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Love Birds and Final Spirit of Giving Winner!!

Hello on this fabulously snowy Saturday! We are busy running back and forth for a soccer tournament for the littlest one. She really does love herself some soccer!
Today is fresh challenge over at the 365 Cards blog. The prompt is Tuck it in Your Pocket: Make a pocket for the inside of your card and add a little decoration to it.
Here is my example:

I used the Birds of a Feather stamp set from Market Street Stamps and the new Secret Crush Collection from Pink Paislee.
Here is the inside of the card:

For this I used more of the Secret Crush Collection and the Love Birds stamp from Market Street Stamps.
And now I have the winner for the last of this year's Spirit of Giving Giveaway:
Congratulations to Beth Brunette!!!
I will get that wonderful stack of Market Street Stamps out to you in the mail Beth!
Thank you all so much for joining me in my last giveaways for 2012. I think I may have to start 2013 out with a bang!!


Just wanted to pop in quick and let you know there is a HUGE announcement over on the Peachy Keen Blog introducing the brand new 2013 Design Team!!
Welcome ladies!!!

Andes Candies Meringues

I have so much fun baking each year for Christmas that I thought that I might start sharing some of my family's favorites. Each recipe that I share has obviously originated from somewhere, and I will do my best to inform you of the originals, but some have been found and then tweaked  and I may have lost where the originals have come from.
I am, by no means, an expert in baking or cooking, and therefore please do not scold if I do something you deem as not right or different than what you do, pretty, pretty please.
The first recipe that I wanted to share is one I originally found in a Taste of Home booklet. You can find it here on their website.
I really haven't changed this one too much, as these turn out so wonderfully, but I do change up the steps somewhat.
Here is a picture of them right before they go into the oven:
And here is a picture of them once they are nice and cooled off in their tin.
Ingredients: 2 egg whites 1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter 3/4 cup sugar 1/8 teaspo…

Happy Birthday and a Winner! {And a Giveaway!}

Hello on this very chilly Saturday! We have had a whirlwind week here in our household with last minute details for Christmas, cookie and candy making, a blizzard, a surprise birthday party for my brother and an extended family Christmas party. Here are a few pictures from this week, though you may have already seen them if you are a follower on Instagram.
 We ended up with about 10 inches of snow!
The girls had a blast playing outside.
And this is my grumpy ol' gnome of a brother at his party. He can fake grumpy pretty well can't he?
I will share my adventure in baking and making pictures with you tomorrow. It will prove to be a pretty yummy post! ;)
Next, it is a brand new challenge over on the 365 Cards challenge blog today. The prompt is Boy oh Boy: create a birthday card for a teenage boy.
And here is what I came up with:

Pretty simple and clean, but I think that fits pretty well with the theme! {Or at least with my nephews it would.}
I used some ribbon I have in my stas…

Joy to the World

***EDITED with Giveaway Winner***

What a rainy Saturday we are having here where I am!! For some reason I thought we were in December!?! All of our snow is gone {the whole one time it snowed and left anything behind ;)}.
Well, even though it sure doesn't look like the Holidays are coming around here, hopefully you are feeling it in your neck of the woods.
Today starts a brand new challenge over on the 365 Cards blog. It has been Opposite week over there, and today the opposite prompt is long and short.
For my card, I used a long piece of ribbon and a short piece of ribbon. I also used the stamp set I designed for Market Street Stamps, Ornaments.

If you are interested, Ornaments is currently on sale over on the website, along with other stamp sets. Or, you could try your hand at winning one in this blog post here with some other great products in one of my annual Spirit of Giving giveaways!
Speaking of giveaways, I have the winner of last Saturday's Spirit of Giving post. Cong…

Peachy Challenge and a Very Special Birthday!

Hello, hello!! Today start's a brand new Sketch Challenge over at the  Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge Blog.
Today we are also starting a very special celebration! It is Kathy's {the owner of Peachy Keen Stamps} birthday on Sunday, but we though we would start just a little bit early in order for her friends and customers to join in!!
All of the information that you need is over on the blog, so go on ahead! Join us!!

Here is my card following the sketch above. {I will hopefully have a better picture tomorrow if we have some decent sunlight!}

Don't forget about my earlier post's for the Spirit of Giving giveaways. There are two open right now, here and here.
Hope you all have a great day!!

Oh Joy!!! Another Winner and Another Giveaway!

First things first, I would like to announce the winner of last Monday's Spirit of Giving prize!
Veronica, you are the lucky winner!!
Please email me at plumpoppystudio {at} gmail {dot} com with your address.
And, now for the next Spirit of Giving prize:

Please leave a comment below for your chance to win. I will choose a winner on Wednesday!
Here is a card that I made for one of last week's Peachy Keen Release Week Challenges.

Jingle Bell Greetings

Happy Sunday!! Today is the last day to get your projects linked over on the Market Street Stamps' Block Party post. Don't wait because YOU could be the next Guest Designer!!
Here is a card I made a couple of weeks ago for a challenge, but never ended up posting. But I thought this would be the perfect time to do it.
I used the bell from the Ornaments stamp set that I designed for Market Street Stamps.
I hope you have a super fantastic Sunday, and do not forget about the couple of giveaways I have going on right now. You can catch them here and here!!

Pretty Holidays and a Giveaway

Good morning! I hope you had a wonderful week and are now enjoying a nice relaxing weekend.
Today starts another challenge over at 365 Cards. We have a wonderful sponsor this week,  Robyn's Fetish. The prompt for today is Pick-a-Pattern: Toile.
I used the very pretty Prissy Poinsettia digi stamp for my card today. I colored it in with Copics and then went over the whole image with Antique Linen Distress Ink. The toile patterned paper is from an older Christmas collection by Basic Grey.

And now for another Spirit of Giving giveaway, I have got three sets of stamps from Market Street Stamps, which are all now retired; Robo Love, Robo Star and Blast Off.
Here are just a few cards that feature each of the stamps:
Blast Off
Robo Love
Robo Star
All you have to do is leave a comment below and I will pick a winner next Saturday!
Also, there is still time to get in on the last Spirit of Giving post. You have until Monday to get your comments in for a chance to win that set of prizes.

Market Street Stamps : Peace & Joy

Good morning, good morning!! I hope you all are doing well.
Today I am sharing a card and tag I made to share over on the Market Street Stamps blog. I used the set Ornaments that I designed for both items.

Make sure to check out this post here for your chance to win some goodies for my Spirit of Giving month. The next winner will be chosen on Monday!!

A Giveaway, a Winner, and the Countdown to Christmas!

I hope you all had a wonderful week last week! I know mine went by far too quickly. Between getting ready for Christmas, a little girl who hasn't been at 100% and the normal running, I can't seem to wrap my head around the fact that it is already December!!!
I really do love the feelings I get around Christmas. I guess it ultimately starts just before Halloween and lasts through the beginning of the New Year. Although most of the emotions are happy ones, there is the part that brings a slight melancholy when things are still for just a bit and I am reminded that my dad is no longer with us. Though I miss him mightily, I know he is watching us from above and surrounding us with his love.
I try to be my best that I can be, and I know that I fall short in many areas, but especially during the holidays, I get that extra burst of something. It's not really energy, but I guess you could call it positiveness maybe. I am reminded of all the things I am so very blessed with and wa…

Peachy Keen Stamps December Sneak Peek Day 1

*** Here is the link for my Spirit of Giving giveaway post.***
Good morning!! Welcome to a brand new month of releases from Peachy Keen Stamps! Today is the first day of sneaks before the big release on Wednesday.
The following two cards are using both the Peachy Keen Stamp Kit of the Month and the Peachy Picks Kit of the Month.

Hope you enjoyed the peeks and make sure to check out the Peachy Keen Blog for some more great projects from the Peachy girls!!
We will see you back here tomorrow for some more sneaks and the first winner of the Spirit of Giving prizes for the month!

Merry Christmas Card

*** You can find the Spirit of Giving giveaway post here.***

Hello!! There is a brand new challenge today over on the 365 Cards blog. The prompt is to use scallops and stripes. We also have a brand new sponsor for this week, Stamp Your Life.
Here is my card using their December Days Digital Stamp in red and green. I decided to print it out on kraft cardstock to change it up form the traditional red, green and white.

I used Authentique patterned paper, American Crafts jute, TPC and Bazzill bling, and even used a Copic Marker to change the color of the green blings.
Hope you have a great day!
Don't forget about my Spirit of Giving giveaways going on right now. You can find that post here!!

Spirit of Giving

So, I meant to have this post up on Saturday, but then I got caught up in some family activities, mainly cleaning and then taking the kids Glow Bowling.
And then I was going to post it yesterday, but we ended up babysitting my nephew all day and did more cleaning, some tree trimming at Grandma and Grandpa's and then a soccer game, and back to more cleaning.
Now, I am getting it up quick before anything else gets in the way! 
Let me first start out by saying that I am beyond thankful for everything in my life. I have a beautiful family, awesome friends, a warm house and many other things that make by life a blessing. I take these things for granted on occasion and I often forget that not everyone has it this good.
This will be my third year of doing the Spirit of Giving, and I want to make it the best one yet. {There is a good chance that I will forget to make a post on time, or pick a winner on time, or do anything else on time. It's just the way I roll.}
To start off this we…

Be Naughty!

Hello out there!! Are you still there?
I know, it's been forever, and I even forgot to post my card last Saturday for 365 Cards! But I have lots of stuff to post about, and I may break it up throughout the day. {You never know, there might be something worth waiting for at the end of the day ;)}
Well, onto today's challenge for 365 Cards. The prompt is Imagine This: Sassy.
So, my mind immediately went to this month's release over at Peachy Keen Stamps. Kathy has a cute little sentiment stamp that I thought would work perfectly!

All of the elements on this card are from either the Peachy Keen Stamp of the Month Club or the Peachy Picks Kit Club {which is unfortunately sold out for this month}.
Also, Peachy Keen is having a HUGE "Gobble it Up" sale going on right now through the end of Monday evening. You can go here and find out all of the great details!! And let me tell you, you do not want to miss out. Hint, hint... free stamp set with a purchase of $30 or more…

A Very Merry Christmas {Distress Stain Tutorial}

Hello! It's my turn to share a tutorial over on the Market Street Stamps blog today.
I first started with gathering all of the supplies that I was going to need for this project: Ornaments stamp set Watercolor paper Distress Stains {Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Black Soot} Broad Nib Water Brush Fine Detail Nib Water Brush Archival Ink {Will not bleed when used with water} Rock Candy Distress Stickles Ink Palette Spellbinders Labels 8 Authentique Festive 6x6 paper pad

The first color I used was Shabby Shutters. I used the wider flat water brush and dipped it into the palette where I hold small amounts of my Distress Stains. I filled the body of the long ornament in completely.

I then used the same brush in Crushed Olive and filled in slightly more than half of the ornament.

And then with Peeled Paint, I filled in about one third of the ornament.

Next I used the smaller tipped water brush with Black Soot to fill in the top of the ornament.

After the paper was dry {…

Under the Christmas Tree

Hello! It's another Saturday Challenge over at 365 Cards. Today's prompt is Setting the Scene. Create a indoor scene using at least one stamp.
I chose to do an under the tree scene. The bough and present are die cuts from the Silhouette store and the ornament is from my newly released stamp set, Ornaments, from Market Street Stamps.
On the back of the ornament I decided to attach a real ornament hanger. 

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend so far. I am frantically trying to catch up on everything after a trip I took to visit with friends this past week.

Season's Greetings

It's Block Party time again over at the Market Street Stamps' blog this weekend!!
What? You have never heard of their Block Party??
Well, here is an opportunity for you!
Hop on over there and try your hand at winning one of two awesome prizes!! One person will win a prize package of stamps and goodies, and another will win a Guest Design Spot for next month!!
How cool is that? All you have to do is make a card, layout, or other project that uses Market Street Stamps, and then link it up on their blog post. Not too hard is it?
Well, here is my card for the Block Party. I used my newly released set, Ornaments.  You only have until the end of Sunday to receive 15% off of all of the new releases, so hurry on up and get over there!!

MSS New Release Blog Hop Day 2

Glad you were able to make it here from the Market Street Stamps blog!!
Welcome back to the second day of the Market Street Stamps November Release Blog Hop! Yesterday I had the pleasure of sharing projects made with my very first stamp set, Ornaments, and today I am sharing a card using Friendly Penguin.

Make sure you leave a comment on each stop for your chance to win the new stamps and remember that the stamps are already available over at the Market Street Stamps Marketplace!
Your next stop on the hopping train is Julie! Hope you enjoyed watch you saw and I look forward to seeing you back soon!!

Market Street Stamps November Release Blog Hop Day One

Hello! I hope you were able to make you way safely here from the Market Street Stamps blog. If not, you can start your journey here to find out all the info you need in order to successfully make your way through today's November Release Blog Hop.
I am so beyond excited that I am finally able to feature projects made with a stamp set from Market Street Stamps that I, myself illustrated!!!
This has been on the horizon for a little while now, and it feels like I am finally able to exhale! I am so very thankful to Angelica and Jorge over at Market Street Stamps, for without them, I would have never been able to do this. They are so inspiring in what they continue to accomplish with there company and I feel blessed to know and be able to work with them.
With that said, I introduce to you a couple of cards from my set, Ornaments:

And another one:

I hope you enjoyed what I was able to share today, and I can't wait to see you back here tomorrow for day number to of the Blog Hop!