Tuesday, November 30, 2010



Welcome to my first Blog Giveaway!!  I was blown away by all the wonderful comments I received in my Blog Hop.  So I decided to do THREE give-aways instead of two!   

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
28 42 36 
Timestamp: 2010-11-30 22:36:18 UTC
Winner of Tag Holder and Tags:  
 CardMonkey said...
Love, love, LOVE your cards! Beautiful and inspirational. I am now a proud follower! Merry Christmas and happy New Year, with all the blessings of good health and prosperity to you and your family.

Winner of Holiday Planner #1: 
scrapperbecka said...
Very cute cards! You did a awesome job! I am now a follower, love your work.

Winner of Holiday Planner #2:  Giselle Varela
Giselle said...i love all of your projects. New follower :) the planner is soooooooooooooooooo beautiful!!

Contact me with your mailing address and I will get your goodies in the mail to you!  If I do not hear from you by December 5 (Sunday), I will draw more names.


Thanksgiving Cards

I'm playing catch up!!  I received two great Thanksgiving cards that I want to share with you.

This one is from Margaret.   She stamped the leaves for the background onVanilla cardstock and used the Scallop Punch to scallop the edges.  It is matted on Soft Suede.  The apples in the center are from a retired SU set.   She pricked holes all around the edges of the apples and the sentiment.  Love it!

This masterpiece is from Judy.  She used non SU stamps and embossed the leaf in the center (I think!)  It is just beautiful!

Thanks gals!

I have been working on a couple of calendar pages today for a stamp club that I am in.  We each take two months and make a full page calendar page.  When we get together, we bind them and Leslie usually makes a cover sheet for all of us.  The months I chose this time were January and October.  I had actually almost finished them last week but I wasn't 100% sold on them.  So, today it was back to the drawing board!!  Now, I'm satisfied!

 I am loving this digi-download!  I was able to copy it to my word processing program and make it a little larger.  I paper-pieced his hat and used Flower Soft on his scarf.  Here is a close up:

Here is my October page:

This is actually more digi!  I did a search for free digital paper and found this great plaid and the little tag.  I embossed the paper with SU's Spider Web embossing folder.  I found the Trick or Treat ribbon in my stash and cut it apart and secured it in the corner of the page.  The little ghost is a brad that I have had for about 5 years!  "Spooky" is from SU's Wicked Fun stamp set.  Here is a close up:

 Hope these inspire you today.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Final Days to Sign Up Plus Christmas Cards

If you're considering signing up as a demonstrator during Stampin' Up's great Half-Off Sale, time is running out.  You have until Tuesday - Nov. 30!!  Contact me to get your password and you can sign up on-line!!

I had so much fun yesterday blog hopping!  I visited all the sites on the Christmas Card Blog Hop that I participated in and got so many great ideas!  I appreciate all the people who left wonderful comments about my cards and became followers of my blog.  You inspire me to work harder on being creative!!

So, yesterday and today, I found time to make a few Christmas cards.  I hope you enjoy them.

This is probably my least favorite.  I have just never liked this green color (retired anyway!) but it matched the ribbon and the green leaves (plus I have a bunch of it left over).  I stamped the Cardinal on watercolor paper and used Tombows to color him along with my Aqua Brush.  I cut him out with SU's Top Note Die and matted it with Real Red.  I glued down 2 strips of ribbon on either side of the red strip.  Both the green card and the red strip, I ran through an embossing folder.  The sentiment is a digi stamp and I found.

This is my favorite!!  The snowman and the "Building a Snowman" are digis that I purchased from The Cutting Cafe.  I haven't used digi stamps much but I really loved this one!!  I paper pieced his hat and used Flower Soft on the scarf.  The red ribbon is from Stampin' Up.

This is another digital stamp that I found on the internet.  I colored him my Copics.  The pink ribbon is Stampin' Up.  I dipped the pink brad in glitter after putting Towbow Glue on it.

So which is your favorite?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Card Blog Hop 2010

Welcome to my Inkie Fingers!  We are so excited to have you join us today.  You may have just come from Courtney's blog or you may be one of my followers or you may have just stumbled here…however you got here, you’ll be very glad you did!  Be sure to take the whole tour! - welcome!   There are about 30 blogs included in the hop and some of them are giving away Blog Candy.   

