Category Archives: Happy Mail

A Friend’s Fun Find


Last month, when I was away on the Texas Escape, I realized that, um, how shall I say… the words in all of my books, the print on my computer screen and the stamped images underneath my markers were shrinking at an alarming rate. My goodness, some of them were just downright blurry. The girls and I were joking (not really laughing, mind you, but joking) about fun and hip reading glasses and looking sassy as we’re getting older.  I had to laugh when these beauties arrived on Friday afternoon.

I am blessed with caring, wonderful and funny women in my life.

Winner! Copics & Cupcakes!

Short and sweet this morning! I enjoyed and appreciated all of your comments about Christmas and your Christmas carol favorites. Thank you so much for participating.

My favorite carol, like so many of you, would be ‘O Holy Night’. It usually gives me chills. I really like the Harry Connick, Jr. version. 🙂 We’re having family dinner today, and Mom is waiting for me to put together a relish tray and set the table. So, make sure you check out Sharon’s blog for her Copic and Cupcake winner. I used to select my winner, so without further babbling…

 Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2008-11-29

That would be:

Debbie Stelton Says:
November 26th, 2008 at 6:37 pm

Thanks for the chance to win some candy. I would have to say my favorite song would be The Little Drummer Boy. I always loved watching the children singing this song and their little cheeks puffing out as they say pa-rumpa-pum-pum.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and TFS.

Debbie/Phx AZ

Debbie, give me a shout with your address, and I’ll ship your Copics and Cupcakes off to you on Monday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Cupcake, Carols & Copic Giveaway!


So, here’s that Cupcakes & Copics project I’ve been working on and a double chance at sweet blog candy!

Finally, I remembered to select my patterned paper first thing, Good Cheer from October Afternoon. It was easy to match my Copic colors up to the pretty patterns for coordinated cupcakes.  I had colored them over the weekend and glittered them up. I cut out all these little cupcakes while I was sitting under the hairdryer at the beauty shop yesterday. Yes, here in small-town America, it’s still the beauty shop, just like in Steel Magnolias. 🙂 No salon trips for me!


I’m going to  let the girls have a few friends over for caroling, cocoa and cupcakes in a few weeks. I made these little song books for each of them. My girls love to sing, so I know it will be a fun, fun time. I’ll keep it *really* simple – we have a retirement complex just for ladies on our street, so we’ll go there and a few neighbors.


My girls are still pretty little, so I only included 4 songs. That’s enough for them, and less chance of the pages blowing out and away like that. 😉 The pages are tied into the book with Baker’s Twine from Martha Stewart. Then, I’ll bring the girls back here for a quick cupcake and oh, so sad, it’s time to go! Gotta keep it short and sweet or I’ll have barbie heads and polly pocket shoes all over the house in a matter of 3.8 minutes. You think I’m kidding?

I do think this will be fun! I’ll try to remember to post pictures when we do the thing…I bet you think some Copic and Cupcake blog candy would be a lot more fun than watching my 2 angels sing and sling cupcake crumbs. 🙂

Well, Happy Thanksgiving this is for you:


How about an adorable stamp set, ‘Season’s Sweetings’ from my fabulously fun and giving friend, Taylor at Taylored Expressions?!  Wait! there’s MORE:


Copic candy to go with it! Prize package from Marianne at Copic Markers. (Note: I did edit my picture from the original post. What is pictured is what you will receive in this blog candy!) Now isn’t that sweet?

How do you enter? Leave me a comment with title of your favorite Christmas carol! It’s that simple…I’ll choose a winner on Friday evening, post on Saturday morning and ship this prize pack out on Monday.

But wait, there’s MORE! Double your chances to win by dropping by to see what Sharon Harnist has created with her Season’s Sweetings and/or Home Sweet Home stamps from Taylor. I got to see the sweet beginnings of her project when I was at her home earlier in the month…you are going to drool over it. I know!! She’s also got a blog candy package just like mine! So, with that, I’ll wish you good luck and get back to my pre-Thanksgiving chores. 🙂

Be a Paper Crafts Gourmet


It doesn’t take the most labor intensive recipe to win the heart of a friend or acquaintance, just a little effort to say, ‘I’m thinking of you!’ The newest special issue from Paper Crafts, Paper Crafts Gourmet serves up some wonderful recipes and cute presentation ideas sure to please any number of folks on your ‘I’m thinking of you’ list.

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Winner! Winner! 2 announced!

