A Late Merry Christmas! and an early Happy New Year!

That kind of evens everything out, right? :) I had a wonderful Christmas, and hope that you did too! We have one more Christmas celebration tonight...then I will be all partied out, I think (no, I KNOW!). So here's the last Christmas card that I have to share with you. I ended up using this card as my template for cards, but it left me some scraps. So after every 3rd card I made like that, I made this card. I pretty much used my entire Mitten Weather paper from Cosmo Cricket making cards like this! I think I have 3 pieces left (I used a 6x6 paper pad). It feels good to actually use up what I have.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

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Christmas Treats

If you have followed my blog for the last year, you will know that at Christmas time one of the things that I do is make treat bags for everybody at church. This is our first year at a new church and I decided to continue the tradition...however, somehow time got away from me, and I had one day to make them. I decided to make a sugar cinnamon Chex mix type thing (it would be great if I knew the official name, but I don't). After I made my 6 batches, I tied ribbon around the bag and attached a tag. At first I was using a circle Nestabilitie and a stamp...but then I decided to do what any self-respecting Silhouette owner would do, and do a print and cut of some tags. So I found this cute one by Samantha Walker and after some technical difficulties (of course), it went a whole lot faster. 11 hours and I was done! I'm glad I started small this year and didn't set the bar too high for next year! :D

The Enjoy tag was made using a set from Stampin' Up! called Holiday Collection
And these are the Samantha Walker tags:
And here's about 100 treat bags (yum! guess who is eating the leftovers?)
And when I was done with this, I finished up my 20+ Christmas cards. It was a long (but productive!) Saturday.

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Candy Cane Holder (and winner)

Today I have a fun project to share. I cut out these adorable little stockings using my Silhouette. Then I stitched around the sides to close them up. I stuffed them with polyester stuffing to puff them out. Then I added some Liquid Applique to make the tops puffy. I wanted to embellish them a little more, but I have pretty much run out of time (my Christmas cards are still not finished!). I am going to put a candy cane in each of these and give them to my kids at school. I love how they turned out!

I wrote the kids names in Stickles at the top of the stocking. I smudged them in the picture on purpose (not sure if I needed to, but just to be safe!). They are NOT smudged in person...okay, yes they are, but only a little. You all know that I hate Stickles, right? :) Imagine that there is a candy cane in there, I haven't bought them yet.
And the winner of my blog candy was Karen B. also enduring the freezing cold state of Wisconsin with me! Email me your address and I'll mail your stamp. katytipton at yahoo dot com.

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A Little Sketchy

Today I have two cards to share with you. The first one is for the Limelight Papercrafts sketch and product challenge. The product we had to use was shimmer. I used glitter on the snowflakes, which I stamped onto a Jillibean Soup Sprout.

If you haven't heard, Limelight is closing it's doors. Sad for us, but great news for Mandy! Lucky for me, I have a LSS, so I will somehow survive. Thanks Mandy for the great customer service! I always ordered from her because she would include a cute little handmade note just to say thank you.

Okay, on to the second card. This is for the CardPatterns sketch. I am loving the Mitten Weather paper from Cosmo Cricket -- are you sick of it yet? :)

Lastly, this is your last reminder for the blog candy a few posts down!

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Christmas Hope

Happy Blizzard Weather! And I'm not talking about the delicious treat from Dairy Queen either. It's a blizzard here in Wisconsin, so I spent my day working on Christmas cards (and not getting very many done either...whoops). Here is a card I made for the caardvarks challenge to make a monochromatic card. This is the last caardvarks challenge. It was one of my favorite challenge blogs, so I am disappointed to see them go, but I'm sure it's a lot of work.

Supplies Used: Patterned Paper (Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather), Cardstock (SU Riding Hood Red), Ribbon (May Arts), Die Cut (Nestabilities Labels One), Rubber Stamps (Unity Snowflakes Fall from Heaven, Taylored Expressions Christmas Blessings)

So what is one of your favorite blogs to visit for challenges? This weekend is the last chance to enter a comment for my blog candy. Stay warm!

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Thank You Gifts!

Well I haven't had much time to make any cards lately, but I do have something to share. I needed 12 thank you gifts for Christmas and they needed to be affordable (that's politically correct talk for "cheap"!). So I decided to put together some coffee mugs. They each have a packet of hot chocolate and a packet of flavored coffee in them. Then I added peppermint sticks and 4 chocolate dipped spoons for them to stir into their drink. I know the chocolate spoons are so 2002, but I liked the idea so I went with it anyway. I then used a new stamp set that I got from MFT with a matching die to make the tags. I was going to wrap each mug in cellophane and tie the ribbon and tag at the top, but I forgot to buy it. So I wrapped the ribbon and tag around the handle -- and now they can see the coffee flavors inside the mug.

This was one of my favorite coffee mugs that I picked up. The Santa Claus is just too cute. Shopping for cute and different coffee mugs was actually my favorite part of putting these together.

Oh, don't forget about my blog candy in the post below this.

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I'm Sorry/Christmas Giveaway

I haven't been a very good blogger lately....so to say, "I'm sorry!" and also to say "Merry Christmas!" how about a giveaway? I recently won a stamp from iheartpapers and what do you know, I already own it. So I'm going to pass it on to one of you...and maybe a few other small things too. Just leave a comment below. I'm not sure when I'll draw a winner, probably in a few days. Here's the stamp that I am giving away:
It's probably a little more fitting for Easter, but I'm sure all of you are done with your Christmas cards and ready to make some Easter cards anyway, right? None of you are slackers like me. ;)
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