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It's A Giveaway Month

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Hello my crafting family.  I feel like I have been disconnected for quite some time, when in reality it has only been a few weeks. I've been busy and having fun with my youngest grand-kids and believe me they keep this ole gal popping vitamins and energy tablets just to keep up with them.  When its time to "Power Down" (new phrase for nap time) I think I need it more than I want them to take it (smiles).

Anyway I found one heck of a deal at our local craft store and I want to share with you all.  Most of you will not have a need for what I am giving away, but there may be someone that was hoping to start or build their collection and it would be great if I could help you build your collection with this giveaway.

First here's a list of the Spellbinders dies that I have for giveaway.  My plan is to give 3 away at a time so that means another giveaway will be coming soon.

Group A:
Classic Scalloped Circles; Standard Circles (LG);  Lacy Circles; Group B:
Beaded Circles;  Romantic Rectangles; Decorative Labels One;
Group C:
Fancy Tags;  Fancy Tags Two; Floral Ovals
Group D:
Classic Scalloped Ovals (LG);  Lacy Ovals; Classic Ovals (LG)

All you have to do for a chance to win is 
1. enter your name 
2. leave a comment 
3. be a follower 
That's all there is to it! Easy Peasy...right? You can comment on the giveaway or my latest creations or just leave a comment to say hello.

Supplies I used for this card are:
DP: My Minds Eye 
CS: Recollections Pink and 100lb cream card-stock from Staples
Offray Ribbon
Recollections pearls
Spellbinders Tranquil Moment Die
The greeting is from a Recollection clear stamp pack I had in my stash.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion - #272 Anything Goes (08/01)
Craft Dee Bowz - Anything Goes w/ Handmade Bow (07/31)
Artistic Inspirations - #136 Anything Goes (07/31)

Supplies Used to Make this Card:
DP: Graphic 45
CS: Recollections Pink and 100lb cream card-stock from Staples
Offray Ribbon
Recollections pearls
Floral: Wild Orchid Crafts
Spellbinders Divine Eloquence and Lattice Die 

I was inspired to create this card by one I found on pinterest. As usual I start out following the design exactly going in the same direction but somehow around the middle of the creation I end up going in a whole new direction, but in crafting its okay to do that and I'm glad because I do that a lot it seems.

I want to enter this card in a couple of challenges:
Crafting From the Heart - #70 Anything Goes (08/01)
Card Mania Challenges - #70 Anything Goes (07/31)

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to enter your name for a chance at a few Spellbinders dies if you're interested.

The winner of Group A will be announced on August 31st.

Red White & Blue

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Hello everyone, hope each of you celebrated the 4th with family and friends, or maybe you opted to celebrate with that one special someone to share the beauty of the night with firecrackers bursting in the air spilling color all around and a gentle smooth taste of wine to relax and soothe the soul. Regardless to your choice I hope it was what you anticipated, needed and wanted to celebrate your day.

To continue the celebration I have a Red, White and Blue card to share. Its a 4th of July card but I think it could work as a birthday card as well especially if your birthday happens to be on the 4th (smiles). The USA could be replaced with the individual's initial to make it a more personalized card.  Wanna see what I mean??? well just keep going.

Again I decided to use very little embellishments and basic Recollections card-stock.

The stars were cut using a Sizzix star die and a star brad to keep the layers together. 

I also used some ribbon that I had in my stash to provide separation on the card and add another focal point.

The U.S.A. letters are standard letter stickers that I popped up on foam tape to create dimension.

On the inside I layered one side to follow the Red, White, and Blue theme and added a star in the corner for added focus.

This was a very simple and quick card to make and I would like to enter it in the following challenges:

My Sheri Crafts - #160 Happy 4th of July (7/10)
Less Is More - Red White Blue (7/10)
A Gem of A Challenge - Red White Blue (7/25)
Addicted to CAS - #67 Patriotic (7/25)
Crafty Friends Challenge - #9 Anything Goes (7/26)

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me. Don't forget your comments are always welcomed. 

Hope you'll come back again real soon.
Sending you hugs from Texas


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First of all I apologize for the delay in announcing our June Challenge winner, and I want to say thanks to everyone who decided to participate and play with us.  

And for those of you that took time to leave a comment I am giving away a Saturated Canary gift certificate so be sure and check to see if you were the winner.  

In the meantime feel free to browse my blog, read my stories or visit my store. I will share my projects with you and hopefully share the same inspiration I get from others with you as well.

