Just Rite Winner

I'm still out of town, but I had time to pick a winner before we start our long drive back to
San Diego. On Monday or Tuesday I will have a new post. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and Thanksgiving.

My winner is:

Great notecards, Latisha! Thanks for the opportunity to win!--Amy
November 29, 2008 5:04 PM

Amy please email me your address :)

Cute Set & MY BLOG CANDY GIVE AWAY

This is a super quick project to make as a gift, or for even yourself.  I made a set of 6 monogram notecards for my sister, using some Just Rite product and left over scraps that we all have
Here are a few of the things that I will be using, 
Just Rite Monogram stamp set, I'm using the Curlz set and the mini alpha
ribbon
left over patterned paper
some sort of punch or nesties

The note cards are 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches, this is just one sheet of paper with those dimmensions.  Next find some scrap paper, I cut mine at 1 1/2 by 4 1/4 and layer it at the top of the cardstock. Next up is tying your ribbon, depending if you are going to just knot your ribbon or tie a bow the length will vary, if you want to conserve ribbon, I suggest just tying a knot.  Using the little Alpha set from Just Rite, I wrote out my sisters name, then using the large curlz alpha, I placed the letter "k" underneath her name (last name starts with a k)  To make it easy, I stamped the entire image in black, I liked that border so thats why I picked it, it comes with 4 or 5 different borders.  After stamping the monogram, punch it out with your favorite punch (i used a SU scallop punch) or nesties, which would look awesome because you can emboss with them too.  Forgot to add, I use dimmensionals to pop up the monogram over the ribbon.
I wanted to put the notecards in a cute package, so I put it in one of those plastic card boxes.  I first wrapped hunter green satin ribbon around it, held it in place with double sided tape, and then wrapped the orange gingham ribbon around  the box and tied a bow.  I ran some twine through a button and then put a glue dot over the twine and placed it in the center of the knot, its the little details that make a simple project, into something awesome.  I had an extra punched out monogram so I added that to the front of the card box as well.
Now for some Blog Candy!!
to win this ensemble,
just leave a comment
Winner will be picked on Sunday Nov. 30
and check out the Flourishes blog for the winners list
You can get an extra chance at winning this if  over at Paper Craft Planet, you join the Flourishes group,   Its free to sign up.  
Not to mention all the free stuff that is going to be given away starting today, its called the 12 days of Christmas and each day a different stamp Company is giving away free stuff, so you don't want to miss that

Stay tuned, tomorrow I will let you know what other Flourishes DT will be giving stuff away.  All winners will be announced on the Flourishes Blog on Nov. 30th
All Just Rite products will go on Sale Dec. 1st (25%) at the Flourishes Web Store

Happy Thanksgiving, burp cloths & blog candy, oh my

Happy Thanksgiving
I hope all of you are having a wonderful day!
As I said in an earlier post, this is the first time in 10 years that we have made it home for Thanksgiving, due to the fact that my husband is in the military and we have been on the opposite coast (east) from our family, except this year (for a month longer).  So we have made the 10 hour drive to be with my Dad & siblings.  My sister had a baby about 10 days ago, so I decided to make her some burp cloths.  I have seen them in baby boutiques and they were too much money I was will to pay for them, so I just made them myself.  I went and bought a pack of burp cloths and baby safe material, the rest I had at home.  I used a Trajan alphabet set (pti) to monogram my sisters last name.  I didn't use my nephews name just in case they have more children they can use them over or keep them.  The stamp of the baby resting on the moon is from the Rock a Bye stamp set from Flourishes, its a really sweet set & was perfect for this project.
Here you can see that on one side its the burp cloth and then at the end I added some material.  I stamped all of the images in Palette ink, they are waterproof and nontoxic.
Here is another picture where you can see that the back side is the baby safe material I sewed onto the cloth.  I wish I had a better tutorial for you, I was in such a rush to leave my house, these are all the pictures I have of them.  I made 6 of them.  Its a perfect present to give a new mother, they are cute and the project is under $20, it would be even cheaper if I didn't pick expensive material.  I made her a set of personalized stationery too, to go along with these.  I will show the set tomorrow.  New moms do not have time to go out and buy thank you cards to send out, so I'm relieving some of her stress by making them for her.
Today on the Flourishes Blog they are giving away more Just Rite product, so go over there and leave a comment.  Who doesn't like free stuff?!?!
Tomorrow I am giving away a Monogram Kit, so come back to take a look and leave a comment

Before I forget are you a part of PaperCraft Planet?  Go to www.papercraftplanet.com sign up to be a member, its free.  Starting tomorrow they are having the 12 days of Christmas, and each day a different stamp company will be giving away more free stamps!!  So when you sign up be sure to add me as a friend and join the Flourishes group too!

