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Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year both Old and New Friends . . . .

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

I have some wonderful friends that I've met through the years and hold still and dear to my heart along with new friends that I have made along the way through crafting. When Create with TLC had the sentiment the other day as its "freebie", I just knew that I would do a first and make "Happy New Year Cards". I made 4 all at the same time and I think they turned out great and will be mailed in the morning.

  • sentiment, "A New Year with Old Friends" was the "freebie" the other day at Create with TLC. If something looks a tad familiar, its the card I'm sharing with you today as I'm fortunate enuf to be on Create with TLC Design Team!
  • friends on the front of my card are also a Create with TLC digital design called Friend Like You Digi Image and Word Set which reminds me of my one friend - we tease one another about us getting old with helping each other and sharing a room at a nursing home!
  • image was colored with Prisma and Spectrum Noir markers accented with gel pens and Prisma Colored pencils
  • card was cut 8.5 x 5.5 inches, creased with Martha Stewart Score Board using Recollections Card Stock
  • background is DCWV Linen Collection and cut 4 x 5.25 inches
  • 5mm flat-back acrylic pearls and Bronze-tone pocket watch charm are from Miriam's Crafting Supplies
God Bless and thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate and love reading your comments . . is your comment the next one I read???

Much love, hugs, and friendship

Friday, December 13, 2013

December Calendar Girls

Welcome to our December Calendar Girls' Blog Hop. It’s absolutely amazing when you do a Google search the interesting facts you may find. Such a find is special and unique occasions throughout the year!!! These unique holidays are our inspiration. As Neil Sedaka sang in his song "Calendar Girls" - "December, you’re the present ‘neath my Christmas tree!!"

Our hop begins Lynne aka Her Craftiness which may be found at http://slasewcraftiness.blogspot.com/. The entire line-up is available just in case you get bogged down with all the holidaze and craziness with decorating, shopping, wrapping, and getting ready for Santa and I know you won’t want to miss a single stop along the way! I know you wouldn't want to miss any of the cards, lay-outs and super creativity of the marvelous Calendar Girls:

The Blog Candy being offered this month is amachine-embroidered angel which can be used as a bookmark or an early start to decorate your Christmas Tree!!!! Winner gets to chose the color of her angel from pink, white, ivory, or gold.

Bingo Month
Write a Friend Month

December, 2013 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:

1 Eat a Red Apple Day
4 Santas' List Day -we hope you are on the "Nice" list ~ Jearise
5 Bathtub Party Day 
6 St. Nicholas Day - Lynne
6 Mitten Tree Day - Lynne
7 Pearl Harbor Day
8 International Children's Day
8 National Brownie Day ~ Jearise
9 Christmas Card Day ~ Sandy
12 Poinsettia Day    Laura, Edwina
18 Bake Cookies Day- Edwina
19 Look for an Evergreen Day Sandy
20  Go Caroling Day Sandy
21  Humbug Day 
21  National Flashlight Day 
21  Look on the Bright Side Day 
23  Festivus  - Lynne
24  National Chocolate Day 
25  Christmas Day  -Laura, 
26  Boxing Day
27  Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day 
28  Card Playing Day 
31  New Year's Eve 

The Blog Candy being offered this month is a machine-embroidered angel which can be used as a bookmark or an early start to decorate your Christmas Tree!!!! Winner gets to choose the color of her angel from the following color choices: pink, white, ivory, pale blue, or gold.

 I chose December 6th – St. Nicholas’ Day. I didn’t have a chance to finish this project but I want to tell you how special this day is to me and my daughter and now with my daughter and grandchildren - - - - The German children leave their shoes outside your front door with carrots and oats for the reindeer (now, we kept them in plastic bags sew the shoes wouldn’t be a mess in the morning) and Santa to all the good little boys and girls would leave chocolates and candys and the children weren’t good they would be left lumps of coal!!!!!!

December 6th is also Mitten Tree Day and for my card, I chose to use an adorable image by Create with TLC Warm Winter Minter Printable
We thank you for visiting us today!!! We’re wishing you the happiest, most blessed holiday with a happy, healthy prosperous New Year!!!

