October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and my friend, Michelle came up with a brilliant idea to host a hop dedicated to this cause. All the participants are listed below as a hyperlink for you to check out their inspiring projects. But first I wanted to share one of my favorite organizations dedicated to finding a cure.

Susan G. Komen is a grassroots organization that assists survivors and supporters in the effort to cure breast cancer. You can help by taking action and joining the fight to help end breast cancer forever by visiting this site. Take the pledge to be an advocate and help raise awareness in your community.

A favorite manufacturer of mine is Melissa Frances who is a breast cancer survivor. She created a line entitled, 'Thankful" and a portion of the proceeds are donated to www.breastcancer.org. I picked this paper up at my LSS a short while ago and love the soft colors mixed with encouraging words and beautiful flowers. I knew the moment I signed up for this Hop(e) I was going to use these papers.
My card for Hop(e)

Supplies: cardstock: Bazzill celery; pattern paper: Melissa Frances; die cuts and chipboard: Amy Butler; ribbon: Wright's;pearl:K & Co.;button: craft supply

Tiffany Johnson
Kelly Marie
Heather Lee-Reppen
Ashley Nguyen Newell
Ryann Salamon
Anita Hovey
Vickie Y
You are here----- Amy Duff
Next stop is Jill Dunn: http://inkgenious.blogspot.com/
Molly Ritterbeck
Kerri Michaud
Melinda W
Tami Grandi
Keri Lee Sereika
Sarah Martina
Stephanie Muzzulin
Libby Hickson
Laura K.



Sickness spreads

Yep, my daughter was ill and now it's me. Ugh! Second time being sick this school year. I am beginning to think I need to be vaccinated despite my fears of what may happen. Just so tired and unmotivated to do anything. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. That's what I like.

During the week I conjured up some energy and created three cards all for 2S4Y. I love Kazan's and Laura's sketches each week and have participated in most of them. The DT call has been announced on the blog and I thought I would try the sketches because they challenge me.
This is for Laura's sketch #37

Supplies: cardstock: The Paper co.; pattern paper and sticker: Bo Bunny; rub-on's Heidi Grace; pompom fringe: Wright's; rhinestone: Darice; other: Christmas tree from craft supply

The next two are for the DT call. I used The Cutting Cafe's Christmas Long Phrases for my sentiments. These are really versatile to use! There are many new designs so pop on over to see all the wonderful new files available!
Here's my take on Laura's sketch:

Supplies: cardstock: Stampin' Up; pattern paper: Bo Bunny; chipboard: Melissa Frances; lace paper: K & Co.; tag sentiment: The Cutting Cafe Christmas Long phrases stamp; ribbon: Wright's; button: Making Memories; floss: DMC

and my take on Kazan's sketch:

Supplies: cardstock: The Paper Co.; pattern paper: Bo Bunny; chipboard: Melissa Frances; sentiment: The Cutting Cafe Christmas Long Phrases stamp; pearls: Kaiser Craft; ribbon: Target; button: Dress It Up; floss: Prism

Also wanted to wish everyone trying out for the DT best of luck and know it will be difficult for Laura and Kazan to decide upon 4!



Sorry about the interruption

It's been one week with the new roomies and we are still getting settled. I didn't have much time to create this week. However, today I was determined to sit down and make something! I managed to get a few cards completed and then discovered my DD is ill. :-( Never a good thing to find out, but got her cleaned up and she is resting comfortably now. I always dislike it when kids are sick. They look so pathetic. I know when my DD is under the weather because she insists she is fine yet her body contradicts this with signs. When she tells me she is "fine", I know to grab the thermometer. Bless her heart. She does not fib (Autism characteristic) about anything but this. It scares the dickens out of her to think she will get a shot and although I assure her those days have passed, the memories linger. I have avoided the flu and Swine shots because of her medical history and I really hope this was the best choice.
Okay but you are not here to read this. So let me get to the card sharing!

