Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tell It All Tuesday :)

Good Tell It All Tuesday :) It's that time of the week again! Let's share our tips, tricks, fav's, and know how! Who knows what me might learn! This can be craft related, children, kitchen, life, WHATEVER goes! Just TELL us!!!!! Can't wait to read your comments! (You can read my response in the comments too!)
Today's Tell It All Question:
What has been your "15 minutes of fame"?
Enter all the fun below! Current Challenges: Summer Lovin'
Current Giveaways: Charmed Ceramics Giveaway
Comment Crazy Freebies: Monthly Drawing Details
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Monday, June 29, 2009

"Lollipop Lollipop, Oh La La Lollipop....."

Hey again! Just wanted you guys to go over to Candy Shoppe Designs and sign up for lots of free goodies! This is a new challenge blog and they have a pre opening Blog Candy giveaway! Be sure and tell them you read about them on 62 Cards :) Now, back to my song...A bumbumbumbum...Lollipop... :)

Ready for a new challenge now?

Hola! I received such a great response to the R&R challenge that I am hosting another! I want to see what you can or have made, yes older work is accepted! That reminds you of summer! For example, this layout reminds me of summer b/c of the bright colors and a nice tan! SO, show us whatcha got. Again- all forms of crafting accepted! Just have fun!!! Link up your post or entry to Mr. Linky Below! (I know that some of you guys fon't have a blog, so you can link straight to your Etsy listing, or photo album through PhotoBucket, SCS, or Flickr.) Leave a comment about your favorite thing about summer for us too! Remember tomorrow is the last day for June comments and to be eligible for the June Freebie Pack! ( OH- I am entering this into the SPCC color Combo, but not as a competing entry as I am sposoring this week, so just for fun!LOL)

R&R Challenge Winners

And the Winner is.....Johanna! View her project HERE! The other entries and poll totals will still be up through today in case that you want to see some of the other great entries or totals! Runners Up were equally impressive- Ms. Cheryl, Karen L., Amanda, P., ReMemories, & Lori! Here is a badge for your site or blog!

Giveaway Winners, Updates, & More!

Good Monday morning! Winner of the Pokketa Saturday Spotlight is:
EVERIMPROVINGME! Email me your addy and your choice from her shop! Don't forget to check out the current giveaway HERE. All you have to do is comment for a chance to win! What beats FREE???
On another note- I am sponsoring the Color Combo Challenge this week over at SPCC. If you haven't joined in the challenges, you should! Head over and see the fun! For those of you visiting from SPCC- Welcome! Leave us a comment, join as a follower, and GOOD LUCK this week! I put together some super fun prizes for scrappers & card makers!
Also- Some great new items in my store this week! Check them out! Have a great day!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

More pics than pretties!

Happy Sunday everyone. I am fighting a major headache since last night. When my little guy woke up this morning he asked for a chocolate chip cookie for breakfast. Those who know me know that this is NEVER an option. Well, this morning, it was. This option meant no fighting, a happy kiddo, and mom a chance to close her eyes while laying down on the coauch while the cookie monster enjoyed his "breakfast". I think I stunned him when I said yes. He repeated himself 3 time to make sure I was hearing him correctly, lol. Needless to say, we didn't make it to church as the thought of moving made me sick at my stomach. So, anyways- I made this layout yesterday. The challenge was to make a layout inspired by Stampin Up's Idea Book Layout over at Scrapmaster's Paradise. Here is the Idea Book LO:
So, that is my take on it. Very simple. No frills. But sometimes, you jst want to showcase several pictures. I am thrilled to actually have a LO for one of my albums that has more pictures than embellisments :) Paper is Bazzill (The yellow, green, and orange were part of a $1.99 Bazzill pack at Archivers, so handy to have around.) Stamps by Stampendous, TomBow Adhesive, Fiskars Corner rounder, EK Success Border Punch. SU Choc. Chip Writer, & Reflectiosn Brad. Thanks for looking! (Oh- Guest Blogger Sunday is posting later. Ms. Cheryl was having some trouble with the layout on her post, so come back later too!) Don't forget to check out yesterday's Saturday Spotlight! Comment for a chance to win a free item from her shop!!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Saturday Spotlight- Charmed Ceramics

