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Peace at Christmas

Peace at Christmas

It’s something we all strive for during this time of year, Peace at Christmas.

As I was madly dashing from store to store today in search of that one magical gift I felt an overwhelming sense of anxiety come over me knowing that I had once again procrastinated my Christmas shopping.  Every single year my best laid plans fall short and I’m in this same exact boat year after year.


I remember when I was growing up my mom had every gift wrapped and under the tree the first week of Christmas.  Being a military brat the best part of waiting on Christmas was the postman delivering boxes filled with gifts from family out of town.  We LOVED unpacking those boxes.  Underneath our tree would grow rapidly.

I’m afraid my own children will have a different story to tell with their own children and I’m kinda beating myself up about it.  There story will go something like this….


We went from no gifts to a few gifts the night before Christmas.  LOL.  It will be short and sweet.


Luckily my kids have a GREAT sense of humor and to be honest my kids need nothing. Although my kids will have gifts under the tree we have spent more time this year trying to instill the beauty of giving rather than receiving.  Both of the kids do love this but Brandon always cracks me up when softly he asks… “Mom, I’ll still get a gift under the tree, right?”  He is my child, 100%.  My kids are at that age when clothing seems to be what they need but they still want that “toy” under the tree.  What toy do you buy a teenager?


This is exactly why I was a bit frantic running store to store.  There was NO peace on my face until I sat down in my car.  The radio started to play and I took a couple of deep breaths.  The Christmas song playing brought me back to what the meaning of Christmas is all about.  Yes, the gifts are wonderful but the true gift is Jesus. My kids know this. For that I am eternally grateful.


I still haven’t found that magical gift but I’m at peace with it.  If you have that same feeling, take a couple of deep breaths and remember the true meaning of why we celebrate this magical season.


I love that I can express peace at Christmas through the art of stamps.  Today I have a simple but beautiful card using the Peaceful Wreath stamp set.

Peace at Christmas, Peaceful Wreath, Stampin' Up!


The holly leaves on this branch is one of my favorites.  This is a quick coloring image using a Blender Pen and Ink.

Peace at Christmas, Peaceful Wreath, Stampin' Up!

Peace at Christmas, Peaceful Wreath, Stampin' Up!

My tip is what NOT to do.  Be careful how much glue you are using when it comes to placing your sequins down.  If you look close you can see the “glue”.  While it’s not a big deal when actually looking at the card, you wouldn’t want that to be seen, really.


Through all this, I hope you find a bit of peace right now. Turn on the radio and just listen.  XOXOXO


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Weekend Stamping

I had to put my bestie on a plane Saturday morning.  Needless to say I pouted most of Saturday after she left but found myself in my stamp room for therapy.  I missed her contagious giggle when we stamp together.  Then of course late night blogging together was fun too.  I think she left a piece of Colorado however.  Here in Florida we have a freeze warning.  WHAT? My fruit trees are lit up like Christmas Trees and blankets over them to stay warm.  It doesn’t typically get this cold in November.


Since it was cold I stamped more.  Can’t beat that!

I started off with the Peaceful Wreath stamp set.


I wanted to keep this card very simple so the wreath and all it’s detail stands out. The best thing- this set has a coordinating framelit- Wonderful Wreath Framelits. Yippie!!

Peaceful Wreath, Stampin' Up!

I love the font on the greeting “Peace!”  Very crisp image when stamped. I love how it looks on Watermelon Wonder cardstock.


The Watermelon Wonder really made the card pop.


Peaceful Wreath, Stampin' Up! Peaceful Wreath, Stampin' Up!


I added a few rhinestones for the bling effect.  What do you think? Here is list of products I used for Peaceful Wishes card.

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 Another card I created used a stamp set that is on the Extravaganza Sale- which means BIG SAVINGS.  It’s a beautiful set, Banner Blessings.
I created the circles with the Go Wild Designer Series Paper.  Great patterns in this 6 x 6 Pack.
Each image has a scripture verse.  LOVE!
I used the following products for the Banner Blessings Card:

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Shaker Cards Bring Joy!

Shaker Cards Bring  Joy!

It doesn’t matter if you are 2 or 92, anyone that receives a shaker card gets joy out of shaking the card and hearing the razzle dazzle from the card.  Not only does it bring joy it creates happiness.

I tested my own theory on my kids.  They love when I make a card that moves, shakes and of course a card that holds green dollars with “certain” men on the front.  Not all men on those dollars create that excitement. Do you know what I mean?

Seriously, I was fiddling in my office when Alexis walked in and I had this card sitting on my desk.  She picks it up and immediately starts shaking it to death.  She grins and I’m only praying that the foam tape (dimensionals) that I have placed securely around the portion of this shaker is holding on tight and we don’t have a massive shower of metallic stars everywhere.   She created quite the shake on this card.  The real joy was the smile it created for her.


Think about it… It BRINGS joy!

Shaker Cards, Flurry of Wishes stamp set, Stampin' Up!


The true confession comes when I tell you I kinda cheated on this card.

I have the fun card kit in our Holiday Catalog called To You & Yours Shaker Cards and I’ve wanted to open it.  But I have a disease called hoarding….  and all of those sequins and chunky clear glitter that comes with this kit pushes me over the edge to where I don’t want to use these precious little toys incase I run OUT of sequins.  If you were sitting in my room with me RIGHT NOW you would be laughing so hard your head might roll!  Me, run out of sequins… I’m one FUNNY girl.

Shaker Cards, Flurry of Wishes stamp set, Stampin' Up!

I was so determined to use the bag of star sequins from the kit I over filled it.  Now I have a perfect excuse to order more.

Shaker Cards, Flurry of Wishes stamp set, Stampin' Up!

I started this card by using Crumb Cake cardstock.  I have a piece of 4 x 5 1/4 on top of the card base that I stamped with Whisper White Craft ink and the Flurry of Wishes stamp set.

The shaker was created using the Banner Framelits.  To create the shaker I die cut 3 banners using Whisper White, a Window Sheet and then the Soft Sky cardstock.  I then die cut the Soft Sky banner with the Perfect Pines Framelits Dies.  I used the smallest tree in that framelit set.

I added one last detail to this card that’s kinda fun.  I wanted a perfect snowy hill.  I used one of the Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies to create the nice round edge.

Of course I felt compelled to embellish with a few of my favorites I have laying around such as a button, twine and a doily. I also used the Christmas Greetings Thinlits for my greeting.  LOVE these die cuts.

I’m excited to send this card this year because I know it will bring joy to the person that receives it and they will shake it like crazy.  I will continue to pray there are no areas breached and my beloved sequins will not go flying out of this card.


Shaker Cards, Flurry of Wishes stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Are you ready to make Shaker Cards? If you are looking to create these with ALL the materials you need at your finger tips, Page 4 of the Holiday Catalog has the perfect start- To You & Yours Shaker Cards Project Kit.  Awesome kit, tons of sequins, and chunky clear glitter (be still my heart).  Otherwise, get your sequin stash out and have fun.   Unleash the sequins….


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