Coloring Contest and website update.

Wow Wow WOW!!!  The coloring contest has reaped some excellent results.  I find myself having a hard time in choosing the winners for the Children and the Adults.

If you have not had a chance to see the entries then here they are.


6 Years Old:  Kim from the UK

Kim's entry.  6 years old

Kim from the UK. 6 years old. Colored with markers.

Bright colors and good coverage.  I love the red, yellow, and purple flowers in this tree.  I like the colors she has used.  Makes me think of warm spring days and I can almost smell the sweet scent of the flowers wafting on the air 😀

10 Years Old:  From the US

Jasmine's entry

Jasmine, aged 10. Her content entry

Outlining the areas of the image first then coloring them in is a really great technique.  Gives the image more dimension.  I love the colors Jasmine has used.  The pinks and yellows are just right for any Princess 😀

11 Years Old:  From the US

Ariel's contest entry

11 year old Ariel's contest entry.

I must confess.  Tweety Bird is one of my all time favorite cartoon characters.  Ariel has colored him such a nice shade of yellow.

The colors Ariel has used are good and her skills are pretty good.  Some of the areas have other colors smudged in them.  All in all this is an excellent entry.

14 Years Old:  From the US

Will's contest entry

Will's contest entry. Watercolor.

The only boy that entered this contest and I’m thrilled to see his submission.  Those mice are just adorable laying out getting some sun on the beach.  Makes me chuckle just looking at it. Thank you Will 😀

This is a rubber stamped image that Will used colored pencils and a blending pen.  Taking the more difficult route than using crayons.

So we have a sampling of colored markers, crayons, and water coloring.  Tough, tough choice for me to make.  All of these are excellent in their own way.

I have to say that both Kim (6 years old) and Jasmine (10 years old) are the two I have to choose from.  Their entries are clean and clear.  Their colors are bright and not smudged.  I will have to choose Jasmine as the winner.  As much as it pains me to not be able to say each one is the ultimate winner of this contest, I have to choose one.

Congratulations to Jasmine!


I’m not going to be telling the ages.  I don’t know what they are anyway 😀

From the UK:

Lynn's entry from the UK

Lynn's entry from the UK. Markers (I think)

This little mouse diligently out there giving the flowers a touch of color.  This is just adorable!.  I’m not sure if this was done with markers or with water color.

From the US:

Shelly's entry

Shelly's entry. Colored markers

Shelly used colored markers to give this stamped image depth and  highlights.

I love the whimsical entry of Lynn’s.  That mouse is just too cute.  Shelly has been chosen the winner of the Adult part of this contest.

Thank you ALL for submitting your glorious creations.  To assuage my guilt in having to be a meany and choose I will be sending along something extra to each of the entrants that did not win the contest.

Update on my website.

I have completed the section for “Tools”.  I’m thinking of adding the Score Board in the Tools section and will get that added later but for now it is updated.

Any questions or things you think should be added to my website, leave me a comment and I’ll see if I have the stuff on hand to add in.  I’m sure I do have and just forgot something.

Hope your weekend has been a restful one.  Those of you ailing with the recent bouts of flu you are all in my thoughts and prayers for your healing.

Enjoy your day.

Post 2 of 2. Coloring Contest

Starting today – February 5, 2012 and going through February 29, 2012 enter the Coloring Contest.  This contest is open to children 6 years of age and older and adults.  There will be two categories in this post along with the rules and prizes.  Winners to be announced on March 1, 2012.

CHILDREN – 6 years and older:

Get out your coloring books and choose an image you would like to enter into this contest.  Color it all in.  Any color book image you wish to use.  This contest is open to both BOYS AND GIRLS.

Coloring book image of your choice

Coloring book image of your choice





BOYS you can use images from Cars or any other coloring book you wish.


  1. All coloring must be done by the child.
  2. Photos of the completed project must be submitted by email, along with the child’s FIRST NAME and AGE to with “Coloring Contests” in the subject line.
  3. All entries must be submitted by February 29, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time in the US.
  4. Most important Rule – Have Fun!


Each entrant will receive a package of Twistable Crayons.  A $5.00 value.  Click on “Twistable Crayons” to go see what it is.  No more peeling the Crayon paper to continue coloring.  Twist the tube to continue coloring fun.  No more broken Crayons either since they are protected by a plastic tube.


The winning contestant will receive Crayola Color Fillz Mosaic kit.  A $10 value.  Click on the “Crayola Color Fillz Mosaic kit” to see what it is.

Only ONE (1) Grand Prize will be awarded.

Each contestant will be contacted by me through email for a mailing address for the Twistable Crayons.  The contest winner will be contacted by me through email for a mailing address for the Crayola Color Fillz Mosaic kit.


