Sunday, May 29, 2011

SSIC91 – God’s Promises are Forever

Happy Sunday!!  I have the privilege of being challenge hostess for this week’s Stampin’ Sisters in Christ Challenge *Ü*   Our sponsor is Sweet N’ Sassy Stamps!

Ecclesiastes 3:14 "I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him."

Challenge: Follow this sketch to a "T" - not adding anything to it, or taking anything away from it. (you may however use various shapes in place of the ones given, as long as there is something representing each item in this sketch)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Day Spinner Card & Freebie

Hi everyone!  Happy Memorial Day weekend to my American friends!!  Hope you have some fun plans.  My youngest DD’s birthday is on the 31st, so we will be celebrating with her on Memorial Day.

Speaking of Memorial Day, you can get this cute digi set called PATCHWORK STAR FREE this weekend only at Doodle Pantry with any purchase! 

There’s also a sale going on today thru Monday… 


Memorial Day Weekend SALE at Doodle Pantry!!

Get 35% OFF your entire cart all weekend long!

(offer excludes gift certificates)

I made up this quick SPINNER CARD with the colored version that comes in this set.  (you also get the outline version for when you want to color it yourself).  I thought about making it into a pinwheel, but the stick would have covered my already printed sentiment.  But none-the-less, the stars spins around.  You can find directions for it on SCS in the resource section.

Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Every-Bunny Needs a Friend

Hello… happy Wednesday!!  So have you fallen in love with Doodle Pantry images yet??  I sure have!  And I’m not just saying that cause I’m on the DT… I honestly adore everything Laurie draws and this latest release is no exception!! 
Today I have a cute li’l wall hanging using this adorable new digi called Bunny Wabbit.  I placed the same digi side-by-side and flipped one so they’re kinda facing each other.  Then colored em with Copics.  My papers are from this month’s Key Ingredients kit. 

My daughters had twin bunnies that looked just like these digis (except for the floppy ears) but they were a light carmel color.  We only have one of them now… her name is Twitches.  My other daughter had her sister, Cinni-mini but she passed away just a couple of months after we got her :(  So she got another bunny from the same mama… and she died too.  Oh this is such a sad post isn’t it??  Then she got another one and we’ve had her for about 4 years now—yay!!  *Ü*

Anyways, thought I’d share a pic of my daughter’s bunnies… aren’t they cute?    You can see ALL the fabulous new releases HERE.

Here’s what you’ll get in this Bunny Wabbit set and for only $2.50!!  DoodlePantryBunnyWabbitWMpic
Enter our “STOCK THE PANTRY” challenge by using ANY Doodle Pantry image.  If you don’t have any yet, there are lots of cute ones HERE.  Three winners will get a digi set of your choice! 

Don’t forget our Special Blog Parade coming up June 3-5 with some awesome New Releases!!
Welp, I go in for my other hand surgery bright and early tomorrow morning – have to be there at 6:45 a.m.  No worries… it’s all in God’s hands (no pun intended)!  I have some crafty posts scheduled while I’m recovering, so hope you’ll “stay tuned.”  *Ü* 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sister Challenge w/ D2D - Gardening Kaela

Happy Tuesday friends!!  Today I am sharing a card made with the DELIGHTful digi, “Gardening kaela”… and this is also for a li’l sister challenge I have going on with Kathy.  We thought up a color challenge:  yellow, turquoise, and coral.  You can see hers on her blog.  I drew an upside down pail for her to sit on and masked her to stamp the cute scene (Magnolia) behind her!  Colored with Copics.

Designed 2 Delight’s DT has a WHITE + ONE (other color) challenge going on right this week… and there are some FABBY samples over on the blog, so be sure to check those out!!

You can also get next week’s digi FREE when you play along with the digi of the week, “Summer Days” – create anything you’d like using this digi and you’ll be emailed next week’s FREE!  *Ü*

Sunday, May 22, 2011

SSIC - Start Each Day with a "WHEE!"

