Thursday, December 6, 2012

Gratitude - Blog Candy Give Away - UPDATED AGAIN & AGAIN

This post will stay at the top until after the blog candy give away has ended and the winners announced.  I hope this will make things easier for everyone.  The winners will be announced by noon on December 6th.  (Pacific time).


Well I must be a little wacky tonight - I just can't stand the thought of waiting until the end of December to choose the two winners of my blog candy.  I am extremely excited about this give away and don't want to wait any longer so I am going back to how I first set up this give away.  Are you ready for the winners???

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The first winner is:

Shea #24


The winner of package #2 is:

Tammy #11

Congratulations ladies!  If you will email me your addresses I will get the prize packages out early next week.  Thanks so much to each and everyone of you for joining in my blog candy and sharing some of the things you are so grateful for in each of your lives.  I absolutely loved reading every single comment.




I just had a wild thought.  Since it's almost Christmas I think I will extend my blog candy give away until the end of December.  I will add a third prize which means another chance to win.  I sure hope you don't mind if I change the rules a little bit.  I won't be able to post a photo of the new candy until later this week as well as add the photos of the new items added to the first two prizes.  I appreciate your patience my sweet friends and I will get those photos posted as soon as I can this week.  

WooHoo!! - I have reached my first 100 followers and have added a photo of the second prize.  I will be adding photos of one of the extra's for both prizes once I can get the photos taken.  Thanks for blessing my life ladies!!  (12-3-2012)

Please read the details of this give away carefully - I want everyone to have an equal chance at winning prizes.  I have attached a photo of the first prize.  Please keep in mind this is only the beginning and more items will be added throughout the month.  Once I reach 100 followers I will add a photo of the second set of prizes.  I will also add photos of the additional items added to each package.

Hello my dear sweet friends - Happy happy Tuesday!!  

It's so hard to believe we are so close to the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013.  I remember my grandma and mom always saying how time goes by so much faster the older they get.  I finally understand what they were talking about.  I do however love this time of year and the upcoming holidays.  I truly believe in the Attitude of Gratitude  but not just for this time of year but for every single day.  Sometimes when I think about all the challenges I have had in life and am currently going through I wonder if there is anything to be thankful for - and every time I start making my gratitude list I realize I am blessed beyond measure.

GRATITUDE!!  That's what this blog candy is all about.  I want to keep this simple and yet interactive with each of you.  This give away starts right now and ends on Wednesday December 5th at midnight (Pacific time).  All you need to do is:
  1. Be a follower of my blog (unless you are already).
  2. List 3 things you are grateful for in your comments to me.  It doesn't have to be anything elaborate - just from your heart.  (You can list more than 3 if you want).
  3. Fill out the Simply-Linked form on the Top Upper Right Side of my Blog.  Add your name where it says "Link Title" and then add your email and blog URL.  This is how I will gather the information needed to choose the winners through the Random Generator. 
As a bonus since I have almost reached my first 100 amazing followers  I want to start celebrating early.  Once I reach the 100 mark - I am going to add another prize.  Yep - that way there will be two prizes instead of one.  So dear friends that gives you two chances to win.

Blog Candy Prize Two
Blog Candy Prize One

It's just a simple way for me to say Thank You to each of you for becoming a follower, brightening my world and making a difference.  I am truly grateful for each of you.  So please join in and lets share what we are grateful and thankful for.  

I am so incredibly grateful for:
  • The amazing Lord above who gave His life for me and has never given up on me.
  • My two loving, beautiful (inside and out), funny, smart and amazing daughters, Lynette and Tiffany.
  • My two handsome, funny, adorable, tender and smart grandsons, Logan and Jared.
  • The never ending love, encouragement and support from my family, friends and cyber-friends who have blessed my life in so many ways.  And yes, that includes Hercules.
  • A warm and safe place to live, food, clothing, 
  • Every soldier who fights for our freedom every single day and the sacrifices it takes to do so.  You are the true HEROES!!
  • Waking up each day to new beginnings and possibilities.
  • The sound of my daughters and/or grandson's voices and laughter on the phone.
  • Watching Hercules frantically fluffing his pillow to make it just right for his nap.
  • Tank (my sisters pit bull) who wants nothing more than to sleep at (actually on)  my feet and his excitement when I say "Go get your rope" so I can toss it and he can chase it and bring it back over and over again.  It melts my heart to see him so happy and how he jumps so high and runs so fast across the back yard chasing down that rope.
There has been so much loss and yet I am beyond grateful.  Ironically I wouldn't have asked for any of it and yet I wouldn't change any of it.  And that's because I am learning more and more every day that God is ultimately in control and I can trust Him.

I am really looking forward to reading all of your comments about what you are thankful and grateful for in your life.

With hugs and smiles


P.S.  Just remember the photos of the blog candy doesn't show everything that will be included in the final packages. At least once a week I will add something new to each package as a bonus. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Challenge 43 - Tuesday Alchemy - Anything but a Card

Hello again my special friends - It's only been 5 hours since my last post.  Times passes quickly because as you are reading this I am at the hospital with my sister.  Both of us will be glad when her surgery is done and she can finally start feeling better.  Bless her heart - she just had knee surgery 5 months ago.  I am hoping this will be her last surgery for a very long time.

This week's challenge at Tuesday Alchemy is "Anything Goes but a Card".  Sounds pretty easy doesn't it??  Here is the link to Tuesday Alchemy Challenge Blog.  All you need to do is join in the challenge and show us what you got this week.  We have two sponsors this week and they are:

Di's Digi Downloads - $10.00 Gift Card 

Hugs4theHeart Designs on Etsy - $10.00 Gift Card 

Di's Digi's are really really cute and it looks like I might need to do a little shopping this week.  And of course - the last sponsor is silly ole' me - but this is my baby and I love sharing from my heart.

This week I am sharing an altered chipboard clipboard (boy try and say that fast 3 times).  I couldn't do it - and yes, I tried (several times).  Anyway one of my dearest friends is going through a challenging time right now and I wanted to make her something as a "Just Because" surprise.  I have included photos of just a couple of the pages in this album.  The clipboard itself is 6" x 6" and I covered it in pink cardstock and then added several patterned pink and green cardstocks to each page of the album.  These album pages are about 4.5" x 6" and I attached it to the left side with 1" rings and miscellaneous ribbons.  I wanted her to be able to hang up the clipboard if she wanted so I added ribbon on the right side to keep the album closed.  You can see where I added some simple but heartfelt sentiments along with stamped images and bling.  This was a quick and easy album and that's just the way I like it sometimes.  

So my dear friends - please join us this week.  The design team has some amazing projects this week and you can find them on the TA challenge blog along with the DT's blogs.  I am so looking forward to seeing what you create this week.

And as a final reminder - there are two more days until my blog candy give away closes.  

With hugs and smiles


PS - I sure use a lot of pinks and green's in my projects don't I????

Challenge 14 - Twist of Faith - "Light"

Happy Tuesday my dear sweet friends - this is just the beginning of my posting today.  I will be back in a while with my second post for the day.  I think I will call Tuesday's my "Two 4 Tuesdays Challenge Day".

I sure hope you are doing well.  And just in case you have missed it - there are two more days left in my blog candy give away.  The details are listed at the top post on my blog.

Today's challenge with Twist of Faith is called - "Light" - "Let there be Light".  Your card should depict LIGHT - a light source such as the sun, moon, a lamp, a candle, etc.  And make sure you include a scripture, quote or uplifting sentiment that follows this weeks theme. 

Our wonderful sponsor this week is Pholkart Blessings who will be giving this weeks random chosen winner their choice of two digital images.  You can read more about Patty and her wonderful shop on the Twist of Faith Challenge Blog.  

I love this sweet image and had so much making this card.  As you can tell (I hope) I tried to add some light (sparkle and shine) by adding a few different textures.  For the manger I added some gold, silver and white tinsel to create the look of straw.  Added stickles to the star and around the outside edges of the reddish background paper as well as all the swirls around the baby.  I color the images with Copics.  There is a scripture sentiment on the inside of the card however silly me forgot to take a photo of that.  I was out running errands with my sister most of today as we had lots to do for her to be ready for surgery at 6:30 AM today.  I am hoping I can post a photo of the inside of the card later today - it just depends on how her surgery goes.

The Twist of Faith Design Team has some great cards to share with you this week.  I hope you will check out their blogs and all the links are on the Twist of Faith Challenge Blog.  Please join in this week ladies - we would all love to see what you create for this challenge.

Until later today - have a blessed day!!

Hugs and smiles

Monday, December 3, 2012

Ch 39 - Tammy's Scrappin Corner - Christmas Anything Goes

Happy happy Monday my dear sweet friends -

Wow - what a weekend - it was so busy running all around town getting lots of tasks out of the way.  What about you?  How was your weekend??

This week at Tammy's Scrappin Corner its time for challenge #39 - "Anything Christmas".  Boy oh boy did the design team make some amazing projects this week.  So much inspiration and extremely happy to be a part of this group of such talented women.  Please check out their blogs and leave a little comment if you have the time.  You can find all their links listed on my right side bar.  Our guest designer this week is Adrienne Crist - and she has made a gorgeous card.  The link to her blog is:

We have two wonderful sponsors this week and they are:

I used an image from A Day for Daisies called - Warm in Winter and decided to create some Christmas Tags.  As you will be able to see - I have only made on so far and probably won't be able to finish the rest of them until the weekend.  

A Day for Daisies - Warm in Winter Digi Image

It was a lot of fun using this sweet image and of course I wanted to add some dimensional snow to the branch.  I colored a part of the image with copics, inked the edges for a vintage look and added a button and a bow to finish the top of the tag.  I used cardstock from Fancy Pants Designs called "St. Nick".  

Thanks for spending some time with me today and I am really looking forward to what you create this week.  

With hugs and smiles always


BTW - Only two more days left for my blog candy give away - you can't win if you don't enter and I am really excited to see who the two winners will be.

I am also entering this project into the following challenges: