Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween from the King of the Jungle

Hi all!  Happy Halloween to you!  Our little lion will be celebrating his first Halloween!! Being sick the last few days has kind of impeded my grand plans of making a lot of Halloween cards, but I managed to put this together using MDS.  So fun!

Have a great one!  I'll catch up with you guys soon...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

New Projects on Craft Project Central!

Hi there bloggie friends!  How are you?  Hope you're enjoying your weekend.  I'm a little under the weather, so I kind of feel like I'm moving in slow mo.  We've had the sick bug visit our house 2 weeks in a row now, and luckily, Denver's been the most resilient of the 3 of us :) 

I just wanted to pop in real quick to share 2 new projects on Craft Project Central - the first one is an adorable Magnetic Christmas Countdown Calendar by Heather Stevens:

And this next project is gorgeous set of Christmas Cards by dear friend, Anne Marie Hile:

 Don't these projects just get you in the Christmas Spirit?  So festive and fun!  If you want to check out the deets, hop over to Craft Project Central to subscribe for the October projects!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Woot Woot Winner Time!

Hi bloggie peeps!  Happy Friday to you all!  It's time to announce this month's Final Friday Winner.  I was SO excited to be able to easily see the NUMBERED comments - yippee!  And this month's lucky winner truly had luck on her side....ready to find out?  Here we go.  The lucky winner is:
Lucky #22, who happens to be:

TanySol!  I was so pleased to discover that it also happened to be her BIRTHDAY on Oct 25th!  Congratulations, Lucky Birthday Girl!!! 

I enjoyed reading your comments and discovered from TanySol and many of our international friends that they don't celebrate Halloween in their countries.  For those of you that DO celebrate Halloween, I had fun reading up on your traditions and memories!  It's so nice to hear your stories.  Thanks so much for playing along! 

On a side note - how do you guys like my little banner?  I am having so much fun tinkering with My Digital Studio!  There's so much you can do with digital images...not only can you scrapbook, but for blogging, I'm finding that it's a GREAT way for me to create images for my blog.  I am discovering that the possibilities truly are endless!  And...I'm excited to share a little tidbit - next week Stampin'Up! will be giving away free digital Downloads at!  Stay tuned...more info to come soon :)

In the meantime, hope you all have a FABULOUS weekend!  Bye for now!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Yay! A simple way to number your comments in your blogger blog!

Hi again bloggie friends!  I just had to share that I finally found a way to easily number comments in my blog!  I know I'm probably late to the game on this, but I've tried before with other no avail.  Thanks to the super easy tutorial on, I now have numbered comments - woohoo!  They break it down for you so it's pretty clean and simple to implement.  Now you'll see my comments are numbered like so:
Isn't that cool?  For those of you that do blog candy or any sort of giveaways, this now eliminates the need to count through your comments individually {and double count sometimes, as I do to make sure I counted correctly!}.  Hope you find this helpful!  Have a great day! 

French Foliage and Flirtatiously FUN projects!

Happy Sunday, blog peeps!  How are you guys?  Hope you are having an enjoyable weekend.  I know I am.  It's always nice to be able to unwind and take it down a notch after a hectic and busy work week!  Well, today, I have 2 fun projects to share with you from the October Craft Project Central!  Are you ready?  I think you'll definitely enjoy these.  The first is the beautiful French Foliage set by Lynn Weiss:
Such a pretty set that's perfect for fall!  I love the leaves and the colors - autumn at its best!

The next project is this super fun Flirtatious gift packaging ensemble by my dear friend, Sharon Field:

Isn't this so deliciously pretty in pink?!  Love how girly and sweet this is!  If you'd like to get all the deets on these 2 projects, be sure to hop over to Craft Project Central and sign up for the October projects!

As for the home front, we've been having fun trying to get Denver ready for Halloween.  We've put on his little Lion hood a couple times for him to get used to, and yesterday we put on his full regalia for some Halloween photo ops.  So fun!  I will share those soon.  I've been working on some MDS layouts...I have to say that I am embracing digital scrapbooking and crafting - it's sooo fun!  Especially, when I'm working with such a cute little model ;)  I may become a scrapbooker yet!

Anywhoo....stay tuned for those.  In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your weekend!  Bye for now and thanks for popping in for a visit!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Gingham Christmas Tree box and card

Hello there, peeps!  As promised, I'm sharing the project I created for Craft Project Central today!  I had been eying the pyramid boxes I've seen in Craft magazines and websites, and finally decided to make my own Christmas Themed box!  I also am such a fan of the Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, I had to incorporate it in my box and card, too {hee!}.  You can find out all the deets of this project in the October subscription over at Craft Project Central, so hope you'll pop over there and check this out along with all the awesome projects I've posted from this month's Craft Project Central.

Have a great day, dear friends!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Need Masculine cards? Look no further...

