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Monday, February 28, 2011

The Frugal Crafter giveaway...

The Frugal Crafter is giving away a set of ProMarkers. You can find the giveaway at The Frugal Crafter's site. All you have to do is leave a comment about which set you would like to have. You can post about the giveaway for a second chance to win. There couldn't be an easier way to win so go on over to the site for your chance! There are three different sets for you to choose from (yes, you get to chose the set you would like to win!).


A special Happileigh Scrappin' Challenge...

This week we are helping Leigh "Ring the Bell" for a special little boy named Andrew. I have had a step-son deal with cancer at the age of three and had never heard of this tradition. But, after all that children with cancer have to deal with, this would be a monumental step for them. I am proud to help tell Andrew's story.

If you missed the original story back in August, you can find it at "Hey Get Off The Mound, You Are No Bad News Bassetthound" and at "Tuesday Destination Station 106". Anyway, the tradition is (at some cancer treatment centers) that when a patient completes chemo, they get to ring the celebratory bell. Andrew recently reached this milestone. Charlene (cookiebaker) kindly shared a video of Andrew the day he got to Ring the Bell. You can find the video at this link: "Ring the Bell, Andrew".

It was a fantastic day for Andrew and for his family but, after ringing the bell, he got sick again and wound up back in the hospital fighting pneumonia and being sick from the chemo. He is home again now and facing more milestones. A clean MRI, scheduled for today, would mean he would be able to have his port removed on March 1st.

Leigh decided to head a card drive for Andrew and created a fantastic digital image of him ringing the bell. Leigh has discounted the price of her image (which you can find here) in honor of Andrew.  We want to help Andrew celebrate his oh so important milestone by sending him cards. You can purchase Leigh's digital image by visiting her website at Happileigh Scrappin' Store or, if you have any other bell image you would like to use, you can still participate. If you don't have a bell stamp, then you can make any card with something for a celebration. The deadline is set for March 15th to get your card in the mail to him.  

Rather than posting his personal information on the internet, you can contact me at for Andrew's address. On the 16th of March everyone can upload their cards to Splitcoast Stampers with a special Andrew keyword so we can all admire, and comment on, each other's cards. I can't think of a better reason to make a card than this!! So...this week's challenge theme is celebration and you can read all about it at Happileigh Scrappin' Challenge.

This is my card for Andrew:

I hope each and every one of you has a blessed day!


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Time for Heart Song Design's new releases...

Leah has done it again with more tremendous releases for you to add to your library. First up is Theadore...she's just such a cute little thing and you can find her at Heart Song Designs. I just love her sitting there holding her tulip. I think she needs to wash her little hands and feet though (she's been playing in the garden)!

And now we have Leah's beautiful Butterfly Thistle....

Isn't this just beautiful. I got curious and just had to look it up. The butterfly is actually known as the painted lady for the patterns of reddish orange, pink, brown, white and blue scales on its wings. Having seen the butterfly in reference books, I really want to color it now. I hope that doesn't sound like a science lesson but, I love butterflies and I just had to pass along what I found out.

Leah has let us in on just a little tease on what to expect in the near future, so as soon as I will know. In the mean time, stop over at Heart Song Designs and take home this beautiful butterfly or Theadore or any of the wonderful images you will find there. And don't forget to check out my sister's can find them in the left sidebar. Their creations are just fantastic.  Blessings to each and every one of you for today and the upcoming week.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Stamp-n-Doodle Sketch Challenge...

Happy Thursday everyone! This week's challenge at Stamp-n-Doodle is a sketch challenge. And here is the sketch...I like to call them recipe's like everyone else. I hope you enjoy doing a card for this week using this "recipe":

I did do a card using this sketch but I am having camera issues. In the meantime, stop in at my DT sister's sites. You will find links for each of them in my left sidebar. I visited most of the DT's posts for today and I believe you will agree that this team is a WOW-factor team! Each person has worked hard to show you the versatility just one image can bring you! And the talent is just awesome!! You can find Kiss a Lot of Frogs at Stamp-n-doodles (plus many other digis that I know you will love) Digi Boutique.

For the challenge you don't have to use a Stamp-N-doodles image but, if you do, you will earn two entries in the challenge. 

So don't cheat yourselves...stop in at the challenge blog; you will find the challenge blog and you will find last week's winner.  Have a blessed day!


