Tag – You’re my WINNER!!!

Tag, You are IT!!!

My giveaway for these 2 SpecTAGular sets from Stampin’ Up! is over!!

The following ladies are my winners – chosen through Random.org!

For Set # 1

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The winner is # 16 Kris k.

AND

For Set # 2

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The winner is # 2 Kim S

Lucky ladies, please email me (daisies girl at gmail dot com) with your mailing address so I can get them mailed out to you!!

I would like to take them to mail on Tuesday so hope to hear from you SOON!!!

Here are some photos of the favors I put together for the retreat:

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I will come back with close ups of each thing – but for now maybe you can see what has kept me so busy!!

The retreat was fun, I got to spend time with awesome people. Sadly, on Friday of the retreat I fainted, hit my head a little and I have been trying to recuperate ever since.

I will be back soon —

And I will leave you with this thought –

Make something BEAUTIFUL today to show someone you care!!

“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!!

Thankful there is YOU – My Happy Mail Followers!!!!

Just a quick pop in – to say THANK YOU to all my Happy Mail Followers – You all mean the world to me!! I love having like minded people, who appreciate creativity and crafting to send Happy Mail too!! I have some new members of the group and I am so thankful for each of them!!!

Sharing here a pic of a small treat I sent out to my earliest Happy Mail members:

Pictured here are 6 styles of Doodlebug Design's new Treat Bags.  They come in packages of 15.

Pictured here are 6 styles of Doodlebug Design’s new Treat Bags. They come in packages of 15.

When you join my Happy Mail group I try to send some kind of welcome treat – if you have not received yours yet – it is because of the previously mentioned struggles with migraines!! But I promise it is in my mind to send you a little “Happy Mail” very soon!! Keep your eyes open for it!!!

Here is what those little treat bags looked like all packaged up and ready to go –

Doodlebug Treat bags - one each of six styles placed in a cello bag. A couple chocolates fit in the top bag.  Used a round doily to create a package to hold the bags. "Cute"d up the doily with a Fancy Frill and a mini bluebird doodlepop.  Twine tied around it finishes it off!!

Doodlebug Treat bags – one each of six styles placed in a cello bag. A couple chocolates fit in the top bag. Used a round doily to create a package to hold the bags. “Cute”d up the doily with a Fancy Frill and a mini bluebird doodlepop. Twine tied around it finishes it off!!

Adding Happy Mail group members truly makes my day!! So, if you feel so inclined – please join us!! Info on how to do that is HERE!!!

What a thrill it is for me to thank you for all the JOY you bring me!!!

Thanks for the visit and See you soon!!!

Hey, pumpkin!

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Hey, Pumpkin!! Long Time, No Post!!

So sorry about that – I have just not been feeling up to my crafty self!! I am trying but if you want the truth – I am struggling!!

This cute chocolate treat box was made a few weeks ago for the retreat I went on – I have taken so long to post it because I wanted to do a tutorial of how easy the little box is to make – BUT that will have to come a little later!!

For now here is another pic of this fun treat box that holds 3 Ghirardelli Chocolates

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I will be back when I can with a tutorial for how this cute simple chocolate box was made!!

Until then, please understand why I am not commenting on blogs very quickly or doing much of anything lately – I think I have lost the “Spring in my Step”! Hopefully I will find it again soon!!

Thanks for coming by for a visit!!

A “Happy September” Chocolate Cozy

Sometime ago I saw this idea at my Card Club that I attend at my friend and SU! demonstrator’s house!  She called it a chocolate cozy and she had gotten the idea off of SplitCoastStampers in the gallery!! Here is a link to it!  The link tells you to go to this site PrettyPaperCards.com for a tutorial on how to make it!!

I decided that I wanted to make some of these for the office ladies, Principal and my son’s teacher at our elementary school.  I decided on the # 4 because that is how many cozies you can create from one 12 by 12 piece of patterned paper!