Hey bloggie friends!  How's your week going so far?  Hope all is well. I feel like I sound like a broken record sometimes cuz I just feel constantly busy busy!  Oh well - the good news is, I do have a  fun share today.  Do you have those moments where you need to make a masculine card and either have creativity block or just don't have the right stamps?  Well, here's a cool set of cards using the Need for Speed stamp set that will work great for any guy cards you may need! I especially love the clean lines and minimalistic modern feel of these cards.  Kris McIntosh created this project for Craft Project Central, so if you'd like to check these out or learn more, hop on over there!

Stay tuned for tomorrow!  I'll be posting the project I created this month for Craft Project Central.  It's a fun and simple packaging project for the holidays.  That's all I'll say for now.  Have a great night!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

a trip to the {Pumpkin Patch!}

 Hey there bloggie friends! Just wanted to share some pics from today - we went to the pumpkin patch with Denver and had so much fun! He was being so cute, too!
Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Everyday Elegance Card Kit for Craft Project Central

Hi blog peeps!  Happy Saturday!  I hope you guys are enjoying your weekend.  After a crazed week at work, I am trying to do some catch up and a bit of unwinding today.  But wanted to pop in real quick with some fun cards by Sharon Burkert using the Everyday Elegance card kit. 

This is another creative project available in October at Craft Project Central.  Want to know more? You can check out the deets over at Craft Project Central!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  Have a great day all!  Cheers!

Simply fabulous deal for Simply Sent Kits!

Hello again, peeps!  Who wants some free stamps?  Well, now's a great chance to get a coordinating stamp set when you buy 2 Simply Sent card kits for the month of October.  Here's a look at the kits:

Everyday Elegance - #122377, $11.95

Great Day - #122375, $12.95
Sweet Moments - #122376, $13.95

This deal runs for the month of October.  For those of you that are thinking of your holiday shopping, these would makes a great gift for new stampers! So don't let this promotion pass you by - now's a great time to stock up! :) And, no need to wait in can shop any time at my Online Store!  Isn't that convenient? ;)

Bye for now!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

October Final Friday Giveaway is here!

Hello there blog friends! Are you ready for this month's Final Friday Giveaway? It's a great all occasion stamp set called Slice of Life that was offered earlier this year as a Hostess Set! With these versatile images, you can create, Birthday, Wedding, Thank You, Baby, Valentine, or general thinking of you cards with a snap! Would you like to win this set?

All you have to do to play is follow these simple rules, only enforced by the "Honor System":
1. Leave me a comment on this post by midnight Pacific Time, Wed, October 25th, 2011.
2. On your comment, please make sure to include a valid email address or a blog URL (where I can leave a comment or have a way of contacting you). For those of you that are uncomfortable with leaving an email in a post, you can write your info like this: yourname at emailaccount dot com.
3. One comment per person please. :)
4. Anyone can play - international visitors welcome!
Feel free to comment on anything, or if you'd like, you can tell me about a favorite Halloween memory or Halloween tradition.  For me, I think this year will be a memorable one with EVERY holiday, since it's going to be Denver's firsts!  I'm excited about this Halloween and seeing him dressed up...he's going to be a Lion!  Of course, I had to tie it into our Africa Safari trip ;)  I'll definitely post pictures of him once we have them.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that he will like being in his costume!  I'm looking forward to reading your comments.  You guys are so fun to play along and humor me.  So, as you ponder your memory or tradition, sit, stay a while, and enjoy the music on the bloggie blog or perusing past Halloween posts to get you in the Halloween Spooky spirit!
Have a great day and thanks for popping by!

{PS - If you happen to be reading this post in your inbox, or on Facebook, please make sure to leave me a comment on my blog to play along for the giveaway!}

{bewitchingly} creative!

Hi there peeps! I've got another project inspiration for you from Craft Project Central! Now, how cute is this Witch Hat Treat Box & Pop-Up Card? This very wickedly spooky Halloween duo was crafted by Monika Davis at I just LOVE th spiders on the hat and the pop up card! How about those candelabras, too?! Too fun! I encourage you to pop on over to Craft Project Central if you're inspired to create this project. I tell you, this October issue is brimming with fabulous crafty creations! Enjoy!

Up next, I've finally got my October Final Friday don't go far!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Note to self...

...I need to CASE this cute Memo board project!  The complete instructions for this handy little project by Laurie Zoellmer is part of the October issue at Craft Project Central.  This would make such a great teacher or neighbor gift, too, don't you think?  I love Laurie's use of the chalkboard Decor Element Sheet and cork board!  If you haven't tried using these different textures and surfaces, it's a great time to step out of your comfort zone and have fun experimenting and expanding your crafting repertoire!

