Dylan's card for me!

Hey y'all!  For those of you that don't know, this has been the most dynamic 2 months of my life!  I opened the RibbonCarousel.com shop, almost stroked out with extreme high blood pressure, and had my 14 year old step-son, Dylan, move in with me just last weekend.  So from out-of-shape empty-nesting crafty inventor to stay-at-home mom of teenage boy in one short week.  WOWZER!
Here is Dylan, doing his homework this evening.  He is such a great kid, so sweet, sassy and wonderful.  He just needs a little guidance and confidence and he can do ANYTHING he puts his mind to.  He called my son Ian today, sharing his accomplishments in school already.  He is adjusting very well and seems to be embracing our very loving and structured lifestyle.

He took a little time out to make me a card.  I really LOVE it and thought I would share it with y'all.


Riley and I sign our letters to each other Love You x3 (times three).  Dylan wanted to make a play on words here and used  x Google (instead of oodle, which I found so sweet!) 

Since we've had to adjust to school, get supplies, new school clothes, cologne, groceries, haircut and all that a teen boy needs to survive, I haven't made it to my desk for some crafting yet this week.  Hopefully, tomorrow will be the day that I get to the desk.  Have a great day!

Catered Crop FTR8 For You, Duckie

Hey everyone!! It's time for another Catered Crop Follow The Recipe Challenge! :D


The last time my nephew Duckie came to visit, he colored some images for me and asked me to make him something with them.  His favorite color is Hot Pink, so I made a cute basket with his images for him following the FTR8 recipe. :D






I've italicized the items that "follow the recipe":
  • Pattern Paper – Mini prints from Emma's Paper by Crate Paper
  • Colors – Pink, Yellow, Green
  • Stamps – Bunny, Garden from CTMH D1454 Sensation Season Stamp Set (Duckie)
  • Color Mediums –  Memento Tuxedo Black, Derwent Watercolor Pencils (Duckie)
  • Embellishments – PTI Button,SU seam-binding ribbon, Crochet Flower made by Danielle Lounds
  • Tools – Die cuts from PTI dies: Basket, lace doily
  • Techniques – WOW, no techniques this time. I better get on the ball!
  • Theme – Spring, Easter
  • Shapes – Circles
  • Miscellaneous – Duckie's artwork
 Come play along with us for your chance to be a "Best Baker" or to win the $20 prize awarded by Paper Garden Projects.  It's a great online store!!  Just click HERE to join the Catered Crop Linking Party. You have until Thursday, March 31, 8:00 PM CST.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll see y'all back here Monday for There She Goes' 100th Challenge!! :D

TSG's April Release Party is tonight!

TSG's April release party is here!

Wahoo, release day is here!! All week long the Trendsetters have been giving you sneak peeks of the four brand new stamp sets that will be released tonight. Join us right HERE in the TSG forum for the April release party! Anybody is welcome and we love to meet new people :) The official chat doesn't begin until 6:00 PM Pacific Time (9 PM Eastern) but feel free to stop in at any time during the day to say hello.


Poppies: $18.00 $15.30
Spring Fever: $24.00 $20.40
Chem. 101: $7.00 $5.95
Sweet Pea: $7.00 $5.95

(sale starts tonight at 8:00 PM pacific time)

TSG "My Little Friend" Blog Hop Challenge

I hope you hopped here from Christine's Creations.  If not, you can start the blog hop from the TSG blog for a chance to win a free "My little friend stamp set.

There’s no place like GNOME! Yep…you guessed it! Torico has created a fabulously whimsical set featuring some outstanding gnome images and coordinating sentiments. Clean designs and adorable images characterize Torico’s style, and this set is no different!

My Little Friend is a 6x8 stamp set that includes a total of 31 stamps and will sell for $24.
I used this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 109 (love these Karen!) and my new My Minds Eye Mabel DP.  I will admit, this card is a little on the CAS side for me.  No stitching no pearls or bling or even liquid pearls (a la Danielle), oh my!  But, it turned out kinda pretty all the same!

Would you like a chance to win the My Little Friend stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their My Little Friend Blog Hop Challenge post. After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog and add your name to the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this Blog Hop Challenge post. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator to receive their very own My Little Friend stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday (Mar 26th) during the Release Party Chat.

