Saturday, December 22, 2012

I know you miss me...

...but I also know that many of you have felt the "burn out" of too many things on the go at the same time.

For me, this year, I've burnt out on stamping. PLEASE don't panic! I am NOT giving up on stamping and I love my "job" as your Stampin' UP! demonstrator too much to stop doing that! But I can't tell you how relaxing it's been to not HAVE to stamp for the past couple of weeks! I've taken up knitting again (haven't done that in 10 years!) and I'm learning to knit socks. I love it!

I promise that things will be back to "normal" (read: insane) soon, so please be patient.

Meanwhile, one of my downline found a post from WAY back in 2008 and suggested I repost it, so here you go:


From Dec. 16th, 2008:

I did find this while I was taking a few seconds from my busy day to do a little blog visiting and thought you might like it:

Twas the Night Before Christmas
Twas the night before Christmas, I'm glued to the tree.
I'm wondering what Santa brought just for me.
Could it be cardstock or chipboard or lace?
"Or a Cricut," I said, with a smile on my face.
And that's when I heard him, "Hi Santa!" I said.
"You know....good little girls should be in their beds."
"I know I should Santa, and now I've been caught.
But I was just so excited to see what you brought."
"Well, let's take a look in this room where you work."
He shook his head quickly, and left with a jerk.
I heard him exclaim as he put it in gear...
"You've got enough crap, I'll see you next year!"

I found it on Sharon Harnist's blog.

Merry Christmas and Happy Stampin'!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

Ready for Christmas?

You can start early when you have this page ready to go! Create it and add the picture just as soon as you print it!


You can get all the details HERE.

Happy Scrappin'!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A bit of blocking for the Divas

It's inspiration challenge day to day on the Divas blog. You should check it out.

When I saw the blocks, I new I wanted to share the card I had made for one of my classes:



I started off with a Gumball Green base (I made variations in More Mustard and Raspberry Ripple too) and added a layer of Whisper White, onto which I stamped the sentiment.

The images from Merry Minis were stamped and punched. They were added to 1" squares which were then added to the Postage Stamp punched squares. I attached the squares to the card front using Dimensionals (of course!)

What do you think?

STAMPS: Merry Minis, Petite Pairs
INK: Gumball Green, More Mustard, Raspberry Ripple
PAPERS: Whisper White and Gumball Green Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Punches, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Vintage Thank You for the Crew (s)

Today's card is for BOTH of the Crews of which I'm a member! Check it out:


For the Paper Crafts Crew, we used this sketch:


And for the Creative Crew, one of our themes for December was to use the First Edition Designer Series Paper. I can't believe this is my last month on the Crew!! It's been an amazing journey and I just KNOW you're going to love the incoming crew! You can check out all the crew creations HERE and be sure to keep checking back in the New Year for the new Crew!

Of course, I took a few liberties with the sketch (don't I always??) but I sure do like the way this card turned out!

I wanted to make a thank you for one of the generous donors who "chipped in" for the Kidd family. Have YOU seen the widget in the top left of my blog? If you have even a little spare change, the Kidds (and I) would greatly appreciate it. :)

I started off with a base of Soft Suede and then added a stamped layer of Very Vanilla and a piece of So Saffron Designer Series Paper. I was going to use one of the Two Tags (from the die), but I wasn't liking the way it looked, so I changed it up a bit.

I did some distressing and sponging to add dimension to the card.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Clockworks, Friendship Preserves
INK: Soft Suede
PAPERS: Very Vanilla and Soft Suede Cardstock; So Saffron and First Edition DSP
ACCESSORIES: Ribbon, Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lovely as a Tree for the Divas!

It's colour challenge day over on the Diva Blog! You should check it out...and maybe you'll do better than I did in incorporating all the colours into the card. I tried...I REALLY did!

