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Merry Christmas everyone!

I’m writing this at 12:18 a.m. on Christmas Morning so I can’t tell you what Santa brought me yet.  I just wanted to share the Christmas card I made for our family in the UK.  The card had to be fairly flat so it would be postage friendly…

I must get ready for bed so Santa can bring our gifts.  I hope he brought me some Copics!

Have a wonderful Christmas Day.

Christmas Eve!

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…and another of my fairly quick posts today (I need to clone myself!).  We are having company over for Christmas Eve dinner – my aunt and uncle.  It should be a nice, relaxing evening but all the preparations are not so relaxing!  Laundry, floors, give the dog a bath, finish making their Christmas Card (sad, but true – my own cards are almost always last minute).  Maybe I can copy today’s card? (which uses For the Love of Snowmen from Whipper Snapper…their stamps have been a lifesaver this season – the cling mount stamps are the perfect size for quick colouring which makes the card making a lot faster!)

Merry Christmas Eve!

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I think this is the card I made for one of my brothers…can’t remember which brother though! (see yesterday’s post for an explanation on the unusual brevity of my babbling):

Quick and Dirty…

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It’s just getting more impossible to find time to blog my cards lately so I’m going to keep it to the bare minimum of chit chat and just show the cards for the next few posts…there will probably be a few “black out” days due to the holidays but I’m sure you understand how busy it is at this time of year…enjoy the eye candy…

Belated Birthday Blog Candy

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ETA: the contest is now closed.  Using random.org the result was number 6 – Diane!  Diane I’ll be contacting you shortly for your mailing address.  Thanks for playing everyone!

I know many of you are just as busy as I am these days – my life is insane right now.  In fact, I shouldn’t even be taking time to post on my blog but I promised blog candy so here we go…(well, I’ll babble for a minute or two and get to the blog candy at the end…it’s tradition!)

I’ve been busy making these (note: each bag already has an ornament packaged up inside and I still have a handful to make by Friday):

…and Christmas cards like this (using an adorable Anna Wight stamp):

but I have no time right now to describe what I’ve been doing or how I’ve done them or what I used to make them!

On to the blog candy…


A Happy Birthday Cuttlebug Folder (not in the package – I have two of these for some reason)

Making Memories “Charmed” Birthday themed charms

Studio G clear stamps (Christmas theme)

A DCWV Tin Album

A package of Heidi Swapp credit card slides

A package of Heidi Swapp butterfly tags

Assorted Prima and American Crafts flowers (mostly Primas)

I’ll mail anywhere so everyone is welcome to take a crack at the prize.

How do you win?  Leave a comment on this post telling me what Christmas project you’re working on (doesn’t have to be a craft – could be buying gifts or addressing envelopes) by Friday, December 17th and you’re entered to win.  I’ll do a random draw on Saturday the 18th.  Be sure to leave your email address and note that if you haven’t posted a comment before I’ll have to approve it so don’t panic if you don’t see your entry.  (sadly, I’ll be turning on the word verification for comments soon as I get too much spam)

I have so many things to share but no time to post them so don’t forget to check back!

Think Snow

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I’m saying Think Snow but I won’t really mean it once the white stuff hits Newfoundland.  So far we’ve been lucky with some of the warmest temperatures in Canada at the moment.  I’m sure that will change very quickly once Old Man Winter gets his hooks on us!

I know the blog has gone dark for a few days but I’ve been so busy with orders that I haven’t had time to share any of my projects with you.  Also, today was my birthday so we went out for supper instead of me spending quality time in my craft cave. (speaking of my birthday, thanks to everyone for lovely gifts and wishes – and a special thanks to DH who is getting a remote starter installed in my car – take that Old Man Winter!)

To thank you for your patience and to celebrate my birthday, I’ll be putting together a little blog candy for my next post.  For now, here’s a cute little card I made using a Whipper Snapper cling mount set:

I *should* be back tomorrow with some blog candy so don’t forget to visit soon!

