Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Lack of Posting

Good Morning all - I'm writing this to let you know I will probably not be posting now until after the first of the year. We'll be gone this weekend, have to get ready for that, finish Christmas preparations, my daughter Sara and her family will be coming home with us on Sunday and will be here for the week - I'm so happy and looking forward to having them. When they leave for home, my step-daughter and her boyfriend will be here until the following Tuesday, then we're having a small gathering for New Year's Eve. I'm also in the process of setting up my Etsy shop and preparing to load up our Holiday shop here in town. Add all of that to the bookeeping, etc. I do for our family business and my part-time work for the Orthopedic clinic in town and I'm beginning to not enjoy the season. I love this season and want to be present in it and truly enjoy all it offers along with my family, so I'm simplifying. I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season. Darlene, I'm thinking of you and keep you in my prayers - Please take care, I'll see you all again after the first of the year.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Two Hearts - One Love

Happy Friday everyone!! I want you to know this card is nothing like what I had in mind - I'm not even crazy about the finished product - but I'm posting it anyway because I many not have the opportunity to attempt it again. This card is for our SCS Blog Challenge #3 (I think - grin) I missed the last one so it's even more important I get this one posted. I had something elegant and beautiful in mind and it just did not come together for me. Enough whining - the challenge is "Black and White" I stamped the backgound with VersaMark in a flourish design (I'm sorry I've already cleaned up and I do not remember which one)and embossed it. The sentiment is from Deja Views "Fresh Verse" Wedding Vellum. It has several romantic quotes on it. The pearls are from Ellen Hutson, LLC - if you haven't checked out her store please do so - she has so much great stuff. The ribbon is from Michael's.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend, and take care

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Happy Tuesday

Just a short post today. While I was blogging this morning, I ran into a couple of new to me blogs - like I need anymore, but Michelle from Thoughts from a Cardmaking Scrapbooker Chelemom does vintage as well as other types I'm sure - and I do love vintage - she has some wonderful things on her blog. She also had a link to another wonderful blog Mary Ann's - AveryMaryDesign She does vintage work as well as finds fabulous vintage items to pass on and she has an Etsy shop. She's having a contest right now - and if you love vintage - you are definitely going to want to check this out. It will only take a moment and you will be glad you took the time.

That's it for now - take care, have a great day, and spend at least some time doing what you love.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

House Mouse Blog Challenge

Well, better late than not at all - I did not even get to participate last week, so at least I was able to do so this week. If you haven't played in the House Mouse Monday Blog Challenge please stop by and take a look - the images are adorable of course, and the talent of the ladies hosting this blog is inspiring. The challenge this week was glitz and glimmer - I probably do not have the name exactly correct, but I'm sure you get my meaning - Use a lot of glitz and bling. This is also for the Sketch Challenge 205 on Splitcoast Stampers (see link is sidebar)

My image comes from a dear blogging friend Jennifer from Just Coffee Please and I used the same paper - FaLaLa from Making Memories - I've been using for a few weeks now - I'm basically not a whimsical person, but I love this cute paper and it seems perfect for the mice - I now have 3 Christmas cards ready to go. My glitz is red Stickles from Ranger, Liquid Pearls from Ranger, a red rhinestone from Me and My Big Ideas, and a red sheer ribbon with gold trim from Michael's. Hope you like it - Let me know what you think - I really enjoy hearing from you.

Take Care

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Thomas Kinkade Christmas

Happy Saturday everyone!! I thought I would post this card today - I love Thomas Kinkade, and these papers from Cornish Heritage Farms are so beautiful they hardly need anything at all to make them special. I used only some Stardust Stickles by Ranger and some pretty white sheer ribbon striped with silver. The silver paper I created myself by simply painting cs with silver metallic paint and then while wet sprinkling it with super fine silver glitter - I love the way it looks. Hope you enjoy the card and don't forget to check out Cornish Heritage Farms for these beautiful papers.

Have a great weekend - please spend some time doing something you love.

Take Care

Friday, December 5, 2008

Vintage Santa

First off - If I've left you a message that I have something for you on my blog, please go to the next post for Dec. 2nd - thanks.

In case I haven't said it before - I LOVE anything and everything vintage. I have been collecting since I was a little girl, and now - well - I have a lot, and I STILL keep on collecting. More is more is more in my book. In the past few years I have collected quite a few vintage images and post cards.

Today's cards use vintage images, were made for the shop in town and again are very easy. I cut a standard A2 size top folded card, and rounded the bottom corners. I gold embossed pine boughs from Impression Obsession on the front and some inside to finish it off (I also gold embossed "Merry Christmas" from Stampendous in the inside) The vintage image is mounted on paper I made by painting CS with gold metallic paint, and while still wet sprinkled on super fine gold glitter (LOVE this look)and then glued to the front of the card - done! Quick and easy - the only time is spent waiting for the paint to dry.

Have a great day - and try to spend at least some time today doing what you love.

Take Care,

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Another Beautiful Award!

Thanks so much to Sara (my daughter)from Luminous in my Chaotic Dreams (life) for this beautiful award. I am truly honored and love being able to pass it on to 10 other beautiful blogs. For those of you interested I'm so sorry I have not been posting - between submission deadlines, the shop in town I design for and company, there has not been much time for creating - and I long to get back to it.

The rules for this award are:
1. Pick 10 people and pass the award to them
2. Contact them and let them know you have chosen them and their blog for the award
3. Link back to the person who gave you the award

The 10 blogs below are the ones I have chosen for this award - please check them out - they are all amazing as well as the women who post them.

Jennifer from Just Coffee Please
Michelle from Update for Freedom in Creating
Gina from Gina's Makings and Musings
Tiffany from My Crafty World
Anne from Power Stampin
Carmen from Queen Tomas
Susan from Stampin Daly
Sue from Sue's Sentiments
Paula from Crop Notes and

Melyssa from Fantastink

Just a reminder - be sure to take the award pic with you!!

Thanks again Sara and take care everyone.