Saturday Spotlight time! Here I feature artists and their work! I encourage you to check out their shops, and as always, a special treat is in it for you at the end! Show support & love! You guys are the best at it!!! (If you would like to be featured, simply send me an email at sammyejo@62cards.com and we will get you scheduled! Happy spotlight day!
Saturday Spotlight: Amber at CharmedCeramics
Where are you from: I was born and raised in Idaho, but have been a Utah girl for the past 15 years. I currently live in beautiful Highland, Utah, about 20 minutes south of Salt Lake City).
What do you specialize in: Clay has been my obsession for the past five years or so. It all started with a pottery class offered by UVSC community education. This may sound strange, but I would lay awake at night thinking about clay and all the possibilities. In short, I found my passion.
Name and URL of store: I have two stores on etsy, one for my ceramic pendants (my most recent addition) and one for my pottery: http://www.charmedceramics.etsy.com/ & http://www.clayhaven.etsy.com/ Blog address: http://clayhaven-amber.blogspot.com/
Where did the name come from: I originally wanted to do a little play on words and call the name of my store "Charmed," but that was taken, so I eventually came up with "CharmedCeramics."
How did you get started on etsy: I found etsy by doing a google search on pottery. I knew I wanted to some how do my own online store, but the whole idea of creating and running a website seemed overwhelming to me. When I found etsy, everything seemed to click into place. It was so easy, I eventually did two stores. I've had my pottery store since January, and my ceramic jewelry store since the end of May.
Advice for etsy sellers: Most of my experience on etsy has come from my pottery store. Probably the most important things I have learned are to take good pictures (I watched a few tutorials that helped me immensely), to try and list something every day, and to network with other sellers on etsy. I am currently a member of the etsy mud team. By following and participating in their thread and events I have learned many invaluable lessons. Thanks etsy mud team! What do I want customers to know about me and my product: I love what I do and want to share this love with others. Each ceramic piece is handmade with love and care. My goal is to bring a bit of joy to your life.
Shameless addictions: Obviously, clay is my main addiction, but I also love, love, love dark bittersweet chocolate. There is actually a clay called black mountain that looks like dark chocolate fudge, and I have to fight the temptation to take a little nibble ;)
Such a charming shop :) ! I know you will too. And to celebrate being the featured seller, Amber is giving one of you a FREE item from her shop!! You got it, FREE! (Use for yourself, save for a great Christmas gift, etc??) So, how do you enter? Leave a comment on this post about your favorite item in her shop! For extra entries leave a separate comment if you add her as a favorite on Etsy, make a purchase from her, and if you blog about this giveaway - post a comment with the link to your post! So, that's up to 4 entries!!! Good luck and happy commenting!

Entry to SPCC Color Combo #3, Pile It On Challenge, & Charisma Cardz

Anyone who knows me or the way I scrap knows that I am not a challenge kinda girl. I spent 4 1/2 years in college and in a sorority meeting deadlines and in running my own business, I set my own dealines now! However, I decide to give up my old ways and I am proud to say that for the first 3 challenges at SPCC, I have entered :) HUGE for me! So here is Color Combo #3. I wish you could see the details a littl ebetter. The letters have been hand dotted with SU Choc. Chip Marker and then covered with Glossy Accent. I also covered the brown polka dots with the GA. Paper is a mix of SU and Bazzill. Letters cut from Cuttin' Up Cricut Cartridge. SU dimensionals and adhesive. Stamp Set is one of my FAV's-SU's Wild About you, which is retiring and it makes me sad! I placed the photos "Up and Down" to portray my theme and turned my cute little stamps into carousel characters themselves. When we go t the zoo, we always have to ride! Lately, he wants me riding with him :) I also submitted this to Pile It On and Charisma Cardz this week too :)

The Cuttlebug Spot & Die Cut Dreams Challenge

Summer reminds me of fresh flowers, bumble bees, bright colors, and sunshine! So, I made these cute summer tags for a challenge over at The Cuttlebug Spot ans for Die Cut Dreams!! Did I mention I love daisies too??? :)

Friday, June 26, 2009


Time is winding down to be entered in the end of the month giveaway! All you have to do is BE A FOLLOWER and COMMENT! You get a chance every time you write a comment on a post and you get a point for being a follower! SO COMMENT AWAY! Don't forget to comment on the Saturday spotlight HERE. A winner for a free Pokketa is drawn on Monday! Check back tomorrow for another great giveaway! Also, voting ends today for the R&R Challenge. Get your last votes in HERE. Then don't miss Sunday as Guest Blogger Ms. Cheryl hits us with another great post! Have a fab weekend all! Any big plans??