Good morning!!  It’s time for another Sunday Challenge at Stampin’ Sisters in Christ
Our sponsor this week is My Favorite Things who generously sent each of our Design Team a stamp of our choice!  THANK YOU MFT!!!  *Ü*

Friday, May 20, 2011

Surprise Mini Release at Doodle Pantry

As you know, Doodle Pantry has their “BIG releases” on the 5th of every month, but we wanted to do a special release today... just for YOU!!

Is this set not the CUTEST?!!  
Here’s what you get in this set, “Quirky Dog

I used the star digi paper that comes in this set for my background, and then I got out my Cricut and "Create-a-Critter" cartridge to cut out the sun and dog house pieces.  I ran the house and roof through my Cuttlebug with the Tim Holz wood grain folder.  And the fence was punched from some wood-looking paper using a Martha Stewart punch.

Come by and see other samples from our Design Team on the Doodle Pantry BLOG!

Want to WIN some digis??

Enter our Stock the Pantry Challenge for your chance to win a FREE DIGI of your choice… Three winners will be selected!! And of course, we are always on the lookout for Top Notch players – you might be our next “Top Notch Artist” (who always wins a digi of your choice!)

March Your Calendars!!  Doodle Pantry Design Team is having a Blog Parade (aka. blog hop) June 3-5… with NEW RELEASE SNEAK PEEKS!!  We’re excited and hope you will march along with us!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Release Day at M5D + FREEBIE!

Happy Thursday!!  We’ve got quite a few new digi releases at McMahon Five Designs today.  PLUS, you can get this set of CUPCAKE CUTIES FREE FOR THE NEXT 3 DAYS if you play along in the Hotspot Challenge HERE.  It’s a fun “CASE a Cake” challenge.  I created my card that was inspired by cake #2 of the Shades of Yellow collection (below) but there’s many more to choose from!!  One player will win $25 to spend at the McMahon Five Designs Super Store!!

 I also used Carly’s newest sketch challenge at Sketches by Carly.  I am offering a nice prize package (birthday blog candy) for one random player in her sketch challenge which ends May 31st, so hope you’ll come on over and play!!

Are you a fan of the M5D store??  We’re having a DT CALL!!   Check out the deets HERE!

We are currently releasing 6-10 new digis every week at M5D… Come check em out and see our Design Team’s gorgeous samples!  And I’d also like to point out that we have a new Design Sister on board… welcome Cassandra! *Ü*



Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Sketch 31 is up at Sketches by Carly … and since May 31 is Carly’s li’l sister’s birthday, we’re celebrating with some BIRTHDAY BLOG CANDY!!!
Here's what you need to do to be eligible for this Birthday Blog Candy...

  • Make a card or project using the following sketch
  • Link up here by May 31st
  • Become a follower of Sketches by Carly Blog
Candy Includes:
3 La-La Land Crafts rubber stamps: 
(Chef Marci, Magician Luka, & Ally)
1 package "Berry Sweet" Dimensional stickers by K&Company
(owls, birds, rainbows, mushrooms)
2 packages of Prima roses (pink mix and corals)
2 packages of pearls & gems (yellows and pinks)
1 package Basic Grey canvas & paper petals
Real wood paper samples
1 package elegant tags/ribbons
1 package crystal gel stickers

If you'd like to help us spread the word, please mention this on your own blog! 
This is not required but appreciated *Ü*

READY ??? 
Let's see what you can do with this sketch:
and here’s Carly’s card:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

DT Call

McMahon Five Designs (super store)  is currently searching for enthusiastic and creative designers to join our diversely talented design team.  We are currently releasing 6-10 new images from 4 different illustrators every week.  We are looking for unique designers to go over and above with our images and products each week!  (don’t let that overwhelm you… you get to choose which digis you’d like to work with for your required 1 card per week!)

