Thursday, December 31, 2015

Season's Givings Blog Hop 2016

As the clock strikes midnight and 2016 dawns bright and full of possibility I want to start this most auspicious year with heartfelt thanks. 


You have all been the greatest cheerleaders, friends, problem solvers and idea generators an artist could ever ask for and I'm grateful for how you've all supported my Etsy, this blog and all the weird tangents I tend to wander off and explore. 

Thank you. Today and always. 

A giveaway is in order!

This Season's Giving Blog Hop is a way for us to say thank you to you, kind readers, and every single blog on the hop is hosting a giveaway! HOORAY!!!

And can I shout out to the tireless and talented organizer, Latisha Yoast, she's the reason this happens each year. 

I decided to make shipping easy on both of us and offer an gift card to Joann. 


The winner will be announced on Monday January 11th. 

To enter all you need to do is answer one of these questions:

1. What's your favorite special beverage? 
2. One Little Word; what's yours for 2016?
3. Marry/Kiss/Kill: Channing Tatum, Chris Pratt and Liam Neeson
4. Best way to cook a potato?
5. What's your favorite quote?

I thought I'd share a few of my favorite projects from 2015:











Here's the list for the hop. 

Have fun and happy New Year!































































































189 comments:

katie1497 said...

1. What's your favorite special beverage? Salted Caramel Mocha :-)

2. One Little Word; what's yours for 2016? Perseverance

3. Marry/Kiss/Kill: kiss:Channing Tatum, Marry:Chris Pratt and Liam Neeson (I can't put a kill one!)

4. Best way to cook a potato? Baked potatoes

5. What's your favorite quote? "The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now if you know what you're worth then go out and get what you're worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain't you! You're better than that!"

Oh You Made Me Ink said...

My favorite beverage? Why it is a skinny vanilla latte with 2 splendas from Starbucks! Happy New Year!

Kim Heggins said...

Happy New Year....my favorite beverage is diet coke with fresh lime.

Sonda T said...

Whoa what a hop! Ive got a lot to go see! :)
My favorite way to cook a potato is to cut it into wedges, coat wedges in olive oil and spices and bake till outside is crispy (yes inside is soft). Mmmmm mmmmmm they are so good. (You just wanted potato ideas didnt ya? Haha)

Kathi said...

So fun to see your name on that huge hop list! I love your artwork, but then again, you know that.

All wishes for a happy new year filled with health, happiness, love, laughter, serenity, and prosperity!

1. What's your favorite special beverage? -- Other than coffee? I'm fond of margaritas and red wine. Not together. I recently discovered Caipirinhas (sp?).

2. One Little Word; what's yours for 2016? -- My word is resilience.

3. Marry/Kiss/Kill: Channing Tatum, Chris Pratt and Liam Neeson -- Nope. Nope. and Nope.

4. Best way to cook a potato? -- When in doubt, roast it with olive oil, salt, and pepper at 350°.

5. What's your favorite quote? Don't know that I have a favorite.

Melody said...

My favorite special beverage is hot chocolate.

StampingbugKerry said...

OK...I just couldn't answer just one of your FUN questions so here goes:

1. Beverage: Grapefruit margarita
2. onelittleword: Be.
3. Marry: Channing
4. Best way to cook a potato: Latkes. MMMM now I'm hungry!
5. Quote: "The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude." Nietzsche

Thanks for always inspiring! :)

Me said...

Favorite beverage: chocolate milk

Kren Kurts said...

1. Green tea
2. Experiment!
3. no comment on this one
4. baked
5. Keep calm and make a card.

Thanks of a chance to win. Come and see what I've created lately!
http://afourthlife.blogspot.com

Beth said...

My favorite quote is, "Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present."

joy said...

Baked potatoes are the best! I love your cards. SO pretty. Happy New Year!

De Williams said...

One little word...kindness.

samantha's cards said...

one little word... LOVE

Christy Q said...

What amazing projects you have shared! I have so enjoyed this hop so far as I've found new blogs to add to my Feedly and yours is one! Love the mixed media work you have spotlighted. My favorite way to cook a potato are hasselbeck potatoes - YUM!!!! Best wishes for a very happy and crafty 2016!!

laura jaramillo said...

This is fun!

