Saturday, April 30, 2011

Grad Bash Blog Hop

Welcome to the Graduation Day Blog Hop! This hop is going to provide you with lots of graduation ideas for all those graduates in your life.

If you have come from Melanie at In Love with a Bug blog, you are in the right place. If you stumbled upon my blog and want to play along, you can do so by starting with Nadia at Nadia's Beautiful Mess Blog.

My son is graduating in just 2 very short weeks so I decided to share a banner I made.  He's having his reception with one of friends so may go back and add their names, not sure yet.  They colors the class choose for graduation are turquoise and silver.  I used the Mother's Day cart from 2010 for the individual banner flags.   I cut strips of turquoise cardstock and scored for the rosettes.  These were 1st rosette's.  They are very easy, I just hadn't had an occasion to use them yet.  I wish I could tell you which cart I used for the font but I forgot to write it down.  Sorry about that!

Just ignore my cluttered counter.  I don't have a nice mantel to hang this from and the house is asleep except for me so the kitchen had to make due for now.  I'll see if I can get a better picture a little later this morning.

I do have blog candy.  All you need to do is leave a comment with a way to reach you.  I'd love for you to follow my blog if you don't already but it's not mandatory to qualify for the candy.

For those of you that are waiting to hear who won blog candy from last weekend, never fear.  I haven't forgotten.  I had a crazy week at work and then came home to work on graduation "shtuff".  Even if I had drawn, I wouldn't have had time to get to the post office.  I will draw all 3 on Sunday evening after everyone has a chance to visit this hop.

Thank you for playing along. Your next stop is the very talented Adri at Ma Cherie Creations.

Here is a list of all participants in case you get lost along the way:

Melanie -


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter & Blog Candy Reminder

I hope everyone has had a very Happy Easter.  We spent the weekend with our families.  If you are looking for the Keeping the Peace Blog Hop and Mother's Day Blog Hop, please scroll down.  Reminder if you want to be entered for the blog candy you need to leave a comment on those 2 posts.  Speaking of comments, I just wanted to let all of you that leave comments know how very much they are appreciated.   I love the feedback and I do try to visit as many of you as I can.  Sometimes time doesn't always allow, like right now as I am getting ready for my son's graduation, but I do try.  Have a great week!


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Peace Blog Hop

It's been a busy week as I anm participating in 2 blog hops today.  If you are here for the Mother's Day Blog Hop Click here.

Now for the Peace Blog Hop.  If you arrived from Nikki you are in the right place.  If you stumbled on to this by happy accident and want to check out the full hop please visit Adri who was the fabulous organizer. 

I can't tell you how excited I was to participate in this one.  My son is 17 and graduating from High School in a couple of weeks (oh, just uttering the words makes me feel old).  Yes, this info is releventant to the hop.  He was my inspiration.  This young man has been the biggest Beatles fan for several years now.  We thought it might be a phase but it's definitely not.  I must be honest, I have no idea where this love of their music came from.  Certainly not my husband or myself.  The Beatles were even before my time.  I never listened to their music growing up.  My parents liked country so that's what we were stuck listening to on the 8 tracks tapes in the conversion van, I know there are some of you out there chuckling cause you listened to 8 tracks in a conversion van too.  What a trip down memory lane, but I digress!

I took his Senior pictures and this was one where he was completely goofing off. 

Please note the image on his t-shirt is John Lennon.  I think the only t-shirts he owns that don't have something Beatles related on them are his white undershirts. 

I used the Groovy Times cart for the Peace sign and words.  The Peace sign was cut at 9" and the words "peace" and "love" were cut at 2.5".  Cardstock is miscellaneous as always because I don't keep track of it and some of it is scraps.  I also doodled a bit on teh words.

I do have some blog candy but it will be a suprise for the winner.  No worries, it's brand new, still in packaging.  To be eligible for the drawing on Monday evening please leave a comment.  I'd love for you to be a follower if you enjoy my blog but it's not required.

Next stop on the hop is Lynda.

Here is the entire line up just in case you lose your way.  You will definitely want to visit all of these wonderfully talented ladies!

~ Adri
~ Melissa
~ Asheyna
~ Nikki
~ Carrie
~ Lynda
~ Jazzy
~ Rachel Miller
~ Giselle
~ Jess
~ Kelsey
~ Yolonda
~ Rebecca
~ Wendy
~ Jacqueline

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend!


