Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Vist Tanya for details on her blog candy giveaway. 

New Blog to See

Hello friends.  We have a new blogger on the block and she is giving out blog candy.  You need to check out Esmeralda at Noah's Ark Two by Two.  If you become a follower and a few other things, you will be entered into her candy give away.  And what a giveaway it is.  She is on facebook and has YouTube videos to share.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Pink, Brown, and Using Old Stash

The color challenges and using up old stash was really fun.  I have a lot of stuff put aside because it takes a little more imagination to use.  So I started with two color challenges that both wanted Pink and Brown.  Just-Hanna-Stamps and Anythingchallenge.  Then Eatsleepstamp gave a wonderful sketch to use.  When looking through all my brown paper I realized that this card was perfect for the 365 Cards #52

I am also putting this in for the Anything Goes and DT call at audsentimentschallengeblog

Have a Happy Easter!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Clean, Simple and Monochromatic

WOW, I think that I'm getting better at laying out what I want to build in the morning after making lunches for the day and then cutting, scoring, gluing and adding embellishments after dinner while watching TV.  The guys are grateful that I'm not agonizing over every aspect of each project I build.  I think they just want their living room back.

Sentiment says Congratulations. 
I had to take a quick picture with my phone, becuase I used it right after I built it for an employee that was leaving for another job.

I really fell in love with the card sketch from 365 Cards day #48.  I know that I will be using it multiple times for many occasions.  It is such a Clean and Simple card I think it worked well for Claudia and Company challenge #80.  Then there was the Cr84fn color challenge #24 with this palette.

I fell in love with these colors.  They are so close that it worked well as a monochromatic scheme as well. So I used it for the There She Goes Clear Stamps challenge #103 and the Simply Scrapping CAS challenge.

So off for the night to looking at the list of other great challenges.  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Quilt Insperation

I saw this challenge at  Papertrey Paper Dolls and just couldn't pass it up.  I was suppose to concentrate on the colors and I kept going back to the quilt blocks.  I pushed it aside and started working on a sketch challenge from Simply Scrapping.  It was a very basic card and I realized that the colors from the quilt would work.  

Well, It's time to put the computer away for the night.

Color Challenge and Pattern Paper

Wow, I could get use to this.  I finished two cards today.  One before I left for work and the other when I got home.  The first one started out with the color challenge from Simply scrapping using pink, green and white.  The second thing was My Time Made Easy pattern #5 Challenge.  The last consideration was Stampin Design Team #106, use a square, oval and circle.  I also entered it into Mel & Jens Designs #54.
I was surfing all day looking for a stamp that said Egg-tra Special, but no luck.  Anyone know where I can get one, please let me know. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Something Quick for a few challenges

TAX Season is officially over. OH Yea!! this is me doing a jig with arms in the air.  I worked all weekend and 14 hours today just so I was done tonight and could come home and create something.  I must of still had money on the brain because I couldn't get past the need to build a card for the Play Date Cafe #77 challenge to use green, white and tan.  It's getting close to Easter and I need to get a few done in a hurry.  So here's a quick and easy no brainer card.

I'm going to enter this in a few other challenges.
Creative Belli Blog -  #115 eggs
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - #98 Easter
Hanna and Friends - #90 Easter
Off the Wall - #51 Easter


Monday, April 11, 2011


I'm so excited!!! This is the first time I've been involved in a blog hop. I want to thank Rebecca at Crafting Misfit for letting me be apart of her hop. 

You should have arrived here from Lolis.  If you are just passing by and want to start at the beginning go to Rebecca - Crafting Misfit.  At the beginning you will find complete blog rules and of course **Blog Candy**.  You can also link up your own creation there.  After me you will go to Meaghen. If you get lost, there is a complete list at the bottom. 

The idea of this blog hop was for each of us to expand our knowledge and try something new!  It could be a new material, a new technique or a new project that we just been afraid to tackle (like me). Thanks in advance for playing along. 