Length of Term:
  •       3 Months - June 15 – September 15, 2011

  • ·      Variety of free images each week
  • ·      Picture and Bio on Store’s DT Page as well as Blog
  • ·      Your projects showcased on our blog, in store and newsletter
  • ·      Be part of an Amazing Group of Talented Ladies
  • ·      Custom Watermark
  • ·      Link to your blog on our blog and DT’s blogs
  • ·      25% Store Discount during your term

Benefits to Promote YOU (if you want):
  • ·      Create tutorials for our newsletter
  • ·      Create product reviews for our newsletter

  • ·      Create at least 1 project every week
  • ·      Have an active blog
  • ·      Have an active Online Gallery (SCS, PCP, CPC, CDAC, etc)
  • ·      Post your creations on your blog with links back to store products
  • ·      Post your creations on online galleries
  • ·      Post our store badge on your blog
  • ·      Post other DT names with links to their blogs on your blog
  • ·      You must have FUN! J
  • ·      Be supportive of the other DT members

Additional Information:
You may apply whether you have been on a design team before or not.  If you are currently on a design team and wish to apply, please take careful consideration of the above mentioned.  We do not want you over committing yourself.  We want you to have fun with this, not dread it.  J 

How To Apply:
Please send an email to sue at mcmahonfivedesign dot com with the following information:

Subject line:  M5D DT CALL

Name and Location:
Blog Name and Link:
Online Gallery Link:
Current Design Teams:
Past Design Teams:
Attach 3 Photo’s of Your Best Work:
Tell Us A Little About You:

DT Call Information:
·      DT Call Ends Midnight EST May 31, 2011
·      Candidates will be contacted by June 5, 2011(you have 24 hrs to accept or another person will be chosen)
·      Term Begins: June 15, 2011

Thank you for your time and we can’t wait to hear from you!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Paper Teapot n' Teacup Challenge

Welcome friends!!  We have a fun new challenge at Stampin’ Sisters in Christ Challenges this week.  Our hostess is Chris, who shares this verse:  Psalm 121:2-4 “My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot slip-- he who watches over you will not slumber;  indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.”
and her challenge is to
create a card or project with a tea or coffee cup or pot--
this can be the designer paper, the image, or embellishment

I had JUST the thing… This TEA FOR YOU gift box from My Timeless Templates.
I also used some of my RED VELVET paper that came in my Key Ingredients a few months back on both the teapot and paper pieced the teacup image,
(Tatters—Oops! from Happileigh Scrappin Doodles)

Come join the challenge this week and check out what my Design Sisters created:


Friday, May 13, 2011

Extension for Sketch Challenge

Since Blogger was being a Bugger, we’re extending the sketch challenge at Sketches by Carly until tomorrow night!! 
Designed 2 Delight is sponsoring this challenge with not just one prize, but
 TWO players will win a $10 Gift Voucher  
Wowie... Thanks Faith!!

To win one of these Gift Certificates, all you need to do is use the following sketch and link up by Saturday, May 14th, 8 p.m. PST!  Use any stamps/digis you'd like!
OKay, here we go.  Let's see what you can do with this sketch...

Thursday, May 12, 2011

M5D New Digis & Case-a-Cake Challenge

Yay, Blogger is now cooperating…  {crossing fingers}  This Blogger is being such a bugger lately!!  Well here is my post from yesterday---(only the 3rd time I’ve published this… which must mean I REALLY want you to see it huh?!!  LOL)   
Today is New Digi Release Day at McMahon Five Designs!
I’ve used this new set from Studio 313 called “3 Cakes
and I made this card using the HOTSPOT Challenge again,
this time choosing #2 of the Brown and… collection. 
I loved the look of the brown flourishes on that cake, so I mimicked that by cutting out some flourishes and gluing them to my cardstock.  I would’ve put them on some green c.s. instead of white, but I had already printed out my image onto green polka-dot digi paper and my green c.s. didn’t match so that’s why I went with white base. 
This challenge goes ALL MONTH long and one player will win $25 to spend at the McMahon Five Designs store!!  So come over and enter to win!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Doodle Pantry's Graduating!!

Well, actually my DD is graduating 5th grade soon, and Doodle Pantry has  a new digi set that’s perfect for any graduation called Grad Hats!  I combine the hat and diploma from this set with the super cute (previously released) set, Turtle Trio

  The tag pulls out to reveal the message!!

Super short post today… I’m gonna be late!!  Be sure to stop by DOODLE PANTRY BLOG for the SPECIALS going on right now, to ENTER OUR CHALLENGE… and to see lots of super inspiration from Laurie and the rest of the DT!!  =)  Happy Wednesday!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

May Hotspot - CASE the Cake Challenge

We have a HOT new challenge up at the Hotspot Challenge blog!  It goes all month long, and this time it's an inspiration challenge.  There's lots of pictures of some amazing cakes.  All you have to do is pick one of the cakes and make a card inspired by it!!
I chose the Colorful & Bright Collection... can you guess which cake inspired my card?  (Hint:  click the picture to enlarge and see the details)

If you guessed the bottom right, you are right!  Not only are the colors pretty close, I also tried my hand at Quilling!  Really fun!

This BCA mage is FREE to all ladies after you do your monthly self-exam.  Each month M5D comes out with a new free digi using a ribbon as an awareness reminder.  Early detection saves lives!!  All Nesties and Cuttlebug embossing folder can be found at McMahon Five Designs store.  Sentiment is from a digi set by Designed 2 Delight. 

Come join in the fun this month at The M5D Hotspot!!  By playing along, you will be entered to WIN $25 gift certificate to spend at the M5D Store… PLUS, you might be the next “STAR PLAYER” and get to display a COOL badge like this on your blog:

Monday, May 09, 2011

Blog Hop Winner

WOW, I had 108 comments on my blog hop post... THANK YOU everyone who came out for the Mother's Day Blog Hop with Designed 2 Delight this Mother's Day weekend!! I hope you all enjoyed a very blessed day yesterday--I did!  But I KNEW I should've inserted an Inlinkz code because my comments aren't numbered!   AAACK... boy, so I just picked one who mentioned something about the Fairy Kaela that I was giving away.  And my winner is....

#106 cjl1539 - Christi's Creations

Congratulations Christi!  Please email me at krisb33 [at] yahoo dot com and then Faith can get your image to you!!

Have a wonderful Monday!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

♥ With Love on Mother's Day ♥

*For the D2D Mother’s Day BLOG HOP & candy, please scroll down 1 post—Thanks!
Happy Mother’s Day everyone!!  I hope you are surrounded by your loved ones this weekend ♥   My family traveled to the “big city” yesterday and saw the movie “Soul Surfer” which was excellent!!  I highly recommend it--very inspirational and I even cried a couple of times. Then we took my MIL out for dinner.  Today we’ll be going to church and then my hubby and kids are BBQing and cooking dinner.  Can’t get much better than that =) 
And now onto today’s challenge at Stampin’ Sisters in Christ!
Our challenge hostess is Sabrina who shares this verse:
Ecclesiastes 3:11 a (NIV) He has made everything beautiful in its time.
and the challenge:
Make a card and put all things "beautiful" on it
(flowers, pearls, bling, butterflies, birds, lace, etc.)
Our sponsor is Simon Says Stamp who is donating a stamp set,
Dream Paris Rome New York
Be sure to hop on over to our blog to read Sabrina’s wonderful devotion!
For this card, I used this week’s D2D freebie image (available to everyone until Thursday!) called Pail of Flowers, along with my daughter’s newest sketch at Sketches by Carly.  (turned it on it’s side & added the sentiment piece)
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Pretty easy huh?? 
Designed 2 Delight is sponsoring her sketch this week with not one, but TWO $10 Gift Vouchers!!  So be sure to head on over and play to win there as well!!

 Have a very Happy Mother’s Day!

