BLOGAVERSARY Cards Received # 3

Just a note: I am ok, no big progress made, but I was able to go with a friend to a retreat this weekend – they had a card exchange and I managed to make 2 – I will be showing you those sometime this week!! Thank you SOOOOOOOOO much for all the love, care and positive thoughts you all have been sending my way!! I APPRECIATE you ALL so much!!!

HERE are the cards I received this week – Some of you sweet people sent me a little something too!! I want you to know I APPRECIATE each and EVERY one of you!!!

First card came from the sweet, lovable Becca Cruger of Damsel of Distressed Cards

She sent a card inspired by the daisies and the rainbow of colors!!

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Second card of the week came from the talented Kara Lynne Pogreba of Kara Lynne’s Card Designs

She was inspired by the daisy and she used my favorite color!!!

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Third card I was blessed with this week was from Karen Ladd – she often enters card challenges by way of Flickr – karenladd

She used flowers and bright colors to make me a card!

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Fourth card that brightened my day was from LC Lamothe– a delightful follower!! She leaves the sweetest comments and she sent me a gift card to my favorite soda place – SWIG!!!

She used the bright happy colors and the daisies for her inspiration!!!

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Fifth card came from the lovely Carri of DoubleClick Skittles fame!!

She included some skittles, journaling card and this card full of rainbow colors and crayons!!!

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And the sixth card that cheered me up is from S. Hartl – I was not sure about a blog for her – if you have one, shartl, could you please let me know ASAP and I will highlight it here!

Her darling and fun card was made with my favorite school supplies in mind and it did make me Smile!!

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These 6 ladies have each earned 5 entries into my GRAND PRIZE BLOGAVERSARY GIVEAWAY – If you want to participate 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!! Cards need to be postmarked by Saturday, October 31.

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I want you to know that I THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART for your support and the continued friendship even though I have let you down and am so lacking in my support and encouragement of each of you at this time!! I do appreciate you and I will visit when I feel more able!!

Happy Card-Making and I hope to hear from YOU soon!!!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

BLOGAVERSARY Grand Prizes

I am just popping in to day to let you know all about what I am offering for my GRAND PRIZES for my BLOGAVERSARY celebration!!!!

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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!!

Details BELOW!!!!

# 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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Things I love – DAISIES, bright and happy colors, rainbows, crayons and ALL school supplies, fresh fruit and SUGAR cookies!!!  And I LOVE receiving mail from crafty friends!!! 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 ! It needs to be up for at least one week – so have it on your side bar by October 24th!!

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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!!!

Grand Prize # 1

Firstly, this prize offers the winner a $30.00 Gift Certificate to store (on-line or brick&mortar) of their choice!!

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Grand Prize # 2
Secondly, let’s look at the Tin of Cards Project Kit!  The kit includes all the supplies to make 16 cards, 4 of each design PLUS the striped tin to hold your cards.  I am adding the Tin of Cards stamp set and the following 3 inkpads (recommended for use with this kit) Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, and Mint Macaron

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Grand Prize # 3

Thirdly, this prize consists of items from my favorite Doodlebug Collection – Back To School!!! The following items are included:

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2) Back to School Icon Stickers
3) Back to School Fancy Frills Stickers
4) Colorful Crayons DoodlePops
5) Apple A Day Washi Tape
6) School Sprinkles Shapes
7) Tape Measure Washi Tape
8) Back to School Paper Pad – 6 by 6 paper pad
Remember – My first Tuesday Prize will be offered on the 6th – see you soon!!!
Thank you SO MUCH for your support!!!
Have  a BEAUTIFUL day!!!

Love Notes for Retreat # 2

Before I start this post – I have a confession to make:

I. CAN’T. DO. EVERYTHING.

I told myself I could BUT then found out I lied!!!

I am SO SORRY to have been lacking in the Commenting area – I know that I have not done well with that and have fallen GROSSLY behind!! I am OVERWHELMED and want to just start a fresh, clean slate!! I love all your blogs and love seeing what delights you dazzle us with and sharing with you what I enjoyed makes me happy so I  will try to be better!! Thank you for your understanding!!

