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Drew’s Paper Bag LOTV Nativity Book

I had sooo much fun making this book for Drew’s Christmas card/present. It took me a good couple of weeks to make! It was truly a labor of love! I found the directions here for making the paper bag book. This is going to be a long post with lots of pics so grab some coffee. For me, it’s a mug of raspberry chai!

The Cover

Away in a Manger

The main thing for this pic is I made the background paper using the faux leather technique found here. This was so much fun to do! Really makes an awesome paper.

Left side of all the pages will be a pocket page with a tag in them that has a Bible verse on it.

Left Side of Pages

 Angel Gabriel

Angel Gabriel

Mary & Joseph

Mary & Joseph

Little Shepherd Boy

Little Shepherd Boy

Three Wee Kings

Three Wee Kings

Pine Cone Wreath

Pinecone Wreath

Also in the pocket of the bag that each image was glued to had a large tag that had various things typed on them. The Nativity, Psalm 23, and other favorites. Also a tag for memories of 2012 Christmas.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Ours was very quiet. After almost 11 months of unemployment we did not make a big deal with Christmas. Here’s hoping 2013 will be better.

I want to take this time to thank you for coming and spending time with me over 2012 and for all the wonderful comments you have left. They mean the world to me.

Next will be Randy’s card/present. I used 7 Magnolia images on his project.



Annette’s Birthday Card

  • by Myrna Irwin

Last night my sis had to call and tell me which witch card she wanted. She likes the green one. She was telling me about our cousin who had helped her granddaughter make an anniversary meal for her mom and dad. All she had to do was make the dessert! It”s been a loong time since I’ve laughed that hard! Suffice it to say she made THREE desserts and it sounds like one was worse than the next. I came away from the story with 3 main points. 1. Check the freshness of your ingredients. 2. Check the freshness of your ingredients. 3. Check the freshness of your ingredients!!!!! The smell test alone should have taken care of this! Oh dear!

Anyhoo, yesterday was our Stamp Club and it was Annette’s birthday month. So here is her card.

  • Stamp:  Garden of Wishes – LOTV/birthday wishes – savvvy stamps
  • Paper:  DeLovely 6 x 6 pad – Cosmos Cricket
  • Punch:  Starry Night edge – EK Success/Grass Border – MS
  • Die:  Victorian Pickett Fence – Cheery Lynn
  • Copics:
  • Flesh:  E000 E11 E00
  • Hair:  E50 E23 E27
  • Dress:  RV0000 RV000 RV00 RV02 RV04 Wings:  Y0000 Y000 Y00 Y02 – Glamour Dust on wings and star

That’s it for me today. Have a great weekend! The weather is supposed to be perfect here! Thanks for stopping today! Always appreciate your love!


Anniversary Card & Tag Birthday Card

The Anniversary card is for a friend from Stamp Club who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in May!! Congrats Annette and Dick!! The Birthday tag is for another friend from Stamp Club who is into Tim Holtz. I tried Linda, I really did but I had such a hard time adding lots of things. Also, I REALLY did not intend to have this much orange on it!!! One thing lead to another and it ended up ORANGE!! I love it! 😉

With Annette’s card I was trying the white on white type of card. Tough to do. I had to walk away a number of times and wait for ideas to come. I had to add some pink, as it’s her favorite color. Also, all that stark white was starting to freak me out!

With Linda’s tag I tried the Perfect Pearls on kraft paper but you couldn’t see it very well so that’s why I went to black. A very striking effect!

Anniversary Card

  • Stamps:  I Do, Wishing You… – LOTV
  • Inks:  Spun Sugar – DI
  • Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug Swiss Dots
  • Dies:  Doily – Cheery Lynn, Std circles, Lg & Sm – Spellbinders, Swirl – Magnolia
  • Copics:
  • Flesh:  E000 E00
  • Hair:  E50 E51 E53 E33
  • Dress:  N0-2 applied Marshmallow – Glimmer Mist on dress, Frosted Lace – Stickles on veil edge
  • Flowers, Hearts & ribbons:  Rv00 R81 R83 R85 G40 YG63 G28
  • Suit:  N0-7 – Crystal Lacquer on his shoes

Linda’s Tag

  • Dies:  Tag & Butterflies:  TH Sizzix
  • Stamps: Butterfly & live in the moment… – Nature’s Elements
  • Perfect Pearls:  Perfect Gold, Mandarin, Green Patina, Cappuccino
  • Distress Stains:  scattered straw, wild honey, dried marigold, weathered wood, rusty hinge

I used the shattered stain technique from Tim Holtz for the butterflies.

Thanks for stopping and visiting with me for a while today. As always I appreciate and love your comments! 🙂

Have a great weekend! It’s going to be in the 90’s for us. ICK!!


Drew’s Birthday Card

I’m stuck on the fishing theme for Drew! He does love fishing so it’s easy to come up with a card for him. At least it is different than last years!! It’s a beautiful day here, the sun is shining and finally it’s not a hurricane out there!!!

We’ll have our usual birthday feast for him. (He’s home on Spring Break). It’s always meatballs, mashed potatoes and creamed corn. Instead of a birthday cake he wants chocolate Whoopie Pies!! I LOVE them too!!!!!! We had the real thing out in Maine last summer  when we went to visit Emily. LOVE THEM! LOVE THEM!!!