Additionally, when I find really cool techniques or tutorials I will share them just in case you find it to be interesting as well.

For now I have a Black and White Butterfly card to share. Butterflies are the smallest most beautiful thing with wings. To think that "Nature" can turn an ugly worm into something so delicate and lovely to see.  Reminds me of the ugly duckling story I heard as a child.  I am rather proud of this card and I hope you will like it as well.

I used Bazzill card-stock to create this multi-layered card. At the top I used Martha Stewart border punches to create two decorative borders.

The ribbon was from my stash which is most likely Offray ribbon since I tend to keep a lot of that brand on hand.

I used my bow maker from Becca Feeken to tie my bow.  I'm not that good with tying bows even with a bow making tool so when one turns out pretty good I tend to smile at it.

The "Happy Birthday" is a die sentiment from Momenta Dies, and let me say that should you get these dies be careful when removing it from the die.  I had to cut this three times because they are so delicate and tiny and I kept ripping the 'y'

I used a EK Success postage punch and layered it with a square. I then punch out a few Martha Stewart butterflies and outlined the wings with my white gel pen.  I like how the white shows through the wings of the butterfly.  It has a really nice effect when you look at the card.  The card front was completed with a few Recollection pearls added here and there.

I kept the inside quite simple with just a space for a personal message.  

I used the negative part of a die I used on another card to add a bit of detail here.  

The border is pierced which I thought was a pretty cool touch for the inside.  I think the pierced dies were part of a set from Creative Expressions (can't remember).

The finished card is 6 x 8 and has a matching black and white envelope to match.  I will most likely add it to my store for sale.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

4 Crafty Chicks - No Stamping #253 (07/06)
Crafty Ribbons - #122 Anything Goes With A Ribbon (07/07)
Crafting With Attitude - #5 Anything Goes

Keeping fingers crossed for a win (smiles).  Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment.  I enjoy reading what you have to say.

Sending Hugs From Texas

Finally Made It Back

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Whew! I didn't think I would ever get back to my craft-room but whola here I am with a couple of cards to share with my crafty friends. Yeah I know both Father's Day and most Graduations are long gone but I think its okay to share a couple of cards with you anyway so here goes.

This first card was inspired by a friend and it was my intent to give it to her to give her husband but they left before I could get it finished.  To me it kinda looks like a Dallas Cowboy Father's Day card and since my friend is married to a former Cowboy I thought it would be nice, but like I said she never got it.  This is because my three youngest grand-kids (3,5,7) had me so busy I had very little time to relax.  Not complaining though.  

My second card has a prayer that I found online and just thought it was so sentimental that I decided to go ahead and make it for no one in particular. I'll add it to my store later and maybe someone will want it next year for Father's Day although it could work as a "Just Because" card as well.

Well folks that's all I have for today.  Sorry for the short post but rest is a necessity these days especially with the air being so thick and actually I can feel the pollution as I breathe it.  It is so humid and hot that this is the first year out of 8 or 9 that I have not attended the Great American Scrapbook Convention (GASC). What is the world coming to, when a person misses the GASC, it's a major event worth blogging about.

I'll be back in a week or two with a giveaway.  Over the past two or three weeks I have found some really great finds at really reasonable prices that allow me to share with my lovely followers. I have to get the list together and make sure I have packing material so I can be ready to ship when a winner is selected.

No worries I'll keep you posted via my blog.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me and if you have time leave a comment.  I do appreciate them and love reading them.

Hugs From Texas

Graduation Time

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Hello Everyone! This past weekend was my grand-daughters graduation and birthday and we had a blast.  First of all there were 495 students to take that eventful walk across the stage and since they decided to go in reverse order this year I had to sit for 4 hours to watch my baby go across...the joy and pride I felt made it worth every second (well almost every second).

I didn't craft all weekend but I made up for it with singing, dancing, sleeping and tons of food.  I'll share more pictures on Facebook once I finish going through all 363 and selecting those I think are really cool, but for now I have two to share that I think are very special and ready for a scrapbook somewhere.

First up is my grand-daughter posing after graduation with her mom and dad.  She graduated as a Distinguished Graduate with Honors so proud parents they are. With a daughter that has never been in any trouble, maintained a 3.8 GPA and scored well on the SAT...what more could a parent pray for.

Next we have the family sharing in the celebration preparing for the block party where we anticipate more guests and up to 100 attending students.  Its gonna be a blast!

I'll post more on Facebook, so check them out.  I might even have a few videos to share.

Thanks for stopping by
Hugs from Texas

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