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Peace on Earth

23 Dec
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Greetings of the Season stamp set

My last Christmas card of the year!

Wishing you all Christ’s peace at Christmas and throughout the year!


Wise Men Still Seek Him

21 Dec

Come to Bethlehem

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Check back tomorrow for another handmade Christmas card.

If you’ve already made and/or sent your Christmas cards this year, think about sending one of these beautiful cards as a thank you or a thinking of you card. Didn’t get to your cards yet? You know, Christmastime begins on Christmas! We have twelve whole days to celebrate the season! So, it’s not too late to send cards to the special people in your life! Relax. Enjoy the season. After the hustle and bustle, sit down and spend some quiet creative time making cards, and writing handwritten messages. They will touch those who receive them, in ways you can’t anticipate!

Hark the Herald Angels

19 Dec

Rejoicing with You

I’m avoiding my typical hustle and bustle of this time of year. My house isn’t decorated, although my husband is putting the lights on the tree as I type this, so ornaments may follow! Gifts are purchased but not wrapped. Oh well, the tree isn’t ready to receive them yet anyway! My house isn’t cleaned — and it really, really needs it…REALLY — and I had planned to do it tomorrow but a friend called and wants to meet for lunch tomorrow. I decided that time with my dear friend is more important than a clean house so the house can wait. I haven’t made a single cookie but I’m doing Weight Watchers so how many cookies do we need anyway? I’ve decided to stop by Father’s Table Bakery & Cafe to pick up a tray of goodies instead of driving myself crazy cranking out dozens of cookies to foil my weight loss endeavor.

I told Mr. Stamp for Sanity this morning that if we don’t get the ornaments on the tree, we can enjoy the simple beauty of a tree with just white lights. And I told him that if I don’t get the presents wrapped, I can just hand them to the recipients with a smile and lots of love. And that if I don’t get the house cleaned, it’s okay, it’s just not that important. The focus is on the message in the card above!

During this Advent season, I’m trying to stay calm and keep my focus on what is important. Christmas comes, ready or not! Christ was born in a stable, surrounded by animals and animal poop! If it was good enough for God, it’s good enough for me and anyone else who enters under my roof. So, cleaning may or may not happen. Time with friends, time with family, time with God have taken the place of the usual hustle and bustle. All is calm.

All are welcome; drop by for some Father’s Table cookies, enjoy the white lights on our tree, relax on our dog-hair covered furniture…and know that you are loved!

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Check back tomorrow for another handmade Christmas card.

Wonderful Christmas

16 Dec
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First Christmas
This Christmas may you know Him more fully through the love and grace He so richly bestows.

This is the Christmas card I just received from my good friend, Ruth Murphy, the one who introduced me to the joy of stamping! Isn’t it a beautiful, gentle reminder to keep Christ in Christmas?

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Check back tomorrow for another homemade Christmas card!

Happy Thanksgiving, Y’owl!

21 Nov

Wishing Y’owl a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thought I’d share this cute little card with y’owl! Did you figure out why I said “y’owl”? Because Tom-Turkey here was created with the Owl Builder Punch! Wouldn’t this be a great pre-dinner craft tomorrow? Have your guests create enough for each place setting at your table(s). Just substitute names for the Happy Thanksgiving sentiment! Let the kids hand-write the names!

Allow everyone to get creative! Use the colors you have! Use the punches you have! Use the paper you have! Let this serve as inspiration but let everyone create to their hearts’ content!

I wish I’d had some Googly Eyes from the Holiday Catalog (p. 27, #127539, $2.50) when I made this card, but I didn’t! *sigh*  If you’ve got some, use them! If you want some of those adhesive-backed Googlies, be sure to order them by January 2, 2013!

Here’s what I used to make this card:

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Card Stock: Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Real Red, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight

Ink: Rich Razzleberry Classic Stamp Pad, Tangerine Tango Stampin’ Write Marker

Accessories: Owl Builder Punch, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Jewelry Tag Punch (for Tom’s wattle), Summer Smooches DSP, Big Shot, Argyle Embossing Folder, SNAIL, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Online Extravaganza starts today!

19 Nov

Do you have a money tree?

We all wish we had a money tree, don’t we? Especially at this time of year, when we’re making our holiday gift purchases !

Well, this week, Stampin’ Up! may just be the next best thing to a money tree!

Today begins Stampin’ Up!’s biggest sale of the year — the Online Extravaganza!  And it’s all online! Shop from wherever you are!

When I say big, I really mean it! There are awesome specials between now and the 28th!! Up to 50% off!

We have the perfect gift for stampers, cardmakers, crafters, scrapbookers, digital crafters, quilters, kids, neighbors, teens, college students, new babies, and just about everyone on your list! I’m here, ready to offer suggestions! I’ve got some great ones!


  • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439  $79.96  (regularly $99.95)
  • Big Shot Doctor’s Bag #113474    $55.96  (regularly $69.95)
  • Simply Scored Diagonal Plate  #125586  $9.56  (regularly $11.95)

Here’s a heads up for you: The deadline for these doorbusters is 11:50pm MT! That means you Eastern Time Zone folks have two more hours to shop (until 1:50am Tuesday morning)!  DON’T MISS OUT!!

Be sure to check out ALL of the Online Extravaganza specials in my  Online Store!

You don’t even have to move, just click away to take advantage of these too-good-to-be-true prices!

Until we meet again…stay sane stampin’…and savin’! I can’t offer you a money tree, but this sale is as close as it gets!

A Card for You!

8 Sep

“Just Believe” stamp set
#116948, WM, $33.95
#120453, CM, $25.95

Pearl Basic Jewels
#119247, $4.95

Flower Garden Embossing Folder
#123113, $7.95

Just Believe Card Supplies:

Stamp Sets:  Just Believe (#116948, WM, $33.95; #120453, CM, $25.95)

Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze

Ink:  Old Olive, Baja Breeze

Accessories:  Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247, $4.95)

Tools:   Flower Garden Embossing Folder (#123113, $7.95); Big Shot (#113439, #113439); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332, $6.95); Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes ( #107300, $6.50)