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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Prima Doll Hop WINNER . . .


Good Morning All!
WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!

First of all, I'd like to thank everyone who hopped along in our Prima Doll Blog Hop.
I so appreciate all the  wonderful comments...
and I wish I could send a prize to each of you...
this is the hardest part of a hop ... selecting only one winner ...
So thank you to all from the bottom of my heart...
Here was my method of picking the winner.
I put all the qualifying names in this box ...
some received more then one entry for posting about the hop
or becoming a follower.  
And my WINNER IS:


Please email me (akadafney@yahoo.com) with your snail mail address and
I will get your prize package in the mail to you a.s.a.p.
Thanks Everyone!  You are the BEST!!!

OTHER WINNERS:
 Mary's Winner - MiamiKel
Lisa's Winner - Kathy Salido
Diane's Winner - Sherrie K
Mindy's Winner - Lizita anon
Joyce's Winner - Park & Slide

UPDATE:  
I have not heard back from my original winner so I have drawn a new winner!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Pinque Peacock

Hello my friends and Happy Friday!
Can you believe it is Labor Day Weekend already ... where did the summer go??
Anyways . . . How thrilled am I to tell you that I am today's Guest Designer at Pinque Peacock!
Be sure to pop over and check out their beautiful selection of covered button, beautiful stick pins and much, much more!  Perfect for those 'special' touches!!

I recently won some of their BEAUTIFUL items and couldn't wait to use this gorgeous pin on a wedding card ... PERFECT!!



The digital image I have used for my card today is called 'True Love' by From The Heart Stamps and was created in honor of her 15th wedding anniversary ... how sweet is that!

My background paper is from FabScraps 'High Tea' 8x8 paper pack and I thought it was just perfect for a wedding creation.  Since I was already fussy cutting out my image for the front, I figured why not fussy cut one of the roses from the paper as an inside embellishment ... worked perfectly!

I hope you'll pop over and check out Pinque Peacock ... what a nice group of talented ladies!!

Wishing you all a safe and fun holiday weekend!
Until next time and as always . . .

Recipe:
Papers - FabScraps 'High Tea', white cs
Stamp/Ink -Penny Black/Versafine Onyx
Accessories -  Pinque Peacock pearled stick pin, JoAnn wedding tulle, Offray wedding organza ribbon, Wild Orchid mini mulberry flower, Bow Easy, Stickles, Fiskars swivel craft knife, Wilton paper doily, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers





Thursday, August 29, 2013

Joan's Gardens Challenge

Happy Thursday Evening my friends!

While hubby prepares to watch another Pre Season football game, I decided to play along in one of my favorite challenges and do a little crafting.    The challenge I am referring to is the one over at Joan's Gardens every Thursday.  Joan has become a dear friend and she/Selma continue to inspire me to 'think outside the box' with their wonderful challenge ideas.

The challenge for this week is the following:

You can make 3 cards this week
  • Use gingham, checks or plaids
  • Colors - Green, white and brown
  • Butterflies
  • Something fallish...pumpkins, scarecrows, leaves etc
  • You must use a product sold at Joan's Gardens. Also, mention that you are doing the card/project for Joan's Gardens Challenge. It would be nice if you would add this link to your post: www.atjoansgardens.com

  • Here is what I came up with  . . .


    I have had this scrap of Stemma design paper in my scrap box for several years now and today it just popped out and said "USE ME!" so that was my starting point!  Actually, all the paper used on this card came from my scrap box.

    This card is quite a 'mish-mash' of layers & elements but I think it came together to as a very pretty fall card.  All items used on this A6 card are listed below.

    If you want to join in on a fun challenge, just pop on over to Joan's Gardens  and play along!

    Here are a few additional challenges I'd like to add this creation to:
    Cute Card Thursday - Things with Wings
    Delightful Challenge - Make the Cut (die cuts, punches, decorative scissors)
    DRS Designs - Mad about Plaid

    Hope to see you tomorrow and as always . . .

    Recipe:
    Papers:  Stemma dp, OLD SU green gingham dp, brown cs, hunter green cs, white cs, golden rod cs, CDWV fall leaf dp
    Accessories:  Pumpkin stickers from scrapbooking stash, Martha Stewart 3-in-1 butterfly punch, Cheery Lynn Designs DL121 Sunflower die, Cheery Lynn Designs B123 Victorian Picket Fence die, Sizzix #656064 flowers & branch die set, Michaels gingham ribbon, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers


    A.R.T. #12 Challenge

    Happy Thursday dear friends!

