Saturday, July 23, 2011

Summertime...and the living is easy! (Colorful Creations Blog Challenge)

Hey all! :) I am so excited because I finally sat down and did a digi layout for the first time in a long time. :) I was kind of at a loss for a paper and a glue layout, so I opened up my PSE and sat down and really had a BLAST! :)

Colorful Creations, one of my design teams I am on, is an online group for scrapbookers and paper crafters. We are all pretty tight knit. We share our lives and our happiness and downfalls too with life. :) I like keeping in touch with the members and love all of my "sisters" on the DT. :)

We have a TON of challenges throughout the month and one of those challenges is a Blog Challenge. :) For our blog click: HERE!

For our group site click: HERE!

The blog challenge for this month is HERE and it was the reason why I did this layout. I have been wanting to scrap this picture and still may do a couple of other projects with it. :)

And being that the prompt for this month was "Summertime and the living is easy (we needed to use this on our layout)..I felt that this was the best picture for it. We also had to use flowers and stripes. :) So, this is what I came up with. :)

What I used: Rachel Dickson (Sassy Elements (4 petal flowers, brads, joy, brads), Paper Pack one and two, and Alpha), Kitschy Digitals (Fresh Blooms Kit-Fabric flowers (fuchsia and blue with pearl), and Mom 2 Moo ("lovely" and pink shiny flower.) Done in Photoshop Elements 7.

Thanks for looking! :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My Lime Light Sister has some BLOG CANDY and a favor!

Hey all! :) As many of you know, I am on The Lime Light Design Team. This DT is one of the special ones to me because it allows me to make things from my heart and give them to people who need them for whatever reason. Lime Light is a charitable design team and every other month we have a "task" or project that we work on.

The "task" we have right now is to make cards (Birthday, Thinking of You, Miss You, etc) for our soldiers in Afghanistan so they can send them home to their families and loved ones.

Right now, my Lime Light Sister, Joanne is having a BLOG CANDY giveaway on her blog.

Click: HERE for her blog.

Here are the deets from her BLOG:

We are making cards of all kinds for soldiers in Afghanistan that they can send home to their families and friends; miss you, birthday, thinking of you, etc. Here is what to do if you would like to participate:

1. Become a follower of my blog if you aren't already (thanx!)
2. Follow this link to The Lime Light and become a follower there (thanx! again!)
3. Post the picture of my candy on your page along with the following link to my blog to spread the word! (
4. Make a card (or as many as you would like!) for a soldier and please leave it BLANK inside

USE NO GLITTER ON YOUR CARD, Stickles may be used.

5. E-mail me at and I will send you my address of where to send your card


I will do a random drawing for the winner and you will win the goodies! So join in and HELP SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!!

Here is what she is giving away!!! WHAT A HAUL! :)

So, get over there and start!!! :) Thanks so much! :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Pics, Blessings, and a Layout! :) (sorry about the novel)

This little girl.....makes my whole family wonder: "HE made another one?"

My parents know exactly what I am talking about! The mouth (shape and what comes out of it at times!! EEK!), curly hair (although it is blond), smiley eyes.....from the bed head when she gets up in the morning to the fact she doesn't like bedtime....SHE IS ME! Sometimes I am not sure how I feel about this. I thought  Jon was like me with his personality, but hands down....Sasha is the reincarnation of me. :) AND....I love it.
I tell myself this all the time....believe me, being a mom to ME is NOT fun (sorry Mom). When we were trying potty training a few weeks ago. We had this conversation:
Sasha: "Mama? Can I ride a HOR-SEE?" 
Me: "Uh, Sash, I am sorry, but only big girls can ride a horse. And you don't use the potty yet. You don't even try."
You could tell this really burned her britches! And she was not about to let that go...NO WAY...and to be 4...I wouldn't have either. :) So....
Sasha: "Well, I AM NOT using the potty! Sorry, YOU LOSE!"
Me: *****speechless*****
In fact, I called my mom who told my dad and he started to chuckle at the WHOLE thing! Really? Does no one support me in raising this little girl who has more attitude at 4 than most teens? LOL! :)
Nope....I - AM - TRULY - ON - MY - OWN! But, it's ok.....I have a secret weapon:

That would be my best friend! :) That little girl actually listens to him. She cares what he thinks....and when I am at my wits end with both kids...although Jon (my son) will tell you he does NOTHING to upset his sister! LOL! Which is NOT true! He thinks it's funny to upset her! ANYWAYS...when I am at my wits end....he swoops in like superman and takes over. He will get home from work and actually ASK: "What can I do?"
Before you think he is perfect....he is not without some imperfections....which some of my closest friends and his mom know! ;) BUT.....I think the way he is...totally scratches away whatever may annoy me! :) Besides...Like I said: He deals with literally TWO OF ME! And can still be a dad and a role model for this young man:

Which by the way.....WON'T let me take any pics of just him! 
Now, I can't do a post without a layout or something creative. So, here you go, but I had to write the whole thing because this layout made me think of so much! :) I am truly blessed. :)
What the journaling says: Your daddy and I talk all the time about if you really realize just how funny and beautiful you are! You are so carefree and your spirit is amazing! The light you always have in your eyes makes everyday BRIGHTER!