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Yep! That's right a FREE BIG SHOT or if you have one already- FREE dies, plates, etc!! ! Want to know how? Head over to SP's blog and read all the details! I am a part of her hostess club starting July 1st. I love that I can do the club, but don't have to go anywhere to particiapte!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Hola Wednesday!

Hey guys. Blogger gave me some issues this weekend, so the Saturday Spotlight went u plate and I am afraid you guys didn't see it. Comment for a chance to win a free ONE OF A KIND designer bag from Pokketa. Scroll down the post to Saturday to read, pick you fav, and let us know!!! (Wait maybe if you don't she'll just let me pick one!!!! jk.)

Also- wanted to share a layout from last weeks SPCC color challenge. I am really trying a few new things with my Cricut and I made the background and the Fabulous cutout with a cartridge I hardly ever use!!! Fun!! If you haven't checked out SPCC- do it! I am sposoring the challenge next week, so lots of goodies to come! If you haven't voted in the R&R challenge- go do it!
And some great BLOG CANDY from Sami over at Scrapmaster's Paradise. YOU WANT TO COMMENT FOR A CHANCE! I PROMISE!!!! GO SEE!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tell It All Tuesday!

Good Tell It All Tuesday :)
It's that time of the week again! Let's share our tips, tricks, fav's, and know how! Who knows what me might learn!
This can be craft related, children, kitchen, life, WHATEVER goes! Just TELL us!!!!! Can't wait ot read your comments!(You can read my response in the comments too!) Today's Tell It All Question:
What is the best and worst gift you have ever gotten?

Monday, June 22, 2009

Wellamina Winner is.......................

Winner of the Saturday Spotlight: Wellamina Giveaway is:

Random.org picked #8- RaeChelle!

CONGRATS!!!!!! Email me your shipping address and choice of item from her shop to sammyejo@62cards.com so I can pass it on! A very big thank you to Eleanor from Wellamina for being such a generous sposor! Remember Wellamina for all your gift giving this holiday season too!!!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Saturday Spotlight- POKKETA

Saturday Spotlight time! Here I feature artists and their work! I encourage you to check out their shops, and as always, a special treat is in it for you at the end! Show support & love! You guys are the best at it!!! (If you would like to be featured, simply send me an email at sammyejo@62cards.com and we will get you scheduled! Happy spotlight day!
Saturaday Spotlight: K from POKKETA
Name: just K!-
Where are you from?: I have lived in NYC for the past 12+ years, but am originally from the Midwest. I moved here for a career in Fashion Design.
What do you soecialize in?:-I specialize in unique zip bags that are made from exclusive designer fabrics.

Website: -URL = www.pokketa.etsy.com
Where did your name come from? - -POKKETA (pronounced POCKET-ah)came into my head one day thinking about the word "pocket"; something you put stuff in. POKKETAs are more chic, more fabulous, and better than just pockets!
How did you get started on Etsy?: -I have been a buyer on Etsy for quite a while. Being a designer/artist/crafty person myself, I really appreciate the work that goes into handmade things, and love supporting other artists and designers. My "day job" is that of a womenswear designer at a company in the heart of New York City's Garment District. Twice a year, the finest textile mills from all over the world send me fabric samples to consider for the collections I design for. Whatever doesn't get selected, usually goes in the trash! I just couldn't bare to toss some of these beautiful pieces of expensive fabric (so not "green"!), so I began collecting them. I kept trying to come up with something I could do with them. Then it hit me one day, they were the perfect size for great zip bags! So, I made a pattern, sewed a proto, and was thrilled! POKKETA was born. This is a fun "side project" for me.
An Etsy advice?: -Being a "newbie", I don't really have much "advice", except that you should absolutely love what you are doing, and have fun with it. Express yourself, and be true to that.
What do you want your customers to know about you and your product? -POKKETAs are made from exclusive designer fabric samples that come from the best textile mills all over the world. Most of these fabrics, you will never see in the US market. Each POKKETA is expertly sewn by me, and each one is a ONE OF A KIND. I even put a special pull on each zipper. Take it from a NYC designer, the difference is in the details!
Any Shameless Addictions :)? Mine include: "retail therapy", fabric stores (I LOVE Mood Fabrics), art supply stores, SHOES, avant garde clothing & jewelry, Jacques Torres chocolate, MUSIC, trashy reality TV, ETSY, my boyfriend's fabulous cooking!
Anything else you want us to know? :): -As a kid growing up in the Midwest, I knew I wanted to be a fashion designer at a very early age, and started sewing doll clothes on my mom's Kenmore at age 10. This means I have been sewing for 25 years now (yikes!) It's definitely been my "calling" in life, and I really do enjoy it. I am especially interested in couture sewing, and have made everything from hand-tailored men's suits to a wedding gown. I also enjoy sketching and illustrating.
I just fell in love with her little designs! I know you will too. And to celebrate being the featured seller, K is giving one of you a FREE Pokketa! You got it, FREE! (Gotta love that, designer bag that is FREE to you!! Does it get any better??) So, how do you enter? Leave a comment on this post about your favorite item in her shop! For extra entries leave a separate comment if you add her as a favorite on Etsy, make a purchase from her, and if you blog about this giveaway - post a comment with the link to your post! So, that's up to 4 entries!!! Good luck and happy commenting!

