I love butterflies and hummingbirds. I have a pollinator flower garden in my front and backyards so I can sit and watch these marvelous creatures all spring and summer. And when I saw the Sweet Soiree Decorative Masks, they reminded me of a trellis of climbing vines of flowers. And what comes with that of course? Butterflies!
We made this card in my monthly card club this past Sunday. We had a lot of fun because it was the first time in several months that we'd used embossing paste. And you should have heard the "Ooohs and ahhhs" when I showed them that there was glitter already in it! This Shimmery White Embossing Paste is the best! No more adding your own Stampin' Glitter; this has it already mixed in! And with Brusho Color Crystals, you can now create your own custom colors of embossing paste to match all of your projects. It really doesn't get much better than that!
Base: Daffodil Delight, 8 ½” x 5 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”
Layer 1: Basic Gray, 5 1/8” x 3 7/8”
Layer 2: Watercolor Paper, 5” x 3 ¾”
Layer 3: Vellum
Have you seen the Year-End Discounted & Retiring stamps and accessories? Here are some of my favorite cards I've made this Christmas season using these retiring holiday products. Get yours now - they're only available through January 2, or while supplies last.
Do you have a favorite? Be sure to leave me a comment below
Make it a very Crafty Christmas for Someone Special
Shopping for someone special this year? Get them something you know they'd like. Just 5 days remain for guaranteed delivery by Christmas. Need some help? Contact me to help place your order and if you're ^local, I'll have everything delivered to me, gift wrap it and add a handmade name tag, and deliver it to you in time for Christmas. (**Local must be within 50 miles of my studio).
I feel so behind! It's craft fair season and I have't done a single one yet this year. Going to OnStage earlier in the month, and then flying straight to Boston for a week really put my craft fair plan into a tail spin. I do have one this Friday at North Chatham Elementary School from 6-9 pm. It's a local school and I get to be set up right next to my best friend who sells Usborne Books, so there should be plenty of food traffic. I've never done this fair, and I'm really looking forward to it. I hope, you'll stop by and support the North Chatham Elementary PTA Holiday Market.
To get ready for the market, I've been busy making some handmade gifts that could be used for stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, or just a little something to brighten someone's day. These desk calendars don't take up a lot of room, and the sentiment says it all: When I count my blessings, you are on the top of my list. I'm really happy I could use the Count My Blessings Stamp Set - it's so much more than just for Thanksgiving or fall! I lined the acrylic easel with a 6" x 4" piece of Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper and a strip of Gold Glimmer Paper, just to add a little sparkle. But wait...I'm not done! What's a present without beautiful packaging? I used a 6" x 17" Gusseted Cellophane Bag and some new Sweet Soiree Ready Shreddie, which I'd received in my 2018 Occasions preorder. Shhhhhhh...Ready Shreddie isn't available until January 1, but I couldn't resist using it to dress up my packaging. Isn't it festive? I finished it all up with a bow in matching Finely Woven Ribbon. What a perfect gift for someone special!
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I stepped outside this morning and found a hard frost. That drives the dogs wild because their yard doesn't smell or look the same. Poor little Storm just looks at me, as if to say, "Why are you torturing me like this? Don't you know that grass is cold?"
Black Friday...you either love it or hate it. Me, I could care less since the best way to shop is online in my jammies. BUT, the Hubs loves it. We'll be married 11 years tomorrow and he attacks Black Friday like a strategic planner. He loves getting up early (as in 1-2 am) hitting the shops, bringing a load home, and heading out for more. I've always had a hot breakfast ready for him when he made his final return. In a way, it's rather like our own version of Santa and Mrs. Claus. (As I sit here, I'm even wearing my fuzzy red robe!)
This year, however, there is no Black Friday shopping frenzy. He started a new job at the Post Office this month, and he's working 14-hour days, 7 day a week. And the bulk of the packages and Christmas cards hasn't even hit yet! He went to bed last night a little dazed, muttering something about not being able to do any shopping today.
There's another 'first' in our home this year. It will be our first year that the Lad won't have a Christmas break. With his full time job in Charlotte, we're not sure what, if any, time he'll get off. So, my house will be empty and preparations for the holidays just don't feel the same. His Lady is going home for two weeks after finals, too, so he'll really be all alone as we get closer to Christmas. I can see I'll be making a few trips to Charlotte in December, just so we can be together.
Wishing you a very joyful start to your holiday season!
Just 1 day remains to register for the Final Christmas Card Club of 2017!
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This class will also be available "To Go" by mail.
Do you know what my favorite part of Black Friday shopping is? STAYING HOME! I am so thankful for being able to shop online. I can't stand fighting for parking and standing in crazy long lines. And seeing what a mess the stores are after the mob just makes me cringe. So, this holiday season, sit back and relax with your favorite beverage and cozy slippers, and give the gift of crafting. Or...maybe you want to snag some of these deals yourself! (I know I do!) And if there's anything at all that I can do for you, please don't hesitate to contact me.
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And don't forget the Clearance Rack!
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