Thursday, September 30


TGIF almost!!!

Are you as happy as I am that Friday is upon us? 
I have some supah awesome stuff coming your way tomorrow! 
Be sure to come back at 10am Friday!! 
You won't want to miss it!

Until then, please enjoy my Monochromatic Witchy Little Gnome card!  Melissa Jenkins released five new Halloween images today!  Isn't this one adorable and kinda spooky at the same time??  This week's challenge is a special one over at Meljen's Designs!  There are three ways to get entered into this week's challenge to win the prize, so check it out HERE!

See you all tomorrow with the big news!

Tuesday, September 28

Inspired by the Fall Season!

Papers: Basic Grey, Indian Summer

Happy Tuesday!  Is it finally feeling like FALL where you are?  OH my!  Yesterday was the first day that felt chilly and crisp... well, until 1pm, then it was 80 again!  I am in Indiana, which normally by now I THINK is supposed to be cool ALL day, but that's Indiana weather.  They say if you don't like the weather in Indiana, just a wait a little while, it'll change!  Not sure if they mean it's unpredictable or if the weather just fluctuates all season long, all I know is that I am really ready for fall!!!!!!!!!

This week at A Crafty Little Place we are challenged to make a fall inspired card!!!  Using my Indian Summer papers (by Basic Grey) available at the DieCutsRUs Store HERE and my Cricut Cartridge of Flourish from WalMart I made this card!  A little bling by KaiserScrapbook (of course) and flowers by Prima (of course!) and ribbon by Prairie Bird Boutique (of course!!!) tops it off nicely!  It has been a long time since I made a card without Copic Coloring, I forgot how fast cards can come together!!!

I hope you pop on over to the challenge at ACLP this week!  You may just win the honor of being in our Top 3!! 

Good Luck!!

Monday, September 27

Monday is Freebie Day

Happy Monday!!!!! 

Today is Freebie Monday at Meljen's Designs!!!!

AND it's an extra special FREEBIE day!  It's a FREEBIESSS Day!  Yeppers, you aren't cross-eyed; there are TWO freebies from Melissa!!!!!!!  She's got something up her sleeve that is just making her feel extra generous!!!!!!  WHAT is it, you ask??? Well, come back on FRIDAY and you will find out!!   Don't miss out, you will regret it!!

Here's a little goody I made using one of the freebies from today!  Nothing is better than a fullsize candybar!!  So, I wrapped up a Butterfinger for KayLee's teacher for Halloween! 

I love Melissa's freebies, so versatile! 
Well, until Friday's big NEWS, enjoy your two freebies from Melissa!  Be sure to click on them to get the bigger/clearer pic, then right click to save on your computer, then print away!!

(and in case you didn't notice it.... look at the cute little spider at then end of the exclamation point on the "Boo!"; isn't that adorable?  I LOVE that!  Love is in the details you know!!!!!)  Don't forget to put Friday on your calendar! See you tomorrow!!!!!!! 

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, September 23

Animal Crackers!!

Happy Friday-EVE!!! 
Can you believe how fast these weeks fly by? 
It'll be Christmas before you know it!

I thought I would share with you a terrific paper set by Die Cuts with a View... Animal Crackers!! 

When you look at the paper stack cover, you may think "BOY!" only; but as you can see, there are definately papers that can be used for girls, too!!  For you scrapbookers who have children of both sexes like I do, this 12 x 12 paper stack is perfect for layouts! Besides the obvious masculine papers, there's even a few papers that are all pink, a pink/red combo paper with a monkey border, some pink hippos, a pink/brown plaid and another brown glitter dotted paper, too!  So, as you can see this set is very versatile!  Obviously, Animal Crackers can also be used (not just for scrapbooking but) for cards or altered items, too!! 

Did you see that adorable Lollipop Gracie, by Lori Boyd?  She's so sweet!  You can have her for just $3.00 at the DieCuts R Us store HERE!!  I used my Copics to color her and added some dots on her dress to match the dotted paper!  FUN!  Flowers are by Prima and pearls are from KaiserScrapbook and ribbon is by Stampin' UP!

