Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Time sure flies when you're having fun....

I have been such a blog slacker. Last weekend was Shackapalooza! I was so excited to go and I need to post some of the pictures from the trip. I didn't take any, but I have some the girls sent me. I also made a few projects and got 30 Christmas cards done (whew!) and 20 more started. Hopefully this year I can be ahead of the game with the Christmas cards. I still haven't unpacked all my crafty bags from the trip:) That's on the agenda for this week. Along with playing with all my new goodies and techniques I learned. We had a SU! demo, TAC demo, Amuse demo and Ippity demo there... I didn't go TOO overboard. ha ha ha..

Yesterday I walked (key word is walked) my first 5k! I was pretty proud of myself for finishing under an hour - I think it was 58 mins:) My sister and brother-in-law did it with me. I will admit I was pretty nervous that I wouldn't be able to finish or would be super slow (not that 58 mins is fast). But we did it! What an accomplishment for me. Until that my distance "walking" was on an elliptical or in a pool (to minimize impact on my hip joint). I still don't have the all clear to run but maybe next year I will.

I am still trying to figure out how to manage my time between working, working out and crafting. It sure seems like it's taking much longer to adjust to working again than I thought it would. Who would have thought working after 2 years off could be such a change - but it's a good change I am loving my job! Plus I was taking water aerobics 3 days a week. This May it's only offered 2 nights a week so a few days a week I can go to the gym earlier.  I am taking advice from a friend of mine and making a "crafty to do list". I am trying to be practical about it too. I have a few challenges to complete this week. Grey and yellow, make something using what I have learned from my Shadows and Shading book, and there was a sketch challenge I wanted to play along with. 3 things shouldn't be too tough! Should I add get some cards ready to send for publishing - I keep putting that off (maybe fear of rejection LOL!)

Well, that's my update! Thanks to all my blog friends who still follow me through sporadic postings. Stay tuned I promise I will work on something to post soon!

Happy Crafting!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

DeNami Designs Monochromatic Blog Hop!

I am so excited to be a part of the DeNami Designs April Blog Hop! This month's theme is Monochromatic. Here are all the blog hop details.

The blog hop starts on April 10 at 6 AM,PST. However, you have until April 11, 2011, 11:59pm PST, to leave comments on all the blogs (to be eligible for a prize).

To be inspired by beautiful creations featuring DeNami Design stamps and also the chance to win mini shopping sprees on the DeNami Design website!

Denami Designs is giving away THREE $20 gift certificates to their website! One gift certificate to a random participant (DT members not eligible) and then they'll also be giving away TWO gift certificates to TWO people who comment along the hop! (so make sure you comment!)

Extra Challenge: 
For anyone with monochromatic projects to share. There will be a link widget on the DeNami blog hop post where you can upload monochromatic creation(s). One winner will be chosen and be guaranteed a spot in the next blog hop AND they'll get to choose a few stamps of their choice!

If you arrived from Samantha Mann's blog then you are on the right track. If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop visit the DeNami Designs blog.

I don't have a ton of DeNami Designs stamps (yet) so my choices were a little limited. I hope you enjoy what I came up with:

Supplies : stamp by DeNami Designs - Owl Trio, ink -  Momento Tuxedo black and Versa Mark, Paper by The Paper Company, Cuttlebug Houndstooth embossing folder, Copic markers, Spellbinders Nestabilities, ribbon by American Crafts, brads by Joann Essentials.

The next blog on the hop is Pattie Goldman's blog. 

Thanks for stopping by enjoy the Hop and good luck!
Happy Crafting,

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Blog candy winner!

I have decided I am going to complete the challenges you girls posted. I am going to Shackapalooza this upcoming weekend so I plan on working on these. Stay tuned to see what I create! 

And now for the blog candy winner...
Big drum roll please! ....................................





And here's the results from 

True Random Number Generator 
Powered by RANDOM.

So the winner is  

Congrats Kim! I'll be sending your package in a few days (I have your addy unless it's recently changed)

Happy Crafting, 

Friday, April 8, 2011

Only a few hours left....

I will be drawing the winner of my blog candy tomorrow morning so you just have a few hours left to get your entries in! All you need to do is leave a comment on the BLOG CANDY post with some sort of challenge you would like to see me try and for an additional entry share my blog candy giveaway with friends:)

Good Luck!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Blog candy!!!

Here's what the winner will receive :

After reading through this book (since I won a copy on a blog hop) I decided I would order one as my blog candy prize. I haven't tried anything out of the book yet, but it is so full of wonderful information! You have a couple chances to win too:) I will draw a winner using on Saturday April 9th so you have until 11:59 PM (EST) Friday, April 8th to leave a comment on this post. For this comment to count you have to suggest a challenge for me to try. It can be anything a recipe, color combo, new technique whatever you think.

For a second entry please share this post with your friends via your blog or whatever other way you think of. Just post a comment stating you have done so. 
Good luck and I am sure the winner will be very happy! 

Happy Crafting,

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I haven't forgotten!

I still have a blog candy giveaway coming soon, things just got a little busy. I got a new job last week and my first day was Monday. I'm loving it. I am trying to adjust to working again, keeping up with my gym routine, and we had a couple appointments this week so that's what's been keeping me preoccupied. 

Good news I also won a blog hop this week! I won a copy of Marianne Walker's book Shadows and Shading. I can't wait to see what's inside - that's just what I need! 

Stay tuned! 
Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Today is my blogaversary I can't believe I have had a blog for 3 years! I was going to have a little blog candy give away all ready to go, but I got busy this past weekend and the beginning of the week. So it will be slightly delayed - so stay tuned!

Today is also my birthday so Hubby and I are going to a nice dinner this evening (he won't tell me where yet). Maybe I'll even get some time to spend in my craft room:)

Happy Crafting,