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Monday, November 30, 2009

Sneak Peek Day #1 December 1, 2009

Yes I know it may say November 30th, but I'm tired. It's either now or late tomorrow. Here is a sneak peek of a new release image from Sew Many Cards.

This is a week long party with new peeks each day on various blogs of the design team. When you think you know who the character is send an email to Jeri or Sarabeth or Angela on the NING site (Sew Many Cards Social Site). There is a link to the site on the right column of this site. By sending your guess by email, no one else can profit from your detective skills. Look closely and see if you have a guess yet. The answer will be revealed on December 8th.

The second part of this day's party is the chance to win an envelope full of embellishments to add to your cards and layouts. It will include ribbons, brads, and other fun stuff. To enter the drawing you must answer the following three questions and email your answers to the email listed at the top of the page: You may enter once a day from December 1st through December 4th. The winner will be notified by December 6th and on the blog on December 8th.

Q#1 Who is the CEO of Purrfect Sentiments?
Q#2 What is the tiger's name from Sew Many Cards?
Q#3 How many years have I been scrapbooking?

email your answers and be sure to visit the other design team members' blogs as listed on the NING site to get other sneak peeks each day. Good luck!! MEOW!!!!!!!

Tomorrow: 2 Chances to Win!!

December 1st starts the Release Party for Sew Many Cards. The first clue will be available right here. Instructions on how to enter your guess as to the character will be available on Sew Many Cards Social Site (see link on right)

Also tomorrow I will post three questions about Purrfect Sentiments. Email your responses to the address at the top of the blog to be entered in a drawing to win an envelope full of embellishments including ribbons, brads, stickers, etc. Deadline will be Friday December 4th at midnight. You may only enter once per day for this drawing.

Finally (and most importantly) Happy Birthday to my daughter, Lauren.


Friday, November 27, 2009

Aluminum vs Cactus

For those of us over 50, remember the aluminum Christmas trees of the 1960's?? They had a multicolored spotlight on them so they would reflect green, red, yellow... This card using the Christmas Cactus Friday Freebie from Sew Many Cards (did you sign up for the email from SMC???) shows two very different "trees". Neither of which is really a tree. The aluminum tree on the left from the 60s and the macho cactus tree with attitude on the right. Guess you have to be of a certain age to appreciate this card. No disrespect intended toward anyone or anything. It is just my wacky take on a Christmas cactus

Hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. I know we did: dinner with friends, good conversation and some challenging card playing.
This week's Paper Cutz Challenge (see link on right) is an anything goes. Total freedom to create holiday items that you still need or an excuse to do a birthday card or something else that isn't red and green = maybe scrap a page of those summer pictures you know haven't made it out of the envelope yet.
Above, I have used a Matchbook (Sarapapers at Paper Wishes) to make a Christmas card that will also hold a gift card. It opens like a match book. then two "doors" open to reveal the final inside message and/or image. On this one I use three different papers. On others I have used 3 coordinating papers. They are a lot of fun to do for holiday gifts or even Birthday and other occasions. Since they are square, a square card require extra postage. However it will fit in a standard envelope for a 5 x 7 card and not incur that "squarepostage" Have fun experimenting this week.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!! Remember that calories consumed standing up or with friends don't count. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cutting Cafe sponsor week

This week's challenge at Sew Many Cards (see link at right) is to use a digi stamp(s) from Angela (SMC) and from Regina (Cutting Cafe) to create your project. Regina has some really nice background digis and wording. The ornaments hanging along the top of the card and the "Magic of Christmas" sign are both from CC. Toga giving the gift to Jaden is SMC of course. Two of my favorite characters.

Hmmmm Two of my favorite characters. They are all my favorites. I like Tayla and Hershey and the Polar Bear (does he have a name Angela??) and Halen and Miki and PJ and....and....and.... I guess I'm just addicted to digistamps. I'm no good at the traditional ones. Take a look at the instructions and give it a try! It is all about trying new things, new talents, new techniques, it is almost New Year.

I have an extra day off (tomorrow) for Thanksgiving. Nice to have the loooooonnnnnngggg weekend. Not doing the Black Friday thing in person at least. May hit some Internet Black Friday sales but no longer up to the pushing and shoving and fighting. I may actually get my Christmas cards addressed. Ha Ha - I do have them made at least. Somehow it is the addressing part I'm hung up on at the moment. I have to put all the address changes into the software before I print labels. Then I have to decide which card is best for which person. I made them all unique so this will take some careful thought.

Take care

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The SUN exists!!

Seeing the sun for the first sustained time in over a week. Even with leafless trees and brownish water the lake looks pretty with sun reflecting off of it. Getting some birthday cards/gifts together. Lauren (older DD) will be 28 a week from Monday. Am I really old enough to have a 28-yr-old?? Then John (only son, middle kid) will be 27 on 12/2. (Yes, they just missed being Irish twins.) Brett (Lauren's husband) our DSIL will be 36 on 12/4.

I had to include this ATC (Artist Trading Card) I made. I have to remember that not all of the family lives in snow-possible areas anymore. While Dallas may get some snow occasionally, TX isn't known for snowmen and drifts. So I am letting Jaden spread the message while leaning over a multicolored, snowfree wall.

I think sitting out on the screen porch (it is in the low 60s, maybe high 50s) for some fresh air and a nap sounds good. Then lunch and more PLAY!!!!!!

Friday, November 20, 2009



What a week. Now time to sleep and scrap and scrap and sleep. Sounds like a plan. I promised you my projects with the new Friday Freebie from Sew Many Cards. Remember the Freebie is only available with the newsletter now. I think this little polar bear is just so cute. (Not as cute as our CEO...)
Cutting some Cricut stuff, looking through digis, working on Christmas presents and cards, so much to do and so sleepy too. Hope you have a productive FUN weekend. I plan to.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Seeing double??

Happy Thursday. One day til TGIF, one week til turkey day!!!!!!!

Well, the recalcitrant slide show has stopped spinning, but it appears twice. In the layout it doesn't appear at all. Double the pleasure...double the fun.... with ... If you remember that jingle then you are over 50.

I can't wait to post my creations using the new Friday Freebie from Sew Many Cards that will come out tomorrow. Remember to sign up for the newsletter on that site to get the Friday Freebie. It will no longer be available elsewhere. Hint: it is cuddly, furry and very appropriate for winter. I bet you have as much fun with it as I am. Angela has such great digis.

I need to address Thanksgiving Day cards and mail them out tomorrow. I never used to send Thanksgiving Day cards, but now with card making, I celebrate ALL the holidays. Wonder if Angela will have a groundhog for February??

I got a box from Paper Wishes today. Need to open it up and check my goodies. Most of the order was replacing my favorite items like pearls, Dazzles, etc. Until tomorrow......

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Runaway Slideshow

I thought I'd get a little fancy tonight and add a slideshow of some of my recent projects. Well I started with loading photos to photobucket. Slideshow was fine there. Loaded slideshow onto blog and part of the picture was cutoff. Now, even tho the layout edit shows NO SLIDESHOW, I have TWO slideshows trying to load. HELP. I need sleep Good Night.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hershey is guarding the Hershey's

Yes folks, Hershey the dog is guarding the Hershey kisses. This week's Challenge at Sew Many Cards is to make a creation using only the colors brown, green and orange. So... I made a kisses box (ScorPal projects) using two tone brown striped paper held closed with strips of orange and dark green vinyl cut with decorative scissors. I filled it with Hershey kisses (the end ones have a glue dot under them to keep the kisses from escaping) and then used Hershey the dog (Sew Many Cards' new digistamp) to guard them. Join in the fun and enter the challenge. Sew Many Cards is listed on the right hand side of the page as a favorite of mine. I'm also on the Design Team so I get to see the wonderful digistamps in advance!

Sign up for the newsletter too. That is the only way to get the Friday Freebies from now on. Don't want to miss them. This week is a pair of Dolphins seen farther down this page. Dolphins in November in the Midwest..... Angela (Sew Many Cards) sure likes to challenge us!
I was happy to see how many of my friends stopped by already! Even Chester got some messages. He is demanding blog time. I believe the current message is "Send food: send fish & milk." He is threatening to race through the room and jump on the delete button. I need to upload some projects with kitties. This dog stuff is not his idea but he gave it grudging approval.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Monday, November 16,2009

I have entered the world of blogging. For all my scrapbooking, cardmaking, cat-loving friends, this is my place to share with you. As I learn how to optimize this place, you will find connections to my favorites such as Sew Many Cards, Paper Cutz and Paper Wishes and friends I have yet to discover. Being a cat lover is a plus.