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Sisters of the Sari – New book Review and Giveaway

29 Jun

Do you need a wonderful book to get lost in?  

-My review of  Brenda L. Baker’s

Sisters of the Sari

is up on the Simply Stacie Blog.

I can’t tell you too much here, but I can tell you, I LOVED IT!!

I will hold a drawing for my copy, but once again here are some requests to qualify.

Head on over to Simply Stacie to read the full review here:


For a chance to win this book the instructions are:

 (Leave one comment on this blog for each request of mine you complete)  Up to 5 chances are possible per person.

1)  Read the whole review on Simply Stacie and leave a comment regarding the review

2) Comment here at The Polka Cabana that  you read the review

3)  Sign up to follow Simply Stacie.net

4) Sign up to follow The Polka Cabana

5) Refer a friend, that mentions you sent them for an additional entry.

Good luck, I hope all my crafty friends share my passion for reading too!

I will choose a winner with RANDOM.ORG.

This giveaway will stay open until 7/30/2011.  

The time has come and gone for my giveaway on:


I do not need to do RANDOM.ORG since Mrs. Donna Woods got all 4 entries!

 Congrats Donna!!  Send me your mailing address:)


Another REALLY GOOD BOOK – Giveaway too!!

23 Jun

Is mystery/suspense your type of book?  

My review of  Jim Bernheimer’s


is up on the Simply Stacie Blog.

I can’t tell you too much here, but I can tell you, I LOVED IT!!

I will hold a drawing for my copy, but once again here are some requests to qualify.

Head on over to Simply Stacie to read the full review here:


For a chance to win this book the instructions are:

 (Leave one comment on this blog for each request of mine you complete)  Up to 5 chances are possible per person.

1)  Read the whole review on Simply Stacie and leave a comment regarding the review

2) Comment here at The Polka Cabana that  you read the review

3)  Sign up to follow Simply Stacie.net

4) Sign up to follow The Polka Cabana

5) Refer a friend, that mentions you sent them for an additional entry.

Good luck, I hope all my crafty friends share my passion for reading too!

I will choose a winner with RANDOM.ORG.

This giveaway will stay open until 7/15/2011.


6 Apr

Welcome to the National No Housework Day Online Blog hop

! If you have arrived not knowing until now about the hop, no problem…just go back to

If It’s Groovy


This is where this hop starts and work your way through.

You may find games, prizes, projects and how do-you-dos along the path 🙂

We would appreciate it if you sign up to keep in touch with us by “following” and would love your comments!

Perhaps you arrived here from:

Diana (http://designbydiana.blogspot.com)

Great!  Hope you enjoyed that stop and the others so far!!!

We celebrate this national holiday by scrapping today

and into the weekend with projects that remind us of housework or getting away from it!!!

Take the day off, put up your feet and let’s hop!

For todays hop, I am celebrating my never-ending unorganized, lived in, loved, falling apart, seldom tidy house!

I am not about to show you pictures, but I did make a special plaque to capture my thoughts!

If this is your first stop to my blog, you need to know:

I am crazy about Mary Engelbreit!

I am crazy about polka dots!

I am crazy about cherries!

These are all the theme of my project.

I have taken a plain frame, removed the glass………


I am not rich enough to buy shadow boxes and this has a lot of layers.

I did not buy anything brand new for this project.  I did the phrase on PSE7, used scraps of wallpaper and just looked through my stash for things to match.

This is the kind of of project that is 100% me!

I love everything about it and now I need to find a place to hang it!

Another phrase that is great for this hop:


Keeping with that theme, I have created this nice prize pack for one lucky person.

It is a card kit.  You will get enough supplies to make (6) of these cards.

Finished Card counts as 1, plus supplies for the 5 others.

If one of the spots on the mushroom look weird, it is Photoshop’d in.

It fell off, and I did not notice till I was editing the pics!  OOPS!!

Side view of this one of a kind card, designed by ME:)

Here is a peek at the supplies (most of them) for the kit.

I hope you like it.

If you LOVE IT and would like an extra chance or chances to win this kit,

I invite you to head on over for the last couple of days of

Tally Scrapper’s

Light It Up Blue” Cyber Crop

Here are the projects I have done for this crop.

