Tuesday, January 31, 2012

It's an Alter It Challenge at Try It On Tuesday!

AND, I get to be a GUEST DESIGNER at Try It On Tuesday today!!! =)
How cool is that?!
So, that "Alter It" Challenge??  ADD TEXTURE!  The sky's the limit with this one when it comes to textures! =)

My textures?  Some Fish Net, Some Glitter, Dimensionals and a Really COOL textured Shell!
Image - Shelly's Images "Happy Hour Pineapple"
Papers - Bazzill & Flair Designs from my stash
Coloring - Prism Colored Pencils and MCPT
Tools - EK Success Punches
Extra STUFF - Miscellaneous Fish Net, Shell from my stash, Glossy Accents, Stickles, Studio G Sentiment, ColorBox Tangerine Ink, Doodling, and Dimensionals 
Can you tell I'm ready for a trip to the beach?! =)
Come join the fun this week at Try It On Tuesday, we'd LOVE to have you play along =)
Hugs & Happy Days!
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Monday, January 30, 2012

Ground Beef, Onions & Dumplings

As a Kid I remember my mom would make Ground Beef, Onions & Dumplings.

Tonight, we had a hankering for a revised version of my mom's original recipe.
1 pound Ground Beef
1 medium Sweet Onion, sliced & halved
1 - 12 oz. bag of frozen mixed veggies (corn, carrots, green beans & peas)
1 can whole potatoes, sliced
2 TBSP Worschershire Sauce
Garlic, Salt & Pepper to taste and any other seasonings you'd like - we do the spice & sprinkle cooking method)
2 cups Beef Boullion
2 cups of water
2 cups Bisquick
2/3 cup Milk
Brown Ground Beef and sliced Onion, add 2 TBSP Worschershire Sauce.  Once browned, add remaining ingredients (except for Bisquick & Milk).  Cook on Medium heat for about 1/2 hour, slow boiling.  Make Dumplings with  Bisquick & Milk (according to box instructions for dumplings).  Drop dumplings into boiling stew, book for 10 minutes uncovered, then cover and cook for another 10 minutes.
Sprinkle with Paprika, scoop yourself up a plate and Enjoy!

It doesn't look like much, but Mmmmmm Good!  =)
Hugs & Happy Days!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Stella Says Sketch 103

Wow, can you believe we're nearing the end of the first month of 2012??  Whew, sure did fly by!
  Today we've got the newest edition of the Stella Says Sketch Challenge at The Bug Blog and I didn't want to miss out!!
Here's the new sketch - 

And here's my take on the sketch - I spun it around for a little different look.
Papers - Bazzill, Cosmo Cricket Delovely (my FAVE paper) & Yellow & White Dots Reverse 
Coloring - Copics - BG13 BG15 RV17 RV19 Y17 Y19 YG23 YG25
Tools - Cuttlebug, Nesties & MS Punch
Extra STUFF - Tulle, BLING, Felt, Prima Blinged Custom Center, Stickles & Dimensionals

Visit The Bug Blog and join us for this round of Stella Says Sketch AND check out what the rest of the design team whipped up!  Talk about INSPIRATION - WOW!!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Bugaboo Color Challenge!

Happy Saturday!!  
Ready for another Bugaboo Stamps, Catch The Bug Challenge - 
This week?  A COLOR CHALLENGE - 
Use these Red Velvet Hues and show us your creations!
Here's my Red Velvet Inspired Card - just in time for Valentine's Day!
Papers - All Basic Grey
Coloring - Copics
Tools - Cuttlebug, Nesties & MS Border Punch
Extra STUFF - Miscellaneous i "heart" you sentiment, Color Box Chestnut Roan Ink, Doodling, Custom Ribbon & Dimensionals

So, head on over to The Bug Blog, check out the deets and read/dream/fantasize about the awesome Bugaboo Images you'll be able to use if you play and WIN!  Plus, you can see all the fabulous creations the rest of the team created!  =)
Hugs & Happy Days!
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Friday, January 27, 2012

A little Scruffy on a Friday...

But this Scruffy is simply an adorable addition to the Bugaboo Stamps Store!
Happy Freebie Friday from Bugaboo Stamps!!

