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Tuesday

Tag! You're it!

The 'tag you're it' was a blog challenge issued by my online friend Cheryl.  She is issuing challenges to help keep bloggers posting throughout the busy holidays.  Great idea Cheryl, thanks!  You can check out her blog here.
So, this week we had to make a tag.  I am in a tag swap right now, so I did not want to show my tags before the recipients received them.  Here is one that I made trying to come up with a design for the swap.  It is kind of similar.
Materials:
shipping tag
pearl mist spray
tulle
TH distress inks
snowflake scrap
snowflake stamps
merry Christmas stamp
3-D snowflake punch
stickles

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Monday

Rosettes

I am trying to justify having the Tim Holtz rosette die.  I am not sure what steps having the die would cut out.  So, I have not made a decision yet.  I made these with my Martha Stewart score board.


Materials:
card stock
snow flake embellishments

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Saturday

Treat box

I have been wanting to make a large treat box. The dimensions for a 8 x 8 box were posted on the Scraps
 of Color .ning site.  Thanks Jazz!  Here is the sample I made using scraps.

The base is 8 x8 and the lid is 8.5 x 8.5                         The 8.5 lid compared to the 8 x 8 bottom

So, one night when I couldn't sleep I played around with the dimensions to make a tighter fitting lid.  Good thing I payed attention in math class. Here is a 8 1/8 x 8 1/8 lid which fits snugly on the 8 x8 bottom. 

 Materials:
Card stock
Martha Stewart score board


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Friday

Christmas Greetings Blog Hop

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving.  Now on to shopping right?

Coming Soon!  Remember to stop by and check out the wonderful projects on each blog.  More details to be announced. 

Thursday

Angel Tree


I recently had an opportunity to participate in Angel Tree. The card I selected was for a 11-12 year old girl requesting a diary/journal. I asked the facilitator if the gift could be hand crafted instead of store brought. I received the OKAY. Whoo Hooo! I made this journal.
Outside covered with fabric.  Padded with fiber fill batting.
 Inside is a piece of chipboard covered with contrasting fabric and a ribbon closure.
These are just composition books covered and padded.  I may make a smaller journal and a book mark.  I plan to include a pink pen too.  I made another one for my niece's birthday.  

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Wednesday

Gratitude


Inside the card: A small portion of my My Gratitude List:                                                         
  • Assurance of salvation; for I once was lost, but now I am found!
  • Health; for I am no longer bed ridden or wheelchair confined
  • Shelter; for I am no longer homeless
  • Good friends and family; for God has surrounded me with His vessels
  • DUGAN, my dog; for I no longer have to live alone
I am grateful that the list goes on...
  

Materials:
Kraft card stock
Color bok chalk ink
Inkssentials white pen
hand drawn & cut leaves
fiskars scallop edge punch
me & my big ideas stamp
Martha Stewart alphabet stamp
Inkadinkado stamp


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Tuesday

Remember the days...

...of the old fashioned pie socials?  A single girl could bake a pie and the potential suitors would bid on the pie.  The highest bidder would win the pie and a chance to eat the pie with the baker.   Why didn't I grow up with that tradition? (LOL)  Making this ham for a holiday gathering got me to thinking about the age old tradition.  Looky here someone better propose marriage soon, before all this good cooking gets used up on friends and family.(LOL)

This is a spiral ham that I served on a ham rack.  Several folks had never seen a ham rack.  It is just a metal tripod like gadget. It holds the ham point side down and people can take a slice from the top.  (Sounds complicated-huh?) Really it is not complicated: all you need is a plate, a doily and a serving fork...and you are in business.   I used a maple brown sugar glaze.  I also made a picnic ham with citrus glaze.  Both dishes went over well and I will make them again.  The celebration was fabulous and it was great to get together.

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Monday

Birthday Card

This simple birthday card looked so different in my head- it was actually cute. (lol).  NOT! here it is anyway.

Inside sentiment: happy birthday














Materials:
Hero arts stamp
pp
floral border strip
stickles
zig marker
color box chalk ink

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Sunday

Feeling the blues today

This picture doesn't begin to capture all the cards I received after my mother's sudden death.  I stopped counting at 150 I placed all the cards on my long coffee table.  It was very comforting to walk pass the living room and see all the expressions of sympathy and support.  Some of the cards were from online friends who I have never met before.  Today I took them all down and wrote thank you cards for each one. 

