Saturday, May 28, 2011

Celebrate Memorial Day With Operation Write Home

Sometimes we want to help but we just don't know how.  Operation Write Home is an amazing organization that sends handmade cards to our troops overseas so they can send their families beautiful cards.  You can read more about them at www.operationwritehome.org.  There are several ways you can help.
  1. You can send cards to them (make sure to check out the requirements before sending your cards).  
  2. You can send a monetary donation.   
  3. You can shop at my Etsy shop.  For every card you purchase, I will donate 2 cards to Operation Write Home. 
Also, this weekend it Operation Write Home's annual Memorial Day Blog Hop.  It starts at http://www.owhstarsandstamps.org/.  Make sure to stop by and say hello!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Celebrate Memorial Day by Honoring Our Troops Overseas!

Celebrate Memorial Day by honoring our troops overseas! For every card you purchase from Curls & Grins Creations now through May 31st, we will donate two cards to Operation Write Home!  To order your cards, go here.  We have a wide selection, more than we could ever post.  If you don't see what you are looking for, email us and we will create something for you.



Monday, May 23, 2011

Birthday Bash Blog Hop

Welcome to the very first Birthday Bash Blog Hop. Happy birthday Lisa and Becky!

If you arrived here from Crafty Card Gallery you’re on the right track. If not, and just lucked up on this blog, you can go back to the beginning HERE and hop along with us. We're so excited to being doing this hop, and we have a fabulous line up with some very talented folks. There will be lots of fun projects, along with some great blog candy, and an AMAZING grand prize for this hop.

This hop runs all day on May 23, so you have plenty of time to make it all the way through the hop. Check out each blog and see what BLOG CANDY you could possibly WIN!! 

Here is the complete line up
April - http://www.curlsngrins.blogspot.com/ - You are here
Jennifer - http://scrapaholicjen.blogspot.com/ - Next stop

I created this card for a young (or young-at-heart) lady.  The Sweetheart papers and Hope and A Little Everything stamps are from Close to my Heart.  


To win my blog candy, please leave a comment on this post AND become a follower of this blog.  For a bonus entry, become a fan of Curls & Grins on Facebook and comment here that you have done so. Winner will be announced June 1st, so come back here to see if you've won!


There is also going to be an overall grand prize, which is being sponsored by Lisa from Scrapping with Lisa and she will be the first and last blog on the hop. In order to be eligible for the grand prize you must leave a comment on every blog in the hop, as well as become a fan of my blog and of Scrapping with Lisa on Facebook. If you don’t do facebook, this won’t count against you for the grand prize, just let me know that in your comment. You must do all this, it is mandatory in order to be eligible for the overall grand prize.

Thanks for visiting!  Your next blog is Jennifer - http://scrapaholicjen.blogspot.com/

Have a GREAT day!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I'd Rather Be at the Beach Blog Hop - Day 5

Welcome to the "I'd Rather Be At The Beach" Blog Hop. This blog hop runs from May 18-22. If you are coming from Dana's blog, you’re on the right track. If you just joined us, you can go back to the beginning HERE and hop along with us. We’ve had so much fun creating this hop, and we have a wonderful line up with some oh-so-talented crafters. You will find loads of projects with a beachy theme throughout this hop! If you love the beach as much as I do, then you won't want to miss this one! We have LOTS of blog candy to offer! Please check back daily for your chance to win!

Here's the lineup:
Kim: http://kimmarieskorner.blogspot.com/ - Your next stop

For my last day at the beach, I went under the sea.  My little mermaid is happily floating with her friends.  She is from the Paper Dolls Cricut cartridge.  The background is dry embossed and sponged with blue ink.  Everyone is adorned with Liquid Glass and Martha Stewart glitter.


To win my blog candy, please leave a comment on this post AND become a follower of this blog.  For a bonus entry, become a fan of Curls & Grins on Facebook and comment here that you have done so. Winner will be announced June 1st, so come back here to see if you've won!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Make sure you hop along and see what Kim has in store for you!


Saturday, May 21, 2011

I'd Rather Be at the Beach Blog Hop - Day 4

Welcome to the "I'd Rather Be At The Beach" Blog Hop. This blog hop runs from May 18-22. If you are coming from Dana's blog, you’re on the right track. If you just joined us, you can go back to the beginning HERE and hop along with us. We’ve had so much fun creating this hop, and we have a wonderful line up with some oh-so-talented crafters. You will find loads of projects with a beachy theme throughout this hop! If you love the beach as much as I do, then you won't want to miss this one! We have LOTS of blog candy to offer! Please check back daily for your chance to win!