What I used: Bo Bunny (Patterned Paper), My Mind's Eye (matting paper all chipboard stickers except for the butterfly), ribbon and lace (stash), Heidi Swapp (chipboard butterfly). Photo Editing: PSE 7

Thanks for stopping! :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Colorful Creations has some BLOG CANDY! :)

Hey all!!! :) OMG! A month or so has gone by??? That is so unacceptable! :( I am so sorry! Summer is supposed to be S-L-O-W, right? NOT! Well, at least not for me. :) I will talk more about that in a couple days, you all know....I am on the DT for Colorful Creations! :) I love these girls....they are quickly becoming like my on-line family. :) We even have some international sisters too now! :) And I thought Canada was as "International" as I would ever meet! ;) HA! ;) Hey, being from Montana, you almost always will have a Canadian friend. I have a Canadian best friend....I will talk about her later though. :)

Onto the BLOG CANDY from Colorful Creations and their blog! :)

They are giving away this:

Awesome, right???? And all you have to do is leave a comment over on THE COLORFUL CREATIONS BLOG (NOT HERE!!!!) and become a follower over there too. :)

Thanks and I will see you here in a couple days. :)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Hey all! :) Welcome to the Queen Kat Designs' Birthday Blog Hop for our very own, Vicki! :) She is THE QUEEN KAT! ;) Hopefully you have come here from Valerie's Blog

Well, I just got onto the Design Team for QKD in April and I am loving it and jumped at the chance to show Vicki how much I appreciate her! :) I am in love with Queen Kat Stamps ! I always feel so lucky to have found out about them! :)

We each we asked to make a project using QKD stamps and if course I used one of my faves, Captain Frogger's Tiger Lily and made a card! :)

And, yes, I did use designer duct tape on the side! ;)

So, you know that I LOVE doing BLOG HOPS because I LOVE giving away BLOG CANDY! :) So, here it is!
It's a Basic Grey RECESS Collection Pack: which includes 18  papers, 1 sheet coordinating alphabet stickers, and 1 sheet of coordinating die cuts! :)

Just leave me a comment to be entered into the drawing for the Blog Candy. If you would like to follow me...that would be nice too! :) LOL!

Your next stop is: Loretta!

Here is the complete list for you! :)

Thanks for looking! :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Triple Tiara Tuesdays with Queen Kat Designs! :)

Hey all! :) It's Triple Tiara Tuesday for Queen Kat Designs! :) This week's challengers are: Holley, ME, and Morag! :)

We have a Technique Challenge for you this week from Splitcoast Stampers. :) This fun technique is so fun! :) I know you will enjoy it. :) The directions are here.

Here is the video: From Splitcoast Stampers Site.

Here is my example:

And a close up of the QKD Stamp I used: Jessie Barber's Fairy Romance Stamp


Here are the rules for Triple Tiara Tuesday:  Here are the rules of Triple Tiara Tuesday:- Each week 3 Royal Court Members will host a challenge on their blog.- You start at the QKD BLOG and visit the 3 challenge hosts on their personal blogs. (Leave us some love and a link to your project so we can return the favor. TeeHee! ;) )- QKD will offer up a $25 stamp gift certificate for the players to compete for each month. So if people enter each week, they have 4 chances to win the monthly prize of $25.- The contestants will post their link to their card on the Inlinkz widget on the QKD blog. (There will be 1 winner per month).

Thanks for looking! :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Blog Hop for QKD-Introducing Ann Hsaio-Yen Howard!!

Hey all!!!! Man, I am just loving being on the Queen Kat Designs DT! :) I have been having a BLAST creating things with the artists that we are lucky enough to have creating beautiful work for us DT Members to work with. :)

Welcome to a mini blog hop introducing Ann Hsaio-Yen Howard! :) You have come here from Jan's Blog!

I have to say, Ann's art is tremendously fun and whimsical! :) When I viewed her art before wanting to be on this hop..I was instantly in love.I will tell you...I am not a girl who naturally likes cats...BUT when they look like Ann's...who the heck can't LOVE THEM! :) here is the cards I made with Ann's Digital Stamp "Spring Fairy"! :)

I just LOVED the Kimono on the kitty! :) LOVED IT! :) And those that know me know how much I love BUTTERFLIES....and Spring Fairy's wings look like butterfly wings...I about screamed in delight when I saw the wings on her! :)
Remember, you can get Ann's digi stamps at the Queen Kat Store! :)

Your next stop on Ann's Hop is: Janie's Blog!
Thanks for looking! :)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Triple Tiara Tuesday- For the week of May 3rd!