  • Warm Winter Minter Printable was colored with Spectrum Noir Markers, Prism Colored Pencils, and accents with chalks and gel pens
  • paper is recollections winter memories
  • kitties are from my button stash, and yes, they are great for cuddling!!!

December 23rd is Festivius . . don't you remember that day o Seinfeld celebrating??? Here is where we celebrate and tell others where we have done them wrong . . . ..
  • Again, I have used a Create with TLC image using Joy to the World Digi Image and Word Art colored with the various implements: using Distress Ink Vintage Paper, Green Stickles on the tree, Black Glittler Stickles for the children
  • sentiment, "It's beginning a bit like festivus" is also a Create with TLC image, which was cut out on white Recollection cardstock and chalked around the edges
  • the background is super easy - I bought a package of pre-cut cards with envelopes DCWV Winter Collection
Your next stop along the way is with the very beautiful and talented Edwina to strut her stuff!!!

(December) You're the present 'neath my Christmas tree

Yeah, yeah, my heart's in a whirl

I love, I love, I love my little calender girl
Every day (every day), every day (every day) of the year

Wishing you a joyous Christmas!!! Thanks for stopping by and visiting me - God Bless you and keep you!!!

Hugs, Love, and Blessings,


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Scrapbook Blessings Letterpress Challenge

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Gobble Wobble Gobble = Lily's Turkey

I couldn't leave Miss Lily out and had to make her a turkey also as she sew loves to get mail!!! Thus Grandma made a gobble wobble!!!! Try saying that fast!!

  • turkey was cut to a finished size of 11-inches tall using SVG Cuts Autumn Cuddly Friends Collection as I just love these adorable characters and using a background to place your piecings, you can use the back to write your message
  • body, hatband and wings were embossed using Cuttlebug Swirl folder 
  • all edges were chalked and puff-dotted on body
  • bobble was placed behind head to make this gobble wobble
  • hole was placed in center of hat to put a ribbon for Miss Lily to hang on her door

I think he turned out adorable and hoping you do too!!

God Bless and Thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate and love reading your comments . . is your comment the next one I read???

Much love, hugs, and friendship

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Gobble Gobble Means Happy 1st Thanksgiving Adam

It's Adam's 1st Thanksgiving and of course, I needed to make a special card for him . . . . 

  • card was cut 5.5 x 12 inches, scored and then folded in half using DCWV Harvest Stack
  • bear is from Little Scraps of Heaven Bears Through the Year Pattern Collection - November
  • "Gobble Gobble" was made using Make the Cut and puff-dotted on front of card along with the turkey
  • all edges were chalked
  • inside sentiment is from Grandma

As I'm looking at my turkey bear, his poor eyes look crossed but too late to do anything as it is in the mail . . . . please, be gentle!!!

God Bless and Thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate and love reading your comments . . is your comment the next one I read???

Much love, hugs, and friendship

Monday, November 25, 2013

Miriam's Crafting Supplies Meets with Tsunami Rose to Create an Accordion Style Mini-Album

It’s Lynne here showing you how to make an accordion fold spine album. . . I know it sounds like a mouth-full but I got inspired from Splitcoaster’s Tutorial and then ran with scissors and created from there.

First, I want to show you my finished pages and let you drool.

Now, onto the Recipe:
  • Paper cut two (2) pieces of cardstock 6 x 6 inches scoring every inch 

  • Fold along score lines being careful that edges are straight with mountains and valleys – this is your spine of your mini album/journal
  • Pages are cut 11 x 6 scoring at 5.5 inches – these are your pages
  • Fold pages in half gluing bottom and side leaving one 5.5 inch side open – these are your pockets for treasures  

  • Select one page to be your cover and center 3 (three) ribbons measuring 2-inches long on your first page
  • Cover pages is glued to the first fold with fold being on top of cover – this will get covered with your decorative paper and/or cardstock which is cut 5.5 x 6 inches  

