Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas to you and Happy Freebie Friday!

Hi all! Merry Christmas!! Hope Santa brought you everything you wished for! In case you're wishing for some more stamping stuff, check out my final Freebie Friday finale giveaway for this year: The lucky winner will get
*Stampin'Up!'s new Satin 5/8"'s awesome! (will be available in the upcoming Occasions Mini Catalog)
*Heart Punch - perfect for Valentines day and all through the year!
*Holiday Best Hostess stamp set
Ready to play? Since this is the last Freebie Friday of the year, I'm extending the deadline to Thursday, December 31st at NOON Pacific Time!! Just leave me a message on this post with your email address or blog URL! You can comment about anything or share any part of your Holiday festivities! Look forward to reading your comments.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful holiday season!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

And the stockings were hung...

...on these Christmas cards with care. And mailed off to friends, so they'll soon make it there.

Here's a last batch of Christmas cards I made. Whew...though these ones may be late, the sentiment is the same...wishing you all a Merry Christmas! Aren't these stockings fun? I just made a few of these cards using a die I got in the summertime on clearance! They helped in a pinch since I ran out of cards and whipped these ones up in a hurry!

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with your friends and family!

Come back tomorrow to check out my Christmas Freebie Friday Giveaway! :)

Bye for now...

Monday, December 21, 2009's time for the 50th Freebie Friday drawing!

Hey there folks! It just dawned on me that this week marks the 50th Freebie Friday!! Wow - can you believe it? One more left this year! Well, let's find out who this week's lucky winner is, shall we?

And the winner is... Lucky number 10! That would be MARLA!!!! Congratulations, Marla. I'll be sending you an email soon to get your info.

Thanks all, for playing this week! I hope you'll join me in the last Freebie Friday of the year this Friday.

For the new year, I'll be posting a Freebie Friday on the Last Friday of the month, so stay tuned....keep in mind it's gonna be Stampin'Up!'s Sale-a-bration period and the new Occasions Mini catalog is coming as well, so there may be some goodies from there {wink wink!}

I am gonna keep it short tonight, because I am still finishing up on my holiday preparations. This is probably the most last minute I've been {yikes! working on some New Year's Resolutions to stay on top of things...}

Have a good night and I'll catch up with you guys in a bit!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Happy Birthday, BRO!

Today's my brother's birthday {his name is Richard}, so I thought I'd post a Birthday Greeting for him. My brother and his family live in Birmingham, Alabama where he and his wife, Carrie, own their Crossfit Gym. If you live in the area, you should definitely check it out!

Hope you have a great birthday today, bro! Wish we could be there to celebrate :) Cheers to you!
{I even worked out today in your honor ;) }

Friday, December 18, 2009

Freebie Friday - I love BRADS!

Hi there! How are you guys? I know I've been awfully quiet this week. I guess being busy is a good thing, right? If only I could slow down the clock a bit. Do you guys have those days (or weeks)? I haven't forgotten about today, it's just a little late in coming is all! Now that I've gotten a quick second to catch my breath, I've found some time to write this post! Can you guess what this week's giveaway is? Here's a look: You like? Now, don't you LOVE these BRADS, too? They are Stampin'Up!'s Star Designer Brads and the 5/8" Brads, which would make great embellishments on your crafting projects (in my humble opinion, that is).

Ready to play for these? All you need to do is leave me a comment on this post with your email address or Blog URL so that I can contact you if you win! You have until Sunday, December 20th at NOON, Pacific time. You can comment about anything, or tell me if you are all done with your Holiday gift shopping. I'll be the first to tell you that I am soo not done yet! I feel like this Christmas season is whirling right by so fast!!! This year, I'm definitely in the last minute shopper category. Thank goodness for online shopping and shipping!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Shopping Bag Winner announcement!

Hello there blog peeps! Hope you had a great Monday. Sorry I'm a little late in announcing the Freebie Friday winner today, but time seems to escape me every now and again. I've finally caught up to it....are you ready to find out?

The lucky winner of the Stampin'Up! reusable grocery bag is... Lucky number 3, who happens to be Kelli! Congrats, Kelli :) Here's what she had to say: I had fun reading all your comments. The majority of you sound like you do make your own cards, as well. There's also some of you that are in a similar boat as in a teenie bit behind in getting them out the door {smile}. We still have some time though. Speaking of, I better try and do some of them tonight! Have a good one!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

12 Days of Holiday Sales..on Big Shot Dies!!

Hi all! I am a day late in sharing this with you, but you still have plenty of time to take advantage of this awesome Stampin'Up! sale. It's from now til December 22nd. You can shop 24/7 on my Demonstrator Website, by clicking on the Shop Now button in the upper right corner. Here's a preview of what's on sale. You can view these and get all the details on my Demo site as well.

It's a great time to take advantage of these deals on Big Shot Dies! Have fun shopping! :)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Freebie Friday - Need a shopping bag?

Happy Freebie Friday all! It's a rainy day here in Southern CA. Definitely feels like winter! I'm so glad it's Friday, this week has been quite a crazy one!

For today's Freebie, I thought I would offer another chance at the cute Stampin'Up totes I had offered this past summer. I've found that this is a great little bag to have on hand in your car! Here's a look again at the bag - it's the one in the front pictured below. I'll take another picture of it later and post it, but for now, this will have to do: Isn't it cute?

Ready to play? All you need to do is leave me a comment with your email address or blog URL so I can get a hold of you if you're the lucky winner! You have until Sunday, December 13th at NOON Pacific Time to leave me a comment on this post. You're free to comment on anything, or you can tell me what you do for holiday cards - do you make them? buy them? send any? I would imagine that many of you probably make them, but no worries if you don't! I still have not gotten mine finished and mailed, so I am really running behind!

Look forward to hearing from you. Have a great day!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sneak Peek and Raspberry Suite Color Challenge 20

Hi there! Happy Thursday! Tonight, not only am I sharing a card I created for Dawn's Raspberry Suite Challenge 20, but I am also giving you a sneak peek of some goodies from the upcoming Occasions Mini and Sale-a-Bration catalog!!! Don't those butterflies look fun? It's a brand new exclusive Stampin'Up! Sizzix Embosslit called Beautiful wings. There are 5 various butterflies in different sizes and textures. You'll love it - the butterflies are gorgeous! And how about that border? It has a matching corner punch, too! This is the Scallop Trim border punch available in the Sale-a-Bration catalog and Scallop Corner punch that's in the Occasions Mini. Lots of fun stuff coming up starting January 5th! More info coming soon...Now, let's take a look at fun colors: The colors I used are SU!'s Chocoloate Chip, Kraft, Very Vanilla, Dusty Durango and one of my favorite retired colors, Baja Breeze. Wanna see the full card?
Here you go. The ribbon is also a new offering in Stampin'Up!'s Occasions mini - 5/8" Satin Ribbon which is soo lovely and beautiful to tie. Pretty much all the supplies are Stampin'Up! on this card, except for the pearl stickers. Here's the recipe for you:
{Hello Beautiful Wings Card}
*Cardstock: Textured Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze {retired}, Dusty Durango, Kraft, Very Vanilla
*Ink: Dusty Durango
*Stamp Set: Hello Again
*Accessories: Scallop Trim Border {in the Sale-a-Bration catalog} and Scallop Trim Corner {in the Occasions Mini}, Beautiful Wings Embosslit {in the Occasions Mini}, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon {Occasions Mini}, half pearl stickers (craft store)
Hope you like it. Thanks for stopping in :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

My 2010 calendar project

Hey there! Just thought I'd share a few pages from the first calendar I made in the MDS program. It's a 12x12 size, and I created the calendar with the intention of giving them as Christmas gifts for some friends and family. Calendars are pretty fun to make because they're quick! I used one picture per month, since this is a scenic calendar, but you have the flexibility to choose your picture layouts and color schemes, so it really is up to you! I went with simple and clean lines, because I thought the scenes were gorgeous on their own. Here's a look:

Stampin'Up! offers professional printing services for the MDS program, so the calendars will be printed on heavy weight quality cardstock and wire bound at the top. I just placed my first order, so I'll keep you posted on how the finished product looks. I'm excited! Can't wait to see how they come out :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Animal Crackers Winner announcement!

Hi blog friends! Hope you all had a great weekend. I think I got some much needed R&R this weekend, so I'm ready to start the work week all bright eyed and bushy tailed (at least for now!). Looks like I got a great response to the Animal Crackers giveaway! I am so glad that a bunch of you played and left me fun comments! You guys ready to find out the winner? This week's lucky winner is... Lucky number 6...who happens to be Robyn W.! Congrats to you Robyn W. and thank you to all of you that played :) Just 3 more weeks left til the end of the year and the last one happens to be on Christmas! That'll be a great present for someone :)

Well, as far as holiday decorating goes, we were able to get the lights up outside the house and I got to put out the wreath on the front door, but our inside of the house has yet to be decorated. I'm hoping to do a little bit each day during the week and finish off by Saturday. On the Christmas card front, I am now officially TOTALLY behind. Let's just say I'm going to have to recruit my helper (dear hubby) to help do some assembling this week.

Have a great day and I'll catch up with you guys later. Toodles!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Wine Tag

I love it when I come across different ways to use the Big Shot dies I have! Today's project is a wine tag I created using the Stampin'Up! exclusive Two Tags Sizzix Bigz Die. Just in time for Holiday gift giving! These tags are perfect to have on hand to throw on a bottle to bring to the many holiday parties of the season. Here's a look at it in full view around the bottle. Not sure if you can tell in these pictures, but my little birdie is all covered up in Dazzling Diamonds glitter to give him some holiday bling! What do you think? Here's another closer view of the tag on the bottle. This is such an easy-peasy project, too! All I need to do now is write who this wine is for and we're good to go! Here's the recipe:
{Two Tags Wine Tag}
All supplies Stampin'Up!
*Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Merry Moments DSP
*Accessories: Stampin'Up exclusive Two Tags Sizzix Bigz Die, Bird and Blooms Sizzlits, Silver brad, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Scallop Circle punch, Snowflake punch.
It's getting late for me, so off to bed I go! See you guys tomorrow for the Freebie Friday Winner announcement. Bye now :)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Oliver's Christmas Card

I was just playing around with SU!'s My Digital Studio and thought I would try and make a Christmas card for my kitty, Oliver. Since I haven't quite gotten to decorating my house yet this year, this is a picture of Oliver from last Christmas. As you can see - he's a good little helper with the decorations :) I was happily surprised to be able to put this card together so quickly! This is one of the pre-set designer templates in the program, so all I had to do was literally drop the picture in!

I also spent some time creating a calendar this afternoon and that was fun too! I made a scenic one vs. a family picture one. This has scenes from our trip to Croatia last year. Maybe I'll even share a sneak peek of a few pages sometime later this week. Looking at those pictures definitely got me all nostalgic about our trip! If I had only "virtually" met my blogging friends Jane and Nina before we went on our trip last year, I would have made a point to meet them when we were out there! :) One of these days, I'm sure our paths will cross...{right, ladies?}

Hope you all are enjoying your weekend so far. By for now.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Anyone up for Freebie Friday Animal Crackers?

Happy Friday all! It’s a chilly morning here in Southern CA, so it’s beginning to feel like winter at 50 degrees. And, believe it or not, it’s forcasted to be 38 degrees on Sunday! BRRRR!!! Hope you guys had a great week. Big plans for the weekend? I know I need to get going on my Christmas cards so I can send them out next week!

Are you ready for today’s Freebie Friday? If you were wondering what I meant in my blog post title, I was referring to this week’s freebie, which is the Animal Crackers stamp set! It is just too cute! And what yummy animal crackers they are!
All you need to do is leave me a comment on this post by Sunday, December 6th at 12 NOON Pacific time (if you’re viewing this post on Facebook, you need to actually leave the comment on my blog). Please be sure to either leave your email address in the comment or a blog URL so I can contact you :) You can comment on anything or tell me about what you and your family do to decorate/get ready for the holidays. Look forward to reading your comments! Have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

In the Spotlight for Raspberry Suite #19!

Hi peeps! Happy Thursday! As you guys can probably tell from my lack of postings, I haven't quite figured out a routine yet with the work schedule. So far, work's going well, now it's just trying to juggle the precious free time ( about an hr or 2) each day to do everything I want and need to do!

Anyway, I digress...I'm actually posting about something I'm super excited and honored about! I was so happy to discover I made it in Dawn McVey's Raspberry Suite Challenge #19! Woohoo! That made my week! Here's a look at all her picks for this round: My card is letter H! You can check out my original post here.

Thanks for stopping by to visit! Have a great night. Yay...tomorrow's Friday! Another Freebie's coming up :)

Bye for now.