Sunday, February 27, 2011

Button, Button, Who's Got the Button?

Wanna chance to win this cute Whiff of Joy stamp??  Make a card or other project using at least 3 buttons and enter HERE before Saturday night!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Hey There...

I just wanted to pop in here real quick and say first of all that my post from Thursday was double-posted for some reason, so I deleted the one with the fewest comments ;)  So if you thought you commented already and don't see it, that's why!  But I did read them all ... thank you!! 

And secondly, my posts might be really spread out over the next week or two due to my carpal tunnel syndrome.  It's getting pretty bad and I'm having the nerve test (EMG) this Tuesday and will see about surgery.  So crafting is a bit harder to do right now, as is typing, so I might not get a card or post up for a li'l while.  So I'd like to leave you with some reminders!!
  • Tuesday starts a new challenge at the HOTSPOT!  
  • Wednesday I will have a card from LaLa Land to share (pre-posted already)
  • Thursday is New Digi Release Day at McMahon Five Designs!!
  • Saturday, 5th is my first official day on the Doodle Pantry team and it's release day there as well, along with a new challenge! 
Now I'm off to my girls' basketball game!  Have a great weekend!! :)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

M5D Digi Release Day - "I AM..."

Thursday already??   Woohoo, it's almost the weekend!!  Kathy, hope you're coming down to visit this weekend... putting in a request with Mother Nature for ya!  *Ü*

Today is New Digi Release Day at McMahon Five Designs!  And, by the way, if these photos look a bit blury to you, please click on them to see them in original size and detail.  I also created this with the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge in mind, which is to use GREEN somewhere in your card.  The first time I read that, I thought it had to be MOSTLY green instead of just incorporated, so pardon my "Kermit the Frog" resemblance here, LOL!  Speaking of frogs... be sure to read Peggysue's devotion this week.  Frogs in the oven, frogs on the chair, frogs frogs everywhere!!  *Ü*

I’ve been having fun using my new Octagon Nesties so I decided to try one of the those easel cards using a shaped card.  LOVE these!!   The digi I used here called I Am the Lord" was created by Sue "Mick MaHoon" *wink* (that's what my daughter calls her, lovingly of course!!)  It's a beautiful verse with a gorgeous dragonfly that I enhanced with stickles.  Had fun with my mixture of Spellbinders dies, and the paper is from the Prima collection called "Annalee."  Psssst… just got word that lots of new Prima paper pads have been added to the store!
Remember, you have just a few more days (til the end of Feb.) to enter the "Natural Elements" challenge at the HOTSPOT to win $25 to spend at M5D!!  And there's a ton of supplies you could get at that one-stop-shop!! 

There's LOTS more cute stuff being released today at M5D, so please hop on over HERE to see all the goods!!  You won't want to miss the DT samples either--they did a fabby job once again this week =) 

Feel free to leave my DT sisters some luv!! 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Marci’s Sittin’ Pretty in LaLa Land!

Good morning friends!!I have another card to share from the Playtime Collection, released at winter CHA.  She is so pretty, isn't she??  I went with sorta neutral, earthy colors for this card.  Very out of my "norm" but I'm really liking how it came out!  I used the Capella paper (BG), and I sat her on a bench (Magnolia).   Be sure to check out the DT Blog for lots more       inspiration from the DT!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Just Chick'n In On You

What's up chickie??

I made a simple li’l shaped card using one of the new release digi sets from Doodle Pantry called, “Chicken.”  I just love how Laurie has fun with her sentiments—which this set includes 4 fun ones to choose from and 2 digi animals.  You can see all the new release sets HERE, including some fun St. Patty’s Day digis and Papers!!Chicken_4d5feecb9b91b
Remember,  you can get 25% OFF your entire cart now thru the 25th with code HBPRES25!!  You can check out the challenge blog for DT samples using these new releases and enter to win $10 to spend in the Doodle Pantry store… or you could be one of 3 chosen for TOP 3 and get one digi set of your choice in the shop!! 

LOL, by my post you’d think I was on DT already, with all my advertisements, but seriously, I am just enjoying creating with her images, so if you’d like to catch this wave of excitement, COME CHECK IT OUT!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

I’m on the Creative Team for Doodle Pantry!