If you LOVE my card kit, head on over to TALLY, have a look around, leave some love and you get a 2nd entry for the card kit.

If you make a donation to AUTISM SPEAKS, through TALLY, you will earn a 3rd entry for the card kit.

If you decide to join Tally to have the time of your life, let them know Jeannie, aka, POLKA CABANA, referred you, you will get a 4th entry.

WHEW!!  Are you still with me?

See why we are going through the 10th for this HOP??

Thanks for your visit, please head over to see Kelly at http://kellyisascrapdiva.blogspot.com/

I hope you have enjoyed your visit.

Without further ado…put that broom, mop, dish soap DOWN and go visit KELLY!!

If it is reported back to me that  you have been doing house cleaning or have a clean house already, you will not be eligible for my prize! (JUST KIDDING)


My Paper Tree House – MY BLOG HOP WINNER!!!!

22 Dec

Once again, just sharing my page from the Challenge.

Here were the items that needed to be included.


Patterned Papers



Quote – “I have one desire now – it is to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.” Elisabeth Elliot


Something Messy ( I used beads)

Lace or Ribbon

1 Flower (oops used more ) 😦

Rub ons or stickers




Here is my page with everything except as I just noticed while writing this post, I have too many flowers!!



I do have to say I LOVE IT!!

I did not have a picture of me to use, that matched the phrase.

I used my daughter because right not in her life, she still thinks it is wonderful to talk about Heavenly Father and Jesus.  She loves to tell me when she feels Jesus in her heart.  If I can just figure out a way to keep her feeling those feelings she has now, wouldn’t that be wonderful?


Without further ado, I am announcing my BLOG HOP winner.

Sorry this post is a little late.  I have been down and out with a doosey of a cold!!

I had 29 comments.  I used RANDOM.ORG to generate a winner 1 through 29.  The winning number?


So, Tere…if you are out there.  Please use the contact me form on my BLOG and give me your info, so I can mail out your prize.  Thank you ALL for playing along with the MY PAPER TREE HOUSE bunch.

We look forward to having lots of thing for us all to do together in the upcoming year!!

Big hugs to all!!



15 Dec

We are celebrating that God has blessed My Paper Treehouse with an awesome design team.  Please hop along with us and visit each of the DT members. If you get lost or just found the hop start here.

You should have arrived here from Maritha’s blog.

Her blog was not co-operating with her, but her ITEM for you was the SKETCH! So be sure to pick that up!

Each of the DT members have a wonderful story to share with you about what God has done and is doing in their lives… these are God’s fingerprints.  Not only do we have a ton to share with you but there are RAKs along the way, a Great Blog Hop Challenge with a prize and a wonderful Grand Prize from Artful Delight.

Yesterday I did a post called THE MOST IMPORTANT BLOG POST EVER.  I know that you are on a hop and that sometimes we try to move through these quickly.  But I encourage you all to at least look briefly at my blog post from yesterday and if you do not have time, come back and read the whole post.  Being on the MY PAPER TREEHOUSE design team, is not something that came around by any coincidence for me.  It is my belief in God that makes me say this.  I have a few things that have happened in my life that border on AMAZING, and my placement with this team is one of those events.  How the events have unfolded all lining up that I would have my MOST IMPORTANT BLOG POST EVER just posted the day BEFORE this blog hop is amazing to me.  The most amazing part is that I had no control over when I could post my project that I shared today, as I had to wait until another blog that I design for posted the project first.  If you can see what I am trying to convey to you, you can understand that it is truly a blessing to be able to share a very important message I want to share with families, everywhere.

If you are a mom, a grandma, an aunt, a sister or a friend you will hopefully appreciate the message in my MOST IMPORTANT BLOG POST EVER.

I strongly believe that I was gathered into the MY PAPER TREEHOUSE family for this reason alone.

Here is just a peek at the project from that post.

We have a blog hop challenge for you…. as you stop at each of the Design Members they will have another item that you will need to add to your layout.  All layouts need to be linked up on the My Paper Treehouse Blog by Sunday the 19th 11:59pm PST.