I loved reading all your responses. And you amaze me…all 105 of you! I thought that I’d have like, I don’t know, maybe 45 entries! It was fun to read about all of your plans for World Card Making Day. For those of you still looking for fun, the gals at Splitcoast have lots of challenges, chatter and prizes lined up. You can get the details on THIS PAGE!

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Stamp It! Winner

Thanks for all of your sweet comments. I just drew for a winner, and here is your random number:


Timestamp: 2008-05-21 13:57:14 UTC

Congrats to kim3timemom ~ send me your snail mail, and I’ll get this out today. I’m in the middle of about 5 projects: glitter and spray paint cans everywhere. Hoping to post a card in just a little bit. It’s the last day of school, and I’m trying to cram 9 months of work into the next 3 hours. Have a great, great day!

Missing You & Happy Mail


I’m still under the ‘clean sweep’ rock, but didn’t want to leave you empty handed if you stopped by. <wink> Here’s another Nature’s Silhouette (it’s available for purchase today) card that I quickly put together for a friend.  Hardware and Stickles kick this up a notch without adding too much time to the process. I’m actually going to mail this one today. Do you know that this will be the 3rd card this week that I have actually made and sent! <gasp>

I am trying to be much more diligent about sending cards to people I care for.  Why? Because the following card actually made me draw a breath when I opened the envelope. I received this RAK from fellow blogger Gretchen Belanger, and I was instantly reminded what it feels like to open a little present, to know that someone was ‘just thinking about you’.  You can see a TON of awesome ideas on Gretchen’s blog. Thank you, Gretchen for thinking about me.


Happy Mail & Happy Accident


A wonderful surprise showed up in my mailbox today! It was my complimentary copy of the new Spring Take Ten magazine.  I was excited to see one of my cards on the cover – 1st Class, lower right. I have a mini-tutorial on the Split Negative technique on pages 62-63. There are tons of other wonderful ideas in here from some of your favorite artists. I spotted  many samples from Sharon Johnson, Debbie Olson, Tricia Ulberg, Kim van der Sanden, Jen del Muro, Lisa Zappa, Kathy Torrence and Kim Hughes. It will be available March 1st. Thanks for letting me gush just a bit. 


Here is another sample that I created for the CHF booth at CHA. This is one of those ‘happy accidents’ cards. The ink is Beige Brilliance Pearlescent applied to my red stained brayer. The Beige Brilliance drew out some of the red tone from the brayer and the ink took on a light pink sheen. I contemplated trashing the idea, but then decided to run with it. It totally fit the color scheme. 

Just another bit of encouragement to anyone on the TK fence. While these images are beautiful when colored, you do not have to be a watercolor or marker artist to use these stamps. They make wonderful monochromatic cards.

  • Stamps: Forest Chaple by Thomas Kinkaid – & Victorian Leaves from Cornish Heritage Farms
  • Ink: Beige Brilliance Pearlescent
  • Cardstock: Spring Willow Dark, Razzleberry Medium and Cryogen White
  • Accs: Prima Blossoms, Faux Pearls, Corsage Pin, Sheer Twinkle May Arts & Nestabilities by Spellbinders

12 Days of Christmas


Do you wanna go ga-gah over some seriously beautiful new paper? You wanna have some Christmas fun BEFORE you fill up on your turkey this year? Stop by Terri Conrad’s blog and follow the instructions there to play along. Terri is the creater of that gorgeous new paper line, Webster’s Pages. You might have heard the buzz, now see what it’s about! Even if you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, she’s giving away lots of goodies each day, so maybe that will get you jump-started! You can also visit Terri Conrad Designs to see more of her creations there. Prepare to fall in love….. oh, and you are welcome!

Happy Mail: It shimmers!


I think I’ve lived a year in the last month…It’s cards like this one that keep you going! Sharon is one of those rare breed stampers…she actually sends the cards she creates. LOL! She’s used the emboss resist technique and several layers of ‘color’ to give this depth and dimension. It’s just gorgeous! As if the card wasn’t enough….it came with this inside:


Samples of all the shimmery cardstock from! OH my gorgeous! Now, you can see a SU! color comparison and recommendations over on Trudee’s blog. There is no need for me to re-invent that wheel. What I can tell you is CutCardStock is AWESOME! I ordered from them again on Wednesday this week, my order arrived on Friday. Cindy and the staff there are so nice, shipping is fast, prices can’t be beat and service is king.

Have a wonderful weekend!