Friday, December 30, 2011

Penny Black/Flower Soft Blog Hop

Welcome to the Penny Black/Flower Soft weekend-long celebration! We are all very excited about our first blog hop and that we get to share the 'spotlight' with Flower Soft!!

The card that I made uses Warm & Cold from Penny Black which is one of my favorite Penny Black stamps. The sentiment is from Let It Snow. I also used Ultra Fine Strawberry, Ultra Fine Ocean and Diamond Range Polar White Flower Soft. I have to admit that I didn't have a lot of experience with Flower Soft but I found it really easy and fun to use! Thank you to Flower Soft for introducing me to your product... I am sure I will be using it again!! I love the results!

I guess you may be wondering what is up for grabs....

3 random comment authors will be chosen to receive brand new 2012 Penny Black Valentine stamps. Just leave a comment on the Penny Black blog as well as the Designers Blogs to be in the running.

Use one of the Penny Black Designer’s Blog Hop projects as inspiration and create a new Penny Black stamped project. Upload it into our Gallery by the end of the Hop with the tag “pennyblackbloghop”. Be sure to let us know which project inspired you! A winner will be chosen to GUEST DESIGN at the Penny Black Blog!

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, January 4th over at the Penny Black Blog.

Get to hopping and creating!!

Peace and Love! .....  and Happy New Year! :)

Penny Black

Jen Buck, Flower Soft

Jenyfur Pohl, Penny Black

Lisa Murphy, Flower Soft

Kathy Racoosin, Penny Black

Jeanne Streiff, Flower Soft

Elizabeth Allan, Penny Black

Gini Cagle, Flower Soft

Jill Foster, Penny Black

Linda Beeson, Flower Soft

Kelley Eubanks, Penny Black

Debbie Seyer, Flower Soft

Cathy Andronicou, Penny Black

Dina Kowal, Flower Soft

Peet Roeven, Penny Black

Cibele Glazer, Flower Soft

Flower Soft

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Dec 29 - Jan 11

This is my 2nd post for the day. If you would like to see my Penny Black Simply Stamped post... scroll down. 

Today starts another awesome Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge! And check out this inspiration piece!! How fun is that?

Here is my take.... I have a thing for the PS sentiments/fonts! I LOVE THEM!!

I used Word Salad, Vegtastic, Swanky Snowdudes and Falling For You... all of which can be found here.

You can visit the SPARKS blog to see all of the guidelines for playing and find out what prizes are up for grabs! If you don't own any PS stamps yet... you can still play. You can use a free digi downloads found here... there are some sentiments in there. :) Maybe you will win a set or few! :)

Make sure to check out the other DT samples on the SPARKS blog!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace and Love!

Thursday Simply Stamped with Penny Black

Happy Thursday!

I have these projects posted on the Penny Black blog today. I used Tom and Tilly on the card (perfect for a grandparent/parent anniversary card) and Love Assortment on the gift card holder!

I hope that you have a great day!!

Make sure to check back tomorrow for a Penny Black and Flower Soft blog hop!!

Peace and Love! :)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Paper Crafts magazine Publications

Happy Wednesday!

I thought I would catch up on sharing some of my Paper Crafts publications today!

365 Cards

 Card Creations Get Inspired

 January/February 2012

Here is a link to the Paper Crafts Scrap and Paper Shop so you can find these issues if you wanted to purchase one. I normally link to the specific issue but the site is down for maintenance at the moment (as I am scheduling this post)!

I hope you have a wonderful day and I will be back tomorrow with two more Penny Black cards!

Peace and Love!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tuesday Simply Stamped with Penny Black

Happy Tuesday!

These cards are posted on the Penny Black blog today!

I used a couple of the new Valentines sets... All You Need and Raindrops and Kisses .

Keeping it short and sweet today! Even though Christmas has come and gone... there is still a lot to do and a lot to get caught up on!

Thanks for stopping by! Peace and Love! :)

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Day After Post

 Stamps - Vintage, Essential Messages and Write Your Own Message by Hero Arts. Smile sentiment from Strike-A-Pose by Avocado Arts. 

Happy day after Christmas!

I thought I would jump back into action today... after a much needed and very much enjoyed break!

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and are enjoying some rest and/or family time today!

Today starts Simple Stamping week over on the Penny Black blog... you can visit here. I will be back with a couple of cards tomorrow using the new Valentine collection of stamps that you can find here.

Peace and Love!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

 Stamps - A Child Is Born by Unity
Paper - Kraft by Papertrey
Ink - Stampin' Up Markers and Corner Rounder

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Love you all!!

Peace and love!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Random Christmas Pictures/Talk

Whew... we have been busy busy busy but we have been having a lot of fun around here! I think so anyway! :) I have taken a break from crafting and really focusing on spending time with the boys and/or getting everything ready for Christmas.

I thought I would share some pictures of a little of what we have been up to. They are all Instagram pics from my phone so the quality of the picture is not that great. I don't want to take the time to pull pictures off of my camera! :)

Carver's School Party

 ICE Merry Madagascar.

Walked through Opryland Hotel to see the lights.

Lots of shopping makes for a tired Angry Pig!

Carver's Gingerbread House.

Carver's letter to Santa after touching his elf, Frisbee.

Nerf gun wars with Daddy and Mommy!

Now starts the random talk... just warning you! :)

We usually go to my parents house on Christmas Day for lunch. As hard as it was to 'break away'... this year... we are going to be staying at home. I am really excited about starting a, hopefully, new tradition in my own home. One where Carver wakes up and can play with his new toys all day and we don't have to leave the house or change out of our pajamas if we don't have to. This year we are having a church service on Christmas so we will be attending that. Instead of going to my parents afterwards, we will be coming home. I love my family so this was hard for me to do but I really want to make some new memories of our own before Carver gets too big. I am really excited about this year!

Over the past few years, we have broken away from other family get togethers because after Carver was born... it was just too much. There was always a conflict of some sort with another family get together. When you and your spouse both have pretty much all of your family in the same town... it can get a little tricky to see everyone. This year our little family will be attending 2 different church services over the next few days and will only be attending 2 immediate family get togethers. It is a little sad to me in a way because I will miss spending time with our extended family but... I am also a little excited because I don't feel stressed at all. Our days are not jam packed. I feel like such a grown up... I have been cooking. LOL! I made fudge and a coconut cake for Christmas. I have a good idea of the other food I will be cooking for Christmas. I don't ever get to do that because someone else always does it! :)

I am about to get busy on cleaning my house... so it will be nice and clean for Santa! :)

Michael has been off this week and even though he has had some extra computer work... it has just been nice to have him home... even if he is working some!

It has been nice to take a break from crafting. So nice in fact that I have been thinking yet again about how I need to have a better balance in my life. I love crafting so much that I let it take over my thoughts and any spare time I have. I don't know that I will ever quit crafting but I do think I need to find a better balance. I have said that many a time before but I am praying that God will help me achieve it in 2012.

Wow... I am chatty! I guess that is what happens when I am 'gone' from my blog for a little while! At least a weeks worth of my previous posts were scheduled so even thought I have posted each day.... I have been away from my computer/blog during that time!

Well... I guess that is it from me! I guess I was missing my blog and just wanted to 'talk'! :)

Peace and love!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dashing Through The Snow

 Stamps - In The Meadow by Papertrey
Paper - Kraft by Papertrey
Ink - Cherry by American Crafts, Boysenberry by Colorbox, Vinage Photo Distress by Ranger
Other - SU Corner Rounder, Scor-pal

Happy Tuesday!

Another Target inspired Christmas card!

Have a great day!

Peace and Love!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Wreath Christmas

Stamps - Christmas Flourish 3900H and Adornment 3996J by Penny Black
Paper - Kraft by Papertrey
Ink - Onyx Black by Tsukineko, Grape Jelly by Tsukineko, Vintage Photo Distress by Ranger
Other - SU Corner Rounder, Ladybug Doodlebug Jewel

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend!

This week on the Penny Black blog... Valentines is all the talk. You can visit HERE if you want to check out the samples using the new Valentine collection.

I am showing my last Penny Black Christmas card... not quite ready for Valentines here yet! :)

I noticed a new Christmas color scheme at Target this year... kraft, red, purple and black. LOVE it!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace and Love!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Post It Tape Tree

 Stamps - Bella Blvd. Christmas Wishes by Unity, Polka Dot Basics by Papertrey
Paper - White by Papertrey
Ink - Black and Scarlet by TPC Studio
Other - Post It Label Roll, Americana Gem by K & Company

Happy Friday!

I made this card for a publication call. Part of the call was to use household items and I chose to use my beloved Post It Tape! :)

Kind of silly but cute... I think!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great weekend!

Peace and Love!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Dec 15 - Dec 28

It is time for another SPARKS challenge!! Yippee!! :)

Check out this inspiration picture....

Soooo cute, right?

Here is my CAS take on it...

 Stamps - Word Salad and Swanky Snowdudes by Paper Smooches
Paper - Fine Linen by Papertrey
Ink - Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Other - Copic markers, SU corner rounder

You can visit the SPARKS blog HERE to see the rest of the design team projects. You can also check out the rules and prizes offered if you are not already familiar with them!

Thanks for visiting!

Peace and Love!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tree-mendous Card

 Stamps - Bella Blvd. Christmas Wishes by Unity
Paper -Kraft by Papertrey
Ink - Fountain Pen and Vintage Photo Distress by Ranger
Other - Copic Markers, DIY embellishment, May Arts Natural String, Stampin Up Markers

Happy Wednesday!

I hope you have a great day! :)

Peace and Love!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Simply Ornamental

Stamps - Simply Ornamental 4214K by Penny Black
Paper - White by Papertrey
Ink - Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Other - Tsukineko Markers, Star Dust Stickles

Happy Tuesday!

I am going to be sharing a few Christmas cards this week and next week! All of my posts are going to be scheduled ahead of time so they will all be short and sweet! :) The last week of the month will probably be the same but I will be sharing some projects using new Penny Black Valentine stamps!

I have some house cleaning to do before Santa comes! We also have some family get togethers and a few church services that we will be attending before Christmas. Not to mention a little last minute shopping and other activities that we like to do each year... driving to look at lights, etc.

Carver will be out of school for two weeks starting next Monday... and I want to be able to spend time with him without worrying about my blog, crafting, etc! I LOVE blogging and crafting but I am feeling in a little funk at the moment so it will be good for me to take a little break from it and just concentrate on enjoying Christmas and the New Year! I am also going to try and get more sleep and see if that helps some! :) Start the new year off on a good note... rested!!!

A couple of notes for the day....

The Penny Black DT are sharing some Holiday Thank You's on the PB blog this week if you want to check them out HERE.

You have today and tomorrow to submit to the current Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge ... check it out HERE.

Well... that is enough rambling today! :)

Thanks for stopping by! Peace and Love!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Penny Black Winner

Here to announce the winner of the Warm & Cold Penny Black stamp....

Sav O'Gwynn... you are the lucky winner!! Congrats!! :)

Email me with your address and I will get your stamp out ASAP!

Thank you all for the app suggestions and the hello's! :)

If you are looking for my My Creative Time post... it is right below this one! :)

12 Days of Christmas With Emma A - Day 12

Stamps - Classmate Valentines, 100% Sweetness, and Keepin It Classy (My Creative Time)

 If you have arrived here from Veronica's blog, you are heading in the right direction! If you just arrived here, you might want to start at the beginning of the blog hop w/Emma's blog HERE!

Sorry for the delay in posting!! And for the lack of content in between. I am late getting this post up and going!

***12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Alert***

To qualify for ALL the AMAZING giveaways for the next 12 days, leave a comment on our blogs! You will have until Tuesday, Dec. 13th @ midnight to have all of your comments in. VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE LEAVE A WAY FOR US TO CONTACT YOU IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE WINNERS! There are some AMAZING giveaways for this special 12 day event & some SURPRISES to help celebrate "My Creative Time's" One Year Anniversary! Yep, Emma released her 1st set of stamps one year ago! So make sure you are tuned in because this is ONE hop you do NOT want to miss! ;)
 Today Emma is giving away a "CRICUT MINI" & a FABULOUS package of 10 Trendy Twine!
Here is the complete Blog Hop line up just in case you missed any stops!

Start here --->Emma~


Friday, December 9, 2011

Penny Black Giveaway

Happy Friday!

I happened to get an extra Penny Black stamp and I thought I would share it!! What a cute stamp, right? It is called Warm & Cold (3260H).

I am a fairly new IPhone owner... if you own one... just leave me a comment telling me your favorite app(s). If you don't own one... just leave me a comment saying Hello! :) I will pick a winner on Monday!

Have a great weekend! :)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tag Trio

Happy Thursday!!

Just wanted to share a few tags that I made a while back! I also wanted to link to Jill's post HERE where she showcases a gorgeous card inspired by a card of mine.

Keeping it short and sweet today! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace and Love!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Baby Boy Card and Other Stuff

Happy Wednesday!!

I am sorry I have been MIA the past couple of days! We went out of town with my parents for a few days over the weekend and we have been going non stop since we got home! Any spare time I have had at night... I have been working on cards for the Paper Crafts call that just ended. Last night I got to work on some DT assignments. I am trying to get all caught up so I can enjoy the holidays without any stress of having to get anything done. I am sure I will still be crafting almost daily but just in case... I want to be all caught up and good to go for December and January! :)

Jill Foster... a fellow Penny Black design team member... is featuring me on her Inspired By blog this week. Here is Day One... and Day Two if you want to check them out. I am honored that she chose to search for inspiration in my work and her work is... WOW!! It is a lot better than the inspiration piece... let me tell ya! :)

Just some odds and ends...

1. Don't forget about the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge going on ... HERE.
2. Avocado Arts has some fun announcements going on HERE about saving money on memberships and a publication incentive.
3. Penny Black is sharing techniques on the blog this week... you can check them out HERE.

Well... that is it for me today! Thanks for stopping by!

Peace and Love! :)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Tags and Card

 Happy Friday!

Just wanted to pop in and show a few projects that I made a long time ago for PSA Essentials. You can tell they are older because the photos were shot outside! Have I said lately how much I love my light box? :)

Also... I was interviewed for a great feature called Fascinating Fridays! You can check it out HERE if you are interested! Thank you again Tammy for asking me! :)

Okay... keeping it short and sweet!!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Peace and love!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Dec 1 - Dec 14

Happy Thursday!

It is time for another Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge!! Woo Hoo!

You can check out the SPARKS blog for all of the details... HERE.

Check out this photo... so many things to take inspiration from.....

This is my take... I was inspired by the oval frames...

Stamps - Swanky Snowdudes by Paper Smooches
Paper - White, Hibiscus Burst and Blueberry Sky by Papertrey
Ink - Black by TPC Studio
Other - Classic Oval Nesties, SU Dimensionals, Copic Markers

Now it is your turn to make something and link it up over on the SPARKS blog for you chance to win some Paper Smooches stamps! Make sure to hop over there now to check out what the rest of the design team created!! I am sure you won't be disappointed!

Peace and Love!