Friday, December 14, 2012

More of the Christmas Cats

Hi Everyone,
I have another bag making class tomorrow over at Stamping Buddies from 1-3. Hope you can make it if you live in the Greater Cincinnati area.

A few days ago I posted the reindeer cats and I mentioned that the cats have another get up as well and I said "wait til you see the other get up I picked up for them". Well here it is,

It's Santa Coco 

Here is Santa Buddie

Yep,these are two of the Santa cats that help out each year with the gift giving here at my house.

Here is the hat and beard 

without a cat being coerced into wearing this get up. LOL

Well I just had to bring a smile to your faces today.
Have a great weekend and I will see you soon.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

More from the Christmas Party

Hi Everyone,
My last post showed off the tags I received in the tag exchange. I received a different tag from each of the ladies in the club. Now I want to show you the card I made and swapped and the the card I received.

This is the card I made and swapped. Here is the card front

and here is the inside of the card.

I wished that I had used a different color of CS of the front and the back panels.It would have been easier to explain how this is made if I had done that. OK that will be in another post. This card has a funky fold and it is really cleverly made and easy to boot. LOL  I know I say that all the time, but this is easy!!

Now here is the card that I received in the card swap.

This is Trish's card and she used paper scraps for the ornaments and used a tree to make the tree branches. FABULOUS!! This card is gorgeous in person. It really looks busy in the pic but you have to see it to really appreciate the whole card. Those ornaments are embossed in an embossing folder and this photo doesn't pic that up, unfortunately.

All of the cards in the exchange were spectacular. In our monthly exchange we all make a card and then we view all of each others cards, then a different number is assigned to each card and we draw a number and we get to take that persons card. 

Well that's it for now.I have got to finish a few lingering projects. I am working on my submissions for Stampaway 2013. I need to get them done and in the mail soon, or the cut off date will have been here and gone and I will not be teaching a class there next year.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monthly Club Meeting

Hi Everyone,
Christmas is roaring in ever so much closer and, whew, I am just not ready. I need to purchase a few more gifts and wrap.Wrapping for me is the fun part. I love making bows and I have always loved the wrap part.

Tonight was the annual Christmas party for the stamping club I belong to. We went to dinner and had our annual tag exchange and we also swapped a Christmas card. I will show the card I made and received in my next post. I want to show these cute tags I received tonite. There are 9 of us in club, so we had to make 9 tags, same tags 9 times or nine different tags, it didn't matter. We received one tag from each attending person. One lady was playing Mrs. Claus so she was unable to attend and one of the ladies made 2 sets of tags to give. So I took pic's of the tags I received and the tag I made is in this group of pic's.

This next pic is a little bag of sorts that holds one of those little Hershey bite sized candy bars that sets off my sweet tooth. It is so cute I thought I'd show this off as well.

The group I am in are all talented stampers and paper artists. It's truly amazing what we all make each month. Usually we receive something from a member at the meeting (this is called the challenge, cause sometimes it is a challenge to use it)and the next meeting we have to bring in something we've made using the item(s) we received from at the previous month's meeting. We also each take a turn doing a tutorial of a technique or how to make something, like a wonky folded card, etc. It is so much fun and we all learn something new each month.

Well stop back Thursday for the card I made and swapped and the card I received.

Thanks for stopping in today (BTW, Santa in the signature below is backtracking LOL)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Make a Bag, Lady

Hi Everyone
Boy I have been busy this whole weekend, getting cards ready for some upcoming classes. Since I was done early tonite, (anything around 11:00 p.m. or earlier is early for me), I decided to make this bag sample for my Make  A Bag, Lady classes  on Thursday and Saturday at 1:00 p.m. over at Stamping Buddies.  This bag is a quick project and the class is just  $5.00, that's a bargain!!!

I just had to make this cute bag topper to add to the bag and its easy to do with out any dies. Really adds to the bag doesn't it!!

 Front View
Side View

If you book a seat for this class just bring:
 2 pieces of matching 12" x 12" paper for each bag you want to make,

Large scoring board (Scor-Pal or Martha's)

1/8" & 1/2" - 1" double sided tape (red line tape, scor-tape or if you don't have any, Stamping Buddies carries Xpress Blend dbl sided tapes from 1/8" - 1/2". Very reasonably priced & they work great.)

Any of your favorite punches that will make fancy edges on your paper.

A pair of scissors.

Any embellishments you might want to decorate your bag with!

