A Giveaway!

Hey there! 

I am sick with a bad cold, but I wanted to hop on here to give away something wonderful.

The absolutely adorable Shimelle offered me to give a spot to her online class that starts tomorrow!

Here is a peek at her amazing creations…

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The class starts tomorrow (Tuesday, 12/1) and runs right through the Christmas season, finishing on the 6th of January.  Scrappers can join at any time.  It's $32 (for lifetime membership) and you can find all the details HERE

Shimelle is an amazing person – her energy and spirit is so fun and lovely.  I hope you can check it out.

To win, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEDT tonight… just tell me your favorite holiday tradition.  I will pick a lucky winner tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by. :)

A silly Thanksgiving…

At our house, we are a bit immature.

We like to have fun.  We don't care about fancy meals and elaborate decorations.  We would rather spend our time on other things.

… such as creating silly things like this:

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Yep, everyone at our Thanksgiving table got a funny-looking pinecone turkey.  The colorful feathers were picked to fit their style.  (Audrey?  Big fluffy pink feathers.  Kay?  Slick blue and purple feathers.  Colin?  Exactly one of each color feather available.)

And mix-matched google eyes added to the fun…

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And, you can see our goofy turkeys looked nice on my mom's classy Thanksgiving table set-up.  (We all went there for her incredible meal.)

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And if our family is a bit nuts, that makes Uncle Mike (my brother) a complete loon – he made this funny looking one, too…

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Colin had fun making them. Yes, he is using a hot glue gun.  But anyone who knows him knows that he is more careful than most adults – no problems.  And this was reason number 1,203,293 that I love the Ranger Craft Sheet – perfect for hot glue.

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And, just to show we have a tiny bit of class, check out this lovely arrangement from Jana.  As Kay says, she is part of our family, without a doubt.  So glad she joined us for Thanksgiving… and that she always adds some class to us.. and laughs at us when we get a bit crazy.

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I am hoping to find some more holiday crafts like this.  If you all have any links, I would love to see them!

Oh, and a few things I have found…

  • Sharon showed me THESE adorable creations on Etsy.  So stinkin' cute!
  • I really like Melissa's idea of using recycled pieces on cards – pieces from previous year's cards or wrapping paper, etc.  You can see them HERE.  What a great way to save some money and time.
  • Gonna get THIS for somewhere in the house.  Maybe every room. :)  
  • If you are looking from some great crafty tutorials, check THIS out.  Dawn offers so much.  (If you need Stampin' Up, she would be a good one to contact – she was demonstrator of the year.)
  • So happy – the Silhouette now has Hero Arts designs.  Some great ones.  Check them out HERE.
  • We steam veggies almost every night (that I cook).  THIS is our favorite spice.  It really adds a fabulous flavoring.
  • LOVE THIS.
  • I am amazed at how great holiday photo cards are these day.  If you are looking to order some, THESE are amazing.  I always make my own, but am loving on these.

Watching the Incredibles with the girls.  More tomorrow. :)

OH!  Wait.  Anyone local – Stamp Your Art Out is celebrating the release of new Hero Arts stamps on Saturday, December 19th.  I will be doing a free make and take from 10:30am-12:30pm.  Please call them at 513.793.4558 if you plan on coming.

Night!

Being Thankful

Happy Turkey Day.

My Pastor gave the most amazing sermon last night – one of the best I have ever heard.  When leaving, I thought of the perfect way to spend my Thanksgiving morning.

I took a couple hours to create thank you cards for people who would least expect it.  One for Colin's doctor.  The nurses.  The mailman.  The UPS man.  The lady who works at Brueggers.  The grumpy lady who works at Walgreens.  The nurse who gives me allergy shots.  I came up with 17 names… so I made 17 cards.

With my family close by (Kay doing some amazing drawings, Audrey making cards, Colin gluing everything in the room together and Ken looking at football stats), I created these cards using a Hero Arts greeting set, a Papertrey Ink leaf set and some embellishments. 

And I loved it.

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On soft yellow and cream notecards, I stamped the leaves with green ink.  I then added quick shading with colored pencils and blended with Gamsol.  To add a tiny bit of shine, I scribbled a little glitter pen on the leaves.  My favorite Hero Arts set provided all the greetings and I picked out favorite pearls, flower embellishments and etc. for some added fun.  (Forgive the bad photos – I am too tired to redo.  And there are a lot of them.)

For these first ones, I used gorgeous handmade flowers from Pixiepetals.  I LOVE them and am off to buy more.  You must check them out.

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These next flowers were originally white.  I then pressed Distress Ink on them to color and then spray a lot with pearlized water.  (Perfect Pearls in water.)  They end up so fab in real life.  I make a bunch of them at once. 

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These use fancy pearl doodads from Prima…

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This large pink velvet flower is from Maya Road.  Yum…

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These are the super simple ones.  Just stamped a tiny flower from the greeting set with red ink.

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And, of course, each has a stamped envelope to match.

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Supplies: Hero Arts greetings, Papertrey Ink leaves, Adirondack Lettuce pigment ink (for leaves), colored pencils, gamsol, glitter pen, Pixie Petals handmade flowers, Maya Road velvet flower, Hero Arts pearls and gems, Prima flowers and pearl arrangements, Distress Inks, Perfect Pearls, Mini Mister, Black Memories Ink

I am off to snuggle with the girls in our Snuggies.  Night.

Happy Thanksgiving…

Big hugs to all of you out there… including those of you in the US celebrating today and those abroad. :)

Thanks for sharing your time with me and coming by and visiting me in my little world.  Hope God fills your day with good food, family and memories.

Last round of Cards for Kate and Eric Card Drive Prizes!

Hi!  I am here to announce the last 31 winners from the Card Drive. 

Also, a few notes about previous prizes.  Please email janamillen@gmail.com:

  • Girl Scout Troup #224, Dakota Dunes, SD – We need a name and mailing address.
    First Lutheran Church of South Souix City, NE – Is there a person to whose attention we should send this?  Can you please confirm the mailing address?
  • Brewer family from Bellevue, WA – We want to confirm your mailing address.
  • Patti Garrett – We want to confirm your mailing address.
  • David and Chandra Hough - We want to confirm your mailing address.
  • Kati Brooke - We need to confirm your mailing address – your emails are firing back to us!  :-(

On to more winners…

PRIZE 61 winner is Cheryl Losieczka: THREE border punches donated by Fiskars.  

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PRIZE 62 winner is Tammy Moore: A product of the winner's choice from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog donated by Dawn Rapsas. 

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PRIZE 63 winner is Nikki Merkt: A FREE Pass to an online WorldWide Stamping & Scrapbooking Event – "UStamp with Dawn & Friends!!" donated by Dawn Rapsas

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PRIZE 64 winner is Vanessa Menhom: A FREE Pass to an online WorldWide Stamping & Scrapbooking Event – "UStamp with Dawn & Friends!!" donated by Dawn Rapsas

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PRIZE 65 winner is Stacy Milford: A FREE Pass to an online WorldWide Stamping & Scrapbooking Event – "UStamp with Dawn & Friends!!" donated by Dawn Rapsas

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PRIZE 66 winner is Evelyn Jennato: A FREE Pass to an online WorldWide Stamping & Scrapbooking Event – "UStamp with Dawn & Friends!!" donated by Dawn Rapsas

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PRIZE 67 winner is Julie Weidner: Berry Medley Gift Pack from Tastefully Simple donated by Independent Consultant Lisa Borchers 

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PRIZE 68 winner is Brenda Chance: A set of Photoshop photo actions donated by Maggie Holmes Photography

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PRIZE 69 winner is Jennie Harper: A set of Photoshop photo actions donated by Maggie Holmes Photography 

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PRIZE 70 winner is Samantha Sibbet: A set of Photoshop photo actions donated by Maggie Holmes Photography

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PRIZE 71 winner is Winnie Uffelmann: Adorable t-shirt from Amy Tan of Amy Tangerine. 

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PRIZE 72 winner is Marijke Maris-Vermaas: Free eBook coupon from Ella Publishing.

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PRIZE 73 winner is Mary Jo Atwater: Free eBook coupon from Ella Publishing.

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PRIZE 74 winner is Cathy Andronicou: Free eBook coupon from Ella Publishing.

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PRIZE 75 winner is LouAnn Leonard: Lots of scrapbooking goodies from KI Memories

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PRIZE 76 winner is Becky Miltenberger: Goodies from Jillibean-soup. 

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PRIZE 77 winner is Paula Laird: A $30 gift certificate to Designer Digitals, donated by Katie Pertiet.  \

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PRIZE 78 winner is Jeri Prybell: Heart Shadow Box Kit from House of 3, donated by Rhonna Farrer. 
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PRIZE 79 winner is Leigh Ehrhardt: $20 gift certificate to Once Upon a Design

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PRIZE 80 winner is Dana Colbourne: Two stamp sets donated by Eclectic Paperie.  Adorable!
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PRIZE 81 winner is Charlene Fairbairn: Papertrey Ink Mod Squad stamp set donated by Dawn McVey.

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PRIZE 82 winner is Danielle Hodenius: Papertrey Ink Mod Squad stamp set donated by Dawn McVey.

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PRIZE 83 winner is Monica Bernpaintner: TWO new digital brush packs donated by Karla Dudley

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PRIZE 84 winner is Victoria Schnorr: THREE new Autumn Leaves stamp sets donated by Katie Pertiet.

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PRIZE 85 winner is Kathy Chen: American Crafts goodies donated by Melanie Louette. 

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PRIZE 86 winner is Barbara Orth: Four stamp sets from Little Paper Shop donated by Julia Betemps.

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PRIZE 87 winner is Maria fika Evelina: TEN digital kits of your choice by and from Anna Aspnes of Designer Digitals!
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PRIZE 88 winner is Donna Mikasa: FOUR new stamps sets donated by Pink Paislee!

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PRIZE 89 winner is Jaquelyn Sowers: The entire first release of new stamps donated by Wags 'n Whiskers Rubber Stamps

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PRIZE 90 winner is Rhonda Miller: A ton of rub-ons from My Sentiments Exactly.  

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PRIZE 91 winner is Joy Ott: Two stamp sets from iheartpapers.com

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I am so excited to spend 4 straight days with Kay, Audrey and Colin.  Can't wait until tomorrow afternoon!  Night.

Thankful

Hey, there.

Was thinking about some friends that I am feeling especially thankful for these days.  And it reminded me of this card I did last spring.  After making it, I realized that it made more sense to just have two owls, instead of three, so I took the left one off. :)   I used a Bazzill scallop edge piece that was a little smaller than 6×12, folded it and put it on a 7×7 brown sewn piece.  Just wanted to do something different.

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Supplies: Hero Arts stamps and inks, My Minds Eye patterned paper, Bazzill cardstock, colored pencils.

Let's see… what's next…

People ask a lot about how I find time to do anything.  First, the answer is – I don't.  I really don't find time for everything and fall short at a lot.  But at the end of the day, if I can put down my head on my pillow and be happy for my family, then I am good.  (Which means that my house is never perfect, etc.)  But!  I do look for timesaving measures. 

One BIG one I found is Google Reader.  Google Reader has been a HUGE for me and I highly recommend it to anyone who checks out a lot of blogs.  You can see all your blogs in one place.  It shares any new additions.  Fabulous.  HERE is a video from Google explaining in a simple way.  And THIS video shows more details, step-by-step.  I can't recommend it enough.

Other things worth sharing:

  • THIS is one of my favorite blogs lately.  Mariana is so very talented.  Be sure to check it out.
  • I am so excited for my dear friend Lisa Russo and her success.  Check it out HERE.
  • Thrilled that 2Peas has Studio Calico papers HERE.  
  • There is a giveaway of one of my favorite stamp sets HERE.
  • Fantastic money tree idea HERE.

Off to catch up on Dexter.  Anyone else addicted?  Will be back with another giveaway.  Reorganizing my scrap studio… again. :)