    It's time for another fun challenge at the

     Today's Theme Is:

    RIBBONS & PEARLS

    (Inside)

    I have had this funny Inky Antics set for awhile now and totally forgot about it!  Well, today I'm 'blowing the dust' off it and getting it inked up for the very first time.  I think these ladies will be a fun addition to my Craft Show collection!

    It appears this 'lady' enjoys a little BLING on her footwear ... (note the pearls on the shoes she's wearing as well as the ones she's considering buying) LOL!

    Today the team has some awesome inspiration samples for you over at the blog ... please be sure to pop over and check 'em out.  Then why not join in the fun!  I'd love to see your ribbons & pearls creations!

    Thanks SO MUCH for all your support and for just taking the time to stop by!  I so appreciate it!!
    As always and until next time . . .

    Recipe:

    Papers:   White cs, Kaiser Crafts 'Sweet Nothings' 6x6 paper pack
    Stamps:  Inky Antics 'Women #3'
    Accessories:  Cheery Lynn 'B165' Lace Corners Deco E, Kaiser pearls, Creative Memories corner rounder, Offray olive satin ribbon, Bow-Easy

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge

    Good Morning All!

    It's time for another FUNtabulous challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters!

    Before I share today's challenge and card, I wanted to remind you that you still have a couple of days left to put your name in to become our STEP SISTER  ... you can see all the details HERE.  

    Now onto today's challenge . . . which is:

    BACK TO SCHOOL

    Yep, it's that time of year again and I know some schools are ALREADY in session!  Yikes ... when I was a kid we NEVER started the school year until after Labor Day Weekend.  
    But ... times have changed!

    Looks like this little guy is fascinated with this book ... hmmm, wonder what it's about??
    Maybe he's wanting to be an engineer and is sharpening his math skills ...
    Or maybe a rocket scientist ... that would be cool ...
    Nah ... I bet it has something to do with SUPER HEROS!!!  LOL!


    My crafting order from Joan's Gardens arrived recently and this awesome Cheery Lynn Designs Step Card die was in that order.  I just HAD to use it for today's creation!  So easy and I just love the WOW factor this card has!



     Recipe:
    Papers:  White cs, Red cs, Yellow cs, Graphic45 'An ABC Primer', Recollections 'school bus'
    Stamps:  Jellypark digi image (boy on books), Graphic45 'An ABC Primer' stamp set (ruler & apple)
    Accessories:  Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Cheery Lynn Designs B348 Step Card Die, Fiskars swivel craft knife, xPressIt foam mounting tape

    I hope you'll come join in our fun challenge and if you need more inspiration, my 'Sistahs' have some awesome creations to share with you.  Just CLICK HERE to check it out!

    A few additional challenges I'd like to enter into:
    Love to Create Challenge - Back to School
    Melonheadz Friends - Back to School
    Stamps & Fun = Creativity - School
    Tammy's Scrapin Corner - Anything Goes
    The Pink Elephant - Back to School
    613 Avenue Creates #34 -  Anything Goes
    A Gem of A Challenge - Anything With a "B"  (books, bus)
    CMC Copic Challenge - Anything Goes (use alcohol markers)
    Dis Digi Designs - We're Going Back to School
    Sugar Creek Hollow - Back to School
    Bloggers Challenge - Back to School
    ClearlyiStamp - School Time

    Thanks so much for stopping by today and as always . . .

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    Prima - Julie Nutting Doll Hop (Week 4)

    WOW!  Have you seen the Prima Julie Nutting Mixed Media Doll stamps?  They are ADORABLE! 

    A few of us are having so much fun with them that we’ve decided to put together a 4 Part HOP and the rules are very simple.  Each Tuesday throughout the month of August we will be sharing creations made with a variety of these fabulous stamps to inspire you.   

    All you will need to do is HOP to each of our blogs each Tuesday in August and leave us a comment.  

     Be sure to include your email address because on August 30th we will EACH BE GIVING AWAY A PRIZE.  We will be sharing what our individual prize packages are on our blogs.  REMEMBER … you will need to comment EACH TUESDAY to qualify for the prize!  AND … if you share our hop info on your blog, your name will go in twice towards the prize.  WAIT THERE’S MORE!  If you become a follower/subscriber you get a THIRD CHANCE!! 

