Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My Forgetfullness

I forgot to mention two things when I posted earlier....The "Love You Much" bundle is 20% off retail until Jan. 31, which means instead of paying $51.85 it is now $41.48. Also today is the last day on the Country Living promotion. To make it even sweeter, I am offering free shipping on any order of $50.00 or more from now until January 15 but you must contact me to get the free shipping instead of going through the website.

Love You Much

My first SCS challenge! It was for a funky fun fold. You can see a tutorial on Splitcoast as well as all the fun ways it was used. I used the "Love You Much" stamp set which is available for customers to purchase now. You can check out my website... or contact me personally through email at... if you are interested in purchasing it. The stamp set is part of a bundle which also includes a punch that punches out 3 different shaped hearts and a pack of designer paper, Candy Lane.

To make the card, I used Rose Red as the base and added panels from the Candy Lane designer paper. The ribbon is the 1 1/4 in pink pirouette grosgrain which is so pretty. The way this folds, you could tuck a little something inside as a gift or use it to hold a gift card.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Crab and Company

This is a card using the retiring set, Crab and Company. This set is very versatile in that it can be used for birthdays, Christmas, scrapbooking beach pages and wherever else your imagination takes you. It will be gone after Jan. 18 so if you want it get it soon.

I used tangerine tango, taken with teal, riding hood red, old olive, and whisper white cardstock and designer paper from the Summer Picnic collection.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy Heart Day

This cute little elephant is part of a stamp set that is on the dormant list which means it is not included in the current catalog but you can still order it. The item number is 111089 and the price is $20.95. It also has a mouse holding a huge heart, a butterfly that has I love you , a flower with a heart in the middle and a thank you sentiment, as well as a tag and a sentiment that says "to someone with a very big heart".
I used the new Raspberry Tart DP, rose red and pixie pink card stock, Whisper White run through the Big Shot with a Swiss dot embossing folder. The ribbon isn't Stampin' Up but it matches the Raspberry really well. Have a great day and make time to stamp!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Breakfast with Santa

Here is a picture of the girls at a Breakfast with Santa minus Santa. I believe it was a little too early on a Saturday for Shelby.
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A Little Somethin'

We made it through Christmas which was a very unpleasant day for the most part. The vomiting subsided around 3:00 pm but the fever and body aches lasted through the night. But we are back up at 4:00 am this morning because Sadie is hungry and wants to see what she got for Christmas, which is a good sign.

I am excited about the new catalog and some of the sets we got to preview. Today's post is from the set, A Little Somethin' , and I used the new designer paper Raspberry Tart.

Thursday, December 25, 2008


Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas. Ours would have been perfect if my girls had not got the flu. Shelby awoke at 3:30 am Wednesday vomiting with fever. She was sick all day Wednesday. This morning at 4:00 am Sadie starting vomiting an has continued all morning. She opened about 3 gifts but hasn't felt like even looking at them. I guess she will wait until she feels better to open to open the rest. The worst part is that there is nothing I can do to make it better.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I will be sharing some photos of my girls over the next few days. This one is of Sadie taken when we were getting ready to go to her choir performance at church. Tomorrow I will share a picture of Shelby.
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Twelve Days of Christmas Day 11

For today I want to share some easy punch treats. I made a bunch of these, I made 22 of the snowmen for Sadie's class. They had a Christmas feast which was so much nicer than the typical sugary parties they usually have. I baked a spiral ham and they also had turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, mac an cheese, and rolls. We decorated their table with a blue tablecloth and snowman cups and plates. I put one of the snowman peppermint patties and a Diet Coke can snowflake at each plate. It was very pretty and I was amazed at how low key the children were and how well they ate. We then went back to the classroom and had a book exchange. Very nice party!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Twelve Days of Christmas Day 10

I made something for myself! I saw these bookmarks somewhere recently and just loved them so I made me one. Would be a great gift idea, wish I had found them earlier because they are so easy. Next year for sure.

I used the designer label punch and hodgepodge hardware.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Twelve Days of Christmas Day 9

I don't know about you but I am finished with Christmas cards although I do have a few gifts left to buy as well as a lot of wrapping to do. I am afraid I have done it again this year, I really bought too much for my younger kids. Their grandparents came from Alabama yesterday and had Christmas with them, they usually take them to their motel and do gifts, take them out to dinner, and then let hem spend the night at the motel with them. This year however Shelby has strep throat and wasn't feeling well yesterday so they brought them home around 9:00 pm. so I had a little less time to get some things crossed off my "to do" list than I'd planned on.

