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Along with the excitement of the Christmas season, we have a few other family celebrations in December as 3 of our 7 grandchildren have a birthday this month.  I don’t always post my cards and projects mostly because I am working on things at the last-minute and run out of time.  However, this year I made a concerted effort to have cards finished well ahead of time and to that end I have 2 of the birthday cards completed and the other on my crafting table in process.

Here are the first two cards that are finished thus far.

Kaitlins Birthday Card 2013

This card is for our oldest granddaughter who will be turning 13 this year.  She loves the color blue, as I do, so I wanted to make a special card commemorating this special birthday for her and chose her favorite color as a starting point.  I love the combination of burlap and lace, so I added those elements along with a removable handmade stick pin that includes a butterfly charm on a dangle.  The hand dyed seam binding along with the ivory pearl swirl added to the charm of this card I think.   It’s not noticeable on the picture I took, but I dyed some Diamond Dust a pale blue and added that along the ends of the rolled paper.  I was quite pleased with the outcome of this card and hope she will enjoy it too.

Her younger brother is also celebrating a birthday this month, his 8th, so I decided to use some car paper I purchased awhile back from a fine paper store (that I was hording) as the jumping off point for his card.  Since the flip cards are so popular of late, I thought that would be a fun project to work on as well as receive.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the flip card, starburst matte, birthday sentiment and number 8.  Glitter and shimmer are a signature element I use on most of the card creations, so adding a bit of red Stickles was a must.  The original flip card stopped at the edge of the car paper but I thought it looked unfinished, so I added the blue sides along with star eyelets to add some extra umpf to make the card look complete.  I’m told he enjoyed his card along with the gift we sent to celebrate his special day.

Koles Birthday Card 2013

Now I must regress just a bit to Thanksgiving and share some little treat bags I made to set on the table for our family celebration.  This year was special because our oldest daughter, her hubby and their 4 children drove from Colorado to be here for the holiday.  Our house was abuzz with children’s laughter and fun family time since all of our 7 grandchildren were here and 3 of our 4 children.  It would be a blessing to have all of our children here, but it so difficult given the fact that our oldest lives so far away.  We do count our blessings though and will cherish all the great memories of that day for a long time to come.

As far as the small treat bags are concerned, they are a simple design but something I wanted to do for everyone.  The small turkey stamp was the basis for the topper and everything else just fell into place.  I decided to “ghost stamp” the sentiment with white and then top it with copper for a different effect.  The seam binding was hand dyed and the turkey along with the scallop edge was heat embossed with copper.  I’m sure the kiddos didn’t need any additional sugar that day, but it was still fun making the bags and sharing them with all.

Thanksgiving Treat Bag Close Up View Thanksgiving Treat Bags

My last share of the day is a gift bag I made.  I used my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Board to make the bows and my Silhouette to cut out the snowflakes and star.  Diamond glitter was used to make the snowflakes sparkle and 2 layers of paper covered the bag to accent the tree.  I love the dimensional aspect of the bag and it was fun to use some Christmas paper I had in my stash and put it to good use.

Christmas Gift Bag

Well that’s it for today.  I’m sorry this post is long lengthy, but I wanted to get up to date with a few of my projects.  I do have several other gifts and cards I will share this month, some already completed and others in various stages, but I’ll say goodbye for now and get back to my craft room.

Thank you for visiting and God Bless!



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With Thanksgiving being just 2 short weeks away, making a few invitations for that special holiday was on my priority list of things to do.  My first thought was to pull out that wonderful scarecrow stamp I have had for years from Stampin’ Up!  That stamp is much beloved by me, so when Fall arrives I am always in the mood to stamp with it.  In addition, I recently purchased a gorgeous Mat Pad designed by the talented artist Tim Coffey.  This paper pad shouts Fall with the earth tone papers and autumn designs.  I paired the scarecrow stamp with the Tim Coffey paper and my newly purchased Mat Stack 3 die from Papertrey Ink to begin the card making process.  By adding an accent of Martha Stewart twill tape along with some PTI button twine, the card was ready to complete.  Some leaves were sitting on my desk that were left over from my last card project so I added just one for a little extra pizzaz.  The card was finished fairly fast once the watercoloring was completed on the scarecrow.  I am quite happy with the results and hope the recipient enjoys the card as well.

Now you may want to know why I titled this post, “something old, something new for Thanksgiving”.  The reason is simple, the scarecrow image is from a stamp set that I purchased many years ago but the die shapes, sentiment and button twine are brand spankin’ new.

Yesterday was the day I received my first order from Papertrey Ink and I was so excited to open the box and check out all of the wonderful products wrapped inside.  I may be slow to get on the bandwagon of the products offered at PTI, but procrastination was the only reason I waited until now and I’m certainly happy I finally jumped in with both feet.    I believe PTI is mostly known for their great polymer stamp designs, and those are certainly something to shout about, but I was really excited to try out their wafer thin dies.  That’s not to say I didn’t order a stamp set or two just to give them a whirl, but the dies were what my excitement was all about.  I’m also anxious to try stamping on their Stampers Select white card stock.  I have been searching for a good quality white card stock for quite sometime now and there have been numerous reviews raving about PTI’s card stock so I had to order a packet and check it out for myself.  I haven’t tried it out yet, but intend to do so in the very near future and will post about my thoughts on this product at that point in time.  I have used Stampin’ Up! card stock for years, but I just can’t justify paying the high shipping costs they now charge, so I’ve been on the hunt for a quality replacement.  With Papertrey Ink’s policy of offering free shipping on orders over $60.00, it was as they say, “money in my pocket” and an offer I couldn’t refuse.  Last, but not least, if you haven’t ordered from PTI in the past, you will be pleasantly surprised to see the extra care that is taken when packaging the order.  My dies & stamps were wrapped in tissue paper and the card stock had corrugated sleeves on each end to keep the edges from being bent.  If that wasn’t enough, there was a hand signed card thanking me for my order from the 3 owners, Nichole, Jane & Julie.  Now don’t you want to do business with a company that actually cares about their customers?  I certainly do and will be ordering again in the future from this fabuluous company.

So without further ado, I will say goodbye for today’s post and thank you all for visiting.   May you have a blessed day and I hope to share another project with you in a day or two.

As always, below is a list of the supplies I used to put this card project together.


Scarecrow stamp retired from SU
Fillable Frames #10 (sentiment) – Papertrey Ink
Vesamark pad
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Various colors of LePlume markers from Marvy
Strathmore Watercolor paper
Dimensionals – SU
Copper embossing powder – SU
Twill tape from Martha Stewart
Button twine
Mat Stack 3 dies – regular and Mega
Tim Coffey Designer Mat Pad – K&Company
Chocolate Chip Card Stock – SU
Scor tape
Alcohol inks (for leaf)
Glossy card stock (for leaf)
Leaf punch from Tonic Studios

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