Altered journal pad thingy & Blog Candy

I'm sure you have seen these done, on many blogs out there, my friend Chris and I saw them and kind of winged it, on how to make them, so here is a little tutorial to help you out.  Here are the products I used for this project.  You will need the mini legal pads that you can find at your local office supply store, take the pads to the copying/printing center and have them cut your pads in half.  My Office Max charges me 75cents for each cut, and they cut 6 pads at a time so its only $1.50 to cut them.  Your 12 pads are now 24 mini journal pads ready for you to alter.
You will need a 5 3/4 inch by
 8 1/4 sheet of cardstock
score it at 2 11/16 in
and then again at 3 inches
you will now have something 
that looks
 like a folder
I took some designer paper that I wanted to put on the front, one piece longer than the other and put a piece of adhesive in one spot to hold the paper together, while I stitched along the edge.  You can completely leave this part out, I just liked the way the stitching looks.
I put a piece of ribbon over the paper to hide where the two different patterned paper meets, this will go on the front of your folder.

I have found that the red tacky/sticky tape works really well and is super strong, you will put this tape on the back of your notepad that you had cut in half at your office supply store.  Leave the cardboard on, it keeps your pad from being flimsy.  Remove the red backing and place this notepad on the inside of your folder.  This is really strong tape, so you don't have a do over for your placement, just eyeball it & you will be fine
Here is the Just Rite set that I used, this is what it looks like inside the box
I always do a couple of practice stamps, just to make sure everything is inked up right.  I inked the "L" in pink ink and then the border in black, you could do this with a marker.  I did have to huff on the stamp (breathing on the stamp to moisten it).  You could always do the border and the monogram all in one color, I was just being a little fancy.  Once I was done stamping my monogram, I cut it out using a circle nestability (they work perfect together)  you could use any circle cutter you may have, this is just what I used.
Place your monogram over the ribbon.  I added a few brads, and did a scalloped border behind my monogram.  This is what is looks like when you are done.
Here is what the inside looks like.  I add a little paper on top to hide that I got the pad from Office Max lol
Today Laura is giving away some Just Rite product, make sure to go check out her blog & leave a comment so you can enter to win.  
I will let you know where to go tomorrow for another chance to win
Friday is my day, so after you do your shopping stop by here and enter to win more stuff!!!
If you have missed the last few days of posts, scroll down to see who else is giving away goodies!

Hybrid page, card & blog candy

Here is a 6x6 scrap book page that I made for my Dad, for an album that I'm making him for Christmas.
I used the Floral Fantasy Garden from Flourishes, to stamp and emboss the little flowers randomly that you see at the top left & bottom right corners.  On the photo, I used the "Life is Sweet" sentiment from Sweet Treats and stamped it in the corner and then stamped 2008 (from the Holiday Greetings set) below it.  I distressed a piece of paper, and then used it to journal on, to finish off the page, I ran some twine around the page a few times.
I really liked the page, but I didn't want to make another one for myself (a lot of work goes into a page lol) so I took a picture of the page, cropped it and then made a hybrid page in Photo Shop Elements.  Once I figured out the layers, it came together really fast!!  So here is my first hybrid page.  If you have any kind of photo editing program, give it a shot, you might like what you see.
Fantasy Floral Garden has always been one of my favorite Flourishes set, so here is a card that I made using it.  It will be 25% off starting December 1st along with other stamp sets and all Just Rite products.
Today Cindy is giving away the Just Rite Harmony Classic Circle III Ensemble, go leave her a comment on a chance to win that set.

