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Monday, December 18, 2017

MTS207 Wintery Birthday


Happy Monday, peeps!  I feel like I haven't been in my stamp room for ages; in reality, it's only been a couple of days but those couple of days were spent frantically trying to finish up our kitchen for company yesterday as well as Christmas dinner next week!  I am happy to say we are about 95% finished!  Then we will start working on the bedroom upstairs, I can't wait to get that finished so I can get back into my Sleepnumber bed!!!  Anyway, I made a quick card, almost no stamping, for an upcoming winter birthday!  It used the sketch from Match the Sketch:


I just got a sweet little 6x6 tablet called Winter Wonderland by Simple Stories, and they had these cute little retro winter-themed images, so I just cut them out, sponged the edges and added a diecut sled and a little birthday tag:


Aren't these little images cute?

 


The large sled was cut from Wood Textures DSP using a Simon Says Stamp die; sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs Mini Tag Sentiments:


So happy you popped in today--be sure to come back tomorrow for a Stamp Ink Paper challenge creation!

SO.....I managed to get one decent picture of the almost-finished kitchen:


This table will be replaced by a 7' wooden trestle table that I have been saving for years!!  I had a harder time photographing the other side of the room because of the light, but you can see our sliding glass door which looks out on the woods and field:


Cassidy thinks it's a great area for crafting, and I am looking forward to having my stamping friends over soon!

If you turn 180 degrees, we go right into the living room; we took out the wall separating the two rooms, and it makes such an incredible difference!  Our living room space is still basically the same (small), but with the hardwood floors and a large area between the kitchen table and the couch, we can push back the furniture to make room for more chairs and guests!!  I love that I can look across the kitchen and see my family, enjoying the Eagles game (yay, they won!) AND my new Christmas tree!  


The hard work and inconvenience was so worth the wait!  Thanks for popping in today; enjoy your day and be blessed!


Friday, December 15, 2017

AYSI156 Special Delivery


Happy Friday, peeps!  Can you handle one more Christmas card?  I promise, I will have something different in the upcoming days!  But when I saw our As You See It sketch for this week, I had to create just one more:


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I went pretty literal with here; I "forgot" that I had this tree punch, so when I rediscovered it, I knew it would work with those little trees on the sketch!.  I have used so many papers from the Carta Bella Christmas Delivery 6x6 pad that I have, they're almost all gone, but I had this print that I couldn't quite find a use for, and I think it worked nicely here with my green trees:


I can't remember the last time I used Always Artichoke, so I chose that for my base, and I stamped some greenery from November's Paper Pumpkin stamp set, and added some little dots from Christmas Pines all over to create a background (I forgot how fun that was to do!).  I gathered up some various scraps of DSP and punched out some trees, backing them with Always Artichoke, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow.  I added a little Riding Hood Red scallop at the bottom, a few sequins and some narrow silver washi tape, then finished it off with a silver and white baker's twine bow:


Of course, this sketch would be perfect for any occasion, as you will see if you visit the AYSI blog and peruse the designers' creations!  It would be awesome if you would share your creations with us as well!

While Cassidy was visiting Santa, she also made a craft....from the looks of it, she needed no help, I guess we've taught her well:



She made a stocking for Eden!


So precious!  I hope you have a blessed day and thanks so much for popping in!


Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Paper Pumpkin (Nov 2017), Christmas Pines
Card stock & Papers     Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow (ret), Riding Hood Red (ret), Christmas Delivery (Carta Bella), misc DSP scraps
 Ink Always Artichoke
Accessories White and silver Baker's Twine (ret), Sequins from my stash
Tools     Big Shot, Tree Punch (ret), Stitched Scallop Borders Dies (Lawn Fawn), Dimensionals, Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape

Thursday, December 14, 2017

FMS317 Hometown Santa


Happy Thursday, peeps!  How are your Christmas plans coming along?!  I usually am a bit more organized, I am feeling a little stressed this year!  I did get all my cards out, but I had a couple of new customers place orders last week and I wanted to make a special card to say "thanks" as well as Merry Christmas, so I put the FMS sketch for this week, from my special friend Jen, to use:


I hadn't used the Hearts Come Home stamp set and Hometown Greetings Edgelits for a while, so I cut out a little 3" panel from Whisper White cardstock, and cut a section of the die that had the snowman (cuz that's my favorite one) and layered it on some Christmas Around the World DSP:



I stamped Santa in Basic Black ink, added some silver thread across the bottom, then I mounted it on a piece of Merry Little Christmas DSP.  The horizontal panel is a piece of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper.  I love these colors together! In hindsight, I wish I had stamped a wee little sentiment on the bottom right, but for now, it will have to do the way it is!


And speaking of Santa, on Saturday while Dana ran some errands, Wayne took Cassidy to see him and Mrs Claus at our local grocery store (what a great stepdad he is!!!):


I am not sure how many more (if any) years, we'll be able to do this, so I am enjoying her delight while I can!  Thanks for visiting today and be blessed!


Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Hearts Come Home
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Christmas Around the World DSP, Merry Little Christmas DSP
 Ink Basic Black
Accessories Silver Thread
Tools     Big Shot, Hometown Greetings Edgelits, Dimensionals

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

SIP 129 Red, Green and Gold


Happy Tuesday, peeps!  The SIP challenge this week features the colors of red, green and gold!  They sound like Christmas colors, but they don't necessarily have to be just for Christmas!  

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I am almost ready to mail out my cards, so I squeaked in one more clean-and-simple creation using some new goodies I just got...and some new goodies I've had for a while and have never used, LOL!


I began with a thick white cardstock base and dry-embossed "'tis the season" with a Tim Holtz embossing folder along the edge...I bought a set of these folders at least a year ago and have used them maybe once or twice!  

Because of the fold of the card, I had to cut the embossing folder at the top (gasp!) but it wasn't hard to align it so that it worked just fine!  I love that it gives a subtle sentiment which doesn't detract from my pretty Concord and 9th wreath, stamped in Tranquil Tide and Real Red, then embellished with some little gold pearls:


The stitched star was made into a "button" by punching two holes in it and threading some gold thread through and tying it in a little bow!  And since this is a Christmas card after all, I am entering this in the Fab Friday Christmas Free-for-All!


I hope you can find the time to play with our color challenge this week!  (We can always find time for stamping, right?!)  Share your creation with us at the Stamp Ink Paper blog, we can't wait to see it in the gallery!

I think that Eden is becoming a little bit spoiled!  First Mommy crocheted her a new sweater:


And now she has a new coat!  Stylish, too!


 Thanks for popping in!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Joyful Noel (Concord & 9th)
Card stock & Papers     Thick White, Real Red
 Ink Tranquil Tide, Real Red
Accessories Gold Pearls (from my stash), Gold Thread 
Tools     Big Shot, Bundle of Stitched Shapes Dies (Simon Says Stamp), 1/16" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Tim Holtz Christmas A2 Alterations Embossing Folder

Monday, December 11, 2017

FREE SHIPPING - AGAIN!

Hi peeps! Just a little note....another day of free shipping, today, December 11!  You can find my shopping/catalog link on the right side bar!!  You don't even have to get out of your jammies!  Have fun!

CAS250 and JAI389 Krafty Noel


Happy Monday, peeps!  What a great weekend!  It snowed a lovely snow, I got my Christmas tree up (not decorated though), I made cookies, Army won the Army-Navy game by one point (although I felt sad for the Navy kicker who missed), so my West Point nephew and his mom, my sister, were happy......and the Eagles won as well!  I am not a football fan really, but I like it when the teams that my family likes win!  I even squeaked in a tiny bit of crafting time for two challenges:  Just Add Ink and CAS(E) this Sketch:


I started with a thick white cardstock base, some kraft cardstock from last year's catalog, and Tranquil Tide cardstock for my greenery!  So here we go:


I diecut my kraft cardstock with a Lil'Inker stitched rectangle die, and although it's hard to see, I stamped a vintage Christmasy background on it with Crumb Cake ink, then added my greenery, diecut with a Tim Holtz die.  I sponged the Tranquil Tide greenery with white craft ink, then added some chunky cut glitter for "snow":

 

A Pretty Pink Posh diecut tag was stamped with a sentiment from Joyful Noel by Concord & 9th, then tied up with some Very Vanilla thick baker's twine.  I popped up the kraft piece with dimensionals to make up for the thickness of the twine.  I love this look!

And speaking of pines, the family went out and cut their tree yesterday:


Cassidy found just the right tree (check out the boots) with Mommy and Ganae:


And helped Wayne carry it back to the car:


Eden approved!


Enjoy your day and be blessed!  

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
StampsChristmas Background (Stampendous), Joyful Noel (Concord & 9th)
Card stock & Papers     Thick White, Tranquil Tide, Kraft (ret)
 Ink Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Craft White
Accessories Chunky Glitter (ret), Very Vanilla Baker's Twine (ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Die (Lil'Inker), Holiday Greens Die (Tim Holtz), Stitched Tags Die (Pretty Pink Posh), 1/8" Circle Punch, Dimensionals

Sunday, December 10, 2017

PP374 Retro Christmas Colors


Happy Sunday, everyone!  Hope you're having a great weekend!  It's the last Paper Players challenge of the year--wow, how did that happen?!  Sadly, we have to say goodbye to Deanne...her cards were always fun and funky, and brought a breath of fresh air to the Players!  We'll be taking a little break until January, but Claire is taking us out of 2017 with a bang!  Check out these colors:

 

If you've ever met Claire, you know that she is cheerful and bright, just like these colors, so it's no surprise she chose them!  I pulled out some oldies from my stash to go with some new colors to create a retro Christmas  card:


My trees from the retired set, Festival of Trees, were stamped in three of the challenge colors and mounted behind a diecut of Garden Green.  I added a little embossed Melon Mambo strip and star sequins that matched (mostly) each tree:


But my favorite part might be the little sprigs of holly I created with the Quilt Builder framelits and some pink sequins; I put these down in the corner for just another little kick of color:


The design team has outdone themselves with these fabulous colors....be sure to check them out:

·          Claire
·        Jaydee
·        Joanne
·        Laurie
·        Nance
·        Sandy
·        Deanne
·        Annie
·        Jan


We hope you'll play along too!  Can't wait to see what you create!

Some cuddle time!




Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Festival of Trees (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Garden Green, Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist
 Ink  Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink
Accessories Sequins (ret SU)
Tools     Big Shot, Quilt Builder Framelits, Holiday Frames Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Stitched Borders (Lawn Fawn)