This is based on CardPatterns #37 sketch and The Pink Elephant's #36 Fall challenge

Supplies: cardstock: Recollections; pattern paper and stickers: Pink Paislee; rub-on: Creative Imaginations; flower: KaiserCraft; rhinestones: Michael's; twine: Darice; ribbon, leaf and button from craft supply

For Get Sketchy's #1o sketch
Supplies: cardstock: Recollections; pattern paper: Cosmo Cricket and Reminisce; stamp: Let's Get Jazzy;ink: Brilliance; ribbon: Michael's; glitter glue: Stickles; tulle and bell from craft supply

I discovered a new stamp company recently that I really love! Shirley's 2 Girls has really cool images and designs. SNR sent me an email announcing a digital day they were having last weekend and I popped over to check them out. They were offering a coffee cup and muffin image which I immediately printed off and began creating with. I made the the first card for the SNR digiday event and the second one is for the Thursday sketch which I won this week! Yeah!! I paper pieced the cup and muffin using Pink Paislee's Amber Road pattern papers to add some depth to the images.

Supplies: cardstock: Recollections; pattern paper: Pink Paislee; tag: Art Warehouse; jewels: Kaiser Craft; glitter glue: Stickles; alphabet sticker: Pink Paislee; other: punches Marvy and Fiskar's

Thanks for stopping by! I gotta run before Simon starts screaming for me to come help with unpacking the kitchen boxes. :-) Happy Sunday!


Creepy Crawly Blog Stomp Winners!

A big THANK YOU to all the wonderful ladies who joined our blog stomp. We had a great time having you play with us and I invite you to join us at Paper Popsicles for additional fun and friendship!

Grand Prize
Gini Cagle

Blog RAKS -
Tricia's blog = gramjak
Cassie' blog = Silvia
Lora's blog = cheri
Amy's blog = Beadz
Robyn's blog = JoanneK

You need to email Melissa your snail mail address in order to receive your prize!melissa@paperpopsicles.com



Creepy Crawly Blog Stomping Fun!

Welcome to Paper Popsicles' second blog hop, our CREEPY, CRAWLY, Blog STOMP! Today, we hope that as you go around to each of our creative team member blogs, you will find inspiration, some tricks, and perhaps some TREATS!
If you stumbled upon my blog from Carol's GREAT!!! you are on the right track! If you stumbled upon my blog and wish to play along, please start at the Paper Popsicles' blog HERE.

Our porch lights are now on! As you move from one blog to the next, you will collect a TREAT (a word). Gather all the treats to make a ghoulish saying and email your phrase to Melissa at melissa@paperpopsicles.com. For your efforts, you will be entered into a RAK to win a fantastic prize—THE LOUD TALKER KIT!
What a fabulous kit it is!
Also today everything in the Paper Popsicles store is 25% off excluding clearance which is 50% off.

Please leave a comment on EVERY blog during our stomp....otherwise you might miss out on some other free treats!!!!

I want to share with you MY ghoulish surprise.

My surprise today is an altered item which you can make for yourself or give as sweet treat. I love to give /eat candy but it seems everyone I know (including myself) is on a diet, so I thought this would be calorie free and a cute way to decorate for the holiday.

My project is an altered slide holder which is a picture frame and card in one!

I painted the entire thing with black paint and covered with some pattern paper. I stamped a Halloween bracket on orange paper and added the epoxy sticker to embellish.

There are two plastic slides that fit inside the holder which you can see below. I stamped the slides with Staz-On ink using a pumpkin border stamp.

This is a close up of the slides which I am going to adhere pictures under.

guess you want your other treat too? The treat on my blog is....

Now that you have been scared into the season, don’t forget to leave a comment, then head over
blog next!

Below is the list of blog's to visit in this order:

1. Tricia

2. Lynda





7. ME-You are here

8. Jen - Go here next





Having fun with Cutting Cafe' designs

I am in love with Regina's designs for The Cutting Cafe! There are so many fabulous sets to choose from that I spent an hour looking at the sight reviewing each one. The Cafe DT has amazing creations on the blog and now you can view examples here on Youtube. Check it out!

I used the Fruit Greetings and Sweet Stuff stamps for these cards. I paper pieced the melon and the ice cream and added foam dots to give depth. I seem to be on a paper piecing kick these days. :-) I used lots of scrap paper and Martha Stewart ribbon which is so easy to work with.

I made this card using Get Sketchy's #8 sketch.