So, my project comes with a story.  My son is a very busy teenager ( I know, they all are).  Mike has been an FFA officer for 3 years, been on the football team, rugby team and held down a job.  Then there's extra jobs working on cars and mowing lawns.  After 4 years of high school, he finally knows what a community calendar is and that he needs to uses it.  That way the parentals have some idea as to when he might be coming home or if he needs one of them to attend something. The current calender is a dry erase sheet of clear plastic held to the fridge with magnets and it always has stuff under it, like insurance cards or tickets.   The last couple of months, the calendar has been covered in blue for his meetings, black for rugby games, green for competitions, purple for work, yellow for misc appointments and so on.  There's no room left for me.  Like I'm that busy anyway. 

Mike heads out into the big bad college world this June.  Mom's a serious wreck and is scared to death that he won't make project deadlines, will miss practice or heaven forbid an important party.  So I kept thinking that he needed to take something with him that would have a touch of home on it.  He's what I started with

A 12X12 picture frame with a glass front, a piece of 12X12 sheet metal, dove gray vinyl and magnets.  The magnets have to be heavy duty ones so that they will hold through the glass.

So here's the end result.  I put the vinyl on the back side of the glass so that when he writes on the front he doesn't write on the vinyl.  At first I was really upset that I put the calendar where I did.  I wanted it in the bottom left corner so that he had room for other notes.  When he came home he was really excited and laughed.  He is left-handed and having it in the right-hand corner, he won't be erasing things on the days when he's adding additional information on the sides.    He picked the Lego paper and we cut up Lego stickers to stick to the top of the magnets. 
This was an experience using the vinyl and working in flip mode.  Now that you've read my ramblings, lets reward you with some BLOG CANDY.   Become a follower and leave me a message before hopping on.  I will use chose two participants at random and post the winners on Friday.   Each winner will receive 5 of the magnet sets shown below.

Thanks for stopping by. The blog hop list is as follows:

Thanks again for playing along.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Celebrate and Up in the Air with a doily

IT's bee a busy weekend at my house. I worked on three projects. Two for challenges and one for the blog hop that starts on Monday.

So to celebrate a birthday for a young boy, I crated the following card.
I think this card will work well for the
CCEE Stampers- use a doily
theflairandfrillscreativity - celebrate
the morethanfavors- #33 Birthdays
and the 365cards #35 - 3 things in the air.

There should be more soon

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Love Link Party


Love Link Up Party for All the BRAVE Girls Who Dare To Be....

(Taken from Tumbler)
I have to say I LOVE life even when it's hard. I love it...because God always sends me just WHO I need. He is awesome like that isn't he?
Well yesterday was a fall in the hole day for me...ever have one of those days, where you know you should just not worry about that bump in the road, and fill it in with tons of prayers...but instead you get distracted and fall in it? Yeah that was my kind of day. So I fell in, but God sent help.
If you wonder where I will be for the next day or two, I will be in prayer...earnest prayer. So if you send me an email, or facebook, be patient.
Now I want to celebrate Life today! I know we all see each other's comments and stuff as we run around "blog-la-la-land". But do we really know each other? I would love to have a LINK UP LOVE party this week. All you have to do is add your link to the INklinkz below, and then copy and paste the code below to your blog!
Then SHARE my Link Up Love party on your blog with a link back here to me!
If you would leave me a comment after doing so telling me ONE thing special or unique about yourself, that most people might not know....do this is your blog post too with the code below.
At the end of the week, I'll choose ONE blogger who linked up to spotlight and receive this awesome prize !
Sunshine Spot:
To celebrate, I'm giving out something I LOVE since I'm hosting and co-hosting this blog party today! hahah! A FULL YEAR of CREATING KEEPSAKES MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION!!! This will definitly give you some inspiration on those days you need it (I need it ALOT of days!) I'll announce the winner for this on April 15'th. I will use Random.Org from all the comments/links.
Show EVERYONE on this link some love--Go follow them, leave them a comment, and let's LINK UP SOME LOVE Today!! You will never know how many people your simple act may touch!!! Everyone lo ves to feel loved! Let's LINK UP THE LOVE!!!!