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Heart Song Sunday Releases...

Happy Sunday everyone!  It's time for another group of wonderful new releases from Leah at Heart Song Designs. She is always busting with terrific images. Just check these out:

Blooming Stars

I made this easel card with the Blooming Stars digital image:

Another new release is St. Patty Daydream:

And the last release is Butterfly Fancy; this is the pre-colored image, but there is also an uncolored version of this one...

Personally, I think they are all great. I have made several cards for friends using the St. Patty Daydream image, but you will have to wait until Monday's challenge announcement to see it. What could it be....hmmmm...??? Oh, please don't miss out on all the team's posts today. You can find all of their links in the left sidebar. Talk about talent; wow!!

Hope your day is joyful and full of love.  Blessings to you all!


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

DeeDee's Design Digis...

Hi ya'll! I told you earlier that DeeDee's challenge this week was to create a card using buttons, fake or real, it doesn't matter. How easy is that? If you participate in the button challenge you don't have to use one of DeeDee's images but, if you do, you will get her weekly dollar digi with sentiment free. So go on over to DeeDee's Digis and pick up one of the fabulous digis she has. It will get you another digi free. Here's my version of the button challenge using this weeks dollar digi "Pocket Full of Joy".....

I love that digi....that kitten is just too darned cute.  Everyone have a blessed day!


Heart Song Designs...

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I just have to show you my interpretation of Leah's digital image titled "Butterfly Duet". The butterflies were just a part of this week's image releases. If you scroll down just a little further to here you can see them all.  There's a beautiful pre-colored anemone and the cutest little dog you will ever see. His title is "Jasper with Bone". You can find all of these images and much more at the Heart Song Designs shop.

Guess I "blabbed" are my butterflies....

I printed, colored and cut each image twice. I then glued one on top of the other, but only down the middle. Then I slightly creased the wings at the body to lift them up and curled them slightly. Hope you enjoy them...have a blessed day!


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Make It Crafty...

Hello everyone! Many of you may already know about the site Make It Crafty, but I just recently discovered it. I consider it to be one of the better sites I have found for video tutorials. I don't use Copics, because I simply can't afford them, but she has many excellent tutorials on using and blending with Copics (I do wish she had Prismacolor tutorials). She also has videos on how to work with digital images in Microsoft Word. That program I do have and I learned a lot about merging digital images easily. Her Word version is newer than mine so I don't have the same tools easily seen. I had to look a bit to find them, but the same options are in my version. Do check out Make It Crafty's video tutorials. You won't be sorry you did...and she has an excellent site! Everyone have a blessed day!


My Close To My Heart...

Happy Tuesday everyone! Ya'll need to stop by my Close To My Heart Site.  I know a lot of people use digital images now (I'm one of them). But we still have the occasion to use a rubber stamp for flourishes or sentiments or that image we just can't find. I also sell markers, ink pads, reinkers, color coordinated papers, watercolor pencils, shaped cards and envelopes, glitter and embossing products, and cutters, punches, and tools.

There is so much more you will find on my site, including design ideas.  Studio J is an awesome digital scrapbooking program; you really need to read more about it.  I am always available to talk to you if you have a question.  You can order all the items you need online and get quick delivery. Close To My Heart is a well known company with a solid background that you can feel comfortable ordering from.

I would appreciate it very much if you would leave me a brief little note at least letting me know that you stopped by my site.  My phone number and my information is listed in the top right corner of my home page! Thank you so much!


Monday, February 14, 2011

CS Designs...

Lulu is a Freebie !!!

This is Lulu the little Fashion Diva and she is a CS Designs freebie,
but in order for you to get her you have to let CS Designs know
you are interested in creating with her.

How do you do this?
If you have never posted to the group before,
you must first post to the CDAC group and introduce yourself.
This will let CS Designs know you are interested in participating and getting to know us.

After your introduction you need to send CS Designs a message with
your email address so they can send you the zipped file.
After receiving Lulu you are also required to upload
at least one project using her to the CDAC group so we can all admire it. :)


Happileigh Scrappin'....

Happy Monday everyone!  You haven't forgotten about the challenge have you?  You still have until the 19th to get your entry in!  Leigh has released some terrific new images in her Happileigh Scrappin' Store that you have just got to see.  They are gorgeous! This is one of my many favorites; it's titled "Jenny on Swing":
This is the outside...

and this is the inside...

