Sunday, August 28, 2011

Blog Candy Time!











I know I have gone a bit "blog candy" crazy this month but hey it's my Birthday month! What better way to celebrate?! :0)

Just to let you know that I will be going back to my regular blog candy schedule, which is the last Sunday of every month.

OK, lets get down to business! hehe I have 5 blog candy prizes to give away! I have 2 of the Kaisercraft Chanteuse Collection, 2 of the BoBunny Gabrielle Collection, and just one of the BoBunny's Barefoot & Bliss Collection. So now for what is in each prize package:

Kaisercraft Chanteuse Collection includes:

1 clear stamp set(love the frames!)
1 printed chipboard(7 pieces)
10 12x12 solid cardstock(5 each of 2 shades of pink)
16 12x12 double-sided decorative cardstock
5 "roundo" (it's the lovely round shaped frame)
1 4piece glimmer mist set(colors include: star fish, apple, sugar mist and patina)


BoBunny Gabrielle Collection includes:

1 pack 19 pieces(includes cut out journaling cards and the pictured cardstock sticker sheet)
1 12x12 chipboard assortment(37 pieces)
1 sheet rub-ons
1 sheet dimensional stickers
1 pack 6 piece trinkets(so lovely!!!)
1 pack 19 piece assorted brads(love the glimmer ones!)
1 4piece clear stamp set(I love how you could use them as corners or together to make a frame)

And last but not least, something to end the summer with. This is all summer fun theme! :0)

BoBunny Barefoot & Bliss Collection includes:

1 19piece collection pack (includes cut-out journaling cards and sticker sheet)
2 packs(66pieces each) of matching colorful buttons
2 packs(24pieces each) of matching colorful brads
1 pack of large white fabric flowers
5 stickles!!!! (1 orange peel, 2 purple and 2 firefly)

So here is how to enter. Just post your answer to my blog candy question on this post. I will be drawing the winner on Sunday September 4, 2011.

The question is:

I've seen a big trend towards fabrics used in card making and scrapbooking. Do you use fabric in your paper crafting?

I have used it. And now with the "glubers" I will be trying my hand at making flowers with them. I'll post them once I figure it out. :0)

I look forward to all your answers! Good luck to all!

Till my next post...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hi Maryanne! Your Blog Candy...

Hi Maryanne!

Well, I heard from Rebbeca and she made her choice. You have won the Zoo package and the Book Lover rubber stamp set. I let Tonya at Red Letter Journal know so if she saw you to let you know to email me and send me your address so I can mail it out to you as soon as possible. :0)

My email address is:

Stampinshirl@aol.com

Again congrats on winning! I look forward to hearing from you.
Shirley

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cards For David...week 3



I can't believe there are only 3 more weeks till my brothers 50th birthday. It has been a fun challenge to send a card and gift every week for 50 weeks. I appreciated all the ideas I got from all of you. The idea for a "grill" card came from Denise. I looked around and found a couple of cards done with just punches. I love how my card came out.

Don't you love the cards I used for inspiration?! The one to the right is by Dawn Olchefske and the other one sadly I can't find the site again.(that will teach me to write it on the picture so I know who to give credit to)

On my card I used:

Basic Gray, Basic Black, Real Red & Sahara Sand Cardstocks from Stampin Up
The cloud background and paper used for the grass is from the Welcome Neighbors retired paper pack from Stampin Up

I computer generated the saying, silver brads(unknown), stampin dimensionals, mini-glue dots, and the "blue plastic" swirls are from Queen & Co. bold sequins set

Punches used for gril are all from Stampin Up and are as follows:
1/4" circle, 1/2" circle, 13/4" circle, ornament, word window and modern label(in the inspiration cards they used the big shot scribble swirls for the "smoke")
I also used my new grass die from Die-namics of My Favorite Stamps.

Now to just put together a package with some grilling rubs and sauces and week 3 is done. :0)

As always I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

Till my next post...

Monday, August 22, 2011

Blog Candy...Rebbeca your up!

Rebbeca, you get to choose next. The blog candy left are the last "zoo" set with the zebra sticker OR the bright summer one. The stamp sets left are the one with the owl called "book lovers' OR the one with the key called "hardware".

Please let me know which ones you would like and your address and I will get them out to you as soon as possible.