Chrismas Cards & blog candy

I think I have around 10 Christmas cards done so far, I know I am way behind but I have time.  This year, I don't think I'm going to mass produce cards this year, for a couple of reasons.  One, I have far too many cute holiday stamp sets to choose just one to use.  Two, I have found when I make more than 5 or 6 of the same card, by the time I get to #7, my mojo gets zapped and I start to not be excited about my Christmas cards.  So I am just going to make a couple here and there and use all of my favorite stamps.  For years I have made a prototype (which took forever!!) and then I would cut, stamp and assemble, this works fantastic for most crafters, but this year, I just can't commit to one card LOL.
Here are two I made over the weekend, both are really simple cards, but the one on the right I added ribbon and rhinestones.  After adding the embellishments I decided that it really looked fine without them, so I didn't add them on the second card.  I know thats a one postage stamp card, which is fabulous in my book.  Simple is perfect especially when you know the person you are sending it to, is most likely going to trash it after the holidays.  So I made 4 of them.
"Happy Holidays"
Here are a few more pictures of them
Everything used to make the Cards is from Flourishes llc, except the kraft and vintage cream cardstock
Recipe:
O Christmas Tree from Flourishes llc, Kaiser Rhinestones, Sheer Ribbon, Memorybox Ginger Cake designer Paper
All this week, the Flourishes designers will be giving away some awesome Just Rite products as blog candy.  Today Susan (rainy) is giving away 4 different ensembles, let me tell you, go to her blog and leave a comment for a chance to win one!  Everyday this week I will keep you posted on where the blog candy is at.  We are getting ready for a HUGE sale at Flourishes starting Dec 1st, where all Just Rite products will be 25% off and some of your favorite stamps sets will be 25% off as well (this is as supplies last) including the stamp set I used today (O Christmas Tree).  All blog candy winners will be announced on the
Flourishes blog on November 30th, so make sure you check out the blog to see if you are a winner, plus you can see exactly what will be on sale too.

Merry Christmas

Its Sunday and all I have made this weekend is one Christmas card, maybe I can get on the ball later.  Last week I found a slab of MME Christmas paper & it actually is really pretty, I am loving it so far.  Thank goodness Michael's is finally getting some good paper!  Anyhow, I put a piece of adhesive on the back of the dp to keep it in place when I sewed over them.  I put some striped red/vanilla grosgrain ribbon along the front of the dp and then added red velvet ribbon on top and added a ribbon slide too.  I'm trying to make a pretty Christmas card without it being too heavy, the post office here is very picky and add a surcharge to just about every card I send out because of the ribbon knots or embellishments that they can feel.
Using the Labels 2 die (from Spellbinders) I cut and embossed my paper, then I left my paper in the die & using a sponge dauber and distress ink, I inked up the paper.  By leaving the paper in the die, I get the clean crisp edge to it, it almost looks like two layers of paper, but its just one.  The ornament is from the All that Glitters stamp set from Flourishes llc, I colored in the ornament using my R27 Copic marker.
I hope you all enjoy your Sunday!  How many of you have all of your Christmas cards done?  
"Merry Christmas
All that Glitters stamp set by Flourishes llc, MME paper, Copic marker, SU ribbon
Edited to add
Faith is giving away blog candy!!
JUST RITE products
go leave a comment to win some!
Each Flourishes Designer will be giving away JUST RITE stuff this week, so make sure you stop by their blogs.  Don't worry I will link you to them every day.
PS
my day is Friday

New stamps

Okay, I am not a kit person.  I like to pick and choose my products and so signing up for a kit kind of scares me.  However, with Unity Stamp Co. they give you a preview of the monthly kit and you have the option to opt out.  LOVE THAT!  I am not affiliated with Unity, I'm just a happy customer.  So with that said, a few days ago I got my November kit of the month in the mail.
Unity has picked up a few new artists, Lindsey and Lisa.  Well they helped design this kit, and they are the bomb and have a pulse on what is cool.

