Happy Wednesday everyone! How ya doin'? Are you a busy, busy bee like me, hee hee?! Lots to get done this week & not enough time to do it all! I'm still frantically trying to hunt down a couple more things that the kids need for school supplies--I hate that the middle school doesn't give out their lists early when all the stores are well stocked, makes it so much harder for everyone! I've got a very long post for ya today so I'll keep my "monologue" shorter for ya, lol! There's alot on this post including my kid's first day of school pics, 300,000 Hits Blog Candy & my project of the day--so make sure & scroll all the way down to see it all!
This is Alexa yesterday all ready for the first day of 8th grade! She's always hated to wear dresses & skirts but I guess she's starting to change her mind cuz' she insisted she needed this jean skirt, hee hee! Can't believe she'll be 14 soon--where does time fly off to?
Here's my "little man" (don't let him know I told you my nickname for him or else he'll kill me, hee hee)! Gettin' to be a big man I think (boo hoo) and in 6th grade now! This is his half grin cuz' he hates me taking his picture but I do it anyway cuz' that's what mom's do, hee hee! He was pretty nervous & didn't want to eat much breakfast and came home & said that middle school was "ok" but he had issues with his locker! Crossing my fingers that tomorrow goes smoother for him!
300,000+ Hits Blog Candy
Alrighty friends! Today is the day for the blog candy for my lil' ole blog hitting over 300,000 hits in just a year and a half--WOW! Thanks to all of you lovely, supportive & wonderful readers for stopping by & visiting with me everyday--I appreciate you all so much & have made so many wonderful friends in the stampin' community! So to thank you I'm giving away just (1) one VERY LARGE BLOG CANDY!!
What can you win:
-3 Magnolia stamps (donated by Diana Crick of Magnolia-licious)
-1 Sugar Nellie stamp (Goin' for a Spin/Sweet Art Ebony)
-1 Paper Trey Ink "Anniversary Set" (not for sale, given as gift to customers for purchasing during the year so this is a limited edition set)
-1 Spiral Whisper Christmas Dog stamp
-1 Whiff of Joy Oakley Angel stamp
-1 Snowman stamp from The Stampin' Place
-1 Basic Grey clear Xmas tree stamp
-2 Studio G stamps
-1 Gina K "Whimsical Autumn" stamp set
-1 pack of DoveCraft Winter Wonderland papers
-1 pad of Basic Grey's NEW "Indian Summer" paper (donated by Susana of SCACD)
-1 NEW Bow Easy (donated by Susana as well)
-Embellies include a pack of Christmas buttons, bag of mixed Prima flowers & 5 spools of ribbon
-1 Sharpie Poster Paint marker (my favorite highlighter)
-1 small Memento black inkpad
-1 Fern Branch paper punch (brand new)
-1 medium scrapbook
-25 chipboard coasters
How Can You Win?
-Answer this question "What book is your favorite that you've ever read & why?" on this post only in the comment section! (please leave an email addy w/ your comment)
-Tell your friends on your blog, Twitter or Facebook (not required but nice, hee hee)
-Entry deadline is Monday, September 14th at midnight (EST)--winner will be announced next Wednesday! Good Luck!!
Today's project is one I made as a thank-you gift for a neighbor/friends of ours that had us over for a lobster feast dinner this past weekend--YUM! I love all seafood & crabs & lobster are my top favorites and they were so sweet to ask us over! So to thank them I made them some homemade muffins (raspberry & chocolate chip--yes I made extras for us too, hee hee), a card and a bread basket towel that I stamped & colored!
I haven't done stamping/coloring w/ Copics on fabric in awhile, but I do love it--it's so much fun! I have a tutorial on my sidebar on how to do this if you're interested--I stamp on my fabric with memento ink when I'm coloring the image w/ Copics! Copics are permanent & fabric friendly--I always heat set it with an iron when I'm done so that it is washable! The main image is my all-time favorite Lockhart stamp "Harvest Candle"--I use this stamp alot in the fall season! The swirls and leaves are from the Paper Trey Ink set "Fall Elegance" and I stamped them in Palette Inks which are washable inks as well. I thought this would be lovely in a bread basket for the fall season--I'm going to make a couple more (one for myself & some to sell if you're interested). The swirls & leaves go around the entire towel (which is a flour sak towel) and on the opposite corner is the same fabulous Lockhart image colored again.
I of course had to make a matching card with the same Lockhart "Harvest Candle" stamp! It's colored w/ the same Copics and then I added diamond glaze to the hurricane candle & grapes and stickles on the leaves. The elegant shape is from my Nestabilities Labels 4 and I shaded the edges with my favorite Inkssentials Blending Tool (oh how I love it)! The cs, dp and ribbon are from PTI--the bow was tied w/ my Bow Easy and then I added some Bella Baubles to the bottom. The leaf charm is actually a brad and I cut off the back shanks & then punched thru the metal with my hole punch so I could make it a charm!! A perfect fall gift set! Whaddya think?
Whew, that was a long post and I'm tuckered out from just typing it, LOL! Hope you have a fabulous day!