I have so much to share with you today!   First of all, Laurie, of Doodle Pantry invited me to be part of her senior design team!!  Well of course I said YES!  (If you’ve been following my blog, you’d know how much I enjoy her images *Ü*) Laurie is such a sweet and creative Christian gal, and I know will be great working for her!  I also want to wish a huge CONGRATS to all the other newbies joining the team, including my sister Kathy, and friend Lorie…  Woohoo!!  Will be fun working with you gals again.  Thanks so much Doodle Pantry for this fun adventure ahead!!

dt2And secondly… I’d like to invite you to come join our challenge going on for the next 2 weeks!  You can use any vendor images and the  theme is… SPARKLE & BLING!  You could win $10 to spend at Doodle Pantry, or be chosen as a “TOP 3” and get one digi set of your choice!!  It’s also NEW RELEASE DAY at DP, so come on over to the BLOG and check out what’s new for you today!!
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I used the set “Precious Piglet” for my card, using my daughter’s newest sketch at Sketches by Carly. (sketch sponsored by Sassy Studio Designs and ends March 3).  And for the “Sparkle & Bling” I added diamond stickles to the roses and digi flowers, gold stickles to the oval sentiment, and coffee pearls to the sentiment scrolly die.  OH… gotta say, this paper I used is from my monthly Key Ingredients kit and the brown pieces on the bottom half are VELVET!  Lush… love it!   I also love my new Octagon Nesties that I got using a Gift Certificate given me by my friend Lisa (for doing the Stampin Sisters in Christ blog make-over!!)  Thanks again Lisa!!
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   MORE FABBY NEWS…. for the next 5 days,   Doodle Pantry is giving you 25% OFF everything in your cart!!  Coupon Code:  HBPRES25
That’s right… it’s a President’s Day Sale, from Feb. 20--25!!  
(Excludes watermarks & Gift Certificates)

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and last (and prolly least, LOL)
we have new babies!!  These cute li’l calves are actually our neighbor’s (we live next door to a cattle/horse ranch) but our girls just love em!  This is our backyard fence, so we get to see them a lot.  The girls keep track of their tags and they like to name them.  There’s 3 babies right now… no names yet!  *Ü*
Have a wonderful Sunday and hope you get to enjoy a "day off" tomorrow!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

SBC24: Sponsored by Sassy Studio Designs!

Carly’s got a new sketch up at Sketches by Carly that will go for 2 weeks.  Her sponsor this time is Sassy Studio Designs!!
Come on over and see Carly’s cute sample card and enter to win!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Jewelry Box Easel Card - Matt.6:21

Scroll down to see how you can win $25 to spend at M5D!!

Hello.  Thursdays are new digi release days at McMahon Five Designs, including Fairy Doodler, McMahon Digis, Studio 313, Solocosmo, and McMahon Vintage… a little something for everyone! 

I adore Studio 313’s digi called Cherry Blossoms and Butterflies AND the digi papers to match!      I added one of my favorite verses to her digi, it’s from Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  I thought it was perfect since I made a treasure box (jewelry box).

I used some of the real wood paper for my easel card and the drawer fronts, and I punched the top corners out of the wood paper with a Fancy Corners Cuttlebug die.  The flowers have stickles in the centers too. 
 Here are a couple more pics …


This digi was created as a FREEBIE GIFT to remind all women to check themselves each month for breast health.  Please accept this digi and grab the code for your own blog to help spread awareness this month!

And now you can see AAAALLLL the fabby new releases today over at the M5D Blog!!
Be sure to stop by the rest of the Design Team for more inspiration and leave em some love!!  (Links are in my sidebar)

Wanna WIN $25??
The theme this month is Natural Elements!!
You could win $25 at McMahon Five Designs!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Doodle Pantry - Kitty Bouquet

Doodle Pantry challenge #7 is up... all you need to do is use any Doodle Pantry image and link to THIS POST and you will get this adorable kitty bouquet set for FREE!

Paper:  "Jack & Jill" by Prima (McMahon Five Designs
Dies:  flowers and leaves are Die-namics (My Favorite Things); Oval & Scallop Oval Nesties by Spellbinders (McMahon Five Designs)

Doodle Pantry is on the look-out for some TOP NOTCH ARTISTS... from those that play in the challenges and share their creations on CDAC group as well!!  I'm happy to announce that this week's TOP NOTCH ARTIST is my sister, Kathy Winter!!  Congratulations Kathy... you deserve it!!  Love ya!!

YOU could be the next Top Notch Artist and win a super cute badge PLUS a FREE digi set of your choice!!  Be sure to play in the challenges and come share your artwork!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Some Cute Birthday R.A.K.s

Happy Valentine's Day!!  I haven't crafted all weekend, but I did receive these fun birthday cards in the mail that I wanted to be sure and share with you all.  These came from my sister, Kathy Winter,  my Australian friend Debbie Pamment, and my friend Lorie Ames.  I was also very blessed with birthday wishes from many of you on my Facebook wall... too many to count, so THANK YOU so much for making my day extra special {{♥♥♥}} 

I also just wanted to share what a fabulous birthday gift I received a few days before my birthday. I was "Found" on facebook by my long lost childhood friend!! The last picture she has of us together was 26 years ago! She's coming out to Oregon this summer and we're planning on catching up, although we've been doing that over the last week through emails. Funny how God opens a new door when another closes (I recently lost my friend from college). Anyways, it does a heart good to know you have friends and family who care about you.  And I'm very thankful for all of you out there who show you care by the comments you leave, encouraging and funny emails, cards you send, blog awards you pass on, the facebook "likes" ... and the list goes on!  Ok, nuff "mush", LOL!

Friday, February 11, 2011

♪ Make a Joyful Noise ♫

I have a very special card to share today.  My boss asked me to make a card with a music theme for a lady at church who has played the piano and organ for more than 50 years!   She is having to retire that particular talent due to health reasons, so they're honoring her with a reception a week from Sunday and he wanted it to be an extra large card so that he can have everyone at church sign it.  I've never made a card this big... it's 12"x6" and this is what I came up with!

I knew exactly which stamp set to use for this... "Make a Joyful Noise" by one of my "alma maters," Layers of Color.  It's a clear stamp set, so I curved the [straight] piano piece on the block, stamped and cut it out (2) for the sides of my sentiment.  The musical swags in 2 corners where just what those corners needed, and I added the Treble Clef I cut out and then mounted on black c.s. and cut out for a mat. 

The white "M" and "C" are for the lady's initials.  The paper is from the free DP pack I got for buying $50 of SU! supplies during their Sale-a-bration promotion.

I forgot to take pictures of the inside, but I punched the inside corners with a fancy punch and stamped the straight piano keys down the outside edges. 

Here's a couple more close-up pics of the front.  I added stickles to the butterfly and li'l crystal twinkles to the prima flowers and swags.  I am just a tad worried that if too many people handle this that some of the things might come off... so I advised my boss to maybe keep it on a table in a room and have people go in to sign it.  Might keep it in better shape than passing it around, ya think??  LOL

Well, today was a good day.  My youngest daughter went to a slumber party at a friend's house after school, so we took Carly to the park and played basketball-- good time to give her some pointers before her game tomorrow.  She actually made a ton of baskets tonight!!  One of the guys on her team showed up at the park too so we had a good time with them.  Tomorrow's my birthday, and we don't really have "special" plans... doing the norm and watching the girls' BBall game in the morning.  Maybe they'll make a basket especially for me *Ü*  -- then maybe go out for lunch or dinner.  What more could a mom want?  =)

a SCAL maybe???!!!!   LOL!  (that's the Sure Cuts a Lot software that works with your cricut machine, in case you didn't know, heehee!)  I'll keep ya posted on that one!  ;-P  Just kidding. I'm healthy and happy so all is good!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

SEWING Digis & More @ M5D

I'm baaack!  LOL.  Here's a card I wanted to post in my earlier one today for the new releases at McMahon Five Designs  but I was out of printer ink... got some!  So here is my 2nd card today *Ü*

Fairy Doodler came out with a bunch of really cute digis this week with a SEWING theme!  And Sue made up some really creative sentiments to go with!  My sentiment here might look a bit fuzzy, so click the pic to see it larger.  The font is actually all zigzags like stitching.  You can see everything that was released today in my post below.  There's even a FREEBIE for you from Studio 313 and we encourage you to go enter our monthly HOTSPOT challenge with the theme "Natural Elements."  See ya there!! 

Solocosmo's Snow White @ M5D

Today's another New Release Day at McMahon Five Designs!  I'm showcasing Solocosmo's "Snow White."  This is not my usual color combo--in fact, I rarely use yellow at all, so not sure how it ended up all over this card? 

I used Jen's February SFYTT:
The other day I crocheted a bunch of these double flowers -   I think they look nice and add a personal touch to cards, don'tcha think?  Well, there's lots more new releases to share and I decided to go ahead and give you sneak peeks at everyone's creations to inspire you, so let's get to it!!

Card by: Michelle
Card by: Kristine

For YOU to use in our Natural Elements Challenge!

Real Wood Paper Self Plaque by: Sue

On Blackbird Wings

  Box by: Judy
Box by: Judy

Wood Paper Heart by: Judy

Mother & Child

Card by: Raven

Card by: Sue

Sewing Sentiments

Close up by: Amy

Close up by: Lorie

Close up by: Shelly

For more details on the projects above, visit the Design Team blogs!