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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Happy New Year

May I be the first to wish everyone a Happy New Year!   It's hard to believe another year has come & gone & Christmas is over.  It goes faster every year.  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday filled with lots of fun and family.  And of course, that Santa found your chimney!  He certainly found mine!  With all the family here, I haven't had time to work on any new cards or even to post for awhile.  Hopefully, now that things are less hectic, that will change.

Today I have a card I made with a new set of stamps from my sister.  I'm using it for her thank you card.

These little mice are from an old Stampin Up set she found for me & I think they are perfect for sisters don't you?  The background paper is from Recollections & the doily mat & fence were from Christmas dies.

Have a safe & wonderful New Year!  I'll be back soon with something new made from all my Xmas goodies!

Catch you later!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Back to Basics

Well, it's back to basics for me today!  I finished up the last of my Christmas cards & mailed them this morning.  Thank Heavens!  I didn't think I would ever get done this year.  Now I can get back to basics & concentrate on building up a stash of cards for the rest of the year.  On that note, I have a birthday card to share tonite that I made for one of the guys at work last week.  He has a "challenged" cat named Bob.  Bob, it appears, has some issues with his motor skills & is not great with jumping forward but can do quite well jumping straight up! I decided a cat theme would be perfect for his birthday card & I think he really liked it.

The paper is from Recollections, and the stamps were from an old Stampin Up set. I stamped the cat on the paper so I could paper piece the rug to match.  It's colored in Prismacolor brush markers & the die was from Spellbinders.

I hope you all have a good week!  And remember to count your blessings!!
Catch you later.

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Day for Prayers..

I had a card to post tonite, but I think instead, I will just ask all of you to say an extra prayer for all those affected by the school shooting today.  For some families, there will never be the chance to see their children grow up.  For those lucky enough to survive, I'm sure it will be a difficult journey back to any sense of security.  And for all of us, it will be a reminder to hold our loved ones a little closer & tell them again how much we love them.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Snowman frenzy!

Hi, everyone!
I suppose you are all done with your Christmas cards & have already baked a dozen different cookies! I'm behind yet!  Hence, the snowman frenzy!  These little guys don't take a lot of time to color so I'm hoping they can get me out of my dilemma.  I made 4 of them last nite, and realized I actually like these little guys better than many of the cards I spent hours & hours on!  Go figure!

Aren't they cute?  This stamp was one I bought from Plum Purdy several years ago.  She does mostly tole painting patterns, but did have a few stamps as well.  All of the stamps I bought from her are still among my favorites & get used every year. The embossed background is from a new Stampin Up embossing folder. The wreath behind the little guy is from Impression Obsession & I colored them with Prismacolor brush markers.  Hope you like them.

Catch you later!

Monday, December 10, 2012


I think I can say that winter is officially here!  The wind chill this morning was 17 below when I left for work. We missed out on the snow, thankfully, but I could have done without the wind as well!  ha ha  I am just never happy, am I?

I was going to post again yesterday, but my internet was down.  The cable company had to make a trip out when I got home tonite & fix the cables, but I seem to be up & running now so I have my fingers crossed they found the problem.

I do have a card to share, but I want to start with something 1,000 times cuter!  I just had to take these shots of Brady last nite.  I stamp upstairs in my dormer & one end of it is still set up as a bedroom. Brady usually naps on the foot of the bed where I have a soft fuzzy green throw for him.  Last nite, however, he decided to cuddle up with the stuffed cats propped against the pillows.  He's big on cuddling so maybe he didn't want to miss an opportunity!

On to the card. I have another birthday card, but think I'll post one of the Xmas cards instead.  This one is another Sassy Cheryl's digi.  Hard to resist a bear talented enough to play a horn!

 I love the paper.  It just seemed the perfect choice for him.  It was from a 6 X 6 Recollections pad. I added a Spellbinder die behind him for just a touch of color to pop him out & the twine seemed the perfect choice for a bow.  Hope you enjoy it.  Catch you all later!  Stay WARM!!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

A Winter Birthday!

Hi, everyone!

I hope you had a great Saturday!  Our rain/snow forecast for this afternoon still hasn't materialized yet. Now they are saying it will come tonite. They have to actually guess right one of these days, so I did move the snow blower from the back of the garage to the front, just in case.  I'm hoping it all comes in the form of snow. I don't want any ice UNDER snow!  And there is a wind warning for tomorrow all day.  I think winter has arrived!

Today I have a "winter" birthday card to share.  The birthday gal's birthday is actually Dec 26th so that makes it hard.  This year I thought I would go with a skating theme. The digi is from Sassy Cheryl's. I framed it with a glitter paper frame cut out with a Spellbinder die. The paper is from Recollections & the glitter snow flakes are from a Martha Stewart punch.  The background was also created with Martha Stewart punches.

I hope she likes it!  I had a lot of fun creating it.

Have a great Sunday.  I'll be back tomorrow with some more Christmas cards or perhaps another birthday card.  Catch you later!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Let it Snow!

Yes, let it snow!  But farther up north than here!  We had our first snowfall today & I am already sick of it. It is really pretty right now, but I can live without that too.  ha ha  Bah, humbug!  I just hate what it brings. Icy streets, sidewalks, snow boots, cold weather, shoveling, cold weather, shoveling.......

On to tonite's card.  This little snowman is definitely happy to see it snow!  He is another Sassy Cheryl's digi. The paper is from Recollections & the dies from Spellbinders & Marianne Designs. I added some dimensional paint & glitter to the fur on his suit.

I'll be back tomorrow with more Christmas cards.  Tis the season!  

Catch you later!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Check out the blue shoes!

Hi, all!

Well, we've almost made it through another week.  Our mild weather has turned a bit colder & we even had a brief rain shower go through this morning.  Very little rain, but welcome all the same.

I have a simple little snowman card to share tonite. Check out his wild blue shoes!   He is a digi from Sassy Cheryl's that I've used several times already.  Love her snowmen!  I colored him with Prismacolor brush markers & mounted him using Spellbinder dies.  The flower is from my stash.

The paper is from Recollections.  I'm beginning to love their paper selection.  Ok, you can stop laughing!  I know I love ALL paper!  But then, I'm sure I am not the only paper hoarder out there, am I?

Better get busy.  I have some images colored up that need to find a home & if I get time, I really need to start wrapping Xmas presents.

Catch you all later!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

More windows

Hi, all!

Yes, I'm back with another variation on the window & wreath I posted the other day.  I have a couple of new things, but don't laugh, I'm too lazy to set up the light box & camera & take a shot of them.  Hopefully, tomorrow.

I couldn't get a shot of this that actually shows that I made the window "see thru" so that you could see the sentiment inside.   I added a matching window to the inside as well to give it a more finished look.  
Better get busy.  A snowman is waiting for me to give him a home on his very own card!
Catch you later!


Monday, December 3, 2012

What a difference a day makes!

Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope your week started off on a good note!  As my post title says, I can't believe what a difference a day makes.  Yesterday I had a touch of the flu & felt so lousy I spent the day wrapped in a blanket. Today I am back among the living again!  Thankfully!!

I have a Xmas  card I made Saturday to share tonite.  I'm only half done with my cards, so you will undoubtedly be seeing many more offerings! lol

This is another Sassy Cheryl's digi & I decided to do it in non-traditional Xmas colors for something different.  

The snowman was cut with a Spellbinder die & I used Martha Stewart punches for the pink mat & the background layer.  Got to love Martha!  He was colored with Prismacolor brush markers.  

Next year I'm going to work on Xmas cards all year long so I'm not in a crunch at the last minute!

Catch you later!