Thursday, November 24, 2011

HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL!!! and some projects......

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all my new Friends!!!

We will be going to our older son's house to celebrate our time with the family :-) Two of the three kids wanted us to have the day here at our house, but with DH's surgery on Monday, he was not up to so much work --- he is the chief cook in our family :-) We had minimum contribution and I actually did most of it!! So we will be part of a group of about 14 adults and 6 kids -- 2 of which are as big as the adults! And with all people bringing somethin, it is sure to be quite a FEAST!!

Three of us are "Border Buddies" -- we make 3 borders for each other every month. There is one other girl who does one a month and we make one for her. I did her 12 early in the year. The 2 others are my DIL and her mom. I got my November borders done this week so I could deliver them today. We never do anything in particular so here is what I got done with files I had already set up in my scal program:

This Birthday Fun border is done with the Clowning Around file from Treasure Box Designs using all papers and Stickles I have on hand. The font is one that I downloaded into scal. Usually, I make the paper pieces and then I pick out the papers I want to use for the background and edge. I lay the pieces on different papers until I like the look :-)

I think this border could be used for lots of pages. Think Sweet Thoughts file is from KaDoodle Bug Designs. All from my stash. It has extra pieces -- the frame girl and caupcake.

I am going to be using this border for a wedding page, since I had 3 weddings this year. Of course, it is perfect for Valentine's or an anniversary. These angels are in a file from Treasure Box Designs that is no longer available, but I believe they have been relocated into other new files. I think the font is another one I uploaded into scal.

Hope I have inspired you in some way:-) I am doing more pages instead of borders, but they are still a quick and easy page when they are sitting there all done! Just add a background page and then back the pictures if you want:-)

Kitty Hugs!! Judy

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Busy, non-productive days....Ashley....

Happy Saturday Fellow Bloggers...

Do yo ever have times when you are so busy doing "nothing" that you don't accomplish anything? It seems like that is the mode I am operating in :-) Since the time change, I have been going to bed at the same time (late), but waking up very early. This puts me in a fog for the rest of the day. I did have several busy weekends and I did get most of my Christmas decorations up, but I have not been in the scrap cave more than a couple of times :-(

I got a few Thanksgiving cards made and sent out which was my big project for the week!

I used some Thanksgiving paper I had on hand, embossed the cardstock behind the turkey with a leaf embossing folder that I got as 'candy', the ribbon was also on a roll of 6 that I won at some point and it was perfect, the button and floss were in my stash. The awesome "Toasted Turkey" file is from Precious Piecings by Lisa He has always been a fav of mine and if you have never visited Lisa, you should!!

Today, I need to make borders I owe to my "Border buddies" for Nov. and Dec. I have 5 to make for 2 people, so that will keep me plenty busy:-) That is actually 5 for 3 people when I include myself:-(

I want to post a picture of my kitty, Ashley :-) She is getting better every day and is really the perfect cat :-) She will never wipe out the memory of Boo -- I still tear up a couple times a week -- but she is great. I never knew anything about Russian Blue cats, but she is the softest, silkiest thing I have ever touched except maybe a mink coat. She does not shed!!! And she is almost completely hypoallergenic! If you read about them, she has the personality that is described. Since she was a shelter cat, we have had to work on the trust issues. When we are able to pick her up and hold her, she is extremely gentle -- never any claws or teeth. She only uses the scratching post and never get on counter tops. She has started getting in our bed at night and in the morning, she waits patiently and quietly for us to get up. Her meows are usually 'silent'. She is full grown and weighs just under 8 pounds, but she is such a good eater, that may go up:-) Here is her pic -- I have been trying to get one for a Christmas card.

You can see that she was a little "ticked off" about the hat!!

Hope everyone has a very productive weekend!! I am certainly going to TRY:-) I want to do at least one Hop, but may not!!

Kitty Hugs, Judy

Monday, November 14, 2011

A chance to win two Cricut Carts.....

Kathy at 3 Spoiled Dogs has had a Blog makeover so she is offering everyone the chance to win these two great carts!! Go visit her and sign


And the winner is!.......