I decided to make my theme Christmas Trees and used a variety of stamps and folding methods to create three cards for you to enjoy.  The first one uses a retired set from Stampin' Up called Patterned Pines.  I just purchased this set last year and wasn't ready for it to retire!  Oh well, they didn't ask me, did they?  I stamped the trees on white cardstock and then embossed them in copper and cut them out.  The base of the card is Night of Navy with Pear Pizazz and Poppy Parade.  I used the oval Spellbinders dies and my Big Shot for the ovals.  The sentiment ("be merry") is also from a retired set (Warm Words) but there is a very similar set in the current SU catalog (Short & Sweet).
 Here is a close-up of the trees:

 My next Christmas Tree card uses a folding technique that I discovered on someone's blog but do you think I can remember whose it was???  (remembered - it was on Connie's blog!)  I cut out a 5 1/2" circle from Designer Paper with the Circle Scissors Plus (SU - pg 199), cut it in half and then made 3 folds to create the tree shape.  The base card is Crumb Cake and the DSP is retired.  I found this great ribbon in my stash and had to use it!
 Here's a close up of the tree - love that Glimmer Brad from SU's Holiday Mini Catalog!

My next card uses SU's Snow Swirled.  I stamped it on the Bride & Groom DSP and embossed it with Dazzling Diamonds.  I just love the elegance of this card with the pearls.

 Here is a close-up of the tree and the pearls:

I realized after I did these three cards that most of the things I used were retired.  So, I had to do one more and use a beautiful SU Sizzix Snowflake Die!  I just love the simplicity of this card!!

This card uses Night of Navy for the base card and Cherry Cobbler (one of my favorites!) and Shimmery White card stock.  The navy striped ribbon is included in the Ribbon Bundle in Stampin' Up's Spectacular Sale that is going on right NOW but ends Tuesday, Nov. 30.  Details can be found HERE .

Well, I hope you have enjoyed my Christmas Cards as much as I enjoyed making them.    I will be giving away BLOG CANDY if you leave a comment. And I hope you will come back to visit me or even become a FOLLOWER of my blog!!  Here is my Blog Candy - Holiday Planner and a Tag Pouch for 2 lucky people:

EDITED TO ADD - I'll draw for Blog Candy on Tuesday.  Deadline will be noon EST Tuesday, 11/30.

To continue on the blog hop, visit Holly - 1Crafty Dame!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving Fun

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.  It's always so nice to be with family and friends.   We had a great day.  We were able to visit with Ashley via "Skype" which was great.  I was worried Mom would not be able to see Ashley on the computer screen but she did and cried while talking to her.  Which started the rest of us crying!  Ashley told us she didn't want any crying while talking to her.  She had already had her Thanksgiving dinner and treated several soldiers for "turkey bowl" football injuries!  I am always thankful for my guests but what I enjoy about having Thanksgiving at my house is that everyone pitches in to help.  My sister, Marianne, and I do most of the cooking, but the others help with setting up the table, fixing beverages and, best of all, the clean-up!!  My sister, Angela, is the best dishwasher there is!! 

Here are some pictures of our Thanksgiving.

This was Derek (Marianne's oldest) BEFORE dinner!! 

 Angela, Marianne & Me

Angela, Sharon (girlfriend) and my Mom.

 Harrison (Marianne's youngest) lighting the candles before dinner

 I made these the night before and put one at each person's plate.

Ashley surprised me with the table decoration!

Be sure and stop by tomorrow.  I am participating in a Christmas Blog Hop!  I've prepared some great Christmas tree cards for you.  There will be about 34 blogs in the hop so you are sure to get some great ideas for your Christmas cards.  The hop will go live at 10:00 am Saturday.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving 2010

Made with My Digital Studio (which is 50% off right now!!)

