Thursday, November 29, 2007

*Wanna See Some Christmas Cards?*

I have all of the entries up on a website for the 9th Annual CST Holiday Card Contest. You are all more than welcome to head over to see the cards, however only CST Members will be able to vote.

There are some great cards... please take a few minutes to pop over there and have a look!

*Enjoying the Quiet*

You know, this is truly my favourite part of the day. The only downside is that it is early in the morning. But it's right after the boys and Bruce have all left for the day. The house is quiet. There is no one needing me for anything. Yup, my favourite part of the day.

Even better when you add the fact that I don't have to go to work today!

I've been busy so far this morning... editing all of the entries for the Holiday Card Contest I hold each year on the YahooGroup email list I own. Once I have all of the cards posted for viewing, I'll let you know so you can have a peek too. You won't be able to vote, but you can at least go have a look at some of the fantastic creations.

This card turned out better than I had envisioned it would. I just love these little penguin stamps from The Angel Company.

Not sure if the photo shows it well, but I sent the patterned paper through my Cuttlebug as well as the white cardstock.

Items Used:
*Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White
*Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up! (retired)
*Images: The Angel Company Little Penguins; Gel-A-Tins
*Ink: Document Black Ink; Stampin' Write Markers in Going Grey, Certainly Celery, Real Red; Blue Ultimate Metallic ink (with Iridescent Ice embossing powder)
*Tools: Cuttlebug, Snowflakes embossing folder, Nestabilities scalloped circle; 1.25" circle punch

I am really hoping to get down to my stamp table today.... send me some good vibes that it actually happens!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

*Something New to Check Out*

I found a new blog to check out yesterday and have already signed up to become a member. Once approved to Stamping Critique, you can post cards you've created so that others can give you some creative feedback on them. You know, those cards that just aren't quite right.

I just posted my first card there this morning....

*Blog Candy to Win!*

Not here... but head on over to Leslie's Blog!

*New Baby*

Insert shocked faces here!

It's the end of November and I'm posting something other than a Christmas Card!

But, not to worry... there are more Christmas Cards to be seen... but I thought I would throw this one in there to mix things up a little.

One of the teachers where I work, who was Alex's teacher last year, who is someone I think is a great person, had her last day of work earlier this month as her baby was due at the end of November. I gave her the crocheted blanket that I posted a few weeks ago. And of course, I needed a card to go with it!

Unfortunately, I don't have my notes on this card so I can't tell you everything about it.... the cardstock is Whisper White, BarelyBanana, Certainly Celery and Garden Green. The patterned paper is by Stampin' Up! So is the little greeting at the bottom.

In case you were wondering, they ended up with a baby girl last Thursday... done by C-Section.

*My Elf Name*

Your Elf Name Is...

Furry Hot Chocolate

Sunday, November 25, 2007

*Another Holiday Card*

I am very very pleased to report that I have made a total of 60 Christmas cards.... I might be done, although I might also make another 10 just in case. I like to have extras on hand. I have made a lot of different designs this year and I chose 6 that I really liked and made 10 of each of them. I spent yesterday afternoon finishing them off.

The best part of doing it this way is that I was able to spend more time on the cards. Instead of 60 simple design cards, I made a few designs that were simple and a few that required more work (lots of colouring).

I might make another 10 of a new design to send to those people who read my Blog so that they don't get something they've already seen.

The card today is a little "different" for me... not really my Christmas style this year. More traditional and grown-up than the others I have made.

I saw this set in The Angel Company catalogue and I had to have it. The swirls were so beautiful and the images all so elegant. Not sure what else I will do with the set yet.... will have to do some more playing.

Items Used:
*Images: The Angel Company Holiday Magic
*Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Ruby Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
*Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Fruitcake
*Ink: Document Black Ink; Stampin' Write Markers in Garden Green
*Embellishments: Sakura Quickie Glue Pen with red Ultra Fine glitter; Prima flowers; silver brads


So, now the question... when do I stop making Christmas Cards? As I've said before, Christmas is my favourite "reason" to make cards. I think I still have a few Christmas ideas left in me... not to mention a bunch of stamps that have never seen ink, patterned papers that have never been cut, and embellishments that are begging to be used!

Friday, November 23, 2007

*Flashback Friday*

Tonight marks the start of the holiday season for Bruce and I... we have our first Christmas party to go to. Seems a little early, but then again, I feel like I'm behind. Does that make sense?

Here is another older Christmas card. Not as far back in the past as others I've been posting. This one comes from the first winter after I started as a demonstrator with Stampin' Up! Not sure I love the colour combination, but I really like how it turned out. I used a Stampin' Around Wheel to create the background. Quick and easy!

The hardest part was figuring out where to use the punches to create the tabs!

*Thanks Heather -- Aloha RAK Club*

Look at the great card that was in my mailbox yesterday! A big THANK YOU to Heather who sent me this card and the stamped images for my November RAK for Jen's Aloha RAK Club.

I love how she used paper piecing to make the dress on the new Hanna Stamps girl.

Thanks so much Heather!!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

*Another Snowman*

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American readers! I hope that you have a wonderful day with friends and family. How many of you have a plan of attack for shopping tomorrow???

I am very pleased to report that I have 30 of my Christmas cards ready to be signed and put in envelopes. I have chosen a few of my favourite designs from this year and am making 10 or 12 of each card. This will be the first time ever that I am not sending out the same card to everyone on my list. The task of making my Christmas cards feels a lot less daunting doing it this way.

This isn't one of the cards I've chosen. I like it, but I'm not in love with it. You know what I mean? This card uses a sketch I found a while back at Poetic Artistry.

Items Used:
*Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Real Red, Bashful Blue
*Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up! (retired)
*Images: Great Impressions
*Ink: Black Document Ink; Stampin' Write! markers in Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Going Grey, Bashful Glue
*Tools: Marvy Mega and Giga Scallop Circle punches
*Embellishments: Liquid Pearls, silver Snowflake brad

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

*Chilly With a Dusting of Snow*

Not my card, but the weather. We are well below freezing and we got a surprise snowfall last night around rush hour. It's not a lot of snow, but it will probably stick around for a little bit. I wouldn't even say it's enough to really play in.

Another Christmas card for you to enjoy today. I just love these images from Big On Christmas! So cute and so versatile!

Items Used:
*Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red
*Patterned Paper: Die Cuts With A View Christmas Glitter Stack
*Images: Stampin' Up! Big On Christmas
*Ink: Stampin' Up! Basic Black classic ink; Stampin' Write Markers in Real Red, Glorious Green, Summer Sun
*Embellishments: red ultrafine glitter

Sunday, November 18, 2007

*Try This Challenge #3*

Another Monday means another Try This Challenge brought to you by Nancy and Cindy! A big HUGE thank you to those of you who have been playing along with us. I hope that a few more people will join in this week!

This week, you are challenged to show us your ideas for Gift Card Holders. It's getting close to Christmas and there are probably a few people on your gift buying list that you'll buy gift cards for... and it's always nice to give the gift cards in creative packaging.

The first gift card holders I created were using CD Tins. I made a bunch of these last year and just had to order more this year to make more
I used some Stampin' Up! retired decorative paper and some sheer and silver ribbon from Michaels to decorate the top of this tin. I created the paper bow following the directions found here.
For this tin, I used some decorative paper from the Die Cuts With a View Christmas Glitter Stack from Michaels. I stamped a swirl on to Regal Rose cardstock with white craft ink and embossed it with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder and created the scalloped edges with my small corner rounder. The image is by Stamping Bella, coloured with Stampin' Up! Markers.
I found the directions for this neat gift card holder after Dawn sent me one a few months back. Cambria has a tutorial on her blog. Again, I used some retired Stampin' Up decorative paper, as well as a snowflake brad. The Merry Christmas sentiment is a Peel-Offs stocker.
And finally we have the gift card holder that Paris posted earlier this month. This one was a lot of fun to make and really a lot easier than I thought it might be. I used Real Red and Whisper White cardstocks, some patterned paper from the DCWV Christmas Glitter Stack and images from Amuse and Stamp City. I did my colouring with Stampin' Up! markers and added some Crystal Stickles to make the fur on Santa's hat sparkle.

So, now it's your turn! Create some gift card holders and share them with Cindy and I! You can post them on your blog or post them to Splitcoast Stampers (use TTC3 so we can find them!).

And remember to pop by Cindy's blog to see what she came up with.

I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

*Snowflake Circles in Squares*

I am having a tough time realizing that Christmas is coming so quickly! I think it's been the lack of snow and cold weather here.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not calling up Mother Nature and saying "bring on the winter weather woman!", but it's making it harder for me to realize that it's mid November not October still! I think Christmas will be here before I know it!!

I still have so much to do! Shopping (I still need ideas for many on my list... still need information from siblings-in-law about whether or not we're doing a gift exchange) and card making.

I almost panic when I think about it. Well, panic is a strong word. But I sure start to worry!!

Anway, on to brighter things....

I created this card after simply stamping one of these beautiful snowflakes on a scrap of cardstock. I didn't know what to do with it, but I knew I had to do something. I threw out the scrap and stamped the image again in a better ink than black, did a few more and this is the card I came up with.

Items Used:
*Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Silver; Shimmer Blue cardstock (unknown source)
*Images: Amuse; SandyLion
*Ink: Encore Metallic blue ink
*Embellishments: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder; snowflake brad; silver cord
*Tools: Marvy Mega and Giga Scallop Square Punches; 1/16" hold punch; small corner rounder

Friday, November 16, 2007

*Flashback Friday*

Can you believe there are only 39 days until Christmas?? I don't have nearly enough Christmas cards made! Usually I make a bunch trying to come up with the perfect design for the 100+ cards I make each year. This year I think I will make 10 or 12 of 10 different designs just to keep me from getting too bored with the process. I have a few that I love so far that I should work on making a dozen of just to say I've started. I'd really like to be able to start addressing my cards around December 1st so that I know they get out on time.

The card today features my most prized snowman.

I think that this is probably one of the best snowman images ever made. He's just so round and jolly! He makes my heart happy for sure!

The image is by JudiKins and I got it many years ago. I stamped him on white cardstock and did a quick colouring of the red with a marker. I then used Radiant Pearls to colour him. I put the red marker under the red Radiant Pearls to ensure a deep dark colour.

The hard part of this card was cutting the snowman image out. I did not inherit my Mom's patience when it comes to finicky work.

I mounted the snowman onto some snowflake scrapbooking paper and mounted it all onto a square white card.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

*Christmas Gift Tag Swap*

I recently hosted a swap on the Canadian stamping email list that I own/moderate. It's called CST and if you're a Canadian, please check us out!

I also opened the swap up to a few of my friends here in Calgary who are also stampers.

Since it was difficult for people to make space to sign their creations, I decided I would post all of the swap items on my blog with identification for each tag so that we all know who made what.

I'm sure you'll agree with me that these tags are spectacular!!!

I apologize for the quality of the photos....









Tuesday, November 13, 2007

*Congratulations Jeanne!!*

A big congratulations to Jeanne who has won my Pay It Forward blog candy.

Her comment was...
chinamomxtwo said...

Love your blog and it would be great to win--I like your idea of doing something for my neighbors--I think we all get too busy and forget to do simple things like that.........
jeanne

Jeanne, email me with your snail mail address and I'll pop your prize in the mail!

I'll put together the prize and take a photo of it tomorrow when I have some sunshine... then I'll be back to post it.

*More Snow Swirls*

Well, didja all miss me? I bet you didn't even know I was away for the long weekend! My friend Denise and I drove down to Great Falls Montana (about 5.5 hours of driving) to do some Christmas shopping this past weekend. With the Canadian dollar so strong, we figured it was a great excuse to get away. We left Friday morning and came home Monday. We did quite a bit of shopping and had a great time. It was nice to get away.

A big thanks to Cindy for posting my Challenge yesterday.

The card today is one of those "I kinda like it, kinda don't" ones....

Items Used:
*Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Ballet Blue
*Images: The Angel Company Snowy Swirls
*Ink: Stampin' Up! Bashful Blue; Essential Glue Pad
*Accessories: Clear Ultra Fine Glitter
*Tools: Cuttlebug and Snowflakes Embossing Folder
*Embellishments: Sakura Stardust Gel Pen; silver snowflake brad

Monday, November 12, 2007

*Try This Challenge #2*

It's Monday which means it is time for another Cindy and Nancy Try This Challenge.

This week was my week to come up with a Challenge for everyone. The hardest part for me was finding the time to get creative!!!

This week's challenge is to use punches in a creative way on a card. A pretty easy and straightforward challenge.

This is the card I created for the Challenge. I had an idea in my head and it turned out close to what I wanted it to... maybe not as Christmas-y as I had hoped, but not too bad. It was supposed to look like a pointsettia.

Items Used:
*Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate, River Rock
*Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up!
*Ink: Stampin' Up! Basic Black, Wild Wasabi; White Galaxy Marker
*Images: The Angel Company Holiday Magic; Gel-A-Tins
*Tools: Stampin' Up! small and large oval punches and 1 3/8" circle punch


We'd love for you to play along... upload your creations using this challenge to your blog or your Splitcoast Stampers gallery and link to your creations here on my post. If uploading to Splitcoast, please use TT2 in your post so we can find it!

Have a great Monday!

Friday, November 09, 2007

*Flashback Friday*

Another November Friday means another flashback Christmas card.

This was the card I made and sent out back in 2001. The card itself was a great light blue cardstock with white speckles in it. It made me think of snow. The reindeer panel was fun to create... I used a Hero Arts shadow stamp and inked it up with blue pigment ink. I then took the Hero Arts snowflake stamps and stamped the clean dry stamps into the ink on the shadow stamp. This removed most of the ink in the snowflake shapes from the shadow stamp. I then stamped the shadow stamp onto white cardstock.

I then stamped the reindeer (Old Island Stamp Company) in blue Ultimate Metallic ink on top of the shadow image and when it was all dry, added just a little red glitter glue to make my reindeer into a Rudolph.

Happy Holidays (Hero Arts I think), was stamped in the Ultimate Metallic blue ink as well.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

*Paying It Forward, Again*

I was a lucky girl today... Amanda drew my name as one of three winners of some good lookin' candy on her blog. It's more than candy though... it's a Pay It Forward Challenge...

So, my winning means good things for my readers!

Just leave a comment on this post and I will choose one person at random to receive a little treat from me... the catch is, you have to be willing to "Pay It Forward" if you win. If you have a blog, you'll have to post some candy and continue the "Pay It Forward" game. If you don't have a blog, I'd love to see you do something nice for a friend or one of your neighbours... I saw someone post recently on their blog that they put together a little giftie (mostly candies and some handmade cards) and wrote up a note... they then left it all anonymously on a neighbours doorstep and encouraged that neighbour to do the same thing. So no blog? I challenge you do start this in your community.

Please enter your name before midnight on Monday (11/12)for a chance to win!

Have a great day!

*How To Get The Angel Company Stamps*

If you are a Canadian and are wondering how to go about getting TAC stamps, please email me (link to the right) and I'll give you the names of a few US Demos I know who are willing to ship to Canada.

*Warm Little Penguins*

I just love these Angel Company stamps. It's a set of four adorable little penguins. I placed all four on one larger acrylic block and stamped them once instead of trying to line up (with my Stamp-a-ma-Jig of course) four different images. I think it worked out pretty well.

I then had fun colouring them in with my Stampin' Up! markers.

I think that this might be my favourite card so far this season.

Items Used:
*Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black, paper-weight vellum
*Patterned Paper: DCWV Christmas Glitter Stack from Michaels
*Images: The Angel Company Little Penguins; Amuse
*Ink: Basic Black Classic Ink; Stampin' Write Markers in Real Red, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie
*Embellishments: Swarovski Crystals

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

*Snow Swirls*

It's a beautiful sunny day here this morning. Apparently it should warm up a little for the next two days which means that the dusting of snow we got on Sunday should disappear.... in time for the threat of more snow by Friday.

I shouldn't complain. I choose to live here. We could move somewhere with a warmer climate. But then I'd probably complain that I missed the snow in winter.

Why are we never happy with the weather?

I guess we all just need something to talk about/complain about. Complaining about the weather connects us all!

I purchased a couple of winter/Christmas sets from The Angel Company a few weeks ago. What a great value. They come in sets like Stampin' Up! but they don't come with wood blocks. It's the rubber (which is blue!!) and cling foam. You cut them out like you would the Stampin' Up! sets, but they are only on the foam. You then use them with an acrylic block.

I will admit that a few years back, I was totally against these and the acrylic stamps. I like my rubber and I like my wood. But I've decided that I don't care how the stamps come... I will buy wood mounted when I can, but if I fall in love with an image, I'm not going to not buy it if it's acrylic or unmounted.

This is one of the images from one of the sets I purchased. It combines my love of snowflakes and swirls. Gotta love that!

The problem was, as soon as I got the set I drew a blank as to what to do with it! Sigh.

Items Used:
*Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Bashful Blue
*Images: The Angel Company Snowy Swirls
*Ink: Stampin' Up! Whisper White Craft
*Tools: Cuttlebug and Snowflakes Embossing Folder
*Embellishments: white embossing powder, sheer black and white polka dot ribbon from Michaels

Monday, November 05, 2007

*Try This Challenge #1*

Cindy and I got to talking over MSN this past weekend about starting a challenge between the two of us. We'll take turns coming up with the challenge, share it with each other and then post our creations on the same day on our Blogs.

This first week, Cindy came up with a sketch for the two of us to use. You can see the sketch on her blog. This is my card creation using that sketch.

We would love it if you'd like to play with us too!!! Just create a card using this layout and link your card either in the comments for this post or the post Cindy has for her Challenge Card. You can also post it over at Splitcoast Stampers if you want... just use TTC1 in your title so we can find it!

Play along... we'd love to see what you come up with!

Items Used:
*Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate
*Images: Verve Visual
*Ink: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate
*Tools: Marvy Mega Scallop Circle punch; Fiskars Shape Cutter; paper piercing tool
*Embellishments: sheer ribbon and silver edged white ribbon from Michaels; white gel pen

Sunday, November 04, 2007

*Did You Remember?*

I hope that everyone remembered to change their clocks back an hour before heading off to bed on Saturday night. I grew up in Saskatchewan where they don't change the time for Daylight Savings so when I moved away to Ontario, it was a pretty big deal to me. I would venture to say I was a little anal about it. I've gotten a little more relaxed about it over the years. I don't sit here the day after the change and think... "the clock shows 10:45, but that is really 11:45".

We only forgot one year. It was the year Matthew was born. He was born March 17th and a few weeks later we had to "spring forward". And we knew we had to do it and when. But we went to bed on the Saturday night, got up on Sunday morning and went through most of the day before we realized what we had done. Duh.

At least it won't be pitch black when the kids are heading of to school tomorrow morning... but I sure hate that it will be dark by dinnertime.

I created this card a few weeks ago when Shannon and Allison came over to play. Tracy was invited to join us but was sick so she wasn't able to make it.

It's rather plain and simple, but not a bad card. Just not a "wow" card.

Items Used:
*Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White
*Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up!
*Images: Gel-A-Tins Fancy Flakes and Sayings; Sandylion Kelly Panacci Christmas
*Ink: Stampin' Up! Basic Black and Rose Red Classic; Stampin' Write Markers in Summer Sun, Creamy Caramel and Certainly Celery
*Embellishments: Sakura Stardust gel pen

Saturday, November 03, 2007

*Snowmen Make My Day*

I have a "thing" for snowmen and snowflakes. Not necessarily the real ones, but images of them, and papers with them on, and decorations. The real ones mean it's cold outside, whereas these pictures and decorations mean it might still be warm outside.

It's all in the mind, people.

But, back to my addiction.

I can't seem to say "no" to snowmen and snowflakes. Well, some I can. I guess there are just certain ones that catch my eye. But I love them.

Items Used:
*Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Brushed Silver, Bashful Blue
*Images: Uptown Rubberstamps
*Ink: Stampin' Up Basic Black Classic; Stampin' Write Markers on Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Almost Amethyst, Creamy Caramel, Pumpkin Pie
*Embellishments: Sakura Stardust Gel Pen; plastic snowflakes (unknown source)

I made this card using Sketch Challenge #24 from Beate's Blog from a few weeks ago... although I realized after I was done that I did it backwards. I was looking at the sketch upside down at the same time Allison was working on her card for the challenge (the piece of paper I'd printed it out on was in front of her. Oh well. Close.

*Santa From Flashback Friday*

A HUGE thank you to Amanda for showing me THIS! I am ordering him as we speak! StampFrancisco sells this Santa in four different sizes... I'm going for the medium one, 2.5"X3.5". Smaller than the original I had.

*Adobe Photoshop Questions*

Hi All... I am seriously contemplating purchasing Photoshop.... but I have questions.... can those of you who own it and have experience with it, please help me out???

*Which would you get... Photoshop 5.0, 6.0? Elements or just PhotoShop?
*How hard is it to teach myself how to use it?
*What all do you do with it?

I would love to try my hand at using some digi-scrapping stuff to create myself a blog banner... can I do that with Photoshop???

Thanks in Advance!

Friday, November 02, 2007

*Flashback Friday*

I think I've discovered what is causing at least part of the headaches I've been getting lately. Well, two reasons for two different spots in my head.

First, I think I now need my reading glasses (which I got a year ago) to work on the computer and when I crochet. I will try this for a bit. I might even try them with my stamping. The computer screen just looks a little more clear with the glasses on. Yes, I see my eye doctor later this morning... maybe I too will need full time glasses.

The glasses story is kind of funny... I come from a family of 5... I am the youngest of 3 sisters. The oldest sister and I were the only ones without glasses. And we were proud of that. Out of the 5 grandchildren on my side of the family, my oldest son is the only one without glasses. Last November, I got my eyes checked and mentioned the headaches I was getting from reading. Sure enough, I needed reading glasses. It was so close to Christmas and my Mom and oldest sister were heading out here, so I decided to leave it as a surprise... until my oldest sisters' daughter let it slip that they were going out to pick out "mom's new glasses". Sure enough... within a week of each other, we both needed reading glasses! Neither of us wanted to tell the other because we didn't want the other to be gloating that they didn't need glasses. My sister (btw, her name is Heather) went back to the eye doctor last month and she's now in full time glasses... bi-focals to boot. I wonder if I'm close behind???

Today you get a treat. You get to see a card made with the most beautiful Santa face ever made. But this story has a sad ending.... first, I decided I didn't use him enough so I sold him and sent him across the country to his new home. Second, you can no longer get this stamp other than by paying a tonne of money on Ebay as the company has gone out of business.

Yes, I know there are other great Santa faces out there, but there isn't one that compares to this one.

The Santa face is by Gumball Graphics. I stamped him in black Memories ink on glossy cardstock. The background (which says, "Life is too short NOT to believe in Santa") was computer generated and printed onto paper not cardstock. I layered it all up on red cardstock and voila.

I just love him....

Thursday, November 01, 2007

*November??*

Happy November everyone! I don't honestly know where the time has gone or how we've gotten to November already, but here we are! I was out and about for a bit yesterday morning and honestly, it started to feel to me like we were getting closer to Christmas (which, obviously, we are). There was something in the air. I dunno.

Halloween was good in our house. Our older son (Alex, grade 7) decided to not dress up this year. He wasn't even all that interested in handing out the candy last night. I will admit to being a little disappointed that my boy feels too old to Trick or Treat. But it was good that there was one less costume to plan. Matthew went out with his Dad and friends of ours. He was a skeleton. He wasn't totally into getting a tonne of candy and was home after about an hour with a lot less candy than we've seen in previous years.

I was very disappointed in how few kids came to our door... all the neighbours were home and handing out this year, lots of lights on, the weather was good... but still our numbers were pretty low when you consider how many kids live in our community. I love seeing the kids coming to the door.... they all look so cute!

As you probably noticed, I don't "do" Hallowe'en Stamping. It's not as big here in Canada as it is in the US. It would never occur to me to send a "Happy Hallowe'en" card to someone. That's why you keep getting Christmas Cards!

This is another card using "Big On Christmas". I just love this set. So good if you like to colour a little. I'm also pleased with the colour combination I used. I used this one a few times last year as well. I like that it's "Christmas-y" without being those traditional colours.

Items Used: (all Stampin' Up! unless noted)
*Cardstock: Whisper White, Regal Rose, Bashful Blue
*Patterned Paper: in Certainly Celery
*Images: Big on Christmas
*Ink: Basic Black Classic; Stampin' Write Markers in Regal Rose, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Summer Sun, Creamy Caramel
*Tools: single hole punch to create "ticket" corners
*Embellishments: Sakura Stardust Gel Pen (coloured over top of markers in image); Stickles