Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Ask Jo~ It's Talk Time Tuesday!!



Hello my sweet friends!
Welcome back to another Talk time Tuesday! I hope you all had an en-joyous weekend. If you follow my blog, you will see that I was finally able to get into my craft room and create. It has been about a year and it felt so darn good! Thank you for all the sweet comments too! So are you all ready for Spring? I can almost hear the birds chirping~

So today's question comes from Lillian who wants to know, " Which do you get more enjoyment from--sending out a hand-crafted card, or receiving one? (and if you'd publish your address, I'd be happy to send you a RAK card now and again)?"

  Hello Lillian!
How very sweet of you for wanting to send me a RAK card! I would love to receive one from you or from anyone who would like to send me one. I have published my address once before here on the blog but here it is again....

Jo Williams
9709 Monmouth Avenue #C3
Margate City, New Jersey 08402

Now to answer your question...I guess my answer would have to be that I enjoy sending out cards and receiving them, but I must confess that receiving them gets me a bit more happy! :)
I go through a lot between my health, finances and daily struggles so when I receive happy mail from my friends, it truly brightens up my days. My day goes from crap to awesome just because someone thought about me and cared enough to make sure I knew about it. I LOVE people who love to put smiles on others faces. I am that same type of person and I love to give to others and put smiles on their faces, but I never really was on the receiving end of that type of kindness, until I started blogging and meeting great friends! So it does feel good to receive something so precious. Thank you so much for writing in Lillian and I hope to hear from you more often! :)

Before I end today's post, I wanted to share with you a cool tutorial for making homemade mascara!   I'm not sure how often many of you ladies go shopping for make-up, but have you seen some of the prices??? YIKES! So maybe if some of you are daring and decide to give this a try, leave a comment below and let me know how it turned out for you. If it works great it can save you a lot of money at the end of the year. Just sayin ~ 

Well friends, that is it for today. Please write in with questions you want answered or topics you would like to see talked about during our Tuesdays together :) 

 Thanks for stopping by and until next time.... Enjoy life's blessings~





Monday, March 2, 2015

Winner's FFC# 76 Announced~


Hi there friends...
Unfortunately, we tried something new and didn't get the turn out we had hoped for so there will be no top 3 this week, as there were only 2 entries. This week we have a top 2! LOL ...so.....here are your top 2 wins of challenge #76!

Our TOP 2 winners from  FFC #76
 "Gift card holders":

     
                             #1-----> Margreet
                             #2----->Melissa 
                               

 And now our winner of the 4 pack of digis from:

Little Blue Button Stamps 

------> #1 Margreet


All Winners & Top 3's Please email me at:
Joann6274 at gmail dot com!
You will have 2 weeks to claim your prizes!

  
Well my friends that is all I have for today. I hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by and until next time.... Enjoy life's blessings~
  


Friday, February 27, 2015

FFC #77 "Anything Goes"


Hello sweet friends!
Welcome to another Fun~day Friday Challenge!!

 This week's Challenge:
"Anything Goes"
 Create a card, layout or project of your choice!


Our Sponsors this week are:
Bugaboo Stamps
  The winner will win 7 digital stamps of their choice!!!!

and
Fitztown
The winner will win 3 digital stamps of their choice!!!! 
 

 So make sure to play along this week~

  Starts: Friday, February 27th  12:00AM
Ends:   Friday, March  6th 6:00PM
(Eastern time)


Okay so get this... I actually created a card for this week's challenge!!! Yea I know, amazing right? LOL 
I am proud of myself because after months and months of working in my craft room to get it some what functional to play in, I was finally able to take advantage and create. However, I am a bit upset with this card and don't like how it turned out because I have clearly lost my mojo. I have not created in so long that it will take me awhile to get back my flow. So here is my card. I made a birthday themed card. All papers are Bazzill except for the glitter paper, that is from DCWV. I used Spellbinder's A2 matting Basics B   and a border die from Anna Griffin. I wanted to turn the border facing inward versus outward and I think that is what I don't like about it. The image is "birthday cake" by Bugaboo . I colored in the cake using my copics and added a bit of rock candy glitter to the icing and candle flame. I even finished the inside of the card! Both sentiments are from the "Sugar Rush" stamp set by Cardz TV Stamps . To finish it up I added some goldenrod sequins and dew drops from my stash.  