The sparkle underneath the right side of the card is just reflection from my mantle. 

Ya'll hop on over to the Happileigh Scrappin' Store and check out all the other beauties Leigh has for you.  And don't forget to check out the rest of the teams sites...there's some awesome talent among those ladies!  Everyone have a blessed day!


DeeDee's Challenge...

Beginning today, and through the week, DeeDee's Monday Challenge is having an "All Buttoned Up" challenge. You have to use in buttons in your design....they can be real or faux, but they have to be there.  The winner will have their choice of a digi from DeeDee's store. You don't have to use one of her images but, if you do and are the chosen winner, you will also receive the weekly Dollar Digi as well. Have fun, this is an easy one!! Blessings to everyone!

You can always find her current challenges at her Happy Monday Challenge site...

You need to take a minute to check out her new store site Grand Re-Opening at DeeDee's Digis.


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Fantastic Blog Candy...

My friend, Tee (Theresa), at Crafts/Friends/Angels is giving away some awesome blog candy! Her birthday is coming up next month and she is celebrating it early by giving a present instead of receiving one! How terrific is that? She is accepting international entries.

The goodies include:

3 Bunches of flowers
Assortment of Flatback Pearls ( my fav )
Assortment of Gems
Pearl Stems
Crystal Headpins
Glitter x 2
Craft Wire
Miniature stars
"Happy Birthday" Embossing board
Background Posy Stamp
Large buckles

So you need to get over to Crafts/Friends/Angels to not only get your entry in, but to check out her will love it!! Just saying....everyone have a blessed day!


Heart Song Designs...

Leah has new releases for you at the Heart Song Designs store and are you ever in for a treat!  She is even releasing a pre-colored image. Check out this beauty...

You have to admit that is gorgeous! She is also releasing two new uncolored images; one is a butterfly duet:

and the other is Jasper with Bone...

This is my interpretation of Jasper with Bone...

So, you see, you need to get on over to the store and check out everything.  You never know what you will find lurking around some corner.  Everyone have a blessed day!


DeeDee's Digis...

DeeDee's Digis is hosting this week's CDAC sketch challenge #17.  You can feel free to flip it, rotate it or whatever, but you have to use the main elements shown in the sketch.  The sketch is here:

DeeDee has also generously provided a freebie for you to use (if you wish) for the challenge and here it is:

Here is a sample card using both the freebie and the sketch:

The winner will receive a choice of two digis from DeeDee's Digis, so you have all the elements you need now to win your choice of images.


Saturday, February 12, 2011

CS Designs...

CS Designs is participating in the freebie challenge at CDAC and is providing a freebie to use.  When you post to your galleries you need to use the tag cdacfdc17. The challenge started February 10th and has no time limit.  Chris created this beautiful design:

Chris is also providing a freebie for this challenge you can download it here:

Hope you enjoy the freebie challenge!  Blessings to all!


Thursday, February 10, 2011

DeeDee's Digis...

Popping in again, everyone! The whole team is listed in my sidebar for DeeDee's Digis (this is the link to her CDAC group so that you can come chat with everyone) now; she has four different teams, so grab a cup of coffee (or beverage of and spend the next couple of hours drooling over some terrific talent!  Hope you enjoy!!


Heart Song Designs...

Hi to everyone! It's sunny here in Georgia, but very cold. I know you northern folks are laughing at what I consider cold. I lived in the north and the south, that's how I know you're laughing at me.

Please welcome Vanessa as our newest Design Team Sister. Stop by her website, Golden Sentiments Design Co., and leave her a some love! Everyone have a blessed day!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

DeeDee's Design Digis...

Hi everyone!  It's one of those nights when sleep will just not take over.  Do ya'll hate those nights as much as I do. I have been told that I have been formally accepted on DeeDee's Digis.  You can visit the blog at Crafting with DeeDee's Digis.  And, of course, you can find all of her digis for sale at her shop DeeDee's Digis.  I am really blessed to be associated with all of the talented ladies that have come into my life since the beginning of the new year and DeeDee is one of those talented women. 

DeeDee has told us she won't be announcing us all until Feb. 13th, but that we could go ahead and share the news at any time.  So, I'm  As soon as I possibly can I will list all my DT sister's names and their sites.  In the meantime, be watching my sidebar for my new DT logo for DeeDee.

