Saturday, December 31, 2011

Looking Back and Ahead

Where did this year go??? Though I am not sad to see it go!  It was not a good year for us, and I'm praying that 2012 is better.  That being said, our kids are happy and healthy, Chad's cancer is back in remission, and he has been employed for the last 6 weeks.  It's not a long-term solution, so he continues to look for something else.

I went and looked at what I written as my goals for this year, and I didn't do too bad!  I reclaimed some kitchen cabinets, worked on my cookbook project (which will be a perpetual project), and completed all 52 of MFT's weekly sketches.  You will be seeing #'s 51 and 52 in the next few days.  So my goals for this year are:
1.  continue to work on my cookbook project
2.  do more stamping for ME, when and what I want to.
Keeping it simple this year, I have no energy to do much more than that!

I didn't think I was going to get Christmas photo cards out this year, but things came together at the last minute (i.e., the kids cooperated) and I managed to
send some out a few days before Christmas. 
So here are my 5-1/2 year old and 17 month old (going on 3, lol):

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I love looking at everyone's year in review posts, so I thought I'd add my favorite cards by month:












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Last SFYTT Sample

Here is my last sample for this month's SFYTT:
I've had this made for a while, I've just been SUPER lazy about blogging lately.  But it's been nice to have a break!  I hope you will join in on the SFYTT's next year, a new round starts next Saturday!

Have a safe and happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Here's MFTWSC #50:
I went super simple on this one, as I barely squoze it in on time.  Between work and kids and Christmas prep, not a lot of stamping going on here.  But I don't want to screw up my MFTWSC streak here at the end!!!

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Thursday, December 8, 2011


Here's my card for MFTWSC #49:
I really wanted to ink up this cute little snowboarder. I cut the main panel to the size I wanted and cut him out and popped him up so he extends off the edges (which, by the way, is covered in Calico Shine).  There are also 2 rows of scallop "snowdrifts" behind him.  Then, I got the idea to spray the end of the sentiment strip with Calico White, and I LOVE how it looks like snow spray.  I thought about spraying Snowboard Boy with it too, but I thought it would end up looking like he was buried in an avalanche, so I left well enough alone.  I was inspired by my friend Jackie's cards this week where she put long sentiment strips behind her main image.  LOVE IT!!!!
I took a little liberty with the embellishments, there are supposed to be three of them in the upper right corner.  But, there was no room for them, so I put one snowflake embellishment instead.

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Monday, December 5, 2011


I was able to combine the MFT sketch challenge with the MFT Guest Design Challenge this week, woohoo!
We were challenged to Play Tag for this guest design challenge, and here is my finished ensemble:  gift with tag plus coordinating card.

Let's start with a close-up of the card (MFTWSC48):
I used some fun papers on the background, and stamped on another patterned piece.  I then blasted it with calico shine, so you can barely read the words here, lol!  It says, "Though we are apart, you're in my heart this Christmas", from Clearly Sentimental about Christmast.  I layered that sentiment on a piece of paper that I diecut with the Tag-You're It die.  After I cut it, I turned it around and ran it through again, creating the tag top design on both ends.  You can see a little open scallop border peeking out from the ribbon.  And to finish it off, I diecut a fancy flourish that is also covered in calico shine.

And here is the gift tag:

Let's take a closer look at some details:

I started with a kraft Tag-You're It base, then added some patterned paper, a dizzy doily cut from more patterned paper, and another fancy flourish.  You can also see more calico shine.  Yes, I love that stuff!  To make the 3D ornament, I punched 7 circles out of two different papers, folded them in half, and glued them back-to-back.  I fanned it out, added some twine to hang it, and a bow of crinkled seam binding.  The sentiment is again from Clearly Sentimental about Christmas, and I inked it separately to fit on two banner strips.  A few random rhinestones finish it off!

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

December SFYTT

Here we are at the last SFYTT of the year!  One lucky stamper who has participated in all 12 sketches will be chosen as the winner of a prize package that includes gift certificates, stamps, and a year's subscription to the SCS Fan Club.  So if you've done the other 11, make sure you get this last one done too, so you can be in the drawing for the awesome prize!!!!

December's sketch:

There is no official sponsor this month, so I chose to work with stamps from My Favorite Things, a previous sponsor.
I kept things super simple and stayed within the sketch to make this card that will go in my mom's stash.  I used PI Super Boy, File Tab die-namic, and Stacking Stars die-namics.

1. The SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY {SFYTT} will be posted on the first Saturday of each month on at 8am EST and will stay open to participants until the last day of the month, unless otherwise noted.
2. This is for fun! Interpret the sketch as you wish and embellish as desired. There are no vendor restrictions, but we would love to see you use the sponsor’s stamps!
3. Each month we will have a Designer of the Month that will be chosen from past month’s participants.
4. Come and play with us on each and every sketch! On Christmas Day 2011 a prize package worth over $200 will be given away to one very lucky and loyal SFYTT stamper that participates in EVERY sketch for the year.
5. To be eligible for the prize package, you must complete ALL of the sketches by each of the deadlines AND link your creation to the link system on that month’s sketch post (the first Saturday of the month). Everyone except for SFYTT Sisters are eligible for the prize package, including Designer of the Month and international players.
6. When posting your sketch creation on your blog, please post the sketch and link back to the sketch post on When posting to online galleries, please use the keyword “SFYTT.”

Jen has lots of links for inspiration on her blog, so check it out.
I hope you'll play along! Thanks for stopping by!