Now hop on over to Danielle's Blog to see some more fabulous little friends! :D

TSG Technology Bytes/Tulip Blog Hop Challenge


Hey everyone!  Did you come from Christine's Fabulous blog?  If not, you can join the hop at the TSG blog.  Now on to the goodies!

Whether you’re one of those individuals who suffers from technological meltdowns, or you’re one who has the world of technology all figured out; you’ll roll on the floor laughing when you get a look at this hilarious set illustrated by Jessica! She’s covered all of her bases, too…from cell phones to PCs…and she’s included sentiments that will crack up anyone that receives a card created with the set.

Technology Bytes is a 4x8 stamp set that includes a total of 20 stamps and will sell for $18.
Ian and I had discussions about texting and driving and sex (gasp!) when he was here last week.  So I thought this would be a perfect card to kinda cover both bases at once. :P  I love this Basic Gray Wander paper.  I added some hardware....thought ribbons and flowers might be a bit much for my college sophmore.


Spring is in the air, and nothing says spring like tulips! This new set from Chris Dark showcases her flawless and realistic illustration of a single tulip and is paired with several sentiments that coordinate with the image. This set is a must-have for any flower lover!
Tulip is a 3x4 stamp set that includes a total of 8 stamps and will sell for $7.
I love this Curio paper from Basic Grey, but have always had a hard time with the shabby chic look....even though I love, love, love it!!! So, here's my attempt.  'Nuf said.

Would you like a chance to win the Technology Bytes or Tulip stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Technology Bytes/Tulip Blog Hop Challenge post. After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog and add your name to the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this Blog Hop Challenge post. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator to receive their very own Technology Bytes or Tulip stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday (Mar 26th) during the Release Party Chat.

Now hop on over to Danielle's darling blog for more goodness and I'll see you again tomorrow for the last day of the peeks for this month. :D

TSG Out of This World Blog Hop Challenge

Hey everyone!! Welcome to our first day of Sneak Peeks at this month's newest releases!! If you've come from Christine's blog, you're on the right track.  If not, hop on over to the TSG Blog to start at the beginning. :D

Do you know someone who is out of this world, or maybe even someone who could have come from another planet??? If so, then you’ll definitely love this new fabulous and whimsical set illustrated by Melyssa Connolly!
Out of This World is a 4x8 stamp set that includes a total of 19 stamps and will sell for $18.
I decided to make a stair step card to start this blog hop off right!!  I used 4 of the images and 1 sentiment.  I love, love, love this! 


To make the moon surface, I made my own glimmer mist by using the Perfect Pearls in Silver and some water.  Shake it up in a Mini-Mister and Voila!! I UBER love the way it turned out.  The craters are colored with Copics and then Spica pens over for a little more sparkle.
I added Stickles and a little Glossy Accents on the helmet, planet, alien eyes and space ship.





Would you like a chance to win the Out of This World stamp set?

Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Out of This World Blog Hop Challenge post. After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog and add your name to the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this Blog Hop Challenge post. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator to receive their very own Out of This World stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday (Mar 26th) during the Release Party Chat.

Now hop on over to the Delightful Danielle's for some more peeks!

TSG99 Dadisms

Well Hey Y'all!!  It was a slow blogging week for me last week with my wonderful son Ian visiting.  He told me I wasn't allowed in the craft room, so as a good Mama, I obliged.  Well, some of our conversations last week reminded me of some my Dad had with me.  So I thought I'd make him a card :D

Today is Monday which means it's challenge day over at There She Goes!  The challenge is to make a OLC (One Layer Card) stamping on the background cardstock monochromatically.  Then, fussy cut a stamped image and attach.  I loved this challenge! I was done with this card pretty quickly....which of course is relative....but quick for me. :D  Here's my creation:
I used the TSG Dadisms stamp set.  There is a fabulous background stamp set with all kinds of "Dadisms" that were used frequently in my home as I was growing up.  And the inside:


I used the the colors from this weeks Crazy4Challenges79. It's so hard to see but I made the Dad's socks and cuffs pink. Hopefully, that will count!
And here are the Copics that I used:
This week is sneak peek week at TSG!! Be sure to stop by EVERY day this week for a sneak peek at the new release that will happen on Saturday!! :D  Have a great day everyone and see you tomorrow.