On that note, let me add — I am blogging from bed today about my Retreat because I seem to have caught some kind of yucky flu bug!! Luckily pictures are all taken – and all I have to do is the actual post part!! Hope you enjoy Day # 3!

Today I want to share about the Love Notes Kit I made for each person! The idea was to encourage all my friends to notice nice things about each other and then tell them in a little note!

The Love Notes Kit looked like this:

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And on the back – it had a description of what was in each kit:

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And there was also a pen washi taped onto the back

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And I closed it on the front with a mini tag and a black clothespin that I added a twine bow and button to!

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Here are the mint, toothpicks, and chocolate kiss – this is how I bagged them up

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NOW – For the MINI CARDS that went into the kit!!

I made 8 sets of 8 mini cards and I am going to show you 4 of them today!!

A Group photo of the second four cards

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Card # 1 Love You

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This card was made from a diecut from a Pebbles 12 by 12 paper! It was added to a premade card from Michaels along with a pink heart brad!! The size is 3 by 3 inches!

Card # 2 You Make Me Smile

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Also 3 by 3 inches this card features another die cut from the same Pebbles 12 by 12 paper! I had cut some pink cardstock for these cards and used some envelopes that I had! Sequins were added to dazzle it up a bit!!

Card # 3 All You Have to Do is Fly

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I feel so repetitious because this card is ALSO 3 by 3 inches and made with a Pebbles Die cut – layered it on some pink scraps from my scrap box!! I think this 12 by 12 piece of paper that I cut everything from is amazing!! I will post a pic at the end of the post!

Card # 4 Sweet

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Made from a premade tab note – 2 by 3 inch size! I added Gold paper and a wood button from American Crafts that said Sweet on it – I tied some really thin jute twine through the button holes and used a 1″ glue dot to secure it to the card!!

Here is the picture of the sheet of die cuts that I cut up and used from Pebbles, Inc.

12 by 12 paper by Pebbles, Inc - From Me to You from Sunny Side Collection as it appeared before I cut it apart.

12 by 12 paper by Pebbles, Inc – From Me to You from Sunny Side Collection as it appeared before I cut it apart.

Here are all the pieces that I cut from the 12 by 12 paper - From Me to You in the Sunny Side Collection by Pebbles, Inc. 39 cute pieces in all!

Here are all the pieces that I cut from the 12 by 12 paper – From Me to You in the Sunny Side Collection by Pebbles, Inc.
39 cute pieces in all!

There you have it – the last 4 of the mini card sets I created for the Retreat!!

What a treat it was to make these for my friends to use!! They each had a set of 8, of the same design, in their Love Notes Kit!! I love sharing BEAUTIFUL things with those I love and care about!!

I will be back later today with the “corny” treat notes I gave them each day!! Lots of puns and playing on words!!

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!!

Love Notes for Retreat # 1

As promised I am back to tell you a little more about the fun we had at the Retreat!

Today I want to share about the Love Notes Kit I made for each person! The idea was to encourage all my friends to notice nice things about each other and then tell them in a little note!

The Love Notes Kit looked like this:

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And on the back – it had a description of what was in each kit:

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And there was also a pen washi taped onto the back

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And I closed it on the front with a mini tag and a black clothespin that I added a twine bow and button to!

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Here are the mint, toothpicks, and chocolate kiss – this is how I bagged them up

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NOW – For the MINI CARDS that went into the kit!!

I made 8 sets of 8 mini cards and I am going to show you 4 of them today!!

A Group photo of the first four cards –

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Card # 1 You are the Sprinkles on the Cupcake of Life

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Made using 3 by 3 card base and envelope! Used Stampin’ Up!’s new set Sprinkles Of Life stamped images on background papers and cut out with the Tree Builder Punch also from SU! Also fussy cut the cupcake bottom! Added a flower and a pink brad!

Card # 2 “BEE”utiful card

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For this little cutie I used a 2 by 3 card with a matching envelope! A Bumblebee Doodlebug Mini Doily was glued down first, then I stamped images from Lawn Fawn’s Bee Mine stamp set on a white circle that was layered in the middle of the doily!! The beautiful word is from an older, name unknown SU! set! Colored the bee in and added a Wink of Stella to the wings!!

Card # 3 Hello, Friend

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This card is also a 3 by 3 card with envelope – the bases and envelopes were purchased from Michaels’ bargain bins quite awhile ago! And the hello friend square is from a sheet of die cuts made by Pebbles and mentioned here!

Card # 4 “SODA” lightful

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This is another 2 by 3 card – I trimmed a thin piece off the side with zigzag scissors and layered some scrap of blue behind it! Also layered a piece of yellow and stamped the -lightful sentiment in black on it and the hearts in Real Red!!  I used the following YNS products – Happy Meal and Fast Food Fun Sentiments  Stamp sets and the matching Happy Meal Die SetStamped the outline images and sentiment in 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 will be Back soon with my Retreat Post # 3 – more Love Notes!!

What a treat it was to make these for my friends to use!! They each had a set of 8, of the same design, in their Love Notes Kit!! I love sharing BEAUTIFUL things with those I love and care about!!

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 # 2

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!!

Welcome Basket for Retreat

Hello There – I arrived home Saturday around noon from my Women’s Retreat!! I had a wonderful time, and as most of you know I share treats and notes with my fellow retreaters! This year I wanted to change things up a little bit and encourage note writing by everybody. More on that in a while!! But I put together a fun WELCOME basket for each lady!!

Here is my basket:

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What was included in their Blue welcome basket (from Dollar Tree) was the following things:

A Mailbox to receive Love Notes in

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Each person had a mailbox made from a gable box with their name on it! I cut a slit in the top part of the box with an exacto knife and a ruler! A couple of fun buttons and twine were added to jazz it up a little!!

A Love Notes Kit

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More information about this Love Notes kit will be in my next post!! But this is what they looked like from the front!

Tissues

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The tissues were for when we had touching moments and there were lots of those!! The message on them was good for a chuckle from the ladies!!

A Scoop of Chocolate

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And no activity involving women would be complete without CHOCOLATE!!! I had some plastic scoops from the Dollar Tree that I filled with Dove chocolates and Lindt truffles!

Water Bottle w/ drink mix and a straw

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Attached to the water bottle was a drink mix packet (also from Dollar Tree) and a cute yellow straw from a Party Goods store! The patterned paper replaced the regular label and on it it says: H2O and juice to go, with a pretty straw to help it flow, to cure thirst, ya know!!!

We lined them up in the hall way on the main floor next to a big chest that was there! We put some of them on the chest as well!!

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When I say WE I mean myself, and two close friends! We arrived first and were able to set these up before the others got there!!

On the last night we took a picture of all of us – 1 Silly and 1 Regular

Here are the wonderful ladies I spent time with:

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Can you guess which one is me?? Just look for the gal in yellow!!!

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 # 1

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!!

DoubleClick Skittles – Thank You, Teacher

Come join the fun! Thank you or Teacher Card challenge over at DoubleClick Skittles!
Welcome to the DoubleClick Skittles Challenge!

We are in week 1 of our current challenge! Plenty of time to come join the fun!

Welcome to challenge #20 over at DoubleClick!!

Dates: April 15, 2015 – April 28, 2015

Challenge: For a Teacher or Thank You!

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bottle, citrus and frosty kisses Skittles by DoubleClick
Have you checked out all the Skittle Color choices? You can view them all HERE!

I used a Stampin’ Up! stamp set called Crayon Kids – it is SO CUTE!!!

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I stamped up the inside of the card too!!

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And stamped the front and back of the envelope too!!!

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I hope you have a Sunshine-y kind of day!!!

Thanks to you for being Rays of Sunshine for me!!!

 

Card Writing Day

Wow – I have not seen my Craft Room today AT ALL!!

I have been on my bed writing and signing Birthday cards – oh I have gotten so far behind!!

