O Christmas Cards, O Christmas Cards...

...you're images are so lovely.
O Christmas cards, O Christmas cards
I am so happy to get you done EARLY!

Okay...it sorta rhymes. But seriously, I have about 11 Christmas cards done already, that's amazing! Only about 4o more to go. whoo-hoo!! I made this card for the Basic Grey color challenge to use blue, green, and red. The Basic Grey elements on my card are the ribbon and the heart chipboard.Supplies Used: FourSquare and Christmas Critters (Cornish Heritage Farms),Trinity Trio (Unity Stamp Co), EK Success Notebook Paper Edger, Winter Wonderland LAD Paper, Basic Grey Chipboard and Ribbon, Kaisercraft Rhinestones
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Jackpot! Score! Walking on Sunshine!

Call it whatever you want, but I got some major loot tonight at the used stamp sale at Stampers Ink in Shawnee, KS. A big thank you to whoever it was who sold these stamps so nice and cheap especially for me! These sets are all in good condition, with most of them looking like they have never even been used! There was soooooo much more there that I could have bought, but I had to stick to a reasonable budget.
Here's a quick run-down of what I got (and I've included the original retail price just because I'm curious)!
Cornish Heritage Farms:
Christmas Critters ($16.99)
Twink the Owl ($4.89)
Manger Scene ($7.29)
Grid Paper Background ($11.99)
FourSquare (I can't find this online or a price for it)

Lizzie Anne Designs:
Sketched Sentiments ($19.99)

Stampin' Up:
Journaling Fun (Retired...going on ebay for between $7-$10)

PSX Stamps:
With Great Love (I couldn't find this one online either)

So the grand total of my stamps would have been: $68.15 (not including the two I couldn't find a price for)

My price: ?!? I'm not telling! hehe But it was less :)
Thanks for enjoying my super finds with me and I can't wait to show you what I make! And if you're wondering about the goal I set for myself, where I couldn't buy anything until I made 50 projects...Well...I decided since these were USED stamps and I said I couldn't buy anything NEW, I could get away with it. Hush. Let me live in denial and just enjoy my stamps. :)

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Friends with Flair Wish

If you could make one wish, what would it be? For me to get another card done and join in with the Friends with Flair hop for a change? Awww, that's so sweet of you to say. And your wish has come true! It's about time, huh?! Well anyway, here's my card. Not my best work, but I'm in need of getting birthday cards made!
Supplies Used: Unity Stamps Wish, Kraft cardstock, Lizzie Anne Designs pp, Top Note die, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder, Bamboo Leaves Memento ink, Antique Linen Distress ink, Stickles, Mellow Moss Shimmerz
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The Card Hokey Pokey

Okay so I wrote a song for this post, but it was stupid. I'm going to spare you. This time. But seriously, have you ever laid stuff and moved it all around so much it feels like the hokey pokey (you know, you put your right foot in, you put your right foot out...) Well that is what this card was like! I moved stuff around so much it felt like I made at least 10 cards...but I didn't it was just one! Well anyway, this card is the the Lizzie Anne Designs Sketch #100. View the sketch and the info here. I wanted to make a Christmas card but don't have any LAD Christmas stamps, so I used what I had and "made it work." (Project Runway anyone?) I have a great idea for one, but it didn't fit with this sketch, so you will see that later.Supplies Used: In the Treetop, Dreaming of Dots (LAD), LAD pp, Core'dinations Vintage and SU Kraft cardstock, SEI button, Rich Cocoa Memento ink, twill and ribbon (unknown)
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Simply Jesus

This is my new Taylored Expressions kit that I just got in the mail. I love the sentiments. They are absolutely perfect and capture the TRUE meaning of Christmas -- simply Jesus. Love it. And I can't wait to make millions (okay maybe not quite...) of Christmas cards with this beautiful set!

You may be wondering why my cards look similar to each other lately (same paper,
ribbon, stamps, etc...) Well, it's kind of a personal challenge. When I use a piece of paper, instead of putting half of it into the scrap pile, never to see it again, I am trying to use it up. Which means more cards! And I now have another challenge -- to make 50 projects before I buy anything new! Yikes! My friends Martha and Rachel are challenging themselves to do 100! I have to start small though...and it's hard because I heard there's a good sale at Michael's this week. Oh and guess what? I'm going to a used stamp sale this weekend in Kansas City. So I better make 50 projects and QUICK!! So here's my second card, using the same patterned paper as the card above. I love how cute and sparkly this turned out! And the sentiment is again, just perfect! May your Christmas be a time to reflect on the simplicity of His birth and the magnitude of His purpose. It says it perfectly.Finished card size is sqaure, 4 1/4" inches
And here's a close up of the shimmerz, can you see it??
{Click to enlarge pictures to see the shimmery goodness}

Supplies Used: Christmas Blessings (Taylored Expressions), Lizzie Anne Designs PP, Kaisercraft Rhinestones, Tuxedo Black and Lady Bug Memento ink, Scor-bug, Big Lots craft ribbon, Fiskars Eyelet Lace Border Punch, Pixie Dust Shimmerz
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Sufficiently Kicked

Remember the post a few days ago where I told you I was reaching out? Well, I reached out to another new stamp company called Taylored Expressions. I bought my first stamp set from them last week and it came today! Super fast shipping!! I stumbled on the blog while I was shopping and they have a sketch challenge. Yay! I love sketches! The sketch was so so so cute and I made two attempts at it...neither which I liked (probably because they were both so similar). So I would say that this sketch sufficiently kicked my behind...however I made them using ALL scraps!
Supplies Used: Simple Pleasures (Unity Stamp Co), Following My Heart (August Unity Kit of the Month), DCWV The Green Stack PP, Paper Studio rhinestones, Brocade Blue SU Classic ink, Lady Bug and Rich Cocoa Memento ink, Fiskars border punch, Martha Stewart twill ribbon

Attempt #2
Supplies Used: On Your Birthday (SU!), Kaisercraft Rhinestones, DCWV The Green Stack pp, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, American Crafts ribbon, Scallop nestabilities, circle punch, Brocade Blue Classic SU ink, Fiskars border punch

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Card Patterns Challenge Card

Short and sweet tonight! I will be back another time with my oh so hilarious posts. :) This card was for the Card Patterns Sketch 37 challenge. I really love this sketch and just might HAVE to do another one.
Supplies Used: a pocket full of... (Unity Stamp Co.), Another Sweet Day (Unity Stamp Co.), DCWV The Green Stack dp, various cardstock from the stash, Bliss Kaiser Pearls, Pixie Dust Shimmerz, Scor-bug, Peony Nestabilities
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Hot Wax....OUCH!

I saw some cool candles over on SCS and just had to try it out. These are so easy and so cute! HOWEVER, overheating causes the wax to drip...and hot wax can hurt. On the positive side, I now have a very smoothly waxed thumb. HA! I am working out some kinks with the box still. I used different sized candles then the tutorial, so I am working on making a different size box...Measuring is so NOT my thing! And here's the tutorial if you want to try it out (and you DO!)

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Reaching Out, Expanding, Growing

NO! I am not talking about my stomach! (But okay, yes it is doing that daily~I love food!) I'm talking about my collection of rubber stamps! I recently tried out a new (to me) company called Lizzie Anne Designs. Check out the cards I made. SO CUTE! Quality rubber stamps, cute images, what more could you ask for?!
This first card is also for the Limelight Sketch Challenge:
Supplies Used: In the Treetop (LAD stamps), Earth Love paper and chipboard, American Crafts and DCWV Ribbon, Rich Cocoa Memento Ink, Mello Yello Shimmerz

Supplies Used: In the Treetop (LAD Stamps), Earth Love DP, Wintergreen Shimmerz, Rich Cocoa and Bamboo Leaves Memento Ink, Chocolate Chip SU Ink, DCWV Ribbon
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The Headless Scrapbooker -- First Ever Video!

Here's the story...my friend Krista wanted to know how I tied my ribbon onto my cards. I tried to explain it to her. She laughed at me. So I told her I would show her. Well, I decided that I was having a pretty awful hair day and not to mention a pimple the size of Jupiter, so a video was out...Unless I cut off my head...and called myself the headless scrapbooker. Hehe. I think I'm funny. Others do not. Oh well. So here is the FIRST EVER installment of the Headless Scrapbooker showing you how I tie my ribbon into a knot before putting it on my card. This very well may be the LAST EVER installment too...So enjoy. Don't worry if you laugh..you're laughing WITH me, not AT me. :)

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If This Is Supposed to Be a Blog about Cards...

Yeah, yeah, I hear ya. So here ya go. Here's a couple cards that I made for World Card Making Day. Which was more like World Card Making...Hours here. But hey, I made cards, so stop judging me! ;)
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Photo Scavenger Hunt for Limelight

For the Limelight challenge photo scavenger hunt
1. Mismatched Socks. YIKES~remember when this was cool?!?
2. Here's my card using no ribbon -- it was hard to find!

3. This is my most favorite drink. I suggest not talking to me until I have had my Diet Coke for the day...and that's usually not until noon. (I'm not a morning person - hehe)

4. An image that starts with the first letter of your name - "K" This is a kennel in Alaska that my husband visited last year.

5. Sidewalk Chalk Art (by Julian Beever) Insanely realistic!!

6. These goggles very well may be the funniest thing I can find!

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