Monday, October 29, 2012


 Hello everyone and happy Monday. It's challenge time at Made Especially for You :)

This weeks challenge is to Create a card inspired by the provided color combo
I started looking around in my paper stash for papers matching the color combo and these are what I found :)
Then I decided to play around with my cameo and cut out this cute little floral doily. I also found some ribbon that had both the light and dark purple colors along with flowers on it , so I figured it would be perfect for this card. I also used my MS doily lace punch and inked around the circle with my TH distress ink.

The sponser for this week is  My Heart Pieces -
                and they are giving to 1 lucky winner  3 images of their choice :)

                      Thanks for  stopping  by, I hope to see your creations over at MEFY :)

Have a great day!!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

ABC Ranson Blog Hop

Welcome to the ABC Ransom Blog Hop, 
hosted by Red Carpet Studio!

If you've come from Stephanie's blog, you're in the right place.

The Red Carpet Studio designers thought it would be fun to host a mystery blog hop while showcasing projects that can be made using all those leftover letters in your stash - hence where the "ransom" comes in. Ransom notes play a huge role in mystery/suspense films, and are often created out of random letters cut from magazines, newspapers, etc. in order to disguise handwriting. 

While we won't be doing any kidnapping or holding anybody ransom today - we do have some creative projects to share with you!

For my project using leftover letters in my stash, I created... a halloween lantern
I got this cute little lantern from the Silhouette store and the letters are from a paper pad that I have had in my stash for years. The paper is long gone, but I have been holding on to the letters just in case they came in handy some day. And, today is the day LOL.
I also added some 3 girl jam ribbon in tuxedo black for the little bow and the handle on top:)

We're also holding some blog candy ransom! However, the blog candy is hidden, and only certain stops of the hop are hiding it. The only way you can win is if you comment on those blogs! Now, we're not going to tell you whose blogs those are (that would be too easy) but we will tell you what the prizes are!
$20 Gift Certificate

$10 Gift Certificate
$10 Gift Certificate

There will be three winners. Please make sure to leave your contact information when commenting so we can contact you if you win. You have until next Saturday, November 3rd, to hop and comment. Winners will be announced with the start of our next layout challenge on Sunday November 4th at Red Carpet Studio.

And don't forget to check out this week's challenge at Red Carpet Studio! Our challenge this week is inspired by "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and the challenge is to create any fall or Halloween card.

Your next stop is Candice's blog.

P.S. My letter is ... I

If you can put all the letters together from each stop of the hop (they're in order), you have a chance to win a mystery prize! Once you've figured out our hidden message, email it to The mystery prize winner will be announced with the other winners on Sunday November 4th. HINT: The message is a clue as to what our next layout challenge will be. :)

Have a great day!!


Friday, October 26, 2012

"Telephone Game" blog hop

Welcome to Made Especially For You's 
Telephone Blog Hop!

If you've never heard of the "Telephone" game it's a game most often played by kids that simulates how a story can change from person to person, or how a rumor can start. For example, I may tell Susie that at lunch today I had a peanut butter sandwich, an apple, and some milk, and she may go tell Jackie that I had a turkey sandwich, an apple, and some milk. Although only one small detail was changed, over time the entire story can change. The game is played by starting with a story and whispering it from one person to the next in a circle and seeing how the story changed once the last person has told it. 

We decided to play this game as a design team, not with stories, but with cards! Our DT leader Ashley started with a photo of a card, emailed it to someone, who then created a card based off her card, and sent a photo of it to the next person. As a design team, this is the first time we're seeing the progression of the cards! 

Here is the photo of the card I received from Eileen

And here is the card I created inspired by her card:
I really liked the intricate cutout she used, so I decided to use a doily, that I inked up with TH distress ink. Then the flower was a really pretty added element to her card, so I thought that I would crochet one to go on my card. the strip of paper that I used behind the doily reminded me of her background paper and last but, not least. I  really liked the variety of colors that she used in her card. So, I used some of them in mine:) Just mixing them up a little differently.

What fun is a blog hop without blog candy?! A couple of our design team members have donated some blog candy for those who comment on EVERY stop of the hop!

$15 Gift Certificate

Blog Candy Pictured Below

Please make sure to leave your contact info when you comment to be eligible to win! Participants have through this Sunday, October 28th, to comment. Winners will be randomly chosen and announced on Tuesday October 30th at Made Especially For You.

You're next stop is Cyndy's BLOG.

Here's the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

Thanks so much for hopping with us! :)

Monday, October 22, 2012

"Misting" anyone??