1. Beverage: Hot tea with raw sugar
2. One word: Patience!
3. Marry/Kiss/Kill: Marry Liam, Have to kiss Channing and Chris, why choose? Lol
4. Best way to cook potatoes! Definitely Hasselbeck potatoes, who doesn't like a little
decadence!
5. Favorite quote "Be yourself, everyone else is taken" Oscar Wilde

SmilynStef said...

Baked potato cooked in rock salt so the skin is all crunchy and yummy.

jan metcalf said...

Your art is gorgeous!! Current beverage is the trendy moscow mule in a copper mug!

Graciellie Design said...

Happy new year! My word for 2016 is peace! Thanks for the giveaway. Your work is stunning beautiful. Best wishes on 2016.

JLatham said...

What an awesome blog hop! My OLW is Simplify. Thanks for the chance to win!

Nikki C said...

So easy my Fave beverage is a Vanilla Mocha Coffee have one everyday now if it's a drink I love me some Southern Comfort and WaWa lol so My coffee is more fancy then my drink lol
thanks for the chance

Carol Doggett said...

Love this concept!!

1. What's your favorite special beverage? -COFFEE with cream and sugar!
2. One Little Word; what's yours for 2016? Renovate!
3. Marry/Kiss/Kill: Robert Downey Jr./Keanu Reeves/James Franco
4. Best way to cook a potato? Fried!
5. What's your favorite quote? Currently....'It is what it is!"

Happy New Year to you and your family!

Pam said...

Favorite Beverage ------- Coke Zero or a really good frozen margarita.
Happy New Year !!!

Megan said...

Ha! It may be easy, but it's still fun! I don't know if it's "special," but Diet Coke any time any day!

kiwi.koncepts said...

Your mixed media work is gorgeous! I love drinking milk tea and hands down Channing Tatum. hahaha. :P HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Happy New Year!! Your work is INCREDIBLE! My one word for 2016: SIMPLICITY. Thanks so much for participating in this amazing blog hop and for the chance to win!

Barbara Becker said...

I love your work, so inspiring.
My crafting drink is Peach Propel, I'm trying to get off the Mt Dew.

Catherine1216 said...

Your cards are so pretty.

My one word is WRITE. I need to finish a novel.

http://buildinglifelongreaders.blogspot.com

Debbie Vasel said...

My word for 2016 is compassion.
Such a pretty blog!

Miriam Prantner said...

Love these projects, just so pretty! Potatoes are best mashed!

Melissa K said...

Love all your beautiful work!! My one word for 2016...CREATE! Happy New Year!

Amy Wing said...

2. One Little Word; what's yours for 2016? Possibility

wendyp said...

I'm glad to have found your blog on the hop! LOVE your work!! My word for 2016...organize!

Dana & Glen said...

Gorgeous projects Nicole! My word for 2016 is Enjoy. Happy New Year!

Rannah Romps said...

My favorite scapbooking/card making drink is Diet Caffeine Free Coke.

Jingle said...

HA! Your questions are awesome! LOL! My word for this year is: hello. I chose it, as I intend to say hello to new opportunities, chances, changes, people, and whatever else may come my way. hello. Also, Chris Pratt totally wins in that list. TOTALLY. Happy New Year!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Cool give away. And, I think baking a potato is the best way. Cuts down on salt and fat in my opinion and has lots of the vitamins still intact.

Robin Grossbier said...

Diet Coke
Gratefulness
Nothing
Baked
He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.....Phil 1:6

Carol said...

Happy New Year! Fabulous Giveaway, thanks!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

april dawn said...

My word for 2016 is Believe. I'm believing in the miracles of God and I'm going to learn to believe in myself.

Laurie Bradshaw said...

I love the word CREATE! This is what I want to do in 2016! Have a wonderful New Year, and thank you for the chance to win this great prize package!

Ava Gavloski said...

minimalist
cottagerca@yahoo.ca

Marsha said...

My favorite beverage is a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Yumm!

Irene Grau said...

Fantastic giveaway - thanks! As a speech/communication teacher, one of my favorite quotes is by Yasir Qadhi: The Tongue is but a small, soft flesh; but it is capable of breaking the strongest of bonds and destroying the most powerful of relationships. Happy New Year!

Lee said...

Ohhh love your style! Gorgeous inspiration! Let's see...gotta love a yummy eggnog drink, my word/phrase is Do It Anyway, your marry/kiss/kill is hilarious! And OMG now I'm craving mashed potatoes!! Happy Happy 2016!!!

