Wednesday, October 26, 2011

WINNER of the Tim Burton Blog Hop candy!

I apologize for not posting this sooner.  I have had some things come up that required immediate attention.  The Tim Burton Blog Hop on Oct. 22-23rd was a lot of fun!  It was neat to see which movies/characters inspired everyone.  Once again, I would like to thank Karber Digital for sponsoring.  They are giving the winner two digital stamps.  Unfortunately, I don't know how to post just the picture of the generator (or whatever you call it) from  The winner though, is .................................................................


Patti, I will be providing your contact information to Karber Digital.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the blog hop.  I hope you all were entertained and inspired by all of the wonderful creations featured by the blog hop designers.  Aloha!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sweet Stamping Treats Dollar Digi

 This project features the dollar digi available at Sweet Stamping Treats.  This digi is a cute image of mittens and a winter mug.  The image is called "Warmth".  I thought it would go perfect with a treat bag containing a gift card to Starbuck's and a coffee biscuit.  This little bag was cut from an svg file available at
It's one of my favorites for packaging little gifts or gift cards.  Isn't the paper with winterhats on it just perfect for this?  The sentiment is from a coffee-themed stamp set.  I really wanted to use a different sentiment that says "I like you a latte".  Unfortunately, the stamp itself was crooked.  :(  Instead, I used this stamp that says "tea coffee hot chocolate".  I guess that covers all the bases! LOL

Here is a picture of the goodies that will go in the bag.  It's a Starbuck's gift card and a coffee biscuit.  I think it's nice to give the recipient a little treat that goes with coffee.  You could throw in something like mini biscotti or a little muffin.  It's the perfect little thank you gift.

Here is another view of the bag with the treats spilling out.  If you want to purchase this DOLLAR digi, please visit Sweet Stamping Treats.  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Oct. 22-23 All Things Tim Burton Blog Hop

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Boys and girls of every age, wouldn't you like to see something strange?  If you're a Tim Burton fan, you will recognize that line from "This is Halloween" -- a well-known song from the movie  "The Nightmare Before Christmas".  With Halloween just around the corner, this is the perfect time to celebrate all things Tim Burton!  We have a talented group of ladies on this weekend blog hop.  Join us as we each share a project inspired by one of Tim's quirky characters!  

We would like to thank Karber Digital Images for sponsoring this blog hop.  Karber is giving away two digital stamps to one lucky person who comments during the blog hop.  

*** To be eligible to win, you must comment on each blog in the hop.  
*** You must become a follower of each blog.

*** The winner will be announced no later than Wednesday, October 26th.  

Now, on to the project I would like to share with you:

My fifteen year old has been a huge fan of Jack Skellington for many years, so I made this card for her.  I used a Jack Skellington digital stamp from Simply Betty Stamps.  It's one of their Burton Chibis digis.  I absolutely LOVE this digi and plan on getting more from the Burton collection.  If you haven't already, you really must check out their stamps!

I colored the digi with Copics and then adhered to some gorgeous purple Halloween paper that has lots of glitter on it!  I used pop dots with both Jack and the pumpkin to add a bit of dimension to the card.  The pumpkin is also nice and glittery.  I love it because it looks like an evil pumpkin fit for the Pumpkin King! It actually came from some paper that I had in my stash.  The sentiment was computer generated using a font most will recognize as one used for the title of the movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas".  I love the Jack digi, glitter, and colors on this card.  When I showed it to my daughter, she gasped and said, "That's so CUTE!"  All that matters is that she loved it.  =)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please be sure to hop on over to Tami's blog 's next for more Tim Burton fun!  If you get lost along the way, the complete blog hop lineup is below.  Thanks for stopping by !

  1. Dena :  
  2. Tami: 
  1. Lynne: 
  2. Berenice:
  3. Joy:
  4. Lisa:
  5. Jessica:
  6. Susan:
  7. Jennifer:
  8. Krista:
  9. Erin G:
  10. Canadian Nickel:
  11. Jearise:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Halloween Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Halloween Blog Hop hosted by Ashley.  You should be arriving here from Ellen's blog.  The complete hop lineup is at the end of this post.

