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What a day!!!

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Today was Mike's and my 33rd anniversary! What a day! He was supposed to take Zackary to the Train Museum. But low and behold the Train Museum closes for Christmas through the New Year. So he took him to Reed Elementary to play on his Scooter his mom gave him for Christmas. When they got back we went to Gattitown in Frisco! Oh it's been a long time since I was able to get out and walk and play with my children and my grandson and Mike. It was soooo much fun! :O)
After we stuffed ourselves with salad and pizza we went to the games room and we all had a turn at playing a game with Zackary and/or riding a ride. I loved the looks Mike was flashing Zack on the bumper cars!!! We won about 5 prizes and then it was about 6:15 p.m. and time to head out. We drove to McKinney and went to the Cinemark and watched Tangled in 3D! Such a cute movie and ok, it was a little romantic. :O)

When we got home Zack and I created this card. My friend Deb gave me some beautiful retired SU papers and w…

Follow your heart - CPS96

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CardPatterns Sketch#96 - follow your heart. Just having some fun with retired dps from Stampin' Up! and some fun stamps. To get the pretty lacey frame around my heart I used a border punch and then I cut a slit between the flowers and crimped and taped the paper around the edges.
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Play Date with Deb - Valentines 2011

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We played from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and we used retired Stampin' Up! stamps and dps as well as our markers and ink pads. We also used some products that were not Stampin' Up! But we had a blast and made some really beautiful creations if I do say so myself.
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Happy New Year! - PPC-CC43

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Happy New Year! - Picture Perfect Creations - Color Combo#43 - Rose Red, Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz. I ran some Whisper White cs through my Cuttlebug with my Ornamental Iron ef. The Fluer de Lis is from Layers of Color. It's colored with Stampin' Up! markers. The sentiment is a Stampin' Up! stamp from All Year Cheer III.
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Merry Christmas - 2011 CCC#4 -CASE

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For this week's Christmas Card Challenge #4 - CASE a dt member I CASE-d Steph on this card. I used dps, inks, and cs  from Stampin Up! Ribbons were from my stash. Hope you like it! It was fun to create!

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Eeeek! - I missed your birthday!!! - SP1

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Eeeek! I missed your birthday!!! - this is SoftPencil digital image Ratiny in Cupcake. Isn't Ratiny too cute sneakin up on this cupcake?! It's colored with my computer and the dp is a Christmas gift from my youngest daughter. She gave me whole box of 12 x 12 dp from MME. The sentiment is handwritten and thought up by me. I printed 4 of the colored image and cut and layered for that 3D effect. Hope you like it! You can puchase Ratiny from SoftPencil and you can see the rest of the dt creations by clicking on their links in my sidebar.

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Congratulations - MONO - 4CC17

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Congratulations - 4CraftyChicksChallenge #17 use their sketch. I used a monochromatic palette of shades of green. My base cardstock is Stampin' Up! Old Olive. Then my main image is on a piece of butter cream which has a hint of green in it. The embellishments are all shades of green, yes even the flower although it looks blue it is on the green side of the blue palette. I added the sentiment from the Stampin' Up! set Perfect Punches. Added a piece of chipboard and felt lace and ribbon and I was D-O-N-E!
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Always - wee Memories#35 - Case Your Fav Scrappy Saturday Challenge

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wee Memories #35 - I CASE-d this card by Maile Belles . I felt the card was sooo clean and simple yet very elegant. I hope my version comes across as the same. I used Stampin' Up! cardstock - Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla and Pink Pirouette. I stamped the Day of Gratitude medallion on the Very Vanilla and Pink Pirouette and heat embossed. Then I punched the center of the Very Vanilla out using a 2 5/16" circle punch. I cute around the medallion on the Pink Pirouette. Then I punched another piece of Pink Pirouette with my 3" scallop circle punch. I used dimensional adhesives and layered the pieces. I stamped Always in Versa Mark and heat embossed. Then I stamped over it with Early Espresso so my sentiment would have a bit of a shadow.
All products used are Stampin' Up! except the ribbons; they are from my stash.
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New Stamps - Had to play!!!

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I received an order from Stampin' Up! today and in it were these two sets -- Aviary #120462 for $17.95 & Day of Gratitude #121148 for $18.95. The inks I used are Marina Mist and Versa Mark. I embossed the bird cage with silver embossing powder. The bird was stamped in Marina Mist on Melon Mambo. I stamped the Day of Gratitude medallion on Confetti White.

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Amour - LTXTS13

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My heart is a Texana stamp - featuring a barbed wire heart. It's my first Valentine creation for 2011. All ink is Stampin' Up! Real Red and Old Olive. Stickers from Jenni Bowlin - Butterfly.
Be sure to check out what the rest of the Posse wrestled up by clicking on the links on my side bar.

