Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sweet Birthday Card

Submitted to Timeless Twine Summer Food Challenge

I made this sweet card using the red/white Timeless Twine as a birthday card for my sister-in-law. I bought four spools of this twine a month or so ago on a "deal of the day" site! I wish I'd have bought more. I sure love it!!  This card also gave me a chance to use my new copic pens. I love them (and the twine)!!


That birdie is so cute!

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Awesome Dad

Submitted for Creative Scrappers - Sketch #218

My hubby is a great dad. This year, on Father's Day, his boys got him the sweetest cards, and I was able to get some pretty great pics of them together. For this project, I used some of the materials from a page kit, but I didn't like the coordinating papers or the lay-out that the kit came with, so I took it apart and was inspired the creative scrappers sketch (turned on its side) to come up with the first page of this 2-page LO.  The second page is inspired by the first :)

Here's the LO:

I love the picture of the boys on page two with them all looking in different directions!  Ha ha, such a typical picture of these guys.  The "Damn, I'm Good" t-shirt was my present to the dear hubby for father's day.  He loved it!

This is the inspiration sketch.    Imagine it on its side.


Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Lighthouse Card for Hubby

Submitted for Chick Challenges {with Ippity} - Sketch #41

My dear husband and I will be married four years on August 10, 2012. We met on match.com.....but our families had known each other for years. I graduated from high school with his brother and sister. Our fathers both worked in law enforcement in the same town. We had grown up about 3 blocks from one another and had many friends in common.

Four years may not seem like a long time, but it's been quite a road we've been on. He has two sons (twins - 18 years old), and I have two sons (ages 18 and 19). They all live with us, and it's not always easy.  Blended families can be HARD, but I'm happy to say that I love my husband more than I did when we married, and I think the reverse is true. He's just an all-around decent person.

He's a lighthouse, boater kinda guy, so I know that he will love this card for our anniversary.

The inside says, "Your love lights the way" - it's "itty-bitty" by Unity that I got from their stamp-of-the-week club. The paper is left-over from the cards I made on my last blog post. (I love being able to fully utilize papers, don't you?)

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)

Tropical Cards

Submitted to Paper Girls Challenge Blog #12 - Mesh

One of my mom's best friends, Sharon, teaches these fabulous card classes about once every six weeks. Usually, a couple times a year, she sells a packet of stuff that you can make a bunch of cards from. In July, I purchased the "Journeys" packet that allowed me to make about 15 cards. They are really great, easy cards from the tropics.

The Paper Girls challenge was to incorporate mesh. I thought that the mesh really added something to these two cards!

This is examples of other cards that I made from this fun kit:

Since I've got nothing but men in my house, these cards were PERFECT for my family. The nautical/tropical theme words well for me!

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Beautiful Candle Holder

Submitted to Crop Chocolate Challenge #24 - Anything Goes

I am totally inspired by the crafty ladies at Crop Chocolate! Two, in particular, have inspired me to create this candle holder. They are Karen (or ScrappyCanuck) and Michelle (or by belle).  They created these fabulous candle holders using a tuna can, some clothespins, paper and embellishments. I wanted one!!!

You can see a tutorial and ScrappyCanuck's version - HERE!

You can see ByBelle's version - HERE!

What's a girl to do but MAKE one! For mine, I used:

Happy Days and Imaginesce Papers, clothespins, a tuna can, Tim Holtz alcohol inks, Mod Podge, bakers twine, and ribbon.  The embellishments are mostly from UmWow Studios. DeeDee (who owns UmWow) makes these incredible embellishments that were PERFECT for this project.  I'm using this candle holder in our bathroom, so I added a lighthouse sticker to match the decor in our bathroom. The tag is inked and stickled :)

The CC Challenge says to use 50% CC products. Since all the paper is CC, I hope it's enough!

Look at my beautiful candle holder!! I'm so proud of it!
Thanks to Michele, Karen, DeeDee and all the crafty ladies at CC for all their fabulous inspiration!

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Michael and James Junior Prom

LO submitted for{PIN}spirational Challenge #17
and for Shopping our Stash challenge #61 (new thing used was the Chevron die and the Authentique papers)

Michael and James (who were seniors) went to Junior Prom this year with Madison and Drew (who were juniors). The kids looked SO cute!! What was so funny is that all of the pictures I have, the girls are poised and smiling perfectly; the boys - not so much. I thought that the contrast would be something that would make me smile for years to come.

