Saturday, May 29, 2010

OWH Memorial Day bloghop with an Unscripted Challenge

What a beautiful day we have here in NH and I'm so happy to up with the sun and ready to hop a bit for the Operation Write Home Memorial Day blog hop! You should've arrived here from Pat but if you need to start at the top of the hop, then click on the banner and you'll get back to me soon.

My red, white and blue missing you card for today is fairly simple. I used today's Unscripted Sketch, though I forgot a beautiful stars and stripe ribbon behind my button bear...oops! But the sketches are unscripted, so that's okay! I love my star brads, perfect for anything OWH.

I discovered OWH last year (though they were Cards for Heroes then) on the Memorial Day blog hop and sent in my first cards by the end of the summer. I think this is my third hop now and it's so much fun. I love to make cards for Heroes to send home because I know my mother would've loved one from my brother when he was in Afghanistan a few years ago. I love stopping by the Facebook fan page to see what kind of encouraging comments there are for crafters and the thanks that has been left by heroes and by those they love. What a wonderful way to thank those who are serving. So THANK YOU to all those who are serving, or have served. And for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, take time to remember them this weekend.

My tip for making cards for OWH is DON'T WORRY! They can have some bumps and lumps so embellish 'em, they can be for just about any occasion (birthday, thinking of you, love, missing you, etc), and they are always appreciated. Head over to the Mailroom for tips and to get shipping addresses. And don't feel you need a full box before you can send cards in, get a small padded envelope and fill that up. will want to send more! Shipping adds up for OWH so I always try to include a donation with my cards, even if its just $1 or $5. Every little bit helps!

I've got a challenge with some candy in honor of this weekend's hop.

The prize: a SU Sale-a-bration set (from last year I think) Polka Dot Punches. Due to shipping costs, US only please. Thanks!
Now it's time to continue on the hop by heading over to Betty at Simply Scrapping.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and don't forget to say thank you to those you know who serve and anyone you may see in uniform this weekend!


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Unscripted Sketches with a Chocolate Chip twist

It's National Chocolate Chip Day...but you already knew that, right? There's a day for everything I guess. In honor of that, along with today's Unscripted Sketch there is a piggy back challenge to use something chocolate chip--ink, paper, ribbon, or even a stamp, let the chocolate chips be the stars this week!
This was my card for my mother on Mothers Day, with the message that "Mothers are the stitches that hold the family together" on the inside. If you've ever been to her blog you can see immediately that she's a quilter, so I tried to create a square with paper. And of course the "thread" is chocolate chip on this one!

I hope you find time to play along (and that I find time to play at all!) this week, so head on over to Unscripted Sketches to check out this week's top 3 and more inspiration from the DT.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

CPS Sketch

I had a chance to make a quick Mothers Day card on Sunday for DH's grandmother who ended up joining us for dinner. She lives in NY and we don't usually get to see her, so that was a treat.

I used the CPS sketch for this, and the PPA inspiration even though I didnt' have time to post it before that challenge closed. Tonight we're off again to meet MIL and her mom for dinner while Grammy is here for the week. Yay for dinner that I don't have to cook!!!!


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mothers Day

Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's mom like me.

What kind of a little girl was your mom?
1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine..

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

Happy Mothers Day!

Hope this made you smile,

Saturday, May 8, 2010


Good morning! In honor of Mothers Day (Happy Mothers Day early to all you moms out there!) I took this week's Unscripted Sketch and turned it into a Mothers Day card for my MIL. I went through all my sentiment stamps and tried to create a Wordle, which is the popular thing at school right now. In other words, many ways to say Mom. In fact, I might have done this last year. Hmmm, I should check.

The sketch was a lot of fun to work with, so head over to Unscripted Sketches and check out all the rest of the inspiring dt work. Then jot down the sketch so you can play along yourself....can't wait to see what gets created with this one!

If you're a mom, hope you find time to relax and create this weekend and that your family treats you like the queen that you are. I'll try to do the same for my mom!


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Unscripted NSD

Happy Saturday morning! It's not an overly happy one for me because my vacation is over and I'm headed back to school on Monday. I'm not ready!!! But I guess I need to just look on the bright side that we only have 35 days of school left....LONG days!

Today is National Scrapbooking Day so for this week's Unscripted Sketch I did a layout. Will I ever finish this scrapbook? I hope so because my friend's baby is due tomorrow and I hoped to have it to her before the baby came. Maybe before the kid's first birthday at this rate!

My favorite part of this is the bow that matches the bride's dress. I'm not overly pleased with the rest but that's probably why I've been avoiding scrapbooking. Any tips on just jumping back into it? I can use all the help that you have to share.

For now, head over to Unscripted Sketches to play along and see what other inspiration the DT provided you with.....