Friday, December 26, 2008

The girls on Christmas

Maggie (under the pink chair) and Little Ellie (in the blue bag) both had a good Christmas!

My boys on Christmas

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Just Checking In

Just a quick post to say I hope you had a great Christmas with your family and friends! We did! Both my boys were here and Jake's girlfriend. They've gone back to Cincinnati today. Lots of laughter, baking, eating, and of course, we watched "A Christmas Story"! The dogs were on sensory overload and I'll have a cute picture to post later. It's raining here today so I'm planning on taking a nap, doing some pick up, and starting on thank you cards. What are you up to?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Christmas Gifts for Friends

These are the little gifts I made for the ladies in my Bible study/prayer/life group. I got the idea from Lori Craig's blog and had to tweak it some to be able to use supplies I already had on hand. I used the large rectangular block from Just Rite Stampers, the Believe from their oval stamper set, and then used letters from the various alphabet stamps I own. Since I wanted to ink it in two colors and didn't have a large inker of any kind, I had to really fiddle with it to come up with something that I felt was acceptable. That part was a bit tedious, but I am really pleased with how they turned out! I made up spiced tea mix to fill the bags (which I ordered from Paper Trey.) Most of the ribbon is May Arts. I used buttons and snowflake stickers that I had in my stash. I punched the green paper with a Stampin' Up! punch and the decorative paper with a Martha Stewart punch. The bags are stamped with a Magenta image in Red Riding Hood ink. I just got back from our holiday get together and these were a big hit! I put a little sticker on the back of the label with the "recipe" for mixing and a list of suggested scripture readings. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of this time of year and loose sight of what the season really is all about. I plan on taking some quiet time with a hot mug of tea and reading those scriptures myself! Care to join me? -- Isaiah 9, Matthew 1, Matthew 2, Luke 1, Luke 2, and 1 Corinthians 13.

And the winner is...!

Mary OK! Mary, send me your email address and I will get your package in the mail! I'm looking forward to seeing what you create with the stamp!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Card for my groomer

I made this card for my dog groomer. I've had this stamp since one of my boys was really young! He used to go with me to the local stamp store (when Lexington HAD a local stamp store) and he would talk me in to buying some really interesting, odd stamps. This is one of those. I'm going to put it with some bone-shaped sugar cookies and drop it off when the girls go to be groomed this weekend. I haven't had much response to my first blog candy offering, so either it was a dud or people just aren't that interested in my blog. Sniff, sniff. Oh well, so I'll leave it open for a day or two more and then I'll send two really, really NICE gifts to the ladies who did respond! So, if you're interested go to the post from a few days ago and respond. or respond here. Have a good night.
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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Vintage Christmas Cards

I made these cards with a stamp I purchased last year and didn't ink up. I forgot to look to see who made it. I'll check and update later. I love the look of this card but it is a little too artsy for my husband. They will go to girlfriends who like this style! I made the most wonderful jambalya in the crockpot today! It was the perfect thing to have on a cold winter day. Don't forget to leave a comment on the previous post for a chance to win a new stamp and some other goodies!
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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Blog candy!

To celebrate the birth of the Savior, I have this sweet stamp to give away. Actually, it is a duplicate of one I already own! Guess I liked it:) Anyhow, I will put some other goodies in the package as well. Not sure what, but since I LOVE decorative papers and embellishments, I'm sure some of those will make it in the box. This stamp is by Heidi Satterberg for Stamps Happen. It looks so cute stamped out and water colored. I add "shiny stuff" to the straw. Now, I guess I need to do the To Win This Package bit: To win, leave a comment under this post telling me what you do to keep your focus on Who this season is about; how do you work in time to read His Word, worship, etc. - how do you keep from getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season? I want this to have a quick turn around so let's say have your comments to me by EARLY (6 a.m.) Wednesday morning and I'll announce a winner either later that day or early the next.

It's snowing here and very cold. People in the bluegrass region freak out over even a little bit of snow so my trip to the grocery will be interesting! Not much else going on with me. I've been a bit under the weather with an upper respiratory thing that's going around school. It starts with a cough and then turns in to the dreaded PINK EYE. So, antibiotics for me!! I've felt lousy so no stamping, cleaning, or decorating got done this week. My husband did vacuum though. I can't stand a dirty floor...and he knows it. Wasn't that sweet of him?

Well, I'm off to face the hoards. Have a great weekend and keep looking up!