I wanted to share with you today's Freebie Image - 
Isn't she just ADORABLE???  Flower, Bow & all??
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Scruffy Puppy" Find it at "Freebie"
Papers - Miscellaneous Papers from My stash, Kraft, DCWV & Bazzill
Coloring - Copics E31 E33 E35 E37 R81 R83
Tools - EK Success Punch & MS Punch, Cuttlebug & Nesties
Extra STUFF - Pom poms, Felt, Embroidery floss, Button from Stash, Studio G Sentiment Stamp, Stazon Jet Black Ink, Doodling & Dimensionals

Pop on over to The Bug Blog and see what the rest of the team did with this super cute image and then check out the New this Month link and see the rest of the Scruffy Puppy collection!  =)
Hugs & Happy Days!
This card has been entered into the following challenges - 
Dutch Dare Card Challenge - 2E, C8 - "Buttons Galore"

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My Favorite "Smart Cup" & Water Bottle

So anyone who is close to me knows that AT LEAST once a week, I'm referred to by SOMEONE I know & love as GRACE (usually my hubby), because most days, I have NONE!!

I'm notorious for spilling glasses of things - water, iced tea, you name it, if it's in a glass, likely it's goin' over at some point.  After trying to figure out where I got this trait, I realized it's from my daddy!  When I worked for him in college, you could always tell if he sat at your desk with a cup of coffee, because there was always a COFFEE RING around the calendar.  =)  Great Daddy Memories!

So, imagine my ELATION when I found my new FAVORITE "Smart Cup" from Tervis Tumblers - last summer.  These cups are double insulated, can be used for hot OR cold beverages (think margaritas..... after work).
The cool thing - they're 
Add a Travel Lid - which is a must when your nickname is Gracie and a straw and you're good to go!
This is the BEST cup I've found and used EVER!
They don't sweat because they're double insulated (which is HUGE with the amount of iced tea I consume).
My hubby even got in on the act!
These were AWESOME - Glen and I BOTH took them with us when we went to the Dominican last summer and THEY ROCKED!!!

The reason I'm telling you about my find is because they now have these AWESOME Water Bottles!!
AND, did I mention they're MADE IN THE USA
This little sucker is on it's way to our house - personalized with The Kaymin Kantina =)
Take a second and check out this company - their products are awesome - I don't have a single complaint about them (just ask everyone in my family that has received one of these 'smart cups' in the last 12 months) and they have a LIFETIME WARRANTY on their products.  
Find me a company that does THAT in this day in age!

Originally I found these cups at Bed Bath & Beyond, but their selection wasn't as wide as what the website has to offer.

Okay, that's my product promotion for the day.
Hugs & Happy Days!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Bugaboo Stamps Paper Take Weekly Challenge

Today, we're sponsoring the Paper Take Weekly Challenge!!!

The Challenge should you decide to accept it?
Highlight an image with Glitter or Gloss

Glitter - I can NEVER say NO!
And since today is a New Release Day at Bugaboo Stamps, this sweet new Valentine Ava image is just PERFECT for the challenge!!
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Ava and Deacon Collection - Ava Valentine Heart"
Papers - Bazzill & MME Paper Stack Prints
Coloring - Copics 100 E21 E50 R24 R27 R29 R81 R83 R85 YG63 YG67 YR21 YR23 YR24
Tools - EK Success Punches
Extra STUFF - Stickes, BLING & Dimensionals

Come on over to The Paper Take Weekly Blog and join us for this weeks challenge - you'll be glad you did, especially if you WIN!! =)

Hugs & Happy Days

This card has been entered into the following challenges - 
Paper Take Weekly Challenge - Highlight an image with Glitter or Gloss
Get Hippity with Ippity - 2W, 1E, SIO, must be a follower - (2nd week) Heart (-s) (ends 29th Jan)

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Digital Tuesday's Challenge

Today, we're sponsoring the Digital Tuesday's New Beginnings Challenge today!!!

With January being the first month of the new year, a "New Beginning" challenge is in order.

A new beginning can be whatever you wish - whatever it means to you.
My New Beginning - a Birthday (a New Year) and NEW paper that I splurged on =)
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Scarlette Presents"
Papers - Bazzill, Custom Paper & 
Coloring - Copics E21 E31 E33 E35 E37 E50 C1 C7 C9 RV63 RV66 Y15 Y25 
Tools - EK Success Border Punch
Extra STUFF - Dimensionals, MS Birthday Stamp Sentiment, Stazon Jet Black Ink, Stickles, Custom Bling & Dimensionals

Come on over to  Digital Tuesday's Blog, check out the amazing projects the design team created and leave em a little love. 
Then, come play along - we'd love to have you.  =)