Friday, June 19, 2009

It's FRIDAY!!!!!- VOTE FOR THE R&R Challenge!!!

Today is the last day to comment on the Wellamina post for a chance to win your choice of an item from her Etsy store! Click on over to that post and comment! Winner will be picked and posted Monday morning! Don't forget, tomorrow we have a new Saturday Spotlight free giveaway!!! Stop in and see us!! Anyone have big plans for the Father's Day weekend?

VOTING TIME IS HERE!!!! You can place your votes for the Recycle & ReUse Challenge HERE! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???? GO LOOK AND VOTE! You have until midnight June 26th, eastern time to get the votes in! Blog about it, email your friends, vote vote vote! You can see who is leading and how many votes you have after you vote! Winners announced Monday, June 29th! Good LUCK!!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

No power...

I have been without power today for 12 hours and I was about to go nuts!!!!!! granted I went 10 days in September for the wind storm and 7 days in January for the ice storm, but we up and went to homes of our family. Today, it came a HORRIBLE thunderstorm or three and then it was beautiful outside and here we are without power. We couldn't play outside b/c the ground was sooooo wet. SO- I played with the little guy until Igot him to nap and then I worked on unmounting my wooden stamps to make them cling stamps! I love using clear adn cling stamps, so my SU stamps were begging to be unmounted. I have so much space where those boxes were now!!! ANyone insterested in info on how to do this? Leave a comment and if so, I will do a step by step on unmounting stamps! Now- I have to go read all your comments!!!! I feel sooo behind!

Scrap the Boys!

Another note for today! Spent yesterday morning at Dora the Expolorer LIVE, (read: 2400 kiddos/people all singing backpackbackpack & We did it! We did it!) Matthew LOVED it though and Diego made an appearance, so he was pumped! I needed to work on some orders last night but, I wanted to scrap for a few, so after dinner I headed downstairs and knocked out these 2 layouts!
This one was for a June Challenge over at Scrap the Boys! Check the site out! It is great! Challenges, and gret ideas for those with boys!!!!Did I mentioned I applied for their Design Team :) Wish me luck! If there is one thing I know it's paper and boys :)
For this layout I used Bazzill Cardstock, Bazzill Swiss Dot, Alphabeans from Jillibean Soup, Letters from The Jellybean Joint, Stickles, Stampin Up Dimensionals, TomBow adhesive. Other: Patch, Twill tape, clear layover. The challenge was to use Black, Red, and ONE other color. The picture needed to be a of your boy and his toy :)

Then I did this one! Mom and Matthew making Oreo Balls! YUM! Paper is from DCWV Nan's Kitchen, Embellishments where made by cutting out one of the pages that is also in the DCWV paper pad. Stampin Up Kiwi Kiss & Dimensionals, Stickles, Chit Chatter Chipboard, K&Co Journaling Spot.

Bookmark & Winners of DeeJAnn Giveaway

Like the new Jumbo Bookmarks? These are now available in my store! I even have some with Las Vegas Poker Chips for the guys! Speaking of bookmarks, anyone reading any great books? With the hubby's surgery coming up, I will have lots of reading time at the hospital and would love to have some good recommendations! Thanks in advance for sharing! I appreciate it!!

Numbered and Picked by Random.Org:
Karen L
Congrats! Email me you mailing address to sammyejo@62cards.com and I will forward them to DeeJAnn and she will get your prizes to you!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

anyone else out there having problems mr. linky today? every blog i know of that uses it is. The links just disappeared. UGH! help LINKY main people!

Bloggy Love :) & Last Day to enter Recycle & ReUse Challenge!