Hey all! Well, if you didn't know, I am on the Royal Court for Queen Kat Designs! :) I am one month into it and things are starting to Rock and Roll! :) I will be taking part in a lot of their challenges and also hosting a few stay tuned. :)

The assignment for this week's Triple Tiara Tuesday was just to make something distressed! :) I love distressing so this was easy for me! :)

I, of course, used one of my fave artist's stamps, Charles Bristow. I am telling you....I love his stamps. He never disappoints me with his releases and I love every single one....BUT let's face it....I just love Queen Kat Stamps...PERIOD! :) LOL!

The stamp I used for this card was: Codi- She happens to be a voodoo fairy! :) She may be a bad girl, but she looks innocent as all heck. :) To me she looks like Ashley Greene from The Twilight Saga. :) Just sayin'! :)

What I used: Charles Bristow for Queen Kat Designs stamp: Codi-the voodoo fairy, Recollections cardstock, Fiskars border punch and corner punch, the patterned paper was something I bought from Michael's YEARS ago. :), Tim Holtz vintage shabby patterned paper pad, Nik Bantok brown ink pad, Hampton Arts Glitter Glue, Prismacolor Pencils, Pebbles Inc. Chalk (Iridescent), ek success corner rounder, Ribbon from Michael's .

Thanks for looking! :)

Saturday, April 30, 2011


Hey all! Welcome to the Colorful Creations Blog Hop! If you have arrived here from Karen's Blog you are on Kathy's blog- The Beautiful Life. If you have stumbled across this by chance and want to play along then you can head back to the Colorful Creations Site to start at the beginning. You should see the event banner that looks like this:

Colorful Creations has been created as a place where members can rally together as a crafting community, showcase their crafting talents, share their ideas, learn, and participate in exciting challenges. Our Design Team is here for you - to provide inspiration, to answer questions, or even just chat!!

Hello and welcome. I am Kathy Floen, one of the Design Team Members of Colorful Creations. For my part in all of these wonderful blog challenges I am doing an Altered Canvas. I LOVE altered projects. They are fun and I really can step out of the box and just be creative. :) I truly love them! :)

I love butterflies! They represent so much for me. :) Beauty, love, nature, growing, so much! :) So here is my canvas:
It really is self explanatory! :) I tried to capture the essence of how I feel as a person and how the butterfly represents me.

So, those of you who know me and follow/read my know I can't do a BLOG HOP without some BLOG CANDY! :) Colorful Creations is also giving away some FUN goodies also so that's a BONUS!! To get into the drawing for the grand prize (and other prizes) being given away by the group make sure you join the fun! All entries will receive (2) points towards the COLORFUL CREATIONS ANNIVERSARY GRAND PRIZE PACKET. For details on winning the Grand Prize, go HERE. is my candy:

Two canvases (1) 6x8 and (1)smaller one, 10 Tim Holtz Adage Tix, yellow pearl bling, pack of pinned roses
To be eligible for my prize drawing you must leave a comment on this post. For two chances to win: be a follower of my blog! Your entry using Mr.Linky must be new as of May 1, 2011 and cannot be combined with any other Colorful Creations Challenges. ALSO-YOU NEED TO LEAVE ME A WAY TO GET A HOLD OF YOU!! I HAVE HAD TO REPICK WINNERS BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE A WAY TO FIND THE ORIGINAL WINNER! THAT IS SAD FOR ME!

All entries must be TAGGED: ABH5 and uploaded to the Colorful Creations Gallery and linked back here using Mr Linky below by Tuesday, May 10th at 11:45 PM CST

BONUS: All entries will receive (2) points towards the COLORFUL CREATIONS ANNIVERSARY GRAND PRIZE PACKET. For details on winning the Grand Prize, go HERE

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Now, hop on down the blog road and visit Rochelle. Try to get to all our blogs! The more you play...the better your chances! :)

And don’t forget, we will be celebrating the entire month of May. So check the celebration schedule HERE for a list of all the activities.

Friday, April 29, 2011


Hey all! :) I am so sorry I am so late on this one! :) I had some deadlines and some other fun stuff come up, so I apologize! :) BUT, as you can see I picked a winner (finally figured out how to get it on here like this)! :)

The winner is: Kaitlin, and she said! Beautiful project!

Thanks Kaitlin! I will be emailing you for your addy! :) Congrats! :)

Thanks for looking! :)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Home Decor Blog Hop!!!

Hey All! :) Welcome to The Beautiful Life...your next stop on The Home Decor Blog Hop! :) You should have come here from Anita's Blog! :) However, if you are here by accident and would love to start the HOP at the beginning; you need to go to our wonderful host, Faith's Blog and start there! :) Thanks, Faith, for coming up with this idea! :) I love home decor projects and love to decorate my home. :) I was happy when I got accepted into this blog hop and hope you enjoy my project! :)

I made a wall shelf with my Cricut and white vinyl. I got the shelf from Goodwill and spray painted it with Krylon and let it dry and then I cut the vinyl with the Home Accents Solutions Cricut Cartridge. I cut the "family" and the wish flowers out after. :) It was that simple and easy. :)

Here is the finished project!