One layout will be randomly chosen to win a prize and make sure check back on Monday because we have a special surprise for you.

Not only do we have RAKS from the DT members, a prize for creating layout, but we have a Grand Prize too!!! All you have to do is comment on all the blogs along the hop!

Blog Hop instructions!!

When: December 15th to December 19th

Challenge: As you stop by each of the DT’s blogs, you will find elements that you will need to add to for the challenge to have a complete layout in the end!


Time: You have until Sunday December 19th 11:59pm PST to finish your creation and link it up to My Paper Treehouse blog.
Who: All who want to play!
Surprise: There is a HUGE surprise on My Paper Treehouse blog on Monday December 20th so please check back for that on the blog!
RAK’s: You can win RAK’s from the many of the DT members plus a grand prize!
Here is the RAK I am giving away to one blessed person!!!!!!

{remember you must post a comment to each blog in order to be eligible for any RAK’s or prizes!!
One blessed person will get all of this from me!


Our Grand Prize is sponsored by Artful Delight!  They have the most wonderful kits each month for a great price.  You wouldn’t believe everything you get in the kit….. it is full of the newest and greatest scrappy items.

Artful Delight will also custom order you any scrappy item you would like to get your hands on for no additional charge.  Please stop by and see Artful Delight and dont forget to tell them that we sent you….

Here is the item you need to add to your layout  PATTERNED PAPERS.

Next you will hop to Wendy Morris.
Dont forget you need to leave a comment on each of the blogs and collect the different items for the Blog Hop Challenge Layout.
All layouts and comments are due by
Sunday the 19th 11:59pm PST.
Don’t forget to stop by My Paper Tree House Blog on Monday to see our special surprise….


Here is the line up:
1. My Paper Tree House Blog
2. Maritha Frolid
3. Jeannie DeGruccio ******YOU ARE HERE*****
4. Wendy Morris
5. Ruth Tacoma
6. Nicole Brenna
7. Elizabeth Carney
8. Tabitha Jones
9.  Arlene Camacho
10. Dolores Cancel
11. Damaris Rios
12. Nana Campana


Once again, here is the element you need to add to your layout: PATTERNED PAPERS.

Next hop stop is a visit to the blog of:  Wendy Morris.

Don’t forget you need to leave a comment on each blog and collect the different elements for the challenge layout and to win a RAK from any DT member or the grand prize!!!

Have fun, read our stories and get to know us all.

Have a wonderful day.

The most important blog post EVER!!

14 Dec

I really hope I have not used that Title before, because, truly this is my most important post yet.  I have been waiting awhile to post this.  Ever since September of this year.

Right around the time when I was VERY new to blogging, I was able to attend a women’s conference called Time Out for Women.  It took place in Sacramento on Friday September 10 and 11th, 2010.   It was and incredible experience.  I was able to go with my Mother and Sister in-laws and some other wonderful friends of theirs.

One of the speakers, Jill Manning, tackled a very difficult topic.  One that we all want to pretend will just go away on its own.

Her presentation was titled, “The Uncensored Truth About Pornography”   Why this topic?  Jill says, “Because women are impacted by pornography in unique and profound ways, we play an indispensable role in the fight against it.  Although the statistics are daunting, we know that pornography cannot win, in light of Who and what is on our side.”

She shared some disturbing statistics about the age at which children are first introduced to this topic, and sadly most images are seen within their own home.  Thanks to technology, our children will see images of things that we never came across when we were kids.  Moms and Dads, the internet IS NOT A SAFE PLACE.  No filter is fool-proof and even sites geared towards children still need to be monitored.  We would not let our toddler who has had one day of swimming instruction swim in the Pacific by themselves.

So, why would we let a child go on the internet unmonitored while they are still young and innocent?

Jill shared a remarkable story of elephants living in the wild.  Elephants roam in packs.  Did you know that when you see images of those packs, that all those elephants you see are females and their young?

Male elephants are solitary animals and only join a pack during mating season, and then they go back to their solitary roaming.

Now, who is considered the King of the Jungle?  Well it is the lion.  No animal would dare go up against the lion, because they are strong, and will over power any animal it targets as its prey.