I hope my card gets your mojo moving and that you take advantage of Animal Crackers being on sale right now, too!  It's a wonderful set of papers and everything you make with it will be simply adorable!

Make it a lovely day!!

Tuesday, September 21

ACLP Color Challenge

Good Morning!!!!!  I am hoping that you are feeling ambitious!! This week's challenge at 'A Crafty Little Place' is a COLOR challenge!!!!!!!!  Brown, Green and Orange are the colors that are eagerly awaiting your fingers and glue!  I used this adorable Puddle Jumpers Birthday Owen stamp to make a little boy card.  My son's BFF next door has a birthday coming up, so I thought that Eli may like to give this to him on his big day.  The papers are fun, aren't they!?  So appropriate for a friend card and perfect for these two BFF'S!!
Papers: American Crafts Blue Skies STRIPE and WORDED
Stamp: Puddle Jumper BIRTHDAY OWEN
Buttons: Nook & Pantry collection
Brads: Nook & Pantry collection
Copic Coloring

All of my items listed are linked to the Die Cuts R Us store for easy purchasing!  Some of these items are even on sale today!!!  Be sure to check out the store AND the color challenge details HERE on the ACLP blog!!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 20



I don't know about you, but I am ready for the Fall season!  Turtlenecks, scarves, the sound of crunching leaves!  Not to mention the return of soups and stews!  I love me a grand bowl of stew!!

Well, in the spirit of summer ending and the onset of autumn, Melissa of MELJEN'S DESIGNS and the MELJEN'S DESIGNS BLOG would love for you to enjoy this freebie!  I used it for my simple card above to get you all inspired since Mondays can be pretty rough!  

This simple card came together quickly, I just matted the image using my Nestibilities, added a cut-out leaf and sprinkled a few rhinestones, all atop some awesome autumn-inspired papers by Stampin' Up!

Well, you know what to do.... CLICK on the image above to get the bigger pic of the image and right-click to save, then print from your trust little computer!  Aren't digis awesome?  Not only can you adjust the size, and even re-color the image to be brown, red or ANY color, but, if you are like me you can HIDE tons of these in your computer and your hubby will never know! HAHA!!!

Don't forget to check out the latest Meljen's Designs challenge, it's as easy as 1, 2, 3!  Click HERE to see what I mean!!

Enjoy your image and
THANK YOU, Melissa, 
for sharing your awesomeness!!

What a way to start off the week! 

Saturday, September 18

Florida Vacation Rental Available NOW!

My girlfriend Gwen is wanting to spread the word about a Florida condo (owned by her hubby's grandparents) that is up for vacation rental!!  Please read her blog about it HERE and click to see the video for the inside pictures!  It's a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo fully equipped and just minutes from the beach! 

I hope you can help spread the word about this!  If they can get some renters it will help offset the expenses of this condo so they may keep it in the family and help their grandma financially!  I may actually have to look into this myself!!!!! 


Friday, September 17

Recipe for freebies!

Howdy, Gals!  This week's Mojo156 sketch challenge brought much to the table!!!!!!!!! Oh MY!  Combine Mojo's challenge with this week's RecipeChallenge at Meljen's Designs and you have quite an obstacle!!  Put together a ribbon, 2 flowers and three brads and you'll have something to be proud of!

I used Meljen's Designs newly release flowers 'minicuties' which were cut out and applied atop this fun 'tulip buggies image' and Voila! a whole new card!!!

Did you see Melissa's  new flower release?  SO CUTE, let me tell you!  And versatile, too!  You can use one, two or all of the flowers on one card! LOVE THAT!  Be sure to join in on the Recipe Challenge to possibly win three digis of your very own!!

See you soon!

Our Family is Growing!

Did that catch your eye??

NO, I am not preggers!  Claudia & Company is adding a new stampline called Jane's Doodles, which is illustrated by Jane Beljo!  Jane's debut at Claudia & Company and at the Die Cuts R Us store features my cutie 'Halloween Bosko, the cat' image above!

