Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Favors For The Kiddos

I am really making use of My Favorite Things' lip balm dies and pouches.  Making favors are quick and easy.  I used retired Close To My Heart paper for the front and Stampin' Up cardstock for the back.  And this time, I used the perforation strip for the back!  Hopefully the kids will be able to pull the strip open without spilling the M&M's all over the place!

With the holidays upon us, I will not be posting every day.  I have to spend some time making Christmas cards, shopping, etc.  So if a day or two goes by without a post, I have been working on Christmas
things.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Birthday Wishes

I have been looking at Stampin' Up's Happy Birthday Thinlits ever since the Annual Catalog came out in June.  There were other things I liked more.  The other day I was on the Design Studio for the Cricut when I was looking for something similar to the Happy Birthday thinlet.  Nothing was jumping out at me, so I decided to just try "Birthday Wishes" on the Explore.  I sized it the same as Stampin' Up's thinlet.  After putting the card together, I said to myself, "I just saved $20.00!"  That being said, it is much easier to pull out a framelit and run it thru the Big Shot versus starting the computer and the Explore and getting the mat for the paper, etc.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Yesterday Stampin' Up introduced a new tool, the Stamparatus.  I know you have all seen me using my Misti for stamping and many of you have the Misti.  Stampin' Up has their own version now and below is the link to the video which tells all about it:

I have not seen it in person nor read any reviews on it.   The Stamparatus is different from the Misti so I will be very interested in seeing comments, videos and reviews.  This product will be on a preorder basis.  You can order it in mid-November and then it will be shipped in February.  It is big news for Stampin' Up, so had to share it. Here in the United States it will cost $49 plus tax and shipping.  I also got to see the Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs that come out in January.  There are some cute things in them both.  Have a great day!

Monday, November 13, 2017

My Thanksgiving Favors

I had a great weekend!  I started and completed my adult Thanksgiving favors (13).  I used the Prima Amber Moon Paper Collection.  I ordered the paper a couple of weeks ago because I thought it was so pretty.  Little did I know then I would be using it for Thanksgiving favors~~rather than hoarding it because it is so pretty.  Cherie's favors that I posted the other day were my inspiration.  Speaking of Cherie, she came over for a couple of hours and we had a non-productive time, but it was time well spent sharing, catching up and enjoying friendship.  The friends I have gained because of my Cricut and paper crafting are treasures to me.

On Sunday, Matt took me to the Pet Show here at the Kane County Fairgrounds.  At the Pet Show, Matthew volunteered at the Hoof Woof Meow Rescue Booth and Jenny and Sydney volunteered at the NWI Chinchilla Booth.  Sydney also participated in a service dog presentation.  While I was walking around the Pet Show, I was just beyond words as I watched how giving and kind my children are and that at 13 years old, Sydney is right there with them.  I am so proud of my family that sometimes I burst with pride and yesterday was one of those times.  Have a great week!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

I don't usually post on the weekends but today is one of those days that I can't just let go by without acknowledging all of those men and women who have served and serve today to protect all of us.  Although old and fading, today I am posting a photo of my Dad when he had just entered the Navy (sailor on the left).  He was a young teenage boy at the time.  And the second photo of my Dad a few years later.  He served on the USS Iowa when Japan was bombed and then on President Truman's yacht, the USS Williamsburg. He was very proud of his service to our Country and I am proud of him.  And so today I say, "Thank You" to all of our service men and women who have served/serve and protected/protect all of us. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Pretty Fall Favor

Thanks to my friend, Cherie, I found my Thanksgiving favor!  Isn't it  pretty?  Cherie used the Envelope Punch Board (which I have not used in forever) to make the packaging.  Inside is a Ghirardelli Chocolate Square.  The paper is perfect for Thanksgiving as are the twine, ribbon and raffia foil.  I will be adding a tag to each one and use them as place setting cards, too.  Thank you, Cherie for this great idea.  Have a great weekend and keep warm!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

In The Meadow

When John and I were out on Sunday, we saw a few deer in the open areas around our house.  They looked so pretty just grazing peacefully.  When it came time to make a card, I used the retired In The Meadow stamp set.  After stamping with Chocolate Chip ink, I used colored pencils to color the images and to add some colorful Fall leaves on the trees.  The sentiment is from Special Celebrations in the Annual catalog.  I used a pattern paper from the Wood Textures DSP stack for the background layer.  Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time!