Thursday, March 31, 2011

Another Card for The Paper Variety


This card is for The Paper Variety's challenge 1-2-3 Challenge! this week!

1 -- twine (The Twinery)
2 -- flowers with brads (old Prima with CTMH brads)
3 -- patterned papers (Cosmo Cricket)

I got the sketch from my friend Stacy!




Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Card for The Paper Variety



This card is for The Paper Variety's Tic Tac Toe !! :) challenge this week.





I chose the right column. The stamped image is from Hero Arts; it's a card, and I used a scallop punch and a scallop border punch... I must not be in the crafting mojo still, but I wanted to participate, so...

Monday, March 28, 2011

An Anonymous Surprise Gift

An anonymous surprise gift package of red and white jewels and a little red heart came to my mail box today! Whoever sent it really cheered me up today! I was so sick last week (didn't write about it here on the blog)! Today was my first day back to work, and I am pretty tired. How nice it was to see the envelope in the mail when I got home. Thanks so much to the person who sent it. It was postmarked in Pennsylvania, and I don't know if I know anyone there or not... :-)

The company I was talking about in my last post was

Jello Temptations by Kraft Foods.

Here is the link if you would like to contact them:



I had a couple of inquiries. I hadn't listed the name before because I didn't want to give them free advertising...  One of my friends said to me "I don't see how can we stop the bullying when that's what our kids are seeing everywhere."  So, I thought, if I could make it easier for you to complain about this, I'd provide the information.

Also, I have comments allowed on this post....

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Commercial that Really Bothered Me

I recently saw two commercials by a company which I won't name here that showed parents scaring/bullying their children so that they wouldn't eat this product which is "for adults only."  This brand traditionally makes foods that are geared toward kids.  I was really offended by this approach to advertising their product as there are so many problems in today's world with children being bullied and/or abused; AND now this brand thinks it's cute or funny to have parents treat their children this way.  I think this type of advertising is irresponsible.  Some who read this will probably think that I need to lighten up. I hope there are more that will think about the message the company is sending and write to them saying you object to this type of ad!  I did.  They simply responded by saying:
 "We have taken a different approach on our latest marketing campaign for NAME OMITTED because of the focus on our new product line --- NAME OMITTED. As the first NAME OMITTED dessert just for adults, NAME OMITTED is positioned for adults who want an indulgent and delicious treat all to themselves. We understand this is different from what consumers are used to seeing from NAME OMITTED, but we wanted to let consumers know there is news -- we now have a delicious offering specifically for adults.
We want to assure you that we did not intend to offend anyone with these ads. We respect your point-of-view on this matter.
At the same time, we recognize the judgments we make are subjective and open to interpretation."

I don't see how you could interpret scaring your child as funny.  There are too many cases of child suicide and depression in our world for me to think this is funny.  Of course, this is just my opinion.  I respect other people's point of view. I just had to make mine known to the company.  I think with the freedom of speech goes some responsibility.

I'm leaving the comments off on this post.  You can judge for yourself when you see the commercial.  If you do find it offensive, like I do, I hope you will write the company and tell them.  I don't plan on buying any products from them if they find this an acceptable way to represent themselves.  I guess I've drawn the line... I don't love controversy, but I just felt this was an important subject!

Sorry for ranting so much! I hope you will continue to visit my blog...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Blizzard Snow (Wo)Man - Frenchie


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This is for this week's Sketchy Thursday challenge.

Supplies:

Cardstock:  DCWV
Patterned Paper, journal card and letter stickers:  Echo Park
Round journaling spot:  Jillibean
baker's twine:  The Twinery
Sticker:  SRM
felt corner
Mist:  Tattered Angels
flowers: Prima
Velvet Brads:  Making Memories
Corner Rounder:  Creative Memories

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Paper Variety Sketch




I made this layout from this week's The Paper Variety challenge:  a sketch by Jana Eubank. Speaking of The Paper Variety, I wanted to thank Yara for sending me such a wonderful box of goodies that I won on the latest The Paper Variety's blog hop! I can't wait to start using them!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Journal I Made at My Local Library

The Journal -- Finished


Metals: Dragonfly with purple square
Heart and Live, Laugh, Love with clear and green bead



Before I added the stuff around the edge and the Tattered Angels (probably a better photo, but I like the Finished Product much better!

I made this journal at the library.  It is my favorite craft I've done at the library.  When I brought it home, I hadn't sprayed it with Tattered Angels or added the little paper to cover the wrinkles on the edge! I'm even happier now!  The cover is muslin to which we added fabric crayons rubbed over stamps and an acrylic paint wash.  We then hand-sewed in the 4 signatures (5 sheets of paper each).  It was so much fun that I might have to try it again.  The purple circle is polymer clay with an impression of a dragonfly in it! Can you tell that I'm proud of my first attempt at making a book!

Thanks for visiting! Don't be afraid to leave a comment--though be gentle--it's my first one!
Have a great day!

I guess I don't feel like crafting today so I'm just posting about giveaways


http://cafexpressions.blogspot.com/2011/03/blog-candy-time.html This one is already closed, but...

UPDATED link:

http://cafexpressions.blogspot.com/ ends March 20...

Another fun giveaway--plus her work is fabulous



http://jacquesmagnolias.blogspot.com/2011/03/whimsy-stamps-blog-hop-with-sweet-stuff.html

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Card



I made this card for the Imaginisce Card Sketch Challenge and for The Shabby Tea Room's Week #53 - 'Party Time' challenge.  This is so much cuter in person.  There is a 3D element with the banner, the sticker balloons, stick pins, and twine that just doesn't translate here in the photo! I used Imaginisce's Birthday Bash and Splash Dance. I added a little shimmery mist on the white cardstock base and inked the edges...


https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-At5szdOj30E/TWocuFmqZHI/AAAAAAAACEU/Iu4ZCJbhMII/s1600/MarchSketch.jpg

Monday, March 14, 2011

First Day of Spring Break and it's been snowing all day!








So, I got inspired to make this Snowy layout.  You'll have to use your imagination to place these two pages together side by side as I'm technologically ignorant in how to do it! It is based on Scrapbook & Cards Today Project 12 February 2011 sketch for Scrapfit's #39 - Glitter and Glam challenge.  Since our snowman was a girl named "Frenchie" I thought this would be perfect for the challenge.  You can't tell from the photos, but I sprayed the blue background paper with Tattered Angels chalkboard mist in white!  I also added jewels to the snow embellies from Crate Paper!  I did a little sanding and distressing on the papers also. 


Hope you are enjoying your day!


Thanks for visiting! I hope you leave a comment. They brighten my day and let me know that you were here!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Get Well Card and Some Great News



















Well, here is a get well card. It is for my mom who has been in the hospital twice now in the last few weeks. She is having some heart problems (first time), and it has been stressful, especially so close to losing Alex (our nephew).  My mom got out of the hospital today after being there since last Wednesday. We're all hoping she won't have to go back anytime soon. They are still trying to get all of her meds regulated properly!  Anyway, I did the card using a new sketch site (to me) called Card Patterns.  It is their Sketch #106, and I did it for the Paper Variety's challenge to make a Get Well card and for Simon Says Stamp's challenge--anything goes.  I wanted to use some bright, cheerful colors.  The butterfly is from Fancy Pants, and much of the rest is from Pebbles!


In other news, my son and his friend got first place in NFL (National Forensics League) districts last weekend AND first place at the 2011 MSHSAA Speech District Tournament this weekend which means they get to compete at Nationals in Dallas, Texas, this summer and at State in April at The University of Missouri--Columbia for their speech and debate duet acting performance!! We are so proud of them! Mitch worked really hard this year in Speech and Debate and had a job as well as taking some tough classes! Yay, Mitch!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tuesday Trigger: Oh So Lovely














I made this card as soon as I saw Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger: Oh So Lovely this afternoon! I am also entering it in my friend's Stacy's challenge over at Sketches 4 All. You ought to check out her challenges over there. She is so nice and you might even win a fantastic prize!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

A Layout About Me


I made this GREEN layout about me (ha ha, no picture) for The Paper Variety's latest challenge!  I got the interview prompt from Creating Keepsakes.   I used Trunk Bay Tattered Angels mist (hard to see but I did use a TA tree mask also) that I got with a gift certificate I won to Coordinates Collections.  I just love the Cosmo Cricket paper that I used.  The darling hedgie is one I bought  from Purple Pumpkin and the crochet flower is one that Jessica sent me from Australia. I've been hoarding it as I only have one left of the 5 she sent. My friend Stacy had the idea to not use a photo in the layout. So, the Creating Keepsakes prompt worked out nicely!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

My Husband's Bowls made the Martha Stewart Show

We didn't get a video of it because we didn't find out in time that they would be on yesterday's show. However, one of Steve's crafty friends saw it on the show and emailed Steve to let him know. Isn't that nice for him!?

http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/ideas-from-the-martha-show?lpgStart=1&currentslide=2&currentChapter=1 This is the slideshow of some of their favorite entries!

These were the bowls, and Martha said something like "I love these" or "I really love these" which was pretty cool!

These are the Sassafras nested bowls. I shared them with you guys when he first listed them on Etsy.

Nested set of Sassafras Natural Edge bowls


I still haven't crafted anything, so my blog is pretty boring right now. But, I thought it would be fun to share this news anyway!