Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WINNER at SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious



Happy Wednesday everyone!! This week we had a total of 280 participants for the SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious--254 with Mr. Froggy and 26 by comment or email! This exciting event is generously sponsored by Diana at the Magnolia-licious shop who will have another surprise for some lucky participant each and every Sunday right here!

The WINNER of the darling Jolly Tilda from Magnolia-licious has been selected by random.org and is.....

47. Zetti

Congratulations, Zetti!!! And thank you so much for displaying the SUNDAY SENSATIONS icon on your blog!!! Please contact me before this Friday morning at 8 AM EST so that we can make arrangements to get your Sunday Sensations Surprise to you right away!!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who is helping to spread the word about this wonderful weekly giveaway!! Best wishes to each of you for a magnificent week!!! See you back here on Sunday to share the next SUNDAY SENSATIONS from MAGNOLIA-LICIOUS and I know you will love it!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

NEWS from Lili of the Valley!!!

10% off all Orders and Free Worldwide Postage until 5pm (UK Time) tomorrow!




What a real deal this is!!!! And you will find that the website at Lili of the Valley is so user friendly. You can select which currency you want to see the site in...and of course you will find the cutest stamps anywhere!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

WINNER of Maja/Whimsy SWEET STUFF!!

My sincere thanks to each of you who took the time to send best wishes through email or personal cards to Astrid who is going through the trauma of breast cancer surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Let us all continue to remember her in our thoughts and prayers. And my thanks to Kees and Astrid at Creashop Duymelot for providing the lovely Maja Vintage Winter paper pad for this SWEET STUFF!!

So Mr Random.org has selected the winner.....

92. Donalda

Congratulations, Donalda!!! Please send your mailing address before Wednesday, November 30 at midnight EST so that I can get your prize out to you!!!

Thank you all for your visits and I hope you will want to return often! Have a beautiful week and until the next time, big hugs to each of you!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious



Happy Sunday and Welcome to SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious for another opportunity to win a fabulous prize being offered by Diana at Magnolia-licious. Thank you so much for helping us to spread the word to all of your blogging and crafting friends about this marvelous surprise each Sunday! I'm sure you know that Magnolia-licious has the largest on-line selection in all of North America for Magnolia stamps...and of course is the home of MAGNOLIA MINI WORLD!!! The shop also has so many other delightful things now....like the lovely Marianne and Memory Box dies! So jump over and check out all of the lovelies at Diana's! Be sure to check out all of the MINI sets which gives you 2 MINIS for one price--a real deal!!



The wonderful stamp that Diana is offering this week is the darling Jolly Tilda shown above!!! Isn't she a real cutiepie!!!! I know you would love to give her a new home!! This could be your lucky week!!!!

In order to be eligible for this wonderful prize, all you need to do to enter the drawing is leave a link to your blog below at the little BLUE FROGGY. If you don't have a blog, please leave your email address in a comment!! There are NO other requirements or rules and you do not need to be a follower or even put information on your blog about the opportunity if you don’t want to. Of course, we will always appreciate it greatly if you would help us spread the word by placing the SUNDAY SENSATIONS logo on your personal blog so that other Maggie Lovers will know about the opportunity!! Thank you!!

Remember the closing for SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious is at midnight EST each Tuesday and the winner is announced on Wednesday! Please be sure to check back on Wednesday to see if you are the lucky winner of this absolutely cute little Edwin stamp!!



Saturday, November 26, 2011

Teal/Silver Christmas Ornaments



A very happy Saturday to each of you and best wishes for a magnificent weekend. I'm sure that many of you have taken part in the After Thanksgiving shopping expeditions but I have stayed home and enjoyed the peace and quiet! I have been thinking of a trip to Home Depot for some shelves and brackets but I have not gotten my nerve up yet...lol...But I did buy some hot pink microsuede boxes to hide some of my evils over at the new paper room...so will show you how that looks later...smiles! For those of you who have asked...I am NOT moving over to my parents' home....just that crazy crafting part of me is moving so that I can finally have some room in my own house. We will see how that all works out!!

Today I wanted to show you some snowflake ornaments that I have made for Diana at Magnolia-licious who told me that her tree is teal/silver/white this year. So, Lady Diana, I hope you like them!! They were quite easy to make using the darling little MINIS from the Sweet Christmas Dreams Collection. Diana has a special offer going on in which you can get two selected MINI stamps for one price. And the sets that she has put together are so delightful.

The images were colored with Copics, adding touches of glitters, and were cut out with Nesties. I encircled each image with some 100 Grit Turquoise German Glass Glitter from Wild Orchid Crafts. Each ornament was finished with double bows made with two types of organza ribbon. The frames are by Yarn Tree. The sweet images I have used are MINI Halo Tilda and MINI Holly Tilda which is one set, MINI Something For You which is offered in a set with Ribbon Tilda, and MINI Glittering Tilda which is offered in a set with Edwin on Christmas Eve.



I hope you like my little snowflake ornaments and will try some of those darling MINIS for your holiday decorations. Thank you so very much for coming by and I hope you will return soon. Remember that a new SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious will be posted at midnight right here and I am betting there is a real cutie for you...wink!! Also remember to check out the Just Magnolia and hÄnglar & stÄnglar Challenge. Although this is not my team's week to have a card, I know you will be inspired by the amazing DT cards on the blog this week. Have a marvelous day and until the next time, big hugs for YOU!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

A very happy and enjoyable Thanksgiving to everyone who is celebrating this day of remembering all of the things we should be thankful for! And to each of you, whether this is your holiday or not, I want to express my sincere thanks to you for all of the many joys you continue to bring into my life. Over the past year or so, you have always been there to cheer me on!!! Gosh, when things seemed to be going haywire in my life, I could always connect with you and you always made things much better--even in the darkest of hours! So yes!!! I have many things to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day!! And YOU are certainly one of those things!

This is the first year in all of my 64 years that I will be without a Mom and a Dad during this holiday season but I can be thankful for those years that I had with them. I can also be thankful for a loving (and protective) Auntie who means the world to me! And I can be thankful for friends, both near and far, who bring so much joy! So rather than the traditional turkey today, I will spend time TRYING to make ready the crafting cottage.

Enjoy each moment of this day with your loved ones...and I will see you back here very soon! Big hugs!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

WINNER at SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious



Happy Wednesday everyone!! This week we had a total of 195 participants for the SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious--174 with Mr. Froggy and 21 by comment or email! This exciting event is generously sponsored by Diana at the Magnolia-licious shop who will have another surprise for some lucky participant each and every Sunday right here!

The WINNER of the darling Pilot Edwin from Magnolia-licious has been selected by random.org and is.....

157. Linda Dale

Congratulations, Linda!!! Please contact me before this Friday morning at 8 AM EST so that we can make arrangements to get your Sunday Sensations Surprise to you right away!!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who is helping to spread the word about this wonderful weekly giveaway!! Best wishes to each of you for a magnificent week!!! See you back here on Sunday to share the next SUNDAY SENSATIONS from MAGNOLIA-LICIOUS and I know you will love it!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Let It Snow!!! and a SPECIAL SWEET STUFF!!!!


A wonderful Monday and a magnificent week to each of you!! I had a great weekend....well a working weekend but things are looking up for the old Joie de Vivre Cottage...smiles!!! I will give you a little bit more info about the Cottage in a later posting!! Smiles!!

My posting today makes my head swim!!! But no time like the present to get started! This is my card/project for the Wild Orchid Challenge and for this fortnight the challenge is CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS! How fun is that!!!! And you know there is always a wonderful prize from Wild Orchid Crafts for some lucky participant. So please come over, have a peek at the marvelous DT samples, and join in with us. This may your lucky week!!



I made a gift box with an easel card affixed to the top of it. And you can see that I used WOC 1" Gingham Ribbon, 25mm Poinsettia centered with a Small Moonstone Brad, some White Berries for snowballs, some Divine Twine for the fence bows, and some Self-Adhesive Rhinestones on the snowflake ornaments.

The image I used is from the latest release over at Whimsy Stamps and is the New Christmas Bunny designed by the amazing artist Sylvia Zet. The image was colored with Copics, Promarkers, and Flexmarkers, adding a bit of Liquid Applique for the snow, Glamour Dust for the snowflakes, and Doodlebug Lily White Flock for the fur. The fence is from an old train set and it was topped with Liquid Applique also.



The sentiment on the base of the image is from the New Winter Notables 1 set and it was cut out using the New Notables 1 Die, both designed by the super talented Ann Vento!!

Through the 23 November the Whimsy Stamps DT and Special Guests are showcasing these fabulous new stamps and dies with a daily mini blog hop. So be sure to go by the Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Blog to leave your comments along the way for some wonderful prizes! Each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw. To be entered into each day's mini blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT's posts listed by 12.00PM EST the next day. All winners will be announced on the Whimsy Inspirations blog after 12.00PM EST on 23 November. All stamps and dies from the new release are now available at the Whimsy Stamps shop.

The absolutely darling DP that I used for this card/box is by Maja Design and is called Vintage Winter....aren't they the sweetest??!!! These papers are from the Creashop Duymelot in the Netherlands which is owned by my sweet friends Astrid and Kees..and they are such wonderful shopkeepers!!! I want to share with you that Astrid is now one of my sisters in the breast cancer journey. She has just been through surgery and is on the Chemo and radiation journey now. So PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE send Astrid a note or a card to let her know that we are thinking of her. Her email is HERE and cards can be sent to her at the shop at: Astrid Duym, De Waag 41, 8102 CK, Raalte, The Netherlands. I know she would really appreciate knowing that we are all right behind her!!!

And now for some SPECIAL SWEET STUFF for my FOLLOWERS:

Astrid and Kees sent me this wonderful Maja 6X6 Vintage Winter Paper Pad to give to one of my FOLLOWERS and it will indeed make one of you so happy!!! The pad contains 48 sheets, 2 each of 23 double sided patterned papers and includes 2 die cut sheets!! Every single page is so darling!!!! Thank you so much, Astrid and Kees--you are the BEST!!! Will call you soon!!!!

I am also adding a Whimsy Stamps Christmas Bunny by Sylvia Zet--the same image that I used for my project! And Sylvia's work makes anybody smile!!!



I am asking that you PLEASE link this posting on your sidebar so that everyone we come in contact with will know about Astrid and will help in sending her cards and emails to brighten her day!! Let's all share lots of PINK LOVE with Astrid!!!! Please leave your link with the little Blue Froggy below and if you don't have a blog, please leave an email in a comment before Saturday, November 26 at 8 AM EST!!! Good Luck and thank you so much for spreading the Pink Love to Astrid!!!!

Thank you so much for dropping by today and I hope you have liked what you have found and will want to come back often!!! Have a most beautiful week...and until the next time I send big hugs for you!!!


Sunday, November 20, 2011

WINNER of SWEET STUFF!!!

Happy Sunday, again!! I hope that you have all had a delightful day and are getting ready for a great week!

I wanted to tell you all thank you so much for your visit and for such sweet comments you left for me! So we shall let Mr Random.org make his selection for this SWEET STUFF! And the winner is....

156. Charlotta

Congratulations, Charlotta! Please send me your mailing information before this Wednesday morning at 8 AM EST so that I can get your surprise out to you right away!

I will be back tomorrow with some special SWEET STUFF so please drop by and see what's happening!! Until the next time, I send big hugs!!

SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious



Happy Sunday and Welcome to SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious for another opportunity to win a fabulous prize being offered by Diana at Magnolia-licious. Thank you so much for helping us to spread the word to all of your blogging and crafting friends about this marvelous surprise each Sunday! I'm sure you know that Magnolia-licious has the largest on-line selection in all of North America for Magnolia stamps...and of course is the home of MAGNOLIA MINI WORLD!!! The shop also has so many other delightful things now....like the lovely Marianne and Memory Box dies! So jump over and check out all of the lovelies at Diana's!



The wonderful stamp that Diana is offering this week is the fun Pilot Edwin shown above!!! Isn't he a handsome one!!!! I know you would love to give him a new home!! This could be your lucky week!!!!

In order to be eligible for this wonderful prize, all you need to do to enter the drawing is leave a link to your blog below at the little BLUE FROGGY. If you don't have a blog, please leave your email address in a comment!! There are NO other requirements or rules and you do not need to be a follower or even put information on your blog about the opportunity if you don’t want to. Of course, we will always appreciate it greatly if you would help us spread the word by placing the SUNDAY SENSATIONS logo on your personal blog so that other Maggie Lovers will know about the opportunity!! Thank you!!

Remember the closing for SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious is at midnight EST each Tuesday and the winner is announced on Wednesday! Please be sure to check back on Wednesday to see if you are the lucky winner of this absolutely cute little Edwin stamp!!


Friday, November 18, 2011

Holly Tilda at Just Magnolia and hÄnglar & stÄnglar Challenge and SWEET STUFF!!!



Happy, Happy Friday to each of you!!! Gosh, I hope your week was as wonderful as mine! I had told you earlier that my oncologist was so concerned about nodules which continued to be observant in my lungs...and I was prepared for the worst yesterday!!!! BUT....when he came into my room, I queried about the verdict and shared that I was prepared for whatever he had to tell me...his response was he needed a great BIG hug first!!!!! He then told me that he had NO explanation and could not even begin to describe to me what had happened BUT ALL of the nodules have completely disappeared and that was after they had done 3 separate CT and MRI scans...those nodules have disappeared!!!!! Gosh, I was AMAZED and so happy!!!!! I can't even tell you how happy I have been!!!! Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers!!!! Something worked!!!! BIG SMILE!!!!!

And this week at the Just Magnolia and hÄnglar & stÄnglar Challenge we have a new member of the Design Team...and that new member is Suzan Laverty, so I hope you will go over and congratulate her on her very first DT submission at the challenge blog!!!! Congratulations, Suzan, you sweetie, you!!!! Big congratulatory hugs!!!!!

At the Just Magnolia and hÄnglar & stÄnglar Challenge this week, we are hosted by the amazingly talented Mina who has selected RIBBONS, RIBBONS, RIBBONS for us this week! So grab your ribbons and come on over and show us your creations with ribbon!! Just make sure that your project has a Magnolia or hÄnglar & stÄnglar stamp on it and only link new projects please. Also please post your entry on your blog with a DIRECT LINK back to the Just Magnolia and hÄnglar & stÄnglar Challenge blog. Make sure you have linked your project and not just your blog using the Blue Froggy before 8 pm UK Time on Thursday, November 24. Good luck, everyone!!!

For my card, I used Bazzill for the base and all double matting, the DP is from the BG Nordic Holiday Collection and all background panels are machine stitched. The darling little Holly Tilda from Magnolia-licious was stamped on X-Press It Blending Card, colored with Copics, and cut out with double Nesties. She was placed on a red heart doily by Wilton. The vertical is a sparkling ribbon tied into a double flat bow and topped with a couple of WOC Christmas Berries. The floral treatment is all by Wild Orchid Crafts: Poinsettias and Holly Leaves.


The inside is just more of the same with Poinsettias and ribbon.

SWEET STUFF for my FOLLOWERS

To celebrate my good news (wooooohooooo) and to welcome the magnificent Suzan to the Just Magnolia and hÄnglar & stÄnglar Challenge Design Team, I would like to offer the above SWEET STUFF to my faithful FOLLOWERS! I would love for you to go over and visit with Suzan and tell her what you think of her submission...but just leave your link with Mr Froggy and you will be in for the SWEET STUFF!!!
1 Set of Fiskars So Much Thanks - 19 stamps
1 Set of Fiskars Vintage Farmhouse - 11 stamps
1 Magnolia Something for You Tilda

Please leave your link before Saturday, November 19, at midnight EST in order to be eligible. Good luck!!!

Thank you so much for your visit and I hope you will return often! Over the next several days I will be sharing with you some of the newest images from the latest release over at Whimsy Stamps and each day I will have some sweet SWEET STUFF for you!!!!! Oh Boy!!! That makes me sooooo happy!!! So be sure to check back often and see what's in store for you!!! Have a great day and hope to see you again real soon!!! HUGS!!!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

NEW RELEASE at WHIMSY STAMPS!!!!





Whimsy Stamps has just released 20 fabulous new rubber stamps and 4 wonderful new Shapeology die sets yesterday. These new goodies are available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites.

From today until 23 November the Whimsy DT and Special Guests will be showcasing these fabulous new stamps and dies with a daily mini blog hop. Each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you will have 24hrs to enter each prize draw by leaving a comment on every blog listed for that day.

To be entered into each day's mini blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT's posts listed at the Whimsy Inspirations blog. Each day's winners will be announced after 12.00PM on 23 November at the same site.


Here is a full list of the wonderful new rubber stamps and dies on this new release:


5 Crissy Armstrong rubber stamps
Cool Pony ~ Penguin Skier ~ Sealed With A Kiss ~ Served With Love ~ Snow Fun




4 Kenny K rubber stamps
Brianna Blaster ~ Sexy Elf ~ Superhero ~ Toy Soldier




3 Meljen's Designs rubber stamps
Bundled Little Snowboy ~ Cozy Little Chickadees ~ Cozy Winter Owl




5 Wee Stamps rubber stamps
A Letter For Me ~ Christmas Bunny ~ Let It Snow ~ Suzi With Bunny ~ Wee Florist




3 Raindrop Echo Designs rubber stamp sets
Cozy Hands sentiments (co-ordinating die set available) ~ Sleigh Ride ~ Winter Notables (co-ordinating dies available)




4 Raindrop Echo Designs Shapeology dies
Layered Snowflakes ~ Mittens (co-ordinating stamp set available) ~ Notables 1 (co-ordinating stamp set available) ~ Elegant Notables 1 (co-ordinating stamp set available)



Don't forget to visit each day's DT and leave a comment on their blog posts to be entered into the draw to win a new release stamp, then pop by the Whimsy Inspirations blog tomorrow for the next list of showcase posts!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy our new release!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

LOTV Little Sleepy Head



Happy Day to everyone!!! I hope your week is a magnificent one!!! Mine is quite busy but that's how I like it!!! I have my regular trip to the oncologist this afternoon and what a bummer that is--just messes up my entire day!!

I wanted to show you a sweet little card I made using one of the latest images from Lili of the Valley and this image is so darn cute that I could just squeeze that little cuddled down bear!! He is Little Sleepy Head and he was colored with Promarkers and Flexmarkers adding a touch of Prisma Glitter to the mobile. The base of the card is Bazzill, the double matting is PTI, the DP is from the Kaisercraft Lullaby Collection, and all background panels are machine stitched. I was challenged by my lovely friend Gunilla to make a shaker card sooooooooo...here it is, Gunilla! I used an IO Shake It and cut out the openings with a Nestie, surrounding the image with some lovely blue lace from my sweet friend Suzan. Thanks, sweetie, you know I LOVE lace!!! I filled the shake it with It's A Boy confetti from the local party shop. For the horizontal I used some polka dot grosgrain and dangled a baby footsies charm from the double flat bow.Finally I added a baby boy bead bracelet and some polka dot buttons to the corners!



The inside is very simple, adding another horizontal with double flat bow to the first panel and on the jotting panel, a sentiment from the For You Circular Sentiments set and several baby buttons.