I took inspiration for this lay-out from this photograph. I loved the colors and the chevron designed rug. I also liked the lacy feel and the flowers.

Products I used:

Authentique Carefree Paper along with some Bazzill light green. The lacy trim is from Websters Pages. The brads are mostly from Stampin' Up. The green ribbons are from Michaels. The flowers and tag are cut with Nestabilities dies. The Chevrons were cut with Die-Namics die. And I used Stickles - love my stickles :)

The final project:

Aren't they "SWEET"??

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)

Monday, July 23, 2012

County Fair Turkey Scrapbook Lay-out

I can't begin to tell you how excited I was when Amber from MY FAVORITE CRAFT-SITE (http://www.cropchocolate.com) asked me to be the July guest designer!  Then she told me she wanted me to show the gals something new.  Well, let me tell you, that was scary...  There are some really, super talented crafters on cropcholate!  What could little'ole'me show them? I eventually decided to try something new to me hoping it would be new to some of these crafty ladies!  So here goes!

My DS showed a turkey at the county fair last year and won a blue ribbon in showmanship.  Here's what I decided to use:

CC Purchased Supplies (most of the paper purchased in fabulous grab bags!)

Two 12x12 Echo Park Merry Go Round
Lettering cut from Echo Park Paradise Beach
Photo background Echo Park Dark Teal
Accents also in EP Teal and Paradise Beach.  Also MME Happy Go Lucky and Echo Park Sunshine
Ribbon Fancy Pants It’s your day
Non-CC Supplies
Light Green and Light Blue Emboss Powder and Versamark Ink
Glitter Brads
CTMH Stamp 
Accent Washi tape

Step 1 - place the pictures on dark teal background paper and cut close trim
Step 2 - my new technique - two color heat embossing.  First, I stamped the image with Versamark, and used a spoon to apply the blue emboss powder in a few spots.
I shook the excess back into my container, then I "houffed" it.  "Houf" you ask?  Well, houffing is like blowing your hot breath against the paper to make sure your Versamark is still damp.  My DH says it's like checking to see if you have bad breath!  Then I spooned the green powder into the blank spots.
This time, I was really careful to only lightly put the excess green back into the container, so I wouldn't contaminate my emboss powder with more than one color.  I shook the last excess last little bit off into the garbage...

Step 3 - heat emboss

Sweet!  Think I'll try this on flowers to see if I can get the tips of the flower a different color than the inside.  Hmmm....the ideas are swirling now! 

Step 4 - I attached the pictures onto the black.....and rounded the corners of the black.

Step 5 - I cut and tear strips of accent papers and laid them out to see what they would look like...

Step 6 - I taped it all together, added the "dingle-ball" ribbon (NinaN on CC called it that - I liked it!).......and well, I thought it was missing something, so I created the circle embellishment with a Nestabilities die and a glitter brad and used pop-tape to attach it.

And here's my turkey....

The best part of a turkey lay-out......all the left-overs, of course.  What to do - oh what to do!  I know!  Make lots of cards!  I used some of this for my Challenge 18 - Recipe on Crop Chocolate!  Whoo Hoo.

You'll have to head on over to http://www.cropchocolate.com (in the contests section) to see what I did!

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Brian and Sydney at Senior Prom

Submitted for challenge: Stuck on You Sketches - July 20.

My youngest, Brian, went to Senior Prom this year with his girlfriend, Sydney. My boys have really good taste in women. Sydney is a super nice girl, she's smart, she knows where she's headed, and she's got a great sense of humor. On top of all that, she looked like a greek goddess in her off-white ruffly dress. My son, Brian, was quite dapper in his tux. They went to prom in this really long limo with a group of friends. They were so cute :)

The inspiration for this lay-out was:

I learned how to make this ADORABLE washi tape flower from Tim Holtz's blog.  It was SO easy. I showed it to my dear hubby and asked him what he thought.....he said, "Ummm, it's a button."  Hmph, men!  LOL

Tim makes it look really easy, and I tried to make some in different sizes. Starting with a circle about 1" in diameter was the ticket. Making them smaller was HARD. Making them bigger, it looked like a ball of tape when I was done.