Supplies: cardstock: Recollections; pattern paper: Daisy D's; buttons: craft supply; floss: Prism; ribbon: Martha Stewart; image and sentiment: The Cutting Cafe' Fruit Greetings

This card is based on Laura's sketch for 2S4Y.

Supplies: cardstock: Recollections; pattern paper: Pink Paislee and DCWV; button: craft supply; floss: Prism; ribbon: Martha Stewart; image: The Cutting Cafe' Sweet Stuff

Thanks for stopping by!


The Cutting Cafe'

The Cutting Cafe
I am officially a part of the The Cutting Cafe' Design Team! I am still in shock and smiling ear to ear! What a huge honor! I have long admired The Cutting Cafe' creations and now I get to join in and be a part of this amazing team!
Regina's offering a give a way so be sure to stop by and see all the design team's latest creations and a enter to win!


A few cards and a winner!!

Thanks to all for stopping by and leaving kind words. I promised a winner this evening for the card kit and I used

True Random Number Generator

Min: 1
Max: 15
Powered by RANDOM.ORG

and the winner is...

Beth Perry-
wow! that is a gorgeous card!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 3, 2009 7:44 PM

Congratulations Beth! Please email me your address so I can send your card kit. :-)

Sheila, the owner of Let's Get Jazzy , sent me a bunch of stamps to work with so tonight I wanted to share two cards I made with the Guess Whoo set.
I made this card using the new sketch from CardPatterns. I paper pieced the owl and used foam dots to make him 3-D which is Pile it On's new challenge.

This card is based on Inspired Blueprints #31. Super fun sketch! The DT has some fabulous examples of cards and scrapbook pages. Check them out! Also used Stamp with Sarah Kay's "animal" challenge.



WCMD and giveaway!

Happy World Card Making Day to everyone! It's finally here! If you arrived via WCMD blog tour, thanks for stopping by if by other means, welcome!
To celebrate, I am offering a free card kit to a random winner that leaves a comment today on my post. Yesterday's post had a sneak peek of the card kit and the contents. Here's a picture of the entire kit.

Also, Digiments is offering a few freebies for the holiday so be sure to pop on over and grab those while you can!

I would like to share my card I made especially for this day. It's a Fall card using Pink Paislee papers and few extra items I had on hand.

Happy World Cardmaking Day!!!!


Sneak Peak of Card Kit Giveaway for WCMD on Saturday

As promised, I am back to share with you the details on how to win this card kit from me. It's really simple. Promise! All you have to do is leave me a comment on tomorrow's post for a chance to win. That's it! I will pick a random winner Sunday evening and announce on my blog.

Here are the items in the card kit:

6 patterned sheets of paper
1 piece of natural burlap
4 cards and envelopes
4 acrylic stamp images
1 Versamark ink cube
1 sheet of alphabet and number stickers
3 yards of ribbon
1 apple applique
10 felt leaves
6 colored brads
9 self adhesive jewels
2 paper flowers
3 buttons

Everything you need to create four embellished Fall cards. You just need a little glue and a pair of scissors. :-)



You're Invited...

To the big event!

World Card Making Day is October 3rd and many sites are celebrating in a grand way. I am contributing to the party and will offer a a special prize card kit to a lucky winner on my blog. More details will be provided tomorrow right here on my blog on how to win.

But what's a party without an invite?

Sorry-removed for publication- be back soon!

I made this invite using lots of Making Memories papers and ephemera. I love the "Vintage Findings" collection with embellishments, tags, papers, and more. The pink "special event" ticket came from one of the smaller collections they offer along with the blue felt flower and pink sequins. I plan on giving this to my DD with a coupon for a pedicure. She loves getting her toenails painted. Even with colder weather approaching, a girl needs to have pretty toes I figure. :-) She's still wearing a bright lemon color on her big toes from the Summer and I think it's time to get a rich Fall color. I based my card on the latest sketch from CardPatterns. You must see the DT's creations! Each one has a unique style so it's a treat to see the sketch interpreted several ways. I love Saturdays because I know there is a new sketch with lots inspiration from the DT offered. Since Thursday is almost over, only two days away until the #35 sketch. :-)