There are some AWESOME prizes being given away for this blog hop:

Make It Crafty - 1 digi
*Must visit their Facebook page and "Like" them

Joy's - Halloween Puns stamp set
*Must visit their Facebook page and "Like" them

Cricut Craft Room - Cricut cartridge, twine and goodies
*Must follow her blog and say hello on Facebook

There will be a grand prize given by Ashley which is ... A FIFTY DOLLAR GIFT CARD to the winner's choice of either Michael's, Joann, or A.C. Moore !!!!  To be eligible to win:

*Must comment on every blog in the hop
*Become a follower of each blog in the hop

Winners will be announced on Monday, October 24th.

Now, on to my project: 

I created a digital layout using the My Memories Suite scrapbooking software.  I am not affiliated with this company.  I just LOVE their program!  I used a Halloween digital kit called Boo! available from Sweet Shoppe Designs.  This kit is too cute! I love the cute little ghosts and the haunted house.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Please hop on over to Zenita's blog next!  

Here is the complete blog hop lineup:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Friendship Garden's Challenge Blog : Vintage Halloween Card

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Happy Wednesday!  Hope your week is going well so far.  Today, I am sharing a card I made for the latest assignment for Friendship's Garden Challenge Blog.  We were asked to make a vintage Halloween card.  I chose this adorable vintage Halloween image.  It's just too adorable and reminds me of my 13-month old daughter, Madison.  I think it's the little girl's cherubic cheeks!  LOL!  

I printed the image on my home computer and then used Tim Holt Distress Ink to give the image an aged look.  I believe I used Walnut Stain ink by TH.  After inking, I applied water with my fingertips to spread the ink around.  All of the papers are from Echo Park's Apothecary Emporium set.  I actually have both a 6x6 pad and the 12x12 collection pad because I just love this paper so much!  I also inked the papers as well.  The final touch was some ribbon and a black bow.  It really was pretty simple. I enjoy using rubber stamps, digital stamps, and diecuts.  But, it's also nice to print an image that already has color.  I hope this inspires you to try it, too! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 17, 2011

October 17th: DIGITAL BLOG HOP

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Do you do digital layouts? Do you want to learn? This is a blog hop to see what other people are up to in this new and creative way to preserve memories. Some of these ladies are old pros while others, like myself, are new to it all. But, we are all crafty so there should be some great layouts to enjoy and maybe a trick or two to learn.

Please join us and hop along starting with our hostess.  Also, we have a special digital tutorial given by Amy at at the end of the hop, so make sure you hop through all the digital displays from our wonderful scrap bookers.

Our sponsor for this hop is My Memories Suite.  Check out their site to see beautiful layouts and just how easy it is to start digital scrap booking.

BLOG CANDY: Grand Prize: A free copy of the latest digital scrap booking software from “MyMemories Suite.”
Runner Up: $10 gift certificate to My Memories Suite to help indulge your new found hobby.

Go to the My Memories Suite site and find a digital layout you like.
Return to Lorby's World and post your favorite digital layout in the comment box for this hop.
Jearise from Lory's World will pick a winner after midnight on October 18th.

As a special to all those that hop along and leave a comment at all blogs on this hop, My Memories Suite is giving you your vary own “Share the Memories” code that provides a $10 discount off the purchase of the MyMemories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the store - $20 value! Your special code is: STMMMS74249

If you have traveled from Jearise's blog, then you are on the right digital highway. If you get lost along the way, please refer to the blog hop lineup at the end of this post.

Before I continue, let me explain that I am a NEWBIE when it comes to digital scrapbooking.  I was lucky enough to win a free copy of the My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking software just a few months ago.  I had been wanting to try digital scrapbooking for some time for several reasons:  1)  Digital elements can be reused which means spending less $$$ in the long run, 2) I can edit layouts as many times as I want.  Therefore, I don't have to be so nervous about cutting paper and then regretting it after, and 3) I have everything on my laptop.  There's no need for adhesive or for spending tons of time searching for the right embellishments.  I can actually shop online for just the right kit and start scrapping right away!

Let me also say that I do miss the "feel" of traditional scrapbooking, though.  I'm a very tactile person, and I love feeling all the lumps and bumps on layouts.  However, I feel that the positives of digital scrapbooking are enough to convince me that digi scrapping NEEDS to be a part of my scrapping repertoire.  I won't ever give up traditional scrapping.  I just won't do EVERY single layout that way.  Now that I've switched, I am hopeful that I will actually make a dent in the number of pictures that need to be scrapped.  LOL!

