I'm taking a little blogcation this week as it is going to be a busy one and time spent with family and friends is always better when all other obligations are put aside!  I'll be sharing a favorite photo each day, but no card creations or lengthy words. I hope to be back next week!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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You Move Me

We've pretty much dug ourselves out of the snow that was delivered to our area yesterday. It looks like we got somewhere between 12-14 inches of the fluffy, white stuff! The boys are thrilled!

Today dawned cold with a whopping 18 degrees F, but the skies are blue and the sun is shining. If the roads were not icy and the ground covered in snow, you'd never know we had any kind of winter storm at all! I love how the freshly fallen snow looks after the storm has moved out and the sun shines on it!

I was able to sneak into my craft room again this morning while the boys were busy playing! Another clean and simple card, but that is what I like best these days!

Yesterday, DH and I celebrated our wedding anniversary.  Well, if you count snow shoveling as celebrating, that is!  We were both just too worn out from the day's events to even think about doing anything out of the ordinary.  I had a card stashed away that I was going to give to him, but decided to make a new one.  We'll celebrate tonight after he gets off work with a nice meal.  When you have little ones, many times things are celebrated as a family!

The game pieces and sentiment are from Fresh Squeezed Stamps, a fairly new company with some fun clear stamp sets!  I stamped the chess pieces on black cardstock and fussy cut them.  That was tricky on black cardstock, but I managed!  I popped them up with foam dots and then did the same with a little red heart that I punched out.  I added a strip of washi tape, stamping the sentiment above it.

Now it's off to start thinking about laundry and packing suitcases!  We'll be visiting family over the holiday and I like to start early since I'm packing for five!

Have a fabulous Friday!

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Let it Snow!

It's still snowing...and b l o w i n g! School is cancelled and the boys and I are spending some time in the warm indoors after exploring the great outdoors for a while!  We have baking on our list of to do's, so soon the house will be smelling divine!  Banana bread and cut out cookies, here we come!

While the boys were sipping their hot chocolate, I zipped into my craft room and made a super quick (3 minutes!), clean and simple snowflake card!  I just couldn't resist!

Stamps:  Verve (snowflake), The Craft's Meow (sentiment)
I stamped the snowflake and sentiment in Encore Silver ink and then added a single gemstone to the snowflake's center.  The striped border at the bottom is simply a piece of washi tape!  You can't get much easier than that!

I am linking this quick card up with CAS-ual Friday's "Dashing Thru the Holidays" challenge...


Now I'm off to get the oven warming and some goodies mixed up!  "The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful!  Let it snow!  Let it snow!  Let it snow!"

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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Candy Winner!

It's time to announce the winner of the 100th Oh, Smudge! Follower blog candy!  According to, the winner is...

#4  Joyce
Congratulations, Joyce!
Please email me ( your mailing address so I can send you your goodies!

Thanks to all who joined the fun and linked up and a great big thank you to my wonderful 104 followers too!  Now I'm off to create something to share...


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Being Tuesday, it's time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  This week, we're going for something magical from the sky!

I don't know about you, but I find the stars to be rather mysterious.  Magical.  Dreamy.  Must just be the little girl in me?

I decided to use some more of SU's Brushed Silver cardstock.  (Yes, really!)  I embossed a panel of white cardstock with a star pattern and then cut out a portion of a banner image from the left side.  In the negative space, I stamped the sentiment and decided it was finished!  Easy as ever!

In all your spare time this week (*snicker*), be sure and visit the rest of the design team and guest designer blogs because there is a lot of inspiration to be found!  Then, be sure and link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Sunday at noon (CST)!

Have yourself a terrific Tuesday!

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I don't know about you, but I've been feeling the urge to give more hugs lately and with that, I felt inspired to create another valentine!

The little cup is actually a coffee mug image that I left the handle off of.  I've had the corduroy brads for quite some time and they seemed like a fun addition to this card.  I applied some Stickles to the contents of the cup.  Not that one would ever drink glitter, of course.

I hope you had a marvelous Monday!

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Cause for Celebration

I looked over at my sidebar yesterday and couldn't believe my eyes!  I've reached that wonderful milestone of 100 fabulous followers!  How did that happen?!  I'm tickled pink and am declaring it is time for a little celebration!  Blog candy, anyone?  Since I seem to have acquired a few too many crafty items (Yes, I'll admit it...), it's time I be nice and share!

Here is what I am including in the prize package:

Prima Flowers
Mulberry Paper Mini Roses
Prima Flowers with Pearl Centers
3 rolls Washi Tape
Package of Large Square Snaps
Package of Large Multi-Colored Circle Brads
Doodlebug Designs Brads (sweet treats theme)
Paper Pretties Give Thanks Stamps
Whipper Snapper Designs Snowman Stamp
Riley the Moose with Snowman Stamp
The Craft's Meow Clear Stamp Set (Western theme)
$10 Panera Gift Card...just because you might need something edible while you're crafting!

To join in the celebration and set yourself up for a chance to win, be sure and leave a comment on this post and then link up your own blog by Wednesday, December 19 at noon (CST), using the link tool below (I want to come visit you too!).  Since I'm not fond of forcing people to follow my blog, feel free to become a follower if you aren't already (I'd love to see your smiling face on my blog's sidebar!), but please don't feel obligated just for this little giveaway!  I just want people to follow along because they are truly interested in what I post each week!  I love meeting new people, so be assured I will pay you a virtual visit if I see you take the time to visit and leave a comment now and then!

I will use to select a winner!  The winner will be announced next week on Thursday, December 20.

I can't wait to send someone some happy mail, so let the party begin!!! 

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