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Sunday, December 9, 2012

TP Christmas Tree Topper

Hi All!

I hope you are all enjoying this holiday season like I am! I have had two weeks on day shift and am feeling OH-SO-MUCH better! I've even got most of my Christmas decorations up!

We went black friday shopping and got some good deals on a tree, garlands, and ornaments. Also, my parents donated their yard sale pile of Christmas decor that I re-used much of.

I'm still missing a few things- like stockings... Planning on making my own this next week...

One thing I can cross of the list is the tree topper. I saw a tutorial on Pinterest for a DIY tree topper made from toilet paper rolls:
I followed the basic design, except for the tips, and then I painted mine gold and glittered it:

It's one project that was soooooo super cheap that I feel really paid off. No one I've shown has any idea that I made it from toilet paper! Which is, of course, the goal :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Christmas Tag #8

Hi Everyone!

Today is a special, special, amazing day! Tonight is my last, LAST night shift! Hopefully forever!!! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my night shift people- they are truely amazing and have taught me so much, but I CANNOT wait to feel like I have any feel of a schedule! My body has been soooooooo mad at me for the last months and I'm REALLY hoping to start feeling better soon!

Here is Christmas Tag #8:
 Thanks for stopping by!!

Paper: white card stock
Stamps: PTI- Christmas blessings, Love lives here: holidays, mat stack 2
Ink: PTI- simply chartreuse, true black, berry sorbet, fine linen
Other: PTI- mat stack 2 die; stickles

Friday, November 23, 2012

Christmas Tag #7

Hi All!

Quick post today to share Christmas Tag #7:
 It's a little busy, but it'll go well with some of my wrapping paper!

Paper: white card stock
Stamps: PTI- Christmas blessings, Love lives here: holidays, Wreath for all seasons
Ink: PTI- simply chartreuse, true black, canyon clay, berry sorbet
Other: PTI- mat stack 2 die

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Christmas Tag #6

Hi All!

Joy to the World! I am so excited that tomorrow is Thanksgiving! It is my FAVORITE holiday of the year! Unfortunately I'll have to sleep through the first half of it since I'm working tonight, but at least my family will postpone it for me :)

Here is my tag for today:
I love the traditional feel of this one. The glitter adds a nice festive touch too. Thanks for coming by!

Paper: white card stock
Stamps: PTI- Christmas blessings, Wreath for all Seasons
Ink: PTI- new leaf, true black, berry sorbet
Other: PTI- mat stack 3 die

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Christmas Tags #4 and #5

Hi All!

Here today to share Christmas Tags #4 and #5. This first one is a strong reminder to me that I need to figure out what I'm going to do about out Christmas stockings this year.... As I mentioned a few posts ago, we are newlyweds and this is our first Christmas together and we have NO Christmas decorations. I want our stockings to be something special- the kind that we'll use for the next 30 years etc.

So- do I make them? Do I buy them? I wish my hubby had a strong opinion to guide my decision, but he has no opinion.... So, I'm feeling the stress of needing to make a decision soon- because if I' am going to make them I need to get started!!!

So here we go:

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to share any stocking ideas you have with me!

Tag #4
Paper: white card stock
Stamps: PTI- Christmas blessings, Love lives here: holidays
Ink: PTI- simply chartreuse, true black, harvest gold, canyon clay, berry sorbet
Other: PTI- mat stack 3 die
Tag #5
Paper: white card stock
Stamps: Kaiser Craft- silly seasons; Quick Cards free stamp set
Ink: PTI- true black, spring rain, aqua mist, hibiscus burst
Other: PTI- mat stack 3 die; Stickles

Monday, November 19, 2012

Christmas Tag #3

Hi Everyone!

Here to share with you Christmas Tag #3:
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can find some inspiration with these tags!

Paper: white card stock
Stamps: PTI- Christmas blessings, Love lives here: holiday
Ink: PTI- true black, simply chartreuse, berry sorbet, canyon clay, fine linen
Other: PTI- mat stack 3 die

Friday, November 16, 2012

Peace on Earth & Love at Home

Hi All!

Quick post to share with you my second Holiday Tag. FYI, my first one was randomly selected at the October Papertrey Ink blog hop and I won a $25 gift card! Woot Woot!!

Continuing on that train of thought (the one where I feel too exhausted to make a whole card, but I can manage to make a tag) I have made several more. Here is Christmas Tag #2:
 Check out the rest over the next few weeks and thanks for stopping by!

Paper: white card stock
Stamps: PTI- Christmas blessings, love lives here: holiday
Ink: simply chartreuse,  true black, harvest gold, canyon clay, new leaf


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Hark the Herald

Hi All,

Hark the Herald, angels sing! Here is Christmas Card #2:
I love stamping white on top of kraft cardstock! This is a great flat card with a couple die cuts glued flat on the card.

Thanks for stoppin' by and have a great week!

Paper: kraft card stock
Stamps: pti- love lives here: holiday, Christmas blessings; Inkadinkado- flourishes
Ink: pti- vintage cream, true black, fine linen, berry sorbet

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

For Unto Us a Child is Born

Hi All!

I hope  you are all having a great week. We're enjoying some colder weather this week: windy, cold, and amazingly clear. Since we live near the tallest mountains- something like the lowest valley to highest peaks ratio - in the US,  we have GREAT VIEWS!!!

I am thinking ahead a lot to the upcoming Christmas season... we have ZERO Christmas decorations- yes, ZERO. So- I'm trying to figure out how to deck these halls on a major MAJOR budget... a work in progress for sure!

To start with, I'm working on my Christmas cards and tags and I'm going to put them all up over the next few weeks to share with you all. Here is my first:

This is a nice mix of masculine and feminine with the kraft and wood grain background and the angel. It's a fairly thick card with many layers, so it will not be making it through the mail.

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Paper: kraft, pti- enchanted evening, vintage cream
Stamps: pti- love lives here: holiday, christmas blessings, background basics: woodgrain; kaiser craft- silly season
Ink: pti- true black, scarlet jewel, fine linen, ocean tides, vintage cream; Versamark
Other: pti- mat stack 3 die 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Make It Monday #90

Hi all!
Quick post to share with you my entry for Papertrey Inks Make It Monday #90 - creating focal point sentiments with dies & stamps. You can see the blog here: sorry I can't hyperlink it from my phone (to my knowledge).

I don't have alphabet die cuts, do I created the same effect with stickers :)

Paper: PTI- harvest gold
Stamps: PTI- love lives here holiday, holiday blessings, door to door
Ink: PTI- true black, canyon clay, ripe avocado
Other: old alphabet stickers, red marker

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop

Hi All!

I hope you are all having a great week! I know I am LOVING this fall weather!

Quick post today to join in with the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. I chose to use this color palette to make a Christmas tag:
And here's my tag:
I have a half hour til I need to leave for work, so I gotta run. Thanks for checkin' it out!

Paper: white card stock
Stamps: PTI- Christmas Blessings, Wreath for All Seasons, Love Lives Here: Holidays
Ink: PTI- aqua mist, new leaf, Hawaiin shores, simply chartreuse
Other: PTI- mat stack 3 die; Stickles- frosted lace

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Just Because

Hi All!

Here's a quick card I made a while back:
I used the various stamps from Papertrey Ink's Delightful Doilies set. I have a hard time completing the outside ring because it's a quarter of a circle that you have to line up. This is definitely the best one I've created so far.

Thanks for checkin' it out!

Paper: white card stock
Stamps: PTI- delightful doilies, damask designs
Ink: PTI- true black, berry sorbet; VersaMagic- purple hydrangea

Monday, October 15, 2012

Triple Thanks

Hi All,

Here's a card for you today featuring Papertrey Ink's Mehndi Medalion stamp. I love the details of this stamp set.
Thanks for checkin' it out!

Paper: white card stock
Stamps: PTI- mehndi medalion, Mat Stack 1 & 2 & 3
Ink: PTI- berry sorbet; VersaMagic- purple hydrangea, aspen mist
Other: twine

Friday, October 12, 2012

High Five for Friday

Hi All!

Happy Friday!!!  This week I have several things to be happy for- I hope you do too! I'm linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk today.

1. I'm on vacation! I took a few days off before we actually leave so I could get off of night shift before we leave for Gatlinburg, Tennessee! I am hoping to see some sights like these:
We don't get any ANY fall colors here in So. Cal. and my family has never been able to take a fall vacation before since my mom's a teacher. AND- it's my husbands' and my first solo trip together!

2. Cooler weather has finally arrived! I bought a few new sweaters at Ross yesterday while it was raining cats and dogs :)

3. My toe nails are painted a brilliant red! My go to color is OPI- Keys to My Karma which you can check out here.

4. We booked another Miche party for the week after we get back and I got all the pre-arrangements completed yesterday and don't feel at all stressed about it!

5. And most significantly- I got the AMAZING NEWS from my director on Monday that I will be able to go to day shift on the next schedule! I am so beyond excited!!! I had told them that I wouldn't be able to last much longer since I've been basically falling apart and they said "ok, you're next"! Thank you Jesus!!!

Thanks for stoppin' by and have a great weekend!

Distresed Thank You

Hi All!

Today I have a card to share with you that my husband says is his favorite :) He loves anything distressed, and this one definitely is!

This started as white cardstock that I used the vintage photo ink on. I also added the same ink to the Kraft cardstock that the sentiment is one so the hues would coordinate. It doesn't show well in the photo, but the brown and green inks have a bit of a shimmer to them. When I started distressing it, the shimmer moved around quite a bit.

Thanks for checkin' it out!

Paper: white card stock, Kraft scrap
Stamps: PTI- Damask Designs, Mat Stack 1
Ink: PTI- true black; Tim Holtz Distress Ink- vintage photo; Brilliance- coffee bean, pearlescent ivy
Other: scrap of trim

Monday, October 8, 2012

Just a Little Note

Hi All!

I made this card a while back for an August PTI Make It Monday called Stamping and Stitching. I hand stitched the heart shaped steam above the coffee cup. It really didn't take much time and it sure adds a lot to the card!

Thanks for checkin' it out!

Paper: white card stock; PTI- dark chocolate; My Minds Eye Stella & Rose- Mabel
Stamps: PTI- Warm Happiness 1 & 2
Ink: VersaMagic- wheat; Brilliance- coffee bean, moonlight white; Tim Holtz Distress Ink- vintage photo
Other: tan thread

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Baby Birthday Card

Hi All!

I needed a card for my coworker's daughter's first birthday and since I am in love with the Happy Hexagon stamp set, I used it again! I literally took the card out of the present to take the picture- in the parking lot of the party place.. But glad I remembered because there have been a few lately that I made and gave before I took a pic.

I used the extra stamped happy hexagon dies that were left over from yesterdays card.
Thanks for checkin' it out!

Paper: white card stock; PTI- berry sorbet
Stamps: PTI- rosie posie, happy hexagons, tiny tags, sweet baby
Ink: PTI- hibiscus burst, aqua mist, hawaiian shores, new leaf, fine linen, berry sorbet; Studio G- yellow; Versamark
Other: PTI- sweet baby die, happy hexagons die; gray/white twine

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Happy Hexagons

Hi All!

I recently got the Happy Hexagons stamp set by Papertrey Ink and I LOVE it! My first day I made these two cards:

 I also got the happy hexagon die plate and I started out stamping this using it. However, after I got the first two rows done I found it was easier to continue the pattern without it- too hard to line it up after each stamp and I couldn't find my removable adhesive roller. I love the brightness of this card :)

For the last card, I used the die cut hexagons as "fabric" for "quilting". I stamped them with the dotted edges to look sewn. I stamped double the amount I used on the card because I wasn't sure how many I would use- so those are saved for another card!

Thanks for checkin' it out!


Thinking of You
Paper: white card stock; My Minds Eye Stella Rose - Hattie
Stamps: PTI- happy hexagons; Hampton Art- celebrate and thanks
Ink: PTI- hawaiian shores, aqua mist, spring rain, ocean tides, true black
Other: Inkssentials- white gel pen; black pen; Stickles- frosted lace

Sew What's New?
Paper: white card stock
Stamps: PTI- happy hexagons; Hero Art- sew artsy
Ink: PTI- hibiscus burst, aqua mist, hawaiian shores, new leaf, fine linen, ocean tides, berry sorbet; VersaMagic- pretty petunia; Studio G- yellow
Other: PTI- happy hexagons die

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Miche Purses

Hi All! 

Today I want to share with you something different: Miche! My husband and I recently joined the Miche company as Independent Representatives. Miche is an awsome company that creates unique purses: four different base sizes with a huge amount of changeable outer shells! Basically, you get to design your perfect purse! From the size to the color to the handles- you can choose exactly what suites you the best!

It is set up as a party plan- like Mary Kay or Scentsy (etc.)- where we can sell out of our catalogs, at a party, or on our website:

No matter the size, the outer decorative shells are held on by magnets. They are easy to change, but strong enough to ensure that the shells are held in place all day. There are a variety of prices- ranging from $14.95 to $94.95. 

One of the best parts: people who host parties for us get AMAZING incentives! The more that is sold at the party, the higher the rewards! For example, if $500 of product is sold, the hostess gets $60 of FREE product plus 2 half price shells plus 25% off of anything else she wants to get! And- the more that's sold, the higher those numbers go!

Every 3 months Miche comes out with a new seasonal catalog. On August 1st, these shells came out- to compliment the year-round stylish shells:
We are so excited about starting this new business! The other Miche reps are awesome and so welcoming! I really needed something to offset the awfulness of working nights and this is my solution. We can arrange everything to our schedules and set our own pace.  If you have any questions be sure and let me know! 

Thanks for checkin' it out!

Back Again

Hi All!

Contrary to popular belief, I have been making some cards when I have time- I just haven't gotten them online. I'm going to post them a couple at a time over the next few weeks or so. So here's today's:

This day I was feeling very inspired by pink and green: specifically Papertrey Ink's colors berry sorbet and ripe avocado.

The top card is made from two pieces of paper cut from the same die. On the white back piece, I scored a straight line about a half inch from the top, folded it, then glued it to the back of the front piece. It was easy to line up because I used liquid adhesive so I could shift it a bit once the papers were touching.

Thanks for checking it out!


Paper: all from the scrap bin
Stamps: PTI- rosie posey, take three, and mat stack 3
Ink: berry sorbet, ripe avocado, true black
Other: Nestabilities die, PTI rose posey die, rhinestone 

Paper: white base, green scraps
Stamps: PTI- rosie posey, damask designs
Ink: PTI- berry sorbet; Studio G yellow
Other: PTI edgers #1 die; white gel pen