A Busy Bee!

IS ME!! I am going to get my Christmas cards done!! Are you tired of seeing Christmas cards EVERYWHERE??? Probably. Don't worry, I need to make some birthday cards today, so you'll get a quick break... This card I made for the Basic Grey Sketch #9 challenge. I had to take off some of the layers on the sketch because it made my card too heavy, but otherwise, I stuck pretty well to the sketch, I think. The Basic Grey is paper from the Archaic collection.

Supplies Used: Christmas Blessings (Taylored Expressions), Archaic PP (Basic Grey), SU DP (retired, name unknown), Close to Cocoa Classic Ink (SU), Ribbon (American Crafts), Rhinestones (Kaisercraft)

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Shimmery Fun

I made this card for the Cuttlebug Challenge to use glitter. I used the Snowflakes Cuttlebug folder as the background and then painted Pixie Dust Shimmerz over the whole card. In person it is SO shimmery! The camera had a hard time picking it up, but if you squint and turn your head funny, maybe you can see it. I included a close-up of some of the shimmery goodness though if you don't really want to try that.
Supplies Used: Snowflakes embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Christmas Verses (Our Daily Bread Designs), White CS (Georgia-Pacific), Pixie Dust Shimmerz, Ribbon (American Crafts)

And here's another card I made, using the same idea. It uses the Quickutz Christmas tree embossing die. I covered it in Pixie Dust Shimmerz and some really fun Polar White Flower Soft.
Supplies Used: Christmas tree (Quickutz), Mistletoe PP (Making Memories), Share the Joy (Hero Arts rubber stamps) Dew Drops (The Robin's nest), Polar White FlowerSoft, Pixie Dust Shimmerz, Yellow Droplet (Kaisercraft)

P.S. Can't see the shimmer? Try clicking the image to enlarge. It's there, I promise! :D
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Coloring - UGH!

I have been following the Caardvarks blog for about a year now, and finally decided to participate in a challenge. Why this challenge, I'm not sure. Because if you know me, you know that coloring is not my thing!! But what I liked about this challenge is that you could use "whatever" to color with -- markers, pencils, paper piecing, etc... So, I'm hoping that this qualifies for the challenge - I used Flower Soft (love this stuff) and markers to color my Christmas topiary! What do you think?
Supplies Used: Christmas Vintage Flower Soft, Winter Wonderland PP (LAD), Christmas Blessings (Taylored Expressions), Simple Life (Unity Stamp Co.)
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Favorite Patterned Paper

The Limelight Sketch #35
Use your favorite patterned paper!
My card ending up more boring then what I was going for. But sometimes simplicity is best! :)
Supplies Used: Christmas Verses (Our Daily Bread Designs), DP is from SU! (retired), ribbon (American Crafts), rhinestones (Kaisercraft), Apron Lace border punch (Fiskars)

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It's Simple...Just Like the Old Days

That's what my husband said about my card...and when I added buttons he said "Nooooooooooooo, take them off" so I did. I don't think he's felt so strongly about a card before. LOL
This card is for the Taylored Expressions sketch #92
Supplies Used: Christmas Blessings (Taylored Expressions), Autumn Splendor PP (Making Memories), Pixie Dust and Mello Yello Shimmerz, Jute twine
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Gina K. Customer Hop!

I am so excited to participate in the Gina K. Customer Blog Hop! The second I saw the Gina K set Vintage Borders, I just had to have it! It's such a beautiful and versatile set. To view more customer's blogs with the Gina K. new releases go here and be prepared to be inspired!
Supplies Used: Vintage Borders (Gina K. Designs), Ribbon (American Crafts) Pixie Dust Shimmerz, Dew Drops, Very Vanialla (SU) and Kraft (GKD) cardstock, SU! DP
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To Polka Or Not...THAT Is the Question

I made this card for the Lizzie Anne sketch #104. Last night when I went to bed I hated the polka dot ribbon. This morning when I woke up, I was kind of liking it! That could be tired eyes, though. So what do you think, ditch the dots or leave 'em?
Supplies Used: Dreaming of Dots (LAD), Girl Friday PP (Cosmo Cricket), Very Vanilla CS (SU!), Chocolate Chip (SU!) and Angel Pink (Memento) Ink, Ribbon (American Crafts), Mello Yellow Shimmerz
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Nope, not my 91st Christmas card, more like my 13th. I better get in gear, huh! But it is the Taylored Expressions Sketch #91. I'm happy with how this card turned out, and of course, love the stitching! I also added Shimmerz to the whole card so it's a little sparkly, just hard to see in the image.
Supplies Used: Christmas Blessings (Taylored Expressions), Winter Wonderland pp (LAD), My Mind's Eye definition card, American Crafts Ribbon, Jillibean Soup journaling sprout, various cardstock, Pixie Dust Shimmerz

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Going SEW Crazy

I am loving my sewing machine -- especially that zig zag stitching! So here's a few projects with some sewing on it. I'm not good yet, but I'm getting there.

Supplies Used: Little Yellow Bicycle Scalloped Circle, Core'dinations Heritage CS, Jillibean alpha letters and journaling sprout, Shimmerz, American Crafts ribbon, a pocket full of.. (Unity Stamp C0.)

Supplies Used: Autumn Leaves and Crate Paper pp, Kaisercraft Pearls, Very Vanilla CS, Rain and Flowers (Unity Stamp Co.)

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It's Been Awhile

It's been awhile, so I think it's time for a scrapbook page! I FINALLY did one. And what's even more exciting is that there is STITCHING on my page! Just a little, but it's there. Remember when I said a Janome Sew Mini was in my future? I bet you didn't realize I meant NEAR FUTURE, huh?! Expect crazy stitching for awhile! :) I made this page for the Design to Inspire challenge blog to scrap a page of your significant other. Supplies Used: The Green Stack (DCWV) and The Boyfriend (Cosmo Cricket) PP, Little Me stamp (Unity Stamp Co), Apron Lace border punch (Fiskars), Heidi Grace punchboard letters, My Minds Eye journaling card

Journaling says:
Jon and I went to Dave & Busters and saw this photo booth that would show what your future child would look like. We thought it was a joke and expected something funny~this was not what we expected. It was a little creepy :)
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Chipboard Fun

This card is for the Limelight Sketch challenge and the product focus was chipboard. I love how this card turned out, one of my favorite Christmas cards so far! I bought a Pixie Plus sewing machine and I wanted to sew around the squares, but the machine didn't work well. I spent more time threading the machine then actually sewing, so I packed it back up and returned it. I think I see a Janome Sew Mini in my future :)
Supplies Used: Vintage Borders (Gina K. Stamps), Earth Love chipboard (Cosmo Cricket), Snowflake Border (EK Success), black and kraft cardstock
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Oh, Oh, Oh, You Wish You Were My Boyfriend

Okay, so maybe you don't :) But if you don't have The Boyfriend paper from Cosmo Cricket, I bet you wish you did! Isn't it cute?? I made this card using the CardPatterns sketch #40, and it has to be posted by 11:59pm tonight. I am cutting it close!
Supplies Used: FourSquare (Cornish Heritage Farms), Fresh Beginnings (Unity Stamp Co), The Boyfriend PP (Cosmo Cricket), Rich Cocoa Memento ink, Pumpkin Pie SU Ink, misc. brads, Jute, Scor-bug, Kraft and Vanilla CS
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Insert Creative Title Here

It seems like it has been a LONG week. Of course when you wake up on Tuesday thinking that it's Saturday, it's bound to feel like a long week! This is my second card for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge. I was thinking about the challenge about God being "unseen" and as I was looking for a stamp to go with that subject, I came across this one -- "You are in our prayers..." How many times do people, unknowing to us, lift us up in prayer? Probably more often then we think! So I found it to be a very fitting card -- prayers lead to God moving. So anyway, here's my card. I used the emboss resist technique on the background, it gives it such a soft effect.
Supplies Used:
Stamps: perfect in every way (Unity Stamps), Flourished Christian Symbols (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Ink: Soft Sky (SU!), Antinque Linen (Distress Ink), Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Paper: Glossy CS and Very Vanilla CS (SU!), Crate Paper PP
Accessories: Taylored Expressions Ribbon, Making Memories Brad, Clear EP, Shimmerz Spray, Brayer, Various Circle Punches

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Some Humor to Make Up for the Cards

Two very different Christmas cards...neither that I absolutely LOVE. What has happened to my mojo again?!? AHH! Well, to make up for the dismal cards, I have some humorous Christmas quotes to share with you!

The one thing women don't want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband. -- Joan Rivers

Why is Christmas just like a day at the office? You do all the work and the fat guy with the suit gets all the credit. -- Anonymous

Supplies Used: Manger Scene (Cornish Heritage Farms), Christmas Blessings (Taylored Expressions), Very Vanilla CS (SU!), Vintage Red CS (Core'dinations), Ribbon (American Crafts),
Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, and Close to Cocoa Classic Ink (SU!), SU! Designer Paper (retired), sponge, edge distresser

Supplies Used: Christmas Critters, Grid Paper (Cornish Heritage Farms), Very Vanilla CS (SU!), Vintage Red (Core'dinations), Glossy CS (SU!), Ribbon (American Crafts), UTEE, Shimmerz

And let me leave you with this wonderful joke:
Q: What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?

A: Claustrophobic

Quit rollin' your eyes at me. :)
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Tag #6,348 and a Challenge Card

Have you ever made a project over and over and over and over....Well, that's what I did with this tag. I cut out about 6,000 scalloped circles and I finally ended up with this tag. Not my favorite, but definitely my favorite out of all the ones I attempted. This is for the LAD Sketch #102 challenge.
Supplies Used: SU! Cardstock, Dreaming of Dots (LAD), Window Punch, Sweet Pea FlowerSoft, Scallop Nesties, Bliss Blue Classic SU! Ink, Night of Navy Versamark Ink, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder

This card is for the Stamping Sisters Challenge to make a card about when God is "unseen." I made this as an encouragement card to remind a friend that God is there. I absolutely love the sentiment. I think I need to make a wall hanging with this on it.
Supplies Used: Lift Up Our Hands (Our Daily Bread Designs), Earth Love (Cosmo Cricket), Threading Water Border punch (Fiskars), Rhinestones (Kaisercraft), Ribbon (American Crafts), SU! Cardstock, Rich Cocoa (Memento Ink)
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Curly Little Christmas Tree

I found a tutorial for this cute little Christmas tree over on the Jillibean blog and just loved it, so I thought I would try it out. I could not find a tree form anywhere, but I did find these paper cones. It was a little hard to use, since it's round, but it still worked pretty good. I used SU! paper (it's retired, not sure what it's called) and Stylin' Stars (Unity Stamp Co) for the "tree topper"
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Spring Cleaning time! All items are used unless otherwise noted and come from a smoke-free, pet-free home. If you need a picture, please let me know and I'll be happy to send it to you. I have added the company item numbers if I know them.

I will ship the cheapest way (or priority if you prefer). PM me if interested! I accept check (must wait for check to clear), money order, or PayPal.

Stampin' Up:
Delightful Doodles: $5
Little Shapes: $5
Vivid Greetings: $8
Springtime Stems: $8
Big Blossom: $5
Stipple Celebrations: $10
Fun Filled: $5
Polka Dots & Petals: $8
Alphabet Soup: $5

Quickutz Dies
Paige Numbers (10 Number dies): $10
Paige Uppercase Alphabet (26 dies): $20
CK Handprint Uppercase Alphabet Mini's (13 dies): $15
Ginger Uppercase, Lowercase, Numbers, Punctuation, and Ampersand: $25
Sunshine Alphabet Mini's (15 dies): $20
Olivia Unicase Alphabet (8 dies): $15
Olivia Numbers (3 dies): $8
Ticket (Limited Edition Die): $5
Party Hat (2 dies, KS-0494): $3
Heart (RS-0003): $2
Suitcase (2 dies, KS-0549): $5
Tag (Scalloped, RS-0156): $2
Daisy (RS-0015): $2
Pig (2 dies,KS-0525): $5
Tractor (2 dies, KS-0524): $5
Asterisk (RS-0525): $2
2 Small Daisies (RS-0128 ): $2
Leaf (RS-0101): $2
Flip Flops (RS-0026): $2
Tool Box (Brand new in package, set of 2, KS-0680): $8
Punctuation Die Set (set of 6, QKDS-12): $20
Pink Quickutz Squeeze with Komfy-Kutz: $15

Sizzix, Bosskut, Cuttlebug
Sizzlit, Phrase, Friends, and Daisies (654345): $5
Bosskut phrase, Sun (#0587): $2
Bosskut phriase, Cherish (#0589): $2
Cuttlebug (small) embossing folder: created for you with love: $2
Cuttlebug (small) embossing folder: present with heart on top: $2
Cuttlebug (small) embossing folder: to: $2
Cuttlebug (small) embossing folder: from: $2
Cuttlebug Tiny Tags (set of 4): $10
Cuttlebug Asterisks (set of 4, # 8577694): $10
Cuttlebug 3x3 Die, Funky Square (# 8577413): $5

Unity Stamp Company:

From Endings and Beginnings (Feb. KOM)
Decorative Easter Egg: $3
From love, etc...(Jan. KOM)
Scalloped Frame filled with Flowers: $3
From Following My Heart (Aug. KOM)
Damask (#3): $2
From a pocket full of...(July KOM)
Arrow (#5): $3
From another sweet day (May KOM)
Decorative Corner: $2
From Simple Life (March KOM)
Small Butterfly: $1
From Friendship, Love, Miracles (Sept. KOM)
Small Scallop Edge: $1
thank you for being my friend: $1
From Stylin' Stars
Argyle Star: $2
Star with Oriental Flourishes: $3
Matching Oriental Circle: $2
From Shopaholic
Sale Tag: $2
Spin Baby: $5
From {good times}: $5
Snowflake Point: $5
Perfect in Every Way
Relax: $3
From Mix Up of Cuteness:
Stir It Up: $2
From Here's My Thoughts:
Devoted: $2
dreamer: $2

Fanciful Dots (Set of 11): $10
Christmas Bough (Brand new in package): $7
Unity Stamp Company logo with handmade by underneath: $2
I Love Dad T-Shirt and Trophy: $3
Joy in oval with flower: $2
"smooch" (very small): $1
Dragonfly in circle: $2
"phone:" and "address:" (small): $2
Napkin with cherries (small): $2
Large daisy flower (with defect): $1

Miscellaneous Stamps:
Hero Arts Bursting Fireworks: $3
All Night Media Thank You!: $3
EK Success Image Tree, For You: $2
EK Success Image Tree, Party!: $2
Eureka Stamps! I'm praying for you: $2
PSX Congratulations Graduate! (F-995): $5
Hero Arts Willing Heart Message (C2462): $3
Hero Arts Scatter Joy (C2773): $3
Hero Arts Shadow Stamps Little Greeting Background (C1973): $3
Hero Arts Save the Date (C2708 ): $3
Hero Arts With Caring Thoughts (C2703): $3
Hero Arts Congratulations (C2734): $3
PrintWorks Thank (C1508 ): $2 Pin It Now!
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