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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thru my window

Hi, everyone!

I hope you have all been having a great week.  Our weather has been just amazing for this late in November & the forecast for the next week is awesome too.  Hope we get lots more of these warm days!

Today I have another Xmas card to share.  I got the inspiration for this card from Pam Sparks, whose beautiful wreath card got me thinking about the dies I had stashed away too!  I've got several ideas for this same wreath so you may see a couple of them in the future. Be forewarned! lol

I used a Memory Box die for the window & wreath & a Marianne die for the holly. The bow is a Spellbinder die & I used one of my Xmas embossing folders for the sides. The holly die Pam used was a bit finer, so I stayed with just a touch of holly on mine.  I want the one she used now, of course! 

I want to enter this in the Crazy 4 Challenges blog "Put a Bow On It".

Better get back to my other ideas & see what else I can come up with.  Catch you all later!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Santa & his pal

Hi, all!

Tonite I have another Christmas card to share.  I guess it is the season, right?  This one is a Sassy Cheryl's digi that caught my eye a while back.  I colored it with Prismacolor brush markers & used several Spellbinder dies to finish.  The holly is from Marianne Designs & the buttons from my stash.

I don't think I will ever get caught up on my cards. This has been a busy fall. And speaking of busy, that's what I should be right now! 

Catch you later!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Here birdie!

Happy Monday, everyone!

The weather has taken a turn for the colder. It's 17 degrees outside right now.  Brrrr!! I'm missing summer already & winter hasn't even officially started yet.  Go figure!

I have another Xmas card tonite.  This one is from a cute digi from Dearie Dolls.  There are some adorable free images there & this was one of them.

Isn't she the cutest?   I colored her with Prismacolor brush markers & cut her out with a Spellbinder die. I mounted her on some cute Recollections paper from one of their 6 x 6 pads. The snowflakes were cut with a Martha Stewart punch & the glitter Xmas tree was a foam tree from my stash.  I hope you like her.
I'll be back tomorrow with another Xmas card.  Right now I feel some Pistachio ice cream calling my name & I will have just enough time to get it ready before Castle comes on. 
Have a great day tomorrow!  Catch you all later.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Black Friday!

Well, gals, 'fess up!  How many of you were in line last night or this morning to take advantage of all the Black Friday sales?  I only made one stop and that was Michaels, of course.  About 95% of all my shopping will be on line this year.  It's much easier than fighting the crowds!

As promised yesterday, I have another Xmas card to share today.  This one is a digi from Wee Stamps. Isn't she adorable?  I was going to do her all in pastels, but somewhere along the way, I got sidetracked  & that gorgeous brick red I love managed to work it's way onto the card instead.

I cut her out with a Spellbinder die & used a Martha Stewart punch set for the snowflake background in green. The Merry Christmas emblem was a Cuddly Buddly stamp & the holly on it was from my stash. The snowflakes were also from a Martha punch. The paper is all from Recollections.
I am so far behind on my cards this year.  Normally, I have tons of them done already, but it has been a hectic year.  I'm going to have to kick it in gear! 
Catch you later!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi friends,

I have nothing to share with you tonite.  I do have a new Xmas card, but don't have the energy to get my camera out & shoot it.  I'll post it tomorrow.

Thanksgiving is the time to reflect on all the blessings we have & I have many. I have a family I adore and am so proud of and friends I consider extended family.  When you look at what is going on in the Middle East, you have to be thankful that you live in a land free of bombing & killing. Sometimes it is easy to focus on all the problems you may have & forget just how blessed you are.

I also wanted to take this time to thank all of my blog land friends for their kind words & many visits to my blog. I am gateful for so many things in my life, & I have to add that I have also been blessed with meeting many new people because of this blog & they are people I consider dear friends now.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Merry Winter

I hope you all had a great day.  This was my first day back to work since yesterday's eye surgery & what a difference the surgery made! It was wonderful!

Tonite I have another Xmas card to share. Since I got a late start on everything, I've been trying to concentrate on Xmas cards to play catch up.

This was a really simple card to make.  The image is from Sassy Cheryl again.  She had so many I couldn't choose, so ended up with a lot of them one day! I mounted him on a snowflake background I made using a Martha Stewart punch around the page set.  The paper is from Recollections & the bow is from my stash.  I hope you enjoy it.
Catch you later!

Monday, November 19, 2012


Hurray!  My second eye surgery is over!  So far, everything seems to be going along well & although it feels like your eye is full of gravel, I know it will be better tomorrow.   I'm not going to be working on anything tonite.  Between hourly eye drops & exhaustion, I don't have the energy.  I'm sharing a card I made this weekend from an image I colored earlier.

This is another Sassy Cheryl digi.  I cut her out & mounted her on a Spellbinder die. I added white flower soft to her ear muffs, coat & boots. The flower is from my stash & the paper is from Recollections. 
Thanks for all the well wishes on my surgery!
Catch you later!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

More Christmas!

Hi, everyone!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We are still enjoying warmer than normal weather here in Iowa & I hope wherever you are, you are having great weather too.  After the horrible storms on the East coast, I think we can all appreciate the weather more than before!

I apologize for not posting much this past week.  It was a busy week & to be honest, after looking at a computer all day, my eyes were strained enough that I was just too tired to work on cards. Hopefully, that will all change tomorrow when I get my other eye done.  It has been challenging to say the least to work with good vision in one eye & have to wear magnifying glasses to read all day. 

I did manage to put a couple of Xmas cards together from images I had colored prior to the surgery. Here is one of them.

This happy little snowman is a digi from Sassy Cheryl's.  The paper is from Recollections & I cut him out with a Spellbinder die.  the holly branch was another die from Marianne Designs. He was colored with Prismacolor brush markers.
Have a great week! Catch you later with more Xmas cards!

Monday, November 12, 2012

My First Xmas Card!

Hi everyone,
As promised, I'm back today with my first Xmas card for this year.  I've been so tied up with other things lately, I haven't had a  lot of extra time, but I finally got caught up enough to begin Xmas.

This image is from Sassy Cheryl's and I have always loved snowmen so I couldn't resist him.

The paper is from Recollections & I cut him out with a Spellbinder octogon & framed that with a Spellbinder Decorative Label 27. The gorgeous holly is courtesy of a Marianne Design holly die. I added some sparkle for the holly berries.
Better get busy.  Have a lot to get done before Castle comes on!  I can't miss that show. If you have never watched it, you should tune in. 
Catch you later!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

More of the same

Hi everyone,
Hope you have had a great weekend!  I didn't have a lot of time to work on cards this weekend, but I do have some more Thanksgiving cards I made using the same cute Sassy Cheryl image I posted earlier. I promise these are the last of the cards with this image!  I had colored a bunch of them & it seemed to be a good idea to use them up so bear with me.

I made this one using a Spellbinder die & some ribbon from my stash. 

On these two I decided I needed a break from a plain old card so I did an oval cutout for the one on the left & made a step card for the one on the right. 
I did manage to make my first Christmas card yesterday, so I will share that with you tomorrow.
As cold as it has gotten here today, it really FEELS like it should be Christmas! We had a drop of about 40 degrees overnight.
Catch you later!  Have a great week!

Monday, November 5, 2012

So much for cleaning!

I don't have a card to share tonite.  I thought I would share a picture of my "helper" that I just took a few minutes ago.  I spent part of yesterday afternoon cleaning off the top of my desk to give me more room to "create" but look who decided it would be the perfect place to nap! I finally got him off the desk & on to "his" chair (the soft one with the padded seat that used to be mine) by throwing kitty treats down.  He is certainly my cat, alright.  I'll go anywhere for a "treat" too!  Especially chocolate!

Hope to be back tomorrow with something new.  Catch you later!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Did you remember?

Did you remember to set the  clocks back last night?  And like me, did you think you were going to get an extra hour of sleep, but you woke up early anyway?   Murphy's law!  I hate daylight savings! How do you explain it to a cat who still wants to get up at the same time he is used to?

Today I have three cards, all done with a cute image from Sassy Cheryl's.  I've decided to use this image for most of my Thanksgiving cards. It's amazing how different they can look just by changing the background paper. 

Here is the first one, done in browns.  The background papers on all of them were from a DCWV Halloween paper pack. 
Here is the second version, done in greens instead of browns.
And finally, the same gal in oranges.  
I should have gotten a lot more done today, but I spent most of the afternoon cleaning & re-arranging my craft area.  It looks amazing now!  Let's see how long it lasts.  I have a habit of getting so involved with the creating process, that I forget the "cleaning " process.  ha ha  I have never understood why I can't stand a single thing out of place downstairs, but in my stamping area upstairs, it is a different story.  I seem to equate having fun with the amount of "stuff" I have on my desk.
Remember your prayers for all those on the east coast that have been so brutally affected by Sandy. And please don't forget to go vote on Tuesday! While you are praying for those affected by Sandy, please add a prayer that the country will make the correct decision on Tuesday as well.  There is a lot at stake this year.
Catch you all later.