An Award & Some blog candy

Hey everyone – Sorry about this, but I’m having to skip  Snowman Tuesday this week!   We’re having our family Thanksgiving dinner THIS SATURDAY and I have a TON of things to get done.    Hope you understand.  

I do want to share an award I received from one of my most favorite stamping friends – Candy Mills.   She is truly the kindest person I’ve yet to meet in this wonderful card making world!    I am honored to call her my friend.


All the details on this award can be found HERE.  One of the rules is that you tell three unknown facts about yourself  …  hmmm.  

How about –

1.)   We’re in the midst of trying to sell our house.  To help speed up the sale, I’ve buried a statue of St. Joseph in the yard!   Yep, you can read all about it here.  

2.)    I have major environmental allergies and asthma ~ especially to CATS  (we only have two!).   Not too thrilling, but it definitely affects my life at times!  and 

3.)   I love Thanksgiving!   As I mentioned above ~ this year, due to family schedules, we’re having our dinner this Saturday!!!  It’s my favorite meal to prepare and I tend to cook for an army!  So, if you don’t hear from me much this week, you’ll know why!   🙂

This award is centered around friendship!   Another rule is to pass it on to five blogging friends.  There are soooooooo many wonderful people who I’ve been so fortunate to meet that this is a tough one.    I’d love to give this award to everyone!

But, since I must choose five:  

1.)  RENKATA – THE sweetest, most wonderful friend, who always takes the time to leave a comment to brighten my day!   

2.)  BECKY – Another sweetie, who always shares her deep faith in God and helps to remind us of what’s really important in life!  

3.)  VIRGINIA – owner of InStyle Stamps.  She’s truly one of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. 

4.)  (a team of ladies)  Vicki &  Carole from Chicago!  Two of the nicest ladies in the world!  They actually drove up from Chicago to color with me!   I felt like I had known them all my life!   Definite plans to do this again.   🙂    

5.)  and last but definitely not least –Miss AMERICA!  She’s become one of my dearest friends in the world – both online and IRL!   And, she’s one of the latest Dirty Girls!!  How cool is that?!

I’d also like to share some awesome blog candy from Ann Vento of Raindrop Echo Designs!   You won’t want to miss this!!  

An Award!!

I recently received a VERY cool award from one of the truly nicest ladies I’ve yet to meet in this awesome world of papercrafters!  It’s Kandi Phillips, my fellow Design Teammate (a/k/a Stamp Tramp!) at Skipping Stones Design.  

The “rules” for accepting the award are to write TEN things about yourself that others might not know AND to pass the award on to TEN others.  It was so much fun to read about Kandi and get a glimpse into her life! 🙂   She’s a sweetie and an amazing papercrafter!


Okay, here’s my ten:   (sorry, I tend to go on and on and on … )

1.   I love, love, love kids! I think this love has a little something to do with my choice of stamps from all the Tildas, Emmas, Elisabeth Bell and MICE! I was always planning to have TEN kids and live on a farm! hmmm… I guess my THREE were enough to change my mind!

2.  I love, love, love colors! The brighter, the better. Purple is my favorite. But really any color warms my day!

3a.   (I’m not good with numbers!??)   I’m allergic to just about everything environmental under the sun! Especially cats. (we only have two!) and I only take four prescription meds to live with them!

3.  I use way too many exclamation points when I try to get my message across in written form!!!!! 😀

4.  I have ALWAYS loved art. I don’t have any formal training, but have studied artwork and colors for as long as I can remember. (wow, this is pretty boring! Feel free to skip to the end, just like a bad novel.)

5.  I’m a terrible blogger! Seriously. I wish I had the time to respond to EACH and EVERY wonderful comment made on my blog. But, I just get so overwhelmed and end up falling sooooooooooo far behind. My new year’s resolution was to respond to ALL comments made . . . so, I’ve saved them all – I now have 2,878 comments in my Inbox just waiting for me to reply to! Ugh. I thank you all for still coming back and commenting! You’re the BEST!

6.  I’m a widow. (That’s such an awful word!) My husband and the Dad to my three kids passed away on 12/23/01, from a heart attack. No warning signs whatsoever! It was a rough spot for us, but he will always be in our hearts and memories. The good part is that I’m totally and completely in love with a wonderful new man (he’s my photographer!) and we will live happily every after! 🙂

7.  I love wine. Malbec is my favorite. My good friend Jane Wetzel and I enjoy a glass together every so often online.

8.  I was a Girl Scout Leader! Yup. I loved it. I was in charge and we crafted and sold cookies. What more could a person ask for?