My email address is: Stampinshirl@aol.com

Congrats again!
Shirley

Blog Candy Extras! WOO HOO!



That's right I have surprise extras that just came in on Saturday to add to the prizes. The "Zoo" sets will get the added layered chipboard and who ever picks the "Lauderdale" set will get the 3 packs of tags and two packs of chipboard stickers.

Nancy has picked set #2 and the "family set of rubber stamp sets. So Brittani your up next. Just let me know what set you would like and don't forget about the stamp set.

This has been a fun blog candy this time. But don't forget I will still have my regular Blog Candy the last Sunday of the month. So hope to see you stop back on Sunday August 28, 2011. Lot's more fun blog candy! :0)

I am working on posting all my birthday cards. Hopefully, I'll get some of them posted later this evening.

Take care and as always I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

Till my next post...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Winner of the Blog Candy is...

I want everyone to know how much I appreciate all your comments and tips. It helps me to decide what style stamps I will be offering for next months blog candy. :0)

Let me say, I paid for randomdraw.org to pull the numbers. It shows up in a box(I bet many of you have seen them on other blogs) but I just can't figure out how to link it onto my blog. grrrrrr! I will have my hubby look at it tomorrow and see if he can figure it out. :0)

So without further ado, here are the winning numbers:

#13(Nancy),#7(Brittani), #11(Rebbeca) and #12(Maryanne). Remember you also get to pick one rubber stamp set that has been generously donated by Tonya from Red Letter Journals in Grove City, Ohio. So Nancy you get first choice of the sets, than Brittani, then Rebeca and Maryanne I will send you the last one. :0) Please email me at: Stampinshirl@aol.com with your choice and address. I will mail them out as soon as I get your replies.

Congratulations to all the winners. And remember I will be posting more blog candy on Sunday August 28th! Your going to love them!!! :0)

Take care and thank you again for all the wonderful posts!

My Cup Runneth Over!











What a great Birthday I've had. My youngest brother Dan and have the same birthday just 5 years apart. (kinda cool huh?!) I feel like I've been celebrating for a week! My brother and his family came in from Missouri to celebrate early and we celebrated my great nephew's 3rd birthday too. His birthday was the 19th. It was so fun having everyone here.

As you can see from the pictures I was showered with gifts, cards and well wishes from friends and family. I don't even know where to begin. (I will post more about each card in a later post.) Bare with me if the descriptions are a bit long but I am so thankful for all my gifts but most of all the love of my family and friends. You make my life a joy unending!!! I love you all so much! :0)

My hubby got me the big garlic holder, 5 new cook books, dinner and a movie. Of course anyone that knows Lee, knows it seems like my birthday EVERY WEEK! HA! He's always doing nice things for me and buying me what every I want. I do love being spoiled. hehe

My brother's family(from Missouri) got me the package in the 3rd picture. I asked for a cloth napkins, a new flour sifter and a bookmark. (I love bookmarks, odd, but true. hehe) I told my sister-in-law that the boys could just make them and maybe put their pictures on them and I would lament them later. I was so surprised by my bookmark she made! Great Job Barb!!! She even found just the right color of cloth napkins. Love em'! I'll have to let you know how I like the books. My husband loves the mini series on TV(Game Of Thrones). I've started them and all I can say is intense! And the perfect snack while I read. These chocolate covered Acai Berries are sooooo good! I collect kaleidoscopes and they got me one in Minnesota. It has the most lovey glass in it. If only I could show you how really beautiful it is to look through with this one. I guess what I love about kaleidoscopes are they make every thing look colorful and different each time you look through them. You just can't feel sad looking through one.

In the 4th picture is the gifts and card I got form my dear friend Debb. I was so totally SURPRISED!!! Debb, really out did herself. She sent me directions to make my own photo spot so I can get better shots of the cards I post.(she's a professional photographer...among many of her talents!) And she knows how I love bling. I will be using the beautiful gem flourishes in a personal scrapbook so I will always look at them and remember her lovely gift to me. The soft colored paper in the picture is "crepe" paper. It's the latest thing in paper crafting. The feel and texture is so cool. I'm not sure what I want to do with it yet. I almost hate to cut it up but never fear I will use it. hehe But most of all I was BLOWN AWAY when I pulled out the Spellbinder set and matching stamps form Our Daily Bread Designs. Lee was laughing at me since I was yelling "OH MY GOD, I love them, I love them! And Debb said I was hard to shop for!" I love it all. You know me so well Debb. The best gift of all is your friendship. I love you dear friend. Lots of hugs and thanks!