Wanted to share the links of some great blogs you may want to check out! If you have found any recently, or want to share your blog with us :), post the link to them in the comments to share with all of us!
Vintage Plum-
The company is 100% Made in America Scrapbook Kits, The blog has great tutorials and super duper nice people!
Kimber McGray-
Talk about crazy talented! You'll love her ideas and her cards!
A new challenge site with great colors! You will love it! (Did I mention I made top 5 last week :) OH- Design Team Call going on too!
Scrap, Stamp, & Be Merry-
Some great Blog Candy going on and GREAT designs and ideas!!!
Today is the dealine to get your entries in for the Recycle & ReUse Challenge!
Click HERE to enter your projects! Voting starts tomorrow! Check back to get the link on how to vote! in the meantime, click on all the links to see the great projects and get your favorites ready!!!!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tell It All Tuesday

Good Tuesday everyone. Tuesday's are now decicated as Tell It All Tuesday :) Every week there will be a new question. I am really trying to get into a routine with some sort of "Blog Organization". So far, we have Guest Blogger Sunday, Tell It All Tuesday, and Saturday Spotlight! Progress ;) SO, let's share our tips, tricks, fav's, and know how! Who knows what me might learn!
Today's Tell It All Question:
What is the best organization tip you've got!???
This can be craft related, children, kitchen, life, WHATEVER goes!
Just TELL us!!!!! Can't wait ot read your comments!
(You can read my response in the comments too!)
*Don't forget to leave your comments on DeeJAnn's giveaway post! The winners will be picked tomorrow and announced on Thursday!!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Become a follower contest winner is......

Congrats to Love4Paper! You won! Please email me your shipping address anad name to sammyejo@62cards.com. I think I will keep this up every month! So, just by being a follower you could win! My way of saying thanks for reading the blog! Remember- Journaling Spot Giveaway winners are drawn Wednesday and the Wellamina Giveaway winner is drawn Friday! GO COMMENT so you get your chance!!! Entries for Recycle & ReUse challenge must be linked up by Wednesday! You can always upload to this blog's flickr album on the right side bar then link them up! Ms. Cheryl and Karen I know you guys have several to get up! :) Have a great day!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Great American Scrapbook Convention

I had soooooo much fun! Wish you had been there with me. This was my third year to attend and there will be more. This is the only convention I have attended so I don't have anything to compare it to but I can say it is well thought out and organized. Over the three years I have been I have seen improvements made each year. I don't know how they can improve on it after this year.
I took six classes and volunteered in three. Of all the classes my favorite was a banner made from double layered and stitched canvas. I will definitely use canvas again. We learned to use a roller doodle, make a grungy flower from paper strips and decorate the top cording with buttons and handmade charms from rub ons. It was a 1 1/2 hour class but could have easily used another 30 min. I will post a picture when I finish the details on mine. The buttons in the class kit were gold and I am a silver girl so I will trade them out. The rub ons were numbers in circles and I wanted a punch that was the right size to punch the circles out rather than cut them out with scissors. My punch was too large so that was all the excuse I needed to buy a smaller punch. LOL. I love Creative Memories punches so that is what I bought. It goes with the ones I already have. **** TIP**** I store my punches in an over-the-door shoe organizer. It keeps them all together and close at hand.**** I think this banner would be great as a chair decoration for the birthday person in your life or mother/father's day or other celebration. You could dress up the canvas any way you like. It could even be interchangable if you added velcro dots to the canvas instead of adhesive. I'm now on the hunt for some pretty vintage buttons. I started looking on etsy last night. Do any of you have places you like to shop for vintage buttons? Please leave me a link in your comments if you do.
Next week I'll tell you about the scrapping celebrities I met. I'll give you a clue... one is into pastels and the other is into literature. Can you guess??? I love to read your comments so please feel free to speak up. I also want to thank you for your thoughts and prayers during my family's recent loss. I hope you each have a BLESSED week. ms.cheryl

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Saturday Spotlight - Wellamina

Back by demand are the Saturday Spotlights! Here I will again feature artists and their work! I encourage you to check out their shops, and as always, a special treat is in it for you at the end! Show support & love! You guys are the best at it!!! (If you would like to be featured, simply send me an email at sammyejo@62cards.com and we will get you scheduled! Happy spotlight day!
Saturday Spotlight Featured Artist: Eleanor from Wellamina!
Name: Eleanor Prado

Where are you from?: I was born in Chicago, Illinois I lived there most of my life. Now I live in South Carolina.

