September 16, 2014

A Surprise Birthday Party for Happy Dance 'n Bev!!

We are gathered here today for a surprise birthday party for one of Blogland's Sweethearts, Ms. Bev of Happy Dance. You will see that her blog name features in the party scene below, but first let me tell you that this party for sweet Bev is going to be running for a couple of weeks and there is a gallery of all of Bev's friend's gorgeous birthday cards over at Ardyth's Awesome Maskerade blog. I hope you get a chance to make Bev a card and link up over at Ardyth's!!

One of the many delightful things you will notice about Bev's blog and her style is that she is a really huge supporter of other card artists and very, very often CASEs (copy and share everything) the work of other card artists in her posts and through her cards. So, of course, Hammy and I could do no less for Bev than to CASE one of her brilliant cards! Or, as I like to say "DJKASE" one of her cards.

Here is my card:
 And here is Bev's card:
Now are those not two of the best quotes?!! I would have loved to have  Mae and Kate join our party today!

For my card, the drinkie-poo is one of Leigh Hannan's Impression Obsession stamps (E2282), the sediment is unknown to me, and the little star explosions are from a tiny unmarked stamp. I used markers to color my cupcaketini and then I gave it a liberal washing of Wink of Stella.

I am entering my card in these challenges:
  • Less Is More, where we are to make a one-layer card featuring beverages. A lot of you know that this party for Bev has been in the works for several days, so you'll appreciate how my jaw dropped when I saw this challenge at LIM considering I made Bev's card days ago! Ya gotta love Miss Serena Dipity!
  • Addicted to Stamps and More, where we are to use markers to color our cards.
There are some sensational sponsors and prizes, so make sure you click on the links for all the details on that and the rules!

Freebie print: available in many colors and there's a blank template so that you can write whatever you want! Amazing!

I hope you can stay for the fun, but if you have to jump out, please come back later and don't forget to link a card for Bev at Maskerade!

Let's start the party by wandering over to the bar for some fun beverlyges! Please help yourselves!!

Live it up on your birthday with a Birthday Cake Martini!  3 ounces fluffed marshmallow vodka  1 ounce cream of coconut (be sure to stir well before using!)  2 ounces Amaretto  3 ounces Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur Honey Sprinkles (I used nonpareils)
Birthday Caketini
Pineapple Upside-down Cake Martini Ingredients: 2 ounces wedding cake vodka (trust me – this stuff is good!) 1 ounce pineapple juice 1 drop grenadine syrup pineapple & cherry for garnish
Pineapple Caketini

The Pinnacle Birthday Cake Martini recipe also calls for 1/2 teaspoon of white cake mix, which might make the martini taste more “cakey” :)

Cake Batter Martini

This Birthday Martini is as good as Birthday Cake in a glass!
Chocolate cupcaketini
BIRTHDAY CAKE MARTINI 2 oz. (60ml) Vanilla Vodka 1 oz. (30ml) Cranberry Juice Top with Champagne Glass rimmed with Sprinkles Tipsy Bartender
Pink Cupcaketini
The Sprinkletini is a blue cocktail perfect for a birthday party. Made from Hpnotiq liqueur, Iced Cake vodka and champagne, and served in a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with sprinkles
Sprinkles Martini

We had better lay something equally delicious on that tummy so you don't start singing prematurely! Today's party is all about EZPZ, so cupcakes are the celebratory dessert. No need for you tensils or plates or an extra hand!

Cupcake Extra Vaganza!
Cupcake Bar, you could do these and then just get a really pretty smash cake for Kaleigh so she has something to blow her candle out on and for pictures. We could make the cupcakes ourselves too so we have a variety of whatever you want, we could even make pink and purple cupcakes!
Fake Cupcake With A Cherry On Top Sundae w/ Pink Striped Paper Straw I HEART Sundae Cupcakes Collection. $10.95, via Etsy. 
How fun and I have this pan! By charlotboo on Gorgeous cupcakes
Fairy cakes Flat Top Cupcakes (poured fondent) Oh, you ARE a beautiful little cupcake, aren't you! Ruffly blue icing with a simple 5 petal dark pink flower and silver balls. And yes, I see that lovely glitter!

Crafty Signage

What do you get a girl who is an extraordinary card artist? Why some fun signage for her craft room!

I'm not a craft hoarder! I just need a bigger craft room! Free Printable available in 3 colors!Crafty Girl Typographic Print. Craft Room Decor. Craft Room Sign. Funny Craft Studio Wall Art. Colorful Gift For Crafter. DIY Quote Poster. Daily update on my blog:
Free Craft Room printable (in different colour combinations) :-)#Repin By:Pinterest++ for iPad#Happy place sign....I know one place this could go...and another in my dream beach home and dream main home.