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follow your heart - MOJO170 & SSCCCCA61

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follow your heart it knows the way... MOJO170 & Stampin' Stacey's Curtain Call Color Challenge Act #61 - Bravo Burgundy, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla. My Very Vanilla looks a little blue but I think it is the light I used to try and brighten up my indoor photo. DP is Deck the Halls from Stampin' Up!. Inks are all from Stampin' Up! as well. The stamps are Artistic Etchings #120573 & Whimsical Words #119119 both set from Stampin' Up!

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Home for Christmas - CCC2011-3 Travel

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This week the Christmas Card Challenge#3 is holiday travel. Although the sentiment says, "I'll be home for Christmas" it's only partially true. Well, I will be at my physical home, but our family won't be making the trek to Louisiana to be with my parents for Christmas and my grandson, Zack will be spending this Chirstmas with his dad. So we won't have him with us until Dec. 26th. So my {heart} will be away from home this Christmas.
This is two of Ward's digis clipped together to make one image. I love this VW bug and the little lady all dressed up for the holidays just seemed to work together perfectly. I added the Cherry Cobbler cs embossed in the Elegant Lines ef. The sentiment is computer generated by me. Image is colored with Stampin' Up! markers and some glitter pens as well as a little Signo White Gel to add some highlights.

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Tag! - Oh! Alice44

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Tag! - Oh! Alice Challenge #44 - Winter in Wonderland! - I chose to make a Christmas tag. This is a cute little bunny stamp I got in a kit. I added some puffy snow with my Marvy Snow Marker. Love this pen!!! I puffed up my bunny's tale and added snow flakes falling all around. Image is stamped in Stampin' Up! Basic Black ink and heat embossed. Then I colored with Stampin' Up! Real Red, Old Olive and Marina Mist markers. Stampin' Up! Blueberry Crisp dp #117392.
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Hello my friend - TSTC038

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Hello my friend - Twisted Sketches Twisted Cards #038. This week's twist is "Chipboard" - any how, any way!
So I used my chipboard flower, swirlies and tag. The sentiment is a Stampin' Up! stamp from Perfect Punches set #120516. I wrote in the word Hello with my SU Real Red and Basic Black markers. The stamp was inked with Cherry Cobbler. I roughed up the surface of the tag with my emory board and then used my SU Embossing Buddy to be sure the ink would stay on. I added a lovely beaded brad and some yellow ribbon and it was D-O-N-E! :O)

I just found Twisted Sketches today on my fellow Texan friend Stephanie Castro's blog. Steph got me the gig as the post-er for PCP Cuttlebug-ers challenges. She on dt at the Christmas Card Challengesand I've been know to play along with Unscripted Sketches of which Steph is on yet another dt. She's a very talented crafty lady!

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CCC2011-2

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Christmas Card Challenge #2 for 2011 - Angels. I stamped my image with Versa Mark, then I embossed with silver embossing powder. Then I brayered Stampin' Up! Night of Navy. I added some Basic Gray cs that I punched with a heart photo corner. Added some ribbons and a chipboard snowflake and a cardstock candy cane.

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Thanks - ICS95

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Thanks - Inspirational Card Sketches #95. Dps are from a CupCardsToGo kit. The bird is chipboard covered with pale blue tissue then a rub on was added. Sentiment is from Stampin' Up! Perfect Punches stamped in Cherry Cobbler.
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Happy Birthday - CPS94

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I am just so pleased with the way this card turned out. I wasn't sure this color combo was going to work. But I believe it does and I may have to try it again sometime. :O)
My base is Old Olive, then on top of that is Night of Navy. Then there is a border of Old Olive and a matte of buttercream. The image is stamped in Night of Navy and Old Olive. The sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy.

Stampin' Up! products used are cardstock, inks and stamps. Stamps used are Cottage Garden #117068 and Perfect Punches #120516. Brads are from The Paper Studio.

The card was created using the sketch at CardPatterns Sketches for sketch challenge #94.

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Make a Wish - PCS25

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Make a Wish - PaperCraft Star challenge #25 - use their imspiration photo. My tree is a stick that I had in my stash, the brad was in a set that Rak'd to me by my good friend Deb Segler. The embossing folder is Elegant Bouquet #115964 from Stampin' Up! Cardstock is also from Stampin' Up!

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PPC-CC42 - Always

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This was a fun color combo from Picture Perfect Creations - Color Combo #42 - Deligthful Daffodil, Garden Green and Basic Gray. I wish I could tell you where the dp came from but all I had to work with were scraps. The flowers were stamped using Deligthful Daffodil ink. They are from SU set Eastern Blooms colored with Delightful Daffodil marker and punched. They are raised on dimensional adhesives. The sentiment is from SU Always set # 113620 in Old Olive ink.

