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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Scrappy Butterflies

Butterflies. There's just something special about them.  They're beautiful. Peaceful. Elegant. They represent a freedom to me. So when I get a chance to add a butterfly (of any kind) to a scrapbook layout or a card I go for it. ...which is why my cleaning-out-the-scraps card turned out to have so many butterflies on it. :D Yup, stamping them on wasn't good enough -- so I added a few punched out ones as well. Whatcha think???

Lollipop Crafts -- Anything Goes
Paper Play Time -- Anything Goes
Stampin' for the Weekend -- Embossing

Also... if you're always ready to win some calorie-free candy...I have another great blog to tell you about -- Liva's Crafts. Her creations are amazing...and right now if you head her way, you get a chance at some amazing blog candy. :D

Who wouldn't want to win that, eh??? Well then head on over there...and get a chance!
Go to Liva's Crafts blog      >>  here  <<

Have a crafty-perfect day! :)

Friday, January 27, 2012

1st blogaversary blog hop

Hi peeps! I know, I'm overdue for a 1st blogaversary (this should really be celebrating my 3rd!!!) :p ...but I never found the time (or came up with anything creative) to do to celebrate the milestone(s) for my blog. Then Michelle said she was doing a blogaversary blog hop and I decided to join in. Blog hops are always so much fun!

You're gonna want to bundle up for this one...or make yourself a nice steaming cup of hot chocolate...'cause it's gonna be a snow-y one!!! :)

If you have come from Darlene's blog, then you are in the right place. If you stumbled across our blog hop, go to ScrapbookingSOS to start the hop from the beginning.
If you get lost along the way, here's a complete list of everyone in the hop:

1. Michelle O'Driscoll -

2. Darlene -
3. Divinity -  << You are here!

4. Mary Eisen -

5. Lori Apgar -

6. Pattie Beach -

7. Heather -

8. Sue in CT -

9. Cindy deRosier -

10. Jean -

11. Marianne -

12. Joyce - (with a great sketch and challenge)

13. Emily Kincke -

14. Back to Scrapbooking SOS

Now on to my creation...

The theme for this hop is SNOWMAN/MEN. It's been one of the strangest winter's I have ever experienced. No snow (or hardly any anyways) until January...and even now there's so little on the ground it's sad! The weather too is soooooo unpredictable...lots of extra warm days and then weeks of soooooo cold you don't want to spend more than a few minutes outside! So there haven't been a lot of snowmen made this winter....

....that hasn't stopped me from creating them on paper least here the sun can't get to them and melt them back to a puddle of water. :p And I'm not frozed through either........ :p

I used white cardstock with a shimmer...which I embossed with two different folders. Then I used the Fiskars Apron Lace border punch to create the border around the image. Punched out a few snowflakes...and added some bling. TFL :)

Now head on over to Mary's blog and see what snow-y creation she's come up with. :)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pocka Dots

Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog is having an Anything Goes challenge. We all love those challenges right??? And this particular challenge has an amazing prize!!!

$50 vouch to the Fantastic Simon Says Stamp Superstore!!! Like total wow!! I've won in the past, and it was soooooooo much fun shopping! The store is absolutely amazing...and the products are simply the best! :) So get some craftyness up those fingers...and get your cards into the challenge!

I'm still in the process of using up scraps. Had some embossed borders lying around...and the image too. Embossed some pocka-dots on some cream paper and used up scraps! :) cool cool! :)

I'm also entering this card into the Seeing Spots Challenge at Stamptacular Sunday. They have a fabulous prize for the winner of the challenge.

Also before I go...don't forget to come back to join us for our blogaversary blog hop tomorrow (Jan 27-29th). It's gonna be fun! :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Scrappy Thanks

Hi bloggers! I'm back to show off another card :) Just a question -- has anybody else in blogland been having problems when you try to upload pictures to your posts??? I've been getting errors like 90% of the time!! It's pure luck if/when a picture actually uploads!!!! :( Please blogger -- FIX IT! It's seriously getting on my nerves!!! :p

Anyways, enough about that. I have soooooo many scraps lying on my crafting table...and my scraps bin is almost full to overflowing!!! :o Guess that's what happens when you don't use up scraps for a long, long time! :p

I played around with scraps for a bit...cuttlebugged a scrap here, stamped an image there....and I had a card! Yeah! And I cleaned up a few scraps in the process!!! :) (I'm sooooooo proud of myself!) LOL

The more I look at it, the more I like it :) The colours didn't pick up very nicely -- the papers are really shades of rust/brownish...but I guess you do get the general idea. And those Fiskars "Love A Latte" Clear Stamps really should be used a whole lot more than they are! :p  TFL :)

Everybody Art Challenge -- Swirls (used the Swirls Cuttlebug folder)
Pan Pastel Challenge -- Two of Something (I used two different papers and two different stamps)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Bling and Squares

I borrowed some Fiskars punches -- the scalloped square and circle -- and  I thought it would be so simple to come up with a design that I could incoorperate them into. I quickly discovered that I had a challenge on my hands, 'cause nothing I tried worked out the way I wanted. :( LOL

After a lot of tries and failures, I've finally made a card I like! Actually I love it! :) Love cards with bling...and this one has the bling as the centerpoint, which is cool! :) Gotta love bling! :)

I embossed the background and put the "wrong" side on top, which with my camra unfortunately is hard to pick up....cause the embossing doesn't pop as much as it could. White is tough to take pictures of...and have all the details come through. Hopefully you can get the idea...'cause the colouring isn't very good either. :p

TFL :)

Stamptacular Sunday -- Texture
Crafty Cardmakers -- No Floral Embellishments
My Time to Craft Challenge -- Favourite Embellishments -- bling bling bling! :)One Stitch At A Time -- Anything Goes
Pan Pastel Challenge -- Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges -- Anything Goes
Truly Madly Crafty -- Anything Goes
Unstampabelles Challenges -- Anything  Goes, No stamps

don't forget -- we're having a 1st blogaversary bloghop. We'd love for you to come and hop along :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

First Card of 2012

Hi bloggers. Well, I've finally gotten back to my crafting table for a bit. Decided to make a fancy-fold card, just cause I always find those to be extra fun!

This fold is called a "Gate Fold" card. It's very simple, and there's so much you can do with it! If you're interested in trying one of these cards yourself, head on over to Split Coast Stampers  for the tutorial. I'm sure you'll enjoy making it too!! :)

Here's my card:

open view:

I used some new stamps...and of course my cuttlebug to do the background. Simplicity always works for me :) TFL :)

stamps R us -- anything goes

mark your calendars

Hi peeps! Just wanted to let you know that I'm planning on participating in a blog hop. It's gonna run from Friday, Jan 27th to Sunday, Jan 29th. So mark your's gonna be fun!!!! :)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

calorie free candy

Hi bloggers...

I know it's January...and we're all probably terribly sick and tired of all the sweets and junk food the Christmas holdiays always seem to bring with them. But here's another type of candy...that are calorie-free!!! :) How sweet is that, eh??? Check out my candy bar (on the left-side of my blog) for some fabulous candy. You'll never win if you don't try -- and you never know, you might just be the lucky one! So check them out! :)

Also, head on over to Fripperies Butterflies. She has a fabulous giveaway too. There's lot of fun to be found...and you don't have a chance to win if you don't sign up. Good luck! :)