I included dividers for the box this year, so now I just have to keep the box full -- I'd better start creating for her again, her birthday is in May! :-)
Happy stamping, and happy New Year!
|I really like the shaped sparkles!|
|Washi tape Noel|
|Simple -- cutout on the Cricut!|
|Cricut cuts with the shaped sparkles & glitter|
|I love this technique -- so much easier than it looks|
|Cricut cut mixed with a stamp -- simple but cute!|
|A good one for the kids|
|The red heart really ties this all together!|
|This is my favorite -- Cricut cuts, shaped sparkles and glitter ribbon, what's not to love?!|
|I paired the cherry strip pattered bag and small bow die on Night Before Christmas cardstock with the No Peeking set and its coordinating Classic Tag die set for quick and cute Co-worker gifts!|
|I love everything about this card, way to go AMuse Studio designers!|
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I am working on finishing up a project for my mother-in-law's Christmas gift and will post some of that this week. It's a box of cards, but I realized that as I saved up cards for this I seemed to have missed birthday (I guess I gave those away throughout the year), so I need to do a few of those and some of the "OTHER" category -- sympathy, hello, wedding -- where just a few is sufficient. The box is a Stampin' Up box that I got a couple of years ago -- I don't think they sell it any more (probably because the template to cover it is the reason it's taken me a couple of years to get this far!) but it will be perfect for this gift!
|Thankful for You stamp set & dies, Leaf Trio die set, Screenprint background stamp, French Roast woodgrain cardstock, French Roast bakers twine & satin ribbon, rich cocoa memento ink|
|The card for my son -- he wore his suit to school on the actual day. That way it was his "birthday suit." He picked out 2 new dress shirts and several ties as his birthday gift.|
|An all AMuse card for his friend -- a simple, but fitting sentiment for a 15 year old boy!|
|Thankful for you set & dies, Leaf trio dies, Woodgrain cardstock (french roast), Baker's twine (french roast), Rich Cocoa memento ink, and a button from Walmart.|
|Be sure to check out the special paper packs put together for this sale -- what a great way to get coordinating sheets to make your project! The fine print: Sale pricing is limited to stock on hand, we will not backorder items when stock is depleted. Sale begins at midnight on November 1st and ends at 11:59 pm EST on November 30. |
I'm happy to have made it through "Band-tober" where we had a marching band contest EVERY Saturday (sometimes 2 in one day) and at least once during the week, in addition to early practice. Friday night was the fundraiser dinner and my husband and I ran the Silent Auction tables -- as Freshman band parents we had NO IDEA how much work that would entail!! But it was a great evening, the 2 local middle school bands performed in addition to the high school band. I think it's as much a recruiting tool as a fundraiser, since the 8th graders get to see the FUN that the band has, and how good they are (and they really are!)
I didn't have a chance to make Halloween goodies for the people at work -- so I'd better start planning something for Thanksgiving or they'll think I don't like them anymore ;-), but I was able to put together a quick thank you for the neighbors that hosted the 15th Annual Halloween Block Party in my new neighborhood. With a spiderweb from Cricut to mark the post-Halloween theme on the pinstriped paper, I was able to just use the Vintage Label 1 dies (with a little orange distressing) and one of the lovely sentiments from the Thankful for You set to tie something together (the inside says "so very much" from Thank You Mix).
Today I have a trip to IKEA planned, and my craft room will be one MAJOR step closer to completion (until I get another idea to add, anyway . . .). I'm getting 2 long Expedit shelves to use as a workspace, so I'll finally be able have things in a good space for working (the square shelves are perfect for 12X12 items -- I'll have to see how many Cricut cartridges each will hold, though. I might need one row of shelves just for that collection) AND I'll have a space for others to craft with me. I'll post a photo when I have the room together, but it might be a Christmas Break project to really put the thought in to make it work "just right."
|* harlequin background * rock star * just my type * calendar fun * springtime day|
|Paper & Eat Cake stamp set: Amuse Studio, chevron border punch: SU! Number background: Deadbeat Designs|
|A congratulations & farewell card for a friend I will OWLways miss! I love the way the quiet Hexagon background and the stardust finishing spray (AMuse Studio) add visual interest without taking away from my owl (SU!) and saying (The Stamps of Life). I had so many things to say in this card -- for a colleague undertaking a major adventure with a library position in Doha, Qatar -- that there are sentiments on all 4 panels of this card, with a very personal one (from Winnie the Pooh) on the back.|
|One of the month's Spotlight sets put to good use thanking some friends for a favor "above and beyond." I love how easy this set is to use, and again the understated hexagon background and stardust finishing spray really added the right finishing touch to make this card far from plain, as simple as it is.|
|I LOVE the coordinating colors of AMuse Studio -- here Mermaid -- and I love the Eat Cake set, which was meant for chalkboard art, but works well in a variety of colors. This card helped celebrate a very special friend that I don't get to see often enough!|
|A Stampin'Up set on Mermaid paper and ink, for a time when there really aren't many words.|