Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Mid-Week Peek at My Week

Where has this week gone? It Wednesday already? Sheesh... seems like time is whizzing by again.

Soooooo... what have I been up to this week? For one thing, I drove to Chicago in a snow storm. Fortunately Hot Sauce and I made it just fine, though we did see a lot of cars in the ditches, so not everyone did as well as we did.

I've also been busy getting ready for a Christmas Dinner Party that my husband and I are hosting for the pastors/families in our association of 25 churches. I've finished the decorating at the office, and have the favors and most of the table centerpieces ready. The menu is prepared. Things seem to be in order. The party is Saturday.

I've also made 14 cards this week.

Earlier this week I showed my Copic Refill storage in the Stamping Enablers group on Facebook and I don't think I've ever showed it on my blog, so I decided to show it today.

This is a vintage 8-track carrying case:

Its purpose was to hold 24  tapes but I've found it is a great way to hold my refills - 
they fit perfectly in the grooves of the case, which helps them to stand up.

Each of the 24 slots will hold 6 refills, so as you can see, 
I need to buy more refills. LOL!

SCORE TIME: Would I give this week a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down”?

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Toad-ally Cool Christmas

Doesn't this cutie make you smile?

She's the picture that is the inspiration for the new {PIN}Spirational Challenge.

December 6 - 19
A HUGE thank you to our Sponsor: The Cutting Cafe 

I hope you'll participate!

I decided to use one of my stamp sets that needed to come in contact with some ink - Craft Lounge "Hoppy Holidays"...

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Image/Sentiment: Craft Lounge "Hoppy Holidays" stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers
Cardstock: Recollections 110# White and Stampin' UP! Brilliant Blue
Embellishments: Stickles Glitter Glue and Your Next Stamp Glitter Gumdrops

Monday, December 5, 2016

Snow Fun in Winter

There's  a new MelonHeadz Friends Challenge today...

December 5 - 18
Theme: Winter Is Here

I hope you'll participate!

For my card I used an image from the 

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Image: MelonHeadz Illustrating Snowman Bobblehead colored with Copic markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black, Kraft, and White
Designer Paper: My Mind' Eye Simply Delightful Paper Pad
Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor

Friday, December 2, 2016

Bringing Home the Tree

I have fond memories of going with my parents and sister to pick out the "perfect" Christmas tree and then taking it home. We usually did this around the middle of December... no matter the weather. I remember one year we had QUITE A SNOWSTORM... but it was the Saturday that we had planned our family tree-hunting outing, so my Dad said, we're going. And we did.

Fortunately my Dad's driving (and my Mom's praying) kept us safe.

Other Christmas tree memories include going with my grandfather out into his farm fields hunting for the "perfect" Christmas tree. Those trees were Cedars (oh-so-prickly). My sister and I had so much fun going on the Christmas tree hunt with Grandpa.

This week I was at my husband's office (he's a Director of Missions for an association of 25 churches)... I was decorating (a.k.a. putting up Christmas trees). His administrative assistant was telling me of how one year she and her family went to get a Christmas tree. When they got home they got out  and looked in the bed of the pickup.... did a double take and looked again. Someone said, "Ok, when did the tree fall out?" Yep, they had to go find the tree they had just cut down.

So, whatever your Christmas tree stories, remember them fondly. Oh, and one more thing... you might want to tie down when hauling it home.

I actually made this card for the new Anything Goes Challenge at PDE Linky Party. The challenge runs for a week and it truly is ANYTHING GOES... so whatever you're creating, please hop over to PDE Linky Party and link it up. We want YOU to participate!

December 2 - 8

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Image: Stampabilites Tie Down the Tree stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers
Distressing: Tim Holtz Antique Linen ink
Papers: Recollections Cardstock (Black, Cream, and Red), Paper Studio Christmas Car on Polka Dot, and scraps of DP from my scrap file
Embellishments: Rhinestone Snowflakes from an unknown vendor

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Card Kit Cuties 2016 - #9

You might recall that a month or so ago I was posting cards to my blog that I'd made from kits I received in a Card Kit Swap on SCS. If you'd like to see the cards I made with other kits, click HERE.

I received one more kit shortly after I posted the last one, but hadn't had a chance to make any cards with it until now.

This kit came from Darlene. It was full of fun stuff... including several adorable images from the SU Giggle Greetings set, an entire paper pad (American Crafts Welcome Spring), three spools of American Crafts Ribbon, Eyelet Outlet Pearls, Queen & Co. Twinkle Goosebumps and Paper Studio Flowers. THANK YOU, Darlene! The only thing of my own that I used in making these cards was some cardstock (Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Regal Rose and Taken with Teal).

In keeping with past kits, I made two cards with Darlene's kit.

