Wednesday, December 30, 2015


I made this gift box for a customer recently and wanted to share it with you.  I was thrilled to learn that she loved it and then ordered supplies to make them for family and friends.  Such a compliment!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.  In the coming days I hope to show you the Christmas cards I made this year.  This may be the first year I made each person a different card.  It was worth it.

**WARNING**  The next paragraph is all about me and the worst Christmas I have ever had!   So move on to the photo now, if you like.  I have tried to do everything that has been suggested to me to get thru this depression.  I take my medication.  I keep my counselling appointments.  I go to Church regularly.  All to no avail it seems.  There has been so much anger inside of me that I have ruined many relationships that were important to me.  But I keep trying.  Some are getting better, some are getting worse.  Nobody wants to be around such a negative person.  I get that.  Not one family member or friend called me on Christmas.  It just doesn't get any worse than that.  It's not that my family doesn't care for me and I have GREAT friends.  Christmas is a family holiday, so why would a friend think to call, why shouldn't they have a day to be happy and share it with their loved ones.   How can you be happy when you're living on pain pills.  How am I supposed to give up the one thing that makes me happy?  Depression is so lonely.  You get tired of hearing yourself.  You get so tired of being so sad that you just lie and fake a smile for others and then they think you are good.  Up until tonight, I had decided to skip the month of December for each year I have left.  I plan to have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas.  No TV or music associated with Christmas.  No cards or scrapbooking Christmas.  No gifts to buy or make.  Don't send them to me either.  No celebrations. No food that can be associated with Christmas.  

Then tonight I get a call from my sister-in-law letting me know that my nephew has gotten me a gift and she will try to get it in the mail Saturday.  When I got off the phone, I just cried and cried.  Thank you Quinn.  Thank you God.

Recipe -
Cardstock - Whisper White Thick, Shimmer White, Basic Black
Pretty Accessories - Metallic Doilies, Winter Wonderland Designer Washi Tape, Metal Rimmed Pearls
Cool Tools - Big Shot, Square Pillow Box Thinlits & Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies, Bigz Die Snowflake

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.  May God's hope fill your heart. 

Last night my church had 3 services.  At 5pm we had our family service, then at 7pm our music service and last but not least, at 10pm we had a candlelight service.  And, yes, I attended all three. The candlelight service really touched my heart.  If I can find the story of 2 soldiers in WWI that Pastor shared, I would love to share it with you.  Till then, I have a scrapbook page to show you.  



Monday, December 14, 2015

Silent Night

Another quick post to share today. 

Cardstock - Basic Black, Vellum
DSP - Winter Wonderland Specialty
Stamps - Wonderland
Ink - Versamark
Pretty Accessories - Gold Foil Paper, Black Embossing Powder, Metallics Sequin Assortment
Cool Tools - Big Shot, Woodland TIEF, Heat Tool, Tree Punch

Santa Skating By To Say Hi!

Hi everyone!  I just looked at my calendar - Christmas is next week?  I have so much yet to do!   I don't want it to be true.  Presents to be wrapped, baking to do, shopping first, tree to put up.  Solitaire we are going to have to stop spending so much time together!  I will miss you.  :)

My Christmas cards are almost done.  Last night I set out all of my cards & made my list so that I know exactly how many more to make.  This year each card I send will be different so if you are on my list you are getting a one of a kind!  I have 14 done and just a few more to go.

Is this Santa not the cutest?  This card will go to Quinn, my favorite hockey player.  It measures 3-1/2" x 5".

Thank you for dropping by!

Cardstock - Real Red, Very Vanilla
DSP - Home for the Holidays
Pretty Accessories - Home for Christmas Designer Buttons, Gold Cord

Monday, December 7, 2015

Beautiful Ornament

Good Morning!  We recently took a survey at the gym to see when we start listening to Christmas music - I said Dec. 24.  I am happy to report that I have started earlier than I expected.  I have been working on a new card design and style for me, it is slowly coming together but having to wait for supplies to arrive.  Ugh.  I am only going to make 8 or 9 as there are so many pieces in 1 card! The majority of my cards will be made using the Wonderland Suite.   As you know, I love these colors and designs.  And of course, each card is made with love.

Blessings to each of you.


Cardstock - Basic Black
DSP - Winter Wonderland Specialty
Pretty Accessories - Black Glimmer Paper, Gold Glimmer Paper, Gold Cord 
Cool Tools - Big Shot, Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies, Precision Base, Fine Tip Glue Pen

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


The new Winter Wonderland Specialty Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up! features the colors Basic Black, gold, and Whisper White and when I saw it I knew my Christmas cards this year would feature this beautiful paper.  When I actually got it into my hands - oh my.  It was as close to Heaven as I could get.  Seriously.

Cardstock - Basic Black, Whisper White
DSP - Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack
Stamps - Wonderland
Ink - Versamark
Pretty Accessories - Gold Foil Sheets
Cool Tools - Big Shot, Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies, Heat Gun, Whisper White Embossing Powder 


Hi everyone.  The sun is shining!  I have a great day ahead of me, my workout and dinner & Advent Services tonight with my church family.

We enjoyed making this pretty card in my recent class, so here's the scoop on it.  I'm not a big poinsettia fan, but the colors in this paper design are so pretty.  I started with a small piece and then built my card around it.  This Designer Series Paper, aka DSP, is called Home for The Holidays and that made me love this paper even more.  One of our new products in our holiday catalog was the beautiful Red Foil Sheets of paper that I used to die cut the word Joy from.  Christmas music is such an integral part of this joyful season, it was perfect for my Joy card!

Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Real Red
DSP - Home for The Holidays
Ink - Encore Metallic Gold
Pretty Accessories - Red Foil Sheets, Home for Christmas Enamel Dots, Snowflake Elements, Winter Wonderland Designer Washi Tape, Linen Thread 
Cool Tools - Big Shot, Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


This card is from my recent Christmas Card Making Class.  

Cardstock - Real Red, Garden Green, Crushed Curry, Whisper White Thick
DSP - Home for Christmas 
Ink - Real Red
Stamps - Reason for the Season
Pretty Accessories - Gold Sequin Trip, Gold Metallic Thread
Cool Tools - Festive Flower Builder Punch, Garden Green Stampin' Wire Marker, Curvy Corner Trio Punch


I have quite a few new projects to share, so here we go.

I found a similar design on Pinterest and loved it so set out to make one for myself.  This was before Halloween and I wanted to use my new paper to make a card but not a Halloween card.  I loved how it turned out!  Oops, it looks like I forgot to adorn one of the flowers with a rhinestone.

The stamp set I used is Stippled Blossoms.  This set has a few 2-step stamps, meaning that you have 2 images to create one flower allowing you to stamp with 2 different colors of ink giving your flowers more color and depth and more interest.

In this case, I only wanted to use one of the images and then I heat embossed it.  To make the flower my focus I surrounded it with little flowers and embellished them with rhinestones, added pretty ribbon and added one of our wood veneer words.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Feel free to leave a comment.


Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry, Basic Black
DSP - Happy Haunting 
Stamps - Stippled Blossoms
Ink - Versamark
Pretty Accessories - Tea Lace Doilies, Expressions Natural Elements, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon Tangelo Twist
Cool Tools - Crushed Curry Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack