Cookie Marathon Begins!

12 19 2014 cookie marathon

This was my 8 hours of work yesterday. From the top: sugar cookies, white chocolate/macadamia cookies, butter cookies.

I still have 3 more varieties to make, and a batch of cereal snack mix (our recipe is called Nuts & Bolts) to make.

Have a great Saturday!

Saxophone Snowman Christmas Card

stump 2014 xmas

This is the card that I designed for my parents to mail this year.

I was originally looking for gold cord or twine to tie around the fold, but could not find anything locally available that matched the thought in my head. So, I added the stripe of gold mirror finish paper in the middle. (And, boy, did that gold mirror paper make this difficult to photograph!)

Supplies: Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas, paper – Papertrey Ink Kraft, White, Recollections Gold Mirrror, Stampin’ Up! Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy (retired), Crushed Curry, inks – Copic BG10, C3, G99, R11, R29, R89, Y26, Y28, YR68, Stampin’ Up! Pool Party, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing folders – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

Carta Bella Bundled Up Gift Tags

carta bella bundled up tags

I really love the blues and dark red of this Carta Bella Bundled Up paper collection! Notice that the hole protector on the right tag is a snowflake.

Supplies: Stamps: A Muse Art Stamps, JustRite, paper – Carta Bella Bundled Up, Papertrey Ink White, Recollections Silver Mirror, ink – VersaFine Smoky Gray, dies – Impression Obsession (snowflake, right), Lawn Fawn (tag, right), My Favorite Things (snowflake, left), Spellbinders (rectangle), embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Silver Detail Powder, metallic cord – PaperMart, white floss – DMC.

Gingham and Plaid Thank You Card – Fusion Challenge {merry christmas}

fusion gingham pine cones

The current Fusion Challenge ({merry christmas}) caught my eye when it was first posted, and I have been struggling trying to find red gingham to use for my project.

I love red gingham. I love most any color gingham, but RED is just so perfect. Blue skies, puffy clouds, a picnic. “Baseball hot dogs apple pie and Chevrolet” kind of advertising bonanza.

Alas, I have no red gingham, and the fabric tape I tried to order was out of stock.

I did have some yellow gingham washi tape. And two blue plaid washi tapes…hmmm….and I needed a thank you card that I am almost late in sending (sorry, Robin, I’ve been a bit under the weather!).

I made a striped banner with my washi tapes, die cut a few flowers, embossed a sentiment, and added a few twinkle sticker stars.

Here is the inspiration photo and sketch:

fusion {merry christmas} 12 4 2014

I was inspired by the gingham ribbon in the photo, and I did pretty much execute the sketch.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – LCI Paper Royal, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), Daffodil Delight, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, washi tapes – blue – Recollections, yellow – Stampin’ Up!, dies – Provo Craft (flower), Spellbinders (rectangle), star jewels – A Muse Artstamps, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Silver Detail Powder, metallic cord – PaperMart.

Operation Write Home Donation

owh 12 9 2014 donation 2

I got together a small donation for Operation Write Home one morning last week. Operation Write Home collects handmade greeting cards to ship overseas for the troops to use to write home.

The small baggie contains a homebaked treat for Sandy Allnock.   ;-)

I was able to avoid the main post office – our local Staples store now does USPS shipping. No line, and next to Target (main objective of the trip).

Have a great day!

Holiday Scrap Tags 2014

scrap tags 2014

Still working on gift tags for home.

Had a really productive holiday prep weekend here…got my Christmas cards assembled, the tree decorated, and one batch of cookies baked (and into the freezer).

Tool alert – I recently purchased an Artist’s Loft Junior T-Square at my local Michael’s store. I pulled it out yesterday, to help me place the computer generated sentiments (printed, then die cut) on the inside of my cards. OH, MY! How did I not have one of these years ago?? (truth be told, I have a big t-square with my Engineering Graphics tool kit from NCSU Fall 1979 semester, but it is too big to use with greeting cards!) Made placing the sentiment a quick & easy job!

Have a great Monday!

Supplies: Stamps – JustRite, Stampin’ Up!, The Cat’s Pajamas, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Copic R29, VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, dies – Lawn Fawn (tag, protector, left), Papertrey Ink (bookmark, center), Spellbinders (rectangle, right), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Liquid Platinum, Stampin’ Up! Gold Detail Powder, Stampin’ Up! Silver Detail Powder, metallic cord – PaperMart, red/white cord – Offray.

Bokeh Gift Tag

bokah stenciled tag

For some reason, I got it in my head that I needed to make a bokeh inspired gift tag. Offspring3 observed me making this tag, the use of the stencil and the ink blending tool must have been intriguing. The comment I got when done? “Geez, Mom, that must be an $8 tag!” Well, babycakes, I made it out of scraps and it is for home use. ;-)

Here is a close up of the vellum snowflakes (there are 3, if you are counting) – very hard to photograph well.

bokah stenciled tag close up

Have a great weekend! I am hoping to get my Christmas cards assembled, addressed & to the post office this weekend. (wish me luck!)

Supplies: Stamps – JustRite, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Staples Vellum, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Smoky Gray, stencil – Heidi Swapp, dies – My Favorite Things (2 snowflakes), Spellbinders (rectangle), The Cat’s Pajamas (largest snowflake), sequins – unknown origin (really, I bought them to be Alice’s tears when Offspring3 was in 5th grade and I was the volunteer producer of “Alice In Wonderland Junior” our last year at the elementary school…), embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Silver Detail Powder, metallic cord – PaperMart,

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