As you all are aware, I am much too old to even know anyone who needs a baby card, so if you have a special need for a baby boy card, I will be more than happy to send this one out to you! Just jot me a note or leave it in a comment!!

Well, that's it for this day! Thank you so much for dropping by--it is such a joy to see that you have been here! Have a delightful day and until the next time, I send great big hugs to each of you!!

SUNDAY SENSATIONS Winner!!



Happy Wednesday everyone!! This week we had a total of 229 participants for the SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious--208 with Mr. Froggy and 21 by comment or email! This exciting event is generously sponsored by Diana at the Magnolia-licious shop who will have another surprise for some lucky participant each and every Sunday right here!

The WINNER of the darling Edwin's Package from Magnolia-licious has been selected by random.org and is.....

156. ~Manuela~

Congratulations, Manuela!!! Thank you so much for mentioning this wonderful opportunity each Sunday on your blog!! Please contact me before this Friday morning at 8 AM EST so that we can make arrangements to get your Sunday Sensations Surprise to you right away!!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who is helping to spread the word about this wonderful weekly giveaway!! Best wishes to each of you for a magnificent week!!! See you back here on Sunday to share the next SUNDAY SENSATIONS from MAGNOLIA-LICIOUS and I know you will love it!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Christmas Portfolio and WINNER and wee peek!!



Happy Tuesday, everyone!! I hope your week is progressing wonderfully and you are enjoying each moment! I am kinda busy at the moment...supervising and moving stuff!

I wanted to share with you a holiday portfolio I made for the 4th Issue of the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Magazine. The image you see above is one of the inside panels of the portfolio and I used one of the darling little Wee Stamps by Sylvia Zet called Winter Fairy. She was stamped on X-Press It Blending card and colored with Promarkers, adding Liquid Applique and Prisma Glitter.

Here is a pic of the 4 panel portfolio closed:



The following pics show the portfolio standing on the table and a couple of close up shots of the inside panels:







Simple How To:
The base is cut from heavy white CS which measures 18"X24". This size allows the portfolio to stand up when unfolded. On the long side, score at 6", 12", and 18". On the shorter side, score at 6". Fold at the score lines and use a very strong adhesive tape to make the 4 pockets at the bottom--I ALWAYS use Scor-Tape and know that the portfolio will stay together. Each panel on the outside measures 6"X12", and on the inside each panel is a 6" square. I machine stitched each panel but of course that is not necessary. I also double matted each panel which is also not necessary. Proceed to decorate the back and the inside as you wish. I purchased tags, weekly planner,note cards, etc to put into the pockets but that is up to you!!! I also made some library pockets to hold additional tags. Have fun!!!

This is a pic of the outside of the portfolio standing on a table:



List of some of the supplies I used: Nesties, WOC Poinsettias, WOC Holly Leaves, WOC Red Organza Ribbon, WOC Tree Ornament, Whimsy Winter's Jewel 1 Die, Small Calendar, WOC Jute String, Stickles, Liquid Applique, Glamour Dust, Charm, Red Satin Ribbons. I used Bazzill for the base and all double matting and the DP is from the Bo Bunny Father Christmas Collection.

I hope you like my little creation and will let me know what you think of it! If you try one yourself, I would love to see pictures of it!!

WINNER of SWEET STUFF
Thank you all for leaving such sweet and kind comments! Mr Random.org has made his selection...and the WINNER is:

Shirley who said...

Jacque you're cupcake card is very sweet! And I love your candy...thanks for sharing..Hugs, Shirley

Congratulations, Shirley!! Please contact me before this Friday morning at 8 AM EST so that I can get your prize out to you!

My sincere thanks to each of you for dropping by and I hope you will come back often! It is always such a joy to know that you have been here!! For those of you who have asked about the move of my craft STUFF...I will give you a first peek of the paper room which is ready for shelving/shades/curtains!!! See there!!! I have been busy!! lolol


Big hugs to each of you!!!! Until the next time, enjoy your week!!!