I used some papers by Basic Grey, copics for coloring, rhinestones from Kaiser Scrapbook, flowers from Prima and a fun EK Success punch for my card!  Oh, and the 'BOO!' was made with some Making Memories rub-ons, too!!

Be sure to see all of the lovely designs by the Design Team HERE on the blog using this fun image!  And be sure to visit Jane at her blog, Plain Jane, and congratulate her on being the newest member of the Claudia & Co. family!
Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, September 14

A RECIPE challenge!!

{{{Howdy!!  First I have to say
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my mom! 
She's 45 again! HAHAHAHA! 
That's sorta off since I will be 40 in February,
but I am sure she won't mind me fibbing for her! 
I hope your day is awesome and
of course your present is late,
 but better late than never, right? 
Go stalk the mailman in a few days! 
I LOVE YOU, Mom!}}}

Now, onto the challenge of the week at A Crafty Little Place!  This week's challenge info is HERE, be sure to enter the challenge!  You may just win the honor of being in the TOP 3 or TOP winner!! We are to go by the recipe of: One Flower, Two Patterned papers and Three buttons on our creation!  You are not limited to making a card, either.  You could make a scrapbook page or an altered gift-item, too!  Just be sure to follow the recipe!  I used three patterned papers as I wasn't sure if the coral-pink paper would count since it's just a cross-hatch!  So, I threw in the green patterned piece just in case!

All of the items I got from the Die Cuts R Us store are linked so you can find them easily for your purchasing pleasure!!   Isn't this Lollipop Maisie just the cutest??  I am in LOVE with Lori Boyd's Lollipops and Puddle Jumper images, they are just icky sweet!  You can see all of them HERE at the store, too!

Patterned Papers: Basic Grey Nook & Pantry Yellow and Pink
Stamps: So Random Sentiment, Lollipops Maisie digi 
Kaiser Flower: Chocolate brown
Buttons: Nook & Pantry buttons
Fiskar Border punch
Stampin' Up! Scallop border punch
Kaiser Scrapbook rhinestones
(Twine was a gift!)

Pop on over to see the challenge info and I hope you take some time to browse Claudia's store, it's chock full of awesome crafting goodies to keep that mojo a-flowin'! 

Enjoy your day!

Monday, September 13

Some fun news!

Happy Monday!  And for once it really is!!  Normally Mondays are a drag for me... there's all that laundry and dirt that has collected from the kids being home for the entire weekend.  My kids live outside most of the time, so when the weekend comes so does the dirt.  Well, I have some fun news to share, hopefully it will bring a smile to your face like it did me!

Well, as you know I design for Claudia's 'A Crafty Little Place' challenge blog, right?  Well, now I get to use her digis even more!  She's been sweet enough to put me on her Digi-Team!  That's awesome news because I have been using these images on my Tuesday-ACLP Challenge posts, but didn't really have the cash to purchase some new or different images, so this was really an answer to prayer for me. 

When I am lucky enough to be selected to be on a Design Team to promote a blog and products, I want to do my best!  But, that's really hard to do at times when you can't buy what your heart and head is inspired to use!  So, thank you, Claudia!  I am really looking forward to working with her UBER talented team, they are all just awesome, I am humbled to be put in the same group as them!  Be sure to check out the new team HERE and give all of the gals a little love! 

See you tomorrow!

Sunday, September 12

Seeing RED!

Claudia and Company is having a challenge to USE RED!  So, that's just what I did!  Lollipop AVERY is just so sweet and delightful, isn't she?  I just love her!  I used papers by Basic Grey (Sugar Rush, Die Cuts R Us has some of these papers from the paper line HERE) and a lovely double scallop punch by Fiskars to really give it that feminine touch! (sentiment is by Stampin' Up!)

Be sure to check out this month's challenge at Claudia and Company HERE!  You have plenty of time, the deadline is October 5th, just don't forget to use RED and a Claudia and Company stamp

See you soon!

Thursday, September 9

New Release and a New Challenge, too!!

