Thursday, March 31, 2011

NEW WINNER Announced!!!

Howdy my friends!  I hope that you are enjoying this beautiful Thursday!  I've just come back from a long bike ride with my son - yay!!!  It was fabulous - and also a miracle that I kept up with him lol!  The weather today is so nice :)  Perfect bike riding weather...

Well... unfortunately, the MAIN CANDY WINNER has not contacted me, so...yippeeeeee for someone new :)  I do hope that you all have not deleted my link cuz how else are you gonna know if it's YOU?

Without further ado, the NEW WINNER of my box load of goodies goes to:

That's you, Leanne!!!  Yay!!!  
Please contact me by April 2 or I'll have to draw another winner!

Sneak Peek News:
And now... although I don't have a card to show you, I DO have an AWESOME blog to send you to!  Elaine at Quixotic Paperie has a Sneak Peak you do not want to miss.  I'm tellin' ya that if you thought the last SCACD release was fabulous... well... they just keep getting better and better!  And did you know that Elaine was featured on SCS?  Her work is amazing!

I'm off now to get my hair cut.  Oh, it's been a whole year since I've even had it trimmed.  I just might update my profile pic if I really like it lol!

See you soon, my friends.  You know that I love you dearly ♥

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hidden Winner Announced!!!

Hello my lovely friends! Can I just say that you are WONDERFUL? You really are! I want you to hear me when I say this and accept the love I give, which you deserve :) I appreciate each and every one of you ♥

Today's card is a real beauty... just like you! This image by Victoria Case for SCACD is DEFINITELY one of my favorites. I keep looking at her lol! She is called Victoria Bonita and is dedicated to Susana's BFF and creator of this sweetie, Victoria Case :) Whether one is physically beautiful or not, everyone is beautiful in their own way... what matters most is what's in the heart. God says, "The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

Ooooohhhhh... don't you just love her? She's colored with my fave copics, of course: Hair - E35 E34 YR21 YR20; Skin - E11 E21 E00 R20; Blouse/lips/flower petals - RV11 RV10 RV00; Flower center/leaves - B05 B02 B01 B00 B000; Leaves - G28 G24 G20. Do you like the 'baby's breath' I created with my Cream Paper Pen? I LOVE my paper pens!!! The beautiful pink pearls around the scallop inset are from my Rose Paper Pen : ) See how quick and easy it is to make any size? Super convenient! I don't think the camera picked up the beautiful shine of her eyes which I created using Diamond Glaze. I love how this product really brings out the beauty!

LinkThe small pink rhinestones were added in threes (they come in a row, so I just cut them in threes...already spaced perfectly!) You can see similar rhinestones in rows Here. The larger pearls and Kaisercraft Rhinestones at the bottom balances things and adds that vintage touch as does the mini rose!

I tried here to show you the dimension of this card. After I chose the dp (which I had in my scrap file - I need to use more of my scraps!!!) I used a large scalloped oval die to cut out the center (save the scalloped oval for another project). I did the same with the black cs and large oval die cut. Now I have a mat to fit the frame I made with the dp. See how nice my 'photo' fits in the matted frame? I probably could have used the largest size of the small oval and scalloped oval, but I think this still works :)

The sentiment is an epoxy sticker by Heidi Grace which I backed with the pink and cream paper. Oh, one more thing you might like to know... I used RV000 to color in the scallops (under the pink pearls) so it matches - yippppeeeeee!

Challenges entered:
Bling It On - Anything Goes
Outlawz - Fave image and sentiment
Tuesday Throwdown #42 - Florals
Crafty Ann's - Elvis Song (Angel)
Crafty Catz - Pearls n Swirls
Digi Doodle - Ribbon/Bow
StampInsanity - Punch It Out
CES - Die Cut Crazy

******Winner of my hidden blog candy is:


Congratulations Charlene - you are now the proud mama of various packs of rhinestones! Please contact me so I can get these beauties in the mail to you :)

Blog Candy News:
I have heard from 3 of the 4 winners of my blog candy which was posted yesterday... If I don't hear from the last person by tomorrow, I will have to draw another winner! Stay tuned... it's for the BIG CANDY!!!

Susana is back and she has filled the store with TONS of new goodies! How can a girl resist? lol Just feast your eyes on these fabulous NEW toys!!!
I can't wait to visit you! I'm trying to see as many of you as I can at a time :) It may take awhile... lol! In the meantime, know that you ALL are in my prayers... "I thank my God every time I remember you." Philippians 1:3

See you soon!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Monday, March 28, 2011

Candy Winners Announced!!!

Winners? I hear you say, 'I thought there would be only one!' I have FOUR winners to announce today. The other THREE winners are a surprise! I just LOVE surprises hee hee... So... here we go!!!

The Main winner of my box load of goodies is...

That's you beth in nc - yay!!!

(In case you are wondering why I have 451 instead of 450, I added an email entry)

Surprise #1 winner of a smaller box load of goodies is...

That's you Denimo - yay!!!

Surprise #2 winner of 100 pieces of 12x12 Scrapbook paper is...

That's you Kolina - yay!!!

Surprise #3 winner of 100 pieces of 12x12 Scrapbook paper is...

That's you Veronika - yay!!!

Congratulations ladies! Please contact me by March 30 to claim your prize. If I don't hear from you, I'll draw another winner on March 31.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who entered! I read each and every one of your sweet messages. You are all WINNERS to me (I know... you'd rather have the prize lol!).

Well, don't you worry, cuz I just may have a few Magnolia stamps itching to go home with you!!!

I'll be back soon with my next card, featuring one of the beauties by Victoria Case for SCACD!

I love you so very much, my friends ♥

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Sunday, March 27, 2011

SCACD is Open with Sew Easy in Stock!

Here it is Sunday already... and I'm still up! Where has this day gone? Another quick post as I need to get up early. We are having a breakfast at church - yum!

Today I've used Call Me by Victoria Case for SCACD from the Retro Crew. Isn't she darling? Unlike me, she LOVES to talk on the phone lol! I'm more of a text or email girl :)

I've used copics for coloring: E35 E34 YR21 YR20; E11 E21 E00 R20; R11 R10 R00; B05 B02 B01 B00 B000. She's stylin' in her Stardust Stickles coated crop pants as well as her bow. Her eyes look so attractive with the Diamond Glaze on top. I've also given the phone and her shoes a coat of Diamond Glaze.

The oval and scalloped oval (15% off!) were cut out with my nesties and the curly punch around the page is MS. The phone embellishment is a die cut by Sizzix. I've added a few pink rhinestones for the rotary dial. A quick wrap around my stylus with black wire and voila - a phone cord!

I'll be back soon with another fabulous image by Victoria Case! She's a real beauty... you won't want to miss it!!!

Challenges Entered:
DYSU #12 - Shine On!
Pile It On - Cutie Patootie
The Rubber Cafe - Embossing
Tellen's Place - texture
StampInsanity - Punch It Out
CES - Die Cut Crazy

Important News Update:

In case you missed my previous post, SEW EASY tools are back in stock at SCACD!!! Get yours Here.

*** Blog candy winner will be announced tomorrow***

See you soon!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Candy For You

Candy Closed... Winner Will Be Announced on Monday!

Happy Happy Wednesday friends! I've just been shopping over at Susana's Custom Art & Card Design - yahooooo! I am SO EXCITED... I can't possibly wait a whole day before I get my hands on some fabulous new goodies!!! Too bad everything can't be like digi's (instant gratification!) ... although that would be totally boring for me since I'm such a hands on person! I did purchase two stamp sets though by My Mind's Eye. Oh... you've got to see em! Here. While you're there, you might as well check out some yummy new dp by My Mind's Eye Here.

...and now the moment you've been waiting for! I have so much gratitude in my heart for the relationships God has brought to me over the past year... I don't know what I would have done without your love and support! So, as a BIG 'Thank You," I'd like to offer the following candy. I simply can't wait any longer lol! My FOUR year anniversary since being diagnosed with breast cancer is coming up, but not until April 26, so I've decided that this candy will run until March 26. I'll draw a winner using on March 26 at 11:59 pm PST.

Come celebrate with me! I would love you to pieces if you'd choose to follow my blog because you like what you see, but it's not necessary to win. It would also be wonderful if you'd post my candy on your blog, but again that's not mandatory to win!

There's way too much to list everything in this giveaway, so I'll just highlight a few things that may pique your interest!

Stamps Stamps Stamps:
  • 3 Magnolias
  • 2 Stamping Bellas
  • 1 Lily of the Valley
  • 1 Kraftin Kimmie
  • 1 Recollection Set
  • Studio Gs
  • Fiskars
Of course, I also had to throw in some of my very fave products I use on all my cards:
  • Viva Decor
  • Stickles
  • White Sharpie Extra Fine Point Paint Pen!
See anything you like? Simply enter by the lil' blue froggy below...

I love you ♥

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul ~

Blog Candy Update

Just a quick post... I'm behind the scenes frantically finishing up some cards for tomorrow! So.... I'm sorry to disappoint you, but I have to postpone the winner of my blog candy until Monday. Is it you? Check back soon : )

Important News Update:

Sew Easy tools are fabulous, and guess what? They are back in stock at SCACD!!! Get yours Here.

See you soon!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul ~

Friday, March 25, 2011

Oh So Spring

Hello my friends! It's still cold in central California...where the forecast for the rest of the week is: *singing* It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring... ugh! I am just itching for Spring when the weather is warm enough to be outside, but also not too hot to be outside!

Yesterday I went shopping to buy some exercise clothes. I haven't been shopping in ages - well, obviously I HAVE been shopping for crafts (it's one of the basic 'food' groups isn't it?) as well as grocery shopping - but not for clothes. I've put on waaaaaay too many pounds and my cholesterol needs checking...yuck! So... now I have some spiffy new duds to work out in. Maybe when I wear them it will make me run faster and jump higher. Oh wait. That's PF Flyers. What do you mean you don't remember PF Flyers. I loved my PF Flyers. They made me run faster and jump higher. Really! LOL! Oh my goodness. You will never believe this... I just searched for PF Flyers and this is what I found: Here See? I was telling the truth hee hee

It's time for a new Fairy Fun Friday Challenge and we'd like to see your Spring projects! Here's my sweet 'Oh So Spring' card using the adorable digi Fairy Love by Prairie Fairy Designs:

I am totally in LOVE with this digi!!! I've colored it with my fave copics: E35 E34 YR21 YR20; E11 E21 E00 R20; R85 R83 R81; BG05 BG02 BG01; G28 G24 G21 G20. The oh so sparkly wings were created by coloring them in with my Quickie Glue Pen and giving them a generous dusting of Glamour Dust.

DP is a digi paper pack by Aimee Asher. I love using digi papers cuz you can print out as much as you need, over and over and over! I actually lightened the paper before I printed though cuz I wanted a softer look. It's just amazing how much you can do with computers... I think we have a love/hate relationship with them lol!

Although I've covered the roses in the image with Prima mini roses, the actual roses are very pretty. You can just color them and it looks fabulous!

I've used another of Chelsea's sketches - this time from CLP Sketch Challenge #35. I've rotated the sketch because it worked better for me! Also, I am early for Challenge #35... I will be reminding you again next week when the new challenge begins. For now, you can still enter CLP Challenge #34 : )
I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Bling It On - Anything Goes
Outlawz - Copic (Spring)
The Latte Lounge - Fairies & Flowers
Simon Says - Girlie
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Ribbon Rhinestones Pearls & Flowers
Pile It On - Pearls & Rhinestones & Bling!
Sugar Creek Hollow - Anything Goes
Creative Stamp Friends - Spring
Your Next Stamp - Make It Sparkle
Fairy Tale Challenge - Green & Pink
Papertake Weekly - Girlie
Crafty Ann's - Inspired by Elvis Song #37 (Love Me Tender)

Important News!

  • LAST DAY to enter my cAnDy... Ends March 25 at 11:59 PST. HERE
  • Sunday is the LAST DAY to enter my hidden cAnDy - on this post only!

So happy you've come to visit today. I can't tell you enough how much I enjoy our visits!!! While you've been here, I do pray that you've found a comforting, peaceful and fun atmosphere ♥

YOU are dearly loved!!!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul ~

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Fun in the Sun

Today is the first day of Spring! Really? I was just singing *It's raining it's pouring... the old man is snoring...* My oh my - you DO have a wonderful voice hee hee! Well, today I can repeat my song! Apparently, the weather forecast is rain ALL week (sigh). A little rain is good. A lot of rain is good while I am cozy in my bed...but ALL week long? Part of the trouble is that for the past 3 days, the electricity has been on and off - off and on! Grrrrrr.... it makes it very hard to stay in the lines while I'm coloring LOL celebrate, I'm having a Fun in the Sun party! Wanna join me? Just leave me a comment telling me what you enjoy doing in the summertime! There just may be a SURPRISE hidden for you :)

Today I have a wonderful sunshine-filled card to show ya! This is an exclusive stamp in the Sweet Meets Sassy Collection by Victoria Case for SCACD called Just Chillin'. Can you feel the warmth of the sun yet?

I've colored this beach babe with copics: E35 E34 YR21 YR20; E11 E21 E00 R20; B18 B16 B14 B12. For her dramatic eyes, I've used Lavender atyou Spica pen, Plum Berry Smooch and a touch of Stardust Stickles! Also, I've added a drop of Diamond Glaze on each lense of her sunglasses, her eyes and luscious glass of lemonade - well... what did you think she was drinking? lol

She's all cozy, snuggled up in the warmth of the sand. Ahhhhhh... I remember that feeling! To create the warm sand, I've used Toffee Ultrafine Flowersoft. To create the soft sky background, I simply used BG000 in soft circles (I didn't even blend it *gasp!*) You can see the sky better in the close up above.

