June 1, 2010

Surprise! A month long celebration!

So much so that I want to celebrate it for several reasons.
It's the beginning of my long vacation! (I'm a substitute
for our school district and today is the last day of the school
year!) It's the month of my son's birthday! (My one and
only baby who will be 11 on the 9th- Ugh! Where does the
time go??) It's the beginning of summer! (Who doesn't
love that?) And my favorite/lucky number has
always been six!

So I've decided to have a party on my
blog and you're all invited! Woohoo!

All month long, I'll be sharing daily layouts and some cards..
a few tutorials here and there.
And best of all.. every few days I'll have giveaways!!
Over $100 worth of goodies can be won
throughout the month.
Ooooooo I'm so excited!

Also, every 4-5 days, I'll post one letter of a special secret
word. On June 29th, if you put all the letters together to
correctly form the secret word, you'll be in a drawing for
a $25 gift certificate to The Scrapbooking Cottage!
How cool is that!!? I'm going to hide each letter on a photo
or in the comments, so you'll have to look for it. Haha!
But won't it be fun? :)

I'll even host a couple challenges!
You can win items from two new spring and
summer collections! Oh this just keeps getting
better and better! Woohoo!

Okay okay.. calm down Abby and get on with your post.

Today, Party Time Tuesdays is hosting it's very first
card challenge! Awesome! The founder, my friend Kristie,
is starting us off easy by keepin it simple. The challenge is
"Anything goes". Create a birthday card however you wish
and share it with us on the PTT blog!I hope you'll join us!

My card for PTT's first challenge was created with Cosmo
Cricket's "DeLovely" Mini-Deck that I won in a Jackpot
drawing on Scrappin-n-Chattin. I also hand-stitched the
stitches... man, I really need to get a sewing machine..
that was a long task by hand! But I LOVE the result!

Card Supplies: Cosmo Cricket "DeLovely", Thickers (foam),
Daisy Bucket Designs "Label" clear stamp, Colorbox Chalk Ink,
Inkadinkado "Sentiments"clear stamp, Basic Grey buttons,
white cardstock, floss

Aren't the papers beautiful? So bright and cheerful!
Would you like to have some DeLovely of your own?
Yes, today begins with the first of TEN giveaways I'll be
hosting this month! Woot!!Just leave me one comment on this post and tell me what
is your favorite thing to do in the summer! That's all it takes,
easy peasy! Friday morning, I'll randomly pick a winner
for a Cosmo Cricket "DeLovely" 6x6 Mini-Deck.

(For all the giveaways/prizes awarded this month,
winners will have just 48 hours to claim theirs.
So please, don't forget to check back to see if you've won.)

I'm really excited about my blog celebration,
I hope you are too and
will visit me often throughout the month!

I'll be back later on today with my first of 30 daily layouts!

Happy June! See you soon!


  1. morn'n abby. my most favorite summer thing to do is gather the kids up and have crafting parties. it not only gives us time to be together but it also lets them learn and grow. kids are very talented and sometimes i think we should be learning from them.

    thanks for this fun month.

  2. Abby,

    How fun! What a great idea! My favorite part of summer is gardening and swimming. I love spending time in our backyard and in the pool. I also love how long the days are! Summer is just my favorite season of all!

    Thanks for a chance to win.


  3. Oh Yeay! Congrats on a great month!
    My favorite summertime activity is a scrumptous pinic at the beach with family and friends!
    Hope this month is all it can be for you! Happy Summer.

  4. My favorite thing to do in the summer is to get up early and go down to the beach and watch the sunrise. Thanks for all the surprises this month on your blog Abby...you ROCK!

  5. I just love this card!! Fun colors and you did a great job with the stitching! My favorite summer thing is to celebrate my birthday (which is in August) LOL!

    Can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeve for the rest of the month!

  6. Wow! What a fun month its going to be. My favorite thing about summer is recharging my batteries after the school year! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Wow, Abby! June is going to be great!!!
    My favorite thing to do in the summer is be lazy all day long... never change out of a swimsuit, drink lemonade, get ice cream from the ice cream truck, barbecue. I LOVE days like that.

  8. Amazing card Abby...you just have so much talent! My favorite part of the summer is being about to take DS to our neighborhood pool to see all his friends from the year before. It's so wonderful to see him having this much fun growing up and being a kid! Thanks Abby!!

  9. Abby, You are the best and so creative and talented.
    My favorite thing to do is grill dinner outside and eat out on the deck. I love getting up in the morning, making my coffee and taking a book to the deck to read while I have my coffee. June is perfect for this because it is not terribly hot yet

  10. Great card, Abby! My favorite thing to do is to fill up the kiddie pool and watch my daughters play. It's such a simple thing buy brings them so much joy :)

  11. WOW! This is going to be AWESOME ABBY! My fave thing to do in the Summer is knowing I can get the grandkids ANYTIME and not have to worry about school!! LOL! Have a GREAT DAY!

  12. My favorite summer fun is taking the grandkids on nature walks.

  13. Thanks Abby. I'm looking forward to having family visit this summer. Grilling outside and enjoying our backyard. Love the hazy, crazy, days of summer. Ann O.

  14. Dear Abby,

    Thanks for the SNC invite to your blog! I just love it - I've signed up to follow and invite you to join me at Create With Joy as well! :-)

    My fave thing to do during the summer is to watch the fireworks and go boating whenever I can! I love to travel too (although I don't get to nearly as often as I would like!)


    P.S. I added your candy to my sidebar! :-)

  15. oh is this beautiful! and those papers are gorgeous!

    my favorite thing to do in the summer is stay in where it's cool - lol. i'm lazy - more lol ... and CRAFT - for sure.

  16. Very cool idea Abbs! LOVE your card hon. ;)
    - April

  17. I love going to the beach in the summer and live 45 minutes away, but don't always get there.

  18. What a cute card, Abby! I look forward to partying with you at PTT!

    I'm spending my first summer in a new state. My favorite thing to do (this summer) is to explore my surroundings more and go on many adventures.

    {{HUGS}} Di

  19. Love that the kids are out of school. Like spending time with the family during vacation or outside in the evenings. More trips to the library with my son for books.

  20. What a wonderful card, Abby!! The paper is exquisite!! You rocked the first challenge! My favorite summer activity is getting to see fireworks on the 4th...still has the magic!!

  21. Terrific card! We love to go swimming in the summer. We are in Arizona, so it is too hot to do much else during the summer months :)

  22. my favorite thing in the summer...sitting on my porch and listening to the neighbor kids riding bikes, playing games and playing in their pool.

  23. Beautiful card!
    My favorite thing to do in the summer is recover from the school year! I read, stamp, read, stamp...!

  24. Hey, Abs! My favorite things to do in the summertime are spend time with my boys, read, and scrapbook! Sorry . . . I couldn't just pick one! LOL

  25. I came to comment on your pretty card and got a whole bunch of fun details to read! Your card for PTT is wonderful. Such great design & papers. Looking forward to playing along w/ you at PTT!

    Happy birthday month to your son!(my daughter is 11, also).

    My fave thing about summer is getting to spend more time with my girls.

  26. The favorite thing about this summer is knowing I don't have to get up and drive a school bus!

  27. Such a pretty card. I think the hand stitching makes it extra special!

  28. my favorite parts of summer (I couldn't pick just one)are watermelon and long days.

  29. What an awesome idea. I think I have finally figure out how to comment, now, so I can totally party with you and the rest of your blog readers! : )

    My favorite thing to do in the summer? Relax, eat watermelon, stay indoors with the AC cranked up.

    Thanks for the chance to win, Abby. You rock!

  30. Such a pretty card. It's so cheerful and reminds me of lying back in the grass and watching the clouds go by. We love to do that on a lazy afternoon.