I also have some BLOG CANDY for you! :) All you have to do is leave a comment for one chance! If you would like two chances to win, become a follower! Already a follower? Just let me know! :) ALSO and this is IMPORTANT!!! Make sure you leave me an email addy or someway to get a hold of you if you are a winner! If I don't have your info I have to pick a new winner!

Here is the BLOG CANDY!
2 wooden frames that you can alter in any way and 1 roll of Oh My Vinyl red vinyl.

Next stop on the HOP is Denise's Blog! Thanks for Hopping with us and HAPPY EASTER! :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

ARE YOU READY???? (Starting May 1st, we are Partying!)

Hey all! :) I have been a busy girl lately and have a lot of news lately. But, before I put out all my news, which will be revealed soon enough...I need to let you all know what is going on in MAY! :) Beginning May 1st, Colorful Creations, is having a Celebration! :) They are turning 1! :)

Click here to be taken to our website and start having fun! You don't have to wait until MAY 1st! :)

We have a lot of fun plans going on over there not only during May, but all of the time. I will keep everyone posted a little better on here too.

For those of you who don't know what Colorful Creation is: It's a website/group where you can share your scrapbooking, cards, paper crafting projects, join in the camaraderie and get some inspiration! :) I really enjoy their Design Team and feel very blessed for being on it. Everyone supports everyone over there, so go on and take a look...I promise you won't be sorry you did. :)

I will be back soon with some creations and maybe even a little something. We will see! ;)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Some Queen Kat Goodness!

Hey all- I have been a creating fool lately! :) Not only am I trying to get some ideas for what exactly I want to do as I head up the Cricut Cafe at the Colorful Creations site/group starting April 1st (my birthday!), but I have been playing around with some Queen Kat stamps. Have you heard of them??? They have some of the most fun and just plain KICK BUTT artists designing for them. I have not seen rubber stamps like the ones they have EVER! :) I am so in love with a few of their artists, but I have seriously found at least one stamp from every artist they have. Also, they're having a Royal Court Call (design team call)! The details are on Facebook (just click on the word: Facebook)

I actually started with just one set that my awesome friend, Jeanie, designed. I really wanted to support her and I know designing her own stamp line is a dream of hers. She has always supported me in my ventures, so it was time to return the favor! ;) Boy, am I glad I did! :)

I am almost at two a week for buying stamps there. I also follow them on Facebook and the owner, Vicki. She actually gets me and my quirkiness. I can be me when commenting on her posts and not worry about it. :)

I am gonna be showcasing 4 cards today....two from one of my faves Charlie Bristow! I will tell you that he makes the most beautifully feminine and sexy stamps ever. I feel sexy creating with them and most of the time I am creating in sweats folks! :) So without anymore lolly-gagging here are my two cards using Charlie's stamps.(By the way-just click on his name and it will take you to the store where you can see all of his work.)

Tiger Lily Stamp 

This is a thinking of you card using Charlie's Tiger Lily stamp. She was so fun to color and this card was so easy. :) I was able to do all of the card I am showing you tonight in about 20-30 minutes each. And that is with me trying to decide what colors and what not to use...if you know all of that it will probably be shorter for you. :)
What I used on Tiger Lily: Tiger Lily Rubber Stamp (Charles Bristow for Queen Cat stamps), CTMH cardstock and organdy ribbon, KI Memories frosted lace paper, Making Memories Rub-ons (thinking of you), bling from Michaels, colored pencils by Prismacolor, chalk for background from Pebbles, and stickles.

Frog Prince Rubber Stamp
This next one is one of my most favorite stamps. :) I know I will use her for ages to come. :) She has such an innocent look on her face as she is looking at Mr. Frog, but we all know that she is thinking, well maybe hoping that IF she kisses him he WILL be a prince....or that is a HUGE PARTY FOUL! LOL! Anyways- I chose to make this one a LOVE card because it does hit me in the heart when I look at it. :)

What I used: Frog Prince Rubber Stamp (Charles Bristow for Queen Cat Stamps), American Crafts Cardstock (black), Bazzill Bling (seafoam green), Spellbinders Dies (labels 10 nesting dies), LOVE metal word from Michael's, Recollections Bling, colored with Prismacolor pencils, stickles, chalked background with Pebbles chalks.

Greeting Tree Rubber Stamp Set
This next card is a Thank You card using Jeanie Dickinson's Stamp Set. This set is a good value...not only do you get a beautiful tree stamp (hand drawn by her!!), you get 10 Sentiments with it. :) This stamp means so much to me, because I had seen it at a retreat that Jeanie threw back here in Great Falls, Montana and when she asked me what she should make as her first stamp, without hesitation, I said, "Your TREE!". It just seemed so natural for her to have it as one of her first releases. :) Since then she has so many more stamps to choose from. :) Very talented woman and one of my best friends. :)

What I used: Greeting Tree Stamp Set (tree and thank you)(Jeanie Dickinson for Queen Kat Stamps), Georgia Pacific (white cardstock), Recollections (Kraft c/s), Jillibean Soup (brown twine), Tim Holtz Idea-o-logy mini brads, Silver Sugar Tattered Angels glimmer mist, Nik Bantok brown stamp pad, Webster's Pages (patterned paper).

Red Dragon Rubber Stamp
 This last card was made with a stamp that was designed by Christina Lynn. She has some of the most fun and fanciful stamps. :) I loved this little dragon be cause he is perfect for a sweet and quick card. :) I can also give a card with him on it to an adult or a child. :) He is perfect and has almost eyes like the little Precious Moments characters...they have such feeling in them. :)

What I used: Red Dragon Stamp (Christina Lynn for Queen Kat Stamps), Stampin' Up cardstock, Crate Paper (patterned paper), Memento dew drops ink pad (to stamp dragon), Prismacolor pencils, Pebbles chalks, Michael's bling, Making Memories Rub-ons.

I hope you all enjoyed my cards and stop by Queen Kat's Store and have a look around! :)

Monday, March 21, 2011


Hey all! Well the Shimmering Shamrocks Blog Hop is officially over! :) I am sorry I haven't been on my computer. I have been so sick this weekend that I thought I might just be dying! ;) LOL! Well, not really but it does sound like I am coughing up a lung! ;)
Anyways- You are probably wondering who is my winner for this hop. Well here we are:

True Random Number Generator
Min: 1
Max: 103
Result:  62
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Again, I had to pick twice....always remember to put your info on your comment for me when I do blog candy so I don't have to pick again.
#62 was pennykitz who said: It is a pleasure to be one of your  followers!!!  and she also said: I know that I am around the 6o+ person who has told you that your project is amazing, but please here it from me that I think it is beyond is fantastic!!!

Penny has a really cute blog, so visit her and become a follower! :) I love our community of creative people! :)

Thanks for looking! :)

Saturday, March 12, 2011


Hey all! :) Thanks for joining me as I take part in Tanya "Scrappy Scavenger's" Shimmering Shamrock Blog Hop! :) We are gonna have 6 days of BLOG HOPPING FUN! :) You probably got here from Letitia's Blog! So, if that is where you are coming from, then you are in the right place, my friend! :) BUT, if you are lost and you would like to start at the beginning just go to Tanya's Blog!

I will have a complete list of all the blogs that are participating in this hop towards the bottom of this post. I ALSO will have some pretty yummy BLOG CANDY towards the end of this post too. :) I will have some small rules to be eligible...they aren't too hard so don't fret. :)

For my project, I decided to do a paper wreath. I have been wanting to try these for a while and have never had a good reason to try one. I have a wreath for Christmas and a little thing I hang up for Valentine's Day. BUT....I like EVERY HOLIDAY and really don't need too many excuses for a trip to my craft area. This wreath was pretty cheap to make too.

Here is what you need: A ten inch wreath form. I got this from Dollar Tree for $1.
A 1 and 1/2 inch flower punch. I used a fiskars hibiscus flower squeeze punch for this project.
At least 4 pieces of 12x12 cardstock....I used 4 different patterns too.
Pearl top stick pins.
ribbon..I used two types.

The first thing you will want to do is punch the flowers out of the papers.

Once that is done, take a pen and put it in the middle of the flower and fold the flower up around it. This will shape the flowers for the wreath.

Then start pinning your flowers around the wreath form! :) You can't do this wrong! :) Lastly, make a bow and attach to the wreath! :)

Then hang it where you want to! :)

I really hope you try this. I am not quite sure what I was scared of. It is a fun little project! :)

Now, for my BLOG CANDY!!!!! To be eligible- just leave a comment and that will give you one chance to win! :) For two chances, BECOME A FOLLOWER! :) If you are already a follower or if you are a new follower....let me know in ANOTHER comment. :) ALSO--PLEASE LEAVE YOUR EMAIL. I NEED TO BE ABLE TO GET A HOLD OF YOU IF YOU ARE PICKED. I HAVE HAD TWO TIMES THAT PEOPLE HAVE MISSED OUT BECAUSE I HAVE NO WAY TO GET A HOLD OF THEM! :(  So, here is what you can win! :)

You will get 4 pieces of Jillibean Soup Patterned Paper. Ribbon. Square brads from Recollections, Studio 18 glitter glue, felt topped clips from Making Memories, Green Bling.