    So what do you say?   
    Are you ready for WEEK 4 (final week) of our hop??
    It's so sad to see it come to an end ... we've had such fun!!!

    REMEMBER:  If you have just learned of our hop and want to be involved, you still have time to 'backtrack' to Week's 1-2-3 and leave your comments.
    Here are the links one last time . . .

    WEEK 4 - Winter    
    For this FINAL TUESDAY of the hop, we are creating with the WINTER season in mind!
    This little lady has on her Christmas green & red and is ready for the holiday parties!




    The background papers used on my Prima Doll Tag are from the Crafty Secrets digital Vintage & Retro Christmas CDs.  My snowman die is Marianne LR0246.

    I actually printed the musical paper from the Crafty Secrets CD then stamped and colored my pretty ruffle dressed Prima Doll.

    Touches of sparkle using Stickles red, diamond and waterfall colors adorn the snowman, icicles and her headband.  The sparkly ribbon came from Flower Factory.


    My second project started out beautifully with all the fun colors and techniques I used on the canvas but unfortunately time ran out for me and I didn't get as much designing done on it as I had hoped.  However, I will share with you the stage it is in at the moment.

     

    I have used everything but the kitchen sink on this canvas!  LOL!
    Ink pads, various Glimmer Mists, paints ... I love how it reminds me of looking into the Christmas tree and squinting your eyes so all the lights run together.

    I've had such a good time on this hop and hope you have too.
    Thanks so much for joining in our fun and GOOD LUCK!  
    Be sure to hop over to EACH of the girls blogs and leave some love!!
      REMEMBER:  By leaving a comment at EACH blog EACH week in August, YOU will qualify for the prizes being offered!
    AND, it would be VERY HELPFUL if you  
    • add your email address
    • let us know you've become a follower
    • let us know you've shared this hop on your blog.
    Those last two items will get your name put in the hat additional times so we don't want to miss anyone!

    DARLENE (Dar's Crafty Creations) YOU ARE HERE!

    MARY   (Primitive Seasons) 

    LISA   (A Mermaids Crafts)

    DIANE   (Nellie's Nest) 

    MINDY   (Mulberry Mindy)

    JOYCE  (Scrap For Joy)

    You next stop is MARY ... wait until you see what she has created for you this week!
    I look forward to hearing what your thoughts are on this project.

    Before I go ... I've seen where a couple of the other ladies have shared the 'entire collection' from our seasonal Prima Doll Hop and thought I'd do the same ...  hope you've enjoyed the hop!
    SPRING
    FALL
    SUMMER


    Thanks so much for stopping by and as always . . .
     FYI:  Winner's will be announced on/after Aug. 30th on each blog so be sure to pop over to each blog to see if YOU are their winner!
    I won't be announcing my winner until Friday, Sept. 6th ... sorry ... very busy time of year for me!
    Okay ... I gave it more thought ... I'll be announcing my winner on Saturday, August 31st!!
    GOOD LUCK!!

    Monday, August 26, 2013

    SFC3413 - It's Squigglefly Time Again . . .

    Happy Monday Everyone!
    Hope your weekend was fabulous!

    It's the Holley Hobbyists turn to share creations at this week's Squigglefly Challenge Blog.
    Our theme this week is:

    Sir Shapes-Alot
    (LOL ... cute play on words!)
    Use at least THREE different shapes on your card/project.

    Today I created with a fun 'Truck' image & sentiment from Dawn Collins.  
    Using some OLD DCWV 12x12 paper, I did a little fancy cutting to create this playful scene.

    ( Inside view)

    This was really a lot of fun to create and here's a few elements that went into today's scenic creation!

    After coloring the truck image using my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, I did some fussy cutting with my Fiskars swivel craft knife.

    As I said, my background paper is OLDER THAN THIS TRUCK (lol) but gave me the background I was looking for.  The RECTANGULAR sign is one of a few in this set by Dawn Collins.

    My ROUND sun was created by sponge pod stamping on white paper with SU More Mustard ink then die cutting with a Spellbinder classic circle die the re-sponging the edge.  My PICKET FENCE is a die from Cheery Lynn Designs - B123 Victorian Picket Fence.  Attached to the fence is a sign I created using a Spellbinder ELONGATED rectangle with the Creative Memories sticker letters to spell out BEWARE!