Please RSVP at 513-891-CRFT or send an email to:

I will have extra score boards if you don't have one. Pam has some very pretty ribbon available to purchase for your handles if you need ribbon. Don't have the paper you want to use for your bag, don't despair, Pam has that as well, gorgeous papers.

I would love to see you in this quick and easy class.You will find you will use this easy technique whenever you need a bag quick and maybe you want it to match it to that card you've made or whatever. 

Hope to see you Thursday or Saturday.And have a great week!!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Reindeer Cats

Hi Everyone,
I have got to share this with you all. As most of you know I am a huge cat lover!!! I have 4 cats right now, and I am not getting any more. Of course that is what I said after #3 came to stay. LOL  I digress...

Anyhow. One day I am at Target and am on my way to the check out lane and I pass by the pet area and this thing catches my eye and I stop. What is it??? Well its antlers for your cat. And if you are a cat owner you know they hate hats and anything to do with items being put on their head, .............usually.

So I make a comment to a lady in the pet aisle that this will probably be a waste of my $5.00, we both laugh, I grab one and add it to my purchases and check out and go home.

OK I get home and first cat I try this on is Buddie, the newest addition to the house at the time this pic was taken. Believe it or not, he wasn't too bad with it, so I hurried up and shot this photo.LOL

He does look a little perturbed, and every time I look at these they still crack me up. OK, Buddie was tolerant so next I try these antlers on Coco, she is usually pretty reasonable. 

I bet she is thinking, what does she think she's doing.

OK so here is the last photo, it's Coco next to Lucy (Lucy is actually an offspring of Coco). I've had these 2 for 11 years now.

I am sure Coco is thinking, Why do I get stuck wearing this getup!!??!!
And knowing Lucy, she probably thinks, better you than me. 

Well now you've met 3 of the 4 crazy cats in my house. The 4th and newest addition I have, I've  named Max and she is crippled. She has had a cold for a while and I finally had to take her to the vet, she was so stuffed up she could barely breath, just like us when we get a really bad cold. She is on the mend now, but she has a hard time getting around and she is a young cat. Not sure if she was born this way or if she was mistreated, but she is part of the brood now. Now if Coco and Lucy would just quit hissing and get over the newbies, it would be a great world. LOL

Wait til you see the other get up I picked up for them.If you think this is funny you will really laugh on the next get up. I will try to get those pics taken over the weekend and posted, you will die laughing.

OK Now its time for me to get back to my cards,
See you soon.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Craft-Dee BowZ

Hi Everyone,
I have some great news to share with all of  you!!! I just learned I have made the Design Team for Craft-Dee BowZ. They have an awesome tool that gives all us bow making challenged people, the capability of making beautiful bows.

Most of the bows you have seen on my cards here on my blog, have been made with this awesome tool. It's so easy to use and that's what I like so much, it's easy to use and with a great end result, the bow.

Today I sat down with Pam at Stamping Buddies and worked on a few classes that I will be offering in 2013. One class will be a monthly class that focuses on dies. Oh that is going to be fun. I will still will be doing the monthly $1.00 M and T at the store.This M and T generally falls on the last Saturday of the month, except for this month, no M&T for Dec. The next M and T will be Sat. Jan. 26 and we will be making Valentine cards.There are a few exceptions to the date so check the class schedule listed here on my site.

Tonite, I made a homemade loaf of potato bread, turned out perfect!. Yummy!! The one I made this morning, was not so good. But the birds will be happy! LOL

Well, I will be back soon, I have a few projects that need to be finished. Have a great week.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Merry and Bright

Hi Everyone
Since it is the beginning of the month, it's time for the December Challenge over at Sparkle N Sprinkle. What a great way to win a stamp set of your choice. This month's challenge is based on a sketch and here is the design. Get your card ready and upload it over at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Challenge Blog using the linky button. You just might be the next winner.

SNSSC14 Card Due 11-25

Here is my design 

What I have used:
Stamped ornament and verse - Sparkle N Sprinkle set 418 Nesties Ornament

2 styles of ribbon
Charming Circle -Die by A Jillian Vance Design (made by Spellbinders)
Spellbinders Oval - S4-110
Pine Sprigs - Die by Dee's Distinctively
Embossing Folder - Swirls 
Designer Paper 
Red CS

Well as of today there are 22 shopping days til Christmas, but who's counting. Are you ready??? There is still time to get your cards done and out the door.

I guess I better get my gifts wrapped and tagged.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend