Monday, November 30, 2015

Merry Monday Challenge 182

Hello & Happy Monday!

Hope everyone had a fabulous holiday weekend!
It surely went by too fast!

Today we have a new challenge for you from over at Merry Monday! We are only a few weeks away from Christmas and i'm sure the crunch is on to get those Christmas cards made.
Kathy is our hostess this week so let's get to it!

Here is my card...

I used a set from last year called Beauty of the Season. It has never seen ink until now and I would have really loved to have color this beauty but my hands are still bothering me so I just decided to ink it in Real Red & the sentiment in Early Espresso. I used the corner rounder punch to round the 2 corners just for interest. I added a wooden snowflake with a piece of Vanilla Thick Twine that has a pop of gold throughout. Those snowflakes are so pretty and I love the natural color and thought it went perfectly with my bird.

I hope you will stop by the Merry Monday blog to see what the Merry Makers have created this week! So many different idea's and that's what I love about this group of women! Such talent!

Merry Monday Challenge #182 Card:

Stamps: Beauty of the Season
Ink: Real Red, Early Espresso
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Real Red, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, Wood Snowflake (SU), Very Vanilla Thick Twine w/ Gold, Glue Dots, 2 Sided Tape

Hope you'll play along with us this week!

That's all for me today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Happy Holidays, Everyone!!

Hello & Happy Friday!

The holidays are officially upon us! Did you venture out to Black Friday shop?
I did not and haven't done that in many years.

We had a nice Thanksgiving yesterday with the kids and we managed to get the Christmas stuff out. I even got my tree up and decorated but all that put my back into a tizzy. Today I will be taking it easy!

So, today I wanted to share another neat project I made for Christmas. They have been around for a while but I never picked up on them until this past summer. 
These are Hershey Kiss Trees...

I cannot take credit for these and will put the link for you if your interested in making them. Alot of work but a very cute gift idea!

Hershey Kiss Trees:

Stamps: Merry Everything (tags)
Ink:Gold & Silver Encore Pads
Cardstock: Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: Simply Core Score Board, Small Star Framelit, Gold & Silver 1/8 Metallic Ribbon, Red & Green Rhinestones, Glue Dots, Gold & Silver Cord, Tombow Liquid

That's all for today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello & Happy Thursday!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a quick post today!

This is the card I made for my dear sweet customer, Audrey. She ordered 2 packs of Happy Thanksgiving Day cards to send her family and this is what I made for her.

I used an Amuse stamp set for these called, Bounty of the Season. These were very simple and easy to make and of course the inside is blank because she loves to write her own messages inside. I added a small vanilla pearl to the ribbon on the wheat stalks. I personally loved these and did not want to part with them! She loved them as well. 

Happy Thanksgiving Day Card Sets:

Stamps: Bounty of the Season- Amuse
Ink: Hello Honey, Early Espresso
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Hello Honey
Accessories: Stamp A Ma Jig, Small Vanilla Pearl, 2 Sided Tape

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Eve

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

The day before Thanksgiving is always a busy day for most people. I have my bread out to make filling for the turkey and I already have my stuffed peppers ready to bake for supper tonight! I'm so excited for Thanksgiving tomorrow. I can already smell that turkey baking away in the oven! YUM! Last evening I went and had my hair colored and rushed home to see the Dancing with the Stars finale, which by the way was SO GOOD! I really enjoyed watching! I also had a chance to get the icing on my Pumpkin Rolls that I ran out of time on before going to my hair appointment. Most of my work is done now. I do have to go box up my goodies for the craft show but that shouldn't take too long!

So today I wanted to share another project I made for Thanksgiving. I got the tutorial from Angie over at Chic N Scratch. So easy to make! Here is the link to her tutorial.

These pouches actually hold a good bit of candy! I was going to fill with the Blessing Mix but I did not have the stuff to make it. I filled them with a variety of fall themed Hershey's candies instead. I sold a bunch so that make's me happy! 

Thanksgiving Pouches:

Stamps: Lighthearted Leaves
Ink: Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Tangelo Twist, Cajun Craze, Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock: Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Tangelo Twist, Cajun Craze, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Into the Woods DSP
Accessories: Simply Score Board, Hole Punch, Various Ribbon, Scallop Circle & Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Tombow Liquid

Before I go I would like to wish you all a very happy & blessed Thanksgiving tomorrow!

I am looking forward to spending the day with my family and watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Dog Show and football afterwards! Maybe even a nap in there somewhere!
Hope you have a nice holiday! 

Thanks for stopping by today & have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Holly Card Set

Hello & Happy Tuesday!

I have no time today to play along with the Color Challenge but I hope to tomorrow.
 Today we are baking a Pumpkin Pie & Pumpkin Rolls for Thanksgiving! 
But I do have something to share today!

This card set I made for my shows using the  Season of Cheer DSP and the Six Sayings hostess set from the Holiday Mini Catalog. 

I left the paper shine on these cards because it is so pretty! I just added the sentiment and a Cherry Cobbler Thick Twine bow and they were done!

Hope you like!

Merry Christmas Card Set:

Stamps: Six Sayings (hostess set)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Cardstock: Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Season of Cheer DSP
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Thick Twine, Glue Dot, 2 Sided Tape

That's all I have for today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a terrific day!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Merry Monday Challenge 181

Hello & Happy Monday!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!
It got really cold here yesterday! It almost feels like winter which by the way i'm SO not ready for!

Today over at Merry Monday, we have a new challenge for you to help get those Christmas cards made! Lesley is our hostess this let's get to it!

This stamp, Dove of Peace was my first Christmas set from the Holiday Mini Catalog this year. I just love this bird and the sentiment and had to have it! Surprisingly, this is the first time I inked it up! It stamps beautifully, too!

I went with Island Indigo for my blue color. Unfortunately, I am out of Night of Navy cardstock and I bet it would be beautiful stamped in that color! I used the Falling Snow Embossing Folder for texture. After I had my first card made I ended up making a set of 5 for my show! So pretty!

Loved the challenge this week, Lesley!

I hope you will stop by the Merry Monday blog to see what the other ladies have created this week! Such beauties! I also hope you will play along with us. I can't wait to see all the blue & white in the gallery!

Merry Monday Challenge #181 Card:

Stamps: Dove of Peace
Ink: Island Indigo
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Whisper White
Accessories: Falling Snow Embossing Folder, Rhinestones, 2 Sided Tape

Well, that's all for me today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Hershey Hugs Box

Hello & Happy Sunday, Everyone!

Hope your enjoying a nice Sunday!

I took the day off from any thing related to my craft show. My hands are bothering me and my back isn't happy either. Taking advantage of a relaxing day watching football and enjoying my family & dear doggies!

Today I wanted to show you a cute treat box that I made for my shows. I just love these!
I purchased the boxes at L&L Rubber Stamps in Ephrata, PA. and filled them with Hershey Hugs. I wrapped them with Merry Moments DSP and a stamped & punched out a tree from the Festival of Trees stamp set & matching punch. I love the stamp sets that have a matching punch because it makes things so much easier! I added a sentiment and a little red bow to finish them. I made 20 of these for my show next Saturday. I am just about ready for it. Just need to price my card sets and get the card rack ready. I will be SO relieved when it's all done and I can breathe....

That's all for me today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

Friday, November 20, 2015

York Peppermint Patties

Hello & Happy Friday!

So glad the weekend is upon us! 
We have a busy schedule the next few days but most of all this is my very last weekend to get things finalized for my show! Kelsey is coming over today and staying for the next week or so. I'm excited to spend some time with her as we have many things on our "to do list" before Thanksgiving. One day we will be making Clear Toy Pops for the shows and another day we will be in the kitchen baking Pumpkin Rolls & Pumpkin Pies for our Thanksgiving Day!  And sometime in the mix we are heading out to do some shopping as long as she feels up to it. Recently she has gone thru a battery of testing for Lupus, Lymes Disease & Thyroid to rule all those problems out and has been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. She has started on meds and seems to be doing pretty good. She is scheduled to go back to work this week after being off 2 months. It's been tough but i'm glad to see her pushing thru and getting back to some sort of normal.

Today I am sharing another yummy treat I whipped up. I recently found the York Peppermint Patties at the grocery store and purchased 3 bags. Since they are not in the rounded wrappers anymore I wasn't sure what to do with them but I am a huge Peppermint Patty person. Love them! This is what I did with them and I did not want to cover the pretty wrappers on them.

I'm sorry for the really bright pictures. I probably should not have took the pictures in the lightbox. The lights are very bright!
I put 3 peppermint patties in a cello bag and made a topper for them with some patterned paper that I picked up at JoAnn's. The sentiments is from Hero Arts and I added a Jolee's stickers to them for a bit of sparkle. I think these will sell pretty fast!

What do you think?

That's all for me today!
My craft table is waiting! 
Thanks for stopping by & have a terrific weekend!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Candy Filled Container

Hello & Happy Thursday!

Such a rainy, dreary day here in PA. today so I went downstairs and took photo's of my craft show items to share over the month of December. While taking pictures I found this Crystal Light container that I decorated for Christmas. It's adorable!! There's just something about that crazy moose that makes me smile!! 

I used a Riley & Company image for this. Riley & Company is probably another of my favorite stamp companies! There images are too cute!
I made a few of these up for little gifts or stocking stuffers. They were a big hit last year! I filled them with Hershey's Minatures Candies.

Candy Container:

Stamps: Elf Riley
Ink: Memento Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: Real Red, Garden Green, Whisper White, Nordic Noel DSP
Accessories: MS Jumbo Snowflake Punch, Glue Pen, Glitter, Wide Oval Punch, Green Rhinestone, Tombow Liquid

I enjoy making these! So fun & festive!

That's all for me today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ornamental Pines Card Set

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

Just a quick post then heading off to bed.

I was at my stamp table most of the day. I did not play along with any challenges since I had a few things to get wrapped up. I made 30 gift cards and 3 sets of cards. 
I think I had enough for one day! LOL

Here are a set of cards I whipped up. I love this Ornamental Pine stamp set from last year. I don't think I will ever part with it!

I think that pinecone looks real, don't you? I have another set started using this same set but I ran out of cardstock. I will share them once my Stampin Up order arrives and I can put the rest of my cards together. I hate having to wait a week for my stamp orders to arrive.

Christmas Wishes Card Set:

Stamps: Ornamental Pine
Ink: Garden Green, Soft Suede
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Garden Green, Whisper White
Accessories: Stamp A Ma Jig, Green Rhinestones, 2 Sided Tape

That's all for today!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Color Challenge 557

Hello & Happy Tuesday!

Today is Color Challenge day over at SCS and with these colors I just had to play along!

The colors are:
Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler & Soft Sky
with a dessert option of fussy cutting...

I passed on dessert today..

After seeing these colors my mind went right to the Reason for the Season & Festive Flower Builder Punch in the Holiday Mini! I LOVE the finished card!!! I am in the process of making a pack for my upcoming show!

Isn't it pretty? That flower is awesome!

Color Challenge 557 Card:

Stamps: Reason for the Season, Snow Flurries (retired)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Basic Black Archival
Cardstock: Neenah White, Soft Sky, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Festive Flower Builder Punch, White Pearl, Tombow Liquid Glue

That's all for today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Merry Monday Challenge 180

Hello & Happy Monday!

Hope you all had a nice weekend!
Today we have a new challenge for you over at Merry Monday!
Debbie is our hostess this week so let's get to it!

I kept my card very simple and mail friendly! 

This is a fun challenge, don't you think??

Hope you will stop by the Merry Monday blog for inspiration and play along with us! Christmas is a few weeks away and we hope we can inspire you to join in & make a card.

Merry Monday Challenge 180 Card:

Stamps: Warmth & Wonder (hostess), Six Sayings (hostess)
Ink: Early Espresso
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accesories: Stamp A Ma Jig, Rhinestones, Tombow Liquid

Well, that is all for me today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Grateful for You Tags

Hello & Happy Sunday!

Today was craft show drop off for my one show! It is always a big relief when I hand my stuff over to someone else. At that point I know I can breathe a little bit more. I now have 2 weeks to finish up the rest. I'm very pleased with the items I have for sale this year!

Yesterday I did my housework. I pushed myself to get everything done so I would have time to do some errands afterwards. Today I hurt pretty badly. Did not sleep last night because I couldn't get comfortable. My back just plain & simple, hurt. Today is not better. I delivered my goodies to the craft show this morning, came home and right back in my pj's! Spending the day watching football and dozing off. No crafting for this girl. I really need a down day.....

I am sharing a very quick treat I made up for Thanksgiving. My one customer loves having something to give her family for their Thanksgiving dinner. I had a bunch of leftover candy from Trick or Treat night so I made up these candy bags. I used A Little Something from the Holiday Mini. It coordinates with the Pillow Box Thinlit. 

I whipped 10 of these up in about 30 minutes!

Thanksgiving Candy Bags:

Stamps: A Little Something
Ink: Early Espresso
Cardstock: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Circle & Scallop Circle Punches, Hole Punch, Early Espresso Twine, Medium Cello Bags, Tombow Liquid

That's all for me today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a terrific Sunday!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

So Thankful M&M Sticks

Hello & Happy Saturday!

Today I wanted to share my Thanksgiving M&M Sticks I made. I did not make very many this year. I think these went together rather quickly and would make a nice place setting treat for anyone's Thanksgiving table.

I used a Project Life stamp set from last year's 2014 Holiday Mini Catalog called Holiday Cheer. It is loaded with cute little sentiments to easily whip up tags for any occasion. I stamped them out on Whisper White cardstock then punched them out with the Wide Oval Punch. I punched a hole to string my twine thru and was quickly able to get these made. I have customers who love these M&M Sticks and ask for them at every holiday! Just wish M&M would have more options for holidays in different colors. Oh well...maybe one day!

Thanksgiving M&M Sticks:

Stamps: Project Life Holiday Cheer-2014
Ink: Early Espresso, Hello Honey
Cardstock: Whisper White
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Early Espresso Twine, 1 X 8 Cello Bags

That's all for today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great weekend!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Happy Anniversary Card Set

Hello & Happy Friday!

So glad the weekend is upon us!
Today I will finish up inventory & pricing on craft show items for delivery on Sunday. I'm so glad that things went as planned and i'm not rushing around too badly. I do have one more thing i'd like to make for that show but if I do not get to it I will be alright with that. 
I haven't done much crafting this week with this cold & cough but my hands are still pretty stiff and achy. Once Christmas is out of the way I am going to give them a rest for a bit. Sometime after the holidays we are going to start a major home project of painting inside. I'm not looking forward to that! 

Anyways, today I wanted to share a card set I made for my customer. She asked for Anniversary cards and this is what I made her.

I pulled out a retired pack of paper called Afternoon Picnic as i'm trying to use up so much in old paper that I have on hand. I kept within the same colors that the patterned paper has in it and used a new stamp set, Timeless Love, for the sentiment. I loved how vintage the paper made the cards look! I added a Crushed Curry bow with a glue dot and that was it. Very quick & easy!

Anniversary Card Set:

Stamps: Timeless Love
Ink: Pear Pizzazz
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla, Afternoon Picnic DSP
Accessories: Oval & Scallop Oval Nestibilities, Crushed Curry 1/8 Taffeta Ribbon, Glue Dot, 2 Sided Tape

Also very mail friendly!

Just want to give an update on my back appointment on Wednesday. Met the new pain doctor! She surprisingly lives very close to me. She did prescribe my pain meds and gave me some strengthening exercises to help with my balance issues and to help strengthen my back muscles. Nothing intense. I will return to her on an "as needed basis" for injections. She explained to me about my arthritis and said it's pretty much a life sentence...not much can be done for it. She said I have ALOT of it in my spine but there are ways to ease it and the water therapy is one way. I'm hoping soon to start going to a local pool in the evenings. I know it will help, greatly!

And Shawn also had his tooth repaired. It was cracked pretty deep. The dentist filled the crack with some bonding agent and put in a new filling. She also fixed a tooth on the other side that needed a filling replaced (which he was scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving). He was so funny afterwards because his mouth, tongue and jaw was numbed up for quite sometime. I think till we went to bed it was back to normal and thankfully he did not have too much discomfort once the numbing wore off. Yesterday he said everything felt pretty good and that's a good thing after seeing him miserable for a few days!

Well, that's all I have to share today!
I have to run out to the store later, just hoping this crazy wind soon settles down. I thought for sure when I left Gigi & Bailee out earlier that they were going to blow away! LOL

Thanks for stopping by & have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Reason for the Season Card Set

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

Today I am going to share a pack of Christmas cards that I made for my upcoming craft show. It's going to be a very busy day and there is no time for crafting. I have an appointment this afternoon to see Pain Management. They called me last week informing me that my pain management doctor left. I really liked that guy but it explains why I never heard anything back after I had the Branch Block done for my Facet Arthritis in September. Apparently he went out on medical leave and one day called and said he was not returning. I'm still floored and sad. I felt like this doctor really understood my issue with my back arthritis and other issues. Anyways, today I am seeing a new doctor there to re-evaluate my case and prescribe my pain medicine. I am on my last refill.

 After that my hubby will be heading across town to his dentist. Sunday he bit down on something that put him thru the roof. Yesterday he finally had enough with the pain and called them. They did prescribe something to help his pain till he gets there today so I really hope they can take care of that for him. 

We were suppose to go to a funeral this evening. My dear friend, Deb, lost her brother, Jerry, last week. We were in such shock when he passed. I'm not sure now with these back to back appointments whether we will make it but if we don't I hope she knows we will be thinking of her and her family.  My heart hurts for them. Her family is very near & dear to our hearts...

So before I head off to get ready I wanted to share these cards.
They are a case from the Holiday Mini Catalog. This card is what sold me on the stamp set!

I stamped each of those poinsettia in Memento Black and colored with Copic Markers. That was a killer on my hands but I SO love the outcome! I used a Gold Metallic Doily, some Garden Green Ribbon and Gold Cord to finish this up! So pretty!!!

Reason for the Season Card Set:

Stamps: Reason for the Season
Ink: Memento Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories: Gold Metallic Doilies, Garden Green Ribbon, Gold Cord, Glue Dot, Tombow Liquid

That's all for me today!
Hubby will soon be in from work so I better go get my butt in gear!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!