Card #1

I actually separated the black ribbon in Darlene's kit 
to make the loopy thing behind the image.

Card #2

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mid-Week Peek at My Week

Overall - barring yesterday - it has been a GREAT week. Why? Because.......

IT IS FINISHED! (that's a good thing, trust me!)

I've worked on decorating our home for Christmas and I completed the task on Monday. It is a good feeling... and I love Love LOVE sitting on the sofa with only the Christmas lights on and watching them twinkle.

This year is minimal - by my normal standards - because I'm super excited that all of our kids (we only have 3) and the significant others (a.k.a. DS' girlfriend and DD's boyfriend) are coming!!! And with all those people in our little home, we'll need lots of space to maneuver... plus places to put down air mattresses. So... 8 trees it is.

The main tree includes ornaments that are special to our family - from way back when the kids were small... and even before. My most favorite ornament on the tree (and the last one I put on it, with a tear in my eye) is an ornament that was my Grandfather's. It always brings back happy memories from my childhood when I would go with him out in the field of their farm and find the "perfect" Christmas tree. He'd chop it down and we'd carry it to the house... where I'd get to help decorate it.

My father-in-law made the fence for me years ago.

Brittney's tree is filled with ornaments she has made me. Every year for Christmas (even now) I looked forward to seeing what ornament she would give me, knowing that she had designed it herself and made it herself. Of course when she was really young (I think she started this tradition when she was 5-6) she had to have some help with her dad in executing her design. I treasure these ornaments!

My international tree is one of my favorites! It has ornaments on it from various countries. Some I've obtained on my ten international mission trips. Some have been given to me by others who have traveled outside our country - or who live outside our country. Some I've purchased through the WMU World Crafts that sells items made by artisans from all over the world. This ministry keeps these women employed and therefore keeps them out of the sex trades of their countries. A win/win... I get a gorgeous ornament made in another country and help a young woman in the process. I haven't purchased any from World Crafts in a number of years and when I searched for the link, I've discovered that none of the ones I currently own are in the catalog anymore. However, I did find one that I really REALLY want. Hmmmm... I might need to buy myself a Christmas gift.

Isn't the sombrero great? My parents got it for me in Mexico.

The fourth 6' tall tree is Brock's tree - in his room. He loves putting the ornaments on it himself.

Brock learned to walk pushing that yellow taxi around 
when he was barely one.

Then there are four more trees - all 4' tall or smaller. Fun stuff!

In addition to Christmas trees we have a few nativity sets on display - after all that IS the reason for Christmas. There is a gorgeous one that my husband got for me on his first trip to Israel. There's one that my daughter made for me. An Eskimo one (I love it!). A Native American one. The one we were given during our early years - as a gift from a young couple in our church. And a couple of other smaller ones, too.

The Israel nativity set is stunning!

And.... there's the Hallmark ornament collection. I have an ornament from every year Hallmark has made them... and we've given an ornament to each of our children every year since they've been born (which I still have in my possession - I will give them to them some day, but for now I keep/display them). That's well over 100 ornaments total. They have never been on a Christmas tree. Instead, we suspend them from the ceiling in our hallway from tension rods.

The very last piece of the Christmas decorating this year was a nearly all-day project. Putting together Cloydville - the Christmas village that my oldest son has given me - building by building and the little pieces, too - every year for Christmas since he was seven. It includes 25 lit buildings, plus a lot of people, animals, and such. It is gorgeous! And... it takes up about 1/4 of our dining room.

The stockings are hung. Teddy bears and snowmen in place. A wreath or two on the doors. Yep, it definitely looks like Christmas at our house.

In addition to Christmas decorating, I managed to make a few cards (5), clean, cook, shop (oh did I shop! I did a lot of my online Christmas shopping during Black Friday - Cyber Monday), laundry, etc.

I don't want to talk about yesterday (which included heartbreaking news, a gas leak at our house that resulted in the city turning off the gas until it could be fixed (it is fixed now), broken ornaments, etc.).... do you ever have one of those days where everything seems to pile on you? Yesterday was THAT day for me. But......

today. is. a. new. day.

SCORE TIME: Would I give this week a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down”?

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Give Thanks for All You Have

I stamped up a stamp set I've owned for a while (but had never used before) to create this card. I'm not really sure why I've never used it before because I love the beautiful flower.

CTMH "Happy Autumn"

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Images/Sentiment: CTMH "Happy Autumn" 
Ink: A Muse Studio Cherry, Evergreen, Fern, and Pumpkin and Gina K Onyx Black
Cardstock: Recollections Black and 110# White and Stampin' UP! Really Rust
Designer Paper: from an unknown vendor
Embellishments: Stampin' UP! Pearls and Ribbon