Monday, August 31, 2009

MyGraphico is having a Blog Hop!!

First of all, MyGrafico is up and running again.....YEA!!!! The site was down getting some maintenance and it is now up, running and full of grafic yumminess!! So, me and the other DT members at the MyGraphico challenge blog are having a blog hop to celebrate the updated and wonderful store! Now, aren't you glad you stopped by today???

Here are all of the details of the hop. It's a bit long, but hang in there, 'cause it's well worth it!

1. To start the hop, you need to go to Martha's blog. If you came here first, be sure to go back to Martha's blog to start off.

2. Then follow the hop and be on the look-out for a LETTER to be highlighted on each blog you hop to!

3. You want to leave a comment on each blog Along the way to win an image from the Candy Shoppe set (see below).

4. You Also want to collect the letters to create a phrase.

5. Once you know what the phrase is, you want to email your guess to mccreations@ by 10:00 pm (PST) tonight and you could be the winner of the entire set!

Here's my card for this week's kick-off celebrAtion!

The challenge was to use an image from the above set and the colors RED, PINK, and GREEN. I printed the large cherries on some white cardstock then red and then again on green. I cut out the cherries and the leaves from the red and green cardstock. Then, I ran the leaves thru the Cuttlebug with the circles embossing folder. Then, I paper pieced the cherries and leaves. I added some Glossy Accents to the cherries to shine them up a bit. The cake was cut using my Cricut and the Wedding Solutions cartridge. The drippy icing is a Martha Stewart border punch. I added a bit of Stickles to the scalloped parts of the cake. I also used a Martha punch on the green border and ran that thru the Cuttlebug as well using the Swirls folder. I added a rub-on, a computer generated sentiment and a cute little flower/ribbon brad. Easy peasy!! I love the MyGraphico digi images because they are so, so cute AND so easy to work with.

Now..........I will be giving away the large cherries image from the set below to a random person chosen from every one that leaves me a comment on THIS POST TODAY. And did you find my featured (highlighted) letter? Keep collecting letters during your hopping to create a phrAse and email to the address above by 10:00 pm PST TONIGHT to win this entire set:

BTW: There will be more prizes all week long so you'll want to visit the MyGrafico Challenge blog every day for chances to win:

TUESDAY: sign up at the challenge blog to become a Follower and you could win Superheroes WEDNESDAY: If YOU create a sweet card, you might just win Back to School
THURSDAY: Leave a comment at the Challenge blog and you might win Halloween Ghoulies FRIDAY: Last but not least, everyone who has joined the Followers list or left a comment at the Challenge blog has a chance to win the Trick or Treat set

What a week of fun!! Be sure to check back often! I will post reminders throughout the week for each day's activities so you'll have lots of chances to win!
Thanks for stopping - now leave me a comment for your chance to win the large cherries image and then HOP along to .........Stephanie and see what she's got for you!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Checkin' in and some fun news!

Just posting a little note to say Hi and I hope ya'll have had a great weekend! I had a great time yesterday throwing a party for my BFF, Julie. It was her 40th birthday and me and 3
other fab ladies threw a great party for her. It was a total surprise and I think she really enjoyed it. So, I didn't get any crafting done yesterday. Today I've been working on some DT stuff for this week and I can't wait for you to see it! So, the fun stuff that I mentioned in my title begins tomorrow. BE SURE TO POP OVER HERE EARLY MONDAY FOR ALL THE FUN!! You will not want to miss this one!! Have a great evening and I'll see you in the a.m. Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

I Made the Top 5!!

I made the top 5 at Get Sketchy this week!! I'm so excited and grateful to the DT for voting my Halloween card (kitty and pumpkin) into the top 5. (you can see my card below in an earlier post). If you haven't checked out this new challenge site, you really should. The sketches are so fun to work with and the DT are incredibly talented. Also, it has become a very popular site very quickly and the inspiration is abundunt with all of the crafters that are participating each week. So, go check them out here and join in the fun! Thanks for stopping by :)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Limelight Task 10

So, our Limelight design team has a project that we do each month and the project for August is "Cards for Soldiers". We were asked to create 20 cards for our soldiers for them to send back home to family and friends. I can't tell you what a privilege it was to make these cards. I don't know of a more deserving group of people to create cards for. These men and women keep us safe and free 24/7. So, we did have a couple of "rules" with our cards. We could not use any kind of glitter, including Stickles (oh no!). Also, we couldn't use any heavy embellishments because of restraints on the amount of postage the soldiers can use. So, I just made a variety of cards including birthdays for kids and adults, anniversary, love you, miss you and several with no sentiment for an all occasion card. I do hope that these are helpful to the soldiers and that the family members that receive these cards will smile. Now, I've only shown you a snipet of the cards I've made. Now, I will direct you to the Limelight site so that you can see the other cards I've done AND check out the FABULOUS creations done by the other DT members for this same task. There has been much love and devotion put into each card and I really want you to go see the others. Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless each of you and God Bless America!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

VERY Exciting news!!!!!

