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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

This candy is officially closed....


Edited to include winners here...
Here is the winner information....
I am sorry to those who have been coming here to see who the winners are and missed the November 2 post.

I plan on having another candy event in February to celebrate my blog-iversary.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Blog Candy Winners

Well today is finally here!!! Today is the day I reveal my blog candy winners. I was amazed at the number of comments and interest in this blog candy!!! Thanks so much to all who entered!!!! What an incredible response I received!! Over 1000 entrees!!! I had so much fun looking at all the different blogs and reading all the comments!!

Now the moment you all have been waiting for....Drums Rolls Please....And the winner of the big blog candy is:


Blog Candy 1

Worth over $300





Anne of Everlasting Ink! Congrats Anne!!
Anne said...

Hope your BD was as Fabulous as your Blog Candy! Thanks so much for all your inspiration and encouragement Chris! What a sweetheart you are!!
Hugs,
Anne

The winner of Blog candy #2 is :

Blog Candy 2- Worth over $50




Carol of Carol's Crafty Corner!!! Congrats Carol!!
Caroljenks said...

Wow what gorgeous candy!!! I hope you had a lovely birthday :)

I have left a pic and link in the Candy Jar on My Blog

Thanks for the chance to win :)

Carol x

Please email me your snail mail address in the next 48 hours so I can send them out to you!!! Thanks to all who participated!!!! Soon I will be celebrating my one year blog-i-versary so stay tuned!!



This post will remain on the top until October 30. Please scroll down for new posts.
Today, September 30, I will be having small blog candy available to one of my commenters.

Woo hoo!! Today is my birthday and I am celebrating with you, my followers!! I have awesome blog candy for you!! I so appreciate you all my blogging friends!! God has blessed me with good health, a loving husband, 2 beautiful and sweet daughters, wonderful parents, and a bunch of awesome friends (including you my blogging friends). Blogging has become such a part of my life as has my dt sisters and teams that I wanted to celebrate my birthday with you!! I am not giving blog candy out to only one but two of my followers!!! I have so enjoyed your visits, comments, and your inspiring blogs!!! This is my way of saying thanks!!

Thank you Kelley (Our Daily Bread Designs owner) for Donating the Our Daily Bread Designs Happy Birthday set and Nicole (owner of Inky Impressions) for donating the Inky Impression's Lili's Birthday Cake!! I so enjoy being on your design teams and appreciate your kindness and generosity.

I have spent months gathering this candy and trying to gather pieces that represent a lot of my favorites, my design teams that I participate in and those items that my followers have inquired about in their comments. In December, it will be a year of being on the dt of Our Daily Bread Designs, so I wanted to share a lot of the goodies there that I have grown to love!!! Thanks Kelley and my dear dt sisters and friends for being such a special part of my life!!

I hope each and everyone of my Followers like what I have chosen! It took me 2 1/2 hours to get it propped on the table for pictures. So much there!! Every time I tried to put something up, something would fall off. Please click on it for a better view. I have included different things to represent each of my dt's. ( For example, the Thinking Inside the Box kit, I purchased from Priscilla, Midnight Madness hostess.)

Blog Candy Worth over $300


STAMPS:

Our Daily Bread Designs- 7 piece Happy Birthday set generously donated by Kelley owner of Our Daily Bread Designs for my birthday.

Inky Impressions Spunky Skooter Lili

Inky Impressions Shy Little Nicki

Elizabeth for SCACD- Young Alexa


Punches

Fleur De Lis punch EK Success

Moracco Lace Punch from EK Success

Paper

Basic Grey Wisteria

Basic Grey June Bug

Basic Grey Porcelain Prints

Spellbinders

Labels 4 dies

Ribbon Tag Trio

Ecstasy Templates Butterflies

Primas

Brown Prima Floral Embellishments

Prima Nursery Tales Collection Green

Prima Nursery Tale Collection off white

Flower soft

pale green

light pink

dark pink

Flower Soft Glue

Shimmerz

Mint

pink poinsettia

iced lavender

angel wings

Ribbon

red, yellow, green, taupe, and aqua satin ribbon from Classic Traditions

Stickles

diamond, baby blue, cotton candy

Recollections Brads and Pearls

Fleur De Lis Brads

Green assortment brads

red assortment brads

Recollections White Adhesive Pearls

Recollections Pastel Multicolored Adhesive Pearls

Recollections blue/green adhesive pearls

recollections brown/white adhesive pearls

recollections large adhesive white pearls

Memory Keepers Eyelets and Snaps

Fashion Butterfly Charms

Meadow Grove Charms

Martha Stewart Gemstone Glitter

Ms Glue Pad

Bow Easy

Memory Keeper Glitter Bronze Flourishes

*purchased from ODBD


Blog Candy 2- worth $50




Inky Impressions Lili's Birthday Cake (generously donated by Nicole, owner
Priscillastyles "Thinking Inside the Box"
EK Success Birthday Candle Punch
Best Occasion Flousishes
Icon Gems
Butterfly Charms


What do you have to to enter to win:
1. Become a Follower (If you are already a follower prior to this post please leave me an extra comment)
2.Leave a link to this post and photo of this candy on your sidebar.
3.Leave a comment here on this post before 9 p.m. EST

Anyone can enter!!!

Remember blog candy ends on October 30 at 9 p.m. EST. Good Luck! The winners will be announced on November 1!


Good Morning and Happy Hump Day to all!! Today is my birthday and my girls have been planning how to make it special for days now.

Two days ago, Nicki, decided we needed to have pudding on my birthday at 7 a.m. in the morning. She failed to look at the chocolate pudding packs to see that one of the packages she grabbed was cook and serve and the other instant. They just couldn't figure out why it would not thicken up. Too cute...of course at the time when I saw the mess in my kitchen, I was not thrilled. They dumped out my entire cupboard to find these packs and I had mix everywhere. What a good feeling to be loved so much, though!

The girls have been up since six trying to make my day special. I think my birthday will not be about me but my two sweethearts instead. We plan to make an icecream cake together. Not good for my diet but we do have to splurge once in a while, right?

Today I have two challenges share with you which are perfect for my celebration. Infact, I think I will give my project to myself. LOL! The Inky Impressions Challenge is to make a gift (unless it is a gift card holder)and not a card and the Flutter By Wednesday challenge is to use a butterfly or fairy with Sapphire (September's Birthstone).

I can't wait to share my project with you but first let me give you the details for Flutter By Wednesday....Danni will have some blog candy for this last week of her Birthday celebration so make sure you pop by her blog and check it out!! She also has a guest this week, Anna! Her blog title is scrap and crap but it is far from crap!! You will be in for a real treat so stop on over and leave her some love!! We also want to welcome back Taylor and Kristie to the Team!! Woo hoo!! You were missed and we are so glad to have you back. Since this is the last week of the Birthday celebration at Flutter By we want to thank you all for making it such a fun time for us all!

Today's project is made using Flower Lili from Inky Impressions. She is just so sweet!! I colored her with Prisma color pencils and gamsol. The dp is from the Retired Urban Garden paper stack from SU. I decided to make a treatbox. This is my own design without a pattern so there is no one to blame if there are any flaws but me!!! LOL! The flowers I created using the MS Cosmo flower punch and Boho Blossoms punch from SU. I am sorry this photo looks so far away but the treat box is so big I had a hard time getting the whole thing in the picture.










The goodies inside are my absolute favorite!!!!!!!!Dark Lindt Chocolate!!!!YUMMY!! Now before my diet I would eat a handful of them no problem but well...now I may not eat even one although the temptation is there. Infact the temptation is so great that I just decided as I am typing this post that maybe today as a celebration for my birthday that I will make a small treat bag and fill it with these chocolate goodies!!! I will randomly choose a winner for anyone who comments on this post before midnight tonight!!!

I hope you have enjoyed today's post and that you are inspired to either create a gift using and Inky Impressions stamp for the Inky Impressions Challenge or use a fairy or butterfly with sapphire (it can just be embellished with sapphires). If you do join the FBW challenge please leave a DIRECT link on Danni's blog. If you upload your creations to SC or PCP, please use the keyword FBW.

For more inspiration for the FBW challenge please visit my dt sisters:


For More inspiration for the Inky Impressions challenge to create a gift or gift idea (anything other than a card), please visit my Inky sisters:

Jenn
Kristen
Kristine
Michele
Naoual

Should you create a gift using an Inky Impressions stamp, please leave a direct link here.

I hope you have enjoyed today's post!! I had hoped on posting this much earlier so I could put up my blog candy but there are just so many details that I am forgetting.


I hope to have my blog candy up within the next hour. I have been so blessed with health and happiness over the past year. I am also blessed to be surrounded by a loving husband and daughters, parents, siblings, friends (including you my blogging friends) . I decided as a way of saying thanks, I am putting up my first blog candy (not for a dt or for a hop just from plain old me.) I tried to include different things that people had commented on in previous posts as well as a lot of my faves. Hope to see you there. Kelley , owner of Our Daily Bread Designs generously donated one of my fave stamp sets for my birthday and Nicole , owner of Inky Impressions, also donated a cute Birthday stamp! Thanks girls!!!

Don't forget, one lucky person will win some Lindt chocolate on me for my birthday. I will announce my winner tomorrow on the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog hop!! You don't want to miss the hop either cause the dt has awesome cards and projects to show you using the new release and there are prizes too! Can't beat that!!!!!

Speaking of my girls, I better go check on them. Too quiet!! They have been plotting my day since 5:30 a.m. Scary!!!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!!

I have added this to my post because I have been working on my blog candy post with little success. Every time I press post it says it has a Java script error. Looks like I will be starting over. Maybe it will be up by 12 p.m. I AM PRAYING!!!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Happy Tuesday everyone!! Today is Midnight Madness Sketch day and Vicki's birthday (Stamped Smiles)! Happy Birthday Vicki!!!!!!!!!! If you have a chance, please pop on over to her blog and wish her a happy Birthday!!!!!!!

This week is full of fun and surprises along the way. Tomorrow is my Inky Impressions and Flutter By Wednesday Challenge. It is also my birthday so I am posting some yummy BLOG candy!!!!!!!!!! On Thursday is the Our Daily Bread Designs New Release Blog Hop with PRIZES!! Saturday is the very first Spotlight Saturday Challenge Post!! I am so excited!!!

Now on to Midnight Madness!!!!!!!