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy the friends and family that you will share it with.  I will be missing both my children this Thanksgiving.  I know my daughter-in-law will be cooking a delicious meal for my son and their children in Arizona.  They will be in our thoughts today.  My daughter will be eating her meal in Iraq while protecting our country.  We will talk to her later in the day via Skype.  Her grandmother is coming over early so she can "talk" to her also.  This will be the first time they have talked since Ashley left in August.  We received a beautiful centerpiece for our table yesterday from Ashley.  I was very surprised!  So she will be with us in spirit.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Our Pittsburgh Trip

Are you getting ready for Thanksgiving .... making the pies, thawing the turkey, getting ingredients together for the stuffing?  I've been to the store and gotten most of what I need.  I'm sure I'll be making another run to the store later today (or maybe talk Sonny into it!)  We always have Thanksgiving at my house with me doing most of the salads, veggies, pies and cooking the turkey.  But, Marianne usually comes over a day or two before Thanksgiving and spends the night so we can get started on our preparations.  She makes the sweet potato casserole and dressing each year.  She arrived late yesterday afternoon and we  played in my stamp room most of the night while watching tv (Dancing With the Stars).  She's making calendars and I'm trying to finish up my Thanksgiving cards  I was really pulling for Brandy but she got eliminated last week so my next favorite was Kyle.  I really figured Jennifer Gray would win but I was not pulling for her.  I was pretty sick of hearing her whine and cry every week about her injuries.  But, of course, she was the winner. 

I realized I hadn't shared my pictures from my recent Pittsburgh trip!

Don't these look yummy?  We went shopping down at the Strip District and these were for sale.  Can you believe I didn't even buy anything???

At the Steelers game all decked out in my black and gold.  It was raining a little bit when we first got there but it quit before kickoff.

This is the doormat that is now at my front door!  This is how the Pittsburgh'ers talk!
 Isn't this gorgeous?  This is Franco Harris'  Super Bowl Ring from the 70s!! 
Mr. Rogers!  We went to a History Museum while we were there.  Mr Rogers was from Pittsburgh.  My kids loved his show.

This is how Sonny would like to fix his car up!!  This was actually someone's car and he donated it to the museum.  Ain't it cool?

Sonny at the Consol Energy Center where the Penguins (hockey) play.  Unfortunately they lost in overtime but we had fun anyway!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Details about the On Line Spectacular

Call me with your order OR order on-line HERE

Click HERE for the details of the great sale!!

On Line Spectacular!

Stampin' Up is offering an Online Spectacular--a one-week sale with discounts up to 50 percent!!   "Door busters" include:

My Digital Studio - 50 percent off!
Designer Fabric - 50 percent off!
Free shipping on online or demonstrator orders of $150 or more!
More details will be available on Monday!!
Also, here are the answer to a few questions I've gotten lately about becoming a SU demonstrator:
1. What are the minimum sales requirements?

You only need to submit $300 in sales per quarter or $100. per month.

2. What if I want to do this as a hobby and not necessarily a business?
Stampin’ Up! supports all demonstrators, no matter their goals or the level at which they choose to run their business.  If you choose not to hold workshops, you can simply place your own orders and/or collect orders from family and friends to equal the $300 quarterly sales minimum.

3. Can I be my own hostess?
Yes. Invite your family and friends into your home and have a workshop, or place your own order equaling $150. or higher to receive these benefits.

4. How does the 30% Discount on my first order work?
Once you sign up, you have 45 days from that date to place a $150. or higher order and receive a 30% discount on the entire order (plus hostess benefits). If you need a small amount of supplies before you are ready to place this order, you can order then without forfieting this Special Offer.

5. How much does it cost to get started as a demonstrator? 
The Starter Kit is only normally $175.00, and it includes everything you will need to get your business up and running, including stamp sets, ink, paper, catalogs, order forms, a training video, and more ($310 value). You have your choice between the Standard Starter Kit or the My Digital Studio Starter Kit, and if you’re interested in scrapbooking, you can also select the Stampin’ Memories Add-On for an additional $50 ($80 value).

UNTIL NOVEMBER 30th, both of these kits are available for $87.50

Friday, November 19, 2010

Punch Info

Please note that the following items are temporarily unavailable for ordering due to quality issues:

2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch (item 118874)
Ornament Punch (item 119847)

Stampin'Up! is currently working with the vendor to solve these quality issues. We understand these problems with two of our punches pose issues.  Please be assured that wSU is doing all  they can to solve this problem as soon as possible.