To make mine I cut a piece of Doodlebug Design paper that had apples on it – it was from the Fruit Stand Collection.  It was perfect for this project.  I also had an apple tag and a Doodlebug stamp set with an apple in it that I used in my decorative process. So I cut the paper into 4 – 6 by 6 squares, scored them according to the decorations in the tutorial listed above. Then folded it up the way it said to. I picked ribbon to match my paper and twine to tie it off with.  Added a stamped apple to either side and added a “Happy September” tag when I tied the twine!!

Here is a pictures of the front of my chocolate cozy’s:

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Here I have given you a view from the side:

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And then, finally a line-up of all 4 finished cozy’s – all ready for delivery:

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They were pretty easy to make – the hardest thing was the scoring but after doing one I got the hang of it real quick – I did use my Martha Stewart scoring board for that!!  I suggest practicing on a spare piece of 6 by 6 paper so you get the hang of it and then you will always have a pattern also!

I gave these away this week and hope my recipients enjoyed them!

It was fun to add some chocolate to something beautiful and say “Happy September” to some ladies who do so much for our school!! They are always so awesome and helpful!!

Hope you will give these a try  – they really are fun and I have given you the places to go to understand how to make them!! So, please Go Forth – create beauty and share it!!!

Sunny Side: From Me to You Projects – Takes 11 to 15 {Giveaway Alert}

I am so excited that I am a dot com now.  I am doing a super fun giveaway this time to celebrate!!  But I am getting ahead of myself!

My question is do you remember this?

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!

Well, here are the last 5 projects I made with it!!

Take # 11 – Yellow Chevron Bag w/chocolate

This yellow chevron mini bag/envelope is from the PaperSource at Hobby Lobby.  I added a square Ghirardelli chocolate and a thank you square - they both fit perfectly.  To add more color I sewed a banner to the thank you square, added a button, and a twine bow up on the flap!

This yellow chevron mini bag/envelope is from the PaperSource at Hobby Lobby. I added a square Ghirardelli chocolate and a thank you square – they both fit perfectly. To add more color I sewed a banner to the thank you square, added a button, and a twine bow up on the flap!

Take # 12 – 5 Bannered Card

Card made using 5 of the banner cutouts and sewing them to some ledger like background paper.  The card itself is from the Paper Source found at Hobby Lobby.  Added a couple brads and a button to add texture to this card!!

Card made using 5 of the banner cutouts and sewing them to some ledger like background paper. The card itself is from the Paper Source found at Hobby Lobby. Added a couple brads and a button to add texture to this card!!


Take # 13 – Thanks Candy Tube

Love these candy tubes from Stampin Up!  They hold treats such as m&ms, jelly beans, etc.  All I added was a Thanks square that I cuted up with some brads, I tied the square on with ribbon and Voila - a super cute thank you!!

Love these candy tubes from Stampin Up! They hold treats such as m&ms, jelly beans, etc. All I added was a Thanks square that I cuted up with some brads, I tied the square on with ribbon and Voila – a super cute thank you!!

Take # 14 – Hi! Woodgrain Card

This card was simple and fun - I used my Stampin Up woodgrain embossing folder on a sheet of brown cardstock and added a sticker border and a banner up in the corner with some Flax colored Twine!

This card was simple and fun – I used my Stampin Up woodgrain embossing folder on a sheet of brown cardstock and added a sticker border and a banner up in the corner with some Flax colored Twine!

Take # 15 – Find Joy mini Pillow Box

At Pebbles in my Pocket, one of my favorite stores, I found these clear plastic mini pillow boxes!  I added some m&m's and placed a strip of background paper around it, added a message rectangle that I cuted up with some jewels, and then tied it with twine!!

At Pebbles in my Pocket, one of my favorite stores, I found these clear plastic mini pillow boxes! I added some m&m’s and placed a strip of background paper around it, added a message rectangle that I cuted up with some jewels, and then tied it with twine!!

