Saturday, November 17, 2012

Birthday Blessings for Sally blog Hop

Welcome to Birthday Blessings to Sally blog Hop. Today is Kimberly Pate's mother birthday and it was thought to honor and cherish her mother by having a blog hop. All cards will be mailed to Sally in care of Kimberly.

Birthday's are a blessing especially if it is someone special. God grants blessings by giving us special people to honor. Kimberly Pate is a wonderful loving caring person which I am sure is due to the
wonderful parenting skills of her mother Sally. So, let's see how our wonderful group wishes Sally a happy birthday and if you would like to wish Sally a special birthday greeting - you too can send a card to:

There is a wonderful line-up of birthday wishers:

  1. Kimberly ~
  2. Lynne ~
  3. Lisa ~
  4. Miriam ~
  5. Rachelle~
  6. Tami ~
  7. Anita ~

We have a special sponsor today to help us celebrate. She asks that you remark on everyone's site along with wishing Sally a very special birthday blessing! Then, head on over to visit her Facebook store at:

Just like her page, leave a comment that you came from this hop and you will be entered to win ten sets of half pearls and/or rhinestones of your choice!

If you have arrived from Rachelle' s blog then you are on the right birthday trail. If you just happened to stop and visit me, I am truly blessed and happy that you have but would love for you to follow the complete hop by starting with of course with Kimberly at

For my birthday card for Sally I have made I used Graphic 45's Lady's Diary paper. I added a flower and the stamps are from Stampin' Up.

I also decorated the inside.

 Your next stop along the way on our birthday blessings is ANITA.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Christmas Banners for Special Needs Kids BLOG HOP, November 10-12, 2012

"In the eyes of children, we find the joy of Christmas. In their hearts, we find its meaning."

If you came from Ellen's Blog, then you are in the right spot. if you just happened by, make site to start at Ellen's Blog so you don't miss any of the fun or rules for prizes.

As joyous as Christmas is for most families, for some, their holidays are filled with worry, medical treatments and tests, and pain -- for their child must be hospitalized or she or he needs long-term care rather than being home with their families.

For these kids, Santa doesn't slip down a chimney but rather, often comes in the guise of community volunteers who help make the season bright.

This is the second Christmas season that our own band of dedicated and loving paper crafters have come together to make Holiday banners for children who are too sick to be home for the holidays.  Welcome to the Christmas Banners for Special Needs Kids blog hop!

We are especially pleased that this year, not only have the number of generous crafters swelled so our Hop is over three full days, but also, that we have partnered with another great cause and recipient of our banners!

By teaming up with Madison Womack's I FEEL THE LOVE PROJECT, the banners our crafters have handmade will be going to the hospitalized children at Children's Hospital Central California!

First, let me show you the banner I made for today's post. I'll be sending this to Madison and the children at CHCC who are benefiting from the I Feel the Love project in December:

I used Christmas tree shaped chipboard, then I covered each with paper and added decorations.

Your next stop is Heather D. 

Thank you again for visiting us here for a beautiful and worthwhile endeavor.  God bless all the little children wherever they spend their holidays!!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

2nd day 9-2 Halloween Spooktacular Banner Hop for Special Needs Children


Welcome to the annual Halloween Spooktacular Banner Hop for Special Needs Children!
I am delighted to join with more than 3 dozen other women who have each made at least one Halloween-themed banner that will be donated to hang in the room of a medically-fragile child at Pediatric Specialty Care in Pennsylvania.

Our Hop Hostess (Ellen CardMonkey Jarvis) works at PSC’s Bucks County site as Admissions Coordinator. The Banner Hop starts there, so please be sure to circle back to the beginning to see all of the terrific banners have been made for these very special children.

Ellen shared this information with us about Pediatric Specialty Care: “PSC is a very special place where children stay either long- or short-term, typically after hospitalization.  Most are dependent on ventilators and other technology to survive. Some have been born too early or with genetic diseases or birth injuries.  Other children suffer injuries later in life that require constant care later, including brain injuries from trauma or loss of oxygen (from choking, suffocation or drowning) and spinal cord injuries.