Christmas Romance

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Today’s card uses some MME “I Believe” paper that would work for an elegant or whimsical card depending on your mood…of course, I went whimsical.

If you’re looking for a card to give your Mom or Dad or your significant other, this is a card that you could whip up in no time.  Change out the colours and the embellishment and you’ve got yourself a Valentine’s Day or Anniversary card.

To make this card, I inked up 3 of the hearts from “For the Love of Snowmen” (Whipper Snapper cling mount set) taking colours from my patterned paper.  I didn’t have *quite* the right shade of green so I paper pieced that heart to make it match perfectly.

I used a sakura glaze pen to colour the hearts on the sentiment and made my embellishment by layering a felt stocking with a heart-shaped button.  The button is a pale pink but I covered it with Martha Stewart coarse glitter which really detracts from the pink.  The glaze pen and the glitter help play up the shiny stripes in the patterned paper.

The final touch was a ruffled ribbon effect to hide the join between the two papers.

TIP:  In making this card I used double-sided paper.  I cut the paper to size (4″X5.25″) and then cut that piece down the centre.  Much more efficient and accurate than cutting two separate pieces of paper.  Of course, I turned one piece over to expose the second pattern before adhering to my card.

New Arrival

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A change of pace from Christmas today so I can share a baby card I made a week or so ago…

I was tempted to with Christmas colours as the baby is due early next week but I was a December baby too and I don’t really associate my birthday with all things Christmas so why should this brand new baby girl be any different?

I used my usual K&Co paper for this card but I must hunt around for something new because I’m tired of looking at these patterns now (they’re great for baby cards but this is my third one using the same colour scheme so I’m blaming the paper for stunting my creativity!).

I used an Inkadinkado set that I bought at M’s about a month ago when all their stamps were 40% off.  The carriage is paper pieced just ’cause that’s how I roll.  I added a little bling to the wheels and quickly coloured in the um, cat? and wheels with copics.  Nothing fancy.

I couldn’t decide where I wanted the sentiment to go so I stamped it under the image.  The sentiments come attached to the images in this set but I cut them off so I could mix and match.

Check back tomorrow – I’ve got a Christmas card for your significant other…

Holiday Fun

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I’ve got another cute Whipper Snapper card to share today.  I’m on a roll with the Christmas cards…too bad there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything on my list!

It’s a real catch-22 for me every Christmas.  I’m not in the mood to make Christmas cards until it’s almost December but I love using my Christmas stamps and all the cute patterned paper that goes with it.  Of course snowflakes and jingle bells, glitter and holiday ribbon play a roll in the fun too.

I used more Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather paper but in a completely different colour palette than my last penquin card.  The image and sentiment are from Penguin Antics (Anna Wight cling set) – I love how this little guy is tilted to the side…whether he’s skating or he’s just got weak ankles, he’s cute either way!

I used Bazzil cardstock for my base just because I’m trying not to neglect all my supplies.  The pearls were white and I coloured them with a Copic marker to make them coordinate with my card and bring out the little bit of blue in the patterned paper.

The snowflake was created using punches and MS snow glitter (and shamelessly inspired by the incredible Anna Wight) and I antiqued the edges of the patterned paper using some Ranger Antique Linen distress ink.

I think I’ll show you a non-Christmas card tomorrow…I think it’s the only non-Christmas card I’ve made in weeks!

Three Snowflakes

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A little change of pace from the whimsical cards today.  I wanted to illustrate how you can take your stash of cute-sy stamps and find something elegant if you look hard enough.

I used a cute snowflake from my Penguin Antics cling mount set and paired it with a sentiment from Winter Schminter.  I also used a snowflake stamp from Winter Schminter to decorate the background on my kraft cardstock:

A little distressing and antiquing, a dash of navy cardstock and ink, a tiny dab of glitter (on the snowflakes…doubt you can see it in the picture) and a fairly elegant Christmas card is born from 2 cute Whipper Snapper sets.

I still have lots to share so drop by tomorrow!



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