“It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas…

Everywhere we go”…stores are putting up their Christmas displays.  I’m not a big fan of this practice.  I would prefer to celebrate the holidays in the order in which they appear on the calendar…Halloween/All St.’s Day, Thanksgiving, then Christmas.  But I also realize that if I didn’t do my Christmas card class early in the month of November, most people wouldn’t be able to attend and they wouldn’t have their cards ready to go out in the mail over Thanksgiving weekend.  That’s when I usually do my Christmas decorating and card writing.

Now some people  have given up on the tradition of holiday card writing and I say…Shame on them!  There is nothing more special than getting a card from a loved one, even if it has been a year since you last connected.

I know I haven’t been around for a while.  It has been a very busy time for me these last few months.  In September, I visited my daughter and grand-daughter in Virginia Beach for two weeks.  A few weeks after returning, my sister and brother-in-law visited and we did a road trip for two weeks to California mainly to visit Yosemite National Park, but we made a ton of other stops along the way.  And finally, On Stage Live in Orlando this pas week.

I hosted my annual Christmas Card Stamp-a-stack this past November 3rd a few days before heading out to On Stage Live in Orlando, Florida and I am just now able to share them with you.  Many of the sets I used were from the Annual Catalog so they are repeats from last year.  Two were special offers and are no longer available.  (Sorry…not sorry!  🙂  And one is brand new from this year’s Holiday Catalog…the reindeer card…which was CASED from the catalog.

Hope you enjoy them.  I will have more to share very soon.  Until then…







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Christmas Lantern

I’ve been gone for a while and there is no excuse!  I’m not really sure what has been keeping me so busy lately, but I have been.

The peach tree in our back yard provided us with a bumper crop this year.  Compared to last year’s 5-peach harvest, if peaches were dollars we’d have a million.  After giving as many as we could away, eating many fresh ones, and making a cobbler and a pie, we’ve frozen about 23 quarts.  We started making peach jam with them this week.  As I write this, my husband is out back and is now picking a bumper crop of grapes from our grape vines. We again got very few last year.  (He insists on planting these kinds of things.)  He will be spending the day washing, bagging and freezing them until I can get to them for grape jelly at a later date.  I pray to God the apple tree he planted a few years ago never produces fruit! 🙂  We start with strawberries from a small strawberry patch (it continues to grow)  we have in June, cherries from our tree in July, August is peach month, then grapes…I don’t want apples, but…shhhhhhhhh!  Please don’t tell him I said that.  Oh, we can’t forget the tomatoes from the garden that make great pasta sauce!  All kidding aside, there is nothing like the taste of a freshly picked piece of fruit or vegetable.

I’m getting ready for a very busy end of the year beginning with next week.  I will be traveling without my husband to visit my daughter, her significant other, and my grand-daughter in Virginia Beach.  I am looking forward to the adventure as I have never been there before.  I mean, how could anyone not LIKE the beach!  From there, my daughter and I will drive with the baby to Ohio to visit my mother and the rest of our family.  We will celebrate Stella’s first birthday there.  We will celebrate it again when we return to Virginia with her other grandmother who is set to arrive two days before I head back home.

Two weeks after returning to Colorado, my sister and brother-in-law will be visiting for three weeks as we plan a road trip to Yosemite National Park…or whatever is left of it after the devastating wildfires in Northern California this summer.  I’m sure it will be fun!  There are always wineries and Reno, Nevada and Lake Tahoe are only an hour away from where we will be staying.

November means…you guessed it…a week in Orlando, Florida with my bestie Carol for Stampin’ Up!’s 30 Anniversary Celebration at On Stage Live!  Can’t wait! Can’t wait!  I’ll get home and I will be very thankful that I DO NOT have to make Thanksgiving dinner this year as we have been invited elsewhere.  So that means I’ll have a month to get ready for Christmas!  Hopefully January will not be too much of a let down.

So this little project I am sharing today has been in the works for a while.  I think I created it in July and decided to hold off awhile before sharing it.  But then things started happening and I was almost afraid I wouldn’t get it posted at all.  This is probably the best time for it, because it is well in advance of the Christmas holidays, which gives everyone time to react and actually make it.  I had intended on doing a video, but when I started I just couldn’t seem to get my act together.  Maybe it has been too long since my last one.  So, I opted to do this the old-fashioned way by doing a written tutorial with a million and one photos to guide you.

The inspiration for this came one day while I browsing that web site that sucks your time away before you even realize it…what’s it called…Pintrist! 🙂 I saw this photo of a Christmas lantern and wondered why I couldn’t make one myself?!

So, one Sunday afternoon, I closeted myself into my tiny stamp room (my husband forgot about me until dinner time) with a pad of grid paper and a ream (there are 500 sheets in a ream)  of cheep card stock on the desk in front of me. (I should have taken photos of my process, but I didn’t).    And this is what I ended with.

There is no stamping in this project.  Just a lot of measuring and cutting and gluing.  I am very pleased with how it turned out.  As I’ve mentioned before, sometimes I impress myself.  It is amazing what we can do when we set our mind to it!  And I think I realized in the creation of this lantern why I like paper crafting so much.  When I was  kid I didn’t do a lot of cutting and pasting, and making a big paper mess.  We weren’t allowed because my mother always said it was wasting.  “Don’t waste the tape!” or “Don’t waste the paper!” was what I heard.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not blaming Mom.  Times were different, money was tight.  Paper was needed for homework or school.  My mother grew up in Italy during World War II when you didn’t even think of coloring, or cutting, or pasting!

Any way…here are a few more photos and the link for the written tutorial.

If you have questions about it, please let me know.  I am willing to help.

Until next time…

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P.S.  I got the pine cones from a local craft store.  Or if you are lucky, you can go out to your own back yard.  🙂

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Animal Outing Meets Tropical Chic

Here is what I’ve been up to lately.  I really like the Animal Outing stamp set.  The images in it are adorable.  It can be used for either an adult or child’s card.  I decided to take things one step further and paired Animal Outing with some of the images from Tropical Chic and I’m liking the result.

We made this first card at my monthly club this past Saturday and I think it was a hit.  Rhino image is so cute.  I stamped it in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and just colored it with one of the Basic Gray Stampin’ Blend markers.   I used a blender pen and Lemon Lime Twist for the frog on the branch.


We haven’t made this next card at club yet.  This is the one where I combined the two stamp sets.  I  stamped the giraffe images in Soft Suede.  It was something someone suggested I try.  It did not run when I colored with the Stampin’ Blends which is nice to know.

I colored the giraffe with the dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend and then went over the spots on each with a blender pen and crushed curry ink to make them a little darker.   The smaller giraffe is the mirror image of the original image that I stamped on a piece of window sheet first.  Unfortunately, the thinlits don’t have a mirror image die, so it had to be fussy cut.  The words were fussy cut as well.

Not much more to share today.  But before I say goodbye, I have to share our current promotion.  These items are new and only available for a limited time.



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Paper-Framed Love

Hello Stampers!

I’m a little past the time I wanted to have this done this month.  Sorry about that.  The important thing is, it is done!  I’ve been wanting to make one of these for a long time and I’ve finally gotten around to it.  I’ve framed some pictures from little less than a year ago.  They are of my grand daughter (and daughter) who was almost 4-weeks old at the time.  She is wearing the ice cream cone snuggie I crocheted for her before she was born.  She will soon be a year old; she just recently hit the 10 month mark and is moved to Virginia Beach and I miss miss miss her.  No worries though, plane tickets were purchased before she was even out of state and I will be there for her first birthday!  I can’t wait!

Murphy must have been sitting in my stamp room with me while I was doing this video because I had a few difficulties during the production process.   First, I ran out of battery power while filming and then…almost at the end…not quite finished…I ran out of disk space on my camera so you don’t get to see the last few seconds of my adding pearls to the flower decorations.  But that isn’t all that went wrong…if something can go wrong, it will…  You will have to watch the video to see for yourself.

Anyway, I hope you like my project today.  I’m pleased with how they’ve both turned out. Below the video there is a template for creating the frame.  It’s easy so be careful…something just might not go right while you are making it!  🙂

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