These children and their families -- and PSC’s staff -- will be thrilled to receive the Halloween banners, to help brighten the season when their friends and siblings will be out trick-or-treating.”
Here is the banner I am sending to a child at PSC:

The banner says Happy Halloween in chipboard letters that I had in a packet. All of the pennant pieces are witches hats, cut from the Cricut Happy Haunting Cart. It is cut at 5.5 inches. I cut 30 black hats and sandwiched a piece of chipboard between to make it sturdier. I decorated the hats with paper cut from my Halloween stash. I added orange rickrack and an orange flower on the headband. I put eyes on the spider. I used a flower petal behind the cat eyes. Then to top it all o, I added stickles.  I hung each hat from a piece of black ribbon and attached it too the main ribbon with green sheer ribbon. They wanted to dangle backwards, so I attached them together with an additional piece of yellow sheer ribbon at the brim tips to each other. This seemed to help.

Please move on your way to the next stop, which is: Susan! Thank you again for visiting!

This Hop is two days (Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2), and on each day you will see different banners. Be sure to visit on both days to see the truly inspirational work of these generous bloggers, and leave some love (comments) on as many sites as you can – because if you do, you can up your chances to win some Spooktacular blog candy, including from these sponsors:

Madge's Scrappin' Lounge is donating a $25 gift certificate to her store!

Lisa Peters - $15 shopping spree to her adorable paper piecing store at Scrapping With Lisa Designs.

Lucy Kelleher - Independent Consultant for Close to My Heart is donating a $10 Gift Certificate which you can use towards any Close to My Heart products!  To enter to win, you will need to leave a comment on her blog and become a follower of her blog. For an additional entry, "Like" her Facebook page.

Debi Weidleman - Independent Consultant for Stampin' Up is also donating a $10 Gift Certificate which you can use towards any Stampin' Up products.

Erica's Craft Room is donating two Cricut cartridges (!!!) -- Pretty Pennants and Mini Books.  Please visit and say thank you to Erica on her blog.

To qualify, all you have to do is leave at least one comment on our Hostess’s site - CardMonkey What was your most memorable Halloween costume, and how old were you when you wore it?   Leave additional comments on as many banner makers’ sites as you’d like for extra chances to win!  Prizewinners will be announced on Monday, September 3 on the CardMonkey site, where there will be a round-up of all of the Spooktacular banners for 2012.

You can go back yo beginning at CardMonkey's site, if you got lost along the way.

 Thanks for visiting.  
Please move on your way to the next stop, which is: Susan!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I Believe That There arre Angels Among Us 8-29-12

Oh I believe there are angels among us
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hours.
To show us how to live to teach us how to give.
To guide us with the light of love.

I know for myself, that I have a guardian angel watching over me as he is my very own precious child that I  lost in 1995. His  32nd birthday would have been next month. Strange how comforting it is to know that someone watches over us in so many ways.

When life held troubled times, and had me down on my knees.
There’s always been someone there to come along and comfort me.
A kind word from a stranger, to lend a helping hand.
A phone call from a friend, just to say I understand. 

Today's hop may be the story of our own Guardian Angel who watches over us, the beauty of angels, or just expressing kind words. The craft blogging world is phenomenal as sharing loving thoughts and caring towards others.

We have fabulous sponsors today Lucy Kelleher, A Close to My Heart representative, has graciously offered a stamp set called "Angelic Blessings" to one lucky winner that becomes a follower of her blog:  Love 2 Create.

 DaisyCollins of I Love Sketches by Tsunami Rose, also has a Zibbet store, where she designs beautiful papers - has graciously offered to custom design a paper for one very very lucky winner that becomes a follower of her blog!

 If you were visiting me today, I appreciate and love you visiting me, but would want you to start at the beginning of the hop not as to miss a single angel with Lynne

If you have arrived from Lucy , then you are in the right flight!

The stamp is from Stampin' Up. I used my Copics and then stickles. The red striped card stock is from Amuse. I used a Fiskars heart corner punch.  The red glitter paper is wrapping paper from Paper Source.

