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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sparkles Christmas challenge week 4

Hello Friends!!! I hope your Christmas was all you wanted it to be. I have not stamped anything until Tuesday the 29th. I just havent been in the stamping mood, I have been enjoying my family and time off. Heres a little recap, if your interested :)

My birthday was a smashing HIT, if you recall I am a Christmas eve baby and sometimes my birthday is not much fun. Everything closes early, the malls are usually a zoo and people are busy finishing up last minute preperations. Parties and get togethers are not always possible, me living 45 min away from family doent help, I can forget a concert. Anyway I spent the day in the mall (it was super mellow) doing some last minute shopping and lots of ME shopping. The husband came along and paitently waited while I shopped and tried on clothes. We stopped for lunch at a small cafe, more shopping then a birthday drink/appetizer, and then a FABULOUS dinner with the husband and kiddos. I know it doesnt sound out of this world but thats as good as it gets on Christmas Eve and I felt like a star all day!!!

Christmas was really really nice, good food and time with my families. I have many stops on Christmas day, and I enjoyed it all!! Well that all flew by and here we are at New Years Eve. Whatcha up to? Were lighting the fireplace, ordering in yummy Thai food and having a movie night! Does it really get any better than that?

I have another 10 days off and hope to get crafty. Come back tomorrow to check out the NEW CTMH Spring catalog, more art and my 2010 goals.

*****Photo Challenge from Scrap Big*****
Take a self portrait today...the last day of 2009. If your feeling extra creative, you can take some notes to do a little self refection layout too

Today I have created my 1st Christmas card for 2010. You see Sparkle does a weekly challenge( each sunday)to create a christmas card for 2010. You can even win a prize for entering a card on the 1st sunday of the month.If you challenge yourself to at least 2 cards each Sunday at the end of the year you will have 92 cards to send out by the second Sunday in December. Sparkle did this last year and was well prepared with her cards. I am on board, who wouldnt want to create with their fun Christmas images all year. Iam excited, I will be pulling out old and new images!!!

The challenge this past Sunday was to be inspired by this super YUMMY image ;)

This super cute image is from Stampington & Co, purchased way back in 1998.

I put glitter on the blade of his skates, small snowflakes, and I made border of glitter around the edges of white cardstock. I used my Prismacolor pencils, baby oil and blending stumps to color the image. I didnt use prisma glitter as you can tell, because I am out (its on the UPS truck as we speak) and it really doesnt give it the WOW effect. No worries I will add the prisma when it arrives.

Okay I have rambled enough, what ever your doing tonight be SAFE and have FUN. See u in 2010

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Humbled Artist showcase

So whats on your Christmas list? I have a few things on mine, most are craft related. I do want to go clothes shopping really bad. I am tired of dressing the same wether it be work or weekend, theres no seperation for me. I once was quite stylish and now Iam just to tshirt and jeanish.

Heres my list
sewing machine
Big Shot
Wireless printer
Visa gift cards to shop online ( at least 2 )
Gift card to Forever 21 (clothes are reasonable and so cute)
Mr Coffee frapaccino maker (it looks so cool)

Heres a first, Iam showcasing my groups Humbled Artist cards. Cards for this swap must be top notch, over the top not your everyday cards. Theres always guidelines to follow, this round required ....

Layers and more layers
Embossing, liquid applique, or liquid glass
At least one embellishment
Christmas themed
Current stamps and paper
card size must be 4 1/4 x 5 1/2


Can you see my embossing? This is big for me because I hate to emboss, even though the effect is beautiful :) I call myself a lazy stamper because I hate to do the technique. I also pulled out my exacto knife to cut out all the little holes. Used my new EK punch for the large embossed scallop.




Were those a treat for your eyes?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Its looking like Christmas around here!

Its been a few days, had some swaps to finish up and get in the mail. I didnt open my laptop for two days over the weekend. Sometimes you just have to stay away to get things done. Well at least I do, I finished decorating the house, and did some house cleaning. Sunday after church I stopped at Michaels as I do almost every Sunday on the way home and purchased a new 5" tree for my family room. Its so cute, its prelit and it was only $30 and some new ribbon and ornaments. I think every few years its nice to add some new goodies, Dont you? Oh yeah 3 new candles in seasonal scents, YUM. Its looking like Christmas around here :)

Cant believe Christmas is next week, unbelievable. I havent bought one gift, I guess this weekend is the weekend.

I just wanted to say hello to a sweet friend that I found out is reading my blog HI SHARIE W. !!!! You know I never told my freinds and family about my blog, didnt think they would read. I finally put blog addie in my newsletter and Sharie told me in a email that she has been following along. I am just tickled pink!!

Okay check out my card, isnt he just too cute? Found him at Michaels and check out that cute, cute argyle cuttlebug template. Its my new favorite, its perfect for this card!!

Changito knee hugger by Stampendous
Hang on to you sentiment by Stampendous
Cardstock and hemp by CTMH
Buttons by Foofala
Template by Cuttle bug

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

It feels like snow

It is so stinkin COLD here, 32 degrees to be exact. We were expecting a huge storm from Alaska. There was word of snow here in the desert, it snowed on our mountains BUT not on our houses. Now with wind blowing off the snow covered mountains its FREEZING here. I dont like the cold, I stay bundled under gloves, scarves and hats. I always keep my heater on under my desk at work and home. Leslie, Helen and Sheila your stamp sets were mailed out last night!!!! Enjoy !!

Well in keeping with the season and the weather heres a snowflake card :)

New Fallen Snow stamp set by CTMH
Aspen designer paper by CTMH
Card stock by CTMH
Ribbon by Offray
Button by Foofala

Stay warm!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Its cold outside

It really is, scarve, beenie and gloves cold. I kept my heater on under my desk all day long at one point I placed it on a chair so the heat would be closer. Oh my am I glad its Friday, this week has been rough getting up and going to work.

So wednesday I called a driving school to get info on signing my kiddos up and the lady tells me there having a craft boutique at the driving school for the next three days and she rattles off several vendors and ask me if I sold anything and I said YES. I told her I sold Close to my Heart and she says "I luv CTMH and I need a consultant"," my best friend and I have several sets and we need to order new things". Well hello I am your girl!! Well last night I set up my table and met her and her best friend and 2 other ladies. They oohh and aahhdd over everything. They want to have a party so does another lady and they even want to set up monthly crops and have me present a project!!! They told me I was now a part of there family ( how sweet) Tonight is the last night and I cant wait to meet more fun new friends!! These ladies are FABULOUS, I felt welcome and luved!!

Okay here is another OCC challenge

How fun this one was. I used textured cardstock on the white scalloped strip, the green scalloped circles and the pink backgroung piece. I inked the edges of the pink and green pieces. I stamped the gloves and beenie and added some glitter to make them pop.Speaking of popping, I popped the white scallop strip and the white scalloped circles.Cute, Cute, Cute!

Winter Memories stamp set by CTMH
Cardstock, inks and buttons by CTMH
Scallop circle by SU
Scallop scissors by Fiskers
Prisma glitter by CTMH

Have a FABULOUSLY relaxing Friday!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A few things to share

A few things to cover please scroll all the way through!!

1. Get Ready for a Holiday Heyday With Our Online Clearance Sale!
Get all your holiday shopping done in one spot this year with our online clearance sale! Many items are 50% off, with some discounted as much as 80% off regular retail. The selection is incredible, too! Customer shopping begins Wednesday, December 2, at 9 a.m. and continues through Thursday, December 17 (11:59 p.m. MT) or while product supplies last!

2. Our Creative Corner challenge!!!

Told ya I was on a snowflake kick:)
I cut out these awesome snowflakes and added some glitter and buttons to the center. Really digging the snow bank. I used a glue dot to adhere them to the paper and they instantly pop off the paper (u know I luv that). I have this luv hate relationship with prisma glitter, its stunning but darn it sticks to everything and I bling for days!

New Fallen Snow stamp set and Christmas Scripts stamp set by CTMH
Ribbon, cardstock, buttons and prisma glitter by CTMH


Monday, November 30, 2009

Blog hopping time

Its that time again, can you BELIEVE IT!!! Thanks for stopping by, theres garunteed FABULOUS art to be seen. This is a round robin hop, you will make a complete circle if you choose to hop along with us (and you wont get dizzy ). If you have come here from Judys blog your doing great!!

I am just crazy for this card, luv the hodge podge of accessories, the colors, the
3D effect of several stamped pieces, the paper, I could go on and on!!!

File Pocket card design from Wishes pattern book pgs 43 & 89
Twitterpated designer paper
Numerous embellishments by CTMH

Now next stop is Paiges spot!!!

Its Monday

Hello everyone, well its Monday. Guess you all knew that, LOL. I am back at work after a week of total relaxation, I spend alot of time in my robe. No black friday shopping for me, well ( I almost forgot)a little shopping for me later in the afternoon.I picked up 2 new nesting punches, 2 new cuttlebug embossing templates, a niffty knitter and some white cardstock. Oh wait hubby and I did hit the mall that evening after dinner out and I bought the cutest red gloves and red knitted cap. Every year I cant wait to buy a new scarve (did I spell that right) and gloves. If you were out there I hope you found great stuff:)

Well on to the winners of the acrylic snowman stamp sets !!!!.............

Leslie, Sheila, Sandyho, Gocanucksgo, Winter, Helen F, Andrea M and Terri ., Yep thats 8 winners, I have added 2 more from my stash!!! I just cant leave anyone out:) Thanks ladies for visiting my little blog, I really appreciate it. I enjoyed reading all of your favorites, some were my favorites too!! Please email me your snail mail addie and I will ship these goodies out!!

A few more favs, Jurassic Park 1 2 & 3, Home Alone 1 & 2, Love Actually, Lord of the Rings 1 2 & 3, 50 first dates, signs, Independence Day and Monster in Law

A simple card today. I have been on a snowflake kick this weekend. I probably should add a little sentiment in the lower right corner, its a little bare. I do like the glitter on the buttons!

New Fallen Snow set by CTMH
Aspen designer paper by CTMH
Cardstock by CTMH
Buttons by Foofala

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Blog Candy Alert:
I Have 6 of these and would like to send you one!!! I will leave this give away open for one week and on each day I will take the days posters and put them in a bowl, at the end of the week I will draw 6 names and it could be YOU. In your post tell me your favorite movie, if you come back daily you can tell me almost all of them:)I know you have more than one ( I do ) Just to note that I am on vacation and will be posting more than usuall this week! Hope to here from you (feel free to share this info on your blog)

Today I will give you a couple of my favorties. Lord of the Rings 1 2 & 3,and The Breakup ( Vince Vaughn/Jennifer Aniston). Have to tell you I enjoy reading all of your favorites.

Todays card is a clear card. Havent done one in forever, I used a sketch I have used before. I realized as I was creating it that it was feeling all too familiar LOL.

Vintage Christmas stamp set by CTMH
Cardstock,button and twine by CTMH
Misc ribbon

Today I hope your enjoying family, friends or a quite day at home, good food and maybe a movie!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Cupcake challenge

This post should have happened yesterday, but with cleaning a bathroom, vacuming, cleaning my room, giving myself a pedicure, a trip to Stater Bros and then dinner to cook time just slipped away. So here I am today.

I Have 6 of these and would like to send you one!!! I will leave this give away open for one week and on each day I will take the days posters and put them in a bowl, at the end of the week I will draw 6 names and it could be YOU. In your post tell me your favorite movie, if you come back daily you can tell me almost all of them:)I know you have more than one ( I do ) Just to note that I am on vacation and will be posting more than usuall next week! Hope to here from you (feel free to share this info on your blog)

Okay my husband changed the channel tonight and guess what was on? The Matrix, seriously. Just before my favorite scene (one of them;)where Neil and Trinity go in the high security building to rescue Morphius and kick butt. Todays favorite movies for me are Shawshank Redemption and Beaches. I cant watch Beaches to often because I cry like baby every time.

Jaws 1 & 2
Shawshank Redemption

Friendship Flowers stamp set by CTMH
Cardstock by CTMH
Ribbon by Joanne
Button misc.

Monday, November 23, 2009

A Birds Tale

I Have 6 of these and would like to send you one!!! I will leave this give away open for one week and on each day I will take the days posters and put them in a bowl, at the end of the week I will draw 6 names and it could be YOU. In your post tell me your favorite movie, if you come back daily you can tell me almost all of them:)I know you have more than one ( I do ) Just to note that I am on vacation and will be posting more than usuall next week! Hope to here from you (feel free to share this info on your blog)

Lets see so far I have told you a few movie favorites, Matrix, and Alien.
Today I confess that I really like Jaws 1& 2 ( I know how corny )My Aunt took me to see this movie at the movie theater when I was about 5. I remember being really scared and hideing my face in her chest. I took my 5 yo son to see Deep Blue (shark movie)in 1998, he was scared and hid his face in my chest. I didnt think it would be scarey for him, I felt so bad. But it was a suspenseful movie!

Below is another challenge card, I so like it!!! The adorable paper called A Little Birds Tale is foiled cardstock,some of the houses have colored foiled roofs and doors. And if you look closely you will see a little birdie perched on a roof or two. Now the challenge calls for you to use all five colors somewhere on the card. Most colors are througout the card but only a hint of chocolate on the brads and a piece of organdy ribbon. I stamped the birdie on a vellum scalloped circle because I didnt want to hide any of that cute, cute paper. I stamped the birdie again in Amethyst and cut out the belly and wing to pop dot them on the circle,I added a brown bitty brad for her eye. How about that the arglye embossing on the Amethyst cardstock.

A Birds Tale designer paper by Heidi Grace
Cardstock by CTMH
Birds and Owls stamp set by Hero Arts
Brads,pink,brown and blue ribbon by CTMH
Lavendar organdy ribbon by Joann's
Cuttlebug embossing template

See you tomorrow!