Glitter Window Card

Before I explain the Stampin’ project………..I gotta brag on our football team!  We won our playoff game on Saturday!!!!  We had so much fun traveling to Corsicana to cheer on the Leapords — except for the very late trip home that night!  It made for a very tiring day yesterday, but we survived.  Our next game is in Huntsville….even farther!  I am not sure if I can make the trip or not and I’m pretty bummed about the thought of not being there.  However, we’ll have to see how some other family things play out this week before I can make my final decision.  Victory is so, so sweet!  We are so excited and it was such a great way to end a very sad week for our community. 

This Glitter Window Card is one of our club projects this month.  My ladies will be coming either tonight or tomorrow night, and I think this will really WOW! them.  This is what I call an “oldie, but goodie” — this technique is one that I have been doing for many years as a demonstrator, but it always gets stunning results.  It is made by using clear packing tape and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  The packing tape has been placed on the Bashful Blue rectangle with the sticky side of the tape facing out to the front of the card.  Then you apply glitter to the tape and you end up with this frosty, sparkly window!  glitter window snowmen 1

You can use any of your circle or square punches to make your “window”.  This rectangle was made by punching the square punch about 2 1/2 times across the Bashful Blue cardstock.  I have several other cards with glitter windows, so later in the week I will show some other ideas.  Hope you will try this out!  Super easy and just perfect for snowmen and snowflakes!

Supplies Used:

Stamps:  The More the Merrier (snowmen), Short and Sweet (small snowflake), Christmas Punch (3 larger snowflakes)

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy

Ink:  White Craft Ink, Black StazOn,  Bashful Blue, Bravo Burgundy (only used to color some of the details on the snowmen)

Accessories:  Blender Pens, 1 3/8″ Square Punch, Bashful Blue Grosgrain Ribbon, Night of Navy Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Pumpkin Pie Marker (snowmen noses)

Do you see what I see????

Oh me, oh my!!!!  I can not even find time to clean off my desk from last week’s stuff!!!!  Take a quick look at this………and I mean really quick!  I am embarrassed to show you this, but thought it would make a cute entry on the blog!

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This is not the usual for me!  I like to put things away as soon as possible — well, that is just it, it has not been possible!  I had the two classes last week but I didn’t get the stuff put away…………..I got the living room put back together and it has been crazy ever since!  I decided to hide it all in my office (instead of leaving it all over the living room) but then it was “out of sight, out of mind” and you know how that goes.   So, I pushed it all aside tonight to make a few photos for this new post, and it will still be waiting for me tomorrow night! 

This is perhaps the busiest week of the year for me.  My church does a HUGE Christmas program each year called “Waco Christmas Celebration” and we are all in the show.  All five of us!!!  It is something that requires many, many, many hours of rehearsals and we have been practicing since September.  We will perform 5 shows this weekend before it is all over!  We also have rehearsals on Weds. and Friday night so my personal time will be very limited.  I will post as time allows and then I will enjoy posting some photos from the performances on Monday for you to see.  I am the “lead penguin” in one of the acts……….and I have 4 Penguin friends that sing and dance with me.  It is hilarious!!!  Our costumes are very large, very hot, very bulky and pretty much the most miserable thing ever.  We also don’t have any hands, so if we fall down — well, we might still be on stage next year!  We have a 200 voice choir and about 150 children and youth in the show, also.  It is very fun, but it is about this time that we all start wishing it was all over.  I hope that doesn’t sound harsh, but it just gets overwhelming during the last week. 

Good news from school……….Macbeth is dead, Lady Macbeth is dead, and the test is tomorrow………..I guess that means we officially bury Macbeth tomorrow.  I am thrilled!!!!  Ready to move on……….guess I have a little ADD — my attention span has lasted as long as it can for Shakespeare!

One more family thing……….we had the High School Band Christmas concert tonight.  It was lovely, and actually fairly short.  That made us all really happy!  I had made a recipe for Allyson’s friend, Zack, that he had been wanting me to make.  He loves the Lemon Squares from Starbuck’s and he wanted me to search for the recipe and make him some.  I googled it and came up with several similar recipes so I tried the first one out today after school.  They were pretty yummy……….and he was so excited that he came over after the concert to try them out.  Here are the two of them by the Christmas tree……….his mom got a photo, too!  She likes pictures, too, and scrapbooks some, too!  I love it!

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So, now that you have scrolled down this far, here is the Stampin’ Up! stuff!!!  Remember the Blessing Box from Thanksgiving???  Well, this is a variation of the Blessing Box that Angie showed on her video tutorial at Chic N’ Scratch.  I made a Christmas variation, too.

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Here are the steps for making this little box……….first start with the base box from the Blessing Mix pattern.

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Next, you will pinch the box in at the sides to make a pleat.

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Cut a 4″ piece of cardstock (I think this one is 4×5) and make a “topper” for your bag.  I also scalloped the front edge for accent.

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Once you have attached the top, you will tie with ribbon and embellish as desired.  This would make a great box for a pair of earrings, a bracelet, some small Christmas candies, etc.

Have a great week and say a little prayer that I have enough stamina to keep up this week.  We need lots of prayers to stay healthy and strong this week!!!

Dawn

Big Shot Cards

Today’s cards were made using the BIG SHOT — no stamping!  I used the red, black, and white combination to keep all of them similar — and they make a nice gift ensemble, too!  It is hard to tell on the photos, but I added Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to the snowflakes and they really sparkle.

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Supplies used:  Big Shot Top Note, Join in the Cheer, Snowflakes;  Whisper White, Real Red Cardstock; Black Grosgrain, Red Gingham and Black Gingham Ribbons; Black Brads (two of the cards have a black 1/4″ circle punched out for the center instead of the brad).  You can do this if you want to keep the cost down, or keep the card nice and flat……..just a thought if you don’t have any brads and it looks good, too!

Have a super day……….gotta get busy!  Dawn

Simple Monochromatic Card and Star Wreath

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Sorry to keep you waiting all weekend to see my other cards………the ones I promised on Friday, I think!  We ended up going to see the school play on Friday night (Lindsey had a small role in that) and then I was just too tired to work on the blog.  On Saturday, I went to a scrapbooking event hosted by two other local demonstrators — Lindsey Blackhurst and Leah Fish.  They are fabulous at what they do………and it was wonderful getting to make projects where THEY did all the work, and I just showed up!  It is usually the OTHER WAY around for me.  I loved learning a few little tips and tricks from them during the day and visiting with my friends who own the retreat center, too!  It was originally supposed to be a weekend retreat (Thurs-Sat) for me, but my new job and my new baby got in the way just a little bit…………but I still got alot of creative juices flowing on Saturday.  I was able to make several “goodies” for Christmas presents, and I finished all of my Christmas cards!  WOOHOO!!!!  Now I have to work on getting a good photo of the girls for the card and making Charles get busy on the family letter.  Sometimes this is easier than others!

So………here is another card I made last week…..

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I got the idea for this card from Jackie’s Blog.  (and she got it from yet another blog…)  I loved their cards so much that I came home and made one myself.  This card was no doubt the fastest card I have ever made for Christmas……….and so cute, too!  I used the Ski Slope DSP because it was handy and sitting by my desk.  However, it is gorgeous in the other patterns that you will see on the other blogs. 

That is all for now………..we are headed out of town this next weekend for another Playoff Game and thus another band performance.  I feel like it will NEVER end, but it is SO SO exciting for all the high school kids.  Our game will be in Mansfield (DFW area) and we will stay in Dallas overnight to see my mom on Saturday.  If we win again……….hopefully, we will play again during the Thanksgiving Holidays.  Wouldn’t that be fun????

Gotta run for now……..the baby is getting a little fussy!  Better go rock!

Dawn

It’s Monday already???

For real……..where did the weekend go?  It should have lasted much, much longer!  The weather was gorgeous here in Texas!  We had our first weekend in 5 weeks that we actually got to stay in town!  It was wonderful!!!  Although it was filled with activity, it was great to be home and not have to travel.  We had a very sad game on Friday night — we lost big time!  It was our last home game, and we were favored to win by a long shot.  Guess our guys got a little too confident — and it was a tough way to end our season, especially for the seniors.   We managed to squeeze in a trip to see High School Musical 3 — at Sarah’s request — the movie was really cute, might I add!  We went on Sunday afternoon while Daddy was busy with some football stuff, and we all enjoyed ourselves a great deal.  Although I miss Malachi a great deal, it is nice to be able to go to movies and other activities like that and we usually don’t get to do things like this without alot of effort. 