Since the Ornament Punch is part of the ABCs of the Perfect Handmade Holiday promotion, the following bundles will be affected by this issue and will not be available for ordering:

Tags 'til Christmas Bundle 2 (w-124478; c-124477)
Tags 'til Christmas Bundle 2 (Spanish w-124482; c-124481)
Tags 'til Christmas Bundle 2 (French w-124480; c-124479) 

Update on other punches :

Decorative label punch # 120907 is NO longer on backorder.

The XL Fancy Flower punch #118073 and the 2 1/2" Circle punch #120906 should be available after Dec 1, 2010

So sorry for the inconvenience .

Club Projects

I had my last Club meeting yesterday.  We will start again in January with making calendars.  We had a small group yesterday - only 4 gals but we made enough mess for a dozen!!  They wanted to make tags so I had gotten out all my Christmas stamps, punches, paper, and ribbon so they could create on their own.  We also made tag holders to put the tags in like the ones HERE.  They turned out really cute with everyone making a different one.

We also made a Gift Card Holder that is really cute! 

Isn't he darling?  Of course, this is the Owl Punch.  I used the Snowflake Punch for his antlers.  The gift card holder uses the Sizzix Two Tags Die (pg 206).  This is a very versatile die.  Not only does it make great tags but if you put the fold of your paper above the cut line on the die, it makes this holder.  If you don't understand, let me know and I will take a picture of what I am talking about!

Gift Card Holder opened - insert gift card where green paper is.
I also showed them how to stamp on candles.  Don't you love how this candle turned out?  I used the Bells and Boughs stamp set from the mini catalog for the poinsettas.  My club gals stamped on tea lights.

Well, I am headed out the door to get my hair cut, meet my sister for lunch and do some Angel Tree shopping!  Hopefully, when I return home, I can begin to dig through the mess that I call a stamp room!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

What a Deal!

Just a reminder about the great special Stampin' Up is offering right now!  

As many of you know Stampin Up! is having an amazing deal for those who want to join Stampin' Up! What I just found out was you can buy this kit (which has over $99.00 just in stamps OR the My Digital Studio and starter kit...the MDS is worth $79.00) right now until the end of November for an unbelievable price of $87.50 (plus free shipping.)  This is worth over $310.00 in total products (paper or digital items plus business supplies.) AND you do not have to sell anything every again Or you can place your first order within 45 days and get a 30% discount. You don't have to live near me to join - anyone in the USA can do this.

Let me know if you are interested in signing up!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

We Made It Home ... Not an Easy Feat!

We had a great time in Pittsburgh although our teams lost - Steelers on Sunday night and Penguins on Monday night - and I picked up a bad cold while there.  Trying to get back home ... well, that was a different story!  We left Pittsburgh about 11:30 a.m. expecting to get home around 6:30 pm.  Things were going great until about 4:00 when we got to the I-77 turn off of I-81 in Virginia.  The interchange was closed so we went up to the next exit; did a U-turn and got back on the highway hoping to get onto I77 from the north.  Nooooo!  Sonny went into a gas station to ask about an alternate route.  They gave us directions through small towns on a 2-lane road along with everyone else.  We never went over 35 mph!  When we got to the next place where we could get onto I-77, it was also blocked.  We asked the police that were there and were told I-77 was closed all the way to the NC line and would be closed until midnight probably.  So on we went toward Mt. Airy.  We hadn't gone far when there was a wreck about 5 cars in front of us.  So we were stopped on this little dinky road for 1 1/2 hours waiting for it to get cleaned up!!  Finally the tow trucks got the cars out of the way and we continued down the mountain.  We finally arrived home about 10:30 tonight.  We were both so glad to get out of the car!!!  We kept hearing different stories about why the highway was closed - from 50 car accident to 100 car accident to cows being involved and on the highway!  I just did a Google Search and found out that the wrecks started this morning around 11:30 on the southbound side of I77 involving several vehicles and a few minutes later there was another accident within a couple of miles of the first one resulting in a couple of deaths.  Then around 5 pm there were more wrecks in the northbound lane.  State police have determined that a total of 75 vehicles were involved in multiple pile ups, half of them commercial,  due to dense fog.