A MIDNIGHT MADNESS BLOG HOP COMING SOON.................
As a special way to thank our players and welcome new ones, we will be hosting our very 1st Halloween/Fall themed Midnight Madness Blog Hop.....Beginning October 16th at 8 a.m. EST and ending October 20th at 12 a.m. Midnight. AND OH WILL THERE BE PRIZES....... 25 prizes to be exact.

One Grand Prize random drawing

350th Brand New Sketch Player SPECIAL Prize

13 "Cards from the Crypt" (picked by our very own DT members from the MMSC archives)

10 random package winners


PRISCILLA'S BLOG CANDY

Priscilla is offering a work bench (The Original Scrapbox worth $1295). You don't want to miss that blog candy! Wow!!!! Go check out her blog now for details!!!!


This is your last DAY to get in on the drawings for the Sept Months Giveaways and the MMSC20 weekly bonus prize. You have till Midnight EST 9-29-09 to get your MMSC20 entries in to qualify. One winner will be drawn for each giveaway on Wednesday, so be sure to check back for that. If you miss the deadline, you are still welcome to link up to Mr Linky, but any entries after the "LAST CALL" will not be in the drawing.

MIDNIGHT MADNESS MASTERPIECE AWARD
Each week we are awarding a special Badge Award to one person for their outstanding sketch submission. If you would like to be considered for this award, please make sure your card link is posted to Mr. Linky by Sunday of each week. This is our way of let you know how wonderfully talented you are and how much we appreciate you sharing your craft with us. This week we are proud to say the“MIDNIGHT MADNESS MASTERPIECE” Gold Star Award goes to.....
#3. Kathrin aka Kruemel

Congrats Kathrin!!!!!!!!!!!


The "NEW" MM REMARKABLES AWARD!!
The Midnight Madness Team has created a very special award called The “Midnight Madness Remarkables” Award !! We would like to acknowledge those entries that are just exceptionally Remarkable!!



I so enjoy visiting all your blogs and SC to see ALL your designs. They truly are REMARKABLE. Congrats to this week's “Midnight Madness Remarkables” award winners…..
28. Rosette
40. sassy
53. Juut

Our Sponsor for the month of
October is....
The Midnight Madness Team is just thrilled with out sponsor this month. Chelsea from Gurlee Girl Design was VERY GENEROUS to our entire team. You will be getting a big treat, because we get to share some of her wonderful images on our sketch samples this month. Chelsea is a very talented artist. Mine will be posted in a couple of weeks!!!

Winner will get 3 free stamps of their choice AND a $50 Certificate that is valid till June 2010. WOWZER :)

Thank you again Chelsea
Month End Drawing #1



Sue - McMahon Five Designs
“Challenge Blog Candy”??? Oh Yeah!! Once again, we are doubling the fun here!! Just like last month we have a bonus for our players.. Our team member Sue has so generously offered up some challenge blog candy for the month of September. For every entry to the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenges this month, you will go in the drawing for the GRAND PRIZE Month end awards. As an added BONUS…if you "FOLLOW" Sue's blog and leave her a comment, you will get an EXTRA entry in the month end drawing, so hop on over to Sues’s blog, stay a spell, post a comment and be sure to click the follow button. Thank you Sue for this SUPER yummy Candy donation. Check out her FANTASTIC “Challenge Blog Candy” below!!
Month End Drawing #2



OUR WEEKLY BONUS SPONSOR THIS WEEK IS.....
Belles 'n Whistles is pleased to offer an exclusive stampline created by the wonderful artist Elisabeth Bell! Manufactured here in the United States, our red-rubber stamps are deeply etched, highly detailed, foam-mounted and pre-cut, ready for immediate use! The delightful images will make priceless editions to your rubber stamp collection. Truly, these are "Stamps that tickle the heartstrings!" Summer from over at Belles ‘n Whistles is giving away two adorable stamps for the Bonus winner of this weeks Sketch challenge (MMSC21) the Little Witch with Broom and Scarecrow and Little Wizard as seen below. Thank you for your generosity.


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NOW FOR OUR WEEK #21
SKETCH CHALLENGE


With Halloween coming up in October, I decided it would be fun to use one of my Penny Black images and create a Halloween Card!!!


I used Penny Black's Witchy Mouse and SU Haiku Paper. The web was created with some Halloween Trim I had left over from last year that I cut apart. I decided for this week to use a more CAS look. It still includes sewing although it is hard to see in the photo. The black panels are dry embossed with the Cuttlebug Swirls Folder.

For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters. They have done an outstanding job with this week's sketch and there is a tremendous amount of variety too!!!

Carol-Chocolate, Crafts, & Bears!
Carolyn - Creative Card Corner
Charlotte - Designs From Within
Denise - kc242 Designs by Denise
Jane - The Paper Affair
Jeni - Jeni's Custom Cards
Kimmie - kimmie kaye's designs
Michelle - Daydreams by Michelle
Phyllis - SparklePlenty1000
Priscilla - "priscillastyles"
Shawne - Paper Art from Studio 313
Sonya - The Pink Paper Penguin
Sue - McMahon Five Designs
Lovely Linda's - Craft Central!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!! I hope you too have time to create and maybe even use today's sketch. If you do, please link your creation to Mr. Linky here. If you upload to SC please use the keyword, MMSC21.

Thanks for always leaving such wonderful comments and inspiring me!! I hope my followers return tomorrow for some YUMMY Birthday Blog candy and for the Flutter By Wednesday Challenge and Inky Impressions Challenge.

Monday, September 28, 2009
Happy Monday to you all!!! I hope you all had a great weekend!! I know I did! I had guests over the weekend. I was spoiled rotten. My parents came for a visit to celebrate my birthday early with me. They brought me lots of goodies including 2 bushels of apples to make applesauce and apple pie fillings with (I am going to be real busy!!!). They took me out for dinner.....

Over the weekend, I received my new sets for Our Daily Bread Designs so as soon as my guest left, I just had to get them inked up!!!! When I saw that Nancy Ruth was the featured stamper at SC, I just had to do this week's featured stamper challenge. Congrats Nancy Ruth on being this week's Featured Stamper!!! Your gallery is incredible and I have always admired your designs.

I cased this card . I changed the stamps, sentiment and added one extra panel to her layout but kept the basic layout (with the extra panel, this card meets Mercy's MTSC40 . I wanted to do up my card in pink like Nancy Ruth's but I just couldn't get it to look right with my cat tails and dragonfly so I had to change the color.

This card also incorporated Judy's LSC239- S.O.S.

S= Sponging
O= silver bauble shaped like and o and Our Daily Bread Designs
S= Sympathy or silver

I used two of my new sets from Our Daily Bread Designs that will be new release in October:
Praying for you and With Heartfelt Sympathy which met the Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge perfectly!! Their challenge was to create a Thinking of You or Praying for you card.

This picture for some reason turned out darker than on SC or in my files. If you click on the photo you will see the sewing and glitter much better!


Card Recipe:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Praying for You and With Heartfelt Sympathy
Paper: BG Marakech, Baja Breeze and white
Accessories: Silver Baubles, corner punch, prisma color pencils and gamsol, sponge, glitter for dragonfly, sewing machine, White ribbon, Swiss dots and swirls embossing folder

This week is going to be a very busy week for me. I am still gathering goodies for my birthday blog candy on Wednesday. I have lots of goodies to share!!!

Since it is nice and early, it is a great time to go blog hopping. I have missed you all!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your comments.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Happy Friday!! The weekend is upon us!!!! Today my company arrives and am I ready. No!! Still trying to clean up and bake before their arrival. I think I have neglected my house just a bit lately and just stamped instead. LOL! It is just so much more fun!!!

September is just loaded with Birthdays. I have been incredibly busy making cards. This week has been the week for just a few a CAS cards. Don't normally do to much of them since I just love details.

The card I am sharing with you today is using the Happy Birthday set and the Doodles 2-Thinking of You set from Our Daily Bread. The dp is the Basic Grey Wisteria paper. I incorporated Roxi's sketch SC247 from Splitcoast and Lynn's TLC239 to create your own layered buttons. Instead of sewing, I used paper piercing. I think I like the clean look. What do you think?




Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs- Doodles 2 Thinking of You, Happy Birthday
Paper: BG Wisteria, Black and white
Accessories: Rhinestone flourish, circle punch for button, satin ribbon, metallic purple cording, rhinestone flourish, paper piercer


Thanks for stopping by today. Today I plan to finish up preparing for my company and then visit other blogs for inspiration (meaning visit You!!!) rather than create. Have a great weekend!!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Hi All!! Boy I almost said Happy Friday...not there yet. I have so much going on as of late I can't keep track of anything! Although I remembered that the 26th was my brother in laws birthday, I totally was clueless that the 26th was Saturday!!! Yikes!!! I didn't have any maculine cards on hand and even checked the stores for a card to buy and didn't see any I liked. So....I created a real quickie last night to put in the mail today!!!

I used the Memory Box Autumn Splendor leaves and the sentiment from Our Daily Bread Designs Happy Birthday set. I used yesterday's sketch SC247. The dp is from Recollections Autumn Collection. The leaves on the bottom were cut out using a MS leaf border punch that is pretty new on the market.





I really don't enjoy making masculine cards as much. Guess I just love adding frills!

I am so sorry for the super short post but I have company coming for the weekend (my house has been very neglected and I have a lot to catch up on!!), a charity auction I am making crafts for that needs to be completed by tomorrow, and I have so many places to go today.

I hope you all have a fabulous day! Thanks for stopping by!!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009



Happy Hump Day!!! Today is Flutter By Wednesday!!! The team has another fun challenge for you!!! Today's challenge is to use a fairy or a butterfly with flowers!!! So get out those primas or whatever flowers you have in stock and start creating your fairy or butterfly project!!

Today's guest is Kim! Her creations are just delightful!! You won't want to miss visiting her today!! Danni will also be having more give aways to those who participate in the challenge as part of her month long Birthday Bash!!!!


For my card today I decided to combine the Flutterby Wednesday creation with the
Saturday Sketchers #69 challenge , Penny Black Saturday Challenge (to use pearls and lace) and the OCC Challenge (to use Pink Brown and white). I used " Gifts for You" from Penny Black. I just think the mice at Penny Black are just the cutest ever. Don't you? I colored her in with prisma color pencils and gamsol. The dp is from Basic Grey's Bittersweet line.