The umbrella is a print n cut image from Nitwit. I used a sticky strip for dimension and gave it two generous coats of Ice Crystal Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint. I LOVE this stuff! I also painted the blue swirls to give it some shimmer too. I also LOVE these rhinestone swirls! It's part of a larger swirl. The sets of 3 rhinestones came from the same swirl. Multi-purpose... YAY!

Oooops... I almost forgot to tell you that this FABULOUS sketch came from the uber-talented Chelsea. I am ashamedly late posting this card for the CLP Sketch Challenge, but the good news is that you still have time to join in the fun for March!

I'm entering this card in the following challenge:
Bling It On - Anything Goes (option of charm)

If you haven't entered to win my mega CANDY, you can find it Here. Ends this Friday, March 25 at 11:59 PST.

***Now... don't forget to leave me a comment on this post only (as noted at the top). I will choose one person who will win some fabulous rhinestone swirls!! Ends Sunday, April 27.

I hope you've enjoyed my project and will come back often :) I appreciate all the lovely comments you leave. It makes my heart smile!!!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul ~

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Brand New Challenge is Coming!

Oh my goodness... Have you seen the NEW Challenge Blog Friends With Heart? Grand Opening is April 5, 2011! Danni has been posting sneak peeks of the AMAZING prize offered to one very lucky person... If I were you (and you LOVE to color) you will definitely want to head over to Friends With Heart Challenge Blog NOW!!! Just sayin'... lol

Well, now that I'm home and beginning to clean up and organize a little bit after my trip to Anaheim, I'll have a card to show you (finally) tomorrow! It's been FOREVER... and I sure have missed my crafts!

Have you entered to win my CANDY yet? Ends Friday, March 25 at 11:59 PST...

See you back here tomorrow friends ♥

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Brand New Product!!!

Hello sweet friends! First, I'd like to apologize for my last post...I started a draft on Wednesday last week as I knew I was leaving for 5 days. I thought that I'd have an opportunity to finish it before it was scheduled to post on Friday, but that didn't happen... Besides that, I do believe that I posted one of the lamest cards ever lol! Not because of the image, but because of my poor workmanship... Consider this a public apology, Roberta! I should have more time this week to show you something that will hopefully knock your socks off lol!

Anywho... I've been staying in Anaheim, CA where the famous Disneyland is located. I didn't think I'd be able to shake hands with Micky or Minnie (which I didn't) but I did get to go to Downtown Disneyland on three separate occasions where we had dinner and did a tiny bit of shopping! I bought the most ADORABLE mugs! One is a pink Minnie mouse and the other is a sweet teacup shape with Tinkerbell. Oh you should see the little girls with princess dresses and boys with pirate hats! They are all so cute!!! To see the wonder in their eyes was precious :)

Tomorrow I'll be traveling home, so hopefully in the next day or two, I'll have a project for ya. I've been having withdrawals without my copics I tell ya! I've been using my phone for emails and am actually posting this with my phone as well. I hope it turns out OK!

This weekend was the Natural Product Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center. I've been VERY busy promoting our H2 Go water pouch for kids! It will soon be in Safeway/Von's - in about a month...and I believe it is already in HEB in Texas. We have had an overwhelmingly WONDERFUL response to the water pouches. They are 6.75 oz. which is perfect for kids! They can be frozen and packed in lunches to keep everything cool and fresh. I will show you what they look like when I return - you'll see how ADORABLE they are! Kids' eyes light up when they see it... it's so cute to watch :) And aren't you tired of all the sugary sweet drinks out on the market? This is a great alternative... Cool, fresh, purified water in a fun pouch that's easier on the environment and your pocketbook! No more heavy, bulky water bottles to carry - yay!!!

Are you responsible for purchasing water for school districts? You definitely will want to check out H2 Go! There is no CRV added :) If you are interested in obtaining more information on the Brand New H2 Go for Kids, my email it's on my sidebar. I'd love to hear from you!

Don't forget to enter to win my blog candy - ends March 25!

Until next time...
May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul,

Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011

A Double Release WOW!!!

Yippppeeeeee! It's Friday here in the US. That used to mean pizza and movie night. Now my hubby has dinner meetings on Friday, so I can eat cereal if I want to lol! It also means a few hours of pure craft fun - yay!!!! You should see my work desk... or not. It is in need of clean up BIG TIME. I know that you know what I'm talking about - the way your work area looked before you cleaned it lol! Mine probably is much worse though. I have piles all over the place... but a section in front of me is relatively clear so I can color hee hee!

