Friday, December 31, 2010
I've enjoyed sharing photos of my paper art, family, and bits of inspiration occasionally. I hope you visit in the coming new year and leave some comment-love too.
I've been down with sinus and chest congestion since Monday, sleeping 12 hours straight at times, downing Mucinex DM and Vitamins C and D, and lots of liquids. In between, I've started to clean up my studio and prepare for a new year of paper crafting!
These thank-you note cards are a few extra-simple projects I've accomplished, and I want to send my Christmas gift thank-you's soon.
I grew up in a home with parents who emphasized the importance of sending hand-written thank-you notes. I think it's too quickly becoming a lost tradition and a lost piece of etiquette. So I do my best to keep my little part alive and into the snail mail! Don't you get excited about a GOOD piece of snail mail? I do!
Why not take time and help your children (or someone else's) learn to write a thank-you note from their hearts. You'll be teaching them to value a gift and to care about the gift giver too. The note doesn't have to be elaborate. (Although writing with a fountain pen or a calligraphy point is one of my favorite things to do!) Our DD has begun to teach their toddlers the importance of sending thank-you's in the mail--right now the little girls simply add their scribbled pictures. The important point is that they're learning to DO it and talking about what they're making to send.
Won't you join this cause too so that the art of snail mail note writing isn't lost forever?
Happy 7th Day of Christmas! Have a safe New Year's Eve!(I used the stamps from Close To My Heart's Thanks set for the inside of the blank note cards from H*y*L*y. This is one of my favorite stamps sets, since it's so versatile, and has Gracias and Merci among all the sentiments. Before I get each note ready to mail, I add a cheery ribbon similar to the ribbon tying each set of cards together.)
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The newest webisode of Art & Soul ("Pulling It All Together") is up on my website and it's one you won't want to miss--
Kristine shows the fun Mix & Mingle album and a new way to use it, along with Stazon stamping on acrylic albums.
Jill shares her marbeling technique using Liquid Glass with some fantabulous art examples.
Monica shows more uses for the CTMH Mix & Mingle Album.
Tiffany shows some super Studio J tips and tricks. If you're a scrapbooker, you'll want to give Studio J a try--it's a great way to digi-scrapbook entire albums or simply catch up on some layouts.
The webisode concludes with CTMH's founder and owner, Jeanette Lynton, showing her beautiful calendar pages.
Make yourself a cup of hot cocoa or tea, take 15 minutes to watch the creative video, and then head over to my CTMH site to order the products you'll need for your own projects! You'll have tons of fun!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
It's a happy birthday card for a dear teacher-friend -- she's a New Year's baby -- gotta get it into the mail now!
Sunday, December 26, 2010
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We trust you enjoyed a JOY-filled Christmas Day celebration of Jesus' birthday, and wish you a happy new year!
Here's a slideshow of our family's week of Christmas activities--enjoy!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
We awoke to almost 4 inches of snow and it just kept falling so gently and peacefully! Later in the daylight I was able to photograph the reindeer tracks all around our house. NO kidding!
We haven't had a white Christmas in St Louis for quite a while, except for flurries last year that didn't last long. It was so exciting to have snow again. I felt like a little kid!
These two little creatures came in the house with a special person and I just had to photog them near the tree. Aren't they adorable?
What a very special celebration of Jesus' birthday it has been. The family members have all gone home. It's so quiet it's deafening now. We enjoyed a brunch-munching, gift-giving, game-playing, music-making, movie-watching great day together and topped it all off with a dinner and cookie desserts.
Happy birthday, dear Jesus!
I hope your Christmas has been merry and bright, and I wish for you a very happy 12 days of Christmas too!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Mom always made Cherry Winks before Christmas, and it's a favorite family Christmas cookie recipe that I made a few days ago to surprise my family this weekend. (Mom also hand-quilted the pretty Christmas tree placemats for us about 20 years ago, and they are so special and festive on our table. I'm so glad she made a set of 6! Thank you, Mom!)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Sift 2 1/4 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
Blend 3/4 cup softened butter and 1 cup sugar in a mixing bowl.
Add 2 eggs, 2 Tablespoons milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat well into the butter and sugar.
Then blend in the dry ingredients using a mixer.
Add 1 cup chopped dates, 1 cup chopped pecans, and 1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries.
Drop dough by teaspoon into crushed corn flakes and roll to coat each cookie.
Place each onto a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
Press thumbprint into center. Add 1/2 maraschino cherry on top in the depression.
