Saturday, October 1, 2011


Welcome to the Paper Wishes BLOG HOP -   we are so glad you are here to help us celebrate World Card Making Day!   Some card making day trivia for you:
Today, card making is a worldwide hobby, especially popular in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
1 in 6 U.S. households participates in making cards
86% of scrapbookers also create handmade cards
92% of paper crafters create cards more than any other type of project
Be sure to check out all the blogs in this blog hop, as well as visit the Paper Wishes message board as there are tons of things going on there today, all sponsored by Paper Wishes, with loads and loads of great prize packages!  You don’t want to miss a chance to win!
This blog hop gives you TWO ways to win!!!
First – leave a comment on ALL THE BLOGS and a random drawing will be done to choose the winner, who will get a prize package from Paper Wishes.
Second – play H.O.T.P. (Hot Off The Press) bingo with us. 
·         Visit each blogger on the blog hop to find their bingo square.  (Make a note of the blog name for each square too!)
·          Click on this link to find the official BINGO CARD. (If you aren’t a member of the Paper Wishes message board yet, you are not only missing loads of fun but you may need to register to access the bingo card!)
·         To win, you will need to make a bingo (4 squares in a row, horizontal, vertical or diagonal) by doing what it shows in each square.  There are some free squares; there are some where you just have to post something specific on the message board, and there are some that tell you to use something.  Where it tells you to USE something, that means to make a project (any kind of papercrafting project – a card, an ATC, a bookmark, a tag, etc.) with the item listed in that square.
·         When you have your BINGO ready, follow these directions: 
o   Go to the Paper Wishes Message Board and click on “post reply” on THIS THREAD.
o   In your reply tell us the four squares you are using for your bingo. 
o   Tell us the square number AND the name of the blog for any squares you are using that were mentioned on a blog.
o   Post the items for each square in your reply, including a picture of the project you made for any square with directions to USE something.
·         We will randomly select a winner from all the correct bingo entries!  Be sure that we have either your blog address or your email so that we know how to contact you if you are a winner!!! 
·         Your bingo must be posted to the Paper Wishes message board not later than midnight U.S. eastern time on Sunday, October 2 to be eligible for the prize drawing!


Here are all the participating blogs for this blog hop:

Sam   (you are here!)

Now before you go, I want to share with you a card I made from SCRAPS left over from my Paper Wishes Little Prints & Patterns paper pad; I just love this set and am definitely going to have to order another very soon!    I also used some of my Memory Thread from Paper Wishes, twisting the hot pink and turquoise together, with the little chipboard tag!  Since all our Card Making Day activities are cooking or food-themed this year I thought this would work - had the little cherry chipboard in my stash from heaven knows where...thanks for looking!

So on with the fun – it doesn’t matter where you start the blog hop, just see where you are on the list above and make sure you visit them all and leave some sweetness behind!

Friday, September 30, 2011

World Card Making Day - TOMORROW!!!!

Tomorrow is the big day - World Card Making Day!! 

Come on over to the PAPER WISHES MESSAGE BOARD and join all the fun activities we have planned.  There will be lots of prize packages from Paper Wishes/Hot Off The Press available to win!

And check back here tomorrow morning - starting at 9 a.m. Eastern time and all the way thru 7 p.m. Eastern time, we are having a BLOG HOP with more fun and more ways to win prizes!!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Some salvaged projects...

A few weeks ago I got some really cute new Halloween stamps - and some new paper found its way into my cart last weekend....I was cleaning up the tiny crafting area I have Sunday and ran across a couple of cards I'd stamped the new images onto, just to see how they looked ... and never did anything else with them.  Decided I really should try to finish those up, even though I'd stamped directly onto the completely undecorated card base.  Why I didn't just use a piece of printer paper I can't tell you.  Sometimes I wonder about my!! 

Anyway, here are my now finished projects - 2 using the new stamps and all using the new paper pad.  I also played around a little with my new Tim Holtz Scallops edge die.  Tim ROCKS! 

The stamps are Impression Obsession's "Laundry Night" and "Birds on Broom"...the paper is from My Mind's Eye "Lost and Found - Union Square" 6x6 pad...LOVE this paper!!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

World Card Making Day!!

Well, it is almost here - Saturday, October 1 is World Card Making Day!   We are planning a ton of fun things to do on the Paper Wishes message board, and Paper Wishes is giving us a truckload of cool prize packages to give away for all the events, so come on over and join the fun!  We even have the owner of Paper Wishes, Paulette Jarvey, and some her most excellent designers judging some of the entries!

