Tuesday, May 25, 2010

MMSC55 Forever Friends

Hi everyone and welcome to another week of the Midnight Madness Blogaversary. Be sure to check out the fun activity this week, you don't want to miss an opportunity to vote for the coveted "Priscilla" award. My post this week is an abbreviated one as I do not have a computer.This is our wonderful fancy sketch for this week. I took liberties with it and turned it on it's side because of my rather large Penny Black image I used.

This stamp is called Forever Friends. This is the first time I inked this one up and I just love it!!! Another bear too!!! About a couple weeks ago, my husband wanted me to take a ride to a pool place called Pinch-A-Penny to get some chemicals for our above ground pool. There was a Walmart next to it so I went in and found this beautiful lace trim. I am thrilled with how pretty it is and wish my Walmart here in town carried stuff like it!!! I used Spellbinders large scalloped edge squares and Martha Stewart's two sized butterfly punches. I colored my images with pencils and then stickled the edges. All and all they are pretty sweet together. It is going to be hard for me to send this one away to someone...lol


Our weekly sponsor this week is:

Thank you so much Jeni. Be sure to click on the link and check out all of Jeni's wonderful stamp designs. You will be delighted and amazed!

**Our May Monthly Sponsor is....
PB Stamps
Dick over at PB Stamps has very generously offered up a 15% life time discount to 5 of our players….YES, you heard me right, 5 (five) winners will be randomly drawn at the end of the month!! WOW!.

Thank you so much for dropping by. I should be back to normal next week!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Fred She Said Tulip Bouquet

Greetings bloggers! If you are looking for the Fred She Said Blog hop click HERE
Today is my Mom's Birthday. This is the card that I made and sent to her. I think I am on a red kick!!! When I found out how wonderful it is to use that Rangers Brick Red Distress Ink, I knew I had to do this image from Fred She Said in red. My Mom's favorite color. I have done this tulip image in Pink's and Blue's but it is equally as beautiful in Red.

This is a picture of the card with the matching envelope. And don't you just love that Tulip Border punch from Martha Stewart. I was lucky enough to walk into my local Micheal's one day and find an end display cabinet full of spring marked down punches. I think they were less than half price. This is one of the three I picked up. It is so cute with this image. Also, the corner treatments are from a Cuttlebug die that I have in my stash...and wouldn't you know the center looks just like a tulip and also matches perfectly.
I put crystal effects on the picture that holds the tulips to make it look like porcelain. I also added some little tiny pearls on there as well. The butterflies are also a Martha Stewart Punch!Here is the inside of my card. The tulip image in the corner at the bottom is also a Fred She Said image that matches this perfectly. I love using these two images in combination with each other. This particular tulip comes with 3 other flowers. You can check it out at the Fred She Said Store. I am so lucky to be on Tracy's Design Team and get to play with all her Digi's!!! They are awesome.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fred She Said Blog Hop-Summertime Fun

Welcome to our "Here Comes Summer Fred She Said "Blog Hop"!!! If you just happened to drop by my blog and you are not aware of this wonderful event taking palce, please go back the the "Fred She Said" Blog and start your hop!

We would be so thrilled if you left a comment on our posts. It is so appreciated and really wonderful to hear from you. So please leave a little note to let me know you were here!

Along the way, you will see a special CODE WORD. Collect them all up! Once you reach the end of the blog hop (which will be the "Fred She Said" Challenge blog), follow the instructions to make your entry and your name will go in for a draw for a $20 Gift Certificate for the Fred She Said Store!

Here is my Fred She Said Creation:

Now what would summer be without strawberries...and lots of them. I love strawberries and this card was so fun to make. This is Emma Strawberry Picking. You get Emma with her basket of strawberries and the three strawberry image. Now, for a picture of the card and the matching envelope. If you are interested in purchasing the envelope kit I used, please click on the Priscillastyles Store on my sidebar!Now, you know, red is very hard to color. I found, to get this beautiful vibrant color and shading was a cinch. This was actually colored with Rangers Brick Red Distress ink and a blender pen. I just took my pad and dabbed it on one of my acrylic blocks. Then dipped my blender pen in the ink a little at a time and layered it on watercolor paper. After that I popped the biggest strawberry in this group for dimension and covered the whole group with crystal effects. I then outlined the strawberry in diamond stickles. IRL this is beyond amazing and gorgeous. I used the crystal effects on the strawberries in Emma's Basket as well.You know I just couldn't resist making a pocket on the inside of this card to tuck in some of my favorite strawberry recipes as a little bonus inside the card. Um Um Um I can just taste that Strawberry Chiffon Pie...if you have never had one of those you are missing out on the most scrumptious dessert imaginable. I also have a recipe for my strawberry jam. I just made a batch of that last weekend. Boy did it smell wonderful with that cooking in the house. It came out scrumptious too!!! And if I haven't made you mouth water enough yet...well the Strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting is just "over the moon"...LOL
My "Special Code" word is : FAMILY

Here is a list of the Blog Hoppers in case you lose your way:
CAROL H. (that's me)

This blog hop will run from today, May 21st until May 27. On the 28th, the winner will be announced on the "Fred She Said" Blog.