Well, there you go –the last 5 Takes using the From Me to You page of the Sunny Side Collection by Pebbles, Inc.  Yes, I added some items in there but most of them can be found at our local craft stores.  But all these ideas were given as a jump off point for your creativity.  Tweak this here, and add this here, leave this off here and etc.  I just want there to be other people out in the world finding CUTE ways to share love and kindness with others!

 

Giveaway Alert!!

Leave me some love and let me know what you think!!!  I will be choosing a random commenter/follower to win one of each of these projects that I made – Takes # 11 to 15.  That lucky person will receive all 5 of the fun projects I made for this post!!

Also, since I am celebrating being a dot com I want to offer the prize mentioned above and a $20 gift certificate to a store of your choice to the winner!  The store choice must be within my ability to get a gift certificate to!! :)

I am trying to increase my readership so there are more than one ways you can win:

– the first way is to leave me a comment ( that’s one entry)

-the second way is to refer someone to visit my blog (when they visit and mention that you referred them that’s another entry for you and one entry for them)

– the third way is to pin one of these images on Pinterest and link the pin’s url in a comment saying you did ( that’s the final way you can enter)

I will leave this contest open until Friday, September 13th at 5:00 pm (MST)  and then I will post the winner the next morning (Sat, Sept 14th)!!

Thanks for visiting and have an amazing day!!

Sunny Side: From Me to You Projects – Takes 6 to 10 {Giveaway Alert}

Oh, Hi there!!  I am so glad you stopped by to see what else I was able to create from this:

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.

I have come up with 10 more projects from this paper and I will be showing them to you 5 at a time in this post and then one more post after that!  I am so very excited with the response I had to my very first giveaway – the prize is all packaged and ready to deliver to the winner!  I am going to offer another giveaway this week but I am going to shorten the comment time but more details on that at the end of this post.   All right, now for the projects:

Take # 6 –  Butterfly Thank you Chocolate Pouch

This notebook paper mini bag from Pebbles in My Pocket is the perfect size for a flat, square Ghirardelli chocolate.  All it took to cute this up was the butterfly thank you square, a couple of Doodlebug brads, matching paper scraps from the Sunny Side paper collection and a mini clothespin - also purchased at Pebbles!

This notebook paper mini bag from Pebbles in My Pocket is the perfect size for a flat, square Ghirardelli chocolate. All it took to cute this up was the butterfly thank you square, a couple of Doodlebug brads, matching paper scraps from the Sunny Side paper collection and a mini clothespin – also purchased at Pebbles!

Take # 7 – “Smile, It’s a Good day” treat scoop

Here's the "scoop" on this fun treat - I got matching colored sixlets from Zurchers and put them into a clear acrylic scoop that went inside a 3 by 5 cello bag.  Using the "good day" square and the smile banner I "cuted" this treat right up! The back side of the square card features a pink background where I can write a note to let someone know that I hope they have a good day!  The smile banner was taped to the handle of the scoop with double stick tape! The scoop itself was a great Dollar Store find!

Here’s the “scoop” on this fun treat – I got matching colored sixlets from Zurchers and put them into a clear acrylic scoop that went inside a 3 by 5 cello bag. Using the “good day” square and the smile banner I “cuted” this treat right up! The back side of the square card features a pink background where I can write a note to let someone know that I hope they have a good day! The smile banner was taped to the handle of the scoop with double stick tape! The scoop itself was a great Dollar Store find!

Take # 8 – “hi, miss you” card

Oh this card, what fun it was to create!  I used The Hi banner and the miss you square, my scallop edge punch and a stick pin from My Mind's Eye and a couple of well placed Doodlebug pearls.  The card itself came from a 50 pack of premade cards w/envelopes by Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby. The blue square is mounted on the card with mounting tape so that the sharp end of the stick pin would be absorbed by it.