Bake 10-12 minutes, until golden.
Store in a tightly covered container to keep moist.
When the Cherry Winks were finished, I tried the Chocolate Peanut Clusters recipe my cousin Dianne shared on The Elling Family News site. Thanks, Dianne!
Here's a photo of some of them. These can easily become addictive. And I've found it's impossible to hide them from chocoholics.
When we finally got out to the stores, there were no de-icers to be found. The sun doesn't hit our driveway and front sidewalk directly, so we had to be patient for yesterday and today's above-freezing temperatures. Meanwhile, hundreds of people visited the ERs because of falls and broken bones.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Maybe it's the glitter in my nose?
I don't use it very often -- but tonight I went a bit overboard with it!
I thought I'd bring it out for a special friend's card that I want to hand- deliver with a plate of homemade cookies and candies this weekend.
I'm quite messy, as you can see, and I didn't see all the extra glitter specks until I posted this photo. I had better make sure no glitter has made its way onto the sweet treats. Choke, sneeze, choke.
This is my last Christmas card post for the year. I made more than 250, and no two were the same. What's wrong with me??? I have to be cra-zy. No, I'm not paying postage on every one. Like this one, many will be given in person. Sorry, USPS.
I'm excited to move on to a new project that includes a Mix 'n' Mingle album and the ever-so-wonderful Silhouette papers.
See you later! Thanks for stopping by!
Oh, and by the looks of my visitors' numbers, I had better get myself in gear and offer some blog candy real soon in the new year!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Our Christmas cactus began to bloom the week after Thanksgiving. I've taken many lovely photos of the blooms, and enjoy using them for floral cards.
This Christmas greeting card is for friends whom we've known for 30 plus years, since moving and making our home in Missouri. Fred and Lois have been wonderful examples and mentors to us as friends, parents, and grandparents. Their children were our children's first and favorite babysitters. They have lived Christmas every day and we thank the Lord for them!
Thanks for visiting and leaving your comment!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Here's a thank you card for a dear friend who surprised me with a gorgeous birthday gift recently. She's also a card maker, and you know how much a card maker LOVES to receive a hand-made card! She also loves to write her own notes in blank cards and receive hand-written notes as much as I do. We are definitely from the "old school"!
I used: CTMH cardstock, Mistletoe patterned paper and ribbon, Itty Bitty Sparkles, and Cranberry Ink for the Thank You stamp sentiment. Also layered two red flowers and sparkle brad from M*'s.
Now have yourself a cozy, merry Monday evening, and thanks for visiting!
Monday, December 6, 2010
A special friend has a birthday coming up this week, so I brought on the BLING and made this card for her.
I used: CTMH's You Rock papers, Smoky Plum ink and sheer ribbon, Sparkles, Card Sentiments stamp for the inside, Celebration Bouquet stamp for the front; Marvy scalloped punch.
So how was YOUR weekend? Positive AND creative, I hope! Thanks for visiting my blog! Happy Monday!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Thanks for stopping by & commenting! Have a GREAT new week!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
In the Game-- Football:
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
It's not too early to begin making Valentine cards and scrapbooking layouts!
Let the love-fun begin!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Tomorrow (December 1) begins a special Close To My Heart offer:
Spend $20 or more in December and receive a D-size stamp set FREE! (That's a $23 value.) Be sure to order online here and have your order delivered right to your door.
Makin' a list, checkin' it twice,
I can't miss giving (friend's name)
a fun and special CTMH gift
Because she's just so NICE!
I hope you take advantage of this great shopping offer! No driving to the mall, no lines to stand in, no cold weather, no coughing people spreading their germs--shop at home in your slippers while you drink hot chocolate and relax!
Your creative recipients will be THRILLED with their gifts!
Monday, November 29, 2010
These are samples of my floral photo note cards -- and some Grand Canyon and botanical garden scenes -- most of the flower photos are from our yard and gardens. The Writing Spider lives in my parents' yucca plant. (He's called the Writing Spider because of the zigs and zags he creates in his web, a creative device to help catch more insects. He's claimed his yucca home for almost 6 months!)
Yesterday's Vendor Fair was a success, and I've declared today "My 2010 Mental Health Day." Translation: put away Fall decor; make turkey noodle soup; rest my eyes.
Happy Monday everyone, and may you be successful if you're cyber shopping today!
Thanks for dropping in to visit and to leave your kind comment.