In the meantime, I will make another note to self to get more consistent on my blog posts!  I'll catch up with you guys soon. Thanks for popping by!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Check out what's brewin' at Craft Project Central

Hey there!  Happy Thursday to you.  Does it feel like fall in your neck of the woods?  Well, it's definitely starting to feel like that in Southern CA.  We had some rain and fog yesterday and I think that's when it finally sank in that we're ALREADY in October!  So crazy how time seems to be getting shorter.  Today, I've got a couple of pics to share with you.  I'm so excited to be a guest designer over at Craft Project Central!  For the month of October, I'll be sharing some sneaks of the projects in this month's issue. The first one is this super cute Scarecrow Card and box ensemble by the super talented Kim Score.  She does incredibly amazing punch art!
This next project by Julie Edmonds is such a fun idea that incorporates Halloween with one of my favorite things - spa relaxation and indulgence!  Such a clever idea for Halloween themed favors!
Like what you see?  You can hop on over to Craft Project Central to check out the deets and subscribe to October! 

On another note - did you notice that I decorated the good ol' bloggie blog with a Festive Halloween background?  I thought it'd be fun! It's like decorating my online "house" - heehee.  Have a great day and I'll catch up with you soon.  I've still got to post my October Final Friday - yikes!  It's coming soon, I promise!  Bye for now.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The first week of Christmas is {HERE!}

Hello there blog friends!  As I had mentioned in my post yesterday, my 1st Week of Christmas starts today!!  WooHoo! These holiday projects are a special treat to my Newsletter subscribers, so you won't see these on the bloggie blog.  As a matter of fact, if you're a newsletter subscriber, should be getting the first holiday project in your inbox this morning...

If you're not on my Newsletter list, you can still sign up to get the remaining 11 weeks!  You'll find the Newsletter sign up in the right column of my blog.  Enjoy and let the holiday festivities begin!

Ciao for now.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Paper Parade Sneak Peek!

Hi there!  I'm back with a quick post of my project for UStamp with Dawn and Friends Paper Parade!  My project showcases a Mini Baby Album of my adorable little guy and a matching card using the Party Animal Simply Scrappin Kit.  The colors of the kit are so adorable and the cute embellies made assembling the album a breeze.  Here's a peek at a couple of the page layouts...
There are so many INCREDIBLE projects in the Paper Parade series - truly a wide array of crafts for lots of different occasions {holidays, showers, wedding, babies, to name a few!}.  Plus, you'll get detailed instructions and pictures with every project along with a complete supply list.  If you haven't checked out UStamp With Dawn and Friends, it's definitely worthwhile to subscribe!

12 Weeks of Christmas is coming!

Hi dear bloggie friends!  I am a little behind on the posts this week...October is turning out to be quite a busy month on all fronts!  So, for the sake of catching you all up on all the crafty happenings, here are some fun  things to note this month:
  • My 12 Weeks of Christmas Newsletters will start TOMORROW!  I'll be featuring 12 awesome Holiday projects that have been made by a collaboration of demos as well as yours truly, so you don't want to miss this!  In order to get these projects, you'll need to sign up for my newsletter {don't worry - sign ups are free!}.  You'll see the sign up in the right column of my blog :)  You can check out sneaks of what I did last year at this post. The first week will go out Wed, Oct 5!
  • I am so excited to share that I'm a guest designer this month on Craft Project Central!  The cool thing too is that I'll be featuring the projects available this month on my blog so you'll get to see what awesome projects are being offered. 
  • I'm also back designing for UStamp With Dawn and Friends.  This month focuses on all thing paper with "Paper Parade.  I'll be posting a sneak of my project soon!
  • StampinUp! has an AWESOME promotion this can get a FRE BIG SHOT when you sign up to be a demo.  It's a great time to join, and I would LOVE for you to be part of my team!! :)  More deets on my Demonstrator Website.  This fabulous offering is available for the month of October only, so don't wait til the last minute - JOIN TODAY to take advantage of all the benefits of being a demonstrator.  You can always reach out to me, too for more info.  Drop me an email! ;)

Ok, so that's the bulk of my announcements.  October's Final Friday Giveaway will be coming soon in a separate post AND I will also be scheduling a Christmas Stamp a Stack towards the end of this month or beginning of Nov.  Stay tuned!!  In the meantime, hope you all have a fabby day!  Toodles for now.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October Paper Crafters Sampler!

Hi blog friends!  The October issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler is here!  There are fabulous projects for Halloween that you won't want to miss.  Here's a sneak of my project:
You can visit Paper Crafters Sampler to subscribe to the issue.  It's a wickedly fun one! 

September Final Friday Winner!!

Hi all!  I know I'm a day late in posting the winner for September, so let's find out who it is, shall we?  The lucky winner of the Bliss stamp set is.....
#9 who happens to be SueBee!
Congrats to you SueBee and thanks to all of you guys that played along this month.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your happy September moments.  So much fun to find out more about you, dear blog friends :)
I know today is October 1st, so stay tuned for a post later today for this month's giveaway!! :)

Chat with you all soon!  Enjoy your weekend in the meantime.  Ciao