The first card up is around 5in x 3 1/4 in, I think...
I used some Basic Grey Urban Prairie dp, and distressed the edges using a Tim Holtz distressing tool & then sponged the edges just to make it pop a little.  I put a piece of tape in between the paper layers to hold them in place while I did a zig zag stitch around the perimeter.  Let me back up for a second, before I did all of this I stamped the image onto my paper in Adirondack black soot ink, its a nice black and the ink is perfect for coloring.  So I finish my stitching, and colored in the little bird using a few different shades of red.  I went searching through my ribbon (and its a lot) and none of my solid ribbons seemed to finish off the card right.  But I kept looking at this red/cream gingham ribbon, and I would pick it up and then put it down.  Finally I just said, well let me just make a bow and see how it looks.  Well, I put it on and it never came off, I just love the feel of this card.  To finish it off I put a corsage pin through the bow and added a crystal and a pearl, and added a earing stopper/clasp at the bottom.
"home"
This is just a fun little card I made with my new labels 2 dies, from Spellbinders (I bought mine from Flourishes), the base is vintage cream, layered with some Cosmo Cricket Mr. Campy paper, vintage cream paper again with my stamped image.  This cute little deer is also from the November kit of the month from Unity.  I colored it in using copic markers and finished off the card with some yummy satin ribbon.
"delightful"

Caged Bird

I know I used the labels 2 die again from Spellbinders, but really I can't help myself lol, I love Nestabilities they are one of the best tools for papercrafters.  Anyhow, I decided to play along with a challenge on SCS, I took my inspiration from the poem "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou, such a great poem.  Also, for the first time I used a sketch from 2sketches4you, I believe its sketch #13. The girls who create the sketches along with their design team have some serious talent.  My card looks really plain compared to theirs, so go check them out.  It looks like they give out a prize too.
I started out with some kraft paper (its the new white meat lol) and used some of my Sassafras paper to layer on top.  Using a distressing tool, I distressed the edges of my dp and then placed it on my card base and stitched along the edge (it doesn't need to look perfect).  I think it just looks cool, if you are wondering why I sewed on my card :)  I used my labels 2 dies to cut and embossed the kraft and cream paper and stamped the image onto the cream card stock.  Just to give the image a little depth, I colored in the bird and made a shadow underneath the cage using copic markers.  The image is in the Love Nest stamp set from Flourishes llc.  What card of mine isn't complete without some ribbon and a pretty bow (may arts sheer ribbon is the bomb).
"caged bird"

Sparkly Poinsettia

Do any of you get the newsletter every week from SCS?  If not sign up for it, they always have the best tutorials.  Today, the tutorial was on Sparkly Stained Glass, it wasn't hard at all, you just have glitter everywhere lol.  I stamped my image on the clear card stock that Flourishes sells (its very thick) and quickly heat set it, because I stamped with stazon.   You don't want the heat to get too close or else it can warp the cardstock.  I then put Diamond Glaze (you can use crystal effects) and sprinkled some glitter over the glaze.  It take a while for it to dry.  Once it dried I took a copic marker (any alcohol marker would work) and went over the front of the image just to shade and darken it up a bit.  You can skip this step if you want.  I cut it out and tried to get it on my card stock, but nothing seems to want to stick to glitter, so I put a brad through the center of my poinsettia and put a glue dot on the metal part and that worked perfectly.  This is really easy to do and gives your card the WOW effect.
"Sparkly Poinsettia"
recipe
stamps: Poinsettia & Boxwood, Holiday Greetings from Flourishes
Kaiser gems & clear card stock (both from Flourishes)
martha stewart glitter, Diamond Glaze

get well card

Just a quick and easy card today.  Winter is coming so that means lots of friends & family under the weather.  Its always nice to get a card in the mail when you are not feeling well.  I used the Quilt set from Papertrey Ink, for my image and sentiment.  I ordered a set of the new label dies from Spellbinders (I'm waiting on another set too), they are so flipping cool.  I have a few spica glitter pens, so I used them to color in the quilt squares.  
Here is a little tip, when I put a button on my bows, I first run twine through the button and double knot it, I then get a glue dot, put in on the back of the button and attach it to the bow.  Glue dots are super strong, so your button will stay put.
"on the mend"
PTI stamps, kraft, basic black & vintage cream cardstock, ribbon from SU, button from MM, twine, labels die
OUT TO BE PUBLISHED