    What fun it was playing with shapes!  I can't wait to see what my team members have created today!  Why not pop over to the challenge blog for a little more inspiration ... then join in this challenge theme fun!  Remember to use a Squigglefly image to win but if you don't have one, try one of their freebies!

    A few additional challenges:
    ABC Challenges #42 - No Flowers
    Cards for Men - Funny Birthday
    Cheerful Stamp Pad #67 - Anything Goes
    Craftin Desert Divas - Anything Goes Linky Party
    Created with Love Challenge #55 - Anything Goes
     Tammy's Scrapin Cabin #77- Anything Goes

    Thanks so much for stopping by and here's wishing you a FABULOUS week ahead!
    As always . . .

    Saturday, August 24, 2013

    Crafty in the Kitchen Today!

    Hello my friends ...

    Sorry I haven't had much paper crafting to share with you this week (I'll take care of that NEXT week...LOL).  It's been crazy busy around here with my freelancing job with JoAnn Fabrics Headquarters and the Annual 3-Day Morgan Family Reunion being this weekend!

    I was down at the reunion spot last evening (held on a 100 acre farm my oldest 1st cousin owns) with several more of my 1st cousins (I believe there are [were] 47 First Cousins from the original 12 Morgan children).  And, for the last 26 years we've had a Friday night/All Day Saturday 1st cousins reunion followed by a FULL FAMILY REUNION on Sunday.  

    Everyone brings a covered dish and this year I decided to make some of the dessert recipes from our Morgan Family Cookbook.  Cousin Nancy, myself and my daughter Carolyn decided back in 2004 to pull together a Picture/Story/Cookbook for this amazing large family before it was too late.  At that point in time, we had already lost 5 of the original 12 children and with the recent passing of Aunt Ruth, there are only 2 of the original 12 remaining.  My mother and her youngest sister MaryJane.


    Anyways ... as some what of a tribute to these fabulous folks, my daughter & I decided to pull recipes from this awesome cookbook and recreate them for the reunion this year.  Especially since we realized last year that the dessert table was pretty sparse after the loss of our Aunts who always provided those yummy treats.  Carolyn is making 2 recipes from the 'Cookie' section and I was to make 2 recipes from the 'Dessert' section but I ended up doing 3 ... what can I say ... they all sounded so good!!

    Selection #1 was Aunt Marc's Pistacio Tube Pan Cake
     






















    Selection #2 is Aunt Elizabeth's Pineapple Dump Cake



















    And, last by not least, Aunt Marie's Lemon Cake Supreme


















    The surprise is hidden INSIDE on this one!!  They all smell so YUMMY!!!




    I pointed out in the above photo 'My Mom' ... she is presently 83 years old and doing GREAT!  She still works 2 part time accounting jobs and sings with her friend Pam (who plays keyboard) at several nursing homes around the area as well as Treasurer of the church and sings in the church choir.  This lady lets no moss grow under her feet and is a true inspiration to us all!

      Unfortunately, all of her siblings in this photo have passed away now and she misses them all so much!  You can't grow up with EIGHT sisters and THREE brothers without having an extremely close bond!

    Well ... baking is done and ready to pack up for the big EAT FEAST (Reunion) tomorrow so maybe I can now take a little time to get creative in my crafting cave.  

    Hope you're having a FABULOUS weekend!
    Be sure to TELL and SHOW those around you how much you love them ...  
    they won't be here forever!!!!

    God Bless You All!!
    As always . . .
    OH ... and just so you know ... the morning glories are still going strong!  They were so pretty when we pulled out of the garage this morning to go to breakfast that I just had to snap a few photos with my phone.






















    Do you remember this photo from last month where they started to vine up around my Home Sweet Home plaque?
     Here's what they look like today!
    Can you find the plaque now?? 
     I know they are taking over but I just don't have the heart to tear them out yet!  Maybe in October ... or November ... for sure before the snow flies!  LOL!  They are just too pretty and make me smile!

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

    A.R.T. #11 Challenge

    Happy Thursday dear friends!

    It's time for another fun challenge at the
    This week is an easy one . . .
    ANYTHING GOES!!!

    That's right, so please be sure to come join us!

     (Inside)
    While in the process of getting ready for my upcoming Fall Craft Shows, I realized I was in need of more birthday cards for kids!  What better time than now to get some created.