  • Stamps:  Edwin Waiting For Fish – Magnolia/Wishing You a Magical Birthday – LOTV
  • Paper:  Buttercup, Sienna & Java – Bazzill/Fishing Lures – K&Co
  • Die:  Fishing Pole Die – QK’s
  • Inks:  vintage photo, tumbled glass & stormy sky – DI
  • Embossing Plate:  Wood grain – Tim Holtz
  • Copics:
  • Hair:  E51 E53 E55
  • Shirt:  E95 E 97 E99
  • Overalls:  B91 B93 B95 B97
  • Fishing Pole:  E33 E34 E35
  • Bobber:  R21 R24 R27

Tomorrow a couple of friends from Stamp Club are coming over for lunch so we can catch up on what everyone has been doing over the last few months! I can’t wait to see them again!

Some of you may know that we have joined the growing ranks of the unemployed. It totally turns your world upside down. You learn to live day by day or at times hour by hour. I probably will not be posting much in the future. I will continue to check out everyone’s blog but some days just not up to commenting. Keep up the beautiful work everyone!!

Thank you for stopping to visit with me! I always appreciate the love you leave.


Perfect Card For Mady Entering The Terrible Two’s

First of all sorry for the first email. Apparently, I rolled over the publish button and it published it before I was done. GRRRRRR!!! I guess WordPress was so excited that this will be my 100th post they couldn’t wait to publish it!! LOL

As soon as I saw the “It’s My Party” from LOTV I KNEW this was perfect for a two years birthday card!! She is definitely a strong-willed child! She can hold her own at daycare. It sounds like it’s a dog eat dog world there. YIKES!!! Prepares them for life that is for sure.

This card in no way turned out like I had planned it! It just took on  a life of its own! Somedays that happens. I’m very happy with how it turned out though.


  • Stamp:  It’s My Party – LOTV
  • Paper:  From the Kioshi set – BG
  • Ink: milled lavender – TH
  • Punch:  Pine Branch – MS, Journal Plate – ek success
  • Dies:  Rolling Rose – C.C. Designs, heart swirl – Magnolia
  • Copics:
  • Flesh:  E000 E11 E00
  • Hair:  E50 E51 E53 E33
  • Hair Band, top, socks & ribbons:  G40 G82
  • Skirt & present:  RV0000 RV000 Rv00 – Glamour Dust on crown and skirt

That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping and visiting with me for a while. As always I appreciate your comments that you leave.

Have a great day today I know I will!!!!


Little Darlings Challenge 12 – Thank You

I have always loved the little guy “Nice To Meet You” so he was my perfect choice for a thank you card. This challenge will run from November 23rd to December 13th. It is not a requirement to use Little Darlings stamps. If you do and win you will receive a $20 gift certificate to the Love To Stamp Store. If you use another companies stamp and win you will receive a $10 gift certificate. You can find all the details here on the Little Darlings Challenge Blog. Don’t forget to check on the Love To Stamp Store blog for new products.

Living with all men I stuck to clean and simple for my card. I more than made up for it with my 2 Sneak Peek cards that I will be posting Monday the 28th. That is also the day the Winter Release will be in the store. You’re going to LOVE them!!! Make sure you come back and see them!!

  • Stamps:  Nice To Meet You – Little Darlings/Thank You For Just Being You – LOTV
  • Paper:  Vanilla, Java – Bazzill/Granola 6×6 pad – BG
  • Nesties:  Classic Rectangle, Sm/Std Circle, Sm – Spellbinders
  • Dies:  TH mini butterfly – Sizzix/Heart Swirl – Magnolia
  • Copics:
  • Flesh:  E000 E11 E00
  • Hair:  E31 E34 E39
  • Overalls:  B91 B93 B95 N0 N3 N4
  • Top:  BG70 BG72 BG75
  • Outline:  C0 C1 C2 C3

I made caramel rolls today to have for breakfast over Thanksgiving only to discover that my oven won’t go over 300 degrees!!! GRRRRRRR! Two days before Thanksgiving. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and family here in the United States!! May it be a day filled with fun and laughter with your loved ones.


Pumpkin Racer & Favorite Color Combo

What can be better than an orange and blue color combo!! You have to know I love this card! LOL My sister and her hubby have been building a house in the same city as my niece (their daughter) her hubby and of course, our precious Madyson! They are down to the wire and packing like madmen!! The movers are coming on my B-I-L’s 60th birthday! Yep, my sister, hubby and B-I-L all had 60th birthdays this year! All different families. No, I am not near 60! A few years to go yet. 🙂

Anyway, I digress. I thought this might be the perfect birthday card for him as they are racing to get moved and had wanted to be in by his birthday. Notice I did the image out of the nestie technique. I really wanted him to look like he was zooming for the finish line! I found this sketch on Bev Rochester’s blog. Anywho, here’s my card.

Yesterday I talked about our maple tree out in our front yard. So Christina here’s a picture of it.

Usually this tree is full and beautiful in the Fall. The drought this last Summer and then the hail last week was pretty hard on it. A lot of the leaves fell off while they were still green. My mums this year were just out of sight. They are HUGE it took a whole sheet to cover one mum when we were having freeze warnings.

One last photo of the view I have every day outside my studio window!

  • Stamps:  Pumpkin Racer – Little Darlings/TIME TO CELEBRATE – LOTV
  • Paper:  Indian Summer Fall Stack – DCWV
  • Nesties:  Standard Circle, Sm & Lg, Classic Scalloped Circles, Sm
  • Die:  Branch w/Leaves – Sizzix
  • Punch:  Pumpkin Flourish Chain – ek success
  • Inks:  Rusty Hinge – DI
  • Copics:
  • Flesh:  E000 E11 E00
  • Pumpkin:  Y13 Y15 Y35 Y17 YR20 YR21 YR12 YR15 YR18 Y18 W1 W3 W5 W6
  • Helmet & Top:  B91 B93 B95 B97 B99

Thanks for hanging in here with me this turned into a long post. Thank you for leaving your wonderful comments they mean so much to me!

Have an awesome coming weekend!