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Christmas Gift Tins…

This is what I’ve been working on all day!!!  I always do such a great job of waiting until the last minute to get things done!  The cards were inspired by Laurie Schmidlin!  I loved her simple yet elegant design!  It was perfect for my last minute stamping!!!

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These colors are shiny silver and Bravo Burgundy and Bashful Blue.  It’s really hard to get a good picture of the silver without it glaring back at me!  I stamped the silver with white snowflakes and added silver cord. I used PaperTrey Ink’s Holiday Treats stamp set!  This will be one I use year after year!! I added gems in the middle of the center snowflake.

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For these tins I added gold accents.  I know some people just can’t mix silver and gold BUT I DID!!!  Same design as above, but I used brushed gold cardstock and gold cord.  The other colors are Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, and Night of Navy.

Have A Wonderful Christmas!!!

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I have been way behind on making cards.  This time of year is sooooo busy!  We had our Christmas program at church this last Sunday, so that is one more thing to cross off the list!  I am the room mother for my daughter’s winter party at school and that is on Friday.  I have more Campbell’s and Best Choice labels to get submitted before Friday, and I still haven’t made gifts for the Sunday School teachers and school teachers yet!  CALGON take me away!  As you may have seen in my previous post, my craft space got a little makeover.  That kept me from stamping for a while as well.  There were things piled everywhere!!  I have most things put away so I can sit at my workspace again!
One more frustration to share with you……I bought some 5" square envelopes a while back.  I love the square cards but didn’t have any envelopes to send them in.  I just got out those envelopes to start addressing Christmas cards and found out that they are too small.  OOPS!  I needed to buy them a little bigger.  So I just now ordered some 6" envelopes, that won’t be here before Christmas, and that should take care of that problem!

Okay, enough about all that!  I finally was able to make a card for the SCS Featured Stamper Challenge from 2 Sundays ago.  I didn’t want to skip this one, because I LOVE Charlene’s work!

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This snowman image is from Cornish Heritage Farms.  This is my card that I cased from LilLuvsStampin.

I used Navy, Red, Shimmery White, and DCWV Glitter Christmas Stack.  My accessories include: ribbon, stickles, photo corner punch, snowflake brads, eyelets, and oval punch.  I colored the image with my SU markers.

I don’t know that I’ll get any other projets posted before we start traveling for Christmas.  Have a Merry Christmas!!!

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My Changing Craft Space….

I was so excited last year when I was able to purchase a few cabinets for my craft area.  I sold a TON of stuff on ebay to get them.  Well, after still dealing with clutter all the time, I decided I needed to get some more!  Notice I said needed!!  That is for sure!!  I still had stuff under each table and my work space was overflowing!  My mom sent me some early Christmas $$ in the form of a Lowe’s gift card, and that’s what my husband got me as well!  I was hoping for white, but I couldn’t find any that would be as versatile as these.  I’ll take whatever works.  I don’t have the time or $$ to be picky about color!!  My space isn’t quite finished but here’s what I have so far!  A lot of my inspiration came from Nichole Heady!  If you haven’t seen her studio, then you need to check it out!

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This wall unit is where my table used to be.  I don’t have everything organized the way I want it, but I have to do little by little.  The white cubbies in the corner are from Target.  I’m hoping to get some photo boxes for Christmas to help complete that organization.  I have my eyelets,  brads, etc. store in the craft organizers there on the right hand side of the picture.  I punched out carstock to represent the colors in each case.
My cardstock is now in Cropper Hopper paper holders on the top right shelf unit.  I wasn’t sure if I would really like it that way, but I think it’s gonna work great.
I still need to buy some doors for the bottom units.  Especially the unit on the right.  I have items to alter and stuff in this one that should be behind closed doors!!  It’s the messiest one!
I think that some of the things in the center bottom unit will go into photo boxes when I get them, so those shelves will change eventually.
I only have one unit on the far right.  I still have to purchase one more and then one more drawer and doors for the bottom.  I’m going to leave the top units open.  That’s the stuff I use the most!  Ribbon will be going into the canisters….eventually!!!

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Here is what that wall looks like from back a ways!  I will have a 6th unit to complete that empty space.  I bought the last three from my Lowe’s, then I went to another one and bought the last two that they had. 

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Here is my workspace from the other direction.  When I’m sitting at my table, the other wall units are on my right.  Hopefully, we will be adding a little man made work area on the wall directly behind my workspace.  Right now there is an old desk that doesn’t work for anything!  I think we’re going to add a couple of filing cabinets (which we really need) and a countertop, to make our own man made desk!!!  That will help with some filing too!!

Can you believe the floor is basically clean!!  The white cube to the right of my chair has patterned 12×12 paper in it.  It’s quite heavy and when you pull out the drawer it likes to tip forward.  I decided the floor was the best place for that!!  The only other think on the floor is my CPU for the computer, and my trash can!!!!  I’m so excited about this, you have no idea!!!
I’m not sure what happened to my other post about the first cabinets that I got. (they are the ones in this photo above), but if you click on the words "last year" at the beginning of this post, it will take you to my SCS gallery that shows the original set up.  I like this one much better!!!
If you have any other ideas that you think will work for my space, leave me a comment and let me know what they are!!!

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Funny Christmas Song…

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Going To Be…

Just a note to let you know that I will be MIA for a while.  I have gotten some new cabinets for my craft area and you know what that means!!  Clearing, and cleaning and piling etc etc etc!!! Hope to be back soon!!

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This came through on an email of one of my online stamping groups!  It is so funny, I just had to post it here!!

"You know you are addicted to stamping when….."


You know you’re a stamper when you have glitter all over your face

when you look down and realize you are wearing Chocolate Chip and Certainly
Celery – not brown and green

you take a piece of SU! card stock with you to the paint store so you can
paint your walls your favorite color

When you buy the Starbucks frapachino’s or altoid’s just so you can make
gifts with the containers

everything you see in the store you say "I could stamp on that"

you have a copy of the SU! catalog not only on your coffee table, but in
your car, at your nightstand, and in the bathroom!

you buy a candle you don’t need in the color you don’t like just to have the
little decorative metal tag to use for dry embossing or as an embellishment
on a card

when you sleep with a notebook on your nightstand to wright down ideas that
come to your mind when your in bed

Your vacation luggage to Kauai holds more stamping supplies than clothing

Your carry on luggage holds quick WOW projects to complete while waiting to
board the plane and in flight

Your annual CHA tradeshow trips to the Anaheim Convention Center do not
include Disneyland side trips

the neighbor across the street asks if I ever sleep because when she gets up
during the night she sees my stamp room light on

Friends and family look forward to receiving their hand stamped BD and
holiday cards

you go on a long weekend retreat to the Sierra mountains with church friends
and volunteer to bring a stamp project for an afternoon activity

your children see someone they don¹t know
smiling at them at McDonalds and ask you, ³mommy, is that one of your
stamping ladies?² and when you say ³no², they yell at her – ³hey lady, you
should come to our house and make some cards

You know you are  stamper when…. you see someone’s beautiful outfit and
you just KNOW you can replicate it for a card

When you shop for paint colors, you think in terms of "mellow moss" or "so
saffron

You go out in public with ink stains on your fingers and glitter on your
face

when your children ask you if they should wear their Night of Navy pants or
the Brocade Blue ones with the Real Red shirt

when you describe the sunset as Almost Amethyst with hints of So Saffron

Even the dog is sporting a stamped Halloween costume (stamped of course)

When you have enough sets to insulate your house

when your dinner table is completely covered with stamping projects at all
times

when you say to a potential mugger – "Stop, I have a heat gun

when you know glitter is handy for locating your lost husband or children at
the mall

when you promise to go to bed after you finish this card; no really after
you finish THIS card; and it turns into never

when you use your double sided tape to hem a skirt

when you go shopping with a friend and say "Oh, I Iove that Really Rust
blouse

You try to stamp anything that does not move very fast, including children
and pets

You feel you need a 12 step program but do not really want to be cured( I
use this one ALL the time)

You have a kitchen table that can not be eaten at without moving a large
tote of supplies

Seeing the top of your stamp area has not happened for months

You have stamps that have not been mounted

You have to have all 48 colors of stamp pads, markers, paper and the In
colors and neutrals

The camper has general supplies including Stampin’ Spots, paper, paper
cutter, and 2-4 stamp sets

When you walk by a card in the store and say to yourself,  "I can make
that!"

when…your husband has to specify "that
bangy thing you use to set eyelets" when he wants you to hand him the
hammer

you smooth out your nails with sanding
blocks because you know where THEY are, but you have no idea where your
nail file might be

you buy 3 bottles of nail polish and
never use them on your fingers, but you’ve got all your new rubber stamp
wood blocks sealed so they don’t get stained with ink

you accidentally refer to your blow
dryer as a "heat tool

you buy Swiffer dusting refills or
Bounce dryer sheets without any housework in mind

you report to your family that the
weather forecast today calls for a clear Soft Sky, possibly Going Grey
by mid-afternoon

Linda Rhondstat is not the first thing
you think of when you hear the words "Blue Bayou

your husband comes home and tells you
his new boss’ birthday is coming up, and he really wants to make a great
impression, so he asks YOU to make the card

when you spend more time in your stamp room than
you do in bed

you go to sleep planning card layouts

when you spout item or page
numbers from memory

when every card you see you say, Oh I have
that set it is one of my favorites

you teach your maid (not that I have one) to stamp and she no longer cleans

when you save your "frills" from purchases to
uses as embellishments on your cards

your kids go to grandma’s house and ask for stamps and punches and she gives
them postage stamps and makes a fist

you tell your husband you’d like to paint the dining room mellow moss, you
buy a new sweater that is apricot appeal and giving directions to a stranger
you tell them to turn left just after you pass the brocade blue house on the
corner

you see a molded design on a styrofoam take-out container and think it would
make a great card

you go to Michael’s or the SBS and buy MORE paper just because it’s on sale
(even though your shelves, storage, whatever is bursting at the seams!!)

looking at your hands w/out ink on them looks wrong

when you are looking at the dress of the woman in front of you at church and
note the color combination to use to make a card!

(I actually did this and wrote down the comparable colors

…you take your color coach to the paint store with you

your customers write checks out to you as Stampin’ ____

your kids leave notes on your stamping desk instead of any other surface in
your home

your purse is the mini catalog bag that you got at convention

You have more money invested in stamps and inkpads than clothes in your
closet

you play dominoes with friends and even the husbands refer to the
> domino colors in Stampin’ Up! Colors

you ask your husband to pick up a stalk of certainly celery from the grocery
store

when your kids start making art projects out of the extra rubber from
cutting out stamps AND then you start stamping with it.  And yes I have done
this.  Makes a great mosaic…..

when you save every conceivable type of packaging (cardboard boxes,
acrylic/plastic cases, etc.), because you just know you can turn it into
something fabulous one day

You buy a table cloth because it looks like one of our designer series
papers

You know you are a stamper when an advert comes on TV promoting an upcoming
( tonight ) current affairs program talking about a white ant infestation
doing lots of damages to homes in some area ( don’t know where yet ) and
your 24 year old son says.

"Hey mum don’t forget to lock your stamps away somewhere safe.  You don’t
want all those white ants to come to this area and gobble up all that wood".
I should have told him I have lots of unmounteds anyway

You know you are a stamper when you are at work at an auto assembly plant,
you look at a new car with a new color and think, "Wow, Not Quite Navy!"

You know when you’re a stamper when, you go out to dinner and YOUR
HUSBAND and he confiscates all the chip board coasters for you so you
can use them later to make books out of them. What a guy, you just
gotta love a man who takes care of his stampaholic wife

….you look at eveything from clothing tags to soup
can labels and ask yourself: How can I use this in my
art?? LOL

You know you are a stamper when you buy clothes to match a stamp set or buy
a stamp set to match your clothes

You know you are a stamper when you stare at other people and try to
identify the SU colors of their clothing.

You know you are a stamper when your husband says, gee, this is even
prettier than a Hallmark card and cheaper too (if only he knew the truth).

You know you are a stamper when you’ve covered a boo-boo with another layer
or some ribbon, LOL!

You know you are a stamper when you can recall all the dates of SU events,
promotions, catalog distribution, mini catalog and SAB dates but cannot
remember the birthdates of your sister’s three kids, or for that matter her
birthday either.

You know you are a stamper when you have "scoped" out all the stamping
stores located in or near (within 100 miles) of your vacation site.

You know you are a stamper when you try to figure out how to get your
step-son to let you stamp the cast on his broken arm. Would embossing get
too hot?

You have boxes of empty coffee cans, pull tabs, baby food jars and starbucks
bottles….you aren’t recycling…you’re saving them to stamp on them and
give them away as gifts.

…you are moving into a new house and you can pack EVERYTHING in SU boxes!
Yep, it’s true!  And that kraft paper that comes in our boxes was FABULOUS
to use rather than newspapers!  LOL

Even your 9-year old granddaughter "sees" the world in SU colors.  "Look
Grams, that truck is Yo-Yo Yellow!"

You know you are a stamper when you don’t throw away your paper trash
(cereal boxes, cardboard inserts, yogurt containers, water bottles) because
you can make a stamped gift from it or use it for chipboard on a stamping
project.

Or leave the clothes at home to make more room for the stamps in your
suitcase for vacation!!

You know you are  stamper when…. you just paint your nails clear, because
you always have ink on them anyway.

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Jesus Is The Reason!!!

This is a card that I made when I had intended on completing the Featured Stamper Challenge on SCS this week.  I started digging through my stamps to see which image I wanted to use and I stumbled across this one.  I bought it some time ago, but it was summer and I wasn’t really thinking about making Christmas cards at that moment!  So, when I saw it, I decided to make a card with it first!  Hopefully I’ll get back to completing the SCS challenge later!

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I realize that not everyone celebrates Jesus at Christmas, but without Him we wouldn’t even have Christmas!  This makes me think of something that happened this last week.

I had gone to Hobby Lobby because the 40% off coupon was burning a hole in my pocket, and there was a man ringing the bells for the Salvation Army.  I placed my donation in the red kettle and the man said to me, "Thank you ma’m, and Merry Christmas."  I was glad to hear him say Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays, so I turned back to him and said, "You’re welcome, and thank you for saying Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays!"  I think the man was a little shocked that I said that!  I really wanted him to know that there is a huge difference between those greetings, and I appreciated him saying Merry Christmas.  I hope you value Christmas for the celebration that it stands for!  Jesus came to this earth and was born in a manger so that He could live and die for our sins!
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU!!!

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