Giveaway, giveaway (12-30)

Hi all!

It’s time for a giveaway!

My pals Todd and Stacy from the CK Events sent a CKC Seattle crop goody bag with me from the scrapbook convention last month to give to one of you.

I’ve been waiting for the right time, and it feels like today is a good day to give it away. 🙂

The bag includes all of this and more!

The new CKC scrapbook convention schedule for 2011 is up so take a look at it and  leave a comment for me on this post by 11 p.m. EST Sunday (Jan. 2nd).  Tell me if you’ve ever been to one of the CK scrapbook conventions and/or where you’d like one to be held.

I’ll pick one of you at random to receive the bag of crafty goods.

Thanks for stopping by. Be back again soon!

Go-to Challenge: Imaginisce (12-29)

Hey all!

It’s the last Wednesday of the month. That means it’s Go-to Challenge time! 🙂

In case you are just tuning in,each month the Go-to-Gals pick a manufacturer and challenge each other to use their products. We share our results on the last day of the month. Some times, we all play. Some times, we don’t. There are no real rules other than it’s just for fun. and it involves someone we dig.

This time, we challenged each other play with Imaginisce’s products. 

I came up with this card. With that, meet today’s card.  😉

The circles and flowers are Roly Rosies from Imaginisce. The circles would make the same kind of flowers. I just didn’t roll them.

It probably comes as no surprise to many of you. I like tools. 😉 (Hee hee, Tooling Around, anyone? )

So I used an Imaginisce tool (since Imaginisce makes so many of tools) to put this together. I used their Petal Roller tool to put the flowers together.


Here’s how it works:

1. Start with a Roly Rosie. Punch it out. You can also cut your own freehand spiral flower from a circle to work with.

2. Slide the corner of the flower between the two prongs on the flat end of the roller.

3. Start rolling the flower around the tool.  Be sure to turn the tool as you go and not the paper.

4. Get to the bottom and you’ll have this big flower middle left over.

5. Remove the rosie from the tool.

6. Place hot glue on the leftover middle flap. That will be the bottom of your flower.


7. Finish it up by using the ball end of the tool to roll some of the flower’s edges. Do it until you have a look you are happy with. 

Be sure to check out the blogs of Betsy, Kim H., Kim K. , Maren and Jess to see what they worked up for this challenge.

Thanks for stopping by. Be back soon!

Today’s card (12-28)

Hi everyone!

Meet today’s card.

This is one I  made for the Old Stuff challenge with Technique Tuesday’s Stamping Techs! This month, the gang was challenged to make something (card, tag, whatever) with at least one TT product that is retiring.

The stars, circle and word here are all from stamp sets that are retiring: The Story; Everyday Life; and Everyday Words (all by Ali Edwards). Sniff, sniff.

Technique Tuesday is retiring more than 100 stamps and other products as they get ready for CHA. They kicked off a couple sales this week to clear out the old stamps, old kits, old Technique Tiles and more.

If you check out this thread here on Splitcoast, you can get a special code given to SCS members for the Member Company Shop Hop to get the retiring stuff for 5o percent off in the TT store through Jan. 1st.  

That’s all for now. Be back again soon!

Thanks for stopping by.

PS… Ha Ha. I just thought I was finished with this post. Speaking of TT, here’s a peek of something that is to come. 😉

All the words and heart circles are from the January for the Studio AE direct-ship stamp club. I’ll share the entire card after Jan. 1st.

PSS… A big thanks to all of you who stopped by the last few days and left such nice comments and birthday greetings. To say I was overwhelmed by your kindness is to put it mildly. I really am just a girl who likes to make stuff. Thanks, y’all, for being so kind.

Zva Creative December DT Blog Hop (12-27)

Hi everyone!

Today, I’m hanging out with the DT gang from Zva Creative for our monthly blog hop, which we that we feel is always extra special and fun.

There is now an added twist to our blog hops, YAY!  As you know, Zva offers so many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals.  We want to make sure that they shine bright for you, so each designer was asked to share a creation using a specific color or color combination on their blog hop project. 

The Blog Hop begins at Kim Hughes’ blog. She will have the complete list of all blogs that are participating in case there is a glitch along the way. If you would like to play along, just follow along the blog path.  I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way. Hidden on FIVE of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package …YAY! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it’s important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.

The Blog Hop starts today, December 27th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, December 28th and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 29th on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Kim Hughes‘s blog as well (linked above). We will do our best to notify each winner, but it’s best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on Wednesday…plus, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Zva Blog Hop post…you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer’s blog post to qualify. The more times you leave a comment along the blog hop path though, the more chances you will have to be one of the lucky winners.

Enough talk. Here’s my project!

I was asked to try out some of Zva’s orange and/or ginger products for my post today so I used this leafy stem. I can’t get enough of Zva’s leafy stems!

I added a little patterned paper behind some of the leafs here. And then, for extra kicks, I added some orange lines of crystals inside them. It’s a fun and easy way to make them look just a little more unique.

That’s all I have to tell you about this bad boy so it is time to send you off to the next stop on the blog hop.
Your next stop is the blog of the super-talented, always fantastic, Debbie Olson!

Take it away, Debbie!
Thank you SO MUCH for joining us on the hop today. And a big thank you goes out to you for stopping by my blog.

Be back again soon!

Today’s card (12-23)

Hi everyone!

Another day. Another card

Meet today’s ditty.

Just a cheery little one to share today. For giggles, I added a pom pom to the bird’s hat. 🙂

The bird, sayings and paper is from Echo Park Paper.

The ribbon, pom pom string and gems are from my stash.

That is all for now. Be back later, gators. 🙂

PS… There’s a new call for submissions up at Paper Crafts magazine. Go here for all the details. The deadline is Jan. 10th.

PCC: Tea Sleeve Tutorial (12-22)

Hi everyone!

I’m over on the Paper Crafts Connection today, sharing some last-minute ideas for quick and easy Christmas gifts.

One of the projects I’m sharing over there is this Tea Sleeve packet. I want to share with you today how to make one like it.

Here’s what you need:

* One 3″ x 9″ piece of heavy patterned paper (think cardstock weight) or cardstock

* A strong adhesive, like two-way tape or glue

*  Tea packets. The packet will fit five to six Stash tea packets.

* String or ribbons and anything you want to decorate it up with.

Here’s what you do:

1. Start by cutting a 3″ x 9″ piece of patterned paper or cardstock. You’ll notice I’m using a different paper for demostration purposes.

2. Score the paper on the 1″, 2″, 5″ and 6″ marks.

And here’s a graphic for you, too. Know that when it comes to graphics,  Paper Crafts Lone Design Man I am not. 😉

3. Fold it up along the score lines.

4. Add adhesive.

5. Bundle up some tea for the sleeve. You can put them in freely or use a string or a piece of paper to make a band to put around them.

6.  Slide the tea in the sleeve.

7. Finish it off by decorating the exterior of the sleeve as you see fit.

That’s all I have for you today. Be back again soon!

Thanks for visiting!

Winner. Winner. (12-19)

We have a winner.

Winner of the Technique Tuesday Studio AE stamp set (chosen at random) is:

Michelle Daigle who commented on 12/14:

” I adore your cards! I like to create like that too… such fun! I have been on the fence about trying the monthly AE stamps but I would love to have a chance to win one! Thanks so much for the daily inspiration and awesome blog candy!”

Congrats, Michelle! You left your email so I’ll send you a note shortly so I can get your prize sent out.

Thanks to everyone for leaving such nice comments. I’ll have another giveaway here on the old blog-a-roo soon! 🙂

Be back in a flash.

Today’s card (12-16)

Hi all!

Two things to talk about today.

First, meet today’s card.

This is a favorite of mine I made recently.

Not much to say about it, other than it was fun to make. 🙂

I used a lot of Studio Calico on it. All the paper and the large letter stickers are Studio Calico goodness. The smaller block letters are from October Afternoon.

Second, have you hit Moxie Fab World today? 😉

I’m over there talking about one of my favorite pork products (hee) and sharing this.

Hope you can take a peek. 😉

Be back here again soon.

Thanks for stopping by.