Rita Montgomery said...

My favorite beverage is Diet Coke with lemon. I drink it All day, Everyday.
Happy 2016.

Debbie Hutchinson said...

It's not a "special" beverage, but I don't think I could live without it! Diet Coke! My favorite quote is "Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" - Matthew 6:27 (NIV). You art is fabulous and I appreciate your generous giveaway. Happy New Year!

STASIA SLOMA said...

Beautiful work. Thank you for the chance to win.

Michele Henderson said...

My favorite beverage is Coke Zero! I drink it all the time and no other cola product tastes quite right. Have a warm and crafty 2016!
Cheers!
Michele

debbig said...

My favorite saying this year is: Let go or be dragged! It says it all. Thanks for the cool give a way.

Krissy said...

Although I don't have it very often, Pepsi will always be my first choice!
Happy new Year! Thanks for the chance to win!

Bobbie Bluegill said...

Awesome blog hop. Favorite beverage is unsweetened Ice Tea.

Foodista88 said...

Gosh, your questions are fun! I choose this:

MARRY: Channing Tatum
KISS: Chris Pratt
KILL: Liam Neeson. Actually, I take that back... he has a very particular set of skills that he has acquired over a very long career. He will look for me and find me...

Ok, I guess I'll kiss both Chris and Liam. lol.

Thanks for the chance to win those goodies! Happy New Year!

Christine Canfield said...

marry chris pratt. kiss chris pratt. kill chris pratt's wife.

Chark said...

glad I found your blog thru this--gorgeous work. potato cooking? microwave, add butter and shredded co-jack and chow down!

Viki Banaszak said...

Number1. Diet Coke. I am so simple LOL Happy New Year!

María Alba Negrón said...

Hi,

I would't want to kill anybody so my favorite beverage is a good extra hot cup of Puerto Rican coffee. Thanks for the chance to win! My e-mail is perfectasimperfecciones@gmail.com

Cariños,
María Alba

MICHELE HOGARTH said...

Roasted with garlic and organized favorite beverage is peppermint hot chocolate. Thanks so much for the giveaway. Charliemmh@aol.com

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Ok... Taking a stab at your questions..

1. Beverage: Margarita
2. One word: Refresh
3. Marry/Kiss/Kill: Kiss them all, Marry and Kill none.
4. Best way to cook potatoes! Baked on the BBQ.
5. Favorite quote: Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Albert Einstein


Happy New Year

Danielle said...

Happy New Year! Thank you for this wonderful blog hop! So much fun and so many amazing prizes and inspiration. So, beverage: hot chocolate! and oven baked for potatos!

Kim Faucher said...

These projects are so inspiring!!! My one little word is KINDLE

Karisse said...

My word for the year is Flourish!!! :)

Ann K said...

I am a diet pepsi junkie - but love a gin and tonic too! What a fun blog hop - so much inspiration. AND a great giveaway - thanks so much for a chance.

Heather said...

Your projects are fabulous!! I LOVE caramel apple cider from Starbucks, my word for the new year is TIMELY (as in I need to be on time more often), I'm already married, but I'd totally kiss Channing Tatum (though Liam can be sexy for an older guy) and French fries are probably my favorite way to eat potatoes, but I do like baked and garlic mashed. Thanks for the chance to win!

Fe Orot Mejia said...

Garlic mashed potatoes. Thanks for a chance.

Nana Griffin said...

Mashed potatoes!

aimymichelle said...

my word for this year is "organization"

Oliev said...

Happy 2016 and thanks for the chance to win:-)
My favorite beverage is ginger tea.

Sabrina said...

Twice Bake Potatoes

Janet said...

I like Dr Pepper...

Awesome prize giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance to win! Happy new year… God bless!

~amy~ said...

I love all your projects, so pretty...love your use of color!
My OLW is balance!
Happy New Year!

Dana said...

Fabulous designs!! My favorite special drink is a strawberry margartia! Yum!!

Leanne said...

Happy New Year 2016!! Thanks for the opportunity to win. My one word is PEACE.

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the weaving. It's great to see something besides cards and layouts.
My favorite beverage is a cold Pepsi-Cola.
My work for 2016 is healthy.
thanks for sharing.
Happy new Year

Jessica Pascarella said...