The 5th picture is of what was waiting for mw when I got home yesterday. My neighbors brought over the most beautiful sunflowers.(They know they are one of my 3 favorites!) And Tonia found MORE dinnerware in my color!!!!! WOO HOO!!! But I have to say I love my Scooby Do pencil box. I love Scooby Do! I can't tell you how many times I've had someone stop by and catch me watching the cartoon! And get aload of my card! I just know Regina made it. :0) She is sooooo talented! I love how she made me Queen on the earth and on a throne on the front with them bringing me gifts. I tell you, I haven't always been the best neighbor but they sure treat me like I am a good neighbor. It is appreciated more then I can say. Thanks to them all.

The 6th picture is of a RAKU pot my cousin Steve made for me(his birthday is the 19th). I telling you everyone on my Mom's side of the family is so talented. I can't wait till his open house in September in Columbus, Ohio. His work is amazing and to have some of his pieces is more than a privilege it is a joy to look at and even hold. Lee and I are commissioning him to do some ornaments for us. I can't wait to see how they will turn out. Sorry if the picture isn't so good but you can see it and other beautiful pieces on his site RakuSteve.com.

In the 7th picture is my hummingbird feeder from my sister and that's her new dog Henry. He is such a nice dog. She's had some nice dogs but Henry has something special. He just got back for a week of training. It was cool to see him doing commands. All I can say is "Mary and Mom keep up the good work with him!"

And I save the best picture for last. My vegan Birthday cake my sister bought for me. She got me and my brother one. It was as delicious as it looked. We got a good laugh too since my name was spelled wrong. :0) We had a great dinner with just family on Friday night and it was just the way I wanted to spend it. Saturday on my birthday since I got up too late to go to my nephew's Birthday party in Parma, Ohio, I went over to girlfriend Diane's crop she was having and see the girls. They sang Happy Birthday to me when I came in. It was the most wonderful feeling to see all their smiling faces. Diane really knows how to throw scrapbooking crop. You can't go and not get a good laugh and good food. (it smelled so good but I headed on to my Mom's.) When I got to my Mom's we went over to her pool and swam for a couple of hours. The water was so nice and it was fun just floating and talking. I'll have to go back again before the pool closes for the year.

What a great birthday! I will post later more about each of the cards I got. You really need to see them up close. I just want to say although I do love all the gifts and will treasure them all. The best gifts were the kindness shown to me and all the love and friendship not just for my birthday but everyday of my life. I really do feel like the luckiest woman in the world!

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Can't wait to post all the pretty cards!

Till my next post...




Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cards For David...weeks 5 and 4





Well, my time doing cards for my brother is just about over. I just love how my boxing card turned out. I followed the video by Dawn (Stampin Up demonstrator) on You Tube. I guess what I liked best was I was able to recycle those little boxing gloves. They were my Dad's. They were from a key-chain that had broken and he had saved them. I can remember my Dad coming out and watching boxing matches with Lee. I know my brother will take good care of them and if he ever wants to remove them from the card it has a sliding door to remove them. I can see endless possibilities using this sliding door technique!

The card this week is the skunk. It's from a stamp company called The Cat's Pajamas. I just love there stamps! I used a template from MOJO Monday and a card I saw on Splitcoast Stampers. It showed a flower or embellishment in the right corner but for a man...I don't think so! LOL I didn't do such a great job cutting out the second image of the skunk. Next time I will use an exacto knife. Still, I like how it looks popped up with dimensionals.

I wanted to say thank you for all the wonderful comments I have recieved. Also knowing what kind of stamps everyone likes helps me decide on what to put in the next blog candy! :0) hint hint

As always, I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

Till my next post...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

It's Blog Candy Time...Let's Go Wild :0)












I hope you will love these "wild" blog candies this month. I have 3 different "Zoo" Blog Candy and one bright summer one.

Please note that in the picture with the stickers it shows 2 of the same sticker. Each one has only 1 sheet of that style. I am still not sure why I took a picture with 2 in it. So let me apologize for any misunderstanding in the picture.

