Sunday, July 31, 2011

TGF 3 Year Anniversary Blog Hop and Mystery Monday

Welcome to The Greeting Farm's THREE YEAR Birthday Bash!

We are thrilled to be joining the Farmers today in celebration of this very special event....to kick off the August release by celebrating that The Greeting Farm is officially three years young.    First and foremost, we want to thank EVERYONE for your continued support, encouragement and enthusiasm these past three years.  We know it's said all over the cyber-world, but we truly appreciate and understand the fact that if it weren't for all of you, TGF would not be anywhere near the community and business it is today and for that we are truly grateful.

On that note, before I show you my project for today, we want to announce that we have an exclusive digi stamp as a gift with any rubber stamp purchase today through Friday, August 5th at 10pm CST.   To claim your exclusive digi, just email Jessica with a copy of your receipt and your FREE GIFT will be sent shortly after!    Remember, this is only good through the 5th at 10pm, so make sure you get yours before it disappears forever.

On that note, be sure to check out the Farm Fresh Challenge blog for this week's Mystery Monday challenge as we hope you'll play along!  Here is my combo card and I just love Birthday Anya II. 

Paper: MME Life of the Party
Stamps: TGF Birthday Anya, sentiment is A Muse
Prima Flowers, Felt, Pearls, Copics, Crystal Stickles, and Nestabilities

As for today's event, there are THREE NEW RELEASES and since we're feelin' generous on our birthday, we are giving away THREE August Release Prize Packs today (exclusive digi not included) just for hopping with us and coming BACK to the TGF Blog to wish our little Farm a happy day!

You will have until 11:59pm CST tonight to comment on the DT's blogs and come back to the TGF Blog to leave some love!

back to TGF Blog to leave your comment to WIN!

See you back soon and THANKS celebrating with THREE CHEERS for THREE YEARS!  Here's to MANY more!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Which One Wednesday - Color Challenge

Today's WOW challenge is a color challenge. Use sepia or other natural tones on your project. Check out the Farm Fresh Challenge blog to see the rest of the DT's darling creations.

Honestly, I don't fare well with brown, lol.  I can do black so much better, but here is my attempt and I also added a splash of color!  

Paper: BG Origins
Stamps: TGF O/A Summer Fun, sentiment is AmyR
Pearls, Copics, MFT Flower Die, Floss, and Crystal Stickles

The WOW challenge is open until Tuesday, and entries are due by 12 PM CST.  The winner is chosen by random draw and wins a free digi of their choice!  Please upload your challenge cards/projects to TGF Galleria > Farm Fresh Challenges 2011 > Which One Wednesday > Sepia/Brown.

I hope you all have a great hump day!  I'm still slowly catching up from being gone all last week.

Monday, July 25, 2011

SRSC Challenge #53 - Color Challenge and Scooter Chloe Card

Sorry this post is so late.  I'm still trying to catch up on everything since returning home from CHA!  This week's challenge is a color challenge. You'll probably recognize that it's SCRS colors!  Check out the SCRS blog to see the rest of the DT's darling creations!


Our challenge is open to all players. Each week a random winner will be chosen, and this week's winner will receive the adorable Street Corner Josh rubber stamp. In order to qualify for a prize, you must use a Sparkle Creations image on your creation. Most importantly, have fun! We can't wait to see your creations!

I took the digital papers from the kit the SCRS blog is made from and printed them out.  Green is obviously my favorite color, so I already knew that would be my main color.  I honestly still love this color combo today!

Paper: 17 Cherry Tree Lane
Stamp: SCRS Scooter Chloe, sentiment is A Muse

MFT Flower Dies, Felt, Pearls, Nestabilities, Copics, and Crystal Stickles

Don't forget, this is the last week to participate in the Anniversary Throwback Challenge!  Play along for a chance to win the whole August release!  Click above or on the banner to see the details. 


To play along in our challenge, upload a photo of your project and provide a direct link in the linky widget at the bottom of the SCRS post. If you use an online gallery (e.g. Splitcoast), please also use the Keywords SCRSC53 and SparkleCreations (no spaces). If you have a Facebook account and are a fan of Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps, you can also upload there. Deadline for this week's challenge is Sunday, July 31st @ 9 PM PST.

I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday...it's back to work for me! 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Shopping Emily Card and SCRS Sponsoring Card Patterns

This week Sparkle Creations is sponsoring Card Patterns!  Check out their blog to see more darling SCRS creations!  Play along this week for a chance to win Surfing Oliver and Swimming Lucy.


