An Unconventional Christmas

I’ve titled this An Unconventional Christmas, because that is exactly what I think of the colors I used in the first card I am sharing.  I got the idea for the layout from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, but the colors I used are typically not Christmas colors.  I used Berry Burst card stock and Tranquil Tide ink and ribbon.  I used one of the sentiments in the Christmas Pines stamp set and the star is from Star of Light stamp set.  It’s a pretty clean and simple card, and  if you are looking to make multiples of it, it would be a quick one to do.

I made several of this next card that look similar, but I think I like the Cherry Cobbler one the best.    The card bases are the standard 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card size, but the Cherry Cobbler & Always Artichoke square pieces behind the sentiment measure 2-3/4″ x 3-1/4″.  The piece of Whisper White that is stamped “Deck the Halls” measures 3″ x 2-1/2″.

That is all I have for you today!  I hope all of my Florida peeps are safe and dry as they endure Hurricane Irma’s wrath today and tomorrow.  Be safe all of you!  You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Until next time…

Happy Stamping!






Jingle All The Way

Hello Friends!  I am back this week feeling better than I have in a little while.  I am still recovering from my procedure last Monday, buy I sure do feel a heck of a lot better than I did last week at this time. Last Thursday, I managed to get out for a ride through the mountains with my husband to see all of the fall colors.  We went out for lunch on Saturday with friends, and today I managed to run a few errands.  Now I am a little tired, so I thought I’d spend a little time sitting.  Sometimes I have trouble just sitting, so I am trying to be a little productive while I do it.

These are a few of the many photos I took with my cell phone. The are  of the leaves turning colors in the mountains here in Colorado.  We get mostly gold and some red and dark green.  It isn’t like the leaves on the East Coast which turn all the other colors.  However, I think autumn  is beautiful in both parts of the country.

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I’m back this week with two more Christmas cards that I have created.  I  love the simplicity of this stamp set and edgelits die.  They make it look like I’ve spent hours creating these.

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I think I like the one above better than the one below.  I used a punch that is retire again.  🙁  I hope you don’t hold it against me.

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I promise that next time I will have something a little more interesting to read.  I’ve hit a dry spell as far as what to write about is concerned.  Hope you enjoyed your stop here today.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!











Holiday Card Class and Joyful Season

A few weeks ago I mentioned I would be undergoing a procedure called Cardiac Ablation.  Well, the procedure was completed this past Monday. Fortunately, everything went well  and my worst fears didn’t come true.  I did spend the night in the hospital, and I returned home this past Tuesday.  I was hoping to write something profound  and entertaining for this post, but I just am not up to it right now.  I am very tired.  So this will be a very short entry. But, before the procedure I was a stamping fool.  🙂 I am ready for a holiday card class that will be coming up soon on November 6 and 7th.  This is one of the cards we MIGHT make.  I’m not sure yet.  I’ve made 6 different ones so far, and I need to select 4 for the class.  The problem is I like all of them.

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If you are local and would like to attend the class, please email me by October 23 to let me know which class you would like to attend.  The class will take place on both days at 10:00 am   You only need to sign up for one.  The cost is $25.00 for 20 Christmas Cards.  That includes 5 cards of 4 different designs.  Or, the cards would be free if you agree to place a $30.00 order.  Again, let me know by October 23.  I have a policy of not allowing anyone under the age of 15  attend.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!


I also wanted to add a photo of our Granddaughter who turned 4 last week.  Can’t believe it has been four years since this little sweetie has been born!

Madisyn's 4th Birthday




No Story

Like the weather outside this week, my brain has been in a deep freeze.  No matter how hard I try, I can’t think of a story for you this week.  Well…I thought of a few, but the motivation to write them is not there.  It is frozen.

Our temperature for the last three days has been in the single digits.  Thursday’s temp of 4 degrees broke the 1916 record of 10.  So it has been cold, to say the least.  Today is set to be a little warmer.

An old friend from work stopped by last evening quite unexpectedly.  He dropped off the first five chapters of a book he has been working on and asked me to read it for him and to offer my suggestions for improvement.  So far, after reading the forward, I can’t find anything that needs fixed.  I think it is funny that he would ask me for suggestions since I always considered him better at writing than I am.  But hey,  I feel honored that he asked so I will do my best.

Here’s my card today.  I participated in a shoe box swap a few weeks ago, and one of the other demonstrators there used the stamp set Partridge & Pears and I fell in love with it.  The gold embossing and water coloring was inspired by her; Charlotte.  Hope you like it.

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Just a word about the button I used on this card.  I embossed it with gold embossing powder as well as the design of the stamp set.  Just press it into the versa mark pad, add embossing powder, and heat.  You can change the look of a button just like that!

Hope you enjoyed your visit.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!