I am very thankful that we were in the right place at the right time and were not involved in any of those wrecks.  Guess there was an angel on our dashboard on this trip.

I hope you enjoyed the Blog Hop this weekend sponsored by Operation Write Home.  If you didn't get to all the posts, here's a link to thumbnails from each post.  There's also a digital "freebie" there for you!

Monday, November 15, 2010

An Amazing Opportunity!

What an amazing deal - you can get over $310 in crafting and business supplies for $87.50!!

For a limited time, Stampin' Up! is offering our amazing Starter Kits for $87.50--that's 50% off of the regular price of $175.   Available Nov. 15 thru Nov. 30!

IT'S THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY FOR A HOBBY STAMPER! The starter kit is not only a fantastic savings, it includes the benefits and discounts of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator with no obligation to sell.
Choose either the Standard or Digital Starter Kits. Includes $310 of Stampin' Up! stamps and accessories for $87.50.

The starter kits can be customized to your preferences. Here's what is included and your substitution options. Starter kit products ship FREE.
  • Take 30% off your first $150 Stampin' Up! product order (placed w/in 45 days).  
  • Save 20% on all other orders  
  • Pre-order from the 2011 Occasions Mini and Sale-A-Bration catalogs starting Dec. 1. 
  • Sale-A-Bration is around the corner and free stamp set opportunities multiply!
  • Enjoy tons of learning tools, including video tutorials on the Stampin' Up! demo site. 
  • Sign up on-line and enjoy instant benefits (starting Nov. 15)

    OTHER INFO: There's no penalty to drop and you keep the kit and everything you purchased at a discount! You'll enjoy full demonstrator privileges thru March 31, 2011. To remain active beyond March 31, 2011, $300 in product sales is required.
You can watch this video to hear what other demonstrators have to say about the opportunities with Stampin' Up.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Operation Write Home Veterans Day Blog Hop!

Hope you are enjoying the Operation Write Home Blog Hop!!  Welcome to Inkie Fingers!  I am excited to be participating in my FIRST blog hop.  This is the perfect Hop for me since our veterans are near and dear to my heart.  Not only do I have a daughter currently serving our country in Iraq but my son graduated from West Point Military Academy and served his country both in Korea and in Iraq.  Also, my father, step-father, brother and grandfather were all proud veterans.

The deadline for Christmas cards has passed for Operation Write Home.   Valentines are the next holiday cards that are needed. Valentines are due Jan 7, but sooner is always better so they can get some boxes packed ahead of the deadline.

I hope you enjoy these Valentine cards that I have made to send to our Veterans.  I would love to hear your comments!

My first card is a darling Love Birds card featuring the birds from Stampin' Up's Love You Much.  I put a little envelope (from Sizzix Bigz Scallop Envelope) on the front with a little love note inside.

Front of love birds card. 

Supplies used:
Cardstock:  Stampin' Up Pink Pirouette; SU Dotted Window Sheet (retired); Whisper White
Stamps Used:  Love You Much, For A Friend (Stampin' Up - retired)
Accessories:  Bigz Scallop Envelope Die, Cuttlebug Embossing Dotted Swiss folder; Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Owl Punch (for the red heart)

Inside of card
My second card features a cute little OWL.  I love Stampin' Up's Owl Punch and it made making this card super easy!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: SU Soft Suede, Regal Rose, DSP unknown
Accessories: 2 3/8" Scallop Punch, SU Scallop Punch, Spellbinders Circle & Scallop Punch, Owl Punch, Pinking Hearts Border Punch. Hand Held Circle Punch
Ink: Soft Suede

To make this card, cut your cardstock 5 1/2" x 11" and score at 2 1/2" and 5". Decorate accordingly.

Card open

You can help Operation Write Home get $50,000!!  Joann's is giving away $50,00 to one of 3 charities.   Now it's everybody's turn to choose the charity that will receive the $50,000. The 2nd and 3rd place vote-getters will receive $25,000 and $15,000 respectively.  Voting begins November 7 and ends 11:59:59 P.M. EST on December 4, 2010. Limit one vote per person/e-mail address per 24-hour period.  We ask that you please VOTE DAILY at Joanns.

Archway Cookies is also partnering with Operation Write Home and will match sending their sweets with our sweet Valentines.  Read all about it HERE.