Hello Monday, Friends,
I know, I was supposed to announce the winner of the 6 Thank you Cards on Saturday night:-) But this was another one of those times when life interfered. We had 2 grandkids and 2 granddogs for the weekend. I had birthday parties to attend, cheer practice, you name it! But worst of all was the almost 6 year old insisting that I get out ALL of the Christmas decorations and put them up! Well, I was not at all in the mood for this, but I did what made him happy :-) We managed to put up the biggest family room tree -- this was his 3rd year helping with the decorating -- after he and I broke a few of the glass ornaments, I decided to not use them this year :-( So now I have a huge mess of decorations sitting all over the place and I an going to have to finish it up today -- YUK -- no scrapping for me. I will definitely be paring it down and putting some stuff back to the storage place:-) As you know, I am a huge moose lover and I probably have 100 that I can put out! Kitty, Ashley, was confined to the bedroom for the weekend because of the 2 dogs, so she was fascinated when she finally got out of her prison and saw the tree. She is being her usual 'good self' and not climbing it -- just likes to get under or behind it and sit:-)

Okay, now to the winna'!! I only had 5 people comment (actually more than I expected) and I had my DH pick a number between 1 and 5. He picked 5 and that is AUDREY! My sweet bloggy friend from Cute and Some! If you will email me at with your addy, I will put your cards in the mail. I wish I could send each of you something:-) Keep watch -- I am going to be doing other surprise giveaways:-) Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and enter!!


Friday, November 11, 2011

Challenge project and last chance to comment.....

Happy 11-11-11, Everyone!!

It kind of makes you feel like it is a lucky, or at least special, day :-) I am especially happy that is is on Veteran's Day!

Our new roof is on and looks sooo pretty and our pockets feel soooo much lighter -- tee hee:-)

I have been working on a layout for a challenge between visits from grand kids. I got it done this afternoon. It is a sketch challenge at Creative Cutter Room. It is open until November 16 and this is the awesome sketch to go by.

And even more fun is the "candy"! Chic and Scary Cricut Cartridge!

Here is my take on the layout:

All the papers I used were from My Mind's Eye Wonderful Winter Pack, as well as some red and white cardstock. My paper piecings were a file from Scrapping Bug Designs using scrap paper for all of it! It feels good to have these pages done ahead of time for those upcoming Christmas pictures:-)

A couple other things -- I said I was winning a lot of candy lately and I got the rest of it in the mail this week. I want to give proper credit to the generous people I received it from:-)

First is Elsa at Just A Few Designs who sent a wonderful grab bag of very useful things!!

Thank you so much, Elsa!!

Next is Jean at Jean's Crafty Corner who sent 2 absolutely wonderful Cuttlebug embossing folders!
Just wonderful, Jean! Thank you!!

Finally, is Alyssa from My Thoughts Exactly stamps

How awesome is this set??!! Thank you so much, Alyssa!! Please go and show some love to every one of these fine ladies!!

Since I have been so lucky, I do have a small giveaway in the blog below. So, if you go and leave a comment there, I am going to pick a winner this weekend -- probably tomorrow night:-)

Kitty Hugs, Judy


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thank you cards and a surprise...

Happy Thursday, you all!!
I am having a very hard time hearing myself think this week --- we are having a new roof put on the house and, boy, is it noisy! Especially upstairs where my craft cave is located. They started on Monday and should be done today, but no later than tomorrow.

The last couple of days, I toughed it out and went up to make some thank you cards. I owe several to people and so I made too many:-)

I only used svg files -- no stamps. The paper is card stock I have on hand. Mostly textured. The "Thanks a Bunch" title was a freebie from Svg Cuts, the flowers are the Garden Splendor files from Scraptastical Kreations, the scalloped oval is the Lace Circle file from Little Scraps of Heaven that I made into an oval using SCAL. I had to remove the 'keep proportions' checkmark and size the center to fit the saying. Then I made the back scalloped oval by using the 'ungroup' command to make it solid and sizing it to fit. There is another flower accent on the inside and I left it blank so I can write the appropriate note. There is some chalking and shiny studs for the flower centers. The ribbon, I think, was in Michael's $1 bin. It did not really take that long, considering that I made 15 of them --- don't ask:-)

Now, for the surprise!! If you actually have read this far, you have the chance to win a set of 6 of these Thank You cards w/envelopes. All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me you would like to have them! I will pick a winner in a couple of days. Oh, it would be great if you could leave a way for me to reach you:-)

Now, I need to go see if there are any challenges this would work for! I think I saw one for Thank You Notes...
Have a great -- hopefully quiet -- day!
Kitty Hugs, Judy

Friday, November 4, 2011

Tons of Candy and Boo Kitty...