I've been selected to be on the Design Team at the Doodle Palace!! I can't tell you how excited I am!! The Doodle Palace has the cutest digi images and you know how I LOVE some digi images!! So, Dee and Robin (owners of Doodle Palace) have asked me to be on their DT and I am just so stinkin' happy about it! My first challenge will be Sept 1st. So, keep checking back because there will be lots of challenges, prizes and surprises to come and YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS IT!! Meanwhile, go check out their store and see all the cute, cute images.
Oh and by the way, if you go to the store by Sept 1st, all the images are 60% OFF!!!!
So, get yourself on over there NOW!
Thanks for stopping by and don't be a stranger!

Get Sketchy! #2

Well, I can't post my DT stuff today. Gotta wait one more day. Anyhoo, I decided to participate this week at Get Sketchy and it's week #2. I'm still in the Halloween mode (these are really fun!), so I made another card using this week's sketch. The image is a freebie from

Digital Delights. They give away a freebie every Friday, so be sure to check those out! Also, Digital Delights is having a Grand Re-Opening event and you could win...........drum roll please.........EVERY IMAGE IN THEIR STORE!!! So, hurry over and check it out! There is a Grand Re-Opening logo to the right in my sidebar. Click on the logo and head on over there.
You can check out all the other deets on my card below. Thanks for stopping by today! BOO!

Patterned paper: Making Memories

Digi Image: Digital Delights

Ribbon: Hobby Lobby

Witch brad: Creative Imaginations

Sentiment: Computer Generated and then

cut/embossed using Nestablilites

Orange paper embossed with Cuttlebug

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hi there!

Hi everyone! I'm still here! I've been working on lots of DT stuff this week and unfortunately I can't post it until tomorrow. I have just completed a large project for the Limelight team and I can't wait to show it to you. Meanwhile, I'm working on some stuff for friends AND I'm popping by all of YOUR blogs to see what you are up to :) Hope you are all having a great week and I'll be back soon with some fun stuff! Thanks for stopping by :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Inspirational Card Sketches - Guest DT

Well, this week is my 2nd and last week to be the guest designer for ICS. I really have enjoyed this and I hope they will ask me again in the future. If you've never participated in their challenges you really should go check them out. The sketches are just fantastic and so, so easy to work with. So this week's sketch (#30) offered up 3 squares in the center. Well, since I've only done a couple of Halloween cards, I used this sketch to conjure up another one. I've used my Cricut to cut out the "creatures", the pumpkins and the grass using Zooballoo, Doodlecharms and Paper Doll Dress Up. Oh, and I used George and Basic Shapes for the pumpkin eyes. I used Stickles for the eyes cause it looks kindy spooky. I added some orange cording and a computer generated sentiment to top it off. So, I hope you enjoy the card and do pop over to ICS for some pure eye candy from the DT. Thanks for stopping by :)

Here's the sketch:

And here is my take on it:

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Get Sketchy! #1

There's a new sketchy blog on the block and it's Get Sketchy! Good fun and great prizes so you won't want to miss this one! The sketch this week was really fun. I'm not sure why, but I never make Halloween cards so I thought I'd use the sketch this week and try one on for size. I used some orange and black cardstock and patterned paper from Prima. I cut the spider webs and the spiders from Paper Doll Dress Up and Doodlecharms with the Cricut. The chipboard sentiments are from Creative Imaginations. I added some stickles for the spider eyes. Scary, huh? Be sure to go check out all the DT cards here. They are SWEET! Thanks for stopping by :)

Here's the sketch:

And here's my take on it:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Guest Designer @ Inspirational Card Sketches!

I am so honored to be the Guest Designer this week (and next week) at Inspirational Card Sketches! Dawn asked me to do this a couple of months ago and I'm just excited that she asked me. The design team at ICS does wonderful work and provides such inspiration each and every week. If you've never joined in the fun, you really should! So, this week the sketch was offered up by Tricia and it's a fabulous one. Here it is:

And here is my take on it:

I'm not sure why, but I'm really into making these baby cards lately. The lamb is a little sticker. Isn't she the cutest? I used my Cricut to cut the scalloped circles using Mini Monograms. I used my ScorPal for the lines on the pink cardstock. Baby was cut with the Cricut using Alaphalicious and the sentiment is computer generated. So, head on over to ICS and join in! We would love to see what you come up with this week! Also, there is a prize for the winner!!!!!
Thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Maggie's latest visit

Well, just thought I would post a couple of new pics of the little Magster. She came to visit Grammy & Pops over the weekend and we had a fabulous time with her! We took her to the park on Saturday afternoon and I got some really great pics of her. She is just the smartest little girl and I'm so amazed at her. Her vocabulary is beyond good for an 18 month old. You must be VERY careful what you say around her because she is a little human tape recorder. It's like hearing an echo when you're around her. So, it will be another 4 or 5 weeks before our next visit and I'm already counting the days. I love you Maggie! Thanks for stopping by :)

MyGraphico - Challenge #13 - Dinos! ****SPECIAL NOTE ADDED 8-13-09

It's Monday, so that means another challenge is up at MyGraphico. This week the set is all about Dino's. Here is the set:

And here is where you can purchase this set. Isn't it just the cutest?! I used some Basic Grey papers, my Cricut for the card and the scalloped circle, a journaling tag from Cosmo Cricut and some ribbon from my stash to create this little baby card. I think I like how it turned out.

So, if you want to have a chance to win this cute set, just upload your card or project using Dinosaurs here. When uploading to PCP, SCS, or MyGrafico ning please use keyword/tag: MG13. We would love for you to join us! (Obviously you do not have to use THIS set, but you are encouraged to use a MyGraphico element. There are tons of freebies here. Thanks for stopping by today :)


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

MyGraphico - Baby Challenge

A new challenge is up at MyGraphico and this week it's a baby challenge! Don't you just love making baby cards? The DT were asked to use images from the New Babies Accessories kit and it was hard to choose from this adorable set. I chose the little bear and the ABC blocks. I printed my images on patterned paper, cut them out and then added them to my card. I added a little bow to the bear. Super easy! Now, head on over to and check out the eye candy from the other DT members. And be sure to participate this week and you could win this set:

Isn't it just adorable? Hope you'll come join in with us! By the way, in order to participate you must use a MyGraphico image. If you don't own any (and I'm not sure WHY you wouldn't :), you can pick some up from the MANY freebies that they offer here: Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

CP Sketch #26

I hope you are all having a great Sunday! I've been working on some DT stuff for the last couple of days, but I did get a chance to make a birthday card. I'm using the Card Patterns sketch #26, shown above. I used the new Basic Grey June Bug papers on this one. I love those papers!! The polka dot paper is from Little Yellow Bicycle. I used a couple of Cuttlebug embossing folders, a Martha Stewart punch, added some bling and bows to the little "gifts" and some cardstock from HL. The sentiment says, "It's ok to have everything you want". The inside will say, "Especially on your Birthday!". Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Yellow, Orange, Hot Pink and Lime Green for Christmas??

YES! For August we at Christmas Cards All Year Round were asked to make a Christmas card using these cool colors. You know, last Christmas I noticed that these colors were very popular for Christmas decorations, cards, ornaments and wrapping paper. So, how cool is it to have a card for the upcoming Christmas season using these newest holiday colors? And how even cooler would it be to have FIVE of these cards?! Well, if you join us for the August challenge you WILL have five cards to give to family and friends for the 2009 Christmas season. All you need to do, is create five cards using these yummy colors, link them up over at CCAYR and not only will you have five cards done for Christmas, but you could also receive a sweet prize!! So, head on over to CCAYR and see all the delicious cards that the DT have made and join us!! I'd love to see what YOU come up with :)

Get Sketchy!!!

There's a new sketch blog on the block and you're not gonna wanna miss this one!! They're givin' away some free stuff and guess what you can get in just a couple more days??? COSMO CRICKET!!!!!!! Yes!! So, go check it out! The sketch challenges start on August 14th and it looks like it's gonna be a GREAT place to be!! So, hurry on over and get in on your chance to win some fabulous CC stuff! Go, go , go..................
Oh....and tell 'em that Ausomemom sent you :)

Thanks for stopping by!