Monday, December 31, 2007

New Year's Eve

Happy New Year Everyone.

Sunday, December 30, 2007


After quite an adventure to get me and my munchkins to my Mom's I've finally remembered to come & update my blog :) I'm slowly going to be able to show you some more shots of the blocks! What did Stamping Santa bring YOU for Christmas? We are having a great time in the snow & sunshine. Perfect for Christmas festivities. I've decided to be more prepared next year for Christmas so I'm hoping to challenge you along with me this next year to be well prepared for the big Christmas season (because we all know it's more than just ONE DAY!). The new year is fast approaching & I'm sure everyone is getting ready for parties & more festivites. Enjoy!!
A few more block shots.....

I used modge-podge to *glue* the papers onto the painted wood blocks:

Then (not sure if you can tell) I used some sandpaper to age & rough up the edges:

I won't be able to show you the "final" shots until after(our)Christmas (in case my Mom is peeking in on my blog!!) So in the new year as we won't be celebrating until Jan. 5th -- stay tuned. I'm really pleased with how they turned out.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007


Well.... I hope you all had a very merry Christmas Day and avoided all shopping centers today! HAHA. I'll be off and on with my blog (like I've been of late), but I do have photos to share with you.... I'm packing up my babies and going to Mom's for a week or two while hubby is away over the holiday time. Still have a few swap cards to share with you....
merry Christmas,

Monday, December 24, 2007

A Christmas Tin.

Just took hubby to the airport so he could fly a province away and go to work. *Sigh* I hate shift work. Sure did STINK this year with him having to fly out on the 24th and doesn't get back until after New Years. So.... just me & the kids this year. We'll be heading to my Mom's.... need my mom! :) I hope when my kids are 33 they'll still need me!!!! LOL.

My niece lives next door (age 7) and LOVES to stamp. Whenever she comes over she asks if she can "play" in my stamp room. TOO CUTE! We always draw names, but this year I wanted to do a little something for Becca. SO... after dropping off hubby at the airport and getting back home, I thought a little stamping was in order. I also got a package in the mail that I've been waiting on from Paper Pretties which TOTALLY brightened my afternoon!!

Inside this special tin are some stamps & a little black stampin' spot.... for those moments & times when I'm not home & she still needs to stamp :)

The top (lid):

The tag ( a new set in the mail today!! yeah!):

Well, nearly time to get everyone ready for the Christmas Eve service :) I wish you all a very Merry Christmas...

Sunday, December 23, 2007

More swap cards....

We've been very busy having our family Christmas early so I haven't been on the computer much at all. I thought I'd share with you a couple more Christmas cards I got from the eswap I was in earlier this month. Hope you're all enjoying the first few days of your holiday weekend. Merry Chrismtas!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

'Twas the week before Christmas....

I hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas time :) Last night was spent wrapping gifts, and filling up that space under the tree. So fun to watch the kids get up this morning and giggle & grin as they looked through to see which packages had THEIR name on it.
Some pics of the kids in the snow....

Megan - my 10 year old who's only an inch shorter than me!!!

Joshua - my 8yr old who didn't want the snow to ever go away!

Sarah - my 6 year old -- snow is nice... for about 15minutes! haha.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Postage Technique

Because we've been busy in the kitchen, and mostly doing tags in the stamp room, I thought I'd share an older card I made with you using the postage technique. I've made a few with this technique that I'll share over the next couple of weeks :) It's a fun technique that you do use your printer for and then cut out, mask, sponge with color & stamp. I think I've seen stamp-sized & edged punches out there now. I just used a pair of decorative scissors that I had that sort of "worked" :) I do believe fiskar makes and actual POSTAGE scissor though. So many toys & gadgets out there!
Enjoy your Sunday...

Friday, December 14, 2007

Only how many more sleeps?!

I would love to tell you I've been hiding in my stamp room creating and crafting, but no. Instead.... I've been in the kitchen. Christmas for us is food, food & more food! HAHA!! My kids LOVE baking and we have some special items that we make JUST at Christmas time, so we've been busy whipping, whisking & icing! Much fun. :) I will share a few of our recipes with you over the next couple of days, but I seem to blink and I've missed a day (or two) of posting, but I'm sure everyone is busy, busy over the holiday season. It's wonderful, isn't it?!

As promised, here is the STUNNING card created by a member of my "team" and a truly wonderful person, Margaret. This card has so many amazing elements... dry embossing, rhinestone brad, punches, vellum, is that silver leaf Margaret??... It sits on our counter & looks SPECTACULAR!!! Thank-you again.
Merry Christmas.... only 10 days until Christmas Eve... who's started wrapping? :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Cards I received in an e-swap :)

I've been so busy and not getting much stamping done (well... my blocks are still coming along nicely!!)... post soon. I'll have a sneak peek in the next day or two... still have to take some photos of it (camera batteries are dead -- wow, it has been one of those weekSSSS!!) I think once I cranked out all my Christmas cards I was needing some rest! haha. I do need to get my teacher gifts put together so hopefully I'll have some new things to share with you. Also got an amazing card from my friend Margaret (Hi Margaret!!) that I will have to snap a photo of & share with you... she's an AMAZING stamper!! So I guess this is a teaser. :) Here are some cards from an e-swap I was in. Enjoy your day. Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Best Days by Matt White

K... I'm still here, but haven't stamped any cards the last couple of days... still working on Christmas Gifts I'm making :) Hope to post those soon!! A little time consuming, but lots of fun to play around and works with. I'm trying to post a video here, not entirely sure it'll work, but I love this song. Video is OK, but the song.... *sigh*. Thought I'd better share SOMETHING with you today :) enjoy - happy weekend. I'm off to do some Christmas shopping -- love it! -.j.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

This week seems to be zooming past me... December is here with all its business & excitement. Got my first batch of Christmas cards in the mail, & now today I'm hoping to finish up the other batch & be done :) whew. Big job. I made this Thank-You cards to one of my blogging buddies (I won't say who, she might be reading :)) and thought I'd share it with you. One thing I like to do with solid stamp images like this one is add bits of other colors with my markers. The *base* of this image is always artichoke, but I added Regal Rose around the petals & ran a chocolate chip marker around the edges. I like the depth it adds. I used Bravo Burgundy Cardstock, my photo corner punch and a piece of Basic Grey DS paper. Some eyelets and a grosgrain/organdy double ribbon at the top. :)

Hope you're enjoying your Christmas season & preparation time :)

Monday, December 03, 2007

A birthday card.

Sarah has a special friend who had a birthday awhile ago. :)

Stamps - Simply Said
Paper - Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Pale Plum
Inks - assorted pink makers (SU), Palette Noir Black Ink
Other - slit punch, cropodile, white eyelets, rose grosgrain ribbon, white organdy ribbon, DejaView RubOn for sentiment, cuttlebug, square punches.

Hello Monday.

Kids are home from school today and when I came downstairs, this was waiting for me on the counter. How cute is he?!? :) I love my family.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Walkin' in a winter wonderland!

The snow started falling yesterday and we've been loving it!! It is sooo pretty. I'm working on a Christmas gift & thought I'd show you photo #1 :) I will take a couple pics of some cards I made the other night, but otherwise I've been doing the mass producing thing for Christmas Cards... :) So lots of stamping, just nothing *new*.

Any guesses? I'm excited to play and get working on this project.
Merry Christmas!