Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Proud Mama...the chick or the egg?

First the chick...have to give praise to my youngest since he doesn't get enough...always overshadowed by his big brother.

He was chosen from two school districts (at the seventh grade level) to be invited to a high school summer school pilot program that's geared towards future engineers (be aerospace, genetic, mechanical). WHEW! That was long! LOL!!

Don't know how many were invited but our district alone has about six to seven junior high schools. I had to go in person to register - it's that new. LOL!! So excited for him. He's a little nervous being it's held at a high school setting and he's riding the bus to school (it's at another high school).

I was wondering what to do with the little guy during the summer, big brother is planning on attending both sessions of high school summer school plus a tennis camp. Then we get this invitation in the mail...what timing!

Good job, Hiro!! We are so proud of you!! xo

Now the egg, I published a post on Spellbiners' blog. I made an Egg-shaped card and it turned out like this:

To find out how to make a perfect shape, check it out HERE!
Thanks for stopping by :0)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

JustRite Stampers Mega March Blog Hop - Day 2!!

Welcome to my blog!! I am SO excited to show you my project today.

My scrapbook store (Craft Fancy, Arlington Hts. IL) had these huge empty sticker rolls so I took a couple. My first thought was to make a big spool and roll a mini album into it. So I purchased sewing-related pattern papers, brought it home and thought and thought and...THEN JustRite Stampers came out with JB-09730 Stitched With Love Borders & Centers Round 2 3/8" . "Oh, my!" My inspiration wheel started turning and I ended up creating this...

With pattern papers from American Crafts, I punched holes with my Bind-It-All and then "stitched" together 4 1/2"Hx12"W strips of papers to make a total of three pages...a real mini! LOL!! And of course, I had to use some of my Spellbinders™ products such as S5-011 Scalloped Edge Frames, S4-214 Eyelets Borderabilities® Petite, S4-235 Fancy Tags, S4-114 Standard Circles LG and S4-116 Standard Circles SM. Other embellishments are from Maya Road (Trinket Pin, Sewing Themed Chipboard) and the buttons are from my stash.

Notice that I used almost the entire stamp set on this mini. I had so much fun with this project and I don't even sew!!! LOL! Thanks to JustRite Stampers (esp. Kellie Fortin & Sharon Harnist) for making this project SEW easy to put together. Sometimes you just need a little inspiration to get ya goin'...

30 designers, FIVE shopping sprees each day. No one knows where the prizes will be! Each day of the hop JustRite will have five Mystery Blog Candy Prizes hidden along the hop with a total retail value of $600. JustRite will randomly select five mystery blogs each day of the hop and randomly allocate each of the shopping sprees. For your chance to win, simply leave a little love (a comment) on each designer’s blog including the JustRite Blog. The more designers you leave comments with, the better your chances of winning. Each day’s comments will remain open for three days. A winner from each of the mystery blogs’ comments will be randomly chosen using Random.org. Consult the listing of designers at the JustRite Blog each day (each day’s designers will be different) and start out on your way! Beginning Friday, March 26, summaries of all the winners will be posted on the JustRite Blog.

Good luck to everyone and enjoy all the JustRite eye candy along the hop!

Today during the JustRite Mega March Blog Hop (Day Two) JustRite and its sponsors will be giving away the following five prizes:

· $200 JustRite Shopping Spree
· $100 Spellbinders Shopping Spree
· $100 Stamp Simply Ribbon Store Spree, and
· Two additional $100 JustRite Shopping Sprees!

Blog comments for Day Two will be open until Friday at 6pm EST. On Saturday, JustRite will announce on their blog which five blogs have the mystery candy for Day Two. You will need to go to the JustRite Blog to determine where you need to go to find out if you are one of the five lucky winners.

Here are the list of talented designers who will be participating in Day 2:

JustRite Inspiration Blog

Sharon Harnist

Sankari Wegman

Marianne Walker

Michelle Wooderson

Linda Duke

Barb Schram

Eva Dobilas

Liz Weber

Jeanne Streiff

Lori Craig

Sharon Johnson

Michelle Woerner

Sherry Cheever

Keri Lee Sereika

Lauren Meader

Michele Boyer

Lucy Abrams

Janine Blackwelder

Edna Morrisedie

Deb Saaranen

Melody Rupple

Charmaine Ikach

Michelle Giraud

Amy Crockett

Lydia Fiedler

Kelly Landers

Amber Hight

Margie Higuchi

Mary Pfaff

Debbie Seyer

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Good luck and hope you enjoy the rest of hop!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Start of the JustRite Stampers MEGA March Blog Hop!!!

Today is the first of THREE days of JustRite Stampers' Mega March Blog Hop with $600 of product being given away! You'll need start with the JustRite Inspiration Blog for an inspiring project! Then visit each of the following designers' blogs (see below) to see all the inspiration they've prepared for you using stamps from JustRite's January/February release.

Stop back here tomorrow for my blog hop project! In the meantime, ENJOY and be INSPIRED!!!

JustRite Inspiration Blog

Becca Feeken

Tosha Leyendekker

Kazan Clark

Laurie Schmidlin

Kellie Fortin

Amy Sheffer

Jerri Jimenez

Denise Marzec

Michelle Rodgers

Stephanie Kraft

Sally Lynn MacDonald

Cindy Lawrence

Jenyfur Pohl

Silke Ledlow

Carolyn King

Dawn Easton

Holly Simoni

Julie Overby

Karen Maldonado

Colleen Schaan

Kimberly Crawford

Karen Taylor

Maren Benedict

Eli Harlan

Linda Beeson

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hoppy Easter!

