Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Let it snow Let it snow Let it snow

Really – we need the snow. So far we’ve had very little. Just a couple of things – a “let it snow” banner… " These pics were taken in a hurry –  going out the door to take them to Lake Tahoe Holidays…

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I did another one in vintage browns with music paper, etc – I really liked that one, but apparently I did not photo it – oh well.

A couple of single pennant banners – love making these… again the pics in a hurry out the door – these were for Lake Tahoe Holidays as well…

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More gift card holders for our 2 nephews…

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And another beautiful angel image…

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Wishing you all a joyous holiday season and a Merry Christmas


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Pink Christmas and Pink Saturday…

I enjoy so much participating in Pink Saturday, just do not always have the pinks. This week however, I have a set of tags I made with a vintage image of a beautiful angel in tones of pink, aqua, and sepia. I hope you enjoy it and please pop over to Beverly’s at How Sweet the Sound to view some amazing talent and blogs full of wondrous pinks.

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Oh, I almost forgot about these until I went to pull my photo – I made these to hold gift cards for my sister-in-law and niece for Christmas… very simple. I used a little glassine bag, covered it with paper (again older I’m trying to use up), and then made the little tags (stamps from Papertrey) and tied them with a snowflake button.

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Take care friends, I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and Merry Christmas,


Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Blessings and More…

How’s your Christmas decorating going? Mine is slow but I’m savoring it. Brought up the rest of the boxes last nite – I know – some of you have had your decorating done for sometime now, but this is actually pretty good for me.

A few more cards…

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Don’t you love the new snowflake die from Papertrey?  I can think of a million ways to use it – just need the time..

A sweet vintage image of children at play in the snow, a little machine sewing, paint, and glitter ~ I’m a happy woman!

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A simple Christmas in Paris…the image is from a beautiful set of digital images by Seneca Pond. I stamped and rhinestoned (I know that’s not a word) snowflakes, hand dyed and crinkled my seam binding and of course painted and glittered my jingle bell.

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A beautiful background paper from Bety’s Etsy Shop makes this card along with a sentiment from the “Christmas Music” set by Flourishes, and the stamped trees are from an old SEI set. Glittered of course.

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That’s all for today – I hope you are savoring every moment of this beautiful season. Take care Friends,


Monday, December 5, 2011

Joy Attend you….

Another beautiful Ellen Clapsaddle image set in a medley of vintage papers. The polka dot and Christmas advertisement are both digital papers from Bety’s Etsy Shop.

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The other bits and pieces are all from my own gatherings – the jingle bell is painted and glittered, the stick pin I also colored with a Sharpie marker – nothing fancy here – and I’m not sure where I got the stick pin, but they seem easy to come by in most of the online shops, buttons are from Papertrey.

Have a wonderful day

I’m linking up to Color Create (a new challenge I just found) to use red, white, and green. I found this challenge site through Peggy at The Wired Angel


Friday, December 2, 2011

Santa Claus is Coming …..

That’s the theme of the current challenge at City Crafter Challenge Blog. I love this sweet image – such a pretty Santa face and beautiful little girl on a vintage collaged post card background. There’s still plenty of time to play so pop on over and take a look!

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Image is from Made by Janet and the wonderfully vintage background paper is digital also ~ it’s from Bety’s Etsy Shop. I’ve added glitter (of course), buttons, paper doily, machine stitching, and ink to distress the edges.

Happy Holiday Season to everyone and Merry Christmas friends.


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Greetings

to you and yours. A couple more Christmas cards…

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Happy Christmas Season friends!


Friday, November 18, 2011

Very Merry and Warm Winter Wishes…

Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful holiday season. We’re expecting a good size storm now ~ hopefully a little snow to get our ski season started for Thanksgiving.  Our winds are high and the squirrels are going through our rain gutters looking for last minute pine nuts I guess, and I’ve found 2 of the most gorgeous nests on the ground – one from the wind and one from the squirrels.

A little Christmas cheer…

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No challenge, just one of the cards I’ve been working on for Christmas, my Etsy shop, and Lake Tahoe Holidays. The beautiful image is from the Made by Janet Etsy Shop. The little tag says “very merry” and is from Papertrey – the tiny tags set.

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Another image from the Made by Janet Etsy shop – the same collage sheet. The Christmas wreath die cut is also from there.

Have a very merry day friends,


Monday, November 7, 2011

Give Thanks

Among all the most wonderful things related to Autumn is probably my most favorite holiday ~ Thanksgiving. I love the smells, the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy with stuffing ~ and my mother’s pumpkin pie which I make now as she has not been with us for several years, the traditions, the gathering of family ~ all cozy and warm.