Now that I have a Blog ... a kind of neglected one the last couple of weeks ... I can show off any Blog Hop candy that I am so fortunate to win:-) The last couple of weeks, the lucky "Random" bug has honored me with several wins. It is kind of funny how you seem to win in streaks ... either a whole lot or none at all. Well, I for one, am not complaining!! I started doing blog hops because they are such an awesome way to come across so many fun, useful ideas!! I never expected to win anything for doing them and I did not realize how many things I would bookmark for later:-) I really want to acknowledge the wonderful ladies who showered me with the totally awesome candy: First, I got two emails from Amy at Love to Crop telling me that I had won for the PurpleFuntastick Birthday Hop and Brenda's Birthday Wishes Hop. I sent her a note back to tell her that she had mistakenly sent me two notices --- she answered that I was picked for both!! Wow, that was a shocker for me and probably her, too:-) I got the candy for both this week and how much fun is all this!! She knew how much I love rosettes and included a fabulous one!!

See the great rosette and her awesome flowers? I can see a use for every bit of this bog candy! Thank you, Amy, so very much. You are a special person:-)

Then I won from Rhonda fromCrafting With Blue on the Halloween Blog Hop. I got her package this week, too. We found out that we do not live that far apart in Florida:-) She sent an awesome web stamp that will be so useful and I love it, as well as the wonderful candy corn ribbon! I used up the last of my Halloween ribbon this year so I am going to need it:-) Then check out the cute monster stickers -- I will have a head start on my pages for Halloween this year:-) Rhonda is another Sweetheart of a blogger!!

Mollie at Cricket's Cricut Creations had a blog candy giveaway on her blog just "because". I was checking out all the blogs I follow and saw her post so I left a comment thanking her for being so generous. Only 2 of us left comments so she went above and beyond what she needed to do and gave us both candy! How completely sweet was that? The variety of things in the grab bag was amazing -- just look at all the wonderful things!! Thank you so much, Mollie! You are so kind and thoughtful:-)

Last, but not least, is Claire at Scrapmyway who is also another Florida Girl! There must be a lot of us out there in Bloggy Land:-) I got her package with it's great assortment of jewels, stickers and much fun!! I also had to include her 'Congrats' card in the picture because it is so cute:-) She is also a sweetheart of a blogger, so be sure to give her a visit:-) Thanks again, Claire!

I feel so Blessed to have won all this awesome candy form these beautiful women and I am truly thankful for each and every thing.

Now I have to do something that is going to bring on more tears :-( Two weeks ago, we lost our baby Boo Kitty. It was not expected and a huge shock. Both my husband and I, and our younger son, were completely devastated and in shock. We loved that little critter with all our heart and he was such a joy in our lives for such a short time and I will never be able to forget:-(. I waited about a week and a half and then I adopted a 7 month old Russian Blue female from the Animal Control. They called her Ash, but I have renamed her Princess Ashley Blue Ghost. She is silky soft and beautiful, but a typical kitty that lets you get near her when she wants you to. I love her to pieces and have a ton of patience, so I will win her over eventually:-) I might still find another little baby to adopt that is maybe 8-10 weeks old and not so fragile. I guess that hateful old vet knew that this could happen when he told me not to be so attached. Well, guess what -- I will be completely attached to any pet that happens to live in my home:-) Here is a picture of my new baby, Ashley....

If you read all this -- bless you -- and thank you!!
Kitty hugs, Judy

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

3 Cartridge Giveaway....

Good morning, my Friends!
Candy over at Candy's Craft Corner is having an incredible giveaway with the drawing on December 15th. You will have the opportunity to win one, two, or all three carts, so head on over to her site to see want you need to do to be in the running to win this awesome giveaway!!!
Thanks for visiting, Judy