What do specialize in: I always loved to sew, So that why I got into making things, like my purse size tissue holders. But I don't stop their. I also make things with buttons. From ponytail holders to jewelry.

Name & URL of store: Wellamina - http://www.wellamina.etsy.com/ and http://www.thebuttonboutique.etsy.com/

Where did the name come from: Wellamina is a little bit of me and a little of my daughter, Wellamina is 12. Not an adult, but not a child. She's just trying figure out who she is, a young girl with alot of talent and thats ok.

How did you get started on etsy?: Surfing on the internet one day. My husband said you should try it. and I did, and I never looked backed.

Any advice for new etsy sellers that you have learned?: First you need to give 100% love in what you do. Believe in yourself, Try! I learned though my mistakes, do reseach on prices, packaging, and taking great photos is the most important thing. Remember your customers can't pick it up to look at it, so they count on you to give them the best pictures and description.

What do you want customers to know about you and/or your product: The most important thing that I learned about myself is that all things are possible. Even with being a paraplegic. Me, having MS has changed my life, and I learned that if you really want to do something, than go for it. The only person thats stoping you is you yourself. One day I started to make some dress My husband said they look great, Wait, how are you sewing. I looked at him and said " I put the foot petal on the table and use my right hand to push it. Right than I knew I can do this "cool" I like my items to be perfect, What you see is what you get.

How cool is she!!!! So, in honor of being the featured artist, Wellamina is giving one lucky reader a FREE item from her shop! Yep , FREE. So, how do you enter? Leave a comment on this post about your favorite item in her shop! For extra entries leave a separate comment if you add her as a favorite on Etsy, make a purchase from her, and if you blog about this giveaway - post a comment with the link to your post! So, that's up to 4 entries!!! Good luck and happy commenting!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Entry to SPCC Color Challenge

Well, Sunday is my Daddy's (Yes, spoken like a true Southern Girl, Daddy! AT least it's not Big Daddy like Blanche!) (Do you know who I am talking about? :)

So, I was needing to get my entry into this week's SPCC Color Challenge, so I decided to scrap my Daddy. I wish I could tell you how much of a Daddy's girl I am. I wake up worrying about him and go to bed worrying about him. I just love him so much! In the past 3 1/2 years he has had a rough go of it! First, my brother, the only boy and the one taking over the family farms was killed, the FIRST time I have ever seen my daddy cry. Then in January his farming partner for 37 years, his uncle, passed away totally unexpected. Then just a couple weeks ago, we lost my Pepa- his dad. So, now dad has not only all the farms to take care of, but he still takes it one day at a time. He loves us with everything he has and gives everything he can to the land. A farmer is one of the hardest jobs in the world. The dairy cows don't let you call in sick or take a vacation day. You can't operate while being away- no conference calls, emails to delay, or rainchecks. You live for the land and you are always on GOD's schedule. If it rains, snows, ices, the electric goes out, doesn't matter. There is still work to be done. It is that work ethic he has drilled into my sister, brother, and I and it is what he IS. Love you so much Daddy! Happy 51st birthday. You amaze me! (Why am I telling him this here, computers are not his thing unless they are on a switchboard in a tractor or combine :)

Journaling Sprouts!

Just wanted to share. I have become a big fan of a new line called Jillibena Soup. I think what I love the most is that it is printed on recycled paper and they seem to love kraft as much as I! Well, over on their blog, they are hosting a contest for getting creative with their Jourmaling Sprouts.
Well, I had made this for Matthew one day and have decided to enter it! It's a match game!
I used the sprouts to decorate the board and as the cards. I attached sprouts behind doors with removable tape and I can change out the sets of matching items so the game doesn't get boring. I have a set of sprouts with letters, with colors, with items, etc. I store them in an envelope on the back of the board! They are the perfect size!

