Monday, June 2, 2008

Blog Winner, Pictures, RAK and a Gift Set


Thanks again for all the well wishes for Cara. Here is the picture of her when she came home from school on Friday---we gave her the cell phone then. Look at her face as she opens her gift and sees the cell phone box. (Little did she know then that the cell phone inside was just a card. Bawaahwaaa!) I didn't make her wait too long for the real thing. I had her cell phone ring in the house after she opened her card---She really loves it.

Blog Candy Winner:
Random.Cara selected #176 this morning before school. I had to count the posts about 6 times to make sure I got it right (She couldn't pick an easy one, could she?) Woohooo! Congratulations to Christina Gerlof who said "Congrats on being 12! Wow, I remember when I turned 12 I was finally able to shave my legs! LOL Happy Birthday!" Congrats, girl! Please email me (email link is on the side of blog) so I can get your goodies to you!

I had to show you the room my son, Ben (5), decorated for Cara while she was in school on Friday. On Fridays, I take my littlest two children out for "Fun Friday." Every week we do fun stuff like go to the park, McDonald's for lunch and the dollar store to pick out a prize. This week, my youngest (almost 3) picked out balloons. When she was napping, Ben took some of her balloons and decorated the playroom for Cara so she would be surprised. I asked him what was on the wall with the balloons and he rolled his eyes and said "Stringers, Mom!" (I guess he was improvising because he didn't have streamers! I thought this was so cute (and I tried not to think about the fact that he must have CLIMBED the cabinets to hang the balloons---UGH!)

Onto a RAK. I spotted this ADORABLE card on Charmaine's blog last week. I LOVED it when I saw it and wanted to case it. Little did I know that it was coming to me. I was so excited when I got this in the mail on Friday....Thanks so much Charmaine. You can read all about her card here.

Did I mention HOW MUCH I loved Charmaine's card????? I told her I was gonna case it and here is my version. I am not normally a big caser but I HAD to do this----This card was such a cinch to make because Charmaine already did the hard part for me.

I used this adorable set from The Cat's Pajamas called It's a Mod, Mod World. I love this set---it has TONS of images and I cannot wait to play with every one of them. (I have used this set already but cannot post the card--heehee!)

I used a muse twinkle stickers for the cat's collar--they are so small and fit perfectly (even on the tag!)

Did I mention HOW MUCH I loved Charmaine's card---Well, I decided that the card would make a perfect gift set. So I used a clear box and created a little handle out of beads. (The beads are strung on hemp and tied through small holes punched in the top of the box with my Cropadile.)

And here is a close up of the matching tag (The It's A Mod, Mod World set has an identical small cat image PERFECT for a matching tag---YEAH!)

Materials used: Stamps-It's a Mod, Mod World (The Cat's Pajamas); cardstock-whisper white, celery (Stampin' Up!); American Crafts Designer paper; Brilliance black ink; Nestabilities (Spellbinders) and Cuttlebug (Provocraft); tag punches (Stampin' Up!); twinkle stickers (a muse); Cropadile; silver eyelet (SU!); silver cord (SU!); black craft beads (Hobby Lobby); hemp; celery ribbon (SU!); paper piercing tool and mat pack (SU!); dimensionals (SU!); clear box (

Thanks again Charmaine!!! I will be back tomorrow with another MFTeaser for you!
My Favorite Things ( is having a New Release Cocktail Party on Wednesday, June 4 from 9-11 p.m. Eastern time. LOTS of fun (and a surprise release) is planned including finding out how YOU can be the next MFT Guest Designer. Head over to the MFT forum on to find out all the details and we hope to see you there on Wednesday night.
Thanks for stopping by!


texasjodylynn said...

Oh my goodness! Your CJ project is SO SO cute! LOVE it!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Awww.........well, congrats to Cara for her new cell phone status!! And congrats to Christina for winning!!! And how adorable is that Kitty Cat set!!!

Carolina said...

Wow, what a great photo of Cara...glad you caugt her with that expression cause it's just priceless.

The Kitty card set is precious! Love the little tag accent.

Julie Masse said...

Your card (& Charmaine's!) is adorable!

Shannan Teubner said...

Your projects are so stinkin cute! And Cara looks just like you!! So adorable!

Jessie/knightrone said...

This is so super cute!! Love it!!

Alexandra said...

Congrats to your daughter on her fab new cell phone - I remember doing the same thing for my son when he turned 13 last year! And, your kitty card is totally adorable, and the tag is precious - great CASE from Charmaine (love her!)


Keri Lee Sereika said...

Good Night that is so cute! I love the idea of the matching tag and the beaded handle!!!

Have you moved yet or is that still looming on the horizon?

Cindy Haffner said...

So sweetie Cammie, love all of them.

Dawn Easton said...

Oh what a fab pic of Cara opening her gift! Even if it was fake at the time ;) Sneaky Mom!! haha!
Ben did a fantastic job of decorating
Those cards are both wonderful, you and Charmaine rocked them!!

Bee said...

Oh waow, Cara does look like you, it's stunning!... :-) Happy belated b-day to her, looks like she was perfectly happy with the event! :-)...

Love your kitty card too, the little set is just too cute.

Rose Ann said...

Thanks for sharing the photo of Cara's birthday! I love her smiling, beautiful face!! Your son did some great decorating!! ;)

Charmaine's card is wonderful, and I love your CASE as well! Such fabulous details and a great ensemble!!

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

Nice RAK from Charmaine and your version is beautiful too. Great to see Cara loved her cell phone..Hope she enjoys it. Chris

Christina Fischer said...

I'm glad Cara had a great birthday! Love the balloon decorations -- Ben did a great job! :)

Your card and gift box are waaaay too cute -- love 'em!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

This is just FABULOUS Carolyn! I LOVE it! You are amazing!

Ila said...

The Kitty set is Gorgeous!!...The photo of your daughter is priceless!! Thanks for sharing!!

Deb said...

These are so adorable!!! I'm so glad Cara had a great birthday and loves her new phone, you're a riot!

stampmonkey said...

Looks like Cara won't soon be forgetting what a special day her 12th birthday was!

Congrats to your blog candy winner!

Charmaine's card is really cute, and your version is too! Great gift idea! ;)

Marisa said...

Way to go with the gift - having the phone ring in the house was perfect - LOL :) Love the cat card too. My DD LOVES cats and I just may have to get this set so I can make her cards with it.

dpkennedy said...

How cute is that! I love TCP! Love the pics of your kids and the decorated room...too funny!

peanutbee said...

Awww, that expression is great. She looks a lot like you! Glad she had a great birthday and was happy with her phone.

...I have a climber too who likes to get up on the counter and into the cereal cabinet..ugh!

Love the cat set and what you (and Charmaine) have done with it!

Stampmouse said...

ahhhh cute and how fun.

great projects too

Louise said...

Beautiful cards and Happy Birthday Cara!

Sorry I missed your blog-anniversary - I was away this weekend!

Wow 100,000 - that's great! Congratulations Carolyn!

Susan (rainy) said...

Oh the smile of a new cell phone owner! Darling picture! (My DH was one of the engineers at Bell Labs who "invented" the cell phone back in the late 70's and I just got my first cell phone less than a year ago! Okay so I'm a little slow! lol)

Love your gift set, Carolyn!

Melanie said...

Great post!
love how you had the cell phone ring, you so sneaky!!

counting posts for blog candy = ughhh!!!

so sweet he decorated ehr room, awww!

Charmaine and her cards are the bomb!

you are the bomb!!
ok, that's all for now, hurry up and move here fast!

Jennifer Buck said...

Totally sweet! We do 'Monday Funday' here during the summer's. I was cracking up to hear we aren't the only ones! The boys love it and have been talking about it for over a month now! Love the card and tag! These are so adorable! :)