Saturday, December 19, 2009

Mini Calendar

Guess I should have been putting up the tree with my DH today but instead I played. He very patiently got the tree ready and brought it in the house while I sat at my craft table and put together this little mini-calendar. Oh, it was such fun for me!!! As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be a hard thing for me to resist making one. I used some of my tiny A Muse stamps and the Bind-it-all 3/8 inch wire and stamped this little gem for someone special. Check out the A Muse News blog to find out how to get your hands on this little calendar. It makes the perfect stocking stuffer. Now, I must get back in the living room and help get the lights on the tree before I am in any more trouble.

Saturday, December 12, 2009


I love tags! They are easy, fun ways to make people smile. This month the A Muse News blog is featuring tags and I was thrilled to be able to participate. This snowman stamp is "cool" don't ya think? I did and I used this one stamp in three different ways. He comes juggling snowballs so the middle tag is using him the way he was intended to be used. I cut it off in my photo but there is a bit of ribbon attached to the left side of this tag. Makes it look so wintery and uses up tiny bits of leftover ribbon! The "especially for you" comes from the new Monogram Frames clear set. This set is really versatile and so much fun to use.

The tag on the left is made with the navy card stock. I inked up the snowman without the snowballs and used the Merry Christmas from the Elegant Winter clear set. This sentiment comes with both words on one line but part of the beauty of the clear sets is that you can cut them apart! I know! I cut the two words apart and voila! a Merry Christmas that fits perfectly between the outstretched hands of the snowman. A little Quickie glue pen and some glitter provides the snow drift background.

The tag on the right is made with the Coluzzle ornament plate. Again I inked up the just the snowman and added the little gift stamp for something for him to juggle. This tag is super simple, you could make a ton of these in just a small amount of time.

Be sure to check out the A Muse News blog for more tag ideas.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Anyone can play!

Last weekend my friend, Theresa asked me if anyone can play my Chicka Challenges or if it was only for Chickas. Of course I told her that the challenges Jane and I post on our blogs are open to anyone to play. So, get out your stamps and play along. It's fun!

The challenge this week is to use Santa in a card or project. So fitting, don't you think? Christmas is almost here and Santa plays his part so Jane and I thought it would be fun to see what everyone would do with him. If you don't have a Santa stamp feel free to use any other mythical creature stamp. Now, I don't even own a Santa stamp so I asked my friend, Lyndsay if I could borrow hers. This one is made by A Muse Artstamps as is the tree background and the Christmas tree. I wanted my Christmas tree to be out in the forest all decorated for the animals to enjoy. Not sure my little snowdrift is exactly what I wanted but I am hoping you get the idea. Have fun with this challenge and post when you get a chance, here or there!

Thank you to Victoria for playing along again this week. She always has such cute cards. Check it out!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

After the party

The Thanksgiving party is over and now the shopping begins! Did anyone find a great bargain out there on Friday? The Chickas tried to craft shop but the lines were long and our patience was thin so we will try again another day.

I was supposed to create with the other half of the Chicka challenge but seems that Jane is overwhelmed today so we are going to have to try another day. Hang in there Janie!!! I'm sending cyber hugs across town to you!!!

This week's challenge is thanks to my little brother, Dan. It is his birthday on Wednesday and he loves monkeys. I find a different monkey stamp each year to make his card. So, your challenge this week is to make a card with a monkey or any other cuddly animal. There are tons of fun animal stamps out there so bring one out and create something playful and fun. So post here or there after you make your masterpiece!

Thank you, as always, to all the wonderfully talented ladies who participated in last weeks challenge, Anthonette, Victoria and Glenda. I am always surprised at all the talent out there.