For Japan With Love


Do they have ANY idea how difficult this is for me?????? OK, OK, I'm quiet now.....

Katie's Blog Candy is a FREE Ribbon Carousel!!

Hey everyone!  Just wanted to give a BIG shout out to Katie Skiff who has soooooo generously purchased a Ribbon Carousel to give away as blog candy!!! Oh My Goodness....that is the best blog candy ever, if I do say so myself!  So go on over and check it out HERE!
And thank you oodles Katie for always being a great blogger friend!! I always know I can count on your friendship and support and it means the world to me! :D

TSG98 Have A Happy Day!

Hey everyone! Hope you enjoyed a nice weekend and that you're not too tired from "springing ahead". :D  In honor of spring, I thought I'd make a nice bright card for Danielle's sketch challenge over at There She Goes this week using ColourQ's springy colors.


And here's my "springy" card using the "Happy Day" stamp set. 
Now, here's a little quiz....how many stamps did I use to make this card?.......only 2! Can you believe it?  I love this stamp set and was so happy to finally ink it up! :D  My son is home from college for Spring Break, and I've not seen him since September so I'm gonna cut this short.  Have a great day!

FTR7 and TSG97 Precious Moments

Hey everyone!! It has been a very busy week!! But I'm back with a pretty stair step card for this week's Catered Crop FTR7 and TSG97 "Get Krafty" Challenge.

Playing along with the Catered Crop "Follow-the-Recipe" challenge is a piece of cake! You don't have to use the same brand names and you don't have to use all the ingredients. Just pick a few ingredients and then add your own spices to cook up something uniquely yours.

  • Pattern Paper – Plaids or Stripes
  • Colors – Spring, pastel colors
  • Stamps – bunny rabbits, flowers (especially violets)
  • Color Mediums – Copic markers, printer's ink (yep, it's a digital image)
  • Embellishments – pearls, ribbon, felt, flowers
  • Tools – Circle, lace, doily, flower, or curly flourish punches or die cuts
  • Techniques – highlighting around an image, handmade or rolled flower embellishments, tying bows
  • Theme – Spring, Easter, Birthday
  • Shapes – Circles, lace and doilies, curly flourishes.
 Aren't these the cutest bunnies?!!  They are from the newly released There She Goes stamp set Good Times.  Our sponsor is at FTR is Benzie Bazaar and let me tell you, I ordered a TON of their felt and used 7 different colors on this card! :D  Here it is from the side...you can see the clouds better....

And see the boy bunny is bringing the girl bunny his heart.  SO CUTE!!
  • Pattern Paper – Springtime by Echo Park (green), Pebbles (sky)
  • Colors – Spring, pastel colors, KRAFT cardstock for the TSG challenge
  • Stamps – bunny rabbits - TSG Good Times
  • Color Mediums – Copic markers, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Embellishments – FELT from our sponsor Benzie Bazaar, Mini Bling from TE
  • Tools – MFT, PTI, TE Dies
  • Techniques – no real techinques this time....hmmm.....
  • Theme – Spring, Easter, Birthday
  • Shapes – Circle on the sun
We can't wait to see what you cook up.   See you Monday with another TSG challenge. :D

RibbonCarousel.com

Hey everyone!! I have THE most exciting news.... I have finally opened my online store,


Here are the details just for you:

Each Ribbon Carousel holds up to 96 rolls of 3/8" ribbon!  This easy-to-use organizer is compact, using less than 7" square on your workspace. The Ribbon Carousel holds ribbon spools of any size up to 4". Minimal assembly required.
 To use: Simply unscrew the knob on top of the Ribbon Carousel.  Remove the top and place your ribbon spools on any of the 4 posts as desired. 
 Replace the top by lining up the rods to the holes in the underside of the top.  Replace the knob to secure the Ribbon Carousel.

Specifications: Each Ribbon Carousel is approximately 6.85" square and 13.5" tall. 
The manufacturing of each Ribbon Carousel happens here in Kitsap County, WA, USA. The raw materials for each & every part is made in the USA.  (That was kinda important to me.)

So what do you think?  I'll have a blog candy giveaway in April for all those that are followers on FB and here on my blog.  :D  Thanks to everyone that has supported me!! I can't tell you how much I appreciate all of you!
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