I hope you enjoyed today's creation. It is unique in that there is none of my stitching on it. I think even so it turned out cute. Variety is the spice of life, right?!

Speaking of variety, you really need to check out all the diverse and awesome creations by the Flutter by Team. You will be so glad you did.

Today is also Christine's Birthday!! Happy Birthday Christine!! Hope you have a wonderful day!! She even has awesome birthday blog candy up.

Speaking of Blog candy. ...My dt sister and friend, Heather also is celebrating her one year blogoversary. Click on over to have a chance to win!!

I hope this post has inspired you to create and maybe create a card or project using a butterfly or fairy and flowers
. If you do create a project or card for this challenge, please link to Mr. Linky on Danni's blog. If you upload your creation to SC or PCP, please use the keyword FBW.



Thanks so much for stopping by today!! If you do stop by, please leave me a comment so I can in turn go and visit your blog as well. Thanks so much for your wonderful comments, I so enjoy reading them!!

blessings,
Chris
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
My dt sister and friend is offering some blog candy for her 1 year anniversary. Click here for more details.


Angel set Chris2


Happy Tuesday!! Today I have so much to share with you!

Today is the day for a new Midnight Madness sketch and I have a project that I would like to share with you that I created with an Our Daily Bread Christmas set as well!!
Midnight Madness Week #20 (MMSC20)

Hope you're happy and healthy today and thank you so much for stopping in for a visit today. I want to begin my post by bidding my dt sister and friend, Jessica a goodbye from the Midnight Madness Team. After much deliberation and thought she has decided to leave the team. Although we are saddened with her departure, Jessica has been pursuing her talent with her graphic arts and has been working on designing her own line of rubber stamps. With her upcoming wedding and being a young mother with many demands, she has only so much time in her day. We wish her many successes as she explores other avenues of her creativity. Of course goodbye from the team does not mean goodbye. We will still have the opportunity to visit her blog and see all the amazing stamps she is creating. Congrats on you upcoming wedding Jess and with your new line of stamps!!

You have till Midnight EST 9-22-09 to get your MMSC19 entries in. Our weekly winner will be drawn on Wednesday, so be sure to check back for that. If you miss the deadline, you are still welcome to link up to Mr Linky, but any entries after the "LAST CALL" will not be in the drawing.
MIDNIGHT MADNESS MASTERPIECE AWARD
Each week we are awarding a special Badge Award to one person for their outstanding sketch submission. If you would like to be considered for this award, please make sure your card link is posted to Mr. Linky by Sunday of each week. This is our way of let you know how wonderfully talented you are and how much we appreciate you sharing your craft with us. This week we are proud to say the“MIDNIGHT MADNESS MASTERPIECE” Gold Star Award goes to.....

32. Rosette
Congrats Rosette! Your creation was incredible!

The MM REMARKABLES WEEKLY AWARD!!
The Midnight Madness Team has created a very special award called The “Midnight Madness Remarkables” Award !! We would like to acknowledge those entries that are just exceptionally Remarkable!! During our voting each week, due to the caliber of the cards entered in our challenges, we end up with so many ties and close votes, so this Fairy logo is for those recipients to display proudly. If you would each like to take our fairy logo for your side bar, she would love to come stay with you.

Thank you all for playing and please help me in congratulating our “Midnight Madness Remarkables” award winners…..

51. Sandee


Continuing to their Sponsorship this month is....


Drawings for month end are coming up, just take a look at what is up grabs this month HERE. This is the last week of our our wonderful monthly sponsor DRS Designs . We hope to have them sponsor us again real soon :) You can find them at http://www.drsdesigns.com/ and http://drsdesignblog.blogspot.com/ The Midnight Madness team has had a lot of fun crafting with their wonderful stamps. Just take a look at our sketch example cards this week. Thanks DRS Designs.


We are so lucky to have
"Michelle's Scrapbooking"
as our Weekly Bonus Sponsor


Michelle is offering our MMSC20 Bonus winner the two stamps shown below from the Pixie Cottage line and a 10.00 off coupon code for her store. Thank you Michelle for your wonderful prize this week.




NOW FOR OUR WEEK #20
SKETCH CHALLENGE



Since DRS Designs was our sponsor this month and generously sent several free stamps to use for this month's post, most of the designs done by the dt are using their designs.

For my card, I got a little carried away with their adorable Scarecrow with Fence image. I just thought it would be neat to use some real material for the scarecrow and add raffia to my image. The paper is from the Recollections Autumn Pack available at Michaels. The leaves that are punched out on the sides use the new Martha Stewart Leaf punch border. The bigger leaves are from Prima and they have been in my stash forever!!!!!



WHAT DO YOU THINK?
For more inspiration for the MMSC20 sketch, please visit my dt sisters.

Carolyn - Creative Card Corner
Charlotte - Designs From Within
Denise - kc242 Designs by Denise
Jane - The Paper Affair
Jeni - Jeni's Custom Cards
Jessica - solocosmo
Kimmie - kimmie kaye's designs
Michelle - Daydreams by Michelle
Phyllis - SparklePlenty1000
Priscilla - "priscillastyles"
Shawne - Paper Art from Studio 313
Sonya - The Pink Paper Penguin
Sue - McMahon Five Designs
Carol-Chocolate, Crafts, & Bears, Oh My!