You can use any stamped or digital image you wish to use to color.  You can use Copic Markers or any other kind of marker.  The image does not need to be attached to a card or mounted to anything.  Only the colored image is all that is to be submitted.


  1. Submit the colored image only.
  2. Leave a comment in the section of THIS POST with a link to your blog with a photo of your contest entry.
  3. If you don’t have a blog you may submit your entry by email to Message In A Fold at with “Coloring Contest” in the subject line.
  4. All entries must be submitted by February 29, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time in the US.
  5. Most important Rule – Have Fun!


Each entrant will receive a Color Box Pigment Stamp Pad – Treasure. A $10 value.  A stamp pad with three metallic pigment inks to add pizazz to your projects.

Each entrant will be contacted by through email for a mailing address to receive the Pigment Stamp Pad.


There will only be one (1) Grand Prize awarded.

Spellbinders Grommet Tags AND Spellbinders Lacy Rectangles.  A $45 value.

Both contests begin today, February 5, 2012 and run to the last day of the month – February 29, 2012.  Get started on your entry and get it submitted before the deadline.

A Writing Contest about yourself.

Hmmmm, do I show the PRIZES first?  Do I set out the Contest Rules?

I’ll do the Prizes first.  DISCLAIMER:  These Prizes are (sort of) new and unopened, never used.  They are from my stash.  Because some of you live out of the US and all items being posted have to clear customs I am keeping the prizes small so they will travel well through the postal system.

FIRST PRIZE:  A “Believe” chipboard word and a wooden block.  The wooden block is to be attached to the chipboard word so it will stand upright in your craft room.  There may be some sanding involved on the wooden block….to get the Jeff Foxworthy thing off before you attach the chipboard piece.

"Believe" chipboard with wooden block.  First Prize

"Believe" chipboard with wooden block. First Prize

SECOND PRIZE:  A Stampin’ Up! Hostess Stamp Set titled “Silhouette Sentiments”.  It is an unmounted set.

Silhouette Sentiments Hostess Stamp Set - Second Prize

Silhouette Sentiments Hostess Stamp Set - Second Prize

THIRD PRIZE:  A 6″x6″ canvas covered frame to alter.

6"x6" Canvas covered frame - Third Prize

6"x6" Canvas covered frame - Third Prize


This is a “Writing Contest”.  I’m a “Nosy Parker” and I love to find out why and how people get started doing the things they do.  You will write a Blog Post, on your blog, and answer these 10 questions.  Leave a link to your Blog Post in the COMMENTS section of this Contest Post.

  1. How long have you been crafting?  Not just card making, scrapbook layouts, or altering items.  Crafting in general.
  2. What was the first item you created, on your own, and personally purchased all of the products?
  3. Who inspired you to begin your first project?
  4. When you got serious about your craft who benefited from your creativity?
  5. Over the years, how many craft things have you tried?
  6. What brought you to paper crafting?
  7. What is your most favorite tool to use?
  8. What is your most favorite product to use?
  9. Do you listen to music or watch television when you craft?
  10. What have you created that you loved so much you just can’t seem to part with it?


  1. Contest begins January 14, 2012 and runs through January 31, 2012.
  2. All entries must be posted on your blog and all 10 questions must be noted, in some fashion, on your blog entry.
  3. Leave a link to your blog post in the COMMENT section of THIS post.
  4. I will NOT be replying to any of the comments you post in this COMMENT section.  I will go directly to your blog post and leave a comment there.
  5. Length of your answers to the questions is up to you.  However, I do hope you can elaborate a bit more than just using one or two words to answer each question 😀
  6. You can add photos to your blog entry if you choose to do so.
  7. The deadline to enter this contest is at 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time in the US on January 31, 2012.
  8. Winners will be announced on February 1, 2012.

Have fun with this.  You can be as private as you wish to be or as open as you are comfortable with.

Since I am automatically disqualified to win this contest 😀 I will begin to give you an idea of what to think about when telling your story.


I began crafting at the age of 15.  Sewing was my introduction to creativity.  I have been crafting for about 41 years now.

The first item I made was a bright orange floral jump suit with Elephant style legs.  I had saved up my $3 weekly allowance for a month to purchase the fabric which displayed dinner plate sized white flowers on an intense orange background.  This was in 1969 and the Elephant style leg in pants was the “In Thing”.  I purchased the pattern, a pair of very sharp scissors, the straight pins necessary to pin the pattern to the fabric, and the spools of thread to complete the outfit.

My Home Economics class had a fashion show set up with the local 4-H Club and we each were going for the trophy.  We all had walking lessons to walk the runway in our fabulous garments.  I was so excited to do this I could not be brought down from the ozone 😀

Now, mind you, I have always been large.  At 15 years old I weighed in at 190 pounds.  The bright orange jumpsuit I made with the huge flowing legs I was sure was going to be the winner of the entire show.  A journalist was at the fashion show along with a newspaper photographer.  When I got a look at myself from a photo placed along with the article you probably can imagine my shock at seeing what everyone else saw!  Ginormous is all I can say.  After a few tears I put the jump suit away and never wore it again.  My love of sewing did not get put away.