Happy places brings us to happy dancing and we couldn't have a party for Bev without a slideshow of critters and people (mostly critters) who aren't afraid to show you how to HAPPY DANCE along with Bev!!
The 25 Happiest Animals In The World  -- it's silly things like this that make me laugh and make my day.My Debt Free Happy Dance Moment! -[(Original Pinner's Comment): This COMPLETELY describes my Granddaughter!]
Keep dancing!I love the freeness of babies especially when they do such natural things like dancing! They bring such unexpected and unearthly joy to our hearts.they could not b more of a gift from above♡"Everyday I'm shufflin..."
New Year's Happy Dance - Snoopy & Woodstock
Smile! Get your pet supplies from ! #petsupplies #homeshopping #bestdealsDancing baby elephant! | Found on @GuessQuest
Doesn't matter if it is a boy or girl, wee itty bitty or almost grown- every kid smiles for bubbles. I always have them on hand
The blue-footed booby lives on the western coasts of Central and South America.This is the beautiful Zenyatta, the 17.2 hand powerhouse that some call the greatest female racehorse of all time.  Born on April Fool's day in 2004, she would be quite a fantastic role model for any young woman.  She is brave, she is confident, and she dances when she's happy.
When he looks at you 50 years from now, and you still get the same butterflies you did the moment your eyes met.
Hallelujah it's Friday...FISH night!European Robin (original taken by Alberto Maria Melis; source here:
Idk why I love this so much. Just something about that little girl's innocence. In the end everything is going to be OK
Leap froggy/HEY EVERYBODY IVE MADE A MARK ON MY PAGE.I HAVE 500 PEOPLE FOLLOWERS.EXCITED AS HECK,SEE MY DANCEYou put your right leg in and you shake it all about reminds me my childhood, there was a yard with many roosters, hens and chicks.
art - sculptures - philip moerman -
It's Friday! Time for a Snoopy Happy Dance!

Here is the Guest of Honor! 
My Photo
I hope you have a wonderful birthday, my friend, and many, many more!! Mwah!

I'll leave you with this perfect quote for our Bev!
charles schultz quotes | Displaying (19) Gallery Images For Thinking About You Friend Quotes...

I hope all of you enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy.  LITS!* 

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OK. So I danced like no one was watching. My court date is pending. #funny #giggles
Please note that all the photos (other than my card and Bev's card and Bev herself) came from Pinterest.

September 15, 2014

Cheers! Stamplorations GD!

Aaaah! Breath deeply of the fresh clean smell of a brand new Monday! It's like that new car smell, full of the promise of adventure on the road through the week!

Because of a challenge I won back in August with this card, I am thrilled to be coming to you today as the Guest Designer at Stamplorations!! I so appreciate the win and the honor of serving as GD for Sketch Challenge #20!

This sketch has so many possible interpretations! I tried to think how I could make it work for a friend's birthday, so I created this:
This is a one-layer card with a background paper taped behind the candle openings. The candles were cut using the Serendipity Die "Cupcake and Candle" (012ED). The letters were cut using Avery Elle "Cheers" die (D1333) and the enamel dots are from my stash of dots, mostly from My Mind's Eye. 

For the background design and the letters, I used a piece of glossy card stock and dropped alcohol inks and blending solution onto it and let them do their thing. I won't lie, I had a hard time using this particular background scrap because I've had it propped up against my glue bottle for weeks to admire the pretty colors. But in the end I used it for today because, as Hammy often tells me, "Hoarding should only be practiced by hoars." You can't argue with that.

Here is the Stamplorations sketch:
The Design Team has brilliant inspiration posted on the blog today! I hope you will have a chance to play and I can't wait to see how you interpret this fun sketch!! 

I am also playing in the Seize the Birthday challenge (no topper, although my candles look good enough to eat!), the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge to make our own background, and the Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge to use up those snippity scraps. 
Simon Wednesday Challenge BlogPixies Crafty Workshop
Just click on the links to the challenges for detailed information on rules, sponsors, and prizes! You will also be treated to lots of inspiration from the design teams and galleries!


BTW, big CHEERS to my friend Jim, otherwise known as Irish Cherokee (Love The Details), on the occasion of his birthday today!!! I hope you have a wonderful birthday Jim and many, many more!!


New Friends Corner

Five more lovely and talented friends are here today waiting to meet you! 

Penne Norris of Wee Craft. Penne, I see that you started your blog to share your cards and leave a legacy for your grandkids in January of this year, but then you stopped after only a couple of posts. Thank you for following me; I'm delighted to return the flavor! I hope that you start up again one day and let me know when you do!

Cybil Lynch. Cybil doesn't have a blog, but she is a huge friend of many of our blogs and leaves lovely comments throughout Blogland! Cybil, if you ever do start your own blog, please make sure and let me know!

Nikki of Nicnakschat. It's hard to look past Nikki's blog header of two of her absolutely adorable young sons to see her equally adorable cards! Nikki has been blogging since July of 2009. Her cards truly are tons of fun and I have nothing but admiration for her to be able to mother three little boys and manage to make cards and blog!

Gail Iona of Crafty Nomad. Gail, who also answers to the name of Iona, is from Norway. She started blogging in November 2012 and in addition to crafts, she loves rabbits, chickens, and gardening. Iona is mostly a clean and simple card artist, but she can make some incredibly colorful and layered cards, too. I know you will enjoy her fun blog and her interpretations of the many challenges we all enjoy!

Marianne of Marianne's Cards 'n Stuff. (Ha, it was hard for me to type stuff without misspelling it schtuff!) Marianne started blogging in April of 2011. She is a Dutch native living in Greece (Crete) and she has been crafting for many years. More recently she has become addicted to stamping and card art. Marianne is an award-winning challenge participant and I love her impeccably made clean and layered style!

Thank you for joining, ladies, and welcome to the Playhouse!


I'm delighted to have you follow me whether or not you have a blog, but sometimes the thumbnail information does not link me to you in any way whatsoever, blog or no blog. I would love it if you left me a comment or an email at the time you join to save me lots of time searching the Giant Intertube for information to welcome and introduce you, which I enjoy doing. Thank you!

Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)~~~

The NBUS Challenge ends on September 25th. Please make sure you are checking the rules under the tab at the top of my blog. A big thank you to all who have entered!! Since the entries are now over a hunnert, I have increased the prizes from five to TEN so you have better odds of winning!


Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy.  LITS!* 

As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse and special thanks to you if you take the time to leave a comment and/or join as a follower! Please let me know you came by, so I can be sure and return the flavor!
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