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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Versatile Blog Award recipient

I was selected as one of 7 bloggers to receive "The Versatile Blogger" award.  I've seen this cool award passed around before and am so happy to be a recipient!


As a recipient of The Versatile Blogger Award, there are 3 rules to follow…
  1. Thank the person who awarded you.
  2. Tell 7 things about yourself that your readers may not know.
  3. Award 7 other bloggers with this award.
I am so very thankful to my sweet blog friend, Ms. Judy (a.k.a. Moose Lady) from Scrappin' Nana...I just love her moose avatar!  It makes me smile each time I see it.  It's so wonderful to meet fellow bloggers and paper crafters.  Thanks, Ms. Judy, for this fun award.  I'm honored and so happy to have "met" you through our blogs... :)

Rather than state the obvious (ie. how much I love my hubby and kids and family), I am going to state 7 things make me smile...

1.  My hubby doing the dishes...(don't have a pic of this)
2.  My kids laughing and getting along...

3.  Christmas decorations, lights, and homebaked cookies.

4.  Dunkin Donuts coffee...

5.  Working with things that glitter and shine...

6.  Traveling...Someday, I will get one of these!!!
 7.  Googly eyes...

Now on to my nominations for the "Versatile Blog Award."  I hope you spend time clicking their picture to check out their creative blogs.  I am always amazed when I do.  I have such fun and creative blog friends!!

1.  Rachel (my fab sis) at Yarn Over ... she is definitely one versatile blog momma!  I love her whit, taste in movies and books, sense of humor, and the fact that she considers a day with a hot cup of tea, pastry, and yarn or good book (or both, because she can do 10 or more things at once) her best day EVER!...

2.  Crystal at Rustic Daisy.  I met Crystal at a crop one night about 1 1/2 - 2 years ago...I actually think I pee'd myself from laughing the first time we met.  She will say just about anything that crosses her mind and most of the time it's hilarious.  Crystal is one of the most artistic people I know and has the "Taj Majal" of craft supplies!  It is because of her that I even got into card making.  In fact, I should start sending her my Paypal bills for craft supplies!  LOL...  

3.  Belinda at Bee's Hive of Drama.  Belinda just makes me laugh and I love that.  On top of being super funny, she is crafty...which I consider a lethal combo! :)  I have to be careful not to read her blog while the kids are sleeping next to me...I'd wake them from bouncing the bed and snorting from laughing. :)

4.  Amanda at Crafts by Amanda.  I met Amanda during a "blog hop" and card exchange.  I just love her whimsical happy designs.  She is also new to this card game.  So fun to see what she has cooking...

5.  Wendy Roo and Gilby from Gilby's Craftster.  Wendy and I have partnered up on a couple of blog hops and exchanges.  She is one of the sweetest and most patient person I have met in this blog world.  She is also very creative and gets all of her coolest ideas from her sweet doggy, Gilby.  :)  Gilby, Gigi sends her licks and hugs for a speedy recovery!

6.  Sarah from Simply Sarah.  I also met Sarah through hopping and exchanging cards.  I just love her designs and the cuteness factor that goes into most of her projects.  I am a huge fan of cute and whimsical.  It was always a treat to get her cards in the mail for our exchanges.  They were always one of my favorites.  

7.  Last but not least is, Tracy from Tracy's Cricut Corner.  Tracy and I both participate in September Ninth's Tacky Tuesday Challenges.  On more than two occasions, I have swiped ideas from the cards that Tracy has designed.  I recently discovered her blog and am a new follower.  She has some of the most adorable card designs...
  
Many thanks to Ms. Judy at Scrappin Nana for awarding this award to me.  I hope it continues along to other fun and versatile blogs out there!!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Hanafuda (Japanese) Birthday Easel Card

Growing up in Hawaii, I used to play a Japanese card game called hanafuda.  It was the inspiration for my brother's birthday card....
Hanafuda decks consist of 4 card sets of images for each month of the year....For October, it's the deer and maple.  I wanted some of the images to have a 3-D effect.  I printed two of each image and ran them through my Xyron to ensure they bonded down to the cardstock to them sturdy.
After the Xyron, I posted them down to cardstock....
Using my Cutterbee scissors, I cut a few of the images out and added pop dots.  The effect came out very nice...(although the photo is a bit blurry)

I made the card an easel card with the sentiment, 
"It doesn't matter if you win or lose... It's how you play the game!"
Happy Birthday Brandon!!!  You are one cool bro!

Never-Ending / Everlasting Bday Card

If you have ever wanted to try a fun, easy card design, you must give the Never-Ending / Everlasting / Endless card a try....It's called "endless" or "never-ending," because as you open..you keep flipping and flipping to reveal the designs over and over again.  Because it's just easier to show than to explain, please check out my quick vid:


video


This card looks more difficult than it was to make...In fact, I would say it was one of the easiest I've made.  The only challenge is coming up with 4 designs and getting all the pieces set up in the right direction so that words aren't upside down.  To me, that was fun.  The best and easiest to follow directions were at Robin's Craft Room.  She did the best job at explaining the process.  I am simple and need simple, clear instructions.


Here is each flap...I used somewhat stiff cardstock to ensure the card was sturdy.  A cool, college student friend of mine drew the dragon...I colored it in image with markers.  I added some paper ribbon and accented things with Stickles.  I love sparkle.
The person I made this card for loves red, purple, and green...so I incorporated those colors into this card.  She loved it.





I made this Dragon card for a neighbor friend, Ashleigh.  She said it was, BY FAR, the coolest card she has ever seen....You know, it must be cool if a 12 yr old says it is.  LOL!
Hope you get a chance to try the card...It was fun and the recipient will LOVE it!  ~ Angie

Monday, October 3, 2011

Trick or TREAT!!!!...TREAT for the winners!


Open your treat bags, Ladies!  We have 3 winners...

We had such a fun hop and the bloggers that participated created such fun projects...Many thanks to everyone that stuck with us through the breaks in the hop and confusion in the line up!  Big time apologies..but for those that did stick with us and left comments along the way... BIG MONSTER HUGS! :)


Ok Frank N. Stein...bang that drum...drum roll, please!!!  Chosen by Random.org....
Congratulations go to:  Tracy Suzanne, Amanda, and Judy!!!  
You all have won some amazing prizes....
from a few of my fave web shops:  


I will attempt to contact you, but please check in here...too! :)  The bats and ghosts are squealing for ya!

Happy Haunting!  ~ Angie

Sunday, October 2, 2011

World Cardmaking Day Creations

(If you are looking for the Trick or Treat Blog Hop, please click HERE.  There is still time to win a chance for 3 TREATS...Random.org drawing on Monday a.m.)

Simple Owl Thank-You card ... I just love the owl from Wild Cards Cricut Cartridge.  I use it all the time.  I like to add Stickles, Googly eyes, and glasses...all WISE owls need glasses. :)

I am giving this to our assistant who completely emptied my filing pile!  I created a little pocket at the bottom of the card by folding the end up and added some Owl ribbon (my favorite..hope I can find more of it).  I put a Starbucks gift card in there.

This is a sympathy card that I made for another co-worker, who lost her brother.  This card just "happened." I randomly chose scraps of matching colors and used a sentiment I recently purchased from Verve Stamps.  I used Creative Memory paper ribbon and embellished it with Stickles.  The tree was cut using the Serenade cart from Cricut.  I embellished the tree with a sparkly yellow Stickle.  (If you can't tell, I lovvve Stickles!)

I hope you had a great weekend!  I will be posting more cards... I have 3 special birthday ones to make this week!!  Then, Halloween is around the corner... Weeeeeeeeeeeeee..... :)