29 March 2012

My First Published Tutorial!

Check out this link!!

Image: Lonesome Cowboy, Stamp n Doodle
I made a tutorial for the Stamp n Doodle Tutorial Challenge
and you can check it out in PDF form by clicking HERE!

It's really fun and easy and I hope you'll give it a try!!

And if you want a quick fix for your Stamp n Doodle addiction,

27 March 2012

Calling All Challenge Junkies!!!

I know you're out there!!
The ones who cannot resist "just one more" challenge!!

Do you love to get feedback on the cards and other crafts you create?

Do you like to "Pile it On" and browse Feline Playful
to make a long list of places to enter?

Do you want a place where you can freely share photos
and make new friends with the same crafty interests?

Boy, do I have something for YOU today!!!

Image: Chickie, Robyn's Fetish
Meet "Chickie".
He's an adorable little painter who is hard at work
helping his buddy Peter (Cottontail) get ready for the
Easter Egg Extravaganza!

And what do I love most about "Chickie"...
well, I'll tell you...

"Chickie" was FREE from Robyn's Fetish!
And all you need to do is ask for him!

You are officially invited to join our 

Chickie has a lady-friend named Barbara
who is also looking for a new home!

All you need to do is stop over to visit us at

We have more challenges going on that you can possibly imagine!!!

Our Daily Challenges are a great way to show off
your creativity and share photos of work you have done...

Let's see, just this week, we have five new challenges that are sure
to help inspire your creativity!

Created by JULIA

Created by KAREN

Created by JACQY

Created by MONIQUE

Created by JLJ DESIGNS

Now, I KNOW you're feeling inspired with all this variety
and you can't wait to get started!!

Oh, before I go, there's one other thing:


You didn't think we'd leave out the Kiddos, did you?

The Kid's chose a great theme this month:

If you have little ones who like to create at your side,
we would LOVE to see their work!!

Please come over and join us!!!

Membership at The Crafter's Cafe is FREE
and the friendship and comaraderie is PRICELESS!!

20 March 2012

Clean and Simple does NOT mean "Easy"

So! Our challenge this week at The Stamping Boutique Challenge Blog
is to create a "Clean and Simple" card... aka: "CAS"...

You can call it "simple" all you want, 
it does NOT mean it is "EASY"!!

Image: Farm Chick, The Stamping Boutique

I can think of all kinds of little doodles and doo-dads 
that would have made this card feel a little more "complete", 
but overall, I think it's still pretty cute!

I colored the little chick digitally with so all three would look the same, 
then cut little circles with 
MY NEW E-clips!! 
Yep, I finally decided... after flip-flopping for weeks between the E-clips and the Cameo, 
I decided to take the plunge and got the E-clips and 
I am SO happy with my decision!!

Here's the real kicker: I ordered it on a Wednesday... by Friday, I had not received any shipping info other than a generic order confirmation from Paypal, so I contacted "Autumn Creative"... aka: by email, to inquire about my order... Saturday afternoon, around 3pm, my home phone rang and the caller ID said "Leo Kowal"... YEP! He called me, live in person, at home, on a Saturday!!!

We had a little chat about my order and he answered some questions I had about the new machine. We compared notes I had gathered in my research about the Cameo and E-clips and I am now 100% confident I made the right choice!!! I have never, ever seen THAT level of customer service from ANY other company!!!

My "other" cutting machine "who shall not be named" still has a place in my heart, because it is the reason I have met all my crafty friends in the first place... what an AMAZING Christmas gift it turned out to be... it opened up a whole new world to me!! It still makes me a little sad that things could not have worked out better between the third party software companies and Provocraft, but it is time to move on...

There are LOTS of challenges going on at The Crafter's Cafe... 
every day, we post a new JUST FOR FUN challenge to inspire our members to try something new! 
If you haven't been over to TCC lately, 
you're really missing out on lots of good times!!

I did a quick run thru the listing at Feline Playful 
and found FOUR challenges this week for 
"Things with Wings", 
so I'm going to enter little little cutie in each of them:

12 March 2012

Happy Birthday, AJ!!

Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Birthday, Dear A.J.!

Happy Birthday to You-ou-ou-ou!!

Today marks the day I have been a mom
for eleven years!!

AJ, you're turning into quite a young man now
and I am so proud to be your mom!!

Love you!!

Now, back to our previously scheduled programming!

have something for everyone!!

The newest one, that started today, is an
 Embellishment Challenge!!
Create ANYTHING you would like, 
as long as you include the color GREEN!!

Image: Lucky, Robyn's Fetish
It just so turns out that there is another challenge at TCC,
being hosted by the Robyn's Fetish Group
and this cute Leprechaun was FREE to anyone who signed up to play!

I used the Celtic Knots and Clovers collection
from for the base of my tag.

I hope you'll stop over to
The Crafter's Cafe 
to see all the fun Daily Challenges
and play along with us!!

Some other fun challenges I have found for this week:
MyGrafico: St. Patrick's Day
One Stictch at a Time, Use a Digi

02 March 2012

Little Havens Hop with Jellypark

a very warm welcome to the very first

- Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March -

As some of you will know, Jellypark has adopted Little Havens children's hospice as our charity for 2012 and this blog hop is to celebrate our new range of three exclusive digi stamps that we have released just to raise funds for this amazing charity. It's so sad to think of little ones in Hospice, but it's a reality... and I'm so honored to be a part of this hop to support their mission!!

We have a real treat in store for you all, just hop, hop, hop your way around all these fabulous blogs to see some really AMAZING cards from the Jellypark Design Team plus some lovely special guests too!

I chose to work with "Girl With Thank You Bunting" for my card today!

Image: Girl With Thank You Bunting, Jellypark
All proceeds from the sale of this digi will benefit Little Havens!!
It's a simple little 'Thank You' card using the "Premium Pop Up Cards"
Collection from it only took about 5 minutes to put the whole thing together!!

I hope you're enjoying today's hop and will grab the Little Havens digis at the Jellypark Store!

You might find the odd bit of blog candy waiting for you here and there plus we have a special competition too with a lovely prize!


Every order on the website this weekend that includes any of our charity digital stamps will have their name put into a draw to win the chance to win this beautiful set of Jellypark greeting cards!

Competition runs from 8am (GMT) Friday 2nd March 2012 to Sunday 8pm (GMT) 4th March 2012. Buying one or more of the Little Havens charity stamps will give you one entry into the competition. The winner will be drawn at 8pm and the name posted on the blog. Entry open to all our worldwide customers. Claire will contact the winner by email and arrange to send the prize to you - good luck!


Ok, are you all ready to go hopping?

Your next stop is the amazing Suzie McFloozy!

I'm sure she has something special to share today!!
Be sure to jump your way all the way round, there will be a link for the next blog to visit at each stop but if you get lost just hop your way back here again to find your place again.

We hope you all have fun seeing the beautiful crafts and please help us by letting all your friends in the crafting community know about our charity stamps so we can raise lots of money to help Little Havens carry on their amazing work!