Happy New Year! Love you questions for the comment. Have to answer the Marry/Kiss/Kill:
Kiss - Chris Pratt
Marry - Channing Tatu
Kill - Liam Neeson
Thanks for the chance to win!

Linda Meunier said...

Best way to cook a potato.. baked until the outside is super crispy!

Sue Rolfe said...

I am kind of a plain Jane so my favorite way to cook a potato is to bake it. I absolutely love baked potatoes.

sue
rolfe974@prodigy.net

Katie M said...

God gave us two hands so that we can help others-- my favorite quote

ursula said...

2) Love.....especially my grandkids....thanks for the chance...Happy New Year...xx ursulalongworth@talktalk.net

J said...

Happy New Year!
Thanks for the chance to win
your awesome prixe.

Houses Built of Cards said...

Your work is BEAUTIFUL!!! Love them all! Happy New Year!!!

housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

Nikki said...

Favorite drink- Diet Mountain Dew or a Hot Buttered Tequila. Delicious.

barbara macaskill said...

Favorite Special Drink is hot cocoa (made from scratch) with a dash of peppermint schnapps to warm the soul! Throw in some fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and I am a faithful friend for life! LOL
Happy new Year!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Happy New Year! Love your mixed media projects... and your weaving pretties. My word for the year is : GIVE! Thanks for the sweet give-away. buzsy@yahoo.com

Beverly Perdue said...

My favorite quote is Proverbs 3:5-6. My word for the year is enjoy! My favorite beverage is sweet tea! I'm from North Carolina! Thanks for sharing and for a chance to win a fun prize. Wishing you a happy and blessed 2016!

Kitty Tatman said...

1. Hot toddy
2. Explore
3. Chris Cornell, Til Lindermann, my husband (haha)
4. Bake
5. I'm not bad, I'm just drawn this way. Jessica Rabbit

Your work is amazing. Best of luck in 2016!

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful projects! Having fun taking a look at all these awesome blogs on this hop! Great way to start 2016!
Fave quote... Just because they make spandex pants in your size doesn't mean you have to wear them!

Shelly said...

Happy New Year!!
Fabulous projects!
And favorite 'special' beverage?...a Lemon Drop ;)

Cindy said...

Amazing mix media projects! My favorite special beverage is a clear chocolate martini!

Deeps said...

My favorite beverage is coffee. Love it. Thank you for the chance to win. Happy New year.

Nandini said...

Love the stunning projects! My all time favorite beverage is coffee. Wish you a great 2016!

A Crafty Person said...

Beautiful projects and fun questions to answer. Best way to cook a potato in the oven Baked of course.

nannersmom said...

Stunning projects! I like to make my baked potatoes in a crock pot. Wash, pierce, slather with olive oil and kosher salt and wrap in foil. Then put in crock. Great and easy dinner. Can top with chicken, chili or veggies and cheese.

Sue D said...

Thanks for sharing your favorite projects. My favorite beverage is Hibiscus tea.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Elizabeth said...

My Fav beverage is Earl Grey tea with a shot of amaretto and heavy cream. It's heavenly. Your blog is fantasctic. Thanks for the great gift offer and the chance to win. Happy New Year!

Holley Downs said...

My fav quote...
"Don't confuse your path with your destination. Just because it's stormy doesn't mean you aren't headed for sunshine." --Unknown

D.Ann C said...

What a lovely batch of projects! Hooray for JoAnn!
My favorite quote is:
Do not worry A raisin is a worried grape. Today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday.

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous inspirations. Fantastic hop and prizes. Raspberry ice tea.

mtscrapgal said...

You are a mixed media super star. Loved viewing your projects. My word for 2016 is Travel. I want to get back on the road to adventures and antiquing. We've been to close to home for 3 years now. I want to go. Thanks for being in the hop.

Nathalie Paquette said...

What nice project ! My preferate beverage is tea

Lisa Evans said...

My one little word for year: TIME. Have a Happy New Year!

Sharon said...

Your designs are just gorgeous.
The best potato is baked in the oven.
Happy New Year!

Carrie Sheridan said...

Thanks for taking part in this fun blog hop and for the great prize you are offering! Your projects on this blog post are lovely!
I joined your blog and would love it if you returned the favor! I just started my blog in July 2015 and get very excited whenever I get a new follower! My address is:
http://carriescustomcards.blogspot.com
Best wishes for a very blessed 2016!

bev p said...

