Friday, August 29, 2008

I get by with a little help from my friends, part 2



I've been meaning to get these wonderful cards posted because I received them several weeks ago from my dear friends Michelle and Sandra! I have been soooo blessed by you, my friends!! And aren't these cards FABulous?? (lots of head nodding--YES!!!) Big Hugs to you!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Sisterhood Is Born

Hi Everyone! Well, thanks to my near and dear friends at SCS a new idea and group has been formed!
It's called The Sisterhood of the Traveling Cards and it is a monthly card swap that is open to anyone.
Since I became active again on SCS I have had the blessing of meeting some pretty fabulous and talented ladies and we've enjoyed swapping together for quite a while now. I have pretty consistently come up with new swaps just to keep our little group together--to swap of course, but more importantly to chat and support each other through the everyday (and not so everyday) things that we go through in life. It's been fun to see other gals start their first swaps too and to join in and continue supporting each other in that way.
So then I got to thinking, what if we just swapped together every month! I put out feelers and to my surprise there was a lot of interest!!
Thus the Sisterhood was born (LOL--reminds me of the fellowship of the ring--I was trying to get that picture of frodo holding the ring and insert a card but I'm not that savvy)!
Check it out and join us if you'd like!! (limited to 30 spaces)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Way I see It

Being from Seattle I happen upon Starbucks every once in a while...often...more often than not...but that's beside the point. Today after sipping my grande nonfat chai, I set it down on my desk and noticed the word "childhood." So I thought I'd share "The Way I See It #282" with you all. It comes from Lyall Bush who apparently is executive director of Richard Hugo House, a center for writers and readers (Haven't heard of it but I like the sound of it! I'm a writer and a bibliophile so I can appreciate the work of other writers and readers : )

The Way I see It #282

"Childhood is a strange country. It's a place you come from or go to--at least in your mind. For me it has an endless, spellbound something in it that feels remote. It's like a little sealed-vault country of cake breath and grass stains where what you do instead of work is spin until you're dizzy."

I love the imagery in this. If only we could be like children all the carefree and with such huge imaginations!!
And that reminds me of a swap that ends this Friday---Childhood Memories hosted by Lauriloo! I can't wait to see what everyone has come up with. Here's the card I made for this super fun swap!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Oh Hanna, Hanna!

Hola and Happy Tuesday!
I just wanted to share with you my new favorite stamps. Not to worry, MFT and SU! still hold a huge part of my heart...but these Hanna Stamps are sooooo cool. Check out their website and take a look at these beeeeeautiful designs that some of our fellow SCSers have created...Aunt Carol is one of them!! Thanks for sharing with us your creative minds. If you have a Hanna creation send it to me over email and I'll post your creation here or send us a link to your blog and I'll add you to my inspiration!

Gallery links (Thanks for sharing!!) Carolyn Jennifer Dawn Candice

Note::I did not make these cards...please click on links to give credit where credit is due. :) Happy Stamping!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Drumroll Please!

Lily by B-gin-R

Boys have Cooties by Aunt Carol

Purses by Sama
Ahoy Matey by jamigirl

Happy bday giftcard holder by theboysmomShoes by watchnemgrow

And the results are in!! Here are the winners and the runners up for each category of the Girls and Guys swaps! Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice: Winners picked by my boss
Little Girls: Winner**B-gin-R
--Runners up: Jenmaass and watchnemgrow
Teens/Tweens: Winner**Aunt Carol
--Runners up: ticketbelle and mamadwawa
Ladies: Winner**Sama
--Runners up: watchnemgrow and marzipan

Snips, Snails and Puppy Dogs' Tails: Winners picked by my DH
Little Boys: Winner**jamigirl
--Runners up:jamigirl and watchnemgrow
Teens: Winner**theboysmom
--Runners up: Aunt Carol and scraprageous
Gents: Winner**watchnemgrow
--Runners up: crazynanna and Sama

A special mention (and little somethin-somethin) goes to Jenny in MN and watchnemgrow (Christine) for making those most cards. Thanks so much for all hard work and lucky are the ladies who receive your awesome creations!

Monday, August 4, 2008

And the winners are...

Two swaps that started a couple months ago have finally come to an end. They were called Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice (the girliest of girl card swaps) and Snips, Snails and Puppy Dogs Tails (cards for the boys (with cooties!). Things were slow to start so I decided to offer up some prizes to increase attendance. It turned out to be a really fun swap and all the cards have been great! I think it will really provide some inspiration for those little or big kids that we just don't have any ideas for. Thanks for a job well done, Everyone!'s the prizes...aren't you just dying to know who the winners are???

You're invited to a Soiree

Some of you may remember the Summer Soiree swap from July 11...well, here are a few of the cards that were created. The challenge was to create an invitation of any kind and to send along a recipe for an appetizer, cocktail, entree or dessert. These cards were so much fun. Thanks to everyone for participating! (card in above pic was made by Susan aka PSU_Mom).

I get by with a little help from my friends

I'm blogging today to pay special tribute to a couple of my SCS friends who did something incredibly sweet for me. I received these cards in the mail last month congratulating us on moving to our first home. And it really did bless my heart when I received them. It is an honor to know that the friendships we've formed in our swaps really do extend beyond that: into caring about each other as people. It is such a great thing to be there for each other through good times and bad and I'm continually blessed by all of you daily.
Thanks to Kelly MiamiKel4 and Paola Sama!! These cards are dispayed in my home, reminding me that people care and also welcoming with open arms all that visit our house.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Cruisin on the Greek Isles

As I said in the previous post, I've been having a blast with this virtual cruise! We've had 2 Days so far and each day has been packed full with a schedule of projects---all diverse and for all ability levels. Sunday will be Day 3 of the cruise and I'm giddy with anticipation. Each day there is an inspiration challenge, several projects, a recipe and a contest. Here are my two contest entries. I'm a sucker for a contest ;) Thanks for looking and it's not too late to participate. Since it's a virtual cruise you can still get in (I think) !

Porthole Card Challenge--MFT stamps: Going Places

Inside the Porthole--did you notice the top says "cruise"
This was a fun PP I found and I actually ended up cutting off the bottom of the front of the card and thought of using it here, on the inside.

Our ship pulled into port and we got to go see "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" in the movie theater. How fun! Here is my "traveling pants" inspired card.

Hope everyone on the cruise is having as much fun as I am. Enjoy the wine and don't forget to tip the pool boy ;)