Have you been hopping today? I'm sure that you've already seen some FABULOUS inspiration from the uber talented DTs from SCACD and Quixotic Paperie! You should have started with Kim and hopped until you reached Mary who then sent you to me :)

If you get lost, or have stumbled upon my blog, you can find the entire Hop List at the store blog HERE.

Let's get ready for some WHEN SWEET MEETS SASSY fun!!! This awesome DOUBLE release is by the fabulously talented Victoria Case. All Victoria Case for SCACD collections are exclusives... you can not get them anywhere else! I must say that this NEW DOUBLE RELEASE is definitely one of my most favorite releases! There's not a bad apple in the bunch lol!

From the Bonita's Collection, I'd like to introduce you to 'Beach Bonita.' This is a collection of 4 stamps with a bonus flourish stamp which is only available in the set.

Oh... she's so beautiful! Doesn't it kinda look like you're seeing her while in a submarine? Pretty cool, huh? Look at that gorgeous flowing hair!

Beach Bonita is colored with my fave copics: Hair - E35 E34 YR21 YR20; Skin - E11 E21 E00; Shells - E55 E53 E50; Coral - R81 R11; Seahorse - BG02 BG01 BG000, accented with white gel pen and lots of Stardust Stickles!

To make it look like the image is on the other side of a window, I die cut a circle out of acetate, gluing it on top of the image which was already die cut using my Nestabilities Classic Large Circle. I then cut a circle frame and glued that on top of the acetate to cover up the mess lol!

Do you see all the water droplets? I made them with Diamond Glaze. I also covered the fish cutouts with Diamond Glaze. It makes them look like shiny puffy stickers! You can use this product to make anything a 'puffy sticker!' It is a staple in my craft pantry. LOVE Diamond Glaze :)

Another FABULOUS new product I LOVEEEEEEE is Glamour Dust paint. If you click on one of the photos, it should enlarge so you can see in detail (hopefully) how shimmery this paint is. I've used Ice Crystal on the white swirls and also on the yellow flowers. Take a peek and see if you can see! Not sure the camera captured it, but it is beeeeeutiful!!! Susana has a ton of other colors at the store you'll want to see!

From the Retro Crew Collection, I'd like to introduce you to Mrs. Cleaver. This also is a collection of 4 stamps with a bonus lava lamp stamp which is only available in the set.

Isn't she a doll? AND...if you happen to be old enough to remember Leave It to Beaver, doesn't she remind you of his mom, June??? She always had everything together and could whirl around in heels and pearls! Me? Gimme my sweats or jammies n slippers LOL!

Mrs. Cleaver is also colored with copics: Hair - E49 E59 E25 E53; Skin - E11 E21 E00 R20; Dress - BG18 BG13 BG11 BG10; coffee pot and cup - E49 E17 E15 E13 E11. Stardust Stickles accents her apron and collar, and Diamond Glaze gives her eyes, shoes, coffee pot and cup great shine! Do you like the gold edged roses? The larger one is a Prima Sugar Bloom Rose which already comes with the gold. I included some Mini Roses as well, so I decided to edge them all with Gold Stickles to match. Voila!

The panels were sewn this time with my sewing machine, but I've also used my Sew Easy and will continue to use this cool tool. I just purchased the zig zag attachment and can't wait to use it!!!

Here's the gorgeous embellishment I created using one of Prima's Vintage Trinket Charms. I 'distressed' a white button with Viva Decor Gold Inka Gold with a little bit of Viva Decor Rose Inka Gold then I brushed a bit of Glamour Dust Gold Glitz Ultra Fine Glitter Paint over the top. When that was dry, I attached it to the gold piece I found in the jewelry section at my local craft store. To attach the charm to the now gold backed button, I used the wire that held the charm to the original package - I know... frugal :)

Now that you've had a taste of what's in each set, I know that's it's impossible to choose just one... so here's the good news :) If you purchase the entire Sweet Meets Sassy Collection (4 Bonita's and 4 Retro Crew) you will receive 2 bonus stamps (Flourish and Lava Lamp)!!! Remember, these are SCACD exclusives AND they are available NOOOOOOOW - yippppeeee!

For our European friends, please check out Quixotic Paperie who is an exclusive SCACD retailer. Elaine rocks - you'll love her!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Your next stop is Lisa H. Happy Hoppin'!!!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul ~

Thursday, March 3, 2011

the countdown...

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