Here it is, my last card challenge of 2013! Things will just be too busy visiting family and friends between now and New Year's, so I'll leave you with a little bit of love to last until my return. . .
Here are the colors selected at Create with Connie and Mary:
Naturally, when I first saw these colors, I thought of Christmas, but I know I've said it a few times already, I am just so Christmas carded out.! So, I think these colors work nicely for Valentine's Day too!
Thanks for stopping by and Merry Chrismakwanzakkah to you all!
Congratulations to Nancy Zdun who was the winner of the $50 Stampin' Up! gift certificate that I raffled off at our last stamp camp! Happy shopping, Nancy!
If you missed the December 17th stamp camp, here are the five beautiful cards that we made, with an "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas" theme in mind:
Is your New Year's resolution to attend stamp camp MORE often? Well, if it isn't - it SHOULD be! Kickstart the New Year right with us on January 1st for the first stamp camp of 2014! We'll get a sneak peek of products from the new Occasions spring mini catalog, PLUS Sale-a-Bration items!
It's time again to share with you the beautiful swap cards we have for the month of December, made by such talented stampers. I hope you enjoy them!
Earlier this week I shared photos of several birthday cards that I received for my birthday. I just have one more card that I wanted to share with you, because it is just so breathtakingly beautiful! Really, truly. I opened this card and thought it was just stunning. My friend Ginny from Maxam Made Studios doesn't just make cards, they truly are works of art. This photo doesn't even quite do the card justice because it has so many textures and layers that vary from smooth and glossy in some places to rough and dry embossed in others.
Thank you so much for thinking of me, Ginny. I can't gush enough about how much I love this card!
If you would like to see more of Ginny's talented cardwork, click here to visit her blog and even purchase them for yourself!
Yippee! Woo Hoo! I had a partial snow day from work today! We were released at 2 pm and I came home to spend an afternoon crafting alone with ZERO distractions. That NEVER happens!
This is what it looks like outside my home in Western Massachusetts:
This was our second snowstorm in 3 days! And it's also SUPER, SUPER cold outside. (Like -3 degrees this morning). Yes, that's a negative, as in MINUS, 3 degrees! Freeze your (insert bleep here) off cold!
But, inside I was all warm and toasty in my craft room.
Sorry, no Sadie photobombs today! She's made an appearance in at least two previous WOYWW posts.
During the storm, I worked on cards for ME! Another thing that never happens. There's always a card to make for someone else or a class to prepare for. But, for once, I just sat down and made cards for no reason at all. It was just lovely! I vote for more adult snow days!
To desk hop around the world, check out Julia Dunnitt's Stamping Ground website and join in on the fun with What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW), where fellow WOYWWers share a glimpse of their personal spaces.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy WOYWW!
Here is Round 2 of my Christmas card marathon! The first 50 cards were addressed and mailed last week and the next batch of 50 is ready to go out today. . . or tomorrow. . . or perhaps the next day. . . My hand is so tired from all that writing! And, I'm kind of Christmas carded out by this point!
2nd Degree Burns, a Black Eye, a Flat Tire and 5 Degree Temps! Just your average "Girls Weekend". . .
Thankfully not every girls weekend entails such drama! But, sadly, it's all true! I'm the one with a palm full of 2nd degree burns (from a freak accident microwaving Swedish Fish, yup, the candy, nonetheless!) I'm also the one sporting a tiny black eye. Yet another freak accident in a minivan with a captain's chair like an ejection seat for a pilot of an F-15. The same minivan that had a flat tire after my cousin ran over a curb on the second stop of our Holiday Tour of Homes in Newburyport! And we waited in 5 degree temperatures for AAA. . . Just your average "Girls Weekend!"
Here are some photos. First up is the cottage called "Puddleduck" on Plum Island where we stayed. Obviously mid-December in New England does not really make for a fantastic stay on an island, so there was ZERO beach time!
The infamous "flat tire incident:"
I didn't take a photo of my own blistering hand, but here is my mom and I "pre black eye" incident!
And lastly, some beautiful photos from the Tour of Homes:
And the "piece de resistance:"
Here's a peek at some of the great handmade cards that I received on my birthday last week:
Madison is my 8-year-old niece. Would you believe that she put exactly 36 candles on that cake? It's true, I counted them all. I keep telling the child I'm forever 29, but talk about a harsh dose of reality!
Zoe is Madison's sister and my 4 year-old niece. You just have to smile and take delight in these drawings. I'm not sure if that's Zoe and I, or Mr. Super Stamp Girl and I, but I can assure you, NONE of our ears look quite like that!
Donna is a very dear friend of mine and I loved her bunch of balloons - particularly the silver sparkly ones! Guess what she used to make the tail on those ballons? A small heart placed upside down! Brilliant!
Karen is a fellow sideline, and while I love her cute pansy flower card, I wonder if I ever told her my thoughts on the new color "Baked Brown Sugar?" (Hint: It's one shade away from baby ____). But, I still love that she thought of me!
Laurie is my downline and the dearest of friends. I love MANY things about her card!. I love the coffee cup, I love blue and I love all her layering! But, most of all what I loved about her card were the kind things she wrote inside about me, which she said, echoed all the words you see on the outside. Awwww. . .
Yes, it's true, I get handmade cards from my husband! And yes, you should be so jealous! I've gotten them for quite a few years now, typically on Valentine's Day and on my birthday. I love that he sneaks down into my craft room when I'm gone and gives his best shot at making me a card. It is beyond thoughtful and I'm very appreciative.
Thank you everyone for thinking of me on my special day. I'm so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family.
P.S. - If you want to see YOUR card featured next year, my birthday is December 5!
Yippee! Woohoo! A little bit of shameless self-promoting here, but I'm happy to say that my card was selected by the Papercraft Crew as a Featured Artisan of the week! Here is my pretty, gold shiny award:
Oooh! Aaaaah! Feel it, touch it, smell it. . . Okay, so it's not a $400 million Megamillion jackpot prize, but sometimes it's about the simple pleasures in life. Hey, money can't buy everything right? Or so they say. . .
In case you missed the original post with my card for the Papercraft Crew challenge. Here it is one last time:
One very lucky stamper will receive this award winning card in the mail as their Christmas card this week! I'm currently working on hand addressing all of my cards and they'll be shipped soon.
Thanks for basking in my glory with me! Have a S-U-P-E-R day!
Happy Thursday! Thursdays mean it's almost Friday! And, I don't know about you, but I'm ALWAYS ready for the weekend!
Today's card was made for the Stampin' Up Only (SUO) Challenges #85. The theme this week was simply "non-traditional Christmas." Other than that, and the use of ONLY Stampin' Up! products, there are no laws. Okay, "law" is a bit of an exaggeration here, since I don't believe that the lovely design team intends on jacking anyone up for creating cards made with contraband products. . .
I was very pleased with how my card turned out. Okay, I won't be quite so reserved and humble. This card ROCKS! The more I look at the blend of Blushing Bride pink and Pistachio Pudding green, the more Christmas cards I want to make using this color combo! It's "non-traditional" red and green, with a touch of modern feminity and of course, a bit o' sparkle.
Blushing Bride cardstock
Blushing Bride ink
Pistachio Pudding cardstock
Pistachio Pudding ink
Old Olive grosgrain ribbon (I LOVE this stuff!)
Silver Glimmer Paper
Joyous Celebrations stamp set (retired)
Scallop Trim Border punch
Christmas Messages stamp set
Thanks for stopping by and have a S-U-P-E-R day!
Do these three colors from the Fab Friday 32 Stamping Challenge scream "Happy Birthday" to you? No? Okay, well, maybe it's just me. But, today I'm sending BIG birthday wishes to my dear friend, and downline, Laurie. Happy Birthday, girl!
In honor of her birthday (and because I totally could NOT come up with a card design of my own using these three colors), and with her approval, I'm entering Laurie's card into the Fab Friday challenge. Really, truly, I tried to do the challenge myself, but I was just like Coastal Cabana and Gumball Green do NOT go together. No way, no how. Hmm, I guess that's why they call it a "challenge. . . "
Laurie was recently showing me some of her own cards, and I said, "Hmmm, wait a minute, is that Gumball Green, Coastal Cabana AND Real Red together on one card?" (A big ol' light bulb went off in my own head). How about I enter YOUR card for the challenge?
So, here is the challenge badge:
And here is Laurie's beautiful card:
I think she's done a wonderful job, so please join me in congratulating her on her first challenge card, as well as wishing her the best of birthdays!
**Design Team, don't you think it's a real winner too!? (wink wink)
What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW) is the question of the day posed by Julia Dunnitt of the Stamping Ground. WOYWWers around the world share a glimpse of what is on their desk at any given moment. So, let's take a peek at MY desk. . .
Wow! Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zero. Nil. Zilch. Well, nothing crafty anyway. That lovely furball Sadie just happened to jump up on the desk the moment I snapped the photo. She's such the little attention diva! Don't her pretty green, albeit mischievous, eyes just scream, "PET ME, MOM, PET ME!"
B-O-R-I-N-G desk though, right? I know, I know. The funny story is that last week, a friend and fellow WOYWWer, Ginny from Maxam Made, kinda, sorta, challenged me to photograph a Super Stamp Girl mess. So, I was all prepared to roll up my sleeves, toss my hair into a pony and get downright messy, but as it turns out, I'm one of those people who aren't good at making messes. Darn little thing called OCD kicks in. So, I cleaned up instead! But, I'm going to keep Ginny's challenge in mind and surprise her still one of these days! Just you wait and see. . .
Thanks for stopping by! Happy WOYWW and have a S-U-P-E-R day!
Good morning, it's a double post again today! This will be my second time joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth at T for Tuesday. I have an exciting new "T"ea from Trader Joe's to share with you. How does Salted Caramel Chai Tea sound? Ah-mazing, right? I assure you, it IS! I have always maintained that my morning chai tea is my "Christmas in a cup." It's my zen moment. It's my first "ahhhh" of the day (complete with singing angels, glory Hallelujah's and all that jazz)!
But, salted caramel is all the rage right now. You see the flavor everywhere. Dunkin Donuts is advertising a Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate (which is very tasty might I add)! Salted Caramel brownie recipes are popular on Pinterest. . . Salted Caramel Cheesecake on the menu at the frou frou restaurants. . . I tell ya, it's everywhere! And now, thanks to a very dear friend who has introduced me to a few new flavors of chai tea from Trader Joe's, it's in my own kitchen!
Actually, funny story, this photo was taken in my own bathroom. TMI? Sorry, the lighting is better there.
Did you see that on the container it reads "Just Add Water?" Let me tell you a little secret that will entirely change your chai drinking experience. . . Add a healthy dose of milk too! It will make your tea all the creamier. What do I mean by "healthy" dose? Well, if it were a shot of tequila, I'd say bartender, pour me three fingers!
Random factoid: I believe it was country singer Joe Nichols who crooned "Tequila makes her clothes fall off."
On a side note, I loathe tequila ever since . . . this one time at band camp. . . well, nevermind. . .
And, here is a sneak peak of my chai cabinet (yes, a little pun on "china" cabinet). One might think I was mildly addicted. . .
Thanks for listening to my caffeine induced schpiel and for stopping by to visit today! Hop on over to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to see what else you might find at T for Tuesdays.
Ooooh! Aaahh! When I first saw the color combo from the Create with Connie and Mary challenge this week, I was SO inspired. These three colors are really just stunning together. I instantly thought of all the beautiful Christmas cards that I could make, but I'm starting to get a bit Christmas carded out (the fact that I've been hand labeling all the addresses on my current Christmas cards might have something to do with this. . . ) So, I opted for non-Christmassy.
Here is the challenge badge:
And here is my (slightly wonky photographed) sympathy card:
P.S. - "Wonky" has been one of my new favorite words lately!
Whisper White cardstock
Night of Navy cardstock
Champagne Glimmer paper
Pretty Print TIEF
Praying Hands stamp
Soft Suede ink
White Satin Ribbon
Stamped sentiment (sorry, the exact stamp set eludes me right now!)
Truly, these 3 colors are just so beautiful that I think I might go back to the drawing board and make a few Christmas cards!
Thanks for stopping by and have a S-U-P-E-R day!
If you missed stamp camp last week, here are the 4 cards and one project (a beautiful, sparkly snowflake ornament) that were made. Remember, there is still time to sign up for Techniques Class on Wednesday, Dec. 11 and for the final stamp camp of 2013 on Tuesday, Dec. 17th. There will also be a $50 Stampin' Up Gift Certificate Christmas Raffle on 12/17, so don't forget your RSVP's! Space IS limited and everyone wants a chance to win that free raffle prize!
Valentine's Day...It's a chance to say "I love you." And it doesn't just have to be about romantic love. This holiday is a time to share the love with anyone and everyone. Stampin' Up! is here to help you get ready with our Whole Lot of Love products.
134617 Flowerfull Heart Stamp (Wood) $9.95
To start your Valentine's Day shopping, click here, call or email me anytime with your order!
I'm really cutting the deadline close for this Mojo Monday 322 sketch challenge. Close by like 1 hour and 14 minutes close.! I meant to get this post up and the card entered yesterday, but between a morning stamp camp and a very fun downline get together (more on that to come) in the afternoon, I was just flat out tired by 8 pm last night.
Here is the challenge sketch:
And here is my card:
Always Artichoke cardstock
Early Espresso cardstock
Pumpkin Pie cardstock
Pear Pizzazz Ribbon
Perfectly Preserved stamp set
Pear Pizzazz ink
Cherry Cobbler ink
Early Espresso ink
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Sunday afternoon!
I'm so excited to share with you the happy news I received this morning! Tara Bourgoin from Can't Stamp The Rain selected MY card as a Friday Mashup Challenge Glamette! I "won" my first ever card challenge!
Of course, I'm not participating in the challenges to win (Ha, who am I kidding? Of course, I want to win! Everyone wants to win!) But, truly, I choose to participate in the challenges as a way of getting my name and my work out there in this big papercrafting world, and, as a perk - it's simply a TON of fun!
Challenge FM137 was to use gingham and crumb cake (kraft). Here was my card:
Thank you, Tara. I'm delighted you liked my card so much!
Best of 25 Years Stamps
As part of our 25-year anniversary celebration, we're bringing back some of our favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will release-one set per month-during 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image!
Some things to remember:
Here is the Best of December: Sale-a-Bration favorites set:
Item # 134393 $14.95 (Clear Mount Only)
Click here to shop now!
So last night, while I was linking up my WOYWW blog posting (scroll down for that post), I also stumbled across two new blog sites that I spent the evening reading about and I just couldn't wait to join in on their fun too!
T for Tuesday is sponsored by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. You'll have to check out Elizabeth's website to learn just who Bleubeard is. Clue #1: Will the curiousity kill you?
What piqued my interest (yup, that's how you spell "piqued") was that T for Tuesday is about sharing your T(ea) inspired stories. Straight from Elizabeth's own words, "You don't have to drink tea, you don't have to drink anything. You can always show art related to a mug, cup, tea bag, or anything else that is reminiscent of whatever you're drinking today." But, I am never without a cup of chai, so, T for Tuesday seems a perfect fit for me!
Here is my first official "T for Tuesday" photo. . .
WOW! It just exudes excitement, doesn't it? You can hardly contain your joyful giddiness? You want MORE photos? Okay, maybe not so much. . . it's hardly an earth shattering photo. In fact, it's quite the opposite, a rather run-of-the mill photo of my morning (which, for all intents and purposes, could be anyone's morning) as it exists at this very moment. I'm about to read the newspaper, my (look closely) lipstick stained Lang coffee mug poises so picturesquely along with a Post-it note to-do list and a pen, all beside my computer keyboard (not quite in the photo) as I sit typing this blog post.
But anyway, thank you Elizabeth, I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog from Julia Dunnitt's Stamping Ground. I look forward to many more T on Tuesdays and desk hopping, with mug in hand, around the world.
And, since I am smiling so much from finding Elizabeth and Bleubeard, let's talk about the second blog I found which is all about sharing those smiles. . .
I'm a sucker for happy and/or inspiring stories, so I was delighted to stumble across "Share a Smile" with Annie from A Stitch in Time. My most recent inspiring story that I had posted was that of the Fallen Soldier Abord a Delta Flight. It is such a simple thing in life to smile, and, to find the good or positive in the world when we are forever inundated with the opposite.
So, today's smile is simple: Two new blog sites, and an endless opportunity to sharing a warm cup of coffee and a smile with people from all over the world. . .
Woohoo! I'm shooting 3 for 3 consecutive weeks participating in What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday 235! (On a side note, I am also shooting 3 for 3 in NOT claiming the #1 WOYWWer yet. . . I'm trying to ignore the little voice chanting "neener, neener, neener" in my head.
"If you're not in first place, you're L-A-S-T!" (My 6th grade gym teacher's motto.)
"We're all winners here." (Ahh, my mother's motto.)
Currently on my desk, my December monthly swap cards - or components of them anyway.
I tried using a new Shimmer Spritz from A*Muse that I really liked the effect of. It's a subtle overall sheen.
Thanks for stopping by!
I appreciate all your comments, but I will mention that I have tried to return the favor on previous weeks, and for whatever reason, many of those with blogger sites, I am not able to leave comments on. But, please know that I tried!
Super Stamp Girl
Who's on first? What's on sale? All very important questions. . .
Here are this week's "Tuesday Weekly Deals" from Stampin' Up!:
Click here to start shopping!
Did you not get enough of the crazy zoolike madness of shopping that is Black Friday? Did Cyber Monday leave your Visa in need of vacation? Well, don't stop your shopping spree just yet. . . .
Save the Date: On December 10th, Stampin' Up! will be updating it's Clearance Rack with many new items! So, mark your calendars, call in sick to work or have a heart-to-heart with your loved ones about what Santa SHOULD put in your stocking!
I tried to download the image from the Friday Mashup Challenge (FM137) but my computer wasn't happy with me for whatever reason and refused to cooperate. (Ha, it wouldn't be the first time that's happened!)
So, you'll just have to believe me when I say this week's challenge is:
l'll admit to being mildly nervous when I hear the word "gingham." I tend to think of country cottage decor (aka my mom's house - sorry, Mom), old fashioned aprons, tablecloths and curtains. Dorothy's blue dress in the "Wizard of Oz." Or this:
Ha! Sorry, bad pun. . . I just couldn't resist.
Anyway, once I found a piece of gingham DSP that wasn't in the summer picnic basket array of alarmingly bright colors, I was a little more relaxed.
Crumb Cake cardstock
Always Artichoke cardstock
Cherry Cobbler cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Gingham DSP (unknown source)
Perfectly Preserved stamp set (Retired) & framelits
Cherry Cobbler ink
Always Artichoke ink
Early Espresso ink
Thanks for stopping by and have a S-U-P-E-R day!
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