Merry n Bright

I actually made this card yesterday, from the inspiration challenge.  There were pictures of really cool looking felted scarves, I chose one that had blue/cream/brown colors in it.  I used a very simple design for the card and added some pretty satin ribbon and nesting flowers.  I actually made the flowers.  
Here is how I made the flowers.
1.pick out some pretty paper that coordinates
2. start cutting out circles, they look better when they are not perfect
3. make sure the flowers can nest on top of each other, largest to smallest
4.  crumple or distress the circles
5. put adhesive on the paper and start layering.
"merry n bright"
MME christmas paper, satin ribbon, MM buttons, twine, Merry n Bright stamp set by SU

Merry Christmas

Are any of you playing along with the VSN (virtual stamp night) over on SCS?  I have only had a chance to do one card so far.  The challenge is to stamp an image at least 3 times in a row to form a line (theme is from A Chorus Line musical).  I seriously need to make some Christmas cards, so I stamped this ornament 3 times and colored it in with Copic markers.  My inspiration came from a pack of My Minds Eye paper I picked up this week, its Christmasy and really pretty with a vintage feel to it.  After I stamped and colored the ornaments I cut them out.  I used a really small hole punch, to punch a hole on either side of the center ornament and ran some sheer ribbon through it and tied a knot.  I just felt I needed to put something there.  I really like this card, I thought it was in contention to be mass produced, but it didn't get my husbands nod of approval lol.  Well whether he likes it or not, this card will be sent to someone this year lol.
"Merry Christmas"
All that Glitters by Flourishes llc, MME Christmas paper, Copic markers, pearl stickers, Adirondack ink
Oh and why am I up at 4 in the morning blogging you ask?  Hubby needed to open up the window to let fresh air in, plus its starting to cool in the evenings.  I wake up and smell something horrible.  I cannot for the life of me figure out what I am smelling.  So I go out to our patio and the smell hits me like a ton of bricks...SKUNK!!  I could not get in the house fast enough, it actually made my eyes water.  I think there must be a baby skunk around, their smell/spray is normally stronger or someone ran a skunk over very near by.  You have no idea how stinky it is, its making me sick to my stomach.  I just pray the smell doesn't wake up my kids or it will make for a very long Saturday.
Well I'm off to try and get back to sleep despite the smell.  Have a wonderful Saturday!

Release Day 3

First a little talk and then the cards... they are related
My husband has been in the service for almost 10 years now.  We left California when our daughter was three and started on our adventure, sponsored by the Navy.  Our daughter is now 12 (almost 13 eeck) and our son just turned 8.  I know this makes no sense, but let me explain.  We have never been home for Thanksgiving since we first left California, because we have been stationed on the east coast.  So this year, we will drive to my Dad's house, he lives in N. California (9 hour drive) and my kids will actually get to be with their Papa on Thanksgiving.  A lot of military children spend their holidays without family near & sometimes their Dad or Mom who is in the service is deployed.  Most years we are alone, because Jess is out to sea or we adopt some single sailors so they can have a nice dinner & it makes it feel more homey with more people around.  So that is why this is so extra special, this will be the first time my children have spent Thanksgiving around family.  They also will get to meet their baby cousin who was born yesterday (my sister's first child).
Every year before we eat our Thanksgiving dinner, we take turns saying what we are grateful for.  So with keeping that tradition, the cards I'm showing today are for my children to write a letter to my Dad on why they are thankful for him.  We just found out this week we are moving back to Florida in January.  So I wanted a way for my Dad to remember this holiday, he keeps every card I send to him, and this just seemed perfect.

The frame of the cards is actually pretty simple, with minimal layers & simple stamping.  Subtle details can make a simple card very striking.  On both cards I added a scalloped border in a different color card stock on the bottom, it draws your eyes all the way down, that way you don't miss any details (and it just looks cool).  I also added satin ribbon to both, satin ribbon is so luscious, there is something special about it.  Ribbon is my thing, I love it, can't live without it.  I bet I could write a great country song about it LOL.