D2D - Mother's Day Blog Hop

We’re celebrating Mother’s Day with a fun Blog Hop at Designed 2 Delight!!  There’s lots of prizes involved, so be sure to START HERE and read all the deets.  If you came from Kendra’s Blog, you are in the right place!!  Every blog on the hop is giving away a FREE DIGI to one of our blog readers, so be sure to read clear to the end.  *Ü*

I am very blessed to still have both my mom and MIL here… in fact, they both live less than 10 miles from me.  But even if you don’t get to enjoy your mom’s company there must be someone in your life who takes on that role for you?  This blog hop is all about celebrating that special mom figure in your life. 
Since I already had a card/project made for “Mom”, I decided to do a “Grandma” project.  I made this cute wall hanging with a sweet poem called Grandma’s Hugs Are Made of Love!  The 2 girls sitting on the daisies resemble my 2 daughters, Carly & Maddy.  I used the Ladybug Kaela digi set for them.  In this set, you get lots of versions including this daisy flower, Kaela with ladybug wings and also without; and Kaela with a smile or w/o.  I machine-sewed the lace behind the orange layer, and sewed the pink layer onto the white chipboard adding the hanger inbetween.

Here are some of my favorite pics of my girls (a few years ago).  Can you see the resemblance to the Kaela girls in my project?


Here’s a close up of the poem:
combobanner copy
WHAT’S NEW at D2D??!!  The Delightful Inspiration Blog and Card Ideas Blogs are combined into one now, so much easier to find and participate!! If you have badges or blog links on your blog posts, don’t worry, they will be automatically directed to the new blog!  =)  However, if you follow using a google reader or have a blinky in your sidebar, please go ahead an change it out with the new address

I will draw a name from those who leave me a comment here and the winner will receive this KAELA AS A FAIRY digi free! 
Your next stop on this hop is Michelle at

Have a lovely Mother’s Day Weekend!!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Noah's Ark Treat Box Template

Hi again!!  Today, Doodle Pantry has LOTS of awesome new releases, a new challenge and some SPECIALS going on!!  This is my 2nd post for this release, so please scroll down if you missed my first post & card ; ) 

This cute Noah’s Ark treat box is available as an SVG, or a PDF template so those who don’t have a cricut can still cut this out by hand and decorate as you wish!!  There’s also lots of fabulous digi papers you can print and use for this!!

 WAYS 2 SAVEMay 5 - 8 ONLY!!   ARK TEMPLATE FAVOR BOX 25% off, already reduced,  no coupon needed!!


May 5 -8 only!!    MAY PRODUCT BUNDLE includes 5 of the new releases and is only $8.00 (a 32% markdown!)

Bundle includes only the following:  Mud Piggy, Ducky Duck, Reel 'em in, Grad hats, and Owl

You can see ALL these great new sets on the DP Blog right now!!

NOTE: Customers MUST put the MAY BUNDLE in their cart to get that reduced price for the bundle. No refunds if they put individuals and overpay.

Check out all the new releases and samples by our Design Team at the Doodle Pantry Blog and come join the challenge!!

I’m Quackers for Doodle Pantry–NR Day!

Hello and happy Thursday everyone!!  We’ve got LOTS of new digi releases at Doodle Pantry today!!  This is my first project of the day (but more to come this afternoon!)  I used the cute new set, Ducky Duck and added the previously released Cattail Pond.  This sentiment is one my grandma used to say so I just had to use it here I typed this one out, however the set comes with several cute phrases!

DPDC #12 (Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge)

Today starts our next challenge – and all you have to do is use any image from Doodle Pantry!!  Everyone who enters by May 19th will receive this complimentary digi, Ducky Duck (that I’ve used on my card!)


**MAY Product Bundle**

4 days only—May 5 – 8

MAY PRODUCT BUNDLE includes 5 of the new releases and is only $8.00 (a 32% markdown!)

Bundle includes only the following:  Mud Piggy, Ducky Duck, Reel 'em in, Grad hats, and Owl

You can see ALL these great new sets on the DP Blog right now!!

NOTE: Customers MUST put the MAY BUNDLE in their cart to get that reduced price for the bundle. No refunds if they put individuals and overpay.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Thank You BERRY Much – SSIC87 No DP

Hello and happy Sunday to you!!  My card today is for the Stampin’ Sisters in Christ Scripture challenge that starts today.  Our sponsor is Clear Dollar Stamps in which one player will win a $15 GC to spend at their store

Our hostess this week is Marilynn who shares this verse from Romans 8:28:  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”