Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy 2011!

created with SU's My Digital Studio
Happy New Year my friends!  I hope you enjoy a safe and prosperous 2011!  I am going to my sister's house to bring in the New Year.  I was able to talk to Ashley before she went to bed but by now, it is 2011 for her! 

Thursday, December 30, 2010


Finally .... I used some of my new toys!   I made a card this morning before tackling  the Christmas decorations!  I used the Blossoms Punch and the stamp set, Build A Blossom from the Occasions Mini Catalog which will go into effect January 1.  So ... if there is anything that you have been wanting to get from the Holiday Mini Catalog, today and tomorrow are the last days that you can order from it.

I also decided to do a Color Challenge from Splitcoast.  If you have been a long time follower of my blog, you know that I love doing challenges.  But, it has probably been six months since I have had time to do a one.  I am going to start to challenge myself more!!  The color challenge was to use Old Olive, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight and neutrals.  Those are great colors for a man's card - which I also need to do for my brother's birthday - but I decided to do a flower instead.

 The punch makes it so easy to make the flower.  I stamped the petals onto Shimmery White card stock and punched away!  To adhere them to the card, I punched a circle of SU's adhesive paper (in the Holiday Mini - love it!) and put the tips of the petals on it in a circle.  I ran the Old Olive through the Big Shot using the Little Leaves Sizzix die.  The Daffodil scallop is a Martha punch. 

This is the center of my flower - how cool!  I got this neat tool for Christmas.  It is an I-Rock Bling heat setting tool.  You put the bling where you want it and heat set it with the tool.  The heat transfers through the bling and activates the glue.  Probably overkill on the bling, but I was having fun!

Well, I'm off to work on taking down the decorations while Sonny is here to help!  Hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Final Christmas Cards

I need to start the dreaded chore of taking down the Christmas tree and finding all the boxes the decorations go in.  Then hauling it all upstairs and into the attic!  Wish I had a closet that I could just put the tree into - decorations and all - and just pull it out next year!  Before I pack everything away, thought I'd share a few of the hand-made cards I received from my friends this year.

This first one is from my up-line, Carol

From Cathy.  She is in my card group and just started stamping this year.  Isn't she doing a great job?!

From Vicki.  She inspired me with this card and I made quite a few similar ones.  I also had to go out and buy this Just Rite stamp set!!

From Brenda who owns Stampers Alley.  This was also an inspiration to me using non-traditional colors.

From Margaret.  This stamp set was the most popular SU set this year I believe.

Another one using Greeting Card Kids.  This is from Jennifer who was in my Stamp Club in Gig Harbor, WA.

This beauty is from Sharon "girlfriend".  Love the jewel in the center!

Last but definitely not least, this is from Judy.  I just love the vintage cardstock.  No stamping involved (except inside) and it is a beauty!

I drove up to Hickory today and had fun just going from store to store!  I had to go by the Social Security Office so while I was in town, I took advantage and went to Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, Best Buy and the mall.  I left the house a little after 1 pm and didn't get home until close to 7:30 pm!!  Sonny said he was sure glad he didn't go with me!  I scored some good buys at Hobby Lobby that I'll be playing with tomorrow.  I also will be working on two name frames for new babies.  Ashley's best friends had twins yesterday - a boy and a girl.  I think this has been the hardest thing for Ashley while she has been in Iraq - not being in San Antonio to see Lisa and Danny's new additions.

Monday, December 27, 2010

My First White Christmas

We had our family Christmas yesterday at my house in spite of the snow!  We probably had about 4-5" of snow at our house - more than they had in Charlotte or Mooresville.  Marianne came over a little early by herself.  She had to go to work this morning at 3:00 AM to do inventory in Lincolnton.  So, she left around 4:30 pm to drive to Lincolnton to get a motel room so she wouldn't have to navigate the icy streets at that time in the morning.  (Better her than me!!)  Her husband, Greg, swung by and picked up my mom and Angela.  The streets in Mooresville were not bad they said but when they got closer to my house, it was a different story!  Everyone made it safe and sound except my brother who lives in Charlotte.  He didn't make it here. so we had Christmas without him!  

Even Ashley joined us for our Christmas gift giving!  We set up Marianne's laptop in the den and Skyp-ed her so she could watch us!  That was so special.  Wow!  Modern technology is great!  Someone mentioned at the end of the day that we should have set her up in the dining room while we were eating our Christmas dinner.  I just think that would have been cruel!!  Don't think she would have enjoyed watching us eat the mashed potato casserole that is one of her favorites or the apple pie!

This morning I put some of the Christmas pictures on a scrapbook page using My Digital Studio.  So fast and so fun!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

 I had a nice and quiet Christmas - just Sonny and I.  I told him we'd gone full circle - from when we first were married and it was just the two of us to now when our kids are gone and it is just the two of us once again!  We were able to "skype" with Ashley this morning and also with our bother-in-law and our niece and her kids.  Later in the day, we went to the movies.  Now we know where everyone goes on Christmas!   To the movies.  We wanted to see True Grit but it was sold out so we ended up finding a couple of seats to see The Little Fockers.  It was funny and good entertainment.

One of the neatest things about today was the snow!  It was my first white Christmas!!  It snowed almost all day and was so pretty!  In fact, as I'm writing this post, it is 11:00 pm and it is STILL SNOWING!! We probably have a couple of inches with more predicted for tonight and tomorrow.  My family is supposed to come over tomorrow for our family Christmas.  Sure hope they are able to - I've been making casseroles and salads for a couple of days!  I would hate for Sonny & I to have to eat it all ourselves.  We're about sick from all the junk  we've eaten today!

This was taken about 5 pm - my Steeler man is getting cold blowing in the wind!
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Friday, December 24, 2010

Wishing You a Merry Christmas!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Sonny and I will be spending Christmas Day with each other.  Our family celebration will be on Sunday when my mom, sisters and brother and all their respective families will come to my house.

Please say a prayer for me that Skype is up and working tomorrow so we can visit with Ashley and other members of our family that are many miles away!

Here are the final things that I have made in the past few days - mostly holders for gift cards and money!!

 I did several of these little plastic Christmas jars with candy inside and a gift card hanging off.
 This holds a little hand sanitizer.
Open Hand Sanitizer

These little guys hold money inside their little packages.

Gift Card Holder

Gift Card Holder

Gift Card Holder

Gift Card Holder

Gift Card Holder

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Be aware of what your gifts are.

I was bummed  today!  Today is Ashley's birthday and Skype wasn't working!!  So, we couldn't talk to her on her birthday.  When we both figured it out, we at least were able to "IM" via Yahoo.  Hopefully, Skype will be and running tomorrow and Christmas. 

There was a really good article in Sunday's Charlotte Observer that I would like to share with you.  It kind of hit home with me and maybe it will give you some food for thought.

"No going back:  Winter is Here" by Barbara Thiede
Snow is falling outside.  Though it is not likely to last, it is a sign:  There is no going back.  Winter has arrived.  It is too late to replace the bushes I had wanted to pull out this fall.  It is too late to plant more daffodil bulbs.  I have faced "too late" other times this year.  When my beloved mother-in-law ... died unexpectedly last summer, it was too late for things I had had to postpone. .... To be with her was to know the essence of the word "homey."  I would have liked to have that sort of feeling another time, a last time.  Her death has made me especially conscious of my own life as a mother, and the way it, too, has sped by.  ... Days after she died, her sister told me my mother in law often said how she missed her son, my husband.  Only then did I realize, with a clutch in my heart, what her generosity must have cost her.  He had left home at 23 to come to me in America.  In the next 30 years, she would see him less than once a year.  She never complained about how far away we were.  (My son) is 19.  I imagine him living far away ... The pain hits right in my sternum.  I would not have her strength to bear the loss with grace and patience.  I would complain and cry.  ... It is too late for one last meeting.  But it is never too late to acknowledge, again, how we loved her.  So we do.  Every night we say a prayer for her.  May we all be aware of the time we have now, what our gifts are, how we love now.

If you would like to read the entire article, you can find it HERE.

I am going to try and be aware of what my gifts are and look at the glass half full and not half empty.  Instead of being so upset that I wasn't able to skype with Ashley, I am thankful I was at least able to "IM" with her.  When my son, Jeff was in Korea and also in Baghdad, we didn't have all this technology to be able to talk to each other.  I was so thankful when he was able to get to a telephone and make a call home.   When he was in Korea at Christmas, I was a basket case!  That was the first time our family had not been together at Christmas.  I guess I'm getting used to it now but I don't like it!!

What about you?  Are you thankful for the gifts you have?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Gift Card Holder

I needed a gift card holder for a SU Gift Certificate.  My gift certificate is about 4" x 8" and fits in a business envelope.  So, I designed a holder that would fit in the business envelope.  I looked around on Splitcoast and got a few ideas and this is what I made:

 The "ribbon" on the top started out as a bow - I punched 3 ovals (with large oval) out of Real Red and 3 out of Baja Breeze cardtock.  Then using the negative part of the punch, I punched ovals using the extra-large oval punch.  But, they wouldn't fit in the envelope, so I had to trim it.  Oh well - it looks cute anyway.

So what do you think??

Monday, December 20, 2010

Getting down to Crunch Time!

Wahhhh - my Steelers lost today.  I thought they were going to pull out the win but time ran away from them and they didn't get the win.  They played the Jets and both teams were fighting for playoff berths.  We play Carolina on Thursday who should be an easy team to beat considering they have only won 2 games all season, but you just never know with football!  Anything can happen - and usually does!

We're entering the final stretch for Christmas.  This is the last week to get your shopping done, bake those cookies, wrap the presents and get your singing voice ready for Christmas carolling!  I only have a couple more presents to buy; haven't made any cookies yet; haven't wrapped the first present; and don't have a singing voice!  I did make some tags tonight so I can do my wrapping tomorrow and finally put something under the tree besides dust.  What about you?  Are you ready for Santa?

I had a great time this weekend making digital calendars!  I am just so proud of them.  I subscribe to a monthly on-line magazine, Paper and Pixels.  It is fairly new and is free.  They have some really good articles and ideas.  If you are interested, here is a link to them - (  Saturday, I was reading the magazine and they had information about a CD calendar.  There was a download of the calendar template and several other links to the calendar.  I downloaded all of their information and opened up My Digital Studio and that's all it took.  I created three different calendars using parts of their download and a lot of the paper, stamps and embellishments from Stampin' Up.  What fun I had!!  Here is a peek at a couple of the pages.

January - everything came downloaded on the page except - the snowflake at the top, the brads in the middle of the snowflake, the skaters (which I colored after printing it out), and the big snowman.
 February - Again, everything printed out as is.  I just added from MDS, the items in the 3 boxes and the heart stamp on the calendar.  After I printed it out, I added a real pink corduroy button where the rhinestone is.

The more I use My Digital Studio, the more I really love it!!  It really got a work out this weekend!!  I ended up printing the calendar pages on some glossy white paper that I had and they turned out super.

Oh - by the way, I didn't wake up yesterday to snow!  I never saw any snow at my house although a few areas around us got snow - just no accumulation.  My mom called in the afternoon to say she had seen some really big flakes at her house.  Oh well - maybe for Christmas!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

I'm hoping to wake up tomorrow morning to a snow filled yard!  That's what is being predicted although not much accumulation.  It'll just be nice to see some snow - especially this time of year!  It has been bone chilling cold all week.  Today was the first day I dared to venture out without my long-johns on!  I was out most of the day and it was a very nice day weather wise - got up to the mid 40's and was not bad.  I got my hair cut this morning and then met a friend at Panera Bread for lunch.  After that, I stopped by Stampers Alley to visit with my stamping friends there and check out their sales.  A few more stops - Dollar Store, Best Buy, Staples, and Winkler Bakery where I had to buy some yummy Moravian cookies!  This store (where I bought the cookies) is just in town for the holidays.  They are from Winston Salem where we went last year to Salem Village and had the most wonderful Sugar Cake - hot from the oven.  I think Sonny has decided we may have to drive down to Salem next week!  

He made sausage balls tonight and put them in a tin to send to Ashley.  That is his and Ashley's Christmas tradition - to make the sausage balls together.  I helped a little bit but he did most of it.  I doubt she'll get them by Christmas but she'll have something to look forward to after Christmas.  It is not taking our packages very long to get to her at all.  She received a box from us yesterday that we sent Priority Mail on Dec. 10.  I have to take my hats off to the Post Office for their speedy service as well as to UPS.  I received a UPS package Tuesday but when I tracked it earlier in the week, it was due to be delivered on Thursday!  I was impressed.

I've made a few more Christmas cards in the last day or two.  Every time I think I'm through, I discover someone I left off the list.  Plus, when I was at Stampers Alley today, I bought a new Just Rite set and I had to use it.  A friend sent me a Christmas card using this set (hi, Vicki!) and it was such a pretty card, I had to have the stamp.

 This is the new set I just bought - isn't it nice?  Also, I love this ribbon trim.  Another friend was the enabler on it (you, Judy!)  I saw a card she made with it and I had to have it too!  Doesn't take much to persuade me to part with my money.

I love this Santa!  This is from a set in the Holiday Mini.  If you hurry, you still have time to get him.  The Holiday Mini expires at the end of December.

 These are a couple of stamps that I bought several months ago but hadn't inked them yet.  I used Versacolor Bamboo and Celadon for the trees.  Isn't the bear the cutest?  He has Stickles on him.
 Another darling snowman!  He comes in the same set that Santa is in - Jolly Old Saint Nick.  The paper is from the Candy Cane Christmas DSP that is now sold out.

This set is an older Just Rite set that I had.  I was trying to color the ornaments to match the Candy Cane DSP using my Copics.  I also dyed the ribbon to match.  I love this ribbon!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Coaster Calendar 2011

Every year I give my hair dresser a little calendar for her work station.  Friday, I am going to get my hair trimmed and shaped up so I had to get going with making her calendar.  I also made one of these yesterday to include in my Christmas gift for my Bunco Yankee Swap but I didn't have time to take pictures of it.  I finished the calendar about 5:30 and still had to take a shower, wash and dry hair, get ready for the party and get my snack together by 7 PM!  So glad my hair is shorter now - it is so much easier to  fix!!

January uses the DSP from SU's Holiday Mini and Spellbinders Nested Mittens.  After I took the picture, I decided to glitter the mittens!

February - I got to use some SU rub-ons that were a gift from Stampin Up to me!

March - I cut up a card Sonny sent me - it is just beautiful - like Monet waterlilies.  I added a flower from God's Beauty stamp set (retired) and glitter.

April - This is some retired DSP from Stampin' Up.  The stamp set is from My Favorite Things.

May - more retired DSP paper from SU and the bird punch!

June - retired DSP.  The stamp set is called Bugs & Blooms but I don't know who makes it.

July - pretty simple just using bits and pieces of different papers.

August - another simple one.  I found this tag and stamped the saying from SU's Peace Within

September - a great place for the children from Greeting Card Kids (SU).  I colored them with my Copics.

October - another great use of Greeting Card Kids and the spider web from Wicked Cool.

November - isn't he cute?  This is Gobble, Gobble - a retired single stamp that I love!  I used different colors of markers to color directly on the stamp.
December - I had this "Merry Christmas" already colored in my stash so I adhered it to the page and I was done!  

Hope this gives you inspiration to make your own calendar!