Santa Claus is Coming to Town

He really is!  As in, tomorrow night!  Yay!!  We will be celebrating Christmas late tomorrow night after my hubby is home from work and picking up my stepson.  So excited!!  Can you tell?  hehe  Then we’ll move right into our New Years Eve festivities.

For dinner we typically do fondue, but this year I’m going to make BBQ shredded pork sandwiches and homemade mac ‘n’ cheese.  Then when it’s ball-dropping time we’ll have some sparkling cider, crackers and “fancy” cheeses!  Mmmm!  I plan on making sugar cookie cutouts with icing and sprinkles and I’ve had a request for brownies and bran muffins too, so I see some serious baking in my near future!

I have my last Christmas card to share with you today.  It’s a pretty simple design, one that I first did a couple years ago on a card that was picked up in my very first Paper Crafts Magazine publication.  Awww!

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Happy Holiday Tree

I have a step-son that we typically get every other weekend.  We don’t ever get him for the big holidays, so for things like Christmas, we usually wait a week or so after the holiday before we celebrate at our house.  I think we are still waiting to hear if he is coming over this weekend or not, so for now Christmas at our house is on hold.  The reason I’m mentioning this, is maybe you will forgive me for today’s Christmas card and the more to come…  I know a lot (most?) people are moving on, but not me.  Not yet!

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Tag Time

With Christmas fast approaching, I’ve been working on holiday gift tags the last few days. For some reason I’ve been of the mindset that I had an abundance of Christmas supplies. Turns out, I don’t! Here is one set that I made recently.  I love the red and olive green color combo.  I used a bit of red Stickles on the berries to help them stand out better.

I put a few sets of tags up in my Etsy store earlier today.  Be sure to check them out!

ETA: I’ve entered this into this weeks CAS-ual Fridays challenge (Thanks, Michele!!)


A close up of the glittered berries…

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Wishing You…

Happy Sunday, friends!  Yesterday was a super creative day for me thanks to a huge Starbucks coffee.  Caffeine = mojo for me!  I was playing around with the Wishing You… stamp set from Papertrey Ink yesterday.  I’m actually selling this set ($18) but it hasn’t sold yet, so I figured I’d get one last card in!

Also, I wanted the thank you for the comments about my Dad’s Dad from Friday – it really means a lot!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Wishing You…)
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (kraft, white)
Patterned Paper: Pebbles (Happy Go Lucky collection – Thrilled)
Ink: Stampin Up (pink pirouette, rich razzleberry, kiwi kiss, baja breeze)
Accessories: Clear & Simple Stamps (ribbon); Pebbles (button)

Birthday Doily

I stayed up late Thursday night finishing this card.  Well, late for me… 10pm!  I typically am in bed for the night during the week at 9pm.  Sad I know.  That’s how I know I’m getting old, lol!  And it doesn’t matter how early I go to bed at night, I always want to sleep in!   I *hate* waking up to the alarm clock.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Polka Dot Basics, Birthday Basics)
Ink: Versamark; Memento (rich cocoa)
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (kraft, white); Stampin Up (regal rose)
Accessories: Papertrey Ink (ribbon); Prima (fairytale roses); Silhouette America (doily)
Also, Wee Memories is having a giveaway through Sunday.  You can check it out here!

Welcome, Little Baby

I woke up at 5am (not on purpose!) this morning so thought I’d get some crafty time in before starting on homework.  I used one of my favorite layouts to create a baby card for the PC Magazine March challengeThe Play Date Cafe color challenge and A Passion for Papertrey for this week.

I’ve recently realized that I have all of one baby set.  I don’t necessarily *need* more than one set, but I think it would be nice to have.  I’ve had my eye on one by Practicing Creativity

Happy Easter, Happy Spring (x2)

I recently signed up for my first craft fair of the year.  It’s not until April 10th, but I know that time will go by fast.  So in an effort to get ahead some, I did some assembly line Easter cards this morning.

Typically when I do assembly line cards (which is rare), I CASE a card rather than design it myself.  It’s just so much easier and takes less time!  This particular design comes from Kelly Purkey when she was guest designing for Papertrey Ink.  I love that this design is somewhat simple yet still has lots going on.  I purposely left off anything bulky to allow for mailing without extra postage.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Egg Hunt)
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Stampin Up
Patterned Paper: Papertrey Ink, Stampin Up
Ink: Stampin Up; Memento (tuxedo black)
Accessories: Stampin Up scallop border punch, EK Success corner rounder; Papertrey Ink die (egg)