9.   I HATE paperwork! I’m super organized with everything, I could probably be a professional organizer, but my paperwork is a mess! (must have some relation to my email INBOX!) I shudder to think what is hiding under my many piles of paperwork!

10.  I REALLY am sooooooo totally hoping to be chosen to be on Crissy Armstrong’s Design Team!!!  Yup.  But, you probably already know that!  (I may have mentioned it here once or twice.)

Phew! That was hard.


Now on to the fun part . . . TEN people that I would like to pass this award on to!

1.  Crissy Armstrong!    LOL (hey, you can’t blame a girl for a little kissing up!)  I don’t have to say too much that I haven’t already said before  … she’s a mega talented, super sweet lady!

2.  Jami Bova.  She’s my idol! Miss Super talented, totally amazing, awesome blogging buddy!

3.  Jane Wetzel.   My sistah! We get along so well, I think she’s somehow related! And, she’s an awesome papercrafter!

4.  Karen Witter.  She seriously is the nicest, sweetest, most sincere person you would ever want to know.  And, of course an awesome papercrafter!  (AND, she’s coming to visit in July, IRL!!!!    All the way from Florida!!!!)

5.  Pam Sparks.  My blogging buddy.   She and I are the original Magnolia fans. She does such amazing detailed cards – I could spend days studying everything she does! And, she’s an awesome papercrafter!

6.  Sue Kment.  She is also the nicest, sweetest lady around!  She ALWAYS has something nice to say about my cards – even the duds! 🙂 She keeps coming back to comment, even though I seldom am able to return the favor. And, she’s an awesome papercrafter!

7.  Miss America!!   🙂   Yup. She truly is my sistah! We started out with a love for the mice and have since become true friends! She’s been my total inspiration in every aspect of cardmaking. And, she’s an awesome papercrafter!

8.  Linda Heavens.  With a name like that, what more can I say? She’s an amazing artist, who always manages to make my jaw drop when I see her awesome creations! And, she’s an amazing papercrafter!

9.  Suzanne Dean.  She’s definitely my hero! I’ve never known anyone with such stamina, drive and success in this papercrafting business! It’s hard to believe she’s such a sweetie! I’m proud to say I knew her when …. And, she’s an amazing papercrafter!

10.  Danni Bindel.  Omgoodness!  She has to be the most sweetest, kindest person in the whole world! She continues to visit my blog and comment, even after MONTHS of my non-response! And, she is super busy with her own blog and a weekly challenge – Flutter By Wednesdays! And, she’s an amazing papercrafter!

10a. I do have another person, but I have yet to convince her to start her own blog!  Yes, that’s you Ms. Deeb27!  Another sistah!   I really look forward to her DAILY comments on my blog!  She always makes my day!   AND, I know for a fact that she’s an amazing papercrafter – I have one of her cards to prove it!

Phew!  Done.    Anyone who makes it through all of this, also deserves an award!   😀

An award! :D

I was SOOO excited to see that I had received this awesome award from Jo of Messy Old Doings!!  Jo is such an amazing artist and cardmaker, I was sooo thrilled!  Thank you Jo!! 


This award comes with a few with rules:  Pass this award on to five people, post on their blog to let them know you left this award, and then answer a list of questions in ONE word.   (which, if I do say so myself, is much harder than you would think!   Hopefully, hyphenated words count!)

1. Where is your cell phone?  Purse
2. Your hair? Unruly!
3. Your mother?  angel!
4. Your father?   Eugene
5. Your favorite food? Chocolate
6. Your dream last night? cards!
7. Your favorite drink? H2O
8. Your dream/goal? Happiness
9. What room are you in? Craftroom
10. Your hobby? Coloring
11. Your fear?  Being-Copicless!
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years?  Happy
13. Where were you last night?  Here!
14. Something that you aren’t? Coloring
15. Muffins? Banana-Chocolate-Chip
16. Wish list item?  Hawaii
17. Where did you grow up?  Milwaukee
18. Last thing you did?  Colored
19. What are you wearing? Bathrobe
20. Your TV? Off
21. Your Pets?  Cats
22. Friends?  Awesome
23. Your life? Good
24. Your mood? Excited
25. Missing Someone?  Sometimes
26. Vehicle?  Prius
27. Something you’re not wearing?  Contacts
28. Your favorite store?  7-Kids-College-Fund
29. Your favorite color? PURPLE
30. When was the last time you laughed?   No. 13
31. Last time you cried? Monday
32. Your best friend?  John
33. One place that I go to over and over?  LSS
34. Facebook? Yes
35. Favorite place to eat?  Out 
I would in turn like to pass this award onto the following people…I TRULY think they deserve it! 