Who said sprouts had to be JUST for scrapbooking! I also used Jillibean Soup Bean Sprout Ribbon and Alpha Bean letters! So good luck to me and Matthew's Match Game!!! :)


Good day all! Don't forget your entries into the Recycle & ReUse Challenge!
Don't forget to enter for the FREE journaling tags HERE!
And for some more freebies, check out the Blog Candy over at one of my favorite sites Scrapmaster's Paradise! So easy to register! You never know, you might win! I am also sponsoring over at a new challenge blog SPCC (Scrapmaster's Paradise Color Challenge. Check it out and get into the action! The first challenge is up and she will be posting one a week! We have some new "faces" around here! Make them feel welcome! Hello to followers pnk, ReFabulous, mojo, and maddy&me! Hope to hear from you guys on the comments! Don't forget to checkout all the GREAT entries in the contest. Just click on the name! So very cool!!!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A couple of housekeeping things-

Just wanted to pass a few things along!
I hadn't heard from ms. cheryl, contributing blogger & avid follower, in a couple days. I emailed her a couple days ago to check on her and learned that her Brother-In-Law has passed away. Please keep her and her family in your prayers and leave her a comment on this post to let her know you care please!
NIfty- I am still waiting on your address from winning one of the giveaways- SEE OLDER POST TO SEE WHERE YOU WON! Please email me by weeks end, or I will have to choose another winner :(
One of the followers here, Claudia from Die Cuts R Us, had a name her blog giveaway, and I was a co winner, well, she graciously let me choose like 15 sheets of paper from her store as the winning prize. I got it today and it is YUMMY! Thanks so much Claudia! You rock. I can't wait to creat with it! Check out her store. You will love it!
Reminder- Archiver's has a by 10 get 10 free deal on their cardstock through Wednesday!
And lastly- I have made a new section in my store for $1 or less items! I am CLEARING OUT people! ALl this new stuff I am making will hit the "shelves" soon and I want all the other gone! If you live locally (Louisville) I will refund your shipping and we can work out a pickup or delivery of your order. If not, $1 items and $2 flat rate shipping on everything in my shop! Thanks for the support!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


So as you have read, with all the entries for the Recycle & ReUse challenge, I have run into a few problems. SO, in order to get all the entries up and get voting started, I am going to have to ask you to reenter, (Or enter if you forgot the first time!) your projects. If you don't remember, I want to see what you Recycle or ReUsed in a project, scrap layout, card, etc. No rules really other than you must have recycled or reused something! How do you enter now- Simply Enter your screen name and the link to your project in the Mr. Linky box below. PLEASE make sure that if possible you have the description of your item on your link. (If you are posting from a gallery, photobucket, etsy site,blog post etc, just make sure you have a description of what your project is and what you recycled or reused. This should give everyone a better chance and make it easier for you to enter all the projects. I will give everyone ONE WEEK to upload your projects- NEXT Wednesday night will be last day to enter. After that voting will start and you will get teh details how to then! Entries will show up here on the blog by the Linky Widget, so check in on other's entries. Submit a comment after to let everyone know your link it up! Email me with questions and GOOD LUCK!!!

GREAT SALE & Giveaway!!!!

There is an Etsy store that I love! (Okay, about 5 billion of them, but i REALLY like this one :) Not only are the items super cute, they are SO affordable. Right now, EVERYTHING is ONE DOLLAR! Want to know the url yet ? :) Here you go: http://www.deejann.etsy.com/ Check out her tags, journaling spots and more! You will LOVE them! I just placed an order the other day adn I can't wait! SO, I contacted Dee and asked permission to blog about her store and sale and asked if she would donate some prizes for a giveaway! SHE SAID YES :)

SO, to enter:

1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what you love in her shop!

2. Leave another comment here if you post about this giveaway on your blog!

3. Leave another comment if you make a purchase from her shop!

4. Leave another comment if you mark her shop as a favorite on Etsy!

SO- you can comment up to 4 times so you are entered up to 4 times! Winners will be picked next Wednesday, June 17th!! Good luck and happy commenting and SHOPPING in Dee's shop!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Don't forget- Become a follower of my blog by clicking hte button on the sidebar and you are eligible for a great new giveaway of goodies! I will pick the winner on Sunday!
So, I came up with this idea the other day adn today, I put it into work! Because I make a TON of cupcake toppers- I wanted a way to show how they look in cupcakes without having to make cupcakes and make an extra set to use in pictures. (That's a lot of time and money just for pictures!) SO- I finally figured out a way! Here it is:

They look so real don't they!!! Really though they are a small gift box in the shape of a cupcake! I found them on clearance at Michael's for 47 cents!!! I pulled the cherry that was on top out and poked a set of my toppers into the center (The tops are decorated foam) and WAH LAH:

Now I have a great way that I can show how EACH set I sell look inside of cupcakes without having to make a set to waste for a picture!!!!