Just a couple of creations…

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And my favorite…

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Have a great month ~ take the time to really take in all the wonderfulness of this month. Take care friends~


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Fabulous Giveaway…

Want to have an opportunity to win a REALLY great giveaway. Pop on over to Umbrella Girl’s Giveaway Blog Post and see for yourself. Lucia is her name and she has a wonderful blog, just reached 600 followers and is giving away a fantastic array of items – here’s just a couple

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il_570xN_222297947 rose ring

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Nice huh?? That’s just a few – pop on over HERE and join in the fun.

Take care friends,


Monday, October 31, 2011

Vintage Paris

I made this a couple weeks back and put it into my Etsy shop, but have never posted here. This was a project that was so much fun ~ I thoroughly enjoyed every step of the process.

I wanted to make a gift pocket of tags ~ but I did not want it to look like so many I see out there. They’re beautiful, but not exactly what I wanted. My sister-in-law gave me a ton (quite literally) of envelopes of varying sizes, and I needed a way to use them. So here’s what I did…

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I simply took an envelope near to the size I wanted, trimmed off some on both sides to get the exact size I wanted, cut off the flap, covered what was left o the envelope with a variety of papers, then sewed the sides and bottom together for stability. I used my own hand-dyed and crinkled vintage seam binding, a vintage if not antique button I found in an antique store a couple of years back, and a small tag distressed, stamped, and accented with a little pearl. The beautiful image of the Eiffel Tower is from Trisha at FrenchKissed. I also used some of my vintage trim found at a flea market many years ago – this is not the new stuff you see now – it really is vintage.

Then the tags…

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I started with small shipping tags, soaked them in a mix of tea, coffee, my own homemade vanilla and cloves, crinkled them up, straightened them out, put them on a cookie pan, sprayed them with glimmer mist and baked them just to the point of toasty. They smelled (and still do) delicious. After I applied the images, I glittered them just enough for a little sparkle, and tied on some more of my seam binding.

Take care friends,


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Beautiful Black Ravens

We have them  here in South Lake Tahoe and they ARE beautiful and really BIG! Of course I love them – they all seem to come at the same time and take over our street or front yard in big groups – very majestic. Gingersnap Creations is challenging us to make a project featuring ravens it GC123 - Random Redhead Challenge – Ravens. The challenge closes Nov. 13th, so there’s still plenty of time to play. I chose to do another composition book – working through the many I have in my closet and still working to use up some of my older papers so that I actually have room to store it all sanely.

This one is for Chelsea for Christmas…

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Inside, I made a pocket for a bookmark and the bookmark to go into it, and inside the back cover I made a place to slide notes etc. into.

The image is from Vintage Stampers, but I seem to have lost track of the site and can’t seem to find it in a search – sorry. If anyone knows where they are now, I would appreciate knowing also – thanks. The glittered black flourish is from Michael’s a couple of years back, and the black lace is from Creating is Fun ~ another great shop on Etsy.

Their next challenge is to use black and grey and you should stop over to see some of the spooky creations the DT has put together. Go HERE

Take care friends and Happy Halloween~


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Coffee & Cream with a Hint of Dark Chocolate

I have a new love ~ a challenge site that’s a little more me ~ or another side of me anyway. Fashionable Stamping Challenges is challenging us to use the colors: coffee, cream, and dark chocolate along with stamping. I’ve been working on Thanksgiving items and one of my newer cards I found happily fit this challenge. It’s a great site so stop by and take part, there’s still time.

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The card stock is vintage cream from Papertrey, as is the sentiment from the “Daily Designs” set, and the large stamped leaf flourished image in the background is from Inkadinkado’s “Fall Season” set. I believe the small leaf I stamped under the sentiment is also from Papertrey, the “Fall Elegance” collection (I can’t find it at the moment as my work space looks like a bomb went off in it). The book paper is from an antique book I found at the thrift store, the vintage trim is a flea market find from a few years back, crinkled seam binding is my own.

Take care friends.


Friday, October 21, 2011

It’s time for Pink Saturday…

I’m always looking for something pink so that I can play along and usually I have to make something. This week is no exception. I’ve had some composition books sitting in my closet for a long while now and I decided that this year I’m actually going to put some together for Christmas presents for my granddaughters and niece. I’m still going through and trying to use up older paper (and I will be for a long time I’m sure) so this is perfect. And what young girl doesn’t like pink. So here’s my first one….

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Inside the front cover (of which I failed to take a photo) there’s a little pocket with a bookmark in it and inside the back cover is a place to slide in items. I’m pleased with how it turned out,I had a great time making this ~ I hope she likes it.

And some new tags for my shop ~ beautiful pink roses…

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And, Christmas in Paris…

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Each one has a different image…

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These beautiful collaged tags are from digital images by Seneca Pond.

Pop on over to Beverly’s at How Sweet the Sound for a most enjoyable time perusing through all the amazing blogs of such talented people. There’s always something unique ~ and, you can always join in the fun.