It was my bestie's birthday yesterday.  Normally, I'd be posting about how we live on different sides of the country - me in Seattle and her in Washington, DC.  I'd whine about how I'm sad not to see her and that I won't get to celebrate with her.  Well, not this year, lol!  She came to Chicago to meet up with me after CHA and we celebrated her real 29th birthday in style!

When I showed my card to Brent, he thought the sentiment was lame and cheesy.  I admit, I wouldn't normally use something like that for Catherine, but since she actually got to spend the WHOLE day with me, it was the funnest birthday ever!  

Paper: BG Out of Print
Stamps: SCRS Shopping Emily, sentiment is A Muse
Copics, Thickers, PTI Flower Dies, Felt, Pearls, and MS Border Punch

For those who don't know me that well, Catherine and I were roommates in college, both in the dorms and the sorority house.  Though we've both have moved a lot since college, we've stayed the bestest of friends.  We normally only see each other once a year, so we definitely try to make the best of our time together!

I hope you all have a fabulous Saturday!  I will be flying home tomorrow after a lovely brunch!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

2011 Summer CHA Pictures

Greetings from Chicago!  It's been a fabulous time so far, though I'm not use to the heat and humidity!  I posted a ton of pictures on Facebook, so I thought I would share the link to my 2011 Summer CHA photo album.  This album is public, so you don't need a Facebook account to see them.


I mostly took pictures of product today, but here are a couple of pics.  I went and had dinner with Lisa Hjulberg and Julie Johnson.  We went to Gino's East for pizza.  I had a fun time catching up with Lisa and meeting Julie. 
 Here's a slice of the yummy pizza we had.  It was delicious! 
  I hope you all have a great hump day!  I'll be back with more scoop soon!

Monday, July 18, 2011

SCRS Challenge #52 - Favorite SCRS Image and Cafe Lucy Card

This week's challenge is to use your favorite SCRS image.  Check out the SCRS blog to see the rest of the DT's darling creations!


Our challenge is open to all players. Each week a random winner will be chosen, and this week's winner will receive the adorable Relaxing Charlotte rubber stamp. In order to qualify for a prize, you must use a Sparkle Creations image on your creation. Most importantly, have fun! We can't wait to see your creations!

Honestly, it was too hard for me to just choose one!  So I went with Cafe Lucy, because she's the most like me in real life!  I gotta have my cup o' joe...or you don't want to talk to me til after noon, lol. I just got this sentiment last weekend at A Muse and thought it went with Lucy perfectly.  I also used Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #126 for my card.

Paper: BG Life of the Party
Stamps: SCRS Cafe Lucy, sentiment is A Muse
Copics, Pearls, MS Border Punch, BG Petals, PTI Button, and Twine

To play along in our challenge, upload a photo of your project and provide a direct link in the linky widget at the bottom of the SCRS post. If you use an online gallery (e.g. Splitcoast), please also use the Keywords SCRSC52 and SparkleCreations (no spaces). If you have a Facebook account and are a fan of Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps, you can also upload there. Deadline for this week's challenge is Sunday, July 24th @ 9 PM PST.


I hope you all have a great Tuesday!  I will be finding the nearest Starbucks, lol, and then heading to CHA.  I forgot my lip gloss, so I may need to find a drug store too.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Mystery Monday with Paula and Project 29

*I'm leaving to go to Chicago today and I will be attending Summer CHA.  Though, Brent is staying home, all orders placed this week will be mailed out on Monday, July 25, 2011 - once I return home.*

You can either CASE Paula's card or you can use it as an inspiration piece. Meaning that you can make the same style of card, use the same colors, etc, just as long as we can tell that you got your ideas from the showcased card.  

Check out the Farm Fresh Challenge blog to see Paula's card and the rest of the DT's darling creations.  Well, this is the first time I haven't CASEd a card.  I'm just not into the circle card thing.

Paper: BG Lauderdale
Stamps: TGF Twirl Anya, sentiment is A Muse
Prima Flowers, Felt, Pearls, Copics, Rhinestones, Nestabilities, and Crystal Stickles

The Mystery Monday contest runs until Sunday, and entries are due by 12 PM CST.  The winner is chosen by random draw and will win a free TGF single stamp of choice!  Please post your cards in the TGF Galleria - Home > Farm Fresh Challenges 2011 > Mystery Mondays > Paula.


My family came up from Portland last weekend.  We decided to take Emily and Michael to Lake Wilderness Park.  It's only maybe 10 minutes from my house and they had just a blast. 
After playing around, we took them swimming in the shallow part of the lake.  There are lifeguards on duty and it's roped off.  Poor Brent got sunburned while we were out there.
This last Saturday, Suzanne and I went to A Muse's huge warehouse sale.  We were the first ones in line on Saturday and I swear I spent over an hour going through the cling mounted sentiments.  I didn't do too bad...I got a good handful of stamps and a water bottle!
I hope you all have a great Monday!  I am working, but am leaving at 3pm to head to Chicago!  I do have scheduled posts for while I am gone, but I do hope to blog live and share CHA pics on Facebook as I go!  PS...no show spoilers for me 'kay?!?  Ugg, I have to miss hometown dates!

2011 Christmas Card Challenge #33 - Faith

Today's challenge is faith.  Don't forget to check out the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see the rest of the DT's darling creations!


We're also sponsored this week by Paper Makeup Stamps.  Play along this week for a change to win a $15 gift certificate to PMS.
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It's been months since I last made any Christmas cards and now I've done 2 this week, lol.  For my card today, I chose to use Moody for Holly.  My mom's name was Holly and she was born in December.  I love that Jeanne gave me a pad of Wassail for my birthday.  It's a nice break from my Jovial paper.

Paper: BG Wassail
Stamps: PMS Moody for Holly, sentiment is A Muse
Pearls, Copics, Nestabilities, Crystal Stickles, Pearls, Prima Flowers, and PTI Buttons

I hope you all have a lovely Sunday!  I am going to the Mariner's (baseball) game and we have suite tickets!  I'm excited for those yummy garlic fries!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Daffodil Charlotte Card and SCRS Sponsoring Copic Creations - Challenge #54 - Pastel Colors

This week SCRS is sponsoring Copic Creations and the challenge this week is pastel colors!  Check our their blog to see more darling SCRS creations from their DT!  Play along with this week's challenge for your chance to win Surfing Oliver and Swimming Lucy.

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I decided to use Daffodil Charlotte for my card.  I'm not really a pastel color type, but I love how my card turned out. 

Paper: MME Lime Twist Happy Go Lucky
Stamps: SCRS Daffodil Charlotte
Prima Flowers, Copics, MS Border Punch, Pearls, PTI Buttons, Nestabilities, and Crystal Stickles

Don't forget - most of the stamps in the SCRS store are on sale this month!  The sale ends on July 31st, 2011!


I hope you all have a fabulous Friday!  It's almost the weekend!  I'm gonna go get my nails done! :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Which One Wednesday - Photo Inspiration #2

Today's challenge is an inspiration challenge.  Check out the Farm Fresh Challenges blog to see the actual inspiration photo and the rest of the DT's darling creations.

The photo is a baby girl's room that has a crib carriage it in...so of course the first thing that popped into mind was one of my Princesses. 

Paper: MME Lime Twist Life of the Party
Stamps: TGF Princess #3
Prima Flowers, Rhinestones, Copics, Pearls, Nestabilities, and Crystal Stickles

The WOW challenge is open until Tuesday and entries are due by 12 PM CST. The winner is chosen by random draw and wins a free digi of their choice! Please upload your challenge cards/projects to TGF Galleria > Farm Fresh Challenges 2011 > Which One Wednesday > Photo #2.

I hope you all have a great Wednesday!  What happened to my Wednesdays?!?  I have SYTYCD, Big Brother, and Franklin and Bash on!  Good thing I have a DVR, lol.

Monday, July 11, 2011

SCRS Challenge #51 - Christmas in July and Rin and Snowman Card

This week's challenge is Christmas is July!  Check out the SCRS blog to see the rest of the DT's darling creations!


Our challenge is open to all players. Each week a random winner will be chosen, and this week's winner will receive the adorable Christmas Tree Ruby rubber stamp. In order to qualify for a prize, you must use a Sparkle Creations image on your creation. Most importantly, have fun! We can't wait to see your creations!

Paper: BG Jovial
Stamps: SCRS Rin and Snowman
Pearls, MS Border Punch, Nestabilities, Copics, Crystal Stickles, and CTMH Ribbon

To play along in our challenge, upload a photo of your project and provide a direct link in the linky widget at the bottom of the SCRS post. If you use an online gallery (e.g. Splitcoast), please also use the Keywords SCRSC51 and SparkleCreations (no spaces). If you have a Facebook account and are a fan of Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps, you can also upload there. Deadline for this week's challenge is Sunday, July 17th @ 9 PM PST.


I hope you all have a great Tuesday! 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Mystery Monday CASEing Beansscrapsandsheep and Project 29

Today we are CASEing Beansscrapsandsheep.  Check out the Farm Fresh Challenge blog to see Beansscrapsandsheep's card and the rest of the DT's darling cards.  I got these flourish dies awhile back and am finally getting around to using them. 