Now let's see what the FFC Design Team has created for this Challenge:

  Joyce




 
What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your challenge,
using the linky tool below.

2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge

3. THREE entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.

5. You may combine with other challenges as long as you link back to us in your post.

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
Will not be eligible for top 3 or random wins (optional from sponsors prizes)
Any random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.
You have until March 6th by 6:00PM (eastern) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of March 9th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!
Until next time, enjoy life's blessings~
Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ask Jo! It's Talk Time Tuesday & a winner~



Hello my sweet friends!
Welcome back to another Talk time Tuesday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I ended up catching a nasty chest cold so I've been congested and my asthma has kicked in high gear. I have used my inhaler more in the past few days than I have in the past 12 months. Aahh here is to hoping that Spring comes soon and these arctic temperatures go back to Alaska! LOL

Moving right along... today's question comes from Jose who wants to know, " my question is not paper crafting related. I hope that is ok? I would liking to know if you will share stories of when you were little girl. I like to meeting you better?"

 Well hello Jose! Hmm... I will admit this question kind of made me think! And I have always told all of my readers that you can ask anything at all (as long as topic is appropriate) and I will do my best to answer! So you want to get to know me better and want me to share a little something from my past? Ok.... one story that I guess I would like to share takes me back to when I was 10 years old. It was April 16, 1984 and I was in school in the auditorium with the rest of my class and the school. It was an award ceremony covering things like student of the month, honor roll, academics, attendance and lastly, our spring talent show. Well to my disbelief and shock, my name was chosen as the winner of our spring talent show!!! I had decided to sing the song, "Borderline" by Madonna. I had no idea I would win! So what was my prize? That is what is the best part, better then winning the entire school talent contest!! I won a trip to the White House to have a birthday dinner with President Ronald Reagan!! He was having a late birthday celebration, dinner, cocktails and dessert and I swear there must have been 50-60 people there! I was in awe! I felt star-struck literally! So my role in all of this was to not only have dinner in the White house with the president of the United States... but I won the privilege to sing "Happy Birthday" to him when the cake came out! So cool huh? I thought so anyways! So that is my story Jose! And what most of you do not know about me is that I was born with 2 extremely beautiful talents; writing and singing. I have had over 25 poems and 7 short stories published. I have 12 poems published in the Poetry's Guild. I also had a vocal coach from the age of 12 to 17 and I won many singing competitions. I was even offered the opportunity at the age of 13 to fly out to California and do some studio time to create a demo but unfortunately, times back then were very tough financially for my mom and grandfather that I was unable to go. My dream was to always be a songwriter and singer and well, life happens. I got married at 18 and had my first child at 19. You all know how the rest goes. :)

 Now moving along.... last week I opened up a linky for everyone to play along in the decoupage challenge. Only one person was brave enough to play along or had the time to play.... so the winner of the decoupage challenge goes to Melissa who created this..
 
To learn more about how she created this gorgeous post card, click her name above and visit her blog. Melissa please send me your address to joann6274 at gmail dot com so that I can get your prize out to you!


Well friends, that is it for today. Please write in with questions you want answered or topics you would like to see talked about during our Tuesdays together :) 

 Thanks for stopping by and until next time.... Enjoy life's blessings~





Monday, February 23, 2015

Winners FFC #75 Announced~


Hi there friends...
We have the Top 3's and winners from Fun~day Friday
challenge #75! Are you one of them lucky ones???

Our TOP 3 winners from  FFC #75
 "Valentine's Day":

     
                             #9-----> Creepy Glowbugg
                             #15----->Sherrie Scraps w/p
                             #25-----> Darlene Pavlick  

 And now our winner of the 3 pack of digis from:


------> #56 Paper Whims


All Winners & Top 3's Please email me at:
Joann6274 at gmail dot com!
You will have 2 weeks to claim your prizes!