Oh this card, what fun it was to create! I used The Hi banner and the miss you square, my scallop edge punch and a stick pin from My Mind’s Eye and a couple of well placed Doodlebug pearls. The card itself came from a 50 pack of premade cards w/envelopes by Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby. The blue square is mounted on the card with mounting tape so that the sharp end of the stick pin would be absorbed by it.

Take # 9 – 4 Pennant Hello card

Using a premade Kraft card from a package I found at Hobby Lobby by Paper Studio this card was a cinch to make!! I took the 4 banner pieces that were the same size and sewed them onto the card with my sewing machine and then I added the green hello pennant!  How cute and simple was that?!?

Using a premade Kraft card from a package I found at Hobby Lobby by Paper Studio this card was a cinch to make!! I took the 4 banner pieces that were the same size and sewed them onto the card with my sewing machine and then I added the green hello pennant! How cute and simple was that?!?

Take # 10 – “Thanks a Bunch” Kraft Treat sack

This simple flat kraft bag became a real beauty when I added a die cut bow, a Doodlebug brad, and a doily with the Thanks a bunch square.  The bag could have any kind of treat placed in it but I have tried it out and found that 2 flat square Ghirardelli chocolates fit side by side just perfectly. I layered the square on the same Sunny Side paper that the bow was diecut from.  I got the diecut and the doily from Pebbles in my Pocket!

This simple flat kraft bag became a real beauty when I added a die cut bow, a Doodlebug brad, and a doily with the Thanks a bunch square. The bag could have any kind of treat placed in it but I have tried it out and found that 2 flat square Ghirardelli chocolates fit side by side just perfectly. I layered the square on the same Sunny Side paper that the bow was diecut from. I got the diecut and the doily from Pebbles in my Pocket!

Well, there you go – 5 more Takes using the From Me to You page of the Sunny Side Collection by Pebbles, Inc.  Yes, I know each Take has added things to it besides just the paper piece but that is what I found so fun – using one, two or even a few pieces as a place to start creating!  I hope this has inspired you and helped you realize that a handmade item can start with one cute thing and then be added upon to make it something  completely creative and beautiful!!  But the best part for me in making these is that now I have 5 things that I can use to shower love and care on loved ones!  And you can too if you enter my giveaway!!

Giveaway Alert!!

Leave me some love and let me know what you think!!!  I will be choosing a random commenter to win one of each of these projects that I made – Takes # 6 to 10.  That lucky person will receive all 5 of the fun projects I made for this post!!  Oh, And I will be adding a $10 Cold Stone Gift card in with the prize IF  my comments # reaches 15!!! I will leave comments open until Wednesday, August 14th and then I will post the winner later that evening!! 

A Thank You Favor

Thank you favor for Oct 2012 PTA meeting

When I was the PTA President at our elementary school I liked to provide some kind of treat/favor for the fine folks who took time out of their busy schedules to attend one of our meetings!  Sometimes I just had chocolates wrapped in school colors laid out on the tables.  But other times I was a bit more organized and provided a “thank you favor” at each person’s place along with a copy of the agenda and a pen or pencil.

Shown here are two examples of “thank you favors” given at a couple of said meetings.  The top one has a dum-dum sucker with this note attached: I’m no “Dum-Dum” I know you have other places you could be.  What a “treat” that you’re here!  Thanks!!

The second one, shown below, consists of a mini sack that looks like notebook paper “cute”d up with our school colors and a Bengal “paw”!  It reads – We are “paws”itively thrilled that you are here! Thanks!  I filled the bag with some of the aforementioned chocolate wrapped in blue & gold (our school colors)!  I sincerely hope that the recipients enjoyed their favors as much as I enjoyed making them!

Sometimes a little effort can go a long way towards making someone feel Thanked & Special! And, well, anyway, CUTE matters, so CUTE is what I strive for! How about you think about what you strive for or what you want to share with the world – Then go forth, make a little effort and SHARE!!

Thank you favor at one of last PTA meetings of 2013.

Thank you favor at one of last PTA meetings of 2013.