Friday, December 31, 2010

Ringing in the New Year!

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! It was busy around here, day and night. It feels great to be in tonight on New Year's Eve with my family, just hanging out. We have been going non-stop since the kids have been out of school and we are all worn out!

A few shares tonight before 2011 gets here...

Here is a card I made for one of my special friends who gets a handmade, one of a kind card, every year. She truly loves getting them and frames some to display at Christmastime.

The Christmas trees were traced and cut out from Paper-Source stencils and then I covered them with glitter. There is some Bazzill, Making Memories and October Afternoon too. :)

Then I made a couple little gift bags for neighbors that I put homemade goodies in. I used a Basic Grey embellie for the bag and then die cut a tag and stamped it with Papertrey Ink supplies. Tied on a ribbon with some berries and voile!

Then, on Christmas Eve, we had a very special visitor at my mom and dad's house...

Santa himself! The kids were so excited and couldn't believe their little eyes! It truly was magical...

Anna kisses Santa when he tells her his Elves put some extra "Go-Go Puppies" on the sleigh. A wonderfully priceless photo!

Elan getting cool with Santa... he was described tonight as a "Carnival." That about sums up his little personality! ;)

Mac was a little timid about seeing Santa... I think this might be his last year believing in the "Big Man Himself." He has asked a lot of questions this year, but being the sweet boy he is, he does it privately so none of the other kids hear. We have loads of cousins!

It was my niece, Claudia and my nephew, Graham's first Christmas. They were jolly little babies all day long!

Christmas morning was a delight, to say the least! Everyone got their Christmas wish...

Elan got a Polar Express train set. Finding it alone was a Christmas miracle!

Anna got her "Go-Go Puppy!"

Mac was so surprised that he got the Star Wars set he wanted! His expression says it all!

We made lots of new Christmas memories this year and hope to make more in the new year ahead. Happy New Year to you all!

Monday, December 13, 2010

'Tis the season...

To stay up late! My goodness... so much to do in such little time! I always think I'm prepared and organized, and then December 1st comes and I'm panicking! Shopping, baking, hosting, wrapping, crafting, oh my! B R E A T H E... ahhh... much better! :)
The kids had a snow day today which was actually not too bad. It forced me to stay home and I caught up on laundry, got some stationery work done and wrapped a few gifts. This year I bought my gift paper at Michael's, but tied the most delicious red, satin ribbon on each of them.

You can get that yummy red ribbon at Paper-Source. And, speaking of gifts, I made a present card using some Doodlebug Designs flocked paper. I added some tulle, vellum, hand cut leaves, a bit of glitter and some May Arts ribbon to jazz up that gift!

Enjoy the rest of the night... stay warm! I'm hoping to wrap up my shopping tomorrow with my dear old dad on our annual Christmas shopping trip together- we always have so much fun! Night!

Friday, December 3, 2010

December Already!

How the time does fly! It's been a couple of weeks since my last post and I want to apologize for that! It's been busy... daily life, the unexpected and already, a hectic holiday season! I'm enjoying my Christmas decorations and the outdoor lights and feel cozy under a blanket with the cold, brisk wind outside. We are expecting a little snow tonight! :)

This is a patchwork card that measures 5x7" that I made and even framed a few to give as gifts, and sold out of them at the Temptations show in November. The card base is black glossy with the flocked dot paper on top. I love all the little squares of art on this card... so much to look at!

I still have lots to accomplish over the weekend to stay on schedule, but hopefully I'll be able to pop back in for a quick share or two!

P.S. To all my new bloggy friends: WELCOME! :) I'm happy to have you here!