Hugs & Happy Days

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Monday, January 23, 2012

A little Dragon Hello

I think I've fallen in love with this adorable little Dragon from Whimsie Doodles January New Releases.
All bundled in his scarf!  The part I love too?
Just a cute little note that is headed to my nephew to say hi!
Image - Whimsie Doodles "Dragon"
Paper - Coredinations & Bazzill
Coloring - CopicsB000 B00 B02 B04 B05 V12 V15 YG11 YG13 YG17 YG23 YG25
Tools - Cuttlebug & Dragon Skin Embossing folder (it's not called that, but it should be)
Extra STUFF - GOOGLEY EYES, Buttons from my button box, Studio G Hello Stamp, Color box Ink, Bakers Twine & Dimensionals

Visit the Whimsie Doodles store and the Whimsie Doodles blog too - you'd be amazed at the inspiration you can find there (AND we've still got our "NEW" January Challenge going, so don't miss out on your chance to win!)
Hugs & Happy Days!

This has been entered into the following challenges - 
Crafty Bloggers Network - SIO - Distressing
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge - 2W, 2E, SIO, (must use digi) - (2nd week) Anything Goes
Stamps R Us - 2W, 2E - (2nd week) Card for Kids (ends 29th Jan)
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Saturday, January 21, 2012


Well, we had an awesome Birthday Celebration at Bugaboo Stamps this week!!
But like all birthday celebrations - the fun must come to an end  =(
The great thing about the end of this fun though is there are LOTS of prizes to be awarded!!!  =)

I want to congratulate my Blog Hop Winner who is Loretta Macri.
Loretta - if you can email me here, I'll send you off your Penguin Birthday Cake Image =)
We have the rest of the Birthday Hop Winners on The Bug Blog - you can see if you're a winner - HERE.

Thank you to EVERYONE! who joined us in celebrating this week - what a wonderful success we had!
We couldn't have done it without YOU and our amazing Designers!!
Our second birthday is something we won't soon forget!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Our final Birthday Celebration Challenge

Can you believe we've made it through a WHOLE ENTIRE WEEK of Bugaboo Birthday Celebrations??

Well, since today is our last Celebration challenge, Jodie is givin' you another gift - a Friday Freebie that is way too adorable to pass up!!

The challenge?  Use the SUPER CUTE Freebie and THREE (3) printed papers
Image - Bugaboo Stampsodds and ends - guinea pig
Papers - WRM, Kraft and Bazzill
Coloring - Copics BG72 BG75 E30 E31 E33 E35 RV00 RV11 RV13 RV14 RV17 RV19 W1
Extra STUFF - Ribbon from my stash, Custom Bling & Dimensionals

You still have time to join us for all the Bugaboo Birthday Celebration and Challenges - get your projects posted to The Bug Blog by tomorrow (Saturday, January 21) at 6 AM EST for your chance to win some FABULOUS Bugaboo Prizes!!
Hugs & Happy Days!
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This card was entered into the following challenges - 
Catch The Bug Blog - FF + 3 PP challenge
Alphabet Challenge – 2W, 1E, JFF – Week 2, Y … You Can Choose
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days - 2W, 1E, SIO, must use a digi – Ribbons / Bows
Stampin With The Dragon - 2W, SIO – Week 1, Anything Goes
Pixie Dust Studio - SIO - "We're going Dotty"

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Happy Birthday Thursday - Day 6

That's what it feels like this week with all these fun challenges and SUPER follower projects!!

Today, it's an OBG day, so we thought we'd make it an OBG SKETCH challenge day!
Use the sketch below and create something amazing.

I whipped up this little Out of this World Birthday card using an Oldie from my collection
Papers - Bazzill, Bo Bunny Blast off & Kraft
Coloring - Copics - B000 B00 B21 B24 C0 E50 R37 R39 Y15 Y17 YR04
Tools - Cuttlebug, Nesties, Sizzix Scallop Die & Paper Studio Embossing Folder
Extra STUFF - Computer Generated Sentiment, Dimensionals, Ribbon & Doodling

So, grab an oldie and come get sketchy with us!  
Visit The Bug Blog to enter your project into the challenge - and if you haven't been playing along all week, be sure to join us - there's lots of fun to be had and LOTS of PRIZES to be WON!! =)
Hugs & Happy Days!
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Happy Birthday Wednesday - Day 5

