Thursday, December 31, 2009


These are some the many, wonderful Christmas and birthday cards that I received from some of the most talented women I know! I am so blessed to have each of them in my life.
Thank you friends for inspiring me and encouraging me with your talent...

above: from Joan Ervin
above: from Julia aka Artystamper
above from Jeanne aka Flyfishchef
above from Fran
above from Charlene aka LilLuvsStampin
above from Debbie aka vafroggie44
above from Michelle
above from Cindy aka cblekas
above from Julie aka cjkstieber
above from Anne aka Itsapassion
above from Becky *new* SU! demo!!
above from Joanne aka sleepyinseattle
above from Charlene aka LilLuvsStampin
above from Sherri
above from Anne aka Itsapassion

Friday, December 25, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

CITY OF DAVID - remix...

I love the cottage wall dsp...
used again here for this Christmas card with the City of David stamp set.

Additional Info
Keywords: christmas
Stamps: City of David
Paper: white, rich razzleberry, old olive, cottage wall dsp
Ink: stazon, kiwi kiss, rich razzleberry
Accessories: aqua painter, brad, ribbon, cb folder, stickles


Hello All!
I made this card for today's Color Challenge (real red, crushed curry, sahara sand) I substituted natural kraft for my base since I am out of sahara sand. The image and sentiment are free digital images offered by Verve this week only!
Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Seriously! Do I ever post photos of crafts anymore???!!!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009


This is elf #2 in the Merry Pursuits set. Love it! My best friend, Shannon is visiting this weekend and we plan to get our Christmas cards finished!! (crossing fingers).. I'll post pictures later. Hope you are having a wonderful day.

Thanks for looking...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


I love checking the mailbox this time of year and finding those envelopes that I know have beautiful Christmas cards in them. Here is one that I got today! Isn't is beautiful. I love the embossed edge and the peek-a-boo window. The inside is just as beautiful. This one is from my friend Debbie aka vafroggie.
Thanks Debbie!!
Now, drumroll please.... Here is the first of the Christmas cards that I have stamped this year...eek! I love this little elf. It is one of four in a set called Merry Pursuits. a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e. I first noticed these elves last Christmas, and was glad to see that I could purchase them a couple of months ago. I decided to pair it with the cottage wall dsp, as I am going for a non-traditional look with this card, and well, I just love rich razzleberry and old olive together. I also plan to make more of the City of David cards, case-ing what I did last year. My friend Cindy found that set for me, and it is my absolute favorite Christmas set of ALL time! Hope your enjoying the season.
Thanks for stopping by...

Monday, December 7, 2009


What an excellent way to start off my week!! When I checked the mail today, I found this wonderful Christmas RAK from my good friend Anne aka jdmommy on SCS. This card really has the "WOW" factor and is really quite simple. The silver ribbon and bows really add a perfect finishing touch. Thanks Anne for this gorgeous card.. the first we've recieved this season - woot!

As promised... This is my small Santa collection. I decided to display it in the window on the stairwell. I never know what to put in this big window.

Next we have my small hand-painted village. These were pieces I bought at Michael's eons ago. I love how they turned out. Some of the pieces have paint chipped off (thanks kids)... so a few need a touch-up. But I love the way it looks on the never used dining room table, especially in the dark with the lights on under the gold netting. I used large North Carolina pinecones for trees and minature cones for bushes.

Thanks for looking..

Saturday, December 5, 2009


I love this time of year - going out to get a tree, then bringing it home to decorate is one of my favorite things. The kids are super excited this year, and it was so neat to hear them talk about various ornaments and to remember making certain ones. There once was a time when I painted ceramic ornaments and made beautiful bows.... well, I don't have time for that anymore, but I also enjoyed looking over the ones I painted in the past and placing them on the tree. The tree is about as far as we have gotten with the decorating. I also have a small ceramic village that I hand painted one year (bc - before children, when I had the time to do that sort of thing - LOL). When I get that set up, I'll share photos of that as well. It was time consuming, but worth it in the end. I also set up my ever growing snowman collection on the mantle (some I've bought, some given to me as gifts, some I made, and others I painted) and my Santa collection in the large window by the stairs (I'll show that later). We are beginning to get into the spirit around here, and I am really trying not to become overwhelmed and caught-up in things that don't really matter.
All the best for a wonderful Christmas season for you and your family!!
Inky hugs,

BRAK from Crafty Turtle...

This is a beautiful birthday rak (brak) that I recieved in the mail today from Deborah Albright, known as Crafty Turtle on SCS. I just love this technique and the colors. My birthday isn't until the end of the month, but how fun to start getting some happy mail now!! eek!

Thank you Deborah for making my day!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009


I made this for a swap that I participated in. It was a Fall theme 6x6 scrapbook page that had to have texture. This is how I made it...

Step 1: tear coordinating cardstock and dsp, layer to create a landscape.

Step 2: Add stamped trees. I used Stampin' Ups Trendy Trees set.

Step 3: Add stitching around edged with your choice of thread (I used black). Then add a mat for photo. I'll be using the pages others made that I got from this swap for the HHN scrapbook challenge.
Thanks for looking!


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