Hope you enjoyed my  Valentines and will visit me again.

To go to the next stop on the Blog Hop, click HERE and visit Shelly!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Diet and Exercise .... take care of yourself

Seems like I'm always fighting my weight as many of you do also.  Here's a recipe for you to try as well as some interesting calorie burning exercises.

How about a simple, fast, smoothie breakfast paired with a half english muffin with 1 tsp peanut butter.

♦ 1 mango, cut into cubes
♦ 1 banana, broke into large chunks
♦ 1 cup pineapple chunks
♦ 1 kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
♦ 2 cups plain nonfat yogurt
♦ 1 cup ice cubes

Combine mango, banana, pineapple, kiwi, yogurt and ice cbes in a blender. Puree until smooth and thick.
Pour into 4 glasses. You can freeze the leftovers in sealable plastic containers. Microwave for 30-60 second and stir, to defrost.
Makes 4 servings (about 2 cups)

Per serving with half english muffin & peanut butter: 260 calories, 4g fat, 250mg sodium, 47g carbs, 4g fiber, 11g protein


 Below is a list of a few activities that you can do with no rewards or you can turn it around and reap the rewards of 30 minutes of exercise. (figures are based on a 180-pound woman's expenditure)

Watch a baseball game [burns 66 calories]
Play baseball [burns 354 calories]
Shop Online [burns 66 calories]
Walk around the mall [burns 141 calories]
Drive to the car wash [burns 66 calories]
Wash your own car [burns 129 calories]
Watch ballroom dancing [burns 66 calories]
Go ballroom dancing [burns 129 calories]
Ride a lawn mower [burns 66 calories]
Push a lawn motor [burns 258 calories]
Play a video game [burns 66 calories]
Play Frisbee [burns 129 calories]
Use a leafblower [burns 75 calories]
Use a rake [burns 171 calories]
Sunbathe [burns 66 calories]
Go swimming [burns 300 calories]

~~~Change One, The Official Reader's Digest Diet


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Not My Usual Trashy Self!

I've been working on Christmas cards the past few days.  I found a few images in my stash so decided to color them and make them into Christmas cards.  I didn't have to cut up a bunch of paper or throw away rejects.  Tonight when Sonny went around to collect the trash from all the rooms to take to the curb, he was quite surprised to find my trash can(s) weren't overflowing as usual.  He asked me what I'd been doing all week - obviously not making my normal amount of trash.  He usually hates to come in my craft room!  I try to have it bundled up in advance or at least to be in the room to empty my trash containers in his black plastic bag.  I have one regular sized trash can under my desk and 3 small trash receptacles scattered about - on the floor and table.  After all the work I had done on various projects for the craft fair the last few weeks, I took a much needed break this week.  I'm sure in the next few weeks, I'll be back to my "trashy self!"  I've got calendars to get done in time for Thanksgiving!

So, here are some of the cards I did this week:

This card uses SU DSP and cardstock, the Big Shot and an embossing folder.  The Christmas light stanp is from DRS.

 Another non SU stamp and DSP.  I colored the pine cones with my Copics.  The one on the right has Liquid Applique on it for snow as well as Stickles and the one on the left just has Stickles on it.  Both are pretty glittery.
I was looking through my stamps the other day for a Santa Claus and realized I didn't have one (except for a very large one).  So, when I was in M's one day, I saw this guy and bought him.  He's pretty jolly!  I embossed him with black embossing powder and used the Liquid Applique on the hat.  The DSP and Riding Hood Red cardstock is from SU. 

I've since bought an SU Santa that I really like.  I hope to ink him up tomorrow!  The set is from the Holiday Mini catalog - Jolly Old Saint Nick.  There are 2 Santas and a darling snowman!   Hopefully I will have some "play" time tomorrow.  We are leaving for Pittsburgh on Friday a.m. and we have to pack and go to town to get my nasty car washed so we can see out the windows when we are driving!! 

I will be in a Blog Hop this weekend.  I will be getting it ready tomorrow and setting it to post while I am gone.  This is the first Blog Hop I have done and I am excited about it.  It is for Operation Write Home so be sure to stop back by on SATURDAY and check out my Valentines!