Howdy, Friends!!  Today's another gives you another awesome release at Meljen's Designs!  Melissa came up with the cutest images this week for those school-inspired cards and tags for teachers!!

My 5 x7 card is using Mojo Monday's #155 sketch along with the NEW Cute Stick Girl and NEW little chalk board and two freebies from Meljen's Designs... (123 and abc's).  Every Monday is freebie day at the main blog at Meljen's Designs and check out the STORE for all of Melissa's images anytime!!

This week's challenge on the BLOG is 'Back to School'!!  I am sure you have something school-inspired, so why not enter it in our challenge??  You could win three images of your choice from Melissa, maybe one of these cute images released just today will tickle your fancy.....

Go check out the new images in the designers' creations HERE along with the Challenge info! 

Hope you play along!

Tuesday, September 7

A Sketch Challenge!

Stamps: So Random Up & Down Sentiment, Puddlejumpers Birthday Lily 

 This week's challenge at 'A Crafty Little Place' is a sketch challenge!! 

My card is based on a sketch by Lori Boyd this week!  The papers are one of my favorite sets from Die Cuts with a View, the WHIMSY line!  Such pretty muted colors from the entrire rainbow!  The papers and images can be found in the DIE CUTS R US STORE!!  Isn't that Birthday Lily cute??  There are a handful of new images that are just to die for in the DCRU store!  Go check them out HERE!

Be sure to play along with the sketch challenge this week!  You could just be in our Top 3 or even our WINNER!!  Here's what you will win!  A wonderful array of ribbons from My Mind's Eye!! LOVE these!! 

Hope to see you there!!

Thursday, September 2

Get out that striped paper!

 It's time for another challenge at Meljen's Designs!  Along with these new UBER CUTE digis from Melissa, she's challenging you to use STRIPES in your next card!  Enter it on the BLOG HERE to get a chance to win three images from her line of gorgeous digis!!

I used 'KITTY CAT LOVE' on my card!  Along with some new papers from Stampin' UP! from Elegant Soiree line of papers.  OH and I have to tell you that my card was inspired by this week's MOJOMONDAY's sketch 154 challenge!!  LOVE this one!  The ribbon is by Patsy again!  Isn't this gorgeous?  It is handdyed ribbon and the colors are just perfect for this paperline!  You can see the variated handdyed ribbons at Abbie and Ellie Originals!!!  See Patsy's TWO stores on etsy HERE and HERE!!  I used copics for coloring and a fiskars border punch for the blue piece behind the ribbon.  Sentiment is by Stampin' UP!

Here are the new images from Meljen's Designs!  And of course these and ALL of Melissa's images are available at Whimsy Stamps!

Aren't these cute images?  I am going to send that football image to my one galpal who loves the COLTS!  She'll appreciate that!  Well, I better run!  My oldest is coming home from college today for the long weekend!  I guess I better go put some sheets on his bed!  I took them off when he left and washed them, but never put them back on! LOL!  AND I guess a shopping trip for his favorite foods is on today's agenda now, too!

I am also entering this into the ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGES at: CraftyEmma'sStore challenges, The Paper Players and Bee Crafty!!

Enjoy your weekend
don't forget to play along in this week's challenge at

Help if you can FUNDRAISER!

I am posting this for Melissa,
owner of Meljen's Designs, who I design for.......
Please help this cause if you can. 
Doing so would be greatly appreciated!

alisons father
Alison at the Free Digital Stamps blog and Stretch ‘N Bubbles is running a fundraiser on behalf of her father (shown above). He had a stroke and his entire life has been severely changed. Please help out in any way you can! Alison has included detailed information on her blogs, along with giveaways and an address for you to send a card to her mother and father.
You can read more HERE (click).
I’m offering a FREEBIE GIVEAWAY for her fundraiser. If you purchase her special collaboration digi stamp set (shown below), I willemail you with details on how you can claim a free digi stamp of your choice from my digi stamp collection at Whimsy Stamps.
fundraiser digis (click the image to learn more, and for details on purchasing)
Thank you in advance to everyone who helps out! Give some love to your family and friends today!
(hugs to all)