Thank you for taking the time to play along. Now, to continue the blog hop, please visit LORA.

When you are finished hopping, why not check out the Fred She Said Store!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

MMSC54 Teddy and Barbecue Bananas

What a fantastic Dance Party we had last week. It was so much fun! Thank you to all who attended and for all your wonderful links, comments, dance moves and card entries. Here are our attendee prize winners:
Holly Moore – “Best Dressed” Disco Party
Beadz – “Best Dance Moves”
Gwen – “Memory Lane” Thanks for sharing.
Lori G.– Roaring 20’s “Best Dressed” and she made hers too
CrystalBee – Ross Sister Party “Best one liner” OUCH!!
Now let’s get to this weeks Party for our Blogaversary Celebration. As promised we are going to have a BBQ. For my recipe, I have chosen a little something that is out of the ordinary. If you want to WOW your guests at your next Barbecue, well.....this is your dish:

Barbecue Bananas
4 bananas
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups vanilla ice cream
Sprinkling of your favorite liquor (optional)
  1. Preheat grill for low heat.
  2. Halve each of the bananas lengthwise, then width wise. Sprinkle bananas with lemon juice. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll banana pieces in sugar/cinnamon mixture until well coated.
  3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Arrange bananas on preheated grill, and cook for 3 minutes per side. Serve in a bowl with vanilla ice cream topped with a sprinkling of remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture. You can also drizzle a nice liquor over the top. Try a little hot fudge sauce, or caramel sauce.
Now to this weeks sketch...it's "YOUR PICK" Make it fancy, clean and simple, or somewhere in-between.

Enter one style or both this week.
Just have fun and come play with us :)
Our MMSC53 Gold Star Award goes to #28 Guro

Our Remarkables Awards this week go t0 #36. Grace N, #37. Guy-Beate, & #51. Barbara Anders
Our MMSC53 Weekly Bonus Winner is #11 Gloria Dojlido

This Weeks Sneak Peeks for our Special Blogaversary Celebration!!
This is the week that I get to send a prize to the winner. I know you have seen the sneak peek at the Midnight Madness Blog....but here I am giving you the whole picture...lol

*Our MMSC54 weekly Bonus sponsor is.....
Stamp n Create is once again our weekly Bonus Sponsor. Thank you for being a reoccurring Midnight Madness sponsor. We love working with your adorable images.

MMSC54 Weekly Bonus Prize is a $25 Voucher
Thank you Lacey
**Our May Monthly Sponsor is....
PB Stamps
Dick over at PB Stamps has very generously offered up a 15% life time discount to 5 of our players….YES, you heard me right, 5 (five) winners will be randomly drawn at the end of the month!! WOW!.

Here is another Teddy from the Penny Black set I did last week called Teddy and Company. Isn't he cute!!! this is the card and the envelope. I have been in my glory doing Teddies!!! lol Today is my last day of school. I have been studying straight for the last two days for my exam. I went to school every day last week!! This month has been so hectic with me between school and my son's baseball. I have had to let some things go as I just can't do it all!!! So I will be around the end of this week to catch up on visiting your blogs!!!On the inside of the card, I did more teddies. I used chalk on my flower punch to color in those flowers. That was really a lot of fun to do and I enjoyed it even though it took some time.

Paper-My Minds Eye Home
Punches-Martha Stewart Flower Patch PATP, Martha Steward Butterfly, Martha Stewart Small Medallion, Spellbinders Fleur de Lis pendant
Rhinestone flower buttons, Rhinestone Butterfly buttons, Small buttons,Ribbon, and stickles

These are the challenges I have entered this card in:
KL Stampin N Scrapping Blog - Lets Show our Animal Friends Some Love
One Stop Craft Challenge - Summer Breeze
Pixie Dust Studio Pixie Challenge - Cut it Out
Pollycraft Monday Challenge - Summer Blooms
Practical Scrappers - Patterned Paper
The Crazy Challenge - Something new (My new punch form Mother's Day)
Your Next Stamp Challenge Blog - Cut it Out and Pop it Up

Thanks for stopping in today and viewing my card. I really appreciate it.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Midnight Madness Dance Party Week-Let's Party!!!

Head on over to Midnight Madness for our BIG DANCE PARTY week!

We sent out the invitations, we teased you with our comments, and now it is time to “Get Down and Party” with the Midnight Madness girls. All week long the party is going on so keep checking back as we will be changing it up. We are going to be having so much fun and hope you will be joining us.
OK-this is what I am wearing to the party. haha This is me in Louisville Kentucky for a National Square Dance Convention back int 19XX haha-I am not telling you!!! I was looking for my head banger ball picture and came across this one......I made this dress. This is the actual "Convention" dress.

It will be an exciting week of activities and we need you to help with our celebration. You may not want to leave the party!!! We will be having door prizes from the comment section in addition to our regular drawings for each of the activities we post. The only requirement is that you have played "ONE" of our challenges in the past
year and post your comment. That's it!! You’ll want to log onto the Midnight Madness Blog, grab your crafting supplies, and party with us each day for a chance to win.
If you are new, just join us for MMSC53!