    For the focus of my card I downloaded this adorable [free] 'Piglet' (Winnie the Pooh) image from www.coloring-pages-kids.com.  Good for a girl or a boy, these sweet images are always fun to color & create with.  And, I was also able to use up some scraps ... circles behind Piglet and the inside sentiment panel.

    Recipe:
    Papers:  White cs, Christmas red cs, SU Pacific Point cs, SU Brocade Blue cs, Best Creations Inc 'Let's Party' dp
    Stamps:  Impression Obsession , All Nite Media  (Inside Piglet)
    Accessories:  White Gelly Roll Pen, Spellbinder Class Circle Dies, Fiskars swivel craft knife, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Spellbinder Labels One

    Now it's your turn to play & share!  I do hope you'll come join us and please be sure to pop over to see what Cheryl and the DT have created.  See you there!

    A few additional challenges:
    DL.ART - August Linky Party - Anything Goes
    Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
    Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - Dies and/or Punches
    Sweet Stamps - Anything Goes

    Thanks for stopping by today and as always . . .

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

    Prima - Julie Nutting Doll Hop (Week 3)

    WOW!  Have you seen the Prima Julie Nutting Mixed Media Doll stamps?  They are ADORABLE! 
    A few of us are having so much fun with them that we’ve decided to put together a 4 Part HOP and the rules are very simple.  Each Tuesday throughout the month of August we will be sharing creations made with a variety of these fabulous stamps to inspire you.   
    All you will need to do is HOP to each of our blogs each Tuesday in August and leave us a comment.  
     Be sure to include your email address because on August 30th we will EACH BE GIVING AWAY A PRIZE.  We will be sharing what our individual prize packages are on our blogs.  REMEMBER … you will need to comment EACH TUESDAY to qualify for the prize!  AND … if you share our hop info on your blog, your name will go in twice towards the prize.  WAIT THERE’S MORE!  If you become a follower/subscriber you get a THIRD CHANCE!! 

    So what do you say?   
    Are you ready for WEEK 3 of our hop??

    This week we girls are creating our Prima Doll Projects with FALL in mind and what a fun time I had creating this shadowbox using the mixed media doll with a pocket dress.   I've used a Halloween theme but her dress is actually sunflower design paper and we all know how gorgeous those sunflowers are in the fall! And, I took the liberty of hand cutting a Halloween mask for her!  See ... you can do SO MUCH with these fun dolls ... aaahhh takes me back to my youth!!


    Instead of actually altering a canvas, I decided to flip it over and use it as a shadowbox. 
    Worked GREAT! 



















    My background scene is from an OLD DCWV 12x12 pack as is the paper for around the border.  I dipped into my scrapbooking stickers, etc. for some of my embellishments.  I actually cut the bottom part off my butterfly to create tentacles for her to wear with her winged costume.  All items used will be listed at the end of this post.  Here are a couple of close-ups for you and of course you can click on the image to make it larger (I think).












    There are slots on either side (top & bottom) of the canvas to insert stretchers ... but I used them to insert  the end posts of my fencing so it has a bit of a curve in it.  The bottom posts of the center section were cut off.  Looks really cool IRL!

    Be sure to hop over to EACH of the girls blogs and leave some love!!
      REMEMBER:  By leaving a comment at EACH blog EACH week in August, YOU will qualify for the prizes being offered!
    AND, it would be VERY HELPFUL if you  
    • add your email address
    • let us know you've become a follower
    • let us know you've shared this hop on your blog.
    Those last two items will get your name put in the hat additional times so we don't want to miss anyone!

    DARLENE (Dar's Crafty Creations) YOU ARE HERE!
    MARY   (Primitive Seasons) 
    LISA   (A Mermaids Crafts)
    DIANE   (Nellie's Nest) 
    MINDY   (Mulberry Mindy)
    JOYCE  (Scrap For Joy)

    You next stop is MARY ... wait until you see what she has created for you this week!
    I look forward to hearing what your thoughts are on this project.  
    Thanks so much for stopping by and as always . . .

     Recipe:

    Papers:  DCWV dp, black cs, lavender cs, white cs
    Accessories:  8x10 canvas, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Stickopotamus stickers, Cheery Lynn Designs - DL160 Large Lace Fairy Queen Butterfly die, Cheery Lynn Designs - B123 Victorian Picket Fence die, Michaels double stitched grosgrain ribbon, Art Glitter glue
    Technique:  Hand made Halloween mask