For this blog hop. I created two layouts, and I did them both in ONE evening!  I have to say that the My Memories software is very user friendly!  Although I am still learning my way around it, I have to admit that it's been pretty easy to learn.  What I LOVE about the software is that you are not limited to only their kits.  Not that they don't have great kits.  They DO!  It's just that there are so many resources for digi kits out there, and I don't want to be "stuck" with only one source.

For the "Glam" layout, I used the fabulous Glamour-Ween Kit by Etc. by Danyale.  I just LOVE this kit!!!  The papers and embellies are just gorgeous !  I wanted to use every single embellishment on this layout, but it was impossible.  LOL!  Oh, well, I guess I'll just have to create more layouts with it!  Now, this may be a Halloween kit, but it is definitely very feminine and can be used for non-Halloween layouts also.  Don't you just love that zebra-print patterned paper?  I know I'll be using it a LOT!

For the "Kawaii" layout, I used the Heart Kawaii kit by My Memories.  This kit is definitely KAWAII!!! There are so many cute elements in this kit,  perfect for a little girl !  As with the Glamour-Ween Kit, I had a tough time limiting my choices of elements to use on this layout.

Thanks for stopping by!  If you are thinking of going digital, DO IT !!!  I have no affiliation with the My Memories company.  I'm just a consumer of their products, and I highly recommend that you check out their software.  If you are still on the fence, check out their site for tutorials.  You can find many tutorials on YouTube as well.  Those will give you an idea of what the software can do and how easy it is to maneuver through the program.  Thanks again for hopping along.  Please  visit CHRISTEL next.

  1. Jearise -   
  2. Dena :   <<<--- YOU ARE HERE
  3. Christel - <<<--- GO HERE NEXT
  4. Shannon -
  5. Staci McD-
  6. Susan -
  7. Barbara B-
    14.  Amy -

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sweet Stamping Treats October New Release Blog Hop

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*** This is one of THREE posts that I have for today.  If you are looking for :

Cupcakes! Blog Hop, click HERE
Card Sketch Blog Hop, click HERE

Welcome to the Sweet Stamping Treats October New Release Blog Hop! If you are arriving here from Lawren's Blog,  you are in the right place. If you would like to start this hop from the beginning please go to Today we are showing off the latest releases from Sweet Stamping Treats. Two Hoppers who comment on all of the blogs in the hop will win their choice of 3 SST digi stamps, so be sure to check out all of the blogs on the hop. You must be a follower of SST to win. And there may be a few hidden prizes along the way, so make sure you comment on everyone's blogs, you don't want to miss a prize!

This is a quick card I made with the cute squirrel digi from this month's release over at Sweet Stamping Treats.  The image was colored with Copics.  The rosette was made with a Tim Holtz die and the sentiment was computer generated.  The sign on the image is actually blank when you get it, so you can write in whatever you want -- or leave it blank.  I decided to write in "FREE KISSES".  LOL!  If you are interested in purchasing this digi, visit Sweet Stamping Treats !

Your next stop on the hop is Sher's Blog.  If you happen to get lost along the way, here is the complete lineup:
Amber -
Lawren -
Dena -
Sher -
Susan -
Jamie -
Janet -
Gill -
Patty -

Thanks for stopping by!  

Sketch Blog Hop

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*** This is one of THREE posts today.  If you are looking for :

Sweet Stamping Treats October New Release Blog Hop, click HERE
Cupcakes Blog Hop, click HERE

Welcome to the 2nd Sketch Blog Hop. The first hop last month was so popular we decided to do it again!!! The purpose of this hop is to show how all of these talented bloggers can take the same sketch and come up with totally different cards. If you've never used a card sketch before, give it a try! Be sure to check back on Sunday, as there will be some bloggers posting cards on day 2. So sit back & be inspired!

If you  If you just happened on the hop, be sure to go to the first stop so you can see the whole hop!  If you just came from Lynda's Blog, you're in the right spot!  Now, grab your favorite beverage and sit back & hop along with us! 


