Winter Memories

Monday, December 31, 2012
 This is one of the favorite cards that I made for Christmas this year, and was CASED from France Martin.  I remember ice skating when I was a child and how fun it was.
Stamp sets used are Winter Memories from the Holiday Mini and still available until January 2nd Wood Mount #127934 $27.95 or Clear Mount #127937 $19.95, and More Merry Messages, Wood Mount #126400 $32.95 or Clear Mount #126402 $24.95.  Antique Brads give the door knob a perfect look.

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Have a Blessed Christmas!!
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Money Holders + RHSSC #69

Sunday, December 30, 2012
My mom is one of the most giving people I know.  I am thankful to have learned a lot from her.  At 84 years old she still keeps on top of birthdays for everyone imaginable and she loves her (4) children, (12) grand children and (25) great-grand children VERY much.  Even on a fixed income she makes sure to remember each of them with a money gift each Christmas.  The bank would only give her 10 money holders so she asked me if I would be able to help her out with the remaining 15.
SURE...
I made a template of the money holders that she already had so that they would be the same.  The oval hole was made using the NEW Oval Collection Framelits in the upcoming Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog.  *A great perk for us demonstrators is that we can get our hands on the new product one month early, and it sure came in handy for this project.  I covered the front with Designer paper from Be Of Good Cheer # 126896, $10.95 (annual catalog) and Snow Festival #126908, $10.95 (Holiday Catalog - current through January 2, 2013). 
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Lest I forget to share this weeks Red Hot Stamper Sketch Challenge...this is the sketch we had to work with...

And this is my take on it... You can see I did a flip on the sketch
 
The colors I used for sponging the sky are Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy and Elegant Eggplant.  Colors for the moon are Daffodil Delight and More Mustard
Click HERE to see what the other gals came up with for this sketch
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Christi
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So Excited! and January Classes

Saturday, December 29, 2012
I am so EXCITED!  At the Coopersville Craft Sale I was approached by a lovely lady to see if I would like to put my things in a new consignment store her brother was opening in Hudsonville.  Would I!! I have been waiting for something like this for YEARS! However, I really only wanted a spot to put my large card rack which holds 160 different cards.  Thankfully they said YES!!!  So my hubby helped me bring the rack to USED TO BE NEW CONSIGNMENT SHOP, Cherry Street in Hudsonville.
When we were setting up, Dale walked around to check out the booths that were there already and he liked what he saw.  The store was roomy and had an open feel to it.  Prices were great throughout the store as well.
My friend Kris has a booth there which is called VINTAGE GAL and her things are very lovely, she does a great job.  Kris works with me on the Women's Retreat Committee - oops - we've adopted a new name - Girls Getaway Committee, and Kris focus' on decorations.  When you check out her booth you will understand why, she really does a beautiful job!
We hope you will check us out!  Price for a card is only $2.00

Now on to January Classes...
These are the cards that we will be making at the STAMP A STACK Class
And here are the details...

JANUARY 2013 Classes
Stamp A Stack Class
Do you need a stack of cards for all occasions? This is the class for you! In this class you will be making 8 different All Occasion Cards , and we will be using some new stamps and product from the new Spring Mini
Cost for this class is $12.00 or FREE with a purchase*
Wednesday, January 16th, 10 AM
OR Thursday, January 17th, 7 PM,
OR Saturday, January 19th, 10 AM
*minimum purchase $25.00

Please bring your adhesive along to this class.
Please RSVP by 7:00 PM the evening before any class

Cards inspired by...Lynn Starzl, SU Catalog case, Erin Gonzales, Dawn Olchefske, Becky Roberts, DeAnn Rauzi, Beth Crocker, Diana Gibb 

Projects Class
This class will vary month to month, but this month we will be making three different boxes. 
Tuesday, January 22nd
7 PM  
OR Wednesday, January 23rd, 10 AM
*Minimum purchase $25.00

Please bring your adhesive along to this class.
Please RSVP by 7:00 PM the evening before any class
boxes (L to R) inspired by Geraldine Andrade, Splitcoast, Connie Babbert

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Get Well Sooner

Friday, December 28, 2012

 Now that the weather is cold we are experiencing the typical "cold and flu season".  
I thought this was a fun card to have on hand to send out to those who are struggling with not feeling so good right now.  Thanks to Glenda who let me borrow her BUTTON BUDDIES stamp set, I was able to use up some buttons I had on hand.  
The Sentiments are from WORD PLAY and SWEETLY SAID.

I love cards that have a little element of surprise in them don't you!!

This is not the card that I gave my friend, Marla, after her shoulder surgery, but I thought it was appropriate to show you what Henry's been up to when he came with us to visit her.
Get well Soon Miss Marla!