Now to this weeks sketch...it's "YOUR PICK" Make it fancy, clean and simple, or somewhere in between.

Enter one style or both this week.
Just have fun and come play with us :)
Our MMSC52 Gold Star Award goes to: #31 Nancy Brown

Our Remarkables Awards this week go to:
#17 SuperNan, #35 Brenday, #52 Holly Miller
Our MMSC52 Weekly Bonus Winner is: #41 Stephanie Hester
This Weeks Sneak Peeks for our Special Blogaversary Celebration!!
*Our MMSC52 weekly Bonus sponsor is.....
Below are a few words from the owner
Our company, "The Stamping Boutique" is dedicated to quality products and original artwork. Our designers are chosen for their character and personality,as well as, their beautiful designs. We work hard to give you our very best. Thank you so much for having us as your sponsor this week.
Tracey Malnofski
Tracey fromThe Stamping Boutique is offering her
entire line of "The Fairy Cynthia" rubber stamps as a prize.

These are all her own designs!! WOW-ZA Thank you Tracey! :)

**Our May Monthly Sponsor is....
PB Stamps
Dick over at PB Stamps has very generously offered up a 15% life time discount to 5 of our players

My card for this weeks challenge is a Penny Black Clear Stamp called "Teddy and Company". I am just so thrilled to bring a bear to you this week. I love this stamp set as it comes with this tree that is the perfect accent with the bear.
For this card I used the following:
A corner punch for the fancy corners that I slipped my paper into
Martha Stewart Deep Eyelet Punch
Martha Stewart, Butterfly, Frond, and Branch Punch
Prima Lillie's
Pearls, Ribbon and Stickles

This is a picture of the card with the envelope I created.
My Paper is from My Mind's Eye called Penny Lane

The following is a list of challenges entered:
Craft Angels - One for the Girls
Creatalicious Challenge - Create something with flowers and wings
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Any Way your Like
Flutterby Wednesday - Must have a Butterfly, Fairy or Angel
Inky Impressions - Summertime
Little Red Wagon - Pink and Green
Pile it On - Cute and Cuddly

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

MMSC#52 One Year Anniversary Celebration

Midnight Madness One Year Anniversary Celebration
Welcome to our One Year Celebration…It's all about our Players and Followers this month. If you have not entered our Blogaversay Jackpot Candy, be sure to click over for a chance to win a Candy Prize worth over $300.We will be celebrating all month! Be sure to drop by the Midnight Madness Challenge Blog for all the announcements and prizes that are being given away.

At this time, I would like to bid Chris a fond farewell as this is her last week with the MMDT. Chris you work will always be an inspiration to me. I will miss you being on our team, but I won't be far away as I will still be paying you a visit at your blog!

We also have a TUTORIAL for you this week, so be sure to check it out too.
Once again, it's "YOUR PICK" Make it fancy, clean and simple, or somewhere in-between. Remember to click on the sneak peek button on the side bar for the following weeks sketch each Friday.
Enter one style or both this week.
Just have fun and come play with us :)
Our MMSC51 Gold Star Award goes to #5 Karen Wallace

Our Remarkables Awards this week go to #15 Grace N., #29 MrsBoz, and #53 Holly Miller

Our MMSC51 Weekly Bonus Winner is-Leigh
Our April Month End Winner is-Lori G
The Cruise Blog Candy Winner is-Art Girl
Our MMSC52 weekly Bonus sponsor is.....
Throughout the month, our Design Team members will be randomly sending our weekly winners something special in the mail as part of our Anniversary celebration. Some DT may post these gifts on their blogs and some may leave it as a Mystery, but rest assured, if you are our weekly Bonus winner, not only will you win our Sponsors gifts, but you will also be getting showered with a few extra surprises in your mail box from the team!! How fun is that? :)
**Our May Monthly Sponsor is....
PB Stamps
Great news PB Stamps stock most of the old retired stamps that are available nowhere but PB Stamps (an exclusive arrangement between them & Penny Black). You can even view old catalogs on his site: http://www.pbstamps.com/ Are you ready for this Months Sponsorship prize? Well, Dick over at PB Stamps has very generously offered up a 15% life time discount to 5 of our players….
YES, you heard me right, 5 (five) winners will
be randomly drawn at the end of the month!! WOW!.
So come play with us. Break out your Penny Black stamps or stop by PB Stamps and get yourselves some. (Any stamps are welcome to play our challenges, but let’s have some fun with Penny Black this month)
Thank you Dick we love Penny Black stamps and will be showing them off all Month. Thanks for the awesome Giveaway.. You are going to make a few Penny Black Lovers Very Happy :)
My card for this week's challenge has been made with the teapot and teacup digi's made by our very own Priscilla. Your can purchase them at the Priscillastyles Store along with an array of other beautifully designed digi images.

I used crystal effects on the images to give them a china/porcelain look to them. My paper is from K & Company along with the matching covered brads. The lace border punch, frond, and branch punch is from Martha Stewart. The flourish is a sizzx die cut and everything was glittered with stickles.

Thanks for dropping by today to view my card. Be sure to check back for all the fun happens this month is the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge!