Friday, December 30, 2011

HAVE A GREAT NEW YEAR'S EVE

.........and be careful out there!

 Which way do you like the best?
The image is a freebie over at Tiffany Doodle's site.  Available only a short time, so go get it now.  I used a 6x6 sheet each from my new Madeline pad of pretties, punched with my lacy square spellbinder, did a bit of chalking while the image was still in the spellbinder and added charms/pins/tinsel/ribbons and even uplifted a flower and leaf so as to hang over the die cut. 

Here's to a wonderful 2012!!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Christmas Medley - Cards for 2012

Hi ladies!  I'm on a roll; I am creating my Christmas cards for 2012.  I will not be late; I will not be late; I will not be late in 2012!!!  What a great resolution for me!


I love the 6x6 size of finished cards.  Of course that means I make my own 6x6 envelopes - gives hubby something to do in the evenings if tv is boring!

And I also love working with the CTMH White Daisy Cardstock for my basic 6x12 and fold it in half - perfect crispness every time.  The bg paper is from a pad from Crafter's Companion.  The cute little saying is from the Squigglefly Digi Collection and entitled "CHRISTMAS MEDLEY" created by Jess Holland.  Using this Medley and Holly Young's video I did learn to color the various notations in different colors - but I used them on other cards which I'll show you later on.  Do you like the background of the sentiments - another paper created using shaving cream!  I then used my  Fiskars punch to run across the top and put a black bg against the olive green which was run thru my CB with the Swiss Dots plate.  A few snowflake brads and some handmade lace, and wallah.  2 down and 200 to go!  Just kidding - I hope!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Design Team at Squigglefly!

HOORAY - Today is December 27 - 2011!  And I will be getting the new 2012 DT emblem soon.
Come celebrate with me!  Today is the day I can announce that I've been selected to Squigglefly's Design Team.....and I'm loving every minute of it!  It's very special to me in that I was selected earlier this year but at the last minute I was hospitalized with 2 tumors and spent quite a bit of the past 5 months recovering from the effects of the drugs and the ongoing effects of the tumors as they dissipate.  So celebration is in order, as in 2012 I will be on top of the world!

Earlier this month Holly gave us some new images to play with while we await the start of our term on January 9, 2012.  This wonderful 6x6 card uses many pieces of a 6x6 Madeline Pad I have on hand from Christmas gifts.  The Be Naughty digi and the Save Santa The Trip digi (being only $.99) are printed on cardstock that is pre-colored with the shaving creme method.  The colors worked out so great to go with the Madeline pad, don't you think?  


Santa is pop dotted - I cut him from so beautiful stationery and luckily had 2 sheets left!    The lace and sparkly trim are from my buddy in Ooltewah TN - thank you T!  The Christmas Tree inside is a Jolee item along with the stars - no copic coloring on this card, I am shocked I couldn't find a space!  hahahaha!  I did however distress everything with a chocolate chalk.

 This is the front side of the 6x6..........and below is the inside of my card.  I am laughing!


I don't believe anyone in our family was naughty enough to not have a visit from Santa.  In fact, I think Santa may be shy on cash now!  :)

CONGRATS TO ALL THE NEW DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS, please visit their blogs and say hi!
Here's a list of the new DT and their blogs.

Holley Barnhart's team
Holley Barnhart       http://holleybarnhartsblog.blogspot.com/
Theresa Gerber         http://craftsfriendsangels.blogspot.com/
Tammy Hair               http://tammy-tammyspot.blogspot.com/        
Pat Martin                   http://patacakespages.blogspot.com/

Rhonda Zmikly's team
Rhonda Zmikly         http://bumblcreate.blogspot.com/
Kathy Bradley           http://enteringkathyville.blogspot.com/
Sharon Jones             http://www.inspirationalgreetingsbysharon.com/
Debbie Ebat                http://debbiesstampingadventures.blogspot.com/
Linda Weber        (Me!)     http://scrappingheaven.blogspot.com/

I am seriously looking forward to designing with this wonderful group!  Have an awesome day!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas From Our House to Yours

 Our last snowfall (not counting last evening's dusting) spread a beautiful layer of white snow everywhere. The weatherman says it could be all we will see for the rest of 2011.  How sad!
 Our Christmas Tree has been totally decorated since Thanksgiving; the great grandchildren enjoyed this room immensely playing games and then hiking outside with even a hovercraft ride.  Now the tree sits anxiously for our get together - and it's bursting with gifts; most of which are home made!
 This beautiful crocheted tree just needed to be posted as part of my Christmas this year.  My plans are to make more after the holidays.
 A closeup of some areas of our tree - note the tiny crocheted ice skates.  The reindeer on the right is about 51 years old and was given to me by my favorite teacher in eighth grade at a Christmas party at her home.
Here's Chumley.  One week ago Chumley had surgery on the left side of his neck below his ear.
It was a very large ugly long lump that kept oozing.  Vet prepared us for the worst and that being chemo therapy and all the ugliness cancer brings with it, as he was fairly certain it was cancerous and malignant.  We had the surgery and he sent the mass to the pathologist.
This a.m. Dr. Teasdale called with wonderful news - altho it was a cancerous macroadenoma (where have I heard that word before), it is benign and should never return in any form again.
 Tinkerbelle spends yet another Christmas with us.  She's eight now - and as vibrant as a kitten.  She's a blue himmie.
 Princess Raggs loves lying in the bay window.  Eat and sleep are very important to her at 10 yo.  She's a dilute calico.
Nikko shows off with his new early present from his groomer - his lovely sweater.  He really likes it too.  Dogs are funny sometimes.
A peaceful afternoon in the front room where everyone has a chair but me!

My wonderful husband found he needed to recreate the cat posts/beds as our cats are getting older now.  Chumley especially should not be dive bombing from 6 ft. up.  So he has larger stair steps and very accessible from the floor or the well cover.  That is Chum looking out sat the birds.  As you can see he takes up the entire bed.  Gotta love that cat!

I hope you have a lovely Christmas and a restful week afterwards.  This has been a tremendously 'heavy' year for myself and family with my hospitalization and all the medical bills and meds that came before I was even eligible for insurance of any kind.  We made it thru - Praise The Lord!  2012 will be wonderful to us all.

I will be creating cards and projects for Squigglefly after the New Year as I've been selected to be on their design team again.  I love this group so much it's a real treasure to be able to work with the best.  So til then, after New Year's, I will be posting various Squigglefly projects using some new to me images!  Cya then.  Sign up to be a follower.  Or just sign up via email.  Hugs to you all.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

CLEAN AND SIMPLE - Squigglefly #128

KEEPING IT CLEAN AND SIMPLE - Check out this challenge.  The time is running out for posting a clean and simple card - but do as I do - CRAM IT IN SWEETIE!

I have been so utterly busy in the last 8 days, I am so thankful for the upcoming 2 or 3  slower days!  But this card is made with  a lighter colored craft paper I had in my stash.  The Shy Bear Image from Squigglefly is called SHY BEAR - CANDLE BEAR.  Just click on my link to grab yourself a little sweetie.  A self adhesive Thank You was placed on the black cs.  There is a really pretty mixture of a green background that is difficult to see but trust me it's really cute in person, and

CLEAN AND  SIMPLE!

Monday, December 12, 2011

A tea cup from a dear friend

Isn't it just the most beautiful pin cushion you've ever seen?  I do believe so!
 My friend Pammie, from WA state, surprised me with this today.  My mailbox was well packed tight with the very protective box she had formed around it.  And it arrived in beautiful condition.  What was best, was that it was a total surprise!  Well anyway, here is a side view of all the flowers/ribbons/bows/jewels/pins in the beautiful German tea cup set.
And here we view it from the top side.  Her card was equally outstanding in that she had punched every little white branch to form the Christmas tree!  It's just so much more gorgeous in person, wish I could show you it better.  But thank you so much Pammie........you are very special!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Friday, December 9, 2011

BASED ON A SONG - SFC 127

Squigglefly Challenge 127 is "Based on a Song".  We were to create anything that related to a song - not just Christmas songs either, could be birthday, love, etc. So I decided to go with Frosty the Snowman.
 I WON THIS CHALLENGE - COME JOIN US AT SQUIGGLEFLY BLOG!

ShyBear and his Snowy Playmate is just a darling digi.  I love all the Shy bears and have been collecting them, but this little Snowman hugged by Shy Bear should warm everyone's day.  The folded tree is from a pattern from a lady in our Scrapbook Group.  Coloring is by copics and the bg is a CTMH special holiday paper.  Here are the lyrics:

Frosty The Snowman


Frosty the Snowman, was a jolly happy soul,
With a corn cob pipe and a button nose, and two eyes made of coal.
Frosty the Snowman, is a fairytale, they say.
He was made of snow, but the children know he came to life one day.
There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found,
For when they placed it on his head, he began to dance around!
Oh, Frosty, the Snowman, was alive as he could be;
and the children say he could laugh and play,
just the same as you and me.

Thumpety thump, thump, thumpety thump, thump,
look at Frosty go.
Thumpety thump, thump, thumpety thump, thump,
over the hills of snow.

Frosty the Snowman, knew the sun was hot that day,
so he said, "Let's run, and we'll have some fun now, before I melt away."
Down to the village, with a broomstick in his hand,
Running here and there, all around the square,
sayin', "Catch me if you can."
He led them down the streets of town, right to the traffic cop;
and only paused a moment, when he heard him holler, "Stop!"
For Frosty, the Snowman, had to hurry on his way,
But he waved goodbye, sayin' "Don't cry, I'll be back again some day."

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas - as it's fast approaching.  Remember the Reason for the Season especially!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

4th and 6th Day of Christmas

Our Scrapbook/Card Making Group is so busy keeping the blog up to date, I've finally fallen behind. But today I declare to CATCH UP!!!!!!


These darling gift card holders were an accident!  We were making extra 6x6 envelopes and accidentally cut one of the sheets an actual 6x6 for the envelope!  Duh!  But no problem......we simple decided we could make gift card and cash holders out of the miscuts plus a few more now that they were fun, and wallah, these are fun.  The paper is mostly from CTMH and they are the 6x6 swatches that you can keep on a ring.....having both sides a Christmas type flavor makes them so cute!  Don't you think!

Well today I have to finish my Goody Bags - for the Mailman and whomever and start a Christmas Decoration.  That is the easiest as my total house is beginning to look like Christmas - even the cat towers!

Do you like homemade potato soup?  Would you like a warm Christmas gift for a friend?  Then come on over to SCRAPBOOK PLACE's blog and check us out.  Become a follower there and enjoy the company.   Allie has posted a MUST READ for every homemaker!  Yummmmmmmm!!!

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On the FOURTH day of Christmas, my crafter made for me,
FOUR GOODY BAGS (that 3-fold Christmas card, and those 2 Christmas cards and that pretty Christmas ornament to hang)…

On the FIFTH day of Christmas, my crafter made for me,
FIVE shiny SNOWFLAKES!!! (4 goody bags, the 3-fold card, 2 Christmas cards, and that pretty Christmas ornament to hang)…

On the SIXTH day of Christmas, my crafter made for me,
Some embellished GIFT CARD HOLDERS (5 shiny snowflakes, 4 goody bags, the 3-fold card, 2 Christmas cards, and that pretty Christmas ornament to hang)…

On the SEVENTH day of Christmas my crafter made for me,
A Christmas DECORATION (a few gift card holders, 5 shiny snowflakes, 4 goodie bags, one 3-fold card, 2 Christmas cards, and that pretty Christmas ornament to hang)…TUNE IN LATER TODAY!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

FIVE SHINY SNOWFLAKES A-FALLING.........

ON THE 5TH DAY OF CHRISTMAS......

5 Snowflakes punched out of very pretty heavy shiny cardstock; green holly leaves and red rhinestones to set it all off.  5 more cards for my card box........very easily done using the Spellbinders Snowflake Pendant set from 2010, which I recently found on sale online.


On the FIFTH day of Christmas, my crafter made for me, FIVE shiny SNOWFLAKES!!! (4 goody bags, the 3-fold card, 2 Christmas cards, and that pretty Christmas ornament to hang)…join us at Scrapbook Place's Blog!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Poinsettias Rule!

 My house is slowly beginning to look like a suburb of the North Pole.  Above 16 Santa cards await centers and gifts tucked inside for friends and relatives.  The card is based on one I saw HERE - just click!  Of course they aren't identical - nothing ever is, is it?  I used up a lot of wiggle eyes I know - they were a lot of fun.

NOW  few words about my poinsettias.  Earlier in my blog I showed pics of my red and white poinsettias as they flowered last Christmas season.  They are now 3 years old.  This year I totally forgot to trim them down in the spring, so yes.......................
 They are GIGANTIC!  My husband built me special wood planters for the exterior pots.  There is another pot within to contain moisutre.  Every day it seems they grow a bit more.
 You'll see now the brackets have formed on both the red and white.  I was truly surprised to see that this morning.  My sister in law was throwing the red one away 3 years ago and I thought I'd try raising it thru the winter.
 The white one was from my husband for our anniversary 3 years ago - and I must say it's even more beautiful today!
Here's a long shot in the sunroom - focusing down against our Christmas tree.  The 4 great grandkids just loved playing in this room on Thanksgiving Day - before all the outside activities.  Guess I should put those pics up next.

Unfortunately I did not get my 4 bags of goodies done for the Christmas song, and today I must do the 5 snowflakes.  I have the perfect huge punch for them!

Are you enjoying your Christmas prep?  I am!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

1st thru 3rd Day of Christmas

Our Scrapbook Group is doing the Twelves Days of Christmas - OUR WAY!  Lo and Behold I too have begun and will attempt to keep up!

THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS

Today is the 3rd day of Christmas and our project is a Trifold Card.  
What a great incentive to finally move these few things that have been sitting on my desk, waiting for a bit of creativity to hit me.  I have no idea where I got them from - but I am sure they came from our scrapbook group in a pif or a swap.
This is the final card - a trifold card.  The top opens up UNDER the crackled background and license plate - which reads WISCONSIN - Fishn!  I have a brother who has a birthday in January and he just loves to fish.  Being single he has the time and he's always eager to call me and report the catch.  He'll love this for a birthday surprise!

 Here you can see the interior.  With the license plate and the background papers, I also had a stash of camo ribbon and this wonderful burlap colored writing paper - perfect for that all important note to him.


Here I have laid my scissors on the bottom 1/3 flap so you can see how that works.  I do hope you have a bit of time to try a trifold card.  They come in many methods - basically take a 6x12 sheet of cardstock and instead of folding in 1/2 - you will fold down 1/4 and fold up 1/4 leaving the interior a 6x6 surface. 

Rolling along with our theme of the 25 Days of Christmas Crafting, we hear the carolers sing:
On the SECOND day of Christmas, my crafter made for me,
TWO Christmas CARDS (and that pretty Christmas ornament to hang)…

You know what - I used to feel totally overwhelmed when it came to sending out Christmas cards.  Well I still don't start early enough but I have found some shortcuts.  I make my cards - I just cannot buy a Christmas card - they aren't the same.  I want feeling in mine!  But how did I make it?

Well perhaps my way of creating Christmas cards/Birthday cards/etc. will help you out.  Below is a very fun card I made for this year's season.  Altho not all that religious, it still conveys the message.


 This is the finished card minus the interior sentiment at this time.  Now take a look at the following image to see what the card was comprised of and how could I possible make multiples of this card so easily?

See my secret?  I make multiple images and color them all at the same time - usually watching tv in the evenings underneath my Ott lite for great depth of coloring.  Then I fussy cut the images at another sitting.

Now check out the ribbon on the card - it really is just flat ribbon that I have rubbed stitches on - you can see the rub on stitches yet that remain on the fun sheet of rubons.  

The background has been impressed with the cuttlebug dies - I have several ready all in winter and Christmas theme.  Then I merely distress them with a lovely sand or brown (very lightly) to get more depth.

Do some pop dotting and the front of your card is ready.  I'll now stamp my sentiment inside.  Some people print their sentiments from digis and then remount.  Either way is good.

Hope I helped you - Have a great holiday season!

FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS

"It's made with the Spellbinders Snowflake 4 piece nestie.  I made 3 large snowflakes, bent them in the middle using my ScorBuddy from Crafter's Companion and hot glued them from there.  Also used the other stars and ornament that come out of the shapes on the ScorBuddy.  Lots of ways to use it.  I hung my ornament on a cupboard door - couldn't see it against the tree!

Happy crafting, everyone!!  Check us out tomorrow!