Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you! I meant to post this yesterday, but the day got away from me. It was our Lillie Louise's first Christmas and what a magical day! She loved the wrapping paper the most :).  I hope you had a wonderful day celebrating with your loved ones.

I just wanted to share with you with a couple of photos: one of our Christmas stockings that I made using Stampin' Up! fabric and this tutorial and one of Lillie opening her first gift with our puppy Kona. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

2013 Christmas Card

(inside of card)

Here's our Christmas card for 2013!  I took my inspiration from a card in the Holiday Catalog and just changed a few elements.  The color scheme comes from the Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I personalized the inside with a picture of Lillie that I printed using my Zink Happy printer.

I want to wish all of my blog readers a blessed holiday season!  Enjoy your time with family and friends and take a few minutes to relax.  We're excited to celebrate Lillie's first Christmas!

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Stamp Sets O Holy Night, Christmas Messages
Ink Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate, Island Indigo
Paper Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo
Accessories Silver 1/8" Ribbon, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die

Holiday Treat Holder

Today I'm sharing with you the holiday favors I made for Lillie's daycare friends.  These were so fun to put together!  I CASEd Mary Fish's creation - just perfect to hold a Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark square.

These went together in a jiffy!  Simply cut a piece of cardstock to 2" x 5-1/2" and punch both ends using the Angled Tag Topper punch (available January 3 in the Occasions Catalog).  Then, add two score lines at 2-5/8" and 2-7/8".  I decorated the fronts first before I folded the score lines and then I tied the bows using baker's twine.  I folded back the sides of the chocolate square wrapper before I slid them into the holder and then added a couple of glue dots between the square and the holder to keep them in place.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Let me know if you have any questions!

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Stamp Sets Oh, Goodie!
Ink Cherry Cobbler
Paper Whisper White
Accessories Angled Tag Topper Punch, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Season of Style Designer Washi Tape, Silver Glimmer Paper, Circle Card Thinlits Die

2013 Holiday Gift for Neighbors

Here's my holiday gift for my neighbors this year!  This is one of my favorite stamping techniques - stamping on candles!  It's a flameless candle, so they'll have it for years to come.  I started a tradition of giving a handmade holiday gift to each of our neighbors on our street since we moved here - you can check out my other gifts here: 2010, 2011, 2012.  This is my favorite time of year, especially the gift-giving part.

Isn't the Snowflake Soiree stamp set beautiful?  I love the snowflake designs as well as the "Believe" and "Merry" sayings that come with it.  In fact, I used this set for my Christmas card last year :).  I adhered the rhinestones using E-6000 glue (after removing the adhesive they come with), so that they would stay put.  I made an extra one to keep for myself!

I hope this blog post finds you all doing well!  Happy, happy holidays to all of you!

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Stamp Sets Snowflake Soiree
Ink Midnight Muse
Paper None
Accessories Midnight Muse 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones Jewel Accents, Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Hi Circles Card

Today's card utilizes some of the leftover scraps from this card. I love the bold "hi" sentiment from the Regarding Dahlias set. This was a quick and easy card to pull together. I was staring at the scraps on my desk and itching to do something with them!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Stamp Sets Regarding Dahlias
Ink Real Red
Paper Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Real Red, Tangerine Tango
Accessories 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Brights Candy Dots, Pacific Point 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon

Sunburst Get Well Card

Today's card showcases the sunburst technique that I learned how to do watching Dawn Olchefske's video here. Isn't it fun? I thought this card would be a good pick-me-up for someone not feeling well.  I also love the color combination of Smoky Slate, Coastal Cabana, and Crushed Curry.

Hope you are having a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

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Stamp Sets A Dozen Thoughts
Ink Smoky Slate
Paper Smoky Slate, Coastal Cabana, Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper
Accessories Crushed Curry 3/4" Chevron Ribbon

Love Story Wedding Card

Today's card is a special order for a wedding card.  The wedding colors were pink and gray, so I chose Basic Gray and Blushing Bride.  The flower was created with the Floral Frames Framelits and the Fun Flowers Bigz L Die.  Once the flowers were cut out, I spritzed them with Stampin' Mist and scrunched them into a ball.  I un-scrunched them and laid them out to dry.  Once dry, I sponged the edges with Rose Red ink.  All 3 flower pieces were adhered to each other and then I added a Large Pearl Basic Jewel.

I love the sentiment, "The best love story is the one you write together."  Perfect for a wedding or anniversary card!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Stamp Sets One in a Million
Ink Jet Black StazOn, Rose Red
Paper Naturals White, Blushing Bride
Accessories Floral Frames Framelits, Fun Flowers Bigz L Die, Basic Gray 5/8" Satin Ribbon (retired), Large Pearl Basic Jewels

Jelly Bean Baby Card

I received a special order for a baby card for a baby shower with a jelly bean theme.  Well, I didn't have a jelly bean stamp, so I carved my own!  Stampin' Up! is now offering the Undefined Stamp Carving Kit!

My inspiration for this card came from this pin.  To give the jelly beans some added dimension, I coated them with Crystal Effects.  The windows were created with the Squares Collection Framelits.  The sentiment is embossed with white embossing powder.

What do you think about my jelly bean stamp?  What stamp creations will you come up with?  Thanks for stopping by today!

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Stamp Sets Sweet Essentials, Undefined Stamp Carving Kit
Ink VersaMark, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Soft Sky
Paper Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Accessories Squares Collection Framelits, Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Crystal Effects

Anniversary Spinner Card

Today's card is my anniversary card to my hubby!  We're celebrating our 6th anniversary today.  This card is my first attempt at a spinner card - so much fun!  When you tilt the card, the xoxo heart spins!  Dawn Olchefske has a great video tutorial here.

My color inspiration came from the Sale-A-Bration Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper: Sahara Sand, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Summer Starfruit, Rich Razzleberry, and Tangerine Tango.

We're celebrating with a dinner of filets and twice-baked potatoes at home :).  Life is crazy right now with a baby and a puppy, so a homecooked meal to celebrate fits the bill.  Hope you all are having a great weekend!

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Stamp Sets Hello, Lovely
Ink Rich Razzleberry
Paper Sahara Sand, Island Indigo, Pool Party Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Accessories Word Window Punch, Full Heart Punch, Circle Card Thinlits Die

Lillie's 1/2 Birthday Favors


It's hard for me to believe that Lillie is 6 months old already!!  To celebrate, I created these little favors to give to her daycare buddies and teachers.  They coordinate with her nursery - elephants, gray, and purple :).  I was so excited when I figured out the 2-1/2" Circle Punch fits perfectly within one of the Floral Frames Collection Framelits!  It's the little things ;).

For the base that is holding all the popsicle sticks, I just took an empty paper towel roll and cut it into thirds.  Then I glued the three rolls together and wrapped Designer Series Paper around it.

Here's a little collage of Lillie's 1-6 month photos - amazing how quickly babies change in their first 6 months!

Thanks for stopping by today - have a great day!

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Stamp Sets Zoo Babies
Ink Basic Gray
Paper Basic Gray, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Accessories Floral Frames Collection Framelits, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Wisteria Wonder 3/4" Chevron Ribbon