Here is the list of other stops on this hop:

1. Tanya

2. Jen Roseman

3. Dianne Shiflett

4. Erin Spantastic

5. Pam Bray

6. Pink Cricut
7. Debbie

8. Jennifer Anderson

9. Faith

10. Letitia Lauer

11. Kathy Floen (ME!!)

12. Kathy Gillon

13. Teresa Harris

14. Anita Cannon

15. Teresa Hendrickson

16. Amy Harper
17. Chris Hurley

18. Kristi Bennett

19. Nancy Owen

20. Jennifer Brown

21. Shannon

Thanks for looking and hopping! :)

Monday, February 14, 2011


Hey all! I just drew my winner on the number generator from

True Random Number Generator
Min: 1
Max: 196
Result: 161
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Which happens to be Ashley from "Scrappin' Pink Piglet" ! Her blog is pretty cute, go  check it out! :) I will send you an email, Ashley.
The only other thing I had to say is that EVERYONE, if you want to win these giveaways.. I always need a email to get a hold of you. :( I had picked a winner before Ashley who only had a blog and no way to get a hold of her. Which is so sad. :( BUT...CONGRATS ASHLEY! :) YOU REMEMBERED! :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Cricky Across the 50 Blog Hop: Montana

A Big Cricut Hello & Chirp to each of you! Welcome to the Cricky Across the 50 Blog Hop hosted by K Andrew of Getting Cricky! If you are here from Kathy Northup of I Love My Crazy Life then you are in the right spot. If you just arrived here and would like to start from the beginning please go to KAndrew's Getting Cricky! For this blog hop K Andrew is celebrating her big move across the country with a big road trip, and of course this hop across the 50 states! She has asked us all to post a little bit about the state we are representing, and then to post our Favorite Craft Project. I am representing the state of


Map of MY state!

This is some of what you see in  MY beautiful state! I feel bad though, I didn't take this pic, I got it off of Google Images. 
 Here is a fact from Legends of America (this link will get you to the facts about MT). It is about the Roe River that yours truly helped get into the Guinness Book of World Records when I was in fifth grade! Here is the fact from the site: The Roe River is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's shortest river. The Roe flows 200 feet between Giant Springs and the Missouri River near Great Falls. The Roe River competes with the D River in Lincoln City, Oregon for the title of the shortest river. Both rivers have been measured on different occasions, with lengths varying from 58 feet to 200 feet. Schoolchildren in Great Falls campaigned successfully to have the Roe River placed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Now for my project:
My SMACK card!

Here is a video I did of how I did the card! :)

AND....FINALLY.....Here is my BLOG CANDY!

You know you want it!!!

This Indie Art Solutions Cartridge was donated to this Blog Hop by Valerie of Scrapbooking For Less! She has the best brands at GREAT prices so you should go check her site out: HERE! You won't be sorry you did! :)
If you would like to get your name entered ONCE in the drawing for this cartridge just leave a comment! If you would like your name in TWICE.....become a follower (please let me know you are a follower too) and that will give you two chances to win! Don't forget to leave your email where I can get a hold of you with your comment please or I will have to pick another person if you are picked. :) I need to be able to get a hold of the winner. :)

Please make sure to leave comments on all of the blogs for a chance to win a ton of different Grand Prizes on Getting Cricky's blog, from these great companies:Scrap N Tote, Scrap N Easel, Cri-Kits, Creative Charms, Memory Miser, Scrappy Chic Cafe, Loralie Designs, My Pink Stamper, Peachy Keen Stamps, Cricut Town, The Scrappin' Table, Piktails, and Pink by Design!

Please make sure to visit ALL the blogs, as EVERY single blog will have fabulous giveaways (cricut cartridges, paper packs, copic markers, yourstory bundle, clear stamp sets, and tons more). Each blogger was extremely generous with their own personal giveaways!

Next stop on the hop is Gloria Sleeper of Oma’s Crafts !

Thanks so much for stopping! :)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Stylish Blog Award

I was checking on my blog tonight and was touched when I saw this comment from Pholly at Pholly's Phabulous Crafts:
I love your blog so I am giving you The Stylish Blog Award. To claim your award, simply post a picture of the Stylish Blog Award on your blog. You may pick up a copy of the picture from my blog -
Also, to claim your award, you must do the following:
1) Thank the person who gave this award to you and link it back to their blog
2) Share 8 things about yourself
3) Pass this award to 8 other individuals that you have recently discovered
4) Leave a comment so that they can pass along the recognition!

I mean how sweet is that?! Thanks so much Pholly! :)  I love my followers and hope I make you all happy as you all make me with your sweet comments. :)

FYI- Pholly's Blog is FAB!!! OR as she says: PHAB! She is very talented and I became a follower and really like her stuff! :)

Here is the award:
And here are my 8 facts about me:
1- I am a mom to 2 beautiful kids, Jon (my son, 11) and Sasha (my daughter, 3). I have been married to my best friend, Garth for 13+ years and we have been together 17+ years. :)
2- I started scrapping 11+ years ago along with card making. :)
3- I love all kinds of music....this does include Marilyn Manson and Nsync! ;)
4- I am 33 years old!
5- I was born on April 1st! :)
6- A lot of the people I design for right now are close friends. :)
7- My BFF is named Becky, but I call her Bex! :)
8- I am spoiled by my hubby! AND...also by my friends. :)

Now, I need to figure out my 8 that I feel this way will be hard because I follow so many blogs. :)
Thanks and loves! :)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

AND THE WINNER IS....................