Oh, my! Do you have any idea how much money I have spent at JoAnn this year? I can always find something there! Thanks so much for a chance to win an excuse to go! Love your work.

Amy C. said...

My favorite quote is "Do Small Things with Great Love". Also, the best way to cook a potato is bake it. I had to mention that since my first job was at Potatoes Etc.

bev p said...

Oops, I forgot to say my favorite beverage is the special Christmas drink. I make it every year, allegedly for the kids, but all the adults drink it up too! I freeze orange juice and a red juice. It's usually cranberry, but this year I used tart cherry juice. One year it was bing cherry juice that I saved when we put up a bunch of cherries. Put 2-3 of each ice cube in a glass and pour your favorite clear soda over it. I usually use ginger ale, but have used 7-up or sprite, or even plain carbonated water. It's best if your soda is at room temp so the cubes melt a little to mix the flavors! My grandkids are the 3rd generation to imbibe this family tradition.

Joanie said...

Happy New Year! Thanks for the chance to win! And to answer one of your questions... kiss Liam, marry would be good, but I'm already married!

Marcia said...

One Little word - FAITH - only it is pretty big word!

Melanie MacKenzie said...

Thanks so much for a chance to win. How very generous of you. Cheers.

Tracy said...

Fun questions, I am going to answer several:
What's your favorite special beverage? Hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps

2. One Little Word; what's yours for 2016? Breathe

3. Marry/Kiss/Kill: MARRY:Channing Tatum, Kiss:Chris Pratt

4. Best way to cook a potato? French fries

5. What's your favorite quote? Live well, laugh often, love much

Happy New year!

DonnaSue said...

Happy New Year all! My fav is a baked sweet potato with cinnamon & honey...yum.

J L said...

Haha! Your questions crack me up! My favorite drink is matcha green tea latte and I think the best way to cook a potato is creamy mashed!

Thanks for the giveaway and all the best in 2016!

twynkles [at] live [dot] com

ScrapaDiddle said...

My word is pray because I think I need to do alot more of it! Thanks for being part of the hop!

Kris B said...

Your art is beautiful! Best way to cook a potato is twice baked, my word for 2016 on content, I am trying to be content with what I have and where I am in my life now. Favorite quote is quote is from Mother Teresa "God doesn't require us to succeed, he only requires that you try"
Thanks for being part of this truly wonderful hop! Happy 2016!

Neva Cole said...

Marry Chris Pratt, LOL because he stands for something and has had some great roles recently! Thanks for the give away!

LC said...

What a fun, vibrant blog you have! Oven baked french fries is my favorite way to cook a potato. I love quotes of all kinds, but one of my favorites is 'Paris is always a good idea" -Audrey Hepburn. Best wishes to you for a very happy 2016!

Linda Smith said...

Great inspiration! Love a baked potato with cheese and bacon! Thanks for a chance to win!

Ericka Strange said...

Gorgeous cards thanks for sharing and for the giveaway. My word is create and my quote is by Gandhi, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

Lisa said...

I'll go with quote...."Write it on your heart that every day is the best day." Emerson I try to remind myself of this. Find the good in each day....the little things are what matter most. Thanks for being a part of this hop! Happy new year! Bzscrapper66@gmail.com

Cindy Aguirre said...

My favorite hot beverage is good old hot chocolate.

Carol from La Crosse said...

My favorite special beverage is coffee with Irish Cream, whipped cream and a touch of cinnamon! Yummy!!

Thanks for posting some of your work!! AMAZING!! And Thank you for being a part of this FANTASTIC blog hop!! It is the most exciting hop in cyberspace!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR to your and yours!

Roxanne Rawls said...

1. Drink: Southern Sweet tea.
2. One little word: Believe.
3. Marry/Kiss/Kill: Marry And KISS Channing! YUM
4. Best way to cook potatoes: boil with skins on, till done. Cool out of the water (I usually throw them in the fridge), peel, shred in a large pan, saturate wit half and half! Sprinkle season salt on top, bake at 350 for about an hour....the top should be crispy! Oh.MY.GOODNESS!
5. Favorite quote I don't know who said it..."Don't look back, you're not going that way!"

Jean Bullock said...