Ooops!   Guess I can’t count very well either!  You girls are the BEST!   Love ya!    😀     Thanks again so much Jo!  What a surprise!!

My bad! (as they say nowadays!) :)

I’ve been a bad blogger!!  😦    I’ve received some very special recognition awards recently and have not yet responded to them!  

 (I really do think it’s time for me to retire from my full-time job to stay at home and make cardz and be able to comment on all the blogs that I love and haven’t had a chance to even visit for awhile!    hmmm…I’ll have to work on that!  🙂  

 I do apologize for the length of this post…I promise it won’t happen again!  


One award is from Carolyn Bounds ~ my dear, dear friend from the House Mouse Challenge design team.  She really has to be the sweetest person around ~ I can’t say enough about Carolyn and her amazing talent and her very kind words that have helped me through some tough times.  This is the award Carolyn presented to me:

You Inspire Me

You Inspire Me

How cool is that??  Thank you so much Carolyn, it definitely made my day…week…year!!   (Especially coming from you…my creative mentor!)  

I would like to nominate the following people for this award:

America at

Lori at

Feenie at

Ann at

Karen at


Carolyn also gave me this award!!  She really is an amazing person!!   

Arte y pico award

Arte y pico award

The rules for this award are:

(1) Select 5 blogs that you feel deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language.
(2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog.
(3) Each award winner (upon acceptance) should show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award.
(4) Link to the Arte y pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.
(5) Show these rules.

I would like to nominate the following five people for this award:

Els at

Susan at

Heather at

Mueppi at

Emma at


A third award from the lovely and very talented Karen from KrB’s Korner   Karen is also one the nicest people around and I’m very fortunate to have gotten to know her and call her my friend.  Be sure to check out her awesome blog: 


Kreativ Blogger

Kreativ Blogger

1.The winner may put the logo on their blog.

2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to their blogs.

5. Leave a message for your nominees.

 I would like to nominate the following five people for this award:

 Carolyn at

 Janneke at

 Jennifer at

 Stacy at

 Tracy at


 And, last, but definitely not least from Els at   I’ve been tagged!!

Els is another very, very sweet blogging friend who does some awesome projects.  I really appreciate this Els…and I’m so sorry it has taken so long to put this together.

 I now have to share 7 facts (simple or weird) about myself.

 1.        I was a Girl Scout Leader!   For about six years, to my oldest  DD, Jennifer’s class.  She’s now 32, so it’s been a long time! 

2.       I love colors!  (purple is my favorite) 

3.   This love of colors is what actually brought me to work with stained glass.  I still have my workshop with tons and tons of glass; I keep all my little pieces since I could never toss the beautiful colors out!!   Here’s a quick picture of one of my projects: 

Abstract Waves

Abstract Waves



4.       My new love, Papercrafting ~ has truly taken over ALL my spare time.  My glass is unfortunately collecting dust!  But, I really am enjoying this whole process.  It’s so amazing how wonderful papercrafting people are!  I’ve really met some very awesome friends during these past few months that I’ve been doing this.

5.       I LOVE to spoil my SIX grandkids!  It’s all true what they say about grandkids…and mine certainly are the cutest in the world! 

6.       I’m the youngest of five kids (the baby!) – my oldest sibling is 18 years older than me!

7.       Hmmmm…one more!   I LOVE Thanksgiving.  It’s my very favorite holiday ~ lots of food and no presents required!  I tend to cook for an army, so we always invite lots of friends and family!   Give me a call if you’re free!  J

 I think that’s about all I can share for now…    Hopefully, I didn’t bore you to tears!

The tagging rules are:
1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
To try to keep this post somewhat short, I’m also tagging everyone I listed above!!  



I also apologize to anyone who may have already received any of these awards….it just shows you how much you are loved!  🙂


And anyone who reads this far in this rather long-winded post ~ REALLY deserves an award!!!!   😀