Today's colours were:

  • Crumb Cake
  • Old Olive
  • Always Artichoke
  • Midnight Muse
  • Elegant Eggplant
I managed everything except the Elegant Eggplant. I just could NOT see where I could fit in. Maybe you have an idea you'd like to share with me? Check it out:


This card is a simpler version of one I have pinned to my SUO Christmas Pinterest board. Narelle Farrugia is the original designer.

To be honest, I wasn't TOO sure about the combination of Old Olive/Always Artichoke, but I like the way it turned out.

And yes, I fussy cut the Lovely as a Tree...TWICE! When I was going to add the trees to the image panel, they just seemed to be floating there, so I tore some paper, took out my sponges and added some crumb cake ink to the bottom of the panel which helped ground the trees.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Lovely as a Tree
INK: Always Artichoke, Old Olive
PAPERS: Whisper White, Midnight Muse and Crumb Cake Cardstock; Midnight Muse DSP
ACCESSOIRES: Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Let's get Stamping!! Courtesy of Jane Hignite


MONTH-LONG OBSERVANCES
Awareness Month of Awareness Month’s Month
Bingo Month
Colorectal Cancer Education and Awareness Month
Hi Neighbor Month
Identity Theft and Prevention Month
Learn a Foreign Language Month
National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month
National Safe Toys and Gifts Month
National Sign Up for Summer Camp Month
National Stress Free Family Holiday Month
National Tie Month
National Write a Business Plan Month
Operation Santa Paws
Prevent Blindness Month
Quince and Watermelon Month
Read a New Book Month
Rising Star Month
Root Vegetables and Exotic Fruits Month
Spiritual Literacy Month
Take a New Year’s Resolution to Stop Smoking Month
Tomato and Winter Squash Month
Universal Human Rights Month
World AIDS Month
Worldwide Food Service Safety Month
Write to a Friend Month
 
WEEK-LONG OBSERVANCES
First Week
First Week of Advent
Cookie Cutter Week
National Tolerance Week
Recipe Greetings for the Holidays Week
 
Second Week
Second Week of Advent
Coats for Kids Week
Halcyon Days
Human Rights Week
National Hand Washing Awareness Week
 
Third Week
Third Week of Advent
Christmas Bird Count Week
Gluten-Free Baking Week
International Language Week
Saturnalia
 
Fourth Week
Fourth Week of Advent
It’s About Time Week
Kwanzaa
 
 
 
December 1st
American Civil Air Patrol Founded (1941)
Day Without Art Day
Eat A Red Apple Day
Jan Brett's Birthday (1949)
National High Five Day
National Pie Day
Rosa Parks Day
Special Kids Day
World AIDS Day
 
December 2nd
Ann Patchett's Birthday (1963)
Charles Ringling's Birthday (1863)
Cold Moon
David Macaulay's Birthday (1946)
Georges Seurat's Birthday (1859)
Gianni Versace's Birthday (1946)
National Fritters Day
National Mutt Day
Play Basketball Day
Special Education Day
 
December 3rd
Andy Williams' Birthday (1930)
Ear Muffs Day
International Day of the Disabled Person
Joseph Conrad's Birthday (1857)
Let’s Hug Day
National Roof-Over-Your-Head Day
Ozzy Osbourne's Birthday (1948)
 
December 4th
Cracker Jack Day
Gemma Jones’ Birthday (1942)
National Cookie Day
National Dice Day
Santa’s List Day
Wear Brown Shoes Day
 
December 5th
Bathtub Party Day
George Armstrong Custer’s Birthday (1839)
International Ninja Day
International Volunteer Day
National Communicate With Your Baby Day
National Sacher Torte Day
Play Hooky Day
Repeal Day (Repeal of Prohibition)
Rose Wilder Lane's Birthday (1886)
Walt Disney's Birthday (1901)
 
December 6th
Coats and Toys for Kids Day
Dave Brubeck’s Birthday (1920)
Ira Gershwin’s Birthday (1896)
Joyce Kilmer’s Birthday (1886)
Miner’s Day
Mitten Tree Day
National Gazpacho Day
National Pawnbroker’s Day
Put on Your Own Shoes Day
St. Nicholas Day
 
December 7th
Harry Chapin’s Birthday (1942)
Faux Fur Friday
International Civil Aviation Day
Letter Writing Day
Marie Tussaud’s Birthday (1761)
National Cotton Candy Day
National Pearl Harbor Day
Ted Knight's Birthday (1923)
 
December 8th
Bad Hair Day
Day of the Horse
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
International Shareware Day
James Galway’s Birthday (1939)
James Thurber's Birthday (1894)
Jim Morrison's Birthday (1943)
Mary Queen of Scots' Birthday (1542)
National Brownie Day
Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day
Take it in the Ear Day
USSR Ceased to Exist (1991)
 
December 9th
Christmas Card Day
Clarence Birdseye’s Birthday (1886)
Donny Osmond's Birthday (1957)
Hanukkah
International Anticorruption Day
Jean deBrunhoff's Birthday (1899)
John Milton's Birthday (1608)
Judy Dench's Birthday (1934)
Margaret Hamilton’s Birthday (1902)
National Pastry Day
National Salesperson Day
Nightgown Day
Weary Willy Day
World Choral Day
Worldwide Candle Lighting Day
 
December 10th
Bobby Flay’s Birthday (1964)
Day of the Horse
Emily Dickinson's Birthday (1830)
Festival for the Souls of Dead Whales Day
Get a Poinsettia Day
Human Rights Day
Kenneth Branagh's Birthday (1960)
Melvil Dewey's Birthday (1851) (Dewey Decimal System)
Nobel Prize Day
Rumer Godden's Birthday (1907)
Susan Dey’s Birthday (1950)
Treaty of Paris Signed (1898)
 
December 11th
International Mountain Day
King Edward VIII Abdicated Throne (1936)
National Noodle Ring Day
Pilgrims Land on Plymouth Rock (1620) see 12/21 too
UNICEF Anniversary (Est. in 1946)
UN International Mountain Day
William Joyce's Birthday (1957)
 
December 12th
Bob Barker’s Birthday (1923)
Bonza Bottler Day
Edvard Munch's Birthday (1863)
Gingerbread House Day
Gustave Flaubert's Birthday (1821)
International Children's Day
National Ding-A-Ling Day
Poinsettia Day
 
December 13th
Christopher Plummer's Birthday (1927)
Dick Van Dyke's Birthday (1925)
Ice Cream Day
Mary Todd Lincoln’s Birthday (1818)
National Cocoa Day
New Calendar Day
New Zealand Discovered (1642)
St. Lucy Day
Steve Buscemi’s Birthday (1957)
Violins Day
 
December 14th
Buy a Tree Day
Monkey Day
Morey Amsterdam's Birthday (1914)
NASCAR Founded (1947)
National Bouillibaisse Day
National Salesperson Day
Nostradamus' Birthday (1503)
 
December 15th
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel's Birthday
Betty Smith’s Birthday (1906)
Bill of Rights Day
Cat Herders Day
National Lemon Cupcake Day
Tim Conway’s Birthday (1933)
 
December 16th
Barbie and Barney Backlash Day
Boston Tea Party Anniversary (1773)
JANE AUSTEN'S BIRTHDAY (1775)
Ludwig Von Beethoven's Birthday (1770)
Margaret Mead's Birthday (1901)
National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day
Noel Coward’s Birthday (1899)
Zionism Day
 
December 17th
Arthur Fiedler's Birthday (1894)
Bill Pullman's Birthday (1953)
Duff Goldman’s Birthday (1974)
Cookie Cutter Day
Free Shipping Day
John Greenleaf Whittier’s Birthday (1807)
John Kennedy Toole's Birthday (1932)
National Maple Syrup Day
Wright Brothers Day
 
December 18th
Answer the Telephone Like Boppy the Elf Day
Bake Cookies Day
Jacques Pepin’s Birthday (1935)
International Migrants Day
National Roast Suckling Pig Day
Play Bingo Day
Steven Spielberg’s Birthday (1947)
Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day
 
December 19th
Chocolate Pizza Day
Eve Bunting's Birthday (1928)
Look for an Evergreen Day
Oatmeal Muffin Day
Poor Richard's Almanac Published (1732)
 
December 20th
Games Day
Go Caroling Day
International Human Solidarity Day
Irene Dunne’s Birthday (1898)
Mudd Day
National Regifting Day
Sacagewa Day
 
December 21st
Ann and Samantha Day
Cold Moon
Crossword Puzzle Day
First Day of Winter
Forefather’s Day
Humbug Day
Look at the Bright Side Day
National Flashlight Day
National French Fried Shrimp Day
National Haiku Poetry Day
National Homeless Persons Remembrance Day
Paul Winchell’s Birthday (1922)
Phileas Figg Win a Wager Day
Pilgrims Land on Plymouth Rock (1620) see 12/11
Ray Romano’s Birthday (1957)
Underdog Day
Winter Solstice
World Peace Day
 
December 22nd
Barbara Billingsley’s Birthday (1922)
Giacomo Puccini's Birthday (1858)
Maritime Day
National Date Nut Bread Day
National Haiku Poetry Day
Popcorn Popping Day
 
December 23rd
Family Caregivers Day
Festivus
Roots Day
Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear (1888)
 
December 24th
Christmas Eve
Ignatius Loyola's Birthday (1491)
Johnny Gruelle’s Birthday (1880)
Kate Spade's Birthday (1962)
National Chocolate Day
National Egg Nog Day
Noel Streatfield’s Birthday (1920)
 
December 25th
Annie Lennox's Birthday (1954)
A*Phabet Day or No “L” Day
Christmas
Clara Barton's Birthday (1821)
David Sedaris’ Birthday (1956)
Humphrey Bogart's Birthday (1899)
National Pumpkin Pie Day
Saint John Feast Day
Sir Isaac Newton's Birthday (1642)
Washington Crossed the Delaware (1776)
 
December 26th
Boxing Day
Carroll Spinney’s Birthday (1933)
David Sedaris’ Birthday (1956)
Henry Miller's Birthday (1891)
Kwanzaa Begins
National Candy Cane Day
National Thank You Note Day
National Whiners Day
 
December 27th
Fruitcake Forever Day
Louis Pasteur's Birthday (1822)
Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day
Saint John Feast Day
Visit the Zoo Day
 
December 28th
Card Playing Day
Childermas/Holy Innocents Day
National Chocolate Days
No Interruptions Day
Pledge of Allegiance Day
 
December 29th
Jude Law’s Birthday (1972)
Mary Tyler Moore's Birthday (1936)
National Chocolate Days
Pepper Pot Day
Saint Thomas of Canterbury Feast Day
Tick Tock Day
 
December 30th
Bacon Day
Davy Jones' Birthday (1945)
Falling Needles Family Fest Day
Festival of Enormous Changes at the Last Moment Day
Mercer Mayer's Birthday (1943)
Michael Nesmith's Birthday (1942)
National Bicarbonate of Soda Day
Oh My! Day
Rudyard Kipling’s Birthday (1865)
Sean Hannity’s Birthday (1961)
Tiger Woods’ Birthday (1975)
Tracey Ullmann’s Birthday (1959)
 
December 31st
Blue Moon
Diane von Furstenberg's Birthday (1943)
First Nights
Henri Matisse's Birthday (1869)
John Denver's Birthday (1943)
Leap Second Time Adjustment Day
Make Up Your Mind Day
New Year's Eve
No Interruptions Day
Smoke Alarm Day
Universal Hour of Peace Day
Unlucky Day
World Peace Meditation Day