Here's the lineup:
Kim: http://kimmarieskorner.blogspot.com/ - Your next stop
  
I made this hula girl for my little girl who was complaining yesterday about her curly hair.  The card reminds me of when I visited the beaches of Hawaii as a young girl.  I think it's time to go back!


The Moon Doggie papers are from Close to my Heart.  The shells and hula girl are from the Paper Dolls cartridge for the Cricut.  The shells are inked with Gypsy, Cranberry, Indian Corn Blue and Sunflower Close to my Heart inks.  

To win my blog candy, please leave a comment on this post AND become a follower of this blog.  For a bonus entry, become a fan of Curls & Grins on Facebook and comment here that you have done so. Winner will be announced June 1st, so come back here to see if you've won!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Make sure you hop along and see what Kim has in store for you!

Friday, May 20, 2011

I'd Rather Be at the Beach Blog Hop - Day 3

Welcome to the "I'd Rather Be At The Beach" Blog Hop. This blog hop runs from May 18-22. If you are coming from Dana's blog, you’re on the right track. If you just joined us, you can go back to the beginning HERE and hop along with us. We’ve had so much fun creating this hop, and we have a wonderful line up with some oh-so-talented crafters. You will find loads of projects with a beachy theme throughout this hop! If you love the beach as much as I do, then you won't want to miss this one! We have LOTS of blog candy to offer! Please check back daily for your chance to win!

Here's the lineup:
Kim: http://kimmarieskorner.blogspot.com/ - Your next stop
  
My inspiration for this card came from my Close to my Heart Moon Doggie papers.  These tropical papers are from a couple of summers ago and I still LOVE them.  To give the trunk of my palm tree a little texture, I dry embossed it and then sanded it.  It now has a fuzzy feeling.  The picture isn't so great, but the embossed sentiment on the basket is "Life's a Picnic."


To create this card, I used the Moon Doggie papers as I already said.  I also used the Campin' Fever stamp set from Close to my Heart, the Potpourri Basket cartridge for my Cricut to create my fun palm tree and some rick rack from my stash.

To win my blog candy, please leave a comment on this post AND become a follower of this blog.  For a bonus entry, become a fan of Curls & Grins on Facebook and comment here that you have done so. Winner will be announced June 1st, so come back here to see if you've won!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Make sure you hop along and see what Kim has in store for you!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I'd Rather Be at the Beach Blog Hop - Day 2

Welcome to the "I'd Rather Be At The Beach" Blog Hop. This blog hop runs from May 18-22. If you are coming from Dana's blog, you’re on the right track. If you just joined us, you can go back to the beginning HERE and hop along with us. We’ve had so much fun creating this hop, and we have a wonderful line up with some oh-so-talented crafters. You will find loads of projects with a beachy theme throughout this hop! If you love the beach as much as I do, then you won't want to miss this one! We have LOTS of blog candy to offer! Please check back daily for your chance to win!

Here's the lineup:
Kim: http://kimmarieskorner.blogspot.com/ - Your next stop
  
For today's project, I created a beach layout.  This is from a recent trip to Huntington Beach in sunny California, my native state.  The cardstock is sponge-daubed with Desert Sand ink to give it the sandy look.  For directions to make the pinwheels, click here.  To fill in the 


Most products are from Close to my Heart.  Miracle papers, White Daisy cardstock, Chocolate Alphabet stamp set, Chocolate & Desert Sand inks, Pewter brads, Kraft borders. Additional stamps from the Miracle Workshop on the Go.  Buttons are from my stash.  


To win my blog candy, please leave a comment on this post AND become a follower of this blog.  For a bonus entry, become a fan of Curls & Grins on Facebook and comment that you have done so. Winner will be announced June 1st, so come back here to see if you've won!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Make sure you hop along and see what Kim has in store for you!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I'd Rather Be at the Beach Blog Hop - Day 1

Welcome to the "I'd Rather Be At The Beach" Blog Hop. This blog hop runs from May 18-22. If you are coming from Dana's blog, you’re on the right track. If you just joined us, you can go back to the beginning HERE and hop along with us. We’ve had so much fun creating this hop, and we have a wonderful line up with some oh-so-talented crafters. You will find loads of projects with a beachy theme throughout this hop! If you love the beach as much as I do, then you won't want to miss this one! We have LOTS of blog candy to offer! Please check back daily for your chance to win!

Here's the lineup:
Kim: http://kimmarieskorner.blogspot.com/ - Your next stop

For today, I created a simple card for my favorite fishermen.  My husband's sister and brother-in-law took our girls fishing at the Gulf of Mexico a few summers back.  For the following Christmas, they sent the girls fishing poles and an invitation to come back and fish again.