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I've been playing along for a while...

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But this is the first time I've won Grand Creation!!! Here's the card that won me this recognition!
Thanks Meg and the DT at Picture Perfect Creations - Color Combos!!! I am so honored.
The color combo was - Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, So Saffron and Certainly Celery.

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6 little Michus - SP16

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Michu Chirstmas - 6 little Michu - you're too kind. Wouldn't these be perfect Thank Yous for the teacher in your life? We all know teachers get lauded with gifts all year through. With this little set she/he could show their gratitude for the Christmas gifts! The image is a SoftPencil design and was colored with my computer and printed out. I added some ribbon and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up! Whimsical Words #119119. Cardstock is Whisper White and Crumb Cake. Ink is Real Red.
Be sure to check out the rest of SoftPencil's dt creation by clicking on their links in my side bar.

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Rudolph - MOJO169 & SSCCCCA60

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Rudolph is wishing my postman and his family all the Joys of Christmas. I used some stashed Christmas dps and a LOC stamp along with some rub-ons to create my card. James the postman will love this one!!! The dps were from a CupCardsToGo kit. The cardstock is Stampin' Up! Certainly Celery and Chocolate Chip. The ink is also Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip. I used the MOJO sketch and Stacey's color combination of Real Red, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, and Chocolate Chip. Luckily for me the dp has Real Red and Old Olive in it.

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PCPCUTTLEBUG-ERS Challenge #97 punches and dies

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PCPCUTTLEBUG-ERS Challenge #96 lace & pearls

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Since I was supposed to have surgery this past week, the ladies who normally play along with my PCPCuttlebug-ers challenges have been taking turns posting new challenges. This past Sunday Jeanette Hedben created the challenge - use lace and pearls. If you'd like to play along just click HERE.

Here's mine! I used the Ornamental Iron ef (my lace) and some dps from Stampin' Up! run through the bug with the Top Note die. These are very CAS. I had to come up with a quick gift for my grandson, Zack's teacher for Christmas. I made a total of 8 cards. I cut the pieces of dp in half after I ran them through with the Top Note. I didn't have purple and red pearls so I used rhinestones. But I used copper on the orange and pink on the pink.
Great challenge Jeanette.



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Another Gift Idea - Stampin' Up! Tile Class

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Who wouldn't love to receive a set of these coaster??? They make really stunning gifts. You can buy a box of these tiles pretty inexpensively at one of your local home improvement stores. I've priced similar sets like these and they run about $30.00 each. Why not make your own? These are 4 x 4 inch ceramic tiles that have been altered using Stampin' Up! inks, stencils and stamps.  

If you'd like to make some of these please e-mail me and I will send you a supply list and you can shop my Stampin' Up! site for the products used. These were created in a Stampin' Up! class I attended last week.
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CASE-ing Suzonne Sterling again...

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This one is sooooo simple even a chimp could accomplish this one. It's just scraps of Stampin' Up! dps from the Deck the Halls collection punched and cut to make a tree. From Suzonne Sterling at Urban Comfort.

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After waking at 4:30 a.m...

Getting ready and driving to the hospital and sitting in the pre-op for several hours they decided some very important equipment was NOT available. So surgery is postponed. So I will be posting something in the next days. I just have to get over the dissappointment and the frustration.

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Surgery at butt crack of dawn....

Yep that's right, I'll be MIA for a few days as I am having surgery at the butt crack of dawn on Thursday, Dec. 9th. So if you don't see me posting to my blog you'll understand why. But like all crazy cardmakers I'll be back as soon as I can sit at my craft table to create and post.

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warm wishes

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Grandson Zack's Christmas card - inside sentiment --- let it snow, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Snow much fun.
baby,
   It's cold outside, share the joy of the season!
Merry Christmas Nana & Poppa

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Strictly Ornamental - CASED from Suzonne Sterling of Urban Comfort

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I CASED this card from Suzonne Sterling of Urban Comfort. Suzonne is a very talented young mother who writes and creates in New Orleans, LA. Suzonne has inspired me in so many ways with soo many of her recipes, crafts and decorating ideas. Right now she is featuring 3 easy scrap Christmas cards she made using ideas she gathered from one of the 25 ideas featured in the December issue of Family Circle. She's also showcasing some beautiful silver holiday decorations on her BLOG. This card couldn't get more simple - I punched a cirlce 2 5/6" in diameter. Then I punched a small square and cut one side with my deckled scissors. I added a sweet sentiment sticker and some silver twine with red rhinestones and VOILA!
Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White cardstock.
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MOJO168 & PPC-CC41