I hope our creations inspire you to create with this sketch. If you do, create a card a project, please link your creation to Mr Linky, here. If you upload your creation to SC, please use the keyword MMSC20.

There are so many neat things going on at the MMSC blog that you don't want to miss them. Tomorrow, Priscilla has a mega huge blog give away to tell you about worth over $1200. WOWZERS!!!! Next month there will also be a fun blog hop put on by the team. September 30 is the last day for the DRS Designs drawing.

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And now on to my project using the Angel set from Our Daily Bread Designs. Last week I shared the card with you and told you that I had a project to coordinate which would be posted on the Our Daily Bread Blog. Well...I thought I would share it here as well.

Since so many people have begun their Christmas cards and projects, I thought it would be nice for me to share a card and project using one of my favorite stamp sets from Our Daily Bread Designs Christmas line: Angel. The card I recently made for the Stampin Sisters in Christ Sketch Challenge. After creating the card, I thought it would be nice to make a coordinating project to go with it for a gift during the Christmas holidays. I have always loved to make projects but never had the opportunity to make a project using a paint can . I just love tins and have seen so many awesome projects using these cans. At Christmas time there are just so many small gifts that you give out to teachers, Sunday School teachers, friends, neighbors, and etc. These little painting cans are perfect for putting in little go odies like cookies or candy, etc.

I covered the can with SU Ski Slope paper and then embellished it with ric rac, ribbon, punched snowflakes and my angel image which I colored with watercolors and prisma color pencils and gamsol. The wings are glittered with stickles. The ribbons tied on the handle are a bunch or ribbon scraps that I have saved.


Angel set Chris2


Card Recipe:
Stamps: Angel from Our Daily Bread Designs
Paper: SU Ski Slope, Baja Breeze, Metallic Silver, White Glitter paper from K&Co., White CS
Accessories: Silver Baubles, Offray Blue Ribbon, Vintage Corner Dies from Cuttlebug, Scalloped and Regular Circles from Spellbinders, sewing machine

Paint Can Recipe:
Stamps: Angel from Our Daily Bread Designs
Paper: SU Ski Slope (retired), White Glitter CS, Sky Blue CS, White CS
Accessories: Paint Can, Oval Spellbinders, Circle Spellbinders, ric rac, ribbon scraps, Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch"

SSIC4 Angel- Chris1
















Angel Paint can Chris3



I hope this post inspires you in some way. Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!!
Monday, September 21, 2009



Happy Monday All!! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!! I sure did. I did everything but stamping but sometimes it is nice to take a break and just spend time with the family and do other things. My hubby and I spent Saturday creating wood projects and doing some tole painting for a charity auction to be held locally next week. It was fun to do something that would help others as well as have quality time together.

Today I am on the bandwagon trying to create, create, create.... The card I am sharing with you today uses today's TLC239 Layered Buttons, Mojo 105 Sketch, and the Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge to use fall colors on your creation. The stamps used were Angelica's Daydreams, Shy Little Nickie (bench only) and Fall Whimsy (retired from SU).

It was fun creating a fall scene and creating these buttons. I don't know why I never thought to make these earlier. They are very easy peasy and can create the perfect coordinating embellishment. All you need is card stock, a circle punch (to match the size button you want to create), waterproof glue that doesn't bubble the cardstock, and crystal effects or some other medium to give it a glossy appearance. I decided to sand the edges of my buttons to make it one layer but not to add gloss to my buttons to create a distressed look.

The image is colored with prisma color pencils and gamsol. The dp is from MME 29th Market Street. I have been hoarding this paper and just had to use it for this fall creation.




Card Recipe:
Stamps: Inky Impressions- Angelica's Daydreams, Shy Little Nicki (bench only), and SU Retired Fall Whimsy for pumpkin and leaves on the bottom panel
Paper: My Minds Eye 29th Market Street, So Saffron, Bitter Chocolate
Accessories: Brown lace trim, EK Success Moraccan Lace Punch, Spellbinders Scalloped rectangles, Circle punch, Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder

Thanks for stopping by today!! I hope you have a wonderful day!! I can't wait to visit your blogs!!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Happy Sunday All!! Today I promised to let you know who the random winner of my candy is. THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR JOINING THE BLOG HOP AND FOR YOUR LOVELY COMMENTS!!!

Drum rolls please.....

And the winner is......
"scrapperjulia said...

Beautiful card! I love your blog, you are so creative and talented!"

Congrats Julia!!! Please email me at olsenc.glowbug@gmail.com with your snail mail address so I can get your goodies out to you.

For those of you who did not win this time, I am having some awesome blog candy on my birthday at the end of the month for all my followers. Thanks again for all your encouraging words!!!

I also have some awesome news to share!!!





I am so excited to announce that I have been invited by Vicki
to be on the Design Team for the Saturday Spotlight with Hidden Potential. The Saturday Spotlight with Hidden Potential is a place where you can spotlight your creativity and find your hidden potential. I am so honored to be a part of this talented dt where I can share my crafting with you. Each week the DT will be showing you how to use stamps, paper, and projects in a way you may have not thought of. There will be all kinds of fun. Come join us on Oct 3rd when we will be featuring our first challenge as a new DT.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!!

blessings,
Chris
Friday, September 18, 2009
Happy Friday All!! Are you ready for the weekend? I sure am!! It is suppose to be beautiful weather wise. Woohoo!! No rain!!!!