  
Well my friends that is all I have for today. I hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by and until next time.... Enjoy life's blessings~
  


Friday, February 20, 2015

FFC #76 "Gift Card Holders"


Hello sweet friends!
Welcome to another Fun~day Friday Challenge!!

 This week's Challenge:
"Gift Card Holders"
Create a unique style gift card holder!


Our Sponsor this week is:
Little Blue Button Stamps
  The winner will win 4 digital stamps of their choice!!!!


 So make sure to play along this week~

  Starts: Friday, February 20th  12:00AM
Ends: Friday, February 27th 6:00PM
(Eastern time)


Now let's see what the FFC Design Team has created for this Challenge:

  Joyce





 
What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your challenge,
using the linky tool below.

2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge

3. THREE entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.

5. You may combine with other challenges as long as you link back to us in your post.

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
Will not be eligible for top 3 or random wins (optional from sponsors prizes)
Any random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.
You have until February 27th by 6:00PM (eastern) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of March 2nd.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!
Until next time, enjoy life's blessings~
Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ask Jo~ It's Talk Time Tuesday~



Hello my sweet friends!
Welcome back to another Talk time Tuesday! Boy is it cold outside! We are sitting at -15 degrees with 8 inches of snow on the ground. It snowed over night here and I am finally happy to have gotten some snow that will stay around for a few days. I hope that you are all staying inside and keeping warm. These frigid temps seem to be all around the globe. 

Okay so today's question comes from Diane who wants to know, " I am a 74 year old nana and I like to do paper crafts. I have just had my first class in decoupaging and now I want to tear up paper and decoupage everything. Have you ever did this before and could you teach me more?"

Well hello Diane! Congrats on taking a decoupaging class! Classes are fun, right? To answer your question, yes I have done some decoupaging. But gosh, I have not done this in years! Decoupaging was one of the first crafts that I took interest in before I learned about scrapbooking and cardmaking. I really enjoyed it. Now I would love to be able to say yes that I could teach you more but I do not teach any classes and I am sure that you could probably teach me something new that you learned from your class LOL. Hmmm.. but doing a bit of decoupaging doesn't seem so bad right now. It has been a long time and I have everything that I would need to do some. Just might have to email you Diane and share notes!! Thanks so much for writing in and I would love it if you could share what you have done so far!
For those of you who may not know what decoupaging is, here is a great website that will walk you through, step by step.  And here is a cool video for those of you who enjoy them! Decoupage Video. 

Let's try something fun! Let's all do some decoupaging!! Create something beautiful by decoupaging and link up using the linky below! This will be a great way to get some inspiration and it should be fun just to do a little something different than our normal paper craft. Let's see who will decoupage! See what you started Diane? LOL. I will have the link open until 2/21 until 6pm eastern time and I will even pick a winner using random.org to win a surprise mystery gift from me! I will announce the winner on 2/24.

Well friends, that is it for today. Please write in with questions you want answered or topics you would like to see talked about during our Tuesdays together :) 

 Thanks for stopping by and until next time.... Enjoy life's blessings~




Monday, February 16, 2015

Winners FFC #74 Announced~


Hi there friends...
We have the Top 3's and winners from Fun~day Friday
challenge #74! Are you one of them lucky ones???

Our TOP 3 winners from  FFC #74
 "Shaped Cards":

     
                             #2-----> Kevin
                             #5-----> Octavia Moonfly
                             #6-----> Mimi  

 And now our winner of the 4 pack of digis from:
Little Blue Button Stamps

------> #3 Helen

And now our winner of the 3 pack of digis from:
 
------> #15 Gloria Shirr


All Winners & Top 3's Please email me at:
Joann6274 at gmail dot com!
You will have 2 weeks to claim your prizes!

  
Well my friends that is all I have for today. I hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by and until next time.... Enjoy life's blessings~