All supplies are from Close to my Heart. Miracle Papers. Backwoods, Campin' Fever and True Happiness stamp sets.  Desert Sand, Lagoon and Pacifica inks. Bamboo and Colonial White cardstock. Silver Pearl embossing powder.

 To win my blog candy, please leave a comment on this post AND become a follower of this blog.  For a bonus entry, become a fan of Curls & Grins on Facebook and comment that you have done so. Winner will be announced June 1st, so come back here to see if you've won!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Make sure you hop along and see what Kim has in store for today!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Three's A Charm - Mother's Day Post

WELCOME EVERYONE AND HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!! Please join in and hop along with us for 3 days of FUN FUN FUN!! Check out our blogs each day for new and creative projects & a chance to WIN special prizes aka BLOG CANDY!!

The complete LINE UP is listed below just in case you happened upon this blog hop by accident and would like to start from the beginning and work your way through the hop!!

To anyone interested I am offering BLOG CANDY.  To become eligible to WIN my prize you will need to complete the following 3 things: 
1. Click to FOLLOW this blog
2. Go to this blog's FACEBOOK page and click "LIKE"
3. Leave a comment below and check back June 1st to see if you are the winner!

We are PROUD &  EXCITED to announce that we have very SPECIAL guests in our Blog Hop Line Up just for you.  Michelle from Queen of my Craftroom and her Design Team Members, Christy from Stinkin Cute Paper Piecings, Ann from Creative Kuts Designs and Members of her Design Team, Diane from The Super Paper Divas and her Design Team Members, Melissa from KaDoodle Bug Designs, MOMz Design Team Members, and so much more...

GRAND PRIZE!! 
Melissa from Kadoodle Bug Designs has donated 1 FREE pattern as part of our overall GRAND PRIZE.  Melissa is also posting a sales special on her website for her patterns to anyone interested so please check it out!  http://www.kadoodlebugdesigns.com/  To be eligible to WIN please click LIKE on her KaDoodle Facebook page during the HOP.

Christy from Stinkin Cute Paper Piecings would love to give away a $10.00 gift coupon code to use on their website for the hop as part of the overall GRAND PRIZE!! Christy will email the winner the coupon code that will take off the $10.00 in their shopping cart.  http://www.stinkincutepaperpiecings.com/.  To be eligible to WIN please click LIKE on her Stinkin Cute PP Facebook Page during the HOP.

Ann from Creative Kuts would love to donate a $15 dollar Gift Certificate to the store http://www.creativekuts.com/.  To be eligible go to the Creative Kuts Facebook page and click LIKE during the hop.

Corrine from Celebrating Ordinary Moments will offer one FREE printable Olivia Bear pattern as part of the overall GRAND PRIZE package.

HOP AGENDA:
Friday, May 6: Spring Theme

Saturday, May 7th: NATIONAL SCRAPBOOK DAY.
Today all the blogs in the line-up will be scrapbooking in our 24 hour CROP til U DROP event. We will post new projects as we finish them before moving on to the next project, so keep checking back and see what we've made. We are inviting all of our FOLLOWERS to join in and crop along with us! You have the option to post your very own completed projects on the Celebrating Ordinary Moments FACEBOOK page throughout the day and possible WIN a prize!!

Sunday, May 8th: Mother's Day Theme

HOP LINE UP:
April~ http://www.curlsngrins.blogspot.com/ - YOU ARE HERE

And now, for my post...
My Saturday didn't go exactly as planned.  After my morning yard sale, I was going to make a few layouts and a beautiful card to share for Mother's Day.  I didn't expect what I would find in a box of books as I was cleaning out my garage.  I came across a book I had purchased for my grandma last spring, planning to give it to her for Mother's Day.  Shortly after that purchase, she succombed to a short battle with cancer and I was never able to give it to her.  When I read through the book entitled, "What If There Were No Grandmothers?" I thought about my girls who would remember very little of my grandma who raised me.  I then wondered to whom I would give the book.  It wasn't exactly something my mom would relate to.  I then thought of my pastor's wife.  She was also raised by her grandmother and, seeing her interact with her grandkids, I knew she was the type of grandmother this book was written for.  Many of us will celebrate our mothers on Mother's Day, but many of us will celebrate other special ladies.  This is for one of those other special ladies, our pastor's wife.


 This card is made with the Magnifique Papers and Blessed Stamp Set from Close to my Heart.

Your next stop is Carol C at http://cardstockscissorsandglue.blogspot.com/.
Thank you for taking the time to HOP with us.  It has been our pleasure to present projects specifically made for this hop.  Please take the time to leave comments on all the blogs during this HOP.  Your ideas and suggestions help improve our blogs, web sites, Facebook pages & future hops. Thank You!