Today, I thought I would share a thank you card, I have started working on those to send out after Christmas. Sometimes I combine my thank you with a Happy New Year card and I will share those with you over the next few days.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Twelve Days of Christmas Day 8

Todays post would make a good teachers gift. It is a calendar and cork board for a desk. I made it by attaching three coasters together with ribbon. The middle section would be a good place to put a photo or a post-it notepad.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Twelve Days of Christmas Day 7

For today I want to show you my snowflakes I cut with the Big Shot. I used Diet Coke cans which I cut apart and flattened. I just love how they turned out. I also cut some out of white vinyl for my windows. See you tommorrow, the kids were out of school today because of ice and they are at this moment bickering and I am sure the fight will begin any moment.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Twelve Days of Christmas Day 6

I found this cute snowman stamp at Hobby Lobby.

This is our Gingerbread House, I will post pictures of the girls making it later. Good thing I took pictures as soon as we finished it because it has very few pieces of candy left on it and now they are eating the gingerbread!

I can't believe how fast time is flying by, it is almost Christmas and I still have shopping, baking, mailing, school functions to prepare for and attend, and about a hundred other things to accomplish before the big day. I haven't scheduled any more Stamping workshops until after Christmas, I did my last one this past weekend. I went to a craft show and took a few things. I did ok but I can sure tell the economy is getting bad and people are sure spending far less this year. I know that is not what is Christmas is suposed to be about, but you can almost sense a fear among people as they talk about what might lie ahead for our country and our economy. We really need to pray that our leaders will rely on God for guidance in their decision making.

Today I wanted to show you several photos. One is of some snowman soups I made for the craft fair. I saw one like the carrot shaped one in a local gift shop priced for $6.50 and thought I can make one prettier and cheaper. These sold the best at the craft show. I used the disposable icing bags you use to decorate cakes with and the coccoa and marshmallows are packaged inside to keep them fresh and make everything stay in place.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Snowy Day

It snowed today! We didn't get much white stuff but it sure got the kids excited. They really like to play in the snow, last year we got to build at last two snowmen plus we went skiing for the first time. I didn't put skis on since I had a broken arm but it was still fun to watch Toy and the girls. Sadie who was four at the time was a natural and went down a fairly big slope by herself without any problem. Shelby on the other hand had decided before we got there that she was going to fall a lot and she did. We are going again in Feb. but I don't think I will try it, I'm just not very athletic.

Today's post is easy peasy, a snowflake cut on the Cricut with dazzling diamonds , the background is a Cuttlebug embossed image of snowflakes, the blue snowflake is a Martha Stewart punch, and the greeting is punched with the SU designer label punch which has rub-ons on it also from SU. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Christmas Traditions

I can't believe I haven't posted anything in nearly a week. All I can say is that life has been moving at a rapid pace and time is something I have had little of. I don't have any photos uploaded so I won't be sharing a project today but I did want to ask you about your Christmas traditions. You can e-mail me instead of leaving them in the comment section if you want since the comment section can be rather difficult at times. We have several traditions a our list seems to be growing with our little girls, they can't get enough it seems. Every year we go to West Frankfort and visit Candy Cane Lane, this is a section of town in which every house is highly decorated and they usually have elves and Santa to guide you and give out candy canes. Yesterday we built our traditional Gingerbread house, aren't those kits nice, we didn't have those with my first kids and I had to bake my own gingerbread. We also celebrate Advent with an advent tree , reading of the Bible, lighting of the candles, and small inexpensive gifts each night starting 12 days before Christmas. I add a new ornament to the tree for each child every year, I really enjoy shopping for these, I try to choose one that kind of reflects and interest at that time or something to do with some job or sport they are each involved in. Then we have a special night where I will fix a bunch of snacks and bring out the ornaments and explain why I choose them and let the kids hang them. Something else I started with my older kids since I had one who used to sneak and open his presents under the tree and then rewrap them was to use secret code on the labels on the packages. They have so much fun trying to decipher the code and it is different each year so they rarely can figure it out. I would really like to hear about your traditions

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Twelve Days of Christmas Day 4

Hope your day hasn't been as busy as mine. I am tired after 8 loads of laundry (and still at least 4 more to go), taking Shelby to school, going to get the oil changed in my car, washing the outside an vacuuming the inside of my car, fixing lunch, taking Sadie to pre-K, came home and got two packages ready to mail, drop packages off at post office, back to both schools to get both girls, rush home and fix them a snack and off to dance class for Shelby, come home and fix dinner, get Sadie ready for dance, take Sadie to dance and pick up Shelby, get Shelby in bath, wash an style her hair and get her ready for program at school, pick Sadie up at dance, back home to get Toy and Sadie and go to Shelby's program, home to get Shelby's homework and study for test, get girls ready for bed, all this and not a minute to stamp today. Just not fair.

I chose something easy for today, a Christmas card. I am still making cards and haven't sent any yet. Today's card features the Snow Swirled tree. I stamped it in Versamark and then embossed in silver and added pearls. The base of the card has patterned paper cut in three pieces and mounted on Baja Breeze. I think this card has an elegant look and really like how it turned out.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Twelve Days of Christmas Day 3

Good Monday morning. Hope your weekend was good. Today I am posting a project I cased from Andrea Walford. It is a treat holder using the Winter Post from Stampin' Up, I think this is my favorite set right now. Started by cutting 3 Top Notes, 2 in red and one in Very Vanilla. I stamped the skaters on the card stock and then again on a post-it note which I cut out and placed over the skaters to make a mask. Next I stamped the trees from the set Lovely as a Tree. Next I used the word slit punch to punch all three top notes close to the top and then scored the Very Vanilla one a little below the punch. The Very Vanilla top note is then trimmed all the way around and a sentiment is stamped on one of the red ones. Next take a small bag and cut it down to fit on the other top note just below the punched section and using sticky red tape adhere it. Next put tape on the other side of the bag and holding the the other two top notes together and lined up with the first one, adhere the red one to the bag. Then cut a piece of ribbon and tie all three together. You will be able to raise the very vanilla top note to see the sentiment.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Twelve Days of Christmas Day 2

I teach a Sunday School class of 2-3 year olds and I love teaching them especially at this time of the year. They have such excitement and anticipation of all that this season holds yet when I asked them today what "Christmas" was I got answers like "Jesus" and "Baby Jesus". It has made me stop and realize that I need to put more emphasis on the things that really count instead of making a big fuss over the perfect tree or getting everything bought on every ones wish list.

For today I am posting a very simple flip Scrapbook. I made it using half of the Simply Scrappin' Scrapbook kit from Satmpin' Up. I did attempt to show picture of the inside but they just didn't tun out so this is just the cover . It unfolds like a trifold and has pages coming off each side in graduated sizes. It is hard to describe but is cute in real life.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Twelve Days of Christmas

I love everything about Christmas, the music, the smells, the taste, the colors, the hustle and bustle, and best of all the giving spirit at this time of year and I don't mean just material things. After all , the greatest gift ever given was Jesus. I encourage everyone who celebrates that first gift to give a gift of time to someone this Christmas Season, you will be glad you did!

Now, let me tell you about a gift I got yesterday from my dear friend Sharon. She brought me the cutest fridge magnet with my first 2009 calendar on it as well as a monogrammed notebook. She made 20 calendars for friends (here is an example of time being given as part of a gift--I really appreciate the time she spent making these). I chose one with blue in it since my kitchen is blue. Thanks Sharon. Here is a picture {I struggle with photography as you can tell}.

Now, on to the project for today. I buy a lot of gift cards for Christmas gifts and I want to share a gift card holder today. I used the Top Note die and the Big Shot for this project. I cut a piece of Real Red card stock to 4 3/4 by 8 1/2 and scored and folded the 8 1/2 side at 4 1/4. I placed the fold just below the cutting edge and cut. This gave me the card part. Next I cut a white top note and cut the top portion and the bottom portion off. I used one of these pieces on the inside to form the pocket to hold the gift card, and the middle section was glued on the front as an accent.
The snowflakes are rub ons from the Word Flurries set.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Season of Simple Grace

Sorry for lack of posts over last few days, I have been busy, busy, busy getting ready for my 12 days of Christmas postings which will start Saturday. I am very excited about this and have lots to show you. For todays post I chose a card cased from the Holiday mini featuring the stamp set Season of Simple Grace. I love this set and this card has so many layers and the design is a little different as well. The colors are Baja Breeze. Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, and Old Olive.