Bells are ringing

Ever fall in love with supplies at first glance? That happened to me when I came across the Bells Are Ringing (Stampin’ Up!) I usually purchase images I can color and lately seem to gravitate towards “cutesy” just because they ARE so fun to color. But when I saw these elegant bells… I just knew I needed to use them this year. Here’s my first attempt at creating with them:

Joy Christmas card

Tip: The card is cut a little slimmer so that the bells and “Joy” could overhang the edges and still allow the card to fit into the envelope.

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Stamps and cardstock by Stampin’ Up!

“Joy” diecut by Simon Says Stamp

Freshly Made greeting cards

Oh the weather outside is frightful… which makes for a great day to stay in a craft! And a great starting point is a clean and simple sketch that you can dress up or keep simple based on the style you like best! This week’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches is a timeless one you can use in a variety of ways. It inspired me to make two different creations today!

The majority of my cards lean towards simple so that they are easier to mail. While I don’t mind paying a little extra to send something with texture, I often make cards to donate and don’t want to cause problems or an extra expense for those organizations. A few enamel dots or sequins are fun options that usually mail without issue.

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Let your die cuts shine!

Sentiment is from Many Thanks by Altenew; background and grass die cuts from Lakeside Framelits by Stampin’ Up!

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Color something fun!

Sentiment from Itty Bitty Birthdays by Stampin’ Up!, critter from Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes by MFT Stamps; colored with Copic Markers

Thanks for stopping by! 

 

Christmas Cheer

One of my favorite things about Christmas is seeing lights on the tree and throughout town. Last year, we discovered a couple of houses nearby with a lightshow set to music on a local radio station. So Much Fun! I can’t wait to see them again! In the meantime, how about a cute little Christmas card trimmed with some lights of it’s own?

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Lawn Fawn Mini String of Lights die

Stamp set: Darice’s heart & home “Peekin’ Polar Pals”; colored with Copic markers

Magnolia memory

Very Versailles by Stampin' Up!, Magnolia by Jane's Doodles

There are some images and scents that bring wonderful memories to mind. For me, the sight of magnolia blossoms makes me think of a walk I took with my dad around the neighborhood once. The blossoms were freshly opened and their soft scent wafted by every so often. Truly a moment to tuck in my heart for safe keeping.

very magnolia closeupThese beautiful magnolia images are from Jane’s Doodles. I stamped them with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and added just a little bit of color with Copics.  Once fussy cut, I layered them directly onto a die-cut panel stamped with a scripty image from Stampin’ Up!. It’s my hope the script will help ground them without distracting in any way. Enjoy!

 

Very Versailles by Stampin' Up!, Magnolia by Jane's Doodles

Stamp sets: Magnolia (Jane’s Doodles), Very Versailles (Stampin’ Up!)

Layout by MFT Stamps

Greetings from #Elfie

Our neighborhood is currently decorated with halloween pumpkins and the kids are looking forward to candy hauls, but my mind is already focused on the next two holidays here in the US. I love the color of fall, the lights and cheer of Christmas… and admit I’ve been half-watching Hallmark movies while I craft. They may have inspired me to jump ahead a little!

Elf Christmas Card

This adorable elf, from Stampin’ Up!‘s #elfie stamp set, was so fun to color! The finished panel was sitting on my desk when I noticed the Freshly Made Sketches challenge for the week; this made it easy to finish off the card with scrap patterned paper, a die-cut greeting and just a few bits of confetti. Enjoy!

Fab Friday – Thank Yooou!

The team over at Fab Friday have posted a clean and simple sketch for their challenge this time. It was just what I needed for this special thank you card for my aunt who has, once again, shown what a generous “I’ll do anything for those I love” person she is.

She also has a great sense of humor…

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Cow from “Over the Moon” and letters for sentiment “Labeler Alphabet” by Stampin’ Up!

Where are you?

Everything is up in the air right now. This can even be taken literally as I’m in an airplane on my way to California today. My hubs has an interview this afternoon, an interview that could result in a move across the country.

I’ve lived on the east coast of this great nation my entire life. Born in Florida to parents who legally immigrated here from other countries and have made a life here. Job training and random life incidents (no doubt orchestrated by God) led to a move to Georgia. The desire to be near family led to a few attempts to move back to Florida, but it never worked out for them, so they – we – always returned to Georgia.

I won’t complain. One of those moves to Florida resulted in meeting my wonderful husband. My family and then he ended up back in Georgia where we married. He and I moved to back to Florida right after our boys were born and have loved living in our smallish coastal community for the last 19 years. Opportunities to go elsewhere have popped up over the years, but they were never compelling enough to lift stakes and try anywhere else. But as we enter a new season of life, with our boys now in/starting college, all of that may be about to change.

There’s so much to consider. Every aspect of what is important to me has been playing like a much-played cassette through my mind. Part of me resists the very idea of playing this “moving” cassette again. I’ve already heard it 23 times. But for my husband and with a lot of faith and trust in God, I mentally push the tape back in and consider the possibilities. As I sift through the what-ifs, hopes and fears, I’m trying to be open to the opportunities change, even just possible change, can bring.

Some parts of this cassette are easier to “hear”; I know the lyrics of my mind and heart well enough to sing with boldness. They still ring true. Other parts of what I’m hearing didn’t really speak to me before. I listen… does it fit my life now? And then there are the parts that slow down a bit and get a little sticky. I’ve been there so long, they have been such a part of me that the tape is a bit worn. Do I skip over it or take the time to re-align the tape and listen closely to see if, like the tape, adjustments are necessary? Have I even been singing the right lyrics?