  • Decorate cover page – I used Printable Journal Kit Tsunami Rose Parisian Daydream Printable Journal Kit  (the Eiffel Tower “stamps” were from my stash) and the coins, title, and Roses were from the journal kit
  • Background paper is Recollections Fashionably Chic
  • Ribbon is from JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts 
  • Rose is Recollections Floral Embellishments
  • All edges were chalked
  • The next page is embossed with Tim Holtz for Sizzix Sewing and Measuring Tape Set (an early Christmas gift from my good friend, Jearise Havenga) on DCWV Lady Couture Stack and then chalked with distress chalks  

  • Tags, roses, and coins were fussy-cut, chalked and placed with a charm needle threaded with satin ribbon
  • Background paper is Recollections Fashionably Chic with stamping using Close to My Heart Tailor Made  

  • Vintage Lady is from Far Far Away Hill
  • Roses and scissor charm are from my stash
  • Ribbon is Darice So Trendy Satin Edged Organza
  • Pages are then glued into accordion folds with edges covered with ribbon
  • Background paper is Recollections Fashionably Chic with ivory Recollection Card Stock embossed using Tim Holtz for Sizzix Sewing and Measuring Tape Set which was then chalked with Distress

  • Tag and Tickets are from Tsunami Rose Life Alboom Printable Journal
  • Stickpin was made using heart-shaped pearl stick pin, antique bronze-toned wing spacer from Miriam's Crafting Supplies and ribbon threaded back and forth to create a rosette after a bead from my stash  

  • Acrylic Crystal from Miriam's Crafting Supplies was tied onto a a ticket using Darice So Trendy Satin Edged Organza Ribbon

  • Vintage lady along with sentiment, "A truly beautiful woman has at least one unique character flaw" are from Create with TLC
  • Vintage lady was colored using Spectrum Noir Makers, Prisma Colored Pencils and gel pens
  • Various pearls in size and color from Miriam's Crafting Supplies were statically placed on sentiment and Vintage lady's hat
  • Celebrate It Brontanica Ribbon was glued to seal the edges
  • This is a work in progress . . . more to follow at a later time!
I hope you have enjoyed my Accordion Mini Album . . . . I do appreciate you stopping by and hopefully you will leave a comment as I do love to read what you think!!!

Wishing you and yours a very blessed Thanksgiving . . . .

Much love, hugs, and friendship

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Steam Punk Blog Hop

This month Jearise has once again challenged her group to think outside the box and to go from bright colors, flowers and butterflies to gears, clocks and grungy colors with the November Steam Punk Blog Hop. Well, with my "warped" sense of humor . . . . I took a "Play on Words" and for those who know me, I work outside the "liter" box!

Lorby's World will be sponsoring this hop with a $10 gift card to Michaels. Please begin at Lorby's World to find out how to enter the drawing.

My Steam Punk Creation:


  • card was cut 6 x 12 inches using Graphic 4 Steampunk Debutante Collection, scored in half, folded, round the corners, and chalked around the edges
  • Maggie, a discontinued item from The Stamping Chef, was colored with Spectrum Noir Markers, Prisma Colored Pencils and hi-lighted with gel pens
  • dimension on Maggie was using Darice Glossy Accents and Ranger Stickles Antique Paper and then chalked using a bronze shade
  • sentiment is from my own demented mind  . . . . and mounted on Cricut Lacy Labels Cartridge
  • flower with gem inside is from Miriam's Crafting Supplies Bronze-Toned Flower Embellishment
  • tulle was added to the front and tied in a bow and to the little lady's hat to finish the ensemble

Thanks for stopping by and now shuffle on to Anita's blog to see how she worked outside the "box".

Here's the complete line-up just in case . . . . 

God Bless you and thank you ever sew much for stopping by today! I love reading comments and would love to read yours . . . .
Much love, hugs, and friendship


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Scrapbook Blessings Twisted Gift Card Challenge

Don't we all need some special "gift card" to give to those hard to buy for people or something extra as a "stocking" stuffer. The current challenge with Scrapbook Blessings Challenge is Twisted Gift Card Holder which is super easy and fun to make. 