Thanks to everyone who is always so kind with their comments!  I appreciate you continuing to visit and to leave so much love on my site.  A blessed day to all of you!!


Monday, February 7, 2011

Happileigh Scrappin' Challenge....

Happy Monday everyone! They just keep rolling around, don't they, no matter how much we wish it were still the weekend. Last week's Happileigh Scrappin' Challenge has been extended for one week. You now have until Feb. 19th to get your entries in. Just as a reminder, the inspiration photo for this challenge is:

You can use anything from the photo that sparks your imagination. Is it the colors, the birdhouse, birds, or something else floating around in your head? Whichever it may be, don't forget to get your inspiration challenge card entered. You don't have to use a Happileigh SCrappin' design but, if you do you will get an extra challenge entry.  I'm looking forward to seeing the wonderful art that I know swirls around in your head!


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Fantastic blog candy....

Audrey at Peace, Love & Crafting is giving away an awesome Valentine's Day/President's Day blog candy package.  Check this out:

I told you the candy was awesome; do you believe all these wonderful goodies? I would sure like to get my hands on it; I could really put it to good use. Run on over to her site and get your entry in! If you do enter for this bunch of terrific goodies, please let Audrey know that I sent you over!


Dude Time Doodles Challenge...

Dude Time Doodles is having a sketch challenge.

  • You will have one week to flip the sketch, twist the Sketch, work the Sketch and submit the Sketch.
  • You are not required to use Bonibleaux Designs Digis although it would make them really, really happy.
  • MUST be a masculine themed card, you can use humor, innuendo, be a little naughty, sarcastic, but it has got to be for a DUDE!
  • Be sure to use the InLinkz on the challenge site to submit your creation.
They will be announcing the winners on February 9th.

My entry is Rodeo Randy and you can find him at Bonibleaux Designs.

Run on over and get your entry in!  And have a blessed day!


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Heart Song Designs...

Hi everyone!  It's everyone doing a happy dance?

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who stopped by Leah's party last night at her brand new CDAC Heart Song Designs group. Everyone had a blast and Leah debuted some new art that will be available in the Heart Song Designs store. I'm sure Leah has much more in store for us down the line. The fun part is you never know what it might be. Will it be a challenge? Who knows!

Don't forget to check out the Heart Song Inspirations blog either. You will be able to see what some or all of the DT is up to with Leah's wonderful images (not to mention Leah's own work with her designs).

Hope to see you at the next party!! Everyone have a blessed day!


Friday, February 4, 2011

Stamp-n-Doodle Blog Hop...

Okay, people...I have to say I am blessed!  Please don't think I only mean here, my whole life is a blessing, but I am now a member of the Stamp-n-Doodle Design Team.  It was an honor to be invited to participate as much as it was an honor to accept.

Stamp-n-Doodle is hosting a blog hop to introduce February's new image releases and to welcome not only myself but Priyanka and Molly to the team. The challenge starts at the Stamp-n-Doodle Challenge Blog.  That will be your first stop on the hop and, if you get lost along the way, you can always return there to get your bearings again.

The hop will fun from today through Wednesday, February 9th at 11:59 EST.  In order to WIN the grand prize (all three Stamp-N-Doodle images used by the different DT members) you have to complete the hop and leave a comment on each blog along your journey (including the Stamp-n-Doodle blog). You don't have to make a comment at the shop, which will be your last stop.  You also have the option of joining our new challenge, which is VALENTINE'S and/or LOVE. The winner of the challenge will receive one image of their choice from Stamp-N-Doodle.  We would also love it if you would join us as a follower, but it is not required to win the hop or the challenge.

You should have arrived here at Ruby's Impressions from Vickie's site Vickie's Scrapbooking and Tidbits; if you did, you are on the right track!

My image is about all those frogs you have to kiss before you find your prince (wonder if that's why it's called "Kiss Lots of Frogs"?).  And isn't that the truth, ladies? Personally, all I found was frogs!

Your next stop on the hop is to see Molly at Miss Molly Creations.  There's more fun to be had and beautiful work to be seen along the hop!  I hope that you have enjoyed your visit here and that you will join in on the challenge. You don't have to use a Stamp-n-Doodle image but, if you do, you will have two times the entries for the purpose of the winner's drawing. Have fun!