I want to answer the potato question. The best way to cook a potato is to bake it but I want to share a discovery I made about cooking it in the microwave. If you put the potato in a paper bowl, it actually cooks faster and more thoroughly.

Heidi Wagner said...

You are a hoot! Great questions :) I realized I don't have a word for 2016. I need to get going on that quick! I would totally kiss Channing Tatum but tell my husband ;) My favorite drink is diet coke but I know its not good for me so I avoid it as much as I can but boy is it good! Wine is my second favorite. I love painting with a glass of wine. It frees me up a little so I worry less. I hope your "planted" project. So whimsical and so fun. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and Happy New Year!

Angela said...

Your questions are so fun! I'm going to answer the potato question. I think the best way to cook a potato is to make them into mashed potatoes. They are so warm, delicious and so comforting! MMMMM makes me wish I had some right now! Happy New Year! Your creations are gorgeous!

Patricia Nikkila said...

I love cooking my potatoes with the skins on (after washing them first) in the microwave.

Arianna Barbara said...

Happy New Year! Thank you for this amazing chance! I love all your cards! 1. What's your favorite special beverage? Flavoured black tea and hot chocolate!
2. One Little Word: Change!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Your projects are all so amazing, beautiful & so rich in pretty colors. Just lovely! My favorite word and always "my" word of the year is "Peace". Not only for the whole world, but for myself. I think if you have peace within yourself you can be truly happy no matter the circumstances around you. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year! rebyah1@gmail.com

christi said...

5. money only spends once. happy new year. I love that everyone is participating and being so generous. thanks.

gmongenel said...

My favorite beverage is a Salted Caramel Frappucino from Starbucks! Thanks for all the inspiration and the chance to win!

Kelly B. said...

French fries!

cghundley said...

Beautiful creations
on your blog! My
fave drink is
Caffeine Free Diet
Coke with cherry.
Carla from Utah

HolyLise said...

Best way to cook a potato: in water with skin ( and than remove the skin and add a lot of Quark (similar to Sour Creme) :D
Happy New Year!

SoKat said...

Favorite quote,
I sought my soul and I could not see, I sought my God and he eluded me. I sought my brother and I found all three.

Thank you for your inspirational work. It really speaks to my style and interest.

ginger jarnagin said...

This was the easiest one. Answer to question #1 - PSL and anyone who love this knows this Pumpkin Spice Latte. I drink them year round!! Yum yum

Super Stick Chick said...

Love your amazing work and sense of humor!! My beverage of choice - regular coffee with a little cream. Thanks for the fun and the chance at your great prize.

Mary-Anne V said...

What you are is God's gift to you and what you become is your gift to God. Thanks for the chance to win this generous prize. Happy new Year! jeandonny2000 at hotmail dot com

Beverly S. said...

Favorite way to fix potatoes is cut up some Idaho potatoes (try to keep them all the same size). Then put them in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and microwave until nearly done. Next put a little olive oil (tablespoon or two) in a frying pan until hot. Drop microwaved potatoes in oil, tossing and cooking until done and lightly browned. Sprinkle with salt and enjoy. It's home fries which are healthier (not cooked in lots of oil) and taste good! Thanks for your giveaway. Hope your New Year is filled with crafty goodness. :)
theladystamper2000atyahoodotcom

VJB Cards said...

My word is kindness. Thanks for the chance to win.

Shelly said...

Thanks for the great prize! My favorite beverage is chai latte.

Satori said...

One word ... Peace.

Nurse Kat said...
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Nurse Kat said...

Diet Dr. Pepper. Glad I found this blog hop. Love seeing all the inspiration :)

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

My favorite special drink is black tea with vanilla, creamer and pumpkin pie spice added. YUM.
Thank you so much for your blog and this giveaway. God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at) aol.com

Sunshine said...

My favorite beverage is Caramel swirl latte. My word this year is POSITIVE. Kiss Channing Tatum. Best way to cook a potato is by baking it. My favorite quote...Happiness is a journey, not a destination. Happy New Year and thank you for the opportunity to win!

Jenniferk said...

Your work is beautiful! I will defiantly be subscribing to your blog,so glad to have found it through this awesome blog hop! My favourite beverage is tea! Thank you for the chance to win this giveaway and Happy New Year!

Helen F. said...

Awesome projects, Nicole. Happy New Year
Fave Beverage: Iced coffee with Caramel swirl :-)

Theresa Merkling said...