There is one animal that the lion can not go up against.  That animal?  The elephant.

Here is why:



Do you notice anything here?  When there is danger, the momma elephants form a circle.  This circle in impenetrable. Inside their circle is where they keep those that are most precious to them, their young.

I have to tell you, to just look at those images, brings tears to my eyes.

At the end of Jill’s presentation she compared us to the elephants.  She reminded us that we WOMEN had the power to form an impenetrable safety shield for our children.  We are the matriarchs, it is our duty.

At the close of Jill’  presentation, I have to say, I was moved and I did feel empowered, thinking that if all the women took a stand against this, we could really make a difference.

We were all given a printed card that was a card to take home, go over with our families and children and take an oath to make good choices, while online, while watching TV, etc.

Most of you know, I have a lot of kids, 7 to be exact.  I took one look at that 5 x 7 card and thought there is not enough room for all us to sign.

So, I  made my own version and have used the exact same wording that was on the CLEAN & SAFE MEDIA PLEDGE, that was given to all 2,400 of us matriarchs there.

My design in based on the free tote bag that, again, all of us attendees were given.


I took one look at that bag and knew, that was a layout waiting to happen.

Being that I was so inspired to do something about this pledge, I have come up with some ideas.

I want to challenge any of you to take the PLEDGE with your families too.

I would love for you to create something beautiful to spotlight this in your homes.  Hang it on your wall, in a frame next to all your home computers.

Talk about this with your families and take this wonderful pledge.  Can you imagine if every one of my blog visitors took my challenge and then referred a friend her to take the challenge also?

I am so passionate about this that for EVERYONE that links up a project to this post, I will tally all of you up and create and send you a blank THANK YOU card based on the design I used for my CLEAN & SAFE MEDIA PLEDGE.

So, you will be rewarded by me for putting this pledge into your home.

I have many friends from all faiths, but I plead with you to look past the small differences that our religions may have.

When it comes to our children and our families, churches and religions and individual beliefs we stand UNITED.

So please join with me and share this with friends and family.

Print that pledge out and make something beautiful for your home with it!!

If anyone has any questions about the pledge, just let me know!

Thank you to GROOVY DEB at If It’s Groovy for posting this project today.

Hope you all like what I have done.


The PLEDGE is done on a transparency sheet.

The saying on the BLUE says:


I thought that was perfect for this.  To me, this from means, be constantly on guard and not to let our defenses down.

The phrase is WORD ART Created by Bethany Harty, the QUEEN of Word Art!

Her Blog:


She has AMAZING things!!

I was able to find an awesome frame at Michael’s, for $3.00, WOW!!

All the blue birds, are done with a FISKARS punch I won from entering a FISKATEER contest.

On each bird, you will find, every one of our my family’s signatures, that we agree to take the MEDIA PLEDGE!

There are 9 birds…9 of us agree to “keep our home a happy and healthy place to be.” (Wording taken from the PLEDGE)

Now, to be eligible to receive the FREE handmade card from me, I ask a couple of things:

1) Go leave a comment at If It’s Groovy

2)  Go and get a COPY of the Pledge here: http://deseretbook.com/files/family_mediapledge.pdf

3) Create something, anything.  Even if you just print it and frame it, I will accept it.

4) Take a picture of your creation.

5) Blog about this with your creation

6) Linky up to the MR. LINKY below

7) Follow My Blog and If It’s Groovy

Now that might seem like a lot, but I AM GIVING YOU SOMETHING IN RETURN!

If I have to make 100 cards, it will be the best thing and the hardest work for something important and so worth it to me.  I will also have a Permanent Gallery here on my blog for any and all submissions I receive.  I truly hope it will be a HUGE Gallery.  This is for the best cause, your family and your children.

Refer someone here and you both give me each others name, you get an additional prize.

The MR. LINKY is open until January 15th, 2011.  Enough time to get through the holidays, refer friends and get your Pledge creation done.

I hope that all who stop by will link up with me and that we all can make a difference in this world, one family at a time.

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Tiffany Doodles BLOG HOP WINNER!

11 Dec

Thank you to all who hopped with me.  I had 19 comments and I will use the random.org widget to generate my winner.  In case of a DT member being my winner, we will draw again.