Today I would like to share a card I made for the upcoming Christmas Holidays. I have seen so many cards with a Christmas theme and I have barely started so today I said I might as well join the masses. I created this card using the Stampin Sister's in Christ Sketch challenge for this week. I just love the simple layout. I added a couple of things to it but I think you can pretty much see I followed the sketch. I used one of my favorite Christmas sets from Our Daily Bread Designs, Angel.

I watercolored the edges of the dress with Baja Breeze on regular white cardstock. The hair, hands, and face were colored with prisma color pencils and gamsol. (Boy do I ever know that I used gamsol. It has an odor and my daughter accidentally knocked the entire thing over. What a mess and stench!!! Oh well accidents happen right. I hope my hubby understands when he walks in the kitchen and smells the odor.)



O.k. .... I was looking at the sketch after I uploaded it and I noticed I made a mistake. I put the bow on the top rather than in the middle. Oops!

Card Recipe:
Stamps- Our Daily Bread Designs- Angel
Paper: SU Ski Slope, Glitter paper (white), Metallic silver, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Silver Baubles, sewing machine, glitter, Vintage Corner Die from Cuttlebug

This is a part of a set that I will be posting on the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog on Tuesday. I will provide you with a link on Tuesday as a reminder.

Tomorrow is the last day of the Inky Impressions Blog Hop and the last day for the Blog Hop candy here. If you have not left a comment, on the post or gone on the hop (there is some great prizes along the way), you may want to do so now. Just click on the highlighted "post or gone on the hop" and it will take you there.


I do not think I will be posting tomorrow as I plan to spend whatever time I have blog hopping and visiting your sites instead. Just not enough time to craft, blog and blog hop with life mixed in.

Have a super weekend!! Thanks as always for stopping by and leaving such encouraging comments.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Good Morning!!! Today is time for the Divine Diva Challenge. Lori sent us a picture of a wedding cake for our inspiration this week. I really had a good time with this one.






My girls think I am officially nuts since I planned out my own wedding, making a place setting, favors and a wedding thank card using the colors, flowers, and patterns that inspired me from the cake photo. Here is what I came up with.


I used the SU True Friend for my stamps. The paper is Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip and Sweet Always. The card uses yesterday's SC246 sketch on SC.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope this inspires you to create and maybe even use this wedding cake as your inspiration. If you do this challenge, please upload your creation to the comments on Lori's blog. For more inspiration from the other diva's click on the links below.


Angela - this is unfortunately Angela's last challenge with us. A big thank-you from me for being such a wonderful DT member!

Anne

Lori

Donna

Julie

Keri

Kerri

Thanks so much for stopping by. Sorry for the short post but blogger gave me lots of difficulty and I am suppose to be out the door this a.m. already. Hope you have a fantastic day!!!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Good Morning!! Happy Hump day to you. I am so sorry if I did not get around to comment on your blogs yesterday. My computer or internet service was having some difficulties and after a while I just gave up. I sure hope to make it around today!!

Today's post is combination of two challenge posts: Inky Impressions and Flutter By Wednesday!

Since September is Nicole's (Inky's Mama) Birthday Month, Inky Impressions is celebrating HER all month long. This weeks challenge is to add REAL or FAUX stitching to your card or project using an Inky Impressions stamp. OOO Nicole really loves a card with stitching. So come on and join the fun. We would love to see what you create. If you do join us please link your creation here.

September is also Danni's birthday and the Flutter By Team is also celebrating her with many fun challenges . Danni is offering blog candy every week in September!!! Today the FBW guest designers are her kids, Matthew and Annabelle. Isn't that so sweet. What better guest designers to choose for Danni's birthday than her own kids!! You can see their creations on Danni's blog.

The Flutter By Wednesday challenge this week is to add sparkle to your creation with a butterfly or fairy. Should you create a creation using this challenge, please upload it to Mr. Linky here under FBW75. If you should upload your creation to SC or PCP, Please use the keyword FBW.

Here is my creation using stitching and an Inky Impressions stamp and sparkle and a butterfly. I used the new release SpunkyScooter Lili which is now available in the Inky Impressions store. I colored her with prisma color pencils and gamsol. The dp is from MME Bloom and Grow and K&Co. Glitter Paper. I did add glitter to the image, however it does not show up well in the picture.


To see other Inky Impressions cards for this challenge, please visit:

Jenn
Kristine
Michele

For more inspiration using the Flutter By Wednesday Challenge, please visit:
Have a great day!!!Thanks so much for stopping by and for your wonderful comments!!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Happy Tuesday all!!! This week is a busy week for me here at blogger since I have three days in a row of challenges to share with you, on Tuesday through Thursday. Today I Welcome you to another MIDNIGHT MADNESS SKETCH!
Remember you have until midnight to add your link for MMSC18 to Mr. Linky on Priscilla's Blog.
MIDNIGHT MADNESS MASTERPIECE AWARD

Each week we are awarding a special Badge Award to one person for their outstanding sketch submission. If you would like to be considered for this award, please make sure your card link is posted to Mr. Linky by Sunday of each week. This is our way of let you know how wonderfully talented you are and how much we appreciate you sharing your craft with us. This week we are proud to say the“MIDNIGHT MADNESS MASTERPIECE” Gold Star Award goes to.....