For this card I used the Figs and Pomegranate stamp set from Flourishes.  I stamped it right on the front of my card base and colored it in with some Copic markers.  I like to put a light shade of blue around my images, when I'm coloring, for some reason it just makes it pop.  I added satin & velvet ribbon, I thought I was crazy when I thought of using them both on the same card, but it just works.
"thankful"
Figs and Pomegranate stamps by Flourishes, scalloped border punch by SU, copic markers, vintage cream cardstock
Again with this card, I added the scalloped border at the bottom.  I used the Autumn Flourishes stamp set from Flourishes llc.  I stamped a flourish using Pumpkin Pie & More Mustard ink, then I stamped the sentiment on a ribbon label tag.  I think that is what they are called?  Flourishes sells them, they are made by Spellbinders.  I punched a hole in the panel and ran the ribbon through it, then popped  it up with dimmensionals.  I added a pearl to each side, to finish it off.
"First Thanksgiving"
vintage cream card stock, satin ribbon, Ribbon tag from Spellbinders, Autumn Flourishes by Flourishes LLC, pearl stickers
Please stop by the rest of the designers blogs today
one of them is giving away blog candy!!!  (stamps)

If I happen to inspire you to make a purchase from Flourishes, please enter latishay in the promo box at the checkout.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!  I'm going to make Christmas cards, anyone want to come over and play?
if you scroll down a few posts to release day one, you can see what the complete sets look like, they are all fabulous, I can't wait to see what you all create with them.

Release Day 2

A lot of my friends, do not like to color and do not like lots of stuff on their cards.  So this is for them, a simple, functional & classy card.  I did add some color to the champagne bottle, but not much & no blending involved.  I used Copic markers, but you could color it with anything and it would look great.  Now that I'm looking at it, I probably should have colored the bottle green.  Have you ever noticed imported wine and beer are in green bottles?!  If you are drinking real champagne its in a green bottle, but this is just a card and it doesn't matter lol.  
I used the new You are Invited stamp set from Flourishes LLC.  There are so many possibilities with this set.  The sentiment is from the Holiday words set.  I added some velvet ribbon and rounded the corners and this baby was done.  

Stop by the Design Teams blogs to see what they have in store today
seriously they are rock stars of stamping, they will knock your socks off

"happy new year"
I will show more projects tomorrow & I will tell you where you can win the You are Invited stamp set.  Also on the Flourishes blog, all of the specials going on, are listed.

Release Day One & a sale

Ok this is a little long, but I'm sharing cards from the new stamp sets released today from Flourishes LLC.   I will show you the card and then I will show you the complete stamp set.  If you go over to the Flourishes blog, they will let you know about all of the sales that they have going on (like your favorite Basic Grey paper & new release bundle).  Don't forget to check out what the design team ladies have created as well.

and Cindy Haffner is playing along too 

"let's get together"
You are Invited stamp set, Ambrosia Basic Grey paper
"fun times"
You are Invited stamp set, Urban Prairie Basic Grey paper, SU chipboard, twine, basic grey buttons
You are Invited stamp set


"give thanks"
Figs and Pomegranates stamp set, Diamond glaze, pretties kit, circle nestabilities
Figs and Pomegranates stamp set


"Happy Thanksgiving"
Autumn Flourishes & Mixed Greeting stamp sets, dazzling diamonds, cream satin May Arts ribbon
Autumn Flourishes stamp set

Don't forget to come back Thursday and Friday, I will have more projects to share with you using these fabulous new sets!
If I inspire you to make a purchase make sure to enter latishay in the promotion code box at the checkout.

Autumn

I''m back from Disneyland, we really had a wonderful time.  My kids are on cloud 9 and I think it might last until Christmas.  
Here is a card I made & sent to my secret sister last week.  Its super simple & post office friendly.  I really don't like to add another stamp for postage, it pains me.  The dp is by Basic Grey & the cardstock is kraft.  The image and sentiment both came in my Oct. kit of the month from Unity Stamps.
If you don't have anything going on later, 7pm east coast time, there is a chat over on the Flourishes forum on SCS.  There will be sneak peaks of the new stamp sets being released tomorrow (wednesday).  I will be posting my projects for the release, Wed, Thurs & Friday.
I'm glad to be home, hopefully I will have time to surf around and check out all of your blogs.

