Monday, October 31, 2011

Christmas card with Copics and Nestabilities

Hello all - and Happy Halloween!

As I'm getting my little guy ready to be a Ninja for Halloween, I'm starting (slowly but surely) my Christmas cards! I have my ideas in my head, but haven't actually started mass production yet. I know, I know. It's time to get moving - after all, I do make 50 per year.

This card might just get me inspired to start my work finally!

I really love a Christmas card that is all about Christmas, but I don't particularly love the old fashioned colours of deep red and pine green. So when I saw this colour scheme by My Mind's Eye (12 Days of Christmas) it was love at first sight (or stamp)! And anything that incorporates my beloved teal & turquoise colours is a bonus!

I spent at least a couple of hours colouring this scene, and really enjoyed it. I had lots of fun adding layers to the different sections and trying to really get some contrast in the colour shading. I always start with choosing my image, then the paper, and then I match my copics to my paper. These colours just make me happy!

I didn't use any unusual colour pairings here. I stuck with natural blending partners. But if you're like me, and always looking for colour inspiration (or if you have this particular paper and want some guidance) here are my colours:

BG18, BG15, BG13, BG11, BG10
YG17, YG13, YG11
R29, R27, R24, R22
E35, E33, E31
BG07, BG05, BG02
E29, E27 E25
YR24, YR23, YR21

I have used my beloved Nestabilities by Spellbinders to accent the focal image. I'm not sure I ever make a card that doesn't use at least one die! I've punched out the Nativity scene with an oval, and then I used my new lattice die to punch out the accent paper.

For once, I've even decorated the interior of my card! This almost never happens, but there was the most perfect paper in the My Mind's Eye 6x6. And I used it to add the sentiment as well.

Happy stamping!

Sunday, October 30, 2011


Wanted to share this quick and easy project for you featuring  Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Silly Jack O' Lantern set,  Pumpkin Jack Movers and Shapers and Cat and Raven Die Set

To make this card simply double your cardstock and place the creased edge of the paper inside of the die cutting area, so to create a small fold.

Cut the Eyes, Mouth , Nose  and Stem out with Black Cardstock, add white gel pen highlights and adhere to the front of the Pumpkin Card

Sponge the edges of the Pumpkin with Tangerine Ink

Stamp the sentiment on the inside of the card with Licorice Ink and attach the Cat.

Using your Honeycomb Paper and cutting in the direction of the arrows, cut a ghost shape. Adhere the ghost to the inner fold line using a strong adhesive. Attach small black rhinestones for the eyes.

Such Fun!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Smash book in Stock- have you started smashing yet

SGD has the sooo popular Smash Books in stock in many of the different colours. Which is good and bad for me. 

Good- they come in different colours. I like different colours. 

Bad- the different coloured books are different on the inside so of course I need each one. 

Or is that maybe another good thing? hee Hee. 

I have to tell you about how popular Smash books are not only with us crafty peeps but also for kids and teens. I bought these books for my 2 daughters. One likes to not soooo much. Well they are both onto their second books as they are so full if they put anything else in it may explode! We have bought some for their friends and it has proven to be just as popular with anyone we have given it to. I think it is because it is old school scrapbooking as shown in the video above. They cut out their 'Cody Simpson' and 'Justin Bieber' pictures from their magazines and fill the books with their fave pictures. They smash in all their movie tickets, pamphlets from places we've visited, restaurant menus, doodles, good notes from teachers and notes from friends. Instead of the collectables that used to float around in bags and drawers they have a place in their book to treasure forever. 

My oldest recently had a birthday party and 2 of her friends brought their Smash books to the party so they could add to it as the party progressed. I DID NOT MAKE THEM DO THIS! Even though it is something I could totally see myself suggesting to the kids hee hee. They smashed in flyers from the spa we went too and parts of their gift bags. Girls after my own heart. 

I am sharing this story because I am so surprised at how amazing these books are for birthday and Christmas gifts. The books and the add-ons  you can buy are so inexpensive that you can grab a few items to get them on their way- starting with smashing some of their birthday cards right into their book :). 

Click here to find SGD's supply of Smashie goodness for Smashaholics like me- 

Here are some pics from my Smash book and my basket of Smashie goodness. I have to admit I fight not to 'organize' my page and just freely put items in. I keep reminding myself- this is not a beauty pageant- just smash it in!!!