READY.....SET....LOVE/COMMENT....LINK....ADD the LINK to your BLOG!!!
LINK UP LOVE  - follow this to get back to the original post on getting cricky.com.

NOW COPY and PASTE this code into your blog post!
get the InLinkz code
Thanks to everyone that participates.  I will stop by all of your blogs and say hello.

A La Card Monkey: Look at the Basket of Goodies for the Winner!!! WO...


Yep, this is the stuff.... Please don't have a Heart Attack when you look at the list. Terry and I are so excited to start this blog we might have gone a little crazy. lol We are so happy about this chance to meet new friends and have fun, we wanted you to feel the same way.

Here is the List of Stuff:
Garden Whimsy 8pc stamp set
Goody-Goody Gumdrops 19pc set
Picnic Parade 15 pc set
Stampin Fun for Everyone 7pc set
Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon 5/8"
Fresh Favorites 1 Buttons
Baja Breeze Corduroy button brads
Chocolate Chip Library Clips 1/2"
Sweet Pea stitched felt flowers
Welcome Neighbor DSP pad
Baja Breeze 81/2 X 11 Card Stock
On board Blossoms chipboard
If you take and re-post this picture on your blog with a link to A La Card Monkey, and tell all your friends what great stuff we are giving away, you will be entered for a SECOND ticket to the basket of goodies we have for our FOLLOWERS. Yep, there is another basket full of stuff that I am going to show you tomorrow!!!
Just for our Followers!
Good Luck to all our new Friends!
Oh... make sure you leave us a message that you re-posted the photo of our Stampin' Goodies, so we get your name in TWICE!

Monday, April 4, 2011

House and Pair

I was working on one more card for challenges this weekend.  I was going to use this for the Disney Cartridge Challenge, but I was to late for that one.  Then there was the "New House" challenge at Celebrate the Occasion. I have notes from another challenge with a couple on it, but I can't connect to the blog. 

If anyone has a suggestion on keeping track of what challenges are out there and the URL's I would greatly appreciate it. I've been writing everything down in my notebook and I've missed some deadlines.  I guess these are some rookie mistakes that I have to learn to get past.

Spring & Something Funny

I was trying to combine a couple of challenges.  The first was CCCCC #11 and use the Forever Young Cartridge.  The second was Wacky Wednesday #32 Something funny and then all the other various challenges wanting something for Spring.  So here was my idea. 
I was thinking of using the card to ask my workout buddy if she's ready to get started hitting the pavement again. 

I'm having real problems with my cricut and getting seriously frustrated.  One time it will cut great and the next it just tears the paper.  When I try to cut small letters, it just tears everything.  I've tried changing the pressure and the speed and just can't seem to get it.  Any suggestions? 

Well, off to get one more card done for the day. 

Tie a bow challenge

I wanted something really springy, feminine and fast for my card party invitations.  I tried to make a purse into a card on my gypsy and realized I just wasnt' that talented yet.  So I went to the local scrapbook store for more ideas.  I was surprised to find out that they had a room in the back full of die cuts that the customer can use for free if they purchased the paper their.  I found this shirt card die and figured I could make it work and then spent two hours looking for just the right paper and ribbon.  By the time I was done, I felt like I should have paid rent or a least bought them lunch for all their help.  I used three different paper patterns and mixed and matched the ribbon to create 25 invitations.  I used some tiny pearls for buttons.  I printed off labels with the party information for the inside to save time. 

I like the invites that were made with single sided paper the best.

I figured I tied quite a few bows this weekend, so it would be good to enter them into the My Craft Spot Challenge #1.  The only problem is, I missed the deadline.  So here's to needing to get my work done a little sooner.