An AMAZING day

This was a really surreal day, the kids were unbelievably lucky.  While we are in line to enter the park, we get word that the Jonas Brothers were going to be taping the Christmas special for ABC.  So we get to the castle and low and behold they are going to be there.  We wait for about 15 minutes and then, the Jo Bros come out for a sound check and then for reals for the tv & cameras.  This would have been the highlight of our trip, getting to watch them perform, I mean my kids seriously love the Jonas Brothers.
About 2 hours later, we are in line to the Haunted Mansion and guess who is a few people ahead of us... Jeanette McCurdy, she is an actress on Nickelodeon called I-Carly.  The kids were star struck, but Jacob chatted with her a few times.  He stood next to her in the elevator and was telling her that he really liked her show & she was telling him about things coming up and the movie that was on tv.  
At this point we all are on cloud 9 & can't believe how cool of a day we are having.  We go on a few rides and then we are kind of in a hurry to get to Splash Mountain, we fast passed it and needed to make it for our time.  We stopped to get a soda, when this lady comes up to Kendall and tells her what beautiful hair she has.  Come to find out these people that came up to her are call the Dream Squad.  They asked if the kids could be part of the flag ceremony at sunset.  Only 2 kids get asked everyday, what are the chances!!!  So the kids helped the Disney Color Guard and led a band around the circle on Main St.  They presented the kids with pins that you get for doing this.  They are mickey ears that look like the flag, the lady said these pins are really special because no one can buy them.  After the flags were folded and pictures were taken, a Dream Squad guy led us to any ride we wanted and walked us directly to the front of the line.  
I know I can't even believe it, it almost doesn't seem real lol.  Jacob said this was his best birthday ever.
Dream Squad guy with the kids
the kids also got a special year of a Million Dreams pin they are the huge ones they are wearing
Jeanette McCurdy with the kids
Kevin & Joe Jonas
Nick Jonas
Can I just say I love {{{{Disneyland}}}}

happiest place on earth

Guess where I am...
a hint,
the happiest place on earth...
you guessed it
DISNEYLAND
I will post pictures later
I brought my laptop & I have wifi in my room
Its Jacob's birthday this weekend
so we are here celebrating

Love Grows & Blog Candy Winner

Here is another card I made using the Love Nest stamp set.  I used today's limited supplies challenge, lsc193, to use a rectangle, a circle and your only embellishment you can use is ribbon.  This is actually going to go to my sister, she can use these cards to send out as baby announcements or thank you cards.  She is having a boy and is due next week.  I will have to package these up sometime this weekend.
"love grows"
old olive cs & ribbon, basicgrey urban prairie dp, kraft & vintage cream cs, copic markers
I actually made 6 of these, its really easy to mass produce simple cards like this
Until they get packaged, they go in a little basket out in the open so I can see them as a reminder to mail them out.
The winner of Love Nest goes to:
AMY
congratulations
email me your address

I will be giving away Open to Love this week
all you need to do is go over to the Flourishes Blog and check out what is posted today, then come back here and tell me what your favorite card was.
I will announce the winner next friday.

Joy

Here is the card I did for the Wednesday sketch challenge over on SCS.  I have a cold, so this card took me forever to make, nothing seemed to be coming together right, but in the end I actually love it.  The branch is from the Love Nest stamp set and the pine branch & ornament are from the All that Glitters stamp set, both are from Flourishes.  Here are the steps on how I made this card.
stamped the branch in close to cocoa
stamped the ornament hangers in black
stamped the ornaments with Adirondack ink
masked the ornaments using Eclipse masking tape
stamped the pine branches using Palette ink
uncovered the masked images
colored in the ornaments with a Copic Marker
stamped the sentiment in Adirondack ink
added my bow & this baby was done

"Joy Christmas Card"
recipe:
All that Glitters & Love Nest stamp sets from Flourishes LLC, real red cardstock, vintage cream cardstock, rusty pickle designer paper, Palette ripe avocado ink, Adirondack pitch black ink, Copic marker, Close to Cocoa ink, May Arts satin ribbon

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