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Monday, July 30, 2012

A 50th Birthday Celebration ~ M & M's Melt in Your Mouth Not in Your Hand Blog Hop, Stop # 7

Welcome to Melts in Your Mouth but Not in Your Hands Blog Hop for not one but two beautiful ladies who are beautiful inside and out but have the love and joy of crafting. We are celebrating their birthday with a wonderful candy that is not only beautiful inside but outside and both sides are delicious!!!! What a better treat than to use M&M's for birthday wishes!!!! And, they are both turning 50, but shhhh don't spread the rumor as who would ever believe you after looking at their picture!

We have a super wonderful group of crafters to help wish not only Kimberly Pate but Rachelle Larsen a super very happy Birthday. Our hop begins with Kimberly Pate at in case you just happened to stop at my blog to visit me. Don't get me wrong, but since there is such a delicious hop, I wouldn't want you to miss a single stop along the way!!!!! If you have arrived from Amazing Amanda's blog ( then you are following the empty bags of M&M's.

For my projects, I created two cards using M&M's and Stampin Up's Treat Cups. I love using them for many ways to incorporate them. I loved using M&Ms for these projects..gave me a chance to sample a few. Have you tried the Pretzel and Mint M&Ms...Pretzel ones are ok, but mint ones are deadly good...yum.

ANYWAY...To my projects...The first card uses M&Ms for the center of a flower. The Stampin Up sweet center stamp set has the flower petal stamp. I stamped 8 of them using red ink on pink paper to give it the same shade of pink as the ribbon. Then I used pop dots to make a few of petals stand out. I love the way it turned out. I used another Stampin Up sentiment and added some Stickles and glittery flower ribbon for some bling. The M&M's are the pretzel and regular. I picked colors that'd match the ribbon.

My next card has M&Ms as a hot air balloon. I used a turquoise card and matching ribbon...then, I added some festive polka dot paper with colors to tie to the M&M's.  I added glittery red Stickles to the hot air balloon bags to add some bling (I always add bling to my cards).  Unfortunately, I didn't have time to print a cute birthday sentiment...If you have any ideas, please leave me a comment!

Have an awesome day, Ladies!!!!

Your next stop along the way is Beautiful Belinda is your next stop, I have included the complete line-up just in case you would happen to get lost along the way or at too many M&M's.

  1. Kimberly ~
  2. Rachelle ~
  3. Lynne ~
  4. Lisa Peters ~
  5. Miriam ~
  6. Amanda~
  7. Angie ~ (Me  :)  )
  8. Belinda ~
  9. Janet ~
  10. Lucy ~
  11. Lisa Woodward ~
  12. Edwina~
  13. Rhonda  ~

There is a wonderful group of sponsors to help us with the celebration but as with everything else, there are rules and regulations which will be noted with each sponsor.

After a long afternoon of crafting, deadline rushes for orders and posts, what would be better than a prize package from SimplySilverton-a soap and paperworks company?  This prize pack will include 2-4oz. handmade luxury soap and and a pound of bath salt soak.  To be eligible, please show your blog love to our participants by leaving comments and following their blogs, and also visiting and liking their page at

Lucy Kelleher - Independent Consultant for Close to My Heart is donating a $10 Gift Certificate which you can use towards any Close to My Heart products in celebration of Kimberly and Rachelle's birthdays! ( To enter to win, you will need to leave a comment on her blog ( and become a follower of her blog. For an additional entry, "Like" her Facebook page at:

The amazingly talented Daisy Collins of “I Love Sketches by Tsunami Rose” has donated a $15 gift certificate to her store ( and a copy of “I Love Sketches By Tsunami Rose” sketches from the month of July! In addition to leaving blog love for all of our participants and following their blogs, please follow for updates and inspiration for Daisy’s sketches and visit and like her fan page at

Lisa Peters of Scrapping with Lisa Designs,, is offering a $20 Gift Certificate to her store for paper piecing or digital designs.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

July Calendar Girlz -- Cheer Up the Lonely day!

Welcome to our July Calendar Girls' Blog Hop. Papercrafts Presents 365 Cards magazine which is our inspiration for these monthly hops which thus became the Calendar Girls. The magazine has Creative Ideas for every day of the year: occasions, holidays, and celebrations including 42 unique holidays!!! These unique holidays are our inspiration. The July unique holidays are:

July 14th Calendar Girls Blog Hop:
National Ice Cream Month: Lisa Woodward
Cell Phone Courtesy Month:
1st: Happy Canada Day- Laura
4th: Independence Day - Lisa
6th: National Fried Chicken Day- Edwina
11th: Cheer up the Lonely Day - Angie
12th: Teddy Bear Picnic Day - Lisa
14th: National Nude Day - Miriam
20th: National Lollipop Day - Kimberly
23rd: National Hotdog Day - Janet
24th: Amelia Earhart Day   Anita  
25th: Threading the Needle Day -
28th: National Chocolate Milk Day - Kimberly
29th: National Lasagna Day - Lisa
30th: National Cheesecake Day -Janet

The hop starts with Lisa Woodward ( You won't want to miss a single calendar event not to mention the weddings, graduations, birthdays -- ok, you get the idea!!!! 

The line-up for JULY includes:
Angie: (YOU ARE HERE!)

Stop by and check out these holidays as I am sure you are going to want to remember these holidays and include them in your card making projects!!!!! We will have blog candy to the lucky recipient that remarks on each site along the way! Thanks for stopping by and mark your calendar again next month to see what Holidays to Celebrate on August 11th for the next Calendar Girls Blog Hop!

My job has become nuts with our fiscal year end, so I have not had much time to craft. I am so thankful for groups like Calendar Girls to give me a reason and excuse to work on a card. I created this card for a friend who needed some encouragement. I used a red cardstock paper base and added a strip of light blue and coordinating ribbon. I used the Cricut to cut out a sun using Simply Charmed cartridge. I love the little sunglasses. I embellished the lenses with some purple Stickles and drew a cute smile.
I hope this will add some sweet sunshine to your day! :)

Miriam: is you're next stop!
Have fun and a great July! ~ Angie