Hi everyone! I have a card to share with you that I made for the MEFY challenge this week.

 Do you like misting on your cards? If you do, we have the perfect challenge going on for you. Or, if you hae never misted anything and would love to give go. I have the perfect challenge going on just for you:) This week is technique week and the technique is Misting:)  Now, I have to admit that I don't really do any misting, but I kinda liked the way it looked after I was done.

I used my Imagine for the birthday cake, and Lacy labels for the center cut.  

This is a close up of the  misting technique that I used.
I used TH distress ink in tumbled glass to cover the white cardstock.
I then put a doily over it and misted on top of the doily. I dabbed off the excess water with a paper towel and lifted the doily from the  paper, and this is what it ended up looking like:)
Our sponser for this challenge is
Paper Piecings by Nikki -
                                 Nikki is giving away a  $15 gift certificate to the lucky winner:)

 Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see your entry over at  Made Especially for You :)



Sunday, October 21, 2012

"The Ring"

 Hello all my wonderful blogging buddies:) I'm glad you stopped by to visit with me:)

  I did a little bit of a boo boo hehe. I was supposed to have posted this layout this morning, but I posted my card for the challenge tomorrow instead.... whoops!! Well, you guys got a sneek peek anyway haha.

Okay, now that I have my head on straight let me show you my layout for the challenge today over at Red Carpet Studios:)

I have been having a ball playing with my silhouette and getting used to using it. The layout for the pictures was a free file that I got from  Kristy at Scraptastical Kreations. She has alot of awesome files and free ones too!!  As a matter of fact everything I used on this layout were free files, can't get any better than that:)
I'm trying to get some of my Disney pictures scrapped ( I have sooo many it's rediculous
We all know how that is,  everytime we take a vacation we take waaayyyy to many pictures hehe.
 Our challenge this week is based off of the movie ..."The Ring" -
All you have to do is  Create a layout using circles and/or polka dots, easy peasy!
Our sponser for the challenge is the  QKR Stampede -


                         and they are generously donating  5 digis of the winner's choice!




Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A witchy treat bag

                    Good morning ladies and gents:) I have a treat bag to share with you today.

 I saw this on pinterest and followed it to the original maker  here and it was soo cute I just had to make one:D

See! I told you it was cute hehe:)
On Rosa's she just drew the shoes and legs for the witch, but I have been wanting to try these awesome witchy boots out ever since I got the Happy Hauntings Cartridge:D
 I have also used some yummy 3 girl jam ribbon(celebrations bundle, tuxedo and sterling) on this treat bag, and the cute Fall-O-Ween stamp set from Kristal over at Getting Cricky.
I am going to enter this treat bag into the following challenges:)
1. 3 Girl Jam-- Anything Goes
2. Decorate to Celebrate--- Halloween Party
3. Divas by Design--- Something Spooky
5.Creative Inspirations Paint- Halloween Treats
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!



Monday, October 15, 2012

Hay there!

          Good morning and welcome! I am so glad you stopped by today. I have a card to share with you that I made for the Made Especially for You challenge this week:)

For this card I used the Celebrate with flourish cricut cartridge, some
ribbon from Hobby Lobby and of course one of my favorite stamp sets
Fall-O-Ween by Kristal over at Getting Cricky.

Our challenge this week is to Create a card featuring three leaves
The sponser for this challenge is V's Sweet Ideas
She is giving away a $10 gift certificate
to the lucky winner of this challenge:)
Thanks so much for stopping by and looking at my creation today. Now it's your turn to show us your fantastic cards:)  So, come on over to MEFY and submit your entry for a chance to win an awesome GC for yourself, she has alot of terrific things in her store;)


Friday, October 12, 2012

Monster Mash blog hop

  Welcome to the Monster Mash Blog Hop, brought to you by the design teams of Made Especially For You and Exploring Cricut!

Today the design teams of Made Especially For You and Exploring Cricut have teamed up to share with you all sorts of spooktacular monster-themed projects to help get your crafty gears turning for all those upcoming Halloween projects!

If you've come from Lori's blog, you're in the right place! If you just came across the hop and would like to start at the beginning, please visit Ashley at Made Especially For You.

For my project, I created a couple of Halloween home decor frames....

I used Happy Hauntings for all of my images in the frames and a MS halloween stack that I picked up last year for the backgrounds:)
We also have some wonderful sponsors giving away prizes to those who comment on every stop of the hop!
Paper Piecings by Nikki
$15 Gift Certificate

$15 Gift Certificate

$10 Gift Certificate

The winners of the blog candy will be announced on Made Especially For You on Tuesday October 16th. Please make sure to leave your contact information when commenting to be eligible to win!