My 2016 word - deep

this year is a journey deep within and using accessing the knowledge I've been gathering last year.

Jen said...

My one little word is Organize. And my favorite drink is water. Sometimes plain and other times it's sparkling.
Wishing you a wonderful new year!

Natalie Godfrey said...

Happy New Year's! My drink is Risata-Moscato d'Asti really good wine.

theresa said...

happy new year! my word for 2016 is Focus! I need to focus on fitness and finances!
my crafty goal is to finished one project a month!thanks for a great hop!

Amanda said...

This time of year, my favorite special beverage is a nonfat peppermint mocha topped with whipped cream from Starbucks. They're pretty pricey, so I only splurge once a month or so. Happy New Year!

D- said...

Happy 2016! My word is quality. Quality time with my family. Thanks for the chance to win. I love Joanns. lol..
Crafty hugs,
Dawn
DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot
dmcardmaker at {Gmail} dot com

Brenda Lee said...

You are so creative!! I recognize a few of these. My favorite drink is Starbucks Caramel Macchiato (hot or cold). Thank you for being a part of this hop. I appreciate you sharing your talent. Looking forward to another awesome year of creativity with you. Many blessings to you and your family in the New Year.

Lisa J. said...

My word for 2016 is WONDER.
My favorite drink is Diet Sunkist which I stopped drinking about 3 weeks ago. :(
Happy New Year! Enjoyed seeing your art.

Rissa L. said...

I love roasted potatoes!

Rissa L. said...

My favorite drink is apple cider!

Rissa L. said...

My little word is rest.

Rissa L. said...

Marry/Kiss: I can't bear to kill anyone so ... A local actor:)) Xu Bin.

Rissa L. said...

My favorite quote is a sassy quote from a chinese actress, Fan Bingbing. It is roughly translated as "I do not want to marry into wealth because I am wealth itself.

Rissa L. said...

Thank you for this awesome giveaway! Happy New Year!:)

sprgstn16 said...

Hi. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome prize! I just started following you on Instagram. Here is my word for 2016...Simplify! :)

Alaska .Kris said...

Awesome! Happy New Year from Alaska! Word= CREATE!
Thanks so much!
funamom at yahoo dot com

Kay F said...

My special beverage is a cuppa hot tea - Fortnum & Mason Royal Blend...the Queen's tea. (smile) cpns4kay_at_gmail_dot_com

Mia J. said...

You have done some beautiful projects. My favorite yummy beverage is orange cream soda.
Happy new year!

Deborah said...

My word is gratitude ❤️ Happy New Year and thank you for all you do!

Christi Conley said...

One Little Word for 2016 - POSITIVITY!! Happy New Year!!

Michele Smith said...

Hi Nicole and Happy New Year! I love love love the ballerina shoes! Those colors are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your creativity and for the chance to win some awesome blog candy! My one word for this year is "Bloom". When I get stressed at work over those little things I can't control, my husband tells me to bloom where I am planted. I hope 2016 is extra sweet to you!

Brenda in IN said...

Weird tangents are the best part of life! Thanks for a chance to win your gift certificate.

Brenda in IN said...

I forgot to tell you I love to boil poatoes and mash them. Oh yum.

Shawnee Montgomery said...

Happy New Year!! My word for 2016 is RELAX. I tend to stress myself out by getting worked up about trivial matters (though at the time they don't seem trivial), so I constantly need to remind myself to slow down and relax

Ria Montefalcon said...

Aww love all your projects. My word for 2016 is: AMAZING. This will be a great year and Im looking forward to everyday. Have a fab 2016

Susan said...


I love your blog. I mean I really, really love it. You seem to consistently post, from what I can see. I was with you on the tutorial until you go to the giveaway instructions and until you got to the collaging part of the tutorial. I enjoyed visiting your blog a lot.

Katherine Barnes said...

My favorite quote is:
Regret for the things we did can be tempered with time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. - Sydney J. Harris
Happy 2016 & thanks for the chance to win!

michelegeorgern said...

My favorite special beverage are Long Island ice teas...at least I think I'm special when I drink them😉. Love your creations!

Sue D. said...

