Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Just a quick card for hip hop today. I am in Chicago. :)

Be sure to start at the Unity blog to see all the loveliness today.
I used the Just Be You kit. :)
Now off to Eryn's creative space.....

Go-to Challenge. :)

It is the LAST Wednesday of the month, time for another Go-to Gal Challenge. :)
Today we are playing with some yummy AMERICAN CRAFTS! :)
I am in Chicago....checking out all of their NEW GOODIES. Did you see any of the peeks over at Moxie Fab World on facebook? I am IN LOVE! :)

So here are the card details: I cut out some birdies from the Craft Fair line, made a branch and the card base with some patterned paper from the Romance line, added the Everday cloud paper, and topped it off with a Remarks sticker. Easy peasy---but SO cute!
Be sure to check out my fellow Go-to Gals listed below.
I am POSITIVE they will knock your socks off!
Have a WICKED Wednesday! :) :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Did You See..

the lovely Cosmo Cricket peeks over on the Unity blog? Well....get going.... :) :)

I am off for CHA tomorrow am. I hope to post pictures of all the goodies so be sure to check back! :)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Kit of the Month Sneak #1

There is also some special peeks over at the Unity blog! :)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

My Favorite Things Fab Friend......

You gotta go check THIS out! :) :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hip Hop Play Date! :)

Thursday is HERE! Yippee!! :)
I am showing you some more July Kit of the Month: Happily Ever After creations. :)

Super easy, right?
I am the LUCKY guest over at the Play Date Cafe this week! :)
Unity has a little prize for you guys if you want to play along with the yummy colors. :)
Here is my take:
I used a sentiment from the June Stampin Store Kit: Life Becoming. :)
Be sure to hop on over to the Play Date Cafe and play along this week! :)
Eryn has some fabulous Ippity to show you. So hop on over there too and give her some {love}.
Have an amazing Thursday! :)


Yep. I can't believe how fast the weeks is going. In a week I will be in Chicago checking out all the CHA yumminess. :)
It is my turn over on Paper Crafts Connection. :) So be sure to hop on over and check it out! :)

More craftiness to come later. :) :)

Saturday, July 17, 2010


The winner from Thursday' Hip Hop POST is.............................

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Lillian Child said...
Keys to Joy is one of my favorites - fabulous card creations Maren!
July 15, 2010 7:46 AM

Congrats! Please email me-->

Seriously Challenged.

Yep. I was stumped by this month's Lizzie Anne Designs DT challenge---> use something around the house that you normally wouldn't find on a card.
How about a ziplock flower? That works, right?

Be sure to hop on over to the Lizzie Anne Designs blog to see what the other dt gals did. :)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Paper Crafts Magazine Presents: A Card Style Mystery Blog Hop

Morning! :)
Card Style is just AMAZING! :) Do you have your copy YET?
Not only does it inspire you to kick up your go-to style but it also pushes you to try out some others. :)
Are you READY for FUN & CUTE?

Fun & Cute.
For my FUN & CUTE card I picked a Lizzie Anne Design image...they are almost always 100% fun & cute! :)
AND of course, I had to add a bright and fun color combo (YELLOW is a SURE HIT!), a bit of scallops to increase the cute factor and some trendy clouds.
The gingham ribbon just seals the FUN & CUTE deal.
Who doesn't love a card that is FUN & CUTE?
Seriously.....cute cards are the BEST to get.
They bring priceless smiles.
How do you do it?
WELL.......just grab a cute image, some fun colors and add cute paper and you are DONE!
Did you know that you have 20 chances to win by leaving comments on all 18 mystery blogs in the hop plus a comment both in the Moxie Fab World and on the Paper Crafts Connection blog.
3 winners will be chosen!!
So don't forget to post HERE telling me about your go-to embellishment for a chance to WIN! :)
All comments must be posted by Sunday, July 18.
Winners will be announced on both the Moxie Fab World and Paper Crafts Connection blogs on Tuesday, July 20.
If you just started the HOP then be sure to hop on over to the Paper Crafts Connection blog so you don't miss ANYTHING! :)
Now hop on over to the next blogger by clicking on the Card Style icon below or HERE. :)
I wonder who it is? Hee hee hee!! :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sweet Mix. :)

(IF you are HERE for the UNITY Hip HOP>>>>>go>>>>BELOW OR click HERE)

Today is the 15th----time to Mix It Up. :) Be sure to start at the LAD blog to see all the participants. :)

I used the August Monthly Mix- Turning Towards the Sun

Have a wonderful Thursday! :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fun Crowd WITH Some Blog Candy! :)

Happy Thursday!! :) Time for some UNITY. :)
And you WILL want to take advantage of this........

I inked up the July Kit of the Month- Happily Ever After

This first one uses some Pink Paislee patterned paper.

Simple, right? :)

I used Studio Calico patterned paper on this one. The background was made with the keys from the Keys to Joy Store kit.
So go ahead and leave a comment here telling me about your weekend plans & you could WIN It's Your DAY kit from Unity Stamp Company.
ALL comments need to be posted by midnight FRIDAY to enter. :) GOOD LUCK!

Now it is time to hop on over to check out the fun that Eryn has in store for you. :)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Just Be You.

I just adore this sentiment. Perfect. :)
I paired the July Monthly Mix: Simply Sweet with some Pink Paislee. :)
Have a wonderful Wednesday! :)


Morning! We spent a long weekend away again....ahh...just love it.....BUT now I am a bit behind AGAIN ON ALL things at home.
Let me catch you up a bit too.....

Card Style week is in full force! :) There are some fun challenges going on AND you can even take a little survey to determine YOUR style! :) Can you guess mine?
You can check out all that fun over at Paper Crafts Connection & Moxie Fab World.

Lizzie Anne Designs is having their ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION right now!! There is a HUGE sale going on. All the details can be found HERE.

They are also hosting the CPS sketch this week! :)

AND...if that wasn't enough...Unity is growing on Facebook and wants everyone to be apart of it....
Today is the 1st day of 15 days of new release GIVEAWAYS!!! ONE lucky Unity FRIEND, and the FRIEND that referred them to Unity's page, will WIN...TODAY!
When we get to 5,000 of YOU will win a $100 Unity GC!

More to come later....

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Key to Joy & the Right Words.

Happy Saturday!
Here are a couple samples of the July Stampin Store Kits from Unity Stamp Company.
Of course, I paired them with more Graphic 45!! WOOT WOOT!

Be sure to hop on over and see all the other amazing creations on the Unity blog. :)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Graphic 45 + Unity = HIP HOPPING FUN!

We are all hip hopping with Graphic 45 & Unity today! An amazing combo, right?
Be sure to start over at the Unity blog so you don't miss any of it!! :)

Love Birds
This card was made with the Le' Romantique Collection from Graphic 45. beautiful. And those little love birds are from the July Kit of the Month: Happily Ever After.

So the big news from our house this last weekend was that Calvin is now riding his bike without training wheels!!! He worked so hard at this while we were camping. I am so proud of him! He was pretty proud of himself too....can't you tell by his face? :)
I used A Proper Gentleman Collection on this page--> showing off my BRAVE BOY! I also used the 'be brave' definition & birds from Brave Girl and the heart journal is from Unforgettable Moments.

Now it is time to head over and see Eryn's FABULOUSNESS. :)

Color Throwdown

Today is the 100th color challenge from Color Throwdown.
That means a chance to win LOTS of great prizes.

One of the prizes being given away is from Tami Mayberry.
Here is a peek at what you can win:

The prize pack is valued at nearly $100 and includes the following: Gina K Designs stamps by Tami Mayberry- Happy Hearts and In Stitches CardMakers Sketchbooks-Original, Christmas and Birthday editions

To celebrate Tami and a few friends (me!!) are sharing their creations using the Happy Hearts set combined with the Color Throwdown 100th color combo.

Here is the combo for the challenge:

Here is my project

I {luv} the idea of 'Grow In Love'! There is always room to grow, right? I added a little American Crafts Thickers and a Pink Paislee brad. Check out the size of that brad....AMAZING bling! :) :)

For even more ideas using this set be sure and visit the rest of the designers participating:
Tami Mayberry
Lea Lawson
Maren Benedict (me!!!)
Jeanne Strieff
Tina Gilliland
Jennie Harper

Then when you are finished, hop on over to the Color Throwdown blog for details on how you can enter to win this prize as well as many others.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Rock Star! :)

Here is the card that is up over at CPS.

Be sure to hop on over there to see what the rest of the girls created from sketch 174...amazing stuff! :)

Gina K Stars set (LOVE THIS ONE!)
Papertrey Ink cardstock, patterned paper & ribbon
Ranger distress ink
Stampin Up star & circle punch
Have a beautiful day! :)

It is My Turn....

over on the Unity blog. I have some Graphic 45 & Unity to share. :) :)

So hop on over there. :)