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Meljen's Designs - Cold & Snowy Challenge

This is my last Christmas card for 2010! I know, that's not promising much when it is the last day of the year.

This cute little snow boy fits the Meljen's Designs "Cold & Snowy" challenge this week.

Thank you to my blogging friend Chris for sending me these wonderful Martha Stewart doilies.

I hope you have a very Happy New Year! Thank you for looking!


Stamps: Bundled Little Snow Boy from Meljen's Designs (available on Whimsy Stamps)Papers & CS: Neenah Crest solar white CS, PaperTrey dark chocolate, October Afternoon Thrift Shop & Farm Fresh DPInks: NoneTools: Copic MarkersEmbellishments: Stickles Frosted Lace & Baby Blue, misc. green ribbon, Martha Stewart doily/tag, misc. snowflakes

Challenges:All Sorts Challenge - Anything GoesAlys Sunday Challenge - Anything GoesAUD Sentiments - Anything GoesCES Challenge - Anything GoesCrafty Sentiments - Anything GoesDigi Doodle Shops Best - Anything GoesDigital Tuesday - Anything Goes + digiFun with Sha…

Blog Candy

My friend, Kimberly, is offering this awesome blog candy. Check out the details HERE.

Check out this HUGE blog candy being offered by Erika. This is just one of the pictures. You really need to go over to her blog to check out all the details. Ends 1-5-11.

My Top 10 2010 Blog Hop

Suzi at The Manic World of Mrs Weyremaster is hosting a fun blog hop where you can show off your favorite top 10 projects of 2010.

2010 was my first full year of blogging and I wanted to jump in on the fun. If you would like to see any of the details on these projects, I have included a link to the original post.

Here are my top 10 favorite cards from 2010.

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I hope you enjoyed this little look back at 2010. I am looking forward to 2011. Happy New Year!

Joy Christmas Card

I made quite a few of these cards to mail out this year. Although they are mostly the same, I did switch up the ribbons, gem stones, and paper with in the same pack. I forgot to take pictures of them before I mailed them and this is the only one I have left.

Thank you looking!Supplies:Stamps: Snowflake Serenade from PaperTrey, Winter Trails from Inkadinkado Paper & CS: Papertrey white & kraft CS, Close To My Heart Misteltoe paper packInks: Close To My Heart Cranberry & VersaMark Dazzle ChampagneTools: Stampin' Up edge punchEmbellishments: Misc. ribbon & gemstones

The Big 4-0

My little brother turned 40 this past week. I had an idea for the card I wanted to make for quite a while. It didn't turn out exactly how I planned, but I still like the results.

I based it on Sweet Stop Sketch SSS87. I didn't follow the sketch exactly and I didn't include the stitching required for the challenge. I added extra "brads" to keep the front from being too plain. I made the brads from a tutorial I saw a while back but I couldn't find the post to include the link here.

I love this grim reaper image from Just Inklined. Isn't he cool? I didn't get to use him for Halloween but he gets to make a guest appearance for a 40th birthday.
Here is the inside. I can't make too many "over the hill" jokes since no matter how old he gets, I'm still older.

Don't forget about the Sentimental Sundays challenge. The theme this week is "Baby". I am sitting this week out but I would love to see what you have to create. You can check …

Music Saves My Soul - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

If you would like to play along with Music Saves My Soul, link up on Marcea's blog.

Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoy a day filled with love and joy with your family and friends.

Meljen's Designs - Mailed with Love

Although we do not have a challenge on the Meljen's Designs blog this week, I still have a card using the digital images Melissa just released yesterday. (See below to find out how to have a chance to win 2 Meljen's Designs digis.)

As you can see, I took a little break from Christmas cards. I wanted something warm and cheerful. I am adding this to my box of cards to ship to OWH.

Here is a peak at the new release.

If you are interested in a chance to win 2 free images from Meljen's Designs, all you need to do is leave a comment on THIS post on the Meljen's Designs blog sharing your FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MEMORY. At the end of the week, we will draw 3 random winners to win 2 images each!

I'm going to keep this short and sweet today. I hope you all have a Safe & Happy Holiday season!


Stamps: Meljen's Designs Mailed with Love & Raindrop Echo Designs Miss You Sentiments both on available on Whimsy StampsPapers & CS: My Mind's Eye Be-loved DP, PaperTr…

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Lindsay's Stamp Stuff - Terrific Tags

This week Lindsay challenged her DT to make some Christmas tags. Tags are the perfect way to use up the little bits and pieces you have left over after your projects. I whipped up some tags in 2 different designs using Lindsay's free shipping tag SVG file as the base.

This first tag design used up some of the pieces I had left after creating the altered treat jars this past week end. I had cut out several of these snowflakes and covered them with Glimmer Mist with the intent to use them on my jars. I just couldn't fit them in the design so I decided to use them on the tags instead of wasting them. The green sheet music was left over from this project. I just love using up all this stuff instead of having to store it some where or wasting it.

I had the strip of polka dot paper and the red punched CS left over from a previous project. Although I did not have the holly precut, I did use scraps of paper to piece it together.

Thank you for stopping by today! Be sure to visit the rest …

Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Treat Jars

I have an extra Lindsay's Stamp Stuff project to share with you this week. You may remember the altered canning jar that I made for giving Sugared Cinnamon Almonds to my daughter's teachers, the mail man, and other people that I wanted to give a little something to. The jar I used for my initial idea ended up being a little big. This week end I altered 9 smaller jars to use instead. I followed my initial idea but made everything on a smaller scale.

I made 4 pounds of the Sugared Cinnamon Almonds using my Nesco on Sunday. The Nesco is large enough that I could do all of them at once. I am planning to make some treat bags to give out some of the rest of the nuts. (Or, at least that is the plan. I am running out of time and my nuts are some how disappearing!)

I didn't have a post for the Sentimental Sundays Challenge this week. The theme this week is "Inspired by Song". Join in the fun for your chance to win 4 digital sentiment sets & a custom signature and waterm…

Music Saves My Soul Saturday

Yeah, it's Saturday! A day off work and time for Music Saves My Soul. If you want to play along, remember to link up on Marcea's blog.
Today I picked a song from Aimee Mann. If you don't know who she is, she was the singer in the '80's band 'Til Tuesday. She is all grown up now (aren't we all) and I love her music. "@#%&*! Smilers" is one of my favorite albums.

Keeping with the Christmas spirit, I also have this Christmas song to share by Aimee Mann and her husband, Michael Penn.

Meljen's Designs Challenge #38-Sweet Like Candy (or Cookies)

Can you believe Christmas Eve is one week from today? Are you ready? I'm not.... I just got most of my Christmas cards mailed and finished shopping. I still have to do all the wrapping and entertaining on both the 24th and 25th. I am looking forward to the week I took off work - fun with friends, sleeping late (if my daughter lets me), crafting, catching up blog surfing & commenting, and just some plain R&R. I hope you get a chance to take a breather and relax over the holidays.

I have a new Meljen's Design project to share with you. It fits with the new Meljen's Design challenge theme of "Sweet Like Candy (or Cookies)".

I used the Little Heart Gingerbread from Meljen's Designs new release.

Did you notice that I used one of the Martha Stewart doilies that I was looking for? A blogging friend and follow SS DT member, Chris, sent me some. I was so excited to get them. Now I am walking that line between wanting to use them on everything and hoarding them.

I …

Linday's Stamp Stuff - Pretty Packaging & Sale Info

This week Lindsay challenged her DT to find ways to prettily package up Christmas/Holiday gifts. I used the chance to acquaint myself with the SCAL software I bought a while ago and have not used much. I have to admit was dreading getting to learn a new software program and was really happy to find how easy it was to use Lindsay's SVG files. I ended up cutting a stack of pillow boxes, gift card boxes and a ginger bread house box that I plan on decorating before the Holidays.

Today I am going to share 2 pillow boxes that I cut using the file from Pretty Packaging. Remember that if you do not have SCAL software, she also offers printable templates.
For my first pillow box, I just cut a plain box and then decorated it. I used some vintage sheet music that my friend Joy got for me this summer (Thank you Joy!). I love that it is green. I have been hoarding it but decided that I had better use it. I also used some lace and some rick-rack I bought at the Target $1 Spot a couple of years ag…

I Have Issues!

Check it out! I was featured on the Paper Issues blog. Let the happy dance begin!

Sentimental Sundays #33 - Let It Snow!

Oh the weather outside is frightful! Oh yes it is! It is windy and rainy here in Wisconsin but on Sunday we are supposed to get snow. On Monday, I don't think I'll want to leave the house because is supposed to get COLD! This year a nice warm, sandy, & sunny Christmas is sounding really nice. But I haven't heard too many Christmas carols about that. So keeping with tradition, our theme for this weeks Sentimental Sundays challenge is "Let It Snow!" We want to see the white stuff, at least on your projects.

Now, you had better sit down for this next bit....

Ready? I used an actual RUBBER STAMP for this card. Yep, rubber, not digital. And you know what? It didn't hurt a bit. Of course working with this cute kitty image probably helped. He looks pretty happy in the snow, doesn't he? I had to include something digital so I used one of the sentiments from Raindrop Echo Designs.

Please join the "Let It Snow" (with a sentiment) challenge at Sentimental…

Music Saves My Soul Saturday

This week I am going to share a couple of songs with you again. If you would like to play along too, be sure to link up on Marcea's blog.

This first song has been running through my head for the last several days. Not only do I think Melody Gardot is an exceptional singer but she has a moving story as to how she got into music. If you would like to watch Melody Gardot's story, CBS has a video clip which is about 6 minutes long HERE.

And here is my Christmas song for the week.

Have a great week! Thank you for stopping by!

Meljen's Designs- Challenge #37 Red, Green, & Gold

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny rein-deer,
with a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and call'd them by name:
"Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer, and Vixen!
"On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donder and Blitzen! . (from the 1823 poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, also know as Twas the Night Before Christmas)

Rudolph didn't join Santa's team until 1939 when he was devised for an ad campaign. (More HERE) Isn't it amazing that he has become such an important part of our Christmas folklore in less than 100 years?

So why am I spouting poetry and talking about Rudolph? Well, Melissa really out did herself with the newest Meljen's Designs release. I know I always rave about all her images but I LOVE these ones. Check them out:

I had some big, big plans with these images. I wanted to make an "ornament&q…

Lindsay's Stamp Stuff - Sweet Treats

This week Lindsay challenged her DT to come up with some ways to package holiday treats. Since I am finally kicking my cold, I actually felt like I was able to create something. Believe it or not but it turned out how I pictured it in my head. That almost never happens for me.

I have to admit it was pretty easy to make this. Don't you love when a plan comes together. I could easily see making several of these for teachers, the mail man, etc. I did not tie the ribbon (which makes it vastly quicker and easier for me). I stuck it to the doily and the jar (recycled) using score tape. I then stuck it together on the left side where it comes together and looped/tied the bakers twine around it to hold it. Although you can't see it here, I used my circle nesties to cut a piece of coordinating cardstock and slipped it ontop of the metal lid but held in place with the ring.

You may be asking what the heck is in that jar? They are Cinnamon Sugar Almonds and they are AWESOME. I had to beat …