Here’s a picture of the pile of them – mostly done and ready to send or deliver!!!

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I have a happy heart and a sore wrist – hoping these cards bring smiles!!!

What have you been up to today???

Hope you had a chance to make or share something Beautiful with someone you care about!!!

Simply Create Too: Challenge # 79 – Anything Goes

Hi There and welcome to my blog!!!

I created the following card as my Design Team assignment for Simply Create Too‘s challenge # 79 – Anything Goes! You still have time as the challenge does not end until February 26, 2015 – So please come join us!!!

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As I made this card I decided to use it to share with my Women’s group at Church!! I taught a lesson on “Having JOY” last Sunday!  As part of my lesson I stressed the importance of sharing JOY once you have it – and of course I told them they could do that by writing and sending Happy Mail!! There are approximately 40 women in the group so I made 42 each of 3 cards – This is the first one I am showing you, the other 2 will follow soon!!  I bet you are just dying with anticipation!!! hehe 😉

I so appreciate when you all stop by!! Leave me a little note so I know you were here!!

Have a Beautiful Day and send some Happy Mail if you can!!!

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 **Linked up here at CASology Week 103: GLOW**

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I also linked this card up at Paper Smooches – Anything goes

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On Sunday I taught a lesson to a group of women at my church.  I talked about how there is always someone they could write an encouraging note to.  I challenged them to think of someone who “lights” up their life in some way, whether it be by example, their smile, the way they make people feel, and so on.  Then I gave each of the ladies in the group this card:

Used a simple white card base - added some yellow pattern paper and a strip of orange washi tape - then used an embossing folder to add the swirls - on a 1" square I stamped this lightbulb - in the corner stamped You Light Up My Life

Used a simple white card base – added some yellow pattern paper and a strip of orange washi tape – then used an embossing folder to add the swirls – on a 1″ square I stamped this lightbulb – in the corner stamped You Light Up My Life

My hope was that by having the card in hand they would accept the challenge and go forth and send out letters of encouragement.  This is something that is so important to me because EVERYONE likes and needs to hear nice, kind words full of true praise!! So I know you might not have this card to send but I would love it if you thought of someone who “Lights” up your life and then you wrote to them and let them know!!

I hope you will, if you do and you want to tell me about it, then leave me a little message!! Have a beautiful day!! daisies girl

Supplies used:

  • White card base – The Paper Studio
  • Yellow Patterned Paper – Unknown (scraps I had)
  • Orange washi tape – Doodlebug Design, Inc
  • Lightbulb stamp – Stampin’ Up!
  • Saying – Paper Smooches
  • Embossing Folder – Tim Holtz

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You’ve had a Birthday – Shout Hooray!!

I love birthdays!  I love having them, celebrating them and just helping the people I love enjoy their day!! One of the ways I do this is by sending out birthday cards.  This has become really meaningful for me – since as I do this I just feel so grateful for  knowing and loving the person I am wishing a happy birthday to!!  I feel that everyone should feel like they are a gift and I love the pleasure I get from celebrating those I love!! Here are a couple of birthday cards I have made in the last few months.  I get such a kick out of making handmade birthday cards and then matching them up with someone I care for!!

Card # 1

I am quite pleased with how this little boy birthday card turned out - love the pennants!  The paper and stickers are from 3 Bugs in a Rug.

I am quite pleased with how this little boy birthday card turned out – love the pennants! The paper and stickers are from 3 Bugs in a Rug.

Card # 2

This card came about because of the Happy Birthday sentiment I already had stamped - I used paper to match the colors and found circles to be the perfect accent for the banner!

This card came about because of the Happy Birthday sentiment I already had stamped – I used paper to match the colors and found circles to be the perfect accent for the banner!

I am looking forward to sharing some special cards made with the Doodlebug Create-A-Card system soon!  I have made 5 or 6 of them now and I can’t wait to take photos of them and share.  I hope as you look ahead in the coming week you will pick someone and surprise them with a birthday wish in their mailbox!! What could be more fun!  Do it today – I guarantee you won’t regret it!!