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Wishing YOU a VERY Merry Christmas from our home to yours!
A Christmas miracle happened this year! For the first time in many years my Christmas cards were sent before Christmas. Seriously, it's a miracle and I'm extremely thankful to My Digital Studio for helping me get this done. One Design…. printed MANY times = LOVE!
Here is a peak of our Christmas over the past few days. It's been such a great time spending it with so much family. We have the most family home this year than ever before. It's been AWESOME.
I hope you are spending time with family and relaxing. I will be doing MUCH of this over the week. I have a big night planned for the Prince this weekend. We have not had a real date since he's been home from Iraq a year ago. I can't WAIT!!
We're counting down the days to Christmas and most that I talk to are running around frantically getting things done. From last minute gifts, dinner preps and of course, craft projects completed. Today, I wanted to bring back some of my favorite holiday cards over the last six months and I've called it the December Mash Up! If you are looking for a last minute holiday card, I hope this will help you.
Here are my Top 12 Favorite Holiday Projects for 2012!
1. Mr. Penguin
2. The Skates
3. The Tree
12. Elegant Ornament
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I almost forgot to share my Color Challenge for the week. GASP!
I always post it on my Facebook Page on Tuesday's if you want a head start.
Bright, fun, a little bit of Rock n Roll. That describes this card in a nutshell. This new Sale-a-bration stamp set called Feeling Sentimental is one of my fav's. It's beautiful with vintage images and I'm in love. The paper, Sycamore Street, is SO fun and bright. This is really going to be a GREAT Sale-a-Bration this coming year. Are you getting excited?
There are all kinds of new products on this card. Below you can see the supplies I used.
Stamps: Feeling Sentimental, That's the Ticket
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo, Calypso Coral
Accessories: VIntage Trinkets, Sycamore Street DSP, Sycamore Street Ribbon's & Button's Pack, Island Indigo Bakers Twine, Ticket Duo punch, Large Rhinestones
I used the Rock n Roll Technique to complete this card. When creating with this technique, start with your lightest ink and then work your way up to the darkest. Roll the stamp image over the ink pad to get a beautiful pattern of color.
I think this wraps up a GOOD Thursday.
I know the next few days will be busy for so many. Keep the Christmas spirit alive and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas.
It's the most wonderful time of year and we shouldn't be stressed.
Have a WONDERFUL day!!
Stamps: A Fitting Occasion, Fancy Friends Kit
Ink: Early Espresso, Pale Plum, Raspberry Ripple
Cardstock: Raspberry Ripple, Pale Plum, Crumb Cake,
Accessories: Storytime DSP, Linen Thread, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Curly Label Punch, Modern Label Punc, Rhinestones, Fancy Friends Kit, Sprtizer Tool, Pale Plum Marker, Subtles Buttons, Chevron Embossing Folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch, hung up cute clips, Gold Smooch Spray
WHOA! You know a week has flashed before your eyeballs when you just posted your color challenge from last week yesterday and now your posting the next one. The good news, I'm on top of it this week. That's a GREAT feeling.
I wish I could take a picture of my face when I put this color challenge together. Perfect Plum?
Okay, a little confession time! I've used my Perfect Plum ink pad about 2 times in the last 5 years.
Don't throw rocks at me, it's just not my "thang!"
This is when challenges come in handy. They PUSH you to try new things or in my case a very neglected color and find something GREAT about it. While Perfect Plum may not be my favorite color choice I'm quite excited about the end result of this card. Not to mention I used less of my favorite colors (Early Espresso & Crumb Cake) and a huge chunk of the Perfect Plum. When you look at the Raspberry Ripple next to the Perfect Plum it's really pretty. I *cough cough* LIKE it! Ah… the beauty of a challenge.
I'm calling all my paper crafter friends out there to play along. YES, YOU. Join me in the color challenge and push yourself a little. Leave a link in the comments or on my Facebook Page and share your project. I would **LOVE** to see it.
If you couldn't already tell, this card has a sneak peek again. See that CUTE Arrow Clip? It's darling and it's NEW. I won't be holding back too much longer and I'll be sharing some new products with you.
Let me tell you about the stamp set I used on this card. It's cute and needed the dust bunnie cloth. Not sure why I didn't pull this great set out sooner. Meet the stamp set, A Fitting Occasion! I love how the majority of the stamp images fit within a coordinating punch. That just makes stamping life EASY. Thank you, Stampin' Up!
Another product I used on this card is SUPER fun and the PERFECT Stocking Stuffer gift for a teenager, teacher or new stamping friend. This is the Fancy Friends Kit. You will notice on my card above I used the "friends" stamp image. All of the products below are included in the kit for only 15.95. INSANE. TWO stamp images, little spots… WOW!!
I think I know what you are thinking.
Stocking Stuffer? What about ME?
I understand, that's why I have one. <smile>
I highly encourage this little kit if you are looking for a gift or you want to make FAST little notecards to friends and family. Did you know that our notecards can be mailed? Absolutely!!
Here is a little peek at a card I made but I added the Ticket Punch.
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I have MORE!!! I have to share these cards I just received in the mail yesterday. SO awesome.
This card below came from Stampin' Up!
When I get a card from Stampin' Up! it's a one of those moments when your feet are planted to the floor you are SO excited. This is the Advisory Board Reunion Luncheon invitation. Just beautiful. I love it!
This next card is from my way on up there Upline Jill Olsen:
Isn't the BOW just gorgeous? I love both of these cards and it did bring a smile to my face when I opened each of them.
I think that wraps up Wacky Wednesday!
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Have a GREAT day! XOXOXO
Can you believe it? Sweet December! 25 days until Jolly St. Nick visits! Holiday preps in place!
Hopefully I didn't stress YOU out!
December is an exciting month for me! Why you ask?
First, I *LOVE* Christmas!
Second, it's been 6 years since I started this blog. 6 YEARS!!!
The other day I took a LONG trip down memory lane. I was totally sucked into reading what I've been up too. 6 years ago I was on the great adventure of moving from Florida to Colorado and needed a *place* to share with all my Florida friends. Wow! At the time I had NO idea I would be sharing WORLD WIDE! Remember, I am a blonde. When I started the blog I didn't have a clue of what I was beginning. Honestly, there are days I still feel that. Regardless, as I took my little memory trip I was drawn to many exciting things. It all started on December 5th, 2006!
It's amazing to see how much my kids have grown over the years, so many stories shared, SO many projects from Stampin' Up! created. On my journey of reading through I also stopped back to read the comments. I am one grateful lady.
To my readers, THANK YOU! You put up with my ramblings, listen to my silliness and always give me amazing feedback. I can't thank you enough. Well I can… just make sure you check back on December 5th! *snicker*
Of course, over the last 6 years technology has changed so much and now you can follow me just about anywhere besides my little bloggy.
I have a love affair with technology. I love social networking because I feel a special connection with YOU. I also love to share. Always have, always will. This is exactly WHY I love Stampin' Up! so much. They have given me the vehicle to share what I love- crafting!
Just where can you follow me these days?
CRAZY! Right?? Seriously, it's all about having fun and that's EXACTLY what I do! LOTS of it.
I share different things on different sites. Whatever my mood may be. <wink>
So, if you are in the mood click the button and follow along. I plan to make this December full of surprises. <wink, wink>
Speaking of sharing…. if you made it this far and didn't fall asleep on me I do have something kinda pretty I wanted to share.
Do you like to add a little stitching to your paper crafting designs? I own a little Janome Sew Mini that sits on my desk. It's tiny and perfect to sew little notions on a card or paper crafting project.
I put the Sew Mini to use with this card above. WIth just a little bit of Stampin' Up's gorgeous Scalloped Tulle I was able to pleat two colors of Tulle together for a fun look.
I added the Poinsettia image from the Watercolor Winter stamp set for a "Winter Look!" I used three images piled onto each other and gave them a little crinkle in my hand. To keep them together I hand sewed a little button with Linen Thread right into the center.
So grab a little thread, sewing machine and beautiful tulle and get started.
Create something with a little thread today.
Stamps: Watercolor Winter, Lovely Little Labels
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Scallop Tulle, Little Labels Punch Pack, Neutral buttons, Linen Thread, Vintage Trinkets, First Edition DSP, Sewing Machine
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Thank you again for visiting!
Make something pretty today… XOXOXO
Are you looking for fast Christmas Cards to create this year? The Ornament Keepsakes stamp set is elegant and coordinates perfectly with the Holiday Ornaments Framelits. This simple Christmas card is fast to put together using four strips of the Candlelight Christmas Specialty DSP and a few stamping elements. You can see all the supplies to create this card below.
Stamp Set: Ornament Keepsakes, Petite Pairs
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Primrose Petals, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Ink: Early Espresso, Primrose Petals
Accessories: Candlelight Christmas Specialty DSP, Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Pearls, Square Punch, Linen Thread, Perfect
Pennants Die Cut, 2 1/2" Circle Die Cut
Digital designers, now is a great time to start working on a Christmas Daily digital book. You may be asking what in the world am I talking about?????
Scrapbookers for years have been capturing their December/Christmas/Holiday memories in one quick album. It's a daily journal of you and your families journey through the holiday's. Capturing details that you may not remember years from now. I'm excited about taking this project on this year. I want to capture exactly what we do, even if it's something simple and little. Even with the chaos (and yes I know I'm adding more) I want to capture it. I've documented quite a few Christmas layouts through the years but how fun will it be next year this time to look back on ONE entire album. The kids will be able to see the traditions our family has created and years (when I'm dead and gone) from now the kids can look back on this book and share with their kids.
My challenge & goal is to bring the inspiration to you as I share my December Daily digital layouts DAILY. Anyone want to join me? You can see all the products I used for this layout above HERE. I used quite a few elements and kits on this layout and then recolored many of them such as the Wonderfall DSP (Chevron pattern) to create an earthy tone to the layout.
Here are a few digital products I recommend to help with your December Daily Album:
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Make it a GREAT Thursday!!