Products I used:
Black paper (not sure what brand)
CTMH Bliss Workshop on the go
Authentique Carefree
Silver Polka Dot Washi Tape
Some bling, buttons and ribbons

Here's the finished project! Note that page 1 is inspired by the sketch and page 2 was inspired by page 1.

The smaller pictures up in the left corner are the exchange of flowers. How stinkin' cute are these kids!!?

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)

Stickles Storage Box

Yesterday, on Crop Chocolate, "The Incredibly Talented By Belle" posted a box for stickles storage. I had noticed recently that I am starting to gather quite the collection of stickles.....and was thinking about purchase of a storage system. Stickles work better if they are stored upside down. The storage systems I found online cost anywhere from $15 to $30.  Well, I tried to do what By Belle did, and it turned out really nice.

Products I used:
BG Kioshi paper (scraps from yesterday's LOs)
Nestabilities dies
Webster's pages trim
A box I found in my husband's garage garbage (I cut the top off)
and a 32 cent piece of poster board from Target

I cut the poster board in 2in high strips that fit the box. Like By Belle, I cut them at every inch mark about half way up and then put them together like an old ice tray. Mine appear to have been done after a couple cocktails.

I covered the box with the BG Kioshi Scraps, added some Webster's trim (which adds strength to the box) and made a flower (using nestabilities and a crochet flower I had in my stock).

This is the project on my shelf.

Now, with all the money I saved, I can buy MORE stickles!  Woo Hoo!  Thanks By Belle

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Floating and Playing

Submitted for Creative Scrappers: Sketch 216 Challenge!

We have a 30 foot Bayliner berthed at River View Marina in Sacramento. Most of the time we go, it's just the hubby and me (and maybe some of our friends). The boys are usually too cool, ya know! Earlier this year, three of the boys and one girlfriend went with us.....so I decided to scrap the fun!  I normally try to keep track of the products I used, but I didn't do so well this time. I normally can scrap a page in an hour or two. I spent that long just trying to find papers that I wanted to use! Starting wondering if my scrappy feelings were leaving me! Oh no!

I know that the printed paper is BG Kioshi. I love that paper SO much I hate to use it because I think it's discontinued *sadface*, but I'm glad I did for this project. I also used some Bazzill yellow and a few Nestabilities dies. The rest is mostly just paper I had in my stockpile.

Here's the finished project!  (It's page 2 of the LO that is inspired by the sketch.

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Easter at My Parents House (Paper Girls Challenge)

Every year, we have an Easter brunch at my parents house. It's always good food, family time and great fun! My mom makes the best bunny biscuits anywhere! Good stuff.

I did this two-page LO of our Easter brunch this year following a challenge from The Paper Girls Challenge Blog. (I really am loving the challenges - they're keeping me inspired, so thanks a bunch for this one!) The challenge here is to dust off the rub-ons and use them in a project. Oy, was there a lot of dust on these rub-ons! I have a bunch - never use them.....well, until now!

Products I used:

Package of Fancy Pants Rubons
MME Best of Damask Background Paper
Some beige paper
Webster's pages trim
The pink paper is from Stampin' Up (was a freebie I got with an order from Fall 2011 - don't remember the line)
The butterflies are punched with a Martha Stewart butterfly punch - I colored in the middles.

And here's my LO:

The rub-ons have white flowers in the back-ground that didn't show up very well in the picture of the two-page LO....so this is a close-up.

Again, thanks to the Paper Girls Challenge for the inspiration!

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)

A Mountain of Prima Giveaway!

Check out http://www.ingvildbolme.com/ for a chance to win a MOUNTAIN OF PRIMA!

The blog's address is www.ingvildbolme.com.  It's a celebration of her new blog design. This would be SO cool to win!

My fingers are crossed!

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)

Santa Barbara (CC Challenge 23 - Patterns Galore)

My hubby, Matt, and I went to Santa Barbara in April for a conference from my work. It's truly a gorgeous town!

I created this lay-out for Crop Chocolate's challenge #23 to create a project using 3 patterned papers.