The first 2 winners will win a choice of the stamp sets donated by Tonya at Red Letter Journals In Grove City, Ohio. She is so generous and her store is so lovely! If your ever out that way tell her you heard about her from my blog! :0)

Let's get right down to the packages: I did not take pictures of the cardstocks for each one since they are all the same. :0) The last 3 pictures show packages 2, 3 and 4. Hope your able to see the packages clearly.

Blog Candy package #1:

1 BOBunny Collection pack of papers
3 12x12 sheets of solid brown cardstock
8 12x12 sheets of solid orange cardstock
1 12x12 glimmer paper black(so glittery)
4 double sided BoBunny printed paper
1 pack dimensional stickers
2 sheets of cardstock stickers(each different)
1 BoBunny Noteworthy 32 piece package of diecuts and page accents
1 BoBunny Trinkets(lovely cameo feel)
1 BoBunny Buttons(love the elephant charm)
1 BoBunny Jewels
1 package of Origami Animal Print paper
1 Orange Peel Stickles
1 Black Diamond Stickles

Blog Candy Package #2

3 12x12 solid brown cardstock
8 12x12 solid orange cardstock
1 12x12 black glimmer paper
6 12x12 double sided BoBunny printed paper
2 cardstock sticker sheets(2 different styles)
1 BoBunny Trinkets
1 BoBunny Buttons
1 BoBunny Jewels
1 package Origami Animal Print paper
1 Orange peel stickles
1 Black Diamond Stickles
1 6piece matching clear acrylic stamp set

Blog candy Package #3

3 12x12 solid brown cardstock
8 12x12 solid orange cardstock
1 12x12 black glimmer paper
5 double sided BoBunny printed paper
2 sheets of cardstock stickers(both different)
1 BoBunny Trinket
1 BoBunny Buttons
1 package Origami Animal Print paper
1 Orange Peel Stickles
1 Black Diamond Stickles
1 dimensional zebra sticker by Jolee's
1 6piece matching stamp set

Blog candy package #4

This is a bright summer fun one. I figured it would be nice to have something bright and summery!

1 package by Basic Grey called Lauerdale. It includes in the package:
(18 double-sided papers, 1 sheet coordinating alphabet stickers and 1 sheet coordinating cardstock stickers)
1 66piece matching buttons by basic Grey
1 24piece matching glazed brads by Basic Grey
1 package of large purple flowers(I can just imagine a large button center!)
1 Firefly Stickles
1 Purple Stickles

OK, there you have them. :0) I will be drawing for the winner on Sunday August 21st, 2011. So as always to win all you need is to answer the following question and post it to this blog post.

The Blog Question is:

If you are a stamper what kind of stamps do you prefer? Wood mounted? Clear Acrylic? Cling Mounted(not clear)? Or is there some other type you are using? (I know a friend that actually carves her own! Now that's dedication to the craft!)

I have to say I always loved the wood mounted but after using a clear see thru by Close to My Heart I was hooked on the unmounted that all you have to use is a mounting block. Unmounted stamps are so much cheaper and give you more room to store. But with that being said I still have lots and lots of wood mounted, cling stamps and just red rubber unmounted that I just use double stick tape on the back to adhere to a stamping block! LOL :0)

I look forward to your answers. Good luck to all!

As always, I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

Till my next post...





Saturday, August 13, 2011

Thank You

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for checking in to see how I have been. It's so nice to be remembered. So, to make a long story short, I fell twice within 5 days. The second time sent me to the ER. I really messed myself up. Who knew a woman 130 pounds overweight could do the splits?! hehe Needless to say between the injury, feeding new kittens every few hours, taking care of my husband(he is a quadriplegic), family visit and trying to catch up around here with final house repairs and reorganizing my craft room, I let myself get a bit out of balance and run down.(ok, this is starting to not be such a short explanation!) The family visit was so fun, it was nice to have help around the house which really helped me get a lot of my energy back. Everyone helping doing dishes, feeding the kittens and my sister-in-law Barb cleaned up ALL the toys before they left. She also folded all the bedding and put everything back in order in the room they stayed in and she cleaned the bathroom.(such good house guests!)

Anyway, I am working on some posts. And tomorrow is Blog Candy Post! Hope you'll stop back and join in the fun.

Take care and thank you again for all the nice messages and emails.

Till tomorrow...