Thursday, March 22, 2012

To Hold Dear...A Thank You!

A little special something in honor of the Liebster!
   A HUGE thank you to my new friend, Dana at Kraft Paper Stamps, for passing along the Liebster Blog award to me!  It was a lovely surprise during a very hectic time, and I am passing it along with the highest affection to some other papercrafting friends here today!  So...what is the Liebster?  I actually looked it up, and it seems to be a fun way to recognize and share the love of bloggers with a small following:

What is the Liebster Blog award? Here is a quick explanation. 'Liebster' is German for 'dearest'. The award is a 'share-the-love' arrangement, given to inspirational bloggers with less than 200 followers (based on Google followers).

Here's the to-do list of any Liebster award recipient:
1) Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you
2) Reveal your five blogger picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog
3) Copy and paste the award on your blog (see above)
4) Hope that those you award forward it to their favorite bloggers

   I hold these gals--and so many others--dearly, and with affection for the inspiration they share each time they post:

   One more thing for today...just finished a great inspirational read:
It is a terrific validation for the handwritten notecard...something near and dear to our hearts as handcrafters!  This would make a great little graduation gift along with some wonderful thank you cards don't you think?  
Thanks again Dana!  
Spread the love people!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


   I have been recuperating from a flurry of activity which caused my immune system to revolt leaving me open to a no-fun virus making its way throughout our household.  I did have some time before succumbing to the coughing fit/headache stage to create a little something for spring--and the Hero Arts blog challenge of flowers!  Nothing like flowers to go with a flower theme, and it was easy to use my color-coordinated Hero Hues chalk ink, notecards, and embellishment flowers to whip up a pink spring greeting!  Hopefully my mood and body will catch up with the whole 'in-the-pink' thing soon!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


   Well, winter finally showed up here at Apple Vale!  We got happily snowed in for a couple of days: the kids got to use their new sleds; the dogs got to romp, leap, and chase after the kids; and hot chocolate was enjoyed by all!
   The whole family woke up at o'dark thirty [highly technical military term] to drive the Team #3590 FTC robot to the Connecticut State Tournament...where the kids proceeded--with a non fully-functional robot--to help the winning alliance in their victory!  This is them taking their champion walk along the line of judges and referees!  FIRST is a fabulous opportunity for kids to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics!  It's a family affair for us!
   Finally, here's the first card I've made in a couple of weeks!  Not that I've been busy with anything else....  Hero Arts Blog is sponsoring a new challenge to use flowers, and I pulled out one of my favorite clear sets of theirs called, Mix and Match!  It's so versatile!  I used the little wood block to make a vase, stamped flowers in mixed pinks, and stamped the sentiment in one of the three frames as a thank you to the FTC team programmer's family for hosting the team's driving practice later today!  
   This would make a great idea for a set--you could stamp different message cards to insert in the bouquet--would make a nice adaptable gift for someone, like the one I made here!
   The Massachusetts FTC Tournament is this Saturday...wish us luck!

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