The person who influenced my interest in sewing was one of my Foster Sisters.  Frances Taylor-Fry.  That girl could take a piece of fabric and create the most wonderful items without the aid of a pattern.  She was amazing and I wanted to be just like her.

After I got out of the Foster Home and began living my own life I continued to sew.  My children were the first I sewed for.  I made their onesies, the plastic protectors that went over the cloth diapers.  Later, as they grew, I made all of their clothes.  It was cheaper to make their clothing than to purchase it at that time and I loved going through the fabric shops to pick just the right patterned fabrics.

Later in my years of sewing I made Joe’s shirts.  He likes to have two pockets on the front of his shirts, something that is not easy to find, and he likes to have short sleeves.  Nearly everything in his size has long sleeves and don’t fit him well.  I made all his shirts for about 8 years.

I made Joe's shirts

I made Joe's shirts

And my daughter's Prom Dress

And my daughter's Prom Dress

I started out sewing which later lead to crocheting, then knitting.  I began embroidery at 22 years of age, then that changed to Counted Cross Stitch, Candle Wicking, Lace Net Darning, Needlepoint, and finally Plastic Canvas work.  My interests changed and I took up acrylic painting of plaster objects, which only lasted for a little while.   I have delved into so many crafts and had not found anything that held my interest for long.

My introduction to Paper Crafting came while I was out doing my “Day Job”.  I rode with Joe for almost 2 years before I began driving myself.  During the time I rode with him I took tons and tons of photos.  I found a book on making scrapbook pages in 2001 at a home improvement store and I became interested in this craft.

I have one Favorite Tool and it is a clear grid marked quilting ruler.  That thing gets used constantly in my paper crafting.  I’ve had the metal 17″ rulers and the wood 12″ rulers but I really like my clear grid ruler.

My Grid Ruler

My Grid Ruler

My most Favorite Product to use is a Scotch ATG Gun.  I love that thing.  Seemingly endless supply of adhesive and it is really easy to reload when I run out.  I balked at the initial price of it but after I considered how much money I spent in purchasing refills for the smaller adhesive tape runners I had the cost of the ATG Gun and then some.  Yes, it would be considered a tool but I love the adhesive products that are used in this gun.

My ATG Gun

My ATG Gun

I listen to a local radio station sometimes.  Mostly I listen to Native American music.  Navajo and Cherokee.  The drums and flutes of their music help get me in a meditative place.  The heartbeat of the drums calm me.  This music has the opposite effect on Joe.  It grates on his nerves and unsettles him.

The thing I am most delighted with are the plaster houses I painted many years ago and have them displayed at Christmas time under our tree.  The many hours I spent making each house cause me to wonder at my sanity.  I have no desire to do that again but I do so enjoy looking at them.

Painted plaster houses

Painted plaster houses

Okay, now it is your turn 😀

Contest with PRIZES

Okay, don’t get too excited about the prizes.  It is stuff that I found while cleaning out and rearranging my craft room in December.

FIRST PRIZE:  Vintage Labels Stamp Set.

Vintage Label Stamp Set

Vintage Label Stamp Set

SECOND PRIZE:  A “Ballet” embellishment set, pack of buttons, and a spool of ribbon.

Ballet embellishment, pack of buttons, a spool of ribbon

Ballet embellishment, pack of buttons, a spool of ribbon

THIRD PRIZE:  An Embossing Buddy

Embossing Buddy

Embossing Buddy


  1. You must leave your submission in the COMMENT section of THIS POST.
  2. Only one entry per person so get all your ideas in one comment.
  3. Your entry will be related to poker bets.  See the rest of the post for the start of ideas.
  4. Contest ENDS on January 11th, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST)


I am in the process of creating seven Post-It-Note holders in a Poker Theme.  I am in the “auditioning” process right now and have sent photos of it to our friend, Tim.

Poker themed holders

Poker themed holders

Tim has requested that I fan the playing cards out as though they are in a person’s hand, leaving more room on the base for the bets.  His suggestions were a wrist watch, some paper money or an IOU.

Busted Royal Flush

Busted Royal Flush

Since I have seven (7) of these to make I need ideas for what to put on these bases.  Let your imagination go.  I’ve thought of putting a “Jimmy Choo” shoe on the base.  I spent most of my night thinking how to attach an image of the shoe to a bathroom paper roll core (Sorry Jimmy Choo if you find yourself here).  I have it pretty well figured out – EXCEPT – for the stiletto heel part.

Jimmy Choo shoe

Jimmy Choo shoe

Thrill me with your creative ideas 😀  And good luck to you all.