I wish there was a guidebook for grief (LOL)  My weepy, crying moments come at the weirdest times.  Like when I am in the shower at the YMCA.  If I am not careful I will end up with a shower stall full of naked praying women (LOL)  Well I think I am babbling...Those who know the LORD please pray for my strength.  Thank you for all the support.

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Wednesday

Birthday card

When a card does not have to be mailed I like to take the opportunity to make a different kind of envelope/holder.  For this one I just folded a piece of pp and made a little pocket like holder.  The bottom is folded twice so as to create a flat bottom to accommodate the thickness of the card.


Here is the birthday card for my friend.  She is a major coffee and tea drinker. The stamp on the card kind of goes with the gift of coffee mugs, a tea bag holder, and some tea biscuits. 


Sentiment: Two things can perk you up, a cup of coffee and a good friend.  I used scraps for this card.
Materials:
pp cs
Studio 112 stamp
color bok chalk ink chestnut roan
sakura gel glitter pen
zig marker
fiber from stash
 pink bling
Inkssentials white pen

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Monday

Snow Bird Water Color

Now I have played with watercolor crayons before, but this is my first watercolor painting.  I took a class at the library.  It was fun and I learned some great techniques.  I liked that all the students created something different.  Watercolor...what a great medium!





      Some of my classmates'    projects



Here is my finished card. 

This class was fun.  The most challenging part was trying to determine how much water to use.  My brush was too wet most of the time.  I hope I get the hang of it soon.  I tried to get the instructor to give me the sample so I could pass it off as mine(LOL).  I almost had her convinced...then one by one the other students wanted me to mail the picture to them when I finished.  Imagine that!  hahhaha  Seriously, seeing the sample definitely gives me inspiration and something to strive towards.

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Thursday

Mini album from swap

Hey Scrappers!  I was in a mini album swap at Scraps of Color.  This is the mini album I received from my swap partner, Renee.  The colors are cool.   Renee really did a lot of tags and flowers.  I hope you enjoy it.  Thanks Renee, great job!




video

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Saturday

Mini Album Swap

This is my first video.  So no comments or laughter from the peanut gallery. (LOL)  This is a mini album for my online buddy Renee. I joined a mini album swap at SOC.   I took a mini album class many years ago and have recreated this chipboard album several times.  I hope she likes it and can use the album.

video

Materials:
Chip board
ribbons, tulle, fibers
buttons
flowers
journaling spots
metal clasps
charm
brads
pp
card stock
color box chalk inks
rubons


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Friday

Pop-up gift card holder

I love this simple little gift card holder.  I have made this style several times.  The peacock stamp is my go to for this project.  You would think that I would get bored, but this little bird just feels right on this project.


Inkadinkado stamp "inside"


handwritten sentiment inside:
Have you ever noticed that the rarest birds are often the most beautiful?  You, my dear, are a gorgeous, marvelous, wonderful bird.


This gift card is for my friends teenage daughter who is away at school.  I wish her all the best in her journey.






Materials:
card stock
Hero Arts stamp
stickles
colorbok Chestnut roan chalk ink
blender pen
CTMH brown marker

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Thursday

What a RAK!

Perhaps some of you know that I still use the original sizzix for die cutting and embossing.  I was so elated when I received this RAK from my friend and online scrap buddy.  Thanks for your thoughtfulness Helen!  I have been using cuttlebug embossing folders like crazy.  The Texture Boutique sure beats using that dinosaur sizzix.  I love my new tool.  Helen also sent a box of goodies.  I was like pearls, and tags, and ribbon OH MY!!!! (LOL)  Everything in the box will be put to good use.  Thanks again!


WHOOO HOOOO!
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Wednesday

Another two cards with the same image...

I cannot recall where I got this image.  Please forgive me.  This was before I started filing them and labeling them.  Hats off to the creator of this image, you know who you are.  These were cards that I started a long time ago. 



 
"I got a Meeting in the Ladies Room"  Remember that song? (LOL)

 Materials:
Card stock: white, silver glitter, green, black with green core
crushed olive, peeled paint distress ink
fiskars circle punch
cuttle bug embossing folder(s)
flowers from stash
brads
butterfly stick pin from swap
sakura pens
At You spica pens
prisma colored pencils
gamsol
bling


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Tuesday

One image, two cards

I found these unfinished cards in a homemade kit.  I cannot recall where I got the image from.  I must have really been trying to use up that green paper. (LOL) 

Like fine wine I get better with age.
 

Don't hate...CELEBRATE!

Materials
cuttle bug embossing folders
card stock
sakura pens
At You Spica Pens
Prisma colored pencils
Gamsol
ribbon from RAK (thanks Helen)
stickles

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