#5. Vicki (basement stamper)
Enjoy your award and please display it proudly!
(if you would like the blinkie code, just email me ;)
Sketch Challenge Star Award MMM

Woohoo Vicki!! Way to go girl!!

The MM REMARKABLES WEEKLY AWARD!!
The Midnight Madness Team has created a very special award called The “Midnight Madness Remarkables” Award !! We would like to acknowledge those entries that are just exceptionally Remarkable!! During our voting each week, due to the caliber of the cards entered in our challenges, we end up with so many ties and close votes, so this Fairy logo is for those recipients to display proudly. If you would each like to take our fairy logo for your side bar, she would love to come stay with you.
Thank you all for playing and please help me in congratulating our “Midnight Madness Remarkables” award winners…..
45. Sandee
54. stephanne
Congrats Girls!! Your creations were st
unning!!!

MIDNIGHT MADNESS PRIZE SPONSORS
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Continuing to their Sponsorship this month is....

This month we posted our Month end sponsors, so be sure to take a look at all that is up grabs this month HERE. Continuing to support our challenges this month is DRS Designs!! Every two weeks on a Monday, DRS Designs host a blog challenge and invite you to join them! Their online site features a gallery for each designer as well as a customer gallery. If you get a chance I hope you will participate in their challenges too and you can even email your cards so to them so they can include them in their growing galleries. In addition to their wonderful craft supplies, they also offer a wide assortment of images, sentiments (serious and humorous) as well as easy background images and technique stamps such as our stained glass and our plaid stamps.You can find them at http://www.drsdesigns.com/ and http://drsdesignblog.blogspot.com/ The Midnight Madness team is having a lot of fun crafting with their wonderful stamps. Just take a look at our sketch example cards this week. Thanks DRS Designs.
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We are so lucky to have "62 Cards"
as our Weekly Bonus Sponsor
A very special thank you goes out to Sammye Jo Monroe Singer for sponsoring us this week. you are going to love her give away!!! 62Cards began as an intriguing hobby of a twenty-something wife and mom who desired to do something she loved. After a tragic car accident in 2005 took the life of her little brother, Matt, 18, she knew she had to do something that not only kept her busy, but honored him at the same time. The name of the company itself does just that. 62 was Matt's football number. The company offers something that is special, unique, and fun, just like her beloved brother. He loved to help others, and 62Cards is helping keep his giving spirit alive by donating part of its profits to benefit The Matt Monroe Memorial Scholarship Fund through Citizens First Bank. This fund awards three scholarships every year to high school seniors to help them with the expenses of their post-secondary education. 62Cards was founded on the idea that quality and trendy paper crafting and embellishments do not have to be mass produced or cost a fortune. From handmade cards, embellishments, and gifts to party favors and banners, 62Cards strives to offer something for everyone. When you purchase a product from 62Cards, you are not only getting something fun and exciting for yourself, but you are helping today's youth further their education and are keeping the spirit of one very special and loved young man alive. Visit the site at www.62cards.com and join in some great crafty chit chat and giveaways on the blog at http://www.62cards.blogspot.com/!

Winner will get one of her NOT YET RELEASED 6x6
Album Kits entitled Sweet Summer.

Sammy Jo would also like to offer a free bonus gift with purchase to our Midnight Madness followers. Just enter "Midnight Madness" in the checkout to get their free gift.

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NOW FOR OUR WEEK #19
SKETCH CHALLENGE


And Now for my take on the sketch!!!


For my card I used the stamp 3 Flowers and a Butterfly from DRS Designs. I stamped the butterfly separately and added it to the side of my design rather than adding it to my image panel. The dp is from SU Walk in the Park. The flowers were created with crinkled cardstock and the SU Boho Blossom Punch. The flourishes were created using the Spellbinder Flourishes Die, Bitter Chocolate Bazzill and embossed with Holographic Glitter. The punch used on the side of my image panel is the Morraco Lace punch from EK Success. The corner is punched with the Vintage Die from Cuttlebug (It actually has four dies in the set, I used the one corner). The Inside of the card is created using the Butterfly sizzix die, hero arts pearls, rhinestone flourishes, and a new release this month from

Our Daily Bread Designs Doodles 2 Thinking of You and Doodles 3 Friendship Stamps.

I created this card for a dear friend, not for her birthday or for any occasion, just because she is so sweet and I want her to know how much I appreciate her. I hope she likes it!!

I hope you enjoyed today's post and that it inspires you to create and maybe even create for the Midnight Madness Challenge. Should you create something using this sketch, please leave a direct link to Mr. Linky here.

Should you upload your creation to SC, please use the keyword MMSC19. For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters. They have an awesome array of examples using this sketch. Many used images from DRS Designs.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Tomorrow I will be back with another Flutter By Wednesday and Inky Impressions Challenge Post. They are both continuing their Birthday Bash!!! Don't forget Inky Impressions continues until Sept 19!!! You don't want to miss it cause there are many prizes including blog candy from me. There is a link on my sidebar!!

Have a great day!! Oh Today is Risa's Birthday!! Happy Birthday Risa!! Please stop on over to her blog and wish her a happy birthday.

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