Have you been playing along with the Bugaboo Stamps Birthday Celebration??
Well, today's challenge at The Bug Blog is a Bugaboo Favorites Challenge - Use Primary Colors & BLING on your project!
Here's my take on this fun challenge - 
Papers - WRM, Bazzill & Kraft 
Coloring - Copics B00 B02 B04 B05 E50 R27 R37 R39 Y15 Y17 Y26 YG25 YR12 YR16 YR18
Extra STUFF - Velvet Ribbon, Recollection Flowers - Custom, Doodling, Studio G Sentiment, Dimensionals & Frosted Bling Brad

So, show us your take on our Bugaboo Faves!!
Pop on over to The Bug Blog and post your project!
Remember, the more you play along, the better chance you have to WIN!!
Hugs & Happy Days!
This card has been entered into the following challenges - 
Bugaboo Stamps/Catch The Bug Primary Colors + Bling
Divas by Design - 2E - #18 new beginnings or thanks  (2nd wk)
Whimsical Wednesdays - anything goes
By the Cute & Girly - M, 1E/craft type, P1 - New Beginnings
Cupcake Craftroom - 3E, P1 Anything Goes

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Shelly's Images 2nd Birthday!

Hi Everyone!

Today is a very special day at Shelly's Images.  
We are celebrating our 2nd Birthday!!!  

To celebrate we are giving away some special blog candy.  
How do you enter?

1. Place our 2nd Birthday Badge in the sidebar of your blog.  It isn't required that you make a blog post, but that would be awesome too.
2. Be sure that you are a follower of our blog.
3. Go to our store and sign up for our newsletter.  The form is on the left side of the page in the sidebar area.  And it is super fast.  Just fill in your name and your email address.  (While you are there you should enter for our January Free Image Giveaway.  Enter once each month for a chance to win a digi from our store.)
4. Leave us a little comment on this post HERE.  We love hearing from you and we read every comment.  

On January 31st we will post the random winner of our blog candy. 
 We will also post one random entry to receive 6 images of their choice from the store. 
(Up to $18 in value)  
And for every 25 entries we will choose one more random entry to receive one image of their choice. 
 (Up to $3 in value)

Lots of chances to win! 
Happy Birthday Shelly's Images!  Here's to another fun year of inspiration and friends.
Hugs & Happy Days!

Bugaboo Birthday - Day 4!

A New Release Gift and ADD A BOW!
Yep, that's the challenge today on Day 4 of the Bugaboo Stamps Birthday Celebration!

Jodie has been gracious enough to give us a New Release gift - so your challenge is to use that New Release image and a BOW on your creation!  =)

Do you know how excited we are that Gus is getting some testerone support in the Bugaboo House??  This cute fella has a Bride to go with him too.

However, because we're celebrating Bugaboo's Birthday this week, I used this Groom for a birthday card for a friend of mine who is in search of the perfect man.
Papers - DCWV Stack, Bazzill, Kraft & Custom paper
Coloring - Copics BG07 BG09 E21 E33 E35 E37 E50 RV00 RV02 W5 W7 W9 YG41 YG45 100
Tools - EK Success Punches
Extra Stuff - Ribbon from my stash, Miscellaneous Bling from JoAnn, Dimensionals and Computer Generated sentiment

The inside of the card says "Like a Man that can remember YOUR BIRTHDAY!"

You can get your Bride & Groom New Release today by visiting The Bug Blog AND after your get your new release images, PLAY ALONG with us today - use your new release and add a bow.
Hugs & Happy Days!

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This card has been entered into the following challenges - 
Anything Goes Challenge - 2W- 1E - Anything Goes at Anything Goes Week2
Crafty Sentiments 1E, SIO -  Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday - include a digital element - #143 Romantic Card
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge - 2W, 1E, SIO - #52 Bows  Week1
Paperminutes - #200 Party time- Anything Goes
Lexi's Creations - 2W - (2nd week) Anything Goes (ends 21st Jan)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Would you like an Olive....

With your Martini??

Every time I see a pet with one of these cones on, I can't help but chuckle, and now, Melyssa has given me something more to chuckle about with this new Martini Dog image from Whimsie Doodles!

Add a few Olives and You've got yourself a Martini!
Papers - MME & Bazzill
Coloring - E70 E71 E74 E79 W1 YG63 YG67
Tools - Cuttlebug, Nesties & Hole Punch
Extra STUFF - Felt, Doodling, Dimensionals, Glue Dots & Stickles

Get your Furry Martini at the Whimsie Doodles store and MAKE someone LAUGH like an IDIOT or at least crack a smile!!
Hugs & Happy Days!
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