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Saturday, December 31, 2011


Happy New Year!

Another year gone already.  Where did it go!  My hope for all of you is that this coming year will be one of good health & much happiness.

Our warm temps are gone & winter is trying to peak it's head in again. A perfect night to stay home where it is warm & work on cards!  This one started out as a thank you, but revolved into a Valentine. Perhaps it was the red paper.  ha ha  Anyway, these are some of the magnificent dies I got from my daughter for Christmas.  The heart die is from Marianne Design & the gatefold dies were from Spellbinders. 

Aren't these dies just gorgeous?  I'm having so much fun with them and I have a lot more to go. It's kind of fun to take a break from coloring & do something different for awhile.                                   

Catch you all later!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Little Thank You

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  With weather in the 50's here, it just didn't seem like Christmas.  Or even like winter!!  We usually have snow to our knees & below zero temps at this time of the year, not record warm temps, but I don't think anyone is complaining!!

Today's card is a thank you.  It started out as a "play with some of my new dies" adventure, & kind of grew into a thank you card.  I have a lot of those to make this weekend.  Santa was VERY good to me! I have a box of new dies & cartridges for my new cricut along with stamps, paper, & all kinds of goodies. I wish I had vacation time left to play with all of it, but the long weekend will have to do.

The background is embossed with one of my folders & the lacey shapes on each side are from the new Spellbinders Gatefold dies.  The rose is stamped with an old Inkadinkado stamp & the butterfly is another die from Cheery Lynn.  I was going to do snowmen thank you's but just had to try out the new dies first!  I'm like a kid in a candy store right now, trying to decide which new die to use first!

I should be back soon with something else to share from my new bag of goodies! In the meantime, have a wonderful Friday & a safe weekend!!                                                                                       

Catch you later!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Gift from the Heart

I'm so far behind in getting things done before the end of the week, I should be doing a dozen things right now.  Instead, I wanted to post one of my favorite images from Mo Manning.  This little drummer boy is just adorable isn't he?  I colored him in copics for the most part, adding a bit of pencil shading when I didn't have the right color. The paper was from my stash. 

Only a few more days left until Christmas.  The time is flying by so quickly it is scary! Where did this year go?  Where did the DAY go!  I had better quit blogging & get busy or I will never get to bed! Catch you all later!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Oops! It's still Christmas!

Yes, I know.  I promised something besides another Xmas card today.  After finishing 15 assorted cards yesterday, I was so tired at midnite when I was putting them in packets that I forgot all about taking a photo of any of them.  Darn!  I REALLY liked the guy birthday cards I came up with.  When things settle down, I may have to recreate them.

Meantime, I'm still frantically trying to finish my own Xmas cards.  Here is one I finished just a few minutes ago.  The stamp is from Renee Mullins. She does only a few stamps as she specializes in tole painting, but her stamps are darling.  This one was colored with copics. The paper is from Recollections.

I would have gotten more done this afternoon, but my daughter got a new Cricut and gave me her old one.One of her friends visited her this weekend & brought it back to me along with some of her cartridges so I've been "playing" instead of working.  Shame on me, but it was a lot of fun!  Now I have to buckle down & get busy!

Have a great week!  Catch you all later.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Another Song

What a week!  Since I don't have the energy left to sing anything, I will let tonite's card do all the singing for me. An 11 hr day is too much for this old gal. This Mo Manning image, however, has plenty of energy to sing us a Xmas carol. 
I don't know if these are traditional Xmas colors, but I kind of like the blue & green together. I made another card I REALLY love, but can't share it yet as it is a Xmas card for someone. I colored this one with copics & the snowflake border is a Martha punch.  Got to LOVE Martha!

I have to make 15 assorted  cards by Sunday nite so my next posting will probably be something other than Xmas.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Catch you later!

Monday, December 12, 2011

More Xmas!

Another fast post tonite.  It seems everyone at work has caught some kind of "crud" for want of a better word. Me included. I think I was up half the nite coughing & blowing my nose so I have a feeling I may be hitting the couch early tonite with a dish of rocky road ice cream to make me all better! When I'm sick, all I want is ice cream!

Obviously I didn't take a good picture of this one.  I'm going to blame it on my "crud", of course.  This is another Mo Manning digi & she is so beautiful I just had to color her up. I added glitter to the wings....have to have glitter....

Hope you are having a good week.  Catch you all later!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Reason For The Season...

Hi everyone,

I just have a short post today.  It's been one of those weekend...I've been over at Dad's a lot as he is having some medical issues right now. Hopefully, everything will resolve itself.

This is a Mo Manning image that says it all.  This is the reason we all celebrate. I hope we all take some time in the middle of the chaos that Christmas has become & count our many blessing & say thank you.

Off to do some laundry & catch up on all the things that haven't gotten done yet.  Tomorrow's forecast is for freezing drizzle.  And from Tues to Thurs they are saying freezing drizzle, freezing rain, ice....White knuckle drives all week. 

Stay safe everyone! Catch you all later!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Another Xmas offering...