Your next stop is Georgiana's blog.  Here's the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

Happy Hopping!


Monday, October 8, 2012


                    Hello and  welcome! I am so glad you stopped by my blog today.
 I have a card to share with you that I made for our challenge over Made Especially for you.

Our challenge this week is a sketch challenge, and since Halloween is almost upon us I have made another halloween card this week:)

                                             Our sketch for this challenge looks like this:

I decided to flip it over and use it that way:)
I added some brads and used my MS punch to add a little drippy goo border.
Our sponser for this weeks challenge is  Bugaboo Stamps -
and they are offering 7 images of the winner's choice
The image I used came from bugaboo..isn't it cute:D

Alright ladies and gents, get your crafty on and come join in on the fun over at MEFY:)


Sunday, October 7, 2012

"Child's Play"

  Hello to all my wonderful crafty friends!  I have a layout to share with you that I created for my design team post over at  Red Carpet Studios.

The challenge for this week is a layout challenge(we alternate each week between layout challenges and card challenges:) our challenge is..Create any child-themed layout (vacations, birthday parties, family outings, any sort of layout that would be used for photos with children)

This is my layout for the challenge:) This is my handsome little boy (although he isn't very little anymore:(  He  turned 22 this how time flies by. I sure do miss the days when my kids were little. Although I was probably wishing back then that they were bigger and not getting into everything under the sun! Funny how we seem to do that, always wanting something else then wishing we had back the way it was before.
I created the gone fishing and the worm on the hook images with designs I got from the Sillouette store , and the twine is from My Craft Spot and is called cappuccino.
Isn't he just the cutest little worm you have ever seen LOL:)  I couldn't believe it cut the help out so neatly..believe me those letters were TINY!

  Our sponser for this week is KaDoodleBug Designs -
They are giving away a  $15 gift certificate to the lucky winner of the challenge:)

So head on over to RCS and enter your layout in the challenge. I can't wait to see your wonderful LO's:)
Have a great day!


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Happy Mail!!!

   Oh me Oh my....I love my UPS guy!!! LOL.
                                             He brings me wonderful things... such as this
Yep here it is just opened and still in the box. I was soo excited to get this I have been tracking it on it's way across the U.S. all week hehe.
 Here is another pic of the beauty pulled out of the box:)
Last week was my 25th wedding anniversary and my husband knew I had been wanting one of these (but wouldn't spend the money on myself for it:) so he told me to order it ! Isn't he just the sweetest ?!!
I couldn't wait to play with it so I pulled everything out of the box got it all hooked up and ready to go and then decided to head on over to the Sillouette store and look around at some of the images they had since I have a $10 credit with my purchase of the cameo.
I had a layout that I was wanting to make of my son when he was little and wanted to see what images they had that would go with it:)  I can't show you the layout today, because it is for the design team I am on , but if you come back tomorrow I will have it posted:)
I decided to go simple since I have never used one before , but I think it turned out pretty well:)
I plan on doing some surfing around youtube to see what all this baby can do hehe!
I also want to give a shout out to my postal service because they brought me some happy mail too!! I have to admit I am a punch-a-holic. I LOVE  punches:D  I really wish I had known that HSN was having a craft day and I could have gotten them even cheaper:( 
I did have a $20 coupon so all in all I got all 10 of these  punches for 11 bucks a piece, which I thought was a pretty good deal:)
Thanks everyone for stopping by and looking at all my goodies:)
If you have any tips for me on using my cameo that would come in handy. I would LOVE to hear them. I have the upgraded sillouette studio that I have to add onto it. Hopefully I will be humming along in no time like a pro lol....(well, kinda like a pro) . I am not really tech savvy :)
Don't forget to stop by tomorrow and see the layout I created with my cameo for my design post on RCS:)
Have a great day !!



Monday, October 1, 2012


 Good morning all my crafty friends!!  It is almost Halloween, and we have a great challenge for you over at Made Especially for You:)

Make a halloween card featuring a banner.
Isn't Frankie so cute...scary lol. I had this paper and thought it would be great for him to be walking through the tombstones :)
I got this image from  The Stamping Boutique, which is our sponser for this week:P
The Stamping Boutique -

The prize is 3 images of the winner's choice :)
They have some really cute ones too!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog and checking out my creation. I really love reading all of your wonderful comments. I hope to see your creations over at MEFY!!