Saturday, November 20, 2010

to be continued...

Its time for another monthly blog hop

- and this time we are taking you on a winter wonderland tour. Don't worry - its a short tour so you won't get frostbite!

While you visit, take note of each designer's name and their special holiday treat in their blog post. Once you finish your garden tour, send an E-mail to with the list of designers and their holiday treat. Everyone who sends the correct list of designers and decorations will be entered in a random drawing to win a prize. You need to send an e-mail to the address above; please don't leave your list as a comment. You have until midnight (EST) on Wednesday, November 24 to send your list.

For the prize? Any 4 digital stamp sets of your choice, including the new Christmas Foliage set.Here is the garden tour guide list.

Andrea - Cinnamon Rolls (oh...yummy)

My projects to come by Sunday...


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

just one...

A tasty treat from yesterday...My youngest insisted that he would save a few for his brother and daddy...twenty minutes later he had made them disappear. Unfortunately I had joined him :)

So today is the day when I get to announce the winner of the Creations by AR blog hop. The lucky winner is...Laureen! Please contact me at for more information.

Going with a sweet theme, I created this little cupcake gift box from Creations by AR template. Just love how you can dress it up and make it your own! Also added a little pin embellishment from her amazing collection. Check them out here. Additional supplies used (above): wrinkle ribbon (Prairie Bird Boutique) and sentiment from Strawberries clear stamp set (Paper Garden Projects).

Now for a little "project holiday". I have been creating cards in sets of five for when that time comes to start sending my holiday greetings to friends and family. This week I created two very easy and colorful sets to start things off.This is all you have to do to create some great holiday cards for yourself or others...

Begin with 3 to 4 different patterned papers...dig in that scrap bin for this one. I picked one image from my digital collection (tag from Whimsie Doodles and holly from MelJens Designs) and adjusted the size to fit my design. I made sure to add ribbon, accent stamps, tags, and a little bling. Super fast, easy and like the fact that everyone will get something a little different. A great way to use those scraps. Don't forget to dress up your envelopes when you are stamping. I used a
wood grain stamp with a light ink to dress up these sets.

Remember to have fun and mix it up!

I will be back with a couple more sets at the end of the week. Maybe we are in need of a giveaway soon...check back on Sunday for that :)

Have a great day and see you back here on Thursday for a MelJen's Designs project share.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

all you need is...

The Creations by AR Design Team and I are so excited to share with you our new templates starting today until Sunday evening! So, get hoppin' and check out our projects using these newly released templates! Each designer will randomly choose one winner on her blog, so you'll want to visit each one of them! How do you enter to win a prize?

What to Do: Visit each designer and leave a comment on their blog post.

Deadline: Comments are accepted until Sunday evening at 6:00 pm (Pacific Time). Each designer will announce their winner on Monday, the 15th.

Now, let's get hoppin'!


Amy Park

Andrea Budjack
Magdalena Cortez

Maria Bell
Nikki Schmaltz

Silvia Mabie

Sue Kment

I always have fun with these templates and with so many to choose from there is always one to fit your need! With the holidays approaching I am always trying to find little gift boxes and bags to tuck treats inside.

The first template I worked with was the framed box template. This template comes with three options: rectangle, heart or star cut out in the front. Here I eliminated the inner flap and added a clear sheet for displaying the little treats I tucked away inside. Additional supplies include MelJen's Design this week's freebie image and Whimsie Doodles tag from this month's release.Perfect size for three tubes of glitter, chapstick or a handmade ornament.

I worked with this template last week and just love the size for little party favors. If you are having a holiday get together this year and looking for ornament is always a great gift from the heart!

This button wreath ornament was created by using instructions over at Martha Stewart. There are little bells attached to the ribbon, but they are currently hiding :) More holiday gift ideas to come as I am having fun creating this year. I have dedicated two days each week to making gifts and my holiday cards. Can't wait to share them with you!

Have a great hop, stay tuned for the winners and don't forget to join in the fun and leave a comment here!


Thursday, November 4, 2010

oh my, oh my...

It's Blog Hop Time over at Whimsie Doodles!

Edited to add: My Letter is N...sorry for the delay.

We are so excited about the November release that we decided it was time to par-tay! You know the drill...just "hop" from blog to blog, leaving a comment at each stop, following the list of names below. At each blog you will collect a letter and when you unscramble them, you will have a code that gives you 10% off at the Whimsie Doodles store until midnight November 5th, and leaving a comment at each design team blog puts you in the running for the fabulous prizes below! Once you make the rounds, leave us a comment here so we can see how many of our friends played along!We will choose and announce the random winners in the morning (Friday), so be sure to do all of your hoppin' by mIdNiGhT tOnIgHt! YiPeE!And remember... please do not post the unscrambled code in your comments! We want everyone to hop along and figure it out on their own :)

HoP tHiS wAy...

Andrea - You are HERE
Joy - Your next stop

Did somebody say PRIZES??

Here are the prizes up for grabs:

-Readers must hop to all of the design team blogs (see list above if you get lost along the way) for a chance to win the entire November release, to be announced on Friday, November 5th, which is our release day. Holy Smokes Batman! That's a great prize-- but wait, it gets better....

-A second reader (who completes the hop) will win their own Avatar and digi stamp. Melyssa is going to turn the winning blog hopper into a Whimsie Doodle! How awesome is that?!?

And for a little holiday gift basket...
Unfortunately I have to keep this brief...and I know I have been absent for the past two weeks, but our house has been attacked by some ickiness and of course we couldn't have all got it at once :(

I will be back soon with some projects from MelJen's Designs.