This was a pretty easy card to put together.  For this card, I challenged myself to use items I already had in my stash.  The papers are by Doodlebug, and they are scraps from other cards I made recently (and posted on my blog).  The poem in the center of the card is something I've had for a looooong time!  I believe it was by My Mind's Eye and that it came from their Tiny Tales collection.  The second picture above is a closeup of the poem, so you can read it better.  You can't tell in the picture, but I pop-dotted the poem to add some dimension to the card.  I also added some stickers to the card that look like they came from a label maker.  I've had those for a while, too!  Lastly, I added some pretty purple twine from the Twinery.  Thanks so much for looking!

Your next stop on the hop is KERI.  Below is the complete blog hop lineup in case you lose your way.  Thanks again for stopping by!

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Cupcakes Blog Hop

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*** This is one of THREE posts today.  If you are looking for :

Sweet Stamping Treats October Release Blog Hop, click HERE
Card Sketch Blog Hop, click HERE

This post is for the Cupcake Blog Hop.  You should have come here from Laura's blog.  If you want to start from the beginning, please start at Berenice's blog.  This blog is all about cupcakes!  How SWEET is that?! LOL!

For my project, I thought I would do something a little unexpected.  Rather than create a more traditional cupcake, I thought I'd create one with some Halloween flair. I used a stamp by Hero Arts and then colored with Copics, focusing on Halloween colors such as green, orange, and purple.  I then added some sparkle with Orange Peel Stickles.  The cupcake wrapper was done by stamping on Doodlebug paper and then paper piecing.  The background paper is also from Doodlebug.

I added some Doodlebug Halloween stickers from my stash for the sentiment "Trick or Treat".  As a final touch, I added some lovely purple ribbon and another Halloween button featuring a cute ghost and the word "BOO!".

The recipient can take the button off the card and wear it or put it wherever he or she wants!  This is the same idea behind the card I made in this post.  I think it's neat that the button not only acts as an embellishment on the card, but it also is a little gift for the receiver.

Hope you enjoyed my cupcake project.  Thanks for stopping by!  Please hop on over to Theresa's blog next to see what kind of cupcake goodness she has waiting for you on her blog.

Here is the complete line up in case you get lost along the way:

Saturday, October 8, 2011

What I Love About Fall/Halloween Blog Hop Oct. 7-8: DAY TWO

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Welcome to the What I Love About Fall/Halloween  Blog Hop: DAY TWO!!!  This hop is scheduled from Oct. 7 at 8:00 am through Oct.8 at 11:00 pm(central time).

If you just happened to come to this blog, you can start at the beginning with Lisa Peters-  If you just came from Gina's blog, then you are in the right spot.

We're so excited to be doing this hop and we have a fabulous lineup with some very talented ladies.  There will be lots of fun projects, along with some great blog candy, and a great grand prize for this hop.

The hop is a 2 day hop so you will have plenty of time to make it through the whole hop lineup twice.  Check out each blog and see what blog candy you can win at the individual stops.  Please come back both days to see great projects.
To be eligible for the grand prize, you must visit each blog and leave a comment. You also MUST visit Lisa's blog and leave a comment on her blog for the day and also become a follower at "Scrapping With Lisa" and her facebook page:  Please let her know if you don't do facebook and she won't count that against you for the blog candy.  Now for the blog candy, I bet you are wondering what it could be.   It will be a grab bag full of goodies!!!

For today's project, I made a small note card with a Halloween button that the recipient can wear.  One of the things I love about Halloween -- and the holidays in general -- is all the fun holiday stuff you can find to decorate or wear.

While at the craft store one day, I came across this set of Halloween buttons by Darice.  I thought they were so cute!  They are small buttons -- just the right size to use as embellishments.  In fact, I thought they'd make perfect centers to rosettes!

For my project, I used Doodlebug papers.  The rosette was made with a Tim Holtz die (love that die!).  I then cut small slits into the polka dot paper and used those slits to hold the Halloween button.  The final touch was some ribbon.

The idea for the card is for my older daughter to write a little note on the inside of the card and then give it to one of her friends.  The button acts not just as an embellishment but also as a little gift that her friend can wear.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  If you haven't viewed my project for Day One of this hop, please scroll down!  Have a great Saturday!

Your next stop is Melinda's Blog.  

Here is the complete lineup:

Dena  <<<---YOU ARE HERE
Melinda <<<--- NEXT STOP