Take care friends,


Friday, October 14, 2011

A Boo-tiful Color Challenge

City Crafter Challenge Blog this week is challenging us to use primarily the colors black and cream. Perfect for the last few days before Halloween, but your project does not have to be Halloween. I love the challenges these ladies put together ~ and I caught it early enough ~ there really is time left to play along. I’m also linking up to Paper Issues 31 Days of Halloween – this is a fun challenge too ~ drop by and take a look at both of them.

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The background DP is digital from the “Rosewater” collection by Pink Pearl Studio on Etsy, the Polka Dot I believe is from one of the My Mind’s Eye paper I found on close-out last year at Michael’s (sorry). The adorable little image is from Bety’s shop on Etsy, the “halloween” is a stamp from the “Phantom” set by Pink Paislee.

Take care friends,


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

CASE-ing Julie Koerber

Most of you are probably familiar with Julie as the DT Coordinator for Flourishes stamps, etc. She has been chosen as the Featured Stamper on SplitcoastStampers HERE and so a challenge has been issued to case one of her cards from her gallery HERE and upload it to SCS. All the instructions can be found HERE.

I’ve admired Julie’s work for many years as I’m sure you have also, and thought I would like to play along. Our anniversary is this Wednesday, and so I needed to make a card for my sweet husband of course ~ and I’m always looking for simple layouts thinking I’m going to get through it quickly ~ usually however, that does not happen and this was no exception. I chose this card of Julie’s for the layout ~ I love it when the layout gives you a good look at beautiful DPs ~ and this one does. I’ve been going through my older paper and trying to use some of it up and I love this piece for masculine cards. I also recently purchased from Flourishes, the “What a Catch” stamp set found HERE. My husband, father-in-law, and son-in-law all love to fish so I knew the moment I saw it that it would get a lot of use and it has.


I wanted to use corrugated cardboard as I love the earthy organic manly feel and look to it. Peeled off the top layer in places to show the wonderful texture underneath, simply stamped the image and adhered it, tied on some rustic button twine, stamped the image of the creel, colored it, cut it out and adhered it. I can’t tell you how much I LOVE this set ~ and I’m pleased with the card as well.

Congratulations Julie!!!!

Take care friends


Thursday, October 6, 2011

CR84FUN Color Challenge

The awesome colors of Autumn are to be used for the current challenge at CR84FUN

Scroll down to see our weather for today, but here are my projects…

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And this is our weather today… Well actually, yesterday. Our first snow of the season. The sun is just momentary – it snowed all day. Beautiful!

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Come join the fun, there’s still a little time.

Take care friends,


Friday, September 30, 2011

Happy World Card Making Day and Happy Pink Saturday!

Paper Crafts Magazine always puts together a fun several days leading up to WCMD – the day that kicks off the beginning of the Holiday card making season. It’s also Pink Saturday at Beverly’s How Sweet the Sound.

I’m going to mix the two. So how about a pink Christmas for Pink Saturday…

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Christmas Tags - Little Girl in Pink

And one last card ~ I absolutely love this image and I’m pretty sure my Christmas cards this year are going to be all about this beautiful Santa image. It’s from a free digital paper pack from Miss Cutie Pie found HERE. DP is from the Mistletoe and Co. Collection by Pink Paislee – it’s older, so I’m not sure if it’s still available. The sentiment strip and sentiment are from Papertrey ink – new this last release, so it will be on the home page. The snowflake and jingle bell are from Michael’s. I painted the bell brown and then glittered it and tied it all up with Papertrey’s button twine. I also added a little Buttercream acrylic paint to the edges.

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Go here to take part in the Paper Craft’s WCMD World Blog Tour

Ellen Hutson is also having some fun challenges and some good sales HERE

Happy World Card Making Day and Happy Pink Saturday!


Friday, September 23, 2011

The First Day of Autumn

Autumn is my most favorite time of the year ~ the colors, the smells, the feel in the air, the change in temperature, the pumpkins, apples, amd squash, the baking, the coziness, the beautiful falling leaves. We have some leaves falling, but mostly it’s the cute little squirrels throwing heavy pine cones out of our trees onto our deck and into our yard, rummaging through my container plants on the deck and front porch in search of a safe place to hide their pine nuts after they’ve torn a pine cone into millions of pieces and littered it and dirt everywhere, eating the violas, etc. Really though ~ I do love them and it’s all part of the natural cycle of life. I don’t mind sharing with them ~ they are really so cute as they sit in my pots munching away ~ after all, they do have to eat ~ and I do so love watching them…

A few items ~ Autumn Angels…

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Autumn leaves, glitter, and vintage seam binding…

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A few bats…..

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and a few owls…

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Good night…