Today’s winner gets to have this DIGI STAMP from Tiffany Doodles.


Here is my 1st random number generated by random.org, if it is a team member, we keep going!!!

Comment #2 was from:

No laughing…I have to go check TIFFANY DOODLES to see if she is a DT member, I do not have all of us memorized yet!!

OK, she IS a DT member 🙂

Ok..draw #2!

Comment #6 was from:

Let’s see if Tabitha is a DT member…




HOORAY, on my 2nd try!!  TABITHA..contact me with your email addy and I will send your free DIGI file off to you!  I would 100% love if you would create something..and I will too and I will show our things off in a  blog post!!

What do you think?

Are you up for the blog challenge??  Let me know!!  It would be FUN!!!!  FUN!!!  I LOVE THAT DIGI!!!


That is it for today!  I am tired and computer dazed!!


Thank you, everyone who hopped along with us.


Next week.. hop again with me!

This time with:


December 16th and 17th



December 15th through December 19th

More details soon!!

Hooray Tiffany Doodles BLOG HOP starts TODAY!

7 Dec

Hopefully you have stumbled here to THE POLKA CABANA because you are hopping with Tiffany Doodles Blog hop.  If you have not started from the very first BLOG, be sure to go here, Tiffany Doodles.

If you are here for my DO YOU LOVE VEGGIE TALES? post, click HERE!! Or, click the picture!!


Here are the Blog Hop requirements and guidelines.

Be sure to sign up to follow Tiffany Doodles on Facebook & Twitter for special promotions and events.

There will be lots happening at these two spots in the future!  Don’t miss out – sign up today!

Be sure to sign up to follow Tiffany Doodles on Facebook & Twitter for special promotions and events.

There will be lots happening at these two spots in the future!  Don’t miss out – sign up today!

Click ICONS to link up to TIFFANY DOODLES.



Choose your own button color! 
Get the Copy & Paste code
& find more colors here!

Blog Hop Instructions:

1. Put this pretty shiny button in your blog’s sidebar!

(click here to pick your color & get copy/paste code)

2. Follow this blog if you aren’t already!

3. Stop by everyone’s blog and sign up to follow theirs too!

4. Leave a comment on everyone’s blog!

(Did I mention prizes at every stop on the blog hop?!?!)

5. Return to http://tiffanydoodles.blogspot.com/ and leave a comment for 3 Grand Prizes – 3 digis each for 3 random winners

Here is the official Blog Hop Order!

Official Site    Tiffany Doodles

Tiffany Richards    Tiffany’s Garden

Cammy Wall    Pink Room Therapy

Collette Landwer    Heaven Sent For You

Donna Mikasa    3 Umbrellas

Jeannie DeGruccio    The Polka Cabana –> You are here!

Jillian Foster    Inspired By

Jodi Ann Lee    Inked Inspirations

Karen Baker    The Bald Dragonfly

Kim Schofield    Paperie Petals

Lindsay Amrhein    Note to Self

Lisa Summerhays    Lisa’s Handmade Cards

Pattie Goldman    The Pampered Paper Patch

Peet Roeven    Scrap Album

Shannon Neparko    Desert Design Studios

Simone Naoum    Designs by Simone

Sue McRae    Inky Fingers

Willemien Katerberg    Styles in Paper


For visiting me today, I am offering this DIGI STAMP to one lucky visitor!

Be sure to leave a comment,  and follow all the BLOG HOP instructions above,  if you would like to be part of the drawing for this adorable Digi stamp.

A couple more things:

Tiffany Doodles is having a great sale.   Be sure to take advantage of this.


The DECEMBER CHALLENGE starts TODAY!  There is a new challenge every month that starts on the 7th of each month.  This month’s theme is:  CHRISTMAS.

Here are some cards I have made with one of the new Christmas Digi’s called: STAR TREES.

I hope you like the cards I have made for the HOP today.

Remember the HOP goes until this Friday, December 10th, 2010.  Have fun hoping and best of luck to all who are entering the drawings for all the fabulous prizes.

Hope you have fun HOPPING!

Your next stop?  Jillian Foster @ Inspired By

I have some New Friends!!