This year most of our activities are centered around a cooking/food theme...guess we were just hungry when planning them all...but if you aren't now you will be!

Come join us for...

H.O.T.P. (Hot Off The Press) Bingo Blog Hop

Make a Cake!  (anything but a card)

What's for Dinner?  (a card challenge)

Make a Placemat!  (a layout challenge)

Message board scavenger hunt

Cookie recipe exchange

Cooking Trivia

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Christmas Card "Sister" challenge...

Today I wanted to share a Christmas card challenge my sis and I is what her challenge was:

Christmas theme.
Colors: Black, white & bright color of your choice
2 punches:   1 border -- 1 other of your choice
stamped image of your choice!
So here is her card, followed by mine!  I thought it was funny that she chose green and I chose red as our bright colors!  But I love her ornament, and I love my reindeer!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I'm a Winner!!!!

WOOHOOO I'm a winner, chicken dinner!  My very first Waltzingmouse Waltz and I won the random drawing from comments for a free stamp set of my choice!  Now how cool is that, I ask you?  My cart was just the teeniest tiniest bit overflowing as it was so this will make my credit card whinge a bit less!!!  I'm so excited - I've never won anything anywhere before!!!!! 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Do you know about Waltzingmouse Stamps???

Just love the stamp sets that WMS (Waltzingmouse Stamps) puts out...I don't have many sets yet but that will change for sure!
This month the "waltz" is to make a Halloween favorite season!

The first one uses the WMS Gingham & Co. stamp set...but next time there is a Halloween theme at WMS I will for sure have snagged some of Claire's Halloween themed sets, they are just awesome!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Today, we remember...

that freedom is not free.  

This is a wonderful tribute found on the public domain and reposted on You-Tube, click the "freedom isn't free link" to see it.

So, today and every day, we remember with gratitude all those who have sacrificed; all those who gave their all so that we have freedom today; and all the families who have suffered and mourned as a result.  The count is high.  The list below does not include many other confrontations or actions where American soldiers paid the price so we could have the freedoms we have today.  (Source:  Wikipedia here.)

Grand total for
all conflicts:  1,343,812 deaths   1,529,230 wounded   38,159 missing

Some of the major ones:

World War I   116,516 deaths   204,002 wounded     3,350 missing

World War II   405,399 deaths   670,846 wounded   30,314 missing

Koren War       53,686 deaths     92,134 wounded     4,759 missing

Vietnam War    58,209 deaths   153,303 wounded     2,489 missing

Afghanistan        1,747 deaths      9,971 wounded           1 missing

Iraq War            4,430 deaths    31,965 wounded           2 missing

9/11 Attacks      2,977 deaths                  ?                             ?

And we remember also all those in the military, all our police and firefighters and all those who serve to protect and defend us and pray for their protection and safekeeping.

The Soldier
It is the soldier, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag,
who serves under the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.

By Charles M. Province, copyright 1970, 2010.


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Pink & Black challenge...

This is another sister challenge we did a while back - this one was specifically because we wanted to try out a new toy - wooden frame spacers for the Cuttlebug that I found at Crop Stop (you can get them here, there is an oval one and a rectangular one and they both work great!)...then we added pink and black to the challenge just for fun.

Here's Pat's card:
And here's mine; this is one of my favorites; I love the colors, the birds, the polka dots, love it!  And I had just picked up the cute bird stamp at HL so of course had to try that out too!

Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Another of our 'sister challenges'...

This time my sister did the challenge and it was to create a card with an embossed background and 4 embellishments.

Her card is first, isn't it gorgeous?  And then mine after!  I used some Martha Stewart flowers I had in my stash; some memory thread from Paper Wishes for the stems and a sun from a brad buddy set I also got from Paper Wishes...paper from stash.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Holy Cow - time flies whether you are having fun or not!

Have had 'get back to the blogging' on my to-do list for ages but was shocked when I saw my last post was in January -- holy cow.  And while there has been a lot of fun going on since then, mostly there has been a lot of work stuff ... and after a full day on the computer at work a lot of times I just don't feel much like getting back online in the evenings...I'm betting some of you feel the same way!  But I have to stop the whining...which this blog has been doing ("Sam, where are you?  I'm LONELY, no one to talk to...") and I can't stand whining so I'm going to try to do better with this.

