Sunday, November 30, 2008

And the Winner Is

Well I had a bit of a setback and haven't been at the computer lately. It is finally time to tell you who won the blog candy. My daughter pulled Jennifer's name out of the hat so I just need to know which earrings you would like me to send. The dark green trees, light green trees or snowmen. Congrats Jennifer and thanks for giving the blog a read!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Fall Outlook

I wish that I could take credit for this card but I can’t. My Stampin’ Up! upline made this the last time we got together. Isn’t it pretty? The top of the Very Vanilla card stock was masked with torn paper and then brayered. This was so simple and easy to create. Who knew?

Materials list

Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree stamp set

INK- Watermark, retired Stampin' Up! Spectrum pad

CS-Taken with Teal, More Mustard, Old Olive, Very Vanilla (I think these are the correct colors)

Technique- Masking, Tearing, Heat Embossing, Brayer

More Mustard Embossing Powder

Embossing Gun

Brayer


Now I realize that you can no longer purchase this particular ink pad and embossing powder but you could come up with something similar to this. Be creative and let me know what you come up with.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Use those cards for a good cause

I just had to post about something another blogging buddy was doing. Heidi is collecting cards for the local Ronald McDonald house in her area. She is also offering some great blog candy for those of you who are willing to participate. I thought some of you girls might be happy to send her a few extra cards for this cause. I know some of you have boxes and boxes of cards sitting in your crop room just waiting to be used so whip out a few and send them on to Heidi!

Remember those Christmas tags that I was making a few weeks ago? Well, Heidi is the one hosting one of those tag swaps! Thanks for looking!

Blog Celebration


Well the old blog hit the 10,000 visitor mark a week or so ago and I have been too busy to write about it until now. I think this nice round number calls for a bit of blog candy. After all, it took forever to get to this point! I began blogging about 21 months ago and I didn't know if anyone was really reading this until I joined the blogger group. Thank you ladies for all of your visits and kind comments. So how about some jewelry for the blog candy? I thought these little babies would be nice to kick off the holiday season. They are made from Swarovski crystal and sterling silver. Technically the hat band of the snowman is a silver plated Swarovski bead. Did I mention that I am attracted to bright shiny objects. Here's the deal! I will send the winner one pair of earrings. The winner gets to choose which pair. This is what you need to do to win the candy.....

Just leave a comment on this blog post and critique this blog.
1.You must state at least one positive
2. and one negative about this blog to win. (constructive criticisms please)
3.Get a second chance to win if you post this blog candy on your blog. Just leave me a message with the exact link to your post and I'll check out your blog and enter your name a second time. Sending me to your home page doesn't count!



This is open to US and Canadian residents only! You may enter to win 11-16-08 through 11-22-08.

The winner will be chosen the old fashioned way by pulling a name out of a hat by my daughter! It is so much fun for us to do draw the winner together. I will post the winner as soon as possible but give me a little time. I'll be out having surgery and may not be feeling well so it may take me a few days to post. Don't forget to check back to see if you have won!

Several people have asked if I sell my jewelry. The answer is yes, as a fund raiser. If you don't win but would like to have a pair, they are available for purchase. I make these babies to raise money for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. All of my jewelry is sold for this event. I cover the cost of my materials and donate the rest for this cause. Just contact me if you are interested. They make great gifts. I forgot to mention that the snowmen are also available with black hats. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Blogger Award

Can you believe that Jennifer over at Just Coffee Please....& stamps, & ribbons, & papers
just gave me this cool award? You could have knocked me over with a feather when I found this out. I am supposed to pass this award on to 5 other people whose blog I enjoy reading. Tough to list just five but since most of my blogging buddies at SCS have already gotten this award, it made it a little easier.
1. Ann
2. Amy
3. Heidi
4. Susan
5. Sugar Buffet

Friday, November 14, 2008

Blog Challenge # 1


I made this card for the Splitcoast blogger group Challenge that Sara was kind enough to host. She challenged us to create a card using polka dots and ribbon. I whipped out my new stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs and went to work. I have had this set for several months but had not taken the time to play around with this beauty! If you like it, go on over to Our Daily Bread Designs and check out the other stamps. This is a new stamp company that is doing a great job at filling a niche market. I have four of their stamp sets and wish for more!

I stamped the medium cross and verse on white card stock with night of navy ink. I made sure to stamp an extra cross so I could cut it out and pop it off the page. Then I glued the metal flower to the center of the cross and added a rhinestone. This flower is a new brad from Stampin’ Up! I just cut the ears of f of it before I glued it down.

Here is a list of the rest of the products I used to complete the card.

Card Stock- SU Rose Red, SU Prints pack designer series paper

Offray Picot edge Ribbon

SU Metallic pencil

Martha Stewart border punch

Foil Corners that I purchased in a book shop while in Ireland. Sorry ladies, I do not know where they can be found in the US.

I look forward to the next blog challenge! Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Aqua Bling


This little pair of earrings was made for spring and summer but this color is very popular right now. Can you see them for winter wear? Maybe with a matching sweater?
They are sterling silver and the headpins were made by hand. I like the clover shape. It adds a little something extra. I also like the texture of the center bead and was bummed to find out that the supplier of this bead has closed up shop. I hope this gives you a bit of inspiration! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Happy Fall Ya'll!


Even though we have not gotten to move into this old house yet, we did do a little decorating and I wanted to share the photo with you. Yes the black cat is our pet named Buddy. He's really a dog, at least that's the way he acts.

This photo is the back porch and the side of the house against the street. The house sits on a corner lot. It still looks a bit like a construction zone but progress is being made. The man bent over is my husband chasing the cat to try and get him to sit still long enough to get him in the fall decorations. The result is the previous photo.

See that arched window and to the right? We just finished painting that a few weeks ago. I started painting in the afternoon and by evening my hubby and I were out there with halogen lights to get it finished before cold weather and rain arrived. There is still a lot to do but maybe we can get the exterior finished by this time next year. There is just so much scraping, painting and repairs to the exterior that need to be addressed.

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