I saw a really cute card HERE and decided to case it.  I hope you like this as much as I did.

I wanted to show you the “opened” card so you would see how the circle punch is used.  I really liked the unique layout design and the use of DSP.  You can also use a little less DSP by making it shorter — make the DSP stop where the front flap starts (if that makes sense).  The flower comes from Easter Blooms and the verse is from Best Yet (a hostess set).   After making this one, I decided to branch out and make a few more varieties of this card….

Have a great week!  Dawn

Snow is falling…

No, not really………this is Texas!  I hope we get to see some this year…but it usually doesn’t happen but every 2 or 3 years!  So, I guess I will have to settle for my little snow flurries of the “felt” variety!  I made this card with several new products and I plan to make a few more of these………..I really think they would make some lovely “thank you” cards if I just changed the sentiment.  I dug out 3 different punches to make this card even faster:  the large Oval Punch, the Designer Label Punch, and the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch.    The DSP is Ski Slope (winter mini) and the ribbon is the newest Taffeta Ribbon — Riding Hood Red with ivory edges!  Absolutely gorgeous ribbon!!!

I hope you have had a good week.  I can’t believe it is already Thursday.  The weeks are going by so much faster now that I am working every day.  I can’t get over what a difference it makes.

Some of you have asked about Malachi.  He has been gone for about 6 weeks now.  We have missed him terribly, but I have been so busy teaching that I have not had time to really grieve his “loss” from our home.  I have talked to his caseworker and she assures me that he is doing well.  We have not seen him any since he left but we are praying that we will get that chance soon!  We are anxious to see him and see how he reacts to us……….if he remembers us.  We are on call, basically, for another baby.  We are ready, we think, and Charles is willing to take off work if the baby gets sick.  It will take even MORE teamwork, but we really want to continue our ministry of being a foster family.  We really miss having a little one around and we still feel very “called” to do this.

I was interviewed yesterday by one of my students (a speech assignment) and she asked me many different questions.  The one that I liked the best was this:   “If you could tell the students of our high school one thing, what would it be?”  I told her that I would tell all of our students to find SOMETHING they can do in life to make a difference in the lives of others.  Find something that you can do to BLESS others and YOU will receive the blessing in return.  If you will give of yourself (let go of selfishness) then you will usually receive even MORE back that what you gave!  This is how we feel about fostering.  We want to do something to make a difference in the lives of others (and actually that is also why I put up with High School kids every day!!!!)………..and I hope that each of you will find something that YOU can do to make a difference in the world.  It is NOT foster parenting for most of you………..but you CAN do something that will bless others and I guarantee that YOU will be blessed in return.  God bless each of you!!!

Dawn

It feels like it could snow…

I am not kidding!  It is very cold here……….a rare treat in Texas!  And it is still October!  I hope all the Trick or Treaters have some warm costumes this year!  The wind finally died down a little bit, but we had a freeze warning out last night……so I decided to make some cards with my Felt Flurries.  Have I mentioned that I absolutely love these little things?  They are a great bargain, too!

I made this card with the stamp set “Big on Christmas”.  I used a Basic Black Marker to color the letters but I omitted the snowman’s face that makes the letter “o”………and I inserted some snowflakes where the “o” should be!  I thought it was a really fun idea, so I hope you like it, too.  You will need to color your letters very carefully so as to avoid smearing the ink from the black marker.  Just dodge the black lines as much as you can and you won’t have any problem.   Have you started your Christmas cards yet???  This would make a really nice one! 

Supplies:  Ski Slope Designer Series Paper, Cardstock:  Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Whisper White;  Inkand Blender Pens for coloring the letters:  Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze;  Felt Flurries, Rinestone Brads, Baja Breeze Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals.

I hope you have enjoyed this idea……..have a super day!

Dawn