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December 2015

51 Christmas Cards

Like many of you I'm getting ready for Christmas and I have just finished making my Christmas cards.  Yes I'm cutting it a little close, but finally my cards are made, written in, stamped, addressed, and placed in the mailbox!  Someone even told me they received my card.  Yeah!  To tell the truth I was a little concerned about the amount of postage needed.  I sent out well over 100 cards.  If you've read my blog you have already read about the tennis Christmas cards.  I made 51 of this card.

Christmas card 2015 

I started out with a base card from Mossy Meadow cardstock.  I stamped the trees from the stamp set Wonderland on a sheet of 4 x 51/4 Whisper White.  I stamped some of the images full strength and some stamped off to give definition to my forest.  I also stamped some gold ink (retired) using Gorgeous Grunge at the top.  I wound some of the gold metallic thread around the length of the card about 6 times.  I punched three stars using the Medium Star Punch and punched a hole in each using the 1/4 inch circle punch. I adhered these using dimensionals.  The sentiment comes from the Wonderland set also.  It is embossed in gold.  I finished off the card with some sequins.  I wish I could say that I made up this card, but pinterest gave me the idea.  It is the work of Krista Frattin.

Christmas card 2015

Thanks for reading.  Have a wonderful day!

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Year-End Sale

Just a reminder that the Year-End Sale is in progress.  It lasts until January 4th.   

  • Promotion Dates: December 10, 2015-January 4, 2016.        
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • No refunds or exchanges on Year-End Sale items.
  • Items offered during the Year-End Sale are while supplies last.

Year end sale

 

 

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A Little Organization, Please!

I wanted to share The Notebook with you today.  I've been stamping for a long time, and yes, I've acquired many stamp sets.  Do you ever need a certain type of saying or picture?  You think, now which set had that saying?  I know I have something!  But where?  Here is my solution to that problem.  I use The Notebook.

Notebook view

The notebook is a 2 inch binder.  I've had it awhile.  You can tell by the decoration on the front.  I love it!  Of course, it's green!  Whenever I get a new set, I immediately take it to the copier and make a copy of it.  The copy goes in a page protector and then into The Notebook.  I don't have the pictures in any certain order-just as I acquire the sets.

Notebook page

Here's another sample.

Notebook page 2

I do make all of the pictures face one way so they can be seen easily.  Now when I have a card class and someone asks to use a certain sentiment, I can flip through The Notebook and show them what I have.  If they want to change a card from birthday to hello, we can take care of that.  I even have a section for the retired sets that I just can't part with.

Notebook retired

Now when we get a new catalog, The Notebook has to be tweaked a little.  I pull out the sheets of sets I do not want to keep.  Retired sets that I keep have their sheets moved to the back of the The Notebook.  Then I am ready for new stuff!

Now for this to work properly, you must be able to find your stamp sets once you know the one you want to find.  I do keep my sets in alphabetical order.  They are easy to find and Life if Good!  I hope this organizational tip will help you.  It certainly works for me!

Stamp sets

 


Day Trip to Biltmore

John and I took a day trip today to the mountains of North Carolina to visit the Biltmore house in Asheville.  It's North Carolina's castle and it was dressed up in its Christmas splendor.    What a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky and 55 degrees!  Just perfect!  Now they will not let you take pictures of the inside of the house.  That's a shame, but I want to share a few pictures of the outside of the house.

Biltmore front 2

According to what we were told today, George Vanderbilt built the house when he was 27 years old.  He began construction in 1889 and opened the house to his friends six years later in 1895.  He was the youngest of the Vanderbilt boys and was only given 10 million.  Today the lions were decked out with a Christmas wreath as they guard the front doors.

Biltmore lion

Here's a picture of the side of the house.  Look at how blue the sky is.  That just might be Carolina Panther blue!

Biltmore side view

Here's a picture of the grounds behind the house.  NC mountains are truly beautiful!  The grounds of the Biltmore estate were planned by Frederick Law Olmsted.  He had many accomplishments in his life one being the architect of Central Park in New York.

Biltmore scenery

This picture is on the front of the house.  Inside is the spiral staircase that goes up several flights.  

Biltmore stairway outside

We weren't allowed to take pictures inside, but here is one of the trees in the shops on the grounds.

Biltmore treeI love this house and I love to visit when I can.  Downton Abby, you have nothing on us!


Babe in a Manger

I have another frame to share with you today.  


Nativity frame 2016

I love punch art, bit I don't seem to do as much lately.  I started with a sheet of Night of Navy cardstock and ran it through the Lucky Stars embossing folder.  With a sponge dauber, I highlighted some of the stars.  For the barn, I used Soft Suede cardstock and stamped it the the Hardwood background stamp with Soft Suede ink.  I used the Hearth and Home framelits to cut the top and sides.  I also punched 4 Word Window punches from the paper and one using the Decorative Lable punch.  I put together the barn and then using that as a template I cut Basic Black cardstock to fit behind it.  The cradle was made by folding the Decorative Label punch in half.  I did trim the parts that stick out at the bottom.  I added the four word window punches for the legs.  I used the very old Blush Blossom for the head, but Blushing Bride would work just as well.  Sponge around the head.  Punch with the 3/4 inch circle punch.  I cut small pieces of raffia to put inside the cradle.  I did use the Tear and Tape adhesive for this.  Punch the Gold Glimmer paper with the Medium Star and behind that put some of our gold metallic thread. I used a  frame from Ikea.  I wanted to use the mat, but it seemed too stark.  So I sponged it with the gold pad that is now retired.  Now you are done!  Just watch the delight when someone receives this gift!

 

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