Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas, Everyone!!

I want to wish every one of my readers a very Merry Christmas! I wish I had the time to send a card to each and every one of you... but because we're once again making homemade Christmas gifts (see this post for last year's), I'm afraid it would take me til next June to get all the cards out that I wanted! In any case, here is the card I made for our family and closest friends... I think I made around 85 or so:

The snow is our gorgeous Shimmery White cardstock. Can't see the sparkle in the photos, but it's there! As I mentioned before, this stamp is so perfect for our family... take a look:

Michael prefers the more "traditional" colors, so I also made some in Old Olive:

We are enjoying a truly white Christmas... something we rarely, if ever, experienced in Texas. In addition, we all went ice skating on the lake! That was a definite first for us! I hope that you spend the next few days joyfully celebrating our Savior's birth surrounded by those you love.

Card Recipe:
Stamp Sets: The More the Merrier (Level III Hostess), Many Merry Messages, Serene Snowflakes
Ink: Real Red, Bordering Blue, Old Olive, Versamark
Cardstock: Bordering Blue, Old Olive, Shimmery White
Accessories: White Organza Ribbon

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Share Preview!

I will be posting my Christmas card tomorrow, but I wanted to give everyone a heads up on the Shares I will be offering at the first of the year. For those of you who have had the opportunity to see the new Occasions Mini Catalog, I know you're just as excited as I am about all the FABULOUS things in it! Clear stamps, space saving punches, Easter & Valentine kits... just to name a few!

So let's start sharing! I can't accept money for these yet, but I can certainly take orders and then send an invoice after the new mini catalog goes live on January 5th. Here's what I'll be offering:

Paper Share:
Includes Sending Love Specialty, Shades of Spring, and Sweet Pea... 72 6"x6" sheets total.
$20 including Priority shipping

Ribbon Share:
Includes 3 yards each of all 9 colors of 5/8" Satin Ribbon.
(Basic Black, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, and Basic Gray)
$25 including Priority shipping

Includes Sending Love Epoxy Brads: 2 each of 2 designs in all three colors (Pretty in Pink, Real Red, and Chocolate Chip) for a total of 12 pieces
Includes Corduroy Buttons: 2 each of 3 styles in both colors (Pretty in Pink and Real Red) for a total of 12 pieces
Includes Sweet Pea Stitched Felt: 2 three-petal flowers, 5 french knot circles, 4 leaves, and 2 six-petal flowers for a total of 13 pieces
$18 including Priority Shipping

If participating in all three, take $5.00 off total price.

If you are interested in participating in any/all of these shares, send me an e-mail indicating which one(s) and I will send a PayPal invoice on January 5th.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Get Well, Uncle Bill!

Oh my WORD! Is December REALLY half over?!! What happened? How come I don't have my Christmas cards in the mail yet?! I'm telling you, there really should be about two more weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas... don't you think?!

Although I've obviously been neglecting my blog, I promise you I have not been sitting on my rump. Somehow, homeschooling the boys, making Christmas presents, keeping up with laundry, cooking meals, getting the kids to swimming, music, juggling, and Scouts, and chasing a three-year old around seems to take up all of my time! Who'd of thought?

Okay, so I did have to put my busy life on pause the other night so I could make a card for my Uncle Bill who had open heart surgery last week. He's doing well and should be released from the hospital on Tuesday. Praise God! Here is the card I whipped up for him.

Nothing fancy... but I did wad up the stripe in back to age it a bit. I like that technique. Okay, I'd stay and chat, but there's about 3 baskets of laundry on the couch that won't fold itself, sticky dried up juice spills on the kitchen floor, a 10-year old wandering around instead of doing his schoolwork, the dog is ringing the bell to be let out, and I have about 50 people coming over this afternoon for a Birds of Prey presentation (no joke... heaven knows where they're all going to park)! :)

Card Recipe:
Stamp Set: Thoughts & Prayers
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Naturals Ivory
Accessories: Vintage brads
Tools: Cutter Kit, Modern Label punch, Designer Label punch