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Christmas Cards

I wanted to share a few more Christmas cards that I've received. I haven't had time to take photos of all of them, but I did get a few quick pictures of the 3 cards that I am sharing today.

These cards are from a few wonderful friends and customers. All of them so very creative and talented. I was delighted to open my mailbox to find these beautiful works of art today.

The top card was made by Anna Miller of PA. Anna used heat a stick powder and gold glitter to create the sparkle and glimmer on the word JOY. (which is my middle name btw :)  The bottom card is made by Raelene Ellenberger of PA. Raelene used the Stampin' Up! November Paper Pumpkin kit to make this card. She added some extra special detail of her own to make this soft, pretty card, extra special.


One more card to share real quick... This shiny gold santa card was made by Sharen Dixon of PA. I love that Sharen used the gold foil paper to create this look. The tiny gold stars in the top corner really make this card a stand out.


I hope you enjoyed these beautiful Christmas cards as much as I did.

I have some more fun to share from my birthday, but that will have to wait.

Its almost Christmas... I've still got a few things to finish before the big day.

I wish all of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and the Best New Year ever!

Until next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!


A Special Birthday Surprise from the Aloha State

I found a big birthday box on my front porch today. I was so excited to scoop it up, bring it inside and tear it open. I knew it was from my bf Cindy who lives on Oahu. She always remembers my birthday and makes me feel so special.

So, when I opened the box, I found another box inside with the word "joy" on it. Well, my middle name is Joy and I knew Cindy chose that box just for that reason, because she plans the perfect gift right down to the smallest detail. As you can see, Cindy added a few Christmas treats as well. You can check out how she made these items on her blog: Stamped with Aloha.


Look what was inside that cute box.. Be still my heart, its a PINK PINEAPPLE ornament and a beautiful handstamped pink pineapple in a shiny mirrored frame.

Sparkle, glitter and bling, everything I love in a birthday gift, or any gift for that matter.

Here's a close up of the special details of the pinepple picture. Cindy used the Pineapple stamp from Stampin' Up! and bedazzled it with rhinestone jewels that she colored with a light pink sharpie. Did you notice the background paper- its a sneak peek of our new designer paper in the New Sale a Bration brochure to be released on January 4th. It can be colored in with markers or watercolored, or just left as is, as shown here.


Cindy also added a sweet note with this adorable reindeer "sweater" card that she lovingly stamped just for me.


I'm so excited to place my new pink pineapple on the Christmas tree, the gorgeous handstamped pineapple on my desk in my office and wear my sparkly earrings during the holidays.


Cindy made my birthday even more special with the thoughtful gifts she chose for me and the beautiful picture that she handstamped especially for a pink pineapple lover like me.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

Christmas Preparations and a few Christmas cards from friends

So, what have I been doing for the past couple of days? I've been preparing for Christmas! As I'm sure many of you are scurrying around just as I am getting those "last minute" things done.

However, I have had my decorations and tree up for a few weeks. I'm always glad to have the tree up early so we can enjoy it for a whole month.


I've actually been baking A LOT the last couple of days. Dozens of cookies and candies are now finished and ready to pass out to friends and family.

Here's a some of the cookies that I made- these are my kids favorites: chocolate chip oatmeal, peanut butter cup and peanut butter blossom cookies.


 I also tried making these cream wafers for the first time myself. We made these in Florida for my godsons wedding and they were so good that I had to add them to the Christmas cookie list this year.

They're not perfect, but they are yummy.


I also made a double batch of what we call "Junk Mix" this stuff is so addicting, that's why I only make it once a year. Pretzels, Chex and Cheerios cereal, M&M's all drizzled with white chocolate. What's not to love?


In the midst of all my baking, I enjoyed opening a few hand stamped Christmas cards from a few wonderfully creative friends.

This is the highlight of getting the mail this time of year.. especially when the cards are handmade and hand stamped. I appreciate the time and love that were put into these gorgeous cards.

Here's a quick picture of a few of my favorites:  Top left from Robyn Cardon: Utah, Top right from Tammy May: PA, Bottom left from Lori Wiest, PA and Bottom right from Debbie Davidson: South Carolina


Here's a close up of some of the details:


How blessed am I to receive such a beautiful assortment of holiday cheer?!

I hope you are getting your last minute preparations underway for the holidays as well.

Thanks for taking the time to check in today.