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Have a Healthy Day!!
Christi
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Come To Bethlehem

Thursday, December 27, 2012
These are the cards that I made for all the choir members at church using the Music Notes Wheel, and the Come To Bethlehem Stamp Set.
 Other favorites made with the Come To Bethlehem stamp set

These cards were CASED from Cindy Grigiski, and Mary Campbell.

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Christmas Greetings From Friends

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
We had a fun Christmas Day that started with my hubby making a yummy breakfast for us and my parents, and then a leisurely day until we joined up with two of our kids for a late lunch early supper (lupper as our kids say), and to play games together.  Tyler and Gracie each got an ipod for Christmas so they were busy on those - Gracie is our 7 yr old computer whiz and constantly amazes us.
 Tyler also played a Wii game with his uncle Jeff - guess who won??
We had a simple make-your-own-sandwich buffet and I made these cookies to go along with our "lupper" - as Stampin' Up! Demonstrators we not only share our card ideas and layouts we occasionally share recipe ideas.  I saw this cookie idea on Lorri Heiling's blog.
 Lorri called it an Arizona snowman, but here in Michigan we are still waiting for snow so I guess this could be a Michigan snowman too.  I just thought it was so cute.  I used purchased sugar cookie dough (yes, I know, I cheated) and then the melted snow part is simply a powdered sugar glaze that sets up.  The rest I used my cake decorating frosting.
This year we played a new game that was a lot of fun called Say Anything, and then, of course, a rousing game of Apples to Apples.  How fun to laugh with your family, and just enjoy time together.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas as well. Now I will share with you the hand stamped Christmas cards that I/we received this year...
 This one is from a former day care family.  I love getting updated photos of my "kids"
 From Chris and Peggy, friends ever since our boys were born close together.
 From Carla, one of my dear friends in my down line
 Another down line gal, Donna made this cute snowman card.
From Debbie, a sweet gal who comes to classes and faithfully comes to my craft sales
 From Sarah who in in the Red Hot Stampers groups with me
 From Maggie another stamping friend in the Red Hot Stamper group
From Rachel my play day buddy and fellow Red Hot Stamper
 From Becky, my pen pal and dear friend since I was 12 years old, and now she is in my down line
I love how she put this cute little bird inside the card
From Sue, a dear friend, cousin by marriage, and was my first recruit in my Stampin' Up! downline
 This is from Judy, another Red Hot Stamper!  I LOVE how she duplicated the Christmas postage stamp that the PO sold this year. Didn't she do a great job!!

 From Lois, Linda and Bev who are faithful attenders of my Stamp A Stack classes
And last but not least - this one is from Glenda, the fearless leader of the Red Hot Stampers.  I just love getting these hand stamped cards. 

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Do You See What I See?

Tuesday, December 25, 2012
This is the beautiful Christmas tree in the foyer of our church
So...Do you see what I see?

 Henry! hiding in the branches - yes, Henry came to church with us one day when we had just a little work to do.  Silly Elephant! :)

I loved this photo I found on Facebook and wanted to share it with all of you...

 


MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!! 
May you be blessed this day as you celebrate with friends and family the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ

Christi 


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Christmas Lodge + Henry

Monday, December 24, 2012
This stamp set was a HUGE hit in the 2011 Holiday Mini Catalog.  My friend Sue bought this one so I chose to just borrow hers, and while I had it on hand I wanted to make up this card that is inspired by Ann Schach




Lots of Dazzling Details, and pearls

Always Artichoke (retired) button and Ribbon, Mini Jingle Bells and a Merry Tag from Tiny Tags Stamp Set

INSIDE

So what is Henry up to? Henry has found a friend...  This is how our bed looks when it is all made up nice...
Bear has held this special spot for several years, ever since Dale bought him for me as a Valentine gift. Now both Henry and Bear can have a comfy place together.  However, Henry usually spends his days on the crafting table keeping me company.

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Christi
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A Family Christmas

Sunday, December 23, 2012
We celebrated Christmas with the kids and grand kids on Friday night.  Along with the store bought gifts we gave each of them I also made a set of cards for each of the girls
For Julie who loves owls...
 Inspired by... Beth Crocker

 For Jessica who loves music...
Inspired by Elizabeth Sanders

And for Melissa who will often wear animal print fabrics...
The purses were made using the instructions from Frenchie.  But to get exactly what I wanted for the girls I used printed glimmer paper purchased from a local craft store.

We had a delicious meal with everyone pitching in - even Henry helped me make the potatoes







How do you like the bib I made for him using the Scallop Circle Die and the Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies.  Didn't want Henry to get all messy working in the kitchen.  Henry thought he would play a little hide and seek....look where I found him...taking a ride in the Lazy Susan!
Joey and Melissa had a power outage so they came early to make their yummy chicken and pasta salad.

 Jessica is doing her final touches on the vegetables and it sure seemed nice to be able to walk out of the kitchen and let the kids do their thing.
Thanks For Stopping By~
Christi



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