Here's my "gift card holder" in its "twisted" glory!!!

. .  . and here's the inspirational video:
  • paper is cut 4.25 x 11 inches and scored from top right to bottom left
  • flip and fold in half and crease - best bet to use a creasing tool to form a sharp crease
  • designer paper is cut 4 x 10.5 inches but this time CUT from top right to bottom left forming two (2) pieces
  • flip and meet point-to-point 
  • where the two (2) meet, cut into 2 pieces
  • these get glued to the folded piece and you will see where the pieces fit
  • paper used is a whimsical Christmas paper that was found on "clearance" after Christmas for $.75 last year
  • the adorable digi is from Create with TLC Winter Club, "Let it Snow Digi Round" - isn't it adorable?
  • digi was colored with Prisma Colored Pencils and then glitzed with gel pens, Skittles Glitter Iridescent
  • button snowflake from my stash was added
  • "glitz" from Miriam's Crafting Supplies provides the center of my "flakes" using flat-back acrylic rhinestones
God Bless and Thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate and love reading your comments . . is your comment the next one I read???

Much love, hugs, and friendship

Saturday, November 16, 2013

What Does the Fox Say Parody

I love to watch "Dancing with the Stars" and the one team dance danced to "What Does the Fox Say" which is a catchy little tune that keeps running through my head . . . thus I created a card for Lily with Santa and wobbles  and "What Does Santa Say". Also, check out the Scrapbook Blessings Blog as my card is featured . . . . 

The card I have to share with you is my for darling little Lily . . . .  

  • card was cut 2 x 11 inches and then folded in half using Red Recollection Card Stock
  • background was cut using 6.5 x 5 inches using The Paper Studio Old World Winter which was chalked around the edges
  • Believe Vintage Santa was one of the marvelous goodies from Create with TLC Winter Club which was colored with Prisma Colored Pencils, Spectrum Noir Markers, accents with gel pens, Darice Glossy Accents for fur and beard with Stickles Glitter added to fur AFTER Glossy Accents is dry. I then fussy-cut Santa and puff-dotted the wreath and believe on card with Santa getting a wobble  
  • Create with TLC Ho Ho Ho Freebie was a freebie from a previous year. You must visit her site for her freebies as they are PHENOMENAL~~~   these were fussy-cut around the edges
  • 6-inches of wire wrapped tightly around a pencil to create curls

  • "What Does Santa Say" was made using Make the Cut along with the shadow behind the words. I also created 3/4-inch circles for the wobbles for the Ho Ho Ho and 1-inch circle for the back of Santa  

  • "Curls" were hot-glued onto the circles to attach to the back of Santa and the Ho Ho Ho and then attached to the card  

  • The little stocking is actually a button that Santa is holding from my stash

With, all this being said, "What Does Santa Say?????" . . . . . Hope you enjoyed my card as I know I had such fun making this card!!!

God Bless and Thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate and love reading your comments . . is your comment the next one I read???

Much love, hugs, and friendship

Saturday, November 9, 2013

November Calendar Girls

Our hop begins today with me, sew you are at the correct spot! The entire line-up is available just in case you get bogged down with all the holidaze and craziness as you won't want to miss a single calendar event!!!! 

In case, you get lost along the way with all the craziness of the holidaze, here's the complete line-up to follow along with the streamers, cards, lay-outs and super creativity of the marvelous Calendar Girls:

November, 2013 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days::

Aviation History Month ~ Lynne
National Model Railroad Month ~ Lynne
Native American Heritage Month
Peanut Butter Lovers Month ~  Edwina

2 Book Lovers Day - Vicky
2 Deviled Egg Day
3 Housewife's Day
3 Sandwich Day
4 King Tut Day
6 Saxophone Day ~
7 Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
8 Dunce Day 
9 Chaos Never Dies Day  - you've got that right
10  Forget-Me-Not Day ~ Edwina
10 USMC Day 
11  Veteran's Day - Jearise
12  Chicken Soup for the Soul Day - Jearise
12  Young Reader's Day  ~ Jearise
13  Sadie Hawkins Day 
13  World Kindness Day ~ Sandy
14  Operating Room Nurse Day 
15  Clean Your Refrigerator Day 
15  America Recycles Day~ Lucy 
16  Button Day ~ Lynne 
16  Have a Party With Your Bear Day ~ Christine
17  Electronic Greeting Card Day  - now who do you think created this day!?
17  Homemade Bread Day ~ Lynne
17  Take A Hike Day- Laura
17  World Peace Day ~ Lucy 
18  Occult Day ~
19  Have a Bad Day Day ~ Lynne 
20  Absurdity Day -Laura
20  Beautiful Day -Laura
20  Universal Children's Day - Laura
21  Great American Smokeout  - 
21  World Hello Day ~ Lynne 
22  Go For a Ride Day ~ Sandy
23  Eat a Cranberry Day 
25  National Parfait Day   
26  Shopping Reminder Day  - Vicky
27  Pins and Needles Day ~ Lynne
28  Red Planet Day 
28  Thanksgiving  -Eat, drink, and be thankful. ~ Sandy
29  Black Friday ~  Christine
29  You're Welcome Day  - Sandy

The Blog Candy being offered this month is a machine-embroidered angel which can be used as a bookmark or an early start to decorate your Christmas Tree!!!! Winner gets to chose the color of her angel from pink, white, ivory, or gold.

Lucy Kellher is offering a $10 Gift Certificate to Close to My Heart Website!!!! Wowsers, that's a super wonderful prize to one lucky winner!

Your next stop along the way is . Don't forget to stop back next month on December 14th for the last Calendar Girls Day of the Year . . . .

For my Holidaze/Occasions, I chose several but was only able to complete a few of them due to Physical Therapy, my friend was in the hospital, doctor appointments for both of us, and my surgery is going to be scheduled sooner than later!!!

Let the party begin . . . . 
November is National Aviation Month which I'm very proud to say that my father was in the Air Corp and flew in a B29. This occasion means a great deal to me and my card is dedicated to my dad . . . 

  • card was cut 5.5 x 11 using a lilac Recollection Card Stock and then folded in half
  • scrap paper background was cut 5.25 x 5.25 inches
  • antique aircraft is scraps from Tsunami Rose Printable Vintage Airplanes Paper, which I was unable to find in her store and not sure if she still carries it - the pieces are cut and arranged and chalked around the edges
  • the beautiful vintage "postcard" is Create with TLC Travel Collages which was colored with Prisma Colored Pencils and chalked
  • bling was found at JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts in the Clearance Section- Studio G     
MEMO: when using things from "Clearance" use additional glue to hold the gems on
  • sentiment, "Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith" is also from Create with TLC
November is also National Model Railroad Month. This also has a lot of fond memories as my daddy loved to play with trains and I have many memories of him and his dad, then my brother (Wayne) and Daddy and then to complete the generation my Daddy, Wayne and Wayne's son, Wayne. Also, when I was born, my Pap, bought a tin Lionel train for my first Christmas, which I still have in my possession.

  • card was cut 6 x 11 and then folded in half using a Recollection Christmas card stock which was purchased after Christmas last year
  • digital design is from Create with TLC Christmas, Get to be a  Kid which reminds me of all those generations playing with trains; this was colored with Prisma Color Pencils with chalked background and edges
  • sentiment, Christmas is a family affair, is also from Create with TLC which was from her recent Winter Collection and I thought this was the purrfect sentiment!!!
  • ribbon is a red check which was wrapped around the card and completed with a little bow from my stash of ribbon
November 19th is Have a Bad Day Day . . . what first came to mind is the cartoon with the character that always has a black cloud over his head and viola, I created this using Make the Cut

  • card was made using Make the Cut and welding two (2) clouds together for the card using grey Recollection card stock which were inked around the edges
  • another cloud was made with edit - copy - paste in place and then downsized just a bit with scrap grey card stock which was also chalked around the edges
  • bolt of lightening was created using Make the Cut and chalked around the edges, glued to the back of the smaller cloud
  • smaller cloud was attached to the front of the card using a wobble just to add that special dimension and show "bad day"
  • inside of the card has a sun with a grey cloud, also created using Make the Cut and chalked around the edges - grey cloud was puff-dotted onto card
  • sentiment, You sure BRIGHTENED UP my day",  on the inside of the card is a Create with TLC
November 21st is World Hello Day --- WELLLLL, when I think of "hello" all I can think of those stupid name tags people give us to wear sew everyone knows our name . . . . well, I created one using Make the Cut

  • with Make the Cut, I made a 6 x 3 inch oval and then did a copy, edit, paste in place
  • with the copy, I welded the two together to make my card using white Recollection card stock
  • I then did another paste in place making to make the blue border by adding another paste-in-place and downsizing to give about a 1/2-inch border using blue Recollection card stock - the inside of the oval became the back of my "hello"
  • using whatever font you wish, create the word "HELLO" and do a mirror of the word on the top portion of the card that when it is folded down, it appears correctly 
  • select the white card with the word "HELLO" centered on the top and do an edit - join to have the letters cut out
  • the inside of the oval that is the blue gets glued behind the word "HELLO"
I'm hoping you enjoyed my creativity this month and don't forget to leave some "bloggie" love. Also, I know that I owe you a few more cards and expect to see later this month: Button Day, Homemade Bread Day and Pins and Needles Day. Your next stop along the way is the super beautiful and talented Vicky

Mark your calendars for next month Calendar Girls on December 14th. 
Much love, hugs, and friendship

cards have been entered in the following challenges: 
November Chalk 'N Stock Challenge Anything Goes

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Combined Challenge for Miriam's Crafting Supplies and Tsunami Rose - Won't You Join Us?

Welcome to the 6th monthly Miriams Crafting Supplies Challenge which is a joint challenge with Tsunami Rose Designs. The challenge for the month is PRINTABLES . . . .the design team is using Tsunami Rose’s New Beginnings paper for the challenge. There will be a randomly drawn prize among the entries for a $10 credit to Miriam's Crafting Supplies (not good on ATG tape or twards the shipping) AND a $20 gift certificate to Tsunami Rose!!!!

My project is an Accordion Journal which I’m only going to tease you today and show you the pictures and will give the complete step-by-step directions on November 14th . . . .

Now, knowing me I don’t do glitz and glam but I guess never say never. Also, I have included items from Create with TLC . .. . what a great combination between the 3!!!

Have I teased you enuf with my creations - oh yeah, its girlie girlies and has glitz but I'm liking it . . . . stay tuned for complete instructions on November 14th. Now check out my Design Team Sisters with their gorgeous creations and don't forget to link yours to Miriam's Crafting Supplies . . . .
Jenny Alessi 
Virginia ("Dare") Burnett
Miriam Meserve
Itza Gomez

Now, its your turn to amaze and inspire us. Here are the rules of the challenge:
  • You must have a printed image. If that image is from Tsunami Rose's Zibbet Shop where all her journal kits and and-on's are 20 percent off this month AND 
  • You may enter up to four (4) projects for the month!!
  • You must tell on your blog or Facebook page that you are in this particular challenge with a link to Miriams' Crafting Supplies. If your entry is on your Facebook page rather than a blog, the privacy of the picture MUST be set as shared to our Facebook page.
  • Sorry, no back-linking.
  • Use Linky Tool to link up by the end of the challenge. This challenge runs through December 3rd at 11:55 PM.
  • Like our Facebook page, AND you can get an extra entry into this challenge and let us know that you did so.
  • Become a follower of our Blog
  • Have FUN!!!!
I can't wait to see your interpretations along with your creations!!!

Much love, hugs, and friendship!