Smash books- I'm not sure who came up with the idea at K&Company but I thank you.....I love you actually....I hope that this doesn't make things awkward...but I really love you...Smash books make my life brighter and free. Bliss...

Have a smashing day- Andrea

Friday, October 28, 2011

District Market by Tim Holtz

It's here. It's amazing. You need it all.


(But don't buy it until I get there first!!!!)

CHECK IT OUT HERE to shop or click up on TIM's picture for his blog post about the whole line!!!

Merry Christmas!

And so another Friday with a card from me, a Christmas card again, there are so many new beautiful Christmas products in the store, I can't help myself.
This card is a bit bigger than the size I usually make, the finished size of the card is 6 x 4 3/4.
I started with 2 red pieces of cardstock ( 5 1/4 x 4) and one of them I embossed with the Crafts Too Pointsetta frame embossing folder, after I did that I cut out the second largest die from the Classic Rectangle large Spellbinders.
The second piece of cardstock goes right under the embossed one with foam tape along the sides to give it a raised effect. The white piece in the middle is 3 x 2 1/4, embossed with the Cuttlebug dots embossing folder and matted with a piece of metallic gold paper.
The sentiment is from Just Rite Happy Everything tag kit, this kit actually comes with the dies to cut it out and a clear block, super handy. I used Versafine olympic green ink for a crisp image.
Then I made the pointsetta with the Layered Pointsetta from Spellbinders, I cut out 3 sizes twice and 3 green leaves, I inked all the edges with the gold ink, be careful, this needs to dry a little bit. I put the flower together with the 450 glue and the punch a bunch flower tool kit and added some dots with the Viva gold pearl pen.
Then I framed the red with the gold, 5 5/8 x 4 1/8, and then with green, 5 3/4 x 4 1/2, on a white card, 6 x 4 3/4.
Hope you can follow my instructions if you like to do so.
Have a great weekend and happy crafting, Anja

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Boo Time!

I love Sizzix dies... 

How fun is it to take a die cut (like this fun clock) and make it work for and out of the box occasion. This project could easily be altered to make a birthday, Christmas, graduation, lunch invitation or whatever occasion you need with a change of sentiment and papers. I added a SRM Sticker and die cut letters for my sentiment, but you could also use a stamp or rub-on. Fun stuff!


Cardstock: (Ultra Orange 65#, Black Columns 80#)
Patterned paper:  Basic Grey (Out of Print)
Ink: Ranger Distress Brushed Corduroy
Flower Soft: Black
Die cuts: Sizzix Big Shot, Bigz Ornate Hands & Clock die, die cut letters were cut with a  Sizzix eclips
Stickers: SRM Boo! 
Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New at SGD's .... Wonderful Wednesday's with Kim!

As many of you know, our Therapy Thursday's has grown way beyond what we ever dreamed! This past week we had almost 60 ladies join us!! It was amazing! We are so excited to announce that along with "Therapy Thursday's with our A-Team" we will also be hosting "Wonderful Wednesday's with Kim!" Kim's first Wednesday will be November 2 and she plans to be working with the incredible new Sizzix - Hero Arts Stamp/Embossing Sets! As with our Therapy Thursday's, you do not need to register ... just bring a basic tool kit & be ready to start at 1pm. In lieu of any fee for these fun events, we are asking that you bring in canned food for the Food Bank. Our first donation to the Food Bank will be the first week in November!! Keep those cans of food rolling in ... together we are all making a difference for those who need it most. It will warm your heart to know what a difference your donations are making.

So now SGD's has TWO days a week where you can drop by and try your hand at some cool products .... learn about awesome gadgets .... and most importantly, have fun!! Wednesday & Thursday events will be different styles & products .... but always guaranteed fun!! The choice is now yours ... join us Wednesday or Thursday or both!

Happy Wednesday

Hi Everyone,
Here is my card for today. It is my one and only Halloween card. Not one to make a lot of Halloween cards but I love Halloween colours. I used Basic Grey paper called EEK (sorry it is from last year). I used Tim's die cut called Gothic Boo. I used Black Glitter Ritz to make the Boo and 31 Stand out.
I cut a piece of card stock wide enough to fit the die. I then used the Creative Tape and taped one side to the card stock. I ran this through my vagabond machine (I love my machine).

I then peeled back the top layer of the Creative Tape. I then poured Black Glitter Ritz over the Boo and 31.

Then I took my finger and rubbed the glitter. This makes the glitter shine more and it adheres well to the tape. This is called the burnished velvet technique. Love it.
Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Inky Antics Honey Pop Stamps by Stampers Anonymous!!

So what exactly are these you ask?? 'Cause I asked the same thing! Here I was browsing through the New Products (which I do daily!) and I come across these super cute stamp sets that say they are to be used along with this honeycomb paper. Hmmm. Sounds interesting. I was intrigued!!

Here is one of the stamp sets (that I had to buy!):

And here is what you can do with it!!!

Here are the sets that SGD has in right now - just click here, along with the Honey comb paper - click here!! You can check out the Inky Antics website for the whole Honey Pop collection! We can probably get more in if there is a set that you just HAVE to HAVE!!!

I started making a card last night with the set and it is just too darn cute!!! I haven't got it coloured yet but hopefully tonight I can finish it up and will add it to this post! My 7 year old son saw it this morning and thought I made it just for him (of course I did sweetie!).

Have a great day!!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

I am in LOVE with my new Copic Case!!!

I would like to introduce you to Carrie- my copic case. Her and I are new besties but we are getting along fast and furious. I first saw these online through a store ad and couldn't even find pictures online. I emailed Sheila instantly blathering about a new case that I needed! 

Thankfully she was able to tell me they were already on their way to SGD. 

She 'may' have stretched the truth slightly so that I wouldn't give myself a new hernia with the conniption I was having but it did come me down lol!!!

I wasn't sure I would like it. I currently have them in order in an acrylic case which made it easy to find a certain colour but other than that..... well it doesn't travel well and it has spilled on me on more than a few occasions. Since I frequently enjoy colouring with friends portability is important to me. 

I have to say I have tested it out and it is working great for me. I used it over at Sarah's house and had no problem grabbing the right colours quickly and clean up was a cinch compared to me putting it off because it meant re-organizing them over and over again. Time to leave..well I just closed the lid and zipped it up! I filled 5 cups with my markers and the 6th one I put my glitter pens and most commonly used refills. I also had room to slip my memento ink pad, some stamps and a stamp block in my case. 

Sarah had to get a case too and I am happy to share that after I teased her with photos of mine that she now has one of her own. She was so excited to get it home and fill it up. I got an email from her titled- "Copic Case- A Cautionary tale" and the following pictures...

This is the email I sent back to Sarah after seeing these pictures- 'Sarah- before I forget...the copic cases are not meant to go on their side'. Hahahahahahaha

Sarah wanted me to share she has recuperated from the copic incident of 2011 and all the markers have now been found and put in the case. She may have a few more gray hairs than what she woke up with the morning before but all is well in the end.

I have also seen pictures of the new copic case with the 36 wallets packed inside- you can get 216 markers in the case with room left over for refills or paper.

I found this on Marianne Walker's blog who works for copic- If you use the hard shell cases like Marianne did in the picture above, you can fit about  288 markers.

I do find this to be the best option out there for me and when colouring with Sarah last night she agreed that we had no trouble finding our markers quickly even though we were used to having them in exact order. So the chaos of them all in soft cups helter skelter didn't impede us as much as we were worried it would. As well we kept exclaiming about how quick clean up was with us just sticking them back in the cups- love!!!

I hope you enjoyed this review and Sarah's word to the wise- Andi

Friday, October 21, 2011

Christmas card with Crafts too

Happy Friday to all of you!

Every year I have great intentions.....o yeah, I am gonna make Christmas cards waiting till November, oh no, mine are gonna be done long before that, well, you see, that would be nice but it never happens, LOL! Good thing that Crafts Too came out with beautiful new Christmas embossing folders, a lot of different ones, and the only thing what is hard about them, is to make a choice! You can find them HERE.

For this card I have used the pointsetta frame and winter village folder.

I embossed a red piece of cardstock, size 41/2 x 51/2, with the pointsetta frame and then cut out the oval with my Nesties, I used the biggest size of the classic oval small.

Then I embossed a white piece of the same size with the winter village folder and then I sprayed that with dazzling diamonds glimmermist.

It is hard to see in the picture but it gives it a nice shimmer. Then I added some Ranger frosted lace stickles on the village and around the frame.

I cut some branches with a Martha Stewart punch and placed them around the oval, glued them on with the 450 Helmar quick dry glue and added some red Christmas stickles. I then put the red and white layer together and finished my card of with a bow, the ribbon is from my stash, I am sure you have some too. The bow is made with the bowmaker, a must have tool and a perfect bow every time. Last thing I did was adding the silver pearls in the centers of the poinsettas with a Viva silver pearl pen.

Wishing you all a great weekend, I am off to a scrapbook weekend!!

Till next time, Anja

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mistletoe Miles

Happy Thursday!

Here's a fun (and easy) Christmas card using Mistletoe Miles that is on sale!

I used Christmas Green Flower Soft on the Mistletoe.
Here’s a closer look:
Stamps: Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps (Mistletoe Miles)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Other: Christmas Green Flower Soft, Nestabilities Big Scallop Squares
Markers: ShinHan Touch Twin 

Have a great Day!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

12 days of Christmas

Hi Everyone.
Today I am featuring a company called Canvas Corp. Sheila is now carrying this line. Love their paper and embellishments. This project called the 12 days of Christmas was designed by Jenn Luce. I first saw it at CHA and I knew I had to do it. It was so much fun to do. You can get all your supplies at ScrappinGreatDeals or come and take the class with me on Nov 20.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Techniques, Techniques, Techniques!!!

Okay, I will admit it....I am a technique junkie! I love learning new techniques to use on my layouts!!! But I don't want to stop using the tried and true ones either!! My head is always spinning with the ideas I want to try!

This Friday, October 21st, I am offering the first of a series of workshops on Techniques! I want to show you some techniques you can use to take your layouts from wow! to WOW!!

This first workshop will be all about CARDSTOCK!! It is not just for mounting your photos!! Learn some ways you can create your own unique background paper with Cardstock!! Embossing, stamping, resist...the possibilities are only contained by your imagination!!!

Some snippits of backgrounds I have created using the techniques we will practice:

So I hope you will join me!! This will be a continual series, that I hope to offer monthly - some other workshops will be fussy cutting, stamping/colouring images, creating your own embellishments etc., Like I said, endless possibilities!!! If you are interested, the details are on the website under crops & classes - just click here!! The last day to register for the class is tomorrow!!!

Have a fantastic day!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Re-cap of National Card Making Day!!

We had a great day a few weeks ago, October 1, celebrating National Card Making Day!!! Thank you to everyone who came out and made the card with Rose & I!! Here are a few pictures we'd like to share:

Got to love a man in uniform who also crafts!!!

We also had the best door prizes that day, and the GRAND PRIZE???
A TIM HOLTZ Vagabond!!

The lucky lady to win that fabulous item was Jody from Woodstock!!!

Congratulations Jody!!!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

snowmen and Kimmie day

Hello all!

First of all, I just have to say what an AWESOME day at Kraftin' Kimmie Day!  If you didn't have the chance to attend this second annual event, be sure and check it out next year!  I'll include a few photos here.  I sat with craftin' buddy and SGD co-worker Cheri - and we had a BLAST.  We even managed the most yummy buffet brunch (omg - who doesn't love brunch?).  But now I am POOPED out!  Phew, time for a hot bath and BED....

While I was there - we made 4 make and takes - and they were GORGEOUS!  Finally I managed to get my shadow technique Copic lesson with Melanie Holtz - I've been wanting to do this for over two years - what a treat!

And I managed to finish my design team High Hopes creation for this week (be sure and check out our challenge on Tuesday - what a fantastic way to win some beautiful stamps of your choice).  If you haven't seen the new High Hopes release - you have to see them.  They are honestly my favourite ever.  And some of my favourite Christmas stamps.  Sheila JUST got them in (I was snooping on the weekend - shhh - don't tell her!) so make sure you drop in or online and grab them before they're GONE!

So here is my High Hopes creation.

I LOVE this new Christmas paper in non-traditional bright colours.  It's My Mind's Eye 12 Days of Christmas.  It has some of my favourite colours in it, and those who know me well know how I will take any opportunity to use my BG's!  I've also used some brand new Spellbinders I picked up today - can you ever have too many of these??  And the gorgeous gems are brand new as well from Prima.  So many beautiful new things in the store - it's a good job I work here to pay for my habit!  Good grief!

Tuesday's challenge at High Hopes will be "ribbon, lace, or twine" so I've used some twine from the Twinery that we got at Kimmie Day today (thanks Kim!)

Copics:  G16, G14, G12; R29, R27, R24, R22; YR24, YR21; Y00; E41, E40; C4, C2; YR18.
Paper:  Copic XPress It, My Mind's Eye 12 Day's of Christmas, Bazzill
Adhesive:  Sticky thumb.
Gems:  Prima
Dies:  Spellbinders

Happy Stamping!

Quick and Easy Cards with MME's Lost and Found Collection

Hope that you're all enjoying a great weekend! Just wanted to share a quick and easy card I made this morning for the Featured Stamper Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers. You've seen a couple of projects that I've made with my  MME lost and found paper and accessories kit. I've been working on a little album, but don't have it quite finished. I have to tell you that this kit goes a long way!!!!

You'll find that with all the pretty designs and embellishments on this Designer Paper, creating a quick and easy card is quite seamless.  I created the fun snowflake border with the EK Success Large Snowflake Border Punch. To accent the Snowflakes, I added some of the pearl brads from the My Minds eye Decorative Brad Collection. One little tip that I'd like to share with you- You can drastically soften the edges of your cardstock with a tiny sponging of ink. For this card I used Tim Holtz Corduroy Distress Ink. The thing I love about this card is that the Designer Paper has done ALL the work~~~ Apart from the sentiment, there is absolutely no stamping at all in this card. The sentiment that I used on the card is from the {Stamps} of Life,  which may be available in retail stores in the near future, but not at this time.  These two stamp sets, which are currently in stock would work really well with this design

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a great week~!


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Another card from the SGD Oct card kit

Andrea here on this Saturday morning with the second card you can make with the Oct card kit. Today's card uses some of Prima's gorgeous Printery papers...I have some 12x12 in my stash along with the 6x6 the vintage look. Again this card uses a La Blanche stamp and in this month's card kit you will have received 3 pieces of the La Blanche specialty paper to try out the technique seen in the video above. On my card I stopped after the distress inks and didn't use the Ultra Thick Embossing Powder (UTEE) but it does add a really nice effect. 

I share this often on my personal blog about my love of mice stamps. Not real ones...just stamps or cute mice stuffed animals so this stamp was one I had been eyeing for awhile. I coloured it up with my distress inks and a one of my Fantastix colouring tools. After he was coloured I spritzed water onto my image using my mini mister and then blotted it with a paper towel before turning my heat gun on it to really set it. Once I had that done I put it together and as a finishing touch I spritzed it with some shimmer spray in the handy portable tubes that are included in this month's kit. I am not sure if you can make it out in the picture but it has an amazing sparkle to it! I am not sure if vintage cards are supposed to sparkle but they sure do in my world hee hee!!!!

I have to share that my hubby actually really liked this card as well and even took the time to compliment it without me asking first. Actually what he said was "Oh cool, I really like your Rat card". snicker!!! Of course I corrected him and told him it is a mouse actually and he just smirked. Boys!!!

I  hope you get some crafty time in today and if you want to grab one of this month's kit you may want to act fast as very few were made this month outside of the club members. 

Cheers! Andrea

Friday, October 14, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Friday to all of you! This week flew by and I hope you all had a good week.

Today I am sharing a fun and quick Halloween project, and it has chocolate!!!

To be honest, I don't "do" Halloween very well, I guess I lived in Holland too long to get into the right mood, that's my excuse and I am sticking with it, LOL!

I have no problem adjusting to all the chocolate though!

For this chocolate holder I cut the largest die from Labels 8, put it length wise in my scorpal and

scored at 2 1/2 and 3, folded it double, punched a hole in the top and put some ribbon through it.

I decorated with the fun double sided paper from Echopark with a piece of orange cardstock underneath. Size of the orange paper 3 1/2 x 2, Echopark 3 1/2 x 1 3/4.

The ghosts are cut with an older Sizzix die, and on the back it says Happy Halloween.

I did ink the edges of the ghosts and I put a piece of double sided tape on the little chocolate bar that goes on the inside.

It doesn't take long to make this at all!

Thanks for visiting and wishing you all a great weekend, Anja

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Halloween Wednesday

Hi Everyone,
Happy Wednesday. I hope everyone got to enjoy the beautiful weekend. This project I did for this week post, is this cute little box that your little trick or treaters can help make. You can fill them up with their favorite treats or add a little trick or two. I got the instructions over at Scrapbook & Cards Today Blog. The paper is from Canvas Corp and you can get it ScrappinGreatDeals.

Have a great day and thanks for looking.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Blog Candy Winners!!!

Thank you to those 10 people who made such lovely comments about our new website! (You can see the post here.) Scrappin' Sheila was feeling very generous, and has blog candy for 5 of you ladies!!! Great Odds!!! Here are the lucky 5:

Jen said...

I love the new look of the website!!! I can't wait to put in an online order :)


Christine aka blankiefinder said...

The new website looks wonderful! It's flying, too... pages load super fast!


Marisa said...

Someone's done some work! Love the Help section for easy access to info and how things are grouped. One intsy comment would be to have the letters on the right in a colour other than white...a bit hard to read for those of us with older eyes. Otherwise, great updates!


Willemien's Blog said...

I love the new website, what a great update. It will be great for browsing and shopping... love the new features.


Jenn Joncas said...

The new website is fabulous!! I'm lovin' the new colour (it's my fav). I like how you added the manufacturer buttons on the side too. and there isn't as much scrolling to do (:



Send Sheila an email at and she will make arrangements to get your candy to you!!!

October Scrapbooking Kit!!

Today is release day for our store kits! Sorry we are so late this month, but I think they are worth the wait!! I will be sharing the Scrapbooking kit with you today, it's theme is "Halloween of course!!!"

Lots of companies made it into this kit, paper by Pink Paislee, Echo Park, Graphic 45, 7 Gypsies, Bo-bunny; Bazzill cardstock; embellishments by Prima, Pink Paislee, Autumn Leaves, Canvas Corp, Want 2 Scrap, American Crafts; Tim Holtz and Martha Stewart are represented with die-cuts, embossing folders & punches.

Sheila took a break this month, she & Mike have been working over over time getting the new website up! I can't believe how much work it has been for them, but WOWZERS is it incredible!!

Here is one of my layouts using this kit:

Title: Goodfellas

These are my nephews, dressed up in one of those photo booths at the CNE a few years ago. Crazy, how awesome they look!!! So here is a Halloween kit, but you can definitely use it for more than Halloween pictures!! I cut out the border on the Graphic 45 paper, loved the alphabet, and then cut the 7 Gypsies paper to fit inside the border. I cut out the skull from the Pink Paislee paper, and used my scalloped circle nestie, to cut out one of the labels from the Echo Park paper.

I used my Tim Holtz Odds n' Ends stamp set, and cut out 3 tickets; cut out my nephew initials out of the Graphic 45 paper; punched a black goo border strip using my Martha Stewart punch; Then I started layering all the elements. Everything was inked up with Black Soot Distress Ink, edges distressed. Really love how the sepia tones in the pictures are complemented by the Cheddar Bazzill Cardstock.

I made two other layouts, which you can see over on my blog - click here. But here are some close ups to get you interested!!!

Thanks for popping by today! Hope you have like what I have shown you today! If you are interested in purchasing a kit, you can head over to the store's website, click here. They will be up on the site at some point today! You can also find the details there about joining our monthly kit club - you will never miss a kit again!! Our kits are limited edition - when they are gone, they are gone!! And as a kit club member you save 15% on the price of each and every kit!!!

Happy scrapping!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

easy Christmas cards

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I hope you all had as wonderful a holiday as I did!  My husband is the most wonderful chef and cooked us a gourmet dinner.  And my parents were here from Quebec to spoil the one and only grandchild.  We had a great time.  But it passes so fast....

Tomorrow night I have the pleasure of teaching a private class for a lovely group of ladies who have requested "easy Christmas cards".  So I put together an assortment here that I hope they will enjoy.

This first stamp is from a new Inkadinkadoo series that Sheila just brought in - and they just make me smile!  I couldn't resist them.  And they are a nice small size for colouring a "quickie" card.

This second stamp is from the same Inkadinkadoo series - and I also just laugh looking at it!  I think it's super cute and a perfect card for friends.  I've used my scallop circles Spellbinders Nestabilities to cut them out.

Next I went to the fabulous Tim Holtz - and picked up his new Christmas series of stamps to create the next two cards.  I just love the simplicity of this - and the "old style" of it.  I've added stickles to the snowflake if you can't see it in the photo.  I used a Sizzix embossing folder to emboss the gold card.  And I stamped part of the large Tim Holtz image to get the word "joy".  I used Versafine ink to get a more crisp image.

For this fourth card, I've embossed a shiny red card with a Sizzix embossing folder, and I've used the tree stamp from the Tim Holtz set.

Happy stamping!