Cuddly New Year

Each age has deemed the new-born year
The fittest time for festal cheer.
~Walter Scott

Cuddles Valentine Bunny

Happy 2014 everyone! This year’s going to be great – I can feel it in my bones. And, I’m so tickled to be able to start the New Year with the gang at Your Next Stamp.

Your Next Stamp Blog Hop

Welcome to the Your Next Stamp (YNS) New Year’s New Release Hop!! It’s not just the start of a New Year, it’s also Angel Rivera’s birthday. Happy Birthday Angel!

YNS Cuddles

The party begins on Angel’s blog and guess what?! YNS will be giving away ten digital stamps from all of the blog comments! Winners will be announced on January 4th on the YNS Blog.

Here’s your blog hop map. Have fun visiting all these talented ladies.

How stinkin’ freakin’ cute is this little Valentine bunny? He’s called Cuddles and he’s one of the newest digital stamps by Penny and Laurence of Omnia Designs!!  (You can find all the YNS digital stamps, including this cutie here.) Cuddle Bunny  

Tips & Techniques

I’m kind of addicted to these Wobble Action Springs now. I couldn’t resist making the bunny hop by putting a spring under the oval that holds him. I printed him onto Neenah card stock, colored him (with Copic E41 and E42 pens), and paper pieced the big cuddly heart. Here are all the products I used. Have fun hopping everyone. Now off you go to see what Ruza has for you. 



























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Operation Write Home Blog Skip

But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end.
~William Shakespeare

Birthday 2013 Banner Sept25-PLHey everyone. Welcome to Catered Crop and my little stop on the Operation White Home Birthday Bash Blog Skip with Perfect Papercrafting. If you’ve been skipping along with us from home base, you just joined us from Laura’s place at Perfect Paper Crafting. If you just found us, you’ll want to go just two hops back to the Operation Write Home so you don’t miss a thing (like some yummy blog candy).


I’m so exited to be part of the blog hop today because it lets me sing praises to two amazing ventures: the fabulous work of the Operation Write Home (OWH) volunteers and my favorite paper crafting tool, Perfect Layers.

Happy Sixth Birthday to Operation Write Home! Congratulations to you and all your volunteers.

If you’re not familiar with OWH, they support our armed forces and their families by sending blank handmade cards to the troops to send back to their loved ones. It’s as American as apple pie and a lot more healthy for you. If you’d like to know how you can donate cards (including guidelines and tips), just click here or here.

MME Chalboard Greeting

OWH is already taking cards for Christmas and even Valentine’s Day, so I made a couple of gender-neutral cards that would work for Valentine’s Day. Besides being a great organization that does great things, OWH is also a terrific source of inspiration. – like the current Sketch Challenge #191 I used for my first card.


That little hint of black framing in both the cards is all made with the Perfect Layer tool. This puppy stays on my crafting desk all the time because I use it with just about every card.

I love my layers, but I had to careful not to add so many that mailing this would create problems for OWH. That’s almost as big a challenge for me as not adding glitter – another no, no for OWH cards. They need our envelopes, too, so I made some to match my cards – just for more giggles and grins.

Friends Make Good Times

Below are all the ingredients I used in my cards and envelopes and that’s it from me. Thanks so much for joining me, and I hope you’ll consider making some cards to send to OWH.

Now . . . off you go to the next skip . . . Pam Sparks’ Expressions With Heart.



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My Happily Ever After

If I’m honest I have to tell you
I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.
    ~ Audrey Hepburn

You Are My Happily

Kramer vs. Kramer gave me my Happily Ever After.

I had to explain to my kids what Kramer vs. Kramer is.

It's a film that tells a story of divorce and shifting gender roles, I know, it doesn't sound romantic, but stay with me. Joanna Kramer (Meryl Streep) walked out on Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman), and Poor Billy Kramer was stuck in the middle.

It came out in 1979 when Women's Lib was just reaching adolescence. Guys didn't know whether to open doors for their dates. Girls didn't know who should pay for the dates. It was mayhem everywhere.

Tom and I were on our first date.

He made me pay for my own soda.

It was not going well.

But at the end of the movie everything changed. Joanna Kramer was crying about not painting clouds on the ceiling for little Billy. I looked over at my darling Tom in the dark, and tears were rolling down his face. I fell madly and crazily in love with his tender soul.

The movie won five Academy Awards, including one each for Dustin and Meryl.

I won my Happily Ever After.


That's my darling and me back in 1979. I think this was the very first picture of us as together. Don't laugh. Overalls were very 'in'.

And here's the inside of my belated Valentine's card.

Happy Valentine's Day

If you love mushy stories like that (I do!), you're gonna love this!

SCS Love Fest

My Favorite Things is hostessing a challenge today as part of the Splitcoaststampers LoveFest. Time to get down and lovey dovey. The LoveFest includes 11 days of challenges, chatter, and prizes!  You'll increase your opportunity to win some serious prize booty by playing along in each of the 11 challenges. It's not too late but it will be on February 28 – the deadline for gallery uploads to be eligible.

You can find all the details about the LoveFest HERE and all the details about today's challenge from My Favorite Things HERE in the My Favorite Things Forum. I'll see you there!


Tips & Techniques

I'm loving this chalkboard technique that's so popular now, so I tried just a tiny dab at it. Trying to have clean, white embossing on a black background is like trying to eat spaghetti in a white dress. Everything shows! DO NOT TRY THIS without first rubbing your paper with a Stampin' Up! Embossing Buddy, EK Success Powder Tool, or at least a dryer sheet. Without one of these to remove the static from your paper, you'll end up with a lot of flecks of embossing powder in unwanted places. You will not succeed. That is all.

In a pinch, just throw a couple of tablespoons of cornstarch into a tube sock or little satchel and pesto-chango-cheapo – you can make your own magic static removing gizmo.

Here's the recipe to my Tom's belated Valentine's card.

Finished size: 5-1/2" by 4". Other ingredients include Authentique 6 x 6 Lovely Bundle, Red Baker's Twine, American Crafts twine, VersaMark watermark ink, Stampin' Up! White Embossing Powder, and Stampin' Up! Embossing Buddy.

You Are My Happily

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