I bought the stand at Michael's a few weeks ago to use for my sister's birthday. It was $10, but I used my 40% off coupon. So, $6 for the stand and $6.50 in fake cupcakes and I have a great display! I think I may actually buy another set of stand/cupcakes to use in one of the boutiques that carries my some of my line here in Louisville. (Oh, FYI- the Michael's coupon this week is for 50% off an item!- Check this post to see where you can print one off!)

Have a sweet day!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Layouts and Update on Recycle Challenge

A few layouts I did at the crop a few weeks back. Just wanted to share. FYI- The Recycle reUse challenge entries are coming along. A lot of work to get tehm all uploaded and the details all there. I will let you know in PLENTY of time when voting starts and ends! Thanks!!
I love his face here. It was his first time walking in sand. LOL.

This is the group that went. We always take a large group every January on a cruise. Such a good time and great memories!! The ship on the left was ours, and we had actually cruised twice before on the ship on the right :) Very cool!

Notice the journaling blocks???? They are from The Jelly Bean Joint at superflymollie.etsy.com Gotta love them!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Pretty Packaging!

I have a Tags, Bags, Boxes & More and I love it! Here is a cute picture of some cute teacher gifts I made for a friend using it! Thanks to those for the challenge over at the Secret Crafter Saturdat Challenge!

Hello Kitty! & Submission for Creative Inspirations

Submitted this to Creative Inspirations! Check them out!

Just finished a custom order last night for a super nice lady. Her daughter, Ashleigh, is turning 2 and she ordered a custom Mini Birthday Album from me and matching Cupcake toppers. It was a lot of fun! Not very often do I get to do super cute girly stuff around here! I added 2 extra pages for her since I was on a roll using pinks and greens! She has pages for welcome notes from party goers, picture pages for her and her siblings, gifts pages for pictures or notes of cool things she got, a yummy page for her cupcake pics and blowing our her candles, and more :) Gotta love Hello Kitty! I think I am going to making a listing for custom mini albums in my shop. These are chipboard covered pages that I have punched to add the rings. I love using cute ribbon to decorate the edges! This albums measures approx. 6x6 :)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Back to my beginnings :)

When I started my store, I was focused on the creation of cards, hence the name :) Now, as we all do in this field, I have grown into other areas. Crazy, but I create more cupcake toppers and matching mini albums than anything these days. I also do more "supplies" than I thought I would. BUT, since my 1 year anniversary on Etsy is coming up, I thought I would head BTTB. Back to the Basics. I forgot how much I enjoyed making cards! (I have forgotten how to scrapbook my own things as well :) So, I pulled out some adorable stamps I had bought a while back- OH on a side note, went to Michael's yesterday & bought a few things, streak is over, and NO I didn't give up online shopping during the streak. Progress over perfection, right??? :) Anyways, back to cute stamps I I somehow forgot I had as they sat unopened in a plastic container hadn't gotten around to using. Take those, paired with some cute paper, a nifty saying, and some great watercoloring fun and WAH LAH! Hope everyone has a great Saturday. OHH- Head over tohttp://brixtonlife.blogspot.com/ and check out a cute giveaway! Good luck!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

To say Thank You.

I am now offering free shipping to US Military families with a valid ID to say thank you for your service! Simply email me a scanned copy of your id with SSN blocked out to sammyejo@62cards.com. If you would prefer to mail it, email me and I can give you the address to send it to. Once you have sent it, I will keep it on file for your future purchases from me! Thank you for protecting our country and allowing me to continue to do what I love!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Drum roll please.......

Such a cute post yesterday from Ms. Cheryl! If you missed it, be sure to check it out! Now for some unfinished business! Winners of some giveaways!!!! The winner of The Jelly Bean Joint Giveaway is Amanda P! Congrats! My 2 year old told me is favorite number and he said 5. You were comment number 5 :) Now, the winner for the MAY Blog Candy Giveaway is NIfty! Thanks to everyone who follows the blog and comments regularly! It will pay off :) How do you win? Simply be a follower of my blog over on the right and comment! You get an entry into a pot for every post you comment on and my little guy pulls out a winner at the end of each month. Winner of the add my button to your blog is JENNIFER Thanks! Remember- the Recycle and ReUse voting will be up soon. There are a lot of entries adn I am trying to get them all sorted and uploaded onto my website :) Bare with me! Also- the Become a follower Giveaway will be drawn on June 14th! SO, click the button to become one if you haven't! Thanks! NOTE TO THE WINNERS- EMail me your mailing address along with your first nad last name to sammyejo@62cards.com PLEASE put which contest you won in the subject line! Thanks!
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