Pretty Cute Stamps' November Hop!!

Welcome to Pretty Cute Stamps' November 2014 Release.
You should have come here from the ever creative Raven's blog.
If now, start with Lisa's post on the company blog.
Tell us your thoughts...and Follow each blogger along the way, and you will be 
entered to win a $15 gift card from Pretty Cute Stamps!

So...I was bleating for joy when I saw that Pretty Cute Stamps has released a Llama set.  
Every where I look, someone is talking about llamas, 

selling products with llamas,

visiting a llama ranch,

making llama hand gestures...

and don't get me on the llama song my son sings
with even more llama hand gestures!!

This set is so versatile...
valentines day

I decided to go with a lovey, dovey card...
but Valentines themed.  It's still going to be cold here in MI!
So, my Llama is wearing its scarf. 
You can find the amazing bling strips at the Eyelet Outlet!

After watercoloring it, I used a sparkly red sakura pen to color 
alternating stripes on the scarf.

All New Releases will be on sale through November 25 and that they can save even more by purchasing the November 2014 Stamp Bundle.  Be sure to pick up the SVG Outlines 
for each set you snag!!

For extra chances to win the PCS gift certficate,
sign up for our newsletter...
and/or Like our FB page!!
The winner will be posted on November, 25th...this Friday.

Thanks for visiting our blog hop today.
The next designer is Clever Karla with a sweet sight!!

Dawn: http://www.dawnmercedes.blogspot.com/  ...you are HERE!


Pointing the way!

 Thanks for stopping by my blog to catch a glimpse of the next sneak peek!
  Pretty Cute Stamps is releasing a very trendy 
set of arrows this month!  

No matter which way you turn, you are going to want these for
scrapbook pages, projects, notes, and cards.  
Additionally, each set has a matching svg outline files to help you with your paper crafting ideas.

Here I cut out a row of chevron shapes from Awesome Arrows...

...when the card is closed you get a little peek a boo action!
The enamel dots and bling and letter bling can be found at the Eyelet Outlet.
What an awesome addition to the stamp set.
So...be sure to make a U turn and catch our blog this week...

And... be sure to order the matching svg outlines with each stamp set you pick up!

For more sneak peeks, check out the Pretty Cute Stamps Company blog!
Have a great day!



Thanksgiving with Glue Dots Hop

Welcome to Glue Dots ® Thanksgiving Blog hop! 
 I'm so grateful to be continuing on as a Dottess and 
representing the many varieties of Glue Dots ®. 
 I love the month of November as it is a time so many contemplate their many blessings.  
To get my kids more aware of their blessings, I made this Blessing Jar. 
 Each time someone in the family shares what they are grateful for this month, 
they can plop in a popcorn kernel.  
When the jar is full, we will have a family movie/popcorn night!  


1" Glue Lines Glue Dots ®
Craft Glue Dots ®
Pop Up Glue Dots ®
Mini Glue Dots ®

small jelly jar, washed out
Basic Grey: Shine On paper
colored card stock
Prima flowers
button, raffia
rubber stamps

Spellbinders nestablilties: scalloped and plain circles
scallop border punch from Stampin Up
your choice of coloring medium

1.  Cut out a  1 1/2 inch strip of patterned paper that is long enough to wrap around your jar.
2.  With your scallop punch, create a scallop border out of red card stock.  Use 1" Glue Lines ® to adhere the border to the strip.  Then, use 1" Glue Lines ® to adhere the paper to your jar.
3.  Using Spellbinders' Nestabilities, cut out a circle and scalloped circle to decorate the lid.
Use Craft Glue Dots ® to adhere the layers to the top of the lid.
4.  Stamp and color in your desired image and sentiment.
5.  Wrap the jar with raffia.  Use Mini Glue Dots ® to secure any lose strands.  Use Pop Up Glue Dots ® to adhere the image and flowers and other design elements to your jar.
6.  Contemplate your blessings...as you do, fill up your jar with pop corn kernels.
(Candy corn is a fun option. But the family would eat so many 
that the gratitude jar would never be filled!)  

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. 
 It is a time when I can see my family and enjoy being with them...and of course food and crafts!  After our Thanksgiving Dinner, we make a Christmas Ornament.
It is a nice way to usher in the next holiday,
 as well as giving each of us a new ornament to hang on our tree.  
Since I am hosting this year, our ornament will definitely need to include Glue Dots ®!!   Here is one of my husband's favorite side dishes. 
It has become a tradition each Thanksgiving and Christmas  in our home!  

Ken's Thanksgiving Jello Salad

Otherwise known as Festive Cranberry-Pineapple Salad


1 can (20 oz.) Crushed Pineapple, undrained
2 pkg. (4-serving size) or1 pkg. (8-serving size) cherry or raspberry flavor gelatin (I use raspberry.)
1 can (16 oz.) whole berry cranberry sauce
1 medium Fuji Apple, chopped
2/3 cup chopped walnuts


Drain pineapple, reserve juice.
 Remove 1 tbsp. crushed pineapple; set aside for garnish.
 In medium saucepan combine reserved juice with water to make 3 cups; heat to boiling. Add gelatin: stir at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved.
 Stir in cranberry sauce. Pour into large bowl. Refrigerate 1-1/2 hours or until slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites).

 2.Stir in remaining pineapple, apple and walnuts; stir gently until well blended. Pour into medium serving bowl. 

3.Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Garnish with reserved crushed pineapple and additional apple slices just before serving. Store leftover gelatin in refrigerator.

Be sure to hop around all the Dottess Blogs for some Thanksgiving ideas using Glue Dots ®!!


Fight Like a Girl

Smoosh Ink technique

Mixed Medium
Pretty Cute Stamps: Fight Like a Girl Set


HYCCT with Stampin Up

I have three more challenges cards to do...and here are three cards I created for HYCCT...using old Stampin Up stamps. I just love getting these old sets inky again!

With help from my stamping friend, Kim!

Blue, Black, Circle, Gems, Sentiment

Favorite children's book as inspiration


Christmas Preparations!

Get your Christmas preparations well under way with the 
help from the elves over at The Eyelet Outlet.  From cute to vintage to elegant style,
you are going to find just what you need to create your flare of card!

A sweet well known sentiment can be embellished with some patterned paper,
holly brads and bling strips to create an elegant Christmas card.

Or...for the kid in all of us, go carefree and fun by using

Thanks so much for joining us today!
What is your favorite style of Christmas or Holiday card?
Let me know!  
Stop by for a cup of cocoa over on my blog, Sunnyside Up!