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MOJO MONDAY #168 and  Picture Perfect Creations - Color Combo#41 -- Cajun Craze, Certainly Celery, Cherry Cobbler and So Saffron. The focal point piece was cut from SU Deck the Halls collection dp with a peony die. Then I traced that die and cut around it to make a matte for my focal piece. I used some Layers of Color stencils and my Stampin' Up! inks - Cajun Craze, Pear Pizzaz, and Cherry Cobbler to daube some color on the So Saffron dp.
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Joy - CCC2011#1

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Joy to the World, the Lord has come!!! - Christmas Card Challenges 2011 #1 - Monochromatic. I tried, honestly I did. But there was just too many distractions to keep it mono. I got pretty darned close though, I think. My card is made up of reds, pinks and white with some silver thrown in for glitz-y measure!
Where to begin with the deets???
Cardstock - Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler, Blushing Bride, Whisper White
DP - Stampin' Up! paper pack 6 X 6 In Colors
Stamps - Stampin' Up! Joy is from Delightful Decorations (stamp set)

I used the Top Note die to cut the Cherry Cobbler cardstock into a frame for my DPs. I used three patterns in the pink set to create the piece to go inside the frame (you can't see them all but there are 3). Then I punched the Acanthus leaf in Cherry Cobbler and Blushing Bride to frame my image and I wove the leaves together to give it that laced together effect. I colored the image and added some ribbon and silver rhinestones. Voila!

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel! - weeM34

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel,

And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Refrain
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel

O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.

Refrain

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory over the grave.

Refrain

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

Refrain

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.

Refrain

O come, O come, great Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times once gave the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.

Refrain

O come, Thou Root of Jesse’s tree,
An ensign of Thy people…

Poinsettia - C4C66

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Poinsettia - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Crazy4Challenges #66 using Cindy's sketch.
Ok I pulled out a lot of scraps and stuff from my stash. Poinsettia stamp is one from a couple years ago (it is not SU). The dp is a little scrap from a set I bought last year or maybe longer. The card came in a kit about a year ago. It actually is a tri-fold card with an oval window. I simply adhered one solid side to the back of the oval and made that my card face. Then with my Top Note die I cut the two pieces of dp and my Cherry Cobbler cardstock. Added some of the yummy Tensil Trim #120994, for the ribbon effect. It's a little difficult to see (aged look), but I stamped "Blessed" sentiment from Grateful Greetings set #116511 in bashful blue on my Cherry Cobbler cardstock. I stamped the poinsettias in Cherry Cobbler #119669 then I stamped the overlay in Bashful Blue #105209 and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I used the Round Tab Extra Large punch #119864…

Merry Christmas - TESC134 - I'm late....

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Yeah I am late again. But the sketch from Taylored Expressions caught my eye and I wanted to try stamping this beautiful bird and branch from Stampin' Up! collection Always #113620. Their are 11 stamps in the set and it sells for $28.95. I love this stamp set and have used it for a variety of card themes. But I just love the little bird in REAL RED and the branch in OLD OLIVE. I stamped the bird twice and cut one out and popped it up on top of the other one. Then I stamped the branch so it looks like the bird is perched on it. I also stamped with branch randomly on Whisper White for the background. Cardstock is REAL RED, WHISPER WHITE and OLD OLIVE. Ink is REAL RED and OLD OLIVE.
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Wishing you warmth on a cold day - KJHC

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Wam Wishes - Kraft Journal Holiday Challenge.
         The Challenge Details -
Create a holiday inspired project, card, tag, layout or altered art featuring the use of kraft cardstock. Enter as many times as you like with as many projects as you wish, just make sure they feature kraft cardstock. Every project you enter gives you more chances to win! Deadline to enter --- December 18, 2010 at 6:00 AM Eastern Time.

My creation features kraft cardstock and some dp from Stampin' Up! Deck the Halls Collection. It's a gift for my grandson, Zackary's teacher.The can can be new and filled with coffee or you can make a hot cocoa mix and place inside. Or you can simply fill the tin with candy (maybe they could be peppermint balls the teacher can give out as rewards to the children for good behavior). It doesn't matter what you place inside, it's the thougth that counts.
I stamped a little coffee mug and some holly and berries along with a few snowflakes. I think the sentimen…

Merry & Bright - CTD121/CCC52

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Merry & Bright is created for the Color Throw Down Challenge #121 and Christmas Card Challenges #52. I think this is a really sweet image and I love coloring it. I've made many cards with this image over the past 3 years that I have owned the stamp. I colored this stamped image with my Stampin' Up! ink pads; Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, and Blushing Bride. I added some gel glitter pen in silver and some pink rhinestones.
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Stampin' Up!

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Doing what I love, and sharing what I love with others are just a few of the benefits that made me decide to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I love sharing my passion for stamping with family and friends, meeting new people, and having the chance to build a great business doing so. I also get to set my own schedule and that is a definite plus!

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