Today is Day 3 of Ellen’s “12 Days of Christmas” in the CLASSroom.  With lots of wonderful BLOG CANDY for all 12 days of the celebration, I hope you can check it out and maybe win some fabulous prizes while you’re at it!


smileychristmaslightsani.gifOh my goodness..

The Christmas Season is upon us!  I have been busy getting all the fun activities accomplished including putting up the outdoor Christmas lights all by myself!!  Who knew I could reach so high on tippy toe while standing on the top step of the ladder!  Not bad for an old lady!  LOL!!


However, I haven’t been stamping much but did get to create this card using a sweet set from Hero Arts.  There are lots more details about this project over in the CLASSroom.  It is sort of a funny/confusing story.  But the bottom line is that Ellen Hutson will now be carrying Hero Arts Clear Stamps!

AND… be sure to visit the CLASSroom tomorrow (Saturday, December 19th) as well!  Starting at 10am (PST) Ellen is having a scavenger hunt.  Now if I know Ellen, there will be some surprises along the way!

Happy Crafting!

I’ve discovered something.  I LOVE Inchies!  I can’t put them away.  I keep trying to, but I just love the feel of these little miniature “canvases”.  So why fight it!  lol  Today I have used some Inchies, Inchies+ and Twinchies and some of the many tiny vintage images on Graphic 45’s Christmas Past Collection “Letters to Santa” and “Deck the Halls” designer paper to make some miniature focal points for a couple of different Christmas card sets.  Graphic 45’s Christmas Past Collection “Let It Snow” designer paper was also used for a background design.

Here is the first set.


And here are the individual Inchie designs closeup.




After cutting out several of the vintage pictures I decided how I wanted to mix and match my Inchies with them.



I used Mod Podge to adhere the papers to the Inchies.  Once they had dried, a final coat was applied for a finished look.



Here is the second set.


And here are the closeups of each miniature scene.  Graphic 45’s Christmas Past Collection “The Holly and the Ivy”, “Glad Tidings”, “Carol of the Bells” and “Letters to Santa”, designer papers were also used for background designs.





My oh my what fun I had!  Now it’s time to get these cards in the mail.

Thanks for dropping by today.  Happy Crafting!


Set of 3

Stamps: Stamp Oasis “Seasons Greetings”; Memory Box “Joy to the World”

Papers: Memory Box “Licorce”; Neenah “Classic Creme”; Graphic 45“Christmas Past Collection” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black“; Ranger Distress “Tea Dye”; Black Gel Pen

Accessories: Inchies, Inchies+ and Twinchies; Cuttlebug and Textile Embossing Folder; “Saucy” Lace Ribbon; Cording; Black GG Ribbon; Velvet Ribbon; Brads; Ornare Piercing Tool and Template; Corners Punch; Stickles; Mod Podge


Set of 4

Stamps: FLLC “Holiday Greetings”

Papers: DCWV Mat Stack; Graphic 45“Christmas Past Collection” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”

Accessories: Inchies and Inchies+; Twill Ribbon; GG Ribbon; Pearls; Stickles; Mod Podge

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September                 October

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November                 December


Well December’s calendars have been made and hand delivered on Thanksgiving Day to all 4 of my sisters.  It has been quite a project that was most wonderful in that I would be thinking about my sisters as I was making the calendars.


(Note to Self:  Need to get a new photo taken of all 5 of us together.  This was the most recent photo I could find, and it is 7 years old.  Definitely need a new photo.)

smileyhuggroup1ani.gifThere are lots of memories.  How about growing up with 5 girls (6 including mom) under 1 roof and only 1 bathroom… 1 sink and no separate shower, just a tub… for the whole family!!  Lots of clothes sharing and hand-me-downs, too.  And yet, we felt rich.  I remember Dad would get up so early to use the bathroom and then turn it over to us girls!  Not sure when my 1 and only brother got his turn in there!  He was the oldest and left home to join the Navy when I was only 8.


Those were simpler times with simpler dreams.  Or maybe it was just that I was the kid and not the adult!  lol  In any case this project was one that I’m really happy I did.

Thanks for dropping by today.

Happy Crafting!! smileyhuggroup1ani.gif



Stamps:  “Flower of the Month” and “Lace Snowflakes”; Judy Kins Music Backgrounder

Papers: Whisper White and Basic Black

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel and Close to Cocoa; Copics:


Accessories: Inchie+; Petaloo Mulberry Flower; Flower Soft; Velvet Ribbon; Gingham Ribbon; McGill 1-7/8″ Deckeled Square Punch; Kaiser Pearls; Stickles; Calendar Download from A Muse; Computer/Printer



Stamps:  “Flower of the Month”

Papers: Whisper White, Ruby Red and Basic Black

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; White Gel Pen; Stardust Glitter Pen; Copics:


Accessories: GG Ribbons; Gingham Ribbon; Leaf Charms; McGill 1-9/16″ Square Punch; Kaiser Pearls; Calendar Download from A Muse; Computer/Printer



Stamps:  “Flower of the Month”

Papers: Whisper White, Old Olive, More Mustard and Always Artichoke

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; Old Olive; Stardust Glitter Pen; Copics:


Accessories: Striped GG Ribbon; Gingham Ribbon; Button; Square Punches 1-7/8″ and 1-9/16″; Calendar Download from A Muse; Computer/Printer



Stamps:  “Flower of the Month”

Papers: Whisper White, Bordering Blue and Elegant Eggplant

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; Chocolate Chip; Copics:


Accessories: Felt Ribbon; Gingham Ribbon; “Shire” Lace Ribbon; Kaiser Pearls; Cuttlebug and”Vintage” Die Cut; Calendar Download from A Muse; Computer/Printer

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