I had this Valentine's container full of strawberry candy that mysteriously disappeared...I'm thinkin' boys...enough said. HA! So what to do with this container...it was lying in the recycle bin...until I saw this challenge from JustRite Stampers....hmmm...light bulb moment!

So I covered the sides with one of my favorite paper manufacturers, Cosmo Cricket, and accented with Spellbinders Easter themed items (S4-263 Easter Fun, S4-237 Easter Borderabilities™ Petite and S4-264 Nested Egg). See that cute little chick running around?! The image is from JustRite Stampers Favorite Occasions Borders & Centers Set 1 5/8" (JB-08690) colored in Copic Markers...

What a fun challenge! A great idea that created something old into something new! Are you a JustRite Stamper fan? Come join the challenge...you still have time! The challenge ends this Thursday, March 18th :0)

Sunday, March 07, 2010

What I did Saturday...

Crop For A Cause - Making M.S. (Multiple Sclerosis) A Memory!

I've attended this since its beginnings back in 2007 - the Saturday that my friend, Laura Machonis (founder & coordinator of the event), held this, I was moving into my new home two days earlier! LOL! But I managed to attend, sat by myself in the Sanctuary working on my project and she always had time to stop by and check on me!

For four years I've watched her work hard to make this event a success year after year. She is such an inspiration! So a special SHOUT OUT to Laura and her team for another great year - I think the dollar amount is $14,000 plus! Better than last year :)

I am so proud of her!!!!
Another step closer in finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

This group shot is from us winning "The Princess Room" (aka V.I.P. Room) in last year's auction where we get a private room to crop, a tiara, special tee shirt, unlimited drinks, special door prizes and a "lady-in-waiting" (Hi & thank you, Chris!) at our beckin' call! LOL!! My fellow royals are: (standing) MaryBeth T., Chris R., ME, CJ D. and (sitting) Joyce A. Our Princess MIAs: Renee N. & Fiona R. - we miss you both!!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

TaDa Creative Studios 2010 - 2011 DT Announcement!

It’s time for us at TaDa Creative Studios to announce our 2010-2011 Design Team!!! Our decision was very difficult, and we thank all of you that took the time to submit your work!!! We did have several current DT members resubmit to the team, and we are thrilled to still have them onboard.

Our new 2010-2011 Design Team Members are:
Christy Davis
Julie Detlef
Stacey Hansen
Margie Higuchi
Katie Renz
Nicole Stark

We have also created some new positions on our Design Team. These members will be called TaDa Design Team Toppers. They will be like the added sprinkles on top of a really good dessert. Each of them will be guests on our blog once a quarter, and will share their talent as a little extra bonus to the Design Team.

Our 2010-2011 Design Team Toppers are:
Rita Barakat
Susan Dupre
Marianne Luken

And last but not least, we will have a TaDa Challenge Hostess. We are proud and happy to announce that our founding DT Coordinator, Tracey Wilder will be taking on this position. She has shared her talent with us from the beginning, and we are thrilled to have her be an important part of our future team. Don’t be surprised if you see her wearing many more hats than this along the way.

Please note that we will be contacting each of you individually this week, regarding your role on the team. We have many responsibilities to divide up, and we look forward to your participation. Once we decide on each member’s role, we will make a decision on who will be the DT Coordinator for TaDa.

Thank you so much ladies, and CONGRATULATIONS!

SO EXCITED to be continuing with this wonderful manufacturer! Can't wait to see what our new DT members and DT Toppers have in their creative minds! I'm sure I will be inspired by them :) Welcome, designers, and let's make it work....in my best Tim Gunn/Project Runway voice! Heehee!!

Monday, March 01, 2010

For My Japanese Scrappers - March 2010 Schedule



*3月のクラス&ワークショップ スケジュール:

1日(月) 10:00AM-13:00PM
スクラップブッキング & etc. @ シャンバーグ自宅
持ち物: ベーシックツールキット*

4日(木) 10:00AM-13:00PM
スクラップブッキング & etc. @ シャンバーグ自宅
持ち物: ベーシックツールキット*

5日(金) 10:00AM-13:00PM
スクラップブッキング & etc. @ シャンバーグ自宅
持ち物: ベーシックツールキット*

9日(火) 10:00AM-13:00PM
スクラップブッキング & etc. @ シャンバーグ自宅
持ち物: ベーシックツールキット*

12日(金)  09:30AM-13:00PM (子供ずれOK)
スクラップブッキング & etc. @ ミツワCommunity Room
クラス・ワークショップ代金:$6 + material
持ち物: ベーシックツールキット*

15日(月) 10:00AM-13:00PM
スクラップブッキング & etc. @ シャンバーグ自宅
持ち物: ベーシックツールキット*

31日(水) 10:00AM-13:00PM
スクラップブッキング & etc. @ シャンバーグ自宅
持ち物: ベーシックツールキット*

*ベーシックツールキットは、12" paper trimmer; scissors, black pen/marker, pencil, eraser, ruler, exacto knife, and adhesive (dry=テープのり & wet=液体)です。無い方(例えばPaper Trimmer)は、私から借りて下さい。

今後この連絡の不要な方は お手数ですがお知らせください。


Spellbinders Wizard Die Cut Machine (Co-Editor, Company Blog): http://spellbinderspaperarts.com/blog/
TaDa Creative Studios (Design Team Member): http://www.tadacreativestudios.com/
Craft Fancy (Margie’s classes):http://www.craftfancy.com/





Happy Scrapping!
Margie Higuchi