My one word is Peace. Perhaps it's not achievable but we still have to try. Thanks for the chance to win!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

1. What's your favorite special beverage? Caramel Flan Latte? (I've stopped drinking cocktails b/c of liver issues)
2. One Little Word; what's yours for 2016? Evolve. It comes around every few years and when it does I pick it again.
3. Marry/Kiss/Kill: Channing Tatum, Chris Pratt and Liam Neeson. Well, I'd marry Chris Pratt, kiss Channing Tatum, and seriously, you think anyone could kill Liam Neeson? I think not.
4. Best way to cook a potato? I like over roasting red potatoes with olive oil and rosemary.
5. What's your favorite quote?
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Remember, you asked for this. ;)

Oreety said...

What's your favorite special beverage? When I have a sore throat, a drink called Gugl Mugl (pronounced like "google moogle", which is in Yiddish) is the best. It's made from hot milk, honey, egg, and done put in rum, though I tend to go the non-alcoholic route.
2. One Little Word; what's yours for 2016? Heal
3. Marry/Kiss/Kill: Simon Baker/Charlie Hunnam/Gustaf Skarsgard
4. Best way to cook a potato? Mashed or I LOVE scalloped potatoes
5. What's your favorite quote? I have many but this one came to mind "You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." Thanks for the chance to win this awesome prize and fun questions!

Alexandra Madison said...

My daughters and I love hot cocoa! We put 3 big marshmallows in and use a spoon to eat them at the bottom :) Happy 2016!

Maureen Hayes said...

Oh I love the projects you shared, especially the bulk Valentines, but truly everything! My favorite quote is "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle". It has been my tag line in my emails since 2005 and I try to remember it everyday , especially when I meet someone who is acting angry or upset. Thank you for participating in this blog hop and for the generous gift card giveaway. Happy New Year to you.

Cynthia Clark said...

1. Coffee in a fancy mug.
2. Studio
3. Johnny Depp/Shemar Moore/the Sonic Drive-In guys
4. Fried with onions
5. "Imagination is more important than knowledge." ~~~Albert Einstein

Auntie Em said...

Happy New Year! Your art work is so pretty.

Fave drink (since coffee, lovely coffee, gives me headaches) is Carnation hot chocolate with a chai tea bag. Since the caffeine is in the black chai tea, thankfully, I have found a roobios alternative which is pretty darn close.

Thank you for sharing! :)

Julie Bodenheimer said...

Marry/Kiss/Kill: My husband/that Irish actor who is the biggest tart in the world but is super sexy anyway even though I can't possibly remember his name/Donald Trump

jennifer delauter said...

The best way to cook a potato- my grandmother made me a sort of pouch which is sewn together. All you need to do is wash the potato. Wrap it in a paper towel. Put it in the pouch and microwave on high for 8-10 minutes. You can do one large, two medium or about three small. They come out awesome! Just cut it with a fork, no knife needed!
Thank you very much for sharing and participating in this blog hop and Happy New Year!!

Kathy M said...

Irish Coffee without a doubt.
This is my first time seeing your blog. I'm fascinated with your cards. The mixed media is great. Will follow blog to learn more. Thanks!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

My word for 2016 is Mindful... wonderful projects!

Ladyj711 said...

Hot cocoa with milk and a combination of 2 or 3 of the best artisanal cocoa mixes I can find mmmmm
I love your work, I will be a regular visitor. That last big card, planted, wow! Live live love it and you and Joann's who is having another 50^ off almost everything again. It ends tonight.... Till the next one! Janie
Ladyj711@live.com

Paulette S said...

Your projects are amazing, Nichole! Your questions are too much fun. Coffe, black. Kiss Tatum, don't know Chirs, Love Liam and he's prob more my age ;) but I am happily married. Love mashed and baked potatoes. Quotes: Our greatest fear by Marianne Williamson. Thanks, Paulette S.
Craftqueen417 at yahoo
Http://paulettesprettypapercrafts.wordpress.com

Michelle Daigle said...

I love your style! Very inspiring! My favorite drink as of now is Vanilla Chai Latte. Oh and I love baked potatoes! Thanks for the chance to win. I'm so glad I found your blog. I'm definitely coming back!

Kathlene Clark said...

Love your art, Nicole! I only just discovered you a few weeks ago and spent hours stalking your posts. My favorite quote (of the moment anyway) is: "What if I fall? Oh, but my darling,what if you fly?" by Erin Hanson Happy New Year! Hugs, Kathy