3 Dec

I want to introduce you to yet another WONDERFULLY TALENTED group of ladies.  We have been invited to work with Tiffany over at Tiffany’s Doodles.  I will be part of her Design Team.

Original Digital Stamps

Here is the Talented Group!

Official Site    Tiffany Doodles

Tiffany Richards    Tiffany’s Garden

Cammy Wall    Pink Room Therapy

Collette Landwer    Heaven Sent For You

Donna Mikasa    3 Umbrellas

Jeannie DeGruccio    The Polka Cabana

Jillian Foster    Inspired By

Jodi Ann Lee    Inked Inspirations

Joy Taylor    Less is More

Karen Baker    The Bald Dragonfly

Kim Schofield    Paperie Petals

Lindsay Amrhein    Note To Self

Lisa Summerhayes    Lisa’s Handmade Cards

Pattie Goldman    The Pampered Paper Patch

Peet Roeven    Scrap Album

Shannon Neparko    Desert Design Studios

Simone Naoum    Designs by Simone

Sue McRae    Inky Fingers

Willemien Katerberg    Styles in Paper

I will be creating things to show you with her AWESOME Digital Stamps.  Tiffany is a wonderful artist.  Her images are cute and so fun to work with.

Here are a couple of cards I have made with her Images.



I made these with 2 of Tiffany’s Free Digis, so if you like them you can snag these Digi’s to try out yourself!  They really are a lot of fun!

Cherry Card made with:  CHERRIES

Mushroom Card made with: MUSHROOM HOME & LADYBUG

You are Cordially Invited to:

Join us next week for Our Official Blog Hop and December Card Challenge.

Festivities Begin Dec. 7th, 2010.

Hope you can join us!!

Now hop on over there to check out her AMAZING stuff!!

Bye for now!

I have so much to say!!

3 Dec

Where do I begin?  I will announce my Christmas card winner from last post.  I am behind on that.  I did not really have any takers on the edited pic, so I am assuming I can skip that?  If you were hoping to win that..you just need to let me know.  Today..I will share..2 cards!

First, my card for tuesdaytrio.blogspot.com

Here is our current challenge sketch:

The Key word/ingredient : HOLIDAY

Here is my take on the sketch:

I do not know if any of you follow or play along in the challenge, but today I will announce something NEW.  Any of my followers, if you participate and place in the TOP 3 or get the spot as the Weekly Winner, you will get your choice of my CARD for that sketch.   So..I will be watching for the linky’s on the Tuesday Trio Blog.  I would love for you all to play along.  This is INTERNATIONAL, which is why I love it so.  I love to see the different styles and talents that we all have, worldwide.  So..come on!  Play along!!


I borrowed a tutorial for a wallet card from my bud, Jamie over at Bits of Paper.  The link for the wallet is here.  Here is Jamie’s description about the wallet: “This wallet works perfect for housing several gift cards or even homemade coupons (for date nights, homemade dinners of your choice, back massage,etc.)”

I wanted a card for a friend.  The card is SORT OF a joke.  See, there is nothing in this world that I could BUY, that he would need.  Also, anything he would WANT, I could never afford.  So the card has coupons for him to get things for himself, and allows for SOMEONE, other than me to pay for it!

He has a vested interest in a store called UNIONMADE.  Jamie gave me the idea of mkaing the wallet as a card, and I have designed it to go along with the Theme of the store.  The theme being, vintage, rare, highly sought after mens clothing.  Here is the card:  What do you think?  I might do my own version of this tutorial for the pattern challenged, as it took me a bit of working to make the pattern work.  Wondering out loud..if anyone would use a tutorial on this???








Love the COLORING on this Picture!!  Wallet and Fronts of Gift Cards.


Backs of Gift Cards.


I made some of my own papers for this, I also used some Graphic 45 embellies, twill tape, brads, mini clips and my sewing machine.  What do you all think??


Lastly..my winner of my Angel Miriam (Mary and Jesus) card.  Look at the picture below..if you see your name, email me your info and I will send the card off to you!!



I have some very fun news to share tomorrow, but for now!  I gotta get more things done!


Goodbye everyone!!