Ready for a new cue word challenge?  CASology has a beautiful one this week!  Despite the cold wind and gray sky that a typical snow storm brings with it, there is a beauty to those little flakes that drift down.  One of these days I'm going to get a close up photo of one!

Stamps:  Paper Trey, Verve (sentiment)
I started thinking about the paper snowflakes I used to make as a child.  Most of the time, I'd end up with triangles somewhere in the design!  Holding that thought, I went searching for triangle images in my stamp stash, remembering Paper Trey has a set full of triangles!  I stamped the triangles where the cut out holes would usually appear on a paper snowflake, adding the popped up circular sentiment to the middle.  I used silver Encore ink on the triangles and silver Stickles to outline the center circle.  And there you have it.

Be sure to go take a look at the inspiration the design team and our guest designer whipped up and leave them a little blog love!

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Don't forget to link up your own snowflake creation on the challenge blog by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CST)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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‘Tis the Season

'Tis the season for more snow!  We got more of that fluffy white stuff yesterday and the boys couldn't be happier!  It makes for a pretty landscape this morning and now that the little ones and I have delivered DS1 & DS2 to school and DH to work, I'm settling in here at home enjoying the brightness of it all as the sun and blue sky smile down at us!  I do like the freshness of a new snow, undisturbed and peaceful.

Today is the beginning of a new Clean & Simple Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers and I'm guest designing as a DT alumni.  The challenge this week is a Holiday Shopping/Party theme!  Whenever I think of this time of year, Santa hats always come to mind because they seem to appear everywhere!

Stamps:  Prickley Pear
This cat image from Prickley Pear was staring up at me for the occasion and so I inked him up to make a fun holiday card!  I paper pieced the hat and added clear Stickles before popping it up with foam dots.  I started out stamping just a trio of those little red ornaments and then couldn't stop myself from stamping more!  As you can see, the poor feline probably needs a heavy duty umbrella due to the ornament shower that I created!

I'm off to brew a second cup of coffee, decaf. this time.  My fingers need it.

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Happiness is…

...little hands.

...kindness, no matter how small.

...the beauty of a snowflake.

...meaningful conversation with good friends.

...a peppermint mocha on a cold, winter morning.

...a surprise in the form of a cream filled doughnut.

...the love of family.

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Too Much Excitement!

Another first for me today!  I can finally share with you my first published card!  Where?  The December issue of CARDS magazine!  Feeling a bit crazy with the excitement of such a thing!  I had created this quite a while ago and figured I'd submit it just for fun.  I guess someone liked it.

In other news, DD has turned another month older and probably wonders what all the fuss is about each month to get her photo taken in goofy outfits!  She'll thank me someday...I think.

The sun is shining here in our neck of the woods despite the frigid temperatures and I need to finish up some photo editing for my brother and family from Thanksgiving.  They'd probably appreciate having their photos before Christmas!  I need to set aside the perfectionist in me and just finish them up!  Wish me luck!

Have a fabulous Friday!

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Sweet News!

I finally get to announce some exciting news that I've kept to myself for a few weeks!  Not only is today Sweet Stamp Shop's December Release Day, but I am now an official member of their design team!  Remember I mentioned earlier this week that I am starting a photography series over on the Sweet Blog?  That's part of this exciting new opportunity!  I couldn't be more stoked!  There are lots of new, exciting things in store and I encourage you to keep an eye on this company!

Let's take a look at some of the new release goodness that's happening today!  On top of new stamp sets, there is a discount on all the newness today!  You can take 20% off any of the new stamp sets by using the code DNR20!  Here are some cards I created with a few of them:

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Baking Love)
I fussy cut the mixer and then paper pieced with some My Mind's Eye decorative paper (another favorite of mine).  It is popped up with foam dots and embellished with a red pearl heart.

While we're on the subject of baking...

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Cookie Sprinkles)
Isn't this just the cutest?!  I'm a huge fan of sprinkles on baked goods so this sentiment is just perfect in our house!  I stamped the heart cookies, the icing and the sprinkles and then added pink Stickles to the icing.  The sentiment was stamped and then sequins were added to complete the sprinkled look of the card.  I rounded the corner for a little interest.

Next up?  How about some pretty blooms!  I love color, so this set is going to find itself inked in a rainbow of colors in the weeks ahead!  For this card, I used purple, blue and yellow.

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop: Elegant Flowers, Elegant Sentiments
This is a simple one layer card that I see myself making over and over again!  There are more pretty flower images in the set, so I can vary the main image a bit!

See that dreamy sentiment in the card above?  It's from a new sentiment set!  Here's another sample using one of the words included in it...

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Elegant Sentiments)
The main panel is mounted on silver glitter paper and the "Cheers" has glitter adhered to it!  Silver sequins and gemstone stars add the finishing touch to this festive card!  Even the card base is silver!  Happy New Year, anyone?!

Enough from me!  Go ahead and sneak a peek at the Sweet Blog for even more inspiration from the Sweet Team!  Then, don't be afraid to do a little shopping!  After all, these sweets are calorie free and, this time of year, that's a very good thing!

Have a fantastic Thursday!

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It's Tuesday and time for a new cue word challenge over at CASology!  This time around we're having fun with ribbon!

We have a new sponsor this week, Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps, and I chose to use some of their stamps on my card!  I fell in love with their stamps when I served on their design team back in 2012 and had a few to choose from in my stash!

I popped up the sentiment oval, the tree and the gold star with foam dots for dimension and added some shine with three gold sequin stars.

The design team and this week's guest designer have some great ideas and inspiration for ribbon, so be sure and go visit their blogs!

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Don't forget to link up your own ribbon creation over at the challenge blog by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CST)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Mutual Weirdness

Welcome to Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday and, like me, now have new resolve to exercise a little more regularly!  The house seems rather quiet and empty now that family has left and the plates of food are dwindling!  I miss our guests, but have more wonderful memories stored away both in my mind and as photographs!  My sis-in-love asked me to take their family picture, so I tried.  Yesterday's blog post shows one of the photos I captured.  I always get a bit nervous when someone asks me to take photos for them!  I have lots more editing to do, but I'm having so much fun doing it!

In other news, I thought I'd share a quick, clean and simple card before I head on into the week!  I really don't feel like my head is back on straight yet, so need to work on correcting that today!  Holiday happenings do that to me!

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Weird Love)
Be sure and stop by the Sweet Stamp Shop blog today as I'm starting a new photography series there that will run every other Monday for the next three months!  Exciting times, I tell ya!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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