Happy Thanksgiving to all of my family and friends and especially all of the wonderful people that I have met since I began stamping nearly 7 years ago.  You have all been wonderful friends and without your support the changes in my life over the past 12 months would have been really hard.  I am so grateful for my 2 beautiful daughters and for the wonderful man that God has sent to me.  Life is beautiful and I feel so blessed.  Much love and many warm thoughts to you and your family on this day of gratitude.

The next few days will be a break from creating as I spend the holiday weekend in the most perfect little house in the mountains with those that I love the most.  This place really is a little piece of heaven...

Until next time!


More hand stamped ornaments & tags

Artistic Etchings Ornament

 I made these ornaments a few weeks ago with one of my favorite Stampin' Up! sets: Artistic Etchings.  I love this crown and thought it would look great as an ornament.  I used our large scallop and circle dies and then attached a pretty glittered snowflake ornament that I got for super cheap at a local craft store using Crystal Effects.  I stamped and punched the crown with Black Craft ink on Very Vanilla card stock and mounted it on our smaller punched scallop also using Crystal Effects.  I ran both scallops thru the Big Shot using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder to give them a little texture.  I punched a hole in the top with my Crop-a-dile and then tied some twine thru it to hand it on the tree.  I finished the whole thing off with some Champagne Shimmer Mist made by adding a few drops of our Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint to 2 oz. of 70% rubbing alcohol.  I mix it up in an old Stampin' Mist bottle which sprays it perfectly and evenly.  It adds the perfect amount of bling to any project.

Until next time!


Ruby and I are so blessed and proud to be a part of the wonderful venture known as Vintage Market.  Many thanks to Teresa Benedict for giving us the opportunity and to all of the ladies (and guy) who make up the wonderful team of vendors/artists with whom we are lucky enough to share floor space.  If you have not been able to experience the Market now is the time; the holiday decor is breathtaking.

Check out this wonderful article that blogger Shelly Bort recently wrote about Vintage Market:

Until next time!


Warm Winter Treats!

So as you may have noticed, I have not posted anything here in a couple of weeks.  I have spent the last 2 weekends up at my boyfriend's house in Angels Camp and just having a wonderful time!  Last weekend we took Natalie with us and on Sunday we got to play in the first snow of the season.  It fell in the Murphys/Arnold area (just up the hill) and it was just beautiful, as you can see below:

We also paid a visit to The Red Apple in Murphys and had their famous hot cider, apple turnovers and their amazing apple cider donuts! OMG, they were to die for.  I bought a dozen donuts to take home as well as a half gallon of sweet cider and needless to say neither of those lasted very long!  It did put me in the mood to get started on my warm winter treats for Vintage Market!  These treats are some inexpensive gifts that you can create for your neighbors, teachers, or just use them for stocking stuffers. 

The picture above is one of my Apple Cider bags.  I buy the Alpine Apple Cider packets and then package them up with creamy caramels or some Werthers Hard Candies. I cut a piece of coordinating card stock (this I emboss in the Big Shot) and slide it into one of our wonderful clear envelopes (a steal at $4.95 for 50!).  They are perfect for little gifts like this and look so much better than anything you find in the local craft stores. I just add some rustic ribbon from my stash and a cool Stampin' Up! tag and they are ready to go! 

These treats are hot cocoa packets wrapped in Christmas DSP and then topped of with these cute Santa Lollipops that I found at the Dollar Tree.  I made a matching topper for my bag (SU Medium Cello Bags), added my stamped and punched greeting and then wrapped it up in our Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (currently found on the SU Clearance Rack)!

I hope these ideas and the cool weather inspire you to get busy and start crafting for the holidays!
Until next time!