Thursday, December 19, 2013

It's That Time of Year! PPA184

I did a lot of internet shopping this year and the packages are arriving daily.  In the middle of the LLBean and Amazon shipments was an early Christmas gift to Stampin' Up! order containing some products from the new Occasions catalog.  I love the silver vellum paper used here - so classy!  The bold silver stripes provide a convenient place to hide the glue......always a problem when using vellum! And those bold silver stripes were a great time saver in creating my card this week for PPA - the stripes were already built in!  I will be posting some sneak peeks of other products soon but right now I plan to kick back and enjoy the season - hope you do the same!


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Joyful Tidings.......FMS117


One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is decorating the Christmas tree!  We decorated our tree Saturday and then had a family dinner to celebrate my daughter's birthday - a perfect day! But about 1 am Sunday morning there was a crash in the living room........the tree fell over!  We jumped out of bed and found quite the mess to clean up -shattered ornaments, broken lights and water everywhere! An hour later we went back to bed with everything cleaned up but the tree still needed to be redecorated.  I went to bed thinking "Ugh now we have to decorate the tree again."  

As we started restringing the lights after breakfast I thought why am I so annoyed? I do love to decorate our Christmas tree........and wow I got to do it twice this year!  Just a simple attitude adjustment was all I needed...........I may need a few more adjustments before the holiday season is over!

       Amy's trendy sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week gave me a chance to use Perfect Pennants - a set soon to be available set from SU!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Silver Bells........FMS116

Just had to add some tiny silver bells to go with the silver embossing and glimmer paper on this card.  Those words "Silver Bells" make me smile........and remember.  Way back in the mid-70's my husband and I operated a small ski area in upstate New York called Silver Bells. About this time of year we would be praying hard to the snow gods for a white Christmas so we could open during the holiday season!  No snowmaking back in those days - only Mother Nature!  A friend of ours recently sent us this link on lost ski areas of upstate NY. You can see our little area which never reopened after we left it in 1977 and is now a private residence.  But I learned a lot in those three years.  If you ever need someone to load t-bars or to ride shotgun in a Tucker Sno Cat while you groom trails let me know!

Narelle designed a delightful sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Wish List - Pals Christmas Hop



Welcome to the Pals' Christmas Hop where we are featuring items you may want to put on your Christmas list!  If you arrived here from Studio Elaine you are right on track!

My favorite part of Christmas day is first thing in the morning when we are all just sitting around having breakfast and opening our stocking gifts!  My family can be very creative - or very practical when it comes to stocking gifts.  Those gifts can range from concert tickets to toothpaste - you never know!  So my recommendation to you today is to add some stocking stuffers to your wish list. If you are the practical type ask for the stamp-a-ma-jig that I used to line up my chevrons or ask for some packages of those hard working but never seen dimensionals!  Accessories are always fun too! Ribbon, twine, clips and those fabulous candy dots should be in everyone's stocking!  And save some wishes for January when the new Occasions catalog arrives!  Today you are getting a sneak peek of a set called Says It All from that new catalog. That's the best thing about wishes - you can always add another one!

Your next stop is at Kerry Bray's Stamp Goodness blog where I am sure a fabulous project awaits!



  1. Amy L. Lazzell at Just A Thought...Cards by Amy
  2. Peggy Noe at
  3. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  4. Colleen Mollema at Uncanny Crafting
  5. Sue Becker at R n R Stamping
  6. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  7. Debra Simonis at Deb's Stampin' Grounds
  8. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  9. Michelle Gleeson at Stampin Mojo
  10. Kelly DeTommaso at Kellys Creative Corner
  11. Connie Lindsey at Crafting a Joyful Life
  12. Angie Blake at Angie's Musings
  13. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  14. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  15. martie pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  16. Marlene Heringer at So Many Toys Sol Little Time
  17. Elaine Fleming at Studio Elaine
  18. Linda Callahan at Stampin' Seasons
  19. Kerry Willard Bray at stampgoodness
  20. Shirley Sumption at Look at my Cute Stuff
  21. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  22. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  23. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Peace on Earth...........PPA182, Unscripted Sketches #233

I wish it were that give
 this world Peace on Earth all tied up with a simple bow...........

I combined the classic colors at Pals Paper Arts with the sweet sketch at Unscripted Sketches this week.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Chalk Up Another Holiday! FMS115, Merry Monday #86

I figured I couldn't miss when I combined the challenges of two amazingly talented designers!  Jen Timko's wonderful graphic design at Freshly Made Sketches plus Lesley Croghan's charming chalkboard challenge at Merry Monday equals one sketchy, merry Christmas card!