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Holiday Cheer

Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This week the challenge is

Traditional Christmas

There are lots of ways to interpret this theme: Red and Green Colors, Nativity Scenes, Santa’s, Snowmen, the list is endless!

We are showcasing Tim Holtz Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge. 

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.  You can enter 5 times which means you can make 5 different projects following this week’s prompt and have 5 chances to win a shopping spree!! Sounds like a win/win to me!! I’ve linked all of the supplies that I used at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

My interpretation of traditional Christmas is red and green. The funny thing is, I almost never create a red and green Christmas card. It might have red and green in it, but never is my card solely red and green. I like blues a lot or pink and green together. I would say I usually use non traditional colors. But this week I’m sticking with red and green!!

I used the Layering Stencil Shifter Baubles by Tim Holtz to create my background. I ink blended Barn Door and Lucky Clover distress inks and then cut out this decorative rectangle using the Stitched Creative Rectangles die by Studio Katia.

I used the Fa La La stamp and die for my sentiment and Fog card stock as my background. I attached it all to a top folding card base.

  So now it’s YOUR turn. Happy Crafting!!    

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Carefree Christmas

Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This week the challenge is

Anything Goes

We are showcasing Penny Black Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge. 

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.  You can enter 5 times which means you can make 5 different projects following this week’s prompt and have 5 chances to win a shopping spree!! Sounds like a win/win to me!! I’ve linked all of the supplies that I used at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone!! I’m sure many of you have crazy, busy days this week like I do so I’ll keep this short and sweet. I made a simple card for this week’s challenge, but I absolutely love it!! This image by Penny Black is just so darn adorable!! The stamp set is called Carefree Christmas.

I sure wish I was having a carefree week!! Every year I participate in a craft fair that starts the day after Thanksgiving so every year the week before Turkey Day and the week of, are insanely hectic!! I’m trying to get all my craft fair stuff done by the end of today so I can dedicate tomorrow to helping out my Mom. She does most of the cooking and opens their house to all 20 of us (that’s siblings, spouses and kids) so the least I can do is head out there early and help her as much as I can. Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday so I don’t want to be stressing about what I still have left to do for the fair.

I colored my image with copic markers and then used the Falling Snow stencil by SSS over the top. I used Unicorn Dust for the snow on the ground and also on Teddy’s hat and little Mouse’s hat. I went over all the metal parts with Nuvo Crystal Glaze to give it that shiny look.

I used the largest Stitched Rectangle Frame by Lawn Fawn with Tonic Scarlet Organza Mirror Card for that beautiful red. I cut it out 4 more times using white card stock to pop it up for some dimension. Then I attached it to a top folding card base.

  So now it’s YOUR turn. Happy Crafting!!    

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25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019

Hello everyone!! I’m so excited to be participating again in the 25 Days of Christmas Tags event organized by Tracey McNeely aka In My Creative Opinion. This is the 9th year that Tracey has hosted this event and my 2nd year participating. Simon Says Stamp is one of the many sponsors so today I am representing the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge design team.

There are tons of prizes to be given away so be sure to visit Tracey’s blog for all the details, including some really great inspiration from the rest of the Simon Says Stamp design family.

By joining in on this event YOU could win a $50 Gift Voucher to Simon Says Stamp!  

Here is a list of all of the sponsors, with a new company featured each day!!

For my tag I used Reindeer Background, the Gnome die and Joyful die. I also used the Deer in a Row die on the back of each tag.

I’ve included links to all of the products that I used down below.

CLICK HERE  to visit Tracey’s blog and get all the details.

If you don’t have a blog, that’s no problem!! You can upload your creations to Instagram and use the hashtag #25DaysofTags2019

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

Misty

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Yeti or Not

Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This week the challenge is

Christmas

We are showcasing Neat & Tangled Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge. 

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.  You can enter 5 times which means you can make 5 different projects following this week’s prompt and have 5 chances to win a shopping spree!! Sounds like a win/win to me!! I’ve linked all of the supplies that I used at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

My first Christmas card of the season!!! Hopefully not my last…. I always have these high hopes of making gorgeous Christmas cards and sending them out to all of my loved ones, but that hasn’t happened in the last 2 years. I wait too long and then I get too busy. I’m hoping to change that this year!!

I loved this adorable stamp set by Neat and Tangled called Get Yeti. I loved it so much that I decided to make 2 different cards. The 2nd card, I used a stamp set and die from Neat and Tangled called Hello Winter that are now retired, but I didn’t realize that until I was making my product list. I could’ve swore it was just on Simon Says Stamp a week or so ago, and if not, I may be losing it a bit. Retired or not, it still turned out pretty darn cute.

So here’s the 1st card I made:

I haven’t used my Zig Clean Color Real Brushes for awhile so I decided to use them to color my images.

It never photographs well, but I covered my snowman with the Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen. I added a little Unicorn Dust to the top of his hat.

I added a little Nuvo Crystal Glaze here and there for some added interest.

I used the Distress Resist Spray on my background in hopes it would look like snow. I’m not sure that was achieved, but I still like how it turned out.

Here’s the 2nd card that I made. I used the same method for my background, just different colors.

I really like how these both turned out. That yeti and friends are just so darn CUTE!!

Which one do you like better?

  So now it’s YOUR turn. Happy Crafting!!    

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Creative Expressions Polish Play

Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This week the challenge is

Christmas

We are showcasing Creative Expressions Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge. 

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.

This time of year is always so crazy and busy, so I’m really focusing on carving out time to spend with my family.  I found myself spending more time in my craft room than I was with the kiddos and hubs so I’ve made it a point to put it all away as soon as the kids get home from school everyday.  It seems like once I realize what I’m doing, I make a vow to myself to focus on what’s really important.  And for the next month or so, I’ll do just that.  But then I’ll slowly start spending more time in my cave and less time with my boys and before I know it, I’ll be right back in that same position, wondering how I ended up here again.  I’m making it a year long goal to not end up back in that same position anymore.  I only have 7 years left until he’s 18!!

It really hit me when I saw my sister post a picture of a Christmas tree in a house that she tagged “Ty’s Place”.  Tyler is my nephew and I had to sit there in awe for a moment and digest that this boy that I watched grow up before my eyes was now about to move out on his own.  I messaged my sister and said, “can it be so?  Is this really happening already?”  And she messaged me back and reminded me to spend as much time with my boys now because in the blink of an eye, it will all be over and they’ll be getting ready to move out on their own.

I thought about that for a moment.  While I do savor every moment with them, I also know that I spend a lot of time in my craft room and when the day comes for my boy to move out on his own, I don’t want to look back and wonder why I spent so much time on my cards and not enough time with my son.  I don’t want to regret anything.  

It happens slowly and sneakily.  There’s always a project to be made or a deadline to meet so I tell myself, “I’ll just work on this for one more hour and that’s it.”   Then the next thing I know, 2 hours have gone by.  Or three.  I’m surprised when I realize everyone is in bed.  Everyone but me.  

I thought about what peace means to me as I made these cards.  I kept thinking about that day in the not so distant future when my son prepares to move out and go off to college.  I want to feel at peace knowing that I soaked up every moment I could with him as he grows up, that I didn’t waste a moment being distracted by the unimportant.  Every day I wake up, more grateful than the day before.  Every day I remind myself of what’s truly important.  

Ok, ok.  Enough reflecting, it’s this time of the year, I swear…  Let’s talk about these fantastic products I used this week!!

How GORGEOUS is this glitter polish??  I am in love with it.  I used Golden Sand Glitter Kiss Polish by Creative Expressions and I wish I had more of it.  I only ordered one color because I wasn’t sure what to expect but as soon as I laid eyes on it, I wished that I had picked up at least one more color.

These were so easy to make.  I used this fabulous stencil by Simon Says Stamp called Square Dance.  I cut my front panel using the SSS Stitched Rectangle die (3.25″ x 4.5″).  The background is 4.25″ x 5.5″ and I used the largest Stitched Rectangle die from Lawn Fawn to give it a matching stitched border.  Once I had the polished piece done, all I had left to do was heat emboss the sentiment from the Stained Glass Greetings set with gold embossing powder.  

This went together so quickly that I decided to make another one in a different color.  This red one I used Simon Says Stamp Schoolhouse Red card stock.  The next one I used Soft Navy card stock.  Now I wish I would have made a few more in a few different colors.  I think a green one would look really good and also a purple.  I just might have to find the time to add to my little duo.  During school hours, of course.  😉

The pictures don’t do this gold glitter polish any justice.  It’s so beautiful in person, I wish I could have captured it in a photo.

The gold embossing powder keeps everything tied together.

To add a little dimension, I popped the card panel up on craft foam and popped the sentiment up on foam squares.  This card literally took me all of 15 minutes to make.  Scroll down to see my process video and if you stick around til the end, I would love to hear your suggestions to something extremely important to me.  

  So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting!!    

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Cardmaking · Holiday Fun · Life

Elf on the Shelf

Ok, if you haven’t heard of Elf on the Shelf yet, you MUST be living under a rock.  Just kidding, surprisingly a lot of people haven’t heard of it.  Our lives revolve around it this time of year and has for the past 4 or 5 years which is why we know ALL about it.  If you already know about these elves, you can just skip down to the pictures.

Elf on the Shelf is an Elf that is sent here from the North Pole to watch over your child and make sure he/she is on their best behavior until Christmas.  Our’s comes Thanksgiving night and leaves every year on Christmas Eve.  He/she reports back to Santa each night and lets the big jolly man in red know if your child has been good or bad.  Our elf’s name is Eddy.  Eddy comes back each morning and is hiding in a different spot every time.  Sometimes he’s just hiding in the tree or hanging on a picture.  Other times he gets into mischief.

This is our first year that we have TWO elves!!  Bubby (my son’s best friend that is living with us) asked for an elf of his own last year and thanks to the magic of Christmas, we now have welcomed Milo into our family!!  It’s pretty awesome to have two now.  They get into all kinds of trouble together!!

Sometimes they leave little gifts for the boys or little messages, like telling them to do 3 good deeds for the day, other times it’s just a delight to watch them search around the house in the morning for their little elf friends.

There are a few rules, however.  They cannot touch their elf or else the elf  will lose his/her magic.  We have a little emergency kit of red and green glitter that we can sprinkle over our elf, in case of accidental contact.  My kid reads my blog so please keep that in mind.  But do you guys love Pinterest as much as I do??  It’s amazing all the great ideas you can find on there!!

Each year on Christmas Eve, our elf leaves a little gift and a note letting Jayden know that for a very short time, Santa has lifted the no touch rule and your child is allowed to touch and hold and hug their elf to say goodbye and then he/she places the elf on or near your Christmas tree before they go to bed.  When they awake, the elf is gone until the next year, but Santa has been there so the sadness of the elf being gone is usually replaced by the excitement of presents!!

Anyway, there’s all kinds of info. on these guys on the internet so if you have little ones or just want to see how creative some of these elves are, just head to the interweb or better yet, Pinterest.

I’ll leave you with some fun pix from this year and years past.


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