One of the fun things is a little card challenge my sister and I do with each other.  We take turns coming up with card challenges...just whatever we feel like.  Sometimes we are trying out a new gadget or punch, sometimes a new kind of paper or a new technique...we make the challenge, send pictures to each other and then start all over again.

For the rest of this year, we decided to make our challenge card but also to make a Christmas card of our choice...or we can meet the challenge with a Christmas card and satisfy our rule!

And we just finished my turn -- My challenge was to use paisley with the colors red and black.  So here are pictures of my sister's card; she took advantage of the two for one option and hers is a Christmas card also.  Then my cards -- the challenge card plus my Christmas one, which comes from a Paper Wishes card kit - so easy, love those kits!  Now we both want a punch that will cut the focal this Christmas card has!  Anybody know of one?

My sister Pat's card:

My card:
My Christmas card:

Thanks for dropping by!

Monday, January 24, 2011

My name is Sam, and I'm addicted to crafting stuff!

I have been trying to figure out what kind of craft furniture, cabinets, etc., I need to make my crafting area look better.  But I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that maybe I need to NOT BUY SO MUCH CRAFT STUFF!   (ack)  - but, then I ran across a coupon I had for Unity Stamping for 30% off, so off I trotted to see what they had online and ended up ordering (just a few) things...Then my sister told me SU is starting one of their Sale-a-brations tomorrow.   (double ack).  So I ended up ordering  (just a few more) things there too...And we will not mention the state of my shopping cart at Paper Wishes...(I said we will NOT metnion that, aren't you listening to me??!!) 

I don't have room for what I have.  I have no idea what makes me think I need to order more stuff.  But honestly - some of it just speaks to me and it has to come live here...{SIGH}.   Perhaps I should start a 12-step program for myself and those of you in the same boat...

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Wel, I said when I made my first blog post I wasn't sure I was cut out to be a guess I've proven that, since I haven't posted since October!!! I am going to try to do better! 

So lately - I've been trying to figure out what to do with my crafting area to give me more storage (as not buying more craft stuff is obviously NOT an option!!!)  and make it look better as well, since we live in basically a large but open one-room kind of space, so it is always visible.  My husband had a guy working upstairs to take out a sliding glass door on one wall and replace it with a wall and a window, and had hoped he could make me something, and he can -- but of course it will cost a fortune.  So looking at other options.  Ordered an IKEA catalog to see what they have and looking at Lowe's to see what they have...and hubby is right, looks like I can get pretty close to what I think I want at much less than having someone build it...

But I have actually made a very few cards in recent are some of my recent ones.

This first one was for the "Going Dotty" challenge over at Paper Wishes message board.  It required spots and dots, and to do something you hadn't done before...So I made this, which included the use of a Tim Holtz "fragment" on the front, with a sentiment rub-on.  Then I added white pearl bling with my I-rock!  I've had fragments forever and used them on frames but had never used one on a card before, and had never tried a rub-on on a fragment. 

And this one was for the "Like It, Love It, Gotta Have It" challenge at Paper Wishes...basically a 'split negative' challenge...I love this chick stamp and rarely use it, but think this came out pretty well, for my first try at doing this technique:

This one was for the monthly card swap on Paper Wishes, which was to do a thank you card including use of paints or spritzes.  I love how this came out.   I used a stencil and spritzed the tree/bird scene onto the card first, added a sentiment stamp, then covered it with vellum, added the borders, and blinged it up with the I-rock.

Paper Wishes had another challenge to make a card with a musical / song theme, and this is the front and inside of the card I made for that may not be able to see the music notes on the backgrond paper...

These two tags were made for a Paper Wishes papercrafting swap, to make a thank you tag.  The one on the right includes the use of my new favorite tool - Epiphany Crafts button studio!  LOVE LOVE it!

And my last pics for today - this is a thank you card I made (outside, then inside) to send to a friend of my nephew who hosted him while he was on a vacation in Vietnam recently:

Please come back tomorrow, maybe you can help me solve a mystery...I'm going to post a picture of a gadget I found in my supplies, bought years and years ago, for which I hope someone out there in blog-land can tell me what it's for...because...I've slept since then, and am clueless.  (Regretfully a state of mind I find myself in more and more these days!)

Bye for now, thanks for looking.  I'm off to input some more recipes - we are doing a 60th family reunion cookbook and I'm the editor.  (Translation of "editor" = I get to type all the recipes in.)