Debi from Cards by Montana Reflections!

True Random Number Generator

Min: 1
Max: 57 (counted when you all said you were a follower too!)

Congrats Debi! It is nice to have a Montanan Follower!!! I am in Great Falls! :)
Thanks to all of you that commented and I love your comments and they are very appreciated. I will be getting ready for another Blog Hop this weekend! Deets will be soon! :) I will be giving away an Indie Art cartridge! :) It's one of my faves! :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Feel the Love Blog Hop

Hey all! If you have come from Michelle's Queen of My Craft Room Blog, you have made it to the last stop on this blog hop and THANKS so much for viewing what everyone has done for you. :) I'm sure all of their ideas have inspired all of you! :) I have some blog candy available so you will want to get in on that! :) To do that just leave a comment in the comment section with your email please in case you are chosen. If you don't leave your email, I have to chose someone else. :(  If you would like to be counted twice...BECOME A FOLLOWER! :) If not, it's all will still be counted but only once. :)

Here's the candy:

6x6 Sassafras Lass Sunshine Lollipops pad, Hampton Arts glitter glue, 10 prescored cards with 10 pink envies, a roll of paper tape, a roll of printed tape, We R Memory Keepers glittered brads, a little baggie of blingy baubles (flowers).

I have a video on how to make the metal rose on the romatic card that I made for the hop. I am not a HUGE fan of having to have pinks, whites, and reds for Valentine's Day. I like a little bit of the more classic, romantic looking colors too. So, I chose purple and cream for this project.

The card I did for the Hop.  :)
This is part one of the video that shows how to make the rose!

Here is the video on the card! It's a quickie! :)

What I used: Nashua metal tape, Fiskars punch (5 petal flower), Adirondak Alcohol Inks (Stream, Wild Plum, and Eggplant), K&Co Patterned Paper, Stickles (Antique Linen), CTMH Ink (Hydrangea), Best Value Ribbon (Organdy Ribbon), glue dots, ATG.

Here is a list of all the others on this hop (just in case you missed any of us)-

1. Jamie at Glitter, Stamps, and Paper, Oh My!
2. Karel at One by One The Flamingos Are Stealing My Sanity
3. Nikki at The Glamorous Side of Scrapping
4.Elizabeth at Skittles and Scrapbooks
5. Brittni at Life's Musings
6. Jesi at Jesi's Things
7. Ellen at Card Monkey
8. Jessica at Overjoyed Scrapper
9. Casey at Simple Joy Crafting
10. Jenny at Crazy about Cricut
11. Shannon at My Scrappy Creations
12 Meagan at Beyond Paper
13. Jessica at Creative Stamper
14. Jill at The Scrapaholic
15. Katy at Crazy Mommy Katy
16. Aimee at
17. Kathy at
18. Amanda at Something Sorta
19. Michelle at Holy Cricut
20. Kathy at (that is me!)
21. Angie at A Tuttle Time
22. Angela at Created with Joy

Angie is next on the hop with an inspiring project for you! :) 
Thanks for stopping! :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Valentine's Day Card for Totally Stamps/Holy Cricut Swap

Hey everyone! :)

I promise I have not been M.I.A! :) I have just been a little busy, but really that is no excuse. I really should try to get on all the time. You deserve that! :)

Well Michelle at Totally Stamps/Holy Cricut has card swaps open to all of you who would like to join us in the fun. We do one card swap a month and you can even join in the challenges if you would like. With the swaps, please NO FLAKING! Just to be fair to everyone. :)

I did the Valentine's Swap (which is closed now). I had a hard time at first, but my friend, Valerie, lent me her CTMH "Amore" Stamp Set. I just started messing around with it and came up with this!

The "Love" image is actually pop-dotted! :) This was a fun and quick card believe it or not. :)
This is what I used: American Crafts (white CS), CTMH (Amore Stamp Set), Ranger (Distress Stamp Pad in Aged Mahogany and Pine Needles for the image and scattered straw and Vintage Photo for the stained look), Flair Designs (Patterned Paper), Studio 18 (bling), Walmart (tulle).
Thanks for stopping! :)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Birthday Wishes Card for Totally Stamps Swap

Hey all! :) It is SO LATE here in Montana, but I wanted to share this b-day card I did for Michelle's swap over at the Totally Stamps (Holy Cricut) Blog .

Here it is:

What I used: American Crafts CS (white), Bazzill (black and pink), Michael's (pink bling), colorbok (iridescent bling), Scrappy Cat Stamps (birthday wishes sentiment), offray (ribbon), memento (pen for dots), cricut, Create a Critter (scalloped oval), Summertime in Paris (cake).

Thanks for looking and have a nice day! :) Happy Friday! :)

Friday, January 7, 2011

My Challenge at The Colorful Creations Blog...JOIN US!!

