Watch the Clock Wednesdays: Simply Snow

I didn't get a chance to create anything until after the kids were in bed tonight!  Winter break has officially started!  It sounds like we're to get more snow tomorrow night into Friday, so we'll get to add to our already big piles of snow!  The boys sure are happy about it!

I created another winter card for the Color Challenge and the Try a New Technique Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.  I love these colors together!

Stamps:  Whipper Snapper Designs
Paper:  SU Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red
Ink:  SU Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories:  SU Modern Label punch, Martha Stewart Layered Snowflakes stickers, white gel pen, sponge, foam squares

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Friday Favorites: Inspiration

Some days I just can't seem to squeeze anything close to creative out of myself.  On those days, I turn to the inspiration of others to get me started and, hopefully, keep me going!  Lately, I've found two magazines that are little in size, but HUGE in inspiration!  At $14.95 & $19.95 a piece, I cringed as I handed over the cash, but I am so happy with my purchase that the brief feeling of guilt is long gone!  I'm even considering subscribing!  :)

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Themed Thursdays: Snow!

I'm beginning to get the feeling that this winter is going to be one with an abundance of fluffy white stuff.  We've had snow storms the last two weekends and between last night and today we got almost five more inches!  I see there is a chance of snow Monday.  We might as well settle ourselves in for a good ole howling winter!  I'm game.  That is, as long as I and my loved ones don't have to be out driving during the snow's arrival.  I love watching a good snow storm from the cozy indoors!  I don't even mind shoveling, if needed!

Anyway, I couldn't get snow off the brain today, so had to make a card in honor of it.

Stamps:   Penny Black
Ink:  SU Basic Black
Cardstock:  SU Basic Gray, Riding Hood Red, Paper Trey White
Paper:  Echo Park (Wintertime)
Accessories:  Martha Stewart Layered Snowflake Stickers, Martha Stewart snowman & snowflake border punches, SU Basic Gray ribbon, gemstones, SU Dazzling Diamonds glitter

The glitter doesn't show up exceptionally well in the picture, but I placed little dots of glitter sweeping down toward the snowflake.

I hope you're having a happy winter so far!  Isn't it exciting?!  :)
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Magnolia Monday: Winter Wishes

With the blizzard we got over the weekend, I couldn't help but stamp something!  LOL!  I found 7 Kids College Fund has a Winter Wonderland challenge that started last week!  Perfect timing!  We had a couple guests stay over since the roads were not in any shape to be driven on.  We ended up making snow ice cream and caramel corn to celebrate being snowed in!  Yum!  I love snow days when I don't have to drive and can just stay snuggled in at home!


Stamps - Magnolia, savvy stamps (sentiment)
Cardstock - SU Riding Hood Red, Paper Trey white
Paper - My Mind's Eye, Glitz Design

Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, SU Chocolate Chip
Coloring - Copic markers
Accessories - Scallop circle, circle Nestabilities, foam squares, snowflake brads, white gel pen, CM corner rounder

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Friday Favorites: Labeled

As a lot of crafters tend to do, I found myself rearranging and reorganizing my craft room last weekend.  I decided it wasn't quite as efficient as it should be.  LOL!  During it all, I became reacquainted with an old and beloved friend, my label maker!

I just love labeling things!  Now I can actually find what I have stored away in drawers and cabinets!  :)

Here are a few of the things I labeled:

my JetMax drawers

Plastic drawers in my cabinet

I'm having so much fun with this that I keep looking around for things to label!  Seriously, I love this thing and I've already found myself smiling when I've been able to find exactly what I'm looking for in the middle of a project!

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Friday Favorites

I've decided to dedicate Fridays to some of my favorite things!  I'm the average American woman who does enjoy some materialistic things.  I just have to keep them in moderation!  :)

Today, I want to share with you my excitement in finding something I've been looking for!

Here it is, folks:

I found this idea on another blog out there in the cyber world.  I can't remember exactly where now, but it's out there in the storage ideas somewhere!  What is this, you ask?!  It's my new storage for my Spellbinders Nestabilities!  Yay!

Open the cute little box.

Insert a Nestabilities die into one of the little hanging file folders (I placed them on a piece of magnetic strip from QuicKutz).

(These hanging files have a pocket on both the front & back!)

 Place the file folder back in the box and smile!  :)
 The file folders have numbered white labels so you can label them with the names of your Nestabilities!  I'm thinking I'm going to make a numbered master list of what I have and adhere it to the inside of the lid for quick reference!

How's that for excitement?  I know, I know.  It doesn't take much to excite me.  Perhaps that's a good thing!?  If you don't have an Office Depot, you'll be walking in my shoes and find it hard to locate.  I am extra excited because I stumbled upon it locally!  :)

Now, off to stamp in a bit.  Today I'm going with a winter theme since it's going to start snowing in just a little while here!  Can't wait!  I think I'll go brew another cup of decaf. coffee and doctor it up with just a little of that Peppermint Mocha Coffee-mate that called my name when I was grocery shopping this week!  Yum!  I feel fresh baked cookies coming on...

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Turkey Owl

I wanted to send a little thank you to my son's teacher tomorrow before the Thanksgiving holiday begins.  I came up with an owl dressed as a turkey on a gift card holder.  I used SU's word window punch for the feathers, cutting the punched shapes in half and adhering them to the back of the owl.


Stamps - Paper Trey (Text Boxed set)
Paper - SU gift card holder, SU Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Real Red, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie CS, SU Welcome Neighbor DSP
Ink - SU Chocolate Chip
Accessories - googly eyes, SU Owl Punch, SU Word Window Punch, SU Chocolate Chip marker ("4U")

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Turkey Talk

I'm posting this card first today since Thanksgiving is right around the corner!  Where does time go, anyway?
I used the sketch for the November Dirty Dozen Sketch Challenge for this card.

Stamps - Inkadinkado (turkey), Stampendous (From the Kitchen set)
Paper - Bo Bunny Press DP (Harvest ABC's), SU Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze CS
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa, Tuxedo Black
Accessories - SU rhinestones, Basic Grey ribbon (Mellow), CM cutting system (circles), SU scalloped circle punch, SU chocolate chip marker (faux stitching), sponge, foam squares
Coloring - Copic markers (R27, R29, YR15, YR16, Y13, Y15, C1, G28, E55, E57)

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Themed Thursday: Birthday Celebration

I created this for the Design Team Sketch Challenge for November over on Splitcoast Stampers.  I'm not sure it's completely finished yet.  Do you ever make a card and feel like just one more thing needs to be added, but you can't figure out WHAT?  I'll let this one sit for a few days and see if anything comes to me, but for now, this is my finished card!

Stamps:  SU
Ink:  SU Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie
Paper:  KI Memories DP, SU Pumpkin Pie, Pink Pirouette, white
Accessories:  SU scalloped circle, circle punches, Martha Stewart hydrangea punch, SU grosgrain ribbon, Cuttlebug embossing folder, pearls, pink gemstone, foam square, SU marker, CM corner rounder punch

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Watch the Clock Wednesday: Simplicity of a Child

Stamps:  Paper Trey (Tiny Treats:  Valentine), SU (Best Yet)
Cardstock:  SU Kraft, Not Quite Navy, Paper Trey white
Ink:  SU Not Quite Navy, Memento Black
Accessories:  gemstones, SU punches (1.75" Circle, Curly Label), Copic markers, sponge daubers

I love playing with punches & overlapping shapes to create a frame.  That's what I did on this card and I think I like how it turned out.  In honor of keeping things simple today, I managed to make this card in 10 minutes or less!  I started thinking that perhaps I need to do more of these simple cards for a while until my days are back to routine!  :)

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Who’s the Boss?

Okay, okay.  I'll admit I've had some pretty great intentions when it comes to stamping!  For those of you who don't know me, I have a young infant in the house that is dictating my free time quite well right now.  Add to that the company that comes with a new baby in your house and the beginning of the school year and you get a good idea of what life is like.  At least to some extent.  You see, we also moved back in August and are trying to sell our previous home.  That has meant getting it finished up and maintained for showings and open houses as well as maintaining and getting used to this new place!  Whew!  I have plenty of creative ideas brewing, but that doesn't get things made and posted on here!  Keep watching and being patient!  Things will even out, I promise!  I just didn't want you to think I was chickening out of my plan.  I think of this blog every day, but my actual postings may be sporadic for just a bit longer yet.  :)

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