hoarding, right?!?!!!++++

Here’s how you can win: Visit my blog and comment on as many of my Doodlebug posts as you can/want!! 1 comment per person per post!  The more posts you comment on, the more chances you have to win!  I will use Random.org to determine the lucky winners!!

Winners will be announced by 12 noon MST on Monday, April 13th!!!

Do you want to go shopping ??? Duh, who wouldn’t???

In case you were wondering how to get your hands on some Doodlebug cuteness  – I wanted to mention that there are some on-line stores that I shop at to find Doodlebug Design items!

I shop at A Cherry on Top and Scrapbook.com and Paper Issues!

If you shop at A Cherry on Top and they asked who referred you – I would love it if you put my name down – you earn points for people referred to them!! I love this site because they get the NEW stuff FAST and then you can get it!!! **grin** So, I just ordered all the new Mini Doilies in all the Doodlebug colors!!! YEP – I am so excited!! I got 15% off my order – shipping too by using the code SPRING15 – that deal is good until TODAY April 7th!!!  And Paper Issues carries a lot of the smaller items of Doodlebug – they don’t carry a lot of 12 by 12 stuff!! They do package things up pretty and are fun to shop with!!!   I also wanted to add that Archivers Annex has a lot of exclusive kits of Doodlebug products go here to see them – Happy shopping!!!!

Hope you have a bright, sunny and beautiful day!!!

Light It Up Blue Blog Hop – Winner from my blog

~ DoubleClick Skittles post is here ~

~If you missed DAY 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 of  the 12 Days of Doodlebug – click here or here or here or here or here~

I am popping in this morning to announce my winner for the

Light It Up Blue Blog Hop

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My winners have been chosen by random.org – There were 53 comments  – So I decided to do 2 winners!!!

So the winners are –

# 23  Viki B 

# 28 Michele K Henderson

Congratulations Viki and Michele!! Please send me an email soon with your mailing address so I can get your prize mailed out to you!!

Thanks for coming by and Thank you ALL so much for the great hop and all the fun and sweet comments that you left here on my blog!!!

Have an awesome day!!!