Hey all! :) I was asked by Brenda (aka. Paper Diva) at Colorful Creations to do their Blog Challenge #7 in January. I thought it would be fun and I had never done it before, so I figured,  "WHY THE HECK NOT?!" LOL! Well, Brenda said I could go to the blog and check out the past blog challenges and I did. The last one happened to be a sketch so I figured, "Hey, I have never done a sketch (either worked with one or designed one) and that may be kinda fun." I also thought that since I have been stepping out of my comfort zone lately that maybe I should  try it. So I did! :) You can got to The Colorful Creations Blog HERE and see my sketches. are my projects. :) I did a card and a layout sketch.



What I used on my Beauty Layout: Bazzil CS (12x12 teal, black used for matting) , American Crafts (Thickers Alpha Stickers), Bo Bunny (Patterned Paper), Queen and Co (Felt border), Petaloo (flowers), My Mind's Eye (Chipboard Journaling Tag, Today's The Day,  Believe in Yourself), Jenni Bowlin Studios (butterflies), Making Memories (metal "perfect" tag).

What I used on my card: Recollections CS (Kraft), Graphic 45 (Patterned paper), My Mind's Eye (how many? how much? chipboard embellie), Tim Holtz Idea-o-logy (clock face and spinners), Michael's (ribbon).

Thanks for stopping and drop by the Colorful Creations Blog and join us in this challenge! :) 

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Two Challenges in ONE!

Hey all! :) Well, I would have thought I would never create something that I would use for two things, but I have been super busy here in my studio. :) I have had a lot of things popping up that need to be done for design teams, friends, family, etc. On top of just the regular daily stuff....Thank God I am not a working mom. I am not sure how the career ladies do it out there. :) Being a stay-at-home mom is hard some days, but I LOVE MY JOB! :) Ok....enough of that. You all didn't come here to here me preach about that stuff! :) LOL!

So, Evelyn at Colorful Creations is having an Altered Card Challenge on the Colorful Creations site. The challenge will be going on now to January 15th so get over there and join. :) You will have so much fun! :) This challenge will take place every month so that at the end of the year we will have 12 cards! :) Now you can use whatever cards you want. I used my Heidi Swapp playing cards I bought A LONG TIME AGO! I really just bought them for the queen of hearts, but have been slowly using them up. :)

Also, you all know from reading this post of mine, that Michelle at Holy Cricut is also having a challenge. So this is where the TWO CHALLENGES IN ONE comes in. As all of you know- a snowman, ribbon, stickles, and patterned paper needed to be used for that challenge. So, I figured...AWESOME! :) So, here are my creations for both the challenges. :)


What I used: Heidi Swapp Playing Card, bazzill cs (teal), CTMH (January stamp set, Ocean Ink), American Crafts CS (white), Pink Paislee (snowman's gloves, hat, and scarf), Michael's (ribbon and bling), Stickles, The Paper Company CS(black), Cricut, Snow Friends Cartridge. Thermoweb (pop dots), Glossy Accents, scotch

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Totally Stamps Challenge #3: Winter

Hey everyone! :) Michelle is having another challenge at her blog (Oh My Cricut!). To get there, click HERE! :)

Here are the deets: The challenge is: Snowman
                                                          Patterned paper


Have fun everyone! You can make anything with these 4 items on it. I am going to try to get Mr. Linky on my blog so everyone can just post their projects from there, but if not, please send me an email with your projects to
 Please post your project by Saturday Jan. 8th.

The winner will get a $10.00 gift card to Michael's. will pick the winner. :)
So stop by Michelle's Blog and join the fun! :) I will be posting my project in the next couple of days! :)
Thanks for stopping! :)

Monday, January 3, 2011


Hello Blog Buddies!!! Well, I was pretty positive that Colorful Creations was gonna keep me busy...and I was proven right! HA! I am so enjoying every bit of it. They are so supportive of everyone who is in the group.....not just the design team. I can't say enough good about them. :)

Well, new DT member, Tess (love her work), is in charge of a challenge called: "Inspired By". This time around it was CAKE..that inspired us. :) Well, maybe not cake, but this picture of a cake! :)

Ok, usually I am SO not an orange girl. But, the orange on this cake, just GRABBED me and shook me! :) And you all know how much I LOVE butterflies. :) Well, We had to use ribbon, stamps, and doodling (which for me, was a stretch...I am SO not a doodler!) But, I came up with this:

I was a little impressed by the card, although I do have a VERY HARD time looking at the doodles. :) Oh well, c'est la vie! ;) Right?! LOL!

What I used: CTMH stamp set (Be Yourself), Stampin' Up CS (Pink), Bazzil CS (dotted swiss pink and brown), Ranger Distress Ink (Aged Mahogany), Michael's (ribbon), Martha Stewart's Punch (butterfly)/

You all should join us! :) Go to Colorful Creations, click HERE.
Thanks so much for stopping! :)