Your next stop along the way today is Janet. I thank you and appreciate you're stopping today and hope you stop again!

I have the complete line-up of the angels in the blog hop just in case you get off the chosen path!!!

  1. Lynne
  2. Kimberly
  3. Lisa
  4. Lucy
  5. Tami
  6. Janet
  7. Katie
  8. Michele
  9. Jearise ~

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the hop!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Another Fairy Day Blog Hop

When you were a little girl did you did you ever dress-up like a fairy? Did you believe in fairies? I tried thinking about this and my first thought was no. I don’t think I ever dressed up as a fairy, nor could I really recall any of my Halloween outfits. I did not have a creative crafty mom, so I am sure she never made me, or even my sisters, fairy outfits. As far as believing in fairies, well I believed in the tooth fairy of course, because she brought me money. LOL  

I think the only fairy that I really thought of as a fairy was the Good Witch Glinda. I know, she really wasn’t a fairy, but I thought of her as a fairy godmother for Dorothy.  Although Glinda is not actually a fairy, I thought I would give you a sneak peek of a Wizard of Oz book that my BFF, Gina, and I are working on. This page is Glinda appearing in the Land of Munchkins. Glinda is from Graphic 45 paper.  The bubble is a crystal ball stamp, which I stamped on velum and embossed in light blue.  The flowers were all stamped, embossed in clear, and some colored with Copics, then bling added. The Munchkins were stamped in black and embossed in clear, then colored with Copics I found the Munchkin stamp on eBay. I was so excited!!! Lots of coloring and definitely a lot of cutting, but well worth it for the end project.

Therefore, my fairy life as a child was pretty much non-existent.  As an adult, I have to say that my all time favorite fairy is Tinkerbell. I even have a “Slow Pixies at Play” sign hanging over my craft room doorway. Of course, it was a definite "must buy" on a trip through Disneyland. 

I  thought of making something with her in mind, but then thought, hmm, what else could I come up with instead of what would be a different fairy to make? 

Several months ago, I bought a Memory Box tree frame die. I punched out several of these frames in a couple of different glitter paper colors. My BFF, Gina, and I decided that this die would look great with her new B Line stamp of a girl on mushroom, wings not included. We chose some Memory Box 6x6 paper and stamped the image directly on quite a few different papers with different results. Gina took hers home and finished them up, but mine went into a "later to do box." Not as procrastination, just something for a day when I have extra play time.  I decided that this was going to be my project for this hop. Although I don't do too many fairy items, I decided to play around with this image and see how it would look. I used some wings from another B line stamp, actually a little kid dressed up as a bee. I tried using glitter on velum for the wings, but that didn’t work, so I used pink embossing powder. I actually liked how it turned out. I made a slit right behind her dress and slid the wings through, so they would pop up on the card. I used Copics on the image.  I chose the bronze colored tree frame, using the Therm-O-Web's Sticky Dots adhesive sheet. It's the best invention for die cuts! I buy it at Michael's when it's on sale or with a coupon.I stuck it down around the image and then cut out around the frame. There is actually another die you can buy to do this, but I am too cheap to spend money on something that I can easily cut out. I would rather use the money for another intricate die. Then I just attached it to a card stock card.

closeup of the embossed velum wings and glitter frame

I bought his glitter paper by the roll, at Paper Source. Of course, I had to have every color. It is absolutely stunning in person. It is thin, so is great for the intricate parts of the dies.

There is a great line-up for you today and you should have arrived from Barbara.  If not, or you just dropped in to visit today, I wouldn't want you to miss a single story of the travels of the "fairies" from start to finish. Please go to the beginning of this hop , which starts with Gill.

As in every good fairy tale, it has a beginning and a happy ending. I hope you enjoyed my project, but I must send you along your way to Anita’s land of fairies.

Thanks for fluttering by!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

I'm Ready for Summer

Hi everyone! I am ready for summer! We have had so much rain, I just need some sunshine and maybe a trip back to the beach a few times to enjoy the sun and sand.

I was inspired to join in on some fun after I visited the DeNami Design's Casual Friday's blog page. They have a different challenge each week. This week's challenge  is to create a Clean and Simple project using Polka Dots. 

Well, it made it easier for me to come up with something after going to their annual warehouse sale, yesterday, and finding two perfect stamps to use. (Well, I did find more than two to buy, but who's counting right? LOL) Luckily, I only live about 4 miles from the warehouse. Both of my BFF’s went with me too. We found some fun stamps at the sale. What a great deal!  I wanted the sandal stamp and was going to purchase it, but I found it in the box! Lucky me!!! The items in the sale were gently used stamps, but this one was in great condition.  I also found a sand castle.  Two perfect stamps for the card I wanted to make.

The card that I made was used with polka dot papers out of my stash. The sentiment is a Rosie Road Show stamp and fit with the card so well I had to use it. I punched out the sentiment with one of my Stampin’ Up punches.  I first stamped the sandals all out on polka dot paper and then cut them out. I used my sticky red double back tap and added sand from the actual Pacific Ocean beach that I brought home in April when we went on our annual vacation there, for my husband’s birthday.  I stamped the sand castle on gray paper and colored the door and windows with a Copic pen. I first stamped the sand castle on the paper and then cut the gray one out and popped it up. I used Copic pens to color the flags.  I used a corner punch on the top sheet of paper, then rounded the other corners of the polka dot papers beneath it. I attached everything to a yellow  1/2 sheet card stock card.

Thanks for stopping by!!!


Thursday, May 31, 2012

We're Off to See the Wizard Trvisted Blog Hop 6-1-12

We're Off to See the Wizard the wonderful Wizard of Oz to hopefully get the Tin Man a heart, the Lion courage, and the Scarecrow a brain! But there's the poppy fields to beware of as you could get very sleepy! The Wicked Witch but we know she's afraid of water. The flying monkeys . . . just totally freaky looking!!!! You're probably still dizzy from the spinning whirling twirling house and watching all those things passing by like a nightmare especially that Miss Gulch on her bicycle! Poor Toto hiding in the basket, but can you blame him? Don't pay any attention to the man behind the curtain as he knows not what he speaks! And then there are the delightful munchkins that sing 3 octaves highly than humanly possible. I almost forgot the good witch Glinda - how could I forget her --- she was just too sugary sweet for my standards but as a Good Witch goes, she was the best, but why didn't she just tell Dorothy she had the power to return all along instead of waiting until the end - geesh!  And then only bad witches are ugly --- come on now! It’s the Merry Old Land of Oz! I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore Toto. . . .

We're paying homage to the Wizard of Oz today with our blog hop! So, grab your beverage of choice and those ruby red slippers of yours, click them twice and repeat after me - "there's no place like home, there's no place like home"!

For Lynne’s Blog Candy she is offering a 7 - piece paper assortment of 12 x 12 pieces of paper by Paper House Productions. 

We have a great line-up for you today and you should have arrived from Shelly.  If not, or you just dropped in to visit today, we don't want you to miss a single story of the travels of our "characters" from start to finish and would love for you to begin at the beginning of our hop at
For my first project, I am posting some WOO cards that I made. 


My second project is a WOO book.  I took the class at Impress, taught by the talented Lavonne for the WOO book. She has such a special talent I hate missing any of her classes. She inspires me and gives me such great ideas to think outside f the box.

The book was made using Graphic 45’s Wizard of Oz collection. I love this paper collection.
It would be unheard of to take a Lavonne class without hours of cutting out things, so detail scissors are a must item to bring to class. She also has us eboss all of the stamping. It shows up better and has more of dramatic look to it.

As every good story, it has a beginning and a happily ever after - Dorothy went home and all was well with the world and Dorothy told Auntie Em - there's no place like home!!!!!! AWWWW how sweet! I hope you enjoyed my project and I must send you along your way to Amy or maybe Rhonda, if Amy doesn't post and a place beyond the rainbow!  

Thanks for stopping by!!!