Mother's Day Blog Hop

Welcome to the Mother's Day Blog Hop and my blog! This hop is all about Mother’s Day and a challenge to create anything, but no flowers allowed!

If you have come from Gaby at She Inks A Lot , you are in the right place. If you stumbled upon my blog and want to play along, you can do so by starting at Giselle's Blog  This hop is full of talented ladies {and giveaways, too}!

Let me start by saying that I tried a butterfly shape card from the Hannah Montana Cart but it just wasn't working for me.  I knew I wanted to use butterflies so I tried again and this is what I came up with.

Patterned Paper is Basic Grey.  All cardstock is scrap.   This picture is really blown.  Sorry about that!  The colors really do all work together because they are in the patterned paper.  I used a cuttlebug die/embossing set for the butterflies and EK Success border punch.
I do have blog candy but I won't be revealing what it is til I draw a winner on Monday evening.  I will say it's new, unopened and unused.   I believe that you will enjoy it.  To be entered in the drawing please leave a comment.  I would love to have you follow me if you enjoy my blog but it is not required.
Thank you for playing along. Your next stop is Sylvia .

Here is a list of all participators:

Patricia -

I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Dream Valley Challenges #5 - Easter

I can't believe 2 weeks have gone by so fast.  It feels like I just posted my creation for the last challenge.  I checked the calendar though and it's true.  Easter is next weekend.  The challenge for you over the next fort night is to create an Easter project.  The sponsor this week is Stitchy Bear.  They provided Easter images for the design team to use.  I chose to use the Ornate Easter Egg.  I really liked the image and new it could be quite colorful.

I used a couple of my Cuttlebug folders for some added dimension and the scallop punch is EK Success.  All cardstock is miscellaneous.  The egg was colored with a variety of Copics.  I hope you enjoy the project.  Be sure to check out the rest of the design teams wonderful creations at Dream Valley Challenges.  Can't wait to see your creations!


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Welcome to the Easter Eggstravaganza Blog Hop

Welcome to the Easter Eggstravaganza Blog Hop! If you've come from visiting Creations with Becka, you're in the right place. If you were just looking at my blog and want to play along with our blog hopping fun, you can start at the beginning at Nadia's Beautiful Mess. This blog hop is all about creating something sweet for your Easter celebrations. We hope you find inspirations and plenty of ideas to spice up your holiday :)

I have chosen to make a card and a wrapped candy bar.  Used MME and Bo Bunny papers.  Cardstock is miscellaneous.  Stamps are Spring Swirl from Autumn Leaves.

I hope you enjoyed my project. Thank you for visiting my blog. Your last stop is Creative Diva 98. Below is a list of all blog participants in case you get lost:

Nadia -
Giselle -
Donna -
Yolonda -
Jennifer -
Kim -
Damaris -
Melanie -
Jazmin -
Monica (Stampin Daisies) -
Gabriela -
Kacee -
Darla -
Amber -
Sylvia -
Monica F-
Rebecca -
Carrie -
Patricia -


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Dream Valley Challenge #4 - Things with Wings

Here is my design team creation for the next challenge at Dream Valley Challenges.  This is a new stamp I picked up at my LSS.  She is part of a set from Kaiser Craft called Magic Happens.  I've been admiring so many fairy cards and decided I need one too.  The set also has butterflies in it and I love butterflies.

All cardstock is miscellaneous.  Polka dot paper is 3 Bugs in a Rug and the other patterned paper is from Fancy Pants (Road Show) out of a journal set.  The ribbon is Offray, I believe.  Lots of sparkle on here but its a little hard to photograph.  The edge of the white cardstock that the image is stamped on is lined with glitter.  Her dress has pink glitter on the swirls.  The lines of her wings, wand and flower in her hair are also sparkly!  This was a fun card to make and I really liked how it turned out.  Here is the inside:

I think I will use it for a graduation.  Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to go check out the rest of the design teams creations.  I hope that you will join us for this challenge!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

This will be an upcoming layout

I had to run out to take some pics of DS and his girlfriend before Prom.  I stil have to go back up later for  the coronation,, but in the meantime thought I'd share a pic.  It's so hard to believe that he's a Senior and headed for college this fall.  Where has the time gone!