Products used:
Trinity Surf N Swim paper (3 patterns!)
Brads from FP It's the little things
Some ribbon
Clear stickles
and glacier glimmer mist

In creating the project, I wanted to bring home a little of the beautiful sparkly water that I saw in Santa Barbara. I used glimmer mist or stickles on everything blue to try to capture that sentiment.

Besides, I love the sparkles! We had a great time in Santa Barbara, had some great food and stopped in for some adult beverages too! As much as I love Northern California, it was hard to come home.

Here's the final LO:

The picture of my DH with that boat line cracks me up!  The caption should read, "My honey, what a big rope you have!" but that's probably a little risque, huh? The other picture on that page is in Solvang, a Danish community that we stopped in on the way home. If you are ever by that place, stop! It's super cool....

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)

CC Focus Group Challenge

I was lucky enough to be able to join the focus group on Crop Chocolate.  (We are called the Bittersweet Babes!)  Each month, we will be presented with a challenge and.....welllllll, I love the challenges....but the first one was tough!!!  This challenge was to create a project based off of your favorite book.  I'm not one for excuses, but:
1. I don't have a favorite book.
2. The books I read are mostly mysteries about solving murders. 

How on earth do I meet this challenge? Any LO might end up pretty wild or grizzly! I decided to spend some time looking at book covers from one of my favorite authors - Lisa Jackson. I saw this:

Ok, I can do something with this. Recently, one of my dear friends got free tickets to so see Tesla. (I'm a country music fan; Tesla is one of the favorite bands of my rocker-chick friend.....but we had a really great time!) I thought these would be the perfect pictures to scrap using the inspiration of the cover of this book.

Products used:
CC products: 
Fancy Pants My Family paper
Tim Holtz Distress in Rusty Hinge
I-rock gems
Non-CC:  Some colored duck-type tape

Here's what I came up with:

I especially love the pic on the right of the four of us. Lisa on the left, Tamela (rocker-chick) next and then me. And who is that man who jumped in the picture with us girls? Oh! Ha ha, that's my DH! He's a good guy to have put up with our shenanigans that night!! :)  The next day, we spent the day on the boat cruising the Sacramento River. Fun fun!!

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

First Car (Timeless Twine Challenge)

My hubby and I are raising four sons. (Two his; two mine) Currently, one is 19; two are 18 (twins) and one is 17. Their are all starting their driving....and welllll world (especially those just north of Sacramento) I'm sorry. (lol!)

This blog post represents my entry into the July Timeless Twine Color Challenge to create a project using red, aqua and white. I decided to create a two-page LO of James on the day he got his first car - a fixer-upper Corvette! He's SO proud of this car. Today, the twins turn 18!  Tomorrow, James FINALLY gets his license to drive his car!  Woo hoo for him!  (Again, sorry to the rest of you.....)

Products I used:
White, Red and Aqua Cardstock
Signs:  Webster's pages 6x6 cut with Nestabilities flags and embellished with jelly dots
Sign-Post: Timeless Twine Cherry Red
Cars:  Imaginesce Snag-em Stamps (vroom and beep-beep), glossy accents and At-You Spica Pens
Road:  Gray dotted scrap paper, a white pen and white distressing
Alphas: Sizzix Naturally Serif stuck on with my Xyron Sticker Maker

And (insert drum roll here), here's my project:

These cars are seriously shined up!  (w/ glossy accents)

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)

Friday, July 13, 2012

A Boy and his Dog

In 2005, my DSs and I decided to get a dog. We went to the local animal shelter. I'd told the boys that we should get a small dog. We walked around the shelter looking at the small yappy dogs. Every time, we walked by this big dog, he whined a little and leaned into the gate. We couldn't resist him. We found out later that the reason he leaned against the gate is that one leg is slightly shorter than the other. LOL Goofy dog.

We brought Pete home that day and haven't regretted it for a second. He's a great dog....albeit a little goofy. One day earlier this year, my oldest DS was out goofing with Pete. I started snapping pictures. Pete loves Erik. Erik loves Pete.

I'm submitting the first page of LO to my first "Stuck on You - Sketches" challenge. Here's the sketch inspiration!

I have to tell you I love the crafty challenges. If you know of any more, leave me a comment to tell me where to find them! My crafting has gotten so much better with the Crop Chocolate challenges, I want to do MORE; I'm hooked!

Products used:
Bazzill (and some other cheapie) cardstock
Making Memories Chloe's Closet (8x8)
MME So Sophie
Webster's pages paper
Timeless Twine
Cuttlebug "good dog" die
Washi tape

I scraplifted the twine butterfly from one of the crafty ladies on CC. I love this little butterfly, don't you?

Here's the page one inspired by the sketch:

 And here's page 2:

We are so lucky to have this "Good Dog" in our lives!

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Celebrating My Mom

My mom is a breast cancer survivor, one of the very best friends a daughter could have, and my hero. In October 1998, I heard some of the scariest words my mom has ever said to me, "they found a lump and it's cancer." I'll never forget that moment. She survived with humor and grace. She is one of the strongest people I know. Thank God.

On top of being a great mom, she is also a fantastic grandmother. Every year, my sons and I make a pilgrammage with her and my dad (and 25,000 other people!) to Cal Expo in Sacramento on the day before Mother's Day to take part in the Race for the Cure. We proudly celebrate my mom's survival.  This LO shows the race pictures for 2011. I've lost a couple good friends to breast cancer. I always race in memory of those wonderful ladies too.

The lay-out also has been entered into Crop Chocolate (CC) Challenge 22, Pastels and Bling. The challenge is to use pastels combined with dark bold colors and a bit of bling thrown in for good measure. This is a perfect challenge for the Race LO.

I used the Pep Squad sizzix letters I got for a CHEAP price on CC. Gluing these skinny letters onto a project is a big ole pain. I thought, well let me try to run them through my Xyron sticker maker I also got for a CHEAP price on CC. I had walked by these things in craft stores and wondered what I'd ever use it for. Since CC was selling it SO cheap, I got it - and found I use it a lot. You can run the letters through and peel 'em off.  So easy!

Other products I used:
Basic Grey Kioshi Paper
Bazzill Light Pink and Dark Pink Cardstock
Itty Bitty Blossoms
Ribbon from Websters Pages
Imaginesce I-rocks
TH distress ink
Buttons and string

The final product:

My mom is the beautiful woman on the right. I am so thankful to have such a wonderful (and CRAFTY) mom! Just as a reminder, get your mammograms annually!!! It could save your life.

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Pen Cup

This week's challenge on Crop Chocolate was to create, "A home decor project or altered item using neutrals and one main focal color."  This is one thing that I love about this website - the challenges.  This particular challenge had me a bit stumped.  I've tried altered art.....but haven't liked anything I've done very much.  I've never done home decor, but I sure have a lot of projects on pinterest that I've wanted to try.  It's a challenge though.  It's like a "double-dog-dare."  Here's what I did.

I went to Target dollar bucket and purchased this:

I covered it with a "neutral" light pink color from the Kioshi paper I bought on CC. I cut some flowers out of a Dots and Stripes paper, added some ribbon and came up with:

Wellllll, do I love it?  I don't know yet.  It'll be useful, and I do have lots of ideas for other simple home decor items. Watch the blog; something will be done soon.  (maybe)

Leave me a comment with some ideas of simple home decor you have done.  I'd love the inspiration...

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)

Blog Candy Winner

Winner of my blog candy from the "No Crafter Left Behind Challenge" (drawn from a hat.....)

Emma Mcadams

Congratulations to Emma!  PM me on CC (karey2005) or email me at karey at sbcglobal.net, so I can get your prize to you! 

Thanks again for everyone who played along in the blog hop.  I sure had fun; hope you did too!

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Too many pics?

So, pretty much every time I take a picture of my DH and I, he makes a funny face.  So, I tell him, "this time just smile..." And of course, he makes another face.  It takes a lot of patience to get him to just take a regular picture, but I'm a patient girl.

Then I wonder, maybe I take too many pictures?  Hmmm....  Nah.

Maybe when I show him that I've posted his funny faces on the internet, he'll stop?  Hmmm.... Nah.

It was a fun page to scrap though!  I used EP Happy Days paper (black, teal and flowers) and EP Paradise Beach for the green flag.  The ribbon is from a clearance pack I got from Webster's, and the flowers are.....well, just flowers I had. The largest flower was inked with a TH Sapphire.

Here's the page:

My handwriting is awful, but everyone's been telling me that journaling by hand is the way to go.  Hmmm....  Nah.  (lol!)

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

"No Crafter Left Behind" Challenges I Entered

If you are here to enter a project into the "No Crafter Left Behind" blog-hop, keep scrolling down.....and note that the deadline has been extended!  These are the challenge projects I submitted.....  Because we were able to combine up to three challenges at once, I was able to submit a project in every challenge!  Woo hoo!

Project 1

Clayton528's challenge was to create something that reminds me of Spring.  I had made this card in a class one time, so I recreated it in different colors using CC products. Check out Clayton528's blog at: http://www.upinthenightwithkat.blogspot.com

The tulip petals and stems/leaves are from the bird punch and distressed with TH lavender, mustard, and sapphire.

Project 2
Scrappy Canuck's challenge was to create a lay-out in under an hour or a card in less than 30 minutes.  This card used mostly scraps and was done in 15 minutes! This is Scrappy Canuck's blog: http://scrappycanuck.wordpress.com/

The candle flames are punched with the same bird punch (it's the wings again).  Then I used TH distress inks in Mustard Yellow and Rusty Hinge (applied with a sponge). The candles are strips of scrap paper.  It's finished off with couple pieces of ribbon and a rub-on.  Easy sneezy quick card!

Project 3
NinaN's challenge was to use a pinwheel on the project. I'd never done one before. I love the pinwheel. Not so sure about the bottom of the card! NinaN's blog is at http://ninastimeout.blogspot.ca/
by belle's challenge was to create something that incorporates a handmade non-paper item. That adorable little butterfly was made from twine and scraplifted from Macattack on CC. See by belle's blog at http://stuffbybelle.blogspot.com

Project 4
Lucy's challenge was to create a project using 3 different alphabets. I used FOUR on this LO of a visit to see my DH's Great Aunt Barbara. Aunt Barbara is a true lady with such a sweet, gentle soul. Lucy was a guest of NY Scrapper at http://centralnyscrapper.blogspot.com/2012/06/for-those-left-behind-blog-hop.html

mom2tayandbay's challenge was to create a lay-out with a destination or travel theme. Since the trip to Aunt Barbara was a road trip; I hope it counts! Mom2tayandbay's blog is at www.talesoftayandbay.blogspot.com

This is a close-up of the flower on project 4. I received it recently from a clearance sale at Websters Pages.  I "need" more of these flowers. They're GORGEOUS!

Project 5

raebae's challenge was to make a project celebrating every day moments. These pages are a page of my DH doing every day chores. raebae's blog is at http://kitchentablescrapper.blogspot.com/

I also used alcohol inks for the FIRST TIME on this project for the challenge of NanCDru – Char (http://craftychicchar.blogspot.com/2012/06/for-those-who-are-left-behind-blog-hop.html) It may not seem like a lot, but this was the fourth thing I tried to ink before I got something I liked......and I ended up with ink all over me (including a spot on my ankle!  lol!) I want to get a few more colors as the ones I have now are all in the brown family, and I think my ankle would look better in green, don't you?

Project 6

Scrapaddict-laura's challenge was to create a card using a journal box and bling. I love this flower that I purchased at UmWow Studios. Scrapaddict-laura's blog is at http://scrapaddict4life.blogspot.com/

Project 7

Haf2scrap's project was to create a project celebrating Canada Day or Independence Day. I had just received this Unity Stamp of the Week and attempted to "scraplift" the card on their site.  It turned out "ok" but the lanterns don't hang very straight.  Any hints on how to do that?  Haf2scrap was a guest of centranyscapper. Check out the blog post at www.thriftysisters-chris.blogspot.com.

Finally, bethd488 challenged us to do a project using the American flag as inspiration. Red, White and Blue all the way! Bethd488's blog is at http://engineeringmemories.blogspot.com

So, I did it! I submitted projects to ALL the challenges!  Yay!  This challenge was a great deal of fun, and I learned a LOT!  Love CC!!  Special thanks to the awesome Clayton528 for her hard work putting the hop together!

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)