I'm really getting into this Xmas card thing! I love making them & with so many wonderful images out there, it's hard to decide which to use. I have 3 enormous cubes full to the brim with Xmas stamps & a ton of digi's too, but here I go again using another Mo Manning image. How I adore her amazing, amazing  work!


I wanted to paper piece the ornament, but with digi's that isn't as easy so I just cut it out & put my DP behind it.  I thought this would look better than a solid ball.  The flower is from a Xmas tin I got on clearance last year at Michaels.  I LOVE clearance sales!  You get some wonderful bargains after holidays!  I colored her with copics.  I like yesterday's card better, but this one is cute too.  Hard to resist an elf....

We are going to be below zero tonite again, but warming up tomorrow.  Yeaaaa!!!  Then they are saying ice from Sunday nite into Monday and again mid week so I guess we enjoy the warm weather while we can!

Catch you all later!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

May I Sing For You?

This little beauty is ready to sing your favorite Christmas carol.  She is another Mo Manning image & it's hard to resist her isn't it?  I colored her in copics.  The paper is from The Paper Studio.  No extra embellishments again tonite. Just plain & simple.  I hope you like her.

Guess I had better get busy.  I still have to make some lemon bars to take to work tomorrow for a birthday. If it wasn't snowing out, I'd just run to the store & pick something up!  Oh, well, guess it won't kill me to do some baking tonite.  I can still watch my favorite shows while I'm slaving away in the kitchen!  Now do you all feel sorry for me?  lol

Catch you again tomorrow.  Have a wonderful Friday!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Mail

Ok, it may be offical now that I may be seriously nuts!  I saw this stamp & started laughing.  I have to admit I have never equated Xmas with large birds mailing cards, but this one was just too goofy  to resist.  Who wouldn't want to get an ostrich Xmas card?  The stamp was from Inky Antics & I colored it with copics. The paper was from DCWV and the snowflakes were cut from dies.

The snow & glitter don't show up well, but I did add that for interest.  I promise tomorrow I will have a more "normal" card! lol  And now I have to figure out which of my friends will look at this goofy card & actually like it!  I have a feeling it may end up in the pile of cards I won't send to anyone.  I think we all have one of those don't we!

Only two days left in the week! YEAA!! 

Catch you all tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Something Simple

Today's card is pretty simple.  Not a lot of extra doo-dads or flash.  I used a Mo Manning image and colored her with copics.  The background was kraft paper I ran thru an embossing folder & then highlighted the snowflakes with white ink. Pretty basic.  But she was such a beautiful image, I'm hoping she didn't need much else.

It was 9 below here this morning & foggy!  I could only see about a car length for about half of my drive to work.  Somehow foggy mornings don't go with cold, snow & ice!  Did I mention how much I HATE winter! ha ha 

I had better get to work on my Xmas cards.  I'm way behind!  Hope you are all having a fabulous week!

Catch you again tomorrow!

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Little Break

Time for a little break from Xmas cards.  I had to make  a couple of packages of assorted cards this weekend for a friend of my daughters. This is one of the thank you cards. 

The stamp was from an old Stampin Up set I got at a rummage.  The small butterfly is from a Martha punch & the larger one from Cheery Lynn Designs.  The border is another Martha border punch. It was kind of fun to work on something other than Xmas for a day.
Since it will be 10 below zero tonite, it will be a long time before we see an actual butterfly again!

Back tomorrow with more Xmas!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Little Miss Holly

Well, I know I promised an angel today, but looking at her, I think she is technically a "fairy" according to Mo Manning, the artist. But with wings, I am going to call her a Xmas angel.  I did two cards with this image & both were a lot of fun to color.  I added stickles to the ruffles of each skirt for a little glitter.  A card isn't really finished until you add some glitter!

This is the first one I made, and my favorite of the two, although it was close trying to decide.

This is the second one I did.  Both were colored with copics & the paper is from Recollections.
I have to work on some non-Xmas cards this afternoon, but will be back tomorrow with another post.

Hope you are all having a great weekend.  We only got about 3 inches of snow, not the 5 they said at one time, so I was a happy camper!  And my new snowblower made quick work of it, which I liked even better!

Catch you all later!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Snow Day Card

Hi everyone!

I thought I would share a snowman card today since we are getting our first snow of the season.  It has been snowing steadily since around 10:30 this morning.  The forecast says 3-5 inches.  I'm hoping it is the 3", not the 5", of course.  Either way it will be a chance to try out my brand new snowblower!  This gal is just way too old to shovel!

Back to the card.  The snowman image is from Penny Black.  The greenery & ornament are cut from dies by Marianne Designs & the snow border is a die from Memory Box.  I LOVE dies! And punches, and paper, and.........

What is there about snowy days that makes you want to curl up with a fuzzy blanket & a good book (or a long nap) instead of doing all the things you should be doing?  Maybe it's just me. lol

I'll be back tomorrow with some angels.  Quite an assortment the past couple of days! Hot chocolate pockets, snowmen & angels.  I hate doing the same thing over & over, don't you?

Catch you all later!