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

Christmas Party Frolics and Fun

This past week I had a Christmas Party for my #1 Stampers, Stampin' Up! team. This is always my most favorite team event of the year. Its time for us to relax, have fun and enjoy some gift giving and games as well.

Here's a few girls who have dressed in the Christmas Spirit of fun! Kathy, Teresa and Jan look adorable in their happy head gear.


Each attendee received a special gift from me. I love and appreciate these ladies and I'm so blessed that they are a special part of the #1 Stampers team.


I made the cute little snowman ornament tags from the Merry Tags framelits dies, and stamped the bags with matching snowflakes. Here's a close up of the cute little snowman ornament:


Everybody gets one!


And whats in the bag you ask? A fun Pink Pineapple Paper Crafts T-shirt for everyone. Yay!


The girls went gaga over them! If you'd like one too- email me and I'll get one shipped to you for $22 - includes priority shipping! email: - or use the email link on the right side of my blog > Sizes S thru 3X Heather grey or Charcoal Grey.





Next we made some make n takes:  Valentine made with the Pop of Pink Washi Tape and Sweet and Sassy framelit dies.


Darling snowman card designed by Kathy Sullivan:


We also played some hilarious Christmas games and the winners took home awesome Stampin Up Prizes!

Beth, Darlene and Mary Ann, brushing up on some reindeer games and ready to sing Christmas Carols as well.


Linda, Sue, Kathy and Teresa working hard to win the bow passing game.


There was swapping to be done as well. So many great treat bag and gift card ideas for the holidays.


This is the swap I contributed, made with the Popcorn Box dies. I filled it with birthday treats.


And of course our grab bag gifts that we had some fun with as we played a hilarious exchange game to determine whose gift we got!

Kathy got the beautiful Christmas sampler made by Beth Peternel.


Beth got the gorgeous Butterfly sampler made by Sue Brennan.


Darlene won the Christmas Sampler made by me :)


I have a close up of the sampler for you:


Lori got the awesome stamped coasters from Jan Fisher:


Tonya got the packet of hand stamped Christmas cards from Lori Wiest:


Sue got Tonya Beattys amazing Paisley Heart sampler.


So happy to have these wonderful women in my life and on my team!



Can't wait until our next get together.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until the next time...

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Merriest Wishes Shaker Gift Card Holder

Today I want to share the bonus card that we made at Kim's Card Class this month.

Its a shaker card that is also a gift card holder. I used the Merriest Wishes stamp set and Merry Tags Framelit dies to make the shaker ornament on the card.

The cardstock and ink colors are soft sky and sweet sugarplum and they compliment each other so perfectly. The reason I chose these colors is because the new Fancy Frost sequins are made up of these colors along with a coppery gold colored sequin.


The sequins give this card a shiny holiday touch and are fun to shake!


This is a normal 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card. We made it into a gift card holder by simply adding a 2" x 5 1/2" inch strip of soft sky cardstock, attached at the sides and bottom. The top of the strip is adhesive free so that the gift card can be inserted. I used a 1" circle punch to add the 1/2 circle slip.


Here's a few tips as to how to make a the shaker ornament. ( this is actually a different color ornament, but its assembled the exact same way as the one on this shaker card) First attach a circle of window sheet ( I cut the window sheet with the Layering Circles dies) to the back of the ornament. The circle cut into the ornament was done with the Merriest Wishes die set. I attached the window sheet with snail adhesive.


Next, add the Stampin' Up foam adhesive strip, around the inside cirlce. Then add the sequins before the protective paper is removed from the foam strip.


Finally I used a 1 3/4" circle punch to punch a circle from whisper white cardstock. Remove the protective paper from the foam strip and attach the 1 3/4" circle to enclose the shaker ornament.

The foam adhesive strips make creating shaker cards a breeze. They are so easy to work with!


I hope I've inspired you to make some fun shaker cards of your own.

Thanks for visiting!

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

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Here's one of the lovely cards that we made at Kim's Card Class this week.

Its made with the Star of Light stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. I think what I like best about this card is the untraditional Christmas colors that were used.

The inks and cardstock are pool party and wisteria wonder in addition to whisper white cardstock and silver glimmer paper.


A close up of the details on the stars. Enamel shapes and silver dazzling details were used to add sparkle and shine to the middle of all the stars. The greeting was stamped in smoky slate ink.


This was such a pretty but quick and easy Christmas card and a big hit with the ladies!

Thanks for taking a look!

Until the next time...

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