Paper: MME Life of the Party
Stamps: TGF Summer Fun Amelia, sentiment is AmyR
Prima Flowers, PTI Buttons, Twine, Copics, Crystal Stickles, Nestabilities, and Rhinestones

The MM contest runs until Sunday, entries are due by 12 PM CST.  The winner is chosen by random draw and will win a free TGF single stamp of choice, so good luck!  Please post your cards in the TGF Galleria - Home > Farm Fresh Challenges 2011 > Mystery Mondays > Beansscrapsandsheep.


Okay, I'm still really behind with my photos.  I haven't shared pictures of my new laptop or my new matching case, that matches my camera bag!  Those will have to come later, but I do have pictures  of my anniversary to share.  I also forgot my overlays on my work computer...so I wasn't able to edit them to match.


For our anniversary, we decided to stay in Seattle.  We stayed at the Inn at Harbor Steps and went to dinner at Canlis.  Everyone in the restaurant commented on our matching outfits, lol.  We had one of the valet guys take this picture of us right in front of the restaurant.


For dessert we got malasadas.  We got 3 different flavors: passion fruit, mango, and coconut.  They were so delicious!!  I miss eating these fresh in Hawaii!


During our weekend downtown, we also went to the Market Theater and they do comedy improv.  Brent and I have gone a few times and our show was great!  I've heard it's hit or miss, but Brent and I have never seen a bad show.  The famous gum wall surrounds the entrance to the Market Theater, so while we were waiting to get into the show, Brent wanted us to contribute to the wall.


Before we made our way home, we stopped at the market to get some fresh produce.  We also got some donuts from the Daily Dozen Doughnut Company.  They make them fresh right then and there!  The line at the original Starbucks was out into the middle of the street, so Brent and I walked up 2 blocks and got coffee at that Starbucks instead, lol.  There was no line! :)

Well, I hope you all have a lovely Monday!  It's back to work for me...but only 1 week left til I'm Chicago bound!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Release Day and SCRS 1 Year Anniversary Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps 1st Anniversary Hop! Not only are we here to celebrate a year of SCRS, but we are also officially releasing 4 new SCRS images this month -- Backpack Oliver, Bookworm Ruby, Hula Lucy and Ukulele Josh.. But wait, there's more.. we are also releasing 2 new Karber Rubber Stamps -- Rainbow Leslie and Reading Millie!

They are ALL available in the store now!  Please click here or above on the Sparkle Creations Store link to start shopping now!  I also used this month's Sketch For You To Try for my card.

Paper: BG Sultry
Stamps: SCRS Hula Girl Lucy
BG Brads, Copics, Prima Flowers, PTI Buttons, Twine, Rhinestones, and Crystal Stickles

We have assembled an all-star lineup consisting of our Current Design Team, DT Alumni and past/present Guest Designers. If you happened here by chance and would like to start from the beginning, the hop begins at the SCRS blog -- please see the complete list below.

What's a hop without prizes? We've hidden TEN single stamp prizes along the way and one lucky winner will win the ENTIRE July release! All you need to do is leave some love at every stop along the hop.. You have until 11:59 PM EST on Sunday to leave comments for a chance to win! Winners will be announced on the SCRS blog on Monday. Good luck to all and Happy Hopping!

I also want to say thank you to my wonderful Design Team!  I really appreciate all the hard work everyone has put in to make this anniversary such a wonderful celebration!  Thanks SO much for joining us!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

SCRS July Previews - Ukulele Josh

Welcome to our last day of previews!  Today we have darling Ukulele Josh for you.  For some reason this image makes me think of Jason Mraz.  All new stamps will be available tomorrow!

Paper: BG Lime Rickey
Stamps: SCRS Ukulele Josh
Pearls, Rhinestones, Copics, EK Success Border Punch, Rhinestones, BG Buttons, and Twine

Be sure to visit all rest of the SCRS designers for more peeks of Ukulele Josh.  I will be giving away a Ukulele Josh to one lucky person! For a chance to win, you need to comment on all of the designer's blogs (list below). Then head on over to the SCRS blog and comment on the Josh post. You have until midnight EST each day to comment. The lucky winner will be announced the following day!

Alice Wertz
Kerri Michaud - July Guest Designer
Kim Yu
Shaela Odd
Simonne Clay
Sparkle Smith
Stephanie Kraft
Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps Blog

I hope you all have a great Friday!  It's almost the weekend!  Come back tomorrow for our awesome mega blog hop!