Holiday Sparkle

Surprise! I'm posting a card on a Saturday, something I haven't been very regular about in more recent weeks! I couldn't resist today! The house is fairly quiet and the Splitcoast Stampers Clean & Simple Challenge is having a 200th Challenge Party today and tomorrow. I'm hoping to get in on at least some of the fun!

The card I'm sharing today is actually for the SCS Clean & Simple sketch challenge from Monday. I finally got an idea I had brewing figured out and finished this up last night!

Sentiment stamp:  The Craft's Meow
I stamped the large sentiment in SU's Old Olive ink.  Then, I used my largest Martha Stewart snowflake punch and some inexpensive glitter cardstock that I found in my paper file.  It was quite a challenge to get it to punch all the way through the cardstock and, at one point, I thought I was going to have to go buy some tweezers to dig the little pieces out that became wedged in the punch!  I did get them out and tried again, determined to get a glittery snowflake out of it!  It worked after a little sitting and stomping on the punch...just kidding.  It did remind me of trying to close an overstuffed suitcase, though!  I may just have to use a Spellbinders die next time!

The sun in shining and it's looking like a beautiful day!  I can't decide between house cleaning or crafty activities!  It should be a no-brainer, but for some reason, sunshine makes me want to bring out the lemon scented cleaners and make everything shine!  Am I off my rocker?!

Have a super Saturday!

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Got Snow?

It's Friday and there is an entire weekend ahead!  For once, we don't have one single thing planned and I'm okay with that!  There is even talk of a little snow on Sunday and the boys are holding their breath while crossing their fingers that it will indeed appear!  Love it when it snows on the weekends!

In celebration of the talk of snow, I made a quick snowflake die cut card after doing some much needed clean up in my craft room!  I discovered I have some rather fun winter punches, papers and stamps that will need attention this winter!  Can't wait!

I used two different Martha Stewart snowflakes punches and layered the images.  I added aqua colored gemstones to the smaller one and slightly bent the edges up to add a little dimension.  I also popped up the entire layered snowflake with a foam dot.  I really like SU's Basic Gray and Tempting Turquoise together!  Of course, I like those two colors separately anyway.  A lot.  The sentiment is one I found in an older Gina K. set.

I'm going to link today's card up to the current Simon Says Stamp snowflake challenge just for fun!

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Have a great weekend!

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I'm back and feeling much better!  I don't know what bit me, but I don't recall ever having back pain with a virus before!  Perhaps I'm just not quite as young as I try to tell myself I am?!  Today, I'm thankful to be back up and running close to normal again and find myself feeling so lucky to have had good health so far in life!  To all of you chronic back pain sufferers out there, I might be able to sympathize a teeny tiny bit with you now.

I'm back in my craft room too, which feels liberating!  I have been wanting to play along with the ColourQ challenge for a long time and finally got around to it!  How could I resist any longer this week when the colors are such beauties?!

I couldn't find any Cool Caribbean in my stash of oldies, but goodies, so went with Pool Party instead.  I hope it's close enough!

I simply cut a strip of each of the four blues, adhered them to a white piece of cardstock and embossed the finished panel in my Cuttlebug.  I then popped the panel up with foam dots, stamped the simple sentiment and added the little felt star.  The inside simply says, "YOU."
Today is going to be a bit of a catch up day.  Funny how quickly things pile up when you're down and out.  Fresh energy is mine, though, so I plan to tackle a mountain!
Have a great Thursday!

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It's time for a new cue word over at CASology and this week's word is sure to make you smile (as will the design team call that's going on until December 15)!

Everywhere I look lately there is an abundance of glitter and shine!  DS3 points everything out to me when we run errands.  I think he's quite taken with all the sparkle this time of year brings!

For my card, I couldn't get the image of an engagement/wedding ring out of my head, so I went digging through my stash, sure I had just the image.  I must have parted with the one I was thinking of.  No matter!  I found an image of two wedding bands and added a sparkly gemstone, hoping one would pass as a diamond ring!

This turned out to be a very simple card, but I'm okay with that!

Be sure to visit the rest of the team's blogs, including our talented guest designer, Birgit!  Then, don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Sunday, December 9, at noon (CST)!  Hope to see you there!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Winter Wishes

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend!

Now that December has arrived, I thought I could probably share some winter themed cards I made recently.  I don't typically send out holiday cards, but since many challenges this time of year include holiday themes, I tried my hand at making a clean and simple one for last week's holiday themed CAS challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.

I simply stamped a tree image from The Craft's Meow onto SU's Brushed Silver cardstock using Wild Wasabi ink and cut it out.  I stamped the row of circles onto a strip of Brushed Silver cardstock using Encore's silver ink and layered it over the tree.  The sentiment was stamped in silver also and then I added three tiny red gemstones to finish it off.  I love the way the silver cardstock softens the appearance of the Wild Wasabi ink!

For this card, I stamped and fussy cut the snowman and then colored the nose and heart with Copic markers.  I popped him up with foam dots.  I stamped the sentiment and added clear Stickles to the heart.  I added the piece of washi tape to the upper left corner.  I was hoping the extra red would help bring out the red in the snowman's heart a bit.  Last, I stamped three snowflakes in Encore silver ink, adding clear gemstones to the centers.  I'm really liking the Brushed Silver cardstock right now, if you didn't notice!

Now I'm off to rest.  I woke up yesterday morning while we were away with the beginning of what I thought was a doozy of a head cold, but I am also feeling rather fatigued & slightly achy, so hoping this is not the beginning of something worse!  Ick.  It's just DS3 and I home today, so I may just allow myself a nap this afternoon when he takes his!  Love it when I have a valid excuse for one of those!

Have a magnificent Monday!

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Happiness is…

...warm sunshine shining through the windows.

...a donut and coffee.

...a soft, warm blanket on a cold day.

...a child's rosy cheeks.

...a peppermint candy cane.

...surviving a challenging day.

...laundry, completely processed.

...a weekend spent with family.

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A Quick Hello

I'm already in weekend mode. You probably thought you wouldn't be hearing from me!  However, I can't start my weekend without giving a little wave and saying, "Hello!"

Just a very clean and simple card to share with you before I return to my baby shower/weekend planning!  I used Stampin' Up's Wild Wasabi ink for the green.  I'd originally stamped the geometric strip for another project and, not wanting to waste an entire card just because my initial idea didn't work out, I made myself sit and stare at this for a while!  I finally grabbed a small scrap of white cardstock, stamped the HELLO, added three green gemstones and adhered the little panel with foam dots.  I rounded the corners to go along with the circles and I was done!

I hope you have a good weekend ahead!  This week went by rather quickly in our house, it seems.  Now I need to shift my brain into pink & black mode!  The baby shower is tomorrow for my sis-in-love and we'll be spending the day with my family since they all live fairly close to each other!  Thanksgiving may just repeat itself!

Enjoy the rest of your Friday!
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Time Flies!

Tuesday.  The day after Monday.  The third day of the week.  The day a new cue word appears over at CASology!  This week's cue word happens to be something we all probably wish we had more of, especially this time of year!

I keep thinking about the new year that will soon begin and all that has been a part of this year!  How time flies!  Speaking of time flying...

I remembered a stamp set I've had for a few years called Fun Times from Close to My Heart!  There's nothing like a play on words to bring a smile to my face!  Oh, and googly eyes...

The inspiration from the design team and N@, our guest designer, this week is fantabulous, so be sure and visit each of their blogs when you have time!  You won't be disappointed!  Then, be sure and link up your own creation on the CASology challenge blog by this Sunday, December 2, at noon (CST)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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An Atypical Monday

It's not the usual Monday around here, but I'm sure you may have guessed that from the complete silence on my part!

After a wonderful three days away from home for the Thanksgiving holiday, all three boys are home from school today feeling under the weather.  Thankfully, after one small episode of needing a wastebasket for DS3, we've had no more of that kind of thing!  So far, it's just some respiratory ick.  After having all three take a nap this afternoon, they seem to be feeling much better!  Crossing my fingers...

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I did take a little sanity time while they were snoozing to make a quick clean and simple card for the challenge over at the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge.  This week, it's an inspirational photo filled with cheerful yellow, so seemed to be just the thing for me today!

Given the events of the day, a get well card came to mind pretty quickly!  I used one of the little steam images from the Hot Concoctions set to create the pattern on the tissue box before stamping the box image in black.  The tissue box and sentiment are both from the Healthy Vibes set.  So simple!

I hope you are staying well and are fully recovered from your Thanksgiving feast if you celebrated last week!  I seem to have an extra pound keeping me company since then, according to the scale, so I need to tend to that this week!  Nothing a date with the treadmill won't cure...

Enjoy the rest of your Monday!

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Happiness is…

...homemade apple pie.

...time spent with family.

...cousins, giggling.

...sidewalk chalk.

...siblings (& their wonderful spouses).

...hugs from your parents.

...a good night's sleep.

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